15 January 2009

Process will only be reopened if "new, credible and relevant facts" appear - AG

Lisbon, Jan 14 (Lusa) – The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) has stated today that the process concerning the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in the Algarve will only be reopened if “new, credible and relevant facts” appear, in a reaction to the child father’s statements.

On Tuesday, Madeleine McCann’s father expressed the intention to cooperate with the Portuguese authorities in the process of the search for his daughter, who disappeared in the Algarve in May 2007, believing that there are still steps to be taken in the investigation.

“We think that there are very good chances of Maddie still being found alive and in good health, and therefore we want the search to continue. We want to stress our wish to work with the authorities as much as possible”, Gerry McCann, who arrived in Portugal on Tuesday for a visit of only two days, stated to Lusa Agency.

When asked today to comment upon these statements from Gerry McCann, the PGR replied in writing, stating that “the process can only be reopened if new, credible and relevant facts are presented”, without adding any further observation.

In an interview to Lusa, Madeleine McCann’s father says he returned to Portugal now, for the first time after September 2007, to discuss with his lawyer, Rogério Alves, the best manner in which to cooperate with the Portuguese authorities in the sense of “exploring steps that have not been taken yet and which may make a difference”.

For that, he advanced, it’s important to analyse the process and the entire investigation that was developed until now “in order not to duplicate steps that have been taken already” and also “not to waste resources”.

Madeleine McCann, then aged three, disappeared on the 3rd of May 2007 from the bedroom where she was sleeping with her younger twin siblings, in an apartment at the “Ocean Club” tourist resort, in Praia da Luz, Lagos, in the Algarve.

Her parents, both doctors (the father is a cardiologist, the mother a general practitioner), were dining at that time with a group of English friends at a restaurant within the resort, located at approximately 50 metres from the apartment.

On the 14th of May 2007, Anglo-Portuguese citizen Robert Murat was made an arguido in the process of the little girl’s disappearance, after being questioned at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) in Portimão.

On the 7th of September that year, the child’s mother, Kate, and the father, Gerry McCann, were also made arguidos, after another round of questioning at the CID.

The PJ initially pointed towards the possibility of abduction, but later admitted that the child was dead, but the authorities never managed to determine what actually happened to Madeleine McCann.

On the 21st of July 2008, the Attorney General’s Office officially announced the closing of the investigation and the archiving of the suspicions against Gerry and Kate McCann and Robert Murat.

The mystery of the child’s disappearance and the apparent lack of solid clues to explain what happened contributed to transform this case into one of the most media exposed processes of all times.


source: Lusa, 14.01.2009

5 comments:

  1. "Exploring steps that have not been taken yet"...

    Like a reconsitution, and answering the police's 48 questions? You know, those that your wife refused to answer, fully recognising that in doing so, she could be jeopardizing the investigation and hurting the chances of her own daughter being found?

    Take those steps, Gerry, and then MAYBE you'll be worthy of the public's support.

    Otherwise, do us all a favour and keep your stupid face (and the rest of yourself) out of our country.

    You have done more than enough to insult, humiliate and hurt the Portuguese people.

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  2. Indeed, Anon. But nowhere as near as what he's done to insult, humiliate and hurt his own daughter.

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  3. Gerry McCann returns to Portugal more than a year after he left to escape further police questioning and possible arrest and NOW he's concerned about helping the authorities find Madeleine. How convenient for him to think (well, to say) that his daughter was alive and well, just biding time until her daddy and mommy worked out their legal troubles before coming back to look for her. A person has to be naive and/or stupid to believe this pretense.

    I believe it is just one more demonstration that Mr. Amaral is most likely correct: the child was dead from the beginning of this investigation and the parents know it. There's no hurry to solve the case, only to cover their own sorry butts and rake in more cash for the fund.

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  4. Are Kate and Gerry and their holiday friends going to cooperate at long last with the PJ and do the reconstruction so it can be found out who was where when?

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  5. Isn't there already clear enough evidence to take the McCanns to court?

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