By James Murray
KATE and Gerry McCann have asked David Cameron to help find their daughter Madeleine after a private emotional meeting with the Tory leader.
They spent half an hour at his Westminster office explaining their frustration and disappointment with the investigations.
If Mr Cameron wins the election – expected on May 6 – the McCanns hope he would give the case a new priority and order a review of all the evidence.
Mr Cameron, 43, the father of two young children himself, expressed a desire to the couple to do anything in his power to discover what happened to Madeleine, who disappeared from a holiday flat in Praia da Luz on the Algarve on May 3, 2007.
Andy Coulson, the Tory director of communications [pictured left], and Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’spokesman who hopes to stand as a Conservative in the forthcoming election,were also present.
Last week it was disclosed that Kate and Gerry, 41-year-old doctors from Rothley, Leics, have had a private meeting with Home Secretary Alan Johnson [pictured bellow] to request a review of the evidence.
The McCanns’ lawyer has been given a Portugese police file of new sightings which have not been properly investigated. She is particularly interested in information that Madeleine may have been in Spain and Italy.
Last week a judge in Portugal ruled that a book by a former police chief should continue to be banned because his unproven claim that Madeleine died in the flat is damaging the search.
On Friday Kate McCann was close to tears as she spoke of the “heartbreaking” failure by police to probe new leads.
“There’s a little girl still missing and you can’t just write her off and say ‘Well, we’ve tried and that’s just too bad’,” she said. “It’s not good enough.”
Mr McCann said: “Information which we think is very credible and worthy of further investigation has not been actioned. We’re gutted, it’s absolutely shocking.”
in Daily Express, 21.02.2010
A word of advice for the above mentioned politicians and media-spin doctors, Portugal is a sovereign nation since July 26, 1139 when Afonso Henriques declared Portugal's independence from the Almoravid (Moorish) Kingdom. We have been through a Monarchy, a Constitutional Monarchy (1822), a Republic (1910) and Estado Novo (New State) (1933) dictatorship, still we remained a sovereign nation. Since 1974 [Carnation Revolution] Portugal is a democratic republic and remains sovereign; therefore the exercise of the judicial power by the competent authorities over criminal and legal matters that took place in national territory are under Portuguese jurisdiction.
According to the Portuguese Penal Code
It is applied the Portuguese Law Code, when the crime has been committed in whole or partially, or under any other form of participation, in the national territory. It suffices the execution, preparation, or any other means of participation verified on national territory in order that all the agents : authors or accomplices to be punishable by Portuguese Law, even when, some, have committed their activities abroad.
Jurisdiction of the courts - Portugal at the European Judicial Network (deprecated but simple)
On Conflicts of Jurisdiction and the Principle of ne bis in idem in Criminal Proceedings at the Justice Ministry
PDF - The International Relations Office of the Portuguese Ministry of Justice on conflicts of Jurisdiction for the EU Comission