No request to reopen the process relative to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been received by the Public Ministry.
Both the Portuguese Public Ministry [Attorney General's Office] and the National Directorate of the Portuguese Judiciary Police maintain and support the position that there are no grounds to reopen the investigation.
“The process can only be reopened only when there are new and credible facts [evidence]. Mere hypothesis are insufficient”, said the Attorney General Pinto Monteiro recalling that there were “thousands of sighings” of the child that were proved to be false.
Pedro do Carmo, the National Deputy Director of the Judiciary Police told Público that, so far, “there are no new elements that could substantiate the reopening of the process”.
Pedro do Carmo advanced that the process of Maddie's disappearance, at the time with almost four years old, from the apartment where she was spending holidays with her parents and siblings, in Praia da Luz, is currently being re-analysed together by the Scotland Yard and a special unit from Oporto's Judiciary Police headed by the superior inspector coordinator Helena Monteiro.
According to the British media, the British police revealed yesterday that they have detected 195 “new avenues of investigation” of the so-called Maddie case.
in Público, April, 26 2012
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