by Hugo Franco
"The British authorities have sent to their Portuguese counterparts a rogatory letter about the Maddie case. The Portuguese Attorney General sent it to the Judiciary Police in order to be fulfilled according to the usual procedures". this was the only comment made by the Judiciary Police national deputy director, Pedro do Carmo, to the news that the Judiciary Police had already established a team to work on the avenues of the investigation identified by the British police regarding the disappearance of the English child, Madeleine McCann, as was advanced by the news agency Lusa.
According to sources from the Scotland Yard, heard by Lusa, a team of six officers from the Judiciary Police in Faro was formed to assist the British unit responsible for the "Operation grange" of the Metropolitan Police, who is reviewing all leads related with the case after the intervention of the British prime minister, David Cameron.
Portugal is one of the 31 countries whose authorities have received a rogatory letter with a request for assistance relative to elements the British police wishes to see clarified, related to people or phone data.
38 suspects and 37 inspectors working on the case
Detective chief inspector Andy Redwood, responsible for the team of 37 people working on this case, stated the British police are trying to find out who are the owners of the cell phones identified has having been in the area around the time of the disappearance.
"This data base related to cell phones", he said, "had already been investigated, but not to the detail level" that they are now doing. In July, the British police announced the existence of "38 persons of interest" who they wish to question, among which are several Portuguese. "Those are people who were within a radius of the place of the disappearance of whom there is reason to suspect. It takes a little more than circumstantial factors", explained Redwood.
To the 12 British equally identified were 3 others, who are already being investigated but about whom the inspector believes that "they will be possibly eliminated" soon from the list. Scotland Yard, who has been working on the case for a year [sic, since 2011], is confident to have found relevant "new information", based on the 40 thousand documents gathered by the police from Portugal, United Kingdom and by the eighth different private detective companies [hired by the McCanns].
New TV appeal on the 14 of October
Scotland Yard will launch a new appeal, broadcast first by the BBC, in October 14, and in the following days at TV channels in Germany and in the Netherlands, there are also ongoing talks to do the appeal in Ireland.
Madeleine McCann disappeared a few days before her 4th birthday, on May 3, 2007, from the room where she was sleeping along with her siblings from an apartment in a tourist resort in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, while the parents dined with a group of friends in a nearby restaurant.
After one of the most expensive investigations carried out by the Portuguese authorities, one year later, on July 21, 2008, the prosecutor decided to archive the process of the investigation into the disappearance of Maddie, for lack of evidence, and withdraw the status of arguido from the English girl's parents, who disappeared in May 2007.
Three years after Portugal shelved the process, the British launched a review into the case. And now in July this year, the London Metropolitan Police, better known as Scotland Yard, has advanced to a new stage of the ongoing inquest on Madeleine McCann.
Heard at the time by Expresso, a Judiciary Police source assured that until now nothing had been found by the British to justify the reopening of the process [in Portugal]. "At least not in the light of the Portuguese law, there is no evidence", said the same officer.
in in Expresso, 4 October 2013
Extract from Público newspaper
«A team of six officers from the Judiciary Police of Faro has been for about a month complying with inquiries requested by the British authorities in the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, said a source of that police force after it was announced the creation of that team in a press conference given by the Scotland Yard.
Nevertheless, the inquiries have not led to the creation of new relevant facts, remaining thus archived the process of the investigation of the English child in Portugal.
At this moment there are no elements of the English police in Portugal, but a meeting is taking place soon to assess the evidence gathered, the Judiciary Police source also admitted that some future inquests are likely to be accompanied by British officers.»