by Manuel Catarino [Correio da Manhã editor-in-chief]
The Attorney General's Office, sensitive to the pressures exerted by London, opened the the judicial process into the disappearance of Maddie. The investigation ended in a blind alley and the case, naturally shelved in the summer of 2008, awaited any relevant data that could shed light on the mystery.
The PJ had no other alternative than to create a 'special group' to analyse the process which rested in a filing cabinet: something could have escaped the early investigators. The PJ finds a suspect for the abduction of the girl - a suspect that is already dead.
The new thesis is highly desirable: removes the suspicions from the McCann couple and throws the process, again, in the tranquillity of the filing cabinet. But the British police does not want a dead suspect. They prefer a live one. British inspectors are in the Algarve - and they insist on questioning three suspects.
If the English allow me the suggestion, you did not have to bother with the nuisance of the trip.
You have an alive suspect in England: David Payne, one of the McCanns' friends on the holiday, reported for indecent behaviour with children and he was never investigated.
in Correio da Manhã, January 30, 2014
David Payne May Hold the Key to Maddie's Mystery - April 2009
Since the 16th of May 2007, the British authorities possess an official formal statement presented by Katherine and Arul Gaspar, regarding suspicions about David Payne's behaviour which might be consistent with paedophilia acts.
English Ignored Complaint for Paedophilia Against One of the McCanns Friends - July 2008
Twelve days after Maddie disappeared, a couple revealed the strange behaviour of one of the group’s members. Testimonies only reached the Judiciária in January this year
Suspicions about Payne were never investigated - April 2009
The suspicions against medic David Payne, one of the McCanns’ English friends, who was in Praia da Luz on the 3rd of May 2007, when Madeleine disappeared, were never investigated.
Further reading (official case files):
Witness statements of Yvonne Warren Martin
McCann Case: David Anthony Payne Rogatory Interview Part I
McCann Case: David Anthony Payne Rogatory Interview Part II
McCann Case: David Anthony Payne Rogatory Interview Part III