The English police want to dig in Praia da Luz, in the Lagos area, to search for the body of Madeleine McCann, the British toddler who disappeared seven years ago.
The intention of Scotland Yard which was reported last night in the English press, will only be possible with the permission of the Portuguese authorities.
The British plan to use ground-radar equipment and send to Portugal a team of investigators specialized in the search of cadavers.
in Correio da Manhã, May 5, 2014
Extract from Público newspaper
"(...) "Despite of the English investigators willingness the steps at stake must be authorized by the Portuguese authorities. A PJ source as assured to Público that the Attorney General's Office (PGR) has recently received a letter rogatory in which the British authorities require several steps that have not yet been authorized. The PJ has not confirmed if the request includes excavations.
In fact, the same source said that some of the proceedings, given their nature, should not be approved. The requests that are authorized can also take place on the ground with or without the presence of the English police investigators, stressed the PJ source. Público questioned the Attorney General's Office (PGR) that so far has not provided any clarification.
The process of inquiry into the disappearance of British girl was reopened in Portugal in October last year, but these steps planned by the British detectives will occur, possibly, only within the scope of the investigation in that country. (...)" .
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