TVI news anchor Pedro Pinto - Scotland Yard returned to the Algarve, this time to question 4 arguidos and 11 witnesses, they are fulfilling the letters rogatory. The four suspects reside in Praia da Luz.
[From 0:18 until 1:37 is the same news piece that was broadcast at lunch time with different footage already translated here.]
TVI news anchor Pedro Pinto - Marisa Rodrigues is in Faro, good evening. Have the questionings already ended?
TVI news journalist Marisa Rodrigues [in Faro at 8 pm] - Good evening, the information that we have is that not yet. The Judiciary Police intended to question throughout the day these four arguidos, and that is precisely what happened. Some of the arguidos have already left the PJ headquarters premises, others still remain inside, one of them is Sergey Malinka. These men, as far as we were able to find out, have all agreed to answer the questions the English police wished to ask them. At least one of the arguidos, according to what one of his family members said here earlier on, faced 253 questions, from which one can infer that the questionings will be time-consuming and will take more hours until they are concluded.
What is the line of investigation being pursued now by the Scotland Yard? The British detectives believe that three of these men, in other words the other arguidos including Malinka, masterminded a plan to burglarize the apartment where Madeleine McCann was spending her holidays with her parents, and that the child woke up and surprised them during the robbery. For that same reason they decided to murder her and leave the apartment carrying her body, one of the men carrying her on his arms and then conceal it in Praia da Luz.
In common these four arguidos have the fact that they all reside in Praia da Luz and that they have made phone calls to each other in the night of the disappearance and from what is known, they have little else in common.One of these arguidos is a young man, who at the time was only 16 years old and is somehow given the profile of a burglar, a theory followed by the English police.
It was precisely on the request of the Scotland Yard that these proceedings are now taking place. Today the four arguidos were questioned, tomorrow the witnesses will start to give their statements.
Sniffer dogs are also here in Praia da Luz who are likely going to do searches in the cars owned by the arguidos.
TVI news anchor Pedro Pinto - Marisa Rodrigues, live from Faro, following the questionings regarding the Madeleine McCann case.
TVI, Jornal das 8 [extract], broadcast on July 1st, 2014 at 20pm