in the Algarve, Luís Mota Carmo, after a search last month
Arguidos were confronted with direct questions about the crime and all of them refuted it
by Marisa Rodrigues
"Did you murder Madeleine? Did you hide her body? Did you assault the apartment?". These were some of the questions put to the four men constituted as arguidos [formal suspects] at the behest of the Scotland Yard. They have all agreed to answer them to refute their involvement in the child's disappearance.
The police interrogations did not result in arrests nor in information that would allow to support the English thesis that the girl was killed for allegedly having surprised burglars in the apartment where the parents left her alone with her twin siblings to go out and dine with friends. The same happened with the inquiries to the 11 witnesses that went on yesterday at the Judiciary Police(PJ) headquarters in Faro.
A PJ source considers “inconceivable” the thesis that people with “humble and poor financial resources” would be able to keep the secret for seven years and recalls the big rewards that were offered to anyone who had information. “It would be far too tempting for some of them, at least for those who would have played a smaller role in the crime, such as monitoring the street, to contact the authorities or even the British newspapers to denounce the others”, he added.
These men are regarded as suspects only in the Scotland Yard investigation. The PJ has no doubts that they had no involvement in the case. However, it was the duty of the Portuguese inspectors to constitute them as arguidos, as ordered by the Public Ministry, since the British authorities classified them as “suspects” in a letter rogatory of July last year. The acceptance of the constitution of arguido was also motivated by the wording of the questions and also so the suspects could defend themselves.
One of the arguidos is Sergey Malinka because hairs were found similar to the ones that were discovered in the McCann's apartment. The others are José Carlos da Silva, a former Ocean Club driver, a 51-year-old man, who is schizophrenic and a young man who was at the time 16 years old, who is similar to a “beggar” spotted near the Ocean Club.
in Jornal de Notícias, paper edition, page 40, July 4, 2014