by Marisa Rodrigues
The English police are considering sending a new letter rogatory requesting the re-analyses of the samples that were collected at the apartment from where Madeleine disappeared seven years ago. They did not, however, disclose which type of tests nor their worthiness to the investigation.
At the 3-hour meeting, yesterday [15th], at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine(INML) in Coimbra, the Portuguese forensic experts explained that everything had been done exhaustively back in 2007, with techniques more advanced than the ones used in England at the time. But the British police insisted. They wanted to know the present condition of the samples, if they could still be subject to further analyses with more sophisticated methods and if they could be taken to England.
The Portuguese investigators asked what type of tests they intended to perform and with what goal but were left without an answer. JN established that some of the thoroughly analysed samples no longer exist. Others, such as the hairs and remnants of fabric belonging to a curtain from the apartment, may be retested yet again. A decision that depends of the Public Ministry and requires a formal request, via letter rogatory.
The meeting, without precedents, brought together the most senior boards of criminal and forensic investigation. It was attended by the directors of the Judiciary Police of the Algarve, Luís Mota Carmo and Ana Paula Rito, Helena Monteiro, the Oporto PJ coordinator in charge of the review of the process, three experts from the Forensic Science Laboratory of the PJ as well as experts from the INML, among them one who worked in the case in 2007.
in Jornal de Noticias, 16 Oct. 2014, paper edition