4 November 2014

Maddie Case: 10 witnesses to be questioned within the scope of the English investigation


Andy Redwood's team in July | Mirror photo

by Marisa Rodrigues

New witnesses of the English investigation to Madeleine McCann's disappearance are going to be questioned at the request of Scotland Yard (SY). The fifth letter rogatory is already in the hands of the Judiciary Police (PJ), who will now have to schedule the questionings.

The new Public Ministry prosecutor, to whom the Maddie process was recently attributed, authorized the questionings and forwarded the letter to the South PJ Directory, in Faro, so they can be carried out. JN was able to establish that there are about ten witnesses and that all of them are going to be questioned for the first time within the scope of the English investigation. Some of them are, however, already known to the Portuguese investigation and they had nothing relevant to say regarding the English child who disappeared seven years ago in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve.

Even though the English police has expressed their interest in questioning again the four men constituted as arguidos [formal suspects], that had been questioned back in July, the English ended up leaving them out of this letter rogatory, which arrived to the Public Ministry in August. These new investigative steps should take place in the very same manner as it happened three months ago, with a notice for the witnesses to appear at the PJ headquarters. When the date is set, Scotland Yard may then request to the National PJ Directory to be present, without being able to intervene, just as before.

Last time they were in Portugal, on the 14th October, the English police expressed their desire to make a new letter rogatory (the sixth) requesting for the re-analyses of the samples that had been collected in the apartment from where Madeleine disappeared, namely hair samples and the fabric belonging to a curtain.

In a meeting at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine (INML), in Coimbra, which gathered detectives and forensic experts, Andy Redwood's team also spoke about the possibility that some of the samples could be taken to England and analysed in a private lab. Until the end of the afternoon, yesterday, no request had been made in that sense to the Public Ministry of Portimão, whose role is to assess and decide on the letters rogatory.

in Jornal de Notícias, paper edition, November 4, 2014

28 comments:

  1. None of the samples should be handed over and taken to England in my opinion, anywhere but!!! Portugal shouldn't let them out of their sight at least then we can expect an unsabotaged result.

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    1. If they handed them out, they should have tested them before and keep records of it.

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  2. I totally agree.....no need of the samples should be removed...

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  3. That makes me wonder why would the samples be 'examined in a private lab'. Is it perhaps because no member of the public would then be able to question the process?

    Many thanks for another excellent update.

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  4. @3 Not sure, but I believe since the FSS closed it's standard practice in the UK to use private labs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forensic_Science_Service

    Thank you for reading :)

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  5. 1) I agree with you that samples should not be handed over to be tested in England.Why oh why are SY not re questioning the whole Tapas holiday group? They claimed they were going to go back to the start but have skipped over the most important witnesses.I really feel someone in the Tapas group will be ready to unload the burden they have been carrying for over 7 years if they are questioned at length.This burden can't be easy to live with for some of them.Imagine trying to sleep at night and constantly seeing little Madeleine's face and probably having nightmares.I can think of two people who could not take too much pressure and when you think about it they made statements but have never undergone serious questioning.

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  6. 7+2+1=10 Surely?

    Never mind, all part of Redwood's "cunning ploy" I'm sure.

    Give me strength, oh Lord give me strength.

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  7. @4. Joana, thanks for the reply and the link; which seems to imply that the Government have utilised a faceless quango for sometime now, which makes me suspicious.

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  8. UK lazy hack Gerard Couzens @gerardinus copied JN's article, added spin and continue the pressure to PT prosecutor 'Maddie McCann: British police to return to Portugal for fresh interviews' http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/531252/Maddie-McCann-British-police-to-return-to-Portugal Churnalism at its best!

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  9. Here we go again, the English police to either lose or tamper with the evidence samples, and yet again let the 2 main culprits in this McCann farce, off the hook.

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  10. I don't think the Tapas lot are going to spill the beans anytime soon, can you imagine the consequences for holding onto information for that long? Do you think they would be immune to prosecution? somehow I doubt it, even a lesser sentence isn't going to happen.

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  11. Article was corrected http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/531252/Maddie-McCann-British-police-to-return-to-Portugal

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  12. As soon as the SY leave the stage, which I hope they will soon do. A real investigation must be conducted by the PJ in Portugal and start where the first ended in 2008. The one who suffers the most is in fact Kate McCann. I cannot stand looking at that face so inflicted with quilt. For her own sake she ought to say what she knows, which is much more than she has told us up to this day. I sincerely feel sorry for her. I do not think that the Met/SY have any intention to manipulate with the forensic substances, but there is of course no reason for handing over anything to them

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  13. @Himself, you cynical old goat! Can't you see, he's whittling down the initial 4 suspects to arrive at this new 10?

    I'd like to see the whole of Portugal put under house arrest until someone owns up. Phones should be confiscated, and questionaires made obligatory. (Assuming PT has a phone network)

    How did it go?
    "Q[x]: Did you kill Madeleine McCann?"

    It appears the first 4 must have all said "no". Who would have thought it?

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  14. Unless concrete proof comes back from testing the samples that Madeleine died in the apartment, I can't see how they would match any D.N.A unless they find a body? Does anyone on here, that's familiar with genetics know the answer to this question as it's puzzled me for a while.

    Thank you.

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  15. What is wrong with you people in Portugal get out and fight for your country fight for the right of the people who have been wronged, fight for justice . I know you are all sick of the McCann saga putting you all down when we all know if they had not left the kids their child would be here now Portugal is not in the wrong get together and tell redwood NOMORE ENOUGH IS ENOUGH rally round stick to your guns and support your people we cannot do that here in Britain because so many people here have tried it seems a losing battle we need Portugal on the side of many of us brits to get to the t RUTH NO WHITE WASH PLEASE DONOT HAND OVER ANYTHING TO US BRITS

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    1. well said anonymous, I feel for Portugal as a country and for the people, Goncal Amaral should have been listened to, the parents should be made to go back to do a reconstruction along with the rest of the tapas lot, It was British police who first came to the conclusion that MM had died in the apartment plus the official from the British Embassy had said that the parents were not as they seem and something was amiss, (not the exact words but it is in the files, thanks Joanna

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  16. Post 17,
    I dare say the Portuguese people are trying to fight for their country!! but like here no-one is listening.. or maybe they are and like Dr Amaral said 'JUSTICE WORKS IN SILENCE'

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  17. I agree with comment 15. The whole of Portugal should be put under house arrest until something significant turns up.

    That should include Joana Morais. With the amount of input she has had on this matter, she must be implicated, surely.

    Then there's me. The fact that I never shipped up in Luz until nearly 5 years ago and have never owned a mobile surely cannot rule me out as a suspect? I'm shininginluz.wordpress.com and the related facts 1) I live in Luz 2) I blog about Luz and 3) I am forced to write most of my posts about Madeleine, these must over-ride that fact that I never entered Luz until 2 years ago. Therefore, it must be me and I should be made an arguido immediately.

    Joana, I hope you got the tongue-in-cheek joke. Please keep up your good work!

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  18. Another joke: Gerry McCann says that Portuguese nation doesn´t have a Royal Navy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmw7vOneO0w
    Well, we must agree that we don´t have a Royal because we live in a Republic, but we do have a Navy! In Portugal we have a saying that states that ignorance is very cheeky. Even his voice gets into my nerves! I can´t stand the sound of it! And he´s always with that ridiculous smile all the time! It´s obnoxious! And he´s going to win, I´m certain of it and he knows it too unless he would look more stressed!

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  19. We, the Portuguese people, are being totally humiliated by this couple and their m.o.! And I simply don´t understand why our authorities allow this to happen! It´s beyond my understanding!

    Nós, enquanto povo português, estamos a ser totalmente humilhados por este casal e pelo seu m.o.! E não entendo como as nossas autoridades permitem que isto aconteça! Está para além da minha compreensão!

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  20. Like many other "conspiracy theorists" I believe the rogatory letters are - have to be - associated with the McTrial of "Big Rock" Amaral. Obviously.

    Of course, if any samples are handled to these cowboys, they run the risk of being contaminated with those of the "suspects" - which I suppose is another reason why these clowns want to be around during the proceedings....

    It will only take a pat in the back, a brush of shoulders, a casual movement (or piece of furniture) to collect that "decisive DNA sample" which will then implicate the sardine munchers. Easy does it.

    Between us, I believe this soap will only end with the canonization of the McCanns at the expense of "Big Rock" Amaral but let us wait and see what the Portuguese Inquisitors have to say.

    Two fingers crossed.

    Sue Sky

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  21. With these people everything is private: Private company (i.e. fund), private investigators (many), private public relations, private secretaries, private labs, and so on...Would they have hired a private nanny, none of this poor soap opera would have happened.

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  22. Post 24
    Very good thinking! As with everything involved in this investigation you have to think of every eventuality, we can't afford to let anymore evidence slip through our fingers that lets the real culprits escape justice.

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  23. To Anon 24

    Right! And... IMO the SY is making lots of wind. Why? Not to whooshwash anything, but to convince the real suspect(s) of the fact that they are looking there, not here. In fact they could be on their way to catch the culprits by singing them asleep and at the same time softly strangling them.

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  24. Sloganman 27,
    I certainly hope so, the quicker their smug/cocky faces are off our TV screens the better I can't stand their whinging /whining voices for much longer.

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