New questionings start today at the Judiciary Police (PJ), in Faro, on Scotland Yard’s request
By Marisa Rodrigues
Among the eleven witnesses there is a man with a criminal record for sexual assault of a female British tourist in Praia da Luz in 1995. He is a Portuguese citizen and has a similar appearance to one of the e-fits, he even had journalists at his door in 2008 and he was photographed with a shotgun in his hands.
The PJ eliminated him from the investigations at the time but Scotland Yard considers him a suspect. The detectives want the man to explain what he did on the 3rd of May 2007 ( the date in which 3 year old Madeleine McCann disappeared ), his phone calls and his bank statements for that day and what connections does he have with Sergey Malinka (one of the four men constituted as arguidos in July 2014.
Scotland Yard also wants to know if the [Portuguese] police already have his DNA and finger prints. The majority of the almost 130 questions is incriminatory. Despite this fact, he is called for questioning as a witness, as are the remaining ten persons.
Robert Murat to be questioned
One of the most awaited questionings is Robert Murat’s. He was the first arguido in the Portuguese investigation and he will be questioned tomorrow, as well as his wife Michaela Walczuch and her former husband, Luís António. Sílvia Baptista, in charge of the Ocean Club workers, the resort manager John Hill and his wife are also on this list.
A meeting between the two police forces is scheduled for Friday to evaluate the steps requested by the British police to be carried out by the PJ. Andy Redwood will still participate in this meeting. He is expected to retire by the end of this month. The new Operation Grange chief coordinator, Nicola Wall, leads a team specialised in homicide and serious crime.
in Jornal de Notícias, paper edition, December 9, 2014