By Rui Pando Gomes
All 11 persons considered as “POI” [Persons of Interest] by Scotland Yard’s investigation will be heard as witnesses. The questioning will take place next week and, according to CM, the witnesses may be constituted arguidos while the questioning is being carried out.
The British police has suggested a list of 253 questions to be put by the PJ to the 11 persons, amongst them, Robert Murat, the first arguido in the original Portuguese investigation.
Among the questions suggested by Scotland Yard there will be direct questions about the responsibility for the death of the child who disappeared in Praia da Luz , Lagos, on the 3rd of May 2007 and where is her body hidden.
The most incriminating questions will only be put to those that British police believe played a role in Madeleine’s disappearance.
The questionings, as CM has published, were scheduled for the last week in November. However, a juridical divergence about the constitution of the suspects as arguidos forced the questionings, requested in the 5th British authorities’ letter rogatory, to be postponed.
7 people were to be heard as arguidos and 4 as witnesses. However, arguidos are not forced to answer all questions and may be accompanied by a lawyer. This matter was brought to the new Prosecutor, Inês Sequeira, who decided that all will be heard as witnesses. Should incriminatory elements arise, the questioning as witness will be suspended and any of the people may be immediately constituted as an arguido, upon being informed of their new rights.
The questionings will be held in the PJ headquarters in Faro.
in Correio da Manhã, December 2, 2014