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Portuguese detectives request more time in Madeleine McCann investigation

Portuguese detectives investigating the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann have asked the attorney general to keep documents in the case classified.

Under Portuguese law, the details of investigations are secret for the first eight months after police identify a formal suspect - a deadline that falls next week.

However, police can ask for more time in exceptional cases and official suspects, police and lawyers can be prosecuted if they discuss details of an open case in public while it is classified.

Portugal's national news agency, Lusa, quoting an unidentified official at the Attorney-General's office, said police requested a three-month extension.

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