PJ arrives for last 'round' in England… and Maddie's parents go to Brussels
PJ in England today to explain contradictions
To explain the contradictions found in the testimonies of the "Tapas 7" and to untangle the theory of kidnapping supported by the parents of Madeleine McCann are the main objectives of the Judiciary Police (PJ), which arrived today in England to carry out the rogatory letter. The PJ wants to understand if some of the persons who were spending holidays with Kate and Gerry, in the Praia da Luz, in Lagos, “lied to corroborate the version of the couple ", explained, to the JN, a source connected with the process. The members of the group of friends are going to be confronted by elements of proof that meantime were gathered.
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The same source admits that the PJ keeps on distrusting the McCanns, which were constituted arguidos and indicted by corpse's occultation and simulation of the crime of kidnapping. "As contradictions were detected in the statements of their friends, which also point in the same way - of the kidnapping - it is necessary to explain them", added the source.
The interrogations are going to have place in the headquarters of the Leicester Police, city where the McCanns live, and are going to be accompanied by three Portuguese investigators. The team is led by the coordinator of criminal investigation of the PJ of Portimão, Paulo Rebelo. Rebelo is accompanied by inspector Ricardo Paiva - his right-arm and since the first minute the liaison officer with the British Police - and by João Carlos, the officer who leads the brigade of the Regional Section of Combat to Banditism put in charge of the Madeleine case.
However, the PJ will not see their task an easy one, "On the contrary of what one might think, the British Police is not carrying out the duty of secrecy, giving various informations to the journalists", an investigator complains. " Proving it, are the news that in the last days have been published, "which reveal details that are in the rogatory letter. It will not be surprising if the witnesses already know the questions", he adds. Kate and Gerry will not be questioned for the time being, which will eventually happen in a subsequent phase. Everything depends on the answers of the witnesses.
The team that was sent by the Judiciary Police will interview 24 friends and relatives of Kate and Gerry McCann, as well as Justine McGuiness, Clarence Mitchell and the famous Tapas seven.During this week the tapas seven will be called to headquarters of the Police of Leicester: Russel O'Brien, his partner, Jane Tanner, Rachell Manpilly, her husband, Matthew Oldfield, Dianne Webster, her daughter Fiona Paine and the son-in-law, David Payne.
Kate and Gerry will not be in the United Kingdom on Thursday, due to their trip to Brussels, where they will debate with MEP’s about the creation of a European alert network for missing children.
Meanwhile, this weekend, there has been another disappearance. A 10-year-old girl disappeared in Sweden when she was returning home on her bike. The police believe that she was abducted.
Yesterday the filing of the process was known against a couple accused of trying to extort money from the McCanns. The judge considered that the Italian man and the Portuguese woman just wanted to give some evidences on Maddie's whereabouts.
A Judiciary Police officer said today: “We were contacted some months ago by the lawyers of two of the persons who where in the dinner, noticing that their clients where willing to alter the initial declarations given to the PJ. We do not know if, when so much time has passed, they still maintain the same stance. We do hope that such happens and that we can take one more step for the discovery of the truth in this case”
EU Appeal of Sousa Uva
The creation of a system of European alert for missing children appeared after Margarida Sousa Uva, the wife of the president of the European Commission, Durão Barroso, alerted Brussels for the “lack of political will " in the 27 member states to create an efficient system of alert for disappearances. " Unfortunately, the rights of the children are not a priority in the political agenda", criticized Margarida Sousa Uva, which has just been elected the president of the Portuguese Association for Missing Children. Margarida Sousa Uva remembered then that the mechanism of alert is already been applied efficiently in Germany, France, Greece and United Kingdom, lacking only to extend it to the 27 member states.
In Europe there is already a missing children hotline to call:116000
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Leicestershire constabulary and PJ's Paulo Rebelo pictures by Stevo