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Telecinco Journalist refutes the Judiciary Police statement

The denial of the Judiciary Police (PJ), in a declaration issued on Monday, to the news piece aired by the TV channel Spanish Telecinco, where it was revealed an alleged statement of Kate McCann given to the police, a statement that would be under the secrecy of justice, where Kate criticized her daughter Madeleine, just a few hours before the girl disappeared on the 3rd of May of 2007, from the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz, near to Lagos, deserve a reaction from the author of the surprising revelation.

In declarations, yesterday to the DN, the journalist Nacho Abad reaffirmed that it "is truthful" the content of the information disclosed by the Spanish TV channel, guaranteeing to have access to documents that can prove it.

“It surprises me that the McCann family says that it is true and that the Portuguese police say that it is false. But I do not want to take part in any battle between the McCanns and the PJ. I am going to keep on doing my work and try to find the truth about Madeleine's disappearance “emphasized Nacho Abad.

The journalist denied to have had as a source the McCann’s spokesman, Clarence Mitchell - a conviction inside the PJ who thought that this situation was instigated in order to try to discredit the investigation and to find a pretext to avoid the re-enactment of the events in the night in which the child disappeared - or the Spanish agency of detectives Método3, hired since September 2007 by the McCanns. And he didn’t say anything further, stating that: “Obviously, I have to protect my source".

The case originated in a news piece aired last week by Telecinco about an alleged statement where Gerry and Kate McCann described to the PJ that hours before Madeleine had disappeared, their daughter questioned them on their absence in the previous night.

President of the Bar Association criticizes PJ

On the other side, in accordance with the TV Globe’s Site, the President of the Bar, António Marinho Pinto, affirmed, on Monday, in a meeting in Lisbon with international correspondents, that the PJ " failed to recognize the lack of advancements in the Madeleine McCann’s case", having the investigation of the case, in his perspective, arrived to "a dead end” and that “the police is unable to acknowledge that fact". For Marinho Pinto, the PJ dedicated the first months of the investigation "sending messages through the press about who were the guilty persons".

In this period, remembered the President of the Bar, the headlines of the press "were implying" that Gerry and Kate McCann were involved in Madeleine's disappearance, reinforcing in this sense criticism to the police actions in a country where much "is investigated for the newspapers", besides existing, in some cases, "frictions" between the different forces of national security.

Source: Diário de Notícias

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