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McCann Case: New date for the Reenactment

A new date for an eventual reconstruction of the night of Madeleine McCann's disappearance was advanced and it has the agreement of the parents Kate and Gerry, arguidos in the process. It only lacks the "yes" of the witnesses so that can happen on the 29th of May, although sources connected to the process said to the JN that they do not believe that the proceeding will be realised.

This because another date - today - was advanced before but the couple through their spokesman Clarence Mitchell imposed conditions to return to Praia da Luz and to help the PJ to discover what happened to the child missing for more than a year. The McCanns demanded to stop being arguidos and that the reenactment was transmitted alive by a British television. Now it seems they have backtrack.

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Secret of justice in case of Madeleine prolonged by three months. The judge of criminal instruction of Portimão extended the secret of justice in the inquiries to the disappearance of Maddie. The extension was determined to be prolongated till August because the PJ is going to carry out a reenactment with the girl's parents.

According to Rogério Alves , one of their Portuguese lawyers "that misunderstood is surpassed. Kate and Gerry are available to come to Portugal and they do not impose conditions".

"Both said that they are available but it is needed to know if the witnesses are also available and that does not depend on them", he explained. The proceeding is now in a phase of negotiation between the PJ and the witnesses - the friends of the couple - but a source connected to the process believes that it is a "strategy" and that the reenactment will not happen.

The same source reminds the successive "difficulties" that the two arguidos and the Tapas 7 have been putting to return to Portugal and gives examples. "Publicly they claim they are available, but the truth is that they make demands such as five stars hotels which is a thing that it is not possible". Without the presence of all "characters" the reenactment "does not make any sense and will not be done", he adds.

Source: Jornal de Notícias

Enquiry concluded in August

The PJ has proposed the last week of May as a date to do the reconstruction of what happened at 3rd of May of 2007 in Praia da Luz. "If it is not done at that time, probably will not take place", explained a source connected to the process - "the secrecy of justice was enlarged till August and there is left only three months to conclude the enquiry and to elaborate the final report".

According to the same source "it was not possible to make the reenactment in the first date that was proposed (yesterday or today) because some claimed that the date was not feasible". Although the request for this proceed was made through the rogatory letters approved by the British justice - what obliges their fulfilment by the McCanns and friends - any of them can allege personal circumstances. "As to the new date, if someone alleges the impossibility of coming, we will see if he/she is someone essential to the reenactment to decide if it will be done or not".

Source: Correio da Manhã

Translation by Li


  1. This couple will never set foot in Portugal again, unless they are escorted by police onto a plane. You will likely never see any of their colleagues of that night in Portugal either. This nonsense of the re-enactment depending on their friends is just another ploy. Let’s say that it is true that they publicly agree to come to Portugal, and one of their friends refuses giving them the excuse not to come. The police should then offer to use a stand-in and use video conferencing so that the missing person or persons can instruct their stand-in on their movements of that night. Another alternative is to take a virtual program of the scene to England, I believe it was created by people independent of the police, and sit these people together in a room and have them explain their movements. Although that might involve taking people that live in Portugal and were part of that night to England. I believe all these suggestions of mine are useless though because no matter what the re-enactment will not occur, period. The reason being they would all end up looking like fools trying to get each other’s stories to match.

  2. Agree with all you say Guerra, but will this be sen as further proof that the McCanns have not told the truth and will this be used as part of a bigger case against them. Or will it be yes they look as dodgy as hell but that is not proof for a court?

  3. Guerra,
    You may be right.
    In Isabella's case the couple
    (father and stepmother) refused to participate in the re-enactment and they were replaced by two people at the same age, heigh, etc and their steps/timings were taht ones they have told the police.

    This spin around Brazil, don't forget it was referred to S. Paulo( like Isabella's)must have to do with sth to come.

    They will do everything to avoid coming to PT. Let's see.


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