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Maddie Case Likely to be Archived?!


Maddie case on its way to the archive

From Correio da Manha paper edition this morning - article is not online yet:



Crossroads – Accusation does not advance due to lack of evidence against the McCanns



Prosecutor from the Public Ministry agrees with the PJ: the 13 volumes are archived before the 14th



The senior officers at the Polícia Judiciária in Portimão and the prosecutor from the Public Ministry, Magalhães e Menezes, agree about the Maddie case: there is no evidence that allows for an accusation against the McCanns over their daughter’s disappearance. The process will be archived before the 14th of July, the day on which the judicial secrecy ends.



The Judiciária does not make a formal proposal to the prosecutor who is in charge of the process, even due to the fact that it is the Public Ministry that tutors the penal action, but CM knows that in the investigation’s final report there is an explicit suggestion from Paulo Rebelo’s team for the 13 volumes of the process, plus appendices, to be archived at the Portimão Court, waiting for better evidence.



“The norm is for the PJ to opt not to make any proposals to the Public Ministry”, judicial sources recall, and this case, even due to all the adjacent circumstances, did not escape the rule. Anyway, CM established that the prosecutor Magalhães e Menezes is fully in tune with what will be the final outcome of the investigation.



Forgetting about the hypotheses of involuntary homicide or concealment of a cadaver, which for so many months were equated by the PJ and even led to Kate and Gerry being constituted as arguidos, the Public Ministry is likely not even to accuse the couple over the crime of exposure or abandonment, which punishes the act of abandoning a child with a prison sentence of up to five years.



Given the fact that the investigation considered the possibility that Maddie’s disappearance, on the evening of May 3, 2007, from an apartment in Praia da Luz, Lagos, originated from a homicide, the Public Ministry understands that the exposure or abandonment, or simple neglect, are crimes of a lesser importance. Therefore, the case returns to zero, with the McCann couple, but also with Robert Murat, the British man who was a formal suspect for abduction, since the beginning of the investigation, cleared in this entire process.



As far as Maddie’s parents are concerned, CM was able to establish, the decision is largely supported on the final report from the Birmingham lab, which was received early this year, and raises considerable doubts about the possible presence of the body in the McCanns’ car boot.





Source: Correio da Manhã



PJ has no culprits in Maddie case

Investigators end research. Archiving is the probable end.




The PJ did not determine who was responsible for the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, on 3 May 2007. The investigators have already finished their work, without reaching a conclusion. The likely result will be archival.



Almost 14 months after Madeleine disappeared from the room where she slept in the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz (Lagos), the investigation initiated by the judiciary was unable to conclude whether it was an abduction or a homicide. And it also admitted that there is no evidence which ties any of the three arguidos -- Robert Murat, Kate and Gerry McCann - with the girl's disappearance.



From what the JN coud discern from sources connected to the process, the investigators' report "only describes the facts ascertained or not ascertained". Which means that it is not conclusive, nor does it point in any direction: abduction, homicide or hiding a cadaver.



A source from the Attorney General's office told the JN that, "at this time, the process awaits a decision from the Instruction Judge of TIC in Portimão about the admissibility of a type of evidence, such that the process which was undertaken by the PJ has not yet been concluded nor was any final report delivered to the Public Minisitry." The same source clarified even more that "the secrecy of justice will remain until the middle of August of this year."



JN knows that, at issue, is the decision to validate, or not, the photocopies of Kate McCann's diary, which the PJ analyzed and which has no relevance to the process, so that the work is now considered complete.



This situation is criticized by a source connected to the process: "The request was made in September of last year and too much time has passed." The same source believes that, based on this report from the PJ, the decision can only be to archive the Maddie case, which doesn't mean that the process can't be re-opened, if new evidence arises.



According to what was possible to ascertain, the process was sent to the Portimão Court at the end of last week, but was returned to the PJ because the instruction judge had not yet validated the diary. Pedro Frias, the judge, did not request any kind of diligence from the investigators.



Assuming an archival, and according to what happens in other missing persons cases, the police will continue attentive to any new data. The Maddie process could only be re-opened if an important indication or data appears.



Francisco Pagarete, Robert Murat's attorney, said yesterday to JN that he knows nothing about the process. "Since we went to get Robert's things, over three months ago, we have not been contacted by anyone from PJ." As for a possible archiving of the case, Pagarete reminds us that "it's an end that can happen to any case," guaranteeing that he doesn't know "what indications were, or were not, found."



The lawyer awaits the dispatch for archival to know, with certainty, the reasons for this decision, should it come to be taken by the Portimão judge. He guarantees that Murat "is serene." And concludes: "All the diligences by the PJ were accompanied [by us], so that we know what are in the files."



Carlos Pinto de Abreu, the McCann's lawyer, also awaits the decision. In case the process is archived, he says he will study the process "from the first to the last page" to "do that which the parents always wanted, to understand the investigation that has been done and to continue to look for the girl."



Source : Jornal de Notícias



Translation by Astro and Debk



Minor update: British Media Picking the Story



Associated Press : Report: police ending Madeleine investigation

July 1, 2008 3:23 AM ET



LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Portuguese media are reporting that police are dropping their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann due to a lack of evidence. The British girl disappeared in Portugal's Algarve region during a family vacation on May 3rd last year, a few days before her fourth birthday.

Detectives named her parents and a local man as formal suspects in the case.

Two Portuguese newspapers reported today that police could reopen the case if new evidence emerges.

The papers cited unidentified police sources.



Daily Mail : Kate and Gerry McCann to be cleared as Portuguese police close Madeleine investigation

Last updated at 8:44 AM on 01st July 2008 



Kate and Gerry McCann are set to be cleared of any involvement in the disappearance of their missing daughter Madeleine. Portuguese police have concluded their probe into the mystery and found no evidence against the couple, it was claimed today. Fellow suspect Robert Murat will also be cleared of any crime, respected Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Noticias reported. A judge overseeing the probe is now expected to archive the inquiry without ruling on Madeleine's fate.



A source close to the case said: 'The police report barely outlines the conclusive and non-conclusive facts. 'What this means is that it is not conclusive nor does it point in any particular direction - kidnap, murder or the concealment of Madeleine's body.' The McCanns are expected to learn their fate officially after the judicial secrecy surrounding the Madeleine McCann case is lifted on September 15.



Jornal de Noticias said investigating judge Pedro Frias was currently considering a prosecution request to admit as evidence photocopies of Kate McCann's diary. The former GP complains in the diary about the lack of help she gets from heart specialist husband Gerry with domestic chores.



But the newspaper said the request had been made nearly a year ago - and would make no difference to the outcome of the investigation into Madeleine's fate. The source said: 'Police will continue to be attentive to any new information that arises once the case has been archived as happens with other missing children.



'But the Madeleine McCann case can only be reopened if an important piece of evidence comes to light.'



Robert Murat's lawyer Francisco Pagarete said he knew nothing of the latest developments in the Madeleine McCann case. He added: 'We haven't been contacted by anyone in the police for more than three months. Robert is calm.'



The McCanns' Portuguese lawyer Carlos Pinto de Abreu pledged to study the case files 'from the first to the last page' if the case was archived.



He said: 'I want to be in a position to do what the McCanns always wanted, which is to assure themselves the investigation was properly conducted and continue to look for their daughter.' Madeleine, four, disappeared from her parents' holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 last year.



Gerry and Kate announced recently they would ask a High Court judge to order the release of police files on her disappearance.



The couple and the Barcelona-based private detective agency they employ, Metodo 3, want to examine potential lines of inquiry as part of their own search.



Police in their home county of Leicestershire, who lead the British arm of the official investigation, have so far stuck to an agreement with their Portuguese counterparts not to disclose information on the inquiry. The McCanns plan to make their application to Mrs Justice Hogg in the Family Division of the High Court on July 7.



BBC: Police 'closing' Madeleine case

Page last updated at 07:35 GMT, Tuesday, 1 July 2008 08:35 UK



Portuguese police are closing the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, according to local media reports.



Her parents Kate and Gerry McCann are both official suspects in the case, along with a third man Robert Murat.



But two newspapers claim the police have said they "do not have sufficient evidence" to charge the McCanns.



Madeleine, from Rothley, Leics, was three when she disappeared from the resort of Praia da Luz on 3 May 2007.



The Correio da Manha newspaper said on Tuesday that sources within Portugal's judicial police said they "do not have sufficient evidence to allow formal charges to be brought against the McCanns in the disappearance of their daughter".



The Jornal de Noticias said: "The police have not found the guilty".



The newspapers said the closure of the investigation would be announced within the next few days.



Mr and Mrs McCann were due to go to the High Court on 7 July to ask a judge to order police files on the disappearance of their daughter to be released.



In other Countries:



Australia: Maddie's parents 'to escape charges'

1st July 2008, 15:45 WST



The parents of British girl Madeleine McCann will not be charged over her disappearance, and police in Portugal are closing the case, media reports say.



Judicial police "do not have sufficient evidence to allow formal charges to be brought against the McCanns in the disappearance of their daughter," the Correio da Manha newspaper said.



"The police have not found the guilty," echoed the Jornal de Noticias daily.



Madeleine, known as Maddie, disappeared on May 3, 2007, days before her fourth birthday, after she was left sleeping in a holiday apartment as her parents dined with friends in a nearby restaurant in the southern Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz.



Her parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, were made formal suspects on September 7 last year in one of the many dramatic twists in the case. They insisted Maddie had been abducted.



Another Briton, Robert Murat, was also a suspect in the case.



The newspaper said the closure of the investigation would be announced in the next few days.

AFP



Canada: Portuguese police ending Madeleine probe, media reports say

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS



LISBON, Portugal - Portuguese media are reporting that police are dropping their investigation into last year's disappearance of a British girl due to a lack of evidence.



Madeleine McCann went missing in Portugal's Algarve region during a family vacation last May, a few days before her fourth birthday. Detectives named her parents and a local man as formal suspects in the case. Two Portuguese newspapers reported Tuesday that police could reopen the case if new evidence emerges.



The papers cite unidentified police sources.



Officials could not immediately be reached for comment.



Team McCann Reactions:



The McCann’s spokesman has already reacted to the news regarding the archiving of the process relative to Madeleine’s disappearance. In exclusive declarations to Rádio Renascença, Clarence Mitchell highlighted that there was no official information given to Kate and Gerry. « Well, it’s a shame. They should go on searching for Madeleine. But if they are not going to go on searching for her, they should allow access to all the information and reports that they have, so our private investigators may follow those informations in the search for Madeleine. They [the parents] will not give up the search, even if the Portuguese Police feel that they can’t go on.



As for the next step to be taken by the McCanns, the spokesman revealed that that will still be discussed, at least until the Portuguese authorities’ validate the news.



Press releases/McCann statements

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McCanns 'will never give up search'


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The Press Statement



McCanns 'will never give up search'



The parents of missing Madeleine McCann have said they will "never give up searching for their daughter" despite reports that police in Portugal are dropping their investigation.



Kate and Gerry McCann, who are official suspects in the case, are awaiting official confirmation of Portuguese media reports that detectives are to end the case due to lack of evidence.



The McCanns' spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, called for their arguido status to be lifted but urged police not to leave the investigation files to "gather dust".

8 comments:

  1. So the dirty bastards have gotten away with it. Well from a legal point of view anyway, fact is it wont stop the finger pointing and the fact that the McCanns are and will always be as infamous as Brady and Hindley, the moors murderers. They and their children will forever live with the stigma of what happened to Madeleine.
    I hope the low lifes are forever plagued with what they have done.

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  2. Hi Joana
    CNN reported, the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, is closed.
    For the McCann's it wasn't their missing kid, it was damn politics from day 1.
    The political pressure on the PJ and the insults against anything Portuguese have managed to win the McCann's their beloved acqittal.

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  3. I meant "acquittal" on the previous post.

    "speak your mind"

    The file will be released to the press and I bet, we will see legal action taken against the press in Portugal and the UK with "motion to suppress" dockets.

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  4. Mariana do you think the truth will ever be known then? I see the McCanns may gag the british media but surely other countries will print the facts anyhow?

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  5. SYM

    I believe that the brave policeman Amaral will tell us almost everything on his book.
    The McCann's will file to suppress the book too, but they cannot win this one.
    On the other hand, everything they will do, will bring the attention back to them. If they remain suspects, it is another ball game.

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  6. Joana

    I have just thought that if the PJ closed the case today, is the Leicester police obliged to hand everything back to the PJ?
    If it is the case, it is a very clever move on the part of the PJ and it means that the McCann's cannot win on the 7th of July.

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  7. Yes mariana, there is always the inspectors book which guarantees to tell the truth of what happened to Madeleine....and just because they arent going to be charged in a court, they are forever tarred with the fact that the majority of the public believe they are guilty and they will forever be pointed out and live with the whispering. I would say they will be more hated than Hindley and Brady or Fred and Rose West....that will be nice for the twins to grow up with!!

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  8. The next book from anyone:

    "How to do a super,clean and perfect,***disappearance***";

    or "Crimes of all genres and without any problem";

    " Be a champion with bad behaviours".

    Maddie and all children in the Universe: a lot of kisses to YOU ALL!

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