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PGR on the McCanns Process: Archived!

The hypothesis, before 16:00:.... "Sources Connected to the Maddie case defend that the Attorney General can advance today with the closing of the process until new proofs appear. This in practice does represents a suspension that is not pleasing to the lawyers of the arguidos, who claim the definite archiving....."

Latest news: Official via Lusa News Agency :

Madeleine: PGR arquiva processo - oficial 21/07/2008 16:02

Process Archived. There is always the possibility of the case being re-opened again.
The 3 arguidos will have their status lifted.

Statement from the General Attorney Office


Through a dispatch dated of today (21.07.2008), delivered by both magistrates from the Public Ministry responsible for the case, the archiving of the inquest concerning the disappearance of the minor Madeleine McCann was determined, for not having obtained evidence of the practice of any crime by the arguidos.


Therefore, the arguido status of Robert James Queriol Evelegh Murat, Gerald Patrick McCann and Kate Marie Healy, ceases and the coercion measures that were imposed on them are declared extinct.


The hierarchical complaint, the request for the opening of an instruction process or the reopening of the inquest, may take place, if required by those who have the legitimacy to do so.


The inquiry may be reopened by initiative of the Public Ministry or at the request of anyone interested, if new elements of proof arise that give origin to new serious, pertinent and consequent diligences.


After the legal deadlines, the process may be consulted by anyone who reveals a legitimate interest in it, given that the formalism and limits imposed by law are respected.

Lisbon, July 21, 2008

The Press Cabinet

Ana Lima


Por despacho com data de hoje (21.07.2008) proferido pelos dois magistrados do Ministério Público competentes para o caso, foi determinado o arquivamento do inquérito relativo ao desaparecimento da menor Madeleine McCann, por não se terem obtido provas da prática de qualquer crime por parte dos arguidos.


Cessa assim a condição de arguido de Robert James Queriol Evelegh Murat, Gerald Patrick McCann e Kate Marie Healy, declarando-se extintas as medidas de coacção impostas aos mesmos.


Poderão ter lugar a reclamação hierárquica, o pedido de abertura de instrução ou a reabertura do inquérito, requeridos por quem tiver legitimidade para tal.


O inquérito poderá vir a ser reaberto por iniciativa do Ministério Público ou a requerimento de algum interessado se surgirem novos elementos de prova que originem diligências sérias, pertinentes e consequentes.


Decorridos que sejam os prazos legais, o processo poderá ser consultado por qualquer pessoa que nisso revele interesse legítimo, respeitados que sejam o formalismo e limites impostos por lei.

Lisboa, 21 de Julho de 2008

O Gabinete de Imprensa

Ana Lima


  1. Madeleine will R.I.P.
    Gordon Brown will not but the McCann's will be forever grateful to him.

  2. Então,há dias uk não tinha ratificado oportunamente o tratado de lx?



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