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Maddie: Prosecutors break the “silence”

Public Ministry recognises that diligences are made to check out leads that continue to arrive

by Cláudia Lima da Costa and Patrícia Pires

The investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Praia da Luz, Algarve, was archived on the 21st of June 2008. Without a reply. Almost a year later, the prosecutors who hold the process admit, for the first time, to tvi24.pt that they continue to receive “diverse information” about the case, but until now none of the leads has “resulted in a fact or circumstance” that could justify “the reopening of the inquiry”.

As the date that marks two years after the disappearance of the little British girl draws closer, tvi24.pt tried to obtain further clarification from the Public Ministry’s prosecutors who hold the process, but the magistrates state that they “have nothing further to add to what is written in the final dispatch”.

Nevertheless, they recognise that they keep receiving “diverse information” and that it “has been the target of analysis and treatment whenever they reveal a minimum of consistence or verisimilitude”. That is to say, some diligences are still being carried out in the process. The Public Ministry further stresses that “from the indications that have been received until now, no fact or circumstance has been produced that could justify the reopening of the inquiry”.

Information has been arriving not only “at the Public Ministry” but also at “criminal police forces” and they are all “analysed under the adequate jurisdiction”, tvi24.pt was informed in writing, thus breaking the silence since the process had been archived.

As an example, the Public Ministry’s prosecutors add that “even the Attorney General’s Office has received many emails, coming from England”, and they assert once more that “until now, none of them has supplied any solid lead or any piece of evidence that is worth of prompting the reopening of the process”.

Sightings and mediums

A police source confirmed to tvi24.pt that, in fact, there is still a significant amount of information about the case being sent to authorities, both in Portugal and in England. But the source explains that “a major part of that are sightings all over the world, and others are “clues” sent in by mediums”.

source: IOL Diário, 30.04.2009


  1. Sadly the portuguese are well aware of the degree of skill and sucess of the public prossecutors in Portugal. Their means and investigative techniques must be very low indeed, as one as seen over the last few years, with most of the cases under their control ending up archived or defeated in court for lack of proof.

    I wish it would be the P.J. and the P.J. only to make the investigation of any new leads and tips, maybe we would see some results...

  2. A Diligence from EnglandYou will be aware that, under late-stage capitalism, the rich get richer and the poor get shafted. Who can doubt that the fortunes acquired by the primary stockholders of Madeleine McCann Inc. are not, like bankers’ salaries and bonuses, indicative of the esteem in which they are held?

    Tapas9, Murat, Amaral, the British and Foreign Media, to name but few, have prospered mightily on the demise of one little girl. Who can doubt that this prosperity will continue, and should continue?

    We are asked to spare a thought for the hapless employees of Ocean View, now sadly reduced in number, and for the unfortunate families of those now unemployed. But was it not their lack of diligence which allowed this predator to rampage around Ocean View, sedating and abducting at will, unseen and undetected?

    Surely the Ocean View employees, and all those in PDL dependent for their livelihood on the tourist trade, understand that they must suffer for their transgressions, while others prosper.

    They, after all is said and done, are responsible for this unfortunate state of affairs, in allowing the abductor free rein. For there most certainly was an abductor. Gerry and Kate McCadaver told us so, and spend vast sums of money to ensure we do not forget.

  3. Grrrr. Parece a voz do dono: nada é importante do que chega; só falta mesmo dizer como o dono:" mostrem-me o corpo".

    E se o corpo tiver sido reduzido a cinzas? Se o corpo está num dos muitos buracos,na altura abertos na P. da Luz(sei que foram inspecionados,mas....); e se a sepultura estiver dentro da Igreja,junto a outros restos mortais?

    SÃO OS MESMOS.os da altura do desaparecimento de Maddie e agora com os escândalos.

    Será que o Gordo Brown, ao vir a Lisboa,terá proibido que se calassem para sempre com o caso da Pequenina,MAS," fiquem já a saber que vamos investigar os dinheiros entre uk e Portugal..." tau tau

  4. terá ordenado (e não ter proibido - isto é que era bom)
    correcção do lapus linguae,do meu coment.anterior ..


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