Former MAI Rui Pereira: 'McCanns should remain as arguidos until the end of the inquest'
News Anchor - Rui Pereira said the PJ has new evidence in the Maddie case, otherwise the process would not have been reopened. The parents aren't expected to be suspects in this new line of investigation, however the CMTV commentator stated that according to the same inquest, Gerry and Kate should remain as arguidos.
Voice Over - The reopening of the Maddie case isn't unique in Portugal, this is the practice of the Judiciary Police in processes that involve missing people, as it happened with the Rui Pedro case. There are new evidence and a renewed team on the field, without new evidence this case would never be reopened.
Cut to a debate with Carlos Anjos, President of the Committee for the Protection of Crime Victims/ former president of the Criminal Investigation Officers' Union of the PJ (ASFIC/PJ) and Rui Pereira, Former Minister of Internal Administration (MAI)/Constitutional Court judge, with a CMTV moderator.
Rui Pereira - For the process to be reopened it is mandatory that new means of evidence exist. Who is it that reopens the inquest? The Public Ministry. Obviously, the Judiciary Police has a decisive role here, it's the Judiciary Police on the field that collects the evidence and delivers it to the Public Ministry...
CMTV moderator - That then assess it.
Rui Pereira - Therefore, upon that assessment, the Public Ministry would say "Very well, here is new evidence, consequently we're going to reopen the case". That decision has to be taken by the Public Ministry.
Voice over - The McCann couple won't be identified as suspect in the new line of investigation, but Rui Pereira recalls that the ongoing inquest will be the same therefore Maddie's parents should remain as arguidos in the process.
Cut to debate that was previously broadcast by CMTV.
Rui Pereira - Despite the joy manifested by the parents of little Maddie, they should continue to be arguidos in the process, since that status remains until the end of the inquest.
Voice over - The CMTV commentator believes the inquest will now be reopened only with suspects, without the constitution of new arguidos.
Cut to debate.
Rui Pereira - There are suspects or even if they aren't identified, there are clues that could lead to suspects, but there shouldn't be, for the moment, constitution of arguidos. Now, I expect, and that is something that we all hope, that the leads are truly effective and that in the short run arguidos will be constituted.
Voice over - The reopening of the process was confirmed by the Public Ministry last Thursday after the Judiciary Police submitted new elements of evidence in the case.
CMTV, October 25, 2013
«Arguido - (male, Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐɾˈɡwidu]) or arguida (female, [ɐɾˈɡwidɐ]), normally translated "named suspect" or "formal suspect", is a status in Portuguese language legal systems, including the legal systems of Portugal and Mozambique. It is given to a person whom the authorities suspect may have committed an offence. This designation does not exist in certain other jurisdictions. In a criminal investigation a person has to be declared an arguido prior to being arrested. Portuguese law makes a distinction between arguido and suspect.» in Wikipedia
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