Maddie Case: Attorney General's Office approved searches and excavations
Request was in the latest letter rogatory sent by the British authorities
PGR] has agreed to the request from the British police for searches and excavations to be done in Praia da Luz. The request appears in the latest letter rogatory.
Marisa Rodrigues (voice over)
It's the most important of the steps that were requested in the third rogatory letter. The British police want the searches to be carried out on sites in Praia da Luz where they suspect Madeleine's body might be buried. Searches will be made with a radar that will allow the analysis below ground.
In the locations map there are areas signalled near the apartment where the child disappeared 7 years ago and a road, which at the time was undergoing repairs. This are the places that the English detectives argue the PJ did not explore thoroughly.
This letter rogatory, like the preceding ones, has been assessed by the Public Prosecutor of Portimão.
TVI knows that the searches, which already foresee the possibility of excavations, were already authorized by the prosecutor. What remains now is to set the dates and how they will be performed.
The British police also asked to be present at the time that those actions are carried out by the Portuguese inspectors, but that decision lies with the National Direction of the PJ and has not yet been taken.
Last March the Metropolitan Police announced they were looking for a sexual predator, connected to the abduction theory, which they have always advocated.
With this new path and although it is not officially confirmed, they are admitting, for the first time the possibility of Madeleine being dead.
in article & broadcast by TVI, May 5, 2014