CMTV debate on Operation Grange's “new suspect”
|Police searches Portuguese man|
Maddie Case: New Suspect
Former employee was questioned by PJ years ago
News segment (unknown voice over) - After nine years there's a new suspect in the Maddie McCann case. This time, the line of enquiry of the British authorities pursues a former employee of the Ocean Club, the resort in Praia da luz, in the Algarve, where the English family were holidaying when Maddie disappeared in 2007. Scotland Yard wants to question again the former worker who may be of Portuguese nationality and hasn't yet been located. However, this man had already been questioned by the Judiciary Police (PJ) in 2007, this, because the man in question took part in a burglary in the ocean Club at the lunch time, on the same day that Madeleine disappeared. Even though this man is not being investigated as the abductor he may provide new leads concerning this case. The investigation that would have ended in April will be extended until September. The Sun tabloid advanced that for the investigation of the British authorities to continue a new fund of 96 thousand euros was granted. This new lead is considered to be the last opportunity in the investigation to find Maddie McCann, an investigation of the British authorities that has been ongoing for the past nine years (Op. Grange started in 2011), whose costs have surpassed 14 million euros.
Sara Carrilho - Carlos Anjos, this may be the last opportunity to do something in this investigation opened by the English authorities. Yet this man, this former worker the British police are seeking now had already been questioned in 2007.
Sara Carrilho - What is certain is that vast amounts of money are given to this investigation.
Sara Carrilho - Professor Rui Pereira, we are getting closer to the 10th anniversary of Madeleine McCann's disappearance, and there is no credible lead. This suspect committed a crime of burglary during the morning but nothing links him directly to the disappearance.
Carlos Anjos - I am in complete agreement. I too believe this is a reaction to the aquittal since the Supreme Court practically dismisses the abduction thesis, so something had to be created, a sort of game. Then the incompetent authorities, they do think like that, ironically, every suspect identified so far was done by the incompetent authorities, because so far they weren't able to have the necessary incompetence to identify a suspect, they have to pick up from those who had already been identified. Then, the issue of British chauvinism is always present. If we rewind the film, who was the main suspect, the one that had the strongest suspicions against him? It was Robert Murat, unjustly, the ground had been disturbed...
Sara Carrilho - He was constituted as an arguido.
Carlos Anjos - ... He was constituted as an arguido.
Rui Pereira - He had some pornographic material on his computer.
Carlos Anjos - ... Exactly, searches were done to his home. Did the English authorities, in their investigation, ever suspect Robert Murat? No, because he is a fellow countryman.
Rui Pereira - Precisely.
Carlos Anjos - In other words, who are the suspects the English authorities pursue? A drunk man, or a.. They've came after all the unfortunate persons, Portuguese, that could not even afford to defend themselves legally, and we only didn't have more people persecuted because those had nothing whatsoever to do with the case.
Rui Pereira - Carlos that expresses, and I'm not an expert of criminal investigation, but that expresses a systematic error by the British authorities, which is, they pay greater attention to the area, to those who were in the area instead of the close circle of family and friends. It is there in my perspective....
Sara Carrilho - That's an issue that was also pointed out by the Supreme.
Carlos Anjos - But that is exactly where they don't want to focus. What the British authorities clearly want is to exonerate the circle that was close to the child, to protect them of being accountable for what has happened to Maddie, for the way they've treated her, that is the crime of exposure and abandonment of the children. That is why they are trying to get an “abductor”, so they can assign the blame to a poor fellow, irrespectively if he is alive or dead, regardless if they find the child or not, whilst clearing all the others from the circle. I firmly believe that is an impossibility.
Sara Carrilho - But the fact is that they have 96 thousand euros to continue the investigation.
Broadcast by CMTV, Rua Segura Se.17 EP.52, March 15, 2017