Portuguese police have
insisted they will solve the mystery of Madeleine McCann's disappearance.
Faro police chief
Guilhermino Encarnacao, who is in charge of coordinating the investigation
into the missing girl, has brushed off criticism of his force.
He insisted the to
insist the case was moving forward.
investigators have been locked in a war of words with the four-year-old's
parents and their press spokesman Clarence Mitchell following the leaking of
the couple's police statements.
Last week Mr Mitchell
demanded an inquiry into how the McCanns' witness statements - given shortly
after their daughter vanished - had been leaked and claimed it was another
attempt to smear the couple.
In a rare public
statement, the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) then criticised Mr Mitchell for his
Dr Encarnacao, speaking
after a meeting between public prosecutors and police who travelled to Britain for
fresh interviews with the McCanns' holiday friends, said: "Everything's
"The inquiries carried
out in the UK
are progressing in the best way possible."
He said the police were
not "vulnerable to pressure" from any party involved.
"The investigation will
bring its results, whoever they hurt."
The pledge came as a
clairvoyant claimed Madeleine McCann died in an accident.
Last week it emerged
that Robert Murat, the British expatriate made a formal suspect over the
disappearance of Madeleine, has begun one of the largest libel claims in the
history of British media.
The 34-year-old, who
lived close to the
apartment where the missing girl was last seen, has launched libel
proceedings against 11 newspapers and one television network.