PORTUGAL’S top policeman
is set to quit over the Madeleine McCann
Ribeiro is expected to
resign as the head of the Judicial Police after
slamming officers for acting “hastily’’ in naming
her parents as suspects.
He said the decision was rushed through without
At the time he was heavily criticised by police
union chief Carlos Anjos.
Portuguese newspapers said he would remain in the
job while a successor was appointed.
Police union officials said
Ribeiro’s position had become untenable after
he also called for changes to policing in
He will be the second officer to lose his job over
the case. Former inquiry chief Goncalo
Amaral, 48, was sacked
from the investigation after criticising British
police for siding with Kate McCann, 40, and husband
He is now writing a book about the Madeleine probe.
newspapers Diario de
Noticias said yesterday
the most important factor in
Ribeiro’s departure was the row surrounding
his comments over the McCann investigation.
The paper said: “The director cannot call into
question the work of the institution over which he
Madeleine vanished from a holiday apartment in the
Algarve resort of Praia
da Luz on May 3 last
year. It will be her fifth birthday next Monday.