Missing... even ex police boss Goncalo Amaral says the
Maddie case should be opened
POLICE in Britain and Portugal were under
increasing pressure yesterday to reopen the
Maddie McCann case after The
Sun revealed how sightings of her had been ignored.
Kate and Gerry have asked Home
Alan Johnson to order the search to be relaunched.
Even their arch enemy, former Portuguese police
Goncalo Amaral, has said the case should be reopened.
A Portuguese police case file obtained by The Sun
showed how little has been done with new information about Maddie, who
was three when she vanished from a
holiday apartment in Praia da Luz,
Portugal, on May 3, 2007.
Last night a top human rights lawyer, who claims to
have seen Maddie, joined calls for a new probe. Manuel Jimenez, who
works for the EU, said his report of seeing a girl "extraordinarily
similar to Madeleine" in Santander, Spain, in September 2008 was
Backs call ... Goncalo Amaral
Mr Jimenez felt other leads may have been treated
the same. He has made several requests to a court in Portimao, Portugal,
where Maddie inquiry cops were based, but all have been rejected.
The Sun has revealed a series of leads in
Portuguese police files gathering dust. Kate and Gerry, both 41, of
Rothley, Leics, recently called the treatment of Maddie's disappearance
Even Amaral, who was responsible for having them
named as suspects before being taken off the case, said: "The important
thing is not talking of sightings, but reopening the process."
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