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Madeleine: British police did not request reopening of the case to the Portuguese authorities

Original Source: SIC LUSA SAPO: 16 MAY 2011
16.05.2011 18:51

With thanks to Joana Morais for translation

London, 16 May (Lusa) - The British police will assist in the search for Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in 2007, but, so far they have not requested the collaboration nor the reopening of the process to the Portuguese authorities.

In a reply that was sent to Lusa news agency today, the Prosecutor General's Office states that up to now, "neither the Prosecutor General's Office nor the prosecutors that are responsible for the case have received any request or application, neither for cooperation, nor for the reopening of the process".

Last week, the British Home Office informed that the police will help in the search for Madeleine McCann, following a request from the parents for the investigation process to be reviewed.

The British government stressed that "Madeleine's safe return" remains a primary concern, so that the British security forces continued to follow leads and pass information to Portuguese police.

The announcement came the same day that Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, renewed their request for an "independent, transparent and full review" of the investigation process.

The couple wants all the information that was gathered by the Portuguese and British police to be analysed, in order to find important data for the search.

Meanwhile, and once again, the Public Ministry reminded that the case can be reopened if and when "there are credible and relevant facts, as determined by law". However, advances the reply, "until now, no facts have emerged to allow the reopening of the case."

Madeleine McCann disappeared a few days before making four years, in May 3, 2007, from the room where she slept with two her twin younger siblings in an apartment in a tourist resort in Praia da Luz, Algarve.

The parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, were having dinner at that time with a group of English friends in a restaurant about 50 meters from the apartment.

The child's mother, Kate, and father, Gerry McCann, were constituted as arguidos by the Portuguese authorities in July 2007.

On July 21, 2008, the Prosecutor General's Office announced the archival of the suspicions against the couple and a third suspect, Robert Murat, which dictated the end of the investigation.


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