THE Home Office is refusing to release secret files on the
Madeleine McCann case to avoid diplomatic ructions with
The documents are believed to record discussions with the
Metropolitan Police about sensitive details of the
Rejecting attempts by a newspaper to see the files, the Home Office
said there would be “specific detriment to the UK’s
relationship with Portugal” if they were released.
It also claimed disclosure of three of the documents would “stifle
discussion” between officials.
A Met review of the case was ordered last year after pressure from
the Home Office and David Cameron.
Sources said there were “serious concerns” within the Met that they
were investigating a “foreign” case over which they had
Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley,
Leicestershire, are convinced she is still alive. She
was taken in May 2007 from a holiday apartment on the