PORTUGUESE police would need the permission of the Home Secretary if they wanted
to re-interview Kate and Gerry McCann or their friends on British soil, a
police source said yesterday.
There have been reports that the McCanns could be re-interviewed by Portuguese
officers or detectives from Leicestershire Police in connection with the
disappearance of their four-year-old daughter Madeleine from their holiday
apartment in the Algarve
resort of Praia da Luz.
Detectives in Portugal
also reportedly want to question members of the so-called Tapas Seven - friends
of Kate and Gerry who were dining with them on May 3 shortly before Madeleine
But any request would have to go through Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, police
sources in the UK
The source said: "A request would have to be sent to the Home Office in writing
and would have to be approved by the Home Secretary."
Kate and Gerry McCann, both 39, from Rothley, Leicestershire,
are staying with relatives this weekend. But family spokesman Clarence
Mitchell said the McCanns, and their friends, would co-operate fully with
He said: "We have not yet been notified of any intention by police to
re-interview Gerry or Kate or to re-interview their friends. However, if the
police feel it is necessary, all of them are more than happy to co-operate.
None of them have anything to hide whatsoever.
"If there are any inconsistencies, and if in turn it leads to Kate and
Gerry being eliminated from the inquiry, then the sooner any interviews happen,
The development comes after Portuguese news channel SIC reported yesterday that
a team of detectives and a prosecutor from Portugal
would fly to the UK
next week to conduct the interviews.