Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Portugal – Interior Justice Ministry

Translation with many thanks to KAREN on the 3As

Portugal – Interior Justice Ministry

The Lack of News in the Madeleine Case Impedes its Re-Opening

Lisbon, 3rd May. The Portuguese authorities have not made any step to re-open the case of the British girl Madeleine McCann, who disappeared three years ago today, as no new evidence has emerged that justifies another investigation.

According to legal sources consulted by Efe, in spite of the statements periodically made by Madeleine’s parents and those that they made in their libel case against the ex PJ officer who related them to the death of their daughter, no new news has been made public about the case being re-opened.

With the event of the third anniversary of the disappearance of their daughter, Kate and Gerry McCann have appeared on various European TV stations and printed media to insist that their Daughter is alive and to ask for help in looking for her.

The couple, who in 2007, organised the biggest media campaign to gather funds ever seen in a case of a disappearance, have repeatedly said, without giving details, that they have new leads about their daughter’s possible fate.

But Portuguese Justice, which officially closed the case a year after the disappearance, can only re-open it with new evidence and formal denunciations made before the police.

The Portuguese Public Prosecutor, upon archiving the case on 21st July 2008 discounted the indications linking the McCanns to their daughter’s death as well as those that pointed to the abduction of the girl by some stranger.

After having declared them as official suspects in the case, the prosecutors also discarded acting against the couple for having left Madeleine, who was three years old on the night of her disappearance, alone with her younger siblings, whilst they dined with friends.
The couple state that they took turns in going to see the children, but in their statements and those of their friends, as well as the cadaver traces detected in their car and belongings, is where the Portuguese police found the greatest number of contradictions and suspicions in the case.

The Portuguese authorities, accused of not having acted rigorously during the first hours of the disappearance and neglecting the crime scene, never found a trace of the girl and were not even able to bring the couple’s friends back to Portugal for a re-construction of the facts.
The evidence they collected with the help of British police and dogs remained for months in a British laboratory which finally issued a report without sufficient certainty to implicate the parents or shed some light onto the case, according to statements by the then responsible Portuguese police officers.

The McCanns, who suddenly left Portugal when they were declared suspects in September 2007, returned last year to quarrel with the police officer who led the investigation, Gonçalo Amaral, dismissed and retired early and now in danger of ending up in ruin because of the couple’s law suit.

The book in which Amaral covers the details of the investigation – also gathered from the public summary of the case – and suggests that Madeleine died in an accidental manner and that the parents disposed of the body - was banned last February after a first victory of the British couple in the Portuguese civil courts.

Madeleine disappeared on 3rd May 2007 from an apartment in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve and the only thing that remains of her for the moment are the thousands of pages of a Portuguese investigation without guilty parties, and the images and comments of the web page her parents maintain.

The McCanns have always declared themselves to be innocent and determined to find their daughter to whom they today dedicated this message: “Madeleine. Still missing, still missed, we are still looking for you”..


IRONSIDE said...


A good bit of research from Textusa.

By the way maybe you have missed the scandal here in Spain Tele Quatro were given information from the Police files that they promised to use in their programme. They betrayed our work and us . Mercedes spent one month translating for this programme and their aim was to help and try to get the case reopened in Portugal.

Instead they buckled under the Mccanns ....a shame , a very great shame...

IRONSIDE said...


New Maddie probe Colin Sutton.

I still have a bee in my hat that the framing of Hewlett, all be he dead ,is still on the table. Last year DNA was taken from Hewlett...Why when police already had it?

Anonymous said...

Portugal is not interested in re-opening the case, not while the Justice Ministry and the actual General Prosecutor remain. They were the ones, under the pressure from their UK colleagues, to make the case hit the shelves.
As a portuguese I am more than ashamed, I'm furious, and I shall not keep quiet about this scandal.

IRONSIDE said...


McCanns start to shut up the Internet

Barrak Room QC said...

Carter Ruck are, like all legal beagles, merely carrying out their clients instructions. Have you never noticed that at the end of every lawyer's letter they invariably use the phrase, "We await your further instructions."

Whilst we all have our own opinions about the Madeleine case I wonder what Carter Ruck's actual thoughts are as to the involvement or otherwise of their clients?

Their comments always take the form of "our clients deny . . . " or "the McCanns deny . . . ." etc.

It would be interesting if they actually sued for defamation as the onus would be on them to prove what has been said was NOT true! Many questions could and would be asked! Even those they refused to answer to the JP in Portimao.

IRONSIDE said...


Good afternoon Barrack Room QC...An article from Dr.M.Roberts may also interest you

IRONSIDE said...


Another site Carter Rucked and Mccanned

(this comment has been reposted to seperate the link from the comment)