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Madeleine McCann inquiry wins backing from Portugal

Post  Annabel on Thu 1 Aug - 15:45

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/418929/Madeleine-McCann-inquiry-wins-backing-from-Portugal



Madeleine McCann inquiry wins backing from Portugal

SCOTLAND Yard detectives searching for Madeleine McCann are set to fly to Portugal as its law chief yesterday confirmed receipt of Britain’s request to follow up fresh leads.

By: John Twomey
Published: Thu, August 1, 2013


The exchange of letters between London and Lisbon means the Portuguese end of the Yard’s new inquiry is now on an official footing.

Detectives from Operation Grange are expected in the Algarve in the next few weeks.

But sources stressed the British police officers can do nothing in Portugal without being accompanied by public prosecutors.

Portugal’s Attorney General’s office confirmed receipt of a letter from Home Secretary Theresa May.

A spokesman said: “A request for judicial assistance has been received from the British authorities.

“There is currently no timetable for when and how we will proceed.”

Yesterday’s confirmation by the Portuguese is another significant step in the two-year operation which has cost £5million so far.

Last month detectives announced a new investigation after a review identified 38 potential suspects.

The “persons of interest” come from five countries and include 12 Britons.

Madeleine was three when she went missing from the McCann family apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007.

Her parents Kate and Gerry have never given up hope that their daughter is still alive.


Last month detectives announced a new investigation after a review identified 38 potential suspects


"You’re not going to accept that your child’s dead unless there’s conclusive proof"
Gerry McCann


The couple, both doctors from Rothley, Leicestershire, welcomed the new Yard inquiry and described it as a “big step forward”.

Scotland Yard says there is no firm evidence that Madeleine is dead.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said both the British and Portuguese “remain completely committed” to solving the mystery.

Operation Grange was set up to review available evidence in 2011 after the McCanns appealed to Prime Minister David Cameron and Mrs May.

As part of the review, Yard detectives travelled to Portugal 16 times to discuss evidence gathered so far and any possible new leads.

The Home Office says it “remains committed” to providing detectives with the resources they need. Last week Gerry McCann said: “You’re not going to accept that your child’s dead unless there’s conclusive proof.”


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Post  tanszi on Thu 1 Aug - 19:15

so who died in apartment 5A. the cadaver dog indicated cadaver scent. did it not? I understand it can only indicate cadaver scent, but if there is no cadaver scent it cannot indicate it. jimo

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Post  interested on Thu 1 Aug - 19:32

From Fox News.com - "Portugal agrees to work with UK on Madeleine McCann case".

"Portugese authorities on Thursday accepted a request from Britain to work with detectives who have reopened the investigation into the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann in 2007"

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Post  wjk on Thu 1 Aug - 20:40

tanszi wrote:so who died in apartment 5A.  the cadaver dog indicated cadaver scent.  did it not?  I understand it can only indicate cadaver scent, but if there is no cadaver scent it cannot indicate it. jimo
Exactly, tanszi. Who did die in 5A?

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Re: Madeleine McCann inquiry wins backing from Portugal

Post  tanszi on Thu 1 Aug - 23:30

Fox news should have said " UK Police finally agree to work with Portuguese Judiciary after non co-operation for 6 years." SY have agreed to provide the PJ with financial and medical records of the McCanns and their children. SY have also agreed to reinterview the T9 without showing them their or their partners statements which were made in Portugual. SY have agreed to question the McCanns and their friends to try and clear the inconsistencies in statements made to the families and PJ. and in a ground breaking move, Teresa May the UK Home Secretary has agreed to make public the secret files held on the Madeleine McCann case".

That would be a Press Release worth hearing.

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Post  maebee on Fri 2 Aug - 0:22

"and in a ground breaking move, Teresa May the UK Home Secretary has agreed to make public the secret files held on the Madeleine McCann case".

Looks like Ms. May is calling some shots! Possible threat?

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Re: Madeleine McCann inquiry wins backing from Portugal

Post  tanszi on Fri 2 Aug - 1:33

sorry its the way i worded it it was part of the Fox News should have said ....... i doubt Teresa May has the guts to release the secret files on Madeleiene McCann, it is reported she said that because of the upset it would cause between the countries. I don't think anything more could be done by the UK to upset Portugal over this case. jimo.

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