Missing Maddie – Cops Case Crumbling September 19th
Posted by cotojo on September 19, 2007
The case against the McCann’s is falling apart. This was revealed when DNA samples found in the car were revealed to have largely come from Madeleine’s younger brother and sister, as well as from clothes that were packed into the car when the family moved out of the apartment in Praia da Luz.
It is known that Maddie’s clothes and other effects were placed in the car boot along with other family belongings. It has been reported that up to 30 other people have also used the same hire car, including relatives, before the police got around to searching it. It is now being said that DNA samples could have come from multiple sources.
Yesterday, September 18th, it was reported that three investigators arrived in the UK from Portugal, but it is highly unlikely that they will be allowed to sit in on any interviews the McCann’s may have with British police.
The move came as a judge in Portugal refused requests by Portugese investigators to recall Kate and Gerry McCann as well as a number of their friends for further questioning back in the Algarve.
It is understood that the judge made his decision based on the lack of any real evidence contained within the dossier handed to him last week by prosecutors. This decision now means that the investigators must provide more concrete evidence to support their case.
As the judge has refused to recall the McCann’s and their friends, the Portugese investigators can now only request that UK police interview them.
This process could take many weeks, and officers from Portimao are unlikely to be allowed to sit in on any interviews as observers.
It has been revealed that the Policia Judiciaria wanted Kate and Gerry, along with friends Dr.Russell O’Brien, Jane Tanner, Dr. Matthew Oldfield and wife Rachael, David Payne and wife Dr.Fiona Payne and Fiona’s mother Diane Webster to return to the Ocean Club holiday apartments in Praia da Luz to reconstruct the events of May 3rd.
Tycoon, Richard Branson, has donated £100,000 to help cover the legal costs for the McCann’s and is also urging other wealthy Britons to contribute toward a legal defence fund.
The Portugese legal system is in the process of being overhauled, which will allow others, such as suspects and other third parties, access to important documents and DNA results in the case.
Up until now there have been very strict secrecy laws in Portugal and very little in the way of official statements. This has done the Portugese authorities no good whatsoever.
There were also rumours that Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa, who has been heading the investigation, had resigned, but these are unfounded and he is still leading the investigation.
Judge Pedro Anjos Frias has also asked for permission to make a statement about the case, and this is seen as a move toward restoring some sort of credibility for the investigators.