Posted by cotojo on July 21, 2008
Portuguese authorities today have shelved the investigation into missing Madeleine McCann after almost 15 months since Maddie disappeared. They have said that they found no evidence that any of the suspects in the case had committed any crime or were involved in Maddies disappearance.
This now means that Gerry McCann, Kate McCann and Robert Murat are no longer arguidos – official suspects – in the case having now been formally cleared.
The McCann’s have been informed of the statement made by Portugal’s attorney-general, Fernando Jose Pinto Monteiro but have made no comment at this moment in time, but it will certainly be a relief for them to no longer be official suspects in their daughter disappearance.
Should any new evidence come to light the investigation could be re-opened.
The disgraced former head of the investigation, Goncalo Amaral, has written a book about the investigation, ‘True Lies’ which is due to be published this week and is promising “explosive revelations” about the inquiry. It is reported that it contains allegations that Madeleine died accidentally in her parents’ care and that they disposed of her body to cover up the death.
Mr Amaral, made the decision to name the McCanns as official suspects in their daughter’s disappearance, and he was also widely criticised for focusing on the parents and not potential leads in the investigation.
He maintained his belief that Madeleine died in their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3 last year. It was also rumoured that many of the leaks and smears to the media came from Mr Amaral and they stopped when he was sacked from the investigation last October. Mr Amaral took early retirement last month, but is also facing a perjury trial over an unrelated case,
The McCanns’ legal team expect the book to amount to pure speculation, and have said that they are more interested in being given access to the police files
The decision to close the case could also lead to the strict secrecy laws being lifted and would also open the files to public scrutiny as well as allowing Mr Amaral to publish his book.
No matter what happens, there is still a young girl missing, and the speculation as to whether she was abducted or murdered will undoubtedly continue.
This has been a very sad case and very drawn out, but the McCanns’ legal teams and investigators will continue the search for missing Maddie.
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Posted by cotojo on July 7, 2008
Today the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann were due to take their fight to the High Court in London in a bid to get British police to release documents about the investigation into their daughters disappearance.
It was also thought that the hearing may have been adjourned after it emerged last week that the Portuguese police had handed their file to prosecutors with a recommendation that the case against the McCann’s be dropped due to lack of evidence.
However, the McCann’s have dropped the case after Leicestershire police agreed this morning to hand over the documents that they have. Leicestershire police force has been involved in the search for Madeleine since shortly after her disappearance on May 3rd, 2007 from the holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
Kate and Gerry McCann were not at the High Court and the judge, Mrs Justice Hogg said that she had not requested them to attend as they have already suffered enough and wished to ease their burden.
The judge also urged anyone with information about missing Maddie to come forward, saying that “there is one person who knows what has happened to her.”
The judge added: “I entreat that person, whoever they may be, to show mercy and compassion and come forward now and tell us where Madeleine is to be found. I hope she will be found soon, alive and well.”
Missing Maddie – Case Shelved July 21, 2008
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Posted by cotojo on July 1, 2008
There are reports in the Portuguese media today that the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is to be dropped. These reports have not been confirmed by the Portuguese authorities.
It is has been stated in the media that the inquiry would stop because the Policia Judiciaria report on the investigation is only ‘descriptive of the facts’ meaning that it has not reached any conclusion as to whether they were investigating an abduction, murder or concealment of a body. Other sources have said that the case would remain open without further investigation unless new evidence was found.
The final report is expected to go to the Ministerio Publico in Portimao in the next few days for a decision to be made.
It is also not certain that Kate McCann, Gerry McCann or Robert Murat will have their arguido (formal suspect) status lifted.
A spokesman for the McCann’s has said that at present they would not give any views until such time as they are told that the case has been officially dropped.
They would also like access to the files held by the PJ for their own investigators to continue their own lines of inquiry in the search for missing Maddie. The McCann’s have applied to the Family Division of the High Court for access to police files on the various reported sightings.
The judge, Mrs, Justice Hogg will decide whether the case and judgement will be made in public or not on July 7. British police have kept to their agreement with their Portuguese counterparts not to disclose any information regarding the investigations and interviews that have been carried out.
Madeleine McCann went missing from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, but secrecy laws in Portugal led to much speculation by the media, most of which was pure speculation and not based on fact or evidence.
Timeline and Update June 20, 2008
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Posted by cotojo on June 20, 2008
May 3, 2007
Madeleine McCann goes missing from the family’s holiday apartment in the resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal, between 9.30pm and 10pm.
May 7, 2007
Kate McCann, Madeleine’s mother, made an emotional plea for the Maddie’s safe return.
May 12, 2007
Madeleine McCann’s 4th birthday.
May 14, 2007
Portuguese police started searches at the villa of British ex-pat Robert Murat. The villa is one of a number of properties that were searched near where Madeleine was last seen.
Kate and Gerry McCann said that they will not leave Portugal until Madeleine is found.
May 15, 2007
Robert Murat was named as an official suspect or ‘arguido’ by the Portuguese police.
May 16, 2007
Police interviewed Russian computer expert Sergey Malinka, who owns a property in Praia da Luz.
May 30, 2007
Madeleine’s parents visited the Pope at the Vatican.
June 6, 2007
In Berlin, the McCann’s denied any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance in response to a question from a German journalist.
June 28, 2007
A man and a woman are arrested by Spanish police for attempting to extort money from the McCann’s.
August 4, 2007
Police conduct a second search of Robert Murat’s villa.
August 6, 2007
Newspapers report that sniffer dogs had detected traces of blood and the smell of a corpse in the apartment where Madeleine went missing from.
August 9, 2007
The McCann’s said they would not be bullied into leaving Portugal.
September 6, 2007
Kate McCann was questioned at a police station in Portugal.
September 7, 2007
Kate McCann was named as a formal suspect or ‘arguido’ in the investigation. She was then questioned again at the police station. Gerry McCann was also questioned separately and also declared ‘arguido’. Neither were held at the station after questioning.
September 8, 2007
The McCann’s announced their plans to return to the UK.
September 9, 2007
The McCann’s arrived back in Britain and go home to Rothley in Leicestershire.
September 11, 2007
Reports emerged that DNA evidence in the McCann’s hire care and holiday apartment matched missing Madeleine’s.
October 3, 2007
The Portuguese policeman heading the investigation was sacked from the inquiry.
November 1, 2007
Gerry McCann returned to work in Leicestershire.
November 29, 2007
Portuguese and UK forensic experts met in Leicestershire to discuss the DNA samples from the inquiry.
The McCann’s made a TV appeal for information about their daughter’s disappearance.
January 8, 2008
The McCann’s categorically deny that they are considering a movie about Maddie’s disappearance.
January 20, 2008
The McCann’s released drawings of a man who they say needs to be eliminated from the investigation to find Madeleine.
February 1, 2008
The McCann’s launch a new website dedicated to finding Madeleine on the day that their twins, Sean and Amelie had their third birthday.
March 19, 2008
The McCann’s accepted £550,000 libel damages from Express Newspapers for stories alleging they were involved in Madeleine’s disappearance. They also received front page apologies from many of the tabloids. The money will be used to fund the ongoing search for their daughter.
April 8, 2008
The McCanns are asked to return to Portugal to appear in a reconstruction of the time when Madeleine disappeared.
April 10, 2008
The McCann’s visited the European Parliament to urge it to introduce an EU-wide missing child alert system based on the US AMBER alert system.
May 12, 2008
Madeleine McCann’s 5th birthday.
May 28, 2008
The McCann’s reveal that they will not return to Portugal for a reconstruction of events.
May 30, 2008
The friends of the McCann’s were also asked to return to Portugal to take part in a reconstruction, but at least four refused after asking for a guarantee that they would not be made suspects in the case, but Portuguese authorities would offer no guarantees and could also charge them with ‘child abandonment’ which carries a sentence of up to ten years.
June 18, 2008
Kate and Gerry McCann will soon have access to the police files covering the official investigation into Maddie’s disappearance. Portugal’s Attorney-General Fernando Jose Pinto Monteiro has said that the period of official secrecy in the case ends in July and that all interested parties would be able to consult the documents held in secret for over a year.
June 19, 2008
The parents of Madeleine McCann seem to be gaining vital backing of MEPs for a Europe wide child abduction alert system, similar to the Amber Alert used in the US.
Since the start of their latest visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, another 72 Euro MP’s have signed up to their campaign and they require the signatures of 393 Euro MP’s by July 24, but the president of the European Parliament is said to be ready to allow them more time to gather the necessary support. The original campaign started in April, with the McCanns’s travelling to Brussels.
Such a signed declaration by member States would carry no legal weight but hopefully it will be seen as the ‘political will’ to implement such a scheme throughout Europe.
At this time, there is still nothing that shows that the McCann’s or their friends had anything to do with Maddie’s disappearance on May 3, 2007 and there has been no results from the many forensic tests to implicate any of them. The McCann’s believe that once they were made ‘arguidos’ the police stopped their search.
There are still private investigators working on the case, yet there is no new information as to where Maddie is or what happened on the night she disappeared.
Missing Maddie – Investigation to Stop?
Latest News July 7, 2008
Maddie Case Shelved July 21, 2008
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Posted by cotojo on September 3, 2007
The parents of missing Madeleine McCann have said that they will sue a Portugese newspaper for publishing a claim that she died after they accidentally gave her too many sedatives.
Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa has also confirmed that Kate and Gerry McCann are not suspects and has no idea where the press got its information.
Maddie’s father has also made a plea to the abductor to return their daughter saying that it wasn’t too late to do the right thing. The plea was made as the family started to make preparations to return home to the UK without their daughter. They feel that they must now make life as normal as possible for their 2 year old twins, Sean and Amelie.
The school that Maddie should have started classes at last week has kept a desk ready in the hope that she will be there one day to attend. They have also kept a coat peg and locker to one side for her. Pupils at the school said a prayer for her safe return and a candle is kept burning there for her.
French police have been searching a campsite in the Loire Valley after reports of a girl matching Maddie’s description was spotted near Tours.
Police were called after a man arrived at the site with three children after booking for only two. It is believed that the man drove away after the alarm was raised.
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