Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Portuguese Police isn’t allowed to drop Madelein’s case

The Sunday Mirror, quoting Portuguese Police sources, wrote yesterday, November 4, that “Portuguese detectives investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance plan to close the case by Christmas.” But Police has no legal power to take that kind decision, in the Portuguese judicial system. All crime investigations are directed by the the Public Prosecutor's Office, the only institution with authority to open and close a crime investigation.

The story, from the journalists Susie Boniface and Grant Hodgson, quoted “a source inside Portuguese police” as having told Sunday Mirror that police in Portugal now believes that Madeleine McCann will never be found and Portuguese cops “are satisfied for the shadow of suspicion to hang over the McCanns.”

“Quoting a source from PJ as saying the case will be closed is the best evidence that the story is a fabrication”, a Public Prosecutor's magistrate told Gazeta Digital. An official source from PJ told SOS Madeleine that it “will be ridicule, as we, Police, have no power to do that. I can guarantee that no Inspector from PJ that could ever make this kind of statement.”