Thursday, 17 January 2008

Questioning of Tapas Group delayed

A Home Office source confirmed yesterday that the rogatory letters sent from Portugal have arrived but a decision from Jacqui Smith is still pending. Portuguese police fears that the re-questioning of the Tapas Group may be delayed, after previous episodes of political interference. The Criminal Court judge in charge of the investigation decided to keep the files of Madeleine's case confidential, for more eight months, following his interpretation of the rules set up by the new Penal Code.

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