Saturday, 28 April 2012

Alan Johnson, a former British minister with a small brain

Alan Johnson, former British Minister of the Interior, who stepped down in May 2010, argued yesterday that Theresa May put pressure on the Portuguese government to reopen the investigation into Maddie case. Perhaps this low quality politician has a bad habit, from the time when he was UK-s Interior Minister – giving orders to judges, magistrates and public prosecutor’s. I thought that, in UK, the rule of Law and the independence of the courts was something respected by the Government, since long time ago.
But when I read Mr. Alan Johnson remarks, I realized I may be wrong. In most democratic countries, it’s unacceptable a Government member calling a judge or a public prosecutor and tell them what to do about a crime case. But it seems that Mr. Alan Johnson see this procedure as something normal. I wonder how many times he gave orders to public prosecutors and/or judges. And I also wonder what kind of magistrates, judges and public prosecutors they have in UK, in order to allow a Government member to give them orders.
Anyway, after a few searches online, I found a answer to my questions. It seems that Mr. Alan Johnson was also a very sensitive Interior Minister, who took a great care not to disturb some people and be a nice politician, in their eyes. Like, for example, when he “blocked an independent inquiry into Scotland Yard’s phone hacking investigation in 2009”, as the Leveson Inquiry heard, last March (according to the “Mail Online”:
“Sir Denis O’Connor, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, said he wanted to examine the case because it raised ‘substantial public confidence issues. But he told the inquiry that his proposed review ‘never really got off the ground’ because the then Home Secretary Alan Johnson had ‘no appetite’ for it.” I still have a question: what changed the former Minister’s “appetite” and made him be so enthusiast about the necessity of putting pressure over the Portuguese Government (????) to reopen Maddie’s case?

Friday, 27 April 2012

Portuguese Public Prosecutor denies reopening of Maddie Case

No new application to reopen the case Maddie came to prosecutors

No request for reopening the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been received at the Portuguese Public Prosecutor Office. Both the Attorney General's Office (PGR) and the National Directorate of Judicial Police (PJ) maintain say there are no grounds to reopen the investigation. "Only when there are new facts and new credible evidence the process can be reopened. Just hypotheses are not enough”, said the attorney general, Pinto Monteiro, stressing that there were" thousands of false sightings" of the child. Also Pedro do Carmo, assistant national director of PJ, told that, until now, "there are no facts that justify the reopening of the case." Pedro do Carmo said that the process of the disappearance of Maddie, then four years old, from the apartment where he was vacationing with her parents and siblings in Praia da Luz in the Algarve, is being re-examined jointly by Scotland Yard and a team of PJ from Oporto, led by Helena Monteiro, a PJ top coordinator. According to British media, British police revealed yesterday that 195 "new leads” were detected” in the reviewing of the so-called Maddie case.

in "Público" - 04 - 04/26/2012