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

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