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Maddie: the “speculation” does not reopen the investigation

Magalhães e Meneses

Magalhães e Meneses - one of the magistrates coordinating the process

In a reply sent today to Lusa, the Portuguese news agency, the Public Prosecutor Office qualified all the information published in the press regarding the British paedophile, Raymond Hewlett, as “speculation”.
The presumed suspect, identified and sentenced as a paedophile by the British authorities in cases dating back to the 70s, has admitted that he was in the Algarve the night of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, but the Prosecutor still considers that the information is not sufficient to reopen the investigation.
In the reply sent to the news agency, the Public Prosecutor Office has confirmed being “alert to the signs that are appearing” and ready to reopen the investigation “when concrete facts emerge that the magistrates coordinating the process consider important and credible”. According to the Public Prosecutor, the “speculation, opinions or comments are not sufficient to reopen the investigation”.
Hewlett, aged 64 and in the final phase of a terminal cancer, is not the first “suspect” identified in the British press, but he has become the centre of attention. Clarence Mitchell, spokesperson for Kate and Gerry McCann, has convinced an English newspaper this week not to reveal the photos of two presumed suspects of Portuguese and German nationality. The tabloid was getting ready to identify the two men as “principal suspects” but the specialist in communication and public relations has rejected this information.

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McCanns have not demanded reopening of the process

Reopening of the case in the hands of João Melchior Gomes and Magalhães e Menezes

José Cunha de Magalhães e Meneses

José Cunha de Magalhães e Meneses

Contrary to what Gerry McCann had led to suppose in the statements that he made to the press during his passage through Praia da Luz, neither the McCann couple nor its lawyers have requested the reopening of the inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine, so far. The information was now confirmed to 24horas by a source at the Public Ministry.
During the filming of his version of what happened on the night of the 3rd of May 2007, the night of the alleged disappearance, the father of the English girl stated that it was necessary for the police to look at the results of the inquiry in order to see “where the mistakes are and what else we can do?”.
According to the same source, after the Maddie case was archived, on the 21st of July 2008, several elements were appended to the process, but neither the joint Attorney General, João Melchior Gomes, nor the prosecutor, Magalhães e Menezes, have so far considered that “sufficiently strong” motives exist to reopen the inquiry.
Even today, almost two years after Madeleine McCann allegedly died – as Gonçalo Amaral defended in his documentary – the investigators continue to have no doubt that the inquiry was affected by a contamination that was carried out intentionally by Kate and Gerry McCann, with one sole purpose: to conceal their daughter’s death. These are the suspicions that are part of a report that was signed by a chief inspector, on the 10th of September 2007, and which are part of the process but were ignored by the PJ’s final report.
At that time, the investigator even suggested a change in the coercion measure of ‘termo de identidade e residência’ [obligation to state identity and residence] for the couple that had just been made arguidos, a fact that was also ignored by the Public Ministry, which actually allowed for Kate and Gerry McCann to abandon the Portuguese territory.
Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator of the CID in Portimão, continues to state that Madeleine died on the very same night that she disappeared, and in the documentary that TVI broadcast this week, he demonstrated the impossibility of an abduction, using a reconstitution played by actors to point out several contradictions in the testimonies that were given in Portugal and in England by the couple and the seven British persons that accompanied them, the so-called Tapas Bar group.
A source at the Public Ministry that was contacted by 24horas confirmed that the documentary, which is based on the book “Maddie: The Truth of the Lie”, by Gonçalo Amaral, was “watched very attentively” and that it will “obviously” be appended to the process, while the same may happen to the documentary that will result from the filming that was recently carried out under the guidance of Gerry McCann in Praia da Luz.

Duarte Levy

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