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Madeleine McCann: Portuguese Police Protect The ‘Suspects’ From The Met

by | 8th, May 2014

maddy MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news today:

May 7, 2014:

Daily Record : “British cops arrive for Madeleine McCann hunt but officials ban them from searching suspects’ homes”

A team of British police hunting for Madeleine McCann flew into Portugal yesterday only to be told they are banned from raiding the homes of three suspects they want to quiz. The team of seven detectives led by Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, were pictured arriving at Faro Airport.

In a further blow the team have also had their hopes of probing the bank accounts of the trio, who worked at the resort where the child vanished, dashed by Portuguese officials.

As ever, the Portuguese are presented as the enemies.

Scotland Yard had wanted to see if there were any large payments to the suspects, suggesting they could have been paid to snatch Madeleine from the Praia da Luz resort. But a source close to the investigation said last night: “The Portuguese judge who ­examines the requests sent by Scotland Yard’s did not consider the arguments to be valid enough to warrant searching the workers’ homes…”

So. The police have not been “banned”. They have not been allowed because their case for searching is not considered strong enough. Can that case be strengthened?

“The judge is satisfied correct ­procedures were followed at the time Madeleine ­disappeared and there is no need to revisit that area of investigation.”

Who is the “source”. Why can’t the judge speak for themself?

Another source added: “The latest development is a blow to the Met Police. The relationship between the two ­international forces is on tenterhooks. Portuguese investigators have warned British detectives they will pull the plug on any joint operations if they do not toe their line. They will not be rushed into making decisions just because the Met want to be seen to make progress.”

Another nameless “source”.

The Standard adds:

According to local reports in Praia da Luz, where the toddler vanished on 3 May 2007, the Crown Prosecution Service had sent an International Letter of Request to Portuguese authorities on behalf of Scotland Yard wanting to interview the men and search their homes.

The workers were suspected of a string of break-ins at the Ocean Club before Madeleine went missing.

The Met are also thought to have requested access to their bank accounts.

The Times adds:

Jornal de Noticias, a respected Portuguese newspaper, reported: “The logistics necessary for the execution of all this work will be costly. It will be paid for by the UK, which has already spent nearly €7 million on this investigation.”

Mark Rowley, the Scotland Yard assistant commissioner, said on Tuesday: “The process is more bureaucratic and slower than we would wish.

Martin Brunt for Sky :

 

“Last night we saw what appears to be a developing row between the British authorities and the Portuguese authorities about essentially Scotland Yard giving out information to journalists about what is going to happen.

 

“The Portuguese are making it very clear that they were not happy with journalists being briefed. It’s not something that happens in this country and in fact, the Portuguese authorities, according to the

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