Madeleine McCann: Four ‘New Suspects’ And Nothing Else
MADELEINE McCann’s face peers out from the cover of today’s Daily Express. The news is, as ever, lacking in any fact other than one: she’s missing.
But the Express has news that “police want to quiz more suspects”.
News is that British police have requested more help from their Portuguese counterparts.
A new international letter of request has been received from Scotland Yard, Portugal’s Attorney General’s Office confirmed. The news comes as Operation Grange officers prepare for a further trip to the Algarve next month.
Officials have declined to comment on the content of the latest letter of request.
So. That bit about “suspects”..?
A Scotland Yard spokeswoman also refused to comment on details of the “fourth request” which was made earlier this month. But it is thought that British officers want to question suspects in Portugal.
Thought by whom, the Express?
It was not clear last night if public prosecutors on the Algarve coordinating the separate Portuguese inquiry into Madeleine’s disappearance on May 3, 2007, have yet approved the Yard’s call.
Not clear? As in, the Express has no idea.
Previous requests sparked digs at three sites in and around the Praia da Luz resort where Madeleine vanished on a family holiday. And four men were interviewed as “arguidos” – normally translated as “formal suspects” – in July. Only one of them is understood to have had his arguido status removed.
Channel 4 told us:
Arguido refers to someone of interest to the inquiry. While there is no direct equivalent in UK law…
As for those three “suspects”:
British police questioned them through Portuguese colleagues in the hope of confirming their theory that they were part of a burglary gang who panicked after killing Madeleine during a bungled break-in at her family’s holiday apartment and dumped her body.
But all four men insisted they had nothing to do with her disappearance and were released without charge.
Portuguese police have privately dismissed the latest British police work as “senseless.” They believe Madeleine was snatched by a foreigner no longer in Portugal.
They have still not ruled out the involvement of ex-junkie burglar drug addict Euclides Monteiro who died in a tractor accident in 2009, three years after being sacked by the holiday club where the British youngster and her parents were staying.
His widow says he had nothing to do with the disappearance, however.
And there is no evidence that he stole the child.
The Star also has news.
We need help to find Maddie: Brit police want more Portuguese assistance
…police reportedly want to re-question three of the four suspects – and quiz four new ones.
Four new “suspects”?
Such are the fcts…