Police do not have a shred of evidence against Gerry and Kate McCann and they are set to be cleared as suspects, it was claimed yesterday.
The couple's status as 'arguidos' in the case of missing daughter Maddie, four, will be lifted unless they make "screaming contradictions" in a new police quiz, said Portugal paper Expresso.
Cops had to make the McCanns formal suspects in order to reveal evidence they had to Kate.
That move was branded "hasty" lastweek by police chief Alipio Ribeiro because if cops had waited two weeks, the law changed and they could have shown Kate that evidence without making her a suspect.
A McCann spokesman said the Expresso report is "extremely encouraging".
Legal letters outlining 40 questions police want to ask the McCanns will be sent to the UK this week after months of delays.
The People Feb 10th 2008
My Take On This:
This report was dated Feb 10th. Note that those "Letters Rogatory" Were supposed to be sent in that week around the 10th, it is now March 16th, over one month later - still NO letters rogatory and still no detectives from the supposedly elite Policia Judiciaria have arrived in Britain. The only thing that we have is "talk" of them coming. I know we have differences between countries, inevitably we will experience language prolems and differences in procedures etc, but in all honesty, is it really acceptable in these days of technology, that it has taken a supposed modern day police force 10 months to get to where?
- "Where are we exactly?"
- Where exactly is this case?
- What is happening?
- Why is is taking so long?
- Is it acceptable to keep people dangling around on a thread like this?
- Is it acceptable that the PJ apparently stopped looking for Madeleine in week 3?
- Is it acceptable that a police force can leak scurrilous information to the Portuguese press?
- When Goncalo Amaral was in charge if this investigation, highly sensitive information was leaked - Who leaked this information giving reports of witness statements; Names, addresses home and mobile telephone numbers?
- Who was responsible for the letters rogatory being sent to Britain, but never arrived?
- Is it acceptable that the PJ then turn around and blame the British government for stalling the process and do not even apologise, when it became clear that it was the Portuguese Attorney General's Office which was at fault?
There are so many questions about this investigation where anyone with a modicom of common sense realises has slipped into shambolic chaos - a farce, I have three further questions to ask of the Potuguese government:
- "When are you going to make your police force accountable to you and your people?"
- "At the centre of this is a missing innocent child - When is there going to be an official inquiry into this farcical disgrace of an investigation?"
- "When are you going to get rid of Portugal's archaic secerecy laws, which have been used and abused in this case, often allegedly by the PJ themselves?"