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Enquiry letters delayed


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BRITISH POLICE have still not received the enquiry letters prepared by the Portuguese Polícia Judiciária for Gerry and Kate McCann and their friends as part of the continuing investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

A spokeswoman from Procuradoria-Geral da República, PGR, the justice board for legal matters, told The Resident that the enquiry letters had not been sent and that they will be forwarded “under a legal collaboration system of PGR, and are now being finished”.

The delay was reported in the daily newspaper Correio da Manhã, which quoted a letter from the British Home Office saying “it is not our policy to comment on individual cases, but we did not receive any request for collaboration in the investigation of the McCann case”.

The letters had been prepared by the PJ in association with the Eurojust, the European Union committee for justice and legal matters. Lopes da Mota of Eurojust was quoted by the paper as saying the co-operation on that subject “had been completed for a long time” and that “an official communication had to be made between the PGR and the Home Office”. The PJ spokeswoman has also not revealed if there is any new information on the man related with the sketch released last week by the McCann family.


In the meantime, rumours that Kate and Gerry were discussing with British and American broadcasters about producing documentaries to raise awareness about child trafficking in Europe, were confirmed by Clarence Mitchell, the couple’s spokesman, to the Times Online.

“We have had discussions with ABC,” he said. “Our priority is the search for Madeleine. We are spending a lot of money at the moment, and like anything else it needs replenishing. If we do long-term films, documentaries or book ideas, then we might consider a contribution would be fair and relevant” he said.

Clarence Mitchell was contacted for a comment, but there was no response by the time The Resident went to press.

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