What the McCann lawyers said in Lisbon on September 23

Isabel Duarte:

“The visit is a normal act between clients and lawyers. The case is closed legally but the matter is not closed. The position of the Portuguese Prosecution Service and the Public Ministry and police is that it was not possible to find a motive or the authors to do with Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. So, the case has been archived but has not been resolved. Although the process is closed, the McCanns want to continue looking for their daughter.

“There are a number of leads/clues which could help us discover who did it but there have been no more concrete proofs although the private investigation has found a number of clues but only when really credible leads are found will they be passed on to the credible authorities. The case is closed the matter is not.”

“Today we have talked with the McCanns about what it is possible to do in order for the searches to be reactivated and what is the best way forward to do that.”

Rogerio Alves:

“I have received instructions from the family to take legal action against the book (by Gonçalo Amaral), the video and interviews which put forward the thesis that Madeleine is dead and that the McCanns had something to do with it.

“The book cannot continue to be sold in Portugal or any other country according to the Portuguese injunction neither can declarations promoting that thesis be made and if done so will result in a fine of 1,000 euros each time that legal order is broken.

“That legal decision applies to Amaral in any country, according to Portuguese law. He cannot proffer any declarations on that thesis, reproduce it or defend it publicly.

“So far 7,000 books have been apprehended but of those already sold there is nothing that can be done. The legal injunction of June, 2009 also demands the payment of damages for both the book and subsequent declarations worth 1.2 million euros.

“In terms of the disappearance and the role of the police, a case is always theoretically alive until they get a result or reply or even a clue or lead even though the case is legally closed for now.”