By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:51 AM on 19th July 2008

British police officers were yesterday accused of trying to stop DNA information allegedly linked to Kate and Gerry McCann’s hire car from being made public.

The claim was made in a Portuguese newspaper after Midlands detectives travelled to Portugal to meet the public prosecutor involved in the investigation into the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.

Cleared: After 10 months under a cloud of suspicion, Kate and Gerry McCann are to have their formal status as suspects lifted on Monday
Cleared: After 10 months under a cloud of suspicion, Kate and Gerry McCann are to have their formal status as suspects lifted on Monday

Under the headline ‘English in Portimao to Protect Secrecy’, the newspaper Correio da Manha claimed two Leicestershire officers tried to stop information – including results of a DNA test on a sample from the McCanns’ Renault Scenic hire car – from being made public.

Last year, the McCanns were the subject of allegations in the Portuguese press over DNA allegedly found in the boot of the car.

The couple hired the car almost a month after Madeleine, then aged three, vanished while on a family holiday in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz.

The McCanns, both 40, from Rothley Leicestershire, have always insisted that if such traces were found, there were wholly innocent explanations for it. They deny any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance.

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Some of the forensic testing was done at the Forensic Science Service laboratory in Birmingham for Leicestershire police.

Last night, Leicestershire police refused to discuss the details of a meeting between public prosecutor Jose Cunha de Magalhaes e Meneses and the officers.

The force confirmed that officers held discussions about how some evidence would be disclosed at the end of the investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, but refused to comment on the newspaper report.

Speculation is mounting that the McCanns will be officially cleared of having anything to do with their daughter’s disappearance. They remain ‘arguidos’- or formal suspects – but it is expected this status will be lifted next week.

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Heartbroken: Mrs McCann fiddles with a Find Madeleine bracelet and holds her daughter's favourite cuddly toy 100 days after her disappearance

Portuguese police have already filed a report for prosecutors. It will advise lawyers to bring charges, request further inquiries or close the case.

On Wednesday, Fernando Jose Pinto Monteiro, Portugal’s attorney-general, said: ‘The Maddie Case will have a solution on Monday and you will hear of it.’

Comments

  1. Sharon

    On July 13th 2009, The Madeleine Foundation wrote to the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, in relation to the petition to order a review of the role of the British Police in the Madeleine McCann case.

    Here is a link to the petition which lapsed on July 31st 2009, with 631 signatures. To date there has been no reply from the Prime Minister despite numerous e-mails from ourselves and our MP`s

    http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Britpolicereview/

    The original letter to Gordon Brown which addresses a number of areas of concern, including the failure to forward vital information to Portugal and displaying a link to a fund set up by the suspects in a very serious case, can be read here.

    http://madeleinefoundation.org/main/2009/07/letter-to-prime-minister-gordon-brown/

    I can confirm that the Madeleine Foundation has received a very un-satisfactory reply and many items in the letter appear to have been disregarded. As a result, the Madeleine Foundation intends to engage in further correspondence on this issue, given the large number of topics that were disgracefully brushed aside.

    A copy of the reply from the Home office can be found here:

    https://share.acrobat.com/adc/document.do?docid=9a1ef0ed-b17a-435d-a9aa-ccd617babac7

    OR

    http://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0B2S1HIgsj7vTZDgwYmZjZjUtNDE5Ny00ODZjLThhYzUtZGZlYzQ1ODM0YzIw&hl=en

    Please sign the petitions to re-open the case and to stop the Mccanns from silencing those who bring us the facts of this case.

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/please-re-open-madeleine-mccanns-case

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/7/freedom-of-expression

  2. Tony

    I don’t properly understand why PJ + another authority stay opposite some facts of wrong direction by PJ with objective investigation of Madeleine abduction, which I believe was the main factors of disappearance of Madeleine from her bed,from her family. Why there are,non any step by the police about abduction investigation?
    Tony Bennett should realize that facts, of no interest or no more questions about this facts. Why? Is this direction is right?

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