2nd article - Jornal de Notícias 4/5/2008

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2nd article - Jornal de Notícias 4/5/2008

Postby Li » Sun May 04, 2008 3:12 am

The return of the McCanns can help the investigation

Alexandra Ser├┤dio

In day that marks one year of the disappearance of Madeleine MCann in Praia da Luz, the national director of the PJ, said it was "very important" the presence of Kate and Gerry in Portugal in case the police decides to realize more steps that involve the couple. Alípio Ribeiro referred that "if more steps are decided that justify the presence of the parents in Portugal it would be very important if they accepted to participate within the Portuguese legal rules".

For the responsible of the PJ, the presence of the McCanns would be an important factor in the eventual decision of a reenactment of the day of the disappearance, an hypothesis that "it is not discarded by the police". His declarations were made hours before the General Attorney ensured that the Portuguese police "made what any other police would make" in the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, affirming that if the investigations "were not successful that would be something that would not shame the police", bearing in mind the difficulty of solving cases of missing children.

"These type of crimes are extremely difficult to investigate. There are one million of children that disappear every year in the world and not even 20% are found", said Pinto Monteiro to the journalists in Castelo Branco. "It is possible that it is still discovered let's wait till the end", he added.

About the possibility of extending the secrecy of justice that will end in August the General Attorney says that only then "the status of the process will be analysed and we will see if it is needed or not to ask for an extension".

Pinto Monteiro admits that "we already talked too much about Maddie" and reminds that in "England, her country of origin, there are thousands of cases like this" whilst in Portugal we have 14 or 15 "and the percentage of cases where the children are found in countries like England is 20%".

"Therefore nobody can be surprised by the lack of success of Maddie's case till now" he added. "The problem is that it is the biggest media process of the last years. It was breaking news of channels like CNN and it won a huge importance. Unfortunately is one case more of a poor child that went missing", he underlined.

Questioned by the journalists if this is a political process , Pinto Monteiro refused this scenario "Not that I am aware of". Nonetheless,quoted by the Lusa agency he classifies the process as "mediateness to the exaggeration, till the limit" one that concentrated more investment in the investigations than others.

"The mediacy made the investigations more detailed but it was done what would be done in normal conditions" he concluded.
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