The McCann Case: Home Office refused information about Gerry's credit cards (*)
￼A request sent by PJ to British authorities, asking for details about Gerry McCann credit cards transactions for a period of six months,starting on April 1, six weeks before Madeleine's disappearance, was considered disproportionate by Frances Kennah, the Head of UK Central Authority, a Home Office department.
PJ asked for those details on March 2008 and justified the request with the necessity to identify if there were any unknown motives behind the disappearance of Madeleine. Officers from Leicestershire police had previously informed the Home Office that Portuguese detectives told them they decided to asks for that information after Gerry was seen at a cash machine, talking on his mobile phone, Ms.Frances Kennah referred, in a letter to PJ, included in the investigation files.
Considering that the request for information for a so long period was not fully justified by the Portuguese police and was disproportionate, the Head of UK Central Authority said that PJ needed to provide further detailed information about the reasons for that period of time, or reduce it to the period of time immediately before and after Madeleine's disappearance In this case, Ms. Frances Kennah promised to look again at the request.
(*) CORRECTION: PJ requested information about Gerry McCann credit card's transactionsduring a six month period, from April 1 2007 until October 2007 - not for a six month period before Madeleine's disappearence. My appologies for the mistake.
Duarte Levy and Paulo Reis
Publicada por Paulo Reis