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Sean O’Neill Crime Editor
Published at 12:01AM, July 11 2013

Britain has not yet requested Portuguese help in its new inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Scotland Yard said a week ago that it was beginning a ground-breaking investigation and would have a team of detectives based on the Algarve, from where Madeleine ........ while on holiday six years ago.........



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 The Times (London)
July 11, 2013 Thursday
Edition 1;
Ireland
New Madeleine inquiry delayed by formal appeal to Portuguese
BYLINE:  Sean O'Neill
SECTION:  NEWS; Pg. 9
LENGTH:  556 words
Britain has not yet requested Portuguese help in its new inquiry into the disappearance of
Madeleine McCann .
Scotland Yard said a week ago that it was beginning a ground-breaking investigation and would
have a team of detectives based on the Algarve, from where Madeleine went missing while on
holiday six years ago.
Senior Metropolitan Police officers said they wanted to trace 38 potential suspects across five
countries, had new lines of inquiry to pursue and new witness evidence to develop. Classifying
the case as a criminal investigation, the Met said, would give its detectives "teeth" to interview
witnesses and suspects, search properties and other locations and, if necessary, make arrests.
But seven days later the international Letter of Request necessary to start the Europe-wide
inquiry has not left London and the Portuguese authorities are said to be surprised by the lack of
progress. The Crown Prosecution Service, which must deliver the letter to the Portuguese judicial
authorities, said its officials were still drawing up the complex legal document. Prosecutors are
understood to have received very little notice of Scotland Yard's decision last week to publicise its
shift from a review of the case to a full investigation. International criminal investigations in
Europe are governed by two treaties: the 1959 European Convention on Mutual Assistance in
Criminal Matters, and the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between EU
States of 2000.
The conventions set out the accepted procedures for exchange of legal papers, holding hearings
by videolink, the operation of joint investigation teams and the control of undercover officers,
phone taps and interception of e-mail and other communications.
Madeleine was almost four when she disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia de
Luz in May 2007. She had been asleep in the apartment with her younger twin siblings while her
parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, dined with friends nearby.
The original Portuguese police inquiry was inconclusive and was shelved in 2008. It cannot be reopened
unless there is significant new evidence that reaches a threshold set down by Portuguese
law.
David Cameron ordered the Met to review the case in 2011 and a team was set up to examine
documents gathered by Portuguese police, British agencies and private detectives hired by the
McCann family. The discovery of new leads during that review convinced the Met there was a
chance of solving the case.
Andy Redwood, the Detective Chief Inspector who is leading the inquiry, Operation Grange, said
last week: "It is a positive step in our hunt for Madeleine that our understanding of the evidence
has enabled us to shift from review to investigation."
Despite 16 visits by British detectives to Portugal in the past two years, Lisbon insisted that "the
British authorities cannot act on their own in Portugal".
The Attorney-General's office added that British police "will not be able to direct any interrogation
or effect any investigation, on their own account, in Portugal".
A spokesman for the CPS said: "Any legal communication between different jurisdictions requires
extremely careful correspondence, including appropriate translations. We are in liaison with the
Portuguese authorities, and will send the formal Letter of Request as soon as possible."
LOAD-DATE:  July 11, 2013
LANGUAGE:  ENGLISH
GRAPHIC:  Kate and Gerry McCann with an age-processed image of Madeleine on the fifth
anniversary of her disappearance in 2012
PUBLICATION-TYPE:  Newspaper
JOURNAL-CODE:  TIM
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