British police failed to stop DNA evidence in McCann case from being made public

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.

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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.

Heartbroken: Mrs McCann fiddles with a Find Madeleine bracelet and holds her daughter's favourite cuddly toy 100 days after her disappearance last May. Another 341 days on, she has still not been found

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.’

One Response to “British police failed to stop DNA evidence in McCann case from being made public”

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    tatiane da Silva Says:

    HELLO FOLKS :
    According Jucelino Luz the child Madeleine has never stepped out the door of that Hotel,and it is nosense when some people say that Madeleine was kidnapping by someone. Jucelino Luz , says , this is also: ” pathetic ” . Madeleine was never taken off Praia da Luz, she is dead indeed, but never has left that place,and the key of this crimis solution belongs about two people who are the killers of that little innocent child…” Only the lier is who knows the real truth…” Jucelino told that and he is sure that someday those both liers will fall down and their paradize will be inside a jail .
    (WORDS OF PROFESSOR JUCELINO NOBREGA DA LUZ)
    Tatiane da Silva

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