Madeleine evidence files finally opened for McCanns
Gerry and Kate McCann, the parents of missing Madeleine, are finally to be given access to police files containing the evidence Portuguese police compiled against them.
‘From July, the case will cease to be covered by judicial secrecy, and will be available to consultation by all parties involved,’ the attorney general, Fernando Jose Pinto Monteiro, told Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas.
‘I do not know which date, but in July the case ceases to be covered by judicial secrecy.’
Although the news will be a welcome boost to the McCanns’ campaign to have their names cleared after being made official suspects last September, their lawyer says he doesn’t expect to see the files until later in the summer.
There is also the possibility that the McCanns could be charged with abandonment, despite the fact prosecutors would have to prove the couple intended to neglect their daughter when they left her to dine with friends nearby.
However, a source claimed: ‘The Maddie case is not a priority. Nobody has been arrested. There is evidence of neglect or abandonment of the children, but that prosecution can wait.’
Meanwhile, the couple are currently in Strasbourg campaigning for MEPs top back their Europe-wide missing children alert system, which they believe could help individuals in the same situation as them raise the alarm more quickly.