Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Paulo Rebelo takes over the direction of the Maddie case investigation today

Jornal de Noticias 10.10.07

Paulo Rebelo takes over the direction of the Maddie case investigation today

The national director of Policia Judiciaria (PJ), Alipio Ribeiro, and the new coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Portimao, will be in Faro today, for what will be the first contact of Paulo Rebelo with the Madeleine McCann case. The senior coordinator - who will respond directly to the national director about the process - had already shown his will to rapidly assume the direction of the investigation, and anticipated his move into the Algarve.

Paulo Rebelo will hold meetings with Guilhermino da Encarnação, the joint national director of PJ in Faro, and with Gonçalo Amaral, who left the CID in Portimao after having his service commission ceased, for accusing the English police of favouring the McCann couple. As JN could establish, Amaral was removed from the coordination but remains connected to the investigation into the girl's disappearance, on May 3. Therefore, Paulo Rebelo showed great interest in hearing the investigator.

These meetings happen on the day after some of the PJ's inspectors were at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz, the location where Madeleine disappeared from. Yesterday, no searches or any other type of diligences were performed, police sources guaranteed to JN.

Apart from his intention to get to know the apartment where the girl disappeared from, Paulo Rebelo will have to read with attention a process with five months of investigation. He should also soon meet the prosecutor of Portimao's Public Ministery, Jose de Magalhaes e Menezes, who is concluding request letters that will allow for new questionings on the seven friends of the McCann couple, that spent holidays at Praia da Luz, in May.

His hands should receive within days the conclusion of the tests that were performed on the residues - blood, hair and bodily fluids - that were found inside the apartment, and which are awaited by the investigators with great expectation, as they hope to understand what really happened on the night of the 3rd of May.

A source at the forensics lab in Birmingham admits that the analyses are in a conclusion phase, and also clarifies that the information that was reported by the English newspapers over the last few days didn't originate at the laboratory.