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Paulo Rebelo leaves PJ’s CID in Portimão and is replaced by Ana Paula Rito

Lusa (in Barlavento)

(Translated by Astro)

6 April 2009 | 14:52

The team at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Portimão is going to stop being led by Paulo Rebelo and will soon be headed by inspector Ana Paula Rito, a source at the Polícia Judiciária told Lusa.

Paulo Rebelo, who came to replace Gonçalo Amaral in the coordination of the CID of Portimão in 2007, and in the investigation into the Madeleine McCann case, will now return to the Directory of Lisbon, and Polícia Judiciária (PJ) inspector Ana Paula Rito has been chosen to take his place.

Madeleine, then aged three, disappeared on the 3rd of May 2007 from the bedroom where she slept with her younger twin siblings, in an apartment at a resort in Praia da Luz, near Lagos, in the Algarve.

The future coordinator of the CID in Portimão was recently involved in a case where she was accused of violating the judicial secrecy, but in which she was acquitted.

The case was based on statements from inspector Ana Paula Rito to the press, concerning a case that dates back to April 2004, involving the abandonment of a baby that was found in a supermarket trolley on a parking area that belongs to a shopping centre in Faro.

In the case's closing arguments, the Public Ministry (PM) argued that the arguida should not have followed the institution's common practice of making a statement to the press without specific authorisation from the PM to do so.

Nevertheless, the PM considered that the arguida acted without intention and without being instructed about "the crime that she committed", thus concluding that there was no applicable penal frame.

The team that is going to run the Polícia Judiciária in Faro changes as well, with joint prosecutor Mota Carmo replacing Guilhermino da Encarnação.