The Madeleine McCann case seems to have reached a critical juncture: police are planning to start a new phase in the investigation, but there is a very real risk it may collapse in disarray.
The paradox is explained by a fundamental difference in the way the Portuguese and British police go about their business.
The Portuguese Polícia Judiciária, often denigrated in the UK for their handling of the Madeleine McCann case, have made in clear they are in charge of the latest phase of the investigation and that the Metropolitan Police Service and the British media had better toe the line.
Mark Rowley, assistant commissioner of the Met, says he has discussed with his PJ counterpart the high level of interest in the forthcoming ground search activity, some of which is likely to take place in public.
Portugal faces a controversial set of demands to make amends for the centuries-old transatlantic slave trade.
The 15 member states of the Caribbean Community common market organisation CARICOM, have unanimously approved an action plan seeking reparations from Portugal and several other European countries.
CIMAAL - Algarve Consumer Dispute Resolution Centre. Who we are: We are an alternative dispute resolution centre for consumer disputes in the Algarve, authorised by the Portuguese Ministry of Justice, and held by a non-profit association.
What we do: We give information to consumers and professionals, mediation in disputes and endeavor to secure agreement between parties; Chaired by a single Arbitrator appointed by the High Council of the Judiciary, judgments are delivered in accordance with established law or following the principle of equity, with the agreement of both parties.
News of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann seems to be going round in circles. ‘Revelations’ turn out to be old stories recycled. ‘Key suspects’ come and go and are then brought back again. ‘New leads’ seem to be leading nowhere.
The Mirror yesterday (March 25) declared: “Mirror investigation reveals that sicko David Reid was hiding in the Algarve at the time Madeleine McCann was taken from Praia da Luz.” The Daily Mail followed with much the same story today.
Evora Court’s decision in the Ellie Silva kidnapping case has astounded those following the case as clear evidence of corruption of a public official simply has been ignored.
This Evora decision was reached after 8 months of investigations under the ‘secret justice’ regime and clearly shows the full extent of the involvement of an employee of the Albufeira public prosecution service who was caught red-handed offering advice on the phone to Filipe Silva.
Law 72/2013 brought some additions to The Portuguese Highway Code which came into force on the 1st January 2014. There are several changes included in the code covering (amongst other things) alcohol levels (for professional and new drivers), drug tests and speed limits, but there are some major changes that will affect most people and which do not come with road signs to warn you.
On Friday 10th January the House of Lords debated the EU(Referendum Bill). This Bill may never see the light of day, because the Lords’ debate may well run it out of time.
The Bill was introduced by Lord Dobbs, an obviously nice chap, but who has not bowed to pressure to agree that we who are most affected by the outcome of a referendum should be allowed the RIGHT to vote in this referendum.