Maddie case: Four arguidos questioned by PJ on behalf of Metropolitan Police
TVI, Jornal da uma [extract], broadcast on July 1st, 2014 at 13pm
Report by Marisa Rodrigues | Text by Cláudia Rosenbusch | Image by Jorge Belo | Video Edition by Pedro Madeira
TVI news anchor Paulo Salvador - The Judiciary Police started today questioning the suspects of the Maddie McCann case, the English child who disappeared in Praia da Luz in May 2007, when she was 3 years old. The formal request was done by the British police, who have identified people they wish to see questioned.
TVI news reporter Cláudia Rosenbusch [Voice Over]- Four people with arguido status in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The request came from the Scotland Yard. This morning the PJ of Faro called them for questioning. Among the suspects, TVI knows, is Sergey Malinka, a Russian citizen who was investigated by the PJ back in 2007. Malinka is a friend of Robert Murat, a former arguido who the English Police leaves out of the investigation. The British detectives also target a former Ocean Club driver, and a resident of Praia da Luz, a man with psychiatric problems who wasn't seen in the days following Madeleine's disappearance. Finally, the fourth suspect is a young man, resident in Praia da Luz.
In common is the fact that all the suspects reside in Praia da Luz and to have contacted each other by phone in May 2007, when Maddie disappeared. They are suspects for the British police, but considered irrelevant to the Judiciary Police, who had already questioned them during the investigation in 2007.
Besides the four arguidos, the letter rogatory from the English police also requests the questioning of 11 witnesses. Most are former employees of the Ocean Club. Some have already been questioned in the Portuguese investigation. The Portuguese Public Ministry authorized these proceedings, and sent the letters to the PJ in Faro so they would fulfil what was requested. Scotland Yard is back in Praia da Luz, with them also came with sniffer dogs but it is unclear in what kind of searches they'll be used.
TVI news anchor Paulo Salvador - Following these questionings is the journalist Marisa Rodrigues. Good afternoon, Marisa, to whom I ask how did the questioning during the morning go?
TVI news journalist Marisa Rodrigues [in Faro] - Good afternoon, the information that we have is that the questionings are still taking place. Today we observed the arrival of the four suspects to the Judiciary Police headquarters, where they were constituted, formally, as arguidos, as well as the 11 witnesses who will make statements. By the sheer quantity of people that were called here we foresee that these questionings will take a number of days, we don't know yet how many days exactly.
At least two arguidos arrived here to the Judiciary Police headquarters in Faro during the morning - in total there are four arguidos who have in common the fact that all of them are residents in Praia da Luz, they have contacted each other by phone at the time of the disappearance, some just a few hours before and others after the event - and this is what makes them to be considered as suspects by the English investigation.
Among these four arguidos - they are all Portuguese except one who is Russian - there is a former Ocean Club worker, the driver who used to pick up tourists from the airport to the Ocean Club resort. The Russian was also a witness in the Portuguese authorities' process [2007/08], was questioned, the Judiciary Police searched his house, his computers were seized for forensic examination, he was thoroughly investigated and nothing was detected.
The third arguido, TVI knows that is a person with a psychiatric disorder, suffers from schizophrenia, is a 51 years old man and was allegedly identified by a witness who said he had similarities to one of the numerous e-fits divulged by the English Police. This man arrived accompanied by a friend who told us - though he didn't want to be filmed - and guaranteed that this man, who is now a suspect, stayed all night in his own house on the 3rd of May 2007 and that he isn't involved in this case in anyway.
TVI news anchor Paulo Salvador - A case that we will also follow at TVI24 [sister TV channel to TVI with 24 hour news], thank you Marisa.
Sergey Malinka in the PJ process
Judiciary Police searches for former Ocean Club minibus driver
Tweets covering today's proceedings [selection]
#madeleine Scot Yard officers arrived in Portugal today for second phase of investigation - interviewing suspects.— martinbrunt (@skymartinbrunt) June 30, 2014
British police arrive at Faro police station as questioning of four suspects in McCann case due to begin. pic.twitter.com/xSTaCZcvlI— Neil Connery (@neilconneryitv) July 1, 2014
Dci Andy Redwood and colleagues investigating McCann case arrive with folders to Faro police station. pic.twitter.com/s2FuHtgcM8— Neil Connery (@neilconneryitv) July 1, 2014
#McCann suspects will be given Arguidos status - meaning they are deemed to be persons of interest to the investigation.— Neil Connery (@neilconneryitv) July 1, 2014
For clarification - Arguidos is the status given to a formal suspect of a crime here and grants them certain rights.— Neil Connery (@neilconneryitv) July 1, 2014
#Madeleine Scot Yard cops in Faro sitting in on first of a dozen interviews with suspects and witnesses. Suspect arrived without a lawyer.— martinbrunt (@skymartinbrunt) July 1, 2014
#Madeleine Local paper in Portugal reports police are to resume dog searches at some stage.— martinbrunt (@skymartinbrunt) July 1, 2014
Breaking: 1 arguido is a former OC driver, the second a young man, the third a man with psychiatric problems & the fourth Malinka. #McCann— Joana Morais (@xklamation) July 1, 2014
#Madeleine One suspect has been given 253 questions to answer. Scot Yard joint theories: sex motive or robbery that went wrong.— martinbrunt (@skymartinbrunt) July 1, 2014
ITV News understands delay to questioning of first suspect because the man did not have a lawyer with him.— Neil Connery (@neilconneryitv) July 1, 2014
In total three suspects are understood to be inside Faro police hq as part of questioning process now.— Neil Connery (@neilconneryitv) July 1, 2014
Sources say the evidence for interviews with #McCann suspects comes from Met Police Operation Grange.— Dominic Hurst (@DominicHurst) July 1, 2014
I understand one suspect today was asked over 250 questions in #mccann interviews. All suggested by Met Police.— Dominic Hurst (@DominicHurst) July 1, 2014
4 arguidos were questioned already - tomorrow starts the questioning of the 11 witnesses #McCann— Joana Morais (@xklamation) July 1, 2014