The president of the Portuguese National
Institute of Forensic Medicine (INML),
Francisco Brízida Martins, said today in
Coimbra, that the Scotland Yard
detectives have expressed their wish to
conduct further analyses to the
collected evidence within the scope of
the investigation to the Madeleine
Scotland Yard have "expressed their
wish to [make new analyses}", and the
possibility of them being held in
England or back at the National
Institute of Forensic Medicine (INML)
remains in the open, said Francisco
Brízida Martins [pictured left], after a
three-hour meeting with five elements of
the British police, two of which,
experts in genetics.
These analyses would have to be made
the context of judicial cooperation"
between the Portuguese and the British
authorities and requested in a new
letter rogatory, explained the head of
INML, stressing that, although some
vestiges may not be suitable for further
testing, "today", with the technological
evolution "we can go beyond what was
possible a few years ago."
The Scotland Yard detectives, who are
developing a parallel investigation to
the Portuguese authorities "wanted to
understand the procedures of the genetic
and biological examinations" performed
at the INML back in 2007, he said.
"There was a recognition of the work of
the institute," and the INML "is
available to carry out new [forensic]
tests," he added.
The meeting between the British police
and the institute began around 10:30am,
in Coimbra, and ended at 13:30pm.
The Scotland Yard coordinator of the
investigation to the Madeleine McCann
case, Andy Redwood, refused to make any
comments about the meeting with the
members of the National Institute of
The Scotland Yard detectives were
gathered in a meeting, on Tuesday, with
the PJ in Faro, three months after the
last inquiries were made within the
scope of the investigation to the
Madeleine McCann case.
The British police was supposedly
preparing new questionings to the
suspects within this case, following the
questioning of four arguidos and a dozen
witnesses, back in July,.
In August, Scotland Yard handed the
fifth letter rogatory the the Portuguese
authorities, in order to conduct new
investigations, which have not yet been
authorized by the new prosecutor of the
Public Ministry of Portimão.
Earlier in June, forensic British
detectives, PJ and GNR officers
performed several searches with sniffer
dogs, at the lookout of Praia da Luz and
in terrains at the entrance of the
tourist resort of Aldeia da Luz.
Altogether, an area of
60 thousand square meters was
investigated, including electricity, gas
and sewage pipelines, buildings in
ruins, with the help of sniffer dogs and
"georadars", searches which proved to be
Maddie McCann disappeared on May 3,
2007, from the bedroom where she was
left asleep with her younger twin
siblings, in an apartment of a tourist
resort in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve.
in RTP w/ News Agency Lusa, 15 Oct. 2014