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Madeleine: Judge refuses to order Kate McCann to return to Portugal

HOMEPAGE NEWS REPORTS INDEX GERRY PHOTOS MADELEINE PHOTOS NEWS SEPTEMBER 2007
Original Source: MAIL: 18 SEPTEMBER 2007
By PAUL HARRIS
Last updated at 00:10am on 18th September 2007
 
A Portuguese judge refused to order Kate McCann to return to the Algarve for more questioning.

Detectives are desperate for another crack at getting a confession from Mrs McCann in the interview room at Portimao police station where she was quizzed before.

But Judge Pedro Miguel dos Anjos Frias, who is examining the evidence in the case, turned down the police request and ordered that British officers should carry out any fresh interrogations, according to Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha.

A family spokesman said the McCanns would comply with any request but added there had been none "to date".

The decision not to order Mrs McCann's return has annoyed some detectives who do not believe their British counterparts will succeed.

But other detectives are pleased that Leicestershire police will be forced to share the blame for perceived any failures.

A letter of appeal will be sent to Britain setting out the new questions.

Portuguese officers are understood to be keen to sit in on any interviews as observers, but a source admitted there was only a 'very low' probability this would happen.

In theory, Leicestershire police could start re-interviews this week.

However it is likely they will wait until the final results are in from the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham, which could be next week or later.

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