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2661 - Request for BBC journalists re: access to files


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To: The Public Prosecutor
Portimao Judicial Circuit

Date: 17 September 2007

Nicholas Springate, of British nationality, bearer of passport number No.*******, BBC journalist, press card no.******* and Steven Kingston, of British nationality, bearer of passport no. *******, BBC journalist, press card n******* both with the professional address of ********, Lagoa, Portugal, given the entry into force on the 15th September 2007 of the changes introduced by the Law 48/2007 of 29th August, introduced into the Penal Process Code, article 86 of this code being modified in no. 1 to 'the penal process and under penalty of nullity, public' considering the terms laid down in no. 1 of article 5 of the Penal Process code 'the processional law is of immediate application', consequently applicable to processes that were initiated previously and their duration, namely the so-called "Madeleine Case", which due to the above mentioned legal norms is no longer under judicial secrecy and is now public under penalty of nullity, come to request, under the dispositions of articles 86, no. 1, 88 no.1 and 90, no. 1 of the Penal Process Code, authorisation to consult the process files of the 'Maddie Case' (denomination adopted in a note for the media dated 11-09-2007 by his Excellency the Public Prosecutor in order to identify the process in question for effects of the divulgation of information, with particular attention to public repercussions of the case.

Portimao, 17th September, 2007

We request and await deferral.

Nicholas Springate Steven Kingston

2662  - Documentation including extension of secrecy of justice rule and letters from journalist to the Attorney Genera
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Portimao Public Ministry

CONCLUSION - 17-09-2007 (15 and 16 weekend)

The nature of the facts shared whose knowledge and divulgation have already reached a cross border dimension, demands that the interests of the investigation be protected from the most varied speculations/comments about the elements that are contained in the process files and of those other elements that could come to be contained in them, as a result of the development of the investigation, which is only possible if they are - as until now - the subject of judicial secrecy.

Please remit the files to the Mmo JIC for validation of this determination of terms and for the effects laid down in article 86 of the PPC and of the wording introduced by Law 48/2007 of 29th August.


The Public Prosecutor

Dr Jose Magalhaes e Menezes

2667 to 2668 - Documentation including extension of secrecy of justice rule and letters from journalist to the Attorney General
Processos Vol X Pages 2667 to 2668

Letter to the Public Prosecutor, Portimao Public Ministry

Date 18th September 2007

In terms of the recent alteration to the Penal Process Code (29th August 2007), namely that referred to by article 86, numeral 1 - 'the penal process is, under penalty of nullity, public, apart from the exceptions foreseen in the law' and that, according to alinea b) of no. 6 of the same article, publicity about the case implies 'the narration of processional acts or the reproduction of their terms by the press', I, J*** P*** d+ C****** T***, carrier of ID card no. **** and of press card no. *** present my request to consult the process commonly known as the 'Madeleine Case'.

I am a freelance journalist and in this capacity am collaborating with the British news channel ITN, the producer of information for ITV and Channel 4 in the UK and CNN and CBS in the US.

As stated in no. 1 of article 5, I understand that that the changes made to the Penal Process Code are immediately applicable, by which, except for exceptions foreseen in the law, the investigation process is now public. Also because the exceptions foreseen in no. 2 of the same article no.5 do not seem to me to be applicable in this case.

Given that the case was already the subject of judicial secrecy and taking into account the speculation that has marked this case, I request, as established in no. 13 of article 86, the following clarifications, which I understand would be necessary to re-establish the truth and not prejudice the investigation:

1. What incriminatory evidence exists at the moment that would indicate the involvement of Kate and Gerry McCann in the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine McCann?

2. According to the press, the Public Ministry and the Policia Judiciaria do not have sufficient elements of proof in order to enable them to formulate an accusation against the couple. Is that true?

3. If these elements of proof do not exist, is it normal for a suspicion to take so long to arrive at Justice?

4. The Policia Judiciaria has been the target of many criticisms, on the part of the British media. Are these criticisms justified?

5. How can it be possible, in the case that you co-manage, that so much information about the investigation has been printed in the Portuguese press, when the investigation is or was under judicial secrecy?

6. When will a decision be made about the formalisation of accusations against the McCann couple or the archiving of the case be made?

7. The direction of the investigation no longer considers the possibility of abduction? Have the authorities stopped looking for Madeleine, dead or alive?

8. Are there other lines of inquiry, apart from those that implicate the McCanns?

Given the unprecedented public interest in this case, in my understanding it is pertinent to make this request, especially as what I am proposing - and what the television channels propose - is a serious, objective and non-speculative work.

With compliments,

J*** P**** d* C****** T*****

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In reply to the questions received from the journalists, the following is made known:

1. The process known as the 'Madeleine Case' has still not completed the investigation phase, it therefore corresponds to the entity that leads or directs this (Public Ministry) to provide the information or clarifications about its development, if the understanding is that the law is permitting;

2. During this phase, the intervention of the Instruction Judge is necessary and should be destined to safeguard the rights, liberties and guarantees, by authorising or not the carrying out of diligences that could offend these rights, liberties and guarantees, such as, for example, forensic tests, searches, apprehensions (as was the case of jurisdictional intervention that has taken place until now);

3. Satisfying the requirement of the Portimao Court Instruction Judge and given the communicational difficulties that still persist within our courts, this Council assumes, in collaboration with the aforementioned Judge, the provision of clarifications and information which, within the strict limits of the law, come to be justified, whether in the jurisdictional phase that may eventually come to take place, or in the specific interventions of the Instruction Judge, which may also come to occur in the future;

4. The intervention of the Instruction Judge that has occurred up until now does not justify - further than that which has been explained - any information or clarification on the part of this Council.

Lisbon, 18th September 2007

Vice President

Antonio Nunes Ferreira Girao

4286 - Letter re: Steve Bruce Kingston
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To: The Public Prosecutor
Portimao Judicial Circuit

Steven Kingston, of British nationality, bearer of passport n *******, BBC journalist, press card n******* both with the professional address of ********, Lagoa, Portugal, under the dispositions contained in article 86n1, 88 n1, 89 n6, 90 n1 and 276 ns and 3 of the Penal Process code, with the text of Law n 48/2007 of 29th August, subsequently corrected by the Rectification Statement n 100-A/2007 of 26th October, request the authorisation to consult the process files mentioned above for effects of the divulgation of information and clarification of the truth, with particular attention to public repercussions of the case.

Lagos 15th May 2008

Awaiting deferral.


Steven Kingston

4296  - Dispatches  judicial secrecy. Steven Bruce Kingston
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Portimao Public Services Ministry

To: Steven Bruce Kingston

Process 201.070GALGS

Date: 19-05-2008

Subject: Despatch

You are notified that by means of despatch proffered on the case files mentioned above, your consultation has been deferred as required in virtue of the fact that the investigation is under judicial secrecy.

Mara Luisa Nascimento Duarte


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