4 to 5 Witness statement of
Rajinder Singh Balu
08-Cartas Rogatorias File 08, pgs.
TRANSLATION BY INES
Leicestershire Police Squad
Testimony of: Rajinder Raj Singh
Age if less than 18 years old:
This testimony (comprised of two
pages and signed by me) is the truth
and in accordance with my
understanding. I give this testimony
with the knowledge that, knowingly
making false statements may subject
me to legal action.
Date: 28 May 2008
I am the above referenced person and
live at the address previously given
to the police.
On the 23rd of April of 2008, I
spoke with DC 433 Hughes of the
Leicestershire Police with regard to
certain aspects relating to the
Madeleine McCann investigation. I
was informed that these questions
emanate from a formal request from
the Portuguese authorities. I am
aware that my testimony is subject
to the Portuguese Criminal Code and
to English Law.
I did not ask to see my original
statements in order to refresh my
memory. I confirm that these
statements are correct.
The following are answers to the
questions in the following order:
With relation to my movements on
Thursday, May 3, 2007, between 18:00
At 16:45 my son was lunching with
other children in the Tapas area.
From 15:30 onwards, the bar was
full, as normally happened, with the
majority of people there. Neil and
E*** were having a drink with my
wife and I. We had a table reserved
in the restaurant for that night,
but they were not able to arrange a
table and for this reason we decided
to leave our table and ate together
in their apartment using takeaway
My wife left the bar and took our
son back to the apartment and E***,
Neilís wife, also took her children
to their apartment. Neil and I
stayed at the bar drinking and
talking with J*** J***** and A***
W******. Neil and I eventually left
the bar after 19:00. I donít
remember if we left together or not.
I returned to my apartment and got
ready to go out for dinner.
Around 19:00, together with my wife
and son, we headed to the Berry
apartment. When we arrived, Neil was
having problems in assembling a cot,
which was placed there for my son.
We had to head to the Mark Warner
service desk and they sent someone
to help us.
Sometime between 19:45 and 20:00,
Neil and I left the apartment and
went to the Tapas restaurant. We
ordered our food and had a drink
whilst waiting for the food to
arrive. We returned around
We returned the Berry apartment and
all of us ate on the veranda.
With regard to the question as to
how I became aware a child had gone
missing and my involvement in the
After 22:00 we were still sitting on
the veranda in the Berry apartment.
We heard noises downstairs and
afterwards found out that a child
had disappeared. My testimony dated
6th of May 2007 related the details
of the conversation we overheard and
the information regarding the paper
that Neil and I used in the
searches. I cannot add any more
details save those which have
already been given in this
With relation to Neil Barry;
I did not travel with Neil not did
we know each other prior to the
holidays but got to know each other
on the first day and got along well.
Neil was there with his wife and two
daughters. We discovered later that
our spouses had worked separately
but for the same firm. We did not
pass the day together but socialised
occasionally at night. Neil and I
spent two times together watching
football games in the local bar.
With relation to the food at the
I went to order food with Neil. It
was a takeaway order. I remember
that I had a plate of grilled
chicken, beef and salad. We also had
chips and four bottles of red wine.
I cannot think of more information
or explanations that would be
relevant or could help the
This testimony was made by me and is
the truth and in accordance with my
to RAJINDER RAJ BALU
CR 2 page 113
From the Letter of Request:
* Interview to RAJINDER RAJ BALU as a witness, 62, BIXXXXXXXX
ROXX, HeXXXXXXX, Brentwood, Essex. He should be asked the
following questions :
* Do you confirm your previous statements to the British Police
* What did you do on 3rd May, 2007, between 6.00 p.m. and 11.00
* How did you get to know that a child was missing ?
* Did you take part in the searches ? Where and with whom did
you look for the missing girl ?
* Do you know a man identified as NEIL BERRY ? Who is he ? How
did you know him ? Did you travel together to Portugal ? Did he
travel to Portugal with his family ?
* State clearly who went to buy the food at the TAPAS RESTAURANT,
what food was it and the way taken.
* Any further questions deemed useful, necessary or pertinent in
view of the previous replies.
* Is there any supplementary explanation that you consider
pertinent or relevant to establish the material truth ?
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