Yes back in November 2010 Kate McCann spoke about the review. You can listen from about 1 min. Kate McCann tells you that under Alan Johnson a review was carried out to see whether it would be worth an investigative review which is now being conducted by team of Scotland Yard officers under the Operation Grange Investigation.
Well according to the Remit of Operation Grange, they are looking into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and they state the following:
It is to examine the case and seek to determine, (as if the abduction occurred in the UK) what additional, new investigative approaches we would take and which can assist the Portuguese authorities in progressing the matter. Whilst ordinarily a review has no investigative remit whatsoever- the scale and extent of this enquiry cannot permit for such an approach. It will take too long to progress to any “action stage” if activity is given wholly and solely to a review process.
Well it is clear to me that the report conducted prior to the authorisation of Operation Grange, exonerated the parents and did not class them as being involved in the disappearance of their daughter. Well it must have done, otherwise Scotland Yard would be looking into the parents.
Oh dear, I see massive carpet chewing and cries of “It’s a whitewash.”
Let us hope whoever harmed Madeleine McCann is brought to Justice and that Scotland Yard along with their Portuguese counterparts get the breakthrough they need to reunite a missing child with her family. If there is not to be a happy ending, let us hope that Madeleine is still found and her parents can lay her to rest with the respect she deserves and the family have closure.
Me, I live in hope of an happy ending… too many tragedies into this world to wish another one.
FURTHER READING: (Thanks to Samantha for finding this gem)
From the Telegraph 6th March 2010, talking about the review that was the groundwork needed before Operation Grange could be started.
Home Office launches secret review into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance
The Home Office has secretly begun a review that could lead to a fresh police inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
By Robert Mendick
9:00PM GMT 06 Mar 2010
The move follows the release of 2,000 pages of evidence last week which Portuguese detectives are accused of having failed to fully investigate.
According to sources close to the McCanns, Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, has ordered officials to examine the ‘feasibility’ of British or Portuguese detectives looking afresh at all the evidence.
Kate and Gerry McCann met with Mr Johnson last year to plead for help in their search for Madeleine, who vanished without trace in May 2007 from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
The couple have also met with John Yates, the Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, who has headed up a number of high profile inquiries in recent years.
He is said to be “sympathetic” and to have made “general offers of assistance”.
The source said: “The latest we have heard from the Home Office is officials are undertaking a ‘scoping exercise’ to look into the possibility of a review of the case.
“They are looking at all the options. It is basically a feasibility study.
“Kate and Gerry met with Alan Johnson to request a review is done. Hopefully any political intervention can unlock obstructions that might be in the way.”
Pressure is now being put on Portuguese authorities to agree in the first instance to a three-day review of the case that could be held at Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon in France.
The McCanns will hope the Home Office can persuade their Portuguese counterparts to co-operate in a case review.
The review – were it to go ahead – would involve British police working with Portuguese counterparts as well as experts in child abduction across other European forces.
The Portuguese police have been heavily criticised for their handling of the case which led to detectives naming the McCanns, both doctors from Leicestershire, as arguidos – or suspects – in the case and accusing them of involvement in her disappearance.
Their arguido status was subsequently lifted and the police investigation shelved.
But with the senior officer in charge Goncalo Amaral now widely discredited and facing financial ruin after being sued for libel by the McCanns over a book he wrote, it may become harder for the Portuguese to refuse the request for a thorough review.
The revelation that possible leads – many passed to Portuguese police by the McCanns’ own private detectives – had apparently been ignored will add to the clamour.
Last week, details emerged of a series of possible sightings of Madeleine, who was just three when she vanished.
Guilhermino Encarnacao, who was in charge of the Policia Judiciaria in the Algarve, died two weeks ago from stomach cancer.
Mr Encarnacao was convinced Madeleine had died in her parents’ apartment and was a major source of a series of off the record briefings to journalists against the McCanns.
A Home Office spokesman said: “We can confirm that the Home Secretary had a private meeting with Kate and Gerry McCann.
“Leicestershire Police stand ready to co-ordinate and complete enquiries if further information comes to light in the UK; or if requested to do so by the Portuguese authorities, who continue to lead on the overall investigation.”
The spokesman refused to discuss what talks took place at the meeting or whether there was the chance of a review of the evidence at Interpol.
The spokesman added: “We are not going to comment on the outcome of any private meeting with the McCanns.”
Mr Yates was unavailable for comment. He led the cash for honours investigation and was also involved in a new inquiry into the murder of Julie Ward, who was murdered in Kenya in 1988.