Oh dear – not so rosey then, is it?

madeleine-mccannI was just reading an article in the Express about the relationship between the Met and their Portuguese counterparts in the Madeleine McCann case…  The Express article states:

Sunday July 1,2012
By James Murray

THE Home Office is refusing to release secret files on the Madeleine McCann case to avoid diplomatic ructions with Portugal.

The documents are believed to record discussions with the Metropolitan Police about sensitive details of the baffling case.

Rejecting attempts by a newspaper to see the files, the Home Office said there would be “specific detriment to the UK’s relationship with Portugal” if they were released.

It also claimed disclosure of three of the documents would “stifle discussion” between officials.

A Met review of the case was ordered last year after pressure from the Home Office and David Cameron.

Sources said there were “serious concerns” within the Met that they were investigating a “foreign” case over which they had no jurisdiction.

Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, are convinced she is still alive. She was taken in May 2007 from a holiday apartment on the Algarve.

Well there is a surprise… NOT.

After what news has been emerging lately from Portugal, that is NOT being reported by the staunch supporters of Goncalo Amaral et al, it is hardly surprising.  Especially when people can see the catalogue of errors in this case, that have emerged from the Police Files already in the public domain.

Cor I bet there has been some choice words in this… especially if the Met have been asking why wasn’t this done?  Why wasn’t that done? And why wasn’t this checked out?  Along with where is the statement from so and so and where is the paperwork that dismisses that lead.

And who are the people that really suffer in this,  Madeleine McCann and her family.

Further Reading

Freedom of Information Decision Notice 12th June 2012

Many thanks to Sal on Stop the Myths for finding this.

Updated thinking:

In the Express article it clearing mentions the words “by a newspaper“.  Now cast your minds back to December 2011 when the Daily Star broke this story, ‘Cops rule Maddie Abducted‘ and a post I wrote called ‘Deluded or what?‘, I wonder if the Express are actually referring to the Daily Star appealing against the initial decision which was denied.

If my memory serves me correctly if you disagreed with the initial decision you could appeal to the ICO.  Is this what the Daily Star did?  And remember the Daily Star legal team are more conversant with writing legal letters than, let’s say, Bennett et al.

Updated Yet Again

Yes it does refer to the Daily Star appealing

1st July 2012 By Jonathan Corke

CRUCIAL files relating to Madeleine McCann’s disappearance are being kept secret by the Government to avoid a diplomatic war with Portugal.

They contain discussions between Home Office ­officials and the Met over ­vital information on the case.

But Home Secretary Theresa May and her staff have spent the past nine months preventing the Daily Star Sunday from obtaining the papers.

They said there would be “specific detriment to the UK’s relationship with Portugal” if the four files were released.

Ms May also claimed disclosure of three of the documents would “stifle discussion” ­between ­officials.

But we understand the papers may show a difference of opinion between the Home Office and Met officers, who are reviewing the files on Madeleine’s 2007 disappearance in Praia da Luz.

The Met review was ordered last year after pressure from the Home Office and David Cameron.

Sources said there were “serious concerns” within the Met that they were investigating a “foreign” case over which they had no jurisdiction.

Although the £2million-a-year bill for the Scotland Yard team is being met by the Home Office, around 27 detectives are being used.

Labour peer Lord Harris, 58, said: “My reservation was the way in which the Prime Minister ­instructed the Metropolitan police to investigate the McCann case – which is difficult in that it’s not in the Met’s ­jurisdiction – in a different country and everything ­depends on the co-operation of the ­Portuguese ­authorities.”

Our first request for the documents was made last September but the Home ­Office turned us down.

We appealed but again the Home Office decided ­secrecy was more important.

Last week, after more than five months’ deliberation, the Information ­Commissioner ruled in the Home Office’s favour but ­informed us we can now ­appeal to an Information Tribunal.

Its response said: “The documents contained ­information provided to the UK in ­confidence by ­Portuguese officials and ­internal discussions ­between the Home Office and the ­Metropolitan Police ­Service of such ­information.”

Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, are convinced she is still alive.

Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the couple remained optimistic of a breakthrough.

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