Saturday, July 7, 2012

McCann: Journalist Paulo Reis - Old Memories Die Hard.

On 2007 I got a tip from a British journalist (one of the few journalists from UK that had and still has a good relationship with me). It was a quite interesting tip: people connected with people connected with people related with the McCann Team got in touch with a few PJ inspectors, asking them if they were interested in helping as “informal consultants” in the search for Madeleine. Something quite normal, I believe. But sometimes I’m a little bit naïf…

Two weeks after that, a top ranking PJ inspector (not part of the team investigating Maddie Case) told me about a rather strange episode: a PJ inspector got in touch with some his colleagues working in the investigation in Algarve and asked a few specific questions about the case.

His colleagues were not exactly comfortable, because PJ inspectors have a very important and quite clear rule about that kind of questions. Breaking it is a crime, according to the Portuguese Penal Code: if a PJ inspector talks about or reveals anything about an ongoing investigation to somebody that is not part of the police and Public Prosecutor’s Office team in charge of it, they violate the “segredo de Justiça” (“Secrecy of Justice”). PJ inspectors never ask a colleague questions about an open investigation, if they are not part of the team (if they are, they can ask any question…) more