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'No current plan' to quiz McCanns
Madeleine McCann
Madeleine was last seen on 3 May
The parents of Madeleine McCann will not be re-questioned at the present time over her disappearance, Portuguese prosecutors have said.

The attorney general's office said no new evidence had emerged to justify questioning Gerry and Kate McCann, who remain official suspects in the case.

Prosecutors said investigations into other lines of inquiry would continue.

Madeleine, four, of Rothley, Leics, went missing during a family holiday in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on 3 May.

The McCanns were declared suspects in the disappearance of their daughter on 7 September.

'Encouraging'

They are now back at their home in Rothley.

The Portuguese authorities said there would be no change to the McCanns' status as "arguidos" - or official suspects.

They will be able to stay at their family home as long as it is registered with Portuguese police. There are no plans at the moment for them to be re-called to Portugal.

A statement from prosecutor Luis Bilro Verao said no significant evidence had emerged since the McCanns were questioned by detectives in Portimao.

The statement said: "Following the interrogations carried out on September 7, no new evidence justifying new interviews has been determined."

It added: "According to the evidence gathered so far the conditions are considered adequate."

Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said Mr and Mrs McCann were pleased at what they had heard.

There are reminders of Madeleine all around them and that can be difficult at times
Clarence Mitchell
McCann family spokesman

"On the face of it it does appear to be encouraging," he said.

"Beyond that I cannot comment on the detail of it but Gerry and Kate were obviously pleased to hear this."

He added that being back in England was helping them keep positive.

"They are very pleased their twins Sean and Amelie are able to get back into their family environment with their toys," he said.

"It's very much a normal family home. But there are reminders of Madeleine all around them and that can be difficult at times."

The attorney general office's disclosure came after a judge examined a 1,000-page police dossier, including evidence involving Madeleine's parents.


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