But Robert Murat, a British man who was falsely accused at the time, has told us it's vital they find out what happened to Madeleine.
Communiqué - Metropolitan Police
Praia da Luz , Portugal
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service conducting the investigative review into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have now moved to an investigative stage of the inquiry.
Over the past two years the review, whilst not complete, has been in a unique position having drawn together material from the UK, Portugal and private investigators from seven different companies.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, heading Operation Grange said today:
"Our working relationship with the Portuguese police is positive and now that we have moved to investigation we are requesting further specific assistance through normal judicial routes.
après conférence de presse Met
Transcrit par Nigel Moore
Journalist : What has the Metropolitan Police decided to do in relation to the Madeleine McCann case?
J. : And why have you decided to do that?
J. : So what does this mean practically in terms of the search for Madeleine McCann, what happens now?
J. : You are confident that you can try and find her alive?
J. : What about the McCann family they've been involved have they, in...?
J. : In terms of those suspects who are of interest, errm... some of them are abroad and some of them are in the UK. Can you just talk to... what… who those suspects are, what... where they are?
J. : What has changed, errm... Have you had new information, new evidence? What has changed to lead you to open this investigation?
J. : How... how big is the team that is involved in this and where do you go from here?
transcrit par Nigel Moore
AR : We have identified 38 persons of interest, and, within that, 12 who are UK nationals, and it's from that position that we've been able to move from review to investigation.
KW : (voice over) The 38 are from a number of European countries and the police have made it clear they do not include Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann.
AR : Neither her parents or any of the member of the group that were with her are either persons of interest or suspects.
Cette opinion a l'extrême faiblesse de ne reposer sur absolument rien. Ce serait comme dire que OG (45 personnes à plein temps quand même pendant 2 ans à cette date, soit deux fois plus de temps que l'enquête portugaise) n'ayant pas avancé d'un chouia, SY est une force de police incompétente.
KW : (voice over) Robert Murat was originally named as a suspect but was completely cleared. He says he welcomes the new attempts to find the real culprits.