British authorities are seeking assistance from Portuguese officials to arrest three men involved in the disappearance of 3 year-old Madeleine McCann from the Portuguese resort town of Praia da Luz in 2007.
The Crown Prosecution Service sent Portuguese authorities an International Letter of Request that seeks to arrest and interview three individuals suspected in the the 3 year-old's disappearance. Although the Portuguese Deputy National Director of the Judiciary Police Pedro do Carmo said the letter has not yet arrived, he speculated that the interview subjects may be the three individuals who were the focus of an earlier Scotland Yard investigation. Those three people, do Carmo said, have not been detained.
Metropolitan Police were expected to fly to Portugal last Saturday.
Media reports indicated the three individuals British police want to interview are three men who were burglarizing the resort when McCann disappeared. According to cell phone records, the men made numerous calls to each other immediately after the 3 year-old went missing.
The CPS International Letter of Request is the second such letter sent since July to Portuguese authorities regarding the McCann case. The July letter followed a Metropolitan Police upgrade to the search for McCann that was based on new evidence and new witnesses; the new review was codenamed "Operation Grange."
[The Daily Mirror]