Wednesday

Rt. Hon. Caroline Flint MP: the British government cannot interfere in the judicial processes of another state (even though they already did)


By Tony Bennett

I publish below - without comment - a letter received today which, so far as I am aware, is the first official reply at Ministerial level to the letters sent to all 646 MPs which enclosed '60 Reasons', and asked if the Foreign Secretary would be prepared to contact the Portuguese Secretaries of State for Foreign Affairs and Justice urging them to hold a full judicial enquiry or inquest into the circumstances of Madeleine's 'disappearance'. Note, the four words underlined is my underlining and the underlining is not in the original:

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Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Minister for Europe
LONDON
SW1A 2AH

30 April 2009

Reference: 70832

To: Member of Parliament

Dear [withheld]

Thank you for your letter of 20 March to the Foreign Secretary on behalf of your constituent Mr Tony Bennett of 66 Chippingfield, HARLOW, Essex, CM17 0DJ about the case of Madeleine McCann. I am replying as Minister for Europe.

Mr Bennett asks if the Foreign Secretary would be prepared to write to the Portuguese Secretaries of State for Foreign Affairs and Justice urging them to hold a full judicial enquiry or inquest into the circumstances of Madeleine's disappearance.

The British government remains concerned about what happened to Madeleine. As Madeleine went missing in Portugal, the investigation into her disappearance is being led by the Portuguese police. We are not able to ask the Portuguese authorities to conduct a public enquiry or inquest into her disappearance as the British government cannot interfere in the judicial processes of another state. We expect the same from other countries' governments when it comes to our own legal systems.

Please be assured that the British government continues to follow Madeleine's case closely.

Yours,

(signed) Caroline,
Rt. Hon. Caroline Flint MP

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Discussion at the 3 arguidos:

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Here's how the British government didn't interfere in the Maddie case: