Portuguese police have refused an “arrogant” German request to retest the evidence for the Madeleine McCann case, in a new conflict between the two forces.
Prosecutors in Germany have been informed that they cannot re-examine a saliva sample, found at the start of the investigation in the Algarve holiday apartment region from where it disappeared in 2007.
A call to learn more about new suspect Christian Brueckner, hoping to finally solve the mystery of the three-year-old disappearance, of faces being derailed after a week of snipers on both sides.
Portuguese police, the mark of the German demand ‘arrogance’, adding that they had already performed forensic tests on the sample, and it was impossible to extract a DNA profile to compare with that of convicted pedophiles and rapist Brueckner, 43.
Portuguese police involved in the Madeleine McCann (left) case said they performed forensic tests on the saliva sample, and it was impossible to extract a DNA profile to compare to that convicted pedophile Christian Brueckner (right)
German police have said they cannot re-examine a saliva sample, found at the start of the investigation in the Algarve region of the McCann family’s vacation apartment had been to stay in (pictured)
“We have already tried and it is insulting to be asked to do it again,” a source close to the Judiciaria Police said.
“It is a complete waste of time. What is even worse is that now they want to do it in their labs, as if ours are not good enough. Why do they think their DNA center testing is better than ours? ’
Peter Bleksley, a founding member of Scotland Yard’s undercover unit, said: “DNA science has galloped on a long way for 13 years, when Madeleine I first disappeared, so it’s much more complex tests that can be applied, but was not made back in the day. ‘
After the Madeleine, from Leicestershire, disappeared, forensic tests were carried out on evidence in the apartment.
But police have never been able to extract a full DNA profile from a saliva sample, which reports said yesterday was on his pillow. After German police began probing Brueckner as a potential suspect in 2017, much of the evidence was tested again, without producing a match.
Madeleine McCann, parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, give an interview following the disappearance of their daughter
After Madeleine disappeared, forensic tests were carried out on evidence in the apartment, but the police were never able to extract a full DNA profile from a saliva sample
But the Germans are now eager to carry out fresh tests on the “partial sample” to establish whether it came from Brueckner. Yesterday, a Portuguese newspaper said that the two police forces had ‘deadlocked’ .
It is understood that the Germans were going to apply the same forensic techniques as Portuguese. There may also be legal restrictions prohibiting the sample from being sent abroad for retesting.
In 2012, Scotland Yard detectives visited a Portuguese laboratory and asked them to retest the hairs found in the apartment. Their request was denied.
Last week, German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said working with the police in Portugal was “heavy” and acknowledged that his team had not shared all of their evidence with them. Portuguese detectives were “livid” and accused the Germans of “pretending to know them all”.
Bleksley says the probe was ‘to go down in a very unworthy bun of wrestling.” Last night, Mr. Wolters said he was unaware of the request, the DNA retested.