LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – A Portuguese judge has started to examine the files into the disappearance of their four-year-old daughter Madeleine, Sky News reports.
He has ten days to read the 4,000-page dossier and review the evidence complied by the Policia Judiciaria – Portugal’s CID.
Legal experts said the judge has the power to order the couple back to Portugal and place them under house arrest.
Intense attention has focused on what exactly police found in the hire car rented by Madeleine’s parents 25 days after she went missing.
Detectives denied reports that forensic tests on a sample taken from the vehicle, a silver Renault Scenic, had revealed a “100% match” with the missing girl’s DNA.
Police spokesman Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa said: “That’s not true. Even specialists have said there is no 100% in anything.”
But senior sources linked to the investigation told Portuguese journalists they discovered “bodily fluids” – not blood – with an 88% match to Madeleine’s genetic profile in the car’s boot.
Police also found so much of the girl’s hair in the car that it could not have been transferred from a blanket or clothes, and must have come directly from her body, one of the sources said.