Madeleine McCann's dad arrived today in Portugal [Lisbon], in what is believed to be the first of "many visits" to define new diligences to search for his daughter, hoping to count with the help of the Portuguese authorities.
In an exclusive interview to the Portuguese News agency Lusa, Gerry McCann stated that he has no intention, at least for now, to promote any process against the Portuguese state or any other entity, namely media outlets, highlighting the fact that the important is to forget the past and try to keep searching for his missing daughter disappeared in the Algarve in 2007.
Madeleine McCann, then with three years old, disappeared on the 3rd of May of 2007 from the room where she slept along with her twin brothers, in an apartment in a tourist resort in Praia da Luz, district of Lagos, in the Algarve while the parents had dinner at a nearby restaurant.
On the 7 of September in the same year, the child's mother, Kate, and the father, Gerry McCann, were constituted as arguidos, after another interrogatory at the DIC, but on the 21st of July of 2008 the Attorney General's Office [PGR] officially announced the closing of the investigation and the archival of the suspicions against Gerry and Kate McCann.
The PJ initially pointed towards the kidnap theory, but later admitted the death of the child, however the authorities were never able to really establish what happened to Madeleine McCann.
"We think there is a very good chance of Maddie still be found alive and in good health and therefore we want to continue the search. We want to emphasize our desire to work with the authorities as much as possible," said Gerry McCann, who arrived in Portugal to today for a brief visit of only two days.
"It is the first visit to Portugal, but I hope that it will be the first of many over in the coming months (...) The goal is to see what can still be done in the search for Maddie," he said, advancing that he could return as early as February.
According to Gerry McCann, the British police and police from several other countries continue to receive "information from different sources" about what has happened to Madeleine, as well as reports of "possible sightings."
"Like all parents of missing children, we want any information being investigated," said Maddie's father, who today met with his lawyer and also with representatives of the British embassy in Portugal.
"I want to make completely clear that what happened in the past is already gone and we want to focus in what can still be done to continue the search. That is our priority and always has been. So, these things [possible court proceedings] are not simply relevant at the moment, "he said.
The Brit's Version
Missing Madeleine McCann's father flew back to Portugal for the first time since returning to the UK.
Gerry McCann made the journey to meet his Portuguese lawyers to discuss what more could done to help find his missing daughter, family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said.
It is understood that Mr McCann's wife Kate did not travel with him, and that he will not see any Portuguese officials during his short trip.
Mr Mitchell said: "I can confirm that Gerry McCann returned to Portugal for a brief visit to meet his lawyers to see what more can be done to help find his daughter."
Mr McCann, 40, from Rothley, Leicestershire, flew into Faro Airport in the Algarve and was met by British officials. He then travelled to Lisbon for talks with his legal team, led by Rogerio Alves.
Madeleine was nearly four when she went missing from her family's holiday apartment in the Algarve village of Praia da Luz on May 3 2007 while her parents dined with friends nearby.
Despite a massive police operation and huge publicity worldwide, she has not been found. Four months after she disappeared, Portuguese police made both Mr and Mrs McCann "arguidos", or formal suspects, in the case.
Two days later, on September 9 2007, they returned to Britain with their two other children, twins Sean and Amelie.
Last July the Portuguese attorney-general shelved the investigation and lifted the arguido status of Mr and Mrs McCann.
The couple insist they will continue to believe Madeleine is still alive until presented with firm evidence to the contrary, and have vowed to keep looking for her for as long as it takes.