Portuguese media have reported that the police, investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann (photo), are closing the case.
But Fernando Pinto Monteiro, Portugal’s attorney general has said that no decision has been taken on the investigation, and that the case continued to be assessed.
Kate and Gerry McCann, Madeleine’s parents, along with a third man, are official suspects in the inquiry.
Before Mr Monteiro statement, two newspapers claimed that the police have said they plan to close the case because of a lack of evidence, claim two newspapers.
He added that the final report from the Policia Judiciaria had been received by prosecutors, and “will be the object of careful analysis and consideration”.
“Public prosecutors will proceed to the overall analysis to determine whether or not other action is necessary or whether the conditions are sufficient to rule that the investigation be closed and a final ruling made”, he said.
On 3 May 2007, Madeleine, of Rothley, Leics, was three-years-old when she disapeared in Praia da Luz. They were awaiting confirmation of the reports, said the family.
On Tuesday, according to the Correio da Manha newspaper, sources within Portugal’s judicial police said they“do not have sufficient evidence to allow formal charges to be brought against the McCann in the disappearance of their daughter”.
The police did not have enough evidence to charge either the McCanns or Mr Murat with any wrongdoing, said the Jornal de Noticias.
“The police have not found the guilty”, added the paper.
The case had already been closed, said on newspaper, while another said that the end of the investigation will be announced within the next few days.
Reports suggested that the case had been “archived” or shelved, which means that the police would no longer devote resources to investigating it, said the BBC’s Alison Roberts, in Portugal.
It could be reopened if new evidence emerged, but officers would not be actively working on it, she added.
Last September, the McCanns were declared official suspects, “arguidos” in Portugese legal jargon.
Clarence Mitchell, the couple’s spolesman, told the BBC that they did not know yet whether the reports were correct.
“If they are true, it’s to be welcomed that Kate and Gerry are not to face any charges”, Mr Mitchell said.
“It’s quite right. They are innocent of any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance. They have suffered enough in this process.”
‘Lift their arguido status’
“And surely the Portuguese authorities, if this is true, must lift their arguido status as a priority.”
Clarence Mitchell said that what the family wanted now was to know if the police planned to stop searching for Madeleine.
If so, he said that all the information held by the police must be made public in order to allow the McCanns to carry on their own hunt.
“What happens to all those leads, all those contacts? There are thousands of pieces of information in those files”, he said.
“What we don’t want is that information to lie on a shelf somewhere gathering dust.”
“Surely it’s only humane and decent that information that could help find Madeleine comes to the investigators who will keep looking for her even if the police feel they can’t.”
He added that the McCanns (photo, from lepost.fr) have their own “very sophisticated intelligence gathering operation”.
On July 7, the couple is due to go to the High Court, to ask a judge to order police files concerning the disappearance of their daughter to be released.
The period of judicial secrecy surrounding the case was due to end in August, said the BBC’s correspondent.
Briton Mr Murat lives in Praiai da Luz, with his mother, close to the apartment where Madelaine was last seen. But he strongly denies any involvement in her disappearance.
Francisco Pagarete, his lawyer, said that he had heard nothing about from the Portuguese authorities, about the case being closed.
When asked if he would welcome such a development, his lawyer said : “Yes, we will, but it depends on the way it’s going to be dropped.”
“If it’s going to be dropped because there’s not enough evidence connecting my client to this case or if it’s going to be dropped because Robert hasn’t got any involvement in this case.”
“Only the second way will make us happy.”