Well, it looks as though a long period of restraint by the UK media is coming to an end. The Sol article, published on June 30th and little known outside of Portugal, apart from the millions reading it on the internet, has at last been given some attention in the UK press. That was the Sol article claiming that the McCanns and their holiday group, hereinafter referred to as the, "Tapas 9," had agreed a, "Pact of silence," over what happened on the evening of May 3rd when Madeleine McCann disappeared from her bed. (See previous post for translation.)
Now we have fresh claims from Sol, that Robert Murat was asked by the Portuguese police if he had met Doctor Russel O'Brien, one of the Tapas 9 in Exeter before the McCanns' holiday at the Ocean Club.
"The Sol report said Murat, 33, has been asked by detectives if he knew one member of the group – hospital consultant Russell O’Brien, 36.
It claimed police spoke to Dr O’Brien after it was discovered the pair were both in Exeter days before Madeleine was kidnapped. Murat spent 10 days in there, arriving back in the Algarve on May 1 – 48 hours before Madeleine was snatched. Dr O’Brien and his partner Jane Tanner, also 36, moved to a rented home in the city four weeks earlier."
Daily Express Monday July 30th