Saturday, 1 December 2007

Kate and Gerry McCann May Face More Questions

"Portuguese police investigating Madeleine McCann’s disappearance are poised to return to England to re-interview members of the group who were on holiday with her parents when she went missing."

Daily Telegraph

Following a visit to the UK by a group of Portuguese police and forensic scientists, it is reported that the McCanns and the rest of their group, known collectively as, "The Tapas 9," may be re-interviewed by the police.

"Detectives have long believed the key to unravelling the mystery of the four-year-old’s disappearance could lie with the so-called Tapas Nine – the name given to the McCanns and the seven friends who dined with them on the night Madeleine vanished."

"Public prosecutor Jose Magalhaes e Menezes had refused to sanction further questioning of the group until the full forensic results were known.

It is thought that Paulo Rebelo, the head of the investigation, will now send a team accompanied by Mr Magalhaes e Menezes and the “letters of appeal” to British authorities to carry out the interviews."

Seems to me that if the public prosecutor is about to visit our shores to possibly assist the British police, there could be fairly important developments in this case in the next week or so. It has been suggested by some posters on public forums, particularly that of the Daily Mirror, that the Portuguese police may be returning simply to remove Kate and Gerry from their status as formal suspects, or arguidos, in the disappearance of their daughter. Could be, I suppose, but surely this information could be conveyed to the McCanns via the British police, who have been assisting the Portuguese police since Madeleine disappeared?

There are very few facts available to the public concerning the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. What has been printed in the mainstream media seems to be full of contradictions, especially concerning a timeline for the evening of May 3rd in Praia da Luz, and the various comings and goings of the Tapas 9, during their meal, when the McCanns say that they and their friends checked regularly on the children.

What we do know is that, by their own admission, the McCanns left three small children on their own in a holiday apartment, night after night during their holiday in Portugal, and that one of those children, Madeleine disappeared from that apartment on the evening of May 3rd.

Hopefully the Portuguese police will now be interviewing all of the Tapas 9 re the apparent inconsistencies in their statements about the events of May 3rd in the Mark Warner holiday resort in Praia da Luz. We may yet find out what has happened to Madeleine, that little girl who was left by her parents while they dined at the Tapas Bar, 20/40/50/70/100/120 metres from the apartment! Apparently, if they could walk across the swimming pool, the distance between the Tapas Bar and the apartment was 50 metres! I am assuming that neither Gerry nor Kate could have accomplished this miraculous feat!

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