Thursday, 20 March 2008
"Car belonging to Madeleine case witness destroyed in blast."
Portugal Resident 20/03/08
By NATASHA SMITH
A CAR belonging to Russian computer expert Sergei Malinka, who has been questioned by police as part of the Madeleine McCann investigation, was destroyed in an explosion in the early hours of this morning (Thursday, March 20) in Praia da Luz.
The incident is said to have taken place at around 5am next to his apartment, where the word “fala” (talk) had been written on the pavement next to the car.
Witnesses told The Resident that two cars were involved in the blast and maintain that one belonged to Malinka.
Police first interviewed Malinka on May 16, 2007, around two weeks after Madeleine McCann went missing.
Police searched the home of the IT expert, who designed a website for Robert Murat and was seen talking to Murat several times in the days after Madeleine’s disappearance. He was adamant that he was interviewed as a witness, not a suspect.
He has lived in Praia da Luz for around seven years and has always maintained he had nothing to do with Madeleine’s disappearance.
He claims he only had a professional relationship with official suspect, Robert Murat, and he has never been named as an arguido.
The Judicial Police could not confirm this morning’s blast took place but witnesses in the area have told The Resident that two cars were involved. They have also said that one of the cars belonged to Malinka.
The Resident spoke to Robert Murat, who said that he had not been told about the incident but did confirm that Malinka drove a Silver Audi, similar to the car that was torched.
“I am in England now but I am surprised that no one in Praia da Luz phoned me to tell me about it”, he said.