Maddie McCann

Started by ExiledGael, May 14, 2007, 08:12:54 PM

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Some people here need to get off their high horses. Of course the parents made a big mistake, a big one, and I hope the girl is reunited with her family unharmed. But its the media blow-out and spin on it all that is cynical - had the parents been a couple of layabouts from a sink estate in London does anyone seriously think there would be the same coverage?

If she isn't found very shortly the tabloids will move away quick enough to the next story, with the case being quickly forgotten on the public eye.

Square Ball

A British man is officially a suspect, breaking news on the BBC
Hospitals are not equipped to treat stupid


and no-one seems to mention the double kidnap of two 10 years old, over the past two weeks....
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The sealed off single-storey building is known as Casa Liliana
A British man questioned over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal is being formally treated by police as a suspect.
He is believed to be Robert Murat, who shares a villa with his mother Jenny, 71, in Praia da Luz, Algarve.

Officers have searched the property close to where four-year-old Madeleine of Rothley, Leicestershire, was last seen and questioned three people.

One of them has been given "arguido" status - equivalent to a suspect.

However, a person questioned by police may ask for such a status to be invoked as it gives them greater legal rights.

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Under the Portuguese legal system, people who are questioned are not arrested but treated as witnesses.

Arrests can only be made when police designate someone as an arguido.

BBC correspondent Richard Bilton said a British man in his 30s has been given arguido status.

It is understood the other people to be questioned were a German woman and a Portuguese man.


The search of the property known as Casa Liliana began at 0700 local time on Monday after Sunday Mirror journalist Lori Campbell had spoken to the British Embassy and the police about Mr Murat.

He had become well known to journalists during the search for Madeleine.

The villa is owned by Jenny Murat and used by son Robert

Mr Murat, formerly of Hockering, Norfolk, describes himself as half-Portuguese and told reporters he had been helping police with translation work during the investigation.

Mr Murat's mother is a former nurse who has lived in Portugal for 40 years and brought her son and daughter up in the country.

When asked by the BBC on Monday why the villa was being searched, Mrs Murat replied: "I don't know why."

She then said she was "not allowed" to speak to reporters, before moving away.

Mrs Murat, believed to be a widow, has been running a stall on the seafront in Praia da Luz, appealing for information from the public about Madeleine's disappearance.

  His mother says that on the night the kid disappeared they were both in the house together all night

Ralph Eveleigh, Robert Murat's uncle

Catherine Roberts, a friend of the family in Portugal, said: "Jenny is very well known around here - she has lived here most of her life.

"And the family has a very good reputation and a very good name."

Mr Murat's uncle, Ralph Eveleigh, told the BBC his nephew had an alibi for the night Madeleine went missing.

"His mother says that on the night the kid disappeared they were both in the house together all night," he said.

Officers in white suits with facemasks were seen at the Murat's villa and in its grounds on Monday evening.

It is believed the search has included draining its swimming pool.

'Concrete evidence'

Last week searches were scaled back in the area immediately around the holiday apartment where Madeleine was last seen on 3 May.

The focus had shifted to an international child abduction inquiry, amid suggestions she may have been taken out of Portugal.

Madeleine McCann disappeared on 3 May

Madeleine is believed to have been abducted while her parents were eating at a tapas bar.

On Monday, her parents Kate and Gerry McCann said they would not return to the UK until Madeleine was found safe and well.

Mr McCann, who is originally from Glasgow, said the couple would continue to believe she was being cared for until they received "concrete evidence to the contrary".

He said they had drawn "tremendous strength from the warmth and the spiritual outpouring" the couple had received from around the world.

British ambassador to Portugal John Buck said there were "impressive resources" being devoted to the investigation and praised the "truly exceptional" collaboration between the Portuguese and British police.

Rewards totalling £2.5m have been offered to anyone with information leading to the safe return of Madeleine, who was four on Saturday.

A "fighting fund" to which members of the public can donate to help in the search for Madeleine is also being set up by her family's lawyers.

The international number for Crimestoppers is +44 1883 731 336. People with information about Madeleine can call anonymously.

Gaoth Dobhair Abu

Quote from: ziggysego on May 15, 2007, 12:14:51 PM
and no-one seems to mention the double kidnap of two 10 years old, over the past two weeks....

Should that not be "attempted" Ziggy?


Quote from: Gaoth Dobhair Abu on May 15, 2007, 12:53:57 PM
Quote from: ziggysego on May 15, 2007, 12:14:51 PM
and no-one seems to mention the double kidnap of two 10 years old, over the past two weeks....

Should that not be "attempted" Ziggy?

Oh yeah, sorry
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guy crouchback

on the ITV lunchtime news they said it was the cesspool that had been drained.

The Iceman

So how many reports do we have on this flippin discussion.

The kids were checked on every 15 minutes

The restaurant was 50m away.

The window was not broken into -there was no signs of a forced entry.  The wee girl obviously left the appartment by herself looking for her parents and got snatched by some opportune sex pest.

It was extrmemely irresponsible of the parents.

But right now they don't need our criticism they need our prayers.
I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight

full back

Maybe I got the wrong end of the stick here,
But had the shutters on the window been tampered with, thought I heard this


If there's no forced entry, could she have wandered out and up ended in a pool or a septic tank or similar?

High Catch

Suely if she wandered away on her own she would have been found dead or alive by now.


The Real Laoislad

God forgive me for saying this but has anyone else considered the idea that maybe the parents have something to do with this?
In case like this surely they have to be suspects too?
You'll Never Walk Alone.

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What do you mean Laoislad?



Never considered that. I hope to God not.