Saturday, 27 October 2007

Most calls to McCann hotline report Madeleine's sightings in Morocco

The hotline set up by the McCann, in Spain, received 275 calls until 8.00pm of yesterday, October 25, according to Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. Most calls were from British citizens that have been on holidays in Morocco and gave information about alleged sightings of Madeleine in that North-African country.

After the McCann were named as formal suspects, British Press identified at least seven new witnesses, most of them British citizens, claiming not only that they saw Madeleine in Morocco, but also that they contacted Portuguese police and had no answer of just faced a refusal to accept that information. Portuguese Police requested Interpol help to investigate the background and personal connections of those alleged witnesses and, after that, there were no more references about those witnesses in the British Press.

Sources from Metodo 3, the Spanish detectives agency hired by the McCann to managed the hotline, told La Vanguardia that “Portuguese police has give up the idea that Madeleine died in a accidente” where the parents were involved and now “they think, (like Metodo 3 detectives) that Madeleine was kidnapped.” The head of Polícia Judiciária, Alípio Ribeiro, told another Spanish newspaper, a few days ago, that the strongest line of inquiry was the one that considered Madeleine was dead.

The Portuguese Justice Minister, Mr. Alberto Costa, who is in Spain to participate in a European meeting, told journalists that new initiatives have been launched, in the investigation and said that he trusts the capacity of Policia Judiciária to solve the case.

Duarte Levy and Paulo Reis

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