Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Police asked Interpol to investigate witnesses that claim they saw Madeleine

Polícia Judiciária sent a formal request to Interpol, asking police from several countries (Spain, Malta, Belgium, UK and Morocco) to investigate a specific list of names. Those are names from people that claimed they saw Madeleine McCann, since August 11, when the PJ spokesman, Mr. Olegário de Sousa, told to BBC that Police had a new line of inquiry and that line admitted Madeleine McCann was dead.

Also included is the name of Mari Olli, the first witness to say that she saw Madeleine in Morocco, on May 9. Mari Olli, married with Ray Pollard, form Leicester, told British Police she saw Madeleine at a shop, near a gas station in Marrakesh. But Moroccan police seized the video from that shop and, while Mrs Olli appears in the images, there is no child among the clients, according to a source from the “Sureté Nacional”.

A flood of witnesses claiming they saw Madeleine in Morocco

Fatima Marzouki, 35, of Birmingham, said she saw a girl like Maddie in Agadir amid rumours she was being held in a caravan there by an Irish traveller named John. Her friend Helen McPherson, 60, thinks she saw Maddie being pushed in a buggy in Marrakesh.

Mrs Peart, from Castle Eden, near Hartlepool, says she was in Morocco with her stockbroker husband Jonathan. “I saw this Arabic woman in local dress and behind her was a very blonde little girl,” she said. “She was striking because the people in this part of the country are all very dark – bordering on black. “But this little girl was very blonde and I’d say she was around the right age.“She was following this woman down an alley way, then they disappeared from view.”

Hotelier James Valarino, 65, from Gibraltar, is certain he saw the missing four-year-old in the clutches of a European man at a market in Tangiers on August 8. The sighting has given fresh hope to her parents that their daughter could still be alive 150 days after she vanished.

Clara Torres, the Spanish woman that took the picture of a young girl being carried on the back of a woman, in a road in Morocco, told Spanish newspapers that she was at a bus, “driving at 60 km per hour” (...) “If it's not Madeleine, than it's her twin sister” she told Spanish Press.

The Daily Mail reveals the existence on one more witness – the third to come forward in the last days – that also saw Madeleine McCann in Morocco, in May. The non-identified woman is a Spanish citizen and she told Daily Mail that she was driving with her husband, in the city of Zaio, when she saw Madeleine McCann being “dragged” by a Muslim woman: “She said she told her husband to stop the car. I shouted 'Stop! It's Madeleine, the missing girl.' But by the time we pulled over and ran back to where she had crossed, they had both vanished."

The first reported sighting in Morocco was by Norwegian tourist Mari Pollard, who said she saw a girl who looked like Madeleine with a man at petrol station in Marrakesh on May 9. A British holidaymaker later reported seeing a youngster with a strong likeness on the same day outside the Ibis Hotel in Marrakesh, which is virtually opposite the garage. The third sighting came around three weeks later when a Spanish woman contacted Portuguese police to say she had seen someone she thought looked like the missing girl in Zaio, in the north of Morocco. She said she saw a "sad and scared" blonde girl being dragged across a street by a woman in a Muslim headscarf. She told how she and her husband were driving when the Muslim woman walked out into the road in front of them, "walking very fast and dragging a young blonde girl with her".

Duarte Levy (Marbella) and Paulo Reis (Madrid)

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