Wednesday, 2 January 2008

“Desperate” McCann behind recent news about Murat

Francisco Pagarete, the lawyer of “arguido” Robert Murat, denied the story published today on a news website,, signed by Toby Serter, about his client having been arrested again by Portuguese police.“This is completely false”, Mr. Pagarete told, accusing the McCann of being behind the recent revelation of new witnesses that claim they saw Robert Murat near Ocean Club the night Madeleine disappeared: “All of this is just evidence of how desperate the McCann are”, Mr. Pagarete said.
Meanwhile, detectives from Metodo 3 said today they have another “significant” clue of Madeleine in Morocco which is being investigated by the company. The Spanish detective company promised before to bring Madeleine back on time for Christmas, but wasn't able to fulfil the promise. Last week, Christian Ridout, a former British resident of Praia da Luz that Metodo 3 said was the last of a list of 52 supposed paedophiles from UK being investigated, was found to be innocent. Ridout, allegedly accused of sending explicit sexual messages to a 12 years old child, left Praia da Luz more than two years ago but never had any warrant with European police forces.
The fund to find Madeleine is spending 50 thousand pounds a month in payments to Metodo 3, Control Risk Group and other advisers hired by the McCann and the money is dwindling fast, according to Clarence Mitchell. It has been reported that the McCann could start to demand fees for interviews of even accept a book deal, but Clarence Mitchell told Daily Mail that “there would be no deals for exclusive interviews or anything else that 'smacked of showbiz''. Clarence Mitchell also denied reports about the possibility of Kate and Gerry McCann returning to Portugal, soon, unless the Portuguese police formally requests their presence.

Duarte Levy and Paulo Reis