Parents face new grilling by police

Parents face new grilling by police
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The Sunday Mirror
11 November 2007
Lori Campbell

Madeleine McCann's parents are preparing to be re-interviewed by Portuguese police.

Detectives are due to fly to Leicester within the next few weeks to go over statements made by Kate and Gerry.

Officers leading the inquiry claim the McCanns refused to answer 40 key questions about their daughter's disappearance after they were made "arguidos" - official suspects.

But the McCanns, both 39, deny they refused to cooperate and said they are only too willing to face another grilling over what happened the night Madeleine went missing from their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.

The couple told a friend: "We're ready to face the Portuguese police. We will answer everything they have to ask us because we are innocent. What we want to say to them is 'bring it on'."

Paulo Rebelo, the detective leading the inquiry, and two colleagues plan to re-interview the couple once a Birmingham laboratory has sent them the remaining DNA test results on blood and hair samples taken from the McCanns' Algarve apartment and hire car.

A judicial insider told Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas yesterday: "These DNA tests are key to helping us advance the investigation."

Last night Kate and Gerry faced fresh criticism in a book on Madeleine's disappearance by two Portuguese journalists.

The book - called Maddie 129 after the number of days Kate and Gerry spent in Portugal - claimed Kate faked the kidnap of Madeleine.


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