Cops let Maddie suspect off hook

29 June 2009
The Sun
Simon Hughes and Antonella Lazzeri

A SUSPECT in the Madeleine McCann case was let off the hook — after a private detective tailing him was deported by cops.

The detective was told to leave Portugal after the suspect complained.

It is illegal in Portugal to run a private investigation into a crime when a police one is still active. As a result of the deportation, the suspect had nearly a year to get rid of any possible evidence against him.

The man lived near the holiday complex in Praia da Luz where Maddie, three, disappeared on May 3, 2007.

A source close to the McCann family last night accused Portuguese cops of "hindering" the investigation, adding: "It's a disgrace."

The detective was working for the Spanish firm initially hired by Kate and Gerry McCann. Their British investigators are now looking into the man.

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