Maddie suspect pal's car torched

21 March 2008
The Sun 

Nick Parker
A close pal of Maddie suspect Robert Murat has been targeted by an arsonist - apparently attempting to make him reveal details of the case. A car belonging to Russian IT consultant Sergei Malinka was found torched early yesterday outside his home in Praia da Luz, Portugal.  A single word in red paint sprayed on the pavement beside the blazing Audi A4 read "Fala" - Portuguese for "Talk".  Malinka, 22, was questioned by cops early in the hunt for four-year-old Madeleine McCann.  But he has never been declared an arguido like his friend Murat, 33.  There was a similar arson incident last year when Malinka's van was blown up at night.


Malinka said yesterday: "It's just a car. I'm sad, it was a nice car, but at least I wasn't inside it.  "I'm angry and I want to find out who it was, but I'm not scared."

Meanwhile, it was revealed yesterday that Portuguese police are set to fly to the UK on April 7 as part of a last-gasp attempt to solve the Madeleine mystery.  Investigators are pinning their hopes of a breakthrough on fresh interviews with the Tapas Seven - the pals holidaying with parents Kate and Gerry, both 39, of Rothley, Leics.  But public prosecutors in Portuguese have rejected police requests to call in Kate and Gerry for questioning.

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