'Cracker' blamed McCanns; MADDIE 'KILLED'

11 February 2010
The Sun
Antonella Lazzeri

A cracker-style criminal profiler told Portuguese cops Maddie McCann might have been murdered, a court was told yesterday. And expert Lee Rainbow even suggested her parents Gerry and Kate could be involved in the then three year-old's disappearance.

Ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral is trying to overturn a ban on his book about the youngster who vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in 2007. The Lisbon court heard profiler Rainbow sent Portuguese cops a confidential report of his suspicions Maddie was killed a month after she went missing.

Mr Rainbow heads the UK's National Policing Improvement Agency and was involved in the Suffolk Strangler and Shannon Matthews inquiries. He said there were "contradictions" in the McCanns' statements and they might be suspects.

Outside court yesterday, heart specialist Gerry said he understood that "all possibilities have to be considered". But he called for the Maddie case to be reopened, and a panel set up to review all the evidence.

Kate said she and Gerry had found it "painful" to have to listen to evidence in the case. But she added: "I think this will truly help the search for Madeleine and that's why we've gone through with it. It hasn't been easy. "But if it helps, we will go through anything." Yesterday was the last day of evidence in the case.

The judge announced that she would give her decision on whether the ban on Amaral's book should stay in place, or be lifted, next Thursday.

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