11 February 2010
The Sun
Antonella Lazzeri
What Brit 'Cracker' told cops hunting Maddie

A CRACKER-style criminal profiler helping the hunt for Madeleine McCann told Portuguese police it was right to suspect her parents, it was claimed yesterday.

Brit expert Lee Rainbow worked with cops to build a picture of the tot's kidnapper.

And yesterday a court in Lisbon heard he had told officers they should "consider the possible involvement of the family" in the little girl's disappearance, The startling revelation came at a hearing where ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral is trying to overturn a ban on his book about three year-old Maddie's disappearance from a holiday apartment in 2007.

Amaral's lawyer Antonio Cabrita said Mr Rainbow urged cops to focus on parents Kate and Gerry, of Rothley, Leics.

Mr Cabrita said his report claimed: "The family is a lead that should be followed. The contradictions in Gerald McCann's statement might lead us to suspect a homicide. And this is a lead that should be investigated."

He said it was British cops who first believed Maddie, left, was dead. But he added that Mr Rainbow also told police: "There is no proof that Gerry McCann gave a false statement." Kate and Gerry were in court to hear the last day of evidence in Amaral's case. The judge said she would give her decision on February 18.

Outside court, heart specialist Gerry said he understood "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.

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