Police to question suspects in McCann case

2014-07-01 12:33
An age progression computer generated image of missing child, Madeleine McCann. (Metropolitan Police/Teri Blythe/ AP)

An age progression computer generated image of missing child, Madeleine McCann. (Metropolitan Police/Teri Blythe/ AP)

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London - Police in Portugal and Britain on Tuesday refused to comment on a report that they were to begin questioning suspects in the case of missing British girl Madeleine McCann.

Madeleine, then aged 3, vanished from her family's holiday apartment in the Algarve village of Praia da Luz in May 2007 while her parents were having dinner at a nearby restaurant. Police in Portugal, who re-opened the case last year, were to begin the questioning of up to eight suspects on Tuesday, the BBC reported.

British officers would also be sitting in. All of the suspects were Portuguese nationals, though some were Russian-born.

They would afterwards be made "arguidos," or "persons of interest," the BBC said.

In March, British police said they were looking for a lone intruder who sexually abused five girls during holiday-home break-ins at around the same time as Madeleine disappeared.

Nobody had been charged in the cases and they needed to ascertain whether the assaults were linked to Madeleine's case, they said.

Last month they also carried out searches near where Madeleine went missing, though nothing was found.

The McCann case made international headlines in 2007, and, at one point, Portuguese police made her parents suspects.

Portuguese police dropped the case in 2008, but re-opened it last year after British police said they had uncovered several new leads.
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