UK cops 'built case' against McCanns

2010-12-14 13:11

Johannesburg - Comments attributed to Britain's ambassador to Portugal appear to contradict the widespread perception at the time that Portuguese investigators were the driving force behind the treatment of Kate and Garry McCann as suspects in the case of their missing daughter, Madeleine, reported The Guardian newspaper on Monday.

Classified US diplomatic cables released by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks reveal that British police helped "develop evidence" against the parents of the missing girl while they were being investigated by Portuguese police as suspects in the disappearance, reports the British Guardian newspaper.

According to the newspaper, this was revealed in an exchange between the US ambassador to Portugal Al Hoffman and his British counterpart Alexander Wykeham Ellis in September 2007 - two weeks after Kate and Gerry were declared suspects by Portuguese police.

"Without delving into the details of the case, Ellis admitted that the British police had developed the current evidence against the McCann parents, and he stressed that authorities from both countries were working co-operatively," the paper cites a cable as saying.

The McCanns have always denied any involvement in Madeleine's disappearance in May 2007 from the holiday apartment in Portugal where they had left their three children in bed while they went to a nearby restaurant.


  • foxie911 - 2010-12-14 13:55

    I've been following this story since it broke at the time - little Maddie looks so much like my one grandchild that it made me cry - the only difference between my granddaughter and little Maddie is the 'wedge' in Maddie's one eye that goes across the edge of the pupil. And if anyone should ever see a girl with that mark in the eye, it will definitely be Maddie... My heart goes out to the parents of all missing children...

  • ss02349 - 2010-12-14 14:10

    Everyone knows this couple are guilty as sin. There is a Portugese detective who has published a book which proves beyond doubt that this was a case of culpable homicide due to negligence - most likely because of a drug overdose administered by the parents (who were doctors). These two are just too cowardly to admit what really happened and accept their fate. They have managed to waste millions on their fake "search" for Madeline. They (like Shrien Dewani) also refused to cooperate with Portugese police and have stayed out of that country since Madeline's disappearance. This is because they will likely be arrested upon entering.

      sbouttell - 2010-12-14 14:25

      I would prefer that you did not speak on my behalf. I DONT know for sure that the Mccanns are guilty or not - and if I am 'one' then not 'everyone' can be listed as you claim. It is one thing to have an opinion, but to assume that YOURS is the only opinion is arrogant.

      Greg - 2010-12-14 14:35

      Rightly said sbouttell. Don't know how ssNUMBERS knows everyone in the Universe, to have this info at hand. Yep we have opinions, not facts. I do believe they were involved in her disappearance and probable death, but that is MY opinion.....

      SuperCal - 2010-12-14 14:36

      yea and me too...."a Portuguese detective wrote a book which proves beyond a doubt". Do you know how stupid that sounds.....i suppose you support JZ suing Zapiro and Wikileaks.....peanut - 2010-12-14 15:21

      Sbouttel, greg and SuperCal - I suppose you believe Shiren Dewani is innocent also right?

      green_goblin - 2010-12-14 15:24

      SS02349.. you retarded dope! firstly I suggest you get your trustworthy information from other sources besides people magazine and you. secondly the McCanns HAVE been back to portugal on a number of occasions. The portuguese detective you speak of did write a book but it was because he seen an oppurtunity to make some quick money on such a high profile case, Now if he wrote in his book of how incompetent the portuguese police and investigation was do you think it would have sold.. no rather trump a fictious story of how the parents did it!

      Pieter - 2010-12-14 16:12

      Gonny Gonny Gonny. Police frame people all the time. They are now being sued for R46 million in one such a case.

      Ingwe - 2010-12-14 17:28

      Gonny the two cases have absolutely nothing in common. Sbouttel, Greg and SuperCal are entitled to their opinions as are you. Maybe you should get back on the Shiren Dewani threads as this thread is about an entirely different case. Maybe you should let the police have all the evidence you seem to have so both cases can get prosecuted successfully.

  • Wovenivy - 2010-12-14 15:20

    I have no opinion on whether or not the McCann's were in any way involved with Maddie's disappearance, simply because I do not know, but at the very least they were negligent in their actions. ss02349, you're very presumptuous in your accusation!

      U1 - 2010-12-14 15:54

      Firstly, I cannot think how a parent can ever do something like killing their own child. If evidence are being "manufactured" it is obvious that there is no evidence connecting them to the crime.

  • IanJ - 2010-12-14 20:00

    Really dumb move to leave your kids alone 'asleep' in a hotel room whilst you go out & have a good time.

      LBS - 2010-12-15 16:29

      And that's the bottom line!!!

  • Marco - 2010-12-14 21:58

    Guys, Im living a couple of miles from where Maddie was abducted, and its common here for the Brits too leave their kids in their hotel rooms, go to a restaurant, sometimes miles away, get pissed drunk and dont even rock up at the hotel. Hotel staff have too sometimes call child welfare or police, theirs been dozens of cases like this one here and in other parts, the difference is that this child disappeared.

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