Today it has broken in the news that the mother of Madeleine McCann is to be declared as a suspect. In the hunt for a missing wee girl this is the biggest twist in the tale. A story which has gripped the British public, and only 3 days before they fly back to the UK this happens. If the Portugese Police are wrong, and this results as nothing, then they will have to expect the back lash from the British Public. One in Five Portugese are employed in the tourism sector, and a large amount of the tourists will be from the UK. If we boycott Portugal as a holiday destination it could trigger the country into a recession. I cant believe the mother is involved, this really is tragic. Below find the release from Sky News.
Madeleine: ‘Horrified’ Mum To Be Suspect
Madeleine McCann’s mother has returned to a Portuguese police station, where she is expected to be declared a formal suspect in the disappearance of her daughter.
Kate McCann is said to be “horrified” at the latest development in the investigation.
She was driven to the police station in Portimao by McCann family spokeswoman Justine McGuinness.
Mrs McCann is being questioned again by detectives and expects to be made an “arguido”, a formal suspect, in the case.
An arguido receives more protection under Portuguese law, including the right to remain silent in formal interviews.
Sky News Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said the move doesn’t mean that police are close to charging Madeleine’s mother.
“The police are doing this so they can ask her a list of 22 questions about the night Madeleine disappeared,” he said.
“There are specific questions they need to ask and they can only do that if she is a suspect.”
But a family friend said: “They are treating Kate McCann as if she is involved in some way in the death of her daughter.”
It is thought Kate will face questions linked to the results of DNA tests on samples taken from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.
Martin Brunt said tests have also been carried out on a car the McCanns hired five weeks after Madeleine’s disappearance.
“They weren’t using it at the time she went missing,” he said.
Brunt added that Mrs McCann is “horrified to be under suspicion”.
The McCann family spokesman said: “She is shocked and surprised in several ways. First of all that such an accusation could be made against her.
“And obviously she is concerned that such a line of investigation can become a distraction from further attempts to find Madeleine.”
Gerry’s brother John McCann said the prospect of Kate becoming a suspect was “unbelievable”.
“We just want to see exactly what the Portuguese police are saying,” he said.
“We cannot believe the line that they are going down – we just find it unbelievable.”
Madeleine’s father is due to be re-interviewed at 2pm.