Maddie McCann's parents are
"devastated and furious" over a cruel bid to cash in on
Grasping Duarte Levy demanded
?50,000 for photographs he claims implicate Kate and Gerry
in their daughter's disappearance.
The 23-stone Frenchman said
the "dynamite" pictures showed Kate had changed clothes
suspiciously the night Maddie vanished.
Despicable Levy also made the
ludicrous claim that the 24 photos he was peddling cast
doubt on what Gerry and one of the couple's Tapas 7 pals
told Portuguese police.
Levy, who said he had close
links to the cops, bragged outrageously: "These photos are a
bombshell and will force the Maddie case to be re-opened."
The People refused his offers
to sell the pictures - and told the McCanns' spokesman
Clarence Mitchell of Levy's preposterous claims.
Mr Mitchell branded Levy "a
con man and fantastist".
He said: "Kate and Gerry are
angry and upset that he is seeking to make money out of
Madeleine - it is a disgrace.
"They are no longer suspects
and he should not be trying to tarnish their reputation. We
thank The People for exposing this man."
A People investigator met
Levy in a Brussels hotel last week. Levy said: "I will sell
the photos to the highest bidder. I got hold of them through
Levy - who is in his 40s and
claims to have homes in Spain, Belgium and London - said he
had sold pictures and stories about Maddie for tens of
thousands of pounds.
He said his new photos showed
doctors Kate and Gerry, both 40, dining with their friends
in Praia da Luz the night Maddie, then three, disappeared 15
Levy claimed that Kate and
one of the Tapas 7 changed their clothes.
He also alleged: "The photos
were taken between about 8.10pm and 10.15pm and they show
that the time lines made by Gerry McCann and another Tapas 7
friend are wrong.
They are dynamite." Levy
cruelly scorned Kate and Gerry's belief that Maddie is still
alive. He said: "I believe she died in that room during an
accident and then her body was moved to a flat in the town
where it was kept in a freezer."
The claim is categorically
denied by the McCanns and police produced no evidence to
support the theory. Levy said the pictures were taken by a
Spanish tourist whose camera was later stolen.
He claimed a police source
tipped him off after officers found the camera, which he
then bought legally.
Levy also tried to convince
The People that a well-known British legal firm offered him
600,000 euros (?512,800) for the photographs.
Bizarrely, he said he refused
because the lawyers would not agree to his demand that the
police should have copies of the pictures.
He also offered The People
recordings he claimed to have of the McCanns' financial
backer, double-glazing tycoon Brian Kennedy, in a private
meeting with Portuguese police.
Mr Mitchell last night said
he did not know if Kate changed her clothes and added: "If
she did, so what?" He said: "It is no big deal that Mr
Kennedy met the police.
"He is interested in all -
aspects of the investigation. He is a very hands-on person."
A friend of the McCanns, of
Rothley, Leics, said last night: "They have nothing to hide.
It appears the Portuguese police are using Levy to leak
'Photos of couple are a
bombshell...I will sell for highest offer'