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They do best to block hunt for Maddie... It's inhumane

Original Source:  SUN: SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2010
 By ANTONELLA LAZZERI Published: 20 Feb 2010


Maddie agony The Sun (appears in paper edition)
Saturday, February 20, 2010

TEARFUL Kate McCann branded Portuguese police" inhumane" yesterday for continuing to block the search for her missing daughter Madeleine.


IT is impossible to imagine the agony suffered by the McCanns since their daughter Madeleine was snatched from a Portuguese holiday flat.

That was almost three years ago. And since then they have suffered from false accusations that they were involved from a Portuguese policeman, whose force's performance has been pathetic from the start.

Yesterday Maddie's parents said the failure of the cops to investigate new leads was "heartbreaking".

It is more than that. It is an outrage.


TEARFUL Kate McCann branded Portuguese police “inhumane” yesterday for continuing to block the search for her missing daughter Madeleine.


Her voice cracked with emotion as she poured out her anger and frustration alongside husband Gerry.



Kate, 41, said: “We’ve worked incredibly hard, day in day out, over the last two years. It’s just hard when somebody is doing their utmost to stop your efforts, to stop the search. To me it’s inhumane.”



And she said of the Portuguese attitude to finding Maddie — who would now be six: “There is a little girl still missing. You can’t just write her off and say, ‘Well, we’ve tried and that’s just too bad’. That’s not good enough.”


Gerry, also 41, said he and Kate were horrified to find that hundreds of new leads and reported sightings of Maddie had been passed to Portuguese police but were never followed up.


He said angrily: “We’re gutted. It’s absolutely shocking. If you don’t investigate information, you won’t solve it.” 





The couple, of Rothley, Leics, were speaking in London following ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral’s failure to lift a ban on his book Maddie: The Truth of the Lie. In it, he claims Maddie is dead and her parents faked her abduction.



During the court case in Lisbon, it was revealed police put hundreds of pieces of new information about Maddie, who vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007, into a file stamped “Not relevant”.


Kate said: “The information handed in was very credible. It’s heartbreaking.”


She claimed that the way information was dealt with depended on who it was passed to. And she added: “Amaral has his supporters still in the force.”


Baffled Portuguese police closed the case in July 2008.


Gerry, a cardiac specialist, went on: “We know there is a lot of information just filed away — and that is not acceptable. Once the file has been closed, what has actually been done? Next to nothing.


“This is probably the highest profile missing child case in Europe, so goodness knows what happens in other cases.


“There is not even a single database of information which could be reviewed.


“You would hope the parents of a missing child wouldn’t have to be here begging for assistance.”


The couple called yesterday for a complete review of the case by a joint team of British and Portuguese police.




Gerry said: “It is an international case and it always has been. We have to put Madeleine first, there has to be dialogue, we have to get them working together.”


A source close to the couple revealed they have had several meetings with Home Secretary Alan Johnson and other officials to discuss a case review.


Gerry said: “A large portion of Portuguese police believe Madeleine is dead.”


But he appealed for fresh information, saying: “People around Praia da Luz are the most likely to have noticed something suspicious.”


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