Police investigating the disappearance of
Madeleine McCann have been given permission to seize her
mother's diary, it was reported today.
A judge has ruled that officers should be given
access to Kate McCann's journals and other personal items,
according to a Portuguese newspaper.
Kate McCann denies any wrongdoing
Gerry McCann's computer can also be examined by
officers providing he is present, the
Manha newspaper claims.
The decision was reportedly made by Judge Pedro Daniel Dos
There has been no official confirmation.
The McCanns' spokesman said: "We do
not comment on any further unsubstantiated reports in the
Portuguese police had applied for access to Mrs McCann's diary
in the hope of uncovering more about her mental state in the
weeks after her daughter disappeared.
She remains a formal suspect in the inquiry,
although she vehemently denies any wrongdoing.
Mrs McCann kept a diary throughout her time in Portugal, writing in it as the couple travelled
round Europe on private jets
and commercial aircraft.
Police also applied for access to Mr McCann's
white Apple Mac - the computer he used in Portugal to write his blog during
the campaign to find his daughter - to read his email
Earlier today, Mr McCann contradicted the
family's official spokesman and said that he does not accept the
fact that his daughter is probably dead.
Writing in his online
Gerry McCann said: "Contrary to some other reports Kate and I do
NOT accept that Madeleine is 'probably' dead".
"We know it is a possibility, however the fact
there is no evidence Madeleine has been seriously harmed gives
us ongoing hope that she will be found alive."
Previously, the couple's spokesman said that the
balance of their feelings about what has happened to the
four-year-old had tipped towards accepting the worst possible
outcome, nearly six months after she vanished.
"Kate and Gerry are realistic enough to know that
there is a probability she is dead," Clarence Mitchell said.
"They have not given up hope that she could still
be alive and is being looked after somewhere.
"And they cling to that and have not given up,
but human nature is that you always fear the worst and they need
to know what has happened.
"This open-uncertainty cannot hang over them for
the rest of their lives."