has had herself tested for drugs to counter
accusations that she was on medication when
her daughter Madeleine vanished.
agreed to the tests to refute claims that
she was mentally unstable and taking
anti-depressants around the time of the
child's disappearance in Portugal in May.
One line of
inquiry reportedly pursued by Portuguese
police was that she had killed Madeleine
because she was struggling to cope.
toxicology tests on Mrs McCann's hair, taken
in September, show no evidence of drugs in
her body over the past eight months,
according to her lawyer, Edward Smethurst.
'There were various stories circulating that
Kate might somehow be unstable and might be
depressed and whatever, but the tests
demonstrated that the kind of drugs she
might be on did not show up.'