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Robert Murat ‘to be told he will not face charges’ over Madeleine's disappearance

Original Source: MAIL: 22 SEPTEMBER 2007
Last updated at 23:43pm on 22nd September 2007
Former chief suspect Robert Murat is to be told he will not face charges over Madeleine McCann's disappearance.

Police are said to be about to inform the Briton that they consider him innocent of any involvement in the case.

Respected Portuguese weekly Sol said yesterday that officers are planning to tell Mr Murat this week that he will not be charged but will remain an official suspect – or 'arguido' – while the Madeleine investigation continues to avoid jeopardising the investigation.

If Mr Murat is ruled out of the four-month investigation, Gerry and Kate McCann would be the sole remaining suspects.

When Mr Murat's arguido status is removed it will pave the way for him to sue Portuguese police and also to speak out about his ordeal.

The newspaper, quoting sources close to the case, said authorities will tell the 33-year-old estate agent they are convinced he has nothing to do with Madeleine's disappearance on May 3.

The report said: 'He will remain an official suspect on paper until the investigation is over. But it is only to avoid the case being compromised. 'Public prosecutors are concerned that if they drop the case against Murat now, they would have to archive evidence needed to mount a successful prosecution against other suspects.'

The decision brings an end to a four-month nightmare for Murat which began on May 15 when Portuguese police declared him an arguido.

Detectives ransacked the home he shares with his mother Jenny close to where Madeleine disappeared in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz and dug up their garden after sending in sniffer dogs to look for evidence.

Mr Murat was unavailable for comment.

His cousin, Sally Eveleigh, said: 'This has been a nightmare for Robert and his family. His name has been dragged through the mud.

'His family and friends have always known the whole thing was ridiculous and there was never any truth to the allegations. Words wouldn't be able to describe how we will feel when this is all over. We haven't been told anything officially yet, but then Robert hasn't spoken to anyone involved in the investigation for ages.'


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