Madeleine McCann: Police begin witness interviews

Published:  9 Dec at 2 PM
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Police have begun the process of re-interviewing key witnesses in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Scotland Yard detectives have travelled to the Portuguese capital Lisbon to assist local officers in questioning 11 witnesses about the night the three-year-old disappeared. The UK police will sit in on interviews conducted by their Portuguese counterparts in Faro.

Among those believed to being quizzed it UK-born expat businessman Robert Murat, who has said he was happy to help police with their efforts.

The question-and-answer sessions are the latest efforts as part of Scotland Yard’s Operation Grange, a multi-million pound initiative ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron to try and finally learn what happened to Madeleine. It will also be the beginning of a key week for the girl’s parents, Gerry and Kate.

In a Lisbon court on Wednesday, lawyers are due to make the last speeches in a million pound libel action that the parents brought against ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral after claims he made in his The Truth of the Life book in 2008.

Amaral fronted the investigation into the girl’s disappearance from the family’s rented holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz in 2007. Mrs McCann said that the allegations led to her considering suicide as she found it difficult to live with the “smear campaign” the police chief started.
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