• Portugese police report to be handed to prosecutors
• Blow to Gerry and Kate McCann's hopes of being cleared
A secret police dossier has accused Kate and Gerry McCann of accidentally killing their daughter and hiding her body, it was claimed yesterday. The couple faked four-year-old Madeleine's abduction, according to a leaked report on the eight-month police investigation.
The two doctors remain the chief suspects in her "accidental homicide" and could also be accused of staging her disappearance, the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha reported.
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No end to the torment: Gerry McCann and his wife Kate, pictured yesterday at the couple's home in Rothley, Leicestershire
In addition, the couple have been warned they could remain suspects for another 20 years.
Publicly, the couple's lawyers dismissed the leaked report as a fake, insisting they had not expected them to be cleared yesterday as an eight-month legal deadline in the case expired.
Privately, however, friends admitted the McCanns, both 39, would be "desperately disappointed" if the dossier were genuine as it showed Portuguese police had not changed their position in the four months since the couple were named as official suspects, or arguidos.
They had hoped the new head of the investigation, Paulo Rebelo, had moved away from the theory that Madeleine died in their care on May 3 last year.
Arguido: Robert Murat's lawyer has called on the courts to end his client's 'suffering'The file was due to be submitted to the public prosecutor today, Correio da Manha reported, along with legal documents requesting that the couple's friends, who were on holiday with them at Praia da Luz, face fresh police interrogations.
Lawyer Edward Smethurst, who is co-ordinating the McCanns' defence, said the couple and their seven friends remained willing to be requestioned.
He said the legal team had not been told about the police dossier or about access to any other documents in the case, which are covered by Portugal's strict secrecy laws.
Mr Smethurst said: "Any report about the leaked document we believe is completely without substance. We think it arises out of pure speculation on the part of the Portuguese papers."
The couple were offered a glimmer of hope from the leaked report, which said police could not rule out the possibility that Madeleine was abducted, as they have insisted.
But the other named suspect in the case, British expat Robert Murat, 34, faced disappointment as his arguido status was not lifted.
There had been widespread speculation that he could be cleared yesterday, eight months to the day since Madeleine disappeared.
Mr Murat's lawyer Francisco Pagarete called on the courts to end his client's "suffering".
He added: "I think the police have gathered more than enough evidence to conclude that he has nothing to do with Madeleine's disappearance."
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Crime scene: Portuguese police outside the McCanns' apartment in Praia da Luz on the day after Madeleine (below) vanished last May
But legal experts warned the former property consultant, who has a daughter who lives with his ex-wife in Britain, will not be cleared while her parents remain arguidos.
They said the Portuguese courts were "very unlikely" to split the investigation and clear one suspect without deciding whether to charge or release the others from suspicion.
McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "If this report is true and this interim police report exists, then we believe it contains nothing new.
"We will continue to push for Kate and Gerry to be eliminated from the police inquiry and in turn for the prosecutor to lift their arguido status as soon as possible."
The McCanns believe their daughter was abducted and is being held in Morocco.
Their private detective agency Metodo 3 is investigating this theory.
Leading Portuguese lawyer Antonio Martins said that without a breakthrough the case could "drag on for as long as the prosecuting counsel sees fit".
He said: "The problem is that nobody knows what type of crime was committed. If it was homicide then the case could be kept open for the next 20 years."