"We can't even make a consistent prognosis of her fate, including... whether she is alive or dead."
UPDATE JANUARY 2010 THE MCCANNS COULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH CHILD KIDNAPPING AND TRAFFICKING (Pt Prosecutor giving evidence in an ongoing case in Portugal where the McCanns are demanding ONE MILLION POUNDS IN DAMAGES FROM THE OFFICER WHO INVESTIGATED THEM!!!
14 Dec 2010
CHRISTMAS HELL FOR KATE AND GERRY MCCANN
As The Guardian pick up on the story, if ever a couple asked for it, it would have to be the gruesome twosome.
British police helped "develop" evidence against Madeleine McCann's parents as they were investigated by Portuguese authorities looking into their daughter's disappearance, according to diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks.
Britain's ambassador to Portugal, Alexander
Wykeham Ellis, reportedly made the claim to
his American counterpart on September 21,
2007 - two weeks after Portuguese police
named Gerry and Kate McCann as "arguidos",
or formal suspects, in the case.
In a cable to Washington, US Ambassador
Al Hoffman wrote: "Madeleine McCann's
disappearance in the south of Portugal in
May 2007 has generated international media
attention with controversy surrounding the
Portuguese-led police investigation and
the actions of Madeleine's parents.
"Without delving into the details of the case,
Ellis admitted that the British police had developed the current evidence against the McCann parents, and he stressed that authorities from both countries were working co-operatively.
"He commented that the media frenzy was to be expected and was acceptable as long as government officials keep their comments behind closed doors."
The cable does not specify
are alleged to
or whether UK investigators
in the decision
to formally name the McCanns
suspicion until July
Portuguese police shelved the
investigation into Madeleine's disappearance and lifted the
McCann's status as arguidos.
The three-year-old went missing from an apartment
in the Algarve on May 3, 2007 while her parents
dined with friends in a nearby restaurant.
Speaking at the time the suspect status was lifted,
Mrs McCann said: "It is hard to describe how utterly
despairing it was to be named arguidos and
subsequently portrayed in the media as suspects
in our own daughter's abduction."
A spokesman for the McCanns said: "This is an entirely historic note that is more than three years old. Subsequently, Kate and Gerry had their arguido status lifted, with the Portuguese authorities making it perfectly clear that there was absolutely no evidence to implicate them in Madeleine's disappearance whatsoever. To this day, they continue to work tirelessly on the search for their daughter, co-operating when appropriate with both the Portuguese and British authorities."