"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!!!
2 Jul 2011
WE ARE DISMISSING THIS SIGHTING THAT NIGHT OF MADDIE SAYS CLARENCE OH AND THE SUN REPORT OF IT HAS GONE WHOOPS
I know it is dodgy to disagree with Clarence Mitchell, but the timings on this are not all wrong. Only Kate and Gerry say they arrived at the restaurant at 8.30 that night, everyone else says 9 pm. So plenty of time to get back then....I recall earlier reports seemed to suggest it was David Payne, but heck David Payne and Robert Murat are like twins brothers, which is odd.
I suppose Kate and Gerry would be pretty clear on the "known chain of events".
This is a clear sighting of Maddie alive (although perhaps drugged given she did not speak), that night, and they just reject it? Surely they must have their private investigators look at this? Oh no hang on a minute, three men and a slim blond woman? Oh, I see, they don't like this chap at all.
All I can say is, this taxi driver would have to be a very sick and odd character to make this one up!
He said he later recognised one of the men as Robert Murat after watching a television programme.
The claims have shocked Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, who have rejected them for being incompatible with the known chain of events that night.
Murat was made an official suspect, or arguido, two weeks after the little girl disappeared but has always denied any involvement in the case.
Mr Cardoso said he drove the group in silence for about two miles from the Hotel Apolo in Vila Real de Santo Antonio near Faro, with the man who he believed to be Murat sat beside him in the front passenger seat.
He claimed the girl he thought was Madeleine was awake but said nothing during the trip and stared straight ahead.
He told the Sun: "I noticed her eye because my son was born with a defect much the same. I saw her kind of twist her chin a few times in my rear-view mirror.
"I remember she was in pink pyjamas and wondered why they hadn't dressed her."
He described the adults as casually dressed and the woman as a slim blonde.
Mr Cardoso said he had informed the police of the apparent encounter but as well as Metodo 3, the private detective agency hired by the McCanns.
But the McCanns spokesman Clarence Mitchell told the newspaper: "We are dismissing this primarily because the timings are entirely wrong."