Portuguese police are convinced that Madeleine McCann's parents faked her abduction, despite having no evidence against them, a court was told yesterday.
Officers leading the investigation into the three-year-old's disappearance believed she died in a 'tragic accident' and that her parents hid her body, a senior detective admitted yesterday. After almost three years of leaks, slurs and innuendo, Inspector Tavares Almeida laid bare unsubstantiated police suspicions against the couple.
It was the first time any Portuguese police officer has spoken publicly about the decision to name the McCanns as arguidos, or official suspects. Mr Almeida said the decision was taken after he filed a damning report to the Portuguese prosecutor in September 2007, four months after Madeleine's disappearance.
'The conclusion arrived at in the report was that Madeleine McCann died in the apartment and that the McCanns simulated the abduction,' he said. Portuguese police believe Madeleine McCann died in a 'tragic accident' and that her parents hid her body. 'So they are suspects. It was a tragic accident in the apartment that night.'
I am told that to post anything on the McCanns is leaving you open to a lot of abuse. Is the lassie dead or not? I don't really know, but I think like a lot of us we draw our own conclusions in cases like this. Yes, they have kept on looking for her and a worldwide organisation has grown up around Maddie. An organisation which has obviously sustained them well throughout the enquiry, what with flights, private detectives, lawyers etc. What you have to remember is that these are not like the usual 'GADGIES' who hide the kid under the Uncle's bed, these are highly intelligent people.
Did a tragic accident occur? Again, I don't know, but I do know that the McCanns would have the brains and the wherewithall to carry it off, IMO.