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McCann: My son asked me about Madeleine claim

Kate McCann's young son asked her about allegations by a former Portuguese police chief that she hid her daughter Madeleine, she told a court in Portugal today.

Kate McCann told a court today that her son asked her about allegations by an ex-Portuguese police chief. Credit: PA

She was giving a personal statement at Lisbon's Palace of Justice in the libel case brought by her and husband Gerry against Goncalo Amaral over claims he made in a book about their four-year-old daughter's disappearance during a family holiday in Praia da Luz in the Algarve in 2007.

She told the court her son Sean - who was two-years-old when Madeleine went missing - heard about Amaral's allegations on the radio while travelling on the school bus.

"Sean asked me in October 'Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine'. I just said that he said a lot of silly things," she said.

McCann libel trial due to start for fifth time

Kate and Gerry McCann Credit: Tiago Petinga - Press Association

The libel trial of a former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral is due to start today after being adjourned four times. He's being sued by Kate and Gerry McCann over claims he made in his book The Truth of the Lie.

Goncalo Amaral led the search for their daughter Madeleine after she went missing in 2007 from the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz.

Goncalo Amaral Credit: Ellen Branagh - Press Association

Kate and Gerry McCann from Rothley in Leicestershire were furious after they flew to Portugal last month to deliver personal statements to a court in Lisbon to find that Goncalo Amaral had sacked his legal team prompting another delay in the case that has now been running for 5 years.

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Sniffer dogs due to search Madeleine suspect's car

Madeleine McCann from Rothley in Leicestershire went missing from a holiday apartment in the Algarve in 2007 Credit: PA

It's expected that police investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance may soon search a suspect's car - using British sniffer dogs.

British police have been supporting their Portuguese counterparts this week as they interviewed four suspects and up to eleven key witnesses.

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Witness interviews in McCann case due to end today

Police interviews with witnesses in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are expected to conclude by the end of the day, ITV News understands.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery is in Faro:

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McCann police continue to question suspects

Madeleine vanished while on her holiday with her parents in 2007. Credit: PA

Portuguese detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from Rothley in Leicestershire are continuing to question four people this morning.

British police are thought to be sitting in on the interviews of the three men believed to be from Portugal, the other from Russia.

Madeleine vanished while on her holiday with her parents in 2007.

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Sniffer dogs on standby as McCann suspects quizzed

Portuguese police are questioning four suspects in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. British police are sitting in on the interviews.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery is in Faro:

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McCann suspects to be given 'Arguidos' status

The suspects being questioned in Portugal in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are to be given Arguidos status.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery is in Portugal:

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McCann questioning due to begin at Faro police station

The questioning of four suspects is due to begin in Portugal, as part of the Madeleine McCann investigation.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery is in Faro:

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