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Gerry McCann speaks of fear kidnapper may strike again

Gerry McCann has told reporters that he believes the person who abducted their four-year-old daughter Madeleine in Portugal in 2007 could kidnap another child.

Gerry McCann spoke to reporters after appearing in court in Lisbon in the libel case they brought against an ex-Portuguese police chief.
Gerry McCann spoke to reporters after appearing in court in Lisbon in the libel case they brought against an ex-Portuguese police chief. Credit: PA

He was speaking after a court appearance in Lisbon, where he and wife Kate are pursuing a libel case against Portuguese former police chief Goncalo Amaral over allegations he made in a book about their role in the disappearance of their daughter.

Gerry McCann said that their daughter's kidnapper must have been "laughing" at Amaral's claims that there was no abduction and they hid the girl's body.

Read: Kate McCann: My son asked me about Madeleine claim

"He or she or they may strike again," he said. "There's an unsolved serious crime and there's a series of other crimes against children which have come to light who have been on holiday so at the very least these people need to be brought to justice.

"We don't know if Madeleine is alive or dead but there is no evidence that she is dead and she is a missing child and she is completely innocent."

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.
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.

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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.

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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Sources close to #McCann inquiry tell ITV News all interviews with witnesses should be over by end of day.

Three suspects at Faro police station over McCann case

Portuguese police are questioning three suspects as part of their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery is in Faro:

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ITV News understands delay to questioning of first suspect because the man did not have a lawyer with him.

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In total three suspects are understood to be inside Faro police hq as part of questioning process now.

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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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ITV News understands British police sniffer dogs are in Portugal and on standby if required by investigation.

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 suspects will be given Arguidos status - meaning they are deemed to be persons of interest to the investigation.

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For clarification - Arguidos is the status given to a formal suspect of a crime here and grants them certain rights.

Portuguese police to take lead in McCann questioning

British police are today expected to sit in as Portuguese officers interview four formal suspects in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery reports:

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British police will sit in on the questioning but authorities here will be asking the questions and taking the lead.

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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#McCann questioning of four suspects due to begin at 10am here at Faro police station. http://t.co/acGWFvcSLH

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Media gathering outside back entrance to Faro police station awaiting arrival of #McCann case suspects http://t.co/3R0WCkA3JD

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