Tuesday 22 August 2017

Portuguese ex police chief alleges British spies hid Madeleine McCann's body in interview for Australian documentary

Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday home in Portugal's Algarve region in May 2007, days before her fourth birthday
Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday home in Portugal's Algarve region in May 2007, days before her fourth birthday
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The Australian documentary which claimed to have 'major new developments' in the Madeleine McCann case featured outrageous claims by Portuguese ex police chief Goncarlo Amaral.

He led the initial investigation in 2007 but he was removed after he criticised British detectives.

And on 7's Sunday Night show he went even further by alleging that he was set up by British secret agents who he claimed hid her body.

The programme makers had promised a "groundbreaking television event" and the claims certainly shocked viewers.

Amaral claims that the MI5 "for sure had involvement" in a cover-up after the disappearance of Maddie from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in 2007.

He claims that Maddie is dead and that British spies knew where her body was and worked to hide the truth from the public.

Amaral had no evidence to back up his claims.

When he was asked if he really believed the British government would hide the murder of a British child, he said, "Well I'm not British so I can't really answer that."

Elsewhere in the programme Paul Luckman, a journalist, revealed that there are 600 wells in Praia da Luz and that Maddie's body could be in one of those.

"Maybe in 5-10 years time when somebody wants to reuse the well.  They would clean it out and her bones would be found, that's the only way," he said.

The programme also featured an interview with Detective Inspector Colin Sutton of London's Metropolitan Police.

"It would be almost impossible to find a body without specific info or intelligence," he said, adding, "Somebody must know what happened.  Madeleine McCann could not have disappeared into thin air."

Professor Dave Barclay suggested that the then 3-year-old could have been run down by a car after she left the apartment to find her parents.  He said the driver could have then thrown her body in a well or in a local mountain cave.

Neither Kate nor Gerry McCann gave an interview to the documentary makers.  Footage used was old footage of previous interviews.

The tenth anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance is approaching and last week the McCann's appealed to the documentary makers to pass any new evidence on to the Metropolitan Police.

Australian documentary makers claim to have 'major new developments' in Madeleine McCann case 

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