Now Clear Our Names; Lost: Madeleine in Portugal Kate and Gerry McCann: More Than a Year on, They Say They Will Not Give Up Looking for Their Daughter

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Now Clear Our Names; Lost: Madeleine in Portugal Kate and Gerry McCann: More Than a Year on, They Say They Will Not Give Up Looking for Their Daughter


Byline: Vanessa Allen, Liz Hull, David Wilkes

MADELEINE McCann's parents yesterday demanded their names be clearedamid reports that Portuguese detectives have ended a 14-month investigationinto her disappearance.

The inquiry has apparently failed to find any evidence to support the decisionto name Kate and Gerry as official suspects, or arguidos.

The McCanns, both 40, hope to be formally exonerated within days.

Clarence Mitchell, the family's spokesman, said: 'They should never have beenput in this position. They have suffered long enough.

'We know of cases where people in Portugal have been left arguidos for years.If that happened to Kate and Gerry, it would be completely immoral.' He saidofficers should hand over the case files so that the McCanns' privatedetectives can continue the global hunt for Madeleine.

Three Portuguese newspapers report that police have filed their final dossierto the public prosecutor.

Fernando Pinto Monteiro, the country's attorney general, confirmed theprosecutor was making a decision on whether to close the case.

According to anonymous sources, the investigation will be 'archived' withoutcharges being brought against any of the three named suspects - the McCanns andRobert Murat, a British ex-pat.

The reports suggest Madeleine's parents will not face charges of neglect overtheir decision to leave their three children alone while they ate dinner at atapas bar 50 yards from their apartment in Praia da Luz, Algarve.

The couple have told of their guilt that they were not with Madeleine and twinsSean and Amelie on the night of May 3 last year when they believe an abductorstruck.

Jornal de Noticias, a respected newspaper, said detectives could not even findevidence to show whether Madeleine was kidnapped or had died in the apartment.

The judge overseeing the case is expected to shelve the investigation withoutcoming to any conclusion.

The case files would then be opened to the suspects' legal teams for the firsttime, allowing them to see why they were named as arguidos.

A second paper, Correio da Manha, said police 'did not have sufficient evidenceto allow formal charges to be brought against the McCanns in the disappearanceof their daughter'.

Carlos Pinto de Abreu, a lawyer for the McCanns, said he wanted to examine thecase files 'from the first to the last page' to find any clues which could havebeen missed in the police investigation.

He said his clients, both doctors from the village of Rothley inLeicestershire, remained determined to do everything possible to find theirmissing daughter. …

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