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McCanns try to discredit Webster statement

Murat recommended as translator by British diplomatic staff
Paulo Reis in Gazeta Digital

Staff from Bill Henderson's office suggested the name of Robert Murat as a reliable translator who could be used in the police inquiry, the days following Madeleine McCann disappearance. Murat was already known among diplomatic staff, as he had recommendation letters from Norfolk Police, where he worked for Bernard Matthews, one of the largest poultry farm companies in UK, which employs hundreds of Portuguese workers. The fact that Robert Murat has acted, before, as translator for Norfolk Police, and the recommendation issued by Bill Henderson's office, at the time the British consul in Algarve, took police to accept the suggestion, according to PJ sources. After Murat was named a formal suspect, Police went through all translations he has done, checking its accuracy, but no problem was found, according to the same sources. Bill Henderson retired from his diplomatic post and went back to UK in August.

Murat 'sat in on police interviews'

Press Association
Monday December 17, 2007 9:58 AM

Portuguese police allowed Madeleine McCann suspect Robert Murat to sit in on interviews with members of the so-called Tapas Seven, it has been reported.

Detectives let Mr Murat act as a translator during interviews with friends of Kate and Gerry McCann who were dining with the couple on the night their daughter disappeared, according to newspaper reports.

Days later the 33-year-old was named as an arguido, or official suspect.

The Daily Mirror said Mr Murat was allegedly present during the interviews of Rachael Oldfield and Dianne Webster.

However, a source close to the McCanns said it was understood that although Mr Murat did attend Ms Webster's questioning, he was not present when Mrs Oldfield was with police.

The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "We can't comment on anything that's contained within the police file and clearly records of interviews and who attended them make up part of that file.

"Any serious questions to be answered about the way the original interviews were conducted or who attended them will be central to our own private investigation, and the detectives who have been employed on our behalf will be looking into that."

Portuguese police have questioned a crucial witness for the third time, according to the Daily Express.

A waiter at the tapas restaurant is said to have been the first person to see Kate McCann when she raised the alarm after discovering her daughter had gone missing from their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve on May 3.

Mr Mitchell said: "Whatever any witness may claim Kate to have done in the immediate aftermath of discovering Madeleine was gone, she did not come out saying, 'They've taken her, they've taken her.' Any other recollection from any other person about the immediate aftermath is a mistake."

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