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McCanns told to Forget about Portugal

Gerry’s blog, Day 130 10/09/07

“…On Saturday we asked the Portuguese police if they had any objection to us coming back to the UK. We had assured them that we will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation and of course will return as requested and for our own emotional reasons….”

Kate and Gerry McCann have been warned not to go back to Portugal for the anniversary of daughter Madeleine's disappearance.

Lawyers have told the couple that to return on May 3 may be risky in view of the fact they are still official suspects over the missing four-year-old.

There are fears it might provoke demands for them to be quizzed by police again.

Last night a friend of the couple admitted that their continuing "arguido" status had taken away the parents' "freedom of choice".

The friend said: "The lawyers are just being ultra-cautious. But there remains a possibility they may suddenly be called in. The anniversary would then become a circus which is the last thing they want. It is sad because Portugal is where Kate feels closest to Madeleine."

There have been repeated calls in the Portuguese media from some police officers for the couple to be charged with child neglect for leaving her alone in their holiday apartment.

It is likely relatives will travel to Praia da Luz for the anniversary instead.

Portuguese police plan to re-interview the McCanns holiday friends in Britain during April.


Side Note: "Why would two suspects who fled Portugal, who state they have done nothing against the law by leaving their two two year old children in the care of a three year old girl and who are prime suspects in the disappearance of their daughter be advised by their lawyers not to return to Portugal? They surely have nothing to fear if they are not involved and have done nothing wrong?

Perhaps the Daily Express who said the suspects are innocent of any involvement have special knowledge and a direct line to the PJ?

Are the suspects hiding and hoping the UK will protect them from justice?

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