McCanns Back in Portugal
Kate McCann has returned to Portugal for the first time since being quizzed by police over her daughter Madeleine's disappearance, her spokesman has said.
"Kate and (her husband) Gerry have gone to Lisbon for a series of meetings with their lawyers and other advisers," Clarence Mitchell said.
"They are planning to be there for one day. They are not going to Praia de Luz."
Madeleine was three when she went missing in the resort of Praia da Luz in May, 2007.
Mr Mitchell continued: "It is Kate's first visit back to Portugal since 2007 and it is difficult.
"It's something that has always been daunting for her but she knew she would go back at some stage - and she's always said she'll do anything necessary to keep the search for Madeleine alive.
"If it means a trip to speak to the Portuguese media, then so be it. But she's always said she'll do anything to keep the inquiry alive.
"What keeps her going is a sense of momentum, and important meetings with lawyers and advisers are critical to the campaign."
One of the topics to be discussed will be the recent injunction against further publication of a book by former Portuguese police detective Goncalo Amaral.
Mr Amaral was involved in the initial investigation but was later taken off the case.
In his book, The Truth of the Lie, he claims that Madeleine is dead and questions the McCanns' account that she was taken while they were eating with friends nearby.
Earlier this month a Portuguese judge banned further sale or publication of the book.
The injunction meant Mr Amaral had to ensure that all unsold copies of the book were removed from shops and warehouses across Europe.
The injunction also banned him from repeating his claims about Madeleine or her parents.
At one point, Portuguese police had made Kate and Gerry McCann "arguidos", or formal suspects, in their daughter's disappearance.
They were questioned by detectives but their arguidos status was later lifted.
source: Sky News, 23.09.2009
Sky now has a slight different version of the above article, less sympathetic also: «The British woman and husband Gerry, both 41, flew in for a series of meetings with their lawyers and other advisers in Lisbon, Clarence Mitchell said.»
From Daily Mirror
«Mr Mitchell said discussions between the couple, both 41 and from Rothley, Leicestershire, would remain private. But it is understood that, as well as updating lawyers about the search for their daughter, who would now be six, they will be meeting representatives from a new PR agency, whom they hope can turn public opinion in Portugal in their favour.»
From the Portuguese media, in Diário de Notícias
«Gerry e Kate McCann had a meeting with the lawyers Rogério Alves and Isabel Duarte(..) after the meeting the McCann will have an 'informal meeting' with the media today, at 15:30, in an hotel in the capital [Lisbon].»
RTP Video - McCann arrive at Lisbon Airport