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Madeleine McCann: Kate McCann Jail And Drugs, Michaela Walczuch Accused And The Others

by | 24th, November 2007

michaela-walczuch.jpg MADDY WATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE MUM FACES TEN YEARS IN JAIL. Now parents could be charged with abandoning their children”

Abandoning to go for some tapas down the road?

Says lawyer Jose Olimpio: “The fact the McCanns were made arguidos means that there are justified suspicions against them of committing a crime.” But there is no proof they have…

And: “Mr Olimpio claimed the Portuguese penal code states that placing a person’s life in danger by abandoning them is punishable with a jail sentence of between one and five years. But the sentence rises to between three and 10 years if the victim is a child and the crime is committed by a parent or guardian”

Says Clarence Mitchell (not a lawyer): “They have committed no offence under Portuguese, British or any country’s laws”

DAILY MIRROR front page: “NO ALIBI EXCLUSIVE Murat lover ‘was not at church as she claimed’”

“An alibi by Robert Murat’s lover for the night Madeleine McCann vanished is a LIE, it was claimed yesterday”

It’s “German born” Michaela Walczuch , who “claims” she was at a Jehovah’s Witness meeting four miles away when the four-year-old was snatched.

But church elder Brother Teofilo Castela says: “She was thrown out of the church more than a year ago and doesn’t attend. There was some problem with the rules and she was cast aside. It was before this year. I haven’t been interviewed by police and the police haven’t been here”

Murat’s lawyer Francisco Pagarate says: “Michaela says she was at the Jehovah Witnesses in Lagos on May 3. She remembers being there”

THE SUN front page: “MADDIE: THE FALSE ALIBI Suspect’s girl accused over Jehovah claim”

A member of the religious organisation says Michaela Walczuch, was thrown out for “breaking the laws of the Bible” months before Madeleine McCann went missing

Oh? The laws of the bible there are many. But the Sun boils things down:

“It is not clear which rules Michaela has broken. But the religion’s strict moral code considers adultery and premarital sex to be sins. Michaela started dating Murat almost two years ago, while she was still married to Luis Antonio, 37”


“GP” Kate McCann took a drugs test after she was named a suspect in her daughter’s disappearance

She did it to “fight police claims that she was ‘mentally unstable’’ and could have been on anti-depressants”. Her two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie were also tested. All the tests proved negative. So say the lawyers working for the McCanns

DAILY MAIL : “Madeleine: Now Murat’s girlfriend’s alibi falls apart”

Michael Walczuch is a “German-born mother-of-one”

“The Jehovah’s Witnesses follow what they believe is a ‘purer’ form of Christianity, based on the First Century Church. The ultimate sanction on those who break the rules is excommunication, known as disfellowship”

Such are the facts of the case…

DAILY TELEGRAPH : “No peace for McCanns”

“A senior policeman says they created ‘a monster of information they lost control of’. Meanwhile, the plods who failed to take control

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