Anorak | Madeleine McCann: Alipio Ribeiro’s Thinks, Clarence Mitchell Knows And A Birthday

Madeleine McCann: Alipio Ribeiro’s Thinks, Clarence Mitchell Knows And A Birthday

by | 3rd, February 2008

madelaine-mccann.jpg MADDYWATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY STAR ON SUNDAY : “MADDIE COPS SAYS SORRY Police ‘too quick’ “to blame parents”

“A top policeman has sensationally admitted that making Gerry and Kate McCann suspects over their daughter Maddie’s disappearance was too ‘hasty’. Alipio Ribeiro, boss of the Portuguese department in charge of the investigation, dropped his bombshell in a radio interview”

Says Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns spokesman: “Now that the national director of the Policia Judiciaria apparently acknowledges that they should never have been made arguidos, it follows there is no case for them to answer.”


“As the couple bravely celebrated the third birthday of their twins, Sean and Amelie, one of Portugal’s most senior detectives admitted that making them suspects had been a “hasty” mistake”

Did Mr Alipio Ribeiro say “mistake” in his radio interview?

Says the paper: “The couple, both 39, said the official’s comments were tantamount to an admission that Portuguese detectives had bungled by centring their investigation on them.”

Says Mr Ribeiro to Portugal’s Radio Renascenca, owned by the Catholic Church:

“At this moment in time and speaking with the experience I have of Portugal’s Public Prosecution Service and the constitution of arguidos, I think there perhaps should have been another assessment before the McCanns were made official suspects.

“I don’t have any doubt about that. The national director of the Policia Judiciaria doesn’t give out orders on the constitution of arguidos but there was a certain hastiness”

Says the paper: “Last night Ribeiro was under growing pressure to stand down as national director of their country’s Policia Judiciaria”. Pressure from, whom?

MAIL ON SUNDAY : “”Police chief: We were too quick to make Gerry and Kate ‘arguidos’”

Says the Mail: “Kate and Gerry McCann’s bid to clear their names over the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine has been given a massive boost after the head of Portugal’s police admitted it had been a mistake to rush into making them official suspects”
Mr McCann says: “We need a breakthrough and this looks like it could be one. It is fantastic news. We still have a long way to go but people in Portugal need to understand what has been happening and what we have been going through. We know it will take the police a long time to accept what has been happening is wrong but it is an important step towards that”

Says the McCanns’ lawyer in Portugal, Carlos

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