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Madeleine McCann: an entertaining libel and Danie Krugel

by | 9th, October 2013

MADELEINE McCann: a look at today’s media coverage of the missing child.


The Star (front page) : “MADDIE: Mums begs court: Let me clear my name.”

“Mum” is, of course, Kate McCann. That she should have to prove her innocence is absurd.

Jerry Lawton writes:

FURIOUS Kate McCann wants to defend herself in court against Portuguese police “smears” that she covered up daughter Madeleine’s death. She has asked a judge for permission to address her family’s £1million libel hearing against former police chief Goncalo Amaral over his book The Truth Of The Lie.

Not police. One ex-policeman.

In it he accused Kate and husband Gerry, both 45, of faking their daughter’s abduction to cover up her death in their Algarve holiday flat in 2007.

Kate’s bid to give evidence was revealed yesterday as Mr Amaral’s former police colleagues spoke in his defence at the court in Lisbon, Portugal. Luis Neves, head of a national police unit, said Mr Amaral’s conclusion Madeleine was dead was accepted by her parents.

That’s not what the parents say. They say she could be alive.

He said Kate was the driving force behind a search by ex-South African detective Danie Krugel, who said he had a machine that could find a body.

It was back in October 2007 , we first met Mr Krugel. News was brisk:

The News of the World’s front page thundered: “Maddie was alive on beach”

“A renowned international manhunt expert, dubbed The Locator, sensationally revealed he has uncovered a telltale DNA trail left by snatched toddler Maddie McCann”


McCanns hire leading DNA expert
He pinpoints area on local beach
• New cops urged to start digging

Back to today’s Star :


“”The McCanns convinced us we should bring in the South African man with his equipment,” Mr Neves said. “We didn’t want to place any obstacles in the way so the investigating officers allowed it. During this part of the investigation our British colleagues said there was a team made up of dogs and their handlers that could help us. The Algarve police decided to allow the dogs to come and the idea of Madeleine’s death began to form.”


Retired officer Francisco Moita Flores said the new probe by the Metropolitan Police was based only on “the hypothesis of abduction”.

Well, yes. That much is true.

The Mirror (front page) : “MADDY MUM AGONY I’LL TELL ALL IN COURT”



She  will “tell all”? Hasn’t she already done that? Isn’t the headline suggestive?


Martin Fricker writes:

Struggling to cope after the disappearance of her daughter Madeleine, Kate McCann was ­horrified by lurid claims made in a book by a former police chief. It said Madeleine had died in an ­accident which her parents then covered up before hiding her body.

Yesterday it emerged that Kate, 45, now wants to appear in court to confront former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral who wrote the book, and to tell him the emotional trauma that it caused.


The mum, who has asked for permission to give evidence in the £1million libel trial against the ex-officer, hopes giving an emotional account will help her and husband Gerry win the court case.

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