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Madeleine McCann: Sergey Malinka And Robert Murat Relive The Horror

by | 1st, July 2014

Robert Murat (right) makes a statement to the media outside the High Court, central London. He today accepted "very substantial" libel damages from several news outlets over allegations that he was involved in the abduction of Madeleine McCann.  Picture date: Thursday July 17, 2008.


MADELEINE McCann: It’s the seventh summer of the missing child in the news media. This is today’s news:

Two newspapers leads with ‘Our Maddie’.

The Sun tslk of the “1st ARRESTS”.



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MET detectives flew into Portugal last night as cops there are to make the first new arrests over Madeleine McCann’s abduction. They are expected to sit in on the interrogation of at least ‘three prime suspects’ in the next few days.

Officers are also planning to sit in on the quizzing of another five “people of interest” and what one source described as a “vital informant”.


No-one has been arrested. They are helping police with their enquiries.


The Mirror :


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Police investigating the mystery disappearance of Madeleine McCann have began questioning “formal suspects”. Scotland Yard detectives flew into the Algarve and were allowed to sit in on the interviews. Two “persons of interest” or arguidos in Portuguese law had been quizzed by local detectives.

The Metropolitan police officers were not allowed to ask questions, although sources close to the investigation say UK officers have over 250 questions for one of the men.

Two more people remained at Faro police station waiting to be interviewed by the Policia Judiciaria.

One of them is said to be suffering from severe schizophrenia and his interview may be postponed as he has not yet been assigned a lawyer.

It is not clear when the fourth individual will be interviewed.

Any names?

All of those being questioned are Portuguese citizens, one is believed to be Russian computer expert Sergey Malinka whose home was searched by police shortly after Madeleine went missing.

It is him. More later.

“Formal suspects” have a special legal status in Portugal which is similar to being questioned under caution in England & Wales. Mr Malinka told a Portuguese paper which named him today as one of the four said: “I’m going to have to talk first with my lawyer.”

They were all invited in to be interviewed, though there have been no arrests.

We have read of Mr Malinka before.


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Back in 2007, we noted :

Malinka knows Murat, having helped him to set up a website. Malinka has a computer shop in the area. Setting up websites is what he does for a living. The Mirror sees computer equipment being removed by police from the Malinka apartment. There is mention made of emails on his laptop from Murat, the “one-eyed Briton”.

Murat was libelled mosntrously. Malinka was smeared by association. He was the Mirror’s “RUSSIAN WEB GEEK”. Other things were whispered in the tabloid.

There was news in the Sun that his car had bene “torched”. He was interviewd by police.  He was never a suspect . He was being treated as a “witness”. He sued.

He said of the car and the ordeal:

“I went to bed and I switched my phone to silent. When I woke up I had 32 missed calls.. I’m not scared. It’s just a car. It was a nice car, but at least I wasn’t inside it. But I have no feelings about this. They ripped my heart out last summer when they involved me with all this.”

The Times showed u “Lawyer of the Week: Lucy Moorman”

Lucy Moorman, an in-house barrister at Simons Muirhead & Burton, represented Robert Murat, who sued 11 British newspapers for libel over allegations that he was involved in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Last week the papers apologised in court and announced a record damages payout of £600,000.

What were the main challenges and the possible implications?
We were presented with three clients with devastated reputations (Michaela Walczuch and Sergey Malinka also recovered six-figure sums), a torrid tabloid media campaign spanning nine months and more than 100 seriously defamatory articles. It required great focus and formidable teamwork to get into a position to present the claims at

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