Anorak News | Madeleine McCann: Tapas 7 Questions, Robert Murat And Jane Tanner In Exeter, And Gerry McCann Says

Madeleine McCann: Tapas 7 Questions, Robert Murat And Jane Tanner In Exeter, And Gerry McCann Says

by | 1st, December 2007

gerry_mccann180.jpgMADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

THE SUN front page: “Maddie: Tapas 7 Cops Quiz”

“Tapas 7 face new Murat quiz” – COPS probing the Madeleine McCann mystery will quiz pals of her parents over alleged links to suspect Robert Murat”

Links..? Madeleine McCann: The Exeter Connection

“Portuguese detectives now point to coincidences connecting odd-ball expat Murat with Exeter, Devon – where two of the so-called Tapas Seven live”. Odd-ball? How so?

Says a police source said: “There are many pieces to this jigsaw but they all seem to add up to Exeter – we want to know why. It needs to be established if Murat knew families with children would be staying 100 metres from where he lived. We want to be certain if there was any previous contact between him and any unsuspecting friends of the McCanns”

Robert Murat spent ten days at his sister Samantha’s home in Exeter – “Samantha lives near Dr Russell O’Brien and his partner Jane Tanner, both holiday pals of the McCanns”

And: “They are neighbours of lawyer James Gorrod, 34, and wife Charlotte, 32, who were also in Praia da Luz when Maddie vanished. None of them are suspects”

“McCann’s have ‘nothing to hide’” – Says McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell: “The friends – like Kate and Gerry – have nothing to hide”

DAILY MIRROR front page: “MADDIE: NEW TAPAS 7 QUIZ – Blow for McCanns as police claim stories do not add up”

It is an “EXCLUSIVE”

maddie_h.jpg“Kate and Gerry McCann’s hopes of being cleared over daughter Madeleine’s disappearance were rocked last night by the news that police are set to question the Tapas Seven again”

But yesterday the DNA evidence was not enough. Is DNA evidence never enough on its own?

Says spokesman Clarence Mitchell: “Kate and Gerry’s friends have consistently said they are happy to be re-interviewed. They’re keen to help. Like Gerry and Kate, they have nothing to hide”

But they might not be; the focus is on their dining companions…

Says vice president of the Portuguese national pathology lab, Francisco Corte Real: “There’s nothing to say for now”. The Mail listens to that and concludes that “he could not hide his disappointment”

And what about Michaela Walczuch? “Police yesterday returned a diary and computers seized from Murat’s girlfriend Michaela Walczuch, 34, admitting they found nothing linking her to the tot’s disappearance”


Still doctors. Still 39. Still parents of missing girl…

“Leaks in Portugal claim tests on DNA samples support Portuguese detectives’ theory that the couple were involved in Madeleine’s disappearance”


Says Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas: “The existing evidence up until now is far from clearing the McCann couple in the case. There are more and more indicators that they were involved in the disappearance of the child, but it has been difficult to prove this fact. We will continue to follow all hypotheses”

“MURAT’S LOVER IS GIVEN HER COMPUTERS BACK” – “German-born Michaela” is “32”

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “McCann police to question ‘Tapas Nine’”

Not the Tapas 7…

Writing on his internet blog, Gerry McCann says: “We have been told that all the forensic test results are now available. As we have stated all along, we are confident that the results will no way incriminate us and hopefully everyone can concentrate on finding Madeleine and her abductor”

THE GUARDIAN: “ Police ‘want to quiz Tapas 7’”

“Sources told the SIC Portuguese news channel that a team of detectives and the prosecutor would fly to Britain next week for interviews. According to reports, they will deliver letters of appeal to British police, asking them to interrogate the friends, known as the Tapas Seven, again with Portuguese officers present”

THE SCOTSMAN: “McCanns ‘face further grilling’”

“Portuguese police are to make a formal request to reinterview the parents of the missing child Madeleine McCann, it was claimed last night”

All the news and speculation here

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