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    an6 Madeleine McCann

    Has blog from parents on it, they are official suspects in Madeleine's disappearance.

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    In his blog, Mr McCann said he and his wife had absolute confidence that when all the facts were presented they would be able to show that "we played no part in Madeleine's abduction".
    The couple, both 39, were declared formal suspects last week.
    Madeleine was reported missing from the McCanns' apartment in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, on 3 May.<!-- E BO -->

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    DOUBT was today cast on new forensic evidence found in the hire car used by Madeleine McCann’s parents.
    A sample taken from the boot is a “99% match” for the missing girl’s DNA, sources have claimed.
    But Alipio Ribeiro, head of the investigative Policia Judiciaria, today revealed the returned tests from the Forensic Science Service (FSS) in Birmingham were not conclusive.
    He told Portuguese state broadcaster RTP: “We can’t say with certainty whether it was the blood of person ’A’ or person ’B’.

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    A Portuguese public prosecutor has decided that a dossier outlining the case against missing Madeleine McCann's parents should go before a judge, a member of his staff said.
    Police handed their files to the Algarve-based prosecutor, Jose Cunha de Magalhaes e Meneses, for him to decide whether to bring charges against Kate and Gerry McCann.
    Speaking outside the prosecutor's office in Portimao, Luisa Duarte said Mr Cunha de Magalhaes e Meneses had received the papers and decided they should go before an instructional judge.
    A Portuguese lawyer said this might mean that the prosecutor wanted to impose stricter bail conditions or to carry out fresh searches or more interviews.
    It is also possible that he is recommending charges, although this would be unusual, Artur Rego said.
    "It wouldn't be normal unless he had already prepared the case," Mr Rego said.
    The judge has 10 days to decide whether to agree to the prosecutor's request.

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    Default Parents Officially Charged

    The McCanns have endured a tense wait up until now as prosecutors have officially charged both parents in the Madeleine McCann case.

    Prosecutors say it was body fluids, not blood, matching Madeleine McCann's DNA found in the car hired by her parents. The DNS was a 88% match with the missing four-year-old's DNA.

    Police searching the car also found so much of Madeleine's hair that it could not have been transferred from a blanket or clothes.

    The information came from senior sources in the investigation who briefed Portuguese journalists.

    It follows last night's revelation by Sky News that detectives had found DNA evidence that Madeleine's body had been in the boot of the car hire by Gerry and Kate McCann five weeks after their daughter's disappearance.

    Madeleine went missing on May 3.

    The news comes as Portuguese prosecutors received all of the files of evidence on the McCanns from police investigating the four-year-old's disappearance.

    Family spokesman Brian Kennedy, who is Madeleine's great uncle, said of the family: "They are holding up extremely well."

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    Despite the recent furore surrounding Kate and Gerry McCann being made suspects in their daughter's disappearance, Goncalo Amaral – head of the Policia Judiciara's investigation – has himself been charged over the alleged assault of a woman whose daughter disappeared in similar circumstances to Madeleine three years ago.
    Earlier this year, Mr Amaral and four colleagues were made suspects ( arguidos) in the beating of Leonor Cipriano during an interrogation following the disappearance of her daughter Joana, who vanished from a village seven miles from Praia da Luz.
    Joana's mother and uncle were convicted of murdering and dismembering her after she discovered them having an incestuous relationship. However, Mrs Cipriano claimed she was beaten up in custody under the watch of Mr Amaral and accused the police of setting her up.
    She has produced graphic photographs of her face after interrogation which showed heavy bruising around her eyes.
    In June, Mr Amaral and his colleagues were charged, three with torture, a fourth with omission of evidence and a fifth withfalsification of documents. It is unclear which offence he was charged with.
    Police sources in Portimao, from where the Madeleine McCann investigation is being conducted, refused to comment yesterday but the disquiet surrounding Mr Amaral overseeing such a prominent case has raised questions over his suitability and pitched the British tabloid press against their Portuguese counterparts.
    Mr Amaral is widely respected and generally regarded by the Portuguese papers as a man doing a good job in difficult circumstances. But the emergence of Leonor Cipriano's accusations and the serious charges have led to some argue he should not be working on a similar case.
    The investigation into Joana's disappearance was marred by the failure to seal off the house in which she was last seen. The police investigating Madeleine's disappearance have also been criticised for allegedly being slack in sealing off the resort where the McCanns had been staying.
    Local journalists close to the case say the charges brought against Detective Amaral are inconclusive.

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    London/Lisbon.Bodily fluids - not blood - matching Madeleine McCann's DNA have been found in the car hired by her parents, according to sources, cited by Sky News.
    The McCanns: Enduring a tense waitThe sample was taken from the boot, where the spare tyre is kept.
    It had an 88% match with the missing four-year-old's DNA, sources said.
    Police searching the car also found so much of Madeleine's hair that it could not have been transferred from a blanket or clothes.
    It must have come directly from her body, sources said.
    The news comes as Portuguese prosecutors received all of the files of evidence on the McCanns from police investigating the four-year-old's disappearance.
    The prosecutors are now expected to review reports of three samples of Madeleine's DNA found by detectives.
    Madeleine went missing on May 3They will then decide whether to charge the McCanns with an offence.
    Sky sources earlier said a full DNA match to Madeleine was found in the boot of a car hired by Kate and Gerry McCann after their daughter went missing.
    "Police say it is the most damning evidence that has been returned by the tests," Sky's Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said.
    As prosecutors analyse the evidence, Mr and Mrs McCann are enduring the tense wait for news at their home in Rothley, Leicestershire.
    Both have been named by police as suspects in their daughter's disappearance on May 3 in the Algarve.
    Family spokesman Brian Kennedy, who is Madeleine's great uncle, said of the family: "They are holding up extremely well."

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    Neither has earned anything since they took unpaid leave three months ago to remain in Portugal.
    However since they were made official suspects in the case of daughter Madeleine's disappearance, the couple have employed one of Britain's most expensive QCs, Michael Caplan.
    If the case takes months and spans two separate legal systems -- British and Portuguese -- the total legal costs could run into millions.
    The Find Madeleine fund was originally set up to "help find Madeleine McCann and support her family and bring her abductors to justice". ....

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    The actress playing the role, Madeline O'Brien, not only shares her first name with Madeleine McCann, but is said to bear a strong resemblance to the missing child.
    The film was scheduled for release in the UK in November.
    But at the Deauville Film Festival in France, Affleck said he was prepared to take steps to put it on hold.
    "We are acutely aware of the situation," he said. "We have a greater concern for that than the release of our film, which is just a commercial matter, whereas this is a matter of life and death.
    "I'm not up to date on the details and it is not something that has taken off in the United States in the way it has in the UK.
    "It is only when someone said there was this case that was very similar to my film that we looked it up. We don't want to release the movie if it is going to touch a nerve or inflame anybody's sensitivities."

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