‘Did you kill her?’ Maddy cops to question 11 witnesses
Though they will be questioned as witnesses their status could change to “arguido” – or suspect – if police do not like their answers, according to legal sources.
At least four of the 11 are British.
They will be questioned at Faro police station by Portuguese officers posing questions on behalf of watching members of the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Grange team set up to find Madeleine.
The then-three-year-old vanished from her family’s holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 2007 while her doctor parents Kate and Gerry, both 46, dined with pals at a nearby tapas bar.
Four men questioned by police as arguidos in July each denied any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance.
“UK detectives want to trace a man seen by an Irish family carrying a girl matching the missing youngster’s description through Praia da Luz around the time she disappeared”
Portuguese prosecutor Ines Sequeira sanctioned the fresh round of interviews after receiving a fifth international letter of request from Britain.
Operation Grange officers, led by Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, will sit in on the interviews.
UK detectives, who have so far spent £8m of taxpayers’ cash probing the mystery, believe Madeleine was killed during a bungled break-in at the Ocean Club resort.
They want to trace a man seen by an Irish family carrying a girl matching the missing youngster’s description through Praia da Luz around the time she disappeared.
Despite worldwide TV appeals he has never been traced.
Police also hope to re-examine unidentified hairs recovered from the apartment in the hope advances in science in the past seven years could produce DNA matches.