Skip to comments.Madeleine McCann Abduction Suspect Was 'Immigrant Who Received Presidential Pardon'
Posted on 11/10/2013 6:01:56 PM PST by nickcarraway
THE man suspected of kidnapping Madeleine McCann was an immigrant who received a Presidential pardon after a theft conviction, local media have reported. The suspect was reportedly indicted in 1996 and would have been deported to his home country of Cape Verde if not for the intervention of then leader Jorge Sampaio.
Portuguese daily Correio da Manha said it was custom around Christmas in the nineties for the President to choose a number of citizens to give pardons to.
The paper claims the unnamed suspect moved to Lagos, a fifteen minute drive from the McCann holiday home, where he tried to rebuild his life with his wife.
However, around the time of Maddie's disappearance the man was fired from his job at the Ocean Club in the Praia da Luz resort where the McCanns were staying.
The alleged suspect reportedly was an immigrant who received a Presidential pardon [PA]
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The paper claims the suspect knew the routines of Kate and Gerry McCann and was aware that they dined with friends late.
Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for Mr and Mrs McCann, said: "We are aware of reports in the Portuguese press.
"They are pure speculation and the McCanns are not going to give a running commentary on every new report."
The paper claims the man died in 2009 during a tractor accident.
A relative of the suspect, who is believed to have been questioned by Portuguese police, told the paper: "They are looking for a suspect that can't defend himself.
"Peoples' lives can't be exposed this way."
Scotland Yard have issued fresh appeals for information in recent weeks in their inquiries into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
They have released two e-fit images of a man who witnesses saw carrying a child to the beach on the night of Madeleine's disappearance.
The Portuguese Willie Horton?
This was the case where the cops tried to railroad the parents?
Whatever. Those parents are suspect as hell.
Well at least they are no longer blaming the parents...
The Criminal Rights folks...who blame the parents...are probably besides themselves now...esp a BLACK Cape Verdean is the suspect