GERRY and Kate McCann suddenly found themselves vilified in 2007 when the Portuguese police named them as formal suspects.
Dogs were said to have detected the presence of a body, and blood on Madeleine’s toy, in their apartment and in their hire car. It led to claims the McCanns had given her too much sedative to get her to sleep.
PA:Press Association Gerry and Kate McCann suddenly found themselves vilified in 2007 when the Portuguese police named them as formal suspects
But the documentary shows how experts view the evidence as unreliable and that naming the McCanns as suspects was a desperate act by police.
The trafficking theory was briefly considered when Madeleine vanished from her family’s apartment in Praia da Luz, on the evening of May 3, 2007.
But it was not prioritised by bungling Portuguese cops who tried to pin the blame on Gerry and Kate, both 51, of Rothley, Leics.
Madeleine was left sleeping with her two siblings as her parents dined at the Ocean Club resort where they were staying.
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Jim Gamble said: “The police were clutching at straws.”
Parents Gerry and Kate McCann’s spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “The possibility that Madeleine was taken by traffickers has always been one of the principal lines of inquiry by the investigators.”
Gerry and Kate declined to take part in a new documentary that claims Maddie is still alive amn will be available to 159million Netflix subscribers.
Collect Experts believe naming the McCanns as suspects was a desperate act by police
The officer leading the probe, Inspector Gonçalo Amaral, was sacked in October 2007
PA:Press Association Cops ignored the abduction claims while obsessing with Kate and Gerry McCann
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