sábado, 8 de setembro de 2007

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Madeleine McCann caseA list of the key events in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann on Thursday May 3 at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz. Friday September 7, 2007Guardian Unlimited
A list of the key events in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann on Thursday May 3 at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz.
Thursday May 3Madeleine disappears from holiday apartment in Ocean Club resort in the Algarve village of Praia da Luz, while Kate and Gerry McCann dine with friends at a nearby tapas restaurant.
Friday May 4 - The McCanns make an emotional plea for Madeleine's safe return, directly appealing to their daughter's abductors and speaking of their "anguish and despair".
Saturday May 5 - Madeleine's aunt, Philomena McCann, criticises the Portuguese police, claiming they are playing down her disappearance and are being "uncommunicative". Detectives say they believe she was abducted but still alive and in Portugal and say they have a sketch of a suspect.
Monday May 7 - Portuguese police hold a chaotic press conference and claim they cannot give Madeleine's family any firm assurance that she is alive or still in the region.
Thursday May 10 - Police tell a press conference the search for Madeleine is being wound down.
Monday May 14 - Police launch a search at the home of Anglo-Portuguese man Robert Murat, just 100 yards from where Madeleine was snatched. He is questioned, but not formally arrested.
Tuesday May 15 - Police officially class Robert Murat as an "arguido", or suspect. He claims he is being made a "scapegoat" in the investigation.
Saturday May 12 - The McCanns mark her fourth birthday by calling for people to redouble their efforts to find her.
Thursday May 24 - Madeleine's family release what is believed to be the last photograph taken of her before she disappeared.
Friday May 25 - In their first interviews, the McCanns speak of how the "guilt" of not being with Madeleine when she was abducted will never leave them. Police finally release the description of the man seen carrying a child on the night of Madeleine's abduction after pressure from the McCanns, their legal team and the British government. The man is described as white, approximately 35 to 40 years old, of medium build and 5ft 10ins tall. He was wearing a dark jacket, light beige trousers and dark shoes.
Wednesday June 6 - Madeleine's parents deny any involvement in her abduction when asked by a German journalist at a press conference in Berlin if they had anything to do with her disappearance.
Sunday June 17 - Portuguese police say Madeleine's friends and family may have unwittingly destroyed vital evidence in the first few hours after her abduction, during their search for her. Chief Inspector, Olegario Sousa, says their well-meaning actions could prove "fatal" for the investigation.
Thursday June 21 - The first of a series of reported sightings of a girl resembling Madeleine, is reported in Malta.
Thursday June 28 - Spanish police arrest an Italian man and a Portuguese woman suspected of trying to extort money from Madeleine's parents, by offering them information about the missing girl.
Friday July 6 - Dutch police reveal they have arrested a man in Eindhoven suspected of attempting to defraud Gerry and Kate McCann by demanding two 2m euros (£1.35 million) for information on her whereabouts.
Friday August 3 - Details emerge of a possible sighting of Madeleine in Belgium. A child therapist says she is "100% sure" she saw the young girl at a restaurant in the Flemish town of Tongeren, near the Dutch border, on July 28. The witness said the girl was with a couple, a Dutch man and an English-speaking woman, who were acting strangely and not like "normal parents".
Saturday August 4 - Police launch a second search of Robert Murat's house. No new evidence found.
Monday August 6 - A Portuguese newspaper reports that British sniffer dogs have found traces of blood on a wall in the apartment where Madeleine went missing. Detectives now believe it is most likely Madeleine is dead, having been killed accidentally, a Portugese paper, the Jornal de Noticias, claims.
Thursday August 9 - Mr Murat's lawyer criticises the McCanns' "strange" behaviour in leaving Madeleine alone on the night she vanished. Francisco Pagarete also claims people in Praia da Luz want "these bloody McCanns" to return home. The McCanns insist they will not be "bullied" into leaving Portugal.
Saturday August 11 - On 100th day of Madeleine's disappearance police acknowledge for the first time that Madeleine could be dead. Chief Inspector Sousa tells the BBC new evidence had given "intensity" to the possibility she was killed. He says the parents are not considered suspects.
Sunday August 12 - Mrs McCann tells Woman's Own magazine that she would rather know her daughter was dead than live in limbo forever.
Wednesday August 15 - Blood traces found in the bedroom where Madeleine was sleeping the night she was snatched were not hers, The Times reports. Forensic results show the blood came from a man, it adds.
Saturday August 25 - Mr McCann signals a scaled-down media campaign to find Madeleine. He says he will be returning to work but insists his daughter may still be alive.
Friday August 31 - The McCanns are to launch a libel action against a Portuguese newspaper that claims police believe they killed their daughter. The action will be against the Tal & Qual paper, based in Oporto.
Thursday September 6 - Mrs McCann arrives at a Portuguese police station to undergo further questioning by detectives.
Friday September 7 - Mrs McCann emerges in the early hours of Friday morning looking drawn from more than 10 hours of questioning. She is be formally declared an official suspect - an "arguido" - someone who has not been arrested or charged but is being treated by police as more than a witness.

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