Kate begged Portuguese police to end 'war'

Posted on 3:34 AM by Sameer Shah

The 40-year-old GP wrote a letter to the head of the investigation appealing to his “heart” and his role as a father to help them, she said it was “torture” not knowing what was happening in the case.

She contacted Paulo Rebelo after he took over the investigation in early October last year from the disgraced Goncalo Amaral, who openly criticised police in the UK.

A month earlier, she and husband Gerry had been made formal suspects, or arguidos, in three-year-old Madeleine’s disappearance.

The little girl vanished from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3 last year as her parents dined nearby.

Mrs McCann’s letter, released in the police dossier into the case, was passed to the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) by Leicestershire Police.

“Madeleine is the most precious thing in our life,” she wrote and went on to describe the “difficult, sad and unbearable” time following her daughter’s disappearance.

“It is impossible to describe the pain and anxiety.”

Mrs McCann said she felt “powerless” in the face of the accusations against her and the “libellous” stories appearing in the press.

The mother-of-three said she understood the strict Portuguese secrecy laws surrounding the case, but described her plea for information as a “humane” request.

She said she was willing to co-operate with police to help unravel the case: “I can only ask.”

Mr Rebelo did not reply to the letter and has never met the couple, despite travelling to the UK this April to interview the friends who were with them on the night Madeleine disappeared.

The McCanns offered to meet him, but the request was declined.

Clarence Mitchell, the couple’s spokesman, said: “Kate did write to the police, but she never got anything beyond a formal notification back, saying that her letter was being added to the file.

“She certainly didn’t get a personal response from Paulo Rebelo.”

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