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Sandra Felgueiras' new interview with Kate and Gerry McCann



RTP1 - Especial Informação

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In the interview Maddie’s parents fail to explain who continues to finance the searches for the child

by Maria Francisca Seabra

The McCanns appeared “visibly frustrated” over the interview that was done by journalist Sandra Felgueiras, on Tuesday, in London, which will be broadcast today during a Special Information on RTP1. Such is the conclusion of an Irish newspaper that justifies Maddie’s parents’ frustration with the fact that Sandra Felgueiras mentioned the issue of cadaver odour that was detected by dogs in the Praia da Luz apartment, in the Algarve.

“The McCanns immediately replied that the dogs are not reliable, just as they escaped a series of other, more difficult questions” the journalist, who has been following the case since the disappearance of Madeleine in May 2007, tells Sol.

During the interview, which will be aired after Telejornal, there was an attempt to understand the reason behind the couple’s criticism over the performance of former Polícia Judiciária inspector Gonçalo Amaral, which was continued by Paulo Rebelo, a coordinator of the PJ in Portimão.

According to the British edition of free newspaper Metro, “the latest appeal from Gerry and Kate was stifled by some hard questions by the Portuguese journalist”. Felgueiras defends herself, saying that this was the McCanns’ first interview to a Portuguese television channel, since they lost their arguido status, and therefore “many questions had to be asked”.

Some of the answers remained missing: “They avoided replying when I asked them if Richard Branson and J. K. Rowling continued to finance the searches, but stressed that there are many people who still help them on an individual basis”.


source: Sol, 05.11.2009
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