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McCanns to be quizzed in the UK?

By Channel 4 News

Updated on 17 September 2007

Kate McCann could face another police interview in Britain, according to reports today.

Portuguese newspapers have renewed their claim, first made three days ago, that the police in Portugal have asked UK police to interview Madeleine McCann's mother on their behalf.

Lawyers acting for the McCanns said that they had received no request for questioning "to date".

The judge in the case, Pedro Daniel dos Anjos Frias, rejected a request to have the McCanns brought back to Portugal for further questioning, according to the Correio da Manha newspaper.

Instead they will ask British police to ask a series of questions on their behalf. These will include around forty questions the McCanns declined to answer during interviews in Portugal, another paper claimed.

The Jornal de Noticias newspaper reported that the interviews would not take place until Portuguese police had concluded forensic tests on the McCann's apartment.

A UK police told the Press Association that it was more normal for officers from other countries to travel to the UK to conduct interviews, rather than asking UK police to conduct the interviews on their behalf; but that anything was possible in such a large investigation.

Separately, a Portuguese magazine, Flash!, has published an interview with Kate McCann conducted before she was charged on September 7.

She talked for the first time about the difficult early months of Madeleine's life. She was a very colicky baby, who would "practically for 18 hours a day." "I had to permanently carry her around", she said.

Madeleine adjusted well to the arrival of her two twin siblings, but would sometimes demand attention. "The worst thing is that she started to demand lots of attention, especially when I was breastfeeding them. She would run up and down screaming in the background, shouting for my attention."

She also repeated her insistence that she and her husband Gerry were not responsible for Madeleine's disappearance.

"I went through a phase of guilt for not knowing what happened to her. I blamed myself for thinking that the place was safe. But the certainty that we are truly responsible parents has helped me carry on."

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