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Reasons police didn't investigate Maddie's parents revealed

Kate McCann
Kate McCann

It’s been revealed that bungling Portuguese police officers didn’t make Madeline McCann’s mum and dad suspects because they thought it was ‘normal’ for English parents to leave young children alone.

The ridiculous revelation came as ex Minister of Internal Affairs Rui Pereira slammed Portuguese cops for not making Kate and Gerry McCann suspects in the disappearance of their child.

Madeline McCann vanished in 2007, after her parents left her alone in their Portugal holiday home while they dined in a nearby tapas bar.

When Kate, 48, and 47-year-old dad Gerry arrived to their apartment they found that their tot had vanished, sparking a decade long investigation.

Kate and Gerry McCann with an aged photo of missing Maddie

Speaking on Portuguese television Rui Pereira said: "The error was not constituting the parents as arguidos (suspects) for the crime of abandonment.

"At the beginning there was an extraordinary and ridiculous theory that said the English have very peculiar cultural customs.

"And therefore it was natural for them to leave the two-year-old twin siblings and the other three-year-old child alone in a bedroom for the parents to go out a few hundred metres away to socialise with their friends."

He said that there was compassion from the investigators towards the parents and that authorities believed that the English "truly have very specific cultural customs and it was natural to dine and drink."

Madeline McCann

A former police chief Moita Flores, told the programme, on TV CMTV, that if Kate and Gerry McCann were Portuguese they would have been arrested for abandonment.

"Have no doubts. If this had involved a Portuguese child our public ministry would have immediately set off measures which are in place to protect children.

"In our culture this kind of behaviour would have not been tolerated as reasonable. I am not even sure it is tolerated under Anglo-Saxon cultural values."

These comments came in the wake of this morning’s reports that police now believe Madeleine may have been taken by thieves following a botched robbery, read the full story here.