SEVEN suspects are to be questioned over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a Portugese newspaper has reported in what is believed to be a new twist in the investigation.
Two British men and a woman are among the group due to be questioned by Portuguese police. Three of the seven will be declared ‘arguidos’, or official suspects under Portuguese law.
ITV News reported that seven, five men and two women, will be spoken to by officers between November 24 and November 28 in Faro. Four others will be interviewed as witnesses.
Three of the men are thought to be Portuguese, and the non-British woman is of Eastern or Central European origin.
The seven suspects know the Praia da Luz resort where Madeleine vanished from on May 3, 2007, know each other and made phone calls the night she disappeared, Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Noticias said.
The fact this report is coming from Portugese – rather than British sources – is being seen as significant.
The case is being closely watched here in Donegal where Madeleine’s many relatives on her dad’s side still live.
The little girl had visited the county just weeks before her disappearance in Portugal.
Some of the new suspects are former employees of the Ocean Club where Madeleine was last seen.