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Expert downplays pending arrests in McCann case

Post  Annabel on Tue 14 Jan - 17:26

http://www.thv11.com/news/article/294566/288/Expert-downplays-pending-arrests-in-McCann-case

LONDON (USA TODAY) - The expected arrests of key suspects in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann that British media are calling imminent are being "overplayed," a former police detective with extensive experience of high-profile investigations has told USA TODAY.

"This isn't a major breakthrough. This is a significant piece of information about three individuals who need to be eliminated (from police investigations)," Mark Williams Thomas, who has won awards for his investigative reporting, said Tuesday.

"Burglars don't abduct children," Thomas said. "Child abusers abduct, pedophiles abduct, but if you are in an area burglarizing a house looking for items you are not looking to take a child. In terms of who these individuals are, they are likely to be questioned about what they may have seen as witnesses," he said.

"I doubt very much they will be viewed as suspects," Thomas said. "To call them 'suspects' at this point is overplaying it by far."

Late Monday, several media outlets in the United Kingdom, including the Guardian and Daily Mirror, citing an unidentified spokesman for Kate and Gerry McCann - Madeleine's parents - reported that police in Portugal were ready to arrest and interview "key suspects" connected to alleged robberies in the area where the then 3-year-old Madeleine was taken in the case that has captivated global attention for years.

British investigators, who last year re-launched their own investigation into Madeleine's 2007 disappearance from a resort in Portugal, confirmed Monday they sent a letter of request to Portuguese authorities but would not elaborate on its contents.

Separately, the McCann's spokesman, speaking to the Guardian, said the latest developments were significant. "It means they have the intention of arresting and interviewing X, Y or Z. We don't know who they have their sights on but it's likely it is the burglars," the spokesman told the British news site.

Two of the burglaries took place in April 2007 in the apartment block where the McCann family was staying, ABC reported from London. In both of the April burglaries, entry was gained via a window. One theory is that Madeleine was also abducted after access to the family's vacation rental was gained through a window, but she did not vanish before May.

REPORTS: Arrests ahead in Madeleine McCann disappearance

However, Thomas, who as a police officer specialized in child protection cases, said Tuesday, "These individuals may have information but as far as a breakthrough? No." More importantly, he said, they need to be ruled out.

"What happens now is very much down to what the authorities in Portugal decide to do next," Thomas said.

Contributing: USA TODAY's William M. Welch.

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Re: Expert downplays pending arrests in McCann case

Post  jassi on Tue 14 Jan - 17:41

Not likely to be arrested, either. This isn't Britain, where you can be arrested on the flimsiest of excuses.

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Re: Expert downplays pending arrests in McCann case

Post  comperedna on Tue 14 Jan - 18:26

I'm not a fan of Mark Williams Thomas. I believe he blows his own tinny trumpet far too much, but in this instance he is correct!

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Re: Expert downplays pending arrests in McCann case

Post  kitti on Wed 15 Jan - 7:43

He was in pdl within a couple off days after she went missing and he stated that their was no indication off a a break in, which he is right but he also states that she probably wandered out off the apt and was snatched.



Well, she could off walked out, he's right there as it was before the mccanns admitted to the world they left the patio doors unlocked.

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Re: Expert downplays pending arrests in McCann case

Post  Panda on Wed 15 Jan - 8:13

Burglars don't abduct children," Thomas said. "Child abusers abduct, pedophiles abduct, but if you are in an area burglarizing a house looking for items you are not looking to take a child. In terms of who these individuals are, they are likely to be questioned about what they may have seen as witnesses," he said."


With comments like this, which we all agree with, just why does SY want to go to all this trouble and expense to interview them .....if he finds them.? If these 3 are an example of the "38 persons of interest" I despair.!!

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