Moroccan welcome brings ray of sunshine

Moroccan welcome brings ray of sunshine for McCanns
12 June 2007
Irish Independent

The McCanns will take a lower profile in the campaign to find their daughter after admitting that they were no closer to discovering who abducted her from their holiday apartment in the Algarve 40 days ago.

The couple's decision comes as it was confirmed that the detective co-ordinating the investigation into Madeleine's abduction has been charged with covering up allegations of police brutality in a similar case four years ago.

Goncalo Amaral is still serving as the head of the Policia Judiciaria in Portimao despite being charged on Saturday with failing to report claims that three officers "tortured" the mother of a missing girl during an interrogation.

Leonor Cipriano has alleged that she was beaten into confessing to the murder of her daughter, Joana (9).

Despite more than five weeks of campaigning, Mr McCann admitted that they were no closer to discovering "who has taken her, what their motive was and where they have gone."

"The search is not over until Madeleine is found," he said. "The campaign, particularly behind the scenes, will very much go on to ensure Madeleine's disappearance remains relatively high profile, because we think that helps. But Kate and my role in the campaign will probably not be as public as it has been in the past three weeks."

The McCanns have completed dozens of media interviews and visited Rome, Madrid, Berlin and Amsterdam to raise awareness of Madeleine's disappearance. Their website, [], has had more than 170 million hits.

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