Portuguese police files on the Madeleine McCann case are
Files from the
Portuguese police investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance
have helped her parents to "draw strength" because of the lack of any
evidence that their daughter is dead, the family spokesman said.
Gerry and Kate
McCann's spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the newly-released files have
revealed no evidence suggesting Madeleine had been killed or even harmed
in the 15 months since she went missing on a family holiday in Portugal.
"The longer it goes on, they actually
draw strength from that," he told the BBC. "They hope against hope she
is being held somewhere."
Fresh revelations from the Portuguese
police files are expected. Documents made public from the exhaustive
inquiry have already revealed that detectives claimed the young girl's
DNA had been found in her parents' hire car, despite a British
scientist's warning days earlier that tests were inconclusive.
A family friend accused Portuguese officers of trying to extract a
confession from Madeleine's father, Gerry McCann, by lying about the
results of forensic analysis.
The Portuguese authorities released the police files on Monday after
lifting the period of judicial secrecy in the case. Journalists were
handed DVDs containing copies of thousands of pages of evidence from the
case outside the court in the Algarve town of Portimao.
The dossier includes details of the lines of inquiry pursued by
detectives, forensic reports, pictures of the bedroom where Madeleine
was sleeping before she disappeared, witness statements and transcripts
of interviews with Mr McCann and his wife Kate.
Lawyers for the McCanns, both 40, from Rothley, Leicestershire, were
formally given access to the police files last week.
They are studying them for fresh leads that the couple's private
detectives can follow up in their own search for their daughter.
The McCanns are keen not to give "a running commentary" on their legal
team's trawl through the dossier, Mr Mitchell said. He said the priority
was finding leads which could help to find Madeleine but told the BBC
the team would be considering if there had been any "incompetency or
anything worse" during the police investigation.