Gerry and Kate McCann refused to answer 40 questions when interrogated by
detectives about Madeleine's disappearance, Portuguese media claimed yesterday.
Kate was said to have become "nervous" when told experts had
discovered blood matching Madeleine's DNA profile.
Several Portuguese papers quoted unnamed police sources as saying Kate became
"angry and upset" during her two days of questioning and said police
were unhappy at the couple's refusal to reply.
When confronted about the discovery of blood in Madeleine's bedroom, it was
claimed Kate gave "evasive replies" before stating "it could be
from a wound or a nose".
They wrote: "Kate was informed the blood was Madeleine's - as a
corpse. She insisted this was impossible and became nervous."
One paper claims the police "took advantage of the moment of weakness to
confront her with the blood stains found in the car hired 25 days after Maddy's
disappearance. Kate became upset and stated that she would not answer any
It was at this stage that officers said she had to answer their questions
unless she asked to become "a suspect" in the case.
Under Portuguese law a "suspect" has the right to remain silent - but
if they are a witness every question has to be answered.
It is claimed Kate said it was "absurd" to be named a suspect but
after a dinner break and a phone call to Gerry, she agreed.
"When she came back the climate had gone cold," the Diario De
Noticias newspaper said. Another paper wrote of the second session of
questioning: "She again got irritated with the questions."
One paper wrote: "Investigators told her accidents happen and when
they do they are very lenient. There were more questions about the blood in the
car and at the stage Kate stopped answering anything at all."
Re-interviewed on Friday, she again refused to answer questions about the
Gerry was interviewed straight after Kate in an even "harder"
Inspectors asked him if he had hidden the body. Maddy's father answered almost
nothing and was described as "very angry".
Sources claim "the greatest suspicion has fallen upon Maddy's
"Officers said her replies left a lot to be desired," it was claimed.
Overall the detectives concluded they they did not have a "great
response" during the interviews because of "the couple's silence
during 40 questions".
It was also reported two British sniffer dogs, one trained to react to the
smell of a corpse and the other to traces of blood, showed
"excitement" at the same spot in the apartment.