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PROBE WHY MURAT HIRED CAR AFTER RAID
Express 18 May 2007 [Now removed from internet]
Murat hired a car after discovering he
was under police surveillance, it was
revealed last night.
Police are investigating why Murat, the
main suspect in the abduction of
Madeleine, hired a baby blue Hyundai
Getz from Audio Rent III Car Hire nine
days after the four-year-old vanished.
Maria Rocio, who works for the hire
company, alerted police after she
realised Murat’s home had been raided by
detectives two days after he rented the
She said she was concerned by the
suspect’s behaviour and the desperation
in his voice. Mrs Rocio said she first
received a call from Murat at midday on
Saturday and recognised him because he
has used the service before.
“He said he needed to hire a car for
himself because the English people who
were looking for the missing girl needed
to borrow his car,” she said.
“He told me he could not use his car
because they had put up posters in it
showing the missing child. I thought to
Mrs Rocio said Murat called again at 3pm
and asked if he could pick up the car
She said: “I did suggest he get it from
someone else but he still arrived to
pick it up at 5.15pm.” The hire form
filled in by Murat gave his address as
that of his estranged wife Dawn’s in
He also gave his UK driving licence when
he hired the car on an initial three-day
Murat’s elderly mother Jennifer returned
the car on Tuesday after detectives
examined it on Monday.
Mrs Rocio said: “When I saw that police
were interviewing him I phoned police
and told them about him hiring the car.
They have now been into the office and
asked to check the records of everybody
who has hired a vehicle between 28 April
and 5 May.
“There was something about his voice. He
needed to have the car quickly and his
voice was very impatient. The reason it
was odd is that he already has his own
Friends of Murat in the village where he
used to live in Norfolk have launched a
poster campaign protesting his
innocence, urging him to be strong and
to think of his daughter.
Portuguese Carla Cunha, who Murat helped
to get a job at the Bernard Matthews
plant, produced the notices and posted
them around Hockering.
Mrs Cunha, 35, said: “He is a lovely
person and kind and helps everybody.
This must be a big mix-up. I know he has
nothing to do with this.”
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