Rafael Núñez | August 7, 2008 at 09:24 am
British police were told that Madeleine McCann was snatched by an international paedophile ring which photographed her three days before she vanished, police files have disclosed.
According to an email sent by the Metropolitan Police a child abduction ring based in Belgium placed an order for a “young girl”.
Three-year-old Madeleine was spotted while on holiday in Portugal by someone connected to the gang who took a picture of her.
The photograph was sent back to Belgium where the paedophile ring agreed that she should be abducted, the email states.
Three days later on May 3rd last year Madeleine was taken from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve while her parents ate at a nearby restaurant.
The astonishing revelation supports Kate and Gerry McCann’s long-held theory that their eldest child may have been taken by a child smuggling ring.
The email, sent by an intelligence officer on the Met’s vice squad on March 4 this year to counterparts in the Portuguese and Leicestershire police, marks a significant development in the case of the missing girl.
Just last month Portuguese police closed their investigation and cleared the McCanns of any involvement in their daughter’s disappearance.
The email was revealed for the first time in police files made public this week. (more…)