Missing Maddie: Man held over kidnapping 28th June
Posted by cotojo on June 28, 2007
An Italian man has been arrested in Spain suspected of possible links with the kidnap of missing Madeleine McCann, according to reports by the Spanish El Pais website.
The website also reported that the Italian man was trying to extort money from the McCanns in return for information about their daughter.
Spanish police were said to have arrested the man near the southern port city of Algeciras, according to the report. However, police refused to make a statement about the incident and its relationship to the disappearance of Maddie.
A local journalist interviewed by Sky News said a Spanish police source had told her a Portuguese woman had been arrested too.
A Spanish police spokeswoman confirmed an Italian man had been arrested on the Andalucian coast, under an international arrest warrant issued by France.
She said the arrest warrant had nothing to do with the case of Madeleine McCann, but added police were now looking into possible links between the man and the kidnapping.
In Lisbon, Police Chief Inspector Olegario de Sousa confirmed that Portuguese police had been involved in an operation that led to the arrest of two people in Spain on Thursday but no connection was found to Madeleine’s disappearance.
“Two people were arrested but no links were found to the Madeleine case,” he said.
It is 56 days since four-year-old Maddie was snatched from her bed as she slept in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz.
Her parents Gerry and Kate McCann have stayed in Portugal since she disappeared, insisting they will not leave until she is found.