Last updated at 23:11 24 October 2007
British detectives are said to be preparing to re-interview the McCanns and the seven holiday friends who were dining with them in the Ocean Club's tapas restaurant on the night Madeleine vanished.
The interviews will be conducted by Leicestershire police with Portuguese detectives sitting in on the sessions, it is reported.
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Interview: (clockwise from top left) Fiona Payne, Jane Tanner, Russell O' Brien, Rachael Oldfield
Read more...The Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas claimed that a team of three detectives will travel to Britain later this week to hand over a formal request for the interviews.
Leicestershire police yesterday refused to comment on the development and the McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell was unavailable for comment.
As well as the McCanns, the so-called Tapas Nine include Dr Russell O'Brien, 36, and his partner Jane Tanner, 37; Dr Matthew Oldfield, 37, and his wife Rachel, 36, a recruitment consultant; Dr David Payne, 41, a cardiovascular researcher, and his 34-year-old wife Fiona, and Fiona's mother Dianne Webster.
According to the newspaper, the Portuguese have "hundreds" of questions they want to ask. Among them, these 14 will surely be of the utmost importance.
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Question 1Why did Kate scream "They've taken her?" when she discovered Madeleine had gone? Did she know her daughter was being stalked? If so, how?
Question 2How is it possible DNA traces belonging to Madeleine were found in the McCanns' hired Renault Scenic more than four weeks after she disappeared?
Question 3Why did one of the sniffer dogs specialising in the detection of bodies go directly to the hire car?
Question 4Why did another dog appear to detect something suspicious about Madeleine's Cuddle Cat?
Question 5Exactly who was in the tapas bar and who went to visit the children who were asleep? At what times?
Question 6Why have there been differing reports of the McCanns' movements on the evening Madeleine disappeared?
Question 7Why did Kate McCann, who is Catholic, mark a passage in the Bible which talks about the death of a child?
Question 8What did the McCanns do in the four hours before the alarm was raised?
Question 9What did Kate do before sitting down to dinner with the group of friends?
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Question 10How many times in the four hours prior to the discovery that Madeleine was missing did the McCanns go to see their children?
Question 11Why did Matthew Oldfield not go into the McCanns' apartment to check on their children, choosing instead to simply listen at the door?
Question 12Why did Russell O'Brien leave the restaurant for half an hour, returning at the same time Kate was screaming that Madeleine had been kidnapped?
Question 13Why did Mr O'Brien's partner Jane Tanner, who arrived late at the meal, not see Gerry standing at the entrance to the holiday complex talking with a friend?
Question 14Why do the McCanns feel persecuted by the authorities?
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-488961/Tapas-Nine-The-14-key-questions-British-detectives-want-answered.html#ixzz13pHzIjMk