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UK News Ex-Portuguese police chief claims leading Madeleine McCann suspect is a mystery jailed German paedophile who talked about killing Maddie in internet chat room

05:55  01 december  2019
05:55  01 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral (pictured) has claimed for the 'Years later, many years later, it appears that in an Internet chatroom there is a conversation between that Share or comment on this article: Ex - Portuguese police chief claims leading Madeleine McCann suspect

FORMER Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral has revealed a German paedophile suspected over Madeleine McCann ’s disappearance is not Instead he described the suspect only as someone who had been ruled out of the investigation into the missing British youngster in 2008 but later jailed

A photograph of Madeleine McCann during a prayer service at the St Andrew's R.C. Cathedral, Glasgow, held for the missing girl.   (Photo by Andrew Milligan - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Images A photograph of Madeleine McCann during a prayer service at the St Andrew's R.C. Cathedral, Glasgow, held for the missing girl. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

Former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral has claimed for the first time a German paedophile probed over Madeleine McCann's disappearance is not Martin Ney.

And he has revealed new details about why the new 'suspect' is being investigated - and made a fresh, false slur against the missing youngster's dad Gerry - in an interview with a Spanish TV station.

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Top Maddie cop reveals chief suspect is mystery paedo jailed in German prison. FORMER Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral has German paedophile Martin Ney, 48, was jailed for life in 2012 for abducting and murdering three children Madeleine disappeared days before her fourth

Goncalo Amaral, the Portuguese cop who first led the hunt for Madeleine , revealed last week in an exclusive interview with Australian podcast Maddie that police were probing a “ German paedophile who is in prison”. That is a matter for the police .”

The ex-cop sparked speculation Hamburg-born child strangler Ney was the prime suspect after telling an Australian podcast earlier this year investigators were focusing on a German paedophile in prison.

He failed to identify Ney by name at the time, describing the suspect only as someone who had been ruled out of the investigation into the missing British youngster in 2008 but later jailed in his home country.

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Now Amaral, the original lead investigator in the case, has fuelled new speculation about his identity by telling a Spanish TV programme: 'A paedophile who is German and serving life for killing children has been spoken about.

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Yesterday, German paedophile Martin Ney, 48, was named as a possible suspect in the case - that News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education GERMAN child killer Martin Ney is NOT the new Madeleine McCann suspect Portuguese police But Correio da Manha reported today that the jailed German paedophile is not the new suspect at

New Madeleine McCann suspect : German paedophile was in Portugal when she vanished. German paedophile Martin Ney, 48, was jailed for life in 2012 for abducting and murdering three Goncalo Amaral, the Portuguese cop who first led the hunt for Madeleine , revealed last week that

'What I know is that the suspect is not him, it's another man. He's also in prison in Germany. He's also a paedophile.

a close up of a little girl posing for the camera: Madeleine McCann disappeared from the Ocean Club resort in Portugal's Praia da Luz as a three-year-old in May 2007 © Provided by Daily Mail Madeleine McCann disappeared from the Ocean Club resort in Portugal's Praia da Luz as a three-year-old in May 2007

'Years later, many years later, it appears that in an Internet chatroom there is a conversation between that person and another person where they talk about Madeleine.'

He responded: 'It can't be him' when he was shown a photo of Ney before adding in a false and vile jibe at Madeleine McCann's father: 'I'll say something else, the kidnapper is similar, very similar, to Gerry McCann' before pointing at the photo he had been shown of Martin Ney and adding: 'That man is not similar to Gerry McCann.'

Hildegarde Handsaeme et al. sitting on a chair: The McCanns (pictured) have made a last-ditch attempt to the European Court of Human Rights after losing a libel fight against Mr Amaral in Portugal © Provided by Daily Mail The McCanns (pictured) have made a last-ditch attempt to the European Court of Human Rights after losing a libel fight against Mr Amaral in Portugal

Police in the UK and Portugal, who are leading separate investigations into Madeleine McCann's May 3 2007 disappearance from the Algarve holiday resort of Praia da Luz, declined to comment on Portuguese reports around the 12th anniversary that investigators had a 'new lead and a new suspect.'

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However leading Portuguese tabloid Correio da Manha claimed that Ney was not the 'new Former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral sparked claims Hamburg-born Ney, who Madeleine McCann new suspect is jailed child killer dubbed 'masked man' who matches crime scene photofit.

The Policia Judiciaria said in a statement released in May after leading Portuguese daily Correio da Manha said a new suspect had been flagged up to investigators in Lisbon and Porto by Scotland Yard: 'The investigation into the disappearance of an English child in Praia da Luz in 2007, remains open within the framework of an investigation supervised by Portimao's Public Ministry.

a person posing for the camera: Martin Ney, 48 © Provided by Daily Mail Martin Ney, 48

'This investigation has been developed in conjunction with international authorities, following police and judicial rules of cooperation justified by the circumstances of the situation.

'The PJ does not feel it is appropriate to make any further clarifications in the interests of the investigation.'

a man looking at the camera: A previously issued suspect's photofit © Provided by Daily Mail A previously issued suspect's photofit

Martin Ney's name emerged after Mr Amaral told an Australian podcast: 'They are preparing the end of the investigation, with a German paedophile who is in prison right now.

'I don't know how they will start it, but that will be the big ending, if it ends.'

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a man and a woman sitting on a bench: The ex-cop (right) sparked speculation Hamburg-born child strangler Ney was the prime suspect after telling an Australian podcast earlier this year investigators were focusing on a German paedophile in prison © Provided by Daily Mail The ex-cop (right) sparked speculation Hamburg-born child strangler Ney was the prime suspect after telling an Australian podcast earlier this year investigators were focusing on a German paedophile in prison

He did not identify the mystery German at the time, although Correio da Manha went on to claim Ney was not the suspect.

The 49-year-old was jailed for life in 2012 for abducting and murdering three children between 1992 and 2001.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Goncalo Amaral (pictured) claimed last year MI5 spies had helped to cover up Madeleine's death and disappearance © Provided by Daily Mail Goncalo Amaral (pictured) claimed last year MI5 spies had helped to cover up Madeleine's death and disappearance

He targeted children on holiday by entering their tents or villas wearing a mask and armed with a weapon.

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry was quoted at the time as saying about Ney: 'He fits the profile - he is a known predatory paedophile and he's a foreigner.

a man and a woman looking at the camera: He has revealed new details about why the new 'suspect' is being investigated - and made a fresh, false slur against the missing youngster's dad Gerry - in an interview with a Spanish TV station © Provided by Daily Mail He has revealed new details about why the new 'suspect' is being investigated - and made a fresh, false slur against the missing youngster's dad Gerry - in an interview with a Spanish TV station

'It is quite plausible police are looking at him again but it could be someone else.

'If he is the person of interest, a German force will have to get involved to interview him on their soil.'

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a girl holding a racket on a court: The McCanns have repeatedly said the false accusations against them have harmed the search for Madeleine (pictured) © Provided by Daily Mail The McCanns have repeatedly said the false accusations against them have harmed the search for Madeleine (pictured)

Mr Amaral's false slur against Madeleine's father over his 'similar' physical appearance to the man he says investigators are focusing on, follows years of legal wrangling between the former police chief and the missing youngster's parents over his book 'The Truth of the Lie.'

He claims in the controversial 2008 book Gerry and Kate had covered up their daughter's accidental death in their holiday apartment.

General View of the big screen showing missing girl Madeleine McCann   (Photo by Martin Rickett - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Images General View of the big screen showing missing girl Madeleine McCann (Photo by Martin Rickett - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

The McCanns have made a last-ditch attempt to the European Court of Human Rights after losing a libel fight against Mr Amaral in Portugal.

The ex-cop, removed as head of the Madeleine McCann probe in October 2007 for criticising the British police, made his latest comments about the case on a show called 'En El Punta de Mira' about missing adults and children which was aired on Spanish national TV station Cuatro.

LAGOS, PORTUGAL - AUGUST 15:  Kate and Gerry McCann leave church after attending a service on August 15, 2007 in Praia da Luz, Portugal. It has been 104 days since four-year-old Madeleine disappeared from a room at the family's holiday apartment in the Algarve.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) © 2007 Getty Images LAGOS, PORTUGAL - AUGUST 15: Kate and Gerry McCann leave church after attending a service on August 15, 2007 in Praia da Luz, Portugal. It has been 104 days since four-year-old Madeleine disappeared from a room at the family's holiday apartment in the Algarve. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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British police and their Portuguese counterparts investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann seven years ago from Praia da Luz on the Algarve, in Portugal during a search of a patch of scrubland just outside of the small coastal town as the search for clues enters a second week.   (Photo by Nick Ansell/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Images British police and their Portuguese counterparts investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann seven years ago from Praia da Luz on the Algarve, in Portugal during a search of a patch of scrubland just outside of the small coastal town as the search for clues enters a second week. (Photo by Nick Ansell/PA Images via Getty Images)

The McCanns have repeatedly said the false accusations against them have harmed the search for Madeleine.

Gerry has been quoted as saying: 'I'm sure it's a very small minority of people who spend their time doing it, but it has totally inhabited what we do.'

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