FEARS ABOUT a system they didn’t know and their impression that the Portuguese police were not looking for Madeleine made Gerry and Kate McCann return to the UK last September.
The couple’s comment came in an interview they gave to ITV, which was due to be broadcast on Wednesday evening after The Resident went to press.
The interview was part of a comprehensive special programme produced by the British channel, which included footage of different aspects of their life between January and April this year.
Although they would not comment on of the ongoing investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, when questioned about their feelings when they were named arguidos, they both said they had been worried.
“As soon as I realised the story or theory or whatever you want to call it, was that Madeleine was dead and that we’d been involved somehow, it just hit home. They haven’t been looking for Madeleine,” said Kate McCann. “I just thought she deserves so much better than that, and I thought I’m not going to sit here and allow this, you know.”
For Gerry McCann, he said the worst part was the speculation surrounding the case and its impact on family life.
“The speculation takes you to the worst places and at that point you know the worst place would have been being charged, potentially being put in jail, certainly being detained to face charges that could have taken, I don’t know, years to materialise, being separated from Sean and Amelie.”
These sorts of things, he added “were going through your mind and, because it’s a system that you’re unfamiliar with, you don’t know what could happen”.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Madeleine McCann, please contact the McCann helpline on 0034 902 300 213 or the Portuguese Police on 00351 282 405 400.