New claims involve Algerian crime lord

Madeleine McCann was a “mail-order child” snatched by an Algerian mafia boss, the British Daily Star Sunday newspaper reported on October 25.

According to new claims, police are hunting for a North African crime lord who allegedly bragged to British associates that he had snatched Madeleine in a 100,000 sterling pound kidnap plot.  The Algerian, who went by the names of Younis and Tariq, is said to be known to the police in Portugal.  The suspect reportedly told his British associates that he had taken children from parts of Europe and sold them to rich families in Morocco.  He said that Madeleine had been taken away by a ferry. Meanwhile, the Civil Court of Lisbon ordered that all profits former police inspector Gonçalo Amaral made from his book about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann must be seized.

The book, The Truth of the Lie, was an account of the former police detective’s beliefs that Madeleine was dead and questioned Kate and Gerry’s account. After initially working on the case, he was later removed after he criticised British authorities.

The McCanns were successful in having the book banned from further publication and sales.