On Wednesday evening (May 16), police searched the home of IT expert Sergey Malinka, who designed a website for Robert Murat and was seen talking with Murat several times in the days after Madeleine’s disappearance.
Plain clothes officers emerged from Mr. Malinka’s home carrying two hard drives, a laptop and a black bin bag full of items.
Russian Mr. Malinka, 22, who lived in the town for around seven years, was driven to the police station in Portimão from his Praia da Luz flat and was questioned from 9.30pm until 2.30am this morning (May 17).
After being released, the 22-year-old stressed he had been interviewed as a witness, not a suspect. He said he was “completely” innocent and had no criminal record in any country. He has not been named as an official suspect.
Updated 11:30, May 17, 2007
DAY 14 OF THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MADELEINE McCANN