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From Press Association


Murat lawyer attacks McCanns

Press Association
Wednesday November 28, 2007 1:33 AM

The lawyer of Robert Murat, a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, has launched another attack on the missing child's parents.

Francisco Pagarete said Kate and Gerry McCann 'deserve to be cursed' for leaving their children alone.

He told the Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas: "What they deserve is for somebody to curse them, to make them pay for having left three children unprotected."

He lamented that there were people funding a couple "who abandoned three children and who daily swan around the streets".

"On top of it all they have bank accounts which are stuffed full.

"While this is going on my client, his mother and his girlfriend, who have nothing to do with the case, see their names daily dragged through the mud and they are on the verge of bankruptcy."

Mr Pagarete caused a stir in August when he claimed that people in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz, where Madeleine went missing on May 3, wanted "these bloody McCanns" to return home.

Meanwhile it was reported that Portuguese detectives investigating Madeleine's disappearance are about to visit Britain for the first time.

Sky News said they would travel to the UK on Wednesday to speak to police in Leicestershire - the couple live in Rothley, in the county.

It was reported that a team of four would fly to Britain.

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