Dutch police arrest man suspected in Madeleine case

Dutch police arrested Friday a man in Eindhoven on suspicion of trying to extort the parents of the abducted four- year-old British girl, Madeleine McCann, since June 14th.

Dutch police arrest man suspected in Madeleine case
Dutch police arrested Friday a man in Eindhoven on suspicion of trying to extort the parents of the abducted four- year-old British girl, Madeleine McCann, since June 14th.

The 39-year-old man had allegedly sent six e-mails to her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann.

The man, who comes from Eindhoven, in the south of the Netherlands, demanded 2 million euros (2.7 million dollars) in exchange for information on Madeleine's alleged whereabouts.

All e-mails were written from public computer terminals in an internet cafe in Eindhoven and in the Centre for Labour and Income (CWI).

Dutch police launched an investigation into the e-mails at the request of British and Portuguese authorities.

Earlier, Spanish Judge Fernando Grande-Marlaska jailed Italian national Danielo Chemello, 61 on suspicion of trying to extort money from the McCanns.

Chemello and his Portuguese girlfriend were detained in Sotogrande, southern Spain, on June 28. France had issued an arrest warrant for him on suspicion of participating in a plot to kill a judge.

Chemello had allegedly tried to contact Madeleine's parents in an attempt to offer them false information on her whereabouts and to claim the reward worth millions of euros which has been promised to those who help find her.

Madeleine was snatched from her bed in the holiday resort of Praia da Luz in Portugal's southern Algarve region, while her parents were dining in a nearby restaurant.

DPA
Last Mod: 06 Temmuz 2007, 19:41
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