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Madeleine McCann Investigators Set to Question 11: Sources

Several of those to be questioned will be given a special legal status that gives them different rights than ordinary witnesses.
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British and Portuguese police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are set to question 11 people, sources close to the case told NBC News. The grilling will begin on Nov. 24, after British police receive permission to sit in on interrogations about the three-year-old who went missing from a hotel room in Portugal in 2007.

Eleven people, including several Britons, will ultimately be brought in, the sources said. Seven of them will be designated "arguidos" — a Portuguese legal term that gives them different rights than ordinary witnesses but does not mean they will be charged with any crime. Some of the people questioned about the case in July were given the same status. The missing girl's parents, Kate and Gerry, were initially treated as "arguidos" after she vanished from the resort in Praia da Luz, but the status was lifted in July 2008. A new probe was opened last year.


Carrie-Marie Bratley and Tracy Connor