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British police in Portugal for Maddie McCann case questioning

Portuguese police, observed by their British counterparts, are to begin questioning 11 people over the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann in 2007, a source close to the investigation told AFP on Tuesday.

Four women and seven men will be quizzed about the disappearance of the British girl from a hotel room in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz seven years ago.

Among those being questioned will be British expat Robert Murat, who was first questioned when the toddler was reported missing by her parents, reports said.

Employees of the holiday complex where Madeleine disappeared on May 3, 2007 are also among those being questioned.

Scotland Yard inspectors are believed to have flown to Portugal to meet with Portuguese detectives handling the case.

Madeleine, then aged nearly four, disappeared from her bedroom as her parents were dining with friends at a nearby tapas bar.

Portuguese police closed their investigation in 2008 after 14 months, which at one point implicated her parents in her abduction before their names were cleared.

After two years studying the case, Britain officially opened its own investigative review of the evidence in July last year and the Portuguese authorities reopened their case shortly afterwards.