It will be remembered that 2 days after being made arguidos, the McCanns fled Portugal for Britain, leaving behind 48 unanswered questions put to them by the PJ. Upon arriving back in Britain, Gerry McCann had this to say:
Now the McCanns are no longer subject to the secrecy laws in Portugal, no longer can they claim to be unable to speak freely. Given that Gerry McCann has stated that there is so much that the couple wish to say, when they could not say it, why are the McCanns now so silent on providing explanations to the 48 unanswered questions?
Before the McCanns blamed the PJ for their silence. Now, only the McCanns can be blamed for their silence.
What guilty secrets are the McCanns keeping quiet about?
The 48 questions they refused to answer and the one they answered:
1 On the 3rd of May 2007, at around 10 p.m., when you entered the apartment, what did you see, what did you do, where did you search, what did you handle?
2 Did you search in the couple’s bedroom closet? (said she would not reply)
3 (Two photographs of her bedroom’s closet are exhibited) Can you describe its contents?
4 Why are the curtains in front of the side window, behind the sofa (photograph is exhibited) ruffled? Did someone pass behind that sofa?
5 How long did the search that you made in the apartment after detecting the disappearance of your daughter Madeleine take?
6 Why did you say straight away that Madeleine had been abducted?
7 Presuming that Madeleine had been abducted, why did you leave the twins alone at home while you went to the Tapas to raise the alarm? Even because the supposed abductor could still be inside the apartment.
8 Why didn’t you ask the twins at that moment what had happened to their sister, or why didn’t you ask them at a later point in time?
9 When you raised the alarm at the Tapas, what exactly did you say and what were the words?
10 What happened after you raised the alarm at the Tapas?
11 Why did you go to warn your friends instead of calling out from the balcony?
12 Who contacted the authorities?
13 Who participated in the searches?
14 Did anyone outside of the group learn about Maddie’s disappearance during the following minutes?
15 Did any neighbour offer you help after the disappearance?
16 What does the expression “we let her down” mean?
17 Did Jane mention to you that she had seen a man with a child that night?
18 How were the authorities contacted and which police force was called?
19 During the searches, and already with the police present, in what locations was Maddie searched for, how and in what manner?
20 Why didn’t the twins wake up during that search, or when they went to the upper floor?
21 Who did you call after the facts?
22 Did you call SKY News?
23 Did you know about the danger of calling the media, because that could influence the abductor?
24 Did you request the presence of a priest?
25 How was Madeleine’s face publicised, with a photograph, or other media?
26 Is it true that during the search you remained seated on Maddie’s bed without moving?
27 How did you behave that evening?
28 Did you manage to sleep?
29 Before the trip to Portugal, did you comment on a bad feeling or a bad premonition?
30 What was Madeleine’s behaviour?
31 Did Maddie suffer of any disease or did she take any kind of medication?
32 What was the relationship like between Madeleine and her siblings?
33 What was the relationship like between Madeleine and her siblings, her friends and her colleagues at school?
34 Concerning your professional life, in how many and in which hospitals have you worked?
35 What is your medical specialty?
36 Did you work by shifts, in emergency rooms or in other departments?
37 Did you work on a daily basis?
38 Did you stop working at a certain point in time? Why?
39 Do your twin children have difficulty in falling asleep, are they unruly and does that upset you?
40 Is it true that at certain times you were desperate over your children’s attitude and that left you upset?
41 Is it true that in England you considered the possibility of handing over Madeleine’s guardianship to a relative?
42 In England, did you give your children medication? What type of medication?
43 Within the process, you were shown films of cynotechnical inspection of forensic character, where the dogs can be seen marking indications of human cadaver odour and equally human blood traces, and only of human origin, as well as all the comments that were made by the responsible expert. After the visualisation, and after cadaver odour was signalled in your bedroom next to the wardrobe and behind the sofa that was pushed against the living room window, you said that you could not explain anything apart from what you had already said?
44 You said that you could not explain anything apart from what you had already said, concerning the marking of human blood behind the sofa by the detection dog?
45 You said that you could not explain anything apart from what you had already said, concerning the marking of cadaver odour in the boot of the vehicle that you rented a month after the disappearance?
46 You said that you could not explain anything apart from what you had already said, concerning the marking of human blood in the boot of the vehicle?
47 You said that you could not explain anything apart from what you had already said, upon being confronted with the result of the collection of Maddie’s DNA, which was analysed by a British lab, behind the sofa and inside the vehicle’s boot?
48 Did you have any responsibility or intervention in the disappearance of your daughter?