Madeleine McCann detective is on trial accused of leading Portuguese mafia gang

Mail Online | 3/15/2019 | Tim Stickings For Mailonline
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A detective who features in the new Madeleine McCann documentary is on trial in Portugal accused of leading a mafia gang, it has emerged.

Paulo Pereira Cristovao, 51, became the head of Portugal's missing children agency in 2007, the year the three-year-old vanished.

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Mr Cristovao, one of 17 defendants, is accused of involvement in two burglaries, in Lisbon and the nearby town of Cascais, but reportedly claims he was only a 'carrier pigeon'.

Portuguese prosecutors claim he led the crime gang which allegedly carried out violent attacks on homes around Lisbon, TVI24 reported.

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He is said to have apologised to victims and told a court that he feels 'ashamed' for his actions, but denied he was the gang's ringleader.

Mr Cristovao is seen in the Madeleine McCann documentary which is due to be released on Friday.

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The ex-Judicial Police officer has previously suggested that Madeleine was snatched and taken to a secret network of caves under the resort she was last seen alive.

Madeleine vanished from the resort of Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007, while on holiday with her family.

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