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Madeleine McCann cops had to fight for a YEAR for crucial DNA evidencePortugese police snubbed a request by their British counterparts for crucial DNA evidence in the Madeleine McCann case for at le

ast a year. Repeated pleas by the Metropolitan Police for samples and fingerprints from four Portuguese men were denied as local police said it would be illegal. The first appeal was made by officers working on Operation Grange in July 2013. Madeleine McCannView

gallery Portuguese police finally questioned the men as arguidos – “person of interest” – at the request of Scotland Yard a year later. Howev

er, the Home Office has refused to reveal if DNA samples were handed over. A source said: “This dragging of hee

ls by police in Portugal can’t have helped the investigation.” Earlier this month detectives spent four hours quizzing British ex-pat Robert Murat at Algarve police station. Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will start in8CancelPlay now

He was on a list of 10 men and women, made up for four Brits, a German and five Portugese national, who

were questioned by Scotland Yard. Mr Murat is not suspected of any involvement in Maddies disappearance and has said he is happy to cooperate with the investigation. British police believe Madeleine was killed during a bungled burglary. Parts of the Praia da Luz resort, where Madeleine vanished from, were dug up by detectives in June but no clues as to what happened were found. Madeleine was just three when she vanished from her family’s holiday flat in 2007.