FILE: Aurora Pereira Arrested
A couple accused of trying to extort money from missing Madeleine McCann's parents have been arrested at a hideaway in Portugal. Italian Danilo Chemello and his Portuguese girlfriend Aurora Pereira Vaz hit the headlines in 2007 after being seized in southern Spain over the alleged bid to to get their hands on a EUROS three million reward offered for information on Madeleine's whereabouts. The case never came to trial despite lurid reports about their past and the discovery of newspaper cuttings about Madeleine in their luxury home in Sotogrande, southern Spain. The couple managed to relocate to the Algarve despite Chemello being wanted by authorities in France. They were arrested at a rented house in the coastal resort of Estoril near Lisbon on Wednesday - where they had been living since January under false identities with two teenage children. Portuguese police said they acted on three European arrest warrants. Millionaire ex-construction tycoon Chemello, 67, is set to be extradited to France shortly after being remanded in jail following a court appearance in Cascais near Estoril. Vaz, 60, is expected to be kept in Portugal. FILE PHOTO: June 30, 2007.