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McCanns v. Gonçalo Amaral: Libel Trial

McCanns v. Gonçalo Amaral: Libel Trial
- Day One
12 September 2013

Kate McCann

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Maddie - A Verdade Da Mentira
 

Maddie - A Verdade Da Mentira Guerra & Paz

Maddie - A Verdade Da Mentira

Author: Amaral, Gonçalo
Genre: Non-Fiction
Issue year: 2008
Format: 15x23cm
No. of Pages: 215
Weight: 322g
ISBN: 978-989-8174-12-3

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Synopsis

With thanks to Astro for translation

«[...] This book has a higher purpose. That of contributing to the discovery of the material truth and the achievement of justice in the investigation that is known as the "Maddie Case". These are fundamental values that I have committed myself to, by duty of conscience, conviction and discipline towards the institution that I was proud to be a part of. These same values were not extinguished with my retirement and they will always be present in my life. Under no circumstance whatsoever does the book call the work of my colleagues at the Judiciary Police into question, nor does it compromise the ongoing investigation. It is my deep understanding that revealing all of the facts in a work of this kind might jeopardize future actions that are decisive for the discovery of the truth. Nonetheless, the reader will find data that is previously unknown, interpretations of the facts – always under the light of law – and, of course, relevant questions. A criminal investigation is only committed to searching for the material truth. It must not worry about political correctness.»

What happened to the News of the World's 'Find Madeleine Reward Fund'?

News of the World reward header

On May 13 2007, ten days after Madeleine McCann disappeared from an apartment in Praia da Luz, the News of the World announced the "biggest ever newspaper reward" for information leading to Madeleine's safe return.

At the same time, the paper promised that if the reward remained unpaid for any reason, the portion made up of readers' donations [The other portion being made up of 'pledges'] would be shared equally by children's charities Barnado's, Childline and the NSPCC.

In April 2011, the donated portion of the reward money was indeed paid out by News International - but not to the children's charities, as they had promised. Instead, and with no announcement from either the News of the World or the McCanns, it was paid into Madeleine's Fund.

Read more here

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A Message From Gonçalo Amaral, 21 July 2014
 

A Message From Gonçalo Amaral PJGA

Gonçalo Amaral

21 Jul 2014

Dear friends,

Upon reading the news about the most recent trial session, I am certain that the vast majority of journalists don't know what is being discussed in court, and have not reported correctly.

Let us be clear. What is at stake is to find out:

- Whether the writing of my book "Maddie: A Verdade da Mentira" was a lawful or unlawful action;

- Whether or not the plaintiffs have suffered damages and whether or not there are facts to prove it;

- Whether or not it is possible to establish a causal nexus between the book and such damages.

This is what is at stake.

Concerning the book's lawfulness, I suggest to anyone who has doubts to read the Lisbon Appellate Court's decision within the injunction that preceded the current action. The truth is that for the Appellate Court's Illustrious Judges, as can be concluded from that decision, the lawfulness of the book's publication is indisputable.

With proof of the lawfulness of the book, the matter should rest here, without the need to investigate anything further, namely concerning the damages that the plaintiffs complain about.

Nonetheless, we should note that even if the lawfulness may still be at stake, there is still the need to establish a causal nexus between the publication and the damages that the plaintiffs complain about, such as deep depression, social isolation, etc. And, of course, to prove that said damages, no matter where they originate from, really exist.

Concerning the social part, it seems obvious to me, if we pay attention to the countless social events that the plaintiffs have participated in, including speeches at the British Parliament, interviews on television shows like Oprah Winfrey's, gala dinners with illustrious personalities, namely British, among others, that said social isolation is totally false.

Concerning the depressions, although they are in no way proved within the case, in my opinion, in fact it would be very strange if they didn't exist. The disappearance of a daughter, whether she is dead or alive, whether or not she was abducted, has to originate enormous consequences of that kind. How strange would it be if that wasn't the case! But about this issue I won't say anything further, given that the plaintiffs seem to attribute to me and my book all of their pain, as if said disappearance, followed by their arguido status and other circumstances that surround the case, were of no importance, or weren't more than enough!

Unfortunately, due to clearly dilatory manoeuvres from the plaintiffs, that have once more forced a postponement of the hearing, I am afraid that the trial will drag on – as they clearly wish - and we won't have a sentence soon, as I wish would happen, and as I long for. Furthermore, the judicial holidays have already started and, as the Illustrious Judge explained, with the new judiciary organisation coming into force on the 1st of September, the process' slowness will be considerably increased.

However, my trust in Portuguese justice remains steadfast.

All that is left for me is to recognise and thank you for all the support that I have received, from all those that believe in justice and in truth, without which it would have been impossible for me to fight this lawsuit. Or to lead me to ponder, as I do, to file a lawsuit against the McCann couple and others, in order to be compensated for the enormous damages that they have caused me already, on all levels, such as moral, professional and financial.

The time to judicially react to all those who have put my privacy, my intimacy, my freedom of expression and opinion, and my survival conditions at stake is approaching.

They have tried to assassinate me civilly, but due to the support and solidarity of all of you, they were not successful.

Thank you very much,

Lisboa July 21st, 2014

Gonçalo Amaral

 
The McCann case: Well, well, well....., 16 July 2014
 

The McCann case: Well, well, well..... Portugal Newswatch

Posted by Len Port at 12:14 PM
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

With two futile weeks of ground searching and the questioning of four unlikely suspects still fresh in the memory, a former Scotland Yard commander had a new idea. In a report in the Mail on Sunday he urged detectives to examine an abandoned well "just 875 yards from the apartment where Madeleine McCann vanished."

The newspaper carried an aerial view of the location and also a close-up photo of the supposed well.

"The Mail on Sunday has established that the uncovered shaft is on scrubland used as a campsite by Roma Gypsies – and has been overlooked by Portuguese police," according to the paper.

The aerial view indicated that the well was located on land behind the property of a well-known resident of Praia da Luz. He told us that in his 28 years of living there he had never seen Roma Gypsies camping in the area.

But the Mail on Sunday's claim could not be lightly dismissed because the former commander had served 27 years with the Metropolitan Police and as Commander of Specialist Operations had dealt with serious crime, from murder to rape and human trafficking.

"It [the well] is clearly known to locals and possibly to local criminals as a place to discard evidence from petty crime, such as handbags and other unwanted stolen items," said the ex-commander.

The local homeowner was bemused by this. "Before they tossed the handbags into the well, I hope the Roma Gypsies checked to see if they were Gucci," he said.

Of course the ex-commander was not just talking about petty crime. He quickly came to his main point: "Whoever abducted Madeleine knew the local streets, alleyways and scrubland and used that knowledge to avoid detection."

Not one to shirk a challenge even on a formidably hot summer's day, our source in Luz went to check out the ex-commander's hunch.

The first problem was a two-metre high fence. With difficulty he managed to find a hole in the wire only to be confronted by a six-metre wide boundary of thick vegetation. Eventually he emerged prickled, sweating and swearing into a recently mowed hay field.

"I felt relieved that if I were now to be attacked by irate Roma bandits, at least I could see them coming and hopefully make a hasty retreat," said our intrepid explorer.

"I walked all over the hay field but was not able to discover a well. I was relieved to be able to return to the gap in the fence and depart with no loss of either wallet or handbag."

Asked about a circular object that can be seen in the middle of the area on Google Earth, our source in Luz  said, "it could be an alien landing pad, but more likely a flat round area for threshing corn. It's certainly not the well shown in the paper."

He concluded with dismay that tourism-dependent Luz had once again been portrayed as a lawless place – and certainly not the sort of place to go on holiday.

If Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood and his team decide to take the ex-commander's advice and go searching wells, they had better come prepared for a long stay. There are many hundreds of wells dotted all over the Algarve. Fortunately, most of the others are fairly easy to find.

Meanwhile, the "Stop McCann Circus" street signs are still in place in Luz.

"Stop McCann Circus" street sign

 
The Conservative women on the rise in Cameron's reshuffle, 15 July 2014
 

The Conservative women on the rise in Cameron's reshuffle BBC News

Esther McVey: She helped her friend Kate McCann set up the Madeleine McCann Fund



The Conservative women on the rise in Cameron's reshuffle
BBC News

15 July 2014 Last updated at 17:34

As David Cameron reshuffles his cabinet, a guide to female Conservative high-fliers who have been given promotions.

(...)

Esther McVey

Esther McVey: She helped her friend Kate McCann set up the Madeleine McCann Fund

Age: 46

Education:
Liverpool-born, Ms McVey was educated at Belvedere School in the city before studying law at Queen Mary and Westfield University, London, and radio journalism at City University.

Career so far:
Employment minister since the 2013 reshuffle, Ms McVey is a former GMTV presenter and a TV and radio personality. She helped her friend Kate McCann set up the Madeleine McCann Fund and started her own business, providing training and office space for start-up firms. She became MP for Wirral West in 2010, and is the only Tory MP in Merseyside.

What was she tipped for?
If you believed everything you read, Ms McVey could have found herself in any number of roles - ranging from minister without portfolio to work and pensions secretary or culture secretary.

What job did she get?
Despite all the speculation, Ms McVey is remaining in her post as employment minister. However, she will now attend the cabinet in that role.

What do her supporters say?
Former Culture Secretary Maria Miller says: "Esther is working the department that I used to work in with Iain Duncan Smith and I think has proven herself to be a formidable advocate for employment and the employment programmes that are going forward. I would imagine she will continue to rise on up with her credentials and her clear talent."

Personal life:
Unmarried and without children, Ms McVey shares a London flat with fellow Conservative MP Philip Davies.

 
McCanns face five-year wait in libel trial, 13 July 2014
 

McCanns face five-year wait in libel trial Daily Star Sunday

KATE and Gerry McCann's battle to sue a disgraced ex-police chief for £1million in libel damages could drag on for another five years, a pal revealed yesterday.

By Tracey Kandohla / Published 13th July 2014

DESPERATE: The libel case has already been going on for five years [REX]

News of the setback came after the parents of missing Madeleine gave evidence against Goncalo Amaral in a Lisbon court.

Kate told the trial how smears by their tormentor left her family "devastated, fearful and desperate".

But Mr Amaral, who led the bungled hunt for Maddie, now claims he is broke.

A judge is set to call him back to court in September to order him and the publishers of his 2008 book The Truth Of The Lie to ­reveal how much was made from the best-seller and a 2009 TV documentary.

A source close to Kate and Gerry said: "They are ­exasperated by this. Civil proceedings against Mr Amaral have already been going on for five years and at this rate are likely to go on for another five years.

"He is pleading poverty and there will be further hearings held for him to disclose his bank statements."

Even if Kate, 46, and Gerry, 45, of Rothley, Leics, win the case, they will probably not see any money until 2018 or 2019.

Their lawyer Isabel ­Duarte said: "It has been proved in the civil file that Mr Amaral earned around 380,000 euros in one year from the book."

 
EXCLUSIVE: Maddie witness overheard sinister comment about disposing of a body, 13 July 2014
 

EXCLUSIVE: Maddie witness overheard sinister comment about disposing of a body Sunday Express

A BRITISH woman has told Scotland Yard detectives seeking Madeleine McCann that she overheard a conversation in which a man said: "Why did you bring her here? Now we will have to dispose of the body."

By: James Murray
Published: Sun, July 13, 2014

The witness used to live opposite the Ocean Club resort [PA]

The potential key witness has been interviewed several times in Britain and used to live almost opposite apartment 5a of the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz on the Algarve, from where Madeleine, three, was taken on May 3, 2007.

The Sunday Express understands the comment was heard several hundred yards from the Ocean Club in a residential area towards the seafront.

The woman gave an interview to Portuguese detectives 13 days after the disappearance but the report on the informal interview does not mention her overhearing a conversation about disposing of a body.

However, in April 2008 the woman made a further statement in which she recounted hearing the astonishing comment, saying she heard it days after the abduction. She also claimed that the owner of a pub in Luz was called by a woman shortly after the disappearance who said she had overheard the comment about getting rid of a body.

The Sunday Express understands the owner of the bar has been interviewed but cannot recall the conversation.

The woman has since returned to Britain with her child and is living in the Home Counties.

When contacted by the Sunday Express, the woman, who we are choosing not to name to safeguard the investigation, said: "I do not want to say anything."

Last month Scotland Yard detectives shadowed three searches of wasteland near the Ocean Club but no obvious clues were found.

Some materials gathered in the search were sent for forensic examination but officers were not hopeful of a breakthrough in the investigation.

 
Former Ocean Club driver is suspect in McCann case, 13 July 2014
 

Former Ocean Club driver is suspect in McCann case Sunday Express

THE FORMER driver of the Ocean Club was made an arguido or suspect by Portuguese police following a request by Scotland Yard detectives investigating Madeleine’s disappearance.

Published: Sun, July 13, 2014

Mr Silva would provide Ocean Club guests with airport transfers to the resort [MARK KEHOE]

Jose Carlos da Silva, 28, used to drive guests to their apartments once they had been ferried to the Ocean Club headquarters in Luz from airports, writes James Murray.

He formerly lived in an apartment block overlooking the Ocean Club but has since moved to a nearby run-down flat.

Now he works as a dishwasher in a restaurant and is said by neighbours to suffer poor health because of a lung condition.

The Sunday Express photographed him weeks before he was interviewed by Portuguese detectives in Faro on the Algarve where Scotland Yard officers listened intently to his every word.

We understand that on May 3 2007 there was mobile phone communication between him and a second arguido, Ricardo Rodrigues, at about the time that Madeleine left a creche somewhere near 5.30pm.

It is further alleged that at about 9.25pm he also sent a text to the younger man.

Police say this was around the time that two of the McCann holiday group left the tapas bar at the Ocean Club to check on the children sleeping in apartments nearby.

Further communication on their mobiles came at 9.38pm, around the time that another member of the holiday group went to check on the children.

A short time later there was another mobile call between the men, around the time Kate McCann went to the apartment and discovered that Madeleine, then three, was missing.

Mr Silva declined to speak to the Sunday Express.

Friends said he is a popular man who was well liked and known in the community and would never do anything wrong.

A woman friend said: "He lives alone and suffers with his health because he has problems with his lungs and he often goes to hospital for checks. He is always very polite and nice and pleasant. He is a very quiet man who leads a simple life."

Little is known about Mr Rodrigues but he is part of a group of mostly young people in Luz who contribute to an internet site showing pictures of scenic spots in the area. Fresh faced and youthful he is said to resemble a photofit prepared by an elderly British couple of a man who came to their villa with an older man to collect money for a charity on May 3 2007.

The older man is said to resemble Paulo Ribeiro, 51, another arguido. He lives in Luz and is said to be a schizophrenic.

Sources say the police wanted further information from him about a call he allegedly had with Mr Rodrigues the day after Madeleine vanished.

Operation Grange officers are hoping that the detailed questioning will help them to build up a clearer picture of events before and after Madeleine's disappearance.

A fourth man questioned is believed to be Russian national Sergey Malinka, who ran an internet firm in Luz at the time. He has always denied any involvement in Madeleine's disappearance and, like the others, was reluctant to speak to journalists.

 
Alice back in Wonderland, 12 July 2014
 

Alice back in Wonderland The Blacksmith Bureau

Kate and Gerry McCann

Saturday, 12 July 2014 at 18:15

It was the Lisbon judge who provided the strongest support for the Bureau's contention that the libel trial has become a complete irrelevance to the establishment of truth in the Madeleine McCann affair. As she said to Gerry McCann:
"The point isn't to establish whether things are true or not, this is not the issue."
Well you can't say fairer than that, can you?

Justice?

With the little matter of the role of truth disposed of, what's left? Well, partisanship worthy of a Brazil world cup tie, judging by comments surrounding the case on the net. Much elation at possible signs that the judge is "not fooled" by the couple; but that's another way of saying that she shouldn't judge the case on the evidence but on what sceptics think is the true nature of the pair. That's not really what "justice" is about, is it? What would sceptics say if a McCann supporter expressed satisfaction that the judge can "see through" Goncalo Amaral? Or gloated at a judge's supposedly curt demand for Goncalo to be quiet? Come on!

There really is a deadly contradiction here. If right and wrong are so easily seen from the stands then how come the Portuguese justice system has been unable to establish them on the field after five years and counting? Either Goncalo Amaral has no case to answer, in which event he is the victim of a disgusting and medieval miscarriage of justice by the Portuguese, a scandal which nobody in Portugal, literally nobody, shows any sign of ending (national holidays etc. are much more important); or else there is a solid case in Portuguese law that the couple, as things stand, have been wronged – which makes a nonsense of the lazy certainties of commentators that GA didn't libel them. Well which is it?

Tyranny Triumphs

To be fair the judge at the London trial of that unlikely martyr Tony Bennett also excluded any consideration of the truth about the disappearance from his proceedings, confining them, as he had to, as things stand, to the narrow question of the observance or otherwise of Bennett's undertakings. Yet, without wanting to be unkind, the contrast between the fate of Bennett at the hands of the corrupt, whitewashing, paedophile-led, McCann-protecting British justice system and that of Amaral is stark: Bennett was never ambushed by a secret tribunal like Amaral nor judged in his absence but given chance after chance to stop libelling; he suffered no seizures of his property and  his fortune remains almost completely untouched; he is at liberty; he has been pursued for only a fraction of the costs he was liable for, with the UK public via its contributions to the money-spinning Fund, paying the rest; far from being subject to some ghastly UK super-injunction the restrictions on his right to comment on the case have been laughable in their looseness; Bennett was not trapped in an incomprehensible five years plus  legal nightmare but dealt with expeditiously once he had stopped stalling the case. And, importantly, everyone has access to the full judgement on the internet and can purchase the official transcript if they wish.

Doesn't that suggest something or other?

The McCanns face a judge

But Mr Bennett is relevant in another context.

The court statements by the McCanns last week were something of a damp squib for those of us who had waited many years to see them in court. Real life being what it is we weren't going to get tearful collapses as their lies were ruthlessly exposed, Hollywood fashion. European trials don't provide the jugular-dripping savaging of witnesses that the UK adversarial model so satisfyingly displays, so we'd already grown used to watching trial witnesses (with the exception of Angus MacBride of course) falling into silence rather than being gleefully shredded. And the personal statement format provided additional protection for the couple.

Thus the parents, well briefed by Duarte, were able to make a smooth, not to say oily, transition from the outrageous fiction of their claims in the original writ to their new versions without being verbally cudgelled for their dishonesty, leaving it to connoisseurs of McCann porkies to note the way in which the semi-catatonic depression originally claimed was just, well, feeling a bit miserable for a while, and the quarter million euros worth of horrific, permanent and disabling insomnia and anxiety had, in Gerry McCanns soothing words, dwindled into a mere temporary episode.

When listing the undeniable inferences to be drawn from Amaral's book about their actions as things stand the couple were on much firmer ground, as the judge's comments unquestionably confirm, prompting the thought that had they stuck to these claims alone they would be favourites to win; being the McCanns, however, they had to surround the possible truth at the heart of their writ with a thick dressing of lies, in this case easily disprovable ones. In an English libel court this irrefutable evidence of mendacity in the claim would weigh heavily in the judgement – but in Portugal? Only the Portuguese, one presumes, can say.

Why?

Their statements to the court avoided the undeniable collusion in their May 4 2007 police statements, the very first act, be it remembered, in their successful obstruction of the Interrupted Investigation— for agreed stories are, by definition, a subversion of an inquiry. But there was just one recognizable "agreed joint line" in their statements last week. It concerned Mr Bennett.
KMC: Both People on the Web and through e-mails were stimulated to insult them, like the Madeleine Foundation, and created a lot of damages. As Gonçalo Amaral was the coordinator of the investigation, it provided him credibility and it intensified the vilification of them.
Judge: What is the Madeleine Foundation?
KMC explains that it's a group of people who essentially promotes theories up to the point of trying to manipulate people in their village.
Judge What relation is there between this group and the book?
KMC says there is none, but they invited Gonçalo Amaral. She thinks that he didn't go.
Judge This group was created because of the book?
KMC – No, it existed before the book was published. She says that obviously the book strengthened them.
And
GMC says that, thanks to the legal actions, the content of the book hasn't been published by the MSM, but small minority groups, in the UK, have launched campaigns of persecution against them, based on the book.
Judge – Can you name them?
GMC – Yes, we had legal actions against the Madeleine Foundation and the name is Anthony Bennett.
Judge – What relation exists between this group and the publication of the book?
GMC says that AB used parts of the book, interviewed Gonçalo Amaral and invited him on a forum.
Judge – Did the group exist before the publication?
GMC isn't sure about that. But he's able to say that the material they used was based on the allegations of the book. They published pamphlets that said that Madeleine hadn't been abducted. They distributed them to his neighbours and in the whole Leicestershire. This led AB to receive many warnings from his juridical counsels and finally to be sued.
The reader can see at once the prepared nature and, in places, near identity of their comments. In the scheme of things – the alleged suffering, the implications of Amaral's book, the effect on their children, the apparent conversion of the whole of Portugal into believers in their guilt by the book, all the things laid out at length and with such fury by Kate McCann in Madeleine – the emphasis on Mr Bennett seems absurdly disproportionate. And it is: those words about Bennett make up twenty per cent of their statements.

The drift of their shared line is clear: they wish to stress a firm link between Amaral and Bennett, one that includes Bennett's foundation using Amaral's theories to persecute them, including distributing incriminating leaflets and "manipulating" their neighbours all over their home county; Amaral, they claim, was close enough to Bennett to be invited to address his foundation. And they make it clear that they sued him for libel. Successfully.

Note that a considerable part of the McCanns' Portuguese libel claim, involving, particularly, the testimony of Angus MacBride, is the effect Goncalo Amaral's book has had in the UK, both in causing pain and distress to the couple with the claims of body disposal and cover-up and in helping convince the British that the child, and therefore the search for her, was dead.

The McCanns want to win their case. Very, very much. So the question for the reader is, "why did they spend 20% of the time granted to them in court addressing the judge on Amaral's supposed links with Bennett"? What exactly were they hoping to achieve by doing so? To us the answer is blindingly obvious but others may have a different view.

Bbritish police officers searching in Praia da Luz

As things stand. Well, if people want things to stand differently then they'll just have to look beyond Lisbon, won't they? As, come to think of it, may Goncalo Amaral since the only place where the establishment of truth "is an issue" is within the wicked, whitewashing joint investigation. That's all there is, chums.

 
Maddie claims unjust, 12 July 2014
 

Maddie claims unjust The Sun (paper edition, page 27)

The Sun, 12 July 2014

Lorraine Kelly
Saturday, June 12, 2014


As if she hadn't suffered enough distress, pain and sorrow, Madeleine McCann's mum, Kate, had to hear her little boy ask why a policeman was saying his mummy had hidden his big sister.

Sean McCann had heard disgraced Portuguese police officer Goncalo Amaral on the radio claiming that his mum and dad had faked their daughter's abduction.

The poor little boy would have been completely bewildered - and Kate must have felt as though a dagger had been plunged into her heart.

She was able to answer calmly and console her son, but how disgusting that this poor family were put through such an ordeal by the revolting claims of a man who should have been leading the hunt for Madeleine.

Tirelessly

He seemed more interested in writing a profitable book about the tragedy and discrediting her distraught parents.

Kate and Gerry, above, are suing Amaral over claims made in the book and in a documentary, alleging Madeleine is dead and they are somehow complicit.

His smears have caused unbelievable agony and led to a whole raft of conspiracy theorists crawling out of the woodwork to sling buckets of mud at Kate and Gerry.

For the past seven years they have tirelessly tried to find their daughter.

Amaral was so inept he was quickly taken off the investigation, and his bungled handling of the case could mean that Kate and Gerry never find out what happened to their daughter.

That they are now having to go through a court ordeal to have his claims discredited is cruel and unjust.

 
Official Find Madeleine Campaign new cover photo, 11 July 2014
 

Official Find Madeleine Campaign new cover photo, 11 July 2014

 
[Text version of above]

Sunday, 11 July 2014 at 19:59

We love you and we're waiting for you and we're never going to give up.

 
The final hearing session, 08 July 2014
 

The final hearing session Joana Morais

Kate and Gerry McCann outside the Palace of Justice

Palácio de Justiça, 8th of July 2014

Intervenient parts

Judge Maria Emília de Melo e Castro presiding the trial
Dr. Miguel Rodrigues for Gonçalo Amaral, the book author
Dr. Fátima de Oliveira Esteves for Guerra e Paz, the book publishers of 'Maddie, A Verdade da Mentira'
Dr. Miguel Coroadinha for TVI, the Portuguese TV channel that broadcast the documentary 'Maddie, What lies beneath the Truth'
Dr. Henrique Costa Pinto for Valentim de Carvalho [VC] Filmes who produced the documentary and DVD copies with the same documentary that were never sold
Dr. Isabel Duarte for the McCann couple and their children, the claimants

What follows is the recount of what happened yesterday at court, to the best of my knowledge and short handwritten notes.

The Judge at the beginning of hearing sessions spoke and instructed the scribe [court reporter] about the request that had been made by Gonçalo Amaral's previous lawyer so the defendant could be heard in court. That request was opposed by the McCann couple's lawyer, Isabel Duarte, and had been previously denied by the Judge in 2013.

The McCann couple, who had also requested to be heard in court, saw their application being refused as well. Yet they pleaded against that decision to the Appeals court and their request was granted, therefore they were now authorized to be heard in court, which is what takes place after this "introductory" instruction by the lady Judge, Maria Emília de Melo e Castro.

The Judge then added that since Gonçalo Amaral's former lawyer did not oppose to the ruling - which refused his request to be heard - a new appeal opposing it [the Judge's ruling] could no longer be accepted, and therefore that decision had now become final.

The Judge continues instructing the scribe and states that the authors of the lawsuit - the McCann couple - have requested the court to solicit an official application to ATA [Autoridade Tributária Aduaneira] i.e. the Portuguese equivalent to the IRS [HMRC], in order to obtain confidential fiscal information.

The Judge Maria Emília de Melo e Castro authorized and ordered for the dispatch to be prepared "since it is essential to know, within the scope of the case being analysed here at the court, what are the eventual earnings" of the defendant Gonçalo Amaral regarding the sales of the book 'Maddie, A Verdade da Mentira’.

The Judge then added that the court dismissed the need to observe the confidentiality of that fiscal information in view of the fact that "the acquirement of that evidence" is crucial and ruled that the other defendant parties have 10 days to oppose the McCann's lawyer request. That meant that the hearing session set for that afternoon, where Isabel Duarte was supposed to make her final allegations [closing arguments] for a period of three hours, was adjourned sine die [without a definite date scheduled] and so was the hearing session of the 10th of July. Due to the judicial holidays it's very likely that the trial will only continue in or after September. The Judge also mentions that in September alterations will be made to the Penal Code Process but those changes will not affect in any way the ongoing trial.

Earlier on this year, the only defendant party opposing the McCann's fiscal request was the lawyer for the Guerra e Paz book publishers who argued that this new application would cause an unnecessary lengthening of the trial.

Now follows Kate Healy and Gerry McCann's declarations to court in strict compliance to Portuguese law. A declaration is a series of answers to questions put by the Judge, and of questions from the accusation or/and defendant lawyers.

The couple decided to ask if they could make a further statement at the end of each declaration, these statements will not be considered and will have no reflection on the trial outcome even though they were recorded by the scribe.

Court map
Court map



Kate McCann

Kate McCann, 08 July 2014

Kate Healy enters the court room, stands at a chair directly in front of the Judge Maria Emília de Melo e Castro, standing at her right side is a lady interpreter - who will translate the questions put to Kate, and her answers back in Portuguese Brazilian to the Judge and lawyers - and on Kate's left side is the scribe.

On the left side of Kate McCann, sits the lawyer Dr. Miguel Coroadinha, Isabel Duarte's assistant Dr. Ricardo Afonso and Dr. Isabel Duarte. Opposite to the McCann couple's lawyer is the lawyer for VC Filmes, Dr. Henrique Costa Pinto, then Dr. Fátima de Oliveira Esteves, Gonçalo Amaral's new lawyer Dr. Miguel Rodrigues and Mr. Amaral.

In the gallery there was a wide range of people, from British journalists, to Mr. Amaral supporters, to the McCanns' entourage.

The Judge tells Kate McCann that she is obliged to speak with truth during her declaration. Kate then promises under oath to tell the truth and the whole truth. The Judge questions her about her name. Kate replies that it is "Kate Healy". The Judge wonders why she doesn't have the name McCann as her last name, she states that she still uses her maiden name. Kate is then asked about her home address, and her employment status to which she replies that she is a "general practitioner" and that she has stopped working since Madeleine was "abducted". The Judge orders Kate Healy to sit down so the declaration can proceed.

Judge
- Do you recall when the book was first published and when you first heard about it?

Kate Healy
- A few months after it was published.

Judge
- Did you read the book and when?

Kate Healy
- I first read extracts from the book in media reports and then on the internet around the end of 2008.

Judge
- How and what did you feel?

Kate Healy
- Devastated, I already had an idea but it made me feel desperate because of the injustice done to my family, to Madeleine. I felt anxious. It damaged our family.

Judge
- What sort of damages?

Kate Healy
- Mr. Amaral's book stated as fact that we were involved in the disappearance of our daughter and faked an abduction, it attacked us systematically.

Judge
- What were the damages in Portugal?

Kate Healy
- The book was read by thousands of people, people would believe, due to the author's credibility, that Madeleine was dead and that we were involved. People, neighbours on the street, in coffee shops believed Mr. Amaral. And for us Portugal was the most important place. It was here that Madeleine was taken from us.

Judge
- Do you remember a documentary?

Kate Healy
- I learned about it through Portuguese friends who watched it on TVI, they texted me saying the documentary was horrible. On the following day they sent me detailed annotations.

Judge
- Did you watch the documentary?

Kate Healy
- I watched some parts of the documentary on the media and then the full documentary on the net.

Judge
- What did you feel about the documentary when compared to the book?

Kate Healy
- It was worst in terms of damages, because it was more definitive, Mr. Amaral's assumptions were more unequivocal, it led the audience in a journey of certainties. It compounded to the anxiety and feeling of injustice at a time when we were the only ones making efforts to find Madeleine. There was no police force investigating and it damaged the searches.

Judge
- Do you recall an interview that Mr. Amaral gave to Correio da Manhã?

Kate Healy
- He gave several interviews but I do recall one in particular which was exaggerated. Where he said that Madeleine's body had been kept frozen and then taken inside the boot of the car we had rented seven weeks later [sic, car was rented 23 days later].

Judge
- How did you learn about that interview?

Kate Healy
- Some friends in Portugal sent us the translations, they made summaries of what was published by the Portuguese media.

Judge
- When did you learn about that interview?

Kate Healy
- Right after the documentary was broadcast.

Judge
- What is your impression about what the Portuguese people think of you and your husband regarding this case?

Kate Healy
- Most people are against us. The damages were more extensive because Mr. Amaral published his book in various languages and gave interviews.

Judge
- What do were your feelings regarding that?

Kate Healy
- We needed the help and support of the Portuguese. We felt distressed with the negative opinion people had of us. It was stressful.

Judge
- You felt ashamed by it?

Kate Healy
- That is not the right word for it. People thought that we were bad parents.

Judge
- In the thesis presented on the book it is claimed that you hid the body, do you think people thought that you were cowards?

Kate Healy
- It was worst than that.

Judge
- Do you suffer from insomnia?

Kate Healy
- No, not as much as I did in 2008, 2009, because then the efforts that we did were boycotted by Mr. Amaral's book. We were desperate to find Madeleine. I felt that he destroyed our hypotheses.

Judge
- Do the twins know about the book and about the documentary?

Kate Healy
- They know about them but they don't know the details. They understand why we are here today.

Judge
- So they have an idea?

Kate Healy
- In October last year my son Sean asked me why did Mr. Amaral say that we had hid Madeleine's body. I told him that Mr. Amaral says many silly things.

Judge
- How did he know about that?

Kate Healy
- I think he heard it on the radio, in the school bus.

Judge
- What have you done to protect the twins?

Kate Healy
- We arranged for them to have psychological support, David Trickey told us that we should answer the twins questions with honesty and let them speak about it if they wished to. We also had to make arrangements with their school and supervise the twins access to the internet in school and at home. The book is already very distressing for an adult and it's even worse for a child.

Judge
- Were you diagnosed with a clinical depression?

Kate Healy
- No. Depression is an overused term to diagnose those who feel a bit down, clinically I wasn't depressed.

Judge
- There is a quote attributed to you - did you ever say that you wished you were in a coma so you wouldn't suffer?

Kate Healy - Yes.

Judge - Did that have to do with the disappearance of your child, or with the book and the documentary?

Kate Healy - Both were overwhelming, but it was intensified when the book was published.

Judge - How old are the twins?

Kate Healy - They are nine years old.

Judge - What year are they at school?

Kate Healy - Year Five.

Judge - In what year did they start at school?

Kate Healy - When they were 4 years old at the end of August 2009.

Judge Maria Emília de Melo e Castro allows a question put by Dr. Isabel Duarte - What were the reactions to the book and to the documentary in England?

Kate Healy - The reactions were less negative than in Portugal, due to the newspapers in England who were sued for defamatory articles, those articles weren't based on evidence. We have people that monitor the internet and there are groups of people, like the 'Madeleine Foundation' who have caused us great distress by publishing Mr. Amaral's theories on the internet, which has compounded to our vilification.

Judge - What is the 'Madeleine Foundation'?

Kate Healy - They are a group of people who believes and promotes Mr. Amaral's theories. They even distributed leaflets in our home town at a time when our children were starting school.

Judge - What is the connection between them and the book or the documentary? Did they appear afterwards?

Kate Healy - I think they already existed as a group, the book just added more fuel to the fire. They even invited Mr. Amaral to go to England for a conference, they kept promoting his theories.

Dr. Isabel Duarte - Were there threats?

Judge - [to Isabel Duarte] That is not material to the case being discussed in this court. [rejects the question]

Judge - [to Kate Healy] On the subject of your children, of Sean, where there any repercussions?

Kate Healy - At that time no. The twins ask questions, and following David Trickey's advice we answer their questions only then, instead of giving them information.

Judge - Did Sean speak to you about the case again?

Kate Healy - No, he never spoke again, it was just that one time.

The Judge Maria Emília de Melo e Castro allows a question put by Dr. Miguel Rodrigues - What caused you to feel more distressed - a) The disappearance of your daughter? b) to be constituted as an arguida? c) or the book and the documentary?

Kate Healy - There is nothing worse than losing a child, and that pain was amplified by both the book and the documentary.

Dr. Miguel Rodrigues - The authors of this lawsuit speak of social destruction. However didn't you have the support of many celebrities? Namely of Angelina Jolie in August 2008? [see article below]

Kate Healy - I don't recall Angelina Jolie but we were given support by various celebrities.

Dr. Miguel Rodrigues - Do you recall an event that took place in December 8, 2008 of about twenty thousand people who got together to pray for Madeleine? [see article below]

Kate Healy - No, I don't remember that. Where did that took place?

Dr. Miguel Rodrigues - In the UK.

Kate Healy - Obviously there are people who have always prayed and will continue to pray for Madeleine.

Dr.Miguel Rodrigues - Did you not receive the support of Missing People UK, when they created a fund raising gala dinner to commemorate the 1,000th days since the disappearance of Madeleine? [see the McCann Files - The 1,000 Day Anniversary Events in January 2010]

Kate Healy - Yes I did.

Judge - Very well, no one else has questions. [To the interpreter] Please tell the lady that she is excused.

Kate Healy - May I say something?

Judge - You may.

Kate Healy - I believe in freedom of expression I don't believe in the freedom to defame.

Judge - Very well. This court will now hold a break of a few minutes and then we will proceed with Mr. Gerald McCann declaration.



Gerry McCann

After the court recess I was a bit delayed outside smoking a cigarette, so when I entered the court room Gerry McCann was already sworn in, and was sitting down answering questions. I'll quote Anne Guedes' report hosted kindly by Pamalam for the start of his declaration.

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Kate McCann, 08 July 2014

At the end of a 10' pause, the clerk arrived with GMC. He was asked to stand to answer the usual identity questions and commit himself to tell the truth.

Judge
– When did you learn that Gonçalo Amaral's book had been published?

GMC
says it was in April 2008, a friend sent them translations of media articles.

Judge
– The book hadn't been published yet?

GMC
– No. He says that the book was introduced in the media before it was published.

Judge
– Was it through interviews?

GMC
– Yes.

Judge
– When was the book published?

GMC
says it was published 3 days after the releasing of the AG final report [Note by JM: The prosecutors José de Magalhães e Menezes and João Melchior Gomes co-wrote and signed the archival dispatch which closed the investigation pending new evidence, there was no final report written by the Attorney General at the time, Pinto Monteiro].

Judge – When did you have access to the book?

GMC replies that he learnt through the media, particularly the Correio da Manhã, that the book was published. Portuguese friends translated for them daily what the media said.

Judge – Have you read the book entirely?

GMC says that he read translated parts. Only later a translation of the whole book was available.

Judge – When?

GMC – Later in 2008. He adds that he must say that their lawyer Rogério Alves read the book, made a report upon it and then had a discussion with them about it.

Judge – How did you feel?

GMC says that what was said in the media, before he himself read the book, was the cause of much anxiety for him.

Judge – And the book?

GMC says it was shocking. The book is an affront to him, to his wife, to his family and to the people who believe in them.

Judge – How did you feel?

GMC says that he obviously felt anguish, despair and of course anger reckoning that someone so close to the investigation alleges without evidence that his missing daughter is unequivocally dead. The most important issue for them was that the book was read by hundreds of thousands of people and widely publicised. That made the people believe in the conclusions, preventing information about Madeleine from being brought up.

Judge – Then the documentary was broadcast?

GMC says that it was even worse then.

Judge – Why?

GMC explains that it states right at the beginning that Madeleine is dead, that there was no abduction, that he and his wife are liars, that they are cold and ruthless enough to hide a body instead of rending assistance. There's no evidence of that and the evidence that the documentary presents doesn't match.

Judge – Have you watched the documentary?

GMC watched it on the Web.

Judge – Have you been feeling the same as with the book?

GMC says it was worse.

Judge – In what way?

GMC says it was horrible to realise that people were watching something that wasn't true. They were working very hard on the investigation, including people in the Algarve who had been brought in to help. The documentary destroyed all the possibilities of obtaining assistance.

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Judge - Do you recall an interview Mr. Amaral gave to the Correio da Manhã?

Gerald McCann - I read several interviews that were published in Correio da Manhã and in other newspapers.

Judge - It was an interview published in July 2008. [See article below]

Gerald McCann - There were many articles published on a daily basis. May I see the headline?

The Judge allows it and orders the interpreter to translate the header and the first paragraph of the interview.

Interpreter - «Madeleine died in the apartment. Correio da Manhã today starts the exclusive publication of excerpts from the book by Gonçalo Amaral, who believes that Madeleine McCann died inside the apartment at Praia da Luz. The episode of the holidays in 2005, in Mallorca – which raises suspicions about a friend of the couple – and the DNA results are the first parts.»

Judge - Do you recall it then?

Gerald McCann - Yes, I've read the same in other interviews.

Judge - Did this article have to do with the pressure from the media that you allege?

Gerald McCann - Yes.

Judge - Did you suffer from insomnia?

Gerald McCann - Yes, we didn't sleep for many nights because of the anxiety caused by the book.

Judge - Do you have any idea about what people thought after reading the book?

Gerald McCann - I can't answer that, only if I knew what people thought before hand.

Judge - Allow me to rephrase that. Do you think that people believed that the thesis in the book was true?

Gerald McCann - When the process was archived there was no evidence to prove that Madeleine was dead, and there was no evidence to prove that we were responsible for the concealment of Madeleine's body. The Portuguese were bombarded with information that we hid the body in the car and that we had staged an abduction, mainly after the book publication.

Judge - What about the English?

Gerald McCann - The book was never published in England because of the legal actions that we took. It wasn't published in the main stream media either. There is however a small minority, a small group who have launched an harassment campaign who use quotes from the book.

Judge - Who are they?

Gerald McCann - They are called the 'Madeleine Foundation' and we were forced, as the last resort, to take legal action against them, specifically against a man named Anthony Bennett.

Judge - What is the connection between the book and the 'Madeleine Foundation'?

Gerald McCann - The book was quoted by the 'Madeleine Foundation' on a forum and they have inclusively distributed a leaflet in Rothley titled '60 reasons which suggest that Madeleine McCann was not abducted'. [see article below] They have interviewed Mr. Amaral and invited him to meet them in England. This was what led us, after our lawyers had warned him several times, to seek legal action against Anthony Bennett, as a last resort.

Judge - Do you know if the group existed before the book was published?

Gerald McCann - I'm not sure if the book was published before or after.

Judge - Do the twins know about the thesis?

Gerald McCann - We try to be open about it but it worries us that they ask questions about Mr. Amaral's allegations since he was the coordinator of the case. Kate told me that Sean had asked her about us hiding Madeleine's body. It worries us that they might hear things from other people.

Judge - What measures have you taken to protect the twins in that instance?

Gerald McCann - We had professional advice by a child psychologist who still advises us today if needed. He gave us a key piece of advice which was to answer the twins questions as honestly as possible, at their age level of understanding. However I am afraid that they might read the horrible things people say about us on the internet.

Judge - How is the coordination with the school?

Gerald McCann - The school has been very supportive, Kate has handled that with them. As far as I know there were no incidents specifically related with the book.

Judge - Have you ever heard about a book written by Paulo Pereira Cristovão? ['A Estrela de Madeleine' (Madeleine's Star) pub. 2008]

Gerald McCann - Vaguely...

Judge - Have you ever heard about a book written by Manuel Catarino? ['A Culpa dos McCann' (The McCann's Guilt) pub. 2007]

Gerald McCann - I can't say I have no. I don't remember that name.

Judge - Have you ever heard about a book written by Hernâni Carvalho? ['Maddie 129' pub. 2007]

Gerald McCann - I know about Mr. Carvalho's comments in the press about Mr. Amaral's book.

Judge - But you never read the book?

Gerald McCann - No I haven't.

The Judge Maria Emília de Melo e Castro asks each lawyer if they have any questions to put to Gerry McCann, only Dr. Miguel Rodrigues has a question, replicating the one he had previously asked Kate Healy.

Miguel Rodrigues - What caused you to feel more distressed - a) The disappearance of your daughter? b) to be constituted as an arguido? c) or the book and the documentary?

Gerald McCann - They all happened at different times, obviously the abduction of a child is devastating but the book intensified that feeling.

Judge - Very well. [prepares to conclude the hearing session]

Gerald McCann - Can I make a statement?

Judge - The statements in the Portuguese court system - unlike in England where people can give extemporaneous statements [see VPS] - are the declarations, which consist on a series of questions put by the lawyers and judge and by the answers of the deponent, which you just gave. You can say something further but it won't have any legal validity, although it will still be recorded.

Gerald McCann - I want to speak about the sniffer dogs. They never alerted to any blood in the car and they never alerted to cadaver odour...

Judge - [interrupts] We are not here to ascertain that, our perspective here in this court is to analyse your claim.

Gerald McCann - But the book states that as a fact!

Judge - To decide that there are already forensic experts. We are not here to prove if the contents of the book are truthful or not. Here we are only trying to establish if the freedom of expression of the defendants has affected the rights of the claimants. This court cannot be a substitute of the criminal investigation. [Turns to the interpreter] Tell the gentleman that he is excused.



Articles referenced during the hearing:

Jolie's support to Maddie mum Daily Star Sunday

NEW mum-of-twins Angelina Jolie wants to set up a meeting with the mother of missing Madeleine McCann.

By Mike Parker / Published 24th August 2008

Angelina feels deeply for the McCanns

The nightmare of Kate and her husband Gerry was brought home to the Hollywood star while shooting her new movie Changeling.

In the film, she plays the mother of a missing child who becomes the focus of a massive FBI search.

Now Oscar-winner Angelina, 33, has told aides she wants to share her "sympathy and support" privately with Kate, 40, before the film's UK premiere in November.

A close friend of the actress told the Daily Star Sunday: "With six kids of her own now, Angelina has become acutely aware of the horror of a child going missing.

"Prior to working on Changeling, she spoke to the mothers of children who haven’t been found in California and Vermont, where the film was shot.

"She was intensely moved by their strength and hope, despite their despair."

When Maddie went missing in Praia da Luz, Portugal, last year her case received huge publicity in the US.

The friend added: "Angelina and Brad are really struck by the way her parents have moved heaven and earth to get the world on the look-out for their little girl.

"I think Angie just wants to give Kate a hug and say a few words of support from one mom to another.

"She doesn't pretend she possibly knows how Kate feels but she does have an inkling now and she realises the absolute nightmare the McCann family is going through."

It is thought a possible meeting between the two would take place in London, rather than at the McCanns' home in  Rothley, Leics.

Angelina's pal added: "She won't be inviting them to her movie premiere, unless they ask to go.

"She feels that would be too much of an ordeal for them with Maddie still missing."



Thousands join East Lancashire group's prayers for Madeleine McCann Blackburn Citizen

By Emma Cruces, Education reporter
2:40pm Monday 8th December 2008


THOUSANDS of people around the world joined an East Lancashire group's online prayer day for Madeleine McCann.

Madeleine's mother Kate McCann is thought to be one of the 20,000 Christians who joined the Accrington and Burnley-based prayer circle in a day of remembrance for Madeleine and all missing children worldwide on Friday.

The prayer circle known as 'music download revolution' has been up and running for a year and members say they are becoming increasingly popular.

The core of the organisation is the Christian music download site, from which the group's campaign to raise awareness of child trafficking has attracted global attention.

John Wearne, who belongs to St Paul's Church in Accrington and co-runs the site, said: "Eight jumbo jet loads of children disappear every single day for the purposes of sex trafficking and the church has a responsibility, a duty, to impact this evil.

"We still believe that Madeleine is out there and we believe in spiritual warfare and that prayers for her will help bring her home.

"I have also spoken to Madeleine's mother, Kate McCann, who is happy we are promoting this for her lost little angel. She confirmed to me that she would be joining in."

John runs the site with Burnley man Robert Robinson, a singer-songwriter who promotes the site's music.



"Madeleine died in the apartment" Correio da Manhã

22 July 2008
Thanks to Astro for translation


Pre-publication

'CM' [Correio da Manhã] today starts the exclusive publication of excerpts from the book by Gonçalo Amaral, who believes that Madeleine McCann died inside the apartment at Praia da Luz. The episode of the holidays in 2005, in Mallorca – which raises suspicions about a friend of the couple – and the DNA results are the first parts.

"Madeleine Beth McCann, aged two and a half, and her twin siblings, at that time only a few months old, go away on holidays in the company of the parents, on the island of Mallorca. Three other couples of doctors and their children go along with them. [...] S.G. had attended the university in Dundee, between 1987 and 1992, where he met the future mother of Madeleine. K.G. only met Gerry McCann on his wedding with Kate Healy, around 1998, in Liverpool. After that event, the couple S.G. and K.G. become intimate friends with Madeleine's parents, meeting often, spending weekends together, keeping in touch over the phone.

On the third or fourth night in Mallorca, after dinner, eating and drinking, while sitting around a table on the patio outside the house, K.G. watches a scene that makes her fear for her daughter's wellbeing, and that of the other children. She was sitting between Gerry McCann and David Payne, when she heard the latter ask whether she, maybe referring to Madeleine, would do 'this', then starting to suck on one of his fingers, which he pushed in and out of his mouth, insinuating a phallic object, while at the same time, with the fingers of his other hand, he traced circles around his nipple, in a provocative and sexual manner. At the moment when K.G. looked at Gerry McCann and David Payne with stupefaction, a nervous silence took place. Then everyone continued to chat as if nothing had happened. This episode left K.G. with serious doubts about David Payne's relationship with children. On another occasion, K.G. would once again see David Payne making the same gestures, this time while speaking about his own daughter. During that holiday period, it was the fathers who usually bathed the children, but from that moment on, K.G. never allowed David Payne to come close to her daughter. After those holidays in Mallorca, K.G. only met David and Fiona Payne on one occasion, and has not spoken to them since.

[...] What is written above was reported to the English police on the 16th of May 2007, only thirteen days after the disappearance of Madeleine, by the couple S.G. and K.G. It was information that was important and pertinent for the investigation. Yet, nothing was transmitted to the Portuguese police.

[...] I think that it was only after I left the investigation, maybe in late October 2007, that K.G.'s deposition was sent to the Portuguese police. It is legitimate to ask: for what reason did the English police, apparently, conceal that testimony for six months? When did they find out that David Payne, who had organised the trip to Mallorca, and who had been signalled with anomalous behaviour towards children, was the same who organized the trip to Portugal, that he was part of the holiday group in the village of Luz where Madeleine had been integrated, that he was the first family friend who could be seen at Kate McCann's side after the child's disappearance (as seen further ahead) and that on the date of the deposition he was still in Portugal, and could be confronted with these statements?

[...] In early September, a few days before the McCann couple was constituted as arguidos, Superintendent Stuart Prior travels to Portimão. He brings a first preliminary report [from the forensics lab in Birmingham], and comes to discuss the state of the investigation with us. During a meeting in our office, with the Portuguese and the English investigation teams, Stuart shows his disappointment with the results of the tests. This is where the saga of the FSS reports starts. We read the report and we do not agree with Stuart's disappointment. The blood residues that were collected from the floor, behind the sofa in apartment 5A, as well as the blood residues that were recovered from the boot of the car that was used by the McCanns, are the issue. We talk about blood residues because the CSI dog is trained to detect only that bodily fluid. The reports that were used to based the decision on, which were written by experts Mark Harrison and Martin Grime, are clear: the CSI dog was used to locate human blood. The Low Copy Number, the technique that is used to determine the DNA from those samples, does not determine from which bodily fluid the DNA comes from. In the first case, it can be read that an incomplete DNA result was obtained, because the sample contained little information, presenting low level DNA indications that come from more than one person. But all the DNA components that are confirmed, match the corresponding components from Madeleine’s DNA profile!

Concerning the second case, after an explanation about the DNA components of Madeleine's profile, and concluding that it is represented by 19 alleles, it is concluded that 15 are present in the tested sample. This means that 4 alleles are missing to obtain a 100% conclusive match. According to the experts from that lab, those 15 were not enough to conclude, with a high degree of certainty, that we were looking at Madeleine's DNA profile, even more so because the Low Copy Number found 37 components in the sample. Those 37 components were apparently there because at least three individuals had contributed to that result. Although 15 components from Madeleine's DNA profile had been found, the result was considered to be complex.

But this first preliminary report went further. In it, the scientist had the unusual care of explaining that in many of the profiles of the lab experts, elements from Madeleine's DNA profile are present. This means that a good part of the DNA profile of any person can be built by three donors. It is understandable. Two questions were immediately raised. The first one: what use was a DNA profile, in terms of criminal evidence, if it can be the combination of three or more donors.

The other question was simple: why did the DNA profile from those three donors contribute for 15 components of Madeleine's DNA profile and not that of anyone else, like for example, the scientist who performed the test? But the surprises from the preliminary reports would go even further. [...]"

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What the former policeman's book tells us

Gonçalo Amaral decided to write the book in order to recover his own freedom of expression. Removed from the investigation by Alípio Ribeiro, the former coordinator of the PJ in Portimão believes that Madeleine McCann died in the apartment at the Ocean Club on the evening of the 3rd of May 2007. And he also believes that the parents simulated the abduction and concealed their daughter’s body, after a tragic accident inside the apartment.

Directors' war

The national director of the PJ, Almeida Rodrigues, said yesterday that his predecessor, Alípio Ribeiro, "was not noticed for being a good investigator". He thus responded to the criticism that had been made by Alípio about the archiving of the Maddie case, which he considered to have happened "too soon".



Accusatory leaflets scare McCanns Correio da Manhã

England: Maddie's parents feel threatened and have asked for police protection

Gerry and Kate McCann have asked for police protection after leaflets that contain arguments which lead to the couple’s guilt in the disappearance of Maddie, on the 3rd of May 2007, in Praia da Luz, Lagos, were distributed last Friday to the population of Rothley, England, where they live.

By João Tavares
16 August 2009, 00h30
With thanks to Astro for translation

The McCanns feel threatened by the behaviour of Anthony Bennett

'What really happened to Maddie McCann? – Ten key reasons which suggest that Madeleine McCann was not abducted'. This is the title of the 500 leaflets that were distributed to the post boxes of various houses by members of the Madeleine Foundation. Curiously, that did not happen at Kate and Gerry's residence. The leaflet points out ten reasons and justifies them with some facts.

"We are peaceful people, we don't harm anyone, all we want is to get our message through. I don't understand why the McCanns went to ask the police for help", the head of the foundation, Anthony Bennett, said during a phone conversation with Correio da Manhã.

The lawyer, who has long battled over the existence of a private investigation into the case, justified the creation of this measure. "Late last year we launched the book '60 reasons why Madeleine was not abducted', we have already sold 3000 copies, and now we wanted to create a summed-up version and to pass it on to the population. The majority of the English people do not know well what happened that night, but many believe that Gerry and Kate are not telling the whole truth", Bennett said, explaining that the leaflet distribution started last May, in areas like London, Devon, South Wales, Nottingham and Leicester. "Basically, we share the arguments that were presented by investigator Gonçalo Amaral".

A friend of the McCann family told the English press that this leaflet is nothing but "an evil act". "It's terrible for Kate and Gerry to know that their neighbours are reading lies. The family is suffering and they feel deceived, because this leaflets will not help to find Maddie at all".

THE TEN REASONS

1 – Most children abducted from home are already dead

2 – Sniffer dogs detected cadaver odour inside the apartment

3 – The couple's strange reactions after the dogs' discoveries

4 – The impossibility for an abductor to have entered the house

5 – The McCanns' and their friends' refusal to help the police

6 – The McCanns' and their friends' change of the story's version

7 – The McCanns rushed to hire lawyers and spokespeople

8 – The friends' strange reaction after Kate announced the abduction

9 – The McCanns made plans to mark the disappearance in the future

10 – Gerry and Kate washed the soft toy that Maddie always carried

 
Libel trial McCann v Gonçalo Amaral - Day 12, 08 July 2014
 

Libel trial McCann v Gonçalo Amaral - Day 12

Gerry McCann, 08 July 2014

With thanks to Anne Guedes for report

Libel Trial > McCann v Gonçalo Amaral - Day 12

The hearing as it happened

(08.07.2014, 11:00am)

The lawyers asked for a pause after KMC's deposition. At the end of a 10' pause, the clerk arrived with GMC. He was asked to stand to answer the usual identity questions and commit himself to tell the truth.

Judge -
When did you learn that Gonçalo Amaral's book had been published?
GMC - says it was in April 2008, a friend sent them translations of media articles.

Judge - The book hadn't been published yet?
GMC - No. He says that the book was introduced in the media before it was published.

Judge - Was it through interviews?
GMC - Yes.

Judge - When was the book published?
GMC - says it was published 3 days after the releasing of the AG final report.

Judge - When did you have access to the book?
GMC - replies that he learnt through the media, particularly the Correio da Manhã, that the book was published. Portuguese friends daily translated for them what the media said.

Judge -
Have you read the book entirely?
GMC - says that he read translated parts. Only later a translation of the whole book was available.

Judge - When?
GMC - Later in 2008. He adds that he must say that their lawyer Rogério Alves read the book, made a report upon it and then had a discussion with them about it.

Judge -
How did you feel?
GMC - says that what was said in the media, before he himself read the book, was the cause of much anxiety for him.

Judge - And the book?
GMC - says it was shocking. The book is an affront to him, to his wife, to his family and to the people who believe in them.

Judge - How did you feel?
GMC - says that he obviously felt anguish, despair and of course anger reckoning that someone so close to the investigation alleges claims without evidence that his missing daughter is unequivocally dead. The most important issue for them was that the book was read by hundreds of thousands of people and widely publicised. That made the people believe in the conclusions, preventing information about Madeleine from being brought up.

Judge - Then the documentary was broadcast?
GMC - says that it was even worse then.

Judge - Why?
GMC - explains that it states right at the beginning that Madeleine is dead, that there was no abduction, that he and his wife are liars, that they are cold and ruthless enough to hide a body instead of rending assistance. There's no evidence of that and the evidence that the documentary presents doesn't match.

Judge - Have you watched the documentary?
GMC - watched it on the Web.

Judge - Have you been feeling the same as with the book?
GMC - says it was worst.

Judge - In what way?
GMC - says it was horrible to realise that people were watching something that wasn't true. They were working very hard on the investigation, including people in the Algarve who had been brought in to help. The documentary destroyed all the possibilities of obtaining assistance.

Judge - Do you know about interviews of Gonçalo Amaral in the Correio da Manhã?
GMC - says that he read many interviews.

Judge - What about interviews upon the thesis of the book?
GMC - argues that there were many articles on the theme published in the Correio da Manhã and also in other newspapers.

Judge - Do you remember an article published in July 2008 in the Correio da Manhã?
GMC - remarks that articles were published almost on a daily basis and asks whether he can see the headline.

- The Judge asks the clerk to show the article to Gerry McCann, says that the header is "Madeleine died in the flat", and asks the interpreter to translate the beginning of the article.

Judge - Do you remember it?
GMC - says that he saw that in many other newspapers.

- The Judge observes that this was the first of a series of excerpts of "A Verdade da Mentira" published by the Correio da Manhã.

Judge - Have you had insomnia, lack of appetite?
GMC - says there were not many nights without thinking of that book. Anxiety was big and of course appetite was failing, but it wasn't permanent.

Judge - Have you observed that people thought differently of you after the publication of the book?
GMC - notes that it is difficult to answer because this requires knowing what the people thought before.

Judge - Do you think that for most people these theories are true?
GMC - argues that there was clearly no evidence that Madeleine was dead and that nothing supported that Kate and him were anyhow responsible. People strongly believed them, but after the book was published and after a huge media coverage most Portuguese stopped believing because they were bombarded by the idea of Madeleine's death and of a staged abduction.

Judge - What about the public in the UK?
GMC - says that, thanks to the legal actions, the content of the book hasn't been published by the MSM, but small minority groups, in the UK, have launched campaigns of persecution against them, based on the book.

Judge - Can you name them?
GMC - Yes, we had legal actions against the Madeleine Foundation and the name is Anthony Bennett.

Judge - What relation exists between this group and the publication of the book?
GMC - says that AB used parts of the book, interviewed Gonçalo Amaral and invited him on a forum.

Judge - Did the group exist before the publication?
GMC - isn't sure about that. But he's able to say that the material they used was based on the allegations of the book. They published pamphlets that said that Madeleine hadn't been abducted. They distributed them to his neighbours and in the whole Leicestershire. This led AB to receive many warnings from his juridical counsels and finally to be sued.

Judge - The twins know the theory of the book?
GMC - says they try not to talk upon that subject, but they answer the twins' questions. Sean asked Kate a specific question; he asked why Mr Amaral said that they hid Madeleine. They're aware that the twins make those questions because they hear people tell things.

Judge - What did you do?
GMC - mentions that they were very worried about the twins and took a professional advice. They contacted a child psychologist who told them how to handle the issue the best way. He still advises them when they need it. GMC adds that the key-piece of advice is to answer the questions as openly as possible, at their understanding level. Up to now, he says, it has functioned very well, but he's worried by the fact they're going to discover on the Web horrible things about their parents. He's worried by the effect it will have on them.

Judge - asks whether there is a coordination with the school upon that issue.
GMC - says that the school provided a big support and is in contact with Kate, but there hasn't been specific incidents.

Judge - Do you know a book by Paulo Cristóvão on the Maddie Case (A Estrela de Madeleine)
GMC - says he vaguely heard of it.

Judge - Do you know a book by Manuel Catarino (A Culpa dos McCann?)
GMC - says he doesn't know that name.

Judge - Do you know a book by Hernâni Carvalho and Luís Maia (Maddy129)?
GMC - says he knows the name Hernâni Carvalho because his comments in the media on GA's book. But he doesn't know that he wrote a book.

Gonçalo Amaral's new lawyer, Miguel Cruz Rodrigues, is the only one who has a question for GMC. He wants to know what caused more distress, the disappearance, the arguido status or the reason for this trial.

Judge
(rephrases) - What disturbed you more: the disappearance of your daughter, the fact you were made arguido or the reason for this trial, i.e the book and the documentary?
GMC - says that those events happened at different times. A missing child is the hugest pain there is, but the publication of the book sharpened the pain.

There's no more questions and the Judge is about to dismiss the plaintiff when Gerry McCann claims that he has something to say.

The judge - says that in a civil trial the parties aren't allowed to spontaneous depositions. But she allows him: please do speak!

GMC - says that he wants to make a comment about the dogs; he wants to make it clear that it is not a fact that they detected blood...

The judge
interrupts him - The issue here isn't not to elucidate what actually happened. The perspective, in this trial, is to determine whether the book and the documentary affected the plaintiffs.

GMC - But the book mentions facts that aren't true.

The judge - The point isn't to establish whether things are true or not, this is not the issue. We want to know whether we are in the juridical remit of offence to persons. For this it's not necessary to know what the truth is. As a judge I'm not supposed to stand in for a criminal investigation.

And so it ended.

 
Libel trial McCann v Gonçalo Amaral - Day 12, 08 July 2014
 

Libel trial McCann v Gonçalo Amaral - Day 12

Kate McCann, 08 July 2014

With thanks to Anne Guedes for report

Libel Trial > McCann v Gonçalo Amaral - Day 12

The hearing as it happened

(08.07.2014, 9:45am)

The judge Maria Emília de Melo e Castro starts by asking the lawyers for the defence whether they intend to speak out about a request that was made by the plaintiffs on the 26th of June. They say they give up.

The judge then refers to the fact that the plaintiffs appealed against the decision not to hear the parties whereas Gonçalo Amaral didn't and that therefore only Gerald and Kate McCann will be heard to-day.

The judge finally clarifies what was her first point: the plaintiffs had asked for information about the financial situation of GA on the 6th of January but didn't obtain it, Dra Isabel Duarte having requested on the 26th of June a Court's order for the Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira (HM Revenue and Customs) to disclose confidential documents concerning GA.

The judge decides to grant this request, which was opposed only by the Guerra&Paz lawyer who finds it unnecessary and increasing the delay up to the end of this trial. The plaintiffs have ten days to obtain the documents and release them to the tribunal.

Therefore the hearing scheduled for this afternoon (Dra Duarte) and the hearing on the 10th (the defence lawyers) will have to be postponed. Sine die, because of

1) the tribunal holidays (starting on 16 of July and ending on 31 of August) and

2) A new judiciary organization that will be implemented in the whole country in the beginning of September.

Statement of Kate McCann


The first plaintiff to be heard is Kate Healy (name on her passport). Standing, as any witness did, she indicates her identity, address, profession (says she is a doctor but doesn't work any more), etc. Finally the judge claims that the plaintiff is here to make a statement on some facts of this trial. The plaintiff is expected to speak the truth about those points. Then she's invited to sit down.

The statement that the new CPC authorises is in fact not a voluntary and deliberate oral deposition, but consists of replying to the judge's questions. After that questioning, the lawyers are invited to submit their own questions, but those are themselves questioned by the judge who will reformulate or possibly reject some of them.

Judge - Do you remember when you first learnt about the book by Gonçalo Amaral and when you read it?
KMC - learnt that the book existed through the media and read parts of it that were quoted. She read it completely around the end of 2008.

Judge - How did you feel when you read the book?
KMC - says that she was devastated. She already had an idea of what was in that book, but when she read it all she felt desperate because of the injustice against her and her family as a whole and also felt anxious because of the damage that this book was causing to Madeleine. She gives as an example the fact that the book accuses her and her husband of being somehow involved and of faking an abduction. The book smears her and her husband throughout.

Judge - What data are you now referring to?
KMC - says that the book had many negative effects in Portugal. She says that this book sounds credible and if people believe what it says, that Madeleine is dead, they will not search for her and bring more information about her. She says that it is a particularly serious matter that such a theory is published in Portugal, because it is from there that Madeleine disappeared.

Judge - Do you remember the documentary?
KMC - says that Portuguese and non Portuguese friends told her that it had been horrible, they didn't dare to tell her on the night it was broadcast, but the following day they gave her details.

Judge - Did you happen to watch it?
KMC - says that she watched it when it was available on the Web.

Judge -
What new element does this documentary bring? How did you feel watching it compared to what you felt when you read the book?
KMC - finds that the destructive power of the documentary is bigger, it is yet more damaging.

Judge - Did you feel worse and why?
KMC - explains that the documentary is more definitive and cutting than the book. She felt despair because of the injustice towards her family as a whole and she was anxious that it would damage the search since there was no official investigation and they were the only ones working very hard. As it was jeopardising their efforts, she felt pain and fear.

The Judge - asks whether KMC knows about an interview given by Gonçalo Amaral to the Correio da Manhã, whether she remembers a particular interview.
KMC - remembers an interview about the documentary, she remembers in particular one where it was said that Madeleine was dead, that they had kept her body in a freezer and transported it in the car boot.

Judge - asks how KMC was made aware of the interviews.
KMC - replies that she has friends in Portugal and that those friends sent her the articles and indicated the essential points.

Judge - When did you learn of that interview?
KMC - doesn't remember the date but thinks it was soon after... (Suspended voice)

Judge
– How did you react?
KMC says that her friends in Portugal were a big support.

Judge - How do you feel concerning the perception that the majority of Portuguese are against you?
KMC - says that negative claims are very distressing and bothering.

Judge - Do you feel rather uncomfortable, ashamed?
KMC - replies that "ashamed" is not quite the right word for it. She clarifies that it makes her lose confidence.

Judge - asks whether she suffered because the people thought that they were cowards for having hidden the body.
KMC - after a silence, says that people thought much worse than that.

Judge - Did that cause you insomnia?
KMC - says that it happened obviously, but that she isn't no more as she was, destroyed. She says that she cried, that the book brought her pain and emotion while she was desperate to find Madeleine.

Judge - Do the twins know about the book, the documentary?
KMC - answers that of course they use computers at school and at home and she has to be very careful and try to supervise the information they get.

Judge - Do they have a global idea about what people say?
KMC - mentions that her son, in October, asked her why Mr Amaral said that they hid Madeleine. She answered that there were many stupid things in his book.

Judge - How did your son know about that? How was it possible if you were careful to prevent access to the book?
KMC - thinks he heard it on the radio, in the school bus.

Judge - So what did you do?
KMC - says that they spoke to David Trickey who advised them to let the twins make comments and just answer when they ask questions. She says that they had to contact the school in case a child would tell the twins about something that is in the book. She says that the book is noxious for adults and must be even more damaging for children.

Judge - asks if KMC had depression.
KMC - says no, but of course she had been depressed.

Judge - Clinically?
KMC - No.

Judge - Did you publicly say that you wished you were in a coma to forget the pain?
KMC - Yes.

Judge - In what circumstances? Was it linked to the disappearance of Madeleine or to the book and the documentary?
KMC - replies that the pain was increased by the book.

The judge - asks how old the twins are (9) and when they started school (2009).

Isabel Duarte
(for the plaintiffs) - Was there a reaction to the book and the documentary in the UK?
Judge - reformulates but keeps the question
KMC - says that there were a bit less reaction than in Portugal and that it was because of the media who accepted what the book said and published reports upon it. People on the Web and through e-mails were stimulated to insult them, like the Madeleine Foundation, and created a lot of damages. As Gonçalo Amaral was the coordinator of the investigation, it provided him credibility and it intensified the vilification of them.

Judge - What is the Madeleine Foundation?
KMC - explains that it's a group of people who essentially promoted GA's theories up to the point of trying to manipulate people in their village.

Judge - What relation is there between this group and the book?
KMC - says there is none, but they invited Gonçalo Amaral [to the UK]. She thinks that he didn't go.

Judge - This group was created because of the book?
KMC - No, it existed before the book was published. She says that obviously the book strengthened them.

Isabel Duarte - says she wants KMC to speak of the threats. The judge asks from who, from where, but as Isabel Duarte doesn't know the judge rejects this question because it is not within the scope of the trial.

The judge - gets back to the conversation with Sean and asks whether he left it at that.
KMC - says it occurred only then, after that they followed the Trickey's advice.

Judge – Did Sean speak again to you about it?
KMC – No.

Gonçalo Amaral's new lawyer, Miguel Cruz Rodrigues, wants to know what caused more distress to KMC.

The judge
rephrases - What disturbed you more: the disappearance of your daughter, the fact you were made arguido or the reason for this trial, i.e the book and the documentary?
KMC - says there's nothing worse than the abduction of a child, but that the rest intensified the pain and that there are limits to what a person can bear.

MCR - mentions the topic of the social (image) destruction. The judge confirms that it is an issue to establish or refute.

Judge - Did you have the support of famous people like Angelina Jolie?
KMC - says that she has no idea about Angelina Jolie, but knows that renowned people supported them.

MCR - mentions a celebration that gathered 20 thousand people in order to pray on the 8th of December 2008.
KMC - doesn't remember and asks where it was.

MCR - says it was in the UK.
KMC - says that there are obviously people who pray.

MCR - mentions that KMC became an ambassador for Missing People in July 2012. Judge repeats the question.
KMC - Yes.

MCR - mentions a gala party in January 2010 to commemorate 1000 days. Does she remember?
KMC - Yes.

The judge tells KMC that she's free to leave or to remain in the Court room. She remains there, sitting next to her lawyer.

And so it ended.

 
Gone. But not forgotten., 08 July 2014
 

Gone. But not forgotten. A Sauce said...

Tuesday, 8 July 2014 at 21:54

Findmadeleine.com bills itself as 'The official site to find Madeleine McCann'.

Whether the website achieves its aim before the combined forces of the Metropolitan Police and the Polícia Judiciária remains to be seen.

But it doesn't seem capable of looking after even itself. Some of its pages have gone missing.

Visitors who click on 'Updates' are offered a series of 25 blog entries by Kate and Gerry McCann dating from 23 March 2009 to 11 June 2014.

But until the end of June this year, you could have found another 17 or so entries. Those messages, posted between 14 January 2010 and Christmas 2012, have simply disappeared from the site.

Why might that be?

It may, of course, be a simple glitch that will soon be resolved. Alternatively, it may have been a deliberate removal of information that may have proved difficult or embarrassing, in retrospect, to explain.

Like the entry for Monday 2 May 2011.

Unlike in the real world, nothing really disappears from the internet. Sites like gerrymccannsblogs.co.uk and mccannfiles.com are dedicated to preserving information related to the disappearance of Madeleine.

And, especially for the avoidance of doubt, the Wayback Machine (archive.org.web) is an invaluable tool, capturing as it does the content of websites at particular points in time.

Here is a snapshot from findmadeleine.com taken by the Wayback Machine on 4 May 2011:

Find Madeleine update, 02 May 2011

Here, Kate McCann explains what "an incredibly busy year so far" 2011 had been.

She explains how there had been three fundraising events between January and March. She mentions the money raised - though not how much - and thanks everybody who supported these events.

She writes about the launch of her book on 8 May 2011, which "poignantly and coincidentally happens to be Madeleine's 8th birthday".

She reiterates her gratitude to supporters "for not forgetting".

But what she forgets to do is mention anything about the News of the World Reward Fund.

Which seems odd, because in the weeks preceding this update, in April 2011, the News of the World had quietly handed over to Madeleine's Fund some £21,000 that had been donated by readers in 2007 towards a reward for information leading to the safe return of Madeleine.

Why did Kate McCann not take this opportunity to thank those very readers?

Why, along with the News of the World and News International, did she not want anyone to know about the payment?

Why do the McCanns and their fellow directors of Leaving No Stone Unturned Ltd continue to refuse to acknowledge accepting this money?

Did those readers' donations simply disappear, like lost webpages, into payments for lawyers, accountants and PR men?

Does it look a little greedy, taking £21,000 that should rightly have gone to three children's charities, at precisely the same time the Fund was about to receive another 'donation' of £550,000 from News International for serialisation rights to Mrs McCann's book?

Is that what's so embarrassing?

Or is it the acknowledgement that cashing in the reward money makes it look like you know your daughter isn't coming back?

 
McCanns agony over 'you hid Maddy' claim, 09 July 2014
 

McCanns agony over 'you hid Maddy' claim Daily Express (paper edition)

Daily Express, 09 July 2014

SEE PAGE 5



Kate McCann: My son asked me about claims I had HIDDEN Madeleine Daily Express

THE mother of missing Madeleine McCann told yesterday how sickening false allegations by a former police chief caused anguish for her twins Sean and Amelie.

By: David Pilditch and Tom Worden in Lisbon
Published: Wed, July 9, 2014

Kate and Gerry McCann, left, and Goncalo Amaral leaves the hearing, right [GETTY / REUTERS]

Kate McCann, 46, told a libel hearing in Portugal how Sean, now nine, heard Goncalo Amaral claim Madeleine was dead and her parents had hidden her body.

She said her son listened to the claim on the radio while travelling with classmates on the school bus.

"Sean asked me in October. He said 'Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine, didn't he?'"

During 50 minutes of powerful testimony Kate told a judge in Lisbon she had responded to her son, telling him the former head of the investigation into Madeleine's disappearance had said "a lot of silly things".

The couple are suing Amaral, 56, for £1million over the claims he made in a book he wrote about the case.

Portuguese TV station TVI is also being sued over a documentary based on the book.

Yesterday former family doctor Kate and her heart consultant husband Gerry, 45, described in detail the pain and heartache they have suffered and the impact on Sean and Amelie of Amaral's claims, which had left them "devastated and crushed".

Kate said: "We had to liaise with Sean and Amelie's school in case any child or parent says anything to them about what is in Mr Amaral's book and documentary.

"They are at an age now where they are using computers in school and at home so we have had to carefully supervise.

"There are some things we can't control, for example when Sean said that comment.

"What's in Mr Amaral's book and the documentary is very distressing to adults. To a child it could be very, very damaging."

As she spoke Amaral – wearing jeans and an open-neck shirt – took notes, fiddled with his glasses and whispered to his lawyer.

Kate and Gerry say Amaral's allegations have seriously hampered the global search for Madeleine, who was three years old when she vanished from the Algarve holiday resort of Praia da Luz in 2007.

The couple, from Rothley, Leics, are determined to stop Amaral making false allegations about their daughter's disappearance.

Outside Lisbon's Palace of Justice the couple said they fear their daughter's kidnapper will "strike again" and Amaral's claims have allowed this person to remain free.

Gerry and Kate were completely cleared of wrongdoing by the Portuguese police investigation. But Gerry said most Portuguese did not believe they were innocent because they had been "bombarded with people saying that Madeleine was dead, that we staged an abduction and hid her body".

The couple earlier told the court there was no doubt Amaral's claims had done "severe damage" to their struggle to find Madeleine.

Answering questions from judge Maria Emilia Castro, Kate revealed how she felt after reading his book, The Truth Of The Lie, published in 2008. "I was devastated," she said. "It made me feel quite desperate because of the injustice I felt towards my daughter and our family as a whole. It was very painful to read.

"Mr Amaral insists that Madeleine is dead. He also essentially accused myself and my husband of being somehow involved in this, of faking an abduction."

Kate said that if Portuguese people believed him "they would not look for Madeleine. They would not come forward with information". She added: "It's very distressing and upsetting. We need Portuguese people to help us find Madeleine."

Kate said the TV documentary was "even worse than the book with regards to potential power and damage".

Gerry told the court: "The book is shocking. It's an affront to my wife, my family and all the people who believe in us."

The court was adjourned for closing speeches in the case.

 
Mummy, that policeman said you hid Madeleine, 09 July 2014
 
Mummy, that policeman said you hid Madeleine The Sun (paper edition, pages 8 and 9)

KATE TELLS OF AGONY AT SON'S QUESTION

[see below for image]

By BRIAN FLYNN
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

KATE McCann yesterday told a court how her son asked if she had hidden missing Madeleine - after he heard disgraced ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral's smear story.

Little Sean had been listening to the radio while on a school bus when an interview was broadcast in which Portuguese Amaral falsely accused Kate and husband Gerry of faking the three-year-old's abduction.

Kate - giving evidence in the McCanns' libel action against Amaral over similar claims he made in a book and documentary - said: "Sean asked me, 'Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine, didn't he?' It was October last year. I just said. 'He did. He said a lot of silly things'." Kate told Lisbon's Palace of Justice she and Gerry had taken advice from a child psychologist on how to answer questions asked by Sean, nine, and twin sister Amelie.

She said: "They know Mr Amaral has written a book and about the documentary. They obviously don't know the detail.

"We had advice from a child psychologist. He told us to let the twins lead the conversation so if they ask a question try to answer it honestly.

"I believe what's in Mr Amaral's book and the documentary is very distressing to adults. To a child it could be very, very damaging."

Amaral made his accusations about the McCanns after he was thrown off the Madeleine investigation in 2007 over his disastrous handling of the case.

Judge Maria de Melo e Castro yesterday asked Kate how she felt over reading Amaral's claims in his Portuguese best-seller The Truth of the Lie.

She replied: "I was devastated. It made me feel desperate because of the injustice I felt towards my daughter and our family."

Kate said she feared the smears would not only upset the twins - but also damage ongoing efforts to find Madeleine by convincing the Portuguese people she was long dead.

She added: "It was very painful to read and I felt sad for Madeleine. I also felt anxious and fearful because of the damage I felt it was doing in Portugal.

"Mr Amaral insists Madeleine is dead. He also essentially accused myself and my husband of being somehow involved in this, of faking an abduction.

"Throughout the book he consistently smears myself and my husband. I think Mr Amaral's book had the most impact in Portugal. It was read by hundreds and thousands of people and this was fortified in multiple media interviews."

Kate said Amaral's insistence Madeleine was dead could mean people did not bother to look for her - or come forward with information that might help find her.

She said the TV documentary about Amaral's accusations was even more damaging than the book because its false claims had been "even more insistent."

Kate added: "That intensified the pain because of the injustice and the anxiety about the damage this could cause to the search. We were working so hard we were flat out, drained, trying to do everything in our power to try to find Madeleine, which was hard enough.

"But when all your efforts are being crushed in this way it intensifies the pain and fear.

"There were times when the pain was overwhelming but I believe after the book things got worse. I felt defeated."

In interviews to plug his book, Amaral went further, accusing the McCanns of storing Madeleine's body in a freezer then disposing of it weeks later in a hire car.

Kate, 46, said: "We were so desperate to find Madeleine and I just felt like he was destroying our chances. For us Portugal is the most important place for Madeleine. We need Portuguese people to help us find Madeleine.

"I still feel the majority of people are against us. It makes me feel uneasy and uncomfortable when I come to Portugal because I think that people think negative or really bad things about us.

"I feel like people think you're a bad person or a bad parent."

Kate said an organisation called the Madeleine Foundation had promoted Amaral's theories in the UK - vilifying her family and even leafleting their village of Rothley, Leics.

Gerry, 45, told the court he and Kate had been completely cleared by a police inquiry which found no evidence against them.

Despite this most Portuguese were convinced they were guilty because they had been swayed by Amaral, he said.

Gerry added: "The book itself is shocking. It's an affront to my wife, my family and all the people who believe in us.

"The documentary claims Madeleine is dead, there was no abduction and that myself and my wife and our friends are liars."

Amaral, wearing jeans and an open-neck shirt, took notes during Kate's 50-minute testimony and whispered to his lawyer.

As the McCanns left the hearing a Portuguese woman yelled: "Long live Goncalo Amaral."

Madeleine vanished from the McCann's apartment in the resort of Praia da Luz during a family holiday in May 2007.

The libel hearing continues.



Shamed cop did not hunt Maddie

FORMER police chief Goncalo Amaral was in charge of the investigation into Madeleine's disappearance in May 2007 for the first six months.

Within days of taking control he had apparently decided Madeline was dead and her parents had faked an abduction.

The hunt effectively stopped as Amaral focused on finding evidence of their "guilt."

In October he was taken off the case after telling a Portuguese newspaper that British police were only interested in following leads that were helpful to the McCanns.

In 2008, three days after the Portuguese investigation was officially closed, he published The Truth of the Lie.

It falsely claimed Kate and Gerry McCann faked an abduction after Madeleine died in an accident in their holiday flat.

The book sold more than 120,000 copies before it was withdrawn after the McCanns won an injunction.

A month after Madeleine went missing Amaral and four other police officers were charged with offences related to an investigation into the 2004 disappearance of an eight-year-old Portuguese girl.

Her mother initially admitted murdering the girl, then retracted her statement the following day - saying police had beaten her until she agreed to confess.

Amaral was not present at the alleged beating but was accused of having covered up for others.

In May 2009 he was convicted of perjury and got an 18-month suspended sentence.

 
Mummy, that policeman said you hid Madeleine, 09 July 2014

Mummy, that policeman said you hid Madeleine - The Sun, 09 July 2014 (paper edition, pages 8 and 9)
The Sun, 09 July 2014 (paper edition, pages 8 and 9)

 
The man said you hid Maddie, mummy, 09 July 2014
 

The man said you hid Maddie, mummy Daily Mirror (paper edition)

Daily Mirror, 09 July 2014

KATE'S AGONY AT SLURS

What McCanns' son, 9, said about cop claims

By PAUL BYRNE
Wednesday July 9, 2014

KATE and Gerry McCann's son knew of Goncalo Amaral's claim they dumped their daughter's body.

A libel trial heard Sean, nine, told his mum: "He said you hid Madeleine."

FULL STORY: PAGES 4&5



Madeleine McCann parents: 'Cops claims we killed daughter and hid body in freezer stopped people searching for her' Daily Mirror

Jul 08, 2014 21:38 | By Paul Byrne

Gerry McCann said of ex cop Goncalo Amaral's book: "It says Madeleine is dead, that there is no ­abduction and claims myself, my wife and our friends are liars and would be so cold and ruthless as to hide our ­daughter's body"

Kate McCann and her husband Gerry McCann

Kate McCann and her husband Gerry McCann

Struggling to cope with the unbearable anguish of having a missing child was hard enough for Kate and Gerry McCann to bear.

But to be then accused of being involved in the death of their daughter Madeleine and covering it up came like a crushing blow to the couple.

And yesterday the pair told how ­allegations made in a book by disgraced Portuguese ­detective Goncalo Amaral left them "crushed and ­devastated".

Kate said the policeman's claims left her unable to sleep at night and are hampering the hunt for Madeleine, who vanished from the family's Algarve holiday apartment in 2007.

And the 46-year-old former GP told a court she believed Amaral's book, The Truth of the Lie, had turned the ­Portuguese people against the couple.

Kate also revealed the policeman's smears had reached the ears of their nine-year-old son who asked her: "Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine, didn't he?" She was asked by judge Maria de Melo e Castro about claims she and 45-year-old Gerry dumped Madeleine's body after she was accidentally killed in their Praia da Luz apartment.

Kate branded the allegation "far-fetched" and added: "It was about Madeleine being killed and us having moved the body and then storing her in a freezer and then transporting the body in a hire car several weeks later.

Goncalo Amaral

Goncalo Amaral

"We were so desperate to find Madeleine and I just felt it was destroying our chances."

Asked how she felt when she first read Amaral's book, she replied: "I was ­devastated. It made me feel quite desperate because of injustice I felt towards my daughter and our family.

"It was very painful to read and I felt sad for Madeleine and I also felt anxious and fearful because of the damage I felt it was doing in Portugal.

"For example, he insists Madeleine was dead. He also essentially accuses myself and my husband of being somehow involved in her disappearance and of faking an abduction. Throughout the book he consistently smears myself and my husband."

Kate and Gerry are suing Amaral for libel, claiming his book and interviews on TV and radio are wrecking their bid to find their daughter, who was three when she vanished.

Kate McCann and her husband Gerry McCann

Kate said: "I think Mr Amaral's book had most impact in Portugal. It was read by hundreds of thousands of people and this has been fortified by multiple media interviews. If they believed what he said, that Madeleine was dead, or that we were involved, they would not look for Madeleine and they would not come forward with information."

Asked about a 2009 ­Portuguese TV documentary, based on the book, Kate said: "To be honest it felt even worse with regards to the potential power and damage. I felt the documentary was Mr Amaral being even more insistent.

"For me that intensified the pain because of the injustice and anxiety about the damage this could cause to the search. We were working so hard, we were flat out, drained, doing ­everything in our power to try and find Madeleine. It was hard enough in itself but when your efforts are being crushed in this way, it intensifies the pain."

Kate told the hearing in Lisbon she felt anxious about returning to Portugal where she believes locals are now ­suspicious of her and her husband.

She said: "I still feel, and this is supported by what friends and ­associates have told us, that in Portugal the majority of people are against us. It also makes me feel uneasy and uncomfortable when I come to Portugal because I think people are thinking bad things about us.

"There were many, many nights where I was unable to sleep because I was too upset and crying too much. This pain and emotion was caused by what Mr Amaral was doing."

Asked about how Sean and his twin sister Amelie have been coping with the ­relentless bad publicity, Kate replied: "They know Mr Amaral has written a book and about the documentary. Sean asked me in October, 'Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine, didn't he?' I just said, 'He did, he said a lot of silly things.'"

Kate, of Rothley, Leics, told of a group in Britain called the Madeleine Foundation, which promotes Mr Amaral's claims. She said: "They posted leaflets in our village reinforcing Mr Amaral's theories just as the children were about to go to school."

Kate spoke for 55 minutes before making way for Gerry. He told the court: "The book is an affront to me, my wife, my family and the people who believe in us. The ­documentary is even worse. It starts off that Madeleine is dead, that there is no ­abduction and essentially claims myself, my wife and our friends are liars and would be so cold and ruthless as to hide our ­daughter's body rather than try to help her should something have happened.

"When the file was closed it was made clear there was no evidence Madeleine was dead and no evidence Kate and I were responsible for hiding her body."

Kate and Gerry flew back home last night. A decision in the case is not expected until later this year.



Transcript of video

By Nigel Moore

Martin Brunt: Do you feel you've said enough today to undo the damage that you feel Mr Amaral's book has done.

Gerry McCann: There's no doubt the... the... the... damage done has... has been severe. I mean, we've got people here screaming things and if that is representative of what people in this country and other countries think, then, you know, we're fighting a losing battle. I hope it's not. This action was all about challenging these assertions, which have gone more or less unchallenged. And legal action for us is always a last resort, but we were pushed to the point where something had to change and the documentary, which was even worse than the book, was that breaking point.

(...)

Gerry McCann: Whoever took Madeleine is still out there and whoever that person is, or... or persons, they must have been laughing during these last six years, at what's been told in the book - that there was no abduction, that there's... you know, there's no predator out there. There is. And he may s... he, or she, or they, may strike again. And, you know, there's an unsolved serious crime and there's a series of other crimes against children which have come to light, errm... who've been on holiday. So, you know, at the very least, these people need to be brought to justice.

 
McCanns: Book damaged the hunt for Madeleine, 08 July 2014
 

McCanns: Book damaged the hunt for Madeleine Sky News (video)

Video: McCanns: Book damaged the hunt for Madeleine

6:00pm UK, Tuesday 08 July 2014

Kate McCann has told a libel hearing her son asked her about allegations linking her to the disappearance of Madeleine, which were published in a book by former police chief Goncalo Amaral.



Transcript (complete version)

By Nigel Moore

Gerry McCann: We're very glad that, errr... both Kate and I were able to give evidence today in our libel trial. Errr... This has now been going on for over five years and, errr... we hope that we'll get justice for Madeleine and the rest of our family very soon.

Thank you. I'm happy to take some questions.

Portuguese journalist: [speaks over the shouting of a woman protestor] Gerry, today you spoke and it was, errr... all the book... the book and the documentary was an absolute shock, errr... and this greatly stressful for entire family. But why do you feel that?

Gerry McCann: Well, I mean, I think... I think it should be very obvious to anybody who has anyone missing, that when someone says that you hid your own daughter's body and, errr... faked an abduction - when that child is still missing and we're doing everything in our power to try and find her - I think that would be absolutely shocking to any family.

Martin Brunt: You talked about, Gerry, the effect... both of you, that this had, particularly in one incident, when Sean, your youngest child. Errr... Can you just tell us what that episode was?

Gerry McCann: Sure, so the first thing to say is, that I also said in court, you know, Sean and Amelie are doing really, really well but obviously they're not immune to the media. They hear things, they go to school, they hear the radio, they hear the theories and Sean has obviously asked Kate explicitly: 'Why did Mr Amaral say you hid Madeleine'. So we will have to deal with that and obviously we are doing everything within our power and we hope that, errm... the current investigation, errr... being run with the Metropolitan Police and the PJ does lead to a real breakthrough. That's our... our goal; is to find Madeleine but until that day - until we find Madeleine and know who is responsible for taking her - we will have to worry about these questions for the twins as they get older.

Martin Brunt: Do you feel you've said enough today to undo the damage that you feel Mr Amaral's book has done.

Gerry McCann: There's no doubt the... the... the... damage done has... has been severe. I mean, we've got people here screaming things and if that is representative of what people in this country and other countries think, then, you know, we're fighting a losing battle. I hope it's not. This action was all about challenging these assertions, which have gone more or less unchallenged. And legal action for us is always a last resort, but we were pushed to the point where something had to change and the documentary, which was even worse than the book, was that breaking point. And we are here.

Portuguese journalist: [inaudible] ... the latest steps on the investigation... ?

Gerry McCann: Well, you know, we can't comment on any specific details but what we are more than happy to say is we're really, really pleased that there is active investigation going on and, you know, it's taken a long time - the Met have been reviewing things for three years. Errr... We've had feedback from the Metropolitan Police - they were pleased with the way things have gone, errm... and we want that work to continue. There are a lot of lines of inquiry that need followed and, as parents, I mean, what we're... what we've asked for all along really is that anything that is reasonable to be done that may help find Madeleine and catch those responsible for her abduction is done. And, as parents, that's all we're asking and we felt there was a lot to be done and we... we want to make it clear, you know, it is a very complex investigation. It's a huge dossier, errm... and we just want as much as possible to be worked through.

Martin Brunt: Kate, what do you feel you've...

Portuguese journalist: [talking over] Do you think those steps in Algarve from British investigators... investigators can help repair all the damage the book and the documentary made, or do you see or hear that people in the Algarve start to say: "What are we doing here?"

Gerry McCann: Well, I think the worse thing is, that we were told that, errr... someone in Praia da Luz wrote: 'The parents are murderers', when this work was taking place, and if that is reflected, errr... in the general population it's devastating.

Kate McCann: I mean, that was spray painted on the wall in Luz, just a few weeks ago.

Gerry McCann: So, I mean, what we hope... we think, you know, there has been a tremendous amount of damage but we hope the public - the general population - will see the PJ are investigating, the Metropolitan Police are investigating, they will look at it and say what the criminal file said. You know, we... we don't know whether Madeleine's alive or dead but there is no evidence that she's dead and she's a missing child, and she's completely innocent. And more importantly than... well, there's... for us, there's nothing more important than that, but the next more important thing is whoever took Madeleine is still out there, and whoever that person is, or... or persons, they must have been laughing during these last six years, at what's been told in the book - that there was no abduction, that there's... you know, there's no predator out there. There is. And he may s... he, or she, or they, may strike again. And, you know, there's an unsolved serious crime and there's a series of other crimes against children which have come to light, errm... who have been on holiday. So, you know, at the very least, these people need to be brought to justice.

Kate McCann: I mean, we... we can't...

Portuguese journalist: [inaudible comment/question] ... so whose fault is it?

Kate McCann: ...we can't... we can't undo all the damage that's been done by Mr Amaral's book and documentary - there's been too much damage. But we can make a difference and it's never too late for someone to come forward with the key information, and if this action helps us to reach that step then it's a positive thing and that's what we're aiming for.

Gerry McCann: We obviously never thought, seven years down the line, that we would be in this situation and, you know, of... of not knowing whether your child's alive or dead, and is missing. But we do still have hope because... especially because of all the other cases of children and young women who have been taken and kept for long periods of time and there is one thing that when... when I went to Washington, very early on, and went to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, their chief executive said to me: "The younger the child is when they're taken, the more likely they've been taken to be kept." So, we don't know the circumstances by which Madeleine was taken. We know it could be an awful outcome but there's no evidence to support that and what we've got to do is find her and find those responsible. Thank you.

 
McCanns' Son 'Asked About Madeleine Claims', 08 July 2014
 

McCanns' Son 'Asked About Madeleine Claims' Sky News (with video)

6:00pm UK, Tuesday 08 July 2014

Kate McCann says her son confronted her about allegations she "hid Madeleine" after hearing about claims made in a book.

Video: McCanns questioned over claims by their son

Kate McCann has told a libel hearing her son asked her about allegations linking her to the disappearance of Madeleine, which were published in a book by former police chief Goncalo Amaral.

Mrs McCann told a court in Portugal her son Sean had heard about the claims on the radio while travelling on a school bus.

She said: "Sean asked me in October 'Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine.'

"I just said he said a lot of silly things."

The McCanns are suing over claims made in Mr Amaral's book, The Truth Of The Lie, including suggestions they hid Madeleine's body after she died in an accident and faked an abduction.

They say the allegations damaged the hunt for their daughter and exacerbated their anguish.

Sky News' Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said she testified for almost an hour at Lisbon's Palace of Justice.

Madeleine has been missing for seven years

Madeleine has been missing for seven years

After the hearing, Gerry McCann told reporters they had brought the case to court to "challenge assertions that have gone more or less unchallenged".

He said whoever took Madeleine "must have been laughing at what has been told in the book; that there was no abduction, that there is no predator out there.

"There is. And he, she or they may strike again."

If successful, the couple could receive around £1m in damages. A judgement is not expected until later this year.

The trial was adjourned last month when Mr Amaral sacked his lawyer in what the McCanns claimed was a "blatant and cynical" attempt to hold up proceedings.

Police searching for clues in Praia da Luz

Police have been searching in Praia da Luz in recent weeks

Afterwards they accused him of trying to wear them down and delaying justice for their missing daughter.

Madeleine, who was then nearly four, disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3, 2007 as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant with friends.

Their latest visit to Portugal comes after Scotland Yard detectives returned to the country last week to help interview suspects in the case.

Officers from the force's Operation Grange joined their Portuguese counterparts in Faro as they questioned "people of interest".

The suspects were believed to include three workers from the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz who have been linked to a string of burglaries in the area before Madeleine vanished.

Last month the British detectives teamed up with their Portuguese counterparts in searches of three areas of land near the Ocean Club.

Afterwards police said it was the "first phase of this major investigation which has been agreed with the Portuguese".

They added there was "still a substantial amount of work yet to be completed in the coming weeks and months".

Mr and Mrs McCann previously said the fact police found no evidence relating to Madeleine had reinforced their belief she could still be alive.



Transcript of video

By Nigel Moore

A Portuguese woman, holding a poster and a 'Truth of the Lie' placard, shouts her support for Gonçalo Amaral

Martin Brunt: [voice over] Outside court, a lone protester shouted support for the detective's book, which claimed that Madeleine was dead.

Inside, Madeleine's parents had told the judge of the pain and distress the book had caused them.

Gerry McCann: There's no doubt the... the... the... damage done has... has been severe. I mean, we've got people here screaming things and if that is representative of what people in this country and other countries think, then, you know, we're fighting a losing battle.

Martin Brunt: [voice over] The McCanns' adversary is Gonçalo Amaral, the ex-detective once in charge of the investigation into Madeleine's disappearance.

In his book 'The Truth of the Lie' he wrote that Madeleine died accidentally and her parents covered it up, claiming she had been abducted.

In court, Mrs McCann told of the effect on their young twins: "Sean asked me in October: 'Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine'. I just said that he said a lot of silly things.

"It's very distressing to us as adults so for a child it would be very, very distressing."

[to camera] During his evidence, Gerry McCann said Mr Amaral had been wrong to claim in his book that sniffer dogs had detected blood and the smell of death in the holiday apartment. The book states it as fact, but it's not, he said. The judge warned Mr McCann that the libel trial wasn't about trying to establish what had happened to Madeleine.

[voice over] Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from the family's holiday flat, in 2007.

Last month Scotland Yard officers joined Portuguese police in searches of land near the apartment in Praia da Luz.

And last week, the UK police sat in on the first interviews with four suspects who'd agreed to be questioned.

The McCanns say the book stopped witnesses coming forward with information that might have solved the case years ago.

Gerry McCann: Whoever took Madeleine is still out there and whoever that person is, or... or persons, they must have been laughing during these last six years, at what's been told.

Martin Brunt: The libel trial was adjourned but it isn't quite over. The judge has ordered Mr Amaral to reveal how much money he's earned from his book.

Martin Brunt, Sky News, Lisbon.

 
Kate McCann's son asked about claims she 'hid Madeleine', 08 July 2014
 

Kate McCann's son asked about claims she 'hid Madeleine' BBC News

8 July 2014 Last updated at 16:59

Gerry McCann: "Sean and Amelie are not immune to the media"

Gerry McCann: "Sean and Amelie are not immune to the media"

Kate McCann was asked by her son about claims she was involved in the disappearance of her daughter Madeleine, a court has heard.

Mrs McCann was speaking at a Portuguese libel case relating to the claims - made by ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral.

The court heard her son Sean had asked about whether she "hid Madeleine", but she told him the Portuguese detective had said "a lot of silly things".

Madeleine was three when she went missing in Praia da Luz in May 2007.

At the time, her siblings - Sean and his twin sister Amelie - were aged two.

Mr Amaral - who coordinated the original investigation into Madeleine's disappearance - alleged in a book that she had died in the family's holiday apartment in the Algarve, and that Kate and her husband Gerry had simulated her abduction and hidden her body.

He made the claims in a book about the case that has been a bestseller in Portugal.

'Severe damage'

On Tuesday, Mr and Mrs McCann both delivered personal statements at Lisbon's Palace of Justice in the libel case brought by them against Mr Amaral.

The McCanns are suing Mr Amaral, who coordinated the original investigation into Madeleine's disappearance

The McCanns are suing Mr Amaral, who coordinated the original investigation into Madeleine's disappearance

Mrs McCann told the court her son had brought up the allegations after he heard them on the radio on a school bus.

"Sean asked me in October, 'Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine'. I just said that he said a lot of silly things," she said.

Mrs McCann also told the court the detective's claims had done "severe damage" to efforts to find her daughter.

She said that when she had first found out about the allegations she was "quite desperate because of the injustice I felt towards my daughter and our family as a whole".

"It was very painful to read and I also felt anxious and fearful because of the damage I felt it was doing here in Portugal," she said.

Mrs McCann said she was aware the couple did not have a high level of support in the country, telling the court she found that "distressing and upsetting because we need the Portuguese people to help us to find Madeleine".

She said: "It also makes me feel uneasy and uncomfortable when I come to Portugal because I think people are thinking negative or really bad things about us."

'Very painful'

But Mrs McCann added after the hearing: "It's never too late for someone to come forward with key information. And if this action helps us to reach that step, then it's a positive thing, and that's what we're aiming for."

Kate McCann, pictured on Tuesday in Lisbon with husband Gerry, told her son the claims were "silly"

Kate McCann, pictured on Tuesday in Lisbon with husband Gerry, told her son the claims were "silly"

Speaking outside the court, Mr McCann also spoke about the couple's efforts to protect their children from press reports related to the case, saying: "Obviously they are not immune to the media. They hear things, they go to school, they hear the radio.

"They hear the theories and Sean has obviously asked Kate explicitly, 'Why did Mr Amaral say you hid Maddy?' - so we will have to deal with that and we are doing everything in our power."

"We hope that the current investigation being run by the Metropolitan Police does lead to a real breakthrough."

Mr Amaral made his claims in a book that became a bestseller in Portugal

Mr Amaral made his claims in a book that became a bestseller in Portugal

He added the couple feared their daughter's kidnapper could strike again, and said the perpetrator must have been laughing at Mr Amaral's claims.

The McCanns are suing Mr Amaral, his publisher and a company that produced a documentary based on his book for 1.2 million euros (£1m) in damages.

'More pain'

The libel case has faced substantial delays, the last of which came in June after Mr Amaral sacked his legal team at the last minute.

Kate and Gerry McCann said the delays had caused them "more pain and distress".

No date was set for the next hearing as investigators look into Mr Amaral's financial affairs.

Closing speeches are not expected to take place before September.

The hearing comes as the police investigation into the case has seen renewed activity in Portugal.

Police have questioned suspects and searches have been carried out in connection with Madeleine's disappearance.



Transcript of video

By Nigel Moore

Gerry McCann: Anybody who has anyone missing, that when someone says that you hid your own daughter's body and, errr... faked an abduction - when that child is still missing and we're doing everything in our power to try and find her - I think that would be absolutely shocking to any family.

(...)

Gerry McCann: I also said in court, you know, Sean and Amelie are doing really, really well but obviously they're not immune to the media. They hear things, they go to school, they hear the radio, they hear the theories and Sean has obviously asked Kate explicitly: 'Why did Mr Amaral say you hid Madeleine'. So we will have to deal with that and obviously we are doing everything within our power and we hope that, errm... the current investigation, errr... being run with the Metropolitan Police and the PJ does lead to a real breakthrough. That's our... our goal; is to find Madeleine but until that day - until we find Madeleine and know who is responsible for taking her - we will have to worry about these questions for the twins as they get older.

 
Kate McCann: My son asked me about claims that I 'hid' Maddie, 08 July 2014
 

Kate McCann: My son asked me about claims that I 'hid' Maddie Daily Star

KATE MCCANN has told a court of the heartbreaking moment that her son asked her about claims she was involved in her daughter Madeleine's disappearance.

By Tom Rawle / Published 8th July 2014

HEARTBREAKING: Kate revealed to the court that her son Sean asked her about the claims [GETTY]

Mrs McCann said her son Sean, now 9, confronted her after he had heard the allegations made by former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral on the radio.

Madeleine's parents are suing Mr Amaral for libel, after he claimed the couple were involved in their daughter's disappearance.

While delivering statement at Lisbon's Palace of Justice today, she told the court: "Sean asked me in October, he said 'Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine didn't he?'

"I just said 'He did. He said a lot of silly things.'

"I think that was on the radio on the way to school because they go on the school bus."

Sean was just two-years-old when his three-year-old sister went missing from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal in 2007.

He and his twin sister Amelie was said to be asleep when Madeleine was abducted.

Kate, 46, who was a doctor before her daughter's death, says what Mr Amaral has written could be "very, very damaging to a child".

She told the court that her and husband Gerry tried to control the information there other children were getting.

"We had to liaise with Sean and Amelie's school in case any child or parent says anything to them about what is in Mr Amaral's book and documentary," she said.

"They are at an age now where they are using computers in school and at home so we have had to carefully supervise.

"There are some things we can't control for example when Sean said that comment.

"I believe what's in Mr Amaral’s book and the documentary is very distressing to adults. To a child it could be very, very damaging."

TRIAL: Kate and Gerry are taking action against Mr Amaral's claims [PA]

Mr Amaral was in charge of the investigation but was sacked after becoming fixated with the idea that Kate and Gerry were to do with her disappearance.

He later wrote a book, The Truth of the Lie, in which he makes a series of allegations about the couple.

Kate and Gerry were considered people of interest in the investigation in September 2007 but were later cleared of any involvement.

When asked by the judge how the book made her and Gerry feel, Kate replied: "I was devastated. It made me feel quite desperate because of the injustice I felt towards my daughter and our family as a whole.

"It was very painful to read and I felt sad for Madeleine. I also felt anxious and fearful because of the damage I felt it was doing in Portugal.

"Mr Amaral insists that Madeleine is dead. He also essentially accused myself and my husband of being somehow involved in this, of faking an abduction.

"Throughout the book he consistently smears myself and my husband."

Kate said a TV documentary he appeared in was "even worse than the book".

She added: "That intensified the pain because of the injustice and the anxiety about the damage this could cause to the search.

"We were working so hard trying to do everything in our power to try to find Madeleine which was hard enough in itself."

In one interview, she said Amaral even accused the couple of storing Madeleine's body in a freezer – then of disposing it weeks later.

ACCUSED: Mr Amaral is being sued by Maddie's parents for libel [EPA]

She admitted that she felt "defeated" once the book was released and the fingers were being pointed at her and her husband.

"There were times when the pain was overwhelming but I believe after the book things got worse," she added.

Then Gerry was asked how he felt when the book was released.

Gerry, 45, also a doctor, told the court: "The book itself is shocking. It's an affront to my wife, my family and all the people who believe in us.

"When reading the book the hardest emotion is anguish, despair and of course anger that someone who was so close to the investigation...states that she is unequivocally dead.

"The documentary claims Madeleine is dead, there was no abduction and that myself and my wife and our friends are liars and we would be so cold and ruthless as to hide our daughter's body rather than try to help her should something have happened."

He said many Portuguese did not believe they were innocent which was spurred on by Mr Amaral's book.

QUESTIONS: Kate and Gerry talk to the media ater their court appearance [AP]

The court was adjourned until a later date when closing speeches will be heard.

The two previously accused the disgraced detective Mr Amaral of making a "blatant and cynical" attempt to stall the case, after he sacked his legal team of the morning they were due to make statements.

If successful in the case, Mr and Mrs McCann are expected to make around £1 million in damages.

Last week, Scotland Yard detective began interviewing suspects linked to the case.

Police are thought to have questioned three workers from the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz who are linked to burglaries close to the resort.

The suspects are thought to have broken into homes just weeks before Maddie went missing.

Her parents said they are pleased with the pace of the current investigation.

They said: "It is gratifying to know a substantial amount of work is taking place with the co-operation of British and Portuguese authorities."

British police searched areas of marsh and scrubland last month but found no new evidence.

A spokesperson for Scotland Yard confirmed: "There is still a substantial amount of work yet to be completed in the coming weeks and months."



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Kate, 46, who was a doctor before her daughter's death, says what Mr Amaral has written could be "very, very damaging to a child".

'Kate, 46, who was a doctor before her daughter's death, says what Mr Amaral has written could be "very, very damaging to a child".'



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Kate, 46, says what Mr Amaral has written could be "very, very damaging to a child".

'Kate, 46, says what Mr Amaral has written could be "very, very damaging to a child".'

 
Kate McCann: my son asked about police chief's Madeleine claims, 08 July 2014
 

Kate McCann: my son asked about police chief's Madeleine claims The Guardian

Mother of missing girl tells court her son asked her about detective's allegations that she was involved in disappearance

Press Association
Tuesday 8 July 2014 13.56 BST

Kate McCann told the court in Lisbon her son, Sean heard about Amaral's allegations on the radio while on the school bus. Photograph: Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

Kate McCann has told a court that her young son asked her about allegations by a former Portuguese police chief that she was involved in her daughter Madeleine's disappearance.

McCann and her husband, Gerry, also said they feared that their daughter's kidnapper may strike again and believed that he or she would have been laughing at claims they hid the girl's body.

The couple spoke to reporters after delivering personal statements at Lisbon's Palace of Justice in a libel case brought by them against the former detective Gonçalo Amaral over claims he made in a book about the disappearance of their daughter from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve in 2007.

They told the court that there was no doubt that Amaral's claims had done "severe damage" to their struggle to find Madeleine.

Answering questions from the judge, Maria Emilia Castro, during the hearing, Kate McCann said her young son, Sean, had asked her about the allegations that she was involved in Madeleine's disappearance.

She told the court that Sean heard about Amaral's allegations on the radio while travelling on the school bus. "Sean asked me in October: 'Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine.' I just said that he said a lot of silly things," she said.

Sean and his twin sister, Amelie, were two years old when Madeleine, who was nearly four, went missing. Kate McCann said the couple made efforts to keep information about the abduction away from their children.

"We try and anticipate if there is going to be any media coverage so they don't get any shocks and are prepared and confident to handle it," she told the court. "It is very distressing to us as adults, so for a child it would be very, very distressing."

She told the court that the children were now old enough to use computers at school and at home and had to be supervised.

Gerry McCann said that whoever was involved in the kidnap of their daughter must have been laughing during the past six years at what Amaral had claimed – that there was no abduction and there no predator on the loose. "There is – he or she or they may strike again," he said.

"There's an unsolved serious crime and there's a series of other crimes against children which have come to light who have been on holiday, so at the very least these people need to be brought to justice. We don't know if Madeleine is alive or dead but there is no evidence that she is dead and she is a missing child and she is completely innocent."

Earlier, Kate McCann told the court that she was aware that the couple did not have the support of many people in Portugal. She said this was hampering the investigation, as Portugal was the "most important country" in the search for her daughter.

"It is distressing and upsetting because we need the Portuguese people help us to find Madeleine," she said. "It also makes me feel uneasy and uncomfortable when I come to Portugal because I think people are thinking negative or really bad things about us."

She admitted she once said that she would like to be in a coma to stop the pain, and added that she had felt "defeated". She told the court that when she read Amaral's claims she was "quite desperate because of the injustice I felt towards my daughter and our family as a whole".

"It was very painful to read and I also felt anxious and fearful because of the damage I felt it was doing here in Portugal," she said. "We were working so hard, we were the only ones trying to do everything in our power to find Madeleine. It was hard enough in itself without all our efforts being crushed in this way. It just intensified the pain and fear that there was no point and we might as well give up."

No date has been set yet for the next hearing in the case as investigators look into Amaral's financial affairs. Closing speeches are not expected to take place before September.

 
Gonçalo Amaral with new lawyer Miguel Rodrigues, 08 July 2014

Gonçalo Amaral with new lawyer Miguel Rodrigues

Picture credit: Joana Morais

Gonçalo Amaral with new lawyer Miguel Rodrigues

Picture credit: Joana Morais

 
After giving impact statements to Lisbon court McCanns say they hope they have undone some of the "damage" done by ex cop's book, 08 July 2014
 

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#madeleine After giving impact statements to Lisbon court McCanns say they hope they have undone some of the "damage" done by ex cop's book.



12:33 PM - 8 Jul 2014

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#madeleine McCanns appeal for renewed public help in resolving mystery of daughter Madeleine's disappearance.



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#madeleine McCanns reveal son Sean asked Kate why ex-cop Goncalo Amaral said they hid Madeleine's body. "That's what we have to deal with."



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#madeleine Gerry McCann tells court Amaral "wrong" to write in book sniffer dogs detected blood and "smell of death" in family apartment.



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#madeleine McCanns say they believe Madeleine could still be alive, "but we know it could be an awful outcome."



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#madeleine G McCann: ex-cop's book caused "anguish, despair and anger" with claims of proof, without any evidence, M is unequivocally dead."



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#madeleine Amaral refused permission to speak in trial. He and McCanns blocked at first, but McCanns appealed. He didn't, now too late.



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#madeleine Libel trial now adjourned for a while. Court still demanding Amaral reveal earnings from his book.

 
Kate McCann: my son asked about police chief's Madeleine claims, 08 July 2014
 

Kate McCann: my son asked about police chief's Madeleine claims The Guardian

Mother of missing girl tells court her son asked her about detective's allegations that she was involved in disappearance

Press Association
Tuesday 8 July 2014 12.23 BST

Kate McCann told the court in Lisbon that her son, Sean, heard about Amaral's allegations on the radio while travelling on the school bus. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Kate McCann has told a court that her young son asked her about allegations by a former Portuguese police chief that she was involved in her daughter Madeleine's disappearance.

McCann was delivering a personal statement at Lisbon's palace of justice in a libel case that she and husband, Gerry, have brought against Gonçalo Amaral over claims he made in a book about their role in the disappearance of their daughter from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, in 2007.

She said her son Sean heard about Amaral's allegations on the radio while travelling on the school bus.

"Sean asked me in October 'Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine'. I just said that he said a lot of silly things," she said.

Sean and his twin sister Amelie were aged two when Madeleine, who was nearly four, went missing.

 
McCanns' Son 'Asked About Madeleine Claims', 08 July 2014
 

McCanns' Son 'Asked About Madeleine Claims' Sky News (with video)

12:19pm UK, Tuesday 08 July 2014

Kate McCann says her son confronted her about allegations she "hid Madeleine" after hearing about claims made in a book.

Video: Kate McCann said the book damaged the hunt for Madeleine

Kate McCann has told a libel hearing her son asked her about allegations linking her to the disappearance of Madeleine, which were published in a book by former police chief Goncalo Amaral.

Mrs McCann told a court in Portugal her son Sean had heard about the claims on the radio while travelling on a school bus.

She said: "Sean asked me in October 'Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine.'

"I just said he said a lot of silly things."

The McCanns are suing over claims made in Mr Amaral's book, The Truth Of The Lie, including suggestions they hid Madeleine's body after she died in an accident and faked an abduction.

They say the allegations damaged the hunt for their daughter and exacerbated their anguish.

Sky News' Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said she testified for almost an hour at Lisbon's Palace of Justice.

Madeleine has been missing for seven years

Madeleine has been missing for seven years

Both Kate and Gerry McCann had said they were eager to deliver personal statements at today's hearing after the case was adjourned last month.

It happened when Mr Amaral sacked his lawyer in what the McCanns claimed was a "blatant and cynical" attempt to hold up proceedings.

They had travelled to Lisbon on what was due to be the last day of the long-running trial.

Afterwards they accused him of trying to wear them down and delaying justice for their missing daughter.

Madeleine, who was then nearly four, disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3, 2007 as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant with friends.

Police searching for clues in Praia da Luz

Police searching for clues in Praia da Luz

If successful, the couple could receive around £1m in damages. A judgement is not expected until later this year.

Their latest visit to Portugal comes after Scotland Yard detectives returned to the country last week to help interview suspects in the case.

Officers from the force's Operation Grange joined their Portuguese counterparts in Faro as they questioned "people of interest".

The suspects were believed to include three workers from the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz who have been linked to a string of burglaries in the area before Madeleine vanished.

Last month the British detectives teamed up with their Portuguese counterparts in searches of three areas of land near the Ocean Club.

Afterwards police said it was the "first phase of this major investigation which has been agreed with the Portuguese".

They added there was "still a substantial amount of work yet to be completed in the coming weeks and months".

Mr and Mrs McCann previously said the fact police found no evidence relating to Madeleine had reinforced their belief she could still be alive.



Transcript of video

By Nigel Moore

Martin Brunt: [voice over] Mr Amaral's book claims that Madeleine had died accidentally and that the parents had hidden her body, errr... and, errr... concocted a theory that she had been abducted.

Errr... Mrs McCann told the court in the last few minutes there's nothing worse in having a child abducted but the book and a TV documentary, shown in Portugal, simply exacerbated their pain and distress.

She also talked about an organisation that was set up, called The Madeleine Foundation, which promoted Mr Amaral's theories and made things, errr... much worse.

Errm... She talked about, errr... one of their younger twins, Sean, errm... and his sister, Amelie, errr... getting to an age - they're 8 or 9 now - where they begin to read things on the Internet; they hear things on the radio and having to try and limit what they hear.

But her son, Sean, errr... asked her whether she and her... and his father had hidden Madeleine. Errr... Mr Amaral claims in the book, said Mrs McCann, that they had hidden her body in a freezer and then had transported it somewhere else in the back of their hire car, errr... three weeks after Madeleine disappeared.

All of this, she said, continued to cause them, errr... an awful lot of, errr... distress.

Errm... In the last few minutes, Mr Amaral's lawyer has been asked to, errr... has been allowed to ask questions of Mrs McCann, through the judge, errr... and he has essentially been saying that the search for Madeleine didn't finish: 'You've had people praying for her, you've had the support of various celebrities' and Mrs McCann has acknowledged this but she said essentially people who read Mr Amaral's book - particularly in Portugal, where Madeleine disappeared, the most important country, errr... she said, in the search for Madeleine - were really encouraged to stop looking for her.

 
Sky News live coverage of McCanns speaking outside the Palace of Justice in Lisbon, 08 July 2014

Sky News live coverage of McCanns outside the Palace of Justice in Lisbon, 08 July 2014

Sky News live coverage of McCanns outside the Palace of Justice in Lisbon, 08 July 2014

Sky News live coverage of McCanns outside the Palace of Justice in Lisbon, 08 July 2014

Sky News live coverage of McCanns outside the Palace of Justice in Lisbon, 08 July 2014

Sky News live coverage of McCanns outside the Palace of Justice in Lisbon, 08 July 2014

 
Kate McCann tells libel trial of moment son asked about police chief's claims she hid Madeleine, 08 July 2014
 

Kate McCann tells libel trial of moment son asked about police chief's claims she hid Madeleine Daily Mirror

Jul 08, 2014 12:02 | By Paul Byrne

Kate and Gerry are suing Goncalo Amaral, the ex cop who wrote a book about the disappearance of their daughter, writes Paul Byrne in Lisbon

Libel trial: Gerry McCann and Kate McCann

Libel trial: Gerry McCann and Kate McCann

Kate McCann told a Portuguese court today how one of her twin children had asked her about claims she had hidden Madeleine.

Kate and Gerry are suing Goncalo Amaral, the ex cop who wrote a book about the disappearance of their daughter.

He claimed Madeleine had died in their holiday apartment and Kate and Gerry had covered up her death.

At the libel trial in Lisbon today, Kate spent 55 emotional minutes detailing the distress the book and follow-up TV documentary had caused them.

And she revealed the details of his outrageous claims had even reached their nine-year-old young children.

She said: "Sean asked me in October last year: 'Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine, didn't he?'

"I just said 'he did, and he has said a lot of silly things."

She said her son had heard abut the contents of the book on a radio news bulletin as he travelled on his school bus.

Defendant: Goncalo Amaral arrives at court today

Defendant: Goncalo Amaral arrives at court today

Kate, wearing a black and pink floral dress, also told of the devastating effects the book had had on their family.

She said: "I believe after the book things got worse and were compounded because we were in amore desperate situation and felt defeated."

As she finished her evidence Kate, 46, said: "I do believe in freedom of speech, but I don't believe freedom of speech means the freedom to slander."

Madeleine, who was nearly four, disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3 2007.

Her parents say Amaral's false allegations damaged the hunt for their daughter and increased their anguish.

But the former cop, 56, insists everything written in the book was already contained in the public police and court case files.

The hearing continues.

 
Kate and Gerry McCann arrive in Lisbon hoping to give evidence in their libel case against ex-cop Goncalo Amaral, 08 July 2014
 

Kate and Gerry McCann arrive in Lisbon hoping to give evidence in their libel case against ex-cop Goncalo Amaral Martin Brunt - Twitter

Kate and Gerry McCann arrive in Lisbon hoping to give evidence in their libel case against ex-cop Goncalo Amaral.

Kate McCann tells Lisbon liable trial ex-cop Goncalo Amaral's book left her feeling defeated.

Mrs McCann says Mr Amaral accused them of hiding M's body in a freezer and then transporting it in their hire car.

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McCanns in Lisbon for libel hearing, 08 July 2014
 

McCanns in Lisbon for libel hearing Portugal Resident

Kate and Gerry McCann

By LEN PORT
Posted on July 08, 2014


Kate and Gerry McCann are in Lisbon today to make personal statements in the Palace of Justice at the trial of the former chief detective Gonçalo Amaral who is being sued for libel.

The McCanns are expected to lay out their objections to Mr Amaral's book, A Verdade da Mentira (The Truth of the Lie).

The trial is now entering its closing phase. The civil action began in 2009 and has been adjourned several times. The Judge, Maria Emília Melo e Castro, suspended it in January last year so that the two sides could try to reach an out-of-court settlement. They failed to do so.

The McCanns will be hoping there is no repeat of previous unexpected suspensions, include one last month when Mr Amaral informed the court half an hour before proceedings were scheduled to start that he had sacked his lawyer.

Today's session is expected to be devoted to concluding statements by the McCann couple and their lawyer, Dr Isabel Soares.

The new lawyer for Mr Amaral, Dr. Miguel Cruz Rodrigues, and those of his publisher and the makers and presenters of a TV documentary based on the book, are expected to lay out their closing arguments on Thursday.

No verdict is expected until the autumn, after the court returns from summer recess.

 
Kate and Gerry McCann return to Portugal to deliver personal statements at libel trial against former police chief, 08 July 2014
 

Kate and Gerry McCann return to Portugal to deliver personal statements at libel trial against former police chief Daily Mail
  • They were prevented from giving statements last month after trial adjourned
  • Goncalo Amaral is accused of making false allegations about the couple
  • His book suggested they hid their daughter's body after an accident
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 08:49, 8 July 2014 | UPDATED: 11:03, 8 July 2014


Kate and Gerry McCann are back in Portugal today for the latest hearing in their ongoing libel trial against a former police chief.

The couple hope they will be able to deliver personal statements to the trial at Lisbon's Palace of Justice after they were thwarted last month when the case was adjourned.

Mr and Mrs McCann previously criticised former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral for what they claimed was a 'blatant and cynical' attempt to hold up the trial after he removed powers from his lawyer on the morning they were due to make statements about the effect allegations in his book had had on them.

More pain: Kate and Gerry McCann arrive in Lisbon, Portugal, to give statements to the libel trial of former detective Goncalo Amaral whose book suggested they hid their daughter's body after she died in an accident

More pain: Kate and Gerry McCann arrive in Lisbon, Portugal, to give statements to the libel trial of former detective Goncalo Amaral whose book suggested they hid their daughter's body after she died in an accident

The couple had travelled to Lisbon on what was due to be the last day of the long-running trial over Mr Amaral's book The Truth Of The Lie, but the case was adjourned in the wake of the former detective's application.

After the hearing they spoke of their anger, accusing him of trying to wear them down and delaying justice for their missing daughter.

Madeleine, who was then nearly four, disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3, 2007, as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant with friends.

Still missing: Madeleine, who was then nearly four, disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3, 2007

The McCanns are suing for libel over claims made in Mr Amaral's 2008 book, including suggestions that they hid Madeleine's body after she died in an accident and faked an abduction.

They say the allegations damaged the hunt for their daughter and exacerbated their anguish.

If successful, the family stand to gain around £1million in damages. A judgment is not expected in the trial until later this year.

The couple's latest visit to Portugal comes after Scotland Yard detectives last week returned to the country to help interview suspects in the case.

Officers from the force's Operation Grange joined their Portuguese counterparts in Faro last week as they interviewed people of interest in relation to Madeleine's disappearance in 2007.

The suspects were believed to include three workers from the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz who have been linked to a string of burglaries in the area before Madeleine's disappearance.

The return of British detectives came after they joined their Portuguese counterparts last month in searches of three areas of land near to where Madeleine went missing.

After the searches, police said it was the 'first phase of this major investigation which has been agreed with the Portuguese' but that there was 'still a substantial amount of work yet to be completed in the coming weeks and months'.

Mr and Mrs McCann previously said that the fact police found no evidence relating to their missing daughter had reinforced their belief that she could still be alive.

 
Martin Brunt reports live from Lisbon (2) - transcript, 08 July 2014
 
Martin Brunt reports live from Lisbon (2) - transcript Sky News (live broadcast)

8th July 2014

Sky News Presenter (Studio): Well let's go live to Lisbon and our crime correspondent Martin Brunt, and Martin, there have been so many false starts with all of this and if it does proceed today, what will we hear, impact statements?

Martin Brunt: Yes that’s the idea, they want to tell the Court exactly the effect the book had on their anguish but also on, err... now if we can just show you... Mr Amaral [Dr Amaral arrives at Court], this is the police officer who's at the centre of this. That's him on the right, errr... that's Goncalo Amaral... [Brunt shouts out to Dr Amaral] Mr Amaral, what’s going to happen this morning? [No reply from Dr Amaral - not sure if he even heard Brunt].

That's Goncalo Amaral walking in with his lawyer. He is the man that the McCanns are suing and they are hoping to tell the Court this morning exactly the effect on them that his book has had, but more importantly, errm... the, errr... the effect that his book, they say, had on dissuading people with potentially important information from coming forward.

In his book, he claims that Madeleine died accidentally in the family's apartment in 2007, and accused her family, her parents of hiding her body, and concocting the idea that she'd been abducted.

Now the McCanns say that's absolute nonsense. They say that's caused them extreme anguish but more importantly, it... people who read the book were dissuaded from, errr... coming forward with potentially vital information. They've not had a chance, until today, to put those statements into Court and they're hoping that they will.

When they were here three weeks ago, Mr Amaral turned up, announced that he'd sacked his legal team, and the hearing was adjourned until today.

We spoke in the last few minutes to the McCanns' lawyer, Isabel Duarte, who she said she hoped the hearing would go ahead as planned and the McCanns would be allowed to make their statements.

Sky News Presenter (Studio): Okay, Martin, I know you'll keep us posted on that. Thank you very much.

 
Martin Brunt reports live from Lisbon (1) - transcript, 08 July 2014
 
Martin Brunt reports live from Lisbon (1) - transcript Sky News (live broadcast)

8th July 2014

Sky News Presenter (Studio): Madeleine McCann's parents have told Sky News they hope to be heard at the libel trial of the former detective who wrote a book about their daughter. They will appear in Court this morning, and we can cross to Lisbon now and speak to our crime correspondent, Martin Brunt.

So what exactly are they hoping to achieve in Court today?

Martin Brunt: The want to give impact statements, they want to explain to the Court in this libel hearing the effect that the book by Mr Amaral, the former detective in charge of the case, has had on them. How, they will say, it has increased their anguish because the thrust of his book - that was published a year after Madeleine vanished - was that she died accidentally in their apartment and that they covered up her death and concocted, in his view, the theory that she had been abducted.

Now they say that's absolute nonsense, and the effect of the book - because of what it said - was to dissuade people with potentially vital information coming forward and it hindered the search for their daughter. All of that they hope to explain. They were here three weeks ago but Mr Amaral sacked his lawyer at the last minute and the Court hearing was, errr... adjourned until today.

Now I caught up with the McCanns when they arrived late last night in Lisbon and this is what Gerry McCann had to say:

- interview segment -

Martin Brunt: [voice over] Can I just have a quick word? What you're hoping for tomorrow?

Gerry McCann: Well, first of all, we're hoping we'll get heard - that's the first thing, so... And justice for Madeleine, obviously, Sean and Amelie.

Martin Brunt: If it doesn't happen tomorrow, will you come back again?

Gerry McCann: If we're given the option.

Martin Brunt: Are you confident it will happen tomorrow?

Gerry McCann: I've no idea, Martin.

- End of interview -

Martin Brunt: The McCanns say they that they've been here four times in the past trying to make these statements but for one reason or another the hearing has always been adjourned. They really won't know until the Court opens in an hour or so whether they will get their chance today.

 
McCanns Return To Portugal For Libel Trial, 08 July 2014
 

McCanns Return To Portugal For Libel Trial Sky News (with video)

5:53am UK, Tuesday 08 July 2014

The parents of Madeleine McCann are suing former police chief Goncalo Amaral over claims in his book about her disappearance.

Video: Kate And Gerry Hoping To Be Heard

Kate and Gerry McCann have returned to Portugal for the latest hearing in their ongoing libel suit against a former police chief.

The couple are said to be hopeful they will be able to deliver personal statements to the trial at Lisbon's Palace of Justice after the case was adjourned last month.

It happened when Goncalo Amaral sacked his lawyer in what the McCanns claimed was a "blatant and cynical" attempt to hold up proceedings.

The had travelled to Lisbon on what was due to be the last day of the long-running trial over Mr Amaral's book, The Truth Of The Lie.

The McCanns at Lisbon airport

The McCanns at Lisbon airport

Afterwards they accused him of trying to wear them down and delaying justice for their missing daughter.

Madeleine, who was then nearly four, disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3, 2007 as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant with friends.

The McCanns are suing over claims made in Mr Amaral's book, including suggestions they hid Madeleine's body after she died in an accident and faked an abduction.

They say the allegations damaged the hunt for their daughter and exacerbated their anguish.

Madeleine has been missing for seven years

Madeleine has been missing for seven years

If successful, the couple could receive around £1m in damages. A judgement is not expected until later this year.

Their latest visit to Portugal comes after Scotland Yard detectives returned to the country last week to help interview suspects in the case.

Officers from the force's Operation Grange joined their Portuguese counterparts in Faro as they questioned "people of interest".

The suspects were believed to include three workers from the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz who have been linked to a string of burglaries in the area before Madeleine vanished.

Police searching for clues in Praia da Luz

Police searching for clues in Praia da Luz

Last month the British detectives teamed up with their Portuguese counterparts in searches of three areas of land near the Ocean Club.

Afterwards police said it was the "first phase of this major investigation which has been agreed with the Portuguese".

They added there was "still a substantial amount of work yet to be completed in the coming weeks and months".

Mr and Mrs McCann previously said the fact police found no evidence relating to Madeleine had reinforced their belief she could still be alive.



Transcript of video

By Nigel Moore

Martin Brunt: [voice over] Kate and Gerry McCann arrived in Lisbon late last night hoping that finally they would get their chance to speak in court.

[to Gerry McCann] Gerry ... Can I just have a quick word? What you're hoping for tomorrow?

Gerry McCann: Well, first of all, we're hoping we'll get heard - that's the first thing, so... And justice for Madeleine, obviously, Sean and Amelie.

Martin Brunt: [voice over] They won't know what will happen until the court opens in the morning.

[to Gerry McCann] If it doesn't happen tomorrow, will you come back again?

Gerry McCann: If we're given the option.

Martin Brunt: Are you confident it will happen tomorrow?

Gerry McCann: I've no idea, Martin.

Martin Brunt: Good luck.

Gerry McCann: Thank you.

Martin Brunt: [voice over] The couple were due to give evidence in the libel trial three weeks ago but had a wasted trip. Their adversary, ex-detective Goncalo Amaral had sacked his lawyers and hearing was adjourned. The McCanns accused Mr Amaral then of a "cynical" attempt to wear them down.

They're suing Mr Amaral and the publishers of his book for defamation. In that book, titled: 'The Truth of the Lie', he wrote that Madeleine died accidently and her parents hid her body while claiming she had been abducted.

The McCanns say the book stopped witnesses supplying police with potentially vital information, as well as increasing their own anguish.

Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from the family's holiday apartment, in 2007.

Last month Scotland Yard officers joined Portuguese police in searches of land near the apartment in Praia da Luz.

And last week, the UK police sat in on the first interviews with four suspects who'd agreed to be questioned.

The McCanns say they have faith in the latest investigation and believe that seven years on their daughter could still be alive.

 
'Stop McCann circus': Furious locals spray graffiti demanding British police investigating Madeleine’s disappearance go home, 07 July 2014
 

'Stop McCann circus': Furious locals spray graffiti demanding British police investigating Madeleine’s disappearance go home Daily Mail
  • Road signs in Praia da Luz have been altered to read 'Stop McCann circus'
  • The graffiti has appeared in the Portuguese resort where Madeleine vanished
  • Some locals are worried that the British police probe will affect tourism
By TED THORNHILL and ANDREW YOUNG IN PRAIA DA LUZ, PORTUGAL
PUBLISHED: 16:10, 7 July 2014 | UPDATED: 16:12, 7 July 2014


Locals in Praia da Luz have vented their anger at Scotland Yard's re-investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann by spraying road signs in the resort with graffiti.

The words 'McCann circus' have been stenciled onto dozens of Stop signs in the Portuguese resort where Madeleine disappeared in May 2007, so they read 'Stop McCann Circus'.

Four arguidos - or 'persons of interest' - were quizzed in Portugal last Tuesday as part of the latest stage of the Metropolitan Police's multi-million-pound probe.

Backlash: Locals in the Portuguese resort where Madeleine disappeared in May 2007 have sprayed graffiti onto road signs so that they read 'Stop McCann circus'

Backlash: Locals in the Portuguese resort where Madeleine disappeared in May 2007 have sprayed graffiti onto road signs so that they read 'Stop McCann circus'

Four arguidos - or 'persons of interest' - were quizzed in Portugal last Tuesday as part of the latest stage of the Metropolitan Police's multi-million-pound probe

Four arguidos - or 'persons of interest' - were quizzed in Portugal last Tuesday as part of the latest stage of the Metropolitan Police’s multi-million-pound probe

One resident told the Daily Mirror: 'We know these people, they are innocent. It is crazy. When will it end? We want to be left alone.'

The mayor, Victor Mata, has expressed concern at the timing of the searches, as he fears it'll put tourists off visiting.

He said: 'The next three months are when the entire village earns its keep.'

Anger: Some locals are fearful that the police investigation will harm the tourist trade

Anger: Some locals are fearful that the police investigation will harm the tourist trade

In June, Portuguese and British police searched three sites in Praia da Luz for clues but found no evidence relating to the case.

A former Scotland Yard commander, meanwhile, has urged British police to search an abandoned well just 875 yards from the apartment where Madeleine vanished.

The Mail on Sunday has established that the uncovered shaft is on scrubland used as a campsite by Roma gipsies – and has been overlooked by Portuguese police.

In June, Portuguese and British police searched three sites in Praia da Luz for clues but found no evidence relating to the case

In June, Portuguese and British police searched three sites in Praia da Luz for clues but found no evidence relating to the case

In June, Portuguese and British police searched three sites in Praia da Luz for clues but found no evidence relating to the case

Hidden from the nearby road, the well drops 30ft down to 12ft-deep water.

'It is clearly known to locals and possibly to local criminals as a place to discard evidence from petty crime, such as handbags and other unwanted stolen items,' said Roy Ramm, who served 27 years with the Metropolitan Police force and, as Commander of Specialist Operations, dealt with serious crime, from murder to rape and human trafficking.

He added: 'Whoever abducted Madeleine knew the local streets, alleyways and scrubland and used that knowledge to avoid detection.'

Mystery: Madeleine disappeared in May 2007

Mystery: Madeleine disappeared in May 2007

 
Kate and Gerry McCann are braced to speak at £1m detective libel trial, 07 July 2014
 

Kate and Gerry McCann are braced to speak at £1m detective libel trial Daily Express

KATE and Gerry McCann are expected to make ­emotional speeches tomorrow to end the £1million libel trial of disgraced former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral.

By: Anil Dawar
Published: Mon, July 7, 2014

The libel trial has already lasted five years[GETTY]

It is the second time they have flown to Lisbon to voice their anger at claims the ex-policeman made in a book about their daughter Madeleine's disappearance in the Algarve in 2007.

Last month, Amaral, 57, left the McCanns "exasperated" by delaying the trial – which has already lasted five years – by sacking his team just minutes before the hearing was due to start.

Gerry, 45, called the move a "cynical" attempt to wear them down. Kate, 46, said every time Amaral postponed the case, it brought her family "more pain".

Although the trial will end tomorrow, a final ruling on a settlement is not expected until later this year.

British police recently searched parts of Praia da Luz and questioned suspects but are not thought to have made any breakthroughs.

 
The McCann's to face fresh agony in Portugal as libel case resumes, 07 July 2014
 

The McCann's to face fresh agony in Portugal as libel case resumes Daily Star

MADELEINE McCann’s parents fly back to Portugal today as their £1million libel battle resumes.

By Jerry Lawton / Published 7th July 2014

PAIN: In statements the McCann's are expected to reveal the impact the allegation had on them and their family [GETTY]

Kate and Gerry are fighting claims by ex detective Goncalo Amaral that they covered up their daughter's death.

The couple had hoped to give evidence last month.

But they faced fresh agony as the case was adjourned after they arrived in Portugal when Mr Amaral sacked his lawyer. He has now appointed a new one and the hearing resumes tomorrow.

CONSPIRACY: Amaral made claims that the McCanns covered up their daughter's death [TIM CLARKE]

Former GP Kate, 46, and heart doctor Gerry, 45, from Rothley, Leics, have been granted permission to give personal statements in the closing phase of their five-year civil battle over the detective's book.

Met Police have publicly stated they are satisfied the McCanns were not involved in Madeleine's disappearance in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.

The family's spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Kate and Gerry believe they have a very strong case and expect to win their claim.

"They will describe the impact that Mr Amaral's comments had on them and the wider family."

 
Madeleine McCann: Angry backlash to British police presence as signs are daubed with graffiti, 06 July 2014
 

Madeleine McCann: Angry backlash to British police presence as signs are daubed with graffiti Daily Mirror

Jul 06, 2014 21:00 | By Paul Byrne

Dozens of road signs have been defaced since Scotland Yard detectives who were scouring Praia da Luz for clues returned home on Friday

Resentment: Maddie and one of the defaced Stop signs

Resentment: Maddie and one of the defaced Stop signs

The British police hunt to find missing Madeleine McCann has sparked an angry backlash in the resort where she vanished.

Dozens of road signs have been defaced since Scotland Yard detectives who have been scouring Praia da Luz for clues returned home on Friday.

Stop signals have had the words "McCann Circus" stencilled on them as locals vent their fury at the searches being conducted just as the busy, ­lucrative holiday season began.

And residents are angry that four men from the area were last week quizzed by the British officers.

The graffiti appeared as Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry prepared to fly to Portugal for the next stage of their libel case against disgraced police chief Goncalo Amaral.

One local said of the suspects ­questioned by Scotland Yard: "We know these people, they are innocent.

"It is crazy. When will it end? We want to be left alone."

Angry: Stop signs in Praia de Luz, near Lagos in Portugal

Angry: Stop signs in Praia de Luz, near Lagos in Portugal

The timing of the Met’s searches has caused dismay in Praia da Luz, which relies on tourism to survive.

Mayor Victor Mata said: "The next three months are when the entire village earns its keep."

The UK team, led by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, is expected to return to Portugal soon.

It is believed they want to send sniffer dogs into a shop where a suspect was seen with a child on the night Madeleine disappeared in May 2007, aged three.

A former Scotland Yard commander yesterday urged Mr Redwood's officers to search an ­abandoned well which lies on scrubland 1,000 yards from the holiday apartment where the ­youngster was staying.

Roy Ramm, who served 27 years with the Met and was the Commander of Specialist Operations, said: "Whoever abducted Madeleine knew the local streets, alleyways and scrubland and used that knowledge to avoid ­detection."

Officers have searched nearby ­scrubland, but not the well.

The widow of prime suspect Euclides Monteiro, 40, said yesterday she had not been quizzed by the British police while they were in the Algarve recently.

But Luisa Rodrigues continued to insist the junkie and burglar, who worked at the Ocean Club where the McCanns were staying, was not involved in Madeleine's ­disappearance.

The 40-year-old said: "My husband had nothing to do with it. The Portuguese police have already said that."

Monteiro was sacked from the Ocean Club for stealing tips, a year before Madeleine vanished. He died in a 2008 tractor accident.

Kate, 46, and 45-year-old Gerry, of Rothley, Leics, are due in Lisbon on Tuesday to continue their libel fight against Amaral, who claimed in a book Madeleine died in an accident which was covered up by her parents.

The couple hope to make a personal statement tomorrow.

Amaral, 56, has already delayed the hearing by sacking his lawyer last month. He has now hired another.

But a source close to Kate and Gerry said: "They wouldn't be surprised if Mr Amaral pulls another stunt to try and stall the case yet again.

"Kate and Gerry have been told Mr Amaral has appointed a new lawyer but he doesn’t use email or phone. How he can operate like this in the modern era is beyond belief."

Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell added: "Kate and Gerry are planning to attend court on Tuesday as required by the judge.

"They believe they have a very strong case against Mr Amaral and they expect to win their claim."

 
Maddie McCann: Former Brit cop pleads for team to search abandoned well, 06 July 2014
 

Maddie McCann: Former Brit cop pleads for team to search abandoned well Daily Mirror

Jul 06, 2014 15:35 | By Paul Byrne

The uncovered shaft is on scrubland close to the Ocean Club complex she was staying in with her parents in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz

Search: Cop has called for officers to look into a well

Search: Cop has called for officers to look into a well

A former Met Police top cop today urged British police looking into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann to search an abandoned well.

The uncovered shaft is on scrubland less than 1,000 yards from the Ocean Club complex she was staying in with her parents in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz.

Ex-Scotland Yard commander Roy Ramm served 27 years with the Metropolitan Police and was Commander of Specialist Operations, dealing with serious crime.

He said yesterday: "Whoever abducted Madeleine knew the local streets, alleyways and scrubland and used that knowledge to avoid detection."

Met officers have searched nearby scrubland, but not the deep well.

Madeleine was almost four when she disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3 2007 as her parents Kate and Gerry dined at a nearby restaurant with friends.

The Operation Grange team, led by Det Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, are expected to return to Portugal in the coming weeks.

It is believed they want to send sniffer dogs into a shop where a suspect was seen with a young child on the night Madeleine vanished.

Apartment: The 'Ocean Club Apartments complex,' showing apartment 5A, where Kate and Gerry McCann stayed in May 2007

Apartment: The 'Ocean Club Apartments complex,' showing apartment 5A, where Kate and Gerry McCann stayed in May 2007

Ex government minister Rui Pereira last week claimed Portuguese police had been "used and abused" and ordered to work for the British cops.

He has blasted the operation, calling it 'absurd' and claiming Portuguese authorities have been 'subservient' to the UK.

And he said his country's police officers had been used as "outsource workers".

A Portuguese source close to the investigation also claimed that last week’s phase of the operation had taken the investigation no further forward.

He said: "We're back where we were seven years ago."

All four men who were interviewed last week are being treated as "persons of special interest" or arguidos.

They have denied any involvement in the disappearance of Madeleine.

Meanwhile Madeleine's parents are due to fly to Lisbon tomorrow for their libel action against Goncala Amaral, the 56-year-old ex-police chief who led the initial investigation into their daughter’s disappearance.

After his retirement, he published a book called The Truth of the Lie, in which he claimed that Madeleine died in an accident which was covered up by her parents.

Cops: British officers, led by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood at the police station in Portugal

Cops: British officers, led by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood at the police station in Portugal

Kate, 46, and Gerry, 45, are suing him for £1million and hope to make a personal statement at his libel trial on Tuesday.

The couple, from Rothley, Leics, have been left angry and frustrated at previous delays in the court process.

Last month they flew to Lisbon only to find he had sacked his lawyer.

He has now hired another solicitor but a source said: "Kate and Gerry have been told that Mr Amaral has appointed a new lawyer at the judge's request but he doesn't use email or phone. How he can operate like this in the modern era is beyond belief.

"Kate and Gerry wouldn't be surprised if Mr Amaral pulls another stunt to try and stall the case yet again."

Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Kate and Gerry are planning to attend court on Tuesday as required by the judge. They believe they have a very strong case against Mr Amaral and they expect to win their claim."

The former cop insists everything written in the book was already contained in public police and court case files.

 
Show some concern for Maddie, 06 July 2014
 

Show some concern for Maddie The Sun on Sunday (paper edition, page 13)

Show some concern for Maddie - The Sun on Sunday, 06 July 2014 (paper edition, page 13)

Tony Parsons
Sunday, July 6, 2014


PORTUGAL'S former Home Secretary, Rui Pereira, says it is "absurd" that Scotland Yard detectives are using Portuguese resources in their search for Madeleine McCann.

No, what's absurd is that a senior politician can't show some respect, restraint and human compassion when talking about a little girl who was stolen in HIS country. Creep.

 
Just 875 yards from where Madeleine McCann disappeared – an abandoned well that police failed to search, 05 July 2014
 

Just 875 yards from where Madeleine McCann disappeared – an abandoned well that police failed to search Mail on Sunday

  • Ex-Scotland Yard detective urges police to search scrubland used by gypsies
  • Hidden from the nearby road, the well drops 30ft down to 12ft-deep water
  • Mail on Sunday revealed a prime suspect may have worked at a water treatment plant just 220 yards from the well
By ANDREW YOUNG IN PRAIA DA LUZ, PORTUGAL
PUBLISHED: 22:01, 5 July 2014 | UPDATED: 01:55, 6 July 2014

Madeleine McCann was three when she vanished from the Mark Warner Ocean Summer Club resort in Praia da Luz

A former Scotland Yard commander has urged British police to search an abandoned well just 875 yards from the apartment where Madeleine McCann vanished.

The Mail on Sunday has established that the uncovered shaft is on scrubland used as a campsite by Roma gipsies – and has been overlooked by Portuguese police.

Hidden from the nearby road, the well drops 30ft down to 12ft-deep water.

'It is clearly known to locals and possibly to local criminals as a place to discard evidence from petty crime, such as handbags and other unwanted stolen items,' said Roy Ramm, who served 27 years with the Metropolitan Police force and, as Commander of Specialist Operations, dealt with serious crime, from murder to rape and human trafficking.

He added: 'Whoever abducted Madeleine knew the local streets, alleyways and scrubland and used that knowledge to avoid detection.'

Three years ago British police began a new investigation into the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine – the daughter of Kate and Gerry McCann – who vanished from their holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007.

Met officers recently searched scrubland near the resort, but they have not examined the well.

Local authorities only allowed British police to check areas where ground anomalies picked up by aerial surveys might indicate a grave site.

Location: An aerial photograph showing the McCanns' apartment in Praia da Luz, the abandoned well and the search area, which does not include the well

Location: An aerial photograph showing the McCanns' apartment in Praia da Luz, the abandoned well and the search area, which does not include the well

Mr Ramm said: 'If this had been a Yard-led inquiry from the outset, there is no doubt that the search would have been wider and more effective than that conducted by the Portuguese police.

'The well would have been searched thoroughly at the time, probably by using divers to get to the bottom of this very difficult and dangerous shaft.'

Mr Ramm added: 'The Portuguese authorities have come a long way in letting the Yard conduct any inquiries, but they need now to take the final step and ensure the Yard team can conduct a really thorough search wherever they want. And in my experience that should include the well.'

Both Scotland Yard and the Portuguese police declined to discuss whether the well had featured in their investigations. Local residents said they could not recall ever seeing any police activity in its vicinity.

From where Madeleine was snatched, her abductor could reach the well by walking 400 yards through empty back streets, climbing a low metal gate and continuing the rest of the way over scrubland.

The Mail on Sunday revealed last month that a prime suspect may have worked at a water treatment plant just 220 yards from the well.

Heroin addict Euclides Monteiro, who died in 2009, was suspected of kidnapping Madeleine in a botched burglary after mobile phone records placed him near the McCanns' apartment when she disappeared.

Last Tuesday, at the request of British officers, local police quizzed four Portuguese suspects – including Russian-born Sergey Malinka, 29, who was questioned as a witness in 2007. British police sat in on interviews, but sources suggest they led to no new developments.

The well is on land owned by two wealthy British property developers, who were unaware of its existence until The Mail on Sunday contacted them last week.

The plot includes a derelict farmhouse surrounded by rubble and litter, including a pile of English paperback novels. An old mattress inside the tumbledown building suggests someone once slept there.

One of the owners, who asked not to be identified, said: 'If they want to search on the land we have got no problem with it. We are not going to stand in anyone's way, but no one has contacted us.'

The McCanns' spokesman said yesterday: 'Kate and Gerry continue to have full confidence in the work being carried out by the Met Police but will not comment on it.'

 
Cash strapped Maddy suspects 'would have grassed', 05 July 2014
 

Cash strapped Maddy suspects 'would have grassed' Daily Star

THE gang accused of killing Madeleine McCann must be innocent because they would have snitched on each other to pocket the reward.

By Jerry Lawton / Published 5th July 2014

INCONCEIVABLE: One of the financially strapped suspects would have talked says Portuguese police [PA]

At least one of the "skint" men would have broken ranks, Portuguese police believe.

One was a heroin addict, the second a 16-year-old beggar and the third a driver who police believe organised thefts from apartments in Praia da Luz where the McCanns stayed.

Police and UK newspapers offered rewards totalling more than £2.5million for information that cracked the case. Yet in the seven years since no-one has come forward to claim the cash.

A Portuguese police source said it was "inconceivable that humble people with limited financial resources could keep quiet" for so long.

UK detectives believe Madeleine was killed during a bungled break-in at the McCanns' apartment in May 2007 by a gang of thieves who then buried her on wasteground near the scene.

The three suspects denied all knowledge of Madeleine's fate when quizzed by British detectives this week.

 
The Little Shop of Horrors, 04 July 2014
 

The Little Shop of Horrors

Shop ... Elane Harvey displays plea

EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com

By Dr Martin Roberts
04 July 2014

THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

I wonder if the account handlers at Operation Grange (the ones who had their wanted posters designed and printed by the SUN) invited the Plain English Campaign to set out their 250 item questionnaire intended for suspects in the new Madeleine McCann investigation? Did the headings make it any easier to complete? (Personal Data/Criminal Record – 'DO NOT include driving offences, but DO include any murders within the last ten years').

We have long known that the DCI Redwood's crusade is unique in drawing together information from diverse sources, including that of private investigators Metodo 3 (a Scotland Yard 'snatch squad' was pictured wheeling several boxes of files across a Barcelona street as I recall). According to some it was information contained in one of these very boxes which lay at the heart of recent requests to the Portuguese authorities for analytical assistance in connection with hairs/DNA recovered from someone's sofa. Fair enough. Lateral thinking is no bad thing and 'relevance' must surely be determined by the purpose of the investigation, not the origin of data necessarily. Except that 'Lucky Dip' selections from the box marked PJ seem consistently to be of the sherbet lemon variety, i.e., things 'not done at the time', in the opinion of insider (now outsider) Jim Gamble.

That the investigation code-named Operation Grange appears to be "back where it was seven years ago" renders a recent release of information doubly puzzling. We are told, reliably or otherwise, of an intended visit to retail premises of some kind, to be made 'by hook or by crook' and with a sniffer dog or two. The venue is described as somewhere a suspect was seen in the company of a young girl shortly after Madeleine McCann's supposed abduction. If the earlier excavations of Praia da Luz by Grange team members were based on 'intelligence' then this proposed sweep must be the result of a 'tea leaf' reading (well they are on the trail of burglars after all).

Going back seven years, as a Portuguese commentator and others have intimated we might, British search expert Mark Harrison (formerly of NPIA, now a police Commander in Australia) was directly involved in the investigation at that time. This is a man whose knowledge and experience allowed him to 'cut to the chase', literally as well as figuratively, and his report made very clear recommendations as to where searches might most profitably be directed. He proposed separate itineraries to be pursued under each of two scenarios, one of these being if Madeleine should have been killed and buried locally – the very same hypothesis that has been seen to drive the diggings and doings of Operation Grange in Praia da Luz of late.

Given that the analysts of Operation Grange have such information at their very finger-tips, how many of Mark Harrison’s recommended search sites have the more recent endeavours of Scotland Yard addressed?

None! Nor is the petrol station/all night 'deli'/beach stall, or whatever, among them.

So why is Scotland Yard intent on taking the dogs for a walk there? Puzzle number one. Puzzle number two is the reported justification that an anonymous suspect was seen there with a little girl. Presumably whoever 'shopped' him told police they had seen him with a child, not carrying a corpse.

Well, maybe Madeleine, if it were she, went in alive and emerged dead some time afterwards. The dogs will tell us in any case, and I'm sure police canines from Wales are as trustworthy, credible and reliable as any others. But wait a minute! Even if Madeleine died, or was killed on the premises, and an enthusiastic cadaver dog behaves like it’s auditioning for Simon Cowell as a result, if she walked into the shop, then she was alive at the time and could not have been fatally 'larruped' by a burglar inside 5A earlier on. (Good dog, Rover! You're a chip off the old 'Eddie' block).

Are DCI Redwood and colleagues hedging their bets here, as in 'Madeleine McCann may or may not be alive', 'may or may not have been abducted', 'may or may not have died in 5A'? Because the moment they put their faith in Turner and Hooch, or whoever's dog gets to give the signal in Portugal now, is the moment they have to confront the earlier alerts of Martin Grime's cadaver dog, Eddie.

No one is known to have died inside apartment 5A prior to the McCanns' occupancy. However, in the event of a non-fatal burglary/abduction, obstinate refusal to accept any implied association between a suggestion of death on the one hand and the actuality of a sole missing person on the other, results in there being only one, altogether bizarre possibility remaining: that someone introduced a corpse into the McCanns' apartment. On their way back from the shop perhaps.

 
Met Police to send sniffer dogs to shop where man with Madeleine McCann lookalike was seen, 04 July 2014
 

Met Police to send sniffer dogs to shop where man with Madeleine McCann lookalike was seen Daily Express

SCOTLAND Yard detectives want to send sniffer dogs into a shop where a man with a Madeleine McCann lookalike was seen around the time she vanished.

By: Gerard Couzens
Published: Fri, July 4, 2014

Madeleine McCann has been missing since 2007 [GETTY]

They are seeking permission to search the premises near the spot where Irish holidaymakers saw a man carrying a sleeping child as Madeleine's mum raised the alarm.

British Police say the new witness claims to have seen the mystery man enter the shop in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz with a youngster who looked like the missing girl.

A judge will have to sanction the search if its owner refuses to cooperate.

The shop is thought to lie near the spot Irishman Martin Smith and his family saw a child in a man's arms 500 yards from where Madeleine vanished around 10pm on May 3 2007.

Police say the blonde-haired girl could have been wearing pyjamas.

Most of the four suspects quizzed earlier this week are understood to have lived in the same area at the time.

British police are working on a number of theories over Madeleine's disappearance - one possible line is that she was killed during a bungled-break in at the McCanns' Ocean Club holiday apartment by a gang of thieves who then buried her on waste ground near the scene.

Around a dozen Scotland Yard officers returned for a fourth day today to Faro police station where they have been assisting Portuguese police quizzes of new suspects and witnesses.

Officers fired off more than 250 questions at the four suspects, who include a 51-year-old heroin addict and 38-year-old ex Ocean Club worker.

They asked them: "Did you kill Madeleine?", and "Did You Hide Her Body?"

Afterwards two South Wales sniffer dogs similar to ones employed in ground searches in Praia da Luz last month swept one suspect's mum's car for any evidence Madeleine had been in it.

No evidence linking the vehicle to Madeleine was found and the police quizzes are not thought to have yielded any bombshell information.

All four suspects denied any involvement in her disappearance.

Portuguese police sources said today they had no doubt the four men Scotland Yard suspects, could have kept such a grim secret for seven years if they were guilty.

One source told respected Portuguese daily Jornal de Noticias it was "inconceivable humble people with limited financial resources could keep quiet" so long.

He added: "It would have been tempting for some of them, especially those with minor roles like acting as lookouts, to contact the authorities and even the British papers and rat on the others."

TV channel SIC said a shop search in Praia da Luz could only take place with a judge's authorisation if the owner refused to play ball.

 
Madeleine McCann cops to send sniffer dogs into shop where suspect was seen with child, 04 July 2014
 

Madeleine McCann cops to send sniffer dogs into shop where suspect was seen with child Daily Mirror

Jul 04, 2014 12:14 | By Paul Byrne

Detectives are prepared to fight for a Portuguese court order which would allow them to sweep the building for clues

British cops searching for Madeleine McCann

British cops searching for Madeleine McCann are set to send sniffer dogs into a shop where a suspect was seen with a young child on the night the three-year-old vanished.

And detectives are prepared to fight for a Portuguese court order which would allow them to sweep the building for clues.

But Met officers in the Algarve hope the business owner will open his doors to their search dogs, rather than launch a long court battle.

There were a number of sightings of a man seen carrying a child towards the beach away from the holiday apartments were Madeleine's family were staying in Praia da Luz in 2007.

Now detectives are looking at a particular building, believed to be along the same route, where a new witness has said they saw a suspect going inside with a girl.

It is understood the new information has been gathered by detectives working on Operation Grange, the UK probe into Madeleine's disappearance.

The exact location and nature of the shop business has not been revealed.

But up to a dozen UK officers from Operation Grange are still in Portugal today, together with two sniffer dogs.

The team arrived early today at the Portuguese police headquarters in Faro where it is understood they are discussing the next stage of their investigation with local detectives.

Portuguese TV station SIC broke the news of the shop search.

Their report said: "Other work is still to be confirmed, including searches in a commercial premises in Praia da Luz where someone is said to have seen a man with a child similar to Madeleine entering around the time of her disappearance,  a procedure which may require judicial authorisation unless approved by the owner of the premises."

UK police have been in Portugal since Tuesday, helping with the interviews of four suspects and 11 witnesses.

They have all denied any involvement.

Portuguese police are convinced the men are innocent.

And today the Mirror told how Portugal's former Home Secretary launched an astonishing attack on the UK police hunt for Madeleine McCann.

Rui Pereira claimed Portuguese police had been "used and abused" and ordered to work for the British.

He has blasted the operation, calling it 'absurd' and claiming Portuguese authorities have been 'subservient' to the UK.

And he said his country's police officers had been used as "outsource workers".

A Portuguese source close to the investigation has also claimed that this week’s operation had taken the investigation no further forward.

He said: "We're back where we were seven years ago."

All four men who were interviewed this week are being treated as "persons of special interest" or arguidos.

They were invited to be interviewed but there have been no arrests.

Last month UK police with sniffer dogs searched three areas of scrubland close to where Madeleine was last seen.

 
Back to square one, 04 July 2014
 

Back to square one The Portugal News

BY BRENDAN DE BEER · 03-07-2014 14:43:00

After eight days of scrubland searches in Praia da Luz, British detectives admitted upon their return to the UK that "no evidence relating to Madeleine McCann had been identified.” With questioning in the Faro's Polícia Judiciária police headquarters having drawn to a close, sources close to the case told The Portugal News: "Unfortunately we are nowhere nearer to solving the case than we were seven years ago" though it appears the investigation is far from over.

"Unfortunately we are nowhere nearer to solving the case than we were seven years ago"

Sources explained this week that no new operations have been scheduled in the search for Madeleine McCann. This comes after the largest ever overseas deployment undertaken by British police last month in Praia da Luz, followed by a series of interviews conducted in Faro this week.

But British police did indicate that new lines of inquiry could be pursued in the coming months.

Metropolitan Police said in June that in addition to the activities which have now taken place "further requests are being compiled and will be submitted in due course."

British police further explained that there was still "a substantial amount of work yet to be completed in the coming months."

To date, Portuguese authorities have received four International Letters of Request.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Portuguese detectives posed a series of questions to four suspects and 11 witnesses at the request of Scotland Yard, with British detectives sitting in during these interviews.

The stepfather of one of the suspects told reporters outside the police station his stepson had been faced with a total of 253 questions.

All 15 persons of interest left the Faro PJ headquarters without any charges or restrictions being placed upon them.

British police also brought two tracker dogs to Portugal, which sources close to the case had told The Portugal News could possibly be used in the search of a specific car, but this line of inquiry did not materialise.

Following the questioning which took place in Faro this week, the Attorney-General's office in Lisbon sent a statement to The Portugal News reiterating the country's strict secrecy laws which govern ongoing investigations.

"In the context of judicial cooperation requested by the English authorities, the investigation has been pursued as planned according to the respective responsible parties. We reaffirm that the content of the requests made by the British authorities is confidential and the Attorney General's Office will not make any comments on the matter" the statement read.

Faro PJ police director Mota Carmo was not present at any stage during this latest phase of the investigation, police sources confirmed.

Questioned over whether relations between the two police forces have become strained over the past few months, sources here said: "Portuguese police have provided total support of British detectives as is requested by law and will continue to do so in the future."



Back to square one The Portugal News

Front page: 05 July 2014 | Edition 1276

Madeleine - Interviews of suspects and witnesses fail to produce new leads

"Unfortunately we are nowhere nearer to solving the case than we were seven years ago"

A photo taken outside the apartment from where Madeleine McCann went missing on 4 May 2014. More than seven years later, exhaustive work by both Portuguese and British police has so far failed to explain her disappearance while speculation is as rife as ever.

 
'Did you Murder Madeleine? Did you hide her body?', 04 July 2014
 

'Did you Murder Madeleine? Did you hide her body?' Jornal de Notícias (paper edition, page 40)

R to L: DCI Andy Redwood, in charge of Scotland Yard's investigation and the head of the Policia Judiciaria in the Algarve, Luís Mota Carmo, after a search last month

R to L: DCI Andy Redwood, in charge of Scotland Yard's investigation and the head of the Policia Judiciaria in the Algarve, Luís Mota Carmo, after a search last month

Arguidos were confronted with direct questions about the crime and all of them refuted it

by Marisa Rodrigues
04 July 2014
With thanks to Joana Morais for translation

"Did you murder Madeleine? Did you hide her body? Did you assault the apartment?". These were some of the questions put to the four men constituted as arguidos [formal suspects] at the behest of the Scotland Yard. They have all agreed to answer them to refute their involvement in the child's disappearance.

The police interrogations did not result in arrests nor in information that would allow to support the English thesis that the girl was killed for allegedly having surprised burglars in the apartment where the parents left her alone with her twin siblings to go out and dine with friends. The same happened with the inquiries to the 11 witnesses that went on yesterday at the Judiciary Police(PJ) headquarters in Faro.

A PJ source considers "inconceivable" the thesis that people with "humble and poor financial resources" would be able to keep a secret for seven years and recalls the big rewards that were offered to anyone who had information. "It would be far too tempting for some of them, at least for those who would have played a smaller role in the crime, such as monitoring the street, to contact the authorities or even the British newspapers to denounce the others", he added.

These men are regarded as suspects only in the Scotland Yard investigation. The PJ has no doubts that they had no involvement in the case. However, it was the duty of the Portuguese inspectors to constitute them as arguidos, as ordered by the Public Ministry, since the British authorities classified them as "suspects" in a letter rogatory of July last year. The acceptance of the constitution of arguido was also motivated by the wording of the questions and also so the suspects could defend themselves.

One of the arguidos is Sergey Malinka because hairs were found similar to the ones that were discovered in the McCann's apartment. The others are José Carlos da Silva, a former Ocean Club driver, a 51-year-old man, who is schizophrenic and a young man who was at the time 16 years old, who is similar to a "beggar" spotted near the Ocean Club.

 
Madeleine McCann suspect's car found BURNT OUT with 'TALK' scrawled beside it, 04 July 2014
 

Madeleine McCann suspect's car found BURNT OUT with 'TALK' scrawled beside it Daily Star

A CAR belonging to a Madeleine McCann suspect was found burnt out.

By Jerry Lawton / Published 4th July 2014

MISSING: The Madeleine case is currently being investigated by British detectives from the special Scotland Yard team [EPA]

The word "talk" was scrawled next to it.

Police want to explore the theory that whoever set light to the Audi suspected its owner was withholding information about Madeleine.

The arson attack happened a year after Madeleine vanished from her parents' holiday apartment in Portugal in May 2007.

It is why Brit detectives had the man declared an arguido – formal suspect – and spent a day quizzing him earlier this week.

Sniffer dogs examined a vehicle associated with him to try to find out whether it was used to move the youngster's body.

But they did not pick up any scent, according to Portuguese police sources.

The man is one of 11 pulled in for questioning.

A Portuguese TV channel said the interviews with suspects and witnesses had finished earlier than expected and the Scotland Yard team is set to fly back to the UK later today.

Last night it emerged the 12-strong Met team, led by Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, has been staying at the five-star Ria Park Hotel & Spa, 24km from Faro police station where the suspects were interviewed.

The £180-a-night hotel is on the trendy Vale do Lobo resort where England's footballers stayed while preparing for the World Cup.

A source close to the Portuguese police said: "There are two very nice four-star hotels a stone's throw from Faro police station which would have been ideal.

"For whatever reason the British officers chose not to stay there. Luckily it's the British taxpayer that is paying for these hotels not the Portuguese."

 
Portugal MP: Hunt for Maddie 'absurd', 04 July 2014
 

Portugal MP: Hunt for Maddie 'absurd' The Sun (paper edition, page 6)

Portugal MP: Hunt for Maddie 'absurd' - The Sun, 04 July 2014 (paper edition, page 6)

By CHRIS POLLARD in Faro, Portugal
Friday, July 4, 2014


PORTUGAL'S former Home Secretary last night branded the British police hunt for Madeleine McCann "absurd".

Rui Pereira accused Scotland Yard of "using and abusing" Portuguese hospitality - and "manipulating" local detectives into re-opening the case.

He also blasted his own country's "subservience" in co-operating with the £5million new probe into the youngster's disappearance - doubting Britain would help Portugal in the same way.

In respected journal Correio da Manha, Pereira wrote: "Would the British police do the same in identical circumstances, working at full speed for the Portuguese? Of course not.

"This is the absurdity of the situation in all its splendour. Our authorities are working as exclusive outsource workers for another country."

Met Police officers this week quizzed four suspects in Operation Grange - the new probe into Madeleine's disappearance. She was three when she vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in 2007.

Ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral called the new hunt "irrelevant". Some of the 12-strong UK team jetted home from Faro yesterday. The rest are due back today.

 
Scotland Yard returns home without news in the Maddie case, 03 July 2014
 

Scotland Yard returns home without news in the Maddie case Renascença (with video)

Over three days, 15 persons were heard. As far as Renascença was able to establish, the British didn't find anything that the Portuguese investigation line hadn't eliminated already.

03-07-2014 22:30 by Liliana Monteiro
With thanks to Astro for translation

Scotland Yard detectives in Faro to observe interviews

Scotland Yard detectives in Faro to observe interviews

Scotland Yard detectives in Faro to observe interviews

Scotland Yard detectives in Faro to observe interviews

Scotland Yard has already packed their suitcases to return to England. The interrogations that had been requested by letter rogatory to the Portuguese authorities, concerning the Madeleine McCann case, have already ended.

Over three days, 15 persons (11 witnesses and four arguidos, the suspects that had been pointed out by the British) were heard in Faro.

The letter rogatory that had been sent to Portugal was fulfilled this Thursday and will now be returned.

Returning home, Scotland Yard take the information that was collected during the interrogations and the questioning that was led by the Polícia Judiciária.

As far as Renascença was able to establish, nothing new was found, nothing that the Portuguese investigation line hadn't already studied and eliminated during the investigation that took place in our country and ended with a shelving of the case.

Now all that is left is waiting to find out what the English authorities will conclude from all this work, after counting on the cooperation from Portugal, that gave a positive response to the terrain searches and the interrogations, but always stood aside from the theories that are defended by the English.

In our country, only the Portuguese case investigation, meanwhile reopened, goes on, an investigation that evolves step by step and apart from the events that took place in Faro over the last few days.

 
Going through the motions, 03 July 2014
 

Going through the motions Unterdenteppichgekehrt

Jornal de Notícias, July 2, 2014 , page11

By Johanna
3 July 2014 at 13:03


My take on the Arguidos and the alleged evidence based on the report by Marisa Rodrigues from JN to which I would like to express a very special thanks for a professional reporting.

1. S.M.
1.1. The sofa

The alleged similarity between hairs found on the discarded sofa and in Apartment 5A is only theoretical. Since no DNA had been obtained in 2007 from S.M. the only comparison that could be done in the Lisbon lab was to extract and analyse the MtDNA from the hairs and place them in the relevant Haplotype groups.

Haplotype X - apart. Ocean Club e sofa of 1-seat in the garage in Portimao
Haplotype Y - apart. Ocean Club e sofa of 1-seat in the garage in Portimao
Haplotype Z - Residencia Liliana e sofa of 1-seat in the garage in Portimao

But since there are only a certain number of haplotypes it is of absolute no relevance if the same haplotype is found in two different spots.

There was also a similarity of hairs in a completely unrelated apartment in Burgau and Apartment 5A. And if my hair was tested I am sure my haplotype would fit one of the hairs found in 5A as well.

1.2. The hearsay

The statement concerning the alleged overheard conversation regarding a body that had to be disposed of was neither made to the PJ nor is it part of the original rogatory process and can therefore only have been made to one of the McCann's private investigators. How much credibility does this have if it was the then suspects PI's that "unearthed" this statement? The credibility of Metodo 3 (and I suspect it was them) has been at it's height when they promised Maddie to be back by Christmas and has since lost considerably...

1.3. The arson

This was a crime directed at the Arguido, the burning of his car and the framing of him. Wouldn't it be a good idea to try and find out who did it and why, instead of turning the victim of a crime into a suspect of another crime because he had been a victim in the first place?

Do we have to point out that this crime was committed during the reign of Metodo 3?
2. J.S.
2.1 The burglarizer

In the list of employees of the Ocean Club there is the word "furto" attached to the Arguido's name, written by the PJ investigation which means "theft". But so it is with 2 other persons that are not being targeted by Scotland Yard. Of course it is normal that people that have been charged previously with some kind of offence should be investigated, but this had obviously been done by the PJ who came up with no connection. We should not forget that NOTHING was taken from 5A exept the body of a little girl.

2.2 The phonecalls

The only phonecall relating to J.S. in the released PJ files is to the number allegedly belonging to R.R. at 21:51. Nothing else.

2.4. The residence

J.S. lives in Edificio Luztur in Rua Primero do Maio. The Smith sighting was in Rua 25 de Abril roughly 350 metre away, in no way a suspicious distance in such a small town if you live in the centre and not in some ex-pat area.

2.5. The e-fit

The person who allegedly helped to draw up this e-fit was 60-80% convinced that it had been Gerry McCann who he had seen. The fact that the e-fit had been hidden by the McCanns for years and the sighting covered-up weighs heavy against the possible similarity of somebody's face to an e-fit done by private investigators of the then suspects.
3. P.R.
Acting strangely might be excused when you are suffering from schizophrenia. Apart from that we have the same MO of the then accused's PI's contacting witnesses and getting e-fits done. Not in any way an independent source. Phonecalls are not in the files
4. R.R.
Having been only 16 years at the time of the "disappearance" he is supposed to fit the description of a witness who described a man 18-20 years of age as being a charity collector, which in itself is not a crime, at least not outside the Metodo world.

This and the one phonecall that can be found in the files should be sufficient to drag this young man in front of the vicious british media? I think not.
The whole "request" is in my opinion copied straight from a report of Metodo 3 that Scotland Yard found in the boxes they collected from their offices during a raid in Barcelona some years ago.

Which leaves a couple of questions: Why was it approved by the Portuguese judiciary? And what was the purpose of this action? To prepare for shelving the case again, because no patsy will ever be found after this latest farce? Or to refute even the most ludicrous scenarios that entered the process when they were found inside the boxes of Metodo 3 and therefore have to be dealt with?

Scotland Yard detectives return to Portugal

British Police officers who have arrived in Faro. This week's police quizzes have happened at the request by Operation Grange detectives leading the British hunt for Madeleine

British detectives return to Portugal to observe a number of 'suspect' and 'witness' interviews, carried out by Portuguese officers.

For earlier reports click here

 
'MI5 know what happened to Maddie': Ex-cop claims spies know truth as police quiz suspects, 01 July 2014
 

'MI5 know what happened to Maddie': Ex-cop claims spies know truth as police quiz suspects Daily Star

MI5 agents know but will not reveal what happened to Madeleine McCann, a former Portuguese detective claims.

By Tom Rawle / Published 1st July 2014

TRUTH: Mr Amaral has made wild claims about the wherabouts of Madeleine McCann [PA]

Goncalo Amaral, 56, who ran the investigation into the tot's disappearance from May 3, 2007, claimed the truth will only be known when confidential MI5 case files are released.

His wild accusations were aired on a Portuguese TV documentary, where he told the programme: "When MI5 opens the case files, we will find out.

"Don't forget that the British secret services followed the case right from the beginning.

I don't know if that information will be made available but if it's like the United States, it takes years to have access to confidential information."

The retired officer, who is now a writer, was kicked off the case in September 2007 for criticising the way Scotland Yard were dealing with the investigation.

He is currently being sued for £1million by Maddie's parents Kate and Gerry McCann for libel after claiming in his book The Truth Of The Lie that their daughter died in the holiday apartment in the Praia Da Luz resort, where the three-year-old went missing in May 2007.

INVESTIGATION: Police were searching scrubland near Praia da Luz last month [GETTY]

The disgraced detective, who sacked his legal team at the last minute, is due to face the family in a civil court in Lisbon next week.

In his recent interview, he said: "Someone has the information, so make the information available."

He claimed that he now expects the British police to wind down the investigation with no results.

He said: "Nobody has proved the house was broken into, that there was a theft, there are no traces of a break-in. No money, cameras or anything else was taken."

"They are getting to the point of saying that she is dead.

"They will reach the point of saying that the cadaver can't be found and the case can't be solved."

PARENTS: Gerry and Kate McCann are pleased to see the re-opened investigation moving quickly [GETTY]

Mr Amaral's claims come as Scotland Yard prepare to question four suspects and as many as eight witnesses linked to the case.

Met Police will interview four petty burglaries who targeted homes in the Praia Da Luz resort.

The suspects are thought to have broken into homes just weeks before Maddie went missing.

Her parents said they are pleased with the progress of the case.

They said: "It is gratifying to know a substantial amount of work is taking place with the co-operation of British and Portuguese authorities."

 
EXCLUSIVE: MI5 spies know what happened to Maddie McCann, claims Portuguese detective, 29 June 2014
 

EXCLUSIVE: MI5 spies know what happened to Maddie McCann, claims Portuguese detective Sunday Express

MI5 AGENTS know what happened to missing Madeleine McCann but are covering it up, claims former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral.

By: James Murray
Published: Sun, June 29, 2014

Kate and Gerry McCann, in Praia da Luz the year Madeleine vanished, are suing Goncalo Amaral (left) [TIM CLARKE/PA]

The disgraced detective made the bombshell claim in a Portuguese television documentary that openly mocked Scotland Yard's new investigation. When asked if people will ever learn what really happened, Mr Amaral responded: "Yes, we will, when MI5 opens the case files, we will find out.

"Don't forget that the British secret services followed the case right from the beginning. I don't know if that information will be made available but if it's like the United States, it takes years to have access to confidential information."

Mr Amaral, 56, was the officer who co-ordinated the Portuguese police investigation from May 3, 2007, when three-year-old Madeleine vanished from her family's holiday apartment at Praia da Luz on the Algarve.

After criticising British police he was kicked off the case four months later.

In his latest interview he claims that after two British police dogs were used to searched the McCann's apartment at the Ocean Club, his team had to take the British person responsible for the operation to Faro Airport.

Amaral, now retired and working as a crime writer, went on: "He's at the airport waiting for a plane to return to England and he receives a phone call. Then he explains to our colleague that a member of MI5 was at the airport, waiting to talk with him about the result of the investigation.

"Someone has the information, so make the information available."

There has been suspicion in the senior ranks of Portugal's police that US and/or British intelligence chiefs have satellite images of the area that could be helpful but have never passed them on.

The latest Scotland Yard squad is apparently working on the theory that Madeleine was abducted by burglars who were also involved in drug trafficking. Mr Amaral said the same theory was put forward by a Yard detective seconded to his team seven years ago.

"It was discussed and completely set aside because it made no sense," he said. "Nobody has proved the house was broken into, that there was a theft, there are no traces of a break-in. No money, cameras or anything else was taken."

He said he expects the latest Yard inquiry to wind down soon, without a breakthrough, adding: "They are getting to the point of saying that she is dead.

"They will reach the point of saying that the cadaver can't be found and the case can't be solved."

Mr Amaral will face Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, at a civil court in Lisbon on July 8.

The couple, who cling to the hope their daughter might be alive, are suing him for £1million for libel over his claim that Madeleine died in the apartment, made in his book The Truth Of The Lie.

 
The Gatekeeper, 26 June 2014
 

The Gatekeeper

Rebekah Brooks

EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com

By Dr Martin Roberts
26 June 2014

THE GATEKEEPER

Perhaps it owes something to the fascination of novelty, but there is a distinct tendency for us to view the most recent solution to a problem, be it ours or someone else’s, as correct, or at least more likely to be so than its predecessors, an experience reflected to some degree in product evolution. The McCann case is a repository of so many unsolved problems as to keep criminologists engaged for a very long time to come, but one which, after seven years, has continued to vex a good many, is quite how a couple of hitherto obscure middle-class professionals have been able to count on the unwavering support of three prime ministers to date, despite the Foreign Office being cautioned very early on as to the inexactitudes of early accounts of the drama unfolding in Portugal.

The situation has seemed almost unfathomable, and many a discussion has turned on the nature of who besides the McCanns might be the beneficiary of government protection in this particular context, or what manner of leverage they themselves might have over Downing Street, what they might know, and about whom, that is, in effect, immunising them against further investigation. (We've all been there). Suddenly, with announcement of the verdicts from the 'phone hacking trial', yet another explanation suggests itself. Novel to a degree, although not necessarily correct, it involves a pawn that made it all the way across to the other side, became a queen and changed the game.

In corporate life there is an entity as powerful almost as the CEO. They do not sit on the board, but usually in a separate office just outside the one with the big desk. Nowadays they are called PAs (they used to be called secretaries).  I have known one or two in my time that were models of efficiency – conscientious, discrete and charming. I have also attempted (and failed) on occasion to 'get past' the other kind; the type that see their role more as a filtration unit than a conduit, and who accrue unto themselves an overly significant decision making function. (They can also be seen to pursue a course of horizontal promotion and sometimes even succeed in marrying the object of their admiration).

These personnel, usually but not invariably women, are the latter-day equivalent of a gate-keeper. If they are not prepared to lower the drawbridge, you do not get to speak to the king. (An example of this type can be seen in a classic episode from the Redford/Hoffman film All the President’s Men).

But this is about the McCanns and a queen is it not? Indeed so. Not the one married to the king who sat at the big desk, but the proxy queen who sat in the office just outside; the one who became so adept at making corporate decisions she was eventually allowed to sit at the big desk when the king was away, to the extent that the king could choose to be away almost as often as he liked.

The post medical careers of the McCanns have been ones of relentless self-aggrandisement, such that we have all been seduced into believing they had, and continue to have, the ear, not just of senior government officials but the prime minister of the day, whoever that might be. Reality is depicted elsewhere however. The true constant in the equation of Downing Street with a pair of hapless Rothley residents is the recently exculpated Rebekah Brooks.

In the immediate aftermath of her recently concluded trial, where Ms Brooks shared centre stage with her former lover and editorial colleague Andy Coulson, those of us largely unfamiliar with the inner workings of Fleet Street (or Thomas More Square in her case) have learned just how remorselessly unfeeling were the workings of the human press apparatus under their stewardship. Not that they weren't beforehand, but these two clearly took the art of cynicism to dizzying new heights.

So what?

Well we're not there just yet but, joining a few dots, we have the News of the World and the Sun, both News International titles, on the (McCann) case from the off, and with Rebekah Brooks, formerly of the first club, now managing the latter. It was she who was 'pally' with prime minister Tony Blair, not Gerry McCann, and although she did not care for him quite as much, she was happy to do business with his successor Gordon Brown also, at a time when the Sun was still shining both in and on the Labour hemisphere (they were in government after all).

Rebekah Brooks gives the impression of being an 'ask no questions' individual when it comes to sources of compromising knowledge, of the sort that came her way during her time at the News of the World and after. She was once, for instance, happy to approve a disbursement of £40k in cash without even bothering to inquire as to who, exactly, were to be the beneficiaries. Hence, and quite independent of any complicity in illegal practices of which she has only very recently been found not guilty, she would unquestionably have garnered some very spicy news over time concerning those senior politicians whom she once faced across the dinner table at No. 10.

It has been said of Jack Straw (Home Secretary, then Foreign Secretary in the Blair administration and Lord Chancellor under Gordon Brown) that 'he knew where all the bodies were buried'. Gerry McCann possibly knows the whereabouts of one. Rebekah Brooks on the other hand...

One need only consider her behaviour toward her 'friend and neighbour' David Cameron, to appreciate that Brooks, a hypocrite of the first water, is without moral principle and totally unscrupulous. Being found 'not guilty' at the Old Bailey recently does not define her as the epitome of innocence. Or do we imagine that the Prime Minister's immediate intercession with Scotland Yard in answer to the McCanns' very public request (via the Sun) for an independent review of their case was the direct result of a sudden urge of latent sympathy? That development was not achieved because of something Gerry McCann knew, but because of something Rebekah Brooks threatened to do.

What this episode illustrates perfectly clearly is that, from the perspective of an incumbent Prime Minister, there is indeed something more significant than the McCanns of Rothley: self-preservation.

The 'review' gambit was a win-win for the McCanns and for News International. A UK based undertaking driven by the same 'evidence' that caused the Portuguese to archive the original inquiry, would most probably arrive at the same place, with the Sun first in the queue to make the eventual (and loud) proclamation on the family's behalf that there was 'no evidence that Madeleine is dead and no evidence to implicate them in her d...d...disappearance'. In the meantime of course the story of 'the search', much as the couple's fund, would run continuously, with Madeleine remaining, in effect, the cash cow in both cases.

Perhaps, therefore, the fact that the McCanns dodged a bullet in the first instance had rather less to do with their own low-level scheming and more with the fact that, in their apparent victimhood, there existed a saga that could be written about for days/weeks/months/years to come. And if Rebekah Brooks was capable of waving the red flag of self-preservation in front of David Cameron, what might she have been capable of as regards Gordon Brown, someone of whom she was altogether less fond?

This is all speculation of course, but another clue as to the Brooks web of intrigue exists in the fly that got away.

Nick Davies' very thorough review of the now concluded Brooks/Coulson case for the Guardian includes the following observation:

"The judge agreed to delay the trial for seven weeks while she instructed Laidlaw – and that meant Coulson lost his barrister, Clare Montgomery QC, because the new timing overlapped with a case she had to conduct in Hong Kong".

Clare Montgomery QC. Now there's a name to conjour with. Clare Montgomery, of Matrix Chambers? The firm co-founded by Cherie Booth QC (aka Cherie Blair)? And with handy specialisms in criminal, regulatory and fraud law? Andy Coulson probably didn't get to go riding with Rebekah's Chipping Norton set (they would only have played away fixtures) so who, one wonders, might have put Ms Montgomery forward as his prospective counsel, and might we perhaps be reading her name in the papers again before too long?

 
The Art of the Possible, 25 June 2014
 

The Art of the Possible

Forensic Science Service

EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com

By Dr Martin Roberts
25 June 2014

THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE

From the report of Mark Harrison, NPIA (submitted 23.7.2007, restricted 21.8.2007)

Processo Vol IX Pages 2224 to 2234

McCann's Apartment

"The apartment in which the McCann's had stayed may present further opportunities to search. The use of a specialist EVRD (Enhanced Victim Recovery Dog) and CSI dog (Human blood detecting dog) could potentially indicate on whether Madeline's (sic) blood is in the property or the scent of a dead body is present. In relation to the dead body scent if such a scent is indicated by the EVRD and no body is located it may suggest that a body has been in the property but removed. This search process could be repeated in all the apartments that were occupied by the friends holidaying with the McCann's".

From the witness testimony of Mark Harrison

LEICESTERSHIRE POLICE SQUAD
Occupation: Police Agent

(Cartas Rogarorias 3, pages 19-20)

"This statement, consisting of two pages, each signed by me, is true to the best of my knowledge and belief and I make it knowing that, if it is tendered in evidence, I shall be liable to prosecution if I have wilfully stated in it anything I know to be false or do not believe to be true".

Date: 2 May 2008

4. In this particular case, based on the information and on your experience, what is the possibility that a cadaver was concealed?

"To this question I am not in possession of any information or sufficient knowledge to comment".

In late July 2007 therefore, and on the basis of his personal knowledge and experience, Mark Harrison advises the PJ to deploy an EVRD as "If (such a) scent is indicated by the EVRD and no body is located it may suggest that a body has been in the property but removed".

The removal of a body from the apartment therefore becomes a possibility.

Dog handler Martin Grime's searches were conducted and concluded that first week in August, 2007. Subsequently Mark Harrison personally attended a meeting at which the filmed outcomes were reviewed by investigators, as he stated in his evidence given in answer to question 3 of the same Rogatory request:

"After the conclusion of the searches, a meeting in the Portimao offices of the PJ took place in the office of Goncalo AMARAL and those present included Guilermino ENCARNACO, an official representative from the Leicestershire police, Martin GRIME and myself. During the meeting were exhibited videos with the details of search activities including the sniffer dogs led by Martin GRIME. GRIME commented on the actions of the dogs and added that no confirmed evidence or information could be taken from the alerts by the dogs but needed to be confirmed with physical evidence".

All parties in attendance at that meeting, including Mark Harrison, were afterwards in possession of unconfirmed information. They were not entirely bereft of information however.

And yet, within a matter of months, Mark Harrison feels he has to answer question 4 with: 'To this question I am not in possession of any information or sufficient knowledge to comment'.

I beg to differ. The question did not call for a definitive conclusion but an opinion as regards a 'possibility', the same possibility in fact that encouraged Mark Harrison to propose the deployment of an EVRD in the first instance. Furthermore the possibility arises as a direct consequence of the behaviour of the EVRD. 'Confirmation', resulting from the subsequent activities of the CSI dog, merely raises the status of likelihood, from possible to probable/certain depending upon the outcome of forensic examination of any residues retrieved from the scene.

Why did Mark Harrison become evasive in the interim? Did the removal of a corpse from apartment 5A cease to be a possibility for some reason?

The initial report by the FSS (6 September 2007) concerning samples submitted for analysis following the CSI dog's indication toward the tiled floor area of apartment 5A were largely inconclusive:

"An attempt to obtain an LCN DNA result from any cellular material on the swabs from the tiles 286/2007 CR/L 5 stains 1, 2 & 3 were unsuccessful in that no DNA profile was obtained.

"An LCN DNA result which contained too little information for meaningful interpretation was obtained from cellular material on the swab from the tile (286/2007 CR/L 9).

"Low level LCN DNA results were obtained from cellular material on the swabs from the tiles (286/2007 CR/L 4 & 12). In my opinion there is no evidence to support the view that anyone in the McCann Family contributed DNA to these results.

"An attempt to obtain a DNA profile from any cellular material recovered from a further area on tile 2 and two areas on tile 3 (286/2007-CRL(3) were unsuccessful in that no profiles were obtained".

Taken as a whole these outcomes do not, in themselves, discount the possibility that a body was removed from apartment 5A (i.e., concealed elsewhere). Hence Mark Harrison's 'information', albeit unconfirmed, continued to suggest the possibility that a body had at some time been present in the apartment.

The second report to come from the FSS (18.6.2008) was, if anything, even more equivocal. As author John Robert Lowe concluded:

"In my opinion, the laboratory results that were attained did not help to clarify whether or not the DNA results obtained within the scope of this case were from Madeleine McCann".

The original possibility, although unsubstantiated, remained unresolved therefore. It was never dismissed, either by dint of the FSS results or by Harrison himself, although he later elected to avoid it for some reason.

 
Phone-hacking jury considers final verdicts, 25 June 2014
 

Phone-hacking jury considers final verdicts BBC News

25 June 2014 Last updated at 10:27

Andy Coulson was found guilty of a charge of conspiracy to intercept voicemails

Andy Coulson was found guilty of a charge of conspiracy to intercept voicemails

The jury in the phone-hacking trial is considering more charges against Andy Coulson as the PM faces questions about why he was appointed to a No 10 role.

The former News of the World editor has been found guilty of conspiracy to hack phones. Ex-News International chief Rebekah Brooks was cleared.

(...)

Harriet Harman, Labour's deputy leader, said Mr Cameron still had questions to answer about why he ignored advice not to appoint Coulson.

She said the plight of hacking victims, including murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and the parents of missing Madeleine McCann, was already "known about" when Coulson worked in Downing Street.

(...)



Newsnight BBC iPlayer

Andy Coulson was found guilty of a charge of conspiracy to intercept voicemails

24/06/2014

Transcript

- Extract -

Laura Kuenssberg: Harriet Harman, David Cameron said he would apologise, if this is what happened. He's done that; he's been very clear about that - he didn't stint in his apology. Shouldn't this be the end of the story, for him?

Harriet Harman: Well, no, I don't think so. I don't think that makes it okay, at all. I mean, in the first place, why did he place so little concern on what had happened to those victims - The Dowlers, the McCanns - who'd been victims of crime and then had their lives even more turned upside down, and their privacy invaded, and their pain and suffering made worse by abuse of the press. I mean, that already was known about, and that was accepted. And he swept that aside because he wanted to have Andy Coulson by his side in No. 10.

 
Sick and bankrupt, 22 June 2014
 

Sick and bankrupt VIP magazine

VIP magazine, issue No. 883

Gonçalo Amaral

Maddie case has left him in misery

Issue number 883
Date: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 09h36m

Gonçalo Amaral, the former leader of the investigation into the disappearance of Maddie, doesn't want to hear talk about the case that has put him on the brink of poverty. He is sick and barely has money to eat.



Sick and bankrupt VIP magazine

Gonçalo Amaral

Gonçalo Amaral

Gonçalo Amaral, the former inspector responsible for the investigation into the disappearance of Maddie, doesn't want to hear talk about the case that has put him on the brink of poverty. He is sick and barely has money to eat.

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 17:30

"At this point, I do not want to even hear about the case." This was the reaction of Gonçalo Amaral, former Inspector of the Judicial Police (PJ) and SIC commentator, when contacted by VIP to comment on the searches being done in the Algarve. And the reason is simple: the former investigating officer is facing serious financial difficulties, allegedly because of the Madeleine McCann case. Moreover, he suffers from a serious illness (diabetes to the ultimate degree) that has weakened him a lot.

The Truth of the Lie, the work that Gonçalo Amaral wrote recounting his version of the Maddie case, after he was removed from investigation, is allegedly the source of the difficult financial situation in which the former inspector currently finds himself.

In the book, Gonçalo Amaral argues that "the child Madeleine McCann died in the apartment in the Ocean Club, in Vila da Luz, on the night of May 3, 2007; there was a simulation of an abduction; Kate Healy and Gerald McCann are suspected of involvement in the concealment of the corpse of the daughter; death may have occurred as a result of a tragic accident; there is evidence of negligence in the custody and safety of the children. We are conscious of having given our best to solve the case. Our beliefs are based on professional experience, on facts and evidence collected and their interpretation in the light of the law."

These were statements that led the child's parents to sue the former inspector, freezing all his assets [as security against possible future payment of costs] and pushing him into the financial situation he has nowadays. The book was withdrawn from the market in 2009, in compliance with a court order, resulting from a proceeding brought by Madeleine McCann's parents. The British couple froze all his bank accounts, as well as both the movable and immovable property of the investigator, who was living on only his pension salary - which was also later frozen in part by the couple.

With the cut in his salary, and the expenses which result from the treatments his failing health requires him to take, Gonçalo Amaral, assured sources from the PJ, is broke: "He only survives thanks to the solidarity of colleagues and family."



Paper edition:

Sick and Bankrupt VIP magazine (Nº 883, weekly edition from 17 to 23.06.2014, pages 74 to 76)

VIP magazine, nº 883, weekly edition from 17 to 23.06.2014, pages 74 to 76, paper edition
VIP magazine, page 74

VIP magazine, nº 883, weekly edition from 17 to 23.06.2014, pages 74 to 76, paper edition
VIP magazine, page 75

VIP magazine, nº 883, weekly edition from 17 to 23.06.2014, pages 74 to 76, paper edition
VIP magazine, page 76

 

Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator responsible for the investigation into the disappearance of Maddie, does not want to hear about the case that has left him on the verge of poverty. He is ill and barely has any money to eat.

By Carlos Tomás
With thanks to
Joana Morais for translation

Eight days of searches, 60 thousand square metres of scrubland investigated to analyse fully the 41 soil anomalies and over half a million euros spent in the search operations that brought to Portugal a team of British officers and forensic investigators.

This was the balance of the searches carried out in the Algarve, in the Praia da Luz area, in Lagos. Under the guidance of Scotland Yard and with the assistance of the Portuguese Judiciary Police (PJ), in this way it was concluded the first stage of the rogatory steps requested in the scope of Operation Grange, the name of the British investigation initiated in 2011 to review the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the little British girl who, on May 3, 2007, disappeared from the apartment rented by her parents in the Algarve.

The British police released a communiqué stating that this is part of ensuring that all lines of enquiry are "progressed in a systematic manner" and covers just the one hypothesis that she was killed and buried locally. Nevertheless, at the end of the searches, no traces of Madeleine were found. "At this time no evidence relating to Madeleine McCann has been identified", clarifies the press statement, admitting that the searches that took place in several sites in Praia da Luz, which included drainage channels, sewage systems and derelict buildings using sniffer dogs and georadar were fruitless.

"Maddie case ruined his life"

"At this point in time I don't even want to hear about the case". This was the reaction of Gonçalo Amaral, the former inspector of the Judiciary Police (PJ) and SIC TV channel commentator, when he was contacted by VIP magazine to give his opinion about the searches that took place in the Algarve. And his motives are simple: the former inspector faces serious financial difficulties allegedly due to the Madeleine McCann case. Besides that he suffers from a critical illness (diabetes in the last degree) which has weakened him immensely.

"He is very ill. He lost over 50 kilos [110 lbs] and he has locked himself in his father's house. He doesn't even go to Júlia Pinheiro's talk show on SIC any longer. The Maddie case has ruined his life, personally and professionally. Now with the searches that are being carried out in the Algarve, it seems that he was right after all. Even the British authorities now believe the girl may be dead. Otherwise these searches would make no sense whatsoever. It's funny how the McCanns are so silent", said a Judiciary Police officer from the Algarve, who accompanied the searches made by the British on the field. "Up to now, and even though there's plenty of material to analyse, only bones of cats and dogs were found. Of the child, not a single trace", he added.

Isabel Duarte, the McCann's lawyer for the civil lawsuits, confirms that statement. "As far as I know, no trace of the child was found. In fact, the McCanns themselves have been kept aside of these police investigations. We have no control about whatever is taking place". On his turn, Rogério Alves, the McCann's lawyer for the criminal processes, revealed that he also knows nothing about the investigations. "At this moment, there's nothing. But there are more steps requested by Scotland Yard, namely the questioning of several persons who used to go ['attend' is the literal translation] to the Ocean Club. Let's wait serenely for the results of investigations", he stated to VIP.

It should be recalled that Gonçalo Amaral was the first Portuguese inspector responsible for the Maddie case and that five months after the disappearance of the English girl, he was removed from the investigation following the harsh criticism of his British colleagues, that he voiced publicly in an interview that he granted to a daily newspaper at the time.

The "Damned" book

The Truth of the Lie
, the book Gonçalo Amaral wrote reporting his version of the Maddie case, after he was removed from the investigation is allegedly at the basis of the former inspector serious financial hardships. In the book, Gonçalo Amaral defends that "the minor, Madeleine McCann died in the Ocean Club apartment, in the Luz village; a child abduction was staged; Kate Healy and Gerald McCann are suspects of being involved in the concealment of their daughter's cadaver; the death might have occurred following a tragic accident; there are evidence of negligence in the safekeeping and supervision of their children. We are conscient that we have given our best to solve this case. Our beliefs are based on professional experience, on facts and indicia collected and in their interpretation according to the law".

Statements which led the parents of the child to sue the former inspector, seizing all his assets and pushing him to the financial situation where he finds himself in today. The book was taken off the markets in 2009, in the fulfilment of a judicial decision following an injunction made by Madeleine McCann's parents. The British couple froze all his bank accounts, seized his movable and immovable assets, and the inspector was left only with his retirement wage, which was eventually also seized by the couple.

"He only survives thanks to the solidarity of friends and family"

With the cuts in his wage and with expenses and the increased costs of the medical treatments of his failing health, Gonçalo Amaral, assure the PJ sources, is destitute: "He only survives thanks to the solidarity of friends and family". This, even though in 2012 the copies of book the inspector wrote were returned to the book publishers Guerra e Paz Editores. However, the sales were never the same again and Gonçalo Amaral remains with all of his assets frozen, since the couple has made another appeal and other lawsuits.

It should be noted that, as to what VIP was able to establish, Maddie's parents no longer have the legitimacy to take legal proceedings related to the case, since they have already lost, by order of the English High Court, the tutelage of the missing child. In fact, according to the English law, after seven years if the body of a missing person isn't found, the person can be officially declared dead. Maddie's parents, however, have not yet applied for a death certificate.

Back in England, the British police revealed that "further requests are being compiled and will be submitted in due course". And they state that they will return to Portugal to question eight persons of interest, whom they affirm, may help clarify the case.

 
The Madeleine Mystery
 

The Madeleine Mystery (extract from 'People in a Place Apart') Amazon

Len Port: People in a Place Apart

By Len Port

The following chapter is from Len Port's book "People in a Place Apart" - a book about the Algarve - and is reproduced here with kind permission of the author



Chapter Twenty-four

THE MADELEINE MYSTERY


The peaceful seaside village of Praia da Luz was the unlikely setting for what turned out to be the most reported and discussed missing person case in human history. The disappearance has also been one of the most mystifying, controversial and bitter cases of its kind in modern times. For me as a reporter it all started so quietly.

On arrival in the village before 8.30am on Friday 4th May 2007, I expected to see some urgent activity. A young British girl, Madeleine McCann, had gone missing the previous night. At first I saw no movement at all. The village was silent and still. While driving around, I came across a single police vehicle parked on the roadside at a junction of minor roads towards the back of the village. I parked directly behind it. A few uniformed police officers were standing outside a block of holiday apartments. The only other people in sight were two women in conversation close to a corner ground floor apartment, 5A. As I approached, I noticed that one of them was clearly distressed, so much so I guessed she must be the missing girl's mother, Kate McCann. Later I learned that the other woman was a senior social worker on holiday from England. I overheard Mrs McCann tell her the police were "doing nothing" to find her daughter. She complained that they had not even questioned people staying in the same block of apartments. I understood the social worker to suggest that a description of the missing child should be circulated more widely. That prompted me to introduce myself as an Algarve-based reporter and say that I could use contacts to arrange alerts to be broadcast on an Algarve bilingual radio station. It had flashed through my mind that such alerts had been broadcast when Rachel Charles was reported missing in the Algarve 17 years earlier. The social worker then mentioned the British Consulate. I said I could help there too as I knew the staff at the Consulate and had just spoken to one of them on the phone. Perhaps my offer sounded disingenuous coming from a total stranger and a reporter to boot. Anyway, it was ignored.

As I moved around the village on foot there was at least one obvious manifestation of police activity. Police officers with search dogs on leads were vigorously combing the vicinity of the apartments, the area around the village church, on down towards the seashore and along the full length of the long curving beach. It was all being done in silence.

The tranquillity outside apartment 5A gradually changed. As the morning and afternoon wore on, the number of people arriving on the scene steadily increased. Curious passers-by mingled with reporters, photographers, TV cameramen and staff manning outside broadcast vans. A mixture of Portuguese, British and other nationalities, we all stood around asking each other questions and wondering what had happened to the little girl. All these years later, we are none the wiser. In the days, weeks, months and years following Madeleine's disappearance, the few known facts have been drowned in an ocean of public confusion created by a combination of conjecture, conspiracy theories, distortions, misinformation and lies.

Madeleine's parents have always been adamant she was abducted from the apartment. Others think she may have left the apartment of her own accord in search of her parents and was later abducted or met with harm in some other way. Some are convinced her body was secretly disposed of after she died inadvertently in the apartment. The trouble with all these theories is that while each can be shown to be a possible explanation, none is yet backed by solid evidence that elevates it to one of certainty. Upon publication of the latest edition of this book, police in both Portugal and Britain are re-investigating the case, giving fresh hope that the mystery may finally be solved and that Madeleine, if still alive, will be returned to her parents. A breakthrough could come at any moment. On the other hand it may always remain a mystery. Meanwhile, let us reflect in a little more detail on this complex saga so far.

For the McCann family from Rothley in Leicestershire the trauma began on the sixth day of a weeklong holiday. They were staying in a modest, ground-floor apartment in a tourist complex. During initial police questioning the day after the disappearance, Kate and Gerry McCann said they had settled Madeleine, aged three, and her younger twin siblings into their shared bedroom at 7.30pm. An hour later, with the children asleep and leaving the back patio door of apartment 5A closed but not locked, they joined seven holidaying friends for dinner. As on previous evenings, they dined in a poolside restaurant situated at the back of the apartment. It was a minute or two's walking distance, about 120 metres, away.

Like Kate and Gerry McCann, four of their seven friends were medical doctors and some had children of their own. In the course of a few parental checks, Gerry McCann said he went back to apartment 5A between 9.05pm and 9.10pm and saw all three of his children sound asleep. Kate McCann went to the apartment at 10pm. Madeleine was not there. Within half an hour of Kate McCann rushing back to the restaurant to raise the alarm, members of staff at the tourist complex where the McCanns and their friends were staying initiated a search of the neighbourhood. Holidaymakers and village residents joined in. The Guarda Nacional República (GNR) was alerted and soon had officers on the scene. Two police search dogs arrived. Police at first thought Madeleine may have wandered off, but Portugal's criminal investigation service, the Polícia Judiciáia, was informed after midnight. The neighbourhood search involved about 60 people on a calm and cloudless night with a full moon. It went on until about 4.30am.

Jane Tanner, a member of the group of friends, told police she saw a man with a child in his arms crossing the road in front of the McCanns' apartment at about 9.15pm, soon after Gerry McCann's check. For more than six years this sighting remained central to the McCanns' insistence that their daughter had been abducted. A family on holiday from Ireland also saw a man carrying a young child. This was much further away, closer to the centre of the village, at 10pm.

From the earliest days of the Portuguese investigation, the McCanns received a great deal of moral and financial support. The British Foreign Office showed remarkable interest. A wealthy Scottish businessman, Stephen Winyard, offered a £1 million reward for information leading to Madeleine's return. English tycoon Richard Branson was among those who donated to the Find Madeleine fund that quickly reached more than £2.5 million. Football star David Beckham, then playing for Real Madrid, held up a Madeleine poster in a televised appeal in Spain. In seeking publicity on a grand scale, the McCanns met with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome at the end of May and had a photograph of their missing daughter blessed by him. Gerry travelled to Washington courtesy of Branson's Virgin Atlantic airline and visited the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, the Justice Department, Capitol Hill and the White House.

By then, police had questioned and declared Robert Murat an arguido (suspect). Jane Tanner had claimed she was almost certain Murat was the man she saw carrying a child. Although insisting he had spent the evening with his mother in her house a short distance from apartment 5A, Murat became the subject of wild rumours and false newspaper speculation. International media coverage reached new heights four months later, in September, when Kate and Gerry McCann were also declared arguidos. Clarence Mitchell, who had earlier spent a month with the McCanns as a representative of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, relinquished his position as director of the media monitoring unit at the British government's Central Office of Information to become the McCanns' official spokesperson.

Among the obstacles confronting the Portuguese police was the ever-pressing presence of the media. Their constant demand for news was complicated by a Portuguese law that forbids the police from openly discussing or divulging any aspects of a criminal investigation. Article 86 of the penal code amounts to a gagging order on releasing anything that might prejudice a case. As the investigation wore on, this lack of information frustrated reporters faced with editors' demands for sensational stories. In the absence of official statements and verifiable advice, certain newspapers indulged in an orgy of innuendo, speculation, grossly inaccurate and even fictitious reporting. 'Leaks' from the Portuguese police to the Portuguese press were repeated and sometimes embellished in mass-circulating British tabloids. Some of the papers were eventually taken to task for defamation and obliged to pay large sums in damages.

The lead detective in the investigation, Gonçalo Amaral, looked into the likelihood of abduction but found no evidence to substantiate the McCanns' insistence that their daughter had been kidnapped. He came to suspect that Kate McCann had lied in claiming that an intruder had opened the front window and jemmied the shutter in the children's bedroom. He thought the parents might have invented the abduction story as a cover-up after Madeleine died inadvertently in the apartment, perhaps from an overdose of a sedative or a fall. This theory seemed to be supported by traces of blood and cadaver odours found by two specialist dogs brought out from the UK. The traces were found in the apartment and in the boot of a car hired by the McCanns.

Five months into the investigation, Gonçalo Amaral's involvement suddenly ended when he was dismissed from the case for imprudently alleging that police in Britain were biased towards the McCanns. Then, in July 2008 after 14 months of probing with no conclusive breakthrough, the Polícia Judiciária wrapped up their final report. Portugal's attorney general lifted the arguido status on all three suspects and formally archived the case.

In 2011 at the behest of the McCanns, Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May asked the Metropolitan Police Service to review the vast amount of documentation from the original Portuguese investigation, as well as the results of inquiries made by a succession of private investigators hired by the McCanns. After two years, the Met upgraded its review to a full-scale investigation. Five months later, in October 2013, the Portuguese authorities ordered a re-opening of their own investigation and went to work on new evidence they had uncovered. This occurred while a civil libel action was in progress in Lisbon in which the McCanns were suing Gonçalo Amaral over a book he had written, A Verdade de Mentira (The Truth of the Lie).

The McCanns had accepted £550,000 in 2008 from Express Newspapers in compensation for scores of defamatory articles in the Daily Express, Daily Star and their Sunday sister titles. Robert Murat was awarded £600,000 in libel damages from Express Newspapers, Associated Newspapers, the Mirror Group and News Group Newspapers. In compensation for Amaral’s book and a TV documentary based on it, the McCanns demanded €1.2 million.

The McCanns said the Portuguese police had been "very open" with them at the beginning of the original investigation. Three months down the line they still had "a very good working relationship." Things hit rock bottom in September 2007 on being declared official suspects. Faced not only with deep parental anguish over the loss of their daughter, Kate and Gerry McCann now had to cope with the humility of being publicly suspected of being the cause of her disappearance. Kate's mother Susan Healy was widely quoted as saying that the pressure on her daughter was so great, "I don't know how long she will hold on for... I don't know if any human can take such pressure." She added: "Kate is an only child. If it was me, I'd die. But she can't let herself get so low. She has to think of her family, of Gerry and the twins."

Amaral sank to a low ebb as well. With pent up frustrations over what he regarded as bias by the UK authorities and non-cooperation by the McCanns, he resigned from the police service and became the target of insults in the British press. His marriage broke down, he moved away from his daughter in Lisbon, grieved over the death of both his mother and father, and lost weight through illness. Soon after the 2013 start of the Scotland Yard investigation, the Jane Tanner sighting of a man carrying a child outside the McCanns' apartment became irrelevant when the man was publicly identified as an innocent father carrying his own child home from a crèche on the complex. The other sighting by an Irish family took on much greater significance with the simultaneous publication of two e-fit images produced by a team of ex-MI5 private investigators employed by the McCann's Find Madeleine fund after the Portuguese authorities had shelved their investigation five years earlier. Publication of the e-fit images along with televised appeals for information resulted in thousands of phone calls and emails. With international public interest in the case elevated to its 2007 heights, the Portuguese police re-opened their investigation to run both alongside and in conjunction with the British police.

 
Gerry McCann - The Travellin' Man, 20 June 2014
 

Gerry McCann - The Travellin' Man mccannfiles

Gerry McCann arrives at court, 02 October 2013
The woman on the right, photo-bombing Gerry's 'Travellin' Man' shoot, is his sister, Trish Cameron

By Nigel Moore
20 June 2014


To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, as another Scot with a penchant for poetic licence, Robert Louis Stevenson, once wrote. It's a well worn saying, and you'd be hard pressed to have sat through any TV talent show and not heard a stream of 'Truman effect' wannabees blathering on about 'the journey' - usually just prior to the public ordering them a taxi home. But for the McCanns it's different. For them, the journey is a torturous, soul destroying and time consuming ordeal of booking the flight, arranging the hotel (the usual?), getting time off work (Kate?) and arranging childcare. Why, that's a whole 45 minutes hard work down the pan straight off the bat.

It seems the McCanns are cursed 'above all cattle, and above every beast of the field' to enjoy fruitless journeys. Aside from being physically and emotionally worn down by the libel trial, who can forget their abortive poster-jolly (look at the pictures) to Huelva - where they arrived only to find most of the shops closed due to a public holiday. That particular journey must have slipped the McCanns mind outside the Palace of Justice, otherwise they would surely have raged about the 'FIVE times' Gonçalo Amaral had thwarted their plans. Forget pantomime villain, Dr Amaral is now taking on Svengali-like status with his supreme power to exercise control over the health and well-being of anyone that steps into his path. All he's missing now is a flowing black cape, a fiendishly coiffured moustache and a clap of thunder every time he appears.

So, let's get all this travelling business out into the open, where we can see it, once and for all, and clear up any misunderstandings about Gerry McCann's two trips to Lisbon. As the good doctor himself has frequently said, speculation does nobody any good. So let's burrow down and get to the truth. And that's 'the truth', by the way, not an 'account' of it.

The first time Gerry packed his toothbrush and flannel was for the hearing on 27 September 2013. As we now know, the hearing that day was adjourned due to an illness affecting Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer's son, which required hospital treatment. As Vitor Santos de Oliveira said at the time: "My son is having an operation. I hope that because of this you won't be making a hullabaloo saying that Gonçalo Amaral is holding things up." The 'you' here presumably being directed at the press, although it could equally be applied to the McCanns, seeing as the two have been in a mutually beneficial and 'consciously coupled' relationship for 7 years now.

That same press had led us to believe that Gerry McCann was coming to town for a showdown with his arch nemesis, Gonçalo Amaral, in a thrilling court room battle. He would appear in the witness box to give compelling evidence that would have the former police coordinator crying into his sardine lunch and muttering: "It's a fair cop, doc, you got me done up like a kipper."

As Clarence of the Yard said, in an official McCann press announcement: "I can confirm Gerry McCann is hoping to give evidence." Must be true then.

And, amidst all this, what did the slippery fish that is Gerry McCann have to say as he arrived?

"I am here for Madeleine, for justice, for the twins and ourselves," opined the heart specialist, neatly avoiding the issue of actually giving evidence. When he was pressed as to whether he would be making a statement in court, he replied unhelpfully: "I am not sure."

Following the adjournment, Gerry was asked whether he knew what had just happened, and said: "I think, errr... Isabel will be able to explain that better." Smart move. It's always best to defer tricky questions to a lawyer... or just don't answer them at all.

And in response to another question, he added: "Well, the law's changed and I think, errr... I think Kate and I know better than anyone else, errr... what we've experienced and what we've gone through and the facts of the file and, errm... the damage that's been caused to the search for Madeleine."

Within a week, Gerry was back at the Palace of Justice, in Lisbon, for the Second Act. Mirroring his previous performance, he was not sure what would happen. "We are here to listen to the judge and hopefully be heard," he told reporters.

As we all know, there is a perilous canyon between the towns of Hope and Reality. Twice every week people 'hope' they will win the EuroMillions lottery, even though there is only a 1 in 76,275,360 chance of doing so. Nevertheless, still better odds than there were that Gerry would get his 'day in court' that day.

As we have already seen, Gerry possessed clear knowledge that the law had changed and so it makes sense to take a closer look at what the new law actually says (courtesy of Astro):
The Civil Process Code allows the parties in a civil case to make a 'declaration' to the court. This declaration has a purpose: the parties, not being witnesses and therefore not being able to add anything to the trial in terms of evidence, are given the opportunity to offer the court additional evidence and/or to make a confession.

This declaration can ONLY be made AFTER all the evidence (witnesses and material evidence) has been presented, precisely because it is supposed to ADD to the evidence that the court has seen and/or heard. And because it is supposed to ADD to the evidence, it is up to the judge to decide whether or not he/she has been presented with enough evidence and whether or not he/she believes that the party or parties can add anything of use to the evidence that has been presented.

In the former civil process code, there was no opportunity for any of the parties to confess. This is the main purpose of the new disposition.

None of the parties - Kate and Gerry McCann or Gonçalo Amaral - could ever speak in court before the witnesses had all been heard. That is how the process is designed, no exceptions. And because the judge's permission depended upon her assessment of the evidence that would be presented by the witnesses, she would never have been able to approve or refuse their request for a declaration BEFORE the last witness was heard.
So, the truth is that Gerry McCann would have known exactly what would happen at the hearings he attended and what the judge would say - that she would be unable to rule on whether he could give evidence until after all the witnesses had been heard. Yet he was happy for the lie - that he was 'hoping' to give evidence in court but was then heartbreakingly thwarted - to perpetuate, and he was happy to use the press, and Clarence Mitchell, in the dissemination of this lie.

Any other interpretation of events would suggest the McCanns' lawyer, Isabel Duarte, was incompetent in her duties and had failed to advise her clients correctly. She should therefore have had her mandate revoked immediately, having wasted Gerry McCanns precious time TWICE. A crime that would put her one rung above Maleficent, the self proclaimed Mistress of All Evil, according to the McCann book.

Whether Gerry travelled in full knowledge of the facts (and remember he told us himself that the law had changed thus demonstrating prior knowledge) or in complete ignorance, one fact appears clear: Isabel Duarte was either compliant to her clients charade outside the court (on two occasions) or she was complicit in a blatant and cynical piece of Lisbon street theatre.

So, having no reason to be there, why was it so important for Gerry McCann to fly to Lisbon, on two futile journeys, and drain the diminishing coffers of Madeleine's Fund yet further - having already raided the Fund to pay expenses to all their witnesses?

Maybe he thought his presence needed to be imposed on the proceedings, following the disastrous anecdotal musings, served up as 'evidence', by the witnesses he and Kate had cobbled together. Maybe he wanted to ensure Trish Cameron wasn't approached by the press for an unscripted quote. Maybe he felt the McCanns' reputation is so fragile and powerless he needed to divert attention away from impending bad news - since he chose to travel on the first day that Gonçalo Amaral's witnesses were due to be heard, and then came back again the following week to make sure the job was done. Pure coincidence, I'm sure. And, of course, the press lapped it all up like the thirsty little kittens they are. Clean plates all round.

Never mind. We move on. Street theatre only has a limited shelf life. Justice lasts a lifetime.

And the good news, for justice, is that Gonçalo Amaral is in good spirits and has already appointed a new lawyer, whose name is currently being placed with the court.

The trial will soon be concluded and then it will over to the judge, Maria Emília de Melo e Castro, to make her decision.

What view she takes of all this sideshow nonsense will only be known by her but I am confident her decision will be grounded in the evidence presented before her in the court room, and not in the flights of fancy that have taken place outside it.

 
What is it that the church has?, 13 June 2014
 

What is it that the church has? TVMais magazine (paper edition Nº1117, 13 to 19 June 2014, pages 98 & 99)

What is it that the church has? TVMais magazine (paper edition Nº1117, 13 to 19 June 2014, pages 98 & 99)

What is it that the church has? TVMais magazine (paper edition Nº1117, 13 to 19 June 2014, pages 98 & 99)

Announced visits and another in secret, keys provided against the wishes of the Bishop, the priest's wife agitated, finished constructions and searches never made​​. What is it that the church of Praia da Luz has?

By Hernâni Carvalho
With thanks to
Joana Morais for translation and Maria for images


On the night of their daughter's disappearance, the McCann couple asked for a priest. The priest of the Luz church, José Pacheco, did not respond. The couple knew, even before they had gone to Praia da Luz, that the Anglican priest Haynes Hubbard celebrated masses there and lived with his wife. He had a friendship with McCann's family members. It was with him whom they spoke with. Some days later, Gerry and Kate received the church keys, and since then they were able to enter and leave at any time. A situation that was criticized by the Bishop of the Algarve at the time. When questioned on this discretionary act, the priest José Pacheco said: "Do I decide that?!"

 McCanns visited the church in secret 

"Although our pain feels much rawer here, it is comforting at the same time since we feel closer to Madeleine", we can read in a press statement sent to Lusa news agency in 12th December 2009, by the McCann's Portuguese PR, in connection to the couple's visit to the church. During the day, the visits were announced and followed by the media. The exception was made in the early hours of January 14, 2010. At 5am they were seen and photographed leaving the church from a side door. In the afternoon they gave a press conference.

 Wife of Priest worried 

The forensic psychologist Paulo Sargento asked the bishop of the Algarve Dom Manuel Quintas, if any catholic can go to the church at any time.

Hernâni Carvalho -
How did you get to talk with the bishop?

Paulo Sargento -
I sent a registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt early on, in January 2010. Since I got no reply, about a month later, I sent an e-mail with the questions that I had. Four days later, it was the Bishop himself who replied, also by e-mail, apologizing for the delay in the answer. A hearing was scheduled for two or three days later.

Hernâni Carvalho -
And you felt clarified?

Paulo Sargento -
The hearing took place in February, at the episcopal see of Faro. The Bishop received me kindly. We talked about an hour. I had already been informed about a McCann visit to the church in the early hours and wondered if the Bishop was aware of that and I also wished to understand if any other catholic could do the same. Dom Manuel Quintas confirmed the McCanns had indeed been in the church on that day at 5am, that the person who had given them the key that night was Susan Hubbard, the wife of the Anglican priest, who had a key to the church at all times since her husband celebrated the Anglican mass there. Susan assured the Bishop the McCanns wanted to pray without being harassed by the media. However, the Bishop told me: "I don't understand, that day at 17h00 there was a mass where they went, surrounded by the media". Dom Manuel Quintas also added that when Susan Hubbard found out about my hearing request, she got scared and inclusively, sought him, very worried. The Bishop told me that he answered her queries saying that she should not be so worried if nothing unusual or wrong had happened.

Hernâni Carvalho -
Did the Bishop avoid discussing any issues?

Paulo Sargento -
No. I'm not going to give you details, but the Bishop was very open and did not flinch at anything I asked to him. He was willing, even, to resume contact for further questions or more information I needed. Interestingly, in that summer (2010), Kate spent a week vacation in Canada, in the house of a family member of Susan Hubbard, the wife of the priest.

 Construction Works 

Back in 2007, the public area of the Village of Luz had been for months undergoing sanitation improvements and road works. Behind the church there were ongoing construction works. Being a place of worship, various legal issues hampered a search there. At the time, PJ sources admitted to the possibility that the girl's body could have passed through that location, or even, to have been buried in the deactivated cemetery.



Page 99:

 The Big Bluff 

The British police came to Portugal to investigate the Maddie case. They dug and went into the sewers looking for a dead girl or clues that could lead to her whereabouts. The PJ had said the very same and had done those searches seven years ago.

"A movie for the English to see," said an elderly lady, mockingly, to CMTV recently. One and a half year ago the English police announced that they would find the girl in a few days. So far nothing. Scotland Yard's work in Portugal is discussed by all in a very critical way. "They haven't done anything that our PJ hasn't done years ago," stated a Portuguese in the same area. The searches are causing discontent among tourists and locals as they consider them detrimental to tourism, now that the peak season begins.

 Show Off 

The British police wanted the searches to be accompanied by the media but the PJ refused. Since the 2nd of June, Praia da Luz in Lagos has a large team of policemen, geologists, archaeologists, cutting edge technology and also sniffer dogs. They all come from England "under the supervision of PJ and the Public Prosecutor Office". In addition there are PJ inspectors, GNR military officers on foot and horseback and Portuguese forest sappers. A setting worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster movie.

 Stones, socks and bottles 

The searches and excavations of the English police in Luz highlights the acknowledgement that they are looking for a body. The PJ had reached that same conclusion seven years ago. The English police began by excavating a field near Rua 25 de Abril, 600 metres away from the apartment from where the girl disappeared. An area equal to three football fields, a slope hill, which belongs to the Belmiro de Azevedo Group [SONAE] and is frequented by locals and tourists for leisurely walks. They collected animal bones, two cannabis plants, stones, soil samples, a sock and bottles and kept everything in boxes.

 Nothing 

There are no findings to sustain the theory of the British authorities. They argue that Maddie's body is in that place or that there are clues that may lead to her whereabouts. They also claim that they have a group of eight suspects(?). Explaining that they have extended the searches because they have concluded (only now?) that the terrain is more difficult to analyse than predicted. These places had already been thoroughly searched by the Portuguese police immediately after the disappearance of the girl. In fact, until September 11, 2007, the PJ had investigated over 2500 false leads.

 Millions of Euros 

The 37 officers of the London Metropolitan Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine have cost the British Crown about 6 million pounds (7.4 million euros). Besides the first investigation, Portugal has had a team of six inspectors of the PJ in Faro, for months, just to carry out the steps requested by the British and another team of inspectors from the Northern Directorate of PJ, doing a review of the first investigation for the last two years. No one has, so far, established the total cost to our country. The McCanns moved in early July 2007 to the Villa Vista Mar. At the average values of the property market at the time, the total rent was calculated to have surpassed 6000 euros. The Renault Scénic where biological traces were found, allegedly belonging to Maddie, was rented for 113 days, at the list price it cost 7990 euros.

Maddie
3 May 2007
In Praia da Luz in the Algarve, the parents of Madeleine, who would be four years old just a few days later, cried "abduction" when they noticed Maddie had disappeared from the apartment where they had left her alone with her ​​younger twin siblings. "Homicide", said the PJ a few days later. After a lot of press, suspects, searches, investigations to everyone's taste and seven years later, there is nothing.

The sighting by the Smith family

Kate and Gerry McCann return to the UK

Praia da Luz, 03 May 2007, just before 10:00pm

The Smith family, from Ireland, are returning to their apartment after a night out in Praia da Luz.

As they walk, they pass a man carrying a child in his arms. The man averts his eyes from them to signal that he does not wish to speak.

Four months later, back in Ireland, the Smith family are watching TV.

They see the McCanns return to the UK and observe Gerry McCann alight the aeroplane and walk across the tarmac with a sleeping Sean in his arms.

The father, Martin Smith, is shocked. He recognises the walking style and the way the child is being held against the shoulder.

It is exactly like the man he saw on the streets of Praia da Luz, four months earlier.

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Unidentified People of Interest to the Inquiry [update], 21 January 2014
 

Unidentified People of Interest to the Inquiry findmadeleine.com

Unidentified People of Interest to the Inquiry

Image detail from 'Unidentified People of Interest to the Inquiry' page
Image detail from 'Unidentified People of Interest to the Inquiry' page

21 January 2014

Text version of relevant section above:

Have you seen these men? Do you know who they might be?

These two pictures show a man carrying a child away from the family's apartment. This sighting was seen by a witness at 21:15 on the evening of Thursday, May 3rd, 2007.

Based or more recent information, the Metropolitan Police now believe this man may represent a guest at the Ocean Club who was carrying his daughter back to their apartment. However as it is not possible to be certain that these two men are actually the same person, if you have seen this man in the pictures or suspect who it may be, please contact the Metropolitan Police's OPERATION GRANGE on 0207 321 9251 (0044 207 321 9251 from outside the UK) or Operation.Grange@met.pnn.police.uk and/or the Find Madeleine team on +44 845 838 4699 or investigation@findmadeleine.com.



Man now identified by Operation Grange Met Police

Man now identified by Operation Grange

Man now identified by Operation Grange

Update on previous appeal

We believe we have identified the man who was seen by Jane Tanner carrying a child at about 21.15 near the apartment G5A. These images are the original sketch of that person made at the time together with a Met Police photo of the British holidaymaker who we have spoken to and is seen here wearing the clothes he believes he may have been wearing that evening. The images are: man holding child & man without child.

 
Madeleine's Fund Accounts to 31/03/2013, 09 January 2014

Madeleine's Fund Accounts to 31/03/2013

Madeleine's Fund Accounts to 31 March 2013

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Michael Schneider: Searching For Madeleine

Michael Schneider

Michael Schneider, a self-proclaimed "clairvoyant" from Siegburg, Germany, travels to Albufeira in Portugal, in mid-December 2013, to search for the body of Madeleine McCann. He says: "I got the inspiration that she is dead and that she is located in the Algarve."

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Free e-book detailing the facts of the Madeleine McCann case by Michael McLean, 18 May 2013
 

Free e-book detailing the facts of the Madeleine McCann case by Michael McLean What happened