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Maddie - A Verdade Da Mentira
Maddie - A Verdade Da Mentira Guerra & Paz
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«[...] 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
Paint Your Bandwagon, 23 February 2015
Paint Your Bandwagon
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com
By Dr Martin Roberts
23 February 2015
PAINT YOUR BANDWAGON
I confess. I have in the past appealed
to the saga of Richard III's 'rediscovery' as a metaphor. In so doing I made no attempt whatsoever to inject myself
into a process I consider exemplary. A truly wonderful instance of truth being stranger than fiction, the location/examination
of the last Plantagenet's remains made heroes and heroines of the otherwise anonymous professionals who undertook the
task, and contributed their respective expertise to a team performance of which the British Lions would have been proud. It
virtually launched the career of one young lady in particular (osteologist, Dr Jo Appleby). Nevertheless, applause was, and
is, due to all in equal measure.
So why now discuss these events once more?
After a court battle to
secure the right to re-inter the much abused monarch, the City of Leicester is shortly to witness a ceremony accomplishing
exactly that, after a procession no less; a procession which will pass the nearby Bosworth Academy, where pupils have for
some time been busy constructing a substantial piece of artwork by all accounts, describing, in plastic, over 5000 white roses.
(No, they have not been goaded into provoking the residents of that other northerly county).
As a charming, articulate
young member of the school has explained on TV, the 'roses' represent those who go missing in the county of Leicestershire.
The innocent young thing generously explained that people have been looking for King Richard for over 500 years without giving
up, so that looking for the missing currently may just as likely yield a result or two.
How very thoughtful. And
exactly whose idea was that? It will come as no surprise, perhaps, that the charity MISSING PEOPLE is supporting the project.
Indeed a page of the Academy's website is given over to promoting the object symbiosis between the search for the deceased
regent’s remains and more contemporary acts of compassion.
Well call me a cynic, but...
I would not criticize the young girl for repeating information given her by adults. Nevertheless, 'out of the mouths of
King Richard III was never missing, either in life or death. Those who killed him knew exactly
where he was buried, as did those who came afterwards. The location of his last resting place only became 'lost'
on account of an impatient historian of yore, who, having identified the wrong priory, subsequently gave up looking
for it, leaving a muddled legacy for later generations.
Well, as instructive as were the (very)
distant relatives and other interest groups that all of a sudden came out of the woodwork laying claim to the relics others
had laboured for years to rediscover, we now have the charity MISSING PEOPLE piggy-backing their propaganda on the back of
an international success story that has nothing whatsoever to do with missing people.
A question to those, such
as the Diocese of York, who all shouted 'mine' once the 'donkey work' had been done: Who paid for the excavations
leading to discovery of the king's remains?
Leicester City Council may have sacrificed one of their car parks,
whilst the University allocated its analytic resources, in the form of staff and technical facilities, but the lion's
share of the funding effort required to get the project off the ground in the first place fell to the Richard III Society,
who, extraordinarily, raised the tens of thousands of pounds necessary to make it all happen. It is to this dogged, if esoteric,
group that we should all say 'thank you'. They paid, to find their talisman.
exactly are MISSING PEOPLE doing lining the route to the cemetery (the Cathedral as it happens)?
By analogy, if
there is any justification at all for this organisation's pouncing on another's project, one that does not even entail
a missing person, then their ambassador elsewhere should put her hand into her own pocket and underwrite the search for her
own missing daughter, not sit back and watch as the UK government invests £10m plus in doing so. (£400k transferred
to her limited company does not qualify. We're talking looking for people here, not looking for a tax break).
I have absolutely no argument with the Bosworth pupil's contention that locating missing people is a matter of some
importance. Of course it is. But then so are a great many other concerns. £10m distributed across all of them would
still represent a useful sum of money, but this (and more), is what the UK government is prepared to spend looking for a solitary
missing person. Supporting the charity in these terms for any length of time would bankrupt the nation. Should the
object of the McCanns' desires in this instance likewise remain 'missing' for 500 or so years, what then?
The core of the Missing People appeal via the Bosworth Academy, for that is in essence what it is, reads as follows:
"...each rose representing one of the 5929 instances of a citizens (sic) of Leicestershire who go missing every
year, the vast majority are young people. Each instance of a missing person is caused by a failure to protect often the most
vulnerable in our society. As with the passion to seek, find and make safe King Richard, we pledge to seek, find and make
safe those young people who for whatever reason go missing each year in Leicestershire.
to find, to make safe
"Our aim is to raise awareness of this silent tragedy affecting our community,
and for the efforts of the search for Richard III to bear additional fruits in helping our community seek, find and make safe
those missing today. Leicestershire had 5929 reported incidents regarding missing people, with by far the largest group being
those aged 12-18.*"
* Home Office Statistic 2012/2013
Readers are later invited to donate to the
charity and told where to send their cheque(s). As to 'make safe King Richard'... You must be joking. To
do that you'd have needed a quiet word in the ear of Henry Tudor, and he's been dead for almost as long!
Rather than become enmeshed in discussion as to what, exactly, constitutes a 'missing person incident' (of which
there were, nationwide apparently, 273,319 recorded for the year 2012-13, as surveyed – fewer than 4.8 per thousand
of the total population), a more pertinent question might be the following:
Since Leicestershire Police claim to
have spent £13m two years ago looking for missing people (according to The Leicester Mercury, 4 January 2015), how much
might the charity Missing People have contributed to their noble effort?
My guess would be, 'nada,
nothing, zero, zip, zilch', the reasons for their collaborative abstemiousness being two-fold:
of the cases did not require police involvement" and "roughly one third of (those) cases – approximately 1,800
alerts – were generated by 73 teenagers, most of them living in city or county council children's homes. Mental
health units also generated an average of 15 cases a month." (Source: Leicester Mercury) Second, according to their resume
(to be found at the foot of their 'advertorial', as hosted by Bosworth Academy):
"Missing People is
a UK charity that provides a lifeline when someone disappears. We offer dedicated support to missing people
and their families through our 24/7 helpline. We listen in confidence, support people who
are missing and their families and, where possible, we help families and their missing loved ones to reconnect.
We provide our services through working in partnership with the police, social services, other charities and professionals.
We work with many media outlets to create publicity for cases upon request of families. We also undertake research
and policy work to understand the experiences of missing people and families. We couldn’t achieve this without
the great support of fundraisers and communities."
Essentially, they claim to duplicate the work of the police,
and perhaps publicise individual cases – but only if the family in question remembers to ask them. Otherwise they work
'to understand others experiences'.
And if the circumstances confronted by Leicestershire Police are anything
to go by, then the 4.8 per thousand figure mentioned earlier would, in reality, be considerably smaller still, suggesting
that police forces nationwide should be far better able to cope, provided other responsible institutions have a greater regard
for their own residents' security, and without assistance from charity-led answerphone services.
Richard III has not been 'found'. He was never reported missing. It is his last resting place that was finally located
and his bones that will henceforth be safeguarded.
At least his grave was identifiable as such.
McCann tweets journalist told to reveal source,
17 February 2015
McCann tweets journalist told to reveal source The Times
|A coroner has demanded that Martin Brunt divulge his source - Rex Features
Published at 10:01PM, February 17 2015
A coroner has demanded that a Sky News reporter
divulge his source for a story about a woman who was found dead after the broadcaster revealed that she had "trolled"
the parents of Madeleine McCann.
The demand has raised fresh concerns about the state encroaching on journalists'
rights to keep their sources confidential, in the wake of revelations that police forces looked into their phone records
on hundreds of occasions.
Martin Brunt, Sky's crime correspondent, is due to give evidence next month at
the inquest of Brenda Leyland, 63, whose body was found in October.
Mrs Leyland, of Burton Overy, Leicestershire,
had been confronted days earlier as part of Mr Brunt's expose of a vitriolic online campaign against Kate and Gerry McCann.
Their daughter, Madeleine, was three years old when she vanished from their holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007.
Mrs Leyland, a divorced mother of two, was said to have used the Twitter handle @sweepyface to post thousand of tweets about
the McCanns, describing them as the "worst of humankind".
Leicestershire police wrote to Sky on behalf
of the coroner, Catherine Mason, asking a series of questions including the identity of the person who was behind the dossier
of tweets. Sky has said that it will protect its source, arguing that its rights are protected under European law. It
is understood that neither the police nor the coroner have responded since.
Mr Brunt and Jonathan Levy, director
of news gathering operations at Sky News, are expected to be called to give evidence as witnesses on March 20.
were given extra powers to question witnesses in new rules issued 18 months ago. Gavin Millar, QC, a prominent media lawyer,
said: "I don't think coroners really understand the limits of their powers in terms of trying to force journalists
to reveal their sources. It's a specialist area of law and they are not media lawyers. As the investigations of coroners
become more forensic and more determined, and they are given extra powers to require information from witnesses, they are
going to have to start confronting these issues and acquire some learning about the rights of journalists."
Bob Satwell, executive director of the Society of Editors, said that it was "always worrying" when a journalist
was asked to reveal their source because they should "obviously" remain confidential. He said that there had been
a drive by the authorities to know journalistic sources, which had previously been "sacrosanct". He added: "Its almost
like they think the media is a fair game, and that's a highly dangerous position."
The demand comes after
the government promised to change legislation so that police must gain a judge's agreement before they can snoop on journalists.
Police admitted using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to obtain email and phone communications between
82 journalists and 242 sources across 34 investigations in the past three years.
The Corpse Ride, 13 February 2015
The Corpse Ride
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com
By Dr Martin Roberts
13 February 2015
THE CORPSE RIDE
The magnificent seven
In the early summer of 2007, a Renault Scenic (registration number 59-DA-27) was used to transport some decaying matter
(garden waste) somewhere in the Portuguese Algarve. Ironically, it afterwards smelt of human death and decay. One
of its several registered drivers thought the pungent, unfamiliar, odour was the consequence of leaking shopping bags, full
of red meat and fish, but the behaviour of a specialised dog with a keener sense of smell later suggested otherwise. Of course
the dog was not to know that another of the vehicle's registered drivers (a Leicester-based GP), was wearing the same
clothes on holiday that she had previously worn while sitting with deceased former patients at home in the UK, and holding
a child's toy for comfort.
One of the dead fish carried back from the market in July 2007 must have been called
Wanda, so nearly incredible is it that this vehicle, hired by the McCann family on 27 May (to facilitate their move to alternative
accommodation, some 1.5 km distant from the holiday apartment they had previously rented), should itself become a suspect
in the disappearance of the family's three-year old daughter Madeleine.
Investigation into the circumstances
of the child Madeleine's disappearance led to the unsavoury conclusion that she had been transported in this voiture
sometime after her absence was first noted (a suspicious possibility indeed); furthermore, that she might not have been entirely
healthy at the time. Given this train of thought on the part of investigators, it is not at all difficult to appreciate how
the sniffer dog's reaction might have come to be interpreted as having something to do with the child's fate. But
as we know, or have at least been told, this coalescence of events was nothing more than a remarkable coincidence, leading
to a complete misunderstanding.
Madeleine's perplexed parents have asked, rhetorically for the most part, exactly
when this extraordinary act of transportation could possibly have occurred, in a car they hired 'weeks later'. A good
question, to which there may yet be an answer.
Delivered and signed for on 27 May, the 'his and hearse'
MPV was used to transport the goods and chattels of the McCanns to a villa on the outskirts of Praia da Luz on 2 July ("We
completed our move to the new accommodation today" – Gerry McCann). The 'fresh food' shopping (and subsequent
cleaning), by odour-sensitive, driver for all seasons, Sandy Cameron, must have taken place before he and his wife departed
Portugal for the UK, on the 29th. In the meantime they too resided at the McCanns' new, albeit temporary, villa home.
Sandy Cameron was not merely a named driver in this instance. According to a much later interview with UK Police (15.4.08)
he was the 'habitual driver' and used the car daily, acting largely as chauffeur to the McCanns' two younger children.
No one, not even Sandy Cameron, makes any mention of nasal discomfort during trips made in the car early that month (July).
In fact, when describing the perceived need for a 'valet', he explains that it arose later on ("After this shopping
trip and still in the month of July 2007, I began to notice a strange odour in the car."), indicating that some time
had elapsed between his conveyance of fresh fish (and/or garden waste) and his noticing the noxious smell, 'still in the
month of July', and obviously before he left for the UK.
'A stitch in time saves nine', so they say.
Preventive measures are therefore the order of the day. It would have been a bit too late to start worrying about the removal
of garden waste etc., once Sandy C. had gone and the police sniffer dogs had arrived, which they did on 30 July. Thankfully,
the McCanns were being kept abreast of developments ("We were well aware that these developments were going to happen.
We were informed in advance" – Gerry McCann). Although they had a 'routine meeting' with Police in Portugal
on the very same day the dogs turned up, that could scarcely be interpreted as making them 'well aware', since it
would have left them no time in which to attend to all that garbage. However, a longer than expected meeting with Police had
already taken place, on Wednesday the 18th.
Kate McCann has more recently returned to her own rhetorical question
as regards misadventure involving the hire car, which, like their daughter, was scarcely left unattended, offering little
if any scope for abuse. It came during an exchange with a judge in Lisbon:
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."
is indeed an interesting observation. Whatever support the Portuguese police may have believed they had for their theory that
Madeleine's frozen body was eventually relocated, there is nothing to suggest they were ever in a position to specify
exactly when such a deed might have been accomplished, i.e., 'seven weeks later', some unspecified time after
May 3, when Madeleine is said to have disappeared, and whilst the McCanns were still resident within the Ocean Club complex.
Perhaps Kate McCann was talking about the car having been rented 'seven weeks later'. But that doesn't
work either, as the car was delivered to them on 27 May – barely three weeks later. What on earth is she talking
about here? Well, what happens if we consider seven weeks post-delivery of the car?
Seven weeks on from 27 May takes us into July, by a fortnight at least, Monday 16th marking commencement
of the seventh week. On the 18th the McCanns had their unusually lengthy meeting with police, and on Saturday 21st, the last
working day of their seventh week of car usage, they did what?
"Spent the day with the kids and visited the
Algarve Zoo Marine" is what, Gerry McCann clearly tiring of writing 'Kate & I' all the while, as he had done
in his blog on so many previous occasions, even as recently as the day before.
So there they all were, presumably,
Kate, Gerry, and the twins, not forgetting of course their chauffeur, Sandy Cameron, who "drove the children to the zoo
and the beaches in the area" - an entirely reasonable assumption, although those with a professional interest in statement
analysis would recognise the potential significance attaching to the complete absence of any subject pronoun from Gerry McCann's
statement. 'Spent the day with the kids', etc., does not tell us who did so exactly.
they all ambled around the zoo within conversing distance of each other - hailing distance at worst. Except that being separated,
even by the sort of space that exists between a ground-floor apartment and a Tapas restaurant, does nothing to explain why
Kate and Gerry McCann should have felt the need to speak to each other by 'phone!
Gerry McCann was demonstrably
in the vicinity of Guia Zoomarine when he telephoned Kate shortly after 1.00 p.m., but where was she when twice returning
his calls forty-five minutes later? They must still have been some distance apart when Gerry called back again just after
Kate's handset activated the Luz antenna, not the same one as intercepted Gerry's calls at all, and
each of these radio masts has an operational radius of several kilometres at least. Whilst Kate McCann may not have
been 'phoning her husband from the infamous 'triangle' therefore, it is by no means the case that she was necessarily
standing in the middle of the town square either. Intriguingly Kate's diary entry for 21 July, unlike Gerry's blog,
makes no reference whatsoever to visiting the zoo, despite her daily record being otherwise littered with such trivia.
Only 24 hours earlier, Kate McCann had taken the afternoon off (to deal with a backlog of e-mails apparently), while
Gerry accompanied 'the kids' to the beach. She would not have needed to skip off home from the zoo for that same purpose
therefore. Gerry McCann made his personal contribution to communications management six days later, on 27 July, spending most
of that day "dealing with e-mails and making calls planning future events", until 5.00 p.m., when he left Praia
da Luz and, shortly after 6.45 p.m., checked his voicemail messages whilst in the vicinity of Sagres, no doubt grateful to
Sandy Cameron for having cleaned the car in the meantime.
What further stimulates interest in Kate McCann's
whereabouts that Saturday afternoon (21 July) are the entries in her own diary for the 18th and 23rd, dates on either side:
"WEDNESDAY, JULY 18: It was suggested that Madeleine is dead and buried in an area close to the beach, behind
"MONDAY 23 JULY: I got up at 7.00 and went running. I was surrounded by a pack of dogs (more
or less 12) – it really wasn't a nice experience. I went to the flat, high part of the cliff as I felt really alone
and a little frightened. Please God, don't let Madeleine be buried here."
Reference here is to 'dead
and buried' on the 18th, 'buried' on the 23rd. Chronologically, she did not put the cart before the horse at least.
In-between there was the 21 July trip to the zoo, concluding that seventh week (from May 27).
In her diary,
covering the period 4 May until 31 July, Kate McCann mentions 'death' on only three occasions. The first is on 4 May,
when she asks, rhetorically, "Is she dead?" The other two references are as just described.
the week commencing Monday 16 July was also that when South African Danie Krugel, and his 'invention' (a missing people
locator), joined the search for Madeleine. Since his field-work in this case was monitored by the police, one has to consider
the possibility that it is this exercise which spawned Kate's observation of the 18th, as above. Her diary entry for that
"What can I say? I feel my body's on the verge of collapse. How much pain and emotion
can one body take? I had a bad afternoon. I was very worried, desperate, extremely on edge. I don't think I can take any
more of this, I really can't. How much longer will this suffering go on? I need Madeleine ALIVE."
One could be forgiven for supposing Kate McCann was 'on edge' for
reasons other than anxiety over the welfare of her missing daughter. Nevertheless, Krugel's work extended over four days,
sixteen hours a day, according to his own account (later offered to both the Sunday Mirror and the Daily Mail of 7 October).
Additionally, he was at the same time quoted by the News of The World as saying, "I spent four nights in July
carrying out my searches."
How then was Kate McCann seemingly able to recount a suggestion of death and burial
on Danie Krugel's part after only 24 hours, before Krugel's work was even finished, never mind documented? NPIA man
Mark Harrison, who did not arrive in PdL until his services were formally requested by the PJ on 20 July, wrote his
report and conclusions concerning Krugel's investigative methods on the 23rd.
This question is further aggravated
by Kate McCann's subsequent book ('madeleine'), in which she describes how their meeting with the PJ on 18 July
"ended with a final body blow. Danie Krugel...had produced a report for the PJ based on his findings." (p. 199)
'Had produced'? Prior to this meeting even? Krugel had only just arrived in Praia da Luz, from Portimao
(on the afternoon of 16 July, at the earliest, according to Goncalo Amaral, the 17th according to those duplicate accounts
in the Sunday Mirror and the Daily Mail, of 7 October). He would of course proceed to invest four days (and nights?) in his
How can he possibly have prepared a set of conclusions for the PJ before their meeting
with the McCanns on the 18th therefore? Once again, 'it was suggested' offers no clue as to who in fact made the suggestion,
or when. Nor does Kate's diary entry attribute the suggestion to anyone in particular. It is in her book
that she renders it just possible, describing the couple's return to Portugal from the UK as being synchronous with Krugel's
arrival in Praia da Luz ("We flew back to Portugal early on the morning of Sunday 15 July – the day Danie Krugel,
his team and his 'matter orientation system' arrived in Praia da Luz." p. 197-8).
then proceeds to compromise her own story.
"In spite of the cynical tone of my diary entry,
we were actually both quite excited about the prospect of Danie's work, though I think this was probably
due more to the fact that something was happening which might take the investigation forward than to absolute faith
in his methods. It might come to nothing, we knew that, but anything was better than the sense of stagnation
we felt was beginning to seep in." (p. 198)
What diary entry? Kate made none for the period 13 -16 July, nor
did she make any mention of a meeting with Danie Krugel on the 17th. The book reference is clearly to a conversation prior
to, and in anticipation of, Krugel's 'search'. Even the opening remarks of Kate's 18 July entry can
scarcely be described as 'cynical'.
If a meeting between Krugel and the McCanns took place between
15 and 17 July, as Kate implies, then why did she make no reference to it whatsoever in her 'diary'? Krugel himself
alluded to it that autumn at least, which appears to confirm that it happened. Crucially however, he did not reveal where
or when. As far as Gerry McCann's blogs for the relevant period are concerned, Danie Krugel is conspicuous only by his
absence, as is any mention of an alarming report emanating from his 'search'; a report that Gerry would surely have
found no less troubling than did his wife. Clearly the incident was of less significance for Kate McCann than the twins'
riding in 'Noddy's car' and 'Popeye's boat' (7 July).
Kate's diary would go on to underpin
her later book. On her own admission therein, she did not commence making diary entries as such until 23 May:
aside some blank pages in the notebook I'd been given for the days that had already passed, I wrote a few paragraphs on
a couple of occasions the following week, though I didn't begin in earnest until 23 May, twenty days
after Madeleine was taken. From then on, I kept my journal consistently, and when I had a spare moment I
went back and filled in the blank pages with notes of our activities and my recollections of every day since 3 May 2007."
('madeleine' p. 126-7 )
It is apparent from this, Kate McCann's personal account, that her daily commentary
for the period 18 – 23 July should have been contemporaneous, i.e., not overly retrospective and concomitantly subject
to errors of recall. That in itself is sufficient to cast serious doubt upon the veracity of her entries concerning this potentially
crucial weekend, although Kate's memory for activities on any given day may well have been suspect (e.g., "SATURDAY,
JUNE 2: I can't remember today.").
On the face of it the McCanns cannot have learned of
Danie Krugel's reported conclusions at the close of their meeting with the PJ on 18 July, as, with a four-day
search in prospect, he would not yet have arrived at them. In which case, any reference by Kate McCann to death and/or burial
around this time is just as likely to have originated with Kate herself, not with a third-party who, coincidentally, would
go on to confirm her suspicions.
Kate McCann has apparently attempted, in her book, to shift Krugel's
activities back in time, just as she has eased others forwards. If so, she is at least a day late, and a dollar short.
Even if he got started on 16 July, by his own reckoning Danie Krugel will have just finished his 'work' on the 19th
– a day after the McCanns meeting with the PJ.
It is always possible however that Krugel
exaggerated, or was misquoted in the press that autumn. As far as he was concerned his four working days may
have included the Sunday of his arrival, if Sunday was indeed when he landed, after which any one 24-hour period might have
involved sixteen hours of toil, though not all four days necessarily.
As to his meeting with the McCanns, perhaps
that was not so much a meeting with them exclusively as one at which they happened also to be present. And yet the 18th would
have been too late to announce his intentions, which were by then already accomplished. For his and Kate McCanns' recollections
to coincide, they would have to have met beforehand. (The McCanns seem to have had rather more meetings with the PJ than those
they have deliberately brought to the attention of their readers in any event).
Kate McCann's 'account
of the truth' though is open to question. So too is the diary. Her entry for 17 July opens with: "Finding it very
difficult to talk to people from home, unless they are directly involved. It is difficult to show an interest in other people's
lives and children at the moment." The pair had just returned from a christening, in Yorkshire, of the Wrights' two
Gerry, at least, visited the zoo on July 21st. On the 22nd, the eighth week after the car was delivered
to them, he left for America. In his wake, on the 23rd, Kate exclaimed, "Please God, don't let Madeleine be buried
here". It seems, on this one occasion at least, as if God may have been listening.
Back to the future
Credibility in this instance appears to hinge upon exactly when Danie Krugel touched down in Portugal from
South Africa, as that would determine the time of his eventual arrival in Praia da Luz to begin his 'search'
( i.e., 16 or 17 July). He did not appear in PdL that very Sunday, as Kate McCann would have us believe. That said,
Krugel's follow-up report to the police was so trivial, by all accounts, he probably could have handed it in
after a day or so. Surprisingly perhaps (because it again receives no mention whatsoever in 'the diary') the Krugel
expedition had in fact got under way several weeks earlier:
"So, in the second week of June, we had confided
in Auntie Janet and our friend Amanda back in Leicestershire and got them to go round to our house looking for hairs that
could only be Madeleine's. They came up with five head hairs from the inside of a coat hood and a couple of eyelashes
from her pillow and couriered the lot off to Danie in South Africa. They didn't question what we were doing: they, too,
were just desperate for Madeleine to be home.
"A week or so afterwards, Danie informed us that he had obtained
'signals' relating to Praia da Luz, but that he would need to come over in July and operate the machine in the Algarve
to produce more accurate results and pinpoint Madeleine's location." ('madeleine', p. 187)
the McCanns' activity in late July appears suspicious, the same could be said of their previous movements that month.
Let's just recap that Lisbon courtroom interaction:
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."
The PJ may well
have been lacking the specifics, but if there is one thing about which we can be absolutely certain it is Kate McCann's
adroit use of syntax.
Throughout her book there are instances of her misleading the reader via their own spontaneous,
yet false, interpretations. Take the above for instance, where the phrase 'seven weeks later' is positioned so as
to qualify the preceding 'car we had rented'. If, as we have already seen, one applies this concatenation to events
as they occurred, it makes no sense at all; unless, that is, one treats reference to car rental as commencing with its delivery.
There is another possibility however - that with or without the PJ holding evidence at the time, the word order of
Kate's courtroom response ought to have been:
"Where he said that Madeleine's body had been kept frozen and then taken, seven weeks
later, inside the boot of the car we had rented."
Seven weeks beyond 3 May takes us to the week 21 –
28 June. Although Kate describes in her diary matters of domestic importance arising on Sunday 24th and Tuesday 26th, Monday
25th apparently failed to materialise. It didn't happen. Nor did the Wednesday, Thursday or Friday (for Kate at any rate),
or indeed the entire first week in July! We have to resort to page 186 of the book for any mention of the McCanns' suggesting
to the PJ, on 28 June, that Danie Krugel be invited to officiate in Praia da Luz. Although the phrase 'dead and buried'
is not used explicitly, Krugel's area of expertise, so called, makes the inference perfectly obvious.
picks up the story again on 7 July, which Gerry describes in his blog as a 'quiet family day', saying nothing further.
The more fulsome Kate however concludes with: "(I can hardly wait to say "See you tomorrow.")" Mmm.
Faites vos jeux
There appear therefore to be two candidate periods in relation to Goncalo
Amaral's seemingly 'ludicrous' suggestion. Unfortunately, Sandy Cameron's cover story, as told in his Rogatory
interview of 15.4.2008, does not allow us to choose between them:
"On one occasion, I believe it was in July
of 2007, I took Patricia to the supermarket. We carried bags in the boot (trunk) of the Renault Scenic; bought various items
including fresh fish, shrimp and beef. When we unloaded the shopping bags, we noticed that blood has run out of the bottom
of the plastic bag. After this shopping trip and still in the month of July 2007, I began to notice a strange odour in the
Perhaps the casting vote should go to the concerned resident of Praia da Luz who, had she bothered to
approach the vehicle, might also have noticed a strange odour, but who at least noticed the car boot open, day or night, from
the time it arrived with the McCanns at their new villa address. Translated, her statement toward the end of the documentary,
The Truth of the Lie is given as:
"I drive down this street every day to turn my car around at that end, and
every time that I passed the house I looked at the car, and the car always had an open boot door, day or night."
The McCanns completed their move to this accommodation, we are told, on 2 July. It wouldn't be very long before Sandy
set off to fetch the shrimp.
British police take 67 return flights to
Portugal as cost of Madeleine McCann search nears £9million, 11 February 2015
British police take 67 return flights to Portugal as
cost of Madeleine McCann search nears £9million Daily Mail
By STEPH COCKROFT FOR MAILONLINE
- EXCLUSIVE: Trips last year cost nearly £16,000, around £1,300 a month
- Came as police carried
out largest ever search by British police overseas
- Eight-day search in Algarve in June ended with nothing of interest
- David Cameron set a provisional budget for £5million for the investigation
- Operation Grange has
cost around £2.5million every year for three years
- Home Office said this year's spend likely to be 'broadly
in line' with past
16:57, 11 February 2015 | Updated: 01:42, 12 February 2015
British police searching for
missing Madeleine McCann spent £16,000 on 67 return flights to Portugal last year, helping the cost of the investigation
to soar to nearly £9million.
The trips, which cost more than £1,300 per month, came as the Met Police
carried out the biggest ever search undertaken by a team of British police overseas, in a bid to find clues about the young
In June, police flew to the Algarve to carry out forensic searches around Praia da Luz,
focusing on scrubland a few hundred metres from the apartment block where Madeleine was last seen alive.
The search for Madeleine McCann
(pictured) has is nearing £9million with £16,000 spent on flights in the past year, new figures show
But, despite an intensive eight-day search operation involving scores of officers carrying out ground excavations,
police failed to find any clues.
According to figures released under a Freedom of Information act request, officers
and staff made 48 return flights in the nine months between January and October. A further 19 were made to the end of December.
The cost for the flights was £15,945, an average of £238 per return flight.
As well as flights
for the search, the trips involved several journeys made by officers to liaise with the Portuguese authorities prior to the
And in December, detectives DCI Nicola Wall and DCI Andy Redwood also travelled to Faro Police Station
to question 'key witnesses' in the case. The three days involved overseeing the questioning of four British people
and seven Portuguese citizens.
During the search, which was said to have been carried out to the ‘highest
possible standards’, police combed an area of scrubland equal in size to around nine football pitches.
included checking water pipes, drainage channels and derelict buildings around the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz on
Police also searched a horseshoe-shaped piece of waste ground that was specifically identified as
an area of interest by the latest inquiry.
In June, DCI Andy Redwood and
other officers flew to the Algarve to oversee excavations of ground around Praia da Luz (pictured)
The Home Office said it expected the
spend on the investigation between 2014 and 2015, which is currently at £1.2m, to be 'broadly in line with previous
In total, a Met spokesman said 41 'ground anomalies' –
areas where the earth had been disturbed – were discovered by aerial surveys and ground-penetrating radar equipment.
These sites, which included three outside the original area, were then painstakingly checked by search teams. But
they said no evidence relating to Madeleine McCann had been identified.
Scotland Yard abandoned their search
of land close to where Madeleine vanished in 2007, but said the multi-million-pound inquiry would continue.
Home Office, which has spent around £2m per year on the investigation since 2011, said this year's spend was likely
to be 'broadly in line' with previous years. It means the bill is likely to top £9m.
the increased police activity in Portugal, other figures show the number of detectives on the investigation has reduced.
At one point there were 29 detectives among 37 staff trying to solve Madeleine's disappearance in Praia da Luz
The young girl's parents Kate
and Gerry McCann, both 46, from Rothley, Leicester, have fought a tireless campaign to find their missing daughter, regularly
appealing to police to keep the investigation active
Now, according to the figures, the number
of detectives stands at 21, including 15 constables, three sergeants and two inspectors.
There are also nine police
support staff and four agency staff - all ex police officers - on the 34-strong team, which is led by Detective Chief Inspector
Madeleine was just three when she went missing from her family's rented holiday apartment in
the resort in May 2007, while her parents ate dinner nearby. There have been no positive sightings.
Grange, the special investigation unit into the young girl's disappearance, was set up in 2011 by David Cameron. He set
a provisional budget for £5million for the investigation
In its first year, the unit cost close to £2million,
with the vast majority of expenses attributed to police officer and staff pay.
Between 2012 and 2013, the most
expensive leg of the investigation to date, £2.8million was spent on transport, salaries, overtime and premises cost.
The following year, through to 2014, the Home Office spent £2.6m.
Kate and Gerry McCann, both 46, from Rothley,
Leicester, have fought a tireless campaign to find their missing daughter since, regularly appealing to police to keep the
investigation into her disappearance active.
Portuguese police closed their investigation into her disappearance
in 2008 and it took a further three years of campaigning by the McCanns to force the Scotland Yard investigation.
Months after the three-year-old vanished, Leicestershire Constabulary was awarded two grants by the Home Office to help
fund their efforts.
In 2008 they received £525,000 and were awarded a further £221,000 the following
year before the case was handed over to Metropolitan Police.
In a statement, the Met said any reduction in overall
numbers of staff - from 37 to 34 according to the figures - on the investigation was temporary.
It said: 'There
has been no change to the level of resources allocated to the investigation and any reduction will be the result of natural
wastage. Those individuals will be replaced in the near future.'
A Message From Gonçalo Amaral,
02 February 2015
A Message From Gonçalo Amaral PJGA
2 February 2015
The civil suit that was filed against me by the McCann couple is in its final stages, and the decision
concerning material facts, which to me seems rather favourable, is already known. A period for legal allegations ensues, after
which we will await the verdict, which I envision will translate into my longed for acquittal and the consequent lifting of
the attachments that have caused me such extensive financial difficulties over the past five years. This means that it has
been only due to your help that I have been able to financially sustain the ongoing lawsuit, which nonetheless cannot be said
about my increasingly strangled personal life.
I say strangled because in reality I am experiencing a very serious
crisis on an emotional as well as a financial level. This is due to those who have tried to asphyxiate me financially, wishing
for my civil death and wanting to place me in a position where I would be unable to react judicially. After five years (counted
since the civil suit was filed) the parents of the child that mysteriously disappeared on the 3rd of May of 2007 in the Algarve
were not able to fully achieve what they intended. I am alive, I'm able to financially sustain the civil suit, although
not much more than that...
Concerning my emotional crisis, I ask you to understand that for me, this whole struggle
is not only about the fundamental discovery of the truth, because no matter how optimistic I may be, I can never forget the
demand for damages amounting to 1.200.000 Euro that was filed by the couple, which, if absurdly it would be granted, will
completely destroy me on all levels.
To all of you, thank you very much.
Lisboa, February 2, 2015
Gone With The Wind, 02 February 2015
With The Wind
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com
By Dr Martin Roberts
02 February 2015
GONE WITH THE WIND
Once upon a time there was a little
girl who disappeared under mysterious circumstances in Portugal. Thanks to the reach of the mainstream media and, above all,
the internet, the case was discussed worldwide. People were concerned that an infant could be abducted from child-friendly
holiday accommodation overseas. Others were concerned as to whether they were actually being told the truth.
concerns, for child welfare, truth, and justice, have spanned nearly eight years. But, as the earth has rotated and the sun
illuminated other areas of the forest, vines have gained a foot-hold and now bedeck the canopy. Scarcely visible as such,
it is little more than a mass of aerial weeds scrambling for support, the more significant foliage all but forgotten. And
beneath, in the darkness, who knows what remains hidden? Peer Gynt? Trolls?
Indeed we are all now witnesses to
a squalid evolution. Whereas the focus was once upon the identification of whoever might have removed the little girl from
her locked/unlocked apartment, attention has now drifted to the identification of outsiders, members of the wider public (opinion
holders, not formers), as subscribers to one or another camp, resident in one or another patch of darkness, deep in a forest
of ignorance. In the Hall of the Mountain King it's considered important to recognise the trolls, although the Mountain
King himself is occupied elsewhere.
And once the ravages of this civil war have ceased, what will have been established?
Certain reputations may have been laid waste, others buried even deeper in the slime from which they strove to emerge. And
those who merely wanted to see the wood for the trees, but were denied a clear view by the rampant undergrowth; what will
they have to say? In the immortal words of Rhett Butler, echoed in song by Billy Joel: 'Frankly my dear, I don't give
There's a Sasquatch in that forest somewhere. Its name begins with 'M'. And we WILL find
it, without either help or interference from trolls, of any complexion.
Guardians of free speech or twisted losers?,
31 January 2015
Guardians of free speech or twisted losers? The Sun (paper edition)
Saturday, January 31, 2015
- Extract -
'I can be quite a bitch. I gave as good as I got. I enjoyed the wars and
WARZONE ... Rosalinda Hutton
ONE of the
most bitter areas of conflict on social media is between the "pros" and "antis" who obsessively follow
the case of missing Madeleine McCann.
The dispute resulted in tragedy in October last year when Brenda Leyland,
63, was found dead after being publicly exposed for trolling Maddy's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann.
believed she received death threats from Twitter users who aggressively defended the McCanns.
57, was a supporter of Leyland and proudly declares: "I'd like to pick up where Brenda left off.
been totally gripped by the McCann case for the last seven years. It was an addiction.
"When the story broke
in May 2007, I was suffering from the most terrible depression. I'd lost my mother, my best friend and my Dad.
"I was very isolated and became engrossed in a forum on the McCann case. It was a way to switch off the pain of the
real world. I'd gone from the lonely, isolated existence to suddenly having this huge arena of friends from all around
"We had this hardcore group, all women much like myself - similar age, backgrounds. We formed a
"I wasn't one of the evil ones - and there were a few of those around. I was attacking the
McCanns and suddenly I became this object of attack by absolutely crazy people."
Author Hutton, from Dartford,
Kent, says she was bombarded with abuse and offensive pictures.
She adds: "They said, 'Your mother was
a tramp'. Really nasty stuff. On the first anniversary of my Mum's death, I got a 'phone call in the wee small
hours saying, 'Mummy's here...' It was really menacing.
"One night, they all descended on me and
I said, 'Leave me alone, I'm going to kill myself', and one of them said, 'Good idea. Put yourself out of
"Eventually I went off to bed about 3am. One of my friends who'd seen it phoned me to
make sure I hadn't killed myself, she was that concerned."
Her friend wanted to involve the police. Hutton
says: "It became like a pack of wolves attacking somebody in the middle. One of them said to me, 'You've made
up your mother's death to get attention'.
"It was so distressing. It was as if they had a system and
they'd suddenly all dive in."
But Hutton says the anger she felt towards the mob egged her on to fight
She says: "I felt absolutely outraged that they were ripping into my parents.
involved in these vile wars yet I couldn't wait to get back. They were dreadful to me but I couldn't stay away. I
couldn't resist it."
In revenge, Hutton dished out some serious abuse.
She says: "I am
a bit of a show-off and I had an audience. It was a warzone. To the trolls, I gave as good as I got. I can be quite a bitch.
I enjoyed the wars and the spats. It saved kicking the dog, really.
"A lot of people kept records of all the
comments and would wave them at lawyers and police. People were issuing writs. It got really down and dirty.
do get a buzz when you squish somebody. I felt high. The more outrageous you are, the bigger the reaction.
is a form of attention-seeking really. It's a real buzz that keeps drawing you back. Perhaps I should be ashamed of that
but it is so easy to become hooked."
Madeleine's Fund Accounts to 31/03/2014,
25 January 2015
Madeleine's Fund Accounts
to 31 March 2014
PDF and JPEG versions
Analysis of the accounts of Madeleine's
Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned (Reg.No.6248215) for the year ended 31 March 2014, 25 January 2015
Analysis of the accounts of Madeleine's
Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned (Reg.No.6248215) for the year ended 31 March 2014
By Enid O'Dowd FCA
'From the outset everyone agreed that despite the costs
involved, it (the Fund) must be run to the highest standards of transparency whatever it cost.'
given by Dr Kate McCann in her book madeleine (p. 138 Irish paperback edition)
This analysis of the 2014 accounts should be read in conjunction
with my earlier reports 'A review of the background to setting up the limited company Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No
Stone Unturned and a forensic examination of the company accounts' published in February 2012 and the 'Analysis of
the accounts of Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned (Reg.No.6248215) for the years ended 31 March 2012
and 31 March 2013' all available at http://www.mccannfiles.com
The 2014 accounts were received in Companies House on 31 December 2014, the last possible filing date to avoid
a fine. The 2013 accounts were also filed on the last legal date. Neither the audited accounts nor any other financial information
is on the official website http://www.findmadeline.com/
The accounts for the year ended 31 March 2014 and 31 March 2013 were signed off by the Board on 16 December 2014
and 20 December 2013 respectively.
The Directors' Report
is similar to last year's.
The Report states that the Board meets 'on a regular basis, approximately every
month. During the year there were 4 meetings.' Surely that is quarterly not monthly meetings? Last year the Report also
referred to monthly meetings but then stated there were 5 held.
The narrative under the section 'scope and audit of the financial statements' has changed. In the
March 2013 accounts the narrative gave a detailed description of the scope of the audit. The 2014 Auditors' report merely
refers the reader to the Financial Reporting Council's website for a description of what is entailed. What significance,
if any, this change has is unclear.
Income & Expenditure Account
Extract from the audited accounts –
Income and Expenditure Account for the year
ended 31st March 2014
Merchandise and Campaign Costs
Profit/(Loss) on ordinary activities before taxation
Tax on surplus on ordinary activities
Surplus/(Deficit) for the year
Note the change in terminology. The terms 'surplus'
and 'deficit' are normally used for charity and 'not for profit' accounts. The accounts use these terms for
two sub totals, change to Profit/ (Loss) and then revert to 'surplus' and 'deficit' again. This inconsistency
was also seen in the accounts for the previous two years. The accounts for the year ended 31 March 2011 used the term 'loss'
consistently and did not use the word 'deficit.'
Income is significantly up over the previous year because
Dr Kate McCann has donated a further £400,000 'for the direct costs of the search for and the investigation into
the disappearance of Madeleine'. This appears under the heading Restricted Funds. She made a donation of £738,487
in the year ended 31 March 2012, £550,000 of which was allocated to Restricted Funds and the balance £188,487
was included in the total of £306,393 under Unrestricted Funds. The total donated by her to the Fund is now £1,138,487:
£950,000 under Restricted Funds and £188,487 under Unrestricted Funds.
It is not obvious why Dr McCann
donated this additional substantial sum at this time. At the end of the previous accounting year there was £441,169
in the bank according to the Balance Sheet and creditors at that date were only £29,515.
The only other income
apart from Dr McCann's donation was £2,744 from sales of the book madeleine and £18,520 from other
donations none of which came via the website.
The accounts contain a breakdown
of expenditure with the comparative figures for 2013 which is interesting because following unfavourable internet comment
about the expenditure in the first set of audited accounts (May 2007- March 2008) such information was excluded from subsequent
Total expenditure was £84,643 (merchandise and campaign costs £63,638 + administrative expenses
£21,005) which was well down on the 2013 total of £139,019. Given this lower level of expenditure it is strange
that such a sizeable donation was made by Dr McCann.
The Directors' Report states:
Fund has scaled back independent investigative efforts to avoid duplication and to curb unnecessary expenditure. The Directors
still feel it is important however that the Fund maintains sizeable reserves so that the search for Madeleine can be resumed
quickly if/when the need arises.'
That statement doesn't adequately explain the donation to me.
Surely it makes more sense for Dr McCann to put her surplus funds in the best interest bearing account she can find,
and donate to the Fund if the need arises?
The breakdown gives the auditors fee as £8,280 while note 2 on
p.8 states that the fee is £5,900! I suspect the £5,900 is correct as the 2013 figure was £6,300 and it
is unlikely that the fee would increase so much for a company whose activities appear to be considerably less than in the
The spending of £37,000 in year 1 on the official website attracted unfavourable comment.
In 2013 £5,700 was spent on it but this sum obviously did not include putting up the audited accounts or any other financial
information! Only £224 was spent on the website in 2014.
The Directors' Report says, as before, that
the Fund has paid for part-time administrative support yet note 2 on p.8 states the company had no employees. There are no
salary costs in the breakdown. There is a cost 'Fund Professional Fees' £7,398. Perhaps this is the part-time
support but if it is, why not use more appropriate terminology?
Legal fees and expenses £8,402 have been
paid under the 'Unrestricted' heading; presumably relating to the libel case in Portugal. These legal fees appear
low. Hotel travel and subsistence were £13,256 again presumably referring to the libel case.
record interest receivable of £258. Given that cash at bank was £765,363 at 31 March 2014 and allowing for actual
expenditure paid in the year of £72,336 (£84,643 per Income and Expenditure Account less expenses not paid at
the year end £12,307 recorded as creditors on the Balance Sheet) surely more interest should have been generated even
allowing for the possibility that the £400,000 donation only came in at the end of the financial year.
Balance Sheet only refers to cash at bank so we don't know how much was on current account and how much was on deposit.
If the bulk of the money was in a current account this would explain the £258 interest received but it's hardly
likely that a company with an accountant, a lawyer and a self employed business person on the board would countenance such
sloppy cash management.
It is interesting to look at total Income and Expenditure since the company was incorporated
over seven years ago.
Madeleine's Fund: Review of audited
accounts from commencement
Income is close to £4.3 million and expenditure £3.5
million. Over £50,000 has been paid in audit fees and over £25,000 for corporation tax relating to the profit
of the sale of merchandise. A detailed 7 year analysis of income is impossible as only in years 1and 7 was a breakdown provided.
All that money spent and we still have no idea what happened to Madeleine. Clearly there are many stones left to be
The biggest mystery for me is still why this limited company was set up only days after Madeleine disappeared.
(c) Enid O'Dowd 18 January
The Dust Starts to Settle, 23 January
Friday, 23 January 2015 at 16:09
Late last year we said it didn't matter much anymore what people, including us, claimed about the McCann case
in the media or the net since, at last, a new chapter in the affair is open in which events are no longer a matter of opinion
and public debate but are now being determined as matters of fact within the judicial process.
to wait for any criminal case concerning the child to reach the courts. The civil case, though, is nearly complete and, thank
God, pretty transparent: for the first time the claims of Kate and Gerry McCann, in this instance covering the period 2008-2009,
have been examined properly and in great detail, and judged.
The libel action, which began in squalid and near-medieval
secrecy, is ending in a hearteningly transparent manner except for one, temporary, problem. While the judge's conclusions
form part of and determine the final judgement to come they are not, of course, the final judgement itself. As such, under
Portuguese law the words of the judge on January 21 may not be published verbatim at this stage. The significant
findings, however, can be given in the public interest by third parties.
Over time, naturally, the picture will
be filled in without any breach of the law – since more and more details can be released as being significant –
but in the meantime it presents a couple of the usual McCann Case problems of verifiability. As we know, representatives of
the McCanns immediately chose to release a version of proceedings to the Lusa news agency which has now been widely accepted
– most obviously in retractions and corrections in the Portuguese media – as spun, i.e. false. Readers will judge
for themselves why they did so.
Equally this legal requirement preventing the exact words of the judge being quoted
provides grounds for supporters of the couple – or neutrals – to claim bias in the internet reports, as they did
about the earlier Anne Guedes court reports. It doesn't matter: the truth will out. Readers will remember that very much
the same thing happened in 2008 when the McCanns – through Clarence Mitchell that time, not lawyers, Link communications
and Lusa – put out the deliberately dishonest first version of the archiving summary in Britain's Associated Newspapers.
But the words are now there, unspun, for everyone to see.
There is plenty to chew over and much in the judge's
findings to discuss, including the interesting question of whether the judicial examination of the McCann claims of 2008/9
gives us a clue as to the likely veracity of their claims in 2007. In the meantime it is now possible to compare results so
far with what the McCanns went after in their libel claim.
The McCanns' Libel
On July 12 2009 Team McCann, as we know, provided the Mirror newspaper with the Portuguese
libel writ for PR purposes. The details can be found in the McCann Files. In amongst the shocking personal abuse of Amaral
the Mirror listed the seven claims at the heart of their case for large scale damages and the silencing of Goncalo
Amaral. Here they are, with progress to date.
1. Amaral's "false accusations", had left them
totally destroyed and damaged them irreparably.Make Up Your Own Mind
Court finding (12): the McCanns failed to establish this claim.
2. The writ adds that the couple also suffer from "permanent anxiety, insomnia, lack of appetite, irritability
and an indefinable fear" from the same accusations and that Kate McCann is "steeped in a deep and serious depression".
Court finding (13): the claim is established. The judge adds an apparently contradictory rider about the conditions
being "pre-existent". Court finding (16) apparently excludes the "serious depression" element.
3. "Madeleine has been deprived of the possibility of a fair and adequate investigation into her disappearance,
putting her moral and physical integrity at serious risk."
Court finding (11): the McCanns failed to
establish this claim.
4. Amaral accused them of accidentally killing their three-year-old daughter
and then covering up her death.
Court finding: None required - the claim was false and withdrawn.
5. Amaral… has repeatedly claimed Madeleine died in the holiday apartment on the Algarve and the parents hid
Court finding: none required. The Lisbon court of appeal had already ruled on the validity of the
6. Amaral made a million pounds (1.25 million euros) from the book and documentary and the claimants
are suing for that entire amount.
Court finding (3) /(4): Amaral actually received some 360 000 euros.
7. The lawsuit also highlights their fears for four-year-old twins Sean and Amelie when they start school later
this year and begin to hear rumours that Madeleine is dead.
Court finding (15/17): It is established that
the twins have not yet found out about the thesis that the child is dead and that the couple feel the need to keep them from
finding out about it.
the McCanns claims, about which their lawyer Duarte, summing up, said in the piece: "Somebody has to stop him and shut
him up. He is a rich man now, earning millions from the distress of this family. We believe he has made up to 1.2million euros
(£1million) from the book and the video. We want the court to punish him by taking at least that much from him."
Readers will judge whether any of M/s Duarte's aims have been accomplished.
After six years of legal
action against Goncalo Amaral five of these seven claims have now been rejected by the courts, leaving just two for which
damages could be awarded. One, concerning psychological impact, has been established with ambiguous reservations,
the significance of which will not be known until any damages award is made; the other (15/17) makes no mention of potential
Amaral supporters optimistic about
judge's rulings in McCanns' libel case, 21 January 2015
Amaral supporters optimistic about judge's rulings
in McCanns' libel case Portugal Newswatch
Posted by Len Port at 8:35 PM
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Kate and Gerry McCann seemed to suffer a setback on Wednesday in suing former detective Gonçalo Amaral
over his controversial book about the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.
In Lisbon’s Palace of Justice,
Judge Maria Emília Melo e Castro handed lawyers in the civil action a written statement evaluating as proven or not
a list of 37 points on which she intends to base her verdict. Neither the McCanns nor Amaral were present.
supporters said afterwards that the statement made them feel cautiously optimistic.
The McCanns are seeking €1.2
million in damages for the severe distress they say has been caused to them by the book, A Verdade da Mentira ('The
Truth of the Lie'), and a subsequent documentary.
The judge ruled that while statements in the book may have
psychologically affected the McCanns, the anguish suffered by the couple over their missing daughter preceded the book's
publication rather than being a consequence of it.
She pointed out that the book was very largely based on facts
in police files. While Amaral put forward the theory that the McCanns had hidden Madeleine's body and fabricated a story
about her abduction, he did not say they had killed their daughter, the judge said.
In personal statements to the
court last July, both Kate and Gerry McCann spoke not only of the great harm they believed had been caused to their family
by allegations in the book, but that the allegations had hampered the search for Madeleine.
The judge said Wednesday
it had not been proved that the Polícia Judiciária stopped collecting information and investigating the disappearance
because of the book's contents.
Amaral insisted last year that the lawfulness of his book was "indisputable"
because of a decision of the Appellate Court in Lisbon that overturned an earlier ruling banning it.
now have time to seek and present authorisation from the British High Court to formally represent their daughter in this
case. Madeleine was made a ward of court at the instigation of her parents in April 2008. This could have a bearing on the
amount of any compensation eventually awarded.
This long-running case in Lisbon has been suspended several times
over the past five years, including in January 2013 when the court allowed the two sides to try to reach a private settlement.
No agreement was reached.
No date has been set for a verdict but it is thought to be more than two months away.
Even when it comes, the verdict will probably not be the end of the matter. An appeal is likely.
Also, Amaral has
let it be known that he is considering instigating a counter defamation lawsuit against the McCanns to seek compensation for
the enormous damages on different levels he claims they have caused him.
Madeleine McCann troll Deborah Butler of
Allington, jailed for stealing from parents, 21 January 2015
Madeleine McCann troll Deborah Butler of Allington, jailed
for stealing from parents Kent Online
by Mary Graham | 21 January 2015
A woman who became known for
publicly calling for "justice" over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been handed a jail sentence after
defrauding £18,000 from her vulnerable parents for a spending spree.
Deborah Butler hit the headlines in
2009 by distributing leaflets giving "10 key reasons which suggest Madeleine was not abducted".
were delivered to the Leicestershire street where Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry live.
Deborah Butler shortly before she set
off on a charity walk across Spain and Portugal
The 51-year-old denied she was targeting the family, whose
daughter has not been found after disappearing from a holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007, but simply wanted the then-closed
investigation to be re-opened.
Away from the media spotlight, Butler, of Grace Avenue, Allington, set herself up
as official carer to her parents, Alan and Dorothy Johnson, who suffered from dementia.
In 2011 she took control
of their bank cards, which they did not know how to use, and went on a spree buying items for herself including a TV, laptop,
designer clothes, a Spanish holiday, plus more mundane essentials such as petrol and food.
Madeleine McCann, who went missing in
Portugal in 2007. Photo courtesy of PA/PA Wire.
The 51-year-old also arranged for carers and attendance
allowances, plus the Johnsons’ state pension to go to her bank account.
In October 2011 her mother died and
other family members found conditions at her parents seaside flat in Eastbourne had deteriorated as the pensioners struggled
to cope. Conditions were described as 'squalid.'
The family also discovered a large chunk of the Johnsons'
savings missing and Butler was arrested.
Monarch House in Eastbourne's Royal
Parade where Deborah Butler's parents lived.
She always insisted her purchases were for her parents.
But investigators were adamant everything bought was being used at her Kent home.
Butler denied four charges of
fraud totalling £18,411 at a trial in December but was convicted.
At Lewes Crown Court on Friday she was
sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years.
Deborah Butler with a leaflet headed 'What
really happened to Madeleine McCann'
DC Julie Nightingale, of Sussex Police, said: "The victims
were treated as a stream of income.
"They were very vulnerable but Butler left them to live in squalor while
she enjoyed life at their expense."
She must complete 200 hours of unpaid work and will be supervised by the
Met chief vows no let-up in search for Madeleine,
15 August 2014
Met chief vows no let-up in search for Madeleine Daily Express
BRITAIN'S top policeman vowed to keep going in the hunt to discover what happened to Madeleine McCann after
Scotland Yard's major operations this summer.
Published: Fri, August 15, 2014
The little girl was three when she vanished from a holiday apartment
in Praia da Luz in May 2007.
In June and July, suspects were questioned and huge areas in the Algarve were searched
by specialist police squads and dogs – with Yard detectives in attendance.
Operation Grange was launched
in May 2011 after Madeleine's parents Gerry, 45, and Kate, 46, of Rothley, Leics, appealed to David Cameron.
Around 40 detectives and civilian staff are dedicated to the inquiry, which has so far cost an estimated £6million.
Yesterday, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "The investigation is still ongoing
and we will not be reducing the team."
He praised Portuguese authorities for allowing Yard detectives to take
part in the summer search.
"A reasonable amount of progress has been made," he added.
no trace of Madeleine has been found and police have no idea what happened to her.
Sir Bernard believes the ideal way to tackle the case is with a joint
squad of British and Portuguese police.
That would speed up many aspects of the inquiry, but authorities in Lisbon
are against the move.
Suspicion has focused on drug addict Euclides Monteiro.
Monteiro, who served a jail term for burglary, died in a tractor
accident, aged 40, in 2009.
His widow says he had nothing to do with the disappearance.
year's searches, Gerry and Kate McCann said they were encouraged by the lack of evidence to suggest Madeleine was murdered.
They are convinced their daughter could still be alive and will one day be returned to them.
is offering £20,000 as a reward for information.
Shutter Island, 08 August 2014
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com
By Dr Martin Roberts
08 August 2014
Madeleine McCann was reported missing
by her parents on the evening of 3 May 2007. She had been left inside apartment 5A, the external configuration of which was
still fresh in the memory of the McCanns' holiday-making associate Rachael Oldfield (nee Mampilly) just a fortnight later
when, on 15 May, she told police:
'The window shutters of the McCann's apartment were closed. The
patio door that they used to enter the apartment also had its shutter closed. In order to enter they had to raise the shutter.'
There are no 'ifs', 'ands' or 'buts' here. The McCanns' patio door, whether locked,
unlocked, open or closed at night lay behind a metal shutter, unambiguously in the 'down' position. The witness does
not specify whether the McCanns' necessary raising of the patio shutter was accomplished from inside or outside the apartment.
In all their accounts of how they, and presumably their daughter's abductor, came and went that evening, 3 May, the McCanns
have not once referred to the status of this shutter, only the door.
If we append to Rachel Oldfield's observation
those which Kate McCann makes in her book when failing to explain quite why the window to their children's bedroom should
have been opened (p.130-1), it becomes clear that, by all accounts, Madeleine McCann was inside a sealed unit. The front door
was locked, all the windows were closed and, as both of the holiday party's written timelines confirm, in upper case for
emphasis, all the shutters were down, including, clearly, those shielding the patio door.
to the front, back or side of apartment 5A, the shutters, all of them, worked in exactly the same way, properly operated from
inside via a winding mechanism. A filmed illustration of what happens when such shutters are raised from outside, 'against
the grain' so to speak, demonstrates that they can only be elevated to about 75% of their full extent before becoming
stuck. Significantly, since this physical intrusion is made without the collaboration of the interior aspect of the apparatus,
in order for the shutter to remain open it has to be held aloft by whoever manhandles it into that position. Without such
extraneous physical support it just comes crashing down again.
The shutters obscuring the McCann's patio door
(there were in fact two of them, side by side) were more than twice the size of those protecting the windows, and therefore
more than twice as heavy. Artificially raising either one three quarters of the way off the floor, and keeping it there,
would require an adult’s strength. Matthew Oldfield, for instance, could have managed it, and, if the door beyond were
indeed open already, he would not have had to prop the shutter up with one hand like Atlas while sliding the door back with
the other. But neither his arms, nor those of any intending abductor, are infinitely long.
In order to progress
from patio to bedroom, the visitor, having coerced the shutter upwards, now has to release it again, either with a loud bang
as it simply plummets to the floor, or by gingerly lowering it behind him somehow, only to raise it again, mechanically this
time, once inside the apartment.
Nowhere has Matthew Oldfield described negotiating such an obstacle, whether on
his way into or out of the McCann's apartment on the one occasion he offered to check on their children. Rather more significantly,
had a child abductor preceded or followed him through that same patio door they too would have had to deal with the shutter,
unless either Gerry McCann or Oldfield, in sequence, deliberately left it in the raised position when previously
exiting the apartment. In which case, bearing in mind there is a child-in-arms at this point, the shutter would have remained
open thereafter, unexpectedly so perhaps. Yet no mention has ever been made of any such startling discovery, suggesting that
completely unimpeded access to the rear of apartment 5A came as no surprise to the returning adults.
McCann has offered police two quite different accounts of how he entered and left 5A around 9.00 p.m. that night. Version
one has him going in through the locked front door then simply out again (the patio does not explicitly enter the equation
and Matthew Oldfield may therefore have had to address the obstacle of the shutter subsequently). Version two on the other
hand sees Gerry going in and out via the patio which, for reasons just discussed, would mean either that he must have first
raised the shutter from outside, which he has never described doing, or the McCanns had left the patio shutter in the raised
position in the first place, contrary to what Rachael Oldfield has said in evidence. If they left their apartment
via the rear initially, as they claim, then they must have left the patio door unlocked and the shutter up, since
they cannot have locked the door nor closed the shutter behind them.
Thursday appears to have been exceptional
in any event, as Kate McCann had at last decided upon an extraordinary course of action; one that offered her daughter a means
of escape in the event of an emergency, as she mentioned to her friends at dinner that night, not at the commencement of their
holiday you notice, but very shortly before it was due to end.
Unless he already knew what would afterwards take
place (in terms of visitors, checks, or abductions even) there should have been no reason at all for Gerry McCann to have
left the apartment completely unsecured in exiting though the rear. Nor should Matthew Oldfield have done so on the
McCanns' behalf, unless of course he merely left the situation as he had previously found it. On 10 May Gerry McCann told
police that although he was certain the front door was closed it was unlikely to have been locked, because they left
through the back door. On this evidence apartment 5A was literally open to all comers, something it never was on any other
occasion during the holiday, as the McCanns would customarily lock the patio door from inside before leaving via the front
door which they, or the last person to leave at least (usually Gerry) locked behind them.
For anyone entering the
McCann's apartment from the rear, a lowered patio shutter would have posed unavoidable logistical problems. These would,
in turn, have led inevitably to hand and finger prints around the shutter base and on the glass sliding door which, although
unlocked, would still have to be slid back to allow entry (as David Payne discovered, or so we are told).
then to the unequivocal evidence offered by Rachael Oldfield on 15 May, and confirmed (twice) by the entire Tapas
group's written timelines, either they were all lying in saying that ALL the shutters were down, or any investigation
intent on identifying who it was took Madeleine McCann from apartment 5A (Operation Grange, for example) should begin (and
quite possibly end), with the keyholders.
Already sentenced but not convicted,
08 August 2014
Friday, 8 August 2014 at 16:43
The sentence effectively imposed on the McCanns by their own actions, and put into words by the authors of the Archiving
Summary, dwarfs anything that might have resulted from a guilty plea, tactical or otherwise, to disposing of their child's
However much lawyers or agents of the couple try to spin the shelving document it makes no difference: the
low-key yet lethal words buried halfway through the summary that the group's actions and evasions cost the McCanns "the
chance to demonstrate their innocence" cannot be argued away.
That isn't because the prosecutors'
statements are convincing, or learned or powerful. It is because they reflect reality.
That reality, that truth, that the couple's innocence cannot be demonstrated
is there in front of us. First, because it is based on facts established by the PJ and summarised in the report that formed
the basis for the prosecutors' appraisal. The questions raised by the facts and events listed in paragraphs 1-5 of the
"reconstruction" section have never been answered and therefore the suspicions remain as valid today as in summer
2008. That is unanswerable reality One.
Reality Two is just as stark. The "failure to demonstrate their innocence"
is at the heart of every comment on the affair for the last seven years, whether supportive or critical, since if the McCanns
had demonstrated their innocence there would be no contention and nothing to argue about. That is what demonstrable
innocence means: it exists, it can be demonstrated and it is finally self-evident. Yet even the most fervent defenders
of the couple, whether in the media or the libel courts, are unable to point to evidence and say, "look, this
clears them." Instead the best they can do is repeat over and over that "the prosecutors say there is no evidence
against them", a line of argument that is an admission of defeat.
The same applies to the related matter of
Leicester constabulary's sworn statement – based, like the Archiving Summary on the facts of the investigation –
that "while one or both of them may be innocent, there is no clear evidence that eliminates them from involvement in
Kate McCann may huff and puff about how hurtful she finds it and the supporters
may claim that it's "old news" (!) that somehow doesn't apply anymore (!) but none of them have been able
to challenge the self-evident truth of the statement. That is why it has been neither withdrawn nor modified: withdrawing
it would mean asserting that there is "clear evidence that eliminates them" otherwise the withdrawal would
be meaningless. Where is it?
And exactly the same applies to Scotland Yard: Redwood can assert that the McCanns
are not suspects but he cannot assert that there is now "clear evidence that eliminates them" without providing
it. There is not a hint or trace of such evidence having been unearthed in the three years of Operation Grange's existence.
Successful Cover Up
Such is their situation and their fate.
Their graphically vivid disintegration, not at the hands of the "haters" or Goncalo Amaral but under the burden
of the truly horrible pariah status that has resulted, possesses an elemental quality, a sense of inevitability foretold by
the measured words of the catholic Menezes, whose phrases are, after all, only a repetition in legalese of an ancient message:
the truth can set you free if you let it.
In other words nobody can ever release them except themselves
— by submitting unreservedly to uncertain fate and telling everything they know without shame, hope or qualification.
But that is something they clearly will not and cannot do, as the words of Madeleine alone make crystal clear.
Thus they stand locked in the modern equivalent of the medieval pillory with no prospect of release and without a
single shred of dignity: instead of being pelted with old vegetables and stones by yokels they are stripped naked, probed,
mocked and pissed and shit upon by internet mobs, their daughter the butt of filthy jokes on the sicko comedy sites, their
"innocence" referred to with amused irony in the pubs and bars.
Whatever happens the future for the couple
is unspeakably dark.
McCanns file a case against The Times in
the High Court, 01 August 2014
McCanns file a case against The Times in the High Court Daniel Douglas - Twitter
Reporter for @InsideHousing. Recent work: Guardian, BBC, Private Eye, Birmingham Mail @cityjournalism alumnus
11:57 AM - 1 Aug 2014
Kate and Gerry McCann have filed a case against The
Times in the High Court. Interesting. No details made public yet.
3:06 PM - 1 Aug 2014
Lots of interest in earlier tweet on Kate, Gerry McCann v @thetimes in High Court. Filed recently. Ref: HQ14D02886. No details
• It would seem likely the
McCanns' action against The Times relates to the following report published in The Sunday Times on 27 October 2013. The
report was also picked up by the Daily Star, on its front page, and the Daily Mail. The Sunday Times subsequently published
an apology, of sorts, on 28 December 2013 (also below).
Madeleine clues hidden for 5 years, 27 October
Madeleine clues hidden for 5 years The
Sunday Times (paper edition)
THE critical new evidence at the centre of Scotland Yard's
search for Madeleine McCann was kept secret for five years after it was presented to her parents by ex-MI5 investigators.
The evidence was in fact taken from an intelligence report produced for Gerry and Kate McCann by a firm of former
spies in 2008.
It contained crucial E-Fits of a man seen carrying a child on the night of Madeleine's disappearance,
which have only this month become public after he was identified as the prime suspect by Scotland Yard.
trail was left to go cold for five years because the McCanns and their advisers sidelined the report and threatened to sue
its authors if they divulged the contents.
The report, seen by the Sunday Times, called for the E-Fits to be released
immediately and said "anomalies" in statements by the McCanns and their friends must be resolved.
source close to the McCanns said the report was considered "hypercritical of the people involved" and "would
have been completely distracting" if made public.
Madeleine clues hidden for 5 years The Sunday Times
The new prime suspect was first singled out by detectives in 2008. Their findings were suppressed. Insight reports
The Sunday Times Insight team Published: 27 October 2013
|Madeleine disappeared from the Praia da Luz resort in May 2007 (Adrian Sheratt)
THE critical new evidence at the centre of Scotland Yard's search
for Madeleine McCann was kept secret for five years after it was presented to her parents by ex-MI5 investigators.
The evidence was in fact taken from an intelligence report produced for Gerry and Kate McCann by a firm of former spies
It contained crucial E-Fits of a man seen carrying a child on the night of Madeleine's disappearance,
which have only this month become public after he was identified as the prime suspect by Scotland Yard.
of hand-picked former MI5 agents had been hired by the McCanns to chase a much-needed breakthrough in the search for their
missing daughter Madeleine.
But within months the relationship had soured. A report produced by the investigators
was deemed "hypercritical" of the McCanns and their friends, and the authors were threatened with legal action if
it was made public. Its contents remained secret until Scotland Yard detectives conducting a fresh review of the case contacted
the authors and asked for a copy.
They found that it contained new evidence about a key suspect seen carrying a
child away from the McCanns' holiday apartment on the night Madeleine disappeared.
This sighting is now considered
the main lead in the investigation and E-Fits of the suspect, taken from the report, were the centrepiece of a Crimewatch
appeal that attracted more than 2,400 calls from the public this month.
One of the investigators whose work was
sidelined said last week he was "utterly stunned" when he watched the programme and saw the evidence his team had
passed to the McCanns five years ago presented as a breakthrough.
The team of investigators from the security firm
Oakley International were hired by the McCanns' Find Madeleine fund, which bankrolled private investigations into the
girl's disappearance. They were led by Henri Exton, MI5's former undercover operations chief.
seen by The Sunday Times, focused on a sighting by an Irish family of a man carrying a child at about 10pm on May 3, 2007,
when Madeleine went missing.
An earlier sighting by one of the McCanns' friends was dismissed as less credible
after "serious inconsistencies" were found in her evidence. The report also raised questions about "anomalies"
in the statements given by the McCanns and their friends.
Exton confirmed last week that the fund had silenced
his investigators for years after they handed over their controversial findings. He said: "A letter came from their lawyers
binding us to the confidentiality of the report."
He claimed the legal threat had prevented him from handing
over the report to Scotland Yard's fresh investigation, until detectives had obtained written permission from the fund.
A source close to the fund said the report was considered "hypercritical of the people involved" and "would
have been completely distracting" if it became public.
Oakley's six-month investigation included placing
undercover agents inside the Ocean Club where the family stayed, lie detector tests, covert surveillance and a forensic re-examination
of all existing evidence.
It was immediately clear that two sightings of vital importance had been reported to
the police. Two men were seen carrying children near the apartments between 9pm, when Madeleine was last seen by Gerry, and
10pm, when Kate discovered her missing.
The first man was seen at 9.15pm by Jane Tanner, a friend of the McCanns,
who had been dining with them at the tapas bar in the resort. She saw a man carrying a girl just yards from the apartment
as she went to check on her children.
The second sighting was by Martin Smith and his family from Ireland, who
saw a man carrying a child near the apartment just before 10pm.
The earlier Tanner sighting had always been treated
as the most significant, but the Oakley team controversially poured cold water on her account.
Instead, they focused
on the Smith sighting, travelling to Ireland to interview the family and produce E-Fits of the man they saw. Their report
said the Smiths were "helpful and sincere" and concluded: "The Smith sighting is credible evidence of a sighting
of Maddie and more credible than Jane Tanner's sighting". The evidence had been "neglected for too long"
and an "overemphasis placed on Tanner".
The new focus shifted the believed timeline of the abduction
back by 45 minutes.
The report, delivered to the McCanns in November 2008, recommended that the revised timeline
should be the basis for future investigations and that the Smith E-Fits should be released without delay.
abductor seen by the Smiths is now the prime suspect in Scotland Yard's investigation, after detectives established that
the man seen earlier by Tanner was almost certainly a father carrying his child home from a nearby night creche. The Smith
E-Fits were the centrepiece of the Crimewatch appeal.
One of the Oakley investigators said last week: "I was
absolutely stunned when I watched the programme . . . It most certainly wasn't a new timeline and it certainly isn't
a new revelation. It is absolute nonsense to suggest either of those things . . . And those E-Fits you saw on Crimewatch are
ours," he said.
The detailed images of the face of the man seen by the Smith family were never released by
the McCanns. But an artist's impression of the man seen earlier by Tanner was widely promoted, even though the face had
to be left blank because she had only seen him fleetingly and from a distance.
Various others images of lone men
spotted hanging around the resort at other times were also released.
Nor were the Smith E-Fits included in Kate
McCann's 2011 book, Madeleine, which contained a whole section on eight "key sightings" and identified those
of the Smiths and Tanner as most "crucial". Descriptions of all seven other sightings were accompanied by an E-Fit
or artist's impression. The Smiths' were the only exception. So why was such a "crucial" piece of evidence
kept under lock and key?
The relationship between the fund and Oakley was already souring by the time the report
was submitted — and its findings could only have made matters worse.
As well as questioning parts of the
McCanns' evidence, it contained sensitive information about Madeleine's sleeping patterns and raised the highly sensitive
possibility that she could have died in an accident after leaving the apartment herself from one of two unsecured doors.
There was also an uncomfortable complication with Smith's account. He had originally told the police that he had
"recognised something" about the way Gerry McCann carried one of his children which reminded him of the man he had
seen in Praia da Luz.
Smith has since stressed that he does not believe the man he saw was Gerry, and Scotland
Yard do not consider this a possibility. Last week the McCanns were told officially by the Portuguese authorities that they
are not suspects.
The McCanns were also understandably wary of Oakley after allegations that the chairman, Kevin
Halligen, failed to pass on money paid by the fund to Exton's team. Halligen denies this. He was later convicted of fraud
in an unrelated case in the US.
The McCann fund source said the Oakley report was passed on to new private investigators
after the contract ended, but that the firm's work was considered "contaminated" by the financial dispute.
He said the fund wanted to continue to pursue information about the man seen by Tanner, and it would have been too
expensive to investigate both sightings in full — so the Smith E-Fits were not publicised. It was also considered necessary
to threaten legal action against the authors.
"[The report] was hypercritical of the people involved . . .
It just wouldn't be conducive to the investigation to have that report publicly declared because . . . the newspapers
would have been all over it. And it would have been completely distracting," said the source.
released by the Find Madeleine fund said that "all information privately gathered during the search for Madeleine has
been fully acted upon where necessary" and had been passed to Scotland Yard.
It continued: "Throughout
the investigation, the Find Madeleine fund's sole priority has been, and remains, to find Madeleine and bring her home
as swiftly as possible."
Insight: Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert
Kate and Gerry McCann and Madeleine's
Fund, 28 December 2013
Kate and Gerry McCann and Madeleine's Fund The Sunday Times
Published: 28 December 2013
In articles dated October 27 ("Madeleine
clues hidden for 5 years" and "Investigators had E-Fits five years ago", News) we referred to efits which
were included in a report prepared by private investigators for the McCanns and the Fund in 2008. We accept that the articles
may have been understood to suggest that the McCanns had withheld information from the authorities. This was not the case.
We now understand and accept that the efits had been provided to the Portuguese and Leicestershire police by October 2009.
We also understand that a copy of the final report including the efits was passed to the Metropolitan police in August 2011,
shortly after it commenced its review. We apologise for the distress caused."
The McCanns enjoying a family day out at
the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 29 July 2014
Alice back in Wonderland, 12 July 2014
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
"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?
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.And
Judge: What is the Madeleine
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
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.
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.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.
Judge – Can
you name them?
GMC – Yes, we had legal actions against the Madeleine Foundation and the name is
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 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
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.
Scotland Yard detectives return to Portugal
British detectives return to Portugal to observe a number of
'suspect' and 'witness' interviews, carried out by Portuguese officers.
For earlier reports
Sick and bankrupt, 22 June 2014
Sick and bankrupt VIP magazine
Maddie case has left him in misery
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, 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.
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."
Sick and Bankrupt VIP
magazine (Nº 883, weekly edition from 17 to 23.06.2014, pages 74 to 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Madeleine Mystery
The Madeleine Mystery (extract from 'People in a Place
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
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
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
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
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
|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.
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'
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
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.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.
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.
former civil process code, there was no opportunity for any of the parties to confess. This is the main purpose of the new
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.
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
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
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
What is it that the church has?, 13 June
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?
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.
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
Hernâni Carvalho - How did you get to talk with the bishop?
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.
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.
The Big Bluff
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
For reports/maps/statements click here
Unidentified People of Interest to the Inquiry
[update], 21 January 2014
|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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Man now identified by Operation Grange Met Police
Update on previous appeal
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.
Michael Schneider: Searching For Madeleine
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."
previous reports click here
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 to Madeleine McCann?
Saturday, 18 May 2013
What really happened to Madeleine McCann?
Put yourself in the mind of a detective and work it out for yourself
Or put yourself in the place of a
parent, and ask "If you had let your child go on holiday with the McCanns and they lost her, would you accept their version?"
These articles contain factual evidence and statements from the official files. It is quite possible that this 'public
but hidden' evidential material will amaze and worry you.
This e-book is a compilation of some documents relating
to specific parts of the continuing saga of the quest for the truth about the reported disappearance of Madeleine Beth McCann.
It is doubtful whether anyone in the literate civilised world does not know that Madeleine was reported missing by
her mother about 10 pm on 3rd May 2007, from an apartment in Praia de Luz, on the Algarve in Portugal.
both doctors, immediately claimed that their daughter was abducted from her bed in the apartment in a block outside the holiday
complex, whilst the parents dined at a Tapas bar on the other side of the pool within the complex. They use an alleged sighting
of a man carrying a child along the road adjacent to the apartment within minutes of Gerry McCann's last check as evidence
of this abduction. They have refused to consider any other possibility, and have sued for libel people who have put forward
They further insist that Madeleine was taken by a predatory paedophile, but then curiously
insist that there is no evidence that she has come to harm.
The local and then the national police attended, statements
were taken and the matter was investigated by a dedicated team. The police found themselves somewhat hampered by significant
changes and major inconsistencies in the stories given by the parents and the main witnesses, and the Senior Investigating
Officer began to suspect that they had not been told the whole truth for a particular reason.
British police officers
assisted, and on the advice of one co-ordinator two highly specialised search dogs were taken from the the UK to Portugal.
These dogs alerted to blood and human cadaverine in the apartment and on clothing and other items associated with Madeleine,
but to no other locations or items.
The McCanns sought legal assistance from one firm of lawyers who specialise
in defamation, and from another who specialise in extradition. Those choices in themselves have raised eyebrows.
They also very quickly set up a Limited Company and people were invited to make contributions to "Help the Search"
for Madeleine. As part of this purported search they spent a large amount of money on a firm of private detectives in Barcelona,
which has since closed with the arrest of the principal; a further large amount on a man who was subsequently extradited to
the USA where he was wanted for fraud; and finally on two retired police officers who set up a small company in a cottage
in Wales, some time after it had been announced that the firm had been contracted.
None has produced anything of
Almost all the facts have been the subject of claim and counterclaim, of conflict of evidence, and above
all of the crushing financial and legal might of the best libel lawyers in the world bearing down on anyone who dares to express
a view different from the official one put out by the McCanns and their spokesperson. The amount attributable to legal fees
already substantially outweighs the amount paid to the various firms of private detectives.
It is important to
note however, that nothing which has been said or written has ever been proved to be libellous in a Court of Law, after proper
examination. Everything has been settled out of court, or by undertakings.
Readers may decide for themselves if
the official story is physically possible, or bears a proper relation to the observable facts.
One other test which
may be applied when examining the evidence it to look at any incongruence between what was said, and what was observed.
For example, this is what was said - about the 8th day of the "search"; the 8th day of the investigation
into the disappearance; 12th May 2007, Madeleine’s 4th birthday.
"We ate mostly in silence, concentrating
on the kids. I couldn't eat much, and alcohol was completely off my agenda. Fiona recalls that Gerry and I were completely
shut down that day, barely able to talk, and although our friends tried to remain cheerful and behave normally to get us through
it, they all felt awkward about being at this lovely villa, in the sunshine, in these circumstances. There was no cake. Gerry
did attempt a toast but he was visibly upset and couldn't manage much more than 'I can't even say happy birthday
to my daughter...' before choking up. The physical loss was more intense than ever. I ached for Madeleine." from
the book "madeleine", by Kate McCann - p. 128
This is what was observed as they emerged from a solemn
church service that morning.
In preparing the various chapters I have tried to rely on what witnesses
and the parents themselves said in their statements.
The statements have not been interpreted, but the obvious
inconsistencies and frequent changes of story have been left in and highlighted for readers to make up their own minds.
The structure of the e-book is that each chapter is in the form of a self contained monograph, with its own list of
references. For ease of research the original source material has also been appended in full where possible.
that makes it slightly cumbersome it gives the reader instant access to the source material, so that any mistake or wrong
interpretation can be immediately identified.
If there are mistakes they are entirely mine. If anything has been
taken out of context this is my misunderstanding If I have quoted anything without giving a reference or acknowledgement,
There is much more to be said about this case, about the Limited Company, about the Private detectives,
and the way in which the media have been manipulated, but this is just a brief dip into the evidence for people who thought
they knew the story.
There are those who argue that this matter is one which should now be laid to rest, or that
the McCann’s version, or versions, should be accepted in its entirety.
To them I would say we should always
bear in mind the following:
Madeleine Beth McCann is missing. It is not know what happened to her. Her whereabouts
The search for her, or for her mortal remains must continue. The search for the truth about what happened
No one should seek to prevent or to hinder either of those.
And in support of those ends
- No one with a valid theory or hypothesis should be crushed before the theory or hypotheses can be tested.
one with a differing point of view should be silenced, except by defeat in logical debate, or by production of evidence.
Bullying, victimisation, name-calling, "trolling" and other techniques have no place in the search for the
Nor in the search for a missing child.
It is not known why the McCanns do not publicly distance
themselves from the foul language and vile insults, threats and abuse directed by several blog sites against people who are
seeking the truth. Nor why they allowed evidence obtained by criminal activity to be adduced in support of their case.
Chapter 1 Changes in Story Changing the initial version of events is a classic 'red flag' warning to police.
Read more on the link above or download your copy of Michael McLeans' e-book here:
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case by Michael McLean (pdf, 3.01MB)
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Euclides Monteiro - The Dead Suspect
30 October 2013 Correio da Manhã
report that the PJ has strong evidence to believe that Madeleine's abductor was a former
employee of the Ocean Club who died in 2009 in a tractor accident.
this was the strongest new lead presented to state prosecutors - by the PJ team working
in Porto - which led to the investigation being reopened.
A media frenzy ensues...
To read reports/videos
Gonçalo Amaral speaks about
how the 'Maddie' case has affected his family life, 29 October 2013
Gonçalo Amaral speaks about how the 'Maddie'
case has affected his family life Nova Gente (paper edition)
"I've been worried about my youngest daughter"
The former inspector says that he is tranquil with the ongoing trial and that there is too much "publicity
and misinformation" to keep a case in the media limelight that has caused severe moral damages to his life.
Article by Alexandra Ferreira
Week from 21 to 27 of October 2013, edition 1936,
pages 42 to 46
Translation base/Scans by Rolanda Miguens Reid | Corrections/extras by Joana Morais
How did you react to the news that the English Police are investigating new leads?
With calm and tranquillity. I know what this is about, what the authors intend with such news, but anyone
who has been following the case throughout the years, will be able to discern among the trashy publicity what is really at
stake, and that is an intolerable pressure over a Portuguese court.
Are there changes in the case?
There is no change, there is nothing really new, we continue as it was in 2008 when the process was archived. The
authors of the civil action seem to be very creative, so we need to wait for a bolt of their creativity and imagination.
In the ongoing trial which opposes you against the McCanns, they are asking you for 1.2 million euro for defamation.
What is a stake is a trial for the crime of having an opinion, something which is unthinkable in the free and democratic
Portugal post-25th of April [Carnation Revolution that freed Portugal from 48 years of dictatorship]. Actually, there are
no facts to sustain that demand for indemnification. (...) The authors of the action want others to believe that my
opinion as well as of those who worked with me, Portuguese and English police, which was expressed in the book and in the
documentary, has harmed their efforts to find the child and has caused them moral damages. However this premise lacks precise
Are you satisfied with the way the trial is going?
Common sense tells me not
to jump to conclusions, and to await with calm and serenity for the final decision. However, the publicity and the campaign
of misinformation and intoxication that is taking place, by the authors of the civil action, seems to indicate that they are
not very happy with the progress of the trial and feel the need to influence the outcome.
It was conspicuous
that the friends who dined with the McCanns on the night that Maddie disappeared were absent in court...
Perhaps it is just a strategy of the prosecution, but their absence was noted. The bottom line is, who better than those
who usually accompanied the authors on their holidays, a few years ago, and who visited their houses previous to the events
of May 3, 2007, to go to court and speak about the "before and after" of the couple's lives. The prosecution
preferred to call witnesses that only became friends and visitors of the couple after that event.
any testimony important for your defence?
It was important to unmask in a court hearing the psychologist
who had only a degree in Social Sciences, in the scope of which he did one psychology subject, that is, he wasn't a psychologist,
and he wasn't certified to make psychological assessments. Equally important were the testimonies of colleagues who worked
with me during the investigation into the disappearance, as well as the recalling an interview the authors gave to a weekly
newspaper [Expresso] in September 2008, a month after my book was published, where they devalued its contents and actually
said that they would not sue me... Well, such is life.
Was there a request for the case to be heard behind
It is true, we wanted to prevent what is taking place now: judgements in the public arena
and campaigns of misinformation and intoxication which contribute nothing for a good judicial decision, which needs to be
free, objective and founded in Law.
While you were leading the investigation did you feel any pressures?
During that time our work was called into question and we were the target of insults, professionally
and personally, the campaign against us was despicable and shameful. The book Maddie - The Truth of the Lie
reports on the first six months of the criminal investigation. Then the process was archived in 2008. It is normal for an
investigation to go forward and backward, having a beginning, middle and an end. Therefore, it cannot be said that the case
was concluded or that the evidence that existed by the end of September  was set aside or that it led to a different
What was your impression of the McCann couple after you met them?
the expectation of the child's mother that tea should be served to her and the father acting totally disinterested at
the time of an extortion attempt, I recall the fact of - and this is stated in the process - the father's first phone
calls to the UK where he referred to the disappearance as a kidnap by a paedophile ring. At the time, it could be understood
as a mere idea, but now it sounds more like an obsession.
Any reason as to why Kate didn't answer to more
than 40 questions?
With the status of arguida she had that right and used it. However, answering them
would be understood as the duty of a mother, as the obligation of a mother who was concerned about the disappearance of her
daughter, that wasn't afraid of answering questions no matter how sensitive those questions were.
type of feelings do the McCanns hold against you?
In my opinion, they hold a grudge and have a desire
for revenge, not only about me but also about all others who have their own opinion which differs to theirs, towards those
who won't allow themselves be influenced by their toxic media campaign.
Would you have liked to have
found their daughter?
We did everything to solve the case, however the authors of the civil action cooperated
very little or nothing, they have always appeared more worried about themselves, with their own image, something that still
happens today. I recall the words of the mother of the child when she was notified of her hearing as an arguida: "What
will the press say? What will my parents think?" We never heard a word of appreciation, from the mouth of the authors
of the civil action, for all the police officers working on the investigation, men and women who neglected their own families,
their own children and where far from their homes, while searching for their daughter. We only heard them saying, as soon
as the process was archived, that they were pondering suing the police. From all the investigators, they only sued one, the
one who has publicly, in the exercise of his right to defence and of freedom of expression, made known what had happened during
the first months of the criminal investigation.
"Surviving for six
[Text to photo: VERY THIN With family issues, plus
the problems that he still has over the Maddie case and his worries about his daughter Inês, Gonçalo Amaral has
lost a considerable amount of weight.]
Since the Madeleine McCann case began, you saw your life turned
upside down. You were forced to retire early from the police, you got divorced, you moved to Lisbon away from your daughter
Inês, you lost your father with whom you were sharing a house, you fell ill and lost weight... those were very harsh
The question already describes everything that has happened, except for my mother's death
in 2009, after a prolonged illness. At the time, on the sites that support the authors of the civil action, I was cowardly
and abusively accused of having murdered my mother, they even described how I would have done it. There are people who cannot
maintain objectivity, who cannot analyse the case without thinking of the names of those involved, if they could make that
kind of analysis, just considering the child who disappeared and the circumstances that surround that disappearance perhaps
they wouldn't feel the necessity of reviling and of breaching the privacy of someone who was merely trying to do their
job. As to my private life, the last six years were years of struggle, for the physical, mental and emotional survival, trying
to establish a new life, with projects and ideas as to the future, separating the situations.
felt defeated or depressed?
Luckily, I don't know what it is like to feel depressed, the feeling of
defeat or of relinquishment are not part of my nature.
You won in the Appeals Court against the injunction
that forbade the publication of The Truth of the Lie, in which you made the investigation known. Have they returned
The books have been returned to the editor [Guerra & Paz], but I haven't been reimbursed
yet. There are still precautionary seizure of assets lodged by the authors of the civil action.
or books in the offing?
I have a book written entitled Madeleine: Unfinished Investigation [Madeleine:
Investigação Inacabada], for which I have not yet sought a publisher. I am writing another book related to my
experience as an investigator of organized and violent crimes, sort of a reflection about the way and methods used to investigate.
And after the trial?
My expectations for after the trial are to carry on with my life,
accompanying and helping those who are close to me, and if circumstances offer that possibility, to intervene with solidarity
in the Portuguese society. As my daughter Inês says, there are plenty of other children and young people who are in
need of healthy life projects, of being the actors and authors of their own lives, of being happy.
Amaral considers suing the McCanns for damages to his daughter
Have you considered suing the McCanns for damages concerning your family?
I have pondered
about that possibility, however it is still far to early to account for all the damages and make a decision. I have to think
about my daughter Inês and on the effects that such a situation would encompass.
How have you been
able to keep in touch with her?
It has been hard, distance doesn't help, but I try to be part of
Inês' life. Amidst all this, I have been seriously worried about my child, who, not so long ago asked what could
happen with this trial, if I could be arrested, etc. Inês is the same age that the child who disappeared would have
been if she was alive and reacts negatively to all the news that refers to this case, when the name of the child is spoken
she says she has had enough of hearing about the name. To her there are other children in the world who need the attention,
love and care and Inês is one of them. Her world was rocked when she saw her father being attacked and insulted, even
before the book was published, and that world of hers collapsed due to the subsequent circumstances, she had to abandon the
house where she was born, the school where she went and live far away from her father. Inês is a victim of the arrogance
and lack of common sense of the authors of the civil action, who claim to be Catholics, but as Christians appear to have little
Madeleine McCann, Crimewatch Appeal
- UK, Germany, The Netherlands
BBC Crimewatch - Broadcast 14 October 2013
BBC Crimewatch (update)
- Broadcast 14 October 2013
Opsporing Verzocht (Netherlands version) - Broadcast 15 October 2013
Aktenzeichen XY... ungelöst (German version) - Broadcast 16 October 2013
For videos: Click here
Is The Sun right to use Madeleine McCann
to promote its website?, 18 October 2013
Is The Sun right to use Madeleine McCann to promote its website?
By Roy Greenslade
Friday 18 October 2013 11.15 BST
Maybe I'm being unusually sensitive, but I find The Sun's latest
promotion for its website unbearably tasteless:
"It's the terrible mystery that has gripped us all –
what really happened to Madeleine McCann? In tomorrow's 12-page special pullout, The Maddie Files, we reveal:Am I alone in thinking that this lure to
attract subscribers amounts to an intrusion into grief for commercial ends?
The bungled investigation into her abduction... how Maddie's twin siblings are getting on… how Kate and Gerry
manage to keep strong.
PLUS the full Maddie story in an exclusive ebook ONLY
for Sun+ members. If you're not already a member, join now."
The Maddie Files, 18 October 2013
The Maddie Files The Sun
|Special report ... what happened to Madeleine McCann?
Published: 18 October 2013
IT'S the terrible mystery that has gripped us all – what really happened to Madeleine McCann?
In tomorrow's 12-page special pullout, The Maddie Files, we reveal:
- The bungled investigation
into her abduction
- How Maddie's twin siblings are getting on
- How Kate and Gerry manage to keep
PLUS – the full Maddie story in an exclusive ebook ONLY for Sun+
If you're not already a member, join now.
Scotland Yard Release E-fit Image
15 October 2013
Reaction to the Crimewatch appeal in the media
For reports (currently being updated)
14 October 2013
Scotland Yard release two computer-generated
e-fits of a suspect they wish to track down.
For reports click here
SY Mobile Phone Traffic
Scotland Yard reveal they are trawling through a vast log of mobile phone traffic identified
in Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine's disappearance. click here
Scotland Yard New E-fit Announcement
Sky News announce that detectives are to issue
an e-fit image of a man seen near the holiday apartment from which Madeleine vanished in 2007. click here
Scotland Yard Release E-fit Image
Two e-fit pictures of the same man with are released in
what is seen as a major development in the case. click here
The António Castela (taxi driver) sighting
Scotland Yard announcement, 04 July 2013
For previous reports/video click here
Urs Hans Von Aesch, 07 July 2013
A 'suspect'/'person of interest' - according
to the UK press - is dismissed by Swiss police as having no connection to the disappearance of Madeleine.
all relevant reports click here
The review continues... 08 July 2013 onwards
The McCanns v. Tony Bennett
Jenny Murat: Kate McCann printed such
awful things about my Robert in her Madeleine book, 02 December 2012
Jenny Murat: Kate McCann printed such awful things about
my Robert in her Madeleine book Sunday Express
By James Murray
A MOTHER whose son was wrongly linked to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has hit out
at the way he is portrayed in a best-selling book about the mystery.
Briton Robert Murat was cleared of
any involvement in the case four years ago but Kate McCann's book Madelaine, about her missing daughter, has brought back
painful memories for Jenny Murat, 76.
Having seen the McCanns' suffering at the hands of the British press
highlighted in last week's Leveson report, she is anxious to stress her son's total innocence.
Robert had hoped their nightmare would end in 2008 when he won £600,000 damages from British newspapers, but last night
at her home on the Algarve, Mrs Murat spoke of how still the "tragedy consumes us, day in, day out".
widow and former nurse said: "Kate of all people should know what it is like to be wrongly accused, so how can she be
comfortable repeating wrong allegations about my son in her book?"
In the book published last summer, Kate
wrote: "Two officers talked openly about Robert Murat, who remained an arguido [suspect] and drip-fed us snippets of
'evidence' linking him to Madeleine."
However, later in the book she writes: "Nothing we were
told by the police indicated Murat took Madeleine or was in any way involved in her abduction." Mrs Murat argues: "Surely
it would have been wiser not to mention the allegations from the outset if there was 'nothing relevant'."
The police spotlight fell on Robert 11 days after Madeleine vanished from the McCanns' holiday apartment in Praia
de Luz, Portugal in May 2007.
Mrs Murat said: "Robert was at my home throughout that night and thankfully
that is now fully accepted as fact. He did not leave once."
She feels Robert, too, should have been called
to give evidence to the Leveson inquiry.
She explained: "Again we were denied an opportunity to put our side
of the story. Robert was the subject of a most disgraceful character assassination, yet was not even invited to contribute
to the debate. His life has been hugely damaged. This tragedy consumes us, day in, day out."
She added: "Kate's
book and the resulting publicity did not help. I do feel sympathetic towards the McCanns and obviously wish they could find
their daughter. We can't fathom the hell they must go through but they seem oblivious to the impact all this has had on
our lives and the lives of others.
"We tried our best to help, but have ended being pilloried and abused and
still it goes on."
Mrs Murat, now working on her own book about the case, added: "I am sick of all the
half-truths and innuendos, so I do want a full and accurate record of the truth. It is important that our story is told."
A footnote, provided by Kate McCann,
15 May 2011
A footnote, provided by Kate McCann The Blacksmith Bureau
Posted by John Blacksmith at 20:25
Sunday, 15 May 2011
On July 7 2008 Mrs Justice Hogg gave judgement in the Family Division of the High Court regarding the attempt
by Kate & Gerry McCann to gain access to all the Leicester Police documents regarding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
The judgement was by agreement between the parties and was made in open court.
M/S Kate McCann in her book
Madeleine has now provided an excerpt from the official submission of Leicester Police to the court regarding the
matter and outlining the reasons why they could not agree to provide the documents. Signed by the assistant chief constable
of Leicestershire it runs:
"While one or both of them may be innocent, there is no clear evidence
that eliminates them from involvement in Madeleine's disappearance."