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Message from Gonçalo Amaral, 26 September 2013
 

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Gonçalo De Sousa Amaral

Thursday, 26 September 2013, at 15:38

At this point, it is worth recalling the decision of the Court of Appeal of Lisbon, which upheld the appeal made in 2010, revoking the decision of the Court of 1st instance, considering unfounded, and not proven, the injunction filed by the McCanns against the sale of my book "Maddie – The Truth of the Lie":
"The book "Maddie – The Truth of the Lie" which was written by the defendant Dr. Gonçalo Amaral, has the main motivation of defending his personal and professional honour..."

"The contents of the book does not offend any of the fundamental rights of the applicants [the McCanns]

"The exercise of its writing and publication is included in the constitutional rights that are assured to everyone by the European Convention for Human Rights and by the Portuguese Republic's Constitution..."

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Maddie - A Verdade Da Mentira
 

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Maddie - A Verdade Da Mentira

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

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

"Despite everything, until a certain moment in the investigation, the [McCann] family sustained and fed the abduction thesis. Nevertheless, at an uncertain date, the family suggested to consult a person that might, eventually, indicate the probable location of little Madeleine's cadaver. This fact became inexplicable to the members of the investigation, given the fact that it was the family members themselves who raised the possibility of little Maddie's death."

in Process 201/07.0GALGS, volume XVII, page 2594

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'Please Help Luz' plea as Madeleine "circus" descends on village again, 31 March 2014
 

'Please Help Luz' plea as Madeleine "circus" descends on village again Portugal Resident

By NATASHA DONN on March 31, 2014

'Please Help Luz' plea as Madeleine "circus" descends on village again
'Please Help Luz' plea as Madeleine "circus" descends on village again

'Please Help Luz' plea as Madeleine "circus" descends on village again

'Please Help Luz' plea as Madeleine "circus" descends on village again

As British television networks once again descend on Praia da Luz in the run-up to the seventh anniversary since Madeleine McCann went missing, a local resident has come out fighting.

"It's time to turn things round," she told us. "Every year it is the same ... British journalists arrive and dredge up more nonsense about Luz. We are meant to be overrun with child molesters, burglars, homosexuals, Eastern European child-snatchers ... Whatever next? Will it be the Taliban?

"They are back again now and this time they have interviewed a homeless person and a 'prophet'," the long-term resident told us on Saturday. "They have paid for these interviews. Now, they are apparently looking for a well-known gay man.

"These are the stories the British newspapers are looking for! They are not interested in the views of the real people of Luz - all of whom are fed up to the back teeth with the village being shown in such a bad light."

The "homeless person" - a "perfectly pleasant man, but never sober" - is not a representational figure of local residents, explained the woman, and the "prophet" is someone who wears a turban and "walks around with a pole with a light on the top of it".

"Neither can be considered typical Luz residents, but nor are they in any way threats to the community," she added.

The expat woman, who asked not to be named as she has "no wish to be a hero", said: "It is time Luz had a voice."

"Last year, when the news people were asking questions as they do every year, I went up to the interviewer and said I would like to say a word or two.

"I said I wanted to know why they weren't interviewing the McCanns for gross negligence that had led to a fatal result. He just dropped me because they don't want to hear anything like that. They only want to report about people they can label as "weirdos".

"Quite honestly, I feel it is time Luz turned round and sued the McCanns for slander.

"I would like to stand as a voice for Luz. Who will want to come here after all the negative publicity? The British newspapers paint the village as one full of terrible people. This is grotesquely unfair. It has got to stop!"

As is so often the case, concern over speaking out has left this voice of Luz for now unnamed. She told us "everyone feels the same" - and behind the scenes few would disagree.

A high-ranking staff member at Luz Ocean Club told the Resident earlier this year: "Luz has taken such a battering over the last seven years. It really is time to do something for this community - help it rally round." But, like the anonymous "voice of Luz", the man asked not to be identified.

Meantime, the Ocean Club is one of the prime movers behind a community triathlon event planned later this month precisely to promote the picturesque village "before the holiday season gets underway".

 
First time as tragedy..., 28 March 2014
 
First time as tragedy... The Blacksmith Bureau

Friday, 28 March 2014 at 18:28

All of us must have experienced situations when our innocence might have been under question. We at the Bureau, including Sharples, who's been round the block more times than an old Swansea hooker, certainly have. Whether long ago as unfairly punished schoolchildren, as accident prone adolescents, in traffic incidents defending our own blamelessness or as neutral witnesses of street crime, we know what it's like to be innocent.

What steadies us, both now and then, is our solid memory of what actually happened: we hang onto it like a lifebelt, an amulet or the inviolate memory of someone we loved. We go over it, time and again, in private re-appraisal and, while we can accept that others might have grounds for a viewpoint of their own, our memories are simply not negotiable: they are part of us. Whether our troubles result from accident or trivial misunderstanding, or whether we are undergoing a genuine ordeal, the memory sustains us: it is ours alone, beyond the reach of others.

Of course it is the McCann story that prompts these thoughts and, in particular, the new perspective that the abduction of Bundlestein by policemen unknown has created. Yet what we see now beyond any reasonable doubt is the absence of real memory in the McCanns' claims. Instead of falling back on the fixed and invariant bedrock of what they saw or felt Kate & Gerry McCann have done the opposite. Their police statements about the disappearance are not pure eyewitness statements at all but partially built with materials provided by others. Unlike ours their "memories" are not fixed but can be changed and shaded at will. Their story of the loss of their child is a flexible dramatization, not a fixed recollection of experience.

In the Light of Bundlestein...

Look, once again, at their drama.
Scene OneGone! The shouted discovery of an apartment following a recent break-in, almost certainly between 9.35 and 10PM.

Scene TwoTracked! The place of the abduction is a set capable of change, not an unchanging vision called up from memory. Now the scenery, the curtains, doors and windows are lit differently to accept a new abductor, Bundlestein, at a different time. By the second round of statements the interval 9.35-10PM has become almost empty of event and observation while 9.00-9.35PM is as busy as Waterloo station.

Scene Three – Innocent! Money-no-object professionals are brought in to help the pair after Ribeiro's reviewers expose the weaknesses and incompatibilities of the work-in-progress on September 6 2007. Once a turkey always a turkey but an expensive re-write patches some of the most glaring flaws with the final version being previewed both on the BBC, in Panorama, and the MS press, in Beyond the Smears.
Let's pause and make it quite clear what we're alleging. We aren't saying that this is all a carefully written invention by the Tapas 9, a fictitious tale from a group meeting called after they'd donned Freemasons' aprons and put Madeleine McCann in a cook-pot or whatever the latest cesspit theory is. To us, that's just another conspiracy theory in which everyone plays their allotted role to perfection and evil triumphs. No, we're asserting rather less ambitiously but a good deal more realistically that Kate and Gerry McCann have demonstrated such flexibility in their supposedly bedrock description of their child's disappearance that genuine recollection has to be excluded.

Consider our opening paragraphs and that "...lifebelt...amulet or the inviolate memory of someone we loved". Do you see the McCanns falling back on their memories? Where is the stoic repetition that we expect, brief, vivid and, above all, helplessly unchanging? The simple statement, full face to the PJ officers, to the libel trial judges, to us via the cameras, "look, there is nothing to change, nothing to negotiate, nothing to re-remember, this is all there will ever be until the day we die"?

The Record

Now, unlike Ribeiro and his men in 2007,  we know with absolute certainty – from pages 205/6 of Madeleine – that the McCanns have a different, and troublesome, attitude to the truth to the rest of us; forget the personalities though, crucial as they are, and look at the documentary record.

Kate McCann's "lifebelt" is what she saw immediately after entering the apartment and described to the police: a clear line of sight from a couple of feet in through the wide-open bedroom door to the window. It is strictly impossible for such a vision to change into Kate McCann's final version in Madeleine, page 71, however sophist you are, however much you claim poor translations, indirect speech, blah, blah. It is impossible for both versions to be true. Whatever Kate McCann is describing on page 71 it cannot be her memory of events.

So much for the bedrock evidence of the only person to see the apartment as "the abductor left it". But remember again our primary target here is not her claims themselves, untruthful as they clearly are, but her history of "amending" – and thus destroying – "memories", something she shares with her husband: it is the process of updating that destroys them, not any particular update.

For Scene Two, the process is at work again, this time in Gerry's hands. In just one sentence, given to the Portuguese police on May 10 2007, he proves that the bedrock "evidence" he originally offered for forced intrusion, expanded upon to their relatives during the night of May 3/4, was not based on truth or memory.

"The deponent," goes the police record, describing what Gerry McCann was now saying about his first statement, "had had the wrong idea that Mathew had seen the bedroom shutters closed when he was there at 21.30 and therefore he thought the disappearance would have taken place between 21.30 and 22.00, but now he is fully convinced that the abduction took place during the period of time between his check at 21.05 and Mathew's visit at 21.30."

There is little to add to this virtual suicide note. Gerry McCann's crucial evidence was an idea based on the statements of others, not a memory. A "wrong idea" which he is here changing to a "right idea", Dr Bundlestein. Now Bundlestein is dead that idea has become another "wrong idea", hasn't it? So when will the idea change again? Eyewitness evidence, McCann style.

...and Ends as Farce

And so to Scene Three, the final phase of the process of altering "memory". Scene Three, completed at the end of 2007, remains the more or less final word on the case by the couple, a completed defence document that was too difficult and, in one or two areas, far too dangerous for them to approach, let alone modify, but had to be left in place in case of, ahem, possible future events. Even the famous Rothley meeting didn't dare go near it: whatever was on the agenda didn't include getting their stories straight – an impossibility anyway – as the 2008 rogatory interviews, in particular that of David Payne, demonstrate.

But the production of Scene Three, made under the threat of possible extradition, turned a child tragedy into low farce. The "memories" of both leading characters have become infinitely malleable, able now to accommodate not just Bundlestein but a five month late addition to the cast, the only male since Adam not to remember what an unclothed woman was wearing when he met her, the owlish Dr Payne, who'd circled his finger round the patio doors to such dramatic effect before being written out of the script and then, just before the arguido interviews, written all the way back in again.

This frightened, panicky stuff has gone beyond the reach of rational analysis. Think again of how we began above with talk of real things like innocence, loved ones and truth, the things we know and share. And then think of this horrible pair who debase the words themselves with their wriggling and their lies which make a mockery of real feelings and real memory and soil the memory of a child who died. No, only farce can reach them.

Farce is based on people doing absurd things at high speed in a serious, but ultimately meaningless, manner – fat window salesmen announcing they're going to brainwash a nation, for example – while doors whizz open and shut, comic policemen jump up and down  and stock characters charge around humiliating themselves: Oscar Wilde's character in The Importance of Being Earnest was a baby found in a handbag while Oldfield goes one better and somehow mislays one in a tiny bedroom before shouting "everything normal" and adding that he can't tell the difference between darkness and light. A leading lady, M/S Tanner, appears in an onstage Panorama to make an emotional speech describing her intensely close relations with a Dr Bundlestein who doesn't exist while a Dr O' Brien covers his eyes like the Family Guy dog and hides in the corner for ever.

Where's Uranus Clarence?

The climax, both of the farce and the process, comes when a steroid-ridden clown called Clarence bounces onto the stage, lets his baggy trousers fall around his coarse, common boots and tells us, straight-faced, all about the Urinary Recollections of Gerry McCann and his memory, sensation, awareness, knowledge, certainty, pantomime willy in hand, of a hidden abductor behind the famous bedroom door.
Red Nosed Actor: He remembered it?

Bloated Steroid Ridden Clown Wearing Huge Polka-Dot Knickers: No, I didn't say he remembered it, ha-ha.

Red Nosed Actor: [shouts in Johnny Depp English accent] He must have imagined it then!

Fat Clown With Pink Hair & Warts: No, he didn't imagine it, ha-ha. He is now sure that he was there, which is completely different.

Aristotle: Then how did he know it? By what process?

Father Jack: That would be an ecumenical question.

Has-Been Clown With Piggie Eyes And Mounting Sense Of Fear: He hasn't changed his story!
Member Of The Audience: Just like your knickers!

[Prolonged laughter and applause]

Dead-Voiced, Blank-Eyed Lady Macbeth: [whines] We know Dr Bundlestein is alive. We just know.

Audience jeers, curtain falls, stops, billows, all stage doors slam, curtain falls again.
The curtain does indeed appear to be falling.

 
Convicted British paedophile revealed to have been living close to Portuguese resort when Madeleine McCann was abducted, 26 March 2014
 

Convicted British paedophile revealed to have been living close to Portuguese resort when Madeleine McCann was abducted Daily Mail
  • Convicted paedophile David Reid lived in the area at the time of abduction
  • He moved to Algarve resort in 2004 after being freed from jail in Britain
  • After this, a man broke into holiday homes and abused five British girls
  • A tanned, dark-haired man suspected of child sex assaults from 2004-2006
  • Madeleine McCann, aged three, was taken from Praia da Luz in May 2007
  • Police say paedophile is suspected of committing 12 break-ins in Algarve
  • Four were in Carvoeiro, six in the Vale da Parra, and two in Praia da Luz
By SARA MALM and HARRIET ARKELL
PUBLISHED: 09:19, 26 March 2014 | UPDATED: 12:28, 26 March 2014

Pictured: Convicted paedophile David Reid, from Belfast, was living in the Algarve, Portugal at the time of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

A convicted British paedophile was living in the same area on the Portuguese coast at the time of Madeleine McCann's disappearance seven years ago, it has been revealed.

David Reid moved to Carvoeiro on the Algarve in 2004, after he was released from prison for sexually abusing young girls.

He was still living in the area in 2007, when three-year-old Maddie was snatched from her family's holiday apartment while her parents were having dinner nearby.

The same year Reid arrived on the Algarve, several British families on holiday suffered break-ins and five young girls were abused in their beds.

Chillingly, just months before Maddie McCann's disappearance, one of his victims had warned that Reid remained a threat to young girls and would offend again.

'It's part of his being. He'll never change,' the victim said, according to The Mirror.

'Get your kids and your family away from him, Never out temptation in front of him. He just won't be able to resist it.

Reid, from Northern Ireland, was living just 30 miles from Praia da Luz, the holiday resort where the McCann family were staying, in 2007.

He was convicted and jailed for gross indecency and indecent assault in Belfast in 1995, but was able to move freely and unmonitored in Portugal as the sex offenders' register was not set up at the time of his release.

According to locals in Carvoeiro, Reid died last year aged 61 or 62, but his family in Britain has not been informed of his death, The Mirror reports.

The police investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann took a step forward last week when detective announced that they are looking for a prolific paedophile who sexually abused five girls at holiday homes in the Algarve before the British toddler went missing.

The man, described as tanned, dark-haired and speaking English with an accent, is suspected of breaking into holiday properties where British families were staying and sexually abusing five white British girls aged between seven and ten.

David Reid playing in The Roundup Bar in Carvoeiro in Nov 2006

Sensational breakthrough: Police are looking for a man who sexually abused young British girls in the resort where Madeleine McCann went missing in 2007

Still missing: Three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared from a Portuguese resort in 2007, close to where Northern Irish paedophile David Reid, pictured playing in The Roundup Bar in Carvoeiro in November  2006, lived

Hideout: David Reid's apartment on the cliffs in Carvoeiro, just 30 miles from Praia da Luz where the McCanns holidayed in 2007

Hideout: David Reid's apartment on the cliffs in Carvoeiro, just 30 miles from Praia da Luz where the McCanns holidayed in 2007

Reid, who died last year, moved from Belfast to Portugal after he was released from prison where he had served time for sexually assaulting young girls and a boy

Reid, who died last year, moved from Belfast to Portugal after he was released from prison where he had served time for sexually assaulting young girls and a boy

The sex attacks took place between 2004-2006, shortly before Madeleine vanished in 2007, and are among a series of 12 break-ins to holiday homes in the Algarve that police believe were committed by the same man.

In six of the break-ins, the man sat on or got into bed with young girls. On one occasion, he abused two young girls in the same villa.

Two of the attacks were in the resort of Praia da Luz, where Madeleine was staying in a holiday apartment with her family when she was taken.

There were also four in Carvoeiro, where Reid was living, and six in the Vale da Parra, Praia da Gale district.

Most of the attacks took place in low season, police said.

They had previously been discounted by Portuguese investigators because they are spread over a wide geographical area and there were no apparent attempts at abduction.

Nine of the 12 incidents were reported to Portuguese police at the time they happened, and details of three of those became known to British investigators only after they made televised appeals last autumn.

Witnesses describe the man as having dark, tanned skin with short dark unkempt hair. He spoke in English with a foreign accent, his voice was described as slow, or possibly slurred.

He was sometimes bare chested, some describe him as having a pot belly, and three victims said that he had a noticeable odour.

Clue: Police have issued this computer-generated image of the distinctive long-sleeved burgundy top that they say was worn by the man they are looking for

Breakthrough: Madeleine McCann went missing during a family holiday to Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007

New clue: Detectives on the Madeleine case say the man they are looking for wore a distinctive burgundy top

Still looking: Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, pictured with an image of how she might look now, were having dinner with friends when 'Maddie' disappeared in Praia da Luz

Still looking: Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, pictured with an image of how she might look now, were having dinner with friends when 'Maddie' disappeared in Praia da Luz

On two occasions in Vale de Parra and Praia da Gale he was wearing a distinctive burgundy long sleeve top, on one of those occasions it was described as having a white circle on the back.

DCI Redwood said: 'This is an offender who has got a very, very unhealthy interest in young, white, female children whom he is attacking whilst they are on holiday in their beds.'

Police said the suspect may have been in the villa or looking round the villa for some time before committing the offences or being disturbed either by a parent, or the child waking up, and said he remained calm, even when disturbed.

On two occasions, they said, the noise of a bin collection lorry could be heard nearby.

DCI Redwood said today that tracing the man is one of his priority lines of inquiry.

He said: 'We need to establish the identity of this man - these offences are very serious and no-one has been charged in connection with them.'

He said some of the offences were previously known about, but three of them, including what is believed to be the first in the series of 12 break-ins, were new reports to police and came about as a result of their appeal for more information last October.

Resort: Madeleine went missing from this holiday apartment at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz in May 2007

Resort: Madeleine went missing from this holiday apartment at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz in May 2007

Mr Redwood's team currently have 38 people classed as 'persons of interest' to the inquiry, and are also sifting through details of 530 known sex offenders whose whereabouts they cannot account for.

Of those 59 are classed as high priority, and some of those are British.

British investigators have so far sent three international letters of request to Portuguese authorities over the investigation, covering 41 priority areas for the team, involving 287 separate requests.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt showed his anger at the slow pace of the legal process, saying: 'That's causing us frustration because we know what we want to do and we are ready to go with that. But the process is the process.'

Another 30 letters have been written to other European countries, but the force would not reveal where.

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

British detectives launched a fresh investigation into the youngster's disappearance in July last year - two years into a review of the case - and made renewed appeals on television in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.

After shelving their inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance in 2008, Portuguese authorities said last October that a review had uncovered enough new information to justify reopening it.

 
Brit paedo was living next to Maddie resort, 25/26 March 2014
 

Brit paedo was living next to Maddie resort Daily Mirror (paper edition)

Daily Mirror, 25 March 2014

MIRROR INVESTIGATION

Predator fled to Portugal after jail release

EXCLUSIVE
By TOM PETTIFOR and DAVID COLLINS in Portugal
Wednesday, 26 March, 2014


A BRITISH paedophile jailed in the UK for sick sex attacks on children was hiding out on the Algarve when Madeleine McCann vanished.

David Reid fled his home and moved near Praia da Luz where she was snatched in 2007. One of his victims had warned: "He'll offend again."

FULL STORY: PAGES 4&5



Original online headline:

Madeleine McCann clue: British paedo was on the loose when Maddie disappeared

Daily Mirror: Madeleine McCann clue: British paedo was on the loose when Maddie disappeared

Revised headline:

Missing Madeleine McCann: British paedophile was living next to resort where three-year-old was snatched Daily Mirror

By Tom Pettifor | Mar 25, 2014 22:31

Mirror investigation reveals that sicko David Reid was hiding in the Algarve at the time Madeleine McCann was taken from Praia da Luz

Pervert on the loose: Convicted paedophile David Reid and the resort from where Maddie was taken

Pervert on the loose: Convicted paedophile David Reid and the resort from where Maddie was taken

A British paedophile jailed in the UK for sick sex attacks on children was hiding out on the Algarve when Madeleine McCann vanished.

David Reid fled his home and moved near Praia da Luz where she was snatched in 2007.

One of Reid's victims had warned the pervert would not be able to contain his sick urges if allowed anywhere near children and could strike again.

The paedophile was hiding out on the Algarve at the time Madeleine McCann was snatched from Praia da Luz in 2007.

He had fled his home in Northern Ireland in a bid to hide his sordid past after being jailed for sexually abusing a string of young girls and a boy.

Speaking in 2006, one of his victims ­chillingly warned: "He's a paedophile who will offend again. It's part of his being. He'll never change.

"Get your kids and family away from him. Never put temptation in front of him. He just won’t be able to resist it."

Reid moved to the seaside resort of Carvoeiro, 30 miles from Praia da Luz, in 2004 after being freed from jail.

The same year the sleepy town was targeted by a lone child sex attacker who broke into apartments belonging to British holidaymakers, often abusing young girls in their beds.

Reid was completely unmonitored by the authorities while in Portugal because he was released from prison before the Sex Offenders' Register was set up.

Three years after he settled in the Algarve, three-year-old Madeleine disappeared as her parents Kate and Gerry ate nearby with a group friends.

Carvoeiro is one of three resorts, including Praia da Luz, targeted by a prowling paedophile who is suspected of abusing five youngsters, aged seven to 10.

The sex attacks happened between 2004 and 2006 while the break-ins were reported up to 2010. Police believe they are likely to be linked to Madeleine's disappearance.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is spearheading the new UK police search for the missing youngster, said the sex attacks in Carvoeiro were at the "high end" in terms of seriousness.

The officer added that the man they are hunting "has a very unhealthy interest in young, white girls who he attacks whilst they are on holiday in their beds".

Reid's girl victims in the UK were white. The pervert died last year of cancer at the age of 61 or 62, according to locals in Carvoeiro – where he had been attacked in a bar after his sick past was exposed.

In most of the cases, as with the Madeleine kidnap, there was no sign of a forced entry and nothing was taken.

And in six of the 12 incidents the man sat on the children’s beds. In four he went on to commit serious sexual assaults. Most of the break-ins occurred in the off season when Reid was in the area.

Search: Gerry and Kate McCann

Gerry McCann and Kate McCann parents of missing child Madeleine McCann walk through Amsterdam of the final leg of there 2 day trip in Europe to spread the word about Madeline disappearance

The attacks took place within a 37-mile radius of Praia da Luz. Witnesses said the suspect smelt of smoke, was tanned and had dark hair. Reid was a chain smoker with dark hair who was tanned.

It is believed he could be on a list of 38 potential suspects currently being probed by British police. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "No comment can be made on this ongoing investigation."

Vile Reid got three years in 1995 for indecent assault and gross ­indecency in Belfast. After fleeing to Carvoeiro, which is popular with British ex-pats, he took up casual bar work and became a singer.

One local said residents had no idea about his perverted past and he was well-liked.

The former bar worker said: "He auditioned in England to come over to Portugal and work full time as the in-house musician at one bar. When he arrived in 2004 there was no ­suggestion of his past history at all and he made sure not to mention it.

"He was brought over and worked ­weekdays and weekends, hosting events at the singalongs. He was a good guitarist, and seemed like a good guy." While keeping his vile past a closely guarded secret, Reid worked in several bars and became a popular member of the ex-pat community, mixing with the locals using his chatty, easy-going manner. He made his live act a hit in the town.

His lack of police ­monitoring meant he could roam the area without arousing suspicion. When a Mirror reporter recently questioned local police, an officer denied any knowledge of the sex attacker, despite him living just five minutes' walk from their headquarters.

But Reid's history finally caught up with him in 2006 when news of his convictions broke amongst the ex-pats. He suddenly became an outcast, with only the regulars at one bar willing to mix with him.

One ex-pat, who asked not to be named, said: "When everyone found out what had happened there was a lot of anger in Carvoeiro.

"But they kept him on at the bar, even after they knew what he'd done. The bar started losing business. The takings went down because nobody wanted to go in and watch a paedophile play guitar and try to entertain people. Nobody was interested. They allowed him to keep his job for two weeks before someone went in and attacked him. He was playing one night sitting in the corner when someone came in and punched him off his bar stool.

"That was when they finally let him go." Reid then worked as a part-time builder, living in a small house on a cliff-top overlooking the resort. Hoping the outrage over his past crimes would have died down, his bosses at the bar hired him again, months later.

But it was the same story in the tight-knit ex-pat community, and people refused to drink in a bar hosting the pervert. He was again axed.

The Mirror's findings raise questions about whether Reid associated with groups of other ­paedophiles on the Algarve around the time Madeleine vanished.

Portuguese authorities may now conduct further inquiries to establish Reid's movements around the time of her disappearance.

He is believed to have died from an undiagnosed cancer after collapsing at his home in August.

But his family last night said they were not aware of his death.

The Madeleine investigation took a new turn last week when DCI Redwood revealed the lone prowling paedophile link on BBC's Crimewatch last week.

But blundering Portuguese police had failed to consider the prolific pervert as a suspect in the hunt for the youngster because the attacks were spread out across the Algarve.

Officers working on Operation Grange – a review into the Madeleine case – are in possession of the DNA of the intruder following one of his attacks.



Articles from the archives:

??? News of the World (no longer online)

By Gemma Craven
?? November 2006


Paedo working as singer in holiday bar "The Round-Up Saloon" Carvoeiro, near Albufeira, Portugal

[picture]

EVIL dad David Reid belts out the words to a Bob Marley song: "Don't worry about a thing...every little thing gonna be all right".

Last week the News of the World issued an alert for vile Reid after they reported how he had abused his own children, sisters Mandy, Julie, Joanne and Sheree and their brother David over a period of 16 years.

With astonishing courage they overcame adversity to counsel other young victims.

The brave victims backed our Sarah's Law crusade to give parents the right to know if convicted paedophiles are living in their area.

So BEWARE if you are planning a holiday in Portugal with your kids, Reid is living a cushy life in a family resort ithere.

Holidaymakers and ex-pats in the small town of Carvoeiro, near Albufeira, are unaware of the sordid past of the crooner they know affectionately as Irish Dave.

Warped Reid, who was jailed for three years for indecent assaults and gross indecency, has the run of the town because he came out of prison BEFORE the Sex Offenders' Register was launched and does not have to register his whereabouts.

The Belfast-born joiner does the occasional day's work on local building sites but spends most mornings in bed and sunny afternoons on his balcony overlooking the ocean.

He is a regular at popular local pubs The Round-Up Saloon and Jailhouse where he plays guitar and sings country and reggae favourites.

On nights off from gigs he befriends expats and tourists over cigarettes and beer at the neon-lit town centre bars that pull in punters with happy hours and karaoke.

This area is home to hundreds of British expats and thousands of tourists flock to the town every year with young children.

The chain-smoking Ulsterman lives alone in a first-floor apartment on a stunning clifftop above a sandy cove called Paradise Beach.

One local said: "It's packed in the summer when the weather's good and the children are on school holidays.

"Convicted paedophiles like him will have temptation in front of them every day at the height of the season."

But Reid, 56, insists: "I'm not a menace to anyone any more. That's all in the past. I just want to get on with my life here and be left alone."

Chillingly he refuses to accept the full gravity of his crimes. "I never touched any of my kids," he claims.

Sorry

"I exposed myself to them—and only to the girls, not my boy.

"I still can't find any explanation for what I did but maybe it was the alcohol. I'd like to contact my kids and tell them I'm sorry for what I did but I just can't find the strength.

"I want to stay here in Portugal. I don't want to be on the run all my life."

But his failure to admit he assaulted his children just adds to their never-ending pain.

Mandy, speaking on behalf of the family, said: "We are glad the News of the World has exposed his whereabouts so families travelling there will know what sort of person he is.

"It makes it easier for us to know he is nowhere near us.

"For years our father has destroyed us. He continues to get on with his life forgetting the crimes against us, his own children.

"It is so frustrating as he continues to play down the seriousness of what he has done. This is a classic case of a typical paedophile denial.

"These men think of nothing but themselves and are a danger to society.

"It shows that a change in the law is needed imminently."



NEW LEAD IN HUNT FOR SNATCHED HOLIDAY TOT The People (paper edition)

HELL OF PAEDO HAVEN

By STEWART WHITTINGHAM
May 6, 2007


EVIL perverts from an international paedophile ring feared to have snatched and killed an 11-year-old boy are at large in Portugal.

And the country was rocked by a high-profile celebrity paedophiles scandal three years ago.

The Depraved Wonderland Club had members in 13 countries, who filmed themselves abusing kiddies and shared the snaps around. One victim of the Club is thought to be Portuguese schoolboy Rui Pedro Mendonca, 11.

He was abducted after walking home from school in Lousada in 1998 and has not been seen since.

Rui is thought to have have got into a car with a 22-year-old man called Alfonso.

Police believe he was videoed being abused and then murdered.

Wonderland Club sex beasts shared 750,000 pictures of abuse of 1,200 kiddies. Men had to provide 10,000 images of child abuse before they could join.

In 2004 a Portuguese ex-cabinet minister, an MP, an ambassador and TV presenter were among ten men men arrested over sex abuse at a state orphanage. Two hundred men were questioned and it is feared many perverts escaped justice. A major child trafficker was also arrested in Portugal last year.

David Reid, 56, from Belfast, was working as a singer in Carvoeiro, a family resort on the Algarve.

Locals called him "Irish Dave" but knew nothing of his past. He was able to hide his paedophile past because it pre-dated the creation of the Sex Offenders' Register.

Reid went to Portugal after leaving Northern Ireland, where he abused five children for 16 years. He was jailed for three years for indecent assaults and gross indecency.

A 1960s child abuse cult, Children of God, also has a secret chapter in Portugal. Its American founder David Berg believed in free love and child sex.



UK website warns of alleged Algarve child-abuser Portugal News

IN ALGARVE · 03-05-2008

'Portugal Warning: 'Irish Dave' alive and well in Carvoeiro' is what reads at the bottom left hand corner of the webweavers.co.uk/sarahslaw website, as reported on Wednesday by Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã.

Nothing more than an exact transcript of what was reported by the News of The World in November 2006, this recent media coverage has nevertheless once again catapulted the Algarve to national attention for allegedly accommodating child abusers.

Back in 2006 News of the World reporters caught up with David Reid, otherwise known locally as 'Irish Dave', then a musician in a local popular hang-out 'The Round Up Saloon', sensationally announcing his whereabouts and, till then, unknown past.

The Portugal News spoke to Dave in 2006 after these reports rocked the sleepy village. He admitted 'revealing himself' to his daughters, but denied ever laying a finger on any of his three children, two girls and boy. He also told how he had served 18 months of a three-year prison sentence on charges of indecent assault and gross indecency, following complaints from his own children.

At the time he told The Portugal News, "I never sexually abused my children", he said. "I did wrong at home, very wrong. I exposed myself to my daughters and I paid the consequences. I did my time for this crime but I did not run and hide from it. I have no excuse for what I did. I have tried to understand why I did it and I still don't know. I am very sorry and I have lived with the guilt everyday for 22 years. But I never touched my son, and I am not a paedophile".

Claiming to have subsequently been victimised by locals he once considered he knew well, little more was seen or heard of 'Irish Dave' until this latest article under the headline 'Alert to avoid the Algarve' was published in Portugal's biggest selling newspaper, re-reporting the News of the World's initial interview and publishing imagery taken from http://www.webweavers.co.uk/sarahslaw/irishdave.htm.

Whether 'Irish Dave' remained in Carvoeiro after the news exploded in 2006 is unknown, though no incident involving the man in question has been reported to date.

Well-liked and a popular performer, at the time Dave Reid vowed to face the local community if they would let him "live in peace" and even said he was "glad the skeletons are out of the closet".

As with most 'local gossip', the topic of 'Irish Dave' eventually faded within the Carvoeiro community, though the image of the Algarve as a family haven, for unrelated reasons, is now more questioned than ever.

 
Madeleine case in a right old muddle, 25 March 2014
 

Madeleine case in a right old muddle Portugal Resident

By LEN PORT
March 25, 2014

Madeleine McCann

The gist of the latest statement from the Met police in London in their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann sounded remarkably similar to what has long been in the public domain, but the so-called 'quality' press, along with the tabloids, churned it out as if it were a hot "new lead" and even "a breakthrough".

The statement appealed for further information on "a potential linked series of twelve crimes which occurred between 2004 and 2010, mostly in low season, whereby a male intruder gained access to mainly holiday villas occupied by UK families on holiday in the Western Algarve".

In four of the cases, the intruder is alleged to have sexually assaulted five white girls, aged between seven and 10, in their beds.

Senior ex-police officers, led by former detective inspector Dave Edgar and hired by parents Kate and Gerry, looked into sexual attacks on at least five English girls between 2004 and 2007. Their findings were described in some detail by the News of the World in May 2009.

Kate McCann also wrote about the assaults in her book published in May 2012: "One of the most concerning and upsetting pieces of information to emerge quite early was the record of sexual crimes against children in the Algarve. This discovery made me feel physically sick. I read of five cases of British children on holiday being sexually abused in their beds while their parents slept in another room. In three further incidents, children encountered an intruder in their bedrooms, who was presumably disturbed before he had the chance to carry out an assault."

Yet even The Times last week felt moved to report that "A sex attacker who preyed on young British girls holidaying with their families on the Algarve is a key suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann seven years ago, police said today."

Other "key" suspects over the past few months have ranged from Gypsies, Germans and East Europeans to burglars and British cleaners, but according to the latest Met statement, witnesses described the supposedly lone sex attacker as "having dark (as in tanned skin) with short dark unkempt hair".

The Met did not identify the latest "key" suspect, but a headline in the Guardian the day after the Met appeal read: "Madeleine McCann suspect died in 2009." It called this a "revelation" gleaned from "a source close to Portuguese investigators." We had read it all before, of course.

Early last November, the Daily Mail, among many other papers, named and carried a photograph of a 40-year-old black African, saying the Portuguese police believed he may have killed Madeleine two years before he died in a tractor accident.

This disclosure came soon after all the BBC Crimewatch fuss over new e-fit images that turn out not be new at all, depicting a man who certainly did not look like a black African.

The Guardian's source said the dead man had been at the centre of Portuguese police inquiries since they reopened the case last October, but they had not drawn any definite conclusions about him.

He "could" have been involved in the five assaults on white girls - and even the disappearance of Madeleine - but it was no more than a "possibility", the source said.

The Guardian also ran a story last week headlined: "Madeleine McCann: a breakthrough that could be devastating." It did not mean devastating to the widow of the smeared African, a man with no record of child molestation and no opportunity to defend himself.

The Guardian explained that by identifying a series of sex attacks, the Met Police had made a breakthrough in its investigation, but that based on similar cases, "it could mean an end to hopes that Madeleine is alive".

It is a hope many have long abandoned. Even Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, the senior British investigating officer, has conceded she may have died in the apartment.

Portuguese detectives and prosecutors, as well as specialist British investigators and a British police dog handler, came to that conclusion years ago.

The former lead detective in the original Portugal investigation, Gonçalo Amaral, reiterated in a recent interview his firm belief that Madeleine died in the apartment the same day or night she disappeared. He claimed his investigation was marred by high-level political involvement, which left DNA samples untested and key witnesses overlooked.

Amaral and his many supporters completely reject the notion that Madeleine was abducted - and, indeed, there is no hard evidence to support this theory.

In using the term 'abduction' or 'kidnapping' of Madeleine McCann, the mainstream media rarely qualify this assertion with words such as 'alleged', 'possible' or 'suspected'.

Nor were such words used when Redwood said last week: "The Metropolitan Police Service continues to offer a reward of up to £20,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for the abduction of Madeleine McCann from Praia da Luz, Portugal on 3 May 2007."

Twenty thousand pounds! It's a far cry from the £2.5 million reward offered within days of Madeleine's disappearance, and a drop in the ocean compared to the millions Kate and Gerry have since received in donations on top of the amount the Met has spent so far in its fruitless search.

 
Police follow the trail of East European conmen, 24 March 2014
 

Police follow the trail of East European conmen Correio da Manhã

Correio da Manhã, 24 March 2014

MADDIE

Police follow the trail of East European conmen

New lead to what may have happened PAG.14



Police follow the trail of East European conmen Correio da Manhã

Maddie: Lead to find the missing English girl

Two men making false requests for donations, using photos of a disabled child, are being investigated

24 March 2014, 18h34
By: Magali Pinto
With thanks to Ines for translation

Madeleine McCann disappeared from the Praia da Luz resort, in Lagos, on 3rd May 2007. She has not been seen since

Since the BBC screened the Crimewatch programme showing a reconstruction of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in May 2007 from Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, the English police have already received 250 calls and emails with several leads – some meriting more attention than others.

Now Scotland Yard is following the trail of two men – who, by their characteristics, would originate from Eastern Europe – who were seen to make false requests for donations for needy children and who were no longer seen immediately after the day of the three-year-old's disappearance.

The men were seen knocking on the apartment doors of the tourist resort. They held cards with the photo of a child in a wheelchair. They identified themselves with Portuguese names, but did not speak the language well. During the morning following the disappearance they were seen drinking coffee and shots. Since that moment, they disappeared. The police have already analysed the cards that the men presented to request money and observed that they are printed with Portuguese sentences on one side and English sentences on the other – in both languages various spelling mistakes occur.

These two men are part of an extensive list of suspects whom the English police are investigating in their attempt to establish who abducted the British girl.

 
Police at war over Maddie, 23 March 2014
 

Police at war over Maddie Sunday Express (paper edition)

Sunday Express, 23 March 2014

Scotland Yard and Portuguese fall out over identity of key suspect

EXCLUSIVE
By James Murray
Sunday March 23, 2014

SCOTLAND Yard's hunt for Madeleine McCann is in jeopardy because of foot-dragging by Portuguese police who think they know who was responsible for her disappearance.

High-ranking officers in Portugal are convinced African thief Euclides Monteiro took Madeleine and was responsible for sex attacks on five other British girls before being killed in a tractor accident in 2009.

However, the frustrated Yard team believes there is insufficient evidence. One attack believed to be significant to the Madeleine inquiry took place the year after

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Scotland Yard and Portuguese police fall out over identity of key Madeleine McCann suspect Sunday Express

SCOTLAND Yard's hunt for Madeleine McCann is in jeopardy because of foot-dragging by Portuguese police who think they know who was responsible for her disappearance.

By: James Murray
Published: Sun, March 23, 2014

MISSING: Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007 [PA]

High-ranking officers in Portugal are convinced African thief Euclides Monteiro took Madeleine and was responsible for sex attacks on five other British girls before being killed in a tractor accident in 2009.

However, the frustrated Yard team believes there is insufficient evidence. One attack believed to be significant to the Madeleine inquiry took place the year after Monteiro died. The clash is threatening to stall the Yard probe at a crucial time, with detectives here having made 287 requests for leads to be  pursued in Portugal.

The Sunday Express understands they have asked for forensic work at holiday apartments where sex attacks took place, in their hunt for a breakthrough clue, a fingerprint or hair.

Yet delays by Portuguese officials are slowing progress and increasing tensions between the two forces.

Last week Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt admitted he was "frustrated" with the pace of the investigation.

The Yard is interested in Monteiro but pointedly declined to name him during a briefing for journalists last week when it made a fresh appeal for help from the public. The ex-junkie was sacked as a waiter at an Ocean Club restaurant in Praia da Luz for stealing a year before Madeleine vanished from a holiday apartment there in May 2007.

Portuguese police have been interested in the volume of calls on his mobile phone on the night she vanished, which indicate he was near the scene.

Yard officers want to know if he acted alone as a thief or was part of a wider, more sinister paedophile ring which could still pose a risk to British children holidaying on the Algarve.

They also want to investigate possible links with burglars operating in Praia da Luz whom he was known to associate with.

Last week the Yard revealed it was focusing on 12 "potentially" linked break-ins between 2004 and 2010 on the western Algarve. In four cases between 2004 and 2006 a man sexually assaulted five white girls aged between seven and 10 in their beds. Two were assaulted in one villa.

The man remained calm throughout all the attacks and even when disturbed by waking parents or children he made no attempt to run away, leaving villas slowly, apparently unconcerned about being caught.

Two break-ins occurred in Praia da Luz in 2006 and 2010 but children were not assaulted in those incidents. As Monteiro died in 2009 he could not have been responsible for the last break-in in 2010.

In most of the 12 cases nothing was taken and there was no sign of forced entry, suggesting access to holiday apartment keys. All were within about an hour’s drive.

The Yard said: "Witnesses describe the man as having dark, as in tanned, skin with short dark unkempt hair. He spoke English with a foreign accent. His voice was described as slow or possibly slurred."

INVESTIGATION: Two e-fit images of the man Scotland Yard detectives want to question [PA]

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said: "We need to establish the identity of this man. These offences are very serious and no one has been charged. We also need to eliminate this man from our inquiries and ascertain whether these offences are linked to Madeleine's disappearance."

Portuguese police later leaked that the person being sought was identified by their officers as Monteiro, although he was never formally charged with any of the offences because of insufficient evidence.

However, the information offered by the Yard suggests it is far from convinced by the evidence uncovered by Portuguese detectives. They have Monteiro's DNA as the Cape Verde immigrant had served time for theft.

British officers have pointed out to the Portuguese that a key sighting of a man holding a child in Luz at 10pm, shortly after Madeleine was taken, was not of a black man. Irishman Martin Smith and family saw him.

Former Portuguese inspector Goncalo Amaral was about to fly Mr Smith to Portugal when he was removed from the case. DCI Redwood said last week: "We still need to establish the identity of a man seen by three witnesses, carrying a child fitting Madeleine's description towards the beach or town at about 22.00 on the night Madeleine disappeared.

"The witnesses have described the man in the e-fits as being white, aged in his 30s, with short brown hair of medium build, medium height and clean shaven."

 
Madeleine McCann police hunt two Eastern European bogus charity workers who targeted Algarve holiday homes, 22 March 2014
 

Madeleine McCann police hunt two Eastern European bogus charity workers who targeted Algarve holiday homes Sunday Mirror

By Matthew Drake | Mar 22, 2014 22:30

The "significant development" regarding men in their 50s with heavy builds came hours after a new appeal on Crimewatch last Wednesday

Vanished: Maddie and Andy Redwood, who is heading search

Vanished: Maddie and Andy Redwood, who is heading search

Police hunting for Madeleine McCann have been given vital new clues about two bogus charity workers operating in the resort when the tot went missing.

The "significant development" came hours after a new appeal on Crimewatch last Wednesday.

British officers were given fresh details about the conmen now believed to be Eastern European rather than Portuguese as originally thought.

They were told both were in their 50s with heavy builds. The men, claiming to be fundraisers for disabled children, were seen knocking on doors of ­apartments in Praia da Luz where the three-year-old went missing in 2007.

They had a yellow calling card showing a girl in a wheelchair pictured on the double-sided note. Both were also seen drinking coffees and shots of spirits in the morning outside a shopping centre yards from the apartment where the youngster vanished.

A source said: "The men were knocking on the doors of holidaymakers asking for cash for a charity for handicapped children. They disappeared from the area but it is not known how they­ ­travelled about.

"The charity card they used had six or seven sentences on each side. One was written in Portuguese and the other in English, but with very poor grammar.

"They said very little and appeared to rely on showing people their card. It is believed they were Eastern ­European."

Scotland Yard officers on Operation Grange are keen to trace the two men. They believe they had previously targeted other areas in the Algarve and are focusing attention on the resort of Albufeira.

Police have previously issued e-fit photos of two bogus charity workers operating in the area – but believed them to be Portuguese at the time.

The fresh intelligence emerged after officers in the hunt launched an appeal on Wednesday night's BBC1 Crimewatch programme – sparking more than 250 calls and emails.

Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood also revealed police are looking for an intruder who sexually abused five British children during break-ins in the area.

The tanned, dark-haired man is suspected of breaking in to 12 properties where families were staying in the Algarve between 2004 and 2010.

In four of the incidents, a total of five girls aged between seven and 10 were sexually assaulted.

These attacks all happened between 2004 and 2006, before Madeleine vanished the following year.

Mr Redwood said: "I'm sure the public will understand the significant features of this offending.

"A man attacking young, white, female children, in their beds while they are on holiday with their families has a very close resonance to some of the features of Madeleine's disappearance.

"We need to identify the offender to bring to a close the trauma and the tragedy that these families have suffered.

"Then we need to establish whether this is connected to Madeleine's disappearance."

Search: Gerry and Kate McCann

Search: Gerry and Kate McCann

A Yard spokesman said: "We have received over 250 calls and emails following the appeal. Officers are now reviewing the information and following up lines of inquiry."

Madeleine disappeared from her family's holiday ­apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3 2007 as her parents Kate and Gerry dined at a nearby restaurant with friends, leaving their daughter sleeping with her younger twin siblings.

British detectives launched a fresh ­investigation into Madeleine's disappearance in July last year – two years into a review of the case – and made renewed appeals on television in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.

Portuguese authorities shelved their inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance in 2008.

But they admitted last October that a review had uncovered enough new information to justify reopening it.

Last week Scotland Yard expressed frustration at the speed of the ­Portuguese legal system as they try to discover what has happened to the missing ­youngster.

David Cameron has said he would be willing to appeal directly to the P­ortuguese government if British police felt their investigation into Madeleine's disappearance was being hampered by bureaucracy.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said Mr Cameron would be prepared to "make further representations" to the government in Portugal if it would help Scotland Yard's inquiry.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt revealed Scotland Yard's dissatisfaction with their slow progress. He said: "That's causing us ­frustration because we know what we want to do and we are ready to go with that. But the process is the process."

Scotland Yard has so far written three international letters of request to the Portuguese, covering 41 priority areas and including 287 separate requests.

 
Corrections and clarifications, 21 March 2014
 
Corrections and clarifications The Guardian

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Friday 21 March 2014 21.00 GMT



- Extract -

• An article about police investigations into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal in 2007 (Madeleine police hunt serial sex attacker who prowled Algarve, 20 March, page 3) said Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood had said the assumption that Madeleine had been alive when she left the apartment "may not follow with all our thinking" on the case. To clarify: those quoted words actually came after Redwood had referred to the assumption that Madeleine had been abducted. However, Redwood did say during the same press conference that police were considering the possibility that Madeleine was not alive when taken from the apartment as well as the possibility that she was.

 
Redwood's Travels, 21 March 2014
 

Redwood's Travels The Blacksmith Bureau

Sullivans travels

Friday, 21 March 2014 at 18:27

In "Sullivan's Travels" by Preston Sturges, perhaps America's finest, certainly its most sophisticated, film-maker, the hero, bright, well funded and determined, is always trying to find the "real world out there". Yet his travels, farcical and disastrous by turns, always end by bringing him back to the same starting place. Soon he's off once more: this time it will be different.

Probably only the Coen brothers, the direct descendants of Sturges and heavily in his debt, could make the film of the Madeleine McCann Affair. It wouldn't do the parents much good selling them the rights, though, since a Coen brothers film could only open one way – with a shadowy figure returning to where the body was hidden to find that it has gone…

Truth and fiction are entwined in the affair as in no other crime; so are showbiz and celebrity. But where either begin and end hardly anyone, including the main players, seems to know. Sometimes it's as though everyone involved, from the McCanns and Amaral onward, find themselves playing roles that they never intended but from which they can never break free. No movie could be as unreal as this one. And we in the audience struggle, really struggle, to break free too. Without success.




Into The Void

Some months after the Scotland Yard review was set up  the Bureau wrote that "...in the end, after all the searching, the police will have to come back to the Ocean Club and the surrounding area where the trail went cold ".

To recap: our opinion didn't arise from any theory that the parents were involved in the child's disappearance. It's important to re-state this, both out of some sort of fairness to the Nine (they deserve a bit) and because our own reasoning, much to the confusion or displeasure of some readers, has never started with a theory of what happened to the child. We don't know. But one fact, above all, dominates the case: the trail goes cold on May 3 in Praia da Luz, perhaps in the Baptista supermarket area, perhaps at the sea's edge. Until that point there were, and are, investigative "footholds" – people, timings, events, sightings, weather conditions, physical objects, all capable of interrogation, measurement, corroboration and forensic examination. Once we leave the resort we find only a void. But it is a void, as a look at the thoroughly disturbing "sightings" volumes of the case files will show, bubbling with invention, crazed and otherwise.

In the case files of the Interrupted Investigation dealing with the Ocean Club and its residents we have evidence capable of development, to use the British ambassador's word. Beyond there is only this gigantic void with no anchors to act as a check on speculation and belief: hence the characteristic descriptions of all but one of the supposed "suspects" in the case – they are products of the imagination, not reality, horror film or bad-dream figures arising from within the mind, whether that mind belongs to a Gerry McCann rolling on the floor and bellowing of "paedophile bastards", or level-headed police officers past and present. As we learn in childhood, during our first walk into the darkness, the mind always fills a void with its own inventions.

So when the Yard review was set up in early 2011 it was pretty simple to form an opinion as to its chances of gaining results if it chose to reject the Interrupted Investigation and start completely anew. Had the trail been picked up anywhere since 2008? No. Had a single item of evidence which would give investigators something to bite on emerged in those four years? Nope. Had the famous anomalies in the evidence of the Nine listed in the Archiving Summary been resolved? No. Was there any new evidence to counter the Archiving Summary's statement that the McCanns had lost the chance to demonstrate their innocence? No.

So we took the view that any new inquiry wouldn't find anything real in the void either,  only illusion. The question was merely how long it would be before it was driven back, or came full circle, to its starting point, when the real work could finally begin. We thought a couple of years, maximum. Hmm. In 2013 the Yard announced that it had 38 "persons of interest", that is people with no known connection to the disappearance, to eliminate. A year later they still have 38 and we head towards the dreaded St Madeleine's Day in May with the prospect of more statistics, more promises, more confusion and no reduction in the numbers.

If, that is, we listen to what the Yard is telling us about its accomplishments.

The McCann diehards, behind the curve as usual and seeing the case in the childish goody-baddy terms of the McCanns themselves, took the view that scepticism about the Yard's announcements, and the belief that some of their work was not being highlighted, were all down to "haters'" disappointment that the parents were not being put in the frame. In vain did people point out on Twitter that the Yard's public communications simply could not be made to add up to a coherent picture. Either the Yard was deliberately not telling the truth about its work or it was failing and flailing: there are no other possibilities. Only recently have the disciples' brows begun to furrow at Mr Redwood's announcements: welcome to WTF? world.

Accident or Intention?

But when we turn away from the rhetoric a faint but consistent development is clearly discernible, though whether it results from accident or intention is quite unclear. The supposedly worthless remnants of the "bungled" 2007 Ribeiro investigation are resolutely refusing to shrivel up and die under the harsh Scotland Yard growlamp while the healthy young shoots drawn from the void are not just failing to flourish but disappearing onto the compost heap. Metodo's creations, yacht-owning baby buyers and all, have quietly been wheeled onto the pile along with Edgar's risible garden gnomes, the Transylvanian woodcutters, axe under one arm, pleasure-child under the other.

The famous paedophile ring, which abducts its infant victims with military precision and unlimited financial resources, another fantasy but presented with absolute conviction by a string of coppers past and present, has vanished. And since last autumn Bundleman, that Frankenstein's monster invented by a group of unscrupulous doctors, has also gone, leaving only a helpless zombie remnant on the OFM resuscitation trolley.

These elements alone should be enough to demonstrate that the "return to the Ocean Club" will not be a mere backward look. On the contrary. Bundlestein, for example, may have been terminated but the magical recipe book for his creation remains, the paper almost crackling under the bright new light cast by "revelation".

Just Tell Us About These Alterations, Could You?

In two sticker books, one timeline and seven police statements the exact way in which he was incorporated can now be followed step by step as the creators build him up. Look at the sticker books and watch Oldfield and O'Brian removing themselves from the juggled narrative to make way for him. Read Gerry McCann's open-ended first statement with its reference to the shutter blades being partially open when he left the apartment at 8.30 and his helpful mention that Oldfield had found everything normal in the apartment an hour later – and then compare it with statement two and the tell-tale clues which Bundlestein has scattered around the apartment, with the "open shutter blades", which would, of course, have been the source of Oldfield's "external light" now forgotten.

You don't need a reconstruction to confront the prime movers with this evidence of collusion and invention. You simply put a highlight pen over the insertions and alterations, pass the papers over and and say, "OK, can you tell us the exact reasons why you changed this bit and added these bits? Thanks." One day it will happen.

Don't Use That Word!

And now we have, horror of horrors, the first admission that the belief of Ribeiro's team in a death in the apartment is "a possibility".

Let's not intrude into private grief by confronting the hopeless tangle that the two police forces have got themselves into over the latest hapless suspect. Black or white? Dead or alive? Burglar or pervert? Smelly or sweet? One or two? It serves them all right for their hopeless and repeated breaches of the secrecy both forces promised, breaches which the Bureau has been moaning for six months were leading them into a swamp. Open disagreement between the two forces, the possible intervention of a prime minister, the same atavistic tensions between the two countries – and still the Yard is  briefing against the Portuguese.

When Alipio Ribeiro (rightly) let Amaral go, since he had become the focus, or rather the latrine bucket, of chauvinist insult not seen in the UK since WWII, it was in the shared belief that the hatred would go with him. No. Seven years on it still simmers for God-knows-what reasons beneath the tabloids, ready to erupt at any time into an outburst of vicious contempt aimed at all Portuguese police, their authorities and their legal system. The naive among us might think that that Yard could try a little diplomacy as well as silence.

Mr Redwood's admission has inescapable implications, even when given in the same strangulated prose that Kate McCann uses when birthing a difficult porkie. In Britain's tender-hearted (except when it comes to paedophiles and Portuguese) MSM fantasyland he can't bring himself to use the word "dead", even though coppers like him are hosing away entrails and eyeballs on motorways or crime scenes on a daily basis. No, no, the tot, as we must call her, might, it seems, have left the apartment "not-aloive", in other words, Andy, feet f*****g first, as dead a parrot and a whole lot harder to hide.

What will OFM, when its doctors turn away from trying to pummel the zombie back into life, make of such an unhelpful possibility? Surely it was demonstrated years ago that death in the apartment was a fantasy of Goncalo Amaral's, in conflict with the forensic evidence, the time constraints, the sheer wickedness of such an idea, wasn't it? Just where is this terrible stuff coming from?

"I mean," you can hear that dreaded nasal whine just as you can watch its owner, blank-eyed and as stiff as a statue, appear before your eyes, "I mean, never in a million years wouldn't we have known of something like that. [sighs] We were there. We knew." [falls silent, shakes long-suffering head, purses lips, clutches adjacent groin]. And she has a point, doesn't she? She and hubby were there most of the time and the most famous gust of wind since the Big Bad Wolf bore no whiff of Binman's notorious body odour. And while the bedroom door was ajar open unmoved wide open as I left it ten degrees open half way open wide open the bedroom itself, with the child's bed clearly no recent host to Stinky Pervert Binman, didn't show any signs of a violent monster-killing at nine fifteen just minutes before 10PM.

Ask The Dogs, Andy

Don't mention the dogs!
We rarely do, but might they now provide at least some suggestive pointers to clarify or eliminate the new possibility? The trouble is that of the dogs' thirteen "markings" for further investigation described in the PJ final report, only four could point to Binman while the other nine, most embarrassingly, point solely at Kate & Gerry McCann, of all people, via their possessions. None of the four are in the children's bedroom, either.

So perhaps it's not surprising that Mr Redwood was so sensitive to the feelings of the grieving family in his language. Whichever way you choose to explore this possibility is going to cause some seriously unhelpful pain. How does Stinky Pervert Binman smuggle the body out? In a black bag? Don't. All right, a blue bag then. Not funny. Push the stiff out of an open window into the waiting arms of Bundleman? But he's dead!

Finally, we have the question of how Stinky carried the stiff through the streets, assuming, in this fantasy land that both police forces appear determined to inhabit, that it wasn't neatly baled in a refuse truck. And that, friends, really does take us out of all these free creations and back to solid ground, the ground of Ribeiro's Interrupted Investigation, which, day by day, is beginning to look like a rational model of realistic investigation compared with its successors: the only unresolved sighting of a man with a figure in his arms that evening around 10PM was no pot-bellied stinker from the void, was he? And he was undeniably real.

 
Madeleine latest: raising yet more questions, 21 March 2014
 

Madeleine latest: raising yet more questions Portugal Resident

By NATASHA DONN on March 21, 2014

Júlio Magalhães, Luís Filipe Menezes and Gonçalo Amaral

Gonçalo Amaral

As news of the Met's latest Madeleine theories sweeps the world, here in Portugal some very different revelations - equally chilling in their content - received almost zero publicity.

An interview with 'infamous' Madeleine cop, Gonçalo Amaral, described how vital leads in the case appear to have been deliberately dropped.

Far from expounding on the possibility of a sexual predator stalking the bedrooms of young white girls on holiday from England, Amaral talked of high-level political involvement which left DNA samples untested and key witnesses overlooked.

It could have been dismissed as another conspiracy-theorists' stunt apart from the fact that the programme was presented by well-known news anchor Júlio Magalhães - former director of information at TVI and current director-general of Porto Canal - with questions fielded by respected political thinker and one-time PSD leader and mayor, Luís Filipe Menezes.

Menezes opened the interview saying that after almost seven years of media frenzy, perhaps it was time to ask whether the PJ was qualified to investigate a crime of this complexity. "Doubts arise as to whether our police, our State, is protected against national and international political influences that interfere in the day-to-day professional thinking of police and other criminal investigators," he said.

His invitation to Gonçalo Amaral - awaiting the result of a trial for defamation brought by Kate and Gerry McCann, who allege his theories that Madeleine is dead hampered the search for their daughter - was a chance to see whether the former investigator was "a Portuguese version of Dirty Harry, or a politically-correct policeman".

Amaral's answers came thick and fast. The day he left the Madeleine investigation was "the day Gordon Brown (then British prime minister) spoke with José Socrátes (then Portuguese prime minister)."

At the time, Amaral told Menezes, Portuguese police were keen to interview the Irish family who had identified Gerry McCann as the man they thought they had seen carrying a child down towards the beach on the night Madeleine went missing. This plan was quickly scuppered. Amaral's substitute on the case "was told that it was not relevant to bring the Irish (family) to Portugal," he told Menezes. "And that was that. The Irish family was never heard."

As to DNA evidence that was discovered in the McCanns' rental car, Amaral was adamant that this could have been more thoroughly tested. While initial findings on blood were deemed inconclusive, Amaral explains hair samples were simply not followed up as British lab technicians claimed it was impossible to test hair samples without roots.

"It is possible, and even at the time it was possible!" Amaral insisted.

"These hair samples are in Portugal! They were returned in Portugal and they are in the files. It's simple! All the public ministry has to do is take the hairs and send them to a European laboratory, or anywhere where these kinds of exams are done without roots."

Menezes, who had described himself at the outset as "never neutral in these matters" but seeking to be impartial, quizzed Amaral on one of the myriad "strange twists" in the early stages of the case.

Referring to the hiring of Clarence Mitchell as the McCanns' press 'face', he said: "How is it comprehensible that the spokesman for the English Prime Minister had left, in 24 hours, Tony Blair to be the McCann family's spokesman? Isn't that strange?"

"Of course," replies Amaral. "It is another mystery within the mystery, and maybe if we can understand this little mystery we will be able to understand what lies behind, not the disappearance, not the death of the child, but what lies behind the protection... Why the protection..."

Full of questions and inconvenient allegations, it was an interview that aimed to illustrated the depth and scope of the "complexities" Luís Filipe Menezes had suggested might just be too much for the PJ - or indeed any police force.

"Only when there is the political will on both sides" will the case be resolved, said Amaral, concluding, "when investigations are politically correct, they lead nowhere."

Meantime in UK, Operation Grange has revealed that it is currently receiving hundreds of calls in response to the latest announcement that a bare-chested sexual predator abused five little white girls - all older than Madeleine – while they were sleeping in their beds in holiday homes along the Algarve between 2004 and 2006.

The Met described 12 separate crimes leading up to 2010, only four of them involving the sexual abuse of girls aged 7-10.

Whether the other eight crimes involved another type of sexual abuse has not been divulged.

According to Correio da Manhã newspaper, it was the evidence of this predator that led Portuguese investigators to ask the public ministry to reopen the Madeleine case in October last year.

Characteristically tight-lipped about the course of their investigations, the PJ nonetheless have been known to feed information to the Portuguese and foreign press.

On Wednesday (March 19), a spokesman agreed with the Met’s Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood that the new suspect is considered to be a key to resolving the long-running mystery, just over a month away from reaching its seventh anniversary.

 
Clancy's craic: The search for Madeleine McCann, or any child, should be above politics, 21 March 2014
 

Clancy's craic: The search for Madeleine McCann, or any child, should be above politics Irish Mirror

Paddy Clancy header

If both the UK and Portugese police forces work together, at least Maddie's family will be able to say everything was done to find their little girl

Missing: Maddie
Missing: Maddie

Little Madeleine McCann is a constant reminder for me around this time every year of how devastation can be brought to a family in an instant.

Her disappearance seven years ago remains a great mystery.

Who took the three-year-old from her holiday apartment in Portugal while her parents dined nearby?

Is she still alive and, if so, is she still under guard?

Does she remember who snatched her from her bed or has she now forgotten all that happened in the past to her?

Does she even still speak English or has she adapted to the foreign language of her captor?

Or is Madeline dead, killed by a captor who has hidden her body so that not a single policeman in Portugal, her home country Britain or her other holiday rendezvous in Donegal has been able to find one trace of what happened?

None of the questions I have raised has been answered.

Appalling though they are we must remember they are probably contemplated every day by her family.

I know they occur to me every year about this time. Why?

Because when Madeline disappeared in May 2007 from Praia da Luz in the Algarve I was soon afterwards involved in reporting an aspect of her story.

She holidayed in Donegal just a few weeks before she disappeared and a few days after she vanished I spoke to Joe Peoples for the first time.

I have spoken to him a number of times since, usually around the anniversary of Maddie's disappearance.

Joe and his family run a pub in St Johnston in East Donegal which is leased from Maddie's grandmother Eileen McCann.

Eileen and her late husband were Donegal natives and they loved returning to the county with their family, including her son Gerry and his wife Kate who are Maddie's parents.

They were on their way to Dungloe for Easter 2007 when they dropped into the pub in St Johnston.

I still remember the first words of Joe Peoples as he recalled after Maddie's disappearance what she was like.

He said: "She was the centre of attention when the family called in. She was a wee dote, running around everywhere and into everything."

I've just been speaking to Joe again. He still vividly remembers little Maddie in the bar on what was the family's last totally pleasurable visit to his pub.

He hasn't seen Maddie's granny for a few years now. But each year around this time he thinks of her, and Maddie, and Gerry and Kate.

Like everybody who knew them in Donegal, he probably wonders how the McCann family continues to cope with the hell visited upon them when Maddie was snatched. I know I do!

I know, also, that their suffering might have been eased at least marginally if the Portuguese police investigation had a proper cop in charge.

Instead, they put Goncalo Amaral in charge and he decided Maddie died accidentally and the McCanns invented the abduction scene.

He was later transferred and eventually resigned from the police. A book he wrote spurred a libel action which is still before the courts.

The Portuguese police shut down the case in 2008 but reopened it last year when they said a review had justified a new inquiry.

That was after Scotland Yard got on the case.

Now, two police forces are investigating, and Scotland Yard are operating with one hand tied behind their back and not a leg permanently on the ground where the crime happened.

In the last few months British investigators have sent three international letters of request to the Portuguese authorities without, apparently, any word for a go-ahead on the ground.

This week, the Yard's Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said he is frustrated at how slow the legal process has been.

He added: "We know what we want to do and we are ready to go with that. But the process is the process."

Does anybody at any senior level in the Portuguese police or the Portuguese government have a little girl that might remind them of Maddie McCann?

Do they wonder that if anything happened their little girl would two police forces act separately with one only able to operate at a fraction of its potential?

Do they ever think how much better it would be if red tape, both political and judicial, was sliced immediately without any frustrating delay?

The police in Britain, despite obstacles put in their way, have revealed a number of people who at least should be questioned, including one man who broke into British villas in the Algarve and sexually assaulted young girls in the years immediately prior to Maddie's disappearance.

It's time for everybody to remember they are trying to find out seven years later what happened to a little child. It's no time for politics.

If forces are joined even at this late stage you never know what might happen.

Even if Maddie remains missing at least her family will be able to say at last that the best endeavours have been used to find her.

That's an awful lot more than they have been able to say so far!

 
PM hails McCann case 'progress', 21 March 2014
 

PM hails McCann case 'progress' The Press Association

Press Association – 21-03-2014 14:12

Press Association - Police investigating the case of missing Madeleine McCann are seeking a lone intruder.

Press Association - David Cameron has hailed "progress" in the Madeleine McCann inquiry.

David Cameron has said he stands ready to speak to the Portuguese over the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The Prime Minister did not raise the current British inquiry with Portugal's prime minister, Pedro Passos Coelho, during meetings in Brussels but will step in if Scotland Yard asks for help.

It comes after Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt expressed frustration at the speed of the legal system through which British police have to ask for Portuguese assistance with their inquiry.

At a press conference following a European Council summit, Mr Cameron said: "I have spoken to the Portuguese prime minister before. I didn't speak to him this council about this issue but obviously I'm pleased that the Metropolitan Police have taken this case forward and they have been working with the Portuguese.

"I stand ready, if ever required to, to speak to the Portuguese prime minister or other Portuguese authorities again but I haven't been asked to by the Metropolitan Police and they seem to be making some progress."

Scotland Yard has so far written three international letters of request to the Portuguese, covering 41 priority areas and including 287 separate requests.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood revealed earlier this week that the force are looking for a lone intruder who sexually abused five British girls during a series of break-ins in the Algarve, Portugal.

The tanned, dark-haired man is suspected of breaking in to 12 properties where British families were staying in the Algarve, Portugal, between 2004 and 2010.

In four of the incidents, a total of five girls aged between seven and 10 were sexually assaulted. These attacks happened between 2004 and 2006, before Madeleine vanished in 2007.

Another appeal for information was made last night on BBC's Crimewatch, that sparked more than 250 calls and emails.

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

British detectives launched a fresh investigation into the youngster's disappearance in July last year - two years into a review of the case - and made renewed appeals on television in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.

After shelving their inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance in 2008, Portuguese authorities said last October that a review had uncovered enough new information to justify reopening it.

 
Maddie sex fiend is dead, 21 March 2014
 

Maddie sex fiend is dead Daily Star (paper edition)

Daily Star, 21 March 2014

SEX fiend Euclides Monteiro, wanted over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, died in 2009 say Portuguese police. He was sacked as a Praia da Luz waiter.

Full story: Page 11



Sex beast in Maddie case dead: Police identify prime suspect Daily Star

POLICE in Portugal claim they know the identity of the sex beast British cops believe was involved in Madeleine McCann's disappearance – and he’s dead.

By Jerry Lawton / Published 21st March 2014

MISSING: Madeleine McCann vanished from her parents' Portuguese holiday apartment [PA]

Their prime suspect for attacks on five other UK girls on the Algarve is an African burglar called Euclides Monteiro, who died in 2009.

The heroin addict used to work as a waiter at the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz on the Algarve but was sacked a year before Madeleine stayed there with her parents. He was killed in a tractor accident, aged 40, two years after the three-year-old vanished.

British detectives this week began a Europe-wide hunt for the paedophile, who was known to sneak into holiday homes late at night and molest girls aged between six and 12.

Nine attacks were reported to Portuguese police between 2004 and 2009.

Then three new victims came forward after Scotland Yard officers revealed on Crimewatch last year they were probing the possibility Madeleine had been snatched by burglars.

The incidents all took place in a 60km strip of the Algarve between Vale da Parra and Carvoeiro.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is heading the inquiry, claimed the fiend could also have targeted Madeleine.

He said there was a possibility "she did not leave the apartment alive".But last night Portuguese police accused the Met of "hijacking" their work.

A source said: "All the cases mentioned were investigated by us here. Monteiro was arrested but freed because of lack of evidence."

The Cape Verde immigrant had been working at a water treatment plant in the town of Lagos, near Praia da Luz, when the McCanns arrived for their holiday in 2007.

But days before Madeleine disappeared, he was signed off sick and did not return to work for two months. Mobile phone data analysis placed him near the McCanns' apartment when she vanished.

A local source said: "He is the main suspect for the incidents involving the girls on holiday and was questioned but there was insufficient evidence."

Euclides’ widow Luisa, 40, has insisted her late husband and father of her child had nothing to do with Madeleine's disappearance.

She said: "He may have broken into houses when he was younger because he was poor and had a drug habit. I know Euclides is an innocent man."

British police were last night sifting through information contained in more than 250 calls and emails from the public following their television appeal to trace the sex attacker.

Asked last night about the Portuguese police's claims about Monteiro, a Scotland Yard spokesman said: "We are not prepared to discuss it."

 
Madeleine McCann suspect 'died in 2009', 20 March 2014
 

Madeleine McCann suspect 'died in 2009' The Guardian

Revelation by source close to investigators comes day after new appeal for information on British girl's disappearance in Portugal

Kate and Gerry McCann display a picture of how daughter Madeleine may look at the age of seven. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA
Kate and Gerry McCann display a picture of how daughter Madeleine may look at the age of seven. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Brendan de Beer in Praia da Luz and James Meikle
Thursday 20 March 2014 22.35 GMT


A suspect in Madeleine McCann case who may have sexually assaulted five British girls in the Algarve up to 10 years ago died in 2009, according to a source close to Portuguese investigators into the disappearance of the three year-old.

The source also said there had been another so far unpublicised incident in which another British girl on holiday with her parents was sexually abused, although he did not go into when this came to light nor where or when it took place.

The revelations came the day after the Metropolitan police in Britain appealed for information on a total of 12 incidents in which an intruder entered holiday accommodation in three resort areas including one where Madeleine, then three, went missing in May 2007. Four of these cases, between 2004 and 2006, involved assaults on girls aged seven to 10 and one involved two children, according to Scotland Yard, although police in both countries have looked at incidents up to 2010, three years after Madeleine vanished.

The Guardian's source was careful to say the police had come to "no definitive conclusions" about the Cape Verdean national Euclides Monteiro, who died, aged 40, in a tractor accident. His name previously emerged in Portugal as a possible suspect in November although the interest of Portuguese and UK authorities in any connection to sexual assaults had not been made public at that time.

The claim comes amid growing tensions between authorities in the two countries over the handling of the case. The Met would not comment on the reports. It reopened its inquiries into Madeleine's disappearance last summer and Portuguese authorities followed suit in October.

David Cameron said on Thursday that he was ready to help bring pressure to bear on Lisbon, after senior Met officers expressed frustration at the slow international legal process they believe is delaying their investigations and preventing them working on the ground in Portugal.

The Portuguese source said the police had been investigating Monteiro before Lisbon officialy reopened its McCann inquiries. "It was on based on the combination of leads that the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) decided to request permission to resume investigations into the case. The public prosecutor's office agreed with our evaluation and ordered the case to be reopened," the source said.

"The specific nature of these cases are not only unique to the Algarve, but the whole of Portugal, hence our particular interest. The name Euclides Monteiro did not fall from the sky and was convenient because he was deceased."

Scotland Yard officers and Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry were given a presentation in Lisbon over the direction Portuguese authorities were taking in October, said the source. "Maps and satellite photographs were exhibited during this presentation. These images are similar to those which [the Metropolitan Police] uploaded on to their website following Wednesday's press conference," the source said.

Monteiro lived and often worked near holiday homes where the victims were staying at the time the crimes were perpetrated, he said. The source said the assailant was described by his victims as smelling of tobacco and speaking English but in a foreign accent. Some details are similar to those released by British authorities this week, but the sources said some of the victims described the man as being of African origin. None had discounted the possibility.

The description issued by Scotland Yard did not say the man they were seeking may have been of African origin, describing him the man as "having dark (as in tanned) skin".

Up until six months before the disappearance of Madeleine, Monteiro had been an employee at the Ocean Complex in Praia da Luz, the resort in which the McCann's stayed, and was a residentthere at the time of her disappearance, the source said.

"The inquiry remains open and so too does the investigation. We have not drawn any definitive conclusions as to whether or not Euclides is our man.

"It has come to light that there was a fifth case with striking similarities to the four cases made public on Wednesday and all follow a similar modus operandi, which leads us to believe that the same person perpetrated these five crimes and that he could also be responsible for the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

"This is the line of inquiry Portuguese police have been following since the reopening of the case, which is that which the Metropolitan police made public on Wednesday.

"Portuguese police are dealing with a case which is seven years old and, coupled with the fact that the line of inquiry being followed involves a deceased person, further complicates the investigation. These cases are unique not only to the Algarve, but Portugal as a whole.

"Euclides is someone who we believe could have been involved in these five crimes – it is only a possibility – that he could have been responsible for the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

"There are some other elements of interest to investigators which I cannot disclose as this moment, but I stress that these factors only make the sequence of events to which I refer a possibility."

Police in London have acknowledged differences between the potentially linked cases they have been investigating – including the time they took place and the fact there were no abductions. In six of the 12, the suspect either sat or lay on a child's bed, although sexual assaults occurred in just four cases. In nine cases, there was no forced entry or stolen property and where there was it was minimal.

The Lisbon source insisted the investigation was proceeding steadily "but with the discretion that has characterised it from the beginning".

The prime minister's official spokesman said Cameron would be prepared to "make further representations" to Lisbon if it could help Scotland Yard.

UK police said they had received more than 250 calls and emails in response to the latest appeal on Wednesday. "We are reviewing this information and following up lines of inquiry. This is still very early stages," said Scotland Yard.

 
David Cameron vows to speak to Portuguese government if British cops are hampered with their Madeleine McCann inquiry, 20 March 2014
 

David Cameron vows to speak to Portuguese government if British cops are hampered with their Madeleine McCann inquiry Daily Mirror

By Anthony Bond | Mar 20, 2014 18:59

Scotland Yard detectives have expressed their frustration at the speed of the Portuguese legal system

Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann

David Cameron today said he would be willing to speak to the Portuguese government if British cops were hampered with their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Scotland Yard detectives have expressed their frustration at the speed of the Portuguese legal system as they attempt to discover what has happened to the missing youngster.

Speaking today, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said Mr Cameron would be prepared to "make further representations" to the government in Portugal if it would help Scotland Yard's inquiry.

He said: "The Prime Minister and the Home Secretary and others have always been clear that they very much support the work that the British police authorities are doing in this and are always prepared to consider whether there is more that can be done and, as part of that, always stand by to make further representations to the Portuguese government for example if that would be helpful.

"Investigations are rightly for police authorities but If there is more that the Government can do to help facilitate, we would certainly consider that and look to do as much as we could to help."

Yesterday Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt revealed Scotland Yard's frustration.

He said: "That's causing us frustration because we know what we want to do and we are ready to go with that. But the process is the process."

Scotland Yard has so far written three international letters of request to the Portuguese, covering 41 priority areas and including 287 separate requests.

British Prime Minister David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron

Yesterday Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood revealed that the force are looking for a lone intruder who sexually abused five British girls during a series of break-ins in the Algarve, Portugal.

The tanned, dark-haired man is suspected of breaking in to 12 properties where British families were staying in the Algarve, Portugal, between 2004 and 2010.

In four of the incidents, a total of five girls aged between seven and 10 were sexually assaulted. These attacks happened between 2004 and 2006, before Madeleine vanished in 2007.

Mr Redwood said: "I'm sure the public will understand that the significant features of this offending - a man with a vile interest in young, white, female children, who he is attacking in their beds while they are on holiday with their families - has got a very close resonance to some of the features of Madeleine's disappearance.

"We really need to identify the offender, to bring to a close the trauma and the tragedy that these families have suffered, and then seek to establish whether this is connected to Madeleine's disappearance."

Another appeal for information was made last night on BBC's Crimewatch, that sparked more than 250 calls and emails.

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

British detectives launched a fresh investigation into the youngster's disappearance in July last year - two years into a review of the case - and made renewed appeals on television in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.

After shelving their inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance in 2008, Portuguese authorities said last October that a review had uncovered enough new information to justify reopening it.

 
Madeleine McCann police receive 250 responses about sex-attack intruder, 20 March 2014
 

Madeleine McCann police receive 250 responses about sex-attack intruder The Guardian

Reaction follows new appeal about man who assaulted five British girls in Portugal's Algarve before Madeleine vanished

James Meikle
Thursday 20 March 2014 16.12 GMT

Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in 2007: latest appeal has resulted in 250 calls and emails to police. Photograph: Everton FC/PA

UK police hoping to identify a sexual predator who assaulted five British girls aged seven to 10 in Portugal's Algarve before Madeleine McCann disappeared said they had received 250 calls and emails in response to the latest appeal on Wednesday.

"We are reviewing this information and following up lines of inquiry. This is still very early stages," said Scotland Yard on Thursday.

The assaults, one involving two girls, were among 12 incidents over six years to 2010 being examined by officers. All involved a man entering holiday accommodation, mainly being used by British families.

Of the offences, four were in Carvoeiro, six in the Vale da Parra, Praia da Gale district and two in Praia da Luz. The most serious preceded Madeleine's May 2007 disappearance in Praia da Luz, when she was three.

The appeals included a description of the attacker and an impression of a distinctive burgundy long-sleeved top he was said to have worn on two occasions. Police said he had an "unhealthy interest in young white girls".

Witnesses described him as having dark skin with short, dark unkempt hair. He spoke in English with a foreign accent, and a slow or possibly slurred voice. The man was sometimes bare chested, some described him as having a pot belly, and three victims made reference to his distinctive smell.

The new appeal for help from the public included a spot on BBC's Crimewatch on Wednesday although this was far shorter than an appeal last October, which drew more than 1,000 calls and emails in the hours immediately afterwards.

Scotland Yard has expressed frustration at the slow legal process before being allowed to work on the ground in Portugal. But authorities in Lisbon have denied the information, newly released by the Met, was initially discounted by them.

A source in Lisbon has insisted the investigation was proceeding steadily "but with the discretion that has characterised it from the beginning".

 
Portugal police re-opened case in October due to "new" evidence presented by Scotland Yard, 20 March 2014
 

Portugal police re-opened case in October due to "new" evidence presented by Scotland Yard The Portugal News

BY BRENDAN DE BEER · 20-03-2014 14:23:00

Portugal's Polícia Judiciária (PJ) has told The Portugal News that Wednesday's press conference held by the Metropolitan Police simply confirmed a primary line of investigation which has already been extensively probed by Portuguese police.

DCI Andy Redwood

When questioned on Wednesday evening by The Portugal News about suggestions that the information released by the Met had initially been discounted by Portuguese detectives, a source within Portugal's Polícia Judíciaria (PJ) headquarters in Lisbon said that this information was incorrect.

He said that evidence of a string of crimes, including a sexual predator's activities at coastal resorts popular with holidaymakers in the western Algarve, had in fact been the main driving force behind Portuguese officials deciding to re-open the case.

"Looking into the activities of this particular individual was our primary line of investigation", our police source said, adding: "It is all there in the police case files. You will see when it is made public."

"We met with Andy Redwood and Madeleine’s parents last October to inform them of the reasons behind the decision of Portuguese authorities to re-open the case", the police source stressed.

He added that revelations yesterday at the New Scotland Yard do not contain any further information other than what had already been passed on to the Metropolitan Police in the aforementioned meeting.

The source explained the investigation is still ongoing and is steadily proceeding in Portugal, "but with the discretion that has characterised it from the beginning."

To date, three international letters of request have been sent to the Attorney-General's office, but none have contained an official request to accompany field work or questioning of persons of interest by Portuguese detectives.

"Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service have expressed the intention to come over to Portugal and assist in any inquires that might take place.  But this intention has not yet been made official", the source said.

Questioned over what he thought of British police modus operandi or their public venting of frustration yesterday over Portuguese police seemingly dragging their heels, he replied: "All I can say is that the British have an excellent police force."

The Attorney-General's office in Lisbon, which initially ordered the case to be re-opened last Autumn, declined to comment when questioned on Wednesday by The Portugal News , citing Portugal's strict secrecy laws.

This news follows a press conference given on Wednesday morning at the New Scotland Yard by officers from Operation Grange investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, during which they issued a further appeal for information.

During the course of their enquiries, officers reportedly identified a potential linked series of twelve crimes which occurred between 2004 and 2010, mostly in low season, whereby a male intruder gained access to mainly holiday villas occupied by UK families on holiday in the Western Algarve.

In four cases between 2004 and 2006 the man sexually assaulted five white girls, aged between seven and 10 years, whilst in their beds. On one of these occasions, he assaulted two girls in the same villa.

Whilst the Metropolitan Police Service admits they are not identical, there are many similar aspects to each of the incidents in that in most cases there were no signs of forced entry to the property, nothing was taken, and the intruder appeared in the early hours of the morning between 2am and 5am.

The suspect may have been in the villa or looking round the villa for some time before committing the offences or being disturbed either by a parent, or the child waking up.

He remained calm, even when disturbed.

On two occasions the noise of a bin collection lorry could be heard nearby.

Of the twelve offences, there were four in Carvoeiro, six in the Vale da Parra, Praia da Galé district and two in Praia da Luz.

Witnesses describe the man as having dark (as in tanned) skin with short dark unkempt hair. He spoke in English with a foreign accent, his voice was described as slow, or possibly slurred.

He was sometimes bare-chested, some describe him as having a pot belly, and three victims said that he had a noticeable odour.

On two occasions in Vale de Parra and Praia da Galé he was wearing a distinctive burgundy long sleeve top, on one of those occasions it was described as having a white circle on the back.

DCI Andy Redwood, the senior investigating officer said on Wednesday, "We need to establish the identity of this man.

"These offences are very serious and no one has been charged in connection with them. We also need to eliminate this man from our enquiries and ascertain whether these offences are linked to Madeleine’s disappearance.

"If you have been a victim of a similar crime please come forward even if you reported the incident to police in Portugal, or anywhere else, please do not assume we have been made aware of it.

"While some of these offences have been in the public domain before, following our appeal in October three more were reported to us as a direct result of that appeal. One of those reports we believe is the first in the potential series.

"Please call us on 0800 0961011 if you are within the UK. The number for non-UK residents is +44 207 1580 126. Alternatively if you do not want to speak to us directly you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"Our appeal last year was very successful and we had over 5,000 calls which generated new information for us and which we continue to investigate", DCI Redwood said, adding: "We still need to establish the identity of a man seen by three witnesses, carrying a child fitting Madeleine's description towards the beach or town areas at about 10pm on the night Madeleine disappeared. The witnesses have described the man in the e-fits as being white, aged in his 30s, with short brown hair, of medium build, medium height and clean shaven."

The Metropolitan Police Service is offering a reward of up to £20,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for the abduction of Madeleine McCann from Praia da Luz, Portugal on 3 May 2007.

Figures made available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's British Behaviour reports from three years in the period 2005 to 2010, point to 10 incidents of rape involving Britons in Portugal and 11 incidents of sexual assault. These figures do not stipulate the age of victims.

 
The British police's new suspect was already investigated by the PJ and is dead, 20 March 2014
 

The British police's new suspect was already investigated by the PJ and is dead Notícias ao Minuto

Yesterday, the British police announced that it is investigating a new lead within the alleged abduction of Madeleine McCann, in 2007, but the suspect was already investigated (and excluded) by the Judiciary Police, Diário de Notícias reports. The man died in 2009.

Kate and Gerry McCann

08:44 - 20 March 2014
With thanks to
Astro for translation

The new suspect that Scotland Yard was announced yesterday to be investigating, within the alleged abduction of Madeleine McCann, in 2007, has already been investigated by the Polícia Judiciária and was dead since 2009, Diário de Notícias reports.

Euclides Monteiro, who was described by witnesses, at the time, as a man with tanned skin and dark, unruly hair, is a Cape Verde native, worked at the Ocean Club (the tourist complex where Maddie's family was spending their holiday) and died in 2009 in a tractor accident.

The inquiry was reopened by the PJ, based on the discovery of this suspect and the British press even reported the Portuguese authorities' lead.

Information that was advanced yesterday by the British authorities mention "a potential suspect of 12 crimes that took place between 2004 and 2010", who "from 2004 until 2006 sexually molested five white British girls aged between seven and 10".

The deceased Cape-Verdian man was responsible for several burglaries and laid on the childrens' beds, according to a PJ source, but never committed any rape. All of these developments were investigated by the GNR, initially, and then passed on to the PJ, which shared them with Scotland Yard.

 
Newstalk Radio (Ireland): Breakfast, 20 March 2014
 

Newstalk Radio (Ireland): Breakfast newstalk.ie

Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue

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06:30 - 10:00 Weekdays
Listen Back: 20th March 2014 Part 2
Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue anchor Newstalk Breakfast every morning, giving you the first bite at News, Business and Sport.



Transcript

By Nigel Moore

Ivan Yates: [13:31] ...but at 13 minutes past 7, we want to turn to the case... of course, it's seven years since Madeleine McCain... McCann went missing.

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are now looking for a man who assaulted five other young British girls on vacation in Portugal. Madeleine was three when she disappeared, while on vacation in the Portuguese resort town with her family, in June 2007.

Errm... How is it possible that her suspected predator could have been missed at the time when Madeleine went missing? Well, joining us on the line now is John O'Connor, former Scotland Yard detective. Good morning, John.

John O'Connor: Good morning, Ivan.

Ivan Yates: It seems unbelievable that the Portuguese police could have missed this. Were you surprised?

John O'Connor: No, I'm not surprised at all. Errr... you know, I... I was over there at the time with, errm... errr... GMTV and, errr... I was appalled really. I mean, I didn't, errr... I didn't make my comments known because at the time, you know, I thought it was... it was not right to, errm... start criticising the way another police service, errm... carries out its investigations. But it seemed to me the basics weren't being done. They had a fixation that this whole thing was a domestic issue with the McCanns, and their friends, and they wouldn't shift from that. And that was evidenced by the book that the guy that was in charge on the inq... the inquiry at the initial stages wrote saying that, errm... this was a domestic issue. And it never was; it always... it always was an intruder and it always was an outsider. But they just didn't seem to... to go down that path and, because they didn't go down that path, they didn't do the basics. I mean, they didn't have a... a database of suspects, they hadn't gone public with, errm... errr... hel... asking help from the public. I mean their view was: 'We're the police, we tell the public - they don't tell us'. It was a very strange situation down there and much of what they were doing, errm... like doing a big show of, errm... forensically examining the, errr... the apartment where the McCanns had stayed, was just a show for the cameras that were down there. And their search of the surrounding area, and the open fields and so forth, errr... was no more than cursory. I mean they came across, you know, some locked sheds and so forth, and didn't break them open; 'Oh no, no, we haven't got any... any real reason to do that'. Well, what's the point of doing the search, you know? And they... the basics just weren't done. And the most basic thing of all was that they should have announced that they were going to do a search of every premises in Praia da Luz with the, errm... permission of householders down there. It wouldn't be difficult. I mean, if someone says 'No, you're not coming in here!' - Fine. Put that to one side and have a look at them in more depth. They... it... it needed a lot of resources, a lot of determination and it needed ownership of the investigation. I'm afraid to say that the authorities down there seem to take the view that this was damaging their tourist trade and they wanted to keep the lid on it as much as they could...

Ivan Yates: Yeah, I was gonna...

John O'Connor: ... and it blew up in their face.

Ivan Yates: I was gonna ask you about that, errm... obviously, you know, if there was, errr... the widespread view that there was this predator around, who had been involved in five other cases, errr... with yo... young children, under five, it wouldn't do the image as a family tourist destination any good. Do you... do you think that played a role in their approach to this?

John O'Connor: I think it does in... in many places in the world that rely on tourism, errm... I mean, I dealt with a murder inquiry in the Cayman Islands and, errr... the.. the whole, errm... attitude down there was: 'Oh, this is paradise; this is a crime free island'. But when you looked beneath the surface it was far from that. There was a lot of crime down there; there was a lot of sexual crime down there, but they just wanted to keep the publicity away from it and that... that happens all over the place where people are more interested in, errr... their finances, and the finances of the holiday resorts, than they are in actually catching the people that are perpetrating crimes.

Ivan Yates: Well, with news of this suspected predator who's involved in a handful of other cases. Do you... do you think there's any retrospective prospect now that, errr... police, be they British investigators or... or Portuguese, might find the perpetrator; might find out exactly what happened to Madeleine McCann at this stage?

John O'Connor:
I think, Ivan, the problem is... is simply this: it all depends on, errr... what residual evidence that exists. Did they do proper crime scene examinations of all the other sites? Have they got DNA? Have the... the victims been medically examined? Are the records still... still being kept? If they haven't got that, even if they get a name and... and trace a suspect, what the only hope they've got is if he makes a... a confession. If they haven't got that, then that's all they're likely to get. I think they're unlikely to be able to get forensic evidence. Errm... Unless they get... someone makes an admission, then I don't think this is actually going to resolve the issue.

Ivan Yates: John O'Connor, former Scotland Yard detective, thank you for joining us on Newstalk Breakfast.

 
Madeleine McCann: Did Portuguese police overlook potentially vital link to paedophile targeting British children?, 20 March 2014
 

Madeleine McCann: Did Portuguese police overlook potentially vital link to paedophile targeting British children? Daily Mirror

Peter Kirkham

Former Metropolitan Police detective Peter Kirkham says he can't believe these sex offences are only now being considered in relation to the missing girl's disappearance

Missing: Madeleine McCann

Missing: Madeleine McCann

The latest development in the Madeleine McCann case is incredibly important.

Abduction by a stranger remains the principal theory and the reason behind an abduction is always an important consideration for investigators.

Clearly, a sexual motive is always one which must be considered.

Right from the start, the Portuguese police should have considered sexually motivated abduction as a possibility.

I’m fairly sure they did, as there was mention of them trying to establish if any known sex offenders were in the area at the time.

So I find it quite extraordinary that potential links with these offences were not made previously.

The targeting of English families in their holiday homes is plainly of relevance.

New suspect: Police say the intruder was wearing this distinctive burgundy top on two occasions

Manhunt: The distictive top worn by the suspect

Although most incidents took place out of Praia da Luz, they were a short distance away and in similar towns.

The fact that there was no abduction in other cases is largely irrelevant – the seriousness of sexually motivated offences is well known to escalate.

Any competent investigation should have identified the potential link with Madeleine's disappearance at the outset.

Inquiries at the time would have been far more likely to result in evidence being secured to definitively link the suspect to her disappearance if he was involved.

Although it is possible now, the passage of such a long period of time will cause evidential difficulties.

Although there may be no link with the disappearance of Madeleine, I'd be just as keen as DCI Redwood to identify and trace this suspect and get him charged with the sexual offences if nothing else.

 
MADDIE Cops hunt serial sex fiend, 20 March 2014
 

MADDIE Cops hunt serial sex fiend Daily Star (paper edition)

Daily Star, 20 March 2014

FIVE other Brit hol girls attacked

POLICE probing the Madeleine McCann mystery yesterday launched a hunt for a pot-bellied serial sex fiend.

The man attacked five other British girls after sneaking into holiday homes in Portugal.

Full story: Page 5



Maddie: Sex fiend attacked 5 other Brit holiday girls
Daily Star (paper edition, page 5)

Maddie: Sex fiend attacked 5 other Brit holiday girls Daily Star (paper edition, page 5)

by JERRY LAWTON
Chief Crime Correspondent
Thursday, March 20, 2014


DETECTIVES probing the case of Madeleine McCann yesterday launched a hunt for a sex fiend who attacked five other British girls in their beds.

The suspect assaulted the youngsters over six years in the Algarve, where Maddie disappeared.

He is now wanted for questioning for fear he was involved in her abduction or death.

Det Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, leading the inquiry, said: "We need to establish the identity of this man."

Scotland Yard announced they are investigating 12 linked crimes that took place between 2004 and 2010 in resorts close to where Madeleine, then aged three, vanished in 2007.

In all cases, a man broke into a holiday house occupied by a Brit family between 2am and 5am. On five occasions he sexually assaulted the girls, then aged six to 12. At other times he fled after the child woke up screaming or parents burst in on him.

Chased

The man is described as having a dark tan, short, unkempt hair, a pot belly and an unusual body odour. He spoke in a "strange voice" that may have been slurred and is believed to be Portuguese.

Two families who chased him into the street heard binmen working nearby, prompting police to suspect he may be a refuse worker.

Two families described his distinctive long-sleeved, burgundy top with a white circle on the back, similar to an old Arsenal strip design.

Following one assault, police are understood to have retrieved a DNA sample but were unable to match it to anyone in their database.

Yesterday Chief Insp Redwood said the suspect could be the man seen by an Irish family carrying a pyjama-clad blonde girl towards Praia da Luz beach around the time Madeleine went missing.

He also said that police are considering the possibility that Maddie "did not leave the apartment alive".

The news was broken to parents Kate and Gerry McCann, both 45, by police last week. It has also emerged that a number of the attacks were connected by Kate McCann in her 2011 book.

She wrote: "These crimes appear to have been brushed under the carpet."

Yesterday the McCanns insisted they "believe fervently" Madeleine could still be found alive.

Last night a Portuguese police source claimed that they - not UK officers - had found the new evidence.

Their prime suspect is a former employee of the resort who died in a tractor accident four years ago.

UK detectives say the sex attacker they are hunting struck between 2004 and 2010.

 
MADDIE New prime suspect, 20 March 2014
 

MADDIE New prime suspect The Sun (paper edition)

The Sun, 20 March 2014

SEE PAGE 9



NEW MADDIE SUSPECT

ALGARVE PREDATOR
The Sun (paper edition, page 2)

ALGARVE PREDATOR The Sun (paper edition, page 2)

Pervert broke into 12 homes
Targeted young, white girls


By MIKE SULLIVAN and ANTONELLA LAZZERI
Thursday, March 20, 2014


MISSING Madeleine McCann is feared to be the victim of a prolific sex attacker targeting young English girls on holiday in Portugal, it was revealed yesterday.

Scotland Yard said it was "critical" to identify the beast - who they are linking to 12 break-ins at apartments and villas in the Algarve region between 2004 and 2010.

During the raids the pervert carried out "serious sexual assaults" on five girls aged from six to ten, as their parents slept in nearby bedrooms.

Two of the break-ins occurred in Praia da Luz - where Madeleine disappeared from shortly before her fourth birthday in 2007 - and the others were in nearby resorts.

The prowler sat on the bed of his victims before carrying out vile attacks, said police.

In others he was disturbed by parents waking or girls fleeing from their rooms.

Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, leading the Met's investigation into Madeleine's abduction, appealed for help in finding the man.

He said: "This is an offender who has a very, very unhealthy interest in young, white female children who he has attacked in their beds while they were on holiday."

Madeleine went missing from her holiday apartment bedroom as parents Gerry, now 45, and Kate, 46, dined nearby with friends. Nine of the break-ins - including those ending in the most serious assaults - were reported to local police. But Portuguese detectives failed to link them to Madeleine's disappearance.

Last night the McCanns spokesman said they hoped the appeal "will bring the breakthrough they are desperate for". Kate previously raised specific concerns about the attacks in her 2011 book Madeleine, after hearing about them from the British consul.

She described how she cried after reading a letter from a victim's distressed British mother to Portuguese cops.

The woman said: "This man could go on to do much worse to another child if he is not stopped now."

Kate wrote: "Six months later our beloved Madeleine was grabbed from her bed."

But local sources claim the sex attacker was Euclides Monteiro, 40, who died in a tractor accident four years ago.

WHO IS THE PROWLER?

• WEARS a distinctive burgundy long-sleeve top, with white circle on the back.

• HAS dark, tanned skin with short, dark and unkempt hair.

• SMELLS strangely of tobacco or aftershave and may have a pot-belly.

• SPEAKS English with a foreign accent and speech is possibly slurred.

 
Voice of the Daily Mirror, 20 March 2014
 

Voice of the Daily Mirror Daily Mirror (paper edition, page 8)

Voice of the Daily Mirror Daily Mirror (paper edition, page 8)

Police farce

IT defies belief that police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann ignored an intruder who sexually assaulted five young girls.


British detectives are to be applauded for their thoroughness in examining evidence, but Kate and Gerry McCann must despair at missed leads in the hunt for their daughter, who vanished nearly seven years ago.

It is never too late to pursue evidence to crack a case which mystified the country and caused untold heartache to Madeleine's parents.

That said, if a Portuguese child ever goes missing in Britain, we must hope the police aren't as incompetent as those in the Algarve who let down a despairing family.

 
Daily Mirror, paper edition: 'Paedo had very, very unhealthy interest in young white girls...', 20 March 2014
 
Paedo had very, very unhealthy interest in young white girls... Daily Mirror (paper edition, pages 4&5)


Daily Mirror, paper edition: 'Paedo had very, very unhealthy interest in young white girls...', 20 March 2014


 
MADDIE: COPS HUNT FOR A LONE INTRUDER

» New suspect is a paedo who targeted British girls in villas
» Prolific perv yet Portuguese cops ruled him out of search

EXCLUSIVE
By David Collins
Special correspondent
Thursday 20.03.2014


[Text of article as per online version]

[Note text to sketch of the Tanner 'sighting': 'ONGOING Police still hoping to ID a man seen with girl in arms']

 
New Maddie suspect attacked 5 Brit girls, 19/20 March 2014
 

New Maddie suspect attacked 5 Brit girls Daily Mirror (paper edition)

Daily Mirror, 20 March 2014

By DAVID COLLINS Special Correspondent
Thursday, 20 March 2014


A MAN who abused five British girls in Portugal is the new suspect in the search for Madeleine McCann

DCI Andy Redwood said: "He has an unhealthy interest in young, white girls."

The Met uncovered the link which had been missed by Portuguese police.

FULL STORY: PAGES 4&5




Madeleine McCann: Police hunt Algarve holiday sex attacker paedo who had very unhealthy interest in young white girls
Daily Mirror

By David Collins | Mar 19, 2014 22:25

The man broke into apartments owned by British families and sexually assaulted white girls aged between seven and 10, police say

New suspect: Police say the intruder was wearing this distinctive burgundy top on two occasions

New suspect: Police say the intruder was wearing this distinctive burgundy top on two occasions

A prowling paedophile preyed on little British girls as they slept in their beds in holiday villas – all within a 37-mile radius of where little Madeleine McCann disappeared.

The five vulnerable youngsters, aged seven to 10, were victims of sexual attacks between 2004 and 2006 carried out by a lone intruder known to the authorities.

Yet amazingly, despite the series of sickening assaults, it emerged that blundering Portuguese police ruled out the prolific pervert in the hunt for Madeleine.

The latest breakthrough in the case only came when Scotland Yard detectives connected the suspect with three incidents which were reported to them following a fresh appeal for information last year.

British detectives revealed today they are now focusing on the man who is suspected of 12 Algarve holiday homes break-ins between 2004 and 2010, including Praia da Luz, where three-year-old Madeleine went missing in 2007.

They described in chilling detail how the Algarve sex attacker would sit on the children's beds or crawl under the covers with them, and stayed calm even when disturbed.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said: "This man has a very unhealthy interest in young, white, female children who he is attacking whilst they are on holiday in their beds.

"In six of the 12 potentially linked offences the suspect either sat or lay on the bed, before committing the sexual assault in four of those cases."

A total of nine out of 12 break-ins carried out by the man were known to Portuguese investigators. However, they considered the incidents too spread out to be linked to Madeleine's disappearance – despite taking place around an hour's car journey away from Praia da Luz.

They also ruled out the suspect because there were no apparent attempts of abducting the young girls.

Three other British families later contacted the police following the televised appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch show last October.

Two of the break-ins were in Praia da Luz, where Madeleine was staying with her family at the Ocean Club resort.

Six were in Valle de Parra whilst another four were in the resort of Carvoeiro, the two resorts where police say the more serious of the sexual assaults occurred.

The suspect is described as being tanned with dark-hair, smelling of cigarettes and aftershave, who spoke English slowly with a foreign accent.

He was sometimes bare chested, some described him as having a pot belly, and three victims said that he had a noticeable odour.

The police have been told by at least two of the families that bin-men and bin-lorries were in the street during the break-ins.

In some of the attacks he was wearing a distinctive burgundy, long-sleeved top, possibly with a white circle on the back.

In most cases there were no signs of forced entry to the properties, nothing was taken, and the intruder appeared in the early hours of the morning between 2am and 5am.

This increases suspicions that the reasons for the intruder’s break-ins was sexually motivated.

The suspect may have been in the properties or looking around the properties for some time before committing the offences or being disturbed either by a parent, or the child waking up.

Scene: Praia da Luz apartment where Maddie was taken from

Scene: Praia da Luz apartment where Maddie was taken from

Critics of the Portuguese investigation claim their failures mean they missed a vital window of opportunity to find Madeleine.

Former Met Police DCI Peter Kirkham said: "Right from the very start, the Portuguese police should have been considering sexually-motivated abduction as a possibility.

"I find it quite extraordinary that potential links with this series of offences were not made previously."

It comes three years after Kate McCann wrote in her book, called "Madeleine", that a series of sex attacks on British youngsters was not properly investigated by the Portuguese authorities.

She said the crimes had been "brushed under the carpet".

When asked during a press conference at Scotland Yard today if the suspect was the same person described in Kate's book, Mr Redwood simply replied: "Yes."

Mr Redwood added: "While I accept there are differences between the break-ins and the McCann case, there is no abduction that we can see, but the assumption from that is that Madeleine McCann has been abducted.

"That may not necessarily follow with all our thinking about what may have become of Madeleine. It is really critical for us to identify this offender and prove or disprove whether he was involved in her disappearance."

Detectives working on Operation Grange – a review into the circumstances of Madeleine's disappearance – are in possession of the DNA of the intruder following one of his attacks.

The Scotland Yard team currently have 38 people classed as "persons of interest" after ruling out 22 suspects from a list of 60.

They are also sifting through the details of 530 known sex offenders whose whereabouts they cannot account for on the day Madeleine went missing.

Mr Redwood's team has previously appealed for help identifying a man who was seen carrying a child towards the sea on the night Madeleine vanished. So far they have not been able to eliminate the sighting of the man from their inquiry.

Missing: Maddie

Missing: Maddie

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said he was frustrated at how slow the legal process has been in Portugal.

He added: "That's causing us frustration because we know what we want to do and we are ready to go with that. But the process is the process."

Asked how he was getting on with his Portuguese counterparts, Mr Redwood merely shook his head in despair and took another question at the packed press conference in London.

Another 30 letters asking for assistance with the inquiry have been written to other European countries, but the force would not reveal where.

Kate and Madeleine's father Gerry believe "fervently" that their daughter is still alive and can be found, family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said today.

He added: "Kate and Gerry feel Scotland Yard's new appeal will lead to the breakthrough that everybody wants.

"They are grateful to everyone who has come forward with information and are now urging anybody else who sees this new appeal and who feels something similar has happened to them in the Algarve to come forward."

A senior Portuguese police source said officers from the Policia Judicial were said to be "furious" with the Met and said the three UK letters of request have mentioned nothing about the new suspect.

The senior officer said: "The Metropolitan police today, in a press conference, haven't done anything but reveal the line of investigation discovered by the Portuguese team working on the review of the case, led by Helena Monteiro, which gave the basis to reopen the inquiry in Portugal."

 
Maddie: Revealed data is part of the Portuguese case, 19 March 2014
 

Maddie: Revealed data is part of the Portuguese case tvi24 [video]

Maddie: Suspicious data is part of the Portuguese case

19-03-2014

Judiciary source explains that the case is under secrecy and that the data that has been revealed was discovered by the PJ team in Oporto



Transcript/translation

With thanks to Astro

Marisa Rodrigues: Scotland Yard speaks of new data that has been collected by the English investigation. But the Judiciary Police has another version.

The thesis that points towards a suspect of alleged sexual attacks against British children in the Algarve is nothing but the investigation line that was defined by the PJ team in Oporto, which reviewed the entire process.

A source at the Judiciary Police asserts that this was the line that was the basis for the reopening of the inquiry, in October last year.

This means that what has just been announced in England is part of the Portuguese process, which is under judicial secrecy. A secret that had been well kept until now and that was breached, which may weaken the trust between both police forces.

This information was given by the PJ itself to the British police and to the McCann couple, during a meeting at the Judiciary Police's National Directory, in Lisbon.

There is an agreement between both police forces: they regularly meet in Portugal. They exchange information about the development of the investigations into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The PJ has always kept silent about what happens during these meetings that take place behind closed doors. A stance that is being kept: Officially, the National Directory does not comment on Scotland Yard's statement.

 
The burgundy long-sleeved top and Arsenal football club's strip from the 2005/06 season

The burgundy long-sleeved top and Arsenal football club's strip from the 2005/06 season

 
Madeleine McCann appeal update, 19 March 2014
 

Madeleine McCann appeal update BBC One - Crimewatch

Madeleine McCann appeal update, 20 March 2014

Officers investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have issued a further appeal for information.


Date of crimes
 
Between 2004 and 2010
Nature of crime
 
Burglary / Sexual assault
Contact
 
Metropolitan Police
Incident room
 
0800 0961011 if you are within the UK. The number for non-UK residents is +44 207 1580 126.
Languages
 
English, Portuguese, Dutch, German



What happened?


Officers have identified a potential linked series of twelve crimes which occurred between 2004 and 2010, mostly in low season, whereby a male intruder has gained access to mainly holiday villas occupied by UK families on holiday in the Western Algarve.

Madeleine McCann appeal update, 20 March 2014

In four cases between 2004 and 2006 the man sexually assaulted 5 white girls, aged between 7 and 10 years, whilst in their beds. On one of these occasions, he assaulted two girls in the same villa.

While not identical, there are many similar aspects to each of the incidents. In most cases there were no signs of forced entry to the property, nothing was taken, and the intruder appeared in the early hours of the morning between 02.00hrs and 05.00hrs.

The suspect may have been in the villa or looking round the villa for some time before committing the offences or being disturbed either by a parent coming in, or the child waking up.

He remained calm, even when disturbed.

On two occasions the noise of a bin collection lorry could be heard nearby.

Of the twelve offences, there were four in Carvoeiro, six in the Vale da Parra , Praia da Gale district and two in Praia da Luz.

Witnesses describe the man as having dark or tanned skin with short dark unkempt hair. He spoke in English with a foreign accent, his voice was described as slow, or possibly slurred.

He was sometimes bare chested, some describe him as having a pot belly, and three victims said that he had a noticeable odour.

On two occasions in Vale de Parra and Praia da Gale he was wearing a distinctive burgundy long sleeve top, on one of those occasions it was described as having a white circle on the back.

 
Madeleine McCann appeal update (transcript), 19 March 2014
 

Madeleine McCann appeal update (transcript) BBC One - Crimewatch

Madeleine McCann appeal update

Madeleine McCann appeal update

Madeleine McCann appeal update

Madeleine McCann appeal update

Appeal update video

Transcript

By Nigel Moore

Matthew Amroliwala: (voice over) Madeleine McCann vanished from her holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, in Portugal, nearly seven years ago.

In October, in the biggest appeal ever featured on Crimewatch, you were asked to help finally solve the mystery of what happened to the three-year-old.

Her parents, Kate and Gerry, were in the studio, talking to Kirsty.

Kate McCann: (Crimewatch, October 2013) It doesn't matter how much heartache we put ourselves through, so long as, you know, we get the result that we need.

Matthew Amroliwala: (voice over) The Metropolitan Police's lead detective in the investigation exclusively revealed what they'd uncovered.

DCI Andy Redwood: (Crimewatch, October 2013) It was a revelation moment.

Matthew Amroliwala: (voice over) And we reconstructed events leading up to the discovery that Madeleine was missing.

More than 3,000 people called, texted and e-mailed with information.

(to camera) Since then, detectives have been meticulously working their way through that evidence. I'm back at the incident room in London to take a look at the latest developments in the case.

DI Tim Dobson: So, Matthew, as you know, this is the incident room where...

Matthew Amroliwala: (voice over) Tim Dobson is the Detective Inspector on the investigation.

DI Tim Dobson: Not only did the UK public respond but we had calls from France, Germany, Holland, Spain and Portugal itself and these officers have to cross-reference and index all that material to extract what's important and make sure that the officers, errr... concentrate on those main lines of inquiry.

Matthew Amroliwala: (voice over) This careful analysis has led to an important discovery.

(to camera) Today detectives can reveal that in the years shortly before and after Madeleine went missing, there were 12 crimes against British families, on holiday, in the western Algarve. And, significantly, the similarities are striking.

(voice over) Could these cases be linked to Madeleine's disappearance?

- Interview segment -

DI Tim Dobson: We're looking at 12 crimes where an intruder has broken into the, errr... properties of UK families whilst on holiday in the western Algarve and significantly on four of those occasions he in... sexually assaulted a young, white female child, whilst in her bed.

Several of these offences were reported to the, errm... Portuguese police but most recently we've been made aware of three further cases, following the appeal on Crimewatch, and one specifically phoned in to the programme after your broadcast.

Matthew Amroliwala: The circumstances; you must have been instantly struck by the similarities with Madeleine McCann.

DI Tim Dobson: Yes, there are cer[tain] similarities. A young white child, in bed, in a holiday apartment, on the western Algarve, out of season. There is no forced entry in most of these crimes and similarly there's no property stolen, or very little property stolen in all 12.

Matthew Amroliwala: Tell me more about what the girls, the families, have said about the intruder.

DI Tim Dobson: They described him as a... a dark, tanned male, errm... particularly, he remained calm and may have spent some time in... in the apartment beforehand, and he spoke in English, quite good English, but with a foreign accent.

Matthew Amroliwala: Could this be the person that took Madeleine McCann?

DI Tim Dobson: It could be, errm... we don't know, and that's why we're appealing to the public: if you were a victim of crime in the western Algarve, in similar circumstances, we need to speak to you.

- End of interview segment -

Matthew Amroliwala: (voice over) No-one knows where these latest revelations will take the investigation but what is clear is that your calls really do count in the continuing search for Madeleine.

 
The Opinion of Luís Filipe Menezes [with Gonçalo Amaral], 14 March 2014
 

The Opinion of Luís Filipe Menezes, March 14:Part 2 Porto Canal

14-03-2014

Transcript

With thanks to Astro/CMOMM

"The Opinion of Luís Filipe Menezes" with Julio Magalhães and Gonçalo Amaral, March 14th 2014

Partial Translation - Interviewers questions are summarised

Q: Do you regret anything?

Gonçalo Amaral: I would do exactly the same [today that I did then], with a small difference: I would not leave the Polícia Judiciária. It could be a problem for the Polícia Judiciária. I did think about it then, shall I leave or not, if I stay with the police I'm a problem for the police, or if I leave, I have all of the other problems.

I don't regret what I did, I did it with conviction, I did it to defend the investigation model, what a criminal investigation is supposed to be. Earlier, you spoke about the politically correct, the politically correct policeman. It is my understanding that criminal investigations cannot be politically correct, because they can't be concerned with politics. And what happened, and continues to happen, is that we have to be politically correct, subordinate to the English power. That happens, it happened on the 2nd of October [of 2007] at the Lisbon Treaty, there were discussions between José Sócrates, then prime minister, and Gordon Brown, the English prime minister, who told the newspapers that he had asked the Portuguese prime minister about the [Maddie] case. So even before that it was already a political case. And when politics intrude into a criminal investigation, nothing will end well, whether the criminal investigation relates to a homicide, a burglary, a disappearance, or corruption.

Going back to the beginning of the question, I don't have any regrets. I don't have regrets because although principles and values don't fill the fridge, I feel rich in another way.

Q: Was Maddie McCann abducted or is she dead?

Gonçalo Amaral: Maddie McCann disappeared and since that time she is – she died. She died that night. Those are the conclusions that are reached in the process itself: In September of 2007, the Polícia Judiciária concludes – and this is a conclusion within an investigation that was not over yet but has a principle there – it's a sequence of indications that are collected which reaches the conclusion that it is very likely that she died. She died that night. The circumstances of the death are still to be determined. What mechanism – what happened for that death to take place is yet to be discovered.

And if the parents nowadays make us believe that their daughter is alive, or have to gamble on her being alive, they forget that right after the investigation it was them that were the first to signal death. They were the first to say that their daughter – that it was necessary for a colonel from the South African army [police] to come with a miracle machine to find the body. So it's the parents that invite him to come to Portugal, to find a body.

Later, years later they say that she is still alive. And now Scotland Yard, apparently already with their agreement, or their tacit agreement, says that the child is dead. That is obvious. What usually happens in this kind of situation – for years they have mentioned other cases – if a certain child disappears and reappears after several years, alive and even with children, with the abductor, then Madeleine may also probably be alive. But they forget a small detail. Actually, they don't forget it, they just don't enlighten us, because these people have all of the information, they have staff that works with the entire information, which is also a bit strange, but they forget a detail: all of those children that have reappeared, whether in Austria or in the United States, they weren't three or four years old when they disappeared. They were all close to the age of 10. All of them were girls and close to the age of 9, 10. None of them disappeared aged 3 or 4.

When an abductor makes a girl his slave, what we have seen is that the age is not 3 or 4, but much closer to adolescence. They forget that detail.

I have no doubts about what happened to Madeleine McCann. Madeleine McCann died that day, that night, in that apartment, and her body disappeared.

Q: On what do you base that conviction?

Gonçalo Amaral: On many things. A series of indications, a series of contradictions, the witness statements of the parents, the witness statements of their friends, the traces that were collected with the assistance of special English dogs that never failed in the United Kingdom, they now work with the FBI. They never failed. At the time, we were introduced to several cases and situations, all of them they worked in and never failed. The possibility is that they failed in Portugal. Maybe it was the heat.

Q: Was there human blood in the car boot and inside the apartment?

Gonçalo Amaral: No doubt. Inside the apartment and in the car boot. That human blood, the English lab even says, there is a report in the process, that says it's the daughter of – the daughter of Gerald McCann, it's a descendant of his. Later on, they change the hypothesis, and say that the combination of the DNA may be from anyone. By coincidence, in that case the DNA is very similar, 90% similar to that of Madeleine McCann, but it could be DNA built by myself, by Júlio Magalhães or by you, and then it would result in that DNA profile. But the funny thing is that it results in the DNA profile of Madeleine McCann. It does not result in the DNA profile of Júlio Magalhães, or of Gonçalo Amaral or of Luís Filipe Menezes. Not even in that of the doctor who performed the test.

We have no doubts, and this was discussed even at the level of Portuguese justice, at the level of the Public Ministry, that there was an alteration at the English lab. The data was manipulated. The FSS, the British lab, which was already questioned over several situations, even concerning the IRA in Ireland, over bomb attacks, those traces, that way to find the DNA, to examine the DNA with low copy number, was called into question relating to traces found on a bomb in an Irish case. And that lab was called into question.

But there is a situation, concerning the lab, which has to be taken into account. There are the registers that are performed by the technicians, by the scientists that examine, and we have to look at those registers, at what they wrote. On an everyday basis, as they examined the evidence, the traces that were sent over, what they wrote along. And then we see the result in that report that they sent over to Portugal.

Then there's another situation. It is still possible to find out or to collect indications of whether or not the dogs failed. If inside that car boot – I'm referring to the car that was rented by the McCanns some 15 or 20 days after the disappearance – blood traces were found, traces that the lab says may be, although there is no full certainty, that may be from Madeleine McCann, hair was also found. Hair which the laboratory says, from its coloration, which is how this used to be done in the old days, by comparing the coloration, if it belonged to the person or not. Nowadays it is possible to perform, and then it was already possible, to perform DNA tests on hair. Some say it's only possible to identify the DNA profile with the root of the hair, the English lab says it's not possible because these have no root, therefore they don't perform the test. That hair is in Portugal, it was returned to Portugal. They are next to the process. It's simple: the Public Ministry, that has the investigation, should take that hair and send it to a lab in Europe or elsewhere, where that type of test is done, without the need for the root of the hair.

Q: That was never done?

Gonçalo Amaral: That was never done.



The following is courtesy of Textusa's blog:

Political Courage Textusa

18 March 2014 at 10:25

-Extract -

This is a very important video not as much because of its content but of the host and channel. We consider it important enough to have made it an exception to our publishing scheduling.

The channel, Porto Canal, is a regional one, of the second largest city of Portugal: Porto.

This city is very regionally spirited, projected internationally by its prestigious and famous Port wine and it's very successful soccer club FC Porto.

The host, Luis Filipe Meneses (LFM), is a very important figure within the Partido Social-Democrata (PSD), one of the two rotating parties in power since the April Revolution of 1974. The other being Partido Socialista (PS).

PSD, led by Passos Coelho, is currently in power together with Paulo Porta's CDS/PP.

LFM was PSD's leader in 2007/2008.

As of 1997 until 2013 he was the Mayor of Porto's largest neighbouring city, Vila Nova de Gaia. This city, South of Porto, is where the Port Wine cellars are based.

LFM was PSD's candidate to be Porto's Mayor in 2013, an election he lost.

LFM has a weekly show in the Porto Canal called "A Opinião de Luís Filipe Menezes" ("The Opinion of Luís Filipe Menezes”) in which he's interviewed by the also very popular TV anchor, Julio Magalhães, who moved from TVI to this regional channel.

The fact that LFM, a very prominent political figure, invited Mr Amaral to speak about Maddie is relevant by itself.

LFM's questions to Mr Amaral indicate very clearly that he's not a subscriber of the official abduction thesis.

In terms of content, we would like to point out that Mr Amaral says, publicly, that at the time he was taken off the case, what was established between the PJ and the British police was to take the investigation towards the clarification of death and body occultation and no longer towards abduction.

He states that attached to the process in Portugal there are hair samples, that were returned by the UK to the PJ, that should be checked in terms of DNA but this is still to be done.

When LFM asks Mr Amaral if he thinks if ever the case will ever be solved, Mr Amaral answers saying that when there will be political courage, it will be solved.



Transcript/Translation Textusa

With thanks to Textusa for translation and Maria for original Portuguese transcript

Julio Magalhães (JM): Now Gonçalo Amaral is here, former Inspector of PJ. Dr. Meneses, it's your guest, do you wish to introduce him? Make a very brief presentation?

Luís Filipe Meneses (LFM): Gonçalo Amaral needs no introduction but he is the motivation of our invitation.

Well,.. first, because Gonçalo Amaral due to the visibility he achieved with some of the cases he was involved professionally, has also put that in our imaginary confrontational dialectic between a politically correct policeman and a Portuguese "Dirty Harry".

Let's then know if he's a Portuguese "Dirty Harry" or a politically correct policeman.

Besides that, the case, namely the Maddie case, puts into question... raises a number of issues that deserve some reflection.

Seven years have passed and it is a case that is still opening newscasts around the world and provokes us to make a reflection on the qualifications of our PJ, namely in handling crimes with this complexity, it raises questions if our police, our state are protected from national and international political influences that interfere in the daily professional judgment of the polices and other criminal investigation agents and, on the other hand, the historical memory of what happened, with to some questions that we can put to Gonçalo Amaral, may make viewers individually assume a closer judgment to what happened that night seven years ago in Praia da Luz in the Algarve.

JM: Gonçalo Amaral, good night! It is with great pleasure in having you here.

Gonçalo Amaral (GA): Good evening and thank you for the invitation

JM: Before the questions, even because Dr. Luís Filipe Meneses will talk a bit with you, I would ask you if you regret everything that has happened in your life, seven years later you have written, have talked about it, lost your family, your job… would do exactly the same today?

GA: I would do exactly the same with a slight difference. I would never leave the PJ, so,.. it could be a problem for the PJ... at the time I thought about it,.. do I leave or do I not leave, if I stay in the police. If I'm a problem for the police or if I leave and have all the other problems. But I wouldn’t leave.

JM: Today you wouldn't leave the PJ?

GA: No! I have heard of teachers who talk about wanting to return and asking to stop their retirement. I could also stop as I see I still have a place in the PJ. But it seems that is only possible for doctors, isn't? No disrespect for doctors! [LFM, although a full-time politician is a paediatrician]

JM: Of course, of course.

GA: No, but in fact I don't regret what I did with conviction, I did it to defend the investigative model, of what should be a criminal investigation.

We have just spoke of the politically correct or the politically correct policeman and I understand that criminal investigations cannot be politically correct because they don’t have to worry about politics.

And what happened was that.. and it continues to happen, is we have to be politically correct relatively subordinated to the English power. That happens, it happened on 2 October during the Treaty of Lisbon, in the discussions between the Eng. [Engineer, a honorary title similar to Dr.] and Prime Minister at the time, José Sócrates and Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister, in which he came to the newspapers to say he had pressed the Portuguese Prime Minister about the case.

Therefore, it was already a political case and when politics meddles in a criminal investigation nothing comes to a good conclusion, be it relative to a criminal investigation concerning a homicide, be it relative to a theft, be it relative to a disappearance, be it a normal case and corruption is there and will be involved but back to the beginning of the question, I don't regret it.

I don't regret it because although principles and values don't fill the refrigerator, they enrich me in other ways.

JM: Dr. Meneses…

LFM: I would put a first question Gonçalo Amaral that perhaps should be the last.

I want also to say that I'm never neutral in these matters, I try to be impartial. I have a special liking for Gonçalo Amaral and for the style of policeman he was.

Good, and the first question is precisely the one that perhaps should be the last and not starting with the particular but with the general: the Inspector Goncalo Amaral who led one of the world’s most mediatic investigation in the last years, the citizen Gonçalo Amaral now, with everything that happened and saw and contacted, what is your belief? Was Maddie McCann abducted or died?

GA: Maddie McCann has disappeared and as of then is... died...

She died that night and, by the way these are the conclusions made in the Process itself in September 2007, the PJ concluded,.. and this is a conclusion in the context of an investigation that was not finished but has there a principle, it's from the sequence of a series of clues that are collected that it's concluded that she very likely died. And she died that night.

The circumstances of death are still to be clarified, what mechanism, what happened for that death to have occurred are still to be clarified.

And if parents today give the impression that the daughter would be alive or was alive and they have to bet she's alive, they forget that, just after the investigation, they were the first to give those signs of death, they were the first to say that their daughter... that it was necessary, in the case, an individual, one South African Army Colonel with a miraculous machine to find the corpse,.. so those who invited this South African gentleman to come to Portugal were the parents. So as to find a corpse.

Then months later, years later they continue to say, they keep talking that she would be alive. Now Scotland Yard, now in agreement with them too, it seems at least tacitly, it seems that the child is dead.

Obviously, it happens in a lot of these situations, there is much talk... they pushed a lot over these years a circumstance like it happened in other cases where a certain child disappeared and reappeared alive years later and even had children and nearby the abductor, so Madeleine can also be probably alive.

They just forget a small detail. Not forget. They don't enlighten us because these people have all the information, they have a staff that works with all the information. It's a bit strange and they forget one detail: all those children who have appeared either in Austria or in the United States, when they disappeared they weren't 3 or 4 years old, they were close to being ten years old, all were girls close to 9 and 10 years of age and there is no girl who has disappeared aged 3 or 4 years. For a abductor that makes someone, a girl, slave, what has been seen is that the age is not the age of 3 or 4 years old but an age near adolescence. They forget that detail.

Now the conviction, I have no doubt about what to me happened to Madeleine McCann. Madeleine McCann died that day, that night in that apartment. And her body disappeared.

LFM: On what do you base this conviction?

GA: On lot of things. In a series of clues, a number of contradictions in the testimonies of those parents, in the testimonies from the friends, traces that were collected with the help of the British special dogs that have never failed in the UK, never have failed this far, working with the FBI...

LFM: That was one of the questions I wanted to know if these dogs in their curriculum have ever any time failed,..?

GA: Never failed, never failed in terms,.. these searches never failed and it was made to our knowledge at the time several cases, several situations, where they worked and never failed. Therefore the hypothesis was that they had failed in Portugal and I, sometimes joking, say it could only be because of the heat.

LFM: Was there human blood in the trunk of the car?

GA: No doubt about it! In the apartment and in the boot of the car. By the way, this human blood is said by the English Lab, and t’s in a prior report that is in the process, where it's said it's the daughter... the daughter of Gerald McCann. It would be from a descendant of.

Then, later, they came up with the hypothesis, they altered those hypothesis, come to say that combination that gives that DNA could be from anyone. By chance there is there a DNA very similar, 90%, of Madeleine McCann’s but could be a DNA built by me, by Julio Magalhaes and by the Dr [referring to LFM] and that would end being that DNA profile.

But the funny thing is that it gives the DNA profile of Madeleine McCann. It does not give the profile of Julio Magalhaes, Gonçalo Amaral nor of Dr. Luis Filipe Menezes or of the doctor that did that test.

We don't have any doubt and this was discussed at a level in the Portuguese Justice, to the General Prosecutor level, that there was a change in the English laboratory of manipulation of that data.

The FSS, the English Lab has already been questioned about various situations namely in terms of the IRA in Ireland and in terms of bomb attacks, also these traces,.. this way of finding the DNA, to examine the DNA / copy number was questioned about a trace found in an Irish bomb case. And that Laboratory's credibility was questioned.

But there is one situation here, relative to the Laboratory, which must be taken into account, There are those records that were made by technicians and by scientists who examine and we have to look at those records, to look at what they wrote, in the day-to-day when the evidence was examined, the traces that were remitted there, to what they were writing because after that we see what is the outcome that results in that report they sent here, to Portugal.

And then there is another situation, that it still is possible, to know or to gather clues if in fact that those dogs have failed or not, if indeed ... if that ... in the trunk of that car, I'm referring to the car rented by the McCanns about 15 or 20 days after the disappearance, where traces of blood were found, traces that... that the laboratory says they may be, but there is no absolute certainty that they are from Madeleine McCann and that hair was also found.

Hair, says the laboratory, by the colouring, that’s how the exam was done in the old days, examination, comparing if the hair colour was or wasn't from a person.

Nowadays it is possible to do and, even then it was, do DNA tests to the hair.

There are those who say, and some laboratories say that, that it's only possible to identify the DNA with the hair root. The English Laboratory says it's not possible because these don't have the hair root, the root ... and so they won't do the exam.

These hairs are in Portugal, they were returned to Portugal and are attached to the process. It's simple. It is the Public Ministry, who has the investigation, to take those hairs and send them to a European or other Laboratory where it’s done this kind of examinations without requiring the hair root.

LFM: But this was never done, is it?

GA: But it was never done. It was never done and what it's said is that it may have been there a contamination but we will be sure or not if that hair is from Madeleine McCann. Then there will be many a doubt to discuss, to clarify. Now there can't exist a proof and we're talking about the man who died from underneath a tractor because he fired himself a month earlier because there were 5 euros missing... that may not have been him...

LFM: There is another piece, there is another interesting piece which is an Irish family, on seeing the McCann couple to arriving at London's airport, says it recognises by posture of the father... a man who was carrying a child that night. Why is it that when this statement is made neither the PJ nor the SY went to hear to this Irish Family?

GA: We were on the day of the Lisbon Treaty, which happens to be on my birthday, the 2nd of October, 2007. It was the Treaty of Lisbon, I celebrate my birthday on 2 October and was fired, in quotes, in Portimão, that 2 October day....

And it was when we are preparing the coming to Portugal of the head of this family, which is of about five people. It was him, the wife, the son, the daughter-in-law and the other daughter, who see that day, that night of 3 May around from 10 o'clock at night, when they come from a restaurant in Praia da Luz and cross with an individual who goes down a certain street in direction to the beach and carrying a child in his arms and her head on his shoulder, here, and is as if she's sleeping. And later come to say that, from the news, because the next day they returned to Ireland, come to say it can be Madeleine McCann and it could have been the person who carried Madeleine McCann.

They are heard, they are heard in the process immediately in May and June. They came to Portugal, were heard and gave a description of who the person was, his physical appearance, how he walked, the description of the clothes, if he was Portuguese, if he wasn't, that he would be a tourist because he was sunburned, but wasn't Latin, they give the age of the person, give also the child's at least by the size and that was it. Only later when Gerald McCann and Kate McCann leave Portugal for England in September after being heard as arguidos, they fled, literally, fled to England and with them the English police who were cooperating with us but then also disappeared and we came to the conclusion that the English Police were in Portugal only to collaborate in some way to protect that couple But when they arrive in England there's an image that has already crossed the world, at the time crossed... that is Gerald McCann coming down the steps of the plane, the stairs that access the plane and walking on the runway with one, with one… of the twins like this, in the same way in the arms with the head here.

And what, that family, says is that individual by the posture, the way he walks, the way he carries the child is who they had seen on the day of May 3, the night of May 3. They don't say anything more, they say that's where it goes.

And what happens? We started with the efforts to bring them to Portugal, to hear them, the father of this family would have come here, so, the older element was who was available to come to Portugal and we had everything handled: authorization Police for them come to Portugal from PJ’s National Director, ticket emission, if I'm not mistaken tickets were to be  issued, the hotel lacked... so it was just a matter of logistics and it is when, on the 2nd October, after I had been questioned by a newspaper, the Diário de Notícias, about what I thought about the English police saying that Madeleine had been seen in Morocco I said ... I blurted that they should concerned themselves with... knowing really what had happened to Madeleine McCann instead of concerning themselves about other situations ...

Because when the English police left Portugal, what had been established between the Portuguese and the English police was that the police investigation had to proceed in terms of understanding how the death had happened, Madeleine McCann's death, and what had happened to the corpse.

We were not talking here about abductions or the child being taken to be a sex slave, of nothing of the sort. We were talking about death and occultation of a corpse.

And it's on that 2 October day that I leave. I left the investigation. It's on that 2 October day that Gordon Brown speaks with Jose Socrates.

It would be good for Sr Eng José Socrates to explain, if he could explain, what happened. I think his posture was, from what I got to understand at the time, a distancing even from the investigation, by not paying much attention, not giving much importance to Gordon Brown's statements.

It was Gordon Brown who tried to involve the Portuguese Prime Minister in this controversy, so to speak.

But then the one who comes to replace me later considers that, this to respond directly to your question, considers that it isn't relevant to bring the Irish to Portugal and we stayed like that. So the Irish were never again heard ... they were heard through...

LFM: Do you think that if at the time, Juca [diminutive of Júlio] Magalhães had abandoned TVI to be Advisor to the McCann couple, would it, would it comprehensible? How is it comprehensible that the spokesman for the English Prime Minister had left, in 24 hours, Tony Blair to be the McCann family’s spokesman? Isn’t that strange?

GA: Yesl, that is almost ... it's another mystery within the mystery, and maybe if we understand that little mystery it can be understood what is behind… not the disappearance ... not the child’s death but what is behind the protection… of the why protect...

JM: ... that couple ...

GA: ... this family, this couple

JM: Did you notice that, Gonçalo Amaral, the power of this couple?

GA: Yes, have I not noticed? I have even noticed in my bank account in what I get at the end of the month. This has happened like this. Now ...

LFM: Is it true ... is it true that one of the elements of the group two years before had been denounced by another companion?

GA: Exactly!

LFM: Of having behaviours near those that could indicate...

GA:
... that is important ....

LFM: .... some extravagant behaviour from the point of view of his tendency to be a paedophile?

GA: It's true ... there is a mystery figure who may even have to do so with the departure of Clarence Mitchell from the British Government to go support the couple. It can be said it is a conspiracy theory but it is not.

There is also a British couple, also doctors, who two years earlier went holidaying with the McCann couple and their children, with Madeleine and with other medical couples, being among them a man who is David Payne.

This David Payne is the last witness, is the witness that on May 3 says he went there to the apartment and that he saw those little children and that they looked heavenly angels, were all very nicely washed, very white, something out of Heaven and is the person who bathed in the holidays, in these holidays he organized, that bathed the girls of 2, 3 years, not only his daughters, his children, but the children of the others.

And it is these circumstances of bathing the children of the others and in comments he makes in a vacation period in which he speaks of, and according to the statements of Dr Katherine Gaspar, who is the name of the person who denounces, statements that are in process that say…

LFM: ...denounces extravagant behaviour of the gentleman.

GA:
Yes, and this is something that, if we have time, we'll try to explain. She says ... what she says is that he made a gesture and asked questions to Gerald McCann about Madeleine McCann in front of Madeleine McCann herself, who at the time was 2 years old...

LFM: In the investigation, it was never explored the possibility of this man being a paedophile?

GA: Exactly! The question is this: it's that these statements came to Portugal after I left the investigation, on the 2 .. I left on 2 October and they arrived months later.

They are the statements of Dr Katherine Gaspar and of her husband to the British Police on May 16, 2007, 15 days after the disappearance, statements that the Portuguese police were not informed of and arrive in Portugal via .... by mail, no, by fax, under other documents, these statements come loose and what someone from the British Police does was, here are these statements and now you investigate, question.

And no one from the Portuguese Police, who replaced me, who came next, has yet questioned, nor Scotland Yard.

No one questions, no one investigates what is going on there. Dr Katherine Gaspar, who denounced David Payne to the British police, was never heard in the Portuguese process and was never included in the rogatory letter which was issued by the Portuguese authorities. This is the truth, and we’re going on with debates, with burglaries...

JM: …Goncalo Amaral ...

GA: ...and things that are in the process are not investigated.

JM: All this makes one think, and just to finish, that it will never be solved ..... it will never be ... it’s a case that will stay in history without being solved?.

GA: I think it will be solved, it will be solved ... and there we come back to politics, when there will political will on both sides.

JM: And when it is proved that Madeleine McCann was really dead, do you intend to be reimbursed?

GA: Well, it seems that if I use the strategy of the couple McCann, it's  already tacitly acknowledged. Scotland Yard has already said she's dead, so... not having proved anything…

LFM: If you had the McCann couple's financial capability resulting due to the fund that was placed at their disposal, would you have found the culprits?

GA: I have done a lot to try to find the culprits, there is much information that is still unexplored. Now, it's hard in our country for us to be able to investigate, because a private person cannot investigate...

LFM:
and do you think you were removed from your ... from your duties, and marginalized until you leaving the PJ because you were too close to finding ...

GA:
No.

LFM: ... the truth about the case?

GA: No, not don't go that way. I left the investigation and was withdrawn from the investigation because the case had to be dominated politically, only and only because of that.

Because I opposed the archiving, and directly, and with police directors and said that I disagreed with the archiving.

It was suggested and said to me that there are processes, there are investigations that have no end, that never have a result and that I shouldn't do much to.. That I call it quits and so all was set-up to... I always opposed and so I left the investigation and not for being close.

As such I don't take it, no, I don't take my exit with something of they being afraid of... no. The question was ... it's that the case is political, just and only political. Politics is what is handling this issue and when politics enters the investigations... when investigations are politically correct we won’t go anywhere.

JM: Gonçalo Amaral we are going to have to finish, just half a minute more, you have already said that your belief is that Madeleine McCann is dead. I don’t want you to answer but do you also have some conviction about of who is the author of the crime?

GA: Who is? Well.... only in the accident hypothesis, now there are people responsible, those who had the guardianship of the child certainly have some responsibility, to what extent I don't know.

LFM: Thank you very much. I think in seven years from now maybe we will be here to do a follow-up

GA: ...... a cycle, seven years is always a cycle in people's lives.

JM: Oh yeah

GA: ...they say yes, some say and there are some theories ...

JM: Gonçalo Amaral it was nice to have you here and very good evening and thank you

GA: Thank you very much.

JM: Dr. Luis Filipe Meneses, congratulations for the guest for tonight and for this comment from Luis Filipe Meneses. Next, the latest news, good night.

 
Celebrities ask press to accept charter regulation plan, 18 March 2014
 

Celebrities ask press to accept charter regulation plan BBC News

18 March 2014 Last updated at 10:18

John Cleese, Sir David Attenborough, JK Rowling, and Victoria Wood

John Cleese, Sir David Attenborough, JK Rowling, and Victoria Wood are among 200 performers, writers and academics calling on newspapers to agree to the Royal Charter on press regulation.

They have added their names to an advert from campaign group Hacked Off.

Its declaration says the charter, published a year ago, safeguards newspapers from political interference.

But the industry is setting up its own regulator. It says it fears the charter may allow outside control of the press.

Proposals to change the existing system of press regulation emerged following the phone-hacking affair and subsequent Leveson Inquiry into the ethics and practices of newspapers.

The Royal Charter was finally agreed by all three main political parties last October. It follows many of the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry and proposes the Press Complaints Commission be replaced by a regulator with greater powers.

The tycoon Sir Richard Branson; actors Peter Capaldi, Michael Palin and Stephen Fry; comedians Rory Bremner and Miranda Hart; Professor Richard Dawkins; writer Salman Rushdie; film director Danny Boyle; playwrights Sir David Hare and Sir Tom Stoppard, and the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams are among the other signatories to the advertisement backing the charter.

'Nothing to lose'

It appears in several newspapers and magazines and says a "free press is a cornerstone of democracy.

"It has nothing to lose, and can only be enhanced, by acknowledging unethical practice in its midst and acting firmly to ensure it is not repeated."

The declaration signed by the celebrities adds that "editors and journalists will rise in public esteem when they accept a form of self-regulation that is independently audited on the lines recommended by Lord Justice Leveson.

"It is our view that this Charter safeguards the press from political interference while also giving vital protection to the vulnerable."

Hacked Off has carried out a high-profile campaign, led by actors Hugh Grant and Steve Coogan, to reform the press in the wake of the Leveson report.

The group, which says it relies on donations from supporters for its funding, has been pressing for the Royal Charter to be adopted.

Meanwhile, a new regulatory body, called the Independent Press Standards Organisation, is being set up by most of the national newspapers.

It will have similar powers of imposing fines on newspapers for breaches of a standards code to those being proposed by the Royal Charter.

'Stand with victims'

But it has been criticised by groups such as the Media Standards Trust for not being sufficiently independent of the big newspaper groups.

However, the BBC's media correspondent David Sillito says the newspapers are unlikely to agree to any oversight by the committee proposed by the Royal Charter that seeks to ensure the standards laid out in the Leveson Report.

Gerry McCann, father of missing Madeleine McCann, has been one of Hacked Off's most prominent supporters.

Mr McCann said it was "not a surprise" that so many public figures had put their names to the campaign.

He went on: "But it is very gratifying that they are prepared to stand publicly with the victims of press abuse and call on the newspapers to comply with the Royal Charter."

 
The Leveson Royal Charter Declaration, 18 March 2014
 

The Leveson Royal Charter Declaration Hacked Off

The Leveson Royal Charter Declaration, 18 March 2014

18 March 2014

- Extract -

'Kate & Gerry McCann victims of press abuse'

 
One by One, 17 March 2014
 
One by One The Blacksmith Bureau

Monday, 17 March 2014 at 14:58

One Choice: Whether to co-operate.

One Chance:
To demonstrate their innocence.

One Decision:
The wrong one, from which all else results.



One Timeline:
Built to fit an abductor.

One Abductor:
Gone but not forgotten.

One Revelation:
That destroyed the abductor.



One Priest:
Who could not shrive them.

One Pope:
Who could not save them.



One Honest Lawyer:
"Plead guilty."

One Reaction:
"Our life is over".

One Re-think:
"They've got nothing!"

One Silence:
48 questions.

One Flight:
To England but not salvation.

One Promise:
To return.



One Belief:
That the public are gullible.

One Fortune:
Left by a dead child.

One Release:
From arguido status.

One "Exoneration":
That cannot clear them.



One Ambush:
On a policeman who dared to search.

One Chief Constable:
Who cannot exclude them.

One Brutus:
Who will go down with them.

One Nemesis:
Who will defeat them.

One Review:
That can never help them.



One Fate:
A life sentence, freely-chosen, self-imposed.

One Wait
:
For the inevitable.

 
Searches for little Madeleine in Gouves, Heraklion!, 11 March 2014
 

Searches for little Madeleine in Gouves, Heraklion! CretePlus.gr

Heraklion | 11/03/2014 - 8:39

Madeleine McCann

Information has been received by the local police in Heraklion, from the authorities investigating the case of the missing child Madeleine, and they are trying to check the information that the girl was spotted in a hotel in Gouves.

The request was sent from Europol to the police department of the peninsula, a few days ago. According to "Πατρίς" [Patris: Greek newspaper] the strange thing is that they have sought, after so many months, to investigate the cameras of the hotel to see if the material depicts the child.

It will be recalled that little Madeleine was abducted in 2007 from Portugal. It is not the first time the police in Crete have been asked to investigate information relating to the matter, in the area of ​​Hersonissos and Malia.



Searches for little Madeleine in Gouves, Heraklion! CretePlus Twitter

Searches for little Madeleine in Gouves, Heraklion! - CretePlus Twitter

9:35 AM - 11 Mar 2014

 
Search for Madeleine arrives in Gouves, 11 March 2014
 

Search for Madeleine arrives in Gouves Πατρίς [Patris]

Madeleine McCann

Thanos Pervolaraki
11/03/2014


The search for the child Madeleine arrives in Gouves

Global interest in her abduction from Portugal in 2007


While British newspapers claim the time is approaching for the arrests of the abductors of the child Madeleine - who was abducted in the spring of 2007 from Portugal - Europol, through the badge of the Crete police, has requested the investigation of possibly relevant information.

Simply, this information relates to a blonde girl who looked like a 4-year-old Madeleine and was spotted at a hotel in Gouves!

Through the Greek Police Headquarters of Europol the document was sent to the police department of the peninsula a few days ago. The strange thing is that they have sought, after so many months, to investigate the cameras of the hotel to see if the material depicts the child. As expected, the investigation has not paid off, since the hotel was not able to keep the material from the closed circuit system after so many months.

It is not, however, the first time the police in Crete have been asked to investigate for evidence relating to this particular case, mainly in the wider region of Hersonissos and Malia.

Madeleine disappeared from her hotel room, between 21.30-22.00, while her parents, Kate and Gerry dined just 50 metres away from her, on 3 May 2007. Because the windows and shutters were found open when the authorities arrived at the location, having just been informed of the disappearance, they considered that they were dealing with the abduction of the child.

A few days later, the authorities gave the public a sketch which depicted a male suspect who was probably holding Madeleine, but that was not informative, as it displayed more the back of his body. It also formalised their thoughts that the small child is alive. Meanwhile, the Portuguese media through their reporting believe that the little girl has fallen victim to a paedophile ring.

The story has shocked many in the global community including footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham, who sent a public appeal for the release of the 4-year-old girl. Not only famous entrepreneurs, but also footballer Wayne Rooney, offered the amount of 5,000,000 euros to anyone who could find her.



Search for Madeleine arrives in Gouves Πατρίς [Patris] (paper edition)

Search for Madeleine arrives in Gouves, Patris (paper edition)
Patris, front page, 11 March 2014

Tuesday 11 March 2014



[Note: Patris is a daily Greek newspaper which is printed in Heraklion and principally serves the island of Crete.]

Crete, with Gouves indicated
Crete, with Gouves indicated

Gouves (indicated), near Heraklion
Gouves (indicated), near Heraklion

 
All routes, however different, lead to the same place, 07 March 2014
 

All routes, however different, lead to the same place The Blacksmith Bureau

Friday, 7 March 2014 at 19:08

Really? You Really Believe That?

Policeman in Joe Orton's Loot

Capable of anything – policeman in Joe Orton's Loot. Prepared dead patsy on gurney. All in a day's work

Quiet, please and off we go: let's accept, for a page or so, that an official "whitewash" by Scotland Yard is logistically possible, meaning that the secret personnel structures, audit-trail-free funding, instruction hierarchy, safe-house meeting places, immunity from scrutiny by their enemies the secret services, laboratories, dirty tricks departments, requisite brain power – a big ask, that one – all those details, in other words, that nobody ever seems to give us, were ready and waiting to be used. A bit trickier than the usual Yard form, on display again this week, of copping backhanders from the villains they grew up with.

Just Like That!

A "whitewash" means, we assume, that the investigation ends with the positive manipulation of the facts to secure a result that leaves no public doubts about the innocence of the beneficiaries. Just like that, as the immortal Tommy Cooper would say. But it seems obvious to us that, even if we erect this imaginary logistical superstructure, a whitewash, in the sense that people put it forward, remains not just unlikely but in the McCann case completely impossible.

Once initial and total suppression has failed, a whitewash, surely, can only happen two ways: the "discovery" or manufacture (remember, in this game, "they" can do anything) of evidence, eye-witness or forensic, strong enough to exclude public doubt; or the provision of a living person to take the blame.

Find the Gap

Taking the former option first, the McCann case has been opened up so thoroughly to public inspection by the Portuguese release of the case files and the material provided by the parents themselves, that there is nowhere for such false evidence to be planted! The movements of the nine have been gone over so exhaustively that, to take just one example, it is impossible for Kate & Gerry ever to be alibied away from the crime scene like the loathsome Guardian journalist and ex-politician Huhne. The McCanns themselves, their lawyers and the ever-helpful David Payne have spent years spelling out how rarely either of them were alone and in a position to harm or dispose of the child and their various testimonies cannot now be unsaid.

So a previously unknown and exonerating absence from the Ocean Club environs cannot just be conjured up, given the undignified light that the couple have willingly shone on their own movements. OK, a malleable taxi-driver might be found with a tale to tell of an equally undignified but whitewashing assignation on the beach between Dr McCann and a big-breasted hooker, thus taking him out of the frame – but when? At 8.35 when he was seen in the restaurant? At 9.07 when he was in the lavatory? At 9.13 at the gate? A quickie indeed. Perhaps it was 9.55 then? No, no, no. Dr McCann was in the restaurant again, seen by loads of people, definitely not heading towards the beach for a hook-up or anything else.

Falsified forensics – newly discovered abductor's fingerprints, for example, on the shutters or windows? A "jemmy" thought to be a metal wall fixture, say, and somehow overlooked for weeks? But the DVD has photographs of everything, walls included, without bits of metal or anything else available for "discovery" and the lab results are already established for prints. A highly secret reconstruction by the Nine and the Yard minders, excluding the poor old PJ, demonstrating innocence? Hmm, we'll come to that.

Since the sentimental couple are bound to have kept all the clothes they were wearing on the ill-fated trip, especially Gerry's trousers, then new DNA could be "found" on them, indicating an intruder, all matching the dogs' alerts. Silence falls in the plotting room in the bowels of Whitehall Citadel. Bring the dogs in to support the pair? After what they've said about them?

Nope, it can't be done. Whitewashing requires prior darkness, shadowy spaces to be filled in, and while Gerry McCann's imagination, as we know, contains suggestive darkness in excess, the PJ investigation has left most of Praia da Luz and environs lit very brightly indeed.

How Will the Howe Find the Who?

That leaves us with a new abductor. A moment's thought will indicate that he has to be alive, capable of proving his involvement by filling in the details with "facts" that only an abductor could have known. Even Hewitt, tailor-made for the imaginary role with his appalling looks and appalling habits, has had his fifteen minutes of fame and convinced nobody, despite the existence of an alleged confession. That turkey won't fly again. But if such an obvious star with all the qualities for the role was dismissed with such mirth and contempt how will anyone fly?

Policeman in Joe Orton's Loot

Will I do?

Well then. what about a dead tractor driver with a smack habit and a phone? Would he do the job? Let's add in secret new technology enabling his mobile phone to be tracked into 5A itself. OK – but a thousand net experts will be cross-referencing that location with the existing evidence within minutes of its announcement. And if the phone miraculously tracks him to an apartment then, no doubt, it will track him through the streets he took the child along, all the way to his dealer's house in drug ridden PDL and his tractor shed and the grave or holding pit to be found there.

But not even whitewashing Crimewatch has claimed any sightings of a dark-skinned guy shuffling through the streets to swap the kid or corpse for a ten euro wrap, so eyewitnesses will have to be invented too. A whitewash has to satisfy the doubters and leave no loose ends to explore: dead men are out. But where will even Cameron and the Yard find a live patsy who can confess all, plead guilty, satisfy the websleuths and demonstrate the McCanns' innocence?

Ridiculous, isn't it – but wait a minute, wait a minute, we're talking whitewash. How did Tractorman, a bona fide suspect of the very non-whitewashing PJ creep in? How have we managed to mix up the two?

Easily Done

Well it's forgivable, because once you start looking at the details of these fictions you can't separate them: they are one and the same thing, something that may come as a relief to readers who thought we were wasting time on conspiracy theorists. The very facts that demonstrate the impossibility of a whitewash in this case are the same as those that make "the exclusion of the parents as suspects" impossible! Have another look. The lack of time and space for corrupt invention is also a lack of time and space for honest investigatory alternatives to the parents as suspects.

Just Like That?

That, of course, is why the "exclusion" has never occurred, anymore than the whitewash has. We don't take issue with either the PJ or the Yard saying that the McCanns are excluded and "not suspects": we accept that as completely as the parents' supporters do. But a copper's life, like Gerry and Kate McCanns', would be a very desirable one indeed if stating something made it true, wouldn't it? No, what we say with absolute certainty is that such an exclusion has not resulted from any evidence in the review or re-investigation.

Remember that even the gaps in the record highlighted by the PJ's final report and the Archiving Summary are as useless for "excluders" as they are for "whitewashers": a good-result-for-the-nine-reconstruction cannot show the truth of what they claimed happened that evening, only its lack of impossibility, and that is not a "demonstration of innocence", otherwise known as "exclusion from suspicion".

But no official reconstruction has taken place so the group's versions remain untested. And no other way to even a partial exclusion zone has been found by the police so far, certainly not via the supposed 190+ opportunities for abduction:* we know that beyond any doubt because of the "€1.2 million" question—the absolute certainty that such evidence would have been introduced into the libel trial as well as being posted and amplified world-wide from the OFM website. Or are there people who actually believe that the "exclusionary" evidence would not have been provided to the couple by the Yard? And they wouldn't put it on OFM. Really? You really believe that?

So we come, somewhat surprisingly given our starting point, to a paradoxical conclusion: the "knowing" whitewash claims by some anti-McCann people are the the mirror image of the knowing "not suspects" claims by the couple's supporters: in the Madeleine McCann case all routes, however weird, unlikely or apparently opposed, always bring us back to exactly the same place. One with no abductor in sight. Facts are like that.



* Since the Yard's self-imposed timescale can only be 90 minutes max and since the window required is a demonstrable but iffy minute or two, to reach such a large number the Yard must be multiplying time-based opportunities by their own numerical factor. They aren't to be taken seriously.

 
Sadly or, Sadly, 20 February 2014
 

Sadly or, Sadly

Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com

By Dr Martin Roberts
20 February 2014

SADLY OR, SADLY

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has spoken, for the benefit of a bewildered public attempting to make sense of the status quo regarding the parallel Portuguese and UK investigations into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann:

"Obviously the Portuguese police have got a line of inquiry which is different to the Metropolitan Police's but we're working together to try and resolve that."

Obviously, Sir Bernard.

In the sense that the Portuguese 'prime suspect' (deceased) is a world away from being any kind of a match to DCI Redwood's favoured e-fits, then Portugal and 'The Yard' do indeed appear to be pursuing different lines of inquiry. There is, however, a disturbing ring of inevitability to the phrase 'obviously', almost as though it would apply regardless. Surely not. Is it even remotely possible that two investigative agencies with a shared purpose would differ quite so markedly in their approaches to the common problem? They are, after all, equipped with an identical context in which to set their endeavours.

We know of course that the approach taken by the Metropolitan Police has been to regress to 'point zero', DCI Redwood having said as much. And that in itself could provoke, shall we say, a difference of opinion – obviously.

But do go on Sir Bernard.

"We're trying our best to keep the family informed and I think in the middle of all this, quite often their torment gets lost. Have they lost a child or, errr... by being murdered or... sadly... or have they lost a child by someone else stealing them."

May we please clarify this observation just a little? (There are one or two redundant 'ors')

"Have they lost a child by being murdered or... sadly... have they lost a child by someone else stealing them?"

An interesting question that. Juxtaposed as they are, the child thief and the murderer are clearly not viewed as one and the same. And with only one 'sadly' to go around, kidnap comes across as the more regrettable outcome. If, sadly, Madeleine has been murdered, might not the murderer have been a thief also? A hapless petty criminal, who lashed out simply to silence the shrill alarm of a startled child (always supposing that their intention was to steal something other than an infant)? If such were the case, the fugitive would no doubt have left the body behind, having set off with neither kidnap nor body snatching in mind. Like Jon Benet Ramsay's supposed assailant, he would most likely have bolted empty handed (save for the valuables he came for of course, yet such was his haste he forgot those also).

If Madeleine was murdered by a panicking thief, what happened to her body after he fled the scene? Or if, on the spur of the moment, he decided to remove his victim, perhaps with a view to 'bluffing out' a blackmail attempt (although nothing of the kind has ever been hinted), then it cannot have been Madeleine's frail remains that left their mark for Martin Grime's EVR dog to zero in on. They would not have been there long enough to have done so.

It looks as if the options here are murderer or thief, not thief and murderer. So who besides a thief might have murdered poor Madeleine McCann, Sir Bernard?

"We've generally got to work together. We can't police Portugal, they can't do everything over here; we must work together. So, we're insist... you know, we really can work in genuine partnership on this."

O.k. Sir Bernard. We get it. You wish to insist that the Portuguese follow the Met's lead. That's it isn't it? Could it be, perchance, that the difference between the two investigations resides in the fact that the Portuguese are pursuing a murder inquiry, whereas the Met. have adopted the 'stolen' approach? A discrepancy of that order might also explain perhaps, for the benefit of those who notice such things, why the Portuguese would see themselves as having to 'do everything over here', whilst the Met., as we know from the recent spate of letter writing, cannot police Portugal.

If the Policia Judiciaria were genuinely keen to 'collar' a trio of burglars for having 'stolen' Madeleine McCann (be they Portuguese, Romany, Cap Verde, German, Scandinavian, Moroccan – the list of candidate nationalities is a lengthy one), then it's difficult to see why they should want to do anything 'over here' at all. Unless of course the perpetrators were already numbered among the UK immigrant statistics for the past seven years.

 
Swimming Against The Tide, 11 February 2014
 

Swimming Against The Tide

McCanns with Cat Baker, November 2007

EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com

By Dr Martin Roberts
11 February 2014

SWIMMING AGAINST THE TIDE

It is said that the Anglo-Saxon king, Cnut the Great (otherwise known as Canute), revealed the omnipotence of a higher authority when he had his throne set down on a beach and unsuccessfully commanded the waves not to encroach upon his feet. Whatever his motives, the ancient king's demonstration of the ocean's stubbornness is both classical and convincing. However much his followers might have believed in his personal magisterial powers, there could be no denying the weight of evidence.

The abduction of Madeleine McCann, fixed in time to the night of 3 May, 2007, is an assumption which has no evidence to support it; only further assumptions. The one certainty is that the child has been missing for seven years since. Despite presenting to the Police (and the world) an account of how her daughter Madeleine was last seen asleep in her own bed, Kate McCann has also said, quite incongruously, 'You don't expect someone to come into your apartment and take your child out (of) your bed'. The question this raises is quite why anyone recounting such an event might wish to re-position the locus of a genuine crime. What is there to be gained from going against the grain?

In isolation the remark is puzzling. A slip of the tongue perhaps, made while the tide is still off-shore. But time passes, and the waves become more numerous as they surge in the same inward direction.

The contradiction inherent in Kate McCann's extraordinary 'bed' reference finds company in the false statements made, not only by the McCanns but by various members of their holiday entourage, in relation to the four days immediately preceding Madeleine's disappearance (see: Monday's Child – McCannfiles). What possible reason could there have been for misrepresenting events prior to the commission of the crime as understood, or should one say 'assumed'? In tandem with this questionable behaviour, it is clear from the records of Madeleine's attendance at the holiday crèche that these same four days are not unequivocally accounted for in that context either.

What was it Kate McCann said in her book once upon a time? 'One coincidence, two coincidences – maybe they're still coincidences. Any more than that and it stops being coincidence.'

A week's worth of lies (coincidence number one). A week's worth of dubious crèche records (coincidence number two). Shall we go for the hat-trick?

The young Mark Warner nanny, Catriona Baker was questioned by Portuguese police at the beginning of their investigation. Months later she was 'outed' by the Daily Mail (14.10.2007), her situation at that time represented thus:

'The McCanns believe Ms Baker is a key witness in the defence that they are assembling with the aid of a team of lawyers and investigators.'

Bearing in mind the timing of events as fixed by the McCanns' own accounts, this statement is, on the face of it, rather perplexing. How, exactly, can someone coming into innocuous contact with Madeleine before her 'abduction' become a key witness in the McCanns' defence afterwards? And what manner of charge were they planning to defend themselves against? Not the abduction of their own daughter, surely? Nocturnal neglect, perhaps? The worst case scenario, as generally understood, might have been something in connection with a fatal accident occurring on the Thursday night; again, after Catriona Baker's duties as 'nanny' had been discharged.

Could Catriona have been considered a character witness therefore? No. She hardly knew the McCanns. A witness to their movements then? No. She was elsewhere for most of the day - everyday. A witness to Madeleine's abduction? No. It happened at night. She would have been out enjoying herself, as she put it, when not resting at home. Was she someone who witnessed a stalker, or stalkers, immediately before or after the abduction? No. She said not in her first statement to the police. What could possibly have been her role within the McCann defence strategy therefore?

Common sense dictates that Catriona Baker's value as a 'key witness' could only pertain to the period of time she spent in her capacity as 'nanny', something the McCanns have acknowledged and the Daily Mail have explained: "She was witness to the McCanns' movements during the week they were on holiday in Portugal and fed Madeleine less than three hours before she disappeared."

Except that, but for fleeting glances in the morning and at mid-day, she very obviously was not a witness to the McCanns' movements 'that week they were in Portugal'; a week which embraced exactly the same four days less than adequately accounted for by others, including the McCanns themselves. And that makes her recruitment as a potential witness for the defence anything but coincidental.

Comparison of Catriona's own 'evidence', as given to the PJ, with the Daily Mail's clarification of her later value to the McCanns, reveals how, like Michael Wright latterly in Lisbon, she was to be 'briefed'.

CB (6.5.2007): It was always Madeleine's parents that would bring her to and fetch her from the "Minis".

Compare this with Gerry McCann's own statement four days later:

'The deponent and KATE returned to the OCEAN CLUB. They stayed there, talking, until 16H45, at which time the twins went to the meal area. At 17h00, as usual, MADELEINE arrived accompanied by the nannies and the other children. After her arrival, MADELEINE dined, having finished at 17H30.'

On the subject of episodes untoward she is quite voluble:

She replies that since that date and until Thursday, the 03rd of May, 2007, she was with Madeleine every day, but is unable to specify if she was present on the Sunday morning.

She replies that within the exercise of her functions, both inside the building and outdoors (above specified activities), she never noticed anyone suspiciously observing the children under her care. She didn't notice anyone taking pictures of the children, namely of Madeleine.

She refers that her colleagues never mentioned anything concerning their children, either.

The deponent mentions that following Madeleine's disappearance, she didn't see or hear anything, no plausible reason that could explain what caused said disappearance.

And yet, five months later, the Daily Mail was able to offer its readers:

'On the morning after Madeleine's disappearance it is believed she even told Portuguese police of a man she had seen acting 'suspiciously' around the apartments.'

And

'Intriguingly, Ms Baker revealed to one friend - spoken to by this newspaper - that she told Portuguese police of a man she saw acting strangely near the apartments in the days leading up to Madeleine's disappearance on May 3.'

Intriguing indeed.

What may well have been 'believed' by a McCann spokesperson clearly did not represent what Catriona Baker herself had previously said.

In November 2007 Catriona Baker paid the McCanns a personal visit at their home in Rothley. The following April she was interviewed again by police.

"On Thursday the 3rd of May 2007, I remember Gerry having accompanied Madeleine to the club between 9h15 and 9h20 in the morning. I do not remember who came to pick her up for lunch but after she returned in the afternoon for a dive/swim. These activities were realized with the other children. On this day I remember that we sailed and I saw friends of the McCanns on the beach, David and Jane. Around 14h45 Madeleine returned to the Minis Club on top of the reception but I do not remember who accompanied her. This afternoon we went swimming."

This is of course that strangest of days, when Madeleine went swimming in her gap top and broderie Anglaise shorts, having earlier been for a boat trip at the beach where no-one else saw her, apart from Cat Baker that is. The nanny's most significant evidential contribution here however is this one:

"I stayed with Madeleine, 3 years old, in my group (Minis Club that week) together with Ella, daughter of Jane Tanner. Either Kate or Gerry would accompany Madeleine every day in the morning and would return at lunch hour to take her back."

Admittedly she had said something vaguely similar to Portuguese police originally, but she had also proceeded to observe:

"Since the beginning, when she received the little girl, it appeared to her that her parents were affable and showed their interest in her well being, as they cared to inquire what Madeleine did and even accompanied some of the child's outdoors activities."

So name one. And if that doesn't sound like the McCanns, then maybe we're not talking about Madeleine either. The fact that the McCanns were clearly planning to field (concoct?) answers to such questions as 'Where was Madeleine on...?' further validates those very questions.

 
Thank you for the ongoing support, 28 January 2014
 

Thank you for the ongoing support Projecto Justiça Gonçalo Amaral

The Palace of Justice, Lisbon

28 Jan 2014

As many will know, the libel trial in Lisbon has been extending over a longer period than anyone could anticipate.

Thankfully, we have been able to count on the support of many friends that have been willing to help with Gonçalo Amaral's legal expenses as he seeks to defend himself in the case that was brought against him over his book, "Maddie: A Verdade da Mentira".

Your donations have made it possible to ensure that the former police coordinator fights the accusations that have been brought against him. Your continued support, both moral and financial, is invaluable.

A heartfelt "Thank You" goes out to all!

 
Unidentified People of Interest to the Inquiry [update], 21 January 2014
 

Unidentified People of Interest to the Inquiry findmadeleine.com

Unidentified People of Interest to the Inquiry

Image detail from 'Unidentified People of Interest to the Inquiry' page
Image detail from 'Unidentified People of Interest to the Inquiry' page

21 January 2014

Text version of relevant section above:

Have you seen these men? Do you know who they might be?

These two pictures show a man carrying a child away from the family's apartment. This sighting was seen by a witness at 21:15 on the evening of Thursday, May 3rd, 2007.

Based or more recent information, the Metropolitan Police now believe this man may represent a guest at the Ocean Club who was carrying his daughter back to their apartment. However as it is not possible to be certain that these two men are actually the same person, if you have seen this man in the pictures or suspect who it may be, please contact the Metropolitan Police's OPERATION GRANGE on 0207 321 9251 (0044 207 321 9251 from outside the UK) or Operation.Grange@met.pnn.police.uk and/or the Find Madeleine team on +44 845 838 4699 or investigation@findmadeleine.com.



Man now identified by Operation Grange Met Police

Man now identified by Operation Grange

Man now identified by Operation Grange

Update on previous appeal

We believe we have identified the man who was seen by Jane Tanner carrying a child at about 21.15 near the apartment G5A. These images are the original sketch of that person made at the time together with a Met Police photo of the British holidaymaker who we have spoken to and is seen here wearing the clothes he believes he may have been wearing that evening. The images are: man holding child & man without child.

 
Madeleine's Fund Accounts to 31/03/2013, 09 January 2014

Madeleine's Fund Accounts to 31/03/2013

Madeleine's Fund Accounts to 31 March 2013

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Postponement of libel trial on 07 January 2014, 09 January 2014
 

Postponement of libel trial on 07 January 2014 GerryMcCannsBlogs

The Palace of Justice, Lisbon

Original Source: Astro Tuesday 07 January 2014

Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer filed a request for the court to evaluate the McCann couple's legitimacy to file a lawsuit in their daughter's name, as she is a Ward of Court in the UK.

He did not ask for any postponement. It was the judge that issued a 15-day deadline for him to submit the relevant documentation.

Afterwards, Dr Isabel Duarte filed a document that is related to Mr Alan Pike, and asked for a postponement of Tuesday's session.

This information is not covered by judicial secrecy and can be freely shared.



Important note from Astro:

This did NOT happen in a court session.

Nobody went to court on Tuesday. There was no session at all.

We heard about the postponement on Monday. The filing of documents took place between Friday afternoon and Monday, as far as I know.

 
- It's hard to accept that I have to live like this just because I did my job, 08 January 2014 [updated with full interview]
 

- It's hard to accept that I have to live like this just because I did my job Dagbladet

The man who led the investigation of Maddie's disappearance is fighting a bitter feud with Madeleine's parents.

PER LARS TONSTAD IN PORTUGAL
Posted 08.01.2014, at 11:17

NOT CHANGING HIS MIND: Gonçalo Amaral said the Maddie-case has 'ruined' him. Still, the ex-investigator is certain that he knows what happened to Madeleine McCann. Photo: Per Lars Tonstad

NOT CHANGING HIS MIND: Gonçalo Amaral said the Maddie-case has 'ruined' him. Still, the ex-investigator is certain that he knows what happened to Madeleine McCann. Photo: Per Lars Tonstad

LISBON (DAGBLADET): Gonçalo Amaral (54) is the man who led the early investigation of Madeleine McCann's disappearance - the case that has engaged Europe for nearly seven years.

In many ways, he is the McCann family's worst enemy.

- It is hard to accept that I have to live like this just because I did my job, Amaral told Dagbladet.

NOT CHANGING HIS MIND: Gonçalo Amaral said the Maddie-case has 'ruined' him. Still, the ex-investigator is certain that he knows what happened to Madeleine McCann. Photo: Per Lars Tonstad

CERTAIN: Gonçalo Amaral (58) led the police investigation after Madeleine McCann disappeared from her family's holiday apartment i Praia de Luz, Portugal. He made the toddler's parents suspects. Photo: Per Lars Tonstad

NOT CHANGING HIS MIND: Gonçalo Amaral said the Maddie-case has 'ruined' him. Still, the ex-investigator is certain that he knows what happened to Madeleine McCann. Photo: Per Lars Tonstad

- THE CASE HAS RUINED ME: Dagbladet met Amaral just hours before the trial against him started in Lisbon. He said the case has ruined him. All his assets are frozen until a verdict is made - which may take years. Photo: Per Lars Tronstad

- Can't dispose my money

Amaral met Dagbladet for an exclusive interview in Lisbon just hours before he met in court to defent himself after the McCann's sued him for £1m for his accusations in a 2008 book.

The conflict between Amaral and the McCann's sparked massive news coverage in the British media. Gerry and Kate McCann have received millions in compensation and have had many journalists and newspapers apologise for their coverage of Maddie's disappearance.

In 2008, Amaral wrote the book «Maddie: A verdade de mentira» («The Truth of the Lie»), which broke all the records and was translated into eight languages. The McCann's had the book stopped by Portuguese court. They believed it violated their honor and their search for Madeleine.

The case was later dismissed by the Supreme Court, and the book went back on the shelves.

In the meantime, as McCann's wished, all Amarals assets were frozen. He now only gets enough money to survive, he said.

- I can't dispose the money from my book sale. I work a little as a legal adviser for a firm but I am only getting enough money to survive. I live in my dad's flat in Portugal, said Amaral.

- Too much politics

He is upset about the flurry of rumours and theories that are still surrounding Maddie's disappearance.

- This case has involved too much politics and too little police, said Amaral, who said he has had rough years after he left the police.

In 2007, he called the McCann's in as suspects. After having given their version of events, Gerry and Kate McCann were allowed to leave the police station. Two days later, they returned to England.

Shortly after, the controversial investigator was taken off the case. This happened after politicians on the highest levels in England and Portugal discussed the case, he claims.

Recently, Scotland Yard have gone public with material that suggest Madeleine disappeared following a failed burglary.

The police are calling for three unknown men.

- We put aside that theory a long time ago. There were no signs of an intrusion. The apartment was in good order - everything was where it should have been. Can thieves really have been frightened by a three-year-old - and taken her with them? Nothing at all suggests so, said Amaral.

Dagbladet have contacted the McCann's Portuguese lawyer, Isabel Duarte, through her secretary, where Amaral's quotes have been presented. Duarte did not wish to comment.

Dagbladet has also asked Madeleine's Fund for a comment, but the requests have not been answered.


• Read the whole interview with Gonçalo Amaral on Dagbladet Pluss (paywall). There, Amaral speaks of what he believe happened to the little girl and the bitter feud with Maddie's parents.



The full interview:

Ex-Maddie-investigator: - Madeleine's dead. This case has ruined me Dagbladet

By LARS TONSTAD, Therese Doksheim
09.01.2014, at 07:00
With thanks to Truthmustout for full interview


The man who led the investigation after Maddie's disappearance breaks his silence in an interview with Dagbladet, just hours before battling the McCann's in court.

Gonçalo Amaral

LISBON (Dagbladet): Gonçalo Amaral (54) is the man Gerry and Kate McCann, Maddie's parents, do everything they can to stop.

"I am financially ruined and my name and honor is blackened. And I have not done anything wrong," said Amaral to Dagbladet.

- Immediately though she was kidnapped

He is one of the main characters in the story that has engaged a whole world. Little Madeleine McCann, then three-years-old, disappeared sometime between nine and ten o'clock on May 3, 2007. As her parents were drinking and dining close by, Madeleine and her younger twin siblings were sleeping alone in the family's holiday apartment in Praia de Luz.

"She died in her parents flat that evening on May 3, 2007. I am not saying her parents killed her. But they have a responsibility for her disappearance," said Gonçalo Amaral.

Now, the McCann's demand £1m in compensation from the man who led the first investigation after their daughter vanished. He is now facing trial in Lisbon.

Amaral still claims that the evidence, observations and the way the parents reacted to their daughter's disappearance, points towards the parents.

Dagbladet met Amaral for an exclusive interview just hours before the trial against him starts in Lisbon. Outside, the rain was pouring down.

"My initial thought was that she had woken up, left the flat to look for her mum and dad. It was not natural to think that something criminal had happened. Children get lost. But the weird thing was that her parents never entered that thought - they immediately said that she had been kidnapped," Amaral said.

He spoke, visibly engaged, about the case that changed his life.

- Hard to accept

The conflict between Amaral and the McCann's sparked massive news coverage in the British media. Gerry and Kate McCann have received millions in compensation and have had many journalists and newspapers apologise for their coverage of Maddie's disappearance.

The trial against Amaral started when he published his book, «Maddie: A verdade de mentira» («The Truth of the Lie»), where he meant that the suspicion should be pointed at the McCann's.

The book broke all the records and was translated into eight languages, before Gerry and Kate McCann had it stopped by Portuguese court. They claim the book violated their honor and their search for Madeleine. The Supreme Court in Portugal dismissed the case, and the the book went back on the shelves.

Madeleine McCann's parents then sued Amaral based on his claims in the book. It is now up to the Portuguese court. The claims are sky high and - as the McCann's asked - Amaral's assets are frozen until he has been given his verdict.

"That is why I am living from hand to mouth. I can't dispose the money from my book sale. I work a little as a legal adviser for a firm but I am only getting enough money to survive. I live in my dad's flat in Portugal. It is hard to accept that I have to live that way just because I did my job," said Amaral.

Are you nervous of the outcome of this case?

Amaral shrugged.

"No, I feel safe that the verdict is going to be fair. Everything I wrote in the book can be found in the police documents. The Supreme Court believed me. I am happy that good - not rich - friends have supported me financially so that I could hire a lawyer," he said.

- Too much politics

The retired policeman lost 20-30 kilos and said he has had a rough time since being taken off the case. Many people reacted with fury when he called Gerry and Kate in for questioning - as suspects.

Amaral said that he, without a warning, got a telefax saying he was being transferred to other assignments within the police. Amaral claimed Portugal's Prime Minister informed his British colleague Gordon Brown even before he was notified himself.

By then he had already warned against political pressure from the English government, he told Dagbladet.

"This case has involved too much politics and too little police," Amaral said.

Shortly after, the case was dismissed. But the search for Maddie is still engaging the whole of Europe, and many claim to know what happened to the girl.

"The McCann's were very pleased that the case was dismissed," Amaral claims.

The Scotland Yard believes that burglars might have taken Madeleine?

"Of course we considered that. Burglars go after money and valuables. There were no signs of an intrusion. The apartment was in good order - everything was where it should have been. Can thieves really have been frightened by a three-year-old - and taken her with them? Nothing at all suggests that. We put away that theory early on, and it is just sad that is back on the table," said Amaral.

- The case is about money and celebs

Kate and Gerry McCann have since their daughters disappearance kept their profile in the media, and still speak of their hope of being reunited with Madeleine.

Influential people in England, such as Virgin-billionaire Richard Branson, are behind the McCann's. Large sums have been donated to The Madeleine Fund, which provide economical support for the McCann's.

"Everything should be about what happened to Madeleine. The case's core has shifted and is now about money, celebrities and politics. It has become an industry - an absurd theatre," Amaral told Dagbladet.

Madeleine could still be alive?

"This is a flurry of rumours and theories surrounding this case. But there are no facts. I think the truth will come for a day. To get there, we have to go back to the McCann's and their dinner party that evening, May 3, 2007. More people have to talk. The McCann's refused to participate in a reconstruction. British police did not want to give the medical information that could have helped make a profile on the victim," Amaral claimed.

"Altogether, British police were not cooperative - they seemed more interested in making sure the McCann's were not arrested. Since the case started, the McCann's have involved private investigators who have been working in spite and against what we do. Our police is independent and have high integrity - we work in an independent country. Our mission has been to find an answer - we cannot think about who the McCann's are and who support them in England."

Did you do anything wrong in your investigation - do you have any regrets?

"Madeleine's mum and dad should have been suspects from a lot earlier on," the controversial investigator said.

- Amaral's lawyer: - He should never have been put on trial:

"Gonçalo Amaral should never have been put on trial for these accusations - they have no basis in reality," said lawyer Santos de Oliveira to Dagbladet.

He represents Amaral in the trial after the Madeline-disappearance in 2007.

Santos de Oliveira does not want to speculate on how his client will do it court. It is expected that, if convicted, the case will be appealed to the Supreme Court.

That means that the trial may take years.

Meanwhile, Amarals assets are frosen, so that he will have enough money to pay - if he is found guilty.

"There is a legal conflict in whether or not Kate and Gerry McCann can represent their daughter in court. According to a decision made in British Court, Madeleine should also be represented in court.

"The court now has to determine what parties will be legally represented in court.

"Once the judge has decided, we are ready to meet in court once again and answer all questions. Amaral has performed all his duties as a policeman, and that is why we are rejecting the sky high demand for compensation," said Santos de Oliveira.

- Responsible for her disappearance

He repeated his claims, which have been strongly criticised.

"An Irish family saw a man walking towards the beach with a child in his arms - that is a fact. Dogs found biological evidence in the rental car. Dogs do not lie. Madeleine's grandfather said the kids at times were given sleeping pills to sleep better. Two days before she disappeared, Madeleine cried for two hours straight. When we went through the flat for hours, the twins slept and slept in spite of a lot of noise, bright lights and people going in and out of the apartment."

In the years after Madeleine disappeared, many people from different countries have claimed they have seen girls that look like her. People have been wanted for police questioning and sketches have been printed. Maddie is still vanished. Today she would have been a ten-year-old girl.

Dagbladet have contacted the McCann's Portuguese lawyer, Isabel Duarte, through her secretary, where Amaral's quotes have been presented. Duarte did not wish to comment.

Dagbladet has also asked Madeleine's Fund for a comment, but the requests have not been answered.

Michael Schneider: Searching For Madeleine

Michael Schneider

Michael Schneider, a self-proclaimed "clairvoyant" from Siegburg, Germany, travels to Albufeira in Portugal, in mid-December 2013, to search for the body of Madeleine McCann. He says: "I got the inspiration that she is dead and that she is located in the Algarve."

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The McCanns' lawyer Isabel Duarte

The McCanns' lawyer Isabel Duarte, 12 September 2013

01 September 2013

"Kate and Gerry do not have to give evidence so they do not need to be here. I am confident of winning."

- Isabel Duarte, reported in the Sunday Express

03 January 2014

"Obviously Gerry and Kate were disappointed when they were told the news...We believe they have the right to give evidence in the case. But the judge has made up her mind."

- Isabel Duarte, reported in the Daily Express

 
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.

The parents, 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 alternative theories.

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 value.

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.

Madeleine's birthday

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.

Although 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, I apologise.

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 are unknown.

The search for her, or for her mortal remains must continue. The search for the truth about what happened must continue.

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.

No 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 truth.

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.

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The "Creepy Man" that time forgot... but never The Sun, 18 November 2013
 

The "Creepy Man" that time forgot... but never The Sun McCann Files

"Creepy Man" by Melissa Little
"Creepy Man" by Melissa Little

Guy, Guy, Guy,
Stick him up on high.
Hang him on a lamp post
And leave him there to die.

By Nigel Moore
18 November 2013


The Sun newspaper, never ones to let sleeping corpses lie, especially when there's a subscription bob in it, turned their spades once again at the weekend to an old favourite in the Madeleine McCann case: "Creepy Man".

Last week it was reported that a Brit woman, who doesn't wish to be named, was harassed by a 'drugged up Portuguese man' in Vilamoura - 30 miles from Praia da Luz - a month before Madeleine disappeared. The man was described as being 'scruffy and long-haired'.

Cue an accompanying sketch of scruffy, long-haired "Creepy Man" and it's off to print we go.

Yesterday, it was the turn of 'Irish ma', Shauna Duncan, to describe how a man on a motorbike tried to snatch her daughter in Praia da Luz weeks before Madeleine disappeared. He looked like the suspect who The Sun 'revealed' last week.

Cue the same accompanying sketch of scruffy, long-haired "Creepy Man" and it's off to print we go.

Is there anymore to say?

Well, actually, there is, because the story of "Creepy Man" needs to be told in its entirety. For those unfamiliar with the background, it's a story that may surprise and even shock you.

"Creepy Man"

News of the World, 20 January 2008
News of the World, 20 January 2008

Known more affectionately in some quarters as the "George Harrison lookalike" - but more profitably by the Wapping ghouls as 'Maddie's Kidnapper - Beast who took McCanns' little girl' - "Creepy Man" first shot to fame on 20 January 2008, when he was honoured with his very own press conference.

At a London hotel, the McCanns' spokesperson Clarence Mitchell took to the lectern to deliver his infamous 'more like the police than the police' appeal for information to the gathered members of the press.

"Who is he? Where is he? What, if any, is his connection to Madeleine's disappearance?" Mr Mitchell solemnly intoned.

"If he is innocent, we want him to come forward for his own sake so he can be ruled out. We believe this man could be linked to Madeleine's disappearance."

This at a time, remember, when the Portuguese investigation was still active and the McCanns were yet to be released from their arguido (suspects) status.

Clarence Mitchell: 'more like the police than the police'
Clarence Mitchell: 'more like the police than the police'

During the press conference, two artists impressions of the man seen by Mrs Gail Cooper, a grandmother from Nottinghamshire, were released. These were not produced by the police, as stated in The Sun, but were created in conjunction with Mrs Cooper by an artist hired by the McCanns themselves.

The accompanying PowerPoint presentation claimed Jane Tanner had viewed the sketches and was so taken with them that she believed there was 'an 80% likelihood' that this was the same man she saw 'carrying away the child, believed to be Madeleine'.

This was an extraordinary claim, given Ms Tanner took part in a covert police operation, shortly after Madeleine's disappearance, and positively identified the man she claimed to have seen as Robert Murat - the first arguido in the case.

"She identified him through his way of walking, and she was peremptory about it being Robert Murat," said Gonçalo Amaral, the former Portuguese Judiciary Police co-ordinator, speaking to the website www.mccannfiles.com in May 2011.

And there was something strangely familiar about the full length sketch of "Creepy Man". Something about his gait that was very reminiscent of "Bundle Man", the man sketched from the description of Ms Tanner herself. But, of course, that was hardly surprising given that both sketches had been produced by the same artist, Melissa Little.

In fact, for three days, the official Find Madeleine website ran the two sketches of "Creepy Man" with the annotation: 'Drawings of the man described by Jane Tanner'. Not so much a subliminal association, more surgically joined at the dislocated hips.

"Creepy Man" sketch attributed to Jane Tanner sighting

Furthermore, during their traditional round of 'Missing Maddie' anniversary interviews, in 2008, the McCanns produced a flyer which placed the face of "Creepy Man" beside the full body sketch of "Bundle Man". The same image appeared in the Portuguese press.

Although the difference between the two was explained during an interview with RTP, there remained no reason why the two sketches should appear side-by-side, and the McCanns assertion that there were similarities between the two could do nothing but muddy the waters further.

The McCanns with "Creepy Man"/"Bundle Man" flyer, 02 May 2008
The McCanns with "Creepy Man"/"Bundle Man" flyer, 02 May 2008

RTP interview, 02 May 2008

- Extract -

Sandra Felgueiras: And you say that you regularly was checking her... were checking on the children every 15 minutes. So do you still maintain that, errr... this is the person that you believe has abducted Madeleine. [SF holds up a newspaper, with the 'Creepy Man' sketch beside the 'Bundle Man' sketch] Do you still believe that this is the man?

Gerry McCann: We... we have never said that that is the man who abducted Madeleine. We said that it's someone, who multiple witnesses... had a description similar to this man. [GM holds up a flyer showing the same two sketches]

Kate McCann: [points to 'Jane Tanner' sketch, on right] We believe this is the man...

Sandra Felgueiras: The man that Jane Tanner saw?

Kate McCann: Yeah.

Gerry McCann: Yeah.

Kate McCann: [points to 'Creepy Man' sketch, on left] Now, this is the man who has... who has obviously been flagged up by certain people acting strangely and he's not that dissimilar to this man but we don't know. Basically, it'll... we almost wanted to eliminate him.

But why did "Creepy Man" warrant his very own press conference in the first place? And why did the McCanns consign him to the compost heap after their round of interviews in May 2008?

The charity collector always knocks twice (at least)

Gail Cooper made her first statement to Leicestershire police on 21 May 2007. In it, she described how, on the afternoon of April 20th, a man knocked on the door of her villa claiming that he was collecting donations for a local orphanage in Espiche.

Mrs Cooper said the man was quite insistent and she described him as 'intimidating' but 'not threatening'. After 10-15 minutes he left empty handed as Mrs Cooper had no money in the villa.

On Monday 7th January 2008, the Daily Mirror ran a report that British holidaymaker Paul Gordon had also seen a 'stranger (who) claimed he was collecting donations for an orphanage'. Mr Gordon and his family had stayed in Apartment 5A the week immediately prior to the McCanns.

As a result of that article, Mrs Cooper's daughter contacted the Daily Mirror.

Like looking in a cracked mirror

E-fit of man seen by Paul Gordon
E-fit of man seen by Paul Gordon

Later that day the Mirror contacted Mrs Cooper and this led to an article, published the following day, in which she said: "He was a horrible-looking man, really creepy, unkempt and dirty.

"He definitely wasn't Portuguese. He scared me."

Mrs Cooper further described the man as 6ft 0in to 6ft 2in tall, with a distinctive 'Mexican looking moustache', who 'definitely wasn't Portuguese' and 'smelt of onions or garlic which appeared to be on his clothing'.

Mr Gordon however, described the man as 5ft 7in to 5ft 10in tall, with 'no facial hair', 'Portuguese looking' and was 'quite presentable'.

So, about as similar as Tweety Pie and Yosemite Sam.

More sightings

At the same time as the Mirror contacted Mrs Cooper, her mother reminded her of 'two further potential sightings' of the same man. This prompted Mrs Cooper to make a second police statement on 16th January 2008.

In this further statement, details are given of those two other sightings: One on 22nd April, in which a man was walking on the beach 'not really doing anything' and previously on 20th April, 'just before the man came to the villa later on that day', when a man was observed walking alone on the beach in the rain – which Mrs Cooper observed was 'strange because of the weather'.

Following Mrs Cooper's further statement to the police, and the press conference four days later, a further sighting was reported by a Donegal woman, who did not wish to be named.

She said she saw a man fitting the description given by Mrs Cooper, around the end of July 2007, who claimed to be collecting for an Aids orphanage in Portugal. "I e-mailed the Madeleine family helpline," she said.

"I just wanted to give whatever information I had relating to what I had seen. I am not sure if it will be relevant or not but I suppose every bit helps."

A shock breakthrough in the hunt, errr… 'two years ago'

However, the shock breakthrough in the hunt was to come in May 2010 when the Sunday Express exclusively revealed that "Creepy Man" had been covertly filmed by an investigator working for Kate and Gerry McCann 'two years ago'. i.e. in 2008.

Mrs Cooper told the Sunday Express that the man, who was captured on film unloading goods from a white van, was the same person she saw three times in Praia da Luz in the days before Madeleine disappeared.

"I believe the man I saw was the same person who abducted Madeleine McCann," stated Mrs Cooper unequivocally. "I was shown the footage by a person working for the McCanns' investigators who took notes of everything I said and then left but I haven't heard anything since."

She called on the McCanns to put the 'sensational footage' on their website findmadeleine.com so that he could be traced by detectives. "More people need to see this footage to discover where he is," she said.

The following week, the Sunday Express further revealed that at the time the holidaying group were on the beach, on 22nd April 2007, one of Mrs Cooper's friends, Leanda Hodson-Mackey, had taken a photograph of her husband.

Remarkably she had captured "Creepy Man" in the background as he walked alone on the beach during a downpour. The image was said to have been passed to Leicestershire police.

The following week the Express published the image of the man.

"Bundle Man" and "Creepy Man" together again - Express manipulated image and straightened version
"Bundle Man" and "Creepy Man" together again - Express image (l) and straightened version (r)

Mrs Cooper, said: "I am 98 per cent certain the man in the photo was the same man who made the strange visit to our ­holiday villa. His hair looks neater in the photo, but he is quite far in the background."

The picture was given to detectives in Leicestershire who were reported to have liaised with detectives in ­Portugal, but Mrs Cooper said she was never told whether the man had been identified.

The Silence of the McCanns

So, as far back as 2008, the McCanns, through their private detectives, were in receipt of video footage showing the man - who had been positively identified by Mrs Cooper. Yet no effort was made then, or since, to place the footage, or stills from it, on their official website - the sole purpose of which is to 'Find Madeleine'.

Again, in May 2010, the McCanns were urged by Mrs Cooper to place the video footage on their website in order that detectives trace the man. The plea fell on deaf ears.

If there had been an initial reluctance, in 2008, to jeopardise a possible investigation, that must have evaporated by 2010.

"Creepy Man" does not appear in the list of suspects that appendix Kate McCann's book madeleine, nor does he appear as a person of interest on the official website.

So, we are left with two conclusions:

1) The man was identified and eliminated from the inquiry in 2008, after the public appeal - either by the McCanns private detectives or by those from Leicestershire Police or the PJ.

In which case, why were the press never informed and why has the information never been made public on the McCanns' £37,000pa 'Find Madeleine' website (figure as at 2008)? Not to mention informing Mrs Cooper, both out of common courtesy and to prevent the release of further misleading articles which can only damage the search for Madeleine.

or

2) The man has never been identified and, for reasons we can only guess at, the McCanns have no interest in pursuing identification of him.

A week after Madeleine's disappearance Gerry McCann pleaded that "we will leave no stone unturned in the search for our daughter, Madeleine". When taken in conjunction with the behaviour of the McCanns over the Smith family e-fits, which were suppressed for five years, neutral observers may conclude that the stones of which Gerry spoke were multi-purpose - equally adept at concealing as they ever were at revealing.

And so, "Creepy Man" continues to get wheeled out, like some sad and dishevelled Guy Fawkes dummy.

If you spend £1 you can get access to all The Sun online reports but, personally, I wouldn't give you a penny for this guy.

Nor, it would seem, would the McCanns.

Euclides Monteiro - The Dead Suspect

Suspect: Euclides Monteiro

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.

They claim 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...

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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)

Nova Gente magazine, 21 to 27/10/2013, page 42

Nova Gente magazine, 21 to 27/10/2013, page 43

Nova Gente magazine, 21 to 27/10/2013, page 44

Nova Gente magazine, 21 to 27/10/2013, page 45

"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 facts.

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.

Was there 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 close doors?

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 [2007] was set aside or that it led to a different result.

What was your impression of the McCann couple after you met them?

Apart from 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.

What 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 years"

[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 times.

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.

You never 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?

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.

Any work 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 or nothing.

 
Key witness identified Maddie's father, 21 October 2013 
 

Key witness identified Maddie's father Correio da Manhã

Former PJ coordinator says Irish family saw man with child

Gonçalo Amaral reveals that key deposition was devalued at the time of disappearance

By Sara G. Carrilho
21 October 2013 01h00
With thanks to
Astro for translation

The McCann family

"The testimony of one of the members of the Smith family that identified Gerry McCann as being the man he saw on the night that Maddie disappeared, carrying a child in his arms as he walked towards the beach was devalued after I left the case. It is a lie that the e-fit that the British police now made public is based on the Smith family's witness statement."

The statements are from Gonçalo Amaral, the former PJ coordinator who investigated the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, to Correio da Manhã. They appear following the publication of e-fits by the Scotland Yard that point one of the drawings out as being that of the main suspect over the presumed abduction of the English child, on the 3rd of May of 2007 - which they say was based on the testimony of an Irish family that was on holiday in Praia da Luz when Maddie disappeared.

"The Smith family told us what they saw that night. A man, a foreigner, of athletic build, a sunburned face, like those of tourists, who was hiding his face in order not to be seen, carrying a blonde child in his arms," Gonçalo Amaral said. "A short time later, when the McCann family 'fled' to the United Kingdom, and were welcomed by the television at the airport, a member of the Smith family called us, very upset. Gerry [Maddie's father], who was leaving the plane, was the man that Mr Smith had seen carrying a child that night," the former coordinator explained.

For Gonçalo Amaral, "there was a positive identification, which was set aside". "The McCann's hired detectives who made a portrait, a man that resembled Gerry, in order to devalue the deposition," he concluded.

Madeleine McCann, Crimewatch Appeal - UK, Germany, The Netherlands

Kate McCann - Crimewatch Appeal, 14 October 2013

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? The Guardian

The Sun's Madeleine McCann special report. Photograph: The Sun

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:

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."
Am I alone in thinking that this lure to attract subscribers amounts to an intrusion into grief for commercial ends?

 
The Maddie Files, 18 October 2013
 

The Maddie Files The Sun

Special report ... what happened to Madeleine McCann?
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 strong

PLUS – the full Maddie story in an exclusive ebook ONLY for Sun+ members.

If you're not already a member, join now.

Scotland Yard Release E-fit Image

Wanted: E-fits of the man police are seeking

15 October 2013

Reaction to the Crimewatch appeal in the media

For reports (currently being updated) click here

14 October 2013


Scotland Yard release two computer-generated e-fits of a suspect they wish to track down.

For reports click here



Previously:

SY Mobile Phone Traffic Announcement

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

Antonio Castela insists he saw Madeleine on the night she disappeared

For previous maps/reports click here

Scotland Yard announcement, 04 July 2013

Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood

For previous reports/video click here



Urs Hans Von Aesch, 07 July 2013

Urs Hans Von Aesch

A 'suspect'/'person of interest' - according to the UK press - is dismissed by Swiss police as having no connection to the disappearance of Madeleine.

For all relevant reports click here



The review continues... 08 July 2013 onwards

The Metropolitan Police

For all relevant reports click here

The McCanns v. Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett

The McCanns instruct Carter-Ruck to instigate contempt of Court proceedings against Tony Bennett, leaving him facing a possible prison sentence.

Following a 2 day hearing on 05/06 February 2013, Judgment was handed down on Thursday 21 February 2013 at 10:30am.

Mr Bennett was given a three-month prison sentence, suspended for one year.

Previous correspondence and documents can be read here:

McCanns v. Bennett - Contempt of Court (1) (2011-2012)

McCanns v. Bennett - Contempt of Court (2) (2013)

McCanns v. Bennett - Court Report (05/06 Feb - ongoing updates)

McCanns v. Bennett - Judgment & Sentencing (media reports)

McCanns v. Bennett - Judgment & Sentencing Remarks (of Mr Justice Tudendhat)

 
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

Robert Murat's mother Jenny

By James Murray
Sunday December 2,2012


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.

She and 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".

The 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."