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Maddie - A Verdade Da Mentira
Maddie - A Verdade Da Mentira Guerra & Paz
Author: Amaral, Gonçalo
Issue year: 2008
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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
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Message from Gonçalo Amaral,
26 September 2013
Thursday, 26 September 2013,
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..."
"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,
Searches for little Madeleine at Gouves
Heraklion!, 11 March 2014
Searches for little Madeleine at Gouves Heraklion! CretePlus.gr
Heraklion | 11/03/2014 - 8:39
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" [Greek news website] 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.
Search for Madeleine arrives in Gouves,
11 March 2014
Search for Madeleine arrives in Gouves Πατρίς
The search for the child Madeleine arrives in Gouves
Global interest in her abduction from Portugal
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.
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.
Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Other mysterious
cases of people, planes and boats VANISHING into thin air, 10 March 2014
Front page graphic teaser: 'Flight MH370 & other
mysterious disappeances' Daily Mirror (now removed)
[Note: The article below originally included a section
on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Approximately 5 hours after it was published online that particular section, somewhat
ironically, vanished 'into thin air'. It is reproduced in its complete original version below.]
Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Other mysterious cases of
people, planes and boats VANISHING into thin air Daily Mirror
Mar 10, 2014 13:37 | By Rebecca Pocklington
As the missing Malaysia
Airlines flight MH370 remains a mystery, here are 10 more unexplained disappearances
Mystery: From boats to
planes and people
The rescue effort to find missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is well into
its third day but it's not the first mystery disappearance to grip the globe.
The flight disappeared off the
radar on Saturday and was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast after losing contact with air traffic controllers.
Initial fears were that terrorists could have been responsible for the incident, as it emerged two passengers were
using stolen passports.
But there was a glimmer of hope on Sunday lunchtime as one family received a dial tone
when trying to contact a passenger on the plane.
This was described by Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority
Azharuddin Abdul Rahman as an "unprecedented aviation mystery", and it is just the latest in a long line of strange
Here are some more:
Crew of Mary Celeste
Lost at sea: The 100-foot
Mary Celeste was discovered drifting without a crew
This Canadian-built merchant brigantine was
discovered in December, 1872, in the Atlantic Ocean.
The vessel was discovered unmanned and apparently abandoned,
despite weather conditions being good at the time.
A lifeboat was also missing, along with the boat's captain,
his family and the crew.
Captain Benjamin Briggs had reportedly taken his wife, Sarah, and the couple's two-year-old
daughter, Sophia, aboard, and none of them have been seen since.
The ship was found to be in good condition and
they had even reportedly left behind belongings including boots and pipes.
The ship's last log entry on November
25 confirmed it had reached the island of St Mary in the Azores.
Amelia Earhart: Glamorous
aviation expert went missing over the Pacific Ocean in1937
Glamorous Amelia Earhart – one
of the first female aviators in history – vanished on July 2, 1937, while attempting to fly around the globe.
Her disappearance somewhere over the South Pacific during the last 7,000 miles of her epic journey captivated the world
and devastated devoted fans.
After the huge search was finally called off and she was pronounced dead, her mysterious
end has continued to fascinate – and spark many conspiracy theories.
A blurry black and white photo taken
by a British military surveyor two months after Amelia disappeared, claimed to hold the key to where she ended up.
It appeared to show the landing gear of an aircraft protruding from the waters off Gardner Island, near Australia.
Women’s clothes and other artefacts from the 1930s were found on the atoll, now called Nikumaroro and part of the
Micronesian nation of Kiribati.
The discoveries raise the possibility that Amelia reached land where she may
have survived for weeks before starving to death.
But it was never confirmed.
Lord Lucan: Richard
John Bingham disappeared in 1974 after his children's nanny was found murdered
Bingham - aka Lord Lucan - disappeared on November 8, 1974 after his children's nanny was found murdered.
is alleged to have brutally bludgeoned to death Sandra Rivett in the family home in London.
the Earl mistook Sandra for his wife Veronica, whom he blamed for the collapse of their marriage.
He has not been
seen since and over the next four decades, hundreds of sightings of the elusive Earl have been reported, but his whereabouts
He was later declared legally dead in October 1999.
In February 2012, it was claimed
Lucan had fled to Africa after the murder.
Verdict: Declared dead but unsolved
Planes in Bermuda Triangle
Legendary: Lost Squadron
& plane Flight 19 supposedly vanished in Bermuda Triangle
There is a long list of aircraft
which appear to have disappeared over the extensive patch of water, also named the Devil's Triangle, in the western
part of the North Atlantic Ocean.
But most notably, on the afternoon of December 5, 1945, five planes disappeared
into thin air - and started the legend of the Triangle.
A training mission of five Navy Avenger planes, named Flight
19, led by experienced flight instructor Charles Taylor, took off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
An hour and
a half into the mission, pilots reported that they had become disorientated and couldn't recognise landmarks below them.
In radio transmissions, Taylor told the Naval Air Station at Fort Lauderdale both of his compasses were out of action.
Despite the efforts of the Air Station controllers, the team were unable to find their bearings. As the weather deteriorated,
they couldn't find landfall and ditched into the sea, with the deaths of all 14 airmen and crew.
still, one of the planes sent out to look for the lost training mission also disappeared.
The aircraft, a PBM
Mariner sea plane, which took off at 7.30pm and was never heard from again. All 13 crew were presumed dead.
Explorer: Henry Hudson,
discoverer of the Hudson river in 1609, disappeared in the early 17th century
Sea explorer Henry
Hudson made several attempts to find a northern passage to the Orient from the US.
In May, 1607, he made it as
far as the Great Barrier Reef, but couldn't get past it, and more voyages ended in much the same way.
final expedition was on a boat called Discovery, setting out in 1610.
Hudson and his crew made it to Hudson Bay
where they were trapped in icy conditions and became stranded for months.
When the ice cleared there was a mutiny,
with several reports it was sparked because Hudson refused to turn home without exploring further.
He is said
to have been left with a small crew and his teenage son John, and set adrift in a small open boat.
Madeleine McCann: She
disappeared in 2007, sparking a worldwide appeal to find her but she's still missing
McCann disappeared without a trace in May 2007, while she was on holiday with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
Her parents Kate and Gerry had left Madeline and her twin siblings in the room while they went for dinner in a nearby restaurant
with a group of friends.
They then allegedly took turns to check on them, before Kate discovered her eldest daughter
was missing at around 10pm.
It was first treated as an abduction by local police, before theories she may have
died in the apartment arose and her parents became suspects.
That line of enquiry eventually ran cold, and several
theories over who could have snatched the then three-year-old have surfaced ever since.
It became one of the most
reported missing persons cases in the world, capturing millions' of people's hearts.
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 Portuguese authorities said last October that a review had uncovered enough new information
to justify reopening it.
Fort Worth Three
Fort Worth Three: Julie
Ann Moseley, Rachel Trlica and Lisa Renee Wilson went missing in 1974
In December 1974, three girls
from three separate families set out on a shopping trip to the Seminary South Shopping Center in Fort Worth, US.
Rachel Trlica, 17, 14-year-old Renee Wilson and nine-year-old Julie Ann Moseley were never seen again.
is reported to have picked her friend Renee up and they took the youngest, Julie, along with them, who lived nearby.
They were spotted in the mall by witnesses throughout the day, and their car was later found with their shopping inside,
but with no sign of any of the girls.
The mystery sparked a widespread search as friends, family, and local residents
scoured country roads looking for the trio.
Despite chasing many empty leads, police failed to find anyone who
knew where the girls could be and the trail eventually went cold.
The Crew of the Sarah Joe
Missing: The five fishermen
disappeared without a trace
A case of five lost fishermen from Hana Bay, Maui, still baffles people
across the world.
Benjamin Kalama, 38, Scott Moorman, 27, Patrick Woessner, 26, Peter Hanchett, 31, and Ralph
Malaiakini, 27, all disappeared in 1979 while out on their boat the Sarah Joe.
The friends had reportedly been
helping to build a house when they decided to take a day off and have a trip out to sea on the 17-foot Boston whaler.
Severe weather meant swell and winds were high and they weren't found.
But, 10 years later, a marine
biologist reportedly found a small boat in the Marshall Islands next to a small grave with a jaw bone buried.
records showed it belonged to Scott Moorman, but none of the other men were found, according to reports.
unclear whether they made it to land alive.
The Sodder Children
Sodders: Maurice Antonio,
Martha Lee, Louis Erico, Jennie Irene and Betty Dolly Sodder all went missing in 1945
Antonio, Martha Lee, Louis Erico, Jennie Irene and Betty Dolly Sodder all disappeared on Christmas Eve in 1945.
The siblings, from West Virginia, US, were never found after their home burned down due to what was reported as wiring
The eldest three children, and the youngest daughter, survived, but the five middle children's remains
were never found.
Parents George and Jennie Sodder reportedly believed the fire was a cover up for an abduction
so hired detectives to find their children, but they were unsuccessful.
They were later declared legally dead,
but police continued to pursue several leads, including a photo sent to the family in 1968 of an unknown man.
were never seen again.
FBI sketch: Hijacker D.B.
Cooper commandeered a Northwest Airlines jet, parachuted out, and disappeared
Plane hijacker D.B.
Cooper, who has never been formally identified but named D.B. by the media, boarded a Northwest Orient flight in Portland,
Oregon on 24 November 1971, under the name Dan Cooper.
Once mid-air, he demanded $200,000 from the crew and a
They landed in Seattle, where he was handed the money, and he later demanded the pilot take off again
and head to Mexico.
Cooper is thought to have jumped from the back stairway of the plane over Washington state.
Despite several planes following, no one saw him leap to the ground.
It is thought he may have died during
the jump, but a body has never been found.
Irish Crown Jewels
Royal: The Irish Crown Jewels
were stolen in 1907 from Dublin Castle
The Irish Crown Jewels comprised of a jewelled star and
badge and were the regalia of the Order of St Patrick.
They were entrusted to the care of Ulster King of Arms,
Ireland's chief herald and genealogist.
The jewels and the collars and badges of the members of the Order
were locked in a steel safe together.
They were stolen from Dublin Castle in 1907 and the thieves left no trace
of who they were, so the jewels were never found.
It caused uproar and distrust in the Government, and King Edward
VII had reportedly been due to visit Ireland a few days later to invest a knight of the Order, but had to abandon his plans.
Missing: A Boeing B-47 Statojet
airplane disappeared mid-air after stopping for fuel in Morocco in 1956
A Boeing B-47 Stratojet
disappeared, carrying nuclear weapons, in 1956 over the Mediterranean Sea.
The jet took off from MacDill Air Force
Base, Florida, on March 10 on a heading for Morocco.
It completed one aerial refueling without incident but after
descending through cloud for more fuel, it never made contact with the tanker and disappeared.
It had been carrying
two capsules of nuclear weapons material in carrying cases but a detonation reportedly wouldn't have been possible.
No debris was ever found and the crew were later pronounced dead.
Loast at sea: The USS Cyclops
disappeared in Bermuda in March 1918
Navy carrier USS Cyclops disappeared in 1918 in the Bermuda
The ship, plus 306 crew and passengers, were never found again.
It had been travelling with
a heavy load of bulk cargo and passengers from Brazil, to Baltimore, Maryland, in February, but rather than heading straight
to its destination, it reportedly deviated to Barbados for a final stop.
Cyclops departed again for the last leg
of the journey in March but was never seen again.
Despite it being reported as the largest loss of life in US
Naval history not involving combat, there was speculation it may have been captured or sunk by German troops as it was in
the First World War.
There are also theories heavy winds and storms between Cape Hatteras and Cape Charles may
have sunk the boat without anyone knowing.
No debris was ever found, nor any of the passengers ever traced again.
Lost Colony: An engraving
of the Capture of Roanoke Island, in 1862
The Roanoke Colony, nicknamed the Lost Colony, was set
up by Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Raleigh to create a permanent English settlement on Roanoke Island in Dare County,
The 120 settlers, who arrived in 1587, disappeared in 1590, sparking several theories as to what happened.
According to some reports, they may have died from disease, while others say local Native American tribes could have
killed them in a violent rampage.
The group comprised families with women and children attempting to make their
homes there, but none of them were seen again.
An investigation into what happened was sparked again in 2012 when
a map was discovered which appeared to show where the colony attempted to set up home.
A satellite survey began
and scientists used ground penetrating radar (GPR) to try and find clues to what happened, but it still hasn't been solved.
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
You Really Believe That?
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.
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
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?
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.
Portuguese authorities will be able to order
wiretaps in other EU countries and vice versa, 06 March 2014
Portuguese authorities will be able to order wiretaps
in other EU countries and vice versa Público
MARIANA OLIVEIRA | 06/03/2014 - 08:39
With thanks to Astro for translation
The directive was approved in the European Parliament days ago, but should take years to
come into force.
The European Parliament approved the directive with
467 votes in favour, 22 against and 10 abstentions. REUTERS
It's called European investigation order
(EIO) and it's a new instrument which, when it comes into force, will allow the judicial authorities from a European Union
(EU) country to order wiretapping, searches or the hearing of witnesses in other member States.
The purpose of
the directive that was approved days ago by the European Parliament (with 467 votes in favour, 22 against and 10 abstentions)
is to facilitate the transnational penal investigations, into crimes like terrorism, homicide, abduction, drugs trafficking,
corruption, paedophile networks and human trafficking, among others. The new mechanism is still far from being operational,
as it will have to pass the sieve of the European Council and to be published in the EU's official newspaper. From that
date onwards, the member States will have three years to implement the directive. Nevertheless, this approval is an important
mark in the judiciary cooperation between EU countries, putting an end to a difficult negotiation process that lasted for
approximately three years.
The setting of deadlines for the analysis of the requests, which will be carried out
through standard forms, is one of the novelties of this instrument. The acceptance or not of the request for the obtainment
of evidence must be made within 30 days. If it merits the agreement of the judicial authorities in the receiving country,
the investigative measure must be executed within a maximum of 90 days. If it’s not possible to comply with these deadlines,
the authority that executes the request has to inform the emitting State about the reasons for the delay. "The decision
over the acceptance as well as the actual execution of the investigative measure should take place with the same celerity
and priority as similar national processes", the directive that was approved last Thursday determines.
cases like that of Madeleine McCann or Freeport, to give two examples that involved two countries – Portugal and England
– would immediately have benefitted from this directive through the lower administrative and bureaucratic complexity
that it will ensure", Nuno Melo, the CDS MEP that reported this proposal, stated in a communiqué.
judiciary cooperation mechanisms already exist between countries, but they are dispersed over several diplomas, they differ
between States and sometimes depend on bilateral agreements. This directive standardizes the norms with the EU and defines
the operating rules of requests for evidence collection.
European warrant "was a failure"
In December of 2008, a framework decision was approved which created the European warrant for obtaining evidence,
which regulated the procurement of objects, documents and data to be used within penal processes. But the fact that this instrument
is only applicable to the already existing evidence and that it was not transposed into National legislations dictated its
"It was a failure", prosecutor Jorge Costa, an expert in judiciary cooperation, summarizes.
The magistrate sees this directive as an important step towards the "improvement of the system of collection and validation
of evidence", yet notes that it will take a long time until this instrument is available to the Portuguese judiciary
authorities. "All of the EU approved documents take a long time to come into force. At this point in time, several directives
in the area of Justice that were approved in 2009 and 2010 are still not implemented", the prosecutor exemplifies.
The diploma that was now approved further determines in which situations a member State may refuse the request for
obtaining evidence, which includes cases in which it may harm "essential national safety interests" or if it is
not authorized by its law in similar national processes. The EIO may equally be refused due to the existence of immunity or
privilege of the targeted person under the law of the State that will execute the request or because there are rules on the
limitation of penal responsibility as far as the freedom of press and the freedom of expression are concerned.
is further admitted that the State that received the request may postpone its execution if it "may harm an ongoing investigation
or criminal action" or the "objects, documents or data in question are already being used in another process".
The executing authority may also use an investigative measure that is different from the one that is requested, if it leads
to the same result, "but utilizes less intrusive means".
In principle, the State that executes the request
carries all the expenses that are related to the execution of the EIO, except those that are considered as "exceptionally
high" such as expenses with the transcription and translation of phone tapping.
Disintegration Diary, 06 March 2014
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS
Quietening down isn't it?
Much positioning and fancy footwork by the police
of both countries, with Hogan "what's my name?" Howe in particularly good form as he effortlessly conducts the
Yard whitewash by pretending he doesn't know what Operation Grange is. The obvious fact that broadcaster Nicky Campbell's
guest was a new and inexperienced body-double, covering for the boss while he attended a secret meeting with Rebekah Brooks,
has been missed by everyone except the well-briefed Bureau. The alternative theory, that HH couldn't whitewash
a f****** wall without tripping over his bucket and thrusting his long-reach brush up his own arse, is laughably naive.
Since the "clear the air" meeting
a couple of weeks ago the leaking tap appears to have been, temporarily at least, turned off: the Ionline stuff reads
like nothing so much as approved-all-round gesture politics while the risible "secret dossier" was obviously a jovial
invention by journalists without any police input. And Clarence Mitchell has stopped appearing with the parents' "reactions".
No doubt it can all change again in an instant but the impression we get is that the Yard finally seems to be clamping
down and re-appraising its media strategy.
Meanwhile the atmosphere surrounding the couple is eerily reminiscent
of September 2007, when the child's toys were piled up behind the Rothley windows like sandbags while a paralysed couple
waited for others to save them. Feel the love!
Disintegration Diary, 04 March 2014
Disintegration Diary March 4 The Blacksmith Bureau
Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at 17:41
From the site Stopthemyths that counters those pesky McCann myths by calling on its network
of sophisticated experts for the truth behind the lies, we have this recent insight into matters of expertise.
The Evil Bert,
on an earlier case
of the site's international sophisticates is known to us as Evil Bert, to others as Hairy Bert and to the eleven or so
citizens who take him seriously as Bert Janosch, a blogger who spams the web on a bigger scale even than Professor Arbuthnot,
full of officialise about a weirdo whose deformed prehensile arms took him not to a Human Freak exhibition but to the outside
of Madeleine McCann's bedroom in PDL, whence he effortlessly plucked the "tot" off her bed on the far side of
the room and out through the window, his feet remaining firmly planted on the ground outside throughout.
It is a matter of record that neither Crimewatch nor the OFM have as
yet, published an appeal like this:
But no doubt it will come.
Bert, a Madrid resident whose expert qualifications do not include a diploma in that important discipline
sentido común, or common sense as we northern barbarians call it, also lacks Portuguese, which prevents him
reading the case files except in those famously unreliable on-line translations. And it stopped him knowing what the Ionline
stuff about Yard Wars was all about. He needed an expert translator – pronto!
What to do? Why, what any other
academic would do, naturally. No, no, no, not ask the specialists in Portuguese and South American literature
in the next-corridor-but-one in your university. Much too obvious. Instead he remembers that Salamander network of
international brains, the Bilderberg-based Stop The Myths think tank and its shadowy eminence-grise and
candle lover...Pedro Silva. For it is he.
Mr Silva, as regular Bureau readers will know, was once asked
to use his famous language skills to translate a Portuguese package by one of its more comical members whom it would be unfair
to name. Nevertheless he was named Honestbroker. The result was an almost perceptible catching of breath by the site's
seven or so strong membership, wondering if HB had been cloned since it had to be an obvious provocation. Leaving "Pedro"
undisturbed was one thing, testing out his language skills in public was quite another. What was HB up to?
answer is that HB is really as stupid as he seems and actually believed that Pedro was the expert to turn to, just as Clarence
Mitchell is the expert to turn to concerning the McCanns.
A silence of almost a day ensued before Bilbo Silvo tip-toed
back in with the evidence of his expertise, a post excreted by Google translate without human intervention. HB loved it.
Mr Silva, for those who don't know, is a figure of controversy, unable to kill off the persistent rumour that
he is the product of an illicit immaculate conception, the pain-crazed creation of a mind driven insane by untreated piles
in Old Caledonia. Or would that be a fundamental misconception? Anyway, as well as the fluency in both English and Portuguese
inherited from his Scottish dam, his chief claim to fame, also granted to him between conception and messy birth, is as one
of the only two "Portuguese" people in the world who've ever claimed the McCanns are innocent, the other being
that Archiving Despatcher and obvious prankster Menezes.
And so the Evil Bert contacts Pedro via the website at
8.16 AM on March 3:
Evil Bert: [giving the link to the i online site]
Greetings Salamander brother wherever you are , Evil Bert speaks and I give you the handshake and may you fare well
Pedro, could you make a proper translation? Thanks, Heri.
[Who could resist such a cry for help with
the suggestive word "proper" obviously meaning "I'm sick of Google garbage" ? By 9.36 AM Pedro has
done everything he was asked ]
Sir Patrick MacSilver: [for it is he] My friends,
here it is the translation.
Evil Bert: [gratefully] Thanks Pedro.
Pedro "light my fire" Silva: [oddly] You welcome Heri.
And these are
the highlights from that bilingual Pedro's translation:
does tell us all we need to know about all of them, don't you think?
- PJ warns Englishmen that don´t want
to see investigation in the newspapers...The PJ inspectors state that the " international cooperation there is no room
for states of mind ...the discomfort went so far a that PJ have warned Metropolitan Police that refuses to do investigation
through newspapers...since the British police decided to investigate on their own the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the
British press began to publish frequently about the ongoing efforts.. news turned out to be unfounded , diverging from the
possibility of cooperation with the PJ
- According to knowledgeable sources in the process, the PJ
have already informed the British counterparts that " wants to continue to do his investigation on the process and not
in the newspapers ." ..a caution to make it clear they do not want the English police sources speak out about alleged
facts of the Portuguese investigation . Because, they say , is something that the British did not know.
will continue with the necessary discretion , which is aware of its British counterpart . The media is out of our equation
during the investigation . And it was never said that there is suspicious because there is nothing strong enough...Yet last
week a report was published in Portugal realizing that the English had received from a secret dossier of PJ about burglars
who lived in the Algarve and that might have even committed crimes against children.
- To i , the
same source ensures that this information is false : " Was not any secret dossier delivered to the Metropolitan Police"
Another next element of the process explained , however, that what the British called secret dossier can not pass the list
of people joined who lived near the Praia da Luz and that PJ sent in fulfilling a letter rogatory.In recent months , the British
media reported every suspicious Scotland Yard published the robot portraits police ...
Madeleine case: PJ investigators 'hit
back' at British press, 03 March 2014
Madeleine case: PJ investigators 'hit back' at British
press Portugal Resident
Posted by PORTUGALPRESS on March 03, 2014
Following endless sensationalist stories in the British press
- all claiming inside knowledge of the ongoing Madeleine investigations both here and in the UK - Portugal's Polícia
Judiciária appear to have drawn a line in the sand.
A report by ionline says Portuguese detectives have
"advised" the Metropolitan Police that they "refuse to carry out an investigation via newspapers", particularly
as the PJ's theories are very different to those of British investigators.
"Since the English police decided
to set up their own investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the English press has been reporting, with frequency,
information on police activities underway," writes ionline.
"A good part of these news reports ends up
being unfounded, which increasingly compromises the possibility of cooperation" between the two forces.
of the major issues the PJ has with the British media circus is that "the two police forces have different lines of investigation,
and their policies over communication are also contradictory," two PJ inspectors who prefer to remain anonymous told
ionline. Thus the warning to stop "pronouncing on supposed facts of the Portuguese investigation ... as it is something
that the British do not know about".
The warning echoes words of former Madeleine investigator Gonçalo
Amaral - no stranger to sensationalist stories in the British press.
According to Amaral, Portuguese justice "works
in silence" - the inference being it should be allowed to do so.
ionline adds that the latest revelations
in the British media - picked up by news services all over the world - centred on a 'secret dossier' sent to the Met
by Portuguese investigators.
"No secret dossier was ever delivered to the Metropolitan Police," writes
the news service, suggesting it was very probably the list of people known to police in the area that had been requested in
one of the standard letters of request sent by the Met to the PJ.
As ionline points out, "over the past few
months" British newspapers have had a field day, publishing ancient identikit photos drawn up years ago by private investigators
and reporting on "thousands of leads" when, in reality, "police are still working on the very basic job of
trying to identify mobile phone activity that took place in and around the Ocean Club on the night of May 3 2007".
Maddie. PJ warns English that they don't
want to see the investigation in the newspapers, 03 March 2014
Maddie. PJ warns English that they don't want to see
the investigation in the newspapers Jornal i
By Carlos Diogo Santos
on 3 Mar 2014 - 05:00
With thanks to Astro for translation
The PJ inspectors stress that within
"international cooperation there is no room for states of mind"
The different communication
strategies between the Portuguese and the British authorities within the Maddie case are bothering the PJ. The discomfort
has gone far enough for the PJ to warn the Metropolitan Police that it refuses to carry out the investigation through the
papers. Since the English police decided to perform its own investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the
English press has been frequently revealing information about the ongoing diligences. Much of this news turned out to be unfounded,
further pushing away the possibility of cooperation with the PJ. At stake is equally the fact that both police forces have
different investigation lines and also opposite communication policies, some inspectors, who prefer not to be identified,
confirmed to i.
According to sources that know the process, the PJ has already informed its British counterparts
that it "wants to continue to run its investigation within the process and not in the newspapers". A call to attention
in order to clarify that they don't want English police sources commenting on supposed facts of the Portuguese investigation.
Even because, they say, it is something that the British ignore. In Portugal, an investigation is being led by a team from
Oporto, but it's been officers from the PJ in Portimão that have been replying to the rogatory letters that were
sent by the English, which is to say, the requests for assistance to the London investigation.
The strategy of
the Portuguese – not to render information about their investigation public – was already known by the British,
but some news quoting anonymous sources within the Metropolitan Police forced this warning. "The PJ will continue with
the necessary discretion, which is known to its British counterpart. The media is out of our equation during the investigation.
And if it was never said that there are suspects it's because there is nothing strong enough," a police source clarified.
Just last week an article was published in Portugal reporting that the English had received a secret dossier from
the Judiciária, concerning burglars that lived in the Algarve and could even have already committed crimes against
children. To i, the same source assures that the information is false: "No secret dossier whatsoever was handed
over to the Metropolitan Police." Another person that is close to the process explained that what the English called
a secret dossier may simply be the list of persons with a criminal record that resided close to Praia da Luz, which the PJ
sent within the fulfilment of a rogatory letter.
Over recent months, the English media reported every Scotland
Yard suspect, published e-fits from the police – which i revealed were made by detectives that were being paid
by the child's parents after all – and publicised the sending of the three rogatory letters from the English investigators
before the Portuguese authorities knew about those requests for international assistance.
A reconstitution of the
evening of the crime was made – which was not filmed in Portugal – and broadcast in England, Germany and Holland.
After the "thousands of leads" that the Metropolitan Police told the media had been received following the television
shows' broadcast, the strategy remains focused on tracing mobile phones of people that were near the Ocean Club resort
on the evening of the 3rd of May of 2007, the day that the child went missing.
For the PJ officers that were contacted
by i, this kind of behaviour won't have an effect on the cooperation between both police forces. "The rogatories
will be carried out in the most committed way possible, because within international cooperation there is no room for states
of mind," a PJ source concluded.
Diary February 28 The Blacksmith Bureau
Friday, 28 February 2014 at 16:14
Notice the radio silence from Clarence lately? He finally sussed – or someone sussed
for him – that he's been used. Not the sharpest knife in the block, this dark master of government secrets, is he?
And will we see Kate & Gerry taking up jogging in a big way again? It was always unfair to criticise them for
doing so after May 3: after all it wasn't thoughtless and cold-hearted recreation they were after – it was the only
way that they could talk in the absolute certainty that they weren't being bugged.
Brooding once more on the testimonies in the Lisbon libel trial and what they revealed
of the McCanns' current existence, we fell to considering the role of all those wonderful people who have helped and advised
them over the last seven years. Some of them gave evidence in Lisbon and their descriptions of their encounters with the pair
made grim listening. The witnesses seem to face a pervasive sense of paranoia and restless, defensive self-projection from
a couple akin to characters in late Beckett drama, in which spot-lit faces pour out a torrent of unbroken pain without pause
We believe that they really are, as they often claim, living
a nightmare, though not necessarily the one they describe. Like Beckett's actors they may be convincing the Pikes, Loaches
and Trickeys in their audience with performances: the testimonies, indeed, with their unintentional demonstration of the pairs'
mastery of presenting different faces to different audiences, strongly suggest such a possibility. But the evidence of performance
doesn't weaken the nightmare at all, far from it: would you like to be locked into presenting an unpaid performance on
and on, every day of your life?
Such are the benefits of the "recovery and exoneration" that they and
their advisers worked so hard for. So who deserves an award for their services? Having grown fat on the bonuses left by an
unwitting Madeleine and her fund what exactly have they achieved?
Mr Pike and his counselling colleagues, looked smart, well-fed and thoroughly contented with their
lot as they testified – except when they were drawn out of the comfort zone of their fictional "disciplines"
into actually having to think by the defence lawyers or, increasingly, the judge. But their descriptions of the pair
were no advertisement for the benefits of "counselling" to the troubled soul: if the ineffable Pike's attempted
medicalization of ordinary human distress has led to one of those front-page Daily Express miracle cures then the
results are not yet showing. Frankly, they look more like basket-cases.
Nor do the triumphs of Public Relations
and crisis management appear to have done anything for the pair. In his tribute to Woolfall before a rapt House of Commons
committee Gerry McCann appeared to think that he and Kate were the clients, as well as the beneficiaries, of that unlikely
hero; the truth was that both Woolfall and Pike were in PDL for Mark Warner, not the couple – the latter as part of
the modern "duty of care" corporate responsibility structure required by law, the former as concierge for its balance
sheet. It was all in vain: Mark Warner no longer exists in the form it did and after seven years the heavily-promoted McCann
brand has sunk down into Ratners' territory, with PR firm Hanover Communications so ashamed of the association that, along
with the Vatican, they've banished the McCanns from their once proud website position.
Who gave the McCann
account to Hanover? The Bureau doesn't know, nor the answer to the bigger question – was it the famously
disturbed Gerry McCann imagination that selected their key advisers, or did the latter, with their inflated sales-pitches
erect and enflame the hitherto dormant horror-comic side of his personality?
As for Mitchell he's simply beneath
contempt, a coat tail rider on a corpse who deserves all he is going to get, one whose dough-ball of a face radiates a kind
of stunned, heavily medicated, wonder at its owner's progress as he poses for the Tory party camera. But was it his boastful
invention that he "controlled the government information services", a complete fantasy from this erstwhile supervisory
journalist that is believed in Portugal to this day, that further encouraged Gerry McCann down the power-wielding but ultimately
useless media path he chose?
And then there
are the lawyers. The lawyers. My, my. The jumped-up IFLG group, first to the honey-pot, has done all right for itself
in terms of publicity, hasn't it? Just like Mitchell they offered this unworldly couple an enticing glimpse of secret
glamour, the frisson of hiring ex-intelligence agents and gun-toting SAS men – at a cost. Gerry's inner flame must
have started to rise and burn. Result after seven years? Yep, that's right.
Followed by MacBride and the others, the fantastically expensive
legal team ready and waiting for them at the end of their Casablanca "flight to freedom" – Gerry
and Kate McCann fully developed now as Bogart and Bergman – and a high speed Special Branch escort home. Once again,
the McCanns play their roles at the centre of fictional drama mystery, this time with the robustly un-mysterious double-glazing
lawyer Smethurst in charge as he attempts to manage not claims of leaky windows "but the mind of the British people".
In fact all these supposedly hard-headed people have ended up managing Gerry McCann's preposterous fantasies.
Whatever: the fund got smaller, their rewards got bigger and the joint "achievement" of all the lawyers and all
the money was the failure to return to Portugal and the subsequent Archiving Summary, an "exoneration" that year
by year looks more like a ball and chain.
Just One Chance
Out of the whole bunch we believe that just one has ever put the real interests of the couple ahead of wallet and temptation
and given advice that, instead of projecting the pair further and deeper into their own nightmare, offered them a chance to
Carlos Pinto de Abreu seems unlikely to be canonised but, in circumstances which will remain hazy until
his assistant's record is one day published – something else for the twins to look forward to in their middle age
– he appears to have encouraged Kate & Gerry McCann to admit to a role in the disappearance of the child's body,
a crime, be it noted, that is usually met in Western jurisdictions with sympathy and understanding, since it is victimless
and does not imply any intent to harm.
Neither Abreu then nor the Bureau now knows whether such an admission
would have contained any truth. It doesn't matter, as Abreu may well have sensed. Given the last seven years
and the grim prospect ahead it's clear that such an admission would have left the pair in a much better place than the
one they stand in now, guilty or no.
Decision Time With
Decision by Gesture
On page 244 of Madeleine, however, we have
Kate McCann's soap-operatic and supposedly outraged response at this idea that they should admit something "so untrue"—
a particularly rubbishy rodomontade that would carry more conviction if the entire four page section didn't show strong
signs of careful construction and multiple edits.
None of it, though, can disguise the fact that both of them did
consider Abreu's "outrageous" guilty-or-not suggestion very seriously and at length; nor that Gerry McCann was
in favour of following his advice.
"What will my Parents say?"
Any why not? A confession such as this was not binding; it was inadmissible without confirmation before the judges and the
parents could have withdrawn it at any time – leading perhaps to the full testing of evidence, such as it was, against
them in court. There would have been big costs, both career and respect-wise, but it is doubtful that either of them would
have served a day in jail and public interest in them and, importantly, their surviving children would hardly be where it
"What will it do for the search?"
But outrage and gesture prevailed, dumb Justine no doubt applauded and mum and dad Healy stayed happy as they helped write
the next day's headlines, unencumbered by that boring judicial secrecy law. In the McCanns' mental template, the impoverished
land of soap, film and horror-comic, the heroes always act in heroic ways. The parents rejected Abreu's chance to stay,
wounded and humiliated but with a future, in the banal and decidedly un-heroic real world of things-gone badly-wrong-on-a-package
deal holiday and opted instead for Casablanca heroism and the eventual pinched and spot-lit faces in front of the
And that, friends, is why we believe that their only way out of this nightmare might
be a trial in connection with the disappearance of their child, one in which they would have the chance to "demonstrate
their innocence" at last. Logically they ought to be pleading with the CPS to get one going, a kind of reverse show trial.
But they won't do it. In real life, rather than soap land and Casablanca, people go on making the same mistakes
and listening to the people who feed their weaknesses.
Disintegration Diary, 25 February 2014
Disintegration Diary February 25 The Blacksmith Bureau
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 at 18:12
Whenever the libel trial does finish and the transcripts, all of which can
be safely quoted in the British MSM under last year's libel reform act, start to circulate we'll find that our dwindling
circle of supporters/ Wright's Activists has once again been not only wrong but making things up. How many times is it
now that the WAs, starved, as so many have pointed out, of ammunition and supplies (the empty cupboard), have claimed that
"as the facts come out" the sceptics on Twitter and elsewhere will all be exposed and humiliated?
Come in Page 129
Go back only three years of the seven and recall how we were told day after
day that Kate McCann's quest for truth, Madeleine, was going to kill off the haters' gossip and set the record
straight. That lasted until publication day and a relentless confirmation, page by damning page, of almost all the rumours,
including, to take a single forty eight hour episode, her admission about the systematic mobilization of family shills to
lie on her behalf – the famous "green light" – and Gerry McCann's dignified and unwavering belief
in his own innocence, so strong that on hearing the details of the case against them late on Thursday September 6 –
including that shadowy and as yet unnamed witness who saw them "carrying a big black bag" – he burst into
tears and cried "we're finished!" And followed his next-day interrogation by making plans to "sneak"
(Kate McCann's word) across the border in a hire car.
Strong truthful Kate talked him out of it and instead
"on the advice of our lawyers" the pair "decided to get out as soon as possible," i.e. with a panicky
Saturday September 8 as their last day in Portugal. "Of course," writes our heroine, "many sections of the
press would suggest we were running away – ". That's right, Kate, they would, they did and you were. But Kate,
in a typical Madeleineism, forgets what she's written a few paragraphs before about legging it SAP and completes
the sentence "– but as I've recounted, the decision had been made several weeks earlier" and "all
we were doing was leaving a day earlier than originally planned."
Reading that typical exhibition from a nauseating,
self-admitted and proven liar reminds us why WAs don't quote Madeleine much anymore, doesn't it? Instead
they put it into a "Don't mention again" locked drawer.
twins against this filth!
The carefully plotted conspiracy to ruin Goncalo Amaral, the Dom
Pedro Hotel Ambush – is that one of the disgusting and deceitful episodes that Kate & Gerry are trying to prevent
their children discovering on the internet? – was "eventually" going to demonstrate that GA was indeed an
isolated rogue cop, just wait and see! Until it came to court. We can remember tuning into one of the WA's little
sites as they re-posted Jon di Paulo's courtroom record as it arrived tweet by tweet; viewing the forum was like watching
American Hustle, so loud, anguished and comical were the responses as witness after witness confirmed that every
policeman involved shared GA's view. The WAs had been conning themselves.
On and On
Just as they had when they ignored the meaty factual stuff in the original case files
while endlessly repeating the prosecutors' subjective gloss on them, so now they put the courtroom evidence in the locked
drawer with Madeleine, quoted the 29 year old judge's flawed (let's be charitable) verdict and drooled over
the prospect of GA's financial paralysis being made permanent.
When one of our regular Portuguese members wrote
in the Bureau that the appeal court judgement in the case – which neither the MSM nor the WAs even knew existed
– had not just winged the lying pair but had shredded them, the response, once again, was denial, "wait for the
facts" and then... silence. Into the drawer!
Remember the three years of confident assertions that
the libel trial would never come to court since Goncalo Amaral would run for it and was abasing himself by pleading for terms?
How his lawyer, who had to retire due to illness (as everyone in the loop knew) was a liar continually stalling the case until
he gave up and ditched Amaral, so certain was he of eventual defeat? But Goncalo doesn't share Glasgow hardman Gerry McCann's
propensity for sobbing hysterically when under threat, does he? Nor a tendency to "sneak away". Come the day there
he was, standing comfortably outside the court in the sunshine. Smiling. Oops!
And the long-lasting "don't
be fooled haters we know the case files English translations are dodgy" – even as the Pamalam stuff drops, thud
by deadening thud, onto their hopes, the Portuguese facsimile text alongside for anyone to check or Google. That really is
a gesture of despair, isn't it? Another one soon to be, ahem, forgotten.
Now we hear the rogatory letters'
content and the Yard's supposed line of inquiry will confirm the abduction when, wait for it, "eventually revealed".
Now this is moving from the empty cupboard and understandable denial into serious delusional territory: do people who affect
to believe this really think that the Yard have found the very first piece of solid, material evidence to corroborate the
parents' May 3 claims and not leaked it? When leaking it would pull any diehard PJ sceptics into line and solve
Hogan "what did you say my name is" Howe's problem at a stroke? When an in-the-loop couple's release
of that evidence in a Lisbon court via Isabel Duarte's foghorn delivery would win them an immediate €1.2 million?
Laughter in Court
Yep, back to the court and
those coming transcripts which, the WAs assure us weekly, will expose the dishonesty of the temporary record produced by the
admirable Anne Guedes, one which has been as painful for the WAs as Jon di Paulo's original. Unfortunately they are wrong
and dishonest yet again.
Another of our Bureau members, a good listener with pretty fair Portuguese, spent
quite a time in court and wrote about it for us late last year; when he compared his own notes to M/S Guedes skeletal shorthand
records he was surprised at how much she had got right, her objectivity and the virtual absence of significant errors. Some
of M/S Guedes' version, indeed, seems to him and consequently the rest of us, a lot fairer to defence witnesses than they
deserve, particularly her restraint regarding the truly shocking witness Loach and the eye-bulging aggression – whose
DNA does he share? – of Monitor Wright.
[As for Angus MacBride Nope.
don't go near him. JB]
The surprises in store, as you'll see, are all for the WAs, not the
sceptics, including the increasing listlessness of Duarte's contributions and those repeated elegant but deadly assassina
performances by Guerra & Paz's lawyer in which she effortlessly dismembered the claimants' case.
Laughter at the Office
Now, we won't claim that this unremitting failure of judgement exposed
by the facts as they emerge, and this vain hope that their inventions really can be locked away and forgotten at every exposure,
should be treated with gravitas rather than joyful laughter. In fact their discomfiture is causing us immense and steadily
increasing pleasure. Luxuriating in the steady upward movement in Anusol sales on Tayside, Valium in Skipton, cheap brandy
in that French trailer park and crucifixes in Rothley is delightfully warming. And how will the good burghers and
intellectual salons of Brondesbury cope with a discredited debunkerfuhrer?
But without paying obeisance
to the no laughter...child's life at stake...shocking...solemnity chant there really are two serious points here.
After we've finished giggling.
First, we wouldn't spend 1400 words on the subject for shared enjoyment
alone. In the shadow game that we're all involved in, trying to make sense of conflicting claims amid the smoke, looking
for indicators of the way ahead, hoping not to be used by one of the various sides, we have something to depend on: the certain
knowledge of these false claims and failed predictions. To us that is a great big road sign saying the facts demonstrate
that the McCann supporters are always wrong or fibbing. And that's a genuine navigation aid, isn't it?
...and a Full Drawer
Secondly, the supporters and the WAs, some of
them as we know from the OFM, supplied with information by the parents themselves, reflect or model the ups and downs of the
couple's last seven years. They are "entwined with Madeleine", as one of their less normal members said, giving
rather more detail about the lower half of its androgyne self than we want, thanks; but it is the parents' fate that they
are actually entwined with.
In 2008, with some of them no doubt under the tutelage of MW, they were strong, numerous,
triumphant and at their peak, their cupboards full, the locked drawer unneeded, resonating in harmony with a chastened MSM
while the rest of us stood aghast and bewildered. For six years now they have starved and shrunk, despite their somewhat contrived
bravado, until they are a remnant with nothing to offer except falsehoods. Exactly like the couple. The fate of each reflects
the reality of the other. Good.
New tensions in long-running Madeleine inquiry,
25 February 2014
New tensions in long-running Madeleine inquiry Portugal Resident
Posted by PORTUGAL PRESS on February 25, 2014
Relations between the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) and Metropolitan
Police forces, both of them investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, are once again at a delicate stage.
According to Correio da Manhã newspaper, "the relationship between the British police and the PJ began to become
tense when Scotland Yard sent its third letter of request, at a time when work on the second had still not been completed".
Feeling pressured, the PJ have been further ruffled by remarks in the British press by the McCanns, who say they are
"frustrated" by the lack of cooperation between the two forces and wish they "would start working together".
This story, published last weekend, comes just days after the Daily Mail carried a report on Scotland Yard boss Sir
Bernard Hogan-Howe talking to BBC Radio 5 Live about the fact that his officers "have the names of suspects" that
they want to interview, but are waiting for the say-so of the PJ before they can do this.
"We have sent three
letters of request for international assistance to the Portuguese judiciary, because that is the way their system works,"
he told presenter Nicky Campbell, admitting that the Met has "lines of inquiry which are different to the Portuguese
Police's and we are working with them to try and resolve that. We are making some progress."
Manhã suggests the progress is tempered. Writing under the headline "McCanns want to give orders to the PJ",
the paper claims that it "knows that many of the steps requested" by the Met, "among them interviews, searches
and bank account analysis, cannot be authorised by the prosecutor for the Public Ministry".
It confirms: "The
Porto PJ, which leads the investigation reopened in Portugal, is following a different line to that that the parents of the
missing child would like" - thus the parents' frustration that the investigation is "not going as it should".
The Met's latest theories appear to be centred on three former workers at the complex in Praia da Luz from which
Madeleine disappeared on May 3, 2007.
Meanwhile, tongue-in-cheek Newsbiscuit online service remarked last week
that there had been a dearth of "Missing Madeleine" stories on the front page of the Daily Express recently - but
this has not stopped the Daily Mail from its regular updates.
Newsbiscuit carries a quote from what it calls "an
Express spokesman": "We've got a bet on about how long we can keep a story going with no news content in it
whatsoever, and we'll be damned if it's going to fall before seven years is up".
The seventh anniversary
of Madeleine McCann's disappearance from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz is just over two months away.
Maddie Case: The McCanns give orders to the
Polícia Judiciária, 22 February 2014
Maddie Case: The McCanns give orders to the Polícia
Judiciária Correio da Manhã
Tense relationship between English and Portuguese
Madeleine's parents suggest that the
Portuguese police investigates together with the English.
By: Rrui Pando Gomes
22 February 2014, 09h05
With thanks to Astro for translation
After the pressure from the English police, it's now the
McCann couple's turn to criticise the investigation work of the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) as well as the cooperation
between the British and the Portuguese authorities.
As CM had already reported, the relationship between the English
police and the PJ started becoming tense when the Scotland Yard sent a third rogatory letter, at a time when the diligences
from the second judiciary assistance request have not been carried out yet. CM knows that many of the diligences, including
questioning, searches and the analysis of bank accounts, may not be authorised by the Public Ministry prosecutor.
The English police, that opened an investigation which is financed by the parents of Madeleine, who disappeared in the Algarve
in May of 2007, asserts it already has the names of three suspects.
On the other hand, the PJ in Oporto, which
leads the investigation that was reopened in Portugal, follows a line that is different from the one that the parents of the
missing English child would like the most.
According to the English press, the McCann couple says that it is "frustrating"
to see that the cooperation between both police forces is "not existing as it should". And they pressure for a joint
investigation to be carried out.
Maddie: McCanns and Scotland Yard dissatisfied
with the work of the PJ, 21 February 2014
Maddie: McCanns and Scotland Yard dissatisfied with the work
of the PJ Notícias Ao Minuto
The case is the same, but the targets are different. Whilst the PJ investigated a death within the scope
of the Maddie case, Scotland Yard is busy identifying three burglars. This lack of coordination and link between the two authorities,
according to Diário de Notícias, has displeased the parents of Madeleine McCann.
11:03 - 21 February 2014 | By Notícias
Kate and Jerry McCann have expressed their displeasure about the cooperation, or lack thereof,
between the Portuguese and British police. The couple accused the two authorities of seeking different targets in an investigation
that should be undertaken in conjunction.
However, it is not only the McCanns who are unhappy. Scotland Yard itself
has criticized the Portuguese operations, which has focused its investigation on a former employee of the Ocean Club who,
in the mean time, has died. Furthermore, the British police, writes Diário de Notícias, complain of excessive
bureaucracy on the part of the Portuguese authorities.
An English police source confesses that there is not a "joint
investigation" and that "this is not a game," since it concerns "the life of a child." However, he
admits that the work of the two police forces are not following the same course.
At this time the PJ and the Public
Ministry (MP) are investigating a former employee of the Ocean Club, who, in the mean time, died in a tractor accident. For
its part, the British seek to identify three burglars who were in Praia da Luz on the night Maddie disappeared.
Madeleine McCann investigation: Hope of breakthrough
as 'cops handed secret dossier', 24 February 2014
Madeleine McCann investigation: Hope of breakthrough as 'cops
handed secret dossier' Daily Mirror
By Sam Adams | Feb 24, 2014 06:06
A file contains details of
burglars operating near the Portuguese resort where Madeleine vanished has reportedly been handed to British police
British police have reportedly been handed a dossier which could
hold vital clues on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
The file is understood to contain details of burglars
operating near the Portuguese resort where she vanished in 2007.
The 'dossier' includes information on
break-ins in the area immediately before the three-year-old went missing, according to the Daily Star.
who was then nearly four, disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve 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 Portuguese authorities
said last October that a review had uncovered enough new information to justify reopening it.
Last week the widow
of the prime suspect in Madeleine's disappearance told how she was stunned when police arrived to quiz her – four
years after his death.
Luisa Rodrigues was grilled by Portuguese officers as mobile phone records pinpointed
Euclides Lopes Monteiro at the scene on the night three-year-old Madeleine was snatched.
The 40-year-old ex-jailbird
and heroin junkie remains a key part of the inquiry, even though he died in a tractor accident in 2009 – two years
after the abduction.
It has also emerged that British cold-case detectives are anxious to trace three of his
known associates who are believed to have carried out burglaries in the Praia da Luz area around the time of the youngster’s
disappearance on May 3, 2007.
Maddie cops: Amazing secret files, 24
Maddie cops: Amazing secret files Daily
Star (paper edition)
Clues to snatch mystery
by JERRY LAWTON
Monday, February 24, 2004
BRITISH police trying to solve the Madeleine
McCann case were last night studying sensational new evidence.
Detectives have been handed a set of secret files
giving them new hope that they can finally solve the mystery.
Full story: Page 7
as cops given vital Maddie clues Daily Star (paper edition,
Portuguese hand burglaries dossier to the Met
Chief Crime Correspondent
[Text of article as per online version below]
Hope for Madeleine McCann case as cops are given vital clues Daily Star
A SECRET dossier on burglars who operate near where Madeleine McCann vanished has been handed to police.
By Jerry Lawton / Published 24th February 2014
The file is understood to catalogue a spate of break-ins in
and around the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz.
Portuguese police believe it may hold the clue that will provide
a breakthrough in the case.
And they have handed the file to Met investigators in the hope their new inquiry may
finally crack the case.
The dossier is full of details about burglaries and break-ins just before the three-year-old
disappeared in 2007.
Many were committed by gypsies, according to locals.
One 30-year-old Brit mum claims
a scruffy migrant from the former Soviet Union tried to snatch her one-year-old blonde daughter from her holiday apartment
30 miles away in Montechoro six weeks before Madeleine vanished.
She has given a statement to Scotland Yard detectives
and is waiting to be interviewed again.
"I'll do anything I can to help," she said.
can't be the only mum who has had a near-miss."
Locals claim the burglary file had been kept confidential
to avoid scaring off tourists.
But Portuguese detectives are now said to have shared it with Met officers who are
convinced Madeleine was kidnapped after disturbing raiders.
Last week Met Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
said his officers know the names of their prime suspects.
Mobile phone data analysis has placed three possible
intruders near the apartment around the key time.
Sir Bernard, 56, admitted the probe was being hampered because
Portuguese police were pursuing a different line of inquiry.
But the handover of the burglary file to their UK
counterparts may be seen as a breakthrough in cooperation between the two forces.
Madeleine police shown secret Portuguese
dossier on spate of burglaries in the area where she went missing, 23 February 2014
Madeleine police shown secret Portuguese dossier on spate
of burglaries in the area where she went missing Daily Mail
By SAM WEBB
- It is claimed that some children were abused during the thefts
- A woman who lives in the region says the
burglars are mainly gypsies
- A mother says a man tried to take her baby six weeks before Madeleine disappeared
PUBLISHED: 11:24, 23 February 2014 | UPDATED:
14:15, 23 February 2014
British police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann
have been handed a confidential dossier on burglars in the Algarve by Portuguese officers.
They kept the secret
file because of a rash of burglaries in and near Praia da Luz, the resort where Madeleine went missing in May 2007 when
she was three.
Some children were abused during the burglaries.
A businesswoman who works in nearby
Lagos said the file mainly contains information on Portuguese and Romanian gypsies who break in in the middle of the night.
'It's been going on for years, well before Madeleine disappeared, she told the Sunday Express.
here are aware of the problem but the public aren't aware.'
Another mother claims kidnappers tried to
abduct her baby girl after spiking her drink and trying to snatch the child while she was staying at Montechoro, 30 miles
away from Luz.
She said: 'It was terrifying, like something out of a film.'
senior police officer has suggested his officers are closing in on the people who abducted Madeleine McCann.
Yard boss Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe admitted his officers have the names of suspects and that 'some progress' is being
made in the inquiry.
But he declined to be drawn on when the suspects would be quizzed over her disappearance
in Portugal seven years ago.
Scene: Madeleine went missing from the Ocean Club (pictured)
as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant
Missing: Madeleine McCann who vanished
from her holiday resort in Praia da Luz in 2007 while her parents were having dinner
He told BBC's
Radio 5 Live: 'We have sent three letters of request for international assistance to the Portuguese judiciary, because
that is the way their system works.
'We have got lines of inquiry which are different to the Portuguese Police's
and we are working with them to try to resolve that.
'We are making some progress.'
presenter Nicky Campbell whether his officers had the names of suspects, he replied: 'That is correct'.
He declined to comment further.
Analysis of mobile phone data suggested a burglary gang was operating very near
to where she vanished as her parents Kate and Gerry dined nearby.
23 February 2014
In the article below, The mediatisation of Madeleine McCann,
Brian McNair states that the libel trial is due to conclude this Tuesday, 25 February 2014. Given there has been no public
announcement of this, I presume Mr McNair has taken this information from the rumours which were circulating on social media
The information I have is that there will be no hearing on Tuesday and that a date for closing arguments
has yet to be set.
The mediatisation of Madeleine McCann, 23
The mediatisation of Madeleine McCann The Conversation
23 February 2014, 3.40am GMT
Professor of Journalism,
Media and Communication at Queensland University of Technology
It is nearly seven years since a little blonde-haired British girl named Madeleine McCann disappeared from her bedroom
in a holiday resort in Portugal. Madeleine, if she is alive, would be ten years old now, having spent the majority of her
decade on earth separated from her family, parents Gerry and Kate McCann, and twin siblings Sean and Amelia.
happened that night in the Algarve fishing village of Praia de Luz remains a mystery. Was Madeleine abducted while she slept,
by a person or persons unknown, as her parents claim? Or, as the former head of the Portuguese investigating team alleges,
did she die in apartment 5A of the Ocean Club complex, her body disposed of in an attempt to cover up negligence or worse?
Ongoing investigations by police teams in the United Kingdom and Portugal have failed to answer those questions, or
to find evidence sufficiently compelling as to justify prosecutions in either country.
The case continues to be
a focus of public, police and political attention as the seventh anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance approaches,
and the trial of that same former investigator accused of libel by the McCanns comes to its conclusion in Lisbon on Tuesday.
Ex-inspector Goncalo Amaral's book, The Truth Of The Lie, based on police work before the case was 'archived'
due to lack of evidence, advances the theory of Madeleine's death – accidental or intentional - and hypothesises
a staged abduction by the parents.
For this he is being sued for over one million euros in damages by the McCanns,
who allege that his book derailed the search for their daughter when it was published in 2009. The closing statements and
judge's verdict on the case are due this week in Lisbon.
My interest in this sad story is both personal and
professional. In the northern summer of 2005 I took my holidays at the Ocean Club, staying in the apartment directly above
5A where the McCanns resided in May 2007. A friend of my parents owned the apartment, and my extended family rented it and
two other units in the complex for two weeks in July that year: my parents in one, my sister and her family in another, myself,
my wife and my brother in the apartment above 5a.
The beach at Praia. Brian
is enough time to get to know the Ocean Club resort, and the surrounding village of Praia de Luz, quite well. I ate in the
Tapas restaurant, drank in Kelly’s bar, went inside the beautiful church at the village centre; I walked on the beach,
and the streets leading to it from the Ocean Club. So when the news of Madeleine McCann's disappearance broke on May 4
2007 it resonated and captured my attention like no other crime story I can remember.
Millions of people all over
the world were similarly captivated, but my sense of proximity to the events gave me a specially good reason to follow the
case. The fact that Gerry McCann was Glaswegian like me was another point of connection.
From my professional perspective
as a media sociologist, the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was an early example of the dramatic impact of the rise of the
internet and 24-hour news channels on how human tragedies of this kind are reported and understood by the public.
The mediatisation of 'Maddie', as she became known to many, was unprecedented. It involved professional public relations
practitioners, including former senior UK government specialists, in highly organized media management, or 'crisis communication',
as one of the agencies involved characterised its services.
It engaged the British public in discussion like no
previous case, not because the crime was unique (though it was rare – the most recent case of suspected abduction by
a stranger of a British child while on holiday overseas had been that of Ben Needham in 1991), but because the emergence of
social media – Twitter launched in 2007, Facebook in 2004 - provided a new and powerful platform for public sharing
of information, opinion and argument about an ongoing criminal investigation.
From early in the investigation the
McCanns proactively used the internet to issue appeals and information about Madeleine to a global online public, as did the
police. Scotland yard's Operation Grange, set up to investigate the crime in 2011, had its own hashtag and website.
The public used the internet to access, assess and discuss information about the case as it emerged, and to speculate
on what had happened to the little girl. Their sources included a mass of official material produced by the police in both
Portugal and the UK, digitized and made available online.
The church at Praia. Brian
thousands of pages of transcripts of interviews and court testimony, detailed forensic reports, summaries of findings by investigating
officers, court rulings such as that by the Portuguese Attorney General which formally 'archived' the Madeleine McCann
investigation in 2009, all neatly categorized and searchable on sites such as www.mcannpjfiles.co.uk.
Never before in the history of the volatile relationship between crime, media and public had so many people had such
easy access to so much primary official data relating to an unsolved, still active case.
By 2007 virtually all
of the news media were online, operating around the clock with story updates, live feeds and real time coverage of events,
commentary threads and links to research materials. The unfolding narrative of Madeleine McCann was covered as it was happening,
which meant with glacial slowness, punctuated by bursts of police activity in the UK or Portugal. Seven years on, that remains
There have been peaks and troughs in the level of media and public interest, corresponding to newsworthy
developments such as the establishment of Operation Grange and the BBC Crimewatch 'reconstruction' of October 2013.
The Lisbon libel trial of Goncalo Amaral has been such a catalyst, and its conclusion this week will drive the disappearance
of Madeleine McCann back up the UK and Portuguese media and public agendas.
The tone and content of the coverage,
and the public's response to it on social media, will be determined in large part by the Portuguese judge's verdict.
If Amaral is found guilty, the McCanns account of what happened to their daughter will continue to set the news agenda. If
it goes the other way, and Amaral is found not guilty of defaming the McCanns in his book, we can expect the world's media
to report his hypothesis and the supporting evidence more thoroughly than has been the case up until now.
Burglary files to aid hunt for Madeleine
McCann, 23 February 2014
Burglary files to aid hunt for Madeleine McCann Sunday Express
A SECRET dossier on burglars on the Algarve in Portugal is being shown to Scotland Yard detectives investigating the
disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Murray and Tracey Kandohia
Published: Sun, February 23, 2014
Portuguese police have kept the confidential file for years
following a spate of break-ins in and around Praia da Luz, the resort from where Madeleine disappeared when she was three
in May 2007.
Children were abused during some burglaries.
A businesswoman renting villas in the area
confirmed: "Police have a special file on burglars operating in the area. Most of them are Portuguese and Romanian gypsies.
"Burglars go anywhere and everywhere in Luz and normally break in during the middle of the night when you're
"Burglars come in and steal your stuff and sometimes you don't know about it until you wake up
in the morning."
The woman, who does not wish to be named, said from her office in Lagos, four miles from
Luz: "It's been going on for years, well before Madeleine disappeared. Police here are aware of the problem but the
public aren't aware."
Yard detectives to whom the Portuguese break-ins dossier is being made available
are reported to be focusing on three burglars who targeted people in Luz.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir
Bernard Hogan-Howe disclosed last week how his officers and Portugal's Policia Judiciaria are moving towards a joint investigation
team and have the names of suspects.
Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire,
believe their daughter, who would now be aged 10, could still be alive.
Former GP Kate, 45, revealed in her book
about Madeleine's abduction that she had discovered five cases of British children being sexually attacked in their beds
while on holiday.
She wrote: "It broke my heart to read the terrible accounts of devastated parents and the
experiences of their poor children.
"British tourists in holiday accommodation were being targeted. It is
so hard not to scream from the rooftops about how these crimes appear to have been brushed under the carpet."
One British mother claims kidnappers may have tried to take her own young daughter just six weeks before Madeleine disappeared.
She claims that while she was staying at Montechoro, near Albufeira, 30 miles from Luz, a scruffy migrant from the
former Soviet Union spiked her drink then tried to take her one-year-old blonde daughter to a getaway car.
30-year-old woman said: "It was terrifying, like something out of a film. I've given a statement to Scotland Yard
and they are arranging to interview me again.
"I'll do anything I can to help. I can't be the only
mum who has had a near-miss."
Top cop Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says names
of Maddie kidnappers are known, 21 February 2014
Top cop Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says names of Maddie
kidnappers are known Daily Star
POLICE believe they know the names of Madeleine McCann's kidnappers.
Jerry Lawton / Published 21st February 2014
Britain's top policeman Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe revealed the breakthrough
on a radio phone-in show yesterday.
Radio Five host Nicky Campbell, 52, asked: "And you have lines of inquiry,
you have suspects, you have names?"
Sir Bernard, 56, replied: "That's right." Asked if detectives
had "spoken to those people" the Met chief said: "I'm not going to go any further."
he said the investigation was being hampered because Portuguese police were pursuing a different line of inquiry.
He repeated his call for both forces to unite for the sake of Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry, both 45.
The police chief said: "In the middle of all this quite often their torment gets lost.
"Have they lost
a child by being murdered, sadly, or have they lost a child by someone else stealing them? Either way they have got that terrible
UK detectives are hunting a three-strong burglary gang they suspect snatched Madeleine in the
Algarve resort of Praia da Luz seven years ago.
But Portuguese police suspect a heroin addict who has since died.
Sir Bernard added: "We have said clearly that we have got lines of inquiry that are different to the Portuguese
police and we are working with them to try and resolve that. We really can work in genuine partnership on this.
making some progress. Let's see how it comes over the next few months."
He refused to criticise the original
Portuguese investigation which was shelved as unsolved in 2008.
"No matter what they did or didn't do
we have got to work together on this," he said. "We can't police Portugal. They can't do everything over
Madeleine: British police have names
of new suspects, 21 February 2014
Madeleine: British police have names of new suspects
Daily Express (paper edition)
SEE PAGE 5
British police have
names of suspects in Madeleine McCann case Daily Express
DETECTIVES have named suspects in the Madeleine McCann investigation, Britain's top policeman revealed yesterday.
By: John Twomey
Fri, February 21, 2014
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe also
disclosed his officers and Portuguese police are moving towards a joint investigation team.
On BBC Radio 5 Live,
Sir Bernard said: "We can't police Portugal and they can't do anything here. So we must work together."
It has been reported that Madeleine's parents are frustrated at the slow progress towards a joint inquiry.
Madeleine, who was three at the time, vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia de Luz on the Algarve in May 2007.
Since May 2011, a special squad of Scotland Yard detectives have investigated.
It is understood the squad
has identified a number of suspects, including three burglars operating in the area at the time.
Nicky Campbell asked: "You have lines of inquiry, suspects, names?" Sir Bernard replied: "That's right."
Authorities in London and Lisbon are working to set up a joint squad to take advantage of European law to speed up
Sadly or, Sadly, 20 February 2014
Sadly or, Sadly
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:
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
"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
"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
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.
Britain's most senior police officer
confirms the Met has the names of three suspects in Madeleine McCann case and is 'closing in', 20 February 2014
Britain's most senior police officer confirms the Met
has the names of three suspects in Madeleine McCann case and is 'closing in' Daily Mail
By STEVEN WRIGHT
- Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said there has been 'progress' in McCann case
- Told BBC's Radio 5 Live
they have different questions to Portuguese police
- Said that his officers had names of suspects involved in case
to say when the suspects would be quizzed about Madeleine
18:59, 20 February 2014 | UPDATED: 19:53, 20 February 2014
Britain's most senior police officer has suggested his
officers are closing in on the people who abducted Madeleine McCann.
Scotland Yard boss Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
admitted his officers have the names of suspects and that 'some progress' is being made in the inquiry.
But he declined to be drawn on when the suspects would be quizzed over her disappearance in Portugal seven years ago.
He told BBC's Radio 5 Live: 'We have sent three letters of request for international assistance to the Portuguese
judiciary, because that is the way their system works.
'We have got lines of inquiry which are different
to the Portuguese Police’s and we are working with them to try to resolve that.
'We are making some
Asked by presenter Nicky Campbell whether his officers had the names of suspects, he replied: 'That
He declined to comment further.
Sir Bernard's comments came after the Mail revealed
exclusively last month that the Met has identified three burglars as prime suspects for Madeleine's disappearance.
Analysis of mobile phone data suggests the men were close to the scene of her abduction, at the time she went missing,
and that they were in close contact with each other in the hours that followed.
Following our revelations, Portuguese
newspapers reported that three former Ocean Club workers are Scotland Yard's prime suspects over her disappearance.
Details of the men's alleged links to the Mark Warner-run resort in the Algarve, where Maddie vanished from in
2007, were revealed in a number of Portuguese newspapers with close links to local police.
They were disclosed
two days after Portuguese police had a high-level meeting with a visiting Scotland Yard delegation late last month.
At the meeting, Met detectives are reported to have requested bank details of the men, who are thought to have carried
out a series of break-ins at the Ocean Club in the run up to Maddie's disappearance.
Although local media
reported the men had been employed at the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz, it was not clear whether they were working
there at the time Madeleine went missing in May 2007.
Nor was it clear whether they were directly employed by
Mark Warner, or through a contractor.
Madeleine McCann went missing in 2007, and local
media have reported that certain people of interest in the case had links to where she vanished from
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.
It is now known that between January and May 2007 there
had been a four-fold increase in the number of burglaries in the area.
Twitter exchanges with Nicky Campbell,
20 February 2014
Text version of above:
6:24 PM - 20 Feb 14
@NickyAACampbell Here's 11,200+ pages
that says the Portuguese investigation WASN'T rubbish.
Actual case files:
Nicky Campbell @NickyAACampbell
AM - 20 Feb 14
yes he didn't bite did he
cherry berry @cosyring
6:24 PM - 20 Feb 14
http://www.mccannpjfiles.co.uk/PJ/TRANSLATIONS.htm … http://www.mccannfiles.com/ #mccann
6:35 AM - 20 Feb 14
Don't think ------>>> @NickyAACampbell
has read those judging by his despicable comment that the PJ really messed #mccann
Nicky Campbell @NickyAACampbell
6:36 AM - 20 Feb 14
it was a provoking question to BHH not an opinion ya numpty.
Met chief confirms he DOES have names of
Maddy suspects, 20 February 2014
Met chief confirms he DOES have names of Maddy suspects Daily Express
THE Metropolitan Police Commissioner has confirmed Scotland Yard does have names of suspects in the Madeleine
By: Benjamin Russell
Published: Thu, February 20, 2014
Speaking on Radio 5 Live, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said police had
"lines of inquiry" that they were looking into.
When asked by host Nicky Campbell whether he had names
for the suspects, he replied: "That's right", but refused to comment further.
He said: "Obviously
the Portuguese police have got lines of inquiry that are different to the Metropolitan Police but we're working together
to try and resolve that."
He said it would be "unfair" to say whether he thought the operation would
have been more successful if it had been led by British officers from the start.
He added: "There have been
inquiries in the UK where we know the police could have done better.
"I think to be too judgemental in these cases is wrong. I wasn't
there and I'm not going to judge them.
"The main thing is we are all committed to finding that little
He also said the suffering of the McCanns was often overrun by the details of the case.
said: "We are trying our best to keep the family informed. I think in the middle of all this, quite often their torment
Met police 'making progress in Maddie
case,' says Hogan-Howe, 20 February 2014
|Met police 'making progress in Maddie case,' says
Hogan-Howe Evening Standard
Published: 20 February 2014
Updated: 12:12, 20 February 2014
Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are "making some progress" the head of Scotland
Yard said today.
Met chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said the Yard's inquiry had identified suspects. His comments
came after it was revealed that Met officers have sent a new request for assistance to the Portuguese.
told a BBC radio station that Portugese and British police had different lines of inquiry and were working to resolve this.
Madeleine was three when she vanished during a family holiday in Praia da Luz in May 2007.
The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police,
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, discusses progress in the Madeleine McCann case, 20 February 2014
The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Bernard
Hogan-Howe, discusses progress in the Madeleine McCann case BBC Radio 5 live
First broadcast: Thursday 20
By Nigel Moore
Nicky Campbell: Errm... Adeal in London... no, I tell you what, we'll go to Christine in Cardiff.
Brief points please because there's only eight minutes left, so make your questions as... as, errr... well edited as you
can. Hi, Christine.
Christine: (phone in) Good morning. Good morning, Sir Bernard.
Bernard Hogan-Howe: Good morning, Christine.
Christine: I'd like to ask you, errr...
on the progress of Operation Grange.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe: Right, we have a lots of Op... Operations,
so you're going to have...
Nicky Campbell: Operation Grange, just...?
Nicky Campbell: Which is?
Christine: It's the
investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe: Ahh, right,
thank you for helping...
Christine: That's okay.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe:
...but we do have a lot of Operations in London, so I'm sorry if I didn't recognise it immediately.
Campbell: The Portuguese police really mess... really messed up, didn't they?
Hogan-Howe: Yes. [spoken in acknowledgment of the reference to the 'Portuguese police' and before Nicky
Campbell has finished his sentence]
Christine: Yes... no [seemingly spoken in echo of
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe's 'yes' but then realises it could be misconstrued and makes an attempt to change it to
'no'. See her next comment]
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe: Errm... I'm not going to
respond to Nicky's comments.
Christine: (in background) Did they Nicky?
Bernard Hogan-Howe: I'm just going to... Let me just... let me just help. Where we are at the moment: We've
sent three letters of request for international assistance to the Portuguese, errr... Judiciary, because that's the way
their system works, and also with the police - we are working closely with them. Errm... 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. Errm... 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.
Nicky Campbell: Awful.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe:
Either way, errr... they've got that terrible uncertainty, so we're all trying our best to help resolve that.
Nicky Campbell: Do you have suspects?
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe:
Errr... yes, we've said very clearly that, you know, we've got lines of inquiry that, errm... are different to the
Portuguese police and we're working with them to try and resolve that and I'm only going to... you know, that comment
you made at the beginning, about, you know, what they did or didn't do. We've got to work together on this and I don't
mean that as a naïve thing; I just think, generally. 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. We're making some progress, errm... let's see how it comes over the next few months.
Nicky Campbell: If you'd been involved at the outset, do you think we might have got further
with this investigation?
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe: Errr... I think that's a bit unf... that
would be unfair. I mean there's been inquiries in, errm... in the UK, where we know that the police could have done better.
I think to be too judgmental in these cases is... is wrong and I wasn't there and I'm not going to judge them. The
main thing we're all committed to is trying to find that little girl.
Nicky Campbell: And
you have lines of inquiry, you have 'suspects' lines of inquiry; you have names.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe:
Nicky Campbell: Errm... and I appreciate how you can't, at this stage, go
any further, errr... and have you spoken to those people?
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe: Errm... I'm
not going to go any further, really. Because that's what you just said you didn't want!
I'm sure when you were interviewing people in that... in that little room you'd try and sneak one in like that, Sir
Bernard. I bet you have in your time.
Adeal's in London...
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe on BBC 5 Live,
20 February 2014
Bernard Hogan-Howe on BBC 5 Live Twitter - Jerry Lawton
Jerry Lawton is the Daily Star chief crime reporter
Text version of above:
10:09 AM - 20 Feb 14
Met police comm Bernard Hogan-Howe on @bbc5live:
"working towards resolving" different leads pursued by UK & Portuguese cops re #McCann case
Jerry Lawton @JerryLawton
10:15 AM - 20 Feb 14
Hogan-Howe tells @bbc5live UK cops making "some progress" towards "genuine partnership"
with Portuguese police in Madeleine #McCann case
Jerry Lawton @JerryLawton
AM - 20 Feb 14
Hogan-Howe tells @bbc5live
he "will not judge" quality of original Portuguese inquiry into Madeleine #McCann disappearance
Jerry Lawton @JerryLawton
10:19 AM - 20 Feb 14
Hogan-Howe tells @bbc5live UK police have "names" of people
they suspect were involved in Madeleine #McCann
Red tape hampering search for Madeleine
McCann, 20 February 2014
Red tape hampering search for Madeleine McCann Daily Express
THE parents of Madeleine McCann want police to form a joint British and Portuguese task-force to find their daughter.
By: David Pilditch
Thu, February 20, 2014
The couple are said to be frustrated that the level of co-operation
between the two forces "isn't as it should be".
It comes amid growing concerns that investigators
are conducting separate inquiries instead of pooling resources.
Last night a friend of the couple said they were
worried that a potential conflict will hinder the search for Madeleine, abducted in May 2007.
The source said:
"It is obvious that the co-operation between Britain and Portugal isn't as it should be.
two police inquiries going on in two different countries trying to find out what happened to Madeleine and you would want
and hope that they would work together."
British investigators are focusing on three local burglars blamed
for a string of break-ins at the Algarve holiday resort of Praia da Luz, where Madeleine was staying with her family. In what
could be a breakthrough, Scotland Yard honed in on the three men after a painstaking trawl through mobile phone records.
It is understood there was significant phone traffic between them around the time Madeleine, then aged three, vanished.
Portugal's Policia Judiciaria are concentrating their efforts on a theory that a sacked resort worker abducted
Madeleine. Heroin addict Euclides Monteiro, 40, was killed in a tractor accident four years ago, but mobile phone analysis
placed his handset near the McCanns' apartment on the night Madeleine disappeared.
There have also been concerns
Scotland Yard's Operation Grange investigation has been caught up in red tape.
British police have to send
international letters of request to Portugal via the Crown Prosecution Service each time they want officers to carry out investigative
work on their behalf.
Last night the source close to the McCanns said: "Kate and Gerry hope, for the sake
of Madeleine, the two countries' forces can work together in a joint investigation."
Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has also called for senior detectives from both countries to conduct a single inquiry.
Last night the McCanns' spokesman said: "Kate and Gerry remain very pleased with the work Scotland Yard continue
to do in the search for Madeleine."
Kate and Gerry McCann fear police rifts
will ruin Maddie investigation, 20 February 2014
Kate and Gerry McCann fear police rifts will ruin Maddie
investigation Daily Star
MADELEINE McCann's parents want British and Portuguese police to join forces.
Jerry Lawton / Published 20th February 2014
They fear the two teams are chasing different leads.
UK detectives believe Maddie, left, was snatched by burglars in Praia da Luz in May 2007.
But the Portuguese
are investigating a dead heroin addict.
Last night a friend of Madeleine's parents said they were worried the
"us against them" conflict was hindering investigations.
The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell
said: "They will not comment on any aspect of Operation Grange while it is ongoing."
Maddie: Cops at war, 18 February 2014
Maddie: Cops at war Daily
Star (paper edition)
Porto police bungling hunt, say Brit tecs
Tuesday, February 18, 2004
FRUSTRATED British police fear Portuguese officers
are chasing the wrong suspect in the hunt for missing Madeleine McCann.
And they warn that an "us against
them" attitude could wreck the search.
A source close to the UK inquiry told the Daily Star: "This is
not a game. A little girl's life may be at stake."
Full story: Page 7
police are bungling the hunt for Madeleine McCann, say Brit detectives Daily Star
FRUSTRATED British police fear Portuguese officers are chasing the wrong lead in the hunt for Madeleine McCann.
By Jerry Lawton / Published 18th February
Top brass are desperate to liaise with their foreign colleagues
after it emerged they are chasing different suspects.
UK detectives are worried an "us against them"
scenario is developing, and it could hinder attempts to find the missing girl.
British investigators believe the
three-year-old was snatched after disturbing burglars who broke into her parents' holiday apartment.
chief suspects are a three-strong gang who made a high number of mobile calls nearby on the night Maddie vanished.
But Portuguese detectives are concentrating their efforts on a theory that a now-dead heroin addict abducted Madeleine.
They believe Euclides Monteiro snatched her in a twisted act of revenge against the Ocean Club holiday resort after
he had been sacked from a job there the year before.
They have questioned his widow Luisa after mobile phone analysis
placed his handset near the McCanns' apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz that night in May, 2007.
Monteiro, 40, was killed in a tractor accident four years ago.
Police from both nations launched separate hunts
for Madeleine last year after each spent two years reviewing files from the original case, shelved as an unsolved mystery
Though each force claims to have unearthed new leads, their inquiries are heading in different directions.
A source close to the UK inquiry said: "If we don't form a joint investigation task force, any advantages
in terms of pooling resources and information may be lost.
"We can't have an 'us against them'
scenario developing. This is not a game. A little girl's life may be at stake."
Metropolitan Police Commissioner
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has called on the UK and Portuguese governments to form a joint international task force to conduct
a single united inquiry.
He said the UK and Portuguese probes were "two separate inquiries with a different
And he added: "It's important that we work together on what is clearly a common problem."
Yesterday Luisa Rodrigues, 40, said she was sure her husband did not snatch Madeleine. She said when Portuguese detectives
told her he was their No 1 suspect, she was "speechless".
She added: "They said they suspected him
because he used to work at the Ocean Club complex and because they had tracked the signal from his mobile.
I'm sure he would have been at home watching TV. That's what he always did after work."
Daily Star, paper edition, page 7:
'Maddie: Porto cops on wrong scent says Met', 18 February 2014
Maddie cops hunt No1 suspect's gang,
17 February 2014
Maddie cops hunt No1 suspect's gang Daily
Mirror (paper edition)
Junkie's widow reveals she was quizzed over his links
to crooks at kidnap resort
BY DAVID COLLINS in Praia da Luz
Monday, 17 February 2014
THE widow of the prime Madeleine McCann suspect has been
quizzed over three of his accomplices.
Luisa Rodrigues was grilled about the crooked trio linked to burglar
and junkie Euclides Monteiro, who died in a tractor accident in 2009.
A police source in Portugal said: "We
know a burglary gang was in the area at the time and we are trying to trace Monteiro's associates."
STORY: PAGE 5
Madeleine McCann cops quiz prime suspect's widow - four years
after his death Daily Mirror
By David Collins | Feb 17, 2014 00:00
Rodrigues was grilled by Portuguese officers as mobile phone records pinpointed Euclides Lopes Monteiro at the scene on the
night she was snatched
Case continues: Maddie vanished in 2007
The widow of the prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case has told how she was stunned when police arrived to quiz her
– four years after his death.
Luisa Rodrigues was grilled by Portuguese officers as mobile phone records
pinpointed Euclides Lopes Monteiro at the scene on the night three-year-old Madeleine was snatched.
ex-jailbird and heroin junkie remains a key part of the inquiry, even though he died in a tractor accident in 2009 –
two years after the abduction.
And yesterday it emerged that British cold-case detectives are anxious to trace
three of his known associates who are believed to have carried out burglaries in the Praia da Luz area around the time of
the youngster's disappearance on May 3, 2007.
Speaking for the first time about her interrogation, Luisa,
40, admitted she was shocked when police contacted her at her home in Lagos, just a 15-minute drive from Praia da Luz.
She said: "Two officers phoned me out of the blue and said they were in town and wanted to see me.
"They wouldn't tell me what it was over the phone but when I reached the cafe where we'd arranged to meet,
they told me they were investigating Euclides over Madeleine McCann.
"They said they suspected him because
he used to work at the Ocean Club complex where the McCanns were staying and because they had tracked the signal from his
mobile phone to the area where Madeleine disappeared the night she vanished.
"I was speechless. I kept repeating
Euclides was innocent but they said it was not for me to say."
Quizzed: Monteiro's widow Luisa
She said the officers wanted to know about his criminal past – he served time for burglary – his friends and
his drug habit.
She added: "They asked me many questions, including where we had lived as a couple, where
Euclides had worked over the years, what he was like as a person and if he had problems with drink and drugs.
also asked where he was the night Madeleine disappeared and if I had noticed any changes in him afterwards.
a long time ago, but I'm sure he would have been at home watching TV. That's what he always did after work.
"They questioned me for about an hour. The next day I took them the work contracts I found for Euclides at home and
details of our joint bank account which they also asked for.
"They never explained why they had come to question
me more than six years after Madeleine disappeared."
Junkie: Ex-jailbird Monteiro
admitted that 6ft 2in Euclides had a problem with heroin and cocaine which he battled on and off his whole life.
She said: "When he was younger he broke into houses and served five years in prison. So I can understand why he's
become a suspect, even if I don't believe he could have had anything to do with it."
Luisa, the daughter
of a construction firm boss, started dating the father of her 11-year-son when she was 16.
She said she was aware
of his problems, but he had turned over a new leaf – and believes the police are simply trying to find a scapegoat.
She insisted: "I know Euclides didn't take Madeleine. He came out of prison a changed man. He had made an
honest life for himself and was a good and caring father and companion.
"If I thought he had anything to
do with Madeleine's disappearance I would have been the first to turn him in.
"I wouldn't have been
able to live with myself for keeping something like that secret. I know he is innocent."
Monteiro, who moved
to Portugal as a child from Cape Verde off West Africa, first emerged as a suspect last year.
He was sacked from
the Ocean Club a year before Madeleine vanished after being accused of theft while working at the Millennium restaurant.
But Luisa, who works for a local tourist firm, said: "I know in my heart he is innocent. It's very easy to
blame someone who can't defend themselves any more.
"My husband was no angel but he would never be capable
of committing such a terrible crime."
British officers have asked their Portuguese counterparts to question
three ex-employees of the Ocean Club complex, examine their bank accounts and search their homes.
Commissioner Martin Hewitt, who is leading the Scotland Yard probe, said: "Clearly the tempo of the investigation is
Daily Mirror, paper edition, page 5:
'My life with Maddie suspect', 17 February 2014
English pressure on the PJ for the "Maddie"
case, 15 February 2014
English pressure on the PJ for the "Maddie"
case Correio da Manhã
Three English police officers were in the Algarve
Scotland Yard have sent a third letter of
request in spite of the fact that the second letter has not yet arrived with the PJ.
Rui Pando Gomes
15 February 2014, 19h51
With thanks to Ines for translation
In spite of the fact that the PJ has still not complied with any
of the inquiries requested in the second letter of request sent to the Portuguese authorities, within the scope of the investigation
into the Maddie case, Scotland Yard has now announced that it will send a third legal request, with more inquiries of alleged
After another visit by the English police, for a routine meeting, the day before yesterday, as reported
by CM, this new request for help is seen as a sign of "pressure" on the Portuguese police.
to findings by CM, the second letter of request has still not officially arrived with the Faro PJ police officers.
"The English police can make a request for an understanding. The Public Ministry, under Portuguese law, could
refuse to authorise," a legal source told CM.
According to the English press, the commissionaire Martin Hewitt,
who is coordinating the British investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann – which occurred on 3rd May
2007, in Praia da Luz – "a letter with detailed requests was sent" on Friday, a legal action that is "part
of an on-going process". He added that they "are procedures to enable the investigation to continue successfully".
Chinese whispers, 14 February 2014
|Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt
By Nigel Moore
What the Evening Standard reports:
'Mr Hewitt said so far
the Yard had not asked the Portugese (sic) authorities to interview or arrest any suspects.'
Press Association reports:
'Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said that so far
no requests to carry out interviews or arrests had been made.'
What the Daily Mirror
'He said no requests for interviews or arrests have been made so far.'
the Daily Mail reports:
'However, the Met Police has refused to comment on the reports
- with Mr Hewitt claiming no requests for interviews or arrests have been made so far.'
What Martin Hewitt
actually said (courtesy of Daily Express):
"Nobody has been arrested. We have
not asked for anyone to be arrested. So far no one has been interviewed as a witness."
- In other words,
Mr Hewitt does not rule out the possibility that interview requests have been made. He only clarifies that "so far"
no interviews have taken place.
This is consistent with the report in Jornal de Notícias, which states that
the second letter of request - seemingly a request to interview certain people - has yet to be carried out.
Madeleine McCann case is 'moving forward'
top officer says amid reports of police closing in on three prime suspects, 14 February 2014
Madeleine McCann case is 'moving forward' top officer
says amid reports of police closing in on three prime suspects Daily Mail
By SOPHIE JANE EVANS
- Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt says 'tempo' of investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine
McCann is 'moving forward'
- British detectives have issued third request for help to Portuguese police
officer has travelled to Portugal this week to meet authorities
- Comes amid reports that police are closing in on
three 'prime suspects'
- Data suggests a burglary gang was operating near time of disappearance
vanished from family's apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007
- Investigation was reopened by Portuguese authorities
in October last year
14 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:33, 14 February 2014
The Scotland Yard investigation into
the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is 'moving forward', a top officer has revealed.
have issued a new request for help to their Portuguese counterparts in a bid to discover what happened to the youngster.
It comes amid reports that police are closing in on three 'prime suspects' believed to have been involved
in the toddler's disappearance.
British detectives have issued a new request for help to their Portuguese counterparts in a bid to discover what happened
to Madeleine McCann (pictured), who went missing in Praia da Luz in May 2007
Inquiry: Deputy Assistant
Commissioner Martin Hewitt, right, said Scotland Yard had sent a third international letter of request to Portuguese officials.
Left, Madeleine was nearly four years old when she disappeared
Today, Metropolitan Police Deputy
Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, who is overseeing the operation, said police had sent a third international letter
of request to Portuguese officials.
'Clearly the investigative tempo is moving forward as we're progressing
the investigation and the work that we're asking the Portuguese to undertake for us,' he said.
sent a further detailed letter of request which went out from the Crown Prosecution Service on Friday.
is part of an ongoing process. We are carrying on our liaison at all levels.'
Emotional: Kate and Gerry
McCann give a press conference about their daughter following her disappearance
Scene: Madeleine went
missing from the Ocean Club (pictured) as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant
Leads: It comes amid
reports that police are closing in on three 'prime suspects' believed to be involved in the toddler's disappearance.
Data analysis suggests a burglary gang had been operating nearby at the time
He added that further
letters of request would be sent to Portugal on a 'routine' basis as the probe gathers pace.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is leading the hunt for Madeleine, has travelled to Portugal this week to meet
senior officers in the Algarve.
Last month, three prime suspects in Madeleine's disappearance were identified
by Scotland Yard officers.
Analysis of mobile phone data suggested a burglary gang was operating very near to
where she vanished in Portugal in May 2007.
Scotland Yard has stressed that the third request for help is a routine part of the inquiry
Meeting: Detective Chief
Inspector Andy Redwood (pictured), who is leading the hunt for Madeleine, has travelled to Portugal this week to meet senior
officers in the Algarve
The three men made an unusually high number of calls to each other in
the hours after Madeleine was reported missing from her holiday flat.
Police are believed to be closing in on
the thieves, including at least one Portuguese man, who had already carried out one raid in the resort of Praia da Luz,
according to the Daily Express.
However, the Met Police has refused to comment on the reports - with Mr Hewitt
claiming no requests for interviews or arrests have been made so far.
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
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
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.
Today, Scotland Yard
stressed that the third international letter of request is a routine part of the inquiry - and would not reveal what it
Letters of request are typically used to ask the Portuguese police to carry out certain pieces of work on
the British force's behalf.
A spokesman for Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, told the newspaper
that the latest request for help was 'a significant development' in the case.
Police chiefs link three burglars to Maddie
disappearance, 14 February 2014
Police chiefs link three burglars to Maddie disappearance
BRITISH detectives hunting Madeleine McCann have urged Portuguese police to catch three "prime suspect"
By Jerry Lawton / Published
14th February 2014
Scotland Yard officers want to quiz the trio after spending months
probing the thieves' mobile phone data.
It shows the raiders were close to the holiday apartment at Praia da
Luz where Maddie, then three, was abducted in May 2007.
The burglary gang, who were operating in the Algarve resort
in the days up to Madeleine's disappearance, are now the main focus of the Scotland Yard investigation.
the probe has been delayed by international red tape. Every time officers want to follow up a new lead they have to ask the
Crown Prosecution Service to write to their Portuguese counterparts, who then pass the request to local police.
it was revealed a third letter has been sent asking for further inquiries into the raiders who are still at large.
Met Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt told the Daily Star: "The investigative tempo is moving
forward. Investigative activity is increasing."
Last night Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, who is heading the
UK hunt for Madeleine, was in Portugal meeting senior officers.
A spokesman for Madeleine's parents Kate and
Gerry, 45, from Rothley, Leics, said sending the letters was a significant development.
cops: Catch the three burglars Daily Star (paper edition)
[Text of paper edition same as online edition]
Daily Star says..
McCanns' new hope
Friday, February 14, 2014
IT'S been nearly seven years since Madeleine McCann went missing.
And nearly seven
years of pain and heartache for her parents Kate and Gerry.
But now there is new hope.
say the investigation is stepping up a gear.
The search is on for three "prime suspect" burglars operating
in the area where Maddie disappeared in 2007.
Detectives are now convinced the raiders hold the clues to finally
finding the missing girl.
But it's up to the Portuguese police to pull their weight and help snare them.
It's the least that Kate and Gerry deserve.
They have never stopped fighting for the truth.
There have been so many cruel false dawns.
Let's hope the crucial breakthrough comes soon.
Madeleine: Police close in on 3 suspects,
14 February 2014
Madeleine: Police close in on 3 suspects Daily
Express (paper edition)
Breakthrough as British detectives return to Portugal
By Paul Jeeves
[text same as online
TURN TO PAGE 5
Madeleine McCann: Police close in on three suspects
in Portugal Daily Express
BRITISH police are closing in on three burglars identified as prime suspects in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
By: Paul Jeeves
Fri, February 14, 2014
They are stepping up pressure on their Portuguese counterparts
to help gather evidence against the gang.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is leading the UK hunt
for Madeleine, was in Portugal last night discussing the next move with senior local officers.
So far the process
has been caught up in red tape, causing frustrating delays. It was revealed yesterday that Scotland Yard have sent a third
letter to Portugal asking police there to make further inquiries.
None of the three suspects has been arrested
or even faced questioning yet. Yard officers spent months investigating mobile phone data which places them close to the holiday
apartment in Praia da Luz where three-year-old Madeleine vanished on May 3, 2007.
But every time they want to follow
up a new lead they have to ask the Crown Prosecution Service to write to their Portuguese counterparts, who then forward the
request to local police.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt revealed yesterday that
the "tempo" of the Yard investigation was increasing. And he said further letters requesting more inquiries would
now be fired off to Portugal "routinely" as the investigation gathers pace.
"We sent a further detailed
letter of request which went out from the Crown Prosecution Service on Friday," he said.
been three letters so far. This is the process we are working with.
"As we get information back from the request
letters that have already gone out, that generates new activity. The letter of request is for us to ask the police to undertake
a policing activity. It could be a range of things that could include interviewing somebody. This is part of an on-going process.
They are now going to be going out routinely.
"I can't go into the detail as they are formal legal documents
that go from our Crown Prosecution Service to the prosecuting authorities in Portugal. But clearly the investigative tempo
is moving forward.
"Nobody has been arrested. We have not asked for anyone to be arrested. So far no one has
been interviewed as a witness. But we are progressing with the investigation and the work we are asking the Portuguese to
"We are still at the point of gathering evidence. Andy Redwood is over there again. There is a
senior officer in the Portuguese police who is working with us. Andy goes regularly to meet him to ensure the work is undertaken
the way we want. Investigative activity is increasing."
Mr Hewitt admitted the letter sending, which started
in July, created a delay but he said it was a judicial process the force had to stick to. "At the moment we are not in
a formal joint investigation in a legal sense," he said. "We are working with the Portuguese. They are doing the
inquiries on our behalf."
Analysis of the three burglars' mobiles showed they made an unusually high number
of calls to each other in the hours that followed Madeleine's disappearance.
Police believe the suspects, including
at least one Portuguese man, had already carried out a previous raid in the resort, disturbing a child.
parents, who had been drinking outside the property, rushed inside to find the intruders had fled. During their original investigation,
Portuguese police attached no significance to the break-in, which happened a few days before Madeleine vanished.
A spokesman for her parents Kate and Gerry McCann described the sending of the police letters as "a significant development".
Madeleine McCann cops say they've
made good progress and the search is moving forwards, 14 February 2014
Madeleine McCann cops say they've made good progress
and the search is moving forwards Daily Mirror
By Russell Myers | Feb 14, 2014 00:00
Yard working closely with Portuguese police and have just sent third letter to appeal for more help
The Scotland Yard probe into Madeleine McCann's disappearance
is "moving forward", a top officer declared yesterday.
British detectives have sent a third "letter
of request" for help to Portuguese colleagues hunting for the youngster, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt
Another senior officer, Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood, flew out again this week to meet police in the Algarve.
Mr Hewitt said: "We sent a further detailed letter of request, which went out from the Crown Prosecution Service
last Friday. This is part of an ongoing process and such letters will now be going out routinely.
tempo is moving forward as we progress the investigation and with the work we're asking the Portuguese to do for us.
We’re carrying on our liaison at all levels."
He said no requests for interviews or arrests have been
made so far.
Maddie, three, was snatched on holiday at Praia da Luz in 2007. The Yard launched a new probe last
English want to question more people in the
Maddie case, 13 February 2014
English want to question more people in the Maddie case
Jornal de Notícias
18.37 [13 February 2014]
With thanks to Astro for translation
|Maddie disappeared in 2007
The British police is going to send the third rogatory letter
concerning the Madeleine McCann case to Portugal. The decision was communicated to the Judiciary Police during a meeting that
took place this Thursday in Faro.
Scotland Yard detectives are going to ask for more people out of the approximately
forty persons that they consider "of interest" within the investigation into the disappearance of the child, in
Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, in 2007.
A source at the PJ confirms the meeting which was used, just like the ones
before, to take stock of the judiciary cooperation between both countries.
This new request for judiciary assistance
appears at a time when the diligences that are included in the second rogatory letter still have to be carried out, namely
the questioning of three former workers at the resort where the child disappeared from, searches and analyses of bank accounts.
Madeleine McCann cops admit 'tempo of
investigation is moving forward' after requesting more help from Portuguese police, 13 February 2014
Madeleine McCann cops admit 'tempo of investigation is
moving forward' after requesting more help from Portuguese police Daily Mirror
By Anthony Bond | Feb 13, 2014 16:29
Yard revealed today it had sent a third international letter of request to the authorities in Portugal
Cops investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have sent
a new request for help to Portuguese police - after admitting the 'tempo is moving forward'.
Yard revealed today it had sent a third international letter of request to the authorities in Portugal. The force said that
the document was a routine part of their inquiry, but would not reveal what the letter said.
are used to ask the Portuguese police to carry out certain pieces of work on the British force's behalf.
came as Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt admitted that the inquiry was making progress.
He said: "Clearly
the investigative tempo is moving forward as we are progressing the investigation and the work we are asking the Portuguese
to undertake for us. We are carrying on our liaison at all levels."
He said so far no requests to carry out
interviews or arrests had been made.
"We sent a further detailed letter of request which went out from the
CPS on Friday", he said
"This is part of an ongoing process. The way this investigation is working at
the moment is we are using that process, letters of request, and they are now going to be going out routinely."
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood has travelled to Portugal again this week for a routine meeting with investigators
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
Madeleine McCann detectives send third letter
of request to Portuguese authorities, 13 February 2014
|Madeleine McCann detectives send third letter of request
to Portuguese authorities The Herald
[By Press Association]
Thursday 13 February 2014
prosecutors have sent a third international letter of request to Portuguese authorities on behalf of detectives investigating
the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Scotland Yard stressed that the document, sent on Friday, was a routine
part of their inquiry but would not reveal what the letter said.
The communications are used to ask the Portuguese
police to carry out certain pieces of work on the British force's behalf.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin
Hewitt said that so far no requests to carry out interviews or arrests had been made.
He said: "We sent a
further detailed letter of request which went out from the CPS on Friday.
"This is part of an ongoing process.
"The way this investigation is working at the moment is we are using that process, letters of request, and they
are now going to be going out routinely."
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood has travelled to Portugal
again this week for a routine meeting with investigators there.
Mr Hewitt added: "Clearly the investigative
tempo is moving forward as we're progressing the investigation and the work that we're asking the Portuguese to undertake
"We're carrying on our liaison at all levels."
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.
'Tempo of Madeleine McCann inquiry moving
forwards,' say detectives, 13 February 2014
'Tempo of Madeleine McCann inquiry moving forwards,'
say detectives Evening Standard
Missing: Madeleine McCann was taken
from the Ocean Club in Portugal
JUSTIN DAVENPORT, CRIME EDITOR
Published: 13 February 2014
Updated: 13:49, 13 February 2014
investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have issued a new request for help to the Portuguese authorities.
The development came as a senior Scotland Yard officer said the "tempo" of the inquiry into the missing toddler
was "moving forward."
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, who is overseeing the operation, said
the Yard had sent a third international letter of request to Portuguese officials linked to their inquiries.
said: "Clearly the investigative tempo is moving forward as we are progressing the investigation and the work we are
asking the Portuguese to undertake for us. We are carrying on our liaison at all levels."
Members of the inquiry
team, including Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, were in Portugal again today on a "routine visit" to meet
counterparts from Portugal's Policia Judiciaria.
Madeleine was nearly four when she disappeared from her room
in the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz where she was staying with her family in 2007.
Scotland Yard launched
a fresh investigation into the girl's disappearance last July – two years into a review of the case – and
made renewed appeals on television in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.
Detectives in the UK must submit International
Letters of Request to their counterparts overseas in order to get action undertaken in a foreign country.
discussions between the two forces are believed to have centred on a burglary gang who had targeted homes in the resort at
the time Madeleine vanished.
Mobile phone records are said to have revealed that three suspected burglars repeatedly
called each other in the hours after Madeleine disappeared.
Mr Hewitt said so far the Yard had not asked the Portugese
authorities to interview or arrest any suspects.
Scotland Yard has played down speculation of imminent arrests
in the case saying they are pursuing several lines of inquiry. Met officers have been to Portugal more than 20 times in the
past 18 months.
In October, Portuguese authorities said a review had uncovered information prompting them to reopen
their own inquiry.
No-one has been arrested.
Swimming Against The Tide, 11 February
Swimming Against The Tide
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.
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
'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
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.'
'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.'
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.
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:
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.
Monday's Child, 10 February 2014
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com
By Dr Martin Roberts
10 February 2014
According to her parents Madeleine
McCann disappeared sometime between 9.15 and 10.00 p.m. on Thursday night, May 3, 2007, having last been seen by her father within
If that's where the story begins, then why should the parents and their holiday-making friends have
made false statements in relation to each of the four preceding days (Monday – Thursday)?
lie gives time and place:
Monday morning, April 30th
Kate McCann (6.9.2007):
'When asked, she said that the cleaning, which was provided by the resort, took place on Monday and Wednesday.
'The window in the deponent's bedroom was closed and she knows they use the shutters, even because Gerry
broke them and they were repaired on the Monday.'
Kate McCann (2011): 'On Tuesday 1 May,
after my tennis lesson, two maintenance workers came to have a look at our washing machine, which I couldn't
get to operate. Gerry had also managed to break the window shutter mechanism in our bedroom shortly after we'd arrived,
in spite of the sign asking guests to be gentle with it. What can I say? It's the Gerry touch . . . The two men
looked at the washing machine first. Once they'd established that the problem was something simple – not
quite as simple as me not having pressed the 'on' button, but not much more complicated than that – I
went to meet Gerry, whose lesson had started at ten-fifteen, leaving them to fix the shutter.'
Tuesday's lie - a pictured face:
Kate McCann (2011):
'During Gerry's tennis lesson, Madeleine and Ella came to the adjoining court with their Mini Club for a mini-tennis
session... I ran back to our apartment for my camera to record the occasion. One of my photographs is known around the world
now: a smiling Madeleine clutching armfuls of tennis balls.'
Rachael Oldfield (Rogatory interview):
1578 "The third of May, are you able to summarise the days activities"?
"Yeah, ...I think Diane might have been there as well, remember chatting to Kate cos we were talking about schools
and that sort of thing, erm and holidays, erm and then I think it must have been at about ten thirty, Madeleine and Ella
and their sort of group came to have a tennis lesson as part of their crèche activities, erm and Kate didn't have
her camera and Jane was there then as well and Jane took some photos of both Madeleine and Ella, that's one, that poster
of Madeleine with the tennis balls, that sort of pictures".
1578 "That was taken on the"?
Reply "Yeah that was that morning."
erm so we sort of watched them have their tennis lesson, erm and there were a few other parents there, sort of taking photos
and that sort of thing."
Wednesday's lie is another game:
Jane Tanner (Rogatory interview):
4078 "Okay. And can you remember what happened then for
the rest of the day from your point of view?"
Reply "No. Err the Wednesday, err again I think it would
have just been a, Evie would have had a sleep and just round the pool or in the, each other apartments, until, until high
tea but I think Ella, and Ella would have, Ella went to err, Ella went to the err the kids club. Actually that morning was
the morning Ella and Madeleine had the tennis lesson I think on the Wednesday. You've got the picture of..."
There was only one mini-tennis session scheduled for Madeleine's play group – on the Monday morning (10.00
– 11.00 a.m.).
Thursday's lie, a crying shame:
Kate McCann (2011): 'Why didn't you come when Sean and I cried last night?' (a question
attributed to Madeleine).
Kate McCann (6.9.2007): 'Thursday, during breakfast, Madeleine said to both of
them that she had been crying and that nobody had come to her room' (a statement attributed
Kate McCann (4.5.2007): 'She reports only one episode where, on the morning of Thursday the
3rd, Madeleine asked the witness why she had not come to look in the bedroom when the twins were crying.'
Gerry McCann (4.5.2007): 'on the morning of May 3rd, MADELEINE asked her father, GERALD, why he had not
come into her bedroom when the twins were crying.'
Gerry McCann (10.5.2007): 'When they
were having breakfast, MADELEINE addressed her mother and asked her "why didn't you come last night when SEAN
and I were crying?"'
Monday's child was fair of face,
full of grace,
Wednesday's child was full of woe,
Thursday's child had far to go.
Alberta McCann?, 09 February 2014
EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com
By Dr Martin Roberts
09 February 2014
Those of a certain age may recall
the film Albert R.N., which tells the true story of how a number of naval officers, imprisoned in Germany during the Second
World War, escaped undetected, whilst their beleaguered colleagues substituted a uniformed dummy during the role calls. It
was all about filling what would otherwise have been a noticeable void.
"You may be wondering not only what
relevance all these minute details might have to anything, but also how I can recall them so distinctly and how accurate my
recollections can possibly be. The answer is that, within a couple of days, every single apparently inconsequential thing
that happened on that holiday would become vitally important, and Gerry and I would soon be painstakingly trying to extract
from our brains every tiny incident, no matter how small, that might have been significant". (Kate McCann in 'madeleine').
Madeleine McCann's disappearance was announced on the night of Thursday 3 May, 2007. That it took 'a couple
of days' for 'every single apparently inconsequential thing that happened on that holiday' to become 'vitally
important' perhaps explains why Kate could remember absolutely nothing about either the Monday or the Tuesday
when making her statement to the Portuguese police on 4 May. The inconsequential things had not yet become vitally important
obviously. Give them a day or two to ripen in the mind, as they did in Gerry's, who at least (10 May) slipped in an account
of the family's beach trip on the Tuesday afternoon, 1 May; a recreational alternative decided and acted upon by both
parents. And yet Gerry McCann's own observations regarding Monday amount also to absolutely nothing, despite
his extensive recall of the Sunday before.
So what did Kate have to say about either day (Monday, Tuesday) when
re-interviewed months later, on 6 September?
Again, nothing. ("When asked about the 1st of May 2007, a holiday,
she says that on that day they left the apartment around 8:30PM, the same time that was repeated every night."). Nothing
save mention of the shutters in the parents' bedroom:
'...she knows they use the shutters, even because
Gerry broke them and they were repaired on the Monday'.
Except the repair in question was not carried out on
the Monday, but Tuesday morning, between 10.00 and 11.00 a.m.
What on earth has become of those 'vitally important
inconsequential things'? Recollections which we are told required but a couple of days to mature in fact took four years!
It is in 'madeleine' that we learn (?) the detail of the maintenance staff visit to 5A that Tuesday morning,
to explain the workings of the washing machine and to repair the bedroom shutter. Kate leaves them to it, we are told, as
she unexpectedly turns photographer at the tennis courts, where Madeleine unexpectedly appears for mini-tennis (her playgroup
was scheduled to be swimming at the pool). We also gain an understanding of the emotional trauma brought on by having to cross
the road for ice cream, and the practicality of sunglasses in more southerly climes.
Kate, who finds herself belatedly
able to wax lyrical in retrospect about Tuesday May 1st remains totally silent regarding Monday April 30th.
was Madeleine on the Monday? What did she do for over two and half hours in-between leaving the crèche for lunch at
12.30 and returning again at 3.15 p.m., for a mere fifteen minutes? She must have been needed for some significant purpose
to have been removed so swiftly. What was of such importance that she had to forfeit her afternoon garden adventure and mini
It is clear from the signed record of attendance that Madeleine McCann was not at the crèche beyond
3.30 p.m. so where was she?
In the P.O.W. camp it took two naval officers to hold the stand-in in place. The McCanns
likewise have a space to fill in their story, yet neither of them could keep their end up sufficiently as to give a convincing
impression. Not then. Not now.
Mum claims Madeleine McCann kidnappers
may have tried to snatch her child in Algarve weeks beforehand, 09 February 2014
Mum claims Madeleine McCann kidnappers may have tried
to snatch her child in Algarve weeks beforehand Daily Mirror
By Gemma Aldridge | Feb 09, 2014 00:00
are to interview the mother whose drink was spiked by gypsy gang who showed an unnatural interest in her fair-haired daughter
Target: Mum with daughter on terror holiday
Madeleine McCann's kidnappers may have tried to snatch another blonde British toddler weeks before she vanished.
A mum has told Scotland Yard she believes "gypsy" restaurant staff in the Algarve spiked her drink then
tried to carry her year-old daughter to a getaway car waiting outside.
She says she reported the dramatic incident
to the Find Madeleine campaign line in 2007, but they were then too busy pursuing other lines of inquiry.
now police from Operation Grange are set to interview the mum for a second time in two months in the hope it will uncover
new evidence in the hunt for Madeleine.
The 30-year-old, who does not want to be named, was holidaying with her
mother and her daughter in Montechoro near Albufeira – 30 miles from Praia da Luz where Maddie, three, vanished six
She says she became aware of a gang of migrants from the former Soviet Union, working on the resort's
strip, taking a sinister interest in her girl.
"It was terrifying, like something out of a film," said
the mum. "From the first day of the holiday, a young dark-haired man kept popping up wherever we went. We would arrive
at a restaurant and he'd show up minutes later as though he had been tipped off.
"It was low season so
everywhere was quiet. There were about three or four restaurants open but the same staff would show up where we were. They
all knew the dark-haired man. It felt like the Eastern European mafia was watching us.
"On the third night
the man walked up to us, and chatted to us – but all about my daughter. He was obsessed, playing with her, stroking
her hair. It was very over-familiar. He kept touching her and commenting on her blonde hair.
"She was struggling
to eat her fish fingers and he picked them up and tried to feed them to her. It was all very uncomfortable.
was about 25 and my mum told him it was unusual to see someone his age interested in children. He said he had nephews back
home. And he kept saying how cute she was," said the mum.
Missing: Madeleine McCann
The night before
their flight home, things took a nightmarish twist. "He knew we were leaving," said the mum. "We went into
a restaurant and he arrived.
"There was a middle-aged couple who had served us before at another place. They
were all over my daughter.
"They told me they missed their children in Uzbekistan and begged me to let them
In the meantime they had served her with a glass of rosé wine.
an hour I felt really dizzy," said the mum. "I knew I'd been drugged. It was only us in the restaurant and
I felt vulnerable. I stood up and told mum we had to leave. As I did, the woman lifted my daughter out of her high chair
and walked to the door.
"I heard an engine running. The man had vanished. I was terrified and managed to grab
her back and barge the woman out of the way.
"We ran back to the hotel in the dark and bolted ourselves in
the room. We were so frightened."
The mum contacted police last October after a blonde girl found living
with Roma gypsies in Greece was mistakenly thought to be Madeleine.
She said: "I've given a statement
to Scotland Yard, and they are arranging to interview me again.
"I'll do anything I can to help. I didn't
want to push it at the time because the investigators had their own theories.
But now I'm speaking out. I can't
be the only mum who has had a near-miss. Someone might know something that could change the investigation.
are taking what happened to us seriously."
Her revelation comes days after it was revealed another family
fear their young daughter was almost snatched in the Algarve in 2010.
Met detectives are still awaiting permission
to question three ex-staff at the complex in Praia da Luz where the McCanns were staying in May 2007.
Madeleine cover-up, 09 February 2014
Madeleine cover-up Sunday Express (paper edition)
Resort staff did not tell police that keys to McCanns'
whole block had been stolen
From James Murray
INVESTIGATIONS EDITOR IN PRAIA DA LUZ
KEYS to the holiday apartment from which Madeleine
McCann was abducted were lost shortly before she vanished, it was claimed last night.
were not informed about the loss of potentially crucial evidence which could unlock the seven-year mystery.
Express investigation in Portugal has revealed astonishing new information which, if proved, suggests the kidnap was well
planned and executed using stolen keys. Amid claims that Portuguese police were about to arrest three former workers at the
Ocean Club in Praia
TURN TO PAGE 7
Apartment key theft cover-up by resort staff
in Madeleine McCann case Sunday Express
KEYS to the holiday apartment from which Madeleine McCann was abducted were lost shortly before she vanished, it was claimed
By: James Murray
Sun, February 9, 2014
However, police were not informed about the loss of potentially crucial
evidence which could unlock the seven-year mystery.
A Sunday Express investigation in Portugal has revealed astonishing
new information which, if proved, suggests the kidnap was well planned and executed using stolen keys.
that Portuguese police are about to arrest three former workers at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, based on information gathered
by Scotland Yard, we tracked down a former maintenance worker at the complex whose revelations could change the direction
of the international investigation.
The retired man, whose identity we have agreed to protect, said: "I have
kept this to myself for long enough, so now it is right to tell people what happened.
"There was another maintenance
worker at the Ocean Club who said he had lost a set of keys for the whole of block five."
Kate and Gerry McCann,
their twins Sean and Amelie and eldest daughter Madeleine, were staying in apartment 5a in the block, where there had been
a spate of burglaries in the weeks before she vanished.
The former Ocean Club worker revealed: "I remember
my colleague telling some of us the keys to that block had been lost.
"He told us about it in the week when
the child was taken but I cannot remember the exact day. In the maintenance department we kept duplicates of all keys to the
"They were on a long cable and very clearly marked and we kept them in a safe.
there was a problem, a water leak, a gas leak, it was important for us to have entry to apartments if the owners or guests
"When the man told us about the lost keys, he started crying. He was very upset. He was worried
about losing his job, I think, and he did not want others to know about it.
"After the child disappeared,
we all had to give statements to the police but I did not mention the keys had been lost because I did not think it was relevant."
Shortly after Madeleine went missing, the world's media descended on the Ocean Club and staff were told not to
speak to journalists and to co-operate fully with police.
It was widely reported then that someone may have entered 5a through
unlocked patio doors so people were not suggesting stolen duplicate keys could have been used to gain access through the front
The man said: "This has been on my mind for a long time and you are the first person I have told about
it. I did not want to get the other man into trouble, I suppose.
"I didn't really like the man and I didn't
want trouble from him. He was always doing nasty pranks. Once he put fibreglass in my work trousers which is not nice because
it rubs against the skin and hurts.
"He was a young, confident man and I was a lot older than him and we just
didn't get on. In fact, he was the reason I left the job. After the little girl was taken, the atmosphere was really bad.
It was not a good place to work."
The Sunday Express has seen the statement the man gave to Portuguese police
shortly after Madeleine was taken on the evening of May 3, 2007 ,and there is no mention of him stating keys had gone missing.
A Portuguese newspaper reported last week that police were particularly interested in a driver at the Ocean Club who
dropped guests at the apartments after they arrived from Faro airport.
The man said: "On that night I was
asked to do some driving because the man who was supposed to do the driving did not arrive at work. I remember ringing my
wife and telling her I would be late home that night."
Now that the man has come forward with new information
he is likely to have to give a more detailed statement to police.
British police CAN still solve Madeleine
McCann mystery despite the problems of working with foreign forces, 08 February 2014
British police CAN still solve Madeleine McCann mystery
despite the problems of working with foreign forces Daily Mirror
The former Met Commissioner has investigated high-profile deaths
overseas and is aware of the hurdles Scotland Yard detectives face in Portugal
Still missing: Madeleine McCann
Kate and Gerry McCann have found over the past seven years, the Portuguese criminal and judicial system is very different
to what we are used to at home.
So much so that they found themselves being publicly named as suspects at an early
stage of the investigation to find their missing daughter Madeleine.
British police are now trying to play catch-up
and provide the thorough examination of the facts and evidence that appears to have been so badly mishandled back in 2007.
It is no wonder that the Portuguese police feel vulnerable about what they have – or haven't – done
in the past.
This makes the building of a strong relationship between the new teams involved so crucial to any
successful progress in this case. It has to be a partnership and not a competition to see who makes the next breakthrough.
There are some positive signs that the Portuguese and Scotland Yard investigative teams are working together, but
some difficulties remain. This week, for instance, it has been reported that they were investigating different targets.
When our police work overseas they do not have the power of arrest. They can advise and make a request but it has
to be carried out for them. Every move needs to be sanctioned and supported by the local force.
This can be a
very frustrating and time-consuming process but needs to be followed to the letter if any breakthrough is to be achieved.
It also needs to be done properly if any subsequent prosecutions are to stand the best chance of success.
from the cultural and language barriers, you should not underestimate the complexity and sensitivity of our police officers
working with their colleagues from overseas. That is why police officers need to be skilled diplomats when on foreign soil.
They know they will only make progress if they work with the local force and respect the way they go about their
work – even if it seems to be very slow and ponderous.
As I found with my inquiry into the death of Diana,
Princess of Wales, patience is needed by both home and overseas forces to build a partnership that can deliver results which
stand the test of whichever country’s judicial system will be governing the investigation.
getting some of the 600 plus evidential exhibits released for analysis back in England was just one of the obstacles we faced.
It took time, but we eventually got the agreement of the French authorities to go ahead and bring the crash car back
This helped us conduct a complete reconstruction of the collision. The results proved hugely important
in enabling a proper assessment to take place at the inquest in London.
But there can also be difficulties dealing
with different forces closer to home.
During my inquiries into collusion and murder in Northern Ireland,
my team came face to face with those responsible for the original investigations – some of whom had been accused of
committing the crimes themselves.
It was little wonder that our work touched many raw nerves and sensitivities.
Gaining the confidence and trust of the local force, the victims and their families was crucial, while following
the evidence wherever it took us.
This was not easy as we faced a concerted campaign to discredit the inquiry.
It took more than 15 years and three linked inquiries to get to the bottom of what had been going on.
got us through many difficult moments, including mental and physical pressures and threats.
Many courageous officers
from the Royal Ulster Constabulary were keen to help us with our enquiries. However, some were very evasive and defensive.
We met walls of silence. Secret Intelligence records disappeared from files.
The safety and security of
the team was forever uppermost in my mind. Especially when our offices burnt down one night. Mysteriously, the smoke alarms
and heat sensors failed to go off and the telephone lines were cut.
Senior RUC officers blamed a secret unit in
British military intelligence. To this day it has never been proven but I believe I know who was responsible.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner, I was invited to send a team to Jamaica to investigate a shooting. The starting point here
was gaining the support of their government for the professionals who would be doing the legwork.
and guidance of the Foreign Office, our High Commissioner and his team in Jamaica was crucial to making progress.
They put us on the right track with the right connections to steer the team through the local systems and structures. All
of this takes a lot of time and patience.
With crime increasingly taking on an international dimension it is essential
that police officers can get co-operation from the governments and police forces of every country – not just in Europe
but across the whole world.
Scotland Yard has a long history of conducting investigations overseas and they know
better than anyone how to get on with their foreign partners.
That is why the Home Secretary asked them back in
2011 to look in to the Madeleine McCann case to try and find out what happened to her.
It might appear painfully
slow, but rest assured they will be doing all they can to give the family the answers they are looking for.
anyone can solve this case... they can.
Yet more Madeleine misinformation, 06 February
Yet more Madeleine misinformation Portugal Newswatch
Posted by Len Port at 9:22 AM
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Churning out the news without a care
The recent flurry of fictitious reports about the Madeleine McCann
case is another example of how far quality journalism has been replaced by the latest form of 'churnalism.'
A story is concocted by a reporter and published on the website of a major newspaper or TV network. Within hours, it has
been copied, rewritten or translated without anyone bothering to check for accuracy. If it is sensational enough, the story
is then regurgitated around the world.
The media have long been able to share important information from established
news agencies and other reliable sources. The rot set in with the upsurge some years ago of propaganda and slanted press releases
put out by PR people. The Internet has dramatically speeded and simplified shoddy, second-hand reporting.
has now reached unprecedented levels with media organisations shamelessly copying one another online. As a result, a profusion
of misinformation is spewed out daily.
Last week's excitement over the Madeleine McCann case was based on the
fact that four Scotland Yard detectives flew to the Algarve to meet with Polícia Judiciária counterparts. The
visit followed a letter of request sent by the British Crown Prosecution Service to the Portuguese equivalent.
in both countries refused to comment on the contents of the letter or the reason for the visit. This did not stop the British
tabloids from improvising. They spoke of "a dramatic breakthrough" and claimed that the arrest of three burglars
Kate and Gerry McCann were said to be "on tenderhooks" and being "kept
fully informed" about the latest developments.
These "exclusive" assertions in the Daily Mirror were picked
up and used not only by competing tabloids, but by 'quality' papers such as the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph.
Portuguese papers did not jump on the bandwagon, but the revelation of a 'breakthrough' spun around the world
and found its way into the Sydney Morning Herald, the Times of India, the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast to name but
a few online services.
The Epoch Times, which prides itself on being published in 21 languages in 35 countries
across five continents, was running the same "imminent arrest" yarn on the same day ITV mercifully set the record
straight with the headline: "No imminent plans to make any arrests in Madeleine McCann case."
the meeting between British and Portuguese detectives as "a routine part of the investigation to establish what happened
to Madeleine McCann."
USA Today quoted the British investigative reporter and former detective Mark Williams-Thomas
as saying, "this isn't a major breakthrough" and "burglars don’t abduct children."
By then the media damage had been done. As the Sunday Mirror columnist Carole Malone put it: "How devastating this
must all be for Kate and Gerry McCann – another flurry of headlines, more promises of suspects and arrests... and then
The copy and paste style of churnalism practised nowadays is akin to plagiarism, but who
cares? For example, a retired British police superintendent with a keen interest in the McCann case spotted that several paragraphs
in a Daily Mirror story on 28 December had been copied almost word-for-word, without quoting or crediting the source, from
a story that had appeared in the Daily Mail on 15 October. He brought this to the attention of both papers and the Press Complaints
Commission. They expressed little interest.
Journalistic analysts put the growth in churnalism down to a combination
of things, including increased competition, reduced revenues and inadequate staff with insufficient time to verify and properly
It is likely to get ever more frantic. We have already moved on from last week's "imminent
arrests" to this week's tabloid revelation that "detectives are probing a Portuguese gypsy site just 15 minutes
away from where Madeleine was snatched."
Well, maybe, but for starters the place the foreign media are talking
about is not a gypsy site at all.
One thing is certain though: the media will continue to churn out this sort of
rubbish as long as there are people who want to read it.
Madeleine McCann: Cops probing claims
a kidnapper tried to snatch another British tot from holiday flat in Portugal, 06 February 2014
Madeleine McCann: Cops probing claims a kidnapper tried
to snatch another British tot from holiday flat in Portugal Daily Mirror
By Piers Eady | Feb 06, 2014 02:01
mum has told Scotland Yard how she chased an intruder away from her Algarve apartment after she found him heading towards
her child's cot
Missing: Madeleine McCann disappeared in May 2007
Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are probing claims a kidnapper tried to snatch another
British tot from a holiday flat in Portugal.
A mum has told Scotland Yard how she chased an intruder away from
her Algarve apartment after she found him heading towards her child's cot.
The unnamed mum reported it to Portuguese
police at the time, but it is claimed they failed to search the area or take fingerprints.
three-year-old Maddy's disappearance have now interviewed the mum.
A source said: "British detectives
are keen to establish whether Portuguese officers missed a crucial line of inquiry here.
"There is some confusion
over why this was not taken more seriously."
It was reported that the mum said she heard a noise late one
night and caught the intruder heading for the cot.
The would-be-kidnapper fled the apartment, thought to be in
an apartment in an Algarve resort north of Praia da Luz, where Maddy was taken.
The alleged incident happened in
2010 - three years after Maddy vanished from her bed while on holiday with her parents Kate and Gerry and twin brother and
Scotland Yard detectives are still waiting for permission to quiz three ex-staff members at the complex
where the McCanns of Rothley, Leics, stayed.
Maddie cops hunt ex-hotel minibus driver
in fresh lead, 04 February 2014
Maddie cops hunt ex-hotel minibus driver in fresh lead Daily Star
POLICE are hunting a former minibus driver at the Algarve holiday resort where Madeleine McCann went missing.
By Paul Robins /
Published 4th February 2014
The unnamed 40-year-old used to ferry tourists between the Ocean
Club complex and Faro Airport at the time the youngster vanished.
Detectives reckon he could hold the key to cracking
the seven-year riddle of Maddie's disappearance.
Madeleine was three when she went missing from her bed in
Praia da Luz in May 2007.
Officers from Portugal's Policia Judiciaria are believed to have spent days scouring
the resort in a bid to track down the ex-Ocean Club worker.
The former minibus driver is now thought to be jobless
after a short stint working in a local bar.
A hotel worker told Portuguese media: "Three individuals who identified
themselves as PJ officers were here days ago.
"They were asking where a man who worked at the Ocean Club when
Madeleine disappeared lived.
"At the time he used to pick up tourists who were staying at the Ocean Club from
Faro Airport and at the end of their stay he would run them back to the airport."
The major breakthrough comes
after Metropolitan Police officers identified three former Ocean Club workers as prime suspects in the case.
British detectives believe the trio may be behind a string of burglaries at the holiday complex in the run-up to Maddie's
Police believe the three men would have known the layout of the Ocean Club complex and the best
escape routes for anyone taking a child.
It is one of the best leads to emerge since the Met reopened the case
following pleas from Maddie's family.
Scotland Yard officers now want to search their homes and probe their
They held a crunch meeting with senior Portuguese officials last week in the hope of gaining permission
to operate on Portuguese soil.
It follows a painstaking coldcase UK review supported by Madeleine's parents
Kate and Gerry, both 45.
A trawl of mobile phone records revealed that the three suspects were nearby and made
a number of calls to each other in the hours after Maddie was reported missing.
According to reports, people living
in the area have also pointed out how the former minibus driver "was always using his mobile phone".
theory is that the burglars raided the McCanns' flat and were panicked into snatching the youngster when she woke up.
But Brit police have also turned their attention to a notorious gypsy site seven miles from Praia da Luz.
Detectives were understood to be investigating the area of Meia Praia along
with another traveller site 30 miles away.
Last October it emerged another former worker had been made a prime
Waiter Euclides Monteiro, 40, was forced to quit his job after being caught stealing tips.
immigrant from Cape Verde was killed in a tractor accident in 2009.
His family were furious and claimed that the
Portuguese authorities were trying to use him as a scapegoat for Madeleine's disappearance.
Madeleine McCann detectives 'probe Portuguese
gypsy site 15-minutes away from holiday home where three year-old was snatched in 2007', 03 February 2014
Madeleine McCann detectives 'probe Portuguese gypsy site
15-minutes away from holiday home where three year-old was snatched in 2007' Daily Mail
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
- 'Traveller site' at Meia Praia investigated by police, according to reports
also believed to be looking into another site 30 miles away
- Police have identified three burglars
as prime suspects in disappearance
09:58, 3 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:17, 3 February 2014
A site believed to
be used to travellers close to the holiday resort where Madeleine McCann disappeared is being investigated by police leading
the probe into her disappearance, it has been claimed.
According to reports, detectives from Scotland Yard are
carrying out investigations at a site in Meia Praia, situated seven miles from the holiday apartment in Praia da Luz where
Madeleine disappeared from in May 2007.
Earlier this month the Mail exclusively revealed Scotland Yard had identified
three burglars as prime suspects.
Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine
McCann are understood to be investigating a traveller site not far from the holiday resort from where she disappeared
One theory is that the burglars raided the McCanns' flat and were panicked into snatching the youngster
when she woke up.
Analysis of mobile phone data suggests the men were close to the scene of her abduction, at
the time she went missing, and were in close contact in the hours that followed.
Last week it was reported the
three suspects had worked at the resort where Madeleine disappeared.
Details of the men's alleged links to
the Ocean Club resort in the Algarve were revealed in Portuguese newspapers with close contacts with local police.
Detectives are understood to be carrying out investigations
at Meia Praia, a site seven miles from the holiday apartment in Praia da Luz from where Madeleine disappeared in May 2007
Madeleine McCann went missing from her apartment in
The Ocean Club in Praia Da Luz in 2007
According to The Sun, officers are now also understood to be investigating
a site in the area of Meia Praia along with another site 30 miles away.
A Briton who has a holiday home near where
the McCann family stayed in Praia da Luz told the paper officers from Scotland Yard had asked him about Meia Praia.
He said: 'They wanted to know everything that I knew about the people living there.'
Meia Praia is also
believed to be home to a group of fishermen who moved into the area about 40 years ago.
Scotland Yard were unable
to confirm reports of the two sites being investigated.
Madeleine McCann madness continues - and
leaves her parents with nothing once more, 01 February 2014
Madeleine McCann madness continues - and leaves her parents
with nothing once more Sunday Mirror
Sunday Mirror columnist Carole Malone questions why small-time burglars
are suspected by Scotland Yard of snatching the little girl
Scotland Yard detectives
probing Madeleine McCann's disappearance are saying she might have been taken by three burglars who'd been robbing
apartments in the area.
Seriously? Burglars? I'm sorry, but the kind of crooks who break into holiday lets
are looking for a few euros, mobiles and a bit of jewellery.
They don't see a little girl and think, "Oh
we'll take her instead". They'd run a mile rather than kidnap a child because they're small-time.
And while they have contacts who can "fence" baubles and cameras, they're unlikely to have any who can sell
The Met are saying they believe these burglars could have taken Maddie because the night she disappeared
they were making lots of calls to each other.
Well they would if they were on the rob in an area where cops had
been alerted that a little girl was missing.
And if the Met has to write "request letters" to the Portuguese
police asking if they can search these men's homes and access their bank accounts, how close are they to arresting anyone?
Four officers from Operation Grange in Portugal last week, are now back in London having made no arrests.
How devastating this must all be for Kate and Gerry McCann – another flurry of headlines, more promises of suspects
and arrests... and then nothing. Again!
Suspects 'paid to snatch Maddy',
31 January 2014
Suspects 'paid to snatch Maddy' Daily
Express (paper edition)
By Gerard Couzens
and David Pilditch
[text same as online version]
TURN TO PAGE
Scotland Yard to examine Madeleine McCann suspects' bank accounts Daily Express
BRITISH detectives hunting Madeleine McCann's abductor want to trawl through the bank records of three new suspects,
it was claimed yesterday.
By: Gerard Couzens,
Published: Fri, January 31, 2014
The move raises fears Madeleine may have been snatched to order
and sold by her kidnapper. It is alleged the suspects worked at the Ocean Club complex in the Algarve holiday resort of Praia
da Luz where Madeleine's family were staying. The three are thought to be behind a string of burglaries at the holiday
complex before Madeleine went missing.
Scotland Yard detectives flew to Portugal this week as police prepared to
make a series of arrests.
Yesterday it was reported the team, led by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, met
their Portuguese counterparts to ask them to interview the unnamed trio, search their homes and examine their bank accounts.
It is claimed they want to find out whether large deposits were made after Madeleine vanished.
parents, Kate and Gerry, both 45, were said to be "on tenterhooks" as investigators look set to swoop on the suspects.
The couple, from Rothley, Leics, are being kept "fully informed" of developments.
Scotland Yard declined
to comment on the latest claims.
Portuguese police confirmed a three-hour meeting between Policia Judiciaria senior
investigators and a team from the Yard's Operation Grange had taken place on Tuesday.
biggest-selling newspaper reported: "British police want the Portuguese authorities to interrogate and search the homes
of three former Ocean Club employees.
"They also requested access to the bank accounts of the three suspects
to see if there were any large deposits made after the child disappeared."
The newspaper Correio da Manha
said the requests were contained in a second international letter of request from British authorities which Portugal's
Attorney General confirmed he had received last week.
The letter was forwarded to a court in the Algarve resort
of Portimao which is overseeing the reopened investigation into Madeleine's disappearance.
The Ocean Club resort
had around 130 Portuguese employees and 30 British employees when Madeleine went missing on May 3, 2007. All the British employees
are understood to have left.
Madeleine was snatched from her parents' apartment while they were dining with
friends at the club's tapas bar. It emerged last October that Portuguese police had questioned the family of a former
Ocean Club worker with a theft conviction.
Former colleagues say Euclides Monteiro, 40, was asked to leave after
taking tips meant to be shared with other waiters. Portuguese police are said to have discovered from mobile phone tracking
that he was near the club when Madeleine disappeared, even though he was no longer working there and was living in Lagos,
a 15-minute drive down the coast.
Monteiro, an immigrant from the Cape Verde islands, 350 miles off the west coast
of Africa, died in a tractor accident in 2009.
The three new suspects are said to have made a number of phone calls
to each other around the time Madeleine vanished. There were reports of several break-ins at the Ocean Club in the days running
up to her disappearance.
A spokesman for Portugal's Policia Judiciaria said in a statement: "The PJ confirms
a meeting has taken place in Faro between British and Portuguese authorities within the framework of the execution of an international
letter of request. However, the PJ will not be commenting on the content of this meeting."
the force's national director, added: "We cannot say anything else because when we cooperate with our British colleagues
within the framework of an international letter of request we are bound by professional secrecy."
McCanns' official spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Kate and Gerry will not comment on any aspect of Operation Grange
while it is continuing."
The couple's lawyer in Portugal, Rogerio Alves, said he was aware that Scotland
Yard wanted to question three suspects.
The Yard team flew back to the UK declining to comment.
Maddie prime suspects worked at hol
resort, 31 January 2014
Maddie prime suspects worked at hol resort Daily
Mirror (paper edition)
HOPE FOR THE MCCANNS
3 burglars may have been disturbed by missing
BY DAVID COLLINS in Praia da Luz
THREE ex-staff at the resort where Madeleine McCann vanished are now the prime
suspects in her kidnap.
British police believe they did a string of burglaries at the Praia da Luz complex.
The missing child, three, may have disturbed them.
Met officers want to search their homes and bank accounts.
FULL STORY: PAGEs 4&5
Madeleine McCann cops want to raid
homes of three prime suspects who were working at holiday complex Daily Mirror
By David Collins | Jan 31, 2014 00:00
officers believe the men would have known the layout of the Ocean Club at Praia da Luz and been aware of the best escape routes
for anyone taking a child
Investigation: Madeleine McCann and Praia Da Luz Ocean
Club Resort PA/Sunday Mirror
Police hunting for missing Madeleine McCann
want to raid the homes of three prime suspects and examine their bank accounts in the hunt for clues into her disappearance.
British officers plan to quiz the trio, who were working at the holiday complex in Portugal where the three-year-old
was snatched from her bed.
They hope to look at their bank records to see if any large sums of money were placed
in their accounts – which could indicate payment for a crime.
The three men would have known the layout of
the Ocean Club complex at Praia da Luz and been aware of the best escape routes for anyone taking a child.
would also have been possible for them to watch the movements of Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry's on the night
their daughter went missing in May 2007 as they ate tapas with friends near their apartment.
the suspects were behind a string of burglaries in the area in the weeks before the youngster vanished.
the flats burgled at the Ocean Club is owned by a former British expat. It is in the same block as the one the McCanns rented.
The man, who is in his 50s and wishes to remain anonymous, said yesterday: "They'd taken two mobile
phones, a camera and some cash. There was no sign of forced entry.
"I was convinced they had a key to get
inside. I spoke to my neighbours, many of them expats, and I'd say around 90% of them had experienced the same thing...
valuable items going missing out of their apartments.
"I brought these complaints to the attention
of the Ocean Club but they were pretty much ignored. Nothing was done.
"This was about four weeks before
Maddie went missing."
Scene: The Ocean Club where Madeleine went missing
The expat was interviewed 18 months ago by Scotland Yard detectives – meaning officers have long suspected
burglars could be responsible for Madeleine's kidnap.
One theory is that burglars raided the McCanns'
apartment and were panicked into snatching her when she woke up.
Nelson Rodrigues, who worked as a barman at the
Ocean Club at the time the child, from Rothley, Leics, vanished, said it was "possible" former workers had something
to do with the kidnap.
But he added: "In my opinion, it's not likely.
"I don't know
what happened to her that night, but I would be very surprised if any of the workers had anything to do with it.
"There were quite a few staff who had access to keys.
"Reception staff, the cleaners, and the maintenance
men could all get into rooms. Waiters and barmen did not have access to keys.
"I remember at the time
things belonging to guests went missing now and then.
"Mobile phones, cash, anything valuable lying around."
Reports in local media said the Ocean Club had around 130 Portuguese employees and 30 British staff when Madeleine
Nelson also told how he joined the frantic hunt for Madeleine when her parents raised the alarm.
He added: "I looked everywhere for her. Around the pool, inside apartments, in the streets.
kept looking until five in the morning, when my boss said, 'OK, it's time for you to go home'.
saw Kate. She looked very upset. I heard her say, 'I need a priest'."
Scotland Yard officers flew
to Faro in Portugal this week to meet with local police where they discussed the probe into the three ex-staff who are now
British police first became suspicious of the staff after analysing mobile phone data.
discovered a high number of calls made by the three men in the hours leading up to Madeleine's disappearance.
Operation Grange, set up to reopen the case, has sent a second International Letter of Request to their Portuguese
counterparts which addresses developments in the probe.
It deals with issues surrounding formal questioning
of the men as well as searching their homes and looking into their bank accounts.
The letter is now being dealt
with by a court in the Algarve resort of Portimao. The Policia Judiciaria, the Portuguese force investigating Madeleine's
disappearance, and the Attorney General refused to comment on the content of Tuesday's meeting with Scotland Yard.
A Policia Judiciaria spokesman said last night: "The PJ confirms a meeting has taken place in Faro between British
and Portuguese authorities within the framework of the execution of an International Letter of Request."
And the force's director Almeida Rodrigues added: "We cannot say anything else because when we co-operate
with our British colleagues we are bound by professional secrecy."
The Scotland Yard team have now
flown back to London.
Last October, details emerged of a former worker who had been made a suspect by Portuguese
Euclides Monteiro, 40, a waiter who had a conviction for theft, was asked to leave his job after being
caught stealing tips.
The immigrant from Cape Verde, died in a tractor accident in 2009.
claim Portuguese police are using him as a scapegoat for Madeleine's disappearance.
Montiero's close friend
Sergio Paulo, 44, said: "Toni was a good guy but had some serious drug problems.
"He became a slave
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Unidentified People of Interest to the Inquiry
[update], 21 January 2014
|Image detail from 'Unidentified People of Interest to the Inquiry' page
21 January 2014
Text version of relevant section above:
Have you seen these men? Do you know who they might
These two pictures show a man carrying a child away from the family's apartment. This sighting
was seen by a witness at 21:15 on the evening of Thursday, May 3rd, 2007.
Based or more recent information, the
Metropolitan Police now believe this man may represent a guest at the Ocean Club who was carrying his daughter back to their
apartment. However as it is not possible to be certain that these two men are actually the same person, if you have seen this
man in the pictures or suspect who it may be, please contact the Metropolitan Police's OPERATION GRANGE on 0207 321 9251
(0044 207 321 9251 from outside the UK) or Operation.Grange@met.pnn.police.uk
and/or the Find Madeleine team on +44 845 838 4699 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Man now identified by Operation Grange Met Police
Update on previous appeal
we have identified the man who was seen by Jane Tanner carrying a child at about 21.15 near the apartment G5A. These images
are the original sketch of that person made at the time together with a Met Police photo of the British holidaymaker who we
have spoken to and is seen here wearing the clothes he believes he may have been wearing that evening. The images are: man
holding child & man without child.
Madeleine's Fund Accounts to 31/03/2013,
09 January 2014
Madeleine's Fund Accounts
to 31 March 2013
PDF and JPEG versions
Postponement of libel trial on 07 January
2014, 09 January 2014
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
- 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
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
• 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.
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
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.
Amaral for an exclusive interview just hours before the trial against him starts in Lisbon. Outside, the rain was pouring
"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.
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
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
Are you nervous of the outcome of this case?
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,"
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
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.
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.
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
"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 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.
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.
for her disappearance
He repeated his claims, which have been strongly criticised.
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.
has also asked Madeleine's Fund for a comment, but the requests have not been answered.
Michael Schneider: Searching For Madeleine
Michael Schneider, a self-proclaimed "clairvoyant"
from Siegburg, Germany, travels to Albufeira in Portugal, in mid-December 2013, to search for the body of Madeleine McCann.
He says: "I got the inspiration that she is dead and that she is located in the Algarve."
previous reports click here
The McCanns' lawyer Isabel Duarte
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
"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.
both doctors, immediately claimed that their daughter was abducted from her bed in the apartment in a block outside the holiday
complex, whilst the parents dined at a Tapas bar on the other side of the pool within the complex. They use an alleged sighting
of a man carrying a child along the road adjacent to the apartment within minutes of Gerry McCann's last check as evidence
of this abduction. They have refused to consider any other possibility, and have sued for libel people who have put forward
They further insist that Madeleine was taken by a predatory paedophile, but then curiously
insist that there is no evidence that she has come to harm.
The local and then the national police attended, statements
were taken and the matter was investigated by a dedicated team. The police found themselves somewhat hampered by significant
changes and major inconsistencies in the stories given by the parents and the main witnesses, and the Senior Investigating
Officer began to suspect that they had not been told the whole truth for a particular reason.
British police officers
assisted, and on the advice of one co-ordinator two highly specialised search dogs were taken from the the UK to Portugal.
These dogs alerted to blood and human cadaverine in the apartment and on clothing and other items associated with Madeleine,
but to no other locations or items.
The McCanns sought legal assistance from one firm of lawyers who specialise
in defamation, and from another who specialise in extradition. Those choices in themselves have raised eyebrows.
They also very quickly set up a Limited Company and people were invited to make contributions to "Help the Search"
for Madeleine. As part of this purported search they spent a large amount of money on a firm of private detectives in Barcelona,
which has since closed with the arrest of the principal; a further large amount on a man who was subsequently extradited to
the USA where he was wanted for fraud; and finally on two retired police officers who set up a small company in a cottage
in Wales, some time after it had been announced that the firm had been contracted.
None has produced anything of
Almost all the facts have been the subject of claim and counterclaim, of conflict of evidence, and above
all of the crushing financial and legal might of the best libel lawyers in the world bearing down on anyone who dares to express
a view different from the official one put out by the McCanns and their spokesperson. The amount attributable to legal fees
already substantially outweighs the amount paid to the various firms of private detectives.
It is important to
note however, that nothing which has been said or written has ever been proved to be libellous in a Court of Law, after proper
examination. Everything has been settled out of court, or by undertakings.
Readers may decide for themselves if
the official story is physically possible, or bears a proper relation to the observable facts.
One other test which
may be applied when examining the evidence it to look at any incongruence between what was said, and what was observed.
For example, this is what was said - about the 8th day of the "search"; the 8th day of the investigation
into the disappearance; 12th May 2007, Madeleine’s 4th birthday.
"We ate mostly in silence, concentrating
on the kids. I couldn't eat much, and alcohol was completely off my agenda. Fiona recalls that Gerry and I were completely
shut down that day, barely able to talk, and although our friends tried to remain cheerful and behave normally to get us through
it, they all felt awkward about being at this lovely villa, in the sunshine, in these circumstances. There was no cake. Gerry
did attempt a toast but he was visibly upset and couldn't manage much more than 'I can't even say happy birthday
to my daughter...' before choking up. The physical loss was more intense than ever. I ached for Madeleine." from
the book "madeleine", by Kate McCann - p. 128
This is what was observed as they emerged from a solemn
church service that morning.
In preparing the various chapters I have tried to rely on what witnesses
and the parents themselves said in their statements.
The statements have not been interpreted, but the obvious
inconsistencies and frequent changes of story have been left in and highlighted for readers to make up their own minds.
The structure of the e-book is that each chapter is in the form of a self contained monograph, with its own list of
references. For ease of research the original source material has also been appended in full where possible.
that makes it slightly cumbersome it gives the reader instant access to the source material, so that any mistake or wrong
interpretation can be immediately identified.
If there are mistakes they are entirely mine. If anything has been
taken out of context this is my misunderstanding If I have quoted anything without giving a reference or acknowledgement,
There is much more to be said about this case, about the Limited Company, about the Private detectives,
and the way in which the media have been manipulated, but this is just a brief dip into the evidence for people who thought
they knew the story.
There are those who argue that this matter is one which should now be laid to rest, or that
the McCann’s version, or versions, should be accepted in its entirety.
To them I would say we should always
bear in mind the following:
Madeleine Beth McCann is missing. It is not know what happened to her. Her whereabouts
The search for her, or for her mortal remains must continue. The search for the truth about what happened
No one should seek to prevent or to hinder either of those.
And in support of those ends
- No one with a valid theory or hypothesis should be crushed before the theory or hypotheses can be tested.
one with a differing point of view should be silenced, except by defeat in logical debate, or by production of evidence.
Bullying, victimisation, name-calling, "trolling" and other techniques have no place in the search for the
Nor in the search for a missing child.
It is not known why the McCanns do not publicly distance
themselves from the foul language and vile insults, threats and abuse directed by several blog sites against people who are
seeking the truth. Nor why they allowed evidence obtained by criminal activity to be adduced in support of their case.
Chapter 1 Changes in Story Changing the initial version of events is a classic 'red flag' warning to police.
Read more on the link above or download your copy of Michael McLeans' e-book here:
Free e-book detailing the facts of the Madeleine McCann
case by Michael McLean (pdf, 3.01MB)
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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
Guy, Guy, Guy,
Stick him up on high.
on a lamp post
And leave him there to die.
By Nigel Moore
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.
|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
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
"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'
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
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,
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.
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
RTP interview, 02 May 2008
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...
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
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.
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
|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
"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
So, about as similar as Tweety Pie and Yosemite Sam.
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'
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.
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.
week the Express published the image of the man.
|"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.
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.
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.
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
30 October 2013 Correio da Manhã
report that the PJ has strong evidence to believe that Madeleine's abductor was a former
employee of the Ocean Club who died in 2009 in a tractor accident.
this was the strongest new lead presented to state prosecutors - by the PJ team working
in Porto - which led to the investigation being reopened.
A media frenzy ensues...
To read reports/videos
Gonçalo Amaral speaks about
how the 'Maddie' case has affected his family life, 29 October 2013
Gonçalo Amaral speaks about how the 'Maddie'
case has affected his family life Nova Gente (paper edition)
"I've been worried about my youngest daughter"
The former inspector says that he is tranquil with the ongoing trial and that there is too much "publicity
and misinformation" to keep a case in the media limelight that has caused severe moral damages to his life.
Article by Alexandra Ferreira
Week from 21 to 27 of October 2013, edition 1936,
pages 42 to 46
Translation base/Scans by Rolanda Miguens Reid | Corrections/extras by Joana Morais
How did you react to the news that the English Police are investigating new leads?
With calm and tranquillity. I know what this is about, what the authors intend with such news, but anyone
who has been following the case throughout the years, will be able to discern among the trashy publicity what is really at
stake, and that is an intolerable pressure over a Portuguese court.
Are there changes in the case?
There is no change, there is nothing really new, we continue as it was in 2008 when the process was archived. The
authors of the civil action seem to be very creative, so we need to wait for a bolt of their creativity and imagination.
In the ongoing trial which opposes you against the McCanns, they are asking you for 1.2 million euro for defamation.
What is a stake is a trial for the crime of having an opinion, something which is unthinkable in the free and democratic
Portugal post-25th of April [Carnation Revolution that freed Portugal from 48 years of dictatorship]. Actually, there are
no facts to sustain that demand for indemnification. (...) The authors of the action want others to believe that my
opinion as well as of those who worked with me, Portuguese and English police, which was expressed in the book and in the
documentary, has harmed their efforts to find the child and has caused them moral damages. However this premise lacks precise
Are you satisfied with the way the trial is going?
Common sense tells me not
to jump to conclusions, and to await with calm and serenity for the final decision. However, the publicity and the campaign
of misinformation and intoxication that is taking place, by the authors of the civil action, seems to indicate that they are
not very happy with the progress of the trial and feel the need to influence the outcome.
It was conspicuous
that the friends who dined with the McCanns on the night that Maddie disappeared were absent in court...
Perhaps it is just a strategy of the prosecution, but their absence was noted. The bottom line is, who better than those
who usually accompanied the authors on their holidays, a few years ago, and who visited their houses previous to the events
of May 3, 2007, to go to court and speak about the "before and after" of the couple's lives. The prosecution
preferred to call witnesses that only became friends and visitors of the couple after that event.
any testimony important for your defence?
It was important to unmask in a court hearing the psychologist
who had only a degree in Social Sciences, in the scope of which he did one psychology subject, that is, he wasn't a psychologist,
and he wasn't certified to make psychological assessments. Equally important were the testimonies of colleagues who worked
with me during the investigation into the disappearance, as well as the recalling an interview the authors gave to a weekly
newspaper [Expresso] in September 2008, a month after my book was published, where they devalued its contents and actually
said that they would not sue me... Well, such is life.
Was there a request for the case to be heard behind
It is true, we wanted to prevent what is taking place now: judgements in the public arena
and campaigns of misinformation and intoxication which contribute nothing for a good judicial decision, which needs to be
free, objective and founded in Law.
While you were leading the investigation did you feel any pressures?
During that time our work was called into question and we were the target of insults, professionally
and personally, the campaign against us was despicable and shameful. The book Maddie - The Truth of the Lie
reports on the first six months of the criminal investigation. Then the process was archived in 2008. It is normal for an
investigation to go forward and backward, having a beginning, middle and an end. Therefore, it cannot be said that the case
was concluded or that the evidence that existed by the end of September  was set aside or that it led to a different
What was your impression of the McCann couple after you met them?
the expectation of the child's mother that tea should be served to her and the father acting totally disinterested at
the time of an extortion attempt, I recall the fact of - and this is stated in the process - the father's first phone
calls to the UK where he referred to the disappearance as a kidnap by a paedophile ring. At the time, it could be understood
as a mere idea, but now it sounds more like an obsession.
Any reason as to why Kate didn't answer to more
than 40 questions?
With the status of arguida she had that right and used it. However, answering them
would be understood as the duty of a mother, as the obligation of a mother who was concerned about the disappearance of her
daughter, that wasn't afraid of answering questions no matter how sensitive those questions were.
type of feelings do the McCanns hold against you?
In my opinion, they hold a grudge and have a desire
for revenge, not only about me but also about all others who have their own opinion which differs to theirs, towards those
who won't allow themselves be influenced by their toxic media campaign.
Would you have liked to have
found their daughter?
We did everything to solve the case, however the authors of the civil action cooperated
very little or nothing, they have always appeared more worried about themselves, with their own image, something that still
happens today. I recall the words of the mother of the child when she was notified of her hearing as an arguida: "What
will the press say? What will my parents think?" We never heard a word of appreciation, from the mouth of the authors
of the civil action, for all the police officers working on the investigation, men and women who neglected their own families,
their own children and where far from their homes, while searching for their daughter. We only heard them saying, as soon
as the process was archived, that they were pondering suing the police. From all the investigators, they only sued one, the
one who has publicly, in the exercise of his right to defence and of freedom of expression, made known what had happened during
the first months of the criminal investigation.
"Surviving for six
[Text to photo: VERY THIN With family issues, plus
the problems that he still has over the Maddie case and his worries about his daughter Inês, Gonçalo Amaral has
lost a considerable amount of weight.]
Since the Madeleine McCann case began, you saw your life turned
upside down. You were forced to retire early from the police, you got divorced, you moved to Lisbon away from your daughter
Inês, you lost your father with whom you were sharing a house, you fell ill and lost weight... those were very harsh
The question already describes everything that has happened, except for my mother's death
in 2009, after a prolonged illness. At the time, on the sites that support the authors of the civil action, I was cowardly
and abusively accused of having murdered my mother, they even described how I would have done it. There are people who cannot
maintain objectivity, who cannot analyse the case without thinking of the names of those involved, if they could make that
kind of analysis, just considering the child who disappeared and the circumstances that surround that disappearance perhaps
they wouldn't feel the necessity of reviling and of breaching the privacy of someone who was merely trying to do their
job. As to my private life, the last six years were years of struggle, for the physical, mental and emotional survival, trying
to establish a new life, with projects and ideas as to the future, separating the situations.
felt defeated or depressed?
Luckily, I don't know what it is like to feel depressed, the feeling of
defeat or of relinquishment are not part of my nature.
You won in the Appeals Court against the injunction
that forbade the publication of The Truth of the Lie, in which you made the investigation known. Have they returned
The books have been returned to the editor [Guerra & Paz], but I haven't been reimbursed
yet. There are still precautionary seizure of assets lodged by the authors of the civil action.
or books in the offing?
I have a book written entitled Madeleine: Unfinished Investigation [Madeleine:
Investigação Inacabada], for which I have not yet sought a publisher. I am writing another book related to my
experience as an investigator of organized and violent crimes, sort of a reflection about the way and methods used to investigate.
And after the trial?
My expectations for after the trial are to carry on with my life,
accompanying and helping those who are close to me, and if circumstances offer that possibility, to intervene with solidarity
in the Portuguese society. As my daughter Inês says, there are plenty of other children and young people who are in
need of healthy life projects, of being the actors and authors of their own lives, of being happy.
Amaral considers suing the McCanns for damages to his daughter
Have you considered suing the McCanns for damages concerning your family?
I have pondered
about that possibility, however it is still far to early to account for all the damages and make a decision. I have to think
about my daughter Inês and on the effects that such a situation would encompass.
How have you been
able to keep in touch with her?
It has been hard, distance doesn't help, but I try to be part of
Inês' life. Amidst all this, I have been seriously worried about my child, who, not so long ago asked what could
happen with this trial, if I could be arrested, etc. Inês is the same age that the child who disappeared would have
been if she was alive and reacts negatively to all the news that refers to this case, when the name of the child is spoken
she says she has had enough of hearing about the name. To her there are other children in the world who need the attention,
love and care and Inês is one of them. Her world was rocked when she saw her father being attacked and insulted, even
before the book was published, and that world of hers collapsed due to the subsequent circumstances, she had to abandon the
house where she was born, the school where she went and live far away from her father. Inês is a victim of the arrogance
and lack of common sense of the authors of the civil action, who claim to be Catholics, but as Christians appear to have little
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
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