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09-08-2007, 12:40 PM

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n Diario de Noticias:


On the night Madeleine McCann was abducted, on May 3, over 20 persons may have entered the appartment where she spent her holidays with her parents, at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz, "destroying evidence and decisive, fundamental clues" for Policia Judiciaria (PJ) to identify who kidnapped the girl.

This situation was admitted yesterday to Diario de Noticias by the PJ's spokesman, Olegario Sousa, according to whom "the presence of so many persons, especially in the bedroom where the child slept with her siblings, could, at least, have complicated the Scientific Police's work and, in the utmost, have destroyed evidence. It may even have been fatal for the investigation."

As DN could find out, right after Gerard and Kate McCann detected the disappearance of Madeleine, around 9.30 pm, over 20 persons entered the room, between friends and family who were there on vacation with the couple and their children, and also many tourists and resort employees, who, out of natural worry and anxiety, searched everywhere for the british child, rummaging beds, cupboards and other furniture, opening and closing doors and windows.

Although the appartment was immediately sealed that night by the authorities, this situation ended up eliminating possible traces of the passage of the person who took the british girl from the appartment.

On the other hand, a large part of the forensic tests that were done in the appartment where the McCanns were staying, in the villa where the mother of Robert Murat (the only arguido in this case for suspicion of kidnapping) lives, which is 200 m from the spot, and in their vehicles, and in other locations, have not yet reached the hands of the investigation's coordinators, contrary to what was said by a national daily newspaper yesterday, said Olegario Sousa to DN yesterday.

09-08-2007, 12:42 PM

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Link of the latest from Mariajose


Briefly and the best I can as its been translated:

One of the computers taken from Robert Murat's house has references to an English citizen, the owner of a yacht in the marina of Lagos. The theory they are following is that Madeleine was led to the boat in the marina of lagos, this is being seen as the most reasonable lead by the PJ. The abductor could then have gone to another country, one named is morocco and this is strengthened by a sighting of a girl with a man at the marina on the same night. The English man is supposed to have had the boat for a number of years and lives on it, but also travels to other countries. When the owner of a boat wishes to leave the marina they only have to give the time they want to leave and how many people are leaving, nobody goes on the boat to check the identity of the occupants. The recent description of a man that police are looking to speak to is then given. I'm not quite sure of the next part (something about Interpol) but it then goes on to say that with nothing concrete the PJ continue to see Marraquexe, in Morocco as being the strongest lead, this is fuelled by a sighting of a girl in a petrol station asking for her mum.

09-08-2007, 12:44 PM

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Main News in CM today: http://tinyurl.com/yqm9au

phone calls made on may 3rd between 8 and 9pm in Praia da Luz are being thoroughly investigated. English experts are helping with this.
RM's and SM's phones were tracked but aparently nothing important was discovered. SM was not in the area at the alleged time of the abduction.

The PJ has investigated the boats that went through the algarve ports and marinas at the time of the abduction. They even came up with a list of possible suspects and contacted severel sailors. Special attention was given to the Marina of Lagos, closest to Praia da Luz. All boats that left the marina in the days after the abduction were tracked and investigated. Nothing suspicious was discovered. PJ also talked to sailors that spend months in the area, but no one saw anything suspicious.
The Lagos Marina is constantly surveilled by a security company. No boats can sail during the night, as the access is closed.

09-08-2007, 12:58 PM

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In CM today http://tinyurl.com/2ftdng

The PJ should start to make new questionings during this week, at a time when the lab tests are due in at any time, acording to inside source.
Dozens of phonecalls continue to flood police lines with people giving clues about the wanted man. Unfortunately none has proven to be useful so far.
Three english police officers that volunteered to help PJ continue to do so.
It was revealed that the english police also helped in the first days searches, and even sent equipment that could track human heat, which was used in the searches.
Chief Olegário said: "We still haven't found any indication or traces that the child has had a tragic ending" stating that they remain very optimistic to the investigation having a happy ending.
The PJ is still waiting for answers from the morocan police about the gas station sighting. It is up to the morocan police to decide on the importance of the case.

09-08-2007, 01:02 PM

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The word is that Gerry did leave the Tapas at 9pm and returned to the bar at approx 9:10. The abductor, it is said, waited outside by the back window where he could hear what was going on inside the room. When all clear he walked around the corner of the bldg and entered the front door. There was no blanket taken from the apt., so he brought his own. He exited through the French doors, and did take her between 9:10 when they saw the father leave and 9:30 when the friend saw part of Madelines pink Pj's sticking out from underneath a blanket, the package held uncomfortably, or not perfectly set in the abductors arms. The abductor walked down a path, striding quick but not running steps that led to a walkway that went between the 2 swimming pools, and the scent of Madeleine has been found in one of the units/apts in this same Ocean resort from where she was taken, which is very close to the parents home of SM, {Milakov ?}, the Russian computer man who RM telephoned 30 min after Madeleine was abducted.

09-08-2007, 01:05 PM
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Here is something in the jornal de noticias, here's the translated page:


"E while the McCann if found in Rome, in the beach of the Light, Lakes, the Judiciary Policy continued the inquiries. Some inspectores had been seen next to the house of Sergey Malinka, the young Russian who is witness in this case and to who two computers had been apprehended.

Jose Lages, 85 years, deferred payment in the apartment to the side of Malinka and say that the Policy beat to it to the door for return of the 13 hours. “They had asked to my woman as if it called and later they had asked for the telephone number. Of followed, they had been to the other apartments of the building to the one of the side”, counted.

The inspectores had been still in the commercial center of the Light, located next to the church. The PJ does not speak on the inquiry and sends clarifications for an eventual conference of the press that will be able will occur today.
(original page at http://tinyurl.com/2nnobf)

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09-08-2007, 01:15 PM

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"The investigators know that Robert Murat, the only one arguido of the process, and the Russian informático Sergei Malinka, witness, had spoken between itself in the night of the disappearance of the English girl"

09-08-2007, 01:17 PM

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Brief translation from CM

A new track on the disappearance of Madeleine McCan is to be taken in account by the British specialists of communications, after having intercepted telecoms in Arab with references to a blond girl. It then goes on to say that this came from 'The people newspaper and the british police refuse to comment "sending for the Portuguese authorities, that lead the inquiries"

09-08-2007, 01:21 PM

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in CM today:

the video surveillance footage of the morocco gas station where a little girl like Madeleine was seen by Marie Olli are expected to arrive at Portugal today, sent by the Moroccan Police.

09-08-2007, 01:24 PM
Translation - Info on El Mundo - tracking of suspect to Algarve

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"New leads in the Madeleine case?

MADRID – There is movement in the case of the missing girl Madeleine McCann: the Spanish journalist Antonio Toscano assured the newspaper “El Mundo” that he knows the identity of the suspected abductor of the four-year-old: a man who had already been convicted of paedophilia (in a different country in the EU) and who probably works for an international paedophile ring operating on an EU scale. The man was allegedly seen one week before the abduction in the gay bar “Bar Arny” in Seville, where he told someone that he was going to the Algarve to visit friends. The bar has a dubious reputation in Spain; prominent visitors to the establishment were involved in child prostitution in 1996.

09-08-2007, 01:34 PM

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PJ is open to receive the information from Antonio Toscano. Olegario de Sousa confirmed to the cm that he has spoken to Antonio who disclosed that he had more information than was published in the El Periodical World. He believes Madeleine is still alive and the abductor he says belongs to an European Peodophile net, is a meticulous man who abducted Madeleine to order. This was arranged in the UK. The abductor was seen in Seville 7 days before Madeleines disappearance and has not been seen since. Madeleine is now a ‘very hot product’ so he awaits instructions. Antonio believes the key is in the Algarve and that the parents are vital “to clarify it”. Not because they saw anything to do with the abduction but because they can help with understanding the reason why. Antonio is available to go to Luz but awaits until he can speak with the parents in the presence of PJ and a lawyer.

09-08-2007, 01:37 PM

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The Moroccan minister of the Interior yesterday promised to the parents of Madeleine “total availability” of the authorities of that country to collaborate in the inquiry of the abduction. Although this guarantee, and according to PJ, had not yet arrived Portugal the cassettes of the service station, next to Marraquexe, where a Norwegian tourist guarantees to have seen the child

09-08-2007, 01:42 PM

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Telegraaf reporters involved in search
Translation of Telegraaf article this morning:

by Jonan van den Dongen and Coen Springelkamp.
PORTIMAO (Portugal) thursday.
Yesterday detectives of the Portugese police, together with Telegraaf reporters, have collected possibly important evidence to do with the disappearance of the British girl Madeleine McCann (4).

It was too late yesterday to go in search for her body. Today there will be intensive searching on the place where Maddie would be. "We are doing everything possible to check the information from the Netherlands" according to police spokesman Olegario Sousa (sic).
The reporters found a towel in the area where, according to an anonymous source who delivered a letter and detailed maps to the Telegraaf this week, Madeleine would be.
The towel possibly belongs to a man who, according to a witness, was seen on the place of her disappearance carrying a child wrapped in a blanket. The reporters brought 5 Portugese detectives to the exact spot, followed by cameramen of a portugese tv network.

With the action the PJ made clear that the take the anonymous tip seriously. The British girl is said to lie buried under branches and/or stones, at a distance of 15 KM from the appartment where she disappeared.
Yesterday afternoon the PJ brought in both reporters for questioning at the Faro airport. In Portimao they explained to Guillermino Encarnacao (investigation leader) the anonymous letter shows significant similarities to the letter that pointed very closely to the spot where the murdered Belgium girls Stacy and Nathalie were found.
The Telegraaf has chosen consiously not to publish the letter and the exact location to not to hinder the investigation. Immediately after receipt the letter has been delivered to the Amsterdam police. Yesterday a color scan was sent to Portugal. According to police spokesman Gerard Vrooland that took so long because "safeguarding biological traces is a time consuming procedure".
The Telegraaf newsroom was flooded with telephone calls from the world press yesterday. Among others the Arab tv network Al Jazeera, the BBC, newspapers from Belgium and Portugal asked for information.

09-08-2007, 01:44 PM

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Just in on Lusa:
"...the police has guaranteed today that they are still evaluating this new clue (the letter), and a definitive decision will be made in the next few hours.
Olegário de Sousa has admitted that there may be investigations on the ground in the next few days.
Olegário: "we are working on the lead, but it takes time due to the extense and difficult area. The location on the map is not precise, it covers a very extense area."
Dozens od foreign and national reporters have gathered around in the area.

09-08-2007, 01:46 PM
in Diario de Noticias:


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On the night Madeleine McCann was abducted, on May 3, over 20 persons may have entered the appartment where she spent her holidays with her parents, at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz, "destroying evidence and decisive, fundamental clues" for Policia Judiciaria (PJ) to identify who kidnapped the girl.

This situation was admitted yesterday to Diario de Noticias by the PJ's spokesman, Olegario Sousa, according to whom "the presence of so many persons, especially in the bedroom where the child slept with her siblings, could, at least, have complicated the Scientific Police's work and, in the utmost, have destroyed evidence. It may even have been fatal for the investigation."

As DN could find out, right after Gerard and Kate McCann detected the disappearance of Madeleine, around 9.30 pm, over 20 persons entered the room, between friends and family who were there on vacation with the couple and their children, and also many tourists and resort employees, who, out of natural worry and anxiety, searched everywhere for the british child, rummaging beds, cupboards and other furniture, opening and closing doors and windows.

Although the appartment was immediately sealed that night by the authorities, this situation ended up eliminating possible traces of the passage of the person who took the british girl from the appartment.

On the other hand, a large part of the forensic tests that were done in the appartment where the McCanns were staying, in the villa where the mother of Robert Murat (the only arguido in this case for suspicion of kidnapping) lives, which is 200 m from the spot, and in their vehicles, and in other locations, have not yet reached the hands of the investigation's coordinators, contrary to what was said by a national daily newspaper yesterday, said Olegario Sousa to DN yesterday.

09-08-2007, 01:49 PM
Ocean Club apartment Sold - Translation
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09-08-2007, 01:51 PM
this morning in Correio da Manha:


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Danilo arrested for extortion

The Sotogrande lead in the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is closed. The Policia Judiciaria has left the terrain and spanish Justice yesterday imposed coaction measures on the couple that was arrested in the andalucian luxury resort: Danilo Chemello is in preventive prison and Aurora Vaz Pereira was put in conditional freedom.

Both stand accused of attempted extortion. They wanted the prize for information, but no clues were found to the english girl’s whereabouts.

Danilo Chemello, 61, was presented for judicial interrogation at the court in San Roque yesterday (…) He left the tribunal in preventive custody and was taken to Botafuego Prison, in Algeciras.


The court in Madrid decided to postpone Chemello’s extradition. The italian returned to Algeciras in the early morning and was presented to the court in San Roque yesterday, to respond for his detention in Spain.

Aurora Vaz Pereira, the 54-year old portuguese partner of the italian man, might have been instrumental in judge Ana Cabellos’ decision to impose preventive custody on Danilo.

The portuguese woman had been heard by the judge on Saturday, but had returned to the comissariat of the spanish national police without a coaction measure. The judge had postponed her decision, but yesterday called Aurora back into court for a hearing together with her partner. The confrontation lasted for about 3 hours and ended differently for both arguidos, who were accused of the same crime.

Aurora was sent free, only without her passport, and obliged to present herself periodically to authorities, a source with the Supreme Court of Andalucia, in Granada, told CM. According to a journalist who was at the door of the court in San Roque, the portuguese woman left in a discrete way, without saying a word and almost unperceived. She was taken by a police car to Sotogrande, specifically to the apartment the couple has rented in Valgrande resort.

Andalucia’s social services have apparently returned to Aurora the two children that were in the couple’s company when they were arrested. They are presumed to be an 8-year old girl and a 10-year old boy, children of the portuguese woman.

The McCann couple has already chosen a new home, where they will move in a few days with their twin children Sean and Amelie, according to Gerry’s diary on the internet. “We will stay in Portugal for the foresseable future, and we’re determined to return home with Madeleine”, the couple assures. Gerry and Kate explain that their decision to stay in the Algarve is also related to the fact that it facilitates their contacts with portuguese police, that keeps them updated with the investigation’s development. (…)

09-08-2007, 01:53 PM
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published in Sol, on June 30, 2007
an article by Felicia Cabrita and Margarida Davim

Madeleine Case

Pact of Silence

Madeleine’s parents and the friends with whom they spent their holidays in PDL are suspects in the inquiry. There are contradictory versions about the night of the kidnapping, and an assumed pact of silence in the group

The beginning of June is flowing in a strange way in the Algarve. A chilly wind and overhead clouds help to fill the auditorium of Lagos, where a solidarity concert is being held for the missing english girl. It’s been a month since Madeleine McCann vanished without a trace.

A few kilometres from Lagos, in the Ocean Club resort at Praia da Luz, the faint illumination further densifies the climate. At the reception, which leads to the Tapas restaurant, there is nobody. Getting inside is easy.

A portuguese waiter, but with a british ‘behaviour’, strikes the first blow on the journalist’s plan: “We only serve dinner to the club’s clients”. “What about a drink?”. He says yes.

It’s 9.30 p.m. If we were to believe the several members of the McCann’s holiday group, and after several mismatching versions, at this time Madeleine was being carried out of her apartment by a dark-haired man, who would be around 35 years old.

From the same table where the group of nine had dinner on that evening, one tries, in vain, to observe the apartment’s front – a ground floor apartment that faces the restaurant. A linoleum screen on the side of Tapas and the corridor of bushes that follows the limits of the apartment’s back yards prevents any vigilance to that level.

The image of Madeleine – big blue, questioning eyes and an innocent smile, fixed on the photographic films – is always present. It doesn’t leave the conversations of whom passes by. One remembers the words that the mother, Kate Healy, is supposed to have said to a friend (and that the husband, Gerry McCann, did not know): “I had a bad premonition about my children, when I found out the Ocean Club had no baby listening service”.

The choice of Algarve as a holiday destination would come to change their lives. Everything was arranged with three other couples, with whom they used to travel. Some of them had recently been to Greece, with their children, and the Mark Warner agency, the same that prepared their trip to the Algarve, had done their itinerary for the islands. According to their reports, the hotel where they stayed had a baby listening service – a service that is assured by four or five members of staff who would control the children while the adults dined, by listening through doors and windows to confirm that everything inside was quiet.

At the Tapas bar, from bartenders to staff from the Kid Club, criticism is whispered: “We have a creche where they left their children for most part of the day, where they could be until 11.30 p.m. without spending another Euro. They could also have used our baby-sitters, who stay with the children in their rooms until 1 p.m. In this case, they would have to pay an extra fee, but these people looked like they could afford it”, an employee comments, concluding that “this was a very strange group, that never stayed with their children”.

The children’s routine

The story of Madeleine looks like a tangled ball of wool. In the last days of April, Kate and Gerry, both 39 and doctors, arrive with their friends in Praia da Luz. The weather is not very good, but the group makes the best of it. The children seem to exist outside of the adults’ world. In the morning, Kate would take Madeleine, almost 4, and the 2-year old twins, to the Kid Club. The other couples in the group did the same. While the little ones entertained themselves with collages and paintings, the group divides itself between tennis and jogging until lunchtime. In the creche, the girl’s picture is taken: “She was shy and had some difficulty in adapting to the group. She always stayed close to the english children she already knew”.

It is at lunchtime that the families socialize a bit. After a short nap, the children go back to the Kid Club, while the parents use the activities that the club offers. They only get to meet again in the late afternoon, when the children’s dinner is served. Before 8 p.m., Madeleine and her siblings, who seem to function like a clock, are already asleep. Half an hour later, the group of friends meets at Tapas. The staff remember that they only leave at midnight: “They were very lively and drank a bit too much. I didn’t even realize they had children, because I never saw them around”.

Mathew Oldfield, one of the elements of the group, is back in England. He reacts with surprise upon the contact of Sol, but he does not avoid the conversation: “We drank. We were on holidays. So what?”.

And thus the days followed one upon another, at the Ocean Club. The holiday week is almost over and the group’s spirit does not change. Nobody had noticed until then, how the children were kept at a distance.

The most reliable way to undrestand what happened on May 3, when Madeleine disappeared, is to analyze the various versions that emerged.

It would have been 10 p.m. when Kate decided to check the children at the apartment. This is the only moment in the story that gathers consensus. Madeleine had vanished from her bedroom and the twins were sleeping like nothing had happened. The mother was back at the restaurant in one leap. She was disoriented.

PJ called two hours later

In seconds, the resort is in turmoil. The group’s four men and the club’s employees check every corner. They seem to be oblivious of the essential: to call the authorities. GNR is the first to arrive at the scene, but the news only reach Policia Judiciaria (PJ) more than two hours later. The first explanations arise. Where were the parents when the child disappeared? Gerry explains that, inspired in the scheme that some of the friends had used on their holidays in Greece, the nine members of the group took turns in checking on the children with some regularity.

This is the beginning of a story that will change in many chapters. Gerry starts by saying that he first left the table to check on the children around 9.05 p.m. When he entered the apartment the children were fine, he just noticed that the door to their bedroom was partially open. He looked at the window, which was closed, just as the shutters, and relaxed.

Ten minutes later, his friend Jane Tanner, who went around the apartments, crossed ways with a dark-haired man who was walking in the opposite direction, carrying a child. She didn’t make any connections either.

A few minutes later, Mathew Oldfield enters the room, sees the McCann children fast asleep, and notices nothing out of the ordinary. It is at 10 p.m. that Maddie’s mother discovers her daughter has disappeared. The window was wide open and the shutters were up.

To GNR, who is in the area with sniffer dogs to search for the child, this is a highly unlikely scenario. One of the military assures: “This is an extremely silent area, where there are practically no passing cars. That shutter was very difficult to lift from the outside, and would have made a lot of noise. It would have been a lot easier to use the door, but there were no signs of a break-in”.

This was just one of the reasons why the group became suspicious in the eyes of the investigators. Russell O’Brien, Jane Tanner’s husband, is already back in England, but he knows he could be summoned back to Portugal for a deposition anytime. Over the phone with Sol, he tries to keep his british phlegm: “It is normal that we are suspects, and the DNA test is a consequence thereof. We were the closest people involved”.

The conversation always comes back to the same issue: the night of the disappearance. The account of that last dinner has disparate versions among the group’s members. Some swear that someone left the table every half hour to check on the kids; other reduce that time to half of it. Some say control is made window by window; others say the adults entered each other’s apartments.

One of the employees that was on duty that evening does not remember a lot of movement: “I only remember a tall, grey-haired man getting up once from the table”. It was Russell, who, two days earlier, also had attended dinner.

An aerobic instructor from the resort entertains the dinner guests at Tapas with a ‘Quiz’. At 9.30 p.m. the game ends, and Gerry invites her to their table, where she stays for half an hour. During that time, as she later confided to friends, nobody left the table, but one of the chairs was vacant. Najova Chekaya refuses to talk to Sol. And Russell, when the questions start to surround him, loses his sympathy: “I have nothing further to tell you. I am not going to dishonor the compromise I assumed with Kate and Gerry. They want to control all infornation that is disclosed”.

Gerry changes his version several times, but he maintains that the door to his children’s room was open. Mat revokes his first statement: when he entered Madeleine’s room, the door was open and there was more light, as if the shutters had been raised. Here starts to develop the theory that there was already someone inside the apartment. Which reinforces Jane Tanner’s version (that she saw a man carrying a child).

Only Jane saw the man carrying a child

But there is a witness whose deposition contradicts this theory. Jeremy Wilkins – a tv producer who had met Maddie’s father during their holidays and used to play tennis with him – was walking his eight months old son at that time. He met Gerry, who went out through the apartment’s back door after having checked on the children, and the two man exchanged a brief conversation. At that time, if one is to believe the first accounts, Jane would have left Tapas in the direction of the apartment’s main entrance, and would have crossed paths with both of them. “It was a very narrow road and I think it would have been almost impossible to walk by without me taking notice”, Jeremy says, pointing out the fact that he saw no man carrying a child, as Jane states.

But Jane continues to guarantee that, at the top of the street, she saw a man with a child in his arms.

Although the area is scarcely lit, and the situation did not make her suspicious at the time, she describes the beige trousers, the dark thick jacket and the black classic-style shoes in a detailed way. Once again, Jeremy disagrees: “If that happened, I would have likely seen it”.

On the next day, the media circus was fully installed. The first reports are on Sky News first thing in the morning, even before portuguese press takes hold of the story. Journalists and locals dispute the information. Robert Murat, the son of an english mother and a portuguese father, with little luck in business, does not waste the opportunity. He moves from failed businessman into the role of a translator for the press and the police. Some british journalists, after sucking him to the bones, start suspecting his availability.

The Murat contradiction

Contrarily to the GNR elements and the Ocean Club’s staff, who participated in the searches on the night before and assure they did not see Murat around, Gerry and some of his friends guarantee that he was there. And thus he becomes an arguido.

Gerry and Kate’s friends, who are interrogated tightly by the PJ over almost a month, refuse to clarify this contradiction, when asked by Sol. “We have a pact. This is our matter only. It is nobody else’s business”, says David Payne, another element with the group. Minutes after we tried to contact Kate, Gerry, in a fury, calls the Sol journalist: “What do you think you are doing? Do you think you’re better than the portuguese police? I’m going to forward your contact to PJ and you will have to explain yourselves”.


PJ says ‘everybody is a suspect’

The director of the Policia Judiciaria in Faro, Guilhermino da Encarnacao, confirmed with Sol that “we do not discard the possibility to have the family and friends as suspects”. This is always done “without neglecting other clues. Everybody who was at the resort at the time are suspects”.

09-08-2007, 01:55 PM
this morning in Diario de Noticias:


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Madeleine’s parents move house discreetly

The localization of the new villa that has now been occupied by the McCann couple in Praia da Luz, close to Lagos, is still being treated as taboo by Gerry and Kate, the child’s parents.

We could only establish that it is a villa, surrounded by vegetation, and away from indiscrete looks, given the fact that Madeleine’s parents demand a maximum of privacy at this time, after a long media exposure for which they contributed a lot themselves, in their attempt to recover their daughter. The couple travelled to several european destinies, and even to Morocco.

The McCanns and their twin children, Amelie and Sean, had to leave the apartment they were occupying in The Ocean Club, paid by the company that owns the resort, because its owners were going to spend their holidays there. The resort, in the algarvian area of Lagos, is almost fully booked, mainly with british tourists, after a period of decline when Madeleine’s case happened.

09-08-2007, 01:57 PM
in Correio da Manha today:


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Alert in Belgium

Belgium and dutch police are on high alert, following the sighting of a girl that “strongly resembles” Madeleine McCann, the english 4-year old girl that disappeared from a resort in Praia da Luz, Lagos, 92 days ago.

A child therapist told police she saw a girl she believes to be Madeleine in the company of a couple in a restaurant in the belgium city of Tongeren, on the dutch border, near Maastricht. According to the online edition of english newspaper ‘Daily Mail’, the local authorities have emitted a national alert and released a drawing of the man who was with the child. He is approximately 40 years old, 1.80 m tall and speaks dutch. The woman is approximately 25 years old, has dark hair and a tan, and speaks english. The child was nervous and the three left in a black Volvo, a recent model with a belgium license plate that starts with the letters VUV.

Olegario de Sousa, the spokesman for PJ, told CM that no official information was received from the belgium police. PJ inspectors were yesterday in Praia da Luz for diligences.

09-08-2007, 01:58 PM
in Sol on August 4, 2007:

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a report by Felicia Cabrita with Margarida Davim
translation by summer

Looking for Maddie’s body

The investigations have returned to their initial course. Portuguese and british police search for the body of the child in the surroundings of Praia da Luz

“There are strong signs” that Madeleine, the english child that disappeared from Praia da Luz almost one hundred days ago, “is dead”, police sources have told Sol.

The 180º turnaround that the investigation by the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) from Portimao seems to have done in the past few days, even led the Attorney General, Pinto Monteiro, to postpone the making of an interview that had been requested by british media chain BBC – an interview that would be focusing on the fact that, so long after Maddie’s disapperance, the authorities still remain without real clues concerning her whereabouts.

Although an official source from the PGR justified the postponing of the interview with “agenda issues”, the moves by the PJ and some elements from the british police during these last days – accompanied by two dogs, in Praia da Luz – seem to indicate that the investigation is now centered on the McCann family and their group of friends.

Sol could find out that the english dogs are trained for different tasks. One, to detect human remains originating from dead flesh, and the other one to detect human blood or fluids. A specialist that was contacted by Sol explains that the technique of these animals rests on scientific bases, and that while “one of the dogs can distinguish between natural death or death by accident that does not involve bloodshed, the other one can diagnose whether someone died a violent death, with bloodshed or other spilled fluids”.

Tuesday night, a black and white thingyer spaniel that is trained to detect death, spent several hours in the apartment that the McCann family occupied in the Ocean Club resort, and from where Maddie disappeared on May 3. According to sources within the investigation, the dog marked the death of the child inside the apartment.

On the dogs’ trail

The english dogs do not contradict the clues that were detected by the sniffer dog that GNR sent to the location, on the day following the english girl’s disappearance. It’s an animal that only follows odours, and that “detected the movement of the child from the room to another point inside the apartment”, according to a source with the Guarda.

The same source said that “based on that signal, it was not possible to conclude whether the child was alive or dead – because a sniffer dog will smell both the living and the dead”.

Yet, outside the house, both through the windows that faced the Tapas restaurant – where the McCanns had dinner with their seven friends – and through the main door, “the dog lost the trail, as if the child had exited, for example, rolled up in a blanket”, that source said.

A team from Sol, on the terrain for the last two weeks, could observe the work of the thingyer spaniel from the british police, performing several diligences along the water in Praia da Luz and in a nearby valley.

The animal’s path, on Wednesday night, seemed to test the deposition from several witnesses that were heard by the PJ in late May – namely an irish family that have been living in Luz, and who, on the day that Maddie vanished, reportedly crossed ways with a man that carried a child that seemed to be asleep.

According to their deposition to PJ, Martin Smith, his wife and his children, after leaving the Kelly bar, which is located approximately 400 metres from the Ocean Club, around 9.50 / 10.00 p.m., saw an individual described as caucasian, measuring 1.70 – 1.75 m, walking towards the beach.

The irish man told Sol that he knew Robert Murat (the only arguido in the process) visually for years – and also remembered seeing the anglo-portuguese man in a bar that evening, “already a bit intoxicated”. Therefore, the irish dismissed the possibility that the person he saw carrying a child could be Murat: “If it was him, I guarantee to you that I would have recognized him”.

Concerning the clothes the man he saw on that night was wearing, Smith only refers the “beige trousers”, given the fact that his upper body was hidden by the child’s body, which was not covered. It is curious that one of the elements that formed the group of Maddie’s parents’ friends, guaranteed to PJ several days before Smith was heard, that - at a moment when she left the table to check on the group’s children - she had crossed ways with a man that was wearing trousers that fit the description that was also made by the irish man.

That individual was also carrying a sleeping child. And the witness, who even managed to see what pyjamas the child was wearing, just “thought it was strange that the child was barefoot and uncovered”. This witness said it would be 9.15 p.m.

Direct access to the PM

According to the course the PJ from Portimao is now conducting the investigation, and considering the trail that the british police’s thingyer spaniel tracked along the sea shore, the individual would have descended to Praia da Luz, where he could have disposed of Maddie’s body. Sol knows that the english team contacted Joao Alveirinho Dias, a professor at the University of Algarve and a specialist in oceanography, in order to collect information about the sea’s dynamics and the beach area where everything may have happened. The investigator, who was not briefed about the context of the police inquiries, told Sol that he was consulted on “the sand movements, where they come from and where they go to”.

The police investigation has therefore, and according to our sources, returned to its initial course, and it becomes increasingly clear, as Sol had reported previously, that there is no proof against Murat.

Yet, the british media continue to point a finger at the anglo-portuguese man, although the criminal investigation has returned to clues that relate to the group of friends of Madeleine’s parents.

A journalist with the Daily Express – who has repeatedly contacted Sol searching for new information on this case – recognized this week that it is “difficult for an english newspaper to adopt a critical tone concerning Madeleine’s parents”.

The Daily Express cited, in one of its last reports, the news that have been published by Sol, describing them as a “hate campaign” against the McCanns. The same journalist ended up confessing that “it’s the only way we can transmit your data”.

Sol knows that Gerry McCann has regular contact with Gordon Brown, the british Prime Minister. Clarence Mitchell – who was the first spokesman for the McCanns and is now in the press cabinet at Nr. 10, Downing Street – confirms those contacts. “I know there is a communication line between Gerry and Gordon Brown. I know they talk. But I don’t know what they talk about, because those are informal conversations”, he clarified, further adding: “The Madeleine case is treated whenever there are bilateral meetings between Portugal and the United Kingdom. Gordon Brown is sensitive to the case and wants it solved quickly”.

09-08-2007, 02:00 PM
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Investigation: Police makes examinations again
Interrogated separately

PJ interrogated the McCanns again yesterday and collected their depositions. The couple was heard separately: first her. The investigators want to confirm precisely at what time the child disappeared and, mainly, who was the last person to see Madeleine McCann alive, and at what time.

PJ insisted with Maddie’s parents yesterday about the mystery that surrounds the three hours on the day of the crime, between 6 and 9 p.m., that are situated between the last time the child was seen, and the moment when her absence was alerted to.

It is not known whether there were contradictions to the former inquisitions but, according to a source that is close to the investigations, the couple will be heard again within days.

By the end of yesterday afternoon, the Policia Judiciaria examined once again some objects that were collected from the vehicles, in the Portimao parking lot, although the car that was used by the McCanns had been returned to them during the morning.

CM knows that yesterday’s inquirition was not in the frame of normal contacts that are held on a weekly basis between the police and the girl’s family – even more so as these are held at the consulate, and always on Thursdays. Yesterday’s interrogation was held in PJ’s offices in Portimao.

A police source that was contacted by CM guarantees that there is no listening into the phone calls, and there is no register of suspicious email messages between the McCanns and their family in the UK. According to some news, those conversations between Maddie’s parents and members of their family would indicate the child was dea. “This is not true”, a source with the investigation tells CM.

With the investigation on a new course, PJ awaits the result of testing that is being performed simultaneously in Portugal and England. A part of the residues that were collected is being analysed by a laboratory in Birmingham, in the UK, which usually assists the british police. “We confirm news that we are analysing some samples”, a spokesperson for the british forensic science services has told Lusa, adding that the laboratory, which is managed by british governemnt, is the main service provider for the scientific analysis of evidence to the english and welsh polices, having the capacity of dealing with tens of thousands of cases per year.

The equipment that is available allows the british forensic scientists to extract the genetic profile from a blood sample in just 24 hours. After obtaining that DNA, the lab can compare it with other persons’ DNA – in this case, that of Madeleine McCann or her family.

The DNA that is identified through that sample, or residue, of blood that was obtained inside the apartment where Madeleine was last seen, will also be compared to the approximately 4 million genetic profiles that are in the british database – a normal procedure in the UK that will allow to know whether an individual that has been referenced for any crime has been inside that house.

In the case of individuals from other countries, DNA can then be confronted with genetic databases of those states, which are eventually connected to this disappearance. There is no genetic database in Portugal.

Abandoned possibility

The possibility that Madeleine McCann was thrown into the sea was considered in the first days that followed her disappearance. The Navy searched the sea close to the cliffs in the area of Praia da Luz. That possibility was dismissed by authorities a long time ago.

If the english child drowned, the body would float, in a period of 8 days, and would be washed up the coast. (…)

If she had been thrown into the sea already lifeless, the body would float and come to shore, or it would be pushed out to sea at a speed that could never surpass 1,5 miles per hour – according to a source with the Navy. It would hardly be missed by the intense surveillance scheme that was put in place on the days after the disappearance. (…)

If a dead body is thrown into the sea with weights, it could be on the bottom during the entire decomposition process. This is a possibility that is still open (…) But a military source confided to CM, that “if the police had a strong conviction on the sea, it would have mobilized adequate means”. The Hydrographic Institute, for example, owns robots that can detetc a body that is tied to the sea bottom. Those means have not been dislocated to the Algarve.


Inspectors in parking lot

PJ inspectors returned yesterday to the underground parking lot in Portimao where they had analysed automobiles the day before, in terms of the investigation.

Around 6.45 p.m., approximately six inspectors with forensic equipment suitcases went down into the parking lot. The policemen were followed by the coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department from PJ in Portimao, Goncalo Amaral, and the national assistant director, who is responsible for the Faro Directory of PJ, Guilhermino Encarnacao. The directors were underground for a brief time, having left through the access ramp around 7.20 p.m., without comments.

In that parking lot, in the fourth and last subterranean level, ten cars were analysed, which belong to Robert Murat, to family and friends and also to the McCanns themselves. (…)

09-08-2007, 02:03 PM
in Sol paper edition, August 18:

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New contradictions in Maddie’s case

By Felicia Cabrita, with Margarida Davim
Translation by summer

The version that the McCann couple and their group of friends have been giving about what happened on the night that Madeleine disappeared, is shaken by new testimonies that were collected by Sol.

The English started by saying they took turns every 15 minutes in order to, through the windows of the rooms where the children were sleeping, listen if anything abnormal was happening. This ‘vigilance’ system, which they assure was efficient throughout a week of holidays, is questioned by an English citizen who lives in the apartment above the one that was occupied by Kate and Gerry McCann.

Employees deny Russell

Senn told Sol that, on the night before she disappeared, Maddie cried for quite some time, calling out ‘daddy, daddy!’.

Also the table waiters that were working in the resort’s restaurant – the Tapas, where the group of friends had dinner that night – didn’t notice much movement of checking on the children. One of them guaranteed to Sol that, since the beginning of dinner (which started between 8.30 and 9 p.m.), only two men got up, almost simultaneously.

One of them was Russell O’Brien, one of the doctors of the group, who was absent for most of the dinner and who returned to the table 5 minutes before Kate went to her apartment and noticed Maddie was missing. Russell then explained that his daughter was sick, and even “vomited so it was necessary to change her bed sheets”. One of the employees of the Ocean Club, who was heard by Sol this week, contradicts his version: “If that had happened, he would have to ask the housekeeping service for some clean sheets, which did not happen”.

During the short hour that dinner lasted, the group asked for, and consumed at their table, eight bottles of red wine and six of white wine, according to the restaurant’s records.

GNR was on location since 11 p.m. With the help of a member of staff from the Ocean Club, who helped as a translator until 4 a.m., they collected the first reports. Although Maddie’s mother guaranteed that, when she noticed her daughter was missing, the shutters of the room where the children were sleeping were up and the window was open, the members of this police force did not detect any clues to indicate that these had been forced.

On the other hand, the resort’s employee guaranteed to Sol that “the shutters are so old and simple” that, with the sun exposure they were subject to in these 14 years, if anyone did “try to open them from the outside, they would have broken”. The main door to the apartment didn’t show any signs of a break-in, either.

The McCann family were never alone. Dozens of members of staff at the resort appealed to the local population, mostly English citizens, and the surrounding areas were searched thoroughly. The couple was busy making phonecalls.

Aurelio Guerreiro, the owner of a bar at the marina in Vilamoura, was close to being involved. His testimony to Sol confuses the McCanns’ time version. Sometime between 0.30 and 1 a.m., Aurelio got a phonecall from an old customer: Pat Perkins, the human resources director from a public English organism. She calls him, upset: “She told me the daughter of british friends of her, who were vacationing close to Lagos, had disappeared over 3 hours ago, that they were completely alone and that nobody was helping them to search for her”.

Kate McCann had just informed her parents of the tragedy. Pat, who lives in Liverpool, confirms: “I was at Kate’s parents’ house at that moment. But I have nothing further to add”.

Guerreiro tells what he did after Pat called him: “I understood she wanted me to go meet them, but I was an hour away from their location, and I could not close the bar, I decided to call the police”. After PJ in Portimao confirmed to him they already knew about the case, Aurelio phoned Kate, at the number that Pat had given him: “An English man picked up. He thanked me, and contrary to what I expected, he didn’t ask me for anything”.

Minutes after this phonecall, Gerry asks for the priest from the Luz parish to be called for him – but the Ocean Club staff members refused, given the time it was. At four in the morning, Jane was asking a member of GNR: “Have you cut off all the roads already?”. Minutes later, Gerry, given the fact that the priest didn’t appear, asked another element of GNR to show him the way to the church.

Couple wants to return to England

As Sol has been reporting, the clues that were collected by PJ with the help of English police, lead to a turnaround in the investigation. One of the dogs used by the british ‘marked’ Maddie’s death inside the apartment. On the other hand, blood was found inside the bedroom where the McCanns’ children were sleeping, which has been dissimulated with the help of whiteners, and is still being analyzed in a british laboratory.

The path that the English dogs followed 2 weeks ago, in the surroundings of the apartment, exclude the possibility that the child was abducted and is still alive. The dogs walked the only two paths that Maddie’s family and friends knew.

One of them leads to Luz beach. The irish citizen Martin Smith, a local resident for years, told Sol that on that night he crossed ways with a man who was carrying a child, with the characteristics of Maddie. That path was searched by police and other people. Six days after the disappearance, Gerry, who was accompanied by an unknown individual, also seemed to participate in the searches, but on the opposite side of the way the dogs walked.

Parents are leaving

Throughout this week, much was speculated in the press. ‘The Times’ published that the blood that was collected inside the apartment is not Maddie’s but “from an individual from the European northeast”. The English lab denied this, stating that they have not finished their work yet. The McCanns were saying yesterday in several newspapers that they were considering going back to their country.

09-08-2007, 02:04 PM
in Sol paper edition on August 18:

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How Murat was ‘betrayed’

By Felicia Cabrita
Translation by summer

Robert Murat, the only arguido in the case of Madeleine, became the character of a dark movie as quickly as he left the scene.

“The saddest part of this is that I offered to help finding the girl, and my life was destroyed for that. What planet are we living on?”. The spear that would hit the anglo-portuguese man was thrown at random. On the night of May 3, around 9.20 pm, Jane Tanner, a friend of the McCann couple, under the excuse that her daughter was sick, left the restaurant where they were dining, and walked towards the apartments where the group’s eight children were sleeping. On her path, she crosses ways with Gerry, who is talking with a friend. Jane assures that, when she reached the street that is perpendicular to the one where the two men were located, and which leads to the apartments, she saw a man carrying a girl.

This testimony is shattered by another English tourist, Jeremy Wilkins, who was on that street then. He guaranteed to Sol that he saw neither Jane nor any man carrying a child.

But Jane’s words were taken seriously by the Policia Judiciaria, and were joined by others. The direction of the street in which the man that was carrying a child was walking to, ended at Robert Murat’s house.

According to a member of the Ocean Club’s staff who was helping out as an interpreter that night, between the group of nine friends and the GNR, the McCann couple didn’t stop calling journalists. They were moving influences in the british media, where they also have relatives. Around 6 a.m, Sky News breaks the first news. The abduction idea is launched.

Robert Murat wakes up three hours later. His mother, Jennifer, had already been alerted by one of her daughters in England to turn on Sky. After breakfast, they decide to search the garden that is next to the Ocean Club.

“While we were searching, an English man walked by. I asked him a few questions about what was going on. I told him I spoke Portuguese and English, and that if they needed me, I was at their disposal” – Murat recalls. And that is the way it happened: on the same morning, he presented his services to GNR. On the street, he met Gerry and Kate, and from minute to the next he was the authorities’ interpreter, and assisted in the first statements from the parents and other witnesses.

Around noon, Jo Wheeler, a journalist for Sky in the area of weather forecast, who lives in the Algarve, calls him: “She wanted me to work as an interpreter for the team that was about to arrive. I refused, because it didn’t seem correct to be helping the family and the police, and working for the media”.

Finally, it’s Gaynor Jesus, an anglo-portuguese woman, jobless and a childhood friend, who accepted. “I know very well she was one of the persons who framed me”, Murat says. The Murat family has roots in Portugal since the 18th century (as wine merchants, in Oporto). The parents took up residence in the Algarve in the sixties, and opened a real-estate agency in Lagos. Robert was born in 1973, with a problem in his right eye’s retina (which ends up going blind).

The searches for Madeleine continue. With the help of the press, the sequestration theory is installed, connected to an international pedophile network.

Next Sunday, Robert was sitting on the boardwalk next to the apartment where Maddie disappeared from, when Lory Campbell, a reporter for the Sunday Mirror, accompanied by another English journalist, and pretending not to know how the three Portuguese police forces function, talks to him: “I was talking with them for 5 minutes, when I suddenly noticed that the photographer from the Mirror was taking pictures of me”.

Hours later, it’s Ian Woods, an anchor from Sky, who comes closer. Robert has one flaw, he speaks too much. And he says a fatal phrase: “You know, this affects me very much, because I’m divorced and I have a daughter who is almost the same age as Madeleine”. Woods asks for his full name. Filled with the spirit of the police investigation, Robert becomes suspicious: “I told him my name was Rob and I ended the conversation”.

The next day, Lory Campbell makes a denunciation to the police in Leicester, the McCanns’ city: she had discovered a suspect. Not only did Robert refuse to tell the journalists his full name, but he was also concerned about being photographed. Lory finishes: “He made a great show by calling his daughter in front of the reporters”.

The police process is rapidly clogged up by denunciations from several journalists and anonymous sources about Robert’s behaviour: “To this day, I don’t understand how I was placed in this, but someone was very interested in finding a culprit rapidly”. The next day, he is at Baptista supermarket, when Gaynor Jesus walks in, whom he hadn’t seen in years. Half joking, the childhood friend tells him: “Do you know that among the journalists, you’re being mentioned as the main suspect”. Robert also laughed.

Seven days later, following a search on his house – where they only found a vi-brator, batteries and a literary text on Casanova – the Public Ministery decides there are strong suspicions that Murat could be Maddie’s kidnapper. Gaynor Jesus, who is still working as Sky’s interpreter, is interviewed by Ian Woods and uses Robert’s blindness for a macabre portrait: “When we were kids, while playing, he had a glass eye that he would hold in his hand to scare us”.

Contacted by Sol, members of the GNR who were on location on the night that Maddie disappeared guaranteed they didn’t see Murat at the time. That version is confirmed by several English citizens, who live in the area and participated in the searches.

But three members of the McCanns’ group – who started out by saying they didn’t see anything or anyone suspicious that night – recover the press’ speech. When, approximately a month ago, Russell O’Brien, Rachel and Fiona were confronted with Murat at the PJ, they repeated the information that had been published by the media. According to a source that watched the confrontation, Russell guaranteed that Murat had told him: “I’m helping because I’m divorced and I have a daughter who is the same age”. And Fiona assured (although it was nighttime): “I’m certain it was him because he has a weird eye”.

To Robert, today, revolt has replaced his fears: “This is not going to remain this way”.

09-08-2007, 02:05 PM
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Dog had strong reaction inside the car that was used by the McCanns

The Policia Judiciaria (PJ) knows, for about 15 days now, that Kate and Gerry intend to go back to Leicester, the city where they live in England. A source connected to the investigation guaranteed, yesterday, to JN, that during one of the informal meetings that have been held with the investigators, the McCann couple announced they were going back home by the end of this month.

The revelation that Gerry made to JN two days ago, that the family would have to go home because of the two-year old twins needing stability, did not catch the investigators by surprise, who knew of the couple’s intentions for some time. “They are witnesses, so they can be here or at home”, the source explained.

The McCanns’ announcement of their return appeared at the same time that a sniffer dog from the English police had a “strong” reaction inside the vehicle that the couple rented after their daughter, Madeleine, disappeared. A reaction that left the investigators intrigued.

The Renault Megane was analyzed for a long time, over a week ago, by the technicians from the Scientific Police Lab, who collected some residues that are being analyzed and which may help to explain whether the vehicle is connected to the girl’s disappearance or not. The fact is that the ‘springer spaniel’ Eddie, which immediately detects cadaver odor, had a very strong reaction – that the investigators try to understand – inside the car, given the fact that Kate and Gerry occupied the vehicle two or three days after their daughter disappeared from the bedroom where she was sleeping, on May 3, in the apartment at the Ocean Club (Praia da Luz).

As JN reported, the dogs also had strong reactions inside the apartment that the McCanns occupied during their holiday week, and at other locations in Praia da Luz.

The blood residues that were found in the living room, which were detected by the other dog, Keela, are still being analyzed by the technicians at the Birmingham forensics institute. The results should reach the investigators at any moment, after the deadline that was estimated by the technicians has been surpassed. Contrary to what had been foreseen, the revelation of the analyzes’ conclusions have been systematically postponed by the british, due to the degradation and contamination of the collected residues, almost three months after the child disappeared.

While they way for the results, the investigators are still performing some diligences, and for tomorrow they scheduled a new inquiry from a witness, who had already been heard. Pamela Fenn, 70, who resides in the apartment above the one that was occupied by the McCanns, said in May, when she was heard by the inspectors for the first time, that during the week of holidays, she heard children crying and someone shouting “daddy, daddy”. The woman, who lives alone in Luz, will clarify some doubts. The possibility that the McCanns and their friends, during their week of holidays, left the children alone asleep while they were dining in the “Tapas” restaurant at the resort, is still being investigated, as are the contradictions in several depositions.

09-08-2007, 02:07 PM
in Diario de Noticias, August 20:


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PJ says blood is not key to investigation

The results from lab tests that are being performed in Birmingham, in the UK, to blood samples that were detected by English dogs on a wall and on a curtain of the apartment where the McCanns were spending their holidays, which PJ awaits at any moment, and which could be known today, nevertheless “are not” the key to the investigation.

More important to Policia Judiciaria, according to DN’s information, should be the phone listening and the interception of e-mails, as well as the results of biological residues that were also found by the English dogs in various vehicles, among which is the one that was used by the McCann couple and by one of their friends.

The results of forensic testing, which have been awaited since last week, may be know officially today.

Among the new inquisitions that Portuguese criminal investigation police prepares to do today, is the neighbor of the apartment from where Madeleine McCann disappeared on May 3.

British citizen Pamela Fenn, who is in her seventies, and who will be inquired today, from 10 p.m., at the Portimao Criminal Investigation Department of Policia Judiciaria (PJ), as a witness in the “Madeleine case”, considers it “Very strange” that the parents of the child that vanished from the Ocean Club resort, at Praia da Luz, close to Lagos, never talked to her, “asking if I knew anything, given the fact that I live in an apartment that is right above the one where the family were spending their vacation”. And she is still more surprised for having heard, “two nights before” Madeleine disappeared, “a child yelling “daddy, daddy”, while the McCann couple was dining out.

Used to the tranquility of her home and to living a life without problems, Pamela Fenn has already confessed to a friend she now feels “nervous and stressed”, at a time when police investigations intensify following leads to establish what, actually, happened on that night in the apartment where Maddie was with her two twin siblings. “Nothing like this had ever happened to me, and I don’t want to become a celebrity”, the witness said, who also doesn’t understand the fact that Madeleine’s mother, in the middle of the uproar of searching for the girl, refused her awailability to “call the police”.

The PJ’s clues continue to point at elements in the group of friends of the McCanns as possibly being decisive to the result of the investigation.

On the other hand, two months later, PJ closed in again, last week, on the residents of an area that is close to the center of Praia da Luz, near the one where Serguei Malinka lives, the Russian computer expert who is also a witness in the “Madeleine case”, mainly for having set up the internet site of a real estate company that is owned by Robert Murat, the only arguido until now, for being suspected of the child’s abduction.

09-08-2007, 02:09 PM
in Correio da Manha today (Aug 24):

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English dogs denounced residue
Blood found in the McCanns’ van

The Policia Judiciaria collected a residue which the English dogs identified as being blood, in the car that was rented by the McCanns. The biological sample was sent to the Birmingham lab, but the result is not known yet.

The collection of the sample has confused the investigation. This is because the car was rented by the McCanns over a month after Madeleine disappeared, which means the child could never have traveled in the vehicle. And in doubt of what residue this is – if it really is human blood, if it is possible to define a genetic profile, if it coincides with the 4-year old child -, the investigators keep all scenarios open. Nobody assumes publicly that the parents are suspects, but the possibility of their involvement is not being dismissed either.

As CM could further discover, at least one more organic residue was collected in the car of one of the family’s friends. It is unknown, in this case, whether it is a blood trace or some other residue, like saliva or even a blood stain.

The discoveries were made by the English dog, which is a specialist in the detection of residues, during the intense searches that were performed on all the vehicles of persons that could be related to the McCanns in any way. Robert Murat and his mother also saw their cars being inspected, but everything indicates that nothing relevant was found by police authorities.

Mosaic taken from bedroom

The second residue, which is also presumed to be blood because it was detected by the English dog, was found in the apartment where the girl disappeared from. CM knows that the residues were on the floor, but invisible to the naked eye. The tiles had to be removed from the apartment so the residue could be collected and sent to England.

It is also unknown what the exams’ result is: is the blood from Madeleine, from a stranger or from a sexual predator that is referenced on the sophisticated English database? Or is it not even human, or not identifiable, because the trace is so tenuous that it is not possible to extract a genetic profile?

There are many doubts and the impasse is increasingly evident. Although Policia Judiciaria does not depend on the results in order to strengthen the death theory that has been constructed for several weeks, these might be fundamental, if they point at a specific suspect.

The collected samples

The English dogs arrived in Portugal during the month of July. They are both specialists in finding residues, the first in blood residues, the second in the presence of cadavers. The animals remained in our country for approximately 15 days and checked the entire area that surrounds the Ocean Club. Besides the cars and the apartment, they found death odors on the beach.

Dog became nervous upon entering apartment

The dog that is specially trained to detect the odor of cadavers was very nervous when he entered the apartment from where Madeleine disappeared. The animal immediately ‘called’ his keeper, who understood his signs as the detection that, at that spot, a cadaver had been present. The discovery, if confirmed, also indicates that the body would have remained on that location for at least two hours, after death. Specialists say that only after that amount of time the odor becomes detectable.

Trail ends at the beach, south of the Ocean Club

The authorities walked the dogs at the surroundings of the Ocean Club. The trail that was defined by the dog that detects cadaver odors ends at the beach, south of the resort. CM knows that the policemen opened holes so the odor, in case the body was buried, would become detectable, and the dogs nervousness was evident. The area was then searched, but nothing found. The trail that was found by the dog matches the theories that were presented by the South-African specialist that was hired by the family.


Silent Lab

The Forensic Science Service (FSS), in Birmingham, UK, does not offer an explanation for not having yet concluded the tests that were performed on the material residues that are linked to the Maddie case, which they received from Portuguese authorities.

Yesterday, CM searched for that answer with the communications cabinet of the lab, but no clarification was possible. The FSS is a unit with public capitals. It is independent from any police or system, but gives priority to services that involve the British polices.


The witnesses that shake the friends’ group version

The contradictions that were found in the versions of the group of friends of the McCann couple have mainly been evidenced by depositions from Pamela Fenn, a neighbor of Gerry [and] Kate in the Ocean Club apartment, and from Dianne Webster, 63, the mother of Fiona Payne, who was present at the dinner of May 3 with her husband.

Pamela Fenn was heard by PJ on Monday for 4 hours, and her deposition shows some important details. The most relevant one is in the difference of 40 minutes between the moment when she offered to call the police for Kate McCann, who then said she had already done so, and the registered time of the call to GNR, informing of Madeleine’s disappearance. This witness, who was counseled by PJ not to make any statements to the media, also said she heard the child crying for her father, on the eve of her disappearance.

Dianne Webster is also a witness of some importance. The version that was presented by Maddie’s parents and by other members of the group, that there was a kind of rotation in the checks on all of their children, who had stayed each in their apartment, was not confirmed by Dianne Webster. In the version that she told the investigators, Dianne Webster, the grandmother of two of the children that were at the Ocean Club, did not confirm that organization of the couples to check their children in the apartments, and said each was responsible for ‘watching’ their own children. There are also mismatching versions about who got up during dinner to go to the bedrooms.

The detail that allegedly 14 bottles of wine were consumed at dinner by those nine persons is neither confirmed nor denied by the PJ’s investigators that were contacted by CM, who just stated: “It’s not in the case file”. At the present state of investigations it is not dismissed as a possibility that it may be essential to hear the elements of the group again, which is composed by couples Russell O’Brien and Jane Tanner, David and Fiona Payne, Rachel and Matthew Oldfield, Kate and Gerry McCann.

English conspiracy admitted

The possibility is put between ‘clenched teeth’ and is not clearly assumed. But it is starting to ‘go around’ the heads of policemen who, over the last three months, have committed body and soul to clarifying the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The results of analyzes to residues that were found in Portugal were sent to England, but British authorities failed to explain the delay of the answer. There is no justification for the absence of preliminary results of exams whose conclusion date was set at between 6 and 14 days. It has been 17 and news coming from England leave nobody at rest. On a daily basis, newspapers report imminent operations, point to suspects, seem to be involved in a “giant machine” whose sole purpose is to prepare British population for the possibility that the crime is going to be ‘in house’.

From the initial theory of a kidnapping in an “almost third-world” country, where policemen were inefficient and children are not safe, the British media now turn to the possibility that it may have been an accident. And newspapers that are generally considered more “rigorous” – the case of ‘The Times’ is evident – even present results of exams that the Portuguese police still does not know. It is being said that the blood that was found in the apartment belongs to a man and the lab announces it will open processes of violation of the judicial secret. But then they state the results are not ready, thus making it impossible to understand if the information is correct or not.

Several sources contacted by CM state their reservations on the events of recent days. And although they do not assume a “war” with British authorities, who until now have shown themselves as rather cooperative with the investigation in Portugal, they admit that in England there is a “damage control” policy. After all, the English have played tough, and a turnaround in the investigation could have devastating consequences even at government level. The prime minister, Gordon Brown, got directly involved in the case, not only expressing his solidarity with the McCann couple, but also through the direct involvement of people that are close to him, in aiding and supporting Maddie’s parents. On the other hand, British diplomacy itself opened the necessary channels for the McCanns to be received in several European countries and even by the Pope, in the Vatican.

Confusing the policemen there is also the alleged desire of the McCanns to return to their country. After insisting for three months that they would not return without finding their daughter, they now show themselves in the disposition of returning to England, while one of the justifications is perplexing, to say the least: they say they didn’t know that the police were searching for a body, when they asked PJ themselves, in July, to cooperate with a South-African professor who is a specialist in searching for cadavers.

09-08-2007, 02:10 PM
this morning in Jornal de Noticias:


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Key to McCanns’ car had cadaver smell

The English dogs that are helping Policia Judiciaria in the investigation of the Maddie case, have accused a strong cadaver odor on the car key that was used by the McCann couple. Besides that, the animals detected a blood sample in the trunk of the Renault Scenic van, which was inspected along with several other cars from Madeleine’s parents’ friends.

These details, which were discovered by JN, caused strangeness in the investigators’ minds, precisely due to the fact that, apparently, the vehicle only came into the McCanns’ hands several weeks after the disappearance, on May 3, at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz, Lagos. Therefore, the persons that rented the car before are also being investigated. Several possible explanations are being considered. Including an eventual odor “contamination”, if the key used by Gerry came into contact with other materials which, in turn, had touched a cadaver.

Repeated exams

The blood stain that was found in the trunk is one of the samples which, together with the residues that were collected on a wall and on a curtain of the apartment where the family was staying, are being analyzed in a lab in Birmingham, England. The place where the blood trace was found, together with the reaction to the odor of death, from the other ‘springer spaniel’ dog, indicates precisely that a cadaver could have been in that car trunk.

The delay in the presentation of results (almost 3 weeks) is causing perplexity inside the investigation, and some consider the possibility that there is interference at the highest level of political powers in England, given the governmental involvement with the McCann couple – one of their aides is also an aide to the prime minister, Gordon Brown.

Yet, to some investigator, this delay “is not strange, for now”, given the fact that “there is the awareness that the samples were small and probably contaminated”. PJ was, however, already informed that the exams take a longer amount of time to be completed, especially in cases where the DNA samples match the genetic profiles that are being investigated. Contrary to this, they are faster. All proof and counter-proof must be repeated, so the results have minimal error margins. A source at the English lab guaranteed to JN that the analyzes are not concluded yet, and still does not reveal the date when the data will be communicated to English police who will then forward them to PJ.

09-08-2007, 02:11 PM
in TVI online today:


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PJ investigates syringe with tranquilizers

The fact that the couple’s twin children never woke up on the night of May 3, before and after Maddie disappeared, is an issue

In the case of Madeleine, the PoliciA Judiciaria is investigating a syringe with tranquilizers that was found in a dresser in the child’s parents’ room. According to newspaper ‘Correio da Manha’, the issue is that the McCanns’ twin children never woke up on the night of May 3, after and before the disappearance of their sister Maddie.

The father, Gerry, guarantees it is normal that the children sleep without interruptions, dismissing the possibility that the two children were put to sleep with the injectable tranquilizers that the inspectors found in a dresser in the couple’s bedroom. Meanwhile, Robert Murat, the only arguido in the case is waiting to be cleared of the suspicions that are pending on him.

The results of the analyses on the blood samples, which the PJ says it needs to advance the interrogations, have not arrived yet from England.

09-08-2007, 02:12 PM
in Correio da Manha today (Aug 29):


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Suspicions: Gerry says the twins have deep sleep
Syringe in apartment is investigated

The twins Sean and Amelie never woke up with the turmoil on the night of the crime, before and after their sister was taken from the apartment, but Gerry McCann guarantees it’s normal and says his children usually sleep without interruptions. But Judiciaria found a syringe with tranquilizers in the dresser inside the medic couple’s bedroom, a source that is connected with the investigation told CM – and that is also being taken in account by the inspectors.

The father has been showing himself rather irritated about the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine, his 4-year old daughter who was taken from the apartment where they were spending their holidays at Praia da Luz, on May 3. He exploded as soon as journalists confronted him with the blood that was found on the walls, and tore off the microphone, leaving his wife alone in front of the cameras, in an interview for a program of Spanish channel Telecinco, which was broadcast on Saturday evening.

Gerry does not comment on the fact that he was the last person to see his daughter alive, when he visited her in the bedroom around 9 p.m. – but both he and his wife think it’s “normal” that their twin children kept sleeping on the night of the crime. “It’s very difficult for us, all this speculation, but what is certain is that our children were very tired, they’re very small and we can’t find out if they heard anything…”.

“We usually put them to sleep between 7 and 8 p.m. and they sleep all night without interruptions. It’s a routine we follow in the UK and which we’ve kept here”, the children’s father justified, thus dismissing the possibility that the twins, 2, were put asleep with the injectable tranquilizers that the inspectors found in a dresser in the parents’ bedroom.

Criticism and nervousness

At a time when the Judiciaria’s team is closing in and the investigation is advancing “increasingly in a circle”, as one of the inspectors told CM, Gerry throws critics at the PJ. “We want to reach the bottom of things and find Madeleine, but obviously there are no signs of any breakthrough – the Portuguese police does things in a very, very discrete way so people don’t know, and that is difficult for us, too”, the father says.

The doctor, who has stopped being called for weekly meetings with the PJ as long as the results of the analyses don’t arrive from England, also says that “the way the investigation is being handled is very different from that in the UK, where police likes to give information…”.

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09-08-2007, 02:13 PM
this morning in Correio da Manha:


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Kate and Gerry McCann want to leave the Algarve
PJ confident in analyses’ results

All the analyses performed on samples that Judiciaria collected at the apartment where Madeleine was spending the holidays with her parents, at Praia da Luz, and in the McCanns’ and their friends’ car “are being done by the Birmingham lab, and there was no transference into another country”, a source with the PJ guarantees to CM. And “the results will appear”.

“It’s dozens of analyses”, an inspector reminded us, and “therefore we never had a deadline for the results’ date”. The lab work continues in England, contrary to what was reported – and “the complexity of the analyses does not allow for any pressure to be exerted on the scientists”, the same source says.

“Everything is being done” and the results will appear, PJ believes, while they proceed with the investigation “with less visible diligences”.

Meanwhile, Maddie’s parents are considering leaving the Algarve over the next two weeks, and the couple’s spokesperson, Justine McGuiness, has a reservation only until the 9th.

At the same time, relationships between a part of the British press and Justine are increasingly tense, with her being accused of benefiting “those who give nice news about Kate and Gerry”, reporters from English newspapers have told CM.

Some journalists have raised “less comfortable issues”, receiving from the spokesperson “a discriminatory treatment concerning information about the daily routines” of the McCanns.

In England, the directors of the school where Maddie studied decided to keep the hanger and the desk with the girl’s place.

09-08-2007, 02:15 PM
Today in RTP online:


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The director of Tal&Qual weekly newspaper guaranteed to Lusa that he never accused the McCanns of killing their daughter, clarifying that last week’s headline only transmits what the police believe.

The parents of Madeleine McCann have announced today, through BBC News, that they are going to sue Tal&Qual after this paper reported on news that indicate that the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) believed the couple killed Maddie accidentally.

“I keep the story, I won’t change a comma”, director Emidio Fernando told Lusa, clarifying that the newspaper “never accused anyone, just says what the police believes”.

Saying he is “absolutely tranquil” concerning a possible lawsuit, the weekly’s director said the McCanns’ intentions are “based on the articles that were published in English newspapers, which say that Tal&Qual accuses the family of a crime”.

“If we published the story, it’s because we are certain of it”, Emidio Fernando said, adding that “what the newspaper assumes is that the police believe” the possibility that the parents killed the English girl accidentally.

“I trust our sources and please note that I say sources in plural, because they are more than three”, the director said, who guarantees that the weekly he directs “never wrote anything that has not been confirmed, since this process [of Maddie’s disappearance] started”.

Although they have not received any notification about a possible defamation lawsuit that the McCanns have announced to be filing, the complaint is, according to BBC News, against the newspaper and the director.

09-08-2007, 02:17 PM
Today in Correio da Manha:


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Tests: There are partial results
Cadaver odor on Kate’s clothes

The English dog that is specially trained to detect the odor of cadavers found a trace of death on Kate McCann’s clothes, as well as on the soft toy that the mother of Madeleine has carried since the first hour, which she took to the Vatican and presents as one of the child’s favorite toys. The dog’s work has been recorded on video and can be presented as evidence by the Policia Judiciaria.

The dog was extremely nervous when he smelled a pair of jeans that was often used by Kate, and a shirt. These clues were collected in July – as CM could discover – at the same time that the animal detected the smell of death in the Ocean Club apartment where the child disappeared from.

A second dog that was used by the police, who specializes in finding biological residues like blood, sweat or saliva, also reinforced the signs of the first animal, as he detected what is presumed to be blood in the trunk of the car that was used by the McCanns – which was rented after the child’s disappearance, on May 3.

Meanwhile, CM knows that some of the tests that were performed on the collected residues are already in the investigators’ hands. The lab in Birmingham, England, has sent some elements, but not all the results are known yet. It is also not known when they started to arrive at the PJ, although several sources that were contacted by our newspaper guaranteed that only started happening this week.

The results’ arrival in Portimao may consolidate the investigators’ beliefs, which have been pointing for over two months at a scenario of the child’s death inside the apartment of Praia da Luz. The coming days will be decisive.

09-08-2007, 02:18 PM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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Left PJ at 00.52 a.m.
Kate fears being a suspect

Kate McCann was heard as a witness. The diligence will continue, therefore the judicial secrecy prevents us from speakin.” This was the short way that lawyer Carlos Pinto de Abreu defined the situation of his client in the investigation into the disappearance of her daughter Madeleine on the night of May 3, from one of the apartments at the Ocean Club, in Lagos. It was 00.52 a.m. when Pinto de Abreu spoke these words, leaving behind 11 hours of interrogation, which will continue today.

Kate McCann left visibly shaken and walked to the lawyer’s car, in his company and in the company of Gerry McCann’s sister. Mr McCann had left the house where the couple is living, over an hour before, presumably to pick up his wife, but was not seen when she left the Policia Judiciaria.

The interrogation of Madeleine’s mother, which followed the results from biological samples that signaled Maddie’s blood in the apartment and cadaver odour on Kate’s clothes and on a soft toy that belongs to her daughter, marked a dramatic turnaround in the case. Up to one and a half months ago, it was centered on the possibility that Madeleine was abducted. Today, the British press highlights Kate’s fears, who is afraid of being seen as a suspect in her daughter’s death. Yesterday she left the PJ surrounded by security measures from the PSP’s Intervention Corps, who arrived on location before midnight in order to block the street and to create a security area.

09-08-2007, 02:19 PM
in Jornal de Noticias today:


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Father and mother ‘squeezed’ by the Judiciaria

Madeleine’s mother returns to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) in Portimao today, in order to continue being inquired with evidence that was collected by the investigators, which point to her daughter Madeleine’s death, which include cadaver odours, found by English dogs on Kate’s clothes. PJ concluded today at 00.56 a.m. an interrogation of Kate McCann, as a witness, that lasted eleven hours, and focused on elements that were collected by PJ during the investigation, and on contradictions in her friends’ statements.

According to information that was collected by JN, among the evidence that the PJ has gathered for now, is a sample of biological residues that was collected from the trunk of the car that was rented by the couple several days after the girl’s disappearance. The Birmingham Lab has concluded, although not with 100% certainty, that the residue may belong to the girl. Yet, it remains unexplained why the sample was found in a car that was only used by Kate and Gerry after Maddie disappeared.

From the English lab, there are still results from other samples missing, namely from the Ocean Club apartment. Those that arrived along with analyses from residues that were found in the car – which refer to other locations that JN was not able to confirm – resulted inconclusive.

Today, after Kate, it’s Gerry’s time to be inquired again. Both may see their status in the process altered. JN knows that the passage into arguidos is a strong possibility, but everything depends on the answers that are given during the inquiries as witnesses.

During eleven hours of interrogation, Kate McCann was confronted with the evidence that was collected by investigators and with the deposition of Pamela Fenn, the British woman who lives above the apartment that the McCanns occupied at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz. A testimony that is fundamental to the investigators, and which does not match the statements that have been made by Kate and Gerry, about the night of May 3, the day that Madeleine disappeared. The British woman says she heard the girl screaming for her father, two days before the disappearance.

The 70-year old neighbour also raised strong doubts about the checks that allegedlt were made by parents and friends, on that night, into the apartment, to see if the children were asleep, and how often. In her statement, Pamela has apparently said that, confronted with the couple’s distress, when they noticed the child was missing, she offered to call GNR, but Kate said she had already done so. The truth is that the phone call to GNR was made more than 40 minutes after the conversation that Pamela says she held with Kate.

This and other contradictions dominated the interrogation that the investigators performed on Madeleine’s mother. Kate arrived at PJ’s offices in Portimao before 2 p.m. Gerry was driving the car, which he parked on the opposite lane, kissed his wife and went back to Praia da Luz where the twins were in the company of his mother.

Minutes earlier, through the same door, entered the lawyer Carlos Pinto de Abreu, accompanied by another lawyer, who is the attorney’s assistant. The Portuguese lawyer accompanied Kate’s deposition and was inside the building until 9.40 p.m., when there was a break for dinner.

Upon leaving the PJ, Carlos Pinto Abreu told the journalists that Kate was heard as a witness, refusing to make any other comments due to “judicial secrecy”. Kate left in silence.

09-08-2007, 02:21 PM
in Jornal de Noticias this morning:


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Parents refuse to talk about residues in car

The parents of Madeleine McCann were yesterday formally constituted arguidos from the moment they refused to talk about the residues that were collected by the Policia Judiciaria's investigation, which point at the death and the hiding of the cadaver of their daughter, who is missing since May 3, from the Ocean Club, at Praia da Luz, Lagos.

Separately interrogated for hours (Kate, 15 hours and Gerry, eight), they had to pass from witnesses into arguidos when questions were asked about the biological residues that were found in the trunk of a car that was hired by the couple, and which has strong probabilities of belonging to Maddie, as JN reported yesterday. Kate invoked her right to remain silent in order not to answer any more questions as arguida. She would have still justified the cadaver odors on her clothes, which were detected by an English dog, with the fact that she is a doctor and was in contact with dead bodies before going on holidays. Gerry, even as an arguido from 6.30 p.m. onwards, agreed to give further clarification. The father's questioning ended close to midnight.

Both arguidos were subject to a term of identity and residence - an automatic coercion measure - but, according to information that was collected by JN, they will be interrogated next week by the Public Ministery, who may decide to present them to a criminal instruction judge, in order to apply more serious coercion measures.

The process strategy of the McCann couple intrigued the investigators, although their procedure was legitimate. The issue is an apparent contradiction with the public statements of the couple who stated they intended to "cooperate" with the investigation.

As far as JN could discover, the investigation is now focused on clues for the crime of hiding a corpse, which was preceded by an episode that is still not clarified, but which points to the death of the girl as a consequence of an accident or a neglect situation.There is no evidence pointing to an intentional crime.

After two days of intense questioning on Kate and Gerry, the investigators will advance with more diligences next week. As JN could discover, some of the couple's friends, who spent their holidays at Praia da Luz, may be called back to the Algarve, but it has not been excluded that some policemen may go to England in order to perform interrogations.

09-08-2007, 02:23 PM
from Expresso paper edition, Sept. 8:

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A case filled with mysteries

At the beginning of the case, all clues pointed to the abduction thesis. But the presence of English sniffer dogs at the Ocean Club, on the 8th of August, two months after Maddie’s alleged disappearance, changed the investigation’s perspective. “The question of kidnapping started to be dismissed. Today, there are not many doubts about the homicide theory”, says Carlos Fonseca, the PJ inspector who investigated the ‘Lisbon Ripper’ case.

Although the suspicions about the parents are growing increasingly stronger, Kate and Gerry McCann will continue their “half insane” strategy of fleeing forward. “The couple will not hesitate to divert responsibility onto the Portuguese investigators”, he theorizes. To Carlos Fonseca, if it is true that Maddie’s parents are guilty, this should become a ‘case study’ to be used as an example for future investigations. A source at the Policia Judiciaria that was contacted by Expresso even compares this case with that of Vale e Azevedo. “After a first lie, it’s easy to tell another one. And so forth”. Possibly the couple never expected to be meeting Pope Benedict XVI one day.

Anyway, when the McCanns’ state of grace dissipated once and for all, last Friday, even the Vatican removed all records about Maddie’s disappearance from their official site.

Death odor in the car trunk

The scenario that was drawn by PJ increasingly points to the McCann couple’s implication in the disappearance of Madeleine, based on clues of the presence of a cadaver in the bedroom and in the trunk of a car that was rented by the two British 25 days after the child’s disappearance. This could be one of the big puzzles in this case. “I don’t believe it was the child’s body, but bloodstained clothes”, specialist Jose Manuel Anes suggests.

“There are strong clues that point to homicide”, a high-ranking official from Policia Judiciaria told Expresso, requesting anonymity. The same source revealed that Kate and Gerry McCann will be constituted arguidos, as suspects of being involved in the death, which is believed to be accidental, of Madeleine, who disappeared 128 days ago.

According to the PJ, the cadaver odour was detected on the floor of the apartment that was rented by the McCanns at Praia da Luz, and in the trunk of the car, a Renault Scenic that was rented five weeks after Madeleine disappeared, on May 3.

These clues were detected by British dogs, which are trained to smell cadavers and blood residues. The Portuguese police then crossed this information with the results of tests that were performed by two English labs, in Birmingham and Yorkshire, with advanced DNA collection technique. When questioned about the type of result that the tests on the samples provided, the same source refused any further details: “I can only say we are satisfied with the work that was done by the British labs”, he said.

According to a source close to the couple, the police even confronted Kate McCann with the presence of Madeleine’s blood in the car’s trunk, which irritated the British doctor very much, during the inquiry.

The same source said that the police sustains the theory of the child’s accidental death, in the bedroom at Praia da Luz. This will justify the arguida status that was applied to Kate McCann by the police’s initiative, on Friday, after interrogations that lasted for several hours, over two days. According to a police source, the same status will be applied to Gerry McCann, whose inquirition started yesterday afternoon and who was still being heard at the time this edition was closed.

Early in the morning, Gerry stated in his blog that Kate McCann is innocent, and guaranteed that the theory of Kate’s involvement in her daughter’s disappearance is “ridiculous”.

By the end of the afternoon, spokesperson Justine McGuiness explained to Expresso that the police had to make Kate an arguida in order to legally her ask some questions. “Kate is devastated”, McGuiness said. “The police is implicating her in her daughter’s death. But not even the authorities can explain Maddie’s whereabouts. Or if she is dead or alive”. According to the spokesperson, the police has dismissed the abduction theory for good.

If they come to be accused of homicide, without Maddie’s body being found – just like in the case of Leonor Cipriano, the mother of Joana – the fact will be very difficult to explain to the British.

09-08-2007, 02:24 PM
from Sol paper edition on Sept 8:

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Nerve war

PJ bet on a pressure strategy on the McCanns

Policia Judiciaria (PJ) has no more doubts that Madeleine is dead, and they’ve closed in on the McCanns in order to discover what happened on the night of May 3.

Kate McCann was constituted arguida yesterday, after an interrogation that lasted for approximately 14 hours. Yesterday, at the end of the afternoon, Gerry was still being heard – accompanied by his lawyer Carlos Pinto de Abreu – and the possibility that he will also become an arguido is open.

Judiciaria tries to determine whether the crime was homicide or accidental death. The investigators have been betting on a strategy that includes placing pressure on the English couple. That is why they decided to interrogate Kate exhaustively first, trying to explore any frailties.

The long interrogations focused on the results from analyses that were performed on residues that were collected in the Ocean Club apartment – which were received this week – but also on some of the inconsistencies that were revealed in the depositions of the couple and their friends, right after the child’s disappearance.

In choosing to hear Kate first, PJ also wanted to enhance the pressure on her husband, Gerry McCann. The way he reacted publicly, in some circumstances, leads the investigators into believing that Gerry ‘explodes’ when he is under pressure. In August, Maddie’s father furiously interrupted an interview to a Spanish television channel, after being questioned about the existence of blood traces in his daughter’s bedroom.

It was also with the intention to benefit from an increase in nervousness among the McCann couple and their friends, that police opted not to confirm officially whether they have received the total of results from analyses that were performed on the samples that were sent to the Birmingham lab.

The police strategy also included delaying as much as possible the constitution of Kate McCann as an arguida, because that status confers her special rights. As an arguida, she has the right to remain silent, and is not obliged to cooperate with the investigation. More: under that status, the law even allows Kate to lie, without being punished for that – contrary to what would happen if she was making a deposition as a witness. That issue was pondered by the PJ, when they advanced the possibility that Kate could become arguida on Thursday evening, without going forward with a formal constitution at that moment.

As arguidos, and because they are British citizens, the McCanns “can be subject to a coercion measure that will prevent them from leaving Portugal”, lawyer Vicky Fernandes explained to Sol. The couple’s friends, who spent their holidays with them in Portugal, may be called to Portimao again, or they may be heard in the UK.

09-08-2007, 02:26 PM
in Correio da Manha Sept 8:


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Madeleine McCann case: Blood traces in car are decisive
Suspected of killing and hiding Maddie

Kate and Gerry are formally suspected of killing Madeleine and hiding her body. The blood that was found in the couple’s car, which was rented only 25 days after the girl went missing, change the whole scenario. The Policia Judiciaria are now convinced that the parents killed the child, hid the body and then simulated the abduction.

Gerry and Kate deny this and consider the accusations “absurd”. But they fail to contradict the chain of evidence, although circumstantial, that the police has gathered over the last weeks. Everything points at the death of the child inside the apartment, and the fact that the cadaver was successively moved. This could explain the existence of Maddie’s blood in the car, which could have been obtained by contamination, for example from clothes that the child could have been wearing the moment she died.

Yet, without finding the body, it will be difficult for the authorities to advance other coercion measures. They want to avoid a repetition of the Joana case, and the amount of criticism and even suspicions that was raised at that time. The fact that these are two British citizens also lead the Policia Judiciaria into actions of more restraint. The diligences are preceded by great caution, in order not to hurt “international susceptibilities”.

Suspicious behaviour

On the night of May 3, Kate called British television Sky News first, and only after that did she call the police. Furthermore, upon noticing that her 3-year old daughter was missing, Kate closed the apartment door and returned to the restaurant where her friends were. She left the small children alone again, in order to tell the British that her daughter had disappeared. The reports made to police by several witnesses mention no distraught screams or immediate calls for help.

As CM could further discover, there are at least two witnesses that indicate there was neglect from Kate towards her children. One of them is the English woman who lives in a neighboring apartment, who guarantees she heard the child screaming days earlier, calling out for her father. The second witness is another elderly woman, who says she saw Kate behaving in a way that raised suspicions about her performance.

CM knows that the deposition from Russell O’Brien also raised serious doubts with the Judiciaria’s investigators. The English doctor, a friend of the McCanns, guarantees he went to the children’s room around 8 p.m., but then he says he did not enter, and only worried about listening if there was any noise inside the apartment. The version is not considered as believable, and the police thinks that the witness is not telling the whole truth.


McCanns can leave Portugal

The McCann couple may return to England at any moment. The term of identity and residence only carries judicial constraints, without penal sanctions.

This means Kate and Gerry must inform the court if they want to leave Portugal for more than five days, and they can do it personally, by letter, e-mail or fax. But if they failed to do this and returned to their country, any penal sanction would collide with the lack of international cooperation which is characteristic for the English. Firstly, because they follow the principle of not extraditing their nationals; then, because there is no European country who privileges more their nationality when confronted with alleged suspicions of crimes in other countries.

There is yet another doubt: several jurists that were contacted by CM say it is not certain that the McCanns must ask for permission from the judge in order to leave the country. The law says they must inform the court, but it is not known what would happen if the address that they deliver the court is their residence in England. As Portugal has no jurisdiction in that country, notifications would not be validated, which would raise other juridical constraints.

09-08-2007, 04:13 PM

Translated by Ozzy at the Mirror Forums



McCann couple suspected of Madeleines death

O casal McCann foi ontem constituído arguido por suspeita de envolvimento na morte da sua filha Madeleine, na noite de 3 de Maio, no aldeamento The Ocean Club, na Praia da Luz. Embora à hora do fecho desta edição, Gerry ainda estivesse a ser inquirido no Departamento de Investigação Criminal (DIC) de Portimão da Polícia Judiciária (PJ), onde chegou pouco depois das 16 horas, logo após a saída da sua mulher, o DN apurou que também ele foi constituído arguido no processo. A ambos foi aplicada a medida de coacção mínima, isto é, o termo de identidade e residência.

The McCann couple were yesterday named arguido (the word means formal suspect) on the basis of suspicion that they were involved in the death of their daughter Madeleine on the night of 3rd May at the Ocean Club, Praia da Luz. Though at the close of this edition Gerry was still at the Dept. of Criminal Investigation (DIC) of the PJ, where he arrived a little after 4 pm, and soon after his wife had left, the newspaper DN has gathered that he has also been named arguido. To both, minimum legal restraints have been applied – ie. identity and confirmation of residence. (This means they have to report to the police and confirm that they are physically present and resident in the place from time to time – once a day or whatever is set).

Pelo menos sobre Kate recairá a suspeita de "crime de homicídio por negligência e ocultação de cadáver" (este último incorre a uma pena até dois anos de prisão)". Uma situação confirmada ao princípio da noite pela assessora dos McCann, Justine McGuinness, segundo a qual "a polícia portuguesa considerou Kate suspeita da morte acidental da sua filha". Entretanto, fontes ligadas ao processo revelaram que Gerry terá admitido aos investigadores ter administrado um sedativo aos filhos na noite de 3 de Maio. E uma das linhas de investigação seguidas neste momento é precisamente, ao que o DN apurou, a hipótese de que a criança terá sido sedada com uma dose excessiva de um medicamento.

Kate is suspected of ‘homicide by negligence and hiding the body” ( the latter constitutes a sentence of upto two years in prison). A circumstance confirmed in principle by the spokesperson Justine McGuinness who said “ the portuguese police suspect Kate of having accidently killed her child”. However, sources connected to the inquiry have revealed that Gerry has admitted to the investigators he had administed a sedative to the children on the night of May 3rd. And one of the investigation lines followed at this moment is precisely, as the DN has gathered, the hypotheis that the child was sedated with an overdose of medication.

Entretanto, fontes ouvidas pelo DN asseguram que a medida de coacção de Kate McCann poderá ser, contudo, aumentada a qualquer momento, em função de novas diligências. Sabe-se entretanto que, segundo declarações feitas por Philomena McCann, cunhada de Kate, ao canal britânico Sky News, a PJ terá oferecido um acordo de dois anos de prisão à mãe de Maddie, através do seu advogado Carlos Pinto de Abreu, para confessar ter matado a sua filha por acidente e escondido o cadáver. Apesar dos contactos efectuados, DN não conseguiu obter uma reacção a esta grave acusação por parte da PJ.

However, sources have told the DN that the restraint measures on Kate McCann can at anytime be increased, depending on the results of new enquiries/information. According to declarations made by Philomena McCann, Kates sister in law, to Sky News, the PJ had offered a deal of two years in prison to Maddies mother through her lawyer Carlos Pinto de Abreu, if she confessed to killing her daughter and hiding the body. Despite trying to verify this, the newspaper DN has not been able to get any response from the PJ regarding this serious accusation.

Contradições de Kate

Contradictions by Kate

Segundo fontes ligadas ao processo, a PJ suspeita que a mãe de Madeleine é "desequilibrada mentalmente", podendo o crime ocorrido no apartamento de onde desapareceu a menina britânica, ter resultado de uma "agressão" a esta por parte de Kate. Outra suspeita avançada por aquelas fontes prende-se com o facto de Maddie ter morrido antes do jantar. As mesmas fontes admitem que a situação "complicou-se e os pais desorientaram-se", o que terá levado à "ocultação do corpo", que continua por aparecer.

According to sources connected with the enquiry, the PJ suspect that Madeleines mother is mentally unstable, and the crime could have occured in the apartment from which the child disappeared, as a result of an “aggression” by Kate. Another suspicion put forth by the sources is linked to the fact that Maddie had died before dinner. The same sources admit that the situation got complicated and the parents got disoriented which led them to hide the body which is yet to be found.

Ao longo das 15 horas de inquirição, realizadas entre a tarde de quinta-feira e grande parte do dia de ontem, Kate McCann foi fortemente apertada pelos investigadores, que começaram por conferir as rotinas familiares do casal e amigos desde que chegaram ao aldeamento da Praia da Luz, bem como confrontá-la com os resultados das análises forenses realizadas num laboratório de Birmingham, no Reino Unido, às amostras de vestígios de sangue, recolhidos no apartamento e, sobretudo, na viatura alugada pelo casal 25 dias após o desaparecimento da criança.

During the whole 15 hours of questioning carried out on Thursday evening and a major part of yesterday, Kate McCann was closely questioned by the investigators, who started off with checking the routine of the couple and their friends since their arrival at the Praia da Luz, as well as confronting them with the results of the forensic tests carried out at the Birmingham laboratory, UK, the blood samples collected at the apartment, and especially the samples in the vehicle rented by the couple 25 days after the child disappeared.

Segundo apurou o DN, Kate não terá sabido explicar o porquê do sangue no carro, tendo garantido que este não pertence à sua filha. Outra das questões colocadas pelos investigadores, diz respeito ao odor a cadáver detectado por cães pisteiros ingleses nas roupas de Kate. Esta terá alegado que semanas antes da chegada a Portugal esteve em contacto com cadáveres na unidade de saúde onde trabalha.

According to what the DN has gathered, Kate could not give any explanations about the blood samples in her car, insisting it doesnt belong to her child. Other questions asked by the investigators were regarding the smell of a cadaver detected by the sniffer dogs on Kates clothes. To this Kate said that weeks before she arrived in Portugal she had contact with cadavers in the health section where she worked."

09-09-2007, 09:05 AM
In Diario de Noticias this morning:


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PJ awaits new analyses in order to detain McCann couple

The Policia Judiciaria (PJ) believes they may detain the McCann couple next week. For that, they await the results that are still to be sent by the Forensic Science Service of Birmingham, England, which they expect to arrive at that time, and the result of new diligences that are being performed, that will restart the searches for Maddie’s body. Kate and Gerry have been made arguidos and subject to ‘termo de identidade e residencia’, but the coming days will be decisive for a change in the coercion measure. Both will be heard again on Tuesday.

It is on Maddie’s mother that most suspicions fall. The investigators admit it is strongly possible that Kate “slapped” Maddie and that she bumped her head. What surprises them is that the mother did not call 112 [emergency number]. It is here that the biggest mystery may lies, and configures the previously mentioned possibility of gross negligence. The fact that she is a doctor and immediately knew what had happened, may explain the case.

Tomorrow, PJ will deliver to the attorney of the Public Ministry (PM) in Portimao, the report of the inquiritions of the McCanns, which, as DN could discover, didn’t yield any significant results due to Kate’s and Gerry’s silence on the 40 questions that were asked by the investigators. After analyzing that report, the PM will present the process to the criminal instruction judge in Portimao, for evaluation. Then, the couple is brought back to PJ and after that, to the court, which may determine a new coercion measure (the most serious one is preventive custody).

“The theory of Maddie’s death is becoming increasingly consistent”, the assistant national director and head of the Faro Directory of PJ, Guilhermino Encarnação, told DN, assuring that the investigation “continues to search for the body with all means that are in its reach”. As DN could determine, the searches, albeit very discrete, are still centered in the Praia da Luz area, on a strip “between the land and the sea”. Sources connected to the investigation advanced that the investigation line does not exclude the possibility that Madeleine’s body passed through several locations, including cars, apartments and other locations. Yet, until this moment, the possibility of destruction of the cadaver has not been considered.

After announcing the theory of Maddie’s death, the PJ now expects a new “batch of clues” concerning the whereabouts of the child’s body. “A new cicle of the investigation is beginning, with lots of clues that the girl’s body could be here or there”, it was refered, advancing that the PJ “will only go into the terrain following credible leads”.

A guarantee that responds to the concerns that were voiced by the McCann family yesterday, in England, about whether the PJ will continue searching for Maddie.

09-09-2007, 09:07 AM
this morning in Correio da Manha:


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Searches on Monday
McCanns fly to England

Madeleine’s parents scheduled for today their trip to return to England. After a day of contradictory information about the return date for Gerry and Kate, who were constituted arguidos in the investigation into their daughter’s disappearance, tickets were booked for today’s Easy Jet flight at 9.30 a.m, which connects Faro to the East Midland Airport, that serves Leicester, the city where they live.

The flight that has been booked is number 6552 and is due to arrive in Leicester at 12.20 p.m. This trip – remember that the McCanns’ spokesperson guaranteed yesterday that the couple would not travel now – surprised the PJ’s investigators, who had requested for men and sniffer dogs from Guarda Nacional Republicana to start searches for Maddie’s body on Monday.

CM knows that the request that was sent to GNR asks for total availability of means from 10 a.m. on Monday onwards, near the Ocean Club apartments, and the searches will cover Praia da Luz again, as well as the ravine area.

Inside PJ, it is being regarded with great unpleasantness that the couple’s lawyer, Carlos Pinto de Abreu, met with the General Attorney, Pinto Monteiro, before he traveled to the Algarve in order to give the McCanns juridical assistance. This meeting, whose contents is unknown, is associated to the change in strategy of the Public Ministery, which intended to arrest Kate but then gave up on their intent.

09-09-2007, 09:08 AM
from Publico today:


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The English dog that detected tha cadaver smell in the apartment where Madeleine McCann was spleeping, has already helped British and American police in the investigation of approximately 200 cases and, until now, has never failed, an officer with PJ told Publico.

At the Portuguese police’s request, a dog of springer spaniel race called Eddie, seven years old, and belonging to Yorkshire police, came over to Praia da Luz in mid-August to participate in the diligences that were promoted within the investigation into the disappearance of the English child.

When he was led to the apartment that was rented by the McCanns, he revealed a behaviour that he usually manifests when he detects the odour of a corpse, and which is duly recognized and evaluated by his handler, Martin Grime, who immediately alerted to the fact, an element of PJ told Publico.

In order to establish comparisons, Eddie was taken into other apartments within the resort, but he remained tranquil, without signs of smelling any death odor, the policeman reports.

Considering all possibilities, the PJ investigated the possibility that there had been any death in that apartment before, but the collected data concluded that had not been the case.

Accompanying Eddie, who in insured for five million pounds, a 3-year old female dog called Keela also came from England, especially trained to detect blood residues, even if these were cleaned or washed several times. Keela also detected the existence of blood at the same spot that had been indicated by the dog, in the same apartment. “It’s too much of a coincidence”, the investigator heard by Publico considers. And doubtlessly a reason to investigate, he says.

The handler, a British police agent, wrote a report with the diligences’ conclusions, confiming that the dogs had marked possible signs of the presence of a cadaver in that location, a document that is in the PJ’s possession.

Eddie, who is sometimes equal with an “undercover agent”, and Keela have often supported the police in investigations into missing people and homicide cases, both in England and in other European countries, and in the US, at the FBI’s request.

Among the cases in which Eddie intervened is that of the homicide of a 65-year old woman, Attracta Harron, in County Tyrone, when she was walking home from church, in April 2003. The dog found her body inside a grave and managed to detect the smell of her blood in the murderer’s car even after he burned it.

09-09-2007, 01:20 PM
Link to translated SOL articles:


09-09-2007, 01:48 PM
this morning in Correio da Manha:


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Maddie Case
Public Ministry Attorney considered arresting Kate McCann

Magalhaes Meneses, the attorney from the Public Ministry who is in charge of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine, considered arresting Kate McCann in order to present her to the instruction judge, in order to apply preventive custody to her. The formal detention at PJ would have to be performed in order for the judge to ponder applying preventive imprisonment.

The situation was discussed inside Policia Judiciaria in Portimao, and during phone calls with the PM attorney, but juridical doubts about the case (to know whether it was negligent homicide, which does not include preventive custody, or homicide with eventual intent, which admits preventive imprisonment) finally dictated that Kate was only constituted arguida, and subject to state her identity and residence [“termo de identidade e residencia”].

Maddie’s mother also felt that this was the way the investigation was headed, and on the first night after the first round of interrogations she confessed to fearing about her freedom. On the morning that the interrogation started again, the spokesperson said just that to CM: that Kate was afraid she would go to prison, for the investigators’ accusations were extremely assured.

The day that was chosen for the interrogation also indicates that the decision was simply to constitute her as arguida. Madeleine’s mother was interrogated on Thursday afternoon, at a time it was expected that the interrogation would continue on the next day.

At that time, Policia Judiciaria also predicted they would hear Gerry McCann. And they would only do so after hearing Kate. “We all know that over the weekend, diligences calm down. It’s normal, even because people have to rest. To make interrogations before the weekend seems to indicate that something was not finished. That there was a retreat in the investigation”, an investigator told CM.

As CM could further establish, the biggest problem with the investigation is that the circumstances of the child’s death are not clarified yet. As well as the fact that the body has yet to be found: something that is fundamental to strengthen the theory that is now being defended by the Policia Judiciaria.

The decision of advancing with the arguido status for Kate and Gerry was well thought over by the Policia Judiciaria and the Public Ministry. For more than a month, the authorities were convinced that the McCann couple had not provided all the answers, but the arrival of the analyses changed everything. Although they were not fully clarifying (there is a correspondence of 78.95% of Maddie’s genetic profile when compared with the blood residue that was found in the car that was used by the McCanns), the truth is that the probability of the child’s body or any piece of her clothing having been inside the car that was rented after the disappearance, has increased. This is joined by other pieces of evidence, like the fact that the dogs detected cadaver odor on Kate’s clothes and on the child’s soft toy, and also the lack of evidence pointing to an abduction.

Grandfather confesses to the use of Calpol: Medicine without death cases

Brian Healy, Madeleine’s grandfather, contradicted former statements from the McCann couple and told ‘The Sun’ that his daughter gave the child Calpol “in order to help her sleep”. “Kate must have used Calpol [to help her sleep], but it is atrocious to think of anything more”, the grandfather said. A popular medicine in the UK to treat pain and fever in children and causing somnolence, its sale was authorized in Portugal by the Medicine authority, Infarmed, on May 3 (ironically the same day that Maddie disappeared).

09-10-2007, 12:45 AM
SOL report from early July, 2007


From the SOL website- Policia Judiciaria is going to confront the three elements of the group that was spending holidays with Madeleine’s parents in Praia da Luz, with the statement of the person who is until now the only arguido in the process of the disappearance of the english child.

The four persons who are being inquired are going to be submitted to a confrontation, in order to clarify the truth about what happened on the night of the kidnapping, given the fact that the statements are contradictory.

Among the english that were spending their vacation with Madeleine’s parents at the Ocean Club and are going to be heard today, are the couple Russell O’Brien and Jane Tanner.

We are reminded that a SOL investigation concluded that Russell was the group’s element who was absent for the greatest amount of time, during the dinner that was held on the night Madeleine McCann disappeared.

The testimony of a resort employee confirms that a few days earlier, it was also Russell O’Brien who had been absent during the group’s dinner.

Jane Tanner is one of the key witnesses of the process, given the fact that she claims to have seen a man carrying a child, during one of her trips to the apartments to check on the children.

The english woman states she saw a man aged 35-40, with dark hair, wearing beige trousers, a dark jacket and classic black shoes, carrying a girl, who was wearing a pyjama and was barefoot.

Yet, this portrait does not fully coincide with Murat, given the fact that he never wore his hair long at the neck, which is how Jane describes the man she saw.

Although Jane describes the individual with good detail, Jeremy Wilkins – another witness who was on the street at the exact moment when Jane says she saw the suspect – guaranteed to SOL that he saw neither Jane nor any suspect, adding that if this had happened, it would have been ‘practically impossible’ not noticing the ocurrence.

Another aspect that the police will want to clarify is whether Robert Murat was at the Ocean Club on the night Maddie vanished.

The McCann’s friends confirm they saw the arguido at the resort in Praia da Luz, but staff and GNR elements deny this version.

Here is another article about the same information. At the end it says:

Yesterday police also quizzed Antonio Toscano, a Spanish freelance journalist, who has repeatedly claimed to have information about Madeleine's abductor.

He says a repeat sex offender known as the 'Frenchman' may have taken her on behalf of a paedophile network. But Mr Sousa said: 'We have checked all the information that he has provided and have already said that it is a line which is not very strong, not consistent.'

09-10-2007, 01:37 AM
This is the latest article from SOL- date 7/13/07- (translated by Astro on http://formadeleine.proboards106.com/index.cgi) which you unfortunately have to register for if you want to get into the forum and read anything.


13th July 2007

By Margarida Davim

At the entrance of Ocean’s Club in Praia da Luz, the journalists who participated in the press conference that was held by Madeleine’s parents for the Portuguese media, encountered a plastic box to collect donations. A small text, signed by Kate and Gerry McCann, invites everyone who enters the resort to contribute. This gesture was not appreciated by the members of staff, who claim that the resort “is full of collection boxes”.

A fund for Maddie

This box is just one of many ways that Maddie’s parents found to collect money for the ‘Leaving no Stone Unturned’ fund – which counts with almost 900 thousand pounds already (one million three hundred thousand euros).

Justine McGuinness, the McCanns' new public relations, guarantees that the collected money “is being managed by a group of independent persons”, and subject to “very rigorous rules that are imposed by british law to all charities”. Still, McGuinness refuses to explain who are the “highly qualified lawyers and managers” that are managing the fund, just highlighting they are not remunerated, and offered as volunteers.

On the findmadeleine.com site there is an online store, where Gerry and Kate sell yellow rubber bracelets and textile bands, to help finance the cause. Callum McRae, the author of the site, says it was the couple’s idea. Speaking to SOL, McRae explains that the child’s aunt, Philomena McCann, asked him to create the internet page, just two days after the girl went missing. “She knew exactly what she wanted”, says Callum McRae, who created the contents in just one day.

The McCann’s internet page also publicizes several fundraising events, all taking place in the UK, and some planned over 60 days ahead.

To SOL, McRae, who was a student of Madeleine’s aunt in highschool, did not want to specify whether his work on the site is paid by the fund or not: “I’m not authorized to speak about that”. According to the site, the fund’s purpose is to “support Madeleine’s family financially” and to make sure she is found, and her kidnappers brought to trial. After reaching these targets, the collected money shall be used to help solving “similar cases in the UK, in Portugal and elsewhere”.

Twins at the creche

This week, Kate and Gerry moved into a villa outside the Ocean Club, but are still visiting the resort. “They come here every day to drop the twins at the creche”, a member of staff reports.

Kate and Gerry, who are now staying at a villa with a pool, never had to pay for their stay at the resort. “They were not even handed a bill”, the same employee of the Ocean Club says, noting the couple’s detached and somewhat “arrogant” attitude.

Reactions to SOL

Last edition’s article on the McCann case (A pact of silence), has livened the discussion in the UK. Fully translated into English, it has prompted approximately 20 pages of reactions in the forum of the Daily Mirror. Among the comments, there is criticism of the alleged censorship that this work was subject to in the forums of other British media.

09-10-2007, 04:59 AM

From mid-July 2007

From the SOL website- Policia Judiciaria is going to confront the three elements of the group that was spending holidays with Madeleine’s parents in Praia da Luz, with the statement of the person who is until now the only arguido in the process of the disappearance of the english child.

The four persons who are being inquired are going to be submitted to a confrontation, in order to clarify the truth about what happened on the night of the kidnapping, given the fact that the statements are contradictory.

Among the english that were spending their vacation with Madeleine’s parents at the Ocean Club and are going to be heard today, are the couple Russell O’Brien and Jane Tanner.

We are reminded that a SOL investigation concluded that Russell was the group’s element who was absent for the greatest amount of time, during the dinner that was held on the night Madeleine McCann disappeared.

The testimony of a resort employee confirms that a few days earlier, it was also Russell O’Brien who had been absent during the group’s dinner.

Jane Tanner is one of the key witnesses of the process, given the fact that she claims to have seen a man carrying a child, during one of her trips to the apartments to check on the children.

The english woman states she saw a man aged 35-40, with dark hair, wearing beige trousers, a dark jacket and classic black shoes, carrying a girl, who was wearing a pyjama and was barefoot.

Yet, this portrait does not fully coincide with Murat, given the fact that he never wore his hair long at the neck, which is how Jane describes the man she saw.

Although Jane describes the individual with good detail, Jeremy Wilkins – another witness who was on the street at the exact moment when Jane says she saw the suspect – guaranteed to SOL that he saw neither Jane nor any suspect, adding that if this had happened, it would have been ‘practically impossible’ not noticing the ocurrence.

Another aspect that the police will want to clarify is whether Robert Murat was at the Ocean Club on the night Maddie vanished.

The McCann’s friends confirm they saw the arguido at the resort in Praia da Luz, but staff and GNR elements deny this version.

09-10-2007, 09:47 AM
in Diario de Noticias today:


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PJ believes clues justify preventive custody

The Policia Judiciaria (PJ) believes to have “enough clues” in order to incriminate Kate and Gerry McCann, who have been constituted arguidos on Friday, and subject to ‘termo de identidade e residencia’ [basic coercion measure]. They are suspected of the death of the child, on May 3, in the apartment at Praia da Luz, and of hiding her body. But it will be on the coming days that it will be known whether the attorney from the Public Ministry (PM) in Portimao, who today receives the report of the interrogations that were performed on Thursday and Friday on the parents of the British child, decides to notify the couple at their home address in England, to return to Portugal, in order to present themselves before a judge.

And only that judge can change their present coercion measure, which could reach, in an extreme situation – which is not the present one – preventive custody. If that is the decision from the PM, Maddie’s parents will have to present themselves in Portimao at the date that is indicated by the attorney. If they fail to do so, an international arrest warrant could be issued against them.

But this is where difficulties start. One of the jurists that were heard by DN reminded us that “it will be sufficient to present a doctor’s certificate, alleging any kind of health problem, in order to postpone a questioning or a simple PJ diligence, thus compromising the ongoing investigation”. Anyway, the couple has said they are available to return to Portugal when they are notified to do so. But the PM could also just reach the conclusion that there is not enough evidence to sustain the death theory in court.

Trust in the evidence

As DN could confirm with sources that are close to the process, in the ten vehicles that were subject to forensic tests in August, it was only in the Renault Scenic that was rented by the McCanns 25 days after their daughter’s disappearance that “biological fluids that match the child’s genetic profile in 80%, were detected under the car trunk’s textile cover”. And it was only the fact that the sample that was sent to the lab in Birmingham, UK, was “reduced”, “didn’t allow to reach the 100%” in results of forensic testing. During the searches that were performed at the “Vista do Mar” villa, in the Luz Parque area, at Praia da Luz, which was occupied by the McCanns from July until yesterday morning, cadaver odors were detected on clothes that belong to Madeleine’s mother, and on the now famous soft toy that belonged to the child.

‘A sort of flight’

Although legally nothing prevented the McCanns from returning home, the Judiciaria ended up being surprised about their decision, which represents, in the perspective of several investigators, “a sort of escape”, which, naturally, “may have consequences on the process’ development, with delays”. Even more so as PJ, according to what DN knows, had “advised” the McCanns not to leave Portugal without knowing what decision the judicial instances will make concerning an eventual change in their present coercion measure.

The other arguido

Francisco Pagarete, the lawyer for Robert Murat, who remains an arguido in the case for suspected kidnapping, although there are two suspects of death, was not surprised about the McCanns’ new juridical situation. “The fact that they have been made arguidos does not surprise me. But we have no further comment to make”, he told DN. Concerning his client’s situation, he said he is still “waiting for a rapid solution”, but will not propose any initiative. “The PM has to analyse the clues and see if there is any indication that leads to my client to stop being an arguido”.

09-10-2007, 09:48 AM
in Jornal de Noticias today:


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PJ only found out the day before and was not informed by McCanns

The Policia Judiciaria only knew about the exact date that the McCanns were returning to England, on Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours before the plane that took the couple left, and was not informed about the fact by anyone that is connected to Madeleine’s family. The return should have been tomorrow.

The Portuguese investigators were caught by surprise, given the fact that the couple – who was constituted arguidos last week for suspicion of hiding the child’s corpse and for participating in the child’s death – had told police they were returning tomorrow only. A source with PJ admitted to JN that he was told about the trip’s booking on Saturday afternoon, through persons that are completely unrelated to the family.

The spokesman for Policia Judiciaria, chief inspector Olegario de Sousa, told JN that the police knew about this trip, reminding us that the couple is subject to ‘termo de identidade e residencia [basic coercion measure], that they gave their UK address, therefore they are “just fulfilling a right that is given them by Portuguese law”.

The surprise trip, which was revealed by JN yesterday, was announced only to British journalists, during the informal meeting that the couple’s spokesperson held, on Saturday morning, with the British professionals. The agreement, as JN could find out, was to announce the return would be in the coming days, and not to disclose the exact date. But around 00.30 a.m. yesterday, British television Sky News was announcing the McCanns’ return during the morning of the same day, which led dozens of journalists to the family’s residence, in Praia da Luz, and to Faro airport.

Special treatment

They entered the VIP door, away from the journalists’ eyes, around 8 a.m. A few minutes later, they entered the EasyJet plane that left Portugal at 9.45. Flight 6552 ende at the East Midland airport around 12.15, but Kate and Gerry, who were carrying the 2-year old twins, only left the plane 15 minutes after it landed.

A tv camera was waiting for the family. After having promised a short statement to all the journalists at Praia da Luz, Gerry opted for a brief statement on English soil. He explained that their return home was decided after “much thought” and was related with the twins’ emotional well-being, whom he wants to have “a normal life”.

09-10-2007, 09:49 AM
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Arguidos and return

opinion article by Paulo Pereira Cristovao, ex-inspector at Policia Judiciaria

The last fourty eight hours have significantly marked the Madeleine case. The parents have abandoned national territory with the justification that their younger children needed to return to their normal life in the United Kingdom. We think that, after 129 days in Portugal, they could have waited another four or five, in order to clarify unequivocally, when the Policia Judiciaria holds all the forensic results, that which they believe to be their total lack of responsibility in the disappearance of little Madeleine. The truth is that the status of arguidos that was imposed on them, is the normal consequence after the appearance of strong clues that could question their former statements as witnesses. It is also true, and they know it well, that whether in the United Kingdom or in Portugal, leaving three children on their own in an apartment that provided access like that one did, is a penally relevant illicit act.

It is not less true that, contrary to what relatives that are close to the couple have been referring over the last two days, the Policia Judiciaria has always treated them as victims, which means they were always seen as parents whom a daughter was taken away from. That was the way it was, and the way it was supposed to be. The presumption of innocence is applied to all those about whom no condemning sentence was spoken. Initially, there was no reason to make any more or less evaluative judgment about this couple. They were parents whom a daughter had been taken away from, and that is enough for the police. It just happens that investigations are always a string that one pulls without knowing how long it is, or what could be inside the ball. Police have reconstructed that night the best way it was possible to do. It was the unmaking of the string ball that naturally lead to the last fourty-eight hours, when, according to what the Penal Process Code instructs to do in such situations, the couple had to be granted the right not to say anything that might incriminate them; not to answer any questions and even to lie without any punishment for it. Given these facts, can anyone still seriously say that there is a will from the Police to falsely and intentionally incriminate Maddie’s parents? Wouldn’t it be more comfortable for the police to keep them as witnesses, a status that forces them to speak about everything and to respond without any possibility to omit or lie about any fact? The answers are obvious.

One doubt disturbs us. Being a fact that close relatives have widely defamed the Portuguese police, saying they planted evidence and comitted other actions that are difficult to describe, will the McCanns return to Portugal, if and when the Portuguese justice calls them for further clarification? And, if they eventually refuse to do so, will the British government place them in Portuguese territory? We will have to wait. From our side, we will certainly continue to pursue an unbiased, committed investigation, which will stay immune to northern winds that will certainly blow harder over the coming times.

09-10-2007, 09:50 AM
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Madeleine McCann case
PJ believes Kate killed her daughter

Madeleine may have been assaulted. But she could also have died because of an accident, after having been sedated to sleep. This is the Policia Judiciaria’s conviction, as they believe that Kate killed Maddie, either accidentally or in a conscious form. There are no certainties, just clues that point to the child’s mother. For her behaviour, for the way she acted about her daughter’s disappearance, for the cadaver smells and forensic evidence that were collected by scientific police.

Kate presented herself at Policia Judiciaria on Thursday, visibly out of control. Police forces that were contacted by CM say she had several hysterical reactions during the more than 13 hours of interrogation. And she refused to answer many questions. She did not explain the blood that was found in the car, she did not answer whether she slapped her daughter in the face. And she didn’t even clearly confirm if she sedated the children.

Only the facts are certainties for the PJ. And those facts revealed it was Kate who usually took care of the children, putting them to bed regularly, while Gerry played tennis or rested by the pool. The deposition of the senior British citizen (Pamela Fenn), who occupied an apartment on the floor above the one that was used by the McCanns, also indicates that Kate sometimes became violent. She lost control, and it was easy to hear the girl’s screams, calling out for her father. Another witness, also a British citizen, refers the same scenario. Kate seemed to have moments of aggression towards her children, while the father, although more absent, revealed more emotional control.

Kate refuted all these suspicions at the Policia Judiciaria in Portimao, where she was interrogated, and it was then that the penal circumstances of negligent murder were explained to her. CM knows that the investigators, while not confronting her directly with a possible aggression, explained her that by not confessing to the accident, she could be opening the doors into a more serious penal setting.

Which means it would stop being treated as negligent homicide, and would pass into a qualified crime or with eventual harm.

Father asks PJ for evidence

Gerry also had an unusual behaviour during the judicial interrogation. When he was confronted with the PJ’s suspicions, Maddie’s father repeatedly asked for evidence to be presented to him. He did not promptly deny the facts, but was trying to assess whether the authorities had enough clues to support the homicide theory.

For PJ, there is another strange situation. If it was an accident, why did the McCanns get rid of the body and simulated an abduction? The possibility that they could be trying to hide something more than a thoughtless action is on the table, and investigators are just waiting to exhaust all the chances that they may explain the death themselves. After that, they will advance the formal murder charge, with hiding of the corpse.

09-11-2007, 08:37 AM
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DNA results hasten excavations at Praia da Luz

PJ considers residues to be strong clues

The blood residues in the trunk of the gray Renault Scenic that was hired by Gerry and Kate McCann, 25 days after Madeleine disappeared, from rent-a-car company Budget, in Faro, do belong to the child that PJ says is dead.

The news was broken early last evening by British Tv channel Sky News, citing portuguese police. It guarantees that two of the three residues that were collected by PJ from the car during the first week of August, and which were analysed by the Forensic Science Service, in Birmingham, UK, are "one hundred percent compatible with Maddie's genetic profile".

A piece of information that chief inspector of Policia Judiciaria, Olegario Sousa, denies having been given by this police. "PJ does not know that situation. It was probably the English police who gave the news to the British channel", he told DN, failing to contradict the contents of the information. The spokesman added that PJ "received a large part of the results of forensics analyses last week", but he said he didn't know whether the rest of the reports have already reached the Policia Judiciaria.

The first analyses indicated a similarity of approximately 80% between the blood that was found in the trunk of the car that was rented by the McCanns and that of little Maddie. The report from Birmingham now indicates that the DNA that was found in that car really is that of Maddie. The Portuguese authorities are certain that the vehicle was used to transport the child's body. Yet, there is a possibility that the DNA comes from Madeleine's clothes, or from the girl's soft toy that were transported inside the Renault Scenic. Or saliva from a toy that she might have had intense contact with, and then was transported in the car trunk.

As DN said before, the blood test is like a "genetic fingerprint", as José Anes, the ex-director of the Scientific Lab of Policia Judiciaria explained. At that time, that specialist said that the blood that was detected in the car that was used by the McCanns does indeed belong to Maddie, as Sky News has reported now, "the cadaver was there, or later some clothes or objects that were already contaminated with traces of her blood were there".

The car was returned to the rental company - thus dismissing information from the English newspapers that the McCanns were still holding the car for private forensic testing. The company refused to make any statements to DN. When asked whether PJ intends to make any further investigation on that vehicle, spokesman Olegario Sousa says he does not know, but he said that "if the investigation needs the behicle, it will not be set free". The Renault Scenic is not available for rental.

09-11-2007, 10:22 AM
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Public Ministery: Judiciaria delivers report only today
PJ believes that body was in the car

The Policia Judiciaria believes that the body of Madeleine McCann was moved in the Renault Scenic that was rented by the Parents, over a month after the child went missing.

The tests that were performed on blood samples that were collected inside the car, indicate the presence of the child's body at the place where the spare wheel is located inside the luggage area, and yesterday British television Sky News was even reporting it was certain that the results from tests on the samples left no space for doubts that it was the English girl's DNA. Alipio Ribeiro, director of PJ, contradicted that information yesterday, assuring that exams never point to certainties of 100 percent.

Meanwhile, Judiciaria will deliver today at the Ministerio Publico in Portimao the process concerning the girl's disappearance. It's ten volumes, that include all diligences that have been made, and which may contain suggestions about new steps of the investigation, in order to find the corpse.

The decision will be up to Jose de Magalhaes e Meneses, the circuit attorney. The process should have been delivered at the Ministerio Publico in Portimao yesterday, but delivery was apparently delayed because the attorney was not available. (...)

The predictable searches for the child's body did not take place. They will be restarted in the coming days, and always based on specific locations.

As CM could further establish, the investigation is far from finished. The investigators are still trying to prove that the child died because of accident, negligence or in a provoked way, in the Ocean Club apartment, on the evening of May 3.

After that, they still need to determine where the cadaver is located: which they believe was hidden during the first weeks in the area south of the algarvian village and only later transported to another location.

The fact that the McCanns didn't deliver any explanation for the blood that was found in the car, increased the Judiciaria's suspicions. Because at the time it was rented, the child was already missing, and there is no justification for the existence of that residue.



The blood in the car and in the Apartment is from Madeleine. The parents failed to offer an explanation for the fact, which indicates a murder scenario.


On Kate's jeans and on her t-shirt, the dogs that are trained to detect odours signalled a death trail. They did it on the soft toy, too.


The English dog that was used by PJ showed extreme nervousness when he entered the Ocean Club's house. He also marked a trail in the cupboard.


It's circumstantial evidence, but PJ believes it's significant. Kate called Sky News first, and only after that did she inform GNR about the disappearance.


The lack of answers from Kate and Gerry during the interrogations led PJ to suspect their behaviour, as they demanded for evidence instead of trying to prove their innocence.


The McCanns always vowed to stay in Portugal until they would find their daughter. When the dogs were called in, they considered the possibility to leave. They left as soon as they were constituted arguidos.


Mari Olli, 45, the norwegian woman who, back in May, guaranteed that she had seen Maddie in Marrakesh, failed to reveal at that time that her husband is from Leicester, the same city where Gerry and his siblings grew up. Also according to police sources that were contacted by CM, Mari Olli also omitted that her husband knew one of Gerry's brothers. These details would be irrelevant, if not for the fact that Mari Olli guaranteed she saw Maddie. The norwegian woman, who now lives in Malaga, assured she had seen the child at a petrol station, and that the man who was with her looked to be of arabic descent. (...)

Contacted by CM, Mary Olli confirms that her husband was born in Leicester, but guarantees he does not know Gerry or his brother John. She fails to explain why she omitted that information, though, as she assured that she didn't know the child had been abducted until after she saw her.

09-12-2007, 10:03 AM
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Report: Decision with instruction judge
Dogs' scent signalled death close to the church

The death trail that was marked by the English dogs starts at the Ocean Club and ends at the Praia da Luz, south of the resort. The same was defined by the south-african radiestesist, whom the McCanns asked for help in July, who also detected the presence of a corpse in that area.

CM knows, yet, that the church, which is close to the sea, was never visited by the authorities. Because it is a place of worship, there are several legal hurdles that prevent a search operation, which has to be authorized by a judge, and accompanied by the same judge.

Several of PJ's elements believe the body may have passed that location, or that it could even be buried in a deactivated cemetery that exists there, which has been seen with some reserve by judicial hierarchies, who avoid to advance any diligences that are not sufficiently confirmed.

There are still several factors that have to be considered. The first is that Gerry and Kate received the key to the church only a few days after the disappearance, so they could enter and leave at any time. Madeleine's father was also seen, in the early hours of May 4, near the temple with another British man who was with him on vacation.

CM could also confirm that Kate asked for a priest to be called, after finding out about her daughter's disappearance. Father José Pacheco was contacted on the following day, which was when he met the couple. The keys to the church were given to them a couple of days later, a situation that has already been criticised by the Bishop of the Algarve.

PJ delivered yesterday at 7 a.m. the process about the disappearance of the British girl. The approximately ten volumes included some proposals from the investigators. Those proposals were ratified by the Public Ministery's attorney, who then sent them to the instruction judge.

As CM could further establish, one of the requests from the Judiciaria in Portimao points to repeating Kate's interrogation. It is not yet confirmed that it could be made infront of the instruction judge, but that situation would be necessary in order to review the coercion measures.

A source with the Republic's General Attorney also told Lusa that one of the diligences that were requested from the instruction judge yesterday is connected with the apprehension of an object that is considered to be fundamental for the investigation. The magistrate has now 10 days to decide if it is attached to the process, as that is the time when the process will return to the PJ. Until then, diligences that do not depend on judicial permits will continue to be performed.

09-13-2007, 08:43 AM
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The relatives of Kate and Gerry McCann are slowly arriving at the couple's home, in Rothley, where they will stay and care for the twins, so Maddie's parents can return to Portugal. Besides the support of the uncles that live in the village, Brian and Janet Kennedy, over the coming days Madeleine's parents will count on the help of Gerry's brother and parents, as well as Kate's mother, too.

As 24Horas could find out, the couple is preparing to return to Portugal within days, which could happen at the end of this week or early next week.

"They only talk about going back. Kate says she only feels well in Praia da Luz. She thinks her daughter is going back there", a source close to the family told our newspaper, stressing that at the moment the lawyers have advised Madeleine's parents and their family not to speak to anyone, and that the return may also be related to more formal issues.

John McCann, Gerry's brother, arrives in Rothley today. The purpose, according to the same source, is to take care of issues related to the "Find Madeleine" fund, and how they cancontinue using it."They say that, although the Portuguese police declared them as suspects, they won't give up looking for Madeleine and that is why it's important they do it in Portugal", the same source said, adding that Kate and Gerry think people are turning against them because they see their return to England as a flight.

For now, apparently, the twins stay in Rothley with the McCanns' family. Kate's mother is expected in the village this week.

Gerry's parents, who also stayed with them in Portugal, are expected to arrive next week.

This close source also revealed that Madeleine's parents haven't left the house. Since they arrived, on Sunday, they have only known the house's walls and the garden where they play with the children.

"It looks like they are in a prison. Free, but imprisoned in their own house. The media won't leave", the source laments.

09-13-2007, 08:48 AM
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PJ traces profile of Kate from her diary

Kate McCann's diary, which was apprehended in early August by Policia Judiciaria in the Vista Mar villa at Praia da Luz, close to Lagos, and which was rented by Madeleine's parents, will not be very useful to the investigation at the moment. It was one of the clues that were used by police in order to help the investigators to trace the "psychological profile" of the English child's mother, namely in terms of her relationship with her children, her husband and other family members, besides friends. And the level of disturbance she felt over her daughter's disappearance.

As DN could find out, PJ has photocopied several pages of that diary when it was apprehended, at the time of Kate's depositions. Those photocopies are in possession of the criminal instruction judge at the Judicial Court in Portimao, so the apprehension is validated. This has to happen because the diary is, just like any private correspondence, considered to be a document which is part of the "intimacy and privacy" of a person.

As DN could establish, the investigation will also focus on the McCanns' car: there will be even more detailed forensic investigation, and probably its interior will be taken apart. But these diligences can only take place after the total analyses arrive, which, according to sources that are connected to the process, has not happened yet.

Policia Judiciaria (PJ) awaits the emission of judicial warrants in order to perform new diligences that will focus on the discovery of the cadaver. The area close to the church of Nossa Senhora da Luz is one of the targets that has already been marked by the investigators.

DN knows that workers from the building company that worked in Praia da Luz were questioned, in order to clarify "which ditches were open on streets close to the church at the time of the disappearance" of the child. As much as was possible to confirm, the ditches were "40 centimeters deep and the terrain beneath is rockt". The area was covered with cement, then with cobblestones and finally levelled with a cylinder, after the conclusion of work that included the renovation of the sewage collection system, and water, electricity and telephone networks. "We saw nothing out of the ordinary when we covered the ditches", the workers guaranteed to PJ at the time. There were still deeper ditches in the area that surrounds the church.

The judge who is responsible for the process, Pedro Anjos, has tried cases involving children before, and has a reputation for being very hard.

09-13-2007, 08:50 AM
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English lab delays analyses of residues from apartment

Policia Judiciaria still waits for the results from tests on the samples of bilogical residues that were collected in the Ocean Club apartment where the McCann family was staying. This information, which was not yet delivered by the Birmingham lab, in England, is crucial in order to decide the following steps in the investigation, and to start new interrogations of Kate and Gerry McCann, as well as an eventual increase in the coercion measures, depending on whether it is Maddie's blood or not.

Until now, the PJ has only received the results of the DNA research that concern the residues that were found in the boot of the Renault Scenic that was rented by the couple several days after Madeleine's disappearance. And those analyses indicated a compatibility level of 80% with the genetic profile of the English girl - other results that were received were inconclusive.

But when confronted with this and other data during their interrogations as arguidos, Maddie's parents remained silent. It is still to be known whether they will maintain the same stance if the samples that were collected from a wall and a curtain in the apartment - the location where one of the English dogs marked the presence of cadaver odor - are compatible with their daughter's genetic profile.

News that were published in England yesterday reported that the McCann couple will ask for new forensic testing on the rental car in which the English dogs signalled cadaver odor in the boot and found biological residues of the girl.

Validated apprehension

While this waiting moment passes, as JN reported yesterday, a criminal instruction judge was asked to validate the apprehension of an agenda that belongs to Kate McCann, which can also be seen as a "diary". PJ wants to further investigate the habits of Madeleine's mother through that and other documents. The same magistrate will also pronounce himself about the request for assistant status, that was made by the couple, and should deny it.

On the other hand, the Ministerio Publico is analysing what diligences are justified at this point in the investigation. One of them, as has been reported previously, is related to the questioning of relatives and friends of the McCanns, through a request letter to England. The attorney who is in charge of the case will also decide whether it is justified to search further locations where the eventual body of the child could have passed through.

English couple defies Portuguese police

Kate and Gerry McCann sent a message to Policia Judiciaria yesterday, defying the inspectors to find Madeleine's body in order to prove the couple's involvement. According to English newspaper 'Daily Mail', the lawyers for Madeleine's parents said that without a body, it will be extremely difficult to prove the involvement in the alleged death of the 4-year-old child.

Jose Socrates compliments the Judiciaria's performance

Prime minister Jose Socrates, making a statement to 'El Pai's, said he had "total confidence in the Portuguese police's work", in a case he guaranteed to be "difficult", and which he qualified as strictly "police-related" and not political. "Portuguese police have done the best they can to find out what happened to the child", he said, considering that "the politicians' duty is simply not to feed the soap-opera".

Attorneys meet with English journalists

Justine McGuiness, Kate and Gerry's spokesperson, and Angus McBride, one of the couple's attorneys, have been meeting the editors of British newspapers, in an attempt to regain sympathy for the couple. JN knows that these meetings have been happening since early this week and have been scheduled by the McCann Team.

09-13-2007, 01:37 PM
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Diary: PJ wants to add it to the process
Kate calls her children hysterical in the diary

Kate's diary is fundamental for the investigators of the Policia Judiciaria, who found it open in the villa that was rented by the McCanns after the disappearance of Madeleine from the Ocean Club.

The diary was not apprehended because it is included, in juridical terms, within the sphere of private correspondence, but it was analysed by police investigators. As it cannot be valued as evidence, PJ's members asked the lawyer of the Ministerio Publico to ask for its formal apprehension. This has to be done by the instruction judge, in a separate order, so it cannot be rendered invalid later.

CM could further determine that the importance of the diary is considered to be high. In it, Kate reveals traces of her personality. She often complains that her children are "hysterical" and she talks about Madeleine as a child whose excessive activity consumes her strength. She also says that Gerry doesn't help her with family chores, and that it is on her that the obligation to take care of the small ones falls. CM also knows that Kate reveals details of May 3. She confesses to no crime, but she describes the hours before Maddie disappeared.

Yesterday, an English newspaper also said that the PJ also wants to apprehend Gerry's personal computer. The purpose would be to access his mailbox, a diligence that was never performed because it is only now that the parents became formal suspects.

Tests have not arrived yet

The biological tests that are being performed in the Birmingham Lab have not arrived yet. What is missing is the confirmation of the genetical profiles that were collected in the apartment where the child disappeared from, which, if from Madeleine, come to reinforce the theory of death and concealment of a body.

While the instruction judge does not speak about the requests that were made by PJ, authorities continue to work on the case. The diligences are less visible now, but searches in areas which do not require a judicial mandate are not completely excluded.

09-13-2007, 01:38 PM
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Murat opens his doors to the police

The lawyer of Anglo-Portuguese Robert Murat, the first arguido in the Madeleine McCann case, for suspicion of being involved in the child’s disappearance, does not know whether new diligences are scheduled, including questioning of his client or even searches at his mother’s house, in Praia da Luz, which was thoroughly searched twice, in May and in August – and which is located 100 meters from the room where the child disappeared from.

But Francisco Pagarete is tranquil in case new investigations in that direction become necessary. “Admitting to a scenario that the inspectors need to investigate the house, the garden or whatever they need to investigate again, they know the doors are open and our cooperation and our interest go into that direction, too”, the jurist told DN yesterday.

At a time when some newspapers are again mentioning investigations of the Policia Judiciaria about old connections between Robert Murat and Gerry McCann, thus insisting on suspicions of the involvement of the Anglo-British man in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, Francisco Pagarete wants to cooperate as much as possible with the investigation, so that “all the rumors that have been published in some media stop appearing once and for all”.

On the other hand, Francisco Pagarete says Robert Murat is aware that until the inquiry is finished, “it will be difficult for him to stop being an arguido in this process”, in which he is subject to ‘Termo de Identidade e Residencia” since May 14 (the weakest coercion measure that is included in the Portuguese Penal Code Process). But, “in the interest of the discovery of the material truth of the facts”, he remains “available” to cooperate with the investigation. Yesterday, Robert Murat was seen for the first time in several weeks in Praia da Luz, walking with his partner and girlfriend (who has also been heard by the Judiciaria within the process).

09-13-2007, 01:39 PM
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McCann family wants to request new analyses on the vehicle

British authorities have been at the McCann’s home in Rothley, this morning. The family wants to request new forensic testing, to be performed by another lab, on the vehicle that was rented 25 days after the child went missing.

The family wants to request new analyses “in order to prove that someone who had access to the car put something inside in order to incriminate them”, the reporter from RTP in Rothley, UK, said on Jornal da Tarde [early afternoon news broadcast].

Sandra Felgueiras discovered that that solicitation cannot be fulfilled until the final results from the tests that were performed at the Birmingham forensics lab arrive at Policia Judiciaria. The RTP journalist said these are only expected to arrive by the end of the month.

Kate’s diary

Kate McCann’s original diary will not be apprehended by police. According to journalist Sandra Felgueiras, during searches that were performed by the police in the family’s house two months ago, the document was photocopied. Police now wants “to validate an apprehension that has already been made”.

It was known today that contrary to what has been published in the British press, the Policia Judiciaria is not interested in the computer that belongs to Madeleine McCann’s father, and not interested in the soft toy that the missing child’s mother constantly carries, either. British sniffer dogs detected a cadaver odour on this object, but no blood was found.

09-14-2007, 09:27 AM
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Police admits that the cadaver may not exist anymore

Policia Judiciaria already admits that Madeleine McCann’s body “may not exist”, in order to forever hide evidence about what happened on the fateful night of May 3, in Praia da Luz, near Lagos. Within that scenario, one of the more believable possibilities would include launching the corpse in a bag with stones, far out at sea, from a yacht, namely that of an English sailor at the Marina of Lagos, who was investigated by the authorities at some point, following searches on computers that were apprehended from Robert Murat, as DN referred at the time when the investigation pointed at Maddie’s kidnapping.

Considering that one of the investigation lines which now goes through the possibility that the child was killed inside the Ocean Club apartment, with involvement of the parents, namely of Kate McCann, the non existence of a corpse even “may signify that the death was not accidental”, police sources add.

The Procuradoria-Geral da Republica [General Attorney], in a statement on Wednesday, says “there will be new diligences in order to find out what type of crime” was comitted by Madeleine’s parents, who have been constituted arguidos a week ago, following their daughter’s disappearance and after lengthy interrogations at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of PJ in Portimao.

On the other hand, as DN could discover, several investigators continue to “observe and analyse” discreetly some terrain south of the Ocean Club, namely along the coastline between Praia da Luz and Burgau, which should be the object of searches with the support of sniffer dogs from the Guarda Nacional Republicana, next week. When PJ goes back there, they should have an exact notion of “specific locations under more suspicion” which could be targeted by detailed investigations, like excavations, for example. For now, investigators want to see if certain areas were stirred or bored into. At the same time, caves and cliffs from the Lagos area onwards will also be thoroughly searched.

The English priest of the Anglican Church, Haynes Hubbard, who socialized with the McCann couple at Praia da Luz, considered that the suspicions that now fall on Madeleine’s parents to be an “absurd”, as well as possible searches that also point to the area around the Church of Nossa Senhora da Luz. “The police must focus on finding Maddie. We don’t know whether she is dead. They won’t find anything here”, the English priest said.

Catholic priest Jose Manuel Pacheco told DN he had “informal conversations” with investigators from the Judiciaria, but he was never heard as a witness in this process.

09-14-2007, 09:34 AM
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Investigation: There could be more arguidos
PJ investigates existence of accomplices

Policia Judiciaria believes that Kate and Gerry may have had the collaboration of a third party in covering up Madeleine's cadaver. Or, at least, that one of the friends that were with them on holidays in May, in Praia da Luz, may have helped them covering up the lie.

Authorities thus believe that the McCann couple couldn't hide Madeleine's corpse over so many months and hide her death without the help of another person. Even more so as right after the girl went missing, attention was completely focused on the couple, and their steps were watched almost on the hour by a batallion of journalists.

Also as CM could discover, there are details in the statements from the McCanns' friends that don't add up. Doctor Russell O'Brien, for example, started out by saying that on the night of the disappearance he had gone into the child's bedroom while visiting his own children, but denied this later on. He then said he did not enter the McCanns' apartment, having merely checked there was no noise inside. He had presumed the children were asleep, not fulfilling the alleged requests from the parents.

The rest of the friends also contradicted themselves in their various statements, namely about the timings at which each one left to check on the children and about who was the last person to see Madeleine.

There is another testimony from an English woman who was part of the group and who guarantees she saw a men in a back area of Praia da Luz, carrying what she presumed to be a child. Her deposition was initially valued and strengthened the kidnapping theory, given the fact this woman knew all the members of the group that was staying at the Ocean Club, thus dismissing the possibility of an accident and concealment of a body.

CM knows that, in this case, PJ admits that the aforementioned man didn't carry any child after all, and is therefore unrelated with the kidnapping of Maddie.

In order to clarify all these doubts, authorities will probably require the questioning of the English citizens again. That questioning has to be made by English authorities, which makes the investigation more difficult. PJ cannot follow the depositions, and inevitably a lot of information will be lost. But there is no way around this diligence, given the fact that authorities don't have enough elements to allow for another scenario, namely the constitution of arguido. Simultaneously, other diligences will be requested.


McCanns never made confessions

Kate and Gerry never made any confession to the catholic priest in Luz, during the four months of anguish they lived in the Algarve. Before going back to England, the catholic couple delivered the church keys to the anglican priest who is a friend, and didn't say goodbye to the catholic priest that supported them on the day after the girl's disappearance.

"In the last few days, they did not look for father Jose Pacheco and they made no effort to say goodbye to him", a source from the parish told CM. The keys to the church, which the members of the parish decided to lend to the couple a few days after Maddie's disappearance, "so they could pray", were returned to the anglican priest who also holds mass in the same church, and who befriended the couple. Haynes Hubbert said on television yesterday: "I agree that the parish lent them the church keys". But he didn't reveal that it was to him that the couple returned them.

The Bishop of Algarve, in a communication that is published on the diocese's site, assured that he did not ask the priest in Luz to request the McCanns to return the keys to the church before they returned to England. D. Manuel Quintas guarantees he never made that request, even more so as "that was an initiative of the local community". It was the first public position taken by the Diocesis since May 30. The Pastoral Counsel of Luz Parish deliberated, yesterday, that the action of delivering the key was "spiritual and moral and always considering the couple's suffering".


English Government cuts McCanns off

The first call that Gerry made on the night of the crime was to Alistair Clark, a good friend from university days and a diplomat who is close to Gordon Brown. Clark made contacts at the highest level and - before Policia Judiciaria - already Sky News and the British Ambassador were being informed about the abduction.

Ambassador John Buck was in the Algarve and Brown also gave his personal number to Maddie's father in the various phonecalls they exchanged. But, as CM could establish, the present head of the British governemnt is now "rather disturbed" with the inquiry's direction and, last weekend, removed the direct connection from the couple.

09-15-2007, 10:59 AM
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PJ reconstitutes crime
The police is convinced that the McCann couple had someone’s help

article by Felicia Cabrita
translation by summer

The Policia Judiciaria (PJ) will soon make the reconstitution of the events that took place on the night that Madeleine McCann disappeared. It’s an essential diligence in order to clarify the various contradictions that the group of nine let pass right in their first statements. If Maddie was in fact murdered, the McCanns could not have hidden the cadaver alone – which means they had to have the help from a third party.

In order to reconstruct the night of May 3, it’s essential to count on the participation of the McCann couple and the group of British friends, with whom they were spending their holidays at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz. But at this moment, authorities cannot guarantee that they can arrange for the entire group to come to Portugal, at the same time.

PJ is convinced that Madeleine McCann is dead, that Kate and Gerry are somehow involved and that the cadaver was concealed. But it is still unclear what happened exactly.

Airplanes before the dogs

Besides the reconstitution of that night, PJ wants to verify the only routes that the McCann family and their friends knew, which derived from their daily routine. The first leads to a vacant terrain, behind the Milenio restaurant; the second one was usually made to go to the beach. Both routes have already been trailed by the sniffer dogs.

One of the relevant testimonies within this investigation is the one from Martin Smith, an Irishman who resides in Luz and who says that, on the night of May 3, he crossed ways with a man who was carrying a child. She seemed to be asleep, and both were going in the direction of the beach.

The investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine suffered a turnaround in late July, with the arrival in Portugal of highly specialized equipment and of the British police’s sniffer dogs.

Before the dogs went onto the terrain, an airplane which is equipped with temperature and infrared rays cameras made a complete ‘sweep’ of the area from the Ocean Club until the cliffs. The infrared cameras detect the existence of land shifts (in England, they have detected cadavers under cement) and the temperature cameras are used to detect changes of temperature in the earth (given the fact that decomposing bodies register more elevated temperatures).

The planes equipment, however, detected nothing out of the ordinary in Luz.

After these diligences, the possibility of the child’s body having been thrown into the sea was pondered. Police even contacted Joao Alveirinho Dias, an investigator at the University of Algarve, who is a specialist in oceanography, in order to collect information about the movement of tides and beach sand, in that area. With the dogs, the British policemen walked the beachline and the routes that were usually made by the McCanns and their friends.

Blood on the curtains

Later at the Ocean Club, the use of the dogs ended up triggering a turnaround in the investigation.

As Sol could discover, the dogs detected cadaver odour behind a couch in the apartment’s living room, close to a window that leads to the resort’s back area.

This window had curtains that were removed and analysed by police, and a small blood sample was detected. Both the curtains and the wall where it was located at, had been washed.

If the information that the Irish citizen gave to Sol three months ago is confirmed, the child was wearing pink pyjamas, and Smith noticed no blood stains. Whatever happened to Maddie, didn’t provoke a large bloodshed.

Contradictions and refusals to answer

In the interrogations to which they were subject, last week, in the offices of Policia Judiciaria in Portimao, Maddie’s parents were confronted not only with the collected evidence, but also with the contradictions between their first statements, right after the child’s disappearance, and those by their friends.

One of the issues that has yet to be clarified is the fact that both Russell O’Brien and Matthew Oldfield said they left the restaurant, where all of them were having dinner on the evening of May 3 around 9.20 p.m, and Russell came back 5 minutes before Kate gave the alert to the disappearance of her daughter – which was confirmed to Sol by the Tapas restaurant’s employees.

The staff also declared that they didn’t see Gerry McCann leaving to check on his children’s welfare, contrary to what Gerry said himself.

Kate and Gerry ended up being constituted arguidos in the inquiry. Sol knows that both refused to answer a significant amount of questions that the Judiciaria believes to be determinant and of high criminal relevance – thus contradicting their stance of cooperating with the process.


1. Madeleine McCann, according to her parents, disappeared on May 3, 2007, at 10 p.m., from the Ocean Club

2. The last persons to see Maddie alive were her parents

3. All the clues to a possible abduction were checked by the PJ. After three months, the abduction theory was put aside

4. At this moment, PJ thinks the child is dead

5. Kate and Gerry McCann were constituted arguidos, after failing (and in some cases, refusing) to answer determinant questions of high criminal relevance. They have therefore passed into the status of suspects


1. In the Ocean Club Apartment

a) cadaver odour was detected by the English dogs behind a couch in the living room, close to a window that leads to the apartment’s back area
b) blood (a very small amount) on that window’s curtains; the curtains and the wall were washed
c) collected fingerprints belong only to the couple and their friends; there are no fingerprints from Robert Murat, the case’s first arguido
d) searches with dogs in the other apartments of the same block at the resort did not yield these results, only the McCann’s

The cadaver odour that was detected by the dogs indicates that the parents were with Madeleine after her death, and therefore must know what happened. This because, as they say, they were in the apartment until dinner time, at 8.30 p.m. It takes at least two hours for a corpse to release odours that can be detected by the dogs

2. In the Renault Scenic car (rented by the McCanns on May 27)

a) cadaver odour was detected by the dogs
b) a very reduced sample of human fluid, in the car boot. After being analysed in Birmingham, this fluid registered, according to the PJ’s director, Alipio Ribeiro, results that do not allow a 100% correspondence with Maddie’s genetic profile
c) hair that is compatible with Maddie’s genetic profile; there is doubt about whether they landed there by ‘transference’

3. In the Vista Mar villa (rented by the McCanns)

a) cadaver odour, detected by the dogs on clothes that belong to Kate, and on the pink soft toy
b) an English book, normally used by police, that focuses on the different types of crimes, as well as on what clues should be looked for to identify its perpetrators
c) a bible, on Kate’s bedside table, open at the Old Testament, at the passage that tells the death of King David’s son (God punished David with the death of his son, in order to force him away from sin and to return onto the path of good)
d) Kate’s diary, in which she writes about daily difficulties, in dealing with her children

4. Contradictions between the couple’s statements and those of their friends

a) Gerry says during dinner he got up to check on his children; restaurant staff says only two people from the group left the dinner table and those were Russell O’Brien and Matthew Oldfield
b) Russell arrived late for dinner and left at some point: he said his daughter had vomited and he was waiting for someone to change the bedsheets; the hotel staff say nobody requested clean bedsheets
c) Jane, Russell’s wife, says she saw a man passing on the resort’s street, carrying a child. An Irishman, who was at the same time in the same spot, says he saw nobody pass


The Portuguese…

Ambition set him apart very early, when he was still a law student at the Catholic University, and he said he wanted to become President of the Republic. His persistence gave results when one day he saw the open doors to one of Lisbon’s main firms.

It was in the office that is lead by penalist Germano Marques da Silva that Carlos Pinto de Abreu, now 40, built his carrer – as a lawyer, for example, for the leaders of UGT [Union syndicate] that were implicated in fraud with the FSE [Fundo Social Europeu, funds from the European Union], for the Cavaco brothers, for the doctor Veiga Fernandes and, more recently, for Isaltino Morais and Antonio Preto. Meanwhile, at the Lawyer’s Order, he was elected in the list of Rogerio Alves in 2005 to preside over the institution’s Human Rights Commission. The McCann couple’s defense, now in his own office, appears at the same time that Pinto de Abreu announces his candidacy to the Lisbon District Council of the Order – a launching pad, his colleagues foresee, for a greater ambition: to become head of the Order.

… and the English

Michael Caplan and Angus McBride are two partners at Kingsley Napley – one of the most distinguished law firms in the United Kingdom. Caplan is a Queen’s Counsel (QC), which means a counselor to the Queen and he was known for defending Chile’s ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet and for having avoided his extradition into Spain. McBride made his career by protecting the reputation of celebrities. He recently defended the English football captain, John Terry, who was accused of kidnapping, and actor Chris Langham, who was accused of downloading pornography.

09-15-2007, 11:00 AM
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Silence has returned to Praia da Luz

article by Maria Mateus

“People are saying they always walked hand in hand, and that he squeezed her hand when she talked too much”. Inacio Salgadinho hands out the ticket that allows us to park within the parking lot that belongs to the village hall. He is 77, a man of few words but who doesn’t excuse himself from answering the questions that, invariably, are asked by the people who leave their car there, in front of the beach: “Was the girl located? Was it the parents after all? Where is the Ocean Club apartment?”

Initially, he let the journalists park at no cost, but the space was quickly invaded by the media exclusively. “I started demanding the payment from everyone, because the village hall doesn’t forgive me, I have to pay them at the end of each month!”, he justifies.

The ‘problem’ of journalists doesn’t exist anymore. Now, very few are still around, and even these prefer to park around the church. In fact, if it weren’t for the half dozen dishes on the satellite-cars and the cameras pointing at the church’s main door, and nobody would say that Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, has been the stage for the most mediatized police case there ever was in Portugal.

There are no longer photos of Madeleine in the shop windows, or yellow ribbons in the hair and around the wrists. And there are already people who fear the long-term consequences of the case, which the village will suffer: “With time, the English will stop coming here”, Jorge Silva, a cook, foresees, and he explains: “We’ll be remembered for a bad thing”.

Business was good for some cafés and restaurants but nobody wants to admit a big increase in their income because of Maddie’s case. Behind the counters, the reply is always the same: “High season here can be felt starting in early May” – precisely when the girl went missing.

Only at the bar of the local supermarket, the Baptista, Elsa Barros admits: “This year, we’ve had August twice”. But she adds: “We usually sell well all year round”.

Silence has returned to the village. Because there are less tourists, and because Kate and Gerry don’t drag onlookers and the media behind them anymore.

But there is still a restlessness that is no longer due to the sidewalks being crowded and to the noise that came from the generators of the journalists’ machinery. The noise is present in the memory of those who live in Luz. “We have a bigger fear of people. We had never heard anything about missing children around here. After this case, we started to be afraid”, Celia Rodrigues says, while she irons at the local laundry shop. “My son, who is 11, is still frightened when a stranger looks at him”, she adds. And even at school, Silvia Silva continues, “if someone stops and looks into the playground area… It’s complicated! We suspect everything and everyone”.

Silvia lives at the apartment block ‘Pedras Brancas’, which was inspected by the Policia Judiciaria (PJ). On the days right after the disappearance of Madeleine, a muffed cry that came from that location raised suspicions.

“On Saturday, around half past midnight, two inspectors from the Judiciaria asked to enter my home. My daughter was four months old back then. They looked at her often, they walked around the bathroom, the kitchen, they even peeked into the laundry basket”, she recalls. The reports follow one another on the same subject, because on that night the PJ visited other homes, leaving the inhabitants restless and disturbed. “We didn’t want to risk someone watching us talking to the PJ, like it happened with Luis, Robert Murat’s friend. After the police talked to him, he never got himself another pool to clean”, Silvia remembers.

The truth is that the Madeleine case brought the world unique images from Praia da Luz. The sand beach, the cliffs, the sea, the meandering streets that lead down to the beach, the church that overlooks the ocean – images that introduced an Algarve where one feels like going to. But that is not what people talk about at Luz. There, everybody laments that “we are only known for something so bad”.

09-15-2007, 11:01 AM
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Contention within the [Portuguese] Government

Alberto Costa has been assuring the articulation with the PJ and the English minister

article by Helena Pereira, with Catarina Cristao

The [Portuguese] Government has been treating the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann ‘with tweezers’. For Jose Socrates [Portuguese Prime Minister], the main word is contention.

The silence and distance that have been the rule for the last four months, concerning this case, were broken only this week. The government only decided to make a public statement only after the national director of PJ, Alipio Ribeiro, made a public appearance about the investigations (on the Pros & Contras show on RTP, last Monday) and after knowing that the Procuradoria-Geral da Republica [Attorney General] would emit a statement (which happened on Tuesday).

This articulation was assured by Justice Minister Alberto Costa. It has also been Costa who has been serving as a pivot in the contacts with English authorities, namely the Internal Affairs minister, Jacqui Smith, with whom he has spoken often.

The silence that the government kept until now, and which has been widely criticized, namely by PJ members – the institution under fire from British media – was justified to Sol by a governmental source with the need for the government to keep its distance from the case, respecting the separation of powers.

On the other hand, the Executive believes that, at no moment in time, was the work of the Portuguese police ever questioned by the British government, so there was no need to respond over any attack. Alberto Costa would end up saying that the PJ “is investigating with its entire competence and with the resources that are necessary”. Socrates only spoke about the case because he was questioned by ‘El Pais’ [Spanish newspaper] in an interview, where he stated that “the duty of politicians is not to feed a soap-opera”.

Therefore, the Portuguese government was never available to receive the McCanns in an audience. The couple’s spokesperson, Justine McGuiness, guaranteed to Sol that “they never talked, or requested audiences from the Portuguese government over these four months”. Yet, the McCanns have been received by the Spanish Interior Affairs minister.

09-15-2007, 02:07 PM
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Madeleine McCann case
Car with residues drove 2750 km in a month

The Policia Judiciaria wants to clarify the routes that were driven by the Renault Scenic during its first month of rental in Praia da Luz. The vehicle, where the residues that are preseumed to be from Madeleine, were found, was delivered to the McCann couple on May 27, with 3114 kilometers. On June 3, the rental agreement was extended, and the vehicle was showing 3844 kilometres at that point.

The last record of the vehicle was made in July, also on the 3rd, and the counter of the vehicle registered 5864 kilometres. Which means that from May 27 until July 3 – a little over a month – it ran 2750.

At the moment, it’s unknown how many kilometers were made by the car already, whose contract with the McCanns ends on the 20th of this month. The extensions of the contract were made by phone, and the documents from the rental company don’t show the distances anymore.

CM knows that besides Gerry there was a second authorized driver on the rental agreement. It is Michael Wright, a cousin of Kate McCann, who at some point was the couple’s spokesperson. Michael Wright promoted the Find Madeleine site and organized some of the couple’s most important trips. PJ tries to understand who drove the car and which routes were taken, at a time when the McCanns were touring the world, and used tourist taxis for their connections to Faro or Lisbon airports.

Hair exams

Simultaneously, PJ is still waiting for the tests that are being performed on hair that was found inside the vehicle. Which is an important clue in the investigation. It can typically associate a suspect with a victim, or a victim with a crime scene. The amount and the state the hair is found in, are also important factors in the police inquiry.

In 200, a member of scientific police at the FBI, Douglas W. Deedrick, concluded that the microscopic characteristics of a hair under amplified sight do not allow for an absolute identification of the sample. But one thing can be determined quickly: if the hair fell out, or if it was pulled from a living or a dead person.

Meeting between police and magistrates

During the afternoon yesterday, police and magistrates met at the Courthouse in Portimao. The contents of the meeting is unknown, but the motive is certain: the continuation of the investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, the definition of strategies over the coming days.

The meeting ended around 6 p.m, and only the heads of PJ at Portimao, Gonçalo Amaral, and from Faro, Guilhermino Encarnação, were captured by the cameras.

The magistrates exited incognito again and nobody knows what diligences are being prepared. The moment is of absolute silence and even Olegario Sousa, the PJ’s spokesperson for this case, was not to be reached. CM knows that next week the searches, which will be surgical, may start, and could lead police to discover the corpse. At least, this is what the police hopes for, as they believe they can clarify the mystery.


5 persons drove the car between May 3 and 27, the day the McCanns rented it. None of them is in any way related to the couple.

September 20 is the foreseen date for the car to be returned. The McCanns have not yet said if they will extend the contract.

09-16-2007, 10:41 AM
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Madeleine McCann case
Judiciaria investigates crematoria

Policia Judiciaria is investigating the crematoria that exist in the Algarve region. The purpose is to eliminate any possibilities of finding residues of Madeleine's body, thus concluding the investigations and presenting an accusation in the process of the disappearance of the British girl.

Sources that were contacted by CM refused to say which crematoria had been contacted, although everything indicates that those are private crematoria and not licensed ones.

CM contacted one of them, the Creon Starlight, which has been operating for two years in Castelo de Nave, in the middle of the Monchique mountain area. The Dutch couple that owns it, offers services to cremate pets, from birds to larger animals. CM was on location yesterday to find out whether Hendrik and Jeanette Hoos had been visited by the Judiciaria, but nobody opened the door.

As CM could further find out, the authorities are also checking the possibility of the child's body having been taken to Sapin. Crematoria in that country were equally investigated, but for now nothing relevant seems to have been discovered.

Kate questioned

Meanwhile, Kate McCann, who will be questioned again by police, will probably be inquired in England and not required to return to our contry. The Policia Judiciaria will have to send all the elements into that country and will have to list the questions that are to be made exactly. At that time, Kate McCann will also know all the evidence that are falling on her, so she can respond to the police questioning.

Our newspaper could further discover that searches will soon restart. It is not known exactly when, but everything indicates that the PJ will return onto the terrain in the coming days, searching for the body in exact location, with as much precision as possible.

Judge Pedro Frias has also authorized authorities to apprehend Kate's diary, which will also have to happen via an international diligence.

The new press advisor to the McCanns, Nathalie Orange, clarified yesterday that Kate and Gerry will only return to Portugal to be heard, if and when they are formally notified to do so.

CM also knows that a psychologist who works for the British police was contacted by PJ in order to counsel on the interrogation techniques, based on the scientific evidence that has already been collected.

One of the things that were suggested was that authorities, when speaking with Kate, should never mention the child's name, referring to her as "daughter".

09-17-2007, 09:12 AM
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in Diario de Noticias:


English police rummages through Kate’s past

British police is investigating Kate McCann’s past, on behalf of Portuguese authoities.

The news was reported by British press, who inform that Portuguese criminal investigation police has asked its British counterpart to investigate also the entire medical history of Madeleine’s mother (…)

in Jornal de Noticias:


New procurator has the McCanns’ friends interrogated

A new interrogation of Kate and Gerry McCann should only happen after the forensic science lab in Birmingham concludes all analyses on residues that were found inside the Ocean Club apartment, where Madeleine disappeared from on the night of May 3. (…)

in Correio da Manha:


Diligences – Parents’ interrogation halted by Judge

The Policia Judiciaria wanted to interrogate the McCanns in Portugal again. The instruction judge didn’t accept this, and deferred the request to the English authorities. The decision will force the PJ to wait for the British policemen to inquire Maddie’s parents within the timings that they find necessary. (article available after 1 p.m. local time)

09-18-2007, 10:04 AM
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Maddie: Judge wants to make the process public

The Superior Magistrature Counsel should pronounce itself this Tuesday about the request that was made by judge Pedro Frias, who wants to publicly explain the process about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

According to Correio da Manha today, the counsel that directs the judges should meet this morning, and one of the items that are to be solved is the request from the criminal instruction judge from Portimao.

Pedro Frias believes that the judicial proceedings in the criminal investigation of the Brirtish girl should be explained to the media, given the exposure of the case.

The journalists have also requested a public statement about the process, and this document was attached to the request that was sent by the judge to the Superior Counsel, the only instance that can allow to make public statements.

09-18-2007, 10:05 AM
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Madeleine: CSM [Judges Counsel] assumes clarifications about the case, but says they are not justified for now

18 de Setembro de 2007, 12:07

Lisboa, 18 Set (Lusa) - The Conselho Superior de Magistratura (CSM) [Judges Superior Counsel] announced today it will assume any statements about the "Madeleine case" in collaboration with the instruction judge from Portimao, stressing that at the moment no public information is justified.

The Instruction JUdge in Portimao, Pedro Frias, asked the CSM for authorization to explain to the media what the judicial procedures of the case are, considering the proportions this criminal investigation has grown into within public opinion.

In a statement that was released today, the CSM explains that the case of the missing English girl is still in the investigation phase, and the Ministerio Publico is in charge of releasing information ans clarifications about its development.

The CSM, the body that manages and disciplines the judges, also refers that during this phase, the intervention of the instruction judge "is momentary and is aimed at safeguarding the rights, the freedoms and the guarantees, therefore authorizing or denying the execution of diligences", like for example forensic tests, searches and apprehensions.

On the 11th of this month, the Policia Judiciaria delivered its preliminary report to the Ministerio Publico (MP), in Portimao, which then sent it to the criminal instruction judge.


09-19-2007, 09:16 AM
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Investigation: Preparing interrogations
Judiciaria requests searches at McCanns’ house

PJ required for the house of Kate and Gerry in Rothley to be searched. The purpose would be, among other diligences, to apprehend the diary of Maddie’s mother, as well as to look for new clues that may explain the disappearance of the British child. The request for the search was made to the instruction judge, and has apparently been granted. It is part of a large set of diligences that were requested by Portuguese authorities, and which are included in the request letter that will be sent to England, where the PJ will have to travel in order to carry out some diligences that are related to the investigation.

Beside the new interrogation of the McCanns, the authorities have also requested that all their friends would be inquired in order to tell, once again, the events of the evening of May 3. Some of the contradictions in their depositions still stand, and the goal is to clarify these once and for all.

Concerning the diary, with its apprehension already authorized by judge Pedro Frias, the PJ believes it may contain elements that allow to define Maddie’s mother’s psychological profile. In her writings, Kate complains about Madeleine’s hyperactivity and calls the twins “hysterical”, thus showing psychological fatigue.

At the time of the disappearance, the diary was not confiscated because the authorities didn’t presume the McCann couple to be suspects. Therefore, it is only now, one and a half months after the searches, that PJ asked for it to be attached to the process.

Because it is a piece of evidence that “invades” the arguidos’ personal sphere, the request had to be made to the judge, after the Ministerio Publico agreed to it. It was immediately granted and will now be included in the request letters that are going to be sent to the British authorities.

Meanwhile, the authorities are acting with doubled care. The legal offensive that is expected from the McCanns, who have hired some of the world’s most expensive lawyers, is already expected, and a clear sign of it was given by nominating a new aide: Clarence Mitchell, an ex-director of the media monitoring unit with the British government.

The attitude has changed, and Gerry and Kate have appeared in public again, beside their new spokesman, who reaffirmed both their innocence in a clear speech, guaranteeing that he accepted to leave a public job in favour of what he considered to be the defense of truth.

Clarence asked for the process to refocus on the search for Maddie, setting the tone for the campaign that can be foreseen. Several personalities have announced to be willing to finance the McCanns’ legal expenses.

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09-20-2007, 11:03 AM
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Madeleine McCann case
Scientist contradicts parents’ explanations

Antonio Amorim, the vice director of the Pathology and Immunology Institute at Oporto University, defends that DNA transference from a piece of clothing or from a sandal into the boot of a car is “virtually impossible”. The scientist guaranteed to CM that the hypothesis is merely academic and that he does not believe it could happen.

The issue was now raised by English newspapers which, citing from sources close to the McCann family, guarantee there are “innocent” explanations for the presence of DNA from Maddie in the car that was rented by the couple. One of them is the fact that the family moved houses (they left the Ocean Club and rented a villa in Praia da Luz), and ferried all the family’s belongings in the car boot. Madeleine’s sandals would have been inside the vehicle, and her biological residues would have transferred into the car.

“Theoretically, there can be contamination. But the hypothesis is virtually impossible, as the quality of the residue would have to be acceptable. There would also have to be perfect moisture conditions for the transference to occur, which is only possible in academical terms”, the scientist assures, also refuting the other explanation that was advanced by the child’s parents yesterday, that some of the collected residues could come from their twin children.

“When one tries to reconstruct DNA, one searches for target areas. A person’s DNA has a large interindividual diversity, something that is completely different, even among siblings. There is a kind of tombola among that which is transmitted to us from our parents, and it would be a gross mistake from the laboratory to mistake the DNA from the other children. It is again virtually impossible, as we are dealing with one of the world’s more prestigious labs.”

Antonio Amorim also stresses that he understands the delay from the English specialists in obtaining results. “They can, and they should take a lot of time. That is precisely what guarantees us there are high levels of reliability”, the specialist says, assuring he understands why the authorities have asked London to perform the tests. “It was an excellent option. Because it is a reference lab, and it is almost impossible to contest the results.”

PGR says there will be new diligences

The district general prosecutor of Evora, Luis Bilro Verao, released a statement yesterday about the Maddie case, guaranteeing that “no new interrogations were determined” from Maddie’s parents, because no new evidence has been collected. That diligence would have to be made in Portugal, and the prosecutor said nothing about the requests for clarification and evidence collection that will be made by a request letter to England. The prosecutor added, in a short note that clarifies very little, that the authorities “do not exclude any investigation line”.

“Diligences within the inquiry will proceed […] which will be developed according to the plan that has been established between both entities”, the prosecutor adds, confirming that, as the presupposition of the application of ‘termo de identidade e residencia’ have not changed, “the alteration of the coercion measure has not been promoted, as it has been considered the adequate measure according to the elements that have been collected”.

Couple fears having their cellphones under surveillance in England

Kate and Gerry fear that their cellphones may be under surveillance. This was the most recent of a new wave of news in the English press, which have been focusing more on the investigation than on the drama of the disappearance of the McCann couple’s daughter.

The re-entrance on scene by aide Clarence Mitchell, the day before yesterday, coincides with the new pattern. ‘The Sun’ publishes the alleged dismissal of DNA evidence that was collected by Portuguese police. The ‘Daily Mail’ published an article about rumours against the McCanns that would have started “hours after” the disappearance of Madeleine. It concludes that “the defamation campaign has failed and the McCanns’ friends question whether the police really searched for a kidnapper”. In the afternoon, the same newspaper revealed that the couple feared that their cellphones were under surveillance, and that their lawyers assumed that all conversations by electronic means were not safe. The couple even believes that this surveillance started in Portugal and continues in England.

A listing of the main titles makes the English press’ tone over the last few days clear: “We can explain DNA in our car”, “Police cannot prove Madeleine’s death”, or “Immediate mistakes may have compromised the inquiry”.

The ‘Daily Mirror’ revealed that Gerry has regained contact with the British prime minister through an aide. The next step is the campaign to refocus on the search of Madeleine’s kidnapper.


The explanations that are now advanced by “close sources” of the McCanns in order to justify the DNA matches that were found inside the car are new to the Portuguese investigators. This had never been said during the interrogations, and Kate did not answer those questions.

The McCanns’ lawyers are building their defense against DNA evidence and cadaver odour, based on other judicial cases. The couple’s defense team will meet with the lawyers of the alleged Omagh bomber, who has not been convicted yet because of controversy over DNA evidence.

Madeleine’s disappearance will originate a movie. There are not concrete details about the movie yet, but actors Russell Crowe and Kate Blanchett are being named for the roles of Gerry and Kate. Two major movie production companies are fighting for the movie.


The elements of Policia Judiciaria did not travel to London the day before yesterday, as was reported by several newspapers.

The process is still in Portimao’s courthouse. It has not been returned to Policia Judiciaria yet, which awaits its reception in order to resume diligences.

The Policia Judiciaria has not written the request letter yet, which will ask for new interrogations and searches at the McCanns’ house.

Clarence Mitchell, the new McCann aide, abandoned a salary that is equivalent to one hundred thousand euros per year, in order to assure the family’s defense.

09-20-2007, 11:05 AM
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Public Ministery with no reasons to inquire McCanns again

The Ministerio Publico (MP) has not yet determined new inquiritions on Kate and Gerry McCann, because “new pieces of evidence that would justify new interrogations” have not been collected, after the questionings that were performed on the 7th and 8th of this month. This information is part of a note that was released by the Procuradoria Geral da Republica (PGR) [Attorney General] – the first that included concrete aspects of the ongoing investigation.

A new diligence with the couple – which was constituted arguido two weeks ago – and according to what JN could discover, will only occur after the forensic science lab in Birmingham releases the results of the analyses that were performed on residues that were found inside the Ocean Club apartment in Praia da Luz, where the girl disappeared from on the night of May 3.


09-20-2007, 11:06 AM
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Madeleine: Speculation boiling, waiting for breach of silence from Ministerio Publico [Attorney General]

Since Friday, the Policia Judiciaria stopped having a spokesman for the investigation that is ongoing to discover the circumstances of and the person(s) responsible for the disappearance of little Madeleine McCann, from the apartment where she was possibly sleeping in Praia da Luz.

Chief inspector Olegario Sousa, who liaised with the journalists since the first days after the girl’s disappearance, on May 3, was relieved from that task by the Central Management of the investigative police, as it considered that his functions “were no longer justified”, “given the fact that the process is now coordinated by the Ministerio Publico”, a source at the press cabinet of Policia Judiciaria referred.

The moment, which should only matter to the journalists, opens this article simply because it marks the beginning of a new phase in the process.

With Olegario Sousa exiting the scene, and the majority of sources connected to the process now being unavalilable, the journalists have nobody to turn to in order to confirm or deny any new information about the investigation that may appear in the newspapers, either Portuguese or English.

The result: any news is easily spread as being true, without having been sufficiently confirmed by other sources.

The examples are in the dozens, and they have sprinkled the newspaper pages throughout the week. “Police wants Kate’s diary”, “Police already have Kate’s diary” and “Police does not want Kate’s diary” were titles that followed one another, in a random order, without a single journalist being able to ascertain what he was reporting.

Safe for cases when the news were based on absolutely credible sources – which, for now, is impossible to confirm – most of the information resulted from rumours, from hearsay, which often starts by a British paper citing from a Portuguese one and vice-versa.

What is objective for now is that the Ministerio Publico has asked the Criminal Instruction Judge of the Circuit of Portimao, Pedro Frias, to validate and to authorize diligences, that could include searches, forensic tests or apprehensions.

On this search for objective information, and confronted with the insufficiency of the information flux that is being generated by the press cabinet of the Procuradoria-Geral da Republica [Attorney General], appealing to judge Pedro Frias might open a clear information door.

That door was closed on Tuesday, with the Conselho Superior da Magistratura [Judges Counsel] pushing the responsibility over to the Ministerio Publico.

Hopes are now focused on the Ministerio Publico and the interpretation it makes of the changes in the Penal Code, which became valid on Monday.

The process may become “public” and only be subject to judicial secret if any of its participants requests it.

Independently from that, the Procuradoria-Geral da Republica, which had kept rigorously silent until yesterday, said this Wednesday that for now the McCann couple will not be questioned, thus dismissing Portuguese and British newspaper titles over the last few days.

On Friday ends the ten days time limit for the criminal instruction judge to issue his dispatch, “determining the execution of diligences that are seen as necessary, the use of international cooperation mechanisms that are adequate and the measures that are to be taken, namely concerning the situation of the arguidos”, as the first statement from the PGR mentioned last week.

What crime Kate and Gerry McCann are suspected of, which evidence there is, which diligences are to be performed, these are all questions we expect to be answered on that day.

Until then, one keeps in mind that no information that is being published in the newspapers is believable, at the same time one realizes that the judicial system is not prepared for cases like “Madeleine”.

09-21-2007, 10:28 AM
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PJ investigates crematorium in Monchique

Dutchman defied PJ to see oven where he burns animals

More than a month after the last visible diligences on terrain, the Policia Judiciaria entered a property in the Monchique hills yesterday, where an animal crematorium is located which belongs to a Dutch citizen, Eef Hoop, approximately 50 years old, who lives there for almost a decade. As DN could verify, the purpose was to “calm down” the crematorium owner, as he asked the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Portimao for explanations about alleged investigations into such equipments, which could be connected with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann’s body.

PJ arrived on location in Castelo da Nave shortly after 3 p.m., and one of the two investigators that were on mission asked the Portuguese and foreign journalists not to film or photograph them. “Let us work”, they said. The inspectors didn’t give importance to the crematorium, which is called Creon Starlight (the name of a dog that belonged to the owner), the first private equipment of this kind in the Algarve. This happened in spite of Eef Hoop saying that a few months ago a foreign couple arrived there with a bag, in order to burn a dog, and he noticed that the people didn’t cry, contrary to what is usual. But he guarantees the bag contained a German shepherd dog.

The visit of Judiciaria at the crematorium, whose activity was suspended in March by ASAE because it lacked a proper license, happened after the Dutch citizen asked for explanations at the DIC in Portimao yesterday morning, as he alleged the police were investigating crematoria and he felt “persecuted and watched” by inspectors that he recognized close to his girlfriend’s home, in Portimao. The Judiciaria promised Hoop it would visit his crematorium. Hoop rapidly informed the journalists of the action, as they were concentrated in front of Portimao’s courthouse.

PJ awaits decisive exams

At a time when the DNA tests and other biological samples that were detected in the apartment where Maddie disappeared from, and in the car that was rented by her parents, three weeks later, are not determmining evidence to incriminate the McCanns, PJ awaits the arrival of the rest of forensic testing that was performed in Birmingham, which may have more consistency for the investigators.

As DN could find out, those exams are related to alleged traces of medication that was given to Maddie. It is apparently toxicology indicators that one intends to clarify if they are related to the DNA tests from the British child. This means the purpose is to discover if Kate or Gerry gave any medication to their daughter, what medication and what dosage, as the investigators are increasingly convinced that Maddie is dead.

09-21-2007, 10:29 AM
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Madeleine: McCann with luxury team
Parents hire President of the Bar

Kate and Gerry have a new lawyer. Joining the powerful team they had already hired in London, the British couple that is suspected of their daughter’s deatch now counts on the services of the President of the Portuguese Bar himself, Rogerio Alves.

The lawyer thus joins Carlos Pinto Abreu, another director of the Bar (the president of the Human Rights Committee and a candidate for the Lisbon District Counsel’s presidency), thus ensuring one of the most expensive defenses, for arguidos who are just subject to ‘termo de identidade e residencia’ [duty to inform about their identity and residence].

Clarence Mitchell, the new spokesman for the couple (and until two days ago, an advisor to the British prime minister), announced the hiring of the lawyer yesterday, also informing that the couple met in London, during the afternoon, with their English and Portuguese lawyers.

While Maddie’s parents reinforce the team that will take care of the legal offensive, Policia Judiciaria is still at an impasse. The process is still with the instruction judge in Portimao and no visible diligences to search for the child’s body are being made.

The largest expectations are now concentrated in Birmingham, from where at any moment more results from dozens of analyses that were requested by the Policia Judiciaria could arrive. Based on these new elements, the investigators believe they can reinforce the evidence against the parents, namely through analyses that were performed on the hair that was found inside the Renault Scenic that was rented on May 27. Those tests will verify if the residues came from a child or from a corpse, which could change the investigation’s course.

The results of the residues that were collected inside the Ocean Club’s apartment are also awaited, as well as the results of a collection of residues that were found inside the McCanns’ rental car.

For now, authorities are preparing the request letters that are to be sent to England, asking for dozens of diligences. Among others, new questioning of the child’s parents and friends that were spending their holidays in the Algarve with them should be requested, and the authorities will also request home searches, as CM has reported.

Kate’s diary will be apprehended in that diligence, as it has been considered fundamental to define the child’s mother’s psychological profile by the Policia Judiciaria. The apprehension of that document was validated by the judge, given the fact that it is a manuscript that invades the owner’s personal sphere and its apprehension must be validated in a separate document.

Crematorium visited by PJ

Two inspectors from Policia Judiciaria (PJ) visited an animal crematorium yesterday, in Monchique, and its owner was questioned about Madeleine’s disappearance.

Hendrick Hoos – a Dutch citizen, 61, who was imprisoned for seven years in Holland for attempted political murder – told CM he was “persecuted in Portimao” and therefore decided to “ask the police for explanations”, yesterday morning, and went to the PJ.

“They asked me if I had ever talked to the English girl’s parents and friends and if I had been to Praia da Luz in the last few months and I said no”, the Dutchman said.

The inspectors analysed the crematorium for ten minutes and asked Hendrick to go to the PJ on Monday, at 10 a.m.


09-23-2007, 10:30 AM
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Case Madeleine: Failings to meet on May 3
New contradictions

Madeleine’s trail in the last hours before she disappeared is fundamental for the investigation. The parents told the PJ that the girl was in the Ocean Club crèche until 6 p.m. But the owner of a restaurant at the beach in Praia da Luz guarantees that, at that time, the family was at his business.

Madeleine’s last picture was allegedly taken by Kate at 2.29 p.m. On the photo, the girl, her twin siblings and Gerry can be seen at the Ocean Club’s pool, in the same area where the crèche is located.

According to the statetments of friends that were cited by the English press, the children were at the crèche during the afternoon, while Gerry attended tennis lessons and Kate was at the pool. According to this version, Madeleine had tea at the crèche around 5.30 and her parents picked her up shortly before 6 p.m. They went into the apartment, where the parents left from to attend dinner with their friends at the Tapas restaurant, where they arrived at 8.20 p.m. “There are records and witnesses”, a source says, “Kate was never alone with Madeleine during the afternoon”, another stresses, both cited in the English press.

Miguel Matias contradicts this version. The owner of Paraiso restaurant, on Praia da Luz beach, guarantees the McCanns were at his restaurant during the afternoon. And he guarantees he has evidence. Video surveillance tapes that are already in possession of the PJ. “The date is on the images”, he assured CM.

It was a week after the disappearance, when the image of the girl and of her parents was filling up news reports, that an employee alerted his boss. He remembered the face of one of the couple’s friends.

Miguel Matias took the recordings home and saw them. He guarantees it was the McCanns with their three children, plus two couples and other two children. He also says he thinks he sees an elderly woman. He assures that the girl ate at the restaurant. An employee says they left around 6.15 p.m., because it was the time she left herself. Other employees have doubts, “with all this confusion”.

Gerry close to abductor

Gerry McCann is convinced that the kidnapper was inside the apartment when he went to check on his sleeping children at 9.05 p.m. on May 3. At 10 p.m., Kate noticed her daughter Madeleine was missing. According to the English press, which cites a friend of the couple, Gerry found the door to the children’s room open. He thought it was strange because he had left it closed, but he thought Madeleine had gone to fetch some water. Now he concludes that the kidnapper was hiding inside the apartment at that moment. He didn’t see him. Kate now remembers that the bedroom door slammed shut because of an air current when she entered the apartment at 10 p.m. They insist the adbductor fled with their daughter through the bedroom window.


To order

The McCanns believe that their daughter was abducted to order. The theory was revealed by friends, and reported in the English press. The couple suspects that the girl was being watched. Madeleine disappeared on the sixth day of the family’s holiday in Praia da Luz.


Sergei Malinka, who is cited by ‘The Sun’, said he is going to sue policemen for “violent behaviour” during the questioning that he was subject to at the PJ in Portimao. The Russian, who lives in Luz, was questioned on the night of May 16 to 17, for suspicions of being connected to Robert Murat, who is an arguido in the process. The issue was an alleged phonecall that was made on the night that Maddie disappeared.

09-25-2007, 09:19 AM
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Maddie's parents risk being accused of obstruction of justice
McCanns' detectives are illegal in Portugal

Illegal. This is how the authorities see the hiring of private investigators by the McCann couple, within the case of the disappearance of Madeleine on May 3, 2007, from Praia da Luz. The public reporting that there have been, for four months now, former military of the British secret service - a fact that was reported by 24Horas yesterday - following the possible steps of the girl and interrogating people that were at the Ocean Club on the fateful day, originated an ill-feeling in the judicial and police areas.

"It's another strategy of the McCanns, who say one thing today and tomorrow another completely opposing thing. It's nothing but folclore", Carlos Anjos, the president of PJ's union said.

According to Anjos - who an investigator at PJ - the alleged hiring of "superdetectives" from the British secret services, working for Control Risks Group, to follow the trail of Maddie, is illegal according to Portuguese legislation.

"Portugal doesn't have a legislation in that area. We cannot have private detectives intervening in criminal cases. The law only tolerates private detectives who collect information, and only on issues of some people's private lives, like relationships outside of marriage, and even in those cases they can be accused of violating one's private life. As I said, this can only be a distraction maneuver from the McCanns." Carlos Anjos doesn't hide some irony: "The thesis of private investigators is similar to the one of the polygraph (lie detector). Everybody knows now it's a method without any reliability, which was used only in the US over a short period of time. No police force uses that equipment nowadays."

It's also with irony that Antonio Martins, the president of the Portuguese judges' union, refers to a possible hiring of detectives: "It is still the State's job to do criminal investigation. That type of activity is not foreseen in the Law. Anything that results from private investigation is not valid."

The magistrate also revealed that, if the parallel investigation is confirmed, those detectives and even the McCanns themselves may stand accused of "obstruction of justice".

But Antonio Martins does not dismiss the possibility that a private investigation may help the authorities that are responsible for the criminal investigation. "If someone, whether a private detective, a waiter or an unemployed person, finds a trace that could help to discover the truth about a crime, that person should naturally inform the criminal investigation authorities immediately", the judicial magistrate concluded for 24Horas.

09-26-2007, 10:33 AM
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Doubts: Couple changes version
Gerry never mentioned abduction thesis to PJ

Madeleine's father now revealed that he suspected the abductor was already inside the bedroom when he last checked on the children, but the truth is that in the several contacts he maintained with the investigators he never mentioned it. The Policia Judiciaria also finds the McCanns' stance to be strange, as in JUly they already believed Maddie was dead.

Gerry McCann never mentioned to the PJ the thesis that is now being reported by English newspapers, that the kidnapper was inside the bedroom when he checked on the children. This new thesis was found strange by the investigators, given the fact that Maddie's father was formally heard four times in Portimao, and had regular contact with the Portuguese police. "He had instrcutions to call us at any time, if he remembered an important detail. That one would surely be relevant, but he never spoke", a police source told Correio da Manha.

PJ also finds strange that the couple now revealed their fears, through Clarence Mitchell's voice who said they were afraid of receiving a phone call telling them Madeleine is dead.

This information contradicts the previous stance of the couple, who told the PJ in July they didn't believe Madeleine could be found alive, and even used the services of a South-African professor who specialises in finding cadavers.

The McCanns' version apparently only changed in August, when they heard that the English dogs, which they knew firsthand that had been called by the Police, detected cadaver odour in the Ocean Club apartment.

English give the family a voice

The theory of the kidnapper who would have been inside the bedroom was first reported last weekend. Citing sources close to the couple, the English press reported that Gerry suspected the abductor to be inside the bedroom when he went to check on his children.

That night, the doctor continued, the couple was having dinner with their friends close to the Ocean Club apartment, and were taking turns at checking on the children's welfare.

Madeleine's father now says that when he entered the apartment, around 9 p.m., he noticed the door to the children's bedroom was open. He thought Madeleine had woken up thirsty and went to the kitchen to drink some water. When Gerry verified how his children were doing, they were all asleep and the father didn't consider the worst. Yet, looking back, Gerry now believes the abductor was inside the bedroom and hid when he entered to check on the children.

Illegal child adoption network

One of the first theories was a kidnapping by an illegal child adoption network. The possibility was set aside because there were two other, smaller children in the same bedroom.

Sex abuse scenario

Another theory that circulated during the first hours was that Maddie might have been kidnapped by a group dedicated to sexually abusing minors. The PJ searched databases thoroughly and found nothing.

Arab suspects

Several newspapers reported at the beginning of the case that the JUdiciaria was investigation the 'arab lead'. The child would have been abducted and taken to a muslim country. The possibility was not confirmed.

Accident involving mother

The PJ believes it was an accident involving Maddie's mother. They don't know how the child died, but they defend she didn't survive that night.


Maddie possibly photographed in Morocco

According to Spanish radio station 'Cadena Cope', Interpol is studying the possibility that a child that was transported on the back of a Moroccan woman on a picture taken by a Spanish tourist might be Madeleine McCann.

The photo was taken by Clara Torres, who was driving on a road between Chaouen and Tetuan, in Northern Morocco, on August 31. The Spanish tourist said she was suspicious at the time and took the picture, but only the day before yesterday, after hearing about the possibility that the child could be in Morocco, did she send the image by email to the city's police corps comissary, who then forwarded it to Interpol.

A source with Policia Judiciaria who was contacted by CM said it didn't know about any photograph.

The quality of the photograph is not perfect, which makes it difficult to evaluate if it is actually Maddie, the child that went missing in the Algarve.

Clara Torres

"The girl caught my attention because she was very blonde. I took the picture but only yesterday [Monday] when I got back to Spain did I have it amplified and called the police to my house."

"They took a CD with all the pictures but told me the results would take 10 to 15 days. I went to the English embassy with a friend who is a lawyer and we talked with the family's lawyers".

"The McCanns' lawyers said it was not 100% reliable but there would be a good chance that that was the English girl."


Diversion tactics

"Every day the couple creates new facts in the media. They are diversion tactics", Carlos Anjos, the president of ASFIC [PJ union] told CM.


09-27-2007, 10:15 AM
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Suspicions: Authorities went to Spain to try to understand what the McCanns did on August 3
PJ investigates trip to Huelva

Policia Judiciaria is investigating a trip of the McCann couple to Huelva, Spain, made on August 3, which used the Renault Scenic that contained traces that are presumed to belong to Maddie. These diligences are performed according to the theory, which is now followed more intensely by the investigators, that points to the child's death and the moving of the corpse in that car. PJ has already collected video surveillance images in "locations that make no sense" where the Renault Scenic may have been through.

The suspicions become more dense with some details of the trip. Namely the fact that for almost three months, Kate and Gerry had an intense media agenda, which included the presence of the press all over Europe. This was until August 2, a time when Maddie's father alleged intestinal problems and cancelled the entire program, which included meetings with some associations in Huelva.

Gerry missed that day, but PJ found out later that the trip from Praia da Luz to that Spanish city was made the next day, this time including the couple and a small group of journalists. This was the first time in three months, since their daughter disappeared on the night of May 3.

The 'strangest' part is the fact that on that day, it was a holiday in Huelva. And the McCanns didn't schedule any meetings, everything was closed - and there was a big agitation at the city center. At a time when the inspectors are trying to reconstitute thousands of 'unjustified' kilometers that the Renault Scenic made during this period, CM knows there was even a meeting between the leaders of the investigation and the Spanish police.

After the detection of residues that may lead to the presence of the body inside the car, the PJ, besides failing to find a justification for the exaggerated amount of kilometers travelled, already owns several images of the passage of that van through Spain, on August 3. The van may contain the key to the crime.

Kilometres have not been justified

PJ owns the records of the kilometers that were made with the van, between May 27 and July 3. The distances are being checked, in order to try to reconstitute the locations where the van that was hired by the McCanns passed through.

Residues collected in August

The blood residues that are presumed to belong to Madeleine, were collected inside the car in early August. THat was also the time when the English dogs smelled cadaver odour inside the boot, and on the vehicle's key.


Results delayed

PJ still awaits the results from analyses that are being performed on the rest of the residues that were collected inside the McCanns' car and in the apartment. They are not expected this week.

Awaiting interrogations

The POlicia Judiciaria is preparing the request letters that will be sent to England. The purpose is to interrogate the McCanns and their friends.

09-28-2007, 11:43 AM
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Maddie's body may be buried in Huelva

There are two hours that remain to be clarified during the trip that was made on August 3 by Madeleine McCann's parents to the Spanish city of Huelva, in the Renault Scenic that was rented three weeks after their daughter disappeared from Praia da Luz.

Although it was a holiday in Huelva, the McCann couple went to that town in Andalucia, accompanied by an image operator who was hired to make a video about the Maddie case, and a friend of his.

Gerry and Kate met Portuguese and foreign journalists between 10.30 and 12.30, at various locations, namely at department store El Corte Ingles, at the train station and at the cathedral, where they distributed and put up posters with the image of their daughter and the police contact numbres, so anyone who located her could get in contact.

One of the British reporters who, since the first hour when Maddie disappeared, accompanied the McCanns' steps, lost their track for two hours in Huelva, as DN could discover. It would have been during the afternoon that Gerry and Kate, probably without their two companions, stopped being seen by the reporter, who hadn't lost them out of his sight until then.

What they did, nobody knows. A mystery that now thickens the suspicions that Madeleine's body may have been buried in the Huelva area, which could justify the thousands of kilometers that were made during four months.

Among the British journalists that follow the Maddie case at Praia da Luz, there are some who remember that one of the rituals that are practised by many catholics, namely in England, consists in visiting the tomb three months after someone's death. Curiously, on August 3, the day the McCanns "vanished" in Huelva, was three months to the day that their eldest daughter disappeared.

Policia Judiciaria already owns several images from the video surveillance system of petrol stations and highways, along with other locations where the Renault Scenic driven by Gerry McCann went through, which the investigators considered have "no apparent reason" to be.

The trip to Huelva was scheduled for August 2, a day when the McCanns were supposed to meet representatives from associations that are connected to missing children.

But the trip was delayed to the next day, allegedly because of "intestinal problems" of Gerry McCann, according to the justification that was then given by the couple's spokesperson, Justine McGuiness, who didn't travel with them that day.

09-28-2007, 11:45 AM
in Diario de Noticias today:


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Death would have occurred before dinner

While they await new results from analyses performed on traces, namely of blood and hair, that were collected in the Ocean Club apartment and from the Renault Scenic, the Policia Judiciaria keeps strong suspicions that the body of Madeleine McCann "passed through several locations" before it entered the boot of the car that was hired by her parents.

According to PJ, the girl died inside the apartment before her parents' dinner, at the Tapas restaurant, in a period that is comprehended between 7.00 and 8.30 p.m., as DN could find out from sources that are connected to the investigation.

During that time interval, Maddie's father was seen playing tennis in the resort, so the child and her twin siblings would have been guarded by their mother, given the fact that the resort's babysitter that took care of the children had been dismissed around 5.30 p.m.

There are no records or witnesses that saw Kate and Maddie during that fateful hour and half.

The investigators placed their bets on Kate McCann's tiredness during the last interrogation on September 7, at Policia Judiciaria's offices in Portimao, but she kept firm and unstirred with the numerous questions that were asked of her. To many of the questions, the child's mother chose simply not to answer.

09-28-2007, 11:46 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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Suspicions: Renault Scenic is in Setubal
McCanns deliver residues car

The McCanns have returned the car where the residues that presumably belong to Madeleine have been found, to the rental car agency. The van was delivered in the Algarve and is now at the company's depot in Setubal. The car was not returned on the date it was due (September 20), the day when the contract expired, and it is not known whether any explanation for the delay was given.

At this moment, the van is part of a batch of vehicles that the insurance company intends to sell, a procedure that is considered normal after the vehicles have been rented for some years.

The vehicle had been rented on May 27 and had been subject to several extensions to its initial contract, which was first made until July 3, then extended to the same day of the next month, and finally extended further until September 20.

Given the fact that the McCanns left our country earlier, the car was not returned, and was kept by persons "trusted by the couple".

Spanish lead

To get to know the routes that were made by the Renault Scenic is one of the jobs that is being developed by the Judiciaria. And one of the latest leads that were followed, as CM could report, was a trip the couple made to Huelva, in Spain.

The publicity action was held on August 3, four days before the dogs found the residues inside the vehicle, and it was not followed by a large group of journalists, as was usual before. On that day, attentions were focused in Belgium, where a couple guaranteed they had seen Maddie in a cafe, a sighting that was considered very credible and that even led to forensics tests being performed on the glass that had been used by the child.

On the day before the visit, Gerry McCann had alleged several physical problems in order to cancel his agenda, thus lightening the media pressure around him.

Besides the fact that the Spanish police didn't manage to precisely define the route that was taken by the McCanns on that trip, there are other factors that are considered strange. The couple delivered posters in Portuguese and chose a holiday. The authorities considered some of the couples' routes "suspicious", as can be confirmed through some of the confiscated images.

Car boot

It was in the vehicle's boot, near the spare tire, that blood residues were found, whose DNA later matched that of the British child. English dogs also detected cadaver odour at the same spot, as well as on the car key. There are other residues that were collected from the car, whose analysis results are not known yet.

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10-01-2007, 11:16 AM
in Jornal de Noticias this morning:


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Hair behind couch decisive for PJ

The Policia Judiciaria (PJ) considers decisive for the advance of the investigation into the Madeleine case, the results of tests that are yet to be finished, from important residues that were detected in the apartment where the disappearance ocurred, [including] hair that presumably belongs to the English child, which was found behind a sofa at the McCann family's holiday place. Meanwhile, the arguido couple, besides at least concealment of a cadaver, may be suspected of simulating a crime, for possibly staging a kidnapping.

According to information that was collected by JN, the investigation places more expectations on the tests from hair residues, that are being performed at the Birmingham lab, in England, given the fact that from that sample, it is not only possible to extract a DNA profile, but also to perform toxicology analyses. The latter, in case the hair belongs to Maddie, may demonstrate if the child was subject to any medication overdose or not, eventually after ingesting sedatives in order to sleep.

The location where the hair was found - behind a sofa in the apartment -, during new search diligences that were performed in July, is close to the spot where the two English "springer spaniel" dogs detected blood traces and cadaver odour. These clues, together with others that were detected inside the Renault Scenic van that was rented by the McCann family several days after the girl disappeared, and with the death scent that was found on the mother's clothes and on the child's soft toy, led to Kate and Gerry being seen as suspects and motivated the questionings during which they were constituted arguidos.

Yet, until this moment, the PJ only possesses the results from tests that were performed on biological fluids found in the boot of the rental car, which demonstrated a coincidence of approximately 80 percent with Maddie's DNA profile. This result raises the possibility that the genetic profile that was detected belongs to someone of the family. It is yet unknown whether this result is a consequence of the fact that the rest of the DNA markers - the 20% - coincide with someone else's profile, or if they were not detected because the sample may have been degraded.

Another downside on the investigation is the circumstance that the results that arrived until now, from samples of residues that were found in the apartment, were inconclusive. This is why PJ awaits the results from testing on the hair.

Sources close to the investigation that were contacted by JN say that, besides concealment of a cadaver, Kate and Gerry McCann are indicted of the simulation of a crime, which concerns a possible staging of an abduction occurred on May 3. This because, until now, the leads that point to the death of the child inside the Ocean Club apartment, in Praia da Luz, are stronger than possible suspicions that might still exist, that someone took the child away while still alive.

This illicit action, which is adressed by article 366 of the Penal Code, stipulates that "anyone who denounces a crime or raises the suspicion of it to the competent authority, without blaming it on a specific person, and knowing it did not occur, is punished with imprisonment up to 1 year or with a fine up to 120 days".

What the PJ knows as certain, is that the girl's parents - who, when they were interrogated on September 6 and 7, refused to answer questions about evidence - are not telling everything they know. This is why the investigation will advance, through request letters that are sent to England, in the direction of inquiring friends and relatives of the McCanns.

10-01-2007, 03:26 PM

PJ pressures couple, saying that it wants " esclarecimentos"
The parents of Madeleine, the English child missing person in the thursday, in the Beach of the Light, had entered to the 13,45 in the Department of Criminal Inquiry of the Judiciary Policy of Portimão, where they had been citizens the interrogation. Kate McCann left for return of the 22,10, but to the 23,00, the husband continued to be heard.

Much even so the chief-inspector of the PJ Olegário Sousa has assured, in press conference, that the McCann couple came back to be inquired by " necessity of clarifications of the inquiry, being certain that on the same ones it does not fall again any type of suspeita" , so long interrogation caused queerness.

In such a way more than, while the couple was heard for the investigators, the apartment where they had passed vacation until the o disappearance of the girl came back yesterday, to the end of the afternoon, to be passed the fine comb for the agents of the PJ and elements of the Scientific Policy, as well as for pisteiros dogs of searches and rescue of the GNR. Still the contiguous apartments what the McCann had occupied, as well as all had been inspeccionados the ones that are to the return, as much of the aldeamento, as in its redor. The apartment already had been inspeccionado has one week, nominated for the Scientific Policy, that collected vestiges, fingerprints and other data, over all in the doors, window and blinds of the room where Maddy, that tomorrow make four years, with the brothers slept, of two.

It stops beyond the couple, had been heard by the PJ the grandmothers of the child and a couple friend of the McCann that passes vacation in the Ocean Club.

Contactados for the DN, some employees of the aldeamento suggests the envolvement of the parents of Madeleine in its disappearance. The suspicion it is arrested, on the other hand, with the firm refusal of the couple in accepting the service of baby-sitting nocturno that he was enclosed in the package of vacation (the service of baby-sitter was only requested during the day) e, for another one, with the fact of in the night where disappeared the girl, the parents " not to have left the table to go to the room to see the children, while jantavam" , in contrast of what he has been notified since the first hour. " My children are very well assim" , he will have affirmed one of the elements of the couple to an employee of the Ocean Club.

The attentions of the PJ now are centered in resort of the Beach of the Light, where they continue to be interrogated actuais and former-employees. It earns, therefore, each time more consistency the possible implication of some, or some employee (s), in the disappearance of the girl, who everything indicates to have been kidnapped. This although the PJ to continue not to tipificar the committed crime, limiting itself to say it that one is about one " crime grave". Yesterday, the Olegário chief-inspector Sousa affirmed laconicamente that " he can be homicide, breaking, rapto".

Parents and employees of the aldeamento under suspicion

10-02-2007, 08:44 AM
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PJ accuses English police of favouring the McCann couple

"The British police has only been working on the issues that the McCann couple wants, and which are convenient to them." It was with an explosive and rebelled tone that the coordinator of the investigation into the Madeleine case, Goncalo Amaral, commented in brief statements to DN the news that were published yesterday in several English newspapers. This news was about an anonymous email that was sent to Prince Charles' official site, which accuses an ex-employee of the Ocean Club of kidnapping the four-year-old girl, as an act of revenge against the resort's administration, after having been dismissed.

"That situation is completely set aside, and it has no credibility whatsoever to Portuguese police", the leader of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Portimao told DN, considering that his English colleagues "have been investigating leads and information that were created and worked by the McCanns, forgetting that the couple is suspected of the death of their daughter Madeleine".

"That story of a kidnapping for revenge is another fact that was worked by the McCanns", Gonçalo Amaral accused, stressing that the Ocean Club "is located in Praia da Luz and not in London, which means that everything that concerns the resort and its employees (present or former) was already or is being investigated by Policia Judiciaria". "It's not an email, even less an anonymous one, which is easy to track, that is going to distract our investigation line", he said.

Gonçalo Amaral, before entering the CID in Portimao, was at the PJ's Directory in Faro, having been mainly responsible for fighting drug traffic.

The position of the coordinator of CID in Portimao comes to meet the statements that were made to DN by the president of the Union of Criminal Investigation Employees (ASFIC), Carlos Anjos, who accuses Gerry and Kate McCann of "trying to distract and confuse the investigation by announcing a new fact on a daily basis". For him, as DN could report, "the McCanns have launched a campaign to discredit the Portuguese police when it presented the theory of the girl's death, substituting that of an abduction, which was very convenient to them". "As long as the theory of the disappearance because of a suspected abduction subsisted, the PJ was a very pleasant company for the couple. When things changed and the death theory emerged, there was a radical change in the stance of the McCanns, who by the way never helped or facilitated, since the beginning, the investigation".

In late August, early September, a few days before Gerry and Kate were constituted arguidos, for suspicions of the negligent death of their daughter Madeleine, a top member of staff of Judiciaria commented the following: "After buying ourselves a war with British media, we are now buying one with English police."

Over the last few weeks, the Policia Judiciaria has been silent, which was helped by the fact that the spokesman of this force for that case, Olegario Sousa, has left that function, which he occupied since the child's disappearance.

10-02-2007, 08:45 AM
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Policemen want to find cadaver
PJ searches in Huelva

The investigators from PJ in Portimao are meeting the Spanish police today, in Huelva. The goal is to verify again all the details of the McCann couple's trip to that city on August 3, three months after the child disappeared.

The PJ admits that the cadaver may have been taken to that location, a little over 50 kilometers from the Portuguese border, or that Maddie's parents went to visit the child's grave.

The trip was considered suspicious, and there is an interval of two hours when the couple was alone, and which could be related to the translation of the girl's body.

At a time when all data is being checked and the authorities are concentrating their attention on recovering the child's cadaver, the investigators don't dismiss any leads. So they decided to advance into Spain, as they are convinced that the body was transported in the van that was rented by the couple.

It should be mentioned, as CM reported first hand, that there are many details in the trip to Huelva that are considered to be strange by the investigators. First, the couple chose a holiday to publicize their daughter's disappearance, then they were not followed by the batallion of journalists that was usual. Besides, the car was captured by video surveillance cameras in several "unexplained" locations, which densifies the mystery.

While PJ runs against time to unveil the crime, the McCanns' pressure increases. Yesterday, daily newspaper 'Times' announced that Maddie's parents are going to try to "annul" the constitution of arguidos because of a lack of clues. Also Sky News broadcast a large report, which mentioned the failures in the investigation and left many doubts about the police work. Police sources that were heard by CM devalue the pressure, guarateeing they were aware this would happen.

And that it would increase at the moment the parents would be considered suspects.


Another lead followed by Policia Judiciaria revealed itself a farce. The e-mail that was reported by several newspapers yesterday, including CM, and which was sent to Prince Charles, mentioning an abduction as revenge for a dismissal at the Ocean Club, was sent by someone who signed under a false name. The woman, who said her name was Esmeralda Luego, does not exist after all, and the authorities failed to track down the electronic mail itself. Besides, the woman mentions the kidnapping of a child in a hotel in Lisbon, which gave the story little credibility. The McCann had already been informed that the lead was inconsistent, and was considered just one more, among so many unreliable pieces of information that have reached the investigators over the recent months. The most media-exposed and most recent one was a sighting in Morocco, a piece of news that was promptly commented by the McCann's advisor. After all, the girl that had been photographed by a Spanish woman was four years old and the daughter of a Moroccan woman and a Belgian man. In less than 24 hours, the news was dismissed, but the McCanns reaffirmed the thesis that the child is alive.


10-02-2007, 08:46 AM
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Madeleine: Lawyer 'breaks' silence

Carlos Pinto de Abreu, the McCann couple's lawyer, says the Policia Judiciaria wants to find "scapegoats" for badly conducted investigations.

In statements made to Radio Clube Portugues, Pinto de Abreu laments not having access to the process, and refutes the statements from the president of the Union of Judicial Investigation Employees, as well as those from a coordinator of PJ.

One remembers that Carlos Anjos, the president of the Criminal Investigation Employees' Union, accused British police and media of "only giving relevance to the facts that protect the McCanns" and Goncalo Amaral, in statements to Diario de Noticias, said there are leads being "worked" by the British couple.

"That's absurd", the McCanns' lawyer said, adding: "What is happening is it looks like there is a virtual scenario being created here, so scapegoats may appear", he added.

Carlos Pinto de Abreu also classified the statements from Carlos Anjos and Gonçalo Amaral as "chauvinistic".

Making statements to the radio, Carlos Anjos accused the parents of not cooperating with the justice, for not answering some pressing questions about what happened on the day that Madeleine McCann disappeared, on May 3.

Pinto de Abreu says the contrary: "My clients have always answered what was asked from them. I can say that only during the last diligence, Kate didn't answer some questions, which were clearly provocative. Gerry answered all the questions, although they were provocative, too", he said.

10-02-2007, 08:48 AM
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Madeleine: British police say they continue to support PJ, in spite of criticism from the investigation's coordinator

The British police today repeated that they continue to "support the Portuguese police" in the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, refusing to comment upon criticism that was made by the senior officer of Policia Judiciaria who coordinates the investigation.

"The Leicestershire police is one of several [British] law inforcement agencies that continues to support the Portuguese police in their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann", a spokesperson from that force stated to Lusa agency today.

This was the only comment that was made on the statements that were published in Diario de Noticias today, made by the coordinator of the investigation into the disappearance of the British child, Gonçalo Amaral, who criticised the performance of British police.

"The British police have only been working on the issues that the McCann couple wants and which suit them", the PJ's investigator told the Portuguese newspaper today, after being confronted with news of an anonymous email that delivered new clues.

According to British press, this email denounced a former employee of the tourist resort at Praia da Luz from where Madeleine disappeared on May 3, who allegedly would have participated in the disappearance of the girl as an act of vengeance for having been dismissed.

But the Portuguese inspector said this hypothesis is not considered credible and that it is "completely put aside", describing it as "another fact that was worked by the McCanns".

Amaral accuses his British colleagues of "investigating leads and information that are created and worked by the McCanns, forgetting that the couple is suspected of the death of their daughter Madeleine".

According to British newspapers, the email was sent to the internet page of Prince Charles, who manifested his support to the family, and is being investigated by Leicestershire police.

But this information was not confirmed by police in Leicestershire, the region where the McCanns live, which have been cooperating with Policia Judiciaria in the inquiry since the beginning, making the connection to other British judiciary agencies.

Besides the British police, the PJ has also been supported by the Center for Electronic Protection against Child Exploitation (Ceop), which examined photographs taken by tourists and sent behavioural analysts, and the forensics lab in Birmingham, which analysed genetical residues that were found during the investigation.

10-03-2007, 10:29 AM
this morning in Correio da Manha:


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Opinion article by Moita Flores


One interview beheaded the coordinator of the investigation into the Maddie case, and it reveals two things. The first one is that PJ continues to fail to understand that the connection with the media has to be made by communication professionals and not by policemen. It's a problem that has been dragging on for years.

Nobody yet has understood in that house that the closed, clandestine and strange world ended the day that the media exploded, namely private televisions, radios and newspapers. And nobody cares. It has always been that way, it will always be that way.

Gonçalo Amaral is a policeman, he is a criminal investigator and he has been insulted, for months, by a retired English policeman, who jumps at him like a cat jumps on meat [Portuguese popular expression]. I have no doubts it must be difficult to live with someone, sitting in England, destroying the good reputation of the career of a comitted professional. And as he doesn't know better, and nobody demands it from him, he gave a strong answer in the interview that he was holding.

This is where he ruined it for himself. Because he should investigate, as that is his profession, and his reputation should be defended by the institution that he works for.

The interview went wrong, he failed to make his point clearly, and what came out looked like a shot against the British police. And both Gonçalo Amaral and the PJ know that their English colleagues have been working very hard on this case.

PJ's directory went the natural way: they took him off the case. But what would be really, really natural would be for the directory to understand that they cannot leave investigators under the fire of people who are comitted to one of the parties. That retired English detective is comitted to his xenophobia, to his own vanity, and sitting on the stands, he shoots at the players.

He is a fool.

Gonçalo Amaral was angry at a fool, and he did exactly what those who do not want the process clarified, wanted him to do. I have no doubts that the anger at Portuguese police will increase tomorrow. Is it Gonçalo's fault? It is, accidentally. The guilt lies with those who insist in not perceiving the boiling of news throughout the world, and continue to live in a shelter of silences. They are also fools.

10-03-2007, 02:12 PM
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Madeleine: Successor of Gonçalo Amaral will be known next week, guarantees PJ's national director

The national director of Policia Judiciaria (PJ) said today that next week it will be known who the successor of Gonçalo Amaral will be, as he was removed from his post as coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department of PJ in Portimao and from the Madeleine McCann case.

Gonçalo Amaral ceased on Tuesday his service commission in those functions, after statements to the Diario de Noticias in which he accused the English police of favouring the McCann couple in the investigation into the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine from the Algarve on May 3.

Questioned about the choice of the successor of Gonçalo Amaral, Alipio Ribeiro said he is going to "think about the matter", to "analyse the situation with the people" he works with and then he "will decide", and the name should be known next week.


When asked about the "dismissal" of Gonçalo Amaral, Alipio Ribeiro considered that "a very strong word", preferring to say that the coordinator "ceased the service comission" and that such a decision "is within the powers" of the PJ's national director.

As to the reasons that prompted the removal of that coordinator, Alipio Ribeiro stressed that "there are limits for what the members of PJ can say publicly".

"I understand that people are subject to great tension and to periods of great tiredness, but they don't control themselves and say things they shouldn't say", Alipio Ribeiro said.

The national director placed the problem in the sphere of "deontology", adding that this is "radicated in ethics".

Alipio Ribeiro added that he hopes "such situations will not be repeated" and explained it was "an occasional situation", where he had to "act in conformity" with his powers as the head of PJ.

He also added that PJ has a relationship of "great collaboration" with all police forces in the world, including the English, and that "in no moment" that relationship of "respect" and "loyalty" should be broken.

The minister of Justice assured this morning that he approves of the decision of the PJ's national director to remove Gonçalo Amaral of his functions at the CID of PJ in Portimao.

10-04-2007, 10:24 AM

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from Publico:

Gerry and Kate McCann were constituted arguidos with the approval of English police

On the day the Policia Judiciaria's team leaders decided to constitute Gerry and Kate McCann as arguidos in the process of the disappearance of their daughter, they first communicated their intention to British police investigators that were in Praia da Luz. "I have made arrests for less than that", one of them apparently replied.

An element connected to the investigation, who is obliged to anonimity, guaranteed to PUBLICO that the English police was always informed about the diligences that were developed by PJ within the Maddie process, and has always cooperated and supported the investigation, even from England. One of the clearest examples of that cooperation is that all analyses on residues that were collected in the apartments at Praia da Luz and from the vehicles that were used by the McCanns and their friends, performed in in Birmingham lab, were paid by the English.

According toinformation that was collected by PUBLICO, the announcement of new data was shared between Portuguese and English policemen and the clues that appeared along the process were even discussed together.

The news that suggest rivalries between the investigators from both countries, and divergences as to the methods that are used, and which are reported, "mainly by the English media and by retired policemen, are nothing but journalistic speculation", the same source that is close to process says, assuring that, between the policemen, "the relationship is excellent".

Constant criticism of the PJ's work in the investigation into the Maddie case, made in British media, were at the origin of the statements from inspector Gonçalo Amaral, who was responsible for the inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine, published by Diario de Noticias on Monday, and which led to him being removed from the Criminal Investigation Department in Portimao.


The removal of PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral from the coordination of the inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann will not imply any change to the direction of the investigation, a senior officer from that police force assured to PUBLICO. The strategy is drawn and will be maintained, he guarantees.

While the name of Amaral's substitute is not known, routine proceeds undisturbed in Portimao, under the supervision of the PJ's directory in Faro, led by Guilhermino Encarnação.

This assistant national director is now in charge of assuring the investigation's continuity, as long as the substitute of Gonçalo Amaral is not known, and to manage any agitation that may naturally result from the coordinator's removal.


10-05-2007, 09:01 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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Maddie: English police also believes in death
Sensor looked for body

The English police also believes in the death of Madeleine, the British girl that disappeared from the Ocean Club on May 3 this year. CM knows that the change in the direction of the Policia Judiciaria's investigations, which initially believed it was a kidnapping, were accompanied by the English that even had a determining role in the searches for a cadaver. First, with technology that can identify changes of the terrain at subterranean level, and then with the dogs.

The change of director at PJ in Portimao didn't change the traced scenario. The investigation still defends that the child died in the apartment, on the evening of the 3rd, and that her body was hidden by one or both of her parents, with or without the help of a third party.

As CM could establish, this scenario started being considered in July, after the abduction theory had been carefully verified. No phone call was traced, no suspect was in the surroundings of the apartment, and the contradictions resided essentially in the English community.

If initially the contradictions between parents and friends were understood as a symptom of "confusion", propmted by the child's disappearance, the authorities rapidly moved on to another thesis and bet on the possibility of a domestic accident and consequent death.

Then the English suggested the sending of the dogs. PJ didn't know about the reliability of the results that come from those animals, and immediately accepted the suggestion. The English also brought to Portugal the sensor that searches for changes in the subsoil, and the target was to verify if the child had been buried in the resort's surroundings. One of the searched areas was the house of English suspect Robert Murat and nothing was found. Some sources contacted by CM guarantee that the searches also reached into other areas.

This apparent "harmony" between the Portuguese and the English authorities led to the statement of Gonçalo Amaral hitting the Policia Judiciaria like a bomb. And not even the fact that he denied himself that he was talking about the English police - internally, the Portimao PJ's ex-director explained that he was talking to the 'Diario de Noticias' journalists about the retired policemen that work for the McCanns - made Alipio Ribeiro take softer measures.

It was necessary to show the British that there were no suspicions about their work, even more so when the Judiciaria had always given the best collaboration.


10-07-2007, 03:52 PM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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Study: Data reveals that parents lied
3D video dismisses abduction theory

Paulo Sargento and Pedro Gamito, forensic psychology professors at the Lusofona University in Lisbon, made a scientific study and created a video that shows the Ocean Club in three dimensions. The purpose was to show the space of the resort where the McCann couple and their friends were spending their holidays, and what movements they may have made on the day that Madeleine's trace was lost.

Based on chronologies that were supplied by the Portuguese and English press, the academic study shows the crime scene in detail. And it proves that the route that Kate and Gerry walked at 6.30 p.m. to pick up their children at the creche has a length of 120 meters and not 50, as referred by them. It could also be verified that the McCanns lied when they said the children's room was visible from the restaurant.

"In that small space where we don't know what happened, there are a lot of discrepancies concerning the time. For example, between 8.03 and 8.10 p.m. there is an excess 20 minutes. This means that what happened in seven minutes, was described by the couple as if 20 minutes had passed", Paulo Sargento explained on SIC show 'Fatima' on Friday.

Criminologist Moita Flores' opinion is that "the couple lied" and thus displayed "an indifference and omission concerning their children's destiny". "The essential fact that escapes no police investigation is that the parents and the friends all lied about the timings", Moita Flores said.

The data from the study that was done by the forensic psychology teachers show that the times have 88,9% matchings and that it is from the English sources that the largest discrepancies are found. "This [the video] is material that must be investigated by the PJ. The story of an abductor entering the apartment is not feasible", the ex-investigator says.

At 9.25 p.m., the time at which the alleged abductor takes the child, Russell and Matthew are close to the apartment where Maddie was sleeping with her siblings. And this is another reason why Moita Flores believes that "the kidnapping theory is not believable", adding that this "study is important if the PJ grabs it within a criminal process".


10-07-2007, 03:53 PM
in 24Horas yesterday (Oct 6):

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Portuguese authorities still wait - and despair - for forensics

English stall PJ

The delay in finishing the forensics testing from the forensics lab in Birmingham is stalling the Policia Judiciaria's investigation into the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, 24Horas could find out with police sources.

The delay in the performance of tests - sent three months ago to England - is justified by the spokesperson of the Birmingham lab, Neil Holland, by the complexity of the tests that have to be made. "These are very specific exams and they are still being performed. We have maintained a close collaboration with the police", a senior officer from the British lab, one of the most reputed worldwide for DNA analyses, told 24Horas.

But the PJ assumes these data will be fundamental.

"The McCanns would not have been made arguidos solely based on the searches that were performed by the dogs that specialize in detecting cadaver odour. Naturally, the results that were sent from Birmingham gave the suspicions consistency. There are still several diligences to be performed and we have to wait for the rest of the tests, which we haven't received yet. They are fundamental for advancing the investigation", a senior officer from PJ told 24Horas, asking for anonimity.

The time that the laboratory has already taken to perform the testing on the material that was collected by PJ from the McCanns' apartment and vehicle is considered not to be very normal, but justifiable, by a senior officer at the National Institute for Forensics Medicine: "It starts to look like a lot of time, but it depends entirely on the analyses that have to be performed, and the quality of the collected samples. I think the international cooperation that has been displayed in this case is extremely positive."

Prudence with decision-amking seems to be the motto that was adopted by the Birmingham lab.

It can be said there is now a true information blockage. The Portuguese authorities that are connected to the investigation are forbidden from supplying any information to the media, by an express order from the Public Ministery, and under the judicial secret.

In England this law doesn't exist, but local police has also determined that the investigations that are being developed there are secret, and don't supply any information.

10-07-2007, 04:24 PM
This is an article from Correio da Manha. It's dated October 6:


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DNA tests from hair
PJ explores possibility of fall from sofa

To know how Madeleine McCann died is the big doubt facing the Policia Judiciaria's investigators. Who, in spite of believeing that an accident took place in the Ocean Club apartment, don't know the exact circumstances of the events on that late afternoon in May.

One of the possibilities the investigators advanced to CM includes the possibility that the child accidentally fell and hit her head inside the house where she was in the company of her younger siblings. The fall would have been deadly, and, for circumstances that are not clarified yet, her parents managed to hide the body and simulated her disappearance. Where they did this is another unknown variable, although authorities defend that her body was buried at the beach, in the hours that immediately followed her death.

Sources that were contacted by CM also guarantee that the exams on hair that was found near the living room couch are fundamental. First, because these residues allow to verify whether the person was alive or dead when the hair fell off, and also because they allow to analyse whether there was an ingestion of medication or not.

The result from these exams has not reached the authorities yet - the residues were sent to the Birmingham lab over a month ago - but the expectation of an advance in the investigations is rather high.

Also as CM could establish, other exams were meanwhile sent to Portuguese authorities, but failed to reveal anything important. Either the results were inconclusive, or they failed to add to the investigation.

Direction of the case maintained

The exit of Gonçalo Amaral didn't change the direction of the investigation. The new coordinator of PJ in Portimao, who will probably be known next week, will maintain the direction that has been followed, after all possibilities to verify the abduction thesis had been emptied.

The searches for the body of Madeleine McCann (...) will also be intensified, as the authorities believe that until her cadaver is recovered, it will be very difficult to close the inquiry. "A process is, by its nature, a reconstitution of past history. It takes an autopsy to understand what really happened", a judicial source explained to CM.

10-08-2007, 02:51 PM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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Madeleine McCann case
I know where the body is

Daniel Krugel, the South-African detective who looked for the trail of Maddie in Praia da Luz in July - at the request of the parents and with authorization from the police - says he knows where the body is buried. "I am convinced that Madeleine's body is in Praia da Luz", he told British newspaper 'Sunday Mirror'. "The chances that she is alive are very small", he added.

A source close to the investigation refers that the referenced location is within the area where the 4-year-old English girl's father, Gerry McCann, jogged. As CM could discover, the Portuguese authorities believe that the body could have been buried at the beach, a few hours after the death.

Daniel Krugel confirmed (as CM had reported on August 23) that he arrived in Portugal with his team on July 17, and during four days he used a machine that was created by himself to detect people based on their DNA. The targeted areas were the Ocean Club apartment, from where Maddie disappeared, as well as terrain close to the sea, and all main exits from Praia da Luz. Krugel told the 'Sunday Mirror' that he is getting ready to return to Portugal on the McCanns' request.

In a report that was delivered to Portuguese police, Krugel pointed to a terrain of 500 square meters that is difficult to reach, as the area where Maddie was likely to be buried. But authorities didn't dig the area up. Newspaper 'News of the World' adds that a source with the investigation said that "no trace of Maddie was found".

The detective informed that his work started with one hair that was removed from one of Maddie's jackets, which was delivered to him by Gerry. "The purpose was to know the DNA", he said. The scientist then used a piece of equipment created by himself (called matter orientation system) which, based on quantum physics and on satellite geographical localization technique (GPS) reveals the positioning of the cadaver. Using a simple language, Krugel clarifies that his "equipment works like a metal detector but detects DNA traces and puts the trail on the map".

Fromhis work in the Algarve, he remembered: "I went there with some colleagues and I conducted an extensive search at Praia da Luz, using the machine. We spent 16 hours per day. No location went unsearched."

According to Portuguese law, Krugel is prohibited from declaring the area he mentioned in his statement to the police.

To the newspaper 'News of the World', he said he doesn't do it "to avoid the interest of curious people that could destroy evidence". Krugel stressed that "every day the trace became stronger in the location". "The machine showed always the same coordinate and made me return to the location all of the time. This convinced me that Madeleine was there."

Daniel Krugel clarified that as soon as the case of Maddie's disappearance was known, his team contacted the parents in order to search the terrain. "Unfortunately, they only called us a few months after the disappearance, a time that makes our work more difficult", he said.

The McCann couple accepted the South-African detective's work after receiving several mails that focused on the work he has done in Africa.


10-08-2007, 02:52 PM
in 24Horas this morning (tabloid alert):


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Madeleine's parents already have two million euros to spend

McCann savings plan

Madeleine's parents haven't worked since May. Gerry and Kate McCann are on unpaid leave from the Hospitals of Glenfield and Lathan House, where they work. The forecasts pointed to a return in September. But after being made arguidos, things changed radically. But in spite of it having been mentioned that they had spent all of their savings, the fact is they are not short of money.

24Horas did their math and the parents of the English girl that vanished from a resort in Praia da Luz, Algarve, have almost 2 million euros at their disposal. If one adds the amounts of both funds - the Legal Fund for the defense of Kate and Gerry, and the Find Madeleine - the McCanns have 1.730.755,23 euros to spend. A real euromillions (although they can only freely use the fund that was created for their defense).

The Find Madeleine Fund has 1.503.265,03 euros that have to be added to the 83 thousand euros that local newspaper "Leicester Mercury" helped gather by selling yellow and green ribbons. This amount was offered to the parents on Wednesday.

The rest of the money, which is kept in the so-called Legal Fund amounts to, for now and in cash, 144.490 euros. This money was offered by the entrepreneur and Virgin chain owner, Richard Branson.

Besides this fund, the defense of Kate and Gerry also counts on the help of Brian Kennedy, a British millionaire. Kennedy didn't mention an amount. He only said he would help with whatever was necessary. This means that money will certainly not be a problem for the McCann couple.

The two benefactors, that share the fact that they are extremely wealthy, said they were helping the McCanns because they believedin their innocence and because they think the accusations pending over Kate and Gerry are unbelievable.

In order to help collecting more money, there is also a store on the internet. In Madeleine McCann online store, one can buy several products. There are T-shirts with the McCanns' daughter's picture in several sizes. Prices range from 9,99 for the smaller, and 14,44 euros for adults. One can also choose yellow wristbands for 2,88 euros. And posters and background images for cellphones can also be downloaded.

As 24Horas reported yesterday, there are very few doubts for the Judiciaria that Maddie died in the Ocean Club apartment. The sending, from the Birmingham lab, of the final results on the tests that were performed on residues collected by the PJ in the rental car and in the apartment that was rented by the McCanns, is vital to conclude the investigations.

10-08-2007, 02:53 PM
in SIC today:


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Kidnapping theory is "not very consistent"

Criminal psychologist presents academical study about Madeleine's disappearance

One of the specialists that have been studying the Maddie case says the abduction theory is not very consistent. Criminal psychologist Paulo Sargento made a study with Lusofona University, where he reconstitutes a few steps before the girl's disappearance. The study is based on a virtual scenario and intends to test all the possibilities that were advanced by the authorities.

Criminal psychologist Paulo Sargento tried to recreate in a virtual scenario the events that took place on the night that Madeleine McCann disappeared. He took the chronology of events made by newspapers Publico, Sol, English 'Times', and by the BBC.

He verified the matching of times and events since the McCann couple picked up their children at the creche at 4 p.m. [sic] on May 3, until the moment that Kate notices her daughter's disappearance, at 10 p.m.

Since the McCanns arrived at the restaurant, at 8 p.m., seven persons of the group left the table 14 times within 2 hours. Paulo Sargento's opinion is that the abduction theory gains little consistency.

"Practically every five minutes someone is passing by. The question is how, within this period of time when there are always people coming and going, how would it be possible, what are the chances that someone entered a window and was went unseen", Paulo Sargento says.

"We concluded that it's very difficult", the criminal psychologist says.

note: this article basically reflects the contents of the video

10-09-2007, 05:25 PM
in Jornal de Noticias this morning:


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Paulo Rebelo was nominated coordinator in Portimao

The senior coordinator of Policia Judiciaria, Paulo Rebelo, is going to lead the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Portimao, substituting Gonçalo Amaral, whose service commission was terminated last week by national director, Alipio Ribeiro. The name of Paulo Rebelo, who was presently in functions at the PJ's National Direction, was released yesterday, during a meeting in Lisbon, which gathered some senior officers of Judiciaria.

The superior coordinator, who has a law degree and made his career in the PJ, will assume, among other issues, the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, at a time when the Judiciaria awaits the results of tests that were performed on residues that were collected from the apartment where the girl disappeared from, on May 3, at the Ocean Club resort, in Lagos.

The name of Paulo Rebelo didn't susrprise some of the investigators, who over the last few days pointed at him as being a "man of trust" of Alipio Ribeiro, who "can liven up the inspectors and the investigation". "He is an operational and a good policeman", some colleagues that were pleased with the choice guaranteed to JN, stressing the fact that Paulo Rebelo "is available" to take over the coordination of PJ in Portimao.

The new coordinator - who will work on the case with Guilhermino Encarnação, Faro's assistant national director - is facing some complicated tasks. On one hand, to direct the investigation into the girl's disappearance, and on the other hand to solve some of the Department's internal problems.

Soon it should also be known who will substitute chief inspector Tavares de Almeida, who asked for an unpaid leave, alleging personal problems.

Meanwhile, in England, the use of non-official means to locate Madeleine was confirmed yesterday by the family's spokesman. Clarence Mitchell admitted that the couple "considers all offers of help", including that of Daniel Kruger, a South-African who alleges to have invented a machine that is capable of tracking missing persons. Kruger has apparently contacted the family on several occasions, and Kate and Gerry accepted the offer before they became arguidos.

"All information that is collected by means that are external to the Policia Judiciaria is shared with the PJ and all means used to search for Madeleine are within the law, which means there are no private detectives operating for the McCanns in Portugal", he guaranteed.

Several British newspapers alleged yesterday that the new DNA results have already arrived at the hands of Portuguese police, but a source at the Forensic Lab in Birmingham refused to confirm to JN whether the results have already been sent to Portugal.

The English and Portuguese lawyers met in Lisbon last week. The McCann couple considers the possibility of returning to Portugal, but for religious reasons.

10-09-2007, 05:26 PM
an opinion article in Observatorio do Algarve, dated October 3, 2007:


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article by Mario Lino

The whole truth about Madeleine

You're probably reading these lines, expecting to know what happened to Madeleine McCann, five months after she disappeared. Well, you're not.

Imitating what some respected newspapers have been doing, I thought I'd better find a title that would sell well, but which tomorrow could be transformed into "Almost the whole truth about...". The day after that, it would become "That truth wasn't true after all"; and so on, as many national and foreign newspapers have done. Well, at least here, it's for free.

But now that I have captured your attention (or maybe not), I'll take advantage of it and leave you some comments about a case I have followed closely, since the first day.

This chronicle was even supposed to have been out earlier, but it didn't. This way, it's not out alone. It's out after a reputable senior officer of the PJ was removed from the case, after the official spokesman shut the door behind him, after the British media went home, and after the McCann couple themselves went... out.

It's curious to watch how everyone looks, after this time, on the picture of a case that "shook the world".

Gonçalo Amaral leaves as a "victim of circumstances", and a hero to his colleagues, after having commented what many among them think but cannot say out loud.

Olegario de Sousa left as a tired man. He was tired of talking a lot and saying very little, obstructed by a judicial secrecy that existed only for him, while all around him, the "anonymous sources" filled up newspaper pages.

The British media leave as justice killers and it's a pity they didn't lead the investigation themselves, because that way the child would have been discovered already.

The McCanns leave as suspects, more than victims. But we're all innocent until proved otherwise.

This brings us to the core of the issue. The evidence. The case looks anything but easy, and the strong governmental pressure (or is it a coincidence that Clarence Mitchell left the government?) from the British hasn't made the Policia Judiciaria's task any easier.

It's very easy to criticise, that the police didn't seal the crime scene off, that they requested the presence of the English dogs too late, etc. But it wasn't all "blunders", like the "famous" specialist from Sky News, Martin Brunt, stated. By calling for the British dogs and getting the British labs involved, the PJ played a "master move" in order to defend themselves.

It was the "infallible" and millionaire British dogs (which the lawyers will soon denigrate) that detected the cadaver odour inside the apartment and in the McCanns' car. It was a British lab - one of the best worldwide - that allegedly identified a DNA sample that matches the child's, inside the boot of the vehicle that was rented by the McCanns. Hard to believe? Absolutely. But whose fault is this? It's the British.

The English media "cling" to the fact that the investigation wasn't conducted properly, juicing up the story with the inspectors' two-hour-long lunches, and God only knows what else would have been revealed, besides the Joana case, if Amaral hadn't left now. If the idea was to bring the PJ to its knees, who would do that better than the English tabloids? But I have yet to see them denigrate the dogs or the labs, which have been worthy of their utmost trust until now.

It's a fact that Amaral went too far. He said the McCanns were mining the investigation, creating new clues on a daily basis. The exposure bought him a ticket back to Faro. And what happened to Kate's mother, who said the Portuguese police "planted evidence to incriminate the couple"? Nothing.

The speed at which the Minister of Justice and the national director reacted to the demotion of Amaral was hallucinating, when compared to the wall of silence they built, at a moment when it was needed to protect the country's and our police's reputation. But no.

As it seems, the evidence is not enough. Neither statistics, nor the fact that the parents said they'd cooperate with justice, but refused to answer more than 40 questions that were considered to be fundamental in order to clarify the case.

Believing that the policemen are not infallible, there are facts in this story that are difficult to explain.

Why did the couple call a tv station before they called the police? Why did they hire a Portuguese lawyer, anticipating that the PJ would hold the lab test results, before it was said that the parents were suspects? Why did they hire an elite cabinet, with an assessor to the Prime-Minister working exclusively for them?

On the other hand, how could they get rid of a body without being detected? How would they have the courage to proceed with the "media farce"? With so many questions, it could look like we're at the age of innocence. But when one looks at the complete picture of this "soap opera", we realize we're very far from that.

What is for sure, is that the issue is "taken care of". The British save their fellow countrymen, with an escort and a committee until they arrived home. They write the police off as incompetent, forgetting that they are themselves involved in the investigation since the beginning.

The PJ plays the villain because they theorized on that which is less convenient for everyone: that the parents could be guilty.

The Portuguese government "escapes" in the eyes of the English and of the world (the eyes of the Portuguese are of little relevance). They let the couple return to England, possibly being suspects in their daughter's death, because "without a body there is no case".

Ahh... All is well when it ends up well.

But... what about Madeleine, does anyone know where she is?

10-09-2007, 05:33 PM
in Diario de Noticias this morning:


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Right arm of Alipio Ribeiro on the Maddie case
Alipio Ribeiro chooses Paulo Rebelo

Gonçalo Amaral already has a successor: Paulo Rebelo, a joint national director with PJ, is Alipio Ribeiro's choice to lead the Maddie case investigation. A crisis that didn't last long and which didn't hurt the development of investigations into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, according to the opinion that was given by the PJ's national director a few days ago.

Alipio Ribeiro kept his promise. Precisely a week ago, he assumed the compromise to present the name of the man that would lead the investigation's destiny, substituting Gonçalo Amaral. The new coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department in Portimao is a "drug fight man", having made a career at the Central Directory for the Investigation of Drug Trafficking (DCITE). At a time when the spotlights were turning towards the Casa Pia process, Paulo Rebelo was one of the men in the background that had opened his eyes to paedophilia suspicions inside the institution.

Paulo Rebelo also lead the inquiry into the information leaks in the case of Freeport, in Alcochete, which involved the Prime Minister, Jose Socrates, and in the MeaCulpa case, in Amarante.

It is a discrete, pondered, affable man who owns a sympathy that is praised by everyone inside PJ, who is going to substitute Gonçalo Amaral. (...)

"Reservation, discretion, ponderation are attributes that we cannot dismiss, that we will not dismiss in a PJ inspector", Alipio Ribeiro warned, on the day the demotion of Amaral was made public. And those were the very same characteristics that Alipio Ribeiro went looking for, for this job. "He is a good speaker. He is highly regarded internally, he has done some excellent work for the PJ, he is nice and a good communicator", were some of the words that were used by Paulo Rebelo's colleagues, who promptly assume this is a consensual choice within the institution. This time, Alipio Ribeiro is trying to erase the collateral damage that has hit the institution, that has been criticised by the English press. Paulo Rebelo's curriculum speaks for itself. He was a subdirector in Oporto, he was presently in functions as one of the four joint directors that were chosen by Alipio Ribeiro and he was the man who fronted the investigation into the homicide of guards in Amadora. "A career policeman", Carlos Anjos defined.

10-09-2007, 05:35 PM
in 24Horas this morning (TABLOID ALERT!):


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Judiciaria is certain that Maddie was not only with her siblings

There were seven children in the McCanns' house

A new twist in the media-exposed case into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. It turns out that there were not only three, but seven children in the apartment where the girl vanished from, on May 3, as 24Horas could find out with police sources connected to the investigation.

The authorities have discovered new evidence that in the house that was rented by the McCanns there were residues that were later confirmed as belonging to the children of the couple's friends that gathered at the Tapas restaurant for dinner.

This new version demolishes the theory that is defended by that group of friends as to what happened on the fateful day and weakens the possibility that one stands before a kidnapping.

As a member of PJ told 24Horas, "unless we're dealing with a sexual predator who followed the girl for a long time, which is not likely, as they had been in the Algarve for six days only, it would not be very likely for her to be selected, even because in terms of crimes of this nature, the criminals look for younger children, which are easier to sell for adoption".

Another source with the investigation was laconic: "It's not only the collected evidence that points to the fact that there were more children inside that apartment. There is also evidence, which is duly fundamented after the interrogations to the other persons that were at the Ocean Club, that only the McCanns' apartment was visited by the people who attended the dinner."

The contradictions that were detected include the version that was offered by Russel O'Brien, one of the McCann couple's friends, who left the restaurant for 25 minutes (between 9.35 and 10 p.m.). The British man guaranteed he took that long because he visited his sick daughter, and she vomited. He says he asked for the sheets to be changed, but the staff at the Ocean Club assured the investigators that nobody asked for any bedsheets to be changed that evening. Another issue that is not straightforward is connected to Jane Tanner, who guaranteed she checked on her daughter around 9.15. But Jeremy Wilkins, a friend of Gerry McCann, revealed that at that time he was chatting with him close to the apartment where Maddie disappeared from and that it would be impossible for Jane not to meet them.

The PJ investigators even considered the possibility that Maddie may have left the apartment looking for her parents, and fell into an open sewer ditch. But the searches at the location, and the questioning from the workers that were doing the job dismissed that possibility.

"In face of so many contradictions and in face of the forensics results that we already hold, we have very few doubts that the girl died inside that apartment, and we only have doubts about who concealed the corpse", a source with the PJ concluded.

10-10-2007, 10:05 AM
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PJ returned to Maddie's bedroom for 5 hours
Inspectors reconstitute the night of May 3

Two and a half months after the English tracking dogs detected cadaver odour in the apartment of the Ocean Club resort, in Praia da Luz, where Madeleine McCann disappeared from on May 3, the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) yesterday returned to the location, in order to make a new reconstitution of what happened on that night, at a time when the investigators have no doubts left about the British child's death and the concealment of her corpse by her parents.

The operation appears after new clues were revealed by the exhaustive DNA analysis work that has been ongoing at the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, which point, as the British press in general reported yesterday, to the involvement of the McCann couple in their daughter's death.

Yesterday's diligence was the third of its kind, performed by PJ since Maddie disappeared (since the early morning of May 4, until the first week of June, the apartment was sealed, at the police's service, and was searched again by the end of July). It was made under extreme discretion and lasted 5 hours, from 7 a.m. untilnoon, and as DN could discover, it was led by chief inspector Tavares de Almeida, who was number two of the team that was coordinated by Gonçalo Amaral, who was demoted last week by the Judiciaria's national directory. The PJ continues to insist on the idea that the key to the enigma lies in the apartment. The apartment was not occupied again since the tracker dogs marked the girl's death.

When confronted by DN with the news that have come from the UK concerning the analyses results and that country's press' turnaround in what concerns the work of the Portuguese police and the suspicions that fall on the McCanns, the couple's Portuguese lawyer, Carlos Pinto de Abreu, only said that he believes in results "when they are known and reported by the criminal investigation". Abreu refused to comment on the news, saying that "lawyers work on processes, and not based on reading newspapers".

10-10-2007, 10:08 AM
in Jornal de Noticias today:


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Paulo Rebelo takes over the direction of the Maddie case investigation today

The national director of Policia Judiciaria (PJ), Alipio Ribeiro, and the new coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Portimao, will be in Faro today, for what will be the first contact of Paulo Rebelo with the Madeleine McCann case. The senior coordinator - who will respond directly to the national director about the process - had already shown his will to rapidly assume the direction of the investigation, and anticipated his move into the Algarve.

Paulo Rebelo will hold meetings with Guilhermino da Encarnação, the joint national director of PJ in Faro, and with Gonçalo Amaral, who left the CID in Portimao after having his service commission ceased, for accusing the English police of favouring the McCann couple. As JN could establish, Amaral was removed from the coordination but remains connected to the investigation into the girl's disappearance, on May 3. Therefore, Paulo Rebelo showed great interest in hearing the investigator.

These meetings happen on the day after some of the PJ's inspectors were at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz, the location where Madeleine disappeared from. Yesterday, no searches or any other type of diligences were performed, police sources guaranteed to JN.

Apart from his intention to get to know the apartment where the girl disappeared from, Paulo Rebelo will have to read with attention a process with five months of investigation. He should also soon meet the prosecutor of Portimao's Public Ministery, Jose de Magalhaes e Menezes, who is concluding request letters that will allow for new questionings on the seven friends of the McCann couple, that spent holidays at Praia da Luz, in May.

His hands should receive within days the conclusion of the tests that were performed on the residues - blood, hair and bodily fluids - that were found inside the apartment, and which are awaited by the investigators with great expectation, as they hope to understand what really happened on the night of the 3rd of May.

A source at the forensics lab in Birmingham admits that the analyses are in a conclusion phase, and also clarifies that the information that was reported by the English newspapers over the last few days didn't originate at the laboratory.


10-10-2007, 10:09 AM
in 24Horas this morning (TABLOID ALERT):


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Conclusion from the laboratories in Portugal and England

The children were given tranquilizers

Maddie and her siblings, Sean and Amelie, were sedated in the apartment where they were staying, in Praia da Luz, with four other children, on the night the girl disappeared, on May 3.

This theory from the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) is fundamented by the first preliminary results (which arrived in September) from the Birmingham lab. These conclusions match the forensic tests that had been made earlier in Portugal, at the National Forensics Medicine Institute.

According to a source at the PJ, there is no evidence that the other four children, which were the children of the McCanns' friends, were also under the effect of tranquilizing substances.

This was not analysed by the evidence that was collected in the Praia da Luz house.

Within this scenario, and by crossing information with the inspectors that interrogated the McCanns and their friends, the investigators have reached a possible scenario that Maddie's siblings were asleep - just like, hypothetically, the other three children of the couple's friends - when something happened to Madeleine McCann.

In that fateful moment, Kate, Gerry and their friends were having dinner at the Tapas restaurant, in the Ocean Club, a little more than 100 meters from the house.

This new version of events demolishes the theory that is defended by the entire friends group about what really happened on the fateful 3rd of May. And it fragilizes the McCanns' theory, who say they believe their daughter was kidnapped. The investigators believe the child may have been the victim of a possible domestic accident.

The day before yesterday, the McCanns' spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, denied to 24Horas that there were seven children inside the Ocean Club apartment. Yesterday, he didn't even pick up the phone.

10-12-2007, 10:23 AM
in Sol online today (10/10):


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Madeleine case

ASFIC accuses British press of "incoherence" and of creating news to "sell" Maddie product

The Association of Criminal Investigation Employees (ASFIC) accuses the British press of being "incoherent" during the Madeleine McCann process, and of creating news with the purpose of "making the Maddie product marketable"

The president of ASFIC, Carlos Anjos, refers that English journalists "never" made serious information and comments that the "180 degree" change of opinion about the Portuguese police means incoherence.

On Tuesday, the English press reported that the latest results of the analyses that were performed at the forensics lab in Birmingham show the Portuguese police acted correctly by considering Kate and Gerry McCann as arguidos in the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.

"This turnaround, based only on information about the latest exams that allegedly came out of the laboratory, I think it's very little for a turnaround of 180 degress in the position of British media, and it only demonstrates even more how incoherent the British press has been throughout this process", Carlos Anjos says.

According to Carlos Anjos, the British press was more worried "about creating news that allowed for the selling of the Maddie product, than about solving this case".

"The British press never produced real information throughout this process, they never worried about what was going on [a missing child], the president of ASFIC says.

In spite of the change of attitude about the Portuguese police, ASFIC didn't give a lot of importance to what the media are publishing.

"We give little importance to the things the British press recently said, just as little importance as we gave them when they accused the Portuguese police", Carlos Anjos remembered.

"We are used to some of the things that happened. For example, when a process begins, the first step is to beat up the arguidos", the inspector explained, adding that as time goes by, things start to invert and the police end up "getting a few kicks as well".

In the final part of the process, the situation that usually happens is a "distribution of guilt among the arguidos", Carlos Anjos observed, indicating that the novelty in the McCann case (...) is that "people didn't know the British press".

"The English are a very peculiar people, and their mass media are even more peculiar. Today [10 years later] they are still discussing the case of princess Diana's death as having been a crime and they don't admit it could have been something else", the representative of Judiciaria's workers remembered.

In Carlos Anjos' opinion, during the Madeleine process one could watch "the Policia Judiciaria being ripped apart, for no reason, in a very dual view".

Carlos Anjos observed that in spite of the fact that "British police agreed with all the decisions that were made by the Judiciaria, and even having participated in the defining of the strategy", throughout the process "the British press only beat up the Portuguese Policia Judiciaria".

Carlos Anjos also spoke about the way the English journalists "treated" the coordinator Gonçalo Amaral, who has now been removed from the Criminal Investigation Department and from the Maddie case, having been substituted by Paulo Rebelo.

"They started an escalade of some verbal violence, which led to them not beating only the Policia Judiciaria, but to hit hard at some policemen of the Maddie team, and Gonçalo Amaral [the investigator who was removed from the case] was an authentic Christ in the English' hands", he stressed.


10-12-2007, 10:24 AM
in 24Horas this morning (10/10) (tabloid alert):


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Judiciaria already possesses relevant document concerning the girl’s genetics

Gerry is not Maddie’s father

Policia Judiciaria (PJ) already knows that Gerry McCann is not Madeleine’s father, 24Horas could discover with sources at the PJ and at the National Institute for Forensic Medicine.

For the investigators, it was “very relevant” to determine the paternity of the girl that was conceived by artificial insemination.

Those diligences were performed in England, according to our sources.

It was necessary to know whether the child’s biological father could be involved in a possible abduction of the girl. The English authorities, after performing diligences at the sperm bank where the McCann couple went, reached the biological father and concluded that he had nothing to do with the disappearance of Maddie.

The fact that Gerry is not Madeleine’s father is extremely important. “It explains why Madeleine’s DNA markers are so different from her twin siblings’ DNA markers”, a police source said.

This means Maddie’s genetics profile is not the same as her siblings’ and Gerry’s profile, and therefore there are no doubts left concerning the DNA samples that were analyzed by the Birmingham lab. The samples that were collected in the biological residues belong to Madeleine McCann without question. There is no possibility that her profile could be confused with that of her twin siblings.

The tests that are performed to obtain one person’s genetic profile are obtained “by crossing the samples with the genetic data from the mother and the father”, a source at the Forensics Medicine Institute explained. The analyses that were made by the British lab cast, a month ago, serious doubts concerning Maddie’s paternity. The doubts have been lifted. The fact that Gerry McCann is not the girl’s father is also important in order to understand his relationship with Kate.

10-12-2007, 10:25 AM
in Diario de Noticias this morning:


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PJ insists on searches in the McCanns' apartment

Couple guarantees Gerry is Madeleine's father

At a time when the leadership of the investigation has just changed hands, the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) seems to have focused all of its attention back on the McCanns' apartment, in the Ocean Club resort, at Praia da Luz. After several weeks without visiting the surroundings, the PJ inspectors have returned twice, within one week, to the place where Maddie disappeared from on May 3.

The resort was visited on Tuesday by six members of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Portimao, led by chief-inspector Tavares de Almeida. And right on the next day - at the same time Paulo Rebelo from Lisbon was officially taking charge of the coordination of the case's investigation - the team returned to the apartment, making a new reconstruction of the evening of the crime.

During this second visit, as DN could find out, the PJ's attention was also focused on the path between the apartment, the Tapas restaurant - where the McCanns had dinner on the night of the disappearance - and the area where the other apartments were located, which were occupied by the couple's friends who were staying at Praia da Luz. Some of the inspectors, DN knows, were seen close to the Church of Nossa Senhora da Luz, in front of the garden area where formerly a cemetery was operated.

The area that surrounds the Ocean Club became particularly interesting for the investigators after, in late July, tracker dogs from the English police, which are trained to detect cadaver odour, marked the apartment where Maddie disappeared from, as well as the vehicle that was rented by the parents. A vehicle that began to be used by the McCann couple a month after the child disappeared. But it had been a while since this kind of police movement had been seen in Praia da Luz.

Gerry guarantees paternity

Meanwhile, the McCann couple vehemently denied the news that was published in 24Horas newspaper yesterday, which reported that Gerry was not Maddie's biological father after all. The McCanns' representatives even admitted that the couple's lawyers in Portugal, Rogerio Alves and Carlos Pinto de Abreu, and in the United Kingdom may take action. It is remembered that Maddie was conceived by artificial insemination, just like her siblings.

But DN found out that it was the family's friends themselves who launched the alert to other English people who were spending their holidays in the Ocean Club, in May. "He is not Madeleine's father, but only the siblings' ", one of those tourists apparently said in the Tapas restaurant, repeating something that was already commented by many people locally.

The news that was reported by the Portuguese press yesterday is not really new, as those allegations reached the newspaper pages shortly after the rumours started circulating in Praia da Luz. But they hit like a bom in the United Kingdom.

Yesterday, Clarence Mitchell, the couple's spokesman, guaranteed that "Gerry is Madeleine's biological father" and that "what was written is completely wrong, without reason, substance and offensive". A friend of the couple said the McCanns reacted to the news with "complete horror and consternation".

10-12-2007, 10:26 AM
in 24Horas this morning (tabloid alert):


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PJ believes that the sperm donor was in England on May 3

Maddie's real father was identified

Madeleine's real father was identified in England by the British police, at the Policia Judiciaria's request, 24Horas could discover with senior sources at the PJ. The sperm donor who made it possible for Madeleine to be conceived, was not interrogated because authorities could confirm that he was in Englandon the date when the child disappeared, on May 3. According to our sources, Maddie's biological father had nothing to do with the disappearance of the child - as 24Horas had reported yesterday. PJ knows he is from Birmingham but they don't know the location or even his address, as it was not necessary, senior sources at the Judiciaria have advanced.

But PJ only rested when they dismissed this lead.

Gerry is the twins' father

Curiously, it is in the Birmingham area that the Forensic Science Lab is located, at which the DNA tests on the biological residues collected from the apartment and from the McCanns' rental car were performed.

PJ knows that Gerry McCann is not Maddie's biological father, as 24Horas reported yesterday and re-confirmed with several responsible sources at the Policia Judiciaria and at the National Institute for Forensic Medicine (NIFM).

"Gerry McCann was not the sperm donor for Maddie. He was the donor for the twins. But it's possible that Gerry himself doesn't know he is not the biological father. There may have been a switch at the laboratory", a source at the NIFM told 24Horas.

Pinto da Costa, a former president of the Forensic Medicine Institute in Oporto, sustains the explanation, without specifying the Maddie case. "There have been several cases when the husband was not the donor once, and was the donor on other occasions. It can happen that, at a certain moment of one's life, the person has his fertilizing capacity diminished for several reasons, like exhaustion or extreme stress".

10-12-2007, 10:28 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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Team reinforcement
PJ invests in homicide theory

It was shortly before 4 p.m. when Paulo Rebelo, the new coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department of PJ in Portimao and in charge of the Madeleine case investigation, presented himself to the team he will be working with for the coming months. He announced that he will be accompanied, during a first phase, by four elements that were called by the National Direction: one inspector and one chief inspector from the Lisbon directory and specialists in the investigation of homicides, as well as one other inspector who is dedicated to crossing data, and a fourth one that works at the robbery section (in the team where Paulo Rebelo was, until early this week, the coordinator).

CM knows these four investigators are travelling into the Algarve this weekend and will be in charge of re-reading the process and trying to find 'loose ends'. Another of the goals is to suggest diligences that the rest of the team might have failed to remember, although the process continues to be owned by the Portimao PJ members.

The announcement of a reinforcement of the team, where some members have not had a holiday this year, was welcomed in Portimao, where Paulo Rebelo arrived with an English-Portuguese dictionary under his arm, in the company of Guilhermino Encarnação, the PJ's director in Faro.

"He went there to meet his new working place and the brigades he will lead, just like it happens at any workplace", a senior officer at PJ told CM. There was a big expectation among the inspectors of PJ in Portimao and severalof them tried to understand, through colleagues in Lisbon, the personality traces of their new 'boss'.

Paulo Rebelo met with Guilhermino Encarnação in the morning, at the PJ's offices in Faro, and then they drove to Portimao in separate cars. They had lunch together around 2 p.m., and two hours later they went to the PJ's offices in Portimao.

They went in through the front door, an option that was made by himself, although he knew he might be interrogated by the media. He made no statement, but he did not avoid being photographed or filmed.

An hour and a half later, Guilhermino Encarnaçãoleft, and Paulo Rebelo was talking with his new work team. 15 minutes later, around 5.45 p.m., Paulo Rebelo left on his own through the Portimao PJ's back door.


10-12-2007, 10:30 AM
in Jornal de Noticias this morning:


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Maddie case did not motivate "Operation Predator"

The "Operation Predator" which was executed by the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) the day before yesterday, and which was destined to fight pedophilia on the internet, had nothing to do with the Madeleine case, the English child that disappeared on May 3 from the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz (Lagos). This guarantee was given to JN yesterday, by a source at PJ, which denies "categorically" the association that was made by the English press.

The same source explained that the ongoing investigations are not connected to the girl's disappearance and that that association makes absolutely no sense at the moment.

The couple's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, admitted he knew that the two operations are unrelated but said "there is always the possibility that something concerning Madeleine could be discovered and this is extremely encouraging", he stressed.

Oblivious of this issue, and of the enourmous speculation surrounding the Maddie case, Paulo Rebelo officially assumed the case investigation yesterday.


10-13-2007, 11:06 AM
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McCanns continue to be "irritated" with the press

Exams Delayed

The two British police officers, who during four months accompanied every single step of the PJ investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, are no longer in Portugal. They left our country after Kate and Gerry were made arguidos and returned to Rotheley, since the investigation had entered a phase of evidence collection, where their daily involvement was no longer necessary.

Because of this, the exam results which will be sent by the Birmingham Laboratory, England, from which were taken samples in August, will no longer be hand delivered, but instead via diplomatic means.

These results will be delivered to the Ministry of Foreign Business who will then deliver them to the Justice Ministry. Only afterwards will the results be sent to the PJ which, meanwhile, knows them firsthand. Since they are coming in sealed envelopes and the fact that they are taking this route it is not possible [for them] to be seen by others. According to what CM could discover, the authorities have great expectations for these results. Most of them were collected in the apartment and the car used by the McCanns and could reinforce the theory of a homicide, negligent (conscient), defended by the PJ.

In these vestiges, which have a major importance due to the quantity of information that they could possess, are the hairs. The exams done will verify whether they belong to a living person or a cadaver, being possible from that to create a genetic profile of the person in question.

Parallel to the arrival of the results, PJ is also concentrating on a "re-reading" of the process. Paulo Rebelo, the new director of Portimão, has asked assistance from six members of PJ Lisbon (two of them from the homicide team) to suggest diligences and to try to find new data in the more than ten volumes that comprise the inquiry into the child's disappearance.

(continues with info on biological fatherhood and other items that I haven't read yet. if anyone is interested, I can translate when I get back from a meeting later this afternoon)

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10-14-2007, 10:05 AM
in 24Horas this morning (tabloid alert):


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PJ will have to wait further for the report from Birmingham

DNA evidence will only arrive next week

The much-awaited DNA tests that may certify that Maddie was transported dead in the McCanns' car should only arrive in Portugal early next week, 24Horas could find out with a source at the Policia Judiciaria.

The final report from the Forensic Sciences Lab in Birmingham will come through diplomatic bag. First it will be sent to the Foreign Office and then to the Ministery of Justice, as a PJ source explained.

Only after these bureaucratic moves will the report reach the hands of the Judiciaria. But the PJ has already been informed, over the phone, about a part of the results and knows these to confirm the involvement of Kate and Gerry McCann in their daughter's disappearance.

Yesterday, 24Horas was surprised as several British newspapers - 'Daily Telegraph', 'The Sun', 'Daily Star' and 'Evening Standard' - published the following non-existing statement from 24Horas' Justice editor, Luis Fontes: "The story is absolutely true. Our sources are rock solid. If they think they can sue us, then go ahead".

This statement is completely false, as it was never made.

10-15-2007, 05:06 PM
in 24Horas this morning (tabloid alert):

http://www.24horasnewspaper.com/mostranews.php?id=7806 (http://www.24horasnewspaper.com/mostranews.php?id=7806)

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PJ will have to wait further for the report from Birmingham

DNA evidence will only arrive next week

The much-awaited DNA tests that may certify that Maddie was transported dead in the McCanns' car should only arrive in Portugal early next week, 24Horas could find out with a source at the Policia Judiciaria.

The final report from the Forensic Sciences Lab in Birmingham will come through diplomatic bag. First it will be sent to the Foreign Office and then to the Ministery of Justice, as a PJ source explained.

Only after these bureaucratic moves will the report reach the hands of the Judiciaria. But the PJ has already been informed, over the phone, about a part of the results and knows these to confirm the involvement of Kate and Gerry McCann in their daughter's disappearance.

Yesterday, 24Horas was surprised as several British newspapers - 'Daily Telegraph', 'The Sun', 'Daily Star' and 'Evening Standard' - published the following non-existing statement from 24Horas' Justice editor, Luis Fontes: "The story is absolutely true. Our sources are rock solid. If they think they can sue us, then go ahead".

This statement is completely false, as it was never made.

10-15-2007, 05:07 PM
Correio da Manha today:

http://www.correiodamanha.pt/noticia.asp?id=261794&idselect=181&idCanal=181&p=0 (http://www.correiodamanha.pt/noticia.asp?id=261794&idselect=181&idCanal=181&p=0)

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148 computers inspected
Maddie searched for within paedophilia

The faces of hundreds of children are blurred on paedophilia sites, but Judiciaria's experts used special software to reconstitute blond girls, with ages and characteristics that resemble Maddie's, in another dismissalof leads within the search of the English girl. 148 computers that had been apprehended all over the country on Tuesday were thoroughly searched - and once more, nothing was found.

The theory of death inside the apartment in Praia da Luz is still the top priority for the PJ, with the Portimao team now reinforced with six experienced inspectors - four of which in the area of violent crime. But it is obligatory that all possibilities "are kept open" in the inquiry phase, as the national director, Alipio Ribeiro, has remembered.

CM knows that operation 'Predator' was being prepared for over six months, through an investigation that could count on information from Interpol, and which is completely unrelated with the Maddie case. But given the fact that the 148 computers had been seized from all over the country, from 80 potential sex predators, the search for the English child among hundreds of files containing movies and photographs ended up being "a logical consequence".

The goal was to search for girls that were the approximate age and had "physiognomical traces" that were similar to Maddie's - but among hundreds of images, CM knows that none of the victims was the English child that disappeared on May 3.

Most of the children that are used by paedophile rings on the internet "have their faces blurred out", according to our sources, as well as their abusers. That was the case of the foreign paedophile whose photo Interpol circulated last week, but from which the authorities managed to recover the original image - using image processing software that allows to reconstruct the modified face.

Bloody footprints make no sense at all

A footprint that carried blood residues was allegedly found at the exit of one of the bedrooms in the apartment where Madeleine was sleeping, British weekly 'Mail on Sunday' advanced, but CM has found out that this is not true. The tabloid says that the partial print is from a right foot, size 38-39, which is "a senseless novelty" for sources that are connected to the process.

PJ was at the Ocean Club apartment during two phases of the investigation - first in May and then on late July and August - and at none of these moments did the experts detect any adult footprint with residues.

Anyway, the newspaper says it's "these two pieces of evidence" - the other one is a residue found on the car - that are at the base of the suspicions on the McCann couple. "It's these two prints, which had not been revealed until today [yesterday], that make them suspects in the disappearance of their daughter".

"The latest tests that were performed by the Forensic Science Service point to a 'reasonable' hypothesis that the blood belongs to Madeleine, but the results are inconclusive".

This happened on the day that 'News of the World' discovered a theory for Kate to have run screaming that someone had taken her daughter: "Maddie's shape lying in bed was imprinted on her bedsheets" and the mother immediately noticed that detail.


10-17-2007, 05:36 PM
in 24Horas this morning (10/16):


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Homicide brigade reinforces Maddie team

PJ going strong in the Algarve

Policia Judiciaria (PJ) will reconfirm every step they made during the investigation into the case of Madeleine McCann, who disappeared on May 3 from Praia da Luz, in Portimao [sic], in the Algarve, as 24Horas could establish with judicial sources. Paulo Rebelo, the new case coordinator, will also perform changes on the team, in order to try to obtain "a new vision on the case", a PJ senior officer said.

"After months and months working on a case, it's natural that people become tired and focus only on one vision of the facts. The purpose of renovating the team is in obtaining other clues and new investigation leads".

The same source admitted this is no easy task: "For now, we'll concentrate our efforts into the detailed analysis of all pieces of evidence that were already collected, as the tests that were requested from the Birmingham lab are not all in our hands, yet. We are almost certain that Maddie suffered an accident in the Ocean Club apartment, but we need conclusive evidence, which may appear at any moment."

"It's a rather meticulous work. The new team will have to follow all leads. From sequestration, through the sexual predator, pure and simple accident, concealment of the cadaver, and also through an eventual crime, comitted by the present suspects. It is all going to be thoroughly reviewed again", said another source that is connected to the investigations.

Yesterday, no diligences were made on the terrain by PJ members, yet.

Such investigations are to be performed during this week. The team that is connected to the investigations into Maddie's disappearance will be reinforced. Not only by members of the PJ's Homicide Brigade, but also with employees from the Scientific Police Lab.

The theory of an accident and concealment of the cadaver is still the one that has been most consistent within the PJ's investigations.

10-17-2007, 05:38 PM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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Decision: more apprehensions waiting for analyses
Judge attends analysis of Gerry's computer

Judge Pedro Frias has authorized the Policia Judiciaria team to open the personal computer that was used by Gerry McCann during the months he spent in the Algarve, as CM has established, but under the condition that the computer analyses are only performed in the presence of the Portimao Court's magistrate himself.

The purpose is to catch the entire flow of electronic mail and all the information that was searched for in the various sites that Madeleine's father consulted - and the machine's history, as well as the computer register, will be thoroughly searched over the coming days.

The same Criminal Instruction judge had already authorized the apprehension of personal items from the couple, including Kate's diary, but the rogatory letters with the intervention requests for the English authorities - including the questioning of seven friends of the couple that were also spending their holidays at the Ocean Club - have not been sent to England yet, as CM established yesterday.

The letters have been concluded by the PJ some time ago, but they are pending at the Public Ministery, who will only send them when they think it's adequate, through the Procuradoria Geral da Republica. And this impass is apparently due to the expectation on the arrival of the final results from the Birmingham laboratory - which is foreseen for the coming days and which could change the direction of proceedings that are to be adopted by the PJ.

Yesterday, the British press continued to point to information leaks from the Forensic Science Service, describing the residues that were found in the Renault Scenic that was rented by the McCanns as being cadaver bodily fluids found on a carpet, according to the online edition of the 'Daily Mail', but officially no results arrived at the PJ until yesterday.

For now, all that is left for the Portuguese authorities to do is to focus on the investigation ends they still control - analysing the laptop computer and reconstituting the process, which is now in the hands of the team of Paulo Rebelo, the PJ's coordinator.

Still pending are the public statements about the case, which were the intention of judge Pedro Frias, but were rejected by the Superior Council of Magistrates.

Experts analyse children on the internet

The 148 computers that the Judiciaria has apprehended from 80 potential pedophiles during operation 'Predator' are being thoroughly searched, as CM has reported, but also all other images that arrive at the police on a daily basis, with children that are victims of sexual crimes, are analysed by experts, in yet another verification of clues into the search for Madeleine.

The photos are automatically visualized through the use of a special software, because in spite of the fact that the investigation is still centered on the theory of the child's death inside the apartment at Praia da Luz, it is compulsory that all possibilities remain open until the inquiry is closed. Normally, the faces of victims and abusers are digitally modified and blurred for the internet, but specialists manage to clean up most of the images - as was the case with the foreign paedophile, Vico, who has already been identified by the Interpol.

Therefore, all the "girls with approximate ages and similar physiognomical traces" to those of Maddie are checked on a daily basis, as CM has established, but without success until now. "It's just a logical procedure", although operation 'Predator', last week, just like other operations, was not related to the investigation into the Maddie case.


10-19-2007, 08:35 AM
in 24Horas this morning (10/18):


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The new team of investigators wanted to know the apartment

PJ back at the Ocean Club

The Policia Judiciaria (PJ) has returned to the Ocean Club apartment where Madeleine McCann disappeared from, on May 3. As soon as they arrived in the Algarve, on Monday, the new homicide team went to Praia da Luz. And they went to recognize the place where everything happened.

"They were here on Monday afternoon", a resident at the resort told 24Horas, adding that the investigators took "a short time". Just enough to walk through the rooms and to observe the various access points to the outside.

This was the second time the PJ visited the location within few days. Already in possession of some more elements from the analyses that were ordered from the Birmingham lab, the investigators from Portimao had been at the Ocean Club last week. And they were seen by one of the witnesses in the process: Pamela Fenn.

The English woman, who resides in the apartment above the one where little Maddie disappeared from, saw the policemen and recognized one of them: "The chief inspector who interrogated me [Tavares de Almeida] was here. A few days ago, they walked around here during the whole morning", Pamela Fenn told 24Horas.

Sources that are connected to the investigation assured that new diligences will be performed on location over the coming days. But they will only be reconfirmation of evidence that was collected at the beginning of the investigation.

The results from the Birmingham laboratory continue to arrive drop by drop, but a judicial source stressed that everything points at the involvement of the McCann couple in the disappearance of the child, and concealment of her cadaver.

PJ is not certain yet, but as 24Horas discovered, the possibility that Maddie was kept in a closed environment and her body was frozen, is being analysed.

"We're studying and verifying all the possibilities. The only concrete thing we have are the tests that were made by the Institute for Forensics Medicine, by the PJ's Scientific Police Lab, and a large portion of what we requested from the English. The truth is that nothing has emerged that allows for a peremptory accusation of the McCanns", a police officer revealed.

Another source concluded: "We're looking for evil and we want to discover the girl's body. That is the main goal. We will perform new searches where and when it is necessary, and both the McCanns and their friends will be interrogated again by British authorities. There is a lot that remains unclear, especially concerning the alibis that they presented."

10-19-2007, 08:37 AM
in 24Horas this morning (10/18):


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Putrefying cadaver always leaks fluids

Smell can get out of the car

Since the day that Madeleine disappeared, on May 3, until the day the McCanns rented the Renault Scenic, it has been 25 days. After 25 days, a cadaver "can be in advanced decomposition", Pinto da Costa, from the Forensics Medicine Institute in Oporto, explained. But it is not as absurd as it seems at first glance, that someone transported Maddie's body in the car 25 days after the death. "In fact, a cadaver releases an unpleasant rotten smell. But that smell can leave the car's interior, or it can be damped. It is enough to leave the vehicle's windows open and a good ventilation", Pinto da Costa said.

Delays or advances in putrefaction of a cadaver are connected with the condition it is kept in. "The only way to prevent advanced putrefaction is to keep it in adequate climate conditions, which means, in a fresh place with a temperature of 5 to 10 degrees Celsius, at the utmost".

A basement, for example, may offer those conditions. A body soaked in water takes longer to decay.

In a liquid environment, a cadaver also preserves better. "A body soaked in water has more difficulty in decaying", Pinto da Costa explained.

"If it remains in a location that is subject to air, humidity and heat, a body decomposes more rapidly".

The fluids that are leaked by a cadaver are responsible for the rotten smell. The sniffer dogs can always detect that odour, he said, better than any person.

Those are the bodily fluids that were found in the boot of the Renault Scenic that was rented by the McCanns, according to the forensics report from Birmingham. "If a cadaver is transported inside a vehicle, it always leaves fluids that can impregnate in the car's carpets". A putrefying cadaver, displays a dark colour, is already affected by gases and may bloat.

10-19-2007, 08:38 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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Madeleine: Socrates and Gordon Brown talked about the case
Governments discuss Maddie

Jose Socrates met his British homologue, Gordon Brown, after the European Union's Summit, in Lisbon, for a private conversation. The purpose, according to the British prime minister's statement before the meeting, was to discuss how the Madeleine McCann case is being handled.

At the entrance to the summit, Brown guaranteed to the journalists that he was going to talk about the case with the Portuguese prime minister and that he wanted to reassure himself that the police forces of both countries were cooperating in the investigation. "I had already discussed this matter with him [Socrates] before, in order to assure that the Portuguese police is doing what is necessary to solve this case", Brown said.

Questioned by CM, the press cabinet of Jose Socrates denies the existence of this late afternoon meeting."The only issues that were discussed by prime ministers Jose Socrates and Gordon Brown are the themes that were addressed during the summit. Everything else is pure speculation", it said.

We remember that on July 9, Socrates flew out to London to meet the British prime minister and to discuss issues that concerned the Portuguese presidency of the European Union. Brown used the end of the meeting to congratulate and to thank the efforts that were being made by the PJ to find Madeleine. At that time, Kate and Gerry McCann talked with the British leader often, and had not been made arguidos yet.

Socrates assumed that the media-exposed case was extremely important both to the United Kingdom and to Portugal, and guaranteed that the police in Portugal continued to do its best.

Before and after that occasion, several pressures had been made by the British government on the Portuguese government and police.

Sources at the PJ consider that yesterday's situation "is not normal" but refuse to comment any further.


Couple wants to improve their image

The McCann couple wants to improve the image they left in Portugal. Therefore, they are looking for a communication agency that can work as a spokesperson with the Portuguese media. As Correio da Manha has discovered, one of the agencies that were invited was Cunha Vaz & Associados (...), who refused to give that type of service. The couple, on advice of their lawyers, continues to look for help from companies in that area. Meanwhile, Gerry and Kate McCann have announced they are going to launch a new campaign to find Maddie. This initiative will focus on the villages and mountains of Morocco, Portugal and Spain, and its purpose is to introduce the case to everyone who has not yet heard about the kidnapping that happened in Praia da Luz.


10-19-2007, 08:40 AM
in 24Horas this morning (tabloid alert):


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In the early hours of Maddie's disappearance, the parents moved house

PJ let McCanns "clear" apartment

In the early hours of May 4, only hours after Maddie's disappearance, the McCanns left the apartment where they were staying and took with them everything they wanted. The move may have been fatal to the investigations, and, even worse, was authorized by the Policia Judiciaria (PJ). This means a lot of evidence may have disappeared before the authorities sealed the place off.

"It's obvious the house had to be sealed. But with everything that was inside, and without being touched. But that was not what happened. They took everything they wanted into another Ocean Club apartment, and without any control from the authorities", a judicial officer that is connected to the case has told 24Horas. To this source, Maddie's disappearance is "a case that promises to become eternal in time and whose solution may never happen, in face of the evidence that has been gathered, which, in spite of pointing at the McCanns' involvement, are not conclusive."

A high ranking officer with GNR has confirmed these facts to our newspaper, but guaranteed that that police force acted correctly: "After the alert, a team was immediately dispatched to that location. They only took the time to drive from Lagos to Praia da Luz.

As soon as they arrived at the location, they realised they were facing a probable crime, whatever type it was, and called their commander, who then immediately contacted the Judiciaria. We also immediately requested search and rescue dogs, and the entire region was thoroughly searched. But it's true that the dogs that were used were not trained to detect blood or putrefying flesh. They were looking for a living person."

The same officer specified that "only one dog signalled the odour of the missing girl, next to the McCanns' house", but the searches that were developed by the military and the Judiciaria members were, as has become public, unsuccessful.

The PJ's investigators believe that Maddie died inside the house that was rented by her parents, but they do not explain how the body was removed from the location, and where it was hidden until it was, allegedly, transported inside the Renault that was rented by the McCanns more than 20 days after the girl's disappearance.

The authorities suspect that this happened at the house of Robert Murat, the other arguido in the process, but evidence is weak.

As 24Horas established, with the arrival of the new team, led by Paulo Rebelo, investigations up to yesterday were limited to simply analysing the elements that were until now collected by the investigators that were at the beginning of the much-discussed case.

10-21-2007, 11:42 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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Investigation: Perplexity over news

Ill-feelings at the PJ

The theory that the Maddie case investigation failed to give value to some clues and that the process was disorganized, is causing ill-feelings within some sectors of Policia Judiciaria. This idea has been circulating within judicial circles and has been echoed through some news, that connect it with the team of Paulo Rebelo, the new coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department in Portimao.

Over the last few days, as the new Rebelo team has been gaining knowledge of the inquiry, the theory has been spreading that the investigation is weak, and with few clues. Yesterday, 'Expresso' cited sources at the PJ that said they had found "important material spread all over, which had not been included in the investigation", and that the new team in Portimao "had a hideous amount of work to do" in order to organise the files. Worse: That the new team considered "there was a lot of important information that was despised in the investigation".

After these news, the silence that surrounds the investigation has thickened. None of the former leaders of the case - Gonçalo Amaral, Guilhermino Encarnação and Luis Neves - comments on the cited news. But several sources in the police have told CM that the news are causing "perplexity" and that they cannot be connected with the investigators from Lisbon who are analysing the case. Paulo Rebelo and the team he has chosen are pointed out as very experienced people, who are used to deal with pressure and who would not easily fall prey to the ingenuity of making precipitated judgements of value.

The investigation is still with the same group that was already working on it before - with the obvious exception of Gonçalo Amaral - and the four policemen who travelled from Lisbon are still reading the process. It is an acquired piece of data that the investigation's direction from now on will be that of a homicide case, just as the trio formed by Gonçalo Amaral, Guilhermino Encarnação and Luis Neves already considered it.


10-21-2007, 11:43 AM
in Expresso on October 20:

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Paulo Rebelo calls in biggest homicide expert

The invitation of chief-inspector Teixeira reveals that the kidnapping theory is losing terrain among the PJ's new team

The new team that is led by Paulo Rebelo, the new coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department of Policia Judiciaria (PJ) in Portimao, already has the Maddie case process digitalized into the personal computers. "It was a hideous amount of work", because the process' paperwork was "anarquically spread out", according to a source with PJ, who criticises the inexistence of a centralising figure in the former team, who "would know how to distribute the work".

Chief inspector Antonio Teixeira and inspector Portel, both from the Lisbon Directory and homicide experts, are two well-know names in a team that includes another four investigators (from robberies and data crossing departments). "They are reviewing the process. There was a lot of important information that was despised in the investigation", the same source says.

Antonio Teixeira, who is almost 60 years old, has thirty years of experience in homicides. "He is the oldest inspector who is still active in this area. One of the best reserves of the PJ", a colleague says. This may be his last major case, as Teixeira "announced he will go into retirement next year".

This man who loves painting, is seen within the PJ as an affable, methodical and meticulous professional. "It's a breath of fresh air for this investigation", a colleague says. Another inspector who worked with him for several years has one certainty: "By inviting him into the case, PJ has given an inequivocal sign that the homicide theory is dominant. One does not invest in a member of staff of such value, if there was only a slight suspicion of a blood crime".

Objectivity is the greatest weapon of Teixeira, who coordinated, with success, media exposed cases like this summer's murder of an English senior citizen in Praia das Maças. One day after the crime, he caught the perpetrator, a neighbour of the 70-year-old woman, who had a bad reputation in the area. "If he has to choose between the direct way and the tortuous one, he chooses the first to solve a crime. And he is spot on", a police source says.

Inspector Portel has been his right arm for ten years. But, contrary to Teixeira, he does not inspire unanimous opinions among his colleagues: "One is the good cop. The other takes over the role of the bad cop."

In a rare interview, given to University students seven years ago, Antonio Teixeira said: "Homicide is the one crime that we are all able to commit".

10-21-2007, 01:21 PM
from TSF online today:


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Commission to interrogate the McCanns’ friends is ready

The national director of PJ has confirmed that the commission that is going to investigate the persons that were with the McCanns at the time of the disappearance of Madeleine, is ready. In an interview to El Pais, Alipio Ribeiro said the theory that Madeleine is dead has been gaining terrain.

The national director of Policia Judiciaria guaranteed that the commission that is going to interrogate the people that were with the McCann couple on the day that Madeleine disappeared, is already prepared.

In an interview to Spanish newspaper El Pais, Alipio Ribeiro explained that this commission “will travel within days with a team of policemen and with the deputy from Portimao’s Public Ministery”.
PJ’s head officer also admitted during this interview that the thesis that the British girl that disappeared on May 3 from a tourist resort at Praia da Luz is dead, has been acquiring strength.

“It really is a hypothesis that has gained some truthfulness and is stronger, but we don’t exclude anything”, the director of PJ said, while recognizing that, during an initial phase, the investigation focused almost entirely on the kidnapping theory.

When asked whether there was a lack of discern to investigate the girl’s parents, who have been arguidos in this case since September 7, from the first moment on, Alipio Ribeiro replied that “it’s easy to say that now”.

On the DNA analyses’ results, Alipio Ribeiro considered that those may help the investigation a lot, but added that those elements do not solve the case on their own.

The national director of PJ also talked about the “always loyal and respectful” relationship between the Portuguese and the British police, and Alipio Ribeiro assured that the British have never interfered, even because they could not do so.

Alipio Ribeiro also admitted to some information leaks in this case that has been hugely exposed in the media, and said he was convinced that “sooner or later” there will be results, although he avoided to say when.

This top officer of PJ also considers that the trial of this case should be performed in Portugal, although he referred that this issue is still very distant and has not been treated yet.


10-22-2007, 10:06 AM
in 24Horas this morning (TABLOID ALERT):

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New team led by Paulo Rebelo tries to discover

Murat may have hidden Maddie's body

Robert Murat, a friend of the McCann couple, is the main suspect of having made the body of Madeleine disappear, on May 3. This is the belief of the Portuguese investigators that are connected to the case. But evidence that confirms this theory has not been obtained yet, as 24Horas has discovered with sources close to the investigation. Therefore, the new team led by Paulo Rebelo, a top officer at Judiciaria, is verifying in detail all the steps that were made both on the day that Maddie disappeared, and on those that followed after the authorities were alerted.

But, until yesterday, there was no concrete lead as to the girl's whereabouts. Live or dead. Therefore, Murat's house will reportedly be visited again by authorities this week.

"There is a time frame between 6 and 10 p.m. that is filled with contradictions that must be clarified. This implies that the McCanns and the friends that were having dinner with them are heard again. But that task must be performed by British authorities, given the fact that the addresses they provided for the case files are those of Leicestercity. In Great Britain we have no authority, unless our collaboration is officially requested, which has not happened yet", a judicial source explained to 24Horas.

The main theory of the PJ investigators who were connected to the investigation since the beginning is that in the McCanns' house there were all the children of the couples who participated in the dinner that was held at the Tapas - as 24Horas had advanced in its edition of October 9. Which might explain the fact that they took turns at checking whether the children were fine. PJ only has the confirmation - obtained from residents at the resort - that the only apartment that was indeed visited by the dinner participants was that of the McCanns.

The Judiciaria believes that, while they were having dinner, little Maddie left the apartment looking for her parents and, while still sleepy, fell off the flight of stairs that exist at the apartment's exit, dying accidentally and ending up being discovered by Gerry McCann, who then asked for Murat's help.

The fact that she may have been under the effect of sedatives - according to a source at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine, the twins were asleep with sedatives - led the couple to get rid of the body, for professional reasons. For that, they contacted Robert Murat, who advised them to return to the restaurant. During that period, the friend carried the body and took it to his house, which is approximately 200 meters away from the apartment where the McCanns were staying. What happened next is a mystery. The only clue that exists are the alleged fluids that belong to Maddie and which were discovered in the Renault Scenic van that they rented 25 days after the child's disappearance.

Who got rid of Maddie?

"The body was probably kept at Murat's house, and later, the couple or someone who had access to the vehicle got rid of it. But we are talking about conjecture. Nothing is proved. Therefore, the work of evidence revision that is being performed now, is extremely important. New people can also bring in new visions on the case. We are in a phase of internal analysis of everything that was done, but aware that everything possible was done at the time", says an officer from the PJ's Homicide Division who requested anonimity due to the order that was sent out by the Public Ministery of "absolute silence on the Maddie case".

The authorities' big doubt is only one: who got rid of the body of Madeleine McCann, and how.

10-22-2007, 10:08 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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Maddie case: Missing for 172 days
Image worries McCanns

The McCanns have consulted a communication agency in Lisbon and admitted to paying an amount of 50 thousand euros per month so their image was managed in the Portuguese media. CM knows that one of the first companies that were contacted was the firm of Antonio Cunha Vaz, who presently is the image manager of the leader of PSD [political party], Luis Filipe Meneses, but even after discussing the price, and after the couple admitted to paying the amount that was discussed, the company ended up refusing.

The contact was made a few days ago, at a phase when Maddie's parents have no representative for the media in Portugal. It also coincided with the meeting between English prime minister, Gordon Brown, and Jose Socrates [PT prime minister], during which the former solicited the Portuguese government's commitment to contain the publicity of facts of the inquiry, namely the analyses' results. During that approach to the Cunha Vaz Associados firm, the couple's representatives considered the value to be high - higher than what they are paying their lawyers - but they didn't close the door. The refusal from this firm led them to consider other possibilities, by making a wider approach to the market of communication companies. Antonio Sousa Duarte, a partner at Communicare, who works with Rogerio Alves, one of the couple's lawyers and president of the Portuguese bar, told CM that his company "was not consulted" and that the fact that he works with this lawyer is in itself "a factor that prevents any contractual relationship with the case".

Rogerio Alves told CM yesterday that "no communication firm was hired, nor will any be hired". The process retreated by the couple's lawyers, who had established contacts with some other major companies within the communication and image market.

On another front of this case, the PJ's national director, Alipio Ribeiro, gave an interview yesterday to Spanish newspaper 'El Pais', during which he announced that within days a group of policemen and the joint prosecutor of Portimao, Magalhaes de Menezes, will travel to England with the purpose of fulfilling the rogatory letter. During this diligence, the parents and the friends that were holidaying at Praia da Luz on the night that Madeleine disappeared, will be interrogated.

Digitized process is being read by PJ in Lisbon

The team of inspectors that was chosen by Paulo Rebelo to help him in the investigation into the Maddie case is reading the process in Lisbon. The process is fully digitized and the team that includes investigators from the homicides and robberies departments went to Portimao early last week for an initial view of the case and to meet the colleagues that work on it, but immediately returned to Lisbon.

The inquiry's digitizing was initiated by the investigators at the Criminal Investigation Department of Portimao shortly after the case was opened. This work dismisses the theory that the process was disorganized and needed some "paperwork tidied up", according to a news report that was published in the latest edition of weekly newspaper 'Expresso'.

This article, that contained criticism of the team in Portimao that had been working with Gonçalo Amaral and Guilhermino Encarnação on the case, caused some ill-feelings within the Policia Judiciaria but nobody wanted to assume it was unpleasant. The idea that "super cops" had been appointed to the case and that, implicitly, other less qualified agents had been working on it, generated some indirect comments. There are those who remind us that even an experienced and qualified chief inspector like Antonio Teixeira, from homicides, has notorious cases that remain unsolved. The cases of the 'Lisbon Ripper' and others that are connected with the night security agents are mentioned. Nevertheless, this debate, according to some sources contacted by CM, is considered to be the worst possible path for a process that is "under the eyes of the world", as stated by a top officer at the Policia Judiciaria.


10-22-2007, 05:26 PM

Google translation of "24Horas" 22 -10

Half a million for Maddie

A small fortune. The Portuguese State, which is all of us, has paid about half a million euros to try to locate the small Madeleine McCann, disappeared on 3 May last an apartment of the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz, Lagos, Algarve. Among police, judges and forensic experts have already spent the money equivalent to two "pools."
The 24 made the accounts. At the beginning of the investigations and for nearly two weeks were involved in operations to search anything such as 200 agents, and investigators from the military and PJ's GNR. Most of the Judicial investigators were deployed in Lisbon, and the National Directory and the Central Directorate of Combat the Banditisme. Only police spent in travel is something like 6,000 euros. This value must also be added the daily allowance that each police had a right to travel from Lisbon to the Algarve and that round about 50 thousand euros.
After a month of investigation the team has been reduced to about half hundred researchers and last month, for only half a dozen investigators from the PJ. Still, five months only the police cost to the state 200,000 euros to try to find Maddie.
But the costs are not confined to researchers of PJ's military and the National Guard Republican who intervened in the case - the latter with teams cinotécnicas (dogs, search and rescue).
We must also account for the arrival of England by five policemen and their specialized teams of dogs to detect corpses. Between travel, stay and work spent by more than 100,000 euros since the girl was given as disappeared. All out of our pockets.
Further, the removal of the coordinator Gonçalo Amaral, the subsequent appointment of Paul Rebelo to lead the investigation and the strengthening of the team of inspectors of PJ was still increase the monthly costs by about 30 thousand euros.
Then there is still the staff of the Public Prosecutor of Portimão that they must treat the process, a prosecutor, a district attorney and a judge to work almost exclusively for Maddie. None of these three judges earn less than 3,000 euros per month. Putting even the Attorney-General of the Republic, which tracks the investigations hand in hand, we are talking about more than 50 thousand euros already spent in the process in just five months.
And do not think that spending is staying here. There is also the cost of the National Institute of Legal Medicine for the steps that have been requested.
Among the various examinations of DNA made under medico-legal expertise in the field of genetics and biology, which include samples of blood and saliva, samples of hair, teeth, bones or other tissues, and compared with samples from other family members to Gerry was to determine whether or not the true father of Madeleine, spent by more than 50,000 euros.
And still reach the account of the laboratory tests ordered for Birmingham, which will not be less than 200,000 euros.
The case Maddie is costing real wealth for us all. In summary, we currently pay, per day, more than five thousand euros to meet Maddie.

10-22-2007, 09:17 PM

**Especially for english speakers***

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INTERVIEW: ALIPIO RIBEIRO National director of the PT PJ
"The hypothesis that Madeleine died is the strongest
MIGUEL MORA - Lisbon - 21/10/2007

The person responsible for the investigation of the “Madeleine case” tries to clarify the facts whilst under an unprecedented media pressure. Sooner or later the truth will be known, he affirms. And those responsible will be judged in Portugal.
Question. How do you feel about directing such a media dominated case?
Reply: . Well, it is certainly true that the case of Madeleine has surpassed the limits of pure police work, for very different reasons it has awoken great international interest and has been developed much further than its policing aspect. It has an enormous media source, which no policeman in the world has been able to control. But this has nothing to do with us, if it had happened in a few kilometres further away, in Spain, or in France, it would have been the same. The case has many elements that have fed media interest, there are many protagonists, it has been very public since the beginning and imagination has been lit up. … People create their version of the story and tell it, it seems as though all of us are suddenly criminal investigators.
Question. Everyone except for you and the British police is talking. At least officially. Because there have been many filtrations and leaks.
Reply. There have been, without a doubt, but less than would appear. Journalist’s imagination has also worked intensively. What is certain is that the police must have the serenity to separate history and fantasy from the policing. We cannot let ourselves be carried away by emotion, we must maintain all open hypotheses and walk step by step.
Question. Does this mean that there is still much to be done in order to reach a conclusion?.
Reply: .I am convinced that, sooner or later, we will have a result. I cannot say when. That would not be balanced on my part. But I am optimistic. The police, by nature are optimistic, because they have to uncover mysteries, but they have to work without preconceived ideas and have an open mind to all possibilities.
Question. But the first chief, Gonçalo Amaral, is certain that Madeleine died on the 3rd May.
Reply. That he was certain, I do not know, I think it is better not to have certainties in order not to have surprises. There is, in effect, a hypothesis that has gained some veracity and has greater strength, but we are not excluding anything. If there is a lead that says the girl has been sighted in some place, we must investigate it and eliminate it. Although, it is true that during the first phase, the investigation was directed almost exclusively to the abduction thesis.
Question. Some people have criticised this option: There are scarcely no precedents of child abductions in Portugal and police literature does not take into account abductions from closed buildings because predators act in open areas. …
Reply. It is true that there is very little tradition of this kind of abduction in Portugal, but we cannot eliminate this possibility. The parents are foreigners, and everything was analysed without discarding any means.
Question. Was there any failure to investigate the parents from the very first moment, given that there were such confusing witness statements and that they were the last to see the girl?
Reply. It is easy to say that now.
Question. Are you suggesting that there was pressure to give priority to the abduction theory?
Reply. We have never been pressured in any direction. Collaboration with the British police has always been loyal and respectful.
Question. But it was the family group that suggested the paedophile abduction route....
Reply. Yes, but the British police have never interfered, they could not. It is obvious that if we need information the British police will provide it. As would the French, Spanish or any other European police force. But we lead the investigation.
Question. As this is a British context, with British suspects and a British victim, it would be logical to think that more help would be provided.
Reply. It was a British context and we are far from having a precise idea of what happened that night. It is true to say that the context has made things very difficult.
Question. Have you had the feeling over the last months that you were fighting against a machinery that was too powerful for the means of the PJ?
Reply. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that. Firstly, we have never had insufficient means in this case, although it is certain that that the unreasonable international interest has multiplied the presumed sightings of the girl and the false leads to a level that would have been excessive for any police force in the world. Secondly, I am still not in possession of the truth, so I cannot make any moral opinions about this campaign. I do not have results yet, I do not know what happened that night.
Question. Did the British police suggest brining the dogs, which ended up turning the investigation around by 180º?
Reply. They proposed it, yes, because they are very rare animals that we do not have and of great reliability. Although they do not give conclusive proof, the dogs enable use to explore another line of investigation.
Question. Do you thin that this strange case will have a simple solution? Or do you believe that that will take new turns?
Reply. I have my ideas about this, but I cannot say anything about this. The only idea that I can transmit is that, whatever the meaning of what happened that night, it was a dramatic situation for those who experienced it.
Question. You have said that this is a difficult case. Have you been critical of the PJ?
Reply. There are many missing children cases in the world and sometimes nothing is known about them for years. But none of these cases has this external component, this social glow that gives it a fantastic almost unreal dimension..Any police force would be uncomfortable in such a scenario, with this excess of public exposure. You have to have very tight nerves in order to be systematic in these conditions. Now we are going to give the investigation a new impulse and also analyse fearlessly what we have done, not to judge or to criticise, but to try to understand indications that we perhaps did not understand correctly at the time.
Question. Did you ever imagine that you would become famous due to a case like this?
Reply. I will not become famous for this case. But I know the drama of the persons who have been close to it (he refers to Gonçalo Amaral). Therefore I know that wherever I go, even to far away places, everyone is talking about the case, it is always on the table.
Question. Is the PJ’s prestige in doubt?
Reply. No, neither that of Portugal or the Policía Judicial is in doubt. People will not stop coming to the Algarve on holiday because of this. Neither will the country’s image change. But all police forces in the world would like to resolve a case like this and resolve it well.
Question. Some people believe that the case will remain unsolved.
Reply. I hope to be able to close the case. We are not yet able to do so, but if we view the case from a distance, little time has passed. Many similar cases have taken longer and been resolved.. I think that this will also be the case here. We have an idea of what happened. I do not guarantee this, but I feel this will be the case.
Question. As regards the sending of a new team of investigators from Lisbon, what meaning does this have?
Reply. In the initial moment we made a large human investment in the case in order to discard all the leads that kept arising. Then a team of a half a dozen investgators was put into place, a normal dimension for similar cases. Now we have added a new structure of reflection in order to analyse the fundamental issues once again. Many investigations change during their course because this tends to help them advance. In the US, the FBI frequently does this. . It helps to rethink, to see what was well evaluated, what was underestimated...
Question: . ¿How many men do you now have working on the ground??
Reply. More than a dozen.
Question. That would seem to be many.
Reply. This is not just any case: It was obvious from the first moment that this would not be an easy case.
Question. Do you say this because of the immediate presence of journalists in P de L? Or because of the involvement of the Foreign Office in the parents’ campaign?
Reply. I have never felt political pressure. And the British police have never been an obstacle. From the beginning they have been magnificent collaborators..
Question. But the spokespersons for the McCanns have strongly criticised the work of the PJ. …
Reply. Yes, but they talked with the family and the press, not with the police. And it must be understood that the British press also works in this way. They made unfair remarks but we cannot react to this on a daily basis and play ping pong, the PJ against the British press. We are not interested in this game: We have a different tradition to theirs, one of less communication and the judicial secrecy that restricts us.
Question. Up until now, leaks have favoured speculations that the McCanns qualify as very suspicious. Do you not feel that the PJ should inform them officially instead of letting this information land in the press?
Reply. According to the new Procedural Code, all proceedings will be public and the secret will be the exception. This is a change of paradigm and we will have to improve our means of communication and mount a better press strategy. But even the best strategy in the world would not have been able to disprove this mixture of leaks and imagination. It is impossible to work with this. Only an American style crisis management cabinet could do this. But this is not created from one day to the next.
Question. Will you take over the communications about the case?
Reply. I want to be close, but I cannot take this on. In cases such as these there is never much to say, so as not to prejudice the investigation. If speaking means to hinder, anything we volunteer could ignite the fire even further..
Question. What will you do when the laboratory results arrive from Birmingham? In spite of the fact that everyone in the UK is already talking about them....
Reply. When they arrive we will ponder what we can and what we cannot say. Much contradictory information has come out, rumours and noise, but it is irrelevant. These are very complex analyses, they are difficult to carry out. I know that when the British police know the results, we will know then as well. And I also know that the Birmingham laboratory is one of the best in the world.
Question. Amaral, the coordinator whom you took off the case for criticising the British police in a newspaper, thinks that the key to the case lies in the DNA analyses. Do you share the same faith?
Reply. They may be of much help, in a definitive sense, in order to clarify what happened. But there are no elements that on their own can resolve an investigation. The analyses are complementary to other elements. They must be viewed with serenity and distance. The police must be encouraged but not be passionate
Question. Last week Amaral updated Paulo Rebelo, the new chief sent from Lisbon about the case. Does this mean that Amaral will continue to help with the case?
Reply. Of course.
Question. The McCanns already have a very sophisticated team of lawyers. Do you think that the PJ can mount a solid accusation
Reply. We have already done a big job of analysing and discarding hundreds of tests and leads, but in all investigations there is a key moment, a click that clarifies everything and helps the end to be reached. We have not yet arrived at this click.
Question. If there were to be trial, would this be in Portugal?
Reply. We would first need to define the facts and then those responsible. Of course, the trial should take place here, even without those accused. But this is a very distant question which we have not yet considered. And it does not mean that we think that those who are to be tried are British citizens.
Question. For weeks it has been said that a commission to interrogate the friends dining at the Tapas bar on 3rd May is being prepared. Is the commission ready yet?
Reply. Yes, it is ready and will travel in a few days with a team of police officers and with the Portimao public prosecutor.

10-23-2007, 09:26 AM
in 24Horas this morning (tabloid alert):


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Analyses on hair and fluids don't conclude whether the child was alive or dead

Maddie's residues in the house of Robert Murat

The Portuguese authorities are convinced that they have collected residues - hair and bodily fluids - which prove the presence of Madeleine McCann in the residence of Robert Murat, the Anglo-Portuguese that was constituted an arguido within the process of the disappearance of the girl, on May 3, from Praia da Luz, in Lagos, Algarve.

"When the suspect's house was searched, several clues were detected that point to Maddie having been in that house. This is based on forensic tests that were performed both at the Scientific Police Lab and at the National Institute for Forensic Medicine", a high-ranking judicial officer told 24Horas. Those diligences, according to the same source, were made after the McCanns had rented the Renault Scenic, where fluids from the child were also detected.

"There was time for concealing and getting rid of the body", the same source said.

The problem is that evidence is not conclusive. "It has not been possible to confirm definitely if the residues belong to a living person or a dead person", the same source confesses.

"She may have been there alive." The relationship of the Anglo-British man with Maddie's parents is also under scrutiny. "Although [Murat] denies knowing the McCanns, we have been able to conclude that this fact does not match the truth. They [Murat and the McCanns] knew each other. But the fact that Maddie may have been in Murat's house is not enough to prove that he hid her body. She may have been there alive", the same source admitted.

A top officer at the National Institute for Forensics Medicine has also confirmed that tests were performed on residues that were collected in the house and from the vehicles of Robert Murat by PJ inspectors and confirmed that there is a possibility that the body was hidden there.

These samples would have been collected during two searches, that were performed on June 10 and August 4. When he was detained and constituted an arguido, on May 14, Murat did not see his house being thoroughly searched. It was not possible to determine during which one of these diligences the residues were found, which may compromise the Anglo-British man in the alleged disappearance of the little girl.

Another source that is connected to the investigations said that "only after all the forensic tests [which were performed by a forensic lab in Birmingham] are back, will it be possible to have more certainties".

Meanwhile, the McCanns' lawyers will deliver to British authorities a list with the names of 25 persons. The purpose is to "help clean the couple's names" and to make the Portuguese authorities to focus the diligences back into the direction of finding little Madeleine.

The McCanns continue to maintain the abduction theory.

10-24-2007, 11:52 PM
in 24Horas this morning (10/23):


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Three Portuguese policemen are going to Leicester

How the PJ is going to squeeze the McCanns

The Policia Judiciaria is going to try to clarify in England all the doubts about what happened on the fateful night of May 3, confronting the McCanns, their relatives and friends, with questions that remained unanswered after the various questionings that followed the disappearance of Madeleine in Praia da Luz. The questions are in a document of several dozens of pages which contains over one hundred questions, which focus mainly on the analysis of the steps that were made by all the people who are related to the couple. The British authorities are going to perform the interrogations.

24Horas has discovered that three members of PJ are going to be sent to England, probably this week, who will personally deliver the mentioned rogatory letter. After fulfilling this formality, the English policemen should start to hear Madeleine's parents and the friends that were in their company on the day the little girl was reported missing. Although the alarm was raised shortly after 10.30 p.m., the Judiciaria believes there are failures in the versions of the people involved and that Maddie may have disappeared earlier (although the investigators are convinced that she died as the result of an accident - on the apartment's stairs).

The Portuguese policemen can only watch the interrogation, but all questions will have to be made by the homicide inspectors in Leicester. Our investigators are not allowed to question any of the people directly. "But it's important that our investigators are present in the interrogation room, because they can again analyse the gestures and facial expressions of the persons that are being heard. That is also part of the criminal investigation. It's the so-called behaviour analysis", a judicial officer who is connected to the investigations has explained to 24Horas.

During the interrogations, our policemen may suggest new questions to their British colleagues, but those will only ask them if they want to.

This means they may just ask the questions that are contained in the rogatory letter and ignore the suggestions from their Portuguese colleagues.

"The same happens in Portugal. Whenever it is necessary to interrogate a national citizen who is suspected of a crime, it's us who ask the questions. Foreign policemen may offer suggestions, but that is all. Those are the rules", a top officer from PJ concluded.

10-26-2007, 11:00 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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Madeleine McCann case
Kate cries like a poker player

The key to the mystery lies "certainly with Kate, a very special and disturbed woman", guarantees to CM Jose Cabrera Fornero, a forensic psychiatrist who has been following the case since the beginning. The Spanish man attentively watched "the staged interview" that the couple gave to Antena 3, and its purpose was "to have the Spanish people on their side". But 70 percent of the viewers who called the channel believes the McCanns are lying, and the psychiatrist sides with them - "by crying without moving a single muscle, Kate looked like a poker player".

A specialist in facial expressions, Cabrera says that "the face of Kate is always the same, except for the tears - the first ones over the last five months and curiously only after having been criticised for not crying". Now she did it but her face "doesn't express any emotion or feeling. When one cries, one's face muscles move, and she didn't move a single muscle, just like poker players. That is highly significant", says the Spanish psychiatrist, and "brings us the certainty that she is hiding something".

Cabrera says the 30 minutes of conversation ended up being "a non-spontaneous interview, perfectly ordered in terms of the questions that were asked by the journalist. And it gives us the impression that the entire stance was staged by the couple".

The Spanish man even remembers Gerry's last sentence and even considers it "genial": "Don't talk until they take the microphone off you". This only proves that all of it was just a big theatre play, the entire interview was staged. That is clear".

José Cabrera noticed that "during half an hour of interview his only concern was to control her. It's extraordinary. Whenever she opened her mouth to speak, he squeezed her hand - and all of this because the key to this mystery certainly lies with her, she is a very special woman..."

Kate McCann "had psychiatric problems for a long time", the specialist guarantees, and "now they have become worse". Cabrera retained an interview that Maddie's grandparents gave to the Spanish television recently: "In their innocence, they said that Kate had told them, some time before the disappearance, that the little girl was looking increasingly like herself, which from a psychiatric point of view means a lot..."

For the Spaniard, the origin of a bad relationship between mother and daughter - that was reflected by the writings about Madeleine in Kate's personal diary - "which is highly significant" for all the specialists that have been following this case since early May".

Gerry's greatest concern has been "to control his wife's impulses in public - and that was once again well demonstrated throughout this interview", says José Cabrera Fornero. "He is the one who dominates the entire situation, he knows everything and he knows he must control her and her problematic personality, so she does not exceed herself in front of the cameras and talks too much..."

All the gestures and facial expressions "become fatal for someone who has something to hide" - this is dictated by the experience that was collected over the years by this specialist in forensic psychiatry. "And there is no way to avoid that."

Nothing moves Jose Cabrera "against this couple", whom he does not know, but he defended the McCanns' guilt in the 'Pros & Contras' show on RTP, when the Policia Judiciaria confirmed their suspicions on the couple - and yesterday he reinforced his theory to CM, one day after Kate and Gerry chose Spain for their first interview after becoming arguidos.

The English press itself confirmed yesterday that "70 percent of viewers that called Antena 3 believe the McCanns are lying", the online edition of the 'Daily Mail' announced.

José Cabrera was not surprised: "Any English person is cold, but there is something more to her - her personality is not normal. And he makes an impression by only worrying about her answers..."


"The interview was a circus act": Moita Flores, criminologist, considers the interview was another act from the McCanns.

Correio da Manha - What is your opinion about the McCanns during the interview they gave to Spanish television?

Moita Flores - The whole thing looked like a circus act to me, duting which the couple repeated the usual commonplaces, once again escaping the essential. And once again they revealed that they have a lot to tell, but they don't want to...

- During this interview to Antena 3, Kate shows herself a lot more emotional that usual.

- But the curious thing was that even before this interview was made, it was known the lady was going to cry, which then happened. And she even managed to play the part well...

- Do you believe there was image staging during this interview?

- One should notice that it was known beforehand that the couple would take the opportunity to compliment the Portuguese police, which then happened...

- Gerry looks confident that the DNA tests cannot incriminate them.

- When he mentioned the tests, it was a silly reply to a docile interviewer. Everybody knows that DNA tests identify people, and they don't lie. But they do not condemn anyone on their own. That was miserable.

- How can the couple's statements be defined?

- It was an act that nobody believes in. After the kidnapping theory, now they insist on their innocence. An innocent person does not need this...


10-26-2007, 11:03 AM
in 24Horas today:


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Company hired by the McCanns placed dozens of men in the terrain

Top detectives are searching for Maddie

Gerry and Kate McCann have hired the Spanish private detective agency Metodo3, which offers the services of dozens of elite private investigators. This company owns the telephone number 0034902300213, which was created to collect information on Madeleine and which will soon be prepared to receive leads in several languages, as Spanish, English, French, Portuguese or Arabic.

The cost of each call will be a little over 0,85 euros, a source at Metodo3 has told 24Horas.

Yesterday, when it was contacted by our newspaper, the network of operators who are supposed to take the calls was not one hundred percent operational yet, given the fact that they had nobody to answer in Portuguese or French, and even less in Arabic. They only spoke Spanish.

Since Wednesday at 9.30 a.m., "many calls" have reached this phone line, especially from abroad.

A source at the company said the investigators' work was to "receive information, investigate the more credible ones and to pass them on to the authorities that are in charge of the investigation".

It is noted that until yesterday, the company confirmed they had not delivered anything relevant to the Portuguese police.

Without revealing the exact number of investigators that are designated for the Madeleine case, this source only stated they are more than 10 and that many of them are already on the terrain, namely in Spain and Morocco.

Metodo3 was created 20 years ago in Barcelona, by Marita Fernandez Lado, and has since then investigated over 16 thousand cases. It presently occupies the first place in the ranking of the best detective agencies in Spain. It has 32 investigators in Barcelona, 15 in Madrid and 3 in Argentina. It even received a honorable mention from the Spanish Interior Ministery for its dedication to issues of security in companies, namely in the computer area. Metodo3 has a hacker department.

But as far as 24Horas was able to discover with a source close to the family, British agency Control Risk is also helping out, covering the area of England.

When contacted by 24Horas, Liz Freeborn, a member of staff, said she could not give away detail for confidentiality reasons, but confirmed the existence of a department that handles abductions, and the company operates at worldwide level.

10-27-2007, 10:08 AM

24Horas, 27 Oct 2007

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PJ awaits registry of McCann phonecalls

The Portuguese authorities still don't have the register of phonecalls made by the McCanns during the last five months and it is, therefore, impossible for them to check the calls.

Or, in other words, they don't know exactly who the couple called, nor when, according to what 24Horas has learned from a top level source within the Judiciary who wishes to remain anonymous. "We are dealing with a problem which is held up by the international cooperation that this case demands. The PJ and the Public Ministry have done everything necessary, but the fact that we are dealing with foreign citizens implies that things are out of our hands," highlights the same source.

When the McCanns became suspects, which happened a few days after little Madeleine's disappearance the 3 of May in Praia da Luz, Lagos, Algarve, the PJ tried to obtain a list of phone calls that the McCann made on the eve, and after, that fateful day. Except the McCanns and all their friends used cellphones on a British network.

As such, it was necessary to ask the English authorities to request this information from the British companies. This request would have been made when the investigation team was under the leadership of Gonçalo Amaral, since removed from the case for having, specifically, accused the English authorities of only performing diligences which protoected the McCann couple, which, as is public knowledge, has strong connections to the English PM, Gordon Brown, to the point that he provided his own spokesperson, Clarence Mitchell, to help the couple in their defense.

Until now, these registers, that would allow the Portuguese authorities to know who the couple called, have not arrived.

But this [type of] situation is not new to the case. The same has happened with the DNA results which were requested from one of the best known laboratories in the world, located in the city of Birmingham. The results have been dribbled in to the investigators, but the final report has still not been sent to the Portimão Public Minister.

"At this moment, we only have various contradictions from the evidence collected and the results are not conclusive," admitted the source connected to the investigation.

10-27-2007, 04:44 PM
Tabloid Alert!

This from 24 Horas:


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Maddie's case could last for 15 years

The case of the disappearance of the small girl Madeleine McCann in Praia da Luz, could drag on for 15 years, according to lawyers. In the worst scenario, the delays for the McCanns to get access to the investigation could be as late as August 2008.

According to several 24 Horas sources, the time delays for the investigation of the case only refer to the possibility that the arguidos could gain access to the process and learn what they are suspected of. However, as there are no preventive measures of coertion nor of freedom deprivation, and given the possibility that neither the McCanns nor Robert Murat will be arrested, the investigation may continue for an undetermined time.

After 15 years a case gets archived. 24Horas discovered that the prosecutor José Magalhães and Meneses, the person responsible for investigations, will request that the criminal instruction judge in Portimão, Pedro Frias, declares the special complexity of the case.

The request is based on the fact that laboratory tests are still being carried out abroad, and not all of the results have been received by the PT authorities, and because of the need to request international cooperation for carrying out certain acts, such as new interviews with the McCanns and their relatives and friends who were at the Tapas Bar on the day the little girl disappeared.

Regarding their arguido status, it will be very difficult for the McCanns and Robert Murat to free themselves of this status.

The McCanns therefore will not be able to leave the UK without informing the Portimao court.

According to the previous Penal Process Code , the arguidos could gain access to the process after 8 months, dating from the start of the investigation because of secrecy laws. Only in January 2008 will the couple’s lawyers be consult the information. Now, with the declaration of the special complexity of the case, this period will be extended for one year, or in other words, until May 2008.

10-28-2007, 10:36 AM
in Correio da Manha today - Opinion article by Moita Flores:


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The McCann Circus

The McCanns have stopped searching for Madeleine. They are forcibly trying to convince us that they had nothing to do with her death

The McCanns have entered a process of self-flagellation. The circus they built around themselves since their daughter's disappearance is starting to turn against its creators. Now they gave an interview to Tele3. Organized, studied questions, a docile interviewer and the same words again and again. Not a single explanation concerning their daughter's whereabouts. A round conversation, lacking nexus, filled with commonplaces, of ready-made sentences, but not a single word about the reason that led them to abandon three children in a foreign apartment, without a person watching over them.

For two months, the favourite circus act was the abduction theory. Sky News was called before the authorities, the world's press, the political authorities in both countries, even the polices, cried in one voice: abduction! Find our daughter. Never before had so many people been searching for one child, throughout the entire world. But the story that had been proclaimed as true, unique and inequivocal, had been poorly told. A sketch that was drawn under the directions of one of the main witnesses was the motto and the motive. Now we find out, through the McCanns' publicity machine, that it is nothing more than the sketch of a cartoon character. It could be the character of captain Haddock or Tintin or the kidnapper in any of their cartoon stories. And the huge team of private detectives, aides, advisors, consultants, insist he is somewhere in Spain, Portugal or Morocco. Why? What is the basis for this? What objective, or subjective, reasons lead to this belief?

I cannot understand how experienced lawyers allow this frightened couple, who watch their credibility fading away on a daily basis, to continue to produce this ritual of sorrow that hurts those who watch them, and listen to them, as they do not answer. They mock us.

They don't answer the police because they are arguidos and have the right to remain silent. To the newspapers, they condirion the questions that they want to answer, and they use pink journalists for the acts that they stage. And when they shut up, they mobilize their allies in order to elongate the act. But concerning the facts, not a single word.

Nobody doubts that they are suffering. Few have doubts about the truth that they refuse to answer to.

It will take some time for this case to leave the newspapers' front pages, and exceptionally neither the Portuguese nor the British police are the vehicles of the news. The McCanns have stopped looking for Madeleine. They are forcibly trying to convince us that they had nothing to do with her death. Because they are innocent? Maybe. But this is not the way - evading the essential questions, staging tears and cries, refusing to answer the more agressive questions - that they manage to convince anyone of their innocence. Quite to the contrary. And do not say that it is the judicial secret that prevents them from telling the truth. When we are innocent, we scream our sorrow into the depths of hell. We do not built propaganda circuses of poor taste.

10-28-2007, 12:13 PM
in Diario de Noticias this morning:


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Results are not useful to accuse the McCanns

The results of the forensic analyses that were performed at the Birmingham lab, and which have been anxiously awaited by the Policia Judiciaria for over a month in order to clarify the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, are not conclusive to determine the child’s death and to accuse her parents of homicide, sources connected to those services have revealed to the British press. A situation that the PJ’s national director, Alipio Ribeiro, had admitted himself when he went to Faro, on the 10th, to present the new coordinator of the process, Paulo Rebelo. At that time, the senior officer said that “there is nothing conclusive at this moment”.

On that occasion, Alipio Ribeiro also said he expected the final report on the analyses that were performed on blood residues, hair and bodily fluids that were collected at the apartment where Maddie disappeared from, on May 3, in Praia da Luz, and in the car that was hired by her parents three weeks later, would arrive “soon”.

But 17 days later, the PJ still does not possess all the results, which is leading the investigators near a nervous breakdown. To make the situation worse, there are the formalities that are related to the trip of a PJ team to England, to again interrogate the McCanns, who, according to the investigators, have not been helping in the process. Last Friday, speaking to DN, the president of ASFIC, Carlos Anjos, said that “if the McCanns wanted to help, they should come to Portugal and answer the questions that my colleagues in Portimao have to ask them”.

The Portuguese police, who have been targeted by the attacks of the British press since the beginning of the process, was again an issue in an article published by daily newspaper ‘News of the World’, authored by Lord Stevens, one of the most prestigious policemen of the United Kingdom, who was a top detective for over 30 years.

After analyzing the known evidence of the Maddie case, Lord Stevens was peremptory in saying the child’s parents “are innocent”, basing his theory on the fact that “there is no strong evidence in the process”.

10-30-2007, 08:28 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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Madeleine McCann case
Rebelo tests scenarios in Luz

Paulo Rebelo was yesterday for the first time at the apartment where Madeleine disappeared from, in Praia da Luz. The new coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Portimao led a team of six investigators who, throughout the afternoon, tested several scenarios and even made a possible reconstitution of what happened on the evening of May 3, in the apartment nr. 5A of the Ocean Club.

In the company of the team members that he brought in from Lisbon - composed of two homicide inspectors, one from sexual abuse, another that is experienced in robberies and two specialists in technical analysis - Paulo Rebelo tried to find details and loose ends that may open new leads or confirm the existing ones.

The investigators entered the apartment around 3 p.m. and soon after opened the shutters of the window to the room where Madeleine was sleeping with her siblings on the night she disappeared. Next, they passed a blue blanket through the window, folded like it was covering a child's body.

Paulo Rebelo was even one of the elements of the team who payed most attention to the window, having risen and lowered the shutters several times, apparently evaluating its operation. Moments later, the team turned their attention on the rest of the house, and on the veranda and the garden that is located on the back side of the apartment. Here, the inspectors analysed the height of the bushes and the firmness of the balcony, as the leader of the investigation entered and left the apartment several times. One of the inspectors brought a drum into the house, containing a liquid that was not possible to identify.

Halfway through the afternoon, Paulo Rebelo crossed the street into the direction of the area that gives access to Robert Murat's house, as if he were evaluating the distance between the villa and the apartment. When CM asked him what the purpose of that diligence was, he just replied he "was working".

It was 5.45 p.m. when the team left the Ocean Club: Rebelo and one inspector then walked into the direction of the Praia da Luz belvedere - walking past the church - where they stood in observation for approximately five minutes. But they did not walk the fastest path, choosing instead to walk down several pedestrian streets of the village.

(then the article reports on the news from UK media of yesterday)

"She is dead and buried close to here", Martin Van Wyk, a private detective from South Africa, investigates in Luz

Correio da Manha - Were you hired by the McCanns to find Maddie?

Martin Van Wyk - No. I contacted the girl's aunt, Philomena McCann, per email, and offered my help. The McCann couple knows I'm here, but privately. I have not even contacted the Portuguese police, in order to avoid misunderstandings.

CM - You have been in Praia da Luz for a week. What conclusions did you reach?

MVW - Unfortunately, I think the child is dead and the body is hidden close by, within the village. I think she left the apartment in the evening, walking towards the beach. She was looking for her parents and somebody catched her. The next day, that person was confronted with the news that she had been kidnapped and was scared. Not knowing what to do, the person ended up killing her, maybe accidentally.

CM - What is your experience in cases like this one?

MVW - I was with the Military Police in South Africa for six years, and I've been a private detective - a 'bounty hunter' - for 15 years now. In 1997, I investigated the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl, who was found dead. At that time, I contacted a medium whose vision ended up revealing the truth. I talked to her about this case. She has the same opinion I have.

CM - What do you think of the fact that the parents and Robert Murat were made arguidos?

MVW - The parents should have been treated as suspects right from the start, but I don't think they are guilty. Maybe one of their friends is hiding something. As far as Robert Murat is concerned, the police should dig up his backyard. I return to Cape Town tomorrow [today], frustrated because I could not go further.


10-31-2007, 11:46 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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McCanns' dinner questioned
Rebelo went to hear people at Tapas

The investigations's leading officer left the apartment and decided himself, on Monday afternoon, to go question the Tapas restaurant's employees about the evening of the crime.

The spontaneous attitude was a surprise for everyone - PJ hadn't heard them since May - and, as far as CM was able to find out, Paulo Rebelo asked for a description of every step the McCanns and their friends did during the dinner of May 3.

The new coordinator of the Judiciaria in Portimao was always accompanied by his team. First, during the three hours he spent inside the apartment where Maddie disappeared from, as CM reported yesterday - and afterwards, apart from the walks to the house of Robert Murat, the church and the village's beach, Paulo Rebelo was at the Tapas and near the pool, which is located right in front of the restaurant's terrace.

The PJ's members analysed distances and the visibility from the terrace to the entrance of the apartment, which is practically null due to the shrubbery - and at that time, by the end of the afternoon, Rebelo decided to directly question the same employees of the restaurant whihc had been on duty on the evening of the crime.

They had all given their statements on the days that followed the child's disappearance - but six months later, the PJ wanted to hear them again in an informal way: the times at which Kate, Gerry and their friends arrived for dinner, who arrived later and how much time later, who got up during the meal and when they returned, until the final alarm, given by Kate, of the little girl's disappearance.

This happened on the same day that a nanny who worked at the Ocean Club told the private investigators of Metodo 3, according to the British press, that she caught "a stranger hiding close to the apartment shortly before Madeleine disappeared".

The attempt of Paulo Rebelo's team to reconstruct the crime is seen by Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, as an assumption of the couple's innocence: "We welcome the indications that the Portuguese police is seriously considering the abduction theory - because that is what really happened".


10-31-2007, 02:06 PM

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(Thank you to MariaJose in Lisbon (from Proboards 79) for the translation!!)

According to "News of the World," the new agency detective, Metodo 3, hired by the parents McCann said that Madeleine had been "targeted" by pedophiles in Praia de Luza in the tourist complex. A source, according to "News of the World," reportedly declared: "It's terrible to hear, but it gives us all the hope that Maddie is still alive." Kate and Gerry McCann face the idea that madeleine is in the hands of a pedophile network in Morocco. After considering all aspects, says the same media, the agency is convinced that Maddie was removed to his family in the vacation apartment in the Algarve then swept North Africa to be delivered to the sex industry. The newspaper added that the detective agency Metodo 3, based in Barcelona, would NEVER missed an investigation to locate a missing person, including a teenager they had rescued after the latter was abducted by a pervert .

Network organized?

The private detectives, reportedly started working for the parents of Maddie, two months ago, now have a list of countries which would be of known pedophiles to find girls of the age of Maddie. Then they will send their "international network of agents" to follow the movements of their suspects before and after the 03 May. Metodo 3 think that the kidnappers ferraient part of a highly organized network. They have watched for days the couple Kate and Gerry McCann, and their children, in their hotel Portuguese, before proceeding to the action and remove Madeleine. They allegedly used the opportunity to 8 minutes in the absence of parents in a restaurant. The small reportedly been taken in North Africa, probably in Morocco. "Once in Morocco, Madeleine would be considered a good" product "in terms of money and prestige among some patients. It could easily be sold a number of times, "added the director of Metodo 3.


A source close to the investigation reportedly declared: "Obviously mention Madeleine as a commodity that these people (note: Pedophiles) barter between them is extremely difficult for parents. But for the first time, a credible theory of what happened is being developed by a European leader in the field of research. It gives hope to parents and Madeleine is still alive! This is a significant development on the basis of information from an expert who had access to a huge amount of data. For six months Kate and Gerry had to go through innumerable torments and theories often inaccurate and without any foundation. It is illegal for Metodo 3 to work in Portugal and the investigation is separate from that of PJ but has been endorsed by the local investigators and all their information will be transmitted. "

The shortcomings of this theory.

It wants to "be believed. To believe with all our strength that Maddie is alive! Believing that parents are not guilty. The runway pedophile network has often been put forward in this matter by all defenders of the parents. Only many loopholes exist in this theory. So we ask our readers not to get out too fast. Do not start the quarter turn in a mad hope. It is not a question here of whether parents are guilty or not, or even whether such networks exist, or if they have the resources they want to lend them, but simply to put the items in their contexts in order to preserve the truth.

We already know that the trail network has been studied in ways very serious and very pushed by the Portuguese secret service. These services are quite competent in the matter. The Portuguese are no less intelligent than you and me, and their secret services are as effective as the majority of those in other countries of the EEC. There are, in fact, two "large" pedophile networks in Portugal. Both networks are under very strict surveillance. What critics do not see is an argument that could be used against Portugal because the two networks in question are very small in relation to those existing in the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands .. . The assumption of the network has been eliminated because its probability is so low that it is almost non-existent.

Another "loophole" in the theory: Metodo 3 states, "according to News of the World," that their investigation had nothing to do with the ongoing investigation of Madeleine McCann. We should explain how can investigate Madeleine McCann without that have nothing to do with the investigation Madeleine McCann? ? ? ? On the other hand, any investigation on private crimes and / or crimes subject to a formal investigation by the police is strictly prohibited! How then, detectives Portuguese could give the green light to this project going as well as against their own law? In addition, we know for sure that some private detectives were arrested in this case. A Morocco and another in Spain. On the other hand, "News of the World" presents in his article society Metodo 3 as "lead agency in searches for missing persons." But on the company's site Metodo3, the latter as it specializes in insurance, financial matters, fraud, mutual societies, falsifications and protections information. We are far from the search for missing persons. We do not doubt the professionalism of the company Metodo 3 or made them, like anyone, can make or devise theories, but we remain more cautious than their véracités and how some would like to press do THE truth!

"Arguidos" until May, and perhaps beyond!

Kate and Gerry may have to wait nearly a year before having access to details of the case. It was initially planned that they have access to the file has them on November 14, so they can begin to prepare their defense. But police reportedly asked the judge to extend the deadline because the police would not have any results. They were still waiting in other, the listing of calls given and received by the couple and their friends. Listing asked their British counterparts for some time but to no avail. On the other hand, the police has yet to ask some friends who were at Tapas Bar in the evening when Madeleine has disappeared. If the judge, Pedro Frias, allow the request of the police file and gives the status of "complex" (Editor's note: This will probably be the case) it will mean that parents will not have access to the file before, least me in May 2008! This represents a serious blow for McCann who had hoped that their status "arguidos" be lifted so that they can focus on the search for Madeleine.

10-31-2007, 05:30 PM
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Madeleine: British organism analyses complaints against tabloid attack on the Portuguese ambassador

London, Oct 31st (Lusa) - The comittee for complaints about the British press has received approximately fifty complaints against a chronicle that was published in a tabloid where the Portuguese ambassador in the country is attacked over statements about the "Madeleine case".

"We received approximately 50 complaints from all over the world, mostly from Portuguese [citizens], but also from other nationalities", a spokesperson from the state comission [Press Complaints Comission, PCC] stated to Lusa agency.

The comission will now analyse the contents of the complaints, as well as the legislation that is invoked by the complaints, in order "to decide whether a deeper investigation is justified", the same source said.


The chronicle's content, as well as its provocative title "Oh, up yours, senor", was considered by several Portuguese to be a "scandalous offence", prompting a current of electronic mail that incited to filing a complaint with the PCC.

The authors of this appeal invoke an infraction of 1986's public law - which prohibits racial insults, or the use of terms that instigate racial hatred - and which would have hit the Portuguese through the mentioned article.

The issue has also originated dozens of comments on the tabloid's webpage, where persons from different nationalities, including several who identify themselves as British, condemn Parsons, while others agree.

The PCC intends to reach a preliminary decision concerning the procedures that are to be adopted in this case "within two or three weeks", and could then, if it decides to proceed, ask the newspaper for a clarification, the spokesperson told the Lusa agency.

If the publication is considered guilty, it may be forced to publish a retraction in its pages.

Lusa agency has tried to obtain a comment from the 'Daily Mirror' concerning the filed complaints, but there has not been an answer until now.

Ambassador Antonio Santana Carlos also declined to react to the controversy, and is considering a more formal statement, a source with the Portuguese diplomatic representation has said, while pointing to the interview with the 'Times' for further clarification about the meaning of his words.

11-02-2007, 11:04 AM
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Six months without a trace reinforce death theory
Most of missing persons cases are clarified within 15 days

Six months of waiting increase the hypothesis that Madeleine is dead, and this is the investigation line that continues to be followed by the PJ. Abductions don't happen the way the disappearance of the English girl is reported and, in most cases, are solved within the first days. At least, this is the police's experience, such as it was transmitted to DN.

There are no studies available in Portugal about the probabilities of finding a child as time moves on. What does exist is the police's experience, and it indicates that most cases of underage missing persons is solved within the first few days (the most complicated cases involve mentally handicapped children). And this is why, after 15 days without clues, the PJ places the missing person's photo on the internet.

15 days are the norm, but there are exceptions, like the case of the baby from Penafiel that was abducted from hospital on February 17, 2006. She was found one year later. But as Carlos Anjos, the president of the PJ workers' Union, stresses, time is not the main factor that pushes the possibility of Maddie's kidnapping away, but rather confirms the main investigation line.

"The main line that we are investigating is the child's death, and from here onwards, the question is not whether we find her. If she is found, it will be a cadaver, because everything that has been concluded, points to that hypothesis. The issue is to find out what happened and how it happened. But until the clues become evidence, all possibilities are open", Carlos Anjos says.

The Portuguese police is proud of the fact that, in 14 years of investigations, only eight cases apart from that of Maddie remain unsolved, and their names have been publicised. And unsolved means to find the child, or to find out what happened to her. For example, Sofia Valente (Madeira) was abducted by her father, who confessed to the action and is currently serving a prison sentence, but refuses to say what happened to his daughter. Her picture remains on the PJ's list.

But in Madeleine's case, the abduction possibilities are practically null, and if PJ doesn't say so openly, Moita Flores, a Judiciaria ex-inspector, dismisses that hypothesis completely. "If that were the case, there would be obvious signs of an abduction. Evidence which would have been seized by the police. Because abduction is always done in an inconsequent and precipitated manner, which always leaves a loose end topick up from. If, after six months, that abduction theory - even without the child having been found - has not been assumed yet, then we are talking about homicide", he justifies. The mayor of Santarem knows very few cases, even in England, where one has not realised, after six months, that it is a case of abduction. "After such a long time, if there is no evidence of an abduction, then we are walking towards a homicide crime. This is one of the pieces of evidence of a crime, which I believe was accidental, but still a homicide."

Six months is not a motive of pressure for the PJ, says Carlos Anjos. Not when they have been waiting for three and a half months for the results of the analyses that are being performed in Birmingham, on the residues that were found in the McCanns' car. Which proves that reality is quite different from the speed of the solutions that are shown on series like CSI. Tests take time.

What happens if the tests are inconclusive? If the clues fail do become evidence? If a cadaver is not found? "The investigation does noy stop and whenever there is a sign that the child may be alive it is investigated, like in the case of Rui Pedro. Every day we check images via Interpol or Europol", Carlos Anjos replies.

11-05-2007, 01:55 PM
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Maddie: Friends of the McCann couple have already contacted lawyers
Friends may become arguidos

The hours before the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from the Ocean Club, on May 3, show, according to the PJ, that some of the friends who had dinner with Kate and Gerry on that evening exhibit contradictions in their statements. And that is precisely why doctor David O'Brien, his wife Jane Tunner [sic], Matthew Oldfield and doctor David Payne may soon be constituted arguidos.

According to the online editions of some British newspapers, the PJ already posesses a formal authorization from an English judge, to make a new interrogation about the mysterious day. But this time, it will be done on Her Majesty's soil.

The PJ's national director, Alipio Ribeiro, said he had a team of policemen available to travel to England in the company of the prosecutor from the Public Ministery in Portimao. But he refused to mention a date for this diligence.

The truth is that four of the seven friends who were on holidays with the McCann couple, and had dinner with them at the Tapas restaurant before Madeleine disappearaed, may move from simple witnesses to suspects.

According to a source close to Kate and Gerry, cited by the 'Sunday Express', these four elements of the group have nothing to fear. "They don't have to worry because they are innocent and the details and possible contradictions in the statements, if they exist, can be explained."

Yet, it is known they have been advised to look for juridical support before they are made arguidos, a diligence that may happen in the coming days. O'Brien, Jane, David and Matthew have already hired lawyers, and they have been told there are no precise clues that could imply them in the disappearance of the British child - which is strange, as the process has not been made public and information is reserved.


DNA in travel suitcase

According to British newspaper 'News of the World', a suitcase was sent to the forensic lab in Birmingham, two weeks ago, for DNA testing. The newspaper writes that a man found the suspicious white suitcase close to Faro airport, and delivered it to the PJ. The results of the tests confirm the presence of bodily fluids and hair that "could belong to Maddie". Inside the suitcase, according to the newspaper, were a pair of jeans that were covered in residues (skin and hair that have been "certainly frozen", a shower curtain, a child's t-shirt, a case for pens, and a flannel bedsheet.

The McCann couple was informed that the suitcase was found, and now says this new piece of evidence reinforces the abduction theory they always defended. A firned of the couple stated that probably the abductor changed the child's clothes before he took her out of the country using the airport. The McCanns have been appearing with new data, which is almost always confirmed to be negative.


11-05-2007, 01:56 PM
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Minister denies searches
Maddie is not in Morocco

The Moroccan Interior Minister, Chakib Benmoussa, guaranteed on Sunday that there is no indication that Madeleine McCann is in Morocco, thus contradicting the news that were advanced by British newspapers.

"We have no new elements about such a presence in Morocco", Benmoussa said while attending Interpol's general Assembly, which starts in Marrakesh today.

The British press reported on Saturday that Madeleine could be in the Rif mountains and that the Moroccan police were following that lead.

"We have developed many cooperation actions with the Portuguese and British police forces, through Interpol, and until this moment we have nor received any new elements concerning that subject", the Moroccan senior officer said.

Madeleine disappeared on May 3 in Praia da Luz, near Lagos, Algarve, while she was asleep in her room and her parents were dining. For several times, the police received information that the English child could be in Morocco, but all leads turned out to be false.

11-08-2007, 10:12 AM
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Maddie: Two of the McCanns' friends want to change their statements
Contradicted version

Russell O'Brien, the English friend of the McCann couple, never asked for the cleaning services of the Ocean Club in order to change the bedsheets which, according to him, his daughter would have vomited upon because she was sick, half an hour before the alert was given about Madeleine's disappearance.

Russell told the Policia Judiciaria, during his first interrogation, in May, that he left the Tapas restaurant and checked the child at 9.30. He stayed in the room for approximately half an hour because the child was sick, and asked for the bedsheets to be changed.

But a source at the Ocean Club guaranteed to CM that "no person in that group requested any cleaning service, neither during that evening nor on the following days".

Still according to the same source, "the cleaning staff never saw beds that had been vomited upon, and none of the English guests spoke to them about it".

This is one of the main contradictions that are intriguing the PJ and which the team lead by Paulo Rebelo wants to see clarified, at a time when two friends of the McCann couple showed their availability to give new statements in order to "correct" some declarations, as reported by Spanish newspaper 'El Mundo'. The two English citizens asked for their identity to remain undisclosed, "in order to avoid possible pressure from the McCann family".

This change in attitude appears after the revelation of the possibility that some people of the group that spent their holidays in the Algarve might become arguidos, precisely over the fact that they gave false statements. The McCanns spent their holidays at the Ocean Club with 12 other persons (three families), among which they say exists a strong friendship. The police crossed their statements and found several contradictions.

Russell is married to Jane Tanner, with whom he has two children, and she is a key witness in the case, as she says she saw a suspicious man carrying a child at 9.10 p.m. of May 3.

At that time, Gerry, Maddie's father, was standing on the same street, talking to an acquaintance, Jeremy. Both deny having seen Jane or the suspect. In the group were also the couples Fiona and David Payne, with two children, and Rachel and Matthew Oldfield, with one daughter. The oldest element of the group was Dianne Webster, aged 63, the only person who said that each couple was responsible for checking on their own children, and did not enter their friends' apartments.

11-13-2007, 04:09 PM
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Maddie: Missing for 194 days
Twins in the middle of the crime

Gerry says he saw his daughter asleep through the corner of the door, at 9.10 p.m., and while returning to the dinner table, he stopped to chat with a friend, thus obstructing the exit from the apartment.

He also says he suspects that someone was already hiding inside, but while leaving through the window, carrying the child, an abductor would find two obstacles: the twins in their two cots standing in the way, and an empty bed underneath the window where he would have to jump through. None of the children cried.

The image of the bedroom - made available by an international agency, and the first to emerge after May 3 - shows the unmade bed where Maddie slept, at the far end, and an area of the apartment that may be far from the crime scene: it was in the living room that experts recovered, in July, blood residues on the walls, on the floor and behind a sofa.

The PJ had placed their bets on the abduction theory, and the main forensics were focused on the bedroom. During a second phase, the British dogs detected blood residues and cadaver odour in the living room - the experts had to remove a floor tile, as CM was able to discover.

The core of the investigation was focused on the apartment, but the key to the crime may lie with the parents - Kate was alone with her children between 6.30 p.m. and after 7 p.m. She was only interrupted at 6.40 p.m., when David Payne, a friend of the couple, says he saw her merrily playing with her children. Then Gerry arrived. Both say they bathed the children and put them to bed at 7.30, but only joined their friends at 8.30 p.m. All in all, two hours passed without anyone seeing Maddie.

Gerry gets up from the Tapas table at 9.05 p.m. to check on his children. Five minutes later he returns and meets Jeremy Wilkins, a tv producer. At that moment, Jane Tanner, a friend of the McCanns, crosses with both of them and says she saw a man carrying a little girl - but Wilkins states he saw nothing.

The theory of an accidental death becomes more consistent with the residues that were collected inside the car that was rented by the McCanns, and the final results from the Birmingham lab are awaited. Six months on, there are friends who may be willing to change their testimonies.

Friends may tell the PJ the whole truth

The lawyers of two of the McCanns' friends that were present in the evening of the crime, told 'El Mundo' that their clients want to "reveal the whole truth to the police about what happened before, during and after dinner", but feel intimidated by "the political and economical lobby that surrounds Kate and Gerry".The McCanns apparently called police only "after analysing, as a group, the consequences of leaving their three children sleeping alone".

PJ maintained good relationship in spite of suspicions

Even when there were already suspicions about a possible involvement of Kate and Gerry in the disappearance of their daughter, the PJ wanted to keep a good relationship with the couple. A source that is connected to the investigation told CM that "it was feared that the two of them would stop cooperating, as it actually happened after they were made arguidos". The same source reveals that suspicions that something had happened inside the apartment appeared "shortly before the English dogs started helping the investigation", at the end of July. After that, and during almost the whole of the month of August, the meetings between the PJ and Madeleine's parents took place at an almost weekly rhythm. Kate and Gerry were made arguidos only on the 7th of September.


The shutters of the window to Maddie's room were forced open in order to take the picture that was made available through an international agency. The effect was visible yesterday: They were broken.


11-13-2007, 04:11 PM
in Sol online today:


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Madeleine case
English politician says that the Portuguese police is corrupted

By Margarida Davim

Piers Merchant, who is an aide to the Member of European Parlament Roger Knapman, accuses the Portuguese judicial system of being "corrupted" and explains that the English government has been involved in supporting the McCanns because "Portugal has no real history of citizen's rights and liberties or democracy".

Piers Merchant, an aide to the Member of European Parliament Roger Knapman, accuses the Portuguese judicial system of being "corrupted" and explains that the English government has been involved in supporting the McCanns because "Portugal has no real history of citizen's rights and liberties or democracy".

To the conservative English politician, all the support that has been given to the McCann couple by the English government is justified by the need to protect their citizens from the Portuguese judicial system "which is known for being suspect".

The statements from Piers Merchant - from the UK Independence Party - were made as a reply to a letter that had been sent by Brigette Barnes, an English citizen, to the Member of European Parliament, Roger Knapman.

In that document, which Sol was able to access, the English woman expressed her concern over the involvement of Gordon Brown in the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and questioned the statements that were made by several British ex-policemen to UK media about the alleged incompetence of the Policia Judiciaria.

In the e-mail that she received from the MEP's cabinet, Barnes was confronted with a series of accusations to the Portuguese police and the Portuguese state. "Elements of the police are corrupt and indeed in this case the senior detective involved has been charged with corruption", can be read in the reply.

Confronted by Sol, the English politician reaffirmed the statements he had made in the e-mail that he sent to Brigette Barnes, according to which "many of the [Portuguese] police were trained under fascism and the institutions still bear the impact of this long period of dictatorship [of Salazar]".

In a text that contains references to Salazar and Marcelo Caetano, Merchant explains to the English citizen that "Portugal has no real history of citizen's rights and liberties or democracy".

Therefore, this Conservative politician believes that the involvement of Downing Street in the case of Madeleine McCann is justified: "British citizens should be protected against an unreliable foreign system".

Piers Merchant devalues the worries of the English voter, concerning the loss of credibility of the Portuguese authorities in the English media, classifying the initial investigation of the disappearance as "amateurish".

To Sol, the aide assured that whenever he replies to the letters that are sent to the MEP he guarantees that the answers are of his responsibility: "The opinions are more mine than Knapman's, even because I am a politician myself and stand by my ideas, but generally speaking, my ideas are very similar to his".

Merchant - who replied in Knapman's name - also took the opportunity to warn the author of the letter that concerning everything she writes, "the law of defamation applies to email and the internet", and advises her "for her own good, to be very cautious about circulating potentially high libellous statements about Kate and Gerry McCann".

11-13-2007, 06:47 PM
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Madeleine: Minister of Justice and PJ director repudiate the statements made by an aide to a British MEP

The [Portuguese] Minister of Justice and the national director of Policia Judiciaria have today considered "unqualifiable" and "irresponsible" the statements that were made by an aide to a British MEP who accuses the Portuguese judicial and police system to be "corrupted".

Piers Merchant, an aide to MEP Roger Knapman, cited by weekly 'Sol' on-line, accuses the Portuguese judicial system of being "corrupted" and refers that the English government has been involved in supporting the McCann couple because "Portugal has no real history of citizen's rights and liberties or democracy".

According to 'Sol', the statements made by Piers Merchant, from the UK Independence Party, appeared as an answer to a letter that was sent by an English citizen to MEP Roger Knapman, concerning the disappearance of English girl Madeleine McCann on May 3, in the Algarve.

In the same response, it is said that "elements of the [Portuguese] police are corrupt and indeed in this case the senior detective involved has been charged with corruption".

In a statement to Lusa Agency, the Minister of Justice, Alberto Costa, considered that those are "unqualifiable statements from the UK Independence" which "do not express, at all, the position of the British authorities".

The national director of Policia Judiciaria, Alipio Ribeiro, classified the statements from the aide to the British MEP as "primitive" and "irresponsible".

"I am certain that the United Kingdom's authorities and its citizens, in general, do not subscribe to them. Nothing willmove us from continuing our police activity within the principles of strict democratic legality", Alipio Ribeiro stated to Lusa Agency.

Little girl Madeleine McCann disappeared on May 3 from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, where she was in the company of her twin siblings, while their parents were dining in a restaurant nearby.

11-14-2007, 11:27 PM
in Correio da Manha today:


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Madeleine McCann case
Tests leave doubts

The arrival of DNA test results in Portugal didn't allow the investigators to reach any definitive conclusions. More and more, the process into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the British child that was last seen in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, seems to be entangled in an endless net. The archiving of the process, until better evidence is produced, is starting to seem inevitable.

CM knows that the elements that have already been collected by the investigators are numerous, but inconclusive. Dozens of residues were found inside the apartment and in the car that was used by the McCanns, and sent to the Lab in Birmingham, one of the most reputable in the world.

Because there are diverse genetic profiles, most of them from elements of the same family, the suspicion of contamination is inevitable. Which increases the possibility that other explanations exist for the collecting of samples, which do not necessarily pass through the accusation against the parents.

In parallel, the PJ continues its methodical work of re-analysing the entire process. Paulo Rebelo, the new coordinator of the PJ in Portimao, asked some elements that he trusts to perform an "audit" to over one hundred volumes, trying to find a loose end, some angle that may not have been properly explored.

A common technique that is used to evaluate the process and to search for the 'click' that often changes the outlines of an investigation.

In this case, the investigators belong to the homicide brigade and to the technical analysis team of the PJ, and are in charge of copies of the digitized process. That work is being done by the investigators, in Lisbon, in order to avoid the "contamination" of the information that was collected locally.

As CM was able to discover further, the expectation about these results was great. But the truth is that, although several genetic profiles that are identical do Madeleine's were found inside the car that was used by the McCanns during their stay in Portugal, the conclusions are not definitive or are, at least, not sufficient in terms of a probability of penal condemnation.

Still, the rogatory letters to obtain more clarifications from the English citizens that were present at the Ocean Club in the night of the disappearance, should be sent at any moment. They have been finished for several weeks, but the PJ was awaiting the arrival of the total batch of analyses results in order to send them to England.

It is also not clear whether the Portuguese investigators will accompany the questioning of the witnesses. The Policia Judiciaria has reportedly expressed that wish, but that possibility will depend on the English authorities.

Anyway, and given the fact that the Judiciaria has no jurisdiction in that country, it can never preside over any diligences, and has to stay silent.


11-16-2007, 11:47 AM
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Witnesses who asked to change their statements have identified the arguido
McCanns' friends pointed at Murat

The PJ joined, in the same room, Maddie's parents, their friends and the Anglo-Portuguese man, 24Horas was able to discover yesterday

There was a confrontation. The Policia Judiciaria placed Robert Murat in front of all the people that attended dinner with the McCann couple on the evening that their daughter Madeleine disappeared from an apartment at Praia da Luz, in Lagos, Algarve, on May 3. From that diligence resulted, a few days later, the constitution of Murat as an arguido, because two of the McCanns' friends said during that confrontation that they saw the Anglo-Portuguese man close to the apartment where the girl and her twin siblings were sleeping.

"They were placed all together in the same room and two people who left the restaurant pointed at Robert Murat. They said he was the person that they saw close to the apartment where the girl was sleeping, around the time when the alarm of her disappearance was given", a judicial source that is connected to the process told 24Horas.

The friends who accused Murat were, as 24Horas was able to discover, Jane Tanner and Russell O'Brien. They clearly stated, during the confrontation, that it was him who was carrying a child.

This is the same couple who manifested their intention, with the Public Ministery, to change the depositions they made at that time, after it was made public that they might be constituted arguidos in the process.

"We know Robert Murat was near the apartment, he was pointed out by two witnesses and he is a friend of the McCann couple", another source that is connected to the investigations has guaranteed.

But Francisco Pagarete, the lawyer of the arguido, is clear: "Those are lies. My client did not know the McCanns and the day the girl disappeared, he was at home with his mother. We are going to prove that fact. It's a pity that we can only access the process in May, so we can defend ourselves".

11-16-2007, 11:48 AM
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Deadlines: Little more than one and a half months left
PJ is running against time

The Policia Judiciaria in Portimao wants to speed up the Maddie case investigation. The investigators consider that the deadline to close the inquiry ends on January the 3rd, the date when eight months have passed since the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The Judiciaria's goal is to finish the investigations until that date, then to make the final report and to close all possible diligences that might uncover evidence. That understanding is also shared by the PJ's hierarchy, which is increasingly concerned about the lack of irrefutable evidence that allow to sustain an accusation against the parents.

New law creates doubts

The obligation to comply with the inquiry's deadlines is defined in the Penal Process Code, which was introduced on September 15 and which forsees the sanction of allowing the arguidos to consult the process, if the deadlines are not respected. But interpretations have been varied, and the law's novelty has caused confusion concerning the termination of inquiries and the possibility of those being consulted.

Concerning the Maddie case, CM knows the understanding is that the process should be concluded until January 3, as there are no clues to crimes that foresee the extension of judicial secret. The existing clues only configure an eventual homicide by negligence or concealment of cadaver.

It is also referred that in case the process is not concluded until that date, then it will be open to consultation from the parties involved, as the judicial secret will have to be lifted. "Although the investigation may be extended, the opening of the process renders the investigation undoable. The arguidos will have full knowledge of the evidence and may require endless diligences", a judicial source told CM yesterday.


11-21-2007, 10:25 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning (11/18):


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Interview: Alipio Ribeiro says he doesn't know whether there will be arrests
English search for evidence

The PJ still believes that it is possible to accuse Madeleine's parents about her disappearance. At a moment when the investigators are in a race against time - the process may become accessible to the arguidos from the 3rd or the 14th of January onwards, depending on the interpretation of the Public Ministery of Portimao - the PJ is waiting for the results of the diligences that were requested from England. It is only after those that the rogatory letters will be sent, but judicial sources that were contacted by CM believe it will be possible to elaborate a public accusation with the elements that have been already collected.

To advance with a request to change the coercion measures - Kate and Gerry are only subject to informing their identity and residence - is something that seems to be increasingly difficult. This was stated yesterday by Alipio Ribeiro, who said in an interview to Expresso that he didn't know if someday "there will be arrests in the Maddie case".

But several sources that were contacted by CM believe it will be possible to avoid the process to be archived, waiting for better evidence. At least, this is what is expected by the investigators, who possess already almost all the tests that were performed on the biological residues that were collected from the McCanns' car and apartment, and are trying to distinguish the genetic profiles and to reconstruct, as faithfully as possible, the 'movie' of the night that the child disappeared, and the steps that her family made afterwards.

The final result of eight months of investigations - Maddie disappeared on May 3rd and the first arguido to be interrogated was Robert Murat, who was heard on the 14th - is still unknown. It could be one of negligent homicide, homicide with eventual intent, or even a scenario of accident. To know the juridical qualification of this situation is fundamental for the same to be placed into context in criminal terms, as different scenarios aggravate or diminish the penalty.

Inspectors went into the Algarve

The investigators from Policia Judiciaria who are cooperating with the PJ's department in Portimao, in the clarification of the Maddie case - the British child that was last seen in Praia da Luz - were in the Algarve over the last few days, exchanging information about the process. The inspectors, who come from several different areas within the PJ, including homicides, had brought copies of the process to Lisbon, already digitized, so they could evaluate all the elements that have been collected over all these months. The strategy was precisely that - to analyse the documents, without being 'contaminated' with information that was locally available - but the final stage of the case now demands for them to cross all the collected information, so they can suggest new diligences to their colleagues in the Algarve.

New photographs released

In an attempt to keep the disappearance of the British child in the media, "although the investigation seems to have come to a standstill", a friend of the McCanns has given the English newspapers some new photos of Madeleine. The pictures show Madeleine on her parents' lap when she was little over one year old. Happy and caring. This is how Kate and Gerry appear in the photos that were taken in their house, in Leicestershire, where they can be seen playing with the child. The online sites of the English media yesterday showed the emotional interview that Jane Tanner gave to BBC Panorama two days ago. The abduction theory is gaining consistency for the British press. The wife of doctor Russell O'Brien says she saw the abductor that took Madeleine, and that only later she realised it was the daughter of her friends.


11-21-2007, 10:26 AM
in Diario de Noticias this morning (11/19):


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PJ hears priest again and makes searches in the church

Four months after the suspicion signal was launched by the English tracking dogs that are specialised in detecting cadaver odours, the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) decided to

do a thorough search inside the Church of Our Lady of Luz, near Lagos, as well as the areas surrounding the temple, namely the old graveyard, that has been transformed

into a small garden, in an attempt to follow leads that relate to the concealment of the body of Madeleine McCann.

As a consequence of the alert that was transmitted by the English dogs also in other locations, some of the PJ's investigators, who are convinced that the child died

inside the apartment and that the body passed through the boot of the gray Renault Scenic vehicle that was rented by the parents three weeks later, even admitted the

possibility, months ago, that the little girl was "on the bottom of the sea or in the church".

According to what DN was able to conclude with various sources, the new diligence that was performed approximately two weeks ago in Praia da Luz, "informally and with the

greatest discretion" in an attempt to clear any doubts, even took some members of the PJ's team - led by the new coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department

(CID) in Portimao, Paulo Rebelo - "to spend a day with catholic priest José Manuel Pacheco" in that village. For that, the inspectors insisted on meeting the priest at

the house where his parents live, in the village of Odiaxere (Lagos), and agreed to follow, inside separate vehicles, until the church in Luz in order not to raise

attentions, and thus avoid the presence of journalists.

The Church lead

"The police has often spoken to the priest in Praia da Luz since Madeleine disappeared", the same sources guaranteed. But it was not possible to find out whether José Pacheco has made a formal statement as a witness in this process at the CID in Portimao yet. Our attempts to contact the priest all day, yesterday, were equally fruitless.

During these diligences with the priest, the inspectors wanted to know, for example, what the relationship of the priest and the involvement of the church itself were like with the McCann couple during the five months they spent in the Algarve until they were made arguidos, in September, for being suspected of their daughter's death and of the concealment of her body, especially because of the fact that José Pacheco gave Gerry and Kate the key to the church so they could pray privately and at any time, beyond the prayer vigils for Madeleine that were promoted by the parish.

The decision to deliver the key to the church, as DN reported at the time, ended up prompting plenty of discussion, namely with the bishop of the Algarve, D. Manuel Quintas. A lot of strangeness was further caused by the fact that the McCanns, shortly after Maddie disppeared on May 3, asked the managers of the "Ocean Club" for a priest, even before the GNR and the PJ were called into the location. The phonecall to José Pacheco was only prevented because it was very late, and the couple ended up meeting him on Saturday, after Gerry and Kate were heard at the PJ in Portimao.

11-21-2007, 10:28 AM
from Lusa this morning (11/19):

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Madeleine: Robert Murat's mother guarantees that her son has an alibi that clears him from suspicions

London, Nov 19 (Lusa) - The mother of Robert Murat, who is an arguido in the process of investigation about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, last May 3rd, states in an interview that is broadcast by the BBC today that her son was always beside her on that date.

"On May 3, I went out to walk the dogs, which I have done every afternoon for many years. And I returned (home) around 8 p.m., and Robert was already there, and stayed home all night", Jenny Murat said, in her first public statement about the case.

"We were talking all evening, sitting in the kitchen. I'm sure I would have seen him if he had left", she added.

Concerning the three friends of Gerry and Kate McCann, Madeleine's parents, who allege they saw Robert Murat on the night of May 3, after the disappearance of the English child was confirmed, Jenny accuses them of lying.

"Frankly I don't understand why they are lying", she said during the interview, that is broadcast during the Panorama program, from BBC, called "The Mystery of Madeleine McCann".

Robert Murat was made an arguido 12 days after the disappearance.

He was followed by Madeleine's parents, on September 7.

Madeleine McCann disappeared on May 3 from a tourist apartment in Praia da Luz, Algarve, where she was with her twin siblings, while her parents were dining with friends in a nearby restaurant.

11-21-2007, 10:31 AM
in Jornal de Noticias today (11/19):

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MP [Public Ministery] concludes rogatory letters to 'squeeze' the McCanns' friends

The Portimao Public Ministery has finished the rogatory letters, which should be sent to England in the coming days and which ask for the cooperation of the local entities. This diligence will allow the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) to hear the seven friends of the McCann couple again, who spent holidays at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz (Lagos), last May, and thus try to clarify "some contradictions" that were detected in their statements. But the investigators want, above all, to try to break an apparent "pact of silence" of the group, which has been preventing an exact reconstitution of what really happened on the night of May 3.

Although the results of all the analyses that were performed on the residues that were found in the apartment where Madeleine (then three years old) disappeared from, have not yet arrived in Portugal, the rogatory letters will be sent to the Leicestershire police. Within days, a team of investigators who will be accompanied by the prosecutor José Magalhaes e Menezes, will also travel, to watch the questionings of the seven friends of the McCann couple. Those questionings will be made by the English policemen, in the United Kingdom.

For the PJ, these are still "fundamental" statements, which is proved by "the care" that was placed into the elaboration of the rogatory letters.

The investigators are also watching closely over the public statements of some of the witnesses who, as PJ understand it, have been clearly violating the judicial secret. Jane Tanner, a friend of the McCanns, who says she saw a man carrying a child, and who places Robert Murat at the Ocean Club on the night that Maddie disappeared, has now broken her silence. She spoke, first to North-American channel CBS and then to the English television BBC, whose report was broadcast yesterday evening.

A new interrogation of Kate and Gerry - who were made arguidos on September 7th - is not being considered for now. According to information that was collected by JN, the investigation does not see any usefulness in interrogating the couple again, presently, as they have already been confronted with the results from the residues that were collected inside the vehicle that they rented, 25 days after their daughter disappeared.

At that time, Kate and Gerry didn't reply to some essential questions, a position that the investigators hope to see changing when they receive the full set of results from the analyses, which have been at the lab in Birmingham since early August. For now, they will advance only with interrogations on their friends, which are not depending on the lab test results.


11-21-2007, 10:33 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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Investigation: 'We know when they come and what they do here'
PJ watches detectives

The Policia Judiciaria knows when the Spanish private detectives that were hired by the McCanns are in Portugal. "We know when they come and what they do here", a source close to the investigation assured CM, adding that "they are allowed to be in Portugal as long as they don't interfere with the investigation". The men from Spanish agency Metodo3 can "talk to neighbours, or to whomever they want, as long as they don't make a formal investigation", a source from the Public Ministery has told CM. "But if they speak, for example, with a witness that is part of the process or if they gain access to a piece of the process, they are comitting a crime that may be obstruction of justice", the source explained.

The information that the detectives have collected so far are seen as barely credible by the Judiciaria, anyway. "They look like a 'pescadinha' [small fish] with its tail in its mouth", a source connected to the investigation said, explaining that the Spanish "only walk over places that have been mentioned already".

The most recent suspicion that was raised by the detectives from Metodo3 points to Michaela Walczuk, allegedly Robert Murat's girlfriend, and Luis Antonio, Michaela's husband. To CM, the Judiciaria has devalued that suspicion entirely.

"On the day they say she was seen, Michaela was probably in Lagos, because at that time, her car, a Skoda van, was being repaired because of a mechanical problem", Francisco Pagarete, the lawyer of Robert Murat and a friend to Michaela Walczuk, said.

"That is a piece of data that the Judiciaria knows itself", Pagarete continues, referring that "she cannot remember exactly what she did on that day because the agenda where she wrote down her everyday activities on a daily basis, is among the objects that were apprehended by the PJ and which have not been returned yet".

When Robert Murat was made an arguido, in May, Michaela and her husband, Luis Antonio, were also interrogated and, although they were not made arguidos, they saw some of their personal objects being apprehended.

Concerning the private analyses that were made on the couple's behalf, on the Renault Scenic (as reported by CM yesterday), the Judiciaria doesn't think they question the PJ itself. "If those analyses question something, it's the Birmingham lab and the results that they obtained", a source at the PJ said with irony; "and we are talking about one of the best and most reputable forensic analyses lab in the world".

The analyses that were made by request from Kate and Gerry McCann, whose results were made public yesterday by a source close to the McCanns, allegedly failed to detect any clues to the presence of Madeleine inside the Renault Scenic, contrary to what happened with the results that were performed in Birmingham.

The same source said that tests had been performed on the couple's twin children, in order to prove that no drugs had been given to the children to make them sleep. Also according to this source, the McCanns were preparing evidence to show that the English dogs' work - which detected a cadaver odour inside the vehicle and in the apartment - is not 100% infallible.

All these steps seem to indicate that Kate and Gerry McCann are already preparing, at this moment, their defense in court, if they come to trial because of the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, on May 3.

11-21-2007, 10:34 AM
in 24Horas this morning (TABLOID ALERT):


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There is no concrete evidence against the three arguidos in the process
PJ prepared to pack their suitcases

Nothing. The Policia Judiciaria possesses no concrete evidence that allows to make an accusation against the McCann couple and Robert Murat, the three arguidos in the case of the disappearance of Madeleine, on May 3, from Praia da Luz, in Lagos, Algarve. More. The team of investigators that is working on the process, lead by Paulo Rebelo, is already preparing to pack their suitcases and to return to Lisbon.

"No evidence was collected, until this moment, to incriminate anyone. The lab results that were received until now - performed by the National Institute of Legal Medicine, the Scientific Police Lab and the Forensics Lab in Birmingham - don't allow us to reach a conclusion", a judicial source connected to the investigations has admitted.

The new analyses of the evidence that was collected at the beginning of the investigations only discovered some contradictions in the versions of the friends who had dinner with the McCanns on the night that Maddie disappeared, but it has already been decided that no element of the Judiciaria will participate in the interrogations of the British witnesses and suspects, and only the rogatory letter, containing over one hundred questions, will be sent to the authorities in Leicester.

Although the PJ received some tests from the Birmingham forensics lab, the final report has not arrived yet. The list of the phone calls that were made by the McCanns on the day that their daughter disappeared has not arrived yet, either.

"We are basically back at square one. The parents remain the main suspects of the concealment of the child's body - not of the death, which was probably accidental - but there is nothing to prove it", another source connected to the case has regognized.

Faced with the present state of the investigations, the Policia Judiciaria's National Directory is considering the possibility of demobilising the team that was specially built for the case investigation, and there are even plans to place the case leader, Paulo Rebelo, into functions of higher responsibility.

11-21-2007, 10:35 AM
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Company denies informations

The company of Spanish investigators that was hired by the McCanns to try to locate Maddie, Metodo3, has denied yesterday that they know where the child is located and that they would track her within a week. "The news were badly interpreted. What our senior officer Fernando Marco meant to say was that we are still following several leads and that we will track Maddie soon. There are no deadlines. All the information that was collected by us has been transmitted to the competent authorities", a public relations officer from the company revealed. The PJ assures they have no leads that were delivered by Metodo 3.

11-21-2007, 10:36 AM
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Truck driver saw woman with child in Silves

Child was wrapped up in a blanket and was delivered to a man

"I saw a woman delivering a child to a man on a road, in the Silves area. What surprised me most was the fact that the child was wrapped up in a blanket, which is not normal, during an afternoon in May, with the heat that was felt in the Algarve, at that time of the year". This testimony was transmitted approximately two weeks ago to the Spanish company of private detectives, Metodo 3, which was hired by the McCann couple to follow the track of Madeleine, by a Portuguese truck driver who guarantees he saw the scene on May 5, between 5 and 6 p.m. As DN was able to establish with the detectives, the man told the Policia Judiciaria about what he saw, at the time.

When he was confronted by the private investigators with several photos, including that of Michaela Walcuzh, Robert Murat's partner, the truck driver pointed at the 34-year-old German citizen, as being the one "that seemed to him like having been on the Silves road, delivering the child to a man". "It's a lead that we are investigating very attentively, just like many others that arrive here and which we don't dismiss. This one includes a perfectly abnormal detail, which is a child wrapped up in a blanket" in the heat of May, a senior officer from Metodo3, who is in the Algarve investigating the case, told DN.

At the time that Maddie disappeared, the PJ announced that, along with the child, a pink blanket had been taken out of the room where she was sleeping, at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz.

According to the information that was given by the truck driver to Metodo 3, "the woman delivered the child to the man who was waiting for her in a black car that was parked in a field area within the council of Silves. Two days after the disappearance of Maddie and when the press was focusing on the case and the face of the British child was already known by everyone, the truck driver immediately gave the info to the PJ", the investigator said, adding that the testimony was repeated to Metodo3 when the company opened a phone line for anyone who might have information to offer about the disappearance". This sighting happened at a time when the PJ throroughly searched the tapes from the video surveillance system of the petrol stations on the Via do Infante [highway that crosses the Algarve] in the Silves area.

11-25-2007, 11:31 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning (11/22):


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Investigation: Maddie case may advance
Judiciaria places bets on new diligences

More than six months after the disappearance of Madeleine, the PJ now prepares itself to perform new diligences. CM has discovered with a source from the PJ that the investigation line - which points to the British child's death - is kept and that new diligences will occur over the coming days.

The investigation proceeds in Algarvian territory, where Paulo Rebelo gives the coordinates to the inspectors that are involved in the media-frenzied Maddie case. The most recent advances in the investigation included a new questioning of the Ocean Club staff that were present at the Tapas bar on the night of the disappearance.

The apartment where the McCann couple spent the first days of their holiday and where Maddie disappearaed from, was thoroughly searched again, in an attempt to verify if any clue or residue had been left behind. Over the last one-and-a-half months, Rebelo's team also visited the village's church, where, besides analysing the space, it spoke informally with two priests, the Portuguese José Pacheco and the English Haynes Hubbard.

Finally, and within the resonstitution of some steps that had been taken earlier, Paulo Rebelo wanted to talk with the GNR officers that were first to arrive in Praia da Luz after the disappearance.

Meanwhile, it was learned yesterday that Michaela Walczuk alleges that on the night that Madeleine disappeared she was at a Jehovah's Witnesses meeting, in Lagos. Walczuk, just like her husband, Luis Antonio, follows this cult and attends meetings on a regular basis.

PJ stays in the Algarve

According to a source with Policia Judiciaria, the team that is in charge of the Maddie case investigation is going to stay in Algarvian territory for the coming weeks, at least. The same source guarantees that the team that is led by Paulo Rebelo is not going anywhere soon, neither travelling to England nor returning to Lisbon. The inspectors have to conlcude the inquiry until early January, as the process will become public at that time.


English poll

A poll that was performed by the British newspaper 'Daily Star' shows that 86% of the people that were polled over the phone want to see Madeleine's parents accused of neglect. The persons that were inquired fail to understand why the McCann couple left their children alone on the night of May 3.

Judge dismissed case

English lawyer Anthony Bennet, aged 60, tried to advance a process against the McCann couple, with the purpose of accusing them of neglect. But a judge at the court in Loughborough didn't accept the case, arguing that the lawyer has no powers to advance with the accusation.

11-25-2007, 11:33 AM
in Diario de Noticias this morning (11/22):


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Rogatory letters are not ready yet

Date for PJ's trip to England is not known yet

The rogatory letters that the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) is preparing, with the purpose of questioning again the parents of Madeleine McCann and the friends that were on holidays with them when the child disappeared, have not been concluded yet. As DN heard from a source with the Republic's General Attorney, those letters "are being finished. The final text has not yet been delivered to the Public Ministery".

According to the same source, "nothing has been decided yet, concerning the travels" that are to be made by members of the Judiciaria and the prosecutor of Portimao's Public Ministery, Magalhaes e Menezes, to England, where they will only be able to watch the questionigs, which will be performed by the English police. The latter will simply ask the inquired persons the questions that are formulated in the Portuguese rogatory letters.

This means that the PJ, and namely the team that is now led by chief inspector Paulo Rebelo, still has plenty of work to do concerning the inquiry process about the disappearance of Maddie, contrary to news that were reported in the Portuguese press yesterday, according to whom the investigation's coordinator had his suitcase packed to return to Lisbon. About this situation, the PJ's press cabinet just stated, once more, that there is "nothing to say".

Apart from the interrogations that are being prepared to be performed in the United Kingdom and the final report, which has not arrived yet, on the results of the tests that were done in the Birmingham lab, and the listing of the calls that have been registered on the mobile phones of the McCanns and their friends at the time that Maddie disappeared, in Praia da Luz, the investigators are effectively remaining on location, in a very discrete way, listening to Ocean Club members of staff, in an apartment within the resort that was lent to them for that purpose.

The goal, according to what DN was able to establish, is to detect possible contradictions in the initial statements, and to confirm situations that are related to the McCanns' presence in the resort. One thing is certain: the staff insist, just as DN has recently reported, that Kate McCann yelled from the apartment's balcony: "They've taken her, they've taken our girl". A version that contradicts the testimonies that were given at a certain time, which reported that Maddie's mother entered the Tapas restaurant screaming "They've taken her". An expression that has always intrigued the PJ, anyway.

11-25-2007, 11:38 AM
in 24Horas this morning (11/23):


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The apartment where the McCanns stayed in the Algarve belongs to a... McCann

Strange coincidence

The house where the McCanns stayed in Praia da Luz, Lagos, belongs to a woman who is also called McCann, and not to the Ocean Club. When confronted with the possibility that this is a relative of Maddie's parents, Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman for the parents, denied the fact, saying it's "a strange and remarkable coincidence".

Fraction A, allotment 5, located at Rua Dr. Agostinho Silva, Urbanização Montes da Luz, Praia da Luz, is registered under matrix 3666. In 2001, the residence was bought by a sort of society that was composed of Daniel John Aldred, Michael William McCann, his daughter (from a first marriage) Donna Michelle Aldred, and his wife, Ruth Margaret McCann.

Michael McCann, who was born in Devonport, Plymouth, was a widower when he married Ruth Margaret Pittaway, who is presently 53 years old, also a widow, in 1987. In 2005, Michael and Ruth decided to buy the Aldred's part, and remained with 50% of the apartment each.

Later, in July 2006, Michael McCann died in Liverpool, and in November of the same year, Ruth McCann inherited her partner's part, and remained as sole proprietor of the apartment.

No break-in

As 24Horas was able to establish with judicial sources, Ruth was never heard by the Portuguese authorities. On the other hand, Clarence Mitchell, Kate and Gerry's spokesman, guaranteed that this was the first time that the couple travelled to Portugal.

When the authorities searched the house to collect residues, they didn't detect any signs of a break-in. "A stranger could hardly access the house without leaving signs of a break-in, which was not detected during the examination of the site", a judicial officer who is connected to the process has revealed to 24Horas.

The versions of the McCann couple and their friends who dined at the Tapas Bar are not coincidental: "Some say the door was closed and the window to Maddie's bedroom was opne. Others say both were closed", an investigator revealed. The apartment has been sealed by judicial order, since May 4.


Questions go at snail speed

The rogatory letter that contains over one hundred questions for the McCanns, their friends and relatives, will have to go through diplomatic channels

Twisting and turning, the rogatory letter that contains over one hundred questions that the Policia Judiciaria wants to be asked to the McCann couple, their relatives and their friends who were in Praia da Luz, Lagos, Algarve, in May, is going to go through a series of bureaucratic acts that could stretch over more than six months.

According to judicial sources, this type of diligence is started with a request from the authorities that are in charge of the investigation, in this case the PJ, to the procurator who is in charge of the process, at the Public Ministery in Portimao. These two steps were made, but now procurator Magalhaes e Menezes is waiting for the arrival of the final results from the tests that were sent to an English lab.

When he makes a decision, the prosecutor has to deliver the letter to the judge, who then sends it to the Republic's General Attorney. The latter sends the document to the Ministery of Justice, which then sends it to the Ministery of Foreign Affairs.

But this is not all. The letter is sent to the English Foreign Office, which then sends it to the British Ministery of Justice, which makes the letter arrive to the Lord Chancellor - the local General Attorney. From there, the document flies into the hands of the Birmingham Court, who will have to nominate a Judge and a Procurator. That procurator will decide which police force will comply with the rogatory letter, interrogating the persons.

"The average time for a rogatory letter to be answered is six months", says Joao Pedroso, a lawyer and a former member of the Superior Council of Magistrates.

11-25-2007, 11:39 AM
in Correio da Manha today (11/23):


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Questionings: They can watch the diligences
PJ inspectors will go to England

The Policia Judiciaria will be present when the McCanns and the friends that were spending their holidays with them are questioned again. Although the Portuguese police has no authority to perform autonomous questionings on British soil, according to what CM was able to establish, the inspectors that are connected to the investigation into the disappearance of the English girl will personally hear all the answers that the potential suspects will give.

"It's the same that would happen if English authorities or from any other country had an investigation that involved Portugal", a source that is connected to the investigation has explained to CM. "The diligences are performed by the national authorities, accompanied by representatives from those who made the request". This means that when the interrogations with the dozens of questions that are going to be sent with the rogatory letters take place, "inspectors from the Policia Judiciaria will be present, to watch the diligence and to remember possible questions or any other thing that may be overlooked by the English authorities", the same source added.

What is still unknown is the date when those questionings are going to take place. This is because the sending of the rogatory letters depends on the arrival in Portugal of the results of forensics tests that are being performed in the forensic sciences lab in Birmingham.

A source that is connected to the investigation has again confirmed yesterday that the results have not arrived yet, "but the PJ knows why they are late and there is no problem whatsoever", the source explained. The results of the analyses - which are going to join those which have already been delivered by the English lab - are not decisive for the interrogations to take place. As CM was able to report on Tuesday, it has been decided that those will be performed. But the results that have not been delivered yet may change some of the questions that are to be asked from the McCanns or from the friends that were on holidays with them.

On the other hand, there are new diligences pending which the Judiciaria is preparing to perform, as CM reported yesterday. The PJ maintains that the investigation line "is not going to change", and continues to point to the death of the child that disappeared on May 3 from Praia da Luz. Those diligences will take place over the coming days, and the PJ is keeping them in total secrecy.

11-25-2007, 11:42 AM
in 24Horas this morning (11/24) (tabloid alert):


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Policia Judiciaria investigated the McCann couple's finantial situation

She could have been sold

Very detailed. This is how the inspectors, security officers and scientifical technicians from the Policia Judiciaria evaluate the investigations that have been made into the case of the disappearance of Maddie McCann, on May 3, from an apartment in Praia da Luz, Lagos, in the Algarve.

A senior judicial officer who has followed the investigations since the beginning, offers an example: "For several days, the PJ team that has been in charge of the case investigated the possibility that the child could have been sold by her own parents, due to possible finantial difficulties."

The main suspicion was cast over Kate McCann, given her history of depression which pointed, according to evaluation made by technicians from the PJ, to a possible deviant behaviour that is related to bipolarity, an illness that can place persons in a state of great euphoria, or in deep sadness.

But due to the communication difficulties with British medical authorities, where professional secrecy is strictly observed, just like in Portugal, it was not possible to obtain any clinical report about the arguida or about her husband.

"The fact that both are doctors and that they are highly regarded in England, made the investigations into their clinical history even more difficult, so it remains in the gods' secret", one of the case's investigators admitted to 24Horas, stressing that the same happened when the Portuguese authorities tried to obtain the couple's finantial data and the registry of the telephone calls that were made by the McCanns, and their friends and relatives who were in Praia da Luz, last May.

Enigmatic sentence

But this was not the only lead that was investigated by the PJ. According to judicial sources, the sentence that was allegedly said by Kate McCann when she entered the Ocean Club restaurant Tapas Bar indicated that she might know the child's possible abductors.

Kate reportedly cried out: "They've taken her." A statement that the authorities consider to be "enigmatic", and which Kate herself failed to provide a "plausible explanation" for, when she was questioned by the PJ.

The theory of the possible sale of the child by one of the elements of the couple has not been entirely dismissed, because, as a judicial officer stated, "all leads remain open until the case is completely clarified". But it lost strength when it became clear that the couple experienced no finantial difficulties.

All the evidence that has been collected until now points to the child's accidental death and the concealment of the cadaver. "The investigation is proceeding and no lead has been excluded", a source with the investigation concluded.

11-25-2007, 11:43 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning (11/24):


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Tests: fundamental evidence for the Judiciaria
PJ goes to Birmingham

The experts from the Scientific Police Laboratory are going to Birmingham, where the English forensics lab is located, in order to analyse the results from tests that were performed on the residues that were collected within the Maddie case. This investigation diligence was decided recently, and will allow the investigators to analyse the lab's reports and to acquire knowledge about the techniques that are used by the English.

According to what CM was able to establish, the staff from the national [Portuguese] Scientific Police Lab may also bring back the last tests that are still in the hands of the English, and which may help the investigation.

The biological residues were essentially collected inside the car that was used by the McCanns and in the apartment that was used by the family, and the authorities believe that they may become a fundamental piece of evidence to sustain the public accusation.

The authorities also believe that the scientific evidence, which points to the presence of Madeleine in the car that was rented by the McCanns 22 days after the child's disappearance from the Ocean Club, may be fundamental to sustain the thesis that the child died that night and that her parents somehow concealed her cadaver.

To know the circumstances of the child's death, remains the investigation's main unknown issue, a situation that may only be clarified if the little girl's body is found. The PJ continues searching for the British child's cadaver, while trying to reconstruct the last few hours that passed before the alert to her disappearance was raised.

The presence of the investigators in Birmingham will be used to give the analyses more credibility, and to try to anticipate every possible explanation that will be given by the McCanns.


11-28-2007, 03:18 PM
in Diario de Noticias this morning (11/26):


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"PJ reacted late"

An interview with Carlos Pinto Abreu, one of the McCann couple's lawyers in Portugal

In Portugal, there is the idea that arguido is synonimous with guilty. How can this situation be avoided?

We all have to increase our judiciary culture. And we have to understand that the penal process is a dynamic reality that can be started with an unfounded complaint, a false denunciation, a report about a crime that indicates agressors which are not. And it is necessary to understand that, in the preliminary phase of an investigation, or even of the process, the persons that are made arguidos are not necessarily guilty.

Do you think a precipitated judgement is being made about Kate and Gerry McCann?

No journalist will ever hear me make a comment about the process.

But how do you comment the PGR's [General Attorney] statements that said that "according to the new code, the McCanns would not be arguidos"?

The Attorney General said what he said. Which means he made a judgement over an absence of clues that cast suspicions on certain persons. That statement has its own value. If there are no clues of suspicions about persons, those persons are not made arguidos. Which means that, taking into account the statements that have been made, people may draw the conclusions they want. I don't [draw conclusions].

The English ambassador said he was satisfied with the PJ's action. Does England approve of our investigation methods?

I am not going to comment on political or diplomatic speeches. But I can say the following. I respect all criminal police forces because of what they represent. And the PJ needs serenity, time and ponderation in their investigations. You will not hear me saying whether a criminal police force acted well or not, except within the processes themselves. Because I think it is with time and ponderation that all judiciary operators work. If they work well, we will have a fair process. If they work poorly, we will have an unfair process.

Portugal is not very used to this type of investigation?

Being used to an investigation is not the issue here. The issue is more the media exposure of a certain process. And in this case, media exposure has reached international level. And from there on, there was a reaction I would say... late, when compared with what was demanded in a process of this nature. But I must say that, although late, the reaction from the PJ's highest leaders, and now I'm referring to the national director himself, Alipio Ribeiro, was adequate. Because it put all the fiction in its proper place.

Are you referring to the dismissal of Gonçalo Amaral?

No. I'm referring to statements that were made by the Attorney General and by Alipio Ribero, who clearly stated that all investigation lines are on the table. Which means just that. Which means all investigation lines are open. And that's the way it should be.

Are you referring to news that guaranteed that Madeleine is dead?

Yes. But all scenarios are possible. And as all scenarios are possible, the investigation can't hold onto one and dismiss the other. This is very clear to me, and good news, as much as possible. What one wants is, first, to find the child, and second, to find the child alive.

Do you think the PJ hurt the investigation with the information leaks?

The information leaks are the worst service that can be rendered to an investigation. Because it generates the manipulation of evidence by the public opinion, of the witness reports themselves, and that contamination, wherever it comes from, is a terrible service.

Is the McCann couple hurt by public opinion?

What I can say is that the McCanns' sole concern is to find their daughter. Everything else hurts and causes pain, but it's not important.

11-28-2007, 03:20 PM
in Publico today (11/26):

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PJ admits innocence of the McCann couple

Madeleine may have been killed inside the apartment by an intruder who then carried the body away and concealed it. It's one of the possibilities

It was easy to know the routines of the MacCann [sic] couple. They seldom left the resort in Praia da Luz where they were spending their holidays in the Algarve for a week. They walked around and ate at more or less precise times, in the company of their group of friends. The children went to bed early, like they did in England. The night was for the adults. It was easy for anyone who was watching, to know the exact best time to enter the apartment - at twilight, when Kate and Gerry walked away for dinner and the movement on the street died down. The opportunity would appear, it would be easy to get closer, to touch, to smell the fragile blond child with big eyes.

It happened in an instant. But an unforeseen event betrayed the expectations of desire. A scream from the British child, awakened from her sleep. The fear she might be heard. The urgency to silence her. The violence. Probably the asphyxia. And the unexpected death. All in minutes. Now, it was necessary to get her out of there. To close the door. To get away quickly.

The possibility that this is the explanation for the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, on the night of May 3, had practically been set aside by the PJ's investigators. But now it is gaining increasing strength within the core of the investigation.

The testimony of one of the couple's friends who was also spending her holidays in Praia da Luz, has contributed to reinforce this theory. Jane Tanner said she saw, on that night, a man carrying a child, on the road close to the resort.

This is one of the other possibilities that are now being evaluated by the PJ in Portimao, beside that which points to the possible involvement of the McCann couple in the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine. The convictions that supported the policemen until a short time ago have become more fragile, especially after the head of the Portimao directory, Paulo Rebelo, started to lead the investigation. He was joined by a group of experienced policemen from several criminal investigation areas who now analyse a "tree of possibilities" on what may have happened on the night that Maddie disappeared from the room where she was sleeping with her twin siblings, at the Ocean Club. The probability that her disappearance was the work of an intruder is being seriously considered again, although none of the other hypotheses have been excluded. Discreetly, the investigators keep working on the case until late, both on location, and on the ellaboration of reports and the discussion of the collected data, considering new possibilities and setting others aside. In the PJ's building, the lights go off very late.

The investigation extends into England. Preparations are being made on the trip that is soon to be made by the PJ's inspectors, who will travelwith a DNA expert and the magistrate from the Public Ministery. They will take the rogatory letters that contain questions that the English police will ask from Kate and Gerry McCann.

An end to the judicial secrecy?

Contradicting the expectation about the usefulness of the results from analyses that were performed by the Birmingham lab on residues that were collected from apartments in Praia da Luz and in the vehicles of the McCann couple and of their friends for the clarification of the case, some senior officers at the PJ consider that that type of analyses will not contribute to give the police new clues. They also doubt that the dogs that were used by the British police could have detected cadaver odour. If the child did, in fact, die in the bedroom, was the short period that she stayed there, enough for odours to be released? What biological transformations occur during the first hour after death? These are the questions that they are looking for answers to.

If the judge issues the end of judicial secret and authorises the process to become public early next year, according to new rules from the Penal Process Code, a big turnaround could happen in the investigation.

The new law, which privileges publicity over secrecy, establishes that all processes are public or annulled, and the Public Ministery is forced to request judicial secrecy for the cases in which in understands it should be kept. The arguidos, in this case the McCann couple and Robert Murat, may consult the process and require new diligences.

For some PJ inspectors, that may represent the beginning of a new investigation.

In Praia da Luz, the shutters are down and the door to the apartment where Maddie disappeared from is closed. The tourists have left, the streets are half deserted and the Ocean Club is closed until the next holiday season. But journalists stop by, every once in a while, trying to find some piece of news, and the locals still look around, searching for Maddie.

11-28-2007, 03:22 PM
Correio da Manha 11/27/07

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Found in the vehicle

Proof held in safe

A part of the fabric from the boot of the car rented by the McCanns is held under high security in England. Its on this piece of cloth that the forensic scientists in Birmingham found traces of Madeleine’s presence

And its on the basis of this fundamental piece of evidence, together with other items collected by the investigation, that suspicions have become more certain about the involvement of the parents in the disappearance of the English child.

The British scientists who conducted the tests – and they have a reputation of being among the best in the world – are certain that Madeleines DNA didnt pass to the vehicle through transference. They believe that the evidence found proves the presence of the child in the vehicle. A fact that further incriminates the parents since Kate and Gerry hired the Renault Scenic 25 days after their daughter disappeared.

The fact that this piece of fabric is so closely guarded in Birmingham, also discredits the tests done on the vehicle as ordered by the McCanns themselves. This is because these tests – which don’t show any trace of the child in the vehicle – were carried out on the vehicle after Kate and Gerry were made arguidos. At that stage the piece of cloth had already been removed from the Renault.

The person who discredits these conclusions is Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman for the couple. In his declarations to the press Mitchell insists the tests were detailed and that the whole car was minutely analyzed.

The tests done on the Renault Scenic, as ordered by the McCanns, forms part of the defense strategy their lawyers are setting up to face an eventual charge. Besides tests on the vehicle, Kate and the twins were given tests to prove they had not taken any type of drug.

About the news that Madeleine might have been killed by a paedophile who entered the apartment, Clarence Mitchell confirmed there is nothing to indicate this happened in the apartment. Mitchell confirmed that Kate and Gerry continue to believe the child is alive.

Sources close to the McCanns also confirm that the parents dont believe this theory (the paedophile one). If somebody entered the apartment and killed the child the person would leave the body, and wouldn’t carry the child out in his arms, according to explanation given by this source.

According to current news, Madeleine was killed by a paedophile after she woke up and screamed when she saw him. This person then took away the body.

PJ investigate new areas

During all of last week, agents from the Police Homicide Brigade have searched the land in search of possible locations where Madeleines body could have been left.

The inspectors are part of the team brought by Paulo Rebelo when he took over as coordinator of the the Criminal Investigation department. According to the newspaper CM, they are no longer searching in the Praia da Luz or areas close to where Madeleine disappeared on 3rd May. Further, according to sources connected with the investigation, the detectives are not specifically looking for a body but analysing areas where it could have been left. As mentioned by the newspaper last week, the PJ have mapped out various steps which could come up with matters crucial to the investigation. However, the exact nature of the further investigations remain secret.

11-28-2007, 03:23 PM
this morning in 24Horas (11/27):


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Anglo-Portuguese's lawyer is going to sue Spanish investigators

Murat persecuted by the McCanns' detectives

Private investigators from Metodo 3 have been speaking with people who are connected to the process without the knowledge of Portuguese authorities

"We think Murat knows more than he says. Madeleine could be alive in Morocco". The suspicion, told to the newspaper "El Mundo", comes from Marita Fernandez, 58, the founder of the detective agency Metodo 3, which was hired by the McCanns to find their daughter Madeleine.

According to Robert Murat's defense, this is called pressure. Lawyer Francisco Pagarete goes further and says that the witnesses that were questioned within the Madeleine McCann process are also being put under pressure to change their depositions.

"The gentlemen from the Spanish private investigation agency have been speaking with everybody, including process witnesses. They are permanently persecuting my client and his girlfriend, who no longer have a private life. This is not admissible in a State of democratic law. Leave my client in peace", Francisco Pagarete appealed, yesterday, in a statement to 24Horas.

To send a curse

And the lawyer launches the accusation: "The investigators from Metodo 3 are mercenaries. Many of them have been accused of extortion and espionage. One was even detained in Morocco for taking illegal pictures of children. They have been working in Portugal, they put pressure on witnesses and nobody does anything. It's a shame."

Senior officers from the Policia Judiciaria and the General Attorney's Office have confirmed to our newspaper that private investigation firms can act "without problems", as long as they don't contact persons who are related to processes that are under judicial secrecy. But they did not confirm that Metodo 3 is enticing the testimonies of persons that have been interrogated by the Judiciaria.

"Until now, we have no knowledge that a witness changed her statement. But if they are being coerced into doing so, that will be duly investigated. It's a situation that depends on a complaint, and we received none, not even an order from the Public Ministery that asks us to do such an inquiry", a source at the PJ guaranteed.

An officer at the General Attorney's Office who has followed the process confirmed that, within that institution, there is no indication that a witness required her testimony to be changed, or complained of being the target of pressure.

Francisco Pagarete laments the amount that Metodo 3 is charging from the McCann: "They should charge ten times more. To do this defamation vampaign, any private investigator would charge thousands of euros. I'm just sorry there are people feeding a couple who abandoned three children and who proudly walks the streets on a daily basis. With a hefty bank account on top of it. Meanwhile, my client, his mother and his girlfriend, who had nothing to do with the case, have to watch their names being muddied every day, and are bankrupt."

The lawyer also remembers that, before the McCanns were made arguidos, "the PJ was the best in the world and then they became the worst".

"What they [the McCanns] deserve is that someone curses them so they pay for the fact that they left their three children unprotected."

Pagarete guaranteed that the PJ "knows very well where Murat, his mother and his girlfriend were" on the day that Maddie disappeared.

11-29-2007, 09:55 AM
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PJ arrives in England to obtain decisive report for the McCanns

The Birmingham laboratory, where analyses on blood, hair and bodily fluids that have been collected in the apartment where Madeleine disappeared from, in Praia da Luz, and in the car that was used by her parents, have been performed for four months, reportedly possesses conclusive results, with a 90% probability, which are going to be decisive for the future of Kate and Gerry, according to what DN was able to establish.

In order to clarify, once and for all, the data that was analysed by that laboratory, a team that is composed by inspector Ricardo Paiva, from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Portimao, and two experts from the PJ's Scientific Police, Fernando Viegas and Luis Viriato, traveled to England yesterday, accompanied by the vice-president of the National Forensics Institute, Francisco Corte-Real.

When the PJ holds the final results from the forensics tests, a rogatory letter will be sent to England, containing several questions that are to be asked from the McCanns and their friends. For the time being, a source at the General Attorney's Office told DN, the letter "is not determined yet".

The team left Faro Airport yesterday, at 9.20 a.m., heading for London. They then proceeded towards the city of Leicestershire, near the village of Rothley, where the McCanns live, for contacts with the local police. Today, the Portuguese investigators meet senior officers from the Forensic Science Service (FSS), in Birmingham, so they can learn about the work that has been done there since August, and to try to clarify the contents of all the results. The PJ already possesses most of the tests, but they are missing the final report, which may be crucial to take Maddie's parents to court or not. The Judiciaria is working against time, as on December [sic] 3 or 14 - the dates of Maddie's disappearance and of Robert Murat's constitution as an arguido -, according to the understanding of the Public Ministery - the process will no longer be covered by judicial secrecy.

The slow development of the analyses was essentially due to the fact that the samples which were collected were very small and quite damaged. Therefore, the Birmingham lab is using a method, the 'low copy number', which allows to amplify the data for analysis.

11-29-2007, 09:56 AM
in Jornal de Noticias this morning:

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PJ checks on English lab's tests

The analyses are all finished. Today, the results from all the biological residues that have been found in the Ocean Club apartment and in the McCanns' vehicle will be in the hands of the Portuguese investigators who have been in Leicester, in the United Kingdom, since yesterday.

In order to decipher the scientific data, Francisco Corte-Real, an expert in forensic sciences from the National Institute for Legal Medicine (NILM) is present. From 9 a.m. today, the four elements from the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann who are in England, and five technicians from the Forensic Science Service (FSS) will be sitting at the same table. The meeting will be held in the police building, in Leicester, near Rothley, where the McCann couple lives. According to what JN was able to establish, the meeting will be used to "clarify the results" and to clear possible doubts from the investigators.

Although the tests are finished, the final lab report will arrive in Portugal by official channels. "It will be sent to the NILM first, and only thereafter to the PJ and to the Public Ministery, which tutors the inquiry". Sources from the investigation have guaranteed to JN that, for now, no interrogations or inquiries will be made to Kate and Gerry and their friends. Those diligences are foreseen in the rogatory letter, which is concluded, and which will be sent to England.

At today's meeting, the PJ relies on Ricardo Paiva, one of the investigation's main officers. He is not head of the inquiry, but the inspector from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Portimao is one of those who has been working closest with all the diligences. "He is, probably, the person who knows the process best", several sources with the investigation have explained to JN. It is not the first time that he travels to England within this case, as he worked with the British officers when they were in the Algarve to cooperate with the investigation. The PJ has also sent two technicians from the Scientific Police Lab, Luis Viriato and Fernando Viegas. They collected the residues that were found in the apartment and sent for testing at the Birmingham forensics lab, last August.

In the group there is also Francisco Corte-Real, the vice-president of the NILS, who in May coordinated the vast team at the Institute which performed tests on over three hundred bilogical traces that were found inside the apartment at Praia da Luz. His team performed the DNA tests on samples that were collected from the relatives and friends of the English couple and also from Robert Murat and his family. Corte-Real still follows the Maddie case, and he is often consulted by the investigators.

VIP treatment upon arrival

The plane landed at East Midlands airport at 12.15 without delay. But the passengers on EasyJet flight 6552 could not leave the plane immediately. They had to wait for almost 20 minutes. The crew wanted to identify, one by one, the members of the team of investigators which had just arrived from Faro.

Inspector Ricardo Paiva was called over the intercom, and the four were first to step on British soil. They were always accompanied by a hostess, until the exit, and had to face a batallion of journalists first.

British officers were waiting outside the airport, and drove them to the Leicester police station. They were followed by some journalists, who didn't leave the door of the police station, in spite of the cold. It was in vain. Nobody made a statement.

English press doubts the visit

The English journalists found it hard to understand the reason for the Portuguese investigators to go to England. Many believed that, after the meeting, the McCanns and their friends could be interrogated, or, on the other hand, that Kate and Gerry could stop being arguidos. The explanation that was given by a spokesperson from Leicester police only increased the confusion: "it's a routine matter. It was not scheduled over any specific development. The PJ thought it was a good time for a personal meeting. The good dialogue between police forces is maintained".

11-29-2007, 09:57 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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Investigation: Crossing data
PJ and scientists analyse tests under the magnifying glass

A Portuguese delegation of four persons, under the direction of the Policia Judiciaria, went to the Birmingham lab yesterday, in London [sic], to compare impressions, for the first time, with the technicians that performed the analyses on the residues that were collected during the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The group, which is composed by a senior officer from the National Institute for Legal Medicine, two from the Scientific Police Lab and an inspector from the Policia Judiciaria in Portimao, arrived in London at 12.15, and today a meeting is scheduled, at 11 a.m., at the headquarters of Leicestershire police. The return is scheduled for tomorrow, in the late afternoon.

According to what CM was able to establish, the team that traveled to London yesterday carried precise instructions. The three scientists want to know about the techniques that are used by the London [sic] lab in the analyses that were performed on the residues, and try to anticipate all the problems that may be raised by the arguidos - the parents of the child that went missing on May 3 in Praia da Luz.

Francisco Corte-Real, a member of the board at the National Institute for Legal Medicine and the head of the Center [of Portugal] delegation of the NILM, who was in charge of the first genetic testing which were still made in Portugal, should cross the results that he obtained back then, with those that have been obtained by the English now.

According to what CM could further establish, this diligence, which is seen as normalin processes that involve international cooperation, is of fundamental importance for the Policia Judiciaria. This is the reason why one of the policemen who have been in charge of the investigation will be present at all the meetings, as it is his task to decode the scientific results and to apply them to the criminal investigation.

Process is ending

The PJ is still focused on ending the investigation before January 3, the date when it is eight months since Madeleine McCann disappeared. The understanding of the genetics results will be crucial, as those are the main aces held by an investigation that still has not obtained the fundamental evidence: Madeleine's cadaver, without which it will be very difficult to explain how the child died.

Without material evidence and confessions from the arguidos, the investigators are forced to base themselves on the scientific evidence, the only which will truly be able to question the parents' theory - which is still an abduction, in varied versions. The team should also bring back the last test result reports, which had not been sent to Portugal yet.


12-03-2007, 11:53 AM
in 24Horas this morning (11/30/07):

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Maddie's parents are maintained as suspects but forensics tests are inconclusive

Evidence against the McCanns increases

The Judiciaria's trip to Leicester was not totally positive but the British police confirms the suspicions of the Portuguese investigators about the McCann couple and even somewhat reinforces them. But there are no certainties yet, and no lead was discarded

Gloomy and disappointed. The team that was composed by two experts from the PJ's Scientific Police lab, one chief inspector and the vice president of the National Institute for Legal Medicine entered Leicester Police's Headquarters, in England, at 10 a.m., and left at 5 p.m., looking unhappy.

According to what 24Horas was able to establish, the analysis that was made by the task force to the tests that were requested to the English reinforced the suspicions about the McCann couple, but remain inconclusive because they fail to reach the percentages that are considered credible to advance an accusation.

After the conclusion of the work that was performed at the Leicester police's headquarters, the investigators sat, a little while later, at the bar that is located at the reception of the Ramada hotel, and discussed among them everything that had been shown to them by the British authorities.

The main surprise for the team of forensics and police experts that was sent by the Portuguese authorities into Leicester, in England, was the fact that, after all, and according to what 24Horas has been reporting for several days, there are still tests that were requested from the Forensic Science Services in Birmingham that are missing.

The suspicions about the McCann couple are maintained, and the possibility that Maddie's cadaver was inside the Renault Scenic van that was rented by the girl's parents 25 days later, has increased.

"The evidence that is available until this moment is far from clearing the McCann couple in this case. There are increasing clues that point to their involvement in the disappearance of the child, but that fact has been hard to prove. We will continue to follow all possibilities", said a source that is connected to the investigations.

Ricardo Paiva, the investigator that the PJ sent to Leicester, refused to give away details about the work that has been performed: "At this moment, we cannot give any information. The PJ and the Institute for Legal Medicine will issue statements that will allow the public opinion to understand the work that has been developed here", he said.

Francisco Corte-Real, the vice president of the National Institute for Legal Medicine, was even more laconic: "There is nothing to say, for now." But the main Portuguese expert in DNA testing was far from satisfied about what had been presented to him, and his face could not hide the disappointment with which he will return to Portugal today.

They still return with some solace: "After all, we are not as bad as many people wanted to make us look. Everything was done according to international procedures. It's obvious that, from one lab to another, there may be differences, but they are minimal. That is what happened", said a senior officer from that institution.

12-03-2007, 11:54 AM
in Diario de Noticias this morning (11/30/07):


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PJ arrives today with all the test results

The coming week will be one of intense work for the team that investigates the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, which happened on May 3, in Praia da Luz. The three elements from the Policia Judiciaria, and the vice president of the National Institute for Legal Medicine who went to England on Wednesday to meet with the police from Leicestershire, where the McCann family lives, and the senior staff from the Birmingham lab, return to Portugal today, with all the results from forensic tests that were performed on the biological residues that were collected in the apartment where the child disappeared from and inside the car that was rented by her parents.

Although the team could not bring the final report back themselves, which will be sent to Portugal by the British Foreign Office to its national counterpart, which will then send it to the Public Ministery, the Policia Judiciaria possesses enough matter in order to incriminate or exonerate Maddie's parents over the alleged death and concealment of the cadaver of their daughter. Over the next few days, the results that were brought back from England will be analysed thoroughly by the investigators. The conclusions they may reach will determine the rogatory letter, for a new interrogation of the McCanns and their friends which were spending their holidays with them at The Ocean Club.

About the meeting that was held yesterday in the headquarters of Leicestershire police, between the Portuguese group and the five technicians from the Forensic Science Services (FSS) in Birmingham, nothing is known officially. The investigators return to Faro today.

The Portuguese team is composed by inspector Ricardo Paiva, from the CID in Portimao, the technicians from the Scientific Police who collected the residues, Luis Viriato and Fernando Viegas, and number two from the National Institute of Legal Medicine, Francisco Corte-Real, who led the team that performed the DNA tests.

12-03-2007, 11:55 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning (11/30/07):


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Investigation: Return to Portugal
Key to the crime lies within science

The samples of fluids that were found in the car that was rented by the McCanns in the Algarve are very tenuous, according to what CM was able to establish - and the Policia Judiciaria is placing high hopes on the results from tests that are performed with the 'Low Copy Number' technique, which allows to reconstruct the genetic profile of someone who only had facial or hand contact with a given surface. And the purpose is to determine whether Madeleine's body was transported by her parents in the car that was rented 22 days later.

That is the most eagerly awaited report for the investigation - and it could arrive in the Algarve today, carried by the four members of staff from the National Institute for Legal Medicine, the Scientific Police Lab and the PJ, who yesterday met in Leicester, England, with scientists from the Birmingham lab. In Portugal there is capacity to collect residues from the slight contact of someone with a surface - in this case the boot of the Renault Scenic that was hired by Kate and Gerry three weeks after their daughter disappeared - but there is no equipment available to perform the necessary tests. And the 'Low Copy Number' technique is only available in England, in European terms.

CM knows that, concerning the residues that were collected in the apartment, the same issue is raised - with the blood that was found by the experts on a wall, behind a sofa and on the living room floor, which was very contaminated for laboratory testing. That is why the investigators are relying on the same technique, in order to determine whether the child was present, near the residues that were found.

Maddie's genetic profile can be reconstructed from a slight contact of the face, the hands or the rest of the body on those surfaces - which, by presenting blood stains, may indicate the child's death in the apartment's living room. The PJ's main theory is still the one of accidental death during the afternoon of May 3 - namely during the two hours during which only the parents had access to Maddie. First only Kate, then also Gerry, when he returned from a tennis match. The McCanns guarantee they bathed their three children and put them to bed, before they joined their group of friends for dinner, at approximately 8.30 p.m.

The Portuguese delegation returns this afternoon with new elements, but the investigation does not depend only on the results from the Birmingham lab. "These tests are only one of the puzzle's pieces", a police source tells CM, and the results in that report "will now be interpreted".

The purpose is to find out whether they "fit" other data that has already been discovered by the PJ over six months of investigation - and the collection of evidence is ongoing. "other diligences are being performed."

The 'CSI' technique

The 'Low Copy Number' (LCN), a technique that was made popular by 'CSI', a tv series, allows for a genetic identification from residues that were left in a crime scene in extremely small amounts, like in the case of blood cells and other types of residues that were collected by experts in the Maddie case. In practise, it's a step forward from the lofoscopic technique to determine an identity, as it determines a genetic profile. The LCN makes it possible, for example, to identify a person from latent fingerprint residues, left by the simple contact of skin with certain surfaces, like paper, knives, pens, ropes, strings and firearms. The collection of those samples, which are not visible to the naked eye, is a powerful means of forensics identification, but its analysis is more complex that the majority of samples that are present in a laboratory. Those are residues with DNA amounts that are lower than 100 picograms, and are often degraded. In Portugal, only the collection is made.

PJ returns items to Michaela

The private detectives firm Metodo 3 is investigating Michaela Walczuk because witnesses said they saw her in the Algarve with Madeleine, two days after the child disappeared, but Robert Murat's partner defends herself with her agenda now, which has already been returned by the PJ - and where she says she wrote down all her steps on May 5. The German citizen was never made arguida, but she was heard twice at the PJ in Portimao, and saw three computers, several personal items and her agenda confiscated. The investigation's team has returned everything to her, as they found no leads to a crime, according to what CM was able to establish, and only Robert Murat has not been returned the items that were apprehended from him. He is still an arguido in the process, like Kate and Gerry McCann.


12-03-2007, 11:56 AM
in Jornal de Noticias this morning (11/30/07):


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Most of the analyses from biological residues are inconclusive

Inconclusive. The result is the same for most of the conclusions from the analyses that were performed by the Birmingham lab, in England. But there are some that may allow the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) to support the investigation line that points to the likely death of Madeleine McCann.

During yesterday's meeting, in Leicester, the Portuguese and English investigators tried to clarify all the results that were obtained, "in order not to leave any doubts". This morning, the team of experts that were in the UK will meet at the PJ in Faro in order to report all the informations.

According to what JN was able to establish, technical details and the analysis methods that are used by the Forensic Science Service (FSS) in Birmingham were discussed. "It's not enough to say what the result is. We need to make sure that all possible analyses were performed on the samples that were sent over", a source that is connected to the investigation explained.

Contrary to what was said by an official spokesperson from Leicester police, this was not a routine meeting. The PJ gathered the best DNA experts from the two institutions that were committed to the forensics analyses. Francisco Corte Real, the vice president of the National Institute for Legal Medicine (NILM), and Luis Viriato and Fernando Viegas from the Scientific Police Laboratory. Accompanying the experts, Ricardo Paiva, the right arm of Paulo Rebelo, the coordinator of PJ in Portimao, and one of the main men in the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine.

The FSS sent four scinetists and the head of the team that performed the analyses to Leicester. A spokesperson for the FSS insisted yesterday that "there are still analyses being performed" and that the laboratory's work is not concluded yet. But JN contacted several sources that are connected to the investigation and they say precisely the contrary. "The final report is missing, which has to be sent through official channels, according to the law. They arrive at the NILM first, and only then at the PJ", the sources explained.

Clarence Mitchell, the McCann couple's spokesman, was "surprised" about the case's latest developments. "Kate and Gerry were not informed", he said, devaluating the meeting. "It is not a relevant step for the investigation", he speculated. Tomorrow, the day after the experts leave Leicester, the couple is traveling to an undisclosed location. "I cannot say where, in order to keep the privacy", Mitchell told JN.

A trip that the Portuguese authorities did not know about, but which they don't have to have knowledge about, as Kate and Gerry are under terms of identity and residence, and only have to communicate their absence if this is over five days.

12-03-2007, 11:57 AM
in Unica (magazine from Expresso) - Nov 24

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Excerpt from an interview with Alipio Ribeiro, the National Director of Policia Judiciaria:

When and how did you hear about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann?

At 9 a.m., from a person within the PJ. At that time, down there [south] they were already being put under pressure by the English press.

How did you know from the start that it was a complicated case?

At 9 a.m., someone within the police told me that Sky News was already broadcasting it.

Did the police panic?

No, no. We had the perception of what was happening.

During the first days, were there pressures to sove the case rapidly?

No, no. I spoke to the English ambassador about the cooperation with the English police.

You never received any call from the Portuguese government?

No, no.

And you didn't talk with anyone?

I obviously talked with the minister [of Internal Affairs].

12-03-2007, 11:58 AM
this morning in Diario de Noticias:


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McCanns restless about interrogation of friends

The parents of Madeleine McCann reacted with apprehension to the news that the Policia Judiciaria may return to England, this time to question several of the family's friends that dined at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz, on the evening of May 3.

After the relief over last week's visit from the Portuguese police, and the news that the authorities didn't have enough material to press charges against Kate and Gerry, now the reaction was quite different.

The couple's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, spoke to the journalists about that possibility. "Kate and Gerry's friends always made themselves available to be questioned again. Just like Madeleine's parents, they have nothing to hide", the British spokesman said. A source that is close to the McCanns' friends, cited by the British press, said that "there is always the possibility that one of them may be considered a suspect, but they are absolutely confident, because they said the truth".

Meanwhile, in the Algarve, the lawyer of the other arguido in this case, the Anglo-Portuguese Robert Murat, was indignant over the accusations from a baby-sitter, according to whom Murat was seen at the Praia da Luz resort on the evening of May 3. "This is all absolutely ridiculous and doesn't even deserve a comment!" This was the reaction, yesterday, of lawyer Francisco Pagarete to DN.


Now, Murat's lawyer, Francisco Pagarete, guarantees his client "awaits the end of the situation with a clear conscience".

That might happen, according to the understanding of the Public Ministery in Portimão, on the 3rd of January 2008, when it will be eight months since Madeleine's disappearance and since the PJ's inquiry into this case began; or on the 14th of January, when it will be eight months since the date the Anglo-British citizen was constituted an arguido, and subject to the minimal coercion measure of informing about his identity and residence.

"When the parts are notified of the result of the inquiry, either for an accusation or an archiving [of the process], they will have the possibility of opening the instruction until twenty days later", the lawyer who represents Robert Murat reminded.

12-03-2007, 11:59 AM
this morning in 24Horas:


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Special team created to try to solve a very complicated "puzzle"

PJ believes it has all the case's pieces

It has not been decided yet when the PJ is returning to England to question the McCanns and their friends again. But everything points to it happening this week already. This diligence will be fundamental to finally understand what happened on the evening of May 3.

In the possession of all the evidence but yet unable to interpret them. This is the conviction of the persons that are reponsible for the investigation into the Madeleine McCann case. "All we need is to decipher the enigma and to put the puzzle together, which is not being easy", a senior judicial member of staff who is connected to the investigations told 24Horas.

According to the same source, the team that is led by Paulo Rebelo continues to analyse the process in order to find "a conducing thread that allows to solve the case", or in other words, to finally understand what happened on May 3 in Praia da Luz, near Lagos, Algarve.

"We are trying to rationalize over everything that is included in the process. A multidisciplinary team has been created, which involves technicians from the PJ's Scientific Police lab, inspectors from homicides and from missing persons, and also from the National Institute for Legal Medicine", the same source says.

The case "is indeed a veritable puzzle and with several pieces that don't fit. Starting with the witnesses' depositions, and ending with the results from the tests that have been performed, nothing fits. We know the solution of the case lies in our hands, but we are unable to establish the links between the clues that were collected during the investigation", a source that is connected to the process said.

Everything ready to go to England

The hopes of the team of 20 investigators that are working on the Maddie case are now focused on the new questionings of the McCann couple and of the other witnesses that were heard over the days that followed the disappearance of the British child.

"Only the execution of the rogatory letters may definitely clear the case. But that fact is not guaranteed. If everyone refuses to make a statement, which is perfectly possible, we will be empty-handed. It's a case that could drag on for years and it may never be proved what really happened to that child", added another judicial source that has been participating in the diligences that are being made to find Madeleine.

The letters with the questions that are to be asked are finished, and a PJ team should be heading for Leicester as soon as this week in order to execute them, although this fact is not confirmed officially.

"As the tests that were made in England were insufficient, it was decided to advance immediately with the rogatory letters. In order to overcome the bureaucracy that is demanded for this diligence, we have used the diplomatic channels and everything is set to advance", the judicial source concluded.

01-02-2008, 12:02 PM
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Updated: 06 December 2007

New adverts in Spain to find Madeleine

Forensic sketch of Madeleines probable abductor.

THE FIND Madeleine Fund has started a 112,290 euro advertising campaign in Southern Spain which will also target North Africa and Portugal.

And, according to Gerry McCann, the fund is also contributing with 70,183 euros per month to support the private investigation being carried out by a Barcelona-based firm.

Writing in his blog on the Find Madeleine Campaign website, Gerry McCann believes the campaign will also show they do not subscribe to “unhelpful comments” recently made about the media’s role in helping to find missing children, referring to criticism about the media coverage of the Madeleine case.

Madeleine McCann’s father quotes the president of the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children to underline the importance of the media sympathy about their cause.

According to Ernie Allen, “there is no more likely source of information than some average, caring, alert citizen, somewhere in the world, informed and motivated by a photo or intense media coverage of a missing child”.

It is now 218 days since Madeleine went missing from her bedroom in a holiday apartment of Praia da Luz.

The Portuguese police continue to keep a very low profile and are maintaining the secrecy of the investigation.


01-02-2008, 12:05 PM
this morning (12/19/07) in Correio da Manha:

http://www.correiodamanha.pt/noticia.asp?id=270457&idCanal=10 (http://www.correiodamanha.pt/noticia.asp?id=270457&idCanal=10)

Controversy: English say that Jose Manuel Anes attacked the PJ
Family lobby is powerful

After contacting Jose Manuel Anes, the 'Daily Mail' yesterday only published two of the four questions that were asked. "One of them was even distorted. I made a generic appreciation on criminalistics, without criticising the Madeleine case specifically." What the criminalist said, "but was not published", he told CM, is that "the McCanns have a founding, moral guilt because they abandoned their children - and that there is a powerful, influential family lobby that has conditioned the information".

The newspaper also cites from the interview that the former specialist from the Scientific Police Lab, aged 63, published in the book 'The Guilt of the McCanns', which "was now distorted in the British press".

The criminalist confirmed to CM that he said that "rivers of money can be spent in analyses, but if the crime scene is not adequately preserved, nothing can be done - it's a complete waste of time". He only guarantees that he always kept "the due distances from the specific case". He only made "a generic appreciation about criminal investigation".

Yesterday, the "distorted" statements from Jose Manuel Anes could be read in the 'Daily Mail'. The specialist said that no suspect will face trial in this case due to the mistakes that were made by the police in the hours that followed the crime. The defense lawyers would demolish the scientific evidence that would be presented. Clarence Mitchell, the couple's spokesman, immediately reacted publicly: "It's alarming to listen to Mr Anes."


01-02-2008, 12:08 PM
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Portugal Resident 12.20.07

Quiet period before new enquiries



PORTUGUESE POLICE contacted their UK counterparts this week to arrange new interviews with Gerry and Kate McCann and the friends who were with them at Praia da Luz in May.

The questioning is expected to take place after Christmas, saving the parents of missing Madeleine from more anguish over the festive holiday.

While the whereabouts of Madeleine and the circumstances of her disappearance remain a mystery, a Metodo 3 private investigator was quoted this week by a British tabloid as saying that Madeleine “will be home by Christmas” and that they know who has taken her from the holiday apartment of Praia da Luz.


01-02-2008, 12:09 PM
in Diario de Noticias this morning (12/27/07):

http://dn.sapo.pt/2007/12/27/sociedade/processo_maddie_deve_arrastarse_seis.html (http://dn.sapo.pt/2007/12/27/sociedade/processo_maddie_deve_arrastarse_seis.html)

Maddie process may drag on for six months

In January, the inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann completes eight months, which is the maximal time limit that the Penal Process Code considers. Therefore, this month is seen by several jurists and also by members of the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) as a "decisive" date. But the Public Ministery (PM) may extend the investigation deadline.

The problem lies in knowing for how many months the process will go on, taking into account the fact that that institution does not know what type of crime was comitted.

According to what was explained to DN by the penal process expert (...) Carlos Casimiro, "the outcome of this process depends exclusively on the definition of the type of crime that was comitted against Madeleine McCann". The magistrate refers that "the PJ keeps two hypotheses - abduction and homicide. The extension of the deadlines for the investigation depends on the type of crime that is committed". Within this context, he explained, "even for each type of crime there are different time limits for the extension of the investigation, because there are also different kinds of abductions and of homicides". "The crime of abduction may be a simple sequestration that lasts a few hours, and within the crime of homicide there is a vast typology. For each one there are specific timings".

According to Carlos Caismiro, if the investigators do conclude that Maddie was indeed murdered, but everything is kept open as to the author of the crime, the PM may ask for an extension of the inquiry in January, for another three months. When that period ends, if the same unknown factor remains, the PM may request a second extension, which can also reach a maximum of three months. After that, there are only two hypotheses: archiving for lack of evidence, or the more "predictable" option, from the point of view of this magistrate, which is "the delay of the investigation in a desperate attempt to search for evidence so the accusation can be formally made".

Carlos Casimiro remembered that "we are confronted with a highly mediatised case on an international scale, and the image of our country is at stake". On the other hand, he stressed, "the Policia Judiciaria has been perfectly ridiculed since the beginning of this process, namely by the British media, therefore its reputation and high level of professionalism has to be preserved".

After the broadcast, on the 23rd, of the video that was made by the McCanns on their first Christmas since their daughter went missing, which contained images of the enthusiastic girl opening her presents last year, the Spanish private detectives' agency Metodo 3, which works for the couple in the investigation into her disappearance, has received 347 calls containing alleged informations about her whereabouts.

These new informations are now being analysed by the detectives at Metodo 3, one by one. According to what DN could establish, that agency "discards no piece of information, no matter where it comes from".

At the moment, the investigators are especially focused on Portugal and Morocco, in the city of Marrakesh.

01-02-2008, 12:10 PM
in Diario de Noticias yesterday (12/26/07):

http://dn.sapo.pt/2007/12/26/sociedade/judiciaria_investiga_telefonemas_mor.html (http://dn.sapo.pt/2007/12/26/sociedade/judiciaria_investiga_telefonemas_mor.html)

Judiciaria investigates phonecalls from inhabitants in Praia da Luz

Almost eight months after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) is checking every phonecall, both from the fixed and the mobile networks, that were made after 9.30 p.m. on May 3 in that village, DN has established.

The purpose is to find out who talked to whom on the night that the British child was taken from the apartment at The Ocean Club resort. One of Luz's inhabitants, who resides close to the Church and approximately 100 meters from the building where the Russian Sergey Malinka, a witness in the process, lives, was approached on the 18th of this month, at approximately 1 p.m., by two PJ investigators, when she was home having lunch with her son.

According to what the family told DN, the inspectors, who carried two A4 sheets with a series of phone records, confronted the woman, who asked to remain unquoted, with the indication of a phonecall that she had made on the evening of May 3, at 9.50 p.m. The inspectors wanted to know who was the receiver of that call. The woman's son ended up clarifying that the mobile phone number was that of his father. And the woman confirmed to the policemen that she had called her husband at that time. The Judiciaria also wanted to know who was the child that was in that apartment at the time; the woman responded she was the child's "nanny".

This diligence from the Judiciaria took no longer than five minutes, and the investigators informed the family that they were checking with many other local inhabitants who they had called on the night that Maddie disappeared. A situation that was found strange by the people, who question "how it is possible to remember, almost eight months later, who they phoned on the evening of May 3?".

The task looks difficult for the investigation anyway, as Luz has a fluctuating population of approximately one thousand inhabitants, mostly foreigners, who are joined by migrants, mainly from the North of the country. At the time when Maddie disappeared, approximately 70&#37; of the villas in that tourist location were not occupied. On the other hand, many of the people who own a house in Praia da Luz and could have been there on the night of May 3 and made phonecalls, may even be travelling at this time of the year, as local inhabitants pointed out for DN.

It is remembered that the police are still waiting for the mobile phone records of the calls that were made by the McCann couple and the group of friends that were spending their holidays with them. A complex situation, given the fact that those mobile phones belong to English operators.

01-02-2008, 12:11 PM
in Correio da Manha this morning (12/28/07):

http://www.correiodamanha.pt/noticia.asp?id=271449&idCanal=10 (http://www.correiodamanha.pt/noticia.asp?id=271449&idCanal=10)

Defamation: Christian Ridout can sue them
Metodo 3 persecutes a false suspect

After having failed all their promises to the McCann couple, the Spanish detectives from Metodo 3 now persecute the former DJ from a bar in Praia da Luz, Christian Ridout, who has not been seen in the Algarve for two years and who has "nothing to do" with the disappearance of Madeleine, a source that is connected to the process has guaranteed to CM. "The experts risk a process for defamation and calumnious denunciation.

The persecution by the detectives, according to the 'Daily Mail', is confirmed by the couple's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell. The suspect's photograph "is all over the internationalmedia", our sources remind us, and the impact "in terms of image is terrible for someone who has been discarded" by the case's legitimate investigators.

The British citizen, aged 30, worked at the Plough and Harrow bar, but left to Spain by car in 2005 - the 'Daily Mail' announces that the VW Golf was abandoned at the airport in Seville and Christian has apparently returned to England. But the detectives' suspicions are justified with supposed messages "with obscene language" that the British reportedly sent to a 12-year-old girl over several months.

"He offered himself to pick up my daughter at school", her mother recalls for the newspaper and "suggested the most revolting sexual acts to her". The 42-year-old woman says she only discovered what was happening after two months and menaced him, "therefore he fled". He was never seen in the Algarve again but his family remains in Praia da Luz.

The day after Maddie disappeared, on May 3, a man asked for Christian at the bar - two years later, "maybe he's in the area", it could be read in the 'Daily Mail' yesterday. CM knows that "this possibility was considered, among others, but was soon dismissed".


The McCann couple and their friends will probably be interrogated between January and February, as the rogatory letters will be sent from the PGR to the British authorities at the beginning of the year.

Harassed child in 2005

Christian Ridout, aged 30, has apparently sent obscene messages to a 12-year-old girl, in 2005. He left Praia da Luz two years ago, but the McCanns' detectives persecute him.

01-02-2008, 12:15 PM
in Jornal de Noticias today (12/30/07):

http://jn.sapo.pt/2007/12/30/tema_de_domingo/rapto_acidente_mortal_crime_perfeito.html (http://jn.sapo.pt/2007/12/30/tema_de_domingo/rapto_acidente_mortal_crime_perfeito.html)

Abduction, deadly accident or perfect crime?

Probably no incident that occurred in Portugal has ever had such a repercussion, and over such a long time, all over the world as the still mysterious disappearance of Madeleine McCann, on the 3rd of May, in Praia da Luz, Algarve. Still today, after almost eigth months, there is rarely a day when there are no news published about the case. But almost everything remains unclear. What happened that night? Is the little girl dead, or still sequestered? What is the real involvement of the parents? And, if she is dead, where is the body?

The 'invasion' of the British media - which dragged the media from almost every country along - made Portugal enter the news even in the most remote corner of the world. The monumental media campaign that was built by the parents, with the objective support of the British government, at the highest level, led to the indication of hundreds of clues and sightings of the child, then 3 years old, which would end up revealing themselves as false.

But the drama that surrounds the destiny of the little girl with the mark in her eye increased notoriously when, in late July, early August, the investigation started to point at the parents, doctors Kate and Gerry McCann, as possible suspects of a probably accidental death. And why? Because two English dogs, of 'springer spaniel' breed, that are unique in the world, detected residues of blood and cadaver odour in the apartment where the McCann family spent their holidays. The gathering of these clues lead to believe that Maddie died on the location where it was said she had been abducted from - and her cadaver concealed.

Meanwhile, the wave of solidarity with the couple had reached gigantic proportions. A Fund of millions of euros was started to help in the search for Madeleine, and even the Pope had received the McCann family during a visit. But, with the parents as suspects, were we facing an enormous fraud?

The key to the mystery seemed to lie in the samples of biological fluids and hair that were collected also from a car that had been rented by the couple, and sent to Birmingham, in England, where a laboratory is located that is considered to be one of the most sophisticated in the world. But the results were inconclusive, and raised the possibility that the residues may belong to relatives, after all.

Still, as soon as the first test results were known, Kate and Gerry were interrogated and made arguidos by the Policia Judiciaria. The silence when faced with questions that concerned the residues that had been collected by the dogs and the investigators raised more suspicions over a couple that had taken care of an extremely professional relationship with the media since the very beginning - controlled by press aides that were connected to the British government.

This fact, in association with governmental contacts and connections between Gerry and the English prime minister, Gordon Brown, has also elevated a police case to the political level. Even the Portuguese prime minister, Jose Socrates, admitted that the case was included in a conversation with Brown.

What was - and is - at stake is the image of the Portuguese Justice itself, and the effectiveness of the criminal investigation. Even the investigators, and their personallives, were under the media scrutiny. This contributed to the removal of Goncalo Amaral, one of the investigation's coordinators, and his substitution by Paulo Rebelo, one of the PJ's top officers. Now, the investigation is verifying again all the possible explanations for whatever happened that night. But, until today, we are apparently looking at a perfect crime.

01-02-2008, 12:16 PM
in 24Horas this morning:

http://24horasnewspaper.com/total.php?numero=2729&link=09 (http://24horasnewspaper.com/total.php?numero=2729&link=09)

Judicial deadlines generate confusion in the Maddie case

Murat could stop being an arguido as soon as tomorrow

If the judge that is reponsible for the Maddie case does not declare the process' special complexity, it may become public as soon as tomorrow

The Maddie case could become public as soon as tomorrow. On the 3rd of January, eight months have been completed since the English girl disappeared, and according to the new Penal Process and Penal Code, that is the deadline to accuse the first arguido in the case - Robert Murat. But a confusion has set in concerning the deadlines, which could lead to everything staying the same. Because nobody knows exactly whether the time frame is counted from the day that Maddie disappeared, or from the day that Murat was made an arguido, on the 14th of May. If that is the case, it will be a few days until the process becomes public.

But there is another factor that might change all this: the Public Ministery could, during today, declare a special complexity to the process, thus extending the investigation's deadline.

"Until now, we have not been notified about any request from the Public Ministery to have the process declared exceptionally complex. Apart from that, there would have to be strong bases for this to happen, namely the possibility of criminal association or of terrorism, which is not the case", Francisco Pagarete, Murat's lawyer, stated to 24Horas.

But this lawyer does not know himself where he stands at the moment: "I don't know when the process was opened. Whether on the day that the child disappeared, whether when Robert was made an arguido. The truth is that there are no fundaments to keep my client in a situation where he is a suspect. If this situation is continued, that would be cruelty", he said.

Lawyers silent

From the Portuguese lawyers that defend the McCanns, Rogerio Alves and Carlos Pinto de Abreu, there is only silence: "We don't speak about the case", they say.

Nobody knows exactly when the process of the Maddie case can be consulted. The decision lies with judge Pedro Frias, who is in charge of the process. "It will be very difficult to declare the special complexity if there is no drugs trafficking, no indication of criminal association or terrorist threat. Plus there are no arguidos under arrest. How is complexity justified?", Francisco Pagarete questions.

What the law says

According to several jurists, the new legislation has not changed the deadlines, but its consequences. The magistrate from the Public Ministery that holds the process - Magalhaes e Meneses - has to communicate the violation of the deadline to his hierarchical superior - in this case, the District Attorney of Evora, Luis Bilro Verao. This communication is also made to the lawyer, the victim and the arguido, and those acquire the right to know the totality of the process.


There are only two exceptions to prevent the arguidos from consulting the process: the investigators can ask the judge directly for an extension of the deadline, thus gaining the Public Ministery an 'oxygen balloon'.

01-02-2008, 12:19 PM
Well, that catches us up to present since 12/3/07. All the articles posted since 12/3/07 were copied from: http://helpmadeleine.proboards79.com/index.cgi?board=latest&action=display&thread=1197741018

It has been very quiet in the portuguese press since early December.

01-03-2008, 03:06 PM
in Jornal de Noticias this morning:


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"Maddie case" under secrecy for another three months

The investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, on the 3rd of May 2007, is most likely to remain subject to the judicial secrecy for another three months, under a declaration of exceptional complexity of the process that should be requested by the Public Ministery. The request to the instruction judge should be made before the 14th of this month, when eight months have passed into the inquiry, the maximum applicable deadline for this process.

The Penal Process Code stipulates that, after the maximum deadline for the duration of the inquiry has been surpassed, without a dispatch of accusation or archiving, the process should leave the judicial secrecy. But the same law foresees that an inquiry could be declared to be of special complexity due to the "highly organised character of the crime". The fact that there has been no body found yet, and that there is no conclusive evidence concerning the alleged involvement of Robert Murat or of the McCann couple, could place the case under this concept.

The date of January 14 as the limit for the Public Ministery to present its request for such a declaration to the judge, is due to the fact that it was on the 14th of May that Robert Murat was constituted as an arguido. Francisco Pagarete, Murat's lawyer, has a request for the lifting of the judicial secrecy still pending.

01-03-2008, 03:07 PM
in 24Horas this morning:


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Madeleine McCann case could leave judicial secrecy

Judge decides destiny of the process today

Eight months of investigations, three arguidos and little evidence against whomever. The Madeleine McCann case could experience a development today, if judge Pedro Frias decides to make the case a public process today. The deadline for the inquiry has been reached, according to the new Penal and Penal Process Codes. Until this edition was closed, there had been no communication to the arguidos' defense lawyers about a decision to declare the process of exceptional complaxity, which would allow for the deadline to be extended another three months (that can be further renewed).

The process lies in the hands of the judge of criminal instruction at the Portimao Court.

Yesterday, criticism was made - anonymously - about the Spanish private detective agency Metodo 3. "Whenever a decisive date approaches, that firm draws a new 'rabbit out of the hat'. They even placed an emailinto circulation, this week, in which they stated that the PJ in Faro had ignored a denunciation that had allegedly been made by a lady that resides in Vilamoura", said a judicial senior officer who has closely accompanied the investigations.

01-04-2008, 05:22 PM

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PJ may apprehend Kate McCann's diary

It is one of the requests that are included in the rogatory letters that will be sent to England

The Policia Judiciaria (PJ) may soon apprehend the diary of Kate McCann, the mother of the English girl that disappeared in the Algarve eight months ago. The request for the apprehension of Kate's diary is included in the rogatory letters that will be sent to England and which, according to 'Correio da Manha', should be delivered today at the Courthouse in Portimao.

In the rogatory letters, the PJ requests the interrogation of the McCanns' friends, as well as the apprehension of some objects, which include Kate's diary and the toy where the English dogs detected cadaver traces.

According to 'Correio da Manha', Kate's diary was found in the house that the McCanns rented, and inside, among other things, Maddie's mother complains about her children being hysterical and that her husband does not help her the way he should. In the diary, according to the same newspaper, Kate revealed some tiredness over the daily caretaking of her children.

01-04-2008, 10:32 PM

Police has new evidence against Madeleine's parents (http://gazetadigitalmadeleinecase.blogspot.com/2008/01/police-has-new-evidence-against.html)

Investigation about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from a quiet resort at Praia da Luz had “important developments” in the last weeks, after a Portuguese police team met with Leicestershire police and representatives from Forensic Science Service, the British laboratory where samples collected at the crime scene are being analysed.

On a preliminary report about the case, recently sent to the Public Prosecutor's Office, Polícia Judiciária (PJ) states that the parents remain the main suspects. Among other pieces of new evidence, there is a specific phone call and several messages, send from Ocean Resort, that are classified by investigators as “highly incriminating” Gerry and Kate McCann.

The same evidence also gave indications about how the body of Madeleine McCann could have been taken from the apartment and disposed of. Today, it was confirmed by a source from the Public Prosecutor's Office that a request to extend the time limit for the case will be filed, with the Criminal Court, before January 14, eight months after the first formal suspect was named.

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01-07-2008, 09:46 AM
in 24Horas this morning (1/5/07):


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Police believe they have enough evidence for accusation
PJ wants to reconfirm statements

The evidence that has so far been collected by the authorities within the Maddie case are considered to be enough to sustain an accusation against the present arguidos in the process (Murat and the McCann couple), a senior police officer has revealed to 24Horas.

"A few diligences still have to be carried out, namely in England, but most of the evidential elements have already been collected. We just want to reconfirm some of the statements that were made by the McCanns and their friends in the days that followed the child's disappearance. But there are things that do not depend solely on us, and the Republic's attorney in Portimao can still demand the execution of other actions within the process", the same source explained.

The need to interrogate the friends of Kate and Gerry McCann again, appeared after the PJ in Faro was contacted by the lawyers of two of the friends that dined with the McCanns in the Tapas Bar, on May 3, informing that those witnesses intended to change their statements.

"At this moment - unless something extraordinary comes up - it is not necessary to collect any more evidence except the testimonies. The process is simple and in progress, according to the law. The inquiry deadlines are going to be respected, but, naturally, the process depends on the speed at which the rogatory letter will be executed", the senior police officer told 24Horas. All the interrogations that are requested by the Portuguese authorities will be carried out by the British policemen. The PJ's inspectors can only attend.

01-07-2008, 09:47 AM
in Diario de Noticias this morning (1/5/07):


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Rogatory letters still to be approved

The documents that will be sent to Maddie's parents are being translated and reviewed

The rogatory letters that are destined to again question the parents of Madeleine McCann and the friends that spent their holidays with them at the Ocean Club, when the little girl disappeared, have already been delivered by the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) to the Public Ministery (PM) and are being "the object of translation, revision and approval", a source within the Republic's General Attorney told DN yesterday.

Contrary to what was reported by a Portuguese newspaper yesterday, according to which the rogatory letters have already been delivered to the court, the process will still take some time, namely taking into account the number of questions that are included in the documents (approximately fourty) and the need for a reliable and rigorous translation. Therefore, it is still not known when the inspectors from the Judiciaria, accompanied by the prosecutor from the Public Ministery in Portimao, Jos&#233; Magalh&#227;es e Menezes, who is in charge of the inquiry's process, will leave to England for the new questionings and other possible diligences that could include, according to the same newspaper, the apprehension of Kate McCann's diary. On this matter, the source at the Republic's General Attorney's office that was contacted by DN said "there is nothing to say". The letters started to be prepared two months ago.

01-07-2008, 09:49 AM
in Jornal de Noticias this morning (1/5/07):


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PJ wants to know more about Kate's diary

Madeleine McCann's mother is most likely to be reinterviewed concerning the contents of her diary, which was discovered by the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) in September last year during a search at the McCann couple's house. This is one of the diligences that are foreseen within the rogatory letters that are already prepared and will shortly be sent to England, where more diligences within the investigation will be carried out.

The PJ's investigation, now coordinated by Paulo Rebelo as the new head of the Criminal Investigation Department of the PJ in Portimao, intends to determine whether that document, which was copied, can effectively be designated as the "diary" of Kate McCann. Furthermore, they want Madeleine's mother to explain how far some of the writings that were found in it actually reach. The confidences, which have not been confirmed as to their exact contents, reportedly concern the mood towards Maddie and the rest of the family. The PJ reportedly also wants to seize the original diary.

The rest of the diligences that are contained within the rogatory letters will focus on new questionings of the friends of Kate and Gerry McCann. The contradictions that were detected in the statements that were made after the child disappeared, on the 3rd of May last year, at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, Lagos, are the main issue. Namely concerning the routines of surveillance over the children, which, if they occurred as the witnesses stated, would have rendered the sequestration of the child nearly impossible.

According to the normal deadlines for the inquiry, the process would stop being covered by the judicial secrecy on the 14th of this month. But the Public Ministery is most likely to classify the process as being "especially complex", which, if accepted by the judge, extends the judicial secrecy for at least another three months.

01-07-2008, 09:50 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning (1/5/07):


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Rogatory letters: Judiciaria delivers requests
PJ wants to attack the friends' pact of silence

The Policia Judiciaria is going to England to interrogate the McCanns' friends. The diligence is considered fundamental, as the investigators believe that this way they may break the pact of silence within the group of English citizens that accompanied the couple on their holidays in the Algarve, during the first days of May last year.

The questions that will be asked from the nine persons have already been written down by the Portuguese investigators, who will only accompany the English policemen. They will not be able to ask any questions themselves, but they can give indications to their counterparts.

This diligence is thus considered of essence for the investigation. The PJ believes that a pact of silence exists, due to the group's practices - they all had small children that always went to sleep at 8 p.m. and that remained alone in their rooms while their parents dined - which may have created a 'strange' unity, which dictated silences, omissions and even some complicity in the facts that happened after the disappearance of Madeleine became public.

It is within these questionings that the Policia Judiciaria believe they may be lucky. A detail, a loose end, that could lead the investigators on the child's trail - a child which the police believes is dead and whose body may have been hidden as early as the evening of May 3 in the surroundings of the resort in Praia da Luz.

When the diligence is carried out and the results are sent to Portugal, the PJ will study the possibility of questioning the child's parents again - a situation that would prompt a new rogatory letter and the same bureaucracies of the ones that will now be sent to England and took almost three months of preparation.

According to what was reported by Correio da Manh&#227; yesterday, within the diligence that will now be carried out - which should be executed before the end of this month - the authorities will also seize Kate McCann's diary. The document was written after the child disappeared and the authorities believe it can reveal the mother's personality. The copies of the diary have been appended to the process, but the authorities intend to seize the original. In this diary, Kate complained about her children being hysterical and lamented the lack of Gerry's support in the caretaking of twins Sean and Amelie, who are less than two years old.

The Policia Judiciaria has meanwhile asked the instruction judge for the apprehension of the diary, because it is an element that reveals the private life. The understanding of Portuguese law is that its apprehension obeys specific rules, and should only be carried out under special circumstances.

There are also opinions that defend that the document cannot be validated as it is a free text, where persons reflect sentiments that may not even be real, and facts that may not have occurred.

Secrecy is kept

The process' secrecy is going to be kept for at least another three months. The Public Ministery is going to request it and everything indicates that the judge will approve the request. The argumentation will probably not differ much from that which was used when the lawyers were first refused access to consult the process - it is a particularly sensitive case because of the media attention it's under, and there is the risk of disturbing the inquiry of many of the facts become public. Concerning the deadlines for the process to remain under secrecy, they are not known. The judge will presumably extend the secrecy for another three months, but nothing prevents a new extension from happening. The understandings concerning this matter are not unanimous.

Murat awaits notification

Francisco Pagarete, the lawyer for Robert Murat, the British citizen that resides in Praia da Luz, awaits the notification from the Public Ministery. "I understand that the inquiry's deadlines were suspended during the holidays. Therefore, I am going to wait a few more weeks for the Public Ministery to conclude the investigation and notify my client", the lawyer told CM, guaranteeing that he will not try to access the contents of the investigation now. "We will wait with serenity. I am convinced that the files concerning Robert Murat will be archived, and I hope it will all be resolved soon", he said. CM knows that the Public Ministery does not intend to issue an intercalary dispatch that archives the facts against the British citizen, as it considers that the rogatory letters should also focus on the presence of the arguido at the resort on May 3.


01-07-2008, 09:52 AM
in Correio da Manha this morning (1/6/07):


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Metodo 3: Low credibility
PJ questions statements

The Policia Judiciaria questions the countless witness statements which, eight months after Madeleine McCann disappeared from a resort in the Algarve, are directed towards the abduction theory. The tourists that the Spanish detective firm Metodo 3, which was hired by the McCanns, managed to find over the last few weeks lead the authorities into believing that one is being confronted with a gigantic propaganda machine.

As recently as this week, an Irish couple came forward to guarantee they saw a man leaving while carrying a child at the same time that the parents mentioned the abduction. They had never said it before, although the case achieved a media projection that had never been seen before in the whole of Europe.

The increase in the number of witnesses that assure that Robert Murat was also near the resort that evening, is also seen with mistrust. Many of those that now incriminate him in public gave opposing versions during the first days, when their memory was fresh and less subject to contamination from the media exposure.

01-07-2008, 01:54 PM
this morning in Correio da Manha:


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Madeleine: Investigation results
Tests mark Maddie's death

The definitive result of the tests that recently arrived from England left no doubts for the Policia Judiciaria's investigators. The blood that was found in the McCanns' car is really from Madeleine, just like the residues that were detected in the house that was rented by the English couple, and from where the child, then aged three, disappeared from without a trace.

The investigation, nevertheless, continues at an impass. Without a cadaver and without any confessions, it will still be possible for the child's parents to create a doubt in court. Not because of the quality of the residues, but because of the method that was used to collect them. "When the residue is not visible to the naked eye, it is necessary to use the 'low copy number'. Which means that the genetic profiles of every person that left traces at the location are extracted. This is not about the contamination of evidence, but about the possibility, an almost academic one, that there is someone who has a genetic profile that is the same as the junction of several others", a source that knows the process has told CM.

Within this scenario - and as Maddie's parents could create the doubt that this is nothing but a huge coincidence - the authorities continue to look for a lucky strike that may change the course of the investigation. The diligences that will be carried out in England over the coming weeks - the questioning of the McCanns' friends and the apprehension of objects like Kate's diary - mean precisely that.

Another barrier for this investigation is the penal context that is at its core. The PJ's inspectors defend that it was an accident, which places the crime on the level of an accidental or negligent homicide. The rest of the crimes are those of concealment of a cadaver and simulation of an abduction, which under no circumstances foresees preventive imprisonment, and the use of evidence like phone listening.

As far as CM was able to discover, even if the friends of the English couple don't add anything to the investigation, the inquiry will most likely produce a public accusation. This is an action that falls under the responsibility of the Public Ministery, though, and the PJ can only suggest the juridical qualification.

Kate and Gerry McCann will also never be judged in Portugal, as the process will be sent to England after it is concluded, where it will be appreciated by that country's Justice.

Madeleine is the daughter of Gerry and Kate McCann

The possibility that Gerry and Kate are not Maddie's parents - given as certain by the 24Horas newspaper - was never anything but an academical possibility, which was dismissed at the beginning of the investigation when the DNA of the missing child was collected. Conceived through artificial insemination, the child's genetic patrimony belongs to the McCann couple.

DNA is not from the twin siblings

Many residues were collected by the PJ, and there is no possibility that those that are attributed to Maddie come from her twin siblings, Sean and Amelie. That possibility was verified, and all the tests were repeated in Portugal and in England. They were also collected at two different moments in time, in May and in August, by investigators from the Scientific Police Lab and experts from the Institute for Legal Medicine.


Blood trail leaves the investigators without doubts

It is not only the fact that traces have been found which coincide with Maddie's DNA, that leads the investigators to believe that this is a death case. It is also the locations where those were found which allow the Policia Judiciaria to reconstruct what happened to the child, on the evening of the 3rd of May, and on the following days.

In the first place, the English dogs detected cadaver odours in the bedroom, in the car boot and on the clothes that Kate was wearing that evening. Then, blood traces were found, not visible to the naked eye, that indicate the presence of the little girl's cadaver behind a sofa in the bedroom and in the boot of the car that was only rented 22 days later.

The PJ also took into account the analysis of several details during the investigation: from the way the furniture was placed inside the house, until the statements of neighbours.

There, the statement of Pamela Fenn, the English citizen that lived in the apartment that was located above the one that was occupied by the McCanns, became fundamental again. On the day before the day that the child disappeared, the local resident heard Maddie's screams. The child cried and screamed for her father, while the emotional lack of control from her mother was audible.

Pamela Fenn even spoke to the McCanns about the noise the children made, which disturbed her, and the McCanns promised that the situation would not be repeated.

CM knows that all the traces that point to the presence of Maddie in the house of the resort in Praia da Luz also allow to define a trail for the passage of the body. Which was then hidden in an unknown location and transported to another unknown location.

It is also reminded that the English dogs later detected the smell of the cadaver next to the spare tire and on the keys of the car that was used by the couple for several months. It was also in that first location (car boot) that the animals again found biological residues from a DNA that matches that of the English girl, and which gave results that dismiss the possibility that they belonged to her twin siblings.


01-09-2008, 06:23 PM
this morning in Correio da Manha (1/8/07):


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Process: Letters should arrive in England this week
Rogatory letters delivered

The rogatory letters where the PJ asks for the renewed interrogations of the McCanns and the seven friends with whom they dined on the evening that little Maddie disappeared, were sent yesterday in the early afternoon by the Public Ministery of Portimao.

CM has established with a source that knows the process that the documents were sent to England through the Eurojust system - which assures the connection between the different Justice departments of the States within the European Union - and that they will only be in the possession of the English police authorities towards the end of this week.

It is only from that moment on that the PJ can initiate the diligences in partnership with the British police. But this does not mean that the Judiciaria will fulfill all the questionings that are requested through the documents.

The delay in the sending of the rogatory letters - which arrived at the Public Ministery on the 7th of December - was due, as CM had reported on the 12th of last month, to the need of the Public Ministery to analyse the documents with extreme attention, and mainly due to the translation work, which was minutious.

New arguida denied

Francisco Pagarete, the lawyer who represents the Anglo-Portuguese Robert Murat - one of the three arguidos that exist in the Maddie case - denies the existence of a fourth suspect that could be involved in the disappearance of the British child, Madeleine McCann. "It is false that I ever said that there is a fourth arguido in this process. It is also false that Michaela Walczuch has been made an arguida. Only my client [Murat] and the McCanns are arguidos", he tells CM, denying statements that were attributed to him by newspaper '24 Horas' and adding that, at the moment, "there is nothing new within the process".

Francisco Pagarete guarantees that he has no knowledge of an extension of the judicial secrecy. "I don't know if the judicial secrecy was extended or if the special complexity of the process was requested. I have not been notified of anything yet. Concerning my client, everything remains the same", he says. Pagarete is confident about the result of the inquiry, but he does not reveal what he thinks about the outcome concerning Robert Murat.

Appeal not to visit Portugal

"Don't go on holidays to Portugal". The sentence, which was introduced within an opinion text from commentator Simon Heffer and published in the Saturday edition of the British newspaper 'Telegraph', intends to tell the English not to come into our country to spend their holidays, especially in the Algarve. According to Heffer, it's time for the British citizens to show more solidarity with Kate and Gerry McCann. "If the McCanns killed Maddie then I'm Barack Obama", he ironises. Heffer also criticises the work of the Policia Judiciaria and suggests that not only did the inspectors do a bad job during the entire investigation and while collecting the forensic evidence, but also that the McCanns are being used as scapegoats. For this commentator, Kate and Gerry were made arguidos solely for Portugal to prove it is competent. "Portugal has revealed it is a banana republic. Whether you have children or not, you should be an adult and poder whether you want to spend your holidays in Portugal", he writes.

01-14-2008, 11:27 AM
in Jornal de Noticias this morning (1/12/07):


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Secret is being kept in Maddie case

The investigation into the disappearance of the English girl, Madeleine McCann, is going to be kept under secrecy for an additional three months. The Public Ministery (PM) has requested the extension of the deadline for the judicial secrecy yesterday, justifying the request with the exceptional complexity of the process.

The request, which was delivered to the instruction judge at the Portimao Court yesterday, appears three days before the date when eight months have been completed after the opening of the inquiry, which is the maximum deadline that could be applied to this process.

On January 14 - the day after tomorrow - the time limit for the presentation of this request would be reached, due to the fact that eight months have been completed since the day that Robert Murat was constituted as the first arguido in the process. Months later, on September 7, Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of the little girl that disappeared from a tourist resort at Praia da Luz on May 3, would follow suit.

According to the Penal Process Code, if the maximum time limit for the duration of the inquiry (eight months) is overstepped without an accusation or archiving dispatch, the process must cease to be under judicial secrecy. The same law also foresees that an inquiry may be declared of an "exceptional complexity" due to the "highly organised character of the crime".

The facts that the child's body has not yet been found, and that there is no conclusive evidence about Murat's or the McCann couple's involvement yet, may frame the case into this legal concept. The Policia Judiciaria continues to investigate this case, while it waits for the rogatory letters to arrive at Leicester Police, in the United Kingdom. Those documents will be used to perform new questionings on the seven friends of the British couple, with whom they spent their holidays, and whose statements are awaited with expectation.

01-21-2008, 11:43 AM
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Parents reveal new sketch

Yesterday, Kate and Gerry McCann launched a new campaign within the search for their daughter, by revealing two images of a suspect that they believe is responsible for the disappearance of the 4-year-old little girl, on May 3, in Praia da Luz (Lagos). The drawings reveal the figure of a man who looks North-African, and who raised suspicions shortly before Madeleine's disappearance.

According to Gail Cooper, an English tourist who stayed with her husband and her granddaughter at the same resort ('Ocean Club') from which Madeleine would later disappear, the man is not a Portuguese citizen and was reportedly seen three times, behaving in unusual ways.

According to the interpretation of the family itself, this man may be the same who was seen by Jane Tanner on the evening when Maddie disappeared, and whose drawing was revealed last October. But, this time, the images reveal details of the suspect's face. A second drawing shows the same man walking, dresses in a brown jacket and a blue pullover.

"There are obvious similarities between both sketches. We are not saying this is definitely the same man, but we want to know who he is and where he is. We want to find him, and quickly", the family's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, stated to JN.

During the presentation of the images, the McCanns' spokesman made an appeal for a worldwide search to find this man, and added that the new images were delivered to the PJ and to Interpol. But the campaign is being run by the private investigation agency Metodo 3, which is located in Barcelona. The drawings were comissioned by the private detectives, and executed by an FBI-trained artist.

With dark hair and a latin look, the suspect that was described by Gail Cooper is approximately 40 years old and very skinny, which are characteristics that fit the description that was made by Jane Tanner to the PJ. This man was seen three times by Cooper, between the 20th and the 22nd of April. On one of the occasions, he reportedly followed a group of children during a walk on the beach, but the witness only revealed her suspicions to the English police after Madeleine's alleged disappearance.

"The police had access to this information, but for some reason no sketch was comissioned. We contacted this witness a week ago, and comissioned this image".

A connection to the disappearance of Mari Luz in Huelva has been dismissed by the McCann team, who still believe that Madeleine may be alive.

01-22-2008, 10:14 AM
this morning (1/20) in Correio da Manha - an opinion article by Moita Flores:


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Maddie and Mari Luz

Mari Luz disappeared from a public area. Maddie and her siblings were abandoned by their parents [...] they were exposed to chance

Every time that a sequence of violent acts occurs, whether homicides, abductions, or terrorist acts, the first exercise that our common sense memory does, is to search for communions and to make analogies that tend to generalistic judgements that puff up one or another solution. When these facts have a strong impact within the media, the level of certainty that is formulated increases even more. It is therefore hardly surprising, that the disappearance of Mari Luz prompted the search for identifications with the Maddie case, leading to the comfortable and opportunistic theory that there are connections between both cases, both being the victims of a sexual predator.

There do not exist. Although close in time, they are absolutely different cases. Beginning with the space where the facts took place. Maddie disappeared from the room where she was sleeping, alongside her siblings, inside the apartment that belonged to her parents, even if only for the duration of their holidays. Mari Luz disappeared from a public space. The time coordinate is also different. The English girl disappeared during the night, the Spanish girl disappeared during the day. The location is also different. Mari Luz disappears in a street of her neighbourhood - and those who know this area in Huelva, know that we are talking about a poor community, of degraded housing or modest construction, which is inhabited by persons with financial difficulties, where the street is used by its inhabitants as a playground. To play on the streets in Torrejon is a socially normal action, there are neighborhood relationships, the bonds of social mutual recognition are evident. It is normal for a mother to send her child shopping. According to the daily behaviour patterns, it cannot be said that the parents abandoned Mari Luz. That space is the community's territory. Maddie and her siblings were abandoned by their parents, in a foreign country, in a quality resort but, due to their short stay, that was strange to them and to their children. They went out to drink while the children were delivered to chance. But within a safe, controlled unit, without space for an abductor to act naturally. The public space is where abductions take place, by excellence. On streets, in shopping areas, on beaches, or when large crowds meet in open air. The private space, the home, is the territory of love, of violence, of tenderness and of death. But this is not where differences end. Mari Luz's parents immediately communicated the case to authorities. The police heard about Maddie long after the English diplomacy and Sky News did. The parents of Mari Luz expose themselves, in their suffering and distress, to the police and to the media. Maddie's parents chose to make emotional appeals but without a coherent explanation about what happened. They brought in a spokesperson to tell the press what it wanted to hear, but themselves, when it was time, refused to talk and left. The organised web never wanted to discuss the case's details. They chose to insult the PJ and the country that gave them shelter.

The truth, the sad truth, is that two children went missing. One, almost certainly, is dead. The other, the authorities still hope to find her alive. I hope they will. Unfortunately, these are not the first cases, and they will not be the last ones. They are cases from our common life. Unfortunately.

01-22-2008, 10:17 AM
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22 January 2008

Sketch: Dozens of witnesses claim they saw him
The suspect is everywhere

Dozens of phone calls were received by detectives who are working for the McCanns, following the disclosure of the photo-fit of a possible suspect. "We received many calls that are not important," admitted to the CM Clarence Mitchell,spokesman of the family, "but at the same time we also received dozens of phone calls with important information," he added.

Clarence Mitchell does not specify from where the calls are made,if they are from British who were in Praia da Luz or residents in the area, but ensures that "many people saw the man on the spot." Nonetheless yesterday in Luz, nobody remembered the individual, McCann's spokesman ensured to the press that there is a girl of 12 years old who remembers the man. Clarence Mitchell, however, did not want to tell who is that mysterious witness.

The detectives of the Spanish agency Metodo 3 that are working for the McCanns are now examining all clues received by telephone. "We can not say that we will find the man but we are trying," said to the CM Clarence Mitchell. "Nor do we say that he is suspect of kidnapping but we want to know if he has anything to do with the disappearance," he added.

The photo-fit is seen as "one of the most important clues that the detectives of Metodo 3 are working on," concluded the spokesman of Kate and Gerry.

Meanwhile,the PJ is still awaiting the response of the British authorities concerning the rogatory letters sent to England, asking for new interrogations to the group that spent holidays in Praia da Luz "Till now there is no novelty," confirmed to the CM source linked to the research.

About this issue, Clarence Mitchell assured that "officially there is no information that PJ wants to interrogate Kate or Gerry." Nevertheless, "they are willing to cooperate with the authorities in order to speed the investigation," the spokesman continued, "they want to show to the Portuguese police they have nothing to do with the disappearance of their daughter."

Clarence Mitchell admitted knowing that there is a request from the Judiciary in Eurojust (the European agency which is the connection between the departments of Justice of the European Union countries), "but I do not know whether they want to question Kate and Gerry, the group of nine friends or just some of them. "

01-22-2008, 12:02 PM
This morning in 24Horas (http://24horasnewspaper.com/total.php?numero=2746&link=09), courtesy of Li at the Mirror Forum

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Nobody in Praia da Luz saw the alleged kidnapper of Madeleine

"I would never forget a face like this"

Many questions the fact that the image only appeared now. There are some that say he looks like Charles Bronson the actor

Text: S&#243;nia Trigueir&#227;o

The inhabitants of Praia da Luz, Algarve, guaranteed that they never saw the man represented in the photo-fit divulged by the McCann's family as being the alleged kidnapper of Madeleine. Almost all of the persons interviewed yesterday by 24 Horas said that if they had seen him they would remember. " I would never forget a face like this", was the most repeated sentence.

Carla, 32 years old and client of the video club Eureka had already seen the photo in the newspapers. "It is strange it only appears now. So many months after people don't remember half of the faces that passed through here at the time. Nonetheless, I think that if I have seen him I would never forget", she said to 24 Horas. And she added that the photo reminded her of someone: " When I saw that photo in the newspapers it seemed to me like Charles Bronson".

Edward Price, Tuc Price's brother, friend of Robert Murat refused to be photographed seeing the image of the alleged kidnapper but he gave his opinion: "He does not seem alike with anyone I know or I have seen in the area. But 8 months after what are they expecting by showing this image. There are many questions that were not made. How, why only now? ".

Kneen, British citizen, 56 years old, living in Praia da Luz for three years goes further and gives some suggestions to the authorities. "Please! If I was the kidnapper I would never walk in the street like this. I think that they should try to make different images from this one and put them side by side", he said suggesting that they should make another image without the moustache or even with shorter hair. "Does anyone believe that the man was walking in the streets like that waiting to be caught?". Haynes Hubbard, the Anglican priest friend of the McCanns did not recognize the photo: "I only arrived here two months after the disappearance of Madeleine, but after that I never came across with nobody like this man. I wish I did! I could help Gerry and Kate".

We also spoke with some employees of the Ocean Club, the resort from where Madeleine disappeared. None recognised the man.

We heard the same answer in the Baptista's supermarket, the Tapas Bar and in the coffee shops near the beach where the British went during their holidays in Algarve.

01-24-2008, 01:09 PM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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Photofit: Police dismisses any connection to the case
PJ has already spoken to suspect

The "terrifying" man that Gail Cooper described as a suspect, originating the photofit that was released by the McCanns this week, was contacted by the Policia Judiciaria twenty days after the disappearance of Madeleine. After the image was published, the Judiciaria spoke to him again, and at the moment dismisses any connection [of this man] to the case.

A source that is connected to the process has confirmed to Correio da Manha that "at the time, a person that had been pointed out as a suspect by a tourist that had been in Luz, was contacted. He was cleared of any suspicion at that time".

This week, "another English citizen, who spent her holidays in Portugal, pointed out the same person as being the one that was portrayed by the photofit", the same source explains. As a result, the man "was once more contacted and it is clear that he has no connection to the case whatsoever", is being guaranteed.

It should be referred that the PJ does not assume that the man they spoke to is the same that can be seen on the photofit. "In certain aspects he matches the description but, for example, presently the hair even looks different. Now he has rastas", the source says. The Judiciaria is not giving a lot of importance to the image that is being publicised by the McCanns, defending that the photofit "could apply to many persons".

At the time when Madeleine disappeared, on May 3 last year, besides this man "there was also a couple that was indicated as suspicious, by tourists who were there on holidays", the same source continues. The couple "was cleared of any suspicion" after having been contacted by the Judiciaria.

Gail Cooper, who made the description for the photofit, was in Praia da Luz in April.

To the English press, Gail said that, during that month, she saw the person near the Ocean Club apartments, from where Madeleine would disappear in May.

Threatened to get a gun

Correio da Manha, based on information that was given by some locals whom the photofit was shown yesterday, tried to speak to the man who seems to be the one who was heard by the Judiciaria. Our purpose was to hear the person's version about the issue and to confirm whether it actually was the person upon whom suspicions were cast by the English citizens.

The man, who lives in the area between Espiche and Barao de Sao Joao, in the Lagos municipality, reacted intemperately when he was approached by the CM's reporters, and gave us no opportunity to start a dialogue. Surrounded by several dogs, the man even threatened to fetch "the gun" from his house, in order to make the reporters leave the area, and then returned to his house, extremely upset and allowing for no explanations, despite our appeals for him to calm down.



The contact that was made with the person "was in no way an interrogation or a questioning", a source that is connected to the process stressed, "it was an informal contact to clarify any type of suspicion".


Although Clarence Mitchell guarantees that numerous phonecalls have been received, from persons who say they saw the suspect, the PJ has not received any information or denunciation, except for those from the two English citizens.


Gail Cooper, who gave the description that gave origin to the photofit, has returned to Portugal in an attempt to find the individual that looked suspicious to her, the British press reveals. "I have returned because I want to help", Gail said. The English citizen is going to try to help the Spanish detective agency Metodo 3, that was hired by the McCanns to find their daughter.

One hundred thousand euros in the fund for MariLuz

The fund that supports the searches to find Mari Luz, the Spanish girl that disappeared 11 days ago in Huelva, has already achieved one hundred thousand euros, Luis Molina, the family's spokesman, has confirmed to CM. The bank account that was opened at the BBVA to finance the campaign "started out with 400 euros and has grown every day", said this element of the family, which considers the possibility of using this money to pay for private detectives. The searches are ongoing on location, namely in the area of the Marina in Huelva. As the chief inspector of the Policia Nacional, Jose Tocornal, told CM, all the garbage from the city continues to be analysed "until next week" and clues are searched for "at construction dump areas". The authorities guarantee that "all the informations are being investigated".

01-31-2008, 03:24 PM
in 24Horas this morning:


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Rogatory letter was in England but was returned to the State Attorney
English tantrum delays process

The letter that was destinated to interrogate the McCanns and their friends returned because of simple bureaucratic problems. The PJ was unaware of this whole story

A veritable 'tantrum' from the English is delaying the conclusion of the investigations into the Madeleine case. The English have already held the letter that contains the questions that the PJ wants to be asked from the McCann family and their friends - sent by Eurojust, the European entity that is competent to establish the judicial connection between various countries - but their understanding was that some bureaucratic formalities were not being observed. And they requested a new letter.

The team of investigators which is led by Paulo Rebelo was unaware of this situation. "It took us a month to elaborate the questions and to request the translation. All that work was done during the end of the year 2007. We always thought that the letter was in England, to be executed", says a source at the PJ that is connected to the process.

The first letter that was sent to the Home Office - the equivalent to our Interior Administration Ministery - gathered all the conditions that were necessary to be immediately accepted.

"The letter was translated and duly prepared. Two persons from Eurojust had been working on it, not in terms of the contents, but of the legal procedures, so it could be executed. One was a Portuguese jurist, the other was English. There were direct contacts with the Home Office. Unfortunately, the English understood that there were still some procedures that should be observed and demanded that the letter was sent through normal diplomatic channels, and not through Eurojust", Jos&#233; Lopes da Mota, the president of that entity, explained to 24Horas.

Second version

"The case is being followed by us with a lot of attention. The English could have accepted the version that we prepared, but that did not happen. They made suggestions and we transmitted them to the competent authorities. At this moment, there is a second version of the rogatory letter that is following the legal diplomatic channels that were demanded by the British. But that does not mean it's the final one. There have been cases where we had to send three or four versions for this type of request to be accepted. The English just asked for the letter to be reformulated, according to their right", Lopes da Mota said.

A source at the State Attorney's Office clarified yesterday that the letter was sent by the Public Ministery via Eurojust at the beginning of this month, but "the English authorities raised some questions from that European entity". Therefore, the State Attorney's Office admitted, "the letter was sent back to the Public Ministery".

And it concludes: "The State Attorney's Office is now trying to solve a problem it did not create".

02-04-2008, 02:45 PM
A summary of news from PT today:

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Antonio Cluny, the president of the Magistrates' Union, considers it is 'extremely worrying' that the ND of the PJ makes any comments about pending processes, and asks for such situations not to be repeated. A source that is close to Mr Ribeiro speaks of misinterpretation, saying his words meant to say that if the McCanns had remained as witnesses, they might not have left to England as soon as they did, and might have been more cooperative with Justice. The suspicions of the PJ about the McCann couple remain unchanged. The underwater searches that were comissioned by a lawyer from Madeira, in the reservoir near Silves, continue.


Two opinion articles have been translated by Li and posted by HappyDog.

The statements of Alípio Ribeiro generate dissatisfaction in the Criminal Police


The inspectors are against the statements made by the national director

The discontent is installed amidst the inspectors of the Judicial Police (PJ) of Algarve. The problem were the statements made by the national director, Alípio Ribeiro, to the programme "Diga lá Excelência" of the RR and to the newspaper Público, in which he acknowledges there has been "some haste" to constitute arguidos Gerry and Kate McCann for the supposed death of their daughter Madeleine ,nine months ago, in Praia da Luz, near Lagos, where the family spent holidays and the child disappeared. The researchers continue to suspect of the involvement of the British couple in the concealment of the body of the girl on the night of May 3, 2007, although the results of the samples of blood and hair collected are not conclusive.

When the mother of Maddie was heard on 6 and 7 September,at the Department of Criminal Investigation (DIC) of Portimão of the PJ, several inspectors wanted to arrest her. However, the public prosecutor of Portimão, José Magalhães e Menezes, objected to. Even so, and already after Gerry and Kate have returned to the United Kingdom, some researchers involved in the process maintained the conviction that they have evidence that could lead to the preventive arrest of the couple. Only the political pressure from the British have prevented them from going further.

The DN found, that there are people in the PJ that understand that the new declarations of Alípio Ribeiro are nothing more than a situation of bluff, and were only meant to "test waters".

In the interpretation of some inspectors,when the national director of the Judicial Police talked about "precipitation" in the constitution of Madeleine's parents as defendants, that still remain subjected to Term of identity and residence in England, he did it to "see what were the reactions of the McCanns and also the Portuguese. "

Other researchers have confessed their "dissatisfaction" by the assertions of Alípio Ribeiro, saying "it's difficult to work in a country that most resembles a banana Republic. The more you do you can not make a difference" .

Astonished and speechless facing the interview of the national director of the PJ is the lawyer of the Portuguese-British Robert Murat, the first to be constituted defendant in Madeleine's case on May 14, 2007, on suspicion of kidnapping, and after his mother's house was passed through fine comb, about two hundred meters of the apartment of The Ocean Club, where the child disappeared, as well as the inspection to the family's car. "I find this all very strange",said yesterday to the DN Francisco Pagarete.

With a sad voice,the lawyer refused to make more comments. He did not mention if he is also considering requiring to the MP the withdrawal of the status of arguido of Robert Murat. "It is a situation that I have not yet looked at," noted the lawyer which, as the DN advanced at the time, bet in the closure of the case concerning his client from November 13, 2007, when seven months since he was accused were completed. "I do not intend to make any comment in relation to the statements.I will not react in any way," insisted the lawyer, not hiding his surprise by the considerations outlined by the maximum responsible of the PJ.

(from: http://helpmadeleine.proboards79.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&thread=1202065806&page=6 post #75)

Investigation: the suspicion concerning the couple continues
Magistrate asks silence to the Director of the Criminal Police

The experience of Alípio Ribeiro as a magistrate "perhaps" had led him "to another evaluation," he said to the Radio Renascença about the decision of the public prosecutor (MP) in constituting the McCanns arguidos.Meanwhile a source close to the national director of the PJ told the CM that when he spoke of "precipitation" he was misinterpreted, the President of the Association of Magistrates of the Public Prosecutors responds: "I do not know if he is right or not, but this conduct of speaking about pending cases is extremely worrying. "

Anthony Cluny says he does not know the process, but what "concerns him is starting to see that the high responsible for the legal institutions do not restrain themselves to comment on pending cases - which can lead precisely to misinterpretation. " And he leaves an implicit appeal to the Director of the PJ, " this kind of situation should not be repeated: it's needed containment and reserves in the speech" from now on.

In any case, the CM found that the suspicions of the PJ on the McCanns concerning the eventual death of their daughter remain. And a source close to Alípio Ribeiro says that the words of the director will have been in the sense that if Kate and Gerry had been kept witnesses, as would dictate the new Criminal Procedure Code (CPP), "perhaps they had not depart immediateyl to England . And they would be more cooperative with the Justice. "

The day the PJ decided to tighten the siege to the McCanns,with searches and interviews of 11 hours to Kate, for example, "there was no other option but to constitute them arguidos" - we were on September 7 and the new CPP came into force a week later. The current law requires that there is a "reasonable suspicion" to constitute anyone arguido and, until September 15, "any suspicion that existed obliged to that constitution."

The suspects benefited with the measure taken and " the investigation was undermined." If the Public Prosecutor had expected one week for the new law, "it would be possible to keep them as witnesses and they would be more cooperative with the following steps."

Instead, we are seeing for more than two months an attempt to question the friends of the couple, by rogatory letters that, as the CM published last week, have not yet left the Attorney General's Office.

"THERE WAS A PRECIPITATION": Alípio Ribeiro, director of the PJ

-Do you consider that there was a precipitation in constituting arguidos Kate and Gerry McCann?

Alípio Ribeiro - Today, at this distance, with the experience I have as a public prosecutor - although the constitution of defendants in investigations ... the Director of the Judicial Police does not give orders - perhaps another evaluation should have been made. I have no doubt about that.

- Was there some precipitation?

- There was some precipitation.
Precipitation as "An unexpected acceleration or hastening"

(from: http://helpmadeleine.proboards79.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&thread=1202065806&page=6 post #80)


Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who is one of the most popular commentators on Portuguese tv, said that Mr Ribeiro's statements are 'very grave' and that they have killed the PJ's investigation.


Diario de Noticias reports that Mr Ribeiro's words have created an ill feeling within the PJ, because the investigators still suspect that the parents were involved in the concealment of the child's corpse. Several investigators wanted to detain Mrs McCann when she was questioned on September 6/7, and even after the McCanns returned to England, some investigators remained convinced that they had enough evidence to request the preventive imprisonment of the couple. Only the political pressure from the English prevented this from happening. Some people at the PJ believe that Mr Ribeiro was 'testing the waters' to watch for reactions. Others have expressed their 'insatisfaction' over his words. Mr Pagarete, Murat's lawyer, could hardly conceal his surprise over Mr Ribeiro's statements. He did not comment, but it is reported that he found the whole situation very strange.


Jornal de Noticias reports about Mr Mitchell demanding that the McCanns be immediately relieved of their arguido status, and stating that they are innocent.


24Horas reports that the McCanns forgive the PJ and that they want their arguido status removed so they can fully cooperate with the Policia Judiciaria. The Public Prosecutor's Office states that the McCanns' processual status will be reappreciated 'in due time'. The McCanns issued no comments about the searches that are being carried out by the lawyer from Madeira, in the Silves reservoir. The lawyer, Marcos Aragao, says he has the support of Metodo 3, although the searches are being entirely financed by himself.


Diario Digital extensively reports about Mr Cluny's comment, as the head of the Magistrates' Union asked for the observation of the Duty of Reserve, i.e. that those who lead judiciary or parajudiciary institutions should not comment on open processes. This seems to be a new trend in Portugal: everyone thinks he/she has a right to comment on everything, even against clear ethical guidance rules that are mentioned in the Law.


Radio Renancenca also reports on Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa saying, yesterday evening on tv, that Mr Ribeiro's statements were extremely serious and have 'killed' the Judiciaria's investigation.


TVI reports that the McCanns have asked to stop being arguidos. This morning, the news on TVI were reporting that their arguido status would only be reappreciated 'in due time', according to what has been stated by the Public Prosecution Office.


Destak, a free daily newspaper, cites Rogerio ALves, one of the Portuguese lawyers that represent the McCanns, as saying that he is pondering the presentation of a request to relieve the McCanns from arguido status, and to make them assistants in the process, which they would have become if they hadn't been made arguidos (assistant is a status that basically is given to the victim, or to the victim's next of kin, as assistants to the Public Prosecution).

02-11-2008, 01:51 PM
in Correio da Manha today (2/5):


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Maddie case prompts crisis within Justice
Director's statements open new war at the PJ

After having set Gon&#231;alo Amaral aside because of public statements from the officer that was in charge of the Maddie case investigation, the national director is now under fire for having said, also publicly, that there was 'precipitation' from the entity that he directs and from the Public Ministry in constituting the McCanns as arguidos.

Alipio Ribeiro's statements contradict what he defended himself about the Maddie case earlier on (see column with citations) and are classified as 'very serious' by judges and prosecutors, but also by high-ranking officials within the Judiciaria, who did not appreciate the director's stance. CM asked the Ministry of Justice whether Alipio Ribeiro, a longtime friend of [Justice Minister] Alberto Costa, has the necessary conditions to remain in his post, but until this edition closed, there was no reply. The Public Prosecutor's Office has also remained silent.

An exclusive decision for the PJ

The Public Ministry agreed, but the decision to make Kate and Gerry McCann arguidos was taken by Goncalo Amaral, a coordinator at the PJ and the official who was formerly in charge of the case. He took "a decision that was exclusively from the PJ, which has autonomy within the investigation", a senior police officer recalls for CM. And he adds: "The national director speaks of precipitation now, based on his experience as a prosecutor within the Public Ministry - but, by doing this, he is distancing himself from the entity that he directs, in order to position himself alongside the magistrature."

Alipio Ribeiro's statements didn't go well with the PJ's high-ranking officials, having been seen "once again" as coming from "someone who does not defend his police, and who likes to reaffirm his status as a magistrate under these situations - more balanced than policemen when it is time to make decisions".

Another leading PJ official says that this is not the first time that the national director has surprised with his public statements. When he was questioned by journalists over the role that the Public Ministry's special team, lead by prosecutor Helena Fazenda, has in fighting crime in Oporto nightlife, Alipio Ribeiro said it was "to investigate. But he showed a complete lack of knowledge because the processes that concern those crimes were already being investigated by the PJ in Oporto..."

Searches in the Arade reservoir have been suspended

The searches that have been comissioned by Madeira lawyer Marcos Arag&#227;o in the Arade reservoir, near Portimao, were suspended yesterday, and today it was not yet known whether they would continue. The decision was prompted by the divers' tiredness, due to the difficulties they encountered in exploring the area. At the reservoir's bottom, visibility is almost none and the divers search only with their hands.

Marcos Aragao is determined not to abandon the searches. He is convinced that Madeleine's body was dumped in that location, and the lawyer guaranteed to CM that "until the reservoir is completely searched" he has no reasons "to doubt the leads". Leads that he states he collected, but which he does not reveal.

During the four days that the searches in the reservoir have lasted for, the divers only found a rope made out of blinds' strings and a piece of wood. The operation started on Thursday and lasted until Sunday. Marcos Arag&#227;o guarantees that he has spent approximately five thousand euros out of his own pocket.

Alipio Ribeiro's contradictions

- "I don't see that as predictable [changing coercion measures on the couple], even though it is a decision that is for the Public Ministry to make, which has accompanied the entire investigation because its direction belongs to them. It is obvious that they will evaluate the situation, but I don't see a need for that, at the moment." September 10, on RTP

- "All the investigation lines will remain open. There will only be conclusions drawn at the end. At this moment, it would be speculation and none of us wants to prompt speculation because that would hurt the investigation. This is not an easy investigation." October 10, during a press conference

- "[The rogatory letter to interrogate the McCann couple's friends] is ready and will travel to England with a team, within days. [...] The investigation lacks a click." October 21, to 'El Pais'

Lawyers explore statement

The Portuguese lawyers that represent the McCanns, Carlos Pinto de Abreu and Rogerio Alves, didn't loose any time, and after Alipio Ribeiro's words were published, they revealed that they are pondering a request to change Kate and Gerry's status in the process: from arguidos to assistants.

"Normally, the arguido situation runs until the end of the inquiry. But during the inquiry there can be a change of status", the former head of the Bar explained, and admitted to request the change from arguido status to that of assistants to the Public Ministery "in short term".


"Offend the Police and the Public Ministery" Rui Rangel, Judge

"The statements from the PJ's director are what is precipitated, extremely serious and needless. They show a lack of responsibility and they offend the credibility of the PJ and the Public Ministry."

"Those are complicated statements" Ant&#243;nio Martins, Judge

"Those are complicated statements, internally for the Policia Judiciaria to begin with, in the relationship between that police force and the Public Ministery, and for him personally."

"It is serious. He could not speak out." Fernando Negrao, Former Director of the PJ

"Those are serious statements. And there was precipitation, yes, but from the PJ's director. It is not a part of his job to speak out about about a process that is under investigation and which has a person that is responsible for it, who is the prosecutor."


02-12-2008, 09:28 AM
I'm stealing this translation from 3A's - posted by Li - it's today's (2/11) 24Horas article:


The trial of Kate and Gerry McCann will be held in Portugal if they are accused

The public prosecutor of Portim&#227;o has a problem in his hands and only the new questioning to Maddie's parents can solve the case. The bet is from the judge

Text Carlos Tom&#225;s

In the edge of the sword. All the investigation of Maddie's case runs the risk to return to zero. The PJ was unable till know to reunite any evidence that allows the public prosecutor of Portim&#227;o, Magalh&#227;es e Menezes to accuse without doubt the four arguidos in the process.
The public prosecutor wants, according to judicial sources, to advance with an accusation based on the strong belief of the judge who has the process, Pedro Frias.
"The truth is that evidence collected are not 100&#37; conclusive. But everything points out to the involvement of the parents in the disappearance of the child. From the vestiges of blood found in the flat to the DNA tests and the evidence collected in the car rented by the couple 25 days after the disappearance. The testimonies also don't leave doubts. But in the end there isn't a heavy evidence. It's all a question of strong belief" said a judicial source.
The same source adds: "All the evidence depends of the results that will be obtained after the rogatory letter that was already sent to England. We expect to find contradictions between the depositions made by the McCanns and their friends. The key to the mystery may be in these new depositions but is a very tiny hope because the couple and their friends have been meeting to get their stories right when confronted with the authorities".

The Public Prosecutor has "the hot potato" in his hands

Magalh&#227;es e Menezes, has acording to several PJ sources contacted by the 24 Horas a "hot potato in his hands".
If he shelves the case all the public opinion will criticise him. If he accuses we won't get ride of all the pressures that have been a constant in this case, not only by the McCanns but also by their defenders and the British media that have been doing everything to denigrate the image of the Portuguese authorities" said a high responsible in the General's Attorney Office.

"Prosecute the McCanns? I don't believe"

"An accusation against the McCanns? I don't believe. They are suffering in double. They lost a daughter and they are considered suspects? And what about the evidence? I want to believe that the process against them will be shelved. I hope that the case does not go to trial. Based in what? The important is to discover the truth. That is what the authorities must do. I understand that some mistakes might have occurred in the initial phase of the investigation, but that is not McCanns fault". These are the words of the McCanns lawyer Carlos Pinto de Abreu. If the McCanns are prosecuted they will have to return to Portugal to the trial. "In this case if that happens, the trial will take place in Portugal. I don't see any motives to be held in another country. The trials take place in the country where the crime took place", confirmed the lawyer.
http://www.24horasnewspaper.com/total.p ... 63&link=15 (bad link)
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**A big thank you to Li, who gave me permission to copy her translations.

02-12-2008, 09:31 AM
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2/12/08 24Horas

Faces analysis techniques point to failures in the McCanns description

"The kidnapping thesis is ludicrous"

A 3 dimensional video, made by the team Paulo Sargento and Pedro Gamito ridicules the photo-fits

Text Rute Coelho

The work was made during a week by the forensic psychologist Paulo Sargento in partnership with the technological engineer Pedro Gamito.The team juxtaposed the three photo-fits that existed from the presumable kidnapper and work them in 20 programs of faces analysis.
And dismounted the kidnapping thesis, "The kidnapping thesis is ludicrous" defends Paulo Sargento.
The video begins with the first image of the kidnapper (the faceless man) walking with the kid in his arms. In the subtitles, in English, the researcher questions: "How can the first description of the kidnapper be so vague? 1,70 meters high, dark skin, Mediterranean hair. Six months after the first description a second image: "Is it possible not to see the face of someone that carries a child and notice the beige trousers the brown jacket and the classic shoes?"
The video shows "the intuition form of looking to someone that carries a child".You look from the waist to the head and not from the waist to the feet.
Eight months after, the last photo fit the face of the man with beard and long hair. "We show that this photo-fit is inconsistent with the first one. Curiously it keeps the brown jacket and the dark hair, the only common characteristics", referred to 24 Horas Paulo Sargento.

"Neanderthal style"

The "superciliary arcades" (the frontal cranium behind the eyebrows) are the style of the Neanderthal man and point to an archetype of the criminal" the forensic psychologist comments. "This means that is a hybrid photo fit made to give an appearance from the region of the Maghreb. But why must the kidnapper be from Morocco, Spain or Portugal and cannot be Anglo-Saxon? It would even make more sense to be someone who knew the family routine", he concluded. If the PJ wants to use the video it is available on the Internet.

02-14-2008, 11:36 AM

Updated: 14 February 2008

Madeleine case may be dropped



THE MADELEINE McCann case may be dropped by Portuguese police if new evidence to sustain the continuity of the investigation is not found, it is believed in the Portuguese judicial sector.

02-14-2008, 11:37 AM
This morning, in PT news, there is an article in Correio da Manha which was translated by Li for the 3Arguidos. I'm reposting with permission:



Alberto Costa does not explain the polemic sentence of Alipio

The minister of Justice went yesterday to the Parliament to explain what the national director of the PJ, Alipio Ribeiro, meant when he said that there was a "hasty" in constituting the McCanns arguidos, but after two hours he did not say a lot.

"I don't have and I should not have knowledge of the investigation but I decided that it was my duty to maintain the confidence in the director of the PJ", said Alberto Costa - although Reuters quoted him saying: "We are approaching the conclusion of the case"-, he finished saying that "there is no indication that the process has been affected" by the statement of Alipio Ribeiro.

The minister heard at request of the CDS-PP after he maintained the confidence in the director of the PJ, only got close to a justification for the polemic declaration when he reminded that at 7th of September when the McCanns where made arguidos the penal laws in force where different. "At that time it was not necessary sustained suspicious to constitute anyone arguido", he said, which means that the constitution of the McCanns as arguidos was not made based on sustained suspicions, what reinforces the thesis that the director of the PJ wants to prepare the public opinion to the shelving of the case.

The minister underlined that in United Kingdom and according to a British authority, "80&#37; of the cases alike (to Maddie's) are not solved". He denied also that Alipio Ribeiro has breached the secrecy of law and refused to reveal his opinion about the polemic: "I will never comment public declarations of people that are under my dependency".


Without answer

At least two questions made to the minister did not receive an answer.
"The national director was concerted with you in that declaration?", asked Nuno Melo from the CDS.
"Do you think that the declaration is innocuous?" asked Aguiar Branco, MP from the PSD.


02-14-2008, 11:38 AM
in Diario de Noticias this morning:


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On-site investigation stopped for over a month

Inspectors waiting for the rogatory letters

The Policia Judiciaria's on-site investigation into the Maddie case has been on a standby for over a month, since late December. In January, as far as DN was able to establish, the only diligences that were carried out were mainly related to the photofit and were discrete and informal. This happens at a time when the PJ awaits a green light from the English authorities to watch the interrogations of the McCann couple and their friends that were spending holidays with them in Praia da Luz, where the child disappeared from, following the rogatory letters from the Public Ministery that were again sent to England in January. And at a time when it is stated that the investigation is maintained "with the same intensity" both on the theory of the child's accidental death and concealment of the body by her parents, and on the abduction theory. It is also remembered that yesterday, in Parliament, the minister of Justice guaranteed that the recent statement from the PJ's director saying that there was precipitation in the constitution of arguidos, did not affect the investigation. But the same investigation, as far as diligences on the terrain are concerned, is stalled.

The last movements of the PJ in Praia da Luz, surrounded with utmost discretion, took place during the last week of January, when inspectors approached, in an informal way at the hairdresser's where she works, the present partner of Joaquim Marques, the individual whose physiognomy is similar to that of the photofit that had been released, only a few days earlier, by the McCann couple about the alleged suspect of involvement in the disappearance of Madeleine. As DN was able to establish at that time, it was that person, British citizen Rabecca Barnes, who led the police to the house where the couple lives, in the rural area of Barao de Sao Joao, in the council of Lagos. But early on, the PJ dismissed the involvement of Joaquim Marques, aged 30, who had been condemned for raping a young English citizen in Praia da Luz, in 1996, in the disappearance of Maddie.

Approximately two weeks before that diligence, in early January, the investigators spent five minutes in an informal conversation in a parking lot in Praia da Luz, with an English gardener, after an anonymous email had been sent to British newspapers and to the PJ, associating him to the scenario of Maddie's abduction, because of being a "weird" person. The PJ, that did not even consider the possibility of summoning the man for an interrogation, did not attribute any credibility to this lead, as it is suspected that the email that denounced the gardener was sent by someone who had had personal problems with the person.

The Spanish detective agency Metodo3, which was hired by the McCann couple from October 2007 until March 2008, with the purpose of finding Maddie, continues to hear local residents in the Algarve (and elsewhere). For these investigators, no information in any part of the world can be dismissed. Portugal and Morocco are the countries where presently Metodo 3 intensifies its investigations.

The process concerning the rogatory letters, which include approximately fourty questions, is now regarded as the PJ's last trump card to avoid the archiving of the Madeleine case, especially after the tests on the blood that was found in the apartment and in the car that was rented by the parents revealed themselves as inconclusive.

02-14-2008, 11:39 AM
There is an article in 24Horas that reports on comments from Mr Mitchell and from John McCann, demanding to know what the PJ has done to find Madeleine over the last nine months, and saying that the McCanns are afraid that the PJ did not search for Madeleine, as they were busy trying to accuse the parents.


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(Thanks to summer)

02-18-2008, 02:03 PM
in 24Horas this morning (2/15):


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Inspectors carried out five new interrogations

Judiciaria returned to the Ocean Club

The investigations into the case of the disappearance of Madeleine are not stalled. And they can be extended for another three months

The Policia Judiciaria returned, last week, to the Ocean Club, the resort from where Madeleine McCann disappeared on May 3, 2007. 24Horas was able to establish that the PJ's investigators went to hear five witnesses that had already given their depositions within the investigation.

According to senior officials in the PJ, these are normal investigative procedures. "Diligences have been carried out every day. A team of twenty investigators remains on the case, led by superior coordinator Paulo Rebelo. Several questionings have been repeated and the statements are being duly analysed to try to find some lead that might open a new investigation line", a judicial official that is connected to the investigations guaranteed to 24Horas yesterday.

Michaela's boyfriend questioned

24Horas was able to establish that one of the persons that were questioned again was the boyfriend of Robert Murat's ex-partner, Michaela Walkzuch, a Portuguese man who used to clean the Ocean Club's pools, called Luis Antonio.

Apart from that, the PJ still waits for the McCanns and the friends with whom they had dinner on the evening of the disappearance to be subject to new interrogations, in fulfillment of the rogatory letter that was sent by the Portuguese authorities. The same judicial source also stressed that a new request to the instruction judge at the Portimao Court, Pedro Frias, who holds the process, is being pondered,to extend the investigation deadline for an additional 90 days, if there is not a brief response to the aforementioned letter.


They can rest

The McCanns can rest concerning the investigations into the disappearance of their daughter, because they will not be closed until it is discovered what really happened to the child, an investigator of the case promised to 24Horas. "An investigation of this type is always open and all the clues that keep appearing are duly investigated", he guaranteed.

02-18-2008, 02:07 PM
From Terra Noticias:

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Mari Luz’s family increases the reward to 300.000 euros for information leading directly to the little girl.

In statements to Europa Press, Mari Luz’s father, Juan Jos&#233; Cort&#233;s, explained that direct family members have also decided to sell their possessions with the aim of finding information about what happened to the girl or so that whoever has her releases her after more than a month since her disappearance and that, after more than 3 weeks of the initial reward money being offered, no phone call has yet been received asking for the reward.

In addition, Mari Luz’s family has not yet formalised the contracting of private detectives to “help” in the official investigation, “although yesterday they were going to formalise the contract with the Metodo 3 agency - which is working on the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann – which is too expensive and cannot guarantee all of the investigation” adding that “they are looking into other possibilities”.

02-18-2008, 02:08 PM
Translation: Li

Text Lu&#237;s Maneta

The McCanns promised to "flow" the south of Spain with 18 thousand posters with the images of the three missing children ' Madeleine, Mari Luz and Yeremi - but the truth is that in Huelva, yesterday, there was no sign of the posters.

"I did not see any poster and we were not informed of anything. There is nothing" said to 24 Horas Lu&#237;s Molina, spokesman of the Cort&#233;s family and uncle of Mari Luz, missing since the 13th of January.
The journalists of a city newspaper also searched for the posters made by the McCanns. "We were aware of the initiative through a news agency and we wanted to photograph them but we could not find any", said Raquel Rend&#243;n journalist of the Spanish newspaper "Huelva Informaci&#243;n".
24 Horas questioned the spokesman of the McCanns about the distribution of the posters in Spain but could not get any reply till now. Clarence Mitchell said yesterday to our newspaper that the posters - in which appear the sentence "No nos olvideis" (Don't forget us) on the top of the photo of the missing children - were distributed in several public places, like schools, railway stations and shopping malls. In Huelva, the city where lives the family of Mari Luz Cort&#233;s and where thousands of people have shown through public demonstrations the support to the child and her family nobody saw them. "An action like this should have been agreed with us but nobody told us anything" said Lu&#237;s Molina. Although he recognises that every initiative aimed to divulge the case "might be important" the spokesman of the Cort&#233;s says that he can't even speak about the content of the posters for a simple reason: "I did not see any".
http://www.24horasnewspaper.com/total.p ... 68&link=08

02-18-2008, 02:32 PM
Google translation:


Mari Luz's family rejects a joint campaign with Madeleine
EFE - EFE 15 hours - 15 hours
Huelva, February 17 (EFE) .- The parents of Mari Luz Cortes, the girl Huelva disappeared five weeks ago today, have expressed their rejection of the possibility that her daughter appears on posters together with the British Madeleine McCann, to understand that investigations into both disappearances continue different lines. Huelva, February 17 (EFE) .- The parents of Mari Luz Cortes, the girl Huelva disappeared five weeks ago today, have expressed their rejection of the possibility that her daughter appears on posters together with the British Madeleine McCann, to understand that investigations into both disappearances continue different lines.

At a press conference after talks with the president of the regional government of Andalusia, Manuel Chaves, the father of the child, Juan Jose Cortes, explained that had learned that the family intends Madeleine up posters with photos of the two girls boards, as well as with an image of the British girl with the canary Y&#233;remi Vargas. At a press conference after talks with the president of the regional government of Andalusia, Manuel Chaves, the father of the child, Juan Jose Cortes, explained that had learned that the family intends Madeleine up posters with photos of the two girls boards, as well as with an image of the British girl with the canary Y&#233;remi Vargas.

Cortes has gone further to ensure that recourse to lawyers "for taking the picture of our daughter" for this campaign, as explained, the Portuguese press specifies that would forward through the provision of 4,000 euros by each family. Cortes has gone further to ensure that recourse to lawyers "for taking the picture of our daughter" for this campaign, as explained, specifies that the Portuguese would press forward through the provision of 4000 euros by each family.

Mari Luz's father has indicated that the family is not against cooperating with the search for Madeleine, "and even helping to develop a poster with photos of all missing children," but he understood that it is " two different countries, two different lines of research. " Mari Luz's father has indicated that the family is not against cooperating with the search for Madeleine, "and even helping to develop a poster with photos of all missing children," but he understood that it is "two different countries, two different lines of research . "

For his part, Manuel Chaves has explained that it has met today with parents to express all their solidarity, and hope to the family that everything will have a happy ending ", in addition to realize that they had reminded" that they have the full Administration at its disposal to try to find the girl. " For his part, Manuel Chaves has explained that it has met today with parents to express all their solidarity, and hope to the family that everything will have a happy ending ", in addition to realize that they had reminded" that they have the full Administration at its disposal to try to find the girl. "

"I do not know if he serves them consolation, but if something can serve our support, so we wanted to convey directly," he concluded Chaves. "I do not know if he serves them consolation, but if something can serve our support, so we wanted to convey directly," he concluded Chaves.

Juan Jose Cortes said about the interview: "The president has understood the pain that we have, and such meetings help us at least be backed by the government." Juan Jose Cortes said about the interview: "The president has understood the pain that we have, and such meetings help us at least be backed by the government."

02-18-2008, 02:46 PM

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The Judiciaria is paralysed

Carlos Anjos, the president of the Union of Criminal Investigation Workers, says the statements that the PJ's director made about the Maddie case were a mistake. He blames him for the lack of means and the lack of payment of overtime: there are investigations that are doing the minimum services.

What is the ASFIC's position concerning the statements from Alipio Ribeiro about the Maddie case?

CA - To us, the statements that were made by the PJ's national director were a mistake. He should not have spoken about a process that is under investigation, even for reasons of self defense. But since he spoke about precipitation, it would have been convenient to explain what he understands as precipitation. The controversy would not have existed the way it did.

Was the PJ affected?

CA - It is logical that the director's statements came at a cost. But there was one thing that comforted the ASFIC: I did not feel the PJ under attack. The Judiciaria was set aside, and criticism was directed essentially at the author of the statements.

The director was also criticised over wearing the skin of a magistrate.

CA - For most of the time, Dr Alipio Ribeiro referred to the police as "we policemen", and at that point, he said "as a magistrate, I think..." Sincerely, we don't like to see the national director of the police wearing the skin of a magistrate, no matter who he is. We don't ask him to renegate his past, but to be a policeman for the time that he spends in the police.

Do you think that Alipio Ribeiro is independent from the person who nominated him, the Justice Minister and friend Alberto Costa?

CA - All the PJ's directors enter with the tag of governmentalised, and leave with the tag of politically independent. Is there an official post in Portugal that is not nominated by the government? Even the PGR [Public Prosecutor] is chosen by the government and nominated by the President... I don't know if the director is a friend of the Justice Minister or not. While he is here, he is logically our director.

Do the serious economical problems of the PJ still stand?

CA - This director has brought in new management practises for the police, with which we do not agree. Earlier, the PJ had no money and no means, now it has money and still no means. 200 vehicles were bought, but they didn't join the existing ones, because approximately 300 vehicles were discarded. The PJ was left with less means, and we are a mobile police force. We face dramatic situations in operational terms.

Is the PJ paralised?

CA - The PJ is paralised. We carry out the minimum services. We have a problem with overtime, the members of the police are leaving. When we publish the results of 2007, we will see the operational cost of trying to spare half a dozen euros. The PJ has lost in operational terms, in productivity, and has become more bureaucratic.


You have been applauded by your public interventions in delicate cases. Would you like to become the PJ's spokesman?

CA - I do not consider that issue as long as I am the president of ASFIC. ASFIC represents the employees of the Policia Judiciaria, and the PJ must solve that problem in another manner. But a communication department is indispensable and urgent.

Do you defend that the PJ's direction should be occupied by policemen?

CA - We defend the creation of the post of operational director, with a clear vision of criminal investigation, and that post should be occupied by a policeman.

How does it feel to investigate under the new penal laws?

CA _ Difficulties have increased. There has been no reinforcement of means, and the new code is much more demanding. The new laws have brought new things and good things, but the new things are not good, and the good things are not new.

02-28-2008, 09:35 AM
PJ has got a OK regarding the rogatory letters

During the next week an inspector from the English Police is expected to show in Algarve, he will reunite with the PJ in order to define all the procedures that should be taken so the rogatory letters can be fulfilled. The meeting was arranjed after the Brisitsh authorities had accepted the PJ's request to conduct diligencies in the Bristish soil. After everything is arranjed, the PJ's inpectors will leave to Great Britain where they will follow all the diligencies.

As CM [Correio da Manh&#227;] has already said, in a first phase the PJ will want to reinterview Jane Tanner, Russel O' Brien and David Payne, three of the friends who spend the holidays with the McCanns. Only after that it will be decided whether Kate and Gerry will be questioned again.


02-28-2008, 09:37 AM
Posted by Li on the 3A's:


There are two main articles in this edition.
The first one is the taxi driver story.
The second one is about the rogatory letter and it says that the letter is already with the Leicester police and that within ten days a team of the PJ will travel to England to monitor the interrogations that will be made by the Leicester police. The first persons to be questioned will be Jane Tanner, David Payne and Russel O'Brien.

And then there is a little one concerning the reaction of Clarence Mitchell to the taxi driver story.

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns reacted astonished to the declarations of the taxi driver. "The declarations of Mr. Castela are fake. They are ludicrous. He can only be mistaken when he says that at that time he transported Kate and Madeleine with three men", he said underlining the fact that there are several independent witnesses that put Madeleine's parents in a totally different place. How is that possible if at 20,35 several witnesses say that Kate and Gerry were seated at the Tapas restaurant?", he questioned. Clarence doubts of the intentions of the taxi driver. "I am astonished that only now, ten months after, he talks about this. These are declarations that only cause pain to Kate and Gerry", he said, saying that the McCann's daughter has no facial expression. "The only sign to report is the one she has in the eye".
Meaning of the facial expressions. The taxi driver claims that Madeleine had a twitch in her chin.

03-07-2008, 02:49 PM
in Correio da Manha this morning:


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Madeleine: English policeman in Portugal

An inspector from the English police was in Portugal this week, to define how the new questionings will be carried out, the British press revealed yesterday.

Superintendent Stuart Prior arrived on Tuesday and returned to the United Kingdom yesterday. The date on which the PJ's inspectors will go to England to takepart in the interrogations has not been decided yet.

03-07-2008, 02:54 PM
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Meanwhile, another book was launched in Portugal today. It is titled "Maddie, Joana and the Criminal Investigation", and it was written by criminologist Barra da Costa, he who publicly stated that the McCanns were swingers.

Two articles in PT newspapers report about the book.

Diario de Noticias criticises the book rather heavily, reporting that it focuses on conspiracy theories - the author defends that the 'Maddies' have to disappear to feed the fear and the paranoia that will ultimately lead to everyone being inserted a chip. DN further states that the book also heavily criticises the PJ, which the author served for 30 years, and which seems to have lost its qualities only after Mr Barra da Costa left the force. All in all, the book does not get a good review from DN, which also adds that the author often engages in contraditions and fails to reach any sort of conclusion to his ramblings.


24Horas dedicates 2 pages to the issue, including an interview with the author. Mr Barra da Costa, who was a chief inspector with the PJ, heavily criticises the police force for 'concentrating on proving that the McCanns are guilty', but at the same time offers his opinion that the couple should have been put into preventive custody right at the start of the investigation, for negligence. He also states that the kidnapper was English, because he 'had to be able to talk to her, and he knew her, because those two factors would have helped to make an exit from the apartment'.


03-07-2008, 02:57 PM
24Horas also reports that the family of Mari Luz have received a phone call asking for a ransom of 2 million euros for the recovery of their daughter. The family says they can only raise 300.000 euros if they sell everything they have; they have apparently told 24H that they suspect one of their neighbours. Yesterday, the parents of Mari Luz were received in Faro, where posters were placed all over the city, and a public gathering of solidarity is being planned for the 5th of April.


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03-07-2008, 07:44 PM

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(Google translation)

Dozens of people, among friends of McCann, tourists and former officials of the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz, will be surveyed over the next few days in England.

According to information collected by PortugalDi&#225;rio, the investigation was requested by the Portuguese authorities through letters rogatory and will be met by British police over the coming weeks.

Apart from interrogations, which should not include the couple McCann, it will still be complied with the search warrant, in order, inter alia, to the seizure of the diary of Kate McCann, the mother of the minor disappeared, May 3 last year, described the relationship with their children.

Maddie: Portuguese and English police met
Parents of Maddie gratified by Portuguese

The steps will be met by British authorities but count with the presence of Portuguese researchers.

"Testimonials divergent and collection of new information"

The eight friends of Kate and Gerry, who passed vacation in Praia da Luz, last May, and other British tourists who were, a pair of former officials of the venture will be reporting on steps aimed essentially determine possible different testimonies and gather new information.

Also according to information collected by PortugalDi&#225;rio, the process simply no longer be covered by the secrecy of justice, after the full implementation of the investigation.

It is recalled that at the beginning of the year, the prosecutor asked the investigating judge, and this granted, the extension of the secrecy of justice for a further three months. The prosecutor relied on the exceptional complexity of the case.

Abduction, murder and concealment of corpse

Under the law, after eight months on the formation of the first defendant in the case, the Portuguese-British Robert Murata (May 14), the prosecutor should file the case or inferred accusation. Do not having done until January 14, the prosecutor had to request the extension of the period for another three months.

This request of the prosecutor to prohibit the access of parties and the public to the proceeding may be postponed for a maximum period of three months, renewable once by [particularly in crimes against the life and liberty of the people], for a period objectively indispensable the conclusion of the investigation.

It should be noted that throughout the process the thesis of abduction and murder and subsequent concealment of corpses have been addressed.

Besides Murat, also parents of Maddie, Kate and Gerry, consisted defendants in September, for suspected involvement in the disappearance of the minor.

Madeleine McCann, four years old, disappeared May 3 to an apartment in a resort in Praia da Luz, while parents jantavam a restaurant, a few metres away.

03-08-2008, 05:38 PM

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Search for Madeleine to restart at dam

DIVING OPERATIONS to search for Madeleine McCann’s body in the Arade dam, near Silves, will restart on Monday, March 10.

The operation is being financially supported by Sociedade Portuguesa de Engenharia e Constru&#231;&#227;o, Lda (SPEC), the Portuguese engineering and construction society.

SPEC considered the leads received by the Madeira-based lawyer, Marcos Arag&#227;o Pereira, credible and the initiative “a noble act in the defence of children”.

Mr Arag&#227;o, who commissioned the first phase of the dam searches in January and February, is also organising next week’s operation.

He told The Resident: “SPEC’s contact was given to me by a close friend from Portim&#227;o.”

The diving team will this time consist of seven divers, five from Lagos and two from Portim&#227;o. Search operations will again be directed by Martin Falkous, from Dive Time, the diving company based in Lagos that was also involved in the first phase of the Arade dam searches.

Divers searching for Madeleine’s body in the Arade dam in January. Photo: SOLARPIX

The search will start near the dam’s control tower and divers will be widening their search of the Arade lake from the water tower in the direction of the flood gate.

The dam’s maximum depth is 46 metres and on May 3, when Madeleine went missing, it had a depth of 40 metres, based on Mr Arag&#227;o’s official records.

The reservoir is currently 24 to 26 metres deep at its deepest point, as a result of several water discharges and a dry winter. Divers believe the water level will help the search operations.

Marcos Arag&#227;o said: “The Madeleine Fund is not supporting the diving operation because it has limited resources and, as the family believes Madeleine is alive, they will keep on supporting leads that may take them to their living daughter.”

Metodo 3, the Barcelona-based private investigation company hired by the McCanns, is aware of the operation in the Arade dam “as it was aware of the one held in January”, Mr Arag&#227;o told The Resident.

“We cross check information with them. The tip-off I received has been confirmed with information from Metodo 3.”

He gave the example of a “truck driver who, on May 5, witnessed a woman in Silves transferring a child wrapped up in a blanket from her car to another vehicle driven by a man showing an aggressive behaviour.”

Mr Arag&#227;o refused to reveal further details on the leads he is pursuing, explaining that “the information will be revealed in due time as it is not safe to release it at this moment.”

As in previous instances, the police teams investigating the Madeleine McCann case were informed about next week’s search operation, however, “the police have not shown much interest”, said Marcos Arag&#227;o.

03-10-2008, 03:45 PM

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Divers resume search for Madeleine

DIVERS RESUMED a search of the waters at the Arade Dam today (Monday) in a private operation commissioned by the Madeira-based lawyer Marcos Aragão Pereira.

The operation started shortly after 10am near the dam’s level control tower as the information obtained Mr Aragão points strongly to that area of the lake.

The search is being directed by Martin Falkous, who has five divers from Dive Time, based in Lagos, plus two from the Portimão Bombeiros who have joined the operation in their own time.

They have been trained in searching for bodies and were invited to participate by José Paias, who is sponsoring the operations.

Martin Falkous said that they were looking for a body or body parts. If anything is found, the divers have been told not to bring it to surface but instead mark the spot with buoys for another boat to be called to carry out recovery.

Visibility in the water is very poor and the divers are using touch and feel in their search. With mud being between one and two metres deep at the bottom of the water, the colour changed from a dark green to light brown within seconds of the divers beginning the search.

Because of these conditions, Martin Falkous has instructed the divers to bring up to the surface any strange objects, or objects out of the ordinary, that they find to be identified.

When divers arrived at the dam this morning, Marcos Aragão Pereira was already there with his assistant Telma Fernandes, and José Paias, one of the partners of SPEC, Lda, an engineering company based in Portimão which is sponsoring 50 per cent of the cost of the operation.

A few minutes later, Heldér Braz, who is in charge of the dam’s monitoring and control system, joined the group as Marcos Aragão Pereira asked INAG, the national water agency which controls all the dams in the country, to allow the divers to go inside the water tower tubs.

This followed the first phase of searches, held in late January and February, when divers found an entrance covered by a metal grate and could not search inside the water tubes leading to the tower.

The system is used to water the fields located in the south side of the dam and the last time they were accessible was in 1998, when the dam was emptied.

The search is expected to continue until the end of the week and Marcos Aragão Pereira has said that if Madeleine McCann’s body is found in the Arade dam, he will reveal all the information related to the tip-off that has led to the search.

03-12-2008, 09:00 PM
Translated: http://www.clicabrasilia.com.br/portal/noticia.php?IdNoticia=49881

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Lawyer seeks Madeleine in lake near the home of beach,
His parents

12/03/2008 - 16:59:44

The lawyer Marcos Aragao Correia, which seeks with a team of
Diver's body, Madeleine McCann in the bottom of a lake,
Said today it is convinced that the remains are
There, but has admitted it will be difficult to find them.

The Portuguese lawyer tries to find for months for own account
British and the girl believes that the chances of it is
Dead and his body was thrown in the dam of Arade are
99&#37;. The site in question is 40 km from the apartment
Praia de Luz, in the south of Portugal, where he was with his parents.

Aragao Correia acknowledges, however, that the possibilities of
Find the remains of the girl are not very large,
In view of the existence of currents in the reservoir and
Quality of water, it is very cloudy.

All tracks that have, according to him, led to believe that
Body of the girl must be at the reservoir, and before the
Difficulty of the search, concentrated its task in areas where there
More likely to find.

During the immersions made in the last hours, was found
A rock tied with a rope, which could, in his opinion,
Have been used to sink the corpse of the girl.

According to the lawyer, during the searches, initiated in
Monday, met other pieces of rope and
Half of socket girl manufactured by a fabric used in
Northern Europe, by size, could belong to the girl.

The Portuguese lawyer who decided to open the search after receiving
"Clues" about the case three days after the disappearance of
Madeleine, on May 3, 2007, reported that the evidence that
He has coincide with the Spanish Agency of detectives
Metodo3, hired by the parents of the minor.

Aragao Correia met today with members of this agency
Detectives and handed the clues found in the reservoir for
They are held as necessary expertise.

In their statements to EFE, the lawyer regretted the lack of
Police Portuguese interests of the slopes.

To conduct the search, Aragao Correia account with the help of
Members of a school of submarine, which works in the vicinity
The place, and the body of the Fire Brigade Volunteers of the settlement of
Portim&#227;o specialists in the recovery of corpses in the waters

"There is no visibility, so it is virtually
Impossible conduct the search with speed. Divers have
To go apalpando the fund and when some object found
Suspect take to the surface to see what is ", stated.

This is the second occasion on which the Portuguese lawyer demand
Madeleine this lake, where they tried, without success, to find
Remains of the British girl in June last year, five
Weeks after the disappearance of Madeleine.

The smaller the room in which disappeared slept with his two
Twin brothers, in two years, while his parents, Kate and Gerry
McCann, jantavam at a restaurant nearby.

Parents say that the girl was seq&#252;estrada, but the Portuguese Police
Those considered suspected of complicity in the death accidental and
Concealment of the body and the couple left Portugal in September

03-14-2008, 10:41 AM
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PJ dismisses lawyer who searches for Maddie

"If we find the body of little Madeleine, we will become part of the history of humankind". This is one of the sentences that a lawyer from Madeira uses to conquer sponsors for the private searches that he is carrying out in the Arade dam, in Silves. Marcos Arag&#227;o Correia asks for 5 thousand euros, and in return, he promises to publicise the name of the company to all the Portuguese and foreign media that cover the searches.

"The exclusive sponsor benefits from huge, unique publicity", the lawyer guarantees, defending that this is "a wonderful opportunity to put our christianism into action, by helping these parents and this little girl". One of the firms that were contacted was a local newspaper in Portim&#227;o, which didn't even reply to the email. The invitation was finally accepted by a construction firm.

The money allowed the lawyer to pay the diving team that had already been at the dam in January. Operations had been suspended after only four days, for lack of funding. In the email that he sends to companies, the lawyer presents himself as "the son of one of the major personalities of insular and national culture" and guarantees he has "sponsored the defense of several prominent cases", although he does not name a single example. He explains that on May 6 (three days after Madeleine disappeared) he received leads that the child had been abducted, raped and murdered, and her body had been thrown into a lake in the Algarve, which he himself concluded, "after thorough investigations" to be the Arade reservoir. JN knows that he contacted the police. "What he said was very vague and he never revealed his source, although we insisted on it several times. It was later discovered that his source was a medium, meaning it was not minimally credible", said a source that is connected to the investigation.

During the seraches, ropes, a sock and a rock were found. Correia considers that they indicate the "presence of the body". He delivered them to the Spanish detective agency M&#233;todo 3, which was hired by the McCann couple.

03-14-2008, 02:06 PM
There are some very early reports in the Portuguese press within the past few hours that there has been a find at the dam/lake. A rough translation follows.


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Thanks Summer:

Updated at 17h24

A few minutes passed from 15 hours when the team of
Divers hired by Correia found a lawyer Aragon
Bag with "bones", covered in mud and bottom of the dam do Arade,
Revealed the PortugalDi&#225;rio Telma Fernandes, assistant to the

"We do not know whether they are human or any animal," says Telma
Fernandes. "Bones are small and only slightly opened the bag to
See its contents. When saw what was called the
Mexemos authorities and not more, "guarantor.

"Neither is to see that color is the bag, because it is completely
Covered with mud. It was tied with ropes with, "adds the
Assistant to the attorney Madeira.

He not up for Maddie
Maddie: tens to hear in England

The GNR and the Judiciary Police are already on the site and created a
Small perimeter security. "Along the bag only are the
Authorities and some divers ", reported the Telma Fernandes
PortugalDi&#225;rio. "All other people are beyond the
Perimeter. How, for example, the detectives of the agency Spanish
M&#233;tode 3.

Searching for the second time

Marcos Aragon Correia is a lawyer and, for the second time in a few
Months, is the sponsor with support from a company Algarve, searches
Dam in the Arade, in Silves. It is there that believe has
"Largado been" the body of Madeleine McCann, a few days after
Its disappearance.

The search again Monday and were found
Several foreign objects. "Several ropes, a plastic and half
The child with four or five years, "said the PortugalDi&#225;rio
Telma Fernandes. "But meanwhile, this material has followed to
Barcelona which will be analysed.

It is recalled that last December the lawyer had already hired
A team of divers and was four days on the spot. In this
Time, "was found a rope from five meters", which was
Delivered to the GNR of Lagos, recalls Telma. "We believe that after
Has been taken to the Judicial Police. But the fact is that never
Nobody told us anything about it. " So they decided, this
Instead, "does not deliver anything without analyzing first of form

However, the "finding" of this Friday left no alternative to
Lawyer and the team of searches: "We had to draw the
Authorities. The bag was found near Tower "to capture,
Very close to the place you collected the other objects that
Week ', ends Telma Fernandes

03-14-2008, 06:30 PM
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Correio da Manh&#227;: Maddie: Bones are of animal

2008-03-14 - 20:02:00

The bones found this Friday in the dam of the Arade, near to Silves, Algarve, are in a first analysis from an animal.

The Judiciary Police (PJ) advanced that the bones cannot be human given its dimensions and characteristics.

The bones were found by divers inside a bag, who alerted the GNR, which in its turn warned the PJ.

In a first phase, the authorities suspected that the bones could belong to Madeleine McCann, the English girl who disappeared to the 3rd of May from Praia da Luz, Lagos.

Portugal Di&#225;rio: Maddie: Found bag with bones

Last updated at 19h45

A few minutes had passed after 15pm when the team of divers contracted by the lawyer Arag&#227;o Correia found a bag &#171; with bones &#187;, covered with mud, in the bottom of the dam of the Arade, revealed to PortugalDi&#225;rio Telma Fernandes, an assistant to the lawyer.

To the place travelled the competent authorities which &#171; in a first analysis &#187; guaranteed that the bones were of an animal, declares the Portuguese News Agency Lusa, quoting anonymous sources from the GNR and from the PJ. &#171; Certainly, there are not human bones given their dimensions and characteristics &#187;, avowed a source from the PJ.
A hypothesis which was always considered, &#171; We do not know if they are human or from an animal &#187;, explained Telma Fernandes. &#171; There are small bones and we only opened the bag barely to see the content. When we realized what it was we called the authorities and did not touch it any more &#187;, she guarantees.

&#171; We can’t even see of which colour the bag is, because it is completely covered with mud. It was tied with ropes &#187;, adds the assistant of the Madeira lawyer.
The GNR and the Judiciary Police were in the field, did a perimeter of security, and near to 19pm left the zone without speaking with the persons who gave the alert of the "discover". &#171; They took some bones and left the rest. The bag was here &#187;, tells Telma Fernandes. &#171; It ended up by being taken by the detectives of the Spanish agency M&#233;todo 3, which are going to analyse them &#187;.

Searches for the second time

Marcos Arag&#227;o Correia is a lawyer and, for the second time in a few months, he sponsored with the support of a company from the Algarve, searches in the dam of the Arade, in Silves. It is in this place that he believes the body of Madeleine McCann was "dropped", a few days after her disappearance.
The searches recommenced last Monday and several strange objects were found. &#171; Several ropes, a plastic bag and a child's stocking with four or five years &#187;, told to PortugalDi&#225;rio Telma Fernandes. &#171; This material already went to Barcelona where it is going to be analysed &#187;.

In December last, the lawyer had already employed a team of divers and it was four days in the place. Then, &#171; a rope of five meters was found &#187;, and was handed to the GNR of Lagos, recalls Telma. &#171; We believe that afterwards it was taken to the Judiciary Police. But the fact is that no one has told us anything on the matter &#187;. Therefore they have decided, this time, no to hand over anything &#171; without analysing first in a private way &#187;.

However, the "discovery" of this Friday did not leave an alternative to the lawyer and to the team of searches: “We had to call the authorities &#187;. The bag was found &#171; near of the tower of concentration, very much near to the place where other objects were gathered this week &#187;, reports Telma Fernandes.
&#171; From now on the searches are going to be interrupted until we have results from the analyses to the bones and to the objects collected this week &#187;, concluded the assistant of the lawyer Arag&#227;o Correia.

P&#250;blico: Madeleine: PJ and GNR followed to the dam of the Arade to do investigations

14.03.2008 - 17 h Portuguese

A team from the PJ and some elements of the GNR moved today for the dam of the Arade, near to Silves, to do investigations in the continuation of a notice that would a bag with bones was found, said a police source.

The same source told to the Portuguese News Agency Lusa that several inspectors of the Judiciary Police - declining to specify in what number - and that elements of the GNR would have followed to help to isolate the place of the alleged discovery.

As previously reported in the Wednesday publication of the DN, since Monday a team of seven divers of the school of immersion Dive Time, of Lagos, helped by professionals of the Voluntary Firemen of Portim&#227;o specialized in corpses' redemption in deep waters, are doing searches in the dam of the Arade.

Several threads of ropes, plastic bags and a girl's stocking were found on Monday in the bottom of the waters of the dam of the Arade, which reinforced lawyer Arag&#227;o Correia in his “strong conviction” that the body of Madeleine McCann, disappeared on the 3rd of May of 2007 from Praia da Luz, is there.

03-18-2008, 10:16 AM
in Jornal de Noticias this morning:


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"Someone wants to destroy the life of Robert Murat"

"Someone wants to destroy the life of Robert Murat". The certainty of the lawyer of the first arguido in the Madeleine McCann case gathers strength as "new schemes" are being detected. The last one was the placement of GPS tracking devices on both cars that belong to the British citizen's family. According to Francisco Pagarete, it was Murat himself who, by pure coincidence, during a visit to a repairment garage late last year, discovered one of the gadgets glued to the underside of the van he usually drives. "I suggested that he should check the family's other car, and we were surprised to discover a GPS there, too", he said. The second vehicle, a Skoda Fabia, had been loaned to Michaela Walczuch, the German-Portuguese citizen that is Robert's business partner and a witness in the process. Both were almost always parked at the British citizen's door. After receiving the claim, the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) visited "Casa Liliana", in Praia da Luz, where Robert lives with his mother, Jennifer, under whose name both vehicles are registered.

No results

"The GPS devices were collected and an information sheet was sent to the Public Ministery, given the fact that a crime of intrusion into the private life is at stake, which is not within the PJ's area of competence", a source that is connected to the process told JN. The same source explained that the equipment registers data about the cars' movements. The information can only be read after the gadgets are connected to a computer. This means that the plans of whomever planted them, failed. According to Francisco Pagarete, this was not the only "attack" that Robert was subject to. The internet page of the real estate firm that he is a partner of, was hacked. "A parallel email account was created and messages were sent to various persons, in my client's name, scheduling meetings to talk about the Madeleine case. One of them was Sergey Malinka", the Russian citizen who is a witness in the process. Adding to all of this, Murat filed acomplaint with the GNR against English journalists who "opened the gate, invaded the property and forcefully wanted an interview". In order to "control" the excesses, Robert was forced to make an agreement, he removed the complaint and they left him in peace. The reporters agreed. Pagarete laments that "while Robert is not seeked after by the PJ, there are people who insist that he gets no rest". "We don't have evidence to accuse anyone, but we have been seeked after with insistence by British journalists and by detectives from Metodo 3 [the Spanish agency that was hired by the McCann couple to look for clues of Madeleine's whereabouts]", he says.

03-18-2008, 10:18 AM
From Diario de Noticias this morning:


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Maddie killed and thrown into the sea in a novel "that is ongoing"

A work that promises the truth but dressed as an "enigma" that must be deciphered

The book ends with its main characters, policemen Francisco Meireles and his chief, Jo&#227;o Tavares, looking out into the sea. It's no coincidence: the theory of former Policia Judiciaria inspector Paulo Cristov&#227;o, the author of 'The Star of Madeleine - Where, When, How, Who, What and Why" is that it was in "the immense sea that fills their horizon" that the child's body was concealed. The body which he calls the "queen evidence" and that throughout the story he recognizes, through the voices of Tavares and Meireles, will never be found. He even guarantees that, if it was in the area of Praia da Luz, where "over 500 apartments and hundreds of vehicles were searched", "hundreds of persons were inquired", "kilometers and kilometers of coastline and inland terrain was searched", "it really had to be found". But he concludes, "but it wasn't. It could not be".

The author does not clarify the motive why he believes that it could not be there. He only launches clues, like the one of the sea - and recognizes that as his theory. But about the body's route, the circumstances of death and its author, he does not advance much. He only concedes to say that he does not believe that the child survived the 3rd of May 2007, the day she disappeared. And he drops standalone information throughout the book, which helps to compose the scenario. The fact that the McCanns' apartment was found in an "impeccable" state, with all pieces of furniture properly located against the walls. The fact that the PJ of Portimao, on the night of the disappearance, was called to take care of the case through a contact of the English ambassador with the national directory, thus indicating the existence of contacts of the British in the Algarve with London; the fact that the policemen did not find a single item of medicine in the McCanns' apartment, "not even an Aspirine"; the fact that the parents immediately jumped on the abduction theory, never looking at the possibility that the three-year-old child (that would become four in a few days) could have left the apartment on her own and could be lost in the surroundings. "Facts" that in some cases are certified and in others not - after all, Crist&#243;v&#227;o recognizes that "the game is still on, although a bit weak".

Which means that the investigation is ongoing - with the questioning of witnesses, the McCanns and their dinner companions of that evening, two of which, the book guarantees, are "fundamental" for the discovery of the truth. It is a conspiracy theory that is unveiled in this somewhat enigmatic book, which in its foreword promises revelations and contention simultaneously: "Due to legal issues, it cannot be me, the author, to tell you what the truth, the reality of the case is; nevertheless, I can assure you that you can find it here, within the lines of this book".

03-24-2008, 05:56 PM
Murat considers to prosecute the State
PJ returns personal objects apprehended from the first Arguido in Maddie’s case

The Judiciary Police returned several personal objects to Robert Murat, the first Arguido in the Maddie’s case. The possessions were apprehended during the searches to the house of the British man, nearly 100 meters away from the apartment of where the girl disappeared. Murat believes that is going to stop being arguido and admits to prosecute the State.

During ten months Robert Murat arguido in the Maddie case, was deprived of three portable computers, several PC cables, VHS tapes, a camera and several pieces of clothing and shoes.

The objects apprehended by the Judiciary Police, in May of 2007, in the sequence of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, from Praia da Luz, were returned to the British citizen last Wednesday.

Only some papers with numbers of telephone and personal notes are still kept annexed to the process.

With the devolution of these objects, Robert Murat believes that soon he will stop being in the list of Arguidos [formal suspects] in the Maddie case and that after proven his innocence he will be able to recover his professional life, which it seems to have been suspended since he was constituted arguido in one of the most mediatized cases in the last years.

The British man who has always claimed innocence advanced with three crime-complaints against Portuguese newspapers, since they had put in question, in the course of the investigations, his sexual options.

Contacted by SIC, the lawyer of Murat underlined that the news damaged the arguido personally and professionally.

Robert saw the site of his company online blocked and lives, since then, with the help of his mother. In the open is also the hypothesis of advancing with an action in Court against the Portuguese State.

In the context of the investigations there’s not much of new information. The Judiciary Police prepares now the travel of a team of inspectors to England, in order that they accompany the requests of interrogations to Kate and Gerry McCann and to the friends who were with them, in Praia da Luz, in the night of the 3rd of May, when Madeleine disappeared without leaving track.

Source SIC:
http://sic.sapo.pt/online/noticias/pais/20080324_Murat+pondera+processar+o+Estado+portugue s.htm

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03-28-2008, 12:16 PM
in 24Horas this morning:


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Paulo Rebelo and two inspectors are going to sit into the interrogations of the McCanns' friends

PJ is going to England on the 7th of April

Finally, the rogatory letter that was sent by the Portuguese authorities will be carried out. And with the PJ watching everything

They can leave! At 11 a.m. yesterday, according to what 24Horas could establish, Guilhermino Encarna&#231;&#227;o, the director of the Policia Judiciaria in Faro, who leads the investigations into the Maddie case, has received a green light from his national director, Alipio Ribeiro, to send a team into Leicester, ENgland.

Paulo Rebelo, who is responsible for the diligences in the process, will lead the team that will fly to the United Kingdom on the 7th of April. The purpose is to watch the fulfillment of the rogatory letter by the British authorities, which will interrogate - there are more than one hundred questions - the seven friends with whom the McCanns had dinner on the day that their daughter disappeared.

The couple themselves, although they can refuse to make any statements, under the arguido status, may be summoned again into giving clarifications, if any relevant evidence appears that incriminates them.

Crucial stage

"We're at a crucial stage of the process. There are clear contradictions in the depositions that were given by the McCanns and by the friends with whom they dined at the Tapas Bar on May 3. The English police is going to hear all the participants again and to confront them with the questions that were elaborated by the Portuguese Public Ministery. A lot has to be clarified. Following the result of these interrogations, we will re-evaluate whether there is a need to hear the child's parents again, or not", a source that is connected to the process has explained to 24Horas.

New statements?

The PJ's team that will travel into Her Majesty's land will be constituted by three elements: Paulo Rebelo and two chief inspectors that had already travelled to Great Britain when the results of the DNA lab tests from Birmingham were collected.

"There are two witnesses that manifested the intent to change the depositions that they made on the days that followed the disappearance of the child. We want to understand how far these new statements may - or may not - change the direction of the investigations. But only by being present at the interrogations can we make a more realistic analysis of the feelings of the witnesses, and if they are telling the truth", said a source at the court in Portimao, where the process is located.

All the diligences about this case are being tutored by judicial magistrate Pedro Frias and directed by the Republic's prosecutor Magalhaes e Menezes.


There is scarce evidence for an accusation

The Policia Judiciaria and the Public Ministery have scarce evidence to incriminate the McCann couple in the death and presumed concealment of Maddie's cadaver. And, according to a judicial source, they have even less against Robert Murat and his former partner, Michaela Walkzuch. Against the Russian Sergey Malinka there is... nothing. The analyses to the computers that were apprehended from him, as well as to those from Murat, failed to add anything to the investigations.

The Public Ministery is convinced that Maddie suffered a fatal accident at the apartment at Praia da Luz - it cannot be explained whether inside or outside - and that the parents got rid of the body, based on the searches that were performed by dogs on the vehicle that the couple rented 25 days after the disappearance of the child, where 'cadaver odor' was detected.

"It's little for an accusation. But the new interrogations may clarify many things that remain obscured. Let's give time to time. For now, the arguidos remain as suspects of the commitment of the crimes, at least, of death by negligence and concealment of a cadaver. Not even homicide can be set aside for now", a source that is connected to the process has concluded.

04-02-2008, 10:45 AM
McCanns: Secrecy of Justice up to August

If there was no understanding of when the period began to count in September, the secrecy of justice would be lifted in April, but having this agreement the secrecy in the process will only end in August. “In declarations, to the CM, Rog&#233;rio Alves, lawyer of the McCanns, contradicts the news circulating yesterday in the UK press, according to which the process of the inquiry to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from Praia da Luz, in the 3rd of May of last year, would be available for consultation after the 14th of April.

“It is out of question", said also to the CM a source close to the investigation. According to several English newspapers, quoting an interview of Rog&#233;rio Alves to the news agency Associated Press [you can read his interview and see the differences in the UK tabloids for yourself], the former bar of the Order of the Lawyers, would have informed his clients that they might try the consultation to the process from the 14th of April. “What I speak with my clients I do not speak in public ", said to the CM Rog&#233;rio Alves, explaining that "the secrecy will only be lifted in August".

In the count down for the investigations to the friends who were on vacation with the McCanns in the Praia da Luz, predicted to begin day 8 of this month, in Leicester and in the presence of elements of the PJ , Rog&#233;rio Alves also said to the CM: "I was not notified of anything, neither were my clients." Kate and Gerry, who are preparing a documentary to be exhibited on the 30th of April, about an alert system for missing children, might not be, for the moment, questioned by the police.

Source: Correio da Manh&#227;

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04-03-2008, 02:42 PM
Portugal resident: http://portugalresident.com/portugalresident/showstory.asp?ID=25769

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Updated: 03 April 2008

McCanns optimistic about new enquiries



THE MADELEINE case investigation is to see new action in the next couple of weeks.

While a team of PJ investigators prepares to travel to the UK on Monday (April 7) for further enquiries into the case, a lawyer of Gerry and Kate McCann has revealed that the deadline for the secrecy of justice rule imposed on this case ends in August.

The new information is being considered very positive by the family of Madeleine McCann, who went missing in May 3 2007 while sleeping in the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.

According to Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for Gerry and Kate McCann, and following the new enquiries, the couple are hoping that they will be released from the arguido status before the calendar marks one year since their daughter’s disappearance.

The way the date is to be remembered “depends now on the result of the interviews to be made by the Portuguese police”, Clarence Mitchell told Lusa news agency on Monday.

However, Kate and Gerry “will not be giving any interviews if their arguido status is kept, but also refuse to let the case go cold if that status is dropped”, said Mr Mitchell.

“Madeleine is still missing. There is no evidence of her death and the family still want the Portuguese police to help find her”, he underlined.

According to sources quoted in British and Portuguese newspapers, the new enquiries are to be focused on the friends who were holidaying with Kate and Gerry McCann at the time Madeleine disappeared from the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz.


Although the Portuguese police refuse to confirm any details on the case, the Leicestershire police department issued a statement confirming that “it will be coordinating the request of mutual legal assistance made by the Portuguese authorities”.

The statement adds that “Portuguese authorities asked for the content of the request and the way it will be carried out to be kept confidential so that the ongoing investigation is not jeopardized”.

In the meantime, for the investigators who always insisted that the confidentiality of the investigations was of vital importance, time is getting shorter, considering recent statements made by one of the McCanns’ lawyers.

Interviewed by Associated Press this week, Rog&#233;rio Alves, former president of the Portuguese Lawyers Order, was reported to have said that the secrecy period constraining this investigation was due to end on April 14 and that the legal deadline could only be extended for major inquiries, such as the ones related to terrorism and organised crime.

However, the same lawyer would later clarify to the Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manh&#227; that it is officially assumed that the beginning of the investigation started in September, when Kate and Gerry were named arguidos. Therefore, he told the newspaper, the deadline for the files to be released for public consultation “ends only in August 2008” and not April 14 as previously reported in the UK.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Madeleine McCann, please contact the McCann helpline on 0034 902 300 213 or the Portuguese Police on 00351 282 405 400.

04-07-2008, 09:13 AM

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Diario de Noticias this morning reports that the PJ inspectors are leaving Faro airport at 9.30 a.m., arriving at East Midlands airport approximately 3 hours later. This seems to be the last chance for the PJ to discover what happened to Madeleine, it is being reported that they don't have enough evidence to prosecute anyone. DN reports that if any of the earlier statements are contradicted this week, then the case may not be dropped. 24 witnesses will be questioned. This group includes the Tapas 7, another seven witnesses that include people who worked at the Ocean Club at that time, and 10 witnesses that were indicated by the McCann couple - including Clarence Mitchell and Justine McGuiness.

Mr and Mrs McCann will not be questioned, as the prosecutor from the Public Ministry considered that would be a 'waste of time', as they could refuse to talk, under arguido status.

04-08-2008, 12:00 PM
In Correio da Manha (http://www.correiodamanha.pt/Noticia.aspx?channelid=00000009-0000-0000-0000-000000000009&contentid=2B87B2F1-D756-4FC6-AE5C-8E6182421F0F) today:

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Leicester: The interrogations start
Jane Tanner will be in the PJ's aim today

Jane Tanner, one of the English persons that accompanied the McCanns during their holidays in Praia da Luz, Algarve, where Madeleine, then three years old, disappeared, is going to be heard by the Policia Judiciaria today. The witness, who guarantees that she saw a man carrying a child near the resort where Maddie was sleeping, will have to explain the contradictions that were detected by the Portuguese investigators throughout these eleven months since the child disappeared.

The fundamental issue is to understand whether Jane was telling the truth when she gave her first statement, right after the child's disappearance. It was due to her initial version that the PJ consolidated the abduction theory, as the witness guaranteed she had seen a stranger with a child that was wearing pyjamas, near the bedroom where Maddie was sleeping.

At that point in time, Jane was unable to describe the stranger's face, but she gave detailed indications about the clothes he was wearing. The first photofit was drawn according to those descriptions, details that changed as the months went by. Recently, Jane 'remembered' the abductor's face and, already back in England, she insisted on the thesis that she had seen the abductor. At that time, Gerry and Kate were already official suspects, arguidos for their alleged involvement in their daughter's death.

What led the investigators to admit that Jane might not be revealing the truth was the fact that Gerry was present at around the same time, in the vicinity of the location where Jane says she saw the abductor. The child's father met a tennis partner and was chatting with him on the same street. Therefore, how did Gerry fail to see the same stranger?

Today, at the headquarters of Leicester police, the PJ will also question Russell O'Brien, Jane's partner, who was equally present at the resort on the day that the little girl disappeared. He will also have to remember all the details of the evening of May 3, before Kate gave the alert over the disappearance of her eldest daughter.

Russell's deposition holds another apparent contradiction, as the doctor states he was inside the room where his children were staying, for around an hour, because one of them had been vomiting. But the detail that he did not request the bedsheets to be changed, led the investigators to place some doubts on his deposition.

Until Friday, the PJ continues with the interrogations, but the major absence are the McCanns themselves. The investigators will not hear them for now, and that diligence may be requested only after these interrogations have been analysed.

Who are the 'Tapas Seven'

On the evening of May 3, Kate and Gerry McCann were dining at the O Tapas restaurant, in Praia da Luz, with seven friends that came to spend their holidays in Portugal with them. They are those who are going to be the main target of the interrogations that are to be carried out on British soil. The contradictions that they presented initially, only increased the suspicions about the author(s) of the crime.

Fiona Payne (Doctor, 34)

Married to David Payne, neither she nor her husband got up, during dinner, to participate in the checks on the children that the group guarantees were made regularly. She ended up being summoned to Portugal, when she was already back in England, for a confrontation with Robert Murat. Just like Rachael and Russell, she guarantees that she saw Murat on the night of the disappearance. A fact which collides with the alibi of the first arguido in the case. Just like the other two, she maintains the version that she presented.

Jane Tanner (Housewife, 37)

Russell O'Brien's partner, she is seen by the McCanns as an essential witness, because she says she saw a man passing - near the apartment where Madeleine disappeared from - carrying a child. This happened at 9.15 p.m., 45 minutes before the alarm was raised, when she went to check on her two children, who were also asleep in an apartment at the Ocean Club. She described the individual's clothing and a part of his face, but with little detail because she saw him from the back.

Rachel Oldfield (Consultant, 36)

The wife of Matthew Oldfield was called back to Portugal after she had returned to England, for a confrontation with Robert Murat. Rachael Oldfield was one of the three elements of the group of the 'Tapas Seven' who guarantee they saw Murat, the first arguido in the case, on the streets of Praia da Luz (and near the apartment), on the night that Madeleine disappeared. A version that contradicts the British citizen's alibi, as he alleges that he spent the evening at home, with his mother. Rachael maintains her version.

Russell O'Brien (Doctor, 36)

Living with Jane Tanner, this doctor studied at Leicester University with Matthew Oldfield, David Payne and Fiona Payne. He was also called back to Portugal, when he was already back in England, to participate in the confrontation with Robert Murat at the PJ's offices in Portimao - because he told the Judiciaria that he'd seen Murat near the apartment on the evening of the disappearance. A deposition which he maintains. With Jane Tanner, he is one of the first elements of the group to be heard.

David Payne (Doctor, 41)

According to the version that was presented to the authorities by the group, he was the last person, besides Madeleine's parents and siblings, to see the girl before the disappearance. This happened at approximately 6.40 p.m., when, allegedly at the request of Gerry - who was playing tennis with another British tourist - he went to check if Kate and the children were well. He studied medicine in Leicester, just like Russell O'Brien, Matthew Oldfield, and his wife, Fiona Payne, but presently works on research into cardiovascular science.

Matthew Oldfield (Doctor, 37)

Within the regular checks that the group guarantees to have made, throughout the evening, Matthew was the last person to go into the apartment where Madeleine and her siblings were sleeping, at around 9.30 p.m. - before Kate raised the alarm at 10 p.m. Matthew, who is married to Rachael, initially stated that everything was fine, but ended up admitting, in the final version that he gave about the facts, that he had only approached the door, and upon verifying that there was no noise, concluded that things were well.

Dianne Webster (Fiona's mother, 63)

She is the foreign element within the group. Among six couples, Dianne is the only person who was alone, and she is also the eldest member. Fiona Payne's mother helped to increase suspicions about the others, when she allegedly stated that checkings on the apartments were not as regular as the group said. After this statement was reported by the press, she never was heard again, and refused to give any interviews, in spite of being contacted by several journalists.

Secrecy requested from the British

The British authorities have precise instructions to maintain the secrecy concerning any details about the interrogations that will start today, and continue until next Friday in Leicester, north of the British capital. The local police guaranteed to Correio da Manha, yesterday, that the request had been made by the Policia Judiciaria, that alleged the need to preserve the investigation's conclusions.

The PJ's goal is to avoid that details of the questionings are made public by the English press, in a country where the rules of judicial secrecy are completely different from the Portuguese.

The Portuguese police is also trying to minimise the media effects of a trip that had been scheduled for several months, but was delayed by obstacles that were not directly associated with the investigation.

The major delay was related to the fact that the interrogations had to be translated into English, in order to be approved by the local judge. The requests were only sent to England after several months of preparation, and then the Judiciaria was authorised to accompany the English police during the diligences. Still, the interrogations will be presided by the English. The three investigators from the Portimao Directory will only be allowed to watch the sessions, and to suggest questions to their English colleagues.

The McCann's friends will not be accompanied by lawyers, a situation that is allowed in Portugal, following the recent changes to the Penal Process Code.

For now, the possibility of Maddie's parents being questioned has been set aside. If that happens, it will only take place during a second phase of the investigation, and only if a new question results from these interrogations.

Maddie's parents say they are tranquil over the Portuguese diligences. Yesterday, press advisor Clarence Mitchell guaranteed that the McCanns remained available for questioning, if the authorities found it necessary. But they travel to Brussels tomorrow, for a conference, and will return only on Friday, the day when the Portuguese authorities return to Faro.

All in all, 24 persons will be heard in England until Friday - seven friends of the McCanns, in the presence of the Judiciaria's team, and another 17 persons, all British citizens, who are included in a list that was delivered by Kate and Gerry to the local police. They are persons who, among relatives, neighbours and tourists in Praia da Luz, are expected to attest, among other things, the couple's good relationship with their three children.

Avoiding the photographers

They left Faro at 9.30. They travelled on a low cost flight and arrived at East Midlands, north of London, at 12.20. They had a car waiting for them on the tarmac and were driven to the police headquarters - which is where the interrogations start today, at 9 a.m. Paulo Rebelo, the high-ranking coordinator who is the head of the PJ in Portimao, and two investigators, avoided the journalists. They were only 'caught' at 5 p.m., after a work meeting with the local police officers. Smiling and in good spirits.

English families unafraid but cautious about their children

Looking mischievous, little Tom, aged four, is delighted about the holidays at Praia da Luz. At his side, his mother and grandmother confess that, due to the Madeleine case, they are 'more cautious' about the little boy, but that it didn't interfere with the decision of this English family to come to that area of the Algarve on holidays for the first time.

Lucie Leea, the child's mother, says they do not repent their choice: 'We feel safe'. Nearby, another British family is walking in their summer clothes, despite the chilly wind. They photograph the church, where the parents of Madeleine went so many times during their stay in the village. Ian Blowes, his wife and their son are also staying at Praia da Luz for the first time and they confess that they could not be more pleased: 'People are kind and the area is very beautiful'. And what do they think about the Madeleine case? 'It's very strange. The only thing that we hope for is that it will come to an end', they say.

The Portuguese are the ones who are tired over the case dragging on. The local shops point to a slight downturn in tourist numbers. At the Ocean Club, the movement is reduced and the apartment where the child disappeared from, is locked, with a chain around the gate.

Direct Speech (Francisco Moita Flores, criminologist)

'Someone who had access to the child'

Correio da Manha - What do you think about the deposition made by Jane Tanner, the friend of the couple, who says she saw a man carrying a child?

Moita Flores - It's an obssessive fiction, nothing more. Maybe she didn't even see anyone. It happens often, that the desire to have seen someone is so big, that one 'sees'...

- Why would this be the case here?

- Because 'that' man, with all those details, at a distance of thirty metres, is highly unlikely.

- This is how the PJ starts the main questioning. Is that order important?

- It is important to disassemble or to confirm what was already suspected...

- What did the investigation need?

- To be serious at any cost - this could only have been done by someone who had access to the child. But the time of the investigation has passed. Psychologically and in operational terms.

[a chronology of the case follows, and some loose notes]

04-09-2008, 12:32 PM
In 24Horas this morning:


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Jane and Russell squeezed by the PJ
Witness with a bad memory

Jane Tanner did not even manage to repeat the description of the man she saw carrying a child on the fateful night

Jane Tanner, one of the main witnesses in the process of the disappearance of Maddie, gave another deposition yesterday that was different from the preceding ones. When questioned by the PJ team that was sent to England, Jane was unable to explain how, when and where she saw the alleged abductor – the same one that she reportedly described in November for the drawing of an elaborate photofit. Yesterday, according to what we were able to establish, Tanner was not even able to tell whether she went to see her children in the bedroom at the Ocean Club. The sentence “I don’t remember” ended up being her most frequent reply.

“She went in very calm, and even smiled. When she came out she was shaking and very red in the face. She talked to nobody”, a source at the headquarters of Leicester police described to 24Horas.

As far as we were able to establish, Tanner was confronted with the fact that, in her first deposition in May, she reported nothing of relevance, later on saying that she had seen a figure carrying what she thought was a child, and, in November, described the alleged abductor. The answer apparently was: “I don’t remember it well anymore”.

The investigators even asked Jane to describe the person again, but the witness gave different indications from those that were used to build the drawing that was publicized worldwide.

The other witness that was heard yesterday was Russell O’Brien, Jane’s husband, who says he went to see his children around the time that Maddie would have disappeared. In May, he said that the children had vomited, but the management of the Ocean Club assures that, on that night, nobody requested a change of bed sheets. Under interrogation, Russell was unable to explain the discrepancy.

Today, David and Fiona Payne, who organized the group’s holidays in Praia da Luz, are to be questioned.

04-09-2008, 12:39 PM
In 24Horas this morning:


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Authorities want Maddie’s parents and their friends to return
Judiciaria asks the McCanns for help

Through informal requests, the PJ invited Maddie’s parents and ten other persons to return to Portugal in mid-May. Nobody has replied yet

The Judiciaria team that investigates the case of Madeleine McCann, who disappeared on the 3rd of May 2007 in Praia da Luz, Algarve, sent an informal request, a month ago, for the McCanns and ten other persons to travel to Portugal in mid-May. The purpose is to reconstruct the events that took place between 6 and 11 p.m. of that day, the period during which the child supposedly disappeared.

Besides Maddie’s parents, this request for help was also made to the seven persons with whom the couple dined that evening – and who are presently being counter-interrogated at the Leicester police’s headquarters by a PJ team led by Paulo Rebelo (cf. other text).

The McCanns say they are available to help. But they don’t compromise themselves – and place conditions. “Going to Portugal is a possibility, but not on the 3rd of May! The McCanns are happy to help, but they have not decided yet whether they accept the proposition or not”, Clarence Mitchell, Maddie’s parents’ spokesman, told 24Horas yesterday. “The lawyers question the value of this diligence, given the fact that, in last May, the people who are responsible for BBC’s ‘CrimeWatch’ show asked the PJ for support to do that, and they refused. Why only now?”, he questioned.

“It wasn’t a notification”

Rog&#233;rio Alves, the McCann’s lawyer in Portugal, shares the same opinion: “The McCanns are and have always been available to carry out any action that allows them and the authorities to clarify the truth and to find their daughter. If that reconstitution helps to solve the process quickly, and we have some doubts about that, the McCanns have no objections to make. It should be underlined that this was not a notification, but an invitation.”

A senior official at the State Attorney’s Office who is connected to the process explained the idea: “Nobody is forced to come to Portugal, even because our national laws and those in the United Kingdom diverge under that aspect. But it is an important diligence for the discovery of truth. If everyone wants Madeleine McCann to be found, then help. There is no reason for that not to happen.”

The same source adds: “The proposition was made over a month ago. Until now, nobody replied. They must be thinking a lot.”

The 12 persons who reside abroad and have been invited to return are, apart from the McCanns and their seven friends, the person with whom Gerry says he played tennis that afternoon, the friend with whom he chatted at the door of the house where Maddie was supposedly asleep, and the family’s spokesman, Clarence Mitchell.

The diligence would imply the mobilization of over 50 persons, but as most of them reside in Portugal, [article is cut off at this point]

04-09-2008, 12:41 PM
In Jornal de Noticias this morning:


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McCanns only return if their arguido status is removed

Kate and Gerry McCann may be returning to Portugal, next month, at the request of the Policia Judiciaria (PJ), that wants to carry out a reconstitution of the events that took place on the night of Madeleine’s disappearance, on the 3rd of May last year. But, according to the family’s spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, the couple will only consider a trip to Portugal if the arguido status is removed.

“At the moment, their lawyers’ orders are not to return to Portugal as long as their names remain in the process as arguidos. Obviously if the Portuguese police were to revise that status, a cooperation in the reconstitution of those facts would be made much easier”, Clarence Mitchell stated to JN.

The request was made a month ago and two dates have been suggested, one of which was rejected by the couple. The second date that was appointed will be in mid-May (the 15th and the 16th) and the PJ has requested for the participation of tens of persons that were in Praia da Luz at the time. The McCann’s lawyers in Portugal are negotiating the request with the PJ, while Paulo Rebelo is in the United Kingdom, accompanied by two detectives in the Madeleine case, to participate in the interrogations of the seven friends who were present with Kate and Gerry on the evening of Madeleine’s disappearance. “If diligences are taking place, they will come to Portugal”, lawyer Rog&#233;rio Alves confirmed to JN yesterday.

Yet, according to Clarence, in order to participate, the McCanns ask for the reconstitution of the events to be transmitted on television in Portugal and abroad, to “sensitize people and to bring more hope for Madeleine to be found”, he said. Still, the McCanns say they are available to cooperate with the PJ “as long as they feel that their cooperation may help to find Maddie or to help prove the couple’s innocence”.

Still, one impediment may be Kate’s psychological state, as she says she is not prepared to review the events. Since they returned to the United Kingdom, on the 7th of September, Kate and Gerry have not returned to Portugal, and since they were made arguidos, they always said that they would only visit the country if the PJ removed that status.

04-09-2008, 01:01 PM
In Correio da Manha today:


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Madeleine case
PJ wants the McCanns at the crime scene

The Policia Judiciaria wants to have Kate and Gerry McCann, the British couple whose three-year-old daughter disappeared in Praia da Luz, Algarve, in Portugal, as soon as next month. The investigators' goal is to try, through a reconstitution of the evening of May 3, on the crime scene, to overcome the various contradictions in the statements that were given by the last persons who saw Maddie alive. This group includes the seven friends who accompanied the McCanns during dinner at the Tapas restaurant, when the alert to the little girl's disappearance was given.

Clarence Mitchell, the family's press advisor, confirmed the PJ's pretension yesterday, but did not reveal any dates, or details about the reconstitution. He was not clear about the possibility of the McCanns' return, while merely suggesting the possibility that the couple would gladly accept the diligence if they could stop being arguidos.

Another of the McCann couple's wishes to accept the participation in the reconstitution would be that the same would be transmitted by television. This is unthinkable under the Portuguese juridical system, where the process is kept under judicial secrecy. Police sources have also told CM that the shelving of the suspicions against the child's parents is also not likely until the inquiry comes to its end. Gerry, Kate or any other of the English citizens that spent their holidays at Luz are not obliged to return, unless, if there were strong indications of the practise of a crime, international warrants were issued.

Important statements

Yesterday was an important day for the PJ. They have inquired Jane Tanner and Russell O'Brien again, the couple that presents the major contradictions in the statements that they gave over the past months. The PJ wanted to know exactly where Jane guaranteed to have seen Maddie's alleged abductor, and how she managed to describe him after several months, when she failed to do so on the days that followed the event. Another doubt is how she could see a man carrying a child in front of the apartment, at the same time at which Gerry was positioned only a few metres away. And how Maddie's father and a friend, who were chatting on the same spot, failed to see the stranger carrying the child.

As far as Russell is concerned, the purpose is to clarify his goings to the bedroom where his daughters were sleeping, during the dinner. The Englishman was the person who stayed away from the restaurant table during the largest time lapse. He said that one of his daughters had vomited while she was sleeping, but no request was made for a change of bed sheets.

Apparatus at the police's door

The police apparatus was huge yesterday, during the entire morning and in the afternoon, near the Leicester police's headquarters. Tens of photographers were concentrated at the gates, trying to capture the entry of the main persons involved: the three PJ members and the Jane Tanner/Russell O'Brien couple.

Tight security at the precinct

The Leicester police precinct - where the interrogations were carried out - is surrounded by big security measures. Nobody can pass the gates without previous authorization.

Maddie's mother at home

Kate McCann came to her front door yesterday. Only to close it, in a fury, as she perceived the presence of Portuguese journalists. A friend of hers took note of the CM car's number plate and called the couple's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell.

Team facing an agitated day

The three elements from the Judiciaria that accompany the interrogations of the McCanns' friends until Friday, left the Ramada Hotel, where they are staying, in the early hours. Before 9 a.m., a vehicle from Leicester police stopped at the main entrance and drove the investigators to the police headquarters. They entered the precinct's gates at high speed and drove to a building that was hidden from the journalists' view. There, they accompanied the questionings, which were presided over by the local police. They were not allowed to ask direct questions, but they had permission to make suggestions.

The rogatory letter was sufficiently comprehensive to allow for new questions and even to request new diligences. Which can still be done until Friday.

Kate and Gerry's 'untouchable' image

The neighborhood is quiet. Just like any other of the many that populate the small town of Rothley, where tens of practically similar houses can be seen. On the street that accesses the house - the McCanns' is the last one and can only be distinguished from any other because of the toys that are kept close to one of the windows - there are almost no signs of life.

Two cars are standing outside the door and Kate and Gerry are preparing their trip to Brussels, which is scheduled for tomorrow, with the couple leaving on a flight that is set to leave by the end of the afternoon, from an airport in London.

It's shortly after lunch time, the door opens up and Kate comes to the entrance. She says goodbye to a friend but the presence of CM's journalists hastens the farewell. Kate shuts the door, keeping herself hidden, and the Englishman who had just left the house, stops in front of the car that was rented by CM. He ostensively writes down the license plate, and informs Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' advisor, by phone, that there are journalists at the couple's door - a break of the compromise that has been accepted by journalists in general, who accepted the rules that were imposed by the McCanns and guided visits by the couple for photo sessions. CM does not accept this type of compromises.

Once the incident was overcome - by the CM journalists leaving the area -, the town seems to have forgotten Maddie.


Hotel changes rules

The stay of the Policia Judiciaria from Portimao at the Ramada Hotel, in Leicester, changed that unit's internal rules. The bar, which usually remained open for non-guests until 1 a.m., now closes at 11 p.m.

Peaceful sociability

Portuguese journalists and policemen are staying at the same hotel, in Leicester city centre. The sociability among everyone is peaceful, but the silence is maintained. Paulo Rebelo, chief coordinator with the PJ and the head of the Portimao department, repeats to the journalists that he does not give any statements.

Change of direction

At the same time when tens of journalists were concentrated at the Leicester police gates in order to register the arrival of Jane Tanner and Russell O'Brien, for questioning, Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, summoned the reporters for a press conference that took place some 20 kilometres away. Everyone left the area.

50 witnesses

The McCann couple's lawyers presented a list to the police which included over 50 persons, apart from the group of friends that spent their holidays at Praia da Luz, to be heard in England. These are persons that are close to the couple, supportive witnesses.

Friends without lawyers

Since they are being questioned as witnesses, none of the McCanns' friends need the presence of a lawyer.

Crucial witnesses

The most important witnesses are Jane and Russell, the first to be heard as they are fully prioritary for the Judiciaria.

Empty memorial

In Rothley, at the memorial to those fallen in the world wars, where various objects had been placed to remember the child, nothing remains.

The silence rules

In the shops, nobody wants to speak about the child, and the motives for a disappearance that was reported worldwide are not discussed.

04-10-2008, 09:11 AM
SOL article: http://tinyurl.com/3j9dvl

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Google translation:

Young McCann already announced dates where you can go to Portugal
The couple McCann already indicated dates on which is available to go to Portugal, in the context of the case of the disappearance of her daughter smaller, in the Algarve, May 03, 2007, said today the Lusa source linked to the process According to the same source, " already lodged an application in the case in which the couple McCann reported the dates on which is available to come to Portugal.

The application was filed in the proceedings last Tuesday.

Kate and Gerry McCann - parents of Madeleine, who disappeared from the apartment they toured holiday in Praia da Luz, near Lagos in the Algarve - are defendants in the case, together with the Portuguese-British Robert Murata, which lies in Praia da Luz

Meanwhile, the British lawyers for Kate and Gerry McCann argued that more are questioned about 50 witnesses, besides the seven friends of the couple who Tuesday began to be questioned in England.

According to source close to the family, the legal team recently submitted new names that you would like to be interviewed, the list of which grew from 24 to about 60 people "in recent weeks.

"This extends from the friends who were with them on the night of the disappearance until officials of the Ocean Club [the enterprise tourism in the Algarve where the family spent holidays], the love and people that were with them in the days following," said the same source to agency Lusa.

Among these are also the current spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, and another spokesman, Justine McGuinness, and relatives of McCann that conviveram with them in Portugal in the days following the disappearance of Madeleine.

"Everybody can sustain the defence of Kate and Gerry, who are innocent," the source assured.

Asked about the matter, Clarence Mitchell said the Lusa that have not yet received any request to be interrogated. The list also includes the names of the seven friends of McCann that Tuesday have begun to be questioned in Leicester.

According to the press, Jane Tanner would be the first, followed by the remaining elements of the group: Matthew and Rachael Oldfield, David and Fiona Payne, Russel O'Brien (companion of Jane) and the mother of Fiona, Diane Webster.

Although without the presence of lawyers, witnesses must answer a series of questions submitted by the Judiciary Police, released by British police officers.

However, the Leicestershire Police, said no details on the timetable or method, claiming the British authorities' confidentiality at the request of the Portuguese police.

In the questionnaires, which will run until Friday, will have traveled to England Paulo Rebelo, responsible for investigating the disappearance of the Algarve Madeleine May 03, 2007, and two more players, which was not confirmed by PJ.

The British Police also did not reveal whether any request received from the Portuguese authorities to carry out new questionnaires in the future or if the PJ will return to England.

Meanwhile, Clarence Mitchell again welcome on behalf of Kate and Gerry, the way the Portuguese Judicial Police for a solo British hear the friends of the couple and reiterated the readiness to cooperate with the PJ.

In a study is also a chance to perform in Portugal a new reconstitution of what happened on the night of the disappearance of Madeleine, but nothing is confirmed.

"Basically, asked Kate and Gerry consider whether back [to Portugal] to participate," the Lusa said a spokesman for the Fund to find Madeleine, "adding that the idea is being considered by the family."

However, the news advanced denied by the British press which has been made a formal request and now is only a proposal made by the lawyers of the Portuguese Police McCann.

"Kate and Gerry welcome the idea of any reconstruction that is filmed ... That can generate new calls and new clues in the search for Madeleine, "said the spokesman official of the couple, Clarence Mitchell, the Sky News.

04-10-2008, 09:16 AM
Portugal Resident: http://tinyurl.com/6nu4je
Updated: 10 April 2008

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McCanns asked to return to Portugal



PORTUGUESE POLICE investigators travelled to the UK on Monday, April 7, to re-interview the seven friends who were with Gerry and Kate McCann on the night Madeleine went missing from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3.

After 344 days since the British toddler went missing, the new enquiries are the PJ’s last effort to find new lines of investigation before the case is filed.

Next August is the deadline for the Public Prosecutor leading the investigation, judge Jos&#233; Magalh&#227;es de Menezes, to decide if there are grounds for a trial or not.

Although the McCanns’ lawyers requested that more witnesses be interviewed by the Portuguese investigators, including the present and past PRs of the family, Clarence Mitchell and Justine McGuiness as well as Kate’s psychiatrist, this week’s developments focused mainly on the friends of the family.

According to the Portuguese and British press, based on anonymous sources related with the case, Jane Tanner and Russel O’Brien were the first to be re-interviewed.

It was revealed that the PJ wanted to clarify some contradictions in the couple’s previous testimonies, namely why Jane Tanner made different statements about the man she said she saw carrying a child near the apartment close to the time when Madeleine went missing.

Her testimony was initially crucial for the investigators to focus on the kidnapping theory, but suffered changes as time passed and that was said to be the main aspect that the PJ wants to confirm.

In Russel O’Brien’s testimony, it was revealed in newspapers that the PJ’s team also wanted to clarify where he was during his long absences from the dinner table while the group were dining at the Tapas restaurant, located inside the premises of the Ocean Club. The PJ’s list for the new enquiries, which are being supervised by the Leicestershire police, also includes Mathew and Rachel Oldfield, David and Fiona Payne, and Diane Webster, who is Fiona’s mother. All of them are friends of the McCanns.


The investigators did not ask to interview Gerry and Kate McCann in this move. However, according to their Portuguese lawyers, they were asked to consider taking part in a reconstruction of the night of Madeleine’s disappearance. Although nothing was confirmed by the time The Resident went to press, reports in the media, quoting Clarence Mitchell, the family’s PR, confirmed they were considering the PJ’s request.

Although much information has been leaked to the Portuguese and British press, the details on these enquiries are being kept confidential and the official information from the Portuguese PJ remains that “there is nothing new to say on the Madeleine case”.

The PJ team of inspectors is expected to return to Portugal today (Friday). The group is led by the Portim&#227;o co-ordinator Paulo Rebelo and includes enquiry coordinator Paulo Jorge and Ricardo Paiva, who is the liaison officer who also mediated between the PJ and the British police on the PJ’s previous visit to the UK.

Yesterday, April 10, Gerry and Kate McCann were due to travel to Brussels to meet with several representatives of the European Parliament who were to present a draft declaration for a Europe-wide missing child alert, inspired by the Amber Alert existing in the United States.

04-10-2008, 09:18 AM
24Horas (http://24horasnewspaper.com/total.php?numero=2814&link=13) is reporting about the reconstitution, the subtitle of the article states that the PJ ponders giving up on the diligence for lack of cooperation by the witnesses.

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Full translation of the article:

"We request your cooperation." This is how the letter that was sent by the Policia Judiciaria to the people that were present at the Ocean Club resort, Praia da Luz, Algarve, on the 3rd of May 2007, ends. The purpose is to carry out, on the 15th and 16th of May, a reconstitution of the events of the day that Madeleine McCann disappeared. But the PJ knows that it is not likely to take place.

Until the end of the day, yesterday, the PJ, having made the requests a month ago, had not received any reply from the little girl's parents, from the seven friends with whom they dined and from three other witnesses that are considered to be fundamental.

"There is no reply until now. The McCanns have appended a document to the process files, stating that they are available to come to Portugal on the 15th and 16th of May, but it's simply a declaration of their intentions. They do not guarantee that they will be present", a source from the criminal section of the Portimao court has told 24Horas.

Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, confirms that the PJ suggested several dates (three) for the reconstitution to be carried out, but he states that Maddie's parents still "have not agreed to return to Portugal". And he adds that the couple prefers to wait for the end of the interrogations that the PJ and the British police are making to the friends with whom they dined on the fateful day.

"Emotional impact" on Kate McCann

"The PJ did not take into account the emotional impact that the reconstitution of the facts would provoke on the family, especially on Kate, who cannot stand the idea of seeing another child pretending to be Madeleine", Mitchell says.

The spokesman insisted on denying that Kate and Gerry had imposed any conditions on the Public Ministry or on the PJ to return to Portugal, contrary to what has been reported by some of the media: "The McCanns have never imposed any condition. Nobody is negotiating with the Public Ministry or with the PJ. They will never impose any type of special treatment."

According to Mitchell, the only thing that is being pondered is the filming of the reconstitution, if it comes to be carried out, by the BBC's CrimeWatch show, given the fact that "it's seen by millions of people and it could bring new information concerning Maddie's whereabouts".

For now, the magistrate who directs the investigations, the prosecutor Magalh&#227;es e Menezes, is going to request the extension of the inquiry for another 90 days.


Witnesses of little value

The PJ team that was sent to England, led by Paulo Rebelo, has heard another two witnesses in the Maddie case, yesterday. Rachel and Matthew Oldfield were reportedly questioned. They dined at the Tapas Bar on the fateful night and left an 18-month-old child alone, in an apartment of the Ocean Club, for several hours.

Matthew initially stated that he had checked on the McCanns' children, but as he heard no noise, he thought they were asleep and did not enter. Later he said that he had noticed more light inside the apartment, but paid no attention and returned to the Tapas. He was confronted with the discrepancies in these statements by the authorities, yesterday.

His wife, Rachel, never left the Tapas Bar, a version that she has always maintained and which is corroborated by the restaurant's employees.



Silence. Paulo Rebelo avoids the journalists. "I'm not saying anything", is the sentence that he seems to have memorized already.

Meeting. Paulo Rebelo's team will hold a meeting tomorrow with the prosecutor who directs the process, Magalh&#227;es e Menezes.

04-11-2008, 09:58 AM
In Correio da Manh&#227; this morning:


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Justice: On the eve of the little girl’s disappearance
Kate leaves Maddie crying

On the 2nd of May, one day before the disappearance, Kate McCann left her daughter alone in the bedroom with the 18-month-old twins and Maddie cried, shouting and screaming for her father. The description had already been made by the neighbour above the apartment that had been rented by the McCanns at Praia da Luz, but the story was reportedly confirmed by Kate in September, when she was made an arguida. At that point in time, she confessed to the PJ that she did not attend to her crying daughter, who was only three years old, and remembered that the child begged for her attention the next morning, over breakfast. “Mommy, why didn’t you come when we were crying last night”, Maddie asked, according to the report that was made by Kate to the PJ.

The excerpt of the deposition was reported by Spanish television channel Telecinco yesterday, on the same day that the members of the Policia Judiciaria ended the interrogation of the seven friends who dined at the Tapas restaurant, on the 3rd of May.

The investigators spent three days in Leicester and are scheduled to leave the East Midlands airport, north of London, today. The team from the Judiciaria is foreseen to land in Faro at around 9 a.m. During the afternoon, the group will meet with the prosecutor from the Public Ministry, to whom they will report about the diligences that were carried out on English soil.

The seven friends of the McCanns that were on holidays in Praia da Luz were questioned and the PJ can depart into a new phase of the investigation. One in which the main bet seems to be the reconstitution of the crime scene in order to verify the presented testimonies.

But this diligence only makes sense if the McCanns and their friends participate. Which seems increasingly unlikely, taking into account the public statements made by Clarence Mitchell, the family’s spokesman, who while denying that the couple is blackmailing the PJ by demanding impossible conditions, insists on the need to film the reconstitution, so it can be broadcast by an English television channel.

Apart from that, Clarence Mitchell said yesterday that the family was trying to understand what the purpose of the diligence was, guaranteeing afterwards that they would be available to participate in situations that ‘had the goal to find the child’. That would not be the case if the PJ were only trying to reinforce the thesis of the parents’ guilt, which led them to be made arguidos over the suspicion of homicide and concealment of a cadaver.

Gerry even suggested yesterday that the reconstitution should be filmed with actors and that the description of the alleged suspect of abduction – which was presented by the couple some months ago - should be publicized.

The Portuguese lawyers representing the family seem to have a different position. On Tuesday, Rog&#233;rio Alves and Carlos Pinto Abreu, who represent the McCanns in Portugal, added a document to the process, in which they stated that the couple would be available to participate in the reconstitution. This is now denied by the family, which continues to demand conditions to cooperate with the investigation.

Gerry said yesterday that they will not return to Portugal on the 3rd of May. What they will do to mark the disappearance of the child, is to remain private, Kate added, who also doesn’t confirm the return to the location where Maddie disappeared from.

Couple at the European Parliament

The parents of Madeleine McCann appealed yesterday, at the European Parliament, for the swift creation of a European alert system for missing children, stating that the experiments that were made in some countries have already demonstrated its success. Kate McCann said that, apart from her daughter, ‘thousands of other children are victims in Europe’ and underlined that, in cases of disappearance, ‘the first hours are critical’. ‘Do not wait for another child to disappear and another family to suffer like we do’, she stated. Gerry McCann supported himself on several ‘success cases’, like the system that was adopted by France, which was activated five times since it was created in 2006, and the children were recovered on all occasions.



Kate and Gerry McCann always said that they would cooperate with the Policia Judiciaria. But now that this cooperation was requested, they show reservations about participating in the reconstitution, fearing that it will incriminate them.

Final results

The PJ now holds all the results from the laboratory in Birmingham – where several residues that had been found in the holiday apartment and inside the car that had been rented by the couple, were analyzed. The results are still not absolutely conclusive.

Deadlines ending

The deadline that was given by the judge for the judicial secrecy ends on May 15. The Public Ministry can request the judge to grant an extension of another three months, and that time lapse can be further extended at the prosecutor’s request.

04-12-2008, 02:31 PM
24 horas - translation Li - 3A: http://www.the3arguidos.net/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9071

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Jane Tanner's declarations to the Police casts doubt on the McCanns

Key witness that claimed the kidnapping backtracks

The Portuguese police still believe that Gerry and Kate are connected to the disappearance of the daughter. This conviction was strengthened with the visit to England. A couple's friend also helped

The thesis of the eventual abduction of Madeleine McCann was compromised by the interrogatories made this week in Leicester, England. The key witness that claimed that Maddie was taken wrapped in a blanket by a man on the 3rd of May of 2007 from a flat in Praia da Luz, Algarve, was heavily shaken when she admitted to the authorities that she only left the Tapas Bar, where she dinned with the McCanns and more six friends, after the alarm given by Kate. Jane Tanner admits that she saw a person before she went to dine but she did not see with precision what that person was carrying and it could be a simple tenant of the Ocean Club. "It was a precious deposition because it permits to concentrate the investigation in only one line, meaning that Maddie's parents are involved in the disappearance of the child direct or indirectly", said to 24 Horas a high judicial responsible connected to the process. According to the same source, "the thesis of an eventual abduction is more and more weak". "It would be good that the McCanns and friends accepted to come to Portugal to do a reconstruction on the 15th and 16th of May, of all the events that occurred between the 18 and 23 hours of that day". And the same responsible launches an appeal:" This is not a cat and mouse game. This is not a game. It is the life of a child we are talking about. If they want to help fine but if they demand things that the authorities cannot accomplish... No one cam make miracles if there is no cooperation from them".
The team of three persons that the PJ sent to England, returned yesterday to Portugal. Next Monday they will meet with the director of the PJ Guilhermino da Encarna&#231;&#227;o as well as with the public prosecutors Luis Ver&#227;o and Magalh&#227;es e Menezes.The objective is to evaluate all the interrogatories made in England and decide the next steps.
http://www.24horasnewspaper.com/total.p ... 16&link=08

04-14-2008, 12:42 PM
(http://www.pj.pt/cgi-bin/news.pl?action=viewarticle&id=3781 **The PJ's official website**)

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“Caso Madeleine McCann”: Esclarecimento de falso conteúdo de notícia

No final da passada semana, a estação de televisão espanhola Telecinco difundiu uma notícia dando conta de que teria tido acesso exclusivo a alegadas declarações do casal McCann aos “investigadores” do desaparecimento da menor Madeleine.

Com base nesta notícia, o porta-voz deste casal, Clarence Mitchell, exprimiu publicamente, a diversos órgãos de informação, a certeza de que a Polícia Judiciária teria sido a responsável pela sua divulgação.

A Polícia Judiciária esclarece que é inteiramente falso que o conteúdo da notícia reproduza matéria constante do inquérito e que se encontra em segredo de justiça.

Por outro lado, a Polícia Judiciária não deixa de lamentar a insustentada intervenção do porta-voz, sobretudo num momento em que se realizavam significativas diligências para a investigação.

14 de Abril de 2008

A Direcção Nacional


"Madeleine McCann case": Clarification on false contents of a news piece

At the end of last week, the Spanish television station Telecinco broadcast a news piece that reported that they had enjoyed exclusive access to alleged statements from the McCann couple to the "investigators" into the disappearance of the underage child, Madeleine.

Based on this news piece, the spokesman of this couple, Clarence Mitchell, expressed publicly, to several media, the certainty that the Policia Judiciaria had been responsible for its publication.

The Policia Judiciaria clarifies that it is entirely false that the contents of the news piece reproduces matter that is part of the iunquiry, which is under judicial secrecy.

On the other hand, the Policia Judiciaria cannot fail to lament the baseless intervention of the spokesman, especially at a moment when significant diligences to the investigation were being carried out.

April 14, 2008

The National Directory