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Post by sharonl on 12.05.11 7:24

McCanns ask PM for Madeleine probe



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Thu May 12 2011 6:24


The parents of Madeleine McCann have asked David Cameron to launch an "independent, transparent and comprehensive review of all information" related to the disappearance of their daughter.

In a letter published by the Sun on the little girl's eighth birthday, Kate and Gerry McCann said they had "tried in vain" to secure a formal inquiry, and "it's not right that a young, vulnerable British citizen has essentially been given up on".

They told the Prime Minister that "the benefits of pooling together different bits of evidence can be enormous".
A spokesman for Mr Cameron said he wanted to make sure the Government did "all it can to help them".

In their letter to the Prime Minister, the McCanns wrote: "One call might be all that is needed to lead to Madeleine and her abductor.
"To this end we are seeking a joint independent, transparent and comprehensive review of all information held in relation to Madeleine's disappearance."
They added: "It is fundamental for any major incident that a case review is undertaken to identify all the avenues that could be explored that might lead to new information coming into the inquiry."

Madeleine went missing on a family holiday to Portugal in 2007. She was nearly four when she vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve, as her parents dined with friends at a poolside tapas restaurant nearby.

Despite a massive police investigation and huge publicity worldwide, she has not been found.
The official Portuguese inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance was formally shelved in July 2008, although private detectives employed by the McCanns have continued the search.

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, described this as "an important stage in Kate and Gerry's campaign", and added that they had asked three successive home secretaries for a review, "so far without success".

In an interview, Mrs McCann called on Mr Cameron to demonstrate "not just with words but with actions" that he cares about Madeleine.

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The Madeleine Foundation letter to David Cameron

Post by sharonl on 12.05.11 7:28

The Madeleine Foundation


Asking the questions about what really happened to Madeleine McCann


66 Chippingfield Tel: 01279 635789
HARLOW e-mail: ajsbennett@btinternet.com
Essex, website: www.madeleinefoundation.org.uk
CM17 0DJ

Saturday 2 October 2010
Mr David Cameron
Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
LONDON
SW1A
BY HAND at 10 Downing Street by five members of The Madeleine Foundation, 3.00pm, Saturday 2 October 2010


Dear Prime Minister

re: The need for a full public enquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann
We have come to 10 Downing Street today to petition you to hold an urgent and full public enquiry, with the power to summon witnesses, into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
To say that this case is controversial would be a serious understatement. To say that Madeleine McCann is the best-known missing girl in the world would be to state the obvious. A number of flat contradictions in the various witness statements given to the Portuguese Police by the McCanns and their ‘Tapas 9’ friends remain to be explained. To state that the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is ‘a complete mystery’ would be to repeat the actual words used in March this year by the McCanns’ principal public relations officer during the past three years, the man who until Madeleine disappeared was the Head of the government’s 40-strong Media Monitoring Unit, and the person you appointed as second-in-command to your Communications Director, Andy Coulson, in the run-up to the General Election – Clarence Mitchell.
We previously wrote about some of the matters below to your predecessor, Gordon Brown, and that letter is also enclosed for your attention. The current position appears to be that the Portuguese investigation appears to be suspended indefinitely, pending the receipt of any new evidence. The McCanns have never, so far as we are aware, asked the Portuguese Police to re-open their investigation. Operation Task at Leicestershire Police maintains a liaison role in relation to the Portuguese Police. Until July 2008, the investigation was described as a ‘joint Portuguese Police and Leicestershire Police investigation’.
You will be well aware that whilst many believe the McCanns’ version of events of what happened to Madeleine in Praia da Luz in May 2007, a great many do not. In the only opinion poll ever conducted on the issue, as many as 80% in a poll in September 2007 said they did not believe that the McCanns were telling the whole truth about what happened to Madeleine. The Portuguese senior detective, Goncalo Amaral, who wrote a book about the case, A Verdada da Mentira, The Truth About A Lie, and most of his team of detectives, considered that they had convincing evidence that Madeleine had died in Apartment 5A in the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz and that the parents knew this. They set out their conclusions in an interim report by Tavares de Almeida on 10 September 2007. But just 22 days later, Mr Amaral was removed from his post and played no further part in the investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance.
A. The squandering by the McCanns of publicly-donated funds


Not least of the concerns many members of the public have about the case is the huge amount of money raised by the public, and put into the hands of a private trust - not a charity - controlled by members of the McCann family. That should, of itself, be a matter for major concern and investigation, but that concern is multiplied many times now that news has emerged of how the McCanns and members of their Trust, Find Madeleine Fund, have squandered the public’s money. I will give some details of this below.
Most notably, and shockingly, is the money that was in effect stolen from the McCanns’ ‘Find Madeleine Fund’ by Mr Kevin Halligen, a man who has currently been in Belmarsh High Security Prison for a whole year awaiting extradition proceedings begun by the U.S. over an alleged $2 million fraud.
In April 2008, as we now know, as it has been admitted by the McCanns and Clarence Mitchell that the Trustees of the Find Madeleine Fund appointed Kevin Halligen, formerly of Red Defence International, to lead the McCanns’ team of private investigators. Halligen had previously founded a company called Oakley International – but only after Madeleine McCann disappeared. In two press reports dated 13 and 14 August 2008, Clarence Mitchell boasted about the ‘international status’ of Oakley International.
In the Daily Mail of 13 August, Clarence Mitchell described Oakley International as (quote) ‘a team of crack U.S. detectives’. Mitchell went on to describe them as ‘a truly international firm’, adding (quote) ‘These really are the big boys’ and ‘absolutely the best’. Mitchell stated, and this has been confirmed many times, that the Find Madeleine Fund signed a contract with Halligen and paid him £500,000. Mitchell went on to say that Oakley International ‘employs ex-FBI, CIA and U.S. special forces…the very best people in their field’.
In a further report in theDaily Star,the following day (14 August), the private detective organisation led by Halligen was described, once again in a direct quote from Clarence Mitchell, as ‘a global internationally-based operation with components in Britain, America, Europe and other countries, usingdozens of retired FBI, CIA and even MI5 agentsdedicated to solving the mystery of Madeleine’s disappearance’. Referring to Halligen’s contract, the report went on: ‘The top secret team has been given six months to solve the riddle [of her disappearance]’.
However, since an article by Mark Hollingsworth in the Evening Standard in August 2009 about Halligen, it has become clear that the McCanns, Clarence Mitchell and the Trustees of the Find Madeleine Fund were simply not telling the truth about Halligen. It emerged that he was wanted by the U.S. authorities for a fraud said to be worth over $2 million and which involved frauds against a London law firm. As you will know, he was arrested in October 2009 whilst living in a plush Oxford hotel which charges £700 a night. For the past year he has been resisting the extradition application against him whilst locked up in Belmarsh High Security Prison. Despite his track record as a fraudster and con-man - he is said to have defrauded and conned, inter alia, the FBI and Trafigura - he has been granted legal aid to fight the extradition, which is costing the taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds, if not more. A recent report in the Daily Mirror said that Halligen had ‘ripped off’ the Find Madeleine Fund. Many newspapers have reported on his high-living, hard-drinking lifestyle and it appears he delivered nothing of value with regard to Madeleine’s disappearance in exchange for half a million pounds of publicly-donated money.
In addition, the Mail on Sunday in November 2009 disclosed that “A paper trail which we have obtained shows that Halligen, a former director of a catering firm, launched an extraordinary spending spree on hotels, cigar bars, restaurants and luxury goods while he was in the pay of the Find Madeleine Fund…
The funds of Find Madeleine Fund were very largely contributed by the generous British public. Children donated their weekly pocket money to find Madeleine. Pensioners donated their weekly pension. Many individuals and groups raised money and sent it to the McCanns. Clarence Mitchell on numerous occasions failed to point out that the Find Madeleine Fund was not a charity. He once called in a radio interview for money to be sent direct to ‘The McCanns, Rothley’, not a practice that most accountants would endorse in terms of maintaining the integrity of donations to a private trust, regulated by Companies House.
It is not only the choice of Kevin Halligen and Oakley International by the McCanns that is of concern, however. The choice of the Trustees of Find Madeleine Fund to pay the highly controversial Spanish detective agency Metodo 3 was also very questionable. You will recall that the head of this outfit, Francisco Marco, made extravagant, but worthless, boasts in the lead-up to Christmas 2007 that his agency knew precisely where Madeleine was, that they were ‘closing in’ on her, and that she would be ‘home by Christmas’.
A related and very serious concern is that the McCanns, through using the services of Metodo 3, may have colluded with Metodo 3 to finance what may be regarded as bogus searches for Madeleine’s body in the Arade Dam, Portugal. These searches were conducted in January and March 2009 in the full glare of well-organised publicity by Madeira-based Portguese lawyer, Marcos Aragao Correia. Mr Correia has also been the lawyer who has conducted various proceedings against the original senior detective in the case, Goncalo Amaral. In passing, we may note that this selfsame lawyer publicly claimed in November 2007 that underworld sources had told him that Madeleine had been abducted, raped, killed and her body thrown into a lake. Two months later, he publicly admitted that this was a deliberate lie, instead substituting a colourful account of how he had received a vision of a big man strangling Madeleine, hours after attending his first-ever Spiritualist Church meeting on Madeira. These two extraordinary statements are a matter of public record.
The significance of these matters is that Mr Correia has publicly admitted to being paid by Metodo 3 to carry out the searches of the Arade Dam. The amount of those payments has never been publicly disclosed. As Metodo 3 were being paid by the McCanns and the Find Madeleine Fund, inevitably serious questions arise as to whether the McCanns and their advisers knew and approved in advance of the search of the Arade Dam. Metodo 3 were using funds raised, as we have pointed out, by children donating their weekly pocket money and pensioners sending in their weekly pension. A further reason for holding a full public enquiry, with the power to summon witnesses, is to probe exactly how the public’s money was spent by outfits like Metodo 3 and Kevin Halligen’s bogus Oakley International.
Just as bad, not only was publicly-donated money squandered, but when the public made calls supplying information which they thought could lead to Madeleine being found, those calls were not followed up.
There was, for example, the further, shocking report by U.S. journalist Daniel Boffey, dated 20 November 2009, published in the Mail on Sunday, headlined: “Madeleine McCann investigator didn't listen to ANY tip-offs given to hotline - and squandered £500,000”. In particular, Boffey reported that “…despite setting up a hotline for potential informants and witnesses, none of the hundreds of calls received by a call centre hired by Halligen, 48, was listened to by Oakley investigators”.
As the Mail on Sunday itself commented: “The revelations will dismay everyone who donated to the Find Madeleine Fund. But perhaps of most concern is the lack of attention paid to the hundreds of ’phone calls received by the Madeleine hotline. Halligen and Oakley International, based in Washington, failed to listen to a single call received on the hotline set up for potential informants by Kate and Gerry McCann last year. Johan Selle, the Director of Operations at iJet, the US firm that managed the Find Madeleine phone line, revealed that for a year nobody even asked his company if they could listen to any of the calls received. Mr Selle said his operators, in Annapolis, Virginia, had answered 'hundreds of calls', but the information seemed wasted - possibly squandering valuable leads. He said: 'We delivered Oakley a report with a summary of the calls and said if they wanted to come back they could listen to the recording, but nobody did. We are not sure whether Halligen provided our report to the family or to the trust or to those working with them or to the teams working after him, because no-one came back to us. We sent the report to Oakley group and our assumption was that they were using it as a piece in the puzzle. But it appears that wasn't the case”.
In addition, you may be aware that from around March 2009, the McCanns’ private investigation team appears to consist just of former Detective Inspector Dave Edgar and former Detective Sergeant Arthur Cowley. These are both ex-Cheshire Constabulary detectives. It appears likely that they were personally recruited by the man who has been the overall director of the McCanns’ private investigation operations for the past three years, Cheshire-based businessman Brian Kennedy (please see paragraph C4 below). These two men have frequently been referred in the media to being part of an ‘international investigations group’ known as ‘Alpha Investigations Group’. However, on investigation, the two McCann ex-detectives appear to belong to a similarly named one-man band company registered as ‘Alphaig’ only last year at Companies House. Its stated address is a residential property in the Flintshire countryside. Once again, there may have been a deception on the public, leading them to believe that this operation is much more than just two former detectives. This apparent deception should also be investigated by a public enquiry.

B. The activities of Leicestershire Constabulary
The highly controversial nature of the private detective agencies used by the McCanns and the Find Madeleine Fund, none of whom seems to have had any expertise whatsoever in tracing missing children, raises a further - and major - question about the continued linking by Leicestershire Constabulary to the McCanns’ fund-raising website. From a date in the autumn of 2007, Leicestershire Constabulary has continually linked its website, and prominently, to the McCanns’ website, Find Madeleine Fund.
The McCanns’ website had (and still has) two prime purposes. First, to raise as much money as possible. Second, to persuade people to contact their own private investigators rather than the Portuguese Police and Leicestershire Police, the two official agencies charged with the professional duty of investigating Madeleine’s disappearance.
At the time Leicestershire Police linked to the McCanns’ website, the McCanns were offical suspects over the disappearance of their daughter - and remained so until July 2008.
Whilst a report by the Head of the Portuguese Judiciary in that month [ http://arquivoexpresso.aeiou.pt/pdf/MaddieMcCann_PJ.pdf ]
explained that there was insufficient evidence to charge any individual with any crime in relation to Madeleine’s disappearance, that same report also specifically retained, as an explanation for Madeleine’s disappearance, the possibility that she may have died in the McCanns’ apartment and that the parents knew what had happened to her.
The Times on 11 September 2007 reported: “Despite the insistence of Kate and Gerry McCann that they had no involvement in their daughter's disappearance, Jose Cunha de Magalhaes e Meneses, an Algarve-based prosecutor, concluded that the evidence against them was strong enough to apply for a prosecution”.
Jose Cunha de Magalhaes e Meneses, a Regional Director of Prosecutions, gave evidence in court much more recently on the subject. He was a witness in the interlocutory hearing on 11 January 2010 of Goncalo Amaral’s appeal against an injunction temporarily banning his book ‘The Truth About A Lie’. Under headlines such as that on SKY NEWS on 12 January: “Madeleine McCann ‘Died In Holiday Apartment’, Mr Cunha de Magalhaes e Meneses repeated in the High Court in Lisbon his view that there was much evidence that Madeleine died in the McCanns’ apartment.
In addition, we need to bear in mind that despite her apparent desperation at Madeleine being missing, Dr Kate McCann refused to answer all 48 questions asked of her by the Portuguese Police at an interview under caution on 7 September 2007. Not only that, but the McCanns and all their ‘Tapas 9’ friends who were with them in Portugal refused to take part in a reconstruction of the events of the evening Madeleine disappeared, an event which would surely have shed much light on what really happened that evening.
As we said in our letter last year to Gordon Brown, this appears to be the first and only time in the hisotry of the world that a police force has directly encouraged the public to donate to suspects of a serious crime and to encourage the public to give information to that suspect’s agents and not to official police forces. We asked him to intervene and advise Leicestershire Constabulary that they should reconsider their position on this matter. He did not do so. We invite you to look again at this extraordinary situation.

C. Additional reasons why a public enquiry into Madeleine’s disappearance is necessary
We do not have space to develop all the arguments which suggest that a public enquiry into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance is necessary, but, in addition, we would mention some of these briefly below:
(1) There has been no court case yet where witnesses to the events leading to Madeleine being reported missing can be heard. As is plain, what really happened to Madeleine is a very long way from being resolved. If a child had gone missing in similar circumstances in a British resort, an Inquest would surely have been held by now under the Coroners Act, under Coroners’ powers to deal with situations where persons are missing who may be presumed dead. This is a case with strong claims and couter-claims on all sides, with much disputed and contradictory evidence, and it is in the public interest that a neutral court hear the actual evidence and evaluate it. Such a public enquiry as we call for should have similar powers to those of a Coroner’s Court.
(2) Why Leicestershire Constabulary delayed for 6 months - and only after Goncalo Amaral was removed from the investigation in October 2007 - passing to the Portuguese Police the statements of Drs Arul and Katarina Gaspar. They are two General Practitioners who had been together with the McCanns, and some of the McCanns’ friends, on a previous holiday abroad. They contacted Leicestershire Constabulary within days of Madeleine’s disappearance, because they had seen TV pictures of Dr David Payne in Praia da Luz. They both said that on that previous holiday they had seen and heard Dr David Payne making remarks and sexualised gestures which suggested that he could have paedophile tendencies. These statements were, we understand, not sent on by Leicestershire Constabulary to the Portuguese Police until the end of October 2007.
(3) Why the government felt it necessary to send out to Praia da Luz the Head of its Media Monitoring Unit, Clarence Mitchell, and provide subsantial other direct help to the McCanns, not least the efforts of Gordon Brown to persuade the Portuguese Police, against their better judgment, to allow Dr Gerald McCann to release a description of a possible suspect based only on the claims of his friend and fellow-holidaymaker in Praia da Luz, Jane Tanner. Her claims now appear to be highly suspect given her changes of story over what she claims to have seen.
(4) The revelation by Mark Hollingsworth in the Evening Standard, and not denied, that Brian Kennedy, who has played a direct role in managing the McCanns’ private investigation operation and in fact has run it from a house in Knutsford close to where he lives in Cheshire, interfered with and intimidated witnesses in the Madeleine McCann case to such an extent that they then refused to talk to the Portuguese Police. It is a matter of public record that Mr Kennedy personally interviewed potential witnesses to the case, such as Martin Smith and Gail Cooper. It is also known that on 12 November 2007 he flew out for a meeting he held the following day in Burgau in the Algarve at which he spoke directly to a suspect in the case, Robert Murat. The meeting was at the home of the Eveleighs, Murat’s aunt and uncle. Also present was Mr Kennedy’s in-house lawyer, Edward Smethurst, frequently described as ‘the McCanns’ co-ordnating lawyer’ and Francicso Pagarete, Murat’s lawyer. The public has a right to know why Kennedy was so heavily involved in this investigation, and why he interfered with potential witnesses and allegedly intimidated them, an offence known to British law, punishable by a maximum of 14 years in jail. There are also questions as to why, from what we know, Mr Kennedy has never been investigated in respect of these alleegd crimes. It may also be added that when questioned a second time by the Portuguese Police on 10 and 11 July 2007, Murat changed his answers to key questions in at least 17 different respects about his movements between 1 and 4 May, compared with the answers he gave the police on 14 May, when first questioned by them.
(5) The role of the Home Office. Amongst other questions about the Home Office’s role in the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are:

(a) why former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith delayed for so long approving the ‘Rogatory Interviews’ of the McCanns and their ‘Tapas 9’ friends. These interviews eventually took place in April 2008 after much delay, and months after the Portuguese Police asked for permission to carry them out
(b) why the Home Office, in conjunction with the Department of Health, allegedy refused permission for the Portuguese Police to have access to Madeleine McCann’s medical records.
(6)There are many further questions that Leicestershire Constabulary need to answer, and which perhaps could only be answered by a full public enquiry. These questions include:

(a)how Leicestershire Constabulary can explain the unusually ‘matey’ relationship between their senior officer Stuart Prior and the McCanns and their ‘Tapas 9’ friends. The McCanns were sending him e-mails beginning ‘Hi Stu’
(b) why were the interviews with the McCanns and the ‘Tapas 9’ at Enderby Police Station in April 2008 so tame, for example these witnesses being able to read their previous statements and even in some cases their partners’ statements before answering any questions
(c) what was discussed between Gordon Brown, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and senior police officrs at Leicestershore Police HQ, Enderby, at a hastily-arranged meeting on 13 September 2007, just six days after the McCanns were declared suspects and three days after they flew home to Britain? (d) why was there an entry against Dr Gerald McCann in the Child Abuse section of Leicestershire Police CATS system, and why is the entry now blank? CATS is the ‘Case Adminsitration and Tracking System’, developed in response to Recommendation 104 in Lord Laming's report into the death of Victoria Climbie, which recommended a national child abuse database. It is now used by more than a dozen police forces. The following is an extract from a statement made by Detective Constable Hughes to the Portuguese Police on 16 May 2008. For some reason this was over a year after Madeleine was reported missing:
Leicestershire Police Force
From: DC443 J.N. HUGHES
To: SIO, Operation Task Department:
Main Criminal Unit
Date: 16th May 2008

Ref: Background Information – Kate McCann
Dear Sirs,
In response to your letter of request, I can provide the following information regarding the above-mentioned subject.
[PART OF REPORT SNIPPED]

Kate McCann was born on March 5, 1968 in Merseyside…

Searches made of the local section of child abuse investigation shows a registration number 19309 in CATS (system of action location). A consultation with DC Soand from the department in question confirms that this is just a file reference, but as a complement to Operation Task system for the purpose of reference, if any investigation should be necessary by the department. No work has been done on the basis of this file.
(7) Whether the Madeleine McCann case has undermined the work carried out by police sniffer dogs, especially cadaver dogs and bloodhounds. One of the reasons the McCanns were taken in for questioning was because of the evidence provided by two dogs used by Martin Grime, recognised as one of the world’s top dog handlers. The cadaver dog Eddie was said by Mr Grime, on a video that has since been watched by millions, to have alerted to the scent of a corpse at 10 locations, four in the McCanns’ apartment, two in a car subsequently hired by the McCanns, and four times on clothes or other items belonging to the McCanns and one of their children. The McCanns have rebutted this evidence by claiming that the evidence of these dogs is (I quote) ‘notoriously unreliable’, yet despite that claim, Mr Grime’s dogs have been used successfully dozens of times to alert to the scent of places where corpses have lain for a period.
It might also be noted here that the McCanns, themselves and through their spokesman Clarence Mitchell, in an attempt to discredit the use of cadaver sniffer dogs, publicly referred to the case of Eugene Zapata as one where the evidence of cadaver dogs had, they said, been shown to be unreliable. However, less than six months after the McCanns made these comments, Zapata pleaded guilty to murdering of his wife.
It is in the public interest that, as part of any public enquiry into Madeleine’s disappearance, the enquiry examines the quality and reliability of dogs such as Martin Grime’s, which have been successfully deployed in a number of other countries besides the U.K. The McCann case appears to have significantly undermined confidence in the use of these police and other highly trained sniffer dogs.
8) Whether the Forensic Science Service (FSS) in Birmingham improperly destroyed blood, fluid and hair samples from the McCanns’ apartment and hired car - and whether any third party sought to influence the initial forensic indications. In relation to this aspect, it is understood that one of the major investors in the FSS, who, we are informed, did the analysis of the DNA and other evidence in the Madeleine McCann investigation, is a company called 3i. It is understood that 3i is a private equity company with strong links to both Brian Kennedy and Control Risks Group, a company brought in to Praia da Luz in the first days after Madeleine McCann was reported missing and whose role in the matter has been very obscure. We understand that the major shareholder in Control Risks Group is 3i Equity plc, and that the Chairman of 3i is Baroness Sarah Hogg, sister-in-law of Mrs Justice Hogg who of course was the judge who made Madeleine McCann a Ward of the High Court 19 days after she was reported missing. Any public enquiry would need to explore whether any outside influence was or could have been brought to bear on the highly controversial Madeleine McCann investigation. Any suspicion that the FSS had less than 100% integrity would have major implications for its work.
(9) Whether funds raised for the explicit purpose of finding a missing child should ever be used for funding the parents’ mortgage payments, as they were, for part of 2007, in this case.
Finally, we wish to advise you that a public petition has been set up on the Care Petitions site; the up-to-date numbers who have signed it can be viewed by clicking on our home page at:
www.madeleinefoundation.org.uk
We trust we have made a strong case for a public enquiry to be established and we await hearing from you.
Yours sincerely
Anthony Benentt
Secretary
For the Committee and Members of the Madeleine Foundation

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Madeleine Foundation letter to Gordon Brown

Post by sharonl on 12.05.11 8:05

The Madeleine Foundation


Combating child neglect



66 Chippingfield Tel: 01279 635789

HARLOW e-mail: ajsbennett@btinternet.com

Essex,

CM17 0DJ

Website: www.madeleinefoundation.org




Monday 13 July 2009

Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown

Prime Minister

10 Downing Street

LONDON SW1A





Dear Prime Minister



re: Response to Petition of Elizabeth Woolnough on the 10 Downing Street website, calling on you to order a review into the role of the British police in relation to the Portuguese inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann



We write to support the above petition of Elizabeth Woolnough, which a few days ago received the required 500 votes - meaning that you are committed to making a written reply to the petition demand in public and publishing it on your website. We write to support this petition and give reasons why such a review should be held.



We would, however, go further than the petitioner. We suggest that there needs to be a full and open public enquiry not only into the role of Leicestershire Police and other members of the British police forces but also in relation to the extent of government involvement in this case, not least of course your own personal involvement in the case. This included a great deal of activity in May 2007, shortly after Madeleine McCann ‘disappeared’, leading up to your reported intervention in mid-to-late May 2007 in apparently persuading the Portuguese police to allow Dr Gerald McCann to release a description of a possible suspect to the world’s media. We say more about this below.



The conduct of British police forces is frequently investigated by a body set up to investigate misconduct, namely the Independent Police Complaints Commission. We do not think that the IPCC is the appropriate body to investigate the serious allegations against Leicestershire Police, and also against members of the British government, in relation to the conduct of the criminal investigation into Madeleine’s ‘disappearance’. We suggest it must be a full, independent and open public enquiry.



The Madeleine Foundation is a membership organisation founded to pursue some of the child care issues that arose from the Madeleine McCann case, not least of course whether it could ever be justified to leave three young children alone in a dark, foreign apartment for periods of half-an-hour or longer whilst one is wining and dining with friends out of sight of the room where the children are sleeping and well over a minute’s walk away.



It is also right to put on record at this stage that members of The Madeleine Foundation do not believe the claim of the McCanns that Madeleine was abducted. Indeed, we share the views on what really happened to Madeleine McCann of Goncalo Amaral, the original senior investigating detective in the case. He has published a book, ‘A Verdada de Mentira’, which translates as ‘The Truth About A Lie’, in which he explains the evidential reasons for believing that Madeleine McCann died in her parents’ apartment in Praia da Luz and that her body was subsequently hidden or disposed of by or with the approval of her parents, Doctors Gerald and Kate McCann.



One of the key lines of evidence he refers to in his book is the work of two internationally-acclaimed British police sniffer dogs, namely the two springer spaniels, Eddie and Keela, who have been trained and used by British dog handler Martin Grime. These dogs, who hitherto had a 100% track record in 200 or more cases of successfully locating where corpses had lain (Eddie) or of detecting human blood (Keela), found the scent of a human corpse in the following locations:



1) The living room of the McCanns’ apartment (5A) in Praia da Luz, on the floor next to the outside wall, behind the sofa

2) In or near the wardrobe in the McCanns’ apartment bedroom

3) On the veranda of the McCanns’ apartment veranda

4) Amongst the flowerbeds outside the apartment

5) On two of Dr Kate McCann’s clothes

6) On a red T-shirt belonging either to Madeleine or to her younger brother Sean

7) On the pink soft toy often produced by Dr Kate McCann for media photographs, ‘Cuddle Cat’

8) On the floor of the Renault Scenic, the hired car used by the McCanns, near the driver’s seat

9) On the car keys of the Renault Scenic.



The presence of human cadaverine in these locations or on these items indicates that a corpse which has been dead for at least 90 minutes, usually at least two hours, has been in direct contact with these locations/items. The dogs did not find the scent of a human coprse anywhere else in Praia da Luz. Eddie was reported never to have given a ‘false positive’, i.e. a false alert, to the scent of a human corpse. His reactions to the above ten locations (he alerted to two separate items of Dr Kate McCann’s clothing) can therefore be trusted. The only corpse that could have been in contact with those 10 locations - though it is sad to spell this out in black and white - is that of Madeleine McCann.



The dogs’ findings were only one of many reasons which suggest that Madeleine McCann was not abducted. These reasons prompted me to write a 64-page booklet on the subject: “What Really Happened to Madeleine McCann? - 60 Reasons which suggest she was not abducted”, which was sent to you shortly after its publication in December last year. It has also been sent to every British M.P., along with a request by us that the Britisg government use its influence to seek a public inquest or other judicial enquiry into the ‘disapperance’ of Madeleine, either in the U.K. or in Portugal.



That booklet was the subject of libel threats by Mr Clarence Mitchell, who has in effect been the McCanns’ chief public relations adviser since mid-May 2007, and was at that time Director of the 40-strong Central Office of Information Media Monitoring Unit. Clarence Mitchell has boasted that his role at that unit was ‘to control what comes out in the media’, and he has undoubtedly succeeded to a very large extent in being able to do that in this case. I will return to the need for an enquiry into the role of Mr Mitchell in relation to Madeleine McCann’s ‘disappearance’ later in my letter. In the meantime, I can inform you that though the booklet was published seven months ago, there has been no libel writ received nor even further threats of one.



On 26 October 2008, an article in ‘The People’ quoted the McCanns’ lawyers and Mr Mitchell referring to the possibility of libel action concerning the contents of The Madeleine Foundation website and of our forthcoming book. The following day, I wrote to all of the following: Dr Gerald and Dr Kate McCann themeslves, to Clarence Mitchell, to Carter Ruck, to Bates, Wells & Braithwaite, and to Michael Caplan Q.C., three of the McCanns’ many lawyers. In that letter, I offered to correct or remove any statement made about the Madeleine McCann case on our website, or in my forthcoming booklet, which the McCanns or their advisers could demonstrate to be untrue. I have never received even an acknowledgement to any of those five letters. It is clear therefore that the arguments, and the facts supporting those arguments in my book, have gone completely unchallenegd by the McCanns and all of their advisers, including the country’s acknowledged top firm of libel lawyers, Carter Ruck. Our booklet has nearly sold out of its first print run and a second editon, which will include additional information, is planned.



It is necessary also at this point to review the state of public opinion about the Madeleine McCann case. As long ago as August 2007, one of the nation’s most respected opinion poll organisations found a figure as high as 80% of British people who thought that the McCanns were ‘involved in some way’ in the ‘disappearance’ of their daughter.



That autumn, the McCanns appeared on a Spanish TV programme where they were interviewed at length. Viewers were asked to call in at the end of the programme to say whether they thought the McCanns were ‘telling the truth’ or ‘lying’. Some 70% called in to say that they thought the McCanns were lying. Tens of thousands of people, many of them professionals such as social workers, current and former police officers and health care workers, have joined public forums because they believe that the McCanns were directly involved in the ‘disappearance’ of their daughter. Many of these people also believe that the police investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance has been ineffective partly, at least, because of active British government interference in the case. I deal with that particular issue below.



Returning to Elizabeth Woolnough’s petition, it currently has 510 signatures and is likely to attract still more before it expires in 27 July. Explaining the petition, Elizabeth Woolnough wrote:



“Almost two years after Madeleine McCann vanished, there has been no trace of her and no-one has yet been brought to justice, even though it is certain that at least one very serious criminal offence has been committed. We ask the Prime Minister to order a review into the role played by British police in this investigation, with a view to establishing the best way to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion”.



I set out below the major reasons why an enquiry into the conduct of the British police in general and in particular the conduct of Leicestershire Police is necessary, together with reasons why such an enquiry should also embrace the serious issue of the extent of government involvement in backing the McCanns’ abduction claim and possible interference in the criminal investigation of Madeleine’s ‘disappearance’:



READ MORE HERE: http://www.madeleinefoundation.org.uk/PDFs/Madeleine%20Foundation%20(Georgia)%20PM%20re%20Leics%20Police%20Jul%202009.pdf

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A Response from the Home Office in respect of our letter to Gordon Brown

Post by sharonl on 12.05.11 8:09

A Response from the Home Office in respect of our letter to Gordon Brown

http://www.madeleinefoundation.org.uk/PDFs/Home%20office%20reply.pdf

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Re: McCanns ask PM for Madeleine probe

Post by Get'emGonçalo on 12.05.11 8:35

I left a very polite and helpful comment on the Sun informing them of Goncalo's advice that the McCann's only need to write to the Prosecutor for the cost of a stamp and that there was no need for the McCann's to waste any more time writing to David Cameron or creating petitions which is holding up the reopening of the investigation.

They didn't publish it. sad

Funny that. winkwink






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Re: McCanns ask PM for Madeleine probe

Post by biker_don on 12.05.11 9:23

Might it be an idea for all of those who have Sun accounts to write a similar comment and see if any get through? It might well highlight the Sun's agenda that they want to help the McCanns prolong the reopening of the investigation because it is lucrative for the McCanns and lucrative for the Sun to sell newspapers based on the McCann's distress at nobody helping them, when all they have to really do is help themselves with a letter to the Prosecutor.

I believe it was the Sun that released the video of the dogs' findings in the McCann's apartment so they must have doubts, surely?

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Emotional Blackmail

Post by Cheshire Cat on 12.05.11 11:59

@biker_don wrote:Might it be an idea for all of those who have Sun accounts to write a similar comment and see if any get through? It might well highlight the Sun's agenda that they want to help the McCanns prolong the reopening of the investigation because it is lucrative for the McCanns and lucrative for the Sun to sell newspapers based on the McCann's distress at nobody helping them, when all they have to really do is help themselves with a letter to the Prosecutor.

I believe it was the Sun that released the video of the dogs' findings in the McCann's apartment so they must have doubts, surely?

The McCanns are trying to use emotional black mail to heap pressure on David Cameron, if he does not respond favourably expect a Sun Says column to put further pressure on him. An utterly despicable tactic considering the loss experienced by David Cameron.

Government funding is extremely tightly controlled at the moment and scarce resources can be put to better use: I'll supply the stamp that the McCanns can use to request that the Portuguese re-open the investigation: all at zero cost to the British tax-payer!

If Theresa May has all the facts then I am sure she is sickened by the actions of the McCanns.

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Re: McCanns ask PM for Madeleine probe

Post by littlepixie on 12.05.11 12:04

Just saw this on twitter


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Second source confirms report to Home
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