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Media Mayhem - MCCANN MEDIA NONSENSE OF THE DAY

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Post by Get'emGonçalo on 30.08.17 10:25

By Dominic Herbert
09/08/2009
 
A VICTORIA BECKHAM lookalike named in the Madeleine McCann case was tracked down yesterday and insisted: “I have nothing to do with her disappearance.”
 
Like the e-fit picture released on Thursday by Maddie investigators, Judith Aron does have black spiky hair.
 
But unlike pop star Posh Spice, 35, she is FIFTY-THREE. Miss Aron also insists she has not left her native Australia since 2000. Maddie disappeared from Portugal on May 3, 2007, just days short of her fourth birthday.
 
The dramatic twist in the case came when Nelida Martinez from Sydney recognised the e-fit and went to police with a photo of Miss Aron. It is believed the pic was taken on a flight from Portugal to Spain in 1997.
 
Reporters in Australia got wind of the story and tracked down Miss Aron to Melbourne where, bizarrely, she lives in Madeline Street.
 
Miss Aron, who has a fair-haired daughter around the age Maddie would be now, told an Oz newspaper: “I’m 53 and I certainly don’t look like a Spice Girl. I can honestly say I have no connection to the little girl.

http://madeleinemccann.org/blog/2014/04/20/the-victoria-beckham-lookalike-suspect-3/


The 'Best of' the comments by Peter Rhodes from the Express and Star was whooshed though. As you do.


Best of Peter Rhodes column, 14 August 2009
 Best of Peter Rhodes column Express and Star

Peter Rhodes
14 August 2009

YOU can tell the silly season has begun – there is a “development” in the Madeleine McCann story. More than two years after the little girl vanished in Portugal, a report emerges of a mysterious woman who, three days after the 2007 abduction, asked a tourist  in Barcelona (700 miles away) : “Are you here to deliver my new daughter?” As you do.
The “stunned tourist” kept quiet about this conversation for so long “for personal reasons”.  As you do.
It’s just another Maddie fairytale. Take a huge pinch of salt with it. As you do.
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Post by plebgate on 30.08.17 11:21

The Victoria Beckham look alike was tracked down.   How?

How many Australian women are there with black spikey hair?  Thousands I imagine and this one lady insisted that she had not left Australia since 2000.  So how was she tracked down?

Fifty three years old and being described as a Victoria Beckham look alike.   If I owned a beauty cream company I would snap this woman up like a shot and ask how come no lines and ask if she would  advertise my product.

Silly season indeed.

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Post by Phoebe on 30.08.17 22:52

If this isn't the right thread for this mods please move roses How strange that there has been no comment from the McCann camp regarding the disappearance of Maelys De Araujo, the nine year old missing in France since the early hours of last Sunday. Police are considering abduction as a possibility yet the McCanns have not yet jumped in to link themselves to the story as they usually do. The police, in this case, responded in force within an hour yet have thus far been unable to find where she is or if she was taken. This makes the McCanns criticism of the Portuguese police look silly as they have always implied that Madeleine would have been recovered had the police acted sooner and with greater numbers. The French police are considering abduction but have stressed the importance of keeping all other possibilities open. Maybe this accounts for the lack of an article by Tracey about how the McCanns empathize with Maelys' parents etc. etc. Notably the reportage of this child's disappearance does not appear to have attracted the Media blitz that Madeleine's did, neither in France nor internationally. Hopefully this young girl has not met with harm but the passage of time suggests otherwise.
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Post by Verdi on 30.08.17 23:48

Phoebe wrote:If this isn't the right thread for this mods please move roses
No, not the right thread but fear not - the weekend is nigh.

By close of business on Sunday 3rd September, if there's not a report of the McCanns offering their support and/or being buoyed up, depending on progress, I'll eat my proverbial hat.

Then you can publish the press report on this thread with impunity yes .  I'll even reserve a place.

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Post by Verdi on 14.09.17 12:11

McCann attacks media speculation  [Gerry McCann was speaking at the Edinburgh festival]

25th August 2007

The father of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann has asked the media to end the constant speculation about his daughter's whereabouts.

He said there had been "huge amounts written with no substance" and that it was not necessary to "bombard people on a daily basis" with Madeleine's image.

Gerry McCann told the BBC the media campaign to find her would be scaled down and take on a "low-key format".

Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, disappeared in the Algarve on 3 May.

Mr McCann, who is originally from Glasgow, described coverage of the abduction from his family's Algarve apartment as being "10 times greater than we ever possibly imagined".

 Although he acknowledged that he and his wife Kate had initially sought publicity, there was now a "lack of control" in the coverage, he said.

He told the Edinburgh TV festival his family had deliberately "tried to withdraw" from the public spotlight and signalled the coverage of the campaign to find his daughter would be scaled down.

"The compromise has always been do we do something because it will help Madeleine," he said.

"Unfortunately the human interest side of this is enormous now and that's been very difficult."

'Wild speculation'

It was not necessary for the media to "bombard people on a daily basis with Madeleine's image" and the couple did not expect to sustain the same level of coverage throughout their campaign, he said.

Everything the family did was being scrutinised, he added, and this had become "very unpleasant".

Police in Portugal have dismissed press allegations that Mr and Mrs McCann were involved in their daughter's disappearance, saying the couple were not suspects in the case.

 Mr McCann said that although the British media and photographers had been "very respectful and kept their distance" from his family in Portugal, the pressure on journalists to find a story was leading to "absolutely wild speculation" about what had happened.

"Even early on, there was saturation coverage with nothing to report, and there are commercial decisions being made with filling column inches and time on TV," he said.

"Particularly in the last six weeks, other than the recent searches, there has been nothing."

He said it was the responsibility of TV producers and editors to make it clear when reporters were "talking about speculation".

Campaign 'scaled down'

Mr McCann, interviewed by Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark, said he first realised the scale of media interest when he and his wife returned from the police station soon after Madeleine's disappearance to find "about 150" journalists outside their apartment.

However, he said in order to fill a "void" in details from the police investigation, he and his wife had conducted a series of interviews to raise awareness of Madeleine's disappearance.
 But Mr McCann said he now wanted the story to be "reported responsibly and only newsworthy material" used.

"Staying in Portugal may be counter-productive because of the attention on Kate and I, and that generates pressure on people to write things," he said.

 He added that he had now started thinking about returning to the UK and his job as a consultant cardiologist in Leicester.

"I've spent such a long time training and I have got a lot of sub-specialist expertise, and there aren't a lot of people who have that.

"The difficulty we have is leaving Portugal as a family of four, when we arrived as a family of five."

Madeleine disappeared from her family's apartment room in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz while her parents were eating with friends at a nearby restaurant.

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Post by Verdi on 14.09.17 12:21

Reporter's log: Edinburgh TV Festival


The 32nd Edinburgh International TV Festival brought together almost 2,000 executives, celebrities and pundits to discuss the state of the television industry, and to look ahead to new shows and innovations.

The BBC News website's Kevin Young attended the event, writing about the main talking points from the executives and stars.

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SATURDAY, 25 AUGUST: 0830 BST

So it's day two of the festival, and one of the most high-profile sessions of the weekend is being held this morning.

Newsnight's Kirsty Wark is interviewing Gerry McCann about the relationship he and his family have had with the media since the disappearance of his daughter Madeleine in Portugal in May.

Then it's time for the controller of BBC One, Peter Fincham, to be grilled by Panorama and BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine.

Normally this would be a fairly straightforward discussion of programmes and prospects - but Fincham is the man who stood before journalists at a press launch and said the trailer for a new documentary showed the Queen walking out of a photo shoot "in a huff".

Of course, this turned out to be anything but fact, and the controller found himself appearing on his own channel to apologise.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6961958.stm

What was Gerry McCann doing there?

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Post by willowthewisp on 14.09.17 13:07

Hi Verdi,also appearing the same day as our Gerry,Kirsty interview,but later on in the day,another well known reptile(Cigar smoker)was in the same vicinity on the same day.  Wonder who was fixing things for people,eh BBC,Fake news,hope these fellow"Brothers" had never met up at this event?

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Post by Verdi Yesterday at 12:28

I'm Sorry Madeleine


She says they felt so safe at the "family-friendly" resort they didn't think twice about leaving Madeleine and the twins - and she reveals how they'd left them alone every evening as they ate dinner in the week until Madeleine was taken on a Thursday night.

 But she admits it was a decision that torments her with every waking moment. "We've doubted what we did," Kate says. "It's hard to answer the question, 'Were we wrong to leave them?' If I'd had to think for one second, 'Should we have dinner and leave them?' I wouldn't have done it.

 "It didn't happen like that. I didn't have to think for a second, that's how safe I felt. It's not like we went down town or anything. That night runs over and over in my mind and I'm sure people will learn from our mistake, if you want to call it that. I love her and I'm a totally responsible parent and that's the only thing that keeps me going."

Sunday Mirror - 5th August 2007





"It felt so safe...."  -  Kate McCann [circa. 2007]

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Post by willowthewisp Yesterday at 14:06

Verdi wrote:I'm Sorry Madeleine


She says they felt so safe at the "family-friendly" resort they didn't think twice about leaving Madeleine and the twins - and she reveals how they'd left them alone every evening as they ate dinner in the week until Madeleine was taken on a Thursday night.

 But she admits it was a decision that torments her with every waking moment. "We've doubted what we did," Kate says. "It's hard to answer the question, 'Were we wrong to leave them?' If I'd had to think for one second, 'Should we have dinner and leave them?' I wouldn't have done it.

 "It didn't happen like that. I didn't have to think for a second, that's how safe I felt. It's not like we went down town or anything. That night runs over and over in my mind and I'm sure people will learn from our mistake, if you want to call it that. I love her and I'm a totally responsible parent and that's the only thing that keeps me going."

Sunday Mirror - 5th August 2007





"It felt so safe...."  -  Kate McCann [circa. 2007]
Hi Verdi,perhaps Kate was right all along of how safe it was in and around apartment 5a Ocean Club Apartments.  

As there has only been One child reported to have disappeared from this Holiday apartment Block, Madeleine McCann since 3 May 2007 to my knowledge,of course I stand to be corrected if wrong,so it was a safe place,not full of the Paedophile burglars DCI Andy Redwood had in his reports to the Media,via Crime Watch October 2013?

It is time for the UK Government to either wash it's very dirty smudged finger prints of an a association to a "Cover Up" or a Unique Hoax has been promoted as a prolonged arrangement to help to keep the Madeleine McCann case disappearance as an unfortunate incident involving MI5 and numerous Police Forces,who cannot account for the child's disappearance,thesis,"What Is Likely To Have Happened"? 
Operation Grange,put back onto the"Top Shelf"eh Big Jim,everyone Not accounted for?

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Post by Verdi Yesterday at 15:44

willowthewisp wrote:Hi Verdi,perhaps Kate was right all along of how safe it was in and around apartment 5a Ocean Club Apartments.  

As there has only been One child reported to have disappeared from this Holiday apartment Block, Madeleine McCann
laugh  Well spotted!

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Madeleine: Is Robert Murat a suspect or a scapegoat?
by DAVID JONES
Last updated at 11:06 02 June 2007

In the eyes of many, Robert Murat has already been tried and found guilty of abducting Madeleine. But David Jones has had the first full interview with him - and comes to a very unsettling conclusion.


Last Wednesday, while Gerry and Kate McCann were in Rome imploring the Pope to pray for the safe return of their four-year-old daughter, Madeleine, I spent a disquieting afternoon on the Algarve, drinking coffee with Robert Murat.

Depending on your point of view (and in a tragedy whose every grim twist is played out in the public gaze, everyone has an opinion), Murat is either the most vile creature on earth or the most unjustly vilified.

Eighteen days ago, this enigmatic, Portuguese-raised Englishman was arrested on suspicion of abducting Madeleine from a holiday apartment just 120 yards from the villa he shares with his widowed mother, Jenny.


Murat was released without charge after 19 hours of questioning. Yet today - a month after Madeleine's hauntingly pretty face first became etched in our collective nightmares - he remains the only formally identified police suspect.
Ordinarily, of course, an accused man retains his innocence until proven guilty. But this is no ordinary case. The McCanns' increasingly desperate publicity campaign (yesterday they were in Madrid) has made it the most high-profile child abduction in history.

So, inevitably, every aspect of Robert Murat's life is being subjected to microscopic scrutiny. And in the absence of confirmed facts, wild rumours are circulating about his life and background.

If we believe some of what has been written about him, Murat is a pervert who fits the profile of a child abductor all too well. He may be the father of a four-year-old girl, but, according to unnamed sources, he is a social misfit who visits paedophile websites.

It has also been suggested that he coldly volunteered to assist in the hunt for Madeleine to glean inside information, and remain one step ahead of the police investigation, just as Ian Huntley did after the Soham murders
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Weighed with various accrued morsels of suspicion against him - an unexplained 11.40pm phone call on the night of the abduction; a car hired hastily two days later - some close observers have concluded that Murat is, indeed, the monster who took Madeleine, and that it is only a matter of time before he is formally charged with her abduction.

Over the forthcoming days, they may yet be proved right, though given the performance of the Portuguese police, this seems unlikely. For the story Murat had to tell me raises profound and disturbing questions about the nature of the Madeleine investigation.
"They held me for all that time, but they didn't even take a DNA sample from me," he told me, incredulously. "Can you believe that? I would happily have provided a swab."

Assuming Murat is telling the truth, this is a jaw- dropping omission, and throws the entire forensic operation into question.
Privately, it will doubtless appall the McCanns. However, a source close to the couple assures me they do not believe Murat took their daughter, regarding him as a "sad loner" whose involvement has distracted attention which could have been usefully deployed elsewhere.

At the risk of being proved foolish, having spent 90 minutes with Murat - who chatted to me in the bar of his cousin's guesthouse near Praia da Luz - I believe the McCanns' instincts are probably right. Either that, or Murat is a consummate actor.

He was first thrust to the forefront of the investigation after a journalist found his behaviour sufficiently odd to merit reporting to the Portuguese police.

In a career spanning 30 years, I, too, have met some pretty despicable characters, but there was no aura of evil about the man I encountered last Wednesday.

Despite being under such stress that he has lost more than a stone, and has turned from a non-smoker into a 40-a-day man, Murat was reasonably articulate and polite. He even apologised for swearing.

Within the confines of Portuguese law, which forbids a suspected criminal to defend himself on peril of imprisonment, his denial of any involvement in Madeleine's abduction carried the ring of truth.

That said, he shows little insight into the way that some of his protestations leave him wide open to accusations of, at best, insensitivity and, at worst, utter callousness. For example, at one stage in our conversation he compared his own suffering to that of Gerry and Kate McCann.

"I'm going through exactly the same experience as the McCanns, so I can empathise with them,' he told me, seemingly unable to understand that no one - not even a man perhaps wrongly accused of child abduction - could begin to understand their torment.

"Whenever there's a sighting of a little girl, my hopes rise. And when it's not Madeleine, they sink, just like the McCanns'. Why? Because if they find Madeleine my name will be cleared."

Later, when protesting his innocence, Murat made another wholly inappropriate remark.

"It might sound harsh, but if anyone has broken the law, then the McCanns have," he said, frowning behind the thick-lensed glasses he has worn since a motorcycle accident cost him the sight of an eye.

"Portuguese law says that you can't leave young children unattended. They say they were eating in the complex (the Ocean Club, where the family were holidaying). But actually the apartment is outside, across an alley. So, I'm sorry, but they broke the law.

"I would never leave my daughter (Sofia, who lives with his estranged wife, in Norfolk). I won't let her out of my sight because she gets up at night and walks off.

"That said, I wouldn't criticise them because children are different, and only they know how their kids behave."

Listening to Murat talk in this manner, one wonders whether even the PR guru Max Clifford - who has offered his services to him, if and when he is cleared - can salvage his reputation.

But whatever we make of Murat, one thing is plain: he inhabits such a different world from the McCanns - caring parents, brilliant medical professionals, devout Roman Catholics.

Ultimately, however, only one thing matters: is Robert Murat telling the truth?

Even to start addressing that question, we need to return to the night, one month ago, when Madeleine disappeared from her bed in apartment 5A of the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz, some time between 9.10pm and 10pm, as her parents ate supper in a tapas restaurant roughly 40 yards away.

The most plausible theory holds that she was snatched by someone who had studied Gerry and Kate's movements, possibly for days, and knew their evening routine.

Madeleine and their two-year-old twins, Sean and Amelia, were left alone in the apartment, but were checked approximately every 30 minutes. And this provides the first inconsistency in the case against Murat. He says he returned to Portugal, after a lengthy spell in Britain, at 9.40am, on Tuesday, May 1, two days before Madeleine's disappearance.

"So I am supposed to have planned the kidnapping of a little girl inside 50 hours," he told me, shaking his head.

"In that time, I supposedly identified the apartment where she was sleeping and spied on her, and worked out the times her parents went to dinner each night, then took her away. It's ludicrous.

"If you want my opinion, it had to involve someone on the inside, who works at the Ocean Club.

"How else would the abductor know when it was safe to take Madeleine? Have the police started looking at the people who work there? If not, they should."

The answer to Murat's question is 'Yes'. The police have checked out the Ocean Club staff - after a fashion. In the early days, all who worked there were interviewed. Yet, typically in an investigation botched and lax almost beyond belief, the questions were hardly probing.

By contrast, Murat was grilled for 19 hours, during which time he claims to have been offered only water. Fearing being jailed for speaking out, he declines to describe his experience, but says "it wasn't very pleasant".

"I was moved from room to room and interviewed by different people. You wouldn't believe the sort of things they asked me."
Meanwhile, detectives combed his mother's villa inch by inch and took away her green Volkswagen camper van.

They also confiscated five computers: three belonging to Murat, and two owned by a former business partner.

The hard drives are still being examined, but when I ask him about the allegation, reported by the Portuguese Press, that pornography of the most depraved kind has been found on one of the computers, he snapped: "It's scandalous. It's just made up. Pure fantasy."

So what is the firm evidence against him? Does his background perhaps offer some insight into the cold-hearted man some suspect him to be?

Born Robert James Queriol Eveleigh Murat, on November 20, 1973, he hails from an old family of port wine exporters. His late father John's ancestors settled in Portugal in the early 1700s, a history he plays up proudly.

His appearance is uncomfortably close to the description of Madeleine's likely abductor, which was provided by one of the McCanns' holiday companions who witnessed a man carrying a child away from the resort - a key piece of evidence belatedly released by the police this week.

Aged 33, Murat is about 5ft 8in, clean-shaven, stockily built and has short brown hair. He has a classless accent and behaves in the slightly superior, old-fashioned manner of an Englishman raised and educated abroad.

His early years were spent on the western tip of the Algarve, before it became an overdeveloped magnet for British expats-After leaving school, he sought work in the UK, drifting between menial jobs, including spells in a Norfolk garage and the Bernard Matthews turkey plant.

At 19, he began a relationship with a married woman eight years his senior, Dawn Chapman. She already had a son, aged six, but divorced and married Murat at Gretna Green, in March 2001. Their daughter, Sofia, was born 18 months later.

Murat's ambitions always extended beyond turkey-processing, but he never progressed in Britain. Finally, two years ago, he returned to Praia da Luz to forge a career in property sales.

With Dawn and Sofia, he moved into his mother's spacious £350,000 villa, Casa Liliana, barely visible behind a tall stand of pine trees amid unprepossessing breeze-block holiday apartments.

Murat's grand scheme foundered after barely three months. In September 2005, after a series of rows about his long working hours, his wife and daughter flew back to Britain.

He has since formed a relationship with a thirty-something German property saleswoman, Michaela Walczuch, who lives with her husband in nearby Lagos.

They have been described as lovers, but Murat denies this. "She's my partner, and we are very, very, very close - but she's not my girlfriend because she can't be. She's a Jehovah's Witness and she's still married. I'm not a Witness, but I attend study classes."

In recent months, Murat says, he has been striving to set up an on-line property sales business. His website was being designed by Sergey Malinka, 22, one of many Russians eking out a living on the Algarve.

However, Murat spent the spring in Sidmouth, Devon, renovating a house bequeathed to his mother, Jennifer, 71. He says it was she who collected him from Faro airport on May 1, a story she confirmed to me.

If we believe him, Murat spent the two days before the abduction in meetings about his website.

On Thursday, May 3, he returned home at about 8pm and ate supper with his mother. He thinks they had cheese and ham sandwiches. "I'm not much of a one for eating in the evening."

He claims to have passed the evening chatting with his mother and, again, she supports his alibi.

"It's an absolute nightmare," Mrs Murat told me. She is weatherbeaten and wears her long grey hair in a bun.

"I've lived in this area for 40 years. Now I can't walk into the supermarket. It's the biggest character assassination ever. Robert's older sister, Samantha, says he's the cleanest person she's ever known."

By Murat's account, he first learned about Madeleine's disappearance around 7.30am the following morning, when Samantha phoned from Devon after watching the news on TV.

Feeling the need to help, he quickly headed to the Ocean Club, mingling with the throng of police officers, family members and search volunteers.

As he is bilingual, he offered to interpret, and was later requested by the police to sign an oath of secrecy. "That's a matter of public record.'

At some stage, he recalls, he spoke to Gerry McCann, but he can't remember what passed between them. I ask him if he would like to meet the McCanns now? "I don't think that would serve any purpose for either of us," he replies, deadpan.

According to one witness, Murat went in and out of the McCanns' apartment. It has been suggested that he did this quite deliberately, so that he would have an explanation if and when his DNA was found inside.

However, he told me adamantly that he has never been inside apartment 5A, and knows its layout only because he searched a similar flat in the same block.

All this sounded plausible enough. His manner was less assured when I asked about the late-night mobile phone call to Sergey Malinka on the night of Madeleine's disappearance - a call he initially denied making, leaving some to suggest that the two men were in league. "I've checked my phone records and I admit they do show I made a call at 11.40pm," he says, lighting another cigarette.

"It lasted 30 seconds, so we must have talked, but I honestly can't remember what about. He was setting up my website, so it was probably that.

"It might seem very late to call someone, but that's how we live here. Afterwards, I phoned my sister. I rarely go to bed before midnight or 1am."

Ironically, Murat believes his mobile phone offers the best hope of proving his innocence.

He claims it is always switched on and in his possession.

British experts are said to have been coopted to pinpoint its precise whereabouts between 9.10pm and 10pm on May 3, using data about its position in relation to nearby phone masts, which can provide a mobile's location accurate to a radius of a few yards.

But this would be significant only if Murat could prove the phone was with him during that crucial window of time. Until these tests are complete, he is left in limbo.

"Basically, I'm just an ordinary, straightforward guy who's the victim of the biggest f***-up on this planet - if you'll excuse the language," he said.

Murat's gay American designer friend, Tuck Price, 43, who flitted in and out of the room during our interview, hardly helps his cause.

"When this is all over, I hope he makes a buck or two out of it," Price said shamelessly. "He bloody deserves it."

If Murat does, indeed, "make a buck", we may come to regard him in the same vein as Colin Stagg, who was wrongly accused of the Rachel Nickell murder on Wimbledon Common, for little reason other than that he was a local oddball who seemed to fit the frame. He is about to receive a huge police compensation pay-out.

Or will he turn out to be another Ian Huntley?

For Gerry and Kate McCann's sake, we can only hope that we find out unequivocally, one way or the other - and soon.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-459316/Madeleine-Is-Robert-Murat-suspect-scapegoat.html

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