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Maddie hopes dashed: Tycoon flew by private jet to Africa to find Madeleine McCann after tip-off about lookalike

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Maddie hopes dashed: Tycoon flew by private jet to Africa to find Madeleine McCann after tip-off about lookalike

Post by Get'emGonçalo on Sat 6 May - 22:44

Maddie hopes dashed
Tycoon flew by private jet to Africa to find Madeleine McCann after tip-off about lookalike


Brian Kennedy tracked down the girl only to find it was not Maddie, and then had to call her parents to break the heartbreaking news

By Nick Pisa in Praia da Luz
6th May 2017, 9:55 pm


A TYCOON has told how he dashed by private jet to Africa in a bid to find Madeleine McCann.
Brian Kennedy said he made the trip after a tip-off about a fair-haired child in Morocco.

The entrepreneur, 50, and son Patrick, 32 — who had pledged to help Maddie’s parents find their daughter — flew their £1.5million Cessna from Manchester to Tangier before driving into the Atlas Mountains.
They tracked down the girl, only to find it was not Maddie, who went missing in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007.
They then made the heartbreaking call to her parents, Kate and Gerry, to break the bad news.

Patrick said: “They were shattered. You can’t even imagine how they must have felt.”
The pair told of the £30,000 trip on the tenth anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance.
Brian, worth £350million, offered to help the McCanns in the weeks after their girl, then three, vanished.
The tycoon kept his plane scrambled ready to help.

He said: “To see Kate and Gerry suffering so much really touched me.” He and Patrick “dropped everything’’ after hearing a tourist had photographed a blonde girl being carried on the back of a woman in Morocco in September 2007.
After arriving in Tangier, they hired a guide and found the girl in the mountain village of Zinat.
Patrick said: “We realised very quickly it was not Madeleine.
“We were shattered because we had got so driven by the lead.”

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Post by Tony Bennett on Sat 6 May - 23:13

Get'emGonçalo wrote:Maddie hopes dashed
Tycoon flew by private jet to Africa to find Madeleine McCann after tip-off about lookalike


Brian Kennedy tracked down the girl only to find it was not Maddie, and then had to call her parents to break the heartbreaking news

By Nick Pisa in Praia da Luz
6th May 2017, 9:55 pm


A TYCOON has told how he dashed by private jet to Africa in a bid to find Madeleine McCann.

REST SNIPPED
Read this parallel account (exclusive to CMOMM) from INSIDE the McCann investigation, by Gary Hagland, one of the key men employed by Brian Kennedy in his long private investigation for the McCanns and the McCann Team.

No-one really knows why the McCanns and their Team employed Gary Hagland, a recluse living in Nottingham, one of whose main claims to fame was to write a book about his encounters with flying saucers, using the pen-name 'Mason Horsburgh'. In his book, he explains how he flew with aliens to Saturn, around its rings, and back to Surrey. The trip lasted about 2-3 hours.

Gary Hagland's main specialism was in the field of financial regulation, where he had a special expertise in the Money Laundering Regulations. It has long been speculated that Hagland was employed by the McCanns because of knowing his way round the money-laundering regulations, rather than for any experience he has in finding missing children (which was none).

In 2010, Gary Hagland sent me a copy of Chapter 10 of his book (as yet unpublished) on the Madeleine McCann case - which I've reproduced on this thread.

https://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t13675-exclusive-to-cmomm-inside-the-mccanns-private-investigation-disclosures-by-gary-hagland-a-money-laundering-expert-hired-by-brian-kennedy

Do please go and have a read of the thread, and then search for all the other GARY HAGLAND articles on the forum.

  

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Post by Tony Bennett on Sat 6 May - 23:31

Also see the long Madeleine Foundation article by Sean McGuigan in 2011 titled:

"The actions of Brian Kennedy following the disappearance of Madeleine McCann",

...here is the part of his article that deals with Kennedy's visits to Morocco [APOLOGY, I don't seeem to be able to upload all the photos from his article - also, the formatting has gone awry, I will try to improve it later]:



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I. Brian Kennedy’s adventures in Morocco  


McCanns visit Morocco: June 2007 

Before we look at Brian Kennedy’s role in Morocco, let us first briefly look at the McCanns’ foray there in June 2007.

 

It was on 10 June, five weeks and three days after their daughter had been reported missing, that the McCanns travelled to Morocco, apparently strongly believing that Madeleine might be being held alive there somewhere. The Daily Telegraph told us on 10 June:
“Today the couple, whose '’Find Madeleine Fund is expected to exceed £1 million by the end of this week, will fly to Morocco on the last leg of their series of foreign visits aimed at raising awareness of her plight. In spite of their carefully orchestrated publicity campaign and tireless work to trace their daughter, there has been no sign of her. The couple have chosen Morocco because of its proximity to Portugal and its reputation as a haven for paedophiles. Dr McCann said yesterday that his daughter's disappearance 'might be linked to organised abuse of children’.
The Telegraph continued: “Ferries leave each day from Tarifa in Spain, just across the border from Portugal, on the 35-minute crossing to Tangier in Morocco. The north African country has surfaced several times in the hunt for Madeleine, with reported sightings of a little girl in the company of a man with whom she appeared uncomfortable”.
Strangely enough, it was just after the McCanns set off for Morocco that news emerged that Gonçalo Amaral, described as ‘a senior detective investigating the abduction of Madeleine McCann’, was formally charged with beating a suspect in another case which the British media described as ‘another missing
PIC: Cheering Moroccan schoolchildren chant ‘Maddie, Maddie,’ snd hold up a photo of her, as they  welcome the McCanns to Morocco:  June 2007

 

child case’. The ‘suspect’, a woman named Leonor Cipriano, had been convicted in 2005 of murdering her own daughter, and had made allegations of torture and beating against Gonçalo Amaral and four other officers in 2006; now the prosecutor had decided to lay charges agaisnt the five men. They  were charged variously with assault, and withholding and/or falsifying evidence.
 

The news of this development appeared to have come via the Britsh Foreign Office, to the McCanns, and on to the British newspapers, as one newspaper put it: “erry and Kate McCann were told of the development by the Foreign Office yesterday as they prepared to travel to Morocco…” The newspaper            article continued: “A family spokesman [probably Clarence Mitchell] said: ‘They do not remember meeting Gonçalo Amaral face to face but naturally they were concerned to hear of the charges’.”
 

The paper quoted police sources as saying: “Mr Amaral is very angry about the allegations…He is very professional and has had a lot of success in solving cases. He is very upset because reporters never speak of these successes”. One day later [12 June], the Telegraph reported their visit with the headline: “Smiles as children greet McCanns in Morocco”.
 

The Telegraph’s report told us: “It was a greeting they had not expected and it brought broad smiles to the faces of Kate and Gerry McCann as they visited Morocco in the last of a series of trips to publicise their daughter's disappearance”.
Their report continued: “For the first time since their daughter was taken from her bed in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, the McCanns appeared relaxed and happy…Kate Dr McCann smiled and laughed as she thanked some of the boys and girls who had turned out to meet them in the capital, Rabat. She said: ‘I think if Moroccan children are anything to go by we have a very good chance of getting Madeleine back’, while Dr Gerald McCann sad: ‘I think everyone has seen today the support the Moroccan people have given Kate and I, it gives us tremendous heart. I truly believe that if she is in Morocco, we will find her’.”
The report went on: “After a private meeting with the Moroccan Interior Minister, the McCanns conducted a series of talks with child protection officials. They then held a news conference to appeal for information. It is understood they also met Morocco's most senior policeman to seek reassurances that everything was being done to investigate the possibility that their daughter is being held in the country. The McCanns were particularly interested in learning what action had been taken to follow up a sighting of a young girl in Marrakesh...”
 

The McCanns also met with representatives of the Moroccan League for the Protection of Children. There had clearly been a great deal of preparation for this visit, no doubt with the active help of the Foreign Office and the British Ambassador in Morocco.
 

Brian Kennedy’s campaign to focus on Madeleine being in Morocco: Bushra  Binhisa is mistaken for Madeleine
 

Movng on now to September, it was a mere 11 days after the top-level ‘summit’ of the McCanns and Kennedy with lawyers in London on 14 September (and five days after the further meeting of all the McCann lawyers on 20 September) that a claimed ‘sighting’ of Madeleine was splashed across the front pages of most British newspapers, including some of the broadsheets.
 



PICS: The photo of a Moroccan woman carrying a blonde girl that was splashed across the British press on 25  & 26 September 2007                          
                        

                       Bushra  Binhisa from Zinat - mistaken for Madeleine
 

 

                              A grainy close-up of Bushra Binhisa, enlarged from Clara Torres’ original photo
 

The Daily Telegraph was among the newspapers that covered the story on their front page, and they told us, with due solemnity: “Interpol is taking seriously a photograph that claims to show missing Madeleine McCann in Morocco. The image of a little blond-haired girl was taken by a Spanish couple while they were on holiday there at the end of August. It shows a fair haired young girl accompanied by a number of Moroccan adults”.
 

The Telegraph report continued: “The photograph (above) was taken by Clara Torres. As she explained to the [Spanish] radio station, COPE: ‘On the morning of 31 August, I was with my family and my partner, we were going from Chaouen to Tetuan. On the road, in a town called Zinat, I was taking photos of everything we saw, and we saw a group of people and took a photo. As soon as I took the photo we were struck by the little girl, who was very blonde…It was only when I heard of other reported sightings in Morocco that I realised the true significance of the picture…I ran to the computer, downloaded the photos and started to amplify the photo and, when we saw it, we realised, yes, it could be [Madeleine]. It sent shivers down my spine’. The photograph was handed to Spanish police who passed it on to Interpol.
 

“The development is the fourth reported sighting of Madeleine in the north African country. Kate and Gerry McCann are convinced that she was abducted and have always considered Morocco as one of the most likely places that she could have been taken. The couple travelled to the country in June to highlight their four-year-old’s disappearance”.
 

Although this was the fourth reported Madeleine ‘sighting’ in Morocco, it was the first one to be accompanied by a photograph. The other three ‘sightings’ were two of a young blonde girl seen in Marrakesh on 9 May and one by a  Spanish woman, Isabel Gonzalez, 60, who was convinced she saw Madeleine being dragged along a street by a Muslim woman in the town of Zaio in northern Morocco at the end of May.
 

But this apparently simple story of Clara Torres’ photo became clouded as the Telegraph also told us: “A friend of the McCanns [almost certainly Clarence Mitchell] said that the family were aware of the picture but were waiting for the forensic analysis before getting their hopes up”. It raised the question of exactly how and when the McCanns had first seen this photograph, and whether or not they would have known straightaway that this was not Madeleine.
The Times story the following day told us: “A snatched picture purporting to be of Madeleine McCann in north Morocco was published last night, generating new momentum in the search for her. Gerry and Kate McCann called last night for the picture, taken on August 31 by a Spanish tourist and handed to the McCanns’ lawyers yesterday morning [my italics]. to be fully investigated”. According to that report, then, Clara Torres’ photograph had been ‘handed’ to the McCanns’ lawyers on the morning of Tuesday 25 September and published during the evening of the same day.  The report  did not say which of the McCanns’ many lawyers the photo was handed to.
The Times report included this quote from Clarence Mitchell: “The picture poses serious questions. The child does appear to look like Madeleine. Kate and Gerry are keen to establish what exactly we are seeing here”. It included another quote from ‘a source close to the family’ (quite possibly also Clarence Mitchell), who said: ‘The McCanns are not going to get their hopes up until the photograph has been sent for forensic examination. It obviously needs a lot of work done on it’.”
More questions surfaced when some newspapers, the very next day, published a much clearer image of Bushra Binhisa than the one published the previous day. They had sent their journalists and photographers to hurry the area around Zinat and - with no difficulty or trouble at all - had located the peasant family in question and come back with clear photos of them that proved that the child in the photo was not Madeleine McCann.  The child was found to be the natural-born daughter of Mr and Mrs Bishina, Bushra, aged five.
                                              

PICS: A much clearer image of Bushra Binhisa, produced on 26 September 

Original, ‘grainy’ image of Bushra        Later clear pictrure of Bushra
 

                 Bushra Binhisa                                      Madeleine McCann
 

Another question about both the provenance and the publication of the original grainy photograph came as The Times on 26 September informed us:
 

“[Clara Torres] said she handed the photograph, for which she has not received any payment, into the British Embassy and spoke to the McCanns’ lawyers yesterday morning [my italics: ‘yesterday’ means 25 September] after deciding that Spanish authorities were taking too long to carry out tests on the picture. Mr Mitchell said yesterday: ‘This picture was brought to the attention of the relevant authorities as soon as we received it [my italics]. Kate and Gerry are naturally very keen for it it to be thoroughly investigated as quickly as possible’.”
 

The Telegraph report spoke of the photo being ‘handed to the McCanns’ lawyers’. But in The Times’ report, the photo is not handed to the McCanns’ lawyers but, instead, to the British Embassy - and Clara Torres is said merely to have ‘spoken’ to the McCanns’ lawyers. Then there is the question of how this grainy photograph achieved such blanket coverage in all the British newspapers, apparently within hours of the photo being handed in, whether to the British Embassy or the McCanns’ lawyers. Had there been preparation of this story by the McCann Team? Did they have advance knowledge and prior sight of this photo?  
 

The Daily Telegraph report on Wednesday 26 September (the following day) informed us: ‘Morocco photo is not Madeleine McCann’, adding: “Kate and Gerry McCann are facing further heartbreak after the mystery girl caught in a photograph in Morocco turned out not to be Madeleine, but a local farmer's daughter…[url=javascript:newWindow('http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1137942530/bclid1155254697/bctid1213790242','menubar=no,width=924,height=710,scrollbars=no')][/url]the girl in the photo has been named as five-year-old Bushra Binhisa and the woman identified as her mother Hafida. Speaking through an interpreter, Hamid Binhisa, an olive farmer, said: ‘Bushra is my little girl. She is not Madeleine. I do feel sorry for her parents, I hope they find Madeleine. But Bushra is definitely my daughter’.
 

“News that it was not Madeleine came as a severe blow to Kate and Gerry McCann…Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said they ‘very disappointed’ by the development, but he warned that the sighting had not been officially discounted. ‘Clearly if it's not her it's very disappointing, it is obviously a terrible blow’, he said. ‘But as I’ve said, I urged caution. We have been here before’.”
 

Dr Kate McCann’s account of how Brian Kennedy’s interest in Morocco developed
 

Here I will reproduce what Dr Kate McCann says on pages 278-9 of her book ‘madeleine’ about the above story, and how Brian Kennedy flew out to Morocco, allegedly to travel to Zinat and fsee if the child in the picture was Madeleine, and then we will closley examine what she says:
 

“On 25 September, we heard that a little blonde girl resembling Madeleine had been spotted with a group of Moroccan peasants. We received a photograph, taken by a Spanish tourist, in which the child was being carried on a woman’s back. Although she did look like Madeleine, our first reaction was that she appeared to be too young. The picture was too grainy for us to be absolutely sure. Her hair was also parted on the wrong side of her head. But she did seem to stand out as possibly not belonging to this group. She was so fair and they were dark-haired and dark-skinned.
 

“Needless to say, a contingent of the press pack had already jumped on ’planes to Morocco to try to track down ‘Madeleine’. In the meantime, CEOP were using special IT techniques to improve the resolution of the photograph, and then facial-reocgnition software to try to establish whether or not the child could be Madeleine. Brian Kennedy called us later that evening to ask if we would like him to fly out to Morocco to find out for certain. We weren’t sure if this was either necessary or wise, but at the same time, of course, we were desperate to know. So off Brian went in his plane to northern Morocco.
 

She continued: “…we were fairly sure this wasn’t Madeleine, so it was pointless us getting our hopes up. But it wasn’t a high-quality photograph…And what if she hadn’t grown that much because she hadn’t had enough to eat, or for some other environmental reason? Her parting could easily have changed. Couldn’t it? The following day we learned that the little girl was not Madeleine…It didn’t seem to matter how good we thought we were at keeping our emotions in check, news like this always brought us crashing down”. 
 

So, let us carefully review what we’ve been told by both Dr Kate McCann and the newspapers about the events of Tuesday 25 September. During that day:
 


  • in the morning, according to newspapers, a photograph of Bushra Binhisa was handed in to the McCanns, or the McCanns’ lawyers, or to the British Embassy (we don’t know which, or maybe all three!)

  • by the evening of the same day, photos of Bushra Binhisa appear in most of Britain’s newspapers, on the front page

  • CEOP were said by Dr Kate McCann to be ‘using special IT techniques to improve the resolution of the photograph’ and ‘then facial-reocgnition software to try to establish whether or not the child could be Madeleine’ (Dr McCann doesn’t tell us when CEOP got hold of the photograph or who gave it to them)

  • Brian Kennedy ’phoned the McCanns in the evening, they hmm-ed and ha-ed about whether he should go to Morocco or not, but Brian said he would fly off anyway

  • the media, says Dr Kate McCann, ‘jumped on ’planes to Morocco to try to track down ‘Madeleine’’.


 

And then the very next day, close-up pictures of Bushra appear, clearly showing that she is not Madeleine McCann.
 

There is strong evidence that the McCann Team planted this story in Britain’s newspapers. It is also hard to credit that all of the above happened in one single day, including CEOP getting the ’photos, using IT high resolution techniques and then facial recognition software, all after this photo was handed in to the McCanns or their lawyers that very morning.
 

As we saw from the press reports, Mitchell had said: “This picture was brought to the attention of the relevant authorities as soon as we received it”. What did he mean by ‘the relevant authorities’? Had he handed or e-mailed the photograph to…the Portuguese Police, or Leicestershire Police…to the Moroccan Police…and to CEOP? All on that one day? And why, if it was such an important lead, did the McCann Team rush the story into the British media, instead of quietly allowing the Moroccan police to track down the peasant family? A direct e-mail and ’phone call from the McCann Team and perhaps Leicestershire Police to the Moroccan Chief of Police would surely have had police officers seek and find the Binhisa family in no time at all, just as British journalists did with in 24 hours of the story appearing. But a headline ‘Tourist photo was not that of Madeleine McCann’ would not have made the newspapers, let alone a front page. Whilst one is reluctant to praise the McCann Team’s control of the media, this was a brilliantly successful effort by them to promote and sustain contining publicity about Madeleine’s disappearance whilst at the same time embarking on their ‘Madeleine is in Morocco’ campaign.   
 

Did Brian Kennedy really expect to find this little girl being carried on a peasant woman’s back?  Is that, honestly, why he flew out there? If that was his misison, it seems that journalists beat him to it.
 

Or is there another explanation for the way this story appears to have been suddenly generated, all within the space of a few hours on 25 September? I think there may be.
 

The photograph was taken on 31 August. Is it posssble that it reached the McCann Team well before 25 September? Is it possible that the McCann Team then carefully planned how to generate a media storm on 25 September? Is it possible that the McCann Team used the publicity surrounding Bushra to explain Brian Kennedy’s flight to Morocco? Is it possible that Kennedy was not flying out ‘to find the blonde young girl in the photograph’ but, instead, had other purposes in mind? I merely ask a few questions.       
The press reports of Sunday 30 September
The brouhaha over the photo of Bushra had barely subsided when the Daily Mail followed up their articles with one on 30 September, headed: ‘Madeleine: McCanns' investigators follow sightings to Morocco’.
The Mail told us: “The McCanns are ramping up the hunt for Madeleine in Morocco following a string of sightings. The latest sighting - each triggering an ‘emotional rollercoaster’ for parents Gerry and Kate - was ruled out this week when a tourist's holiday snap was revealed to be a farmer's daughter. But private investigators are going to North Africa to re-interview witnesses in three other sightings. And the advertising campaign is going into overdrive with TV adverts in Arabic appealing for sightings. The team [of] private investigators is being paid for by double-glazing magnate Brian Kennedy [my italics]. He stepped in to meet the costs of legal and media advisers supporting the family, after it was made clear the McCanns would not be using donations to the Find Madeleine Fund for their defence.
On the same day, The Times filed a report by no fewer then three of their journalists: Steven Swinford, John Follainin in Lisbon and Mohamed El Hamraoui in Rabat. In an article: ‘McCanns send sleuths to Morocco’, they told us:
“The parents of Madeleine McCann have hired a team of private investigators to search for her in Morocco…on the 150th day since Madeleine disappeared, it emerged that a millionaire benefactor is paying tens of thousands of pounds a week for a private security firm to reinterview witnesses and investigate paedophile networks in Morocco.  The McCanns are convinced that Madeleine could have been smuggled to north Africa after four independent sightings of a girl matching her description…”
 

They continued: “As part of their defence, a separate team of private investigators, Control Risks, has been taking independent witness statements from the McCanns and the seven friends with whom they dined on the night of Madeleine’s disappearance…The team of private investigators in Morocco is being paid for by Brian Kennedy [my italics], the £350m home improvements tycoon, who last week pledged to fund their fightback. Kennedy himself travelled to Rabat last week for a progress report [my italics and underlining]. 
 

“The couple were disappointed last week when a photograph of a girl bearing similarities to Madeleine, taken by a Spanish tourist, turned out to be the daughter of a local olive farmer. They believe other leads, however, could prove more fruitful…The investigators recently reinterviewed Mari Olli [Pollard in some reports], a Norwegian tourist who saw a girl matching Madeleine’s description at a petrol station on the outskirts of Marrakesh, six days after her disappearance…
 

“When the McCanns visited Rabat in June to raise awareness about Madeleine’s disappearance, a source close to the [British] Ambassador told them that a second sighting had been made at the Ibis hotel opposite the petrol station. Private investigators are still trying to track down the male witness, who is from Yorkshire. The team is also looking at a third sighting, made by Jeannie Thompson, 56, from Devon. She says she saw a blonde girl looking ‘dishevelled’ as a man took photographs of her at the Café des Epices in Marrakesh on May 11. A fourth sighting was made in the village of Zaio…”

 

A key point from this report is that we are now told not that Kennedy was flying off in a hurry to check the ‘Bushra’ sighting, as Dr Kate McCann claims in her book, but that he was flying off to Rabat in Morocco for ‘a progress report’. That version of events looks by far the more likely, since the same report tells us that Kennedy is already ‘…paying tens of thousands of pounds a week’ for ‘a private security firm’ to ‘reinterview witnesses and investigate paedophile networks in Morocco’. The report also makes clear that a second group, Control Risks Grouip, is already ‘helping the McCanns and their friends make their own witness statements’. Kennedy, we may conclude, already had people on the ground in Morocco. This visit to Rabat was, no doubt, about giving instructions to his team out there. 
 

And there is independent confirmation that that was Kennedy’s real purpose in visiting Rabat. It was given to the Daily Mail by Ali El Bouazaout, a Moroccan. This is from the Mail  of 5 November:
“Tourist guide Ali El Bouazaout, who speaks seven languages, is just one of the men to become involved with the search and has travelled more than 1,000 miles scouring the country for the little girl. ‘I have been all over Morocco looking for Madeleine - to Marrakesh, to Fez, even to the Sahara, showing her picture to people, hoping someone will recognise her’, he said. ‘And if I find her, I will be rich. I have been promised I will never have to work again, maybe £1 million’.
“The tourist guide joined the hunt after Mr Kennedy went into Morocco after a suspected sighting in Zinat, in the Rif mountains. ‘Brian flew into Morocco in his private jet looking for Madeleine’, he said. ‘I was waiting outside the Hertz rental car company office by the airport and that is where I met him [My italics]. I worked as his guide and translator. I went with him to Zinat to look for Madeleine, but it was not her. Then I went with him to Rabat to the British Embassy. I know him very well. I have been all over the country, more than 1,400 kilometres [900 miles], showing Madeleine's pictures.
 

“Speaking to the Daily Express last night, Mr Kennedy, 47, confirmed the Moroccan tour guide was involved with the hunt: ‘I know Ali. He is a sweet guy. Yes, I promised him a reward [£1 million], but that is not the reason he is doing this…he was the guy who was involved with the first sighting in Morocco. He was the man who went with us to find the girl in Zinat, who turned out to look like Madeleine but was actually a Moroccan girl”.
From this news report, we can also deduce that Brian Kennedy did not fly out to Morocco in search of Bushra, as Dr Kate McCann tries to claim in her book. Quite clearly, Kennedy had already made arrangements to meet Ali El Bouazaout outside Hertz car rentals. That means that he already knew Ali El Bouazaout, either directly or through an intermediary. Possibly Bouazaout was someone that Método 3 had already contacted and who had agreed to work for Kennedy. On the basis of what we have been told in this article, it looks as though Dr Kate McCann did not give us anything like the full story about Kennedy’s flight to Rabat  in her book.  
There are still further indications that Brian Kennedy’s visit to Morocco was not, as was claimed, a knee-jerk rush to find the child that turned out in the end to be Bushra Bishina.  For while he was in Morocco, Brian Kennedy was able to meet senior representatives of the Moroccan government, who in the end paved the way for the McCann Team’s subsequent advertising and leafleting campaign in Morocco.
It was on condition, however, that Kennedy’s detectives from Método 3 were ‘shadowed’ by a member of the Moroccan Secret Service, who was armed. Kennedy even left his private jet on standby in Rabat, ready, so he said, to fly Madeleine back to England the moment she was found. The ‘Helping To Find Madeleine’ support organisation was already at this time translating the Madeleine leaflets into Arabic and getting them printed in Arabic. With the tacit agreement of the King of Morocco, these leaflets were to be distributed in country areas of Morocco via the moquadem network - the tribal leaders, or ‘mayors’ of Morocco’s myriad villages.  
The ‘sighting’ of Madeleine by Naoula Malhi in Fnideq and the search for her in the ‘Rif’ mountains of Morocco
It was the Daily Mail, on 29 October, which was the vehicle for yet another story of a ‘sighting’ of Madeleine. This story, once again, was clearly generated by the McCann Team, was one which suited their purposes, and which was not challenged by the journalist who wrote the story. According to the Mail, in a story headlined: “Madeleine: New hope for McCanns as kidnapped American girl 'is found safe in Morocco’”, we learnt that:

  • private investigators searching for Madeleine McCann had found a blonde girl who had been kidnapped by a Moroccan family
  • sources inside Spanish detective agency Método 3, which has been hired by the McCanns, said Interpol was investigating the discovery of the blonde girl living in the Rif mountains - she was not Madeleine, but she was an English speaker, possibly an American


  • the boss of Método 3, Francisco Marco, believed another girl ‘matching Madeleine's description’, who has been spotted with a woman aged about 60 in the Rif mountains by 10 different people, could well be [Madeleine]. He said he believed she was abducted by a care worker on the instruction of a paedophile gang who stole the child to order. He said: ‘My own feeling is that this woman is some sort of carer who is working on behalf of other people. We can't be certain it’s Madeleine, but several unconnected people have told our informers of the same girl with the same woman. The only difference is that she has slightly shorter hair than Madeleine had when she disappeared. Everything else matches. They've been seen over a wide area but always within the confines of the Rif mountains. There is a long history of girls being kidnapped from Europe and ending up in Morocco. It’s a very secretive country and the area of the Rif mountains enjoys official protection because of the importance of the hashish production and trafficking that goes on to the country's economy

  • Método 3, based in Barcelona, currently has ‘three men on the ground in northern Morocco’, including ‘a former head of the Spanish National Police's organised crime squad’. They are also thought to have an army of informers working for them.


          

                                                              Pic: The Rif mountains

 

The ‘former head of the Spanish National Police's organised crime squad’ was Francisco Marco’s right-hand man, António Jimenez. He was clearly active in Morocco, doing Kennedy’s bidding. He was to surface again in Portugal, side by side with Brian Kennedy at Portimao Police Station in Portugal on 13 November, as we shall see shortly. But first, we need to look briefly at a contact between the Spanish and Portuguese Police about Madeleine on 19 October.




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Post by Verdi on Sun 7 May - 0:59

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Excellent research as always but I'm very confused about the unpublished Gary Hagland book..

https://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t13675-exclusive-to-cmomm-inside-the-mccanns-private-investigation-disclosures-by-gary-hagland-a-money-laundering-expert-hired-by-brian-kennedy

Chapter 10 is beyond belief, this is an inter-national missing child case we're talking about, not Casino Royale a al Fleming.

Cut to the chase, what is there - business men and undercover agents from the UK, Portugal, Spain and wherever else, all congregating on Moroccan territory in quest of a fair haired child said to have been seen by a chance tourist?  Authorised by the King, to officially but unofficially and covertly trample across Moroccan soil accompanied by the Gendarme or armed secret service, with the object of busting a national paedophile syndicate - harbouring and trafficking European minors?  With private jet on standby to whisk the fledgling back to safety with total disregard to Moroccan airspace and protocol?

Maybe I need to look again in the broad light of day but on the surface, I don't think I've ever read such utter nonsense - and that's saying something !

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Post by ChippyM on Sun 7 May - 9:53

What a tale. Why would CEOP need to use facial recognition software if people were flying out to see this child the next day?

I'm not even convinced that there would be any facial recognition software that could work from such a blurry photo anyway. We are told they were 'enhancing' the photo but you can only work with what's there and smooth it out a bit. It's all very far fetched.

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Post by Mirage on Sun 7 May - 10:25

Deleted as I cannot track down the interview I remember.
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Post by coati mundi on Sun 7 May - 23:13

Even if it was a "blurry image" how could you fail to distinguish your own child from a child that is not yours? Surely there would be things you would recognise?

In any case, the whole story just adds to the bizarre conundrum that is the behaviour of these parents for the last 10 years.

Would also like to add thanks to TB for his unrelenting efforts, even though I don't always agree with him.,

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Post by Verdi on Sun 7 May - 23:32

ChippyM wrote:What a tale. Why would CEOP need to use facial recognition software if people were flying out to see this child the next day?

I'm not even convinced that there would be any facial recognition software that could work from such a blurry photo anyway. We are told they were 'enhancing' the photo but you can only work with what's there and smooth it out a bit. It's all very far fetched.
To use the vernacular - it's a load of old cobblers!

Extreme poverty is rife in countries such as Morocco - they are desperate, desperate need calls for desperate measures!  Im not meaning to be disrespectful to Moroccan nationals but I wouldn't be surprised if some wealthy foreigner paid this family to be photographed for the charade.  Easy money when you're destitute.

My primary reason for suspecting the alleged sighting is the array of photographs, in addition to the peasant woman carrying a fair haired child..








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Post by coati mundi on Sun 7 May - 23:41

Verdi, thanks for the photos. Just reinforces my earlier opinion.

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Post by Verdi on Sun 7 May - 23:46

In a k-nut shell..


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Post by Verdi on Sun 7 May - 23:50

coati mundi wrote:Verdi, thanks for the photos. Just reinforces my earlier opinion.
Forgot this little poseur..


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Post by Verdi on Sun 7 May - 23:58

As a little light relief - I think - another Moroccan sighting!  A tourist woman claimed to have spotted Madeleine (I think it was the one that saw the eye fleck) being bundled into a taxi by a rich [?] Moroccan woman in Al Hoceima.  the witness tried to get in the taxi but the rich woman wouldn't allow so the taxi driver gave her his business card.

Taxi rank in Morocco..



Business card?  Don't make me laugh big grin !

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Post by Phoebe on Mon 8 May - 2:52

Original Source: MAIL: 06 NOVEMBER 2007
Last updated at 00:23am on 6th November 2007
 
A woman who claims to have seen Madeleine McCann being bundled into a taxi in Morocco, says she has received anonymous Mafia death threats
Naoual Malhi, 24, says men claiming to work for the country's crime barons have warned her to keep her mouth shut about what she saw - and ditch plans to probe the sighting herself.
 
LEVESON INQUIRY: This is the exhibit marked "NP6" referred to in the Witness Statement of Nicole Patterson dated this 16th day of September 2011. PDF
 
02 Nov 2007, On page 2, is a claim for expenses from Padraic Flanagan, Employee No 510424, for €500, Cash paid to Naoual Malhi, Urbanacion Calahonda Royale, Mijas Costa, for exclusive buyup on Madeleine eyewitness.


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Post by Verdi on Mon 8 May - 12:04

Well, of course it's not unusual for the press to pay for stories - au contraire.  At the time of Madeleine McCann's disappearance there was a mass migration of UK journalists descending on Praia da Luz, hungry for an exclusive.  They are ruthless, no morals.

Padraic Flanagan has featured from time to time as regards story coverage, his Leveson Inquiry witness statement is quite interesting, in particular references to Clarence Mitchell..

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140122145147/http:/www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Witness-Statement-of-Padraic-Flanagan.pdf

I venture to suggest the arrangement of the Naoual Malhi sighting - and all the other bogus sightings across the globe - was financed by a bigger fish than a UK tabloid journalist with a few euros stuffed in his/her back pocket!

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Post by Verdi on Mon 8 May - 12:20

Sounds a bit way-out but I have wondered if this was the reason Brian Kennedy plucked Metodo3 from yellow pages to investigate Madeleine McCann's disappearance - not as though they had any experience with investigating missing persons.

Spanish is widely spoken in the North of Morocco so what better than a Spanish national to lead the bogus crusade into the 'lawless Rif mountains' where the sickos [sic] hide stolen children for onward trafficking to wealthy clients - or whatever else they supposedly get up to.

When this saga is eventually made into a blockbuster, which it will be, the mind boggleth at the complexity - move over Bogart, you've got some very serious competition!

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