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Joana Morais holds a unique position in this prolonged mystery into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann - she hails from Portugal.  

Although less vocal in latter days, Ms Morais is and always has been a forerunner in the campaign for justice, working tirelessly behind the scenes and sharing the benefit of her knowledge with the world. She is a well respected professional in her field of work and valued member of CMoMM, posting under the name 'xklamation'  and thus worthy of her own space on CMoMM, who like so many others over the years, have relied on her perspicacy and her intimate knowledge of the case and of the beautiful land of Portugal.  Something so lacking in the majority of case followers, Madeleine McCann being of British origin.

So, without further ado - let Ms Morais speak for herself..


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Post on 17.06.18 14:53 by willowthewisp

Why did Kate Healy have her "Fathers Parkinson Medication" with her in Portugal?

Wouldn't Mr Brian Healy need his supply of Parkinson Medication to treat his medical condition in the UK,as Mr Healy was in the UK,when Madeleine was reported as Abducted to Sky News,,ITV Jill Renwick,those "Jemmied Shutters",Clarence!?

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Post on 08.07.18 0:17 by Verdi

Tony Parsons and Daily Mirror xenophobic venom

by Joana Morais 11 years ago

Why are Tony Parsons and the Daily Mirror being allowed to get away with this obvious manipulation of the public opinion and at the same time publishing racist material against a nation?

The PCC code of conduct goes onto state that:

1 Accuracy

i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.

ii) A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and - where appropriate - an apology published.

iii) The Press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact.

iv) A publication must report fairly and accurately the outcome of an action for defamation to which it has been a party, unless an agreed settlement states otherwise, or an agreed statement is published.

12 Discrimination

i) The press must avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual's race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability.

Tony Parsons Xenophobic attacks and attempts to manipulate the public:

The worst attack, which is not on-line anymore, NO apology was published:

29/10/2007

"OH, UP YOURS, SENOR
Portugal's ambassador to Britain, Senor Antonio Santana Carlos, says that the Madeleine McCann case has seriously damaged relations between the two countries. Well, whose fault is that?
It is the fault of the spectacularly stupid, cruel Portuguese police. I have never much cared for the convention of calling cops "pigs" or "filth", but I am happy to make an exception.
They have tried to cover their humiliation at coming nowhere close to finding that stolen child by fitting up her parents.
The decline in relations is also the fault of the appalling Portuguese media, happy to print any piece of poisonous trash spoon-fed to them by "police sources" treating the abduction of a small child as light entertainment.
And the Portuguese public must also take their share of the blame. The sight of locals jeering at Kate McCann as she went in for questioning made me feel as though these leering bumpkins were not from another country, but another planet.
And the good ambassador can also be blamed for the decline in relations.
When he should be exercising a little diplomacy, he huffs and he puffs about the McCanns' tragic decision to leave their children sleeping alone on the night Madeleine was stolen.
"In Portugal we have the concept of a nuclear family," sniffs Senor Carlos. "That the families all live together."
They made a mistake, ambassador. Their lives have been wrecked. That is punishment enough, without your asinine, unwanted comments.
And I would respectfully suggest that in future, if you can't say something constructive about the disappearance of little Madeleine, then you just keep your stupid, sardine-munching mouth shut."

24/12/2007

"She has been let down by the criminally incompetent Portuguese police force."
"And by the poisonous hacks of the lurid Portuguese press."
"In the absence of a body, and despite all the madcap theories of the Portuguese police, hope somehow remains that Madeleine McCann may yet be restored to the family that is torn to bits without her."

05/11/2007

"The Policia Judiciaria of Portugal has been nothing but an obstruction from the very start."
"They failed to close their borders for 24 hours. They sprinkled their cigarette ash on the carpet of the McCanns' hotel room. They have fed all manner of trash and lies to their tame press. And they have treated Madeleine's devastated parents as the major suspects."
"What is certain is that losing the blundering efforts of the Policia Judiciaria of Portugal will be no great loss. They have done more harm than good."

01/10/2007

"British newspapers come in for plenty of stick but they are paragons of virtue compared to the toxic hacks of the Portuguese press.
For some time Kate and Gerry McCann have been victims of a sustained smear campaign.
No doubt the poison comes from the Portuguese police but it would be impossible to find an outlet without the tame hacks of the Portuguese press."
"Their slurs concern a real little girl and real parents devastated by their loss. The Portuguese cops have proved incapable of discovering what happened to Madeleine. With their crackpot allegations and lies, they and their pet journalists rub salt into wounds that must already be unbearable.
Are the Portuguese press so beholden to the police?
As the mouthpiece for those Keystone cretins, the journalists of Portugal plumb depths that make even the most hardened British hack gasp.
Portuguese newspapers print a river of trash about the McCanns and present it as the truth.
When they could help to find out what really happened to that little girl, they just act like propagandists in a Third World dictatorship, obliged to print whatever rubbish they are told to print. They should hang their heads in shame."

24/09/2007

"The way the stupid, thuggish Portuguese police have treated the McCanns has been a disgrace. But all the evidence suggests that if they had been Portuguese, it would have been far worse."

17/09/2007

"That little girl is out there somewhere, either dead or alive, but all of the energy of those Keystone cretins, the Portuguese police, are being poured into attributing guilt to Kate and Gerry McCann."
"I do not much care what the Portuguese spoon-feed their tame hacks in the local rags - that man and woman are innocent, and it is an obscenity that the world is playing Cluedo with their lives and the fate of their little girl."
"But chuck enough dirt and it will stick. The Portuguese cops seem stupendously stupid - but they are smart enough to understand that.
It is right that the McCanns should be potential suspects. But it should all have been done months ago - not when the Portuguese cops have become a sick joke because of their blundering incompetence."
"As the months have dragged on, they must have felt like lumbering yokels, despised by their north European neighbours. They are not the type who would enjoy that feeling.
Chief Inspector Goncalo Amaral, the fat, sweaty cop who is co-leader of the investigation into Madeleine's disappearance, faces investigation himself for the torture of Leonor Cipriano, the mother of an eight-year-old girl who disappeared in the Algarve in 2004.
Official mug shots show the mother with her eyes battered so badly that she is unable to open them. She allegedly confessed to the crime and is now serving a 16-year-jail sentence. "
"The Portuguese plods are not desperate to solve this crime - such a task was way beyond them."

30/07/2007

"They do not need some idiot to remind them that they left their daughter alone while they had dinner. There will not be one day in their lives when they will not bitterly regret it."

09/07/2007

"THE parents of Madeleine McCann have apologised after complaints that an advertisement about their daughter's abduction was shown in cinemas before Shrek The Third.The McCanns have nothing to apologise for"

04/06/2007

"It's unbearable to watch these brave, decent parents coming to terms with the possibility that their daughter may be dead. They made one mistake and they will be punished for the rest of their lives."

28/05/2007

"IN their televised interview, the McCanns said that their guilt over losing Madeleine would stay with them for the rest of their lives.
They also said that it never crossed their minds that their sleeping children were in danger while they dined in a nearby tapas bar.
As we will no doubt debate for many years to come, not all parents would have let their children sleep alone while they were in a restaurant, no matter how close.
But every parent should have nothing but sympathy for Gerry and Kate McCann because we all know that any child can vanish in an instant.
If we think we are immune from the fate of the McCann family because we would not have been in that tapas bar, then we kid ourselves."
'None of us has the right to criticise the McCanns.. They have suffered enough.'

My opinion: Tony Parsons should be dismissed forthwith.

You can write an email to tony.parsons@mirror.co.uk or make a complain to the tabloid Daily Mirror Editor: you can call Steve Purcell, Website Editor at +44 (0) 207 293 3570 or email him steve.purcell@mirror.co.uk or make a formal complain to the P.C.C. (Press Complaints Commission).

Click on this link and show your solidarity with the Portuguese.

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https://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2007/12/tony-parsons-and-daily-mirror.html

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Post on 24.07.18 0:40 by Verdi

Tracey Kandohla, when will you learnohla? Never...?

by Joana Morais 8 years ago

When will people wake up and realise that there is an entire industry being built on the emotive issue of 'child protection? An industry that is in it for money and control- NOT child protection and promotion of the health of children. (anonymous XXI)


Tracey Kandohla who used to work on a Murdoch's Tabloid [The Scum] (what a surprise, not!) bylined the (bellow my comment) McCann PR spoon-fed piece in huge capital letters 'MADELEINE MCCANN HUNT: 'NEW TEAM, NEW IDEAS, NEW HOPE' - Hu?! What?! Come again?! Another Método 3 version, this time worst because they're hiring 'mercenaries' that were allegedly involved in dodgy situations?

One has to wonder if one of the conditions for the out-of-court settlement deal made with the McCann couple and their Tapas friends via Carter Ruck included that anything McCann related-to-surface was to be 'written' by the worst hacks working at the Express Group: James Murray and Tracey Kandohla - a former The Scum freelance churnalist.

So here we go again, another nauseating McCann non-news Sunday Express story, which totally fails to address the facts that many of us have already observed for the last 3 years - that the McCanns whilst they have spend a great deal of care when choosing and hiring lawyers, numerous PRs for themselves; they had no care whatsoever when choosing their daughter's rent-a-cops, rent-a-opinion-alleged-criminologists, rent-a-'mercenaries', rent-a-psychic lawyers and rent-a-industrial spys faking to be MI5's - which in fact, begs another set of questions relating to the Limited Company "Fund" and their biggest backer till now - Brian Kennedy - the (less) rich billionaire (yeah, Madoff affected him as much as the LTD fund did... unless a Cayman akin off shore was his other 'horse' bet). BK the same man who had conversations of a private money related nature with scape-Murat-goat, and several other witnesses [ - all in the Maddie case files].

But BK is something and someone that I will not address right now, unlike some conspirational failed intelligentsia wannabe loonies who create misinformation based on google name researches that amount to zilch - the sargeants dot net to be exact - I do prefer to have the facts and documents in my hand before trying to prove or disprove anything . Oh, and to the guy(s) who writes that site - allegedly to enlighten others, without any help  or without being paid by the usual 'suspects' - get a grip you astroturfer man, you're loosing it! Actually, you've lost it a long time ago....and the Mirror Forum was still open then. Moving on...



Sunday October 10,2010
By Tracey Kandohla

A CRACK team of British ex- police officers who have joined the search for Madeleine McCann are giving her parents fresh hope.

Kate and Gerry McCann are convinced three new investigators will help solve their daughter’s disappearance and she told a friend yesterday: “A new team, new ideas and new hope!”

The three, paid by the Find Maddie Fund, are now in the Portuguese capital Lisbon. - seriously, once and for all I ask, no, I demand as a Portuguese Citizen someone to prohibit this dangerous people of being, coming, staying in Portugal with purposes that are most likely to be of a similar nature like harassing innocent citizens, intimidating witness, and here I ask for the SIS, MAI and the diplomatic personnel to check their 'mercenary backgrounds' with any reliable intelligence source - is that okay? Or do we need to see another Portuguese family being threatened? A dog killed? A burnt car? Abuse of power threatening emails?

Kate has made a return trip to the resort where her daughter, now seven years old, was snatched nearly three-and-a-half years ago. - Snatched? Evidence for the 'snatching'?! - none, whatsoever.

She visited friends in Praia da Luz and went alone to the Catholic Church and wept as she prayed. - We no longer wonder why....

A family source said: “Kate has been given fresh hope by her visit to ‘Luz’ and by the fact three new highly regarded investigators are injecting new impetus into the search for Madeleine. She didn’t meet the investigators but stayed with the local Anglican priest Father Haynes Hubbard and his wife Susan, who have become very close friends. - I hope these two are under some kind of surveillance.

“Kate went out alone to have a break and, of course, to pray for Madeleine.” - reza imaginária: “Nossa Senhorrâ de Phátima aki na Lux, fax com ke a pound continuê a entrrar no fundo que não hé fund, que a justissa das sardines portuguesa funcione com os lobbies politicosh habituais, que nósh bifes ao contrrrário de qualquerr cidadon porrtugues nuca sejamos accusados do nosso crrime de negligen-cia pun-ivhel por sardine-law, porrrque somos brritanicos e doutorres, e porrrque eu até sou lourra e brranca ao contrrrário destes terrceirrros mundishtax - Ah, e quanto àg Maggie----errrr-- uhm--- you know... woosh...---- no stone unturned and all that mantra - amen? Donate to the limited company please so we can find our lovely trade mark, err.. beautiful daughter! Oh, a UK paparazzi, what a surprise - let me put the sad face on!”

Family doctor Kate, 42, spent last weekend in Luz while relatives looked [no comments] after her twins Sean and Amelia, five.

She is believed to have taken a look at the Mark Warner flat from where Madeleine vanished in May 2007. Infamous Apartment 5a remains empty with its windows boarded up and gates padlocked.

Chief investigator David Edgar [the rent-a-cop that stated: Maddie is 10Km from Praia da Luz being held in a 'hellish lair' and did nothing!] has boosted his team with three former policemen: Nigel Brown [- the guy allegedly 'involved' [as in entangled] in the dodgy murder of a British Citizen, pictured above, right, holding the ridiculous statuette], who was named Investigator Of The Year after securing the rescue of a kidnapped oil company executive, Dave Carter, who worked in Northern Ireland, and Ray Cooper, who investigated war crimes in Bosnia - [mercenaries?]

The McCann source said: “They are in Portugal on a semi-permanent basis”. <- MAI, SIS, MNE? Que merda é esta?

“When new leads come in they are there to chase them up. They are an ideal addition to the team and, in Gerry’s words, have vowed to leave no stone unturned. - like when you never searched for your daughter in the first 48 hours?

“Kate is upbeat because she is convinced they will have new ideas and methods of working, which gives her new hope.” - do try to refrain from spinning more police case files in a distorted manner, thank you.

Last week, the McCanns were said to be “very upset and annoyed” that Jim [panic button] Gamble, chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, has quit over a merger with the proposed national crime agency.

Kate and Gerry said: “He will be a huge loss to child protection…it is extremely saddening.” - We do know how saddening it was for Jim 'Button' Gamble to use children photos to allure and entice 'paedos' into a trap with total disregard of said children privacy RIGHTS , children that are adults nowadays.

The McCanns talking about child protection... pffff....

https://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2010/10/tracey-kandohla-when-will-you-learnohla.html

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Post on 05.08.18 12:01 by Jill Havern

Joana Morais

Talking with Pinto da Costa – Forensic Medicine Expert

Reversed Investigation

In the book ‘The Truth of The Lie’ Gonçalo Amaral, the PJ coordinator who was removed from the ‘Maddie Case’ has no doubts about the death of the girl. Pinto da Costa follows his considerations.

Specialist in Forensic Medicine, Pinto da Costa supports the thesis followed by Gonçalo Amaral, which points to the death of Madeleine McCann. The professor does not understand the reason why the analyses done by the British laboratory are not conclusive and he manifests the conviction that, soon or later, the truth will be known. The biggest problem, according to the President of the Portuguese Section of International Transparency [sic], resided in the incorrect way the investigation was carried out. Pinto da Costa understands that the death hypothesis should have been pursued since the beginning.

Do you believe in the thesis defended by Gonçalo Amaral, according to which Madeleine McCann died accidentally in the night of her disappearance?

It does seem possible that that has taken place based on the circumstances of the cadaver dogs who signalled [death triggers] the existence of a cadaver and, also of blood with the genetic profile of the girl.

The English Laboratory said the analyses are not conclusive...

What the Laboratory concluded was that, in a total of 19 alleles [genetic markers], 15 are present in the sample examined. In Portugal, in order to guarantee the authenticity of progeny [descendants, children], that is, in the paternity tests we use 15 alleles. Therefore, the results obtained by the British Laboratory are extremely significant. Thus, they seem, pertinent in the consideration that the child could have died in the apartment. Another hypothesis is that she could have died outside and then the body was moved inside [the apartment].

Isn’t there, in Portugal, technical capacity to do this kind of analyses?

Yes, they could have been done in Portugal. I believe that either the Scientific Police Laboratory of the Judiciary Police or the various Forensic Medicine Institutes have the conditions to perform them. That did not happen possibly for the reason that the persons at issue were of English nationality.

The explanation given by Gonçalo Amaral, that the corpse was frozen or preserved in cold, for more than 20 days, also seems plausible?

What I believe is that the body was not totally decomposed. There are situations when the cadaver is preserved more or less without adding any substance, like ice, for example. Besides, we should not forget that this is the body of a child and not of an adult, who decays more rapidly.

Do you believe the Truth will be discovered?

Yes, when all entities involved are at a distance. The midwives fight, the truths are discovered. [Portuguese Proverb: "Zangam-se as comadres, sabem-se as verdades."]. The process has so many contradictions that, it is impossible to have one truth.

And what exactly is at the origin of so many contradictions?

The fact that the investigation started incorrectly. It should have started with the exaggeration of the positive and with the assumption that the child was killed. Even because the existence of maltreatment is a reality and in these cases, the number one suspect is the father, not the stepfather, the uncle or any other person. At another side, the scene should have been put immediately in custody to avoid its violation, because the examination of the scene is fundamental. The parents presented the abduction hypothesis, but those who do a criminal investigation have to have their ‘heads cold’ [‘cuca fria’- meaning open and objective mind], as they say in Brazil, and cannot deviate from the essential. The investigation was done in reverse.

Source: Jornal de Notícias, paper edition - 26 July 2008

Note: Professor Pinto da Costa was the Director of the Portuguese Forensic Institute [INML] for several years.


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Post on 07.08.18 22:00 by Verdi

Front Line “After Maddie” - Video Reportage

by Joana Morais   8 years ago


Front Line “After Maddie”, a reportage by journalist Jorge Almeida
 

Three years after the disappearence of Madeleine McCann, a RTP media team returned to Praia da Luz to assess the social-economical effects of the case. After becoming world-wide famous, the small Algarvian villa plunged in a profound crisis. This reportage shows unheard statements of the Ocean Club workers, local shopkeepers and members of the English community living in the area. “After Maddie”, is a reportage of the journalist Jorge Almeida, image by Vitor Amorim, image editing by Paulo Nunes and production by Amélia Gomes Ferreira.

Translation/transcript Front Line “After Maddie” – RTP 1/5/2010

Kate McCann – «Por favor devolva a nossa menina» [Please return our daughter.] [Archive Video footage May 2007]

Voice Over: Tonight, on Front Line the social economic consequences in Praia da Luz, three years after Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.

Former Ocean Club employee: «What has happened here, in that house, where I worked, that has troubled me a lot.»

English ex Pat – «Please come to the Algarve, but if you are coming as a family holiday, treat it as a family holiday and do things together. Don’t leave the kids.»

Portuguese man - «What is in the minds of people is a huge uncertainty; some say that they are convinced that it was an abduction, others say that the child was murdered inside the apartment and her cadaver was concealed.»

English ex Pat 2 - « I think that if she was still alive, I think by now, somebody would have found something about it. That’s just my opinion and my friend’s, we came to think that Madeleine is dead.»

Voice Over: In this night, at the end of April, Praia da Luz is practically deserted. Spring has not yet arrived, rain persists to fall. The strength of the pound as also weakened, but another event continues to hound this place. [Cut to church of Luz clock, showing the time 22] It was round about this time that Madeleine McCann disappeared.

Enters production credits and title ‘After Maddie’

Gerry McCann (reading from a script) - «Words cannot describe the anguish and despair that we are feeling, as the parents of our beautiful daughter, Madeleine. We request to anyone that may have any information related to Madeleine’s disappearance, no matter how trivial, contact the Portuguese police, and help us get her back safely. Please, if you have Madeleine, let her come home to her mummy, daddy, brother and sister». [Archive Video footage May 2007]

Voice Over: It was from one day to the other, that Madeleine McCann’s disappearance caused Praia da Luz to become worldwide renowned. For weeks, hundreds of journalists placed the small Algarvian villa at the top of the news alignment of the international TV stations.

Cut to Sky News video footage with Martin Brunt reporting live from Praia da Luz in 2008 - News anchor: «Let’s go back to Martin Brunt, our crime correspondent in Praia da Luz, where this sad story started back in May of last year.»

Voice Over: In the UK, 800 children were reported missing in the six months after Madeleine’s disappearance. Every day, hundreds of children disappear in the world, but until today only Maddie deserved such a huge magnitude from the media. Three years after, the mystery continues to be unsolved. The same difficulty appears also in establishing what was the impact in Praia da Luz after the disappearance. The events stage, the Ocean Club, suffered great financial consequences: in April 2009, 21 of the 49 workers were sacked. In 2007, the year of the disappearance, the company had 130 employees. Dora Silva was one of the cleaners who has lost her job. In the dismissal letter, there were two arguments.

Dora Silva (former Ocean Club employee) - The crisis, worldwide and in consequence of the girl’s disappearance.

Voice Over: The drama has afflicted the whole family. Her sister, who had worked for 11 years at the Ocean Club was also fired at the same time. Today, she is convinced there was an exploitation of the tragedy, since she never felt a collapse in the holiday’s bookings.

Fátima Espada (former Ocean Club employee) – I do not think so [referring to the arguments used in the dismissal letter], because we kept on working as normal, after the girls’ disappearance. We did not feel any fall down, with apartments being booked, and daily admission of clients. Then the other motive they have alleged besides the crisis, I don’t know…

Voice Over: Maria Júlia, the mother of the two sacked employees, ended up asking recently the dismissal from the Ocean Club, after 16 years of working there. It was her who cleaned for the last time the McCann family apartment, just the day before to the girls disappearance.

Maria Júlia (former Ocean Club employee) – When I went there on Wednesday [2nd May 2007], they were there. It was they who opened the door for me, they told me to get in and then they told me that they were leaving. They even told me something about the balcony… yes… I understood that they were going to the balcony, and even thought they were going to the balcony. But no, they really left. They went out from that door, that door…the door that gives access to the garden [the balcony double glazed door] and that was it, they went out, never again… It was the only time that I was with them.

Voice Over: Just like her two daughters, Maria Júlia was also heard by the Judiciary Police. Madeleine’s disappearance will accompany her for the remaining of her days. One of the main reasons to stop working [at the Ocean Club] was the fact of being psychologically distressed.

Maria Júlia - Very, very much. It was something that disturbed me a lot, because I was aggrieved, I had just lost my husband a few months before, and then that happened, in that house were I worked… and that troubled me. I had a good supervisor, the supervisor that was then there, she knew how I felt and she was very supportive for me.

Voice Over: The Ocean Club administration refused a request for an interview by RTP. In off, they explain delicately that they do not wish to revive the case and are afraid of the exploitation that the UK media might do of any statement they give.

https://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2010/05/front-line-after-madie-video-reportage.html

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Post on 09.08.18 8:39 by Jill Havern

McCann Case: Freedom of Information Act on John Buck former Ambassador

by Joana Morais   9 years ago  

It was Tony Blair and Gordon Brown who were behind the instructions given to the UK ambassador, John Buck, and to the British consul, Bill Henderson (the two senior UK diplomats in Portugal at the time she disappeared), to make sure Gerry and Kate McCann were given all possible assistance.


A few minutes after the return to Faro of the team of experts that the PJ had sent to Leicester, Her Majesty's British Ambassador, John Buck, to the Portuguese Republic was already visiting their premises. The presence of the diplomat, that has been confirmed by several journalist, is in direct relation with the Madeleine McCann case and was not asked by the Portuguese Authorities. The ambassador has stayed half an hour with the police.

John Buck - British Ambassador in Portugal in May 2006 - resigns his post on 10/09/07 - shortly after the McCanns are made suspects. John is replaced by Alexander Ellis. Leaves the Diplomatic Services entirely.

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Daily Express: Madeleine: British Diplomat had doubts about McCanns
3 December 2007 (no longer on-line)

A British diplomat warned the Foreign Office of concerns regarding Mad­eleine McCann’s parents, it emerged last night. Doubts about Kate and Gerry McCann were raised almost immediately by an official sent to Praia da Luz due to what he considered to be “inconsistencies” in the couple’s testimonies about the night the four-year-old vanished. The warning was contained in a classified document sent from the Algarve to the Foreign Office days after Madeleine’s disappearance. Details of the letter have been leaked through the British diplomatic mission in Brussels to the respected Belgian newspaper Derniere Heure.

The unnamed diplomat voices his concern about the “confused declarations” as to the whereabouts of Kate and Gerry McCann and their friends in the final hours before Madeleine’s disappearance. He also mentions the couple’s “lack of co-operation” with the Portuguese police in the light of instructions from London suggesting consular staff “overstretch their authority and put pressure on the Portuguese authorities”. The document also asks for confirmation of orders sent by the Foreign Office in London the day before, commanding embassy staff to give “all possible assistance to the McCann couple”.

Diplomats on the Algarve were told the McCanns had to be “accompanied at all times during any contact with the Portuguese police” by a member of consular staff or by British police officers sent out from the UK. The letter, sent just days after Madeleine disappeared, warns of the risks of siding with the McCanns so completely. Excerpts published in a report by La Derniere Heure quote the diplomat as saying: “With the greatest respect, I would like to make you aware of the risks and implications to our relationship with the Portuguese authorities, if you consider the possible involvement of the couple. “Please confirm to me, in the light of these concerns, that we want to continue to be closely involved in the case as was requested in your previous ­message.”

A huge team of diplomats have been involved in the case since Gerry McCann asked the Foreign Office for help. In an unprecedented move, the then Prime Minister Tony Blair despatched special envoy Sheree Dodd, a former Fleet Street journalist, to Portugal to act as a “med­ia liaison officer” for the McCann family. Direct government communications with the McCanns came to an abrupt halt, however, when the couple were made official suspects in the case in September.

Portuguese detectives believe it is possible Madeleine died as the result of an accident on May 3 in the family’s holiday apartment and that her parents hid and later disposed of her body with the help of their friends. The couple have always said they had nothing to do with their daughter’s disappearance. The Belgian report says it is highly significant that almost all of the diplomats involved at the outset have now been taken off the case.

Special envoy Sheree Dodd has since resigned from the Foreign Office, the British consul in the Algarve Bill Henderson has retired and the British ambassador to Portugal John Buck is no longer in Portugal. Last night the Foreign Office refused to comment on the report.



Extracts from the FOI released by ICO - Information Commissioner's Office

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (Section 50) Decision Notice 3 March 2009 Public Authority: Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Reference: FS50188322

In October 2007 the complainant asked the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for information concerning communications between the then Ambassador to Portugal John Buck and the Portuguese police on the subject of the disappearance of the child Madeleine McCann. However, some further information continued to be withheld; it was this refusal to provide information that the Commissioner investigated.

FCO added that, at the time of the internal review (December 2007), the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann had been ongoing and that, for legal reasons, it had not been possible to disclose further information then.

FCO told the Commissioner that, although the Portuguese authorities had released many documents about the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, sensitivities remained and FCO believed that the section 27(1)(a)* exemption still applied. If FCO were to disclose all the details about HM Ambassador’s contact with the Portuguese police they would risk damaging the relationship on which good inter-governmental co-operation was based.


FCO recognised the public interest in knowing the extent of UK government involvement in the investigation but believed that the reasons for exemption outweighed those that favoured release.

The Full Freedom of Information Act on John Buck, The British Ambassador in 2007 at the time of Madeleine McCann disappearance.



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*The exemption under section 27 exists to protect the United Kingdom's international relations, its interests abroad and the United Kingdom's ability to protect and promote those interests. [full PDF here]

Section 27 consists of two different kinds of exemption:

Section 27(1) focuses on the effects of disclosure rather than on the type of information. Information is exempt if its disclosure would or would be likely to prejudice any of the matters mentioned in section 27(1)(a) - (d):

a) relations between the UK and any other state

b) relations between the UK and any international organisation or international court

c) the interests of the UK abroad

d)the promotions or protection by the UK of its interests abroad

Section 27(2) protects confidential information obtained from a foreign state, an international organisation, or an international court. Section 27(2) describes information by reference to its origins and the circumstances in which it was obtained.

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Post on 09.08.18 9:03 by Jill Havern

Clarence Mitchell’s outrage with the Cortés family


by Joana Morais   9 years ago


Team McCann have no respect

Months after Madeleine went missing, another child, Mari Luz Cortés, went missing, though in very different circumstances [in a different Country as matter of fact]. Sadly she has since been found dead. The McCanns printed posters of Madeleine together with Mari Luz - without gaining the parents’ prior permission. Her parents were very upset, and complained.

Clarence Mitchell’s outrage with the Cortés family:

“It is shameful that Mari Luz’s father has brought himself to complain,” was the reaction of Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman for the McCann couple, in response to the request from Juan Jose Cortés that the posters with the photo of his daughter beside Madeleine should not be distributed.



The [ab]use of Mari Luz Cortés Family Tragedy

Source: Joana Morais
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Parents of missing Mari Luz are against her image being used in a Madeleine McCann poster campaign
McCann Gallery: For the record

Comment by Joana Morais:

Mari Luz, was dead apparently just a few days later after disappearing from the street near her family house.

Let's assume she wasn't dead at the time the McCanns hijacked Mari Luz image and her family, to serve their own purpose in the McCann's machiavelic media campaign.

The world wide dissemination of Mari Luz picture along Madeleine's would probably represent Mari Luz death sentence - this according to experts.

The McCann team (Media Machine)abuse of this little girl's tragedy is just one example of the selfish, manipulative, irresponsible attitude of the McCann couple and of Clarence Mitchell.

Again they, the McCanns and subsequently the manipulated and obliging British media, attempted to pervert the course of justice, that is, the investigation done by the Spanish authorities to Mari Luz Cortés disappearance.

It could have been Mari Luz death sentence. Similarly, if we assume Madeleine's abduction as an hypothesis it could have been Madeleine's death sentence as well- at the hands of her own parents.

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Post on 10.08.18 12:33 by Jill Havern

Amaral is determined to speak about what happened to Maddie two years ago. He regrets not having been invited and doesn’t believe there will be a reply to his email

by Ana Maia

Gonçalo Amaral, the former Polícia Judiciária (PJ) inspector, wants to go to Oprah’s show – which will be broadcast on the 3rd of May – to tell his version of what happened to Maddie, who was 3 years old when she disappeared from Praia da Luz, in the Algarve. Amaral has even sent an email to the programme, which is broadcast into 144 countries, but he doesn’t believe he’ll receive a reply.

“I sent an email in English to Oprah yesterday [the day before yesterday]. This is a very well planned and negotiated show. Oprah won’t call me. I received no reply whatsoever and I have no doubts that there is no interest in calling me”, Gonçalo Amaral told 24horas.

But if there was a reply, and a positive one, the former inspector wouldn’t hesitate. “I’d go there at my own expense. But they won’t invite anyone”, said Amaral, who has always been under great criticism from Maddie’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, during the entire process.

About other similar actions, Gonçalo Amaral immediately replied: “The action is worldwide. There’s lots of people calling there”.
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Source: 24horas, 22.04.2009
Translated by Joana Morais

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Post on 15.08.18 15:56 by Verdi

Maddie's case can drag on for six months

by Joana Morais 11 years ago

In January, the investigation of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann will reach the maximum period of eight months defined in the Penal Procedure Code. So this month is pointed by several lawyers and also by some elements of the Judicial Police (PJ) as a "decisive" date . But the Ministerio Publico (MP) can extend the period of the inquiry.

The problem is to know by how many months should the process continue, taking into account the fact that this body does not know what kind of crime has been committed.

The expert in penal procedure and also president of the Union of Magistrates of Public Prosecutors (SMMP) for the of the district of Évora, Carlos Casimiro, explained to the DN that "the outcome of this process depends exclusively on the definition of the type of crime that has been committed against Madeleine McCann".

The magistrate says that "the PJ is maintaining two theories - one is the abduction and the other is the homicide crime.The extension of the deadlines as defined for the investigation depends on the type of the crime". In this contest,he explained that "also for each type of crime, there are several deadlines for the extension of the inquiry, because there are also different types of abduction and homicide crime". "A crime of abduction might be, for example, a few hours kidnapping and for a homicide crime there is a wide typology. For each one there is a specific deadline".

According to Carlos Casimiro, if the detectives conclude that Maddie has effectively been murdered and if everything is still performed publicly relatively to the perpetrators of the crime, in January the MP can request the extension of the period of the investigation for more three months. At the end of this period, if the the same incertitude is maintained, the MP has the possibility to request a second delay which can only be for more three months. After that, there are only two possibilities: the closing of the investigation for lack of evidence or as the magistrate thinks to be more "foreseeable" that there will be a "delay of the inquiry in the desperate attempt to seek evidence to sustain an accusation".

Carlos Casimiro said, "we are in presence of a highly internationally mediatic case and it is the image of the country that is at stake". Moreover, he stressed, "the Judicial Police has been, since the beginning of this process, perfectly slandered, essentially by the British press and this is why its reputation and its high professionalism should be preserved".

After the disclosure on the 23rd of the video made by the McCanns during the first Christmas since the child disappeared showing images of the girl excited and opening the presents of last year, the agency of Spanish private eyes, Método 3, which works for the couple in the investigation of her disappearance, has already received 347 calls with alleged information about her whereabouts.

The new information is now being examined by the detectives of Método 3, one by one. And according to the DN, that agency "does not throw away any information whatever it it comes from."

Presently, the detectives focus their attention especially in Portugal and Morocco, in the city of Marrakesh.

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Post on 17.08.18 0:09 by Verdi

Crying Shame

by Joana Morais 9 years ago



The life of Madeleine Beth McCann changed forever on 3rd May 2007. As a 3 year old child she did not have a say in how she should be cared for. She had no choice in what was to become of her. Those she trusted to provide the care and protection which was her human right failed her in every possible way. She is still being failed. 

While there are those who seek to find Madeleine, others seek also to find justice for this child. Justice I believe is ever closer, it may found before Madeleine. There are many good people who work tirelessly with this aim. Sr.Gonçalo Amaral, without question at the forefront. Others campaign for the case into the disappearance of the child to be re-opened. Joana, Astro and Kazlux, by keeping this site open, keep awareness high, bring us news which those of us here in the U.K. would not otherwise hear of. They allow us to use this site as a platform to express our thoughts and feelings on this case.

It is beyond my comprehension why some out there constantly ask – ‘Why would anyone campaign for justice for a child whom they do not know?’ But for those who are prepared to put their neck on the line Madeleine would be forgotten. The news we would hear would be only that which was authorised by those who control such matters. But for the actions of those amongst us who are prepared to stand up and be counted, Madeleine and all other children like her, all of the children in our world would be failed.

History tells us, the freedom we enjoy in today’s world is because those who have gone before us did not sit back and look the other way. They did not sit on the fence. They fought for what was good, right and just.

At whatever level, it is that simple - Good people fight for the good of others.

«Tapas group and McCanns construct the time line of events in Madeleine's ripped colouring book, 3rd May 2007»

Crying Shame

by A. Miller

The disappearance of 3 year old Madeleine McCann from the holiday apartment where she was residing with her parents, medical doctors Kate and Gerry McCann, and her two younger siblings in Praia da Luz Portugal has without question shocked and fascinated the world in equal measure.

Her parents it was initially reported had left their three children alone while they dined a short distance away. This ‘distance’ was later to be described by Gerry McCann as being akin to that of dining in their back garden at home. This of course was not true.

They stated, that from where they sat at a tapas restaurant they were able to see the patio/sliding door of the apartment, and that they had checked on their children every 15 minutes or so.

It was possible from the outside seating area of the restaurant to see the extreme top part of the patio door. Shrubbery obscured all else. It was not possible however from the inside covered area of the restaurant in the darkness of the night to see the door clearly at all. It was in this covered area that the McCann party sat for their meal.

It transpired also that Kate McCann made only one check on her children that evening. This check took place 90 minutes after she had left them alone in the apartment to go out to dinner. It was at this time around 10:00 p.m. she discovered that Madeleine was missing.>

Kate McCann said she knew instantly that Madeleine had been abducted.

To date there is not a shred of evidence to prove abduction!

Fiona Payne, who claims Kate McCann, is her closest friend, in her statement to police discounts what Kate McCann has stated with respect to abduction being , Kate’s first thoughts?.

Kate McCann also claimed that the window shutter of her children’s bedroom had been jemmied open.

This proved to be untrue also, and a retraction of this statement was made by the McCann spokesperson, Clarence Mitchell.

Public sympathy for Madeleine and her parents was overwhelming.

Madeleine’s parents, family, and friends I’m sure, shed many tears at the loss of the child.

The public also, took Madeleine into their hearts. They cried for her as though she was their own.

The overwhelming sympathy the public had for the McCann’s soon became tempered with anger and disbelief as the true extent of what these children had been subjected to unfolded.

Night after night their parents, the doctors McCann had left their three very young and vulnerable children to their fate, out of sight and earshot, while they wined and dined in a restaurant with their friends, friends who had also left their children alone and unprotected.

The children were not being checked every 15 minutes or so, but half hourly, if that! The checks did not involve a visual check, i.e. looking in on the children as one would have imagined. It was simply an exercise in listening out for crying.If crying could not be heard, the parents assumed all was well. The McCann parents on the recent Oprah Show stressed this point, as did Oprah – ‘checks were merely to listen out for CRYING!

As parents, we all know that ‘silence’ does not always mean that all is well with our children. Visual checks are clearly necessary, but more importantly, it is something which a caring parent does automatically. As parents we do look in on our children, tuck them in, adjust the bedclothes give them “another” gentle kiss goodnight as they sleep.

Why would the doctors McCann go to their apartment and only listen, not look in on their children?

Why would the other parents, stand outside the building close to the shuttered bedroom windows to listen out for crying?

Were they all just too lazy to bother? Was it keeping them from their ‘get-together? Or did they just not care enough?

The McCann’s claimed that they were mimicking a style of ‘listening service’ which they claim is provided in holiday resorts elsewhere in Europe!

I know of no listening service where staff stand outside shuttered bedroom windows and listen for crying. Nor do I know of any listening service where patio doors are left unlocked for staff to enter apartments, but not make a visual check of the children, simply to stand inside and listen for crying.

It must be made clear at this point that the McCann party knew prior to travelling to Portugal that the Mark Warner Complex, the Ocean Club where they would be staying, did NOT provide a ‘listening service’. As the apartments were not in an enclosed compound, but spread out, some leading onto public streets, and were also a mixture of privately owned properties, Mark Warner had deemed that ‘listening services’ were neither safe nor practical. They did however offer the services of a crèche during daytime, and babysitting services at night.

The McCann’s chose not to avail of the evening child care services provided at this resort, but felt it more appropriate to leave their children unattended in an unlocked apartment.

The Ocean Club Management, experts in their field did not provide listening services for reasons of safety which they laid out – The McCann’s chose to ignore the safety issues believing that they could do the job which the professionals had deemed unsafe.

The plight of not, just Madeleine, but all of the children, could not fail to touch even the hardest of hearts. Left alone, to cry in their holiday apartment, no one to comfort, care and protect them, ease their fears when they woke in the night, when they needed reassurance, when they needed to be made feel safe.

The question on the lips of some –‘How could the McCann’s, both doctors have treated children in this way?’

I ask – How could the McCann’s, not as medical professionals, but as parents, treat their own flesh and blood in this way?  What makes parents, who say they were so desperate to have children, carry out such a cold and callous act against their own, leaving them in a horrifying situation?

An act, which the doctors McCann, have since defended, claiming it was WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF RESPONSIBLE PARENTING.’

An act, which perhaps more disturbingly, more bizarrely, has been condoned by some members of the public, who in their defence of the McCann’s state that leaving the children for all of these nights in an unlocked apartment was a ‘mistake.’

They said it would not bring Madeleine back, to speak of the ‘mistake’.It should be forgotten!.

Travelling by private jet to Rome, to see the Pope in the Vatican City could not bring back Madeleine, but it did not stop the doctors McCann making the journey!

To not speak of the ‘mistake’ is an injustice not only to Madeleine, her brother and sister, the other children in the McCann party, but to every child who has ever been subjected to abuse, those children also who we know will be victims in the future.There are many forms of abuse, and many children who suffer.

By sweeping it under the carpet, the perpetrators are protected.

To those of you who to this day still maintain that it was a mistake, with the knowledge which we now hold - Shame on you!

How could these well educated persons leave their children in such terrifying and dangerous circumstances and boldly claim that it was a responsible act?

The thought of the children alone in that apartment sends a shiver.

I have asked myself - How do parents walk out on their children, hear the door click behind them and happily go out for an evening knowing that they have left them in a dangerous and vulnerable situation? In my mind I have gone over this scenario many times, tried to act as the McCann parents did. I could not bring myself to go beyond opening that imaginary door to leave my child before turning back. The thought of my child waking, alone frightened, distressed and crying, just too terrifying and upsetting. An unbearable thought that my child would suffer such unnecessary and preventable anguish. How parents can inflict such pain and suffering is beyond my comprehension.

To those who harm a child in any way, manner or form, I feel only repulsion.

So what type of person abuses their children in this way? Don’t fool yourselves that it was not abuse, as it was! It was abuse of the human rights of these children to be cared for and protected as far as is humanly possible. That did not happen, not by a long shot!

What type of person leaves their children, three children under the age of 4 years, alone and unsupervised, to go out to eat drink and be merry with friends simply to satisfy their own selfish needs? The McCann parents did this for 5 successive nights.

What type of person can actually enjoy the evening out knowing that their children are alone in an apartment exposed to every danger imaginable, that their children are able to exit the apartment in the dead of night onto the open road, that anyone who wished to gain access to these children could without hindrance?

Has anyone ever left home and then the horrible thought that you may not have unplugged the iron or any other electrical appliance from the socket? We rush home to be sure, to make things safe.

No one rushed home to the McCann children to see if they were safe. Visual checks were not the order of the day – simply to listen outside bedroom windows or from just inside the apartment was considered sufficient.

WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF RESPONSIBLE PARENTING’ - A statement, which would not only come back to haunt the McCann’s, but one which made all responsible parents around the globe, reel in anger!

Clarence Mitchell their spokesperson, attempted to stem the backlash by stating when interviewed, that this was how things were done in the U.K. that parents liked to put their children to bed early so as to have time to themselves. The implication being that thereafter, the parents of British children then left their offspring unattended while they went out for the evening.

It was a sloppy and shameful defence of the neglectful behaviour of the doctors McCann. One of the first of many!

To protect the McCann parents and make light of their appalling neglect of their children, ALL, British parents, were to bear the brunt. We were to accept the ‘veiled’ implication in Clarence Mitchell’s statement. To protect his clients the doctors Kate McCann and Gerry McCann, to pave over their irresponsible and callous actions, British parents were to be hung out to dry!

I believe there is no length, no depth to which these people will stoop to protect themselves.

If we are to accept the ‘implication’ in Clarence Mitchell’s statement, it would not be unreasonable to assume that the McCann’s as British citizens, prior to their holiday in Portugal, may have practiced this same “responsible” fashion of childcare as described by Clarence when at home in England!

Did the McCann parents leave their children alone at home in England?

Mitchell’s statement however served only to further fuel the fire!

More damning still, was the statement given to police by Mrs Fenn who lives in the apartment above that of apartment, 5A, from where Madeleine vanished.

She claims to have heard the cries of a child from the apartment where the doctors McCann had left their children. The child cried for a very lengthy period of time, for over one hour. She heard the child cry out for her daddy.

The McCann’s have stated also that Madeleine woke at night during this holiday.They confirmed that on one occasion Madeleine came to their bedroom to tell them that one of her younger siblings was crying.

The McCann children had woken and cried the night prior to the disappearance of Madeleine also. Madeleine told her parents of this the following morning, asking them why they did not come when they had cried.

The doctors McCann did not answer the cries of these babies. Of course they didn’t! How could they? They were dining much too far away to hear. They were enjoying the adult time together which Clarence Mitchell stated, as British citizens, they considered “normal.”

Thus far, I cannot see any evidence of responsible parenting having taken place, not on any night during that holiday. At best the doctors McCann were reckless!

They tell us they discussed what Madeleine had told them and decided that what Madeleine had said was ‘something and nothing.’Madeleine did not appear upset Kate McCann told best friend Fiona Payne. The fact though that the children were awake and alone should have been a sharp wake- up call’ for the McCann’s!

What the child had said about having cried made no difference to their plans to go out and meet up with their friends that evening. They did agree we are told ‘to keep a closer watch over the children!

What plan they had set in motion for this to happen we can only hazard a guess. Increasing the frequency of checks, from that of previous evenings? Was that the plan? If so, it never materialised!

These two parents, medical professionals, we are to believe, discussed the situation and the best idea they could come up with was to once again leave their children alone and unsupervised in an unlocked apartment.

Not much of a concession, nor much of a plan, when the safety and wellbeing of their children was at stake. It did not cross their minds it would seem, despite the children alone awake and crying the previous evening that it would be best for at least one of them to stay and look after them.

The public ever more horrified at the behaviour of the doctors McCann began questioning, voicing their anger at the, abhorrent, treatment of these children.

As revelation after revelation in this case entered the public domain in the form of the police files, it was apparent that there was much awry.>

Cries of sadness turned to cries of anger, cries of JUSTICE FOR MADELEINE.’

Clarence Mitchell once more, in a feeble bid at limiting further damage to the ‘reputation’ of the doctors McCann, “sold out” Madeleine, by stating that what she had said meant nothing!

In absentia too, the cries of this child fell on deaf ears. It would seem that the reputation of her parents was top of the agenda their need to be heard, their need to be PROTECTED clearly considered to be of greater importance than that of the child’s.

The child’s feelings and fears we are told meant nothing! They did! Just not to her parents, the doctors McCann! Had they “listened” Madeleine would be here today!

Both the doctors McCann and their highly paid spokesperson, Clarence Mitchell, had no shame in announcing this to the world – that Madeleine’s words meant nothing! The depths to which these parents would sink to protect, not Madeleine but themselves, clearly had no bounds!

Added to this catalogue of sickening revelations, it emerged that the doctors McCann DELIBERATELY left the patio door of the apartment (where their three young children slept alone) unlocked while they dined out with friends.

Kate McCann it seems spoke of this at the dinner table that evening, asking the opinion of her friend Fiona, if it was better to leave the door unlocked so that, should the child wake she would be able to leave the apartment and come look for them, or was it better for the child to wake and not be able to get out?

From Fiona Payne’s police statement, speaking of what Kate McCann said:

“She did, she brought it up and that she, I mean, this is awful in retrospect as well, she asked what my opinion was on, erm, tut, on whether they were okay leaving the, the doors unlocked, because she was saying ‘Is it better that if Madeleine wakes up she can get out and find us or’, erm,‘or locking it and, you know, finding that we’re not there and the door’s locked if she woke up’,

To leave a door unlocked for a 3 year old child to wander out on the streets, bare footed, wearing only her nightwear, in the dead of night.....?

All of this, the McCann parents considered to be -WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF RESPONSIBLE PARENTING!

There is not a shred of doubt in my mind that the neglectful behaviour by these parents towards their children was an abuse of their basic human rights as minors to be cared for and protected from harm as far as is humanly possible.

They knowingly abandoned their children, deliberately creating circumstances (the unlocked door) for the purpose of their three year old daughter to be able to leave the apartment in the dead of night where any number of dangers could have befallen her, to search for her parents who were wining and dining in a restaurant. Furthermore, the unlocked apartment endangered not only the life of 3 year old Madeleine but also of Sean and Amelie, the two younger children. Anyone, who had the ‘mind to’ being able to gain access and inflict harm on these children.

Madeleine, Sean and Amelie, quite clearly could not defend themselves in the situation in which they were placed. I believe this to be a criminal act!

Portuguese Judicial Code
Article 138
Exposure or abandonment

1 - Whom endangers the life of another person:
a) By exposing her in a place where the person is subject to a situation which she cannot defend herself from on her own; or
b) By abandoning her in a defenseless state, for motive of age, physical defect or illness,when the agent had the duty to guard, watch or assist to the person;
is punished with a prison term of 1 to 5years.

2 - If the fact is practised by an ascendant ;or descendant, adoptant or adoptee of the victim, the agent is punished with a prison term of 2 to 5 years.

3 - If the fact results in:
a) Serious offense to the physical integrity, the agent is punished with a prison term of 2 to 8 years;
b) Death, the agent is punished with a prison term of 3 to 10 years.

The doctors McCann did not come close to providing a basic level of care for these children.

For those out there, who still consider that the doctors McCann made a mistake? Perhaps it is time to take off the blinkers.

Having now established that on the night of 3rd May 2007 the doctors McCann:

Left the children alone once more, the 5th night in succession, despite knowing that their children had been upset and crying the previous night.

They left the patio door unlocked despite knowing that it allowed any person, paedophile or other, access to their children. It allowed opportunity also for their daughter Madeleine to step outside to obvious known dangers. Kate McCann has stated one of the purposes of leaving the door unlocked was for Madeleine to be able to leave.

They did NOT increase the frequency of checks on this evening, despite having stated that they discussed the safety of their children and had agreed ‘to watch them more closely.’

Both doctors claim that on their individual checks, they did not intend looking in, making a visual check on the children. Only for the fact they each found the bedroom door to be more open, than when they had left that evening did they do so. As Kate McCann stated, - she stepped inside the patio door, as all was quiet she was just going to go straight back out, but then noticed the position of the bedroom door. This worried anxious mother had no intentions when she entered that apartment to even look at her children.

Despite doctor Kate McCann telling her friend at the dinner table of the ‘crying incident’ which had occurred the previous night, telling her friend that they had left the patio door unlocked, and appearing to her friend to be anxious at this, she did not leave the table for over 90 minutes to check on her children?

Is this the actions of worried, anxious concerned and responsible parents? Was all of this a mistake?

Please do remember those of you who have decided that the McCann’s made a mistake that the McCann’s are NOT with you on this one. They do not consider any mistake was made. They consider their actions to be ‘RESPONSIBLE PARENTING’ and it is this, that they will argue in a Court of Law if need be. They have no intentions of throwing themselves upon the mercy of the Court, pleading for forgiveness for a ‘mistake’.

It is the “checks” of the McCann children which have caused so much speculation, aroused suspicion, have raised eyebrows, so many inconsistencies.

Inconsistencies in times, we all know slight inconsistencies can happen, a couple of minutes out here or there. That I do not dispute. I actually find it quite remarkable that the group have been so accurate, all of the group in agreement with regards the timeline, considering, we are told most of them were not wearing watches nor mobile phones that evening? In some of the police statements certain members of the group could not remember who went to check before whom. So yes, it is truly remarkable that they are all able to be so precise in the timings.

Well done the tapas group, a lot of thought must have been put into this exercise.

It is the persons who performed the checks on the 3rd May 2007, and the reason why the pattern, checking system, and routine which we understand took place on previous evenings changed on this night that intrigues, specifically the introduction of Matthew Oldfield.

Gerry McCann we now know believes that the alleged intruder was in the apartment at the time of his check around 9:05 P.M. He believes the intruder could have been hiding behind the bedroom door in the children’s room.

Sr. Amaral, in his documentary, proved that it was not possible for a grown man to have secreted himself behind the bedroom door – not enough space to do so. The McCann’s believed that the alleged intruder gained access by the bedroom window. If this was so Gerry McCann, from his position in the doorway of the children’s bedroom would have seen the open bedroom window.

Matt Oldfield we must not forget checked at this bedroom window, at around 9:00 P.M. So it was closed at this time. A few minutes later Gerry McCann arrived, passing this window and entering the apartment by the front door. If it had been open, Gerry McCann would have seen this from the outside before entering the apartment.

At this juncture, it must be pointed out that in the ‘McCann made’ documentary, Gerry McCann demonstrates how he entered the apartment – he uses the front door, the one which was locked.This is confirmed also in Sr Amaral’s documentary - Gerry McCann entered by the front door!

I think it is therefore safe to say that the bedroom window was NOT open at the time Gerry McCann was in the apartment. This backs up absolutely the finding of the Portuguese police - the window shutter had not been jemmied!

Worth mentioning also, is, if the bedroom door was open further than the McCann’s had left it, and Madeleine was lying sleeping in the exact position as Gerry has stated how he left her – Why as a parent did he not explore further how this bedroom door came to be open so wide? Clearly it could not have been the twins who opened it, and Gerry was the first to check. Before leaving the apartment did he satisfy himself as to how the door came to be open more widely?

As a parent who had left his children in an unlocked apartment, surely his trend of thought would have immediately turned to – ‘maybe someone had gained entry?’ It didn’t! He waltzed back to the tapas bar, stopping to chat to an acquaintance for a short time directly outside the apartment.

So this ‘open door’ was not something which caused him concern, not enough to investigate how it came to be more open. That is extraordinary, considering he knew he had left a door unlocked and the safety of his children was at stake here. Why didn't he check out the apartment, and lock that patio door?   Better still, stay with his children!

Gerry also states that it was warm in the room he thought it was quite hot and felt ‘no need to cover Madeleine.’ Yet he is later surprised that the child’s bed appeared undisturbed after it was discovered that she was missing. If she had not been covered up, why would the bedclothes be disturbed? Why would this be so strange?

Matt Oldfield has stated that he was annoyed at Gerry McCann for going to check ‘immediately’ on his children after he, Oldfield had listened at the window at 9:00 p.m. He felt Gerry McCann did not trust in his check. Up until this point no other member of the tapas group had ever checked on the McCann children during that week, either by going into the apartment or by listening from outside the shuttered bedroom window.

What made Matt Oldfield decide to do so on that night? To get to his own apartment, did not require him passing the McCann bedroom window. I often wondered at this.

Did Gerry McCann, when Oldfield told him that he had done an impromptu check, then hurry round immediately thereafter to the apartment, as he was afraid that Oldfield may have seen or heard something/someone, which he should not?

Was something about to happen which was not for Oldfield’s eyes? Or was Oldfield himself, up to something?

Someone was! Of that there can be no doubt.

Interestingly, on the Oprah interview, Gerry McCann mentions that Matt Oldfield had gone up to check on the Oldfield children around 9:00 pm. Gerry McCann makes no mention of Oldfield at this same check time, listening at the bedroom window of the McCann children!

Did this check actually happen? One wonders!

Oldfield met the Payne family making their way down to the tapas restaurant, as he went on his 9:00 pm check, and spoke to them as they crossed paths, joking about the Payne’s always being late.

It would seem extremely unlikely that any intruder would have had the opportunity to go into the McCann apartment by any of the accesses during this period of time. Too many of the tapas group going back and forth between the tapas restaurant and the apartments during this period.

We must remember also that this chap Jez, a British holidaymaker was in the area that night, out walking his young child in his pushchair. Other members of the public may also have been walking this street and surrounding ones. Not only the McCann’s and their friends were in PDL that evening!

As for Oldfield carrying out another check on the McCann children that night, this time at around 9:30, and this time entering the apartment? It is this which is quite baffling!

Seems most unusual to say the least! He is annoyed at Gerry McCann for what he feels, is Gerry’s mistrust of his earlier check at the shuttered window at 9:00 pm that night, yet he agrees, to not only listen at a shuttered window this time around but to enter the apartment by the unlocked patio door?

Kate McCann said that Oldfield offered to do this check, which relieved her of her duties, but she stated, that he hesitated in his offer – ‘hesitation’ to me indicates being ASKED to do something but not being entirely comfortable with it. It is not something generally one would do when you are making the offer.

Would you offer to check on the McCann children, children who you do not know, period, let alone when you had been made to feel untrustworthy just a short time earlier by Gerry McCann?

Would you offer to check on these children who you do not know, when their mother Kate McCann had just announced that her children were awake and crying the previous evening? Rachael Oldfield, Matt Oldfield’s wife, was privy to this conversation.

Would common-sense not dictate that the mother of the children should perform this task if this was her scheduled time for doing so?

Wouldn’t Mrs. Rachael Oldfield think this unusual, her husband offering/being asked to check on Kate and Gerry McCann’s children, children he did not know, by entering their unlocked apartment?

We must understand that the Oldfield’s were acquaintances of the McCann’s not close friends. They did not know the McCann’s or their children well at all. The children, basically by sight only!

Fiona Payne in her police statement, speaking of how well the party knew each other:

'Matt and Rachael didn’t know maybe Kate and Gerry quite so well'.

Kate McCann has announced at the table that the children cried the previous evening.She has stated that the patio door has been left unlocked.

I cannot imagine that Mrs. Rachael Oldfield would have thought for an instant that this was a wise route to go down. Would any of us think it wise for our husband on his own, to enter an unlocked apartment, to check on three young children who he did not know, who had been left alone there, by their parents, children, who may be awake and crying, children who on seeing him would be terrified witless.

Madeleine too may have been out of bed, in the front living area looking for her parents. Madeleine did not know Oldfield, and he most certainly would not be who Madeleine or the twins would expect to see when they woke in the night.

The McCann’s clearly thought there was every possibility that Madeleine would wake and come look for them, this is why they say, they left the patio door unlocked. It would not be unreasonable to suggest therefore that there was a chance that this is what Oldfield might find.

What would Oldfield do in that situation, finding the children awake and crying, Madeleine out of bed? He could not go to them, hug and comfort them. He did not know them. They would have been so afraid of him.

After scaring them half to death, he would then have had to leave them once more, alone and crying, more upset than ever, and return to the tapas bar to alert the McCann’s.

What utter nonsense!

I ask, would any of us allow, any individual, who our children was not familiar with, to check on them, in a darkened apartment, or otherwise? I think not!

The McCann’s knew there was every possibility that Madeleine and/or, one or both twins could be awake and crying, yet they thought it okay for Oldfield to enter their apartment?

It does not make an ounce of sense. Oldfield admits he was a stranger to these children.

I’m not so sure that Oldfield did a check at 9:00 pm at the shuttered window, and I am even less convinced that he checked on the McCann children at 9:30 by entering their apartment.

The fact that he has stated he did, assists the McCann’s, in as much as it gives the impression that the children were checked regularly.

It was convenient on one hand, that he could not state that he saw Madeleine. On the other, it rather threw the ‘window of opportunity’ wide open, from the ‘tiny’ one which Kate McCann spoke of, in one of the early McCann documentaries. Something the McCann’s perhaps did not anticipate.

If no one can state categorically that Madeleine was NOT in the apartment at 9:30, then there is every chance that she was!

The doctors McCann will not entertain the possibility that Madeleine, if taken by an intruder, could have been taken at any other time, than just after 9:00 p.m. This is entirely due they say, to Jane Tanner’s ‘sighting’ in which they are confident.

We must ask why this is so? To restrict their now private investigation around this one sighting is most definitely leaving a stone unturned.

But, what of, the Smith family sighting?

If Madeleine was taken from the apartment by anyone, be it someone within the tapas group of friends or an unknown other, an unknown other working independently or working for Gerry McCann or working for some other member of the tapas group, then it is possible that this happened at a later time, and the person carrying Madeleine was the person the Smith family saw.

This family, consisting of at least four adults, saw someone carrying a blonde child fitting Madeleine’s description. One member of this family is firmly of the opinion that the man he saw was Gerry McCann. The others not so convinced of this. It does not mean that it was Gerry McCann, but it certainly means that someone who looks like him carried a child that evening.

This is no different from other sightings.

Others have been questioned because they looked similar to descriptions given by the public. They were innocent persons, but nevertheless they were sought out, based on the descriptions given, questioned and cleared.

Why have no persons, to our knowledge, been sought, found and interviewed by McCann private detectives, based on the description given by the adult members of the Smith family.

We have had no press conference by the McCann’s, no news headlines flashed around the world in this regard. Unlike the latest press conference (the Australian connection) where pictures of harbours, streets where nightclubs are located were flashed on screen, commentary supplied by Clarence Mitchell!

Why nothing similar for the Smith family sightings?

Was the man they saw one of the tapas group? Could this be why we do not hear anything of this most crucial sighting?

Is it possible for the man Tanner claims to have seen to have later passed Madeleine to the man the Smith’s saw? If so, why would the McCann’s not follow up this lead?

Without doubt, it has to be the best lead in this entire case. Four adults seeing a man carrying a blonde haired female child, of around three/four years of age, on the night Madeleine disappeared!

If the tapas group, or some off, are involved in some way in Madeleine’s disappearance, Tanner’s sighting may well just be a fabrication, likewise the crying incident, the unlocked patio door and Oldfield’s checks at 9:00 pm and 9:30 pm.

Why on the evening of the 3rd May 2007, did the pattern of checking the children change? Why on this night did the McCann’s decide to leave the patio door unlocked? Why did Kate McCann decide to announce this at the dinner table that evening? And why did none of this group express horror and anger at the thought of these children being left so vulnerable?

Beggar’s belief! Which, is EXACTLY why I do not believe that the patio door, was unlocked or that Kate McCann told Fiona Payne and/or others this at dinner that evening.

Are we really to believe that the doctors McCann thought it best to leave a door unlocked for their three year old daughter to wander out into the night in bare feet, pyjamas to look for them?

Are we to believe that all members of this group took this revelation in their stride?

Fiona Payne tells us that it was Gerry’s idea to leave the patio door unlocked, and that Kate McCann was not comfortable with this!

Why then did Kate McCann not simply stay at home and look after her children? Tell Gerry to go ‘flip off!’ What mum, fearful for her children’s safety would go along with this for the sake of a glass of wine and a bite to eat? ‘Okay darling, not happy about leaving the door unlocked but if you think it’s okay, then it’s okay with me too.....and I suppose Madeleine is almost 4 years old now, she’ll manage to find us quite easily. Not sure if she’ll know to put on warm clothing or shoes before she sets out. She might struggle with her limited Portuguese though if she needs to ask directions to the tapas.............’ Piffle!

What a quandary for these poor medical professionals – what to do eh? A loving caring mother’s instinct is to protect, NOT to put her children AT RISK.

Are we to believe also that the McCann’s left the apartment unlocked with their passports and other valuable documents inside? This would surely invalidate any insurance policy they would have. Sorry, but cannot for a moment believe McCann’s would take that chance with these type of valuables.

To re-cap, Kate and Gerry McCann:

1. Left the patio door to their apartment unlocked allowing ease of access to their three young children by anyone who cared to take advantage of the situation. It also was to serve the purpose of enabling their three year old daughter Madeleine to leave the apartment unsupervised late at night to go out onto the streets in search of her parents. The McCann’s consciously and deliberately created this circumstance. Leaving, the door unlocked was not a mistake. It was not a case of them forgetting to lock-up!

2. They thought it a good idea also, to allow a man, Matthew Oldfield, in essence a stranger to the children to go into their apartment, the purpose being to ‘listen for crying.’ Matt Oldfield has stated that he did not check on these children earlier in the week as he did not know them well enough to do so.

Matt Oldfield did not know them any better at the end of this holiday than he did at the beginning. He did not spend time with the McCann children. The McCann children were in a crèche all day (allowed out for lunch), then early to bed. At what point exactly did he become acquainted with them? When and how did he get to know them so well, that he became comfortable with going into the unlocked darkened apartment, to check on these children?

The McCann parents themselves spent very little time during that week with their children.

So what changed on the day of Madeleine’s disappearance that made Matt Oldfield, enter the McCann apartment to check on the McCann children?

What prompted him to suddenly decide to check at the shuttered window? He was the only one to do so! Perhaps we will never know.

What changed in general that day? Almost everything!

1.The McCann children were not taken to the tennis courts after tea for their usual ‘playtime.’

2. Kate claimed that they were too tired to play on this night.

3. David Payne claimed he was asked by Gerry McCann to check on Kate McCann and the children. Why? So far, I have not heard a feasible explanation for doing so.

4. David Payne claimed he saw all three McCann children sitting dressed in pyjamas looking like little angels.

5. David Payne ........a man of mystery! His wife Fiona in her police statements found great difficulty in pinpointing exactly when he made his visit to Kate McCann. His wife said he was on the tennis courts at 6:30pm? Could not decide whether he visited Kate before or after tennis. If after, what would be the point, by that time it should have been obvious to Gerry that the children were not coming to watch daddy ‘play!’

6. Matt Oldfield takes it upon himself to do an impromptu check at the shuttered window of the bedroom where the McCann children slept.

7. Matt Oldfield later enters the McCann apartment to check on the children.

8. The McCann’s decide to leave a patio door unlocked.

9. Kate McCann decides to mention this to the group at dinner that evening.

10. Kate McCann further decides to tell the group that Madeleine and Sean, one of her twin children were crying the previous night while they, the parents, were out dining.

11. No one in the group express concern for the children on hearing Kate McCann’s revelations?

12. Matt Oldfield, Gerry McCann, Russell O’Brien, Jane Tanner and of course our Kate are the only ones to leave the table that evening. The Payne’s, Dianne Webster and Rachael Oldfield did not.

13. Kate McCann a worried and anxious mum (according to her friend Fiona Payne) does NOT carry out her scheduled 9:30 check of her children, preferring to allow a stranger to carry out this task?

Did some tragic accident happen to Madeleine in apartment 5A? Something which required to be covered up? Something which entailed them having to accept being thought of as caring cold and callous parents who neglect their children, having too much to lose if the truth was to be known?

I think this is closer to the mark!

IF the McCann’s left the patio door open that night, I can only assume it was for a purpose other than those they have stated.

Was Matt Oldfield duped/used by the McCann’s to do this 9:30 check, but messed up by not DISCOVERING (as was their intention) that Madeleine was not there? Was Oldfield the one who was supposed to report her disappearance?

Or was he conned into stating that he had carried out checks on these children which he had not, out of some misguided sense of loyalty, so that the group as a whole did not appear to be as neglectful as they quite clearly had been.

Whatever really happened that night, only this group of people know! I don’t believe the complete truth will ever be found.

At this point in time, I’ll stick with Oldfield not having made any checks whatsoever on the McCann children.

The tapas group, have, I believe deliberately muddied the waters by issuing conflicting statements, contradicting themselves time after time, all to their own good. Causing confusion, being evasive helps those with something to hide. It does not help any official investigation.

This group of people, all highly intelligent, well educated persons, medical professionals in the main, articulate sharp and alert, yet their memories fail them when interviewed by police. They become babbling baboons, stuttering, stammering, uttering strange sounds in answer to questions put to them. Idiotic answers are given.

Do we honestly believe that this is how they are?

I think too, that the timeline they have given, all hinging on Tanner’s sighting, which of course we know, both Gerry and Jez ‘missed’ despite the alleged abductor passing under their nose, is what really has ‘thrown matters’ and intentionally so.

Read through the police statements and you will see that no one really knows who left the table, or at what time, and for how long. They speak of a timeline, not out of their recall of that night, but from when they got together to piece a timeline together.

As far as I can see, the McCann’s need the world to concentrate on the Tanner sighting, and the Tanner sighting alone, without any other possible scenario, being given credence.

The Smith family sighting it would seem has come as more of a ‘blow’ to them than a God send!

According to Tanner she did not see a blonde child, only legs and bare feet.

The Smith’s, all of the adults in this family witnessed a blonde female child being carried by a man. One of the family members also stated, that the man was Gerry McCann!

The silence on this sighting by the McCann’s is deafening. Surely this is one gigantic stone left unturned?

Whatever the truth, in this tragic case, one thing I am certain of, that each and every one of the members of this party, know more than they are telling. I believe also that most of what they have stated, has been tailored to suit the needs of the McCann’s/neglect issue.

It is my opinion they have all lied to some degree, and are, all now living a lie to protect the truth of what happened to this child becoming known/neglect issue.

I believe they have created a situation whereby it is now almost impossible to distinguish truth from lies. It is quite possible they now believe any lie, white or otherwise which they may have told.

I am firmly of the opinion that certain members of the tapas group were involved in the disappearance of this wee girl, and that those others who are totally innocent of any involvement, perhaps told lies to cover the groups neglect as a whole, of ALL children who were left alone in the various apartments on that holiday.

I also believe that as time has passed and information come to the fore, that those innocent members of the group, must now, at the very least have suspicions as to what happened to Madeleine on that fateful night.

If this is so, how they live with themselves, sleep at night, is beyond understanding.

I believe too, that if all were completely innocent, and knew nothing of what happened to Madeleine, if they thought for a moment that there was a chance she could be found alive – that they would have, without hesitation taken part in a reconstruction of events as requested by the Portuguese police.

They would have put in the same effort in assisting the police as they did in 'constructing' the timeline on Madeleine’s colouring book!

If they were completely innocent they would have put to one side any ridiculous notion that they were being set up by the Portuguese police and thought only of Madeleine. Their refusal to me suggests that they knew Madeleine was not alive, and the reason for this being so.

There is not a reason in the world which could keep me, if in the same position from taking part in a reconstruction which could possibly help discover the whereabouts, or what happened to my friends missing child. How could one not?

The McCann party have argued that the reconstruction would have been a pointless exercise, hidden agendas. If these people are innocent, what did they fear, what did it matter if the reconstruction came to nothing? Surely it was worth a try.

Five private detective agencies down the line and still they have come up with nothing – didn’t stop the McCann’s from continually hiring these hopeless, incompetent and useless detectives paying phenomenal amounts in fees to boot!

Is it not interesting that the McCann’s came up with the best criminal lawyers for their own defence – Why shouldn’t they, you may ask, wouldn’t we all? Of course we would, but what is confusing here is that whilst they are able to do this, two years down the line, they are still struggling to find a detective agency who specialise in missing persons!

It is an appalling arrogance of the McCann party, to deem an official police reconstruction into the disappearance of a missing child as pointless! To reduce the chance of discovering the whereabouts of Madeleine, dead or alive – is beyond sickening.

If this child Madeleine Beth McCann was alive at that time, being held in horrific circumstances, with horrific things happening to her – Madeleine would not have thought it pointless!

If tragically the child was not of this world – it was not pointless!

It was NOT for this group of people to decide what chances of survival Madeleine should be afforded. Yet they did!

Fiona Payne stated:

“And I still don’t see, erm, I think, emotionally, it would be hideous to go back and have to do a re-enactment, I really do, and I don’t see how, erm, emotions couldn’t affect the way it was done, because it would just be horrific, I mean imagine, you know, Jane having to relive that, Kate having to relive that, any of us having to relive that, you, you couldn’t do it without it being an emotional thing.”

In my eyes they are a snivelling bunch of cowards. Did ever once these people put Madeleine’s welfare before their own? This child, if not dead at best was/is being held by a paedophile. What this group of people would have experienced by doing a reconstruction, could never come close to what Madeleine may have been suffering.

The McCann’s we often hear accusing this person or that one of hindering their investigation, threatening legal action in this regard.

The McCann accusations rather pale into insignificance when you consider the following:

NEITHER McCann parent, complied with a request to take part in a reconstruction into the disappearance of their daughter, and Kate McCann did NOT answer 40+ questions put to her by the investigating police authority, answering but one:

Q. Are you aware that in not answering the questions you are JEOPARDISING the investigation, which seeks to discover what happened to your daughter?

A. YES, if that’s what the investigation thinks!

Poor Madeleine! What chance did this child have, before or after her disappearance?

As for the McCann’s - It is my opinion that they were interested in their own enjoyment only during that holiday, no more, no less. The other families at least spent afternoons with their children, only placing them in a crèche for part of a day.

The McCann children were not afforded family time. That is, time, ‘out-with’ lunch and bedtime routines/stories. The McCann children did not join the other families for breakfast, for lunches in the Payne family apartment, for visits to the beach.

Kate McCann stated, that Madeleine told her that the 3rd May 2007, was her best day ever.

On that day, she was stuck in a crèche, not allowed to go to the beach with the other kids in their holiday group, not allowed to have tea and ice-creams with the other kids at the beach cafe, not allowed her usual playtime at the tennis courts that evening. Bathed and put to bed early.

The last day of her holiday, not spent with her parents, her brother and sister, or their friends and their children – but in a crèche with strangers!

Fiona Payne states that the McCann’s were asked to join them, but couldn’t as they had booked tennis lessons. Can bookings not be cancelled? This was clearly an adult’s only holiday.

If this was the best day the child had ever had...........?

What else happened that day? What was different about 3rd May 2007 from the other nights of that holiday?

There were a number of “Firsts.”

1. It was the day that Gerry McCann decided he was a lucky man to have such a lovely daughter.

2. It was the day which Kate McCann spoke of as being just lovely sitting reading the children bedtime stories.

3. It was the day that the McCann children were not taken to the tennis courts to have their usual short playtime at the side of the courts while their parents played tennis.

4. It was the first evening David Payne went down to the tapas restaurant together with his wife and mother-in law. He generally did not join them until a little later.

5. It was the first time that on the way to the tapas restaurant the Payne family saw/met anyone. This night they saw Matt Oldfield.

6. It was the day Gerry McCann asked David Payne to look in on his wife and children as he thought she may be struggling to bathe their three children? (If she had been, was David to assist with this task, or was he to rush back to the tennis courts to alert Gerry, for him to rush home to assist?)

7. It was the day which David Payne looked in on the McCann children and thought how they looked like little angels, all sitting in their pyjamas bathed and ready for bed. It made him wonder why Gerry had asked him to go. (we have all wondered at this!)

8. It was the day that the doctors McCann decided to LEAVE their children alone once more.

9. It was the day the doctors McCann decided that they would ‘watch their children more closely.’

10. It was the day for the first time that Matt Oldfield listened at the shuttered windows of the McCann children’s bedroom.

11. It was the day Matt Oldfield for the first time entered the McCann apartment through an unlocked door to check on the children.

12. It was the day that Kate McCann confided in Fiona Payne, that she had left the patio door unlocked so that Madeleine could get out to come and look for her and Gerry McCann.(Can anyone imagine for a moment planning that, for your three year old daughter to go onto the streets?)

13. It was the day that Kate McCann told Fiona Payne of the ‘crying incident.’

14. It was the day Kate McCann asked Fiona Payne’s opinion on leaving the children in an unlocked apartment.

15. It was the day Fiona Payne replied: ‘Oh, I’m sure they’ll be fine.”

16. It was the day that a conversation regarding this unlocked door took place between adults at this table and not one took notice, not one showed concern for Madeleine, her brother or sister, each of them failing these children. Fiona Payne states: “this was conversation just between, erm, me and Kate, although I know Jane and Rachael joined in a bit, they were sitting sort of the other side of Kate, so it was sort of a conversation amongst the girls really”.

17. It was the day a vulnerable 3 year old child Madeleine Beth McCann and her younger twin siblings were abandoned by their parents in an unlocked apartment.

18. It was the day, another day, Madeleine’s cries once again went unheard.

19. It was the day we can be SURE Madeleine cried.

20. It was the day we can be SURE her cries were not ‘something and nothing!’

21. It was the day Madeleine disappeared without trace.



Let us not forget that in many cases, the investigating officers know exactly who the perpetrator is, they have solved the crime, just not proved it! Sometimes this takes a little more time and patience.

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Post on 18.08.18 8:45 by Jill Havern

McCanns want to "sweep" their critics off the internet


(They certainly swept sweepyface off the internet didn't they?)

Maddie’s parents are getting ready to act judicially against internet sites that question their behaviour through comments and texts that they consider to be defaming

by André Carapeto

After the injunction that hit former Polícia Judiciária coordinator Gonçalo Amaral, preventing the book from being sold in Portugal and in England, Gerry and Kate McCann are now committed to making all the uncomfortable internet pages that concern the disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine McCann, disappear.

Through their lawyers, Adam Tudor and Stephen Loughrey, from the offices of Carter Ruck, one of the most influential (and expensive) in England, Maddie’s parents want to discipline those who doubt their behaviour or suggest that they were somehow involved in their daughter’s destiny.

The famous law office that some months ago obtained hundreds of thousands of euro in compensation payments from some British media, for the McCanns and their friends who dined at the ‘Tapas Bar’ on the night that Maddie disappeared, has already taken a few measures in order to attack with the couple’s new legal offensive.

As far as everything indicates, those responsible for internet pages and blogs that are openly unfavourable towards the McCanns have already received intimations from Carter Ruck, ordering them to cease their activity, under threat of lawsuits for defamation and calumny.

Test card…

One of the main (if not even “the” main) targets for Maddie’s parents is the website that is owned by the Madeleine Foundation, headed by Anthony Bennett and Debbie Butler, who received, early this month, the letters from Tudor and Loughney, where they were asked to stop the foundation’s online page’s activity, as well as other demands made by Gerry and Kate.

But there is more: the heads of the foundation that was created with the purpose of combating child neglect, were demanded to hand over all existing copies of the book “What really happened to Madeleine McCann – 60 reasons that show that she was not abducted”, which was published in late 2008.

Apart from this ‘order’, the former English member of parliament who leads the foundation also received notices to shut down the activity of the website that was created in November last year, as well as the order to deliver to Justice the remaining leaflets that contain a summary of the book, which volunteers at Bennett’s service delivered into various English locations, including Rothley, the neighbourhood where the McCanns reside.

The former English member of parliament who heads the foundation also received intimations to delete all computer records, both of the book and of said leaflets, and to delete all allegedly offensive comments that exist on the webpage, and on interconnected forums or blogs, many of which are signed by Bennett himself.

But there is more…

Nevertheless, it is not only the Madeleine Foundation that is targeted by the McCanns’ offensive. The crosshairs also focus on blogs, including the “Three arguidos”, which is a forum that has been used for strong criticism of the behaviour of the English couple of doctors, since the night of the 3rd of May 2007.

Since they decided to stop giving interviews to the media, and discredited the action of the Portuguese police forces, the McCanns seem to have turned the search for their daughter into a struggle of their own, threatening to confront anyone who tries to contradict their position.

Over the last two years, since their daughter disappeared from apartment 5A at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, Lagos, Gerry and Kate have received unconditional support of some and severe criticism from others. After last year they secured a compensation payment of 700 thousand euro, which was obtained after they accused several newspapers in their country of defamation, and after six of the seven friends that accompanied them on their Portuguese holidays, under representation of the same law firm, also received compensation payments that neared 450 thousand euro, Gerry and Kate now threaten to go down the same route, with the internet as their target.

source: O Crime, paper edition, 24.09.2009

Translated by Joana Morais
https://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/09/mccanns-want-to-sweep-their-critics-off.html

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Post on 22.08.18 17:01 by Verdi

More Metodo 3 "witnesses" : Lawyer Claims Madeleine Raped, Murdered and Dumped

by Joana Morais 11 years ago

A Portuguese lawyer claims that the child was raped, murdered and dumped in a reservoir within two days of her disappearance.

Marcos Teixeira Aragão Correia, a lawyer and a PND member , says that criminals from underworld contacted him on 6th May and that gave him details about Madeleine's rape & murder. He further claims that he had given this information to police who ignored it.

This is the same lawyer who in November 2007 failed to prosecute* the Correios de Portugal (CTT) because these have not delivered a registered letter to the McCanns.

The letter, according to the lawyer, provided clues "that are of high credibility" and that could help in the investigation of the disappearance of Maddie.

Those elements were referred to the PJ (Judiciary Police) of Portimão by researchers from Funchal, but had no credibility.

He said Metodo 3 was "very interested" in his information.

Metodo 3 contacts with the Mafia:

* The judge from Judicial Court of the Funchal ruled as unjustified and of bad faith the process related with the litigation planned by the lawyer, condemning him it to pay a fine of of around 100 euros, and postponed 'sine die' the trial.

Mafia Underwold and Metodo 3
November 10
Last Sunday the News of the World revealed that the crack Spanish detective agency hired by the McCanns, Metodo 3, are convinced the youngster was snatched to order then smuggled from Portugal to Morocco.

Last night it looked like Mafia bosses will AGREE to use their underworld connections in the hunt for Maddie.

Mob bosses who supply millions of pounds of cannabis around the world effectively control vast areas of the North African country. The authorities believe Maddie may be hidden in the moutainous Rif region and that the Mafia there provide the best hope of finding her.

A source close to the Moroccan security services told us: "The gangs can put the word out and will be able to find out through the underworld network connecting every city, town and remote village.

"When they want to find out information, they can."

Maddie disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Portuguese resort Praia da Luz on May 3, just days before her fourth birthday.

Gazeta Digital: What is a Human Rights lawyer?

Once again, here comes a witness, when the Madeleine’s case has a new development. Somebody who calls himself a “Human Rights lawyer” knows what happened to the child. This lawyer has no record, in Portugal, as a Human Rights lawyer. He is just one lawyer, among many thousands – and he lives in the island of Madeira. He is not known in relation with any high profile case where Human Rights were at stake.

He has no activity in any kind of organization dedicated to defend Human Rights. He was in the news, months ago, when he revealed he had wrote to Police with important details about the case, and threatened to sue the Mail Office, because his letter to PJ apparently was lost.

But Team McCann got what they wanted: the same day it is officially confirmed that the Public Prosecutor’s Office requested an extension of three months to continue to investigate the case, newspapers have big news that “indicate” the parents are innocent.

And to help them, a poor English gardener, working at Praia da Luz, was denounced through an email, as a possible suspect. Just months before, another email to the site of Prince Charles, revealed that a maid fired by Ocean Club was the kidnapper.

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Post on 22.08.18 17:13 by willowthewisp

Hi Verdi, more well orchestrated moves to obfuscate,deliberately deter proper investigations?

They'er going to need a massive Court room to fit all the guilty parties in Crown Court,if it goes that far,i have my doubts we'll ever see justice for Madeleine McCann,they poisoned the chalice years ago?

Oh to see the Pink ones "Twitching Sphincter",filmed for posterity,with No D-notice,given out free as evidence of "how not to collude with Government Ministers,Heads of state?

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Post on 22.08.18 17:40 by Verdi

It beggars belief does it not willow?

I'm guessing it never occurred that the PJ files would be read by the public at some stage and questions raised by the pesky trolls who just won't mind their own business.

The media reports, I believe, were intended to be a perpetual 'here today gone tomorrow' plot - to keep reports alive and basically irrelevant. Again, I don't think team McCann bargained for the level of interest they were generating by churning out false reports week after week, month after month, year after year and all because the PJ files became available for public scrutiny.

For that alone - sincere thanks to all who volunteered their time and linguistic skills to translate the files into English. None of this would have been possible if not for you.

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Post on 23.08.18 1:00 by Verdi

Maddie 129: A Question a Day

by Joana Morais 10 years ago

Maddy 129, traces the 129 days between the four-year-old’s disappearance from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz to her parents being named as official suspects in the case. It was the first book to be published in Portugal about this case. You can buy the English version of this book at RCP Edições. The Portuguese Version, was first published in November 2007.

Forward by the Authors: No Expectations



If the reader is expecting a work where a public indictment is made or a plot against somebody is schemed, then this is not the right book to buy. When accepting the challenge posed by the editors, we immediately envisaged it only as a journalistic work, easy to read, without any literary, academic, police-related or erudite expectations. It is only the publication, in the form of a book, of a long journalistic work. Whether mediocre or sufficient, it is for the reader to assess, as we do every day with the material published in the media, when we earn our daily bread. Beyond doubt, as in any other journalistic work, nothing can stir us. And it is on doubt that we base our approach. Precisely because today the Maddie case still remains a strange and intricate mystery.

“What is extraordinary”, explains Ben Ando, reporter of the BBC, “is the time this story has been going round”. According to this crime expert, one of the factors which made this case significant worldwide, is the degree of uncertainty that its investigation put forward. The role that the internet played in spreading out Maddie’s images and her family’s to a global scale is another matter that Ben Ando underlines. The physical beauty of the McCann family is, for this journalist, of particular importance. So much so that Maddie has been classified as “tragically beautiful”. Different specialists within the media believe that Maddie’s case meets all the necessary requirements for keeping the public as interested as at the beginning.

It is clear right away that this is “just” about the disappearance of one child among many others, but “a British, beautiful blue-eyed child, who disappeared in a British tourist settlement, in Algarve, a holiday destination regarded as safe by people from her country is a theme that offers a range of media opportunities” says the renowned Brazilian advertising executive Edson Athayde. If they were a poor family, ugly, not white, in a third world country, the case would be already forgotten”. “It is a soap opera story, without a predictable end: there is always new data. The good ones, probably are mean. The mean ones, probably, are victims…they are feuilleton ingredients”, concludes the man who lead António Guterres to the Prime Minister seat.

Yet for University Professor Rui Cádima, when the McCann family became “the best self-advisors of their own, they trespassed the line of being the parents who lost trace of their child to become the advisors of parents who lost trace of their children”. Paulo Moura speaks about a MWCS (“Missing White Child Syndrome”). This journalist states that there is a scale for news importance. “Nobody would ever admit that this scale exists, although it is applied every day”. “In the middle, are the blond and young boys then brunette girls, and so on. Somehow like the scale in force for the number of deaths in catastrophes: an American citizen is worth a hundred Arabs, a thousand Chinese citizens, ten thousand African citizens”.
In fact, the scenario is Portuguese, but the child, her parents, friends, the hotel owners, some of the staff at the Ocean Club resort and even a good portion of the population of Praia da Luz, are not. As well as the retired policemen, private detectives, dogs and forensic tests, alleged to be “vital for the information”.

In the interpretation of Professor and Investigator Cristina Ponte, this case gathers all the necessary elements for a melodrama: a good-looking child, the victim, and a couplewith a fine image. It even has aspects which merge with the unconscious, like the figure of “the bogeyman” – as the man alleged to be seen by a witness, carrying a child wrapped in a blanket. The investigator understands that the campaign held by the parents has an undeniable significance, was very well prepared and included the intervention of football players and going out on the street with the child’s teddy bear…”

In order to understand how the disappearance of a child expanded into unprecedented dimensions, it may be necessary to consider the parent’s attitude and the media campaign around them. However, the connection of the McCann family to the British Government, not yet completely known, as well as the machinery they had at their disposal, could not be disregarded. Besides the four press advisors (one of them, the mythical Alex Woolfall, who managed to “banish” a scandal of genetic manipulation from the British media), Kate McCann’s uncle, Brian Kennedy, has played an important role as the couple’s spokesman.

This whole army of advisors is commanded by Clarence Mitchell, ex-journalist for the BBC and, until recently, Director of the Government’s Media Monitoring Unit at the Cabinet Office of the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. Some regard him as a witty man, some as a dandy. Certainly, Clarence Mitchell has defined very well the strategies for approaching the media. Nobody can contact the McCann’s without his permission. Coordinated with the contacts and information he acquired during his time at Downing Street, the rest is easy to deduce. Clarence Mitchell is the true owner of the information - in the broad sense of the word, so maybe because of that he has made so much ink flow - before, during and after the McCann’s leave Portugal. First, he was in Portugal as “appointed” by Gordon Brown’s Cabinet, then he returned to London, but his liaisons with the process remain intimate, in such a way that, after 17th September, as soon as the McCann’s returned to the UK, Clarence Mitchell officially resigned from his job at the British Government in order to assume functions as advisor to the McCann family. On Clarence Mitchell’s return to the scene, TVI’s journalist Hugo Matias gathers, like us, that “it seems to be more gratifying to work for the McCann’s than for the British Government”. Although most of the “success” of Maddie’s case is attributed to the strategies adopted by the media, or to the telegenic features of the couple, one thing is definitely true: the disappearance of any child has never, out of the million and two hundred thousand that vanish every year, obtained the same visibility and air time that this one already has. And we are still halfway through it...

However, in this case as with anybody else, everything started as “just” the disappearance of a child. We can’t see any difference between the disappearance of Maddie and that of any other child. We are sorry for all of them.

This said, we need to make clear to the reader that, as much as we regret it, the solution to the mystery - or at least a hint as to where Madeleine Beth McCann is, will not be found here.

As a matter of fact, in the light of national law, to which all of us are formally bound, solving this puzzle is the responsibility of the police. There are reports by those who some days want to wear the uniform and some other days want to attack the work of those wearing it. There are even reports that those who did it have passed scot-free, but that’s a different kettle of fish.

It is clear that we couldn’t express here all the facts or hypotheses which took place during the period when the parents were in Portugal. In fact, to get at least a reference to all that has been already published would be an enormous effort and is not our aim, especially with the timetable we were given to perform it. In the future, surely, other names, big names in journalism and other areas will do it. This task we now undertake is in a way to help us not to forget certain doubts that in the future will certainly become clear but, as of now, are relevant.

We accepted the challenge posed by Prime Book, Portugal, and Rui Costa Pinto Edições, International rights, - signed with their word -, and not other precisely because these editors accepted our condition that this had to be only a journalistic work, simple and unpretentious. What we write about here is therefore, some of the incoherencies we found throughout these months.

Hernâni Carvalho and Luís Maia

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Post on 23.08.18 1:21 by Verdi

The Mccanns would be in jail if they were Portuguese

by Joana Morais 11 years ago

IF THEY WERE PORTUGUESE, THEY’D BE ALREADY IN JAIL!



In a statement directed at Maddie’s parents and to [Portuguese] national justice system, Hernâni Carvalho reinforces the accusation of the McCanns.

For RTP [“Portugal’s BBC”], where he worked for 21 years, he did war reports in Bosnia, Honduras, Timor, Gambia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Later, at SIC [TV network], he did police chronicles in the morning programs, an angle that he took with him to TVI [TV network] — where he is now — with the slot Crime, He Said. Author of the ‘Maddie 129’ book, he was the first critic of the initial theory of the abduction of the McCanns daughter.

Q: You released the book ‘Maddie 129’ and, about two weeks later, had already sold over 25,000 copies. What does this say to you regarding your credibility with the public, as an investigative journalist?

HC: I don’t think a direct relationship has to be established. There are people who, not being journalists, write books and sell many thousands of copies. It’s a subject that upsets people a lot, because if on one hand everyone wants to know what happened to little Madeleine, on the other hand there’s a lot of people who are outraged with the scandalously privileged treatment that was given to the McCanns. Said in another way, any Portuguese couple, under these circumstances, would have been in jail for a long time. Due to all this, it’s natural books by journalists who followed the case in the field, such as I, Luís Maia [co-author of the ‘Maddie 129’ book] or Manuel Catarino [author of the “Guilt of the McCanns” book] raise some interest in the public.

Q: Luís Castro [author of “Why We Adopted Maddie” book], a RTP journalist, also released a book about the Maddie case…

HC: Yes, but I didn’t see him in the field. Anyway, have I not read that book, so I can’t comment on it. (…)

Q: Hernâni, you have two children. I imagine you put yourself often in the father’s position, in order to be able to analyse the Maddie case… How do you think you’d react facing such a situation?

HC: I’d call the police! That was obviously the first thing I’d do! As for the McCann case, apparently what happened was not that exactly that. In the following days, there were those who came up with the “tanga” [b***** tallk] about cultural differences between the countries, in order to justify certain actions of the parents. For me, that “tanga” doesn’t stick. (…)

CONSPIRACY THEORIES

Whomever writes about issues that passion public opinion is often subjected to theories coming up pointing to hidden agendas by the authors. In the case of ‘Maddie 129’, by Hernâni Carvalho and Luís Maio, some conspiracy theories have already started to circulate in the Internet. A kind of ‘Maddie Code’, that Hernâni rejects categorically…

Q: In the blog Para Mim Tanto Faz, of journalist Frederico Duarte Carvalho, you can find a free interpretation of the cover of the ‘Maddie 129’ book, suggesting that the authors are trying to convey an occult message. What do you have to comment about that insinuation?

HC: The only commentary I can make about this subject is that that interpretation is exactly what you just said it was: a free interpretation from the journalist that subscribes it in his blog.

Q: But what’s certain is that, if you draw a square frame [esquadria] cantered in the cover of the book [see at the link below], we isolate the words MAD and DIE, as well as the numbers 12 (Christ-like symbol, the number of the Apostles) and 9 (number of the friends of the McCanns present at the Ocean Club). If we add to all this the insinuation that the cover photo pictures the road from the McCanns apartment to the church…

HC: It wasn’t me who designed the cover of the book… [smiles]

Q: And what about the insinuation that the answer to all this enigma may lay at page 129 of the book? After all, that’s where you find highlighted the excerpt of the notorious Bible that Kate was allegedly reading, and that raised so much controversy…

HC: That’s only a mere coincidence regarding the book’s layout… [smiles again]. And life is full of small coincidences.

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Post on 24.08.18 16:02 by Verdi

Gonçalo Amaral revoked his lawyer's mandate, McCann couple are "furious" for the umpteenth time

by Joana Morais 4 years ago

The hearings that were taking place at the 1st Civil Court of Lisbon, at the Palácio da Justiça, had been on hold since October last year, so the parents of the English girl who disappeared in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, in May 2007 could reach an out-of-court settlement with Gonçalo Amaral and the other three defendants.

Since no agreement was reached between Gerry and Kate McCann and the four defendant parties, the judge who presides this court action - action which has caused Gonçalo Amaral's assets to be frozen as a precautionary measure, decided to re-schedule the restart of the sessions for yesterday.

The final allegations that were expected to take place yesterday morning at the 1st civil court in Pálácio da Justiça, were delayed following the delivery of a document at the court registry in which Gonçalo Amaral communicated to have revoked his lawyer's, Dr. Santos de Oliveira, mandate to represent him.

Gonçalo Amaral is alleged to have delivered the document in person at about 9am, however no journalist was able to capture the moment when he went or left the Pálacio da Justiça on film or on photo. The McCann couple arrived 30 minutes later and stayed most of the morning, sitting on a bench in the 3rd floor corridor of the court building.

Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer, Dr. Santos de Oliveira said before the session that he didn't know the reasons that led is client to rescind from his representation, and inside the courtroom he informed the judge that he had been dispensed.

The several defendant and accusation lawyers were then invited by judge Emília Melo e Castro to make statements on whether the trial session should proceed, or be postponed to a later date so Mr. Amaral could seek for the services of a new lawyer. Demissionary lawyer Santos de Oliveira and the other defence lawyers representing the other three parties targeted in the McCann's lawsuit argued that Mr. Amaral, given the process complexity, would need legal representation whilst Dr. Isabel Duarte argued that the trial should proceed regardless.


Dr. Santos de Oliveira [Gonçalo Amaral demissionary lawyer] - He explains that the notification sent to him by Gonçalo Amaral implies that his participation as a lawyer is inhibited: he can't function as the authorised representative of Gonçalo Amaral. He considers that, given the nature of this process, the instruction of a new lawyer is required. Therefore he asks for the suspension of the current session.

Dr. Fátima de Oliveira Esteves [Guerra e Paz book publishers] - She reminds the court of the contradictory principle which is at the core of a civil trial. If the instruction of a new lawyer is required, it can happen only after the notification. Therefore there has to be a delay in order for GA to instruct a new lawyer.

Dr Miguel Coroadinha [TVI, Portuguese TV channel] - He has nothing to add except to express his solidarity with Dr Santos de Oliveira.

Dr. Henrique Costa Pinto [Valentim de Carvalho Productions] - He observes that now the dismissal of Santos de Oliveira's mandate has taken effect, it would not be right to go ahead with the hearing, and is a compelling reason to interrupting it.

Dr. Isabel Duarte [McCann couple] - She observes that the Court was notified of the dismissal only this morning, when her clients had already left the UK (...) and finally states she considers that the hearing must not be suspended but go on with Gonçalo Amaral being asked to constitute a new representative.

Judge Maria Emília de Melo e Castro - (...)She considers more equitable to allow the defendant an adjournment to instruct a new lawyer, under the proviso that if he fails, the process will go on with the proceedings has previously established. Gonçalo Amaral is therefore given 10 days to nominate a new lawyer, reason why the current session cannot proceed.

Adapted from Anne Guedes' report from inside the courtroom


The judge decided for the adjournment of the proceedings foreseen for yesterday, re-scheduling the closing arguments for the 8th and 10th of July. On the 8th the McCann couple's lawyer, Isabel Duarte as well as the defence lawyers of the other three parties will deliver their closing arguments, while the 10th will be dedicated to Gonçalo Amaral's future lawyer closing arguments. The judge also ruled that Gonçalo Amaral has 10 days to hire a new lawyer.

After the session, outside Pálacio da Justiça, lawyer Dr. Santos de Oliveira answered the journalists questions [see transcript bellow/to follow], expressing a mix of surprise and disappointment, and also rejecting that this had been a concerted strategy between him and his client to delay the trial.

Kate and Gerry McCann appeared considerably later outside and gave a awaited press statement accusing Mr. Amaral of postponing the trial four times, causing them distress since they had "to make arrangements for our children to be looked after, we have to book flights, we have to book hotels, we have to take time off work to come here".

The couple failed to mention that they had travelled on four previous separate occasions to Portugal to accompany their own witnesses when they had not been called to testify and had no compulsory reason to be present at the Lisbon court at all.

In one of those times, the afternoon session was postponed due to a personal impediment of the judge, the other was Santos de Oliveira's request for an adjournment due to a urgent family matter.

On 7th of January Santos de Oliveira filed a request for the court to evaluate the McCann couple's legitimacy to file a lawsuit in their daughter's name since the child had been made a Ward of Court in the United Kingdom. Dr. Isabel Duarte, on the same session, filed a document that is related to Mr. Alan Pike, and asked for a postponement of that days session.

The fourth postponement was due to the McCanns themselves since they requested time to reach an out-of-court settlement with the four defending parties and the fifth, yesterday, and for the first time directly due to Gonçalo Amaral's rescission of his lawyer's mandate.

In this action, the McCann couple seeks compensation of EUR1.2 million from the former coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Judiciary Police of Portimão who investigated Madeleine's disappearance on May 3, 2007, alleging that the rights, freedoms and guarantees of the family have been violated.

In the book 'Maddie - The Truth of the Lie', written by Gonçalo Amaral, the former PJ inspector defends the involvement of Kate and Gerry McCann in the disappearance of their daughter and in the concealment of her body.

Santos de Oliveira statements to the press



Luís Maia [SIC reporter/LM] - Good afternoon, this was a morning full of surprises. First we learned that Gonçalo Amaral had revoked his lawyer's mandate, the lawyer that had defended him so far, Dr. Víctor Santos de Oliveira who spoke with us. Then all lawyers were in a meeting for several hours with the judge, to try to figure out what solution to give to this situation. The meeting lasted for quite a while, first there was a short session that lasted about 10 minutes, then followed another that lasted well over one hour. It was decided that today there wouldn't be any further proceedings. After, upon leaving the courtroom, Víctor Santos de Oliveira expressed his surprise for the decision of his client and said that this was not a strategy planned by the two of them. Let's watch the statements of Víctor Santos de Oliveira.

Luis Garriapa, another reporter from SIC TV channel [LG] - Was this a concerted decision?

Víctor Santos de Oliveira [VSO] - Absolutely not, it was not a concerted decision. I am not aware of the reasons that led to his decision but I presume that it was a decision essentially intimate from my client, basically a private matter that I don't know about, I don't have the slightest idea, however it's a decision that parties have the right to make at all times.

LG - Do you believe that it was a strategy to delay the trial?

VSO - No, I don't believe in that at all. That would be... A strategy like that would be a very ill thought strategy.

LG - Did you fall out with your client?

VSO - It has nothing to do with that, whatsoever, it's just a situation where my client has decided like that, on his own, it's his problem.

LG - Were you surprised by it?

VSO - Evidently. When a defence was already done, when there is a work done on this process, when we have accomplished milestones in the process namely the restitution of the book sales - which was achieved by this defence [meaning him], and also to successfully prove that the McCanns at the moment when they brought this action in their daughter's name, they could not have done it. Today that is more than completely established, it's obvious that his decision came as a surprise. One of the important milestones of this process, in my view, was - it wasn't one, but two - it was effectively to restitute the books so they could be sold, supported in the ruling of the Court of Appeals, that clearly states that the McCanns exposed themselves in the media by their own free will, thus becoming subject to the scrutiny of everyone. Thus it wouldn't make sense to ban the books. And there, the work of the defence was to put the books back on sale and that was fully achieved.

The second is related to a Ward of Court which means that who ultimately has the responsibility and the tutelage of the child is the English High Court. This fact was already known to the McCanns at the moment when they filled this lawsuit. It's a shame that this wasn't done immediately at start by the previous defence lawyer but now that is established and proven, so much so that there is an official decision which gives the McCanns 30 days to get the records of the English Court’s authorization under penalty of absolving the defendant Gonçalo Amaral on the request made on behalf of the missing child, the unfortunate Maddie McCann, obviously. But that is done, it's good...

LM - What is going to happen now?

VSO - ... When one leaves a process, and leaves things to be done that's not good ...

LM - [asks the same question again] What is going to happen now?

Another [unknown] reporter Was it a delaying strategy?

VSO - I don't believe that it was a delaying strategy. I really don't. I'm not even going to answer to a question formulated in that way, I don't believe it and I will not comment if it was a delaying strategy, I simply don't believe that.

LM - [asks the same question for the third time] What is going to happen now?

VSO - What's going to happen now is that the defendant Gonçalo Amaral has 10 days - following a decision based on equity and justice by the court - to appoint a new mandatary [lawyer] to represent him in the lawsuit, attach that information to the process records. Then, his declarations and the McCanns closing statements will be heard.

Broadcast by SIC, 16th July 2014


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Post on 26.08.18 1:28 by Verdi

McCanns' Mission Impossible: Scaling Down the Search that Never Was or Honey, I Shrunk the Search!

by Joana Morais   10 years ago




* They didn't have a Portuguese Search to begin with!

** The process was made public on the 21st of July; on the 12 of October Gerry wrote in his blog: "Getting the files translated accurately is a time consuming and expensive process but essential to our search."

*** Speed Reading Courses available - contact the Portuguese prosecutor who read the whole process in 20 days

 By Tom Pegden

The Parents of Madeleine McCann have scaled down the Portuguese search * for their daughter to concentrate on sifting through the official police files into the disappearance.

The couple are continuing to work with a small investigative team - including members with policing experience - to work through the pages of files handed over to them earlier this year. **

SEARCH FOR MADELEINE - 588 DAYS

The search of data accumulated by Portuguese Police during their investigation has been under way since August and is expected to last until at least the New Year, their official spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said.

It had been thought they would have finished scouring the records by Christmas.

Mr. Mitchell said Kate and Gerry - who live with their twin children Sean and Amelie in Rothley - were still in touch with two detective agencies they had worked with in the past.

Metodo 3, in Barcelona, and Oakley International in the USA, are no longer contracted to the family but he said the McCanns were ready to call them in if and when any new leads appeared.

Last month, the McCanns said they were personally overseeing the job of combing through the 17 volumes of official documents.

Today Mr Mitchell said, "They are still going through the files." ***
"I imagine that will take at least until January or February."

"They are going through them as best they can, although the files are not revealing a great dea, which is depressing in a way.

"But they are still ploughing on and hope they weill have something positive by the end, to take the search on.

"Metodo 3's contract finished months ago, but it is still available if we need work done on the ground in Spain.

"We took out a contract with Oakley International which lasted six months.

"It did a lot of good work ruling stuff out, but is not under contract at present.

"Now, the operation has effectively been taken in-house and there is a small team of people supporting Kate and Gerry - some of them with previous policing experience."

Mr Mitchell said Christmas would be a private affair for the McCanns this year.

There are, however, plans to issue a worldwide television appeal to jog people's minds over the festive season.

An as yet unnamed sports person or celebrity is understood to be lined up for the appeal.

Mr Mitchell said, "We don't know what the appeal is going to look like yet and we're not going to release it until close to Christmas. [10 Days Mitchell]

"Christmas for the family will be private."

Source: Leicester Mercury 15th Dec.2008 paper edition only


Extras by JM and Astro

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Post on 26.08.18 1:37 by Verdi

Visions Of a Feckin Eejit *

by Joana Morais   10 years ago






From the same man who insinuated that Mr. Gonçalo Amaral was selling and abusing  Madeleine McCann's memory, comes a new book. Just for €13.00 (£11) you can read all about the wonderful  'visions' of Marcos Aragão Correia in «The Little Girls that Came from the Stars»!


Publisher: Magna Editora
[how tasteful ...]

Summarized version:


In his first book, the author Marcos Aragão Correia gives life to a story of extreme sweetness. Along the story there were several children who disappeared and what remains of them for the closest relatives are only fragments of memories. In this book, the author raises a metaphorical scenery which illustrates the destiny of these children who disappeared. This scenery is really hopeful, and it invigorates the familiar victims of these children. In this destiny, of love and friendship, the lost children keep on fighting for their happiness without forgetting those who still love them and of whom they are separated. At the same time the struggle between the Good and the Evil is presented in a way of alerting the parents for the familiar values and of the love so that they have attention to his children and to the form that, for times, these they are left without care. A great deal of the cases of the missing children are mentioned in this book in the form of alert but principally as a form of praise to their memory. A story that returns to us the hope in the love and in the fraternity, in abridgment, a charming story... (Astro, where is the bucket?!)

Note: Do not forget to read Aragão's intelligent interview to the 'O Crime' where he blames the Skulls and Bones, Satanic sects, perverse secret societies and secret services ( including FBI and CIA) for Madeleine Beth McCann disappearance, yes all in his wonderful, sweet,  loving, new book.


Who is Marcos Teixeira Aragão Correia?



Marcos Teixeira Aragão Correia, a 35 year old lawyer from Madeira and a PND founding member (an extreme right party with some skinheads connections), says that criminals from underworld contacted him on 6th May and that gave him details about Madeleine's rape  & murder. He further claims that he had given this information to judiciary police  of Funchal, Madeira (9th May) who ignored it.

We know now it was not information from his underworld contacts - is he referring to the Metodo 3 agency?- but these came on to him in a  'vision' , after he returned from a spiritist meeting in Madeira (on the 5th of May) - in his own words: "On the 5th of May, upon returning from a spiritist meeting in Madeira, right after going to bed, but before falling asleep, at around midnight, an extraordinary thing happened to me for the first time in my life: I saw the image of a little girl that must have been around 4 years of age, with blond, shoulder-length straight hair, blue eyes, very disturbed, visibly unable to understand what was happening to her, accompanied by a female being of great beauty and great spiritual standing [Oh, Our Lady of Fátima again!]… 

...Then, other images appeared, related to what had happened to her: I saw a strongly built man, blue eyes, somewhat balding and with blondish hair, brutally raping that girl and then strangling her with his hands, throwing the cadaver into a lake. I perceived by a map that was shown to me, that this happened in the Algarve, but I couldn’t read the name of the village. I stress that I hadn’t seen any photo of Maddie before, I only knew, from what I’d heard on the radio, that she was 3 years old."- what can I say except that: I want some of that as well, Aragão! Or maybe , not.

In the first private search at 'Barragem do Arade' (reservoir), an isolated man-made lake, Marcos Aragão Correia funded the £1,200-a-day reservoir search himself  or not quite by himself but with a little help from local companies, allegedly trough team McCann Spanish arm and with interviews which were sold to the British media.

Marcos Aragão Correia asked around 5 thousand euros to pay the searches in the dam to some companies based at the ALLgarve , and in return, he promised to publicise the name of the companies to all the Portuguese and foreign media that covered the searches. "The exclusive sponsor benefits from huge, unique publicity", said the lawyer at the time.

The results from the search were: a sock to big for a three year old child even though Aragão alleges that it is  from a child,  cats bones inside a small bag which are miraculously transformed into a child's hand,  ropes which by Aragão's account were used to tie Maddie's cadaver, oh and a plastic bag - surely the green or blue plastic bag used to cover Leonor Cipriano's face during the alleged beatings? Meanwhile the alleged evidences are at the hands of  Señor Francisco Marco and his 'mama' awaiting some DNA analyses...since April... let's see if they'll take longer than the marvellous FSS reports.

This lawyer has no record, in Portugal, as a Human Rights lawyer. He is not known in relation with any high profile case where Human Rights were at stake.

This is the same lawyer who in November 2007 failed to prosecute the Correios de Portugal (CTT) because these allegedly did not deliver a registered letter to the McCanns. ([url=http://iscte.pt/~apad/ACED/oficios07/Marcos Aragao AO CONSELHO SUPERIOR DA MAGISTRATURA.doc]Link to the letter sent to the Judicial Court of Portimão- Word file[/url]) :They are controversial matters, because there is no material proof of them, but I assure you there is a high degree of credibility about them. I am fulfilling my duty as a Portuguese citizen to take my ideas to the right place. I took my ideas to the PJ in Funchal, but since they didn’t reply, I took them direct to the McCanns”.

The letter, according to the lawyer, provided clues "that are a high degree of credibility" and that could help in the investigation of the disappearance of Maddie, either that was the real reason or he was trying to get in someone's pocket.

Those elements were referred to the PJ (Judiciary Police) of Portimão by researchers from Funchal, but had NO credibility. Again, NO credibility!

Recently we can see him at  Court defending a convicted child killer, Leonor Cipriano who murdered her eight year old daughter - Joana Isabel Guerreiro Cipriano, and at all costs trying to frame Gonçalo Amaral.


Images credits by [Dear Friend] Himself at Only in America and The McCann Gallery - both well worth a Daily visit!

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Post on 26.08.18 13:03 by Verdi

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Post on 27.08.18 0:06 by Verdi

Fat gypsies, white vans and pink pyjamas

by astro 8 years ago

'I saw Maddie in pyjamas the day after she disappeared'

By Antonella Lazzeri

A dramatic sighting of missing Madeleine McCann the day after she vanished is being urgently followed up by private investigators.

A man has reported seeing a girl he is now sure was Maddie lying in the back of a van.

She was wearing pyjamas identical to the pair Maddie had on when she was abducted.

The vehicle was white - and other witnesses have recalled seeing a white van near the holiday apartment in Portugal from where she was taken.

A child in pyjamas was also seen being carried by a man at the resort.

New witness Carlos Moreira, 65, has told investigators the little girl he saw was with a man and woman who looked like gipsies.

When shown a previously-unpublished e-fit of a suspect, he identified it as being the van's driver.

A source close to Maddie's parents Kate and Gerry said last night the sighting was "highly significant" and added: "It could be a key breakthrough."

Maddie, of Rothley, Leics, was three when she disappeared on a family holiday in Praia da Luz, on the Algarve, on May 3 2007.

Portuguese Mr Moreira said he only recently connected his sighting with the Maddie hunt because it was 160 miles from where she vanished.

He was driving from Carregado, near Lisbon, to Alentejo on May 4 when he stopped at a snack bar in the Benavente region at 8am.

He told The Sun: "I saw a white van with the back door open. I saw a girl, lying on a pile of clothes in the back. She was wearing a two-piece pyjama set, pink and white, or yellow. I saw her back, I could see her hands and feet.

"She moved one of her fingers but she was deeply asleep. When the van door was opened, she did not wake up, as if she was drugged."

"This girl was blonde and looked around four. A woman came out of the back of the van. I noted that a strong and tall man, wearing a suit, was in front of the snack bar.

"He looked like a gipsy. He was with the woman from the van, he was younger than her. He told her off for leaving the van."

Mr Moreira said the experience stuck in his mind - but he only realised it could be useful when he saw a cop being asked on TV why roads to the north or to Spain were not blocked after Maddie vanished.

He explained: "The road I saw the van on was such a route."

He said the man he saw was clean-shaven, aged 40 to 42, fat but good-looking. The woman was 60 to 65, fat with grey hair.

The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "His account is being looked into. He has done the right thing in coming forward."


in: The Sun, 25.05.2010


The advice was for Sunday Express James Murray, apparently Team McCann thought it was a good idea to play the Gipsy card again as they did in January 2008. extract from Sunday Express Presents: James Murray Humourous McCann Spoof Non-News [16.05.2010]

Or these ones again:
Melissa Dring Little's sketches again, as witnessed by Gail Cooper almost one year later - a George Harrison look-a-like and a obvious southern-looking Mediterranean or gipsy man
[you can even use the prejudice and racist cards here Murray, it will work,
just ask Tony Parsons at Mirror, he'll tell you all about it]

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Post on 27.08.18 0:26 by Verdi

Daily Mail: Was this Madeleine? Revealed, the photo files Portuguese police kept secret... to the fury of the distraught McCanns

by Joana Morais 8 years ago

No follow up: Another CCTV image showing the girl resembling Maddie in the New Zealand supermarket

Lead: This CCTV image of a girl strongly resembling Madeleine in a supermarket in New Zealand was among the leads deemed 'not relevant' by Portuguese police

By Arthur Martin
Last updated at 10:44 PM on 02nd March 2010

Secret files released yesterday show that Portuguese police dismissed dozens of potential sightings of Madeleine McCann.

Leads from around the world - including CCTV footage from New Zealand of a child looking strikingly like the missing girl - were filed away under the heading 'not relevant'.

Information that police forces in the United States, Europe and North Africa considered important was also discarded.

None of the files was handed to private investigators working for Madeleine's parents, Gerry and Kate.

Mrs McCann, 41, last night said the disclosure of the secret files was heartbreaking and shocking.

Their existence came to light in a legal action brought by the McCanns against Goncalo Amaral, the disgraced detective who was in charge of the case.

They had wanted to stop him airing the slur that they had been involved in their daughter's disappearance.

The leads were all received and archived after Algarve police closed the case in July 2008.

Madeleine was four when she vanished from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007. Her parents were at a restaurant 80 yards away.

They now have a copy of the 2,000-page dossier which was published yesterday on the order of a court in Portugal after an application by newspapers including the Daily Mail.

The McCanns are incensed that their private investigators were given no access to the sightings at the time.

Mrs McCann said: 'There are instances where information which we think is very credible and worthy of information has not been actioned.

'We're gutted, it's absolutely shocking and difficult. Some of the information handed in was very credible. It's heartbreaking to know that it seems to end there.'

Mr McCann, also 41, was particularly angered at Inspector Ricardo Paiva, who was responsible for collating any information about Madeleine after the formal investigation ended.

He said: 'Inspector Paiva believes Madeleine is dead. How can he investigate thoroughly if he believes that? We know now there is a lot of information just filed away - and that is not acceptable. Once the file has been closed, what has actually been done? Next to nothing.'

The file contains a series of sightings which the McCanns would have expected to be fully investigated.

The astonishing CCTV footage from New Zealand shows a girl very like Madeleine being led into a supermarket by a portly man in shorts - seven months after her disappearance.

The man's behaviour aroused the suspicions of a female security guard in the shop in Dunedin on the South Island and she approached the girl to establish she was British.

Although the girl said her name was 'Hailey', the security guard was convinced the girl was Madeleine and reported the incident to police.

Interpol in Wellington then sent the images to police in Portugal who promptly deemed it 'not relevant'.

Other discarded leads include:

• A British ex-pat saying he saw a girl being dragged along a road toward the airport on the night Madeleine disappeared. He had not approached the authorities earlier because he was wanted for fraud.

• A girl like Madeleine was seen with an unkempt Spanish-looking man in his 30s at a shop near Murcia. The woman witness followed the girl but the pair vanished. She failed to tell Spanish police until June 2008.

• Another lookalike wearing only a dirty yellow jumper was seen being held at gunpoint on a French motorway by a half-naked man in August 2008. French lorry driver Michel Guidard walked toward them only to be threatened with a gun.

• Photos from the internet uncovered by a female French detective were found to show images of sexual abuse which involved a girl resembling Madeleine.

• An account by a Scottish mother of two who saw a girl who looked like Madeleine with a group of gipsies in Albufeira, Portugal, in July 2008. A woman who was with the girl ran off down the hill with her when two police officers turned up.

• Details of a sighting of a girl on October 9, 2008, with a Portuguese man living in the U.S. He allegedly ran a child trafficking operation smuggling in children from his homeland, Mexico and Greece.

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, said: 'They are incredibly frustrated that this was sitting there and being disregarded by the Portuguese police.

'They were shocked when they saw the scale of the information that had come in and the lack of action taken.

'There are potential leads in the file that are now being followed up by our investigators.

'It's more than a pity that the file has just sat there for so long and simply marked "not relevant" by the Portuguese.

'There are also images in the file that are strikingly similar to Madeleine and are being looked into.'

in Daily Mail

Reference: McCanns Counter-Spin: New Madeleine 'Sightings' To Be Revealed

Minor note because there isn't much to say really, so Team McCann wanted the information kept at the PJ in Portimão to "leak" it to the UK media to be divulged, instead of following the leads quietly in order to find Madeleine? What about the "appeal" to the Portuguese Public Ministry for the re-opening of the archived process to their daughter's investigation? What about the leads of their private dick, Dave Edgar, who stated that Madeleine was in a «lair» about 10 miles from Praia da Luz? This is a farse, and a desperate one.

The spin continues...
[url=https://3.bp.blogspot.com/_lWXrpwC28yU/S4201JjIQrI/AAAAAAAAHaE/E_bOoJCrDgY/s1600-h/Secret files reveal NZ link in Madele... - Google News_1267577946923.png][/url]

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Post on 29.08.18 2:05 by Verdi

Hidden Evidence
by Joana Morais   4 years ago  


The former coordinator of the PJ of Portimão discloses new information
Gonçalo Amaral says that documentation within the scope of the English investigation into Madeleine's disappearance vanished from the case files

by Magali Pinto

Just a few days after Madeleine McCann disappeared from the Ocean Club tourist resort in Praia da Luz, Lagos, on the 3rd of May 2007, a witness showed up, a British tourist woman, who claimed she saw the girl's father walking in the beach at night. The disclosure was made by the former coordinator of the PJ of Portimão, Gonçalo Amaral, on CMTV [Correio da Manhã TV channel, available at MEO digital TV provider], according to whom all data referring to that witness has vanished.

"We tried to retrieve that witness statement and the documents that were in the domain of the English police. They have simply vanished. To this day we still don't know who that witness is and where she is", said Gonçalo Amaral.

The former coordinator of the PJ of Portimão will face again today Gerry and Kate McCann at the Palácio da Justiça in Lisbon, for another hearing session of the trial in which the McCann couple demands 1,2 million euros for damages for the publication of the book 'Maddie, A Verdade da Mentira' [Maddie, The Truth of the Lie] written by Gonçalo Amaral. In the book, the former coordinator of the PJ sustains the thesis that the parents are responsible for the disappearance of the girls and the concealment of her body.

Gonçalo Amaral has no doubts that Maddie is dead.

"The girl's parents had a key to church, in that church a vigil took place a month after the disappearance. According to information, the child's body could have been placed in the coffin, at the feet of the woman that was later cremated".

He concluded by saying, "The mystery will only be over when they stop protecting the McCann couple. Only then we will learn the truth".

Details

5 Million
Since the beginning of the Operation Grange - the name given to the English investigation initiated in 2011 - the English have already spend well over 5 million euros. [sic, is closer to 12 million euros/10 million pounds]

Two Weeks
Just in the searches that took place in the past couple of weeks, with sniffer dogs, georadar, in three areas in Praia da Luz, the English authorities have spent about 100 thousand euros.

Results
Even though all that money has been invested, so far, there is no progress made in the investigation resulting from the efforts of the English.

in Correio da Manhã, pag. 19, paper edition/online here, June 16, 2014

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Post on 29.08.18 2:07 by Verdi





Before, during and after the time the McCanns were constituted as ‘arguidos’ [formal suspects], Leicestershire Police who was supposedly working in liaison with the Judiciary Police, displayed a link to the McCanns limited company, their 'fund-raising' website. The link was only removed on 7 September 2010. More on the fund here.

«Leicestershire Constabulary: A number of law enforcement agencies, including Leicestershire Constabulary, have a link to the 'Find Madeleine' website. Whilst we encourage anyone with information about Madeleine's whereabouts to contact the Portuguese police or their local police, we recognise the fact that some people may not feel comfortable in doing so. This link provides them with an alternative means of passing information.» in The Most Incredible Statement Made By A Police Force Ever

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Post on 29.08.18 8:26 by Jill Havern

McCanns Want Amaral's Family Home


by Joana Morais   8 years ago


Sofia Leal & Gonçalo Amaral have been married for the last eight years and have two young daughters

“I will not get divorced. That would be a fraud. Our family lives in full communion [unity].”

Sofia Leal, who has been married for the last eight years with the former Judiciary Police coordinator Gonçalo Amaral, reacted indignantly upon being notified with a citation requested by the McCanns, to proceed with a separation of assets in order to allow the arrest of a house in the municipality of Olhão, within the scope of a 1.2 million euros claim.

By Paulo Marcelino

The claim made by the McCanns is based on the contents of the book “Maddie - The Truth of the Lie” (written by Amaral, in July 2008) concerning the investigation into Maddie's disappearance, the McCann's daughter, in Praia da Luz (Algarve), back in May 2007. The couple alleges that the former investigation coordinator accuses them of being responsible for their daughter's death and persists on the abduction thesis.

The interim measure [injunction] was filed at the 1st Civil Court of Lisbon in June 2009 and was allowed. The McCanns gained all the still due book authorship rights, half of Amaral's retirement pension as well as his “share [moiety, half] of their rural property” in Olhão. In July this year, the house division in two parts at the registry office was refused on the grounds that it affected a common asset.

The McCann couple via their lawyer [Isabel Duarte] applied for Sofia Leal to execute a separation of assets, as foreseen by law. She refused and in August the court carried into completion the full arrest. “My husband and I have never abandoned our daughters, or allowed paedophiles in our circle of friends. I am shocked that a couple who affirm to be religious is seeking out to destroy our family”, said Sofia Leal.







British Rule Out Abduction

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom (Foreign & Commonwealth Office) does not held Madeleine McCann's disappearance recorded as an abduction, thus accepting that there is no evidence to suggest that a crime of that nature has taken place; exactly what was concluded by the Portuguese Judiciary Police investigation initially led by Gonçalo Amaral and that is mirrored in the book “Maddie - The Truth of the Lie”.

In a reply to an investigator, who requested [FOIA PDF here] information regarding British missing children abroad, the Consular Directorate of the Foreign Office - dated December 14, 2009  to which the CM had access - affirmed: “The FCO filed the case in May 2008 [Ben Needham]. You will also be aware of the Madeleine McCann case. Both this and the Needham case are categorised as a missing persons, rather than child abduction cases, as there is no evidence in either case to support whether the children were or were not abducted.”.

in Correio da Manhã 08.09.2010


Read as well: Any Resemblance Is Pure Coincidence & The many victims of the McCann Media Campaign

Em Português (Sinopse): Carta de uma Noite de Verão

Good quality wristbands: Kate and Gerry McCann As Far Away From God As You Can Get

Comment by Nigel Moore
Updated 09 September 2010

To clarify, the court wanted to seize half of the Amarals' house (the half that belongs to Gonçalo), but were unable to do that while the couple is married and the house legally belongs to both of them - because they wed under the most common marriage regime in Portugal, which means that any assets that were acquired by any one of them, after the date of marriage, belongs to both members of the couple.

The McCanns, via their lawyer, applied for Sofia Leal to execute a separation of assets, (i.e. to split ownership of the house into two halves) in order to facilitate the seizing of Gonçalo's half of the house; Sofia Leal refused and so, in August, the court proceeded to seize the whole house.

http://www.mccannfiles.com/id232.html

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