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Post by Tony Bennett 27.05.14 10:44

@canada12 wrote:What would Martin Smith's motivation be for deciding to announce that the man he had seen was Gerry McCann? I understand him trying to protect his friend Robert Murat (if indeed he was Murat's friend) by stating that it definitely wasn't Murat. But why go to all the trouble of saying that it was Gerry McCann? Why not just stay silent and not say anything at all?
Look at it this way.

Suppose - for which there are most certainly indications - that Murat, just made a suspect, has 'phoned his friend in Ireland on 15 May and said: 'Look Martin, I need some help wih this'.

The very next day, Martin Smith 'remembers' that he saw someone on 3 May - and now tells the Irish gardai and the PJ. And, very happily for Murat. Smith says: 'I know for certain that the bloke we saw wasn't Murat'.

Amazingly, in EIGHTEEN different respects, his description of Smithman macthes exactly that of Tannerman. Hypothesis: Murat knows what the description is and has told Martin Smith.   

Meanwhile, Murat has to face three of the Tapas 9 claiming that they saw him suspiciously hanging around the Ocean Club late evening on 3 May. It becomes clear to him that, whatever his precise involvement in things after he hurried to PdL early morning on 1 May, he has been well and truly made the fall guy - possibly unexpectedly. He lied of course about 17 separate matters about his movements on 1-4 May when first questioned.

He continues to keep in touch with Murat.

Gerry and Kate McCann are made arguidos on 7 September.

Does Murat, seeking revenge now on the McCanns, speak to Martin Smith again and suggest that he goes further than he did before and now identifies Gerry McCann? Hence, a few days later, Martin Smith makes the preposterous claim that he 'recognises' Gerry McCann simply from the way he was carrying his son?

Hypothesis: Smith has claimed it was Gerry McCann he saw - to help out his friend Robert Murat.

THEN, of course, the might of the McCann Team gets involved.

First, Brian Kennedy meets Murat and his family, all lawyered up on both sides, in the Eveleighs' villa on 13 November 2007.

In the weeks after that: magic...all the Tapas group, including Jane Tanner, are no longer sure that they saw Murat on 3 May after all.

Next comes Kennedy, Halligen and Exton over to Dundalk to confront Smith and get him to say something like: 'Ah yes, maybe it wasn't Gerry l saw after all, erm, let me see if I can help you out with an e-fit'.

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Post by Tony Bennett 27.05.14 10:51

@canada12 wrote:
@PeterMac wrote:
@Markus 2 wrote:This is the extraordinary story of one man’s audacious claims
 
I think this is going to be played to help benefit the McCann's and rubbish his side of the story. Remember these photographers' and filmmakers', channel four and five and Wilkins one of them. They know the public are concerned about this e-fit so the only way is rubbish this guy. Redwood getting this one bit of  incriminating  evidence on the Mcanns out of the way .imo

So is Redwood just about to get rid of Smithman as well ?
Which leaves - well what ?
Last person to see Madeleine alive
Dogs
Window of opportunity (by which I mean the whole of the afternoon)
Fund
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I agree PM. If Smithman is rubbished...

But according to today's newspapers - PM published this here himself earlier this morning:

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But according to a new Channel 5 documentary Halligen’s operatives may end up solving the mystery. They identified as the prime suspect a man seen heading towards the beach in Praia da Luz, Portugal, clutching a sleeping blonde girl around 10pm the night Madeleine vanished.
Halligen’s investigators convinced the Irish family who saw her to help produce an e-fit. That man is now the Metropolitan Police’s No1 suspect. Detectives believe he may be a serial sex attacker who targeted a string of other Brit girls on the Algarve.

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Smithman is 'Smelly bin man', CASE SOLVED

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Post by Guest 27.05.14 10:52

Halligen agreeing to say his side of the story.... Now i'm assuming he is getting paid for this?

Anyway, he has just come out of serving a 4 yr prison sentence. For fraud. So the title of this programme can only really use the word 'conman'. 

Now he is released then surely he has got a bit of an axe to grind. Will probably try and redeem himself a bit.

I'm sure there are things he know's which until now he has not come out and mentioned. 

As far as i know the Mccanns have not tried to sue him? You would think that as the Mccanns are so money obsessed then that would of been high on the agenda of things to do.

If Carter Ruck are not on the case now then does that mean that either he doesn't give a toss or that he has collected enough evidence himself from his time to use against them if we were told to STFU again.

I'm interested to see what exactly is said by him in this programme and also in further interviews. He strikes me as the sort of guy who will be selling out to the highest bidder and there will be a lot more to come from him.

He will be wanting to make some quick and easy cash a.s.a.p now that he is out. What better way than jump on the Madeleine bandwagon just like everyone else has done for all these years.

Could he have an ace up his sleeve and have some cast iron proof, evidence that MBM is dead and the parents are responsible etc.

Be sitting on a goldmine if he did and a recent 4 year stretch (although not related) would be well worth it.

Could he later say. I knew from the very early days that the parents and the rest of the tapas lot were responsible for hiding MBM's body. I tricked / conned them out of money as it was an easy thing to do at the time and as you know i have previous for conning people. However after reflecting on everything in a prison cell, i have come out a new man and want to tell the world the truth of what i discovered and have the necessary evidence to back it up.

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Post by canada12 27.05.14 10:54

So now I'm wondering if, on the next installment of Crimewatch, Andy's going to give us Smithman - another hapless tourist who has been found and identified, and is now dismissed as not being relevant to the investigation.
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Post by Markus 2 27.05.14 11:04

Hypothesis: Smith has claimed it was Gerry McCann he saw - to help out his friend Robert Murat.
 
I really can't see that, unless Murat has something serious on Smith. I don't believe anyone would go that far to help a friend in  a case like this and especially as it includes all his family .jmo.

 

One thing we don't know for sure yet is if this programme is going to help the McCann's or completely rubbish Haligen .
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Post by Tony Bennett 27.05.14 11:06

@PeterMac wrote:
But Grange have the statements of the rest of the Tapas7 showing them passing and re-passing at regular intervals through the car park, visiting 5A (allegedly) and generally moving around without reporting anyone, any open shutters, any open windows, any car, any smell.  Those statements are on file, and he cannot ignore them

REPLY: Haven't Grange studiously ignored a whole lot more statements amd experts reports already? 


But he then has to (kill her) at 9:15, and then hang around in 5A for at least 45 minutes for the cadaverine to develop, before "smearing her around"  (SORRY - that is a horrible image, but one which McCann supporters might want us to believe in their ludicrous attempt to persuade people that the dogs are 'notoriously unreliable')

REPLY: Redwood probably doesn't have to say too much about the dogs, but he can probably cover that base , if it is raised, e.g. by saying 'Well, you know, we have evidences that dogs can detect human cadaverine even after only 45 minutes or evne shorter'

Towards the rocks, in fact - flat slabs of limestone with upturned fishing boats.

REPLY: If there ever was a Smithman, we can't be sure where he was heading - but the great thing from Grange's point of view is that Redwood, Martin Smith and now the brilliant Halligen as well, are all on the same page of the hymn book, singing the same song: "The abductor was Smithman". But now with the added bonus that Smithman = 'Smelly bin man'.

So we have harmony here:

Tannerman = Crecheman.
Smithman = Smelly bin man.

And quite probably, ALL FOUR ARE FICTITIOUS.

But to do this he has to turn back from Smithman sighting and then dig a hole in bedrock limestone without being seen by anyone - but then again no one else saw him !

REPLY: PM, who knows what he has come up with here? I suspect Redwood, Campbell and others have already worked out the story a long time ago. IMO the Alouette Mark III, the radar equipment, the JCBs, the Kango drills and spades are all for show

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Post by tasprin 27.05.14 11:15

Unfortunately, I think this will be a pro McCann production

The Scotsman
Conman in Madeleine McCann cash claims
by CHRIS MARSHALL
27  May 2014

A CONMAN who allegedly used public donations designed to find Madeleine McCann to fund his extravagant lifestyle has spoken about his role in the search for the first time.
Kevin Halligen led a £500,000 investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance after claiming to have contacts within MI5, the CIA and even the White House. But it is claimed he spent large amounts of the cash on his “high-roller lifestyle”, while neglecting to pay his “Operation Omega” team in the Algarve 
resort of Praia da Luz.

Halligen, recently released from a four-year jail term for an unrelated crime, tells his story for the first time as part of a TV documentary to be screened next week, it emerged yesterday. A year after Madeleine’s disappearance in 2007, Kate and Gerry McCann hired Halligen as a private investigator. He reportedly spent much of the money on luxury hotels, restaurants and a chauffeur. But despite neglecting his Operation Omega team, the new film claims the investigators made significant breakthroughs in the hunt for the missing child. The team’s final report in 2008 is said to have contained leads which are now forming part of the current Scotland Yard investigation, including a sighting by retired businessman Martin Smith which led to an e-fit shown on Crimewatch last year.

Halligen’s firm, Oakley International, had its contract terminated by the McCanns after questions were raised about the quality of its work. The Irishman was found guilty last year by an American court of defrauding Dutch firm Trafigura of £1.2 million, with his sentence backdated to his arrest in 2009. Another of Halligen’s firms, Red Defence International, was hired as a consultant after two of Trafigura’s executives were taken hostage in the Ivory Coast. Halligen claimed to have racked up £1.2m in expenses during the rescue operation, but had actually spent the money on a home in Virginia.

Emma Westcott, commissioning editor of factual programmes for Channel 5, said: “It’s seven years since Madeleine McCann disappeared and it remains one of the most troubling mysteries of our time. This documentary is the extraordinary story of one man’s audacious claims, and how he not only fooled the intelligence community at the highest level, but cynically exploited the nightmare of a missing child and her family.”

In 2010, a Sunday newspaper investigation claimed Halligen went on a spending spree while in the pay of the Find Madeleine Fund. According to the report, in his first two months as lead investigator in the search for Madeleine, Halligen spent £7,000 on a chauffeur. A few months later, on a short trip to New York with a girlfriend, he spent £1,600 on Salvatore Ferragamo leather goods, £5,500 on handbags, £500 on a meal, £150 on a pair of designer glasses and £900 on a three-night stay at the five-star Renaissance Hotel.

The McCanns and the Conman will be screened on Wednesday 4 June on Channel 5
http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/conman-in-madeleine-mccann-cash-claims-1-3423041


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C5 tells McCann conman story
The UK’s Channel 5 is lining up a one-off doc about disappeared British child Madeleine McCann, featuring the first interview with a conman who led an independent investigation into the case. The McCanns and the Conman will air on Wednesday June 4 at 21.00 and is being produced by the commercial terrestrial channel’s in-house production outfit 5Production and Brighton-based indie Lantern Films. The programme features the first ever interview with security consultant Kevin Halligen, who ran the Operation Omega investigation using money from the Find Madeleine Fund after claiming to be connected to MI5, the CIA, FBI and the White House.

It transpired that Halligen was an audacious conman, who was accused of spending money from the fund on his lavish lifestyle. He was arrested in 2009 and jailed for defrauding another client on a previous kidnap and ransom case. However, the team he put together on the ground, and the investigation he ran, has turned up significant leads and information in the ongoing hunt for Madeleine who disappeared from a holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in 2007.
The doc was commissioned by Emma Westcott and is executive produced by Jacqui Wilson.
https://www.c21media.net/c5-tells-mccann-conman-story/
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Post by aiyoyo 27.05.14 11:19

Madeleine McCann private eye breaks his silence on the hunt in a new Channel 5 documentary

THE private investigator behind the 2008 operation to find Madeleine McCann will speak for the first time about his search for the youngster.

By: John ChapmanPublished: Tue, May 27, 2014


The new documentary will air next week on Channel 5[PA]

Kevin Halligen will break his silence in an exclusive Channel 5 interview for a documentary, The McCanns And The Conman.

The 53-year-old set up Operation Omega after being commissioned by parents Kate and Gerry McCann to find Maddy, who vanished at the age of three while on holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.

Halligan, a Surrey-based Irishman, promised to use his MI5, MI6 and CIA “contacts” to try to track down the girl.

The security consultant signed a six-figure contract – but questions were later raised over exactly how the money was spent.

Now Halligen, who also claimed to have FBI and White House connections, has agreed to tell his side of the story.

This is the extraordinary story of one man’s audacious claims, and how he fooled the intelligence community
Emma Westcott, of Channel 5
The documentary, due to be screened next week, reads like the plot of a spy movie.

It is an extraordinary tale of covert surveillance, sting operations and the bugging of a key witness through the twists and turns of the hunt for a man who was then a prime suspect, code-named “George”.

Halligen’s final report is said to contain significant leads that now form part of the current Scotland Yard investigation, including the crucial e-fits based on the so-called “Smith sighting”, which was aired on Crimewatch last October.

But it transpired that Halligen was an audacious conman, who led people into believing he was a spy.

He was arrested in 2009 and jailed in the US for defrauding an unrelated client on a previous kidnap and ransom case.

He has recently been released from prison.

Channel 5’s Emma Westcott said: “This is the extraordinary story of one man’s audacious claims, and how he fooled the intelligence community.”

• The McCanns And The Conman, Channel 5, June 4, 9pm.

According to that Daily Express article Halligen breaks his silence, yet they labelled him "Conman". Geez, he will be pissed off but a guy fallen from grace can't object......

Also, an interesting bit MET are supposed to be following up Halligen's intelligence and they are searching for a "George".

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Post by Markus 2 27.05.14 11:26

Emma Westcott, commissioning editor of factual programmes for Channel 5, said: “It’s seven years since Madeleine McCann disappeared and it remains one of the most troubling mysteries of our time. This documentary is the extraordinary story of one man’s audacious claims, and how he not only fooled the intelligence community at the highest level, but cynically exploited the nightmare of a missing child and her family.”


So we can see what way this is going but still you have Smiths sighting and why didnt the Mcanns do

something   about this earlier.
Emma Westcott, ?
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Post by Gillyspot 27.05.14 11:33

What were McCanns' "crack" detectives Edgar & Cowley doing then with the information from Halligen / Exton's investigations ? Will we have a followup program (or 2 if you include Metado3)?

BTW - How can the McCanns' have been "conned" if SY are following information gleaned from Exton's work?  

Food for thought IMO

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Post by sami 27.05.14 11:55

@Gillyspot wrote:
BTW - How can the McCanns' have been "conned" if SY are following information gleaned from Exton's work?  

Food for thought IMO


The work, if we are to believe the Sunday Times, the McCanns hid for five years, never acknowledged the contents and did not willingly allow to be handed over to SY at the outset of the investigation ?

Who is conning who, in that case ?

I would like to hear from Exton, about how he was conned and perhaps silenced.
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Post by Gillyspot 27.05.14 11:55

Also perhaps "crecheman" DID come forward to the McCanns' detectives back in 2007/8 & they withheld this information for 5 years as they did the Smith E-Fits.  BTW I am fairly sure I know who "crecheman" is & he was fully aware of the investigation if I am correct.

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@Gillyspot wrote:BTW I am fairly sure I know who "crecheman" is & he was fully aware of the investigation if I am correct.
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Post by Tony Bennett 27.05.14 12:01

@Gillyspot wrote:What were McCanns' "crack" detectives Edgar & Cowley doing then with the information from Halligen / Exton's investigations ?
Well, one thing we know they didn't say was:

Edgar: "By George, we'd better put that e-fit of 'George' to the public pretty damn quick - why did Halligen and Exton sit on it for so long? I wonder why Brian Kennedy, who's employing us, has not put it out via Mitchell yet? Hey, when are we going to get all that valuable stuff from Metodo 3 to have a look at?"

Cowley: "Won't be much use. It's all in Spanish".

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Post by aiyoyo 27.05.14 12:04

@Gillyspot wrote:What were McCanns' "crack" detectives Edgar & Cowley doing then with the information from Halligen / Exton's investigations ? Will we have a followup program (or 2 if you include Metado3)?

BTW - How can the McCanns' have been "conned" if SY are following information gleaned from Exton's work?  

Food for thought IMO

Exactly!
In fact, it seems Halligen was the only one who did some real investigative work.
If he was conning them why did they not sue him for a refund?

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Post by Tony Bennett 27.05.14 12:06

@tasprin wrote:It transpired that Halligen was an audacious conman, who was accused of spending money from the fund on his lavish lifestyle. He was arrested in 2009 and jailed for defrauding another client on a previous kidnap and ransom case.

REPLY: I think the bit above will be glossed over in the first part of the programme, but the bit below will be highlighted and promoted
 

However, the team he put together on the ground, and the investigation he ran, has turned up significant leads and information in the ongoing hunt for Madeleine who disappeared from a holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in 2007.
He is described as a 'security consultant'!

Well, 4 years behind bars is now on his C.V.

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@aiyoyo wrote:
@Gillyspot wrote:What were McCanns' "crack" detectives Edgar & Cowley doing then with the information from Halligen / Exton's investigations ? Will we have a followup program (or 2 if you include Metado3)?

BTW - How can the McCanns' have been "conned" if SY are following information gleaned from Exton's work?  

Let's wait and see what so-called 'information' from Halligen/Exton its is that Grange are supposed to be using - in what looks like another controlled disinformation exercise 

Food for thought IMO
Exactly!
In fact, it seems Halligen was the only one who did some real investigative work.
If he was conning them why did they not sue him for a refund?

But Johan Selle, Director of Virginia-based company iJet, told the Mail on Sunday (late 2009) that:

1. Halligen hired him to receive telephone calls on the McCanns' so-called 'Investigation HotLine'

2. Neither Halligen nor Kennedy nor anyone else from the McCann Team showed the slightest bit of interest in following them up, and

3. iJet never got paid for their work.

I wonder how much of that will be shown in the programme?   



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Post by Lance De Boils 27.05.14 12:55

I can't say I'm expecting much from this programme in terms of anything new about the McCann case.

My guess is that if he made any 'audacious claims' about any of the T9 or the private 'investigation', then heavy editing would ensure we don't get to see those bits. Any criticism of the parents would be brushed off as being symptomatic of his 'Walter Mitty'-type personality. This guy is as fraudster. Of that I have no doubt. Having said that, I would love to have a little chat with him myself. He must have a lot of interesting stories to tell, including about his briefings with Team McCann. (Sorting the wheat from the chaff wouldn't be easy though, I'm sure.) I just don't think we'll get anything much on that subject in the programme. (I hope I am wrong.)

I'm supposing that the 'audacious claims' referred to are more to do with his bullshitting about his background. I am very interested to learn more about how he got away with what he did - especially considering the circles he mixed in. Who facilitated his rise into intelligence circles? What does this say about the competence of those security and intelligence big wigs who were taken in by him? That is one of the aspects I am most interested in about this Halligen character. Somebody must have given him a foot up. Who opened that very first door for him?
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Post by aiyoyo 27.05.14 12:57

@Tony Bennett wrote:
@aiyoyo wrote:
@Gillyspot wrote:What were McCanns' "crack" detectives Edgar & Cowley doing then with the information from Halligen / Exton's investigations ? Will we have a followup program (or 2 if you include Metado3)?

BTW - How can the McCanns' have been "conned" if SY are following information gleaned from Exton's work?  

Let's wait and see what so-called 'information' from Halligen/Exton its is that Grange are supposed to be using - in what looks like another controlled disinformation exercise 

Food for thought IMO
Exactly!
In fact, it seems Halligen was the only one who did some real investigative work.
If he was conning them why did they not sue him for a refund?

But Johan Selle, Director of Virginia-based company iJet, told the Mail on Sunday (late 2009) that:

1. Halligen hired him to receive telephone calls on the McCanns' so-called 'Investigation HotLine'

2. Neither Halligen nor Kennedy nor anyone else from the McCann Team showed the slightest bit of interest in following them up, and

3. iJet never got paid for their work.

I wonder how much of that will be shown in the programme?   



I suspect not at all.
The programme will portray him as a true villain who cons big corporations and helpless Kate.
A fallen-from-grace man is easy target and zero risk of being libelled especially if he'd accepted a fee for telling his story.

Going just by the title it's a given they will do a hatchet job on him. His story will be twisted to portray poor vulnerable McCanns conned by an unsavory character who'd no qualm fleecing Madeleine's money.




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Post by aiyoyo 27.05.14 13:03

http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/conman-in-madeleine-mccann-cash-claims-1-3423041

A sneak preview of what's to come in the Programme.

The slanting of Halligen already started.....
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Post by Guest 27.05.14 13:07

I find it very interesting that this programme is being shown now. Not long after his release from prison.

Why not make the programme and show it when he first went to prison?

Team Mccann pre-empting something...

They want the world to know what a lying, conniving, all round bad conman he really is before he talks himself.

As i said before on my post a few pages back, i am very interested on further interviews this Halligen chap will be doing and what he will be saying.

Where there is money on offer then he will be spilling the beans further down the line.

IMO he know's a lot.

Which again IMO opinion is bad news for Team Mccann hence the release of this programme to discredit him as much as possible.
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Post by Markus 2 27.05.14 13:15

@aiyoyo wrote:
@Tony Bennett wrote:
@aiyoyo wrote:
@Gillyspot wrote:What were McCanns' "crack" detectives Edgar & Cowley doing then with the information from Halligen / Exton's investigations ? Will we have a followup program (or 2 if you include Metado3)?

BTW - How can the McCanns' have been "conned" if SY are following information gleaned from Exton's work?  

Let's wait and see what so-called 'information' from Halligen/Exton its is that Grange are supposed to be using - in what looks like another controlled disinformation exercise 

Food for thought IMO
Exactly!
In fact, it seems Halligen was the only one who did some real investigative work.
If he was conning them why did they not sue him for a refund?

But Johan Selle, Director of Virginia-based company iJet, told the Mail on Sunday (late 2009) that:

1. Halligen hired him to receive telephone calls on the McCanns' so-called 'Investigation HotLine'

2. Neither Halligen nor Kennedy nor anyone else from the McCann Team showed the slightest bit of interest in following them up, and

3. iJet never got paid for their work.

I wonder how much of that will be shown in the programme?   



I suspect not at all.  
The programme will portray him as a true villain who cons big corporations and helpless Kate.
A fallen-from-grace man is easy target and zero risk of being libelled especially if he'd accepted a fee for telling his story.

Going just by the title it's a given they will do a hatchet job on him.  His story will be twisted to portray poor vulnerable McCanns conned by an unsavory character who'd no qualm fleecing Madeleine's money.  




I would not be surprised , bought off , bullied , he wont make much money from it I would nt think not the type of money he is used to imo
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Post by Tony Bennett 27.05.14 13:16

Andrew77R wrote:I find it very interesting that this programme is being shown now. Not long after his release from prison.

Why not make the programme and show it when he first went to prison?

Team McCann pre-empting something...

REPLY: The final trial date in the long and tortuous history of McCanns v Amaral?

With a CrimeWatch McCann Special the same day as Amaral's victory in the 5-year-long case is announced?

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Amelie McCann (aged 2): "Maddie's jammies!".  

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Post by PeterMac 27.05.14 13:23

Will they be speaking to
Mitchell, who IIRC said they were entirely satisfied with everything he had done and was doing
The Directors of the "Fund" about due diligence and continuous monitoring
Bates, Wells & Braithwaite  - solicitors for the "Fund" about due diligence
Haysmacintyre, - Auditors for the "Fund" - ditto

or are they going to pretend that poor wee Gerry and poor wee mentally fragile Katie did it all themselves and are the true victims.  
(Victims in the sense that half a million has obviously gone down the tubes !)
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Post by Tony Bennett 27.05.14 13:28

@Markus 2 wrote:
@aiyoyo wrote:
I suspect not at all.  

The programme will portray him as a true villain who cons big corporations and helpless Kate. A fallen-from-grace man is easy target and zero risk of being libelled especially if he'd accepted a fee for telling his story. Going just by the title it's a given they will do a hatchet job on him.  His story will be twisted to portray poor vulnerable McCanns conned by an unsavoury character who'd no qualm fleecing Madeleine's money.
I would not be surprised, bought off, bullied, he won't make much money from it, I wouldn't think - not the type of money he is used to imo
But at the same time, aiyoyo, according to what we've read today, we will be treated to the programme-makers telling us that the Met's finest are relying heavily on evidence collected by Kevin Halligen. Villain to hero?

The bit I am really waiting for, given your suggestion that Halligen is 'a true villain who cons big corporations', and given Clarence Mitchell's flat assertion on the record that Brian Kennedy and all the Directors of Madeleine's Fund did 'due diligence' before appointing Exton and Halligen, is the part of the programme where...

a robust investigative journalist interviews Brian Kennedy and some of Directors and challenges them with a hostile question about what precise 'due dilignce' they did, what checks they carried out etc., to make sure that half a million quid of the money they had gained from a generous British public was not being squandered on a serial fraudster and criminal.

But somehow I think that's not part of Channel 5's script

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