Thursday, 31 January 2008
“Another week, another Madeleine McCann "suspect", wrote Sue Carroll, in The Mirror. That’s truth. And that’s odd, in The Mirror – a critic opinion about the McCann campaign.
Polícia Judiciária was informed, 22 days ago, that formal letters requesting new interrogation of Tapas Group were delivered to its destiny. It seems that the Home Office refuses, now, to confirm the letters were received, according to the Daily Mail, or just denies the existence of any request for legal assistance related with the McCann case, according to Daily Express.
Are those letters missing in action? Lost in translation? Is it possible that the same “solution” applied to the Chappelow murder case is being applied to the McCann case? And be careful with what you write. The powerful McCann legal team is watching you!
Listen to Mr Clarence Mitchell, a former Media Monitoring Unit director: “"We have made it very clear that publications in Britain and Portugal are subject to the laws of libel and defamation, like everyone else, and our lawyers are watching all of this. We reserve the right to take legal action and have three years in which to do it."
Friday, 25 January 2008
But Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman told British Media that McCann private detectives “have not been informed that the man we are seeking has been ruled out. We have no reason to believe he has been ruled out and our search for the man in our image is very much continuing.” Mr. Clarence referred that the “suspect” now has dreadlocks, something Gail Cooper, the witness who saw him at Praia da Luz, two week before Madeleine vanished, didn’t noticed.
This detail – the fact that the man changed his appearance and now uses dreadlocks – was published in the Portuguese Press, before Mr. Clarence statements to the British Media. Other news today mention the decision from The Mirror to ban all discussions related to Madeleine McCann from the Mirror forums.
Thursday, 24 January 2008
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
The request to question again the Tapas Group was made by PJ and addressed to the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) which, after analysing the new evidence submitted by police, gave authorization to proceed with the questioning. On October last year, a formal statement from PPO said that, at the time, there was no new evidence that justified further questioning of the Tapas Group.
Portuguese journalists showed the sketch of the new suspect to people all around Praia da Luz but couldn’t find anybody who confirmed a sighting, it was reported today.
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Monday, 21 January 2008
The McCann, according to a friend quoted by ThiIsLondon, believe that “a group of two or three paedophiles may have fishing around the apartments, casing it with a view to taking children." This belief is based in another witness, Paul Gordon, who also contacted Metodo 3, but gave a description of a different man hanging round the McCann’s apartment.
But according to the Daily Mail of October 28, 2007, “the key witness in the hunt for Madeleine McCann has admitted she would not recognise the man she says abducted the four-year-old.” The story follows on: "She just cannot be sure she would recognise the man again if she saw him because she only got a fleeting glimpse of him. Jane has been asked if the man could have been Robert Murat, because the man was walking in the direction of his home, but there's no way she could know that."
Sunday, 20 January 2008
Spanish journalist: big news coming tomorrow from London
Francisco Marco strikes again
Eurojust confirms request to re-interview the Tapas group
Two more people may be named formal suspects
Good journalism coming from The Mirror
Another dramatic spinning?
London asked for more time before the McCann are charged
A good way to “bury” bad news
The Telegraph: "Don't go to Portugal for your holiday..."
Police has new evidence against Madeleine's parents
Martin Brunt accuses McCann friends of lying
“Desperate” McCann behind recent news about Murat
Just another coincidence
Martin Brunt: Madeleine's disappearance "becoming a soap opera"
McCann final "appeal" to Gordon Brown
Bosnian police confirms – Blond girl from Medjugorje is not Madeleine
Philomena McCann: Madeleine could have been snatched by a Saudi paedophile
Madeleine McCann spotted in Bosnia
Metodo 3 confirms: Madeline is alive and in Morocco
Spanish detectives: A Portuguese paedophile kidnapped Maddie
Seventh witness claims she saw Madeleine in Morocco
McCanns: 'Important clues suggest Madeleine will be found in Spain'
Police asked Interpol to investigate witnesses that claim they saw Madeleine
Madeleine: New hope for McCanns as kidnapped American girl 'is found safe in Morocco'
Investigators scour Morocco after 10 'sightings' of Madeleine with 60-year-old woman
Clara Torres: If it's nor Madeleine, it's her twin sister”...
Fourth witness says she saw Madeleine in Morocco
Possible sighting of Madeleine McCann in Tongres (*), Belgium
Alípio Ribeiro, head of Portuguese CID: Antonio Toscano's informations “don't deserve particular credibility” to Police
False alarm on flight from Switzerland
11 'sightings' of Madeleine in Malta - but police investigations draw a blank
Ray Roberts, who says he saw Madeleine in Malta, never contacted local police
Portuguese police received the "Dutch Maps"
Report sent to British Police by Mrs. Mari Olli about Madeleine's sighting in Morocco
“Crimestoppers has been asked to help provide an avenue for people to give information from Portugal about Madeleine McCann Due to difficulties with international phone routing our usual 0800 555 111 number will not work. Therefore, for this case we are making an exception and publishing our international delivery number. Anyone in Portugal with information about the whereabouts of Madeleine Mccann can give information anonymously on 44 1883 731 336.”
Saturday, 19 January 2008
Friday, 18 January 2008
In Huelva, thousands of citizens came to the streets to show support to the family and there are pictures of Mari Luz everywhere. But in Mijas, the small town where Amy’s family lives, her disappearance faced “an almost absolute indifference”. Just a few pictures were posted in bars and restaurants near the main road of the town, writes El Pais.
The expatriate community of Mijas has also made the police work more difficult. The British living at Costa del Sol, like other Europeans, don’t integrate easily in the local community, writes the Spanish newspaper. But police suspects the case of Amy could be just a runaway teenager, which is very different from a child like Mari Luz, only five years old.
Spanish media reports that there is already a suspect in Amy’s case, a British citizen, friend of the family, who was arrested, after giving “contradictory statements” to authorities. Parents of Mari Luz believe she was kidnapped by a group of illegal Rumanian gypsies, as an act of revenge related with the refusal of the family to give them permission to sell at an informal market they run, near El Portil.
Thursday, 17 January 2008
Juan José Cortés, the father of the five-year old child, admitted he “has a suspect in mind” but expressed his hope of having news about his daughter soon. “The police are working on a specific clue”, he said. Speaking at an improvised Press Conference, he told also that “all of the closest family members can be considered suspects, including myself.”
But if you are talking about the group of friends that was on holiday with the McCann, you can see some differences in the way the British journalists did their job. It took three months and a Portuguese journalist, Felicia Cabrita, to publish the names of all members of Tapas Group.
And until now, no more details than those revealed by Felicia Cabrita have surfaced. No friends of the McCann friends talking about them, no pictures (only those taken in Portugal..), no interviews with neighbours, no details about where they live, no references about where they work. We had Jane Tanner in TV, but it was all.
It seems that the McCann friends don’t exist. Or the British Media, so quick to find anything about anybody, is facing the same difficulties I found, when I called Leicester University, months ago, and asked them if they could confirm that David Payne was a fellow researcher at that university.
The lady who talked with me asked for my email and promised to send me later the information I requested, because she needed to take a look at the files. No email has come from Leicester University, until now. Were the McCann having diner, on May 3rd, with a group of ghosts?
Wednesday, 16 January 2008
“A top hot air balloon pilot who has flown all over the world and whisked many stars of stage and screen into the sky is now flying people from Perth. Andre van Wyk, of Virgin Balloon Flights, has been a balloon pilot for more than 30 years and has soared over 39 different countries, everywhere from Italy to Mexico.” – Virgin Balloon Flights
(Thank you, BBDC)
A PJ team is scheduled to fly to UK, soon, to follow the questioning by Leicester police, according to Press Association. Eurojust role is to help investigators and prosecutors in European Union for information and assistance in crime cases involving more than one country.
“The line of inquiry in Madeleine’s case remains the same and is focused in the group of British citizens that were with the child’s family. There is no indication that the person arrested in the Spanish Islands has been in Portugal”, according to the same source.
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
For the Portuguese police, the main problem, now, “is not the willingness to cooperate from the Leicester police,” but if they will be authorized “to go forward with the new steps of the inquiry like in any other police investigation”, according to the same source.
“The campaign set up in the Media, since the beginning, was planned and had a specific intention: to take the case out from Praia da Luz,” the PJ source said. This intention was already clear months ago, on July last year, when detectives in charge of the investigation told the Portuguese Press that “all clues related to foreign countries have been investigated and dismissed”. At the time, it was also clear to PJ that “the key to solve the case was at Praia da Luz.”
Portuguese police has been working in close cooperation with Spanish and British police forces. As a result, “PJ was able to clarify some details and doubts that still existed”, the source said. “The only victim, in this case, is Madeleine McCann, and we have that in mind, in our work. If the parents were really interested in helping with the inquiry, they would be still in Portugal,” the PJ detective said. “Private investigators, Spanish or British, can’t replace police. Those private detectives have been working for the McCann, not to find the truth or Madeleine.”
The first contacts from Mark Warner to bring to Praia da Luz a special team of PR experts headed by Alex Woolfall were made on the night of May 3rd. That same night, Ocean Club management was asked to prepare a space for the team, due to be at Praia da Luz in less than 48 hours.
The expert in crisis management from Bell Pottinger describe, later, the initial hours with the McCann and how they prepared the first statement to the Media, appealing for the kidnappers to give Madeleine back, on a interview with the Times, on October 6th.
But Mr. Woolfall said, in that same interview, that Madeleine’s parents, in private, made no suggestion of a kidnapping, in the early days. These remarks have been carefully analysed by PJ, as both Kate and Gerry always referred the case as a kidnap, in their initial appeals and interviews to the Media.
The simple fact that Police in Canary Islands “was aware” of the case of Madeleine McCann is enough for having another ludicrous set of news, in the British Media. The hunt for Madeleine was switched to those Spanish Islands, claims the Daily Express. If there was a suspected case of child abduction in New Zealand, will it be reason enough to believe it was related with Madeleine? Probably not. I always remember how the McCann Team always played down the sightings in Malta, the place from where more reports of have came. It seems that the most important is not how sure witnesses are that they saw Madeleine, but the country where they claim they saw it. If it fits the strategy, it is accepted. If not, forget it.
“Calum is already working on new ventures after spotting a market in missing-person websites. Last week he contacted the family of missing schoolgirl Rosemary Edwards, from Hampshire, after her father made an emotional TV appeal. He said: "I don't think we should be making money out of it, but I would love to do more stuff like this. We phoned up to see if they wanted a website for that missing girl, but they haven't called back." – Sunday Herald, September
Sunday, 13 January 2008
The McCann legal team is now preparing the defence of the couple against what they expect will be charges related to a murder, soon. A source close to the family told the Sunday Express that “the investigation is working towards a resolution and we have to consider that Madeleine may have been murdered. We have been working to the theory she may have been killed and all the possible scenarios are being considered.”
It’s always good to remember that first call to GNR precinct was 45 minutes after Kate realized Madeleine disappeared, and the head of PJ was informed by the British Ambassador, around 11h15, even before PJ detectives had time to drive from Portimão to Praia da Luz…
Alex Woolfall is a star among stars. His experience covers “deliberate sabotage and accidental contamination of products (from food to pharmaceuticals); accident, injury and death in the workplace; allegations of corporate manslaughter; product recalls; corporate fraud and theft; court cases on the grounds of sex, race and age discrimination; redundancy and closure announcements; the use of illegal and/or child labour; regulatory breaches; mislabelling of products; abduction and robberies and terrorist related activities”, according to Bell Pottinger site. Quite a curriculum…
I presume my readers will help me again with these details: Mr. Alex Woolfall was quickly placed at Praia da Luz, with a special team from Bell Pottinger. I’m looking for news, in the UK Media, referring the arrival of Alex Woolfall. Not that he was there or he has been there, but about being on his way or having just arrived at Praia da Luz…
Another detail: John Hill, manager of Ocean Club, told some newspapers that police was called immediately and arrived at 10h45. But I was told he was quoted in other newspapers as saying that police arrived around midnight. Could it be only in printed editions? I checked the Net and only found this reference, from MR. John Hill, about 10h45. Any help on this will be appreciated…
I promised to share with all of you – free of charge, as always, of course… - the final conclusions of what I’m investigating, as soon as I reach a conclusion. What I can tell you is that those two persons – Alex Woolfall and John Hill – play a significant role in this case. Because they had, both, close knowledge of events, on decisive moments.
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.
“The informant named a maid who was sacked from the apartment complex in Praia da Luz and claimed she snatched the child in a crazed revenge plot”, wrote the News of the World, one of many newspapers that followed the tip. "Kate and Gerry are encouraged by any development that brings focus firmly on to finding Madeleine”, was the comment of Clarence Mitchell, when that "new evidence" surfaced.
The McCann Team has, once more, made an attempt to hijack the investigation, as they have been doing since the beginning: creating diversions, fake clues, sightings of Madeleine all over the world, strange people lurking behind the bushes, false accusations against Portuguese police, and so on. They just have a problem: until now, Police still considers them formal suspects in the disappearance of Madeleine.
Friday, 11 January 2008
Thursday, 10 January 2008
Thursday, September 13,2007
By Padraic Flanagan in Praia da Luz
THE parents of missing Madeleine McCann yesterday challenged the police: “Find the body and prove we killed her.” The couple, who are suspected over the child’s death and the disposal of her body, issued the startling ultimatum as the public prosecutor in Portugal sent the police case against them to a judge. It is thought that the McCanns’ high-powered lawyers have told them that without a body it will be extremely difficult for the authorities to press charges.
Wednesday, 9 January 2008
The suggestion was transmitted through Leicester Police but the McCann legal team put as a condition to accept it that the status of formal suspect of Gerry and Kate should be lifted, first. Portuguese police justified the suggestion as a faster way of going forward with the investigation, avoiding a complex and bureaucratic process for a new questioning to take place in UK, with rogatory letters to the Home Office.
But informal messages sent from the British Government to Lisbon stated clearly that the best way to get a full cooperation from British Police, while charging the McCann, would be to follow a more time-consuming process, in order to guarantee that it would take, at least three months to achieve it, as Gordon Brown fight for political survival can have him facing elections early than expected.
Today it was revealed that Esther McVey, one of the managers of the fund to help find Madeleine, resigned to concentrate on her role as a Conservative parliamentary candidate. Other members of the board have announced the intention to resign, but were requested to wait until contacts to replace them were finished. Around 75 % of the donations have been spent in payments to several private companies and other advisers and experts that have been helping the McCann to manage the Media campaign about Madeleine’s disappearance.
With almost no donations since the parents were named formal suspects, the fund is dwindling fast and the McCann are negotiating agreements for a movie and a book. At the same time, a new private detectives company – Hogan International - was hired, with a specific mission: to review all the police investigation and try to find “weak links”. Hogan International will also replace Metodo 3, the Spanish detectives company, at the end of their contract.
Tuesday, 8 January 2008
Gerry is the father
The possibility of a contamination of the samples, with genetic material from the twins, was dismissed, in this last round of analysis, done at two laboratories, a British and a Portuguese laboratory. Those results also confirm that Gerry McCann is the father of Madeleine, according to CM. The daily 24 Horas had a front page, months ago, claiming that Gerry McCann was not Madeleine’s father.
Crying for Dad…
The newspaper refers that when the investigation is finished and charges brought against the McCann, the case will be send to UK, to be put on trial on a British Court. Among several details about evidence that helped PJ to confirm the suspicions against the parents of Madeleine, CM says that Pamela Fenn, the Irish lady who lives on the first floor of the same building from where Madeleine vanished, told Police she heard Madeleine crying, the night of May 2, calling for her father, and that she heard also Kate McCann shouting, out of control.
Pagarete denies 24 Horas
“I never said to 24 Horas that Michaela Walczuch has been named a formal suspect”, Mr. Francisco Pagarete told, today. The lawyer of Robert Murat was quoted by daily 24 Horas as having revealed that Michaela Walczuch was named a formal suspect, in November, following information given to police by a witness found by Metodo 3, the Spanish detective company hired y the McCann. The newspaper front page, today, claims that Michaela Walczuch is the fourth formal suspect named in this case.
Monday, 7 January 2008
The group behind this site is building an international network of supporters of the innocence of the McCann, aimed at fighting against blogs and online sites that are not sympathetic to the couple from Rothley. With mainstream Media under control, in UK, McCann supporters are increasingly worried with the impact that a few bloggers have in the Media campaign.
Sunday, 6 January 2008
Duarte Levy and Paulo Reis
Saturday, 5 January 2008
Friday, 4 January 2008
On a preliminary report about the case, recently sent to the Public Prosecutor's Office, Polícia Judiciária (PJ) states that the parents remain the main suspects. Among other pieces of new evidence, there is a specific phone call and several messages, send from Ocean Resort, that are classified by investigators as “highly incriminating” Gerry and Kate McCann.
The same evidence also gave indications about how the body of Madeleine McCann could have been taken from the apartment and disposed of. Today, it was confirmed by a source from the Public Prosecutor's Office that a request to extend the time limit for the case will be filed, with the Criminal Court, before January 14, eight months after the first formal suspect was named.
Questions for the friends
The Tapas Group, the friends who had dinner with the McCann on May 3rd, will be questioned again soon, as a formal request to the British Home Office is ready. Police wants to clarify, first, contradictory statements about the night of May 3rd, and PJ detectives would like to interrogate Gerry and Kate before the end of January – something that will depend from the time Home Office and British police will take to proceed with the questionings.
Among many details that are confuse or contradictory, Police sources refer the fact that witnesses confirm they saw Gerry McCann and Russell O'Brien going inside apartment 5A to check the three children sleeping there. The McCann spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, is already preparing public opinion for a new interrogation of Madeleine's parents and yesterday told British Media that Kate and Gerry would be pleased to clarify “misunderstandings” related with their previous statements.
New detectives hired
Hogan International, a company specialized in asset investigations, is reviewing Madeleine's case, working in coordination with Metodo 3, the Spanish detectives company that announced recently they knew who kidnapped Madeleine and promised to find her before Christmas. Sources close to the McCann supporters say that the six-month contract with Metodo 3, which ends around March, will not be renewed and Hogan International will replace them, in the private investigation set up by the McCann, following advise from Control Risk Group.
The McCann legal team has asked private investigators to concentrate in specific details of the investigation related with Police evidence of Madeleine's death and his body disposal, instead of following leads about sightings or other information related with a possible abductor.
The increase of “troll” activity following the teaser I posted here, two hours ago, was visible in many forums and message boards discussing Madeleine's case. It's curious to analyse some of that activity and look at details about the most prolific posters. This is something that deserves a more researched article. Whenever people wishes to confirm that new evidence has been uncovered, just pay attention to the number of new witnesses or facts showing that Gerry and Kate are innocent and will have their status of “arguidos” lifted soon, published by the British Press. Clarence Mitchell has, indeed, good sources in the Government. He knows a lot more about the case than the legal defence team working for the McCann. But he didn't realized yet that every attempt to anticipate bad news with a disinformation campaign seems almost a confession and, at the same time, it's a proof of the strong and deep connections between authorities in UK and the McCann inner circle of supporters.
in The Insider, a blog from Piers Morgan
Thursday, 3 January 2008
"Madeline McCann's life was elevated above that of all the hundreds of people who went missing both in the UK and here in Ireland because Sky decided so. There was an uncomfortable xenophobic undercurrent in the whole thing - it was all to easy to have a pop at Johnny Foreigners policing of the situation, not like the sterling work done in the UK. There is little to inspire and aspiring journalist to stay clear of the gutter, to avoid sensationalism when it's the easy path to success that is not only apparent but absolutely promoted within the industry."
by Doss Spot
Wednesday, 2 January 2008
“(...) The saddest prediction: before the end of this month we’ll get another army of “witnesses” who saw tragic Madeleine McCann (a) being carried away from that now famous apartment (b) spotted her in Tangier or Tel Aviv (c) while yet another private detective will assure us he’s tracked her down and she’ll be home by Easter. I predict that the tabloids will continue to use the flimsiest rumour or invention to plaster her picture on front pages, not because they are concerned about her welfare but because (it’s a fact) any mention of the McCanns increases circulation.We should declare a Madeleine-free zone until there are facts (...)”
Duarte Levy and Paulo Reis