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Postby bbeba103 » Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:08 am

Kate McCann: "The police pushed us to confess"

Kate McCann has visited the set of exclusive Public Mirror to present his book about Madeleine. Among other things, Maddie's parents have reiterated their disgust with the treatment given by the Portuguese police and the media. "Thanks to them people accuse us of having killed Maddie" they say.

Updated on 19/10/2011 at 11:35 hours

" Currently we do not know where he is or who has it. The official investigation has been closed since 2008. Since then, research has flowed from our account. The most important thing is that the UK police has decided to review all information case, which reclamámbamos 4 years, "say the McCain in an exclusive interview that have kept Susanna Griso Public Mirror.

The hypothesis that still moves the family of Madeleine McCann is the abduction of the girl "The way in which Kate found the room at the back, shows that the girl weighed by force," said Jerry, the father Maddie.

Marriage has shown outrage at the way they have been treated as the Portuguese police and the media. "We realized how unfair it is the parallel trial that makes people, although no tests have to do. He has tried to persuade the world that has killed an innocent child when there is no evidence for this . The damage this has done is incredible. People say 'you are the parents who killed their daughter,' is awful, "they lament the McCanns.

Kate McCann has reiterated that all the accusations that have been made about them are false. "Neither gave them medicines or refuse to return to Portugal to reconstruct the case. The so-Amaral, the commissioner who led the research at first was not only off the case, but had already been convicted before the falsification of evidence "he says.

Jerry McCann is equally strong, "we were never charged, there was a strategy by someone who was very close to the investigation, which we sold to the media as if they were guilty. The important thing is that the public can not to a trial by a small information without contrast. The Portuguese police pressured us to confess, this was the kind of pesión to which we face, "ruling.

http://www.antena3.com/programas/espejo ... 00030.html

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Postby bbeba103 » Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:11 am

Kate McCann: "The police pushed us to confess"

Kate McCann has visited the set of exclusive Public Mirror to present his book about Madeleine. Among other things, Maddie's parents have reiterated their disgust with the treatment given by the Portuguese police and the media. "Thanks to them people accuse us of having killed Maddie" they say.

Updated on 19/10/2011 at 11:35 hours

" Currently we do not know where he is or who has it. The official investigation has been closed since 2008. Since then, research has flowed from our account. The most important thing is that the UK police has decided to review all information case, which reclamámbamos 4 years, "say the McCain in an exclusive interview that have kept Susanna Griso Public Mirror.

The hypothesis that still moves the family of Madeleine McCann is the abduction of the girl "The way in which Kate found the room at the back, shows that the girl weighed by force," said Jerry, the father Maddie.

Marriage has shown outrage at the way they have been treated as the Portuguese police and the media. "We realized how unfair it is the parallel trial that makes people, although no tests have to do. He has tried to persuade the world that has killed an innocent child when there is no evidence for this . The damage this has done is incredible. People say 'you are the parents who killed their daughter,' is awful, "they lament the McCanns.

Kate McCann has reiterated that all the accusations that have been made about them are false. "Neither gave them medicines or refuse to return to Portugal to reconstruct the case. The so-Amaral, the commissioner who led the research at first was not only off the case, but had already been convicted before the falsification of evidence "he says.

Jerry McCann is equally strong, "we were never charged, there was a strategy by someone who was very close to the investigation, which we sold to the media as if they were guilty. The important thing is that the public can not to a trial by a small information without contrast. The Portuguese police pressured us to confess, this was the kind of pesión to which we face, "ruling.

http://www.antena3.com/programas/espejo ... 00030.html

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Postby bbeba103 » Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:13 am

MADELEINE'S STORY TOLD BY HIS MOTHER

Albert Castillón: "Kate McCann is the weakest link in this whole story" Kate and Gerry McCann have this week in Spain a book written by Kate on kidnapping and search for their daughter Madeleine. In the book Kate McCann has hell in the details that made his life and his family following the disappearance of her daughter.

Updated on 18/10/2011 at 13:02 hours

Castillón Albert is one of the Spanish journalists who have followed this case more closely. Albert believes that the publication of this book the McCanns after money to keep alive for her daughter. Keep looking and above all to the authorities and the public does not forget it costs money.

In the book Kate has intimate details of her life. Recognizes that was on the brink of madness and had to receive psychological help. Her husband's role was crucial. Kate writes that after the abduction of Madeleine sexual desire collapsed, I could not find valid reasons to enjoy life again.

His world fell apart and she appeared on a manifest inability not allowed to have any pleasure. According to Albert Castillón, Kate is the weakest link in this story.

It also supports Gerry never made to feel guilty, not pressured at any time and that he even apologize for not having fulfilled his role of father and protect her daughter.

The book is a personal account of the facts by parents who bequeathed l to be considered suspect by Portuguese police during the investigation of the case, which closed in 2008.

Profits from sales will go to the fund created by the McCanns to keep the search for Madeleine was nearly four years old when he disappeared during a family vacation in Portugal on May 3, 2007.

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Postby bbeba103 » Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:16 am

Life without Madeleine

"We're a family again, but not a whole family ... not until Maddie. " 1631 days ago that his daughter disappeared in Portugal. Still looking. The McCanns have their hell in a book and ask for help in Spain 20.10.11 - 02:13

They grab hands like two teenagers in the middle of a bombing. In the way that Gerry takes Kate's fingers on your lap you can see the couple they were and that we hardly are. You are almost no doctors, she no longer active, and are barely human. There are two broken dolls lying on a lounge of a luxury hotel in Madrid as a storm unloads on camera including a lightning flash that lasts more than five minutes. "Here Kate," "Please, Gerry, 'cause them photographers looking for a face to open the page. The McCanns are 'Rolling Stones' misfortune, without a hangover, or hairstyles to fashion, or sunglasses, only the void left by his daughter Madeleine on May 3, 2007 when he vanished from their lives and dug a hole huge on which almost look and see which drains their lives four years ago. They now have what remains of that shipwreck in a book that will help them to keep looking for the blonde girl big eyes.

447 pages tell the chronicle of the sinking of a family from the viewpoint of the mother, an English doctor who speaks in a weak voice and be based on a mixture of force strength and fragility. They account "what went on backstage" of a story without end. The literary basis of English tragedy started when Kate experts advise to keep a diary with day to relieve the pressure of the nuclear disaster that devastated his family since little Maddie was missing from the apartment hotel in Praia da Luz, in Portugal. And it's not over yet. Absence of that history books were twelve A4 turned into a book that seek to finance the search and do not forget the green eyes of Maddie.

"It was a hard decision to write this book. In the end, it comes down to think about whether we do is to find Madeleine. " According to them, serves, although the blonde girl's face has not been deleted from the subconscious of the tragedies of Europe for four years. On pages sad 'Madeleine' narrates the events almost minute by minute: the witnesses, talks, the girl's pink pajamas, the last story you read his mother, Teddy, crying. "You will find lots of information, because the idea that the press has shown here is a very small part of what happened," said the mother, who bet that the book will get disposed of via land "false theories". Among heartbreaking stories tells about his relationship with the Judicial Police in Portugal, which ended imputing them. "They said so many things" ... Between them, they had sedated the girl to go for drinks, they left their children to be a party, that the disappearance of the small was staged to cover up an accident or a murder, who had gone with sedation, which killed with intent and more or less used until a million euros raised to pay for a mansion in England. (Wikipedia dixit).

Beneath the fireworks that shot the batteries of the City tabloid runs a story ravaged by guilt. "We feel guilty for having left the children, for having failed to protect them," said Gerry McCann. In the chapter on 'tortured conscience', Kate's inability to enjoy. "We managed to have a normal life as possible and we have done for the twins, Shean and Amelie. We get to have moments of happiness to her. It took me a couple of years to accept that it was possible to enjoy, "says Kate, who admits in the book how he suffered sexual blockage was about to end their marriage. "We have learned to live with the family again, but at first it was inevitable that I feel bad because they enjoy being diverted attention from the principal, who was searching for the girl. Now we are a family more but not a whole family, not until Maddie, "he explains.

They talk about this but take it in four years without seeing the notch in its green iris brown. The question is, where is the child, and if it is. The Gordian knot of research, theories, imaginings and false leads, find her daughter believed in dreams and that led calls from Belgium to Marrakech. Never appeared. Among all scenarios, are convinced of one thing: "We know that the May 3, 2007 a man took her. He saw our friend Jane with a child in her arms. This is the sketch. " Gerry, who has returned to his office of Cardiology, lift the book to the page of nightmares in which charcoal is drawn to the alleged offender. "That guy knows there are people and people who know him. Someday we'll know who is. "

Kampusch's example

The limbo in which they live McCann is an uncomfortable place, barren, without references, but the hope of man is infinite. If the reason commands that you will not see more of Maddie, they will choose to seek it always. According to Gerry, when children who are abducted are smaller "there are more chances of finding them again and they are kept alive." To illustrate this example goes to Natascha Kampusch, released after eight years. Gerry sees in her the option of recovering her daughter, the others imagine it in a cell of five square meters.

They know that their problem is not unique (it is the most popular) and the world lost children constantly. They do not know the details of the current trial for the death of Marta del Castillo in Seville nor in depth the case of missing brothers of Córdoba, but are with them "with all my heart." Nor have raised call the mother. "To us it advisable to speak with parents of missing children and we thought it was crazy that we would find ...».

They know nothing of the end of his story, yes the way, a hard and expensive path. Since in 2008 the police stopped his research Lusa, the McCanns launched the Madeleine Foundation to hire a web, a call center call 24 hours for possible clues and a team of researchers, including the Spanish agency Method 3. "All this costs money." When dissolved the pack of photographers, they still have a drink: a journalist about Kate in unusual haul leaves the mother with a bitter smile frozen on his face: "Can I sign your book?" And she signs it .

http://www.diariovasco.com/v/20111020/a ... 11020.html

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Postby bbeba103 » Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:11 pm

Kate McCann flies to Germany in hunt for missing Maddie , 11 September 2011 Kate McCann flies to Germany in hunt for missing Maddie Sunday Express

By James Murray Sunday September 11,2011

KATE McCann flies to Germany this week to make a powerful television appeal for new witnesses to come forward as Scotland Yard detectives investigate fresh leads produced by her book about her daughter Madeleine's disappearance.

The intriguing developments come as German police intensify their investigation into a serial child killer, Martin Ney, who bears a resemblance to a man said to have been seen with a child in his arms shortly after Madeleine vanished.

Buoyed by the determination and resolve of the 30 strong team of Yard detectives, Kate and her husband Gerry are focusing their energy on a media blitz in Germany in the hope that their emotional appeals will produce key witnesses. On Thurdsay, they will fly to Hamburg to appear on the Reinhold Beckmann Show and will tell the popular presenter they believe German tourists who visit the Algarve each year may be able to unlock the mystery of Madeleine's disappearance from the resort town of Praia da Luz in May 2007 when she was approaching her fourth birthday.

A source said: "Kate and Gerry have felt for a long time that a German who visited the Algarve or who lives there knows something and they want to stir consciences."

Last week the couple undertook a round of interviews with German journalists at a hotel near their home in Rothley, Leicestershire.

The German broadsheet newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung published an interview with the couple yesterday in which Kate revealed in her darker days she wishes the abductor had taken her instead of Madeleine.

"There are days in which I wished I was able to swap with Madeleine," she said, adding that the ordeal had made her marriage stronger.

"People are still looking out for Madeleine and that gives me hope. It is your child, you must go on."

http://www.mccannfiles.com/id232.html
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Postby bbeba103 » Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:18 pm

McCann libel trial hearings to start in February 2012, 11 October 2011

McCann libel trial hearings to start in February 2012

11 October 2011

The civil complaint filed by the McCanns against Gonçalo Amaral, over his book "Maddie - A Verdade da Mentira" (The Truth of the Lie) will start to be tried in February 2012.

The first two hearings have been scheduled for the 9th and 10th of February, 2012, at 9.30 a.m., at the Civil Court of Lisbon.

The defence fund that supports Mr Amaral by helping to finance the legal expenses related to this trial, is still in operation. Donations are very welcome. Please refer to Projecto Justiça Gonçalo Amaral for contributions. Thank you.

http://www.mccannfiles.com/id232.html
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Postby resigned » Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:31 pm

Something never smelled right about this case, but whatever happened ~ happened and it isn't likely to be resolved without a confession of some sort that is viewed questionably - but without an iota of evidence, Willkommen, Jerry and Kate - Viel Gluck!
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Postby bbeba103 » Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:58 am

Great documentary and enactment on what Gonçalo Amaral believes happened to little Maddie, worth watching its 50 minutes long, interesting details I had never heard before...

Not sure if it has been posted before, the video can be found once you click on latest news...

The documentary the McCanns don't want you to see, 30 April 2009

'A Verdade da Mentira', 'Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie'

Clarence Mitchell: "...the station that broadcasts it will be sued by our lawyers."

The documentary - based on Gonçalo Amaral's book, 'The Truth Of The Lie' - was broadcast on Portuguese channel TVI on Monday 13th April 2009.

Documentary also available in a 6-part English narration version: Click here

http://www.mccannfiles.com/id232.html
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Postby bbeba103 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:11 pm

Older article but very interesting I don't think its been posted before...

Forensic DNA tests 'reveal traces of Madeleine's body on resort beach'

Sun 7 Oct 2007 00.20 BST

Traces of Madeleine McCann's body were found on a Portuguese beach weeks after she was reported missing, during tests by a former detective renowned for locating abducted children. Forensic analysis by retired South African police superintendent Danie Krugel claimed to reveal Madeleine's body had either been temporarily buried or was still beneath the beach at Praia da Luz, the resort from where she disappeared on3 May.

Based on a combination of Madeleine's DNA sample and GPS satellite technology, Krugel's findings were taken so seriously by Portuguese detectives that officers twice searched the beach.

Krugel, of the University of Bloemfontein, claims that his technique is able to locate a missing person anywhere in the world using only a single strand of hair. He became famous in South Africa after helping a television crew locate the whereabouts of five South African girls who went missing during the Eighties. Last July the retired detective spent four days in Praia da Luz following a request for assistance from Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann.

'He clearly identified an area of the beach where Madeleine may have passed through or was buried,' a close friend of the McCanns said yesterday.

Krugel's report of his findings to Portuguese detectives eventually led to British officers being asked to bring in sniffer dogs to supplement the search for Madeleine. The subsequent reaction of the dogs to Kate's clothing - the so-called scent of death - led to the couple being declared formal suspects over the death of their daughter.

The results of Krugel's investigations come amid mounting concern that the Portuguese-led investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine has stalled with an increasingly exhausted core of 'half-a-dozen' CID officers awaiting potentially crucial final forensic results from laboratories in Birmingham.

Reports in the Portuguese press claim that the original team of more than 200 police who were involved in the frantic early days of the investigation has now been whittled down to a small core who have been working without holidays and are 'completely exhausted'.

The inquiry, increasingly managed by UK-based detectives, appears once again to be focusing on trying to find a missing child rather than on the role of Madeleine's parents in their daughter's disappearance.

http://m.guardian.co.uk/uk/2007/oct/07/ ... pe=article
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Postby bbeba103 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:51 pm

McCanns arrive at Leveson Inquiry

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Kate and Gerry McCann have arrived to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards about their experiences of the media after their daughter Madeleine went missing. The couple are expected to describe their anger at newspaper stories suggesting they may have been involved in the little girl's disappearance from the family's holiday flat in Portugal in May 2007.

The McCanns, from Rothley, Leicestershire, have previously spoken of their frustration that negative reporting like this was distracting from the search for Madeleine.

The inquiry, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London, will also hear evidence from Sheryl Gascoigne, the ex-wife of former England footballer Paul Gascoigne, lawyer Mark Lewis, who represents phone hacking victims, and journalist Tom Rowland.

Comedian Steve Coogan on Tuesday claimed he was the victim of two "sting" operations by the News of the World. He told the inquiry that the paper's former editor, Andy Coulson, secretly listened in on a phone call designed to entice him into revealing personal information.

Mr Coulson, who became Prime Minister David Cameron's communications director, was also accused of using a surreptitious recording of another call to Coogan to betray a promise to omit "lurid" details about the break-up of one of the star's relationships.

Coogan told the inquiry that tabloid newspapers were "like the mafia" and said other celebrities feared being victimised by the media if they gave evidence to Lord Leveson's hearings.

The inquiry will hear on Thursday from actress Sienna Miller, Harry Potter author JK Rowling and former F1 boss Max Mosley. The first part of the Leveson Inquiry is looking at the culture, practices and ethics of the press in general.

The second part, examining the extent of unlawful activities by journalists, will not begin until detectives have completed their investigation into alleged phone hacking and corrupt payments to police and any prosecutions have been concluded.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/ ... 81356.html
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Postby bbeba103 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:53 pm

The McCanns say the press hampered the search for Madeleine

November 23, 2011 18:50 GMT

The parents of Madeleine McCann, the British girl who disappeared four years ago when he was three, in Portugal, reported the ordeal experienced at the hands of the media before an investigative committee of the standards of the British press.

Kate and Gerry McCann described as "disgusting" newspaper articles claiming that they had sold their daughter or had hidden her body in the freezer.

The couple said the lack of control of the press had hampered attempts to locate her daughter, who has never been found.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/movil/ultima ... n_cr.shtml

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Blame the media but the inconsistencies in their story didn't help...
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Postby bbeba103 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:50 pm

The Blacksmith Bureau

WEDNESDAY, 11 JANUARY 2012

Lord Justice Leveson ends the year

He did so by reminding us, once again, that the Madeleine McCann Affair is a psychological phenomenon as much as a legal one.

2011, remember, was when we got the words out of the couple’s own mouths and were able to come to a final conclusion, not just a view, on their veracity. That veracity is the foundation of the abduction claim and the year saw it demolished.

To recap:

The repeated claims by Gerry McCann in his 2007 “blog” that he and his wife were not suspected of involvement by the Portuguese police in the disappearance were demonstrated as proven lies, as the date evidence of the police interviews in Madeleine now shows. Kate McCann herself admitted in Madeleine that they had lied (page 206) to the media about the police investigation and attempted to change the untruthful story that she had illegally leaked to the media (Lori Campbell) about a supposed deal offer by the Portuguese police.

Which confirmed the previous evidence of:

The Lisbon court statement by the prosecutor Menezes in January 2010 in which he asserted that the group of nine, which included the parents, “had not told the truth” about the circumstances of their checking.

And was followed by:

The materially misleading evidence under oath to the Leveson inquiry given by Gerry McCann as to the origins of the “media pack” in Praia da Luz and his relationship with the Press Complaints Commission.

The Cretan Liars

All this evidence derives from irrefutable sources, not the deniable newspaper garbage and forum myths of the past five years. It won’t be challenged by McCann supporters because it is unchallengeable.The blogs were direct communications to the public from Gerry McCann via his site, not the media; Madeleine, of course, is on-the-record primary source material which she attests (Page 1) to be the truth; Menezes’s statement,unlike his unsworn material in the case summary, is on-oath judicial record; Gerry McCann’s statements, also on oath, are now in the public arena.

It all amounts to this: we did not tell the truth to the police about the circumstances of the evening of May 3 2007; we lied to the public about our role in the police investigation of summer 2007; when tested under oath at the Leveson inquiry our version of events was found, once again, to be untruthful. We are also the source of the abduction claim. A pretty Cretan Liar paradox for Scotland Yard!

Here come de judge

There is no reason for Leveson to know much about this. And none at all for him to be suspicious of the pair. But Leveson wasn’t just sympathetic to Kate and Gerry McCann: he went out of his way to make a demonstration of his emotional solidarity with the parents, addressing them as he might address two terminally ill grandchildren. Later, by word and deed (impatient tossing of his head, that repulsive lower-lipped sneer) he contemptuously dismissed as “tittle-tattle” evidence of the reports reaching the UK about the progress of the police investigation. The witness he patronised and scorned so loftily, the manifestly decent and reliable —for a journalist— David Pilditch, made it quite clear that his reports had accurately reflected police thinking at the time and had been run by Clarence Mitchell (busy briefing the press against the police daily at the time, according to Pilditch) in advance of submission.

Leveson was having none of it, turning away in another now-familiar contemptuous gesture, that of the rude and grumpy stage husband sniffing and then rejecting his wife’s smelly and unpleasant meal. In fact this was perhaps the only time when he almost lost control of the tribunal since an agitated counsel for the celebrities was at once on his feet, anxious to refute Pilditch’s statement that the case papers confirmed his claims.

The judge, confronted by David Sherborne and the disturbingly thick sheaf of McCann provided questions under his arm, was stuck, clearly seeing the possibility of a derailment and a mini-McCann trial within an inquiry. He became embroiled in debate before, finally, allowing Sherborne to make a statement but not examine the witness nor produce his evidence —the worst of both worlds. It was an unseemly incident but who was to blame other than Leveson himself?He had derailed matters by ostentatiously demonstrating his emotions —obviously derived from prima facie superficial knowledge gained outside the court, not from the proceedings— rather than sticking to the proceedings themselves.

Judges know very well the importance of their own attitudes and body language, both because they are schooled and warned about them on appointment to the judiciary and because they have witnessed —and deliberately exploited— their impact in open court. There is all the difference in the world between a Lord Justice Sneerson in a criminal case stating “the witness is clearly telling the truth” and using the same words with a raised eyebrow and a crooked smile—both of which, of course, pass clean under the transcript radar and can never be appealed. Leveson knows it yet, unlike counsel for the inquiry Day,who was sympathetic, courteous but largely neutral to the pair, he couldn’t resist making a demonstration of his feelings. From the bench about an open case!

So why did he do it?

Why?Well, there are plenty of interpretations. Starting with the possibility that, underneath the fierce intellect, lurks a self-important and at times rather noxious—watch that pendulous lip! —little bully with his own certainties and without much knowledge of the real world beyond the confines of his court. Like most judges in fact.

And then at the other end, of course, sigh, wilt, yawn, we have the Department of Easy Answers conspiracy version: Leveson is being over-nice to the McCanns as part of the protective screen provided by the Establishment.

As we said at the beginning, we lean towards the psychological answer and the one that has always been the greatest ally of the parents: decent people, not the operators who surround the McCanns like flies on vomit, but the mainly decent, mainly pretty intelligent people in the public who don’t study the case in detail share a common, if only half-conscious, attitude to the case: its unthinkability.

To study the case rather than skim the headlines is to be drawn in to murky and uncomfortable waters. The possibility of infanticide, even—horribile dictu—within a group, runs so perilously close to our western taboos that most people not only do not wish to contemplate it but refuse even to consider its contemplation, partly because to do so would be a betrayal of our normal sympathy for a stricken pair brought close to us by the media. Discussing it makes them, as many of us have witnessed, acutely uncomfortable, even physically so —just like the judge in fact. Once the evidence in such taboo-touching cases is laid out in its full horror within courtroom walls then people will accept it, often with a shudder. But unless there is cast-iron evidence of guilt we think most people, like Lord Justice Leveson, simply find its contemplation revolting.

Us and Them

Unlike S.Amaral and some others perhaps, we haven’t the slightest doubt that Leveson, despite his absurd performance, would preside fairly over any trial of the McCanns. Given our own view of the case—and this is the essential gulf between us and the hidden-handers—we worry not about judges and other “thems” but about juries, i.e. us. In the confines of the jury room people like us will still want that “cast-iron evidence of guilt” before facing the possibly unthinkable: it wasn’t there in 2007, as the prosecutors knew, and it isn’t there now.

Short of the cast iron making a hefty appearance we can see only one possible threat to this complex public reaction, what we might call the drip, drip, drip effect. All-or-nothing, the unthinkable, suits the McCanns. Yet the slow accumulation over time of evidence not of the unthinkable but of a vastly lower level of dishonesty, such as significant and persistent lying, which the Bureau attempts to publicise, or the assiduous repetition of mere accident which S.Amaral cleverly conveys, could gradually feed its way into public attitudes. And thence even to the jury room. Who knows, if Scotland Yard or some other force turn up light aluminium, rather than iron, one day such attempts might tip the balance.

The lawyers for the McCanns know this perfectly well which is why their main aim in the UK is always to prevent the drip, drip, drip, getting to a wider audience than that of the net and us net nutters. It began with “expunging”, remember?

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As always the Bureau is glad to help: we did not tell the truth to the police about the circumstances of the evening of May 3 2007; we lied to the public about our role in the police investigation of summer 2007; when tested under oath at the Leveson inquiry our version of events was found, once again, to be untruthful. We are also the source of the abduction claim.

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Postby bbeba103 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:10 pm

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown Due to the fact the Amaral trial in Portugal has no set date & changing my ticket now is very costly, I'm going ahead as planned. Feb 6th, I am off to Praia da Luz. The search for Madeleine McCann will go on as planned.

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MADELEINE MCCANN-HUNT COPS BILL SOARS TO £2M

2nd February 2012

SCOTLAND Yard’s hunt for Madeleine McCann is to cost taxpayers almost £2million for less than a year’s work.

The huge bill for 30 detectives’ wages, their expenses and translations has been racked up since David Cameron drafted in the Met last May.

The Prime Minister called in murder squad detectives after emotional pleas from Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann.

But Labour peer Lord Harris, 58, said it raises “very big questions” about use of public cash, and added: “There is clearly an issue about resources.”

Critics have blasted Operation Grange for diverting cash from other crime victims.

Officers have made at least four trips to Portugal and Spain. The Met has already claimed £800,000 from the Home Office.

But Scotland Yard said the figure is expected to hit £1.9m by the end of the financial year.

A spokesman for Maddie’s parents said: “They have always been very appreciative of the time and resources that the British police and Home Office have committed to the search for Madeleine.

“They are grateful that the review is ongoing.”

The cash already used comes from a £3.5m Government grant to the force, set up last May to cover travel costs.

Madeleine disappeared from her family’s holiday flat in Praia da Luz on the Algarve in May 2007 at the age of three.

But insiders claim the investigation will take years and cost a lot more than £3.5m. A source said the task is “enormous” because it involves the examination of thousands of documents requested from Portuguese authorities.

The official police inquiry into Madeleine’s disappearance was shelved in July 2008 but private detectives employed by the McCanns continued the search.

Detectives have spent months reading case material that had to be translated into English.

In December officers met Spanish colleagues to check on new reports that Madeleine had been abducted and smuggled over the border.

Private investigators in Spain also handed the Metropolitan Police team 30 boxes of evidence with up to eight “important new leads”.

Kate and Gerry, both 43, published a book last year which they hope will boost funds to continue the probe.

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Madeleine McCann case on verge of being formally reopened, mum Kate believes

Kate McCann has told of her renewed hopes of finding Madeleine in a new version of her book for the fifth anniversary of her daughter’s disappearance.

Mum Kate has written an emotional epilogue for the book reflecting on Scotland Yard’s review into the case and said she will never give up the belief that Maddie is still alive.

The Sunday Mirror can also reveal that the Met Police will complete a comprehensive report with a series of recommendations later in the year and it is hoped it will lead the Portuguese Police to formally reopening the case.

A cold case unit has been set up by the Policia Judiciaria in Porto and they will be considering a number of leads Scotland Yard have suggested should be reinvestigated in the review set up last year.

A source said: “There is a very good possibility the case will be formally reopened later in the year. There has been a significant improvement in cooperation between the Portuguese and UK police.

“The Met have put a lot of resources into the review and they want a result. It is a decision for the Portuguese authorities to reopen the case but when they see the report from the Met there will more than enough reasons to launch a new investigation.

“The cold case review by the Portuguese Police was a big step in the right direction and the momentum is gathering pace. The renewed optimism is reflected in Kate’s updated book in which she writes about the review.”

Kate’s new paperback version of the book, simply titled Madeleine, will be released on May 10, seven days after the fifth anniversary of her daughter’s disappearance.

The source said: “Kate has spent several months writing the epilogue and it will bring the tragic story up to date with the police review which Scotland Yard has been carrying out since the fourth anniversary.

“The new version will reflect Kate and Gerry’s optimism that the involvement of the Met and the review in Portugal is giving them renewed hope.

“In the epilogue Kate talks about her gratitude towards the Met because she realises the significance of the review in moving forward towards the case being reopened. She thanks the police and talks about her hope for the future.

“Kate and Gerry will never give up hope in finding Madeleine and while the fifth anniversary is another sad milestone they are looking forward to the completion of the review.”

The book sold more than 280,000 copies in Britain with thousands more bought around the world and it is hoped the new updated version with Kate’s epilogue will boost sales further to raise money for the appeal to find the youngster.

Maddie was just days short of her fourth birthday when she vanished from Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007 as her parents dined at a nearby tapas bar with friends.

An international hunt was launched for Maddie but the Portuguese police were criticised for making Kate, 44, and hospital consultant Gerry, 43, formal suspects in the case.

The parents were officially cleared of any involvement in July 2008 but the case was also shelved leaving the McCanns to carry on their desperate search with the help of private investigators.

Under renewed pressure last year Scotland Yard announced it was reviewing the case and 30 murder squad detectives were assigned to Operation Grange and a number of offices made at least four trips to Portugal and Spain.

It was reported in December that the Met were examining eight “important” new leads and it is understood the leads will form part of the recommendations when the report is handed over to the Portuguese Police in a “matter of months”.

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YARD: WE CAN SOLVE MADDIE MYSTERY

Scotland Yard detectives are confident they can solve Madeleine McCann’s disappearance

Sunday April 8,2012

SCOTLAND Yard detectives are confident they can solve the mystery of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.

They are approaching the huge task of reviewing all known evidence with renewed vigour as the fifth anniversary of the three year old going missing approaches.

A source close to the investigation said: “They are working extremely hard to solve the case in the sense that they want to be able to say what they believe has happened to the child. Their attitude is that it is solvable and they are working to that end.

“The approach is very professional and all officers are committed to doing their very best to understand existing evidence while looking for new evidence. They want definitive answers and are working extremely hard to get to the truth. The investigation is gathering momentum.”

The so-called Maddie Squad is headed by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, one of the Yard’s most respected officers, who has 36 detectives and civilians under him.

Portuguese police sources say he has established an “excellent” working relationship with counterparts in Portugal.

Senior investigator Helen Monteiro, who is in charge of the Portuguese team based in Porto, has made it clear her officers are available to pursue any leads the Yard comes up with.

Liaison officers are keeping Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry informed.

The couple, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have been inundated with requests for interviews to mark the May 3 anniversary but have said they do not wish to say or do anything which could possibly impinge on the Yard review at this stage.

The Sunday Express understands that Leicestershire Police, who have worked closely with Portuguese detectives, have formally handed over all their information on the case to the Yard. The files include video interviews and scores of witness statements. “Effectively the Met has now taken over the British side of the investigation,” said a source.

While the review gathers pace, Kate McCann has been busying herself by writing a short epilogue to a paperback version of her hardback book, Madeleine, which has sold 350,000 copies in the UK alone since its launch last year. Proceeds from sales continue to fund the search for Madeleine.

The paperback version will be released on May 10, seven days after the anniversary of her daughter’s disappearance in 2007 from a holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz. Kate will refer to the Scotland Yard probe in the new chapter but will not disclose any details of the investigation.

Last month she and Gerry flew to Sweden to promote the hardback version of the book in a drive to raise international awareness of the case.

In an interview with the Swedish magazine Sondag, Kate’s mother Susan Healy said: “Kate has never given up hope that Madeleine will return. She wants to learn the truth and I think it is so important that it comes out.

“It has been a lot of hard work for my daughter to write the book.

“She has been drained, wept and suffered. It has been a great mental strain on her.”

Mrs Healy lives in Liverpool but talks to her daughter every day and often goes to stay with the family in Rothley to offer support and help care for twins Sean and Amelie.

On May 23 Kate will attend a reception at Downing Street at which David Cameron will personally back International Missing Children’s Day on May 25.

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Police search for Madeleine McCann in town near Malaga after 'lookalike' is spotted

'Informant' tips off police about Maddie sighting in Malaga

New squad brought in to re-examine case

The Madeleine McCann mystery took a new twist today as it emerged that Spanish police are looking for the missing girl in a Costa del Sol holiday resort

Detectives are making inquiries in Nerja after a tip-off from colleagues in Portugal.

Portuguese police are understood to have received information from an informant about a Madeleine McCann lookalike spotted in the town near Malaga.

Officers from a specialist unit are said to have been mobilised after being sent details of the sighting.

The development is thought to be connected to a new review of Madeleine McCann's disappearance.

A new squad of officers has been brought in to re-examine the case. The team, from the northern city of Porto, has been instructed to go over the thousands of pages of case files and search for new clues.

The officers are working with a Scotland Yard team set up in May last year to review the investigation into Madeleine's May 2007 disappearance from the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz.

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Postby bbeba103 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:29 pm

BRITLAD:MADELEINE MCCANN WALKED PAST ME IN COSTA RESORT

20th April 2012

A BRITISH holidaymaker has claimed he saw Madeleine McCann in the Spanish resort where police are searching for her.

Student Billy Sousa, 18, was having lunch with three pals in a bar overlooking a beach in Nerja on the Costa del Sol when a girl he believes could be the missing youngster walked past.

One of his friends shouted: “Oh God, she’s the spitting image of Madeleine McCann.”

The girl, who had dark blonde hair, pale skin and looked “seven or eight”, was with a 6ft, stocky, Middle Eastern man in his 40s with dark hair and stubble.

Billy said when the man saw they had spotted him he tugged on her hand and pulled her away.

But the pals did not report the sighting because the pair vanished before they could get a photo and they thought they would be laughed at.

This week Billy discovered police were searching the resort and passed his information to officers.

He said: “I just wish we’d done something about it there and then.

“There was just something so odd about this pale-skinned, English-looking girl walking along the beach front with a man who was of an entirely different race and appearance.

“The girl was looking around as though she was lost or didn’t know what was happening.

“I got a really good look at her face. She looked just like Madeleine. She was older obviously, but the features were identical.’’

Madeleine disappeared from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007, days before her fourth birthday.

Billy, from Portsmouth, was having lunch outside the Olas bar on or around July 18.

He added: “I couldn’t take my eyes off her. She looked like all the pictures I’ve seen of her. The man she was with looked like he was fairly poor, not a drifter but not a rich man.

“One of my friends thought he saw a woman with them but I didn’t. I was too focused on the girl.”

Spanish police swooped on the resort this week after a tip-off from colleagues in Portugal.

Madeleine’s doctor parents Kate, 44, and Gerry, 43, are monitoring the investigation. Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the couple were grateful for any help in the search.

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Postby Fashionista » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:13 am

'Best Opportunity' Yet to Find Missing Girl, Says Detective Leading Review




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April 25, 2012


Investigators still searching for Madeleine McCann, the British toddler who went missing from a Portuguese holiday rental home five years ago this week, say they believe the girl is still alive and they now have the "best opportunity" yet to solve the case.

McCann was 3 years old when she vanished on vacation with her parents Kate and Gerry McCann and twin siblings in the Algarve region of Portugal. The girl's parents say they found Madeleine missing after having left the children in the home unsupervised while having dinner less than 500 feet away.

"[We are] seeking to bring closure to the case," Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood told the BBC. Detectives for the first time since the investigation into McCann's disappearance, dubbed Operation Grange by U.K. police, say that as a result of evidence uncovered during their latest review they now believe there is a possibility Madeleine is still alive and are appealing for direct information as to her whereabouts.

Police didn't specify what clues led them to believe the girl may still be still alive.

"I am satisfied that the systems and processes that we are bringing to this set of circumstances will give us the best opportunity to find those investigative opportunities that we can then present to our colleagues in Portugal," Redwood said.

Investigators released an age progression image of Maddy as her ninth birthday approaches on May 12.The image was created in close collaboration with the family, according to a statement from the U.K.'s Metropolitan police.

British police today called on Portugal to reopen the case, saying they have close to 200 leads that could help find the missing girl alive. But in Portugal there is much less support for reopening the investigation, and the McCann's own Portuguese lawyer says it is hard to find people who sympathize with the couple.

"Everyone believes I am defending a father and mother that killed the daughter and got rid of the corpse," the McCann's Portuguese lawyer Isabel Duarte said.

With 28 detectives and seven civilian support staff, the Operation Grange team is handling the massive trove of reports and documents on the case. Hundreds of reported sightings of Maddy have come in since she disappeared, but they have all led nowhere.

"Our initial estimates in terms of the amount of material we are facing is that it will be somewhere in the region of 40,000 pieces of information," Redwood said. "There is, ultimately, a process of us turning every single piece of paper over and interpreting and analyzing what is contained within them."

After Maddy's reported disappearance on May 3, 2007, the Polícia Judiciária, the Portuguese investigative police, initially decided that the girl had been abducted, but soon stated that they hypothesized that she died in the rented house.

An Algarve resident named Robert Murat was named a suspect on May 17, 2007. In September of 2007 Kate and Gerry McCann were also named as suspects in the mystery surrounding what happened to their daughter, but they were cleared, along with Murat, in July of 2008.

Intense international attention has been drawn to the case, primarily because of the actions of the McCanns at the time and their subsequent use of the media to bring focus on the case. Investigators in Portugal have been criticized for their slow response and delay in their analysis of forensic evidence.

British Prime Minister David Cameron established a new inquiry into Maddy's disappearance last May after Kate and Gerry McCann pled for a U.K. police review of the case. To date the investigation has cost U.K. taxpayers an estimated cost $3.2 million.

"It's taken pressure off us I have to say, knowing the police are actually reviewing everything. It's a huge step for us," Gerry McCann told the BBC.



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Police: Madeleine McCann may still be alive

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Postby bbeba103 » Fri May 04, 2012 4:57 pm

Five years and still no sign –but the hunt goes on for Madeleine McCann

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In Portugal, they’d rather forget about Madeleine McCann. Her parents Kate and Gerry McCann, though, refuse to give up.

The garden of Apartment 5A Rua Dr Agostinho da Silva, in the resort of Praia da Luz, is reasonably well maintained but, here and there, weeds poke up between the flowers. The property is unloved rather than neglected, preserved but not used, as if frozen in time.

Five years ago today a little girl, nine days shy of her fourth birthday, disappeared from this ground-floor holiday flat in the Algarve. Madeleine McCann was, according to her parents, spirited away in the night by a kidnapper so bold that he, or she, was prepared to enter the property via a window as they dined with friends in a neighbouring restaurant.

Kate McCann, Madeleine’s mother, describes the moment of discovery in her book, Madeleine. Explaining how, during the meal, she, her husband Gerry and a friend took it in turns to check on Madeleine and her twin brother and sister, sleeping together in one of two bedrooms, she writes: “When I realised Madeleine wasn’t actually there, I went through to our bedroom to see if she’d got into our bed. That would explain the open (bedroom) door. On the discovery of another empty bed, the first wave of panic hit me. As I ran back into the children’s room the closed curtains flew up in a gust of wind. My heart lurched as I saw now that, behind them, the window was wide open and the shutters on the outside raised all the way up. Nausea, terror, disbelief, fear. Icy fear. Dear God, no! Please, no!”

No trace of Madeleine McCann has been found since that night, despite the expenditure of vast amounts of effort, time and money. Few disappearances have commanded such attention over such a long period of time. Like all great mysteries, it divides, between those who champion one explanation and those who favour another, darker one. It also occupies its own landscape: as the Kennedy assassination has the Texas Schoolbook Depository and the Grassy Knoll, so the Madeleine McCann disappearance has Flat 5A and the Ocean Club tapas restaurant, where Mr and Mrs McCann dined on that fateful night.

The people of Praia da Luz would prefer it otherwise. They have no wish to be a destination for ghouls – or journalists. For many of them, May 3, 2007 is a day they would rather forget, a blight on a resort known for being family-friendly and safe. Some residents retain the sympathy for the McCanns that was universal in Portugal before they were declared arguidos, suspects. Others are hostile, accusing the British couple of everything from neglect to concealment of a death.

Most, though, are simply apathetic, wanting it all to go away.

“It’s over,” says Paul Luckman, publisher of the English-language newspaper in the Algarve, the Portugal News. “It did have a short-term effect in terms of visitor numbers but this village has a long history of safety – nothing happened before and nothing has happened since. The shock factor has been replaced by apathy. Nobody is interested. The attitude is, 'It’s gone, it’s over, can we please get on with our lives?’”

Over in Portugal, perhaps, but not in Britain. Pressure from the McCanns and News International, which is said to have donated £1 million to the Find Madeleine fund in return for exclusive access to Mrs McCann’s book, has led to a fresh inquiry by the Metropolitan Police. Authorised personally by the Prime Minister, Operation Grange has so far consumed £2 million and the services of 29 detectives and seven civilians. There is talk of 195 fresh leads and the possibility that Madeleine may yet be found alive. Abduction is the favoured theory and a new portrait of the missing girl as she would now appear has been circulated. And still the sightings come in.

The account of Antonio Castela, a taxi driver in the Algarve, is typical of the leads being pursued by Scotland Yard. He says he picked up a girl resembling Madeleine and four adults the night after her disappearance, driving them to a hotel near Faro, where they got into a blue Jeep. Castela contacted the police but was never questioned.

The authorities in Lisbon remain to be convinced by such accounts. They have undertaken their own review of the original investigation, widely criticised for its flaws, but as yet see no reason to re-activate it.

“The Portuguese police have been led down the garden path, with supposed new leads and red herrings,” says Mr Luckman, who is on close terms with some of the officers involved in the original inquiry. “There have been sightings from Brazil to Belgium and nothing has come of them. They are not against re-opening the case for a valid reason. I can’t blame them for saying they have more valuable things to do.”

British criticism of Portugal’s handling of the case has left a bitter taste, he says.

“The people here are charming and friendly and they have taken a lot of stick. Everybody in this village turned out for the search and police worked overtime for no pay. Yes, mistakes were made, but they genuinely thought they were searching for a child who had wandered off.

“The main criticism aimed at the parents is that they left their children alone and uncared for. For Portuguese people, that is almost impossible to understand.”

The restaurant where Mr and Mrs McCann and their friends ate and drank that night is now a pizzeria. Stand by the swimming pool and look towards 5A and you are struck by how far away the apartment is. The view of its rear entrance is almost obscured and the three children were sleeping in the bedroom on the far side of the building. It is difficult to believe that a crying child could be heard from that distance.

The McCanns are not only pursuing the search for their daughter; they are also pursuing Gonçalo Amaral, head of the original inquiry. His book, The Truth of the Lie, accuses the McCanns of complicity in their daughter’s death. The British couple are now suing Amaral for libel, claiming €1.25 million. The case, due in court in September, will not result in the couple being put in the witness box, however.

Isabel Duarte, the lawyer fighting the case for the McCanns, says: “My clients are no longer arguidos, they are not defendants in a criminal trial and have the right to be respected. Mr and Mrs McCann will not have to give statements because Mr Amaral did not ask for them.”

Amaral, who is reputed to have earned £300,000 from sales of the book after resigning from the police, is believed nevertheless to have declared bankruptcy. The McCanns have not pursued the option, available to them under Portuguese law, of mounting a criminal prosecution for libel against the former detective.

Praia da Luz is quiet now. The weather is still changeable and the British families and pensioners who flock here for the sun have yet to arrive in any numbers. The streets are almost deserted, lending the place a melancholy air.

The reputation of Apartment 5A goes before it. Put on the market by its owner, Ruth McCann (no relation to the McCanns), it was later withdrawn from sale. The flat’s proximity did not deter Lesley Peeke-Vout, from Newcastle, from buying a neighbouring ground-floor property.

“Very few people rent 5A,” says Mrs Peeke-Vout. “I haven’t seen anyone in it since last year. We bought [our apartment] three years ago. I knew about what had gone on but it didn’t bother me. We like the position.”

She believes Madeleine’s disappearance has had a negative effect on Praia da Luz, but that the current problem for the resort is recession and cuts in family-holiday budgets.

“The locals don’t like to talk about what happened in 2007,” she says. “They think it damages their business.”

This evening, a vigil will be held in the resort’s Catholic church, Nossa Senhora da Luz, to mark the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Candles will be lit and prayers said at 9pm. The church is available to the Anglican community in the resort and Haynes Hubbard, the Canadian vicar who ministers to the area, will be attending. He and his wife became friends of the McCanns in the days after the disappearance of their child and are still close. The Rev Hubbard has no doubt about their innocence.

“Kate comes every six months or so. She needs to walk the streets she last walked with her daughter, to touch base, to look at the apartment and visit the church. She needs to know something is still here. Gerry comes less often – he is busy.

“We arrived from Canada with our young children two days after Madeleine was taken. It was absolute bedlam. We walked into their chaos. We were with people who had lost their daughter. They weren’t people who had done something to their daughter, they were looking for their daughter. They were driven then and they are driven now.”

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Postby yankee-in-france » Sat May 05, 2012 8:55 am

I would like to believe that she is alive, but is it likely that she is.

While I do not believe that the McCanns harmed their daughter, I will never understand how parents leave three small children totally unattended. They have always made it sound as if the restaurant was a step away. It wasn't and the decibel level of restaurant noise would have made it impossible for them to hear anything happening at that apartment. They didn't have a baby/child monitor or walkie-talkie with them to hear anything in the apartment. Sorry but for well-educated parents, this was bad parenting.
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Postby bbeba103 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:54 am

Madeleine McCann May Be Buried Under Driveway; Authorities Seem Unwilling To Investigate

The mystery of Madeleine McCann's disappearance may lie under a driveway just outside a holiday villa in Praia da Luz, the oceanside Portuguese resort town where the 3-year-old child was last seen in May 2007.

Stephen Birch, a South African real estate developer and self-styled investigator, says he has found what could be a burial site below the surface using a ground-penetrating radar.

Birch, who has invested $50,000 of his own money investigating the case, has asked Portugese authorities to excavate the area, and three experts contacted by HuffPost Crime agreed that this would be the appropriate action.

Nevertheless, Portuguese authorities refuse to act on the information.

The controversy began in June,when Birch first examined the driveway. The property is owned by the mother of a former suspect, Robert Murat.

"The scans indicate that the ground beneath the gravel driveway was disturbed and something lies buried underneath the driveway," Birch told The Huffington Post.

The location of the property is not far from the apartment where Madeline disappeared.

Madeline was 3 years old when she went on a trip from Britain to Portugal with her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann. The couple was dining with friends at a nearby restaurant when the little girl vanished from their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz. There have been no solid leads in the case since that time.

Scotland Yard detectives and Portuguese police were provided with hard copies of Birch's radar scans. The agencies examined them and thus far have declined to probe or excavate the location.

The office of the Prime Minister of Portugal sent Birch a letter on Sept. 10, which included a response from Almeida Rodrigues, head of Portugal's judicial police. According to the letter, authorities examined the same location with a ground-penetrating radar device in 2007 and did not find any areas of interest.

"Therefore, we are of the opinion that this does not justify the realization of the desired diligence by the advocate," they wrote.

A similar statement was made by Murat in July, during an interview with the Algarve Resident.

"Every single part of the house, inside and out, was checked in 2007 by more than 20 police officers, who found absolutely nothing. They used ground-penetrating radar equipment, which was brought by a civil protection team, to search the grounds of the property and the area surrounding Casa Liliana," Murat said.

Speaking with the same newspaper, former police inspector Gonçalo Amaral described the 2007 searches as "thorough."

Birch contends that the location where his suspicious scan was taken was not searched properly. He claims it was covered with vegetation and debris from construction materials and it would have been impossible to conduct the scanning on the rubble.

"I am in possession of photographs taken on May 15, 2007, during the initial search of the Murat property, together with a photo taken five months later of the same yard. When comparing the two photos, one can clearly see a pile of building rubble with a wooden plank lying on top of it. Both photos show the same pile of rubble, in exactly the same condition, in the rear of the Murat yard, substantiating the claim that the Murat property was not searched properly," Birch said.

Three out of four GPR (ground-penetrating radar) specialists who were shown Birch's scan agree authorities should excavate the area in question.

"There are anomalous features in the GPR data that may be due to [human] remains, but whether or not the data indicate the presence of remains cannot be determined solely from the GPR data. You must dig to find out," said Gary N. Young, senior vice president of operations and development for Underground Imaging Technologies, LLC.

Michael Wolmarans, of Imbila Location Services CC, agreed.

"After scrutinizing various scans emailed to me, there is a strong possibility of ground disturbance ... At the 3-meter mark, at a depth of 250-300mm, there is a distinct sign of a void. This suggests that the ground has been disturbed by digging. Below the void there is an object, though it is not possible to say what it is without excavating. If this were my own investigation, I would have little doubt that an excavation of the area would be required and this is what I would do," Wolmarans said.

Ralph Baird, a geophysicist from Houston, also suggested a dig.

"What is shown in one GPR profile and in a local area is just that there are objects in the box/dirt-filled area. The process needs to just dig and remove the dirt. The area is small enough for that to happen under professional or videoed supervision ... dig it up or probe it and see what is there; it's a small task -- the digging," Baird said.

Bryan Bacheller, president of Digital Concrete Imaging in Tampa,Fla., had a slightly different opinion.

"There isn't enough for me to compare typical soils to. However, there are minor disturbances that can be interpreted as human remains. With that said, I think the area is too shallow and 100 mm below the surface is a tar layer. Highly unlikely that a criminal would dig through such hard materials and in the open space of a driveway. My opinion is that this is not a crime scene," Bacheller said.

The Huffington Post notified the Office of the Prime Minister and Portugal’s judicial police about the experts' opinions. Neither agency responded to a request for comment.

Carter-Ruck, the law firm representing Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann, said they stand behind the decision of the authorities not to dig.

"Mr. and Mrs. McCann are guided by the expertise of the British and Portuguese police, both of which have studied the information provided by Mr. Birch and both of which have concluded it is not credible," Isabel Martorell, a partner at the firm, told HuffPost.

There is, as Birch points out, only one way to settle the controversy.

"Dig. If you think I am wrong, then I am going to ask you one simple question, a question millions of people are asking: why haven't they dug or put probes down there?"

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Re: Madeleine McCann ~ Little girl missing in Portugal

Postby Fashionista » Fri May 17, 2013 2:06 pm

Police identify new Madeleine McCann suspects

Kate and Gerry McCann have welcomed news that detectives from Scotland Yard had identified a number of suspects who could be responsible for their daughter’s abduction.


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By Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent
2:53PM BST 17 May 2013


Detectives conducting a review of the case have produced a list of people who they say are of “interest to the inquiry” and should be questioned.

Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell, the head of Scotland Yard’s Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said the Portuguese authorities should now reopen its investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance six years ago.

He said the Met’s review, dubbed Operation Grange, had identified "both investigative and forensic opportunities" and said the people of interest could be explored further, if only to be eliminated.

Kate and Gerry McCann expressed their gratitude to the British police and said they were encouraged by the developments.

Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Kate and Gerry remain very, very pleased with the work that Scotland Yard are doing and have been encouraged by Operation Grange from the day it began.

Madeleine went missing from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve on 3 May 2007.

Her disappearance became the subject of intense international publicity, but no sign of her was ever found and the Portuguese police shelved its investigation amid much criticism in 2008.

In 2011 following a campaign by the McCann family, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, ordered a review of the investigation to be led by Scotland Yard.

A team of 30 officers re-examined thousands of documents, files and other pieces of evidence in a bid to establish some new lines of inquiry.

DCS Campbell praised the progress made by the team and said it had done a “fantastic” job identifying further investigative and forensic opportunities.

He said it was “perfectly probable” that information which could identify the suspect responsible for Madeleine’s disappearance was already within the Portuguese files.

He added: “We have to ask ourselves why are cases unsolved and, on many occasions, we find we passed the suspects by already and the suspect sits within our system.

"The purpose of the review was to look at the case with fresh eyes and there is always real benefit in doing so. The review has further identified both investigative and forensic opportunities to support the Portuguese.

"There is more than a handful of people of interest which could be explored further if only to be eliminated.

"The key things are to investigate the case and our work is happening to support the Portuguese."

Earlier this month the McCanns said they were encouraged by the news that three women who had been missing in the United States for a decade were found alive and well in Cleveland, Ohio.

In a statement, the couple said: "Their recovery is also further evidence that children are sometimes abducted and kept for long periods. So we ask the public to remain vigilant in the ongoing search for Madeleine."

DCS Campbell said: “The Portuguese hopefully will pursue some of these investigative opportunities with our assistance. There is room for further work and collaboration to resolve the case.”

He added “You only have to look at the case in Cleveland, Ohio, and the European cases. Of course, there is a possibility she is alive, you cannot exclude it. But the key is to investigate the case and, alive or dead, we should be able to try and discern what happened.”

He added: “The purpose of the review is to look at it with fresh eyes…there has been real benefit in doing it.”

The Scotland Yard review is estimated to have cost around £2 million.




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Re: Madeleine McCann ~ Little girl missing in Portugal

Postby bbeba103 » Fri May 17, 2013 4:49 pm

Madeleine McCann: Police identify' people of interest'

UK detectives reviewing the case of the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann say they have identified "a number of persons of interest".

Madeleine, from Rothley, Leics, was nearly four when she went missing from her family's Portuguese holiday flat in an Algarve resort.

Scotland Yard said officers were working closely with Portuguese police and considering their next steps.

They denied asking Portuguese police to make any arrests.

In a statement, the Met Police went on to say Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, were being kept up-to-date with their progress.

Clarence Mitchell, a spokesman for the couple, said: "Kate and Gerry remain very, very pleased with the work that Scotland Yard are doing and have been encouraged by Operation Grange [the case review] from the day it began.

"Beyond that, they simply will not comment on what are police operational matters."

'Encouraging progress'

The Met Police statement also said: "Our investigative review is ongoing and we are encouraged by the progress we are making.

"We are reviewing a significant number of documents and continue to identify potential lines of inquiry.

"We can confirm that as part of this process we have identified a number of persons of interest, but any suggestion that the MPS [Met Police Service] is asking the Portuguese police to make arrests in connection with this inquiry is entirely inaccurate."

The UK review into Madeleine's case -known as Operation Grange - began last May after Prime Minister David Cameron responded to a plea from her parents.

Its objective is for a team of UK officers to work with the Portuguese authorities with a view to reopening the case, which has been closed since 2008.

As part of the review, a computer-generated image of how Madeleine might look now was produced.

Detectives are also poring over thousands of pieces of information from the Portuguese investigation, inquiries by the UK law enforcement agencies, and the work of private investigators and agencies.

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