I'm not sure who the "we" are you are referring to.
Remember - one of the biggest excuses for LE not detaining J2K for as long as it took was that they were waiting for audio/video recording equipment to arrive.
So naturally, all those interviews the PV's were derived from were recorded, no? That would definitely make for easier transcribing into a written PV.
No that is not true.
ALE, like most LE organizations here in the U.S. have a 48 hour waiting period to start an investigation of a missing person. It is COMMON, for some people to overstay their vacation and they do appear later. That was the premise ALE was working on. After they spoke with the boys, they put them under surveilence, also a common tactic used elsewhere. The allegation that they did nothing for 10 days is crap.
In addition, they had 2 minors- different laws apply to them.
Excuse? or REASON?
Thats all up to who is doing the interpretation, now isn't it? It's like saying someone "ADMITTED", vs. "STATED". it puts a spin on the whole sentence by changing that one word... and it is done here all the time.