Sunday, 23 September 2007

Team of former SAS is in Portugal to investigate Madeleine disappearance

Team of former SAS soldiers already in Portugal. What will be next Mr. Gordon Brown? The Home Fleet and Royal Marines, to take over and allow Scotland Yard launch their own investigation of Madeleine disappearance, as The People magazine wrote?

McCann family asked to Control Risk Group to replace Police in the search for Madeleine

A private security company, paid with money donated by Brian Kennedy, a British businessmen, has send a team to Portugal “to do the work that the Portuguese have failed to do”, according to the Daily Mail. Gerry and Kate have asked the company, founded by former Special Air Services soldiers, to send a team of “search and rescue experts” from CRG to “launch an investigation independent of the Portuguese police. Madeleine's parents believe detectives have failed to follow up dozens of crucial leads and have told friends that the advice and logistical support from CRG is worth the huge overheads.”

Private investigators working in this kind of cases is a crime, according to Portuguese Law. The Daily Mail refers that Control Risk Group has been working with the McCann since several weeks, and a team of specialists from the company has been working in Portuguese territory, following several leads that the McCann believe Portuguese Police hasn't give enough attention. Other team is following leads about the sighting of of Madeleine McCann at a gas station, wrote the Daily Mail.

Portuguese Intelligence services, “Serviços de Informações e Segurança” (SIS) have been monitoring closelly, suspect “movements around the main points where the investigation is going on”. The McCanns are in constant contact with senior representatives of the company, according to a source close to the family”, quoted by Daily Mail. Gerry and Kate turned to the private group, which is based in London and has “high-profile connections to the Foreign Office”, after “Portuguese police began to move their attentions away from the search for Madeleine.”

Most of the 600 employees of CRG are former members of British Special forces. “CRG declined to comment” about its activity in Portuguese territory, saying that “all our dealings with clients are highly confidential”, wrote the Daily Mail. Private investigation of a crime is strictly and clearly forbidden, in Portugal. Only the Polícia Judiciária and the Public Prosecutor's Office have the legal capacity to do it.

CRG has committed a crime, if they really sent a team to Portugal to investigate what is only permitted to Police. When Strongwood, a Dutch firm of private detectives that hired psychics to help the hunt for Madeleine McCann published the report of its ‘investigation’ in Portugal, on the online site of the company, Mr. Olegário, asked to comment, said that “the investigation in Portugal only can be done by police forces.” CRG may be doing what is describe, in the Portuguese Law, as interference in the Portuguese internal affairs, with the purpose of constraining the exercise of the legitimate powers of Polícia Judiciária and the Courts. Also, they can be accused of attempt to pervert the course of Justice, with penalties ranging up to 8 years in prison.

Duarte Levy (Espagne) & Paulo Reis (Algarve)