Thursday, 25 October 2007

Portuguese Police not informed by the McCann about the hotline in Spain

The detectives company hired by the McCann to set up a hotline for information about Madeleine is specialized in corporate fraud, off-shore investigations, patent and trademark protection. Owned by the Fernandez family, Metodo 3 works “only for companies”, according to an interview from Francisco Marco Fernadez, assistant general-manager: “Even if in the 80's it wasn't common (for detectives companies) to work only for other companies, once the detective work was most in the private field (family, infidelity, etc) we decided that our target was, clearly, the business area. And there is where we have been, since then.”

Clarence Mitchell, the former Media Monitoring Unit director and spokesman for the McCann, said that the hot line was set up with “the full backing” of Portuguese Police, according to the Daily Mail, and also from Spanish Police, according to Fox News. But Spanish Police says that they don't have any position – either in favour or against – the setting up of this hotline. “Madeleine's disappearance took place in Portugal and, until now, Spanish authorities only acted following requests from Portuguese Police”, a source from Spanish Police, in Madrid, told us. Polícia Judiciária wasn't informed previously about it and, a PJ source told us that they knew about the hotline “but not through the McCann.”

Duarte Levy and Paulo Reis