Paulo Rebelo called a meeting with all the detective's team working in Madeleine's case for today, October 30. Criminal coordinator Gonçalo Amaral, previously in charge of the investigation, was asked to participate in the meeting. The last days have been very busy for Paulo Rebelo and his team of around twenty detectives working in the case. Recently, a new witness has been in Portugal and went to PJ headquarters in Portimão. This witness, an Irish teenager, saw Gerry McCann and Jeremy Wilkins talking, near the apartment from where Madeleine vanished, in the night of May 3, but she is also sure that there was no man carrying a child or Jane Tanner around, at that time.
Duarte Levy (Marrakesh) and Paulo Reis (Lisbon)
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
A team of Polícia Judiciaria detectives, headed by Paulo Rebelo, went today, October 29, to the apartment from where Madeleine vanished, on May 3. The team – five men and a woman – left the building around 6.00pm. Paulo Rebelo refused to talk to the journalists and went to the area near the church, after leaving the apartment, accompanied by one of the detectives, while the others left Praia da Luz.
Metodo 3, the Spanish detectives company hired by the McCann to look for Madeleine, found a kidnapped American girl in the Morocco mountains, according to the Daily Mail. The newspaper quoted a source from Metodo 3 who told that detectives looking for Madeleine in the Rif mountains “found a blonde girl who had been kidnapped by a Moroccan family.” According to the same source, “Interpol is investigating the discovery of the blonde girl living in the Rif mountains — the area where they are searching for Madeleine.”
Marita Fernandez, manager of Metodo 3, the Spanish detectives company hired by the McCann to help find Madeleine, told today to Antena 3 that “it's absolutely sure that Madeleine is alive. (People) Saw the spot in her eye. If it was seen, Madeleine is nor dead.” Metodo 3 also confirmed they have “clues” that can solve the case. Francisco Marco, Metodo 3's director-general, gave more specific details, including the alleged location of Madeleine, in Morocco, where she was spotted with a 60 years-old-woman.
The Spanish detectives agency hired by the McCann told newspapers they received three calls with specific details about sightings of Madeleine in Morocco. Francisco Marco, Metodo 3's director-general, gave more specific details, including the alleged location of Madeleine, in Morocco, where she was spotted with a 60 years-old-woman: "My own feeling is that this woman is some sort of carer who is working on behalf of other people. We can't be certain it's Madeleine but several unconnected people have told our informers of the same girl with the same woman. The only difference is that she has slightly shorter hair than Madeleine had when she disappeared. Everything else matches. They've been seen over a wide area but always within the confines of the Rif mountains."
1 – This kind of information is supposed to be confidential, in order to not alert the kidnappers. Why did Metodo 3 gave that information to newspapers?
Monday, 29 October 2007
Metodo 3, the Spanish detectives company hired two months ago by the McCann says that a Portuguese paedophile kidnapped Madeleine and took her to Morocco. Metodo 3, according to Daily Mail, is sending detectives to Portugal, to follow leads that say there was an insider in Ocean Club who helped in the kidnap. Private investigations of a crime, in Portugal, are illegal and people doing can be accused of trying to pervert the course of justice and jailed. The Times reports that three phone calls to the hotline the McCann set up in Spain, managed by Metodo 3, had details about Madeleine sightings in Morocco, accompanied my a middle-class Moroccan woman aged about 60.
Leaving a child aged 3 and twins aged 18 months in a locked room, on a complex holiday abroad, checking on them every half hour “is not desirable but parents have to balance the demands of life and will probably have to consider such issues regularly (...) Leaving them for a short while, asleep, in a locked room with regular checks is acceptable. Leaving them for two hours, or with unlocked doors, is not”, according to Carolyn Hamilton, Director of the Children's Legal Centre, an expert for the United Nations in the field of juvenile justice and a member of the UK Advisory Board for the UK Report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Saturday, 27 October 2007
The hotline set up by the McCann, in Spain, received 275 calls until 8.00pm of yesterday, October 25, according to Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. Most calls were from British citizens that have been on holidays in Morocco and gave information about alleged sightings of Madeleine in that North-African country.
The Portuguese Justice Minister, Mr. Alberto Costa, who is in Spain to participate in a European meeting, told journalists that new initiatives have been launched, in the investigation and said that he trusts the capacity of Policia Judiciária to solve the case.
|A teenager, who was with her family at Ocean Club, saw Gerry McCann and Jeremy Wilkins talking, the night Madeleine disappeared – but she didn't saw Jane Tanner or a man carrying a child. The girl wasn't in the list of guests, as their presence at Ocean Club wasn't registered with the management. Father and daughter have been in Portugal, recently, to help Policia Judiciaria in the reconstruction of what happened the night of May 3 and to give a formal statement to Police, according to a source close to the case.|
Speaking to SOS Madeleine, the Irish teenager confirmed she saw Gerry McCann and Jeremy Wilkins talking, for a few minutes, near the McCann apartment: “There was only the father of the little girl talking to another man.”
The teenager went out for a cigarette, around the same time Jane Tanner said she saw a man carrying a child. She only mentioned what she saw to her family latter, because she had also to confess the reason why she was there. Since the beginning, Police had some doubts about Jane Tanner statement, as Jeremy Wilkins, a tennis partner of Madeleine's father, told them he only saw Gerry McCann near the apartment.
Jane Tanner description of the man she allegedly saw was used to draw a sketch that the McCann released, yesterday, October 25. But Jane Tanner was initially quoted, in the British Media, as saying that the man was walking to the church. Later, British newspapers referred she said the man was walking in the opposite direction, to Robert Murat's house.
Jeremy Wilkins told the Press he was walking his eight-month son when he met Gerry McCann, who was checking his children. The TV producer said he didn't saw a man carrying a child and he also didn't saw Jane Tanner: "It was a very narrow path and I think it would have been almost impossible for anyone to walk by without me noticing.”
After a few weeks claiming they couldn't talk to the Media because of Portuguese secrecy laws, the McCann accepted to be interviewd by Antena 3, a Spanish TV channel. Gerry McCann praised the Portuguese Police but, at the same time, the usual “family friends” were quoted by the British Media in another attack to the credibility of Portuguese police, who hasn't recorded the statements given by Madeleine parents. This is denied by a PJ source, who told that “all formal questionings of the McCann were recorded, but no recording was made from the informal meetings with them.”
Statements given to Police, in the Portuguese legal system, are only used in the investigation and even confessions are not valued by courts, as only statements made during trial are considered evidence.
Duarte Levy and Paulo Reis
Friday, 26 October 2007
The Moroccan authorities expelled a British citizen, a few days ago, after he contacted staff from a gas station near the city of Marrakesh. A source from “Sureté Nacionale”, Moroccan security and intelligence services confirmed that the British citizen offered a large amount of money to several employees, in exchange for specific statements about a sighting concerning a blonde girl. British embassy in Morocco, contacted by SOS Madeleine, refused to comment. The possibility of having private detectives working in their country was referred, by the same source, as “an offence and a violation of national sovereignty”.
A source from PJ also told SOS Madeleine that “any person who undertakes a private investigation about a crime, in Portugal, is committing a crime - perverting the course of Justice – and will be arrested.” The McCann hired a private Spanish company, Metodo 3, to set up a hotline for people having information about Madeleine.
The hotline number has replaced the police phone numbers in the official page of FindMadeleine campaign. But according to Spanish Law and the specific regulations concerning private detective's activity, any information received concerning a crime must be immediately forwarded to police.
Duarte Levy and Paulo Reis
Thursday, 25 October 2007
|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
Sunday, 21 October 2007
Lord John Stevens, former Metropolitan Police chief, believes in the innocence of the McCann. On a opinion column in “News of the World”, he claims he has always based his conclusions on “hard evidence”, during his 30 years as a police detective. Then, he says he is making his judgement about the McCann based in what he read on newspapers: “Again, I don't say this from believing in the McCanns' innocence or their guilt. I simply don't know either way. But from the evidence I have read I don't think they did it. Unless the Portuguese police have something else, it doesn't make sense. The couple don't fit the profile and their opportunity was limited.”
On September 8, we wrote a story – “The circus has came to town” - explaining the strategy to be followed in order to convince British public opinion that Gerry and Kate McCann were framed by Portuguese police. In the same story, we alerted for the interference of other kind of “organizations”, already in action, in Portugal: “Most of these activities have been conducted by retired British citizens, some of the long time residents in Portugal. Other group was 'recruited' among the already large locally born British community. These collaborators have an important skill, which is the capacity of speaking the local language, but their lack of experience means a higher risk and they have been used just in low-level operations.”
Criminal Coordinator Gonçalo Amaral was removed from the investigation, but his replacement wasn't who the McCann supporters expected. Yesterday, Daily Mail, a newspaper that has been spearheading the campaign against Portugal and Portuguese police, was given the “green light” to use the above referred “lethal weapon”.
Duarte Levy (Londres) and Paulo Reis (Lisbon)
Thursday, 18 October 2007
|According to a group of former British policemen and experts, quoted by “ThisIsLondon”, in Portugal “when children are found to have been abused, the victim is taken into care, while the abuser is often left free.” The group of “experts”, lead by Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Stevenson, found also that “Portugal has many more paedophiles than it cares to admit.” Unfortunately, the group of “experts” didn't produced any evidence to support this conclusion.|
The same group of “experts” also found that Portugal has “an odd attitude towards under age sex. Under Portuguese law, the age of consent (between couples of the same age) is 13.” Strange, as the law in Portugal defines 14 years as the age for sexual relations, with mutual consent, if both partners are under 18. But if one of the partners is over 18 years old, that is considered a crime. Odd, also is the fact the minimum age for sexual relations with mutual consent, in Spain, is 13 years. I wonder if these group of “experts” knows that Portugal and Spain are two different (and sovereign) countries.
And age of consent in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Italy is also 14 years...
As it was expected, the main conclusion of the team headed by Chief Superintendent Chris Stevenson is that Portuguese Police had not the capacity to handle “such a big job.” The conclusion was reached in only three days at Praia da Luz, without any access to the crime scene or to most witnesses, and no access to Police files, as The Telegraph invented.
According to Bel Mooney, from the Daily Mail, “Portuguese police suspected” of Kate McCann, since the beginning, because “their wives were telling them she looked too controlled, did not weep enough.” The “cultural difference” between Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece, where “young mothers quickly come to look like overblown roses, their child-bearing settling comfortably around their hips” explains why “it's hard not to imagine Portuguese women murmuring to their husbands that this British woman is - yes - much too skinny.”
So, the wifes of Portuguese detectives “would be instinctively prejudiced against Kate for not looking like them, as well as because her self-control was alien to a culture which traditionally hangs its emotions out like washing on lines”, writes Bel Mooney. And a question that makes sense, for the Daily Mail columnist, is if the “Portuguese attitude insidiously affect the views of the wider world, tapping into innate expectation of how mothers are 'supposed' to be...”
David Canter, Professor of Psychology at the University of Liverpool, wrote his second opinion article about Madeleine McCann's disappearance, in The Times. The first was published in September 22. The second was published today, October 18. The second edition of his book, “Mapping Murder”, will be published by Virgin Books in October. It's interesting, to compare both articles...
Editor's Note: My mistake, David Canter published THREE opinion articles in The Times. This is the first, on May 8...
Editor's Note (II): My second mistake, David Canter published FOUR opinion articles in The Times. This is another one, on May 11...
Much more interesting, now, to compare the four articles...
“In the UK, the results of an independent investigation carried out by five criminal investigators who travelled to Portugal will be shown on Channel 4's”, wrote the Telegraph, on October 17. Nothing new, here. We had several former policemen - Dai Davies, Marrk-Williams Thomas, John O'Connor, among others - trashing completely Portuguese police. By coincidence, almost all of them work also for consultancy and Media companies.
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Paulo Rebelo, the new man in charge of the PJ detective's team investigating Madeleine's disappearance send a letter to Leicester Police, making clear that it's necessary, for the investigation to move forward, to have the results of a new questioning of the McCann friends. Portuguese police asked, since more than one week, for some of the couples that were with the McCann, at Tapas Bar, to be subject to another police interrogation, with a new set of questions that were sent to Leicester, according to sources close to the case.
Duarte Levy and Paulo Reis
“Madeleine McCann, The Perfect PR Campaign”
Be “aware of the childish and cruel mentality” of Portuguese people
A question to the owner of this page: What do you suggest as a “solution” for a people that has a so “cruel mentality” like the Portuguese people? Gas chambers, I presume...
Thursday, 11 October 2007
Daily Star reports that “a British team led by Chief Supt Chris Stevenson, 56, who snared Soham child killer Ian Huntley, is also investigating in Portugal.” It seems that they are not investigating, but working as reporters for a TV Channel, as the Daily Star wrote: “Their work will go out on Channel 4’s Dispatches on Thursday, October 18.” A list of other former british policemen that helped to destroy the reputation of Portuguese Police can be found here.
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
|A team headed by two university professors has created a computer-animated video with the movements of the Tapas group, during the crucial hours, on May 3, before Kate McCann found Madeleine was missing. The two experts, Paulo Sargento and Paulo Gamito, based their study on time lines and statements from witnesses published by The Times, BBC and the Portuguese newspapers Público and Sol.|
Paulo Sargento told TV channel SIC that after the McCann arrived at the restaurant, almost every 5 minutes there was somebody leaving the table, at Tapas Bar, going out to the apartments or coming from that direction – 7 persons went out 14 times in a period of two hours.
The criminal expert considered the possibility of a kidnap as “not consistent” with so many regular checkings. “It will be very difficult, there was a very short period of time” available for a kidnapper to act, without being spotted, he said. The team is now working on another virtual scenario: a walk from Ocean Club to the church.
A national deputy-director of Polícia Judiciária was appointed to replace Gonçalo Amaral in the investigation of Madeleine's disappearance. Paulo Rebelo has a career in the investigation of drug trafficking, but was also in charge the “Mea-Culpa case”, 10 years ago, where 13 persons died in an arson. He was also in charge of a recent investigation about a leak of information from the “Freeport case”, when documents from a corruption investigation were sent to the Press and published the day before the last Parliament elections in Portugal. Those documents allegedly showed a connection between the case and the leader of Socialist Party, José Sócrates, now Prime-Minister. A PJ inspector was accused and later sentenced to eight months in prison (suspended sentence) for making copies of confidential documents and giving it to journalists.
Monday, 8 October 2007
Saturday, 6 October 2007
The Criminal Coordinator Gonçalo Amaral was in the city of Huelva, Spain, when he received a phone call telling him that he was out of the investigation of Madeleine's case. Amaral was removed on October 2, his birthday, and is now in Police headquarters of Faro. He was appointed head of two local PJ departments in charge of fighting drug trafficking and organized crime in Algarve.
Formal requests asking the British Police to question again the McCann were already signed by the Public Prosecutor's Office and translated to English, last week, according to Diário de Notícias. Pinto de Abreu, one of the Portuguese lawyers of the McCann, told the newspaper he knew nothing about that. Diário de Notícias wrote also that the McCann questioning could take place next week.
Friday, 5 October 2007
A British Police liaison officer at Praia da Luz, informed about the fact that the McCann were named formal suspects, said that he already arrested people in situations with less evidence as Portuguese Police had, at that moment, according to the Portuguese daily Público. Since the first hour, writes the newspaper, British Police has been informed and cooperated in every step of the investigation. Criminal Coordinator Gonçalo Amaral was removed from the investigation after he allegedly accused British Police of investigating “only what the McCann couple wishes and is convenient for them”.
Last Wednesday, Kate and Gerry went to the Leicester Mercury to receive a cheque of 57,000 pounds, raised through the selling of green and yellow Madeleine bands. Asked how the money would be used, Gerry McCann said: "We're in the process of looking into which specific areas we need to use this fund.
“Madeleine McCann’s parents are happy to fly to Portugal to meet whoever replaces sacked Chief Inspector Gonçalo Amaral in the investigation into their daughter’s disappearance”, according to the Daily Express.
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Detectives in charge of Madeleine's case criticised, yesterday, Leicester Police, because of the delay in questioning several of the McCann friends. Portuguese authorities sent a formal request to Leicester, asking local police to question Jane Tanner, Russell O'Brien, Diane Webster, David Payne and other members of the so called Tapas Group. The questioning is considered important for the investigation, following the last developments, after the final batch of analysis were sent to Portugal by Forensic Science Service.
After the dismissal of Criminal Coordinator Gonçalo Amaral, the investigation of Madeleine's disappearance may loose another PJ detective. Tavares Almeida, one of the three leading detectives in charge of a group of around two dozen, is considering the possibility of asking for a leave without pay. Other detectives, including the third and last in the chain of command of this group, Luis Neves, could take the same decision. Luis Neves has already refused to replace Gonçalo Amaral. The team of Police detectives that has been in charge of Madeleine's investigation will hold an informal meeting today, following the decision from the Portuguese Government to remove Gonçalo Amaral.
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
McCann legal team is carrying out a private investigation, “interviewing every witness they can find to the events of May”, according to the Daily Mail. “The lawyers will give their defence dossier directly to prosecutor Luis Bilro Verão. They hope that Mr Verão will compare their evidence alongside that gathered by the Algarve police, and throw out the case.”
|The man that was the second-in-command of the investigation lead by Gonçalo Amaral, Criminal Coordinator Luis Neves, will replace him. The national director of PJ has considered the possibility of sending somebody from Lisbon, but he was warned of a “strong reaction” from the dozens of detectives involved in the investigation.|
The dismissal of Gonçalo Amaral followed a day of contacts, between London and Lisbon, and the intervention of the Minister of Justice, Alberto Costa, was decisive. Speaking after a public ceremony, Mr. Alberto Costa said that relations between Portuguese and British police are “excellent”.
Criminal Coordinator Gonçalo Amaral criticised the British Police, today, because of an email that was sent to Prince Charles web site, accusing a former maid of Ocean Club of being responsible for the kidnapping of Madeleine, as a revenge for being fired.
The email was sent from Spain and Portuguese Police was informed almost at the same time that British newspapers. British Police wasn't able to find the address from where the email has came.
All employees and former employees of the Mark Warner resort were questioned and checked, in the days following Madeleine's disappearance, as PJ made public in May.
Alípio Ribeiro, national director of Polícia Judiciária, decided to remove the coordinator of Madeleine's investigation. The decision was taken today, after Mr. Gonçalo Amaral accused the British Police to investigate only what the McCann couple wishes and is convenient for them”.
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
Polícia Judiciária sent a formal request to Interpol, asking police from several countries (Spain, Malta, Belgium, UK and Morocco) to investigate a specific list of names. Those are names from people that claimed they saw Madeleine McCann, since August 11, when the PJ spokesman, Mr. Olegário de Sousa, told to BBC that Police had a new line of inquiry and that line admitted Madeleine McCann was dead.
Duarte Levy (Marbella) and Paulo Reis (Madrid)
The abductor of Madeleine McCann may have drugged her, to stop her crying, while she was taken from the apartment, Eileen McCann, mother of Gerry McCann told the British Press:"I believe whoever took her gave her a drug. There is no way they carried her out of there without her waking (...) If she was taken when she was sleeping by somebody she did not know, she would have screamed the place down."
Chief-Inspector Gonçalo Amaral, the detective of PJ that coordinates the investigation about Madeleine's disappearance, said that “British Police only investigates what the McCann couple whishes and is convenient for them”.
Kate McCann refused to answer several questions, during Police interrogation at PJ headquarters, in Portimão, because she considered they were “provocative”, Mr. Pinto de Abreu told today to a Portuguese radio. Gerry McCann answered all questions, according to Mr. Pinto de Abreu. The Lawyer accused Portuguese Police of trying to find a “scapegoat” for a investigation that that has been a failure.
Monday, 1 October 2007
“I saw this Arabic woman in local dress and behind her was a very blonde little girl,” Samantha Peart told the Daily Express. “She was striking because the people in this part of the country are all very dark – bordering on black. “But this little girl was very blonde and I’d say she was around the right age. Mrs Peart, from Castle Eden, near Hartlepool, who was in Morocco on holidays with her husband Jonathan, saw the blonde girl on July 10, in the port town of Nador and reported it to Leicester Police but “she has heard nothing” since that time, according to the Daily Express.
The first eyewitness account of the frantic moments after Madeleine McCann disappeared” was revealed by the Daily Mail, on September 25: “Nanny Charlotte Pennington confirms that Kate McCann did scream: "They've taken her, they've taken her!" The mother's precise words have become a pivotal issue in the case, with Portuguese police questioning why she would automatically assume Maddie had been abducted.”
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“The exact words Kate McCann yelled moments after Madeleine vanished were revealed for the first time” on September 20, according to The Sun: “A witness told how the frantic mum ran back to the Tapas bar where she had been dining with pals shouting: “Madeleine’s gone, Madeleine’s gone!” The account blows yet another hole in the crumbling police case against embattled Kate and husband Gerry. Portuguese cops claim she screamed: ‘They’ve taken her, they’ve taken her!’ Their version suggests Kate cunningly implied from the outset that the three-year-old had been abducted from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.”