Thursday, 14 August 2008

“These really are the big boys...”

Daily Mail, August13, 2008:

A friend of the McCanns said: 'The hunt for Madeleine is becoming more and more international and it was felt that a truly international firm was now needed to lead the inquiry. These really are the big boys. They are absolutely the best, but they are extremely secretive and cloak-and-dagger about what they do. 'Since their appointment, Metodo has very much taken a back seat and they are now concentrating primarily in Portugal and Spain and across the Straits of Gibraltar into north Africa, where they have their main contacts (...)”

Hummm... “Big boys”? “Extremely secretive and cloak-and-dagger about what they do”? “They are now concentrating primarily in Portugal and Spain and across the Straits of Gibraltar into north Africa (...)”?

I wonder who the “big boys” have instructions to chase and if they know that private investigations of a crime, in Portugal, it's illegal and is considered also crime, as Mr. Clarence Mitchell (*) once said?

(*) The Sunday Times, February 10, 2008

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Spanish detective agency was hired was because of Portugal’s 'language and cultural connection' with Spain. 'If we’d had big-booted Brits or, God forbid, Americans, we’d have had doors slammed in our face, and it’s quite likely we could have been charged with hindering the investigation, as technically it’s illegal in Portugal to undertake a secondary investigation,' (Clarence) Mitchell explains. 'But because it’s Metodo 3, [Alipio] Ribeiro [national director of Portugal’s Policia Judiciara] is turning a blind eye'. Portuguese police are reported to dismiss M-3 as 'small fry”.

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