Thursday, 13 September 2007

Justine McGuiness and Angus McBride met with editors of six British daily newspapers

Desperate attempt to stop a rising tide

Justine McGuiness, the McCann family Press Officer, held meetings, yesterday, with editors of several major British newspapers. She was accompanied by Angus McBride, the famous criminal lawyer Gerry and Kate McCann hired to defend them in what seems to be, now, an imminent accusation of hiding and disposing of a body – the body of their daughter, Madeleine McCann, allegedly kidnapped from a resort at Praia da Luz, Algarve, on May 3.

Those meetings were a desperate attempt to show that Gerry and Kate are not related with Madeleine McCann disappearance. During the meetings, it was explained to the editors that the fact that Portuguese Police can't find a body is a clear evidence of the innocence of Gerry and Kate. The McCann send, at the same time, a strong challenge to Portuguese police: "Find Madeleine's body and prove we killed her”, as the Daily Mail writes, in today's edition.

Detectives “surprised” with McCann’s challenge

That challenge was considered “strange” by Portuguese detectives directly involved in the investigation: “How can they be so sure that it's not possible to find the body of Madeleine? Let's say that a kidnapper took her and killed her, disposing of her body. How can they be so certain that the body can't be found, if this has happened?”

A similar reaction is reported by Daily Express: “The change in the family’s tone (...) surprised sources close to the investigation. : “It seems remarkable that just days after the McCanns were saying they thought Madeleine was still alive and missing, now they’re talking about a body,” a source said. “I don’t know if this is really the McCanns speaking or just one of the people working on their publicity campaign but it is not the kind of comment to impress a team of detectives who think you’re guilty.”

Another argument used, in the meetings Justine McGuiness and Angus McBride held with editors of British newspapers, was the fact that the McCann will ask for an independent forensic examination of the Renaul Scenic, in order to prove two main points: samples collected by Portuguese Police were contaminated and/or false evidence was planted by Portuguese Police, in order to incriminate Madeleine's parents.

Daily Express: Police planted evidence to incriminate the McCann

That possibility is raised on today's edition of The Times, who quotes a senior British Police source has having said that “the quality of the evidence and especially the way it has been collected gives me great cause for concern. There are quite a lot of issues about the way the forensic science material has been recovered.” Daily Express puts the question directly: “The couple both vehemently deny any involvement in their daughter’s disappearance. They fear they are being framed by police and that evidence against them is being planted.

The defence campaign of the McCann, through the British Media, got a precious help, yesterday: Sir Alec Jeffreys, from the University of Leicester, one of the world's leading expert in DNA, who invented DNA fingerprinting, raised doubts about the “strong evidence” that British Media thinks Portuguese Police has, to incriminate the McCann: samples collected at the hired car that, also according to British Media, have a 100% match (something impossible, from a scientific point of view) with Madeleine's DNA.

Sir Alec told BBC's Newsnight that “there are no genetic characters in Madeleine that are not found in at least one other member of the family (...) DNA doesn't have the words innocence or guilt in it - that is a legal concept. What it seeks to establish is connections and identifications." According to BBC, Sir Alec Jeffreys has offered to act as an expert witness in the Madeleine McCann case. Fasdf dfg

Other DNA experts helped to raise more doubts about the reliability of the DNA samples collected by Portuguese Police being used as evidence to charge Gerry and Kate McCann: “Dr Paul Debenham, a member of the advisory body the Human Genetics Commission, said there could be legitimate reasons as to how DNA from Madeleine found its way into the hire car (...) So there is a situation where there is a legitimate or a possible explanation as to how the DNA got on the back seat despite the individual not being there, but through some legitimate transfer of garments, clothes or soft toy”, according to The Telegraph (to be continued)

Duarte Levy
, in Rothley and Paulo Reis, in Lisbon


Monica said...

Why detectives are "surprised"? Their job is not to find little Madeleine!

Alan Francis said...

Perhaps they might just be entirley innocent and only want the return of their daughter.

This could be why they are issuning a direct challenge.

Anonymous said...

maybe - maybe not.
but it's hardly the kind of rhetoric one would expect of parents seeking to cooperate with the investigation and find their daughter.
then again - who knows...

Anonymous said...

Hello I´m Vitor.

Let me tell my opinion about this case:

One of the McCan know what appened with Maddie, and know that maybe the body never appear so they gonna continue sayoing that she was kidnaped ...

Força Paulo Reis! Excelente trabalho.

Anonymous said...

They sound certain the body won't be found.

Anonymous said...

how on earth could her DNA have been transferred into the tyre well under a carpet by contamination from another family member. This DNA is from a cadaver!! The hair alone can prove this

Paulette said...

Anonymous 19:09

How can hair DNA indicate it's from a corpse? (Assuming the body is of course not attached.)

Paulette said...

"Also according to British Media, have a 100% match (something impossible, from a scientific point of view) with Madeleine's DNA."

Paolo can you explain this statement? I thought DNA can match 100%? Or is all DNA evidence simply a calculated statistic?

Anonymous said...

a link for you Paulo, I won't post the contents, but it gives a link to Sarah Brown and the PR Company:

Anonymous said...

There is no way Madeleine's DNA, from her corpse, could be mistaken from stray hairs, scabs, or skin flakes which might have been on her belongings.
Either they were planted in the car by an abductor with access to the car keys, or the car was used to move the body, presumably after it had been stored in a freezer.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

If i was madeleine's mum i would be SHOUTING "Find my daughter and prove we didnt kill her" NOT find the body. I would be going out of my head with anger!!

Anonymous said...

The photo with Murat in the middle of the GNR looks as if someone has been working on the Photoshop. Have you seen this photo before?