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)


Candid said...

Reading this, it might the right thing to do for the Mc Cann — if these comments by several portuguese officials are true — and they seem to be, as they are not apocryphal.

Madeleine McCann: police chief breaks silence

Last Updated: 1:00am BST 23/09/2007
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It was a moment of quiet satisfaction for Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa

Since making his sudden, dramatic announcement exactly one week ago, that he was no longer prepared to act as the official Portuguese police spokesman in the Madeleine McCann investigation, he had pretty much maintained his silence.

To a tight trio of trusted colleagues he had confided that he was ''unhappy" about the inquiry and ''exasperated" with the constant leaks from junior officers who, in exchange for extravagant meals, were willing to either reveal snippets of confidential information, or to embroider vague facts if they felt that was what their moles in the Portuguese media wanted.

In public he has said nothing.

But this weekend Mr Sousa, for four months the public face of the Portuguese inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance, has come clean.

He has made it clear to friends that he feels his resignation has been vindicated – and why.

He has acknowledged that the leaks were intended to push Kate and Gerry McCann into confessing they had killed their daughter.

More crucially, he believes that the concerted fightback by the McCanns will reveal that, for all the police posturing when they named the couple as suspects, their evidence was at best flimsy, at worst supposition. ''He has told me he always worried that the evidence against the McCanns was weak," says one former policeman. ''He was worried it would not bear scrutiny."

It has not been Mr Sousa's only concern over the investigation.

He also feels that he has been dragged into a war of words. "He told me he felt caught in the middle of a propaganda war between his police colleagues and the McCanns," another investigator who has spoken to Mr Sousa confirmed.

He has complained that while fellow officers were leaking information illegally — Portugal has strict secrecy laws — the same officers would instruct him to deny the stories when printed. The problem for Sousa was that the denials rarely got into the media.

The result has been endless column inches slandering the McCanns. ''Some Portuguese journalists were fairly convinced the so-called evidence passed on to them by police was nowhere near as concrete as their sources suggested," says Jose Lugios, a freelance reporter based in the Algarve.

"The way it works here is that we can't get official police comments so we have to rely on tip-offs from them. We know they use us at times?…?as they did when they drip-fed us snippets that might exert enough pressure on the McCanns to confess.

But that's the strange way it works. It's the only way we can get crime stories."

Such lax practice has shocked even the country's politicians. ''The leaks to the press of some details that are supposed to be classified have been used as an easy way to manipulate and shape public opinion," says Francisco Louçã, leader of a Portuguese opposition party.

(Read more : 2 more pages following the link posted).

Is seems responsibility for the media circus is more due to police leaks than machiavelian gift from Mr and Mrs Cann (which is highly, to say the less, improbable, to anyone has a little knowledge of profiling).

mc said...

"O Miar do Gato
Há segredos que não ficarão por revelar ".

Pardon! But I saw this at clix page and I liked! Is not a joke.


Anonymous said...

A key witness in the Madeleine McCann case yesterday DENIED telling cops that she heard the family screaming and arguing.

Pamela Fenn, 81, who lives above the Praia da Luz apartment Madeleine vanished from, supposedly said she heard the four-year-old "scream for four hours" the night before. The reports fuelled police theories that mum Kate sedated Madeleine. But widow Mrs Fenn, interviewed by police two days after Madeleine disappeared, said: "I never heard her screaming or Kate and Gerry arguing.

"I didn't realise anything was wrong until I heard all sorts of commotion
UK Sunday Mirror 230907

Paulo Reis said...

Dai Davies, former Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent: “I am afraid to say it is most likely Maddie is dead”

Dai Davies (*), associate of Kingfell Global Crisis, Director and Lead Consultant of Selectamark Consultancy consultant at SelectaDNA has a clear opinion about Portuguese Police:

“There is now NO detective work being carried out by Portuguese police to link anyone other than the McCanns to Maddie's disappearance (...) their policy is now to only respond to sightings reported to them by Europol and Interpol.”

“The officers leading the investigation (...) remain convinced of her parents' guilt, apparently unwilling to consider another scenario, even as their "house of cards" case collapses around them.”

“Another fresh revelation that undermines the Portuguese effort is that police also failed to take DNA samples from Madeleine's little brother Sean, two, and his twin sister, Amelie, until their parents were made "arguidos", or suspects, just over two weeks ago.”

“This failure has seriously undermined the whole forensic case against the McCanns. It means early forensic work is flawed and needs to be re-examined. A process that could take months.”

“Evidence gathered by the Portuguese police against the McCanns (...) has been fatally flawed through their own incompetence. The apartment was also not sealed off properly, meaning any evidence was contaminated from the outset.”

“Also, I can now see the McCanns in no way abandoned their kids, as some have suggested. I was amazed at how close their apartment was to the tapas restaurant (...)"
Aerial view: 120 meters, the walk from the apartment 5A to the Tapas Bar"

Aerial view: 120 meters, the walk from the apartment 5A to the Tapas Bar

Gerry did not call Sky TV before he called the police, as the Portuguese media has claimed. Police now know this was done by Gerry's sister, Philomena, in Glasgow. But they have allowed that rumour to fester.”

“The (Portuguese) police now need to halt their campaign to pin this awful crime on two innocent people and bring in new officers for a complete overhaul with fresh eyes. It's back to square one.”

(*) Former Metropolitan Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent

Team of former SAS is in Portugal to investigate Madeleine disappearance
McCann family asked to Control Risk Group to replace Police in the search for Madeleine

British Police liaison officer surprised with the story of a 'hidden kidnapper':
"Never heard the McCann talk about it with my Portuguese colleagues”


Paulo Reis

Isabel said...


The McCanns launched a worldwide campain in search of their daugther. Now they are sure she -dead or alive- is in portuguese territory....

Isabel said...


The McCanns launched a worldwide campain in search of their daugther. Now, so it seems, they are sure she -dead or alive- is in portuguese territory.

MCarmoReis said...

SASalready in Portugal? It is to make a film,produced by who? God, the scenes go so farway...
Really one day I published an anouncemente in a british news paper - show biz- and I asked by a reach producer with a lot of money, to make a fil before USA.I said also we have actors and actresses; The Pope-the Real one but I can not preview more "actors". This case is very,very special. Strange case". Strange behaviours! So many power! I do not imagine that,like this. Is not a case of disappearence of a litlle baby 3 years old. It is much more,surely. Politics?Spys?
Very,very strange for me a simple woman 59 years old!
John Le Carré probably,after Ben Affleck´s film,write a book...Well, I buy two books: one is a portuguese case and the other is not a portuguese case.
Did you all read than a writer have published a very interessant book,all people like it. But...someone said to the police:"pay atention,this book seems that crime unsolved...a time a go. And was true! The killer wrote the book.Amazing!
But this is a reality that simple people do not know and not think is possible.Is to much.MCarmoReis (and I do not know Paulo and we are not family).
In another page one Maria write her opinion (not me.Sometimes I assign like Maria,but now no more.)Because both we have different opinions.

Alan said...

Good for The McCann's if this is true.

They need all the help they can get as the Portuguese police have at best proved themselves inept and incompetent in the case (and I am being polite now).

Come on lets find her for I believe she is alive and that is what the Portuguese Police should be concentrating upon too.

Anonymous said...

Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple will arrive on Monday

Anonymous said...

and James Bond, Hercule Poirot, Inspector Gadget, Super Mario, Batman, Superman, Cat woman, Wonder woman, Asterix and Obelix, and Xmen.

What a crew. I wonder how much they are being paid…

Lolita said...

The McCanns made and are making a circus out of this - its ludicriously unbelivable. Whatz next, Rambo?

All they needed is to (like normal parents) was to tand by their children, love, protect and specially be with them. Vacation should also be for children - its not an adult exclusive thing.

I expect Mr. Gordon Brown to get the bill after the case is closed. If I was a tax payer in Portugal, I certanly would not allow seeing my money being wasted on something that was obviously Madeleines parents responsability - one way or the other, they are guilty.
Thats the bottom line.

Its not because a cub dissappears that spring is over.

Linda said...

I hope they find Maddie or her body if she is dead. I read that this group is not welcome in Portugal - not allowed under their law - and that they are not looking in Portugal but in Spain and other places.

But they need to be in Portugal because that is most likely where Maddie is - finding a body is very difficult in such a large area even if one concentrates within a 20 mile radius of the resort - still not an easy task. Usually someone stumbles across a grave or something else, animals dig up a piece of bone, and then the body is found. So I wonder what their tactic will be - or their game plan. Seems like an ambitious project.

Maddie will probably be found by a chance happening - if she is found at all.