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

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I understand the use of private detectives and investigators in private family matters and corporate fraud. But could someone explain to me what is the interest of having a private company running this hotline (presumably set up to obtain information about MAdeleine's whereabouts?). This company (or any company) will certainly have less resources to investigate sightings than the police. They will also not have access to information (that is part of the investigation) and therefore would enable them to measure the relevance of any information. So... what's the point of setting up a hotline 170 days after Madeleine disappeared? It sounds like - a good PR idea signed by Clarence Mitchell.

Anonymous said...

Clarence Mitchell is the one saying that the hotline is backed by the police.

The article below (from Ireland - not from the rubbish brit press) shows the credibility of Mr Mitchell.

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/mccann-family-reverse-story-over-breakin-evidence-1203473.html

What we should all be asking ourselves is why this people lie just about every time they open their mouths? Why? And why is it that the press in britain prints this rubbish without bothering to give a phone call to the PJ and simply ask them if this is true or not...

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=box9PmAANjk