Saturday, 14 June 2008

McCann couple goes to Strasbourg for a last ditch stand

Gerry and Kate McCann will be in Strasbourg next Tuesday in order to try to secure enough support from Members of the European Parliament for a “written declaration” concerning the creation of a European Amber Alert system covering all 27 EU states. But, in fact, this idea was originally proposed by the EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security, Mr Franco Frattini, in 2006: a detail never mentioned by the McCanns, their media advisers nor by Clarence Mitchell. Mr Frattini proposed that each country should establish an EU alert system, but it was not an initiative for the European Parliament’s legislature.

However, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Richard Bryan, a UK top ranking police officer, who is the Association of Chief Police Officers head of missing people, told the media in May 2007 that “there was no need to emulate the US system of immediate information broadcasts once children have been reported missing.”

According to the Times on-line edition, “Mr Bryan congratulated the McCanns on doing a 'sterling job' in raising the issue of how police deal with child abductions, but he said that police would rather use other investigative techniques to trace children before going public and potentially alerting abductors.”

The UK already has a national alert system for missing children, as Richard Bryan told the Times, “that has been in place since 2003 in Sussex and it was rolled out nationally by 2006. We have only had to use it on three occasions.”

Since 2006, Mr Frattini’s initial idea has taken shape. In February 2007, the European Commission decided to ask all member states to reserve a dedicated set of national phone numbers starting with “116”. The idea was that they should be used as a hotline in the event of a missing child. So far, 10 EU countries have adopted the idea, but the UK is not one of them.

On April 21, following a meeting with the McCanns, five Members of the European Parliament (Edward McMillan-Scott, Roberta Angelilli, Glenys Kinnock, Evelyne Gebhardt and Diana Wallis) submitted a written declaration to the European Parliament concerning “Emergency Cooperation in Recovering Missing Children.” The declaration “calls on Member States to introduce a missing child alert system” and asks for the creation of a “common organisation to provide assistance and training” to police forces in the 27 EU countries.

In order to have the “written declaration” sent to the EU President and published, the McCanns still need the signatures of 182 more Members of the European Parliament to reach the required number of 393. The “written declaration” is just a way to “launch or relaunch a debate on a subject that comes within the EU’s remit”, but it has no legal implications for the EU state members.

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marga said...

Paulo Reis,

Thanks to the excellent post. Very informative.

I'm happy to know you are posting so regularly :-) Bom sinal...

I'm going to paste here part of a comment I made on another thread referring to the EU parliament involvement in this case.Please feel free to decide to post it or not. Abraço.

"To be honest I was glad to know that the Lisbon treaty was rejected by the Irish and the way Sócrates and Barroso were defeated.

Their involvement in this case has also disappointed many Portuguese and if this EDWARD MCMILLAN SCOTT is vice president of the European Parliament ,I'm led to believe he has been given the green light to take the MC$$s to Brussels also with Barroso's approval.

So allow me to use you words referring to a Portuguese who is closing his eyes to the fact they were made suspects of a crime in the country where citizens support police investigations with their taxes. The same citizens who vote to have politicians representing them in places where they should show respect for their institutions, integrity and moral values.

I know this has been proven to be impossible to reach. However, we all have the duty to report violation of what is right and raise our voice when facing injustice.


Saturday, 14 June 2008 07:19:00 o'clock BST

marga said...

Dear Paulo,

it seems GMc$$ is reading your blog.There is a new entry today.

Eloisa said...

Hoi Paulo, como vai?

he colocado la traducción al español de este artículo en Esplendor

Las fotos que ilustran el texto corresponden a Edward McMillan-Scott, Roberta Angelilli, Glenys Kinnock, Evelyne Gebhardt y Diana Wallis en ese orden. Estos son los cinco eurodiputados que impulsan el proyecto Alerta Amber, con el cual se han embanderado los sospechosos en una causa de desaparición, justamente de una niña.

Qué confusión!

Estos eurodiputados5 son los abren la puerta a los McCann a fin de que los sospechosos se presenten en el Parlamento Europeo, en el 2008, haciendo suya una causa noble y justa, pero que ya tiene antecedentes que se remontan al 2006 (Sr. Frattini) y al 2003 (alerta vigente en Sussex). Estos eurodiputados5 no vacilan en presentar declaraciones escritas supernumerarias y redundantes... Variaciones sobre un mismo tema. Estamos ante el principio gatopardista de "cambiar todo para que nada cambie"?

Ya vimos que los McCann han sido críticos de los procedimientos policiales desde el 3 de mayo del 2007. Y que tampoco ha logrado meterlos en caja el señor Richard Bryan, a pesar de la experiencia policial que ostenta.

Dado que los McCann son impermeables a las críticas, aún a las constructivas, e incombustibles a las pruebas de la realidad, no sería de extrañar que estos mismos eurodiputados5 impulsaran algún cargo político para la pareja de sospechosos dentro del mismo Parlamento Europeo, para que los McCann sean los encargados, por ejemplo, de reorganizar la Policía Europea, a la que prestarían asistencia y capacitación.

En ese caso, es fácil deducir que lo primero que harían serían autolevantarse el estatus de arguido, destruir su expediente, y exilar a los perros detectores de olor a cadáver. También podrían cerrar definitivamente los laboratorios de análisis de ADN, pues cualquier presentación de este tipo de evidencia sería nula.

Se cumple entre los McCann y los Eurodiputados5 el famoso dicho "hoy por tí, mañana por mí"? Cuando la confusión es tan grande los malpensados no vacilan en señalar el tráfico de favores.

Outono said...

1 month to write somethings;
Since one year a go,they wash the face,everyday(?)
one day,the world think that they are super couple and they are the best to protect the children(em portingles este texto)

Anonymous said...


estou aqui a ler os últimos comentários e ao mesmo tempo a ouvir a conferência de imprensa do Scolari.
Desculpe este desabafo, que não tem directamente a ver com o tema de discussão por si lançado, mas realmente por dinheiro até se vende a alma ao diabo. Então ele vai treinar o Chelsea porque a Federação não conseguiu patrocínios que pudessem igualar a quantia que Abramovic lhe ofereceu?? Mais valia estar calado.

Anonymous said...

Hola Paulo, quisiera que el Diputado que tiene España en Estrasburgo no apoyase a esa pareja de fantoches que son los MacCann. Es mi representante, y me niego terminantemente de que se lleven mi voto. Que vuelvan a Rothley y alli se queden. Bilbao

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