Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Another fantasy

The latest Maddy McCann theory
October 25, 8:59 AMU
K Headlines Examiner Tim Worstall

Madeleine McCann was stolen on the orders of an Algerian drug lord.
That, at least is the theory put forward in The Star this morning. It's a tangled tale of British drug criminals hiding out on The Algarve, running the drugs business in Alnufeira and associated towns. While they were doing this there was an attempt to muscle in on their business made by an Algerian and his Morrocco based drugs gang.

In the course of conversations about how they might do business together the Algerian claimed that he had stolen Maddie to order, being pai £100,000 (about $150,000) to provide her to parents desiring a new child:

“He was a nasty piece of work – a heavy-hitter drug dealer who also talked about mail-order kids. “The kids were nicked to order – snatched and delivered to wealthy people for big cash payouts. “Bennett and Jamie thought they could negotiate with this guy but he was just looking at them thinking that they were a couple of big, roast chickens and he was going to gobble the lot up. “In one meeting, before Maddie vanished, the Algerian said he’d taken kids from other parts of Europe and sold them on to rich families in Morocco. “After Maddie was gone, we had another business meeting and he just came right out with it and said he and his team had done Maddie.“The Algerian said Maddie had been taken away by ferry and joked about mail-order kids again.“I don’t think he was bothered whether she was sold to paedophiles or just a family.“He was only interested in the money. It was around 100 grand.”

It has to be said that this isn't the most convincing evidence: one drug dealer talking about what another drug dealer boasted about a few years ago. It's also extremely unconvincing: why would anyone pay $150,000 for a child when there are simpler and cheaper ways of getting one: as Phil Garrido showed?
No, class this one with all the other fantasies seems the correct response.

Madeleine Mccann all over the world

The Telegraph
Madeleine McCann: Belgian police investigate new sighting
Detectives are investigating a reported sighting of Madeleine McCann in Belgium made earlier this week.
By Nick Allen in Brussels
Published: 5:10PM BST 08 Aug 2008
The Mirror
Madeleine McCann 'sighting' reported in south of France
By Mirror.co.uk 20/02/2008
The Mirror
Madeleine McCann 'spotted' in Holland three days after she was kidnapped
By Martin Fricker In Portimao 6/08/2008
The Sun
McCanns: Find girl in Swedish photo
Published: 10 Oct 2009
DETECTIVES were last night desperately hunting a girl who was photographed in Sweden - after computer-matching showed she could be missing Madeleine McCann.
Daily Express
Madeleine search focuses on Australia
Madeleine McCann search focuses on Australia after woman claims she knows the identity of person being sought by detectives.
Date: 9th August 2009

Daily Express
Madeleine McCann went missing in Portugal on May 3 2007
Friday September 4,2009
An innocent man was questioned by police after he was seen with his step-daughter who looks like Madeleine McCann, it was reported.
The Herald Scotland
Argentina link to Madeleine?
Published on 9 Jun 2007
Police efforts to find missing Madeleine McCann have shifted their focus to South America after an anonymous caller was traced there.
Sunday Mirror
Madeleine McCann 'sighting' in Chile
By James Harper, sundaymirror.co.uk 27/01/2008
Reports of new Madeleine McCann sightings in Chile were being investigated by police last night. The Telegraph
Madeleine McCann 'sighting' in the Balkans
By Fiona Govan in Praia da Luz
Published: 1:01PM GMT 11 Nov 2007
Daily Express
MISSING: Madeleine
Tuesday August 12,2008
By Nick Fagge in Brussels
DETECTIVES in Belgium have been alerted to 30 new “sightings” of missing Madeleine McCann in the past seven days, the Daily Express can reveal.
Belfast Telegraph
Maddie being held near Praia da Luz
Madeleine McCann 'is in a secret lair'
Ulster detective leading the hunt on why he thinks she’s being held captive just like Jaycee Dugard
By Aaron Tinney
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Despite fresh leads taking his probe to Australia and Barcelona, the east Belfast man insists the golden-haired youngster is being held just 10 miles from where she was snatched in Praia da Luz two years ago.
Daily Express
Madeleine Mccann In Holland
Claims that Madeleine was snatched to order by a paedophile ring
Thursday August 7,2008
The first pictures of a couple seen by a woman who reported a potential sighting of Madeleine McCann in Holland have been released.

News of The World
Prisoner of evil
New McCann detective agency target Morocco in search for missing child
By Dominic Herbert in Praia Da Luz , 28/10/2007
A CRACK new team of private eyes are now hunting missing Maddie McCann-and they are convinced she was snatched TO ORDER by a paedophile gang then SMUGGLED out to Morocco.
Daily Mail
Investigators scour Morocco after 10 'sightings' of Madeleine with 60-year-old woman
Last updated at 08:24 30 October 2007
Diário Digital
False alarm on flight from Switzerland
A plane from TAP, the Portuguese national air carrier, was searched after landing in Lisbon Airport, because Swiss authorities alerted Portuguese police about a child who seemed to be Madeleine and was on that plane. Police identified the child and her parents, a French couple who was travelling to Portugal on holidays.
The People
Maddie in Bosnia and Saudi Arabia
11 November 2007
The specialist Metodo 3 agency hired by Gerry and Kate to track down Madeleine have extended their search to Saudi Arabia.
Investigators at the Barcelona company believe she may have been snatched by a millionaire paedophile in the oil-rich country.
By Dean Rousewell
Mail On Sunday
11 'sightings' of Madeleine in Malta - but police investigations draw a blank
Last updated at 18:34 22 June 2007
Daily Mail
McCanns: 'Important clues suggest Madeleine will be found in Spain'
Last updated at 08:00 25 October 2007
Fox News
Report: McCann Detectives Seek Pedophile Gang in Spain
Search Abandoned Crematorium with Recent Activity in Canary Islands
Monday, January 14, 2008 Fox News
The Sun
Tenerife ‘Maddie sighting'
Published: 05 Apr 2008
Daily Mail
Brasil - Interpol investigates 'sighting' of Madeleine McCann on a plane to Sao Paulo
Last updated at 12:13 13 May 2008
A possible sighting of Madeleine McCann on a plane to Sao Paulo is being investigated by Interpol, it was reported today.
Daily Mail
Is Madeleine in Britain?
Dorset councillor claims: 'She came to my house with a Portuguese couple'
Last updated at 16:27 24 February 2008
Kate and Gerry McCann face yet another potential disappointment after reports emerged last night that Madeleine McCann has been spotted in Britain.
Daily Mail
Police question beret-wearing man after Madeleine McCann 'spotted' in central Sydney, Australia
Last updated at 16:33 17 March 2008Police in Australia have questioned a man after a he was spotted with a girl thought to be missing Madeleine McCann.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Donald MacIntyre and Jeremy Wilkins have met before

What a coincidence! Jeremy Wilkins, the man who met Gerry Mccann on the night of May 3, 2007, was the producer of Donald MacIntyre's 2005 program "Toughest Towns" (thank's to Transfattyacid). It's a small world....

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

... and this is my reply to Bindmans LLP

From: Paulo Reis (xxxx.xxxx@gmail.com)
To: Bindmans LLP

Your ref: 50784.3/TA/tn
Date: 03 October 2009

Dear Sir,

After reading your message, I had the strange sensation of going back to the time when the British Empire ruled the world. I even looked through the window, expecting to see the first British warships sailing into the Inner Harbor, side by side with the jet-foils that bring gamblers to the casinos of Macau. It also reminded me of another message, long ago, when Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3d Marquess of Salisbury and prime-minister of Great Britain, sent an ultimatum to Lisbon, after the Portuguese Government claimed possession of what was then called Matabeleland.

In your message, you refer that publication of the information describing your client, Mr. Henri Exton, as having been employed by the Security Services is “prohibited in the UK by Standing DA Notice 5” and demand that the information is removed from my blog.

May I remind you that:

  • I’m not a British citizen;
  • I don’t live in the UK;
  • I published nothing in the UK Media;
  • I don’t use a UK Internet Service Provider;
  • My blog is not hosted by a UK company;

Also, please pay attention to the fact that DA Notices issued by a British joint government/media body are not applicable in the territory of Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, where I live. As a journalist since 1982 and a permanent resident of Macao (holder of a Macao I.D. Card) I know very well the set of laws and codes I must follow and respect, when reporting and publishing news or opinion articles. However, DA Notices issued by a a British joint government/media body are not among those laws and codes.

I must confess that I was greatly surprised with your reference to the fact that publication of the mentioned specific information is “prohibited in the UK by Standing DA Notice 5”. The idea that a DA Notice constitutes a prohibition to publish something, coming from such a prestigious legal firm like Bindmans, is quite strange.

According to the web site of the “Defence Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee (DPBAC)”, a joint government/media body that approves the standing DA Notices and monitors their implementation, “the DA Notice system is a voluntary code that provides guidance to the British media on the publication or broadcasting of national security information”.

“The DA-Notices”, as stated in the DPBAC web site, “are intended to provide to national and provincial newspaper editors, to periodicals editors, to radio and areas of television organisations and to relevant book publishers, general guidance on those national security which the Government considers it has a duty to protect (…) The Notices have no legal standing and advice offered within their framework may be accepted or rejected partly or wholly.”

In the same web site (FAQs Section), is also clearly stated that “matters published on foreign web sites, like matters published in foreign newspapers, are beyond the influence of the DA-Notice system.” Therefore, I am in the difficult position of having to choose whom I should believe: the lawyers and solicitors of the prestigious legal firm Bindmans LLP, who consider that DA Notices have legal standing, from Cairo to Cape Town, or the British Government, which denies that…

Concerning your request about the shoplifting episode referred in the story authored by Mr. Mark Hollingsworth, I will erase it because, as you say in your message,the caution applied to your client was rescinded by order of the Court. However, I would like to see some evidence of that claim and I would like, also, to know the precise terms used by the Court.

About the alleged breach of the right to confidence of your client, due to the reference to his former occupation, I believe that this (and other) details are of public interest and must be revealed, in order to allow readers to exercise what I consider to be their right to be informed and to have access to all relevant informations. Mr. Henri Exton role in the private investigation of Madeleine Mccann disappearance, his association with Kevin Halligen, Oakley International and Red Defence International and his previous working experience are details I consider relevant, from a journalistic point of view, to a full understanding of recent episodes, in a case that is far from being closed.

Mr. Henri Exton was not exactly a model of discretion (as several of my sources told me...) concerning his former occupation, when he advertised his capacity do add very specific skills to the search of Madeleine Mccann, before being hired by the parents of the missing girl. If Mr. Henri Exton wanted to keep his former occupation secret, I wonder why did he mentioned it, when trying to get a work contract, as a private investigator?

Sometimes, freedom of expression and freedom of the Press are in conflict with individual rights, like the privacy rights and the right to confidence. And, as it was clear in Attorney General v Guardian Newspapers (1990), there are circumstances in which confidence would not be protected: once information enters what is usually called the public domain; the right to confidence may also be outweighed by some other countervailing public interest which favours disclosure (which I strongly believe this is the case...)

On August 2008, Mr. Henri Exton was mentioned, by the Daily Mail (daily circulation: 2,171,686) as the "former head of Greater Manchester Police Undercover Unit", who was "one of the main players working on the Mccann contract (...)" So, since August last year the previous working experience of Mr. Henri Exton was on the so-called public domain (with the Daily Mail story reproduced in around 300 hundred web sites!!)

The "Manchester Evening News (MEN has withdrawn from the Audit Bureau of Circulation, but last figures put it-s circulation around 153,000 daily copies) published recently a front-page story, by Steve Panter, detailing Mr. Henri Exton remarkable career and explaining how he managed to infiltrate a gang of violent soccer hooligans called "The Young Guv'nors" in the 1970's. So, when the "Evening Standard" (daily circulation: 250,000) published the story that I reproduced in my blog, Mr. Henri Exton work as a undercover policeman was not exactly confidential...

Yours faithfully,

Paulo Reis

This is the letter I received from Bindamns LPP

No comments...

Kate McCann vows never to return to Portugal as husband Gerry is heckled
Exclusive by Martin Fricker 6/04/2009
Kate McCann makes emotional return to Portugal
By Mirror.co.uk 23/09/2009

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Worth reading

From "The Cracked Mirror", a superb analysis of some details of Madeleine's disappearance

May 4 - The Performance of a Lifetime
"The London evening Standard's story can be taken as a typical example of the processes in action on May 4. As in almost all the numerous reports that day the relatively factual and neutral statements of Mark Warner administrative staff members like Sylvia Baptista, or John Hill the resort manager, were swamped by the much more dramatic feeds from Gerry via the clan and "friends".

The Crucial Day, Part One
"As for the way, rather than the what, policemen have, as we have said, good instincts. Inspector Amaral knew that morning that conversations must have been taking place with outsiders of which he was ignorant, including, apparently, critical assessments of his own force’s operations. The effect on him and his colleagues of the ensuing discovery that the parents were briefing against the force to both the UK government (as Freedom of Information requests have since demonstrated) and to the media, while going through the charade of defending them or letting it be known that they “fully supported” the police – behaviour more typical of tricky politicians with their backs to the wall than crime-victims – can be imagined. The UK media may have been willing to play along with this game which was quite transparent to them, though held back from their readers, but police officers could soon see all too well what was happening."

The Policemen's Tail"
"By now talk of “the abduction” had strengthened among the UK group. Sergeant da Duarte Conceição was told immediately by Silvia Batista that the group were now describing it firmly as an abduction with Gerry McCann – neither hysterical nor rolling on the apartment floor at this time - joining her to emphasise the point. Not only that, added Silvia Batista, but the holiday group had printed photographs of the child and were already contacting the media to inform them of the “abduction.”
"Contacting the media at midnight? But the narrative, according to friends and family, was that the media had only been contacted after the failings of the investigation had become clear and the parents had been left isolated and unsupported with “nothing happening” at 4.30 in the morning. It is hard to see any real cause for dissatisfaction with the police so soon – police who were doing their best to find their daughter."

Beyond The Black Box
"Russell O’ Brien, among others, recounted what he saw in the apartment between the disappearance and the early hours of Friday morning as the parents punctuated uncontrollable, indeed hysterical, outbursts of shock with wildly agitated phone calls. As staff, holiday makers, police and even total strangers ran in and out or roamed through the apartment Gerry McCann was to be found “... on the phone to members of his family, curled up on the floor just outside the sliding patio door, sobbing uncontrollably and in between sobs just saying, ‘They’ve taken her,’ or ‘Somebody’s bloody got her’, you know, ‘She’s gone!’ He was incapable of even standing up,just lying on the floor...”
"And Fiona Payne said, “Kate and Gerry were ringing anybody under the sun. They were just going between sobbing and feeling helpless and then ringing people and all this frantic activity.... Who do we need to ring? The British Embassy, I think he was trying to get hold of the British Embassy and get somebody who was English speaking and might be able to help. I know he phoned his sister, he was phoning relatives, just telling anybody you know, you’ve got to help us, what can you do, can you think of anything?”

Happy birthday, Mr. Gonçalo Amaral

It was yesterday, but I had no net connection to send him my greetings...