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Thursday, 21 August 2008

Clarence Mitchell: How I met Gerry and Kate McCann...

The spokesperson of the McCann family gave a statement, as a witness (under oath...) to Leicestershire Police, on April 28, 2008. Mr. Clarence Mitchell explained he met Gerry McCann on 2007, late May, when Madeleine's father went back to UK for the first time after his daughter disappeared.

According to Mr. Mitchell, it was a circumstantial (1) meeting at the Leicestershire Police, while he was working at the Consular Assistance Group from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Clarence Mitchell told Leicestershire Police, in his statement, that he was asked to go back to Portugal with Mr. Gerry McCann, where he met his wife, Kate McCann.

Later, as he said, he developed a good professional and personal relationship with the family. In the same statement, Mr. Mitchell reveals that he went to Portugal on May 22, 2007 (the meeting at Leicestershire Police, with Gerry McCann was on May 21, 2007) and remain there until the middle of June. After his return to UK, he kept in daily touch with the family and met them 2 or 3 times a week.

Seconded to the Foreign Office

But according to Mr. Jim Murphy, Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office on 7 May, 2008, Clarence Mitchell was seconded to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, from the Central Office of Information (COI), for a period of 25 days in May 2007 to provide assistance with the media to the family of Madeleine McCann.

Mr. Jim Murphy revealed those details when questioned by Elliot Morley, Labour MP for Scunthorpe, on 7 May, 2008, as it is referred on the “Daily Hansard - Written Answers” at the House of Commons.

After his return to UK, in mid-June 2007, Clarence Mitchell continued to work as head of the Media Monitoring Unit, a department from the UK Government Central Office of Information (COI). He resigned from the COI on September 17, 2007. The Media Monitoring Unit employed 18 press officers, on August 2006 and, according to reports in the Media, it started to monitor blogs publishing hot issues regarding government policy in 2007, using a software tool developed by internet intelligence company “23 Ltd”.

McCann victims of a heinous crime

Clarence Mitchell was replaced by PR expert and Liberal Democrat politician Justine McGuinness on June 22, 2007. Justine announced her resignation immediately after the McCann couple went back to UK and Clarence Mitchell left his well-paid job at the Government to became the McCann spokesperson, with his 75,000 pounds salary paid by the millionaire Brian Kennedy.

As he started on his new job, he justified his decision to quit MMU and made clear what he thought about the decision of the Portuguese Police and Public Prosecution Services to name the McCann as “arguidos” or formal suspects: "I have done so simply because I feel so strongly that they are the innocent victims of a heinous crime that I am prepared to forgo my career in government service to assist them (...) I will simply be representing Katie and Gerry as a private individual, one who believes utterly that they are innocent of any involvement in the disappearance, let alone the death, of their daughter, Madeleine."

Duarte Levy and Paulo Reis

(1) Gerry McCann left Faro Airport on May 20, 2007, on a late flight. He arrived at Coventry Airport on the early hours of May 21. The Media was informed that the trip was related with personal matters and also for meetings with organizers of the Find Madeleine Fund. He met Clarence Mitchell at Leicestershire Constabulary's headquarters, and went to Rothley where he visited the Madeleine's improvised shrine, set up at the war memorial in the village centre. Daily Mail wrote that Gerry meeting with Leicestershire Constabulary was intended to see how they were coordinating their inquiries, as they were the police force in charge of cooperating with the Portuguese police. On May 22, Clarence Mitchell and Gerry McCann flew back to Algarve.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Remember, remember: “Who's Afraid of the McCann?


I “lost” a good number of posts, both news and opinion, that I published in the first years I followed the Maddie case. Those posts were on a blog that I “rented” to Blogspot but the website was deleted, because I forgot to make the annual payment on the scheduled date. After some “technical” work and many hours online, I managed to retrieve a reasonable number of those posts. “Who's Afraid of the McCann?” is one of those posts. I can't remember exactly when I published it, but at the time Clarence Mitchell was already working for the McCann and it should have been posted after September 2007, because I mention a curious episode with Grant Hodgson, from the “Daily Mirror”, and that episode was at the end of that month.
Grant Hodgson is the journalist that fabricated the story about Gonçalo Amaral having boozy three-hours lunches, drinking wine (Mr. Amaral never drinks wine, must be the only Portuguese that doesn't like it, only drinks beer...), working only four hours a day. In this story he published on 30 September 2007, in the “Sunday Mirror”, he refers that he followed Mr. Amaral for one week, every day and wrote that he saw him spending two and a half-four on a lunch at the restaurant Carvi, paying a impossible bill of 84 Euros. Of course, what is the problem of “boosting” the lunch time of Mr. Amaral, putting more 30 minutes? Just a case of a little bit of journalistic “creativity” - even if many people calls that making fake news. His fabricated story was repeated - whitout quoting him as the "pionner" - in hundreds, may be thousands of stories published in other British newspapers.
Many of the links may not work, as a large number of stories about Madeleine McCann, published by British newspapers are no more available for public access.

Who's Afraid of the McCann?”

Clarence Mitchell, a former spin-doctor from British Government, is a liar. Nothing new, because this is an essential characteristic for somebody who has this kind of job. The most recent lie was published today. Mr. Clarence Mitchell told the Mirror Kate and Gerry have consistently said they are willing to co-operate with Portuguese authorities and will continue to do so, regardless of who is in charge of the hunt for Madeleine."
The “debutant” - as Richard Branson called him - Portuguese lawyer Pinto de Abreu said exactly the opposite. So, one of them is a liar. I believe Mr. Pinto de Abreu told the truth, when he revealed that Kate McCann refused to answer several times, when questioned by Police. I don't believe Mr. Clarence Mitchell, because his job has been and still is not to tell the truth, but to try to create the idea that truth is what better serves the interest of his bosses, whoever they are.
But the most interesting statement of Mr. Clarence Mitchell, the once powerful head of Media Monitoring Unit, was on GMTV: What (the McCann) want now is whoever takes over to refocus the inquiry onto finding Madeleine.;
Meaning, what the McCann want is that Portuguese Police forgets the evidence collected by a British Police special team, working with the two most valuable and efficient sniffer dogs of all police forces in UK, Keela and Eddie at Praia da Luz.
What the McCann want, according to Clarence Mitchell, is that Portuguese Police start to pretend that it is a strong possibility that Madeleine McCann is alive a theory that goes against the results of the analysis of the samples collected by the British Police special team at Praia da Luz - analysis done at Forensic Science Service, in Birmingham.
But Clarence Mitchell is doing his job. That's what is paid for, by the several British millionaires that are the financial supporters of the McCann. What I don't understand is why the answer for the challenges and threats coming from the McCann has been the silence, coming from the Portuguese Prime-Minister, Mr. José Sócrates, from the Chairman of the Supreme Magistrates Council, Judge Noronha do Nascimento, from the head of the Public Prosecutor's Service, Mr. Pinto Monteiro and from the director of Policia Judiciária, Mr. Alípio Ribeiro.
Are they afraid of the McCann? Are they afraid of who is behind the McCann? I can't believe they are. I can't accept they are. But I can't understand why they have been so silent, month after month of an amazing campaign of slur, slander, calumny, defamation and insult to all the institutions those persons represent: our Nation, our Judicial system, our Courts, our Public Prosecutor's Office and our Police. I never heard a word of Mr. Alípio Ribeiro defending one of his men, Criminal Coordinator Gonçalo Amaral. He never had the courage to come forward and say that he trusted the man who was in the spotlight, the nº1 target of British tabloid's journalists, people that behave like a pack of hyenas and have to lick each other for mutual reconnaissance, in order to avoid episodes of cannibalism.
When you are in command and you don't take care of your men, you risk to lose the battle. Because your men don't trust you. If you want to lead, you have to be the first to move forward and face the enemy. If you do that, your men will fight and die for you. But even if you stay in the comfort and cosiness of your command post, at the top of your ivory tower, while your men are struggling in the trenches, you can be sure they will do their job. They have a mission and a duty, and that's more important than the man that, by accident, happens to be their commander. A man that never had his shoes in the mud, never smelled a rotten body, never heard the noise of bullets passing by.
But when those men finish their job, they will come for you. They will ask you where you have been, when they needed you. Why you left them alone. They will demand answers. Hope you have a good one. You will need it. You and all the others that have been in such a comfortable silence, until now, as if you have nothing to do with what is going on at Praia da Luz.
(*) Mr. Grant Hodgson, from the Mirror, is a man that considers himself a journalist, an obvious mistake. He calls me with regularity, like many other British journalists and I wouldn't mention their names, as most of them are good professionals. And we just talk, between journalists, about the last gossips, information, recent news and so on.
Some of them ask me for help in clarifying aspects of the Portuguese legal system, others want more details about news that were published in the Portuguese Press. A few of them proposed me money in exchange for information and other usual unethical procedures, quite common among British tabloid journalists. Brendan de Beer, who works for a English language publication in Algarve, once called me asking who where my sources in the Police.
Last time Mr. Hodgson called me, he asked my opinion about the picture of Madeleine, in Morocco. I reminded him of the many sightings in Malta and I told him that everybody should be careful with those sightings. I gave him an example: the chairman of the Polícia Judiciária Inspectors Union told, during a TV program, on September 11, that PJ had to investigate and send teams to 252 different places where alleged sightings of Madeleine have been reported, only in Portugal, between May 3 and September 11.
And what did this "journalist" wrote, next day? He wrote this piece of fake, misleading and manipulated information: "The 'Sunday Mirror' has discovered that 252 possible tip-offs about the four-year-old have been reported to Amaral, any one of which might just lead to her being traced. But the vast majority have not even been checked.”
[The story is no more available, in the “Sunday Mirror” website, but a copy can be found here]

Saturday, 22 September 2007

Clarence Mitchell about McCann being named as “arguidos”: “This is a travesty...”

Boston.com World News
Clarence Mitchell about McCann being named as “arguidos”: “This is a travesty...”
September 9, 2007
PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal - A British couple named as suspects in the disappearance of their 4-year-old daughter, Madeleine, in Portugal would like to go home but don't want to be perceived as running from justice, family and friends said yesterday.
(...)
A family friend, Clarence Mitchell, said Gerry McCann told him that he and his wife expected clarification of their legal status within 48 hours. "They are in broad agreement that they should get out as soon as they can," Mitchell said via telephone from Britain. Mitchell said the McCanns, both doctors from central England, were considering hiring lawyers in Britain where they would also have support from family and friends. “They are determined to prove this is a travesty . . . and clear their names," Mitchell said of the police allegations about their possible involvement.



Saturday, 21 June 2008

Who's the boss?

Audrey Fitzpatrick told Herald.ie, yesterday, that “she had a 'very encouraging' meeting in Dublin with the spokesman for the parents of Madeleine McCann (...) 'It was very good meeting him. He has offered us real help in getting Amy into the British media', she said. 'He was confident he will be able to get Amy's story on the BBC and on Sky and on GMTV too,' she said. He is doing this just because he wants to help find Amy. We're very grateful to him. We have been trying for a long time to get the British media interested in the search for Amy,' she added.”

So, Mr. Clarence Mitchell promised Audrey Fitzpatrick, the mother of teenager Amy Fitzpatrick, who disappeared in Spain, last January, that he “will be able to get Amy's story on the BBC and on Sky and on GMTV too”. I'm confused. I remember Mr. Clarence Mitchell was a BBC journalist, before switching to a well paid job at the Prime-Minister's Office (Tony Blair, remember?) where he headed the Media Monitoring Unit. After being sent to Praia da Luz, by the Foreign Office, to act as an adviser for Madeleine's parents, he quit his Government job to be a full-time spokesman for the McCann.

Amy Fitzpatrick's mother and her partner have been trying hard to have British Media interested in the case of her missing daughter, with no success. But Mr. Clarence Mitchell is “confident” he can change the mind of the editors of BBC, Sky News and GMTV – British TV channels that, until now, showed no interest in the case of Amy, as her mother said. That is the reason why I'm confused.

The editors of those TV channels follow orders from Mr. Clarence Mitchell? Does the spokesman of the McCann couple has such an influence over those editors, that he can make them put Amy's case in the news, even if – as it seems, according to Amy's mother – they haven't considered it, until now, a case important enough to get some good amount of TV time? Do those editors give more importance to a missing child case, depending from the person that phones them? Or is Mr. Clarence Mitchell pretending to have more influence that he really has?

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Give me “Crimewatch” or nothing!

One thing that Mr. Clarence Mitchell never, but never, will be able to understand or admit, is the existence of something that is not British or somebody who doesn’t agree with him. Another problem, for a person who wants to give the idea that he is a spokesman, is the clear evidence that he is not able to listen to experts.

In the Portuguese legal system, re-enacting a crime is a decision that belongs to the authorities. When it’s done, how it’s done, who must be there, why is it done, it’s for the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Criminal Court and Police to decide. Listening to what Mr. Clarence Mitchell told, it seems that in UK, crime re-enacting is decided by TV producers and is done according to those producers (and program ratings…)

Mr. Clarence Mitchell told RTP that the McCann demand the status of “arguidos” to be lifted, as a condition to accept the invitation to come to Portugal, on April 15 and 16, and watch the re-enacting of the events that took place, on May 3rd 2007. Please, can somebody tell Mr. Clarence Mitchell to listen to what Mr. Rogério Alves has to tell him, about this?

It is also a surprise, for me, to know that the McCann, having said before – through their spokespeople – that:

a) They would never leave Portugal before finding what happened to Madeleine;
b) They could come back to Portugal, as “arguidos”, just to see some friends;
c) They would not come back to Portugal, unless their status of “arguidos” was lifted;

Now, they are worried with Kate: "Kate is upset. There's been no sense of concern for her feelings or the anguish it will cause her. On an emotional level she is not sure she can go through with it”, according to a “friend”, quoted by The Press Association.

Unless, it seems, if there are TV cameras available and the re-enactment can be broadcasted, according to Reuters: “Kate and Gerry McCann and their lawyers are considering the proposal and have yet to decide whether to go, spokesman Clarence Mitchell told BBC television. It is very much under discussion,’ he said.”

"What Kate and Gerry would welcome very much is something that will actually help find Madeleine. If a Crimewatch style reconstruction ... is what is being proposed, then of course they will take part. He said such a televised reconstruction was suggested by the McCanns and BBC Crimewatch last year, but was turned down by the Portuguese authorities.”

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Why did the chickens run away


Once again, Clarence Mitchel comes forward with another “spin”, trying to justify something that is difficult for any common citizen to accept. Some of the McCann friends refused to come to Portugal, to participate in the reconstruction of the events at the night Madeleine McCann disappeared. Let's analyse carefully the dialogue between Pat Kenny and Mr. Clarence Mitchell, on a interview with RTE Radio 1 (*). Pat Kenny was kind enough to put the question on a very “friendly” way:

(...)

Pat: Now, the last thing is quite amazing, astonishing, development in a sense that it's about a cancellation of a reconstruction of what happened on that night. But the reconstruction wasn't going to be televised, so what was the point of it?

CM: Well, that's exactly the question that Gerry, Kate and their friends were asking. There are a whole host of reasons why they had very strong concerns about what this would actually achieve. They've all said consistently - and continue to do so - that they will do anything to help find Madeleine. This particular proposal, the way it was phrased, the way it was being put forward, they felt would not in any shape or form help to find her. As you said, it wouldn't have been televised, so there would have been no new leads coming in... Why, what good would it have done well over a year after the event? Nobody seems to have given any consideration to Kate's mental well-being, you know, was she expected to see a child playing Madeleine in front of her? All sorts of other questions...”

(...)

I admit three possibilities as an explanation for this nonsense, quoted from that interview:

1 – Mr. Clarence Mitchell and the McCann's British lawyers just don't care about what their Portuguese lawyers explain to them;

2 – Mr. Rogério Alves and Mr. Carlos Pinto de Abreu are lousy lawyers and don't even know the basic procedures of a criminal investigation;

3 – Mr. Clarence Mitchell is lying;

Why? Because, according to the Portuguese Penal Code, reconstruction of events and/or facts related to a crime is a way of getting evidence acceptable by the Court, following a formal decision from police and judicial authorities, under specific circumstances and conditions.

This is a translation from article 150º, Portuguese Penal Code:

Chapter V – About the reconstruction of events
Article 150º
Conditions and procedure

1 - If there is a need to determine that a fact could have occurred under certain circumstances, it is admissible to do its reconstruction. This reconstruction consists in the reproduction, as exactly as possible, of the conditions under which is supposed the facts have taken place and the in the repetition of the way events happened.

2 - The formal decision ordering the reconstruction of the fact must contain a brief mention of their subject, day, hour and place where it will occur and how it will be done, eventually recording it on video. Within the same formal decision can be designated an expert for implementation of certain operations.

3 - The advertising of the reconstitution should be, as far as possible, avoided.”

Pat Kenny was surprised by the fact that Portuguese Police wanted to use the McCann and friends, for the reconstruction, rather than actors:

(...)

Pat: That's... they were going to use the McCann and the people who were there actually that night rather than actors.”

CM: Well, exactly, and how many reconstructions have you heard of in Ireland, Britain, or anywhere else, where the original people involved in a case actually take part? It is virtually unheard of. And so, again, that made us - made our lawyers wonder, you know, what is going on here? And on top of that, the Portuguese - as a norm - do not do reconstructions. Last year, just after Madeleine was taken, BBC Crimewatch proposed just such a reconstruction with actors. And the police said, "No, no, we don't do that here, we don't do reconstructions." And yet, suddenly they turn around over a year later to say "We will do one, on our terms". And, you know, there was some debate within the group. Now, Gerry and Kate, as 'arguidos', as suspects, are, would have had to go back if they were forced back - legally - to go. There was no question of them saying "No, we couldn't go", but the friends are not suspected of anything or not involved directly in that sense, to that degree. And, as a result, they had freedom of choice. And they discussed it themselves - at length - and decided to let the police know that, you know, that: "Thank you for this offer, on this occasion, but we don't feel it would be helpful". And that's what happened. And the police made it clear as well, they wanted everybody, or it wouldn't happen. And as soon as one or two of the friends said "no", then it simply fell away.”

Pat: There was some suspicion that they were trying to kind of trip people up. You've given a statement... Now, let's see you walk through the statement that you gave and let's see if we can find any holes in it.”

CM: I have to be very careful what I say, Pat, because the police are still investigating this and our lawyers are still looking at it, but, um, you can draw that assumption if you wish, I would not wish to comment on that.”

(...)

So, some of the McCann friends refused to take part in the reconstruction, making it impossible from a legal point of view. They “discussed it themselves - at length - and decided to let the police know that (...) 'Thank you for this offer, on this occasion, but we don't feel it would be helpful". Could the reason for that have been the “suspicion that they (the Portuguese Police) were trying to kind of trip people up...You've given a statement... Now, let's see you walk through the statement that you gave and let's see if we can find any holes in it”, as Pat Kenny mentioned?

You can draw that assumption if you wish”, was Clarence Mitchell answer. Yes, we can, as Barak Obama supporters say.

(*) The interview with Clarence Mitchell begins 10 minutes after the start of the audio record

Duarte Levy & Paulo Reis

Version française


Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Clarence Mitchell's conference at Coventry University

“Madeleine McCann, The Perfect PR Campaign”

The former head of Media Monitoring Unit, Clarence Mitchell, “breaks his silence for the first time in a Coventry Conversation at Coventry University”, tomorrow, October 18th. According to the organizer of the conference, John Mair, “Clarence did a splendid job of getting the 'Missing Madeleine 'message to millions”.

Clarence Mitchell “was central to the McCann’s liaison with the world’s print and broadcast press and also organised, via the respective British Embassies, the McCann’s campaign visits to the Vatican, Madrid, Berlin, Amsterdam and Rabat”, as the Press release from Coventry University refers.

Tomorrow, the spokesman of McCann family will explain how he managed to do that, after “having been seconded to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to act as a media liaison officer for Gerry and Kate McCann”. At that time, Clarence Mitchell was still the head of Media Monitoring Unit, a department from the Government News Network, which is part of the “Central Office of Information” (COI). The COI Chief Executive reports to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

The McCann Case: Money for nothing, “that ain't workin”



 Dear Mr. Martin Fricker (*):  

Are you following orders, just brainless or a corrupt journalist? I’m asking this question because if you are not brainless or following orders and the right answer is the last one, I would like to know how much are they paying for what you - many other British and several Portuguese journalists - are doing, while pretending to be journalists. That’s what we can call “Money for Nothing”, because “that ain't workin”..

CHAPTER I

Investigators ignored new Maddy sighting in New Zealand

MADDIE SEEN 'ALIVE' ON TV

More Madeleine 'Sightings' In New File

MADDIE SIGHTING WAS KEPT SECRET

McCann family says it is scandalous Portuguese police did not follow up possible sighting of missing daughter Madeleine in Dunedin 2007

New Zealand Police Force
Media Statement - 3 March, 2010 - 16:49

Dunedin Police say that they did receive information from a member of the public who believed she saw Madeleine McCann in a Dunedin retail outlet in December 2007 (…) Police were unable to obtain any further information or ongoing lines of inquiry. The file was forwarded to Interpol and this is correct procedure under international agreements. The lead jurisdiction, in this case, Portugal, directs how the case progresses and has not asked NZ Police for any follow-up to date. The file has remained open ever since, Inspector Campbell said.

New Zealand police dismiss possible McCann sighting

Clarence Mitchell:

1 – Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCann, said “They were shocked when they became aware of the scale of the information that had come in and the lack of action taken.  There are potential leads in the file that are now being followed up by our investigators. It’s more than a pity that the file has just sat there for so long and simply been marked ‘not relevant’ by the Portuguese.”

2 - Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, said: 'They are incredibly frustrated that this was sitting there and being disregarded by the Portuguese police. They were shocked when they saw the scale of the information that had come in and the lack of action taken.

'There are potential leads in the file that are now being followed up by our investigators. It's more than a pity that the file has just sat there for so long and simply marked "not relevant" by the Portuguese. There are also images in the file that are strikingly similar to Madeleine and are being looked into.'

CHAPTER II

MADDIE SIGHTING WAS KEPT SECRET

MADELEINE McCann could be 12,000 miles away in New Zealand, it was revealed last night. Police files kept secret for nearly two years were obtained yesterday by the Daily Star.  They include grainy footage from a supermarket’s CCTV cameras that could show the missing youngster Down Under.

Last night the McCanns were “extremely angry” that the file had remained hidden. Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “They were shocked when they became aware of the scale of the information that had come in and the lack of action taken.
“There are potential leads in the file that are now being followed up by our investigators. It’s more than a pity that the file has just sat there for so long and simply been marked ‘not relevant’ by the Portuguese.”

IS MADDY LIVING IN NEW ZEALAND?

'It WAS Maddie': Witness convinced girl in photo that Portuguese police kept secret was missing Madeleine

The woman who reported a possible sighting of Madeleine McCann in New Zealand  which was kept secret by Portuguese police said today she 'absolutely believes' it was the missing girl. Files have been released showing that Portuguese police dismissed dozens of potential sightings of Madeleine.  Leads from around the world - including the CCTV footage from New Zealand of a child looking strikingly like the missing girl - were filed away under the heading 'not relevant'.

Information that police forces in the United States, Europe and North Africa considered important was also discarded. None of the files was handed to private investigators working for Madeleine's parents, Gerry and Kate.
(…)
Their existence came to light in a legal action brought by the McCanns against Goncalo Amaral, the disgraced detective who was in charge of the case.  Madeleine was four when she vanished from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007. Her parents were at a restaurant 80 yards away.

They now have a copy of the 2,000-page dossier which was published yesterday on the order of a court in Portugal after an application by newspapers including the Daily Mail.  The McCanns are incensed that their private investigators were given no access to the sightings at the time.
(…)
Mrs McCann said: 'There are instances where information which we think is very credible and worthy of information has not been actioned.  'We're gutted, it's absolutely shocking and difficult. Some of the information handed in was very credible. It's heartbreaking to know that it seems to end there.'

Mr McCann, also 41, was particularly angered at Inspector Ricardo Paiva, who was responsible for collating any information about Madeleine after the formal investigation ended.  He said: 'Inspector Paiva believes Madeleine is dead. How can he investigate thoroughly if he believes that? We know now there is a lot of information just filed away - and that is not acceptable. Once the file has been closed, what has actually been done? Next to nothing.'

The file contains a series of sightings which the McCanns would have expected to be fully investigated. The astonishing CCTV footage from New Zealand shows a girl very like Madeleine being led into a supermarket by a portly man in shorts - seven months after her disappearance.
(…)
Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, said: 'They are incredibly frustrated that this was sitting there and being disregarded by the Portuguese police. 'They were shocked when they saw the scale of the information that had come in and the lack of action taken.

'There are potential leads in the file that are now being followed up by our investigators. It's more than a pity that the file has just sat there for so long and simply marked "not relevant" by the Portuguese. There are also images in the file that are strikingly similar to Madeleine and are being looked into.'

Madeleine McCann parents 'deeply upset' at sightings dossier

POLICE BLITZED BY ODD MADDIE CLAIMS

An email from the Madeira Liberation Army who claimed to be holding Madeleine and had a video showing her in good health, but couldn’t vouch for her safety unless the city of Funchal was granted independence.

Madeleine McCann: Checkout girl has ‘no doubt’ she saw Maddy at a New Zealand supermarket in 2007

Dunedin enters Madeleine McCann mystery

A family spokesperson says the McCanns are incensed: “Kate and Gerry have made it clear that they were shocked to see the lack of follow up work done by Portuguese police since the investigation was shelved.”

Investigators want Maddie McCann files from Portugal

Secret files reveal 'NZ link' in Madeleine McCann case

MADDIE SEEN 'ALIVE' ON TV

New Files Like 'Gold Dust' in Search for Madeleine McCann

MADELEINE ‘HELD IN REMOTE SHACK’

McCanns: Time for a new Maddie hunt

Police failed to follow up on Madeleine sighting

NZ Madeleine 'sighting' ignored

New Zealand woman believes she saw Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann: second photo emerges

Madeleine may have been spotted in NZ

Police failed to follow up on Madeleine sighting

File's release yields 50 McCann case tips

Madeleine McCann: more than 50 new leads

New Zealand woman believes she saw Madeleine McCann

MADELEINE ‘HELD IN REMOTE SHACK’

EXCLUSIVE: NEW CLUES LEAD MCCANN PRIVATE EYES TO AN OLD DESERTED SHACK

Investigators ignored new Maddy sighting in New Zealand

More Madeleine 'Sightings' In New File

SHOP GIRL WHO 'SAW MADELEINE MCCANN' IS QUIZZED

EXCLUSIVE: NEW CLUES LEAD MCCANN PRIVATE EYES TO AN OLD DESERTED SHACK

Was this rag doll given to Maddie by her captors?

IT WAS MADDY ..I'M 100% SURE

McCanns' detective searching for girl in a wig seen with two 'gipsies'

McCann family says it is scandalous Portuguese police did not follow up possible sighting of missing daughter Madeleine in Dunedin 2007

Madeleine McCann: Portuguese police ignored warnings over 'suspicious' man

Lost Maddie double who cried “Help me”

Dunedin Madeleine sighting ruled out but more claimed

CHAPTER III

Girl in CCTV footage not Madeleine McCann - police

New Zealand police rule out reported Madeleine McCann sighting

New Zealand police dismiss possible McCann sighting

Police: girl seen in New Zealand store not missing Madeleine

Young girl seen on CCTV in New Zealand 'not Madeleine McCann'

Police deny NZ Madeleine sighting

New Zealand sighting is not Madeleine, police say


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(*) This question is also addressed to all brainless journalists “journalists” that are responsible for the stories of ChapterS I and II and of this post, in special to Henrique Monteiro, Antonella Lazzei, Jerry Lawton, Martin Brunt, Nick Fage, Roddy Mansfield, James Jordan, Jo Toscano.

Friday, 22 August 2008

Clarence Mitchell recruitment site: Just a coincidence?

It is not the same Clarence Mitchell, spokesperson of the McCann family, right? Just a coincidence of names, I'm sure. Could be another Clarence Mitchell, the owner of this company...

NOTE 1: AFTER PUBLISHING THIS POST, I WAS INFORMED THIS COMPANY HAS NOTHING TO SEE WITH MR. CLARENCE MITCHELL, SPOKESPERSON FOR THE McCANN FAMILY. MY APOLOGIES, IF THIS CAUSED ANY INCONVENIENCE TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED COMPANY.

NOTE 2: I BLOCKED COMMENTS IN THIS POST. AS IT WAS JUST A COINCIDENCE OF NAMES, I POSTED A NOTE WITH MY APOLOGIES TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED COMPANY. I'M AWARE THAT I MADE A MISTAKE, POSTING THE REFERENCE, BEFORE CHECKING IT PROPERLY.

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

July 7 High Court session “postponed”

The story published today by the Guardian has another very interesting paragraph. It says that the McCann “were due to launch a high court case in London on Monday to get access to details of the case held by Leicestershire police, their local force. It is believed this case will be postponed while the couple await news from Portuguese prosecutors.” So, that Court action was due do be launched on July 7.

On June 21, The Daily Mail wrote: “The McCanns have now applied to the court to consider ordering Leicestershire Police to disclose their files on scores of reported sightings of their missing daughter - many of which have been passed on to them by police in Portugal (...) The case will be heard in the High Court on July 7 in the Family Division. However, it is not known if it will be heard in open court because Madeleine is a minor, and has protected status as a ward of court.” Clarence Mitchell is quoted, in that edition of the Daily Mail, as saying: “An application has been made on Madeleine's behalf by her parents for disclosure of certain documents.”

On June 23, on The Telegraph, Clarence Mitchell was more precise: ““I can state that on the instigation of Gerry and Kate McCann Madeleine is a ward of the High Court of England and Wales. An application has been made on Madeleine’s behalf by her parents for disclosure of certain documents. The hearing is currently scheduled for July 7 in the High Court in London.”

So, according to the Daily Mail, on June 21, the McCann had already “applied to the court to consider ordering Leicestershire Police to disclose their files on scores of reported sightings of their missing daughter (...)” Clarence Mitchell even confirmed that “an application has been made on Madeleine's behalf by her parents for disclosure of certain documents.”

And according to The Telegraph, on June 23, Clarence Mitchell went further and, after confirming the “application has been made” also said that the hearing was “scheduled for July 7 in the High Court in London.” But, according to the Guardian, on July 2, the McCann “were due to launch a high court case in London”, on July 7, “to get access to details of the case held by Leicestershire police, their local force.” Am I missing some detail, or this is a little bit confused?

Natural question....