24 Horas - 29/5/2008

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24 Horas - 29/5/2008

Postby Li » Thu May 29, 2008 3:18 am

Afraid of being constituted arguidos

The other two couples that left the children in the Ocean Club were afraid by the fact that the Portuguese law previews a penalty till 10 years in jail to those that abandon minors

Text Carlos Tomás

Two couples refused to return to Portugal to cooperate with the PJ in the reenactment of the 3rd of May of 2007. Amongst the motives to refuse, the 24 Horas discovered that it was the fact that Jane Tanner, Russel O'Brien, Rachel and Matthew Oldfield were afraid of being constituted arguidos.
From the group of nine people that dinned in the Tapas Bar in the night of the disappearance, apart from Maddie's parents these were the couples that had children. And also them left the children alone in the apartments of the Ocean Club - according to the article 138┬║ of the Penal Code, that constitutes a crime that can be punishable with ten years in jail.
"They made several demands, from a special airplane to a five star hotel. The last that they demanded was not to be constituted arguidos, whilst the McCanns demanded exactly the contrary. According to our law that is impossible to guarantee", explained to the 24 Horas a judicial responsible connected to the process.
According to testimonies collected by the PJ in the Tapas Bar, only Russel O'Brien and Gerry McCann left the restaurant between 19,00 and 22,00 hours the period that the authorities believe the child went missing.
"The refusal of the friends to return to Portugal is unbelievable. Only three said they would come", David Payne, Dianne Webster and Fiona, said the same source.
To note that the depositions of Fiona Payne and her husband are considered fundamental to elaborate the accusation that is almost concluded.



Diane Webster, 63 years old, was the most calm person of the group. After Kate entered the Bar screaming "they've taken her", she was calm and serene.


The reservation of the apartments of the Ocean Club - made through the Internet - was done by David Payne one of the witnesses that was available to return to Portugal.

Three consistent versions

The investigators of the PJ that are conducting Maddie's case, coordinated by Paulo Rebelo and Guilhermino Encarnação, already analysed the principal depositions collected in Leicester, England. The ones that have consistency, are the ones of David and Fiona Payne and Diane Webster, the 24 Horas discovered. All the other depositions present several contradictions or did not advance anything important to the case. However the depositions of more than 50 persons that spent holidays in the Ocean Club in that date and live in England, are still being analysed.
According to the depositions of these three friends of the McCanns from 18,00 hours onwards none of them saw Maddie, although she was extremely active and liked to be with the group. The only person that says that went to see the child after 21,00 hours is her father Gerry that confessed that he was talking for several minutes with a friend near the door of the flat and after that only his wife Kate that gave the alarm of the disappearance after 22,30 hours. The authorities were only called near 23,45 hours.
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Re: 24 Horas - 29/5/2008

Postby Dreyfus » Thu May 29, 2008 8:37 am

WOW thanks Li, as always. Fascinating piece.
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Re: 24 Horas - 29/5/2008

Postby fedrules » Thu May 29, 2008 8:42 am

[quote][/quote]According to testimonies collected by the PJ in the Tapas Bar, only Russel O'Brien and Gerry McCann left the restaurant between 19,00 and 22,00 hours the period that the authorities believe the child went missing.'

If this is true,how can JT have seen 'bundleman'?Was she actually at the Tapas bar on May 3rd or did she stay home to look after their sick child?

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