SOL/Lusa: McCanns "Accept" Returning to Portugal

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SOL/Lusa: McCanns "Accept" Returning to Portugal

Postby xklamation » Fri May 23, 2008 7:48 pm

Madeleine: The McCanns will travel to Portugal, but friends question the re-enactment of the girl's disappearance

London, 23 (Lusa) May - Kate and Gerry McCann are still willing and they will obey to a notification of the Police to participate in a reconstitution of the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, but their friends question the validity and the proposed model.

"Basically, it is not up to Gerry and Kate [the realization of the reconstitution] because they are arguidos and, if their presence is requested, and if they have to go, they will go ", guaranteed today the spokesman of the couple, Clarence Mitchell, to the Portuguese News Agency.

"Everything depends on the friends, who were also invited to go but, since they are nota arguidos, they have a right of questioning the usefulness of this exercise and if it will help to find Madeleine - and at this moment their answer seems to be it will not ", said Mitchell. "The Portuguese authorities still did not manage to answer to this simple and only question ", added Mitchell.

Almost 13 months have passed since the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, on the 3rd of May of 2007, from an apartment where she was spending holidays with her parents and brothers in Praia da Luz, Lagos, in the Algarve.

A reconstitution of all the steps given by the parents and the friends who were there at that time was suggested by the Judiciary Police (PJ) almost a month ago, first through the McCanns lawyers and then trough individual summons.

The PJ stipulated the realization of the reconstitution to the presence of the nine British and three dates were proposed in May, two of them were exceeded (15th and 16th of May).

"We are coming very near to the suggested date (29 and May 30) and I think it is very unlikely that the reconstitution will happen", estimated the McCanns Spokesperson.

The little time remaining to the date also hampers the settlement of the availability of all, exemptions from work , travel arrangements and accommodation, whose cost is not clear who will pay.

The delay in settling the date is, according to Mitchell, the lack of response to several questions sent by friends to the police about the nature of the investigation.

One was why doing a reconstitution of the alleged crime now, 'when they do not do it normally [in Portugal] and they rejected a proposal to do one for the TV program Crimewatch of the BBC last year ", he said.

The friends also questioned the option of the authorities of wanting on location the real protagonists, including the couple McCann and the seven friends with whom they spent holidays, when "most of reconstructions are done by actors' and they also ask why other tourists and workers of the tourist complex were not invited.

Kate's "mental well-being" is another factor that causes concern, according to Mitchell.
"Is it supposed that she sees a child to be kidnapped in front of her? What type of anguish is going to cause her? It seems to nobody to have thought about that ", he stressed.

In spite of the difficulties, Clarence Mitchell denied that Kate and Gerry have presented "determined conditions" in order to travel to Portugal, as reported today in the newspaper "24 Horas", based on a source of the Judicial Court of Portimão, and reaffirmed the availability of the couple to help the investigation.

Kate and Gerry McCann are arguidos at present, together with the British-Portuguese citizen Robert Murat, in the process of investigation to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The McCanns seven friends - Jane Tanner, Matthew and Rachael Oldfield, David and Fiona Payne, Russell O`Brien (Jane's companion) and Fiona's mother, Diane Webster - were cross examined as witnesses in Portugal in the weeks following the disappearance and again in April , In Leicester, England.

To mark the first anniversary of the disappearance, the family created by the campaign to find Madeleine released a new phone number to collect information of potential witnesses and the result was a "strong response". "We had thousands of mails and hundreds of calls and between them there is some information that is being closely analysed", advanced Mitchell.

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Re: SOL/Lusa: McCanns "Accept" Returning to Portugal

Postby bugalugs1970 » Fri May 23, 2008 8:08 pm

its clear why they are wanted there, its equally clear as to why they don't want to be there. The mc's have been backed into a corner, but yet again may have the opportunity to escape.

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Re: SOL/Lusa: McCanns "Accept" Returning to Portugal

Postby Stevo » Fri May 23, 2008 8:19 pm

The little time remaining to the date also hampers the settlement of the availability of all, exemptions from work , travel arrangements and accommodation, whose cost is not clear who will pay.


What the hell are they talking about?

They have a couple of million pounds and must have at least several hundred thousand pounds left in the fund.

If the fund is to be used to help find Madeleine then they have NO EXCUSES about using that money to pay for their air FARES back to Portugal.
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Re: SOL/Lusa: McCanns "Accept" Returning to Portugal

Postby pakeha2007 » Fri May 23, 2008 11:50 pm

Thanks for postsingthis, xclamation.
I especially liked
"...Kate's "mental well-being" is another factor that causes concern, according to Mitchell.
"Is it supposed that she sees a child to be kidnapped in front of her? What type of anguish is going to cause her? It seems to nobody to have thought about that ", he stressed. ..."
Sorry?
Why would Kate see a child abducted in front of her in a reconstruction?
What is CM smoking these days?
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