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Postby KazLux » Sat Dec 01, 2007 8:41 am

13 Nov, 2007, 19:03 ┬╗

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in Sol online today:

http://sol.sapo.pt/PaginaInicial/Socied ... =Madeleine

Madeleine case
English politician says that the Portuguese police is corrupted

By Margarida Davim

Piers Merchant, who is an aide to the Member of European Parlament Roger Knapman, accuses the Portuguese judicial system of being "corrupted" and explains that the English government has been involved in supporting the McCanns because "Portugal has no real history of citizen's rights and liberties or democracy".

Piers Merchant, an aide to the Member of European Parliament Roger Knapman, accuses the Portuguese judicial system of being "corrupted" and explains that the English government has been involved in supporting the McCanns because "Portugal has no real history of citizen's rights and liberties or democracy".

To the conservative English politician, all the support that has been given to the McCann couple by the English government is justified by the need to protect their citizens from the Portuguese judicial system "which is known for being suspect".

The statements from Piers Merchant - from the UK Independence Party - were made as a reply to a letter that had been sent by Brigette Barnes, an English citizen, to the Member of European Parliament, Roger Knapman.

In that document, which Sol was able to access, the English woman expressed her concern over the involvement of Gordon Brown in the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and questioned the statements that were made by several British ex-policemen to UK media about the alleged incompetence of the Policia Judiciaria.

In the e-mail that she received from the MEP's cabinet, Barnes was confronted with a series of accusations to the Portuguese police and the Portuguese state. "Elements of the police are corrupt and indeed in this case the senior detective involved has been charged with corruption", can be read in the reply.

Confronted by Sol, the English politician reaffirmed the statements he had made in the e-mail that he sent to Brigette Barnes, according to which "many of the [Portuguese] police were trained under fascism and the institutions still bear the impact of this long period of dictatorship [of Salazar]".

In a text that contains references to Salazar and Marcelo Caetano, Merchant explains to the English citizen that "Portugal has no real history of citizen's rights and liberties or democracy".

Therefore, this Conservative politician believes that the involvement of Downing Street in the case of Madeleine McCann is justified: "British citizens should be protected against an unreliable foreign system".

Piers Merchant devalues the worries of the English voter, concerning the loss of credibility of the Portuguese authorities in the English media, classifying the initial investigation of the disappearance as "amateurish".

To Sol, the aide assured that whenever he replies to the letters that are sent to the MEP he guarantees that the answers are of his responsibility: "The opinions are more mine than Knapman's, even because I am a politician myself and stand by my ideas, but generally speaking, my ideas are very similar to his".

Merchant - who replied in Knapman's name - also took the opportunity to warn the author of the letter that concerning everything she writes, "the law of defamation applies to email and the internet", and advises her "for her own good, to be very cautious about circulating potentially high libellous statements about Kate and Gerry McCann".
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from Lusa - http://noticias.sapo.pt/lusa/artigo/Ovk ... 9V9xQ.html :

Madeleine: Minister of Justice and PJ director repudiate the statements made by an aide to a British MEP

The [Portuguese] Minister of Justice and the national director of Policia Judiciaria have today considered "unqualifiable" and "irresponsible" the statements that were made by an aide to a British MEP who accuses the Portuguese judicial and police system to be "corrupted".

Piers Merchant, an aide to MEP Roger Knapman, cited by weekly 'Sol' on-line, accuses the Portuguese judicial system of being "corrupted" and refers that the English government has been involved in supporting the McCann couple because "Portugal has no real history of citizen's rights and liberties or democracy".

According to 'Sol', the statements made by Piers Merchant, from the UK Independence Party, appeared as an answer to a letter that was sent by an English citizen to MEP Roger Knapman, concerning the disappearance of English girl Madeleine McCann on May 3, in the Algarve.

In the same response, it is said that "elements of the [Portuguese] police are corrupt and indeed in this case the senior detective involved has been charged with corruption".

In a statement to Lusa Agency, the Minister of Justice, Alberto Costa, considered that those are "unqualifiable statements from the UK Independence" which "do not express, at all, the position of the British authorities".

The national director of Policia Judiciaria, Alipio Ribeiro, classified the statements from the aide to the British MEP as "primitive" and "irresponsible".

"I am certain that the United Kingdom's authorities and its citizens, in general, do not subscribe to them. Nothing willmove us from continuing our police activity within the principles of strict democratic legality", Alipio Ribeiro stated to Lusa Agency.

Little girl Madeleine McCann disappeared on May 3 from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, where she was in the company of her twin siblings, while their parents were dining in a restaurant nearby.
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in Correio da Manha today:

http://www.correiodamanha.pt/noticia.as ... al=181&p=0

Madeleine McCann case
Tests leave doubts

The arrival of DNA test results in Portugal didn't allow the investigators to reach any definitive conclusions. More and more, the process into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the British child that was last seen in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, seems to be entangled in an endless net. The archiving of the process, until better evidence is produced, is starting to seem inevitable.

CM knows that the elements that have already been collected by the investigators are numerous, but inconclusive. Dozens of residues were found inside the apartment and in the car that was used by the McCanns, and sent to the Lab in Birmingham, one of the most reputable in the world.

Because there are diverse genetic profiles, most of them from elements of the same family, the suspicion of contamination is inevitable. Which increases the possibility that other explanations exist for the collecting of samples, which do not necessarily pass through the accusation against the parents.

In parallel, the PJ continues its methodical work of re-analysing the entire process. Paulo Rebelo, the new coordinator of the PJ in Portimao, asked some elements that he trusts to perform an "audit" to over one hundred volumes, trying to find a loose end, some angle that may not have been properly explored.

A common technique that is used to evaluate the process and to search for the 'click' that often changes the outlines of an investigation.

In this case, the investigators belong to the homicide brigade and to the technical analysis team of the PJ, and are in charge of copies of the digitized process. That work is being done by the investigators, in Lisbon, in order to avoid the "contamination" of the information that was collected locally.

As CM was able to discover further, the expectation about these results was great. But the truth is that, although several genetic profiles that are identical do Madeleine's were found inside the car that was used by the McCanns during their stay in Portugal, the conclusions are not definitive or are, at least, not sufficient in terms of a probability of penal condemnation.

Still, the rogatory letters to obtain more clarifications from the English citizens that were present at the Ocean Club in the night of the disappearance, should be sent at any moment. They have been finished for several weeks, but the PJ was awaiting the arrival of the total batch of analyses results in order to send them to England.

It is also not clear whether the Portuguese investigators will accompany the questioning of the witnesses. The Policia Judiciaria has reportedly expressed that wish, but that possibility will depend on the English authorities.

Anyway, and given the fact that the Judiciaria has no jurisdiction in that country, it can never preside over any diligences, and has to stay silent.

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in 24 Horas today (TABLOID ALERT):

http://www.24horasnewspaper.com/total.p ... 92&link=22

Witnesses who asked to change their statements have identified the arguido
McCanns' friends pointed at Murat

The PJ joined, in the same room, Maddie's parents, their friends and the Anglo-Portuguese man, 24Horas was able to discover yesterday

There was a confrontation. The Policia Judiciaria placed Robert Murat in front of all the people that attended dinner with the McCann couple on the evening that their daughter Madeleine disappeared from an apartment at Praia da Luz, in Lagos, Algarve, on May 3. From that diligence resulted, a few days later, the constitution of Murat as an arguido, because two of the McCanns' friends said during that confrontation that they saw the Anglo-Portuguese man close to the apartment where the girl and her twin siblings were sleeping.

"They were placed all together in the same room and two people who left the restaurant pointed at Robert Murat. They said he was the person that they saw close to the apartment where the girl was sleeping, around the time when the alarm of her disappearance was given", a judicial source that is connected to the process told 24Horas.

The friends who accused Murat were, as 24Horas was able to discover, Jane Tanner and Russell O'Brien. They clearly stated, during the confrontation, that it was him who was carrying a child.

This is the same couple who manifested their intention, with the Public Ministery, to change the depositions they made at that time, after it was made public that they might be constituted arguidos in the process.

"We know Robert Murat was near the apartment, he was pointed out by two witnesses and he is a friend of the McCann couple", another source that is connected to the investigations has guaranteed.

But Francisco Pagarete, the lawyer of the arguido, is clear: "Those are lies. My client did not know the McCanns and the day the girl disappeared, he was at home with his mother. We are going to prove that fact. It's a pity that we can only access the process in May, so we can defend ourselves".
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Postby KazLux » Sat Dec 01, 2007 8:43 am

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in Correio da Manha today:

http://www.correiodamanha.pt/noticia.as ... l=10&p=200

Deadlines: Little more than one and a half months left
PJ is running against time

The Policia Judiciaria in Portimao wants to speed up the Maddie case investigation. The investigators consider that the deadline to close the inquiry ends on January the 3rd, the date when eight months have passed since the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The Judiciaria's goal is to finish the investigations until that date, then to make the final report and to close all possible diligences that might uncover evidence. That understanding is also shared by the PJ's hierarchy, which is increasingly concerned about the lack of irrefutable evidence that allow to sustain an accusation against the parents.

New law creates doubts

The obligation to comply with the inquiry's deadlines is defined in the Penal Process Code, which was introduced on September 15 and which forsees the sanction of allowing the arguidos to consult the process, if the deadlines are not respected. But interpretations have been varied, and the law's novelty has caused confusion concerning the termination of inquiries and the possibility of those being consulted.

Concerning the Maddie case, CM knows the understanding is that the process should be concluded until January 3, as there are no clues to crimes that foresee the extension of judicial secret. The existing clues only configure an eventual homicide by negligence or concealment of cadaver.

It is also referred that in case the process is not concluded until that date, then it will be open to consultation from the parties involved, as the judicial secret will have to be lifted. "Although the investigation may be extended, the opening of the process renders the investigation undoable. The arguidos will have full knowledge of the evidence and may require endless diligences", a judicial source told CM yesterday.

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in Expresso, November 17 - excerpt of an interview with Alipio Ribeiro, national director of Policia Judiciaria

Maddie case
"We don't have the solution yet"

Q - When you assumed your post, you said that the police should not be afraid of being made accountable. Six months after the disappearance, what does the PJ know already?

A - The criminal investigation does not perform miracles. The Public Ministery knows what is happening in the process. We are continuing to work, with commitment, and with the best people.

Q - At what point is the investigation?

A - At the moment, there is nothing to say about the case. We are working well. The rest is a soap opera.

Q - So you consider that working well is to have put the case inside a bubble?

A - It's not inside a bubble. What kind of information could we give? We have this test, this is the result, there you go! This cannot be. We're working on an extremely delicate issue, which includes factors that we must preserve at any cost.

Q - Do you still maintain the speech that all leads are open, or is there a specific investigation line now?

A - In these cases, one never closes doors. Because there is always the surprise factor.

Q - Is it peaceful [agreed upon] that the investigation has dismissed the abduction theory?

A - No... we are evaluating all hypotheses. Every week we receive new information.

Q - Have you formed any definite idea about this case, in your mind?

A - I know the general lines. I might have an idea, but I keep it for myself.

Q - When will there be arrests?

A - First, we need to know what happened in the 'Maddie' case. I don't know whether there will be arrests, yet.

Q - What has the Policia Judiciaria learned from the 'Maddie' case?

A - We knew this was a complex process from the outset. And the truth is that we have learned something: to work with more reserve and more serenity. We are working better today than at the beginning of the investigation. We are more certain about some aspects of the investigation, but it is also true that we still don't have the story, the solution to the case. We have more sedimented perspectives of what happened.

Q - Do you think that in the future, you will always be evaluated by what happened in this case?

A - It's obvious that the media always have a perspective of things that is focused on one person. It will go through that aspect in some amount. But I believe that won't be all.

Q - Don't you think that the public deserved an explanation about the exit of Goncalo Amaral?

A - Whatever I had to explain, I explained it personally to the coordinator.

Q - Before or after you demoted him?

A - After.
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Postby KazLux » Sat Dec 01, 2007 8:44 am

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http://www.correiodamanha.pt/noticia.as ... l=10&p=200

Interview: Alipio Ribeiro says he doesn't know whether there will be arrests
English search for evidence

The PJ still believes that it is possible to accuse Madeleine's parents about her disappearance. At a moment when the investigators are in a race against time - the process may become accessible to the arguidos from the 3rd or the 14th of January onwards, depending on the interpretation of the Public Ministery of Portimao - the PJ is waiting for the results of the diligences that were requested from England. It is only after those that the rogatory letters will be sent, but judicial sources that were contacted by CM believe it will be possible to elaborate a public accusation with the elements that have been already collected.

To advance with a request to change the coercion measures - Kate and Gerry are only subject to informing their identity and residence - is something that seems to be increasingly difficult. This was stated yesterday by Alipio Ribeiro, who said in an interview to Expresso that he didn't know if someday "there will be arrests in the Maddie case".

But several sources that were contacted by CM believe it will be possible to avoid the process to be archived, waiting for better evidence. At least, this is what is expected by the investigators, who possess already almost all the tests that were performed on the biological residues that were collected from the McCanns' car and apartment, and are trying to distinguish the genetic profiles and to reconstruct, as faithfully as possible, the 'movie' of the night that the child disappeared, and the steps that her family made afterwards.

The final result of eight months of investigations - Maddie disappeared on May 3rd and the first arguido to be interrogated was Robert Murat, who was heard on the 14th - is still unknown. It could be one of negligent homicide, homicide with eventual intent, or even a scenario of accident. To know the juridical qualification of this situation is fundamental for the same to be placed into context in criminal terms, as different scenarios aggravate or diminish the penalty.

Inspectors went into the Algarve

The investigators from Policia Judiciaria who are cooperating with the PJ's department in Portimao, in the clarification of the Maddie case - the British child that was last seen in Praia da Luz - were in the Algarve over the last few days, exchanging information about the process. The inspectors, who come from several different areas within the PJ, including homicides, had brought copies of the process to Lisbon, already digitized, so they could evaluate all the elements that have been collected over all these months. The strategy was precisely that - to analyse the documents, without being 'contaminated' with information that was locally available - but the final stage of the case now demands for them to cross all the collected information, so they can suggest new diligences to their colleagues in the Algarve.

New photographs released

In an attempt to keep the disappearance of the British child in the media, "although the investigation seems to have come to a standstill", a friend of the McCanns has given the English newspapers some new photos of Madeleine. The pictures show Madeleine on her parents' lap when she was little over one year old. Happy and caring. This is how Kate and Gerry appear in the photos that were taken in their house, in Leicestershire, where they can be seen playing with the child. The online sites of the English media yesterday showed the emotional interview that Jane Tanner gave to BBC Panorama two days ago. The abduction theory is gaining consistency for the British press. The wife of doctor Russell O'Brien says she saw the abductor that took Madeleine, and that only later she realised it was the daughter of her friends.

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in Diario de Noticias this morning:

http://dn.sapo.pt/2007/11/19/sociedade/ ... scas_.html

PJ hears priest again and makes searches in the church

Four months after the suspicion signal was launched by the English tracking dogs that are specialised in detecting cadaver odours, the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) decided to

do a thorough search inside the Church of Our Lady of Luz, near Lagos, as well as the areas surrounding the temple, namely the old graveyard, that has been transformed

into a small garden, in an attempt to follow leads that relate to the concealment of the body of Madeleine McCann.

As a consequence of the alert that was transmitted by the English dogs also in other locations, some of the PJ's investigators, who are convinced that the child died

inside the apartment and that the body passed through the boot of the gray Renault Scenic vehicle that was rented by the parents three weeks later, even admitted the

possibility, months ago, that the little girl was "on the bottom of the sea or in the church".

According to what DN was able to conclude with various sources, the new diligence that was performed approximately two weeks ago in Praia da Luz, "informally and with the

greatest discretion" in an attempt to clear any doubts, even took some members of the PJ's team - led by the new coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department

(CID) in Portimao, Paulo Rebelo - "to spend a day with catholic priest Jos├® Manuel Pacheco" in that village. For that, the inspectors insisted on meeting the priest at

the house where his parents live, in the village of Odiaxere (Lagos), and agreed to follow, inside separate vehicles, until the church in Luz in order not to raise

attentions, and thus avoid the presence of journalists.

The Church lead

"The police has often spoken to the priest in Praia da Luz since Madeleine disappeared", the same sources guaranteed. But it was not possible to find out whether Jos├® Pacheco has made a formal statement as a witness in this process at the CID in Portimao yet. Our attempts to contact the priest all day, yesterday, were equally fruitless.

During these diligences with the priest, the inspectors wanted to know, for example, what the relationship of the priest and the involvement of the church itself were like with the McCann couple during the five months they spent in the Algarve until they were made arguidos, in September, for being suspected of their daughter's death and of the concealment of her body, especially because of the fact that Jos├® Pacheco gave Gerry and Kate the key to the church so they could pray privately and at any time, beyond the prayer vigils for Madeleine that were promoted by the parish.

The decision to deliver the key to the church, as DN reported at the time, ended up prompting plenty of discussion, namely with the bishop of the Algarve, D. Manuel Quintas. A lot of strangeness was further caused by the fact that the McCanns, shortly after Maddie disppeared on May 3, asked the managers of the "Ocean Club" for a priest, even before the GNR and the PJ were called into the location. The phonecall to Jos├® Pacheco was only prevented because it was very late, and the couple ended up meeting him on Saturday, after Gerry and Kate were heard at the PJ in Portimao.
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from Lusa this morning:

http://noticias.sapo.pt/lusa/artigo/C5s ... 3FwIQ.html

Madeleine: Robert Murat's mother guarantees that her son has an alibi that clears him from suspicions

London, Nov 19 (Lusa) - The mother of Robert Murat, who is an arguido in the process of investigation about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, last May 3rd, states in an interview that is broadcast by the BBC today that her son was always beside her on that date.

"On May 3, I went out to walk the dogs, which I have done every afternoon for many years. And I returned (home) around 8 p.m., and Robert was already there, and stayed home all night", Jenny Murat said, in her first public statement about the case.

"We were talking all evening, sitting in the kitchen. I'm sure I would have seen him if he had left", she added.

Concerning the three friends of Gerry and Kate McCann, Madeleine's parents, who allege they saw Robert Murat on the night of May 3, after the disappearance of the English child was confirmed, Jenny accuses them of lying.

"Frankly I don't understand why they are lying", she said during the interview, that is broadcast during the Panorama program, from BBC, called "The Mystery of Madeleine McCann".

Robert Murat was made an arguido 12 days after the disappearance.

He was followed by Madeleine's parents, on September 7.

Madeleine McCann disappeared on May 3 from a tourist apartment in Praia da Luz, Algarve, where she was with her twin siblings, while her parents were dining with friends in a nearby restaurant.
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in Jornal de Noticias today:

http://jn.sapo.pt/2007/11/20/policia_e_ ... ra_ap.html

MP [Public Ministery] concludes rogatory letters to 'squeeze' the McCanns' friends

The Portimao Public Ministery has finished the rogatory letters, which should be sent to England in the coming days and which ask for the cooperation of the local entities. This diligence will allow the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) to hear the seven friends of the McCann couple again, who spent holidays at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz (Lagos), last May, and thus try to clarify "some contradictions" that were detected in their statements. But the investigators want, above all, to try to break an apparent "pact of silence" of the group, which has been preventing an exact reconstitution of what really happened on the night of May 3.

Although the results of all the analyses that were performed on the residues that were found in the apartment where Madeleine (then three years old) disappeared from, have not yet arrived in Portugal, the rogatory letters will be sent to the Leicestershire police. Within days, a team of investigators who will be accompanied by the prosecutor Jos├® Magalhaes e Menezes, will also travel, to watch the questionings of the seven friends of the McCann couple. Those questionings will be made by the English policemen, in the United Kingdom.

For the PJ, these are still "fundamental" statements, which is proved by "the care" that was placed into the elaboration of the rogatory letters.

The investigators are also watching closely over the public statements of some of the witnesses who, as PJ understand it, have been clearly violating the judicial secret. Jane Tanner, a friend of the McCanns, who says she saw a man carrying a child, and who places Robert Murat at the Ocean Club on the night that Maddie disappeared, has now broken her silence. She spoke, first to North-American channel CBS and then to the English television BBC, whose report was broadcast yesterday evening.

A new interrogation of Kate and Gerry - who were made arguidos on September 7th - is not being considered for now. According to information that was collected by JN, the investigation does not see any usefulness in interrogating the couple again, presently, as they have already been confronted with the results from the residues that were collected inside the vehicle that they rented, 25 days after their daughter disappeared.

At that time, Kate and Gerry didn't reply to some essential questions, a position that the investigators hope to see changing when they receive the full set of results from the analyses, which have been at the lab in Birmingham since early August. For now, they will advance only with interrogations on their friends, which are not depending on the lab test results.

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Man of the Hour: Francisco Moita Flores (ex-PJ, mayor of Santar├®m and writer)

To watch, go here and click on the video:
http://i10.tinypic.com/6k4k676.jpg

Moita Flores has watched the documentary and is not impressed.

He starts by ripping apart the detective used by CBS on the 48 Hours documentary and his conclusion that this was an abduction. I'm not doing a word by word transcription, more of a general impression from the notes I jotted down, but here we go... We'll start with Moita Flores discounting the CBS detective's premises:

"He talks about the pattern of behaviour. There is no established pattern of behaviour after 3-4 days (for the McCanns)."

* * * Is Moita Flores alluding here to the idea that the McCanns did not go out every night as was insisted on the RTP "Anatomy of a Mystery", instead using a nanny the prior evenings? I don't know; wish I did * * *

"Then he has no knowledge of the area. There is no knowledge of the house. The house had opened doors, a miracle for this invented abductor, so that he could immediately take the child out along the labyrinthian escape route without anyone seeing...

"And as for the testimony of this woman, it is so vague and so inconsequential that it has no substance...

"As for the Spanish detective, the theory he has built is a farse, a farse with no reason to take it seriously.

"Because he has violated the first principal of criminal investigation which is to not believe in absolute truths.

"But he has absolute certainty that the girl was abducted. He knows who the abductor is. He knows where she is.

"This is false and it's so false that you understand it's a way to make money and not a way to bring forth the truth.

"That 1.5 hours, that we have discussed for so long. The secrets lie in that 1.5 hours between the alert of the disappearance and the dinner. This is still unexplained."
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in Correio da Manha this morning:

http://www.correiodamanha.pt/noticia.as ... l=10&p=200

Investigation: 'We know when they come and what they do here'
PJ watches detectives

The Policia Judiciaria knows when the Spanish private detectives that were hired by the McCanns are in Portugal. "We know when they come and what they do here", a source close to the investigation assured CM, adding that "they are allowed to be in Portugal as long as they don't interfere with the investigation". The men from Spanish agency Metodo3 can "talk to neighbours, or to whomever they want, as long as they don't make a formal investigation", a source from the Public Ministery has told CM. "But if they speak, for example, with a witness that is part of the process or if they gain access to a piece of the process, they are comitting a crime that may be obstruction of justice", the source explained.

The information that the detectives have collected so far are seen as barely credible by the Judiciaria, anyway. "They look like a 'pescadinha' [small fish] with its tail in its mouth", a source connected to the investigation said, explaining that the Spanish "only walk over places that have been mentioned already".

The most recent suspicion that was raised by the detectives from Metodo3 points to Michaela Walczuk, allegedly Robert Murat's girlfriend, and Luis Antonio, Michaela's husband. To CM, the Judiciaria has devalued that suspicion entirely.

"On the day they say she was seen, Michaela was probably in Lagos, because at that time, her car, a Skoda van, was being repaired because of a mechanical problem", Francisco Pagarete, the lawyer of Robert Murat and a friend to Michaela Walczuk, said.

"That is a piece of data that the Judiciaria knows itself", Pagarete continues, referring that "she cannot remember exactly what she did on that day because the agenda where she wrote down her everyday activities on a daily basis, is among the objects that were apprehended by the PJ and which have not been returned yet".

When Robert Murat was made an arguido, in May, Michaela and her husband, Luis Antonio, were also interrogated and, although they were not made arguidos, they saw some of their personal objects being apprehended.

Concerning the private analyses that were made on the couple's behalf, on the Renault Scenic (as reported by CM yesterday), the Judiciaria doesn't think they question the PJ itself. "If those analyses question something, it's the Birmingham lab and the results that they obtained", a source at the PJ said with irony; "and we are talking about one of the best and most reputable forensic analyses lab in the world".

The analyses that were made by request from Kate and Gerry McCann, whose results were made public yesterday by a source close to the McCanns, allegedly failed to detect any clues to the presence of Madeleine inside the Renault Scenic, contrary to what happened with the results that were performed in Birmingham.

The same source said that tests had been performed on the couple's twin children, in order to prove that no drugs had been given to the children to make them sleep. Also according to this source, the McCanns were preparing evidence to show that the English dogs' work - which detected a cadaver odour inside the vehicle and in the apartment - is not 100% infallible.

All these steps seem to indicate that Kate and Gerry McCann are already preparing, at this moment, their defense in court, if they come to trial because of the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, on May 3.

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Postby KazLux » Sat Dec 01, 2007 8:46 am

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There is no concrete evidence against the three arguidos in the process
PJ prepared to pack their suitcases

Nothing. The Policia Judiciaria possesses no concrete evidence that allows to make an accusation against the McCann couple and Robert Murat, the three arguidos in the case of the disappearance of Madeleine, on May 3, from Praia da Luz, in Lagos, Algarve. More. The team of investigators that is working on the process, lead by Paulo Rebelo, is already preparing to pack their suitcases and to return to Lisbon.

"No evidence was collected, until this moment, to incriminate anyone. The lab results that were received until now - performed by the National Institute of Legal Medicine, the Scientific Police Lab and the Forensics Lab in Birmingham - don't allow us to reach a conclusion", a judicial source connected to the investigations has admitted.

The new analyses of the evidence that was collected at the beginning of the investigations only discovered some contradictions in the versions of the friends who had dinner with the McCanns on the night that Maddie disappeared, but it has already been decided that no element of the Judiciaria will participate in the interrogations of the British witnesses and suspects, and only the rogatory letter, containing over one hundred questions, will be sent to the authorities in Leicester.

Although the PJ received some tests from the Birmingham forensics lab, the final report has not arrived yet. The list of the phone calls that were made by the McCanns on the day that their daughter disappeared has not arrived yet, either.

"We are basically back at square one. The parents remain the main suspects of the concealment of the child's body - not of the death, which was probably accidental - but there is nothing to prove it", another source connected to the case has regognized.

Faced with the present state of the investigations, the Policia Judiciaria's National Directory is considering the possibility of demobilising the team that was specially built for the case investigation, and there are even plans to place the case leader, Paulo Rebelo, into functions of higher responsibility.
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Company denies informations

The company of Spanish investigators that was hired by the McCanns to try to locate Maddie, Metodo3, has denied yesterday that they know where the child is located and that they would track her within a week. "The news were badly interpreted. What our senior officer Fernando Marco meant to say was that we are still following several leads and that we will track Maddie soon. There are no deadlines. All the information that was collected by us has been transmitted to the competent authorities", a public relations officer from the company revealed. The PJ assures they have no leads that were delivered by Metodo 3.
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Truck driver saw woman with child in Silves

Child was wrapped up in a blanket and was delivered to a man

"I saw a woman delivering a child to a man on a road, in the Silves area. What surprised me most was the fact that the child was wrapped up in a blanket, which is not normal, during an afternoon in May, with the heat that was felt in the Algarve, at that time of the year". This testimony was transmitted approximately two weeks ago to the Spanish company of private detectives, Metodo 3, which was hired by the McCann couple to follow the track of Madeleine, by a Portuguese truck driver who guarantees he saw the scene on May 5, between 5 and 6 p.m. As DN was able to establish with the detectives, the man told the Policia Judiciaria about what he saw, at the time.

When he was confronted by the private investigators with several photos, including that of Michaela Walcuzh, Robert Murat's partner, the truck driver pointed at the 34-year-old German citizen, as being the one "that seemed to him like having been on the Silves road, delivering the child to a man". "It's a lead that we are investigating very attentively, just like many others that arrive here and which we don't dismiss. This one includes a perfectly abnormal detail, which is a child wrapped up in a blanket" in the heat of May, a senior officer from Metodo3, who is in the Algarve investigating the case, told DN.

At the time that Maddie disappeared, the PJ announced that, along with the child, a pink blanket had been taken out of the room where she was sleeping, at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz.

According to the information that was given by the truck driver to Metodo 3, "the woman delivered the child to the man who was waiting for her in a black car that was parked in a field area within the council of Silves. Two days after the disappearance of Maddie and when the press was focusing on the case and the face of the British child was already known by everyone, the truck driver immediately gave the info to the PJ", the investigator said, adding that the testimony was repeated to Metodo3 when the company opened a phone line for anyone who might have information to offer about the disappearance". This sighting happened at a time when the PJ throroughly searched the tapes from the video surveillance system of the petrol stations on the Via do Infante [highway that crosses the Algarve] in the Silves area.
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