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Postby Maya » Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:57 pm

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Updated: 02 November 2007

Robert Murat PJ interview stories untrue, says his lawyer

UPDATED 11.20 ON OCTOBER 31

REPORTS THAT Robert Murat, the first person to be named as an arguido in the Madeleine McCann case, is to be interviewed by police for a third time, have been dismissed as untrue by his lawyer.

Various British national newspapers carried the story today (Wednesday) but Francisco Pagarete told The Resident: "We do not have any information about that. My client hasn't been contacted formally or informally by the Investigation.

" I have received several phone calls today about that and I can clearly state that no contact has been made to us".

As to the future, he added that they do not know if that is going to happen or when.

"We only know that if that happens it's just a question of scheduling an hour and we will be there."

Robert Murat, who was made an official suspect on May 15, shares a villa with his mother. The villa, Casa Liliana, is around 150 yards from the Ocean Club apartment in Praia da Luz where Madeleine vanished on May 3.

Robert Murat has always protested his innocence. He was first questioned in May and again in July and. police spent two days digging up his garden in August, but failed to find anything.
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Postby Maya » Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:58 pm

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Updated: 02 November 2007

Madeleine: missing for six months

MADELEINE MCCANN has been missing for six months and tomorrow (Saturday) her parents will mark this milestone quietly with a prayer service for their daughter and other missing children in the local Anglican church in the UK.

In Portugal, police are re-analysing witness reports, evidence and crime scenes under growing media attention and curiosity about the direction that the new head of the investigation will take.

The arguidos, Robert Murat and Gerry and Kate McCann, are also waiting for new signs from the investigation team at the Portimão branch of the Polícia Judiciária.

However, the main question remains without an answer and that is of the whereabouts of little Madeleine.

Her parents have hired a private investigation company in Spain and released a new telephone hotline (+34902300213) asking people to focus on searches in Portugal, Spain and North Africa. They strongly believe that she is alive at someone's house in one of those regions.

Despite their actions through the Find Madeleine Campaign, Gerry and Kate McCann remain under public scrutiny.

The Fund

Doubts about their usage of the Fund which was set up to help find Madeleine and support the family immediately after the disappearance, on May 3, were in the headlines of daily newspapers this week.

Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman for the McCann family, said that some of the fund had been used by the couple to pay the mortgage of their Leicester house.

However, he said this happened before they were named arguidos by the Portuguese police at the beginning of September.

Since then, the family's expenses have been supported by several businessmen who offered to help them, he said.

Gerry McCann was set to return to his job in the cardiology department of Leicester hospital yesterday (Thursday). It is thought he will start in a back office activity, out of the public eye.

In the meantime, Kate has decided to stay at home, remaining on the unpaid leave requested after Madeleine went missing.

The friends of the McCanns who dined with them on the night Madeleine disappeared and who returned to the UK shortly afterwards were also in the headlines this week.

The group released a statement saying "there is categorically no so called pact of silence or, indeed, anything secretive between us".

In fact, they consider it to be "incredibly frustrating" that doing "as we were asked to by the Portuguese police" is being "looked upon as suspicious".

Also vowed to silence has been Robert Murat, who was the first arguido named by the Portuguese police shortly after the disappearance of Madeleine.

This week, reports in the media were saying that the new investigation team who be seeing him for a third time.

However, his lawyer Francisco Pagarete told The Resident on Wednesday that this report was untrue.

"We don't have any information about new inquiries", he said, adding that "if that happens it's just a question of scheduling an hour".

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Madeleine McCann, please contact +34902300213. For Portuguese Police, please call +351 282 405 400.
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Postby Maya » Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:58 pm

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Updated: 08 November 2007

PJ: Madeleine still tops list of missing people

By: CECÍLIA PIRES

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MADELEINE MCCANN still tops the list of missing people on the Portuguese Polícia Judiciária (PJ) website. Her picture has not been updated since May 3, the day she disappeared from a holiday resort in Praia da Luz, although new images have been released to the media by the family, while the searches and suspicions surrounding the girl's disappearance progress as the days pass.

"Six months is such a long time for a little girl to be separated from her family". The quote is from Kate McCann who has appealed directly to the alleged abductors using the Find Madeleine website last week when calendars marked the six months since her daughter disappeared from the family's holiday apartment in the Algarve.

However, indifferent to the beliefs of the McCanns, new reports in daily newspapers based on police sources are suggesting that their friends, who were also dining at the Ocean Club restaurant, Tapas, on the night Madeleine went missing, are to be re-interviewed in the UK by Portuguese inspectors.

The news reports indicate that some of the members of the group could also be named arguidos following the interviews. However, this information has not been confirmed to The Resident by PJ sources, who underline that all lines of investigation are being followed.

As mixed information invades the newspapers every day in Portugal and in the UK, as well as in many other parts of the world where the story echoes, many experts comment and analyse the case, influencing the public opinion.

Immediately after the last interview of the McCanns to a TV station in Spain, an expert in criminal behaviour has accused Kate of "crying like a poker gambler".

However, Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCann family, has explained this week that Kate's absence of emotional expressions was recommended by British police immediately after Madeleine went missing in early May.

Mitchell has said to reporters that police advised the parents to hide their emotions from the public eye because the "abductor could be watching" and use that information against them.

In the meantime, the Portuguese investigation seems to be still depending on the arrival of the forensic analyses of the samples collected by the British police in the family's car and house, while they were in the Algarve in August and September.

The abduction theory seems to be gaining strength, with private investigators hired by the family reporting more and more testimonies of possible sightings of the little girl in the Morocco mountains.
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Postby Maya » Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:59 pm

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Updated: 15 November 2007

PJ say evidence against McCanns is inconclusive

By: CECÍLIA PIRES

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FORENSIC TESTS on the samples collected from the car and apartment of the McCann family have proved inconclusive, Portuguese police said this week. After waiting since August for the results, investigators have concluded that it is impossible to use as evidence.

Despite renewed efforts from the new PJ team, lead by Paulo Rebelo, the investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance is still facing difficulties and remains a long way from closure.

With so much hanging on the results of these tests, primarily to reinforce the PJ's theory that Gerry and Kate McCann are the prime suspects, there is now a real possibility that the Madeleine case will become a "case filed" if nothing happens fast.

To ensure that no stone is left unturned, all files related to the investigation are being reviewed by a PJ technical team from Lisbon, whose responsibility it is to check and re-check all the information collected since May 3, when Madeleine disappeared from Praia da Luz. This also includes reviewing all the information relating to suspect Robert Murat, who was the first to be named arguido, only a few days after Madeleine went missing. The Portuguese police also seem to be failing to stop the speculation and criticism surrounding the investigation.

Recent statements by Piers Merchant, assistant to British MEP Roger Knapman, accusing the Portuguese legal system and the PJ of being "corrupt" has had short shrift from the Portuguese Justice Minister.

Alberto Costa said these were "unworthy statements from the UK Independence Party" that "don't reflect, at all, the official position of the British authorities".

Criticised

Pinto Monteiro and Alípio Ribeiro, respectively the country's Public Prosecutor and the national Director of the Polícia Judiciária, also strongly criticised Merchant's statements.

Pinto Monteiro said "any reply to a European Parliament representative must be political and not judicial" and Alípio Ribeiro accused Merchant of "infamous" and "irresponsible" words.

After missing for 197 days, Madeleine McCann is still being searched for by her parents, which continues to prompt all types of coverage and reaction.

Last week, and anticipating the Christmas sales season, the publication of two books by Portuguese journalists was announced.

Maddie 129 is the title of a 206-page book published by Prime Books, which claims to be a report of what is thought to have happened between May 3 and September 9, the day when Gerry and Kate McCann returned to the UK.

The authors, Hernâni Carvalho and Luís Maia, say that "this is a book of questions" and not a public judgment or conspiracy against anyone.

Why did we adopt Maddie? is another book soon to be released by Oficina do Livro publishers. The author, TV reporter Luis Castro, says his book analyses a girl who became "daughter of the world".

Covering events from May 3 to November 3, the author invited 24 different national personalities to understand what he calls "the biggest journalistic coverage in recent years".
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Postby Maya » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:00 pm

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Updated: 16 November 2007

One of the Tapas Nine breaks her silence

ONE OF Gerry and Kate McCann's friends has broken her silence and told the BBC that she saw a man carrying a child through the Portuguese holiday resort where they were staying.

In the exclusive interview, Jane Tanner said she was certain Madeleine McCann had been abducted.

Ms Tanner was among a group of friends, the so-called Tapas Nine, having dinner with the McCanns on May 3..

She told the BBC how her friend Rachael came to her holiday apartment to tell her Madeleine had gone at about 10pm.

"And then I saw Kate and Fiona running around shouting 'Madeleine', and Kate said to me, 'Jane, Madeleine's gone, Madeleine's gone'.

"And that's the first I heard."

Jane Tanner is potentially a crucial witness in the police investigation.

Ms Tanner says at about 9.15pm she saw a man walking away from the complex with a child, but at the time thought nothing of it.

It was another 45 minutes before friends informed her Madeleine had disappeared and now she says she is convinced that child was Madeleine.

Much of the police investigation focuses on the timeline of events on the night of May 3.

And the group of friends who dined together have been key to piecing it together.

Among them were friends and fellow holiday-makers including Rachael Oldfield and Dr Fiona Payne.

Ms Tanner insists she has done everything to help with the police investigation but decided to talk to the media after being called "a liar and a fantasist".

"I know what I saw and I think it's important that people know what I saw because I believe Madeleine was abducted," she said.

Last month the McCanns released an artist's sketch drawn by an FBI-trained forensic artist using details from Ms Tanner.

She had described the man she saw as aged about 35 to 40, 5ft 6in (1.7m) tall, and slim and the child he was carrying was described as wearing the same pyjamas as Madeleine.

The artist, commissioned by private detectives working for the McCanns, left the man's face blank as Ms Tanner was unsure about some details

The police say they do want to speak to all friends who were with the McCanns on the night Madeleine vanished.

They are reassessing the case but continue to believe that Madeleine was either abducted or died as a result of an accident in the holiday flat.

Gerry and Kate McCann remain arguidos, or suspects, in the case, as does British expatriate Robert Murat.

The full interview with Jane Tanner can be seen on Panorama: The Mystery of Madeleine McCann on BBC One at pm on Monday, November 19.
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Postby Maya » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:01 pm

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Updated: 19 November 2007

Madeleine is alive, says private detective

UPDATED 14.25 ON November 19

A PRIVATE detective hired by Gerry and Kate McCann is certain that Madeleine is alive.

Francisco Marco, who is based in Barcelona, also told a US television station that the net is closing on the youngster's abductors.

The McCanns' spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said: "He's very confident. He's 100% certain that she's alive and believes that they are 'very, very close' to finding the kidnapper.

"Naturally we are extremely encouraged by any indication by our investigators that things are going well. But there have been a number of leads that have come to nothing and Kate and Gerry remain cautious."

The comments come after reports that Madeleine was seen in central Portugal two days after she disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.

Mr Mitchell confirmed that a new sighting at an undisclosed location on May 5 was being investigated but added: "This is very much an ongoing inquiry by our investigators. We will not comment on individual sightings."

The McCanns, both still official suspects in her disappearance, hired agency Metodo 3 to boost efforts to find their daughter.

Speaking earlier this month, Mr Marco said he thought Madeleine is alive in Morocco.

Mr Marco said: "We have a six-month agreement with the McCanns. We have already spent a month and a half working. I will find her before that period is up."
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Postby Maya » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:02 pm

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Updated: 20 November 2007

'Predator' was watching, says Gerry McCann

UPDATED 17.35 ON NOVEMBER 20

GERRY MCCANN has spoken of his belief that "a predator" was watching his family in the days before his daughter Madeleine's disappearance.

In the personal video, filmed by a family friend in August and broadcast last night (Monday) as part of a BBC Panorama programme, he speaks about a "window of opportunity" taken by an abductor.

The thought made him and his wife Kate "sick to the core," he said in the video.

Gerry McCann said that before Madeleine disappeared, he and his wife became concerned by the security at the back of their Praia da Luz holiday apartment when "maybe the weak spots were at the front".

In the footage, filmed in Portugal by Jon Corner, he said: "It's a corner flat with trees overlooking it. Somebody could be hiding there or watching out of view."

He added: "I've no doubt that Madeleine was targeted and that makes us sick to the core to think that someone was watching us and our daughter and then targeted her.
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Postby Maya » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:03 pm

Ok, DJ back to you again, just add any updates now :D
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Maya wrote:Ok, DJ back to you again, just add any updates now :D


OK Maya, thank you. :D

Apologies for the extended delay. :wink:

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Updated: 22 November 2007

Spotlight on witness

Robert Murat remains arguido
By: CECÍLIA PIRES

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JUST DAYS after seeing his status as arguido confirmed by the judicial authorities, Robert Murat has returned to the media spotlight through one of his friends, who is also witness in the Madeleine case.

Private detectives from Metodo 3, the Spanish agency hired by the McCann family, alleged this week that Michaela Walczuk, the German girlfriend of the British expatriate, was seen delivering Madeleine to a suspicious individual on a secondary road near Silves.

However, both the Polícia Judiciária and Robert Murat's lawyer, Francisco Pagarete, are not taking this allegation or line of investigation seriously.

Quoted by a Portuguese daily newspaper, Mr. Pagarete said that on the day Michaela was said to have been seen by a Portuguese truck driver, "she was, probably, in Lagos, where her car was being fixed".

Although investigators from the PJ are keeping a discreet silence about Metodo 3, sources say they are convinced that the agency is not adding new elements to the investigation because they "seem to be only checking all that was already investigated".

The Judicial authorities are, however, keeping the Spanish team under surveillance to ensure they don't talk with any witness connected with the case, which can be considered as obstruction of justice.

Clarence Mitchel, the spokesman for the McCann family, said that Francisco Marco, the detective who owns the private agency, "is very confident. He's 100 per cent certain that Madeleine is alive and believes that they are 'very, very close' to finding the kidnapper".


Connections

Meanwhile, TV stations in Portugal and the UK have screened major programmes with new footage from some of the people connected with the case, including Gerry and Kate McCann and Jane Turner, one of the McCann's friends who was also staying at Praia da Luz in May.

Interviewed for the first time, Turner said she was absolutely convinced she saw the abductor taking Madeleine on the night she disappeared.

In a personal video, filmed by family friend Jon Corner in August and broadcasted on Monday as part of the BBC Panorama programme, Gerry McCann spoke about a "window of opportunity" taken by an abductor that he believes had been watching the family in the days before Madeleine's disappearance.

In the same footage, Gerry reveals that before Madeleine disappeared, he and his wife became concerned by the security at the back of their Praia da Luz holiday apartment when "maybe the weak spots were at the front".

Keeping a distance from the drama feeding the media, the Portuguese police continue to ensure that all lines of investigation are still being followed.

Some of the Portim├úo PJ investigators on the Madeleine case were seen this week at Praia da Luz, near the Nossa Senhora church and speaking with the catholic priest Jos├® Pacheco.

The Portuguese priest was severely criticised after letting Gerry and Kate McCann use his personal keys to attend the church after Madeleine went missing.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Madeleine McCann, please contact the McCanns' helpline on +34 902 300 213 or the Portuguese Police on +351 282 405 400.
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Postby DJ » Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:45 pm

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Updated: 29 November 2007

PJ focus on forensic tests again

By: CECÍLIA PIRES

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PORTUGUESE INVESTIGATORS working on the Madeleine McCann case are still struggling to clarify if the girl was abducted alive or if she was killed in the holiday apartment in Praia da Luz where the family was staying on May 3.

According to police sources, the Birmingham laboratory is still going through some of the evidence taken from the apartment at the beginning of August. It seems its aim is to clarify if Madeleine was in fact killed in the room or just taken from there.

They are also still working on the indications given by British dogs in the beginning of August, about the presence of a dead body in the boot of the Renault Scenic rented by Gerry and Kate McCann 25 days after Madeleine went missing.

On Wednesday, a team of forensic experts from the Portuguese police was to travel to the UK to meet with the Birmingham team.

They were due to be briefed by the team analysing the Madeleine case evidence about all the forensic tests already done and what they effectively prove plus what is still to be finished there. No further information was available before The Resident went to press.

The investigation is heading towards a crucial period as all files related to the investigation may lose the secrecy of justice constraint early in the new year.

Secrecy of justice

According to the new Portuguese Penal Code, criminal investigations have to be public and risk being considered unacceptable by a court if they are not, unless a judge orders the secrecy of justice about its contents.

PJ investigators working on the case fear that the release of details of the case to the public and the fact that suspects may question all the procedures followed until now may slow down and even block the investigation.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Madeleine McCann, please contact the McCanns' helpline on +34 902 300 213 or the Portuguese Police on +351 282 405 400.
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Postby DJ » Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:46 pm

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Updated: 06 December 2007

New adverts in Spain to find Madeleine

THE FIND Madeleine Fund has started a 112,290 euro advertising campaign in Southern Spain which will also target North Africa and Portugal.

And, according to Gerry McCann, the fund is also contributing with 70,183 euros per month to support the private investigation being carried out by a Barcelona-based firm.

Writing in his blog on the Find Madeleine Campaign website, Gerry McCann believes the campaign will also show they do not subscribe to "unhelpful comments" recently made about the media's role in helping to find missing children, referring to criticism about the media coverage of the Madeleine case.

Madeleine McCann's father quotes the president of the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children to underline the importance of the media sympathy about their cause.

According to Ernie Allen, "there is no more likely source of information than some average, caring, alert citizen, somewhere in the world, informed and motivated by a photo or intense media coverage of a missing child".

It is now 218 days since Madeleine went missing from her bedroom in a holiday apartment of Praia da Luz.

The Portuguese police continue to keep a very low profile and are maintaining the secrecy of the investigation.

Forensic teams from the UK and Portimão were reported to have gathered last week to analyse the reports from the Birmingham Scientific Laboratory but no details were officially released to the media.

Commenting on this meeting, Gerry McCann said that both he and Kate were "confident that the results will no way incriminate" them, adding that their hope now was that everyone would "concentrate on finding Madeleine and her abductor".

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Madeleine McCann, please contact the McCann helpline on +34 902 300 213 or the Portuguese Police on +351 282 405 400.

Do you have a view on this story? Email: editor@portugalresident.com
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Postby DJ » Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:48 pm

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Updated: 13 December 2007

Praia da Luz priest denies reports in UK newspaper

By: CECÍLIA PIRES

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PRAIA DA Luz church is receiving the image of Our Lady of F├ítima on Monday, December 18, in a special visit to the region and this is the reason why ribbons and images of Madeleine McCann have been temporarily removed from its interior, according to father Jos├® Manuel Pacheco, the local catholic priest .

Praia da Luz's community "has not forgotten the little British girl and special prayers are still being held every Friday," father Jos├® Manuel Pacheco told The Resident.

The catholic priest was reacting to reports in the UK's Daily Express in which he is said to have "ordered the removal of scores of green and yellow ribbons which were put up as a symbol of hope in the days after Madeleine vanished". The British newspaper quotes a "close friend to the priest" as saying that the latter "can't even hear the Madeleine case mentioned without becoming irate." A statement that father Jos├® Manuel Pacheco describes as "barbarity" and a "lie". "I do not know who that 'friend' might be, but I doubt such person is my friend", he told The Resident.

Father Jos├® Manuel Pacheco ensures that "priests have no power to order anything in our churches. We have an entity for that, which is the Conselho Pastoral, where the catholic community is represented".

Church key

With regards to the key to Praia da Luz church that the McCanns were given after Madeleine went missing, so that the couple could pray in privacy, "that was a decision made by the Conselho Pastoral and I only knew about it three days later".

Father Jos├® Manuel Pacheco said: "Madeleine McCann's parents know that we support them and that is the most important thing. The family kept very close and good relations with the church and its representatives in Praia da Luz".

Madeleine McCann has now been missing for 225 days and her parents renew appeals every day looking for "that piece of information" that will lead to her being found. In contrast, the police investigation being carried out in Portugal continues to focus on the couple as the main suspects for her probable death.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Madeleine McCann, please contact the McCann helpline on +34 902 300 213 or the Portuguese Police on +351 282 405 400.
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Postby DJ » Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:49 pm

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Updated: 20 December 2007

Quiet period before new enquiries

By: CECÍLIA PIRES

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PORTUGUESE POLICE contacted their UK counterparts this week to arrange new interviews with Gerry and Kate McCann and the friends who were with them at Praia da Luz in May.

The questioning is expected to take place after Christmas, saving the parents of missing Madeleine from more anguish over the festive holiday.

While the whereabouts of Madeleine and the circumstances of her disappearance remain a mystery, a Metodo 3 private investigator was quoted this week by a British tabloid as saying that Madeleine "will be home by Christmas" and that they know who has taken her from the holiday apartment of Praia da Luz.

The Barcelona-based company was hired by the McCanns on a 50,000 pound Sterling a month contract to find their daughter after they returned to the UK in September.

At Rothwell, the McCanns are preparing a "very quiet and private Christmas with family", according to Gerry, who says in his blog diary on the findmadeleine.com website that "celebrating is the last thing we feel like doing", although they want the celebrations to be "as normal as possible for Sean and Amelie".

Gerry reinforces the appeal to anyone who may know something about the whereabouts of Madeleine and says that "Madeleine's return would obviously be the ultimate present" for all of them.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Madeleine McCann, please contact the McCann helpline on 0034 902 300 213 or the Portuguese Police on 00351 282 405 400.
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Postby DJ » Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:51 pm

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Updated: 03 January 2008

Organisations helping in the search

http://www.ceop.gov.uk/

MANY INTERNATIONAL organisations related to missing and exploited children have been involved in the campaign to find Madeleine McCann.

They have gained visibility after the media coverage surrounding the case. As a result, the abduction of children and their trafficking and exploitation is now reported so often by the media that the world cannot ignore the issue any longer.

Some of the organisations are

http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/

non-governmental, but many work in conjunction with governments and police agencies.

Their job is to help people going through a missing person drama and to alert the public to the issue and, most importantly, to work as a central contact for useful information about the missing persons in the world.

Almost all of them have websites with contacts, references and links redirecting visitors to the international or local

http://www.interpol.int/Public/Children/Default.asp

police authorities.

Below is a short list of some of the most active organisations on the Madeleine Case:

http://www.ceop.gov.uk/

http://www.childfocus.be/fr/index.php?language=en

http://www.innocenceindanger.org/

http://www.childsearch.org/

http://www.switzerlandinsound.com/

http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/can ... g&gi=maddy

http://www.missingpeople.org.uk/

http://za.missingkids.com/

http://www.icmec.org/

http://missingkids.co.uk/missingkids/se ... try=en_GB&

http://www.interpol.int/Public/Children/Default.asp

http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/
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Updated: 03 January 2008

Unwanted but needed

PRAIA DA Luz residents and visitors faced a surreal experience last summer. May 3 changed everything at the tourist village as an astonishing level of media attention focused on Madeleine's disappearance.

Reporters from television, radio, newspapers and magazines flocked to the Algarve and to Praia da Luz. Although fewer in number now, it is still possible to find one or two reporters out and about the Ocean Club.

The media coverage was so immense that it became a "case study" in television debates and opinion maker columns in daily newspapers across the world.

Journalists from the UK were joined by colleagues from Morocco, New Zealand, the United States and Spain, with many languages being heard for months in that little part of the Algarve.

What started out as a quiet and family-safe small holiday village became a suspicious and much more reserved community, running from cameras or reporters.

The other side of the story is that the media interest in the case remains as the only way for people to keep updated on Madeleine McCann's sad story.

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