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Postby DJ » Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:55 pm

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Updated: 03 January 2008

The faces in the investigation

ALTHOUGH CONSTRAINED by the Portuguese secrecy of justice code on the release of information during a crime investigation, Polícia Judiciária did appoint an official spokesman for the Madeleine case.

Initially, Chief-inspector Olegário Sousa held the role and represented the more communicative period of the investigation about Madeleine's disappearance.

For several months he was the public face of the investigation, briefing and giving interviews to representatives from the local, national and overseas media.

On September 17, however, he was called to return to his Lisbon team as the investigation entered a new phase, with the Portimão public prosecutor assuming control of the case.

The chief inspector, who always criticised the information leaks affecting the investigation, particularly to the Portuguese-language press, returned to normal police duties, leading a team of investigators in a department at the Lisbon PJ office dedicated to art robberies and connected crimes.

Top investigator

On October 8 another person who would become famous in connection with the Madeleine McCann investigation was appointed. Paulo Rebelo, a top investigator and a man close to and trusted by Alípio Ribeiro, the national director of the Polícia Judiciária, was asked to replace Gonçalo Amaral, head of the Portimão PJ department.

Gonçalo Amaral led the investigation for several months under severe criticism from the media and public opinion.

After very polemic statements to a Portuguese newspaper, accusing the British police of only following tips put forward by Gerry and Kate McCann, Amaral was ordered to step down from the case and from the regional office by the PJ's national director.

With a professional look that aims to better illustrate the new generation of criminal investigators, Paulo Rebelo was described to the media as experienced in criminal investigation and a very diplomatic and prudent investigator, although with "a strong attitude".

Since he took office, leaks about the Madeleine case are more controlled and different lines of the investigation are being re-confirmed.
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Postby DJ » Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:56 pm

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Updated: 03 January 2008

Three official arguidos

THREE ARGUIDOS have been named officially in the Madeleine investigation case since the little girl disappeared on May 3.

The list may grow before the case is considered closed, especially as the case enters a new enquiry stage this month.

The first person to be named arguido, or suspect, was Robert Murat, an English citizen who lives in Praia da Luz not far from the holiday apartment where the McCanns were staying.

This happened on May 15, only 12 days after Madeleine went missing. Murat was called in by the PJ for a six-hour interview after Lori Campbell, a journalist from the Sunday Mirror, reported to the authorities what she considered to be his "strange behaviour" during the first few days of the investigation.

The expatriate is still living in Praia da Luz, in Villa Liliana, with his mother Jennifer Murat. He is now unemployed and waiting for the Portuguese authorities to disclose whether he's involved or not in the disappearance of Madeleine.

The two other arguidos were named in September. Gerry and Kate McCann's involvement represented an unexpected turn in the case.

It happened after a series of inspections of the apartment where the McCann family stayed at the time Madeleine went missing, as well as to the boot of their car, hired several days after her disappearance.

As a result of these inspections, specially trained dogs, brought in from the UK, found samples of body fluids in the apartment, said to be from Madeleine.

The couple were separately interviewed at the PJ headquarters in Portimão on September 7 and 8 and then both named arguidos.

Shortly afterwards, and contrary to what they had previously said, the couple returned to the UK, arriving in their home town of Rothley, in Leicestershire, on September 9 amidst frenzied media coverage.
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Postby DJ » Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:58 pm

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Updated: 03 January 2008

Critical decisions in the Madeleine investigation

By: CECÍLIA PIRES

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YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) marked a critical date in the long investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann as the public prosecutor of the Portimão Court was expected to announce his decision about the future of the case.

One of two decisions will have to be made – either the case is filed and all of those who were named arguidos are officially cleared, with the case being released from the constraints of the secrecy of justice and, therefore, available for public consultation, or the investigation has to go on for another six months before a final decision has to be announced.

The arguidos in this case, Gerry and Kate McCann and Robert Murat, will remain as arguidos if the second option is chosen by the Public Prosecutor.

This is critical for Gerry and Kate McCann, who have announced their desire to return to Portugal to clear their name and revitalise public interest in the search for Madeleine through new events and a revamp of the Find Madeleine campaign website.

According to Clarence Mitchell, the McCann's spokesman, quoted recently by a British daily newspaper "they hope to be re-interviewed by the British police and have the chance of clarifying some of the misunderstandings from their previous statements to the Portuguese PJ".

The lawyers hired after they were named arguidos at the beginning of September and the McCanns are expected to have meetings during the next few days to analyse the best way for them to be cleared from their arguido status.

They consider that this is the only way for them to re-focus on the search for their missing daughter with the sympathy and help of the public opinion in Portugal.

Investigators dismissed

The new strategy is based on the strong belief of Gerry and Kate that Madeleine's abductor is keeping her alive and that stronger appeals and more awareness from the public may help to find her.

Meanwhile the McCanns announced the dismissal of Metodo 3 from the case just before the Christmas celebrations.

The mixed information that was released for several weeks by the Barcelona-based private investigators, the failure of the targets they made public, as well as pressures from some of the financial supporters of the Madeleine campaign, led to their dismissal.

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 3:00 pm

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Updated: 03 January 2008

MADELEINE MCCANN: Chronology of a missing girl

April 28 – Arrival of the McCann family and a group of friends for a holiday in the Algarve.

May 3 – Madeleine McCann disappears from the bedroom where she was sleeping along with her siblings in a holiday apartment at the Ocean Club Resort, in Praia da Luz, in Lagos. Her parents, both doctors, were dinning with friends in the resort's Tapas restaurant, around 50 metres away.

May 5 – The Faro PJ director officially announces Madeleine was abducted and reveals that a suspect's profile is being shown to locals. John Buck, the British ambassador at the time, drives to Praia da Luz to meet the McCann family and announces that three British police officers will be arriving to help the Portuguese police.

May 7 – The search area is enlarged by a further 15 kilometres from the resort.

May 9 – Mari Olli, 45, a Danish tourist living in Fuengirola, in Spain, says she has spotted Madeleine at a service station in Morocco.

May 10 – The Portim├úo PJ calls in the McCann family for further testimonies while their house is searched. General searches by GNR teams are less frequent and the PJ ensures the media there are no suspicions regarding Madeleine's parents.

May 11 – GNR teams are ordered to stop looking for Madeleine. Scottish businessman Stephen Winyard offers a reward of 1.4 million euros for the person who finds Madeleine.

May 12 – Madeleine's birthday – she is four.

May 14 – Robert Murat, his partner at the online real estate agency Michaela Walczuch and her husband Lu├¡s Ant├│nio are called in for questioning by the PJ. Robert Murat is named arguido after 14 hours of questioning.

May 17 – The PJ search Robert Murat's house.

May 19 – A video with Madeleine images is shown to the crowd at FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

May 23 – Gerry and Kate travel to F├ítima Sanctuary, where they pray with thousands of pilgrims.

May 25 – Portim├úo PJ releases an official description of the possible abductor and the McCanns give their first interview.

May 30 – Gerry and Kate travel to Italy and meet the Pope Bento XVI at the St. Peters Square, in Rome, where the pontiff blesses a picture of Madeleine.

June 1 – The McCanns are received by the Spanish Minister of Internal Affairs. They ask for the Spanish Government's help in the search for Madeleine.

June 15 – The PJ investigates a tip from an anonymous letter sent to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, saying Madeleine's body should be at a specific spot in Odi├íxere, a small village near Lagos. The tip turned out to be false.

June 22 - Fifty days after Madeleine went missing, Gerry and Kate mark the day with a balloon release at Praia da Luz. On the same day, Geneva airport sees a huge police operation, after two witnesses report sightings of Madeleine.

June 28 – An Italian man and a Portuguese woman are arrested near the Spanish city of Cadiz, after attempting to extort the McCann family.

July 6 – Another man is arrested in Holland for an extortion attempt in the Madeleine case.

July 10 – Portim├úo PJ calls Robert Murat in for another session. He attends the Portim├úo Departamento de Investiga├º├úo Criminal (DIC) with his lawyer Francisco Pagarete.

July 16 – Gerry and Kate McCann thank Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling for including a ribbon and a poster with Madeleine's image with her latest book.

July 23 – Gerry McCann travels to United States where he meets with American organisations working on child abuse and missing children.

July 28 – In Belgium, a local psychologist says she saw Madeleine in the company of two adults in the small village of Tonges, in the north of the country near the Dutch border. The girl was in an esplanade and a soda bottle from which the girl drunk from is sent for testing. The lead was later confirmed to be false.

July 31 – A Portim├úo PJ team aided by British police and a team of two dogs specialising in blood and bodies tracing inspects the apartment from where Madeleine was taken, as well as other locations in Praia da Luz.

August 4 – Casa Liliana, where Robert Murat lives with his mother, Jennifer Murat, is searched again by a team of 10 PJ inspectors, two British police officers, Civil Protection members from Lagos and C├ómara workers. Oleg├írio Sousa, spokesperson for the PJ, says the operation was intended to confirm the existence, or not, of traces of Madeleine.

August 6 – A Portuguese daily newspaper reports, for the first time, the accidental death theory. The newspaper basis the information on police sources who revealed that blood traces were found on one of the walls of the room where Madeleine was sleeping when she went missing. On the same day, the PJ inspects vehicles belonging to Robert Murat and his mother at the underground car parking near the Portim├úo DIC.

August 7 – The PJ admits that further inquiries might occur after the forensic examinations to the samples collected the previous day.

August 11 – Portuguese PJ officially admits that Madeleine may be dead. In an interview with the BBC, Oleg├írio Sousa said this was a possibility based on recent leads found.

September 6 – Kate McCann is questioned for 11 hours by Portim├úo PJ.

September 7 – Kate and Gerry are named arguidos in the investigation into their daughter's disappearance.

September 9 – The McCann family returns to England and claim their innocence in a statement on their arrival. The couple announces the hiring of two lawyers, Michael Caplan, who successfully defended General Pinochet against an extraction request from Spain, and Angus McBride, known for defending celebrities.

September 11 – Portim├úo PJ officially deliver the case files to the Public Prosecutor to be forwarded to court before a final decision over a possible trial.

September 12 – The car used by the McCanns after Madeleine went missing is hidden by friends of the couple so further forensic tests can be carried out by private experts.

October 2 – Portim├úo PJ director Gon├ºalo Amaral makes derogatory statements about the British police and is dismissed from the case.

October 8 – The PJ National director names Paulo Rebelo as the new head of the Madeleine investigation and head of the Portim├úo department.

October 24 – Gerry and Kate McCann speak for the first time since being named suspects in Madeleine's disappearance by speaking to Spanish television, primarily to promote a new telephone hotline.

November 1 – Gerry McCann returns to work as a consultant cardiologist at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital for the first time since Madeleine went missing in May.

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".

November 20 – In a personal video, filmed by a family friend in August and broadcast on the BBC's Panorama programme, Gerry speaks about a "window of opportunity" taken by an abductor and says that "a predator" was watching his family in the days before his daughter disappeared.

December 6 – The Find Madeleine Fund starts a 112,290 euro advertising campaign in Southern Spain, which will also target North Africa and Portugal.

December 13 - Praia da Luz's community "has not forgotten the little British girl and special prayers are still being held every Friday" according to the catholic priest Jos├® Manuel Pacheco, He was reacting to reports in the UK's Daily Express saying he "ordered the removal of scores of green and yellow ribbons put up as a symbol of hope in the days after Madeleine vanished".

December 21 – Gerry and Kate McCann prepare to celebrate Christmas in a "quiet and family environment", while the police persist on the line of investigations leading to their responsibility about Madeleine's disappearance.

January 3 – It is now eight months since Madeleine McCann went missing. Portim├úo Public Prosecutor has to decide on this date if the investigation is to have an extended period for further procedures or if the case is filed.
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Postby DJ » Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:02 pm

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Updated: 10 January 2008

McCanns and Murat still suspects in Madeleine case

GERRY AND Kate McCann and Robert Murat will remain arguidos in the Madeleine McCann case.

The news comes as a result of the Public Prosecutor of Portimão Court announcing that the case will remain under Portugal's secrecy of justice law.

The decision means that access to the evidence collected so far has been denied to the McCanns' and Robert Murat's defence lawyers.

Police chief Paulo Rebelo asked Public Prosecutor Pedro Frias to extend the suspects' arguido status because detectives believe Kate an Gerry accidentally killed their daughter.

The investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann will now continue for at least another six months before a final decision is announced by the court.

A national British newspaper has reported that the McCanns were furious after learning last night (Thursday) that they are still prime suspects in daughter Madeleine's disappearance.

The couple's anger was compounded when they heard that Robert Murat will also continue with his arguido status.

A friend of the McCanns, both 39, said: "The police can't have it both ways."

Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman said: "They are frustrated and angry. Yet again there appears to be no movement in the case when they know they (the McCanns) are innocent."

National Union of Portuguese Judges President Antonio Martins said that the arguidos could face a long wait to clear their name.

"The problem at the moment is that no one knows what type of crime was committed. For homicide, suspects can still be tried for up to 20 years after the crime was committed" he said.

Kate and Gerry McCann have been warned by their legal team they may have to go to the European Court of Human Rights to get their arguido status lifted.
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Postby DJ » Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:04 pm

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Updated: 10 January 2008

Critical decisions in the Madeleine investigation

YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) marked a critical date in the long investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann as the public prosecutor of the Portimão Court was expected to announce his decision about the future of the case.

One of two decisions will have to be made – either the case is filed and all of those who were named arguidos are officially cleared, with the case being released from the constraints of the secrecy of justice and, therefore, available for public consultation, or the investigation has to go on for another six months before a final decision has to be announced.

The arguidos in this case, Gerry and Kate McCann and Robert Murat, will remain as arguidos if the second option is chosen by the Public Prosecutor.

This is critical for Gerry and Kate McCann, who have announced their desire to return to Portugal to clear their name and revitalise public interest in the search for Madeleine through new events and a revamp of the Find Madeleine campaign website.

According to Clarence Mitchell, the McCann's spokesman, quoted recently by a British daily newspaper "they hope to be re-interviewed by the British police and have the chance of clarifying some of the misunderstandings from their previous statements to the Portuguese PJ".

The lawyers hired after they were named arguidos at the beginning of September and the McCanns are expected to have meetings during the next few days to analyse the best way for them to be cleared from their arguido status.

They consider that this is the only way for them to re-focus on the search for their missing daughter with the sympathy and help of the public opinion in Portugal.

Investigators dismissed

The new strategy is based on the strong belief of Gerry and Kate that Madeleine's abductor is keeping her alive and that stronger appeals and more awareness from the public may help to find her.

Meanwhile the McCanns announced the dismissal of Metodo 3 from the case just before the Christmas celebrations.

The mixed information that was released for several weeks by the Barcelona-based private investigators, the failure of the targets they made public, as well as pressures from some of the financial supporters of the Madeleine campaign, led to their dismissal.

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 3:05 pm

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Updated: 10 January 2008

McCanns deny Madeleine film

KATE AND Gerry McCann have denied that they are considering selling the rights to make a film about the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.

Reports in some British newspapers this week said Kate and Gerry McCann were considering a proposal from the film company IMG because they are worried about the money in the Madeleine fund running out before they find their daughter.

Untrue

Gerry McCann, however, said on Wednesday that the couple are not selling the rights for a film to be made about Madeleine's disappearance.

"We can categorically deny that we are considering a movie about Madeleine's disappearance. This is simply untrue," wrote Gerry on his online diary, adding: "We are approached by a huge number of media outlets regarding a myriad of projects, only a tiny proportion of which we agree to. Each proposal is considered on whether it is likely to have a positive effect, either directly or indirectly on the search for Madeleine."

The McCann's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, confirmed that a preliminary discussion took place with IMG and a representative of the McCanns. This was also confirmed by Gerry on his online diary.

"The production company IMG, who made the documentary Touching the Void, contacted Kate and Gerry. They sent them a copy of the film so that they can see their idea for this project," said Clarence Mitchell.

On January 4, Gerry and Kate McCann and Robert Murat found out that they will remain arguidos as the Public Prosecutor of Portimão Court announced that the case will remain under Portugal's secrecy of justice law.

Police chief Paulo Rebelo asked Public Prosecutor Pedro Frias to extend the suspects' arguido status because detectives believe Kate and Gerry accidentally killed their daughter.
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Postby DJ » Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:16 pm

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Updated: 13 January 2008

McCanns outrage over Madeleine lookalike

A BRITISH modelling and talent agency has caused controversy by hiring a three year old American Madeleine McCann lookalike and marketing her for 600 pounds per hour.

British newspaper the Evening Standard revealed that the Juliet Adams Modelling and Talent Agency based in Streatham, south London, is marketing three year-old Kelsey Lynn Kudla as "perfect" to play the part of missing Madeleine McCann.

The child's mother, Kris Pfister, who contacted the agency from the US via its website, said that her daughter is constantly stopped and told that she looks like Madeleine and that it was Kelsey's idea to star as the missing four year old if a film was made.

"When we heard a film might be made," she is reported as saying, "Kelsey said: 'Mummy, I could play Madeleine'."

Shona Juliet Adams, 41, who runs the modeling and talent agency from her two-bedroom council flat, said that playing the lead role in a film about Madeleine McCann would be a huge opportunity, earning Kelsey around nine million pounds.

"She will become a name in her own right and make it as a child model and actress because she's got her foot in the door," said Shona Adams. "She's a compelling contender. It's in the eyes."

Kate and Gerry's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell said: "This is deeply offensive. It's a disgraceful, hurtful, shameless moneymaking scheme.

"I would urge this woman to think again about what she's doing. We would be horrified if people were to pay for this sort of thing."

He also said that Shona Adams had not asked the McCann's permission to hire a Madeleine lookalike, and that if she had, it would have been refused.

"She had better think long and hard about what she is doing," he added.

The Evening Standard said that Shona Adams asked their reporter to sign a contract demanding 4,000 pounds to use photographs of Kelsey Kudla and that further work would cost 600 pounds per hour.

Criticism of the McCanns was widespread earlier this week following reports that they are in talks with film makers about Madeleine's disappearance, already dubbed "Madeleine the Movie" by the British press.
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Updated: 17 January 2008

McCanns pray for Mari Luz

THE DISAPPEARENCE of a five-year-old girl in the Spanish city of Huelva last Sunday, January 13, has already echoed in Rothley, Leicestershire, where Gerry and Kate McCann live.

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann expressed on Wednesday, January 15, their sympathy for the family of Mari Luz Cort├®s and confessed that this new case "has brought many awful emotions flooding back". They remembered "Huelva is approximately a two hour drive from Praia da Luz" and is also one of the many places where the McCanns went "in early August to publicise Madeleine's disappearance".

The similarity with the Madeleine McCann case has been mentioned in several newspapers and the fact that both children were away from parental surveillance at the time they went missing.

Madeleine was sleeping in her bedroom with her twin brother and sister Sean and Amelie while Mari Luz had left home late Sunday afternoon to buy a packet of crisps in a nearby kiosk just before disappearing.

Meanwhile, when the calendars mark the 260 days after Madeleine went missing, Kate and Gerry McCann are still being considered as prime suspects along with Robert Murat in the investigations being held by the Portuguese criminal police.

A decision announced at the beginning of the year by the Portimão judge handling the case has extended for a further three months the time for the investigations to be protected under the secrecy of justice. After this period, a new decision will have to be announced before the case is released for public viewing.

The week was also marked by rumours that the McCanns were considering selling the rights for a movie about Madeleine. The information spread like wild fire in the international media but was later denied by Gerry and Kate, who said the story was "simply untrue" and added that "there was a preliminary discussion between a production agency" and a representative of the couple to "discuss the possibility of a documentary about the issues we have faced since Madeleine was abducted".

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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Updated: 24 January 2008

Portuguese police ignore new sketch

By: CECÍLIA PIRES

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PORTUGUESE POLICE have not commented on the release of a new sketch of a man that was allegedly seen in Praia da Luz around the time that Madeleine McCann disappeared.

A spokesperson from Polícia Judiciária told The Resident that the PJ "is not commenting on any aspect of the investigation until it feels that it is appropriate", referring to the new sketch released by Madeleine's parents via the Find Madeleine website.

Meanwhile, the PJ is still waiting for a response to letters sent to the British police at the beginning of the year. The letters, containing many questions the PJ want answered, are designed to clarify some of the testimonies made by Gerry and Kate McCann as well as some of the friends who were with them at the holiday resort in May.

The new sketch was released on Sunday and is based on the information provided by Gail Cooper, a holidaymaker who stayed near the Ocean Club apartment from where Madeleine disappeared.

According to Gerry McCann, Gail Cooper "found the man, who claimed to be collecting for an orphanage, very intimidating". He said that, after hearing Gail's testimony, their private investigators commissioned a forensic sketch by an FBI trained artist.

Gerry also said that their friend Jane Tanner, who says she saw a man carrying a child on the night of May 3, feels he has a strong resemblance to that man.

According to Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCann family, the sketch had a "tremendous impact" on the public, with thousands of phone calls reporting mixed information about the possible new suspect.

And on Tuesday the UK's Daily Mail reported that a phone witness has said he saw Robert Murat, who is also arguido on the case, talking with someone looking like the man in the sketch at the time Madeleine went missing.

Clarence Mitchell told Sky News that they just "believe this man could be linked to Madeleine's disappearance", adding that "if he's innocent we want him to come forward for his own sake so he can be ruled out". Clarence Mitchell also denied rumours that M├®todo 3, the Spanish private investigators agency, had been sacked by the McCanns.

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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Updated: 25 January 2008

PJ refuse to confirm man in sketch was interviewed

PORTUGUESE POLICE have refused to confirm reports that the man in the sketch being publicised by the McCann family is a suspect questioned a few days after Madeleine McCann went missing.

A spokeswoman from Polícia Judiciária told The Resident today (Thursday, January, 24) that they were not making any official comments to the case and added that they could not control the anonymous sources leaking information to the press.

According to the Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manhã, a source connected to the case confirmed that at the time of Madeleine's disappearance an individual was contacted after being pointed out as suspect by a tourist who stayed in Luz. The same source adds that he was then cleared of any suspicions.

Despite confirming the man was contacted by Polícia Judiciária 20 days after the disappearance of Madeleine and that a new conversation was held after the recent release of the sketch, the newspaper says the PJ does not assume that the man questionned is the same man as pictured in the sketch.

The police source quoted by Correio da Manhã went on to say that certain aspects correspond to the description but, for example, the hair is different, in that he now has dreadlocks. He also is quoted as saying that the sketch could be many people, seemingly offering justification as to why the Portuguese police are not giving excessive importance to it.

According to the newspaper, the man who was interviewed by Polícia Judiciária lives in a small village between Espiche and Barão de São João, two villages not very far from Praia da Luz.
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Updated: 31 January 2008

Enquiry letters delayed

By: CECÍLIA PIRES

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BRITISH POLICE have still not received the enquiry letters prepared by the Portuguese Polícia Judiciária for Gerry and Kate McCann and their friends as part of the continuing investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

A spokeswoman from Procuradoria-Geral da Rep├║blica, PGR, the justice board for legal matters, told The Resident that the enquiry letters had not been sent and that they will be forwarded "under a legal collaboration system of PGR, and are now being finished".

The delay was reported in the daily newspaper Correio da Manhã, which quoted a letter from the British Home Office saying "it is not our policy to comment on individual cases, but we did not receive any request for collaboration in the investigation of the McCann case".

The letters had been prepared by the PJ in association with the Eurojust, the European Union committee for justice and legal matters. Lopes da Mota of Eurojust was quoted by the paper as saying the co-operation on that subject "had been completed for a long time" and that "an official communication had to be made between the PGR and the Home Office". The PJ spokeswoman has also not revealed if there is any new information on the man related with the sketch released last week by the McCann family.

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In the meantime, rumours that Kate and Gerry were discussing with British and American broadcasters about producing documentaries to raise awareness about child trafficking in Europe, were confirmed by Clarence Mitchell, the couple's spokesman, to the Times Online.

"We have had discussions with ABC," he said. "Our priority is the search for Madeleine. We are spending a lot of money at the moment, and like anything else it needs replenishing. If we do long-term films, documentaries or book ideas, then we might consider a contribution would be fair and relevant" he said.

Clarence Mitchell was contacted for a comment, but there was no response by the time The Resident went to press.

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Updated: 04 February 2008

McCann detectives in Praia da Luz

DETECTIVES FROM Spanish private detective agency M├®todo 3, working for the McCann family, have been in Praia da Luz for several days, according to reports in a Portuguese daily newspaper.

Correio da Manh├ú has carried photographs of people who, it says, are M├®todo detectives in action near the Hugo Beaty Bar & Restaurant in Estrela da Luz Resort.

According to the newspaper, the investigators have been showing residents the sketch based on the testimony of Gail Cooper, the English tourist who reported seeing a suspicious man in the Ocean Club Resort and Praia da Luz beach area in April and May, before Madeleine McCann disappeared.

It is reported that the Metodo 3 detectives arrived at Praia da Luz on Tuesday night (January 29) in two grey Honda cars with Portuguese license plates.

The same report says they stayed in apartments close to a bar that is often used by journalists following the Madeleine case.

A spokeswoman from Metodo 3 refused to confirm this information when contacted today (Friday) by The Resident, saying that all details concerning the Madeleine McCann investigation "were embargoed".

Meanwhile, the McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell has told the Portuguese and British media that Gerry and Kate McCann are determined to look for Madeleine "until the day they die".

He was not available to answer The Resident's questions and has not replied to messages left on his voicemail.

A source at the Estrela da Luz resort told The Resident that two Spanish guests have been staying at the resort, adding that the men have been in the complex for the last 10 days and that the group was previously joined by another man and a woman, who left five days ago.

The source could not confirm if they were from Metodo 3 and added that they haven't shown any sketches of a man in the resort's area.

According to Correio da Manhã, the investigators are said to have kept a low profile, interviewing locals and avoiding questions from reporters who were trying to find out for how long they were planning to stay in Praia da Luz.
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Updated: 04 February 2008

Detectives were "hasty" in making Madeleine McCann's parents suspects in her disappearance, says PJ National Director. Photo: SUPPLIED

PORTUGAL'S TOP policeman has said detectives were "hasty" in making Madeleine McCann's parents suspects in her disappearance.

Kate and Gerry McCann were named as arguidos four months after their daughter vanished from their holiday flat in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz.

Alipio Ribeiro, national director of the Policia Judiciaria (PJ), revealed he believes there "perhaps should have been another assessment" before this happened.

The PJ is leading the investigation into what happened to Madeleine, who was aged three when she vanished on the night of May 3.

In an interview with Portugal's Radio Renascenca, broadcast today (Sunday), Mr Ribeiro said there was a "certain hastiness" in making the McCanns suspects.

The couple's spokesman Clarence Mitchell welcomed the senior officer's comments and called for the couple to be formally cleared.

He said: "Now that the national director of the Policia Judiciaria apparently accepts that they should not have been made arguidos, it follows that there is no case for Kate and Gerry to answer."

Mr Mitchell said the couple's arguido status not only damages "their reputation in the eyes of the world" but "is also directly hampering the search for Madeleine".

"Many people who may have vital information have possibly not been coming forward because they have wrongly suspected the McCanns," the spokesman said.

"If the Portuguese police, under Mr Ribeiro, now do the only proper thing by eliminating Kate and Gerry from their inquiry, they and our own investigators can work together rapidly and effectively to find Madeleine and to bring those responsible for her abduction to justice."
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Updated: 04 February 2008

Lawyer pays for search for Madeleine in waters of Arade Dam

By CECÍLIA PIRES

cecília@portugalresident.com

DIVERS COMMISSIONED by a Madeira-based lawyer have been searching for Madeleine McCann in waters at the Arade Dam, near Silves.

Operations began on Thursday (January 31) but have now been temporarily halted to allow Marcos Aragão to review the search options.

Martin Salkous, from Time Dive, the diving company from Lagos that is carrying out the search, told The Resident that "the search is not finished" and that they "just decided to make a short break of a couple of days to better analyse the area and have more search options ".

"We have been searching for four days but the water is very dark now. After the last few days' rain, conditions are not the best for this kind of search," he said.

He added that since diving started, they have only found a rope and some wood, one of the reasons their client, Marcos Aragão, is preparing to widen the search area.

The lawyer from Madeira says he commissioned the operation after being tipped off about the location shortly after Madeleine went missing.

He says he contacted detectives from Metodo 3, the private investigators hired by Gerry and Kate McCann, who are reported to have said they consider the information is credible.

He also says he informed the Portuguese Polícia Judiciária about the information, although "they have done nothing", he told Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manhã.

Marcos Aragão says he received the information about the whereabouts of Madeleine on May 6 and believes the little girl had been dumped in a "deserted lake, with murky waters and heavily vegetated banks" and that a "small sand beach would be another characteristic" to better find the place.

The lawyer added he took several months to find a location fitting the description, eventually finding it in December, when he travelled to the Algarve.
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