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Postby DJ » Tue Feb 05, 2008 4:21 pm

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Updated: 05 February 2008

Madeleine case is "most significant story of my lifetime"

A FORMER UK national tabloid editor told a debate in London that the Madeleine Mccann story was "the most significant story of my lifetime".

Kelvin MacKenzie, who used to edit The Sun and is now a columnist for the newspaper, was speaking at the London School of Economics on Wednesday, January 30.

He and the McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell were members of a panel attempting to answer the question of whether the mass of media coverage of the case was information or entertainment.

Saying it was the most significant story of his lifetime, Kelvin MacKenzie added that it will be "in all our lives until Madeleine is found".

He told a packed auditorium that he received 10,000 emails from Sun readers after writing a piece which said we should have sympathy for the McCanns.

Almost all, he said, told him he was a scumbag and that he had no idea how ordinary people felt.

"They said had this been a single black mother from Brixton I would have been saying she should be hung."

And he admitted "you should all wonder if there may be some truth in that."

So why, on the one hand, was there such a public outpouring of support for the McCanns which raised £1.2 million pounds for the fund to find Madeleine, and on the other newspaper readers baying for Gerry and Kate's blood?

Kelvin MacKenzie described it as a "class war" saying people simply made up their mind from the very beginning.

As soon as the public found out that the couple had left their three children alone in the holiday apartment night after night, they fell into two categories; those who could empathise, who'd perhaps done the same thing themselves and realised how easily it could have been their child, others who felt the McCanns were somehow deserving of something happening, and that they should be charged with negligence.

The latter group were well represented at the debate - a couple handed out leaflets entitled "The Madeleine Foundation, combating child neglect".

In it they demanded the McCanns "tell the truth" about Madeleine's disappearance, asked for an investigation into the Find Madeleine Fund and called for Kate and Gerry to be prosecuted for leaving their children alone.

Even if the public had already made up their own minds, Clarence Mitchell said the coverage by some newspapers certainly didn't help.

The former Royal Correspondent for the BBC said he felt "shamed" as a journalist by the "appalling standards, sloppiness and laziness of journalism" and the lack of basic fact-checking which left him having to deny allegations on a daily basis.

Lawyers for the McCanns are still reviewing some of the coverage which Mr Mitchell said was not only "distorted, but wilfully misrepresentative at times of the facts as we known them".

Whilst co-operating with the media meant Madeleine's image was displayed all over Britain, mainland Europe and even North Africa is also meant the McCanns themselves came under the spotlight, and none more so than when they became "Arguidos" or suspects.

Do they have any regrets? "I am sure they have many" said Clarence Mitchell but the family remained grateful for the positive reporting since Madeleine disappeared, and he said he would defy any family in the McCann's situation not to do the same.

"The media" he said "is a very powerful weapon" and it is, but it is also a double-edged sword.
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Updated: 05 February 2008

Grandfather believes Madeleine is still alive

MADELEINE MCCANN'S grandfather is clinging to the hope she will be found alive as divers continue their search of a reservoir in Portugal.

The frogmen are trawling for clues in Silves, 40 miles from where the British girl vanished in Praia da Luz.

But Brian Healey, 67, said: "They haven't found anything yet. We have to believe a miracle can happen.

"I still believe she is alive and, until someone tells me different, I will believe."

The divers are not police officers and detectives have already checked the reservoir and ruled it out.

The current search is being paid for by a Portuguese lawyer, Marcos Aragão.

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".
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Updated: 07 February 2008

McCanns react to PJ statement

GERRY AND Kate McCann have used their revamped Find Madeleine.com website to comment on statements by the head of the Polícia Judiciária, who earlier this week said investigators were "hasty" in naming the McCanns as arguidos.

Writing on the McCann's behalf on the site about director Alípio Ribeiro's comments on national radio station Rádio Renascença on Sunday, family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "If the Portuguese police, under Mr Ribeiro, now do the only proper thing by eliminating Kate and Gerry from their enquiry, they and our own investigators can work together rapidly and effectively to find Madeleine and to bring those responsible for her abduction to justice."

The heat is on Alípio Ribeiro across Portugal at present, with representatives of judges, lawyers and police investigators criticising the PJ director for disrespecting the mandatory discretion required in an ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, the lawyer of Robert Murat, the first person named as an arguido in the Madeleine case also reacted to the statements.

Francisco Pagarete told The Resident on Monday that he could not "see the purpose of this radio interview" and that he didn't "know if he (Alípio Ribeiro) just forgot to mention Robert". "The only thing I know is that the timing and the formula are all very strange, especially now when it seemed that the investigation was going to speed again," he said.

The Justice Ministry and the Procuradoria Geral da República, which heads the criminal polices, had both still refused to comment on the matter by the time The Resident went to press. Cecília Pires

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Updated: 07 February 2008

Madeleine searched for in Arade Dam

Divers from the Lagos-based diving company Time Dive searching the Arade dam, where Madeleine's body has presumably been dumped, following a tip-off to a Madeira-based lawyer. Photo: SOLARPIX

By: CECÍLIA PIRES

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Operations began on Thursday (January 31), stopped temporarily on Monday and Tuesday, restarting on Wednesday after reviewing the search options.

Martin Salkous, from Time Dive, the diving company from Lagos that is carrying out the search, told The Resident that they "decided to take 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 was very dark. After the last few days' rain, conditions are not the best for this kind of search," he said referring to the rainy weather that marked the weekend.

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

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

He said 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.

Police aware

Marcos Aragão said he had informed the Portuguese Polícia Judiciária about the information, although "they have done nothing", he told Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manhã.

The Madeira-based lawyer said to that newspaper that 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. Marcos Aragão has said in several interviews that he will not give up until everywhere in the area is searched.
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Updated: 12 February 2008

Madeleine case "no longer priority" says police union chief

A PORTUGUESE police union leader has said that the PJ now has more important problems than finding Madeleine.

Carlos Anjos, who heads the Portuguese criminal investigators union, was speaking in response to comments made in a radio interview by the director of the PJ, Alípio Ribeiro, who said that the authorities had acted hastily in making the McCanns arguidos.

"We heard the director's explanations and we are going to continue to try to clear things up duly. The subject should be discussed internally and not in the newspapers," said Carlos Anjos.

" There are bigger problems in the PJ than the Maddie case, with all the respect it deserves. But I am certain that all of my colleagues involved in the investigation are doing everything they can to discover what happened."

When contacted by , a spokesman for Carlos Anjos said that he did not wish to comment about the statements that he made yesterday (Thursday, February 7).

Meanwhile, the McCann's official spokesman Clarence Mitchell told British breakfast television channel GMTV that the comments made by Carlos Anjos were "not helpful".

He also said that finding Madeleine, or finding out what had happened to her, remained the biggest concern of her parents and that the family had not heard anything official about the case being closed.

"We have heard nothing officially that the case was to be shelved but we want the police to maintain this case as an active case," he said, adding: "We want Kate and Gerry to be eliminated from the inquiry and want the police to work with our own investigators to find out what happened."
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Postby DJ » Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:17 pm

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Updated: 14 February 2008

Madeleine case may be dropped

By: CECÍLIA PIRES

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THE MADELEINE McCann case may be dropped by Portuguese police if new evidence to sustain the continuity of the investigation is not found, it is believed in the Portuguese judicial sector.

Although the national public prosecutor already sent the enquiry letters to the UK, as confirmed to The Resident by a spokeswoman from Procuradoria-Geral da Rep├║blica, no new evidence seems to have been added to the case, with the EXISTING evidence being insufficient to guarantee the continuity of the investigation. The enquiry letters contain questions for some of the friends and family members of the McCanns who were in Praia da Luz on May 3.

While waiting for a reply from the UK police authorities, the rumours about the Madeleine case being dropped have been spreading in the Portuguese weekly and daily newspapers last week, as a result of a political controversy triggered after Alípio Ribeiro, the PJ national director, admitted the investigation was "hasty" on naming Gerry and Kate McCann as "arguidos" in September.

Mr Ribeiro's statements led to a special request from an MP member of the opposition party CDS-PP, at the beginning of this week as was reported by Correio da Manhã. Nuno Melo asked the Justice Minister, Alberto Costa, to explain in parliament if Portuguese citizens have any reasons "to fear an out-of-control judicial system" in Portugal.

The session was expected to be held on Wednesday, February 13, after The Resident went to press.

In the meantime, search operations in the Arade dam, near Silves, commissioned by the Madeira-based lawyer Marcos Aragão, are expected to restart after the weekend, depending on the success of the lawyer's fundraising campaign.

Richard Lawrence, from Dive Time, the diving company from Lagos involved in the search, told The Resident that contrary to what has been reported in the media, the divers "have been working almost for free" and that the water conditions are very bad. However, he added, "there are still a few parts of the dam to search especially near the tower and that is where we will probably go next".

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 » Sat Feb 23, 2008 4:03 pm

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Updated: 21 February 2008

PJ director supported by the government

PORTUGUESE JUSTICE Minister Alberto Costa went to the Parliament on February 13 to explain to MPs why he supported PJ national director Alípio Ribeiro after his latest statements on the Madeleine case.

The Minister appeared in the Comissão Parlamentar de Assuntos Constitucionais, Direitos, Liberdades e Garantias, the civil and constitutional rights board in Parliament, following a request from democratic MP Nuno Melo. He asked for the government's reaction to Alípio Ribeiro's public comments that investigators had been "hasty "in naming Gerry and Kate McCann arguidos (see The Resident, February 15).

Credibility

According to the Justice Minister, the statements did not violate the law of secrecy of justice and had not constrained the investigation. Alberto Costa told the MPs that "if there was any sign of violation of the secrecy of justice, an inquiry would already have been ordered".

He refuted the claim that the investigation's credibility had been affected by Alípio Ribeiro's statements and asked for calm. "We must quietly wait for the result of this investigation and one must not anticipate any outcome before it is ended", he said.

On their blog on the Find Madeleine website, Gerry and Kate McCann restated that they "will not give up looking" for Madeleine and claimed to be happy with the possibility that "the investigation is nearing a close", in reaction to the Justice Minister's public statements.

They said they hoped their "arguido status will be lifted in the near future so that everyone can concentrate on searching for Madeleine".

Searching

Time Dive, the Lagos-based company working with the Madeira lawyer Marcos Aragão, who is convinced Madeleine McCann's body is in the Arade Dam near Silves, were still waiting for new instructions by the time The Resident went to press.

Martin Salkous, one of the company's divers, told The Resident they were "expecting to re-start the search operations any moment" and that they were keeping in close contact with the lawyer, who is gathering funds to pay for further diving operations.
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Updated: 26 February 2008

Madeleine 'seen in England'

A RETIRED civil servant in Dorset has claimed he saw Madeleine McCann in the care of a Portuguese couple.

Alan Cameron, who is 66, told British newspaper the Sunday Express on February 24 he was shocked when a couple came to look at garden furniture at his house, which he had advertised in a local newspaper, and had a child which looked like Madeleine.

As police launched an enquiry, Alan Cameron said: "Straight away they struck me as odd. The woman said she was Italian but I know Italy well and they weren't speaking Italian, they were speaking fluent Portuguese.

"The man had a few days' growth on his face and was wearing filthy clothes. He told me they ran a language centre in Weymouth, but then the woman hit him and told him to be quiet."

Alan Cameron also said that the couple apparently tried to cover the little girl's face with her hood, but that when he saw her face he was convinced of her identity.

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for Gerry and Kate McCann, said that the private detective agency, Metodo 3, employed by Madeleine's parents had been informed.

"There's a lot about this sighting which suggests that, at the very least, we are talking about an abducted young girl," he told the Express. "We are eagerly awaiting any outcome. We take all sightings seriously, and we would urge people to remember that and not to feel that something they may have seen may not be important."
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Updated: 28 February 2008

Madeleine sighted in Dorset, England

A RETIRED civil servant in Dorset has claimed he saw Madeleine McCann, who disappeared from Praia da Luz 302 days ago, in the care of a Portuguese couple.

Alan Cameron, who is 66, told British newspaper the Sunday Express on February 24 he was shocked when a couple came to look at garden furniture at his house, which he had advertised in a local newspaper, and had a child which looked like Madeleine.

As police launched an enquiry, Alan Cameron said: "Straight away they struck me as odd. The woman said she was Italian but I know Italy well and they weren't speaking Italian, they were speaking fluent Portuguese."

"The man had a few days' growth on his face and was wearing filthy clothes. He told me they ran a language centre in Weymouth, but then the woman hit him and told him to be quiet."Alan Cameron also said that the couple apparently tried to cover the little girl's face with her hood, but that when he saw her face he was convinced of her identity.

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for Gerry and Kate McCann, said that the private detective agency, Metodo 3, employed by Madeleine's parents had been informed. The Resident tried to contact Clarence Mitchell, but was unable to obtain a comment.

Police accused

Gonçalo Amaral, former head of the investigation on the Madeleine case is now listed in a group of five PJ inspectors who are to go on trial, following alleged assaults on Leonor Cipriano, the mother of the nine-year-old Joana Cipriano who went missing in 2004, in Figueira, Portimão.

Under the accusations of torture are the PJ investigators Leonel Lopes, Pereira Cristóvão and Marques Bom. Inspector Nunes Cardoso is accused of forgery of documents, while Gonçalo Amaral is accused of false testimony and failing to report a crime.
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Updated: 29 February 2008

Taxi driver: "I carried Madeleine on night she disappeared"

A TAXI DRIVER from Monte Gordo has claimed that he transported Madeleine McCann and four adults to a local hotel on the night the little girl disappeared last May.

Ant├│nio Jos├® Castela Cardoso said his sighting was reported to the Pol├¡cia Judici├íria at the time but that he has not been contacted by investigators since then.

He told a Portuguese daily newspaper yesterday (Thursday) that the group, one woman and three men plus the girl he says was Madeleine, approached his taxi at around 8:10pm at the casino taxi rank and asked to be taken to the Hotel Apolo, which is a few kilometres away in Vila Real de Santo Ant├│nio city centre, close to the Spanish border.

When they reached the hotel, Ant├│nio Cardoso said the group did not go in but instead got into a jeep with a yellow foreign licence plate.

Only after newspapers started reporting the disappearance of Madeleine over the weekend following May 3 did he connect the case with that group.

The reason, he said, was because "the girl had a darker spot in one of her eyes" and that attracted his attention.

Ant├│nio Cardoso also says that the man who was in the front passenger seat was very similar to Robert Murat and the woman looked a lot like Madeleine's mother.

The episode, as recounted by Ant├│nio Cardoso, happened several hours before the alarm was raised about Madeleine's disappearance, which was after 10pm on May 3.

While the secrecy of justice law continues to constrain any official clarification about the Madeleine Case, unofficial PJ sources were quoted by the Portuguese-language press as confirming the existence of Ant├│nio Cardoso's report in the case files.

Meanwhile, according to police sources quoted in another Portuguese daily newspaper, the British police have confirmed and agreed with the enquiry letters sent by their Portuguese counterparts and a British police representative is now expected to travel to the Algarve in the coming weeks.

Police forces from the two countries are now planning the questioning sessions to be held in the UK, as requested by the PJ, of Gerry and Kate McCann and three of their friends who stayed with them at Praia da Luz, JaneTanner, Russell O'Brien and David Payne.
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Updated: 06 March 2008

New testimony revealed

Madeleine McCann has been missing for 309 days and a new testimony with information about the days that followed her disappearance has recently been revealed by holidaymakers who were in Praia da Luz in May 2007.

According to British daily newspapers, a British couple, whose identity was not revealed, and who were holidaying in the Algarve at the time Madeleine went missing, said they saw a man in a jet sky carrying a suspicious bundle on a beach near Praia da Luz the morning after she vanished.

The report adds that the man left Salema beach and headed to a "small grey military-style boat with funnels about 400 yards out". The sighting was reported to the PJ investigators at the time, but the couple says they were never contacted.

However, unofficial sources from the PJ, quoted in Portuguese daily newspapers, replied by saying "the police followed all the credible tip-offs received".

A recent study published by the daily newspaper Correio da Manhã has revealed that the opinion of the Portuguese about the Madeleine case has changed since May. The survey, carried out by a company named Aximage, focuses on the PJ's performance and also on Madeleine's parents' responsibility over her disappearance.

The study concluded that in February 2008, 60.4 per cent of those questioned believed the PJ has had a "good" performance, against the 90.3 per cent registered in May last year.

Over the parents' responsibility in Madeleine's disappearance, the figures have also changed, although less significantly. In May, 39.9 per cent believed they were involved in her disappearance, and by last month 38.6 per cent still believed in that theory.

Missing Rui Pedro

Meanwhile, the investigation into the case of missing Rui Pedro, a Portuguese boy who was abducted in 1998 in Lousada, in the north of Portugal, will remain protected by the secrecy of justice law, following a request from the family's lawyer.

Ten years after Rui Pedro's disappearance, who is now 21 years-old, police are following a new line of investigation which was not previously considered.

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: 08 March 2008

Search for Madeleine to restart at dam

By: CECÍLIA PIRES

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DIVING OPERATIONS to search for Madeleine McCann's body in the Arade dam, near Silves, will restart on Monday, March 10.

The operation is being financially supported by Sociedade Portuguesa de Engenharia e Construção, Lda (SPEC), the Portuguese engineering and construction society.

SPEC considered the leads received by the Madeira-based lawyer, Marcos Aragão Pereira, credible and the initiative "a noble act in the defence of children".

Mr Aragão, who commissioned the first phase of the dam searches in January and February, is also organising next week's operation.

He told The Resident: "SPEC's contact was given to me by a close friend from Portimão."

The diving team will this time consist of seven divers, five from Lagos and two from Portimão. Search operations will again be directed by Martin Falkous, from Dive Time, the diving company based in Lagos that was also involved in the first phase of the Arade dam searches.

The search will start near the dam's control tower and divers will be widening their search of the Arade lake from the water tower in the direction of the flood gate.

The dam's maximum depth is 46 metres and on May 3, when Madeleine went missing, it had a depth of 40 metres, based on Mr Aragão's official records.

The reservoir is currently 24 to 26 metres deep at its deepest point, as a result of several water discharges and a dry winter. Divers believe the water level will help the search operations.

Marcos Aragão said: "The Madeleine Fund is not supporting the diving operation because it has limited resources and, as the family believes Madeleine is alive, they will keep on supporting leads that may take them to their living daughter."

Metodo 3, the Barcelona-based private investigation company hired by the McCanns, is aware of the operation in the Arade dam "as it was aware of the one held in January", Mr Aragão told The Resident.

"We cross check information with them. The tip-off I received has been confirmed with information from Metodo 3."

He gave the example of a "truck driver who, on May 5, witnessed a woman in Silves transferring a child wrapped up in a blanket from her car to another vehicle driven by a man showing an aggressive behaviour."

Mr Aragão refused to reveal further details on the leads he is pursuing, explaining that "the information will be revealed in due time as it is not safe to release it at this moment."

As in previous instances, the police teams investigating the Madeleine McCann case were informed about next week's search operation, however, "the police have not shown much interest", said Marcos Aragão.

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 » Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:38 pm

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Updated: 10 March 2008

Divers resume search for Madeleine

By CECÍLIA PIRES

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DIVERS RESUMED a search of the waters at the Arade Dam today (Monday) in a private operation commissioned by the Madeira-based lawyer Marcos Aragão Pereira.

The operation started shortly after 10am near the dam's level control tower as the information obtained Mr Aragão points strongly to that area of the lake.

The search is being directed by Martin Falkous, who has five divers from Dive Time, based in Lagos, plus two from the Portimão Bombeiros who have joined the operation in their own time.

They have been trained in searching for bodies and were invited to participate by Jos├® Paias, who is sponsoring the operations.

Martin Falkous said that they were looking for a body or body parts. If anything is found, the divers have been told not to bring it to surface but instead mark the spot with buoys for another boat to be called to carry out recovery.

Visibility in the water is very poor and the divers are using touch and feel in their search. With mud being between one and two metres deep at the bottom of the water, the colour changed from a dark green to light brown within seconds of the divers beginning the search.

Because of these conditions, Martin Falkous has instructed the divers to bring up to the surface any strange objects, or objects out of the ordinary, that they find to be identified.

When divers arrived at the dam this morning, Marcos Arag├úo Pereira was already there with his assistant Telma Fernandes, and Jos├® Paias, one of the partners of SPEC, Lda, an engineering company based in Portim├úo which is sponsoring 50 per cent of the cost of the operation.

A few minutes later, Held├®r Braz, who is in charge of the dam's monitoring and control system, joined the group as Marcos Arag├úo Pereira asked INAG, the national water agency which controls all the dams in the country, to allow the divers to go inside the water tower tubs.

This followed the first phase of searches, held in late January and February, when divers found an entrance covered by a metal grate and could not search inside the water tubes leading to the tower.

The system is used to water the fields located in the south side of the dam and the last time they were accessible was in 1998, when the dam was emptied.

The search is expected to continue until the end of the week and Marcos Aragão Pereira has said that if Madeleine McCann's body is found in the Arade dam, he will reveal all the information related to the tip-off that has led to the search.
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Updated: 19 March 2008

Four British newspapers to publish apologies to the McCanns

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FOUR BRITISH national newspapers are to set to pay damages to the parents of Madeleine McCann after settling a libel case, the BBC reported this evening (Tuesday).

The Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and <7>Daily Star Sunday are to pay a "substantial" sum and print front-page apologies.

Kate and Gerry McCann's lawyers said that some of the newspapers' articles were "grossly defamatory".

The couple say all the damages will be donated to the Find Madeleine fund.

The Daily Express is to carry a full front-page apology in tomorrow (Wednesday's) paper, while the Star's apology will take over half its front-page.

The papers are expected to apologise for suggesting Kate and Gerry McCann were involved in their daughter's disappearance.

The action relates to more than a hundred stories across the four titles, including 42 printed in the Daily Express.

Under the terms of the settlement - at Kate and Gerry McCann's insistence - Express Newspapers' barrister will also read out an apology before a judge at the High Court tomorrow.

The Express group has agreed to all the McCanns' requests. It is also paying all their costs.

The McCanns have promised that the damages will be paid into the "fighting fund" set up to pay for efforts to find their missing daughter.

Media commentator Roy Greenslade told tonight's BBC 10 o'clock news said that for two national newspapers to carry front-page apologies at the same time was "unprecedented".

"I think this is an amazing stand-down, u-turn, by the Express newspapers," he said.

"I think when people realise that more than 100 stories have been complained about as being grossly defamatory, it will annihilate the Express' readers sense of trust and credibility in their newspaper."

Media lawyer Paul Gilbert from Finers Stephens Innocent told the BBC the courts encourage early settlement of defamation cases.

"Clearly the Express' lawyers felt this was a case they should settle without a high-profile trial - which it would be - and as a result have saved considerable costs," he said.

"It certainly is a warning sign to newspapers in the future, if they're going to speculate, they've got to be very careful about what they speculate about."

Madeleine, went missing, aged three, in Praia da Luz on May 3 last year.
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Re: The Portugal Resident Thread by DJ

Postby DJ » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:08 pm

http://www.portugalresident.com/portuga ... p?ID=25597

Updated: 27 March 2008

Car of Madeleine case witness destroyed in blast

By: CECÍLIA PIRES and NATASHA SMITH

cecilia@the-resident.com

A CAR belonging to Russian computer expert Sergey Malinka, who has been questioned by police as part of the Madeleine McCann investigation, was destroyed in the early hours of Thursday (March 20) morning in Praia da Luz.

A spokesman for the national head office of the Polícia Judiciária told The Resident on Wednesday: "The Polícia Judiciária can confirm that, because of the nature of the incident, it has opened an inquiry to investigate the circumstances of the fire which destroyed the car of Sergey Malinka."

The incident took place at around 5am only 30 metres away from Mr Malinka's apartment, where he was said to be sleeping, and was reported exclusively on that day by The Resident online edition (http://www.the-resident.com).

The word fala (talk) had been written on the pavement next to the car.

Witnesses said that two cars were involved in the blast and The Resident has already confirmed with police sources that the numberplate of the silver Audi where the blast occurred is registered in the name of Sergey Malinka. The other car was an Opel Zafira belonging to another person living in the area. Police first interviewed Malinka on May 16 last year, around two weeks after Madeleine went missing. Police searched the home of the IT expert, who designed a website for Robert Murat and was seen talking to Murat several times in the days after Madeleine's disappearance. He was adamant that he was interviewed as a witness, not a suspect.

A report on Friday (March 21) in the Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manhã (CM), quotes Mr Malinka as saying that he does not understand the message left on the pavement and that he is "tired" of the Madeleine case. "I don't know what to do anymore", he told CM, adding: "I go to church every week, I pay my taxes, I don't deserve this. I want to be left alone."

Malinka complains

The same report quotes a PJ source who said "there was no change in the inquiry" into the Madeleine case because of this incident, and that Mr Malinka "was interviewed again" last Friday, but "only because he made a complaint about a completely different case", that is the destruction of his car.

Sergey Malinka has lived in Praia da Luz for around seven years and has always maintained he had nothing to do with Madeleine's disappearance.

He claims he only had a professional relationship with one of the official suspects, Robert Murat, and he has never been named as an arguido.

This was also confirmed by Francisco Pagarete, Robert Murat's lawyer, who told The Resident on Wednesday that he "could not imagine the motives behind" the blast and that he only knew Sergey Malinka because he worked for his client.

The Resident spoke to Robert Murat at the end of last week and he said he had not been told about the incident. "I am in England now but I am surprised that no one in Praia da Luz phoned me to tell me about it," he said.

It is understood that Robert Murat has now returned to Portugal and that he was contacted by the Portimão Polícia Judiciária asking him to collect the computers and clothes that were seized following the searches made at his house in 2007 under the Madeleine investigation.

According to Francisco Pagarete, "this was a good sign that the investigation may be close to an end" although he added that it "is impossible to know yet when Robert will be released from the arguido status".

Robert Murat was named as an arguido in the Madeleine case on May 15 after he was reported to the PJ by a British journalist covering the story at Praia da Luz. "He is very happy now because he believes he will be cleared soon", Francisco Pagarete said.

The PJ have also contacted Michaela Walczuch, who was interviewed as a witness like Sergey Malinka, and returned several items of equipment that were seized at the time she was questioned by the PJ in the mid-May.

Madeleine McCann, went missing, aged three, in Praia da Luz on May 3 last year.
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