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Postby DJ » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:10 pm

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Updated: 03 April 2008

McCanns optimistic about new enquiries

By: CECÍLIA PIRES

cecilia@the-resident.com

THE MADELEINE case investigation is to see new action in the next couple of weeks.

While a team of PJ investigators prepares to travel to the UK on Monday (April 7) for further enquiries into the case, a lawyer of Gerry and Kate McCann has revealed that the deadline for the secrecy of justice rule imposed on this case ends in August.

The new information is being considered very positive by the family of Madeleine McCann, who went missing in May 3 2007 while sleeping in the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.

According to Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for Gerry and Kate McCann, and following the new enquiries, the couple are

hoping that they will be released from the arguido status before the calendar marks one year since their daughter's disappearance.

The way the date is to be remembered "depends now on the result of the interviews to be made by the Portuguese police", Clarence Mitchell told Lusa news agency on Monday.

However, Kate and Gerry "will not be giving any interviews if their arguido status is kept, but also refuse to let the case go cold if that status is dropped", said Mr Mitchell.

"Madeleine is still missing. There is no evidence of her death and the family still want the Portuguese police to help find her", he underlined.

According to sources quoted in British and Portuguese newspapers, the new enquiries are to be focused on the friends who were holidaying with Kate and Gerry McCann at the time Madeleine disappeared from the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz.

Confidential

Although the Portuguese police refuse to confirm any details on the case, the Leicestershire police department issued a statement confirming that "it will be coordinating the request of mutual legal assistance made by the Portuguese authorities".

The statement adds that "Portuguese authorities asked for the content of the request and the way it will be carried out to be kept confidential so that the ongoing investigation is not jeopardized".

In the meantime, for the investigators who always insisted that the confidentiality of the investigations was of vital importance, time is getting shorter, considering recent statements made by one of the McCanns' lawyers.

Interviewed by Associated Press this week, Rog├®rio Alves, former president of the Portuguese Lawyers Order, was reported to have said that the secrecy period constraining this investigation was due to end on April 14 and that the legal deadline could only be extended for major inquiries, such as the ones related to terrorism and organised crime.

However, the same lawyer would later clarify to the Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manhã that it is officially assumed that the beginning of the investigation started in September, when Kate and Gerry were named arguidos. Therefore, he told the newspaper, the deadline for the files to be released for public consultation "ends only in August 2008" and not April 14 as previously reported in the UK.

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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Re: The Portugal Resident Thread by DJ

Postby DJ » Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:33 pm

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Updated: 10 April 2008

McCanns asked to return

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PORTUGUESE POLICE investigators travelled to the UK on Monday, April 7, to re-interview the seven friends who were with Gerry and Kate McCann on the night Madeleine went missing from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3.

After 344 days since the British toddler went missing, the new enquiries are the PJ's last effort to find new lines of investigation before the case is filed.

Next August is the deadline for the Public Prosecutor leading the investigation, judge Jos├® Magalh├úes de Menezes, to decide if there are grounds for a trial or not.

Although the McCanns' lawyers requested that more witnesses be interviewed by the Portuguese investigators, including the present and past PRs of the family, Clarence Mitchell and Justine McGuiness as well as Kate's psychiatrist, this week's developments focused mainly on the friends of the family.

According to the Portuguese and British press, based on anonymous sources related with the case, Jane Tanner and Russel O'Brien were the first to be re-interviewed.

It was revealed that the PJ wanted to clarify some contradictions in the couple's previous testimonies, namely why Jane Tanner made different statements about the man she said she saw carrying a child near the apartment close to the time when Madeleine went missing.

Her testimony was initially crucial for the investigators to focus on the kidnapping theory, but suffered changes as time passed and that was said to be the main aspect that the PJ wants to confirm.

In Russel O'Brien's testimony, it was revealed in newspapers that the PJ's team also wanted to clarify where he was during his long absences from the dinner table while the group were dining at the Tapas restaurant, located inside the premises of the Ocean Club. The PJ's list for the new enquiries, which are being supervised by the Leicestershire police, also includes Mathew and Rachel Oldfield, David and Fiona Payne, and Diane Webster, who is Fiona's mother. All of them are friends of the McCanns.

Reconstruction

The investigators did not ask to interview Gerry and Kate McCann in this move. However, according to their Portuguese lawyers, they were asked to consider taking part in a reconstruction of the night of Madeleine's disappearance. Although nothing was confirmed by the time The Resident went to press, reports in the media, quoting Clarence Mitchell, the family's PR, confirmed they were considering the PJ's request.

Although much information has been leaked to the Portuguese and British press, the details on these enquiries are being kept confidential and the official information from the Portuguese PJ remains that "there is nothing new to say on the Madeleine case".

The PJ team of inspectors is expected to return to Portugal today (Friday). The group is led by the Portimão co-ordinator Paulo Rebelo and includes enquiry coordinator Paulo Jorge and Ricardo Paiva, who is the liaison officer who also mediated between the PJ and the British police on the PJ's previous visit to the UK.

Yesterday, April 10, Gerry and Kate McCann were due to travel to Brussels to meet with several representatives of the European Parliament who were to present a draft declaration for a Europe-wide missing child alert, inspired by the Amber Alert existing in the United States.

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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Re: The Portugal Resident Thread by DJ

Postby DJ » Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:35 pm

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Updated: 17 April 2008

McCanns call for adoption of alert system in the EU

By: CECÍLIA PIRES

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GERRY AND Kate McCann have called on people to lobby their MEPs to sign a declaration for the introduction of an alert system in the EU similar to America's Amber Alert.

The parents of Madeleine McCann first called for the system to be adopted on their return to the UK last September and reiterated the message during a meeting in Brussels with MEPs on April 10.

On his online blog, Gerry McCann said that the request is based on their belief that the Amber Alert System has been incredibly successful in rescuing abducted children. He adds that France has adopted a similar system in the last two years, which has been activated five times, with all children being recovered alive. Although they are convinced their proposal has widespread support, a formal declaration must be signed in the next three months by a total of 785 MEPs at the European Parliament, representing 51 per cent of the MEPs, so that it can even be considered for discussion.

As the appeal was made, Portuguese PJ investigators were still in Rothley, Leicestershire, interviewing some of the McCann's friends who were dining with them when their daughter went missing on May 3 of last year.

Following these procedures, Kate and Gerry were invited by the Portuguese police to participate in a reconstruction of the events of that fateful evening.

However, their participation was later jeopardised by a report on Spanish television station Telecinco revealing information related to an alleged statement given by Kate McCann to the PJ investigators in the days that followed Madeleine's disappearance.

Spanish journalist

The author of the report, Nacho Abad, a Spanish journalist who works for the talk-show El Programa de Ana Rosa, told The Resident he has transcripts of a statement from Kate McCann to the Portuguese PJ about the hours prior to Madeleine's disappearance.

In that document, he said, Kate tells how Madeleine was complaining that Kate did not go to their room the night before when she and her brother were crying.

The reporter said he was surprised at the reaction of the Portuguese police over the information and said that the McCanns confirmed tacitly what was said in the report.

"When Clarence Mitchell accused the Portuguese PJ of violating the secrecy of the investigation about information that, according to him, was given to them at the beginning of the case, he was tacitly confirming the report," he told The Resident.

An official statement from the PJ on April 14 said: "It is completely false that the contents of the news report reproduced information included in the enquiries protected by the secrecy of Justice."

In the document, the Portuguese police also regret the behaviour of the McCann's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, "especially in a moment when significant diligences were happening in the investigation."

Libel actions

Meanwhile, Robert Murat, the third arguido in the Madeleine case, announced this week that he was preparing a number of libel actions against 11 newspapers and one TV station in the UK.

His legal representatives at the law firm Simons Muirhead & Burton named the media targeted but declined to reveal any new information on the matter.

Reported by the UK press as being the largest libel claim in the history of the British media by an individual, the action is estimated to lead to a cumulative payout of more than two million pounds, the newspapers have said.

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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Re: The Portugal Resident Thread by DJ

Postby DJ » Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:37 pm

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Updated: 24 April 2008

Malinka considers libel action

By: CECÍLIA PIRES

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SERGEI MALINKA is said to be preparing libel actions against British and Portuguese newspapers in connection with the Madeleine case.

According to Portuguese daily newspaper Metro, the Russian citizen will ask for payouts of 50,000 euros from each newspaper.

The number and the names of the newspapers were not revealed and the information could not be confirmed with Mr Malinka by the time The Resident went to press.

Sergei Malinka was interviewed as a witness by the PJ in the Madeleine McCann disappearance case. He had professional connections to Robert Murat, who became the first arguido, official suspect, in the investigation a few weeks after Madeleine disappeared from Praia da Luz, on May 3.

The Russian citizen created a website for online property company Romigen, which was at the time owned by Robert Murat and Michaela Walczuch, another of the witnesses in the case.

His action against the media follows news last week that Robert Murat (see The Resident edition of April 18) had begun a number of libel actions against 11 newspapers and one TV station in the UK.

Making history

Robert Murat's legal representatives at the law firm Simons Muirhead & Burton confirmed the targets were Sky, The Daily Express, The Sunday Express, The Daily Star, The Daily Mail, The Evening Standard, The Metro, The Daily Mirror, The Sunday Mirror, The News of the World, The Sun and The Scotsman.

Reported as being the largest libel claim in the history of the British media by an individual, it is estimated that the total payout could be more than two million pounds if the action is successful.

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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Re: The Portugal Resident Thread by DJ

Postby DJ » Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:39 pm

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Updated: 24 April 2008

Service of hope announced

A SERVICE to mark the 365 days since Madeleine McCann's disappearance is to be held at the church of Nossa Senhora Da Luz, in Praia da Luz, where Kate and Gerry McCann regularly prayed, on Saturday, May 3 at 6.30pm.

Described as a service of hope and commemorating the year since Madeleine went missing, the theme of the service is "we want you home" and will be remembering Madeleine. It will be held in both Portuguese and English.

For further information regarding the service, please contact Father Haynes Q Hubbard, Senior Chaplain, on 282 789 660.
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Re: The Portugal Resident Thread by DJ

Postby DJ » Sat May 03, 2008 3:30 pm

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Updated: 02 May 2008

McCanns' fears

FEARS ABOUT a system they didn't know and their impression that the Portuguese police were not looking for Madeleine made Gerry and Kate McCann return to the UK last September.

The couple's comment came in an interview they gave to ITV, which was due to be broadcast on Wednesday evening after The Resident went to press.

The interview was part of a comprehensive special programme produced by the British channel, which included footage of different aspects of their life between January and April this year.

Although they would not comment on of the ongoing investigation into Madeleine's disappearance, when questioned about their feelings when they were named arguidos, they both said they had been worried.

"As soon as I realised the story or theory or whatever you want to call it, was that Madeleine was dead and that we'd been involved somehow, it just hit home. They haven't been looking for Madeleine," said Kate McCann. "I just thought she deserves so much better than that, and I thought I'm not going to sit here and allow this, you know."

For Gerry McCann, he said the worst part was the speculation surrounding the case and its impact on family life.

"The speculation takes you to the worst places and at that point you know the worst place would have been being charged, potentially being put in jail, certainly being detained to face charges that could have taken, I don't know, years to materialise, being separated from Sean and Amelie."

These sorts of things, he added "were going through your mind and, because it's a system that you're unfamiliar with, you don't know what could happen".

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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Re: The Portugal Resident Thread by DJ

Postby DJ » Sun May 04, 2008 10:09 am

Please click on the link to access The Portugal Resident's special colour supplement marking 12 months since the disappearance of Madeleine.

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