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Postby KazLux » Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:53 am

21 Aug, 2007, 18:59 ┬╗

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in Sol online edition today:

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Madeleine case
PJ denies possibility of detention of parents' friend

The spokesman for PJ in the Madeleine case denies that English police is preparing the detention of one of the girl's parents' friends, saying "it has no logic at all".

The information that said English detectives are getting ready to detain a friend of the McCann couple in Exeter, UK, after having received indications from the Portuguese police, was advanced by English newspaper 'Daily Express'.

Inspector Olegario Sousa, the news that point at the existence of an English suspect, close to the couple, connected to the disappearance of Madeleine on May 3 in the Algarve, "is not coming" from the Policia Judiciaria, and has "no logic at all".

Olegario Sousa also did not confirm the inquiry that was allegedly scheduled for today, according to national press, of the woman who lives in the apartment above the one from where the 4-year old child disappeared.

Olegario Sousa repeated that the Judiciaria does not publicize their inquiry calendar, reminding that, in the course of an investigation, "there is always the possibility" that more testimonies are collected.
Concerning the results from blood samples that were collected in the apartment of the Ocean Club resort, where Madeleine was sleeping when she disappeared, and in various vehicles, the inspector said there was no news and that the Judiciaria is still waiting for the arrival of the analyzes, which are being performed in an English lab.

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Nerve war

PJ bet on a pressure strategy on the McCanns

Policia Judiciaria (PJ) has no more doubts that Madeleine is dead, and they've closed in on the McCanns in order to discover what happened on the night of May 3.

Kate McCann was constituted arguida yesterday, after an interrogation that lasted for approximately 14 hours. Yesterday, at the end of the afternoon, Gerry was still being heard – accompanied by his lawyer Carlos Pinto de Abreu – and the possibility that he will also become an arguido is open.

Judiciaria tries to determine whether the crime was homicide or accidental death. The investigators have been betting on a strategy that includes placing pressure on the English couple. That is why they decided to interrogate Kate exhaustively first, trying to explore any frailties.

The long interrogations focused on the results from analyses that were performed on residues that were collected in the Ocean Club apartment – which were received this week – but also on some of the inconsistencies that were revealed in the depositions of the couple and their friends, right after the child's disappearance.

In choosing to hear Kate first, PJ also wanted to enhance the pressure on her husband, Gerry McCann. The way he reacted publicly, in some circumstances, leads the investigators into believing that Gerry 'explodes' when he is under pressure. In August, Maddie's father furiously interrupted an interview to a Spanish television channel, after being questioned about the existence of blood traces in his daughter's bedroom.

It was also with the intention to benefit from an increase in nervousness among the McCann couple and their friends, that police opted not to confirm officially whether they have received the total of results from analyses that were performed on the samples that were sent to the Birmingham lab.

The police strategy also included delaying as much as possible the constitution of Kate McCann as an arguida, because that status confers her special rights. As an arguida, she has the right to remain silent, and is not obliged to cooperate with the investigation. More: under that status, the law even allows Kate to lie, without being punished for that – contrary to what would happen if she was making a deposition as a witness. That issue was pondered by the PJ, when they advanced the possibility that Kate could become arguida on Thursday evening, without going forward with a formal constitution at that moment.

As arguidos, and because they are British citizens, the McCanns "can be subject to a coercion measure that will prevent them from leaving Portugal", lawyer Vicky Fernandes explained to Sol. The couple's friends, who spent their holidays with them in Portugal, may be called to Portimao again, or they may be heard in the UK.
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in Sol paper edition, September 15:

PJ reconstitutes crime
The police is convinced that the McCann couple had someone's help

article by Felicia Cabrita
translation by summer

The Policia Judiciaria (PJ) will soon make the reconstitution of the events that took place on the night that Madeleine McCann disappeared. It's an essential diligence in order to clarify the various contradictions that the group of nine let pass right in their first statements. If Maddie was in fact murdered, the McCanns could not have hidden the cadaver alone – which means they had to have the help from a third party.

In order to reconstruct the night of May 3, it's essential to count on the participation of the McCann couple and the group of British friends, with whom they were spending their holidays at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz. But at this moment, authorities cannot guarantee that they can arrange for the entire group to come to Portugal, at the same time.

PJ is convinced that Madeleine McCann is dead, that Kate and Gerry are somehow involved and that the cadaver was concealed. But it is still unclear what happened exactly.

Airplanes before the dogs

Besides the reconstitution of that night, PJ wants to verify the only routes that the McCann family and their friends knew, which derived from their daily routine. The first leads to a vacant terrain, behind the Milenio restaurant; the second one was usually made to go to the beach. Both routes have already been trailed by the sniffer dogs.

One of the relevant testimonies within this investigation is the one from Martin Smith, an Irishman who resides in Luz and who says that, on the night of May 3, he crossed ways with a man who was carrying a child. She seemed to be asleep, and both were going in the direction of the beach.

The investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine suffered a turnaround in late July, with the arrival in Portugal of highly specialized equipment and of the British police's sniffer dogs.

Before the dogs went onto the terrain, an airplane which is equipped with temperature and infrared rays cameras made a complete 'sweep' of the area from the Ocean Club until the cliffs. The infrared cameras detect the existence of land shifts (in England, they have detected cadavers under cement) and the temperature cameras are used to detect changes of temperature in the earth (given the fact that decomposing bodies register more elevated temperatures).

The planes equipment, however, detected nothing out of the ordinary in Luz.

After these diligences, the possibility of the child's body having been thrown into the sea was pondered. Police even contacted Joao Alveirinho Dias, an investigator at the University of Algarve, who is a specialist in oceanography, in order to collect information about the movement of tides and beach sand, in that area. With the dogs, the British policemen walked the beachline and the routes that were usually made by the McCanns and their friends.

Blood on the curtains

Later at the Ocean Club, the use of the dogs ended up triggering a turnaround in the investigation.

As Sol could discover, the dogs detected cadaver odour behind a couch in the apartment's living room, close to a window that leads to the resort's back area.

This window had curtains that were removed and analysed by police, and a small blood sample was detected. Both the curtains and the wall where it was located at, had been washed.

If the information that the Irish citizen gave to Sol three months ago is confirmed, the child was wearing pink pyjamas, and Smith noticed no blood stains. Whatever happened to Maddie, didn't provoke a large bloodshed.

Contradictions and refusals to answer

In the interrogations to which they were subject, last week, in the offices of Policia Judiciaria in Portimao, Maddie's parents were confronted not only with the collected evidence, but also with the contradictions between their first statements, right after the child's disappearance, and those by their friends.

One of the issues that has yet to be clarified is the fact that both Russell O'Brien and Matthew Oldfield said they left the restaurant, where all of them were having dinner on the evening of May 3 around 9.20 p.m, and Russell came back 5 minutes before Kate gave the alert to the disappearance of her daughter – which was confirmed to Sol by the Tapas restaurant's employees.

The staff also declared that they didn't see Gerry McCann leaving to check on his children's welfare, contrary to what Gerry said himself.

Kate and Gerry ended up being constituted arguidos in the inquiry. Sol knows that both refused to answer a significant amount of questions that the Judiciaria believes to be determinant and of high criminal relevance – thus contradicting their stance of cooperating with the process.

THE FACTS

1. Madeleine McCann, according to her parents, disappeared on May 3, 2007, at 10 p.m., from the Ocean Club

2. The last persons to see Maddie alive were her parents

3. All the clues to a possible abduction were checked by the PJ. After three months, the abduction theory was put aside

4. At this moment, PJ thinks the child is dead

5. Kate and Gerry McCann were constituted arguidos, after failing (and in some cases, refusing) to answer determinant questions of high criminal relevance. They have therefore passed into the status of suspects

THE EVIDENCE

1. In the Ocean Club Apartment

a) cadaver odour was detected by the English dogs behind a couch in the living room, close to a window that leads to the apartment's back area
b) blood (a very small amount) on that window's curtains; the curtains and the wall were washed
c) collected fingerprints belong only to the couple and their friends; there are no fingerprints from Robert Murat, the case's first arguido
d) searches with dogs in the other apartments of the same block at the resort did not yield these results, only the McCann's

The cadaver odour that was detected by the dogs indicates that the parents were with Madeleine after her death, and therefore must know what happened. This because, as they say, they were in the apartment until dinner time, at 8.30 p.m. It takes at least two hours for a corpse to release odours that can be detected by the dogs

2. In the Renault Scenic car (rented by the McCanns on May 27)

a) cadaver odour was detected by the dogs
b) a very reduced sample of human fluid, in the car boot. After being analysed in Birmingham, this fluid registered, according to the PJ's director, Alipio Ribeiro, results that do not allow a 100% correspondence with Maddie's genetic profile
c) hair that is compatible with Maddie's genetic profile; there is doubt about whether they landed there by 'transference'

3. In the Vista Mar villa (rented by the McCanns)

a) cadaver odour, detected by the dogs on clothes that belong to Kate, and on the pink soft toy
b) an English book, normally used by police, that focuses on the different types of crimes, as well as on what clues should be looked for to identify its perpetrators
c) a bible, on Kate's bedside table, open at the Old Testament, at the passage that tells the death of King David's son (God punished David with the death of his son, in order to force him away from sin and to return onto the path of good)
d) Kate's diary, in which she writes about daily difficulties, in dealing with her children

4. Contradictions between the couple's statements and those of their friends

a) Gerry says during dinner he got up to check on his children; restaurant staff says only two people from the group left the dinner table and those were Russell O'Brien and Matthew Oldfield
b) Russell arrived late for dinner and left at some point: he said his daughter had vomited and he was waiting for someone to change the bedsheets; the hotel staff say nobody requested clean bedsheets
c) Jane, Russell's wife, says she saw a man passing on the resort's street, carrying a child. An Irishman, who was at the same time in the same spot, says he saw nobody pass



THE LAWYERS

The Portuguese

Ambition set him apart very early, when he was still a law student at the Catholic University, and he said he wanted to become President of the Republic. His persistence gave results when one day he saw the open doors to one of Lisbon's main firms.

It was in the office that is lead by penalist Germano Marques da Silva that Carlos Pinto de Abreu, now 40, built his carrer – as a lawyer, for example, for the leaders of UGT [Union syndicate] that were implicated in fraud with the FSE [Fundo Social Europeu, funds from the European Union], for the Cavaco brothers, for the doctor Veiga Fernandes and, more recently, for Isaltino Morais and Antonio Preto. Meanwhile, at the Lawyer's Order, he was elected in the list of Rogerio Alves in 2005 to preside over the institution's Human Rights Commission. The McCann couple's defense, now in his own office, appears at the same time that Pinto de Abreu announces his candidacy to the Lisbon District Council of the Order – a launching pad, his colleagues foresee, for a greater ambition: to become head of the Order.

 and the English

Michael Caplan and Angus McBride are two partners at Kingsley Napley – one of the most distinguished law firms in the United Kingdom. Caplan is a Queen's Counsel (QC), which means a counselor to the Queen and he was known for defending Chile's ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet and for having avoided his extradition into Spain. McBride made his career by protecting the reputation of celebrities. He recently defended the English football captain, John Terry, who was accused of kidnapping, and actor Chris Langham, who was accused of downloading pornography.
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in Sol paper edition, September 15:

Silence has returned to Praia da Luz

article by Maria Mateus

"People are saying they always walked hand in hand, and that he squeezed her hand when she talked too much". Inacio Salgadinho hands out the ticket that allows us to park within the parking lot that belongs to the village hall. He is 77, a man of few words but who doesn't excuse himself from answering the questions that, invariably, are asked by the people who leave their car there, in front of the beach: "Was the girl located? Was it the parents after all? Where is the Ocean Club apartment?"

Initially, he let the journalists park at no cost, but the space was quickly invaded by the media exclusively. "I started demanding the payment from everyone, because the village hall doesn't forgive me, I have to pay them at the end of each month!", he justifies.

The 'problem' of journalists doesn't exist anymore. Now, very few are still around, and even these prefer to park around the church. In fact, if it weren't for the half dozen dishes on the satellite-cars and the cameras pointing at the church's main door, and nobody would say that Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, has been the stage for the most mediatized police case there ever was in Portugal.

There are no longer photos of Madeleine in the shop windows, or yellow ribbons in the hair and around the wrists. And there are already people who fear the long-term consequences of the case, which the village will suffer: "With time, the English will stop coming here", Jorge Silva, a cook, foresees, and he explains: "We'll be remembered for a bad thing".

Business was good for some caf├®s and restaurants but nobody wants to admit a big increase in their income because of Maddie's case. Behind the counters, the reply is always the same: "High season here can be felt starting in early May" – precisely when the girl went missing.

Only at the bar of the local supermarket, the Baptista, Elsa Barros admits: "This year, we've had August twice". But she adds: "We usually sell well all year round".

Silence has returned to the village. Because there are less tourists, and because Kate and Gerry don't drag onlookers and the media behind them anymore.

But there is still a restlessness that is no longer due to the sidewalks being crowded and to the noise that came from the generators of the journalists' machinery. The noise is present in the memory of those who live in Luz. "We have a bigger fear of people. We had never heard anything about missing children around here. After this case, we started to be afraid", Celia Rodrigues says, while she irons at the local laundry shop. "My son, who is 11, is still frightened when a stranger looks at him", she adds. And even at school, Silvia Silva continues, "if someone stops and looks into the playground area It's complicated! We suspect everything and everyone".

Silvia lives at the apartment block 'Pedras Brancas', which was inspected by the Policia Judiciaria (PJ). On the days right after the disappearance of Madeleine, a muffed cry that came from that location raised suspicions.

"On Saturday, around half past midnight, two inspectors from the Judiciaria asked to enter my home. My daughter was four months old back then. They looked at her often, they walked around the bathroom, the kitchen, they even peeked into the laundry basket", she recalls. The reports follow one another on the same subject, because on that night the PJ visited other homes, leaving the inhabitants restless and disturbed. "We didn't want to risk someone watching us talking to the PJ, like it happened with Luis, Robert Murat's friend. After the police talked to him, he never got himself another pool to clean", Silvia remembers.

The truth is that the Madeleine case brought the world unique images from Praia da Luz. The sand beach, the cliffs, the sea, the meandering streets that lead down to the beach, the church that overlooks the ocean – images that introduced an Algarve where one feels like going to. But that is not what people talk about at Luz. There, everybody laments that "we are only known for something so bad".
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Postby KazLux » Sat Dec 01, 2007 7:44 am

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in Sol paper edition, September 15:

Contention within the [Portuguese] Government

Alberto Costa has been assuring the articulation with the PJ and the English minister

article by Helena Pereira, with Catarina Cristao

The [Portuguese] Government has been treating the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann 'with tweezers'. For Jose Socrates [Portuguese Prime Minister], the main word is contention.

The silence and distance that have been the rule for the last four months, concerning this case, were broken only this week. The government only decided to make a public statement only after the national director of PJ, Alipio Ribeiro, made a public appearance about the investigations (on the Pros & Contras show on RTP, last Monday) and after knowing that the Procuradoria-Geral da Republica [Attorney General] would emit a statement (which happened on Tuesday).

This articulation was assured by Justice Minister Alberto Costa. It has also been Costa who has been serving as a pivot in the contacts with English authorities, namely the Internal Affairs minister, Jacqui Smith, with whom he has spoken often.

The silence that the government kept until now, and which has been widely criticized, namely by PJ members – the institution under fire from British media – was justified to Sol by a governmental source with the need for the government to keep its distance from the case, respecting the separation of powers.

On the other hand, the Executive believes that, at no moment in time, was the work of the Portuguese police ever questioned by the British government, so there was no need to respond over any attack. Alberto Costa would end up saying that the PJ "is investigating with its entire competence and with the resources that are necessary". Socrates only spoke about the case because he was questioned by 'El Pais' [Spanish newspaper] in an interview, where he stated that "the duty of politicians is not to feed a soap-opera".

Therefore, the Portuguese government was never available to receive the McCanns in an audience. The couple's spokesperson, Justine McGuiness, guaranteed to Sol that "they never talked, or requested audiences from the Portuguese government over these four months". Yet, the McCanns have been received by the Spanish Interior Affairs minister.
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Postby KazLux » Sat Dec 01, 2007 8:12 am

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Madeleine case

ASFIC accuses British press of "incoherence" and of creating news to "sell" Maddie product

The Association of Criminal Investigation Employees (ASFIC) accuses the British press of being "incoherent" during the Madeleine McCann process, and of creating news with the purpose of "making the Maddie product marketable"

The president of ASFIC, Carlos Anjos, refers that English journalists "never" made serious information and comments that the "180 degree" change of opinion about the Portuguese police means incoherence.

On Tuesday, the English press reported that the latest results of the analyses that were performed at the forensics lab in Birmingham show the Portuguese police acted correctly by considering Kate and Gerry McCann as arguidos in the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.

"This turnaround, based only on information about the latest exams that allegedly came out of the laboratory, I think it's very little for a turnaround of 180 degress in the position of British media, and it only demonstrates even more how incoherent the British press has been throughout this process", Carlos Anjos says.

According to Carlos Anjos, the British press was more worried "about creating news that allowed for the selling of the Maddie product, than about solving this case".

"The British press never produced real information throughout this process, they never worried about what was going on [a missing child], the president of ASFIC says.

In spite of the change of attitude about the Portuguese police, ASFIC didn't give a lot of importance to what the media are publishing.

"We give little importance to the things the British press recently said, just as little importance as we gave them when they accused the Portuguese police", Carlos Anjos remembered.

"We are used to some of the things that happened. For example, when a process begins, the first step is to beat up the arguidos", the inspector explained, adding that as time goes by, things start to invert and the police end up "getting a few kicks as well".

In the final part of the process, the situation that usually happens is a "distribution of guilt among the arguidos", Carlos Anjos observed, indicating that the novelty in the McCann case (...) is that "people didn't know the British press".

"The English are a very peculiar people, and their mass media are even more peculiar. Today [10 years later] they are still discussing the case of princess Diana's death as having been a crime and they don't admit it could have been something else", the representative of Judiciaria's workers remembered.

In Carlos Anjos' opinion, during the Madeleine process one could watch "the Policia Judiciaria being ripped apart, for no reason, in a very dual view".

Carlos Anjos observed that in spite of the fact that "British police agreed with all the decisions that were made by the Judiciaria, and even having participated in the defining of the strategy", throughout the process "the British press only beat up the Portuguese Policia Judiciaria".

Carlos Anjos also spoke about the way the English journalists "treated" the coordinator Gonçalo Amaral, who has now been removed from the Criminal Investigation Department and from the Maddie case, having been substituted by Paulo Rebelo.

"They started an escalade of some verbal violence, which led to them not beating only the Policia Judiciaria, but to hit hard at some policemen of the Maddie team, and Gonçalo Amaral [the investigator who was removed from the case] was an authentic Christ in the English' hands", he stressed.

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Madeleine case
English politician says that the Portuguese police is corrupted

By Margarida Davim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Merchant - who replied in Knapman's name - also took the opportunity to warn the author of the letter that concerning everything she writes, "the law of defamation applies to email and the internet", and advises her "for her own good, to be very cautious about circulating potentially high libellous statements about Kate and Gerry McCann".
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Postby KazLux » Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:13 am

The Night of the Kidnapping: http://sol.sapo.pt/PaginaInicial/Socied ... =Madeleine

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SOL Online Edition, November 2, 2007
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Google translation from the Portuguese and then amended by the poster from the article, which now appears online at:

http://sol.sapo.pt/PaginaInicial/Sociedade/Interior.aspx?content_id=64182&dossier=

THE MYSTERY SIX MONTHS LATER AFTER THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE CHILD
Six months after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from a holiday village in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, the mystery remains as to what has happened to the English girl.

The Judicial Police (PJ), which initially accepted the abduction, now maintains the theory that the child may have died, based upon biological traces found three months later, with suspicions falling again upon the parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, both doctors.

The English girl, aged four years, disappeared on 3 May from the room where she slept with her twin siblings, while parents had supper with a group of friends in a restaurant in the holiday village, Ocean Club.

Hours after her disappearance, more than 300 people were mobilized to help in the search; among these people were PJ inspectors, Maritime Police, Red Cross, firefighters, GNR, and PSP, as well as a helicopter from the Civil Protection, boats and vessels of the Navy.

The campaign to find Madeleine triggered by the McCann parents, who later involved Pope Benedict XVI, has generated a wave of solidarity, with a mobilization never before seen in the history of missing children and making headlines in newspapers and TV news, around the world.

Three days later, Guilhermino Incarnation, the director of the PJ in Faro, announced that he had gathered evidence that "guarantees the kidnapping" and that the cause of the crime could be for "redemption and/or sexual reasons."

After several days of listening to testimony and feet-on-the-ground, the PJ suspected a 33-year old English citizen of involvement in the case but found no evidence for his arrest. Robert Murat, an entrepreneur in the real estate industry, had come to serve as interpreter between the family and authorities in the days following the disappearance and resides in a house about 100 meters from the apartment complex at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz.

After three months of investigations and following hundreds of clues that, according to the police, proved "false," the PJ changed the course of their research, pointing to the thesis of the death of the child, based on biological traces collected in the apartment and in the car rented by the couple McCann, 25 days after the disappearance of his daughter.

The new evidence, collected with the help of two English police dogs, "experts" in detecting blood and cadaver odour, was sent to the British forensic laboratory in Birmingham to be analyzed.

In September, on receiving the results of the first forensic analysis, the Judiciary Police started to focus their suspicions on the McCann couple - for concealment of the body, pointing to death as "a likely cause for the disappearance of the girl."

After having been subjected to several hours of questioning at the Department of Criminal Investigation (DIC) of the PJ of Portimão, Gerry and Kate McCann, who always said they wanted "to remain in Portugal until complete clarification of the case," decided to return to their home in Leicester (England) on September 9, claiming their innocence and accusing the Portuguese police of "planting evidence to incriminate."

The silence to which the Judiciary Police were subjected, after the couple were implicated in the disappearance of their daughter, generated a list of criticisms of the Portuguese investigators on the "consistency of the evidence."

In October, following the exchange of accusations, the hitherto holder of the process and coordinator of PJ of Portimão, Gonçalo Amaral in statements to the Daily News, having been dismissed from the case, criticized the British police, that they "go do what the couple wanted."

The research team is now led by Paulo Rebelo includes inspectors and experts in homicides and sexual crimes.

Six months after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the Judiciary Police were still awaiting all the results of analysis carried out in the Forensic Laboratory in Birmingham.


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Postby StinkySardine » Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:36 pm

Published in Sol's web site on Jan.30th

The Madeleine Case

The PGR has stated today that it will re-send the rogatory letter after doubts were raised by the British Authorities on their (the letters) fulfilment. Those doubts had been forwarded to Eurojust by UK authorities.

"The Letters were sent by the Public Prosecution via Eurojust to be enacted. The British Authorities raised some questions to Eurojust and that is the reason why they were sent back to the PGR's judicial cooperation services"

With this action, the PGR "thus tries to solve a problem that it did not create and for which it cannot be blamed"

A carta rogat├│ria ├® um pedido feito ├ás autoridades judiciais de um outro pa├¡s para que realize certas dilig├¬ncias consideradas fundamentais para a investiga├º├úo em curso. (blah blah what is a rogatory letter)

A Eurojust ├® um ├│rg├úo europeu de coopera├º├úo judici├íria em mat├®ria penal, no dom├¡nio da persegui├º├úo da criminalidade grave e organizada de natureza transnacional. (blah blah what is Eurojust)

Actualmente as competências da Eurojust abrangem as formas de criminalidade grave e organizada, designadamente a criminalidade da competência da Europol, como crimes de organização criminosa e terrorismo, tráfico de seres humanos, armas, droga, crimes contra crianças, corrupção, fraude e branqueamento de capitais, entre outros crimes graves de natureza transnacional. (blah blah what are the competences of the Eurojust)

A menina brit├única Madeleine McCann desapareceu a 3 de Maio de 2007 de um aldeamento tur├¡stico na Praia da Luz, Lagos, Algarve, tendo o mist├®rio e a aparente falta de pistas s├│lidas e motiva├º├Áes para explicar o sucedido contribu├¡do para transformar este caso num dos processos mais medi├íticos de sempre. (Madeleine disappeared on May 3rd blah blah)

J├í depois de os pr├│prios pais terem sido constitu├¡dos arguidos no inqu├®rito, o processo foi declarado no passado dia 14 de Janeiro de especial complexidade, o que permitiu prolongar o prazo do segredo de Justi├ºa por mais tr├¬s meses. (on Jan. 14th secrecy of Justice extended for further 3 months)

ETA: what cld be done in 5 min.... srry

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Re: The SOL articles

Postby KazLux » Wed Feb 13, 2008 6:06 pm

Translation Astro

in Sol online:

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Madeleine case
Justice Minister considers it is "premature" to speak of the failure of the investigation

The Justice Minister, Alberto Costa, considered today it was "premature" to announce the failure of the investigation into the Madeleine case and defended that the development of the process should be awaited "without noise"

"We should await the development of the process without noise and we should not be premature in marking the outcome of the process", Alberto Costa said during the First Parliamentary Comission about the controversial statements that were made by the national director of the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) concerning the case of the English child that disppeared in the Algarve in May 2007.

The national director of the PJ, Alipio Ribeiro, stated, during an interview, that there may have been precipitation in the constitution of Kate and Gerry McCann, the child's parents, into arguidos.

When questioned by Nuno Melo, an MP from CDS/PP, about the truthfulness of Alipio Ribeiro's statements, the minister was peremptory: "I don't know, I don't want to know, and I cannot know whether they are false or true".

In another phase of the audition, which had been requested by CDS/PP, Alberto Costa remembered that "as a member of government, he never publicly comments on statements from persons who depend from him".

Earlier, the minister had guaranteed to the MP's in the Parliamentary Comission for Constitutional Matters that the comment from the PJ's top official had not affected "the superior course of the process" and that he has no indication that there may have been a "violation of the judicial secrecy".

Aguiar Branco, an MP from PSD, criticised that the Minister of Justice and communist MP Antonio Filipe - who dismissed the initiative from CDS/PP as "noise" - had diminished the value of Alipio Ribeiro's statements.

"We are playing with fire. There is an ongoing dismissal of the statements that are made by judicial agents within this Commission", the former Justice Minister said, also referring to the parliamentary audition of the Public Prosecutor, Pinto Ribeiro, about his statements concerning phone tapping.

Like Helena Pinto, from Bloco de Esquerda, Aguiar Branco considered that the minister only gave "procedural justifications".

"This is not a technical issue. The problem is one of political management of the situation", Aguiar Branco said, questioning whether the minister considered that Alipio Ribeiro's words were "innocuous".

The social-democrat MP insisted that this is "a problem of institutional trust", and that it was necessary to "draw political consequences from the statements".

Nuno Melo also criticised the alleged attempt to dismiss Alipio Ribeiro's statements, mentioning that those "had consequences on the credibility of Justice" and "external and internal" repercussions on the image of criminal investigation and of the country itself.
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Re: The SOL articles

Postby KazLux » Wed Feb 13, 2008 6:10 pm

"We should await the development of the process without noise and we should not be premature in marking the outcome of the process" :!:
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Re: The SOL articles

Postby blossom » Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:18 pm

edit - found what i was looking for
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Re: The SOL articles

Postby KazLux » Mon Apr 28, 2008 5:34 pm

astro wrote:Madeleine case
Inspector Gonçalo Amaral will sue the media that 'defamed' him

The inspector from the Policia Judiciaria in Portimao and former investigator in the Maddie case, Gonçalo Amaral, is going to sue the media that "defamed and insulted him", his lawyer stated today

"All the persons that have directly or indirectly insulted and defamed him, and questioned his honorability in the media, will be sued", Ant├│nio Paulo Santos guaranteed.

The lawyer offers some examples of "offensive" words that were used by the English media, like "drunk, womanizer, greasy and torturer".

The former coordinator of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann recently requested his retirement from the Policia Judiciaria (PJ), alleging that he "has no conditions to continue".

"He wants to leave because he was personally attacked while performing his professional duties, and the institution failed to defend him, as it should", the lawyer said, adding that the inspector, who has been at the service of the Policia Judiciaria for over 20 years, "feels lonely".

Questioned about an article that was published in Spanish newspaper El Mundo, which attributes several citations to Gonçalo Amaral, portraying Kate, the mother of Madeleine McCann, as "cold, astute, an actress", the lawyer says they are "a complete lie".

"Those statements are a complete lie. Gonçalo Amaral never told the journalist anything. They seem to be citations that were collected from the book about Maddie, which was written by former PJ inspector Paulo Cristóvão", he referred.

Madeleine McCann disappeared on the 3rd of May of 2007 from the Ocean Club tourist resort, located in Praia da Luz, Algarve, while she slept with her siblings Sean and Amelie and her parents, Kate and Gerry, dined with friends at a nearby restaurant.

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