Quotes by Gerry McCann

We want a big event to raise awareness that she is still missing, It wouldn’t be a one-year anniversary, it will be sooner than that.

I have no doubt we will be able to sustain a high profile for Madeleines disappearance in the long term.

We have been advised our behaviour was legally well within the bounds of responsible parenting and have been assured no action will be taken.

One good thing to come out of all of this is that there is so much in the press, nobody knows what is true, and what isn't.

We are hoping for the best possible outcome for us.... and Madeleine.

If the worst happened...at least she will be in a better place.

Quotes by Kate McCann

I know that what happened is not due to the fact of us leaving the children asleep. I know it happened under other circumstances.

I was sure immediately that she didn't walk out of that room.

Whoever Madeleine's with she'll be giving them her tuppence worth.

We're good parents, not suspects.

It was really just like being in your back garden.

There's not a day that goes by that I think to myself why did I think that was okay? Was I wrong in thinking that was okay? All I can think to myself is I know how much I love my children, and I know I am a responsible parent.

Quotes by Clarence Mitchell

There is a wholly innocent explanation for any material the police may or may not have found.

It is true that we have requested a meeting with the prime minister to show him the strength of our case, to explain Kate and Gerry's innocence and yet all we've been offered is a medium-level-consular meeting, which we rejected.

Kate and Gerry are realistic enough to know that Madeleine may be dead and it would be a tragedy that she is found as such, because it rules out the hope that she is alive... But any widening of the search area is encouraging and we would welcome that. If she is dead then she is dead, but not by their hand.

They don't cry in public, but plenty of tears are shed 'backstage'.

Maddie Case: Judiciary Police warns English that they don't want to see the investigation in the press

3 March 2014 at 6:08:00 pm | Posted by  19 comments

The PJ inspectors point out that in “international cooperation there is no room for states of mind.”

by Carlos Diogo Santos

The different PR strategies between the Portuguese and English authorities in the Maddie case are bothering the PJ [Judiciary Police]. The discomfort reached a point where the Judiciary Police had to warn the Metropolitan Police that they refuse to carry out the investigation through the press. Since the English police decided to investigate on their own the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the English press began to publish frequently about steps of the ongoing investigation. Much of this news turned out to be unfounded, increasingly alienating the possibility of cooperation with the PJ. At stake is the fact that the two police forces have different lines of investigation and that their media communication policies are opposite, stated some PJ inspectors to i, who preferred to remain anonymous.

According to sources well-acquainted with the process, the PJ has already informed their English counterparts that it “wants to continue to do their own investigation in the process and not in the newspapers.” A reminder, in order to make it clear, that they do not want English police sources to make comments on alleged facts of the Portuguese investigation. Especially because, they say, it is something that the English have no knowledge about. In Portugal there is an ongoing investigation led by a team from Oporto, but it has been a team from the PJ of Portimão who have responded to the letters rogatory sent by the English, that is, the requests for judicial assistance to the investigation in London.

The strategy of the Portuguese - of not making public information about their investigation - was already known to the British, but some news stories citing Metropolitan Police anonymous sources have forced this warning. “The PJ will carry on with the necessary discretion, something that is of the knowledge of its British counterpart. The media are out of our equation during the investigation. And if it was never told that there are suspects it is because there is nothing sufficiently strong”, explained a police source.

Just last week a news story was published in Portugal reporting that the English had received a secret dossier about burglars who lived in the Algarve and that crimes against children could have been committed. To i, the same source assures that such information is false: “No secret dossier was ever sent to the Metropolitan Police”. Another source close to the process explained, however, that what the English have called of secret dossier might just be a list of people with criminal record that lived near Praia da Luz, sent by the PJ within the scope of fulfilling a letter rogatory.

In the last few months, the English media have reported about each Scotland Yard suspect, they have published the e-fits of the English police - which i had previously revealed that they had, after all, been made by detectives paid by the parents of the child - and they brought to the public eye the sending of the English investigators' letters rogatory even before the Portuguese authorities were aware of those requests for international judicial assistance.

A reconstruction of the night of the crime was done - and it wasn't shot in Portugal - it was broadcast in England, Germany and Netherlands [T.N./in Ireland as well]. After the “thousands of leads” that the Metropolitan Police told the media they had received following the broadcast of the [Crimewatch] TV show, their strategy continues to be tracing of mobile phone records of those who were near the tourist resort Ocean Club on the night of May 3, 2007, the day when the child disappeared.

For the PJ officers contacted by i, these behaviours will not affect the cooperation between the two police forces. “The letters rogatory will be fulfilled in the most committed way as possible, because in international cooperation there is no room for states of mind”, concluded the PJ source.

in i online, March 3, 2014

Maddie: PJ asks Scotland Yard to not disclose information
There have been successive leaks in British newspapers

TVI 24, broadcast March 3, 2014

Marisa Rodrigues - In the meetings between the Portuguese and the British police, information of the two investigations to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is exchanged. But what is happening in the Scotland Yard's investigation ends up in the newspapers and it has happened so often that the Judiciary Police was forced to ask the English detectives for silence, so they don't tell the [English] press about the steps of the investigation in the hands of the Oporto PJ.

It was an informal request, reminding them that here the rules are different, and what rules is the silence of Justice. To TVI the National Deputy Director of the PJ, Pedro do Carmo, confirmed that this was one of the issues debated in the last meetings between the two police authorities. He also stated that what has been published in the [English] press does not translate what is in the Portuguese process.

The meetings have also been used to discuss the three letters rogatory, already sent to Portugal. One has already been fulfilled, in the other two, Scotland Yard requests that former Ocean Club workers are questioned, house searches, analyses to bank accounts and mobile phone records are done.

English want to question more people in the Maddie case

13 February 2014 at 10:04:00 pm | Posted by  32 comments

by Marisa Rodrigues

The British police is going to send the third letter rogatory concerning the Madeleine McCann case to Portugal. The decision was communicated to the Judiciary Police during a meeting that took place, this Thursday, in Faro.

Scotland Yard detectives are going to ask for more people to be questioned, out of the approximately forty persons, who they consider “of interest” to the investigation into the disappearance of the English child, in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, in 2007.

A PJ source confirmed that the meeting served, as the previous ones, to make a rundown of the judicial cooperation between the police authorities of the two countries.

This new request for judicial assistance comes at a time when the investigative steps that are contained in the second letter rogatory still have to be carried out, namely the questioning of three former employees of the tourist resort from where the child disappeared, house searches and analyses of their bank accounts.

in Jornal de Notícias, Feb. 13, 2014

UK media reports:

'Tempo of Madeleine McCann inquiry moving forwards,' say police

by Justin Davenport

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have issued a new request for help to the Portuguese authorities.

The development came as a senior Scotland Yard officer said the “tempo” of the inquiry into the missing toddler was “moving forward.”

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, who is overseeing the operation, said the Yard had sent a third international letter of request to Portuguese officials linked to their inquiries.

He said: “Clearly the investigative tempo is moving forward as we are progressing the investigation and the work we are asking the Portuguese to undertake for us. We are carrying on our liaison at all levels.”

Members of the inquiry team, including Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, were in Portugal again today on a “routine visit” to meet counterparts from Portugal’s Policia Judiciaria.

Madeleine was nearly four when she disappeared from her room in the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz where she was staying with her family in 2007.

Scotland Yard launched a fresh investigation into the girl 's disappearance last July – two years into a review of the case – and made renewed appeals on television in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.

Detectives in the UK must submit International Letters of Request to their counterparts overseas in order to get action undertaken in a foreign country.

Recent discussions between the two forces are believed to have centred on a burglary gang who had targeted homes in the resort at the time Madeleine vanished.

Mobile phone records are said to have revealed that three suspected burglars repeatedly called each other in the hours after Madeleine disappeared.

Mr Hewitt said so far the Yard had not asked the Portuguese authorities to interview or arrest any suspects.

Scotland Yard has played down speculation of imminent arrests in the case saying they are pursuing several lines of inquiry. Met officers have been to Portugal more than 20 times in the past 18 months.

In October, Portuguese authorities said a review had uncovered information prompting them to reopen their own inquiry.

No-one has been arrested.

in Evening Standard, Feb. 13, 2014

Above: Jerry Lawton tweets (Daily Star)

Judiciary Police searches for former Ocean Club minibus driver

3 February 2014 at 4:34:00 pm | Posted by  64 comments

Judiciary Police searches driver from the hotel where Maddie disappeared from

Praia da Luz. Man they are trying to find was responsible for driving tourists to and from Faro airport. He resigned from the resort, worked at a bar and is supposedly unemployed now.

by José Manuel Oliveira

The Judiciary Police(PJ) was searching for, in Praia da Luz, near Lagos, the former minibus driver* of the Ocean Club tourist resort. It was from this location that Madeleine McCann, then aged 3, disappeared, from the bedroom where she was sleeping with her twin siblings, on the night of 3 of May of 2007 while their parents dined with friends at a restaurant approximately 50 meters away.

“Three individuals where here, a few days ago, who identified themselves as belonging to the Judiciary Police and they wanted to know where a man who worked at the Ocean Club at the time when Maddie disappeared resided. At the time, he used to transport tourists from Faro airport to the apartments of the resort in Praia da Luz, where tourists would be lodged. Then at the end of the holidays, he took the clients to the airport so they could return to their respective countries. It was habitual for him to be always using his mobile phone”, an inhabitant of Praia da Luz, working at an hotel unit told the DN.

The man, who is single and may be 40 years old now, worked subsequently at a bar in that area, he is considered as “humble and very polite”, sources guaranteed to DN. At the moment he is supposedly unemployed.

This renewed presence of members of the Judiciary Police in Praia da Luz came just days after four British investigators from the Scotland Yard were gathered, on Tuesday morning, in Faro, with the head of the PJ directorate of Faro, Mota Carmo, and with the coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Portimão, Ana Paula Rito. As DN told at the time, on the table was a request for assistance to the Portuguese police aimed at carrying out several steps that were specified under the letters rogatory that were sent to the Attorney General's Office, which have arrived to the PJ two weeks ago.

The English police want the Portuguese authorities to question three individuals whom they consider that they may be involved in the disappearance of the English child. The lead being followed has as a goal the identification of those people, who have made ​​several phone calls on the night that Madeleine McCann disappeared, precisely in the area adjacent to the Ocean Club, where the family was holidaying. The English investigators suspect that some of those three men may be involved in burglaries in that area of Praia da Luz.

“Case tends to be forgotten”

In Praia da Luz, located near Lagos, no one seems to believe that Madeleine McCann can be found. And the few inhabitants that, sometimes, still talk about the disappearance of English child in 2007, only do so when news appear in the media - like this week, with the presence of members of Scotland Yard in the Algarve to hold meetings with representatives of the Judiciary Police - or when they come across with journalists in that tourist area in the municipality of Lagos. “This case no longer stirs people and tends to be forgotten”, observed the president of the Parish Council of Luz, Victor Mata.

in Diário de Notícias (paper edition), February 3, 2014
*See official files: Ocean Club minibus driver statements to the PJ


Broadcast by TVI, February 3, 2014
Marisa Rodrigues (Voice over) - The man was assigned as a driver, in order to assure the transport of tourists between Faro airport and the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, in May of 2007. He drove a minibus and spoke often on his mobile phone. Under the scope of the English investigation he was considered as a “person of interest”. The English detectives requested for the Judiciary Police to locate him, the PJ inspectors went to Praia da Luz to search for him. They understood that he no longer worked for the Ocean Club, that he is unemployed and nothing relevant was found.

The PJ work on the field, in Praia da Luz, took place several months ago and was one of the investigative steps in the first letter rogatory that arrived in Portugal during the last summer, it is part of the English process and has nothing to do with the PJ investigation under the purview of the Public Ministry of Portimão. It also has nothing to do with the regular meeting that once again brought, last Tuesday to Faro, four Scotland Yard detectives. Meeting which was held in order to clarify doubts relative to the first letter rogatory and to make a rundown of the judicial cooperation between the police authorities of the two countries.

As to the second letter rogatory, no investigative step has been requested to take place and nothing was scheduled yet, specially because the document that was submitted to the Attorney General's Office on the 23rd of January has not yet reached the hands of the Judiciary Police. Among the investigative steps requested in the second letter rogatory are the questionings of the three men who worked in the tourist resort at the time of Madeleine McCann's disappearance, that would have made a high number of phone calls to each other. Home searches were also requested as well as analyses of their bank accounts.

UK media reports:

Madeleine McCann detectives 'probe Portuguese gypsy site 15-minutes away from holiday home where three year-old was snatched in 2007'

Traveller site at Meia Praia investigated by police, according to reports
Detectives also believed to be looking into another site 30 miles away
Police have identified three burglars as prime suspects in disappearance

(...) According to The Sun, officers are now also understood to be investigating the area of Meia Praia along with another site 30 miles away.

A Briton who has a holiday home near where the McCann family stayed in Praia da Luz told the paper officers from Scotland Yard had asked him about Meia Praia.

He said: 'They wanted to know everything that I knew about the people living there.'

According to the paper, Meia Praia is a ramshackle camp notorious for violence and drug smuggling.

in Daily Mail (online), February 3, 2014

Have you questioned Payne?

30 January 2014 at 10:22:00 am | Posted by  59 comments

The police have a suspect alive in England: David Payne, one of the McCanns' friends on the holiday

by Manuel Catarino [Correio da Manhã editor-in-chief]

The Attorney General's Office, sensitive to the pressures exerted by London, opened the the judicial process into the disappearance of Maddie. The investigation ended in a blind alley and the case, naturally shelved in the summer of 2008, awaited any relevant data that could shed light on the mystery.

The PJ had no other alternative than to create a 'special group' to analyse the process which rested in a filing cabinet: something could have escaped the early investigators. The PJ finds a suspect for the abduction of the girl - a suspect that is already dead.

The new thesis is highly desirable: removes the suspicions from the McCann couple and throws the process, again, in the tranquillity of the filing cabinet. But the British police does not want a dead suspect. They prefer a live one. British inspectors are in the Algarve - and they insist on questioning three suspects.

If the English allow me the suggestion, you did not have to bother with the nuisance of the trip.

You have an alive suspect in England: David Payne, one of the McCanns' friends on the holiday, reported for indecent behaviour with children and he was never investigated.

in Correio da Manhã, January 30, 2014

David Payne May Hold the Key to Maddie's Mystery - April 2009
Since the 16th of May 2007, the British authorities possess an official formal statement presented by Katherine and Arul Gaspar, regarding suspicions about David Payne's behaviour which might be consistent with paedophilia acts.

English Ignored Complaint for Paedophilia Against One of the McCanns Friends - July 2008
Twelve days after Maddie disappeared, a couple revealed the strange behaviour of one of the group’s members. Testimonies only reached the Judiciária in January this year

Suspicions about Payne were never investigated - April 2009
The suspicions against medic David Payne, one of the McCanns’ English friends, who was in Praia da Luz on the 3rd of May 2007, when Madeleine disappeared, were never investigated.

Further reading (official case files):
Witness statements of Yvonne Warren Martin
McCann Case: David Anthony Payne Rogatory Interview Part I
McCann Case: David Anthony Payne Rogatory Interview Part II
McCann Case: David Anthony Payne Rogatory Interview Part III

Do you remember?

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To mark the day of the 27th anniversary of Rui Pedro, the 11 year old boy who disappeared from Lousada in 1998, the mother, Filomena Teixeira and the Portuguese Missing Children Association released a video on the internet appealing for information that may help locate him. Please share, thank you.

Any info on Rui Pedro, please contact the Judiciary Police on directoria.porto@pj.pt, (+351) 225 582 415 or the Portuguese Missing Children Association on secretariado@ap-cd.pt, (+351) 91 000 39 62

British police want to question three suspects in the Algarve

29 January 2014 at 9:49:00 pm | Posted by  11 comments

DN 29 Jan 2014 photo McCanns holding red carnations offered by PJGA members, symbols of freedom of expression and liberty, of a fight against an oppressive dictatorial regime, of the 25th of April 1974 - Carnation Revolution in Portugal
Four investigators were gathered with senior Polícia Judiciária (PJ) officers in the Algarve to work on the details of the investigation. British newspapers believe in arrests.

by Valentina Marcelino and Paula Carmo

Four Scotland Yard investigators were gathered yesterday with senior Polícia Judiciária (PJ) officers in the Algarve to work on the details of a further step of the investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance. The visit of the English police officers to Portugal comes following a request for judicial assistance from the British authorities to question three suspects, who at the time of the disappearance of the girl, in 2007, were referenced in burglaries in the Praia da Luz area.

A source from the PJ's Directorate confirmed to the DN [Diário de Notícias acronym] the presence of elements from the Metropolitan Police at the Judiciary Police headquarters of Faro, but did not disclose further details. At the meeting was also present Luís Mota Carmo, the head of the PJ directorate of Faro, who listened to the justifications of the English that lead to the suspicions about those three individuals. Until the closing of this edition no conclusions were yet known, namely of when and where will the suspects be heard.

In accordance to the rules of judicial cooperation agreements, a foreign police cannot investigate in the national territory. For example, in case the questioning is performed, it will always be the PJ inspectors leading it, albeit with the British watching. The questions were already sent in detail in the letter rogatory and intend to learn from the suspects the reasons of them being in that area, at that time and that day. This new investigative line, that is being attempted by the British authorities, emerged after they cross-referenced phone records made at the time of the disappearance of the child, in that area, which led to new suspects.

According to what was reported in recent days by the English newspapers, the visit of the British investigators has as goal “to make the first arrests” since Scotland Yard decided to re-analyse the case in 2011, referred to as Operation Grange. The push for this decision has been assumed by the team leader, DCI Andy Redwood, who has already expressed his belief that “Maddie” could be alive.

This time the targets are, and still according to the British press, three men, authors of several burglaries in the area of Praia da Luz. The phone traffic data shows that these suspects did “numerous phone calls to each other” in the time period in which Madeleine was reported as missing from the apartment where she was holidaying with her parents and siblings. The Metropolitan Police was “eager” to question these burglars and went to Portugal with the goal of making the first arrests, reported the Daily Mirror last Friday.

All the traffic data that was analysed thoroughly by the British police had also been scrutinized by the PJ during the investigation that was later archived in 2008. Although it was not possible to obtain, up to now, information from the PJ about whether the three suspects had already been heard in that initial investigation, as a rule of thumb, the Attorney General's Office (PGR) only gives positive response to letters rogatory when the steps requested by foreign authorities were not carried out during another investigation. In other words, the acceptance of the English request could mean that these three suspected robbers who were referenced as being close to the crime scene were never heard by the Judiciary Police.

Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman of the couple Kate and Gerry McCann told the Daily Mirror yesterday that the acceptance of the letter rogatory by the PGR represents a significant development and that “It is necessary for British police to request the Portuguese authorities allow them to operate on their turf. It means they have the intention of arresting and interviewing X, Y or Z”. The spokesman of Madeleine's parents added “Whether the Portuguese will co-operate remains to be seen. It is a very sensitive issue with differences they have had.”.

In August last year, the PJ was also mandated by the Public Ministry, to comply with another letter rogatory, with a wide set of steps that resulted from Operation Granger. At the time, the British police had announced the identification of 41 suspects, 12 of them British nationals. These were also referenced through the analysis of traffic data. Apart from Portugal, Scotland Yard submitted letters rogatory to thirty other countries, most of them European countries. All these steps have a practical purpose for the English: to scrutinize all hypotheses until exhaustion so that, in case suspicions are not confirmed, any conclusion will be fully supported.


How can a foreign police make an investigation in Portugal? They cannot. Therefore, as in this case, the authorities of the countries who want any type of investigative step to be pursued in another State must submit a request expressed in the designated letter rogatory, asking for the intended judicial assistance.

Who executes the request for judicial assistance of a foreign police? Letters rogatory are addressed to the Attorney General's Office (PGR), which analyses them and then decides on their admissibility. Once accepted, the Attorney General's Office sends them to the court in the area where the requested steps will be carried out. Then it is up to prosecutors of the Public Ministry to appoint which police authority will perform them, almost always the Judiciary Police, since most crimes subject to letters rogatory pertain to the investigative field that is the area of competence of that police force.

What if the requested investigation steps have already been carried out in other investigations made in that country? The investigative steps that are required to be accepted by the Attorney General's Office cannot have taken place under the scope of other investigations. When, for example, a search is requested for a specific place or when it is requested that a suspect is questioned which in the view of the requesting authority may have an important testimony to the resolution of a case, and those steps have to be done for the first time.

Can foreign police officers question or arrest suspects or make searches in Portugal? Not in any way. The entire execution of the investigative steps requested in letters rogatory must be the responsibility of the national criminal police force in the country of destination. In this case, in the application for judicial assistance that was sent to the PGR, where the Scotland Yard asks for three suspects to be questioned, it will be the PJ inspectors that will lead that questioning. The questions have to come previously outlined in the letter rogatory. The English police officers may attend the session but they cannot intervene.

in Diário de Notícias (paper edition), January 29, 2014


TVI, broadcast on 29 Jan. 2014

Marisa Rodrigues (Voice Over) - The images captured by a British newspaper show four Scotland Yard detectives in Faro for another meeting at the Polícia Judiciária. On the table, the next steps of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a set of steps defined jointly with the heads of the PJ Directorate of Faro and of the Criminal Investigation Department of Portimão. A meeting that takes place following a letter rogatory for a number of investigative steps requested by the English detectives. The most urgent, to question three men that worked in the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz at the time when the girl disappeared. The British investigation classifies the men as 'people of interest' because they made a high and abnormal number of phone calls on the night of May 3, 2007. It is also requested that searches are made and bank statements analysed. The British press writes that the detectives believe that Madeleine is alive and want to make arrests, however arrest warrants weren't issued and the PJ does not give any explanations.

Marisa Rodrigues - It is not the first time that a meeting similar to this one takes place, the English authorities request them frequently and the PJ accepts them. It is not yet certain that the British detectives will come to the Algarve to accompany the investigative steps, no request was made in that regard to the National Directorate of the Judiciary Police. The image is by Marcos Soares Pereira, Marisa Rodrigues, TVI.

Caso Maddie: Especial CMTV - Reconstituição do desaparecimento de Madeleine McCann

8 December 2013 at 6:59:00 am | Posted by  34 comments

Especial CM - Reconstituição do desaparecimento de Madeleine McCann (parte 1)

Especial CM - Reconstituição do desaparecimento de Madeleine McCann (parte 2)

Imagens exclusivas do apartamento de Maddie

A CMTV exibe um programa especial dedicado ao desaparecimento de Madeleine McCann: a reconstituição da noite de 3 de maio de 2007, a última vez que a criança britânica foi vista com vida na praia da Luz, em Lagos.

A viagem ao Ocean Club, complexo turístico onde estava hospedada a família McCann, tem a duração de oito minutos, durante os quais os telespectadores terão oportunidade de acompanhar, com rigor, o que aconteceu naquela noite em que a menina, então com três anos, desapareceu do quarto onde dormia com os dois irmãos gémeos.

A reconstituição da fatídica noite do desaparecimento envolveu 10 actores e foi efectuada em três locais distintos. É o resultado de duas semanas de trabalho, com quatro dias de gravação e duas noites. Engloba imagens inéditas feitas no interior do apartamento do Ocean Club. É a primeira vez que uma televisão vai mostrar o cenário do crime ocorrido no Algarve.

O ‘Especial Maddie' reúne, ainda, quatro reportagens sobre os momentos mais marcantes da investigação - que conheceu recentemente um novo impulso - e um debate com as personalidades que acompanharam a par e passo todas as incidências do caso: Gonçalo Amaral, inspector da PJ responsável pela investigação; e Rui Pereira, então ministro da Administração Interna. A conversa contará, também, com a participação da psicóloga criminal Maria do Sameiro e de Moita Flores, professor universitário e antigo inspetor da PJ.

in Correio da Manhã, emitido pela CMTV a 16 de Novembro de 2013 (debate c/ Gonçalo Amaral e Francisco Moita Flores)

Update: Full translation available at Zizi's Presscuts, courtesy of Zizi Duarte and Paula Levy-Smith

CMTV 'Maddie Case Special' and 'Rua Segura' highlights

20 November 2013 at 2:08:00 pm | Posted by  32 comments

The following video clip from CMTV* is a collection of highlights from two programmes about a reconstruction by CMTV* about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The first programme was a 'Maddie Case Special' that aired on the evening of the 16th of November, 2013, and had Gonçalo Amaral and Francisco Moita Flores in the studio.

The second programme is called 'Rua Segura' and was broadcast on the evening of the 18th of November, 2013. It featured Rui Pereira, Gonçalo Amaral, Carlos Anjos and Eduardo Dâmaso.

Anchor - After CMTV screened a reconstitution about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, there were many reactions, that multiplied themselves, mainly because of the various contradictions in the witnesses’ statements.

Voiceover – The case dates back to the 3rd of May of 2007. Six years later, several inconsistencies and contradictions are counted, which contribute to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine. After the screening of CMTV’s reconstruction relating to the little girl’s disappearance, there were many reactions that multiplied themselves, mainly about the various contradictions that were raised.

One of the inconsistencies has to do with the time of the visit that was done by a friend to the McCann couple. David Payne would have met Gerry at 6.30 p.m., and only afterwards went to see Kate. Until today, it is not known how long the visit took: According to Gerry, Payne was at the location for over half an hour; according to Kate, the visit lasted little over 30 seconds.

Gonçalo Amaral – This is a figure that, I use to say, that is enigmatic, and who was not well investigated. Not a lot is known about this person.

Voiceover – A mysterious man with a profile that is linked to indications of inadequate behaviours towards children. He even used to bathe the daughters of the friends that he spent holidays with.

To CMTV, Gonçalo Amaral and Francisco Moita Flores, former Judiciary Police inspectors, state that this is one of the gaps in the process.

Moita Flores – It is strange, in a group of friends, that one friend bathes the other friends’ children. And that all of this is natural, and nobody questions this from the investigation’s point of view.

Gonçalo Amaral – What weight did it have in the disappearance, if it had any weight at all, and what was going on there with that individual. One is this one, the 30 minutes or the 30 seconds, what he went there to do. The other one is the fact that he always cared to bathe the other people’s daughters.

Voiceover – There is even a concrete episode, which took place on the island of Mallorca, in 2005. David Payne, in the company of Gerry McCann, would have been seen making obscene gestures, while referring to Maddie.

Gonçalo Amaral – Then there is the other moment, that of the obscene gestures he made, in Spain, in Mallorca, where there is a denunciation in May 2007, ten days after the disappearance, by another doctor, who was also on holidays, who knows him and tells the English police about said obscene gestures in the presence of the father.

Voiceover – For Eduardo Dâmaso, joint editor at Correio da Manhã, these indications should have been explored.

Eduardo Dâmaso – All of those indications are much stronger to explore, that enigma that is installed within that group, than the thesis of the abductor. The feeling that I have is –

Voiceover – Some statements by Gerry McCann are also contradictory. To the police, Maddie’s father told different versions about the way that he entered the Ocean Club apartment at 9 p.m. In a first statement, Gerry said he had entered through the front door; later, he changed the statement and said he had entered through the back window. Despite everything, the key was inside the apartment.

For the former Judiciary Police inspector Carlos Anjos, the change in the depositions is an attempt by Gerry to adjust to the facts.

Carlos Anjos – I think he has no certainty whatsoever. That is the big problem. And hence the difficulty, the contradictions they had, all of the contradictions they had, which were verbalized when they gave statements, even the changing of depositions… We at the police use to say that when the depositions start to be changed, it’s an attempt by the witness to adjust the deposition to the fact.

Voiceover – Another inconsistency has to do with the visit of another friend of the couple to the Ocean Club apartment. Matthew Oldfield entered the room, looked to where Maddie and her siblings were. Later on, he said he wasn’t sure whether or not the little girl was in the apartment.

Eduardo Dâmaso – We return to another aspect which, from my point of view, proves that all the indications that exist, which point towards an enigma that is installed within that group, is much stronger than what exists about the possibility of an abduction.

Voiceover – Another question that remains unanswered is the place where Gerry was at 10 p.m. Two Tapas Bar employees said that Gerry was not at the restaurant. According to Gonçalo Amaral, there are only three moments that the authorities are able to locate in time. This is not one of them.

Gonçalo Amaral – As far as accurate times are concerned, there are only three: The time at which they pick up Maddie from the crèche, which is at 5.30 p.m., the time of the payment at the restaurant by the Irish family, which is at 9.22 or 9.27 p.m., and the time of the phone call to GNR, which is at 10.47 p.m. From there on, nothing is certain.

Voiceover - Contributing to the mystery of Gerry’s location at 10 p.m., a statement by a family of Irish tourists, four adults and five children, appears. According to the Smiths, that evening, the family left Kelly’s Bar and headed home at around 10 p.m. Five minutes later, Kate raises the alarm to the disappearance. At the same time, the family crosses ways with a man that carried a blonde child, aged approximately four, wearing a pink pyjama.

Martin Smith, one of the group’s members, gives the police a detailed description. Four months later, already in the United Kingdom, the Smith family sees images of Gerry McCann carrying one of his children. When he sees the image on television, Martin remembers the same man that he had seen in Praia da Luz.
The denunciation was made to the Judiciary Police and the PJ decides to bring him to Portugal. At that time, Gonçalo Amaral, the coordinator, is removed from the investigation, and the new coordinator, Paulo Rebelo, considers that the trip of the Irishman to Portugal is useless.

Six years later, Gonçalo Amaral remains certain that it is important to listen to the witnesses’ statement.

Gonçalo Amaral – It makes all kind of sense to even bring him, and the family, it’s 3 or 4 people more, to Portugal, even to understand how long they took after leaving the Dolphins restaurant, how long they remained in Kelly’s bar, because there is no payment, the payment was not made with a card, we found out the exact time of the payment, not the exit from the restaurant, through the payment, because the payment was made with a bank card. At the bar, it was made in cash, so we don’t know. We don’t know how long they took having their drinks. We don’t know at what time the sighting takes place. It would have been around ten, a bit earlier, a bit later, at around that time, we don’t know exactly at what time it was.

Voiceover – For the former Judiciary Police inspector, the question of the e-fit that appeared at the time ended up taking importance away from the deposition.

Gonçalo Amaral – This family, which is not only one person, says that the person that they saw that night is a certain person. They say it is. Then they say it’s 80%. And then the e-fit – someone appears that looks like a certain person. While they never said it was a person that looked like Gerald McCann. The e-fit has that effect, the effect of devaluating the statement itself.

Voiceover – These are contradictions and inconsistencies that remain unanswered to this day. And adding to all of these questions, a new issue appears: That of the crime of exposure or abandonment [child endangerment], that would have been committed by Kate and Gerry McCann when they left Maddie alone during the night.

Moita Flores – You can be absolutely certain that if this couple was Portuguese, the Public Ministry would have immediately triggered the child protection measures against them. Have no doubts about that. Because in our culture, this is not reasonable nor explainable. And I don’t know if I can even be explained under the light of the Anglo-Saxon culture.

Rui Pereira – At the beginning, the McCanns were obviously suspected of a crime of exposure of abandonment. Obviously. It is evident that it was not easy to make them arguidos right away. Why? Because investigators are also human. And the most immediate sentiment that was experienced was that of a certain compassion towards the parents.

Moita Flores – I understand, with some effort, but I understand that it’s a cultural trait that is different from ours, to leave children far away from the place where we are, and to enjoy ourselves until midnight, from 8.30, 9 p.m. until midnight. I find this hard to believe, for our Latin culture, in which the children are very directly controlled, I find this very difficult.

Voiceover – For Carlos Anjos, all the participants in the case tried to find a way not to be implicated in this crime.

Carlos Anjos – They all knew that they were at stake because of exposure and abandonment, and all of them somehow tried to find a story that would not harm them much, that would not mistreat them much in that situation.

Voiceover – These are reactions that are raised after the exhibition of CMTV’s reconstruction about the disappearance of Maddie. A job that was never done by the Portuguese police.

Gonçalo Amaral – The reconstruction was never done because one awaited the best moment. At the time when everything happened, one thought about the reconstruction, which is normal in such a situation. There were many journalists in Praia da Luz, it was not convenient to do it at that time, due to the apparatus and the spectacle that would be given, it was almost as someone said, necessary to close the air space to make a reconstruction.

Moita Flores – This was decisive. And I don’t know how the police could do it, I understand the difficulties of this media circus that was built there, but it would have been necessary and decisive. Because as can be seen from this reconstruction, and one understands that it follows the statements from the participants in the process, one realises that it is full of contradictions.

Voiceover – For Francisco Moita Flores, the reconstitution by CMTV is more accurate than the one that was shown by the English Crimewatch programme.

Moita Flores – What CMTV just did, I saw the reconstitution that was made by Crimewatch and this one, and one understands that it is like day and night, in terms of accuracy.

Gonçalo Amaral – One has more red wine and the other one shows empty glasses.

Moita Flores – This one has the wine, it has the party, it has the disposition of the people, it has the relationship with the physical space, which is important.

Voiceover – These are reactions that appear after the exhibition of the reconstitution of the moments before and after the disappearance of Madeleine, a case that still prompts much discussion.

Carlos Anjos – This is the most verified case that I can recall in the history of criminal investigation. Countless CDs were made, they were distributed to all of the newspapers, to all of the detective agencies, to all of the policemen. And one thing is objective at this moment in time, just like Gonçalo said: Today we are exactly the same as when the case was closed. This is to say that we are, today, just like we were in 2007. The entire investigative community, that read the process from beginning to end, possibly all of us read it already, there was nobody who said – some have said that this or that could be done, but those are diligences that could hardly have any other result than the one that is there [in the case files].

Voiceover – The doubts remain. The uncertainties about what really happened to Madeleine McCann remain.

from: CMTV, 19.11.2013


José Carlos Castro, the anchor, read a communiqué at the end of the CMTV* newscast:

"A Direção do Correio da Manhã reitera o compromisso público junto dos leitores e dos espectadores que vai continuar a investigar o desaparecimento de Madeleine McCann recorrendo a todos os meios legítimos e necessários.

A equipa CMTV/Correio da Manhã não descansará enquanto não for descoberta toda a verdade sobre o desaparecimento da menina de 3 anos da Praia da Luz no dia 3 de Maio de 2007."


"The Management of Correio da Manhã reaffirms its public commitment with its readers and viewers that it will continue to investigate the disappearance of Madeleine McCann making use of all legitimate and necessary means.

The CMTV/Correio da Manhã team will not rest until the whole truth about the disappearance of the little three-year-old girl from Praia da Luz on the 3rd of May of 2007 is discovered."

* CMTV is the television channel that belongs to the Correio da Manhã newspaper.