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'.

PJ makes over 100 questions to three witnesses

10 December 2014 at 1:35:00 pm | Posted by  18 comments

Robert Murat, his wife Michaela Walczuch and Murat' lawyer, Francisco Pagarete (front seat) arriving at PJ headquarters in Faro today

“It's shameful. I'm repeating what I had already said to the Judiciary Police. I have nothing to hide. Mário Marreiros, witness.”

by Marisa Rodrigues

Three of the eleven people notified to provide statements were heard throughout the day, yesterday. Today, it will be Robert Murat's turn, who was an arguido [formal suspect] in the Portuguese investigation, to answer the questions prepared by the British police. Following the questionings was the demissionary coordinator, Andy Redwood, who is stepping down and retiring at the end of this year. He will be replaced by Nicola Wall, a chief inspector experienced in homicides and violent crimes.

One of the witnesses heard yesterday was Joaquim José Marques, identified in 2008 due to his resemblance with one of the e-fits. At the time he received the journalists with a shotgun in his hands. The man was confronted with 129 questions, the majority related to his past - he has a criminal record for the rape of a female British tourist, in Praia da Luz in 1995 - other questions were related to people referenced by the English detectives. The questioning started early in the morning and lasted several hours. At lunch break, Joaquim José, visibly annoyed, lashed out at two cameramen, causing damages in the equipment of one of them. When he returned to the PJ headquarters, he threw a water bottle at the journalists.

A former Ocean Club worker was equally questioned during the day. Mário Marreiros said that he was made a list of “hundreds” of questions, among which if he knew Madeleine and what had he done on the day 3 of May 2007, the day when Madeleine disappeared. The man showed signs of being worn-down because he kept answering the “exact same crap” for a second time. The man who didn't take a lawyer with him, is also a witness in the Portuguese process [Judiciary Police investigation] and had previously been questioned by the PJ.

Today, four more witnesses are expected at the PJ headquarters in Faro, among them Robert Murat and his wife, Michaela Walczuch. Tomorrow, three witnesses are going to be questioned, and another one at a later time in England.

A meeting is scheduled for Friday, between the two police forces [Met and PJ] to review and make an assessment of the investigative steps requested by the British authorities, carried out by the PJ, as they were ordered by the Public Ministry.

in Jornal de Notícias, paper edition, December 10, 2014

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McCanns' complaint in the final allegations

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McCanns give a press conference at Palácio de Lisboa in June

by Óscar Queirós

With the final allegations taking place today, at Palácio da Justiça, in Lisbon, it's coming to an end the process of the alleged complaint for defamation made by the McCanns, Maddie's parents, against Gonçalo Amaral, in which the McCann couple asks for a millionaire compensation from the former PJ coordinator.

This process was born with the publication of the book “Maddie, a Verdade da Mentira” [Maddie, the Truth of the Lie], written by Gonçalo Amaral , considered by the English couple as defamatory and an “affront”. As to the former PJ coordinator what is in question is “his right to freedom of expression and of opinion”, and he remains confident “in the Portuguese justice”.

In a statement to JN on the trial that has lasted five years, the former PJ coordinator considers that the couple's goal, apart from an eventual monetary compensation, is to “convert the trial in an exoneration of their own responsibilities in the disappearance of their daughter”. And he justifies his opinion stating that “throughout these last five years they have attempted to convey the idea that this trial is about their innocence, when legally that is not what is at stake” since what is being argued at the trial is the “lawfulness or unlawfulness of the book I wrote and, and if so, whether it is possible to establish a causality link between the book and the possible damages they allege to have suffered”.

in Jornal de Notícias, paper edition, December 10, 2014

Maddie Case: Latest News Videos from Portugal

9 December 2014 at 7:00:00 pm | Posted by  12 comments

Andy Redwood, some elements of Operation Grange team and a new reinforcement of journalists at PJ headquarters of Faro


Scotland Yard in the Algarve to question more witnesses in the Maddie case, broadcast by SIC Notícias, December 9, 2014
Voice Over - The questioning of eleven new witnesses and the farewell to Andy Redwood, who is getting ready to retire without solving the mystery of the Maddie case, has once again attracted the media attention. The English news teams were almost all reinforced. Throughout the week, eleven witnesses are going to be called to Faro, persons that Scotland Yard has requested Portugal to be questioned. As many as the elements the Metropolitan Police sent to Faro to follow the work carried out by PJ. Seven witnesses are what the British authorities call 'Persons of Interest' a legal status that does not exist in Portuguese legislation but which may signify more arguidos in the offing. In the comings and goings at the Judiciary Police headquarters, in the first morning, there weren't any high profiled witnesses, tomorrow it's expected that Robert Murat enters this doors. The man that was once an arguido in the Portuguese investigation is again in the sights of the English authorities. Even though he was notified in the quality of witness, he will go to Faro accompanied by his lawyer. The former manager of the Ocean Club resort and at least one more former Ocean Club worker are also in the witnesses list.


Witnesses started to be questioned today, broadcast by CMTV, December 9, 2014

CMTV News anchor Cátia Gomes Nobre - The British police are once again in Portugal for more witnesses examinations within the scope of the Maddie case, the girl who disappeared in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve in 2007. Eleven people are being questioned as witnesses at the PJ of Faro. It is there that is the journalist Pedro Guerreiro. Good afternoon Pedro, one of those witnesses today "attacked" the CMTV news team?

CMTV journalist Pedro Guerreiro - Good afternoon Cátia, it's true, the questionings are still taking place here at the PJ headquarters of Faro, and indeed after the lunch break or rather during the lunch break, two of the three witnesses that were being questioned here by the Judiciary Police, exited the premises and one of them reacted angrily due to the cameras and to the fact that he was being filmed, and ended up being aggressive towards two news teams, including ours and one team from a British TV channel [BBC?]. He "attacked" our cameramen, his camera, images that you can see now in fact [dozens of loops of same footage]. This happened, as I said, during the lunch break, when the witness Joaquim José Marques, who is being questioned here at the Judiciary Police of Faro, returned from the lunch break to continue to be questioned. This incident took place at about 1:30pm, on the first day of the three days set for the questioning of the eleven witnesses, considered by the British authorities as pivotal for the resolution of this case. The British authorities requested that 253 questions are put to these eleven witnesses, a case that has so far remained unsolved since 2007. The English investigation has the peculiarity of a new leader, Nicola Wall is going to be the new person in charge of the English investigation, at the end of the month [December 22] following Andy Redwood's retirement. On Friday there's going to be a decisive meeting between the Judiciary Police and Nicola Wall, to define what is going to take place in this investigation from then on.

Judiciary Police questions eleven witnesses in the Maddie Case

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New elements of the British Police team that will be in the Algarve from today | Photo © EPA/Luís Forra

New questionings start today at the Judiciary Police (PJ), in Faro, on Scotland Yard’s request

By Marisa Rodrigues

Among the eleven witnesses there is a man with a criminal record for sexual assault of a female British tourist in Praia da Luz in 1995. He is a Portuguese citizen and has a similar appearance to one of the e-fits, he even had journalists at his door in 2008 and he was photographed with a shotgun in his hands.

The PJ eliminated him from the investigations at the time but Scotland Yard considers him a suspect.  The detectives want the man to explain what he did on the 3rd of May 2007 ( the date in which 3 year old Madeleine McCann disappeared ), his phone calls and his bank statements for that day and what connections does he have with Sergey Malinka (one of the four men constituted as arguidos in July 2014.

Scotland Yard also wants to know if the [Portuguese] police already have his DNA and finger prints. The majority of the almost 130 questions is incriminatory. Despite this fact, he is called for questioning as a witness, as are the remaining ten persons.

Robert Murat to be questioned

One of the most awaited questionings is Robert Murat’s. He was the first arguido in the Portuguese investigation and he will be questioned tomorrow, as well as his wife Michaela Walczuch and her former husband, Luís António. Sílvia Baptista, in charge of the Ocean Club workers, the resort manager John Hill  and his wife are also on this list.

A meeting between the two police forces is scheduled for Friday to evaluate the steps requested by the British police to be carried out by the PJ. Andy Redwood will still participate in this meeting. He is expected to retire by the end of this month. The new Operation Grange chief coordinator, Nicola Wall, leads a team specialised in homicide and serious crime.

in Jornal de Notícias, paper edition, December 9, 2014

Maddie case: British to ask 253 questions.

2 December 2014 at 3:50:00 am | Posted by  1 comments
British Police has requested the PJ to ask the main suspects if they killed Maddie.

By Rui Pando Gomes

All 11 persons considered as “POI” [Persons of Interest] by Scotland Yard’s investigation will be heard as witnesses. The questioning will take place next week and, according to CM, the witnesses may be constituted arguidos while the questioning is being carried out.

The British police has suggested a list of 253 questions to be put by the PJ to the 11 persons, amongst them, Robert Murat, the first arguido in the original Portuguese investigation.

Among the questions suggested by Scotland Yard there will be direct questions about the responsibility for the death of the child who disappeared in Praia da Luz , Lagos, on the 3rd of May 2007 and where is her body hidden.

The most incriminating questions will only be put to those that British police believe played a role in Madeleine’s disappearance.

The questionings, as CM has published, were scheduled for the last week in November. However, a juridical divergence about the constitution of the suspects as arguidos forced the questionings, requested in the 5th British authorities’ letter rogatory, to be postponed.

7 people were to be heard as arguidos and 4 as witnesses. However, arguidos are not forced to answer all questions and may be accompanied by a lawyer. This matter was brought to the new Prosecutor, Inês Sequeira, who decided that all will be heard as witnesses. Should incriminatory elements arise, the questioning as witness will be suspended and any of the people may be immediately constituted as an arguido, upon being informed of their new rights.

The questionings will be held in the PJ headquarters in Faro.

in Correio da Manhã, December 2, 2014

English want to question the first ever Arguido (suspect) of the Maddie Case

19 November 2014 at 8:17:00 am | Posted by  34 comments

· Robert Murat on the fifth letter rogatory list with seven people Scotland Yard wishes to see questioned

Robert Murat to be investigated again in Madeleine McCann's disappearance. This time he is one of the seven people Scotland Yard requested to be questioned because they are deemed “of special interest”.

Robert Murat was the first suspect
to be constituted as arguido by the Judiciary Police

by Marisa Rodrigues

Robert Murat's wife, Michaela Walczuch, and her former husband, Luís António, are also on the list of people identified to appear for questioning within the scope of the fifth letter rogatory of the process that is being investigated in the United Kingdom. A list that has already received authorization from the Public Ministry (MP) and was sent to the Judiciary Police (PJ) headquarters in the South to be implemented.

These three people know Sergey Malinka, a Russian citizen constituted as arguido in July, in a request of the British authorities that was included in a previous letter rogatory.

Robert was the first to be constituted as arguido [formal suspect] in the Portuguese process, a few days after the disappearance of the English girl, in 2007. Maddie's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, were the next to be constituted as arguidos. Murat was cleared of all suspicions.

The Luso-German* woman and her former companion were witnesses in the Portuguese process. The others on the list of the seven considered of interest are: A Portuguese man that used to work at the Ocean Club, a man with similarities to one of the e-fits and a British couple. Besides the questionings of the arguidos, the prosecutor from the Public Ministry of Portimão, Inês Sequeira, has also authorized the questioning of witnesses.

The seven [arguidos] interrogatories and the four [witnesses] examinations were scheduled to take place next week, at the PJ headquarters in Faro, with set dates and times. However, in the meantime, a request for an amendment of the fifth letter rogatory arrived at the PJ, precisely at a time when the letter was about to be carried out, which has led to the postponement of everything.

The legal statute, within the procedural framework, of each one of the persons included in the list might also change. The alteration to the letter rogatory will have to be re-analysed by the prosecutor of Portimão, who is not working, due to being ill, therefore it is not yet certain when the new scheduling will be known.

Robert Murat, British, whose educational background happened in Portugal, masters both languages, serving as an interpreter in several investigations done by the GNR, and later, by the PJ. He even postponed his own flight to England, at the PJ request, so he could remain at their service.

A constant presence that a journalist found suspicious [Lori Campbell - see Robert Murat was accused by 2 British "journalists"], comparing Robert to a suspect [Ian Huntley, The Soham Murderers] that was always at the crime scene and around the police.

Later on the group of friends with which the McCann couple were spending their holidays pointed accusing fingers at Robert, identifying him as the man some of them said they saw carrying a child on the night of 3 of May 2007.

The British man ended up being constituted as arguido 11 days after the disappearance. The house where he lived with his mother, a few metres away from the Ocean Club, was the target of [intense] searches, holes were opened on the property using sophisticated technological equipment to search for traces of the child; cars and computers were carefully examined, no evidence was ever found.

The absence of indicia about what happened to Madeleine led to the archival in 2008. At the PJ request, the process was reopened last year, in October.

in Jornal de Notícias, Nov. 19 2014, paper edition

Note* Luso - A prefix meaning Portuguese (after the Roman province of Lusitania, roughly corresponding to modern Portugal); A person of Portuguese heritage, origin, or ethnicity.

In Spanish at Mercedes' blog: Caso Madeleine McCann: Ingleses vuelven a investigar al primer arguido del caso Maddie

Seven more Portuguese and British Arguidos (suspects) in the Maddie case

10 November 2014 at 9:20:00 am | Posted by  57 comments

Scapegoat by h.koppdelaney

by Marisa Rodrigues

They know Praia da Luz. They know each other. They made phone calls on the night of the disappearance. Some have a record for petty crimes. Others are former workers from the Ocean Club. Seven Portuguese and British nationals fit in this profile, and are now, for Scotland Yard (SY) the new suspects of Madeleine McCann's disappearance.

The group is going to be constituted as arguido [formal suspect] and interrogated by the Judiciary Police (PJ), who are also going to question four witnesses at the request of the British authorities. In the list of the eleven people there is at least one woman.

The proceedings are scheduled for the last week of November, at the PJ's South Directorate in Faro. They appear in the fifth rogatory letter and were authorized by the new prosecutor at the Public Ministry of Portimão, Inês Sequeira, to whom the process was assigned.

These new seven arguidos will join the other four men constituted as arguidos and questioned in July. The British investigation now has eleven suspects.

The Scotland Yard thesis remains unchanged. On May 3, 2007, there was a failed robbery at the apartment 5A where the McCanns left their three children alone to go to dinner. Madeleine, then aged three, woke up and was abducted so she wouldn't recognize and accuse the intruders - a crime that may have been committed by one of the arguidos or by several, in association. This was one of the theories followed by the PJ at the time [2007] and eventually dismissed due to the lack of evidence that a burglary had ever taken place at the apartment.

The new phase of the SY investigation comes at a time when the British press reported that Andy Redwood's team was scaled back and now has fewer people working on it.

The English detectives will have to request the permission of the National Directorate of the PJ to be able to follow the inquiries and interrogatories in Faro, as it happened in July.

in Jornal de Notícias, Nov. 10, 2014 (paper edition)

DNA clears crucial suspect in the Maddie Case

6 November 2014 at 10:29:00 am | Posted by  49 comments

Illustration by Ben Thompson

Euclides already deceased motivated the reopening of the Maddie case process.

By Marisa Rodrigues

It has [finally] collapsed the investigation line that had Euclides Monteiro as a suspect, which also led to the reopening of the “Madeleine McCann process”. The Judiciary police (PJ) bet everything in the abduction of child at the hands of a sexual predator that allegedly attacked British children in the Algarve. However, DNA tests ruled out from the investigation the already deceased man.

At the site of one of the alleged sex abuses a sample of semen was collected, which the PJ already know that it does not belong to the former Ocean Club resort worker. Euclides' DNA was not found, in any case, at the Praia da Luz apartment from where the child disappeared seven years ago.

The thesis of the sexual predator began to be 'drawn' when the PJ inspectors grouped five cases of alleged sex abuse involving British children on holiday in the Algarve between 2004 and 2006, a year before the disappearance. Euclides matched the description made by some of the victims and had already served time for theft using the same method of intrusion into houses - without forced entry. Additionally, he worked at the Ocean Club, and also, in the same day of the disappearance he used his mobile phone in that area. He was the man that fitted the profile of the suspect.

Positive that the correspondence of the cases with an identical “modus operandi allowed for the admission of the possibility that the crimes had been committed by the same author and that this one could be related with Madeleine's disappearance, the PJ asked, in 2013, for the Public Ministry of Portimão to reopen the case.

The detectives knew that in one of the alleged sex abuse cases, there was a semen sample. They compared it with a biological vestige that had been collected previously from Euclides, which was in the possession of the Portuguese National Institute of Forensic Medicine. The man, it should be recalled, died in a tractor accident, in 2009, and was subject to an autopsy as the law dictates. The tests, however, ruled him out from the sex abuse and from the Ocean Club apartment.

The investigations remains open, at the hands of the Porto PJ, no further developments are known.

Arguidos among the 10 to be questioned

The Judiciary Police are going to question about ten people, all at the request of the Scotland Yard, within the scope of the English investigation. In the list, are Ocean Club former employees. All of them are going to be called for the first time. Some as witnesses and other as arguidos [formal suspects], who will join the already four other suspects that were questioned back in July. The questionings should be concluded before the end of the current month.

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Paula, Euclides' sister, has always claimed her brother's innocence

in Jornal de Notícias, paper edition, Nov. 6 2014

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