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'.

Spin and Manipulation - Round Up the Usual Suspects

23 October 2014 at 8:31:00 pm | Posted by  2 comments

Roderick Macdonald leaving court, 18th Oct. 2014 | Photo: Matthew Xuereb

By Isabel Oliveira and Joana Morais

During the last couple of weeks, coinciding with yet another Scotland Yard’s visit to Portugal, the press blitzed its readers with the breaking News that Roderick Robinson (also known as Roderick McDonald) had been arrested in Malta in connection to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

These were some of the headlines for October 2014:

1 –Times of Malta, Update 2, 14th October 2014 – “76-year-old Briton to be extradited - possibly linked to McCann case”

2– Daily Mail, 14th October 2014 – “REVEALED: Paedophile arrested over Madeleine McCann's disappearance molested two Australian girls before fleeing to Thailand

3 – Daily Mirror, 14th October 2014 - “Convicted paedophile believed to have been in Portugal at the time of Madeleine McCann's disappearance arrested in Malta

4– Irish Mirror, 15th October 2014 - “Madeleine McCann paedophile suspect jet-setted around globe after giving police slip two years ago

4 –Irish Independent, 15t October 2014 - “British paedophile arrested in connection with Madeleine McCann disappearance”

In summary, the media stated that Roderick Robinson was arrested in connection to the Madeleine McCann case, some media placing him in Portugal in 2007 at the time of disappearance, some media describing him as being on the run for a varied amount of years, some reported him as being the possible suspect in the alleged break ins in the Algarve from 2004 to 2010, some mentioning he sailed in a private yacht around the Mediterranean stopping in Praia da Luz.

In all articles, the media stresses the connection between Roderick Robinson and Madeleine McCann disappearance and states or insinuates that Mr Robinson was living in the Algarve at the time of events.

Let’s take a closer look:

The Times of Malta writes: “The Mirror reported that Mr Macdonald was in Algarve when the three-year-old vanished in 2007.Scotland Yard detectives chasing new leads in Praia da Luz where Madeleine went missing wanted to quiz him about paedophile rings in the area in 2007. Police were investigating 18 possible linked break-ins at Algarve villas by a lone intruder from 2004 to 2010. The attacks stopped in 2010, at around the time Robinson was deported from Portugal to Australia for raping an eight-year-old girl there, the Mirror reported in May.”

The Daily Mail Writes: “Robinson aka McDonald has been on the run for 25 years for molesting girls under the age of 10 years” “Roderick William Robinson, 76, was extradited from Portugal in 2010 to face the Sydney child molestation charges, just three years after Madeleine, aged three, was abducted from Portugal's Algarve region. Robinson, also known as Roderick McDonald, is being held in Malta pending extradition to the UK on sex offences.”

The Daily Mirror Writes: “The Sunday Mirror revealed earlier this year how police were trying to find McDonald after it was claimed he was living on the Algarve back in 2007. He also raped a girl, eight, in Australia. A source said: “He is a notorious and dangerous sex offender. He’s shown a pattern of disturbing behaviour wherever he has travelled.” The British girls’ mum said it was “unbelievable” police had missed the chance to quiz the ex-oil rig worker over Madeleine. She said: “The police knew he was in Portugal around the time she vanished, but let him slip through their fingers.”

The Irish Mirror Writes:Today shocked friends in Sannat revealed MacDonald would often boast to them how he would sail a private yacht around the Mediterranean, often stopping in resorts like Praia da Luz in Portugal.” “Retired policeman John Buttigieg, 55, who knew MacDonald during his time in Malta, said people could not believe they had such a dangerous predator in their midst.

The Irish Independent Writes: “He is also to be questioned about his connections to a paedophile ring linked to the abduction of the toddler in the Praia da Luz, Portugal in 2007 as he was reportedly living in the country at the time of her disappearance.”

Does this sound familiar to you? Yes it does, and this is why:

On the 17th May 2014 the Daily Mirror writes that “A paedophile hunted in the Madeleine McCann case has “slipped through the fingers” of British police, the mum of two of his victims claimed tonight. Roderick Robinson, 77, was in the Algarve when the three-year-old vanished in 2007. He was given a suspended prison sentence in 2012 for abusing five- and seven-year-old girls in Brighton who bore a resemblance to Madeleine.”

On the 4th May 2014, the Daily Mail writes, “British police are hunting for an 'on-the-run' paedophile who was in Portugal at the same time as series of sex attacks which have been linked to disappearance of Madeleine McCann”

On the 16th February 2011, the Daily Mail writes that “Robinson fled to Australia in 1988 while awaiting trial for repeatedly abusing an under-aged girl. In Australia he was arrested by police for sexually abusing another under-aged girl the following year. However he was once again released on bail and fled to New Zealand, where said Police Colonel Shusak Phanatamphorn, he was also accused of abusing young girls. He escaped to Portugal but Interpol police caught up with him there in April 2010, while he was reportedly living on a campsite in the Algarve.”

Several questions come to mind, the most obvious being, was Roderick Robinson in the Algarve in May 2007 after being on the run for a decade or more, depending on the publication?

The surprising answer is a clear “NO” and it can be substantiated by a credible and official source, the 2009-2010 Annual Review of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) or in a press release by the same Entity published on the 8th June 2010.

The transcription below (page 29) is quite clear in establishing that Mr Roderick Robinson was NOT in the Algarve in 2007:

“A 72 year-old British man, Roderick Robinson, arrived in Australia on Sunday 6 June 2010 following his extradition from Portugal. He had been on the run since 2001 for alleged sexual offences against a child in Australia. He was tracked down and arrested in Portugal as a direct result of the activities of CEOP’s Overseas Tracker Team.

Robinson was first arrested in 2001 in Australia for the alleged assault of a young girl and was bailed pending court hearings. He failed to appear to answer the charges in 2001.

Fleeing Australia, he entered New Zealand where he was arrested for child sexual offences allegedly committed there. He was granted bail with the requirement he surrender his passport.

In November 2009 using a stolen passport, Robinson left New Zealand bound for the UK. Piecing together intelligence on his transient movements in the UK, CEOP investigators worked with local police and the UK Borders Agency and located him in Portugal.

The Overseas Tracker Team disseminated intelligence on Robinson to Portugal, via INTERPOL, to advise them of the threat he posed to children in their country.

In response to Australia’s request for Robinson’s urgent provisional arrest, Portuguese police arrested Robinson in March 2010 and he was extradited to New South Wales, Australia to face justice.”

In summary we can state with certainty:

1 –Roderick Robinson was not in the Algarve in 2007.

He was in New Zealand from 2001 where he was arrested for new child offences and granted bail surrendering his passport. He escaped New Zealand in November 2009 using a stolen passport.

2 – Roderick Robinson was NOT on the run for 1 or more decades. In fact he was:

Arrested in Australia in 2001
Arrested in New Zealand
Arrested in Portugal in March 2010 and extradited to Australia
Arrested in Australia again in 2010
Arrested in Thailand in 2011 and extradited to the UK
Arrested in the UK, where in 2012 he received a suspended sentence after abusing two girls, aged seven and five in Shoreham, West Sussex...
Escaped the UK, “Sussex Police said following his conviction he changed his surname to MacDonald and left the UK, breaching the terms of a court order.”

British Police had numerous opportunities to question Mr Robinson regarding the Madeleine McCann disappearance.

They had the opportunity to do so in 2010, when he was arrested in Portugal and deported to Australia and, more importantly, they had the opportunity to do so in 2012 when Mr Robinson was arrested and faced trial in the UK.


The other very pertinent question in this case, is this media incompetence, a lack of accuracy because it sells papers or something else?

It took us only a few hours of internet search to find the relevant CEOP document proving that Roderick Robinson was not in the Algarve. We are only amateurs with limited time to dedicate to this matter; we are not professional journalists with access to police sources. A journalist, any journalist, would have access to this same information in a matter of hours and would fact check it. So we are ruling incompetence out.

Selling papers? Because sadly this is a subject that sells papers? We are prepared to rule that out as well. It sells papers, yes, but the fact that this article is recycled and published recurrently makes us look in another direction. The truth is these type of articles were published in May 2014 to coincide with Operation Grange new suspects (the forever changing suspect that assaulted young girls in Portugal, or the suspect(s) alleged to have broken into houses) that the media insinuated could be Roderick Robinson.

The truth is that these articles came out and were pushed into the public on two occasions:

Before Scotland Yard working visit to Portugal in June 2014 for the “digs” and questioning of 3 arguidos and several potential witnesses.

In October 2014, just before the current Scotland Yard Visit to Portugal to meet with the Faro PJ team and the laboratory in Portugal where some samples of hairs and other materials from the night of May 3rd are kept and were subjected to forensic tests in 2007. (*1)

The only conclusion we can draw is that these articles are always within the context of a Scotland Yard visits to Portugal. They are media spin and manipulation of readers to validate Operation Grange and its only remit. That Madeleine McCann was abducted in PDL in May 2007, while her parents had dinner in a nearby restaurant.

These articles and their timing are not a random media initiative. These are part of a very efficient and well developed marketing campaign with the co-operation of the media (even Portuguese journalists and ExclusivePix photojournalists). Who places it, we can guess and so can you. We will name no names.

We finalise with the most important. That these articles in October 2014 were only a small part of a far more sinister and well planned crisis management marketing campaign.

We will develop that matter on a later date but, for today, we would stress that it is our belief that the Gamble Report commissioned in 2009 by the then Home Office secretary Alan Johnson to Mr Jim Gamble, was shared with Sky News and with two relatively unknown authors, Summers & Swan and cited in their book, as we can see bellow.

The Portuguese police, Gamble remembered reporting, had appeared ‘incompetent, haphazard’ at the very start, during what police call ‘the golden hours’, the minutes and hours immediately after it was realised that Madeleine was missing. ‘The golden hours aren’t called that for nothing,’ Gamble said in 2014. ‘You can’t go back and recover them. They hadn’t secured the scene right away – there were people coming and going. There was contamination of the scene. They didn’t have structured house-to-house or apartment-to-apartment searches.

‘They told British officers that everyone in the resort’s apartments had been interviewed. But it became apparent that wasn’t so. Holidaymakers who had been at the Club got in touch with British police and said they hadn’t been interviewed. Not all the staff at the resort had been fully eliminated from the investigation, either.

‘Statistics tell us that there is often parental or family involvement. The Portuguese hadn’t begun with the parents as suspects. They hadn’t cleared the ground in front of them. Then they went down the [Robert] Murat route, were totally focused in that direction, and when that hit a dead end they went off in another direction. Later, when the dogs went in, they seemed to think they had the silver bullet. But the forensics tell you that they had not.

‘I remember in the interviews [with British officers who had been involved], that nobody could talk coherently about the forensics because it had become such a bugger’s muddle. People were afraid to talk about it in case they would be misquoted … There was at first a beauty contest among the British agencies about who could or would help and how. That created a bunfight. There was an unhealthy competitive element at the beginning along the lines of “Me, me, me, we’ll help.”

‘From the Prime Minister of the day [initially Tony Blair, then Gordon Brown], to all the ministers, to senior police officers, they were well intentioned. But I believe they congested the environment, confused others about priorities and agendas … CEOP was no different. We all rushed to the door. Leicestershire, who had the lead, understandably became extremely territorial, would say, “You must come through us.” They were a small force focused on local policing, not necessarily with the capacity to upscale.’

Gamble recommended that there should be renewed and stronger engagement between British and Portuguese law enforcement, an exchange of all information on the case – and action to pursue all outstanding leads, including those developed by the McCanns’ private investigators.

‘When you looked at the volume of information passed by the UK to the Portuguese in 2007,’ Gamble said, ‘only ten per cent had been actioned.’ High on the review’s priority list for renewed effort was: further work on analysing phone calls on the night Madeleine vanished, a reassessment of the forensic investigation – and other crimes committed in the Algarve in the relevant period – and information on known sexual offenders.

The one UK force with the capacity to handle the fresh work, Gamble thought, was the Metropolitan Police, and Portuguese cooperation would be essential. In contacts with the Met, senior officers indicated willingness to come in ‘if there was a likelihood of it being successful, of bringing someone to justice and if funding requirements could be met’.

The CEOP review landed on Home Secretary Johnson’s desk in early May 2010, just days before the Labour government was thrown out in the general election. Abruptly, it ceased to matter whether Alan Johnson supported a review of the Madeleine McCann case or not.

The McCanns, however, had hedged their bets by meeting with Conservative Party leader David Cameron well ahead of the election. This had perhaps not been difficult to arrange, for their spokesman Clarence Mitchell – a future Conservative candidate – worked for the Conservative election campaign. Cameron, who had himself tragically lost his eldest child to illness the previous year, might be expected to sympathise.

With the new Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition now in power and Cameron installed in Downing Street, the McCanns kept up the pressure and met with the new Home Secretary, Theresa May. CEOP’s Gamble met with her, too, but differed with her about his agency’s future independence – he was to resign by the autumn. She ‘hemmed and hawed’ on the matter of the Madeleine case, according to Gamble.

in Looking For Madeleine - Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan's book, published in the UK by Headline Publishing Group in 2014

The “Snitch Dossier” compiled by “concerned members of the public” and the Sky exclusive report of this dossier are not isolated events. They are part of yet another marketing and manipulation of public opinion campaign designed to fulfil/push forward several personal and political agendas, all this leading to Brenda Leyland's tragic death.

These four consequential events have two common denominators. The Gamble Report and Sky News.

Was this report confidential?

Did Mr Jim Gamble write this report as the Head of CEOP or outsourced already under his new company INEQE?

Why and is it legal that parts of the report were shared with the book authors and Sky News?

Was the “troll gate” Dossier given to Sky News and then to the Police? Or was the dossier provided to the police first, on September 9, as stated in this article, and then because the assessment was taking too long or or didn't meet the expected impact it was given to Sky News?

Why is Mr Gamble interviewed by Sky News both on the occasion of the report and on the occasion of the “dossier”, in this last case standing with the logo of his private company “INEQE” quite visible behind him?

Who gave the dossier to the police? The “concerned citizens” that gave it to the media, Sky News, the McCanns? For two weeks the McCanns and their spokespersons (the plural is deliberate) denied any involvement in the “Dossier”.

If Gerry McCann had the Dossier, why did he say on BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he had not read the Sweepyface tweets?

The Sunday Times (18th October) states that the McCanns delivered the Dossier to the police.

The Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe affirmed on a recent BBC London 94.9 radio interview the McCanns handed the Dossier to the police.

What is the truth?

There is currently a FOI regarding the Gamble report and we will soon, hopefully, have some more answers.

Ofcom is supposedly investigating Sky News following complaints over their report accusing Brenda Leyland of 'trolling' the parents of Madeleine McCann.

The CPS must also be investigating not only those who were behind the dossier but all parties, including the media, that played a role in Brenda's outing and subsequent death.

“I don't really want to talk about trolls, we're here very much to talk about child rescue.”, Gerry McCann on Brenda Leyland, Mondrian London hotel, Oct. 9 2014 

This incredibly well orchestrated integrated marketing campaign sadly resulted in human tragedy with the loss of a life. Hounded by the media and public opinion that labelled her as a “troll”, when she was clearly not, a human being was pushed to despair and Brenda Leyland is believed to have taken her own life in a hotel room in Leicester.

It is essential that the truth regarding the report, the book, the Sky exclusive on the report, the “Dossier” and the Sky exclusive report on the dossier is told and we trust the competent authorities to do so and to do it urgently.

These are not just mere coincidental isolated actions, these were planned and integrated, part of a whole disastrous PR and marketing campaign.

As the target audience we were and are, as tax payers and law abiding citizens it is our right and our moral duty to research and question what we read and watch and, above all, demand the truth surrounding these events.

Note: (*1) On a small off topic note, those heartened by this SY request should realise that SY wants to test hairs in the apartment collected on the night of the 3rdMay . In other words, they want to bring to the samples to the UK to analyse them in order to establish there was hair from a stranger in the apartment. The fact is that a hair proves nothing; they come into houses brought by hoover brushes, mops, laundry, in someone’s feet or clothes or simply brought in by the wind. We fail to see the point. But we do note that SY wants these hairs to be tested in the UK. We reserve opinion on this matter until, and if, it happens. We hope Portuguese authorities will not allow it considering there is an open investigation, independent from SY in Portugal, running at the moment and those samples are an integrant part of it.

Sky News debate between Sonia Poulton and Katie Hopkins

20 October 2014 at 6:33:00 pm | Posted by  12 comments

Internet trolls who spread “venom” on social media could be jailed for up to two years, said the justice secretary Chris Grayling

Sky News debate between Sonia Poulton (Journalist) and Katie Hopkins (TV personality) on the UK Government plans to sentence to two years imprisonment 'web trolls' as divulged by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling (Conservatives) yesterday. Part of the trollmogering campaign supported by Murdoch Sky News that resulted in Brenda Leyland's death, in Oct. 4/5 2014. 


Broadcast by Sky News, Oct. 19 2014 (With many thanks to T. for video)

Maddie Case: English detectives search suspect's DNA

17 October 2014 at 12:21:00 pm | Posted by  24 comments

Photo of the 5 English forensic experts on their way to INML's meeting by Ricardo Almeida/Cofina

Investigation of the British authorities intends to re-analyse the samples that were collected in the apartment from where Maddie disappeared in 2007

by Cátia Vicente and João Mira Godinho

The English police want to do further tests to the material that was collected in 2007 in the apartment from where Madeleine McCann disappeared in May of that year.

Scotland Yard is searching for the DNA of someone that might have been in the apartment and that may be linked to the suspects identified in the investigation of the British authorities.

Three English detectives and a technician of a British forensics company conveyed that intention to those in charge of the National Institute of Forensic Medicine (INML), with whom they gathered yesterday [15th] morning in Coimbra.

After the meeting, Francisco Brízida Martins, the president of INML, confirmed that the British police had shown willingness to do "further analyses" and that they wanted to learn about the "procedures used" in "the genetics and biological tests", in order to understand how the samples collected [in 2007] were analysed.

Scotland Yard believes that the technological developments of the past seven years may now allow the discovery of the DNA of a possible suspect. However, the CM knows that, upon reviewing the history of the analyses performed during the PJ investigation, the British were unable to say which additional tests they intended to perform.

Nonetheless, Brízida Martins admitted that the current technological progress allows to extract more information and said that the INML is "available for new tests", but for that to happen it must be "ordered by the judicial authorities". In order for the samples to be re-analysed, the English detectives must write a new letter rogatory. The repetition of the analysis to the material can then be performed in Portugal or in England.

English expert
The meeting was attended by an expert in analyses from a British forensics company. In England this type of tests are carried out by privates.

Judiciary Police
At the meeting were also Judiciary Police inspectors and technicians of the Forensic Science Laboratory of the PJ.

Return to England
Three English detectives, lead by Andy Redwood, should return to England today.

Paedophile linked to the case was extradited

An Englishman, who would have been, at the time of Maddie's disappearance in the Algarve [see next post for refutal] was extradited from Malta - where he was living - to England, for suspicions of being involved in a paedophile ring and for the abuse of two minors, young girls, in Brighton, UK, according to what was divulged by the UK newspapers yesterday.

Roderick MacDonald, 76 year old, had been detained by the PJ of Olhão [South Portugal] in 2010, at the behest of the Australian authorities for the abuse of two other children, also girls, in Australia and in New Zealand.

Since suspicions were raised regarding the possibility that he would have been in the Algarve when Madeleine disappeared in 2007, the man was linked to the case, however, the national authorities stated that there are no suspicions of crimes committed by the man while he stayed in Portugal.

Presence of a 6th person in the apartment

Scotland Yard believes they may find the DNA of a sixth person in the Ocean Club apartment in Praia da Luz, Lagos, where Maddie was staying with her parents and twin siblings. She disappeared from the apartment on May 3 2007 - nine days before her 4th birthday. At the time the Forensic police examined the apartment and collected hairs and biological vestiges, which were then examined by the INML. The results did not indicate anything suspicious. The English believe that the technological progress might reveal the presence of an abductor.

in Correio da Manhã, 16 Oct. 2014, paper edition, pag. 16 [online short version here]


Broadcast by CMTV, 16 Oct. 2014

CMTV News anchor - Madeleine McCann [case] DNA samples, that were collected in 2007, are going to be re-analysed. The request was made by the Scotland Yard detectives that are in Portugal investigating the case.

Cátia Vicente [voice over] - Most of the biological vestiges collected in May 2007 are in this building and may now be retested yet again at the request of Scotland Yard. In a meeting that lasted about three hours the English police wanted to know the methods of the Forensics Institute when they performed the analyses of the samples.

Francisco Brízida Martins [INML director] - The English police authorities understood they should receive an explanation about the methods used by the Institute at the time when the analyses were done, at an early stage of the process, those were genetic and biological tests, extensive analyses, in fact, this process that came to the Institute was the most tested to the day.

Cátia Vicente - The technology progress in the last seven years may bring new answers. In order for the samples to be re-tested the English detectives will have to send a new letter rogatory requesting the analyses.

Francisco Brízida Martins [INML director] - The Institute is naturally available to perform other tests, observing that, everything must be ordered and decided by the judicial authorities, that is, within the scope of the inquest that is ongoing in Portugal, thus by the Public Ministry and eventually within the framework of judicial cooperation if requested by the English authorities.

Cátia Vicente - The re-analyses of the samples might be done in Portugal or in England. The technique and the methods will be the same as the ones used in 2007, however the technological progress currently allows to extract and obtain more information.

Francisco Brízida Martins [INML director] - The procedure will be the same, the result, however, can achieve - we're talking about markers, for example - today we can go beyond and achieve better results. That is the result that eventually can be found, we can go further today than we were able a few years ago.

Cátia Vicente - The coordinator of the English investigation, Andy Redwood, refused to make any comments about the meeting, where experts from the Forensic Science Laboratory of the PJ and inspectors from the Judiciary Police of Faro were also present.

Maddie Case: English police plans to re-analyse samples from the resort

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English detectives arrival at PJ headquarters in Faro last Tuesday | Photo Luís Forra/Lusa

by Marisa Rodrigues

The English police are considering sending a new letter rogatory requesting the re-analyses of the samples that were collected at the apartment from where Madeleine disappeared seven years ago. They did not, however, disclose which type of tests nor their worthiness to the investigation.

At the 3-hour meeting, yesterday [15th], at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine(INML) in Coimbra, the Portuguese forensic experts explained that everything had been done exhaustively back in 2007, with techniques more advanced than the ones used in England at the time. But the British police insisted. They wanted to know the present condition of the samples, if they could still be subject to further analyses with more sophisticated methods and if they could be taken to England.

The Portuguese investigators asked what type of tests they intended to perform and with what goal but were left without an answer. JN established that some of the thoroughly analysed samples no longer exist. Others, such as the hairs and remnants of fabric belonging to a curtain from the apartment, may be retested yet again. A decision that depends of the Public Ministry and requires a formal request, via letter rogatory.

The meeting, without precedents, brought together the most senior boards of criminal and forensic investigation. It was attended by the directors of the Judiciary Police of the Algarve, Luís Mota Carmo and Ana Paula Rito, Helena Monteiro, the Oporto PJ coordinator in charge of the review of the process, three experts from the Forensic Science Laboratory of the PJ as well as experts from the INML, among them one who worked in the case in 2007.

in Jornal de Noticias, 16 Oct. 2014, paper edition

English Police wishes to conduct further analyses (possibly in England)

15 October 2014 at 5:00:00 pm | Posted by  16 comments

National Institute of Forensic Medicine, Coimbra | photo André Barragon

The president of the Portuguese National Institute of Forensic Medicine (INML), Francisco Brízida Martins, said today in Coimbra, that the Scotland Yard detectives have expressed their wish to conduct further analyses to the collected evidence within the scope of the investigation to the Madeleine McCann case.

Scotland Yard have "expressed their wish to [make new analyses}", and the possibility of them being held in England or back at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine (INML) remains in the open, said Francisco Brízida Martins [pictured left], after a three-hour meeting with five elements of the British police, two of which, experts in genetics.

These analyses would have to be made ​​"within the context of judicial cooperation" between the Portuguese and the British authorities and requested in a new letter rogatory, explained the head of INML, stressing that, although some vestiges may not be suitable for further testing, "today", with the technological evolution "we can go beyond what was possible a few years ago."

The Scotland Yard detectives, who are developing a parallel investigation to the Portuguese authorities "wanted to understand the procedures of the genetic and biological examinations" performed at the INML back in 2007, he said.

"There was a recognition of the work of the institute," and the INML "is available to carry out new [forensic] tests," he added.

The meeting between the British police and the institute began around 10:30am, in Coimbra, and ended at 13:30pm.

The Scotland Yard coordinator of the investigation to the Madeleine McCann case, Andy Redwood, refused to make any comments about the meeting with the members of the National Institute of Forensic Medicine.

The Scotland Yard detectives were gathered in a meeting, on Tuesday, with the PJ in Faro, three months after the last inquiries were made within the scope of the investigation to the Madeleine McCann case.

The British police was supposedly preparing new questionings to the suspects within this case, following the questioning of four arguidos and a dozen witnesses, back in July,.

In August, Scotland Yard handed the fifth letter rogatory the the Portuguese authorities, in order to conduct new investigations, which have not yet been authorized by the new prosecutor of the Public Ministry of Portimão.

Earlier in June, forensic British detectives, PJ and GNR officers performed several searches with sniffer dogs, at the lookout of Praia da Luz and in terrains at the entrance of the tourist resort of Aldeia da Luz.

Altogether, an area of ​​about 60 thousand square meters was investigated, including electricity, gas and sewage pipelines, buildings in ruins, with the help of sniffer dogs and "georadars", searches which proved to be fruitless.

Maddie McCann disappeared on May 3, 2007, from the bedroom where she was left asleep with her younger twin siblings, in an apartment of a tourist resort in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve.

in RTP w/ News Agency Lusa, 15 Oct. 2014

Related: PJ files on the Extinct Forensic Science Service (FSS) Report regarding sample destructions


JP: Hernâni, You have spoken a while ago about something public, that I myself don’t understand how it’s related to this: hairs?

HC: Yes. I don’t know if you remember this, of the times that we worked together on this case… In other times.

JP: At another place [referring to when her morning talk show was broadcast by TVI]

HC: Suddenly, Madeleine’s hairs where all over the place! Hairs were sent to the FSS, hairs were sent to the Lab, hairs were sent to the police, hairs everywhere.

GA: Too many hairs.

HC: Please explain, how is it possible for a child who disappeared to have so much hair?

GA: I don’t know, but it is a fact that there were several hairs, that were sent, and the conclusion is that they likely belonged to the child. Even the hairs that appeared in the boot of the car rented 20 days later [by the McCanns], they were sent to the FSS [Forensic Science Service]. Hairs that…

HC: Is it possible for me to have a hair and than say ‘this hair belongs to Mr. José António” [figure of speech]?

GA: I was about to explain that. The FSS stated that due to the hair tone, they belonged to Madeleine McCann, but that they couldn’t extract the DNA because the hairs did not have any roots. Nowadays, labs in Europe can actually extract DNA without the roots, and arrive to a conclusion, if the DNA belongs to that person or not. Furthermore, those hairs can help us understand if the child - like her grandfather said, some journalists also said that at the time - did take an antihistaminic in order to sleep at night. And then consider the influence that it could have produced. Those hairs, if they still exist and if they do belong to Madeleine, and if she was indeed – her siblings never woke up in that night – given, like her grandfather said in the English television; if the McCanns gave the children Calpol7 at night in order for them, or for the little girl to sleep… From that point on, we might be able to arrive to a conclusion regarding what happened. When they write in a book that the girl’s sleeping disorders had ended years ago, that is a lie, since the problems that concern that child, existed to the last day, to the day of her disappearance. And there is evidence that establishes that.

HC: Gonçalo, I have to tell you this, and you know that this is public. Since the beginning, I have always thought that it was very strange that Madeleine disappeared; but there were several conclusions that one could formulate particularly due to the other two children that did not disappear. However, there is a question – and we are already without time to continue – there is a question that I must ask: Who decided that the FSS should be the one, instead of any other forensic lab, to make all those analysis?

GA: The Police Directorate, we wanted to ‘trust’ in the English police…

HC: That is all that I wanted to know! Okay!

JP: [Laughs]

HC: It was just that. There are several excellent laboratories, famous all over the world in Switzerland, in…

GA: We didn’t want…

HC: …it had to be in England!

GA: It is similar to the non-arrival of the FBI, we didn’t want to create friction, a “diplomatic incident”.

JP: It was due to a diplomatic settlement that everything turned out the way it did.

GA: It is due to diplomacy that we are now here.

HC: Thank you, Gonçalo.

JC: I thank Gonçalo Amaral - who was truly committed to this case - for coming here today, for clarifying and for providing us with information regarding some aspects of this case.

in Maddie Case: Gonçalo Amaral returns to Praia da Luz - SIC - Querida Júlia [Dear Júlia], Morning Talk Show, broadcast by SIC, February 17, 2012

Maddie case: English police to meet with Portuguese forensic experts

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Redwood's team arrival at PJ headquarters in Faro yesterday | photo Luís Forra/Lusa

by Marisa Rodrigues

Scotland Yard (SY) wants to know whether the samples collected in the apartment from where Madeleine McCann disappeared seven years ago may be subject to further forensic tests. This is one of the questions the English detectives will ask to the forensic experts in a meeting, today, at the Portuguese National Institute of Forensic Medicine (INML) in Coimbra.

In the meeting, scheduled for 10am, the English police will also receive the results of the analyses done ​​by INML to the material [see] that was found during the searches and excavations in the terrains of Praia da Luz, last June. Like JN reported at the time, part of the material was sent to the INML and another part to the Forensic Science Laboratory of the Judiciary Police (PJ). The meeting in Coimbra will also be attended by the coordinator of the South Directorship of the PJ, Luís Mota Carmo besides the English detectives and the technicians of the Forensic Sciences institute.

Luís Mota Carmo received yesterday in Faro Andy Redwood's team for another routine meeting to assess Scotland yard's investigation progress, that was started in 2011, four years after the child's disappearance. In the meeting it was also addressed the next steps the English detectives intend to take, which are still awaiting for the Public Ministry's green light.

JN was able to establish the Judiciary Police has not yet received from the Public Ministry the fifth letter rogatory, in which Scotland Yard requests for at least seven people considered of interest to the investigation to be questioned, including some of the four arguidos [formal suspects], and that searches are done to the suspects' homes.

in Jornal de Notícias, 15 Oct. 2014, paper edition

Read as well: Maddie Case: English Detectives are back in the Algarve


Broadcast by TVI, 14 Oct. 2014 (sound volume is extremely low)

Marisa Rodrigues - Without speaking to the journalists, with a rushed pace for a meeting at the Judiciary Police, it's the return of the Scotland Yard to Faro for another assessment of the British investigation into Madeleine's disappearance. An analysis of what was done and the planning of the next steps that were requested in the fifth letter rogatory which is currently being evaluated by the Public Ministry.

The English police wishes to summon to the PJ headquarters some of the arguidos that were questioned in July. In total there are seven persons considered of interest that are now in the police's crosshairs. In the letter rogatory searches to the houses owned by the suspects are requested, which have not yet been authorized.

The process that changed hands due to the reorganization of the judicial chart will remain at the court of Portimão and was recently attributed to a prosecutor that has never been involved with this case.

At the PJ's South Directorship the meeting lasted less than two hours. In a ruse to escape the journalists waiting outside, the English entourage was the last to leave the PJ headquarters, following the exits of the Judiciary Police coordinators of Faro and Portimão.

From here, the English detectives will travel to Coimbra, where they are going to have a meeting at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine to get the results of the analyses to the vestiges [material] collected in the terrains of Praia da Luz during the searches and excavation that took place in June.

They also want to know if the samples in the apartment from where Madeleine disappeared in 2007, can be subjected to other types of forensic examination.

Broadcast by SIC, 14 Oct. 2014

Conceição Ribeiro - It was a reduced entourage sent by Scotland Yard to Portugal this time. Andy Redwood and two colleagues returned to Faro at a time when, due to the new judicial chart, the Madeleine McCann process was given to a new prosecutor.

(reporter at location) - Mr Redwood, what do you expect from the new prosecutor?

Andy Redwood - Sorry, I've got no comments to make this morning, sorry.

Without speaking to the journalists, the English inspectors went on to another meeting with the Judiciary Police. On the table, the results of the samples collected in Praia da Luz at the start of the Summer season, following the excavations in two terrains.

Another one of the issues Scotland Yard wishes to see clarified has to do with some cell phone owners, whom, for various reasons are at the British authorities' crosshairs. Left out of the meeting were the matters concerned with the planning of the future investigative steps, at a time when there isn't yet any reply given to the fifth letter rogatory, which contains new requests to the Portuguese authorities.

Before they return to London, the Metropolitan Police team will travel to Coimbra. A meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday with the National Institute of Forensic Medicine. The English inspectors want to know, from an expert point of view, if the progress of the last seven years justifies carrying out new tests to the old samples.

The eventual cross-checking of DNA profiles collected during the last investigative steps taken in Portugal may also be discussed. It should be recalled that last July, three men were constituted as arguidos at the request of the English authorities and almost a dozen witnesses were questioned.

According to the British media, the investigation to the Maddie case will cost to London, until the end of the year, more than 12 million euros [10 million pounds +/-].

Maddie Case: English Detectives are back in the Algarve

14 October 2014 at 7:30:00 am | Posted by  14 comments

Redwood's team arrival at Faro airport yesterday | photo Luís Costa/Cofina

by Marisa Rodrigues

Scotland Yard (SY) is expected today at the Judiciary Police headquarters in Faro for a meeting. On the table will be the next steps of the investigation into Madeleine's disappearance, steps which have not yet been authorized.

The English police requested seven people to be questioned, three of which had already been questioned in July, and that searches are done to the suspects' homes. These requests were made in the last letter rogatory - the fifth one - received in August by the Public Ministry and are awaiting the green light.

The process remains at the court in Portimão but is now in the hands of the prosecutor Inês Sequeira who left Silves to replace her colleague Magalhães e Menezes, who was transferred to the Labour court.

A change which results from the reorganization of the judicial chart and was seized by SY to exert pressure on the magistrate. According to the British media, the detectives gave accolades to the prosecutor, whom they call “high-flying investigator” who is “utterly determined” to “shake up” the process. News that surfaced just a few days before the English detectives returned to Faro.

At the meeting in Coimbra, scheduled for tomorrow, the detectives should receive the report of the analysis of the material found during the searches and excavations in the terrains of Praia da Luz, in June. Part of the vestiges had been sent to the INML [Instituto Nacional de Medicina Legal] and others to the Forensic Science Laboratory of the PJ.

Scotland Yard's investigation, which has cost over EUR nine million, has ​​constituted four arguidos [formal suspects]. The searches and excavations in Praia da Luz, last June, that promised to unravel the case, did not produce any meaningful results.

in Jornal de Notícias, paper edition, 14 Oct. 2014

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Madeleine's disappearance process is attributed to a new prosecutor

11 October 2014 at 7:36:00 pm | Posted by  5 comments

Seven years later, the process of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann changed prosecutor's hands. With the new judicial chart, Magalhães e Menezes was transferred to the Labour Court of Portimão and was replaced by Mrs Inês Sequeira, who worked at the Public Ministry of Silves.

The new prosecutor, in office since early September, will have to address the fifth letter rogatory sent by the British authorities requesting further steps to be taken within the scope of the [English] investigation to the Maddie case.

Even without having received a reply to the letter rogatory, the Scotland Yard [sic, Metropolitan Police] inspectors are expected in Faro next week.

The meeting will serve, in essence, to assess the current status of the investigation with the Judiciary Police, and takes place three months after three men, at the request of the UK, were constituted as arguidos [formal suspects] and several people were interviewed as witnesses.

in Sic Notícias, October 11, 2014 18:26 GMT

Regarding the behaviour of the UK media related to this news

. In Portugal the Oporto PJ coordinated by Monteiro is just conducting a review of the process, so a new prosecutor means nothing, unless the PJ is able to conduct an investigation without hindrance and/or further external pressures.

. This is an attempt to pressure the new Prosecutor a few days before Redwood's team returns to Portugal, ie, now that the prosecutor's name is in under the spotlight she "has to approve" all steps requested by the English rogatory letter, no matter how risible or unevidenced they may be.

. The prosecutor would never talk to/with the press without PGR/Public Ministry consent.

. Someone's leaking to Mirror, where else would they have found Inês Sequeira's name?

. Spin was added to the articles, citing the prosecutor. If the allegations are true then something must be done about it (breach of secrecy of justice).

. When will the PGR (AGO) Dr. Joana Marques Vidal put an end to the ignominious British pressure and numerous interferences?

New Madeleine McCann prosecutor has vowed to solve the case Oct. 10, 2014 22:30 GMT
New Portuguese prosecutor in Madeleine McCann investigation 'determined' to solve case as Scotland Yard prepares to return to holiday resort to 're-interview three men' Oct. 11, 2014, 08:20 GMT

"The Maddie case reveals a good deal of subservience, much to the detriment of our penal sovereignty"