20 October 2009

Satellites deviated on the night of the crime


by João Mira Godinho/Paulo Marcelino


The satellite images of Praia da Luz, on the night of the 3rd of May 2007, were one of the PJ’s first concerns when the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann started. Nonetheless, at that time, the North American authorities informed that they did not exist because the satellites had been deviated that night.

‘It was said that the two geostationary satellites [which could have images of Praia da Luz] were rotated towards the Gulf of Cadiz, where a navy exercise was taking place’, Gonçalo Amaral, the former PJ coordinator who led the case investigation, explains to Correio da Manhã.

‘It was a very serious possibility for learning who the abductor was, and more’, says Gonçalo Amaral, adding that the Judiciária wanted the images from the moment of the disappearance, but also ‘those of the hours and even days that preceded it’.

Confronted with the information that the satellites had been deviated, the PJ ended up making no formal request. ‘I have doubts that anyone else tried to access those images’, says the former PJ coordinator, questioning the reason why ‘the McCann couple, that says it is powerful, never tried to obtain the images in order to solve the mysterious disappearance’.

Contacted by Correio da Manhã yesterday, Clarence Mitchell, Kate and Gerry McCann’s spokesperson, justified that ‘the images that existed two years ago were useless’. He states that ‘if there were images, the abductor would have been caught a long time ago’ and denies any recent request from the British authorities to obtain the registers.

‘As far as we know, no diplomatic effort in that sense is being made’, the McCanns’ spokesperson asserted.

The British authorities yesterday denied that they were making any diplomatic contact in order to obtain the North American satellites’ registers.

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source: Correio da Manhã, 20.10.2009


31 comments:

  1. of course mitchel WOULD SAY THAT THE IMAGES WOULD BE USLESS.i really hoped that some thing would come out of this,still theres other ways to catch a sprat

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  2. I would like to think that The Express have approached Amaral and are working hand in glove with this one. Express make a comment , Amaral follows it up...Mitchel has to say something. Either way it is clear that The Express are working alone on this , we usually see other papers following, even if it is a lot of nonsense. Not this time though. Dare I hope.

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  3. so it's a non-story from the Express? No images, no request?

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  4. Anon dig a little deeper here. The Express are reporting nonsense just like the Mccann story of the abduction.Donal started this by claiming there were two abductors, who in the space of 3-4 minutes not only took madeleine without waking her but also cleaned the apartment. They left no trace of their having been there. We then have a follow up from Mrs.Amaral."We feel your pain" this is a line that the Mccanns sent to Mari Luz Cortez family in Huelva. Followed by a report that yes the twins were indeed sedated.
    I think The Express know what they are doing. I also hope they are doing it with the help of the Amarals.
    These foolish stories comply with the Mccanns version of the alleged abduction by also making a mockery of their story. Not a thing they can do about it.

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  5. I think you are right Ironside. If you think about what the Express have written on this case over the last few weeks: the sympathetic interview with Sofia Leal; McIntyre´s demolition job on the abduction theory; "the three children were drugged"; "let Scotland Yard have a go"; and now this, it looks increasingly as if Amaral and the Express are working together. Could be that Correio de Manha is in on the act too. Others may be sceptical, I find it very encouraging.

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  6. Very convenient for the MaCanns!

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  7. Hardly a non story - it got the general un-informed public thinking, I reckon. I cant wait for the Express's next move..

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  8. The Sunday Express are opening public debate that more could be done; opening a Scotland Yard investigation, using police resources, pursuing Satelite evidence,things that right-thinking parents would have to support... so why aren't they? Well done Express.

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  9. Good morning Astro and thank you for the translation. Tell me this snippet at the bottom of the page. Robert Murat ,who is he taking to court. Would this be Jane Tanner by any chance?

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  10. At Mccannfiles you can find the answer from the Nr.10 at the e-petition asking the British authorities to have a go on Madeleine investigation.

    Wonder to see the British government sayng that they help Pj in all the requests they Made. Time for PJ to ask again the access into BANK ACCOUNTS, CREDIT CARDS, SMS, MOBILE CALLS, MEDICAL RECORDS FROM KATE AND MADELEINE.
    They did not sugest the enrolment of Scotland yard. Instead, they stick Leicester police at the investigation. COME ON SUNDAY EXPRESS... IT IS TIME TO HIGHLIGHT TO BRITISH PUBLIC WHAT WAS PREVENTED BY POLITICAL PRESSURES. Don't be AFFRAID of CARTER-RUCK... WE know there was onne Carter-Ruck before the Mccann's and annother one after the Mccann's. They fail to silence "THE GUARDIAN" and the public will not allow them to gagg people anymore. A REVOLUTION WILL START IN THE STREETS.

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  11. Hello Ironside, from what CdM is reporting, I presume the person that is being taken to court by Mr Murat is Carlos Manuel Mateus Costa, who gave a statement to the PJ on the 15th of May 2007.
    Concerning Mr Murat's comments to the media, stating that he was going to sue the Tapas members that had committed perjury to incriminate him, it seems that no further action has been pursued, that we would know of.

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  12. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2009/oct/19/eady-libel-tourism-free-speech

    an intersting article!

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  13. Whatever The Express is doing, it is at least publishing material which highlights the absurdity of the 'official' abduction line and by continuing to do so is slowly nudging the main protaganists into a position where they will be forced to react sooner or later.
    As long as The Express pushes this strategy it can keep its own Madeleine story on the front page and prevent McCann from continuing to control the agenda at will.
    That can only help the chances of ever getting to the bottom of this affair.

    T4two

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  14. Thank you Astro as always.

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  15. What's most interesting is not the existence or non-existence of satellite images of Praia da Luz, but why the Sunday Express is taking such a sudden keen interest in the case. Until a few weeks ago the Express was seemingly as docile as all the other British newspapers, willing to be led by the McCanns, Mitchell and Edgar, only printing what all the other tabloids were printing. But then their passive stance changed to an active one and they began writing their own stories, presumably without any 'official' blessing from Team McCann.

    The Sunday Express may talk enthusiastically about abductors/kidnappers, but the scenario they suggest is so absurd that it makes a mockery of the whole idea of abduction. They also dismiss the very idea of the 'kidnapper' using the window as a means of exit, yet the McCanns insist the window and shutters were open and that's why they knew immediately that Madeleine had been 'taken'.

    They interviewed Sofia Leal, the only British newspaper to allow Mr Amaral's wife to tell the Amaral's side of the story. Sofia came across as a very decent, very likable woman, as did her husband - something that must have come as rather a surprise to the SE's readers as, like all the British tabloid readers, they'd been led to believe the Amarals were 'disgraced' people. It must have given many people a jolt to find out just how well-educated, decent and principled both Mr and Mrs Amaral actually are. The contrast with the gruesome twosome, with their endless complaints, their PayPal button and their attempts at banning and suing, couldn't have been more pointed.

    Of course maybe by next week the Sunday Express will have been whipped into line again; who knows what means are used to keep the newspapers on side? But the articles have been written, a substantial number of people have read them, they can't be wiped from memory. To be fair, we should also remember that the Mail on Sunday also showed a little bit of an independent spirit a few months back when it showed just how little actual investigating was being done by the so-called detectives employed by the McCanns.

    These are only little drops in the ocean, in a sea of slushy pro-McCann press articles, but they show that it can be done, journalists can do something to make the public think about the case in a more critical way. Perhaps British journalism, though hamstrung at every turn by threats of being sued, is at last finding safe ways to point out the absurdity of the abduction theory and the ineptitude of certain PI's.

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  16. Well I am hoping that there is more in it than a non-story. I would hope there is a request for images and that the case is reopened. Otherwise all the Express's fiendish work will be no more than a minor irritant to the McCanns.

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  17. What i would like to know is - can the process be re-opened in Portugal by request of the McCanns, and if so why haven't they requested it be reopened, maybe the Express would do well to ask the question.
    Jan

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  18. Sorry, off topic but have you heard the latest - http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20091020/tuk-everton-help-in-search-for-madeleine-dba1618.html

    They mean well but that's not helping. Maybe we could ask Benfica to advertise "30 Reasons" or this blog on the Stadium screens? Joana, if you know someone in SLB...

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  19. In the Daily Express hard copy today in an article, "I'm the Soham Psychic" one Dennis McKenzie describes how he was asked by the parents of their missing girls to tell them what he sensed had happened to their missing daughters. His predictions proved uncannily and tragically accurate. He goes on to say that although asked by wellwishers to do the same in the McCann case, he will only do so if asked to do so by the parents. So.....?

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  20. Gerry and Kate McCann are always telling us that 'there is an abductor out there, and he will strike again'. Well, as a parent and a grandparent I think I have a right to insist that our government use any and every means possible to find this person or persons who is likely to take our children from us. This is not a matter for the McCanns to decide, we all have a say because the children of any one of us are at risk from this abductor, if Gerry is right. This is not just about Madeleine and her family. If there is the slightest chance that the satellite images help to solve this case then I say they should be examined, and I am just as important as any member of the McCann family.

    Lynne

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  21. The interesting thing about this whole thing is, that mccanns have never ever requested those pictures. We have never seen headlines: "Heartbroken McCanns are requesting the satellite pictures in a hope they could see the abductor".
    Or have we?
    I haven't?
    Therefore the BIG question is:
    WHY NOT?

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  22. This story is going to go round and round in ever decreasing circles until its forgotten. Unless the official investigation is reopened and every resource is put in place to assist the Portuguese in solving this crime.

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  23. According to the Metro the Everton fc are giving out t-shirts re Maddie at the Liverpool airport with We are Looking for You (or something like it) written on it. The shirts are apparently to wear at a game in Lisbon. I have left a comment about reopening the case instead. I wonder? Is this a diversion from the Sunday Express story?

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  24. I posted on here about the piece in the Metro re T-shirts and said I left a comment. The comment section is not longer available. Surprise! Not!

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  25. I have emailed the Express news desk (like many others i'm sure) asking them do they not think it strange the McCanns have not asked for the process to be reopened in Portugal, and also about British police failing to forward medical and financial records, and the Gaspars statement. I don't expect a reply but felt the need to keep nudging them. Would it be a good idea for others to do this?
    Jan

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  26. Comments are again being taken in the Metro regarding the Maddie T-shirts.

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  27. Jan I will also write to the editor of the Express about reopening the case, etc. it is a good idea.

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  28. No matter what type of stunts the McCanns pull, they will never be able to eraise the suspicions that fall over them. Not until the day they decide to ask the competent police forces to re-open the case. But then, they also know that the day they do it, the PJ will demand an immediate re-construction of the events of that night in May 2007, the disclosure of the couple's bank accounts and credit cards' details, as well as those famous text messages and calls, and that Kate answer the 48 questions. Obviously this is something they cannot contemplate, unthinkable. What we can expect is that the PJ will come up with something, and I believe they will sooner or later (their pride is badly hurt), or that the english authorities get fed up with this couple's obssession with money and publicity, and decid to act. In this respect, the independent minded english newspapers have a huge role to play, and I hope they'll do it by continuously probing the case, asking those unconfortable questions that continue to be un-answered. In Madeleine's memory.

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  29. I agree with many of the earlier comments and I hope that the Express do not bottle it and that others will not leave the Express to go it alone when things get tough.

    Imo this is the only way now and for those that could speak and havn't, they clearly not felt persuaded to do right by Madeleine, - yet. Perhaps they just need a little help to see what's right.

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  30. I hope you are right Ironside and am prepared to live in hope! The Express are certainly playing SOME sort of game that is not entirely to Team McCann's liking.

    Incidentally, on the question of Team McCann, the McCanns keep telling us publicity is vital to keeping chances of finding Madeleine alive. And yet we never hear anything from their families these days. As if they have given up. Surely that's not the case. So it seems almost like they have been forced into the pact of silence. But why - if publicity is so vital???

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  31. Nice post - pictures of satellites ..Keep Posting


    Ron
    pictures of satellites

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