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Maddie McCann investigator to get legal aid in battle against U.S. fraud charges
By Christopher Leake and Mark Hollingsworth*
Last updated at 4:16 AM on 29th August 2010
By Lucy Panton, 29/08/2010
A private detective whose firm was paid up to £500,000 from publicly donated funds to find Madeleine McCann is to get tens of thousands of pounds in legal aid to fight extradition to the US for fraud charges.
Kevin Halligen, 50, told Kate and Gerry McCann he could find their daughter but allegedly spent the cash on a lifestyle of first-class flights, chauffeured cars, nightclubs and luxury hotels and goods.
In a separate alleged scam he was arrested last November at the £700-a-night Old Bank Hotel in Oxford.
US authorities issued an extradition warrant accusing Halligen of defrauding a law firm of £1.3 million by claiming he could help free two men jailed in war-torn Africa. It is claimed he instead spent the money on a mansion.
A document filed in the District Court of Columbia claims he took money, saying his firm could help secure the release of two executives from the multinational company Trafigura jailed in Ivory Coast in 2007 for allegedly dumping toxic waste.
He is said to have suggested a rescue operation to fly in South African mercenaries, but it was cancelled. The duo were freed a few months later after a reported £120 million payment.
Halligen, who claimed to have worked for MI5 and the CIA, linked up with the McCanns a year after the 2007 disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine on a family holiday at Praia da Luz, Portugal.
He boasted of ‘contacts’ in Washington who could provide satellite imagery to help the search. Oakley International, a company run by Halligen, was hired by the fund set up by Madeleine’s parents, but was dropped after six months due to claims of too little progress and too much spending.
Fees: Halligen, who claimed to have worked for MI5 and the CIA, linked up with the McCanns a year after the 2007 disappearance of their daughter
Now British taxpayers are to pay for top-flight lawyers to fight Dublin-born Halligen’s extradition. His team includes a leading extradition barrister whose fees are thought to be at least £2,000 a day.
Additional fees for renowned London fraud solicitors Janes will boost costs even further.
The award of legal aid to Halligen, remanded at a London jail since arrest, was confirmed by Westminster magistrates this month. His next extradition hearing is on Wednesday.
Last night a spokesman for Kate and Gerry McCann would not comment on the case.
A spokeswoman for the Legal Services Commission said last night: ‘The decision on whether legal aid is required is made by the court.’
A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: ‘We’ve announced the start of a fundamental look at the legal aid system.’
in Dacre's Daily Mail
*Mark Hollingsworth is the journalist who saw his news article «Mark Hollingsworth Investigates The McCann Files» suppressed and removed from the London Evening Standard, edition published on 28 August 2009. The suppressed article hinted to the 'strange connection' between the roles of Carter Ruck legal firm - experts in super-injunctions, libel and silencing anyone [from the press, to MP's , to bloggers] - as the McCann Couple lawyers and as the Oil Company Trafigura lawyers [read - Trafigura Accused of Bribing Witnesses in Ivory Coast Toxic Waste Dump Case] & at the odd coincidence of the two 'private detectives' who were hired by both the parties [Trafigura & McCann couple]: Kevin Richard Halligen and a former MI5 named Henry Exton.
The above-mentioned article was reproduced in this blog & on the Maddie Case Files Forum; for that reason - already explained here in A Censurable Censure - I've also received a menacing letter from a UK legal company - Bindemans LLP- attempting to censor this blog and the forum with a D-Notice 5.
On the Side
Carter Ruck is one of UK's most expensive libel lawyers firm, since circa 2007/8 they have been under a contract with the McCann Couple, and are allegedly paid by the Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited Company, Trade mark No: 005917232, Date of Incorporation: 15/05/2007. Carter Ruck, according to a Portuguese lawyer have abused the McCann's lawyer request for a temporary injunction to prohibit a book based on the joint UK/PT police authorities' investigation to Madeleine McCann's disappearance written by the former Portuguese Judiciary Police Coordinator Gonçalo Amaral [until October 2, 2007 when he was removed from being that case coordinator]. Carter Ruck used the above mentioned injunction request to threat bloggers and sites of libel actions in an attempt to prevent the divulgation of the process case files translations, of the documentary based on the book 'Maddie, The Truth of the Lie' and mainly to impede the publication of the book in English.
In Portuguese Only
Resume of all the mentioned 'strange connections' : Carta de uma Noite de Verão
Madeleine McCann investigator didn't listen to ANY tip-offs given to hotline - and squandered £500,000
Madeleine detectives’ axing denied
Bindemans LLP letter and suppressed article at Cryptome.org [similar to Wikileaks]
McCanns & Carter-Ruck Target Satirical Wiki Encyclopædia Dramatica
Trafigura & Carter Ruck Versus Freedom of Speech
In the Scum, today: ‘Maddie rat tried to sue fund for £150k’
Kevin Halligen, the McCann's Former Detective will face Extradition Hearing - Updated
Kevin Halligen to fight US extradition order
FBI searches for detective who worked on Madeleine McCann case
News Recap: Amaral, McCanns, Halligen and a FOIA request
Former McCann detective Kevin Halligen Indicted for Fraud and Money laundering
Kevin Halligen: On the run from friends, the FBI and his fake wife too
BBC’s 39-page defence against the Trafigura libel suit via Wikileaks
Richard Wilson: Calling all bloggers – Help beat the gag on the BBC
Ian Dale: BBC Caves in to Carter Ruck Threats Over Trafigura Film
Wikileaks: BBC Newsnight's "Dirty tricks and toxic waste in Ivory Coast", 15min video, 13 May 2009
Wikileaks: BBC deletes important story on toxic waste dumping in the Ivory Coast after legal threats, 12 Dec 2009
Wikileaks: Updated secret gag on UK Times preventing publication of Minton report into toxic waste dumping, 16 Oct 2009
Wikileaks: Minton report secret injunction gagging The Guardian on Trafigura, 11 Sep 2009
Wikileaks: Minton report - Trafigura toxic dumping along the Ivory Coast broke EU regulations, 14 Sep 2006
Minton Report PDF
BBC Censored Newsnight page - archived in PDF
Meanwhile on Murdoch's tabloid News of The World the UK Police asks: Who will pay?
That is obvious: the UK Taxpayers!
In Portugal, we the Portuguese Taxpayers also had to pay for a police investigation that was hindered since day 1, that is May 3, 2007. A criminal investigation which was clogged-up by the constant Home Office bureaucratic postponement to the rogatory letters; by the Forensic Science Service dawdled genetic analysis and peculiar report amendments; by the Foreign Office refusal to impart and disclose critical data to the Portuguese Police and Operation Task Gold Unit. An investigation that was pressured and coerced to be archived hastily by British diplomats residing in Portugal and politicians both from the UK and Portugal.
An investigation that was thwarted by a myriad of rent-a-opinion pseudo-criminal child experts; European xenophobic MEP's and crooked rent-a-cops/detectives. By self-proclaimed clairvoyants turned to lawyers; lawyers into forum and media pundits of highly questionable ethics.
An investigation that was stalled by the parents of the mysteriously vanished child and their Tapas friends, who did not cooperate fully with the authorities who still hold the jurisdictional custody of the case. A police inquest that was additionally derided by anti-paedophile/missing children UK organizations, who apparently believe that “the end justifies the means” and which did not, still do not care using the media circus around the McCann couple, a couple who left three children with a combined age of seven alone in an apartment, to bolster their organization image and campaign.
An investigation swamped by a media circus that was created in order to obfuscate the veracity of the events that happened on the night the child disappeared; that was infested by an highly emotional mediatised portrayal of «White, Doctors, & British» couple suffering at the ruthless hands of “sardine-munchers” in a lawless country; a “marketorial” strategy deliberately used by a range of unscrupulous media editors and hacks who have profited in the most obnoxious manner by playing with men's instinctive nature of social identity, that is, by nurturing racism and hatred .
The Madeleine McCann case, or the McCann affair was the second most expensive investigation in the Portuguese Criminal History. The first being the Camarate case and on the third position the Casa Pia Scandal.
How much are we talking about?
Think in Million Euros.
Note for trigger-happy libel lawyers: read the process, read the newspapers, all of the above is there.
Cuts hold up Maddie UK probe
Who'll pay, ask police
A NEW probe by British cops into missing Madeleine McCann is being held up in a row over funding, we can reveal.
Police forces face cuts of tens of millions of pounds to their budgets leaving no spare cash to pay for what would be a costly re-investigation.
Home Secretary Theresa May held a meeting with Kate and Gerry McCann early this month to discuss the search for their daughter.
Senior officers at Scotland Yard have been consulted about taking on the case. But despite the apparent early progress we can reveal that there are two key stumbling blocks.
No police force can afford to take on the job which could take at least two detectives away from other duties for as long as a year.
A source said: "The real issue that needs to be resolved is who is going to pay for it? No police force can afford to agree to take on the case without knowing where the funding will come from.
"The other issue which is as important to resolve is to ensure that British officers will have full access in Portugal.
"At the moment there is no agreement in place that the Portuguese authorities are going to allow and co-operate with a British re-investigation.
"The review has highlighted the need for a thorough re-investigation starting from scratch. The Metropolitan Police have been consulted and are likely to be given the job, but not until all the problems have been ironed out."
The McCanns, from Rothley, Leicestershire, appealed directly to former Home Secretary Alan Johnson and now Mrs May for extra help.
Madeleine was three when she went missing from her family's holiday flat in Praia da Luz in May 2007. This year we broke the news that the Met's Homicide Command have been approached to discuss taking on the investigation.
Jim Gamble, head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, told Labour ministers there were huge holes in the original inquiry.The treasury are set to slash eight per cent of the policing budget for the next three years threatening jobs.
in Murdoch's tabloid NOTW