1:00am - The Judiciary Police (PJ) from Oporto and the Scotland Yard will reopen the Maddie case, advances the daily newspaper “Jornal de Notícias”.
“The Police does not give up searching for new leads”, says the daily in its cover page of this Friday.
1:30am - “Correio da Manhã” contradicts “Jornal de Notícias”, saying the Judiciary Police will not reopen the case.
Judiciary Police will not Reopen the Maddie Case
by Tânia Laranjo
The Judiciary Police will not reopen the Maddie Case, since there aren't any new leads regarding her whereabouts.
A Judiciary Police source told the CM that the process is, at the moment, being re-evaluated, in cooperation with a team of London investigators.
The team is coordinated by Helena Monteiro [Superior Coordinator of Criminal Investigation], from the the PJ in Oporto, and was set up several months ago. However nothing new was found that could help discover the whereabouts of the child. This is the second time that the PJ requests the aid of a “foreign” team to examine the process, in order to understand if there was a lead that wasn't followed.
Rádio Renascença and at SIC Notícias.
Stating, with a straight face, the following: “The issue is not closed. The criminal process was closed with the archival, but the issue is not closed, because we continue to not know what happened to Madeleine, who abducted her, which likely happened. While that is not found, the police can always resume one investigation and that investigation is the one that might reopen the process at the Public Ministry”.
One has to wonder if Dr. Rogério Alves is enjoying his new role as a PR.
Let us look at what he says carefully - the Judiciary Police can do “one investigation”, in other words, a parallel investigation to the Official and Archived PJ Investigation. But there are no new credible leads to follow, so what exactly is the “one investigation” going to “investigate”?
And should the PJ really spend more two, three, four million euros - the latter being the alleged cost of the Official and archived PJ Investigation, paid by Portuguese Tax-payers - in an useless “review” that will result in nada?
What about all the other Portuguese missing children who never had those resources at their disposal? All of them together, did not even get one-third of what was spent in the Portuguese investigation to Madeleine's disappearance!
Dra. Isabel Duarte in an impromptu press conference outside the Palácio da Justiça in Lisbon, in February 10, 2010? Which reminds me, what were the results of that “shocking” lead? Were the photos related to Madeleine at all, or was that just a pretext for something else?
Moving on. Dr. Rogério Alves, goes on to suggest that “one investigation” into nothing can actually reopen the Official and Archived PJ Investigation. I beg to differ, I fail to understand how that would be materially attainable.
Wait a minute, did Dr. Alves forget that his clients, Gerald McCann and Kate Healy can reopen the Official and Archived PJ Investigation if they come to Portugal - no, not to sue right and left - to do a reconstruction at almost zero cost for the Portuguese tax-payers, at least that would be comparatively inexpensive to the McCann's lawyer suggestions.
Yes, you can, McCann!
The McCann couple can reopen the investigation into their daughter's disappearance, if they do and ask their friends, dubbed the “Tapas 7”, to take part in the re-enactment and clarification of the events that took place on May 3, 2007, something that was requested by the Portuguese Police years ago.
Wasn't the reopening of the investigation to their missing daughter what the McCann couple asked to the English Prime-Minister David Cameron, in a letter published by Rupert Murdoch's tabloid 'The Sun'? To which the Sun, replied: 'PM David Cameron reopens Maddie McCann files' - only that wasn't true, was it? The case files continue to be archived to today, the police investigation is stalled.
To be able to reopen your missing child's police investigation by doing a reconstruction, wouldn't that be an opportunity that any desperate father or mother would take, that being perhaps the only step that the McCanns can take at this moment to reopen the police investigation into Madeleine's disappearance?
Though Dr. Alves' clients, particularly the McCann acolytes, seem to want to highlight only certain parts of the dispatch that archived the investigation, and did not clear the McCanns of anything except of their arguido status [formal suspect according to the Portuguese Penal Code], since only a court of law can decide if a person is guilty or innocent; let us recall then here what the public prosecutor, José de Magalhães e Menezes, and the joint prosecutor João Melchior Gomes wrote in the archival dispatch: - “We believe that the main damage was caused to the McCann arguidos, who lost the possibility to prove what they have protested since they were constituted arguidos: their innocence towards the fateful event; the investigation was also disturbed, because said facts remain unclarified.”
But, as if Madeleine's tragic fate isn't sufficient, isn't what the prosecutors wrote another clear reason to do the reconstruction? “For the McCann arguidos” to prove their innocence. And while here in Portugal use that chance to dissipate any doubts and respond to the Police questions that were never answered...
Again, let us recall the probable reason for the above extraordinary spin - that is, extraordinary only for those who are not used to Team McCann antics, for the rest of us this is a mere PR exercise in damage limitation, preemptive spin to be precise. “The usual McWhoppers”, some would say. The reason seems obvious and was published in this blog just a few days ago, in an interview with the leading coordinator of the Madeleine McCann investigation, where the former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral, said:
«The decision of that Prime Minister has been twisted. The McCann couple has spoken of a re-examination of the child’s “sightings”. When, in fact, what is known is that Scotland Yard, who were appointed to re-evaluate the whole investigation, has set aside the pseudo-sightings, focusing instead on the investigation process that remains archived. Elements from the Scotland Yard have been working with an investigative [Judiciary Police] team from Oporto (Oporto because Algarve and Lisbon have already been involved), and what is known is that the “affair” is not going well for the McCanns.»
Try again Dr. Alves, you're not as good as Clarence Mitchell, not yet at least.
Pre-emptive spin, indeed.