28 April 2012

Maddie Case still without credible leads


Correio da Manhã reveals the latest developments on the Maddie Case


by Tânia Laranjo

A few days before the fifth anniversary since Maddie disappeared in Praia da Luz, Algarve, there are no new leads that could enable the reopening of the investigation. The Judiciary Police from Oporto has spent more than one year re-reading the whole process, but nothing was found that could help clarify the disappearance of the English girl.

The "195 leads" announced before yesterday by the British authorities whilst they are reviewing the archived process were not yet officially revealed to the Judiciary Police, as CM found out, because they only are avenues of investigation and not specific facts that may point to the child's whereabouts.

"This is just folklore [nonsense], in the field of the sightings, of the suspicions of mediums and psychics. The abduction thesis is just an opinion from someone who is free to say whatever he wants. And we should not forget that London's police [MET] has to justify the money spent on this investigation. They must give something to the public opinion", said Gonçalo Amaral, the former Judiciary Police inspector that coordinated the case, reaffirming that the investigation at the time followed all the rules.

"Maddie was last seen at 17:30 on May 3, 2007. At that time everything that could be done, was done and we were able to demonstrate that it was materially impossible for the child to have been abducted. Unfortunately we were not able to find her whereabouts".

Relative to the reanalysis of the process in Portugal, Correio da Manhã knows that the Portuguese review is not being done alongside the English review. Although occasionally there might be a cooperation between the two police forces, the objective is to give autonomy to each, so that they do not become contaminated.

In Portugal the reanalysis of the case did not allow to progress more than what was already established during the initial investigation. Nothing indicates that the child is alive.


in Correio da Manhã, 27.04.2012


The English Pro McCann couple media as written by two lusophobic tabloid hacks, another English political interference and an English cop's breakfast video

Maddy hunt stalls: Portuguese cops refuse to reopen case despite 195 new leads

One of the country’s top police chiefs insisted there was no fresh evidence in the five-year-old case to warrant a new probe

by Martin Fricker

THE hunt for Madeleine McCann stalled yesterday as Portuguese cops refuse to reopen the case [only the Public Ministry can make that decision, it cannot be decided by the Judiciary Police]. Parents Kate and Gerry McCann were given renewed hope on Wednesday when British police said they believe Madeleine is still alive.

But those hopes were dashed yesterday when Portuguese authorities ruled out reopening their botched original investigation. One of the country’s top police chiefs insisted there was no fresh evidence in the five-year-old case to warrant a new probe.

And Portugal’s Attorney General said new leads uncovered by Scotland Yard were nothing more than “mere speculation”.

Pedro do Carmo, the deputy head of the criminal police department [National deputy director of the Judiciary Police], said the investigation - which ended in July 2008 - would remain closed.

His comments came just 24 hours after British police reviewing Madeleine’s disappearance said she could still be alive.

Scotland Yard detectives said they had uncovered 195 potential new leads while sifting through 40,000 pieces of information in the case. They urged their Portuguese counterparts to re-open their search for the youngster, who vanished in May 2007. But Mr do Carmo yesterday ruled that out.

He said: “There are no new elements at the moment that would allow for the reopening of the inquiry.” Mr do Carmo said that a team of investigators would continue “to re-examine elements of the inquiry” in collaboration with British police. But he warned that such a practice was normal and did not mean they will be reopening the case.

He also revealed that the Portuguese police had received “no formal request for the reopening of the inquiry” from UK cops.

Portugal’s Attorney General Fernando Jose Pinto Monteiro later backed up Mr do Carmo’s comments. A spokeswoman for his office said: “The case will only be reopened if there are credible and relevant new facts, not mere hypotheses or speculation. “So far we have not received any request for the case to be reopened.

Mr Pinto Monteiro archived the Madeleine investigation in July 2008 and the case cannot be reopened without the permission of his office. The Attorney General’s office supervises investigations by the Judicial Police, the force in charge of the Madeleine case.

Madeleine, who would now be eight-years-old, vanished from her parents’ holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.

Kate and Gerry, from Rothley, Leics, were dining with friends at a nearby Tapas restaurant at the time of her disappearance.

Police this week issued a new age-progression image of the youngster as she would now look as she approaches her ninth birthday. The officer leading the review, Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, said there were 195 “investigative opportunities”.

But he refused to say what evidence they had uncovered to suggest Madeleine was alive. “Evidence that she is alive stems from the forensic view of the timeline,” he said. “There were opportunities there for Madeleine McCann to have been taken as part of a criminal act.

“We are developing material we believe represents genuinely new information. “We would like the case to be reopened. We are working with the police to get ourselves to that position.”

The review was launched last year after a meeting between former Met commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and the Home Office. A Met Police spokesman said last night: “Officers conducting the investigative review continue to work closely and collaoratively [sic] with the Portuguese authorities.

“There are significant differences in our legal systems. We recognise the law does not allow them to investigate as the case is currently closed.

“We do still believe, however, that there are matters which need to be considered, and therefore we are currently seeking a more formal way of addressing this.”

He added: “We have received a steady flow of calls following yesterday’s appeal and officers are now working through the information.”

The spokesman said there is no official process allowing Scotland Yard detectives to pursue a case under foreign jurisdiction. He said: “We can’t compel the Portuguese to do anything but we will keep trying and we don’t think this is the end. We will keep lobbying.”

Last night a source close to the McCanns said: “Kate and Gerry agree with what Scotland Yard on Wednesday. They will speak publicly next week.” [Prepare the red carpets...]

in The Daily Mirror, 27.04.2012

Portuguese police say no to new Maddie probe

by Antonella Lazzeri

THE parents of missing Madeleine McCann suffered a huge blow last night when slack Portuguese cops REFUSED to reopen the case.

The decision flies in the face of British evidence that she could be still alive.

Kate and Gerry McCann had been given fresh hope by a Met review of the investigation.

Yesterday a source close to them said: “They were hoping the Portuguese would see sense and agree. But it seems not.

“There is a little girl missing — that is all that should matter. They feel the best hope of finding Madeleine lies in the case being reopened.”

The snub came after Met Commander Simon Foy revealed 195 new leads and called for the Portuguese to reopen the case. He declared: “On the evidence there is a possibility that she is alive.”

But yesterday two top legal chiefs in Portugal incredibly said there was NO reason for it to be looked at again.

Their attorney general Pinto Monteiro scoffed: “The case will only be reopened if there are credible new facts.

“Hypotheses are not enough. There have been a thousand sightings which have turned out to be false.”

And Pedro do Carmo, assistant national director of the justice department, added: “There are no reasons to justify the reopening of the case.”

Madeleine, who would now be nearly nine, vanished from a holiday apartment on May 3, 2007, in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

The year-long Met review was launched after Kate and Gerry penned an open letter to PM David Cameron in The Sun begging him to help them.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Scotland Yard revealed their review had found 195 new leads — and unveiled a new image of how Madeleine would look now.

But there are now fears the leads will never be followed up — although Mr Cameron is believed to still be trying to get the Portuguese government to reopen the case.

A source said: “The truth is that the British police can only make recommendations.”

The Home Office issued a carefully-worded statement after the refusal. It said: “We have asked the Metropolitan Police to review the case and they are working with the Portuguese police.”

The McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “Kate and Gerry think there is good justification in reopening the case. They remain hopeful.”

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by ALAN JOHNSON, Former Home Secretary

I AM not surprised there is some resentment in Portugal. But we have to use all diplomatic channels now — including the Home Secretary ringing her opposite number.

The Portuguese police must put all that behind them and concentrate on one thing, and that is a little English girl who went missing.

I’m sure the Portuguese have the compassion and understanding to put away their enmities so we can pursue these leads together.

in Murdoch's The Sun, 27.04.2012



Transcript by Anthony Bennett at Jill Havern's Forum

Dan Lobb: Where are we at now with regards to…the dialogue you have with the Portu…Portuguese authorities - and how happy are you with the response you’ve got from, er, the request you have made?

Andy Redwood: OK, well I am meeting now on a very regular basis - at least once a month - with a Portuguese counterpart in Porto - north-west Portugal – um, she leads a review team of officers who are committed, and dedicated to working with us, collaboratively, um, to establish what has happened to Madeleine McCann.

Dan Lobb: Will they reopen the case?

Redwood: Well the situation at the moment is…is…is…is quite simple: we in the UK in terms of our relationship with Portugal, operate two completely different legal systems. And we acknowledge and respect that, and indeed, in terms of how the Portuguese operate is...is…it’s the judicial authority that actually makes the decision around any re-opening.

Dan Lobb: But you, you still, you still have that hope, do you…

Redwood: Yes.

Dan Lobb: …do you, and that’s what you’re pushing for?

Redwood: Yes, absolutely…100%, the dialogue I have with my colleague in Portugal is very positive, and they do want to reopen in due course.

Kate Garraway: We’ve heard mention of these 195 ‘investigative opportunities’.

Redwood: Yes.

Kate Garraway: What does that - what does that mean, does that mean - leads? - chances? - of finding Madeleine?

Redwood: Yes, well our responsibility, we have a unique position, if you like, in terms of where are at present. We are drawing together three key strands, never done before - UK, Portuguese and private investigation material all into one place er in our incident room at Belgravia - and it is through that process that we are identifying investigative opportunities in our careful, systematic trawl through the material - er, so those 195 have come from our review of the history…

Kate Garraway: So those…that means they are basically…being tied together? – links and…

Redwood: Yes.

Kate Garraway: Basically tying together - links.

Redwood: Yes. This history of the case, where we’ve obviously started, is one part of the review, and that is where those 195 opportunities come from…across a broad range of issues...but it’s just simply that we’re unable to answer them…

Kate Garraway: Mmm...

Redwood: …in the United Kingdom, which is where our really important dialogue with the Portuguese police takes place.

Dan Lobb: Do you believe she is still alive?

Redwood: Yes, I do.

Dan Lobb: Why?

Redwood: I believe she’s still alive because, at the beginning of this case…it’s a huge privilege for us at the Metropolitan Police to be part of this investigation…er, investigation review. Is that we came with a completely open mind.

We were untouched by anything that’s gone before, and, as part of that, two key elements of it is to go: 1 Madeleine is alive and the other is, sadly she’s not...and in relation to her being alive, yes, there is a real possibility that she’s alive.


Kate Garraway: So what are the things that make you think that…because I think you know we’re all clinging to the hope, aren’t we?

Dan Lobb: Yeah. I mean it’s kind of hard evidence but there is still going to be hope - as long as she’s not found dead

Redwood: Yes, I mean, you know, we have conducted a forensic analysis of the timeline, and there is clearly opportunity there - for Madeleine McCann to have been removed from that apartment alive - and it is our belief, as experienced investigators - on the evidence, that, um that you know, that that, that is as a criminal act - and that has been, you know, undertaken by by a stranger, and so from that - she’s… and there are other cases around the world, as you know where, many years later, people have been taken and been found alive.

Dan Lobb: Very quickly, let’s take, take another - another look at that picture that you guys have released - the age-progression picture, and in, in what…what help this could possibly do to the investigation?

Redwood: It’s a critically important stage for us, if you look at the image, you will see that it has great resemblance to a school photograph, this is the sort of image that every parent proudly presents – on their, on their dining room um you know, you know, your dining room table This image has been carefully prepared by a United Kingdom forensic specialist in human identification and…and art and - close collaboration with Mr and Mrs McCann who agree that this is a close - close resemblance to their, to their daughter - and my appeal to the public today is clear - look at the image carefully please -

Dan Lobb: OK

Redwood: …you if you know where Madeleine McCann is, then please call us - or if you know, or if you have information about what has happened to her, again, please call us


ITV's Daybreak (morning talk show) with DCI Andy Redwood, broadcast April 27, 2012



248 comments:

  1. WHAT is DCI Redmond doing looking for Maddie under Breakfast TV sofas? Doesn't he know the McCanns have run themselves ragged for the last five years regularly searching under ALL of them?!

    When is this grotesque McCann freak-show going to be stopped!?

    Truth & Justice for Maddie, aged 3.

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  2. Mr Redwood is a shame. While he is saying their review was not contaminated by the previous investigation, he presents a speech completely contaminated by the Mccann's:

    'Redwood: I believe she’s still alive because, at the beginning of this case…it’s a huge privilege for us at the Metropolitan Police to be part of this investigation…er, investigation review. Is that we came with a completely open mind.

    We were untouched by anything that’s gone before, and, as part of that, two key elements of it is to go: 1 Madeleine is alive and the other is, sadly she’s not...and in relation to her being alive, yes, there is a real possibility that she’s alive.

    .................
    Redwood: Yes, I mean, you know, we have conducted a forensic analysis of the timeline, and there is clearly opportunity there - for Madeleine McCann to have been removed from that apartment alive - and it is our belief, as experienced investigators - on the evidence, that, um that you know, that that, that is as a criminal act - and that has been, you know, undertaken by by a stranger, and so from that - she’s… and there are other cases around the world, as you know where, many years later, people have been taken and been found alive.'


    Unless he has a different timeline then the one presented to PJ. Because from what the Tapas 9 deliver to PJ, is impossible for an abduction to happen.
    And why his words remind me Mccann's words? Looks like, Redwood was trainned by the same team... the bla, bla, bla based on Natasha Campush and Jaycee Dugard, when there is thousands of cases of missing children, where the parents were involved. Statistic matters on that case.
    If you, Mr Redwood, 'have conducted a forensic analysis of the timeline, and there is clearly opportunity there - for Madeleine McCann to have been removed from that apartment alive - ' WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, TO BRING THE TAPAS 9 TO PDL AND DO A RECONSTRUCTION? WITH THAT STEP, I BELIEVE THE PORTUGUESE WILL REOPEN IMMEDIATLY THE CASE.

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  3. GA call it FOLKLORE. Again he find the best word to describe the last developments.

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  4. The only reason the case stalled is because the mccanns and tapas WOULD NOT DO THE RECONSTRUCTION.why would,nt they.because THEY KNOW WHAT HAPPEND TO MADELEINE.....

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  5. He knows she alive, yet thinks it's better to waste time on TV sofa rather than present the facts to the Portuguese. If his evidence was so revealing, why does he need to resort to what he is doing.

    I'm not sure this isn't just a clever tactic to result in a position where he has exonerated the mccanns, but the case doesn't go any further. Would that suit everyone I wonder?

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  6. Full marks to the McCanns for reinventing themselves for the eyes of the UK media who have bought into their 'abduction' scenario for the time being, but enjoy it while you can Kate and Gerry, because the tide will surely turn and truth will overcome fiction.

    As for the UK public, the McCanns are fooling themselves if they believe the majority of them don't remember how they left three little children at night, alone and sobbing in the dark, while they were out enjoying themselves with their friends. 'Why didn't you come when we were crying mummy'. If that really was said by Madeleine, then it certainly didn't stop the McCanns from leaving them alone yet again.

    'There is no proof that Madeleine came to any harm' says Gerry McCann. Unbelievable! He is telling people she was taken by a paedophile, yet no proof harm has come to her.

    Then we have the dopey Redwood guy ignoring the dogs in favour of a load of pro McCann abduction tripe.

    I am beginning to think the only logical people involved in this case are the Portuguese investigators, and well done to them for the work they already did in the uphill struggle to sort out the truth from the lies and deception.

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  7. Mr Redwood must be so embarrassed at what he's got himself into here. He is even beginning to talk McCann-speak, ie complete gibberish. Surely having reached the rank of Detective Chief Inspector he must want to retain some shreds of dignity and integrity. Get out now, Andy, while you still have your sanity.

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  8. Everybody is afraid to lose his job.
    Redwood too.

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  9. Redood, please explain your words


    "on May the 12th she would have been 9...she will be 9..."

    I think on a BBC video.

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  10. Never,in my fifty eight years on this planet have I been more embarrassed by our police force. This is LUDICROUS!!!
    So Eddie and Keela mean NOTHING to the Met. Murdoch has bought and paid for this 'review' . It HAS to go Rupert's way. That's my honest belief. It's come to something , hasn't it, when 'justice' can be bought for a dirty shilling. I'm ashamed, and very, very angry. The tax payer's money thrown away on a pair of feckless parents.

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  11. when SY say they are only ones with the 3 strands
    PJ,PIs,and uk police to put together does this
    mean the UK police didnt hand everything over to the PJ?
    if not saying that then the "leads" must,if only quarter
    way through be from Metado 3!!!!!
    we all know how reliable they are!

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  12. If something happens to the twins, the Scotland Yard will also be responsible for it.
    But who cares? One life more, one life less...
    The UK is full of missing children.
    How can they be so corrupt. I'm horrified.
    How much is Cameron paying Redwood to state that? Or is it Murdoch?

    Imo, it was not an accident. The McCanns knew what they were doing and the choosed Portugal.

    "-I'm not here to enjoy myself."(Or "I did'n come here to enjoy myself".)

    Yes, Gerry, we all agree with you.
    Maybe it is better that she is dead. She is free now.Nobody of her family loved her, neither her parents' friends.
    Even the British police are not willing to defend her.

    Rest in peace, darling Madeleine.You deserve it.

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  13. I'm sure that other countries around the world are watching this debacle unfold and paying close attention to the way in which the UK government, police and media - are attempting to discredit, usurp and subjugate Portugal.

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  14. I'm now feeling very positive about this. SY starting from fresh.

    AR is talking about only 25% of information

    That information indicates there was opportunity for stranger abduction and chance of Maddie being alive at that point, whether still alive or dead, is 50/50

    McCanns are being treated well in the press and are onside with SY

    Amaral's voice being heard, his books returned.

    Everyone (including McCanns) wants case reopened, there will be a joint push for this.

    Attorney General will open on certain conditions but not as stands with current 195 'leads'

    To reopen the case (this will be dominant conversation with McCanns in publicity push) a reconstruction will be agreed by McCanns and friends. On their terms, quietly, no publicity etc.

    ...and, the best bit, there is 75% of information left which SY can't disclose to anyone, including McCanns, because they haven't analysed it yet...

    Zippity doo dah, zippity aye..I think it could be rolling along quite nicely actually and we might even get to the truth and the case solved.

    But while I'm an eternal optimist I do think that it's important that everyone remains sceptical...

    (-:

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  15. Over the time is becoming clear who were really the heroes on that investigation: the Portuguese police, who against all UK forces, managed to do a competent investigation and discover that an abduction was impossible and the girl died inside the apartment. They just don't find the body because what needs to be done in UK was not done and the people involved on the day/ night of May 3 2007 refused to collaborate with investigation and help the police. What the Portuguese achieved is amazing. Now the Oporto Pj, distant from the crime scene and the first investigation, signed at the Bottom of GA investigation and said they find nothing new, nothing different then what GA find. That leave the Metro police and Redwood in the ridiculous side of that story, feeding the Sun readers. Wonder why he is invited for a breakfast program. How much audience has that program and who watch it? Trying to shape the brains of the retired or unemployed people? Working with heart of the most vulnerable in the society.

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  16. @ 11: so true. He basically admit that the British LE and the McCanns kept evidence away from the Portuguese investigation. That's called obstruction of justice where I come from, but he since the FFS sorry FSS dance of the hiding evidence I believe Britain has no feature like that.

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  17. I believe that justice will come from the twins and the other tapas children. There will be a time they will rebel against their parents, like all normal kids do at certain phases, they will scour the internet and will get the shock of their lives. I do believe these pathetic parents realize that too, and they also know there is no way they can shut their kids up. This is what they really are fighting for. Anyone who still wonders why they keep on coming back like rats in a grain silo: this is exactly why. This and their narcissistic sociopathic characters, that need the attention in what ever form. Their arrogance keeps them from ever facing the truth that by now barely anyone believes them anymore. They are convinced that by a snap of the fingers they can have people jump and dance their dance. They were true where British LE and politicians were concerned, now they think it will work for everyone.

    Justice will come, but it might be in a next generation.

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  18. I find it difficult to believe that Redwood really is as dim as he makes out.

    I think we should keep one thing in mind and, looking on the bright side, MAYBE it's in his mind too: if ever the McCanns did come to trial they would never, after the current love-in, be able to complain that they couldn't get a fair trial because of the hostile media coverage.

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  19. BURSON-MARSTELLER AND LIFT CONSULTING RESPECTFULLY ASK PORTUGAL: "COULD YOU KINDLY CLEAN MY CLIENTS' SHOES?"

    I think the most intelligent take on this new "reputation management" gambit so far, has been that of Dr. Gonçalo Amaral - forgive me if I am biased BUT...

    Given the facts of the investigation so far, to pursue the sole hypothesis that the child was kidnapped, and discard all other possibilities (namely that she died in the apartment) would be flying on the face of evidence - it would indeed be pure subservience.

    If the Yard has 195 new leads let them "walk their talk". Don't shove it down the PJ throats or the Portuguese tax payers who have had enough of these parents.

    Two "suckers" (pardon my French) who abandoned their children to their fate. Do the McCanns' now want to be canonized for that? That's a mission for the Pope, not the PJ!

    Do they want their self-images dry cleaned?

    They should ask Burson-Marsteller, Lift Consulting, Carter-Ruck, Marinho Pinto, Rogerio Alves, Isabel Duarte to keep at it. No doubt Mr. Murdoch and David Cameron will give them a helping hand as well. Surely there is enough money in the Fund and in Scotland's Yard for that! Come on! It's all in Enid O'Dowd's report!

    http://www.mccannfiles.com/id405.html

    Why should it fall on Portuguese police to clean the McCanns' bloody shoes?

    Are they attempting to turn the Portuguese police into a farce - more than they already have, thanks to their evasions, spins, influences, money, gutter press rubbish, the subservience of a gullible Portuguese government and the naivete (if not corruption) of some of their wannabe judges? (...)

    :e Get lost Redwood! Go, cash your cheques and walk your talk!

    Green & Red
    Chocolatiers

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  20. Guys, if you want justice and want safely living your life, go living in Afghanistan.
    It is safer than in England.

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  21. This means the UK authorities will not get rid of the McCanns.
    Later they will not get rid of the siblings, if the siblings don't get abducted before.

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  22. If there is such a wonderful news, why are we not hearing from the McCanns and from Mitchel?

    Probably because they don't trust Redwood.
    Neither do we.

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  23. From the transcript of the video above, can anyone shed any light on what DCI Redwood means by this:-


    Redwood: "…in the United Kingdom, which is where our really important dialogue with the Portuguese police takes place."


    It's reported that he's been to Oporto seven times, so why would the important dialogue take place here in the UK? I am baffled by this remark.

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  24. Everyone (including McCanns) wants case reopened, there will be a joint push for this.

    REALLY?! Well, they could have fooled me...it has taken the almost 5 looong years to do so! They could have prevented the archival and they didn't, they could have requested the reopening of the case immediately and they didn't, and still aren't...as Mr. Amaral has said many times, all it would take is for them or their lawyers to write a letter to the portuguese Attorney General, and it would cost them the price of a mail stamp (it doesn't even have to be a first-class stamp...)
    Until now, for all I know, they have been making their wishy-washy demands for a reopening in the media only...and the media won't give them their "wish", only the proper judicial authorities can grant them their "wish", but they have to be formally asked first...

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  25. The only credible evidence in this case came from the dogs Eddie and Keela. Although inconclusive to have come from Maddy, they had to come from someone.
    As nobody else was missing nor died in apartment 5a, it had to come from Maddy.
    The dna found although inconclusive in Portugal or the UK was conclusive under the laws of other countries.
    Maddy died in apartment 5a of that I am sure. I believe she fell from the window while trying to see her parents at the tapas bar.

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  26. Even if I believed in the abduction nonsense, I would still want to know why the abductor wasted time opening those windows and shutters if he didn't need to use them (the doors were open. I would still want to know why the first instinct of parents of a missing toddler was to phone home to spread a series of lies (the apartment was locked etc). I would still want to know why the evidence of previously trusted and respected sniffer dogs has been discounted, etc.

    More importantly, I would want to know why such questions are off-limits during interviews, and skimmed as trivia in 'documentaries'.

    Even if I believed in the abduction, I would surely conclude that the reason such crucially important questions are avoided or played down is because they cannot be answered in a way that fits the image and fairy tales of Team McCann.

    It is obviously a deliberate tactic rendering the interviewer and interviewee complicit in the big lie. Mr. Redwood, hang your head in shame. You are an absolute disgrace.

    bob the bluebird

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  27. The mccanns say jump, redwood say,s how high

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  28. CONTACT BBC's MCCANNORAMA HERE:
    panorama.reply@bbc.co.uk

    Those of you wo, like me, were sickened by the amount of misinformation and downright lies vehiculated by Richard Bilton on BBC's latest "McCannorama" can let them have a piece of your mind here:

    panorama.reply@bbc.co.uk

    You won't be able to contact Richard Bilton - the culprit, directly (for is "off the record" for obvious reasons) but hopefully by e-mailing "Panorama" you will let him and Burson-Marsteller know what the "silent majority" thinks (...)

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  29. The Metropolitan Police review team and the British media do not represent me nor many other UK citizens. Portugal and its people deserve better. I am very grateful for all the time and effort of the GNR , the PJ and the people of Luz who tried so hard to to help a neglected little girl from another country.

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  30. Paddy Shennan’s TV Review: Panorama – Madeleine: The Last Hope? (BBC1)
    by Paddy Shennan, Liverpool EchoApr 28 2012Add a comment Recommend
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    FIVE years on and still, it seems, there are plenty of people in Portugal – not least among them the police – who just don’t get it (Panorama – Madeleine: The Last Hope? BBC1, Wednesday).

    At the top of this list, of course, is Gonçalo Amaral, the thoroughly discredited former head of the Department of Criminal Investigation in Portimão.

    For six hapless and hopeless months, Amaral was in charge of the calamitous cock-up of an investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance.

    He did at least have the decency to tell reporter Richard Bilton: “It’s a fact that our investigation had its faults and lost a lot of time – lots of time – and a lot of things didn’t get followed up and I am just as much to blame for that as anyone else.”


    About time, too, many might say.

    But then Bilton reminded viewers that Amaral had told his story in a TV documentary and a best-selling book – and revealed that he had “made at least £300,000”.

    Was he comfortable cashing in on a little girl’s disappearance and a case he failed to solve? “When I left the police force it was to write a book to clear my name; defend myself from what the British journalists and some Portuguese journalists were saying, accusing me of incompetence and other, worse, things.”

    Yeah, right.

    The abject failure of his handling of the case was laid bare here – including the Robert Murat red herring and the naming of Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry, as suspects.

    Recalling the 19 hours of questioning he faced from police, Murat told Bilton: “I had five people rushing into the room, standing behind me. It felt very, very Life On Mars. It felt very pressured.”

    Perhaps the most depressing words of this Panorama special were uttered by Isabel Duarte, a civil lawyer acting for the McCanns, who are suing Amaral for libel and damaging the hunt for their daughter.

    She said: “I feel alone because I don’t feel support . . . I have friends who don’t want to talk to me about the case; because everyone believes in Gonçalo Amaral.”

    Refreshingly, though, Antonio Marinho Pinto, chair of the Order of Portuguese Lawyers, said: “I’m convinced the McCann case will feature in Portuguese judicial history as a bad example – what a criminal investigation should not be.”

    Five years on, despite all the ineptitude, there is still hope – not least thanks to the British police team currently following up fresh leads.

    Let’s pray that its investigation has a happy ending.


    Mary Liverpool UK( Mr Amaral should sue It from the Liverpool Echo)

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  31. Daybreak Interview:

    Daybreak 1: Now as we approach the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann she is once again in the media spotlight.

    Daybreak 2:

    Police in the UK say Madeleine could still be alive, and released a new age progression image of her which shows what she’d look like today at the age of 9. Although elements of her disappearance will be re-examined, police in Portugal are not re-opening the case.

    Daybreak 1.

    The man leading the British investigation is Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood and he joins us this morning. Thanks very much indeed for coming in Detective Chief Inspector erm, we’ll talk about that image a little bit later on. First of all, where are we at with regards to dialogue with the Portuguese authorities and how happy are you with the response you got from the request that you’ve made?

    A.Redwood:

    Okay well I am meeting on a very regular basis at least once a month with a counterpart in Porto, north west Portugal, she leads a review team of officers who are committed and dedicated to working with us collaboratively to establish what has happened to Madeleine McCann.

    Daybreak 1: Will they reopen the case?

    A. A. Redwood:
    WWell the situation at the moment is, is quite simple. We in the UK in terms of our relationship with Portugal operate two completely different legal systems, and w
    acknowledge and respect that. And indeed in terms of how the Portuguese operate is, is the Judiciary Authority that actually makes the decision around any re -reopening.

    Daybreak 1: But you still have that hope do you, and that’s what you’re pushing for?

    AR: Yes, yes absolutely, 100% you know, the dialogue I have with my colleague in Portugal is very positive and they do want to reopen in due course.

    Daybreak 2:

    We’ve heard mention, about these 195 investigative opportunities. What does that mean, does that mean leads, chances of finding Madeleine?

    AR: Yes well our responsibility we have a unique position if you like in terms of where we are at present. We are drawing together three key strands never done before UK, Portuguese and private investigator material all into one place in our incident room at Belgravia and it is through that process that we are identifying investigative opportunities in our careful, systematic trawl through the material. So those 195 have come from…

    Daybreak 2: So these things have basically tied together, links and …

    AR. Yes, yes, it’s the history of the case where we have obviously started at one part of the review and that’s where those 195 opportunities come from across a broad range of issues but it’s just simply that we’re unable to answer them in the United Kingdom which is where our really important dialogue with Portuguese takes place.

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  32. Daybreak 1: Do you believe she is still alive?

    AR: Yes I do!

    Daybreak 1: Why?

    AR: I believe she is still alive because at the beginning of this case a huge privilege for us at the Metropolitan Police to be part of this investigation, investigation/review is that we came to it with a completely open mind we were untouched by anything that has gone before and as part of that two key elements of it is to go- 1. Madeleine is alive and the other is sadly she is not. And in relation to her being alive, yes there is a real possibility she is alive.

    Daybreak 2: So what are those things that make you think that, because I think we are all clinging to the hope aren’t we?

    Daybreak 1: It’s like hard evidence because obviously, there is still going to be hope as long as she’s not found dead?

    AR: Yes, I mean, you know we have conducted a forensic analysis of the timeline and there is clearly opportunity there for Madeleine McCann to have been removed from that apartment alive. And it is our belief as experienced investigators, on the evidence, that erm that you know, that, that is a criminal act that has been you know, undertaken by, by a stranger. And so from that, she…and there are other cases around the world as you know where many years later people have been taken and been found alive.

    Daybreak 1: Very quickly let’s take another look at that picture you guys have released the age progression picture what, what help could this possibly do to the investigation?

    AR It’s a critically important stage for us if you look at the image you’ll that see it has great resemblance to a school photograph, this is the sort of image that every parent proudly presents on their, on their dining room…, erm you know, dining room table. This image has been carefully prepared by a United Kingdom forensic specialist in human identification and art, close collaboration with Mr and Mrs McCann who agree that this is… is a close resemblance to their… to their daughter And my appeal today to the public is clear – Look at the image carefully please. If you know where Madeleine McCann is, then please call us or, if you know or have information about what happened to her, again please call us.

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  33. I understood that the Met are reviewing all possibilities of Maddie being alive, which they found in files from the PJ, UK and privete Detectives.
    That is the first aspect of the review. Redwood's opinion is not the final opinion. There is still 75% to be reviewd.
    At this moment he believes the child is alive.
    He has to read the rest and to see the PJ videos with the dogs.
    I can't believe in 37 mental handicapt Met police men.
    Yes, I believe that there is still a terrible lot of work to be done.

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  34. If Redwood is not feeling foolish, more to the point, ashamed at his shenanigans over the past days he should be! To have given the interviews he did where he misled, stated categorically that Madeleine is alive, this his belief based on the ‘EVIDENCE’ when he has been unable to produce any such evidence in support of his claim, is shameful:

    Redwood:

    “And it is our belief as experienced investigators, on the EVIDENCE, that erm that you know, that, that is a criminal act that has been you know, undertaken by, by a stranger”

    If Redwood believes this to be so, and IF he is basing this on the Tanner sighting, one has to ask why then was the past few days, the airtime and press time given, not dedicated also to circulating the image of the suspected perpetrator, the ‘mystery man’ who Tanner claims she saw having carried Madeleine off, and who the McCann private detective, Dave Edgar stated may in fact have been a woman?

    Surely if the Met are convinced of an abduction this is a step they would have taken? If they were able to promote the image of Madeleine, spend time being interviewed left right and centre, it would seem rather remiss of them to not have included the perpetrator in their campaign, to not have allowed the villain of the piece some airtime…or maybe he was?

    Redwood took 'mocking the case of missing Madeleine' to new heights. It was disappointing to hear him speak in the same manner as the McCann couple, using the same phrases, and adopting the same tactics – not answering a direct question with a sensible and direct answer, but choosing to spout gobbledegook by way of diverting. Clarence Mitchell his coach?

    It is not so much what Andy Redwood has said, rather what he has not, that leads me to believe he is following orders, his agenda set for him, his conclusion reached before he turned a single page of the 100,000 he estimates to have in his possession, tucked away at Belgravia office. As for Redwood and his officers ‘coming to the investigation’ untouched, I think the jury is out on that one!

    Whatever the truth of matters, Redwood has now ‘made his bed’ and I think there he will have to lie, no getting up from the mess he has made for himself. The thirty officers under his command, one can only feel sorry for them. Their leader, I’m sure they will have recognised, is now it would seem head of McCann PR, and quite obviously open to persuasion, a puppet.

    I cannot imagine there is a police officer on the planet, who would not have listened to Redwood in utter astonishment at the declarations he made. Not a single officer who would not have questioned why the evidence Redwood spoke of, which he claimed in this interview aided him in reaching conclusion - that Madeleine was abducted by a stranger and is alive - who would not, given the opportunity, demand that Redwood make this evidence known, both publicly and to the Portuguese authorities, so that the case, if the evidence so credible, can allow for a re-opening. As a retired British Police officer said to me and I quote – ‘It is almost certain there was no abduction.’ This is the feeling too, the general consensus of officers currently serving, with whom I have had opportunity to discuss this case – there was no abduction!

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  35. @27, I heard the McCanns to Redwood and it went differently:

    - Fart!
    -How loudly and how stinkly?

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  36. I'm surprised we still did not hear the McCanns nor Mitchell. Why are they not thanking the Yard? What a silence. This is smelling.
    I am now convinced that the Met are being black mailed by perhaps Murdoch. Are most of them homosexuals? Does Redwood have a mistress and his wife does not know it?

    Did News of the World hacked their phones?
    Are they hiding crimes? Receiving money in order to make this story much longer and that is good for the media?

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  37. Strange, a CBS News clip taken off Youtube in the UK but still available on:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7406854n

    Youtube link:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK-iAUMkypc

    Not much said apart from a US Criminologist casting doubt and motive of these alleged 195 leads. Is it coming to a state that even trivial speech is banned. Is this North Korea?!!

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  38. Redwood has in his recent appearances expressed how the Metropolitan Police are working systematically, logically, carefully, with dedication, commitment, and a feeling of privilege that they were ‘chosen’ to review this tragic case.

    I commented on another of Joana’s blogs a couple of days ago, where I gave the benefit of the doubt, hoped that this Review would not be a whitewash, though I have always suspected that it may just turn out to be exactly that! I was not however prepared to simply dismiss what Redwood had to say without fair hearing and deliberation. I listened to Redwood’s words carefully, that is, what he stated in the transcript I had included with my comment. I applied logic!

    His appeal was based on an abduction having taken place. Madeleine being alive!

    All avenues must be looked at, I am sure we would all agree. Therefore I had not a problem with this. I would have been more concerned had he/they/the Met, not addressed this possibility. And of course had he not at least been seen to be going through the motions, the age progression image the abduction theory, the possibility of the child being alive, he most surely would have found himself under fire.

    He further stated the Met are but 1 quarter of the way through the Review process. It seemed, not to put too fine a point on it, incredulous that after one year they had not got much further. But on the other hand, and perhaps on a more positive note, it gave way to hope that somewhere in the other 3 quarters of the process, he may find that missing piece of the puzzle which not only the McCanns claim to have been searching for this past five years; that Kate McCann hoped her book published 1 year ago would bring about; and failed, but the piece which Redwood too now speaks of. The piece which would solve the case, and ‘solve the case’ is the claim which has been reported in the press, as being the aim of DCI Andy Redwood. The piece which thus far has eluded Redwood and his team, and which Bilton asked of Redwood the following:

    Bilton:

    And could the mystery of Madeleine McCann be solved in such a basic way as a reappraisal of a piece of paper that you’ve got downstairs?

    Redwood: Anything is possible and clearly within that material the answer could lie.

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  39. Giving the benefit of the doubt once more, putting a positive spin on his words, could they then be considered as ‘good news’ I pondered, as clearly he was stating there were still possibilities to be looked at, investigated.

    I remained hopeful, with but only 1 quarter of the Review information/process having been tackled, he had not given up trawling those files, had not ‘jumped the gun’ reached any conclusion before having firstly addressed all relevant information gathered, passed to his team at the Belgravia Incident Room, by the Portuguese authorities, Leicestershire Police, the private detective agencies hired by the McCann couple –

    (a) Metodo 3, (b) Kevin Halligen (a criminal arrested by FBI) and (c) retired British detective, Dave Edgar… and of course, surely not without having interviewed the witnesses, most crucial to this case, i.e. the group of friends who holidayed with the McCann couple -and I take it this is to be part of the process?

    Redwood estimated that to see the process through to the end, it would involve handling around 40,000 pieces of information, which he further estimated might equate to 100,000 pages of information.

    One year on, since the Review began, £2m of the £3.5m allocated to this Review by the UK Government – at expense of UK taxpayer, now already spent – only 1 quarter the way through the process according to Redwood, the Metropolitan Police it seems are far from finalising the Review process. Based on this information, which came straight from the horse’s mouth, it doesn’t look like the thirty + strong team of detectives will be packing up any time soon.

    Having read/listened to the aforementioned, the statements made by Redwood and having given his comments fair consideration, to then view the Daybreak interview (transcript included with this comment) it is abundantly clear that he has, WITHOUT completing the Review process quite astonishingly reached conclusion.

    Redmond stated this week:

    “From the outset we have approached this review with a completely open mind, placing Madeleine McCann at the heart of everything we do.”

    He also stated:

    “And of course we are here to try and bring closure for the family.”

    It has to be asked - Is it in the child’s best interests, does it benefit Madeleine in any way whatsoever for the Met to have reached conclusion BEFORE addressing ALL of the information, and before the Met are able to produce one iota of credible evidence to support this statement, or do these actions in some way benefit the parents? Is Madeleine, not then the ‘heart’ of the review?

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  40. The corruption in the UK is much, much bigger than anyone could think.
    We, in Holland, are petrified with the Scotland Yard. It was a friend's birthday (party)yesterday(Saturday) and we commented this case.
    People can not believe Andy Redwood's words.A death, probably a murder and the Scotland Yard is protecting the parents.
    We all agreeded that the siblings are at risk.

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  41. A. Redwood declared on Daybreak that he/Metropolitan police believe Madeleine is alive:

    Daybreak 1: Do you believe she is still alive?

    AR: YES I do!

    The reasons Redwood gave:

    A. They, the Met, came to the investigation with an open mind.
    B. The two key elements they are working on are: 1.She is alive 2. She is dead.

    C. That, other persons, who have been ‘taken’ were found many years later.

    This has to be the most incredulous statement made to date in this case to come from any quarter. To have come from the lead detective in this high profile case...not only makes the Met look like a bunch of mugs, but more specifically, Andy Redwood, plain damn daft.

    1. To say he came to the investigation with an open mind, cannot be considered a reason for believing the child is dead or alive.

    2. To state the two key elements are – 1. She is alive. 2. She is dead absolutely cannot be considered a reason for believing she is alive. How ludicrous!

    3. That, other missing persons have been found in the past, years after their disappearance to be given as reason for believing she is alive, quite simply silly.

    Not one single lead has the Met found after one year of ‘trawling’ the files, not from either of the parties, the Portuguese, Leicestershire police or the three private detective agencies employed by the McCann couple. And what we must not forget is that Dave Edgar has for the past three years been going over the police files, likewise Kate McCann, she claimed. Granted they may not have had all items, but they were privy to more than was made public, and in addition they claim to have been the only ones for the past couple of years to have been investigating, so surely if they had uncovered any leads we would have heard of these before now. Safe to say that not, the Met, nor the McCann private detectives have been able to further, the now shelved Portuguese Investigation concerning their missing daughter. Safe to say also, that if the Met had any credible new lead, that the McCann private detectives would have been made aware of this, and surely would have sprung into action begun, investigating. After all, nothing to stop them, the Fund monies are there for that purpose, are, they not?

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  42. If Redwood is not feeling foolish, more to the point, ashamed at his shenanigans over the past days he should be! To have given the interviews he did where he misled, stated categorically that Madeleine is alive, this his belief based on the ‘evidence’ when he has been unable to produce any such evidence in support is shameful:

    Redwood:

    “And it is our belief as experienced investigators, on the evidence, that erm that you know, that, that is a criminal act that has been you know, undertaken by, by a stranger”

    If Redwood believes this to be so, and if he is basing this on the Tanner sighting, one has to ask why then was the past few days, the airtime and press time given, not dedicated also to circulating the image of the suspected perpetrator, the ‘mystery man’ who Tanner claims she saw having carried Madeleine off, and who the McCann private detective, Dave Edgar stated may in fact have been a woman? Surely if the Met are convinced of an abduction this is a step they would have taken. If they were able to promote the image of Madeleine, spend time being interviewed left right and centre, it would seem rather remiss of them to not have included the perpetrator in their campaign, to not have allowed the villain of the piece some airtime…or maybe he was?

    Redwood took 'mocking the case of missing Madeleine' to new heights. It was disappointing to hear him speak in the same manner as the McCann couple, using the same phrases, and adopting the same tactics – not answering a direct question with a sensible and direct answer, but choosing to spout gobbledegook by way of diverting. Clarence Mitchell his coach?

    It is not so much what Andy Redwood has said, rather what he has not, that leads me to believe he is following orders, his agenda set for him, his conclusion reached before he turned a single page of the 100,000 he estimates to have in his possession, tucked away at Belgravia office. As for Redwood and his officers ‘coming to the investigation’ untouched, I think the jury is out on that one!

    Whatever the truth of matters, Redwood has now ‘made his bed’ and I think there he will have to lie, no getting up from the mess he has made for himself. The thirty officers under his command, one can only feel sorry for them. Their leader, I’m sure they will have recognised, is now it would seem head of McCann PR, and quite obviously open to persuasion, a puppet.

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  43. I cannot imagine there is a police officer on the planet, who would not have listened to Redwood in utter astonishment at the declarations he made. Not a single officer who would not have questioned why the evidence Redwood spoke of, which he claimed in this interview aided him in reaching conclusion, that Madeleine was abducted by a stranger and is alive, who would not, given the opportunity, demand that Redwood make this evidence known, both publicly and to the Portuguese authorities, so that the case, if the evidence so credible, can allow for a re-opening. As a retired British Police officer said to me and I quote – ‘It is almost certain there was no abduction.’ This is the feeling too, the general consensus of officers currently serving, with whom I have had opportunity to discuss this case – there was no abduction!

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  44. Daybreak 1.

    Do you think this case will be solved one day?

    Andy Redwood:

    "I really really hope that we can make a difference. And of course we are here to try and bring closure for the family."

    DCI Redwood – HAS made a difference, the difference between the child ever getting justice for the crimes committed against her, and the perpetrators being caught and punished. He has in my opinion, lessened that possibility. He played games. He did not behave as one would expect a high ranking officer reviewing the case of a missing child. Waffling on about pictures greatly resembling school photographs, placed on dining room tables, unique opportunities, bringing three threads information together, never before done, as though some high wire trapeze trick, and on and on went the waffling.

    Of course the case is unique, with plenty of opportunities, opportunities that is, for the less than scrupulous to make a name and a buck for themselves. Unique as they, Madeleine's parents have unlike the parents of other missing children, benefited from a Fund with £m’s donated by the public for the purpose of financing a search for the child. A Fund from which they lost almost £1/2m of the monies donated, just as they lost Madeleine, through negligence, irresponsible actions, failing her twofold? Losing legal actions also, at a cost to this same Fund. What other parents of a missing child have had the Government put up £3.5m? This case is unique in so many ways, too numerous to mention, but not least because the parent’s have been allowed to call the shots…

    For Redwood to have stated Madeleine was abducted by a stranger and is alive, to claim he has 195 'investigative opportunities' agreeing with the Daybreak Team that these' linked/tied' together, yet he has not a single credible lead, rather sums up Redwood's Review – The Metropolitan Police have nothing new to bring to the table!

    The cost to the UK taxpayer - £2m a hefty price to pay, to be told that Madeleine is either alive or dead!

    Redwood:

    "And of course we are here to try and bring closure for the family."

    Of course he is! Anyone for a sighting?

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  45. Daybreak 1.

    Do you think this case will be solved one day?

    Andy Redwood:

    "I really really hope that we can make a difference. And of course we are here to try and bring closure for the family."

    DCI Redwood – HAS made a difference, the difference between the child ever getting justice for the crimes committed against her, and the perpetrators being caught and punished. He has in my opinion, lessened that possibility. He played games. He did not behave as one would expect a high ranking officer reviewing the case of a missing child. Waffling on about pictures greatly resembling school photographs, placed on dining room tables, unique opportunities, bringing three threads information together, never before done, as though some high wire trapeze trick, and on and on went the waffling.

    Of course the case is unique, with plenty of opportunities, opportunities that is, for the less than scrupulous to make a name and a buck for themselves. Unique as they, Madeleine's parents have unlike the parents of other missing children, benefited from a Fund with £m’s donated by the public for the purpose of financing a search for the child. A Fund from which they lost almost £1/2m of the monies donated, just as they lost Madeleine, through negligence, irresponsible actions, failing her twofold? Losing legal actions also, at a cost to this same Fund. What other parents of a missing child have had the Government put up £3.5m? This case is unique in so many ways, too numerous to mention, but not least because the parent’s have been allowed to call the shots…

    For Redwood to have stated Madeleine was abducted by a stranger and is alive, to claim he has 195 'investigative opportunities' agreeing with the Daybreak Team that these' linked/tied' together, yet he has not a single credible lead, rather sums up Redwood's Review – The Metropolitan Police have nothing new to bring to the table!

    The cost to the UK taxpayer - £2m a hefty price to pay, to be told that Madeleine is either alive or dead!

    Redwood:

    "And of course we are here to try and bring closure for the family."

    Of course he is! Anyone for a sighting?

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  46. @12 hard hitting words which i agree with every word, sadly it is true all those who thought the SY police would give a true account of what happened to that little girl and get some kind of justice for her you are sadly wrong. Cameron the Press/ Media Murdoch Scotland yard and anyone else high up are protecting the Mccanns why this is we will never know but i really hope one day i can leave this disgusting corrupt country and live some where else where it is safer Portugal would be a good start for me.My only hope now is Karma comes around in the end for all those involved.

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  47. If we cast our minds back to 2007/2008, the PJ wanted to get phone tapping evidence submitted as part of the enquiry but a judge wouldn't allow it because it contravened Portuguese privacy law. Fair enough. But it is possible that within those recordings, which the PJ will have heard, is the "stand alone" evidence which completely convinces the Portuguese of who was responsible?

    And if I were a detective, I'd take one look at 2 crime scenes photos, the one with the blue bag in the cupboard, and the one of Maddie's bed, and say "Where is the blue bag now, and why do all the Tapas group deny it's existence?" and "Why does Maddies bed not looked slept in?"

    I just cannot believe that DCI Redwood believes the words he is spouting.

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  48. The only credible leads lie with the parents a perhaps 4 of their friends. About time they spat it out now ! We are sick and tired of their so called 'sightings', stories and collection of money and being the victims. The only victim here was Madeleine.

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  49. Many thanks A.Miller for your on-going posts.

    I too am quite ashamed to think that SY has been used as a McCann Mouthpiece.

    The question is why?

    The Answer is it must be higher up!

    Above SY, above Government, above Murdoch!

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  50. Does anyone have any theories as to why, after what has been quite an eventful week, there are as yet no updates on the official FindMadeleine site since an entry about the Regents Park run on March 17th?

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  51. Good morning,

    I have just read A. Miller's assessment of Redwood's public statements and I agree with every word.

    It is unbelievable that Redwood could say the things he did without backing them up, after going through a quarter of the data!

    I thought this review would be a whitewash but was hoping I would be wrong.

    You cannot approach a review with an open mind and then just look at the possibility of abduction! How do you explain away the indications of something else? By ignoring them? Very professional!

    Those who say Amaral cannot back up his statements that there was political interference during the original investigation, can you see the political machinations now?

    It has to be a stranger abduction because those who have the money and the power say so.

    I will believe Madeleine died in 5A, I will believe that her parents know that and I will believe a whitewash is in progress until I am provided with evidence to the contrary.

    Having said this, I still hope that one day the real truth will come out.

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  52. @28 Have abbreviated and tweeted and asked for retweets - hope you dont mind. :)

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  53. Anyone seen the article in the sun newspaper today,astonishing. An ex cop believes Maddy to be still alive, but not taken by paedophiles, but a childless couple. However ridiculous it is I did like the ending to his fairytale, that the Mccanns and their pals should be re-interviewed.

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  54. Richard Bilton, on Panorama, shows the dog and says the dog was barking at the DNA. It is possible that he had to change his words, not saying cadaver scent and blood. He said DNA instead because of Carter Ruck.

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  55. Great post there A miller.

    It is so sad that SY, whose reputation was once beyond dispute, they were so well respected, should have sunk to this level. Redwood may think the spin machine he is endorsing is stronger than truth, but he is wrong.

    Those dogs will win the day yet, as will Dr Amaral over the nonsense allegations the McCanns have levelled against him.

    Incidentally, who is the person who died in the holiday apartment, if not missing Madeleine? That particular cadaver dog has never been wrong in all the hundred of cases he has been used.

    Find the body and prove we did it'! This no longer applies.

    Nowadays, the UK are no longer requiring a body for charges to be made, and the alerts of cadaver dogs to the death scent are being used in evidence. Portugal may not be far behind in following this long overdue aid to investigation being used in a court of law.

    Gerry McCann should take note.

    Truth will out.

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  56. I can not believe that the PJ continue working with the Yard, knowing what Redwood thinks about this case. It would be a reason to stop everything and to send the Yard home. There must be something behind this story and that's why we still did no see the McCanns.
    Redwood finishs his interview talking about the new photo, asking the public if they by chance saw Madeleine or if they KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HER.
    It could be that the Yard is using this tactic for some very good reason.We don't know. He is encouraging Tapas 7 to come forward, if they still didn't. I believe some of them did it already.

    Redwood is basing himself on 25% of the files, the part of the sightings, visions, etc. He has too.
    If the PJ are still in contact with the Met, it means it is worth while for both.
    And that is why we are not seeing the McCanns.

    The PJ are not stupid, are they?

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  57. Redwood must be doing something right, everyone is unhappy with him!

    Regardless, if you look carefully at the current media commentary, articles, it's not what's said by Redwood, or by the usual bias in the press, it's what's slipped in between the puff that I find encouraging...

    Plus, Panorama seems to have opened the floodgates for people to debate all aspects and theories (in a responsible manner), perhaps that was the point of it?

    I wouldn't bother parsing Redwoods words, he didn't actually say anything other than all possibilities are possible at this stage, in a very vague way.

    While the McCanns are not saying they are 'happy', they're not saying they're unhappy, just that they are encouraged and want the case reopened.

    What's to beef about?

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  58. The Sunday Express other lie story in the paper about Mrs Duarte it is all lies about Mr Amaral he has been very busy with Madeleine,why she comes now and writes stories that are not true,did Mitchell help her to write these stories,We did not believe what she said that the Portugese people are on Mccanns side,even British people believe Mccanns are involved,Mrs Mccann once said that three children was to much for her, Why did'nt she take her mother to look after the chidren.There were so many children on the beach why did they pick on Maddie,that poor child must have had a terrible time. We believe Maddie is dead and they know where she is. Mr Amaral is an honest man.

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  59. PLEASE E-MAIL RICHARD BILTON AT THE BBC!
    panorama.reply@bbc.co.uk

    A. Miller at #40 cont.

    Very perceptive and intelligent comments as usual which no doubt deserved the status of "guest contributor" to the blog. It is not often that we read comments of this quality here.

    I am sure that you have watched the so-called BBC McCannorama programme and I would urge you to let Richard Bilton know what you think. I have already given him and the BBC a piece of my mind. I will try to publish my e-mail to the BBC him here but I do not wish to overburden Joana at the moment. I understand she is in Paris at the moment.

    Also, I draw your attention to Gonçalo Amaral's comments about Scotland Yard in the interview he gave to a main Portuguese TV station. These are in the interview Joana is working at the moment.

    A. Reader

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  60. WHO IS TO BLAME? "MICKEY MOUSE" MICHELL OR THE SINISTER CARTER-RUCK OF TRAFIGURA FAME?

    Anon 36 "Strange, a CBS News clip taken off Youtube in the UK but still available on:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7406854n"

    Thanks for more potential evidence of the global censorship imposed the McCanns' posse...

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  61. When the USA started the ground offensive against Irak, on the 2nd Golf war,
    they had the back luck of lack of fuel and I think desert sand in the tanks. After 3 days of trying to continue their driving to Bagdad, they had to stop for fuel.That was what the CNN was telling.
    At the same time the BBC was telling that the US had gotten in serious diificulties, fighting Iraki guerrillas, on the middle of the desert, that was why they had stopped their ofensive.
    The Bush administration complained against the BBC, because of their false information.
    A Dutch channel invited a former general for an interview and he said that he believed the story of the fuel and he explained why.

    Those contradictory stories in the media encouraged the Irakis who were protecting Bagdad to leave their capital and to go to the desert, in order to support those guerrilleros.
    There were no guerrilleros at all, the US army was waiting for them, all of them got killed in an ambush and it is why Bagdad fell so rapdly.

    This story inspires me to believe that Redwood is not saying the truth for some reason.
    It is even possible that the revision is much further than they are telling.

    Let us wait and see.

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  62. DAVID CAMERON WOOS PASSOS-COELHO, THE PORTUGUESE PM, TO "UNZIP HIS TROUSERS"

    Jilly at #23 "From the transcript of the video above, can anyone shed any light on what DCI Redwood means by this: Redwood: "…in the United Kingdom, which is where our really important dialogue with the Portuguese police takes place." "Redwood: "…in the United Kingdom, which is where our really important dialogue with the Portuguese police takes place."

    Hi Jill! The cue is actually given by Gonçalo Amaral in his recent interview (in translation). The Portuguese PM was very recently in London for talks with David Cameron. That is probably what Redherring, sorry Redwood, was referring to... :d

    http://www.jn.pt/PaginaInicial/Politica/Interior.aspx?content_id=2426631

    The conversations about Maddie would have been off the record, of course BUT following the recent collapse of the Portuguese economy and the British "rescuing" (to be paid later at inflated interest rates) will no doubt play a role as a leverage (...)

    What one has to ponder here is:

    Why is so much governmental protection being awarded to the McCanns'?

    Is it simply down to the expert work of "Mickey Mouse" Mitchell/ British ideology and cultural hegemony at work or is something more sinister? IRA connections as it has been argued by some free-thinkers? Your guess as good as mine.

    At any rate, Amaral is saddened by the fact that his own prime-minister did not come to him first for bona fide, inside information but went instead to play the errand boy for the McCanns' posse.

    Another embarassmento to the country to add to those of "mercenaries" like Marinho Pinto (President of the Bar), Isabel Duarte (candidate to the Bar) and Rogério Alves (ex-president of the Bar) not to mention the schizophrenic Aragão-Correia (also defended by Isabel Correia) and of course Lift Consulting ... but the latter as we all know is associated with Burson-Marsteller, "Mickey Mouse" Micthell global PR outfit and is being paid by the Fund for strictly PR and "reputation management" purposes...

    Mind you, we are assuming here Passos-Coelho has "unzipped David Cameron's trousers" as it were. He may have not... still, Amaral would not have made such a remark on TV without a reason...

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  63. QUIZZ TIME: SCOTLAND YARD'S PRELIMINARY REPORT AND FSS FORENSIC REPORT - WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON?

    :p Sorry! No chewing gum for the correct guesses!

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  64. PASSOS COELHO WAS IN LONDON FOR TALKS WITH DAVID CAMERON ON THE 25 APRIL! PORTUGAL'S FREEDOM DAY!

    It all starts to fall into place! That could explain for example why the BBC antecipated the release of the McCannorama program to the 25th and why Andy "Redherring" said "the most important discussions are taking place here in London" - or words to that effect.

    The question is:

    Has Passos Coelho, the Portuguese PM sold his country's institutions and hard working ex-civil servants to the British?

    Don't be surprised. Quite aside from the "conservative" ressonance between them, David Cameron could have had considerable financial leverage to force Passos Coelho "to unzipp his trousers" - as it were!

    No allegations made, though.

    http://www.jn.pt/PaginaInicial/Politica/Interior.aspx?content_id=2426631

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  65. The 195 leads go towards the sofa, where, if I remember correctly there were bloodspatters ( "a nosebleed" - Gerry or Kate.) The dog (can't remember which one) goes mad as soon as it reaches the sofa.
    There are photos in Goncalo Amaral's book that show the details.
    Plus we have never heard a peep about the six dead people that Kate encountered in her practice in the week before she went on holiday - apparently wearing the same unwashed black and white checked trousers.

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  66. To A Miller,I agree with every word you say, its so obvious Redwood is following "his" instructions "from above" without question,how nauseating it has been to see him trying to convince "us" that Madeleine was abducted by a stranger.I just hope Tony Bennet,during his court case on May 9th 10th,has an ace up his sleeve which will show the Macaans in their true colours,and ,IF reported by our pro Macaan media,maybe there could be a change in peoples perception in this fiasco.

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  67. @A. Miller (40)

    I totally agree with you. We seem to have reached a time in history where people say things that don't mean anything but nobody calls them to account for it.

    You are damn right. The reasons he gave for his belief for her being alive would be ludicrous for a man-in-the-street. But from the officer in charge of the case?

    I can't help thinking that us knowing this won't make any difference until such times as we're prepared to actually come together in the flesh to become tangible; a force to be reckoned with.

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  68. I agree, great post A.Miller.

    I cannot believe the distorted middle of the road crap that I heard coming out of Redwoods mouth. Only a quarter of the way through yet committing to such an opinion? Bizarre. I hope people are laughing their heads off at how pathetic this situation is where Police/Press/Spokespeople can all be sat in the same sauna using the same sponge and soap.

    Please wake me up when some truth appears.

    Non UK residents please feel free to laugh uncontrollably at our establishment, I am and I'm a UK citizen.

    Also Joanna I don't post much but I read here, many thanks for all your hard work its really appreciated:):):)

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  69. everything you say - A Miller - is true.

    Redwood has been tutored in McCannspeak er, er, um, er, er that that that that, er um (and never answering a question directly) nothing to say Madeleine is not alive, the search etc etc ad nausium.

    any one of us could sit there and spout the same garbage.

    Is Redwood really the plonker he looks, or is he being deceitfully clever in order to catch out the Mccanns or Tapas 7?

    Aunty Anti

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  70. Part 1:

    What on earth is going on in the UK?

    Dear Joana,

    Please, please contact someone in officialdom in Portugal and please ask them to put a stop to all this xenophobia in the UK! The xenophobia in the UK, is in my opinion being fueled by those who should know better!

    As a reasonable person, in my opinion Lord Leveson should never have used the word abducted in the Leveson Inquiry. Especially given this:


    FCO: FoI request foi.fco.gov.uk

    14 December 2009

    - Extract -

    The FCO filed the case in May 2008 [Ben Needham]. You will also be aware of the Madeleine McCann case. Both this and the Needham case are categorised as a missing persons, rather than child abduction cases, as there is no evidence in either case to support whether the children were or were not abducted.

    http://www.mccannfiles.com/id282.html


    As a reasonable person it is my opinion that the Leveson Inquiry has been used as a catalyst to saturate the UK press with a rehash of the same old propaganda that has been peddled around for goodness knows how long. Before the British review even had time to start (which according to the UK press/media, David Cameron ordered), Sir Paul Stephenson was implying that Madeleine may still be alive! The UK press/media had a field day! The UK news was awash with Madeleine might still be alive! Madeleine definitely may still be alive! Now in 2012 we have DCI Redwood, SY out doing the media/press rounds. DCI Redwood, SY is saying on national TV that he believes Madeleine is still alive! DCI Redwood is also saying that he has only reviewed 25% of the files that he has at Belgravia, yet he is making this public statement with regard to an investigation that he has no jurisdiction over! An investigation that Portugal still retain primacy in. Should this British, Crown Servant be saying such things on the sofa in daytime TV shows? These comments are in my opinion fueling UK press articles with xenophobic comments such as, botched Portuguese investigation. How many times has the words there are new leads been peddled out in the UK press?

    If I were in officialdom in Portugal. I would be looking into having an official investigation into this:


    David Cameron was 'pressured into new Madeleine McCann inquiry by News International'
    The Prime Minister came under pressure from News International to set up the new inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, according to this evening’s BBC Panorama programme - ‘Madeleine: The Last Hope?’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/madeleinemccann/9225991/David-Cameron-was-pressured-into-new-Madeleine-McCann-inquiry-by-News-International.html

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  71. Part 2:

    What on earth is going on in the UK?

    If I were in officialdom in Portugal, I would also ask for an investigation to look into why a SY, DCI is doing press/media interviews saying that Madeleine McCann is still alive. Surely if SY have any information at all, then SY should be presenting it to the appropriate authorities within Portugal.


    Given that the British Prime Minister, SY (and I believe any civilian who is contracted by SY are affected by the Act below) are Crown Servants. I would be asking if this has been breached in anyway:


    A BASIC GUIDE TO OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT 1989
    The Official Secrets Act 1989 came into force on 1 March 1990. The 1989 Act replaces section 2 of the Official Secrets Act 1911, under which it was a criminal offence to disclose any official information without lawful authority. Under the 1989 Act it is an offence to disclose official information only in six specified categories and only if the disclosure is damaging to the national interest.

    This guide gives answers to basic questions about how the new law might affect you. It does not cover everything in the Act, but the Department or organisation who issued it should be able to give you more information and advice if you need it.

    1. Who is affected by the Act?

    The Act applies to

    Crown servants, including
    government ministers
    civil servants, including members of the diplomatic service
    members of the armed forces
    the police
    Government contractors, including anyone who is not a Crown servant but who provides or is employed in the provision of goods or services for the purposes of a Minister.
    a small number of office holders and the members and staff of a small number of non-government organisation who are Crown servants for the purposes of the Act, including
    the UK Atomic Energy Authority
    British nuclear Fuels plc
    Urenco Ltd
    the National Audit Office and the Northern Ireland Audit Office
    the Offices of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and the Northern Ireland Commissioner
    Members of the public and others who are not Crown servants or government contractors but who have, or have had, official information in their possession.
    2. What is "official information"?

    This means any information, document or article which a Crown servant or a government contractor has or has had in his or her possession by virtue of his or her position as such.

    3. Is it an offence to disclose means of access to protected information?

    It is an offence for anyone to disclose official information which it would be reasonable to expect might be used to obtain access to information protected by the Act.

    4. What about the security and intelligence services?

    For

    present and former members of the security and intelligence services and
    people who have been notified in writing that they are subject to section 1(1) of the Act
    it is an offence to disclose without lawful authority any official information about security or intelligence. There is no damage test.

    5. Who will be notified?

    A person may be notified only if his or her work is or includes work connected with the security and intelligence services, and the nature of the work is such that the interest of national security require that the person should be subjects to section 1(1) of the Act.

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    What on earth is going on in the UK?


    6. What are the penalties for unauthorised disclosure?

    Offences of unauthorised disclosure under the Act may be tried either on indictment, on High Court or Sheriff Court, or summarily, in a Sheriff Court by a magistrates' court. The maximum penalties are two years' imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or both, if the offence is tried on indictment, and six months' imprisonment or a £2000 fine, or both, if the offence is tried summarily.

    7. What about safeguarding information?

    It is also an offence under the Act

    for a Crown servant, a government contractor or a notified person to fail to take reasonable care to prevent the unauthorised disclosure of a document or article which is protected by the Act.
    for a Crown servant or a notified person to retain such a document or article contrary to official duty
    for a government contractor or a member of the public to fail to comply with an official direction for the return or disposal of such a document or article
    These are summary offences, triable in Scotland by a Sheriff Court. The maximum penalties are three months' imprisonment or a £2000 fine or both.

    Section 1 of the Official Secrets Act 1911

    the 1989 Act does not affect the operation of section 1 of the Official Secrets Act 1911, which protects information useful to an enemy. The maximum penalty for offences under section 1 of the 1911 Act is fourteen years' imprisonment.

    8. What are the six specified categories of official information protected by the Act?

    It is an offence for a Crown servant or government contractor to disclose official information in any of the following categories if the disclosure is made without lawful authority and is damaging. The categories are:

    security and intelligence
    defence
    international relations
    foreign confidences
    information which might lead to the commission of crime
    the special investigation powers under the Interception of Communications Act 1985 and the Security Service Act 1989
    9. When is a disclosure damaging?

    The Act sets a different test or tests of damage for each of the six categories of information. For an offence to be committed under the Act, the disclosure of information must in general have damaged the national interest in the particular way, or ways, specified in the Act for the category of official information in question. It is ultimately for the jury to decide, when the case comes to trial, whether damage has in fact occurred.

    10. When is a disclosure made without lawful authority?

    Crown servants may disclose official information only in accordance with their official duty. Government contractors may do so only in accordance with an official authorisation or for the purposes of their functions as government contractors and without contravening an official restriction. In any other circumstances a disclosure is made without lawful authority.

    11. What about members of the public?

    If a member of the public - or any other person who is not a Crown servant or government contractor under the Act - has in his or her possession official information in one of the protected categories, and the information has been:

    disclosed without lawful authority, or
    entrusted by a Crown servant or government contractor on terms requiring it to be held in confidence
    It is an offence to disclose the information without lawful authority.

    It is also an offence to make a damaging disclosure of information relating to security or intelligence, defence or international relations which has been:

    communicated in confidence to another State or an international organisation and
    the information has come into a person's possession without the authority of that State or organisation.


    I wonder who has authorised this 2012 circus?


    Thank you Joana for the time you give.

    Kind regards,

    zz

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  73. It's funny, DCI Andy Redwood stated "We are working on the basis of two possibilities here. One is that Madeleine is still alive; and the second that she is sadly dead. Our drive on both scenarios is of equal measure".

    Somehow, it seems like a lot of people prefer to ignore the FACT that the Scotland Yard does admit the second possibility...

    In other words, it must be terrible to hear something that sounds like "Yes, there's a good chance the McCanns are lying!"

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  74. If both police don't solve the Madeleine's mystery, we will see a collective suicide of all of the British politicians because it will mean that they did not get rid of the McCanns.
    Their pain in everybody's ass is pathological.

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  75. There are still suspicions going around about the reason why Madeleine's death was covered up. Insinuations, even statements about the sexual behavior of Tapas 9. Suspecting all of them.

    I would not like to live under such a suspicion, for the rest of my life, only in order to defend people who don't deserve it.

    At the moment, the lucky guy is David Payne, whom we forgot for a while.We are busy with Redwood.
    But we will go back to you, David, be sure.

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  76. 42) Miller,

    according to Amaral it was a man of the Scotland Yard who for the first time used the word murder, in 2007.
    At that moment, the PJ was considering a death, an accident or a killing by accident, not a murder.
    This means that Redwood must be aware of it.
    The McCanns refused to accept any-baby sitter, even after the Ocean Club had offered it on May the 3rd. I would like to know if they offered it only to the McCanns or to Tapas 7 too, after the cry incident. This could make a difference in the intepretation of the crime:a general attitude of Tapas 9 or of the McCanns only.
    For me it is obvious that at least Kate did not want more people in 5a.And again I wonder if it was premeditated, at least by her.


    And I think of the irresponsibility of Tapas7, riff raff cowards, who don't mind about the twins being at risk.

    "Whoever took Madeleine, could strike again" Martin Brunt, One Minute for Madeleine.

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  77. What if Redwood is just playing dumb, isnt that a known police tactic

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  78. @A Miller

    I can add to that. My partner's cousin and his wife are both retired Met Police Officers. They're in their 70s and served during the era when women police officers were largely deployed in family liaison and child protection work.

    To put it colloquially, they both 'smelt a rat' in early May 2007 and their view has only been reinforced and consolidated ever since.

    I spoke to them on the morning DCI Redwood appeared on Daybreak. Their reaction in a nutshell: Incredulity and annoyance.

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  79. Panorama said publicly to millions that the PJ think that Maddy is dead, are the McCann going to sue Panorama? Andy Redwood said that they are looking at two possibilities, that she is alive, and that she is dead. He wants to solve the MYSTERY. Are the McCanns going to sue Mr Redwood? No because the FACTS aren't libelous, nor is reasonable discussion, so Mr Bennett is innocent.

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  80. Sunday Express story

    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/317111/Madeleine-McCann-The-lost-clues

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  81. Heroes? With feet of clay now! Esther Addley, the more up market media defender,... Redwood How about asking Redwood's boss Commander Simon Foy if he would also care to make a fool of himself by supporting this nonsense?
    Ask yourselves what on earth was going on in Praia da Luz to merit such a farcical cover up?

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  82. It would be amazing if some poor child who looks like the new image of Madeleine was to turn up out of the blue and claimed to be her . I wonder how the McCanns would handle it ! Chase her to hell no doubt !

    I'm thinking of course of the film " The Changeling " . A true story .

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  83. "WITHOUT CREDIBLE LEADS"? WHY IS ANDY "REDHERRING" SO SURE THE CHILD WAS ABDUCTED THEN?

    Watch Redherring saying The Yard has forensic evidence the child was removed from the apartment ... :o

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27y_yIZTAeE&feature=player_embedded

    Oh! well as someone aptly wrote elsewhere...

    "That's what he has stated publicly and, recorded for posterity, and that is HIS only investigational ANGLE.
    "She WAS taken from her apartment by a stranger!"
    What irrefuteable PROOF does he have of THAT?
    If he ascerted that in a court of law that would be thrown out instantly as 'supposition'. He has absolutely no EVIDENCE that she was taken from her apartment by ANYONE, let alone a 'STRANGER'
    Aren't the McCanns always bleating on about 'show us the evidence'? WHERE is Redwoods' EVIDENCE to back up HIS statement? Will Martin Runt ASK him THAT?
    Thought not!" THE COVER UP GOES RIGHT TO THE TOP!
    If he is found to have lied about this 'stranger' he should be charged!" (Jean Monroe)

    http://missingmadeleine.forumotion.net/t19868-a-stanger-has-taken-madeleine-mccann-case-closedfor-sy

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  84. :o MARINHO "PHOTOSHOP" PINTO, HEAD OF THE BAR AND KEY WITNESS IN THE McCANNS VERSUS AMARAL "DEFAMATION" CASE CALLS THE PORTUGUESE MINISTER OF JUSTICE "A CRAZY COCKROACH"!

    http://www.cmjornal.xl.pt/detalhe/noticias/ultima-hora/judice-marinho-pinto-foi-muito-mal-educado

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  85. COULD THIS BE THE KEY TO SCOTLAND YARD'S PR ON MADELEINE MCCANN'S CASE?

    DON'T MENTION THE MASONS

    Nick Davies in the Guardian yesterday made the first mention I have seen yet of a Masonic connection to the phone hacking Scandal.

    Large sections of the British population ( at least, of those who are intelligent enough to be interested) are baffled by the extraordinary display of inertia in the Met’s handling of crimes committed by News of the World journalists and those committing outsourced crimes on the paper’s behalf.

    When the police do extraordinary, mysterious things , it’s always worth looking for the Mason in the woodpile. How many members of the senior management of News International and the News of the World are Freemasons? We don’t know, of course.

    How many senior members of the Metropolitan Police are Freemasons? We don’t know.

    Thanks to Nick Davies’s investigations for the Guardian we do know that the multi-faceted criminal, Jonathan Rees (who hacked into the bank account of Peter Mandelson, among others) is a Mason and as a result was able to meet many corrupt police officers at his Lodge, and arrange to pay them for information, which he then sold to clients, like the News of the World.

    Masonry is one of the most insidious, disgraceful aspects of British life. It secretly permeates the police, the judiciary, the professions, county councils and government departments . If Masonry is seen to be a factor in the NOTW crimes and the systematic cover-up by the police, that institution, too, must be looked at.

    It should be, but that will never happen because there is too much power and influence vested in this secret, self-serving organisation.

    Even Private Eye don’t have the balls to take them on.

    It’s very heartening that Nick Davies has had the courage to name them in this criminal context. (quote/unquote)

    http://www.peterburden.net/archives/925

    Masons inside Scotland Yard? Peter must be joking! Wait! He is not! See here:

    http://www.intmensorg.info/masonicpolice.htm

    But what has this to do with Rothley where the McCanns' reside? Nothing? Well, I am not so sure...

    http://www.leicestershirevillages.com/rothley/rothleytempleandthechapelofthekn.html

    It's conspiracy theory alright! :d

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  86. We know Scotland Yard has accepted payments in the past for services rendered. Do you think Redwood could be prostituting himself and the force or it is all conspiracy?

    May be he has evidence Madeleine was abducted, may be his convictions are nothing but the expression of his tribal (masonic?) loyalties. The latter is more likely.

    I feel sorry for the Portuguese. They have had so much custard pie thrown into their faces they can barely see the road ahead...

    As for bring in the Oporto police, well we all know the antagonism that exists between Lisbon and Oporto.

    "Divide and rule" has always been Britannia's motto in foreign policy...

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  87. There was the Globo tv program Fantástico yesterday, where it seems that Gerry said that there was no neglec because they handled inside the British bounds.
    You can find the video on TV Globo, program Fantástico.

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  88. Mr. Redwood sounds a lot like Clarence Mitchell.

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  89. I would not be surprised if this so-called review is just another exercise to get these files that PJ not made public after the investigation was shelved.
    I do hope the PJ, or whoever is responsible for those, is still sitting on those. After all Redwood made one thing very clear: just like the politicians and foreign service officers, the British LE cannot be trusted.

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  90. Correction

    On Tv Globo Gerry says it was not neglect but in the bounds of the British laws.
    It is worthwhile to see the video, even if you don't understand Portuguese.
    Very few seconds before the recording starts, Kate runs with her hand to hold Gerry's. Watch it.
    Globo showed it on purpose.

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  91. Mrs Duarte states she will claim money from Mr Amarals book sales,how dare she,is she expecting it to be so popular that she can make a lot of money.Mr Amaral was very busy on the case until Mr Brown went to Portugal and they stopped him,were they afraid that he would solve the case. How dare they speak untrue stories to stop the truth.

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  92. The McCanns did not search for Madeleine the night she disappeared.

    THAT says it all.

    I do not know one parent who would not do that.

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  93. Scotland Yard are 25% through the information......what about the other 75% ?? Seems to me that they have made up their minds already. Starting the review with no formed opinion, my foot!

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  94. An article by Carole Malone 'New Clue Madness' The People newspaper hard copy 29/4/12 has to be read to be believed. also on Jill Havern website http//jillhavern.forumotion.net/t4806-carole-malone-article-new-clue-madness Could this be the first UK national newspaper article to make sense in a long time?

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  95. Is it right any of the suspects, in this case, the Maccann pair and Murat,under Portuguese law can at any time demand the case reopened,so why has Murat never asked this if he is innocent,and been framed in the wrong why will he not ask for the case to be reopened. I would if only for revenge on the Maccanns. Is he really in the clear.

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  96. 50, yes, they are still running, searching for Tapas 7.

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  97. Possible the Yard started with the impossible. And it is necessary to start searching for an alive child. Later they will continue with the realistic files.
    They have to eliminate that nonsense, ghosts, clairvoyants, harems.
    They can not start with the cadaver scent in the apartament and in the car, no broken window.
    We didn't hear anything about Tapas 7, eventual new statements.
    The Met have to arm themselves with a total knowledge of the files, before they call those witnesses and the Smiths.


    I wonder if the PJ asked the baby sitters if Madeleine was dressed up in that red T-shirt that afternoon.

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  98. I'm only 1/4 of the way through my brand new detective novel and, although I haven't cheated and skipped to the last page, I've already worked out who dunnit!

    Do you think Scotland Yard will give me a job?


    Truth & Justice for Maddie, aged 3.

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  99. A whitewash in progress:

    1- The review is being done by the Metro police, not by SY.Metro police is the police from London, then a local police like GNR in Portugal. Wonder why an investigation done by a national police in Portugal, PJ, is being reviewed by a local police in UK... Easy to be corrupted, controlled and manipulated. The nr 10 is in London. Carter-Ruck's office as well. The rest is a mirage, because we don't see reports of any British police in PDL, looking at the crime scene or re-interviewing the workers and the neighbours of the OC, or in Rothley and other properties belonging to the Mccann's or the Tapas 7. I believe, a search with dogs on that properties will be of the best interest for Madeleine, which is the victim and still missing. If somebody deserves closure... it is that little girl. Her parents already achieved a lot of closure... they become millionnaires because they won a Jackpot on the day she went missing. Morbid, but this is the true and we should not mask reality.
    2- Why blaming the portuguese for not reopenning the case? They are acting responsible and competently... without new leads, all remain the same and for them, the case still with same suspects and the same evidences. That means the 195 leads claimed by the Metro police are rubbish already investigated by PJ and discharged. Or the Metro police needs to admit they are holding and hiding new evidences from PJ.
    In fact the Mccann's did not need PJ to reopen the case. They can do it from Rothley... just send a letter to the PGR or fill a request form on their local police and spend the cost of a stamp. Easy and cheap. If were not sure that this is ennough, attach to the letter the Petition they claimed has thousands of genuine signatures and was made with that purpose.
    3-If Madeleine has 50% of chances to be alive and 50% to be dead and a stranger had a window of opportunnity to get in touch with her, request a proper reconstruction in PDL, with all Tapas 9 there and actors playing the roll of other characters, like J Wilkins. Will be on the best interest of the Mccann's, who want closure, and on the best interest of Madeleine. That vital step cannot be replaced by any computorized reconstruction. By not requesting that, Mr. Redwood, you show your true face on that review. A shame, because millions of Pounds are being wasted when other families having missing beloved relatives were left abandonned to their faith, without a single coin/police allocated to their case.

    ANY DOUBTS THAT THIS IS A SHAMEFUL WITHEWASH? A SCANDAL BIGGER THEN THE PHONE HACKINGS. Inside this phone hackings must be a lot of hot revelations regarding Maddie case. The Mccann's and Mitchell were the best targets for papers in 2007/2008/2009. The prove, is the amount of money the tabloids payed to them, the Sun serializing Kates book and the amount of front pages with Madeleine.

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  100. @65 not only did kate attended 6 dead body's wearing the same cloths she wore on holiday she also took cuddly cat along with her (her own words ),errrr just how many doctors take a soft toy with them when they go to pronounce death ?if any 1 else came out with such a stupid story they would be sent to a mental institution

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  101. @62 what are the ira connections ,any more info on them ??

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  102. Redwood says Maddie was taken from the apartment by a stranger.

    What did Kate say around 10pm? - "They`ve taken her".

    Thing is - will this be delegated to his "Maddie Alive Team" or his "Maddie Dead Team".

    From what he said on the sofa, it seems he`s delegated this to his "Maddie Alive Team".

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  103. When is a review not a review? When it's ajar!.

    Why are SY and the British Government allowing a DCI to go out into the public domain and give the type of interviews he giving? Especially when the British review door is still only ajar! The DCI says he and his team have only reviewed 25% of the files thus far, yet this is an example of what the DCI is saying:

    Dan Lobb:

    Where are we at now with regards to...the dialogue you have with the Portu...tuguese authorities, and how happy are you with the response you’ve got from,..er, the request you have made?

    Redwood:

    OK, well I am meeting now on a very regular basis, at least once a month, with a Portuguese counterpart in Porto, north-west Portugal ...um, she leads a review team of officers who are committed, and dedicated to working with us, collaboratively, um, to establish what has happened to Madeleine McCann.

    Dan Lobb:

    Will they reopen the case?

    Redwood:

    Well the situation at the moment is...s...is quite simple, we in the UK in terms of our relationship with Portugal, operate two completely different legal systems. And we acknowledge and respect that, and indeed, in terms of how the Portuguese operate is...is...s the judicial authority that actually makes the decision around any reopening.

    Dan Lobb:

    But you, you still, you still have that hope, do you...?

    Redwood:

    Yes.

    Dan Lobb:

    ...Do you, and that's what you're pushing for?

    Redwood:

    Yes, absolutely...100%, the dialogue I have with my colleague in Portugal is very positive, and they do want to reopen in due course.

    Kate Garraway:

    We've heard mention of these 195 'investigative opportunities'.

    Redwood:

    Yes.


    Kate Garraway:

    What does that, what does that mean, does that mean, leads? Chances?... Of finding Madeleine?

    Redwood:

    Yes, well our responsibility, we have a unique position, if you like, in terms of where are at present. We are drawing together three key strands, never done before, UK, Portuguese and private investigation material all into one place..er in our incident room at Belgravia, and it is through that process that we are identifying investigative opportunities in our careful, systematic trawl through the material,..er, so those 195 have come from our review of the history.

    Kate Garraway:

    So those...that means they are basically...being tied together? Links and...

    Redwood:

    Yes.

    Kate Garraway:

    Basically tying together, links.

    Redwood:

    Yes. This history of the case, where we've obviously started, is one part of the review, and that is where those 195 opportunities come from...across a broad range of issues...but it's just simply that we're unable to answer them...

    Kate Garraway:

    Mmm

    Redwood:

    ...in the United Kingdom, which is where our really important dialogue with the Portuguese police takes place.

    Dan Lobb:

    Do you believe she is still alive?

    Redwood:

    Yes I do.

    Dan Lobb:

    Why?


    http://ajar.askdefine.com/
    ajar
    Slightly turned or opened; as, the door was standing ajar.
    Being at variance or in contradiction to something

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  104. http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/madeleine-mccann-parents-portuguese-refusal-to-reopen-inquiry-shows-no-sense-3094300.html

    Remember this article? Anyone read it?
    Well, it was open for readers comments, and many commented that the McCanns could/can have the case reopened, they just had to request it, but never did/do! I made two comments on the same issue too, Guess what? The comments vanished! The looong arm of C.-Ruck has reached Ireland...?

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  105. When is a review not a review? When it's ajar!

    Cont...

    Redwood:

    I believe she's still alive because, at the beginning of this case...it's a huge privilege for us at the Metropolitan Police to be part of this investigation...er, investigation review. Is that we came with a completely open mind. We were untouched by anything that's gone before, and, as part of that, two key elements of it is to go: 1 Madeleine is alive and the other is, sadly she's not...and in relation to her being alive, yes, there is a real possibility that she's alive.

    Kate Garraway:

    So what are the things that make you think that...because I think you know we're all clinging to the hope, aren't we?

    Dan Lobb:

    Yeah. I mean it's kind of hard evidence but there is still going to be hope, as long as she's not found dead.

    Redwood:

    Yes, I mean, you know, we have conducted a forensic analysis of the timeline, and there is clearly opportunity there, for Madeleine McCann to have been removed from that apartment alive, and it is our belief, as experienced investigators, on the evidence, that, um that you know, that that, that is as a criminal act, and that has been, you know, undertaken by by a stranger, and so from that, she's... and there are other cases around the world, as you know where, many years later, people have been taken and been found alive.



    Dan Lobb:

    Very quickly, let's take, take another...another look at that picture that you guys have released, the age-progression picture, and in, in what...what help this could possibly do to the investigation?


    Redwood:

    It's a critically important stage for us, if you look at the image, you will see that it has great resemblance to a school photograph, this is the sort of image that every parent proudly presents, on their, on their dining room um you know, you know, your dining room table. This image has been carefully prepared by a United Kingdom forensic specialist in human identification and...and art and, close collaboration with Mr and Mrs McCann who agree that this is a close...close resemblance to their, to their daughter, and my appeal to the public today is clear, look at the image carefully please.

    Dan Lobb:

    OK

    Redwood:

    You if you know where Madeleine McCann is, then please call us, or if you know, or if you have information about what has happened to her, again,, please call us.


    Is it just me? Does anyone else hear Mcannlish when the SY, DCI speaks?

    Is this SY review really a real review? Is it really an impartial review? Surely it is not a PRetendy review! Surely the public are not being misled! Surely it is not a multi million £'s verbal diarrhea review! Imo this past week has been another embarrassing UK farce! Why is a SY, DCI sitting in a TV studio, on the Daybreak TV sofa giving non answers when asked real questions? Could what has been happening this past week in the UK cause a diplomatic row between Portugal and the UK? What respect has SY, the British Government and the UK press shown to Portugal, whom still retain primacy in this investigation, this week? A SY, DCI giving press/media interviews, yet he appears to have nothing to support his comments! As a result, again the UK press/media start disrespecting the Portuguese police and Portuguese authorities. As a reasonable person, it sounds like spin to me. Surely the DCI should be using every precious moment to sift through the other 75% of the files in his care. Surely the DCI should be following up any leads he feels may be solid leads and then present (in private) real evidence to Portugal. Surely SY won't be sending a DCI to the Daybreak TV studio waving the piece of paper, that may reopen the process, to say: Leads, we've got the leads! Leads, we've got the leads! Surely if/when SY really do have real evidence to reopen the process, SY will will be duty bound to Portuguese judicial secrecy.

    zz

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  106. Murat has nothing to do with this story, he never had.There was no DNA, no cadaver scent in his house, no inconsistencies in his statements, etc.
    Like Malinka, who also had nothing to do with it.
    He is not an arguido anylonger, no suspect, why open the investigations?
    Tapas 4 "recognised" him in order to protect the McCanns.
    He has no interest to talk about this mistake anymore.
    The McCanns could not prove the abduction, could not explain the scent,the DNA and they were protected by Brown(Murdoch).

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  107. @50

    Or alternatively - they don't need to!

    Leveson went according to plan (abduction confirmed by same). Review going the same way - why should they waste their time with trivialities.

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  108. 96@ ...and searching for other friends they used to have before.


    We may not forget that Kate herself wrote on her book that the regular police in England said "there is no clear evidence that the parents are not involved in the disappearence."

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  109. Since September 2007 the Police are concetrated on the McCanns.
    Murat is now freed of suspicion, why should he open the process?
    At the moment that the mystery is solved, everybody will clearly see that Murat was always innocent.
    We see it already.

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  110. Apparently, Clarence Mitchell has joined the PACT 'charity' as press officer. IMO, this organisation is important to this case in that the people involved in it are very closely connected to each other and also to the McCanns. Every one of them has vast contacts within the media and politics (the organisation itself, has very strong connections to UK police forces and business) and they are all conveniently gathered under one roof.
    Since the Telegraph exposed the recent scandal about the majority of PACT's funds going into Lady Catherine Meyer's pocket - in the form of salary - PACT is making an almighty and concerted effort to airbrush its image. Hence its new arrival, McCann PR Clarence Mitchell, plus a new website and a whole raft of new employees.
    Cherie Blair, who supposedly resigned over the scandal, is back in the fold as patron. It was, supposedly, through Liverpudlian Cherie Blair's friendship with Lady Catherine Meyer, that Gerry Mccann's trip to see Ernie Allen at NCMEC and Laura Bush's aide at The Whitehouse, came about - and probably, together with other mutual contacts, accounts for ex-PM Tony Blair's involvement in the case.
    Lady Meyer's husband - former ambassador to Washington, great friend of George and Laura Bush and ex-PCC chairman - Sir Christopher Meyer, has also made a reappearance on the PACT board. Sir Christopher, with his great political and media contacts, was on the scene within a couple of days of Madeleine's disappearance. Meyer did nothing to stop even the most outlandish reports - he didn't even attempt to prevent the media from repeatedly publishing the twins photos (something that the media would've had no problem complying with, IF there'd been a complaint). Why not? Perhaps because, a) the McCanns wanted a media storm and deliberately sought to create total confusion. And b) maybe they were happy for the twins faces to be splashed across the media because they were very keen to project a certain image to the public.
    Ernie Allen of NCMEC and PACT trustee, only a couple of days ago publicly supported the latest Team McCann PR story/theory; that Madeleine had been taken by someone to keep. Allen added that he thinks about Madeleine every day - presumably that is because he is friends with the McCanns and therefore, Madeleine, in his mind anyway, is more important than the thousands of other missing kids on his website - there is just not enough time in the day to think of each of them, is there?
    Then there is ex-CEOP chief, Jim 'Don't tie yourself to this lie' Gamble.
    IMO, there must be something more to PACT than meets the eye.

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  111. @ 57 and @ 77 - I think, long way back in this thread. Completely agree with you.

    Furthermore, any protection above most likely being afforded to the most vulnerable McCann family members -and other vital witnesses.

    As to Portugal 'selling out'to anyone sadly [as I understand it ]more likely to be in hock to Angola and other ex-colonies?

    SY appear to be playing the long game.

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  112. Reading on Amazon about Donal who has writen an article where he has said a diplomatic war has broken out over the refusal of the Portuguese to reopen the case. He then goes on to say that the Americans have given the Brits the satellite information, that they refused to give to the Portuguese when they requested it back in 2007.

    Are we really expected to believe that the Americans did not look at this satellite information and pass on any suspicious behaviour long before now.

    And people believe that the Portuguese were bumbling, hindered would seem more appropriate

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  113. I am very happy that Panorama was crashing the McCanns on very intelligent way. They can not protest because Bilton was citing the PJ words, legal.
    It was high time to repeat what was said in 2008 because people have to remember it.
    Funny to see Bilton, his very young face and his grey hair. It doesn't match, does it?

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  114. Perhaps Redwood's words will cause irritation in people who know the truth. The McCanns still at large, becoming richer and richer,prostituing their dead daughter.
    That is what they are already doing for five years.
    Was that their intention when they went to Portugal? Let us make money of this child, more expensive clothes, jewels, fame around the world. Kate can stop working, no need to do something useful...

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  115. Correction to Comment 39 requested by A. Miller (Dated 29/04/2012 Time 00:57) - split in two parts - part 1

    Giving the benefit of the doubt once more, putting a positive spin on his words, could they then be considered as ‘good news’ I pondered, as clearly he was stating there were still possibilities to be looked at, investigated.

    I remained hopeful, with but only 1 quarter of the Review information/process having been tackled, he had not given up trawling those files, had not ‘jumped the gun’ reached any conclusion before having firstly addressed all relevant information gathered, passed to his team at the Belgravia Incident Room, by the Portuguese authorities, Leicestershire Police, the private detective agencies hired by the McCann couple –

    (a) Metodo 3 (b) Kevin Halligen, and (c) retired British detective, Dave Edgar… and of course, surely not without having interviewed the witnesses, most crucial to this case, i.e. the group of friends who holidayed with the McCann couple -and I take it this is to be part of the process?

    (a) Metodo 3, who claimed they would have Madeleine home by Christmas 2007 Cost £500,000. In McCann employ approx. 6 months

    (b) Kevin Halligen, a known criminal wanted by the FBI at the time of his employ by McCanns, and since arrested and charged. Cost, around £400,000. In McCann employ several months. No work in relation to searching for Madeleine carried out at all. Halligen, took the money and ran. For months this went undetected by the McCann Team?

    (c) Retired British detective, Dave Edgar, who after three years has not managed to come up with a single piece of credible evidence or information, and has also cast serious doubts over the police witness statement given by the McCanns friend Jane Tanner, who claims to have seen, and described in great detail, a man she saw carrying off a child on the night Madeleine disappeared. At a press conference he, Edgar stated, that Tanner may have been mistaken, that she may have seen a female and not a male. This piece of information it would seem has not been followed up. And most certainly has not been clarified. Edgar not stating the reason why he and his 'team' of detectives believed it could have been a woman, seen by Tanner, and more to the point, if this is the case, no updated image of this 'person' has been produced. Perhaps the 'artist' responsible for the original, of the male suspect, found it hard to transform him from male to female. The public are, still on look-out for a male suspect!

    - cont. bellow

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  116. Correction to Comment 39 requested by A. Miller (Dated 29/04/2012 Time 00:57) - split in two parts - part 2

    Cost to the Madeleine Fund for this almighty cock-up? Not not as yet disclosed! But based on three years investigating, at same rate as the previous detectives? Anyone's guess as to how much Edgar has cost the Madeleine Fund.

    Five fruitless years from these Private Detectives.

    As for Redwood, who is he looking for, so certain is he the alleged abductor was a stranger? A. The man Jane Tanner claims to have seen? B. The man the Smith family saw? C. The female, Dave Edgar seemed so sure, Tanner saw? Or, is Redwood looking for someone else? Be helpful for the public to know who they are to look out for!

    Redwood estimated that to see the process through to the end, it would involve handling around 40,000 pieces of information, which he further estimated might equate to 100,000 pages of information.

    One year on, since the Review began, £2m of the £3.5m allocated to this Review by the UK Government – at expense of UK taxpayer, now already spent – only 1 quarter the way through the process according to Redwood, the Metropolitan Police it seems are far from finalising the Review process. Based on this information, which came straight from the horse’s mouth, it doesn’t look like the thirty + strong team of detectives will be packing up any time soon.

    Having read/listened to the aforementioned, the statements made by Redwood and having given his comments fair consideration, to then view the Daybreak interview (transcript included with this comment) it is abundantly clear that he has, WITHOUT completing the Review process quite astonishingly reached conclusion.

    Redmond stated this week:

    “From the outset we have approached this review with a completely open mind, placing Madeleine McCann at the heart of everything we do.”

    He also stated:

    “And of course we are here to try and bring closure for the family.”

    It has to be asked - Is it in the child’s best interests, does it benefit Madeleine in any way whatsoever for the Met to have reached conclusion BEFORE addressing ALL of the information, and before the Met are able to produce one iota of credible evidence to support this statement, or do these actions in some way benefit the parents? Is Madeleine, not then the ‘heart’ of the review?

    A.Miller

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  117. Joana could you please tell if it's true that if the Mccanns want the case to be reopened, they just have to send a letter to ask for it and the case will be reopened? I have read it so many times now and the pro-mccanns says that it's not true! Pleas tell! Thanks!

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  118. Clarence Mitchell working for Lady Catherine Meyer's Pact - where Jim 'Ceop Button' Gamble is working. Meyer is married with Sir Christopher Meyer, former UK ambassador in the US and Press Complaints Comission Chairman from 2003 to 2009.

    http://www.pact-online.org/News-and-Media/news-a-media-pact-parents-and-abducted-children-together-parental-abduction-missing-children-associate-of-icmec.html

    News & Media

    We have many resources for press on this site, but if you have any specific questions, please get in touch with our Press Officer:

    Clarence Mitchell

    Bustron-Marsteller UK
    Level 6 South
    Central Saint Giles
    1 St Giles High Street
    London
    WC2H 8AG

    Tel: 020 7300 6342

    Mobile: 07500 975 517

    Email: clarence.mitchell@bm.com


    Or contact the office:

    PACT
    22 The Vineyard
    Richmond
    Surrey
    TW10 6AN
    Tel: +44 (0)7506 448116
    E-mail: support@pact-online.org

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  119. Clarence Mitchell appointed as Burson-Marsteller’s new Public Affairs Practice Chair
    by Annabel Jaram on 30th April 2012 • News

    London, 30 April, 2012 - Clarence Mitchell has been appointed to head Burson-Marsteller’s Public Affairs practice following the departure of George Hutchinson. Mitchell has been working at B-M as a Managing Director since September 2011 providing strategic counsel to corporate and public affairs clients.

    Clarence Mitchell joined Burson-Marsteller from Lewis PR where he was Director of Media Strategy and Public Affairs, offering clients strategic counsel across the issues and crisis management and public affairs practices, a role he combined with his ongoing duties as official media spokesman for Kate and Gerry McCann. Previously, he was a consultant with Freud Communications.

    Prior to that, he was Director of the UK Government’s Media Monitoring Unit leading a team that advised No 10 and all of the major Departments of State on how best to respond to the daily news agenda. Before moving into Government Comms and PR, he was an on-air News Correspondent and Presenter with BBC News.

    Commenting on the appointment, B-M UK CEO Matt Carter said:

    “With his strong background in politics, government and the media, Clarence has already impressed both clients and colleagues alike, and he will make a great practice leader. Our PA team has had a fantastic start to 2012 and Clarence has the skills to take this to the next level.”

    Commenting on his new role within Burson-Marsteller, Clarence said:

    “I am absolutely delighted to take up this opportunity. Having worked with B-M’s public affairs team I know they are a fantastically talented group of people. It’s a great time to be working in public affairs and developing the practice into one of the most vibrant and distinctive in the industry is a challenge I absolutely relish.”

    http://burson-marsteller.co.uk/newsroom/2012/04/clarence-mitchell-appointed-as-burson-marstellers-new-public-affairs-practice-chair/

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  120. @110
    Now that Clarence Mitchell, the Meyers, Cherie Blair, Ernie Allen and Jum Gamble are all part of the PACT charity, it wouldn't be at all surprising if the next thing we see is Kate McCann hopping on board.

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  121. Redwood , appeared on Crime Watch tonight (in the background was the new image of Madeleine) he was making an appeal to anybody who knows anything about the whereabouts of Madeleine to get in touch with the police .


    He gave the people who watched Panorama last week the impression HE has evidence that Madeleine is still alive . IMO , he wants all the nutters to ring in with false sightings in order to promote the same old lies .

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  122. The McCanns have the full force of SY behind them. Redwood appears to be an even better spin doctor than Mitchell. Redwood has just tonight appeared on BBC's primetime 'Crimewatch' to reiterate SY's conviction that Madeleine was abducted. More revealing was that he also stated that his 'Portuguese counterparts are also convinced she was abducted'.

    Is he lying about Portuguese counterparts? Can any top ranking Portuguese official confirm this? I guess not. This is an extraordinary statement considering that by his own admission SY has only gone through 25% of evidence files.

    How can the British media refer to the PJ as inept and bumbling. Here is a bumbling senior SY official scoring own goals each time he opens his mouth and the media mentions nothing. I guess it's not surprising given the massive UK censorship on the case.

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  123. they 're back on Breakfast tv again tomorrow morning......puke

    desperate aint the word.....welldone mr amaral..you was made to look bad last week on sky news...scum journos

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  124. Tom Watson MP of the LI said today that the Murdochs have not yet apologised to the families of murdered children. Well there was the Dowler family, but who else, the Mccanns?

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  125. The UK is washing the floor with Rupert Murdoch.
    Labour is attacking the Conservatives. It is a pity that they forgot that Murdoch pressured Brown to protect the McCanns.
    I wonder how far this scandal will go and if it will have any influence on Madeleine's case.
    If Murdoch is losing his power, it is possible that the Yard will work well.
    Sadly, I lost my trust in the UK. Imo, there will be no difference between Murdoch and the next management.
    They are all the same.

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  126. As a reporter, Clarence Mitchell worked on some of the most publicised murder inquiries in the UK and one of those cases was the Jill Dando investigation. Given that we now know - thanks to the Leveson Inquiry - that the police and media operate hand in glove - does Clarence Mitchell know DCI Andy Redwood, or any other Grange officer? Imo, very probable, as it's inconceivable that he did not have close working (and personal?) relationships with officers on the Dando team. The same team are now working on Operation Grange. Why were those same officers chosen to review such a controversial case as Madeleine's, when they had already made a shambles of the high profile Dando investigation? Was the purpose of the £3.5M review simply to follow up so-called sightings and not conduct a proper investigation into Maddie's disappearance?
    There doesn't even seem to be any real collaboration between SY and the PJ because Andy Redwood has said that SY have identified 195 pieces of material that need looking at, adding, in the same breath, that the Portuguese police may already have followed up on those 'leads'. Redwood didn't seem to know if they had or not, just as he doesn't seem to know why he thinks Maddie is alive. It's all very strange indeed.

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  127. I think the police have to make an appeal to the public, before they close those privete investigations. It is their duty.The McCanns can not say later that the Yard did not do anything about an alive Madeleine. I believe they are now much further than they say they are.

    I can't believe that the McCanns are happy with the Met. And Mitchell found a new job because the McCanns will dismiss him soon.

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  128. Crimewatch asking who saw Madeleine or what happened to her?

    #There's a hole in the bucket#
    # dear Liza, #dear Liza#

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  129. can anybody remember a sister of gerry in the early days ,who was reported as working for a charity,and not been heard of since?
    if true im sure she might have revealed the type of saliries earned by charity bigwigs .pact being a case to refere to.

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  130. 126, that is what Andy Redwood said and it does not have to be the truth.
    Remember that the PJ and the PM denied for a long time of having any contact with the Yard. And they were already having contact with each other.

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  131. @ 126, please go back and read @61.

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  132. I'm concerned about the twins.Very much worried.
    The McCanns pushed themselves in a corner, narrower, narrower and
    I'm afraid they will take the twins lives and kill themselves.
    I pray they don't do it but I fear this could happen.

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  133. All we can be thankfull for is that redwood and SY are NOT running the show,

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  134. The question is:
    Why Mitchell, while keep moving from job to job, always leave a foot on the Mccann's or at least, leave the impression that is like that? Why, he can't cut the 'umbilical cord' with Mccann's?
    Which secrets are holding that guy in such situation? Why he can't leave Maddie case and just move on?
    We can see trough his curriculum, that he flies from job to job but when he starts one, he leaves the previous. Was like that, when he left the british government to assist the Mccann's. The Mccann's are the exception. WHY?
    We can see that his appearences in the media, related with Mccann's, faded on the last two years. Is he being Payed for that intermitent work or is he working a lot behind scenes, to manipulate the system and let a little British girl pass aside of justice?
    Something knot this man to the Mccann's couple. Something far more serious then an attractive salary or the flame of some minutes of fame and publicity.
    A rat hold by his neck. Typical from an opportunist, less then an intelligent or clever person. Part of a mafia that traffics one of the most dangerous drugs at moment...'INFLUENCES'.
    He was not in PDL when Maddie disappeared but he his connected with every single step done after raising the alarm. One of the masterstreams in the cover up, ends up like that...forever connected to one of the most shameful crimes in UK.
    5 years passed and it looks like if it was yesterday. Will be like that, no matter how many years passed. A Karma for who have been involved or got involved, looking only into the good present or the golden nearest future, fuelled by the smell of the easy money. No surprise he will jump over the moon, try meetings with alliens, work behind scenes to set up or let fall some governments.... He will be there, not for Madeleine, not for any child, not for any parents, not for any human rights... He will be there looking for air, to survive, because he knows.. the end of the Mccann's will be his own end. This is a'menage a trois' without any touch of love.

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  135. To Jilly Post 1
    Looking under sofa's - you're right and there's one sofa, in apartment 5A, if it could speak, could tell them exactly what happened

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  136. If I were to write a fictional script or some satire about a telephone conversation between a couple of guys, it might go something like this


    Percival: Good morning Chuck, Percival here calling from Blighty, What Ho!

    Chuck: Hi, there Perc, now what can we do for you today here in the good old U,S of A.

    Percival: Would you be a good chap and check your satellite that crossed over Europe last week and see if you can see any jolly old brigands in the vicinity.

    Chuck: Gee that's a coincidence perc, you're the second person to ring and ask this week. The thing is perc I'd love to oblige but the Director just won't buy it, he's not having any of it, highly secret, need to know basis and all that you know!

    Percival: Oh don't I know it Chuck, I don't know how they expect us to do our job when they keep putting these silly barriers in our way. I was just wondering though, if it's possible for you to bend the rules just the teenist weenist little bit, just in the interest of good relations you understand.

    Chuck: I get it Perc, I rub your back, you rub mine, (Wink Wink, Nudge Nudge)

    Percival: Oh jolly good show, I see we understand each other perfectly. Now about that little old sputnick you've got floating around up there, can you manage to have a little peek and let us know what you've picked up.

    Chuck: Ahhh, well not much Perc, just a few beat up old Hummers parked here and there.

    Percival: Oh that perfectly fine. You know what they say, every little helps and all that.

    Chuck: Yeah well just keep stum about it, I don't want to be accused of jerking the other guy around.

    Percival: Don't worry I won’t say a word. If he asks again you could always say that you weren’t even looking that way, you were far too busy looking for Bin Laden or something .

    Chuck: That’s an AWESOME idea perc, I'll tell him we couldn't see nuffin and anyway there was all that cloud and stuff. By the way, you don't mind me calling you perc now we're rubbing each other back do you?

    Percival: Not at all old chap, not at all.

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  137. Who we are | PACT
    www.prisonadvice.org.uk/
    WHO WE ARE. PACT is a charity which supports people affected by imprisonment. We provide practical and emotional support to prisoners' children and families, ...

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  138. I think this fiasco with SY will end with " Madeleine is out there waiting to be found." Mr. Amaral's good name eventually restored throughout the world , both sides of the story will be seen as being plausible through the media . The McCanns will always be SUSPECT unless they are cleared of all wrong doing in a court of law in Portugal .

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  139. There is just too much interference and manipulation in this case for anyone too take anything about it at face value. The McCanns could have prevented the shelving of the case in the first place and they could have had it re opened at any time. Yet years have passed since Maddie’s disappearance and they have still not officially made that request. Today is no different, all they are doing is gracing tv studios and claiming to support SY’s calls to Portugal for a re opening - not the same thing. It’s just pure PR to fool the public again. But no doubt the media, and those with an agenda, will portray it very differently.

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  140. HEY FOLKS! KATE MCCANN HAS SPOKEN! WILL YOU PLEASE STAND TO ATTENTION?!

    Kate McCann is on LBC radio right now. She says she has no doubts the PJ will re-open the investigation in due time.

    What Kate is not telling us is that according to Portuguese law an investigation can only be re-opened if the folowing conditions are met:

    (1) There is solid evidence
    (2) One of the parties involved, requests the re-opening.

    At any rate a re-opening MUST start with a reconstruction - something the McCanns and their friends (or Robert Murat for that matter) would shy away from and we all know why...

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  141. I think we must make sure the evidence of the blood and cadaver dogs, and the Gasper statements, are referred to at every possible opportunity for this information to reach the attention of the public.

    The dogs have NEVER been wrong, so why should they be in this case. As for the Gasper statements, this throws the suspicion of paedophilia right inside the McCanns orbit of their own Group.

    The McCanns certainly don't want either of these two subjects to make it into the media, except their dismissing and ridiculing of the dogs, of course. They have a nerve to try to do that to those incredible dogs. As for the SY man ignoring the cadaver scent, well, what can we conclude from that, except he must be either a dope or doing some whitewashing.

    These subjects will leak out though, because the media can't be relied on to keep to script on behalf of the McCanns for long. They are out to sell news, and what SY and McCanns have to offer will be 'yesterdays news' in no time.

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  142. An orchestrated whitewash

    5th anniversary

    New paperback to promote

    Panorama use Murat, Duarte and Amaral to discredit Portuguese police. Dishonestly refers to cadaver dogs as DNA dogs.

    Scotland Yard’s, DCI Andy Redwood, says Madeleine is either alive or dead. Taken by a stranger. Nothing to support his claims. Has only gone through a quarter of the files. Tours the TV studios acting as McCann PR man. Does a better job than Mitchell has done in five years. But for some reason Redwood looks like he has a rod up his back.

    Redwood says he wants case reopened.

    Media goes into overdrive and waste no time in trashing Portugal.

    Portuguese Attorney General says no to reopening the case. No credible leads. Portugal receives another torrent of abuse from UK media especially the Sun (they want value for the £1M they paid McCanns for serializing book)

    Scotland Yard still can’t resist News International. Ex Scotland Yard detective, Ian Horrocks (Andy Redwood’s former colleague on the Jill Dando case) writing for the Sun, claims Maddie was taken by a couple.

    NCMEC president and PACT trustee Ernie Allen jumps aboard and tells the Sun that “they can be taken by someone who just wants a child to bring up as their own“.

    Clarence Mitchell joins Pact charity as press officer

    Crimewatch appeal for people to come forward five years after the event. ‘It was a criminal act and the Portuguese agree’

    Lorraine. Kate McCann announces she too is joining PACT. Scandal hit PACT has had a complete makeover. Cherie Blair and Sir Christopher Meyer rejoin as patron and trustee respectively. PACT has obviously been preparing itself.

    ITV. McCanns want case reopened ‘in due course‘. No sense of urgency then. Seem to be preparing twins for lifelong search. They will join hunt when they are teenagers. Obviously no faith in Andy Redwood or his 195 leads.

    PR job done.

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  143. Why do the Mccanns always hold hands while being questioned is this to signal to each other before answering. They used to do this in the early days when questioned in Portugal.They should be separated when questioning it shows that they are frightened of losing the case.They are only interested in the money coming in and that the case will soon be wrapped up.They have given Britain and the police a bad name in Portugal.We are pleased that Portugal is not opening the case yet,one day the truth will come,we believe that Maddie died in the flat and they will never find her.

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  144. QUIZ TIME: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MET POLICE AND SCOTLAND YARD?

    @99 "The review is being done by the Metro police, not by SY. Metro police is the police from London."

    The correct answer is: The Metropolitan Police is the law enforcement agency for London. Scotland Yard is a building, the HQ of the Met.

    Sorry, no "tapas" for the correct answer. It's a whitewash alright! :d

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  145. DAVID CAMERON VOTE GRABBING JUMP INTO THE MCCANNS BANDWAGON BACKFIRES! SEEMINGLY....

    Labour has its biggest lead over Tories in polls since general election! OK, there might have been other concomitant factors, still one wonders if Cameron's big spending on a "sightings-only review" was wise and/or necessary ...

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/apr/17/labour-biggest-lead-tories-polls

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  146. THE FREE PRESS AND THE FEAR OF CARTER-RUCK

    @104 "Remember this article? Anyone read it?" http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/madeleine-mccann-parents-portuguese-refusal-to-reopen-inquiry-shows-no-sense-3094300.html

    No, I hadn't read it. It only goes to show how the fear of Carter-Ruck destroyed what was once a free-thinking press (cough).

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  147. AH! SE OS CÃES FALASSEM...

    "Pais de Maddie querem reabertura da investigação

    Os pais de Madeleine McCann esperam que a investigação portuguesa ao desaparecimento da filha, mais conhecida por Maddie, seja reaberta para tentar colocar fim ao mistério, defenderam esta quarta-feira numa conferência de imprensa em Londres.

    Para a mãe, Kate McCann, as "hipóteses de encontrar Madeleine aumentaram consideravelmente" devido à investigação da Scotland Yard, a quem reconhecem maior experiência neste tipo de casos. A polícia britânica disse ter identificado 195 "oportunidades de investigação", algumas das quais o casal, sem dar pormenores, garante que são novas."

    http://www.cmjornal.xl.pt/detalhe/noticias/nacional/portugal/pais-de-maddie-querem-reabertura-da-investigacao

    A Met de Londres com mais experiência do que a PJ? Vejamos:

    Números de casos não-resolvidos de crianças desaparecidas em Inglaterra incluindo Londres em 2008 apenas: de 100.000 a 150.000, dependendo da fonte de informação. NB A figura actual e talvez mais elevada...

    http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/15177470

    Números de casos não-resolvidos em Portugal (todo o território nacional) no mesmo ano (1978): 76 (setenta e seis)! A numero para 2010 era apenas de 47.

    Uma pequenina diferença admitamos...

    http://www.soscrianca.pt/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8&Itemid=9&lang=pt

    A Kate cada vez que abre a boca ou sai asneira ("fu**ing tosser!) ou sai besteira ("the window was opened!" Não admira que os cães policias (Eddie & Keela) não tenham feito outra coisa senão ladrar. Ah! Se eles falassem....

    Zé Malho

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  148. A Taxi Driver Story and The Rogatory Letter Saga - published in this blog on 28 February 2008 http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2008/02/taxi-driver-story-and-rogatory-letter.html

    «(...)A taxi-driver of Vila Real de Santo Antonio, in the Algarve, guarantees to have transported Maddie, Kate McCann and three men – one of them similar to Murat – in the night of the disappearance of the English girl, in the 3rd of May of last year.

    (...) Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, reacted yesterday with amazement at the declarations of the taxi-driver. “The declarations of Mr. Castela are false. They are a perfect nonsense. He can only be mistaken when he says that at that time he transported Kate and Madeleine with three men”, he said, underlining the fact of being several independent witnesses who place Madeleine's parents in a completely different place. “How is that possible, if at 20h35 several witnesses say that Kate and Gerry were sitting down on a table of the Tapas restaurant”, he questioned. Clarence doubts of the intentions of the taxi-driver. “It astonishes me that only now, ten months later, he talks about this. These are declarations that only cause pain to Kate and Gerry", he said, advancing that that the McCann's daughter has no facial twitches. “The only sign to report is the one she has in the eye.” (....)»

    Today, May 02, 2012, Team McCann spin two different versions of this story:

    Madeleine McCann was in my taxi, man claims - Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1580173/Madeleine-McCann-was-in-my-taxi-man-claims.html

    «The claims have shocked Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, who have rejected them for being incompatible with the known chain of events that night(...) Mr Cardoso said he had informed the police of the apparent encounter but as well as Metodo 3, the private detective agency hired by the McCanns.But the McCanns spokesman Clarence Mitchell told the newspaper: "We are dismissing this primarily because the timings are entirely wrong."»

    Kate and Gerry McCann reveal their twins want to join search for missing Maddie as they speak of hope after new Scotland Yard photofit - Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2138286/Madeleine-McCann-latest-news-Parents-speak-new-hope-thanks-Scotland-Yard-review.html

    «A taxi driver who believes he picked up Madeleine McCann the night after she vanished has claimed Portuguese police ignored his report.

    The McCanns' spokesman said it was 'deeply shocking' that detectives never interviewed Antonio Castela, above right, about his possible sighting of the missing child.

    Mr Castela, 72, went to the Policia Judiciaria (PJ), Portugal's CID, after three men, a woman and a young girl resembling Madeleine got into his cab on the evening of May 4, 2007 in the Algarve, about an hour's drive from Praia da Luz, where Maddie had vanished the night before.

    The taxi driver drove the group two miles to the Hotel Apolo in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, where they drove away in a blue jeep.

    Mr Castela told the Evening Standard: 'After I went to the police, I never heard anything from them again.

    'They did not seem to take me seriously.

    'I am amazed that it has been five years and nobody has ever asked me what I saw that night. I am absolutely certain it was her.'

    McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: 'Mr Castela did absolutely the right thing at the time by reporting his sighting to the PJ.

    'It is clearly deeply shocking that he now tells us he has not been interviewed once by a detective in five years.'»

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  149. Exclusive: Scotland Yard Undisclosed list of 195 leads http://unterdenteppichgekehrt.blogspot.de/2012/05/exclusive-195-leads-revealed.html

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  150. Read as well: «(...)Quite an achievement, isn’t it? A Scotland Yard detective has single-handedly started a diplomatic incident on his first major media appearance. Until that press conference the word was that the UK and the Portuguese authorities were working well together; now this witless buffoon has triggered off the UK press into one of its uncouth chauvinist outbreaks with all the consequences that anyone not embalmed in scrumpy could forecast, including a frosty statement from the Portuguese Attorney General, political grunting noises from the former postman Alan Johnson and a clearly perceptible frisson of resentment from Portuguese people which bodes very badly for the future.
    Redwood has nobody to blame but himself. It is quite right that the Yard should issue a definitive appeal on the child’s behalf and this anniversary was the obvious time to do so – after all even Mr Redwood might gag at waiting until the sixth anniversary, still only halfway through his task, to appeal for more information. It is quite right also that he should treat the McCanns as innocent victims of a terrible event. But the man has the diplomatic sensitivity, nous, finesse and awareness of a walrus.
    Obviously he couldn’t make an age-progression-picture-based appeal for sightings of the child while simultaneously stating that she was dead, could he? So what was his plan for handling this potential contradiction when he was asked about it, as he was bound to be? Oh, he hadn't thought of that, or rather, oh, 'e adn't thorra that. Instead we received his revelation that Madeleine McCann was definitely, yes definitely, certainly, er, aloive or dead, an insight which went straight round the world, fuelled by a wave of mockery. Goncalo Amaral might have been forgiven for just a little schadenfreude behind his sleeve, although he was too decent to twist the knife on a fellow cop in distress - no not just distress but buried up to his neck with his foot in his mouth, his boots in the air, his pants on his face, in a giant brown mound of steaming Somerset cowshit. (...) in Benny Hill's Alive Too at the Blacksmith Bureau http://blacksmithbureau.blogspot.pt/2012/04/benny-hills-alive-too.html

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  151. Hi Joana

    The McCanns memories are very, very short indeed. Or either they are lying.

    First Clarence denies the taxi driver's fare, and now they are shocked that it wasn't followed up.

    Good grief, who is at fault here? Not the taxi driver, but Clarence Mitchell and his employers !

    Really I mean how many versions of this abduction do they really want?

    Sandie

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  152. WHO IS SMARTER? SHERLOCK HOLMES OR INSPECTOR COLUMBO?

    Kate McCann said today that Scotland Yard had a much better change to solve the case. Scotland Yard better than the PJ? Oh! really? How is that? Let us see:

    Number of children missing in the UK in 2008: 150,000
    Number of children missing in Portugal (same year):76

    Who is making a better job of finding missing children? Portugal or Britain?

    OK. Britain has a much larger population, I hear you saying. Yes it has but...let us see EXACTLY how larger (...)

    UK Population in 2007 was around 61,000,000
    Portugal's population in 2012 (!) was around 10,741,202

    So it is fair to say the population of Britain is about five or six times times larger than Portugal, right?

    In simple arithmetic terms, it follows that if Portugal had 76 unresolved cases of missing children, Britain should have (by the same ratio) between 400 and 500 unresolved cases but instead shows up 150,000 unresolved cases in a single year! Oh! Dear!

    What are these figures trying to tell us? That London's Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) is better than the national PJ? That less children go missing in Portugal and/or that the PJ as a single police force is far more efficient than the different regional police departments in the UK put together? Of course not.

    Andy "Redherring" does look a bit cooler than Amaral I give him that but, appearances can be deceiving...

    What did Antonio Damásio (Portuguese Professor of Neurology) wrote in his global best-seller ("Descartes' Error") about the role of emotions in intelligence?

    "The "somatic marker hypothesis", a proposed mechanism by which emotions guide (or bias) behavior and decision-making, and positing that rationality requires emotional input"? (quote).

    In simpler terms; no emotions, no intelligence. Ask Kate! So in your opinion who is smarter? Inspector Columbo or Sherlock Holmes? Take a pick.

    A. Reader

    http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/15177470

    http://www.soscrianca.pt/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8&Itemid=9&lang=pt

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  153. Anon 140

    Robert Murat was more than willing to cooperate with a reconstruction and to answer any of the questions, and still would be.

    It was the Tapas pals who refused to return to take part in one, although they were more than willing to return to point the finger at Murat, and to go to London to collect the dosh paid out of court to them by the newspapers, so they can certainly make the effort to travel if they think it is worth it to them.

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  154. Joana at 195

    Brilliant I have just e-mailed the new leads and the taxi man to the Standard. Could someone please e-mail Andy Redherring? I am busy...

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  155. "The mistakes have been well publicised" (Gerry on Sky news today).
    They don't want the Yard to go back to 2007, do they?
    And what does Gerry mean with "mistakes"?
    The cadaver scent, the blood,the inconsistences,the Freudian slips?


    Both are looking much worse than they looked last year when Kate launched the book.
    They look tired, defeated and old. Last May 12th they were aggressive towards Cameron, trusting that the UK would not do anything to contact the PJ.
    No aggression, no criticism today.
    They fear that they were been let down by Murdoch.

    I don't believe the Yard is doing a whitewash otherwise the couple would have looked better.

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  156. Whatever the McCanns did to Madeleine, accidentally or otherwise, today, the 3rd, must be a terrible day for them. Or this last week.
    How terribly guilty they must feel, even if they did not love her.
    It was a life.
    Nobody of her family cared about her and they don't fear for the twins.
    Tapas 7 the same: they want to continue living their lives without trouble.
    I pray they will pay, someday.
    And I wish I could find their addresses, I could write them asking to come forward.

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  157. My opinion is that the McCanns were never serious when they asked for the revision and for the eventual opening of the process.
    All the time they expected the eternal refusal of their government.
    And the refusal of the PJ. They could continue giving interviews and writing books about the case, complaining.
    It was a shock for them, wasn't it? News of the World behind or not Cameron's decision, they were shocked.
    Yesterday Kate did not even talk about her new book, the Errata.
    I wonder if the Met are waiting till after the second book is launched and they will come with more news.

    Amaral did the same with his documentary: at the last moment and the McCanns had to change theirs. We never saw that American actress
    who played Kate.

    If Tapas 7 don't come forward with the truth, they will be officially accused of complicity in a death, perhaps a murder.

    I think their friendship with the McCanns is finished because the McCanns put them in serious difficulties by asking Cameron to order for a review and the PM did it.
    Kate said that a friend, among other people, is coming today to visit them. It could be Fiona Payne, I think,but I don't believe the rest is coming.

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  158. I watched again the new Sky video. How very tired Gerry looks and feeling down.
    Kate can at least rest during the day, he can't.

    Did I understand well that new leads came to them and they sent them to the police?
    Do they realise that the police can see who sent those informations?

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  159. BBC new video of May the second:

    Did I understand it well?
    Kate saying "we never asked the case to be reopened" and she says they asked for a review.
    Can somebody tell me if I heard it well? What did she say further?

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  160. Whitewash or no whitewash, the stench of cadaver in this case will never be masked.

    Truth will out.

    Justice for Maddie, aged 3.

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  161. @85 i guy i work with ,he comes from a masonic family ,both his grand fathers and his brother in law is a mason ,his brother in law told him that gerry is a low ranking mason

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  162. Hardly suprising the taxi driver 'lead' was not judged credible. So 4 people otbain a child that has been abducted. They they take her in pink pyjamas for a 2 mile taxi ride, drawing attention themsevels by not speaking among themselves, only to then get in a distinctive blue jeep. I am no master-criminal, but in their position, surely one non-descript adult of the four walks, or takes a taxi to the jeep, the others remaining discreetly out of sight, then drives back (only 2 miles!!!!) to pick up the others...

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  163. D.I.Deadwood heres a clue.Ask the Macs who paid for their holiday.
    They of course will be unable to show you any receipts or invoices and you can ask why?

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  164. #129,

    I suppose you mean Gerry's sister, Jacqueline. She somehow managed to stay well away from the whole circus. I have always wondered if she was the relative in that question the PJ asked Kate, question #41.:
    -"Is it true that in England you even considered handing over Madeleine’s custody to a relative?"
    And also, if she was the relative that revealled some details to the police, that spoke to them in the strictest confidenciality and that made very clear she/he did not want to talk on the subject again.

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  165. Surprise, surprise! I made several comments on the D. Mail's article and so far NONE made it in! Of course, I pointed out that the article failed to mention that Mr. Castela thought one of the men looked like Murat(or Payne...?)and the woman looked like Kate! I also mentioned that it all was dismissed by C.Mitchell.
    No wonder they won't publish my comments! But at least I tried...the moderators will read them and see that many of us wont' be fooled!

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  166. Transcript of McCanns speaking with Martin Brunt Sky;


    Kate: We know that there’s real possibility that Madeleine could still be found alive but I guess for us it was important to hear the police saying that, after they reviewed the evidence or you know at least part of the way through the evidence.

    Gerry: I think that’s excellent and it’s the most hopeful I think we’ve been since the early days to be honest Martin, erm and at this point we know there’s a tremendous resource, a very experienced team reviewing all the information and a committed team with Detective Chief Inspector Redwood leading who really want to find Madeleine and what happened, so if anyone does have information, evidence this is the time to come forward, and we really are hopeful. Our understanding has always been that there is no evidence to suggest she has come to harm and that means there is always a realistic possibility that combined with the fact that many other children have been found after very prolonged periods of abduction. It’s probably worth emphasising as well that the younger a child is taken often they have been taken to be kept. And Madeleine is in that, you know, a lot younger than the normal child who is taken you know for sexual reasons.

    Kate: You know I mean we are aware that new information has come in and also that new things have been identified within the material that’s already there that haven’t yet been investigated. I mean obviously we hear about things in broad terms rather than specifics to be honest but obviously it has given us a lot of hope and I guess I am not surprised because having been through the files you know I’ve seen things that I’ve kind of think gosh that needs to be looked at but erm it’s just good to have a team on board who are really determined to find her.

    Gerry: I think there are two facts I do believe there is new information. There is information that we have seen that has come directly to us and has been passed on so we strongly believe that there is new information. I think how you treat some of the more historical things and identifying links there may be difference of opinion but ultimately a lot of the investigative opportunities lie in Portugal and inevitably to carry those out properly to the fulfilment then the case will have to be re-opened and you know while Madeleine is missing and the perpetrators are at large then the case will need to be re-opened I have no doubt about that.

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  167. Brunt: Do you think it will be re-opened?

    Gerry: I think it will in due course

    Kate: I mean I think you know, short of someone coming forward and saying ‘here she is’ you know, our best chance of finding her, and also the person who has committed the crime, is by re opening the case, so you know hopefully given time, ASSUMING THAT EVERYBODY WANTS TO FIND MADELEINE, wants to find the perpetrator then you know then I am hopeful that the case will be re-opened.

    Gerry: We weren’t expecting an overnight reaction we’ve been in this situation for 3 half years. It took us a long time to get the Review, the Review is not finished, and let’s not forget that those investigative opportunities almost 200 have come from the first 20,000 pages. So, you know we’re quite happy for the Metropolitan Police to be liaising with the Portuguese authorities, going through the proper process and presenting the evidence and, and real opportunities, I think they’ll make a very , very strong case and eh and it, it makes a tremendous difference that it is not down to us. We do… we felt that we were on our own for a very long time and it doesn’t feel like that anymore we really feel that the, the UK authorities and the Metropolitan police in particular really want to get to the bottom of this.

    Kate: It’s got to a point now where we just want to go forward we can’t, we can’t change it but whilst it can be done you know let’s, let’s, do it. In some ways it’s great that those leads are there because it gives us something to work with which is why we you know campaigned, petitioned for 3 half years to get the review in the first place. We knew if the case was just re-opened, people would be standing there going ‘okay now what do we do?’ But at least with having the Review and having these actions identified its stuff to work on.

    Gerry: You know we have never… the mistakes have been well publicised, and we know there was resource issues, it’s just the data capturing and different things and we also know that a lot of the police early on did try, there was a big investigation, but erm it’s actually better to know that there are still opportunities for us. We just want them to be performed reasonably as any family would for a missing child or a serious crime that has been committed you want to get to the bottom of it and bring those responsible to justice.

    (Refers to image of Madeleine shown in background)
    I don’t think, I don’t look at it and think that is Madeleine. We know erm it’s a resemblance. I don’t think of it as Madeleine. The important thing is erm challenging the assumption that Madeleine is a 4 year old who has been, you know who’s frozen in time, you know she’s not, she will have changed and the public we also know are forgiving in terms of resemblance to images, and particularly children, they look at these pictures in a very different way so we know from America in particular that these images work a lot of the time.

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  168. Kate:

    Well Gerry’s in work to be honest erm I’ve got a mass that I’m going to go to for Madeleine, spending the day with a friend. And then as we’ve done the last few years there will be a service for Madeleine I mean there has, there will be in certain places to be honest, and eh it will be with family friends and supporters, and you know… It’s the same message, it’s just not too late, you know, erm please let us know, you know, tell us where she is, tell us what’s happened, if you think, you know, you know, who’s done it if it’s your brother, if it’s your son, if it’s your colleague please do the right thing. And it’s not too late, it’s really not. Let us know.

    Gerry: It’s hard to emphasise erm… how important the difference is between this time last year and what we have now since the Review was granted and the Met and the resource and experience they have brought to bear. And we do… we don’t feel like we are on our own any more, and at times in the past we have felt like that it has been battle after battle. And now we really feel that the British authorities are committed, absolutely committed and it has taken a tremendous burden away from Kate and I, and Madeleine’s Fund and everyone else around us.

    Kate: We are really grateful to the Metropolitan Police, and we are also really grateful to the general public because without their support I don’t think we would have got the Review either.

    Brunt (indecipherable)

    Kate: We want to find Madeleine. We want to find what’s happened. We want to find who is responsible for the crime and I think the sooner we start looking at these leads and getting an investigation going the better really. If you don’t look you don’t find.

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  169. The Known knowns and Unknown Knowns - Kate, Gerry, Redwood - a touch of Rumsfeld Syndrome:


    Redwood: Investigative opportunities identified - Leads, new and old, investigated and non- investigated. New and old ‘information’ investigated and, non- investigated. New and old evidence, investigated and non- investigated. Probabilities, possibilities!
    Madeleine is alive. Madeleine is dead. A real possibility she is alive. A real possibility too she is dead. He believes she is alive.

    Kate: You know I mean we are aware that NEW information has come in and also that NEW things have been identified within the material that’s already there that haven’t yet been investigated. I mean obviously we hear about things in broad terms rather than specifics to be honest but obviously it has given us a lot of hope and I guess I am not surprised because having been through the files you know I’ve seen things that I’ve kind of think gosh that needs to be looked at but erm it’s just good to have a team on board who are really determined to find her.

    Kate: In some ways its great those leads are there because it gives us something to work with.

    1. Gerry: I do believe there is NEW information. There is information that we have seen that has come directly to us and has been passed on so we strongly believe that there is NEW information. I think how you treat some of the more historical things and identifying links there may be difference of opinion but ultimately a lot of the investigative opportunities lie in Portugal.

    --------
    So that is the little matter of the new leads/investigative opportunities/evidence/ information - cleared up then!

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  170. So what exactly is it that they each know?

    1.Redwood

    Unfortunately for Madeleine, her family and the Met’s credibility, Redwood cannot it seems figure out, despite all of the information, leads, evidence and 195 INVESTIGATIVE OPPORTUNITIES he claims to ‘know’ of, where he is at with this Review, or where it is going. He certainly hasn’t further progressed, the case in any way. Added to which, the public, those who have not followed the case closely, and some who have, are finding it difficult to make any sense whatsoever of his always contradictory statements - at times ambiguous, at others categorical in content.

    Where exactly Redwood is leading the public with this Review one might justifiably ask – ‘Up the garden path’ and a wee run round the hedges thrown in, wouldn’t be too far off the mark!

    2.Kate

    Well Kate knows that there is NEW information. That NEW information has come in. And that NEW things have been identified within the OLD information.

    She knows this because she herself identified items within the files and thought ‘oh gosh that should be looked at.’

    How many years has this woman and Dave Edgar PI, and their once team of private detectives, been trawling the files? They identified, she tells us, shall we say, ‘investigative opportunities.’ Did they follow them up, or did they fail to do so?

    Further she states in reference to the Metropolitan police that it is good to have someone on board who is really determined to find her (Madeleine.)

    Now we could take this as a slight on the Portuguese Police, as clearly intended, but we could also take this to mean, Kate’s own failings in this regard, namely - Not physically searching for her missing daughter/not fully co-operating with the police investigation (within her legal right to do so, but for a mother who believed her child was with a paedophile gang – incomprehensible, abhorrent) /condoning the refusal of the group of friends to assist police with investigation – the ever changing stories all, considered as very misleading to the investigation, and ALL most definitely demonstrate a distinct lack of determination to find the child.

    Kate continues by saying that in ‘SOME’ ways it is good that these leads are there, gives them something to work with.

    Who knows which ones she is referring to, the known, the unknown or the unknown known ones? Whatever!

    But if there are genuine leads, credible information which may progress any investigation, help discover what happened to her missing daughter, how is this ‘GOOD’ only in ‘SOME’ ways?

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  171. And to Gerry:
    He believes there is NEW information. In fact he tells us they have seen this NEW information. In fact, this NEW information was received by him/Kate. It came to them directly he said. He states also he passed it on! He forgot to mention to whom!

    Having seen this NEW information, leads him to have a strong belief there is NEW information.

    Are we all still 'with' Gerry?

    So far so good, or is it? - There is NEW information – or rather Gerry believes there is but he really doesn’t know! He saw ‘something’ might be of importance. But was it followed up?

    I’m guessing neither, Kate, Gerry, or Redwood, ‘know!

    So what of the ‘historical’ information? Is it of any use? Well seems, according to Gerry, that in terms of producing new leads from the old, identifying them, and then considering them to be NEW information, good links/leads, is really a matter of opinion, and of course in his wisdom he tells us opinions can differ!

    Indeed!

    But this ‘difference of opinion’ is he suggesting this exists between Portuguese authorities, and UK? Of course he is! Does he not confirm this by stating that the investigative opportunities ultimately lie in Portugal?

    Gerry knows he/Metropolitan Police have no credible lead, nothing with which to force the Portuguese to re-open this case,by implying in his statements, ‘there is a difference of opinion’ as to the value of information, he is merely attempting to kick the ball back to Portugal.

    Another classic example of the underhand tactics the McCanns have become known for.

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  172. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MURAT VERSUS TANNER TRIAL AND/OR WHY HAS MURAT NOT REQUESTED THE PROCESS BE RE-OPENED?

    Anon 153 to Anon 140 "Robert Murat was more than willing to cooperate with a reconstruction and to answer any of the questions, and still would be."

    I don't think he is actually. If you listen to the recent Gonçalo Amaral interview on TV (in translation by Joana) you will hear him (Murat) saying or implying that:

    "GA – An investigation has to proceed. If someone halted the process, if an “arguido” (suspect with prerogatives), Robert Murat for example, decides because of his own personal interests, he does not need the process to be re-opened...because he has since received a substantial compensation from the English press and is contented with that, fine."

    Now, Amaral should know, for he was meant to be a witness in the Murat versus Tanner case but his words in this interview makes me think the case has since been settled with the McCanns' posse. You have to remember Jane Tanner's sighting provides both an element of obfuscation and an alibi in the case, albeit a very dodgy one.

    At one stage Jane Tanner is sure Murat is the "egg man" she first saw. Murat does not look like an "Egg man" at all! He looks more like a "Potato Bag man". She was either lying (my hunch) or has diplopia (double-vision) which is unlikely since to my knowledge she was not wearing glasess but have no doubt Clarence Mitchell would say (if it came to that) her contact lenses were faulty. "Mickey Mouse" is already on record saying Tanner "never" accused Murat and I am sure he has the money and the resources "to prove it" (...)

    Murat as you know sued Tanner for her false accusation but we never heard about it since, suggesting the case has been settled out of court but I am only speculating here. The words above are Amaral's words, though.

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  173. Their latest chat with Martin Brunt was no different. Simply another opportunity to spin their tale of abduction, giving statements, misleading to the public, and of course to berate the Portuguese authorities!

    Kate McCann in response to whether she thinks the case might be re-opened: “ASSUMING THAT EVERYBODY WANTS TO FIND MADELEINE"

    Gerry? He tells us he believes the case will be re-opened in DUE COURSE.

    Redwood? Unashamedly is pretty much planting this seed also.

    Do any of them have knowledge of any credible lead which would cause them to believe this to be the case? Quite obviously not!

    Kate: I mean obviously we hear about things in BROAD terms rather than SPECIFICS.

    Hard to believe that the parents of the missing child, who have as Redwood stated, collaborated very closely with the Metropolitan Police, are not informed of specifics in relation to new leads, but ONLY in broad terms!

    So what exactly are Kate and Gerry basing their announcement, ‘that it is their belief this case will be re-opened in due course’ if they know of nothing specific?

    For this case to be re-opened it is common knowledge that it will require, credible information, specific in content. 'Broad' isn't going to cut it! –

    If Kate and Gerry have not been made privy to any such information by Redwood, safe to say Redwood has not one iota with which to furnish them. If there is anyone who would be told about any critical development in this case, be it the child found alive or dead, the culprits becoming known to police caught/ arrested/ charged – the first to know will be Kate and Gerry McCann!

    It is shameful that the McCann couple continue down this path, that they cannot make any kind of appeal for their missing child without the derogatory remarks towards the Portuguese authorities, and anyone else for that matter who does not believe their rather far- fetched tale of child abduction, for which neither they, their private detectives, nor it would seem the Metropolitan Police are able to produce any evidence.

    Kate:

    We knew if the case was just 're-opened' people would be standing there going ‘OKAY NOW WHAT DO WE DO?'

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  174. WHAT DOES GERRY MEAN BY MISTAKES?

    There are at least 195 Scotland Yard mistakes on record but I understand he was referring to the PJ mistakes not the MET-adrine (...)

    Below are the first twenty (only):

    DOGS

    1 cadaver dog alerting behind sofa
    2 blood dog alerting behind sofa
    3 matter found behind sofa containing DNA
    4 DNA re 3 All five markers found are 100% compatible with Madeleine's DNA profile
    5 cadaver dog alerting to hired car
    6 blood dog alerting to hired car
    7 matter found in hired car containing DNA
    8 DNA re 7 Fifteen of the markers are 100% compatible with Madeleine's DNA profile
    9 cadaver dog alerting in parent's bedroom near wardrobe
    10 cadaver dog alerting in flowerbed
    11 cadaver dog alerting at car key
    12 cadaver dog alerting at white top belonging to mother
    13 cadaver dog alerting at checkered trousers of mother
    14 cadaver dog alerting at red t-shirt with planes motive
    15 cadaver dog alerting at cuddle cat
    16 blood dog alerting to car key
    17 neither cadaver dog nor blood dog alerting at ANY other apartment or car

    BREAK-IN

    18 The shutters were not "jemmied" or forced open, as claimed by the parents
    19 No signs of forced entry anywhere else in the apartment
    20 No physical evidence of anyone having entered or left via the window
    21 No lichen disturbance on the window sill
    22 No fibres
    23 No finger prints of an abductor on either window
    24 No footprints on the bed
    25 Only finger prints on the window are those of Kate

    For the remaining plausible 170 see here:

    http://unterdenteppichgekehrt.blogspot.de/2012/05/exclusive-195-leads-revealed.html

    Remember to send a copy of the list to Andy "Redherring" at:

    http://content.met.police.uk/PoliceStation/belgravia

    The more of us who do so the better, for they will know the public is not swallowing the PR and have to come up with something better...

    E-mail Porto PJ here:

    porto@pj.pt

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  175. Even Anorak can see the PR for what it is - ludicrous stories rehashed:

    http://www.anorak.co.uk/321455/madeleine-mccann/madeleine-mccann-a-pr-mistake-with-antonio-castela.html/

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  176. I have just watched the McCanns being interviewed on Sky. Gerry has put on weight around the face - and looked quite serene when being interviewed. Kate was looking haggard but appeared as if a weight had been taken off her shoulders; much more natural and free-flowing in her speech.

    Both of them came across as being much more calm and confident (albeit the interview was being conducted by Martin Brunt).

    There's something wrong here! Redwood is now saying that the Porto PJ think that MM was abducted. If this is true, it doesn't bode well for Goncalo Amaral.

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  177. That they do not at any time correct any misinformation, if it, in any way feeds and strengthens their tale, quite beggars belief, and to further deliberately mislead,which seems to be par for the course in their interviews, is to put it mildly- dishonest of them.

    Over the past few days the statements given by Kate and Gerry McCann and DCI Andy Redwood have been to serve no other purpose but to give the impression that the Metropolitan Police have “solved” the case, that there was in fact an abduction, and furthermore carried out by a stranger. In so doing they have in effect "cleared" the parents of any involvement in the mysterious disappearance of their daughter.

    Kate:

    "We know that there’s real possibility that Madeleine could still be found alive but I guess for us it was important to 'HEAR THE POLICE SAYING THAT' after they reviewed the evidence or you know at least part of the way through the evidence."

    Indeed! Case closed then. Met's job done and dusted?

    Only one quarter of the way through the Review process, the Met, having stated the missing piece of the puzzle to solving the mystery may be in the files which they have not yet investigated, yet they are in a most terrible big hurry to pass this hot potato back to Portugal. Seems they don't want any more fingers burned.

    If anyone is at this point still in any doubt as to being misled regarding new leads, investigative opportunities – watch the video, of the McCann couple speaking with Martin Brunt, or rather talking ‘at’ Brunt.

    There was no excitement in their voices. Not a hint of joy at the possibility this case might be re-opened in ‘due course’ as Gerry said.

    Listen to Kate McCann’s tone, sounding rather bored with the whole thing, as she tells us:

    “It’s the same message, it’s just not too late, you know, erm please…..”

    Contrary to the ridiculous statements made by Kate McCann, I do not believe there is a person on the planet who does not wish for Madeleine to be found alive and the perpetrators of crimes against the child be brought to justice. Failing this and in the event the child is dead, the same applies, all would wish for her remains to be found, that she, her soul be respectfully laid to rest.
    Each time the McCann couple appear on our screens, give interviews to newspapers, magazines, write books, they are doing their daughter a disservice, dishonouring her. They cannot conceal their hatred, contempt for all things Portuguese, their agenda, the continual slating of the Portuguese authorities, and in particular Goncalo Amaral, who sought only to discover what became of their missing child, this more to the fore in interview, than any concern they have for the missing child is how it is perceived. Each time they appear, another attempt at self- protection is more than evident.

    The closest they came to sounding any way pleased was in reference to the Fund -

    Gerry:

    "And now we really feel that the British authorities are committed, absolutely committed and it has taken a tremendous burden away from Kate and I, and Madeleine’s Fund and everyone else around us."


    It is time to stop the games, and that is what this case has become for the McCann couple, that much is clear to me. Time to concentrate on what became of Madeleine!

    With the Metropolitan Police now reviewing this case, what should have been and could have been a genuine, and heartfelt appeal for information, became, under the lead of detective, DCI Andy Redwood, a complete and utter farce. More farcical than any other appeal before launched at the anniversary of missing Madeleine.

    Kate: “It’s never too late to do the right thing.”

    Sadly for Madeleine, Kate and Gerry McCann, her mummy and daddy don’t seem prepared to!

    Do the Met?

    A.Miller

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  178. Jilly CL @ 78

    Hi,

    Absolutely! I think your cousin and their partner would be hard pushed to find anyone, not in agreement with them!

    Regards
    AM

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  179. How about somebody reminding the McCanns that THEY can request the investigation be reopened, providing they return and answer the questions, and take part in a reconstruction.

    Such a small thing to ask of parents so anxious to do everything they can to help find their child, and something anybody else would jump at the chance of doing to help find a missing loved ones.

    We must not let them slink away from this request, we should keep reminding them and the world that the reopening of the investigation is there waiting for the parents of Madeleine, as Dr Amaral says, to request it 'for the price of a stamp'.

    WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR KATE AND GERRY? DO TELL US BECAUSE WE WOULD BE VERY INTERESTED TO KNOW WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM, ESPECIALLY AS YOU HAVE BEEN TELLING EVERYBODY YOU HAVE BEEN 'CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES', AND SURELY THIS REQUEST BY YOU TO REOPEN IS LONG OVERDUE, AND YOU DO WANT TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO HELP FIND MADELEINE, DON'T YOU?

    Here's hoping the PJ will inform the media that they are ready and waiting for that request and cooperation from you, so the public can be informed of this. Maybe they will help to encourage you to put pen to paper for that request that will surely be granted.

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  180. HOW DID SCOTLAND YARD MISS THE BODY?

    "By 1890 a new headquarters had been needed for many years, and the Metropolitan Police moved into a new building, designed by Norman Shaw, on Embankment.

    The building was to have been the site of an opera house, but the project had been abandoned when partly built. The new building was faced with granite quarried by prisoners on Dartmoor, and a female body, the victim of an unsolved murder, was found in the basement of the building, which became known as New Scotland Yard.

    In 1967, the Metropolitan Police again moved headquarters to their current address of 10 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BG, on a site which also borders on Victoria Street. The name "New Scotland Yard" was retained." (quote/unquote)

    Let us make it clear "Scotland Yard" is a "nickname" for the London Metropolitan Police. By the way, how the hell did they overlooked a body in their own basement? Well, we do know they have overlooked at least 195 leads in the Madeleine McCann case (...) as Johanna aptly points out in the link provided at #149 by Morais:

    http://unterdenteppichgekehrt.blogspot.de/2012/05/exclusive-195-leads-revealed.html

    http://www.historybytheyard.co.uk/scotland_yard.htm

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  181. Thanks for your tip! I have just e-mailed Belgravia police station where Andy Redwood/Operation Grange is based.

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Could you kindly pass this message on to Operation Grange/Inspector Andy Redwood's desk ASAP?

    I have just come across this information on the Internet. I haven't had the time check all items against the Portuguese PJ official files but some do ring true.

    Listening to Inspector A. Redwood recently I was left with the impression Scotland Yard is pursuing a review of sightings not of the case as such which may be perceived as ideological PR on behalf of the McCanns'.

    For the sake of SY prestige I suggest next Mr. Redwood gives a press conference makes his approach clear.

    I feel sorry for the parents too but I think the truth is best served by checking ALL the facts of the investigation and not just those which might be of interest to the couple and the British public from an ideological point of view.

    Just a passing thought. Naturally I make no allegations. Please note the name I give is not my true name. I am aware of the McCanns' habit to "carter-ruck" anyone that begs to differ from their "official version" of events so I am doing so for my own security.

    I don't think Carter-Ruck can sue the Met Police for pursuing a truly independent review, can they?

    I wish you all the best with the review.

    With my best regards

    (alias name given)

    Attached:

    EXCLUSIVE - 195 Leads revealed!!!

    An independent investigation team consisting of an undisclosed number of case file analysts and interpreters, working for a pat on the back, have compiled what must surely be resembling much of the as yet undisclosed list of 195 leads painstakingly produced from a mass of evidence by the Scotland Yard investigation team.

    After a careful review of all the evidence from the Portuguese police files and of course omitting spurious sightings, reports from mediums and clairvoyants, we finally came to the same conclusion as the highly paid SY team in that there is a 110% probability that Madeleine is either dead or alive, each possibility ranging around the 50% marker. We can also confirm that the theory of the parents' involvement is as much a conspiracy theory as the following list. We are convinced that the person who took Madeleine from the apartment, as seen by an Irish family of 7, is a criminal and should be treated as such. ASAP!

    We therefore demand that the Portuguese plods pick up the investigation again where they dropped it in 2008 and start to investigate each of the 195 leads as regards to their possible significance. Or else campaigns will be started to urge people to refrain from ever listening to Fado again.

    DOGS

    1 cadaver dog alerting behind sofa
    2 blood dog alerting behind sofa
    3 matter found behind sofa containing DNA
    4 DNA re 3 All five markers found are 100% compatible with Madeleine's DNA profile
    5 cadaver dog alerting to hired car
    6 blood dog alerting to hired car
    7 matter found in hired car containing DNA
    8 DNA re 7 Fifteen of the markers are 100% compatible with Madeleine's DNA profile
    9 cadaver dog alerting in parent's bedroom near wardrobe
    10 cadaver dog alerting in flowerbed
    11 cadaver dog alerting at carkey
    12 cadaver dog alerting at white top belonging to mother
    13 cadaver dog alerting at checkered trousers of mother
    14 cadaver dog alerting at red t-shirt with planes motive
    15 cadaver dog alerting at cuddle cat
    16 blood dog alerting to car key
    17 neither cadaver dog nor blood dog alerting at ANY other apartment or car

    (continued)

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  182. e-mail to Scotland Yard (continued)

    BREAK-IN

    18 The shutters were not "jemmied" or forced open, as claimed by the parents
    19 No signs of forced entry anywhere else in the apartment
    20 No physical evidence of anyone having entered or left via the window
    21 No lichen disturbance on the window sill
    22 No fibres
    23 No finger prints of an abductor on either window
    24 No footprints on the bed
    25 Only finger prints on the window are those of Kate
    26 Changing statements as to the state of the curtains - opened/closed
    27 Only a minute "window of opportunity" between Gerry seeing the shutter still closed and Jane spotting the abductor. A couple of minutes for opening the shutters, window and curtain, taking Madeleine, leaving the apartment, crossing the carpark and walking towards the street where he was seen.
    28 Gerry changed his statement re point of entry at 21:04 from front door to patio door
    29 Gerry claims Kate entered 5A through front door with key, Kate says patio door
    30 Gerry changes his statement from Matt having seen closed shutters to Matt being unsure about the state of the shutters

    SMITH SIGHTING

    31 A family of 7 encounter a man carrying a child while going home from a pub at 22:00 on May 3rd.
    32 The child is of Madeleine's age and height and resembles Madeleine
    33 The man is of the same height, has the same hair and general appearance of Gerry McCann
    34 Mr Smith is 60-80 % certain that the person they saw was Gerry McCann
    35 Aoife Smith describes the pants of the man as having buttons as ornaments
    36 Gerry McCann is photographed once as owning such pants
    37 The time of the encounter is the exact same time as the alleged detection of the disappearance although latter is not corroborated by independent witnesses
    38 The sighting - although reported once in an irish paper - is never picked up by british media or the McCanns although it would have been the best confirmation for an abduction.
    39 Only two years later the Smith sighting becomes part of their "documentary" although the key points get changed to fit the Tanner sighting
    40 Pressure put on the PJ to highlight the Tanner sighting came at exactly the same time as the Smith family were being brought back to Portugal to go over the sighting in more detail
    41 The sighting was in a different part of town from the Tanner sighting
    42 The carrying style was completely different to that of the Tanner sighting
    43 The man was heading in a completely different direction from the Tanner sighting
    44 There was a time difference of 45 minutes between both sightings
    45 Goncalo Amaral was removed from the case just when he tried to get the Smiths to Portugal again
    46 Brian Kennedy contacted the Smiths to get them to take part in creating a photofit.
    47 No innocent person ever came forward regarding the sighting
    48 The child was carried without a blanket despite the cold night

    For a complete list of the 195 new leads please check Johanna site at:

    http://unterdenteppichgekehrt.blogspot.de/2012/05/exclusive-195-leads-revealed.html

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  183. Anon 155

    It must be the 'eye of the beholder' because I am thinking Gerry McCann is looking smugger and perkier than ever, plus he is actually looking enthusiastically at Kate when she is speaking now.

    Those two look like cats that got the cream with all this free pro abduction spin from SY, based on a load of absolute tripe.

    All the very best Dr Amaral in your fight for justice and truth. You have many supporters who don't buy any of the rubbish the media are spouting at the moment.

    The SY guy is a disgrace that he can ignore the UK sniffer dogs like that, unless he can explain whose was the cadaver in the holiday apartment that was alerted to.

    Outrageous disgrace that this man should be sidetracking from the truth of the investigation like this. When the truth does emerge he will look like an idiot, and foolish to go along with this.

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  184. I see the media are running with the 'taxi driver' story and slipping in the 'information' that one of the the men with the child looked like Murat.

    If Murat had a chance to have this case reopened, being as he also was an 'arguido', he must now be wishing he had taken it, because this wont let up, and the McCann will make sure suspicion points away from them and their pals.

    Do we know how the criminal case against Jane Tanner for 'calumny' is getting on, as this has a direct link back to Murat. How much better it would look for her and her pals if suspicion could be placed back on him.

    Murat would be foolish to stay quiet and not make a statement to refute all the rubbish. It was not him the dogs alerted to or any of his property.

    I believe there is an evil vindictiveness at work, and I am not talking only about what happened to Madeleine, though I believe she was murdered, and the investigation should be reopened and reinvestigated as such, Gaspar statements and all.

    This case should be reopened and continue from where it left off, especially as Dr Amaral said there was still much to do, and not go chasing off following bogus 'sightings' for ever and a day.

    Stop letting the McCanns or the UK dictate to you Portugal. There has already been too much interference in the case. Reopen it on your terms, and make it clear you want the McCanns back to answer questions and do a reconstruction.

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  185. @ 69

    Is Redwood really the plonker he looks, or is he being deceitfully clever in order to catch out the Mccanns or Tapas 7?

    Aunty Anti

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    Hi Anti,

    I think this a question/s that we have all asked ourselves.

    1. Is Redwood, his team, after partially reviewing the information, are they honestly convinced the McCann couple/their friends are innocent of any involvement whatsoever in the disappearance of Madeleine, that after investigating, trawling the historic material of the police files, they have found proof positive to suggest this to be the case, that the child was abducted by a stranger, someone unknown to the McCann family?

    (I note Redwood does not clarify, amongst other things, to whom the alleged abductor was a stranger, to Madeleine, to her parents, to the friend who holidayed with them.)

    More to the point, can he produce credible evidence that can be presented to the Portuguese Police, robust enough to counteract the findings of the original Portuguese investigation, to back his claim, and or lead to a re-opening? And not simply as Gerry McCann suggested:

    "I think how you treat some of the more historical things and identifying links there may be 'difference of opinion' but ultimately a lot of the investigative opportunities lie in Portugal"

    This I believe is of course Gerry playing funny buggers. He, the Met, can say they believe there are new leads etc, but if this is not found to be the case, it can all be put down to a 'difference of opinion' in the interpretation of the material.

    (the 195 investigative opportunities, I would imagine, will be soon labelled as having been a 'difference of opinion)

    I ask myself also, if Gerry/Met taking this view, allows for the Met to say one thing, have a 'differing opinion' to the Portuguese in respect of Madeleine being abducted by a stranger, this is what we know,Redwood has said he believes is the case. If the Met are found to be wrong in this (and perhaps they already know they are) the difference of opinion/interpretation card' to be played?

    Or

    2. As you ask, if, after getting to whatever stage of the process they are at, do they believe this NOT to be the case, are NOT convinced of the innocence of the McCann couple,, but are in fact working towards flushing out the McCann's and their friends..?

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  186. I think what we must not forget, that despite the continual and ongoing campaign by the McCann couple to discredit the Portuguese Police authorities (and bearing in mind also that Sr Goncalo Amaral, who they have no hesitation at every opportunity in expressing their hatred of, did not lead this investigation from beginning to the end, that is, until the time it was shelved) that they, the PJ are not fools. They are skilled and experienced police officers. Goncalo Amaral himself having served for almost 30 years, a distinguished career. Likewise, I consider the officers of the Metropolitan Police, skilled experienced officers.

    I find it difficult in both cases to believe that either would not approach the investigation in a professional and honest manner.

    cntd
    A.Miller

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  187. But the truth of matters is, if each police force has reached a different conclusion, or as Gerry may like to say, has a 'difference of opinion' we have to ask why?

    Such are the extremes - the child having died in the apartment/the child having been abducted by a stranger, that it strikes me, and must strike all others too, no matter what your viewpoint on the case, that something is very wrong somewhere with the interpretation of evidence and facts.

    So who and what interpretation do I lean towards?

    At the moment I have to say that as there is no evidence of an abduction having taken place, this a proven fact, and with evidence gathered which clearly suggests otherwise, points to a crime of a different nature, I would have to dismiss the claims made this past week by DCI Redwood of the Metropolitan Police.

    Unless the Met can disclose what clues or information they have which concluded in them believing Madeleine's disappearance is the direct result of stranger abduction, and produce this information for the Portuguese authority to then re-open the case, the only logical theory I can support is that the child died in Apt 5A, and a concealment of this followed.

    What I find perturbing also is the McCann lacklustre display in the Brunt video, the 'hope' they said they felt at there being, new, old, leads or otherwise, they were not exactly doing somersaults.

    Kate with her remark about it being the 'same old message' really quite astonishing.

    The very fact that the Met/McCann's did not update the public as to who they thought was the perpetrator, that is, the man Jane Tanner claims to have seen/the man the Smith family saw/or any another, has alarm bells ringing as to the credibility of the statements made by both parties - Met and the McCanns.

    Incredulous that interviews were coming at us fast and furious, images of Madeleine on front cover of every paper, on all news channels, yet not a single clue as to "who" the public should be keeping an eye out for in terms of alleged abductor, not a single hint. A golden opportunity missed entirely to get that crucial information out there, yet nothing! That has to be unheard of!

    Redwood did NOT either confirm that he is basing his conclusion on the Tanner sighting or any other!

    This Review of a case which happened on foreign soil, of crimes committed against a UK citizen, is as we all know funded by the UK taxpayer. It is a controversial case in as much as no other missing child case has been afforded the attention, financially or otherwise that this has, and absolutely the Metropolitan Police, has a duty to both Madeleine and the British public to be responsible and and accountable. This past weeks shenanigans were far from that.

    I can only conclude therefore, Aunty Anti, that the goings on over the past few days/week or so, were nothing more than McCann spin.

    Whilst I am sure one and all have no problem whatsoever with the parents of any missing child doing all they can to keep the case high profile, that is understandable, this case sadly is now farcical.

    Sadly, any opportunity to raise further awareness of Madeleine's plight, was quickly turned into a pantomime, the ridiculous comments by Redwood not least to blame. Perhaps most tragic is, that, this is now what we the public have come to expect.

    I can only conclude therefore, Aunty Anti, that the goings on over the past few days/week or so, were nothing more than McCann spin.

    Apologies for the lengthy reply.

    Regards
    A.Miller

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  188. But the truth of matters is, if each police force has reached a different conclusion, or as Gerry may like to say, has a 'difference of opinion' we have to ask why?

    Such are the extremes - the child having died in the apartment/the child having been abducted by a stranger, that it strikes me, and must strike all others too, no matter what your viewpoint on the case, that something is very wrong somewhere with the interpretation of evidence and facts.

    So who and what interpretation do I lean towards?

    At the moment I have to say that as there is no evidence of an abduction having taken place, this a proven fact, and with evidence gathered which clearly suggests otherwise, points to a crime of a different nature, I would have to dismiss the claims made this past week by DCI Redwood of the Metropolitan Police.

    Unless the Met can disclose what clues or information they have which concluded in them believing Madeleine's disappearance is the direct result of stranger abduction, and produce this information for the Portuguese authority to then re-open the case, the only logical theory I can support is that the child died in Apt 5A, and a concealment of this followed.

    What I find perturbing also is the McCann lacklustre display in the Brunt video, the 'hope' they said they felt at there being, new, old, leads or otherwise, they were not exactly doing somersaults.

    Kate with her remark about it being the 'same old message' really quite astonishing.

    The very fact that the Met/McCann's did not update the public as to who they thought was the perpetrator, that is, the man Jane Tanner claims to have seen/the man the Smith family saw/or any another, has alarm bells ringing as to the credibility of the statements made by both parties - Met and the McCanns.

    Incredulous that interviews were coming at us fast and furious, images of Madeleine on front cover of every paper, on all news channels, yet not a single clue as to "who" the public should be keeping an eye out for in terms of alleged abductor, not a single hint. A golden opportunity missed entirely to get that crucial information out there, yet nothing! That has to be unheard of!

    Redwood did NOT either confirm that he is basing his conclusion on the Tanner sighting or any other!

    This Review of a case which happened on foreign soil, of crimes committed against a UK citizen, is as we all know funded by the UK taxpayer. It is a controversial case in as much as no other missing child case has been afforded the attention, financially or otherwise that this has, and absolutely the Metropolitan Police, has a duty to both Madeleine and the British public to be responsible and and accountable. This past weeks shenanigans were far from that.

    I can only conclude therefore, Aunty Anti, that the goings on over the past few days/week or so, were nothing more than McCann spin.

    Whilst I am sure one and all have no problem whatsoever with the parents of any missing child doing all they can to keep the case high profile, that is understandable, this case sadly is now farcical.

    Sadly, any opportunity to raise further awareness of Madeleine's plight, was quickly turned into a pantomime, the ridiculous comments by Redwood not least to blame. Perhaps most tragic is, that, this is now what we the public have come to expect.

    I can only conclude therefore, Aunty Anti, that the goings on over the past few days/week or so, were nothing more than McCann spin.

    Apologies for the lengthy reply.

    Regards
    A.Miller

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  189. Gonçalo Amaral threatened with death

    Gonçalo Amaral yesterday refused to provide his current address to the Judge of the Court of Faro, claiming to have "received death threats." Former PJ inspector was heard at the trial of Aragao Correa and Antonio Dores, accused of defamation. http://www.cmjornal.xl.pt/detalhe/noticias/nacional/portugal/g-amaral-ameacado-de-morte

    Madeleine McCann: A PR mistake with Antonio Castela http://www.anorak.co.uk/321455/madeleine-mccann/madeleine-mccann-a-pr-mistake-with-antonio-castela.html/

    McCann Memorial Day The Aftermath http://blacksmithbureau.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/aftermath.html

    Chelsea Hoffman » Case to Case » Was Madeleine McCann Murdered? Analysis Part Three http://www.chelseahoffman.com/2012/05/was-madeleine-mccann-murdered-analysis.html

    Irish family are 'key witnesses' in the new Maddie investigation - «Today Mrs Smith revealed that the family is prepared to be interviewed by investigators about the events of that night.

    She told the Herald: "We've heard nothing for ages now.

    "We have not been contacted. However, when we are we will cooperate fully," she said. » http://www.herald.ie/news/irish-family-are-key-witnesses-in-the-new-maddie-investigation-3097773.html

    Sky News Martin Brunt : «#McCann Madeleine's parents say psychic information should not be dismissed out of hand.» https://twitter.com/#!/skymartinbrunt/status/198000492561960960

    Brunt interview to McCanns, broadcast yesterday on SkyNews http://youtu.be/0ms-ggBhN8k

    Maybe This Time The Police Will Actually Ask Gerry & Kate McCann If They Killed Madeleine http://www.the-bastard.com/index.php?page=6100&section=40

    Met police allowing racist and xenophobic comments against the Portuguese in their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/metpoliceuk/posts/256553031108609

    Madeleine McCann: police to re-examine evidence of psychics http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/madeleinemccann/9243290/Madeleine-McCann-police-to-re-examine-evidence-of-psychics.html

    'MADELEINE McCann’s mother Kate yesterday revealed her seven-year-old twins are growing ever more determined to join the search for the missing girl.' The Sun http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4294317/Madeleine-McCann-mum-Our-twins-want-to-help-us-find-her.html

    Full press conference : McCanns believe Maddie's alive at Sky News http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/video/news/sky-news/4293990/McCanns-believe-Maddies-alive.html

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  190. If this shambles from Redwood represents what used to be known as the 'fine bloodhounds of Scotland Yard' god help us all. :b

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  191. Maddie was last seen at 17:30 on May 3, 2007 ...

    As long as this statement isn't questioned any investigation will not be able to move forward. In fact they should ask questions starting 30th april 15:30 when Madeleine left the creche after only 15 minutes.

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  192. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/uk/madeleine-mccann-suspect-was-never-ruled-out-of-inquiry-by-police-7711245.html

    Latest Duarte fantasy!

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  193. Oh my god imagine those twins! Brought up on a diet of abduction, they are going to be worse than their parents!

    Such evil! If I were a religious man I would expect fire and brimstone!

    I wonder, though, perhaps they might question aspects of the story as they get older.

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  194. This taxi driver..When the 3rd McCann's rejected. When the 4th McCann's promoted, quite vehemently. Amazing what a digit can do

    A typo, a misunderstanding, a misreporting? Regardless, it will be revisited.

    The taxi driver says it was the 3rd, could be a load of baloney of course, another 'lead', but if not, it opens up the timeline quite considerably.

    I can't see how they, McCann's and Tapas, could get away with inventing the timeline to that degree.

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  195. So Redwood has fallen into line with the abduction theory. That is the one that has no evidence to support it.

    This is a whitewash attempt and the latest story of a man with a boat who wanted a child and said he would abduct one has got to be the most ridiculous claim so far! But it this the ploy?

    Are the McCann's so deep in to the establishment that the state will do anything to keep them safe?

    This has to be the most frustrating and appalling case the world has ever seen - and all over one child when hundreds, thousands, die and go missing every sgingle day.

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  196. @154

    "Andy Redherring"..(: Brilliant!

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  197. Just in, new spin by the McCanns Portuguese lawyer Isabel Duarte, yesterday the 2008 dismissed cab driverstory, today who knows?

    Madeleine suspect was never ruled out of inquiry by police

    London Evening Standard (West End Final A)
    Kiran Randhawa in Praia da Luz Alistair Foster

    A BRITISH man whose family contacted police after suspecting he was involved in Madeleine Mccann’s disappearance was never fully investigated, the Standard can reveal today.

    The expat, who was living in the Algarve at the time the child vanished, was put forward as a suspect by his brother but detectives failed to rule him out of the inquiry.

    Today, on the fifth anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance, the lawyer for her parents Kate and Gerry said she hoped the “crucial lead” will be investigated by Scotland Yard, which has launched a review of the case.

    The man, who is named in police files but cannot be identified for legal reasons, was allegedly desperate to have a child but he and his then partner were unable to conceive.

    His brother informed British officers the suspect told him and other members of his family that if he could not have a child he would kidnap one. The information was apparently passed on to the Portuguese authorities but the Mccanns’ lawyer Isabel Duarte said he was never “properly investigated” nor eliminated from the inquiry.

    The suspect — who lived in Espiche near Praia da Luz, where Madeleine vanished on May 3, 2007 — also had a boat in the marina at nearby Lagos.

    Ms Duarte said the lead was all the more significant because of reports of a girl “remarkably like Madeleine” being dragged along a road leading to Lagos marina at 6am on May 4.

    It was also revealed today that during efforts to track down a “significant number” of sex offenders, attempts to contact several of them were not successful and never followed up.

    Ms Duarte added that police have never interviewed 28 employees of the Ocean Club, from where Madeleine disappeared at the age of three.

    Church services to mark the anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance will be held tonight in Praia da Luz and in the Mccanns’ home town of Rothley, Leicestershire.

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    Can someone ask Mrs. Isabel Duarte if she has the same process that we have read, because in the process that was archived and subsequently released by the Portuguese public Ministry in 2008 all the employees were interviewed.

    Example http://themaddiecasefiles.com/topic2.html
    Processo Volume II, pgs. 218 to 520

    218 to 219—Opening of volume II on May 6, 2007
    239 to 241—Witness statement of Nuno Goncalo **** 2007.05.06
    242 to 243–Witness statement of Joao Pedro *** 2007.05.06
    244 to 247—Witness statement of Sarah Elizabeth ***2007.05.06
    248—Copy of Sarah Elizabeth ***’ passport
    249 to 251—Witness statement of Leanne Danielle **** 2007.05.06
    252—Copy of Leanne Danielle **** passport
    253 to 256—Witness statement of Catriona Treasa **** 2007.05.06
    257—Copy of Catriona Treasa **** passport
    258 to 260–Witness statement of Joaquim José ****

    etc.

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  198. Hi Anon @181

    The only reason Gerry is looking smug and Kate perhaps a bit more perky is that they know for a FACT that the Portuguese will NOT re-open this case.

    And that's what makes them think they can get away with whatever they did with Madeleine's body !

    Sandie

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  199. Since the McCanns have done so well out of Madeleine's disappearance they have spawned a slew of other "abduction" stories. The latest is a little girl in New England. Caleigh Harrison went missing from a beach. In between rushing off to press conferences, the parents keep saying she was abducted. They have even convicted Caleighs' 4 year old sister to say she saw a suspicious man on the beach. The police say they have investigated and there is "no evidence of an abduction or a strange man".

    Bay Lisa Irwin disappeared from her bedroom last year. The parents insist the baby was abducted. Again, no evidence of an abduction.

    Haley Cummings disappeared from her bed while her father's girlfriend was home. She says the girl was abducted. Again no evidence of an abduction.

    The McCanns have got away with it so every other pervert/child abuser is trying their luck.

    Well done McCanns!

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  200. Of course, a childless couple, desperate for a child to love would pick up exactly Madeleine, when they had the younger twins right at hand! They made a much better choice, still very young, their speaking skills still very rudimental, less chance of them saying the wrong thing when in public with new mum and dad, much more likely to soon forget about their time with the biological family and tottaly fit in with the new one.
    They really had to be very desperate and not thinking right or be plain STUPID!

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