9 October 2013

Gonçalo Amaral's book “contained nothing new, nothing that it wasn't published before”


Gonçalo Amaral's book edition post McCann injunction, 'No axe can cut the roots of freedom, 
the Portuguese are going to read the forbidden book'

“Despite everything, until a certain moment in the investigation, the [McCann] family sustained and fed the abduction thesis. Nevertheless, at an uncertain date, the family suggested to consult a person that might, eventually, indicate the probable location of little Madeleine’s cadaver. This fact became inexplicable to the members of the investigation, given the fact that it was the family members themselves who raised the possibility of little Maddie’s death.”
in Process 201/07.0GALGS, volume XVII, page 2594

Gonçalo Amaral's book did not add “anything new”

Two members of the Judiciary Police have stated yesterday in court, that Gonçalo Amaral's book did not add anything new to what was already known regarding the process of the investigation of the English child, who disappeared in the Algarve, in May 2007. The statements of this two witnesses, Luís Neves and Ricardo Paiva, concur with Gonçalo Amaral's defence argument, which alleges that the book written by the former coordinator of the Judiciary Police “contained nothing new, nothing that it wasn't published before”.

Gonçalo Amaral is being tried at Lisbon's Civil Court after a complaint from the McCanns, who claim the book “has deeply affected the family” and seek 1,2 million euros for alleged defamation. Inspector Ricardo Paiva, who was directly involved in the investigation, considered that the book did not add “anything new”.

Luís Neves, who coordinated part of the investigation and was the then director of the Judiciary Police Organized Crime Unit, stated the same. The judge ended up by ironically saying that the book had “misleading advertising”, since the cover promised “revelations” about the case.

Jornal de Notícias, Paper Edition, page 10, October 9, 2013

Gonçalo Amaral's book may have “misleading advertising”, said the Judge
Trial - PJ Director admitted that initial thesis of Maddie's abduction was rushed

by Valentina Marcelino [Translation Astro/JM]

The Judge at the 1st Civil Court of Lisbon who is presiding the McCann couple's lawsuit against the former PJ inspector - who defends the thesis of the parents' responsibility in their daughter Madeleine's death - suggested that Gonçalo Amaral's book may have “misleading advertising”, because contrary to what is announced on its back cover it does not contain “unique revelations” about the case of the disappearance of the little girl in 2007, in Praia da Luz.

The magistrate's conclusion followed the statements of one of Amaral's defence witnesses that was heard in court yesterday, the PJ inspector Ricardo Paiva, who took part in the investigative team. He stated that 'The Truth of the Lie' did not contain any more information than what was in the files of the process that has been shelved in the mean time, and made public. Thus Gonçalo Amaral's defence seeks to devalue the impact of the accusations that are contained in the book on the McCann family and to empty the arguments that sustain Gerry and Kate McCann's request for 1.2 million as compensation over moral damages.

“What are the 'revelations' in the book?” the judge asked Ricardo Paiva. “There is nothing new compared with the inquiry”, the inspector replied. “But it says the contrary on the back cover, it says that there are 'unique revelations'. What are those?”, the magistrate insisted. “They may be unique to those who bought the book and didn't read the case files”, Ricardo Paiva suggested. Ironically, the judge concluded “Then it's misleading advertising!”.

The McCann couple's lawyers, on the other hand, have been trying to demonstrate that the book contains a lot more information than the criminal process, namely the author's final conclusion that the little girl died in the apartment, which is the motive of the moral damage that was caused to the family.

During yesterday's session, the director of the National Counter-Terrorism Unit (UNCT) testified for Gonçalo Amaral's defence and implied that the abduction theory, with which the investigation started right after the little girl's disappearance, may have been rushed. “When Dr Guilhermino Encarnação [former PJ director] held the first press conference and spoke about an abduction, we still didn't know whether it was one thing or another”, he said. According to Luís Neves, an abduction expert, at the time, the signs that usually support this type of crime, like “a ransom note”, were missing. The director of UNCT also recalled that it was Maddie's parents who, being first to admit that their daughter might be dead, ended up indirectly triggering the arrival in Portugal of the English dogs that detected cadaver odour in the apartment where Maddie disappeared from. And that was when Amaral's thesis started to gain strength.

BBC programme
SIC guarantees that they were not approached

SIC [Portuguese television network and media company, which runs several television channels] was not approached to broadcast BBC's Crimewatch program on the “Maddie case”, contrary to what the English press published. Next Monday, on 14 October, the English TV channel, BBC, that broadcasts Crimewatch, promises to show a reconstruction of Madeleine McCann's disappearance. The script is a result of Scotland Yard's investigation. The British press assured that Portuguese TV channels refused to broadcast it, however when questioned by DN, an official source from SIC guaranteed that they were never contacted. RTP and TVI did not reply up to the closure of this edition.

Diário de Notícias, Paper Edition, page 19, October 9, 2013



Astro's update from the Court

The day in court has ended.
A brief update:

 - Isabel Duarte did not attend, the plaintiffs were represented by another lawyer from her office.
Kate has also requested to be heard as a party. The judge will decide whether or not it is necessary/pertinent to hear Kate, Gerry and Gonçalo after all the witnesses have testified.

 - Ricardo Paiva also said that after Gonçalo's book was published, the flux of information did not go down. The only changes happened around anniversaries of the disappearance, when it would go up. The judge asked what were the revelations of the book. Ricardo said that there were none.

 - Tavares de Almeida was also heard via videolink. He was asked about his participation in the investigation, which ended in late September. There were no further questions because he said he had only read the last two pages of the book and had not seen the documentary.

 - Luis Neves was the last witness before lunch. He read some parts of the book and did not see the documentary. He testified about the initial investigation thesis being that of an abduction, which was why his unit was involved early on. He was present during a meeting with the parents at the British Consulate in Portimão. That was the first time that the hypothesis of death was mentioned. It was the parents who first mentioned it. They wanted Krugel to be brought over with his machine. When the British officers saw Krugel's work and the area that he covered, they suggested the dogs. That was the start of a new angle to the investigation.

 - After lunch, we heard Manuel Catarino. He followed the case as chief editor of Correio da Manhã. He read both the book and the files. The contents of book and files is the same. He also wrote a book because the case is of public interest. There was no difference of any kind in the reporting, before and after Gonçal Amaral's book.

 - The last witness today was Moita Flores. He read the book but did not see the documentary. He has 18 years of experience as an investigator for the PJ, homicide division, and is a teacher in criminal investigation. He says that all theories are valid, except for one: an abduction through that window is completely impossible. He thinks the investigation made a fundamental mistake because it started only with the abduction theory. The classics teach that first one must look at who had access to the apartment. Solutions to crimes are usually the most simple ones. He was perplexed by the shelving of the investigation, as all of the contradictions between the parents and the friends had not been thoroughly investigated.

 - The last witness for the day, Hernâni Carvalho, did not appear in court.



Jerry Lawton's [Daily Star Chief Crime Correspondent] tweets on Court session

- Gerry and Kate McCann and Goncalo Amaral have all now applied to the judge to give evidence at libel trial

- Judge says book cover says it contains `exclusive revelations'..`ok so then I have to conclude this is misleading advertising'

- Judge to Paiva: `What's new in the book that's not in the police files?' Paiva: `Nothing'

- Judge stops lawyers on both sides asking Amaral's former cop colleagues their conclusions on McCann case because `opinions' not `facts'

- Flores says `prophetic and dogmatic vision' behind current SY McCann probe. UK cops `only putting forward the hypothesis of abduction'

- Flores: McCann and Tapas 7 friends should have had their phones tapped because of `inconsistencies' in their statements.

- Retired cop Francisco Moita Flores said McCann probe was one of `most complex and well-investigated cases' he'd seen..Amaral `competent'

- Neves: Brit police suggested bringing in sniffer dogs..`not accepted lightly' due to `cost' and `no experience of it in Portugal'

- Neves: Kate driving force behind failed July 2007 search by controversial ex-Sth African cop Danie Krugel with body-finding machine

- Port police organised crime unit head Luis Neves said Amaral's conclusion Madeleine was dead was accepted early on by parents

- Paiva says everything in Amaral's book `can be found in the case files' which have been made public

- Contrary to McCann claim Paiva says publication of Amaral's book did not hinder the `flow of information' coming in to police

- Paiva: the book `contains the professional and personal opinions of Goncalo Amaral as a police officer'

- Former Portuguese police family liaison officer Ricardo Paiva tells McCann libel trial Amaral's book was `based on our investigation'

- Kate McCann asks judge for permission to give evidence at libel trial.

- Madeleine McCann libel trial resumes. Parents suing ex-cop Goncalo Amaral for £1m over his book's claims they covered up her death.



Similarities between the case files and Gonçalo Amaral's book

“From all that has been exposed, it results from the file that:

a) The minor Madeleine McCann died in apartment 5A of the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, on the evening/night of the 3rd of May 2007;

b) an abduction was simulated;

c) in order to render the child’s death before 10 p.m. impossible, a situation of checking on the McCann couple’s children, while they slept, was made up;

d) Kate McCann and Gerald McCann are involved in the concealment of the cadaver of their daughter, Madeleine McCann;

e) at this moment in time, there seem to be no strong indications yet that the child’s death was not the result of a tragic accident;

f) from all that has been established up to this moment, everything indicates that the McCann couple, in auto defence, does not want to hand over the cadaver immediately and voluntarily, and that there is a strong possibility that it was moved from its initial location. This situation may raise questions concerning the circumstances under which the child’s death occurred.”

in Process 201/07.0GALGS, volume X, page 2601

“1. The minor, Madeleine McCann, died inside apartment 5A of the Ocean Club, in Vila da Luz, on the evening/night of the 3rd of May, 2007;

2. An abduction was simulated;

3. Kate Healy and Gerald McCann are suspected of being involved in the concealment of their daughter’s cadaver;

4. Death may have resulted from a tragic accident;

5. There are indications of neglect in the guard and safety of their children.”

in Gonçalo Amaral's book, 'Maddie, The Truth of the Lie' [Maddie, A Verdade da Mentira], page 214


19 comments:

  1. Many thanks for the update, been popping here and there.

    Certainly the whole PROCEDURE, if nothing else has been an oddity and probably made more work for the Judge, would have thought consecutive days would have been beneficial to the clarity of the process, not allow parties to go off and FIELD NEW PLAYERS - i.e. witnesses (well one party, GA merely responding. I appreciate there was a change in the law, but the lawyers knew that, before this hearing started.

    But that is going to be water under the bridge, since the judge who one has to appreciate has really held this together, and couldn't been an easy task with the need for translations. So we await her decision to see if Mr & Mrs McCann get to speak and also Goncalo Amaral. But as I see it, there probably will be not need for them to be called. Mr and Mrs McCann may show their despair, grief and humiliation at this hearing, but it seems way out of balance to the six years of media control and attention that has gone before them.

    The hearing is about libel, not about how Mr & Mrs Canns perceived and reacted to what was written. Did they not feel the same about the official closure of the investigation? since that really ended all hopes of finding Madeleine.

    Then we really come to the chestnut, the bit to dwell and think about, from Moita Flores

    ''He was perplexed by the shelving of the investigation, as all of the contradictions between the parents and the friends had not been thoroughly investigated.''

    Full circle, to the un-answered 48 questions and the participation of the T7 & JW in the reconstruction, and whether Mr and Mrs McCann would have returned. And worthy of consideration who was giving all of them advice?

    So there we have it. As arguidos, they could have asked for the case to remain opened by co-operating.

    All any of us want is to bring about closure, and let Madeleine rest in peace.

    Meadow

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  2. The McCann's can't get closure. Too many see them involved somehow as I expect some even in their family. So the only way is attack all dissenters with the right to sue. The only people the McCann's require are their lawyers. Why Clarence Mitchell is still with them should be telling of the seriousness to continue to keep control of how the so called investigation is going.

    The major mistake was allowing the McCann's and their party to leave Portugal until they all had been thoroughly investigated. They got caught up in a nightmare of a media circus in that any chance of getting a so called abductor to just hand Madeleine back was nigh impossible. No ransom not has ever been stated. This to my view was premeditated from well before the dinner to provide a very flimsy alibi but it worked once they got home and all blame was targeted at the Portuguese Police in charge of the case. To have parents out jogging and laughing while the possibility of their daughter in the hands of an abductor and coming to harm, where any normal set of parents would be too distraught to even consider going anywhere than by the phone while the police are doing their job in trying to find out all the information they needed. These video clips and their times in relation to when they happened need to be made shown more to allow the public to understand why many were suspicious of they abduction theory being portrayed.

    I just wish Portugal would demand they return as they are re-opening the case since they have dragged that country through the mud. Ok, the PJ probably made mistakes. Our own police aren't the experts we think they are on many, many occassions as we are well aware. Get them ordered back to do the reconstruction. No ifs but or maybe's. Get a judge to use EC law to get them to return. Put the name of Portugal back in the forefront and the McCann's and their party on the back foot. If they refuse, arrest them. It's time they realise this is a serious crime committed in an EC member country and they have a duty to assist in the investigation since this after all this time is what they want, isn't it. Team McCann have called the shots for too long. Time to put them on the back foot.

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  3. Many thanks for the update!
    " Luís Neves, an abduction expert, at the time, the signs that usually support this type of crime, like “a ransom note”, were missing",

    That reason could have been: they didn't have time to mess up the 'crime scene' clean up the 'crime scene' AND write up alibis for so many people!

    I would agree with the experts, there should have been two theories at least being investigated.
    1. Abduction of live child ( as claimed by TM) AND
    2. a death of the child(by what ever means).

    The McCanns did play a merry dance around the PJ. The parents did expect to be 'suspected' of something, they began, and held steadfast to their *innocence* persona's'.

    It was very clear from that first intrusion of the press... sorry I meant 'planned interview' who was in charge of the merry dance- GM. He, with his over bearing ego, took command of the ship and steered a unsuspecting crew for the sail of a lifetime. However, it wasn't ALL hands on deck- as is the norm. some of the Tapas developed a social shyness.

    The first time I had any incline about TM- would have been that very first interview. I was at a friends house, she was ironing with the TV on in the back ground - the sound was turned down as we chatted- about nothing much really. The camera focused into K & G.. I must have looked strange because my friend said" what the hell is wrong with you, do you know them two"? I replied" NO! but turn it up I bet they have done something wrong and trying to shy out of it- like drugs or something bad". Yes I spooked my friend. I have never believed their version of accounts of how their daughter disappeared, because of that day. Little did I know how BAD things were and were going to be. Still ringing in my ear Kate's immortal words "They have taken her" -" I know what happened I was there" "Some one somewhere knows something, they have a key" It was as if they expected her NEVER to turn up alive OR to turn up alive in front of a global audience- just what they wanted- a global audience.

    I loath them for one thing- leaving their babies to fend for themselves then refuse to accept responsibility for the outcome.
    I dislike them for the other lives they tried to ruin, because they were miserable and unpopular.

    I would not blame the Portuguese TV and Media for taking part in press intrusion of this lovely couple... oops sorry I mean staged entrance and planned hype! it is so hard to distinguish with these two.
    AFTER crime watch and the expected conclusion I add: For the record:

    there will be no BIG PARTY with the worlds press witnessing the great reunion, Oh No Little Maddie is a ward of court...She will go straight into the care of social work...AND an inquiry perhaps?
    Massive NHS cutbacks- life saving medicines being removed because of cost,
    but don't worry we have the *Maddie show* to take our minds off it- costing over £8 million!! because her parents are worth it!

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  4. I just read, maybe it was not for real that the MCs intend to call 6 new witnesses. Excuse me if I missed the joke,i am tired, but this looked very real to me and very much like it should not be allowed. What do others think, see McCann Files for today

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  5. What is happening at this moment in England reminds me of the proverb about the pitcher going to the well once too often. The influential guardians of the McCann couple have undertaken numerous PR campaigns over the years, with the objective of intimidating and drowning out the voices of reason. There have been so many PR stunts that it’s no longer a surprise that when things are not going quite well for the precious couple that there will be a feverish media blitz; it’s expected. The pattern is so obvious that some of us who enjoy a bit of a comedy look forward with expectation to see what nonsense is going to come out of Britain next and who is the next in line to make fools of themselves to help the cause. In the beginning, these campaigns annoyed me because I felt people would accept the lies as truth, but it doesn’t bother me anymore because I realize that in this age of the internet people have caught on to what's going on; they see the pattern also and the foolishness of it all. I believe these campaigns are actually detrimental to Mr. and Mrs. McCann; the fact that the timing is impeccable is what makes it all wrong.

    It will be interesting to see how Scotland Yard handles its foray into the field of public relations. How will they bring closure to their campaign? Is someone who is no longer with us going to be blamed? Perhaps, someone who is already incarcerated will be the chosen one. Who knows what's up their sleeve? When that announcement comes, I'll be by my TV set or Computer with popcorn in hand.

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  6. Hi all,

    I think you'll find the hysterical rants from Kate McCann in the British media about giving evidence at the trial are nothing more than distraction tactics for the gullible masses. You know to prevent them from dwelling on the testimony given by witnesses for the defence.

    In any case I plan to ring in during the airing of the crimewatch programme and tell them of my suspicions of Gerry and Kate.

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  7. 10 out 2013
    Daily Star
    Face of Maddie suspect
    E-fit plea over new suspect

    by JERRY LAWTON, Chief Crime Correspondent BRITISH police are to issue an e-fit of a new suspect in the hunt for Madeleine McCann. Scotland Yard detectives will appeal for the public’s help in tracing the man seen near the Portuguese holiday apartment where the family was staying in 2007.

    The image has been reportedly shown to Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry, both 45,who say they have been “greatly encouraged” by the progress of the new Met Police search for their daughter.

    On a Crimewatch special due to be broadcast on Monday, Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, leading the inquiry, is expected to reveal details of the suspect’s movements around the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz around the time Madeleine, then three, disappeared.

    He is understood to be one of 41 “persons of interest”, including 15 Brits, the Met’s 37-strong Operation Grange team want to trace after spending two years reviewing the original shelved investigation.

    Police will urge witnesses to come forward if they recall seeing him near the apartment or recognise him from the detailed image, according to Sky News.

    Yesterday a Met Police spokesman refused to comment on what could be a major breakthrough in the inquiry.

    She added the force “will release the relevant material at the relevant time”.

    Crimewatch will feature a reconstruction of events leading up to Madeleine’s disappearance and a new public appeal by the McCanns, who will be in the studio with presenter Kirsty Young, 44. Police have promised the program me will reveal a new theory that will throw a “substantially different” light on the mystery. The McCanns declined to comment on the release of the e-fit yesterday.

    A source close to them said: “The BBC will run 30-second clips of Kate and Gerry throughout the day and night to promote the Crimewatch re-examination of the Madeleine case. “Everyone on the team is hoping and praying that it brings the McCanns the breakthrough they need.”

    The couple are suing the head of the original inquiry in Portugal, expolice chief Goncalo Amaral, for £1million after he claimed in a book that they had covered up Madeleine’s death.

    They deny his allegations which they claim hampered the search for their daughter.

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  8. 10 out 2013 Daily Express By John Twomey

    MADELEINE POLICE HAVE NEW SUSPECT
    Scotland Yard detectives to release picture soon A NEW image of a potential suspect for the kidnap of Madeleine McCann could provide a dramatic breakthrough in the case.

    Detectives plan to release the picture in the next few days as part of a major television appeal, which will include an appearance by Madeleine’s parents.

    Police declined to discuss the image – which is believed to be a computer generated e- fit – but it is understood to be a central part of the fresh material gathered by Operation Grange, the Scotland Yard investigation into the little girl’s disappearance.

    Kate and Gerry McCann have been shown the picture of the mystery figure seen close to the holiday apartment in Portugal from where the three- year- old was snatched in May 2007.It will feature prominently on BBC’s Crimewatch which is due to be broadcast on Monday night.

    Police and the programme makers are hopeful the appeal will be a big step forward in the quest for the truth about what happened to Madeleine.

    A source close to her family said: “Everyone on the team is hoping and praying that it brings the McCanns the breakthrough they so desperately need.”

    Madeleine, who would now be 10, vanished days before her fourth birthday. The Crimewatch appeal is a significant stage in Operation Grange, which was launched in May 2011 after the McCanns appealed directly to Prime Minister David Cameron for help.

    Detectives have identified 41 possible suspects. The list includes 15 Britons, although three are expected to be ruled out of the inquiry in the next few days.

    A Yard spokesman said yesterday: “We are not prepared to discuss, comment or speculate on the content of the upcoming appeal in relation to the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

    “This has been weeks in the planning and each element of the investigation must be set into the overall context of the appeal.

    “We will be asking for help from the public in a number of countries, delivered through a series of public appeals.

    “We will do nothing to jeopardise the effectiveness of these appeals.

    “The police will release the relevant material at the relevant time.”

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  9. Last week, the Yard revealed officers are attempting to discover all those who were in the vicinity of the family’s Ocean Club apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve by analysing mobile phone records.

    The vast majority of mobile phone users will be cleared, leaving a relatively small number – which could include the kidnappers.

    Meanwhile, former GP Mrs McCann is confident of winning the right to appear before a Lisbon court to speak out against retired Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral.

    Kate and Gerry McCann are set to appear on the Crimewatch appeal are suing Mr Amaral, 56, for libel over claims in his 2008 book The Truth Of The Lie.

    They are also taking action against the book’s publishers and the makers of a Portuguese television documentary.

    Clarence Mitchell, the couple’s spokesman, said yesterday: “Kate is obviously the best person to describe the effect that Mr Amaral’s book has had on the search for Madeleine and the awful effect this has had on her as Madeleine’s mother and the wider McCann family.

    “She will give evidence if she is given the opportunity.”

    If Judge Maria Emilia Melo e Castro rules in favour of Mrs McCann, she could give evidence at the end of next month.

    A family source said: “The time will soon come when Kate can help shut up her accuser for good.

    “She is hopeful that the judge will grant her application to give evidence in the libel trial and she will definitely be prepared to go back for that.”

    The McCanns, both 45, from Rothley, Leicestershire, are very pleased with the level of cooperation between the authorities in London and Lisbon.

    The source added: “All they want to do is put an end to the wicked lies Mr Amaral is making in his book which he insists come from his theories when he was in charge of the investigation.”

    Scotland Yard detectives are not allowing the libel trial to distract them from their investigation. The source said: “Their only focus is on finding out what happened to Madeleine.”

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  10. http://arch1design.com/blog/2013/10/madeleine-mccann-bbc-re-enactment/

    Straight talking from within the UK for a change

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  11. So SY have shown the McCanns the Efit ,so if it looked like Gerry it cld be dismissed,what a farce,corrupt British cops,corrupt media,meanwhile another innocent holiday maker who just happens to be walking near the apartment is now a 'suspect'.A pox on all their houses.I do wish Portugal police would tell the British cops to Eff off to put it blankly.

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  12. Lawton has been on the ball and twitting the Lisbon hearing. So full marks, there sir & congratulations. Now is it the way it's worded or is there a hint !

    ''Crimewatch will feature a reconstruction of events leading up to Madeleine’s disappearance and a new public appeal by the McCanns, ''

    ''events leading up to''

    Not during, not after, but leading up to!!

    So, we are back with a planned abduction? Is it the cleaners with the white van or the bodged burglary or one of the same, casing the joint for their opportunity to strike.

    OK go with the flow, since there have been many pre & post sightings, in fact, MORE THAN when it ACTUALLY happened was alleged to happen. Which brings us to planning, rather than opportunist. Which was it then?

    >> in via the shutter, which LUCKILY also had an unlocked window (oopps remember smashing glass, there wasn't any). Neither for that matter any sign of force against the impossible task of opening the shutters externally

    >> in via the unlocked patio door, which could only have been achieved prior to Mr McCanns check, as he was standing there, as allegedly sighted by JT whilst the alleged abductor walked across the road in front everyone

    Crimewatch will be interesting.

    Meadow

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  13. or maybe we will see the Mcs sitting by SY when redwood stands up handcuffs in hand and say , haha caught you.

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  14. Its time the papers stopped printing about Madeleine and Mccanns, they still bringing made up stories about people. Its time Mccanns and Mitchell stopped telling the police what to do and let them get on with a proper investigation. Mr Cameron now has Mitchell in his party because he can tell good stories. Mr Amaral is true with his stories which had nothing to do with people stopping looking for Madeleine. The people have given money and after six years they still haven't found Madeleine. The people realize that the children were left alone night after night and it is the parents responsibility it has nothing to do with Mr Amarals book who only wrote what he found. They have been in Germany but the German people are not taken in by their stories, there has been so many lies, lets hope Portugal do the right thing and find Mr Amaral innocent, if they don't sort this out the Mccanns will come with different stories they have people they know to come forward and Maddie will never be found, the court wasting their time to listen to these people. The dogs speak the truth and the police believed Maddie died in the flat, but they were taken off the case. One of the seven was away a long time saying he had to change the sheets on his daughters bed but the staff said no sheets were changed, that is another lie. How many times Mccanns said a man was standing outside the flat?

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  15. One thing I have never understood is why Jane Tanner's sighting of 'Bundleman' was taken any notice of at all... Nothing to do with her description of the abductor changing so often, but because of the manner a supposed sleeping Madeleine was being carried in the picture drawn of it. She must have OKed the sketch. IMNSHO you can carry a small baby that way, though you do not usually hold them with your arms out in from of you, but with the baby's head in the crook of your arm. You physically CAN'T carry a even a light-weight two year old in the pictured fashion, you would automatically shift her to an upright position, as otherwise it would be very awkward, and too heavy and uncomfortable for the muscles in your arms. Madeleine was almost four, and I do not think it would be possible to carry her that way... She would be a relatively heavy weight. You carry such a child in the manner described by Martin Smith and his family.

    Moreover, in my experience, when you attempt to carry a sleeping child, particularly if you are going outside in the cool evening air, they will wake up and wail initially, and then throw their arms around your neck, and hang on as you carry them upright. If they do not wake up, they stir, and move a bit, and do the same with their arms.

    I am not sure whether it is a forum myth or not, but I thought the Smiths described a child with her arms hanging down loosely, which is unusual, and worrying to say the least.

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  16. Have you seen all the comments on Yahoo.com following the Crimewatch "reconstruction"?

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  17. This may influence the outcome of the libel case in the detectives favour if you look at this video Gerry's Freudian Slip at 100 Days Kate Mccann says " going through so much pain in loosing Madeline that anything written and said after Madeline disappeared minor hurdle in comparison "

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  18. Where can one find the original text of the civil complaint of the McCanns against Mr. Amaral?

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  19. @18 the Temporary Injunction text is the closest available at the moment http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2010/02/temporary-injunction-granted-on.html

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