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PJ dismisses lawyer who searches for Maddie

Jornal de Noticías*

"If we find the body of little Madeleine, we will become part of the history of humankind". This is one of the sentences that a lawyer from Madeira uses to conquer sponsors for the private searches that he is carrying out in the Arade dam, in Silves. Marcos Aragão Correia asks for 5 thousand euros, and in return, he promises to publicise the name of the company to all the Portuguese and foreign media that cover the searches.

"The exclusive sponsor benefits from huge, unique publicity", the lawyer guarantees, defending that this is "a wonderful opportunity to put our christianism into action, by helping these parents and this little girl". One of the firms that were contacted was a local newspaper in Portimão, which didn't even reply to the email. The invitation was finally accepted by a construction firm.

The money allowed the lawyer to pay the diving team that had already been at the dam in January. Operations had been suspended after only four days, for lack of funding. In the email that he sends to companies, the lawyer presents himself as "the son of one of the major personalities of insular and national culture" and guarantees he has "sponsored the defense of several prominent cases", although he does not name a single example. He explains that on May 6 (three days after Madeleine disappeared) he received leads that the child had been abducted, raped and murdered, and her body had been thrown into a lake in the Algarve, which he himself concluded, "after thorough investigations" to be the Arade reservoir. JN knows that he contacted the police. "What he said was very vague and he never revealed his source, although we insisted on it several times. It was later discovered that his source was a medium, meaning it was not minimally credible", said a source that is connected to the investigation.

During the searches, ropes, a sock and a rock were found. Correia considers that they indicate the "presence of the body". He delivered them to the Spanish detective agency Método 3, which was hired by the McCann couple.

*Translation by Astro

Who is Marcos Teixeira Aragão Correia?

Marcos Teixeira Aragão Correia, a lawyer and a PND founding member (New Democracy Party, a far right party allegedly with connections to French Far Right an extreme right political party, lead by the racist Jean-Marie Le Pen – Nova Democracia – has recently been accused of having accepted the adhesion of racist and nazi type nationalists) , says that criminals from underworld contacted him on 6th May and that gave him details about Madeleine's rape & murder.

He further claims that he had given this information to police who ignored it. In the first private search at Barragem do Arade, an isolated man-made lake, Marcos Aragao Correia funded the £1,200-a-day reservoir search himself . This lawyer has no record, in Portugal, as a Human Rights lawyer. He is not known in relation with any high profile case where Human Rights were at stake.

This is the same lawyer who in November 2007 failed to prosecute* the Correios de Portugal (CTT) because these have not delivered a registered letter to the McCanns. (Link to the letter sent to the Judicial Court of Portimão- Word file)

The letter, according to the lawyer, provided clues "that are of high credibility" and that could help in the investigation of the disappearance of Maddie.

Those elements were referred to the PJ (Judiciary Police) of Portimão by researchers from Funchal, but had no credibility.

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He said Metodo 3 was "very interested" in his information.

«The lawyer has contacted Kate and Gerry McCann's detective agency, which has begun to investigate his theory. If true, Mr Correia, 32, believes it would clear the couple of suspicion that they were involved in their daughter's disappearance.

He refused to reveal his underworld sources but said: "They indicated that Madeleine had been abducted, raped and murdered within the first two days after her abduction, and her body thrown into a lake in the Algarve."»

The McCanns now in Fury previously stated :"It is fantastic news."

«The couple learned of his comments on Saturday, as they prepared for a party to mark the third birthday of their twins, Sean and Amelie.Mr McCann, 39, said the comments could be a much-needed "breakthrough" and added: "It is fantastic news."

"We still have a long way to go but people in Portugal need to understand what has been happening and what we have been going through.

"We know it will take the police a long time to accept what has been happening is wrong, but it is an important step towards that."»

Método 3 went to the Algarve inspite the McCanns fury

Barcelona detectives from Método 3 are now also at the site on the Algarve
A team of detectives from the Barcelona firm, Método 3, arrived on the Algarve yesterday as there were reports that a local reservoir, the Arade, is being dragged again in the search for the body of the missing British youngster, Madeleine McCann. A team of seven divers have been at the reservoir since Monday, in what is the second search of the site. An earlier search proved fruitless five weeks after Madeleine disappeared.

Lawyer Marcos Aragão Correia has said that he is sure that the body of Madeleine, who vanished from Praia da Luz, on May 3, will be found there, and there are reports that objects found there already are strengthening his ‘deep conviction’.

The lawyers’ office claims that there is a 99% possibility that the body will be found there and the Portuguese paper ‘Correio da Manhã’ claims a child’s white sock has been found at the scene.

Método 3 gets the sock

ANYTHING FOUND as a result of the searches being carried out by divers at the Arade dam near Silves will be given to Método 3, the Spanish private investigating company hired by the McCann family to help find Madeleine.

The divers’ search of the waters at the Arade Dam started on Monday in a private operation commissioned by the Madeira-based lawyer Marcos Aragão Correia and sponsored by a Portimão-based company named SPEC.

According to Marcos Aragão Correia, “as the Portuguese police have not shown interest in the operation, we will give all the objects we find to Método 3 so that they can be analysed”.

Any forensic tests needed will be done in Spain and after that “if anything is found, we will give the results to the Polícia Judiciária”, he told The Resident.

Child’s sock

By the time The Resident went to press on Wednesday, the diving teams were still focusing their searches near the dam’s level control tower. “The site is crucial on this search as it is where all the findings have happened”, Marcos Aragão Correia said.

On Monday, the teams found a child’s sock which is “to be analysed to see if any DNA of Madeleine is found”, the lawyer said, adding that “we are certain that this is a sock of a child aged between five and six and its material is not common in Portugal”.

Divers also found four ropes, one of them about five metres long. This will also be sent for analysis.

In response to a report printed in the British press, saying that Gerry and Kate McCann were not happy with this private operation, Marcos Aragão Correia told The Resident that “a contact was made with Método 3 to clarify that information and we can say it is false”.

He also said that “the family is not sponsoring the diving because they believe Madeleine is alive, but we are receiving support from Método 3, which means they are aware of everything”.

Poor visibility

The search in the Arade Dam is being directed by Martin Falkous, who has five divers from Dive Time, based in Lagos, plus two from the Portimão Bombeiros (Fire-fighters) who have joined the operation in their own time.

Visibility in the water is very poor and the divers are using touch and feel in their search. With mud being between one and two meters deep at the bottom of the water, the colour changed from a dark green to light brown within seconds of the divers beginning the search.

This operation follows a first phase of searches, held in late January and February, when divers found an entrance covered by a metal grate and could not search inside the water tubes leading to the tower.

The search is expected to continue until today (Friday) afternoon and Marcos Aragão Correia has said that if Madeleine McCann’s body is found in the Arade dam, he will reveal all the information related to the tip-off that has led to the search.


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