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PJ arrives for last 'round' in England… and Maddie's parents go to Brussels

PJ in England today to explain contradictions

To explain the contradictions found in the testimonies of the "Tapas 7" and to untangle the theory of kidnapping supported by the parents of Madeleine McCann are the main objectives of the Judiciary Police (PJ), which arrived today in England to carry out the rogatory letter. The PJ wants to understand if some of the persons who were spending holidays with Kate and Gerry, in the Praia da Luz, in Lagos, “lied to corroborate the version of the couple ", explained, to the JN, a source connected with the process. The members of the group of friends are going to be confronted by elements of proof that meantime were gathered.

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Lawyer Luís Filipe Carvalho explains the process of the cross-examinations

Timeline for Tapas Night, the arrival of the PJ and a Clarry Spin

The same source admits that the PJ keeps on distrusting the McCanns, which were constituted arguidos and indicted by corpse's occultation and simulation of the crime of kidnapping. "As contradictions were detected in the statements of their friends, which also point in the same way - of the kidnapping - it is necessary to explain them", added the source.

The interrogations are going to have place in the headquarters of the Leicester Police, city where the McCanns live, and are going to be accompanied by three Portuguese investigators. The team is led by the coordinator of criminal investigation of the PJ of Portimão, Paulo Rebelo. Rebelo is accompanied by inspector Ricardo Paiva - his right-arm and since the first minute the liaison officer with the British Police - and by João Carlos, the officer who leads the brigade of the Regional Section of Combat to Banditism put in charge of the Madeleine case.

However, the PJ will not see their task an easy one, "On the contrary of what one might think, the British Police is not carrying out the duty of secrecy, giving various informations to the journalists", an investigator complains. " Proving it, are the news that in the last days have been published, "which reveal details that are in the rogatory letter. It will not be surprising if the witnesses already know the questions", he adds. Kate and Gerry will not be questioned for the time being, which will eventually happen in a subsequent phase. Everything depends on the answers of the witnesses.

Source: JN

Side Notes

The team that was sent by the Judiciary Police will interview 24 friends and relatives of Kate and Gerry McCann, as well as Justine McGuiness, Clarence Mitchell and the famous Tapas seven.During this week the tapas seven will be called to headquarters of the Police of Leicester: Russel O'Brien, his partner, Jane Tanner, Rachell Manpilly, her husband, Matthew Oldfield, Dianne Webster, her daughter Fiona Paine and the son-in-law, David Payne.

Kate and Gerry will not be in the United Kingdom on Thursday, due to their trip to Brussels, where they will debate with MEP’s about the creation of a European alert network for missing children.

Meanwhile, this weekend, there has been another disappearance. A 10-year-old girl disappeared in Sweden when she was returning home on her bike. The police believe that she was abducted.

Yesterday the filing of the process was known against a couple accused of trying to extort money from the McCanns. The judge considered that the Italian man and the Portuguese woman just wanted to give some evidences on Maddie's whereabouts.


A Judiciary Police officer said today: “We were contacted some months ago by the lawyers of two of the persons who where in the dinner, noticing that their clients where willing to alter the initial declarations given to the PJ. We do not know if, when so much time has passed, they still maintain the same stance. We do hope that such happens and that we can take one more step for the discovery of the truth in this case”

EU Appeal of Sousa Uva

The creation of a system of European alert for missing children appeared after Margarida Sousa Uva, the wife of the president of the European Commission, Durão Barroso, alerted Brussels for the “lack of political will " in the 27 member states to create an efficient system of alert for disappearances. " Unfortunately, the rights of the children are not a priority in the political agenda", criticized Margarida Sousa Uva, which has just been elected the president of the Portuguese Association for Missing Children. Margarida Sousa Uva remembered then that the mechanism of alert is already been applied efficiently in Germany, France, Greece and United Kingdom, lacking only to extend it to the 27 member states.

In Europe there is already a missing children hotline to call:116000

Image credits: "A pure coincidence " by my dear and very talented friend Himself
Leicestershire constabulary and PJ's Paulo Rebelo pictures by Stevo


  1. I have been to Germany and Greece and I have seen the alerts on tv. The problem, they have in those countries, is that the commercial tv stations, have not agreed to run the alerts. I was told that most of the kids who disappear these days are older than 12 or 14 and they come from the former eastern block. Generally speaking, I was told that people are not interested in these kind of disappearances as the children leave home.
    Thank you Joana.

  2. Thank you Nicholas, it's obvious the Amber Alert system would not have worked in Madeleine's case.


    While a British version exists – the Child Rescue Alert system – not all police forces are signed up; each force runs on different technology, making it difficult to roll out instant alerts; and there is no central hub available to assist detectives in their search.

    Mr McMillan-Scott said that children's charities including PACT and Missing People were convinced Britain needed a better system. The McCanns are in Washington this Easter studying the US Amber Alert system before meeting him in Brussels to discuss how they can help the campaign, he said.

    "It is my understanding the McCanns are in favour of the American system," he said. "In the last few weeks we have heard in the House of Commons that many Asian children in Bradford are the victims of forced marriage, we have heard about Shannon Matthews and now about the Rotherham children.

    "We should be considering as a society whether we are getting things right and working out the best way forward. I'm calling for police forces in the region to get together and take into account the recent issues here.

    "The Government has to take this issue up as it is being asked to by a number of charities. The current situation is to the disbenefit of our children, and I speak as a father and grandfather."

    He said 17-month-old Alex Mendoza and his sister Eva, eight months, who were snatched from their Rotherham home on March 8 and taken by their father to California, could have been kept in Britain if an Amber Alert system had been in place. "We need a children's resource centre at a national level and a hotline that Cara Mendoza (the children's mother) could have rung and known that the person on the other end knew what they were talking about," he said.

    The Rotherham case "was about getting the information out fast, making sure airports were informed straight away, and for that we need a properly constructed missing children portal".

    The MEP said he "stood by" comments made last weekend when he said an Amber Alert system would have helped find Shannon Matthews, despite claims from the West Yorkshire Police that he did not know what he was talking about.

    "Because of the central hub in America there are lots of statistics available that aid police in finding missing children," he said. "They show, for example, that the abductor is likely to be in the extended family, likely to be local, and recovery depends on getting out the information early.

    Criteria for the Activation of the Plan

    1.The abducted child must be 17 years of age or younger, and the law enforcement agency believes the child has been abducted (unwillingly taken from their environment without permission from the child’s parent or legal guardian). In McCann's case the nature of the crime was not defined

    2.The law enforcement agency believes the abducted child is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death.

    3.A law enforcement investigation has taken place that verified the abduction or eliminated alternative explanations. doesn't apply again

    4. Sufficient information is available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the child, suspect, and/or the suspect’s vehicle. ..and again

    5.The Child must be entered into the Criminal Information Network (CIN) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) missing person files as soon as practical.

    6. If all of the aforementioned criteria are not met, AMBER Alert Plan will not be activated

    In Europe there is already a missing children hotline to call:116000


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