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PJ is organizing, for the 15th and 16th of May, a reconstruction of the "four blank hours"

"History always repeats itself twice: first time as tragedy, second time as farce." (Karl Marx / 1818-1883)

PJ wants to a reconstruction of events of the night of the 3rd of May of 2007

The couple insists on the theory of kidnapping, but the PJ still has not eliminated the scenery of murder

The parents of Madeleine McCann and friends were invited for the reconstitution of the night of the disappearance of the girl. The spokesman of the couple stated that the invitation is being considered, but stipulated that the McCanns will only return to Portugal after their arguido status is lifted.

Sandra Felgueiras interviews Clarence Mitchell

"If they are still arguidos in that date, they will not go", Clarence Mitchell told yestarday to the RTP. Today, the McCann’s spokesman emphasized to the RTP journalist in Leicestershire, Sandra Felgueiras, that the couple is still thinking if it is going to accept or decline the proposal of the PJ.

The Portuguese authorities want in Portugal all who were in the Algarve, on the 3rd of May of 2007, to understand exactly what went on between 18h00 and 22h00.

Sandra Felgueiras reported that the PJ is organizing, for the 15th and the 16th of May, an operation to reconstruct the “four blank hours”. This diligence might include nearly 50 persons.

The PJ has not put aside the hypothesis of Madeleine’s death occurring on the same night in which she was taken of her room from the apartment of Praia da Luz.

Up to this afternoon two of the Tapas friends were heard (Jane tanner and Russell O'Brien,). Tomorrow David and Fiona Payne will be questioned. In the next two days the remainder of the Tapas 7 will be cross-examined. All of them are going to be invited to travel to Portugal, in May of this year, to reenact the events of the night of the disappearance of the three-year-old girl.

News From the UK

This is London: Spokesman Clarence Mitchell said today: “Kate and Gerry welcome the idea of a Crimewatch-style reconstruction which is broadcast on television and will generate more leads and more calls in the search for Madeleine.”

But sources close to the couple pointed out they had suggested just such a reconstruction last May and it was turned down by Portuguese police.

There are fears the current request is an excuse to get the McCanns back to Portugal where police will attempt to put more pressure on the pair.

A source said: “There are concerns from some quarters if they go back as to what this reconstruction would achieve if it is not broadcast.

"Kate is concerned about her emotional state to do this. She is quite upset.

“They all want to get through this investigative phase and get themselves cleared and if this helps then fine. But it is always a worry when they don't know what the motives of the police are.”

A legal source close to the couple said today: “They have been advised to come back. They want to clear this up as fast as possible and get on with finding their daughter.”

The reconstruction would involve dozens of people — including the Tapas Seven — enacting the night's events.

They would then be compared with a timeline of evidence compiled from British police interviews with more than 50 people this month.

Mirror: Mr Mitchell said: "Any requests made by Portuguese police via Kate and Gerry's lawyers are covered by Portuguese judicial secrecy and as a result I am not at liberty to discuss any details of any such proposals.

"However, Kate and Gerry would very much welcome a Crimewatch-style reconstruction which is properly broadcast for millions of people to see and could generate important new leads and fresh information.

"It's untrue to say that Kate and Gerry have been called back or summoned back. Their lawyers are very much continuing discussions with the Portuguese police and if any such decision is taken to take part, an announcement will be made at the appropriate time."

Guardian: Kate and Gerry McCann would be happy to take part in a televised reconstruction of the night their four-year-old daughter Madeleine disappeared in Portugal, the couple's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said today.

"Kate and Gerry very much welcome the idea of any reconstruction that is televised … that could create important new leads in the search for Madeline," he told Sky News.

Sources say that the couple have been asked to consider taking part in a reconstruction. Mitchell said Portuguese secrecy laws limited what could be said about any proposed reconstruction.

"There is no such suggestion that Kate and Gerry are definitely going back at this stage," he said. "This proposal is just that, a proposal."

Mitchell said the couple would not return to Portugal for the one-year anniversary of their daughter's disappearance on May 3 if they remained suspects.

The anniversary would be marked privately, he said, though a television documentary to be broadcast beforehand would focus on desire "for improvements in Europe and better co-ordination", he said.

Telegraph: As official suspects, the McCanns can supply the police with the names of people they want to be interviewed and it is expected to take up to three months to work through a comprehensive list.

It has six categories: friends who were in Praia da Luz, staff at the Mark Warner Ocean Club resort where the McCann family was staying, other holidaymakers, people who spent time with Mr and Mrs McCann immediately after Madeleine's disappearance and relatives.

The list includes a senior psychologist, Alan Pike, who spent a lot of time with the couple and will vouch for them against allegations that they were hiding their true emotions.

Sky News: Kate McCann is said to be "upset" over a request that she and her husband Gerry take part in a reconstruction of the night their daughter Madeleine went missing.

Mr Mitchell said: "(The McCanns) and their friends want to resolve this - they want to make it clear to the police that there is no evidence to implicate Kate and Gerry and that they should be eliminated from the inquiry.

"The family will do whatever is necessary to assist the police and this particular (reconstruction) proposal is just that."

But he made it clear the couple were still undecided on whether to return to the resort.

Independent: Tomorrow, the couple travel to Brussels to lobby MEPs to sign their written declaration for a dedicated child alert system.

Kate, 40, and 39-year-old Gerry, from Rothley, recently visited the USA to see how the "Amber" alert system worked. The system allows officers to flash news alerts on to the radio, television and digital road signs once they deem a child to be in imminent danger.

The McCanns hope their written declaration will be signed by a majority of 390 MEPs in the next three months. This will allow it to be submitted to the European Commission for its consideration.

Daily Express (not on-line anymore): Portuguese police have invited the McCanns to participate in a reconstruction of the night Madeleine vanished from their holiday apartment in the resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 last year.

It is not known whether friends who were on holiday with the McCanns, other holidaymakers and staff working at the resort will also be invited to take part in the reconstruction.

The friend of the McCanns said: "Kate is upset. There's been no sense of concern for her feelings or the anguish it will cause her. On an emotional level she is not sure she can go through with it."

The friend added: "The family will consider it. If it's felt that there's a chance of it helping to find Madeleine then, of course, they will do it. But given it is a year on, you have to wonder about the value of it."

Kate, 40, a GP, has not returned to work and has remained at home in Rothley, Leicestershire, since her daughter disappeared. Gerry, 39, has returned to work as a heart surgeon.

It is believed that any reconstruction would not be televised, although Clarence Mitchell, the family's spokesman, said Kate and Gerry would welcome an opportunity to take part in a televised Crimewatch reconstruction in Portugal if it helped find four-year-old Madeleine.

The couple will not be travelling back to Portugal to mark the anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance on May 3 if they remain arguidos - formal suspects.

Producers from Crimewatch had put forward a request to do a reconstruction within the first month of Madeleine's disappearance.

But it is understood that due to the secrecy of Portuguese law, this offer was turned down by police officers.

The McCanns in the Media

SIC News: Clarence Mitchell Interview

McCanns Asked To Return To Portugal, a Martin Brunt report

McCanns Consider Portugal Return only if a televised reconstruction to help find their daughter Madeleine, according to their spokesman Clarence Mitchell.

McCanns Approached By Shannon Link

The People: Maddie's parents in cash offer

By Tom Carlin
9 March 2008

The parents of Maddie McCann yesterday pledged cash to boost the hunt for Shannon. Gerry and Kate, whose daughter has been missing for 10 months, are "deeply concerned" at the plight of Shannon's family.
Kate, 39, said: "My heart goes out to them. We always hoped and prayed that no other family would have to suffer like we have."

Money from the Find Madeleine Fund could perhaps pay for a massive poster campaign. Shannon's mum Karen will contact the McCanns to discuss the possibilities. She said: "It's fantastic that they are offering to help us in this way."

Board members of the Maddie fund will now be asked to approve donations to Karen. McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Kate and Gerry have no control over the money. The board will want to know what it is needed for."

The fund now stands at £544,000. That is less than half the amount it contained soon after Maddie, then three, vanished in Portugal on May 3 last year.

Times: Madeleine McCann's parents called back to Portugal

An exclusive by David Brown

Madeleine McCann’s parents, family friends and other holiday-makers have been called back to Portugal to participate in a reconstruction of the night she disappeared, Times Online has learnt.

Detectives want to replicate the events at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz on the evening when Kate and Gerry McCann reported their eldest daughter had been abducted. They have asked dozens of people to attend the event after the completion of a series of interviews with key witnesses which started today.

The unprecedented reconstruction is planned for the middle of next month, shortly after the first anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance on May 3. Portuguese police have written to witnesses, asking them to cooperate by attending the event.

Mr and Mrs McCann have not been to the Algarve resort since they were made arguidos (official suspects) on September 7. Friends of the couple have indicated that they would refuse to voluntarily return unless they are formally cleared of any wrongdoing.

The reconstruction would involve dozens of people who were in Praia da Luz from the early afternoon of May 3 until Madeleine was reported missing from her bedroom at 10pm.

Events on the ground would be compared with the timeline of evidence being compiled during interviews with more than 50 people which are being carried out by British police throughout this month.

Portuguese detectives hope the reconstruction will help them identify discrepancies in evidence and to pinpoint areas which need further investigation.

However, critics will see it as as a sign that the investigators have no idea what happened to Madeleine. Experts from Scotland Yard and Leicestershire Constabulary had advised Portuguese police to hold a reconstruction within weeks of Madeleine’s disappearance.

Seven British friends who were on holiday with the McCanns are being questioned by British police this week. The interviews at the headquarters of Leicestershire Constabulary are being watched by the chief Portuguese investigator, Paulo Rebelo, and two other senior detectives from the Polícia Judiciária.

Apparent inconsistencies in the previous statements of the “Tapas Seven” and the accounts of Mr and Mrs McCann have been identified by detectives. However, they have insisted that there are no differences and any minor discrepancies are to be expected in any set of recollections.

Mrs McCann, 40, and her 39-year-old husband, both doctors from Rothley, Leicestershire, claim that Madeleine was abducted by a stranger just days before her fourth birthday.

The couple were dining with friends at a tapas restaurant at the Ocean Club when the abductor allegedly forced up a window and snatched Madeleine from the ground-floor bedroom where she was sleeping with her twin brother and sister, Sean and Amelie, now aged two.

Interviews will also be carried out with other holidaymakers, Ocean Club staff, the nannies who looked after Madeleine on the day she disappeared, as well as the psychologist who helped Mrs McCann.

A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Constabulary said: “We will be co-ordinating the execution of the request for mutual legal assistance made by the Portuguese authorities.


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  2. So the McCanns are unhappy about being asked to this reconstruction! They have a cheek, surely anything that helps clarify what happened to their daughter should be welcomed, any parent refusing such a request would suggest they have something to hide.
    I bet they are not happy and why should they be? This is not about making them happy, I think this reconstruction will illustrate just how impossible it was for the children to be checked at the times claimed and for an abduction to occur in that time.

  3. This farce has gone on long enough, if they refuse to return then slap them with an EAW and take them back. It is their daughter who is missing, what is their problem?

  4. So sayeth Clazza

    To me this almosts smells of blackmail. The request to return was made some weeks ago, Clazza put the spin on it last week by making out K&G were going back of their own accord, denying their lawyers advice and risking possible arrest (?). I believe he, and K&G truely thought that the little jaunt by the PJ was going to see their status as arguidos lifted.

    Now we have;

    They won't go back if the re-construction is not televised - read, a televised re-construction will bring even more self-deluded nutters out of the woodwork, looking for their 5 minutes of fame. Ergo, more timw and money wasted by Methadone 3 and focus once again shifts off K&G and Tapas cronies.

    They won't go back whilst they're still arguidos -read, PJ lift their status if you want us to co-operate. Frankly, the re-consruction should go ahead without them, using stand-ins acting out K&G's alleged movements would be eye-opening in my opinion.

    They won't go back as Kate is too fragile - read, Kate's had a nervous breakdown in the space of the last four days. However folks, this does not apply to the forthcoming visit to Belgium where the visit will be just another diversionary tactic.

    As Clazza said, going to Portugal would send out the strongest message that they believe Madeleine is still alive. What message will not going send out Clazza?

  5. we haven't forgotten Madeleine, but her parents Have.

  6. Art. 150
    Re-enactmentof facts
    1 – When there is need to determine is a given fact could have occurred in a given way, it is admissible its re-enactment. It consists on “reproduction”, as faithfully as possible, of the conditions where the fact is alledged or supposed to haven taken place.
    2 – The order for the re-enactment should have a summarised description, and the indication of day , time and place where it will take place, eventually using audiovisual means. In the same order and expert can be named
    3 – Publicity to this measure should be, to the extent possible, avoided

  7. Didn't Bridget O'Donnell have something to do with Crimewatch???

  8. If it were my child "missing" I would want to be here to see and hear what was going on and if it helped the JP to find my child. What a "shame" they have to go to Brussels just as the PJ come here at last.

  9. They have 'wanted' to go back to PDL to mark the anniversary of the 3rd, yet now that a reconstruction is wanted by the police, Kate is too 'fragile'.

  10. THE SUN: April 04 2008

    “McCanns risk arrest over visit”

    KATE and Gerry McCann may risk arrest by returning to Portugal for the one-year anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance.

    The couple are prepared to take the chance in a last ditch attempt to revive interest in four-year-old Maddie, missing since May 3.


  11. hey initially had support from the FO to handle the media interest, using Sheree Dodd and CM. They also had MW send people ober to help them. When they left the McCanns then employe Justine McGuinness, then she resigned stating the long hours required were overwhelming.

    It's obvious to me that they needed some help to handle the media interest and also advise them how to use the media to get their message across.
    The fact that it can be suggested that such a need was 'obvious' when no other parents of a missing child AFAIK or indeed few victims of any crime have employed such services goes to show how much this case has affected public perceptions and assumptions.

    As already noted other 'victims' of crimes have simply relied on lawyers, friends, the Police etc.

    I would suggest the McCanns only needed such an unprecedented level of advice about how to get their message across because that message was such a contradictory and incredible message.

    i.e. We where responsible parents who left 2/3 year olds alone in an unlocked holiday apartment making an abduction possible and despite that we still want to be taken seriously as campaigners for child protection. Oh and we want the public to donate money for some rather vaguely defined purposes which include support for members of the family until Madeleine is found.

    That is not a message that would be taken seriously without a great deal of expertise in how to use the media.

    My theory is that the McCanns actually expected a great deal more media criticism in the early days. Note how Philomena was already (none too effectively) attacking anyone who suggested bad parenting within the first 24 hours. When they realised how effective the Mark Warner PR machine was in directing the media focus they decided to make use of such expertise themselves.

  12. Send your money in an envelope marked Gerry and Kate, Rothley ...

  13. Kate is perfectly well enough to go to Washington to talk about the disappearance of Madeleine, to go to Brussels to talk about the disappearance of Madeleine. If she is unable to go to Portugal even only in an advisory role to this reconstruction then I believe there will be even more disdain for this couple and their supposed interest in doing everything possible to find their daughter.

  14. CLARENCE MITCHELL, MCCANN FAMILY SPOKESMAN: There are wholly innocent explanations for anything that the police may have found in that vehicle or indeed in their former apartment. And if Gerry and Kate have to defend themselves at some stage formally, then they are confident that they will do so. They did not harm Madeleine, they just want her home. "


  15. "Sorry Madeleine, Mummy and Daddy don't want to help the police find you"

  16. I think this is similar to the story. "Kate will take a lie detector test"...., blasted all over the newspapers only to be denied a day later. It was reported that the McCanns were going back to Portugal for the one year anniversary but it was not stated who actually said this.......only to be denied by Clarence Mitchell yet again.

  17. so the predicted responses to the PJ request to come back to portugal will be....

    We are upset, it is unhelpful, who will look after the twins, whats the point, I am feeling unwell, weve got candles to light and posters to put up, what a ludicrous idea, it will interrupt our jogging schedules, the pollution in Portugal is bad for Kates health, everything is bad for kates health, we have an international campaign to run, Gerry is lobbying the nobel peace committe and that takes time, Gerry is back to work and has used up all his leave, we have to be by the phone in case maddie is sighted with a swarthy muslim man, we dont get good tatties in Portugal, PJ have sardine breath, kate has to clean maddies room everyday, its too hot in Portugal now, the weeds will grow in our garden, kates father needs her, we are all afraid of air travel now, kate has a few hair styling bookings that cannot be cancelled

    take your pick

  18. DETECTIVES searching for Madeleine McCann believe she died

    ACCIDENTALLY in her family’s holiday apartment, it emerged yesterday.

    The theory was revealed to be the cops’ new favourite ? sparking fresh anguish for the parents of the missing four-year-old.

    Sources close to the probe said the three Portuguese detectives leading the hunt had refused to elaborate on what “accidental” means.

    But it leaves the door wide open to wild speculation that the McCanns or their friends know what happened to the youngster.

    The new direction for the probe was agreed by investigators Guilhermino Encarnação, Goncal Amaral and Luis Neves days ago.

    One source said: “They are convinced Madeleine is dead and they are convinced she died in the apartment.The only factor they are not sure about for definite is whether she was murdered or died by accident.

    “At the moment they are leaning towards her death being a tragic accident.”

    It comes as research for the Find Madeleine Campaign found 97 per cent of MEPs want an EU-wide sex offenders register.

    Politicians across Europe want crimes involving children to be treated the same way in all member states.

    Nearly nine out of 10 MEPs would support the introduction of a common EU policy on child abduction cases.

    The research also looked at attitudes of British MPs, 84% of whom believed sex offenders should be tracked as they move across Europe and forced to register with local police.

    Almost nine in 10 MPs felt that the UK’s Child Rescue Alert - an emergency scheme to publicise suspected child abductions within hours - should be extended across the EU.

    Madeleine’s parents ? who have remained in the Praia da Luz resort where Madeleine vanished 112 days ago ? branded the new police theory as “ludicrous”.

    Mum Kate, 38, of Rothley, Leics, said: “This does a lot of damage to the investigation and to the family.”

    Husband Gerry, 39, a heart specialist, said: “We can’t give any credit to this. We know the police must investigate all possibilities.

    “But I want to make this very clear ? we do not have any doubt about this, we trust our friends implicitly.”

    Pal Dr Russell O’Brien ? who was with the McCanns at a restaurant near the apartment where Madeleine vanished ? slammed reports suggesting cops were poised to arrest him.

    The dad of two spent part of the evening away from the table looking after his own daughter, who was sick.

    Dr O’Brien, from Exeter, dismissed the arrest claims as “completely untrue and extremely hurtful”.

    Yesterday Madeleine’s dad admitted for the first time the chances of getting his daughter back are slim.

    Gerry McCann said: “It’s possible Madeleine is dead, but it is also possible she is alive.

    “We have done a lot of research into missing children and the percentage of minors who have ever reappeared is very small.

    “Obviously a very long time has passed. But we will do everything we can to make sure Madeleine does not become a statistic."



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