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Maddie Case - Final Report – ‘CM’ exclusively reveals all the steps of the investigation

English combined depositions

The Polícia Judiciária apprehended a memo that was typed by the McCanns and their friends, which describes in detail what each one of them did on the evening of the disappearance

Article by: Eduardo Dâmaso/Tânia Laranjo


The Polícia Judiciária calls it a “typed report”. It was appended to the process with the number 886 and elaborated by the English before they were formally questioned by the Polícia Judiciária from Portimão after Madeleine’s disappearance.

For the authorities, the minute manner in which the description was made reveals that the group of English people intended to “remember the steps that they made on that evening”. They described the facts, temporally and spatially, and those were the details that they revealed to the investigators.

Everything in an absolutely coherent form, closing the door to emotion. It is never explained, for example, how the group, that also had their children asleep in their rooms within the resort, never followed the instinct of confirming whether they were safe, after Kate launched the alert over her daughter’s disappearance. They came looking for Maddie, but failed to check if their own children had been abducted.

This document is considered important and was taken into account in the final report, whose contents CM reveals in an exclusive. It is fundamental as far as it has removed any spontaneity from the depositions made by the English, including the McCanns, whose description of the hours prior to the disappearance were fundamental for the investigation.

The final report contains a comprehensive description of the routines and of the last moments when Madeleine was seen alive, in order to clarify doubts and to try to overcome apparent incongruities.

Gerry McCann guarantees that on that day – and contrary to what was usual – failed to accompany his friends during the afternoon snack at the beach area. Only the McCanns returned to their apartment earlier, as confirmed by the surveillance cameras at the restaurant where the friends were.

The father assured that they collected their children at the crèche at around 5 p.m. and that on that day they immediately went to their lodging with the children. At 7.30 p.m. they put them to bed, and around 8.30 p.m. they left for the Tapas bar, which is located near the resort’s swimming pool.

Around 9 p.m., Gerry guarantees that he went to check on his children: but he failed to enter Madeleine’s bedroom and only later gave importance to the fact that the door was more open than he had left it. The alert to the little girl’s disappearance was given at approximately 10 p.m., and one hour later the GNR was informed about the event. The English guarantee that they only alerted BBC at around 2 a.m.

Passional crime was equated

Apart from abduction, the PJ followed other leads. One of them was the possibility that a passional crime had taken place. In the final report, the investigators remember that they studied the possibility that the abduction was due to a vengeance against the parents. Nothing was discovered in that sense either, despite the fact that the life of the McCanns and the other English people was investigated.

Details

Several interrogations – In their final report, the PJ stresses that the English were comprehensively questioned in detail, on several occasions, with the purpose of collecting all the elements that were deemed relevant.

Testing details - From the analysis of the interrogations, the PJ mentions in their final report that there were “important details that were not fully understood and integrated”, which, according to the PJ, needed to be “tested and connected on the location of the event”.

Four questions that remained unanswered

In its final report, the PJ lists the four questions that it would like to see answered during the reconstitution of the facts. A diligence that was not made because some of the English refused to return to Portugal.

The first one concerns the real and effective proximity between Jane Tanner, Gerry McCann and Jeremy Wilkins (a witness that stood talking to Maddie’s father at around 9 p.m.). It is mentioned in the report that it is “unusual” that Gerry and Jeremy failed to see the alleged abductor that was seen by Tanner, given the fact that they were standing within the same small space.

Another question that the PJ wanted to clarify was the situation of the window to the bedroom where Maddie was sleeping. According to Kate, it was open, but it was important to verify whether there was a draft that would allow for the curtains to move.

The verification of the manner in which the children were checked upon also seemed important. If it was as intense as the witnesses stated, it made the entrance of an abductor almost impossible, who could only pass with the child in a vertical position, not a horizontal one, as Jane Tanner says she saw a man with a child.

Finally, the inspectors wanted to know exactly what happened between 5.30 p.m. and 10 p.m. – the time at which Maddie was seen last, and the moment when the alert to the disappearance was given.

Captions of photos:

Gonçalo Amaral tried the reconstitution shortly after the facts. Then it was Paulo Rebelo’s turn to suggest it. It was never done, because the English didn’t want it

Gerry and Kate’s versions failed to convince the investigators

Other notes:

PGR [State Prosecutor] Read the report already – Pinto Monteiro said yesterday that he has already read the final report, but excused himself from advancing what will be the Public Ministry’s dispatch, in a case whose secrecy may end as soon as this month

Concluded No diligences – The PJ makes no suggestions concerning the manner in which the Public Ministry should act. It only says that it does not see any further diligences that could be useful to the investigation

Nothing new English

The PJ says that the diligences that were requested through a rogatory letter, brought nothing new to the investigation. Which means that what happened on the evening of the 3rd of May was not established


Source: Correio da Manhã paper edition of July 6, 2008

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the way you keep all of us informed.

    But I don't believe CM had had access to the final report.
    If it was the case, then it would put the PJ and MP in a serious position.IMO.

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  2. Para mim destaco:
    1.They came looking for Maddie, but failed to check if their own children had been abducted.

    2.Gerry McCann guarantees that on that day – and contrary to what was usual – failed to accompany his friends during the afternoon snack at the beach area.

    3.what happened between 5.30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

    4.Gonçalo Amaral tried the reconstitution shortly after the facts. Then it was Paulo Rebelo’s turn to suggest it. It was never done, because the English didn’t want it.

    5.Gerry and Kate’s versions failed to convince the investigators

    6. O P.G.R. já leu .

    Que mais irá acontecer?

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  3. What bothers me about all this is you have an article which has the phrases: "CM exclusively reveals all the steps of the investigation" and "Pinto Monteiro said yesterday that he has already read the final report, but excused himself from advancing what will be the Public Ministry’s dispatch, in a case whose secrecy may end as soon as this month." So if the secrecy hasn't been lifted how come CM knows all this? I know that there is an insatiable appetite to know details about the case, so you have to wonder is this speculation to sell papers. Whether it is speculation or not these articles actually give a bad image of the Portuguese justice system.

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  4. If the CM paper is reporting truthfully from a copy of the final report, which I am doubtful of, is there no legal repercussions to CM for publishing the contents prior to the lifting of judicial secrecy?

    It will be interesting to compare what is being reported now in CM to what comes out in the press once the authorities officially release the information. Then we will know how accurate this reporting is.

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  5. Bluff conta bluff.

    Nobreza=aliança ao poder?

    Os mcs contra a P. de L.
    Os mcs sempre contra a PJ e Pt.

    Merecem,além dos " bluffs" ,muito mais.
    Principalmente a Pequenina!Que merece tudo no que lhe diz respeito.Já que não a respeitaram no flat.
    Há ms. tentei colocar 1 coment. e a pág. "marou".Vamos ver se este vai!

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