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Fund pays for luxury hotel

by Sónia Trigueirão

Madeleine’s father and the English lawyer who accompanied him on the visit to Portugal, on Tuesday, were lodged at the D. Pedro Palace, a five-star hotel and one of the most luxurious ones in Lisbon. Everything, of course, financed by the ‘Find Madeleine’ Fund.

As far as CM was able to establish, one night at the D. Pedro, in a single room, may cost between 214 and 254 euros. This means that Gerry and the lawyer spent, at least, more than 400 euros for one night.

According to Clarence Mitchell, Madeleine’s parents’ spokesman, Gerry stayed in a single room and the hotel was chosen not for being five-star, but merely because it is located close to lawyer Rogério Alves’ office and because it is discrete. ‘We didn’t want to transform Gerry’s visit into a media show’.

Concerning the fact that the Fund payed for this, Clarence merely recalled the purpose for which it was created ‘This type of travel obviously fits into the search for Madeleine which is the Fund’s purpose. That was what it was created for and Madeleine’s parents will never use it for anything else apart from that’, he stated.

Beyond that, Mitchell guarantees that the fund to search for the child still has money: ‘We have 800 thousand pounds which are 880.170,36 euros. We don’t have money problems. People continue to help us’. The Fund, which was created in 2007, shortly after Madeleine disappeared from the resort at Praia da Luz, had two million euros at some point in time.


Attorney General – The Attorney General’s Office informed yesterday that the Madeleine process will only be reopened with ‘new, credible and relevant facts’. This is the reply to Gerry, who said that he’d come to Portugal to explore the best way to cooperate with the authorities to ‘explore steps that weren’t taken yet’.

Detectives in the Algarve – The McCanns desisted of hiring agencies, but as far as CM has established, they now have a restricted group of people with a past that is linked to the police, willing to continue the investigation. The possibility of that team going to the Algarve is being evaluated.

source: Correio da Manhã, 15.01.2009


  1. More Mccann and Mitchell "smoke and mirrors" false trails and down right lies.
    They are starting to be very concerned at the ever growing public opinion that both of the Mccann's are complicite in the death of their daughter
    He thinks that he is above the law and has no respect for the people of Portugal He should be in Prison in Portugal not a 5 star hotel

  2. And yet there are still people who contribute to the fund! Strange how they chose a low grade ordinary resort, with little secutity, just a bunch of buildings facing public roads and shared acesses with privat properties for their family holiday, but now, for Mr.Gerry only the best will do, security and exclusivity were essential.

  3. This just shows they have no scrupouls in spending the fund money for their private needs,anyone with good intentions and honour would make a point of not spending a cent of that fund on anything but the investigation. There were lots of cheaper, decent choices when it comes to hotels in Lisbon, he could even have stayed at the embassy or at Rogério Alves place, as a guest. Don't the McCanns have friends in Lisbon? Maybe they don't want the public to know it.

  4. "...parents will never use it for anything else apart from that"
    Are you sure, Mr. Clarence Mitchell?
    Because everybody knows they used it to pay their mortgage and a lot of other things that have nothing to do with finding their beloved daughter...

    "We didn’t want to transform Gerry’s visit into a media show"
    Why not, Mr Clarence Mitchell?Aren't you paid just to make sure that everything connected with this coupple is transformed into a media show? What was different this time?

    "We don’t have money problems"
    Really, Mr Clarence Mitchell?So why do you keep asking people money?

  5. The Mccanns pledged that the fund money would also be used to help other missing children cases? When is that going to happen? With examples like this, never, it seems!

  6. "Fund pays for luxury hotel"

    The comfort of being a VIP criminal!!!

  7. Where was his little girl he claims was abducted by an organised paedophile ring sleeping and in what environment? When he was tucked up safely in his 5* luxury hotel room protected from his self induced Media circus.

  8. I'm sure when people were doing all the fund raising they did not expect it to be used to keep Dr McCann in 5 star luxury.


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