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Lively reconstitution

Praia da Luz: Ocean Club is going to dismiss employees

by Rui Pando Gomes

On the day that Gerry McCann arrived in Portugal to record the private reconstitution about what happened to his daughter Maddie on the 3rd of May 2007, 21 workers from the Ocean Club, the resort where the little four year old girl disappeared from, were dismissed. The justification, apart from the global crisis’ effects: “As a result of the unfortunate Maddie McCann event”, which has forever damaged the image of the resort in Praia da Luz and sent tourism away.

On the side of these problems, and despite the fact that neither he nor his group of friends collaborated with the police in a reconstitution of what happened that night, it was a smiling Gerry who presented himself in Praia da Luz yesterday – to record a documentary about the day when he mysteriously lost his daughter.

On the day that this media show took place, Greentrust, the company that runs the resort, advanced a collective dismissal action, which in a first phase includes 21 of the 48 Algarvian employees. The dismissal note mentions that the company’s financial problems are serious and “the perspectives for 2009 render the firm inviable”. The main fault is placed on the bad publicity that has been caused by the Maddie case. According to the firm, “the bad results of 2007 were caused by the abovementioned McCann case”.

In May 2007, the firm had 130 employees. During the following year, several were discharged and only 60 remained. This year 48 has been left, and after the most recent collective dismissal, 27 are left, who “are also at risk”, according to a source at the firm.

“I have a family and children to raise and now I’m out of work. We ask this McCann couple to leave us at peace, please”, one of the workers told Correio da Manhã.

Daughter of McCanns’ friends plays Madeleine

The reconstitution, which is being produced for British ‘Channel 4’, is being recorded with 15 actors. One of them represents Maddie, whose role will be played by “a child from a couple that is friends with Gerry and Kate”, Clarence Mitchell, the couple’s spokesman, revealed to the journalists.

Apart from Maddie, the rest of the cast plays the nine couple’s friends, known as ‘Tapas 9’, and an alleged abduction suspect, tourists and residents of Praia da Luz, and Ocean Club employees.

“Let us live in peace”

“Go home” and “let us live in peace” were some of the sentences that some residents of Praia da Luz shouted at Gerry and the team that is producing the documentary, which will be broadcast worldwide. “What are they doing here? They didn’t help the police when they should have, and now they put on this show to ruin our lives even further”, an upset resident who didn’t wish to be identified told Correio da Manhã, fearing reprisals, because she realises that the couple “is very powerful”.
“Police didn’t accept reconstitution for tv”

The Polícia Judiciária tried twice to carry out a reconstitution of the night of the disappearance, but at no time did the couple and its friends show themselves available. Clarence Mitchell, the couple’s spokesman, justified that the reconstitution was not made at an earlier time because back then “the police refused to broadcast it on television”.

Now that the investigation process has been archived, the couple believes: “This documentary may generate new information to help find Madeleine”, Mitchell referred.

The reconstitution will be available on the www.findmadeleine website, while the Channel 4 documentary is being negotiated with several European countries, including Portugal.

“They want to broadcast lies into the world” (Gonçalo Amaral, former Polícia Judiciária coordinator)
Correio da Manhã – The PJ wanted to carry out a reconstitution of Maddie’s disappearance. The McCann couple and their friends didn’t accept. What relevance does this media-exposed reconstitution have?

Gonçalo Amaral – None. It may be interesting to register the lies that these persons want to broadcast into the world. It’s another marketing operation.

- Are the Judiciária and the Public Ministry being ridiculed?

- I believe so. It’s regrettable that the Portuguese authorities failed to force these persons to come to Portugal to carry out a judicial reconstitution, for the truth to be discovered.

- Only two of the friends are taking part in the reconstitution. Aren’t the others important for the truth to be discovered?

- It would be interesting to know the reason why Mr David Payne is not taking part in the reconstitution. He might explain for how long he bathed the children and at what time. They’re not interested in explaining that.


GNR security – The documentary’s production hired the security services of four members of the GNR [local police force]. Yesterday, two guards were in location until 6 p.m. They were substituted by a new team, that followed the recordings until midnight.

Two days of filming – The filming will stretch over two days. Gerry McCann was interviewed yesterday, and scenes were recorded at the Tapas restaurant, where the couple dined on the evening that their daughter disappeared. Today, filming will take place near the church of Praia da Luz.

Scene with suspect – One of the scenes that were recorded yesterday involved a man that one of the couple’s friends, Jane Turner, says she saw walking by, carrying a child on the night when Maddie disappeared from the apartment.

Murat: No role in the movie – Anglo-Portuguese Robert Murat, who was one of the arguidos in the case, over suspicion of being linked to an abduction, is not taking part in the reconstitution movie, spokesman Clarence Mitchell revealed.

Gerry: Team consultant – Maddie’s father, Gerry McCann, does not take part in the filming but is a team consultant, just like Jane Tanner and Matthew Oldfield, friends who were on holiday with the couple.

Kate: “Not ready” – Kate McCann, the missing girl’s mother, “is not ready to return to Portugal yet”, according to what Clarence Mitchell, the couple’s spokesman, told the journalists.

source: Correio da Manhã, 05.04.2009


  1. I wonder who is paying for these actors, flights, accommodation, meals, transport, security etc? If it's not the TV company (who says it is making a 10,000 Pound donation to the Fund), do we think Mr. McCann is paying out of his own pocket? I don't think so, somehow!

    "No dia em que Gerry McCann chegava a Portugal para gravar a reconstituição privada sobre o que se passou com a sua filha Maddie a 3 de Maio de 2007, 21 funcionários do Ocean Club, aldeamento de onde a menina de quatro anos desapareceu, eram despedidos. Justificação, para além dos efeitos da crise mundial: "Em resultado do infeliz acontecimento Maddie McCann", que afectou para sempre a imagem do aldeamento da Praia da Luz e afastou dali o turismo."

    E ainda assim autorizaram o "Circo McCann"( ou se quiserem, o "The Gerry, Jane and Matt Show", porque parece que a Kate abandonou o "Kate and Gerry Show") a entrar nas instalações e a filmar um doc. que vai correr o mundo em diversas cadeias televisivas, enfatizando mais uma vez que foi naquele local, num apartamento do aparentemente seguro e pacato Ocean Club, que uma criança desapareceu, que foi supostamente raptado por uma rede de pedófilia!
    Boa jogada Ocean Club, Mark Warner e Greetrust!Belo tiro no pé! Será que qualquer soma de dinheiro que tenham recebido do "circo" vale outra rodada de má publicidae e má imagem do vosso empreendimento? Depois da exibição do doc. o que virá?... será a machadada final, o encerramento definitivo e o despedimento dos funcionários que restam?...

    (Vale a pena ler o artigo do C.Manhã, hoje, Domingo, entrevista c/ Gonçalo Amaral, etc.)


  3. Another money making scheme being promoted by a monster that is responsible for his child’s disappearance and possible death.
    Once more by his actions he is informing the people of Portugal that he is all powerful and above the law.
    It is time that the people of Portugal acted to bring this monster down

  4. I must apologize, Joana and Astro, desculpem-me, I did not realize I was posting in a new article that is exactly the same from C.Manhã. I copied and pasted the extract from the newspaper site and thought I was posting it in your previous article( Mccann new documentary). Please fell free to not post my comment or edit it, because as it is it's a bit redundant.


  5. Of course the PJ did not want a filmed reconstruction! this is not a game FFS!and the mccLiars refused it because there was NO cash involved in it FOR THEM.
    I feel very very sorry for the MW ex workers.I HOPE they will sue the mccCRAP
    WHO will act as the T10?

    “This documentary may generate new information to help find Madeleine”, Mitchell referred.
    Too RIGHT,clarrie,and be SURE the PJ is taking note of everything.
    Paynes absence speaks volume,so does "poor and fragile mrs.mccShite.
    Why didnt you go mrs.mccShite? couldnt you face payne?
    WHEN are the portuguese authorities going to STOP this constant ABUSE on his people?
    Un abrazo Jo for your constant good work.Keep going,keep informing us.

    Gonzalo,a POR ELLOS!

  6. "GNR security – The documentary’s production hired the security services of four members of the GNR [local police force]. Yesterday, two guards were in location until 6 p.m. They were substituted by a new team, that followed the recordings until midnight."

    I wonder how those men must feel, having to provide security to those "clowns"! It is a shame that GNR had to do it, I wish they would have been able to refuse because of a shortage of staff!
    Let the "circus McCann" deal with the people of Luz and face the "music"! After all the trashing and insults and accusations of bungling, lack of professionalism and indifference that were directed at the police forces in the weeks after May 3rd 2007, one would think they would have brought in private security, that they would not trust the local 3rd wordly police!
    Hummm, it seems they are not so bad afteral, if they are trusted(and badly needed) to protect the hives of the likes of Gerry, Jane, Oldfield, Mitchell and so on...


  7. I really can't uderstand these people, but then, I have never met narcistics sociopaths.

  8. Gerry, Jane and Oldfield as "consultants"! Surelly to ensure that the actors who will portray them "act" correctly. But then, what about Kate? Her absence speaks volumes...her presence there should be crucial for the correct telling of the events, the "discovery moment", that all important moment when she enters the apartm. and finds Madeleine missing! If this was your daughter, if it had happened to you, wouldn't you wasnt to be present at all costs to make sure everything you had done or found on that moment, your every move, was correctly told or done? Oh, but no, Madam Kate is not "ready" yet! Despicable woman, what sort of a mother wouldn't be "ready" to make anything/everything in her power to help in the search for her daughter? Any caring and loving mother would make a point of being on top of things, watching every detail of this said "reconstruction", any loving mother, but not Kate!
    Unless something is being hidden from the public...is Kate seriously ill? She has not been seen in public for some months now, has she broken down, did the horrible truth finally catch-up with her and she feels she can no longer play the charade in public?...


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