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Maddie McCann Hunt 'Fraudster' to Get Legal Aid [Bill Paid by UK Taxpayers]

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Maddie McCann investigator to get legal aid in battle against U.S. fraud charges

By Christopher Leake and Mark Hollingsworth*
Last updated at 4:16 AM on 29th August 2010

By Lucy Panton, 29/08/2010

A private detective whose firm was paid up to £500,000 from publicly donated funds to find Madeleine McCann is to get tens of thousands of pounds in legal aid to fight extradition to the US for fraud charges.

Kevin Halligen, 50, told Kate and Gerry McCann he could find their daughter but allegedly spent the cash on a lifestyle of first-class flights, chauffeured cars, nightclubs and luxury hotels and goods.

In a separate alleged scam he was arrested last November at the £700-a-night Old Bank Hotel in Oxford.

US authorities issued an extradition warrant accusing Halligen of defrauding a law firm of £1.3 million by ­claiming he could help free two men jailed in war-torn Africa. It is claimed he instead spent the money on a mansion.

A document filed in the District Court of Columbia claims he took money, saying his firm could help secure the release of two executives from the multi­national company Trafigura jailed in Ivory Coast in 2007 for allegedly dumping toxic waste.

He is said to have suggested a rescue operation to fly in South African mercenaries, but it was cancelled. The duo were freed a few months later after a reported £120 million payment.

Halligen, who claimed to have worked for MI5 and the CIA, linked up with the McCanns a year after the 2007 disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine on a family holiday at Praia da Luz, Portugal.

He boasted of ‘contacts’ in Washington who could provide satellite imagery to help the search. Oakley International, a company run by Halligen, was hired by the fund set up by Madeleine’s parents, but was dropped after six months due to claims of too little progress and too much spending.

Fees: Halligen, who claimed to have worked for MI5 and the CIA, linked up with the McCanns a year after the 2007 disappearance of their daughter

Now British taxpayers are to pay for top-flight lawyers to fight Dublin-born Halligen’s extradition. His team includes a leading extradition barrister whose fees are thought to be at least £2,000 a day.

Additional fees for renowned London fraud solicitors Janes will boost costs even further.

The award of legal aid to ­Halligen, remanded at a London jail since arrest, was confirmed by Westminster magistrates this month. His next extradition hearing is on Wednesday.

Last night a spokesman for Kate and Gerry McCann would not comment on the case.
A spokeswoman for the Legal Services Commission said last night: ‘The decision on whether legal aid is required is made by the court.’

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: ‘We’ve announced the start of a fundamental look at the legal aid system.’

in Dacre's Daily Mail

*Mark Hollingsworth is the journalist who saw his news article «Mark Hollingsworth Investigates The McCann Files» suppressed and removed from the London Evening Standard, edition published on 28 August 2009. The suppressed article hinted to the 'strange connection' between the roles of Carter Ruck legal firm - experts in super-injunctions, libel and silencing anyone [from the press, to MP's , to bloggers] - as the McCann Couple lawyers and as the Oil Company Trafigura lawyers [read - Trafigura Accused of Bribing Witnesses in Ivory Coast Toxic Waste Dump Case] & at the odd coincidence of the two 'private detectives' who were hired by both the parties [Trafigura & McCann couple]: Kevin Richard Halligen and a former MI5 named Henry Exton.

The above-mentioned article was reproduced in this blog & on the Maddie Case Files Forum; for that reason - already explained here in  A Censurable Censure - I've also received a menacing letter from a UK legal company - Bindemans LLP-  attempting to censor this blog and the forum with a D-Notice 5.

On the Side
Carter Ruck is one of UK's most expensive libel lawyers firm, since circa 2007/8 they have been under a contract with the McCann Couple, and are allegedly paid by the Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited Company, Trade mark No: 005917232, Date of Incorporation: 15/05/2007. Carter Ruck, according to a Portuguese lawyer have abused the McCann's lawyer request for a temporary injunction to prohibit a book based on the joint UK/PT police authorities' investigation to Madeleine McCann's disappearance written by the former Portuguese Judiciary Police Coordinator Gonçalo Amaral [until October 2, 2007 when he was removed from being that case coordinator]. Carter Ruck used the above mentioned injunction request to threat bloggers and sites of libel actions in an attempt to prevent the divulgation of the process case files translations, of the documentary based on the book 'Maddie, The Truth of the Lie' and mainly to impede the publication of the book in English.

In Portuguese Only
Resume of all the mentioned 'strange connections' : Carta de uma Noite de Verão

Madeleine McCann investigator didn't listen to ANY tip-offs given to hotline - and squandered £500,000
Madeleine detectives’ axing denied
Bindemans LLP letter and suppressed article at Cryptome.org [similar to Wikileaks]
McCanns & Carter-Ruck Target Satirical Wiki Encyclopædia Dramatica
Trafigura & Carter Ruck Versus Freedom of Speech
In the Scum, today: ‘Maddie rat tried to sue fund for £150k’
Kevin Halligen, the McCann's Former Detective will face Extradition Hearing - Updated
Kevin Halligen to fight US extradition order
FBI searches for detective who worked on Madeleine McCann case
News Recap: Amaral, McCanns, Halligen and a FOIA request
Former McCann detective Kevin Halligen Indicted for Fraud and Money laundering
Kevin Halligen: On the run from friends, the FBI and his fake wife too
BBC’s 39-page defence against the Trafigura libel suit via Wikileaks
Richard Wilson: Calling all bloggers – Help beat the gag on the BBC
Ian Dale: BBC Caves in to Carter Ruck Threats Over Trafigura Film
Wikileaks: BBC Newsnight's "Dirty tricks and toxic waste in Ivory Coast", 15min video, 13 May 2009
Wikileaks: BBC deletes important story on toxic waste dumping in the Ivory Coast after legal threats, 12 Dec 2009
Wikileaks: Updated secret gag on UK Times preventing publication of Minton report into toxic waste dumping, 16 Oct 2009
Wikileaks: Minton report secret injunction gagging The Guardian on Trafigura, 11 Sep 2009
Wikileaks: Minton report - Trafigura toxic dumping along the Ivory Coast broke EU regulations, 14 Sep 2006 
Minton Report PDF
BBC Censored Newsnight page - archived in PDF

Meanwhile on Murdoch's tabloid News of The World the UK Police asks: Who will pay?

That is obvious: the UK Taxpayers!

In Portugal, we the Portuguese Taxpayers also had to pay for a police investigation that was hindered since day 1, that is May 3, 2007. A criminal investigation which was clogged-up by the constant Home Office bureaucratic postponement to the rogatory letters; by the Forensic Science Service dawdled genetic analysis and peculiar report amendments; by the Foreign Office refusal to impart and disclose critical data to the Portuguese Police and Operation Task Gold Unit. An investigation that was pressured and coerced to be archived hastily by British diplomats residing in Portugal and politicians both from the UK and Portugal.

An investigation that was thwarted by a myriad of rent-a-opinion pseudo-criminal child experts; European xenophobic MEP's and crooked rent-a-cops/detectives. By self-proclaimed clairvoyants turned to lawyers; lawyers into forum and media pundits of highly questionable ethics.

An investigation that was stalled by the parents of the mysteriously vanished child and their Tapas friends, who did not cooperate fully with the authorities who still hold the jurisdictional custody of the case. A police inquest that was additionally derided by anti-paedophile/missing children UK organizations, who apparently believe that “the end justifies the means” and which did not, still do not care using the media circus around the McCann couple, a couple who left three children with a combined age of seven alone in an apartment, to bolster their organization image and campaign.

An investigation swamped by a media circus that was created in order to obfuscate the veracity of  the events that happened on the night the child disappeared; that was infested by an highly emotional mediatised portrayal of «White, Doctors, & British» couple suffering at the ruthless hands of  “sardine-munchers” in a lawless country; a  “marketorial” strategy deliberately used by a range of unscrupulous media editors and hacks who have profited in the most obnoxious manner by playing with men's instinctive nature of social identity, that is, by nurturing racism and hatred .

The Madeleine McCann case, or the McCann affair was the second most expensive investigation in the Portuguese Criminal History. The first being the Camarate case and on the third position the Casa Pia Scandal.

How much are we talking about?
                                                               Think in Million Euros.

Note for trigger-happy libel lawyers: read the process, read the newspapers, all of the above is there.

Cuts hold up Maddie UK probe
Who'll pay, ask police

A NEW probe by British cops into missing Madeleine McCann is being held up in a row over funding, we can reveal.

Police forces face cuts of tens of millions of pounds to their budgets leaving no spare cash to pay for what would be a costly re-investigation.

Home Secretary Theresa May held a meeting with Kate and Gerry McCann early this month to discuss the search for their daughter.

Senior officers at Scotland Yard have been consulted about taking on the case. But despite the apparent early progress we can reveal that there are two key stumbling blocks.

No police force can afford to take on the job which could take at least two detectives away from other duties for as long as a year.

A source said: "The real issue that needs to be resolved is who is going to pay for it? No police force can afford to agree to take on the case without knowing where the funding will come from.

"The other issue which is as important to resolve is to ensure that British officers will have full access in Portugal.

"At the moment there is no agreement in place that the Portuguese authorities are going to allow and co-operate with a British re-investigation.

"The review has highlighted the need for a thorough re-investigation starting from scratch. The Metropolitan Police have been consulted and are likely to be given the job, but not until all the problems have been ironed out."

The McCanns, from Rothley, Leicestershire, appealed directly to former Home Secretary Alan Johnson and now Mrs May for extra help.

Madeleine was three when she went missing from her family's holiday flat in Praia da Luz in May 2007. This year we broke the news that the Met's Homicide Command have been approached to discuss taking on the investigation.

Jim Gamble, head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, told Labour ministers there were huge holes in the original inquiry.The treasury are set to slash eight per cent of the policing budget for the next three years threatening jobs.

in Murdoch's tabloid NOTW


  1. Mark Aspinall, the British lawyer, isn't mentioned. He instigated proceedings in Washington. Notice "fraudster" in inverted commas.

  2. Much as I don't like to see a fraudster get legal aid, it might be worth it if he "tells all". I feel he knows a lot about the Fund and about the case in general. I think it is interesting that the Mail is not accepting comments on the article about Halligen.

  3. Mark Aspinall is on the links already posted at the above article, specifically it all starts on this article - http://www.intelligenceonline.com/search/search.aspx?keywords=Kevin+Halligen

    Washington - Red Defence in Red Zone
    INTELLIGENCE ONLINE - 09/10/2008

    Fired abruptly by the Find Madeline Fund which has sought to find Madeline McCann, Red Defence International also wrangled in the past with Trafigura.

    An affiliate of Red Defence International, a firm headed by Britain’s Kevin Halligen, the investigative concern Oakley International Group was hired in March, 2008 to help find Madeline McCann, the three-year-old British child who vanished in May, 2007 from a hotel on the Portuguese coast. In late August, the Find Madeline Fund, which bankrolls the search for the child, suddenly cut all links with Oakley International, officially for “inadequate results.”

    It wasn’t the first time that companies owned by Halligen, who took part in MI 5 operations in Northern Ireland, have encountered problems with their customers. In September, 2006, Red Defence was retained by the Trafigura trading group after two of its senior executives, Claude Dauphin and Jean-Pierre Valentini, were arrested and clapped behind bars in Ivory Coast. A month previously, the Probo Koala, a ship chartered by Trafigura, had discharged toxic waste in dumps in the port of Abidjan. Red Defence, whose contact with Trafigura was lawyer Marc Aspinall, pulled out all the stops to secure the release of Dauphin and Valentini.

    Through the firm WatchWood, Red Defence leased a Falcon business jet from the South African group Aerotrade, headed by Fred Rutte, and kept it on stand-by for months, at great expense. Red Defence additionally approached a private British security concern Oceans Five run by John Nash to ask that it provide commandos to mount an operation to rescue Dauphin and Valentini from Maca prison in Abidjan.

    The operation, initially planned for mid-January, 2007, was put back on several occasions. Trafigura, which was negotiating simultaneously with the Ivory Coast authorities for the release of its executives, was worried about the constant postponements and the prohibitive cost of the operation.

    It finally cut all ties with Red Defence in February, 2007. Shortly afterwards, Dauphin and Valentini were released after the payment of USD 198 million that was destined to cover the cost of a clean-up of waste from Probo Koala. Subsequently, Trafigura’s lawyer, Aspinall, demanded that sub-contractors hired by Red Defence reimburse some of the money paid to them , threatening legal proceedings.

    Following that setback, Halligen moved to the United States and founded Oakley Security Services, whose initials OSS evoked those of the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner of the CIA. He re-named the firm Oakley International Group and teamed up with the lobbying concern Patton Boggs run by Thomas Boggs.

  4. Further to my comment number two - If the McCanns want a fresh investigation, why can't the Fund pay for it?

  5. All right on 2, if Halligen get's public aid for a legal bill when he has allegedly conned the McCann fund in half a million pounds, and others in far more than half a million it will be for one reason only - to impede his extradition to the US. That will be the same thing as making him silent forever; unless like the good mercenary that he is, he'll later sell the story to the highest bidder. Not a good thing specially if we take in consideration the real MI5& 6's, and the GCHQ's who came to Portugal without a «license to kill». Love James Bond movies, don't you?

    On 3, the FM Fund is depleted after paying for the best defense lawyers «available in the UK and in Portugal, as well as the best PR and media companies to «whitewash» the couple's image. And for the extravaganzas with the successive «amazingly worst» detectives, rent-a-cops, ceops, astroturfers, etc. And don't forget the fund directors have to be paid as well.

  6. Deary me; Kennedy's empire seems to be in financial difficulties. Who will pay the ferryman now?

  7. Kennedy's empire seems to be in trouble, so some people will have to do without regular pocket money.
    We know undercover terrorism officers were involved in this case.
    PJ files pg 1681-1682 phone 35128269728 called 917462303 on 15.5.07. at 15.10. female voice refers to undercover terrorism officer in English..."could be my liaison officer". Male "I am accessible... look what happened to me. Be careful" Thet question if their mobiles have been detected.

  8. The intelligence agencies are preparing for the first cuts in their budget for more than a decade as part of the Coalition's austerity drive. MI5, MI6 and GCHQ are drawing up plans to cope with reduced funding from next year. (...) more at The Telegraph

  9. Red tape, delays, bemusement ... a week at court

    David Barrett and Michael Howie highlight some of the cases heard last week.

    TO INVESTIGATE the burden that extradition places on the criminal justice system, The Sunday Telegraph spent a week in Britain's sole extradition court.

    Of the 100 or so extradition hearings held every week at the City of Westminster magistrates' court, some involve career criminals or accusations of major crimes.

    In many cases, however, defendants appear bemused to be in court over relatively minor matters, offences they did not realise they had been accused of, or issues they thought had been resolved.

    Such cases show the futility of the work carried out so diligently by Britain on behalf of other countries.

    Suspects are often remanded in custody, leaving taxpayers to pick up the Pounds 700-a-week bill for their prison stay. In addition there are legal aid, court and translation expenses, meaning that even the cheapest remand case costs thousands.

    Although the focus has often been on cases involving Britons facing demands from other countries for their extradition, in fact the defendants in most cases are foreign nationals, almost half of whom are Polish.

    The cases are delayed by adjournments, red tape, missing paperwork and translation difficulties.

    Even the video conferencing system, designed to save time and money, suffers from technical and scheduling difficulties. "It would be quicker to do this by smoke signals," said one solicitor last week as the court clerk struggled to arrange a link with Pentonville prison.

    Daphne Wickham, a district judge, complained at one point that faxed reports from lawyers were going missing. "There is a manpower issue in the international department," admitted a clerk, a signal, perhaps, that the team is under increasing pressure as the number of warrants from abroad grows.

    Sunday Telegraph, The; London (UK), Aug 29, 2010

    related Current Issues in US/UK Cross Border Criminal Cases.

  10. Dubliner in fraud enquiry
    By Diarmaid Williams - 01/12/09

    An Irish man who is alleged to have perpetrated high-level fraud, and whose company was hired by the Madeleine McCann Fund, was refused bail when he appeared before a court in Westminster last week.

    Kevin Halligen (48) is wanted for extradition to the United States in connection with a $2.1 million dollar fraud. He is also alleged to have defrauded the Madeline McCann Fund.

    Mr Halligen appeared before Judge Howard Riddle at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London shortly after 6pm last Wednesday.

    Mr Halligen is said to have committed fraud while posing as a member of the intelligence world, namely a detective specialising in finding missing individuals as well as arranging the release of captives abroad.

    Mr Halligen had been hired by the McCanns as a security consultant, winning the £500,000 contract on appearing to be a plausible investigator.

    The McCann Fund was allegedly ripped off to the tune of £300,000 before it parted company with Halligen.

    His security company Red Defence International, was hired by a friend of the Fund and Halligen allegedly offered the McCanns undercover surveillance and

    intelligence-gathering in Portugal, as well as promising to provide satellite imagery and details of telephone traffic dating from the night

    Madeleine disappeared.Prosecuting lawyer Ms Nuanan told the court on Wednesday that bail should not be granted and Judge Riddle agreed that Mr Halligen was a flight risk and should be remanded to appear again this week.

    The United States Justice Department, on behalf of the FBI, issued an indictment for Halligan earlier this month alleging that he tried to defraud a London law firm of $2.1m.


  11. How the US reports the McCann affair [not Fox, obviously]

    Madelaine(sic) McCann Fund Scammed For $800,000
    Nov 21st, 2009

    A businessman who pretended to be a secret agent has allegedly pocketed up to $800,000 from funds intended to pay investigators working on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

    Kevin Halligen, a British security consultant, was paid to find Madeleine but allegedly failed to pass the money on to the private detectives who did the work on his behalf. A friend of Kate and Gerry McCann, Madeleine’s parents, said they had become increasingly concerned about Halligen.

    “He had this sense of cloak and dagger, acting as if he were a James Bond-style spy,” said the friend. “He promised the earth but it came to nothing.”

    Halligen’s company Oakley International, which is based in Washington DC, was paid $800,000 after being hired by the Find Madeleine fund.

    Sources close to Halligen say he offered to provide the McCanns with satellite images and lists of telephone traffic on the night Madeleine disappeared. The data were supposed to come from contacts in Washington but, one source claimed, “all he came up with was a Google Earth image”.

    The Madeleine Fund was provided with further reports from teams of investigators who found it increasingly difficult to obtain their fees from Halligen. One of them, Henri Exton, a former national head of undercover operations for the British police, is owed more than $165,000 by Halligen for work he did on the Madeleine case.

    Documents show that while Halligen’s company was receiving the Fund’s cash, he was withdrawing large amounts of money for his personal use. He had been using company funds to finance first-class flights, expensive hotels and chauffeur-driven cars.

    His contract with the Fund was not renewed in October last year. Halligen left Washington for a holiday in Rome but never returned to Oakley’s offices. He was last seen staying at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath, England under an assumed name.

    Halligen, 50, often pretended to have served in the intelligence services to impress business and social contacts, according to those who knew him well.

    Two years ago he allegedly faked his own wedding to a lawyer in Washington, DC watched by former agents, a CIA station chief and an adviser to Barack Obama. Halligen told his bride that his spy masters would not allow his real name to be on wedding documents. He was, in fact, already married and the priest was an actor.

    A wider financial investigation has found Halligen bought a $1.6 Million mansion with money allegedly defrauded from Trafigura, the company accused of dumping toxic waste in Africa. Last week the US Department of Justice issued an indictment seeking his arrest over the alleged Trafigura fraud.

    Stephen Dorrell, the McCanns’ MP, said: “This man clearly saw a vulnerable family going through a terrible ordeal and the only thing he was focused on was that there were people offering money to help find Madeleine.”

    Madeleine McCann disappeared on the evening of Thursday, 3 May 2007 while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings in the Algarve region of Portugal. The British girl went missing from an apartment, in the central area of the resort of Praia da Luz, a few days before her fourth birthday, and has still not been found. Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have said that they left the children unsupervised in a ground floor bedroom while they ate at a restaurant about 130 yards away.

    continues bellow

  12. The initial investigation by the Policia Judiciaria (PJ), the Portuguese criminal investigation police, was based on the assumption that she had been abducted. After further investigation, the PJ stated that there was a strong hypothesis that she might have died in her room.

    During the investigation there were a number of unconfirmed claimed sightings of Madeleine in Portugal and elsewhere and additional scientific evidence was obtained. The investigation involved the co-operation of the British and Portuguese police and demonstrated the differing methodologies employed by each, with regard to such aspects as the amount of information released to the public and the legal status of those involved in the case.

    Robert Murat, a local resident, was given ‘suspect” status on 15 May 2007. Kate and Gerry McCann were also named as “suspects” on 7 September, but were allowed to fly back to the United Kingdom on 9 September. All three were cleared, with their “suspect” status lifted, on July 21, 2008. The Portuguese Attorney General closed the case, without a result, also on July 21, 2008.

    The disappearance and its aftermath were notable for the breadth and longevity of the media coverage. This was initially due to the active involvement of the parents in publicising the case and to several awareness-raising campaigns by international celebrities and, latterly, to the interest that arose from the parents being named as suspects.

    The event generated international media attention with controversy surrounding the Portuguese-led police investigation and the actions of Madeleine’s parents. There has also been criticism of the extent and nature of the publicity and of the reporting of the disappearance in both the Portuguese and British media.


  13. Hum... why the British authorities are using the taxes of British people to prevent the extradition of an evil guy? was not to protect the guy I'm sure. They are trying to prevent the FBI to get inside Mccann's case and Trafigura/ Carter-Ruck world.
    It is time to break the wall and bring Carter_ruck and the Mccann's down, by exposing their lies and their methods to pervert justice and fool people.

  14. Now....the mccanns are NOT suing Halligen are they?This is being carefully spinned to make the public believe the "poor" people have been ripped off

    "US authorities issued an extradition warrant accusing Halligen of defrauding a law firm of £1.3 million by ­claiming he could help free two men jailed in war-torn Africa. It is claimed he instead spent the money on a mansion"

  15. May be Halligen will get "suicided"? nothing would surprise me at all,even not this,as we all know this is big mafia...life is cheap,isnt it?

  16. I love the fact Kevin spent the Mccanns'money.
    He deserves cakes,nice drinks and a lot of love from us.

  17. The House of Cards is falling. All the Kings and Queens and Jokers will soon be face down on the table of JUSTICE. Do not lose heart.

    The good citizens of the United Kingdom and Portugal will soon know the truth and governments will fall. Halligen is only one level of the House of Cards. Whether he tips it over, or another whistle-blower tips it over, it will happen and will happen soon.

    This was never about an "abducted" child. It was about one person having information that could expose the evil tactics used by "security forces" whose salaries are paid by ordinary citizens and who were originally tasked to protect those citizens.

    They are not invincible. They are counting on the false presumption that the "masses" are stupid, that they believe what they read in the tabloids, that they are powerless to change the course of their governments.

    How very wrong they are.

  18. I hope they prevent Halligen's extradition. It will help those of us taking the McCann case to the airwaves here in the States. It will be much easier to reignite interest with a direct connection to the FBI and unwillingness of the United Kingdom to honor the extradition treaties between our two countries. If Halligen is not sent to the US, it will be because of the McCann case and not because of the Trafigura case.

    This is going to be fun.

  19. 20, I just hope Kevin will be extradict.
    Through the US media we could hear a lot about the McCanns.
    What he will eventually tell ( the goal of the Fund money), will tell us more about them.
    I suspect the McCanns asked him to transfer the money to their eventual privete bank account in the Sates and Kevin must have its number and address.
    That's why the couple will not sue him.
    Eventual confession in the UK would not be published by the British media.
    Little Jack Horner
    Carter Ruck on the corner...

  20. 16.... Exactly right, this will only go to show the gullible few that they are being ripped off....

  21. So far,no "conference" generously given by mcc&Co. over the rip off,the unchecked leads......? nothing? not a peep....mmmm....I like that,I like it very much.The damn thing is going to burst one of these days.may be sooner than we think? Can we predict cataclysm?
    This spin is really disappointing,standards are lowering...less and less monies in the "fund",that bottom less pit of lies....

  22. The truly sad thing about all of this is that every single child born to any of the Tapas gang; the McCanns, Paynes, O'Brien-Tanners, and Oldfields - all of these children will bear the burden of what their parents have done. They will not be treated growing up as innocent children should be treated. These kids have done no wrong, but it is going to be hell for them growing up.

    For all the McCanns and their gang try to believe they have gotten away with tricking the world, they have NOT. And for their parents crimes, these children will suffer. Whether fairly or not, it is a fact that it will happen. Through no fault of their own, they will always grow up under the stench of their parent's horrible choices.

    If any of them loved those children, they would have come clean by now. So not only is the world going to be unfair to them, they are not even loved by their own parents.

    It is very, very sad.

  23. Any news from Cuddle cat?

  24. Fresh out of the press : Abduction fears spark kidnap kit sales

    PARANOID parents fearing child abductions are turning to CSI-style identity kits for peace of mind.

    A Gold Coast company is gaining national attention after reporting sales of 300 Find Me Safe child identity kits each week.

    The kits contain a DNA sample bag for hair and skin follicles, a handwriting sample card and a police-quality fingerprinting technology.

    The product is designed for families who fear their child become one of the 35,000 people reported missing each year in Australia.

    Local designer Adam Fairhead said the kit, which retails for $12.95, was 'insurance' for parents to produce to authorities if their child ever went missing.

    Since the Isle of Capri company officially launched three months ago he said several hundred kits were being sold each week to parents in every State and territory in Australia.

    "We hope no-one ever has to use this product but without something like this parents are powerless if the worst happens," he said.

    The kit is the latest item in a long-line of child ID products which have popped up across the world in recent years in the wake of high profile international missing children cases including Madeleine McCann.

    The items range from the practical to the bizarre with parents able to purchase identification cards,beeping locator devices, teeth imprint kits and personalised temporary tattoos.

    The advent of yet another kit has drawn ire from parenting experts who claim the products are a 'peace-of-mind' placebo.

    Common sense parenting author Maggie Dent said the concept was 'bunkum'.

    "Instead of making up insurance plans we need to be teaching our children how to develop a strong sense of personal safety and to listen to their instincts," she said.


  25. related:

    I posed as a girl of 14 online. What followed will sicken you [he later had to admit that it was not facebook the site targeted]
    written by Mark William-Thomas, self-proclaimed child expert, Pro-McCann couple media pundit

    Facebook threatens to sue Daily Mail
    Social networking site fears reputation permanently damaged by false claim that it let older men pressure teenage girls for sex

    How safe is your daughter? Paedophiles using the web to trap girls are often middle-class and married. And the police are struggling to cope...By Mark Williams-Thomas

    A COUPLE posed as their 11-year-old DAUGHTER on Facebook — to snare a paedophile who was grooming her for sex.

    Mothers' group outraged after their Facebook campaign to expose paedophiles is removed from the internet

    FACEBOOK has said it is not opposed to placing a panic button on its site "in principle"

    Promoted by Mark William-Thomas/recently received charity status after the above episode «Local police believe Madeleine has been abducted by a stranger» .....excuse me?

    Let's add a few facts, Jim Gamble's pro-McCann supporter & CEOP front man tried to force a panic button on Facebook. Facebook already had measures in place so told CEOP to stuff it. Dacre's & Murdoch media(et others) have been pushing the hysteria of paedophiles everywhere; Madeleine McCann case fitted like a glove as the icon of «abductee» by a paedophile. Murdoch owns Myspace and has lost millions since Facebook become the largest online social community. Meanwhile when CEOP panic button target failed Mark William-Thomas wrote a media report hinting that he had disguised himself as a young teen girl on Facebook and that he had received numerous sexually explicit proposals, he was later forced to admit that the social site wasn't Facebook at all.... hum... Does anyone see anything that may resemble 'manipulation of masses'? Could it be that Murdoch or CEOP have already in place something like an on-the-side business, let's say per hypothesis, one to sell children's GPS's, or electronic chips devices? Too far-fetched?

    Thank you CEOP, thank you Murdoch, thank you Paul Dacre, thank you Mark William-Thomas, and a big thanks as well to the McCann couple! - let's us all live in an Huxleyan world, specially our children.

  26. If Jim Gamble thinks there are huge holes in Maddie's investigation,
    why doesn't he ask the PJ to re-open the process?
    Stead of criticising, he should give the good example.

  27. Se o interrogatório do Kevin Halligen for realmente esta semana, será que os McCanns estão fazendo novena pra São Dimas?

  28. What are the criterias that determine whether a person is eligible for legal aid?
    I thought the person had to have no savings and no assets. Does this apply to Halligen I wonder? He can, apparently, afford to live at the best of hotels, afford plane tickets from USA to England and yet has been given legal aid - not the kind of ordinary legal aid you or I would be given but top notch, expensive legal aid. A bit like the MP's who are up for fraud, they have employed the very best legal teams which cost a fortune per hour and they have been awarded legal aid to cover the costs. Halligen, like the MP's, should have been given the barest minimum and not be allowed to pick and choose the most expensive and leave the taxpayer picking up the bills.

  29. You actually believe that the McCanns would ask someone like Halligen to launder money for them? Why would they do that? And what part of £300,000 would be worth that sort of effort and risk?

    Halligen is being extradited for Fraud against an American Company. He knows nothing about The McCanns or Madeleine. There is nothing for him to tell.

  30. Actually Sabot, the number is more close to be above £500,000 - half a million quid. A quick question, can you give us any logical reason that may explain why the McCann Fund Directors [a board panel consisting by 60% of McCann family members, including Kate and Gerry] never complained about Halligen's fraud to the Police authorities? Or why they have denied the on the media, via their PR's and hacks, that the Fund was not conned out of the above mentioned value? Is this attitude consistent with someone or in this particular case, an alleged missing child fund that is in fact a limited company without charity status, who has been defrauded?! And why is it that the audit accounts, as per Companies House records, do not show this value paid to H.Exton and K.Halligen?

    I would be very surprised if you could explain this few oddities, in order to «clear» the name of the couple that you've been defending (voluntarily?!) for the last 3 years. Thank you.

  31. 27 & 28 Joana

    Yes - totally - the "Huxleyan" thing is that we do it to ourselves (advertising) but it surely is the pursuit of money.


  32. Actually that money the Fund paid to Halligen was advance payment for something McCanns wish him to do. It wasn't about Madeleine sorry to tell. I'm afraid it was something nasty for somebody, but somehow Halligen fail to do it.

  33. Sabot back again on a few sites recently! Mark Aspinall is a BRITISH lawyer from a London firm.

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  35. The sum that I have seen quoted was £300,000, but even if it were £500,000 it still would not be worth the effort and risk. Halligen would hardly do it for nothing.

    It would seem that Brian Kennedy paid this man, so it would be for him to complain, but I suspect that he got his moneys worth. Brian Kennedy would hardly be likely to hand over that sort of money up front. He would have required some sort of proof of work done. This is quite normal.

    If Brian Kennedy paid Halligen then there would be no record in The Fund Accounts.

  36. Anon 28

    Have you ever wondered why Gamble is so involved in the McCann case? Maddie's "disappearance" is and was completely out of the realm of CEOP's remit. Online predators had nothing to do with Madeleine. (The most recent image released of Maddie in make up was another attempt to plant that idea in people's minds, a choice many protested, but one that was strategic to the "abducted by a paedo" lie.)

    I would suggest that Gamble is working to keep a lid on the cover-up - given the PJ files indicating MI5/6 are involved in the McCann case (phone calls/visits etc).

    Has anyone ever asked Gamble what he knows about the raid on the McCann pub in St Johnston, Co Donegal - a break in that occurred a few hours after Gerry's mother's visit? After all, Gamble's true expertise is not in child protection but in running agents in Northern Ireland.

    Sir Ronnie Flanagan was on CEOP's Strategic Advisory Board. (Flanagan of RUC fame - look up what Nuala O'Loan had to say about him re: the Omagh bomb. Why were two Northern Irish cops, with no background at all in children's services involved in CEOP from the very outset?)

    Does that give you a hint as to what CEOP is really about?

    Jim Gamble has this power because of what he know about the British government's dirty tricks, not because he is an advocate for children's safety.

  37. Are we to assume that ALL these "buisness transactions " Mr Brian Kennedy is "funding" are really in the name of "finding" Madeline ??Can we surmise therefore that,if "money talks" ,as the gentleman obviously believes it does .It can only be a matter of time before Gerry and Kate will be able to tell the world what really did happen to their little girl all those years ago! Now that would be money very well spent Mr Kennedy!!!

  38. Kennedy paid via Housing agent holdings

  39. We may never know the full story. According to one quoted mccann fund source, the fund gave kennedy £500000, despite the fact that kennedy had pledged to use his own fortune to support the mccanns in their search. Kennedy paid the money into a holding company and then paid out £300000 to Halligens firm who ,in turn ,forgot to pay over£100000 to an investigator also recommended by kennedy. What happened to the remaining £200000 we are not told. All of the forgoing is according to various versions of who paid what from where and to whom put out by the ever obsfucating mccann PR machine. Sabot , regularly posts vicious personal attacks on snr amaral and his family along side a poster who perpetually hints at knowing everything that the mccanns and carter ruck are about to do,perhaps sabot could ask him whether they are ever going to publish an honest account of the disposal of fund monies. BREATH NOT HELD

  40. Come off it Sabot. You want us to look at Kennedy instead of the McCanns? Is Kennedy the one whose daughter is missing? Did he employ Clarence Mitchell as spokesman in the end? I've got news for you, the spin won't work! Whatever role Kennedy is playing, ultimately it leads back to the McCanns.


  41. Its rather hypocritical for the McCann's to legitimately complain about Halligen. Mitchell publically gave Halligen's services the seal of approval. We where told that public money was being used to fund serious investigators. IIRC Halligen's one man band operation was described by Mitchell as "The Big Boys"

    5 minutes due dilligence on google would have told him otherwise.

    And of course, Mitchell informed the public of the wonderfull high quality information that they'd recieved and where following up via their website and hotline.... only the website didnt actually work.... and now we find out that they didnt actually listen to a single call. To be frank, under the circumstances I understand why they wouldnt waste time doing so.

    Under the circustances its hard to complain after spending hundreds of thousands on spinning what a great job he'd been doing. Far better to brush it under the carpet and hope its forgotten about. It was only half a million sterling of publically donated money, small beer in comparison to whats been wasted.

  42. This is off topic, I apologize but it is important. I have just read an article in the Sun for Wednesday, September l. Hewlett is back in the news and is being referred to as a suspect in the Madeleine case. Up until now they had only referred to him as a person of interest who they wanted to interview. Now that he has died I guess the best they can do is talk to his estranged son who will probably be selling his story to the highest bidder.

  43. Lancada a Biografia de Tony Blair. Sera que dedicou um capitulo a saga Mccann? Duvido. Tao escaldante quanto o Iraque e mais escandaloso que muitos dos escandalos vividos pelos UK, sob a sua alcada. Portanto uma batata quente a evitar.

  44. Sabot=Saboteur. Always glad to see this poster because it tells me someone is trying to distract from important information. Never presents us with a reasoned counter argument; only opinion.

  45. Sabot said... 31
    You actually believe that the McCanns would ask someone like Halligen to launder money for them? Why would they do that? And what part of £300,000 would be worth that sort of effort and risk?

    Halligen is being extradited for Fraud against an American Company. He knows nothing about The McCanns or Madeleine. There is nothing for him to tell.


    LOL @ above!


  46. McCanns wanted to delight Halligen and paid because of that to him £300.000. Halligen does not know about Madeleine but he surely knows about McCanns. Although Kevin has seen a lot of money he wouldn't forget friends like McCanns.

  47. This looks interesting ?http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2010/sep/03/extradition-gary-mckinnon

    laws on extradition to change? are they stalling until new laws are rushed through?
    Will retrospective arrests, fall into the new laws if any are passed?

    any thoughts


  48. any one know if haligan is at belmarsh.
    wonder if kennedy has paid him a visit, only kennedy seems likes to have his fingers in a lot of pies.

  49. We didn't hear about this story in the US, did they even find the girl?

  50. Sabot @ 31

    Hilarious! You contradict yourself. Who would pay £300K to someone/a company, purported to specialise in finding missing persons, who knows nothing about the person they were searching for. That would give cause for any 'customer' sue him. So why don't the Mucks?

    Oh I forgot.....he hasn't got any money, and more importantly in this case, it's not worth taking a chance that he might spill some beans.

  51. One more thing Sabot, see the following about KH, Oakley and the company who set up a hotline.
    Why didn't the Mucks follow all the hotline leads as they were fully aware it had been set up and was functioning? Even if KH didn't offer the information surely parents of a 'missing' child who were 'working hard' on getting her back would insist on listening to all calls made on a daily basis? This article says that no such request was made for A WHOLE YEAR! That really is getting value for money whether £300 or £500K.

    Maybe they knew all the calls were either a waste of time or they might be incriminating?

    Halligen and Oakley International, based in Washington, failed to listen to a single call received on the hotline set up for potential informants by Kate and Gerry McCann last year.

    Johan Selle, the director of operations at iJet, the US firm that managed the Find Madeleine phone line, revealed that for a year nobody even asked his company if they could listen to any of the calls received.

    Mr Selle said his operators, in Annapolis, Virginia, had answered 'hundreds of calls', but the information seemed wasted - possibly squandering valuable leads.

    He said: 'We delivered Oakley a report with a summary of the calls and said if they wanted to come back they could listen to the recording, but nobody did.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1231757/Madeleine-McCann-investigator-didnt-listen-ANY-tip-offs-given-hotline--squandered-500-000.html#ixzz0ylMJCQrF


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