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«Kate and Gerry McCann were too upset to appear in a TV reconstruction of the night their daughter was snatched.(...) The couple turned down a request from Scotland Yard to be involved in the Crimewatch reconstruction as “it would be far too upsetting for them,” a family source revealed yesterday.» Daily Star, October 6, 2013

«It will feature an interview with the McCanns, while highlighting new leads uncovered by police.

The programme will also feature a reconstruction of events in the Portuguese resort on the night Madeleine disappeared.

However, Kate and Gerry have banned the re-enactment of their daughter’s disappearance from taking place in Portugal through fear of angering the country’s police.

Instead they have allowed filming to go ahead in neighbouring Spain, with actors playing the roles of the anguished couple.

A three-year-old child actress, bearing a striking similarity to their daughter, will double as Madeleine.»
Daily Mail, October 6 2013

«Madeleine McCann may have been abducted after disturbing burglars in her family’s holiday apartment, Scotland Yard believes.» Daily Mail, October 5, 2013

«New line of enquiry comes as UK detectives review missing girl's case. Detectives investigating the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann believe a team of British cleaners may hold the key to her whereabouts.» Daily Mail, March 15, 2013

«The Metropolitan Police now has a team of six Portuguese detectives based in Faro, who are carrying out inquiries on its behalf.» Daily Express, October 6, 2013

«A shaken barrister has told police how a man boasted to him that he had seen missing Madeleine McCann just weeks ago.» Daily Mirror, October, 6 2013

«Portuguese detectives are now working on the theory that British paedophiles active in the resorts of the Algarve were responsible» Daily Mirror, October 5, 2013

«Portuguese cops working on behalf of the Metropolitan Police in the UK are focusing on the theory Madeleine McCann was snatched by an Algarve-based paedophile ring, it was claimed on Friday.» SundayWorld, October 4,2013


  1. Court drama for McCanns in libel case
    The Sunday Post (Dundee)
    By Gerard Couzens

    THE ex-police chief who accused the McCanns of faking their daughter’s abduction to cover up her death has told how he wants to speak in court about his claims.

    Goncalo Amaral had not planned to take the witness stand to defend a controversial book which is at the centre of a £1 million libel trial.

    But he has applied for permission to testify after Gerry McCann said he wanted to give his version.

    Both men could end up taking centre stage at Lisbon’s Palace of Justice at the start of next month.

    The court has to decide on the pair’s applications to give evidence by mid-October, but the trial does not restart until November 5 after a sixth sitting on Tuesday.

    Mr Amaral confirmed his U-turn after the last hearing on Wednesday, the sixth anniversary of his removal as head of the investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance after he criticised British police.

    A source close to the case added: “Mr Amaral’s bid to speak is a reaction to Gerry’s application.

    “He has made it clear that he wants to speak if Madeleine’s dad is allowed to testify. But it seems unlikely one will be given permission and not the other.”

    Mr Amaral, 56, is being sued by the McCanns over his bombshell July 2008 book The Truth Of The Lie. He accused the couple of faking Madeleine’s abduction in May 2007 to cover up her death.

    Around 120,000 copies of the book were sold before it was withdrawn when the McCanns won an injection against the ex-police chief.

    Portuguese TV station TVI, also being sued by the McCanns along with Mr Amaral’s book publishers, broadcast a controversial documentary based on the book in 2009.

    Gerry’s sister Trish Cameron told this week’s hearing the McCanns are living in purgatory because of the “smears” of Mr Amaral.

    Three of Mr Amaral’s former police colleagues are set to defend him in court this Tuesday when the trial restarts.

    Mr Amaral, 56, denies defamation and insists everything he published in his book is already contained in police files which have been made public.

    The case is due to finish hearing evidence in late November.

    Yesterday it was reported that Scotland Yard detectives believe Madeleine may have been abducted after disturbing burglars.

    And on October 14 the McCanns are to make an appeal on TV’s Crimewatch in light of “fresh, substantive” material unearthed by British detectives.

    The Met Police, which announced a £5m review of the case during the summer, said this week it was now examining 41 “people of interest”, including 15 from the UK, and revealed new evidence had been uncovered. A Scotland Yard squad is trawling through thousands of telephone records of tourists who were in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz when Madeleine disappeared.

    A team of six Algarve based Portuguese detectives are also making inquiries on behalf of the Met following an official request for help sent by the British Government in July.

  2. ‘New understanding’ of the Madeleine McCann case to be revealed
    Crimewatch viewers will be given a “new understanding” of the events surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann next Monday.

    One report yesterday said she may have been abducted when a burglary at the family’s holiday apartment went wrong.

    This is not a new theory. It was one of the main ones examined by Portuguese detectives shortly after Madeleine vanished.

    The Sunday Express has reported extensively on that approach and revealed information about suspicious people who were spotted around Praia da Luz’s Ocean Club complex close to the time of the abduction.

    We reported how accountant Paul Gordon, his wife and their two children stayed at apartment 5a shortly before the McCanns and were suspicious of a man who came collecting for an orphanage. Mr Gordon told officers that he could not tell if the man was genuine or was a conman, but gave him 10 euros anyway.

    One theory was that the man was casing the apartment for a future burglary.

    Breaks-ins at nearby apartments have also been well reported.

    However, Portuguese detectives felt it was highly unlikely that a child would have been taken by a burglar, who would have wanted to escape quickly from a property when disturbed.

    Carrying a child through the streets would not only hinder a speedy escape, it would also arouse suspicion.

    On Friday a Portuguese newspaper claimed the six local officers working on the case from Faro on the Algarve, an hour’s drive from Praia da Luz, had said they were working on the theory that Madeleine was taken by a paedophile ring based in the coastal region.

    Kate McCann wrote in her book about the cases of five British children being sexually abused in their beds during holidays in the area.

    “It is so hard not to scream from the rooftops about how these crimes appear to have been brushed under the carpet,” she wrote.

    Again, the paedophile ring theory has been well reported over the years, but no firm evidence was ever found to support the claim.

    Scotland Yard is not commenting at the moment on any theories as it steps up its investigation.

    However, after spending more than £5million on the case it will be under increasing pressure to say more next week.


  3. Clues spark new Madeleine McCann hunt
    THE hunt for Madeleine McCann took a decisive turn last night after her parents said for the first time that pieces of the jigsaw are finally fitting together.
    By: James Murray

    HQ for Madeleine’s hunt, at Belgravia police station in central London, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said: “We now believe we have the most complete picture to date surrounding her disappearance.”

    As Scotland Yard detectives prepare to fly to Portugal after a TV reconstruction, Kate and Gerry McCann said they take heart from the details now emerging.

    They said: “We are really hopeful that the forthcoming appeal on Crimewatch will bring further new evidence which will take us a step closer to finding Madeleine and to bringing those responsible for her abduction to justice.” At the The McCanns’ statement, released through Scotland Yard, added: “We are greatly encouraged by new information coming to light with pieces of the jigsaw now fitting together.”

    The gathering momentum and the confidence in the statements suggests arrests may be imminent in the coming weeks.

    The Sunday Express understands Mr Redwood plans to fly to Portugal soon after next Monday’s Crimewatch special for a briefing with the leader of the six Portuguese detectives who are pursuing leads that have been inspired by the Yard.

    The Portuguese officers have a list of 41 “persons of interest”, including 15 Britons, who the Yard want to rule in or out of their now fast-moving investigation. (...)

  4. (...) Mr Redwood said the 35-strong Yard team is concentrating on what exactly happened when Madeleine vanished from apartment 5a of the Ocean Club complex at Praia da Luz on the Algarve on May 3, 2007.

    “The process is like peeling back layers of an onion,” he said.

    “Every hour of our time is designed to get information on the core moment of what happened.”

    So far 442 people have been interviewed or provided statements to his team, including many new witnesses.

    This has led to 4,920 “actions” being generated of which 2,123 have been completed. A Yard spokesman said the work included information on “carers, residents and workers who were at the resort at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.”

    Officers believe they have found “part of the needle” in the haystack and hope the BBC Crimewatch reconstruction produces more vital leads.

    Significantly, officers have created a log showing calls made at the time Madeleine disappeared.

    Today we can reveal the highly anticipated show was secretly filmed in Spain with actors because it would have attracted too much attention if shot in the holiday resort in Portugal from where Madeleine disappeared as she approached her fourth birthday.She is played by a three-year-old in what is said to be the “latest, most detailed understanding” of the events around the time she went missing.

    She will be seen in nightclothes similar to the ones worn by Madeleine when she was snatched.

    The programme will be broadcast live on Monday, October 14, at 9pm, with a large number of officers working late into the night to receive calls. They are keen to hear from anyone in the resort at the time and officers are concentrating on mobile phone records to trace people who were present.

    Mr Redwood said yesterday: “We are now making targeted and new appeals for help from the public.

    “I truly believe there are people out there who hold the key to Madeleine’s disappearance and that so far they may be completely unaware of that fact.”

    Crimewatch includes an interview by presenter Kirsty Young with the McCanns, while presenter Matthew Amroliwala has been to Praia da Luz to explore the new focus of the police investigation. The McCanns and Mr Redwood will also be speaking to Kirsty live in the studio.

    Crimewatch editor Joe Mather said: “We’ve been working very closely with the Metropolitan Police on a new Madeleine McCann appeal for several months.

    “We’re very hopeful that this major reconstruction along with the substantial new lines of inquiry will prompt viewers with vital information to get in touch with the officers in the studio.”

    The latest appeal will also be broadcast in Holland and Germany.


  5. «In a sensational development the witness said he was stunned when the man confessed he had met the girl on a ­Mediterranean island» - Sensational? More like fabricated.

    Didn't Clarence Mitchell represent the Costa Cruises in Italy? http://www.channel4.com/news/fears-grow-for-missing-29

    If the barrister does exist and isn't lying about an unknown man from a "Mediterranean island", could the story have emerged from someone around Italy?

  6. Is the SY investigation a whitewash, or just incoompetent? Well, in a normal investigation enquiries begin broadly and get narrowed down to a focus, In the SY one, they seem to get broader and broader. We know that none of the leads are worthwhile because the Portuguese case is still archived, so no new evidence of merit exists. Also why are SY making such unbelievable statements in public that are too silly to be believable even in the average TV crime drama. Are SY clever enough to eliminate all the possibilities first, leaving the undeniable truth for all to see?, No, it just seems like a waste of time and money inspired by an incompetent government.

    So if we know there was no abduction, then we know that no abductor can be found, so what will be the outcome. There will be no comclusive answer, this will roll on and on and will be 'kicked into the long grass.' The public will continue to disbelieve the McCanns. Cameron probabley thought it would be solved. But now he doesn't know what to do next as he doesn't want to pull in the McCanns. IMO

  7. Comments being accepted on following link. Few favourable to McC's


  8. McCanns too upset for Madeleine telly abduction re-run

    KATE and Gerry McCann were too upset to appear in a TV reconstruction of the night their daughter was snatched.

    Harrowing scenes, including when the distraught mum found Madeleine was missing, will be played out by actors.

    The couple turned down a request from Scotland Yard to be involved in the Crimewatch reconstruction as “it would be far too upsetting for them,” a family source revealed yesterday.

    A three-year-old with a “striking” similarity to Madeleine will double for her in the programme a week tomorrow.

    Kate and Gerry have also banned the re-enactment taking place in Portugal, where she vanished, through fear of angering the country’s police.

    The couple, who have eight-year-old twins Sean and Amelie, asked for filming to take place in Spain.

    A close source said: “More than anything in the world Kate and Gerry want to find out what happened to Madeleine.

    “But they did not want to take part in the reconstruction and they were against it being filmed in Portugal.

    “Even after six years it would have been emotionally and mentally draining for Kate and Gerry to face a lookalike of their daughter on set. Can you imagine it? It would be traumatic.”

    But the McCanns will make a “significant” new TV appeal in light of “fresh, substantive” material unearthed as part of the Met Police’s review.

    Heart consultant Gerry and former GP Kate, both 45, will appear live in the studio during the show. In a statement yesterday they said: “We are really hopeful that the forthcoming appeal will bring further new evidence which will take us a step closer to finding Madeleine and to bringing those responsible for her abduction to justice.

    We are greatly encouraged by new information coming to light with pieces of the jigsaw fitting together.”

    Madeleine was days from her fourth birthday when she vanished from her bedroom while her parents dined with friends in a nearby tapas restaurant in the Algarve’s Praia da Luz in May 2007.

    Police are investigating theories that the blonde-haired girl was snatched by a paedophile ring or abducted by a burglar.

    Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said: “We now believe we have the most complete picture to date of the events surrounding her disappearance.

    “We are now making targeted and new appeals for help from the public. There are people who hold the key to Madeleine’s disappearance.”

    Crimewatch editor Joe Mather said: “We’re very hopeful that this major reconstruction, along with the substantial new lines of inquiry, will prompt viewers with vital information to get in touch with the officers in the ­studio on the night of the programme.”

    Scotland Yard officers agreed on the Crimewatch format with TV producers.


  9. :m May I give my Portuguese, surreal, opinion? Thank you!

    I think the reason why Mr. "Red Riding Wood" (as someone here has aptly called him) has asked the BBC to shoot the new mockumentary in Spain is to distinguish it (visually at least) from Emma "Cock" Roach's effort.

    Let us give the new comers some artistic freedom!

    That said, I have no doubts Crimewatch Team has had some good script advisers. I can think of at least one or two names. Can you?

    NB No prizes for the correct guesses!

  10. " Too upsetting for the parents to do the reconstruction" (?) WTF..
    "BANNED it being filmed in Portugal" OMG!

    IS there ANYTHING these two WILL do to assist in the finding of their daughter- missing-stolen-raped-tortured- emotionally-physically-sexually abused.or murdered/accidentally killed ?, and the parents are TOO UPSET to assist in finding her!! Jesus this beggars belief.

    There is a depth of cruelty which I cannot fathom here.

    Joanna, this link is off topic from McCann's per say, But it is very interesting re: crime watch and police involvement in the case.

    My apologies to non English speakers I can't translate , sorry.



    <<"Featuring exclusive interviews and shedding new light on crimes that shocked the nation, this documentary looks beyond fake tears to reveal stories of deception and betrayal, when people who have feigned innocence or made public appeals for information - often on camera - committed the crime themselves.

    The programme re-examines the Philpott case, in which Mick and his wife Mairead, who took part in a press conference after their house fire killed six children, were finally convicted of their manslaughter in April 2013, along with their best friend Paul Mosley.

    The film contains interviews with Paul Mosley's brother Bryan, Darshna Soni, who covered the story for Channel 4 News, Mick Philpott's former partner of several years and 'star' witness to his trial Heather Keogh.

    The film explores the case of Stuart Hazell, convicted in May 2013 for the murder of 12-year-old Tia Sharp in South London in August 2012, including a powerful interview with her father Steven Carter, and with Detective Constable Alison Grubb from the Metropolitan Police, whose role was to support the family throughout the search for Tia.

    Shafilea Ahmed's parents were found guilty in 2012 of her murder from 2003. The couple's own lawyer, Milton Firman, gives his first account of his relationship with them and how he was convinced by their claims of innocence.

    Simon Foy, former Head of Homicide and Serious Crime at Scotland Yard, offers his own insight into crocodile tears cases, whether they are on the increase and the clues that investigators look out for while examining a case.>>"


  11. Oh and.... from your very own front page Joanna,

    «Portuguese Journalist: A reconstruction. If you volunteer to do a reconstruction wouldn't that open the case?

    Gerry McCann: We want to create information that will lead us to us helping find Madeleine.

    Portuguese Journalist: That will help Madeleine. Don't you think so?

    Gerry McCann: Well if it does then, you know, we will participate.

    Portuguese Journalist: You are in Lisbon. You could take that step today. Ask for the case to be reopened and do a reconstruction with your friends.

    Gerry McCann: We are going round in circles. We would be more than happy for the case to be reopened.»

    Oh dear, words coming back to haunt me thinks.

    Miss Taken Identity

  12. The papers are full of pictures of Madeleine and Mccanns and the seven. They can't get quick enough before Tuesday and Mr Amarals case and tell them they know where Maddie is according to the Sunday Mirror. Why don't the police go to that place and check it out, but they didn't. We don't know if this is true but has this come now to defeat Mr Amaral. If the court doesn't watch and different stories keep coming they will never get to the truth of what really happened to poor Madeleine. Mr Amarals book did not stop people looking for her and the court know it. Mr Cameron, Mitchell and the police all stick together for the Mccanns and this gets Portugal a bad name, we hope they will not let this happen and they try very hard to bring out the truth and finally close this case in Mr Amarals favour. People still believe that dogs don't lie. Now they start with Germany and Holland who most support Mr Amaral and know that the book has not stopped people looking for Maddie.. Mitchell always find someone to come forward that's why Mr Cameron wants him in his party, what a country.

  13. I think some of you still haven’t grasped what is going on. Do you understand the significance of the upcoming reconstruction? Do you think it will take into account all the declarations made by the McCann couple and their friends that are found in the case files? Of course not, because their statements are incongruent: it’s why they made fools of themselves with their reasons for not attending a reconstruction demanded by the Portuguese police. The comedy is there for all to see in the case files. But here you have Scotland Yard endorsing this reconstruction, which means that they are telling the world that what is found in the case files is worthless. Remember this is not David Edgar who is endorsing this it’s Scotland Yard. Let me say it one more time the purpose of this review / investigation is to devalue the work done by the Portuguese police. Whenever you read an article that mentions “review” or “investigation” just substitute these words with PR campaign.

    You do realise that all this flurry of PR wouldn't have happened right now if Mr. Amaral's trial was in, let's say, November or December, you do realise that don't you?

  14. I do not wish to be rude or unkind but, examining Mr. Redwood's physiognomy in the photo above (heavy eye bags) I cannot help thinking the gentleman is living through some kind of awaken nightmare.

    He may be having some difficulty sleeping - which is quite natural given the impossible task Prime-Minister Cameron has given him, or perhaps, taking too many prescription drugs - like Valium?... Prozac?......... Viagra?

    I suspect the political weight on this gentleman's shoulders is getting too much for his weak constitution.

    Now, according to Chinese Medicine, bags under the eyes point to an overall Yang deficiency which is usually associated with an under performing (sick) liver and/or kidneys.

    Two organs which are easily damaged by prescription drugs which, Mr. Redwood may be abusing in order to address his Press-stress, but I make no allegations. Also, the "bags" could be related to an excess of stout in the evenings plus a number of concomitant factors.

    My personal advice to Mr. Redwood would be for him to jump out of the McCanns' bandwagon and address his health issues first and foremost. Let the toffee prime minister of his island, do the dirty work.

    Meanwhile Mr. Redwood, whatever your decision, please get some sleep.

    Judge Melo e Castro's decision is not out until late November besides, it is unlikely she will be influenced by all these Scotland Yard phantasies and your street-wise rhetoric.

    Lady Melo e Castro is a Portuguese lady of aristocratic descent - it is not like her ancestors were cleaning chimneys in London in the hey-days of Queen Victoria. Do you follow?

    Herr Gunther

  15. "Crimewatch editor Joe Mather said: "We've been working very closely with the Metropolitan Police on a new Madeleine McCann appeal for several months." (Sunday Express)

    By their own admission Crimewatch has been working on this "appeal" for several months now. The question is: "Why are they airing the program now?".

    Like Amaral once said: "Nothing this couple does or says is without ulterior meaning" (or words to that effect).

    :d Like Clarence Mitchell says: "In PR timing is of the essence!"

  16. Joana, do you know by chance at what time the Crimeclock wil be broadcast, next week?


    Durante o processo de investigação ao desaparecimento de Madeleine McCann do apartamento no Ocean Club na Praia da Luz, a Polícia Judiciária entendeu que seria útil para o processo aceder ao conteúdo das mensagens escritas enviadas e recebidas pelos telemóveis do casal nos momentos anteriores e posteriores ao desaparecimento da filha.

    Apesar de o Ministério Público ter validado o pedido feito pela equipa do inspector Gonçalo Amaral, o juiz Pedro Frias recusou o acesso ao conteúdo das SMS do casal McCann, justificando a decisão com o facto de se tratar de intercepções telefónicas e as necessárias autorizações não poderem ser feitas a posteriori. Ou seja, não ser possível autorizar a consulta de mensagens escritas enviadas e recebidas antes do pedido.


    O Tribunal da Relação de Lisboa considerou desnecessária a autorização de um juiz para a Polícia Judiciária recolher e registar o conteúdo de mensagens escritas por telemóvel. Na origem desta decisão estão várias SMS enviadas a ameaçar de morte um indivíduo. Ao apresentar queixa, o receptor exibiu-as à polícia, que transcreveu o conteúdo das mensagens e o juntou aos autos.

    Em causa está o recurso apresentado pelo arguido – após condenação no Tribunal da Boa-Hora, por crimes de injúrias e ameaças –, no qual alega existir nulidade qualificada da prova. A Defesa argumenta estar em causa "uma ingerência nas telecomunicações", justificada "por uma garantia de inviolabilidade e sigilo com consagração constitucional". Pode ler-se no acórdão escrito dos juízes-desembargadores que "a apreensão já recebida e aberta não terá mais protecção do que as cartas recebidas, abertas e guardadas pelo seu destinatário".


    N.º 1 do art. 187 do CPP

    "A intercepção e a gravação de conversações ou comunicações telefónicas só podem ser autorizadas durante o inquérito, se houver razões para crer que a diligência é indispensável para a descoberta da verdade ou que a prova seria, de outra forma, impossível ou muito difícil de obter, por despacho fundamentado do juiz de instrução e mediante requerimento do Ministério Público, quanto a crimes:[...] e) De injúria, de ameaça, de coacção, de devassa da vida privada e perturbação da paz e do sossego, quando cometidos através de telefone."

    N.º 1 do art. 189 do CPP

    "O disposto no artigo 187.º e artigo 188.º é correspondentemente aplicável às conversações ou comunicações transmitidas por qualquer meio técnico diferente do telefone, designadamente correio electrónico ou outras formas de transmissão de dados por via telemática, mesmo que se encontrem guardadas em suporte digital, e à intercepção das comunicações entre presentes."



    Pedro Frias: um balde de agua fria na investigação da PJ - e o responsável (como o Guerra sugeriu anteriormente) pelo denegrimento de Portugal no estrangeiro, agora nas mãos sujas de Clarence Mitchell e da policia metropolitana de Londres!

  18. 'However, Kate and Gerry have banned the re-enactment of their daughter’s disappearance from taking place in Portugal through fear of angering the country’s police.

    Instead they have allowed filming to go ahead in neighbouring Spain, with actors playing the roles of the anguished couple.'

    Major PR fail by Team McCann -

    If looked upon by Joe Average - who does not get involved in forums/blogs etc. this decision will likely raise two questions:

    A) what use is a televised reconstruction - primarily aimed at locals/ex-pats/tourists/staff who were in Luz that week - if it's not filmed in the same location?

    It's akin to reconstructing the sinking of the Costa Concordia in the Norfolk Broads.

    B) why are the parents refusing to take an active part in said reconstruction - camera shy they are not as we know, and if the sight of the child actress representing Madeleine would upset them - camera angles and careful editing could have solved that problem.

    puzzling indeed



  19. So are the McCann's going to survive now that deeper questions are being asked? Is justice finally going to be done for the poor neglected child? Will at last the people of the UK be exposed to the facts? I doubt it but I still hope!

  20. Scotland Yard is making itself a laughing stock right round the world. I have never witnessed anything like this in all my 65 years on the planet.
    I can only assume that there are people connected to this case who would destroy Britain's standing internationally. From what I'm seeing that is happening anyway. As for the press it has destroyed any confidence I had in British journalism and no longer read newspapers.

  21. This smells rotten, ex arguidos sitting a long side the head of the hunt,remember SY they weren't actually cleared, by the PJ or Leicester police. A possibility still hung over them. How can you make a reconstruction in another country, its supposed to be based on fact, and this cant be. Is DI Redwood now in the pocket of GM, are they both masons. My father served as a chief superintendant with the police for 30years and no way would he sit in representation of the truth with two ex arguidos. These enquiries are meant to be controlled by the police with limited info being leaked. Too upset were they to take part but not to upset to sit in the controlling seats. God forbid when will someone with any brain suss these two out, upset yes for the court case but I hope the happy smiling people photos find their way into Amarals lawyers hands. I am so disappointed with SY they are all brothers, theres a lot of people stand to lose a lot in this case and I hope the first one are the McCanns. Sadness is appearing for the court case only. expect GM to cry crocodile tears.

  22. Time to flood the home secretary and chief constable of the Met with objections

  23. This year so far 20 children and died at the hands of their parents. re ITV1

  24. @16 At 9pm, on BBC1, October 14 http://www.radiotimes.com/episode/cpdpkv/crimewatch--episode-315

    At 20:15, on ZDF, October 16 http://www.tvmovie.de/aktenzeichen-xy-ungeloest-tv-5042002.html?bid=5475836

    Unknown dates for Netherlands and Ireland so far. There are no talks of broadcasting the appeal/pseudo-reenactment, in this format in Portugal.

  25. Madeleine McCann: Police closing in on suspects and are ready to make arrests
    By Tracey Kandohla, Andy Lines

    « (...) And the missing youngster’s parents Kate and Gerry are now preparing to make a ­heart-felt TV plea directly to her kidnapper in a bid to find their daughter, six years after she vanished.

    The couple, both 45, are convinced the person who snatched her from their holiday apartment in Portugal or who has her now will see the ­Crimewatch appeal begging them to give her back.

    And police believe the widespread publicity leading up to the screening could even lead to arrests during the BBC show, which can be seen anywhere in the world online.

    Kate and Gerry will tell the kidnapper, or those who know the person: “It is never too late to do the right thing.”

    A family source said: “Kate and Gerry hope whoever has their daughter, or any of their family and friends, will see their new appeal and come forward. Someone knows where she is.

    “Millions of viewers are due to watch this appeal which could lead to a ­significant new ­breakthrough.

    "We are hoping witnesses with vital ­information will call in and that arrests will be made.

    "There could even be arrests as the show is being screened which has happened with previous Crimewatch appeals.

    "Kate and Gerry want the kidnapper to know: ‘This will never go away until we have found Madeleine. We want this nightmare to be over for everyone.’

    “No one apart from the kidnapper and possibly friends and family know where Madeleine is.

    "Kate and Gerry ­desperately want that person to come forward.”

    Former chief ­executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre Jim Gamble also believes the kidnapper will watch the appeal.

    He spoke after the Sunday Mirror yesterday told how detectives are following a lead after a barrister told of an alleged sighting of the girl on a Mediterranean island.

    Mr Gamble said: “I have absolutely no doubt about it. Their conscience will be a problem.

    “They will be ­continuing to look over their shoulder waiting for the knock on the door.

    "They will not be able to avoid this, the global reach of the media. They need to recognise that we are closing in on them.

    “I believe in my lifetime we will find what happened to Madeleine.

    "I believe the way human conscience works means the kidnapper will be found out in the end.

    “Some people have no conscience and don’t worry about what they did.

    "But they worry about getting caught and those who suspect them.

    "It’s never too late to do the right thing or to share that piece of information you think meant nothing.”

    Former GP Kate and heart consultant Gerry, from Rothley, Leicestershire, will make their TV appeal live next Monday at Cardiff’s BBC studios.

    The 9pm show is to also feature the first-ever reconstruction of the night Madeleine, who would now be 10, was snatched from the Praia da Luz apartment in May 2007 as her parents dined out nearby.

    But requests to film the youngster’s bedroom, which has not been changed since she ­vanished, or inside their home were turned down.

    And Kate and Gerry, who also have eight-year-old twins Sean and Amelie, were too upset to take part in the re-enactment of their daughter’s last night with them.

    They could not bear seeing a ­lookalike of Madeleine, played by a three-year-old actor.

    Crimewatch filmed the scenes, which will also be screened in Holland and Germany, in Spain. But Portuguese TV will not air the appeal. (...)»


  26. Herr Gunther, I agree, Mr. Redwood should lay off the Viagra and get some sleep.

    Mr. Gamble couldn't have been more correct when he said:

    "Some people have no conscience and don’t worry about what they did."

    "But they worry about getting caught and those who suspect them."

    Although with their country's government, police force and media behind them this couple need not worry about getting caught. Their worries stem from their ceaseless preoccupation with how the world perceives them.

    Anonymous 6/10/2013 19:03 Talvez o Passos Coelho tera mais sorte com o Tribunal Constitucional se ele pedir ao senhor Cameron para dar-lhes uma palavrinha.

  27. I actually feel sick at how corrupt our country is, Scotland yard is not what it used to be one of the best police force in the world where people had trust in, now it is run by what the goverment say's and that is one word WHITEWASH for the MCcanns, hope whoever is behind this and who is going along with this do not sleep at night with the guilt and shame they should be suffering shame on you all.Good luck Mr Amaral you have so much support over here from people who dont believe the reports our disgusting media and press only print and show, who do nothing but fawn over a greedy couple who should have been charged with child neglect at the very least!

  28. BBC in accordance with SY chose 3 countries as targets to distribute and broadcast their "appeal" and mock-up reconstruction, UK, Netherlands, Germany and possibly Ireland. There are no shows equivalent to BBC''s Crimewatch, of dubious factual accuracy and of morbid infotainment purposes, in Portugal. The McCanns and SY were the ones who effectively rendered this broadcast impossible to be aired in Portugal, since they decided to use a fictional setting, a Spanish village, as a back drop for a reconstruction based on unreal elements, such as the Tapas 9 conflicting statements.

    Warning - Contains McCann strong McSpin contents.

    Daily Star, Jerry Lawton, Oct. 7, 2013: MADDIE PARENTS FURY AT TELLY APPEAL SNUB

    Portugal refuses show offer

    FRESH HOPE: Kate and Gerry make a new appeal on the Crimewatch show to find their daughter Madeleine, right MADELEINE McCann’s parents are “baffled” why a Crimewatch appeal to help find their missing daughter will not be shown in Portugal.

    Broadcasters in the country where Maddie disappeared have declined to screen the TV special, which will be aired in the UK, Holland and Germany next week.

    British police are at a loss to explain why no Portuguese television company has taken up the opportunity to show the BBC programme.

    They say it will feature a new theory about what happened to the then three year-old who vanished from her parents’ holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.

    It will include a reconstruction of events before her disappearance and a fresh appeal from doctor parents Kate and Gerry, both 45.

    UK detectives are trying to trace up to 10,000 people who were in the resort when Madeleine went missing.

    They have obtained a database of every mobile phone in the area at the time and are tracing the owners across 31 countries.

    Most hailed from Britain, Ireland, Germany and Holland and the Crimewatch programme, or a version of it, will be screened in all four countries.

    But none of the 3,000 people who live and work in Praia da Luz will see it, leaving a giant hole in the police appeal. Last night a source close to the McCanns told the Daily Star: “Kate and Gerry are not criticising Portugal for not running the Crimewatch show but it is rather baffling. “The Crimewatch screening is an arrangement between the police and broadcasters.’’

    Scotland Yard detectives have interviewed 442 people as part of the new £5m Operation Grange. They have identified 41 as “of interest”, including 15 Brits. Asked why the show is not being seen in Portugal, Assistant Met Police Commissioner Mark Rowley said no broadcaster there had taken it up. “That is a matter for them,’’ he said.

    Yesterday, it was revealed a barrister has told Gtr Manchester Police a man confessed to him at a party that he had met Madeleine, who would now be 10, on a Mediterranean island just “weeks ago”.

  29. @28 Adding to the above, this week some PT journalists will be on trial - another McCann legal action. Since 2009 the ongoing legal action against Gonçalo Amaral has also as targets: TVI, a TV channel, VC Filmes, a production company and Guerra & Paz, a book publisher, is it any wonder no one wishes to broadcast another McCann media falsehood?

  30. Madeleine McCann reconstruction 'called off by Portuguese Police'
    Portuguese Police will not go ahead with a reconstruction of the night Madeleine McCann disappeared.

    By Caroline Gammell

    8:47PM BST 27 May 2008

    According to Sky News reports, the controversial plan was abandoned after several members of the 'Tapas Seven' were not able to attend.

    Kate and Gerry McCann had already decided not to return to Portugal for the reconstruction of the night of their daughter went missing.

    The couple said the re-enactment would do “absolutely nothing” to help find their daughter, who was three when she vanished from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007.

    Mr and Mrs McCann, who are arguidos or suspects in their daughter’s disappearance, had been asked by Portuguese police to return to the Algarve along with the seven friends on holiday with them at the time.

    Detectives wanted to stage a reconstruction at the Ocean Club complex where the McCanns were dining, leaving Madeleine and her younger siblings in the unlocked apartment nearby.

    But the couple, from Rothley in Leicestershire, have decided not to go back.

    A source close to the McCanns said: “There are no plans for Kate and Gerry and their friends to return to Portugal. They have all indicated their intentions to the police.

    “The reconstruction will only take place if Kate and Gerry and their friends agree to take part. If they don’t agree it will not happen.

    “Kate and Gerry have had grave reservations about the value of it. If the reconstruction was going to help Madeleine, nothing in the world would stop them taking part.

    “But Kate and Gerry and their friends cannot see the point of all the disruption it would cause to their busy work schedules and families if, as they believe, it will do absolutely nothing to help find Madeleine.”

    The couple’s spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “Kate and Gerry and their friends remain committed to doing anything to help find Madeleine.

    “I don’t want to comment on what they have told police but, if they do not return to Portugal, it is because they feel it offers no value and no assistance in finding Madeleine.”

    Mr Mitchell said that if the reconstruction was televised with the chance of bringing in new leads the McCanns and their friends would agree to do it.

    He went on: “They would welcome a Crimewatch-style reconstruction which is properly broadcast for millions of people to see and could generate important new leads and fresh information.”

    But Portuguese police said they did not want the reconstruction to be filmed.


  31. From the PJ investigation process

    Email sent to Ricardo Paiva from Graham Michael

    19 March 2008 16:39

    (processo/16 - VOLUME XVIa.pdf P84, 85 )
    Vol. XVI p. 4214

    Dear Ricardo,

    I refer to our recent telephone call conversations and can confirm that we will starting the interview process w/c 7th April 2008. I hope the e-mail sent on Thursday 13th March helps with your arrangements for your accommodation.

    I am in receipt of your e-mail regarding further questions for John Lowe at the FSS and I will forward them for him to answer.

    As discussed on Friday, we have made contact with the holiday group (Paynes, Webster, O'Brien, Tanner, Oldfield, Mampilly) regarding their availability for the proposed dates for a re-enactment in Portugal. We are still awaiting response from Jeremy Wilkins.

    Before they will fully commit to attending they have the following questions that they request are answered:-

    1 - Why do the PJ want them to take part in the re-enactment?
    2 - What is the aim, what are the PJ trying to achieve with the re-enactment?
    3 - Why so close to the anniversary?
    4 - Why don't the PJ use actors?
    5 - Will the footage of the re-enactment be released to the press/TV etc?
    6 - What protection is there for the friends in relation to the media coverage/likely frenzy?

    Would you please speak with the Director regarding these questions and consider how you would like us to respond. I would be grateful for a prompt response as this will hopefully ensure that the witnesses are available to attend.

    Yours Sincerely

    Mick Graham
    Detective Inspector
    Major Crime Unit

  32. Email sent to Graham Michael / Stuart Prior from Ricardo Paiva

    20 March 2008 11:56

    (processo/16 - VOLUME XVIa.pdf P86,87 )
    Vol. XVI p. 4216 and 4219 (4217 is the same, in Portuguese)

    Hello good morning Mick.

    In answer to the questions raised by the holiday group regarding the re-enactment in Praia da Luz, Mr Paulo Rebelo wishes to clarify them as follows:

    1 - Why do the PJ want them to take part in the re-enactment?

    The PJ wants them to take part in the re-enactment because they were the ones who experienced the situation. Therefore they are in the best conditions to reproduce it.

    2 - What is the aim, what are the PJ trying to achieve with the re-enactment?

    The PJ is trying to find out, with accuracy, the circumstances of the events occurred, using for that purpose the exact place of events and the same persons who took part in it.

    3 - Why so close to the anniversary?

    Only now has the PJ conditions to carry out these proceedings, and also because it is desirable that the weather conditions are as similar as possible to those at the time of the events.

    4 - Why don't the PJ use actors?

    The reason is because only the persons involved can clarify, with accuracy and at the same place, their position and movements.

    5 - Will the footage of the re-enactment be released to the press/TV etc?

    The PJ won't release any pictures/footage to the press.

    6 - What protection is there for the friends in relation to the media coverage/like frenzy?

    The place will be isolated and press interference will be avoided to its maximum.

    The re-enactment will be carried out in one single day, at the exact time the events occurred.

    However, the witnesses are requested to stay in Portugal for a couple of days more, in order to allow the production of all the material which shall be analysed, checked and signed by the persons involved.

    Best regards.

    Ricardo Paiva

    Email sent to Ricardo Paiva from Graham Michael / cc. Stuart Prior, Gary Watts, Nigel Baraclough

    28 March 2008 16:33

    (processo/16 - VOLUME XVIa.pdf P89 )
    Vol XVI p. 4218

    Dear Ricardo,

    An update for you, as discussed this morning;

    We have spoken on a number of occasions with the holiday group and they are still undecided whether they will agree to attend Portugal to take part in this process.

    As a group, they are waiting to see if Gerry and Kate McCann will be invited to attend and participate in the re-enactment. It is my understanding that if Gerry and Kate do not participate in this process, then the decision will be that they will not attend.

    In addition, the group have stated that they would require written reassurances about how the process was going to be conducted before agreeing to attend.

    Therefore, until these issues are resolved we are unable to get a firm commitment from the holiday group to attend on either of the proposed dates.


  33. 9 – If it is their wish, the witnesses can be assisted by the Foreign Office and, in the proceedings, also by a legal representative, subject to the consent of the Public Prosecutor's Office. Within the scope of the cooperation that has been taking place, the Leicestershire Police has already been invited to be present in the proceedings;

    10 – If the conditions to make the re-enactments are achieved, the payments of participants’ airfares and the stay costs will be subject of later evaluation;

    11 – The PJ will be responsible for ensuring personal security for all the participants in the proceedings and will facilitate transfers from and to the airport, and from and to the proceedings. The PJ does not foresee any hostile environment or the occurrence of events able to put the participants' physical and psychological integrity at risk;

    12 – The witnesses will be invited to participate in the re-enactment, but there are no suspicions over them regarding the commission of any criminal acts;

    13 – The translation services of these inquiry proceedings will be provided by private officers of the PJ;

    14 – The PJ considers this re-enactment to be highly important, and hopes the witnesses show their total cooperation, as they have been doing so far, towards finding out the truth.

    We hope we have provided the answers to all the questions raised by the participants and, for logistics and case preparation purposes, we kindly request to be informed about the participants' respective answers until April 25, 2008.

    Best regards,

    Paulo Rebelo


  34. Funny the press release by SY, that included already a quote by Mitchell never mentioned Portugal as a target of the mock-up reconstruction and "appeal".

  35. Dare I suggest that a quick visit to the official Find Madeleine Campaign website or the update page on findmadeleine.com might possibly give a more accurate insight into the current state of play than all the garbage currently emanating from the British press?


    ""However, the witnesses are requested to stay in Portugal for a couple of days more, in order to allow the production of all the material which shall be analysed, checked and signed by the persons involved. Best regards. Ricardo Paiva" (see comment #32 above)

    IMO it was this phrase from the PJ rogatory letters that scared the hell out of Team McCann!

    Also it is evident from the British Police reply, they are protecting their citizens no matter what. The British normally do - murderers, drug trafickers and all! You have to give the British credit for protecting their own, whereas Portugal is seen to hand out their own civil servants for foreigners to poke fun at (...)

    The solution for this dilemma would have been:

    (1) Not allowing the McCanns' to fly home Scott-free until every single detail of the crime (including a reconstruction) had been clarified.

    The Portuguese should know that contrary to what the McCanns' promised they would never come back, if necessary. The contradictions on record were too many for them to take that risk!

    (2) Having failed that, the solution might have been an Interpol issued mandate to arrest the McCanns AND most of their entourage for suspicion of corrupting the course of Justice and suspicion of crime(s).

    That way, they would either attend or be arrested - IF they left the UKGB to travel anywhere to promote their own "official version" of events and denigrate Portugal, that is (...)

    IMO it is always best to negotiate from a position of power!

    Mind you, what the Portuguese are doing is not completely stupid! It is like a contest in Aikido where the one who attacks always hits the tatami first.

    Attacking is the last refuge of the incompetent, which is in fact what Team McCann and Scotland Yard are doing. "They keep accelerating knowing the road ahead is a dead end! Talk about the BIG BANG! :c

    Team McCann only chance now is Lady Melo e Castro but, as we have seen, that seems unlikely. She does not come through as a gullible, cowardly type (...)

    Come October 14 Little England will be glued to their TV screens. No doubt the reputation management (now with the Con-Libs back-up) is working - seemingly...

    The problem is, you talk to the people on the streets of London and most will tell you the McCanns are guilty. I think the dogs did it - not Amaral's book which nobody here has read.

    Outside London and into well dressed, deeply ideological Pumpkin Land, it may be another story.

    Ask the royal family or David Cameron (...)

  37. Feedback to Guerra:

    He could be on Viagra as well, but it is more likely he will be on Valium or something akin. If you observe him talking, he gives the impression of being very much in control.

    That kind of control, even allowing for traditional British phlegm, has to be chemical.

    Meanwhile, his feet give off the impression (quite aside from the odour) of being too small for the shoes Cameron has given him. I suspect the poor man is suffering from Press-stress! I don't think he is quite used to spinning in the limelight. He is a detective not a Clary.

    Now, since he dislikes bones, he'd better ask Warner Bros. to come up with a moving hologram of Maddie to impress judge Melo e Castro; but even that, might backfire!

    Thousands of suspects mobile phone numbers (that do not include the McCanns and their friends) won't do. Such strategy was downright STUPID but let us watch Crimewatch and see what else he has in his pockets. Possibly nothing but lint.

    I feel sorry for the man. Many years ago, I used to know a deaf-mute in Hamburg, a shoe-shiner, that looked exactly like him! Isn't that odd?

    Herr Gunther

  38. "Anonymous 6/10/2013 19:03 Talvez o Passos Coelho tera mais sorte com o Tribunal Constitucional se ele pedir ao senhor Cameron para dar-lhes uma palavrinha."

    E tudo muito triste, não é? Também acho.

  39. «Police: 'Madeleine conclusion is not imminent'

    Met Police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said:

    Just to be clear, we are focused on the appeal on Crimewatch next week which we hope will produce new witnesses. It is clearly too early to speculate about where this will lead.

    It remains vital for us, and the success of the appeal, that the public are focused on new facts that can be released by the investigative team rather than speculation.

    I am impressed by what Detective Chief Inspector Redwood and his team have achieved but a conclusion is not imminent, there is much ground to cover and we still need assistance - hence the appeal next week.» http://www.itv.com/news/story/2013-10-07/gerry-mccann-missing-madeleine-investigation/

  40. On UK BBC Radio 4 "The World at One" programme today, (programme available on the BBC Radio 4 website), Gerry McCann interview said that the Crimewatch Reconstruction appeal would go out initially in the UK. Asked about Portugal he said, that was a matter for the police who were liaising well with the Portuguese.

    Why, Mr McCann, is the reconstruction appeal being aired initially in the UK when the crime occurred in Portugal? Why is Mr McCann apparently happy with this? Why are SY happy with this?

    It seems that Germany and Holland will be aired later but perhaps not Portugal . So what's the purpose of this waste of time and money? Are the public being played in a vast hoax?

  41. « Dr McCann, speaking outside the General Medical Council (GMC) in London, also said the press needed tougher, independent regulation in order to protect the lives of ordinary people.

    He talked about need for speedy arbitration for victims of press intrusion and misreporting, in the light of the Leveson Inquiry, at which he gave evidence.

    He said "Ordinary peoples lives are being damaged every day of the week by press intrusion, by lies being printed or exaggeration."

    It "personally troubles him and his wife" that "stories are published with no regard to Madeleine's safety, to the investigation itself or whether they will be putting Madeleine or others in danger or alerting those responsible".» http://news.sky.com/story/1151246/madeleine-mccann-inquiry-making-progress

  42. «In the interview, Mr McCann spoke frankly about how he and his wife employed a "strategy" to keep their daughter's plight in the headlines.

    They were criticised in Portugal for circulating pictures of Madeleine and revealing the distinctive fleck in her eye, which police said could have put her life in danger.

    He admitted the plan was risky but that "in terms of marketing, it was a good ploy"» http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-507182/Madeleine-search-hijacked-McCann-publicity-machine-Portuguese-police-claim.html

  43. @41. wish someone would ask McCann WHO is feeding the press ,because I believe its YOU.
    you are a vile little man ,its YOU who would be putting MADELEINE,S life at risk,

  44. but but but they said they would take part in a televised reconstruction with their friends, like a Crimewatch style one. Have SY called their bluff?
    What kind of excuse is too upset when your child is missing?

  45. Kate and Gerry could have made a direct appeal to the 'abductor' at any time over the last 6 years. Why now?

  46. Kate too upset?
    WE too, join the club.
    We will only get better after you both tell the truth.

  47. Grüß Gott! Nett, Sie kennen zu lernen Herr Gunther!
    Ich heiße Joe Bloggs. Nett, Sie kennen zu lernen!

    Concerning the suggestion you give here... yeah! yeah! I know you were not serious but, still... I have just spoken with Barry Meyer, the Chairman of Warner Bros Entertainment and asked him whether it would be possible to produce an inter-active hologram of Madeleine McCann and bring it to the Palace of Justice in Lisbon next November, say.

    Mr. Meyer exclaimed: "WOT?" as if caught by surprise. He then released a booming laughter as if he had just inhaled a cylinder of nitrous oxide!

    So, now we know CEOs (like hyenas) laugh too! They are not just about predation, and exploitation; doom and gloom for the average man on the street and booming profits for the average McScrooge share holder. No sir! Madam...

    Anyway, to cut a long conversation short (...) Mr,.Meyer eventually clarified:

    "We do not, repeat: NOT, have the technology to produce a fully-functional and interactive hologram of Madeleine McCann. Not yet. Give us another 10 years or so (...)". He paused then went on:

    "Although holographic video is currently possible and we are working on it, the refresh rates are far too slow for consumer applications. We would love to help improve the McCanns' reputation this way but, like I said we anticipate such technology will NOT (capital letters and no smiles) be publicly available in the next ten years or so (...)

    And on this note the connection dropped (?)

    In retrospect, this was a kind of a dumb question to pose to someone as smart as Mr. Meyer but, I did not realize this at the time.

    Anyway, those of you who are worried Team McCann may come up with a "holographic double" of Madeleine McCann come next November e.g. to sink their nemesis Gonçalo Amaral can relax! This is NOT feasible. You heard what Meyer said...

    I am also aware that others, less geeky, anticipate the appearance of a Madeleine McCann impersonator (ideally brain damaged "by the abductor" so she cannot explain herself) but again, such happening is not, repeat NOT likely.

    This brain-damaged Madeleine look-alike would have to have her DNA, the profile of which, I believe is kept safely in Portugal (original PJ Files) and plastered world-wide on the Internet so that no one can criticize the Portuguese authorities for not being transparent.

    That's about it. Thanks for reading.

    Joe Bloggs


    07/10/2013 13:50
    Anonymous said...

    " Dr McCann, speaking outside the General Medical Council (GMC) in London, also said the press needed tougher, independent regulation in order to protect the lives of ordinary people.

    "He (G.McCann) talked about need for speedy arbitration for victims of press intrusion and misreporting, in the light of the Leveson Inquiry, at which he gave evidence."

    I wrote to the Leveson Inquiry at the time to have Gonçalo Amaral heard. They acknowledged my e-mail but that is the last I heard from them. I am not aware of Dr. Amaral speaking at the Leveson Inquiry. Are you?

    Talk about some of the UKGB prejudiced, double standards (...)

  49. here we go again - keep tarring a whole nation because of the corrupt few - fools your fools - and there's plenty of them in ALL countries.

    Yes what is happening in regards to this case is disgusting nothing short - but some people are the other side of the same coin with there comments here.

    The British do not protect all the their citizens the way the McCann's have been - period.

    Yes the British built a massive empire for people who are mixing history with this case - but do some rudy research and see who was the first country to start to begin western empire building - it just so happens they got beat on this path - live with it.

    I cant help but feeling that the anger at this corruption is tarring a nation with some of the comments made ....and its getting my back right up. fools !

    The network behind all this have no allegiance to country's or flags or any other patriotic belief ... people need to grasp that - they are a circle that sit within many countries and are concerned for each other nothing else.

    Incidentally a trend I am picking up on which is not just in this case... but various others of differing circumstances is hugely connected with Scottish and Irish bonds and huge Catholic ties.
    The English are getting downtrodden and tarred under the British umbrella and thus taking the brunt of all the rubbish been thrown around because it is their institutions that have been infiltrated - look deeper.

    Stick to the case and avoid the underhanded generalisation attacks - were not all the same and neither is the treatment that the citizens receive.


  50. The results of the inestigation are not imminent because the McCanns have to decide reconstruction yes or no.
    "yes" will crash them, too many inconsistencies. Besides the family Smith.
    "No"wil crash them too because the Yard will suspect them and who doesn't?
    they are suffocating on a corner.
    I expect them to be arrested at any moment. there is no way of escaping anymore. I remember Amaral's words: "there are things in the files that will not please the McCanns."
    I wonder what they are and they will definitely please us, if it does not have to do with children.
    I think that both police know a lot about them, possibly told by neighbours, former friends, colleagues.

    they have 3 different things to explain:
    Madeleine's death
    informing the twins
    the fraudulent fund.

    we will see.

  51. :c Joana you forgot this quote! It is the funniest of them all!

    "POLICE are poised to make arrests in the hunt for Madeleine McCann amid hopes the net is closing in on her kidnappers."

    Trust me I am not joking! See for yourself! Daily Mirror paper edition of the 7th October quoted by Nige/McCann Files.

    Come to think of it, this is similar to the one quoted above by a commentator which includes the hilarious line:

    ""There could even be arrests as the show is being screened!."

    :o This last one, surely, will have the world-wide criminal community shaking with fear!

  52. I can't stand the sight of Gerry McCann. He is evil and it shows in his face. He has lied, manipulated and obfuscated from the start. Thousands are praying that good will triumph. In the Met we have a faint remaining hope for justice. Don't let Madeleine down!

  53. :c Joe Bloggs... Sie sind lustig!

    Herr Gunther

  54. Open letter to Crimewatch. http://whathappenedtomadeleinemccann.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/open-letter-re-proposed-crimewatch.html?spref=tw

  55. Reject papers' plan for regulation, says Gerry McCann http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24435448

    Politicians 'reject' press's plan for regulation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24439588

    Martha Kearney interviews Gerry McCann, the father of Madeleine McCann http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01jbhp8

  56. Madeleine McCann: We'll find her alive

    “As parents we won’t accept Madeleine is dead until we see clear evidence that is the case. We are very pleased with the work of the Metropolitan Police.


    Thursday September 13,2007
    By Padraic Flanagan in Praia da Luz

    THE parents of missing Madeleine McCann yesterday challenged the police: "Find the body and prove we killed her.

    The couple, who are suspected over the child's death and the disposal her body, issued the startling ultimatum as the public prosecutor in Portugal sent the police case against them to a judge.

    It is thought that the McCanns' high-powered lawyers have told them that without a body it will be extremely difficult for the authorities to press charges.

    A close friend said: "The legitimate question to ask Portuguese police is: 'Where is the body? Where is the evidence that Madeleine is dead? We have got no idea'."

    The change in the family's tone – just days after the McCanns were still pleading for the search for Madeleine to continue – surprised sources close to the investigation.

    "It seems remarkable that just days after the McCanns were saying they thought Madeleine was still alive and missing, now they're talking about a body," a source said. "I don’t know if this is really the McCanns speaking or just one of the people working on their publicity campaign but it is not the kind of comment to impress a team of detectives who think you’re guilty.

    The case against the McCanns detailed in the dossier of evidence now before Judge Pedro Miguel dos Anjos Frias appears to rest mainly on potentially damaging forensic test results.

    These are said to include Madeleine's DNA in traces of bodily fluid, as well as a mass of hair, discovered in the McCanns' hire car which was rented 25 days after she went missing on May 3.

    Portugal's attorney general Fernando Jose Pinto Monteiro has indicated the police investigation into Kate and Gerry, both 39-year-old doctors, has not ended and suggested stricter bail conditions could be imposed on the couple.

    Public prosecutor Jose Cunha de Magalhaes e Meneses, based at Portimao on the Algarve, on Tuesday ordered the 10 lever-arch police files in the case to go before the judge.

    Mr Jose Pinto Monteiro announced last night that he was appointing a second public prosecutor to the case.

    Luis Bilro Verao, from the Evora district in central Portugal, will oversee the work of Portimao-based Mr Cunha de Magalhaes e Meneses.

    A friend of the McCanns said the family had been advised that the prosecutor was probably either seeking further guidance from the judge or applying for the authority to carry out more searches. The friend said the McCanns' new legal team, based in London, was working around the clock to "get up to speed on the case".

    The McCanns' Portuguese lawyer, Carlos Pinto de Abreu, yesterday hit out at Portugal’s justice system in a scathing interview with a local newspaper.

    "It is more appropriate to break down the patience of a believer and the reputation of an innocent man than to identify those responsible," he said.

    A family friend said the speculation appeared to be taking its toll on the McCanns, who left Praia da Luz to return to their family home in Leicestershire at the weekend.

    The source said: "Two days ago Gerry was telling everyone: 'I'm as strong as an ox'. Yesterday he was not quite as ebullient. They fear they will be summoned back at some stage.

    They are innocent; they did not kill Madeleine and dispose of her body." It was expected that fresh searches would be ordered in Praia da Luz. Policia Judiciaria spokesman Olegario Sousa refused to confirm or deny the sites, but there was no sign of searches at the church yesterday.

    Gerry's brother John McCann said: "There is so much speculation going on as to what the actual information the Portuguese police have.

    "If they have got something that suggests Madeleine really is dead then for goodness sake tell the family who have the strongest feeling for this."


  58. still available on http://web.archive.org/web/20071221085316/http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/19042/Find-the-body-and-prove-we-killed-her

  59. 'Gerry McCann, whose three-year-old daughter went missing in 2007, calls for "quick redress" for victims of press intrusion, saying certain reports by the media "damaged the search for Madeleine". » http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/media/10361351/Gerry-McCann-frustrated-by-press-regulation-process.html

    hum.. thought they claimed that it was Amaral's book that damaged the search .

  60. BBC - do go and ask Philomena as to what went on in Luz

    She may be anathema to most - but I always felt she spoke 'truest' for Madeleine - there was real emotion when she spoke about the bairn - NOT corporate speak - as by Team McCann.

    And she's been side lined for the past 5 years.



  61. @Anon. 59


    If they had their own way they would sue any and everyone.

    Trouble is how quantify damage to a search. In order to prove this surely one would need to poll everyone in every Country.

    As Gerry said - its global now!

  62. This case gets madder and madder, at least the manner in which it is presented to us in the UK by the press and TV does. The false impression is being given that the Met are doing lots of 'investigation' but when you try and probe this idea, the information about it evaporates. I heard Gerry McCann say twice in the same TV interview yesterday that there is 'new evidence': of what type, significance, or reliability, nobody is clear.

    Within a matter of days we have heard that a vanload of cleaners are suspected of the 'abduction', then it was a 'paedophile ring', and the latest claim is that it was burglars and that arrests can be expected soon! To be fair, none of this has come directly from Mr Redwood.

    We are told that a Crimewatch reconstruction will be broadcast on Octobe 14th. Both police and parents hope this will trawl up still more new evidence, so it is said. Also the Met have been looking closely at phone records from around the time of the disappearance. Both a reconstruction and an analysis of phone records were proposed by the Portuguese police long ago, but the former was rejected by parents and friends, and the latter not allowed by the then Portuguese Attorney General, so I understand.

    What? A change of heart? These things will be done after all? I am not so sure. The latest I, as a UK citizen hear, is that the reconstruction has been done in Spain! Moreover, the parents were too upset to take part in it, though they support its taking place, and will be interviewed sitting beside the police in the Crimewatch programme. Surely this reconstruction can only be at best very sketchy if the main players are not taking part; it is not being done in the right place; and the all important details like a clearer timeline of events; who was where; who saw Madeleine last and when; who saw her last amongst people who were not friends and family, and when.

    So much of what has been written about and spoken about the case recently is astonishingly difficult to believe, and if it were not such a serious and sad suituation, I would say it varies from the comically implausible, to the downright impossible. Of course if 'Scotland Yard' can come up with serious, genuine, strong new evidence, which is hard evidence, and not surmise, or theory, or supposition, or mere assertion (especially the latter) everyone will be pleased, whether they live in the UK or in Portugal, and the case will be re-activated and hopefully we will all learn what happened to Madeleine.

    However if whole tranches of other evidence already found, of varying degrees of reliability, are not also looked at again in conjunction with this 'new evidence' I cannot see how any credible solution can possibly be arrived at.

  63. Exclusive Report #McCann vs Gonçalo #Amaral libel case. Evidence of Portuguese Morning Mail reporter Eduardo Dâmaso http://miscarriageofjustice.co/index.php?topic=2460.msg84366#msg84366

    Jerry Lawton ‏@JerryLawton 16m

    Gerry and Kate #McCann and Goncalo Amaral have all now applied to the judge to give evidence at libel trial
    Jerry Lawton ‏@JerryLawton 33m

    judge says book cover says it contains `exclusive revelations'..`ok so then I have to conclude this is misleading advertising', #McCann
    Jerry Lawton ‏@JerryLawton 34m

    Judge to Paiva: `What's new in the book that's not in the police files?' Paiva: `Nothing' #McCann
    Jerry Lawton ‏@JerryLawton 40m

    Judge stops lawyers on both sides asking Amaral's former cop colleagues their conclusions on #McCann case because `opinions' not `facts'
    Jerry Lawton ‏@JerryLawton 42m

    Flores says `prophetic and dogmatic vision' behind current SY #McCann probe. UK cops `only putting forward the hypothesis of abduction'
    Jerry Lawton ‏@JerryLawton 46m

    Flores: #McCann and Tapas 7 friends should have had their phones tapped because of `inconsistencies' in their statements.
    Jerry Lawton ‏@JerryLawton 47m

    Retired cop Francisco Moita Flores said #McCann probe was one of `most complex and well-investigated cases' he'd seen..Amaral `competent'
    Jerry Lawton ‏@JerryLawton 48m

    Neves: Brit police suggested bringing in sniffer dogs..`not accepted lightly' due to `cost' and `no experience of it in Portugal' #McCann
    Jerry Lawton ‏@JerryLawton 57m

    Neves: Kate driving force behind failed July 2007 search by controversial ex-Sth African cop Danie Krugel with body-finding machine #McCann
    Jerry Lawton ‏@JerryLawton 59m

    Port police organised crime unit head Luis Neves said Amaral's conclusion Madeleine was dead was accepted early on by parents #McCann
    Jerry Lawton ‏@JerryLawton 1h

    Paiva says everything in Amaral's book `can be found in the case files' which have been made public #McCann
    Jerry Lawton ‏@JerryLawton 1h

    Contrary to #McCann claim Paiva says publication of Amaral's book did not hinder the `flow of information' coming in to police
    Jerry Lawton ‏@JerryLawton 1h

    Paiva: the book `contains the professional and personal opinions of Goncalo Amaral as a police officer' #McCann
    Jerry Lawton ‏@JerryLawton 1h

    Former Portuguese police family liaison officer Ricardo Paiva tells #McCann libel trial Amaral's book was `based on our investigation'
    Jerry Lawton ‏@JerryLawton 1h

    Kate #McCann asks judge for permission to give evidence at libel trial
    Jerry Lawton ‏@JerryLawton 3h

    Madeleine #McCann libel trial resumes. Parents suing ex-cop Goncalo Amaral for £1m over his book's claims they covered up her death.

  64. Kate McCann tells libel hearing she wants to defend herself in court against ‘smears’ made against her by Portuguese police

    Kate McCann has requested permission to defend herself in libel case
    Gerry McCann has also expressed a wish to speak during trial
    Family is suing Goncaro Amaral over book The Truth of the Lie
    Police chief claimed the McCanns hid Madeleine's body after she died in an accident then faked her abduction

    By Gerard Couzens

    PUBLISHED: 16:12 GMT, 8 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:36 GMT, 8 October 2013

    The tormented mother of Madeleine McCann has said she wants to defend herself in open court for the first time against Portuguese police 'smears' over her daughter's disappearance.

    Kate McCann has asked a judge for permission to address a libel trial brought after a controversial book suggested the McCanns may have hidden their daughter's body and staged an abduction.

    The author of The Truth Of The Lie is ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral, 56, who was tasked with investigating Madeleine's May 2007 disappearance.

    Kate's husband Gerry and Mr Amaral have already applied to speak in the Portuguese court.

    Her application, revealed at the libel trial today as former police colleagues of Mr Amaral spoke in his defence, paves the way for an emotional finale to the case.

    It comes just days ahead of a new appeal by the McCanns for information on their missing daughter on BBC's Crimewatch which will feature a reconstruction of events in Praia da Luz on May 3 2007.

    It is thought Gerry and Kate, 45, will appeal directly to a kidnapper during the programme.

    Madeleine's mother flew to Portugal for the start of the libel trial last month - but had left it to friends and relatives to testify before Mr Amaral's side launched its defence.

    Judge Maria Emilia Melo e Castro, referring to Kate by her maiden name as she revealed her change of heart, said: 'On October 2 Kate Healy made an application to make a statement to this court.

    'The court will decide on this application once evidence has been heard by both sides as only then will it be able to judge on the need for and the pertinence of this application.'

    If given the go-ahead, the McCanns and Mr Amaral are expected to speak on the same day on or after November 27 when the last hearing in the trial at Lisbon's Palace of Justice is scheduled.

    Former colleagues of Mr Amaral's turned up the heat on the McCanns today by insisting nothing he wrote in his July 2008 book was new.

    The book was published just three days after the McCanns had their status as suspects over Madeleine's disappearance officially lifted.

    Around 120,000 copies were sold before it was withdrawn when the McCanns won an injunction against the ex-police chief.

  65. Portuguese TV station TVI, also being sued by the McCanns along with Mr Amaral's book publishers, broadcast a controversial documentary based on the book in April 2009.

    Former family liaison officer Ricardo Paiva told the court: 'What is in the book is based on our investigation and contains the professional and personal opinions of Goncalo Amaral as a police officer.

    'Everything that is there can be found in the case files.'

    Contradicting earlier claims by the McCanns' family and friends that Mr Amaral's book had hindered their search for their daughter by turning the Portuguese public against them, he added: 'The flow of information continued to come in regularly.

    'Neither this book or any other book affected the flow of information.'

    Luis Neves, head of a national police unit tasked with investigating organised crime, including kidnappings, said Mr Amaral's conclusion Madeleine was dead was an idea accepted early on by her parents.

    He insisted Kate was the driving force behind a failed July 2007 search for Madeleine by controversial ex-south African detective Danie Krugel, who claimed to have invented a machine which could locate a body if provided with a DNA sample.

    Neves said the reservations he felt over Mr Krugel were shared by colleagues about sniffer dogs supplied by British police which went on to smell the 'scent of death' in the McCanns' holiday apartment and place a huge question mark over the hypothesis Madeleine was kidnapped.

    The performance of the dogs was later called into question after they also reacted to remains at Haut de la Garenne orphanage in Jersey, which were later found to be animal bones.

    Mr Neves told the court: 'The McCanns convinced us we should bring in the south African man with his equipment.

    'We didn't want to place any obstacles in the way and so the investigating officers eventually allowed it.

    'It was during this part of the investigation our British colleagues said there was a team made up of dogs and their handlers that could help us to find out where the child could be buried.

    'It was from then on that the Algarve police division decided to allow the dogs to come and the idea of Madeleine's death began to form and things took another direction.

    'I know the suggestion of the dogs was not accepted lightly.

    'We had no experience of it in Portugal and the cost was another factor.'


  66. Retired police officer Francisco Moita Flores, now a TV commentator, described the Madeleine McCann investigation as one of the 'most complex and well-investigated cases' he had had ever seen and called Mr Amaral 'competent.'

    He insisted the Tapas Nine - the McCanns and the friends dining with them at a tapas bar near their apartment the night Madeleine disappeared - should have had their phones tapped because of 'inconsistencies' in their statements.

    Attacking the ongoing Home Office-funded Met Police investigation into Madeleine's disappearance, called Operation Grange, he told the court: 'There's a prophetic and dogmatic vision behind it.

    'These detectives are only putting forward the hypothesis of abduction.'

    Judge Maria Emilio Melo e Castro stopped lawyers on both sides asking Mr Amaral's former police colleagues what they thought about his conclusions on Madeleine and her parents in his book because they were 'opinions' and not 'facts.'

    She waved the book in her hand as she demanded to know from Ricardo Paiva: 'The back cover says it contains exclusive revelations.

    'What's new in the book that's not in the police files?'

    Told by Mr Paiva, 'Nothing', she replied: 'Ok, so then I have to conclude this is misleading advertising.'

    Another defence witness, Mr Amaral's ex-number two Vitor Tavares de Almeida, was bizarrely dismissed after being asked just one question.

    The police chief, still a serving officer despite being convicted in January of torturing a crime suspect and receiving a two and a half suspended jail sentence, has previously claimed he believes the McCanns concealed Madeleine's body.

    He was overheard on a video link muttering: 'What am I doing here?' before being sent away after admitting he had only read the final two pages of Mr Amaral's book.

    Mr Amaral denies defamation. The case continues.


  67. I am ashamed of this corrupt and degraded Britain. I hope Mr Amaral gets the justice he deserves from an honest judge. The McCanns are disgusting and so are those protecting them.

  68. Please remember Tracie Andrews and how the police, initially, were very supportive but but all the time suspected!

  69. "She waved the book in her hand as she demanded to know from Ricardo Paiva: 'The back cover says it contains exclusive revelations.

    "'What's new in the book that's not in the police files?'

    "Told by Mr Paiva, 'Nothing', she replied: 'Ok, so then I have to conclude this is misleading advertising.' "

    This interaction between the judge and Mr. Paiva gives me hope that we're not going to end up with a shocking decision similar to that of the Cipriano vs Amaral and colleagues trial.

  70. It is appalling that those who question the Mccann story of abduction are censored by the UK press. They will not print comments which say anything like "what about the scent of death? what about the contradictions in the Tapas stories? what about the Gaspar statements?" Who decreed that the McCann story has to be followed even by Scotland Yard. It is sickening that these Mccanns are not forced to tell the truth about the poor little girl they have betrayed.

  71. This case is very vibrant all over the internet, interesting but yet , at the same time confusing..

    What we have is two sets of occurrence's taking place, it is best not to confuse them.

    1. Here in the UK we have laws which allow police to investigate- with cooperation of other countries- instances of sex tourism in which, if a British subject commits such an act in another country- say Cambodia- they will be prosecuted here at home.

    Therefore, the SY may well be investigating such a case, to bring a prosecution here in the UK.. IF a UK citizen has been so involved in such activity. This does not mean they are 'investigating missing maddie' exclusively.. They may be relying upon information supplied by PJ and trying to corroborate information about criminal activity which crosses Borders. That is all we can assume for the time being.

    There is still no evidence of Little Maddies mortality.

    There is still no explanations regarding the kidnapping/abduction of the child FROM THE ROOM, by a stranger!

    There is still no reason for the lies and behaviours of the family- Tapas friends to be justified.

    To this effect I do hope that the Investigation/programme will bring about closure regarding Little Maddie. I hope of all hope she is alive- although I suspect she will not be 'well' as has been suggested.

    And now onto the other occurrence...

    2. The McCann V Amaral court case is about libel... Dr Amaral is not on trial because he got it wrong or made it up about what was agreed as a thesis regarding the fate of Little Maddie.

    It is of no consequence if Maddie turns up alive next week as is expected ( according to UK MSN), Because he wrote a book about what was discussed in case files and became public.
    The claim is: this book cause the family to be very ill, unquantifiable apparently.. well if we want to press them on a figure say about 1million. They also claim that it stopped people looking for their daughter.

    Well based on these claims, the judge really should consider the facts and I feel she does get it.

    My opinion is thus: I never read Mr Amarals book- I didn't need to, BUT I STRONGLY supported his right to write it- regardless if Maddie is alive or not.
    I never read Kate's bewk - I never believed that young Maddie was 'stolen/snatched' from her bed by a stranger.
    I don't know what happened that night- but it puzzles me that the Tapas 9 say nothing -do nothing to assist in actually 'looking' for her. Why the secrecy? who knows.. but surely as Maddie is about to be found 'alive and well' soon, they would be out and about shouting we told you so' but they can't because ...well.. they didn't did they.

    Miss Taken identity

  72. Turned up the heat on the McCann's I like it I like it. More heat please.

    Mary Liverpool (UK)

  73. 9 out 2013
    Daily Express paper edition
    From Gerard Couzens in Lisbon and David Pilditch


    Now mum Kate wants to give evidence against Portuguese detectives KATE McCann is to make a dramatic bid to nail the smears which have hampered the search for her daughter Madeleine.

    Brave Kate wants to defend herself in open court to silence her tormentor, detective Goncalo Amaral, over false claims she was involved in a cover- up, it was revealed yesterday.

    The former GP is expected to use new evidence unearthed by Scotland Yard to kill off Portuguese police smears once and for all. British officers are set to unveil “fresh, substantive” material during a Crimewatch TV special on the case to be screened on Monday.

    It comes as detectives revealed they are closer than ever to discovering what happened to Madeleine who disappeared during a family holiday in Portugal in 2007.

    Kate and husband Gerry, 45, hope a targeted appeal will lead to a significant breakthrough.

    And the information could shatter the claims made against Madeleine’s parents by the former police chief.

    Now Kate has asked a judge for permission to address a £ 1million libel trial in Lisbon. Heart consultant Gerry had already asked permission to address the hearing as has Mr Amaral.

    Kate’s application – revealed at the restart of the hearing yesterday – paves the way for an emotion- charged finale.

    If given the go- ahead, the McCanns and Mr Amaral are expected to speak on the same day on or after November 27 when the last hearing in the trial at Lisbon’s Palace of Justice is scheduled.

    Madeleine’s parents are convinced their daughter was abducted and insist there is no evidence to suggest she is no longer alive. She would now be 10.


    Kate and Gerry are suing Mr Amaral over allegations in his book The Truth Of The Lie.

    And in a day of dramatic developments, former Portuguese colleagues yesterday told the hearing that nothing Mr Amaral wrote in the book was new.

    Former family liaison officer Ricardo Paiva told the court: “What is in the book is based on our investigation and contains the professional and personal opinions of Goncalo Amaral as a police officer.

    “Everything that is there can be found in the case files.”

    Mr Paiva insisted the book’s publication did not damage the search for Madeleine. He said: “The flow of information continued to come in regularly. Neither this book or any other book affected the flow.”

    Luis Neves, head of a national police unit tasked with investigating organised crime including kidnappings, told the court it was British police who began developing the theory Madeleine had died.

    Sniffer dogs brought in by an officer from the UK were said to have put a huge question mark over the theory that Madeleine was kidnapped.

    He said: “Our British colleagues said there was a team made up of dogs and their handlers that could help us to find out where the child could be buried.

    “It was from then on that the Algarve police division decided to allow the dogs to come and the idea of Madeleine’s death began to form and things took another direction. I know the suggestion of the dogs was not accepted lightly. We had no experience of it in Portugal and the cost was another factor.”

  74. But retired police officer Francisco Moita Flores, now a TV commentator, attacked the on- going Metropolitan Police investigation for assuming that Madeleine was kidnapped.

    “There’s a prophetic and dogmatic vision behind it,” he said. He described the Portuguese investigation as one of the “most complex and well- investigated cases” he had ever seen and called Mr Amaral “competent”.

    Kate flew to Portugal for the start of the libel trial last month. But so far she has left it to friends and relatives to testify on behalf of the couple.

    Yesterday Judge Maria Emilia Melo e Castro, referring to her request to make a statement, said: “The court will decide on this application once evidence has been heard by both sides as only then will I be able to judge on the need for and the pertinence of this application.”

    Around 120,000 copies of the book were sold before it was withdrawn when the McCanns won an injunction against the ex- police chief.

    Portuguese TV station TVI is also being sued over a documentary based on the book. Mr Amaral, 56, denies defamation. The hearing was adjourned until November 5.

  75. Daily Express online http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/435374/McCanns-bid-to-give-libel-evidence

    McCanns bid to give libel evidence
    Kate McCann has asked to give evidence at the Portuguese libel trial over a book by a former local police chief.
    Published: Wed, October 9, 2013 /unsigned

    The McCanns are suing Goncalo Amaral over claims in his book The Truth of the Lie about their daughter Madeleine's disappearance.

    The couple have launched a legal action against the former Portuguese police chief, as well as his publisher, and the makers of a documentary based on the book.

    Madeleine's father Gerry McCann is fighting to give evidence at the trial, with the judge at the court in Lisbon yet to rule on whether he can step into the witness box.

    The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell confirmed that lawyer Isabel Duarte lodged an application last week for Mrs McCann to give evidence as well.

    If the judge grants the application, the couple will return to Lisbon. It is thought that if they give evidence, it will be at the end of the trial next month.

    Mr Amaral has also applied to take to the witness box and is yet to hear whether he can or not.

    Last week Gerry's sister Trish Cameron told the court that the family's pain over Madeleine's disappearance was "multiplied 100 times" by the book.

    She said the youngster's parents had been left in "purgatory" and the book and subsequent documentary had seen them "vilified" and "demonised".

    The trial has previously heard how Mrs McCann had considered suicide in the aftermath of the book's publication in 2008.

    The McCanns say the former detective's claims in the book The Truth Of The Lie, including suggestions that they hid their daughter's body after she died in an accident and faked an abduction, damaged the hunt for Madeleine and exacerbated their anguish.

    If successful the family stands to gain around £1 million in damages.

    Kate McCann travelled to Lisbon at the start of the trial, and her husband has attended several times in the hope of being able to give evidence at the trial, which is expected to finish hearing evidence in November.

    Madeleine, who was then nearly four, disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3 2007 as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant with friends.

    British detectives launched a fresh investigation into the youngster's disappearance in July this year - two years into a review of the case - and believe she could still be alive.

    A new BBC Crimewatch appeal is to be aired on Monday a bid to produce new witnesses.

    The appeal will include a reconstruction of the "latest, most detailed understanding" of the events around the time Madeleine went missing.

    Scotland Yard has revealed a vast log of mobile phone traffic could be the key to finding out what happened to the girl.

    Madeleine's parents have said they remain "optimistic" of finding their daughter and will not accept she is dead until they are presented with clear evidence.

    "We've always had hope," Mr McCann told ITV.

    "There have been a number of cases over the last few years of children and young women being found after having been taken and held for very long periods of time.

    "As parents we won't accept Madeleine is dead until we see clear evidence that that is the case."

    The Metropolitan Police now has a team of six Portuguese detectives based in Faro who are carrying out inquiries on its behalf.

    The Portuguese investigation is officially closed but authorities there are backing the Scotland Yard inquiry and officers from both countries will work together in pursuing new leads.

  76. TODAYS UPDATE FROM THE TRIAL Tuesday October 8th 2013

    The day in court has ended.
    A brief update:
    * Isabel Duarte did not attend, the plaintiffs were represented by another lawyer from her office.
    * Kate has also requested to be heard as a party.
    * The judge will decide whether or not it is necessary/pertinent to hear Kate, Gerry and Gonçalo after all the witnesses have testified.

    * Ricardo Paiva was heard via videolink.
    He was mainly questioned about what happens to any information that the PJ received after the investigation was shelved.
    That information is handled by the PJ officer who is responsible for that task.
    Until late 2012, that was his task.
    He would then send any relevant information to the Public Ministry, that would decide whether or not it was important enough for further investigation.

    * He said that the book and the files have the same contents, as the book was based on the investigation.

    * Ricardo Paiva also said that after Gonçalo's book was published, the flux of information did not go down.
    The only changes happened around anniversaries of the disappearance, when it would go up.
    The judge asked what were the revelations of the book.
    Ricardo said that there were none.

    *Tavares de Almeida was also heard via videolink.
    He was asked about his participation in the investigation, which ended in late September.
    There were no further questions because he said he had only read the last two pages of the book and had not seen the documentary.

    * Luis Neves was the last witness before lunch.
    He read some parts of the book and did not see the documentary.
    He testified about the initial investigation thesis being that of an abduction, which was why his unit was involved early on.
    He was present during a meeting with the parents at the British Consulate in Portimão.
    That was the first time that the hypothesis of death was mentioned.

    * It was the parents who first mentioned it.
    They wanted Krugel to be brought over with his machine.
    When the British officers saw Krugel's work and the area that he covered, they suggested the dogs. That was the start of a new angle to the investigation.

    * After lunch, Manuel Catarino.
    He followed the case as chief editor of Correio da Manhã.
    He read both the book and the files.
    The contents of book and files is the same.
    He also wrote a book because the case is of public interest.
    There was no difference of any kind in the reporting, before and after Gonçal Amaral's book.

    * The last witness today was Moita Flores.
    He read the book but did not see the documentary.
    He has 18 years of experience as an investigator for the PJ, homicide division, and is a teacher in criminal investigation.
    He says that all theories are valid, except for one: an abduction through that window is completely impossible.
    He thinks the investigation made a fundamental mistake because it started only with the abduction theory.
    The classics teach that first one must look at who had access to the apartment. Solutions to crimes are usually the most simple ones.
    He was perplexed by the shelving of the investigation, as all of the contradictions between the parents and the friends had not been thoroughly investigated.

    The last witness for the day, Hernâni Carvalho, did not appear in court.


  77. Madeleine McCann: Mum Kate wants to give evidence in libel trial against ex-cop

    By Martin Fricker
    9 Oct 2013 00:27

    The McCann family is suing Goncalo Amaral over claims he made in his book about the case - including alleging they had hidden Madeleine's body

    Struggling to cope after the disappearance of her daughter Madeleine, Kate McCann was ­horrified by lurid claims made in a book by a former police chief.

    It said Madeleine had died in an ­accident which her parents then covered up before hiding her body.

    Yesterday it emerged that Kate, 45, now wants to appear in court to confront former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral who wrote the book, and to tell him the emotional trauma that it caused.

    The mum, who has asked for permission to give evidence in the £1million libel trial against the ex-officer, hopes giving an emotional account will help her and husband Gerry win the court case.

    A source close to the couple said: “Kate is desperate to show the court just how much hurt the book and Mr Amaral caused her.

    “Kate and Gerry feel the search for Madeleine was hampered by the false claims made in the book.

    “The claims caused a great deal of distress to them both. That’s what Kate wants to tell the court.

    “She wants to look Mr Amaral in the eye so he can see the pain he caused to her and her family.”

    The sight of ex-GP Kate revealing what she felt about the book would bring the trial in Portugal’s capital Lisbon to a remarkable conclusion.

    It had already emerged that Gerry, also 45, had asked to be a witness during the case at the Palace of Justice.

    Kate’s formal bid to give a statement in open court was revealed yesterday at the restart of the libel trial which should come to an end next month.

    It emerged that she made the application on October 2. If judge Maria Emilia Melo e Castro approves the request, it is possible Kate could address the court on the same day as Mr Amaral.

    His book was published in 2008 three days after the McCanns had their status as arguidos – formal suspects – lifted.

    Madeleine was just three when she vanished from the family’s holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007. Kate and Gerry were dining with friends at a nearby restaurant at the time she disappeared.

    The claims in Mr Amaral’s book, called The Truth of the Lie, left the parents heartbroken. The McCanns, of Rothley, Leics, are suing Mr Amaral – who also suggested the couple cashed in on £2million of public donations – the publishers and a TV channel.

    Around 120,000 copies of the book were sold before it was withdrawn when the McCanns were granted an injunction against him.

    Mr Amaral, 56, insisted everything in his book was already contained in police and court case files which had been made public.

    Ex-colleagues have told the court the book did not hinder the search. Officers from Operation Grange – the Met police probe into the disappearance – said this week that arrests could be imminent.

    It came as it emerged that on BBC’s Crimewatch show on Monday, Kate and Gerry will launch a new appeal for information on their missing daughter.

  78. Paper Edition

    9 out 2013
    Daily Star
    by JERRY LAWTON Chief Crime Correspondent

    Mum begs court: Let me clear my name

    FURIOUS Kate McCann wants to defend herself in court against Portuguese police “smears” that she covered up daughter Madeleine’s death.

    She has asked a judge for permission to address her family’s £1million libel hearing against former police chief Goncalo Amaral over his book The Truth Of The Lie.

    In it he accused Kate and husband Gerry, both 45, of faking their daughter’s abduction to cover up her death in their Algarve holiday flat in 2007.

    Kate’s bid to give evidence was revealed yesterday as Mr Amaral’s former police colleagues spoke in his defence at the court in Lisbon, Portugal.

    Luis Neves, head of a national police unit, said Mr Amaral’s conclusion Madeleine was dead was accepted by her parents.

    He said Kate was the driving force behind a search by ex South African detective Danie Krugel, who said he had a machine that could find a body.

    Police also had doubts about sniffer dogs from Britain.

    “The McCanns convinced us we should bring in the South African man with his equipment,” Mr Neves said.

    “We didn’t want to place any obstacles in the way so the investigating officers allowed it.

    “During this part of the investigation our British colleagues said there was a team made up of dogs and their handlers that could help us.

    “The Algarve police decided to allow the dogs to come and the idea of Madeleine’s death began to form.”

    Retired officer Francisco Moita Flores said the new probe by the Metropolitan Police was based only on “the hypothesis of abduction”. The original probe was one of the “most complex and well-investigated cases” he had seen.

    He said the McCanns and pals should have had their phones tapped because of “inconsistencies” in statements they made. Mr Amaral, 56, denies defamation. The case continues.

  79. if she wants to clear her name then she needs to carry out a proper reconstruction with ALL people present involved in portugal at the same place where the fairytail abduction took place, then try answering the questions put to her by the pj. then and only then can this show be shown for what it is complete bovine droppings!!!!!!

  80. sky news lower third yellow breaking news alert scrolling the advertisement... "Metropolitan Police to release a picture of a possible suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007"

  81. ‏@skymartinbrunt

    #madeleine Scot Yard to issue e-fit of new suspect in McCann case, man seen near holiday flat. New appeal for witnesses https://twitter.com/skymartinbrunt/status/387887433884659712

    Madeleine McCann Police Probe Possible Suspect
    11:38am UK, Wednesday 09 October 2013

    British detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are releasing a new picture of a possible suspect.

    The then four-year-old vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3, 2007, as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant with friends.

    Police want to question a man, who according to new witnesses, was seen somewhere around the apartment at the relevant time.

    Sky's Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said: "In the next couple of days Scotland Yard are going to put out an artist's impression - an e-fit - of this man, who is clearly being regarded as a suspect - although Scotland Yard tell me that until they identify him and question him, they really don't know where he fits into this jigsaw that they are increasingly putting together.

    "On Monday, they are going to be talking more fully about this man

    "They will give some idea of what witnesses have said about his behaviour, but he fits into the picture.

    "They are concentrating on this man in particular.

    "I am told that there may be a number of e-fit - electronic fit - images put out.

    "They will be making an appeal for new witnesses to come forward if they recognise this man. Firstly, if they saw him, or somebody around the apartment six years ago, or indeed if they recognise him now."


  82. I really don't know if this is getting more serious or more ridiculous. Now an e-fit has been drawn.....another egg man? And surely with Mediterranean features.
    I ask myself what kind of strange hold has this couple on the British police, politicians and media that warrants them preferential treatment. The same amount of money, time and effort has not been given to parents of other missing children. Is it perhaps because of other parents "lower" social status and lack of friends in the right place? They are not doctors with influential political connections and most have no means or are not allowed to set up a helping "Fund". What a shame! This happens in Britain, today, not in a third world country.

  83. Once again the circus McCann comes to town. We were informed that arrests were due. Now another e-fit photo of egg-man to be shown. To who's benefit. Certainly not Madeleine's. If they want this to go away. Then shut up about it. However, we may not be seeing the bigger picture of the McCann's being tested and monitored. If Kate and Gerry want to take the witness stand surely they can be cross-examined?

    I have a feeling when the truth is known (and it will) as they are making to many enemies in foreign parts) it will rock the UK justice, government and media collusion in a serious crime concerning a child to the core.

    The McCann's and all those involved at the time know only too well what happened to Madeleine. They assumed the abductor scenario would be believed but with all the powerful assistance from such an early stage in the investigation and being arrested on suspicion of harm being done to Madeleine due to evidence which was not part of the plan they had to be helped to get them all back home to the UK, quickly. WHY? One or two of them could have stayed to help continue the investigation. But quickly the tone changed to blaming everyone except the people that were immediately connected with the case.

  84. Madeleine McCann: Claims police will release photo of new suspect
    Wednesday 9 Oct 2013 12:04 pm

    Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have distanced themselves from claims they will release a new picture of a potential suspect, more than six years after she went missing.

    Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt said the new E-Fit would be revealed on next week’s appeal by Madeleine’s parents on BBC1′s Crimewatch.

    But Scotland Yard said it was not prepared to ‘discuss, comment, or speculate’ on details of the appeal.

    ‘This has been weeks in the planning and each element of the investigation must be set into the overall context of the appeal. We will be asking for help from the public in a number of countries, delivered through a series of public appeals,’ a Metropolitan police spokesperson said.

    ‘We will do nothing to jeopardise the effectiveness of these appeals and we have repeatedly stated that media speculation can be damaging to our efforts.’

    The representative added that the force would ‘release the relevant material at the relevant time’.

    British detectives are leading a new investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance based on fresh evidence, including mobile phone records.

    Madeleine, then aged three, went missing while her parents Gerry and Kate ate dinner in Praia da Luz in the Algarve, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.


  85. Was it Clarence Mitchell who informed Martin Brunt that there would be a photo-fit released? (giggles)

  86. another e-fit,looks like Gerry has been seen.
    This is a disgrace to the memory of Madeleine,RIP littleone

  87. Please let us all look for the Jigsaw man.
    Don't shout at once, it could be Gerry McCann

    But no,we are not to be shown his face
    Crimewatch is the proper time and place

    So Madeleine is not expected to be found anytime soon
    It will be announced on Monday by D.I. Buffoon

    No hurry by him or Gerry and Kate
    So they already know Madeleine's fate

    The only true lead is attached to Keela and Eddie,sniffer dogs esteemed by cops time after time
    So will Crimewatch be asking the view of Martin Grime?

    Will we hear from Yvonne Martin or Wilkins on exactly where he was stood?
    Without a balanced picture Crimewatch will be no good

    Not in Luiz, no witnesses of that night, we are sure Scotland Yard are not that bright
    If you think the public will continue to accept this shite!


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