04-09-07

Princess Jacqueline de Croÿ writes Dr. McCann


goed.1984281133_1999997234_337x253From: Fondation Pcesse de Croÿ
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 8:34 PM
Subject: About Zandvoort
Dear Dr McCann,

I am Jacqueline de Croÿ, vice-president of the Werkgroep Morkhoven. My partners are those who have seized the Zandvoort files from the paedophile criminal Ulrich, showing 90.081 victims. We have been contacted by German journalists concerning Alapetite, to know whether this lead was plausible or not, as he is one of the Zandvoort criminals by the ways of the Coral and Toro Bravo branches.

It took us a little while to realise we had been mislead by all the nonsense written by the press in general. We used to think your daughter was abducted by an isolated predator, until we had a closer look on what Antonio Toscano said. I took the liberty to send you the resume of our views. I hope my style has not offended you. Here are the links if they can be of any use:

English: http://www.droitfondamental.eu/06-Ylena_lead_to_maddie-GB.htm
French: http://www.droitfondamental.eu/06-Ylena_lead_to_maddie-FR.htm
Italian: http://www.droitfondamental.eu/06-Ylena_lead_to_maddie-IT.htm

We would NOT swear that your daughter’s abduction was ordered by Alapetite, but the elements seem to show Alapetite knows those who did it, and that they are linked to Urs Hans von Aesch. I would, if it is possible, suggest that Mrs von Aesch be grilled.

We cannot promise anything, as these are dodgy grounds, but we will try our best and keep you informed.

Kind regards
Jacqueline de Croÿ and the Werkgroep Morkhoven

Fondation Princesse de Croÿ - Fondation.Princesse.de.Croy@droitfondamental.eu
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Prosecutor reviews Madeleine case Last Updated: Monday, 10 September 2007, 17:33 GMT 18:33 UK

The family arrived at their home together on Sunday
Police papers detailing the inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are expected to be passed to the public prosecutor in Portugal later.
All the police's information will be reviewed, three days after her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leics, were named as formal suspects.

Meanwhile, police and social services in Leicestershire met to discuss their response to the case.

Madeleine, four, was last seen in the McCanns' Algarve apartment on 3 May.

Mr and Mrs McCann, both 39, returned to the UK on Sunday with their two-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie, but can be recalled to Portugal with five days' notice.

Police and representatives from Leicestershire social services met on Monday afternoon to discuss Madeleine's disappearance and the naming of her parents as suspects.


[Kate and Gerry] had a decent night's sleep and the twins slept soundly. They're holding up extremely well
Brian Kennedy

The McCanns are being advised by London-based lawyers Michael Caplan QC and Angus McBride in the wake of their naming as suspects.

Mr Caplan acted for former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet when Spain attempted to extradite him from the UK in 1999.

Mrs McCann's uncle, Brian Kennedy, said on Monday the couple had received many messages of support.

"They're fine. They had a decent night's sleep and the twins slept soundly. They're holding up extremely well."

He added that the couple would not be going back to work immediately - both are doctors - but would try to lead "as normal an existence as possible".

'Several options'

BBC correspondent in Portugal Alison Roberts said the public prosecutor would undertake a review of the investigation so far, including the statements given by the McCanns last week.

This is normal practice when there is a significant development in a case.

"It seems unlikely, given this development, that the investigation will go beyond the normal eight months for a Portuguese inquiry," our correspondent said.

Under the Portuguese legal system, police have eight months to investigate a case before requiring permission to continue their inquiries.

No bail conditions, travel restrictions or charges have been imposed on the McCanns, who were questioned separately for more than 24 hours last week.

Independent criminal lawyer Dr Joao Oliveira Trindade told the BBC that the prosecutor had several options.

He could recommend the investigation continue, he could choose to charge the McCanns with a crime or he could place some restrictions on their movements, Dr Trindade said.

But to do the latter, Dr Trindade added, the prosecutor would have to decide on the type of crime he believed had been committed - specifically whether it was a "homicide", and if so, whether it was intentional or unintentional.


ARGUIDO/ARGUIDA STATUS
Officially a suspect
Bestowed by police or requested by individual
Right to remain silent
Right to a lawyer

Media reports, unconfirmed by police, have said that Portuguese officers have been preparing to make searches.

They are still awaiting further results from forensic tests, carried out in the UK, on samples taken from the apartment in Praia da Luz used by the McCanns and at least one vehicle used by the family and their friends.

Partial results from these tests triggered a series of events which led to the McCanns being declared formal suspects, or "arguidos".

The McCanns told Sunday newspapers that they believed Portuguese police were trying to frame them and had put Mrs McCann under pressure to confess that she killed her daughter by accident.

'Cross-contamination'

During an 11-hour interview, detectives suggested to Mrs McCann that traces of Madeleine's blood had been found in the family's hire car, she said.

The family say this is impossible as they did not rent the vehicle until 25 days after Madeleine disappeared.

Allan Scott, a lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire's School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences, said cross-contamination needed to be considered.

He said "secondary transfer" of Madeleine's DNA may have occurred and that DNA is "so sensitive" that if two people met in the street and shook hands and then one committed a crime, they could possibly leave the other person's DNA at the scene.


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Gepost door: James | 10-09-07

Madeleine McCann file to be handed over By Caroline Gammell in Praia da Luz
Last Updated: 2:48pm BST 10/09/2007

The Portuguese police case against Kate and Gerry McCann will be sent to the public prosecutor today to decide whether charges will be brought against the couple.

Papers outlining why they are thought to be responsible for their four-year-old daughter’s death will be given to Jose Cunha de Magalhaes e Meneses, the district attourney in Portimao.


The McCanns were driven to the door of their family home
It will be up to him to decide if there is enough evidence to charge the McCanns and to order any further police activity in relation to the case.

Sources in Portugal said officers were poised to carry out searches on specific sites, but would not go into detail.

Detectives are said to believe Mrs McCann may have killed Madeleine by accident before disposing of the body and claiming she had been abducted. Mr McCann is apparently thought by them to have been an accessory to the crime.

The couple, who flew back to the UK from Portugal yesterday despite their arguido or official suspect status, insist the claims are "ludicrous".

In the Algarve, police spokesman Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa, said: "At the moment the inquiry is being prepared to be handed to the prosecutor in charge of the case.

"He will analyse it and after this he will make his decision."

Asked when the papers would be handed over, he said: "Probably today."

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The report on the McCanns is based on forensic evidence and the responses they gave while being formally questioned by detectives in Portimao last week.

Much of the questioning centred around traces of Madeleine’s blood allegedly found in the back of the silver Renault Scenic they hired 25 days after she went missing.

The papers will be passed to the public prosecutor even though all the forensic testing has yet to be completed. Specialists at the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham have not yet passed on all the results.

Yesterday, the couple consulted top British lawyers Michael Caplan QC and Angus McBride, from London firm Kingsley Napley.

Mr Caplan acted for former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet when Spain tried to extradite him from the UK in 1999.

Mr McBride is a criminal lawyer with particular expertise in protecting the reputation of people and companies being investigated by either the media or criminal investigators, according to Kingsley Napley’s website.

The developments came hours after relatives of the McCanns attacked the Portuguese police for what they say is the framing of the couple over the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.

Philomena McCann, Madeleine's aunt, accused the police of "clutching at straws" in order to get the case cleared up, as it emerged that it may be another year before they find out whether they will face charges.

"Kate and Gerry have been a thorn in their sides for a long time. What better than to cast them as the villains?" she told GMTV this morning.

"It is unbelievable they have been named as suspects - no-one believes the Portuguese police.

"To think they are so callous that they could have done that... two more loving parents you could not hope to meet."

The family wanted the police to refocus the investigation on finding Madeleine alive, and drop the assumption that she is now dead, she added.

Police and social services representatives in Leicestershire are due to holdtalks today about her case. It is understood the Leicestershire authorities were meeting this afternoon to discuss how they should now respond to the Rothley youngster's disappearance and the naming of her parents as formal suspects.

The couple, both doctors, have two other children, two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie.

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Gepost door: James | 10-09-07

Gerry McCann's statement on returning to UK Last Updated: 1:54am BST 10/09/2007

"Today Kate, Sean, Amelie and I have returned home, as we planned a while ago.

We are returning to Britain after careful thought.

We want the twins, as much as is reasonably possible, to live an ordinary life in their home country, and want to consider the events of the last few days, which have been so deeply disturbing.

While we are returning to the UK, it does not mean we are giving up our search for Madeleine.

As parents, we cannot give up on our daughter until we know what has happened. We have to keep doing everything we can to find her.

Kate and I wish to thank once again all those who have supported us over the past days, weeks and months.

But we would like to ask for our privacy to be respected now that we have returned home.

Our return is with the full agreement of the Portuguese authorities and police.

Portuguese law prohibits us from commenting further on the police investigation.

Despite there being so much we wish to say we are unable to do so, except to say this: we played no part in the disappearance of our lovely daughter, Madeleine."

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Gepost door: James | 10-09-07

Kate and Gerry McCann face year-long wait By Caroline Gammell, Gordon Rayner and Nick Britten
Last Updated: 1:54am BST 10/09/2007

Kate and Gerry McCann may have to wait a year to discover whether they will be charged or cleared over the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, they have been warned.


As they made an emotional return to their home in Rothley, Leicestershire, 130 days after the four-year-old went missing, Portuguese police made it clear the investigation was not over "by any means".


The McCanns were driven to the door of their family home
The couple now fear the "cloud of suspicion" which hangs over their heads after they were named as formal suspects in the case will divert attention away from the search for Madeleine and leave them increasingly isolated in their attempts to find her.

They are also said to be "terrified" that their two-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie, could be taken into care if they are charged with any crime.

The McCanns had always clung to the belief that they would eventually return home with Madeleine, but instead Mr McCann faced the cameras at East Midlands airport as part of a family of four, forced to deny he and his wife were to blame for their daughter's disappearance.

Struggling to maintain his composure, Mr McCann, 39, said: "Portuguese law prohibits us from commenting on the police investigation. Despite there being so much we wish to say we are unable to do so except to say this: we have played no part in the disappearance of our lovely daughter Madeleine."

The McCanns were both named as "arguidos", or formal suspects, on Friday after two days of police interviews during which Mrs McCann was offered a "deal" of a suspended prison sentence if she admitted to "accidentally" killing her daughter and told police where the body was.

The move is reported to have followed the discovery of traces of blood in a hire car used by the McCanns, but serious doubts have been raised about the value of the evidence, leading to speculation that Portuguese police are unlikely to bring charges unless more evidence comes to light.

In an interview which Mrs McCann gave hours before being declared a suspect, which was published on Sunday, she said: "They want me to lie - I'm being framed.

"They are basically saying, if I confess Madeleine had an accident, and that I panicked and hid the body in a bag for a month then got rid of it in a hire car, I'd get a two or three years' suspended sentence.

"I was even told: 'Think about it - Gerry would even be able to work again.' It is ridiculous."

A spokesman for the couple said they were willing to return to Portugal to answer further questions "at any time" and that they had "nothing to hide".

Explaining the decision to return home, Mr McCann said: "After very careful thought, we want the twins to live an ordinary life in their home country.

"While it is heartbreaking to return to the UK without Madeleine, it does not mean we are giving up our search for her. As parents, we cannot give up on our daughter until we know what has happened."

The couple had decided late on Saturday night to book themselves on to an EasyJet flight from Faro to East Midlands airport, which landed shortly after noon.

They drove home to Rothley, where Madeleine's bedroom remains exactly as it was the day she excitedly left for the family holiday on April 28.

Although Mr McCann made a brief return to the house weeks after Madeleine's disappearance, it was the first time his 39-year-old wife had gone home.

A family friend said they had been reluctant to return home, as they are increasingly concerned that the investigation will grind to a halt without their continued presence in Portugal.

"The worst thing would be for the case to run down while this horrendous cloud of suspicion hangs over their heads," the friend said.

"There is a real concern that the Portuguese police now put this investigation in a dusty filing cabinet, never to be opened again."

Chief Insp Olegario Sousa, the police spokesman for the McCann case, insisted the investigation was "not over by any means".

He added: "The investigation will only end when we think the case file is complete and we hand our findings to the public prosecutor who then decides whether to drop the case or bring charges."

Sources close to the case said the process could take up to a year.

The McCanns had more bad news when they were told a request for the case to be reviewed by British police had been turned down.

Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, said she was satisfied with the way Portuguese police have conducted the investigation.


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Gepost door: James | 10-09-07

Police push for charges against Madeleine McCann's mother as case goes to prosecutor From Times Online
September 10, 2007

The McCanns: Portuguese police are focusing their investigative efforts on Kate, who they believe has a role in the death of Madeleine
David Brown and Steve Bird, of The Times, in Praia da Luz


A police file of evidence which allegedly proves that Kate McCann killed her daughter is expected to be handed to a public prosecutor in Portugal today.

Detectives believe they have now collected enough evidence for Mrs McCann to be charged with the homicide of Madeleine by failing to prevent her death. The charge is equivalent to manslaughter in British law. She would also face a charge of concealing a Madeleine’s body.

Officers were furious when a plan for Mrs McCann to be charged on Thursday last week was halted after her lawyer met with the Portugal’s Attorney General, it was claimed today.

A new file of evidence includes lengthy interviews with both Mrs McCann and her husband, Gerry, after they were made official suspects last week. It also includes details of forensic evidence collected in the McCann’s apartment and hire car and the results of surveillance by Portuguese and British police.

Jose Cunha de Magalhaes e Meneses, the public prosecutor based in Portimao, will have to decide what, if any, charges should be brought against Mr and Mrs McCann. The couple can remain as official suspects for up to eight months.

Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa, spokesman for the Portuguese police inquiry, said: “At the moment the inquiry is being prepared to be handed to the prosecutor in charge of the case. He will analyse it and after this he will make his decision.”

Asked when the papers would be handed over, he said: “Probably during today.”

Portuguese police decided to pass the file on to the prosecutor despite not having all the results from forensic tests being carried out by the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham.

Mr Sousa said: “The information is that we have received part of the forensic results, so we are waiting for the rest."

The McCanns' Portuguese lawyer, Carlos Pinto de Abreu, has said he has no idea how long it would take for the case to be concluded. It is understood the McCanns could have to wait months before learning whether they will be charged or cleared.

If charged, the couple could be remanded in “preventative custody” by a judge while they await trial.

The McCann’s had previously insisted they would return to Portugal if requested by police but their decision to consult a British expert in extradition law has led to speculation that they may fight an extradition order.

Michael Caplan, QC, has previously represented Chilean dictator General Pinochet in his battle to avoid extradition on charges of torture and human rights abuses.

However, the introduction of a European Arrest Warrant in 2004 will make it much harder for Mr and Mrs McCann to successfully challenge any extradition request.

Portuguese detectives appear to be working on the theory that Mrs McCann killed her daughter by accident and covered up the death by claiming she was abducted. Her husband’s alleged role is not clear, but sources said police believe he was an accessory to the killing and helped hide their daughter’s body.

Portuguese newspapers claimed today that Madelene was accidentally killed by an overdose of sedative, by drinking medication or after being slapped or pushed. Mrs McCann is the key suspect as British tourists claim she put Madeleine to bed while her husband played tennis or swam

Portuguese police were yesterday reported to be preparing for a fresh series of searches in Praia da Luz. The sites included the villa where the McCanns had stayed and an area south of the Ocean Club resort where Madeleine disappeared 130 days ago.

Mr and Mrs McCann returned to their home in Rothley, Leicestershire, yesterday with their two-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie.

Philomena McCann, Madeleine's aunt, said today it was "unbelievable" that Kate and Gerry McCann had been named as "arguidos", or formal suspects, in her disappearance.

"The way the Portuguese have turned this investigation round, and they are no longer looking for a live child, they are assuming on spurious evidence, that Madeleine is now dead, well, we don't agree with that in any shape or form," she told BBC Breakfast.

"We want the investigation changed round to look for Madeleine alive, as we reckon she is."

Ms McCann said the couple would be "absolutely" co-operating with the Portuguese police and were prepared to return to Portugal to undergo further questioning.

After touching down at East Midlands Airport just after noon yesterday, Mr McCann, his voice breaking, insisted they played no part in her disappearance.

He said: "Whilst it is heartbreaking to return to the UK without Madeleine, it does not mean we are giving up our search.

"As parents we cannot give up on our daughter until we know what has happened."

The couple do not know if or when police will call them back to Portugal, although they will obey even if they fear they could be arrested, a family friend said.

"They are not running away. It is a change of place but they are very happy to help the police," the friend said.

The family's decision to return to Britain was in large part based on their desire to maintain a sense of normality for their two youngest children.

Mr McCann said: "We want the twins, as much as is reasonably possible, to live an ordinary life in their home country, and we want to consider the events of the last few days which have been so deeply disturbing."

It is very unlikely they will bring the twins back to Portugal with them if police need them for further interviews, a friend said.


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Gepost door: James | 10-09-07

From Times Online
September 10, 2007

Madeleine McCann: the key questions
David Brown looks at the puzzles and mysteries at the heart of the four month investigation

(Steve Parsons/PA)
Madeleine McCann went missing in Praia da Luz in Portugal
What happened in the four hours before Madeleine was reported missing?

Kate and Gerry McCann claim that while they dined at a restaurant with friends regular checks were made on Madeleine and their two-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie, at their nearby holiday apartment. Mr McCann told police he saw his daughter asleep at about 9pm. A friend, Matthew Oldfield, entered the apartment at about 9.30pm but did not look in the bedroom Madeleine and the twins were sharing.

It is not known if anyone apart from Mr and Mrs McCann saw Madeleine alive between 6pm and 10pm, when she was reported missing by her mother. The timing is crucial but would be only circumstantial evidence in any prosecution. Although a small child could be killed quickly it would take time to hide a body so that it was not discovered in the biggest search in Portuguese history.

Why did Kate McCann cry out “They’ve taken her?” when she discovered Madeleine missing?

Portuguese police are reported to find it suspicious that Mrs McCann immediately believed that more than one person had taken her daughter. This could suggest that she knew who had taken Madeleine, perhaps people who thought they were helping Mrs McCann by removing her daughter’s body.

Alternatively, it could be an off-the-cuff remark by an hysterical mother or perhaps was misheard or misunderstood in the confusion of the night.

What were the movements of the McCann’s friends on the night Madeleine disappeared?

The McCann family had stayed at the Ocean Club resort with three other British couples and their five children, and a single woman. Russell O’Brien, a doctor from Exeter, left the restaurant for half an hour to look after his own daughter, returning shortly before Madeleine was reported missing.

His wife, Jane Tanner, was the only witness to report a man carrying away child from the McCann’s apartments. There is confusion about when members of the party arrived at the tapas restaurant and left to check on their own sleeping children.

How much alcohol did the McCanns and their friends drink on the evening Madeleine disappeared?

Kate and Gerry McCann and their friends are reported to have told detectives they shared four bottles of wine, with another two barely touched before Madeleine was discovered missing.

However, it is claimed detectives have recovered a bill showing they downed eight bottles of red wine and six white during the afternoon and evening.

Why was Madeleine’s bedroom window and shutter open?

Kate and Gerry McCann told police that the window shutter in Madeleine’s bedroom, which could not been seen from the restaurant, had been forced open.

Police tests showed the heavy metal shutter had not been forced up from the outside, so must have been pulled open from inside the room. Assuming that the abductor entered through the apartment’s unlocked patio windows, why would he or she not leave by the same way or the use the front door?

Or was the window opened to make it appear as if an intruder had used it to enter the bedroom?

Why did Madeleine’s sister and brother sleep through her “abduction”?

Sean and Amelie were heavy sleepers who were not disturbed by their sister’s abduction, claim their parents. However, they also slept through their mother’s hysterical response to Madeleine’s disappearance and the presence of dozens of people who joined the search before being carried out by a female police officer. Kate and Gerry McCann have strenuously denied sedating their daughter.

Why were the McCanns allowed to leave Portugal if they are suspects?

The Portuguese authorities allowed the McCanns to return to the UK after they agreed to reside only at their home in Rothley and to return for further questioning if necessary.

Portugese law states that after someone is declared a suspect, police have eight months to conclude the investigation into that individual. If they require further time officers can apply to the courts for a four-month extension.

If the McCanns refused to comply with a request to return to the Algarve for interview, Portuguese police could issue a European Arrest Warrant under which extradition can be carried out within six weeks.

Why has it taken so long to find the evidence that could implicate Kate and Gerry McCann?

The material was only collected at the end of July and early August in a review of the investigation carried out by Portuguese detectives with the help of British police and two sniffer dogs. Many of the samples are very small, containing just a few cells, while others are of poor quality because of damage by cleaning or simply the passing of time.

A full report of the findings will not be ready for weeks, but many results have already been passed to the Portuguese authorities.

What evidence were police looking for?

Detectives are searching for any evidence that proves Madeleine is dead or contradicts the accounts of Mr and Mrs McCann and other witnesses.


What is the most important new evidence ?

It appears the Forensic Science Service believes it has discovered compelling new evidence, possibly from more than one source. Portuguese detectives told Mrs McCann repeatedly that they found traces of Madeleine’s blood in a Renault Scenic hired three weeks after she disappeared, suggesting that the missing girl’s parents used the vehicle to carry her body. It is possible to tell if the blood came from a living person or from a corpse, and even the time of death. However, some reports suggest that the quality of the blood sample was too poor to confirm the origin while others have denied any blood was found in the vehicle and claim it was other “bodily fluids”. Unless a body had been placed in a freezer, it would have badly decomposed during the warm weather; leaving a mass of traces invisible to the human eye.

Does any trace of Madeleine in the hire car prove she was killed?

No. Mr and Mrs McCann hired the car to buy new clothes in the town of Portimão a day before they flew to Rome to see Pope Benedict XVI. They then used it regularly for family outings and to collect friends and relatives from Faro airport. They continued using the car until shortly before flying home yesterday. Kate and Gerry and their two-year-old twins would have often carried in the car items used by Madeleine. These items could easily certainly carry Madeleine’s hair and minute traces of skin, dried blood, saliva and vomit. The same could be said of the holiday apartments used by the McCanns and their friends in the Ocean Club resort. However, if the blood came from Madeleine’s corpse the only other highly unlikely explanation would be that a previous hirer had moved the body.

One report suggested yesterday that Madeleine’s DNA had been found on the floor of the McCanns holiday apartment, but because of degredation it was based on an incomplete picture, with only 15 of the 20 genetic markers usually used for such analysis.

What about the discoveries of the “cadaver” sniffer dog?

Mr and Mrs McCann were shown a police video of a sniffer dog used to find corpses “going crazy” when it approached the hire car. Reports also claim that is discovered the scent on the vehicle’s key fob. Mrs McCann is reported to have explained that in her work as locum GP she came into contact with six corpses in the weeks leading up to Algarve holiday.

This seems a high number for a locum GP working just a couple of days a week but would be easy to check against surgery records.

The crucial difficulty with the sniffer dog “evidence” is that it cannot distinguish between corpses. This type of dog is trained to find bodies, not identify where dead bodies have been. Crucially, they can become excited by other scents.

Any evidence of Madeleine’s death on Cuddle Cat?

The cadaver dog is alleged to have become excited when shown Madeleine’s favourite soft pink toy, called Cuddle Cat. The cat had become poignant symbol of a mother’s loss as Kate McCann carried it with her at all time from the night of Madeleine’s disappearance.

She washed it four days after the police tests, claiming it had become dirty. The toy was potentially crucial evidence and should have been seized by police very early in the investigation.

What evidence can be found in Mrs McCann’s Bible?

Mrs McCann, a devout Roman Catholic, claims that police told her that a crumpled page in her Bible was evidence that she was involved in the death of her daughter. The page contained a passage from Samuel II, chapter 12, verses 15-19, which recalls how man’s child is stricken with illness after he “scorns” the Lord.

The man fasts for seven days, refusing to get up off the ground, to try to gain redemption — but eventually his child dies. Mrs McCann claims that detectives told her that damage to the page proved she had been reading it.

Why are the McCanns suspects in their daughter’s killing?

Portuguese police refuse to say why the couple have been made official suspects. Under Portuguese law police can not question someone as if they had committed a crime unless they are a “suspect”. It could simply be that police wanted to ask the couple about the evidence they had collected, and that the seriousness of the process has been misunderstood and exaggerated by cultural and language differences. The McCanns believed that they were about to be charged with Madeleine’s death, but it does not appear police disclosed any crucial evidence to them.

All parties have strenuously denied any wrongdoing.


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Prosecutor to see police file on McCanns James Sturcke and agencies
Monday September 10, 2007
Guardian Unlimited


Papers outlining the case against the parents of Madeleine McCann are expected to be passed to the public prosecutor today, according to Portuguese police.
Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa, the detective who has been leading the inquiry into the disappearance of the four-year-old, said the case file on Gerry and Kate McCann would be handed over for the prosecutor to decide whether any charges should be brought.

Last week, Mr and Mrs McCann were named as formal suspects in the disappearance of four-year-old Madeleine, who they insist was abducted from their holiday apartment in the Algarve more than four months ago.


The development came after police reinterviewed the McCanns. Part of the interrogation was believed to have centred on the results of forensic analysis of their apartment and hire car.
The local prosecutor, Joao Cunha de Magalhaes, will decide whether any charges should be brought against the couple, who returned to their home in Leicestershire yesterday.

Further test results due from the Forensic Science Service in Birmingham may also influence how the investigation unfolds.

"At the moment, the inquiry is being prepared to be handed to the prosecutor in charge of the case," Mr Sousa said. "He will analyse it and, after this, he will make his decision."

Asked when the papers would be handed over, he replied: "Probably during today."

Brian Kennedy, Mrs McCann's uncle, gave a brief statement to the dozens of journalists near the couple's home in Rothley.

He said Mr and Mrs McCann were continuing to receive messages of support, adding: "They are OK. They had a decent night's sleep, and the twins slept soundly. They are holding up extremely well."

Faced with more questions about the McCanns' next steps, he said he believed they would "try to live as normal lives as possible".

The couple left their family home for a holiday in Portugal at the end of April. Yesterday, more than four months later, they flew back to the UK with their two-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie, but without their eldest child.

Police and social services representatives in Leicestershire were holding talks today about how they should now respond to the Madeleine's disappearance and the naming of her parents as formal suspects.

John Coughlan, the joint president of Association of Directors of Children's Services, said local authorities had to take seriously any formal charges brought by an overseas police force. Under the Children's Act 1989, they would have to evaluate available evidence and any implications concerning the welfare of siblings.

He said welfare agencies normally attempted to support children within their own family, possibly with the help of family members.

Earlier, Philomena McCann, Madeleine's aunt, accused the Portuguese police of "clutching at straws" in their investigation into the missing child.

She said the family continued to believe that Madeleine was alive, urging police to "turn the investigation" around to hunt for her instead of concentrating energies on her possible death.

"It is unbelievable they [the McCanns] have been named as suspects - no one believes the Portuguese police," Ms McCann told GMTV. "Two more loving parents you could not hope to meet.

"All I can suggest is the Portuguese police are clutching at straws, they want to get this case cleared up. Kate and Gerry have been a thorn in their sides for a long time. What better than to cast them as the villains?"

Following a request for privacy, some news organisations were broadcasting from the town's war memorial, which had acted as a focus for wellwishers' cards and flowers in the days after Madeleine vanished.

After touching down at East Midlands airport just after midday, Mr McCann, his voice breaking, insisted he and his wife had played no part in their daughter's disappearance.

"Whilst it is heartbreaking to return to the UK without Madeleine, it does not mean we are giving up our search," he said. "As parents, we cannot give up on our daughter until we know what has happened."

The couple do not know if or when police will call them back to Portugal, although they will obey even if they fear they could be arrested, a family friend said.

"They are not running away. It is a change of place but they are very happy to help the police," the friend added. "If they need to come back for interviews, they will come back for interviews."

During the police interview, detectives suggested to Mrs McCann that traces of Madeleine's blood had been found in the family's hire car, a silver Renault Scenic.

She is understood to have told them angrily there was "no way" this could be the case because they did not lease the vehicle until 25 days after their daughter disappeared.

Portuguese police have given no indication about the strength of the forensic material from the hire car or the family's holiday apartment.

Carlos Pinto de Abreu, the McCanns' lawyer in Portugal, told the Guardian claims by relatives that police had offered Mrs McCann a plea bargain if she admitted to accidentally killing her child were wrong.

The claims were the result of "a misunderstanding" while she was being questioned.

Mr and Mrs McCann were receiving further legal advice from the London law firm Kingsley Napley, the family said in a statement last night. One of their advisers is Michael Caplan QC, who defended the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

The couple said they would not use money raised to help the search for Madeleine to pay their legal bills, the BBC reported.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/crime/article/0,,2166124,00.html

Gepost door: James | 10-09-07

Brown, Charles support Madeleine's parents By Sally Peck and Martina Smit
Last Updated: 12:33am BST 27/05/2007

Telegraph

Portuguese police only released details of a possible suspect sighting in the Madeleine McCann abduction inquiry after her parents talked to Gordon Brown, it emerged today.


The future Prime Minister personally spoke to Gerry McCann several times in recent days, pledging to do all he could to help find the missing four-year-old.

The McCanns were desperate to publish a description of a man seen carrying what appeared to be a child on the night Madeleine disappeared. Police - who were told of the sighting by a British tourist a day after the abduction - relented yesterday, following a meeting with the McCanns.

Today Gerry McCann said they believed the sighting was "significant and relevant" to the kidnap of their daughter.

"We very much welcome the decision of the police authorities to release details of a man seen by witnesses here in Praia Da Luz on Thursday, May 3, the night of Madeleine's disappearance.

"The release of this important information followed an earlier meeting we had with senior police officers.

"We feel sure that this sighting of a man with what appeared to be a child in his arms is both significant and relevant to Madeleine's abduction."

Three weeks after his daughter went missing, Mr McCann urged anyone who may have seen the suspect to come forward to police.

He said: "For instance, was this man seen anywhere else in or near the town with a child or what appeared to be a child, what direction was he heading in, did he have a vehicle?"

The suspect is described as a white male, 35 to 40 years old, with hair that was short on top and long at the back. He was wearing a dark jacket and light trousers when spotted at 9.30pm that night.

The discussions with Mr Brown were a boost for the McCanns as most leads seemed to grow cold.

Clarence Mitchell, a spokesman for the family, said: "I can confirm that telephone conversations have taken place between Gerry McCann and Chancellor Gordon Brown. During them, Mr Brown offered both Gerry and Kate his full support in their efforts to find Madeleine, although details of the conversations will remain private.

"The conversations took place against the background of the Chancellor's earlier offer to help when he met and spoke to other members of the McCann family in the UK."

Today Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall also expressed their support for the McCanns. In a statement from Clarence House, the couple said they had been following the case "closely and with deep concern" and "fervently hoped" Madeleine would be reunited with her family.

Last night Mr McCann and his wife Kate said in an emotional first full interview that they had suffered every parent's worst nightmare and had been plunged into the "deepest, darkest despair".

The couple told how they had made arrangements with other families to check regularly on their children on the night of May 3 while dining a short distance away from their Algarve holiday apartment.

Mr McCann likened eating in the tapas bar at the Ocean Club Resort in Praia da Luz to "having dinner in your garden".

But he said: "I think it's fair to say that the guilt that we feel having not been there at that moment, irrespective of whether we had been in the next bedroom or not, will never leave us."

Both parents remain sure that Madeleine is alive.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/05/26/wmaddy326.xml

Gepost door: James | 11-09-07

The Maddy Catty Plot The Maddy Catty Plot, Waking Up With Gerry And Kate And Party Politics - MADDYWATCH - Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann.


DAILY EXPRESS front page: “MADELEINE. DOES MUM’S DIARY HOLD VITAL CLUE?”

Portuguese police want Kate McCann’s diary. And “detectives believe her desperate entries…will help unlock the secret”.
Pages 4: “Find the body and prove we killed her – The McCanns’ challenge to police yesterday.”
This is the “startling ultimatum”. This is the McCanns being portrayed in villain mode, the desperados coolly confronting Poirot with the retort that his case is built on nothing but speculation.
“They could stand trial in Britain,” says the Express.
Page 5: THE WORLD’S GREATEST NEWSPAPER sees the McCanns “Facing up to the world”. The paper watches the family seize “60 precious minutes of normality” as they head to a playground. Kate McCann sits between her twins in the backseat of the family car [a VW], “her arms protectively around their child seats”. The Express notes that the couple go out around 10pm, retuning at about 15 minutes to midnight. What can it mean?
Page 6 and 7: Portuguese Daily 24 Hours says investigators are “probing the connection” between Robert Murat, suspect No. 1, and Gerry McCann, suspect No. 3. A police sources says “Gerry [first name] met Murat [surname]” when “Gerry was campaigning for the Labour Party.”
Says Murat: “I’ve never met the man before and the idea that I’d met him when he was campaigning for the Labour Party is laughable. I’ve been a Conservative all my life.”
And so the mystery divides along party lines. Will the right-wing Express now stick up for Murat and the left-wing Mirror puts the boot in and champions Gerry?


DAILY MIRROR front page: “EXCLUSIVE OURAGE OF KATE – A glimpse inside her world of pain.”

Kate McCann is on her way to the playground.
Page 4: “Each morning they wake and think ‘this could be the day we find her’..it’s the hope that drives them on.” So says a “friend of the McCanns”.
The Mirror sees all. It sees Kate and Gerry wake up- and “momentarily struggle to focus”. Then: “a second passes as they lie side by side.” Then the “crushing familiarity, the horror of their living nightmare comes flooding back”.
Kate McCann prays each morning.
They are under “inhuman strain”. They don’t take sleeping tablets.
The live in a “quiet cul-de-sac”, the peace interrupted only by the sound of a hundred snappers screaming “This way Kate!” and hacks shouting “Did you do it?”.
They drive a people carrier, a VW, as the Express has reported. They are at the playground. They push the children on swings “and laughed as they played on the children’s slide”.
Page 5: Party politics is back as Mirror readers learn that John ‘Vulcan’ Redwood has removed his comment on the case (see here).
Pages 6 and 7: “If they are innocent and think that their daughter is still alive then they should be in Portugal trying to look for her.” The Mirror publishes some choice comments from its readers.


DAILY MAIL front page: “MADELEINE – McCanns tells police: Produce the body.”

Page 10 and 11: “Show us your diaries” – Portuguese police want to seize Kate’s diary and Gerry’s laptop.
Police might also confiscate Madeleine’s toys, including the Cuddle Cat (aka the ‘Maddy Catty’). Philomena McCann, Gerry’s sister, says this would be a “disgrace”.
Says Philomena: “That wee girl will be thinking ‘they’re not looking for me. My mummy and daddy and my aunties – they don’t love me because they can’t find me.”


THE SUN front page: “COPS WANT CUDDLE CAT.”

Detectives are “plotting” to take hold of the toy. This is “MADDIE: PARENTS’ NEW ORDEAL”.
Pages 6 and 7: Readers lean of “TWO THEORIES”. They are: “GUILITY OR INNOCENT?”
The Sun sums up the justice system neatly. It has got to the bones of the thing. At last the case is getting somewhere.


DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE’S TOY WILL NAIL KILLERS – Cops say Cuddle Cat holds vital clues.”

In an “EXCLUSIVE” (see Sun), the Star says police have launched an “international operation to seize Madeline’s McCann’s favourite soft toy, Cuddle Cat.”
Cuddle Cat is not a suspect. Yet.
Page 6: “Maddie’s hair tufts hold key to killing” – forensics can tell if the hairs reportedly found in the McCanns’ car boot are from a live or dead Madeleine.
Page 7: “PALS ‘COVER-UP’ PROBED BY POLICE”- Detectives want to re-interview the McCanns’ dinner companions.


THE TIMES front page: “McCanns diaries and laptop to be seized by Portuguese police.”

Pages 6 and 7: “Parent will have to pay defence cost without Madeleine Fund.”
The six directors of Madeleine’s Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Ltd, say: “The fund directors realise that there is not only a legal answer and recognise the spirit which underlies the generous donations to Madeleine’s Fund…any search fund to pay legal defence costs would have to be separately set up and administered.”
They fail to add that this is what Princess Diana would have wanted.
A family source tells the paper: “PR and law firm are not cheap.” Nor private detectives, say others.


THE GUARDIAN page 7: “McCanns may order own DNA tests on car.”


DAILY TELEGRAPH page 11: “DNA expert urges caution over forensic evidence.” Sir Alec Jeffries is billed as “the world’s leading expert on DNA”. He tells BBC’s Newsnight show: “DNA does not have the words innocence or guilty on it – that is a legal concept. What it seeks to establish is connections and identifications.”


THE INDEPENDENT page 9: “Questions at the heart of perplexing investigation.”

The paper wonders what we know about forensic evidence reportedly found in the McCanns’ car. It answers: “The picture remains far from clear.”
Is there a 99 per cent match or an 80 per cent match? What about a 62.2 recurring match. Higher or lower?

We could go on…

2007 13th Sep

http://www.anorak.co.uk/madeleine-mccann/176363.html
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Gepost door: James | 13-09-07

Shame on tabloids

Maddie ‘died from tablets overdose'

Thursday, September 13, 2007


'Forensic evidence shows Madeleine McCann died of an overdose of sleeping pills', it was reported last night.
'Bodily fluids found in the boot of the car the McCanns rented 25 days after Madeleine went missing showed she had been sedated', said a French newspaper which claimed to have seen the evidence.
France Soir said DNA results of the fluids showed the four-year-old had swallowed enough sleeping pills to 'cause an overdose'.
Guilhem Buttut, an investigative reporter, said he had seen 'hard evidence about Madeleine's death in a report now in the hands of Portuguese prosecutors'.
He said 'toxicological tests carried out on the liquids proved the little girl had ingested medicines, without doubt sleeping pills, in quantities large enough to cause an overdose'.

Sources linked to the investigation revealed earlier this week that police discovered an '88 per cent DNA match to Madeleine in the boot of the McCanns' rented Renault Scenic'. Clumps of hair were also reported to have been found in the boot, allegedly showing that her body had been in it. 'Scientifically, it would be possible to test such bodily fluids for drugs, including an overdose of sleeping pills'.
The news came as Portuguese media reported that police want to question Kate McCann again over the disappearance of her daughter.

Police may also quiz her about her diary. It has been suggested that the diary has been seen by detectives who took photocopies, but a request is being filed for possession so it can be examined in more detail.
Portuguese newspapers said yesterday that 'they had seen the photocopies of extracts'.
What about the secrecy of investigation ?
The 'Arguida' legaly bans the McCanns from talking about the inquiry but Portugal imposes them constant breaches of the investigation secrecy.

Correio da Manha claimed Mrs McCann wrote in the diary that her children are 'hysterical' and exhausted her. He also claimed her husband gave her little help with family chores.
He added: 'She complains frequently that her children are “hysterical” and speaks of Madeleine as a child whose excess activity exhausts her. The diary tells also how Gerry doesn't help her with the family chores and that she has to cope alone with her two youngest children.'

The daily Publico claimed Mrs McCann's worries about her 'children's behaviour and her difficulties disciplining them'.

Sources close to the McCanns said they were not aware of police plans for a second interrogation. 'This is speculation, not fact,' said one.

Gepost door: Princess de Croÿ | 14-09-07

Can you solve the Madeleine McCann case? September 12, 2007

Why are we riveted by the McCann case?


The most common theory is that it's our addiction to grief porn that does it, a rather tasteless fascination with other people's disasters and a sentimentalism that is out of place.

But I don't agree with this theory. My explanation is different.

I think we are riveted to the McCann case because it is a mystery story and we hope we can solve it.

Crime mystery stories dominate television and fiction, but less often noticed is the overlap between fictional accounts of crime and real life.

In their history of forensic science, Written in Blood, Colin and Damon Wilson argue that Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books changed the course of policing in this country, leading police to behave in entirely new ways.

And this relationship between fact and fiction persists to the present day. Recently Times columnist Chris Ayres argued that it has become harder to satisfy juries and obtain a conviction using forensic evidence. Why? Because the CSI series has raised the bar. Juries expect extraordinarily high standards of proof from the inevitably imprecise work of the forensic scientists.

The McCann case held out to readers the offer that if they read the copy carefully enough they might find the missing girl. And now it holds out the promise that they might be able to find the killer or exonerate the suspect by putting hair under the microscope, just like they do on telly.

The outcome is not simply more tragic, it is also likely to be less definitive.

We don't follow the McCann case because we are grief junkies. Most of us follow it because we fancy ourselves as Morse.

Posted by Daniel Finkelstein on September 12, 2007

http://timesonline.typepad.com/comment/2007/09/why-are-we-rive.html

Gepost door: Princess de Croÿ | 14-09-07

'All the people liable to expose paedo- criminal networks are subject to paedo tom-tom campaigns' - Marie-France Botte, made baroness for her action against paedophile criminality in Thailand, was accused of having shown a former homosexual lover by jealousy, then for “misuse” of her charity funds, by an NGO linked to the Zandvoort file. She tried to kill herself drinking liquid to unblock canalisation and now lives with a plastic tube to replace her intestine;

- Regina Louf, a former child prostitute recognized as victim of massive abuse during childhood, was said to be mad and never managed to have any trial at all on the cases she has shown;

- Rumours used to assure Carine Russo had an affair with a paedophile criminal presumed to have abducted her daughter Melissa, together with her friend Julie and brought them to Marc Dutroux;

- Tiny Mast, mother of Kim and Ken, was accused of having had a role in the murder of her daughter and the disappearance of her son within the Zandvoort network;

- The mother of Nathalie, who was murdered with her half-sister Stacy by a paedo- criminal allowed by the hospital-prison outings to brothels, had her other children taken away, accused of negligence for having gone to a café with them.

The best is Marcel Vervloesem, who has brought the Zandvoort network’s file, with photographs of 90.081 children, victims of rape, torture, murder and child pornography was accused by nine men involved in prostitution and armed robbery to have raped them when they where children. The Belgian press defamed him for eight years, though written testimony from one of them who admitted they had been paid to file the false accusation. Just as he was discharged of the nine rapes, he was accused again of three new rapes. These defamations were used to pretend the Zandvoort file is a joke. It contains the photograph of a man formally identified as French judge of youth, trousers down, as he abuses an 11-years-old boy. There is not a word in the press about him, but you can find the story in my bad English on :
http://www.droitfondamental.eu/06-zandvoort-coral-GB.htm


Anorak, September 15th, 2007 at 8:42 am
http://www.anorak.co.uk/madeleine-mccann/176400.html

Gepost door: James | 15-09-07

Former BBC man to speak for McCanns

James Sturcke
Tuesday September 18, 2007
Guardian Unlimited


The parents of Madeleine McCann today stepped up their campaign to maintain their innocence with the appointment of a media expert to act as their spokesman.
Clarence Mitchell, speaking outside Gerry and Kate McCann's home in Rothley, Leicestershire, confirmed he had resigned from a senior post in the civil service to handle the intense international press interest in the case of Madeleine, who vanished while on holiday with her family in Portugal.


Mr Mitchell, a former BBC reporter, spent a month with the family as the representative of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, during the summer.
Speaking with the couple at his side, Mr Mitchell said he had spent up to 14 hours a day with the couple and had never seen anything to suggest they had had anything to do with the four-year-old's disappearance.

"All I saw was a loving family that has been plunged into a dreadful situation - two parents trying to cope amidst their loss. To suggest that they somehow harmed Madeleine accidentally or otherwise is as ludicrous as it is nonsensical. Indeed, it would be laughable if it was not so serious," he said.

Mr Mitchell said he was "proud" to be able to help the McCanns deal with the pressure of the media interest.

The McCanns have been named by Portuguese detectives as official suspects.

Mr Mitchell said his job in the Cabinet Office as head of the media monitoring unit was "untenable" from the moment he accepted an invitation from the family, supported by their legal team and financial backers, to represent them.

"More importantly, I have [resigned] because I feel so strongly that they are innocent victims of a heinous crime that I am prepared to forego my career in government service to assist them."

He said the McCanns were happy to continue cooperating with the Portuguese authorities and that attention must return to finding Madeleine, who disappeared on May 3 from the family's holiday home in the Algarve resort of Praia de Luz while the parents dined nearby.

"The focus must now move away from the rampant, unfounded and inaccurate speculation of recent days, to return to the child at the very centre of this: Madeleine," he said.

Mr Mitchell said the family would like to appeal to the media to stop taking photographs of, or filming, the McCanns' younger children, two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie.

Mr Mitchell was reported to have been earning around £70,000 in his post at the Central Office of Information.

Later he told Sky News that his new job was being paid for by a "generous financial backer who wishes to remain anonymous". He was not receiving money from Mr or Mrs McCann or the Find Madeleine appeal.

As for accusations about DNA evidence against the McCanns, Mr Mitchell said that there "were wholly innocent explanations and Gerry and Kate will be able to explain everything if it gets to that stage. To suggest they harmed Madeleine is just plain daft."

During his time with the McCanns in the summer, Mr Mitchell spent most of the day with the family accompanying them on trips around the Algarve and to a number of countries to publicise the case.

Earlier, the Correio da Manha newspaper reported that Judge Pedro Daniel dos Anjos Frias had rejected a police request to have the McCanns brought back to Portugal for further questioning.

Instead Mrs McCann could be re-interviewed this week by British police acting on behalf of Portuguese authorities.

A UK police source said it would be "unusual" for British officers to carry out interviews on behalf of a foreign police force but stressed that "anything is possible" in a major inquiry. It is more common for officers from other countries to visit Britain to question witnesses or suspects in person with the assistance of the local force.

Sir Richard Branson has donated £100,000 towards the couple's legal costs, stating he "trusted them implicitly" and wanted them to have a fair trial if they were brought before a Portuguese court.

The Virgin boss confirmed that he had been in talks with other wealthy people to encourage them to contribute to a legal fund, and said at least one other anonymous donor had already been signed up.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/crime/article/0,,2171683,00.html

Gepost door: Jan Boeykens | 18-09-07

No new evidence on Madeleine McCann's parents, says Portuguese prosecutor
From The Times
September 20, 2007

Steve Bird and David Brown in Portimão and Patrick Foster


The police case against Kate and Gerry McCann suffered a severe setback last night when a Portuguese prosecutor said that no new evidence had been gathered to justify reinterviewing the couple.

Luis Bilro Verão, the lead public prosecutor, said that the police had failed to produce new evidence against the couple during the 13 days since they were made official suspects in the death of their daughter.

In his first official statement, he said that the McCanns remained arguidos, or official suspects, and that the investigation against them continued. He offered new hope to the McCanns by stating that all lines of inquiry were being investigated.

The admission comes as the McCanns said that they feared that they were being bugged as part of the investigation. They also believe that the scientific evidence against them is deeply flawed.

Mr Verão said: “Since the police have not collected any elements of proof after the parents became arguidos on September 7 that justifies any new actions, I have not requested any new interviews.”

Last night’s statement follows a review of the evidence by Judge Pedro Daniel dos Anjos Frias, who had been asked to approve new interviews and searches requested by the PolÍcia Judiciária, the Portuguese equivalent of the CID. Detectives wanted to reinterview the couple after they refused to answer 40 key questions.

The Portuguese police case was so weak at the time the couple were made official suspects that they had to be released on the lowest form of bail and were allowed to return home to Rothley, Leicestershire, two days later.

Detectives hoped that samples taken from the couple’s hire car and holiday apartment would prove that Mr and Mrs McCann were responsible for accidentally killing their daughter while on holiday in Praia da Luz 140 days ago. However, Mr Verão has indicated that the evidence remains too weak to charge the couple with accidental homicide and hiding the corpse of their daughter. He could authorise further questioning if new evidence is found.

Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ spokesman, said: “This information has been conveyed to Kate and Gerry directly. It is now for their Portuguese lawyer to assess very carefully but, on the face of it, it does appear encouraging.”

Mr and Mrs McCann were convinced that their calls were tapped in Portugal because questions asked by detectives focused on private conversations with friends and family.

But the couple now believe that their calls are still being recorded as part of a surveillance operation.

“British police warned Kate and Gerry when they were in Portugal that their phones and e-mails might have been tapped into,” a source said last night. “Everyone involved is careful, particularly with their mobile phone calls and what they say. There was an assumption from the early days that mobile communications are unsafe and could be listened to.

“Gerry will often refuse to talk on a mobile phone. He prefers to use land-lines as he considers them safer. That is based on information that they have received during the investigation. It makes them feel really awkward in their own home. They feel they are being watched at all times.”

The source added that this did not suggest that their conversations were in any way furtive as a result. “They are entirely innocent and have nothing whatsoever to hide.”

The couple have, however, decided to avoid talking over the phone about how they would clear their names if charged by the police, fearing that it would give the Portuguese an unfair advantage.

Some of the McCanns’ friends who were with them on holiday in Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance in May have also been told that they may be being bugged.

Portuguese detectives would have to file a mutual legal assistance request with the Home Office if they wanted phone calls to be bugged in Britain. Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, would have to sanction an application, which would be carried out by British authorities.

Neither the Home Office nor Leicestershire Constabulary would comment yesterday on whether any request had been received or put in place. A spokesman for the McCanns also refused to comment.

Under Portuguese law bugging telephones and computers is admissible evidence in court. The police are, however, required to get a judge’s approval. If they were unable to get permission before fitting the devices, they can apply to the courts retrospectively.

It is understood that one of the first applications made by the PolÍcia Judiciária to the judge was a retrospective application to continue bugging the McCanns and to use information already gleaned from the surveillance operation in court.

One option open to the police would have been to fit the McCanns’ car, hired 25 days after the child’s disappearance, with a satellite tracking device.

Detectives believe that the vehicle was used to dump the child’s body after it had been concealed. The tracker would have pinpointed where the car was driven.

The bugging claim is the latest salvo in the increasingly acrimonious battle being played out in the media as the McCanns, who under Portuguese law cannot comment on the case, and the police, who are bound by the same restrictions, try to win over the public.

The couple’s fears about their every move being monitored emerged as the Portuguese police were granted permission by the investigating judge to apply to Britain to search the McCanns’ family home. Detectives believe that the couple flew back with vital evidence that could help the police to establish whether they had some involvement in the child’s death.

Last night the McCanns insisted that there was an innocent explanation for sniffer dogs having detected the presence of human bodies in their Portuguese hire car. A source said that the Renault Mégane Scenic was used to ferry bags containing rotting meat and other rubbish to a nearby tip.

“There were not proper dustbins at the villa and as a result the family had to regularly transport their household waste including rotting food, rotting meat and soiled nappies to a communal disposal area,” the source said.

“The vehicle was used as a rubbish lorry for the family, so there would potentially have been the scent of rotting flesh, excrement and urine. Who’s to say that the nappy bag didn’t leak?”

Madeleine’s sandals are also believed to have been transported in the car, potentially allowing DNA from sweat to be transferred.

The source said that Kate and Gerry McCann’s legal team were working in a vacuum trying to prepare any defence for the couple, because of a lack of information from the Portuguese authorities.

“There is a lack of communication right down the line to them. The defence team is having to draw up a case without knowing what the allegations are. Gerry asks, ‘What have we been accused of?’ He doesn’t know and nor does anyone else.”

The McCanns’ efforts to fight police leaks about scientific evidence said to prove that they had some hand in their daughter’s death saw the couple criticised yesterday by the English organisation analysing samples seized from the scene of Madeleine’s disappearance and the family hire car. The Forensic Science Service is frustrated that DNA examinations they have carried out for the Portuguese police were being rubbished by the publicity campaign launched by the McCanns.

The Birmingham company is due to hand over a new batch of DNA test results carried out on samples taken from Praia da Luz. They are due to arrive in Portugal in the next few days.

The tests are looking for traces of her DNA from material gathered around Praia da Luz, including alleged blood samples found in an apartment close to the one from where Madeleine disappeared on May 3.


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article2492626.ece

Gepost door: James | 23-09-07

Parents 'making things worse'
By Caroline Gammell in Praia da Luz
Last Updated: 1:01am BST 23/09/2007

The head of the Portuguese police federation hit out at Kate and Gerry McCann today, accusing them of hampering the investigation into their daughter’s disappearance.


Carlos Anjos, head of Asfic, said there was little point interrogating the couple again because they would, as they are entitled to, refuse to speak.

And he warned the investigation into the missing four-year-old girl could end up taking a "very long time".

However, Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, dismissed claims that the McCanns were using their right to silence to withhold co-operation with police.

Mr Mitchell said: "We are not prepared to comment on Mr Anjos's remarks but Kate and Gerry have always said they are willing to return to Portugal at any time to help the police with their investigations."

Mr Anjos's comments came after the McCanns added another top legal name to their defence team.

Rogerio Alves, President of the Portuguese Bar Association, will work alongside the couple’s first lawyer Carlos Pinto de Abreu. The married 45-year-old who has two children, has been a lawyer for two decades and worked on a number of high profile cases.

Confirming his appointment, Mr Alves said: "I am delighted to be helping the McCanns in their current situation and look forward to working closely with Carlos Pinto de Abreu."

He said the most important part of the case was to "restore justice and of course if possible discover the child."

It is understood the McCanns will have separate lawyers to deal with the allegations which have been put to them by Portuguese police.

Detectives in the Algarve are apparently working on the theory that Mrs McCann may have accidentally killed Madeleine and relied on her husband to help cover it up. The McCanns have vehemently denied the allegation.

The appointment of the two leading lawyers is thought to be one of Portugal's most expensive defence teams for people who are only arguidos, or suspects.

Mr and Mrs McCann met the two men with their British lawyers in London yesterday.

In Portugal, detectives were still waiting of the results of a toxicology report being carried out by the Forensic Science Services in Birmingham. There has been repeated speculation, dismissed by her parents as ludicrous, that Madeleine may have died from an overdose of drugs or sedatives.

A spokesman for the McCanns said: "We are not prepared to comment on Mr Anjos' remarks but Kate and Gerry have always said they are willing to return to Portugal at any time to help the police with their investigations."

"This is a difficult and complex case made worse by Madeleine’s parents attitude who do not facilitate or help the investigation," he said. "There is no sense in scheduling other interrogations as Kate and Gerry have already said they will speak no more.

"They are arguidos, a status which allows them to remain silent and they have already said that they will make no more statements.

"This case is here for a long time because there is no apparent motive and it will be very difficult to prove if it was homicide if Madeleine’s body is not found."


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsdfdGJSGHM55DOSJ5QFIQMGSFGGAVCBQWIV0?xml=/news/2007/09/21/nmaddy421.xml

Gepost door: James | 23-09-07

Robert Murat - The Morocco 'sightings'
22.9.07

Madeleine suspect to be cleared

Robert Murat, the first person to be declared an official suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, is set to be cleared by police.

British expat Mr Murat was taken in for questioning by police 11 days after the four-year-old disappeared in May and later declared an "arguido", or official suspect, but he has never been formally arrested or charged.

Portuguese newspaper Sol reported that Mr Murat had now been told that police have no case against him.

Mr Murat, 33, whose father is Portuguese, had earlier offered his services as a translator to police working on the case and became a familiar sight around the crime scene in the days after Madeleine's disappearance.

He is to remain an arguido until the investigation is complete to avoid compromising other ongoing inquiries, Sol said.

The news comes amid reports accusing Portuguese officers of failing to follow up a second sighting of Madeleine in Morocco.

Reports say a second witness told police he saw Madeleine in the country on May 9, the same day as a sighting by a Norwegian tourist.

A British tourist reportedly contacted Leicestershire Police after returning home from holiday and seeing pictures of the missing youngster, who passed the information on to Portuguese and Moroccan authorities.

The Norwegian woman claimed she saw Madeleine outside a petrol station, while the British witness said he saw a young girl closely resembling Madeleine outside the Ibis Hotel opposite.

A source close to the family told reporters the British man was unaware of the other sighting, meaning police had two independent sightings in the same place.

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2521442.html?menu=news

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McCanns knew of Morocco 'sightings'

Madeleine McCann's parents have "known for months" that there were two possible sightings of their missing daughter in the same city on the same day, their spokesman has revealed.

Norwegian Marie Pollard gave them fresh hope when she reported seeing her at a petrol station in Marrakech, Morocco, just days after her apparent abduction from their holiday apartment in Portugal on May 3.

It has now emerged that Kate and Gerry McCann were also told of a British tourist contacting police on his return home to say he thought he had also seen the four-year-old.

This second, separate sighting - passed on to the Portuguese and Moroccan authorities but not disclosed to the media - was in the same part of the city and at a similar time on May 9 as the first.

Ms Pollard claimed she saw Madeleine outside a petrol station, while the British witness, unnamed but said to be from Yorkshire, said he saw a young girl with a close resemblance outside the Ibis Hotel opposite.

The Briton was unaware of the other sighting, meaning police had two independent reports in the same place, a source close to the McCanns told reporters.

Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "We have been aware of it for months. It was made known to us when it happened. All I can say is that any possible sightings, if credible, we hope would be examined thoroughly, whether it's in Portugal, Spain or anywhere else."

A top legal team has been assembled to help the couple, who have been named official suspects, or "arguidos" in their eldest child's disappearance.

In Portugal, Robert Murat, the first person to be declared an arguido in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, is reportedly set to be cleared by police.

British expat Mr Murat was taken in for questioning by police 11 days after the youngster vanished from Praia da Luz and later declared a suspect, but he has never been formally arrested or charged. Portuguese newspaper Sol reported that Mr Murat had now been told that police have no case against him.

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2522506.html?menu=news

Gepost door: duncan | 23-09-07

Private security team hired by Kate and Gerry McCann for secret investigation
From The Times
September 24, 2007


David Brown in Praia da Luz and Patrick Foster

A private security firm has been secretly investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann for four months because her parents feared that Portuguese police were failing to properly search for their daughter.

Control Risks Group (CRG) is believed to have been checking reported sightings of Madeleine from around the world and building up profiles of likely abductors.

Kate and Gerry McCann turned to the company, which employs former members of the intelligence services and Special Forces, after becoming concerned that officers in the Algarve assumed their daughter was dead.

A source close to the couple’s legal team confirmed that CRG had been working with the family since May but refused to discuss how the company was being paid.

“Control Risks are one of the groups who’ve offered their services to the McCanns,” he said. “You can assume that they are doing some things that the Portuguese police can’t do.”

Friends of the couple said the decision showed that they believed Madeleine may still be alive 144 days after she was reported missing from the bedroom of her holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.

Mr McCann first contacted private investigation companies less than three weeks after his daughter was reported missing on May 3 because of concerns that the Portuguese police were not properly checking out all reported sightings. But he had publicly to deny that they were using private detectives when Portuguese police said it would be against the law.

Detectives from the PolÍcia Judiciária say that have checked out 250 reported sightings in Portugal and a further 150 from around Europe and North Africa. But the McCanns have privately expressed fears that key pieces of information may not have been acted on. A source close to the family said that they were particularly dismayed that officers had failed properly to investigate two reports that Madeleine had been spotted in Morocco six days after she disappeared.


A British tourist from Yorkshire told police that he saw a girl resembling Madeleine outside the Ibis hotel in Marrakesh. His testimony was identical to that of another tourist, Marie Pollard, 45, from Norway, who claimed that she was “100 per cent convinced” that she saw Madeleine at a police station opposite.

Both witnesses have complained that Portuguese officers were not interested in what they believed were potentially key sightings. Mr and Mrs McCann, both 39, spent two days in Morocco in June to seek assurances from the authorities that sightings would be investigated and to promote the hunt for Madeleine.

“Gerry and Kate McCann have always believed the Morocco sightings were vital,” a friend said. “Kate said her instinct from the start has been that Madeleine was smuggled into North Africa.”

Clarence Mitchell, the couple’s spokesman, said: “We have been aware of it for months. It was made known to us when it happened. All I can say is that any possible sightings, if credible, we hope would be examined thoroughly, whether it’s in Portugal, Spain or anywhere else.”

Other sightings reported in Spain, Malta, Belgium and Switzerland have been ruled out after investigations by local police. The McCanns hope that CRG will help to verify such reports as well as provide information on the type of people who might have abducted Madeleine and support networks that might operate in each country.

The company has more than 600 employees, many former members of MI5, MI6, the SAS and Special Boat Service. It is the highest earning British security firm operating in Iraq.

A former intelligence expert who has worked with CRG said: “They can offer advice on personal safety, counter safety. For example, who is watching the McCanns and even advice on hostage negotiation should that be needed. In addition . . . they will most likely offer the McCanns security advice and how to deal with bogus tips.”

A CRG spokesman would only say: “Our policy is simply not to talk about our clients. We promise our clients 100 per cent confidentiality - discretion is our watchword.”

Inconclusive proof

What forensic evidence has been collected?

Dozens of samples were recovered from apartments used by the McCanns and another family at the Ocean Club resort. Police have also searched the McCanns’ hire car. The material has been examined by the Forensic Science Service (FSS) in Birmingham

Is there enough evidence to convict Kate and Gerry McCann?

Portuguese detectives have been briefing the media since the middle of August that there was compelling evidence from hair, bodily fluids and blood. But in the past ten days the briefings have been more doubtful. A police source told 24 Horas newspaper yesterday: “There is no element which can definitively state that the body of the little girl was transported in that vehicle”

What does the FSS say about its results?

The laboratory was reported yesterday to have sent an e-mail to Portuguese police complaining that its findings had been “widely misused”. The Mail on Sunday said that the FSS had criticised detectives for overplaying the results and leaking information – most of it inaccurate – to the Portuguese media

What do the British authorities say?

Leicestershire police say they are bound by the Portuguese laws of judicial secrecy and that releasing any information on the case could jeopardise their delicate working relationship with colleagues in Portugal

The rich list bankrolling the McCanns

Brian Kennedy Made £250 million from double glazing and home improvements and now owns Latium Group plastics and Sale Sharks rugby union team. Offered Latium’s in-house lawyer and is paying the McCanns’ new official spokesman, Clarence Mitchell

Sir Richard Branson Contributed to rewards totalling £2.5 million after Madeleine’s disappearance. Has spoken to the McCanns several times and this month donated £100,000 to a fund for their legal costs. “I trust them implicitly,” he said. Is trying to encourage other wealthy people to contribute to the legal fund

Sir Philip Green The billionaire owner of TopShop and BHS lent the McCanns his private jet for their visit to meet the Pope. Known to have been annoyed when news of his involvement emerged and has refused to comment on his current involvement

John Geraghty A 68-year-old businessman from Leicestershire who now lives on the outskirts of Praia da Luz. Offered to store the McCanns’ hire car so that they could commission independent forensic tests.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article2517988.ece

Gepost door: duncan | 24-09-07

Madeleine McCann prosecutor: no charges without a body
From The Times
September 24, 2007


David Brown in Praia da Luz and Patrick Foster

The police case against Kate and Gerry McCann for killing their daughter appeared to be crumbling today after a senior prosecutor said that Madeleine’s body must be found to secure a conviction.

The development came as the McCann family said that they expected to spend a year fighting to clear their names and that they would rather Madeleine was found dead than be left in the “awful limbo” position of not knowing what fate had befallen her. It is also thought that former military personnel are engaged in a series of searches to find the missing four-year-old.

António Cluny, president of the Portuguese public prosecutors’ service, said that it appeared that there was insufficient forensic evidence to prove that Madeline was killed by her parents.

His comments follow increasing reports in Portugal that samples taken from the McCanns’ apartment and hire car are inconclusive. Last week a judge said police had failed to gather new evidence to justify reinterviewing Madeleine’s parents.

Mr and Mrs McCann have insisted that any samples from Madeleine found in the Renault Scenic hired 25 days after her disappearance could have come from her clothes or belongings which were carried in the car.

Mr Cluny told the 24 Horas newspaper: “Without the little girl’s body everything is extremely complicated. There have been cases where it has been possible to obtain a conviction without there being a victim, but there were confessions.

“One cannot accuse a person of homicide without there being very strong evidence. In the Maddie case there is no confession and according to what has been made public the evidence gathered up until now keeps all leads open, from abduction to homicide or at least to a simple accident.”

He later added: “If we have a body our work is done for us, if we don’t we have to dig deeper and work harder.”

When asked if it would be possible to secure a conviction, he said: “It is highly possible it is just harder. It will take longer and take more work.” His comments will be a severe blow to senior officers in the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) who have briefed Portuguese journalists that they have compelling evidence that the McCanns accidentally killed their daughter before disposing of her body.

The PJ is reported to have been ordered by the public prosecutor to find Madeleine’s body or accept that Mr and Mrs McCann will not be charged. A Police source told 24 Horas: “It is currently our great priority and operations in that sense are being developed, although without results finding the body is fundamental to solving the case.” The source said that the case against the McCanns, from Rothley, Leicestershire, was “hanging by a thread”.

A source close to the McCanns’ legal team said today that they expected to remain arguidos for months to come. Portuguese law allows for the status of formal suspect to be extended for up to a year.

The source said: “The mood is that they’re in this for the long haul. They’re not going to be cleared next week, let’s put it that way. They’re assuming that this could go the full year. This is a long, drawn-out legal process.”

The McCanns fear a “worst case scenario” of Madeleine’s body never being found, a friend said. “If there is no body found and they are not charged and their arguido status falls away, then they’ll have this hanging over their heads.

“But that’s unacceptable because they are innocent. Why should they have this stain on their characters? It would be the worst case scenario because nobody, least of all them, will ever know what’s happened.

“Of course Madeleine being found dead would be a trauma of dreadful proportions for the family. But nevertheless at least it would give them a sense of being able to understand what has happened and why, and to use that horrible American word, closure.”

It is thought that former armed forces personnel are involved in the search for Madeleine in a number of countries. A source said that Control Risks Group, the private investigations firm, had been helping the McCanns since May in a pro bono advisory capacity, but did not have employees “on the ground”.

The source said: “Who’s to say that those helping are a formal group? Offers are there all the time. You wouldn’t want to tangle with some of them. They’re not pastry chefs, let’s put it that way.”

Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ spokesman, today gave a press conference in Rothley. He said: “They are a family facing possible bereavement. They hope desperately that the next phone call is ’We have found her and she’s OK’. I am not naive but that is still a possibility.

“All I can say is that they are positive and they are working hard to find Madeleine and, secondly, to clearing their name. They know they are innocent, I know they are innocent. They did not harm, let alone kill, her.

“If you spent any time with them as a family you would know on a human level for one thing they haven’t done it.

“The house is full of love for the children; they have not harmed Madeleine let alone killed her, let alone disposed of her. It is just laughable and time will prove me and everyone else who has supported them right, I assure you.”

Inconclusive proof


What forensic evidence has been collected?

Dozens of samples were recovered from apartments used by the McCanns and another family at the Ocean Club resort. Police have also searched the McCanns’ hire car. The material has been examined by the Forensic Science Service (FSS) in Birmingham

Is there enough evidence to convict Kate and Gerry McCann?

Portuguese detectives have been briefing the media since the middle of August that there was compelling evidence from hair, bodily fluids and blood. But in the past ten days the briefings have been more doubtful. A police source told 24 Horas newspaper yesterday: “There is no element which can definitively state that the body of the little girl was transported in that vehicle”

What does the FSS say about its results?

The laboratory was reported yesterday to have sent an e-mail to Portuguese police complaining that its findings had been “widely misused”. The Mail on Sunday said that the FSS had criticised detectives for overplaying the results and leaking information – most of it inaccurate – to the Portuguese media

What do the British authorities say?

Leicestershire police say they are bound by the Portuguese laws of judicial secrecy and that releasing any information on the case could jeopardise their delicate working relationship with colleagues in Portugal

The rich list bankrolling the McCanns

Brian Kennedy Made £250 million from double glazing and home improvements and now owns Latium Group plastics and Sale Sharks rugby union team. Offered Latium’s in-house lawyer and is paying the McCanns’ new official spokesman, Clarence Mitchell

Sir Richard Branson Contributed to rewards totalling £2.5 million after Madeleine’s disappearance. Has spoken to the McCanns several times and this month donated £100,000 to a fund for their legal costs. “I trust them implicitly,” he said. Is trying to encourage other wealthy people to contribute to the legal fund

Sir Philip Green The billionaire owner of TopShop and BHS lent the McCanns his private jet for their visit to meet the Pope. Known to have been annoyed when news of his involvement emerged and has refused to comment on his current involvement

John Geraghty A 68-year-old businessman from Leicestershire who now lives on the outskirts of Praia da Luz. Offered to store the McCanns’ hire car so that they could commission independent forensic tests.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article2524886.ece

Gepost door: duncan | 25-09-07

Girl in Morocco picture is daughter of local family, not Madeleine McCann From Times Online
September 26, 2007


A girl photographed in Morocco is not Madeleine McCann but the daughter of a local family who have lived in the area for several generations, according to reports.

Facial recognition experts had been called in to try and see if the grainy picture, taken by a Spanish tourist at the end of August, was in fact the missing British girl.

The picture shows a light-skinned, blonde-haired girl being carried in a sling on a Moroccan woman’s back near the town of Zinat. It was the fourth reported sighting of a girl fitting Madeleine’s description in Morocco since she disappeared on May 3 but the first published picture.

The girl in the picture has been found by the Evening Standard living in a farm in a village in the Rif mountains in northern Morocco. Her true identity, they say, is Bushra Binhisa.

Speaking through an interpreter, Hamid Binhisa, an olive farmer with a smallholding, told the London newspaper: "Bushra is my little girl. She is not Madeleine. I do feel sorry for her parents, I hope they find Madeleine. But Bushra is definitely my daughter."

Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ spokesman, is said to have rung Kate and Gerry at their home in Rothley in Leicestershire to inform them that the girl in the picture was not their daughter.

He said: “Clearly, if these reports that the girl in the photograph isn’t Madeleine are true, it is disappointing news.

“This is why Gerry and Kate refused to comment on individual sightings and why I was advising caution overnight.

“Clearly, the search for Madeleine will continue and I would appeal for everyone to refocus their efforts to achieve her safe return.”

Clara Torres, a tourist from Albacete, Spain, who took the picture said that she had thought immediately of Madeleine. She told the Spanish radio station COPE last night: “As soon as I took the photo we were struck by the little girl, who was very blonde. Then yesterday (Monday) we heard on the news that there were various people who said they had seen Madeleine in Morocco.

“I ran to the computer, downloaded the photos and started to amplify the photo, and when we saw it we realised yes, it could be her. It sent shivers down my spine.

“Although it’s not 100 per cent certain, there’s a strong possibility it could be Madeleine and if it is it could provide a twist to everything that has happened.”

She said she handed the photograph, for which she has not received any payment, into the British Embassy and spoke to the McCanns’ lawyers yesterday morning after deciding that Spanish authorities were taking too long to carry out tests on the picture.

Mr and Mrs McCann have been concerned at the apparent lack of efforts by police to follow up potential sightings of Madeleine, particularly in Morocco.

Mrs McCann has always believed that her daughter could have been smuggled to Morocco within hours of her disappearance. The 30-minute ferry crossing from Spain to Tangiers is a five-hour drive from Praia da Luz, where the family were holidaying when Madeleine disappeared.

The picture was published as it emerged that the McCanns could be prosecuted for using a private security company in the search for their daughter, even though a senior Portuguese prosecutor admitted that she may have been abducted. The use of investigators by the McCanns has led to deep concern among the police and judicial authorities in Portugal, where it is illegal for private detectives to become involved in criminal cases.

A source close to the McCanns’ legal team has confirmed the involvement of Control Risks Group (CRG), but insisted that it is simply providing advice on the search for Madeleine. He said: “You can assume that they are doing some things that the Portuguese police can’t do.” Private investigators unconnected to CRG are believed to be already working in Morocco, Portugal and Spain.

Gepost door: James | 27-09-07

Gerry's Blog/Diary
Day 148 - 28/09/2007

It has been another busy week for Kate and I. Sean and Amelie have settled back into nursery, almost as if they have never been away. They are also enjoying playing in their garden especially on the big slide and their latest escapade is collecting conkers! When they are not in the garden, they are desperate to watch ‘Wallace and Gromit’ or build dens in their bedroom- another new activity introduced by a very special friend of theirs!

The amount of supportive mail we have been receiving has been overwhelming and shows no sign of abating. Just as when we were in Portugal, someone reads every single letter or card and your kind words really do help us. Thank you! We have once again been lucky enough to have had friends and family here helping us. Paul Seddon, the priest who married us and baptised Madeleine, also came down for a day this week too. The media presence in Rothley has reduced to a few photographers now and it has been good to get out and about a little bit in the village. We have had tremendous input from the local police who have kept a quiet presence at the end of the road, allowing us to have some privacy around the house. The support and kind words we have received from the local villagers has also helped to make our return that bit easier.

When we hear of potential sightings of Madeleine, Kate and I try not to get too excited otherwise we would be on a continuous emotional roller coaster, more than that which we are experiencing already. Despite the disappointment, it is encouraging that people are still being vigilant and have not stopped looking for Madeleine. This is so incredibly important to us both. The official advice from the authorities if you think you have seen Madeleine, or another missing child, is to call the local police force immediately and supply any information which might be critical such as a car registration or address.

We are planning a quiet family weekend, catching up with friends and some family who will be coming to visit. We continue to hope and pray that our lovely little girl will be back with us soon.

http://www.bringmadeleinehome.com/

Gepost door: James | 01-10-07

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