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On 7 June, Spanish police received a phone call from a man claiming to know the whereabouts of Madeleine, using a mobile phone registered in Argentina. The call was described as "credible".

In June, Spanish investigative journalist Antonio Toscano claimed that the four-year-old was abducted by a French sex offender, as part of a Europe-wide paedophile network. Then, on 28 June, Toscano claimed that Madeleine was alive and well in Europe but Madeleine's parents refused to meet with him. Determined to leave no stone unturned, police also examined hundreds of reports from psychics and clairvoyants claiming to know the location of Madeleine. The police said that they decided to check them all in case they might contain a message from the kidnapper.

The investigation was thrown into confusion on 10 June when the detective coordinating the hunt, Gonçalo Amaral, head of the regional Polícia Judiciária, and four other Portuguese police officers, were charged with alleged offences relating to the inquiry into the disappearance of Joana Cipriano, from a village seven miles (11 km) from where Madeleine disappeared.



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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:12 pm

The Herald

5th April 2009

Madeleine McCann: Father Gerry in Portugal for new film


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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:12 pm

The Mirror

5th April 2009

GERRY MAKES 1ST TRIP BACK TO MADDIE FLAT

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:13 pm

Sunday Mail

5th April 2009

Gerry McCann returns to Algarve flat where daughter Madeleine disappeared

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:14 pm

i on Global Trends

5th April 2009

Madeleine McCann: McCanns stage reconstruction - minus the McCanns

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:14 pm

Mail Online

5th April 2009

Gerry McCann prays for Madeleine in Portugal as he returns to resort where she vanished to film reconstruction

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:15 pm

Sunday Metro.co.uk

5th April 2009

You’re not wanted here, McCann told

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:16 pm

Daily Star

5th April 2009

MADDIE DRAMA REPLAY ON FILM

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:17 pm

24horas

05 April 2009

by Duarte Levy

Gerry McCann took false ‘Maddie’ to Praia da Luz

Gerry McCann, accompanied by Clarence Mitchell and by his friends Jane Turner and Matthew Oldfield, two members of the Tapas group, were in Praia da Luz yesterday to follow the first day of filming of a new television documentary where the English production team didn’t hesitate to use the services of a child to play Maddie’s role.

Maddie’s father arrived at the Ocean Club in the company of Jane Tanner and returned to the same locations that the group of English people frequented when the little girl disappeared, having inspected the Tapas Bar, the tennis court and even apartment 5A, where cots just like the ones in which Sean and Amelie slept on the night of May 3, were brought in.

The documentary, in which 15 actors participate, intends to reconstruct the McCanns’ version of an abduction that allegedly took place at around 9.30 p.m. on the evening of the 3rd of May 2007, and which gives the idea that the man who was seen by Jane Tanner, was the perpetrator.

In the presence of several members of the GNR [local police force], who were sent on location to guarantee the safety of the group of English citizens, the production team from Mentorn Media filmed inside and outside of the Ocean Club, including in the apartment where Madeleine was allegedly abducted from.

That documentary, which “is going to be centred on leads that were undervalued by the Portuguese police”, may be broadcast in Portugal by SIC [tv channel], with which conditions are to be negotiated that may include a “contribution” to the financial fund that was created by the McCanns in 2007, a fact that Clarence Mitchell, the couple’s spokesman, denied to 24horas: “there won’t be any contribution to the ‘Find Madeleine’ fund or even to the family. The parents simply want to find further leads that help the private investigation to find Madeleine McCann, nothing else”.

The members of the public that were present around the entry to the resort’s reception didn’t enjoy the presence of the English group, accusing Gerry McCann of carrying out “burnt land” politics in Praia da Luz: “Two years later, what do they want to prove?”, a member of the public asked, stressing that it was incomprehensible that the Portuguese authorities permitted “to carry out this circus in a village that hasn’t stopped suffering with this case yet”.

According to the filming – that doesn’t match the statements that were made by the nine English citizens when they were questioned in Portugal and in the United Kingdom – the documentary now intends to transmit the idea of a predator in Praia da Luz, who allegedly watched the group’s steps, the reason why the filming includes the dinner at the Millennium restaurant, where the couple dined on the evening before the little girl’s disappearance, near the Ocean Club swimming pool, and near the church of Praia da Luz.

Private investigations continue

Just like 24horas had reported yesterday, the McCann couple’s spokesman confirmed to journalists that two private investigators are in Praia da Luz working on still unexplored leads, without specifying any further.

The two men were even observed in terrains not too far from the Ocean Club, where they inspected a cane field under the attentive look of members of the PJ.

During the filming, which continues today (Sunday), those investigators will observe the reconstitution of the case “according to the description that was given by Gerry and his friends”, which according to the couple’s spokesman, “may help to understand where Madeleine went to”.

Among various key scenes of this documentary, large emphasis is placed on the witness testimony of Jane Tanner, who states that she observed a man carrying a child, but which she was incapable, since the outset of the official inquiry, to describe in a coherent manner.

When questioned by 24horas, Clarence justified the decision by the couple and their friends not to participate in the reconstitution that was requested by the Polícia Judiciária, explaining the fact that by not being broadcast on television, it couldn’t help the McCanns.

“Now we believe that this documentary may generate new information that help us to find Madeleine”, Clarence Mitchell added, explaining that after being negotiated with several countries – including Portugal – the video will be available on the webpage that was created by the couple: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

During the course of the filming, the GNR will keep teams on location to maintain the tranquillity of the film crew’s work and to keep the population away, which is openly unhappy about Gerry McCann’s presence.

McCanns may return by the end of the month

A source close to the couple confirmed once more that Gerry McCann and some relatives may return to our country as early as the end of April in order to be in Praia da Luz in time for the second anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance, but that “Kate is not prepared yet” to face a return to our country, which was confirmed by Clarence Mitchell.

Priest doesn’t want the McCanns in church

Father Pacheco has informed Gerry McCann that he doesn’t want him in the little church of Praia da Luz this Sunday, neither him nor any of his friends.

The false ‘Maddie’, dressed thoroughly like Madeleine at the moment when she disappeared, cried to avoid walking the steps of the real one…

(to be continued)

source: Duarte Levy @ Wordpress, 05.04.2009

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:18 pm

Jornal de Notícias

April 05, 2009

by Alexandra Serôdio

Sacked Ocean Club employees are “hurt” at the couple

The McCann couple is not welcome at the Ocean Club, that is dealing with a mass dismissal that affects 21 employees.

In the letter that they received last Friday, two clear references are made to the main motive: the Madeleine case. The indignant workers prefer not to show their faces, fearing to be hurt in their compensation payments. They all state that they are “hurt” and believe they were “fooled” by the couple.

“We worked from 8.30 a.m. until midnight just to protect them. We did everything, we helped with the searches, we looked everywhere, we never let the journalists in and this is how we are thanked”, a former reception worker laments. She accuses Kate and Gerry of having created serious financial difficulties for the company by scaring tourists away with the media circus that they created, and of promoting a bad environment.

“Gerry didn’t want to come here when the Polícia Judiciária contacted him. Why does he come now? Does he want to push this place even lower than it already is? Hasn’t he realised yet that we live off tourism? There are 21 ruined families. It looks like he is mocking us”, she accuses. As there are no doubts that the case has weakened tourism, they consider the possibility of suing the couple. “We hurt nobody, all we want is our work, to be left alone and that the tourists return. Mr McCann should disappear from here for good. We’ve had enough of him”. In 2007, 130 persons worked at the Ocean Club. Two years later, the number was down to 48. Now, 21 have been dismissed, and the ones that remain fear a similar outcome.

original source: Jornal de Notícias, 05.04.2009

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:19 pm

Jornal de Notícias

April 05, 2009

by Alexandra Serôdio

Maddie’s father’s return disgusts Aldeia da Luz

The documentary coincides with dismissals at the Ocean Club, where the little girl disappeared from.

Gerry McCann returned to Praia da Luz, in Lagos, yesterday, in the role of a villain to the eyes of the people and the workers that the Ocean Club dismissed. Without his wife, Kate, he is carrying out a reconstitution for an English television station.

Almost two years after Maddie’s disappearance, the documentary will be centred on “leads that were undervalued by the police” and on “new data”, although nobody reveals which ones. The couple says it believes that information about the little English girl’s disappearance, almost two years ago, may still appear.

At 1.30 p.m., Madeleine’s father arrived at the resort, surrounded by television cameras. Only some Portuguese and British journalists awaited him. The population, which used to support him some time ago, was nowhere to be seen. The campaign to find Madeleine, which was launched again approximately two weeks ago, was ill received, and the posters with the little girl’s face that had been placed all over Praia da Luz were vandalised and torn off. Now, the residents are reacting even worse, because the filming coincides with a mass dismissal at the resort where the little girl disappeared from.

Besides Gerry, Jane Tanner and Mathew Oldfield, two of the friends that had been on holidays, also came. Nevertheless, none of them actively participates in the reconstitution. The roles have been attributed to 15 professional actors. In Madeleine’s place, a child from friends of the couple. Clarence Mitchell justified Kate’s absence with the fact that she is “not prepared to relive the tragic events”.

In short steps, to give the cameras time to capture him, Gerry came out of the car and entered the apartment where the couple spent their holidays. Soon after, the “characters” Madeleine and Kate walked down the street towards the Ocean Club’s reception. The scene follows a day of filming at various spots in Praia da Luz, which would end in the evening with the dinner and the moments that surrounded the disappearance. According to Clarence Mitchell, the documentary that will be broadcast on the 3rd of May will bring “no contribution” for the ‘Find Madeleine’ fund or for the family.

Steve Anderson, the documentary’s producer, asserts that “new data will be revealed”, but declined to comment any further. In the opinion of Carlos Anjos, from the Criminal Investigation Workers’ Union, the reconstitution is a “marketing manoeuvre”.

Original source: Jornal de Notícias, 05.04.2009

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:20 pm

Correio da Manhã

April 05, 2009

by Rui Pando Gomes

Lively reconstitution

Praia da Luz: Ocean Club is going to dismiss employees

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

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

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

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

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

Daughter of McCanns’ friends plays Madeleine

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

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

“Let us live in peace”

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

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

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

The reconstitution will be available on the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] website, while the Channel 4 documentary is being negotiated with several European countries, including Portugal.

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

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

- Are the Judiciária and the Public Ministry being ridiculed?

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

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

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

Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Original source: Correio da Manhã, 05.04.2009

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:22 pm

Correio da Manha

06 April 2009 - 00h30

by Rui Pando Gomes

‘Maddie’ is the English priest’s daughter

Praia da Luz: Portuguese priest, José Pacheco, didn’t want Gerry at his mass

The little actress who plays the role of Maddie in the reconstitution that has been recorded in Praia da Luz over the last two days, is the daughter of the English priest that became a friend of Gerry and Kate after the mysterious disappearance of the couple’s daughter on the night of the 3rd of May 2007.

As CM was able to establish, Anglican priest Haynes Hubbard has been in regular contact with the couple and showed himself available to ‘lend’ his daughter for the documentary that is being produced for British channel Channel 4. The priest’s wife is also a figurant in the reconstitution which, according to its producer, “is focused on witness statements of suspicious sightings”.

The filming was followed by Gerry and by his friends Jane Turner and Matthew Oldfield.

Contrary to Hubbard, the Portuguese priest, José Pacheco, informed Gerry that he didn’t want him to attend the mass that he celebrated at the local church yesterday, thus forcing Maddie’s father to visit the temple before 9 a.m.

The employees that were dismissed from the Ocean Club weren’t pleased by Gerry’s presence in Praia da Luz, either. “If the dismissals are to be blamed on the Maddie case, then how does the company offer Mister Gerry free entrance into the resort to film whatever he wants?”, an employee asks.

Original source: Correio da Manhã, 06.04.2009

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:23 pm

Diario de Noticias

6th April 2009

by JOSÉ MANUEL OLIVEIRA

Maddie’s father “sad” about people’s jeering

Gerry McCann was at the church in Luz yesterday, before Sunday mass, and didn’t escape people’s jeering. The father of the missing girl was disturbed by the Algarvians’ animosity. And returned to England.

“I’m sad, but not angry.” According to what DN was able to establish, this was one of Gerry McCann’s reactions for those who accompanied him during the filming for a documentary for English television channel ‘Channel Four’, about the reconstitution, in his own version, of the disappearance of his daughter Madeleine, on the night of the 3rd of May 2007, from the ‘The Ocean Club’ resort in Praia da Luz (Lagos), where the family spent their holidays, after being confronted, on Saturday, with jeering by some members of the public that gathered there, shouting “go home!”.

“After that happened, Gerry changed his posture, showing himself more silent and reserved. After all, he lost a daughter there and was jeered on top of that. Even in 2007, there were already scenes with persons who asked him and his wife, Kate, why they wouldn’t leave. Now, when he returned to the bedroom where Maddie slept with her twin siblings that night and even during other filming at the Ocean Club, he almost wept, feeling very emotional upon remembering what happened two years ago”, DN was told by one of those who followed Maddie’s father on his return to the Algarve for one of the campaigns that are part of the second anniversary of the disappearance of the British child.

As scheduled, Gerry McCann returned to England yesterday, after having been at the church in Luz, in the morning, between 8 and 8.45 a.m., in the company of Anglican priest Haynes Hubbard, his friend, thus anticipating the presence of journalists (and another possible popular contestation), that had been informed that Maddie’s father would attend mass at 9.30 a.m. “It was because of you that Gerry didn’t attend mass, as it might disturb the community’s environment. He doesn’t want any more photos or filming”, the McCann couple’s spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, justified. Concerning the jeering by those who consider Maddie’s parents are implicated in her disappearance, on the day before, the family’s representative said that “there are persons who think that way, but the vast majority of the Portuguese still supports the McCanns”.

At the end of mass, most of the members of the public refuse to speak to the journalists. “No, thank you. I’m celebrating Palm Sunday”, a woman replies. Another one stops and observes: “Maddie? She’s gone. It makes no sense whatsoever for her father to return to Praia da Luz now”.

Jerónimo Veiga, unable to contain his feeling of revolt, told DN that “the filming with Gerry McCann was nothing but a clown act in this village, where tourism, which is mainly English, is disappearing because of that couple, who think about nothing but the media spotlight and money. Maddie’s destiny is their secret and of their friends who were with them on the night that the child disappeared”. In this resident’s opinion, “this is the peak of shamelessness. Because of the filming, even two members of the GNR had to stand guard at the Ocean Club. And this in a village where residents and tourists have to be assured of their safety”.

Original source: Diário de Notícias, 06.04.2009

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:24 pm

Daily Star

6th April 2009

By Jerry Lawton

Telly terror of kidnap "Maddie"

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:25 pm

Sic (Google translation)

6th April 2009

Gerry McCann was in the Algarve

Madeleine's father returned to England this Sunday

Gerry McCann has returned to England. Madeleine's father embarked on this Sunday afternoon at Faro Airport, after two days of filming in Praia da Luz The reconstitution of the disappearance of Maddie will be part of a documentary that is going to focus on the abandoned runways PJ.

Ten minutes to return to England when Gerry McCaan still had the conversation at Faro Airport with his wife of the pastor of the Anglican Praia da Luz

Just as I did throughout the weekend, did not record interview, explaining that the SIC did not this time because the message is the message of the documentary.

A production that the father of little Madeleine expect to see made in the world and explains that the tracks left by the Judiciary Police research. Among them, a man that Jane Tanner claims to have seen the night of the disappearance of Madeleine, to charge a girl in his arms. Saw it on the street, right on top of the apartment.

The scene was recreated on Saturday night, under the watchful eye of Gerry and another member of the group dinner at Tapas, Matthew Oldfield.

The three friends re the apartment where the girl disappeared and explained how everything would have spent that night as dinner by the pool, now closed to tourists.

Claiming not be prepared, Kate McCann was absent. But in its place came Donnovan Lisa, an actress North American based in England, chosen to play its role in rebuilding.

This time, the Find Madeleine Fund will not receive any contribution by the documentary. The aim, according to McCann, is reaping new avenues that lead to the whereabouts of the girl.

But will face the resistance of those who are tired of so much bad publicity to the land: a religious community, traders, and especially those who worked in the Ocean Club.

The couple McCann will not return to Praia da Luz, in principle, on the day falling two years since the disappearance of the girl: May 3. That day, according to the spokesman for the couple, will be passed in England, with the family.

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:26 pm

The Sun

6th April 2009

By VERONICA LORRAINE

Maddie's dad prays as kidnap recreated

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:27 pm

The Mirror

6/04/2009

Exclusive by Martin Fricker

Kate McCann vows never to return to Portuagal as husband Gerry is heckled

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:30 pm

24horas

April 06, 2009

By Duarte Levy

Priest didn’t want “circus” in his church

Film crew prevented from entering the temple in Praia da Luz

Father Pacheco, who once gave the church keys to the McCanns, affixed posters at the door with the words “no cameras allowed”



Father Pacheco, who is responsible for the little church of Praia da Luz, refused for the filming of the new McCann documentary to be carried out inside the church, and even journalists were invited not to enter the place. Posters in Portuguese and in English were even placed at the entrance, forbidding the access of cameras.

According to a source that is close to the priest, Father Pacheco, who was vastly criticised in 2007 for giving the church key to the McCanns, this time didn’t want the “circus” that was created by the presence of Maddie’s father to affect the religious ceremonies of Palm Sunday, and even feared the reaction of the people.

Warned about the priest’s refusal, Gerry McCann ended up going to the church alone, yesterday morning. Madeleine’s father entered the church at 8 a.m., an hour earlier than scheduled.

Clarence Mitchell had informed the journalists that Maddie’s father would go to church at around 9 a.m., and asked journalists not to be on location: neither Gerry respected his spokesman’s schedule nor journalists failed to be on location.

Contrary to what happened during the months that followed Madeleine’s disappearance, when the McCanns were warmly welcome in the church by the public, this time Gerry McCann was ignored by the vast majority of residents, with only a few comments of revolt being heard upon exit from the religious service.

Little girl threw a “tantrum” during filming

The false ‘Maddie’ from the new McCann documentary didn’t make the production’s work easy, and on Saturday night refused to cooperate in the filming despite the insistence of her mother and of the other actors.

The little four-year-old girl, who is the daughter of Kate and Gerry McCann’s friends, ended the night of Saturday crying and fighting in her mother’s arms.

Wearing socks and a pyjama that was identical to the one that Madeleine allegedly wore on the night of the disappearance, the little girl, who somewhat resembles the true Maddie, was always in the company of her mother and of the wife of the Anglican priest of Praia da Luz, but not this made it possible for the filming to be concluded, and everything was postponed to yesterday evening, away from the disapproving looks from members of the public who were present on location.

It was at around 11.45 p.m. on Saturday evening that Kate and Gerry McCann’s spokesman ended up apologising to the journalists, saying that it would be impossible to photograph or film the child that evening.

“Can you see that… It’s so cold and the child is standing there wearing socks”, a member of the public protested incredulously, adding that “it had to be English people to do something like that.”

Truck greeted with insults

It was with insults and whistles that the local population greeted the only truck that circulates in the area of Praia da Luz with an outdoor where the photograph of Madeleine McCann can be seen with the key words of the little campaign that the couple has launched: “Don’t give up on me!”

The driver himself, with a thick Northern accent, explained to 24horas that he has been circulating in the area “because work has to be done”, but that when he needs to park, he “feels safer near the journalists and the GNR that is present on location”.

The truck, which was always present near the filming location, is one of the few pieces of the campaign that can still be found in Praia da Luz, given the fact that almost all the posters have been ripped off and even the outdoor that is located at the village’s entrance is only partially visible after unknown persons covered it with white paint.

According to a representative of the company, “dreamMedia publicidade” from Vila Nova de Gaia, the truck arrived in the Algarve on the 29th of March and will remain there until Tuesday, the day when the campaign ends.

Surprised about the bad reception

Kate and Gerry McCann, like their 7 English friends, didn’t come to participate in the reconstitution that the Polícia Judiciária had requested earlier “because that was only for police work” and didn’t help the search for Madeleine at all.

For the couple’s spokesman, only a documentary on television can make people see what happened that night.

To 24horas, Clarence Mitchell, Kate and Gerry McCann’s spokesman, lamented the upset that the filming may have caused to the inhabitants and the tourism in Praia da Luz and confessed that he was surprised about the reactions that he could observe, but stated again that “it is necessary for people to understand that the new leads that were revealed by the ongoing private investigation in the area have to be complemented with this documentary.”

“We have already apologised over the disturbance that we have caused to the people of Praia da Luz but you must understand that Maddie’s parents see this documentary as necessary to continue the investigations into their daughter’s whereabouts”, the McCanns’ spokesman said, stressing once more that “there is no evidence that Maddie is dead”, despite recognising that “according to logics” many people may think the contrary.

An American was hired to play Kate McCann

The actress that came to Portugal to play the role of Kate McCann is Lisa Donovan, an American, aged 40, who was chosen due to her vague physical resemblance with Madeleine’s mother.



Chosen during a casting in England, Lisa didn’t even have the opportunity to talk to or to meet Kate to prepare her role, but said that she is very nervous and emotional about entering the bedroom where Maddie was supposedly abducted from. ‘Supposedly’ because, as the actress confesses, it’s not her “who can say” what actually happened to the little girl.

During her only contact with the media, always under Clarence Mitchell’s vigilant look, the actress, who was born in Philadelphia, in the United States, came to Portugal for the first time but confessed that she was delighted about our country and the marvellous climate that she encountered in Praia da Luz.

Just like had already been the case with the other actors – a total of 15 – the McCanns’ spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, followed attentively everything that Lisa told the journalists. All the actors, who are paid by Mentorn Media, were forced to sign a confidentiality contract that prevents them, even after the filming is concluded, from revealing what happened away from the eyes of the media professionals.

Without revealing what steps she walked during the reconstitution, the American actress simply followed instructions from Merntorn Media’s production team and Gerry McCann’s advices, after visiting several times all the locations that the couple said it had frequented during their stay in Praia da Luz. “I just learned about the area, the locations and what I had to do”, Lisa said, shrugging her shoulders at any question that might reveal the contents of the script that was used for the filming.

Negotiations to be broadcast by SIC

The two private investigators who followed all of the filming will remain in Portugal and expect the broadcasting of the documentary, which included “new leads” that were obtained through witness statements that were collected in Praia da Luz, to help to find Madeleine’s trail.

According to Clarence Mitchell, “leads that were discarded by the Polícia Judiciária” are still being followed by the investigators.

The communication and public relations expert confirmed that the actors and everything that relates to the filming was being paid by Mentorn Media, the company that is producing the documentary that Channel Four will broadcast in England on the 7th of May.

“In Portugal, the documentary may equally be broadcast on the 7th of May, a few hours after Channel Four does it”, Clarence said, adding that “everything depends on the final agreement with SIC”.

Notes

Dismissals. The Ocean Club, the resort where the ‘Maddie case’ took place, sent 21 workers a dismissal letter on Friday. The negative impact of the disappearance on business is a justification.

Kate. Madeleine’s mother never returned to Portugal again after being made an arguida, following questioning at the Polícia Judiciária in Portimão. Only her husband, Gerry, has travelled into our country twice, to launch new campaigns.

Stay. Concerning the second anniversary of the disappearance, Clarence says that the family, given the local population’s reactions, “won’t be in Portugal on the 3rd of May” but rather in England.

Original source: [url=http://www.24horasnewspaper.com/mostranews.php?l=8700] 24horas, 06.04.2009 [url]

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:31 pm

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6th April 2009

Paulo Rebelo leaves PJ’s CID in Portimão and is replaced by Ana Paula Rito

The team at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Portimão is going to stop being led by Paulo Rebelo and will soon be headed by inspector Ana Paula Rito, a source at the Polícia Judiciária told Lusa.

Paulo Rebelo, who came to replace Gonçalo Amaral in the coordination of the CID of Portimão in 2007, and in the investigation into the Madeleine McCann case, will now return to the Directory of Lisbon, and Polícia Judiciária (PJ) inspector Ana Paula Rito has been chosen to take his place.

Madeleine, then aged three, disappeared on the 3rd of May 2007 from the bedroom where she slept with her younger twin siblings, in an apartment at a resort in Praia da Luz, near Lagos, in the Algarve.

The future coordinator of the CID in Portimão was recently involved in a case where she was accused of violating the judicial secrecy, but in which she was acquitted.

The case was based on statements from inspector Ana Paula Rito to the press, concerning a case that dates back to April 2004, involving the abandonment of a baby that was found in a supermarket trolley on a parking area that belongs to a shopping centre in Faro.

In the case’s closing arguments, the Public Ministry (PM) argued that the arguida should not have followed the institution’s common practice of making a statement to the press without specific authorization from the PM to do so.

Nevertheless, the PM considered that the arguida acted without intention and without being instructed about “the crime that she committed”, thus concluding that there was no applicable penal frame.

The team that is going to run the Polícia Judiciária in Faro changes as well, with joint prosecutor Mota Carmo replacing Guilhermino da Encarnação.

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6th April 2009

Gerry McCann 'heckled' in Portugal as he returns to film reconstruction of Madeleine's disappearance

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:33 pm

The Press and Journal

Published: 06/04/2009

Gerry McCann returns to Portugal for Madeleine film
HOPES MOVE WILL PROVIDE NEW LEADS

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:34 pm

The Sun

Monday, April 6, 2009

Praia da Luz workers 'to sue'

By VERONICA LORRAINE

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The Times (South Africa) - via AFP

Published:Apr 07, 2009

McCann apology to Portuguese

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:35 pm

Daily Star

7th April 2009

By Josh Layton

MADDIE DAD HECKLED

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:36 pm

News24 - via AFP

06/04/2009 22:41 - (SA)

McCanns apologise to Portuguese

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