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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 10:02 am

SKY News

10 March 2009

Gerry McCann, Madeleine's Father And F1 Boss Max Mosely Are To Meet MPs To Discuss The Media

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:20 am

ITV

10 March 2009

Gerry McCann launches media attack

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:20 am

SKY NEWS

10 March 2009 4.10pm

Madeleine's Dad Says Media 'Made Up' Stories

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:21 am

BBC News

10 March 2009 4.10pm

Madeleine 'treated as commodity'

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:22 am

24 Horas (Translation)

10 March 2009

Brian Kennedy No Longer Paying for the Maddie Campaign


The McCanns spokesman assumes that crises has arrived to the Fund

The man who paid Clarence Mitchell, Método 3 and who kept running a real media machine has closed his wallet. Brian Kennedy stopped feeding the McCann machine.


Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman for the McCanns, confirmed that Brian Kennedy, the British millionaire who financed the McCann couple, has stopped paying salaries “months ago”.

The statement was made by Clarence Mitchell himself after his speech, last Friday in an association of the Oxford University - the Oxford Union – where the former director of the control unit for the British Media - Media Monitoring Unit - spoke about his career as a journalist, the media industry and his role in the Maddie case. The millionaire Brian Kennedy who has once stated that he would be prepared to use the whole of his personal fortune – estimated at more than 500 million Euros in order to finance the alleged private investigations into the disappearance of Maddie, appears now to have abandoned his financial support for the couple.

A former window cleaner from the city of Edinburgh, Brian Kennedy was at the side of Kate and Gerry McCann when they hired the Spanish detectives from Método 3, with whom he visited the PJ in Portimão after Gonçalo Amaral's removal.


"I was working for the government when the news of Madeleine’s abduction broke. I was asked to go to Portugal to help with the media frenzy that was developing. In September I decided I wanted to work full-time to help the McCanns with their campaign so I left the government and Brian Kennedy stepped in to pay my salary. Some months ago Brian Kennedy withdrew from funding it and so the Helping to Find Madeleine Trust is now paying me to help continue the search for Madeleine", replied Clarence.

In spite of the McCann’s spokesman having announced in September 2007 that he was abandoning his position as director of the Media Monitoring Unit created by the former Prime Minister Tony Blair, he has kept a privileged contact with the [English] Government, quite frequently using the means and the internal contacts of the British authorities.

Madeleine Foundation Organised Protests

During his visit to Oxford University, Clarence Mitchell was confronted with a protest organised by members of the Madeleine Foundation, created by the solicitor Tony Bennett, who have made a campaign demanding that the truth about the Madeleine McCann case would be known. The protestors distributed a 64-page booklet on the Madeleine McCann case called "What Really Happened to Madeleine McCann? - 60 Reasons Which Suggest she was not Abducted", explaining the reasons why they do not believe the theory that the English girl was abducted from the holiday apartment where the McCann couple occupied at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz.


The members of that Foundation, which is totally independent from the millionaire fund created by Maddie’s parents, did not prevent or disturb Clarence Mitchell’s speech, but rather participated in the question and answer session to the former journalist. “If by the end of the evening we have informed people that there is another side of the story then our job will be done.” said Tony Bennett.

Facts

Millions. With the withdrawal of Brian Kennedy, the fund now supports the totality of Clarence Mitchell wages and expenses, even if the couple spokesman role has faded. Its unknown the exact amount that the Fund has still in the security chests, however since its creation private sponsors have given almost 3 million Euros to search for Maddie. The fund Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited, was created by Kate and Gerry McCann on the 12 of May 2007.

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Robert Murat - "The false accusations almost destroyed my life", said Robert Murat at the Cambridge University, where the one who was the first arguido has spoken about the role of the British tabloids.

Tony Bennet - The British solicitor, keeps distributing a document with 60 reasons, which explain why Madeleine McCann was not abducted. It was him who organized the latest protest to the spokesman of the McCanns, Clarence Mitchell.

Marcos Aragão - The lawyer continues to target with critics Gonçalo Amaral. Nevertheless he also believes that Maddie was murdered. It remains to find the cadaver of the child with his alleged paranormal powers. Something which he has tried.

Gonçalo Amaral - The former PJ coordinator, in an interview recorded in Spain, accused the Portuguese authorities of not having a "political will to reopen the process and the investigations". Until now no one has refuted his statements.

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:23 am

This is London

10 March 2009

Press hindered Maddy search

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:24 am

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10 March 2009

Madeleine McCann media behaviour "unbelievable"

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:25 am

Wales Online

10 March 2009

McCann attacks media "storm"

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:26 am

Daily Mail

Last updated at 7:53 PM on 10th March 2009

By KIRSTY WALKER

Madeleine McCann's father slams media over 'damaging' coverage of disappearance

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:27 am

Russell Jones & Walker Solicitors

Published 11/03/2009

PR expert sues over alleged libel

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:28 am

Daily Mail

13 March 2009

Jan Moir

Gerry's complaints leave a bitter taste

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:29 am

Press Release

03/19/09

Texan’s Million Dollar Challenge to father of Missing British Girl, Madeleine McCann

Austin, TX - Texan businessman, Tom Franks, has offered to donate a million dollars towards the Find Madeleine Fund, a company set up by the parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann. Madeleine was three-years-old when she disappeared from her vacation apartment in Praia- da-Luz, Portugal in May 2007.

Tom Franks, who shares his time between Texas and L.A., said, “I will give the parents a million dollars if they can answer just one question. I will need to see evidence, either forensic evidence, witness evidence or strong circumstantial evidence that shows the man they want us to believe took their child probably did. If they publish compelling evidence that a man seen by a tourist before they arrived in Portugal, was "Madeleine‘s probable abductor," as they claim on their website, I will gladly give them a million dollars to help find that man.”

Franks explained why he had decided to make his offer to Mr.and Mrs, Mccann. "Justice has to be seen to take place for an innocent child. We must defend and protect children, even if it is difficult for others." He added that he "could not understand why they want us to believe a particular man took their child, when there has never been any evidence released that suggests that is the case and when the man has never been suspected by the police. It is important that when a child goes missing those responsible for that child tell the truth so that justice can prevail. I am happy to give the McCanns a million dollars to track down this man, if there really is credible evidence that he probably abducted Madeleine."

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:31 am

Algarve Resident

Updated: 19-Mar-2009

Booklet to MPs

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:32 am

Joana Morais

March 20, 2009

McCann Case: Freedom of Information Act on John Buck former Ambassador

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:33 am

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22 March 2009 - 00h30
England

Lawyer accuses parents of Madeleine

An English lawyer delivered this week, members of British parliament, a small book of his own - entitled 'What really happened to Madeleine McCann? 60 Reasons to indicate that she was not kidnapped '- which sets out the reasons which lead to not believe the version of the parents of Madeleine McCann's disappearance on the Algarve in May 2007.

The aim is, according told TVI 24, open an investigation to uncover the truth about the case, which was filed in Portugal. Tony Bennett, 60 years, says that since the beginning is to realize "something strange in the case," and placed as the most likely "the death of the child and concealment of the body by parents or friends."

Tony Bennett made a complaint against the couple McCann, the English justice, which was not accepted.

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:34 am

Sunday People

22 March 2009

FLOWERS FOR KATE
By Tracey Kandohla

Brave Kate McCann faces new heartache this morning as she wakes up to her second Mother's Day without daughter Madeleine.

But GP Kate is also set to get a boost - thanks to her three-year-old twins Sean and Amelie. They are expected to hand her daffodils at their local Roman Catholic church during a service for missing children.

Maddie (below) was just three when she vanished from a Portuguese holiday flat 22 months ago. But Kate, 40, and hubby Gerry refuse to give up hope she is still alive.

A fellow worshipper in Rothley, Leics, said: "It's going to be a tough day for Kate but hopefully the twins will help." Kate and Gerry, 40, have drawn strength from the church in their torment.

Spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Their faith's been of great help."

Heart specialist Gerry returned to Portugal in January for the first time in 16 months in a bid to improve strained relations with local cops looking for Maddie.

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:36 am

Press Release on Find Madeleine Website in English & Portuguese:

23 March 2009

On the 3rd May 2007, 3 yr old Madeleine McCann was abducted from the
Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, since then, despite extensive enquiries
Madeleine is still missing.

It is almost two years since Madeleine McCann disappeared and there is
good reason to believe that she is still alive. Madeleine’s family and
friends will never give up hope.

At the time of Madeleine’s disappearance the emphasis was placed more
on international appeals and it has been recognised that the local
Portuguese residents of Praia da Luz and the surrounding areas have
never been properly asked about information they may have to give.

The purpose of the current campaign is to do just that; ask the local
Portuguese residents for information to help to find Madeleine.

Experience shows that the crucial answers are in the immediate vicinity,
someone in the area could almost certainly have the vital information that
could help Madeleine’s return to her family, or a combination of people
all coming forward with a single piece of information could piece
together vital clues which could solve the disappearance.

Experience also shows that people almost always confide in someone
else. Someone in Praia da Luz may have been given information that
should be passed on and now is the perfect opportunity to do just that, if
anyone has information of any kind, do the right thing and pass it on so
that Madeleine McCann can go home.

The campaign is about finding Madeleine. Her family hope and believe
that local residents can be a very real help. It goes without saying that
they would forever be indebted to anyone who had that vital piece of
information.

Over the next couple of weeks in the Lagos and Luz areas residents will
see posters, billboards and advertisements, leaflets will be distributed in
towns and local markets and there will also be a mailing sent to local
homes appealing for help.

It should be stressed that any information given will be treated with the
utmost confidence. Information can be given anonymously by telephone,
email, text and freepost.

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:37 am

Find Madeleine Website

Message from Gerry and Kate

March 23 2009

As the second anniversary of Madeleine's abduction approaches, there is much still to be done. We continue to remain focussed on our aim - to find Madeleine and bring her back home safely. As Madeleine's parents we cannot and will not ever stop doing all we can to find her.

The search for Madeleine continues with the same strength and determination, and thankfully, there are many people who are continuing to help in a variety of ways. The reduction in media reporting does not signify a lack of effort - far from it! If anything, the search for Madeleine goes on with renewed vigour and great experience. We have quietly and persistently been working very hard - exploring all possible avenues in order to get that key piece of information. Someone somewhere knows where Madeleine is.

It is impossible for us to ignore the day to day heartache of missing Madeleine but there is however, a very important and positive fact that remains.... In spite of all the investigative work done, there is still absolutely nothing to suggest harm to Madeleine and therefore, a very real likelihood that Madeleine is alive and well. You only have to recall the cases of Elizabeth Smart, Shawn Hornbeck and Natascha Kampusch to appreciate that children can seem to disappear 'off the radar' for very long periods of time. The return of these children to their families not only gives us great hope but also starkly emphasises that perseverance is essential, and surely what every such child deserves.

Since Madeleine's abduction, we have learned a lot about missing children and child exploitation. The scale of the problem is massive and worldwide. Although finding Madeleine will always remain our priority, we feel it is our duty to highlight these problems as well as areas where legislation can be improved, in order to make the world a little safer for all children. To achieve these aims we are working closely with the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Centre for Child Exploitation and Online Protection and other non-governmental agencies throughout Europe ( Investigation page). The Find Madeleine Campaign launched a new YouTube channel for missing children in August 2007 called 'Don't You Forget About Me' in conjunction with ICMEC and Google.

It is vital that we never, ever give up on Madeleine.

Can you imagine a little girl or boy out there, hoping and waiting to be found but for people then to 'write them off', forget about them, just because there's been no 'news'? For that child never to be reunited with their family because everyone had given up on them? Just imagine............................

And so, we will never, ever give up.

We urge you to remember Madeleine as a real, living and findable little girl.

Our most sincere thanks go everyone who is helping us in our efforts. You know why we must keep going.

Please don't give up on Madeleine.

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:37 am

Duarte Levy Word Press

24th March 2009

McCanns launch campaign in the Algarve

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:38 am

Sky News

24 March 2009

Madeleine McCann: Fresh Appeal for help

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:39 am

Leicester Mercury

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 09:30

Madeleine's parents in plea to Portuguese

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:39 am

BBC News

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

McCann appeal returns to Portugal

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:40 am

The Independent

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

McCanns to make fresh Madeleine appeal

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:43 am

Barlavento online

March 25, 2009

by João Tiago

Gerry and Kate McCann ask for the Algarvians’ cooperation

On the brink of the second anniversary of her disappearance in Praia da Luz, the couple asks for help again. This time, the target are the residents of Praia da Luz’s surrounding areas, who will receive a direct appeal from the little British girl in their letter boxes, over the coming days



Leaflets, posters and outdoors asking for information about Madeleine McCann’s whereabouts make up the new appeal campaign that Kate and Gerry promote in the Algarve, on the brink of the second anniversary of the disappearance of their daughter in Praia da Luz.

The outdoors were being installed early this week, on locations like the entrance to Praia da Luz, and along the EN125 [main national road that crosses the Algarve east to west], between that village and Vila do Bispo, in Lagos and in Odiáxere.






The McCann couple’s idea is to search for information about the little girl’s whereabouts, among the Portuguese community in the surroundings of Praia da Luz.

“At the time of Madeleine’s disappearance the emphasis was placed more on international appeals and it has been recognised that the local Portuguese residents of Praia da Luz and the surrounding areas have never been properly asked about information they may have to give”, Kate and Gerry explained in a press release.

“Experience shows that the crucial answers are in the immediate vicinity”, they said, to justify their hope that “someone in the area could almost certainly have the vital information that could help Madeleine’s return to her family”.

Therefore, thousands of leaflets are going to be distributed at local markets, and even mailed to each residence within the municipality of Lagos. The posters started to be affixed over the weekend, on bus stops and on urban furniture at those same locations. This time, shops seem to be kept out.

Many, like the Batista supermarket, had no mention of the campaign on Tuesday.

Some shopkeepers explained to barlavento.online that they refused to affix the posters, because they were unaware of the campaign. “We don’t know who is promoting this and what the purpose is, so we prefer not to put them up”, the owner of a handicraft shop in Praia da Luz explained.

The regional armed wing of the campaign is Atelier do Sul, a publicity agency that is based in Boliqueime, owned by Fred Phillips, one of the most active members of the British community in the Algarve.

The only time that the McCann couple made a similar appeal was in December, when they released a video that showed the little girl at play, five months before she disappeared.

Kate and Gerry continue to publicly express that they believe they can find their daughter alive, despite the fact that the Polícia Judiciária faced the theory of homicide.

Due to being suspected of its authorship, the little British girl’s parents were made arguidos in September 2007, a status that would be lifted in July 2008 due to a lack of evidence to prove the child’s accidental death.

source: Barlavento online, 24.03.2009

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PostSubject: Re: news of 2009   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:47 am

24 Horas

March 25, 2009

by Duarte Levy and Miguel Ferreira

Algarve invaded by 10 thousand photos of Maddie

McCanns launch a new campaign to find their daughter



Tens of outdoors and approximately 10 thousand leaflets with images of Maddie are being affixed and distributed in Praia da Luz. The idea is to ask the village’s residents for help

Madeleine McCann’s parents have launched a new campaign in Praia da Luz, Lagos, Algarve, in order to try to find their daughter, who disppeared in that village almost two years ago. Tens of new posters have been affixed on walls, bus stops and public transportation, where images of Maddie are visible.

The idea beneath this initiative is to prevent the population of Vila da Luz from forgetting the face of the little girl that disappeared on the 3rd of May 2007, as a representative of Kate and Gerry McCann explained to 24Horas.

According to information from the couple’s spokesman, the child’s parents believe that she is still alive and admit that, in a way, they didn’t care properly for contacts with the locals, who will now receive 10 thousand leaflets in their post boxes, asking for help and possible information about what happened on the night that Maddie disappeared.

Residents have been forgotten in the investigation

According to information that has now been made available by the couple, on the days that followed Maddie’s disappearance “the local Portuguese residents of Praia da Luz and the surrounding areas have never been properly asked about information they may have to give”, as “the emphasis was placed more on international appeals”.

The announcement of this campaign, which surprised the vast majority of Algarve’s residents, is seen with mistrust. “I can’t believe these people now come out to say they need our help after having insulted the Portuguese”, Rute Fernandes told 24Horas, adding that “this is a pure waste of time as there is not a single person in the Algarve who doesn’t know the case and who doesn’t know who the little girl was”.

For months, until Gonçalo Amaral left, the Polícia Judiciária investigated countless leads in the Algarve and abroad, but always ended up returning to the group on nine English people that accompanied Madeleine, including her own parents, Kate and Gerry McCann. The couple itself had Spanish private detectives and British henchmen in the Algarve, but all the allegedly obtained information revealed to be false or without any interest for the case, which even ended up thickening the suspicions against the couple.

“Experience shows that the crucial answers are in the immediate vicinity, someone in the area could almost certainly have the vital information that could help Madeleine’s return to her family”, the McCanns now argue, through their spokesman, further suggesting that now, after two years, someone may have received information that leads to the solution of the mystery, and that this information may be delivered anonymously by phone, text message, email or mail.

Who is carrying out the campaign?

At the origin of the initiative, which was embraced by Kate and Gerry McCann, stands the “Find Madeleine” fund, without names or faces being associated to it. The graphic execution of the campaign was commissioned from “Atelier do Sul”, according to a source at the firm, because it’s “bilingual and based in the Algarve”.

From there on, the press note that was directed to journalists ended up being published on the “findmadeleine.com” website. Nevertheless, there is still no reference to persons in Portugal who may explain what is going to happen. One can read that “local Portuguese residents” are asked “for information to help to find Madeleine”. And the text continues, “experience also shows that people almost always confide in someone else, (…) her family hope and believe that local residents can be a very real help”. It’s further clarified that the campaign will last for two weeks.

Contacted by 24Horas, Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ advisor, attributed the campaign to “volunteers” and during the morning was still unaware about times and places where actions will be carried out, like distributing leaflets at the markets of Luz and Lagos.

There are outdoors in Lagos and Praia da Luz



Many residents react badly to the McCanns’ outdoors

The new campaign to find the little English girl that disappeared in 2007 includes the placement of posters between Lagos and Praia da Luz, on the rear windows of the buses that travel until Sagres and the distribution of leaflets to the population. On a yellow and black colored base, the image of the child’s face is repeated, the detail of her right eye, and the messages “help me!” and “don’t give up on me!”.

A website and telephone numbers are indicated for anyone who wishes to communicate any detail, any piece that may fit the puzzle that the Maddie case has become. The message is clear: don’t shut up, communicate, even anonymously, any lead that may clarify the disappearance.



The message will also reach the homes of the residents of Luz by mail, communicating that “we’re still in time to save her”.

The campaign started yesterday, without major visibility for the residents, as few noticed the posters and the outdoors, and those who did notice the return of the little girl’s image and the will to search for her there, saw little interest in the initiative.

Many even show their discomfort, “the shame goes on, the parents know where she is”, a passer-by said. Another pleaded: “Leave us alone, we’ve had enough!”. And yet another: “This is just another marketing stunt, why after so long?”.

Phone, mobile phone, text and email

“We’re still in time to save her!”. “Don’t give up on me!” It’s as if the little girl spoke to those who open the webpage “ajude-me.eu”, the website that is mentioned on the posters and photographs that have been affixed between Lagos and Luz. A brief text recalls the context of the disappearance of the child, that disappeared only days before her 4th birthday.

“It’s quite possible that the piece that is missing from the puzzle still lies in secrecy in Praia da Luz”, one can also read.

And then, over seven items, various questions are asked: “Have you seen or heard something strange on the night that Madeleine disappeared? Did you observe a third party’s strange behaviour? Do you recall any fact that may be related to the disappearance?”

The appeal is launched “talk, anonymously and confidentially, with my friend Isabel”.

Isabel is the woman who picks up the phone, she advances no details about the campaign, with a Northern accent she says she “only wants to help” and the conversation goes no further because, as she justifies, “she’s there to pick up the phone”. Any contact may be made to a free number, a mobile phone, by text message, email or freepost.

English don’t release data

The English Foreign Office refused to hand over information about the communications that were made by John Buck, then British Ambassador to Portugal, arguing that it could affect the relationship between both governments.

The request to access those documents was made by British citizens and journalists under the “Freedom of Information Act 2000”, a law that regulates the public’s free access to information about the work of the government and public institutions in general, namely the police.

Despite the fact that the English Government’s reply mentions communications between its representatives and the Portuguese police, the 13 emails that are at the core of the matter have been sent or received by the ambassador, the consulate in Portimão, and the representatives of the British Foreign Office in Portugal and in London, between the 9th of May and the 21st of June 2007.

According to a source at the Foreign Office itself, some of the emails that were exchanged between the ambassador and the ministry “contain obvious evidence of the interference of the diplomat with the PJ’s hierarchy and that fact has conditioned the investigation”.

In the same document, the English government further confirms that “a [McCann] family member had made clear to FCO staff that all comments made by that individual to FCO had been made in strict confidence and were not intended for disclosure to third parties”.

At the consulate’s door

The face of Madeleine McCann has also found a place at the new offices of the British consulate in Portimão. The space’s inauguration took place on Friday, and at that time, the little girl’s photograph was already affixed at the main entrance. The ambassador and the consul, as well as inspectors of the Polícia Judiciária, visited.

No news is good news

Kate and Gerry say they continue to believe that their daughter is alive. On the website “findmadeleine.com”, they refer a positive aspect from the absence of news, “nothing suggests that anyone has harmed Madeleine”. And they recall recent media-exposed cases like those of “Elizabeth Smart, Shawn Hornbeck and Natasha Kampusch”.


source: 24Horas, 25.03.2009

Translated by Joana Morais : [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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