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Tuesday 01 
April 2008
334

Maddy Cops To Quiz Kingston Doctor Surrey Comet

5:01pm Monday 31st March 2008 

A Kingston doctor who dined with Kate and Gerry McCann the night their daughter Maddy went missing will be re-interviewed by police.
 
Portuguese officers visit the UK next week to sit in while officers from Leicestershire Constabulary interview friends of the McCanns.
 
Dr Matthew Oldfield, a consultant endocrinologist at Kingston Hospital, and his wife Rachael will be among the seven questioned.
 
The McCanns, whose four-year-old daughter Madeleine disappeared from the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 last year, will not be interviewed.
 
A spokeswoman for the British force said: "Leicestershire Constabulary will be coordinating the execution of the request for mutual legal assistance made by the Portuguese authorities.
 
"The Portuguese authorities have asked that the contents of the request and the way it is being executed be kept confidential so as not to prejudice their ongoing investigation."
 
It is almost 11 months since Maddy disappeared from the holiday resort of Praia da Luz.
 
Kate and Gerry, both 39, from Rothley, Leics, remain arguidos - formal suspects - in the case.
 
Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' family spokesman, said: "Kate and Gerry and their friends have long expected this visit by Portuguese police officers and it comes as no surprise that some reports in the Portuguese papers in the last few days have been speculating about the arrival date.
 
"I am not in a position to confirm any dates or give any details about the re-interviewing of the friends and all matters will have to go to Leicestershire police.
 
"However, Kate and Gerry and their friends welcome the police interviews. The friends are more than happy to co-operate fully, as are Kate and Gerry, although in this case Kate and Gerry will not be interviewed.
 
"This has not been requested but Kate and Gerry would have agreed to answer any questions had the police wished to put anything to them."
 
Parents Back Interviews The Leicester Mercury

10:30 - 01 April 2008

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann have welcomed the decision by Portuguese police to re-interview their friends.

Officers are expected to arrive in Britain on Monday to put questions to the people with whom Kate and Gerry McCann were dining on the night their daughter vanished.

Madeleine disappeared from the family's apartment in Praia da Luz as they were in a nearby tapas restaurant.

Kate and Gerry, from Rothley, remain arguidos - or formal suspects - in the case.

Clarence Mitchell, the McCann family's spokesman, said: "I am not in a position to confirm any dates or give any details about the re-interviewing of the friends.

"However, Kate and Gerry and their friends welcome the police interviews. The friends are more than happy to co-operate fully, as are Kate and Gerry, although in this case Kate and Gerry will not be interviewed.

"This has not been requested, but Kate and Gerry would have agreed to answer any questions had the police wished to put anything to them."

Exeter Express & Echo front page 01 April 2008

 

Maddie police set to quiz city 'tapas' couple Exeter Express & Echo
 
07:21 - 01 April 2008
 
Portuguese police are to visit next week to re-interview the friends of Kate and Gerry McCann
 
Portuguese police are to re-interview the Exeter friends of Kate and Gerry McCann. Jane Tanner and her partner, Russell O'Brien, who works at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, are close friends of the McCanns.

They were part of the so-called "Tapas Nine" who were having dinner together on the night Madeleine McCann disappeared.

The pair declined to comment on the development in the high-profile case yesterday.
 
Speaking on the doorstep of their city home, Mr O'Brien said neither he or Ms Tanner wanted to speak about the interviews and added that he was unhappy with the attention that he and his family had received from the media over the past year.
 
Officers are expected to arrive in Britain on April 7th. They will not be interviewing the McCanns, whose four-year-old daughter Madeleine disappeared from the Portuguese resort of Praia da luz on May 3 last year.
 
The officers plan to sit in while others from Leicestershire Contstabulary interview their friends.
 
A spokeswoman for the British force said "We will be coordinating the execution of the request for mutual legal assistance made by the Portuguese authorities.
 
"The Portuguese authorities have asked that the contents of the request and the way it is being executed be kept confidential so as not to prejudice the investigation."
 
It is almost 11 months since Madeleine disappeared from the resort.
 
Kate and Gerry , both 39, From Rothley, Leics, remain formal suspects in the case.
 
Last November, Ms Tanner broke her silence to say she had seen the girl being abducted.
 
At that time, she said she saw a man carrying a sleeping child away from the apartments a mere 45 minutes before Kate McCann discovered her daughter was missing.
 
She decided to speak out despite the instructions of the Portuguese police after being labelled a liar and a fantasist.
 
In an interview with the BBC she said "I know what I saw and I think it is important that people know what I saw because I beleive Madeleine was abducted that night.
 
"From Day one we have done everything we could to help them with the investigation. Maybe I am talking now because I have been called a liar and a fantasist."
 
(Report then continues with Clarence Mitchell's oft-repeated quote)
 
Police flying in to quiz Tapas 7 Glasgow Daily Record
 
01 April 2008
 
POLICE from Portugal will fly to Britain next week to question friends of Kate and Gerry McCann.
 
Cops will arrive next Monday to re-interview the "Tapas Seven" who dined with the couple the night their four-year-old daughter Madeleine vanished.
 
Portuguese detectives won't conduct the interviews themselves but will sit in while British police ask the questions.
 
It is almost 11 months since Madeleine disappeared from the Ocean Club holiday resort in Praia da Luz on May 3.
 
Kate and Gerry, both 39, from Rothley, Leicestershire, remain arguidos - formal suspects.
 
Detective Superintendent Stuart Prior, who heads the British arm of the probe, is likely to lead the interviews. Police chief Paulo Rebelo, the man in charge of the investigation, is also likely to make the high-profile trip to Britain.
 
Detectives want to clear up any "inconsistencies" in the group's stories about what happened the night Madeleine went missing.
 
McCann spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Kate and Gerry and their friends see this as an important chance to help the police.
 
"The friends are more than happy to co-operate as are Kate and Gerry although, in this case, the couple will not be interviewed.
 
"We hope that the police will realise there is no evidence to link Kate and Gerry with Madeleine's disappearance in any way and that they will be rapidly eliminated from the inquiry."
 
Lawyer: Parents of missing Madeleine may have access to police case against them this month MSN UK News
 
AP - 01.04.2008 15:26
 
A lawyer for the parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann says they may be entitled to see the Portuguese police case against them within two weeks.
 
The official secrecy period covering the ongoing police investigation ends April 14.
 
Lawyer Rogerio Alves has told The Associated Press that the secrecy period can be extended only in major cases such as terrorism and organized crime.
 
Police have given no indication whether they intend to bring charges or drop the case against Kate and Gerry McCann, named as suspects in Madeleine's disappearance from a Portuguese vacation apartment last May. The parents deny responsibility.
 
Madeleine Case: Secrecy Period To End Sky News
 
Updated: 17:11, Tuesday April 01, 2008 
 
Files detailing the Portuguese police case against the parents of missing Madeleine McCann could be made public within two weeks, a lawyer for the couple has said.
 
An official secrecy period has until now prevented Kate and Gerry McCann from seeing why they were named "arguidos" - or formal suspects in their daughter's disappearance.
 
But lawyer Rogerio Alves has said the secrecy period is due to end on April 14, and can only be extended for major inquiries, such as those involving terrorism or organised crime.
 
Kate and Gerry McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, have been suspects in the case since September 2007.
 
They have not since been charged and both deny all wrongdoing.
 
Clarence Mitchell, the couple's spokesman, welcomed the lawyer's comments and called for the arguido status to be lifted.
 
Mr Mitchell said: "We would hope that the police will do the decent and proper thing and open up the files.
 
"I would go further than that, and say once they have completed the interviews with the the friends, they should go back to Portugal and assess the evidence and eliminate Kate and Gerry and allow everyone once again to concentrate on the search for Madeleine."
 
Three Portuguese detectives will travel to the UK on Monday to spend next week re-interviewing the seven friends on holiday with the McCanns when Madeleine went missing.

Wednesday 02 
April 2008
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McCanns: Secrecy of justice up to August Correio da Manha
 
April 02, 2008 
Translation by Joana Morais
 
"If there was no understanding of when the period began to count in September, the secrecy of justice would be lifted in April, but having this agreement the secrecy in the process will only end in August." In declarations, to the CM, Rogério Alves, lawyer of the McCanns, contradicts the news circulating yesterday in the UK press, according to which the process of the inquiry to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from Praia da Luz, in the 3rd of May of last year, would be available for consultation after the 14th of April.

"It is out of question", said also to the CM a source close to the investigation. According to several English newspapers, quoting an interview of Rogério Alves to the news agency Associated Press, the former bar of the Order of the Lawyers, would have informed his clients that they might try the consultation to the process from the 14th of April. "What I speak with my clients I do not speak in public", said to the CM Rogério Alves, explaining that "the secrecy will only be lifted in August".

In the count down for the investigations to the friends who were on vacation with the McCanns in the Praia da Luz, predicted to begin day 8 of this month, in Leicester and in the presence of elements of the PJ , Rogério Alves also said to the CM: "I was not notified of anything, neither were my clients." Kate and Gerry, who are preparing a documentary to be shown on the 30th of April, about an alert system for missing children, might not be, for the moment, questioned by the police.
 
Madeleine suspect Robert Murat back in Britain to see his five-year-old daughter Daily Mail
 
Last updated at 15:28pm on 2nd April 2008 
 
Robert Murat has returned to Britain for an emotional reunion with his daughter, it was revealed today.
 
It is understood Mr Murat had not seen five-year-old Sofia since being named an official suspect in the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann almost a year ago.
 
Two weeks ago he informed police he wanted to visit the UK and see Sofia - and was allowed to do so. The fact that Portuguese authorities did not stand in his way suggests there is no evidence against Mr Murat.
 
The move comes after the decision by police last month to return items of clothing and computers seized when he was made a suspect - or arguido - on 19 May, 16 days after Madeleine vanished from her parents' apartment in the resort of Praia da Luz in the Algarve.
 
Mr Murat's uncle, Ralph Everleigh, said: "Robert has been back to the UK for an emotional reunion with his daughter. He loves his little girl and has missed her so much this past year."
 
Mr Everleigh, who runs a guesthouse just outside Praia da Luz, said he thought Mr Murat was now on his way back to Portugal. Mr Murat was not available for comment today.
 
Mr Murat has always denied any involvement in Madeleine's disappearance.
 
Despite searches of his mother Jenny's villa - about 150 yards from where Madeleine went missing - and forensic science tests on his car and other extensive inquiries, no evidence has been found to connect him to the disappearance.
 
Mrs Murat, 42, who lives in Hockering, Norfolk, said in a recent interview that Sofia had become the subject of kidnap threats.
 
She said: "There are a lot of weird people out there and if something happens to one innocent child they think an eye for an eye. They want to harm another innocent child - my daughter. We are living in constant fear."
 
She has said she has "no doubt" of her estranged husband's innocence, adding: "All he wanted to do was help the McCanns."
 
Portuguese detectives will visit the UK on Monday to re-interview friends of Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, who were dining at a tapas bar when the girl vanished.
 
In September, the McCanns were also made arguidos before being allowed to return to their home in Rothley, Leicestershire. They also protest their innocence.
 
An Episode Ends, Another Begins Sky News
 
Martin Brunt, Sky News crime correspondent
Written by Martin April 02, 2008 
 
So, they were a dog's bones, after all, and not those of Madeleine and few people will be surprised.
 
Even her parents had poured scorn on the divers searching the Algarve lake for their daughter.
 
But I wonder if, just for a moment, Kate and Gerry McCann had privately harboured some hope that the underwater search of the Barragem do Arade might solve the mystery of Madeleine's disappearance?
 
Two weeks ago the frogmen found a bag of small bones which might have been those of a child's fingers, but now they've turned out to be canine.
 
Lawyer Marcos Aragao Correia paid for the dive team after claiming "an underworld source" had told him the lake was Madeleine's final resting place.
 
But, according to one diver who considered the job before rejecting it, the lawyer's information came from his own ability to "talk to the dead."
 
So, another episode ends as one more begins...we are all running around trying to find out where the cops will re-interview the Tapas 7 next week.

Thursday 03 
April 2008
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British police ready to question 'Tapas Seven' over Madeleine disappearance Timesonline
 
David Brown
April 3, 2008
 
British police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are to interview more than 30 people who could help to prove that her parents were not involved in her abduction.

The interviews will begin next Tuesday with the first of the seven British friends who were on holiday with the McCanns when Madeleine was reported missing in Portugal. A different couple will be interviewed each day in the presence of Portuguese detectives at the headquarters of Leicestershire Police.

The officers will concentrate on alleged inconsistencies in the timelines of events on May 3. None of the witnesses will be made arguidos (official suspects under Portuguese law) and detectives will not seize evidence or search homes.

Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, both doctors from Rothley, Leicestershire, have offered to be reinterviewed but will not be questioned.

British officers will then begin interviews with more than two dozen other people who were at the Ocean Club resort in Praia Da Luz on May 3 last year or who were later connected to the case.

The witnesses include other holidaymakers, nannies at the Ocean Club, people who claim to have seen Madeleine being abducted, the psychologist who comforted Kate McCann and the McCanns' official spokesmen, Clarence Mitchell and Justine McGuinness.

The list of people to be interviewed has been provided by Kate and Gerry McCann as part of their rights as arguidos to demand that police speak to people who could prove their innocence.

Paulo Rebelo, the chief investigator in the Polícia Judiciária investigation into Madeleine's disappearance, will fly to Britain with two other detectives on Monday. They will stay until Friday to watch the interviews with the so-called “Tapas Seven” who were at a restaurant on the Ocean Club with Mr and Mrs McCann when Madeleine went missing.

Jane Tanner, 36, claimed she saw a man carrying a girl from the McCanns' apartment at about 9.15pm - when another witness says he was outside the flat at the same time but did not see her or the mystery man. Her partner, Dr Russell O'Brien, 36, from Exeter, was away from the group for up to 45 minutes in the period that Madeleine was taken from her bed.

Dr Matthew Oldfield, 37, a hospital consultant from London, and his wife Rachel, 36, a recruitment consultant, were also at the tapas restaurant.

David Payne, 41, a cardiovascular researcher from Leicester, was the last person outside the McCann family to see Madeleine. His wife, Fiona, 34, and her mother, Diane Webster, will also be interviewed.

The McCanns' Portuguese lawyers have requested the police case against them be made made public on the eight-month anniversary of the day they were made official suspects. However, detectives can request a three-month extension, as granted in the case of the other official suspect, Robert Murat, in January.

Because of the change in Portuguese law, the court could rule that the eight-month limit actually started in September last year. And the evidence could remain sealed indefinitely if police rule that the case is a major crime, such as international child trafficking.

Mr Murat, 34, has recently returned to Britain to see his five-year-old daughter, Sofia, for the first time since he was made an official suspect in Madeleine's disappearance. Mr Murat, who lives with his mother in a villa about 100 yards from the McCanns' holiday apartment, has strenuously denied any involvement.

Police last month returned computers and clothing they had seized during the search of his home in an indication that they no longer believed he was a suspect.
 
Original headline: McCanns could return to Portugal for anniversary of missing daughter Madeleine 
 
Last updated at 14:58pm on 3nd April 2008 
 
Revised headline: McCanns poised to make dramatic return to Portugal for anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance Daily Mail
 
Last updated at 15:06pm on 3rd April 2008
 
Kate and Gerry McCann are poised for a dramatic return to Portugal to mark the first anniversary of their daughter Madeleine's disappearance.
 
The couple are prepared to defy their lawyers and risk arrest in an attempt to revive the search for the four-year-old.
 
The McCanns, who deny any involvement in her disappearance, were named official suspects – or arguidos – by Portuguese police in September, prompting them to leave Praia da Luz, the resort where Madeleine disappeared, and return to their home in Rothley, Leicestershire.
 
Madeleine vanished on May 3 from her parents' holiday apartment as they dined with friends at a bar about 100 yards away.
 
On Monday, Portuguese detectives will fly into the UK to re-interview the friends – but not the McCanns – at police headquarters in Leicestershire.
 
The outcome will determine whether the couple, both doctors, return to the Algarve.
 
The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said today: 'Kate and Gerry are currently deciding whether to return to Portugal. It is being discussed.
 
"Going to Portugal would send out the strongest possible message that Madeleine could still be alive and the search for her should continue. The family feel the focus should be on finding Madeleine.

"Next week's interviews will help in gauging the police attitude. In an ideal world they would not be arguidos and their lawyers have always warned them not to return while they have that status.

But they want to be in Praia da Luz for the first anniversary," he said.
 
The Week Ahead 7-13 April 2008 EuropeanParliament
 
Institutions - 03-04-2008 - 19:17
 
Missing child hotline.  A meeting to consider prospects for a Europe-wide alert system for missing or abducted children will hear from Gerry and Kate McCann, whose daughter Madeleine has been missing since May 2007 (Thursday).
 
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RECORDED Press conference
14:00 - 14:30


 
Missing child hotline

Press Conference by Edward MCMILLAN-SCOTT (EPP-ED, GB)

Brussels, Press Conference room - 10.30-11.00

McCanns optimisitic about new enquiries Portugal Resident

Updated: 03 April 2008
By: CECÍLIA PIRES
 
THE MADELEINE case investigation is to see new action in the next couple of weeks.

While a team of PJ investigators prepares to travel to the UK on Monday (April 7) for further enquiries into the case, a lawyer of Gerry and Kate McCann has revealed that the deadline for the secrecy of justice rule imposed on this case ends in August.

The new information is being considered very positive by the family of Madeleine McCann, who went missing in May 3 2007 while sleeping in the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.

According to Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for Gerry and Kate McCann, and following the new enquiries, the couple are hoping that they will be released from the arguido status before the calendar marks one year since their daughter's disappearance.

The way the date is to be remembered "depends now on the result of the interviews to be made by the Portuguese police", Clarence Mitchell told Lusa news agency on Monday.

However, Kate and Gerry "will not be giving any interviews if their arguido status is kept, but also refuse to let the case go cold if that status is dropped", said Mr Mitchell.

"Madeleine is still missing. There is no evidence of her death and the family still want the Portuguese police to help find her", he underlined.

According to sources quoted in British and Portuguese newspapers, the new enquiries are to be focused on the friends who were holidaying with Kate and Gerry McCann at the time Madeleine disappeared from the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz.

Confidential

Although the Portuguese police refuse to confirm any details on the case, the Leicestershire police department issued a statement confirming that "it will be coordinating the request of mutual legal assistance made by the Portuguese authorities".

The statement adds that "Portuguese authorities asked for the content of the request and the way it will be carried out to be kept confidential so that the ongoing investigation is not jeopardized".

In the meantime, for the investigators who always insisted that the confidentiality of the investigations was of vital importance, time is getting shorter, considering recent statements made by one of the McCanns’ lawyers.

Interviewed  by Associated Press this week, Rogério Alves, former president of the Portuguese Lawyers Order, was reported to have said that the secrecy period constraining this investigation was due to end on April 14 and that the legal deadline could only be extended for major inquiries, such as the ones related to terrorism and organised crime.

However, the same lawyer would later clarify to the Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manhã that it is officially assumed that the beginning of the investigation started in September, when Kate and Gerry were named arguidos. Therefore, he told the newspaper, the deadline for the files to be released for public consultation "ends only in  August 2008" and not April 14 as previously reported in the UK.
Friday 04 
April 2008
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McCanns in plea for Euro kidnap alerts Leicester Mercury
 
By Tom Pegden
10:30 - 04 April 2008
 
Madeleine McCann's parents are taking their campaign for a Europe-wide alert scheme for missing children to Brussels.

Kate and Gerry McCann will visit the Belgian capital next week to talk to MEPs and European officials about setting up a scheme similar to one in America.

They hope that even if their four-year-old daughter is not found, a pan-European alert system could become a "fitting legacy" to her.

Last week, the McCanns, from Rothley, returned from a trip to Washington to look at the success of America's Amber alert system, used to issue appeals to the media and transport companies in child abduction cases.

Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the McCanns were seeking support for an EU-wide scheme that could see warnings issued via TV, radio, the internet and electronic road signs within minutes of a child being kidnapped.

Mr Mitchell said: "In Europe, countries have their own structures for issuing alerts, but do not talk to each other properly.

"When Kate and Gerry went to see officials in Washington, we saw the national Amber co-ordinator who said there was no reason it couldn't happen in Europe, if the political will was there.

"In principle, such a system would mean that if a child went missing in Portugal, every other country would know about it.

"In our case, the Spanish border was not informed for 12 hours, which was totally unacceptable.

"Kate and Gerry want some-thing that if, God forbid, Made-leine was never found, then at least a long-term change for the better could lead to other families not suffering. That would be a fitting legacy for Madeleine."

The US child rescue alert is run by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

In Mr McCann's internet diary, or blog, he said the enthusiasm of people the couple met on the US trip - filmed as part of an ITV programme to highlight their campaign for an alert system - gave them fresh hope for the safety of Madeleine.

On FindMadeleine.com, Mr McCann writes that the couple were encouraged to hear that, the younger the child, the less likelihood there was of them being seriously harmed.

He writes: "Such information makes us believe even more fervently that Madeleine can be found safe and well."

Of the couple's visit to Washington, he writes: "The Amber alert system should be used in the most serious child abduction cases (usually by strangers, when the child is considered at risk of serious harm) to recover the child as quickly as possible.

"The alert is based on the realisation that galvanising the community can play a huge role in finding missing children.

"Last year alone, 68 children - and almost 400 in total since its implementation - were recovered safely as a direct result of the Amber alert. In 16 cases, the abductor released the child safely when hearing the Amber alert.

"We strongly feel that Europe should have a similar integrated child rescue alert."

The ITV documentary will be screened by ITV on April 30.

Ocean Club swimming pool

 

Missing Madeleine case leaves Portuguese holiday resort deserted Daily Mail
 
Last updated at 13:17pm on 4th April 2008
 
This is the deserted Ocean Club holiday resort almost a year after Madeleine McCann went missing.
 
The poolside tapas restaurant, where her parents were dining when the three-year-old vanished from their apartment, has been shut.
 
The pool is practically unused while the neighbouring tennis courts are almost permanently empty. Yesterday afternoon, in spite of clear blue skies, only four people sat beside it.
 
One employee said: 'Maybe people are a bit scared to come here. They are a bit jittery. I don't think the Madeleine case has helped. It is very quiet here at the moment but maybe that's also because it's the beginning of the season.'
 
Another employee said: 'I have worked here for three seasons and at the moment this season is so quiet I am wondering if I will last the next three months. This is the quietest I have ever known it at the Ocean Club.'
 
The tapas restaurant became infamous after Madeleine's disappearance. Her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, were dining there with friends while she slept in their apartment about 100 yards away.
 
The alarm was raised at 10pm when Mrs McCann left the restaurant to check on her three children and discovered the eldest had gone.
 
Almost 12 months on, the pool area, including the restaurant which has reopened as a snack bar, closes at 6pm or earlier. Mark Warner, the tour operator which co-owns the Ocean Club, admitted today that bookings were down.
 
But a company spokesman denied the existence of a 'Madeleine effect' on tourism.
 
He said: 'Business is lower than it was at this time last year but Mark Warner believes that is down to Easter coming early. This it true across the whole industry. We expect business to improve as the season moves on.'
 
He said the tapas bar had been shut during an 'overhaul' of catering across the Ocean Club.
 
Another restaurant is open at a separate part of the resort complex, which is spread across Praia da Luz.
 
Holidaymakers staying at the Ocean Club now receive three separate printed sheets warning about security and safety.
 
One headed: 'Security and Safety Alert' states: 'Please may we repeat to all parents that children under the age of 12 must be accompanied and supervised at all times.'
 
Another states: 'We ask guests for their own security to always close windows (or security shutters) whenever they leave their accommodation, even if it is only for a few minutes.'
 
The McCanns had shut the rear patio doors to their apartment but left them unlocked as they sat down to eat. They believe their daughter was abducted by a man who entered through the doors and left by a window.
 
Mark Warner said security guidance was issued regularly and not in response to Madeleine's disappearance.
 
The spokesman said: 'The McCanns would have received similar safety guidelines. Praia da Luz is probably the safest place on the planet over the last year because there have been a lot of police down there.'
 
Today the town appears very quiet with almost all posters appealing for help in finding Madeleine, which used to appear in shop and apartment windows and car windscreens, now removed.
 
One faded photograph of the little girl appears on the noticeboard beside the Catholic church where Mrs McCann would pray regularly when she was still in Praia da Luz.
 
The couple left in September after being made official police suspects. They deny any involvement in Madeleine's disappearance.
 
The beach in Praia da Luz remains almost empty. Holidaymaker John Trcek, 53, from Sheffield, who has visited the town five times in 18 months, said: 'This is the quietest I have ever known it. I am trying to buy an apartment at the moment and the guy I am buying it from thinks it's the "Maddy effect".
 
One tour company told me they had had cancellations because of what happened.' But Miguel Domingues, who runs the Azure Seas gift shop on the seafront, was bullish.
 
He said: 'This is the beginning of the season. Everything will be very good for this year.
 
'The tour operators tell me they have been selling very well in the Algarve. What happened last year is not an issue.
 
'When people go to New York, they visit the site of the Twin Towers. Now people come here to visit where Madeleine went missing. It is morbid tourism.'
 
McCanns call for child alert system MSN UK News
 
pa.press.net - 04.04.2008 19:04
 
Gerry and Kate McCann will visit Brussels next week to urge Europe-wide support for a comprehensive cross-border missing child alert system.
 
The parents of Madeleine, missing for nearly a year after disappearing from a holiday resort in southern Portugal, want Euro-MPs to put their names to a declaration demanding swift agreement on a US-style "Amber Alert" system able to track abducted youngsters across the continent if necessary.
 
The McCanns discussed the American system during a visit to Washington last month for talks with the US National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, and are convinced EU countries can co-operate to set up a similar rapid response plan.
 
The couple's spokesman Clarence Mitchell said they were happy to use the high profile Madeleine's disappearance had given them to boost any moves which could improve child safety and the recovery rate of missing children and their abductors anywhere in the 27 EU countries.
 
"When Madeleine disappeared, it was 12 hours before the authorities along the Spanish border were informed" said Mr Mitchell. "But we have modern technology and there must be a simple way of tracking a situation as it develops."
 
An existing patchwork of partial national monitoring systems is already under the spotlight, with the European Commission pushing for co-operation and data-sharing on child abduction cases across national EU borders.
 
But so far only France has introduced a comprehensive national child alert system similar to America's Amber Alert. It means French authorities can flash up electronic missing child information on French motorway signboards within thirty minutes of a confirmed case of abduction. Belgium operates a similar but less well-established system.
 
On the table at European Parliament talks to be addressed by the McCanns will be a draft declaration on emergency cooperation in recovering missing children.
 
The Portuguese government, aware of the controversy surrounding the McCann case, promoted the French alert system to EU justice ministers at talks last September. The move was welcomed at the time by the McCanns, but nothing has resulted so far.
 
Now the McCanns will use their visit to Brussels on Thursday - less then a month before the first anniversary of their daughter's disappearance - to repeat their concern about the need for swift action.
 
BBC East Midlands Today report on Amber Alert system
 
(Note: If you are not immediately able to view the report, try clicking on 'preferences', located towards top right, and select 'Window Media Player')

Saturday 05 
April 2008
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Tenerife 'Maddy sighting' The Sun
 
By VERONICA LORRAINE
Published: Today
 
DETECTIVES are probing a "sighting" of Madeleine McCann in Tenerife.

Tourist Margaret Jones believes she saw the missing four-year-old at the Spanish island’s airport.

She contacted Metodo 3 — the detectives hired by the McCanns — after returning home to Cardiff.

The media worker, in her 60s, said: "I was sitting opposite a shop. I spotted a little girl with curly red hair with a man, who was about 5ft 10in.

"When the little girl looked up, my heart skipped a beat. I took one look and thought, 'My God, it’s Maddie'.

"They walked off and I had to get my plane."

Mrs Jones said she reported the incident to Crimestoppers on March 7, and emailed Leicestershire Police.

Maddie from Rothley, Leics, vanished on holiday in Portugal 11 months ago.
 
Kate and Gerry McCann in Europe kid safety campaign Daily Mirror
 
By Rod Chaytor 5/04/2008
 
Kate and Gerry McCann fly to Brussels to launch a child safety scheme next week while Portuguese police quiz their Tapas Seven friends in Britain.

The couple will be present on Thursday when a draft declaration goes before the European Parliament, calling for a European-wide missing child alert system.

Kate, 40, and Gerry, 39, believe that if it had been in place it could have saved daughter Madeleine, four, who vanished from Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3.

The couple, official suspects in the Madeleine case, will also appear in a global televised press conference.
 
Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said yesterday: "Next to finding Madeleine, the introduction of a system which might save another child is the matter closest to their hearts.

"They never want another family to go through what they have gone through."

A three-man Portuguese police team will sit in on interviews by Leicestershire police of the Tapas Seven - who dined with the McCanns on the night Madeleine disappeared - from Tuesday.

First witness is Jane Tanner, 36, of Exeter, Devon, who saw a man carrying a child near Madeleine's apartment.

The friends have all volunteered to cooperate. None will be accompanied by lawyers.

Mr Mitchell denied that the trip to Brussels by the McCanns, of Rothley, Leics, was a "diversionary tactic".

The spokesman said: "It is a coincidence of timing."
 
British already know all about PJ's mission in England Jornal de Noticias
 
Marisa Rodrigues
(Thanks to 'pear' from the3arguidos forum for translation)
 
Kate and Gerry will not be questioned by the Judiciary Police
 
The Judicial Police (PJ) will not have an easy job in England where, as of Monday, the letter rogatory in the case Madeleine McCann will be put in force. The plan for the action, as well as the content of the document, which should have remained a judicial secret, reached the hands of the British press, even before the departure of Portuguese researchers.

According to what JN found yesterday, British journalists were informed by sources, they say from the police, of the steps that will take place next week. When, where and who will be heard were some of the data that was accessed. Even the hotel where the PJ will be housed was reported to them. What, in the opinion of source connected to the research, "is the evidence that the leakage of information of the police departed from Leicester, that shows not being interested in cooperating in the investigation, damaging it by making public the intentions of PJ."

This means that the group of three detectives, led by the coordinator of PJ of Portimão, Paulo Rebelo, will not surprise the 24 people that will be interviewed. Most - 14 - will be determined by the Portuguese authorities. This number includes the group of friends of the couple McCann, now known as "Tapas 7". The other interrogations were requested by parents of Madeleine. This is the case of Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the couple, Justine McGuiness, who held the same job, and the psychologist who has followed Kate.

The arrival of PJ is scheduled for 12.20 pm on Monday. That same day there will be some interrogations, none of them considered very relevant to the investigation. The next day, the "Tapas 7" will begin to be interviewed. Jane Tanner, which guarantees having seen a man carrying a child in his arms that she believes was Madeleine, will be the first. The McCann, as the JN already said, will not be questioned by decision of the prosecutor, who considered the investigation a "waste of time".

The couple will be traveling on Thursday to Brussels, where they will meet with MEPs involved in the creation of an alert system for European missing or abducted children. "Pure coincidence," ensures the spokesman of the couple.
 
Maddy: 60 face quiz by police Daily Express
 
Sunday April 6, 2008 (Note: This article appeared online on April 5, 2008)
By Matt Drake
 
Up to 60 witnesses will be questioned by police in Britain over Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.
 
A series of intensive interviews will start this week after a three-man team of senior Portuguese detectives fly into Leicestershire tomorrow.

The trio, led by Paulo Rebelo, the chief investigator in the case, will begin by supervising the quizzing of key witness Jane Tanner.
 
Ms Tanner, 36, claimed she saw a man carrying a girl from the McCanns’ holiday apartment in the Algarve at about 9.15pm.
 
Yet another witness says he was outside the flat in Praia da Luz at the same time but did not see her or the mystery man.
 
After Ms Tanner’s interview, British police, supervised by the Portuguese, will spend three days speaking to remaining members of the Tapas Seven who were dining with Madeleine’s parents when she vanished.
 
No lawyers will be present and friends of the group stressed they are meeting the police voluntarily. They have been warned to expect lengthy bouts of questioning.
 
The group were all dining with Kate and Gerry McCann on the night their daughter vanished on May 3 last year in Praia da Luz.
 
Ms Tanner’s partner Dr Russell O’Brien, 36, from Exeter, was away from the group tending to his sick daughter in the period when Madeleine was snatched.
 
Dr Matthew Oldfield, 37, a hospital consultant from London, and his wife Rachel, 36, a recruitment consultant, were also at the tapas restaurant.
 
David Payne, 41, a cardiovascular researcher from Leicester, was the final person, apart from the McCann family, to see Madeleine. His wife, Fiona, 34, and her mother, Diane Webster, will also be questioned by police in Leicester.
 
Then officers will switch their attention to three separate bands of witnesses who have been singled out by Gerry and Kate McCann as vital.
 
As arguidos, or official suspects, the couple have the right to demand that certain individuals be seen by police if they are believed to hold relevant information. Despite plans for the Portuguese investigators to return home on Friday, British police will mount a full-scale operation in which more than 50 more witnesses will be interviewed. These will include other guests who were staying at the resort, Ocean Club apartments staff and holidaymakers staying nearby.
 
Relatives of the McCanns who visited the Algarve in the weeks after she went missing are understood to be on the list, as are their current spokesman Clarence Mitchell and his predecessor Justine McGuiness.
 
Two sisters who were puzzled by a blond pair of men in their 30s acting strangely at the resort hours before Madeleine went missing are on the interview list.
 
Jayne Jensen, 54, and Annie Wiltshire, 58, said one of the men standing outside the patio doors started to walk down a flight of steps.
 
But when he was seen by divorced mum-of-two Annie, from Maidstone, he retraced his steps and began talking to his friend.
 
Yesterday the McCanns made an emotional plea to Portuguese detectives to clear them in time for the one year anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance.
 
Madeleine’s parents, both 39, hope the unprecedented move to question their friends in Britain will mark an end to their seven-month ordeal as suspects.
 
The couple are desperate to return to Praia da Luz to mark the tragic date with a renewed appeal for information which could unlock the mystery surrounding what happened.
 
Clarence Mitchell confirmed that Kate and Gerry want detectives to lift their arguido status and reveal any evidence they hold.
 
He said they will not return to the Algarve while they are still suspects.
 
He said: "Kate and Gerry want to return to Praia da Luz to reinvigorate our campaign to find Madeleine."

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KATE AND GERRY MCCANN TO BE CLEARED The People
 
Cops to drop Kate & Gerry arguido claim Boost for missing Madeleine's parents
 
6 April 2008 
By Tom Carlin
 
The cloud of suspicion hanging over Kate and Gerry McCann is set to be sensationally lifted by Portuguese police.
 
The couple's status as formal suspects - arguidos - in the disappearance of their four-year-old daughter Madeleine is about to be dropped, The People can reveal.
 
The dramatic move will follow a comprehensive review of the case which will be completed within weeks.
 
But the McCanns will not be cleared until after May 8 - five days after the first anniversary of Maddie's disappearance when the couple had hoped to be back in Portugal to boost the search.
 
A highly-placed Portuguese legal source told The People last night: "I can confirm a review of the case will be concluded next month.
 
"It may well be the case that Kate and Gerry's arguido status is about to be dropped."
 
A family friend of the McCanns said Kate and Gerry were "greatly encouraged" by these developments.
 
The couple had repeatedly pleaded for their arguido status to be lifted so they could concentrate on their search for Maddie.
 
Their lawyers have warned them not to return while they are stil suspects.
 
A family source added: "Any announcement that Kate and Gerry are no longer being treated as suspects will be a massive weight off their shoulders.
 
"But there will still be considerable heartache for them as the timing means this will not be likely until after the first anniversary of Maddie's disppearance."
 
The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "If they returned now to Portugal it would be a distraction and would put pressure on police.
 
Their lawyers would block it anyway.
 
"But once their arguido status has been lifted, they will feel differently.
 
"They have discussed the possibility of returning but nothing has yet been agreed." Maddie went missing from the family's Algarve holiday flat in Praia da Luz on May 3 last year as her parents ate tapas nearby.
 
Kate - both 39-year-old doctors from Rothley, Leics - were made official suspects in September after months of interviews.
 
But despite immense pressure from investigators pushing for a confession, they have always maintained their innocence. An insider said: "It is great news that Kate and Gerry are finally set to be cleared.
 
"But at the same time it also shows the police have got no idea about what happened to Madeleine.
 
"It is almost a year since she disappeared and we still don't seem any closer to finding her."
 
WE WANT TO RETURN FOR HER The People

By Tom Carlin

Kate and Gerry McCann were heartbroken when they were eventually advised to return to Britain - because they had promised to NEVER leave Portugal without Maddie.

Just weeks after Maddie disappeared, Kate said: "I cannot even contemplate going home at the moment, absolutely cannot let it enter my head."

But the pair were made arguidos in September and 48 hours later were advised by lawyers to return to Britain.

On Thursday Kate and Gerry will fly to Brussels where they will table a motion to the European Parliament to help find to boost links between police forces searching for missing children.

But ther greatest wish is for the arguido status to be lifted so they can return to Praia da Luz to renew the search for Maddie.
 
'we say' THE PEOPLE: Mercy for McCanns The People

There is only one thing that Kate and Gerry McCann really want. And that is the safe return of their beloved daughter Madeleine.

But The People's revelation today that the Portuguese authorities will lift their arguido status next month will at least ease their burden.

To be named as suspects in their daughter's disappearance was the ultimate twist of the knife in their almost unbearable agony.

It led to cruel whispering and fingerpointing and false allegations they had to go to court to refute.

There should NEVER have been any suggestion that the McCanns were anything other than distraught parents doing everything they could to get Maddie back.

Now they can return to Portugal to continue the search without the hateful curse of arguido hanging over them.

There is only one thing worse than having your child taken away.

And that is being wrongly suspected of having something to do with it.
 
Police Fly To UK For Madeleine Interviews Sky News
 
Updated:09:30, Sunday April 06, 2008
 
Portuguese detectives are due to arrive in the UK tomorrow as friends of Kate and Gerry McCann are reinterviewed over their daughter's disappearance.
 
The squad, led by Paulo Rebelo, who is in charge of the Madeleine McCann hunt, will not actually question the so-called "Tapas Seven".
 
But they will be present at interviews carried out by officers from Leicestershire Constabulary.
 
The McCanns, from Rothley, Leicestershire, will not be quizzed in relation to the disappearance of their daughter from the Algarve holiday resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 last year.
 
Their spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said the couple welcomed the interviews and were happy to be reinterviewed, but a request had not been made by Portuguese detectives.
 
Instead they will question the McCanns' seven friends - who were with them the night Madeleine disappeared.
 
They will be interviewed as witnesses and are free to leave at any time, a spokeswoman for Leicestershire Constabulary said. No lawyers will be present.
 
There had been speculation that diaries and Madeleine's Cuddle Cat toy could be seized by Portuguese officers, but it is understood that no property will be searched or seized.
 
The Portuguese officers are expected to land at East Midlands Airport at 12.20pm on the flight from Faro.
 
Some of the interviews may begin tomorrow but Leicestershire Constabulary will not say where they are being held. It is believed they will take place at the force's headquarters in Enderby.
 
A police spokeswoman said: "Leicestershire Constabulary will be co-ordinating the execution of the request for mutual legal assistance made by the Portuguese authorities.
 
"The Portuguese authorities have asked that the contents of the request and the way it is being executed be kept confidential so as not to prejudice their ongoing investigation."
 
The process of interviewing key witnesses will last several weeks but the Portuguese detectives will return home from interviewing the Tapas Seven at the end of the week.
 
Madeleine's parents Kate, 40, and her husband, 39-year-old Gerry, remain formal suspects in the case.
 
The McCanns will not be in Leicestershire for the duration of the visit by Mr Rebelo and his team.
 
On Wednesday, they travel to Brussels to lobby for better co-ordination between European countries when a child goes missing.
 
Tapas Seven face new Madeleine quiz Hastings Observer
 
  • Published Date: 06 April 2008
  • Source: Press Association
     
  • Last Updated: 06 April 2008 1:36 PM
  •  
    Portuguese police are due to arrive in the UK to sit in when the friends of Kate and Gerry McCann are interviewed.
     
    The detectives, led by Paulo Rebelo, who is in charge of the Madeleine McCann case, will not actually question the friends of the couple but will be present at interviews carried out by officers from Leicestershire Constabulary.
     
    The McCanns, from Rothley, Leicestershire, will not be questioned in relation to the disappearance of their four-year-old daughter from the Algarve holiday resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 last year.
     
    Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the couple welcomed the interviews and were happy to be reinterviewed, but a request had not been made by Portuguese detectives.
     
    Instead they will question the McCanns' friends - known as the "Tapas Seven" - who were with them the night Madeleine disappeared.
     
    They will be interviewed as witnesses and are free to leave at any time, said a spokeswoman for Leicestershire Constabulary. No lawyers will be present.
     
    There had been speculation that diaries and Madeleine's Cuddle Cat toy could be seized by Portuguese officers, but it is understood that no property will be searched or seized.
     
    The Portuguese officers are expected to land at East Midlands Airport from Faro at 12.20pm on Monday.
     
    They will be met by British officers and are expected to avoid the public arrivals lounge by being escorted out through a private exit once they have cleared customs.
     
    The Portuguese officers are staying at a hotel in Leicester city centre.
     
    Portuguese detectives to quiz 'Tapas Seven' in London about Maddy's disappearance Daily Mail
     
    By VANESSA ALLEN and DAVID WILKES
    Last updated at 18:10pm on 6th April 2008
     
    Portuguese detectives arrive in Britain tomorrow ahead of fresh police interviews of Kate and Gerry McCann's friends.
     
    The so-called Tapas Seven who dined with the couple on the night their daughter Madeleine disappeared are among a list of 24 people due to be grilled by detectives over the next four days.
     
    But the McCanns themselves will not face new interrogations and are due to leave Britain during the Portuguese police visit.
     
    Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell insisted the couple were on a pre-arranged visit to Brussels to lobby Euro MPs for a better alert system for missing children, and denied the trip was a "smokescreen".
     
    He said they welcomed the latest police move and would be willing to be interviewed again if it would help the investigation.
     
    But prosecutors in Portugal were reported to have ruled there was no need for the couple to face fresh interrogations, fuelling speculation they could soon be cleared of being named suspects, or arguidos, in their daughter's disappearance.
     
    Interviews of the Tapas Seven are due to start on Tuesday and the friends will be asked a series of questions drawn up by the Portuguese police team.
     
    The Algarve-based team is barred from conducting interrogations on British soil, but will monitor the questioning of the couple's friends by Leicestershire police.
     
    They will all be interviewed as witnesses and are free to leave at any time, a spokeswoman for Leicestershire Constabulary said. No lawyers will be present.
     
    Portuguese police had requested the interviews and were also said to have asked for the McCanns' computers, Mrs McCann's diary and Madeleine's favourite Cuddle Cat toy to be seized, but it is understood that no property will be searched or seized.
     
    The three-strong team from Portugal is expected to return to the Algarve on Friday but Leicestershire officers will continue to interview other witnesses, including the couple's spokesman Mr Mitchell.
     
    Under Portuguese law named suspects, or arguidos, have the right to ask that police speak to witnesses who support them.
     
    The McCanns have asked for up to 24 of their friends and family to be questioned about their relationship with Madeleine and their behaviour after her disappearance.
     
    They will leave for Brussels on Wednesday to present a draft declaration to the European Parliament, and on Thursday they will give their first press conference since they were made official suspects in the investigation.
     
    As arguidos they are forbidden from speaking about the events of May 3 or the police inquiry but can talk about wider issues about missing children.
     
    Mr Mitchell said it was "pure coincidence" that the McCanns were leaving Britain during the week of the police interviews.
     
    He said: "To say this is a smokescreen is utter rubbish. It is pure co-incidence that police interviews are being conducted at the same time the European Parliament is sitting, and Kate and Gerry are tabling a motion."
     
    Mr McCann, 39, and his 40-year-old wife are also due to talk about their campaign in a TV documentary to be screened on April 30, just days before the first anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance.
     
    The couple will not return to Portugal for the anniversary unless their arguido status is lifted, but some of their relatives are expected to go to Praia da Luz for the poignant milestone.
     
    Meanwhile they hope the police interviews could be the next step towards clearing their names over alleged contradictions in their accounts of the night of May 3.
     
    Mr Mitchell said: "No-one wants to change their testimony and no-one is concerned about the interviews.
     
    "Kate and Gerry hope the police will realise there is no evidence to implicate them and will finally clear them of their arguido status. Their friends are keen to assist the police and wonder why it has taken so long.
     
    "This is a voluntary process, they are not being coerced or threatened, and none of them will be made suspects."
     
    The Tapas Seven - Jane Tanner and her partner Russell O'Brien, Fiona Payne and her husband David and mother Dianne Webster, and Matthew and Rachael Oldfield - have all said they are happy to be questioned again.

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    Police fly in for Tapas Seven quiz Leicester Mercury
     
    14:10 - 07 April 2008
     
    A team of Portuguese police has arrived in the UK to sit in on interviews with friends of Kate and Gerry McCann.
     
    The detectives' flight from Faro landed at East Midlands Airport where they were met by British officers and escorted through a private exit.
     
    They will observe interviews carried out by officers from Leicestershire Constabulary with friends of the McCanns - the so-called Tapas Seven - who were dining with them in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz last year when the McCann's daughter Madeleine disappeared.
     
    The team, led by Paulo Rebelo, who is heading the Madeleine McCann case, will not actually question the group themselves.
     
    A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Constabulary said the group would be interviewed as witnesses and are free to leave at any time. No lawyers will be present.
     
    It is believed the interviews will take place at the force's headquarters in Enderby.
     
    The McCanns, from Rothley, Leicestershire, will not be questioned in relation to the disappearance of Madeleine.
     
    Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the couple welcomed the interviews and were happy to be reinterviewed, but a request had not been made by Portuguese detectives.
     
    There had been speculation that diaries and Madeleine's Cuddle Cat toy could be seized by Portuguese officers, but it is understood that no property will be searched or seized.
     
    The process of interviewing key witnesses will last several weeks, but the Portuguese detectives are believed to be returning home at the end of the week.
     
    Madeleine Cops In UK As 'Tapas 7' Quizzed Sky News
     
    Updated:13:08, Monday April 07, 2008
     
    Portuguese detectives searching for Madeleine McCann have arrived in the UK as police prepare to re-interview the so-called "Tapas Seven".
     
    The squad, led by Paulo Rebelo, will not actually question the group, who are friends of the missing four-year-old's parents Kate, 40, and Gerry, 39.
     
    But they will be present at interviews carried out by officers from Leicestershire Constabulary.
     
    The seven were dining with the McCanns at a tapas bar when Madeleine - who had been left in the family's nearby holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal - disappeared on May 3 last year.
     
    Leicestershire officers say they will be interviewed as witnesses, no lawyers will be present and they are free to leave at any time.
     
    The McCanns, from Rothley, who remain formal suspects, will not be quizzed.
     
    There had been speculation that diaries and Madeleine's Cuddle Cat toy could be seized by Portuguese officers, but it is understood that no property will be searched or taken.
     
    They landed at East Midlands Airport on the flight from Faro and some of the interviews may begin tomorrow.
     
    A police spokeswoman said: "Leicestershire Constabulary will be co-ordinating the execution of the request for mutual legal assistance made by the Portuguese authorities.
     
    "The Portuguese authorities have asked that the contents of the request and the way it is being executed be kept confidential so as not to prejudice their ongoing investigation."
     
    The McCanns have welcomed the interviews and were happy to be reinterviewed themselves but a request had not been made, their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said.
     
    It is thought the process of interviewing key witnesses will last several weeks but the Portuguese detectives will return home from interviewing the seven at the end of the week.
     
    On Wednesday, the McCanns travel to Brussels to lobby for better co-ordination between European countries when a child goes missing.
     
    Madeleine Cops In UK As 'Tapas 7' Quizzed Sky News
    (Updated version of report above)
     
    David Crabtree, Sky News corresepondent
    Updated: 16:03, Monday April 07, 2008
     
    Portuguese detectives searching for Madeleine McCann will be looking for any inconsistencies in evidence given by the so-called "Tapas Seven", Sky News understands.
     
    The officers have arrived in the UK as Leicestershire police prepare to re-interview the group, who are friends of the missing four-year-old's parents Kate and Gerry.
     
    The foreign detectives will not actually question the seven but will be present at interviews carried out by UK officers.
     
    The men and women will be interviewed as witnesses, no lawyers will be present and they are free to leave at any time.
     
    The McCanns, from Rothley, who remain formal suspects, will not be quizzed.
     
    The seven were dining with the McCanns at a tapas bar when Madeleine - who had been left in the family's nearby holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal - disappeared on May 3 last year.
     
    The McCann's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said: "On that night these seven people didn't have mobiles or watches.
     
    "During the shock, panic and chaos details may have become muddled.
     
    "They and Kate and Jerry welcome the questioning. The McCanns' themselves are happy to be questioned also but it has not been requested."
     
    Former detective Mark Williams-Thomas, who has followed the case closely, has told Sky News Online the Portuguese detectives are likely to want a challenge to the group's evidence.
     

    Particularly, he said, they are likely to be interested in the evidence of Jane Tanner, who saw a man carrying a little girl walking away from the vicinity of the McCanns' apartment.

     

    "She (Tanner) was very specific in her evidence - like what the man looked like, what the child looked like," Mr Williams-Thomas said.

     

    He said evidence given by another person present on the night may be considered more "independent" than that given by Ms Tanner.

     

    Mr Williams-Thomas also said he believed that the focus of the investigation had changed and that the line of questioning was now interested in the McCanns.

     

    But the McCann's believe the arrival of Portuguese police may mark a turning point in the investigation as it nears its one-year anniversary.

     

    Mr Mitchell added: "We now hope that they will soon be dropped as official suspects and we can fully concentrate on the efforts to find Madeleine." 

     

    Under Portuguese law, the McCanns can also put forward names of people they think police should be talking to.

     

    Sky News understand there are about 50 names on a list.

     

    There had been speculation that diaries and Madeleine's Cuddle Cat toy could be seized by Portuguese officers.

     

    However, it is now understood that no property will be searched or taken.

     

    It is thought the process of interviewing key witnesses will last several weeks but the Portuguese detectives will return home at the end of the week.

     

    On Wednesday, the McCanns travel to Brussels to lobby for better co-ordination between European countries when a child goes missing.

     

     

    Madeleine Probe: Who Are The 'Tapas 7'? Sky News
     
    Paul Brennan, Sky News reporter
    Updated: 12:26, Monday April 07, 2008
     
    The so-called "Tapas Seven" are to be re-interviewed by police this week in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
     
    They were dining with Gerry and Kate McCann at the Ocean Club resort, Portugal, when the four-year-old went missing from the family's nearby apartment on May 3 last year.
     
    While the actual questioning will be done by British officers, the Portuguese detectives will sit in.
     
    The "Tapas Seven" are:
     
    Dr Matthew Oldfield and his wife Rachael: They have known the McCanns since Matthew and Gerry worked together in Leicester.
     
    Matthew is aged 37 and now works in endocrinology at Kingston Hospital in Surrey. His wife is 36 and a recruitment consultant.
     
    They have a two-year-old daughter. Mr Oldfield was the last to check on the children (but did not actually see Madeleine), about 30 minutes before the alarm was raised at 10pm.
     
    Dr Russell O'Brien and his partner Jane Tanner: Russell, 36, and Jane, 37, live in Exeter. Russell works at the Peninsula Medical School at the University of Plymouth.
     
    They have two children - the older one is the same age as Madeleine.
     
    This daughter was ill on the night of the disappearance, and Russell was away from the tapas bar for about half an hour while he attended to her.
     
    Jane says that at about 9.15pm on the night Madeleine disappeared, she went to check on her children, and she saw a man carrying a little girl walking away from the vicinity of the McCann's apartment.
     
    At the time, she thought nothing of it.
     
    Dr David Payne and his wife Dr Fiona Payne: David is 41 and is a Fellow in Cardiovascular Science at Leicester University. Fiona is 34 and also a doctor.
     
    David was the last non-family member to positively see Madeleine alive in Praia de Luz, at 6.30pm that evening.
     
    Dianne Webster: is the mother of Fiona Payne.
     
    Tapas Seven 'bullish' ahead of Madeleine quiz Fenland Citizen
     
  • Published Date: 07 April 2008
  • Source: Press Association 
  •  
    Friends of Kate and Gerry McCann remain "bullish" ahead of their interviews with Portuguese and Leicestershire detectives, the McCanns' spokesman has said.
     
    Three Portuguese officers, led by Paulo Rebelo, have arrived in the UK to reinterview the Tapas Seven - the McCanns' friends who were with them the night Madeleine disappeared.
     
    The officers are understood to have held a three-hour meeting with detectives from Leicestershire Constabulary ahead of the interviews with the Tapas Seven, which will start on Tuesday.
     
    The first friend to be interviewed is understood to be Jane Tanner, 37, who saw a man carrying a girl from the McCanns' apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3 last year.
     
    Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' family spokesman, said the friends were looking forward to the interviews as they believe they will give them the chance to clear up any perceived discrepancies in their stories.
     
    Mr Mitchell said: "The friends are quite bullish. We understand that the police have concerns about the time-line. There may be some concern that some of the time-lines don't tally but all the discrepancies are explicable."
     
    The interviews with the Tapas Seven are expected to finish on Friday but there will be more interviews with witnesses, many of whom have been put forward by the McCanns on a list of more than 50 people they would like officers to speak to.

    On Wednesday, the couple travel to Brussels to lobby MEPs to sign their written declaration for a dedicated child alert system.

    Kate, 40, and 39-year-old Gerry, from Rothley, recently visited the USA to see how the AMBER alert system worked. The system allows officers to flash news alerts on to the radio, television and digital road signs once they deem a child to be in imminent danger.

    The McCanns hope their written declaration will be signed by a majority of 390 MEPs in the next three months. This will allow it to be submitted to the European Commission for its consideration.

    Paulo Rebelo arrives in the UK
    Paulo Rebelo arrives in the UK

     

    PJ in England today to explain contradictions Jornal de Noticias
     
    07 April 2008 
    (Thanks to Joana Morais for translation) 
     
    To explain the contradictions found in the testimonies of the "Tapas 7" and to untangle the theory of kidnapping supported by the parents of Madeleine McCann are the main objectives of the Judiciary Police (PJ), which arrived today in England to carry out the rogatory letter. The PJ wants to understand if some of the persons who were spending holidays with Kate and Gerry, in the Praia da Luz, in Lagos, "lied to corroborate the version of the couple ", explained, to the JN, a source connected with the process. The members of the group of friends are going to be confronted by elements of proof that meantime were gathered.

    The same source admits that the PJ keeps on distrusting the McCanns, which were constituted arguidos and indicted by corpse's occultation and simulation of the crime of kidnapping. "As contradictions were detected in the statements of their friends, which also point in the same way - of the kidnapping - it is necessary to explain them", added the source.

    The interrogations are going to have place in the headquarters of the Leicester Police, city where the McCanns live, and are going to be accompanied by three Portuguese investigators. The team is led by the coordinator of criminal investigation of the PJ of Portimão, Paulo Rebelo. Rebelo is accompanied by inspector Ricardo Paiva - his right-arm and since the first minute the liaison officer with the British Police - and by João Carlos, the officer who leads the brigade of the Regional Section of Combat to Banditism put in charge of the Madeleine case.

    However, the PJ will not see their task an easy one, "On the contrary of what one might think, the British Police is not carrying out the duty of secrecy, giving various informations to the journalists", an investigator complains. " Proving it, are the news that in the last days have been published, "which reveal details that are in the rogatory letter. It will not be surprising if the witnesses already know the questions", he adds. Kate and Gerry will not be questioned for the time being, which will eventually happen in a subsequent phase. Everything depends on the answers of the witnesses.
     
    (added some other facts from Portuguese newspapers)
     
    Side Notes

    The team that was sent by the Judiciary Police will interview 24 friends and relatives of Kate and Gerry McCann, as well as Justine McGuiness, Clarence Mitchell and the famous Tapas seven.During this week the tapas seven will be called to headquarters of the Police of Leicester: Russel O'Brien, his partner, Jane Tanner, Rachell Manpilly, her husband, Matthew Oldfield, Dianne Webster, her daughter Fiona Paine and the son-in-law, David Payne.

    Kate and Gerry will not be in the United Kingdom on Thursday, due to their trip to Brussels, where they will debate with MEP's about the creation of a European alert network for missing children.

    Meanwhile, this weekend, there has been another disappearance. A 10-year-old girl disappeared in Sweden when she was returning home on her bike. The police believe that she was abducted.

    Yesterday the filing of the process was known against a couple accused of trying to extort money from the McCanns. The judge considered that the Italian man and the Portuguese woman just wanted to give some evidences on Maddie's whereabouts.

    Quotes

    A Judiciary Police officer said today: "We were contacted some months ago by the lawyers of two of the persons who where in the dinner, noticing that their clients where willing to alter the initial declarations given to the PJ. We do not know if, when so much time has passed, they still maintain the same stance. We do hope that such happens and that we can take one more step for the discovery of the truth in this case"

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    PJ authorised to question the McCanns' friends 24horas and Diario de Noticias
     
    Police begins today the attack on the contradictions of the McCann’s friends
     
    08 April 2008
    (Translations by Joana Morais) 
     
    PJ authorized questioning

    The PJ Team and the Police of Leicester were yesterday in a meeting that lasted the whole afternoon to adjust the manner of how the interrogations are going to take place.

    Now it’s the time for the coordinator of criminal investigation of the PJ, Paulo Rebelo to show what he is worth. The right-arm of Guilhermino Encarnação, the person in charge of the PJ’s Directory of Faro, his going to lead, from 9h00 of today, all the interrogations to the seven friends with whom Madeleine's parents had dinner in the night the girl disappeared, from Praia da Luz, Algarve.

    The diligence should be done only by the British authorities, but the Portuguese obtained a special authorization to do the interrogations directly. “We were only going to assist the interrogations and make suggestions. However due to the good existent collaboration between both police forces, it was agreed that we should do the cross-examinations. It was a question of courtesy from the English Police in general and of Leicester in particular”, explained to 24horas a Judiciary Police source.

    24horas was able to gather that Jane Tanner will be the first witness to be heard, for the reason that her statement given initially to the PJ and the declarations she made publicly, along the months that followed the disappearance, are of those who present bigger inconsistencies.

    It was she who said, some months after the disappearance, to have seen a man near the apartment of the McCanns carrying what appeared to be a child wrapped up in a blanket. But Jane will not be the only target of the authorities. Her husband, Russel O'Brien, is also going to be "grilled", since his declarations to the authorities changed with time. Dianne Webster, of 63, and the oldest person of the Tapas group, will have to explain why she did not show surprise when she saw Kate entering in the Tapas Bar screaming. And why she remained seated more than five minutes until she decided to leave the place.

    Witnesses of the McCanns

    The day of yesterday was a fuss for Paulo Rebelo and for the two investigators who accompanied him. They had to wake up at around 6h00 to be in the Faro Airport at 7h00 to do the check-in for the EasyJet flight at 9h00 bound for Birmingham, where they arrived only around 12h30.

    Soon after they had lunch and at 14h30 they entered in a high speed Ford gray van, with tinted glasses, in the headquarters of the Leicester police. There followed a meeting that lasted all the afternoon. Meanwhile, two witnesses, allegedly indicated by the McCanns, were heard, in the context of the rogatory letter, only by British officers. The PJ did not find them relevant.

    Clarence Mitchell and Justine McGuinness, which practiced the spokesperson's functions for the McCanns in Praia da Luz (the first one maintains this position in England) might be able to help explaining to the PJ how traces of blood of the child ended up in the Renault Scenic. The vehicle was rented by Madeleine's parents three weeks after her disappearance and the detection of those evidences contributed in order for the police to change the course of the investigation, in August of 2007, starting to point to the theory of the death.

    The interest of the couple McCann in suggesting to the authorities to hear Clarence Mitchell and Justine McGuiness is attached to the fact that besides the McCanns they were the persons, who travelled more in that car.

    Very expensive hotels

    The base of the team of the PJ sent to England is going to be the headquarters of the police of Leicester. But Paulo Rebelo and his collaborators are going to be in a hotel in Enderby, nearly 15 kilometers from the center of Leicester. The expensive prices and the lack of vacancies obstructed the authorities to stay in heart of the city. The Hilton Hotel and the Marriot were the first choices. The first one asked between 195 euros to 300 euros per night. In the second the ‘party’ was not for less than 300 euros to 450 euros. A source of the PJ pointed out that it was not for lack of funds that the team did not settle down in one of these two hotel unities, simply there were no vacancies left. The choice fell in the Ramada Hotel, where the PJ’s team sent to gather the expert examinations carried out in a laboratory of Birmingham stayed previously. There, the PJ is going to pay 150 euros per night. The transport will be supplied by the English police.
     
    Madeleine McCann parents asked to return to Portugal for reconstruction Telegraph
     
    By Nick Britten
    Last Updated: 1:49pm BST 08/04/2008 
     
    Gerry and Kate McCann have been asked to return to Portugal to take part in a large-scale re-enactment of the hours surrounding Madeleine's disappearance.
     
    The McCanns' lawyers have met the Portuguese police authorities who requested that they return to the resort of Praia da Luz where their daughter disappeared almost a year ago.
     
    Today they were locked in negotiations about what the re-enactment should contain and what purpose it would serve.
     
    While the couple are willing to help keep the case in the public eye, they are concerned about going back to Praia da Luz while their status as official suspects remains, and are seeking assurances that any re-construction is used to generate new leads in the hunt for their missing daughter.
     
    Friends of the couple said that Mrs McCann may be too traumatised to take part. One said: "There has been no apparent thought given to her emotional position in taking part in such a re-enactment."
     
    A family source said the McCanns had not ruled out taking part and the issue was under discussion.
     
    He said: "There are loads of questions still to be addressed such as whether the twins, Sean and Amelie, will be required and what the actual re-enactment will be used for.
     
    "No-one knows whether it will be done behind closed doors or whether it will be a Crimewatch-style reconstruction used to try and generate new leads. All these types of things need to be ironed out before a decision is made."
     
    Any reconstruction would be an unusual move for the Portuguese police as it is not a tactic normally used in investigations.
     
    The BBC show Crimewatch approached the Portuguese authorities shortly after Madeleine, 4, disappeared last May, but were turned down and told it was not normal practise.
     
    A couple of possible dates have been discussed, the earliest so far being in mid-May. It won't take place in or around the first anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance on May 3.
     
    While Mr and Mrs McCann insist they have done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide, they are nervous the police have an ulterior motive to taking them back to Portugal.
     
    However, they are keen to do anything that will help keep Madeleine's profile high and possibly generate new information in the hunt for her.
     
    The source said: "The family lawyers are naturally wary and are wondering why the police want to do it now when they had the chance to do it when the trail was a lot warmer and how it will help the search for Madeleine.
     
    "Gerry and Kate suggested months ago that a reconstruction should take place but were told by the police that they didn't do it.
     
    "We want to be sure that no confusion or contradiction comes out of this and this it doesn't in any way make matters worse.
     
    "They are happy to assist the police in anything that might help them generate new leads but there are genuine considerations to be discussed."
     
    On Tuesday Leicestershire police began re-questioning the McCanns' holiday friends, starting with Jane Tanner, 37, who claims to have seen a man carrying away a child at the time Madeleine went missing.
     
    Senior Portuguese police are sitting in on the interviews but are not allowed to question anyone themselves. Over the next three days, they will interview all of the so-called Tapas Seven.
     
    McCanns Are Called Back To Portugal Sky News
     
     
    Updated: 16:22, Tuesday April 08, 2008
     
    The parents of Madeleine McCann have been asked to return to Portugal for a reconstruction of her alleged abduction, Sky sources understand.
     
    Crime correspondent Martin Brunt said Portuguese authorities were requesting that Kate and Gerry go back for a "Crimewatch-style" event.
     
    But it is feared Mrs McCann, whose four-year-old daughter vanished on May 3 last year, would find such a trip too traumatic, Brunt said.
     
    He added the reconstruction could involve friends - dubbed the Tapas Seven - who were dining with the McCanns while the child was allegedly snatched from a holiday apartment in the Praia da Luz resort.
     
    The parents' spokesman Clarence Mitchell told Sky News: "Kate and Gerry very much welcome the idea of any reconstruction that is televised... that could generate important new calls and new leads in the search for Madeleine."
     
    Both McCanns are still official suspects in the Portuguese police probe into the girl's disappearance and Kate has not been back to the resort since returning to England in September.
     
    Mr Mitchell said: "(The McCanns) and their friends want to resolve this - they want to make it clear to the police that there is no evidence to implicate Kate and Gerry and that they should be eliminated from the inquiry.
     
    "The family will do whatever is necessary to assist the police and this particular (reconstruction) proposal is just that."
     
    But he made it clear the couple were still undecided on whether to return to the resort.
     
    The news comes as British officers began questioning members of the Tapas Seven.
     
    Three Portuguese detectives are sitting in on the interviews, believed to be with friends Jane Tanner and her partner Russell O'Brien, at Leicestershire Constabulary's headquarters in Enderby.
     
    Kate McCann 'upset' by reconstruction invitation Worksop Guardian
     
  • Published Date: 08 April 2008
  • Source: Press Association
  •  
    Kate McCann is "upset" at a decision by police to invite her and Gerry back to Portugal to take part in a reconstruction, a friend of the Rothley couple said.
     
    Portuguese officers have invited the McCanns to participate in a reconstruction of the night Madeleine vanished from their holiday apartment in the resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 last year.

    It is not known whether friends who were on holiday with the McCanns, other holiday-makers and staff working at the resort will also be invited to take part in the reconstruction.

    The friend of the McCanns said: "Kate is upset. There's been no sense of concern for her feelings or the anguish it will cause her. On an emotional level she is not sure she can go through with it."

    The friend added: "The family will consider it. If it's felt that there's a chance of it helping to find Madeleine then, of course, they will do it. But given it is a year on, you have to wonder about the value of it."

    Kate, 40, a GP, has not returned to work and has remained at home since her daughter disappeared. Gerry, 39, has returned to work as a heart surgeon.

    It is believed that any reconstruction would not be televised, although Clarence Mitchell, the family's spokesman, said Kate and Gerry will welcome an opportunity to take part in a televised Crimewatch reconstruction in Portugal if it helps find four-year-old Madeleine.

    The couple will not be travelling back to Portugal to mark the anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance on May 3 if they remain arguidos - formal suspects.

    Producers from Crimewatch had put forward a request to do a reconstruction within the first month of Madeleine's disappearance.

    It is understood that due to the secrecy of Portuguese law, this offer was turned down by police there.

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    Kate Upset Over Reconstruction Invite Sky News
     
    Updated: 02:44, Wednesday April 09, 2008 
     
    Kate McCann is said to be "upset" over a request that she and her husband Gerry take part in a reconstruction of the night their daughter Madeleine went missing.
     
    Sky's crime correspondent Martin Brunt reported that Portuguese authorities were requesting that the McCanns go back to Praia da Luz for a "Crimewatch-style" event in mid-May.
     
    But it is feared Mrs McCann, whose four-year-old daughter vanished on May 3 last year, would find such a trip too traumatic, Brunt said.
     
    A friend of the couple said: "Kate is upset. There's been no sense of concern for her feelings or the anguish it will cause her.
     
    "On an emotional level she is not sure she can go through with it."
     
    The friend added: "The family will consider it. If it's felt that there's a chance of it helping to find Madeleine then, of course, they will do it.
     
    "But given it is a year on, you have to wonder about the value of it."
     
    The parents' spokesman Clarence Mitchell told Sky News: "Kate and Gerry very much welcome the idea of any reconstruction that is televised... that could generate important new calls and new leads in the search for Madeleine."
     
    Both McCanns are still official suspects in the Portuguese police probe into the girl's disappearance and Kate has not been back to the resort since returning to England in September.
     
    Mr Mitchell said: "(The McCanns) and their friends want to resolve this - they want to make it clear to the police that there is no evidence to implicate Kate and Gerry and that they should be eliminated from the inquiry.
     
    "The family will do whatever is necessary to assist the police and this particular (reconstruction) proposal is just that."
     
    But he made it clear the couple were still undecided on whether to return to the resort.
     
    The news comes as British officers began questioning members of the Tapas Seven.
     
    Three Portuguese detectives sat in on the interviews with friends Jane Tanner and her partner Russell O'Brien, at Leicestershire Constabulary's headquarters in Enderby.
     
    A source close to Ms Tanner said that she and her partner left Leicestershire's constabulary headquarters shortly after Portuguese detectives at about 9pm.
     
    The source said: "We understand that everything is fine and it was a good opportunity to get their point of view across. Everything was fine and they felt it went well.
     
    "There was nothing unexpected and it was a good opportunity to get their point of view over strongly."
     
    McCanns To Argue For Child Alert System Sky News
     
    Updated: 08:36, Wednesday April 09, 2008 
     
    The parents of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann are helping to set up a dedicated information hotline for missing children that will be available across Europe.
     
    Kate and Gerry McCann are visiting Brussels as part of the campaign to bring in a dedicated alert system for abducted children.
     
    The phone number - 116 000 - will work from phones across the continent.
     
    Kate, 40, and Gerry, 39, from Rothley, Leics, recently visited America to see the "Amber" alert system.
     
    This allows police to commandeer the airwaves and television channels in different states if they believe a child has been abducted.
     
    The system also allows news alerts, often including the registration number of a suspect's vehicle, to be flashed up on digital signs on main roads.
     
    Tomorrow the couple will give a presentation to MEPs at the European Parliament in Brussels, providing them with details about how the system works and the case for introducing it in Europe.
     
    The couple say such a system could have helped find their daughter Madeleine in the crucial hours after she went missing from their apartment in the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 last year.
     
    The move has received cross-party support in the European Parliament and is being sponsored by five MEPs.
     
    Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, said: "For Kate and Gerry this is an important opportunity to ensure better co-ordination in Europe when a child goes missing to make sure that no other family goes through the anguish that they are continuing to endure.
     
    "They hope to get the support of a majority of the Parliament's MEPs and with such a moral authority they hope that the European Commission will ensure that such a system comes in to being."
     
    For the proposal to be brought forward, it would have to be signed by a majority of the 785 MEPs within three months.
     
    This week Portuguese police asked the couple to return to Praia da Luz to take part in a reconstruction of the events of May 3.
     
    McCanns to re-enact Madeleine kidnapping Daily Record
     
    Apr 9 2008 By Rod Chaytor  
     
    POLICE have asked Kate and Gerry McCann to return to Portugal for a reconstruction of the disappearance of their missing daughter, Madeleine.

    The couple were last night considering the request as Portuguese cops, who flew to the UK on Monday, began to interview friends who were with the couple on the night Madeleine vanished.

    The so-called "Tapas Seven" are also being asked to return to the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz, where the three-year-old disappeared on May 3 last year.

    The proposal is now under discussion - 10 months after Portuguese police flatly refused to let BBC's Crimewatch stage a similar event.

    Last night, McCann spokesman Clarence Mitchell gave a qualified welcome to the police request.

    He said: "A proposal by the Portuguese police has been received and is being considered by our lawyers.
     
    "Kate and Gerry would welcome a Crimewatch-style re-enactment which could be broadcast to millions of people around the world and could generate important new leads and fresh information.
     
    "But it would be untrue to say that they have been called back or summoned back."

    However, last night, a family friend fumed: "No thought at all appears to have been given to the emotional effect this would have on the parents - and Kate in particular.
     
    "Kate is privately not sure she would be mentally strong enough to walk back into Madeleine's bedroom in the apartment and re-enact her reactions.
     
    "Would a lookalike play the part of Madeleine and how could Kate cope with that?
     
    "She finds the idea deeply distressing."
     
    Jane and Russell "grilled" by the PJ: Witnesses with bad memory 24horas
     
    Jane Tanner did not even manage to repeat the description of the man she claimed to have seen with a child in the arms in that fateful night
     
    Text by Carlos Tomas, in Leicester
    (Thanks to Joana Morais for translation) 
     
    Jane Tanner, one of the main witnesses in the process of Maddie's disappearance, yesterday again, gave a different account from the previous ones. Questioned by the PJ team that was sent to England, Jane did not manage to explain how, when and where she saw the supposed kidnapper - the same that, in November, she described in a very detailed way for the making of a sketched portrait of the suspect. Yesterday, Tanner could not even tell if she went to check on her own children in the bedroom at the Ocean Club. The sentence "I do not remember", ended up being her most frequent answer. "She entered very calm and even smiled. When she went out she was trembling and her face was very red. She did not speak with anyone", described to 24horas a source at the headquarters from the Leicester police.
     
    We were able to establish that Tanner was confronted with the fact that, in her first statement, back in May, she said nothing relevant, later said that she saw a man carrying, which seemed to her, a child in his arms and, in November, she described the alleged kidnapper. The answer was: “I do not remember it well anymore” .The investigators even asked Jane to give again the description of the person, but the witness gave different indications from those that were used to make the drawing that ran throughout the world.

    Also heard yesterday was Russell O'Brien, Jane's husband, who says he had gone to see the children at the same time that Maddie disappeared. He said, back in May, that the children had vomited, but the management of the resort Ocean Club assured that, on that night, nobody asked for any change of bed sheets. Questioned, Russell could not explain the discrepancy.

    Today there will be cross-examinations to David and Fiona Payne, who organized the holidays of the group in the Praia da Luz.
     
    PJ wants the McCanns in the location of the crime Correio da Manha
     
    09 April 2008, 10:00h
    (Thanks to Joana Morais for translation) 
     
    The Judiciary Police wants to have in Portugal, in the next month, Kate and Gerry McCann, the British couple whose three-year-old daughter disappeared from Praia da Luz, Algarve. The objective of the Portuguese investigators is to try, with a re-enactment of the night on the 3rd of May in the location of the crime, to understand the various contradictions of the statements given by the last persons who saw Maddie alive. In this group, there are seven friends who were accompanying the McCanns in the dinner of the Tapas Bar, when the alarm of the disappearance of the girl was given.

    Clarence Mitchell, the press adviser of the family, confirmed yesterday the PJ’s request, but did not reveal dates, or details of the re-enactment. He was not clear on the possibility of the McCanns returning, leaving in the 'air the hypothesis' that the couple would accept willingly the diligence if they stopped being arguidos.

    Other of the wishes of the McCanns to agree to the participation in the reconstitution would be that the same is subjected to a TV broadcast. Something that is unthinkable in the light of the legal Portuguese system, where the process is kept under the secrecy of Justice. Police sources said to the CM that the shelving of the suspicions against the parents of the child are not predictable before the end of the inquiry. Gerry, Kate or other of the English friends who spent holidays in Luz are not obliged to return, unless, if there are strong signs of the practice of a crime, which would lead to international warrants to be issued.

    IMPORTANT WITNESSES

    The day of yesterday was important for the PJ. They cross-examined again Jane Tanner and Russell O'Brien, the couple that had the biggest contradictions in the statements given in the last months. The PJ was intending to know exactly where Jane affirmed to have seen Maddie's kidnapper and how she managed to describe him after several months, although she did not do it on the days that followed the girl’s disappearance. Another doubt was how it was possible for her to see a man carrying a child in front of the apartment exactly at the same hour while Gerry was standing just a few meters away. And why Maddie’s father and a friend that were talking in that place did not see the same stranger with the girl.

    As for Russell, the objective is to explain his goings to the bedroom where his daughters was sleeping, during the dinner. The Englishman was the one who stayed away longer from the table of the restaurant. He said what one of the daughters had vomited while she was sleeping, but there was no request to change dirty bed sheets.

    SPECTACLE AT THE POLICE DOOR

    The police display yesterday was enormous, during the whole morning and afternoon, near the installations of the police of Leicester. Dozens of photographers concentrated near the gates and tried to register the entries of the main protagonists: three elements of the PJ (Paulo Rebelo on the right, in the photo from above, accompanied by his team of inspectors) and the couple Jane Tanner and Russell O'Brien.

    HIGH SECURITY ON THE POLICE STATION

    The headquarters of the Leicester Police - where the interrogations took place - is surrounded by great measures of security. Nobody goes through the gate without obtaining a prior authorization.

    MADDIE'S MOTHER AT HOME

    Kate McCann came yesterday at the door of house. Only to close the door, furious, while noticing the presence of Portuguese journalists. Her friend wrote down the license plate of the car of the CM and phoned to the spokesman of the couple, Clarence Mitchell.

    TEAM WITH AGITATED DAY

    The three elements of the Judiciary Police which will, until next Friday, accompany the interrogations to the friends of the McCanns went out early from the Ramada Hotel, where they are staying. Before 09h00 a car of the Leicester police stopped at the Hotel's main entry and took the investigators even to headquarters. They entered in the headquarters in great speed and followed up to a building which was not possible for the journalists to see. There, they accompanied the investigations, which were made by the local police. They could not ask questions directly to the witnesses, but they where allowed to make suggestions.

    The rogatory letter was sufficient to authorize new questions and even to request new diligences. What can still be done until next Friday

    'UNTOUCHABLE' IMAGE OF KATE E GERRY

    The neighbourhood is peaceful. Equal to others which fill the small city of Rothley, where several practically equal dwellings stand out. In the street that gives access to the house - the McCanns House is the last one of the village and can be distinguished by the toys that are kept near one of the windows – there are almost no signs of life.
    Two cars are at the door and Kate and Gerry prepared their trip to Brussels, set for tomorrow, with the couple travelling in a flight expected to be in the end of the afternoon and with a departure of an airport of London.

    A little time has passed since the lunch hour when, the door opens and Kate comes to the entry. She says goodbye to a friend but the presence of the journalists of the CM hastens the farewell. Kate closes the door, remains hidden and Englishman that had gone out from the house stops in front of the car rented by the CM. Ostensibly, taking the number of the license plate and, by phone, he informs Clarence Mitchell, the adviser of the McCanns, that there are journalists at the door of the couple - a break of the compromise taken by the generality of the journalists, who accepted rules imposed by the McCanns and guided visits of the couple for photographic sessions. The CM does not accept compromises of this type.

    When the incident ended - with the exit of the journalists of the CM-, the city seems to have forgotten Maddie.

    DETAILS

    HOTEL CHANGES RULES
    The stay of the Policia Judiciaria from Portimao at the Ramada Hotel, in Leicester, changed that unit's internal rules. The bar, which usually remained open for non-guests until 1 a.m., now closes at 11 p.m.

    PACIFIC FAMILIARITY
    Portuguese journalists and police are put up in the same hotel, in the centre of the city of Leicester. The familiarity between all is appeasing, but the silence is maintained. Paulo Rebelo the PJ‘s coordinator and responsible for the department of Portimão, goes on repeating to the journalists that he does not give any statements.

    CHANGE OF COURSE
    At the same hour in that several of journalists were concentrated at the door of the police of Leicester to register the arrival of Jane Tanner and Russell O’Brien, to be questioned, Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman of the McCann, was calling the reporters for a press conference at 20 kilometres of distance. The dash was general.

    50 WITNESSES
    The lawyers of the couple McCann presented a list to the police of more than 50 persons, besides the group of friends that spent holidays with them in Praia da Luz, to be heard in England. They are close persons of the couple, defence witnesses.

    FRIENDS WITHOUT LAWYERS
    As they are cross-examined in the capacity of witnesses, all the friends of the McCanns have no use for the lawyers' presence.

    CRUCIAL WITNESSES
    The most important evidences are those of Jane and Russell, the first ones being heard because they assume total priority for the Judiciary Police.

    EMPTY MEMORIAL
    In Rothley, the memorial to the dead in the world wars, where were the most varied objects put in memory of the child, has nothing now.

    SILENCE RULES
    In the commercial establishments nobody wants to talk about the child, keeping some distance of the motives of a disappearance that ran throughout the World.
     
    Portuguese police continue to interview McCann friends IOL
     
    4/9/2008 - 11:47:13 AM 
     
    Portuguese detectives continue to sit in on interviews with friends of Kate and Gerry McCann, police confirmed today.

    It is believed the witnesses being questioned today are 34-year-old Fiona and 41-year-old David Payne from Leicester.

    Police said that witnesses and Portuguese detectives had arrived at the force's headquarters in Enderby today to be re-interviewed.

    The force's spokeswoman would not say which members of the Tapas Seven - friends of the McCanns who were with them the night their four-year-old daughter Madeleine disappeared – were being re-interviewed.

    The interviews are being conducted by British officers as a three-man team of Portuguese detectives, led by Paulo Rebelo, listen in.

    Yesterday, Jane Tanner, 37, and her partner, 36-year-old Russell O’Brien, did not leave the interviews until 9pm, about ten hours after they arrived.

    But sources said they were allowed a number of breaks and that the interviews had given them the chance to put their point of view across "strongly".

    Meanwhile, Mr and Mrs McCann continue to prepare for their trip to Brussels later today. They are travelling down to London this afternoon, where they will catch the Eurostar to the Belgium capital.

    Tomorrow, the couple from Rothley, Leicestershire, will carry out a PowerPoint presentation to MEPs about the need for greater co-ordination between European countries when a child is abducted.

    Their plan includes the introduction of a new dedicated information hotline.
     
    Madeleine McCanns' parents to address MEPs Telegraph
     
    By Caroline Gammell
    Last Updated: 12:54pm BST 09/04/2008 
     
    Kate and Gerry McCann will address MEPs in Brussels tomorrow to call for a European-wide missing child alert system as the friends on holiday with them in Portugal when Madeleine disappeared continue to be questioned by police.
     
    The couple travelled to Belgium today to prepare for their presentation to the European Parliament, which has been sponsored by MEPs from England, Wales, Italy and Germany.
     
    It is nearly a year since Madeleine vanished from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz as her parents dined with seven friends at a tapas bar nearby.
     
    They have campaigned relentlessly to find their daughter and hired private detectives in Spain, but no trace of the little girl has been found.
     
    Suspicion fell on the couple themselves last September when they were named arguidos or suspects in their daughter's disappearance and they are desperate to clear their names.
     
    While they are away, friends with them on the night Madeleine went missing are being questioned by Leicestershire Police in the presence of Portuguese detectives.
     
    The first to be interviewed - Jane Tanner and Russell O'Brien - did not leave the force headquarters in Enderby until 9pm on Tuesday night, while Fiona Payne and husband David were interviewed today.
     
    Portuguese police arrived in Britain on Monday and asked Mr McCann, 39, and Mrs McCann, 40, to take part in a full reconstruction back in the Algarve.
     
    Although they are willing to help keep the case in the spotlight, they are concerned about going to Portugal while they are still regarded as suspects.
     
    Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the fact that the McCanns were going to Brussels while the Portuguese police were in the UK was just a coincidence.
     
    He said the pair, from Rothley in Leicestershire, saw the alert system as a way of creating some good out of their situation.
     
    "For Kate and Gerry this is an important opportunity to ensure better co-operation throughout Europe when a child goes missing and to make sure that no other family goes through the anguish that they are continuing to endure," he said.
     
    "They hope to get the support of the majority of MEPs and, with such moral authority, they also hope that the European Commission will ensure that such a child alert system comes into being."
     
    Their declaration, which was drafted with the help of Geoffrey Robertson QC, calls for an alert system which tells border authorities, customs, police and law enforcement agencies, as well as media outlets, when a child goes missing.
     
    Included in the alert is the identity of the child, a photograph, information about potential abductors and a general telephone hotline for people to contact.
     
    They will also call for greater cooperation between countries and the creation of a central European body to provide assistance and training about missing children to the different member states.
     
    The declaration has been backed by five MEPs - Edward McMillan-Scott MEP (England), Diana Wallis MEP (England), Roberta Angelilli MEP (Italy), Glenys Kinnock MEP (Wales) and Evelyne Gebhardt MEP (Germany).
     
    MEPs will be able to sign the declaration at the next plenary session in Strasbourg, where it will remain open for three months. A majority of 785 MEPs are needed for the document to be adopted by parliament.
     
    RTP Video report from Sandra Felgueiras Video link here
     
    09 - 04 - 2008
    Sandra Felqueiras 
     
    Part translation from the video:
     
    "Silence is the key to the success of this mission of the PJ on UK soil, so the coordinator of the Madeleine case has already assured us that the testimonies given by the seven friends of the McCanns to Leicestershire police will be maintained in secret.
     
    "RTP knows that the reconstitution of the events involving the group, in the hours preceding the disappearance of Madeleine, only makes sense if by the end of this week contradictions persist. But for the PJ it is inconceivable that the McCanns feel that it is possible to negotiate with the Portuguese legal system."
     
    "A source connected to the investigation informed us that the McCanns know very well that their arguido status will not be removed until the trial. Since neither the McCanns nor their friends can be forced to return to PDL, most probably, this diligence will never take place. Also, PJ assumes that they would never accept the conditions imposed by Kate and Gerry McCann."
     
    RTP Video report from Sandra Felgueiras Video link here
     
    09 - 04 - 2008
    Sandra Felqueiras 
     
    (Note: A short segment of this video is in English) 
     
    In Portuguese, Sandra says that the McCanns heard on the way to Brussels that their Portuguese lawyers have accepted that they will return to Praia da Luz on 15-16 May. She adds that the PJ are saying that they know nothing but she says that already yesterday it was obvious there was a disagreement.
     
    The video then proceeds with a short interview with Clarence Mitchell, presumably filmed yesterday to highlight signs of the disagreement. Sandra says to Clarence Mitchell that Rogério Alves, one of the McCanns Portuguese lawyers, has said he wants the McCanns to return to Praia da Luz but Mr Mitchell denies any decisions have yet been made.
     
    She says that the PJ don't really expect them there, and they know very well that they will stay arguido until the end of the enquiry.

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    McCann alert 'could have helped' BBC News 
     
    Page last updated at 11:11 GMT, Thursday, 10 April 2008 12:11 UK
     
     
    The parents of missing Madeleine McCann believe there would have been a greater chance of finding her if a missing child alert system had been used.
     
    Kate and Gerry McCann have appealed to the European Parliament to improve co-ordination between countries for the existing system.
     
    Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, went missing aged three on holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, last May.
     
    Her parents said alerts should be restricted to the most serious cases.
     
    They said the alert system had worked well in the US where hundreds of children had been recovered, and in France where it had been used five times and all five children had been found.
     
    'Time is the enemy'
     
    Mrs McCann described the system as a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies and media and transport companies.
     
    An alert is published immediately when a child is abducted.
     
    "The concept is quite simple in that time is the enemy in the case of a missing child and the goal is to instantly galvanise the entire community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of that child," she said.
     
    Mr McCann emphasised that the alert system should be used only in cases where police believe the child's life is at risk - such as in Madeleine's case, even though at first it was thought she had just wandered off.
     
    "We have clearly stated that the alert should be used for the most dangerous cases, and there is no doubt that a very young child who has gone missing late at night, from an apartment, and particularly in a foreign country, would meet the criteria," Mr McCann said.
     
    While in Brussels, the McCanns held a private meeting with Edward McMillan-Scott, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, who is a driving force behind the scheme, and made a presentation to MEPs.
     
    Across the EU there are big differences in how reports on missing children are handled, and Mr McCann said he was "exasperated" by the lack of progress getting an Europe-wide alert system in place.
     
    Countries such as the UK, France and Belgium have systems for nationwide alerts, while others do not even keep national records of those reported missing.
     
    Full alerts
     
    The EU has a missing child hotline number, but it has been widely publicised in only four countries.
     
    France and Greece are the only EU countries to have so far introduced full alerts along the lines of the amber system.
     
    In a written declaration, MEPs urged better training for police and a central register of all known sex offenders in Europe.
     
    Mr and Mrs McCann remain "arguidos" or formal suspects in relation to the disappearance of their daughter.
     
    Portuguese police have asked the couple to return to Portugal for a reconstruction of the night Madeleine disappeared.
     
    'Not going back'
     
    The McCanns have yet to decide whether to participate.
     
    Asked about plans for the anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance, Mrs McCann said it was a "private matter".
     
    Her husband said they would "certainly not be going back" to Portugal on 3 May.
     
    Mrs McCann said she was still hopeful Madeleine would be found alive.
     
    "There's been many cases of children who've been recovered after a long period of time.
     
    "I mean, none of us know what's happened to Madeleine - apart from the person who took her.
     
    "But, there's still hope there - and we have absolutely no evidence, whatsoever, that Madeleine has come to any harm."
     
    Smiling Kate's Maddie mission The Sun 
     
    By Antonella Lazzeri
    Published: 10 Apr 2008 
     
    SMILING Kate McCann heads to Brussels yesterday to launch a child alert system she believes may have found Maddie in hours.
     
    Kate and husband Gerry, 40, want Euro MPs to adopt the scheme based on the US Amber Alert plan.
     
    Messages are broadcast on motorway billboards, radio and TV when a child goes missing.
     
    Spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Kate and Gerry saw the Amber Alert system operating and they believe Europe and Britain need to bring it in urgently."
     
    Meanwhile Tapas 7 pals Dr Matthew Oldfield, 37, and wife Rachael, 36, who ate with the McCanns the night Maddie, four, vanished from Praia da Luz, were interviewed by cops in Leicester as Portuguese officers listened in.
     
    Reconstruction at risk 24horas 
     
    PJ ponders giving up on the diligence for lack of cooperation from the witnesses
     
    Carlos Tomas in Leicester
    Published: 10 Apr 2008
    (Thanks to Joana Morais for translation)
     
    Kate says she does not know if she can live the nightmare again. The other elements also fail to show any will to return to the Algarve

    "We request your cooperation." This is how the letter that was sent by the Policia Judiciaria to the people that were present at the Ocean Club resort, Praia da Luz, Algarve, on the 3rd of May 2007, ends. The purpose is to carry out, on the 15th and 16th of May, a reconstruction of the events of the day that Madeleine McCann disappeared. But the PJ knows that it is not likely to take place.

    Until the end of the day, yesterday, the PJ, having made the requests a month ago, had not received any reply from the little girl's parents, from the seven friends with whom they dined and from three other witnesses that are considered to be fundamental.

    "There is no reply until now. The McCanns have appended a document to the process files, stating that they are available to come to Portugal on the 15th and 16th of May, but it's simply a declaration of their intentions. They do not guarantee that they will be present", a source from the criminal section of the Portimao court has told 24Horas.
     
    Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, confirms that the PJ suggested several dates (three) for the reconstitution to be carried out, but he states that Maddie's parents still "have not agreed to return to Portugal". And he adds that the couple prefers to wait for the end of the interrogations that the PJ and the British police are making to the friends with whom they dined on the fateful day.

    "Emotional impact" on Kate McCann

    "The PJ did not take into account the emotional impact that the reconstitution of the facts would provoke on the family, especially on Kate, who cannot stand the idea of seeing another child pretending to be Madeleine", Mitchell says.

    The spokesman insisted on denying that Kate and Gerry had imposed any conditions on the Public Ministry or on the PJ to return to Portugal, contrary to what has been reported by some of the media: "The McCanns have never imposed any condition. Nobody is negotiating with the Public Ministry or with the PJ. They will never impose any type of special treatment."

    According to Mitchell, the only thing that is being pondered is the filming of the reconstitution, if it comes to be carried out, by the BBC's CrimeWatch show, given the fact that "it's seen by millions of people and it could bring new information concerning Maddie's whereabouts".

    For now, the magistrate who directs the investigations, the prosecutor Magalhães e Menezes, is going to request the extension of the inquiry for another 90 days.

    Witnesses of little value

    The PJ team that was sent to England, led by Paulo Rebelo, has heard another two witnesses in the Maddie case, yesterday. Rachel and Matthew Oldfield were reportedly questioned. They dined at the Tapas Bar on the fateful night and left an 18-month-old child alone, in an apartment of the Ocean Club, for several hours.

    Matthew initially stated that he had checked on the McCanns' children, but as he heard no noise, he thought they were asleep and did not enter. Later he said that he had noticed more light inside the apartment, but paid no attention and returned to the Tapas. He was confronted with the discrepancies in these statements by the authorities, yesterday.

    His wife, Rachel, never left the Tapas Bar, a version that she has always maintained and which is corroborated by the restaurant's employees.

    Facts

    Silence. Paulo Rebelo avoids the journalists. "I'm not saying anything", is the sentence that he seems to have memorized already.

    Meeting. Paulo Rebelo's team will hold a meeting tomorrow with the prosecutor who directs the process, Magalhães e Menezes.

     

    McCanns left Madeleine sobbing on the night before she vanished Daily Mail (Note: This is an updated version of a previous report which is detailed below)
     
    By VANESSA ALLEN
    Last updated at 22:31pm on 10th April 2008
     
    Madeleine McCann was left sobbing for her mother the night before she vanished, it was revealed yesterday.
     
    Kate and Gerry McCann left their daughter, then three, and twins Sean and Amelie, two, crying in their bedroom and did not respond to their tears.
     
    In a leaked police statement, Mrs McCann told detectives that Madeleine had scolded her the next morning - the last they were to spend together.
     
    She said: "While we were having breakfast, Madeleine said, 'Mummy, why didn't you come when we were crying last night?'
     
    "Gerry and I spoke for a couple of minutes and agreed to keep a closer watch over the children."
     
    But, just hours later, the McCanns left the three alone in their unlocked holiday apartment to have dinner with friends.
     
    They have faced furious criticism over the decision, and have spoken of their guilt that an abductor could have watched them leave and then snatched Madeleine.
     
    Yesterday the McCanns confirmed the leaked police statements were genuine but strongly criticised the police for allowing the documents to become public.
     
    The row overshadowed their visit to the European Parliament, where they made an impassioned appeal for a Europe-wide alert system for abducted children.
     
    Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "The timing of this is frankly suspicious.
     
    "We would like an internal inquiry about why this piece of information has emerged on the very day that Kate and Gerry are doing a high-profile visit to Brussels to call for improvements in child welfare and safety.
     
    "Kate and Gerry have been nothing but honest and open and they have been the victims of leaks and smears."
     
    A friend of the couple said they were "angry and disappointed" about the leak.
     
    He said: "The minute that you talk about Madeleine crying is the minute that the vultures will move in and this is why this has been leaked.
     
    "It is a blatantly cynical attempt to smear them."
     
    Portuguese police refused to comment on the leaked statements.
     
    Detectives have been infuriated by the couple's political influence and by Gordon Brown's interest in the case.
     
    There has also been criticism of the McCanns' decision to spearhead a campaign while they remain official suspects in the 11-month investigation.
     
    The police statement from Mrs McCann, 40, said she and her husband spoke on the night of May 3, before they went out for dinner, and said what a wonderful holiday they had enjoyed.
     
    Just two hours later, their lives were to be shattered when she returned to the apartment and discovered Madeleine's bed was empty.
     
    In her statement she said she screamed: "Maddie isn't there. Someone's taken her."
     
    In Mr McCann's police statement he said: "I thought it couldn't be and ran towards the apartment along the same route as always. I looked everywhere."
     
    Madeleine has not been seen since that night, despite scores of unconfirmed sightings.
     
    Her parents have always denied any involvement in her disappearance and any suggestion that they neglected their children.
     
    A friend of the couple suggested the little girl could have been crying on the night of May 2 because an abductor had disturbed her in the apartment.
     
    The friend, who asked not to be named, said: "Why was she crying? Had she been disturbed by someone? They didn't know, they felt it was important to mention to the police."
     
    Yesterday the McCanns addressed MEPs in Brussels about a proposed European alert system for abducted children.
     
    They want a similar system to the Amber Alert scheme in the U.S. which sees details of missing children and potential suspects circulated within hours of a disappearance.
     
    "Madeleine was an incredibly happy, confident and loved little girl," she said. "This time last year we were a very happy family.
     
    "I am unable to convey to you just how totally devastating Madeleine's abduction was. It's been totally awful.
     
    "If anyone wanted to inflict the maximum amount of pain on us they have certainly achieved that."
     
    She said she clung to the possibility that Madeleine was alive, saying: "We certainly still have hope."

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    Portuguese police claim McCanns left Madeleine crying in her bedroom the night before she disappeared Daily Mail

    Last updated at 16:08pm on 10th April 2008
     
    Kate McCann admitted they left their daughter Madeleine alone and crying in their holiday apartment on the night before she disappeared, it has been reported.
     
    The accusations stem from leaked statements apparently given by the couple to police in the immediate aftermath of the incident in May last year.
     
    Portuguese police - who are believed to be infuriated by the McCanns' political influence and by Prime Minister Gordon Brown's interest in the case - apparently leaked the statements to coincide with the couple's visit to the European Parliament.
     
    The McCanns are in Brussels to call on MEPs to call for a Europe-wide centre to help finding missing children.
     
    Excerpts from the statements were broadcast by the Spanish station Telecinco, including a section of Mrs McCann's statement in which she allegedly said Madeleine was left crying in the family's holiday apartment on the night before she vanished.
     
    She was reported to have told police that Madeleine remonstrated with her over breakfast the next day, asking why her mother had not come to her room to comfort her.
     
    In the statement, Mrs McCann, 40, and her husband allegedly agreed they should be more vigilant.
     
    Since their daughter's disappearance, the couple have faced widespread criticism over their decision to leave Madeleine and their two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie sleeping in their holiday apartment while they went out for dinner with friends in a nearby restaurant.
     
    Their spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, refused to confirm if the leaked statements were genuine.
     
    He said: "I am not going to confirm or deny the content of any statements Gerry and Kate have made.
     
    "But we are extremely concerned such material, if it is authentic, has apparently been leaked."
     
    The claims came as the McCanns urged MEPs to adopt an "Amber Alert" scheme liked the one used in the US.
     
    This broadcasts international radio and TV warnings in the vital first few hours after a child goes missing.
     
    Mrs McCann said: "Alert systems have clearly demonstrated that they help save lives. Please do not wait for another child and family to suffer as we have."
     
    The couple also want more co-operation between countries when search efforts are under way.
     
    As they addressed the politicians - the first time they have spoken publicly since being named as suspects in their daughter's disappearance - Mrs McCann clutched a favourite photograph of Madeleine.
     
    She also carried the toddler's soft toy, Cuddle Cat, with her to give her courage.
     
    She spoke of the devastating impact Madeleine's disappearance had had on her family.
     
    She said: "Madeleine was an incredibly happy, confident and loved little girl. This time last year we were a very happy family.
     
    "I am unable to convey to you just how totally devastating Madeleine's abduction was. It's been totally awful.
     
    "If anyone wanted to inflict the maximum amount of pain on us they have certainly achieved that."
     
    She said she clung to the belief Madeleine was alive, saying: "We certainly still have hope."
     
    The McCanns' call for increased resources to find missing children came as the couple revealed they will not return to Portugal to mark the first anniversary of their daughter's disappearance on May 3.
     
    However, they said they are considering a Portuguese police request for them to take part in a reconstruction of the day Madeleine vanished.
     
    Mr McCann defended himself and his wife against accusations that they should not be spearheading the "Amber Alert" campaign while they remain suspects, or arguidos, in the Portuguese police investigation.
     
    He said: "We don't know how long we are going to be arguidos.
     
    "We are very concerned that until this system is implemented other children and other families could suffer."
     
    Mr McCann said he had been "exasperated" by bureaucracy surrounding their early attempts to publicise Madeleine's disappearance in Portugal.
     
    Strict secrecy laws meant police there refused to release descriptions of a suspect seen carrying a child away from their apartment in Praia da Luz.
     
    The couple told MEPs that the Amber Alert system - named after an abducted girl in the U.S. - had led to 68 children being found last year.
     
    Mrs McCann said she believed a similar, Europe-wide system could have helped to find Madeleine.
     
    "I believe the chances of recovery would have been higher. It would have improved our chances," she said.
     
    MEPs attempted to introduce an alert system two years ago but failed to get sufficient support to pass legislation.
     
    The Conservative MEP Edward McMillan-Scott said he backed the couple's proposal for a dedicated European hotline for information on missing children.
     
    A number has already been reserved, but it has yet to go live.
     
    The couple were dining in a tapas restaurant in Praia da Luz - just an hour's drive from the Spanish border - when Madeleine, who was aged three at the time, disappeared.
     
    They believe a system similar to "Amber Alert" could have tracked her down in the hours after she vanished on May 3 last year.
     
    The scheme is named for nine-year-old Amber Hagerman, who went missing and was later killed by her abductor.
     
    Mr McMillan-Scott said it had saved nearly 400 abducted children since 2003, four-fifths of whom were found in the first 72 hours after they went missing.
     
    He said the system worked like a severe weather warning, allowing the authorities to broadcast messages on radio, television and motorway signs. In Europe, only Belgium and France have adopted it.
     
    He added: "Gerry and Kate want a European children centre - like the one in Washington - to bring together governments, the police and the voluntary sector to work on a united front and eliminate layers of frustrating bureaucracy and duplication of work.
     
    "The McCanns tell me that the least they can do is ask for some political will. They have got the support of the leading missing children organisations and the goodwill of every right-minded European.
     
    "It is impossible to know what they are going through. We are all praying for the safe return of Madeleine. At the same time Europe must together do all it can to prevent other families suffering like the McCanns."
     
    The couple's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said: "For Kate and Gerry this is an important opportunity to ensure better co-ordination in Europe when a child goes missing to make sure that no other family goes through the anguish that they are continuing to endure."
     
    An official declaration has been made, and it will remain open for three months. A majority of the 785 MEPs must sign it for it to go before the European Parliament.
     
    While the McCanns are in Brussels, officers from Leicestershire Constabulary will continue to question members of the Tapas Seven - the friends they were dining with on May 3 - as a three-man team of detectives from Portugal listen in.
     
    It is believed that yesterday was the turn of 34-year-old Fiona and 41-year-old David Payne from Leicester.
     
    On Tuesday, detectives questioned Jane Tanner, 37, and her partner, 36-year-old Russell O'Brien, over a ten-hour period.
     
    Madeleine McCann left crying in bedroom the night before she went missing Daily Mirror 
     
    By Mirror.co.uk 10/04/2008
     
    Madeleine McCann asked her mother just hours before her disappearance: "Why didn't you come when we were crying last night?", it was revealed today.
     
    The three-year-old's stark question emerged amid leaked passages from police interviews given by Kate and Gerry McCann directly after their daughter's disappearance in Praia da Luz, Portugal last May.
     
    The couple, who were in Brussels today to launch a bid for a Europe-wide missing child alert system, were angered by the timing of the leak and were convinced it was a "blatant" attempt to smear them.
     
    They called for the Portuguese Justice Ministry to launch an internal investigation into the revelations which would be a serious breach of the country's strict judicial secrecy laws.
     
    One furious friend said: "The minute that you talk about Madeleine crying is the minute that the vultures will pile in, that's why this has been leaked."
     
    Madeleine, who disappeared just days before her fourth birthday, went missing from the McCanns' holiday apartment on the night of May 3 while the couple were eating tapas with friends nearby.
     
    In her first interview with Portuguese detectives, Mrs McCann spoke about a conversation she had with Madeleine just that morning.
     
    "While we were having breakfast, Madeleine said: 'Mum, why didn't you come when we were crying last night?'," she told police.
     
    She added: "Gerry and I talked about it for several minutes and decided to watch over the children more carefully at night."
     
    Friends of the McCanns said tonight that the couple had been "puzzled" by Madeleine's remark at the time as she had not apparently been crying when they called in for regular 20-minute checks from the restaurant across the pool where they dined each night during their holiday.
     
    They said that one of the McCanns' friends Rachael Oldfield, had been in the adjoining flat - on the other side of Madeleine's wall - all evening and had not heard any crying.
     
    The couple also insist Madeleine was not speaking angrily and they did not take it as a reproach. Her reference to "we" is understood to have referred to Madeleine and her younger brother Sean.
     
    Friends said they now believe the comment could even be a clue that an intruder was in the flat on the night of May 2 and briefly disturbed Madeleine and Sean before fleeing.
     
    The Policia Judiciaria interviews were leaked through journalist Nacho Abad, of Spanish television programme Ana Rosa Quintana.
     
    The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Kate and Gerry have been utterly honest and utterly open with the police and all of their statements from the moment that Madeleine was taken.
     
    "The very fact that the comment from Madeleine is now in the public domain is entirely because they themselves told the police about it at the time.
     
    "It is more than curious that this comment, taken in isolation and out of context, that has been in the police file for some 11 months, should now emerge on the very day that they are in Brussels trying to improve children's welfare and child safety.
     
    "They would be more than interested to know if the Portuguese justice ministry will now demand an internal review of the police investigation to get to the bottom of how this material emerged in the way it has, on the day it has.
     
    "Kate and Gerry have been subjected to leaks and smears from day one and I'm afraid this has all the hallmarks of yet another poor attempt to influence the headlines on the very day that they are seeking to achieve some good in Europe."

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    'Where were you mummy?' The Sun 
     
    By STAFF REPORTER
    Published: Today
     
    LITTLE Madeleine McCann asked why Kate and Gerry had not gone to comfort her as she cried the night before she vanished, according to reports.
     
    The four-year-old is said to have asked why mum Kate, 39, had left her and her twin siblings, Sean and Amelie, to sob alone in their room the previous night.
     
    The Spanish TV station Telecinco made the claim as it broadcast translated copies of documents it said were the McCanns' police statements.
     
    Crime reporter Nacho Abad, read out in Spanish an excerpt of the statement he said Kate had given Portuguese police.
     
    He said: "While we were having breakfast, Maddie said, 'Mummy, why didn't you come when we were crying last night?'
     
    "Gerry and I spoke for a couple of minutes and agreed to keep a closer watch over the children."
     
    On realising Madeleine had gone, the TV station said Kate ran back to the tapas bar where her friends were eating and shouted: "Maddie isn’t there. Someone’s taken her."
     
    The McCanns' holiday pals are previously reported to have told police Kate screamed: "Madeleine’s gone, Madeleine’s gone."
     
    The reporter also told how Gerry revealed to police in his statement that workmen had come into their holiday flat to fix a broken window shutter in the main bedroom two days before she went missing.
     
    Today the McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the couple were very concerned about the leak.
     
    Speaking as he returned from a trip to Brussels with them to lobby the EU for a missing child alert system, he said: "I am not going to confirm or deny the content of any statements Gerry and Kate have made.
     
    "But we are extremely concerned such material, if it is authentic, has apparently been leaked."
     
    The McCanns are thought to have spent several nights eating tapas at a restaurant near their holiday complex while their children slept alone in their apartment.
     
    The station claimed Gerry, who checked on the children at 9pm, told police: "I saw the angle of their door had changed and it was open around 45 degrees.
     
    "I thought perhaps Madeleine had woken up and left the room.
     
    "Out of the corner of my eye I looked in our room and couldn’t see her.
     
    "Then I opened the children's door 60 degrees and looked to the left and saw Maddie sleeping with her head on the pillow on the right hand side of the bed.
     
    "She was breathing softly and I thought how beautiful she looked.
     
    "I thought it was quite hot and I didn’t need to cover her up."
     
    In another extract, believed to be from Gerry's statement, it stated: "Kate came running to the bar and said, 'Maddie’s not there, someone has taken her.
     
    "I couldn’t believe it and ran towards the apartment along the same route I always took. I looked everywhere.
     
    "I returned to the children’s room and I tried to think what could have happened.
     
    "To my surprise I realised I could lift up the window shutters without effort and almost without making noise.
     
    "When I entered I realised that Maddie’s bed was almost intact. The corner of the outside of the sheets was turned a little.
     
    "But the pillow, her cuddle cat and the blanket she had slept with were almost in the same place as I had seen them the last time."
     
    In another part of Kate's statement Telecinco detailed the moment she realised her daughter was missing during her 10pm check on her children.
     
    According to reports, it read: "I saw the door of the children’s room wide open and noticed a current of air.
     
    "The same current of air closed the door but the window in the other room that backed onto the patio was closed.
     
    "When I went to look for Madeleine I realised she wasn’t there.
     
    "I looked through the apartment and I went back to the children’s room and then saw the curtains moving towards me so it became clear the window shutters were wide open.
     
    "I went to the window and opened the curtains to see if she had climbed out but there was no sign of her.
     
    "I don’t know if I closed the window at that moment. I ran to the tapas bar and screamed at Gerry, 'Maddie's not there, someone has taken her.'"
     
    Kate is said to have insisted in her statement none of her children were on any medication, Telecinco claimed, countering accusations the McCanns strenuously deny that they were giving Madeleine and her siblings sleeping tablets.
     
    It also emerged key witness Jane Tanner told Portuguese police in her original statement she thought a man she spotted carrying a child moments after Madeleine disappeared, was the youngster's father.
     
    Tanner, who has been re-interviewed by Portuguese police this week, now believes that man could have been Madeleine McCann's abductor.
     
    Another of the Tapas Nine rushed to the reception desk of the McCanns' holiday complex to alert police, Telecinco reported today.
     
    Londoner Matthew Oldfield, who checked on Madeleine and her siblings between Gerry and Kate, asked Ocean Club workers to give him the emergency police number.
     
    Portuguese police also want the McCanns and their friends to take part in a reconstruction of Madeleine’s disappearance soon after the anniversary of her May 3 disappearance.
     
    The McCanns are official police suspects along with Algarve-based British expat Robert Murat.
     
    All three deny any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance.
     
    The frightening story of Maddie's parents Telecinco 
     
    'AR' offers the exclusive testimonies of what happened on the night of the disappearance of the small one
     
    10.04.08 TELECINCO.ES
    (Thanks to Beachy from the3arguidos forum for translation)
     
    'El Programa de Ana Rosa' has achieved a scoop, and for the first time in the world, the exclusive statements by the parents and friends of Madeleine McCann, hours before and after the demise of the little girl. These shocking and chilling statements make clear the innocence of Kate and Gerry in the disappearance of their daughter and point to the window of the apartment where they were lodging as the key element in the famous disappearance.
     
    Madeleine McCann disappeared the evening of Thursday, May 3, 2007. The English girl, then three years old, was on holiday with her parents and siblings in a hotel in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, Portugal. [In] The days leading up to her disappearance, Gerry and Kate were keeping a watchful eye on the lowered curtains and closed windows. Likewise, among all the friends, they had agreed to maintain supervision among all the children.
     
    The previous days

    Two days before the disappearance two workers came to repair the shutters of the room and the window, as related by the parents of the little missing girl.
     
    A significant piece of information occurs the day before when Maddie reproaches them; she had cried the night before and her parents did not come. Worried, Gerry and Kate asked her why she had cried, but the girl did not respond. "Whilst having breakfast Maddie said, 'Mum, why didn't you come yesterday when we were crying at night?' (...) Gerry and I talked a couple of minutes and decided to monitor the children more at night."
     
    The day passed without incident. During the afternoon Kate was responsible for Maddie and the twins. "When I arrived at the apartment I was surprised that Kate had dealt with the children and had even showered. I sat with the children and read them a story," said Gerry. Therefore, they only had to put the children to bed, and then had a couple of glasses of wine and a beer in the living room, and went to the place where they had been meeting for dinner.
     
    "We did not check the security of the window assuming that everything was fine with the blinds down, the window closed and curtains drawn," said Gerry.
     
    Dinner

    At 20:35 hours they arrived at the 'Tapas Bar', where they had arranged to meet their friends. Gerry chooses a seat from which you can see his apartment, concerned with Maddie's words during breakfast on the same day.
     
    The first to check the state of the children was Gerry himself. "I note that the angle of the door had changed and that it was open about 45 degrees (..) Perhaps Maddie had awakened and left the room. I looked at an angle in our room but I saw that Maddie was not there (...). I opened the door 60 degrees, I looked to the left and saw Maddie asleep."
     
    It had all been a scare. Returning to the restaurant Gerry meets another guest with whom he talks about five minutes. At that time, a friend of the McCanns left the restaurant to see their daughters, and recounts that she saw saw a man with a child in his arms a few meters from the apartment. "I was five minutes later and when I came up towards the apartments I saw Gerry talking with another guest. About 20 meters from the intersection I saw a man with a child in his arms (...) I assumed that he was the father. I did not go in the other apartments because Gerry had already done it and just returned."
     
    Kate should have been the next in seeing the children, but it is a friend of the family who offers. "I went to see the apartment of Kate and Gerry. I did not notice if the blind was raised or not we (..). I saw the children's door partially open. I did not go inside the room. I saw the curtains closed, and I am sure since I would have already noticed the movement [he's saying that he's sure the curtains were closed because he would have seen them moving if they were open] (...) I did not go in to see if it was Maddie. I returned to the tapas bar and I told Kate that all was well.
     
    At half past nine at night, therefore, it is not clear that Maddie was inside the room, but as only half an hour had passed since Gerry had seen Maddie sleeping, it is assumed that she is asleep and in good condition.
     
    The next in visiting the room would be Kate, with the sad surprise that her daughter is no longer in the bedroom.
     
    The mysterious disappearance

    "When I went to see Maddie I realized that she was not there, I looked in all the apartment, I returned to the children's room and at that time I saw the curtains move leaving visible to me that the blind was opened up. I went to the window and opened the curtains to see if she had climbed out there but I did not see any trace of her. I do not know whether or not I closed the window at the time," says Maddie's mother. "In shock I ran to Tapas Bar and shouted to Gerry: 'Maddie is not here, someone has taken her'."
     
    In that instant all started rushing to look for the little girl. "When Kate came running and said, 'Maddie is not here, somebody has taken her', I thought that it could not be. I rushed to the apartment by the same path as always. I looked everywhere, I went back to the kids' room and started to think what could have happened. To my surprise I realized that one could lift the blinds without effort and almost no noise. When I went in I saw that Maddie's bed was almost untouched. The corner of the sheets was a little turned [back], the pillow, the pink cuddly toy and the piece of her blanket were almost in the same place that I last saw it."
     
    After making sure that the girl had disappeared, it was a friend who immediately phoned the Portuguese police, making it clear that they had not waited 45 minutes as some suggested.
    Friday 11 
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    McCanns angry over Madeleine leak BBC News 
     
    Page last updated at 00:14 GMT, Friday, 11 April 2008 01:14 UK
     
    The parents of missing Madeleine McCann have responded angrily to publication of leaked transcripts of interviews with Portuguese police last year.
     
    The transcripts suggest that on the morning she disappeared she asked why her mother did not come when the children were crying the night before.
     
    Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the leak was a "deliberate smear".
     
    Kate and Gerry McCann have been in Brussels promoting a new EU-wide monitoring system for missing children.
     
    'Undermine work'
     
    Mr Mitchell said: "For a document covered by Portugal's judicial secrecy laws, to be leaked to the Spanish media on the very day they went to the European Parliament, is stretching all sense of belief to believe it's anything other than a deliberate smear."
     
    He added: "This was the sort of relevant detail that Kate and Gerry put to the police immediately, and that's been in the files for 11 months and it emerges on the day they go to Europe.
     
    "This was a blatant attempt to undermine their work in Europe."
     
    The couple called for the Portuguese Justice Ministry to launch an internal inquiry into the leak which breaches the country's strict judicial laws.
     
    Mr Mitchell described Madeleine's words as a "short aside".
     
    He said: "Madeleine came out and said, 'Why didn't you come to me and Sean [Madeleine's younger brother] when we were crying last night?'
     
    "Now, Kate and Gerry were puzzled by that because they'd been checking her every half an hour and they had seen no evidence and heard no evidence that she was crying.
     
    "Nor was she disturbed when she was checked each time.
     
    "Equally, one of the friends, Rachael Oldfield, was in the apartment next door in a bedroom adjacent to the wall where Madeleine was in her bedroom and she heard no crying at all all night."
     
    The McCanns have been at the European Parliament as part of a campaign to create a dedicated alert system for abducted children.
     
    The couple said it worked well in the US where hundreds of children had been recovered, and in France where it had been used five times and all five children had been found.
     
    Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, went missing aged three on holiday in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal, on 3 May last year.
     
    McCanns angry over leak 
     
     
    11th April 2008
     
    Madeleine McCann's parents have reacted angrily to police interviews being leaked.
     
    McCanns fury at police leak The Sun 
     
    By STAFF REPORTER
     
    The MP for the McCanns’ home town has called for an investigation into the leaking of interviews suggesting Madeleine was left alone and crying the night before she disappeared.
     
    Stephen Dorrell, MP for Charnwood in Leicestershire, which covers Rothley, said he would be taking the issue to the Foreign Office himself.
     
    He said: “I think this is an official investigation of the Portuguese Government and this is a very sensitive case and I think clearly these are official records that have been leaked.
     
    “It’s an issue that should be taken up with the Portuguese authorities by the Foreign Office.
     
    “I intend to take it to the Foreign Office myself.”
     
    Earlier the the couple's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell also called for a probe into how the information was leaked but said Kate and Gerry hoped some good would come from it.
     
    It was revealed yesterday that Kate told cops she and husband Gerry agreed to watch their kids more closely after daughter Madeleine said she’d been crying on her own.
     
    But within hours of the conversation, the innocent youngster had vanished from their Portugal holiday apartment.
     
    The episode was revealed after the full statements given to Portuguese police by Kate and Gerry following Maddie’s disappearance on May 3 last year were leaked to the public.
     
    In them, Kate also recalled how the tot asked why she had not come to her room when she and her brother and sister were sobbing the night before she went missing.
     
    Kate, 40, told cops: “While we were having breakfast, Maddie said, ‘Mummy, why didn’t you come when we were crying last night?’”
     
    She added: “Gerry and I spoke for a couple of minutes and agreed to keep a closer watch over the children.”
     
    Last night the McCanns were said to be “extremely upset” at the leak, which came as they visited the European Parliament in Brussels to campaign for a European version of America’s Amber Alert child rescue system.
     
    Mr Mitchell said today that Portuguese police needed to “get a grip”.
     
    He also said he believed the Portuguese detective leading the case, Paulo Rebelo, had already flown back to Portugal from the UK - a day earlier than planned.
     
    But he said the interviews showed that the McCanns had been “utterly honest” with detectives and could “nail lies” about their behaviour after Madeleine went missing.
     
    Mr Mitchell said: “If you quote parts of it selectively and out of context, as has been done, then of course it’s potentially damaging to Kate and Gerry.
     
    “It is not. What it shows is that they were utterly honest about everything that occurred on May 3 in their early statements to the police...
     
    “Actually some good could come out of this because some lies will be nailed.”
     
    He added: “The whole thing is curious in the timing and we now want the Portuguese government to mount an investigation into how elements within their own police force can apparently do this with impunity...
     
    “The police need to get a grip on this and they need to do it rapidly.”
     
    Screams
     
    Maddie was sharing a bedroom with twins Sean and Amelie, now three, when she vanished in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz just days before her fourth birthday.
     
    Her parents had been dining in a tapas bar on their Mark Warner holiday complex with seven friends.
     
    They later admitted in TV interviews that leaving their children in the apartment while the group went for an evening meal was something they did every night of the holiday.
     
    Details of the couple’s police interviews were revealed by Spanish television station Telecinco TV.
     
    The channel’s crime reporter Nacho Abad told how Kate’s police statement recalled the chilling moment she realised Maddie was missing.
     
    She was said to have run back to the Tapas Bar screaming: “Maddie isn’t there. Someone’s taken her.”
     
    Spanish TV said this contradicted statements made by the McCanns’ friends, in which several claimed that GP Kate instead shouted: “Madeleine’s gone, Madeleine’s gone!”
     
    In their statements, the couple, from Rothley, Leics, revealed they had been discussing their wonderful holiday over a relaxing drink only two hours before Maddie vanished.
     
    Gerry, 39, told cops that workmen from the complex visited the flat two days before she disappeared to fix a window shutter in the main bedroom.
     
    The heart consultant then recalled how he read his three children a bedtime story before he and Kate joined their friends at the tapas bar.
     
    Gerry, who said he had spent the afternoon playing tennis, told officers: “At 7.30pm we were sat in the front room and relaxing — Kate with a wine and me with a beer.”
     
    He later had another drink before going out — and returned to check on the children at around 9pm.
     
    Gerry added: “I saw the angle of the door had changed and it was open around 45 degrees.
     
    “I thought perhaps she had woken up and left the room. Out of the corner of my eye I looked in our room and couldn’t see her. Then I opened the children’s door 60 degrees and saw Maddie sleeping with her head on the pillow on the right-hand side of the bed.
     
    “She was breathing softly and I thought how beautiful she looked. I thought it was quite hot and I didn’t need to cover her up."
     
    Gerry then told how Kate found Maddie missing when she checked on the children at around 10pm.
     
    He said: “Kate came running back to the bar and said, ‘Maddie’s not there, someone has taken her’.
     
    “I thought it couldn’t be and ran to the apartment. I looked everywhere — I tried to think what could have happened. To my surprise I realised I could lift the window shutters without effort and almost without noise.
     
    “When I entered I realised that Maddie’s bed was almost intact. The corner of the outside of the sheets was turned a little. But the pillow, her Cuddle Cat and the blanket were almost in the same place as I had seen them the last time.”
     
    Kate told police: “I saw the door of the children’s room wide open and noted a current of air.
     
    “The current closed the door, but the window in the other room that backed on to the patio was closed.
     
    “When I went to look for Madeleine I realised she wasn’t there.
     
    “I looked through the apartment and went back to the children’s room, then saw the curtains moving towards me — so it became clear the window shutters were wide open.
     
    “I went to the window and opened the curtains to see if she had climbed out, but there was no sign.
     
    “I don’t know if I closed the window at that moment. I ran to the tapas bar and screamed at Gerry, ‘Maddie’s not there, someone has taken her’.”
     
    Yesterday heartbroken Kate spoke again of her nightmare ordeal as she addressed European MPs in Brussels.
     
    She said: “Madeleine was an incredibly happy and very loved little girl and this time last year we were an incredibly happy family and we felt very lucky.
     
    “I am unable to accurately convey to you just how devastating Madeleine’s abduction feels to us as parents — and to our family as a whole.
     
    “If anyone was wanting to inflict the greatest amount of pain on us, they certainly have done that.”
     
    Speaking of the Amber Alert system, she added: “We feel it would have improved our chances.”
     
    The Sun says... The Sun
     
    Maddie Alert
     
    SINCE last May 3, Gerry and Kate McCann have worked tirelessly to find their daughter.
     
    Many other couples would have retreated into their private pain.
     
    But it is to their great credit that they are still finding the energy both to spearhead the hunt for Madeleine and to campaign in Brussels for a Europe-wide early warning system to track down other kidnapped children.
     
    It is important that the latest leaked evidence from the Portuguese police does not make us lose sight of this excellent, simple idea.
     
    A similar system in America has succeeded both in finding children and deterring would-be abductors.
     
    It costs nothing to implement, and the European Parliament must back it.
     
    'Tapas Seven demanded private jet and 5-star hotels to return to Portugal for Maddie reconstruction,' Portuguese police claim Daily Mail 
     
    Last updated at 15:47pm on 11th April 2008
     
    Portuguese police trying to stage a reconstruction of the night Madeleine McCann disappeared are now making allegations in the Portuguese press about the McCann's friends.
     
    They allege the "Tapas Seven" - the friends dining with Gerry and Kate McCann last May - have refused to travel unless extravagant demands, such as private jet travel and five-star hotel accommodation, are met.
     
    Judicial sources in Portugal told the tabloid newspaper 24 horas that the families had demanded the ultra-expensive flights to the Algarve for them and their children as a condition of returning.
     
    One said: "Requests for cooperation were sent to various people living outside of Portugal, namely the McCanns, the seven friends they were having tapas with the night Madeleine disappeared, the two spokespeople they had, a friend Gerry McCann was playing tennis with and another friend, Jeremy Wilkins.
     
    "We've already received several responses. No one's said 'no'.
     
    "But the demands they make to return are impossible to entertain.
     
    "One of the couples demanded a private jet to travel with their children to the Algarve. Another demanded they be put up in a five-star hotel.
     
    "The demands they all made demonstrate a clear strategy by lawyers. The only thing missing from the list was a request that we send them to the moon on skates."
     
    The police chief in charge of the investigation, Guilhermino Encarnacao, confirmed witnesses whom they wanted to attend the reconstruction had stipulated certain conditions.
     
    But he told 24 horas: "The reconstruction is important but it's not crucial to the investigations."
     
    The Tapas Seven are university friends Matthew Oldfield, Russell O'Brien, David and Fiona Payne, plus Mr Oldfield's wife Rachael, Mr O'Brien's girlfriend Jane Tanner and Mrs Payne's mother Diane Webster.
     
    The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell has made it clear the couple welcome the idea of a reconstruction - but are reluctant to return to Portugal while they remain official police suspects.
     
    The claims came the day after Portuguese cops allegedly leaked the police statements the McCanns made after Madeleine's disappearance on May 3.
     
    These said that Mrs McCann was scolded by her daughter for leaving her alone the previous night, and were apparently released to overshadow the couple's visit to Brussels to call for a Europe-wide bureau for missing children.
     
    The last week has seen a fresh flurry of activity in the investigation, with British police interviewing the Tapas Seven again.
     
    The Portuguese police's Chief investigator, Paulo Rebelo, sat in on the interviews during a three-day visit to Britain.
     
    He flew back home today to update public prosecutor Jose Magalhaes e Meneze on the course of the investigation.
     
    The meeting was expected to be crucial in determining whether the McCanns remain official police suspects.
     
    State prosecutors have been told they must apply to the courts if they want to keep police case files from becoming public in the next month.
     
    An investigating judge is expected to lift a secrecy order on the case on May 15 - paving the way for the McCanns to demand they are charged or cleared. However, police could apply for a three-month extension.
     
    The May date will mark the eight-month anniversary of the introduction of a new penal code in Portugal, forcing prosecutors to produce evidence against suspects to make them arguidos.
     
    Portugal's most senior police officer, Alipio Ribeiro, has already admitted officials blundered by rushing to make the McCanns official suspects a week before the new guidelines were introduced.
     
    24 Horas also reported that Mr Rebelo did not fly back to Portugal with Mrs McCann's diary as expected.
     
    It was thought the diary would be seized as part of an official request for help from British police.
     
    But the Portuguese tabloid claimed detectives had already photocopied several pages from the diary.
     
    A source told the paper: "These documents only serve to help the investigation, they cannot be used as evidence in a court of law.
     
    "It didn't make sense, a year on, to confiscate something that wouldn't be of any use to the investigation."
     
    Mrs McCann is said to have written in the diary about how difficult it was to control Madeleine, four, and her siblings Sean and Amelie, three, and how her husband often left her to get on with family duties on her own.
     
    But her family have dismissed the significance of any diary entries, saying she was just a normal mother.
     
    McCanns angry over press leaks Ananova 
     
    11th April 2008
     
    Kate and Gerry McCann have threatened to pull out of plans to return to Portugal to help police reconstruct the events around their daughter Madeleine's disappearance amid a furious row over leaked interviews.
     
    The McCanns believe the Portuguese authorities deliberately slipped transcripts of statements they gave to detectives in the hours after their daughter went missing on May 3 last year, to the media.
     
    The excerpts include the disclosure that Madeleine and her brother Sean apparently woke up crying the night before the three-year-old's disappearance, but her parents did not hear her as they were in a nearby restaurant.
     
    The interviews disclosed that Madeleine asked Kate at breakfast on May 3: "Mummy, why didn't you come when we were crying last night?"
     
    The couple are demanding a full internal investigation from the Portuguese Ministry of Justice into whether the detail was deliberately passed to a Spanish journalist to "smear" them on the day they launched a campaign for a new child alert system in Brussels.
     
    Their local MP Stephen Dorrell said he would raise the matter with the Foreign Office. It is understood the McCanns' Portuguese lawyers will be protesting to the relevant authorities there.
     
    Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell called for the Portuguese government itself to "get a grip" of the leaks.
     
    Although discussions about a possible return to Portugal to help police piece together the events of that night are still going on, the mood of co-operation has soured markedly since Thursday's developments.
     
    "All this nonsense over the last 24 or 36 hours does not in any way endear them to the idea of going back," Mr Mitchell said.
     
    Any leak of such sensitive material would constitute a clear breach of Portugal's unusual judicial secrecy laws. But the country's Justice Ministry declined to comment - citing the same judicial secrecy laws.
     
    McCanns launch furious counter attack on Portuguese police after 'Maddie in tears' leak Daily Mail
     
    Last updated at 16:19pm on 11th April 2008
     
    Kate and Gerry McCann have launched a counter-attack against Portuguese police as the row over leaked statements about their daughter's disappearance escalated into a war of words.
     
    Police were warned by the couple's official spokesman that the "gloves are off" after what he claimed was a "cack-handed" smear campaign timed to disrupt a new appeal by the couple in Brussels.
     
    The McCanns are said to be furious about the release of their statements yesterday, which revealed for the first time that Madeleine had been left sobbing for her mother the night before she vanished.
     
    And today, their spokesman Clarence Mitchell signalled a distinct change in tactics for the couple by lashing out at police and calling on the Portuguese government to stop any leaks to the press once and for all.
     
    Mr Mitchell told Sky News: "This is a blatant and timed attempt against Kate and Gerry to try to deflect attention in the headlines from the success they had at the European Parliament... to try to divert attention onto negative headlines questioning their suitability as parents.
     
    "It is shameless, brazen and very cack-handed and the Portuguese government must now get as grip on whatever element it is in the Portuguese police that is responsible for these leaks and smears.
     
    "They have continued since last summer and when the officer in charge of the inquiry, the man brought in to sort it out, is visiting here, off they go again.
     
    "Its the same old game. We know what they're up to, it is ridiculous and must stop."
     
    He added: "Someone in the police does not want Kate and Gerry to widen the agenda for whatever reason. It is wrong, it is illegal and the Portuguese government needs to stop this from happening in the future."
     
    Mr Mitchell spoke out as chief investigator Paulo Rebelo was returning to the Algarve for a crunch meeting with the private prosecutor who holds the future of the McCanns in his hands.
     
    Mr Rebelo was due to give Portimao public prosecutor Jose Magalhaes e Menezes a detailed run-down of his three-day trip to Britain to sit in on fresh interviews with the couple's holiday friends.
     
    The meeting is expected to be crucial in determining whether Madeleine's parents remain official police suspects.
     
    An investigating judge is expected to life a secrecy order on the case on May 15 unless prosecutors ask for a three-month extension.
     
    The McCanns could then demand they are either charged or cleared.
     
    Mr Mitchell had earlier claimed that it seemed to be no coincidence the leak had occurred while Rebelo was in the UK interviewing witnesses in the case.
     
    He said: "It is beyond curious this leak has occurred while Rebelo is in the UK.
     
    "It is outrageous and illegal and Portuguese government needs to look at what elements in its own police force are capable of. We are not happy and the gloves are off."
     
    The statements, which have been confirmed as genuine, revealed how Kate and Gerry McCann had left their daughter, then three, and twins Sean and Amelie, two, crying in their bedroom and did not respond to their tears.
     
    Mrs McCann told detectives that Madeleine had scolded her the next morning - the last they were to spend together.
     
    It also emerged that Mr McCann said Cuddle Cat, his daughter's favourite toy, was "almost in the same place" as where he had last seen it.
     
    The couple had previously said that it was found high on a ledge, at adult height, which is how they were so certain that Madeleine had been abducted.
     
    Mrs McCann told police: "While we were having breakfast, Madeleine said, 'Mummy, why didn't you come when we were crying last night?'
     
    "Gerry and I spoke for a couple of minutes and agreed to keep a closer watch over the children."
     
    But, just hours later, the McCanns left the three alone in their unlocked holiday apartment to have dinner with friends.
     
    They have faced furious criticism over the decision, and have spoken of their guilt that an abductor could have watched them leave and then snatched Madeleine.
     
    Mr Mitchell said today that they had listened to Madeleine and had a serious discussion about it but insisted the toddler had been laughing and happy.
     
    "They wanted to question her about it. She just walked off, laughing and happy. She was a child so she [Kate] dropped it," he said.
     
    "They decided to check more thoroughly the next night and that is what they did."
     
    Mr and Mrs McCann had told police about the incident because they feared someone could have been in the room the night before and run off when Madeleine began crying, he added.
     
    The row yesterday overshadowed their visit to the European Parliament, where they made an impassioned appeal for a Europe-wide alert system for abducted children.
     
    A friend of the couple said they were "angry and disappointed" about the leak.
     
    He said: "The minute that you talk about Madeleine crying is the minute that the vultures will move in and this is why this has been leaked.
     
    "It is a blatantly cynical attempt to smear them."
     
    Portuguese police have so far refused to comment about the leaked statements.
     
    But detectives have been infuriated by the couple's political influence and by Gordon Brown's interest in the case.
     
    There has also been criticism of the McCanns' decision to spearhead a campaign while they remain official suspects in the 11-month investigation.
     
    The police statement from Mrs McCann, 40, said she and her husband spoke on the night of May 3, before they went out for dinner, and said what a wonderful holiday they had enjoyed.
     
    Just two hours later, their lives were to be shattered when she returned to the apartment and discovered Madeleine's bed was empty.
     
    In her statement she said she screamed: "Maddie isn't there. Someone's taken her."
     
    In Mr McCann's police statement he said: "I thought it couldn't be and ran towards the apartment along the same route as always. I looked everywhere."
     
    Madeleine has not been seen since that night, despite scores of unconfirmed sightings.
     
    Her parents have always denied any involvement in her disappearance and any suggestion that they neglected their children.
     
    Yesterday they addressed MEPs in Brussels about a proposed European alert system for abducted children.
     
    They want a similar system to the Amber Alert scheme in the U.S. which sees details of missing children and potential suspects circulated within hours of a disappearance.
     
    Mrs McCann told the Euro MPs of the anguish they had been through.
     
    "Madeleine was an incredibly happy, confident and loved little girl," she said. "This time last year we were a very happy family.
     
    "I am unable to convey to you just how totally devastating Madeleine's abduction was. It's been totally awful.
     
    "If anyone wanted to inflict the maximum amount of pain on us they have certainly achieved that."
     
    She said she clung to the possibility that Madeleine was alive, saying: "We certainly still have hope."

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    Portuguese police leaks are 'shameless smears' to discredit us, say McCanns Daily Mail  
     
    By VANESSA ALLEN
    Last updated at 12:00pm on 12th April 2008
     
    Kate and Gerry McCann yesterday accused Portuguese police of using 'shameless smears' against them.
     
    They demanded a judicial inquiry and called on Portugal's justice minister to hunt down the source who leaked their official police statements to the media.
     
    They want the country's police to investigate how the statements - given in the immediate aftermath of their daughter Madeleine's disappearance on May 3 last year - came to be leaked to a Spanish television channel.
     
    Police in the couple's home county of Leicestershire have been informed and MP Stephen Dorrell called on the Foreign Office to raise the matter with the Portuguese authorities.
     
    Police in Portugal supposedly operate in total secrecy and officers, suspects and even witnesses face jail if they speak out about ongoing investigations.
     
    But behind the scenes, officers have briefed selected journalists with a series of sensationalised claims about the 11-month hunt for Madeleine.
     
    The McCanns have endured wild allegations that they could have drugged their children or even dumped Madeleine's body during a publicity visit to Spain.
     
    But they are especially furious about the timing of the latest leak, which derailed a planned trip to the European Parliament to call for an improved alert system for missing children.
     
    The couple met advisers last night to discuss their response to the leak of the statements - in which it was revealed that Madeleine, then three, and her brother Sean, then two, were left crying in their holiday apartment the night before Madeleine disappeared.
     
    A friend of the family said they would not lash out against the police in public.
     
    'They are furious,' he added. 'They are resigned to the fact that they cannot stop this from happening, but their anger hasn't gone away. It's just that revenge is a dish best served cold.'
     
    Mr McCann's sister Philomena said: 'The person responsible must be tracked down and disciplined for this latest leak.
     
    'Gerry and Kate are yet again being victimised by the Portuguese police in the hope that the information will undermine and discredit them in the public's opinion.
     
    'Publicising information about them is obviously aimed at deflecting attention from the fact that the police have not made any breakthroughs in their investigation.'
     
    The couple's spokesman Clarence Mitchell called for an end to the Portuguese police's series of 'smears' against the McCanns, who remain official suspects.
     
    They have categorically denied any involvement in their daughter's disappearance.
     
    Mr Mitchell said: 'It is brazen, it is shameless, it is cack-handed and it has got to stop.
     
    'The Portuguese government must now get a grip on whatever element it is within the Portuguese police who has been responsible for these leaks, who is apparently doing it with impunity.
     
    'Someone in the police doesn't want Kate and Gerry to widen the agenda for whatever reason.
     
    'We know what they're up to - it's ridiculous and it must stop.'
     
    He said the McCanns accepted they had made a huge mistake when they decided to leave their children alone in their Algarve holiday apartment while they ate dinner nearby with friends.
     
    He said: 'They know that they got it wrong, they made a mistake and, boy, are they paying the price for that - in heartbreak and agony.'
     
    The journalist who broke the story, Spanish crime reporter Nacho Abad, refused to reveal his sources or if the documents had come from a police officer.
     
    But supporters of the McCanns said there were few other people who had access to the statements.
     
    Mr Abad, of broadcaster Telecinco, said the timing of the leak was 'sheer coincidence' and not a deliberate attempt to cloud the McCanns' visit to Brussels.
     
    He said it would be 'appalling' if police resources were wasted hunting for his source when they should be investigating Madeleine's disappearance.
     
    'The McCanns can't be upset,' he added.
     
    'So much speculation and so many lies have surrounded the Madeleine McCann case and we have told the truth.'
     
    The row broke out as chief investigator Paulo Rebelo returned to Portugal for a crunch meeting with the public prosecutor who will decide if the McCanns will remain suspects.
     
    Mr Rebelo had monitored British police interviews of the friends who were with the couple on the night Madeleine vanished - the so-called Tapas Seven.
     
    Quiz cops fly home early Daily Mirror  
     
    12/04/2008
     
    Portuguese police quizzing the Tapas Seven flew home yesterday - a day early.
     
    Paulo Rebelo and his three-man team left before the last two friends who were dining with the McCanns the night Madeleine vanished were interviewed.
     
    Dr David Payne and his mother-in-law Dianne Webster were questioned as planned by Leicestershire detectives but the Portuguese team had already left for the airport.
     
    They had been due to oversee all seven interviews and had rooms at the Ramada Jarvis hotel in Leicester booked until today and seats reserved on easy Jet flights to Faro from East Midlands airport. They were reported to be heading back for an immediate meeting with prosecutor Jose Magalhaese Menezes in Portimao.
     
    It came after the leaking of Kate McCann's statements to police in Praia da Luz immediately after Madeleine's disappearance.
     
    The couple's spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "Perhaps he is angry about the leaks from his department and has gone to crack a few skulls.
     
    "We were told when he took over the inquiry last year that one of his tasks was to stop the leaks from his department. It is interesting that two major leaks have occurred this week while he was out of the country."
     
    The 'respected' Spanish journalist Nacho Abad
     
     
    Note: This video is in Spanish but you won't need to understand the words for the first part!
     
    Jane Tanner's declarations to the Police casts doubt on the McCanns 24horas  
     
    Key witness that claimed the kidnapping backtracks
     
    12/04/2008
    (Thanks to 'Li' from the3arguidos for translation)
     
    The Portuguese police still believe that Gerry and Kate are connected to the disappearance of the daughter. This conviction was strengthened with the visit to England. A couple's friend also helped

    The thesis of the eventual abduction of Madeleine McCann was compromised by the interrogatories made this week in Leicester, England. The key witness that claimed that Maddie was taken wrapped in a blanket by a man on the 3rd of May of 2007 from a flat in Praia da Luz, Algarve, was heavily shaken when she admitted to the authorities that she only left the Tapas Bar, where she dinned with the McCanns and more six friends, after the alarm given by Kate. Jane Tanner admits that she saw a person before she went to dine but she did not see with precision what that person was carrying and it could be a simple tenant of the Ocean Club. "It was a precious deposition because it permits to concentrate the investigation in only one line, meaning that Maddie's parents are involved in the disappearance of the child direct or indirectly", said to 24 Horas a high judicial responsible connected to the process. According to the same source, "the thesis of an eventual abduction is more and more weak". "It would be good that the McCanns and friends accepted to come to Portugal to do a reconstruction on the 15th and 16th of May, of all the events that occurred between the 18 and 23 hours of that day". And the same responsible launches an appeal:" This is not a cat and mouse game. This is not a game. It is the life of a child we are talking about. If they want to help fine but if they demand things that the authorities cannot accomplish... No one cam make miracles if there is no cooperation from them".
     
    The team of three persons that the PJ sent to England, returned yesterday to Portugal. Next Monday they will meet with the director of the PJ Guilhermino da Encarnação as well as with the public prosecutors Luis Verão and Magalhães e Menezes.The objective is to evaluate all the interrogatories made in England and decide the next steps.
     
    Key Maddie witness U-turn The Sun  
     
    By JOHN HIGGINSON
    Published: Today
     
    THE most significant witness in the hunt for Maddie McCann has withdrawn her statement according to Portuguese newspaper reports.
     
    Jane Tanner, 37, who had said she saw the man who took Maddie on the night of her disappearance has withdrawn her statement, 24 Horas claims.
     
    She has told Portuguese authorities she can no longer be sure the man she saw was carrying Madeleine.
     
    According the the respected newspaper 'Jane Tanner saw a man but cannot say with precision what he was carrying'.
     
    Jane, one of the so-called Tapas Nine, had given detectives a detailed description of a man she saw, close to the ground floor corner apartment where the McCanns were staying on the night of her disappearance. She told them he was carrying a child wearing pink pyjamas -- the same thing Maddie was wearing that night.
     
    Based on her account, the McCanns produced an artist's impression of the man, in the hope that it might jog the memory of other holidaymakers.
     
    The information was also used by police and private detectives employed by the McCann's in the search for Maddie.
     
    The leaked story will be a massive blow to Kate and Gerry McCann as they try to renew the search for their daughter nearly a year after her disappearance.
     
    The pair were already considering pulling out of plans to return to Portugal to help police reconstruct the events around their daughter Madeleine's disappearance amid a furious row over leaked interviews.
     
    The McCanns believe transcripts of statements they gave to detectives in the hours after their daughter went missing on May 3 last year were deliberately slipped to the media by the Portuguese authorities.
     
    The excerpts include the disclosure that Madeleine and her brother Sean apparently woke up crying the night before the three-year-old's disappearance, but her parents did not hear her as they were in a nearby restaurant.
     
    The interviews disclosed that Madeleine asked Kate, 39, at breakfast on May 3: "Mummy, why didn't you come when we were crying last night?"
     
    The couple are demanding a full internal investigation from the Portuguese Ministry of Justice into whether the detail was deliberately passed to a Spanish journalist to "smear" them on the day they launched a campaign in Brussels for a new Europe-wide child alert system.
     
    Their local MP Stephen Dorrell has pledged to raise the matter with the Foreign Office and it is understood the McCanns' Portuguese lawyers will be protesting to the relevant authorities there.
     
    Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell called for the Portuguese government to "get a grip" of the leaks.
     
    It emerged yesterday that Paulo Rebelo, the detective leading the case, has already flown back to Portugal from the UK - a day earlier than expected.
     
    Mr Mitchell said he hoped this meant Mr Rebelo had gone back "to crack some skulls".
     
    His team of Portuguese police has been in the UK all week sitting in on interviews with the McCanns' friends who were dining with them at the time of Madeleine's disappearance.
     
    Police chief tells of anger over 'crying Maddie' leak Daily Mail  
     
    By DANIEL BOFFEY
    Last updated at 20:46pm on 12th April 2008
     
    Portugal's top policeman has told friends of Kate and Gerry McCann of his regret that witness statements by the couple were leaked to the media.

    One excerpt suggested that on the morning of her disappearance, Madeleine said: "Mummy, why didn't you come when we were crying last night?"

    The couple were furious and have accused the Portuguese police of attempting to slur them as they approach the anniversary of their daughter's disappearance on May 3.

    Heartbroken: The McCanns are outraged by the latest leaks from the Portuguese police, which were timed to derail their trip to the European Parliament in Brussels this week

    The leak to a Spanish television station overshadowed the McCanns' visit on Thursday to Brussels where they called for a European rapid alert system for abducted children.

    But it was revealed yesterday that Alipio Ribeiro, national director of the Policia Judiciaria, had interrupted interviews in Leicestershire with the "Tapas Seven" to tell the McCanns' friends of his own anger at the leak.

    Mr Ribeiro returned a day early to Portugal on Friday after several days interrogating the friends who were on holiday with the McCanns in Praia da Luz last year.

    A source said: "The matter came up in the interviews with Kate and Gerry's friends and Ribeiro was embarrassed by it.

    "The leaks came as he was out of the country and he was angry about it. He also referred to it when speaking with Leicestershire police."

    One of the McCanns' friends, Jane Tanner, who claimed to have seen a man carrying Madeleine away on the night of the child's disappearance, endured ten hours of questioning by Leicestershire police.

    Yesterday she spoke out against claims in Portuguese newspapers that she and her friends had demanded a private plane to take them back to Praia da Luz for a reconstruction requested by the Portuguese authorities.

    "If it wasn't such a serious matter, some of the things that are being said about us would be laughable," she said.

    "The authorities should be out there looking for Madeleine rather than being distracted by any of these ridiculous and made-up stories about us."

    Meanwhile, The Mail on Sunday has learned that Robert Murat will remain a formal suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann for at least a further three months.
     
    The 34-year-old had hoped that the decision by the Portuguese police to allow him to travel to visit his daughter in Britain two weeks ago was a sign that the "arguido" status was soon to be lifted.

    However, Mr Murat has been informed that his suspect status will be extended until August when the McCanns' similar arguido status will also be considered.

    It also appears that the McCanns are not planning to return to Portugal for the reconstruction.

    They do not believe there would be any purpose to it unless filmed as part of a Crimewatch-style programme but that has been ruled out by the authorities.
     
    *
     
    Note: In this article, the Daily Mail has incorrectly identified Alipio Ribeiro as being the Portuguese officer involved. Although he is the national director of the PJ, this should read Paulo Rebelo who was the officer in attendance at the Tapas Group interviews.
    Sunday 13 
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    Madeleine 'suspect' in massive libel claim Guardian  
     
    British media face record payout as family of 'arguido' demand public apology and damages
     
    Mark Townsend and Ned Temko The Observer, Sunday April 13 2008
    This article appeared in the Observer on Sunday April 13 2008 on p3 of the News section.
    It was last updated at 00:06 on April 13 2008.
     
    A British expatriate who was named as a formal suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is launching one of the largest libel claims in the history of the British media.

    Robert Murat lists 11 newspapers and one TV station in his demand for damages, which litigation lawyers believe could lead to a record cumulative payout of more than £2m. It is the largest number of separate libel claims made by one person against the British media on the same issue.

    Murat, 34, who lived close to the Praia da Luz apartment in Portugal where Madeleine went missing, was made an arguido, or formal suspect, after a British tabloid reporter voiced her concerns to Portuguese police shortly after the child disappeared. The Sunday Mirror journalist claimed that Murat's behaviour was reminiscent of Soham murderer Ian Huntley.

    Almost a year after Madeleine's disappearance, the Murat family are now seeking a formal public apology and undisclosed damages from the British media in light of what one relative yesterday described as 'unfair stains on the name of a man against whom there is not a shred of evidence'. They are understood to be particularly aggrieved at sections of the British press which repeated a range of 'outlandish' and frequently lurid allegations that appeared in the Portuguese press after he was named an arguido.

    A statement from a London-based firm of solicitors, Simons Muirhead and Burton, confirmed it was 'representing Robert Murat in respect of a number of libel actions against Sky, the Daily Express, the Sunday Express, the Daily Star, the Daily Mail, the Evening Standard, the Metro, the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Mirror, the News of the World, the Sun and the Scotsman'. Simons Muirhead and Burton, which specialises in media litigation, would not comment further on the case.
    Media lawyer and litigation expert Caroline Kean of media law specialists Wiggin said that if Murat successfully argued that the articles inferred that he was involved in the abduction or murder of Madeleine then his claims could result in a record payout. 'You could expect at least £200,000 per paper, per claim, and that would clear £2m,' she said.

    Currently the largest libel award stands at £1.5m. It was won by the late Lord Aldington in a celebrated case against Count Nikolai Tolstoy, great-nephew of the author of War and Peace. He won his case in 1989 after Tolstoy claimed that he had the blood of '70,000 innocent men, women and children on his hands' but died 12 years later without ever collecting the record damages.

    Sources close to Murat said a number of graphic and damaging claims made in the British press were never substantiated and in at least one case - the allegation that there were pornographic images on his computer - have led to a media correction in Portugal. His family are also upset about a number of other reports by the British papers or on TV - including what they say was an utterly untrue suggestion that Murat has a glass eye and had removed it 'as a party trick' while at school.

    Although Murat, 34, remains an arguido, police recently returned a computer, clothing and other items taken by police from the Murat home, where he lives with his mother Jennifer less than 100 metres from the apartment where Madeleine disappeared.

    In addition, Portuguese police have approved an extended trip to England to visit his three-year-old daughter - raising the Murat family's hopes that his arguido status will soon be ended. Murat has always vehemently denied any involvement with the disappearance of Madeleine with some believing he is merely a maligned scapegoat in a bungled investigation.

    It is not surprising that the media is now facing a huge damages claim, as it was British journalists who first suggested Murat might be involved in Madeleine's disappearance. Sunday Mirror reporter Lori Campbell wrote an article headlined 'Why I shopped Maddy suspect' in which she claimed: 'There was an evasiveness and unease about Murat that left me feeling extremely uncomfortable.' Murat, a self-employed property developer, told her that he was assisting the police and had offered his services as a translator.

    On 14 May 2007, Murat was questioned by Portuguese police and became the first person to be declared an official suspect. On the same day Campbell told Sky News: 'It was just very reminiscent of the Soham murders, that was my first thought. He was hanging around, asking us questions and maybe trying to find out what we knew.'

    The following day police seized laptops and other material. For almost four months Murat remained the only arguido. Then in a dramatic development in early September Portuguese police named Madeleine's parents - Kate and Gerry - as arguidos, a move that sparked a slew of allegations against the couple.

    Last month Express Newspapers issued front-page apologies to Madeleine's parents and paid £550,000 to the Find Madeleine campaign. The McCanns have refused to rule out libel action against other publications.
     
    Madeleine McCann cops not got clue Sunday Mirror  
     
    By Lori Campbell 13/04/2008
     
    Police in Portugal will tell prosecutors tomorrow they have come up with nothing new after a trip to the UK in a last-gasp bid to crack the Madeleine McCann case.

    They will admit that fresh interviews with the "Tapas Seven" - parents Kate and Gerry McCanns' friends - have yielded no new clues.

    An insider said: "They maintained what they said in their original statements. There are discrepancies - but no gaping contradictions."

    The three-man police team had hoped to expose inconsistencies in the McCanns' and the Tapas Sevens' stories.

    They have been asked to return to Portugal next month to take part in a reconstruction of the night Madeleine vanished from her hotel in Praia da Luz last May.

    Police insiders there have said the friends have demanded a private jet and five-star hotels on their return.

    But the McCanns' spokesman dismissed the claims as "utter rubbish."

    And last night one of the friends urged the Portuguese police to concentrate on the hunt for four-year-old Madeleine.

    Jane Tanner said: "If it wasn't such a serious matter some of the things that are being said about us would be laughable."
     
    McCanns: Cops find 'nothing' The People  
     
    EXCLUSIVE COUPLE CLEAR
     
    By Nick Dorman
    13 April 2008
     
    Kate and Gerry McCann could finally be cleared over daughter Madeleine's disappearance after Portuguese police will tomorrow admit they returned empty-handed from a last-gasp trip to Britain.
     
    Chief investigator Paulo Rebelo will tell prosecutors that fresh interviews with the McCanns' holiday friends - the so-called Tapas Seven - yielded nothing new.
     
    The admission means the parents could be in the clear as early as next month - as The People exclusively revealed last week.
     
    But while the move will be welcomed, one of the seven pals last night blasted cops for accusing her of changing her statement.
     
    Furious Jane Tanner, 37, said: "If this was not such a serious matter some of the things being said about us would be laughable."
     
    Cops had hoped to expose holes in the pals' stories to find fresh evidence against Kate, 40, and Gerry 39, who have been named arguidos - official suspects.
     
    But the McCanns' spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said yesterday: "Kate and Gerry should now be eliminated from the police inquiry."
     
    The couple, from Rothley, Leics, are still furious after statements they gave to police in the hours after Maddie, four, went missing in Praia da Luz on May 3 were leaked last week.
     
    They are demanding "absolute security" over the records from the re-interviewing of their friends.
     
    Mr Mitchell said: "If they appear in the press again, the smearing game would be obvious."
     
    As a result of the row, the McCanns were last night set to pull out of plans to fly back to Portugal to aid police reconstructions.
     
    Portuguese police 'found no new evidence' during UK interviews with the Tapas 7 Daily Mail  
     
    Last updated at 10:16am on 13th April 2008
     
    Portuguese police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are expected to say today that their trip to the UK to re-interview the Tapas 7 was fruitless, with no new leads being thrown up.
     
    Chief Inspector Paulo Rebelo is likely to tell prosecutors that no new evidence has been uncovered in hours of interviews, according to a source.
     
    The admission will open the way for Kate and Gerry McCann to be cleared as suspects in the case.
     
    Spokesman for the McCanns' Clarence Mitchell, said "Kate and Gerry should now be eliminated from the police inquiry."
     
    Portugal's top policeman Alipio Ribeiro told friends of Kate and Gerry of his regret that witness statements by the couple were leaked to the media.
     
    One excerpt leaked to the press suggested that on the morning of her disappearance, Madeleine said: "Mummy, why didn't you come when we were crying last night?"
     
    The couple were furious and have accused the Portuguese police of attempting to slur them as they approach the anniversary of their daughter's disappearance on May 3.
     
    The leak to a Spanish television station overshadowed the McCanns' visit on Thursday to Brussels where they called for a European rapid alert system for abducted children.
     
    But it was revealed yesterday that Alipio Ribeiro, national director of the Policia Judiciaria, had interrupted interviews in Leicestershire with the "Tapas Seven" to tell the McCanns' friends of his own anger at the leak.
     
    Mr Ribeiro returned a day early to Portugal on Friday after several days interrogating the friends who were on holiday with the McCanns in Praia da Luz last year.
     
    A source said: "The matter came up in the interviews with Kate and Gerry's friends and Ribeiro was embarrassed by it.
     
    "The leaks came as he was out of the country and he was angry about it.
     
    "He also referred to it when speaking with Leicestershire police."
     
    One of the McCanns' friends, Jane Tanner, who claimed to have seen a man carrying Madeleine away on the night of the child's disappearance, endured ten hours of questioning by Leicestershire police.
     
    Yesterday she spoke out against claims in Portuguese newspapers that she and her friends had demanded a private plane to take them back to Praia da Luz for a reconstruction requested by the Portuguese authorities.
     
    "If it wasn't such a serious matter, some of the things that are being said about us would be laughable," she said.
     
    "The authorities should be out there looking for Madeleine rather than being distracted by any of these ridiculous and made-up stories about us."
     
    Meanwhile, The Mail on Sunday has learned that Robert Murat will remain a formal suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann for at least a further three months.
     
    The 34-year-old had hoped that the decision by the Portuguese police to allow him to travel to visit his daughter in Britain two weeks ago was a sign that the "arguido" status was soon to be lifted.
     
    However, Mr Murat has been informed that his suspect status will be extended until August when the McCanns' similar arguido status will also be considered.
     
    It also appears that the McCanns are not planning to return to Portugal for the reconstruction.
     
    They do not believe there would be any purpose to it unless filmed as part of a Crimewatch-style programme but that has been ruled out by the authorities.
     
    *
     
    Note:
     
    1) This report is completely without foundation and based on the two words 'expected' and 'likely' and the unquoted words of an unnamed source.
     
    2) The headline places 'found no new evidence' in parenthesis, to imply the words are a direct quote. Yet those words are not a direct quote - they have been written by the Mail themselves based on the words of this unnamed source who may, or may not, have actually said them.
     
    3) This is a sensational claim - why would the source wish to remain anonymous? The only explanation is that they do not wish their name to be identified with something that has no basis in fact.
     
    4) Yet again, the Mail, and their unnamed source, are unable to differentiate between Paulo Rebelo and Alipio Ribeiro.
     
    5) Jane Tanner is quoted as follows: "If it wasn't such a serious matter, some of the things that are being said about us would be laughable," she said. "The authorities should be out there looking for Madeleine rather than being distracted by any of these ridiculous and made-up stories about us."
     
    - The quote is presented in this article as a direct response to claims that the Tapas Seven wanted a private jet and 5-star hotels to return to Portugal for a reconstruction.
     
    Yet, in the article in The People suggests the quote is a direct response to the recent police interviews and is used in that article to counter claims that Jane Tanner has changed her statement!
     
    The article in the Sunday Mirror, by Lori Campbell, uses the quote ambiguously - mentioning both the claims that the Tapas Seven requested jets and 5-star hotels, as well as the claims that the police interviews yielded nothing new - and chooses not to directly link the quote to either but, in doing so, implies the quote is provided in support of the articles headline.

    Monday 14 
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    Murat goes to the PJ's re-enactment 24horas 
     
    The Englishman did not impose any conditions to enter in the PJ's re-enactment 
     
    Text: Carlos Tomas, 14 April 2008
    (Thanks to Joana Morais for translation)
     
    The first suspect of Maddie's disappearance wants to participate in the 'movie' of the re-enactment of the 3rd of Maay in Praia da Luz
     
    Without fears and willing to help. This is the state of mind of Robert Murat, the Englishman that was constituted as the first arguido in the scope of the process connected with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, on the 3rd of May of 2007, of an apartment in Praia da Luz, Algarve.

    Like him, Sergey Malinka, a computer expert, was notified to participate, on the 15th and 16th of May, in a reconstruction of the alleged events that took place the day on which Maddie disappeared.

    Malinka, so far, has not answered, but Murat has already told the authorities that he has no problem in helping and, contrary to Kate and Gerry McCann, parents of the child, and unlike the seven friends with whom they had dinner with in the Tapas Bar, on that fateful day, he did not impose any conditions to participate in the re-enactment.

    Murat stays at home on the day of the re-enactment

    "He was always at home with the mother. He just has to do the same that he did in that day and in many others that followed that day: to keep his mother company. The arguido status, which has damaged immensely his personal and professional life should have been lifted a long time ago, since it does not make any sense", revealed a source close to the arguido, however a judicial source assured that his status will remain up to until the time when an accusation is or is not done, which will only happen in the middle of July of 2008.

    Meantime, Robert Murat, yesterday revealed that he is going to ask for compensation for slander to several British media organisations. The arguido wants to prosecute 11 British newspapers and the television channel Sky News for slander in a process that could lead to a cumulative payout of more than two million pounds (2,5 million euros). 34-year-old Robert Murat, lives with his mother in the Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, nearly a hundred metres away from the apartment from where Maddie disappeared.

    It was an English journalist of the "Sunday Mirror", Lori Campbell, who pointed the attentions of the police towards Murat, as soon as she thought that he had a suspect behavior. In an article entitled "Murat fear: Why I told cops", the journalist explains: "There was an evasiveness and unease about Murat that left me feeling extremely uncomfortable". Robert Murat, for a long time was the only suspect in the investigation, and he was object to great attention by the press, which investigated his whole life and past. The arguido always insisted in his innocence, having affirmed that they made him "a scapegoat".

    In a statement, the London-based firm of solicitors, Simons Muirhead and Burton, confirmed they were 'representing Robert Murat in respect of a number of libel actions against Sky, the Daily Express, the Sunday Express, the Daily Star, the Daily Mail, the Evening Standard, the Metro, the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Mirror, the News of the World, the Sun and the Scotsman'.

    Facts

    REMEMBER. To establish a record is the objective of Murat and of his lawyer, Francisco Pagarete. According to Caroline Kean, a media law expert, quoted by the newspaper "The Observer", Murat might receive "at least 200 thousand pounds (nearly 250 thousand euros) for each newspaper and for complaint, which would exceed two million pounds". The current record for a complaint for slander is of 1.5 million pounds (nearly 1.8 million euros), in 1989, according to the same newspaper.

    MEETING. The Judiciary Police team which traveled last week to England, that was led by Paulo Rebelo, coordinator of criminal investigation of the PJ, will have today in the morning, a meeting with the Public Prosecutor Luís Verão and criminal instruction judge Pedro Frias, as well as with the assistant director of the Judiciary Police and the very person in charge of the Directorship of Faro, Guilhermino Encarnação. The objective is to assess and evaluate the cross-examinations done to seven persons with whom the McCanns had dinner with in the Tapas Bar, on the 3rd of May 2007.
     
    Secret McCanns Files May Be Released Sky News  
     
    Updated:07:23, Monday April 14, 2008
     
    Portuguese police and prosecutors are set to discuss their interviews with friends of Madeleine McCann's parents - which could lead to confidential files being made public.
     
    The officials will be debating the future direction of the probe into her disappearance from Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3 last year.
     
    One of Kate and Gerry McCann's lawyers said earlier this month that police files could be made public today.
     
    But the couple's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, played down this possibility and predicted that the official secrecy period would be extended until the summer.
     
    Mr and Mrs McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, remain "arguidos" - or formal suspects - in the case but have not been charged and deny all wrongdoing.
     
    Paulo Rebelo, the detective leading the inquiry, flew back to Portugal earlier than expected on Friday.
     
    He and his team spent last week in Leicestershire sitting in on fresh interviews with the seven friends on holiday with the McCanns when Madeleine disappeared.
     
    Mr Rebelo will meet the public prosecutor in the case, Jose Cunha de Magalhaes e Meneses, in the Algarve town of Portimao today, Mr Mitchell said.
     
    The McCanns' spokesman added: "Rebelo will report back on the interviews that took place last week, and they will then decide on whether the police need more time.
     
    "I assume that will come out in the next day or so.
     
    "We are hoping that they will do the decent thing, realising that the friends told essentially the same story they told last summer, and eliminate Kate and Gerry from the case."
     
    But Mr Mitchell said he believed there was only the "slimmest of slim chances" that this would happen today.
     
    "(Today) is technically possible for the lifting of judicial secrecy, but it's unlikely. We think it will run through to the summer," he said.
     
    Portuguese law normally provides for an eight-month term during which documents remain secret, and official suspects, police and lawyers are banned from discussing the case in public.
     
    *
     
    Note: Rogério Alves, the McCanns Portuguese lawyer, has already made it clear the documents will remain secret until the end of August.
     
    On 02 April 2008, he said to Correio da Manha: "If there was no understanding of when the period began to count in September, the secrecy of justice would be lifted in April, but having this agreement the secrecy in the process will only end in August."
     
    McCanns want an FBI probe The Sun  
     
    By STAFF REPORTERS
    Published: Today 
     
    MISSING Maddie McCann’s parents are calling for a full probe involving the FBI into Portuguese cops’ handling of the case.
     
    Kate and Gerry want a panel of missing children experts, including former US and Met police, to look at how the inquiry team handled itself.
     
    Officers have been accused of bungling the investigation since Maddie, four, went missing from Praia da Luz last May. The McCanns have also accused the Portuguese of a smear campaign against them.
     
    Last night their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "We believe Portuguese police have been found wanting. We are asking the British Government to call for such an inquiry. It’s important for Madeleine and other missing children."
     
    Kate, 40, and Gerry, 39, of Rothley, Leics, are expected to be cleared as suspects today when cops tell prosecutors there is no evidence against them.
     
    Portuguese police and prosecutors are also set to meet to discuss their interviews with friends of the McCanns.
     
    They are also expected to debate the future direction of the investigation into Maddie's disappearance.
     
    Paulo Rebelo, the detective leading the inquiry, flew back to Portugal earlier than expected on Friday.
     
    He and his team spent last week in Leicestershire sitting in on fresh interviews with the seven friends on holiday with the McCanns when Madeleine disappeared.
     
    Mr Rebelo will meet the public prosecutor in the case, Jose Cunha de Magalhaes e Meneses, in the Algarve town of Portimao today, Mr Mitchell said.
     
    He added: "Rebelo will report back on the interviews that took place last week, and they will then decide on whether the police need more time.
     
    "I assume that will come out in the next day or so.
     
    "We are hoping that they will do the decent thing, realising that the friends told essentially the same story they told last summer, and eliminate Kate and Gerry from the case."
     
    Police deny claims of McCann leak BBC News  
     
    Page last updated at 16:29 GMT, Monday, 14 April 2008 17:29 UK
     
    Portuguese police investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance have denied leaking details of statements made by her parents to officers.
     
    The Policia Judiciaria (PJ) dismissed as "entirely false" claims that material broadcast on Spanish television was from the investigation.
     
    A statement expressed regret at the claims "at a moment when significant work was being done" in the inquiry.
     
    Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, disappeared in the Algarve in May 2007.
     
    'Unfounded comments'
     
    The Spanish channel Telecinco cited quotes from Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, purporting to be from statements made to police early in the investigation.
     
    These included Mrs McCann supposedly telling officers that Madeleine had been upset the night before she disappeared that her mother had not come to her when she cried.
     
    But the PJ statement insisted the force had not been responsible.
     
    "The PJ want to make it clear that is entirely false that the contents of this report included material from the inquiry which is covered by (the law of) secrecy of justice," it said.
     
    It also expressed regret at what it said were "baseless" and "unfounded comments" by the McCann family spokesman, Clarence Mitchell.
     
    Mr Mitchell had said the "leaked" statements were a "deliberate smear".
     
    On 8 April, three Portuguese detectives sat in on interviews with witnesses - including friends of the McCanns who were with them on the night Madeleine vanished - conducted by Leicestershire police.
     
    Madeleine Police Deny Interview Leaks Sky News  
     
    Updated:17:31, Monday April 14, 2008
     
    Portuguese police have hit back at Kate and Gerry McCann - denying claims they leaked information about their daughter's disappearance.
     
    The war of words intensified as detectives said allegations they had passed information to the media were "baseless".
     
    The Policia Judiciaria (PJ) issued a rare public statement singling out the couple's spokesman Clarence Mitchell, who angrily demanded an inquiry into how interview transcripts came into the public domain.
     
    Damaging excerpts from the couple's first police interviews were broadcast on Spanish TV on the day the couple went to Brussels to launch a bid to introduce a new child alert system.
     
    It reported that Madeleine and her brother Sean woke up crying the night before the three-year-old's disappearance, but her parents did not hear her as they were in a nearby restaurant.
     
    The interviews disclosed that Madeleine asked Kate at breakfast: "Mummy, why didn't you come when we were crying last night?"
     
    Mr Mitchell suggested the transcripts had been deliberately leaked to overshadow the Brussels visit.
     
    The leak also emerged as Portuguese detectives were in the UK attending interviews with witnesses who were dining with the McCanns when Madeleine went missing.
     
    The Policia Judiciaria said in a statement: "We regret the baseless intervention of the spokesman above all at a moment when significant moves were being made in the investigation."
     
    It added: "On the basis of this news, (he) publicly expressed the view, to diverse media outlets, his certainty that the PJ was responsible for the leaks.
     
    "The PJ want to make it clear that is is entirely false that the contents of this report included material from the inquiry which is covered by (the law of) secrecy of justice."
     
    Portuguese police deny leak in case of missing British girl Herald Tribune  
     
    Monday April 14, 2008
    The Associated Press
     
    Lisbon, Portugal: Portuguese police denied Monday that they leaked details of their investigation into the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann.
     
    A Spanish television channel last week published what it claimed was testimony given to police by Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, who are official suspects in the case.
     
    Portuguese detectives, known as the Policia Judiciaria, say they are still investigating the girl's disappearance from a vacation resort in Portugal on May 3 last year, shortly before her fourth birthday. In Portugal, ongoing police investigations are covered by strict secrecy laws prohibiting the release of information.
     
    "The Policia Judiciaria makes clear that it is completely false that the content of the (Spanish) news report is taken from the investigation, which is still covered by judicial secrecy laws," the statement from police headquarters in Lisbon said.
     
    The McCanns said through their spokesman at the time of the report that they were angry about the leak because it appeared to be an attempt to smear them.
     
    The police statement Monday rejected the accusation, saying police "regret the spokesman's unfounded comments, especially at a time when significant activities pertaining to the investigation are taking place."
     
    Police in Britain last week re-interviewed friends the McCanns dined with on the night when Madeleine disappeared. A three-member team of detectives from Portugal listened in before returning to Portugal on Friday.
     
    The McCanns' spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.
     
    The police statement provided no details about the investigation. Police have given no indication whether they intend to bring charges against the McCanns.
     
    One of the McCanns' Portuguese lawyers said earlier this month the couple could be given access to the case file from April 14. He argued that in his view the official secrecy period would expire on that date.
     
    However, the police statement did not refer to that deadline and officials declined to comment further on the case.
     
    "Madeleine McCann case": Clarification on false contents of a news piece Policia Judiciaria  
     
    Monday April 14, 2008
    (Thanks to 'astro' from the3arguidos forum for translation)
     
    At the end of last week, the Spanish television station Telecinco broadcast a news piece that reported that they had enjoyed exclusive access to alleged statements from the McCann couple to the "investigators" into the disappearance of the underage child, Madeleine.

    Based on this news piece, the spokesman of this couple, Clarence Mitchell, expressed publicly, to several media, the certainty that the Policia Judiciaria had been responsible for its publication.

    The Policia Judiciaria clarifies that it is entirely false that the contents of the news piece reproduces matter that is part of the inquiry, which is under judicial secrecy.

    On the other hand, the Policia Judiciaria cannot fail to lament the baseless intervention of the spokesman, especially at a moment when significant diligences to the investigation were being carried out.

    April 14, 2008

    The National Directory
     
    Portuguese police launch furious attack on McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell as they deny 'Maddie in tears' leak Daily Mail (This report later updated for third time on 15 April 2008)
     
    By VANESSA ALLEN
    Last updated at 23:00pm on 14th April 2008
     
    The hunt for Madeleine McCann was engulfed in a war of words yesterday as Portuguese police criticised her parents' spokesman.
     
    Detectives denied Clarence Mitchell's claims that police had deliberately leaked statements from Kate and Gerry McCann and said they regretted his 'baseless intervention'.
     
    In a rare public statement - only the fifth in the 11-month investigation - the Policia Judiciaria said Mr Mitchell should not have spoken out, because the police operation had reached a 'significant' stage.
     
    But last night Mr Mitchell insisted he stands by his claims that the statements were 'shamelessly' leaked to overshadow the McCanns' high-profile visit to the European Parliament to promote a missing child alert campaign last week.
     
    Coverage of the visit was dominated by the revelations that on the morning of May 3, just hours before she disappeared from the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz, Madeleine asked her mother: "Mummy, why didn't you come when we were crying last night?"
     
    Mr Mitchell said: "I'm not retracting a word of what I said. The Portuguese police have yet to explain how these statements came to be leaked.
     
    "Their criticism of me doesn't explain how that confidential material came to be made public, and with very curious timing."
     
    He warned police last week that 'the gloves were off' following the leaking of the couple's police statements, and branded the leak 'brazen, shameless and cackhanded'.
     
    Detectives hit back yesterday after a meeting between the head of the investigation, Paulo Rebelo, and public prosecutor Jose Cunha Magalhaes e Menezes.
     
    In a statement posted on the force's website, a spokesman said: "The spokesman for the couple, Clarence Mitchell, publicly expressed the view to diverse media outlets, that he was certain the Policia Judiciaria was responsible for the leaks.
     
    "The PJ want to make it clear that it is entirely false that this report included material from the inquiry, which is covered by the secrecy of justice.
     
    "The PJ regrets the baseless intervention of the spokesman, above all at a moment when significant moves were being made in the investigation."
     
    The police refused to reveal what was meant by 'significant moves'.
     
    There has been speculation that the named suspects in the case, the McCanns and British expatriate Robert Murat, could be cleared soon. They have always denied any involvement in Madeleine's disappearance.
     
    Mr Mitchell said: "We had hoped the meeting (between Mr Rebelo and the prosecutor) would result in something positive, not in them trying to blame me.
     
    "I don't want to get into a row with them. None of this helps to find Madeleine. We just want them to concentrate on that."
     
    Since the disappearance of Madeleine - who would now be four - the police have refused to comment on their investigation on an almost daily basis.
     
    Police in Portugal supposedly operate under strict secrecy laws which ban officers, witnesses or suspects from speaking about ongoing investigations.
     
    But in practice the laws have meant there have been a series of anonymous leaks and wild allegations from inside the police operation.
     
    The McCanns' wealthy benefactor Brian Kennedy hired Mr Mitchell in September, in part to counter the anti-McCann smears circulating in Portugal.
     
    The 46-year-old former BBC correspondent was initially sent to Portugal by the Foreign Office in May, to help the couple deal with the intense media interest in their daughter's disappearance.
     
    He forged a close bond with the McCanns, both doctors from Rothley, Leicestershire, and quit his job with the Government's media monitoring unit to become their full-time spokesman, on a reported £75,000-a-year salary.
     
    Meanwhile, Portuguese police have yet to make any official comment about the outcome of last week's interviews with the 'Tapas Seven', the friends who dined with the McCanns on the night Madeleine vanished.
     
    Portuguese police launch furious attack on McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell as they deny 'Maddie in tears' leak  (Original version of report above) 
     
    Last updated at 19:58pm on 14th April 2008
     
    Portuguese police forcefully denied they leaked a statement by Kate McCann in which she reportedly said her daughter Madeleine was crying in her room the night before she disappeared nearly a year ago.
     
    The statement was made by Kate McCann to Portuguese police investigating the disappearance, according to Spanish television channel Telecinco, which published it last week.
     
    Telecinco reported Madeleine asked her mother on May 3, the morning of the day she disappeared, why she hadn't come to the bedroom when she and her brothers were crying the night before.
     
    The publication prompted the McCanns' spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, to call for an investigation by Portuguese authorities into how the statement was made public, considering it was covered by strict secrecy laws.
     
    In a rare statement on the case, Portuguese police said on Monday it was "completely false that the content of the news reproduced material from the investigation and that it is covered by legal secrecy.
     
    "On the other hand, the judicial police laments the unfounded statement by the spokesman, above all at a moment when significant steps are taking place in the investigation."
     
    The statement said Mitchell publicly accused the police of being responsible for the leak.
     
    Portuguese police have named Kate and Gerry McCann as official suspects in the case.
     
    Madeleine McCann disappeared from her bedroom in an Algarve resort a few days before her fourth birthday.
     
    Police have made no arrests in the case and have not signalled that they are any closer to finding Madeleine.

    Tuesday 15 
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    McCann's spokesman is a "liar" Jornal de Noticias  
     
    Marisa Rodrigues
    (Thanks to 'Li' from the3arguidos forum for translation)
     
    The spokesman of the parents of Madeleine McCann "is a liar and Machiavellian". Who says this is the president of the Association of Staff of Criminal Investigation (ASFIC). Carlos Anjos accuses Clarence Mitchell of having a well-defined strategy. "He wants to discredit the Criminal Police(PJ) by making up excuses in order to avoid the return of the couple to Portugal to participate in the reconstruction of the night of the crime. He lied to his teeth," he says.
     
    This was the reaction of Carlos Anjos after yesterday's response of the PJ concerning the informations given by the Spanish channel "Telecinco" that announced having access to the depositions of Kate and Gerry. "It is completely untrue that the content of the news reproduces material that is in secrecy of justice", said the PJ in a release, issued after a meeting in Lisbon between Alípio Ribeiro and Paulo Rebelo, coordinator of the judicial police of Portimão and responsible for the investigation of the disappearance of Madeleine.

    After the news, advanced on Thursday as being an "exclusive" of the Spanish channel, Mitchell gave several interviews to British televisions. He insulted the PJ and blamed the Portuguese inspectors of what he called a "grotesque breach of secrecy." He accused them of initiating a "dishonest manoeuvre to discredit the family."

    On that same day, Kate and Gerry were in Brussels to present an European project to help to find missing children. Meanwhile, in Leicestershire, England, Paulo Rebelo's team were attending the interrogations scheduled in the rogatory letter.

    To disrupt the enquiry

    The PJ says they "deplore the intervention of the spokesman, particularly at a time when significant steps were made in the research." The president of ASFIC goes further. "Finally it is known where the truth is. While the PJ fulfilled their duty to investigate what happened to the child, the spokesman of the parents was manipulating the public opinion," he accuses.

    For Carlos Anjos, "who mounted the scheme was Mr Clarence Mitchell. He needed to find an excuse to avoid the participation of the couple in the reconstruction, saying now that he does not trust the PJ." The ASFIC is available to give legal support to the researchers who feel targeted by the statements of Mitchell and want to move forward with a criminal complaint.
     
    *
     
    Wikipedia: Machiavellianism is the term that some social and personality psychologists use to describe a person's tendency to deceive and manipulate others for personal gain.
     
    The repercussions of Maddie's case on the PJ Diario de Noticias  
     
    JOSÉ MANUEL OLIVEIRA, 15 April 2008
    (Thanks to Joana Morais for translation)
     
    An Editorial Comment

    A year later, there are still shock waves in the Maddie’s case. This time it was an incredible and farfetched story of a Spanish journalist who revealed supposed statements of Kate and Gerry McCann to the police. They provided for one more campaign of the English newspapers against the Portuguese police and a conference of their spokesman.

    The hubbub caused also the alleged refusal of the McCanns to return to Portugal to do the re-enactment of the crime. And they helped to disturb the travel of the team of investigation to England to question the friends and to check their statements.

    The Portuguese PJ yesterday issued a declaration to contradict that these evidences given by the Spanish journalist were part of the process. But, in the middle of the afternoon, the press release was not even available in the Internet pages of the English newspapers.

    This happened exactly in the same newspapers that transcribed the information of the Spanish journalist, without checking the sources or questioning the supplier of the information. This type of procedure is also the reason of the lawsuit that the Englishman Robert Murat is going to put to eleven English newspapers: because they reproduced, without confirming, information that was in the Portuguese newspapers. An unethical method which simply undermines journalism in general. But that behaviour was, unfortunately, more than common in this strange and long case.
     
    Judiciary contradicts 'Telecino' and the McCanns' spokesman
     
    The relation between the parents of Madeleine McCann and the Judiciary Police (PJ) is more and more tense. After the couple’s spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, accused the chief-inspector Paulo Rebelo, responsible for the investigations on Maddie's disappearance, of “leaks of information”, following the disclosure in a Spanish Television Channel (Telecinco) of a statement done by Kate McCann, it was now the time for the PJ to enter on stage and contradict what has been spread since last week.

    In a declaration issued yesterday afternoon, the National Directory of the Judiciary explains that it is "entirely false that the contents of the news piece reproduces matter that is part of the inquiry, which is under judicial secrecy". On the other hand, the PJ “cannot fail to lament the baseless intervention of the spokesman, especially at a moment when significant diligences to the investigation were being carried out". The journalist of Telecinco, Nacho Abad, author of those news which are provoking so much controversy, said that he will answer, today, to the disclaim of the PJ, in his program to be aired around 12h00 – Spanish time.

    To discredit the investigation

    On the other side, the DN knows, that there is a conviction inside the PJ that it was the McCann’s spokesman, himself who "instigated and send the story" for the Spanish television, in order to "try to discredit the investigation and to find a pretext to avoid the re-enactment".

    Remember that Gerry and Kate McCann, in the last days, have send out a message that the conditions [demands] to return to Portugal with the objective to put into effect the pretended reconstitution by the PJ, about the fateful night of the 3rd of May of 2007, in which their daughter Madeleine disappeared from the Praia da Luz (Lagos), are not complied because details of their declarations given to the police were revealed. As well they demand the intervention of the Minister of the Justice.

    The case, as DN previously told, originated in a news piece broadcasted on Wednesday, by Telecinco and was presented as an exclusive of this Spanish channel, reporting what Gerry and Kate McCann described to the PJ in the hours before Madeleine disappeared of the apartment of The Ocean Club, where the family was spending holidays, the daughter surprised them during the breakfast while questioning them: "Why you did not come when we were crying last night?", in an allusion to herself and her brother Sean. Still according to the Telecinco program, Kate guaranteed to the Judiciary Police, that after the critical observation of the daughter, the couple "decided to be more attentive to the children".

    Secret of justice prevails

    So, when does the secret of justice end in the Madeleine case exactly? This is a question that, until now, nobody managed to give a right answer, especially when, for example, there was a persistent idea that yesterday, eleven months after been made the first arguido in this process, the British-Portuguese Robert Murat, for suspicion of being wrapped in the disappearance of the child, the process could be consulted by whomever wanted to do it. "It is all exactly the same and I do not find that strange. Who defines the terms for the lifting of the secret of justice is the Public Ministry ", said to the DN the lawyer of that arguido, Francisco Pagarete.

    However the Council’s president of the Order of the Lawyers from the District of Faro, António Cabrita, in recent interviews to the DN, remembered that "the complexity of the process might lead the Public Ministry to determine that the same continues for more phases. António Cabrita told that when there are no imprisoned arguidos, the timings " can be extended in function of the discovery of the truth ".
     
    Portuguese police accuse McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell of 'lying through his teeth' Daily Mail (Updated version from report yesterday) 
     
    By VANESSA ALLEN
    Last updated at 12:16pm on 15th April 2008
     
    The hunt for Madeleine McCann was engulfed in a war of words yesterday as Portuguese police criticised her parents' spokesman.
     
    Detectives denied Clarence Mitchell's claims that police had deliberately leaked statements from Kate and Gerry McCann and said they regretted his 'baseless intervention'.
     
    In an astonishing attack today Portuguese police union chief Carlos Anjos told respected Portuguese daily Jornal de Noticias: "Mr Mitchell wants to discredit the Policia Judiciaria and invent excuses so the McCanns do not come to Portugal to participate in the reconstruction of the night she disappeared.
     
    "He lies with as many teeth as he has in his mouth.
     
    "Finally we know what side truth is on.
     
    "While the Policia Judiciaria were fulfilling their duty of investigating what happened to Madeleine, her parents' spokesman was manipulating public opinion."
     
    The outspoken head of Portugal's Police Federation, who has previously claimed his force has better things to do than look for Madeleine McCann, added: "The person who hatched a plan was Clarence Mitchell.
     
    "He needed to find an excuse for the McCanns not to take part in the reconstitution, saying that he doesn't trust the Policia Judiciaria."
     
    In an extraordinary turn of events, Anjos told Jornal de Noticias his union was offering advice to officers who felt they had been identified by Mr Mitchell's leak claims and wanted to take legal action.
     
    Yesterday, in a rare public statement - only the fifth in the 11-month investigation - the Policia Judiciaria said Mr Mitchell should not have spoken out, because the police operation had reached a 'significant' stage.
     
    But last night Mr Mitchell insisted he stands by his claims that the statements were 'shamelessly' leaked to overshadow the McCanns' high-profile visit to the European Parliament to promote a missing child alert campaign last week.
     
    Coverage of the visit was dominated by the revelations that on the morning of May 3, just hours before she disappeared from the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz, Madeleine asked her mother: "Mummy, why didn't you come when we were crying last night?"
     
    Mr Mitchell said: "I'm not retracting a word of what I said. The Portuguese police have yet to explain how these statements came to be leaked.
     
    "Their criticism of me doesn't explain how that confidential material came to be made public, and with very curious timing."
     
    He warned police last week that 'the gloves were off' following the leaking of the couple's police statements, and branded the leak 'brazen, shameless and cackhanded'.
     
    Detectives hit back yesterday after a meeting between the head of the investigation, Paulo Rebelo, and public prosecutor Jose Cunha Magalhaes e Menezes.
     
    In a statement posted on the force's website, a spokesman said: "The spokesman for the couple, Clarence Mitchell, publicly expressed the view to diverse media outlets, that he was certain the Policia Judiciaria was responsible for the leaks.
     
    "The PJ want to make it clear that it is entirely false that this report included material from the inquiry, which is covered by the secrecy of justice.
     
    "The PJ regrets the baseless intervention of the spokesman, above all at a moment when significant moves were being made in the investigation."
     
    The police refused to reveal what was meant by 'significant moves'.
     
    There has been speculation that the named suspects in the case, the McCanns and British expatriate Robert Murat, could be cleared soon. They have always denied any involvement in Madeleine's disappearance.
     
    Mr Mitchell said: "We had hoped the meeting (between Mr Rebelo and the prosecutor) would result in something positive, not in them trying to blame me.
     
    "I don't want to get into a row with them. None of this helps to find Madeleine. We just want them to concentrate on that."
     
    Since the disappearance of Madeleine - who would now be four - the police have refused to comment on their investigation on an almost daily basis.
     
    Police in Portugal supposedly operate under strict secrecy laws which ban officers, witnesses or suspects from speaking about ongoing investigations.
     
    But in practice the laws have meant there have been a series of anonymous leaks and wild allegations from inside the police operation.
     
    The McCanns' wealthy benefactor Brian Kennedy hired Mr Mitchell in September, in part to counter the anti-McCann smears circulating in Portugal.
     
    The 46-year-old former BBC correspondent was initially sent to Portugal by the Foreign Office in May, to help the couple deal with the intense media interest in their daughter's disappearance.
     
    He forged a close bond with the McCanns, both doctors from Rothley, Leicestershire, and quit his job with the Government's media monitoring unit to become their full-time spokesman, on a reported £75,000-a-year salary.
     
    Meanwhile, Portuguese police have yet to make any official comment about the outcome of last week's interviews with the 'Tapas Seven', the friends who dined with the McCanns on the night Madeleine vanished.
     
    Cop: McCanns' spokesman 'lies' The Sun 
     
    Published: Today
    April 15, 2008
     
    A PORTUGUESE police union boss has branded the McCanns' spokesman a LIAR.
     
    Carlos Anjos said of Clarence Mitchell: "He lies with as many teeth as he has in his mouth."
     
    The president of Portugal's Police Federation accused the former BBC man of leaking police statements Kate and Gerry made within hours of Maddie disappearing last May.
     
    These were aired on Spanish TV last week.
     
    Anjos said the aim was to give the McCanns an excuse not to attend a reconstruction.
     
    Mr Mitchell, 46, said: "It is categorically untrue that I leaked them. There was absolutely no benefit for us to do that."
     
    Nacho Abad, the Spanish journalist who obtained the statements, said: "Clarence Mitchell was not the source. The family did not leak it."

    Wednesday 16 
    April 2008
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    Pinto Monteiro waits for report 24horas 
     
    PJ and Prosecutors debate alleged leak of information
     
    Text: Carlos Tomás
    (Thanks to 'Li' from the3arguidos forum for translation)
     
    The inspectors that are investigating Maddie's case held a meeting yesterday with the Public Prosecutor to analyse the trip to England. Clarence Mitchell, McCann's spokesman and Método 3 might have passed informations to the Spanish press.

    The PJ and the Public Prosecutor have been bombarded with what the judicial authorities consider to be "counter information" in Madeleine McCann's case. In declarations to the 24 Horas, Pinto Monteiro, General Public Attorney, admitted that yesterday he did not yet have any additional information to the process because the Prosecutor of Évora, Luís Bilro Verão had not yet send anything.

    There is no report

    "When there are relevant things concerning that process a detailed report with the facts is made. Till today (yesterday) nothing was received from the responsible of the case namely the Prosecutor Luís Verão that I appointed to direct the enquiry", said Pinto Monteiro.
     
    Guilhermino Encarnação maxim responsible for the PJ of Faro, says the same: "Everything is running well, the interrogations made in England were very satisfactory. We are not vulnerable to any type of pressure, it does not matter from where it cames. The investigations will have their results no matter who will be hurt".

    McCann and Método 3 under suspicion

    In the last days the PJ investigations on this case received criticism from everybody. Beginning with the spokesman of the couple, Clarence Mitchell, to the Spanish television channel Telecinco and the President of the Portuguese Bar Association, all have attacked the course of the investigations. The authorities in Portugal believe that the fake informations were released by the McCanns or by the agency hired by them, Método 3.

    Marinho Pinto, president of the Bar Association said to EFE agency that the Criminal Police "arrived to a dead end in the investigations and is unable to acknowledge that fact".
     
    Madeleine McCann mystery will be solved, say police Telegraph 
     
    By Bonnie Malkin and agencies
    Last Updated: 11:15am BST 16/04/2008
     
    Portuguese police have insisted they will solve the mystery of Madeleine McCann's disappearance.
     
    Faro police chief Guilhermino Encarnacao, who is in charge of coordinating the investigation into the missing girl, has brushed off criticism of his force.
     
    He insisted the to insist the case was moving forward. (??? - copied as presented in original article)
     
    Madeleine McCann investigators have been locked in a war of words with the four-year-old's parents and their press spokesman Clarence Mitchell following the leaking of the couple's police statements.
     
    Last week Mr Mitchell demanded an inquiry into how the McCanns' witness statements - given shortly after their daughter vanished - had been leaked and claimed it was another attempt to smear the couple.
     
    In a rare public statement, the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) then criticised Mr Mitchell for his "baseless intervention".
     
    Dr Encarnacao, speaking after a meeting between public prosecutors and police who travelled to Britain for fresh interviews with the McCanns' holiday friends, said: "Everything's going well.
     
    "The inquiries carried out in the UK are progressing in the best way possible."
     
    He said the police were not "vulnerable to pressure" from any party involved.
     
    "The investigation will bring its results, whoever they hurt."
     
    The pledge came as a clairvoyant claimed Madeleine McCann died in an accident.
     
    Last week it emerged that Robert Murat, the British expatriate made a formal suspect over the disappearance of Madeleine, has begun one of the largest libel claims in the history of British media.
     
    The 34-year-old, who lived close to the Portugal apartment where the missing girl was last seen, has launched libel proceedings against 11 newspapers and one television network.
     
    Out of the box Timesonline 
     
    Andrew Billen
    April 16, 2008
     
    It was going to be called Madeleine McCann, but now ITV1's exclusive, has a longer name: Madeleine, One Year On: Campaign for Change. The programme will follow her parents as they campaign for an American-style Amber Alert system, in which law enforcement agencies are empowered to commandeer airtime when a child goes missing. Ah, lack of television coverage. That must have been the problem.

    Thursday 17 
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    Kate's deposition to detectives Correio da Manhã 
     
    Portimão PJ to sue McCann's spokesman
     
    Henrique Machado
    (Thanks to 'Li' from the3arguidos forum for translation)
     
    The declarations of Kate McCann reminding a conversation with her daughter Maddie the day she disappeared, concerning the fact that the day before she left her crying in the bedroom, are not part of the official process of the Criminal Police, as it was discovered by the CM. They were reproduced by the Spanish television Telecinco and the journalist Nacho Abad says he has proof that they are true ' but they will be clarifications made by Kate to private detectives.

    The process still remains in secrecy of justice but "the day it will be open to the public it will be easy to prove that those declarations are not there" said a source close to the investigations. Therefore, this leak could never have come from the PJ.

    "The day that that situation will be duly clarified" Clarence Mitchell will be sued by damages caused against the image of elements of the Department of Criminal Investigation of Portimão, after being "unjustly accused" by the McCanns spokesman of passing informations of the process to the media.

    The British police also know that those declarations of Kate, about her relationship sometimes difficult with her daughter are not in the process. When the Spanish channel reproduced them a delegation of the PJ was in Leicester to hear the McCann's friends and the British authorities confirmed that it was a deposition made by Kate to private investigators. It is a company that worked for the couple before Método 3 and in the end printed a report with those sentences. According to our sources, only 3 parts have copies of those documents: the company, the McCanns and the British authorities.

    The problems with the international press continue and yesterday the Telegraph advanced declarations of Guilhermino Encarnação after a meeting with the prosecutor quoting him saying that the "case will be solved whoever it hurts". Source close to the responsible of the Faro's PJ guarantees to the CM that none of this is true.

    Details

    ASFIC supports the process

    Contacted by the CM, the president of the PJ Union, Carlos Anjos, guarantees that "all legal support is available" in case the investigators of Portimão want to sue Clarence Mitchell, spokesman of the McCanns, by damages against the image of the department.

    Reconstruction

    Carlso Anjos believes that the controversy created around Kate's declarations, with accusations to the PJ by the eventual leak of information that discredits the couple, "is a mere artifice to avoid cooperation with the Portuguese justice". The PJ wants to reconstruct the crime but according to the couple spokesman this will only happen if they stop being arguidos.
     
    'Portuguese police should sue McCann's official spokesman', claims newspaper Daily Mail 
     
    By DAVID WILKES
    Last updated at 16:14pm on 17th April 2008
     
    Kate and Gerry McCanns' spokesman should be sued for libel for accusing Portuguese police of leaking the couple's statements to the media, it has been claimed.
     
    The statements revealed how the couple's missing daughter Madeleine asked her mother on May 3 last year - hours before she disappeared - 'Mummy, why didn't you come when we were crying last night?'.
     
    They emerged last week as Mr and Mrs McCann, of Rothley Leicestershire, travelled to the European Parliament to promote a campaign for a child alert system.
     
    Their official spokesman Clarence Mitchell accused Portuguese police of leaking the statements to derail the trip to Brussels.
     
    Today a Portuguese newspaper claimed that Mrs McCann's 'Madeleine in tears' statement does not form part of the official police file.
     
    It is understood that after they were interviewed by the police, secondary interviews were conducted in English with Mr and Mrs McCann by private investigators for the couple's own security and that these were passed to the police.
     
    The investigation is subject to Portuguese judicial secrecy laws, preventing the statements from being made public.
     
    But a source close to the investigation told the newspaper Correio da Manhathat: "On the day in which it's opened to the public, it will be easy to prove the declarations are not there. Then it will become clear this leak cannot have come from within the PJ."
     
    The source reportedly added that "Mr Mitchell should be the subject of a libel action for harm caused to the reputation of elements of Portimao's criminal investigation department, for having 'unfairly accused' them of passing on information from the investigation to the media."
     
    Yesterday Mr Mitchell said: "Yet again, I refuse to be drawn into a running argument with the usual anonymous police sources over this. Despite everything that has been said about me I retract nothing.
     
    "The police, either officially or unofficially, have so far failed to explain how material that was in their possession as part of their files emerged in the public domain on the very day Kate and Gerry were making positive headlines in Europe."
     
    Portuguese police declined to comment last night.
     
    Earlier this week detectives investigating four-year-old Madeleine's disappearance branded Mr Mitchell 'a manipulative liar'.
     
    The head of the Portuguese police federation, Carlos Anjos, accused him of engineering a fight with officers to sabotage a reconstruction of the disappearance.
     
    In an extraordinary turn of events, Mr Anjos also told another Portuguese newspaper, Jornal de Noticias, his union was offering advice to officers who felt they had been identified by Mr Mitchell's leak claims and wanted to take legal action.
     
    The latest claim in Correio da Manhathat is another sign of the deteriorating relationship between the McCanns and the Portuguese police. Officers have been infuriated by the couple's growing political influence.
     
    Mr Mitchell has already categorically denied a claim in another Portuguese newspaper that he leaked the police statements to Spanish television journalist Nacho Abad. "Why on earth would I?" he said.
     
    Mr Abad has said the statements did not come from Mr Mitchell or the McCann's but refused to reveal his source.

    Friday 18 
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    Madeleine McCann holiday flat up for rent Daily Mirror
     
    18/04/2008
     
    The owner of the holiday flat where Madeleine McCann vanished wants to rent it out, it was claimed yesterday.
     
    Ruth McCann - who is no relation - is said to be asking £19,500 a year from tourists for the Ocean Club property in Praia da Luz, Portugal. The two bedroom flat has been empty since August.
     
    A local paper claimed it will not be available until June because police need it for a reconstruction. Ruth McCann refused to comment.
     
    Maddie grab flat to be rented The Sun
     
    Published: 18 Apr 2008
     
    THE flat from which Maddie McCann vanished is to be let again, it was claimed last night.
     
    Owner Ruth McCann — no relation to Maddie’s parents Gerry, 39, and Kate, 40 — plans to charge £1,600 a month for the apartment in Praia da Luz, a Portuguese newspaper said.
     
    It has been searched and examined by forensic teams since Maddie disappeared last May 3.
     
    Meanwhile, Portuguese police may sue McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell for libel.
     
    They are furious he accused them of “smearing” the couple.

    Saturday 19 
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    Madeleine: Stephen Lawrence's father Neville fears the McCanns' marriage could breakdown Daily Mail 
     
    By David Rose
    Last updated at 23:20pm on 19th April 2008
     
    Excerpt:
     
    Worryingly, Neville sees dangerous signs that Kate and Gerry McCann (the parents of missing Madeleine) are careering down the same dangerous road that he and Doreen did.
     
    "I can see the same desperation on their faces - they are actually going through Hell," says Neville. "And I can see the tell-tale signs of a split. When they walk together you can see. It's as if she is lagging a bit behind, as though she doesn't want to be doing that [public campaigning].
     
    "It's the body language - it's saying pain and anguish and desperation, and maybe not supporting each other at the same time. Their whole lifestyle is a strain and it's taken its toll. I really hope I'm wrong, but 99 per cent of couples who suffer trauma like this split up."

    Sunday 20 
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    McCanns face new charge The People  
     
    Exclusive scandal of plan to charge Maddie mum 'Keystone Cop' fury
     
    By Paul Lewis
    20 April 2008
     
    A shock new plan to charge Kate McCann over daughter Maddie's kidnap was last night condemned as "spiteful and shameful".
     
    British legal experts branded bungling Portuguese detectives "Keystone Cops" for considering neglect charges.
     
    And they claimed police wanted to nail grieving Kate to save face after failing to solve a year-old crime that has made headlines round the world.
     
    One lawyer said: "After an inquiry costing millions and unprecedented international help, these Keystone Cops still haven't got a clue what happened to Madeleine.
     
    The investigation was a mess from Day One.
     
    "But rather than admit their abject failure, they've sought to shift the blame and smear the McCanns."
     
    As we revealed last month, cops plan to clear Kate, 40, and hubby Gerry of playing any part in Maddie's disappearance from a holiday flat in Praia da Luz on May 3 last year. But they ARE thinking of charging Kate with endangerment for leaving Maddie and two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie alone in the flat while she and Gerry, 39, dined with pals at a nearby restaurant.
     
    The offence carries a maximum jail term of ten years.
     
    Lawyers pointed out the move comes just a week after the couple accused the Policia Judiciaria of leaking a statement designed to smear GP Kate. She is said to have admitted that on the morning of the abduction, Maddie asked her why she hadn't gone to her when she began crying in the night.
     
    But one lawyer said: "This is spiteful and shameful.
     
    "By charging her with endangering Madeleine they'd be implying, 'It's all the mother's fault for leaving her' - as if that excuses them from not doing enough to find her.
     
    "And it would mean washing their hands of Maddie when there's still a chance of finding her."
     
    The lawyer added: "You have to ask why Kate's being targeted and not Gerry.
     
    "Could it be the police are relying on her frankness in her statement to paint her as a bad mother, to damn her by her own words?"
     
    Kate and cardiologist Gerry, of Rothley, Leics, are both still suspects in the inquiry.
     
    They have co-operated fully with cops throughout the probe.
     
    And they were even considering returning to Portugal to take part in a police reconstruction of events surrounding Maddie's disappearance.
     
    But friends now fear Kate could be at risk of arrest if she goes back.
     
    McCann spokesman Clarence Mitchell said last night: "We haven't heard through official channels if they are considering this charge. But you'd have to ask yourself, 'Why now?'"

    Monday 21 
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    McCanns risk 10 years in jail 24horas
     
    Public Ministry prepares an accusation for Exposition/Abandonment and Negligence against Maddie's parents 
     
    Text: Carlos Tomas
    Thanks to Joana Morais for translation
     
    "The Public Ministry has collected enough evidence to accuse the McCanns even if there is or not a re-enactment of the facts that occurred in the day the girl went missing". The guarantee was given to 24Horas by a judiciary officer who has been following the investigation. The same source added that the indictment might only take place in July and that the McCanns can incur in a penalty "that can go up to 10 years in jail". Another source connected to the case concluded: "We know that the girl disappeared and there are strong evidences that she died in the apartment, apparently in an accidental way. There are also strong probabilities that her corpse was hidden. Nonetheless, independently from that, there is clear proof under the Portuguese Legislation that the parents of the child left her exposed to an eventual kidnapping, like they did with her twin siblings. That is a crime of Negligence and Exposition/Abandonment over people they had the duty to protect.

    Ongoing Investigations

    Contacted by the 24Horas, Guilhermino Encarnação, the assistant director of the Judiciary Police and the very person in charge of the Directorship of Faro, merely said: "the investigations continue and when there is something relevant to reveal" about the mediatic case "that will be done through the official channels".

    A source from Portimão's Court assured to 24Horas that the Public Prosecutor Magalhães e Menezes, the responsible for the administration of the inquest, is already working in the accusations against the McCanns and that will be made public "very soon". That is, the probability for the McCanns to stop being arguidos in the following months is almost null. 24Horas also knows that Robert Murat and his companion [Michaela Walczuch] have strong possibilities of not being implicated in the accusation.
     
    PJ want to see bank transactions of the McCanns TVI
     
    The object of the investigators is to select which purchases were made before and after the disappearance of the girl
     
    Article published at 21:21 on 21/04/2008
     
    The PJ wants to gain access to the bank account movements of the parents of Madeleine McCann and their seven friends who were accompanying them on their holiday in the Algarve.
     
    The objective of the investigators is to find out which purchases were made before and after the disappearance of the little girl. The PJ is also waiting for the results on the analyses of the biological samples sent to the Birmingham laborartory.
     
    Almost one year after Maddie's disappearance, many questions remain unanswered, in a process where the secrecy of justice was once again extended. The only certainty is that the police investigation is inconclusive.

    Tuesday 22 
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    Message to readers of this site, from Gonçalo Amaral - 22 April 2008

    As you can understand, I can't do any comment about the investigation on the "McCann Case"... (I have omitted the next part, in the interests of privacy - it did not in any way compromise the judicial secrecy laws)

    Looking towards my freedom of speech, I asked for my retirement last month. All the insults, false accusations and lie's from the past year are now being brought to court from my lawyers (the very last one is from Daily Mail, yesterday).

    I would like to say thank you to the thousands of persons that every day, for the last year, are supporting me all over the world. I would like to answer all the phone calls, emails and letters, but is not possible...there are so many! As you can imagine, most of the days are not that easy, and these messages have been a great support not only for me, but also for my family. Once again, thank you all!

    You're allowed do display this message on you site, and I thank you for that. One last thing:

    *Soon, very soon the world will know the "Truth about the Lie" and "we will gain truth and justice for a little girl who has no voice", dead on the evening of May 3rd at apartment 5A, Ocean Club, Praia da Luz, Algarve, Portugal"*

    Best regards,
    Gonçalo Amaral

    Wednesday 23 
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    Phone calls analysed with magnifying glass 24horas
     
    The PJ is still waiting the for the transactions made with credit cards
     
    Text: Carlos Tomas
    (Thanks to 'Li' from the3arguidos forum for translation)
     
    Only now have the PJ received the list of phone calls made by Maddie's parents and friends. The registers of three persons are still missing.
     
    "Drop by drop". This is the way how a responsible connected to the investigations on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann describes the way that the data of the phone calls made by the parents and friends on that day arrive to the PJ. The registers were asked for more than six months ago to the British but only now they begin to arrive.
     
    "The British authorities have already sent us several invoices of phone calls made by the group, including the McCanns, but there are still some registers missing", said the same source. We discovered that the missing data are from three friends of the McCanns and that is the reason why the complete analysis cannot be made. "Everything is being duly analysed but the crossing of the data means that we have to get the missing calls. Without them it is impossible to reach any conclusion because two of the persons involved in the process are fundamental to the investigation", the source explained.
     
    An investigator that was connected to the case in its initial phase said that "since the first hour the investigations came up against bureaucratic problems".
     
    "An investigation in a case like this must be quick. But when we tried to obtain evidence we were confronted with incredible bureaucracy. An urgent rogatory letter took more than five months to be authorised", he added.
     
    To cross phone data is now a team task directed by the director Guilhermino Encarnação and by the coordinator Paulo Rebelo.

    Police and banks in silence

    But apart from the phone calls the public prosecutor Magalhães e Menezes still waits the register of the bank transactions made by all people that dinned in the Tapas Bar.
     
    The objective is to know where the arguidos and the main witnesses were in the day the child disappeared.
     
    "Although that request was made informally to the British police more than seven months ago and officially requested afterwards in the rogatory letter (five months ago) the truth is that we do not yet have any reply", said a police source to 24horas . Officially Encarnação and Paulo Rebelo are laconic about the case. None of them say anything because the process "is in secrecy of justice".
     
    Madeleine Firm Scraps Baby Listening Sky News
     
    Andy Jack, Sky News online
    Updated:13:16, Wednesday April 23, 2008
     
    The company which runs the resort where Madeleine McCann went missing has withdrawn baby listening services at all its holiday facilities.
     
    Madeleine's mother Kate says she had wanted to employ a baby listening service at the Ocean Club in Portugal but none had been available.
     
    Instead, she chose to physically check on her daughter every 30 minutes, while she and husband Gerry ate at a tapas bar elsewhere in the complex.
     
    Her comments come in a documentary marking the first anniversary of the four-year-old's disappearance, to be screened next week.
     
    It was while they were eating that Madeleine vanished from their apartment.
     
    The resort in Praia da Luz is run by Mark Warner.
     
    The company's Alex Woolfall told Sky News online: "We don't offer room listening services there, in fact we never have - it says so in our brochures.
     
    "Ocean Club is spread out over a wide area - it's like a whole village and you couldn't go round and listen at every apartment.
     
    "In fact we stopped offering the service at our sites altogether last year. It's important to say to our guests we can offer safety. But you can't offer parents a guarantee of safety with such a service and we didn't want them to have a false sense of security."
     
    Mr Woolfall added: "What we do offer is drop-in creches, open in the evenings, where guests can leave their children and go out for dinner."
     
    The McCanns' spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, denied a report that Kate McCann criticises the holiday firm in the documentary over the lack of a room listening service.
     
    He told Sky News online: "She hasn't attacked them. It's a passing reference in a two-hour documentary. In an ideal world there would have been a listening service but that wasn't the case. She's not dwelling on this point."
     
    Madeleine's tearful mother: Why we didn't use a baby listening service Daily Mail
     
    Last updated at 17:38pm on 23rd April 2008
     
    Kate McCann breaks down in tears in a dramatic television documentary as she speaks of her regret over the disappearance of daughter Madeleine.
     
    Mrs McCann reveals how she and her husband Gerry instigated a regime to check on their children - three-year-old Madeleine and two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie - every half hour.
     
    However Madeleine vanished while her parents were dining at a nearby tapas bar.
     
    According to a television insider, Mrs McCann, 40, is understood to say: "We wanted to use a baby-listening service but there wasn't one at the Ocean Club."
     
    The source close to the documentary makers added: "She is very emotional. She breaks down on camera at different points during the filming.
     
    "It clearly shows her as a caring mother who misses her daughter very much. This is a woman grieving and is clearly more emotional than she has ever been."
     
    The source added : "The McCanns said they would have used a listening service but they also felt their checks every 30 minutes were as effective."
     
    A spokesman for Mark Warner said today that the McCanns had known there was no baby-listening service at the resort when they booked their holiday.
     
    They were informed that the Ocean Club - unlike its other resorts - did not offer the service because accommodation is too spread out across the village of Praia da Luz. But the spokesman pointed out that there was a dropin creche available for parents in the evening.
     
    The McCanns chose not to use the service but to make checks themselves on their children in their apartment.
     
    The Mark Warner spokesman suggested that any criticism of the company over the lack of a listening service was incorrect.
     
    The spokesman said it had been contacted by the film-makers over the claim there was no listening service.
     
    Today, the couple's spokesman Clarence Mitchell denied Mrs McCann had criticised the holiday company.
     
    He said: "I wish to make it clear that Kate McCann does not attack Mark Warner for the absence of a baby listening service at the Ocean Club in the forthcoming ITV documentary.
     
    "For the record, she makes a brief factual reference to the absence of such a service in passing.
     
    "In no way does she criticise Mark Warner or any of the company's services."
     
    Mr and Mrs McCann, both doctors from Rothley in Leicestershire, are convinced their daughter was abducted, although Portuguese detectives have made them official suspects in the investigation.
     
    The two-hour fly-on-the-wall documentary is to be screened on ITV next Wednesday at 8pm, days before the first anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance on 3 May last year.
     
    An ITV film crew followed the McCanns for almost two months as they campaigned for a Europewide alert system which would be put into practice when a child goes missing.
     
    It also shows them travelling to the US, where they meet Ed Smart, whose daughter Elizabeth, 14, was kidnapped in 2002 from her bedroom in Salt Lake City and found nine months later.
     
    Mr Smart tells the couple not to give up the search. The source said: "The film shows a family going through an awful ordeal, trying to find their daughter and doing their best to get her back."
     
    Emma Loach, director of the documentary and daughter of film-maker Ken Loach, is understood to be convinced of the couple's innocence.

    • We would like to make it clear that Mrs McCann has not criticised Mark Warner in the forthcoming documentary to be broadcast on the disappearance of her daughter Madeleine.

    We would like to apologise to Mark Warner for any confusion caused

    • The former chief investigator Goncalo Amaral is to quit the Portuguese police. Mr Amaral, 48, will retire less than a year after being removed from the McCann case. Amaral was moved off the Madeleine inquiry after criticising British police officers for being too close to the McCanns.

    Gonçalo Amaral retires Jornal de Noticias
     
    Text: Marisa Rodrigues
    (Thanks to 'Li' from the3arguidos forum for translation)
     
    Gonçalo Amaral former coordinator of the Department of Criminal Investigation of the PJ of Portimão, goes into retirement. The request for retirement was presented a month ago and was accepted last week by the National Directory of the PJ. The JN knows that one of the motives for this decision were more than 38 years in the force and the wish to recuperate his "freedom of expression". The former coordinator was the head of the investigations in the case of the British girl Madeleine McCann and was removed due to declarations given to the "Diário de Notícias" with criticisms of the British police.

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    McCann friend criticises 'leaks' BBC News
     
    By Steve Kingstone
    Page last updated at 06:18 GMT, Thursday, 24 April 2008 07:18 UK
     
    A friend of Madeleine McCann's parents has publicly criticised the Portuguese police for leaking information about the inquiry into the missing child.
     
    Rachael Oldfield, who was with Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leics, when their daughter disappeared in May, said there had been a "double standard".
     
    Witnesses had to remain silent, while Portuguese newspapers carried stories sourced to police, she told the BBC.
     
    The McCanns remain arguidos - suspects - but deny any wrongdoing.
     
    In her first interview, Mrs Oldfield said: "We were made to understand we could face two years in prison for speaking out, so as a group we've not said anything from day one.
     
    "And there have been all these rumours flying around and leaks from sources close to the PJ [the Policia Judiciaria - Portuguese police]."
     
    Asked to characterise police actions, she replied: "Well, double standards. They leaked information and these rumours which have flown around for the past year...
     
    "We would have loved to have put the record straight."
     
    Open inquiry
     
    Touching on the events of 3 May when Madeleine went missing from a ground floor apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve, Mrs Oldfield said it had been "agonising" to watch the McCanns' reaction.
     
    She said: "Anyone with an ounce of common sense would be able to see they couldn't have done it."
     
    Separately, a senior figure in Portugal with direct knowledge of the investigation has told a BBC Radio 4 documentary there is only a slim chance of murder or manslaughter charges being filed against Kate and Gerry McCann or Robert Murat, the third arguido.
     
    The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, insisted all lines of inquiry remain open, including the original theory that Madeleine was abducted.
     
    From within Portugal, the police are coming under pressure to make public the case files which, under judicial secrecy laws, currently remain closed.
     
    The President of the Portuguese Order of Lawyers, Antonio Marinho e Pinto, told the BBC: "There are strong reasons to fear that judicial secrecy is being used... to conceal the fact that the police have gone down a blind alley and don't have a way out."
     
    Rachael Oldfield's interview can be heard on Searching for Madeleine, at 2000 BST, 24 April on BBC Radio 4.
     
    McCann friend slams Portuguese police over leaks Daily Mirror
     
    By Mirror.co.uk 24/04/2008
     
    One of the 'Tapas Seven' pals of Kate and Gerry McCann has launched a furious attack on the Portuguese police, accusing detectives of leaking sensitive case information to the media.
     
    Rachael Oldfield was with the McCanns on the night their three-year-old daughter Madeleine disappeared during a family holiday on the Algarve.
     
    She insisted officers were guilty of "double standards" for insisting the group obey strict secrecy laws.
     
    Mrs Oldfield made the claims in her first interview since Madeleine went missing for a BBC Radio 4 documentary.
     
    She told the BBC: "They leaked information and these rumours that have flown around for the past year - it is outrageous. We have all felt very angry about it.
     
    "We were asked to comply with the Portuguese judicial secrecy laws (under) which we were made to understand that we could face two years in prison for speaking out.
     
    "So, as a group, we have not said anything from day one. There have been all these rumours flying around and leaks from sources close to the PJ (Policia Judiciaria), which we haven't been able to refute.
     
    "We would have loved to have spoken out really and just put the record straight, but believed that the investigation would be the best way of finding Madeleine if we co-operated with the police and complied by their rules and regulations."
     
    Defending the McCann’s, Mrs Oldfield said that it had been "agonising" to watch the couple’s reaction when Madeleine went missing from a ground floor apartment in Praia da Luz on 3 May 2007.
     
    She said: "Anyone with an ounce of common sense would be able to see they couldn't have done it."
     
    The documentary, Searching for Madeleine, is broadcast tonight at 8pm  on BBC Radio 4.

    24horas 24 April 2008
    24horas - 24 April 2008

     

    Gonçalo leaves to lose money 24horas
     
    First coordinator of the PJ in the Maddie Case leaves the police
     
    Text: Carlos Tomas
     
    Sad with the way he was treated by an institution he had served for 28 years, Gonçalo Amaral decided to leave and go on vacation. He does not have to return.
     
    Sad. This is how the coordinator of the PJ Gonçalo Amaral will leave the institution he served for 28 years. The man who initially directed the investigations into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann leaves "Tired and saddened by the way he was treated" by his superiors in the PJ, 24 Horas was told by several of his work colleagues.

    The policeman who was often attacked by the British media (see box) and who had to be withdrawn from the Maddie case by the PJ's National Director, Alípio Ribeiro, after giving an interview to "Diario de Noticias" during which he criticised the British police, decided to pack his bags and go on holiday ... and never to return.

    He handed in the pre-retirement papers, for 48 years service, even though he knew that by doing so he was only going to receive 60% of his current salary - and will receive little more than a thousand
    euros per month.

    "He is still not of retirement age nor has he completed a full period of service. The difference must be payed to Social Security and you then receive about half the salary. But there are things that are priceless. Dignity being one of them. And that was being taken away by senior officers of the PJ," an investigator who worked with the PJ coordinator for more than ten years and who asked to remain anonymous told 24 Horas.

    Many seizures
     
    Gonçalo Amaral was responsible for dozens of seizures of drugs and, as well as the Maddie case, led the other big media case; the investigation of the Joana case, the girl of 8 years who went missing from the village of Figueira on the Algarve.

    "This is a person who handles things well and whose intelligence and intuition are above average. Also, he shows the kind of respect for the rights of the various people involved in cases that is rare to find," Guilhermino Encarnacao deputy director of the PJ and the most senior officer in the Faro region assured 24 Horas, where Gonçalo Amaral is still based.

    The PJ coordinator who is now retiring was, among other positions, in charge of the PJ in Portimao..

    24 Horas attempted to speak with Gonçalo Amaral, but it was not possible to contact him yesterday.
     
    Hated by the English
     
    Gonçalo Amaral never found favour with the British press. He was a victim, according to some of his colleagues, of a campaign to discredit him, allegedly launched by PR advisors employed by the McCanns. By attacking the English police, accusing them of wanting to protect Kate and Gerry, Amaral saw his career placed on hold, having been dismissed by the National Director of the institution, Alípio Tibúrcio Ribeiro, on the 2nd of October 2007.

    "Drunk", "fat" and "incompetent" were some of the many adjectives with which Gonçalo Amaral was described by some of the British Press who were questioning how the Maddie case was being conducted.

    Before leaving the PJ, Gonçalo Amaral initiated proceedings against several newspapers, and international radio and television channels, demanding compensation for the alleged defamation and for abuse of press freedoms.
     
    McCanns 'get no updates on inquiry' Ananova
     
    Thursday, 24 April 2008
     
    Madeleine McCann's parents have so little contact with Portuguese detectives they can not be sure if police are still looking for her, her father said.
     
    Gerry McCann said he and his wife Kate were receiving no information on the progress of the investigation and had been given no explanation as to why files are still being kept secret.
     
    Rachael Oldfield, one of the couple's close friends and a key witness in the case, described the situation as "astounding".
     
    Interviewed for the documentary "Searching for Madeleine" on BBC Radio 4 Mrs Oldfield said the couple have had no direct contact with Portuguese detective Paulo Rebelo, the man heading the inquiry.
     
    And she accused the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) of "outrageous" leaking and "double standards" over Portugal's strict secrecy laws.
     
    Kate and Gerry McCann were declared "arguidos" - or formal suspects - in the case in September although they deny any involvement in Madeleine's disappearance.
     
    Their status makes any contact with the police far less likely but they have received no information on whether it is to be lifted.
     
    "I think it's safe to say we're getting very little information," Mr McCann said.
     
    "We haven't had any communication in terms of what's been done in the investigation."
     
    Asked by interviewer Steve Kingstone whether he is convinced the police are still trying to find his daughter, Mr McCann replies: "I don't know. We'd like to know why the files are still secret almost a year on with a change in the penal code. We would like to know what is being done to find Madeleine."
     
    Malinka considers libel action The Resident
     
    Sergei Malinka was interviewed as a witness by the PJ in the Madeleine case.
     
    By: CECÍLIA PIRES
    Updated: 24 April 2008
     
    SERGEI MALINKA is said to be preparing libel actions against British and Portuguese newspapers in connection with the Madeleine case.

    According to Portuguese daily newspaper Metro, the Russian citizen will ask for payouts of 50,000 euros from each newspaper.

    The number and the names of the newspapers were not revealed and the information could not be confirmed with Mr Malinka by the time The Resident went to press.

    Sergei Malinka was interviewed as a witness by the PJ in the Madeleine McCann disappearance case. He had professional connections to Robert Murat, who became the first arguido, official suspect, in the investigation a few weeks after Madeleine disappeared from Praia da Luz, on May 3.

    The Russian citizen created a website for online property company Romigen, which was at the time owned by Robert Murat and Michaela Walczuch, another of the witnesses in the case.

    His action against the media follows news last week that Robert Murat (see The Resident edition of April 18) had begun a number of libel actions against 11 newspapers and one TV station in the UK.

    Making history

    Robert Murat’s legal representatives at the law firm Simons Muirhead & Burton confirmed the targets were Sky, The Daily Express, The Sunday Express, The Daily Star, The Daily Mail, The Evening Standard, The Metro, The Daily Mirror, The Sunday Mirror, The News of the World, The Sun and The Scotsman.

    Reported as being the largest libel claim in the history of the British media by an individual, it is estimated that the total payout could be more than two million pounds if the action is successful.
     
    Service of hope announced The Resident
     
    Updated: 24 April 2008
     
    A SERVICE to mark the 365 days since Madeleine McCann’s disappearance is to be held at the church of Nossa Senhora Da Luz, in Praia da Luz, where Kate and Gerry McCann regularly prayed, on Saturday, May 3 at 6.30pm.

    Described as a service of hope and commemorating the year since Madeleine went missing, the theme of the service is "we want you home" and will be remembering Madeleine. It will be held in both Portuguese and English.
     
    Sorrow in the exit of Amaral Correio da Manhã
     
    Rui Pando Gomes/JCM
    24 April 2008 - 00h30
     
    It is with a hurt feeling that Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator of the investigation in the disappearance of Madeleine, and also of Joana, is going to leave the Policia Judiciaria, at the end of a 28 year career, to retire himself.
     
    The request for retirement, which sums more than 38 years on the civil service (he started to work for the army at the age of 14,
    having gained in there some bonus years), was requested a little over a month ago.
     
    But Correio da Manha knows that the decision was taken shortly after his removal from his position of coordinator of the Department of Criminal Investigation of Portimão, at the beginning of last October.
     
    Gonçalo Amaral was replaced by Paulo Rebelo. The change was never well 'digested'. Back then, Gonçalo Amaral, who had just turned 48 years old, immediately started to equate his future.
     
    The CM knows that Gonçalo Amaral conveyed his disappointment to Alipio Ribeiro the national Director of the PJ, a few days ago, after his request for retirement had been accepted by the national director of the PJ and the CGA.
     
    "He doesn’t leave happy with the treatment received in the recent years. The institution didn’t defend him on several occasions, especially in the last two cases in which he was involved, and that destroyed his image", confided a source of the PJ to CM.
     
    The future of Gonçalo Amaral may now consider a leadership job connected to justice or private security. The CM knows that he received an invitation to lead a security team of a private enterprise,
    but he hasn’t decided if he is going to accept it or not.
     
    Officially, the PJ doesn’t confirm or deny the retirement of the coordinator. "Only he can answer that. It’s a personnal matter", said to CM the director of Faro’s PJ, Guilhermino Encarnação.
     
    Amaral went on vacation on March 5th and only returned to duty for a couple of days in April, because, legally he could not be more than 22 days on holidays. Probably he won't return to PJ active duty.
     
    "I don’t know if Gonçalo leaves happy or sad. If he wanted to stay a few more years or not. I would do the same", says Carlos Anjos, president of the ASFIC.
     
    The controller says that it's "one among dozens of PJ elements who want to leave this year because they have gathered the conditions for retirement".
     
    Profile
     
    Gonçalo Amaral is 48 years old.
     
    Married for the second time, the ex-coordinator of the PJ has three daughters. The youngest is four – the same age as Madeleine – and the older is 23, from his first marriage.
     
    He left his Engineering studies in Coimbra in 1981, to enter the PJ. He completed courses in Sociology, Psychology, Psychiatry and Criminal investigation at Lisbon’s School of Police.
     
    Later he achieved a law degree. Working for the PJ for 17 years, he made his way up to the category of inspector.
     
    BBC Radio 4 - Searching for Madeleine 
     
     
    By Steve Kingstone 
    24 April 2008
     
     
    Are Police Still Looking For Madeleine? Sky News
     
    Updated:23:50, Thursday April 24, 2008
     
    Gerry McCann says he has so little contact with Portuguese detectives he cannot be sure if they are still looking for his daughter.
     
    He said he and his wife Kate were receiving no information on the progress of the Madeleine investigation and had been given no explanation as to why police files are still being kept secret.
     
    Rachael Oldfield, one of the couple's close friends and a key witness in the case, described the situation as "astounding".
     
    Interviewed for a documentary, Mrs Oldfield said the couple have had no direct contact with Portuguese detective Paulo Rebelo, the man heading the inquiry.
     
    And she accused the Policia Judiciaria (PJ) of "outrageous" leaking and "double standards" over Portugal's strict secrecy laws.
     
    Kate and Gerry McCann were declared "arguidos" - or formal suspects - in the case in September although they deny any involvement in Madeleine's disappearance.
     
    Their status makes any contact with the police far less likely but they have received no information on whether it is to be lifted.
     
    "I think it's safe to say we're getting very little information," Mr McCann told the programme.
     
    "We haven't had any communication in terms of what's been done in the investigation."
     
    "We would like to know what is being done to find Madeleine.
     
    "We'd like know who has been eliminated from the inquiry and on what grounds and what leads are still being followed.
     
    "We've always said we want to leave no stone unturned and to do that we need to know which stones have already been overturned."
     
    Mr McCann said he believed his daughter was still "probably alive" and he had seen "absolutely zero" evidence to suggest otherwise.
     
    He said hindsight showed he and his wife "made a mistake" in leaving the children alone, but he dismissed suggestions the couple could face charges of child negligence.
     
    On the same programme, Mrs Oldfield made a staunch defence of the couple against any suggestion they might have been involved in their daughter's disappearance.
     
    She said: "I was there on the night - it was agonising. There was just no way that they were involved in anything to do with Madeleine's disappearance.
     
    "Anyone with an ounce of common sense really would be able to see that they couldn't have done it."
     
    British expat Robert Murat was the first official arguido in the case.
     
    His sister, Samantha, told the programme it was time he was officially cleared of involvement.
     
    She said: "No matter what he does in his life now everyone is going to associate him as the suspect in the Madeleine McCann case.
     
    "It's been a year now and our family have gone through hell, not to mention what Robert's had to go through on his own."

    Friday 25 
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    Book solves Maddie case ...The book will try to put an ending to the Madeleine case... Correio da Manhã
     
    Investigation: Explosive data reported by inspector Gonçalo Amaral
     
    Rui Pando Gomes, Friday April 25, 2008
    (Thanks to 'Li' from the3arguidos forum for translation)
     
    The inspector of the Criminal Police, Gonçalo Amaral, that coordinated the team who investigated Maddie's disappearance has already a title for a book about the case: "Truth of the Lie", ‘Verdade da Mentira’.

    The CM discovered that the book is almost finished and contains explosive elements about the investigation concerning the disappearance of the British girl in Praia da Luz, Algarve, the 3rd of May last year.

    Apart from important data about what happened in that night in the Ocean Club, the "several manoeuvres of counter information" around the big media case of the last years will be revealed.

    "It won't be something speculative but factual, with reports of someone who lived the case one hundred per cent", referred to the CM Paulo Santo, the defence lawyer of the PJ's inspector who is in the process of retirement.

    The lawyer of Gonçalo Amaral, hired to defend his image after the controversy regarding his removal from the coordination of Maddie's case, confirmed to the CM that there is already a publisher interested in the book.

    "The fact that the retirement process is not yet fulfilled and the secrecy of justice that are in place at this moment stipulate the publishing of the book" said the lawyer of Gonçalo Amaral. The book will try to put an end to Maddie's case.
     
    Maddie book upsets McCanns The Sun
     
    By VINCE SOODIN
    Published: Today (25/04/2008)
     
    A PORTUGUESE police chief's reported plan to publish a book about the Madeleine McCann inquiry was described by her parents' spokesman today as "outrageous".
     
    Goncalo Amaral was the detective in charge of the investigation until he was removed in October after criticising the British police in a newspaper interview.
     
    According to the Portuguese paper Correio da Manha, he has nearly finished writing his account of the case - and given it the working title Truth Of The Lie.
     
    It is a factual account, said a spokesman for the detective, of a man who lived the investigation "100%". A publisher is already said to be interested.
     
    Referring to the proposed book and its title, Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, said: "Kate and Gerry have never lied at any stage. They have been utterly open and continue to be so.
     
    "For a book of this nature to be published with such a prejudicial title by Mr Amaral would be frankly quite outrageous."
     
    The couple, from Rothley, Leicestershire, were made official suspects in their daughter’s disappearance after being interviewed by Portuguese police in September. They strenuously deny any involvement.
     
    Mr Mitchell added: "It’s reported that it will not be published until Kate and Gerry's arguido status is lifted. We are grateful to Mr Amaral for acknowledging that it will be lifted.
     
    "Our lawyers will enjoy reading this book on its publication.