|Daily Mail front page, 11 February 2010
McCann: Case to reopen, 11 February 2010
Lisbon: Gerry and Kate McCann were in court yesterday
By Magali Pinto
11 February 2010 - 00h30
Thanks to Joana Morais for translation
The Maddie case, archived in July 2008 for
lack of of evidence, could be reopened. Gonçalo Amaral, former coordinator of the Judiciary Police, who led the investigation
into the disappearence of the English girl in Praia da Luz, May 2007, guaranteed that he is pondering constituting himself
as an assistant to the process and also that he has evidence that can change the current scenario of the case.
are hundreds of steps that were not investigated, in a wrongly archived process', he said yesterday on the sidelines of
the closing arguments of the provisional injunction trial of the book 'Maddie - The Truth of the Lie', in the
Palace of Justice, in Lisbon. 'It is more than legitimate since they destroyed my reputation. They put me to shame personally
and professionally,' he added.
On the other hand, Isabel Duarte, Gerry and Kate McCanns' lawyer, called
'liar' to the PJ Inspector Ricardo Paiva, who gave testimony at the last session. 'There are dozens of photographs,
car plate numbers and places that could indicate where Madeleine is, and the police simply devalued it. I checked the process
and I saw it. We can't find anyone if we don't search for them', she stressed.
In yesterdays session,
which was attended by the British couple, the main central issue was the alleged violation of judicial secrecy by Gonçalo
Amaral, since the McCann's defense says that the book was finalized before the archival of the process. António
Cabrita, Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer said that the controversy which surrounds the book only happens because it 'comes
dangerously close to what happened' on the night of the disappearance.
Gerry McCann, accompanied by a poster
with his daughter's picture said that he trusts in the Portuguese judicial system. 'Don't stop looking for our
little girl. Don't give up, please' he appealed.
António Cabrita, Amaral's lawyer told the court that he had access to a private
report of an English Officer who participated at the investigation, who, not only defends the hypothesis [of simulation] of
abduction but also death with parental involvement.
During Isabel Duarte's closing
argument, in defense of the McCanns, tempers flared when the lawyer called 'vultures' and 'vampires' to all
those who believe in the couples involvement in the disappearence of their daughter, including lawyers and the audience.
Some people gathered yesterday at the court's entrance to support the former PJ coordinator
Gonçalo Amaral. 'You cannot call two people, who have abandoned their own children, parents,' they said, with
red carnations in their hands.
McCanns ask court to ban 'rubbish' book, 11 February 2010
McCanns ask court to ban 'rubbish' book Daily Star
By Jerry Lawton
11th February 2010
Kate and Gerry McCann are taking a TV station to court over sick claims about their daughter's "death".
They are launching proceedings, claiming the Portuguese channel repeated allegations about Madeleine's disappearance
in defiance of a legal ruling.
TVI is accused of being in "material breach" of a court injunction to
stop claims from a controversial book being aired.
The channel showed a documentary based on former lead investigator
Goncalo Amaral's book.
Kate and Gerry, both 41, were back in court in Lisbon, Portugal, yesterday in a bid
to ban it. They have begged the judge to end their "living hell" by imposing a lifelong gagging order on claims
that they covered up Maddie's death.
Amaral claims the then three-year-old died in an accident in her parents'
holiday apartment while they dined with pals nearby. He alleges that her doctor parents then hid her body to conceal the tragedy.
The couple insist their daughter was abducted and are convinced she is still alive.
Mr Amaral has gone
to court in a bid to overturn an injunction that is preventing future publication of the book, The Truth Of The Lie.
The judge will rule next Thursday whether to uphold a temporary injunction, ahead of a full hearing later in the year.
If the McCanns win, they intend to pursue a separate £1m libel case against him later this year. The couple,
from Rothley, Leics, flew to Portugal to hear their lawyer's closing arguments yesterday.
Their spokesman said
they were "determined to stop Amaral repeating his rubbish".
McCanns make fresh plea after court ordeal, 11 February 2010
|Kate McCann holds up a picture of her daughter
By Daily Express Reporter
Thursday February 11, 2010
GERRY McCann yesterday called for a review panel to be set up to analyse all
the evidence gathered in the Madeleine investigation.
Mr McCann spoke out after another harrowing
day in court in which it was claimed he and his wife Kate had been made suspects on the advice of British experts.
The couple, from Rothley, Leics, vigorously deny any involvement in Madeleine's disappearance and have never been charged
with any offence.
The claims were made at a hearing in Lisbon yesterday to decide whether to ban a book by former
detective Goncalo Amaral.
It is part of the McCanns' £1million libel action against Mr Amaral, who was
in charge of the initial investigation when Madeleine vanished from an apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007, shortly
before her fourth birthday.
After leaving court Mr McCann called for a review of evidence, urged Portuguese police
to reopen the investigation and pleaded with the Portuguese public to help find Madeleine.
He said: "What
we would like is a panel to sit down and review the entire case – the evidence from all the different forces and all
the evidence gathered by them.
"We would like anyone to do this – the best people available.
"It needs everyone to work together."
In a thinly veiled criticism of the Portuguese police investigation,
Mr McCann added: "All possibilities have to be considered but one theory was pursued much more aggressively than any
Mrs McCann added: "I think this will truly help the search for Madeleine and that
is why we have gone through with it. It hasn’t been easy but if it helps we will go through anything."
During the hearing yesterday Mr Amaral's lawyer Antonio Cabrita held up a report by Lee Rainbow, head of the UK National
Policing Improvement Agency, who is an expert in building profiles of possible offenders.
Reading from the report
Mr Cabrita said: "The family is a lead that should be followed."
Mr Cabrita told the court the report
had formed part of the police investigation into Madeleine's disappearance but had never been made public before.
Portuguese police made Kate and Gerry McCann formal suspects, or arguidos, in October 2007. The status was lifted in July
Last night a spokesman for the NPIA said that it was common for them to advise officers to consider the possibility
of family involvement in disappearance cases.
Mr Amaral's book, Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie, alleges that
Madeleine died in her family's holiday flat and her parents faked her abduction.
A judge granted the McCanns
a temporary injunction in September last year, halting further sale or publication of Mr Amaral's book.
launched an appeal against the ban last month which was adjourned until yesterday.
The McCanns say their main motive
for challenging the former policeman is the fear that people will stop looking for Madeleine if they think she is dead. Any
money from the libel action would be used to help find Madeleine.
A judgment on Mr Amaral's appeal will be
made later this month.
Brit police: Treat the McCanns as suspects, 11 February 2010
Brit police: Treat the McCanns as suspects Daily Mirror[Same report also appears as: McCanns should
be treated as suspects, Brit profiler told Portuguese police Daily Mirror]
By Martin Fricker
Court told of 'advice by expert'
Portuguese detectives made the McCanns suspects
in Maddie's disappearance after taking advice from British police, it was claimed yesterday.
profiler Lee Rainbow - who worked on the Ipswich Ripper and Shannon Matthews cases - said officers should consider their possible
involvement in the case, a court was told.
The National Policing Improvement Agency ( NPIA) expert wrote a report
to Algarve police chiefs giving advice.
Details of the confidential report emerged during the final day of a libel
trial involving former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral, who led the Maddie investigation.
Amaral is trying
to overturn a worldwide injunction banning the publication of his book Maddie: The Truth of the Lie. In it he claims Kate
and Gerry were involved in Maddie's death and staged her disappearance. His lawyer, Antonio Cabrita, told the court Rainbow
wrote: "It was Madeleine's father who was the last one to see her alive.
"The family is a lead that
should be followed. The contradictions in Gerald McCann's statements might lead us to suspect a homicide."
Cabrita added: "This report has never been published before but is part of the investigation.
On June 1st
2007 British police had the theory that Madeleine could be dead and the family could be involved.
British police who said they must consider not only abduction but homicide as well."
The NPIA provided a checklist
of what should be done, advising the Portuguese police to include the McCanns in their inquiry and take new forensics at their
holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.
Last night an NPIA spokesman said: "In disappearance cases it is common
for the NPIA to advise investigating officers to consider the possibility of the involvement of family and close friends.
The NPIA gave similar generic advice to the Portuguese police in the Madeleine McCann case."
and Gerry launched criminal proceedings against Portuguese TV station TVI yesterday for repeating Amaral's claims that
Maddie is dead. A ruling in Amaral's libel case is due to be made on February 18.
Brit police: Treat the McCanns as suspects,
11 February 2010
Brit cops defend Maddie advice, 11 February 2010
Brit cops defend Maddie advice The Sun
By STAFF REPORTER
Today (11 February 2010)
BRITISH cops who advised Portuguese detectives
to make Maddie McCann's parents suspects today said it was common practice.
The National Policing
Improvement Agency defended the recommendation, saying it was "generic" advice.
A spokesman said: "In
disappearance cases it is common for the NPIA to advise investigating officers to consider the possibility of the involvement
of family and close friends.
"This is good practice for investigating such cases.
gave similar generic advice to the Portuguese police in the Madeleine McCann case."
It emerged in a Lisbon
court on Wednesday that the NPIA recommended police investigate Gerry and Kate McCann.
The revelation was made
by lawyers for former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral, who is fighting to overturn a ban on his book about the case.
The NPIA works with authorities and the Home Office to help improve the way policing works.
parents will have to wait until next week to find out if Mr Amaral has succeeded in overturning the book ban after the court
hearing ended without a decision yesterday.
The McCanns, from Rothley, Leicestershire, were in Lisbon to continue
their battle to stop the former senior detective repeating claims that Madeleine is dead.
Mr Amaral was the first
head of the police investigation into the girl's disappearance from Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007, shortly before
her fourth birthday.
In July 2008 he published a book, Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie, which alleges that Madeleine
died in her family's holiday flat and that her parents faked her abduction.
The McCanns won an injunction banning
the book's publication, which Mr Amaral is fighting. The couple are also seeking £1million in compensation for defamation
in separate civil proceedings against him.
The former detective has vowed to fight all the way to the European
Court of Human Rights if he loses his case.
"Ignored" evidence may lead to re-opening of Madeleine case, 11 February
"Ignored" evidence may lead to re-opening of Madeleine case Algarve Resident
Special Report by CHRIS GRAEME at Lisbon
Lawyers acting on behalf of Kate
and Gerry McCann and Gonçalo Amaral admitted in Lisbon on Wednesday (February 10) that evidence ignored by police investigators
could pave the way for the Madeleine Case to be reopened.
The lawyers were speaking outside the Lisbon Civil Court,
Tribunal Civel de Lisboa, on the last day of an injunction case which the McCanns hope will permanently ban publication of
Madeleine – the Secret of the Lie, the book which purports that the three-year-old toddler died in a tragic accident
in their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, and that the parents tried to conceal the body.
Duarte, representing the McCanns, who were in Lisbon at the hearing, said that there was "evidence that could compromise
the Polícia Judiciária investigation" in Portimão and pave the way for "the reopening of the
The firebrand lawyer, who caused a sensation in the highly-charged court room in her passionate
summing up deliberations by using emotive words against the book, the author, its publishers and a television channel, such
as vultures, crows and vampires attracted to the "smell of fresh meat" said that she had attempted to show that
the PJ had "undervalued successive sightings of a child" which the British police had given credence too.
"What I saw was various relevant pieces of information, photographs, some of them shocking, similar to the girl, places
and car number plates," she said, which the McCanns had not been called in to identify, but which could show that a girl
like Madeleine could have been in Spain or Italy.
When pressed further, Isabel Duarte said that Inspector Ricardo
Paiva, the Chief Investigator in the case after Gonçalo Amaral's removal for allegedly criticising British police,
"had been reported as having received sightings of Madeleine" but then later, in court, changed his story.
"What I heard, and this is taped (in court), is that Inspector Paiva said he believed the girl was dead and so, straight
off, that means no one is going to investigate a girl that's alive, don't you think?” she said.
Duarte said that French, Spanish and British investigators had confirmed that the leads "were promising" but that
the Portuguese investigators "didn't take them seriously and follow them up".
In a statement outside
the court house, Gerry McCann said that the couple would be delighted if the case were reopened.
no problem with that but what we need is real investigation not dismissal," he said as both issued a fresh plea for the
Portuguese to come forward with any information about Madeleine.
Kate McCann said that listening to the allegations had been difficult but that nothing could be as bad as
losing her daughter.
In the fourth day of what has proved a sensational and media-driven case, two last witnesses
were called in defence of Gonçalo Amaral, Eduardo Damaso, Editor-in-Chief of daily Portuguese tabloid Correio da Manhã,
and Luís Frões, the General Managing Director of Valentim Carvalho Films, the company that produced the TVI
documentary based on the thesis put forward by Gonçalo Amaral in his book.
Both told the court about the
distribution arrangements for 75,000 copies of the DVD of the film, which first was aired on TVI and subsequently ended up
being illegally posted on the internet.
The court heard how 10,000 copies of the DVD were produced and given away
in a special edition of Correio da Manhã for a limited period of time before many copies were recalled for destruction
but that many could have been sold at newspaper outlets and kiosks well beyond that period in breach of an injunction.
It also emerged in the court that the McCanns are launching fresh criminal proceedings at the Oeiras Criminal Court
against TVI over the allegations broadcast about Madeleine's death.
Isabel Duarte told the court that by airing
the documentary and producing its DVD copies, both the TV station, TVI, the film company Valentim Carvalho Films and the newspaper
were in "material breach" of the court injunction issued to prevent repeating allegations made in the book as well
as Gonçalo Amaral's famous statement in the film that during the course of the documentary he would "prove
that Madeleine McCann was not kidnapped but died in the apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007".
Gonçalo Amaral, António Cabrita, asked what was so special about the book, when several other journalists and
writers had written about the Madeleine Case.
"Maybe there is a problem with the book because it is too close
to the truth," he said.
The Guerra e Paz publisher's lawyer also criticised the McCanns for using the
media when it suited their ends but then trying to gag the media when their interest and investigations didn't suit their
line of argument.
"The company has published another book called the McCann's Guilt but that has not been
banned," he said.
"Citizens should be concerned that a court may forbid Gonçalo Amaral to talk
about the case. After all he has the authority to speak about it because he was the Chief Investigator," he said.
Live in freedom
"I refute the idea that any Portuguese
citizen is forbidden to talk about this case and I hope that you (the judge) will give me back the pride of being Portuguese
and to live in freedom," said António Cabrita.
Isabel Duarte said that freedom of expression didn't
mean that any doorman or taxi driver in Portugal should be able to act as judge and jury on the McCanns on the strength of
unfounded and unproven allegations.
The McCanns' team added that the couple had been put through a "Kafkaesque"
process where on the one hand the parents were attacked for showing "lack of initiative" and then attacked for being
proactive in "going to the media" to help them find their daughter.
Isabel Duarte and her team then suggested
that Gonçalo Amaral had published his book out of revenge for being removed from the case and "to make profits."
She labelled him, the publisher and the TV station as "vampires" by trying to cash in on the parents'
suffering and called them "vultures drawn by the smell of fresh meat."
The judge, Maria Gabriela Cunha
Rodrigues, is to make a ruling on the book at 10.30am on Thursday, February 18.
Portuguese police 'ignored hundreds of sightings' in search for Madeleine
McCann, 12 February 2010
Portuguese police 'ignored hundreds of sightings' in search for Madeleine McCann Daily Mail
By Vanessa Allen
Last updated at 5:22 AM on 12th February
Portuguese police faced growing pressure to reopen the Madeleine McCann investigation yesterday, amid
claims they ignored potential sightings of the missing girl.
Detectives have refused to investigate hundreds of
clues about the disappearance, including photographs of children said to bear a 'shocking' resemblance to the blonde
They include a cluster of sightings in Italy and Spain which could hold the key to solving the mystery
and ending the years of heartache suffered by her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann.
But instead they have gone unchecked,
marked as 'irrelevant' after the case was shelved, and left to gather dust in a police archive.
private detectives, who are continuing the search for the missing child, did not even know the dossier existed until a Portuguese
policeman let slip a reference to it during a legal hearing.
Inspector Ricardo Paiva said police had received hundreds
of tip-offs from witnesses convinced they had seen Madeleine and knew where she was being held.
They sent in photographs
of children and of locations which they believed were being used by her abductor, believing that police would investigate
But arrogant detectives were so convinced by their own theory that Madeleine died on the night she
disappeared, and that her parents faked her abduction, that they made no attempt to check the sightings.
lawyer, Isabel Duarte, has seen the dossier. She said every single statement had the same phrase scrawled across it: 'This
is not relevant to the investigation.'
She said: 'I was shocked at how much was in there, and that absolutely
nothing had been done to follow any of it up.
'Every piece of information was treated the same way - Ricardo
Paiva writes on it "This is not relevant to the investigation".
'He is the witness who declared in
court that he believed Madeleine is dead. You cannot find a person when you are not looking for them.'
Unaware: Gerry and Kate McCann, pictured being mobbed by the media this week,
were not told about many of the potential clues to their daughter's whereabouts
Mr Paiva gave evidence at a legal hearing over a controversial book, written by his former boss, Goncalo Amaral.
He admitted that Mr Amaral's insistence that Madeleine died on May 3, 2007, meant the police investigation
had failed to consider other options.
Mrs Duarte said they had not investigated any tip-offs
since the case was officially shelved, in July 2008, when the McCanns were cleared as official suspects in the investigation.
She said information had continued to pour in from potential witnesses and even from other police
forces in Europe, but was ignored, even when the clues including photographs of girls who looked like Madeleine.
The lawyer said: 'Some of them are very, very similar to Madeleine. But Kate and Gerry had never been shown
'There was information from Leicestershire Police, French police, Spanish police,
and again nothing was done about it.
'Kate and Gerry did not even know this file existed
until this week. I am going to give a copy of the file to them so that their private investigation team can follow up the
information in it.
'But I am angry because it is the Portuguese investigative police
who should be doing this job.
‘They have the power and the capability to do it. It
is they who should be doing it, not Kate and Gerry.'
Mr and Mrs McCann, both 41, will
discover next week if they have won their court bid to keep an injunction which bans Mr Amaral from repeating his vile claims
that their daughter died in a 'tragic accident' and that they faked her abduction to cover up the death.
Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said they had been shocked to discover the full extent of the Portuguese
police's failure to investigate Madeleine's disappearance.
He said it had confirmed
their worst fears about the investigation, saying: 'They were shocked when they went through the file and saw what was
in it, and even worse what little had been done to follow any of it up.
'Kate and Gerry
have consistently known that potential fresh information was not being properly followed up, if at all.
'The tragedy of this case, which once again has been highlighted by this, is what little was done to find
‘Kate and Gerry will have to do it themselves as they have been doing. They
are the only ones looking for her.'
Mr Paiva said he could not discuss the case. He said:
'I cannot comment, in accordance with Portuguese law.'
'Liar' cop ignored hundreds of Maddie sightings, 12 February 2010
'Liar' cop ignored hundreds of Maddie sightings The Sun
By ANTONELLA LAZZERI, in Lisbon
Published: Today (12 February
COPS in Portugal ignored hundreds of "sightings" of
Madeleine McCann - because they believed she was dead, it was claimed yesterday.
Paiva also neglected to show her parents "shockingly similar" photos the public had sent in believing they were
Maddie - or act on tip-offs.
Instead he put every bit in a dossier after writing on it: "Not relevant to the
investigation". Maddie's parents, Kate and Gerry, only learnt the file existed this week.
six, vanished from a holiday resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.
Paiva, the McCanns' family liaison
officer, started collating the dossier in July 2008 after cops called off the hunt.
It contains information
from police forces across Europe including sightings, photos of houses where people reported seeing Maddie and tips-offs.
Isabel Duarte, the McCanns' solicitor, asked to see the dossier after Paiva mentioned it at a court hearing.
Kate and Gerry, both 41, from Rothley, Leics, were shown it this week while in Lisbon for a different case brought
by former police chief Goncalo Amaral.
The 50-year-old, who headed the initial hunt, is fighting for a ban on a
book he wrote about Maddie to be lifted. In it, he claims Maddie is dead and her parents faked her abduction.
Mrs Duarte branded Paiva a "liar" in court when he claimed he would reopen the Maddie case if new information
She said yesterday: "Every piece was treated the same way - Ricardo Paiva writes on it,
'this is not relevant to the investigation'.
"He believed, and to this day still believes, that
Madeleine is dead.
"I said to him, 'How can you find a person when you are not looking for them?'"
She said some pictures of girls in the file were "shockingly similar to Madeleine".
spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said they were shocked at what was in the file, and that little had been done to investigate
He said: "Their private investigators will follow up everything they can."
declined to comment.
Madeleine McCann and the "ignored clues", 12 February 2010
Madeleine McCann and the "ignored clues" Daily Mirror
By JON CLEMENTS
Interesting interpretations of some new information which has come out of the McCann's
libel action in Lisbon.
Apparently the Policia Judiciara did not follow up dozens of sightings of Madeleine from
around the world.
This is, according to some, further evidence of the PJ's bungling.
But is it ?
In any high profile missing persons inquiry publicity will inevitably generate lots of red herrings (some of my colleagues
have spent days chasing them only to be left disappointed).
Police have limited resources - they can't simply
despatch detectives on the say so of an individual whose credibility they can't judge.
In fact when one British
police force did that it had disastrous consequences for the investigation and may have allowed the abductor/killer to go
Surrey police treated the disappearance of Milly Dowler in March 2002 as a missing persons inquiry and sent
pairs of officers all over the UK looking for her.
It was a massive mistake and hampered the inquiry's ability
to examine the evidence at hand in Walton on Thames - to "clear the ground from under their feet".
a result they did not discover that sex predator and violent criminal Levi Bellfield - who went on to become a serial killer
- had been living 100 yards away from where Milly was last seen.
Madeleine disappeared in Praia da Luz and that
is one of the few absolute facts in this tragic story.
Perhaps some of the leads were worth following up, but until
the full facts of each one are known it is a bit premature to give them a kicking over this.
Kate and Gerry McCann will not go to Portugal next week, 12 February 2010
By Keir Simmons, ITV
12 February 2010
Kate and Gerry McCann will not go to Portugal next week for judgement in case of detective who accused them, I'm told.
Will nightmare never end for Maddie's mum and dad?, 14 February 2010
FRESH PAIN is piled on the McCanns with the news that police
in Portugal ignored "hundreds" of potential sightings of their missing daughter Madeleine because they believed
she was dead.
The information, including photographs sent to the police by members of the public
showing little girls they thought could have been Maddie, were never shown to her parents.
Instead, these tip-offs
were put into a dossier marked "not relevant to the investigation" and filed away.
This entire case has
been an utter disaster from the minute Kate and Gerry discovered their little girl had gone missing in Praia de Luz in May
The disapproval by the police of the fact the McCanns had left their three children alone in the apartment
while they had dinner with friends seemed to colour their judgement.
The McCanns were dubbed bad parents and vilified.
No-one knows better than they do how stupid it was to leave the children alone. It was a horrible mistake and one
the McCanns have to live with every single day.
I would never have done it with my own child, but that doesn't
mean this poor family deserved to have their daughter snatched or to be treated as murder suspects.
All they wanted
was for the authorities in Portugal to pull out all the stops to find their child.
Instead, to their utter dismay, they've been torn apart by those they trusted to find little Madeleine.
So much so, they're going through the ordeal of a court case in Lisbon to try to stop any more scurrilous and money-spinning
books being written.
If the police hadn't closed their minds to any other possibility other than this little
girl was dead, she may very well have been found safe and well by now.
We will never know.
Can you imagine
what that's like for her tortured mum and dad?
They've endured almost three years of living in a nightmare
with no sign of ever waking up.