Duarte Levy..

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Documents from “Maddie” case: the “tapas 7” statements

David Payne

David Payne

The interrogations of the so-called Tapas seven group were doubtlessly an important step in the Madeleine McCann case, which was equally useful to reveal the differences between what the McCann couple’s friends told the PJ in Portugal, and what they would later state to the British police. The PJ inspectors, under the direction of Paulo Rebelo, didn’t attend some of the interrogations, which was revealed as a mistake, because all sessions were recorded on video, but not all of the recordings were handed over to the Portuguese authorities. An interesting detail, which is revealed in these documents: all the English people, before and after the questioning, were given a copy of their preceding statements, but also a copy of the statements that had been made by the other members of the group.

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Maddie’s father prepares another visit to Portugal

Photo : © Luis Silva 2009

Photo : © Luis Silva 2009

Gerry McCann, the father of the English child that disappeared in Praia da Luz, Algarve, in May 2007, is preparing another trip to Portugal, where, according to someone close to the couple, the two new investigators say they made “new discoveries” about what happened to Maddie.
Dave Edgar and Arthur Cowley, the two retired policemen that the McCann couple hired to analyse the documents that were released by the Public Ministry, now say that the child is being held in the area by one of five possible abductors that they have already identified. Those two investigators, that replaced an already long list of alleged detectives and military officers that have worked for the McCanns, further accuse the PJ of having ignored a list of 18 alleged perverts and a series of 6 attacks against English children in the Algarve.
Contrary to what was always stated by the detectives from Metodo 3 and the former military officers from Control Risks Group (CRG), two agencies that the McCann couple hired to allegedly search for Maddie, the new investigators don’t believe that the little girl was abducted by a child trafficking network or taken on board of a ship, some of the many theories that have been put forward to explain Madeleine’s disappearance.
Although the exact date of Gerry McCann’s trip to Portugal is not known yet, a source close to the couple confirmed that Madeleine’s father “will be in the Algarve when the two investigators deem it necessary”.
“Gerry McCann once challenged the PJ to find Madeleine’s body”, one of the PJ inspectors in Portimão said, adding that “now it’s our turn to challenge him: that he comes to Portugal to find his daughter. That is all that we ask from him. Otherwise, he should ask for the process to be reopened and he should return with his friends, to finally cooperate with justice.”

“Kate McCann” is missing

Lisa Donovan, the "fake" Kate McCann

Lisa Donovan, the "fake" Kate McCann

In the new documentary about the case, which SIC presented last night, titled “Maddie: Two years of anguish”, the images where American actress Lisa Donovan played Kate McCann’s role in the reconstitution of what supposedly happened on the night of the 3rd of May 2007, have disappeared.
A source at Mentorn Media – which produced the documentary for Channel 4 – told that the initiative to remove those images came from Gerry McCann, explaining that “the decision was made after the documentary by Gonçalo Amaral was broadcast”, as we had already reported. According to the same source, “the representation of what Kate had done on the night that Maddie disappeared was not convincing and raised some doubts”.
But it was not only the images of the false Kate that were cut, and many of the facts that lie at the core of Maddie’s disappearance, like David Payne’s visit to the apartment between 6 and 7 p.m., ended up not even being mentioned: David’s wife herself told the police that she didn’t know where her husband was during that time lapse; while Kate and David speak about a 30 second visit, the child’s father mentions half an hour. The matter was of crucial importance to the PJ because that is the time lapse during which Madeleine is seen alive by someone outside of the couple.
The actress, who had been chosen during a casting in England, wasn’t able to explain the mystery behind the cutting of the images that were filmed in Praia da Luz, nevertheless confirming that she was paid for her work. The actress is forbidden from revealing to the media the contents of the images that Mentorn Media filmed, and the same happens with the other 14 actors.

Duarte Levy

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Maddie, a two-year-old “pact”

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Two years after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the little English girl that was allegedly abducted in Praia da Luz, the Polícia Judiciária still cannot find the ending for a story that continues to move two countries and whose actors and victims are, to this day, confronted with the facts and theories of the most media exposed case of Portuguese justice.
There is no evidence that Maddie is alive and all indications, whether public or under judicial secrecy, have been confirming the child’s death, but many continue to question themselves about the role that was played by each one of the actors in this case.
United in a veritable “pact of silence” against the Portuguese authorities, as Felícia Cabrita wrote, the nine English people from the Tapas Bar – as they ended up being known – are not a homogenous group anymore and few remain side by side with Kate and Gerry McCann.

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Maddie: David Payne interview at Leicestershire Police Headquarters – part III/III

Read part one here and part two here.

Person Interviewed:    David PAYNE
Place of Interview:    Force Headquarters, Enderby
Date of Interview:    11.04.08
Time Commenced:    1530 hours
Time Concluded:    1640 hours
Interviewing Officer(s)    DC 1485 MESSIAH
Other Persons Present    None

1485    “Okay the video’s now recording again. We’re in a third interview with yourself. We’re at Force Headquarters Police in Leicestershire. I am DC Ivor MESSIAH from Leicestershire Police Major Crime Team and the date is Friday the eleventh of April and the time I make by my watch is fifteen thirty exactly. Could you just tell me who you are please?”
Reply    “I’m David PAYNE.”
1485    “Okay. I’m just continuing in relation to you being a witness to, or, in regards to the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine MCCANN, alright, and this is the third interview we’re conducting.”
Reply    “Yes.”
1485    “Hopefully it should be the last. Once again a series of questions, a lot of open questions, take your time in answering and give me as thorough answer as possible.”
Reply    “Okay.”
1485    “Right, I just, before I move on I just need to refer back to the last interview just to clarify a couple of points.”
Reply    “Okay.”
1485    “One of the points is, do you recall you told me that when Kate had come back to the Tapas and said…”

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Maddie: David Payne interview at Leicestershire Police Headquarters – part II/III

Read part one here.

Person Interviewed:    David PAYNE
Place of Interview:    Force Headquarters, Enderby
Date of Interview:    11.04.08
Time Commenced:    1319 hours
Time Concluded:    1459 hours
Interviewing Officer(s)    DC 1485 MESSIAH
Other Persons Present    None

1485    “Okay the video is now recording again.”
Reply    “Okay.”
1485    “We’ll continue with the interview on Friday the eleventh of April two thousand eight at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters. I make the time by my watch thirteen nineteen on that day, I’m DC Ivor MESSIAH and I’m a Detective within the Major Crime Team in Leicestershire Police. Could you tell me who you are please?”
Reply    “I’m David PAYNE.”
1485    “Okay, that should suffice for the time being. Just to continue the introductions, you’re here in relation to assist Leicestershire Police as a witness into the disappearance of Madeleine MCCANN in Portugal on the third of May two thousand and seven. Is that alright?”
Reply    “That’s correct.”
1485    “And we’ve already had a first interview and what we discussed in the first interview was in some depth really wasn’t it, the time that you left, or your planning of the holiday, your flight out, you know your subsequent arrival in Portugal and then we tried as best we could to go through your days from the Saturday till Thursday.”
Reply    “Yes.”
1485    “Alright, what I now want you to concentrate on David is the important day really, Thursday the third of May. I want you to try and put yourself back in to that, it may help you if you think of the time when the alarm was raised, that may well bring you back to the beginning of the day and try and remember as much as you can, the time you got up, I know that you said on the first interviews that you couldn’t remember an awful lot but try as best you can to remember from say midday onwards.”

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