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Maddie: The police have tracked down all known paedophiles

Dave Edgar

Dave Edgar

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The Portuguese police have tried to find and interview all known paedophiles” has admitted a source close to the investigation quoting the detectives of the McCann’s.
According to this source, who is still quoting the two English detectives, “the questionings were not as complete as they could have been” leading them to verify all the leads developed by the Judicial Police up until the archiving of the case.
According to the investigation reports (volume II pages 293 to 297), one part still being under the secrecy of justice, the work carried out by the PJ to find and question all the individuals reported  for the practise of sexual crimes, started immediately after Maddies’ disappearance – on May 6, the inspectors Manuel Lico, Nuno Martins, Luis Fontes, Frederico Louro, Pedro Maia and José Matos have investigated  more than 14 suspects, among them, an individual who is working as an expert at the Judicial Court of Portimão.
“All the individuals known or suspect in paedophilia cases or sexual assault were verified quickly” said a PJ source, adding that “only the English were verified later, because the information took a long time to get to us, but we have not found any link between the suspects and the disappearance of the little girl”.
Questioned about the work of the Portuguese authorities, a former private investigator of Kate and Gerry McCann admitted that “Gonçalo Amaral did exactly everything that could be done, and any team trying to investigate Maddies’ disappearance can only hope for a stroke of luck.”

The detectives want to question a very violent predator

Charles O´Neill, the man who the two former police officers hired by the parents of Madeleine McCann want to interrogate now, is a Scot who lived in Gran Canaria and who is in jail awaiting trial for homicide. The private detectives, who continue with the McCann’s campaign, admit not knowing whether the man was at least in Portugal the night of Madeleine’s disappearance, but are saying that he is one of seven people of “interest” to their investigation.
The Scot, described as an “extremely violent paedophile predator”, has a past filled with paedophilia crimes where the victims were always boys. According to the Spanish authorities, who have investigated the predator’s criminal career in their country, nothing indicates the existence of a link with Maddies’ disappearance, but the man is one of the suspects “who deserves to be investigated at length in the disappearance cases that occurred in the archipelago of the Canaries” confirmed an investigator.
The private detectives have already ruled out some of the first suspects, including two Portuguese who live close to Praia da Luz, Mário and Joaquim, and a German, but still maintain an interest in a British citizen identified as Andrew.

Duarte Levy

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Maddie: the “speculation” does not reopen the investigation

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Magalhães e Meneses - one of the magistrates coordinating the process

In a reply sent today to Lusa, the Portuguese news agency, the Public Prosecutor Office qualified all the information published in the press regarding the British paedophile, Raymond Hewlett, as “speculation”.
The presumed suspect, identified and sentenced as a paedophile by the British authorities in cases dating back to the 70s, has admitted that he was in the Algarve the night of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, but the Prosecutor still considers that the information is not sufficient to reopen the investigation.
In the reply sent to the news agency, the Public Prosecutor Office has confirmed being “alert to the signs that are appearing” and ready to reopen the investigation “when concrete facts emerge that the magistrates coordinating the process consider important and credible”. According to the Public Prosecutor, the “speculation, opinions or comments are not sufficient to reopen the investigation”.
Hewlett, aged 64 and in the final phase of a terminal cancer, is not the first “suspect” identified in the British press, but he has become the centre of attention. Clarence Mitchell, spokesperson for Kate and Gerry McCann, has convinced an English newspaper this week not to reveal the photos of two presumed suspects of Portuguese and German nationality. The tabloid was getting ready to identify the two men as “principal suspects” but the specialist in communication and public relations has rejected this information.

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To see ourselves as others see us

The parents of two French students murdered by men who should have been in custody are outraged. So should we be

“Of course, misunderstandings can take a grip and be exacerbated by cultural differences. Remember how, in the case of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, the British press viciously attacked the Portuguese judiciary system and its representatives, often only out of sheer ignorance.”

From “The Independent on Sunday” by Agnès Poirier

It often takes a foreigner to see things not only more clearly but differently; for us to understand who we are; to recognise our strengths as well as our weaknesses. And it often takes a foreigner to make us feel ashamed of things we have learnt to endure passively. Reflected in their eyes, suddenly things we have simply put up with fill us with horror.
Last week, the British only had to see the faces of Guy Bonomo and Françoise Villemont, the parents of the French students savagely murdered in London last year, and to read their dignified and moving statements, to feel disgust at the shortcomings of the British justice system. As Jack Straw admitted, the two murderers “ could and should have been in prison at the time of the killing”. A series of unimaginable and appalling blunders at every level of the justice system – the police, the courts, the prison and the probation services – allowed the murderers to torture and kill two research scientists with brilliant futures.
Didn’t we say at the time that the murder of John Monckton in 2004, committed by another convict who should have been in prison at the time, and was considered as the unfortunate result of a “ collective failure” by probation and prison staff, would surely put an end to such possibilities.
But the murders of Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez might just mark a new beginning for Britain’s probation system. Why this case and not another? Not only for the particularly atrocious ways the two students died, the details of which stunned the whole nation, but because they are foreigners: Laurent and Gabriel were guests to this country.
There is nothing more shameful than to fail those who come to you with an open mind and healthy curiosity, a generous predisposition towards your culture and way of thinking. Laurent and Gabriel were indeed overjoyed to be accepted for a threemonth placement at London’s Imperial College. For biochemistry students from Clermont-Ferrand in central France, Imperial College, in particular, and Britain in general, represent one of the most prestigious goals in the world of science.
Britain’s universities are full of enthusiastic students from all over the world who spend the best years of their lives in Britain and go back home with memories they will always cherish. They love the vibrancy of their city and embrace British culture – complete with its little prejudices – lending the country, in return, a part of their youth, optimism and dynamism. But when their lives are taken away in such tragic circumstances, the failure of the system becomes the very hosts’ failure. When did we go blind? Why didn’t we react before, hosts start wondering.
I felt the same embarrassment when the young Caroline Dickinson was murdered in 1996, at Pleine-Fougères, a little Breton village I know well. A lovely 13-year-old had pleaded with her parents to let her go on a trip to discover France and learn French. Her interest for France lead to her brutal death at the hands of a ruthless predator, one that might never have been caught had it not been for the persistence of her father.
Caroline’s was a shockingly botched case. There had been many flaws in the French investigation. A wrong suspect was arrested, leaving time for the murderer to flee to the United States. It took eight long years, during which John Dickinson campaigned and set about exposing the police investigation, for the French Justice to finally find and bring to court the murderer, a Spaniard.
Caroline’s killer may not have been French and the French justice system may not have failed the Dickinson family the way the British one has the Bonomos and Ferezs, but the feeling of infamy remains, only perhaps because the victim was a guest, more vulnerable to an environment she didn’t know; her family having to battle against a system they did not understand.
Many Portuguese people must have felt the same way when Madeleine McCann disappeared from their idyllic seaside resort and their police were seemingly losing time in the crucial first days of the investigation. I have many Italian friends embarrassed both by the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia and much of what transpired since.
Of course, misunderstandings can take a grip and be exacerbated by cultural differences. Remember how, in the case of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, the British press viciously attacked the Portuguese judiciary system and its representatives, often only out of sheer ignorance. The Portuguese police reacted by making the parents “ official suspects”.
Great expectations can lead to great disappointments. British institutions are generally held in high regard throughout the world. The shock of Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez’s parents on learning of this breakdown of the judicial system in protecting their sons is all the greater given the high hopes they originally had in such an admired system. Imagine their horror, their sense of betrayal, when they realised that this very system was indirectly responsible for their children’s killing. Last week they announced that they would sue Britain for failing its duties, and who can wonder?
It can take a foreigner to see the failures in our midst and to address them in a way we would perhaps never have dared ourselves.
Would the parents of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian man shot by the police at Stockwell tube station, have pursued their case so far had they been British? The relentless campaigning of Caroline Dickinson’s father, John, allowed for instance the first DNA testing of a whole village, a procedure which had never been done before in France. He was also key in the appointment of a new investigative magistrate in charge of his daughter’s case, a very rare action in France.
Guests should not need to contribute to putting their host’s house in order. But sometimes it takes a foreigner ….

A “Selected text” by Arthur Finkelstein

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Gonçalo Amaral tapped

The Maddie case is taboo for the PGR and the PJ

Gonçalo Amaral

Gonçalo Amaral

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“Many people linked to the Maddie case and the investigation made in Portugal, were or are still the target of tapping and surveillance,” said a source of the Home Office to 24Horas in answer to the affirmations made by the ex-coordinator of the Department of Criminal Investigation (DIC) of the Judicial Police (PJ) of Portimão.
Gonçalo Amaral said that he was “under surveillance” and he knows that his “phone is being tapped.” The former head of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann “does not know who is watching him”, but he affirms that his email has been the target of a constant curiosity and that part of this information has been transmitted to the McCanns.
“At the moment, there is information which has to be developed regarding the localisation and what might have happened to the body of the young girl,” said Amaral, accusing the Public Prosecutor (PGR) and the management of the PJ of making a taboo of the Maddie case, where “nobody does anything” allowing “that people external to the Portuguese justice and police force investigate crimes under the PJ’s responsibility”.
Gonçalo Amaral, who, until now, has not received any notification regarding the complaint for defamation announced by the McCanns, confirms that he will sue Kate and Gerry McCann and will prove that an “agreement existed” between the couple and the British police during the investigation, which supposedly influenced the end result of the investigation.
Maddie’s parents want to prevent the publication in English of the book “Maddie: The truth of the lie”, in which the ex-coordinator of the PJ reveals many details of the investigation he was leading in Praia da Luz and where he sustains the theory of Madeleine’s death. The decision of the couple was supposedly taken as a consequence of the disclosure of the documentary based on this book that TVI (Portuguese TV channel) broadcasted and is available on internet with English subtitles.

Amaral accuses the Public Prosecutor to have “trapped” him in the Leonor Cipriano case.

“I haven’t got any doubt that there was a trap from the Public Prosecutor which then led him to say during the judgement that I made a false testimony, because I should have been made arguido the first day, at the first hour, like my colleagues,” said Gonçalo Amaral on TVI (see video) on the fact of having been condemned in the lawsuit of Leonor Cipriano, confirming that he is going to appeal against the sentence.
The ex-coordinator, talking about his most recent experience made with law in Portugal, gave the example of two complaints presented around the same report worked out by an association in the Joanna Cipriano case: the complaint presented by Amaral over a year ago is on standby, whereas the second, presented by the opposing party, already has some arguidos.

Duarte Levy also on “24horas”

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Maddie: Detectives “clown around” in Germany

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Raymond Hewlett

Raymond Hewlett

The two former English policemen that were hired by the McCann couple, returned to England yesterday without having questioned the alleged “suspect” in the disappearance of Madeleine, after the German authorities classified their presence in Aachen as “a clown act”, accusing them of “trying to pressure the local judicial authorities”, using contacts among the British diplomatic representatives in Germany.
The private investigators – who have no police authority whatsoever in England or abroad – wanted to question Raymond Hewlett, a British citizen aged 64 who lived in Tavira when Maddie disappeared in Praia da Luz, and who has served prison sentences in three paedophilia cases that involved teenagers.
The prosecutor in Aachen, in statements to 24horas, confirmed that the English authorities manifested interest in questioning Hewlett about two old cases but that “the official request doesn’t even mention the Maddie case and does not request the individual’s detention”.
For the German authorities, everything that has been published in the English tabloids, “has been nothing but pure speculation” about a sad disappearance case.
“We can’t prevent the British citizen from leaving the hospital, as soon as that is possible in clinical terms, and especially if he wishes to do so”, said Robert Deller, in an interview to German television before he spoke to 24horas.
“We are willing to cooperate with the Portuguese and English authorities but these gentlemen (the detectives) have no authority whatsoever and we’ll be glad when they leave the hospital door. Them, and the journalists that they brought along”, a spokesman for the police in Aachen confessed to 24horas.
Hewlett, who had been admitted to the University Clinic in Aachen for cancer treatment, refused to answer to the McCanns’ investigators but told 24horas that on the day that Maddie disappeared, he was camped in Fuzeta, the place where he took part in the monthly market and antiques sale. The English citizen, who was never involved in paedophilia cases in our country, was denounced to the McCanns’ investigators by an equally British couple, Alan and Cindy Thompson – who are known to authorities for equally having pretended that they knew where Bin Laden’s hideout was located.
24horas tried to contact Dave Edgar and Arthur Cowley, the two former policemen that form “Alpha Investigations Group”, but they refused to comment on why they consider the English man a suspect, after stating that Maddie “was not abducted by a paedophile” or transported on board of any boat.
In Portugal, a source at the PJ in Portimão confirmed that the information that has been published about the case is being “followed attentively” but that neither the McCann couple nor their investigators “delivered or communicated any new data” to the PJ.

Duarte Levy also in 24horas

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