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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.

Read all the statements:


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Gonçalo Amaral’s condemnation was as atypical as the process

Amaral didn’t lost his credit

Faro ruling does not question Gonçalo Amaral's credibility in the Maddie case

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The final ruling in the trial of the so-called “Leonor Cipriano case”, in which two of the five Polícia Judiciária (PJ) inspectors and former inspectors were condemned, ended up revealing itself as atypical as the process: the court of Faro considered that the practise of torture was proved but failed to indicate who the alleged aggressors were.
During all of the court sessions, no witnesses to the alleged torture acts were presented and the final ruling ended up being based on the reports from forensic experts, which were not founded on a physical exam of Leonor Cipriano, but rather on photographs that had been published years earlier by Expresso, and whose authenticity is still questioned.
Given the importance that was attributed to the photographs, it is strange that the court didn’t consider the doubts that persist concerning their origin. Doubts that could have been clarified if the defence had been permitted to hear the former journalist that was behind their publication, who is now the head of the Lawyers’ Order – through the cunning decision of entering the Order as an assistant in the process, Marinho Pinto kept the control over the proceedings in the Court of Faro, and at the same time escaped questioning.
Reading the final ruling, one can conclude that the court sustained its decision on the photographs, credible or not, as it couldn’t base itself on Leonor Cipriano who throughout the process gave several contradictory statements, thus confirming the analysis that had been made by Paulo Sargento, who described her as a compulsive liar.
Leonor changed her version about the manner in which she was aggressed, the dates and times, several times, but also the place where everything took place, and even her aggressors: one day she directly implied former coordinator Gonçalo Amaral, the next day she confessed that she hadn’t even seen him on the day of questioning.
Paulo Pereira Cristóvão, Leonel Marques and Paulo Marques Bom, who stood accused of torture, were found innocent, while António Cardoso and Gonçalo Amaral were condemned to suspended sentences: two years and three months and one year and six months in prison, respectively.

The “snowball” effect

António Cardoso’s report, which earned him his condemnation, and in which the inspector merely described in what manner Leonor Cipriano fell on the stairs, was not handed over to the scientific police’s lab, where an expert could have found a false signature, a changed date or even the replacement of excerpts of the text: presiding judge Henrique Pavão, in the name of the collective, upon considering that torture was proved, automatically removed the value of Cardoso’s report – if there was torture, then the report has to be false.
It is within this context that former PJ coordinator, Gonçalo Amaral, ends up being condemned: saying that torture existed, is to state that Cardoso lied when he wrote his service report, therefore – no matter whether he tells the truth or a lie – Amaral had to be condemned. Wasn’t that the initial goal?

– Like the French say, “c’était Q. F. D.”

Duarte Levy

◊ translated by Astro from Joana Morais blog.

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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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The McCanns’ Manipulation – Part I

the suspect according to Derek

the suspect according to Derek


Derek Flack, one of the witnesses that the Channel 4 documentary was based upon, told the Polícia Judiciária that on Wednesday, the 2nd of May, or on Thursday, the 3rd of May, “during the day (can’t remember but says that possibly in the afternoon), in the company of his wife, and while walking to the ‘Baptista Supermarket’, he observed an individual (approximately 1,70 tall, dark skinned appearing to be of Portuguese nationality, with a one-day stubble, with short thick hair that stretched down to collar level at the back, and wearing a solid yellow t-shirt) who was standing on a corner of the walkway looking (that being the reason to suspect said person) into the direction of the apartment where Madeline would later disappear from.

He added that in a straight line from where the individual was standing, looking, on the other side of the street, a vehicle was parked, of a van type, white colour, with a person (can’t remember whether the person was inside or outside the van). He can’t describe said person.”
Derek Flack’s testimony is equally consigned in the process on pages 145 to 153 and 200 to 205, where the photofit (nr. 18) that was created according to the couple’s instructions is also included.

Norton's van

Norton's van

The same process includes the identity of an English citizen who was identified as being the man who Derek Flack saw, which was equally corroborated by other witnesses: it is BARRINGTON GODFREY NORTON, who, like Flack had mentioned, drives a white van, namely when he goes to the Batista supermarket to shop, which happened on that date.

translated by Astro on Joana Morais blog

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French commissary marks support for Amaral

Gonçalo Amaral

Gonçalo Amaral


In Paris to launch the French version of his book “Maddie: The Truth of the Lie”, former PJ coordinator Gonçalo Amaral yesterday received the unexpected support of honorary commissary George Moréas, from the French judiciary police.
After reading Amaral’s book, which in France is titled “Maddie, the forbidden investigation”, commissary Moréas, the founder of the central department against heavy crime at the French police –  Office Central pour la Répression du Banditisme (O.C.R.B.) – stressed the difficulty of the PJ’s work facing the pressures on the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Gonçalo Amaral, who returns to Lisbon today, has defended the reopening of the process,  stating that the investigation into Maddie’s disappearance has to continue despite the fact that “now it’s necessary to search for a corpse”. For two days, the former PJ coordinator participated in several television and radio broadcasts in Paris, not forgetting about the newspapers and magazines that once more have given the case visibility.
In a statement to daily “Le Parisien”, Amaral accused Maddie’s parents of “having no will” to see the process reopened: “they don’t have the will for the truth to be known. Nevertheless, I’m convinced that there are still leads to explore. Unfortunately, it’s a cadaver that we’re looking for”.

Duarte Levy in 24horas

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