Friday, July 18, 2008


English in Portimão to defend secrecy - Correio da Manhã

‘CM’ reveals – 15 of the 19 genetic markers found

English want secrecy

The McCanns want to hide the data from the Birmingham laboratory

One magistrate and two policemen, including Stuart Prior, responsible for the connection with the PJ, were at the Court in Portimão yesterday, trying to convince the Public Ministry prosecutor Magalhães e Menezes not to release the entire process of the disappearance of Madeleine from the judicial secrecy. One of the situations that the English want is that the preliminary report from the Birmingham lab, which mentions that “15 of the 19 genetic markers that were found in a residue that was collected from the couple’s car’s boot, are a match [with the missing child]” is not made public. Their pretention was denied.

Also the residues that were collected behind the sofa, according to the first report, “coincide with the corresponding components in the DNA profile of Madeleine McCann”, which led the Portuguese police and also the English liaison officer to fundament their suspicions that the child died between 5.30 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz, and that the body was transported in the car that was rented by the parents 22 days later.

With the lifting of the judicial secrecy next week, some of those documents may be made public. CM knows that the fundaments of the preliminary report, allied to the elements that were collected by the investigation in the meantime, led the authorities onto the path of the parents as suspects of the child’s death. Kate and Gerry McCann later alleged that there were no indicia against them, but another report, signed by Mark Harrisom, the English policeman who was assigned to help the Portuguese authorities, also peremptorily stated that the little girl was dead. The English officer even admitted the possibility that the body of little Madeleine had been thrown into the sea, and equally defended the potentialities of the sniffer dogs, that are experts in detecting odours of cadaver and blood.


Extracted from the hair. Madeleine McCann’s DNA was extracted from several residues that were collected at the apartment. Among them, hair that was found on the little girl’s brush and also saliva that was collected from the pillow.

19. In Portugal, the collection of 19 genetic markers is demanded for the determination of paternity. But in other countries, like the USA, only 12 are demanded.

15. On the residues that were collected from the rented car’s boot after the disappearance, 15 genetic markers that are identical to Madeleine were found.

Traces of a crime

Two dogs that are specially trained to assist in criminal investigation detected cadaver odour in the McCanns’ bedroom, in the living room, on Kate’s clothes, on the little girl’s soft toy and on the car key, as well as blood traces in the car boot and in the apartment’s living room.

Theoretical contamination possible

The second report from the English lab, which was sent after the child’s relatives were made arguidos, raises theoretical doubts that end up annulling the first conclusions.
The technicians say that if the residues that were collected are from one single source, then they belong to Madeleine. But if they were contaminated with DNA from Kate or Gerry (who present genetic resemblances because they are the biological parents), they may not belong to the child. Apart from that, according to the experts, the obtained results are so complex that they do not allow for an absolute reading.

British technique can be verified

The technique that was used by the English experts to verify the residues that were collected from the McCanns’ apartment and car is one of the most sophisticated in the world.It is used in that country and in the United States because it allows for the extraction of DNA profiles from very tenuous residues, by augmenting the amplification cycles. Due to the fact that it demands for very expensive material, and leads to results that are difficult to decode, this technique has not earned followers in Europe yet. In these reports, which were sent to the Polícia Judiciária months apart from each other, the authorities start by explaining the technique that is used, and state that they used a reference DNA sample from Madeleine McCann. That sample was obtained from “saliva stains that existed on the pillowcase”.
DNA from the rest of the family was also verified, because they contain similar genetic markers and to avoid any confusion with the results. Throughout the 22 pages of the report, which was signed by the same expert in both cases, it is frequent for the specialist in Microbiology and Biochemistry to admit that the complexity of the obtained data does not allow for a correct reading. Nevertheless, the laboratory has duplicated the residues, a fact that makes it possible for the same results to be contradicted by the Portuguese Forensic Medicine experts. According to what our newspaper was able to establish, some questions are still in the air and the foreseen archiving on Monday is certainly not going to clarify them. Namely the motive for the test results to have taken several months to be made known to the authorities, and having been altered in such a substantial manner. It should also be referred that separate tests were made afterwards, which originated other reports – they all continued to be inconclusive.

Gerry is the father

The possibility, which was advanced by a Portuguese newspaper, was never under investigation. Gerry is Maddie’s and the twins’ biological father, according to what the genetic profiles of the family members were able to confirm.

Murat Compensation – Murat is going to receive 757 thousand euros from British newspapers that recognized yesterday that they had published defamatory and false news about him.

Archiving Evidence – The archiving of the process, which is due to be announced on Monday, does not mean that the case is going to be buried. It may be reopened if new evidence appears.

McCanns Arguidos - If there is no final dispatch, Kate and Gerry remain as arguidos. Today, Robert Murat also maintains the same status.

Source: Correio da Manhã, 18.07.2008, paper edition

by astro


Anonymous said...

Who is the Mr. Little? Is he a policeman or a former policeman? If he is still a police officer, than WHY is is getting involved in this altoghether?


Now its time to say "Portugal, bring it on!!!" Release EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING. We have been made out as fools in this media spin for months and months. Give us everything. Despite the media spin, we will figure it out somehow.

Cláudia said...

Anon, those who have nothing to hide, have nothing to fear. Wanting to hide info speaks volumes to me. I say: make it all public.
Thank you for commenting.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if on Monday the case is really going to be shelved or if they are going to just pick it up and give it to the UK police to deal with this mess. I would like to see the UK papers continue their spin on their own police...wonder what would happen. I am sure they will find Madeleine very quickly!
(yeah, right...)

Cláudia said...

Well, I believe that the case will be archived on Monday. But I also believe Monday may bring some surprises. And I'll say no more.
Unfortunately, I think that the UK won't pursue this although it would be great.
Hope I'll read you soon.

Anonymous said...


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Cláudia said...

Boas leituras, Paulinha! :-)

Inquisitive Anon said...


Could it be that there will not be a lifting of arguido status? Do you think the case may be shelved with them remaining arguidos (except for Mr. Murat)?

Cláudia said...

Inquisitive anon, who knows? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Claudia, never have I disliked a couple so much in my entire life. Regardless of what happened in that room, I would normally feel sorry for them. I can't believe anyone that loses (by abduction or death) a child, even if somehow responsible, would not be living in absolute torment and my natural reaction would be to pity them.
However, the McCanns, their spin master, and the crap they have tried to ram down our throats has made me totally dislike those two. I can actually say that where once was a true feeling of sadness and pity for them, is now an absolute loathing and disgust. Their attitudes have be absolutely dispicable and I have no nice feelings for them.
All the result of their own spin. Had they dealth calmly with the Portuguese police, without trying to make themselves out to be superstars, I and many others would still feel sorry for them, even though NOTHING will ever convince me that, at the very least, they were not negligent by leaving 3 little kids alone to go out drinking and eating. As much as they have tried to spin it, there is no sugar-coating it.
It may sound terrible to some, but until what happened to Madeleine is discovered and given the circus her parents have created, I would actually welcome that their arguido status continue until the truth is discovered - with or without the shelving of the case.
If their true aim is to find Madeleine and if their conscience is clear, it should not make a difference to them.
Then again, it may somewhat hinder their ability to make more money off of this ordeal...all IMO of course. ;-)

Cláudia said...

Anon, you should get yourself a name (a fake one, I don't care). You deserve a standing ovation and I certainly couldn't say that better in any way, shape or form. That is exactly how I feel about all this.


Thank you!

Opinionated said...

Ok Claudia.. I'll choose the name Opinionated.

Cláudia said...

Nice name, opinionated.

Anonymous said...

Claudia, I have just read Joana Morais' website and am totally shocked by the lattest news she transcribes from the Correio da Manhã. Many scenarios passed through my head but never this one.
As this case is drawing to a close, I fail to see why Correio da Manha would risk law suits if they did not have some evidence of what they are publishing.

Why do I have a feeling that if we start pulling the thread of yarn a horrific story is going to unwind?

Cláudia said...

Hello, anon.
I have just put up a thread with Correio da Manhã's article. I don't know if you have read me elsewhere but for many months I have said that a tsunami is coming and that as soon as the files become public no spin can stop all of this. It is my firm belief that it is investigative journalists and common citizens who will prevent this case from dying. There are many investigative journalists just waiting for the secrecy to be lifted. Investigative journalists do not have the interferences the Police had. They can investigate through 'alternative' channels and won't be disturbed by burocracy and political interference. There is no stopping them. In my opinion, this is just the beginning...
P.S: I would not be shocked by anything. Anything at all.

Anonymous said...

Olá Claudia

Posso utilizar algumas partes do que aqui tens para colocar no forum da Sky?

Algumas opiniões aqui dadas são exactamente aquilo que penso e já estão em Inglês...

Não faço nada até receber a tua resposta.


Cláudia said...

Paulinha, claro que sim.
Podes copiar o que quiseres. Pondo a fonte, podes sempre fazer o que quiseres com a informação que encontrares online. Não é necessário perguntar-me. :-)