Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Not welcome - unless interested in answering questions and participating in a reconstruction

Maddie' dad is back in Portugal to try new diligences

Gerry McCann leaves the station at Portimão after being made an arguido, 07 September 2007

Madeleine McCann's dad arrived today in Portugal [Lisbon], in what is believed to be the first of "many visits" to define new diligences to search for his daughter, hoping to count with the help of the Portuguese authorities.

In an exclusive interview to the Portuguese News agency Lusa, Gerry McCann stated that he has no intention, at least for now, to promote any process against the Portuguese state or any other entity, namely media outlets, highlighting the fact that the important is to forget the past and try to keep searching for his missing daughter disappeared in the Algarve in 2007.

Madeleine McCann, then with three years old, disappeared on the 3rd of May of 2007 from the room where she slept along with her twin brothers, in an apartment in a tourist resort in Praia da Luz, district of Lagos, in the Algarve while the parents had dinner at a nearby restaurant.

On the 7 of September in the same year, the child's mother, Kate, and the father, Gerry McCann, were constituted as arguidos, after another interrogatory at the DIC, but on the 21st of July of 2008 the Attorney General's Office [PGR] officially announced the closing of the investigation and the archival of the suspicions against Gerry and Kate McCann.

The PJ initially pointed towards the kidnap theory, but later admitted the death of the child, however the authorities were never able to really establish what happened to Madeleine McCann.

Source: Sol/Lusa

Extra Quotes

"We think there is a very good chance of Maddie still be found alive and in good health and therefore we want to continue the search. We want to emphasize our desire to work with the authorities as much as possible," said Gerry McCann, who arrived in Portugal to today for a brief visit of only two days.

"It is the first visit to Portugal, but I hope that it will be the first of many over in the coming months (...) The goal is to see what can still be done in the search for Maddie," he said, advancing that he could return as early as February.

According to Gerry McCann, the British police and police from several other countries continue to receive "information from different sources" about what has happened to Madeleine, as well as reports of "possible sightings."

"Like all parents of missing children, we want any information being investigated," said Maddie's father, who today met with his lawyer and also with representatives of the British embassy in Portugal.

"I want to make completely clear that what happened in the past is already gone and we want to focus in what can still be done to continue the search. That is our priority and always has been. So, these things [possible court proceedings] are not simply relevant at the moment, "he said.

The Brit's Version

Missing Madeleine McCann's father flew back to Portugal for the first time since returning to the UK.

Gerry McCann made the journey to meet his Portuguese lawyers to discuss what more could done to help find his missing daughter, family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said.

It is understood that Mr McCann's wife Kate did not travel with him, and that he will not see any Portuguese officials during his short trip.

Mr Mitchell said: "I can confirm that Gerry McCann returned to Portugal for a brief visit to meet his lawyers to see what more can be done to help find his daughter."

Mr McCann, 40, from Rothley, Leicestershire, flew into Faro Airport in the Algarve and was met by British officials. He then travelled to Lisbon for talks with his legal team, led by Rogerio Alves.

Madeleine was nearly four when she went missing from her family's holiday apartment in the Algarve village of Praia da Luz on May 3 2007 while her parents dined with friends nearby.

Despite a massive police operation and huge publicity worldwide, she has not been found. Four months after she disappeared, Portuguese police made both Mr and Mrs McCann "arguidos", or formal suspects, in the case.

Two days later, on September 9 2007, they returned to Britain with their two other children, twins Sean and Amelie.

Last July the Portuguese attorney-general shelved the investigation and lifted the arguido status of Mr and Mrs McCann.

The couple insist they will continue to believe Madeleine is still alive until presented with firm evidence to the contrary, and have vowed to keep looking for her for as long as it takes.


Source: PA

21 comments:

helmylin2 said...

Óla Cláudia,

I have left a comment on the Mail. It most likely won't get published. It was something on the order of : to little to late answer the questions, never mind starting to look two years later. I don't think that will be popular.

Now I find this statement totally strange: "I want to make completely clear that what happened in the past is already gone and we want to focus in what can still be done to continue the search. That is our priority and always has been. So, these things [possible court proceedings] are not simply relevant at the moment, "he said.

Either court proceedings are relevant or not relevant. The silly man is still talking in circles. To me he said we have no grounds to sue the PJ.

Maybe he will just happen to jog someone's memory and a vital clue will emerge and Madeleine will be found. I'm sure she will not be found alive as I still believe in the dogs.

xxx

Cláudia said...

Hi, Helmy!
It won't probably get published. :-)
I also think this 'past is past' approach is very interesting.
The idea of him suing the PJ is hilarious. His own Portuguese lawyers have publicly stated that is not an option.
Finding Madeleine (in my opinion her remains) would be a step forward. But sometimes I think it won't ever happen.
xxxx

helmylin2 said...

Hi,

Hmmm,loads of comments on the Mail now. Funny thing not one anti! I wonder if Rosiepops is a mod on the Mail?

xxx

Cláudia said...

Hi, Helmy!
Very likely! LOL Poops wouldn't want a bad word spoken about the saints, would it? :-)
xxxx

Anonymous said...

Boa noite Cláudia:
Espero que esteja tudo bem.
Esta visita do Dr. Gerry a Portugal traz água pelas barbas! Ele não veio cá para apenas dizer olá ao seu advogado.
Suponho que sua excelência esteja nervoso, talvez lhe tenha chegado aos ouvidos qualquer coisa que o tenha deixado perturbado!
Que pena não ter aproveitado a viagem para se deslocar à PJ para reabrir o processo! Ficava-lhe tão bem
bjos
Paula

Cláudia said...

Olá, Paulinha!
Está tudo bem, felizmente. Espero que contigo também!
Concordo plenamente. Aquilo tem mais alguma coisa ali. Infelizmente agora é muito tarde para isso. Para além de não ser competência da PJ reabrir o caso, quando era possível os senhores doutores McCann fazerem-no, não o quiseram. O resto é deitar areia para os olhos dos mais incautos.
Sinceramente, já não posso olhar para aquelas fronhas. Se fosse eu a mandar, era escoltado até à fronteira com Espanha (coitados dos espanhóis que também não merecem levar com ele!) e dava-lhe guia de marcha de regresso ao país dele. De preferência a pé! :-)
Beijinhos!

Niza said...

Olá Claudia, I not come to internet for while, but I see Gerry's face and must run to computer and vomit my disgust with him. Loved photo in Destak. Gerry continue with itchness in ears...hummmmm what he have so much to itch?

In my opinion, this nothing but marketing. I think:
1 - maybe they soon try new marketing campaign for more funds
2 - maybe Gerry or some family member want to run for some office and this marketing ploy to get British people feel sorry for them and vote for that person.
3 - maybe Madeleine Foundation is making them sweat and has matter of law to take Mccanns to court and they need public opinion on their side?
4 - maybe translation and selling of THE BOOK is making Gerry itch.
5 - maybe they just dissumulated people that want to make idiot out of people when come many months after investigation close, say they want investigation to continue. Why not during time when investigation could be reopened if parents ask? No... as the saying go in Portugal "Isto é para Inglês ver" - "This is only for the English to see". I believe Gerry personify this saying.
6- maybe Spookeyman miss my love notes to him in your blog and want my attention again
7 - maybe it time for our newspapers to stop waste money, ink and space on them. They want to change their image in Portugal but we not ingenue like British people seem to be (sorry to nice, smart British, but I think many easily manipulated by British newspapers).
8 - maybe all of above.

Cláudia said...

Olá, Niza!
I've missed you and you great sense of humour!
I agree with all of the points you make but I just LOVE number 6! lol

6- maybe Spookeyman miss my love notes to him in your blog and want my attention again

PMSL!
Please, write more often!

Have you noticed how much cleaner the air is in Portigal since that thing went back to the UK?

Beijinhos!

dylan said...

Hiya!

Niza - my thoughts exactly! Of all the stills they could have chosen, it was very clever to publish Gerry, front page, tugging on his ear! A classic symptom of a lie! If only our press could show this side of them.

I also want to know - why now? Why, when the pair of them had ample opportunity to help in the case of their missing daughter? The answer is simple, the why and the now are because they can no longer be held culpable and they want the world to think what lovely parents they are, going back at this stage, to do all they can for Maddie. Pity they didn't do that in the first place. It doesn't wash with me. They know M died that night.

I feel sorry for Portugal that you guys have to put up with the likes of Gerry again.

xx

dylan said...

Niza & Claudia,

Once again, I apolgise for this excuse of a Brit,(Gerry) turning up like a bad apple, in your country again! As if he didn't do enough damage the first time around.

I hope you don't think that we all follow the St McCanns lie a flock of lost sheep. ;-) xx

Cláudia said...

Hi, Dylan!
Yes, that photo was great. Itchy, itchy, itchy! :-) The UK press is simply pathetic. Embarassing, really.
They want the case opened now because they know it can't be done. There was a deadline to do it and they were not interested. Yesterday, after Gerry's idiotic words, our Attorney general was very clear, the case can only be reopened if they provide new, vital information. Just in case Gerry didn't know! :-)

I'm also sorry that they ever chose to set foot here, Dylan. And I wish they would never come back unless it was to participate in the reconstruction and to answer the 48 unanswered questions.
But we all know that most British people know who they are! :-)
xxxx

helmylin2 said...

Olá Niza,

You always make me smile. I agree the translation of the BOOK would make me very itchy if I was Gerry.

I also think this is damage control. Look we have tried to reopen the case but the "nasty PJ" won't let us. What a load of c**p.

Yes I think Spookeyman has been missing you!!!

xxx

Cláudia said...

Hi, Helmy!
Niza is a star! :-)
xxx

helmylin2 said...

Olá Cláudia,

Yes, Niza is great. I love reading what she writes.

I have just been catching up on the 3'A. I did not realize Gerry brought his high profile English lawyer with him. Makes me wonder why he needed an English lawyer to see his Portuguse lawyer. It looks to me like he might be in a spot of bother. If it wasn't a command performance he most likely could have done the whole thing with a conference call! The whole thing is really strange.


xxx

Cláudia said...

Olá, Helmy!
Maybe these are very special lawyers who are specialists in finding missing children... ;-)

xxxx

Zodiac said...

Hi Claudia,

How much more BS do they think they can churn out.

Especially this:

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/video/Madeleine-McCann-father-Gerry-McCann-returns-to-Portugal/Video/200901215203402?lpos=video_Article_Related_Content_Region_1&lid=VIDEO_15203402

'Of course we will do everything that we can to work with the authorities and that is what we very much want to emphasise we want to work with the authorities as much as possible in the ongoing search.'
and this:

'he thinks there has been far too much detail of the investigation in the Media'

Why now? What about the 48 questions that the mother of the missing child refused to answer? The reconstruction that they were asked to return to take part in, etc and refused to co-operate? And why did they not request the investigation to continue when they legally could? The public were fed via the Press/Media since the disappearance how much they the parents and the group of friends wanted to do as much as possible to help with the investigation yet failed to do the above! If there are to be more visits it will be interesting as it unfolds what the visits are really about. Hmmm are they offical compulory meetings being pink spinned as co-operative concerned parents just helping the British/Portuguese authorities do their job.

Also IMO the key phrases in the above interview are:

1. 'emphasise we want to work with the authorities as much as possible in the ongoing search.'

Because it is important to them that the public believe they have a good relation with the PJ and a great need to imply that there is an offical ongoing invesitigative search for the child they claim was abducted by paedophiles.

How many times have we heard the above in the Media and read the above in the Press since the child vanished into thin air yet the DVD's and Rog. Int's give a very different view.

2. 'he thinks there has been far too much detail of the investigation in the Media'

I'll bet he does pity it is not reported in the UK Press/Media, hopefully this is due to an ongoing investigation in the UK as @ 1.53 he says they have ongoing contact with the British authorities. Hmmm!

I still think the arrogant duo and Co thought the file would be handed to them and them alone and they could publish anything they wanted in their McUk Press/Media.

Niza,

Great to read you again.

PMSL!

'6- maybe Spookeyman miss my love notes to him in your blog and want my attention again'

Cláudia said...

Hi, Zodiac!
They ate full of it, aren't they?
They just make me want to throw up. I'm fed up with them. Argh!
xxxx

Anonymous said...

Viva!

Parece que o homem pensa cá voltar mais vezes...................

(até que se saiba a verdade)(L.Esp.)
E há tb 1 referência ao tal yate, tripulação,lá pelos Algarves,entre os dias 2 e 4 de Maio;além da ligação para o 3A.

Cláudia,desculpe escrever em português.Sorry!
mcr

Cláudia said...

Olá, mcr!

Espero que não tenhamos de ler com ele mais vezes. Se fosse eu a mandar, era proibido de cá entrar, a não ser que viesse a pedido das autoridades.

Escreve na língua que quiser. E a nossa é linda!
Um abraço!

Anonymous said...

Obrigada,Cláudia.Mas.....
são vários os Jornais que afirmam que esta não será a única visita.Há quem fale já no próximo mês....

Comentei no Blog de Joana e Astro,tb. na nossa Língua Materna.Ou seja, não vou repetir aqui mas pode lá ir espreitar,não é?Força!

Outro assunto: já há muito que sabemos de suicídios de Agentes da G.N.R. Mas segundo o H. Carvalho esse acontecimento triste e terrível está a aumentar e muito nas Forças Policiais. Vamos dar relevo a isso e coragem?
mcr

Cláudia said...

Olá, mcr! Sim, eu li. Mas não posso deixar de desejar que ele não volte! :-)
O assunto do suicídio, em termos gerais, é um assunto muito complexo e que raramente está ligado a uma só causa. É muito triste quando as pessoas sentem que não têm mais nenhuma saída.