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Home Office launches secret review into Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Post  ConfusionIsGood on Mon 18 Jul - 14:46

The Home Office has secretly begun a review that could lead to a fresh police inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The move follows the release of 2,000 pages of evidence last week which Portuguese detectives are accused of having failed to fully investigate.

According to sources close to the McCanns, Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, has ordered officials to examine the 'feasibility' of British or Portuguese detectives looking afresh at all the evidence.

Kate and Gerry McCann met with Mr Johnson last year to plead for help in their search for Madeleine, who vanished without trace in May 2007 from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

The couple have also met with John Yates, the Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, who has headed up a number of high profile inquiries in recent years.

He is said to be "sympathetic" and to have made "general offers of assistance".

The source said: "The latest we have heard from the Home Office is officials are undertaking a 'scoping exercise' to look into the possibility of a review of the case.

"They are looking at all the options. It is basically a feasibility study.

"Kate and Gerry met with Alan Johnson to request a review is done. Hopefully any political intervention can unlock obstructions that might be in the way."

Pressure is now being put on Portuguese authorities to agree in the first instance to a three-day review of the case that could be held at Interpol's headquarters in Lyon in France.

The McCanns will hope the Home Office can persuade their Portuguese counterparts to co-operate in a case review.

The review – were it to go ahead – would involve British police working with Portuguese counterparts as well as experts in child abduction across other European forces.

The Portuguese police have been heavily criticised for their handling of the case which led to detectives naming the McCanns, both doctors from Leicestershire, as arguidos – or suspects – in the case and accusing them of involvement in her disappearance.

Their arguido status was subsequently lifted and the police investigation shelved.

But with the senior officer in charge Goncalo Amaral now widely discredited and facing financial ruin after being sued for libel by the McCanns over a book he wrote, it may become harder for the Portuguese to refuse the request for a thorough review.

The revelation that possible leads – many passed to Portuguese police by the McCanns' own private detectives – had apparently been ignored will add to the clamour.

Last week, details emerged of a series of possible sightings of Madeleine, who was just three when she vanished.

Guilhermino Encarnacao, who was in charge of the Policia Judiciaria in the Algarve, died two weeks ago from stomach cancer.

Mr Encarnacao was convinced Madeleine had died in her parents' apartment and was a major source of a series of off the record briefings to journalists against the McCanns.

A Home Office spokesman said: "We can confirm that the Home Secretary had a private meeting with Kate and Gerry McCann.

"Leicestershire Police stand ready to co-ordinate and complete enquiries if further information comes to light in the UK; or if requested to do so by the Portuguese authorities, who continue to lead on the overall investigation."

The spokesman refused to discuss what talks took place at the meeting or whether there was the chance of a review of the evidence at Interpol.

The spokesman added: "We are not going to comment on the outcome of any private meeting with the McCanns."

Mr Yates was unavailable for comment. He led the cash for honours investigation and was also involved in a new inquiry into the murder of Julie Ward, who was murdered in Kenya in 1988.

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Re: Home Office launches secret review into Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Post  Nic on Mon 18 Jul - 14:54

I think this is an old article from March last year.

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Re: Home Office launches secret review into Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Post  pennylane on Mon 18 Jul - 14:54

Thanks for this timely reminder CiG



The couple have also met with John Yates, the Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, who has headed up a number of high profile inquiries in recent years.

He is said to be "sympathetic" and to have made "general offers of assistance".




I just mentioned this on my 'sink like a stone' thread..... Yates was no doubt 'the man who can'.. and he worked in conjunction with the Home Office and CEOP in his homeland security position, so it isn't difficult to connect all the sleazy dots is it.

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Post  Angelina on Mon 18 Jul - 14:55

How old is this? Alan Johnson isn't Home Secretary now.

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Post  tigger on Mon 18 Jul - 14:57

'Sources close to the McCanns..' - '
Secret review?
What is this rubbish? By definition no longer secret since it has just been published and obedient journalists are still churning this out in what passes for a reputable newspaper.
But once again, the persistent rubbishing of the Portugese Police. Do you really think that's going to save the British Police who've helped to hide the truth?
Yates is tottering as it is, please go away. Quickly.

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Re: Home Office launches secret review into Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Post  Dimsie on Mon 18 Jul - 15:01

The article shows the McCanns met Yates back in 2009 when he was said to be sympathetic, etc. Funny how that old Curse of the McCanns is so powerful, knocking people down like ninepins!

CIG - might be a good idea to show in the thread title why you're posting an old article - confusion might be good for certain people, but I think you've managed to confuse some of us!

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Re: Home Office launches secret review into Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Post  ConfusionIsGood on Mon 18 Jul - 15:11

Please delete this post!! Sorry saw a link to article on Twitter and assumed it was new. Didn't mean to confuse :(

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Re: Home Office launches secret review into Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Post  pennylane on Mon 18 Jul - 15:22

I wasn't confused CIG, I remembered the article, and I thought it to be a very timely reminder of Yates "sympathetic" approach to the McScams. The thread title just needs a date (imo).


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Re: Home Office launches secret review into Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Post  Dimsie on Mon 18 Jul - 15:22

CIG, can't you just amend the thread title - put 'old article about McCanns and Yates' or something in brackets? I don't know if that can be done, though.

It's actually interesting to read that article again; shows how there's another person in a position of power who was cosying up to the McCanns. Seems like everyone they contacted was sympathetic and keen to help - very odd, especially from a policeman who you'd think would have some natural scepticism.

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Re: Home Office launches secret review into Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Post  the slave on Mon 18 Jul - 15:24

The curse of the McCanns strikes again! I hope the Tapasniks are sitting comfortably..it's getting to be a bumpy ride for the whole lot of 'em.

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Re: Home Office launches secret review into Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Post  kitti on Mon 18 Jul - 16:04

That article is 2 years old.....the 2,000 pages which consist off leads that the Portuguese failed to investigate....was the files that the mccanns went to court to get and they were offloaded with these files which the Leicester police had no choice but to give the mccanns to keep them quite which by the way
WERE full off FALSE leads otherwise the mccanns would off found another patsy by.

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Re: Home Office launches secret review into Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Post  kitti on Mon 18 Jul - 16:08

How can mr amaral be facing financial ruin due to the mccanns suing him?


The case hasn't even come to court yet .....the mccanns OWE him money!

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Re: Home Office launches secret review into Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Post  kitti on Mon 18 Jul - 16:14

I do believe that it was early Feb. 2010 that the man leading the investigation died off stomach cancer and I also remember someone saying something like.....'another obstacle has been removed...etc etc.'.so this article is either late 2009 or early 2010.

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Re: Home Office launches secret review into Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Post  Christine on Mon 18 Jul - 16:21

By Robert Mendick
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Re: Home Office launches secret review into Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Post  tanszi on Mon 18 Jul - 18:47

oh and another one bites the dust. Who will be next one after Yates to resign?

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