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Post  Annabel on Fri 25 Jan - 8:18

http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/madeleine-mccann-scotland-yard-back-in-portugal/27582


Portugal News

Madeleine McCann - Scotland Yard back in Portugal

by Brendan de Beer

A team of Scotland Yard investigators appointed to investigate the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann was in Portugal this week to exchange information with its Portuguese counterparts at the Polícia Judiciária (PJ).

The British inspectors arrived in Oporto on Monday where they reportedly discussed the current status of the investigation.

Operation Grange, the name of the investigative review into the case, commenced in May 2011, but only started in Portugal last winter.

At the time, it was decided the Oporto-branch of the PJ, led by Helena Monteiro, would be the best option to liaise with Scotland Yard.
Previously, the case had been handed to the PJ in Portimão, then in Faro, and later in Lisbon.

In the UK, a murder team within the Homicide and Serious Crime Command was tasked to conduct the review and is led by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood. Estimates are the review has cost British taxpayers close to 2.5 million euros.

Work of the team involves close collaboration with a senior investigating officer from the PJ and detectives have been to Portugal several times.

Throughout the course of the review officers have been in close contact with the McCann family who have been assigned a Family Liaison Officer.

The review team say they are in a unique position in that their task is to compile and review material from three separate strands - the Portuguese investigation, inquiries by UK law enforcement agencies, and the work of private investigators/agencies.
Officers have been going through that material which they believe amounts to around 40,000 pieces of information equating to approximately 100,000 pages.

The objective of the review team is to work with the Portuguese authorities with a view to having the case, which has remained closed since 2008, re-opened in due course, Scotland Yard said.
“From the outset we have approached this review with a completely open mind, placing Madeleine McCann at the heart of everything we do. We are working on the basis of two possibilities here. One is that Madeleine is still alive; and the second that she is sadly dead”, DCI Andy Redwood said last year.

Meanwhile, the defamation case the McCann family launched against former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral was this week reportedly suspended by a Lisbon court.
Kate and Gerry McCann have sued Amaral for 1.2 million euros in damages, but reports stated this week the case has been put on hold due to apparent attempts by both parties to reach an out-of-court settlement.

The case centres around the publication of a best-selling book by Amaral, The Truth of the Lie, which was later transformed into a television documentary shown on national television.

In a related story, it was reported this week that more than 1.2 million euros was made from Kate McCann’s book about her missing daughter.
“Income from the book has significantly improved the position”, of the funds’ accounts, its directors said this week, who added: “This will continue as a result of publication in other countries and the release of the paperback.”

Madeleine’s Fund climbed to around 2.5 million euros in the immediate months after her disappearance in May 2007, but in 2009, Gerry McCann told The Portugal News, “We are in danger of running out of money by the end of the year.”

While the Fund has admitted it has scaled back following UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s creation of Operation Grange, it revealed that it still pays for “a 24-hour, 7 day a week telephone line to receive and capture information from around the world which may assist the investigation while also supporting a small investigation team, including a Portuguese speaker to help with the above and with campaign activities.”

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Post  Karen on Fri 25 Jan - 8:35


Annabel wrote:http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/madeleine-mccann-scotland-yard-back-in-portugal/27582


Portugal News

Madeleine McCann - Scotland Yard back in Portugal

by Brendan de Beer

A team of Scotland Yard investigators appointed to investigate the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann was in Portugal this week to exchange information with its Portuguese counterparts at the Polícia Judiciária (PJ).

The British inspectors arrived in Oporto on Monday where they reportedly discussed the current status of the investigation.

Operation Grange, the name of the investigative review into the case, commenced in May 2011, but only started in Portugal last winter.

At the time, it was decided the Oporto-branch of the PJ, led by Helena Monteiro, would be the best option to liaise with Scotland Yard.
Previously, the case had been handed to the PJ in Portimão, then in Faro, and later in Lisbon.

In the UK, a murder team within the Homicide and Serious Crime Command was tasked to conduct the review and is led by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood. Estimates are the review has cost British taxpayers close to 2.5 million euros.

Work of the team involves close collaboration with a senior investigating officer from the PJ and detectives have been to Portugal several times.

Throughout the course of the review officers have been in close contact with the McCann family who have been assigned a Family Liaison Officer.

The review team say they are in a unique position in that their task is to compile and review material from three separate strands - the Portuguese investigation, inquiries by UK law enforcement agencies, and the work of private investigators/agencies.
Officers have been going through that material which they believe amounts to around 40,000 pieces of information equating to approximately 100,000 pages.

The objective of the review team is to work with the Portuguese authorities with a view to having the case, which has remained closed since 2008, re-opened in due course, Scotland Yard said.
“From the outset we have approached this review with a completely open mind, placing Madeleine McCann at the heart of everything we do. We are working on the basis of two possibilities here. One is that Madeleine is still alive; and the second that she is sadly dead”, DCI Andy Redwood said last year.

Meanwhile, the defamation case the McCann family launched against former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral was this week reportedly suspended by a Lisbon court.
Kate and Gerry McCann have sued Amaral for 1.2 million euros in damages, but reports stated this week the case has been put on hold due to apparent attempts by both parties to reach an out-of-court settlement.

The case centres around the publication of a best-selling book by Amaral, The Truth of the Lie, which was later transformed into a television documentary shown on national television.

In a related story, it was reported this week that more than 1.2 million euros was made from Kate McCann’s book about her missing daughter.
“Income from the book has significantly improved the position”, of the funds’ accounts, its directors said this week, who added: “This will continue as a result of publication in other countries and the release of the paperback.”

Madeleine’s Fund climbed to around 2.5 million euros in the immediate months after her disappearance in May 2007, but in 2009, Gerry McCann told The Portugal News, “We are in danger of running out of money by the end of the year.”

While the Fund has admitted it has scaled back following UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s creation of Operation Grange, it revealed that it still pays for “a 24-hour, 7 day a week telephone line to receive and capture information from around the world which may assist the investigation while also supporting a small investigation team, including a Portuguese speaker to help with the above and with campaign activities.”

http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/mad ... ugal/27582

Thanks Anabel

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Post  cass on Fri 25 Jan - 8:40

thanks anabel -- so the mcanns have been kept upto date --dont like that bit they shouldnt know anything

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Post  Guest on Fri 25 Jan - 8:58

Not necessarily, cass - that entire article brings together a number of strands (both topical and historic) but also carries with it assumptions and inaccuracies of old.

Healy & McCann, as the Parents, would be expected to have a Liaison link, but that means no more than saying uncontroversial things like "We have 35 Officers involved" "We have regular meetings with our Counterparts" etc.

They aren't going to be told "We know you did it and just wish you'd cough" or "We're not looking for anyone else in connection with the Case".

On the other hand, it's possible they might be fed the odd curved ball like "We're now turning our attentions to some issues raised by the Public expressing concern about the Fund".

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Post  AnnaEsse on Fri 25 Jan - 12:18

The McCanns receive and capture information.


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Post  Panda on Fri 25 Jan - 17:32

Thanks Annabel,

Didn't Kate say not long ago that they were being kept informed by SY .......Stuart Prior and the other Detectives from LP got too pally with the McCanns as well , even to telling Rachel Mapilly that "no useful purpose would be served" by attending a recon.

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Post  margaret on Fri 25 Jan - 17:58

Panda wrote:Thanks Annabel,

Didn't Kate say not long ago that they were being kept informed by SY .......Stuart Prior and the other Detectives from LP got too pally with the McCanns as well , even to telling Rachel Mapilly that "no useful purpose would be served" by attending a recon.

Panda, If they were that pally with SY, why are they backing down with Amaral?

Do they know SY's not backing their story or something?


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Post  Guest on Fri 25 Jan - 18:04

Nice idea, Margaret!

It's been clear for a good while they really don't want to go to Portugal - as evidenced by their request to participate in their own Case vs. Amaral by Videolink.

But perhaps they will be left with no choice, once SY and their Portuguese colleagues get to the next step?

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Post  margaret on Fri 25 Jan - 18:13

Alas TEIN, I can't take the credit for the idea, l read on Jill's site a poster called 'Me' pointed it out, but l think its well worth thinking about....

Link here,
http://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t6278p540-blacksmith-stating-the-mccann-s-will-settle-on-amaral-s-terms-plus-new-mccanns-ask-for-extrajudicial-settlement-by-joana-moraistrial-now-suspended

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Post  Panda on Fri 25 Jan - 18:16

margaret wrote:
Panda wrote:Thanks Annabel,

Didn't Kate say not long ago that they were being kept informed by SY .......Stuart Prior and the other Detectives from LP got too pally with the McCanns as well , even to telling Rachel Mapilly that "no useful purpose would be served" by attending a recon.

Panda, If they were that pally with SY, why are they backing down with Amaral?

Do they know SY's not backing their story or something?


To be honest margaret, I don't know what to think any more......it's like being on a roller-coaster , all the twists and turns in this case It will go down in History as the most discussed around the World Possibly, I think the McCanns now know their case is weak and if true that Kate is writing another Book , it would jeopardise Sales if Amaral won the case.

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Post  Panda on Fri 25 Jan - 18:44

margaret wrote:Alas TEIN, I can't take the credit for the idea, l read on Jill's site a poster called 'Me' pointed it out, but l think its well worth thinking about....

Link here,
[url=http://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t6278p540-blacksmith-stating-the-mccann-s-will-settle-on-amaral-s-terms-plus-new-mccanns-ask-for-extrajudicial-settlement-by-joana-moraistrial-now-suspended
http://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t6278p540-blacksmith-stating-the-mccann-s-will-settle-on-amaral-s-terms-plus-new-mccanns-ask-for-extrajudicial-settlement-by-joana-moraistrial-now-suspended[/quote[/url]]

Thanks margaret, I have just read it but find the Judge's comments below interesting...we forget the run-around the McCanns gave the Portugese Police with their, secondary inveatigation, daily bulletins , refusal to attend a recon etc.

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Post  cherry1 on Fri 25 Jan - 18:59

Kate has already dropped herself in it a number of times with her present book, so
would be interesting to see a second book if she writes one, and am sure that SY would
also take a great interest in what it says.

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Post  Panda on Fri 25 Jan - 19:11

cherry1 wrote:Kate has already dropped herself in it a number of times with her present book, so
would be interesting to see a second book if she writes one, and am sure that SY would
also take a great interest in what it says.

Hi cherry 1, I read it was due out in April and will be an Endgame Book concentrating more on Kate and Gerry and how they coped etc. I wonder if it is true they have split .

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Post  Guest on Fri 25 Jan - 19:16

I wonder if there will be a Post-Script penned from chokey?

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Post  margaret on Fri 25 Jan - 19:25

The End Is Nigh wrote:I wonder if there will be a Post-Script penned from chokey?

Well certainly l for one would miss their narcissism, could you imagine..... 'We had to eat sardines today, no sea-bass on the menu, no New Zealand white, there's no hairdresser in here and Oprah isn't returning my calls'

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Post  cass on Tue 5 Feb - 9:17

bumped this hope that ga and portugal and sy are taking all this case of tonys in today -- also bet theres extra immodium in the tapas crews homes today -- they cannot be sure what way this will go -- and what it could lead to

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Post  Panda on Tue 5 Feb - 12:31

While the Fund has admitted it has scaled back following UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s creation of Operation Grange, it revealed that it still pays for “a 24-hour, 7 day a week telephone line to receive and capture information from around the world which may assist the investigation while also supporting a small investigation team, including a Portuguese speaker to help with the above and with campaign activities.”
In fact the Fund doesn't pay for the 7 days a week telephone line , 0845 is paid by the person making the call, 0800 is the free call number. "Capture information from around the World" , now come on Kate and Gerry, who do you think is going to pay for a call from Outer Mongolia to tell you of the latest sighting.

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Post  jd16 on Tue 5 Feb - 12:57

"Capture information from around the World" ....didn't the mccanns take Maddie off MissingAbroad?

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Post  Panda on Tue 5 Feb - 13:35

jd16 wrote:"Capture information from around the World" ....didn't the mccanns take Maddie off MissingAbroad?
Hi jd16 Every time the McCanns make statements about their search for Madeleine, the name Tom Pepper springs to mind.

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Post  Not Born Yesterday on Wed 8 May - 19:53

We have been told that St Kate is on a pilgrimage as we speak in Portugal. I am a wicked person I know for doubting anything that she says or does; however, are any of our members in Portugal able to confirm that she is actually there?

So far all we have had are what seem to be regurgitated reports with old photos.

I will eat my hat if she is actually there.

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Post  Panda on Wed 8 May - 20:55

Not Born Yesterday wrote:We have been told that St Kate is on a pilgrimage as we speak in Portugal. I am a wicked person I know for doubting anything that she says or does; however, are any of our members in Portugal able to confirm that she is actually there?

So far all we have had are what seem to be regurgitated reports with old photos.

I will eat my hat if she is actually there.

Didn't kate go to Portugal last year as well? Apparently that is where she feels closest to Madeleine yet no phoyos of her last year or this ACTUALLY there.

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Post  margaret on Wed 8 May - 20:56

Not Born Yesterday wrote:We have been told that St Kate is on a pilgrimage as we speak in Portugal. I am a wicked person I know for doubting anything that she says or does; however, are any of our members in Portugal able to confirm that she is actually there?

So far all we have had are what seem to be regurgitated reports with old photos.

I will eat my hat if she is actually there.

Well said, l have my doubts too. Especially when pinkys press release said she had 'many friends in Portugal'. Bull crap!

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Post  Not Born Yesterday on Wed 8 May - 23:08

I'm glad that it's not just me feeling paranoid!

We need to know if Kate has appeared on Portuguese TV or given any interviews which would prove that she is there.

I think that my hat has nothing to fear!

I don't believe either that the family went back to Donegal.

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