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Post  Karen on Fri 5 Jul - 19:08

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2356762/Millionaire-child-abuser-girlfriend-accused-trying-extort-2-5m-missing-Madeleine-McCanns-parents-arrested-Portugal-hideout.html

Millionaire child abuser and girlfriend accused of trying to extort £2.5m from missing Madeleine McCann's parents are arrested in Portugal hideout
•Danilo Chemello and girlfriend Aurora Peperia Vaz arrested in Portugal
•Allegedly attempted to claim £2.5m reward for info on Maddie McCann
•Couple were arrested on the same charges in 2007 but released

By Gerard Couzens
PUBLISHED: 12:11 GMT, 5 July 2013  | UPDATED: 12:11 GMT, 5 July 2013  

A couple accused of trying to extort money from missing Madeleine McCann's parents have been arrested at a hideaway in Portugal.

Italian Danilo Chemello and his Portuguese girlfriend Aurora Pereira Vaz hit the headlines in 2007 after being seized in southern Spain over the alleged bid to get their hands on a £2.5 million reward offered for information on Madeleine's whereabouts.

The case never came to trial despite lurid reports about their past and the discovery of newspaper cuttings about Madeleine in their luxury home in Sotogrande, southern Spain.

Arrested: Italian Danilo Chemello, 67, and his Portuguese girlfriend Aurora Pereira Vaz, 60, pictured in their younger years, have been arrested in Portugal over accusations they tried to extort millions from Madeleine McCann's parents

Arrested: Italian Danilo Chemello, 67, and his Portuguese girlfriend Aurora Pereira Vaz, 60, pictured in their younger years, have been arrested in Portugal over accusations they tried to extort millions from Madeleine McCann's parents

Arrested: Italian Danilo Chemello, 67, and his Portuguese girlfriend Aurora Pereira Vaz, 60, pictured in their younger years, have been arrested in Portugal over accusations they tried to extort millions from Madeleine McCann's parents

The couple managed to relocate to the Algarve despite Mr Chemello being wanted by authorities in France.

They were arrested at a rented house in the coastal resort of Estoril near Lisbon on Wednesday - where they had been living since January under false identities with two teenage children.

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Portuguese police said they acted on three European arrest warrants.

Millionaire ex-construction tycoon Chemello, 67, is set to be extradited to France shortly after being remanded in jail following a court appearance in Cascais near Estoril, while Ms Vaz, 60, is expected to be kept in Portugal.

A French court sentenced them to 18 months in jail for making a false birth register around the time they are believed to have set up home on the Algarve.

Ms Vaz and Mr Chemello tried to to get their hands on a £2.5 million reward offered by Kate and Gerry McCann for information on Madeleine's whereabouts
Ms Vaz and Mr Chemello tried to to get their hands on a £2.5 million reward offered by Kate and Gerry McCann for information on Madeleine's whereabouts

The pair failed to turn up in court and an arrest warrant was issued.

Mr Chemello, convicted and caged along with Ms Vaz for 10 months for child abuse in a separate case for feeding his stepdaughter dog food and locking her in a bedroom with her hands and legs tied with tape, is also wanted for trying to blackmail the French judge who jailed them.

He was reportedly sentenced to three years in prison in his absence after hiring a private detective to probe the woman's judge's private life and then using the information to blackmail her.

Italian authorities accused the couple of kneecapping Vaz's husband Alberto Tana during a bitter custody battle over her daughter in Rome in 1996.

Although cleared of ordering the shooting, both were given 16-month jail sentences for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and firearms offences.

The teenage children living with Vaz and Chemello in Portugal are understood to be her two children.

Lost child: Madeleine McCann disappeared during a family holiday in Portugal in 2007
Lost child: Madeleine McCann disappeared during a family holiday in Portugal in 2007

They have been taken to a children's home in Portugal.

One neighbour at their home in Estoril, home to Europe's largest casino, told a local paper he had never seen them playing in the street and said he thought they weren't even going to school.

Specialist anti-kidnap police stormed the couple's house in Sotogrande in June 2007 to arrest them over their alleged bid to extort money from Madeleine McCann's parents.

At the time they were said to have tried to claim a £2.5 million reward through a Malaga-based lawyer.

Chemello and Vaz appeared in a closed court hearing before he was transferred to Spain's National Criminal Court for an extradition hearing on an unrelated matter and she was released on bail.

It is not yet clear whether the case against them has been dropped or was still being investigated by a court in San Roque near Cadiz – and it may be that it has simply been put on hold while the other cases against them are dealt with.

The arrests came on the eve of an announcement by Scotland Yard it has opened a formal investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance.

British police have formally asked the Crown Prosecution Service to submit an international letter of request to Portuguese authorities for assistance in obtaining evidence relating to their inquiries.

The Metropolitan Police has asked for a small number of its officers to be present in Portugal for the inquiries there.

It has also said it still believes there is a chance Madeleine is alive and it is investigating 38 "persons of interest" from five European countries, including 12 British nationals.



A spokesman for the office of Portugal's Attorney General, which archived the Madeleine McCann investigation in July 2008, said today: 'No request for mutual judicial assistance from the UK has yet been received.'

Pedro do Carmo, head of Portugal's Policia Judiciaria, added: 'Investigations in Portugal are carried out by the Department of Public Prosecution and the Portuguese police.

'But requests from foreign authorities to be present arrive fairly frequently.'

Portugal's Ministry of Justice is expected to be tasked with authorising the request when it arrives.

The three European arrest warrants they executed were issued by France and Italy for a man aged 67 and a woman aged 60, a spokesman for Portugal's PSP police, which arrested Chemello and Vaz, said.

He said they were not aware of any European arrest warrant issued against the couple by Spain - where they were arrested in 2007 over the alleged Madeleine McCann extortion attempt

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Post  Carolina on Fri 5 Jul - 19:40

Not very nice people are they.

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Post  AnnaEsse on Fri 5 Jul - 19:47

How did anyone know or prove that the couple had no information about Madeleine?

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Post  welshy on Fri 5 Jul - 20:13

 this is old news. I'm pretty sure they were arrested years ago:grin: sorry just read the full article . Ooops


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Post  almostgothic on Fri 5 Jul - 20:28

He said they were not aware of any European arrest warrant issued against the couple by Spain - where they were arrested in 2007 over the alleged Madeleine McCann extortion attempt.

So, the EAWs were not McCann-related.
And yet, sho' nuff, the article has a big McCann headline.
Experience has turned me into a cynical old boot, but I'm wondering if this story would have featured in the Daily Fail at all without the catalyst of yesterday's news ......

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Post  Karen on Fri 5 Jul - 20:37

From twitter JillyCL said it best

JillyCL ‏@JillyCL  1h  
@KSLPinto  [b]Same story as 29 June 2007!  It's just had a pink rinse & it's on the spin cycle -[/b] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-465217/Couple-plotted-extort-2-5million-Madeleine-reward.html … #McCann #Spin

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Post  Guest on Fri 5 Jul - 20:48

So what HAVE they actually been arrested for?

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Post  jeanmonroe on Sat 6 Jul - 0:33

Iris wrote:So what HAVE they actually been arrested for?

For trying to extort more money from the mccanns than the mccanns have managed to extort from the gullible public for their never ending search?

Remind me:
What did the McCanns, their entire family and their friends actually DO today to find Madeleine?

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Post  kitti on Sat 6 Jul - 6:35

Listen........can you hear the noise off SCRAPPING!!!!

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Post  tigger on Sat 6 Jul - 7:52

Iris wrote:So what HAVE they actually been arrested for?

There were three european arrest warrants out, from France and Italy. Nothing to do with the mcCanns, neither were these two the only ones to demand a ransom from the McCanns in the early days.

This whole publicity stunt is to show that SY have produced a result for all the time and money spent. We know better.

Press is cooperating - no doubt the media control unit has arrangements with the tabloids. Summertime, low sales figures, whole story primed in April and May with a variety of 'new' suspects. Storm of publicity and now this.

How stupid do they think we are?  

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Post  fred on Sat 6 Jul - 7:58

tigger wrote:
Iris wrote:So what HAVE they actually been arrested for?

There were three european arrest warrants out, from France and Italy. Nothing to do with the mcCanns,  neither were these two the only ones to demand a ransom from the McCanns in the early days.

This whole publicity stunt is to show that SY have produced a result for all the time and money spent. We know better.

Press is cooperating - no doubt the media control unit has arrangements with the tabloids. Summertime, low sales figures, whole story primed in April and May with a variety of 'new' suspects. Storm of publicity and now this.

How stupid do they think we are?  

Very stupid, I would think. Most people read the papers and suck it up!!

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Post  Panda on Sat 6 Jul - 19:31


Portugal's Ministry of Justice is expected to be tasked with authorising the request when it arrives.

The three European arrest warrants they executed were issued by France and Italy for a man aged 67 and a woman aged 60, a spokesman for Portugal's PSP police, which arrested Chemello and Vaz, said.

He said they were not aware of any European arrest warrant issued against the couple by Spain - where they were arrested in 2007 over the alleged Madeleine McCann extortion attempt"



It this is all SY can come up with they are going to get a roasting from the Press and Government , excluding Cameron of course.

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Post  tanszi on Sat 6 Jul - 22:24

oh come on theyre all coasting to retirement. and everytime some high ranking plod retires we get a bl**dy press report on the progress of the revestigation. the speed at which theyre going could mean that this revestigation, continues for years.

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Post  Panda on Sun 7 Jul - 6:00



I'm beginning to suspect this was a DM spoof and like the Daily Star it's been pulled. The Photo I saw two burly detectives were holding these elderly suspects by the scruff of the neck, hardly SY style.

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