Friday, 15 January 2010

Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave When We Are Asked To Be Believed

Evenin' all.

Well lads, what did you think to the performance of your boy this week, or shouldn't I ask?

If he was like he was after a question or two from the press, what on earth would he be like if it ever came down to him being subject to a proper interrogation by a proper police force?

I know you're best mates and all that, but it must be a tad worrying for you all down the nick, I mean he's not exactly stable is he, who knows what secrets he might come out with given a poke with the right stick?

As I say, I know you're good mates and most likely don't want to hear ill of the fellow, but I can't help but ask y'all what you thought about him buggering off when the going got err, I can't describe it as tough can I, what shall I say, awkward, yes awkward seems about fair?

Aye buggered off and left his missus to face the music, not much of a man is he, mind you, can't say he's much of a father for that matter, leaving them bairns in the dark every night while they all went out on the piss?

It would appear he's not the only one held in poor esteem, seems the Portuguese plod are a bit pissed off with some of our more stalwart English institutions, yourselves included I have to add.

Pissed with the information about the McCanns that you sent them, well not so much the information but rather the lack of it. This fellow for instance, having his twopenn'orth in the witness box. It's not a secret by the way, there was a bloke called JondiPaolo in court Tweeting for Sky, for Sky and half the world by all accounts, Tweeting stuff like this he was.

De Almeida: British authorities other than police hindered investigation by withholding information.
5:53 AM Jan 12th

De Almeida: when we asked for info on McCanns we got a single side of A4.
5:54 AM Jan 12th

If I didn't know better I would say yon bugger is having a bit of a dig at somebody, but I shouldn't mind him, he's probably still pissed at being told the **McCann's didn't hold any credit cards, or maybe he's pissed at y'all buggering off from Portugal as soon as the McCanns fled the country.

Well if it's not those he's that pissed at, could it be that you held the Gasper's statements back for six months, or was it only five, I forget now?
Somebody slightly more cynical than me might think that you held them back deliberately instead of them being misplaced, which I am sure was the case.

With all sorts of stuff getting an airing in the courthouse I was somewhat surprised that they didn't in fact get a mention. I think they might though, in February at the next hearing.

Giving it a little more thought though, I'm sure they will, that Goncalo Amaral is right sneaky fucker, I bet he finds a way to get the subject introduced, by hook or by crook he will.

Yes keep a sharp eye on that one, he's a right bad sod, wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him, he's in all the papers you know, an awful man, simply awful.

I will leave this below just in case any of you are a bit behind with things.

Till next time then.

by João C. Rodrigues

The investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, in Praia da Luz, in May 2007, started as if it was an abduction. But “Kate and Gerry McCann were made arguidos because the elements that were collected during the investigation pointed towards death, simulation of abduction and concealment of the child’s cadaver”, chief inspector Tavares de Almeida, one of the PJ investigators who held the case until he was removed from it – in early September 2007 – when he requested the change of the coercion measures into preventive custody “to prevent them from leaving Portugal”, said in court yesterday.

“We always spoke about an accidental death. Even prosecutor Magalhães Menezes [holder of the process] believed in Maddie’s death, just like Kate herself, at a given point in time. But the PJ does not have the power to accuse and the process was archived”, Tavares de Almeida explained – in front of the McCann couple – during the first session of the opposition to the injunction that prohibited the sale of former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral’s book ‘The Truth of the Lie’.

“The dogs detected blood and cadaver odour in the apartment and in the rented car. And all that was collected was [done] jointly with members of the Birmingham laboratory, in order to avoid any discrepancies. But, as incredible as this may sound, after the first result showed that 15 out of 19 alleles from the sample of Madeleine’s DNA coincided, they came and said that they had contaminated the samples”, Tavares de Almeida accused.

The thesis of death and cadaver concealment was also defended by inspector Ricardo Paiva, who served as the liaison officer between the PJ and the British family. “I share Gonçalo Amaral’s statement in the book. Maddie dies, probably in a tragic accident, and all indications point towards the parents concealing the cadaver”, he stated.

The thesis was defended by the director of the National Counter-Terrorism Unit, Luís Neves – ‘the simulation of abduction, concealment of cadaver and accidental death are possibilities’ – and by prosecutor Magalhães e Menezes – ‘it is more likely that the child is dead’.

English surveillance hampers investigation

“There were English elements here, incognito. We were targeted by surveillance and highly controlled by the English authorities”, Tavares de Almeida accused. “And official cooperation was done at the measure of the Anglo-Saxon authorities. For example, when we requested information from England, still during the investigation into the abduction thesis, it never arrived”, he stresses. Ricardo Paiva explained that three British agencies were involved – Leicester Police, NPIA and Scotland Yard – and that many of the diligences were suggested by them. Joana Morais

Excerpt from A Verdade Da Mentira - Goncalo Amaral

**At the same time, we hope to obtain a response to our request to the British authorities, made through the liaison officer in Portugal on the first day of the investigation, for information on the McCann family and their friends. Given the fact that we have, so far, received no response to this enquiry, we will make the request for the desired information through the rogatory letter. We ask Stuart about this matter and he says that, "they are in the process of gathering that information."

However, a preliminary response comes to us about the McCanns' financial situation: astonishingly, there are no records of the McCanns holding any credit or debit cards.

- That's quite simply not possible!

- They don't have credit cards? However, we know that they hold at least two: one which they used to pay for the flights, and a second which was used for the hire of the Renault Scénic.

- The English need to sort themselves out. We need the McCanns' financial statements from the start of their holiday in Portugal.

It's obvious we're going to have a hard time getting the required details: with such information, it would not be difficult to follow the McCanns' trail, to know about their expenses, their movements, and to draw conclusions from what came up. Meanwhile, Stuart makes another request. He says it would be a good idea to send two rogatory letters: one for the friends and another for the McCann couple. We don't understand this one.
A Verdade Da Mentira, bottom of chapter eighteen.

Here's a bit for luck.

During a more relaxed moment at one of these meetings, I come out with an ill-judged comment. Inopportune or undiplomatic, but this is my reasoning: thinking about the kinds of crime that may have been committed if the McCanns were involved in their daughter's disappearance, something occurs to me. If they were involved in one way or another, then a crime of fraud or abuse of trust is a possibility concerning the fund that was set up to finance the search for Madeleine. Donations have reached nearly 3 million Euros.

If such a crime exists, Portugal would not have jurisdiction to investigate and try it. The fund being legally registered in England, it would be our English colleagues who would deal with the case. Our English colleagues then realise a hard reality: the strong possibility that they would have a crime to investigate in their own country, with the McCann couple as the main suspects: a prospect that does not seem to appeal to them. I notice a sudden pallor in the faces of those British people present. end of chapter eighteen.