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Madeleine McCann: More investigators removed from the searches

Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ spokesman, confirmed yesterday evening that American firm Oakley International stopped working for the couple by the end of August, and their six-month contract was terminated.

The information is not new, but Kate and Gerry McCann’s spokesman had refused, at an earlier point in time, to admit that the lack of results and the amount of the invoices led millionaire Brian Kennedy to end the contract.

According to the same information, after the first month of work without any visible result, the Oakley agency, owned by former British officer Henri Exton, demanded the payment of an invoice of more than € 50.000.

Information about the alleged searches and private investigations that were launched by the McCann couple has left the pages of British dailies after the Portuguese Public Ministry decided to place the inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann into attendance of better evidence, which technically relieved Kate and Gerry McCann of their arguido (suspects) status.

Madeleine McCann, then aged three, disappeared from the holiday apartment that she occupied with her parents in a resort that belonged to British [firm] Mark Warner, located in the Portuguese village of Praia da Luz. Despite the intense investigations that were conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) in Portimão, under the coordination of Gonçalo Amaral, the corpse of the little British girl was never retrieved and the investigators were prevented from continuing their work.

source: Duarte Levy SOS Maddie, 12.10.2008
English translation of Duarte's blog here

Translated by astro on Joana Morais blog