Saturday

McCanns launch TV blitz to find Madeleine

By Tracey Kandohla and James Murray Sunday Express

KATE McCANN will take part in a round of heart-rending TV interviews this week appealing for anyone who has knowledge of her daughter Madeleine’s kidnapping to come forward.

The 41-year-old mother has been keeping a low profile for months but has now decided that, after nearly three years, she wants to take a more active part in the effort to find her daughter, who would now be six.

Madeleine vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve on May 3, 2007.

Kate will join her husband Gerry for a series of face-to-face interviews with the BBC and ITV.

And in a new move they will also speak to several Portuguese TV journalists who are flying to London later this week to interview the couple.

Kate and Gerry, of the village of Rothley in Leicestershire, hope that emotional appeals broadcast in Portugal could persuade someone to come forward with vital information and have employed a Portuguese press officer to help them get their message over.

The woman press officer is also helping the couple deal with the Portuguese press over their long-running legal battle with former local police chief Goncalo Amaral, who is being pursued for £1million damages over a book he wrote about the case, which has been banned.


Last month Kate travelled to Lisbon to meet her Portuguese lawyers and also gave a brief interview to Portuguese TV, saying she cried every day for Madeleine. It was her first trip back to Portugal in two years.

Both she and Gerry intend to make a ­private visit (announced well in advance) to Praia da Luz in the coming months.

Now that the McCanns’ twins, Sean and Amelie, are at school, Kate is finding she has more time to spend on the hunt for Madeleine.

She works closely with their private investigators David Edgar and Arthur Cowley, who believe the answer to the riddle lies within a 10-mile radius of Praia da Luz.

“Kate has renewed vigour to get involved,” said a source. “She realises emotional appeals from her have a powerful effect and could provide the breakthrough in the case.

“There is a greater awareness now on getting the Portuguese media involved in all the initiatives they do.”

The findmadeleine.com website has been changed to carry a poignant internet appeal which says: “Imagine if she was your child, imagine the pain and grief, imagine if someone like you never came forward.

“If you stay quiet you are as guilty as those who took her.”




A couple of comments from a forum:

How can you decide beforehand that an appeal will be an emotional one when not all previous one's have been ,let alone feel the need to announce it!!How obvious do they get ,talk about staged !!


I wonder if any of the Portugese reporters will ask questions the British ones wont. They probably wont be allowed to.

Unless Kates acting skills have improved in the past two years, I reckon her "emotional appeals" will have the same effect as they had during the summer of 2007.

EXCELLENT QUOTE AT THE END"if you stay quite, you are as guilty as those who took her"So this can be applied to the 48 questions then.

According to Clarence, the lawless villages surrounding PDL don't have t.v.s. Edgar thinks she is being held in a cellar in one of these villages so what's the point of the t.v. appeals? Biggest load of bullcrap I have ever read.

It boggles the mind who supplied the press with that junk and the Press obliged by printing. Fkg unbelievable - How long do they want to play this game I wonder - until their funds run dry or until people stop questioning?

The one piece of vital information I would like to hear is. Have Gerry and Kate requested from either British or Portuguese police to open the case.

In the highly unlikely event that Madeleine is still alive, I hope she never gets to read that her mother had to wait until the twins were of school age before she had enough time to look for her.

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Comment in a different forum regarding the banning of Amaral's book:


From the point of view of PT law, there are two constitutional rights 'clashing' in the case of the McCanns' requested injunction against 'The Truth of the Lie' & the DVD that is based on the book: free expression, and personality rights.

A superficial analysis of past cases with a similar situation, apart from other interesting considerations that are beside the point of this thread, will show that judges tend to value personality rights over the so-called freedom of expression - whenever said freedom of expression is clearly abused.

What we seem to have here, though - and others who have read the book will hopefully give their opinion, too -, is a book that recounts an investigation (or the part thereof that the author was active in). A book that goes not one fraction of an inch further than the real investigation that it is based upon.

Furthermore, that investigation was made public at the same time that the book was published. All the data was available to the public.

Does this make any sense: to claim that one is suffering, physically and psychologically, over a book that sums up the facts from a real-life investigation? A book that could easily be compared with the police files, its inaccuracies, mistakes, lies! exposed?

I must have missed out on something, because I never saw that happen.

What I DID see happen were other comparisons. But again, that is not for this thread.

Freedom of expression, freedom of opinion? Absolutely, within the responsible, respectful exercise of adult citizenship.

Trying to censor a book that is based on the factual report of a police investigation, trying to silence an entire theory that was investigated, defended by the police, rendering it illegal? That is more than a mere clash of two constitutional freedoms. That is censorship, and with the dimension that is being exercised by the McCanns through their lawyers, it is a personal persecution and an attempt to destroy a human being.

Anyone who studies, however briefly, previous libel cases that have gone through the Portuguese courts, will realise the sheer abnormality of this claim.

Professor David Barclay to give insight into forensics


Professor Dave Barclay is a world renowned forensics expert and Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Professor Barclay has worked on some of Britain's highest profile murder cases. He is also a former head of physical evidence for the UK National Crime and Operations Faculty, where he was involved in reviewing more than 200 murder investigations, cold case reviews and inquiries into alleged miscarriages of justice, including the Bloody Sunday inquiry, the Omagh bombing, the World's End murders in Edinburgh, and the Millie Dowler and Soham murders.

His extensive experience also led him into becoming an adviser for the BBC television series 'Waking the Dead' and more recently, the Channel Four documentary, Dispatches, invited Prof Barclay to Praia da Luz, Portugal to review the Portuguese police investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
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Expert to give an insight into forensics

Professor will deliver RGU lecture

By Lori Reid

Published: 31/10/2009

A FORENSICS expert whose high-profile cases have included the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and the World’s End murders in Edinburgh will give a lecture in Aberdeen next week.

Professor Dave Barclay, former head of physical evidence for the UK National Crime and Operations Faculty, will give a presentation to potential forensic science students at an open day at the Robert Gordon University (RGU) next Saturday.

Prof Barclay, who has been a lecturer at RGU for about three years, has been involved in reviewing more than 200 murder investigations.

His lecture, entitled Scientist or Psychopath, will take place at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences on the university’s St Andrew Street campus. Prof Barclay will discuss forensic science in crime investigations and use graphic case histories and photographs which some people may find disturbing.

He said: “I have been involved in a number of cases, mainly child abductions and several murder cases.

“Part of my job was to review old cases to see if we could find any new forensic evidence, such as DNA.”

One of the most high-profile cases he has worked on was the World’s End murders in which Helen Scott and her friend Christine Eadie, both 17, were beaten, raped and strangled in Edinburgh in 1977. A man was charged almost 30 years later but was cleared of the killings.

Prof Barclay said: “With the changing of forensic evidence and DNA over the years, we would look into cases to see if there was anything to link the murderers to the scene of the crime or to the place where a body had been dumped.

“In the World’s End case, we discovered male DNA on the bindings used to tie the two girls. This had been preserved for over 30 years.”

He was also sent to Portugal in 2007 to investigate the disappearance of Madeleine McCann for a Channel 4 documentary.

Source: The Press and Journal

More articles about Madeleine McCann on The Press and Journal

Getting away with murder at Robert Gordon University
RGU Forensics Professor in Madeleine documentary
Channel 4 Dispatches: 'Searching for Madeleine' on mccannfiles.com

Friday

Kate and Gerry McCann's Internet Appeal: "Imagine if she was your child"


"Imagine being Madeleine in a pitch black room, in a foreign country crying out for your parents who are out on the piss every night."

By ANTONELLA LAZZERI

Published: Today

THE parents of missing Madeleine McCann have posted a poignant internet appeal for information - urging readers: "Imagine if she was your child."

(Yes, imagine if she was your child, would you refuse to answer the 48 questions put to you by the police? Would you refuse to take part in the official police reconstruction or allow the investigation to be shelved when you had the opportunity to request it stayed open?)

Determined Kate and Gerry, both 41, placed the message alongside others on the findmadeleine.com website.

Appearing beside two pictures of the vanished girl, the wording reads: "Imagine if she was your child, imagine the pain and grief, imagine if someone like you never came forward."

Another appeal says: "A little girl stolen, a family torn apart, but saying nothing is the worst crime of all."

Yet another says: "If you stay quiet you are as guilty as those who took her."


The messages are part of an initiative by Kate and Gerry, from Rothley, Leics, to reinvigorate the search (more can be seen here).

A different message appears every time you click on the site.

A statement from Kate and Gerry says: "There is absolutely nothing to suggest that Madeleine has been harmed."

Full article in The Sun or, better still, at The Gallery


Absolutely nothing to suggest Madeleine has been harmed...

...if you discount the blood, bodily fluids and death scent.





Thursday

American book about Maddie's disappearance defends Gonçalo Amaral's theory

The theory that Madeleine McCann was not abducted will again be printed on the pages of a book, this time authored by Brian Johnson. Written in English, “Faked Abduction” defends that the abduction theory was built to conceal what the book alleges to be the truth about what happened to Madeleine. The publishing is programmed for the internet and for the North American market before Christmas and is a response to the prohibition of Gonçalo Amaral’s book, “Madeleine, The Truth About The Lie”

by Rita Jordão

In a statement to SIC, one of the persons responsible for the book’s publication and the author of the truthformadeleine.com website stated that he had been in negotiations with the former PJ inspector to publish the book on North American soil. “The negotiations were cancelled after the Portuguese judge’s decision, so we decided to write a book in English, which is factual and non speculative”, defended the person known as Stevo.

According to the same source, the title “Faked Abduction is the conclusion of deep investigative work. The document also includes countless excerpts from the files of the investigation that was carried out by the PJ, and is already being translated into German for possible international publication.

According to the author, the book “illustrates the various witnesses’ inconsistencies, the constant changes in the versions and the lack of cooperation from the McCanns and their friends, known as the Tapas 7, with the police”. “The McCanns have tried to prevent people from publishing the truth about the case (…) after reading the book, you decide for yourselves if this was a Faked Abduction or not”, says Brian Johnson in the text that introduces “Faked Abduction”.

Kate and Gerry McCann’s spokesperson stated that he had no knowledge about the book, yet asserted that any attempt to defame will face justice. (yeah, that sounds about right - pity you don't work as hard at justice for Maddie as you do trying to shut people up.)


source: SIC, 29.10.2009

With thanks to astro on Joana Morais' blog for the translation

Wednesday

An update about the Madeleine Foundation - 28 October 2009


from Tony Bennett - 28 October 2009

Thanks, Jill, for asking for an update about The Madeleine Foundation.

It’s no secret that The Madeleine Foundation has conducted an active campaign to bring to the public’s notice facts about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann which suggested that the claim that Madeleine McCann was abducted might not be true. That campaign was assisted by a booklet: “What Really Happened to Madeleine McCann: 60 Reasons which suggest she was not abducted” and a much-condensed version of that titled: “10 Key Reasons which suggest that Madeleine McCann was not abducted”.

On 27 and 28 August Carter-Ruck, whose own website proclaims them as ‘the most feared libel lawyers in the country’, sent legal letters to Debbie Butler as Chairman of The Madeleine Foundation and to myself as Secretary. These letters demanded closure of our website at www.madeleinefoundation.org and the cessation of the publication and distribution of ‘60 Reasons’ and ‘10 Reasons’. In addition, Carter-Ruck required Debbie and I to sign a written undertaking agreeing:

“Not to publish in any medium whatsoever the allegation that the McCanns know that their daughter Madeleine is dead, and either caused or allowed her death, and that the McCanns have knowingly covered up this fact”.

That is an undertaking I personally gave in writing to Carter-Ruck on 3 October 2009. Debbie, our Chairman, is considering her position.

This means I am bound not to repeat the above allegation, at risk of libel proceedings being brought in the High Court which could be financially ruinous, given not so much any financial penalty the court might impose but liability for the costs of Carter-Ruck. These could easily run to a high five-figure sum with the McCanns employing one of their leading libel partners Adam Tudor, whose charging rate is reputed to be £500 an hour (over £8 per minute).

So for Debbie, myself and The Madeleine Foundation, the landscape has changed since Carter-Ruck wrote their letters to us on 27 and 28 August. The Madeleine Foundation has not been wound up; on the contrary, we had a successful regional meeting in Cardiff on 3 October and we have another planned in the Manchester area on 14 November. We are also planning to have a General Meeting of all our subscribed members as soon as practicable where all aspects of whether, and if so how, we continue will be discussed.

However, even our holding meetings has been questioned by Carter-Ruck in their most recent, 4-page, letter dated 23 October, which says on page 3:

“As further proof that your campaign against our clients is ongoing, we are aware that you issued a statement on behalf of yourself and Ms Butler at 23.35 on 2 October 2009 (that is, only a few hours after you purported to 'accede' to our clients' demands):

'Well, the Madeleine Foundation website is no more, but The Madeleine Foundation itself is unaffected by the McCanns' demands made via their libel Solicitors Carter-Ruck. Our programme of meetings continues, starting with tomorrow's meeting in Cardiff and our meeting in Manchester on 14 November'.

We understand that you did indeed proceed to hold a meeting of the so-called 'Madeleine Foundation' in Cardiff on 3 October 2009".

I should like to take this opportunity to make it crystal clear for the record, Jill, that the website now running on: http://www.madeleinefoundation.org/ is no longer in any way shape or form owned or controlled by The Madeleine Foundation, but has been taken over by Stevo, as must be clear from anyone who's been over to that site recently. Thus we have no website at present.

Perhaps paradoxically, despite the banning of '60 Reasons', it is now appearing in a number of places elsewhere. For example, on 13 October, Wikileaks published not only the whole of '60 Reasons' but also the whole of '10 Reasons' as well. So the content is being brought to a still wider audience.

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Suppressed_Madeleine_Foundation_book_by_Tony_Bennett,_2008

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Suppressed_Madeleine_Foundation_leaflet,_2009

That’s really all I can say right now; how things develop from here on depends on what members decide at our next two upcoming meetings.

Tony Bennett, 28 October 2009


Note from myself: Evidence which suggests Maddie has not been abducted and which people are being silenced from talking about:

1. Cadaver scent found on Kate McCann's trousers and blouse
2. Cadaver scent found on Maddie's Cuddlecat
3. Blood found on the walls, floor and on the back of the sofa
4. Cadaver scent found on child's red tshirt
5. Cadaver scent detected by Eddie the British sniffer dog in the McCann's car that they hired 25 days after Maddie disappeared
6. Bodily fluids from a thawing corpse found in the boot of the same hire car.

Amongst other places, including the wardrobe in the McCanns apartment.

More here
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The investigating Police Officer, Gonçalo Amaral, has also been 'gagged' by the McCanns for writing a book "Maddie: The Truth about the Lie" based on the Official Portuguese Police Files, and the final Intercalary Report by Tavares de Almeida, all of which were released to the public and journalists but which are NOT being published here in the UK because we are being forced to believe the abduction story, of which there is not a shred of evidence, and which enables the McCanns to continue raising millions of pounds, some of which has paid their mortgage.

The conclusion reached by the PJ Chief Inspector:

From everything that is exposed, the process files result in the following:

A) the minor Madeleine McCann died in apartment 5A at the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz, on the night of the 3rd of May 2007;

B) a simulation of an abduction took place;

C) in order to render the child’s death impossible before 22H00, a situation of checking of the McCann couple’s children while they slept was made up;

D) Kate McCann and Gerald McCann are involved in the concealment of the cadaver of their daughter, Madeleine McCann;

E) at this moment, there seem to be no strong indications that the child’s death was not the result of a tragic accident, yet;

F) from what has been established up to now, everything indicates that the McCann couple, in self-defence, doesn’t want to deliver the cadaver immediately and voluntarily, and there is a strong possibility that it was moved from the initial place of deposition. This situation may raise questions concerning the circumstances in which the death of the child took place.
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Source: Intercalary Report
PJ Final Report

Madeleine McCann's abductor: A Considerate Criminal


The bed from which it is claimed, by the McCanns, that Madeleine was abducted

EXCLUSIVE to mccannfiles.com

By Dr Martin Roberts
28 October 2009

A CONSIDERATE CRIMINAL

No, not the ocean-going child trafficker selling his prey on to a comfortable life in the Antipodes. Nor yet the dark-skinned Algerian (mafia boss, drug dealer, child snatcher), who apparently could not have cared less whether Madeleine was 'placed' with paedophiles, a family, or even a family of paedophiles. The title concerns the individual who went to such extraordinary lengths, not simply to do his master's bidding, but to comply in a manner more thoughtful even than that of the parents whose child he was intent on appropriating.

The burglar's principle is akin to that of the professional boxer: Get in. Get the job done. Get out. No messing. Someone stealing a child from its own domicile (the rarest of child abduction scenarios) would surely not embellish the proceedings unnecessarily, any more than might a jewel thief. And yet, in the case of Madeleine McCann, we have a child removed from her bed, some would say by a stalker, in pursuance of an almost apologetic crime.

A 'cold case review', conducted for the Daily Express not long ago by Donal MacIntyre, found favour with investigators working for the McCanns. MacIntyre postulated that Madeleine's eventual abductor carried out a 'dry run' the evening beforehand, disturbing the children in the process. Thus was the felon's conscience pricked at the outset, for on the Thursday evening he was as quiet as a church mouse, cautiously entering the darkened apartment, most probably through the unlocked sliding patio doors to the rear, and shortly before Gerry McCann himself entered more obtrusively through the front door, even though he knew it made enough noise to disturb the sleeping children in the bedroom adjacent (which is why, according to his 'Madeleine Was Here' documentary statement, he and others 'ended up coming through the back.' Except, of course, he didn't. He persisted in coming through the front).

So there they all were between 9.10 and 9.15 p.m., sound, if not altogether safe, inside apartment 5A: Gerry, the lurking yet inconspicuous abductor, and the children - all still asleep. Madeleine, in particular, was sleeping almost 'al fresco.' Gerry's less than photographic memory of her dormant position is reflected in his arguido statement, given on 7 September, 2007:

'Moreover, he says that with respect to Madeleine she was in the same position where he had left her at the beginning of the night. Madeleine was lying down on her left side, completely uncovered, i.e. lying on top of the covers with the soft toy and blanket, both pink, next to her head; he does not know if they were in the position that can be seen in the photograph attached to the files.'

Two years later, and after much greater consideration of the evidence, Gerry feels he can be a touch more precise:

"So, I actually came in and Madeleine was just at the top of the bed here, where I'd left her lying and the covers were folded down and she had her cuddle cat and blanket, were just by her head." ('Madeleine Was Here' documentary, broadcast 07 May 2009).

To the abductor's advantage then, Madeleine did not have to be lifted out of her bed, merely off it. But how far, exactly, were the covers turned down?

According to the PJ's report of Gerry McCanns' witness statement, made on 10 May 2007, and which Dr McCann signed as an accurate record of the interview:

"Also relevant to the bed where his daughter slept is how it was found on the night of the disappearance. States that his daughter slept without the covers, as was normal, due to the heat, with the bed sheets folded towards the foot of the bed."

So Madeleine, unencumbered by the bedclothes at her feet, could be lifted straight off the bed.

Once Gerry had turned and left, this is eventually what the perpetrator must have done; but only eventually. First he took care to minimise any trauma to the children by sedating them, with chloroform by all accounts (this must have been after Gerry had left the apartment or he would have smelt it). Next he lifted Madeleine up and either placed her temporarily on the other (vacant) bed in the room, or carried her into the lounge and set her down on the sofa while he (re)turned to make her bed! Unbelievable? Well, someone must have pulled the covers back up to the position in which they were photographed by the PJ, tucked neatly in at the side by the wall and with just the one corner turned back. Matthew Oldfield did not enter the room subsequently and the McCanns, we know, were very conscientious about not touching things, having due regard to 'the way the scene was left.'

We can only suppose therefore that the abductor made the bed after removing Madeleine from it. And that's not all. While still in the room he drew back the curtains, then opened the window and shutters to release the tell-tale aroma of chloroform. Never mind that no-one heard him do so, he must have aerated the room somehow because Oldfield, arriving barely twenty minutes later, did not detect any unusual odours either. He mistakenly thought the window was closed also. Perhaps it was. Perhaps the sedative-wielding abductor, on opening the window, realized how chilly was the night air and thought, 'I'll just give it a minute or two,' then closed it again. Kate McCann, in contrast, appears later to have been oblivious to the cold, despite the window having been open after all; for fully forty-five minutes in that case. Some abductors simply cannot make up their minds it seems. They also seem unable to leave fingerprints of any kind on doors or windows, despite opening and closing them repeatedly.

The following is an excerpt from Matthew Oldfield's Rogatory interview with Leicestershire police:

4078: "The curtains were drawn and weren't blowing around?"

Matthew Oldfield: "Yeah."

(..)

Matthew Oldfield: "No, no, we've talked about that before, I didn't smell anything, I mean, I could see the children breathing, but I didn't clock it as abnormal, errm... it'd be completely to speculate to say whether their breathing was fast or... I couldn't say, I mean, they were breathing and that's what, you know... and that was what I was there to check, errm... no, no funny sort of smells, no sort of funny draughts, no sort of funny sort of noises, no, errm... nothing that I can think of for that. I mean, it was a complete... just a shock out of the blue when, you know, I'd been in and then suddenly somebody's saying Madeleine's missing, there was nothing that made me think: 'Oh'."

Kate McCann's concern for her children's health expressed itself in surreptitious attempts on the night to ascertain that they were still breathing (holding her fingers beneath the twins nostrils), and a suggestion, some three months later, that their little bodies be tested for the presence of foreign chemicals. Why the twins' breathing was not as obvious to her as it was to Matthew Oldfield is something else she might care to explain (Let that be question 49). She didn't even need Oldfield's night vision, because the lights in the apartment were on by this time.

But to return to our industrious abductor. Having picked Madeleine up once more, he pursued one of two courses of action. He either (a) Made his way to the front door of the apartment, opened it with one hand whilst supporting the child with his other arm (see, for example, Gerry McCann carrying one of the twins down the steps from their homecoming aeroplane), exited the apartment, then stopped, turned, and closed the door behind him, or (b) Passed Madeleine through the open window to a waiting accomplice, who had shrewdly anticipated his help would be needed, then followed her through the same aperture, some three feet off the floor, without so much as grazing the lichen on the sill, and somehow drawing the curtains together again, from outside now, allowing them to conceal the window from Matthew Oldfield and afterwards to billow instructively for Kate McCann.

'He who hesitates is lost,' as the saying goes. Our conscientious abductor almost precipitated his own downfall by devoting so much of his time to being considerate. Had Jane Tanner been better informed when she spotted him at 9.20 p.m. (according to the timeline as originally constructed by the committee of diners) he, or his assistant, might even have been apprehended. Still, his accomplishments in the time available were quite remarkable. Gerry must have spent at least a couple of minutes inside the apartment himself, staring down at his three children, visiting the bathroom etc., so abduction activities could not have commenced until 9.12 p.m. at the earliest. And yet the miscreant is on the street at 9.20 p.m., by which time he has: 1. Chloroformed three children individually. 2. Moved Madeleine from bed to bed (or into the lounge). 3. Made her bed, not forgetting to turn back the covers a little. 4. Noiselessly (i.e. slowly) opened the bedroom window and shutters. 5. Retrieved Madeleine, either from the spare bed or the sofa, and made his way out, all inside eight minutes at most (or virtually no time at all if the first of the Tapas group's timelines is to be believed), his thoughtful deeds bracketed as if by bookends. Having closed the patio doors behind him on the way in, he drew the curtains (or closed the front door) behind him on the way out, leaving no trace of his presence save the visible record of his own domesticity.

I ask you, would an opportunist kidnapper, aware that he had but a 'small window of opportunity' within which to operate, do any of these things? A 'grab-and-go' abduction it clearly was not.

NHS trust 'tried to gag' doctor who spoke out

By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

An NHS trust tried to impose a gagging clause on a consultant as part of a deal to terminate his employment, to prevent him speaking out about issues of patient safety, it is alleged today.

The Liverpool Women's Foundation NHS Trust offered Peter Bousfield, a long-serving consultant, early retirement and a termination payment after failing to resolve complaints he had raised about staffing levels.

But it demanded that he should not speak out about his concerns with anyone other than the trust board and the Secretary of State, according to the British Medical Journal, which obtained documents relating to the case.

Gagging clauses in severance agreements are routine to prevent each party making derogatory comments about the other after the deal is signed. But they have been banned in the NHS where matters of public interest are involved under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

The BMJ claims the Liverpool example is not an isolated one. Freedom of Information requests to the trust disclosed 11 other severance agreements with gagging clauses since 1998, variously banning the doctors concerned from contacting the media or threatening recovery of the amount paid if they did so.

The journal cites Public Concern at Work, a lobbying organisation which said it had anecdotal evidence of severance agreements being drawn up "with quite blatant clauses in them, where people are being paid a specific amount extra not to say anything".

The Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust said last night: "The trust is satisfied that the terms of the agreement reached with Mr Bousfield have not prevented him from raising concerns about patient safety with the appropriate regulatory bodies."
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Source: The Independent


It works both ways: An NHS doctor can gag people who speak out, too.

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Britain passes Big Brother landmark:


By James Slack
Last updated at 4:18 AM on 28th October 2009

A Big Brother landmark has been passed with ten per cent of the population now stored on the Government's DNA database.

In total, there are now an astonishing 5,532,847 individual profiles logged on the giant computer system - out of a population of 54million in England and Wales.

Around one million of those included on the system have never been convicted of any crime.

It will fuel the public backlash against the march towards a surveillance state, with polling released today showing eight out of ten voters are now fed-up with the increased use of surveillance powers.

Shadow Home Office Minister James Brokenshire said: 'The Government has been obsessed with growing the DNA database for the sake of it regardless of guilt or innocence.

'Despite being told that their approach is unlawful they have been dragging their feet about doing anything about it.

The polling, carried out for the civil liberties pressure group Big Brother Watch by PoliticsHome, found 45 per cent of respondents answered ‘strongly agree’ and 34 per cent ‘somewhat agree’ with the statement: 'Our freedoms are being eroded by a Big Brother state'.

Alex Deane, director of Big Brother Watch, said: 'Britain is a country rightly known around the world as a cradle of liberty and freedom. But as these results show, most people now feel that our freedoms are being eroded."

Read more: Daily Mail



A couple more Big Brothers ready to erode your freedom.

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Fury as Judge slashes sentence of Baby P's killer after deciding he poses no significant risk

A paedophile jailed over the death of Baby Peter will walk free in less than two years after judges slashed his prison sentence yesterday.

Child protection campaigners accused judges of 'spitting on Baby P's grave' after the Appeal Court ruled that Jason Owen was not dangerous enough to be locked up indefinitely.
A panel of judges admitted that Owen, 37, was 'feckless and irresponsible', that he posed some risk of offending again and that he could be a danger to the public after his release.

But they still cut his jail sentence for his role in Baby P's horrific abuse and death to just six years because they did not believe he posed a ' significant' risk.

This means he will serve only three years - and he will be out on licence in less than two years.

Owen, who is a former crack cocaine addict and convicted arsonist, will be freed in August 2011, because of time he has already served behind bars.

Yesterday's ruling was greeted with fury by child protection groups, who warned that other children could be put at risk.

Michele Eliot, of the children's charity Kidscape, said: 'Three years is not enough. If there's even the slightest risk that this man could reoffend then he should not be allowed out of jail.

'The law is meant to protect the most vulnerable. It has failed Baby P and now it spits on his grave. What world do these judges live in? It is absolutely outrageous.'

Full article in Daily Mail


Note: Here's another WTF article in today's Daily Mail regarding the Justice System in this country: £1m stolen in 665 raids. Yet burglar walks free... and is given a new home - based on these two articles alone surely it must give 'renewed hope' to the McCanns that they will get away with whatever it was they did with their daughter, and their subsequent fraudulent fund.

It's looking good for you, McCanns, it's looking good. You might even get a new home out of it if you haven't already finished paying your mortgage off with public money, that is.

Tuesday

Madeleine McCann's grandparents, Susan and Brian Healy, targets Tesco and its customers





Tesco
Woolton

Dear Bev, Staff and Customers

Many thanks for the latest donation to the Madeleine Fund. Your continuing support to the search for our beautiful Granddaughter Madeleine means so much to us.

It is a battle to get through each day but kind gestures from others do help especially when they happen on a really bad day.

We must continue to search for Madeleine as we just do not know what has happened to her. Please God we will be successful in our search and in our prayers to get our beautiful Madeleine back.

Thank you all for your support

Sincerely


Sue and Brian Healy
Grandparents

(P.S. Pity you didn't mention about Kate not answering the 48 questions or that Eddie detected death scent on your daughter's trousers or that Kate and Gerry refused to do the official police reconstruction as it would disrupt their busy work schedules even though they disrupted their busy work schedules to do their own version. Pity you didn't mention that Kate and Gerry paid their mortgage with public donations and are using the rest to pay lawyers to destroy those who don't believe their fairytale. Pity, also, that you didn't mention how the whole family, including yourselves Mr and Mrs Healy, failed to request the PJ to keep Madeleine's investigation open - as was your right - even though Gerry bleats on about how no one is looking for her. You should tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, Mr and Mrs Healy, cos Every Little Helps in the search for your granddaughter.)
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Source: The New 3As: The "Silent" Fund Raising

Monday

New Madeleine McCann book: Faked Abduction - in English :)


About

Madeleine McCann was reported missing on May 3, 2007. Her parents immediately claimed that she was abducted despite little or no evidence of abduction.

After the police brought in specialist dogs, they detected the scent of human cadaver and human blood in the same ten places. Scent was found in the apartment and car rented by the McCanns.

Considering that no dead bodies had been reported in those places and the dogs had a 100% accuracy with no false positives it offers compelling evidence that 3 year old Madeleine McCann died in Portugal.

The conclusions of two police inspectors involved in the case were that Madeleine McCann died in Apartment 5A and that the cadaver was concealed and the abduction was faked.

Read Faked Abduction and see the evidence for yourself.
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The Book

Faked Abduction will soon be available to purchase from this website.

Containing many details from the comprehensive police files, the book highlights the inconsistencies in the various alibis, the ever-changing witness accounts and the lack of police cooperation from the McCanns and their friends, the so-called Tapas 7.

The McCanns have tried to gag people from publishing the truth about the case. In 2007, despite making several public assurances to donors to their “Madeleine Fund” that they would not spend any money on lawyers, they have employed some of the most expensive law firms in Britain to intimidate and suppress those who publicly doubt their abduction story.

While researching the book, the McCanns have declined to answer important questions relating to the disappearance of their daughter.

After reading the book, decide for yourself if this was a Faked Abduction.
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Related: The Truth About The Lie
Maddie Case Files: The Official Portuguese Police Files




Oops Gerry, you better get Carter-Rucking!

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New Blog: A Verdade Da Mentira - Illustrated Highlights


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Gonçalo Amaral asks Social Security for help

by Nuno Miguel Maia

Former PJ inspector alleges economical insufficiency to defend himself from the lawsuit by Madeleine McCann’s parents.

The former coordinator of the Maddie case investigation is asking the State for help in order to be able to defend himself in the lawsuit that has been filed by the parents of the child that went missing in the Algarve. He alleges economic insufficiency in order not to pay court costs.

Gonçalo Amaral has requested the Social Security’s help shortly before contesting the injunction that was presented by Kate and Gerry McCann, which aimed at removing the book “The truth about the lie”, and the documentary that is based on the same work, from the market, as well as to cease the sale of author’s rights into foreign countries, through editors Guerra e Paz. And further, to prohibit the investigator, who is now retired from the Polícia Judiciária, from continuing to publicly speak about his theory in the case of the little English girl.

Madeleine McCann’s parents demand damages in the amount of 1.2 million euros, which means that the value of the justice tax that has to be paid surpasses five thousand euros, for contestation only, and excluding other costs.

More recently, only days ago, the former Maddie case inspector saw the Civil Court of Lisbon preventively seizing the profits from the sale of the books and the documentary, through an unipersonal firm in Amaral’s name, as a way to guarantee that there will be money to pay an eventual compensation, whose pertinence will only be evaluated in the main action.

According to information that was collected by JN, in the request for financial assistance, due to economical insufficiency, Gonçalo Amaral has declared a liquid yearly income of 39 thousand euros, presenting a family aggregate of four persons: the former investigator himself, his wife and two girls, aged 11 and five.

The author of “The truth about the lie” has no further assets in his name – he has no property and no vehicles. The only family car, a Ford Focus of 2003, is in his wife’s name, who is a technician at Portimão’s City Hall.

In a press release dated days ago, the former Judiciária coordinator stated that he fears that “the truth about the disappearance of Madeleine is at risk of being decided in the office”. And he is also afraid of “being prevented from defending his reasons in court, due to the extremely high monetary costs” of the process, concerning lawyers’ fees and “millionaire judicial costs, from which, it would seem, only the impoverished are exempt”.

For now, Gonçalo Amaral has requested Social Security to exempt him from paying the justice fee and other costs of the process; the final decision, which may also pass through an appeal with the courts, is not known yet.

Revoking of the injunction has been requested

Gonçalo Amaral asks the Civil Court of Lisbon to revoke the injunction, alleging that its amplitude impedes not only the divulgation of the contents of the book “The truth about the lie”, but also the divulgation of the terms that are part of the Maddie case investigation process, which ended up being archived. Thus it is disproportionate and unconstitutional, offending the right to freedom of expression.

The former PJ investigator stresses that he does not accuse Kate and Gerry McCann of having murdered their daughter and concealing her cadaver. And that he only defends the theory of her death in the Ocean Club apartment, in Praia da Luz, Lagos – not referring anyone’s authorship – and “suspects” posterior involvement of the parents in concealing the cadaver. He further underlines that his entire report is based on facts that have been established within the process and that even the inquiry’s prosecutors say it is “most likely” that the little girl is dead.

More: Amaral recalls that the McCanns themselves and their spokesman have already publicly admitted, in interviews, that Madeleine may be dead.

source: Jornal de Notícias, 26.10.2009

Translated by astro


The McCanns ask members of the general public, who are censored from knowing the truth, for money, while they carry on suing and silencing those who don't believe their version of events.



Who are the directors of Madeleine's Fund?

There are nine directors of the Fund. They are:

Peter Hubner; a retired consultant;
Brian Kennedy, a retired head teacher;
John McCann, a medical representative;
Edward Smethurst – A Commercial lawyer;
Doug Skehan, clinical director in cardiology at Glenfield Hospital;
Jon Corner – Director of a media company;
Michael Linett- retired accountant
Kate McCann General Practitioner
Gerry McCann Consultant Cardiologist


Ways You Can Help

Many people have been deeply moved by Madeleine's abduction and subsequent separation from her family and have asked us how they can help us in our search to find her. (McCanns did not physically search for Madeleine as told to BBC's Jane Hill)

Below is a list of suggestions which you may wish to consider in order to help assist our efforts to find Madeleine and bring her home. (The 48 police questions Kate McCann refused to answer that would help find Madeleine)

We really appreciate your help with this difficult task (McCanns cancel police reenactment as it would interrupt their busy work schedules even though they found time in their busy work schedules to make their own televised version)

1. Donate to Madeleine's Fund ‘Leaving No Stone Unturned': This can be done via several routes including via the website.

2. Fundraising: This is a good way of getting people together, maintaining awareness of Madeleine's situation as well as raising money for Madeleine's Fund. For further information, please see ‘Fundraising' section under ‘Support' tab.

3. Wear a Madeleine wristband or T-shirt: Again this will increase awareness and contribute towards Madeleine's Fund, as well as being a show of solidarity.

4. Download the new age-progression poster of Madeleine from the website and display it in prominent places within the UK and abroad. The posters are available in many different languages and we would be really grateful if you would take them with you when going on your holidays. 1 in 6 children are found after their face being recognised from a poster. It really helps!!!

5. Car stickers, Luggage tags and Prayer cards: If you are going on holiday, in addition to the new posters you could take one of our Madeleine car stickers to display in your (hire) car. If you would like some car stickers or some Madeleine luggage tags, please contact our campaign email address and leave your details- campaign@findmadeleine.com

If you are going on a pilgrimage this year, we would be grateful if you would take some Madeleine prayer cards with you for distribution. These are available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and German. Again, please send us your details via the campaign email address- campaign@findmadeleine.com

6. Ideas / Offers of Assistance: If you have any ideas or specialist skills (printing, fundraising, IT skills, haulage firms etc) and are willing to help us in our search for Madeleine (campaign or investigation), please email your details to campaign@findmadeleine.com.

7. Carry a Madeleine ‘business card' in your wallet or purse at all times (available June 2009). This will allow you to have instant access to a photograph of her and the investigation contact number, should you see a little girl who looks like Madeleine or anything else which you consider suspicious and related to her disappearance. Alternatively, transfer a photograph of Madeleine to your mobile phone and save the investigation helpline number in your contacts.

8. Social networking sites: If you are a member of ‘facebook', ‘myspace' or other social networking sites, maybe you could add a Madeleine banner to your site and make the ‘find madeleine' site your top ‘friend' or put it on your home page.

9. Encourage others to help:
· Contact your friends and family especially those living in other parts of Europe and beyond and ask them if they're willing to help us in our search too.
· If you have any business contacts at home or overseas ask if they'll carry the Madeleine poster on their website and/or a link to the official website.
· If there is a tourist information office near to where you live, maybe you could ask if they would display a Madeleine poster in their office or make posters available for foreign tourists to take back home with them
· If you are a university student or have contact with a university, we would be grateful if you could ask any students who are travelling abroad to take posters with them to distribute on their travels.
· Talk to 5 people today about Madeleine and remind them she is still missing!

10. Join Support Groups: The ‘Helping to Find Madeleine' group was set up independently shortly after Madeleine's abduction, by caring people wanting to help with the search for Madeleine. The organisation has helped support our campaign over the past 2 years. Please visit www.helpingtofindmadeleine.org

We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us. It is incredibly reassuring that so many people our trying to find Madeleine. Please keep looking and thinking. Madeleine needs our help. Thank you.

Fund Raising

We thank you for your interest in fund raising to support Madeleine's fund. Many donations have resulted from a variety of fund raising events. These have included Car Boot sales, jumble sales, school cake sales, race nights, sponsored runs & cycle events, ‘dress down' days, auctions & ‘cheese & wine' nights.

These events have further highlighted Madeleine's plight as well as bringing many people together to have fun whilst working towards one common goal.

We would be grateful if you are considering fund raising that you do not refer to Madeleine's fund as a registered charity as it is not. If you are embarking on a type fund raising which may carry an element of risk you may wish to consider your position regarding insurance cover. If you require further information please refer to:

http://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/bestpractice/thecodes/codesoffundraisingpractice/

DONATIONS

The full objects of the Fund are:

To secure the safe return to her family of Madeleine McCann who was abducted in Praia da Luz, Portugal on Thursday 3rd May 2007;

To procure that Madeleine’s abduction is thoroughly investigated and that her abductors, as well as those who played or play any part in assisting them, are identified and brought to justice; and

To provide support, including financial assistance, to Madeleine’s family.

If the above objects are fulfilled then the objects of the Foundation shall be to pursue such purposes in similar cases arising in the United Kingdom, Portugal or elsewhere.

Donations can be made to the fund through the following channels:

Related: McCanns won't tap Madeleine fund to pay legal bills

Worked for free did you Mr £500 per hour lawyer?

Adam Tudor, Carter-Ruck: "Naturally it would be pretty hard to top Mr and Mrs McCann’s victory against Express Group."

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McCanns used Madeleine Fund to pay mortgage


Thought For The Day for Gonçalo Amaral

Posted by Tony Bennett in Missing Madeleine forum:

Let us all spare a thought at this time for Goncalo Amaral who...

* investigated the murder of Joana Cipriano

* charged her mother and uncle and successfully prosecuted the case, putting them behind bars for 20 years

* led the Madeleine McCann investigation until removed from the investigation on 3 October 2007, his birthday, and only after Gordon Brown had been personally informed that he was to be removed

* resigned in order to be able to write 'The Truth About A Lie'

* was smeared hundreds of times in the British press as 'lazy', 'boozy', 'incompetent' and, of course, 'disgraced'

* wrote 'The Truth About A Lie' and produced a documentary about it, and as a consequence...

* had his dog killed

* was subject to trumped-up charges by the Portuguese establishment accusing him of covering up the the alleged torture of Joana Cipriano's mother

* had his trial unaccountably delayed for over 5 months, with 5 separate adjournments

* was convicted on the say-so of 3 judges and 4 jurors on, to put it at its highest, the slenderest of evidence

* has had his appeal against that unjust conviction denied for months because for some reason this particular jury has not yet been paid

* was the subject of an 'ex parte' court application before a judge with questionable connections who purported to ban his book from being sold in Portugal and abroad, purported to remove his copyright i.e. his intellectual property in 'The Truth About A Lie', demanded the return of all unsold copies of 'The Truth About A Lie', and warned him that he could face a fine of 1,000 Euros a day if he did not comply in full

* has now seen his company car and one-third of his company's income being seized by the court, again it appears on an ex parte application.

If anyone would like to send him personal good wishes I have his e-mail.

Tony Bennett
ajsbennett@btinternet.com


"Today, the only person prosecuted in the case of the disappearance of little Madeleine McCann is the officer who conducted the investigation."

Georges Moréas, Honorary Chief Commissioner of the National French Police


Sunday

Kate and Gerry McCann request the presence of Daniel Krugel and his 'dead body finding machine'

Chapter 14: The Truth About The Lie

MADELEINE'S PARENTS CALL ATTENTION TO HER DEATH

(Pictured right: Daniel Krugel.)

At the end of May, my wife Sofia visits me at the offices of the Department of Criminal Investigation in Portimão. She brings a flower basket filled with orchids, roses, lilies, and gerberas, decorated with butterflies and birds in shades of green and yellow, the two colours symbolising the mobilisation around Madeleine. A little note from my daughters accompanies it: "Papa, we love you, don't forget about us, but find Madeleine. Rita and Inès." That bouquet stayed in my office, withering as the days went by and the hope of finding Madeleine alive dwindled.

It is at this time that, suddenly, the parents seem to admit the possibility of their daughter's death. Afterwards - and to this day, if I am not mistaken -, they take exception to this hypothesis. Perhaps we were being naive, but it had seemed to us that Kate was going to provide us, indirectly, with indications about where her daughter's body was to be found. Thus, at the beginning of June, she informed us that the body could have been hidden in the outlet of a sewer pipe at Praia da Luz, or on the cliffs to the west of the beach, where she happened to run. She will say later that this information had been given to her by mediums possessing psychic power.

IN SEARCH OF A BODY, WITH KRUGEL'S MACHINE

Kate heard of a man called Krugel, a former South African army colonel, who had allegedly perfected a machine enabling him to detect the presence of a body. A decomposing body emits particles: if hair from the deceased person is placed in the machine, it detects identical particles. On June 9th, Kate asks friends to go to her home in England to collect some of her daughter's hair and send it to Krugel.

On June 28th, the McCanns request Krugel's presence in the Algarve. They want to make his intervention official and seek the agreement of the PJ. Thanks to Madeleine's hair, the South African allegedly determined a sort of imaginary line that allowed him to state that the body was in the Vila da Luz area. The Portuguese and English police learn, with amazement, about these supposed cutting-edge technologies dedicated to locating bodies. Of course, we knew that such apparatus existed, especially in the United States, but Krugel's mysterious, "machine," leaves us all speechless. Kate and Gerry, they stick to their guns. They saw a television programme in which the effectiveness of Krugel's method was demonstrated, and so are persuaded that the man will be able to move the investigation forward. Without being convinced as to the validity of the method, the police end up acceding to their request.

The show is about to begin.

At customs - in South Africa as well as in Portugal -, Krugal refuses to allow his machine to be submitted to security control: it must be neither x-rayed nor opened. He claims that this would damage it and that his production secret risked being unveiled. Finally, after long hours of negotiation, the man, his apparatus and the journalist accompanying them take off for the Algarve. It's now the middle of July. In late afternoon, they are driven to the Department of Criminal Investigation in Portimão, where a PJ team of investigators is waiting for them. They suggest that we watch a video about this famous invention - produced by the woman accompanying him - so that we can judge for ourselves. We are still not convinced. The following day, a few inspectors accompany Krugel to Praia da Luz for him to officiate.

Operations progress in the following manner.

1) Krugel climbs to the highest point west of Praia da Luz, places a hair into the machine and traces an imaginary line in an easterly direction.
2) He repeats the operation to the north of Praia da Luz and traces another line towards the south.
3) He then determines the point of intersection of these two lines.
4) From this point, he defines a corridor about 300 metres wide, bound by the cliffs on the right and the Roman Baths on the left.

The inventor then states: "Madeleine's body is in this area." The National Guard - who had already combed this area after the disappearance - conduct more searches. Once again, to no avail. As bothered when he left as when he arrived, Krugel goes back to South Africa, taking machine and journalist with him.

(Original translation by AnnaEsse
here)

All chapters can be read here

Parenthood is a privilege this monster didn’t deserve


By Lorraine Kelly

WHENEVER I read a story about child neglect and cruelty I always think of those women and men who are desperate but unable to be parents, who’d give anything for the privilege of bringing a child into the world.

The latest appalling case involved a 22-year-old single mother-of-four from Blackburn in Lancashire, who went off on a 24-hour bender and left her children home alone.

The oldest child was just four. The youngest was a three-month-old baby.

This appalling excuse for a mother was only found out when her distraught eldest daughter was seen hanging out the window crying for her mum.

Shocked police officers entered a filthy and disgusting hovel littered with empty beer cans and bottles. The baby was lying in a urine-soaked cot and there was debris and rubbish everywhere. The poor children were starving.

The mother was found guilty of four charges of neglect and will be sentenced later this month, but she can’t be named in order to “protect” her kids.

Love

I sincerely hope those four little mites are now being looked after properly by someone who will give them the love and attention they need.

You can’t help but wonder how often they were left scared, hungry and all on their own. Anything could have happened to them and it’s only through sheer luck they weren’t seriously hurt or even killed.

The little girl could have fallen from the window and any one of them could have taken a tumble. What possible chance of a decent future do children like that have if they’re never shown care and compassion, or taught basic life skills like how to keep themselves and their homes clean?

Some people just don’t deserve to have kids, and as much as this story upset and angered me I think how much worse it must be for childless couples who would make excellent parents.

The mother could find herself in jail, but it’s clear she isn’t fit to look after her children and they would be far better off being fostered or adopted, ideally as a family unit so they can all stay together.

Sadly their feckless mother is young enough to have more kids that she can neglect and mentally scar for life.

Meanwhile desperate couples put themselves through expensive and draining IVF treatment to fulfil their dreams of parenthood.

Life can be very unfair.
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Source: The Sunday Post
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In contrast, Lorraine Kelly has this to say about Kate and Gerry McCann, who did pretty much the same thing:

Question: You have been quite vocal in your defence of Kate and Gerry McCann. Why do you think so many people are suspicious of them?

"I have nothing but the deepest sympathy for Kate and Gerry McCann. I can't begin to imagine how they have suffered and they have been so brave in their battle to find their daughter. No one knows better than them how stupid it was to leave their kids alone that night, but what a price they paid. I think the way they have been vilified is appalling and inhumane. They will never rest until they find Madeline and they can never really have any peace until they know what happened to their little girl. It is a living hell."

Sky Real Lives

The Sun: McCann's guilty...only of caring
Comments on Missing Madeleine forum: lorraine kelly what a bleep bleep

Jane Tanner's 'Bundleman'-turned-Posh Spice lookalike is now a black Algerian male crime lord who snatched Maddie


By Scott Hesketh in Daily Star, 25.10.09

MADDIE McCann was a “mail-order kid” snatched by a scarfaced North African crime lord, according to explosive new claims revealed today.

Police are now hunting an Algerian mafia boss who allegedly bragged to British associates in Portugal just weeks after the child’s disappearance.

He told them he had snatched Madeleine in a £100,000 “steal-to- order” kidnap plot.

And the Daily Star Sunday can reveal that police are set to quiz two jailed British gangsters believed to have heard his shock claims.

Last night a police spokesman in Leicestershire where the McCanns live, said: “We have no comment to make.”
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More on Joana Morais
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Comment posted on a forum:

"Given the complete lack of evidence to support the 'abduction' theory and the super-human skills which would be needed by any putative abductor, I would be more inclined to believe The Star if the headline was "Maddie Snatched by Time Lord", not Crime Lord."

Saturday

Tom Frank's Million Dollar Challenge to the McCanns


God values children, as we all must. As The Bible says, 'Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward' (Psalm 127:3). We must defend and protect children, even if it is difficult for others.

By Tom Franks

I first became aware of the case of Madeleine McCann in September 2007. I saw a report on CNN that the parents were suspected of killing their child. That was not a surprise, because in most cases where a very young child disappears the parents or guardians are involved. I cannot say I took a lot of interest in this case until very recently. In my business (Real Estate) I have one or two contacts in England. Last week one of these contacts sent me a copy of a letter and a book What Really Happened to Madeleine McCann that showed that Mr. and Mrs. McCann were never charged with any crime, not even child neglect, despite overwhelming evidence. Many believe this situation was a direct result of interference by the British media and political machine.

Now I don't know about you, but I do not like it when adults hurt children. Worse, I do not like it when they hurt children and then lie about it. Worse still, when they hurt children, then lie about it and then are protected by politicians. I was told enough about the parents of Madeleine McCann to decide to spend some time doing my own research. What I found was astonishing.

These people have been protected by a ring of British politicians including Prime Minister Gordon Brown and those close to him, including a spin doctor, the Foreign Secretary, a government spokesperson and former Prime Minister Tony Blair. This would be like sending Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, Robert Gibbs and George Bush, and let's throw in Bill Clinton for good measure, to the aid of JonBenet Ramsey's parents to provide good PR, to manipulate the media coverage to their advantage and to interfer in the police investigation.

Not only that, but politicians of the two British opposition parties and British members of the European Parliament also threw their public support behind the parents of Madeleine McCann, even while they were official suspects. The McCanns were recruited as child-protection ambassadors by British European members of parliament. Gordon Brown waded in, speaking directly to the Portuguese Prime Minister. The Portuguese police chief in charge of the investigation was mocked and threatened by the British, and after complaining about the interference he was sacked. Is it any wonder the Portuguese (under attack by the full force of the British political machine and their gutter press determined to portray the Portuguese as incompetent and ruin their tourism in the process) put their hands up and said: "we give up?"

When you look at that and you look at the McCann parents, you have to ask yourself: what the hell is going on? How can anyone believe this couple for one second? Everything points in their direction. The list goes on and on, from the mother refusing to answer police questions, telling the media they would take a lie detector test then refusing, claiming shutters in the condo had been forced open when plainly they had not, holding up a vast T-shirt with their daughter's image on it while grinning from ear to ear, playing tennis and running while others searched for their daughter, saying how well they were sleeping just a few days after Madeleine had disappeared, turning their daughter's eye defect into a logo to raise money and using that money to pay for their mortgage, refusing to take part in a police reconstruction (their spin doctor said they would only do a reconstruction if it was a TV show), grinning and laughing when they were unaware TV cameras were still rolling after faux emotional pleas.

More about this challenge here

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A few people seem to be asking Mr Franks to help Mr Amaral on his guestbook

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