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Madeleine Foundation Press Statement re Selle Statement 29.8.2010


The Madeleine Foundation

Asking the questions about what really happened to Madeleine McCann


Registered address:
66 Chippingfield, HARLOW, Essex CM17 0DJ
Email: ajsbennet@btinternet.com
Tel: 01279 635789

Press Statement 29 August 2010
For immediate release 9.00am


Admission that the McCanns’ private investigators never followed up a single call strengthens Madeleine Foundation’s calls for a full public enquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

A sensational revelation in today’s Mail on Sunday has strengthened calls The Madeleine Foundation has been making for the Home Office to authorise a full public enquiry into the Madeleine’s disappearance.

The revelations

The Mail article quotes Johan Selle, Director of Operations at iJet, the United States firm that managed the McCanns’ ‘Find Madeleine’ ’phone line for a year in 2008-9. He said: “Nobody asked my company if they could listen to any of the calls received. My operators in Virginia, U.S., answered hundreds of calls…we delivered a summary of the calls to Kevin Halligen at Oakley International and said if they wanted to come back they could listen to the recording. Nobody did”.

The news that the McCanns did not follow up hundreds of calls to their investigation hot-line comes on the same day as the Legal Services Commission announced that it would pay tens of thousands of pounds in Legal Aid to con-man Kevin Halligen, the man the McCanns appointed at a cost of £500,000 to head up their private investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance. The Mail article says: “Kevin Halligen, 50, told Kate and Gerry McCann he could find their daughter, but allegedly spent the cash on a lifestyle of first-class flights, chauffeured cars, nightclubs and luxury hotels and goods”.

Statement

Today, Tony Bennett, Secretary of The Madeleine Foundation, a group founded to investigate the truth about what really happened to Madeleine McCann, said:

“This underlines once again our call for a full public enquiry, with the power to summon witnesses, into all aspects of Madeleine’s disappearance. The public gave generously to the McCanns’ private trust to find Madeleine. The children who gave their weekly pocket money, the pensioners who donated their weekly pensions, and the tens of thousands who willingly sent cheques to the McCanns will be shocked at the revelations that their money was spent on the luxury lifestyle of a con-man and that hundreds of ’phone calls by the public to their ‘investigation hot-line’ were never answered. It is a national scandal. The sooner a public enquiry summons all witnesses who can give evidence about any aspects of Madeleine’s disappearance, the better. The McCanns’ spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, recently admitted that her disappearance was ‘a complete mystery’.

The Madeleine Foundation is supporting a petition by Alan-Marc Logoa calling for a full, independent public enquiry into all aspects of Madeleine’s disappearance, For a link, visit the home page of The Madeleine Foundation [ http://www.madeleinefoudnation.org.uk/] and click on the ‘Care Petition’ icon near the top of the home page.

The Madeleine Foundation has also today written to the Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police and the Chair of Leicestershire Police Authority, repeating its call that the Constabulary should cease to link its website to the McCanns’ fund-raising website. Said Tony Bennett: “Today’s news discredits the McCanns’ private investigators. Leicestershire Police should remove its link to the McCanns’ website, pending a full investigation into Mr Selle’s statement. The Chief Constable of Leicestershire should have known better than to ever put this link up in the first place - it set a very dangerous precedent. The police should direct the public to themselves, not to the website of a couple who have been official suspects in the investigation”.

Notes:

On March 2010, Tony Bennett asked 12 straightforward questions of the Home Office about their recent handling of the Madeleine McCann case, which has now involved the McCanns in meeting two Home Secretaries. Nearly six months later, the Home Office has been unable to answer any of them and has not even made a decision on whether to answer them. A list of the questions asked can be found on the ‘Articles’ page of our website.
On 25 November 2009 Tony Bennett, to avoid possible High Court libel proceedings, gave undertakings agreeing not to sell or distribute copies of his book: ‘What Really Happened to Madeleine McCann? - 60 reasons which suggest she was not abducted’ and a Madeleine Foundation leaflet: ‘10 Key Reasons which suggest that Madeleine McCann was not abducted’.
The name ‘Madeleine Foundation’ was chosen by the founders of the group because they felt that Madeleine’s name should be associated with learning valuable lessons about safe child care.

Contact:

Tony Bennett 01279 635789 Mobile 07835 716537
e-mail: ajsbennett@btinternet.com
website: http://www.madeleinefoundation.org.uk/