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14 Nov 2010

Leicester police wont investigate Brian Kennedy for allegedly perverting course of justice in Maddie case

Brian Kennedy not to be investigated
over allegedly perverting the course of justice
in the Madeleine McCann case

Article filed for The Madeleine Foundation

by Tony Bennett, 11 November 2010

One of the most worrying features about matters surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann came in a report by journalist Mark Hollingsworth in the Evening Standard, in August 2009.

He reported at length on the activities of Kevin Halligen, an Irish man with secret service and intelligence contacts who was employed by the McCanns at a reputed cost of £300,000 or £500,000 during 2008. He was arrested in October 2009 while living in a £700-a-night Oxford hotel and ever since has been in Belmarsh High Security Prison, S.E. London, pending extradition proceedings against him by the U.S. government. They want him to face charges of defrauding an American company of $2 million (about £1,200,000).

But of greater interest to those of us trying to get to the truth of what really happened to Madeleine McCann, Hollingsworth’s article informed readers that the person who appointed and helped to fund Halligen, Cheshire double-glazing magnate Brian Kennedy, had allegedly intimidated several witnesses who could give evidence on matters relating to Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. Worse than that, Hollingsworth asserted that some of these witnesses were so intimidated that they refused to give witness statements to the Portuguese Police Officers who were investigating Madeleine’s disappearance.

Such actions, if true, amount to the commission of the serious crime of perverting the course of justice, an offence carrying a maximum penalty of 14 years in jail. Leicestershire Police have pursued what they always referred to as a ‘joint investigation’ with their Portuguese colleagues into Madeleine’s disappearance. Brian Kennedy lives in Cheshire. We therefore wrote to both Leicestershire and Cheshire Constabularies asking them to investigate the allegations of the serious crime of interfering with witnesses having been committed by Brian Kennedy.

Below you’ll find links to the two letters we wrote to Leicestershire Police in July and august this year, and to the eventual reply we received from Detective Superintendent Stuart Prior of Leicestershire Police on Thursday 11 November:

Correspondence with Leicester police can be read here:

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