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20 Sep 2016

The Barcelona Connection: How the capital of Catalonia played a major part in events following the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

The Barcelona Connection: How the capital of Catalonia played a major part in events following the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

Perhaps one day we will know more about this interesting subject. Maybe someone who is a member of or visitor to this forum has information on the subject.

Meanwhile, here are the bare facts:

1 In an article about Cheshire businessman Brian Kennedy many years back, he was described as ‘spending half of the year in Spain' (most likely the winter season!)

2 Subsequently it emerged that he owns a villa in or on the outskirts of Barcelona

3 A long-standing member of CMOMM who has stated that he is a personal friend of Brian Kennedy, and who has made around 400  posts on the forum, also lives in Barcelona

4 We do not know exactly when, but either in September 2007 or even before that, Brian Kennedy has been appointed by the McCanns to head up their ‘private search for Madeleine’ and chose the controversial and now discredited Spanish detective agency, Metodo 3, to be his lead investigation agency. They were based in Barcelona. Some say there are grounds for believing that Brian Kennedy must have known Metodo 3 well before September 2007   

5 Metodo 3’s main investigators, Francisco Marco, Antonio Gimenez Raso, Antonio Tamarit and Julian Peribanez were all based in Barcelona

PIC: FRANCISCO MARCO, Boss of Metodo 3

6 On 13 November 2007 Marco and Gimenez Raso travelled from Barcelona to meet with Brain Kennedy at the PJ’s Portimao headquarters. They furnished the PJ with three ‘credible sightings’. All three of course turned out to be false trails

7 On 10 December 2007, Marco and Gimenez Raso again travelled from Barcelona, this time to meet, at the Arade Dam, Portugal, with Marcos Aragao Correia, the dodgy lawyer from Madeira who was subsequently employed by the McCann Team to prosecute Goncalo Amaral. There they plotted two strange searches of the Arade Dam, in January and March 2008, which were conducted by Correia. Detectives from Metodo 3 in Barcelona again travelled to the Arade Dam to collect the exhibits of bones and clothes dragged by divers from the lake

8 On 17 February 2008, McCann Team investigator Gimenez Raso was arrested and charged with supplying information to a gang which had stolen 25 kilos of cocaine from a boat in Barcelona harbor in 2004. At that time (2004) Gimenez Raso held a post of detective inspector for the regional drugs and trafficking squad, based in Barcelona

9 During the time Brian Kennedy employed him, Gary Hagland travelled to Barcelona to meet with Metodo 3 operatives   

10 In August 2009, the McCann Team held a major press conference to highlight a possible sighting of Madeleine. The information was provided by an anonymous British banker or businessman who had been drinking all evening in the bars around Barcelona docks on Sunday 6 May 2007 (three days after Madeleine’s disappearance). He claimed that a Victoria Beckham-lookalike, aged around 20 with an Australian accent, had approached him on the dockside at 2am and asked him: ‘Have you got my new daughter’. He had apparently ‘agonised’ for two years before releasing this worthless piece of information. It was suggested by the McCann Team that Madeleine had been abducted on a yacht which had sailed from Praia da Luz to Barcelona. A few weeks later, Mark Hollingsworth wrote this in the Evening Standard:

“It was billed as a ‘significant development’ in the exhaustive search for Madeleine McCann. At a recent dramatic press conference in London, the lead private investigator David Edgar, a retired Cheshire detective inspector, brandished an E-FIT image of an Australian woman, described her as ‘a bit of a Victoria Beckham lookalike’, and appealed for help in tracing her. The woman was seen ‘looking agitated’ outside a restaurant in Barcelona three days after Madeleine’s disappearance. ‘It is a strong lead’, said Edgar, wearing a pin-stripe suit in front of a bank of cameras and microphones. ‘Madeleine could have been in Barcelona by that point. The fact the conversation took place near the marina could be significant.’

“But within days reporters discovered that the private detectives had failed to make the most basic enquiries before announcing their potential breakthrough. Members of Edgar’s team who visited Barcelona had failed to speak to anyone working at the restaurant near where the agitated woman was seen that night, neglected to ask if the mystery woman had been filmed on CCTV cameras and knew nothing about the arrival of an Australian luxury yacht just after Madeleine vanished”.

11 In her book, ‘madeleine’, Dr Kate McCann wrote about the legal help the family had been receiving: “Adam Tudor and his colleague Isabel Hudson continue to do a vast amount of work for us, without payment…” Isabel Hudson was later to feature as the Carter-Ruck solicitor who conducted the legal proceedings from 2009 to 2013 against Tony Bennett. In 2008, she referred to how much she enjoyed regular weekends flying to Barcelona and walking in the Catalonian hills around Barcelona. In 2012 it was announced that she had married a Mr Xavier Martorell from Barcelona and she is now known as Isabel Martorell. It was in the Martorell No. 1 court, Barcelona, that McCann investigator Giminez Raso was tried over his alleged involvement with the 27-strong, exceptionally violent criminal gang that had stolen the cocaine from a boat in Barcelona harbour. He was found not guilty, but only after the judge lectured him that “You allowed yourself to get far too close to members of this gang”

12 Metodo 3 finally went out of business in 2014 after its boss Francisco Marco was found to have ordered his staff to illegally record private conversations between top Catalonian politicians at 'Le Petit Paris', a restaurant in Barcelona.  


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