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Missing Maddie – Dossier Prepared Sept.11

Posted by cotojo on September 11, 2007

Police in Portugal are preparing a dossier on their investigation into missing Madeleine McCann. It will be handed to the prosecutor in charge of the case who will then decide what action is to be taken.  

Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa, who is heading the investigation, has said that they do not have the complete forensic results and are waiting for the rest of the results before handing the dossier over. 

It is understood that the McCanns may have to wait several months to learn whether they are to be charged with any offence or not. 

It is believed that the only forensic evidence obtained has been from the apartment in which the McCanns were staying and a car they hired 25 days after their daughters disappearance.

It is also possible that DNA samples were cross-contaminated as members of the McCann family would share the same DNA. If the samples are not a 100% match, then there is a likelihood that it may not be Maddies but could be that of her parents or twin siblings. 

It is also likely that DNA from Maddie was transferred to the car when it was used to move the family’s belongings from the apartment to the villa they rented.

It is not known at this time what forensic evidence has been found, although there have been rumours that traces of blood were found in both the holiday apartment and the hire car.  Investigators have always refused to divulge details for fear that it may bias any jury if charges were brought against anyone. 

It has also been reported that investigators intercepted emails sent by Gerry and Kate McCann and also bugged their telephone to eavesdrop on conversations. 

It is now 131 days since Maddie disappeared and there have been many failings in the initial stages of the investigation. 

Maddie’s disappearance was first noticed by her mother when she went to check on her children at about 10pm on May 3rd. 

Police were called within 30 minutes, but as child abduction is relatively rare in Portugal they believed she had simply wandered off and would be found sleeping under a tree.   

As the first few hours passed it became clear that this was not the case and vital time had been lost by the police who did not seriously consider the possibility of  an abduction. 

Posts on the Spanish border as well as airports and ports in Portugal and Spain were not informed for at least 12 hours. 

Crucial areas in the holiday complex were not sealed off which ruined any chance of finding any crucial forensic evidence in the early stages of the investigation, and it was not until a full 48 hours later that they started to search the part of holiday complex and obtain a list of guests staying there. 

The only other suspect in the case is ex-pat Robert Murat, whose movements were monitored and phone calls logged. 

On  May 14th he was taken in for questioning.  For many months he was the only suspect the police had.  Murat has strongly denied any involvement, but because of the strict secrecy laws in Portugal has been unable to make any public statement. 

There has been no evidence found to link him to Maddies disappearance and it is expected that he will soon be cleared of any involvement and no longer be considered a suspect. 

There have been many sightings of Maddie in other countries, Malta, Belgium, Argentina, Switzerland, France, and Morocco, but none of these have had any foundation.   

British experts went to Praia da Luz after 3 months to assist with the investigation and thoroughly checked the holiday apartment and apparently found DNA samples, but this was after it had been let out to another family. 

The Portugese press started a campaign against the McCanns, accusing them of being involved in their daughters disappearance, some accusing them of giving her an overdose of pills, accidentally killing her.   

Although the McCanns have always strongly denied any involvement in Maddies disappearance, the focus of the investigation shifted to them.

The culmination of this came last week when on Thursday Kate McCann was interviewed at length and again on Friday, when she was formally named as a suspect.  Gerry McCann was re-interviewed on Friday and on Saturday he was also formally named as a suspect in the case. 

On Sunday the family returned home maintaining their innocence, and have also said that they are prepared to return if the Portugese authorities ask them to. 

Portugese police are now believed to be carrying out new searches in the area, but it would appear that they are no longer searching for a missing child, but looking for a body. 

The next move will be when the dossier is handed over to the prosecutor in charge of the case and what action he decides to take.

This case has been very high profile and YouTube also set up a channel dedicated to missing children. 

The link is www.youtube.com/dontyouforgetaboutme

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Maddie’s Family Return To UK Sept.9th

Posted by cotojo on September 9, 2007

 1300 Sunday

The McCann family have now arrived back in the UK.  They arrived on an EasyJet flight from Portugal and landed at Luton Airport, UK at 12.20pm.  They are expected to head to the family home and have asserted their claim that they have not given up on the search for their daughter, and have also stated that Portugese law prohibits them from making any further comment on the investigation.

Both Kate and Gerry maintain that they had no part in Maddie’s disappearance and request that the media respect the family’s privacy now that they have returned home.

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0800 Sunday

The family of missing Madeleine McCann have this morning arrived at Faro Airport in Portugal to fly home to the UK.  The lease on the property they are renting in Praia da Luz in the Algarve is due to expire on Tuesday and it appears that this has not been renewed.

Kate and Gerry McCann feared that they could be charged over their daughter’s disappearance after the Portugese police officially named them as ‘arguidos’ after intense and lengthy interviews on Thurday and Friday and it should be noted that their return is with the full agreement of the Portuguese authorities and police

Both are said to be extremely angry and also in  a state of shock at the line of the investigators questioning.

It was reported a few weeks ago that they had planned to return to the UK with their twins, Sean and Amelie.  This of course didn’t happen when last Monday the Portugese Policia Judiciaria informed them that they would be interviewed separately later in the week. 

This processs started on Thursday with Kate McCann being interviewed at length.  This was resumed on Friday morning and the media was informed that she was now being officially named as  a suspect.  Later in the afternoon, it was husband Gerry’s turn to be interviewed   and on Saturday morning both parents were officially named as suspects in the ongoing investigation.

The McCann’s concern now is that they could be seen as ‘running away’ from the situation in Portugal.  The police have set no bail conditions on them and neither have been charged with any offence,

The British media turned on the Portugese investigators and the lack of progress being made in the case.  In return, the Portugese media focused attention on the McCann’s with  a series of allegations without foundation. The investigators had always maintained that they were witnesses and not suspects….until now.

Last week the Portugese police received the forensic results from the UK and it was then that they recalled the Mccann’s for further interviews.  The Portugese investigators hadd no forensic evidence to work with, and it wasn’t until British experts arrived with specialist teams and sniffer dogs that any was uncovered.  However, very little is known about these results as the investigators refuse to release any details fearing that it may prejudice any case that they may have.

The McCann’s believe that the formal naming of them as official suspects will only serve to divert attention away from the search for Madeleine and put them in the spotlight. 

It appears that the only evidence the police have is the apparent finding of traces of Maddies blood in a renatal vehicle used by the family 25 days after she went missing.

Police have made no public statements on recent events and the only confirmation that the McCann’s are now suspects comes from their legal representatives and family.

The case has drawn massive international publicity and has included an audience with the Pope, an appeal by David Beckham and a visit to Washington.

There have been many false sightings across Europe where hopes have been raised, only to be dashed again.

Portugese Law:

Formal suspect is called ‘arguido’ for a woman it is ‘arguida’

An ‘arguido has more legal rights than a witness, including the right to remain silent and to have legal representation.

Some people request to be declared ‘arguido’ to get this greater protection.

Police must declare a witness an ‘arguido’ before asking certain questions or making an arrest.

Courts may also restrict the movements of ‘arguido’s’

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Hubble Space Pics

Posted by cotojo on June 11, 2007

 Amazing pictures taken from the Hubble Space Telescope

Click here to watch Windows Media Player version

Credit: NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScl/AURA)

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