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5 Nov 2008
Madeleine McCann - missing since 3rd May
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2008 9:58 AM
Subject: FAO Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary: Madeleine McCann Enquiry
I am a British national living abroad who has concerns regarding some serious allegations made public in Dr Gonçalo Amaral's book " A Verdade da Mentira". These allegations bring into question the role and intentions of British police force and justice authorities during the course of the recent investigation into the case of Madeleine McCann, who disappeared on 3rd May 2007 from Praia da Luz, Algarve. These allegations are, according to the author of the book, contained in the investigation files of the inquiry now archived by the Portuguese authorities and will be available for consultation by interested parties from mid August.
The allegations include:
a. That British police forces held back for 6 months a witness statement given in UK regarding Dr xxxxx xxxxx appears relevant to the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann led by the Portuguese Policia Judicaria.
b. That the Forensic Science Service, Birmingham has produced contradictory interpretations of test results carried out on vestiges found in the apartment and rental car used by the McCann family whilst in the Algarve, and also refused to return some forensic material so that it could be sent for analyses by other international laboratories. Said evidential vestiges were found as a result of searches made by the two specialist South Yorkshire police dogs, Eddie and Keela.
c. That British authorities refused to provide the Portuguese authorities with the medical records of Madeleine McCann as requested within the remit of the rogatory letters.
d. That British authorities
i) did not provide to the Portuguese authorities when requested background information concerning the financial situation of Drs Gerald and Kate McCann
ii) reported that Drs Gerald and Kate McCann did not possess credit or debit cards when asked for the bank records of same.
You may not be aware of the groundswell of opinion which believes that the Drs McCann have received unprecendented assistance from government and business sources. This despite being named by the Policia Judicaria as suspects in their daughter's disappearance. Dr Amaral's allegations would seem to support this view and I am writing to ask for reassurance that the British Authorities are assisting (have assisted) the Policia Judicaria in every way possible to solve this case.
Might I request an acknowledgement of receipt and a response to the above request for information, and also ask that such acknowledgement and response be communicated and delivered to my electronic mail address in the first instance or, failing that, to my postal address given below?
Thanking you for your kind attention
----- Original Message -----
To: Public Enquiries (CD) Public.Enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2008 7:55 AM
Subject: FAO Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary: Madeleine McCann Enquiry
Further to my original enquiry of 3rd August 2008, to which I have yet to receive any detailed response, may I respectfully draw your attention to the following translation from the Portuguese publication Diario Economico?
Members of the House need to be aware that this article succinctly puts questions that I, and a great many other people, have regarding the Madeleine McCann case. Questions that need to be addressed if justice is to be served for a little girl whose voice can no longer be heard.
Diário Económico, 01.10.2008 Revisiting the "Maddie case" Was it the Portuguese and English governments that decided to sabotage the investigation and to get the parents "off the hook"?
by Domingos Amaral [Portuguese journalist and author]
Now that the Maddie case has been archived by the Public Ministry due to a lack of evidence; now that the process has been opened for public consultation; and now that the PJ inspector who coordinated the investigation, Gonçalo Amaral, has already published a book about the issue, it has become possible to list my conclusions about the case. Here they are:
1 - Contrary to what was suggested by the British press, which presented him as a negligent policeman who spent his life in long lunches, washed down with plenty of wine, and with little investigative capacity, the impression that I got from Gonçalo Amaral, both from the tv interviews and from reading the book, is that he coordinated a competent investigation, that followed the rules, that was neither biased nor tendentious, and that he did everything to crack the case.
2 - All the evidence that was collected by the PJ pointed, right from the first days onward, to the little girl's death inside the apartment and the subsequent concealment of the cadaver, probably by her parents.
3 - The indicia that was collected, both from witnesses, and later from the DNA tests, pointed into that same direction.
4 -The behaviour of the little girl's parents' friends is very strange. There are contradictory depositions that seem to have been "built" to lead the PJ into the direction of the abduction theory. On the other hand, the fact that all of the friends abandoned Portugal in a hurry is extremely disturbing.
5 - The manner in which the little girl's parents behave, speaking to Sky News on the same day and transforming the case into a media event, obviously forcing the abduction theory, is extremely surprising. It does not seem normal to me that a father and a mother, when confronted with the disappearance of a daughter, establish as their first and only priority to transform the case into a worldwide media event.
6 - Since the first hour, the English press accepted the abduction theory, which was communicated to them by the parents, without judgment. Like a brainless flock, they fell on Praia da Luz exercising enormous pressure on the PJ, suggesting that Portugal is a third world country, and complicating the investigation. We remember that it was an English journalist that "invented" the suspicions about Robert Murat, thus forcing the PJ to investigate him and to waste time with a situation that was lateral, but which suited the parents' purpose.
7 -The fact that the little girl's father is a personal friend to Prime Minister Gordon Brown led to the English government making available to the parents, media specialists who built and forced the abduction theory. It was a highly professional operation that used sophisticated marketing techniques, in the press and on the internet, with meetings with international personalities, which culminated with the visit to the Pope in the Vatican.
8 -This remarkable public campaign was accompanied by a political pressure behind the scenes, with the English government exerting pressure on the Portuguese government, in the direction of the abduction theory.
9 - For many months, it was evident that the PJ had lost the public opinion battle and that it was not prepared to handle a media and political pressure of such proportion. In terms of public communication, the case was very badly managed by the PJ and by the Public Ministry.
10 - Despite these tremendous political and media pressures, the investigation proceeded on the terrain and was approaching important conclusions, which clearly pointed to the parents' guilt, at least of the crime of cadaver concealment.
All of these conclusions lead me to formulate two questions:
Why were the directory of the PJ and the Public Ministry incapable of having the courage to accuse the parents, like the investigation suggested?
Was it the Portuguese and the English governments that decided to sabotage the investigation and to let the parents "off the hook"?
Some day the truth will emerge, but for me, and even without bulletproof evidence, a case like this should never have been archived and those parents should be tried in court.
Sent: 04 October 2008 08:44
To: MSU Correspondence
Subject: FAO David Miliband regarding MADELEINE McCANN
I am a British national and have been living in New Zealand for almost nine years. I have been a Labour supporter since the Harold Wilson government was first voted in, but that is probably irrelevant!
Please find below copies of correspondence sent to Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary, which I understand have now been 'transferred' to your office [Reference : ------/8 Date: 02-Oct-2008]. I am sending them to you direct as I hope that you will spare a moment to read them yourself.
My concerns are regarding the Madeleine McCann case. One concern being that the media spotlight has remained firmly fixed on the needs of the parents rather than the fate of the missing child. Another is the firm impression that powerful people may have influenced the investigative process.
Following shelving of the case and the release of case files by Policia Judicaria (currently being published on the Internet) I believe that the eyes of the world, certainly in Europe and the Commonwealth, are looking to the UK for signs that justice will be served for the little girl who disappeared 3rd May 2007.
I write to beg your assurance that the British Government and UK police are doing everything, and will continue to do everything, in their power to find out the truth surrounding Madeleine's disappearance.
AND NOW, FINALLY, A REPLY:
Subject: FW: MoP Letter 52752-08 McCANN - Due 03/11/2008 Date
Dear Ms Finn,
Thank you for your email of 4 October to the Foreign Secretary about the case of Madeleine McCann. I have been asked to reply as desk officer responsible for this case at the Foreign and Commonweath Office (FCO).
The British Government remains concerned about the fate of Madeleine. As Madeleine went missing in Portugal, the investigation into her disappearance is being lead by the Portuguese police. UK police forces have provided and are continuing to provide assistance to the Portuguese police.
The British government takes a strong interest in making sure that British nationals in distress abroad can get the right help. I would like to assure you that our consular officials continue to follow Madeleine's case closely and provide assistance to her family as we would for any British national in these circumstances.
What if she was YOUR child?