Wednesday, 26 April 2017

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  1. Brunt interview, very interesting:

    1. From where did Brunt get the idea, we would even say certainty by the way he speaks that the PJ reopened the case because of an alleged series of attacks against little British girls, which have been emphatically denied by the Portuguese authorities of ever having existed?

    2. How can Martin Brunt being in the position he is in his career, by that I mean he is close enough to retirement spout the lies he did in this interview the downright lies that you have already pointed out that the Portuguese re opened the case because of an alleged series of attacks against little British and also that DNA tests had cleared Euclides Mounterio. He is not some young journalist who done and said things he didn't particularly like in the naive belief that it would further his career and would be able to look back in years to come and regret it but hope the good things he done in between would somehow excuse the nativity of youth. Then again he has had the humiliation of sitting in a court of law with the knowledge that everyone in it and everyone watching it seen him as a disgusting old man in a dirty raincoat who hounded a decent law abiding woman to her death and it didn't encourage him to take stock and realise he was a rat bag of the lowest order. Do you have any children or grandchildren Mr Brunt who in years to come will sit with heads bowed every time those clips and wonder was the nice house you got to live your last days in worth it. Me personally I would rather end my days in a cerdboard box on the street that prostitutute myself like you have

    3. Maybe he was just doing his duty! Following orders....iam sure its a hard act to stop!

    4. I'm sure I have heard these words before in some of the biggest trials of the last century and it didn't save the defendants then


    Gerry scratching has come back...when asked inconvenient questions...("did you kill your daughter?"? And why the long rambling answer...? why not a simple straithforward "NO,absolutely NOT" instead...?


    Amaral diz que pista de Maddie é aldrabice

    Antigo coordenador da PJ nega ter dado uma entrevista a canal australiano.

    Por Rui Pando Gomes|02:39

    Uma aldrabice. É assim que o ex-inspetor da Polícia Judiciária (PJ) Gonçalo Amaral classifica o documentário do canal 7 da Austrália sobre o desaparecimento de Madeleine McCann, que revelou uma pista sobre um funcionário do Ocean Club, em Lagos, onde a criança desapareceu há quase 10 anos.

    A produção do programa ‘Sunday Night’ usou imagens do antigo coordenador da PJ a passear na praia. Amaral assegurou ao CM que "é mentira" que tenha dado qualquer entrevista para esse programa.

    "Não sei como o fizeram, já passeei em muitas praias, mas nunca com aquela jornalista [Rahni Sadler]. É uma aldrabice, o que só demonstra a falta de credibilidade da dita pista", referiu o antigo investigador da PJ, que acusa os pais da criança inglesa de terem "uma máquina de comunicação poderosa e bem oleada, que ao longo dos anos tem contribuído para a defesa da sua principal preocupação: a sua imagem".

    Amaral diz ainda ter ficado "chocado" com a resposta do pai de Maddie à pergunta sobre se mataram a filha, transmitida no documentário. "É estranho que um pai tenha que dizer o que disse. Um simples "não" é mais espontâneo e sincero que um "não, nada" enfático (palavras do pai) ", sublinha.


    Our translation:

    Amaral says that Maddie's lead is a scam

    Former PJ coordinator denies giving an interview to an Australian channel.

    By Rui Pando Gomes | 02: 39

    A scam. This is how Gonçalo Amaral (PJ) former Inspector of the PJ classifies the documentary on channel 7 of Australia on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, which revealed a clue about an employee of the Ocean Club in Lagos, where the child disappeared almost 10 years.

    The production of the Sunday Night program used images of the former PJ coordinator strolling on the beach. Amaral assured CM that "it's a lie" that he gave any interview for that program.

    "I don’t know how they did it, I've strolled on many beaches, but never with that journalist [Rahni Sadler]. It's a scam, which only demonstrates the lack of credibility of said lead," said the former PJ investigator, who accuses the parents of the English child to have "a powerful and well-oiled communication machine that over the years has contributed to the defense of its main concern: their image."

    Amaral further said that he was "shocked" by Maddie's father's answer to the question of whether they had killed the daughter aired in the documentary. "It's strange that a father has to say what he said. A simple"no"is more spontaneous and sincere than an emphatic"no, nothing" (the father's words)," he underlines.

  4. I just can't imagine that anyone at the PJ doubts the conclusion of Mr. Amaral and Mr. Ribeiro. Again Portugal is being painted as a hell hole with shaggy perpetrators all over the country and in the Algarve, not to say Luz, in particular. But as long as people like Mr. Amaral stay foot in this case, and as long as commenters like us -with all our belief in facts and disbelief in "confusion-ism"- are prepared to follow the long and winding road to the truth, maybe some day the one and only victim of this fantasm will find rest. Finally. And that's an emphatic "finally". A respectful "thank you" to all of you, not having 'an agenda', not trying to unfold awesome theories for the sake of these, not thinking of yourselves while commenting on factual findings and gut feelings. Greetings from Belgium.

    1. Correction: Mr. Rebelo, of course.


    Primary Colours!


  6. An ideal opportunity is fast approaching, what better day than Friday June 9th than to announce the news that the farce known as Operation Grange is over,this day will be the day that we Brits will know what ruling class we've elected to govern us,the rags will be full of it,who ever decides on when it should end use the day wisely,you know it makes sense.


    Forensics expert/top cop - Mick Neville.

    Top detective accuses 'politically correct' Scotland Yard of hounding him out of his job after he made pro-Brexit comments on Facebook
    Mick Neville, 49, says he lost job after colleague complained about 'edgy' views
    Three-month disciplinary cleared the Detective Chief Inspector of misconduct
    Neville was former head of Metropolitan Police's central forensic images team
    Father-of-four said Met would 'rather get rid of me than catch criminals'

    Courtesy of Madeleinemaccannmystery poster...


    Madeleine McCann could still be found with Facebook’s cutting-edge facial recognition technology, says retired cop

    Retired detective believes the social media giant's cutting-edge software could be the key to finding her 10 years after she went missing in Portugal

    By Mike Sullivan, Crime Editor
    26th April 2017, 10:02 pm
    Updated: 27th April 2017, 6:36 am

    NEXT Wednesday marks ten years since Madeleine McCann disappeared, but her fate could still be uncovered by FACEBOOK.

    Retired detective chief inspector Mick Neville believes the site’s cutting-edge facial recognition software could be the key to finding her.

    Facebook maps peoples’ features every time an image is uploaded, and can recognise them even if they are not “tagged” with a name.

    In Madeleine’s case, the former Scotland Yard forensics expert says the technology could easily identify people with the rare blemish seen in the missing girl’s right eye.

    Then expert “recognisers” could be brought in to search through images of people with the same ¬condition to try to spot the girl, who would now be nearly 14 years old.

    He believes there is every chance that if the youngster, who vanished aged three on May 3, 2007, is still alive, her picture will be on the internet somewhere.

    Mr Neville, who pioneered the use of image recognition forensics in criminal detection resulting in thousands of convictions, told The Sun: “There are still opportunities to find out what happened to Madeleine McCann through the use of images.

    “If she was still alive — and there is no proof she is not — then by using a combined tactic of technology and people with advanced facial recognition skills you could potentially find where Madeleine is today.”

    And he suggested the search would be greatly narrowed down by the unusual keyhole-shaped line in her eye, known as coloboma of the iris, which affects as few as seven out of a million people.

    He said: “If an image search was carried out for females in an age range of three to 15 with this eye marking then you may only have a few hundred in the UK and tens of thousands worldwide.

    “It would be an easily manageable number to scan through.”

    Mr Neville added it is entirely feasible that if Madeleine was abducted by a childless couple or sold by people traffickers, then a family photograph could exist of Madeleine somewhere on the ¬internet or on a passport database.

    Other useful images could come from CCTV footage.

    He said: “She would now be a girl of almost 14 years old. If she is being brought up by a childless couple then it is probable she uses Facebook or Snapchat, like all children of that age do. They are drawn to social media.

    “If this were the scenario then I also think it would be difficult for any family not to have put a digital image of Madeleine on the internet somewhere at some point.”

    The former detective said law enforcement databases featuring images of abused children could also be scanned with the software.

    He explained: “There is no single Interpol database for storing images. But many law enforcement agencies across the world have their own databases with paedophile material.


  9. (Cont.)

    “With the right software tool, these systems could be search for an image of Madeleine focusing on her distinctive eye mark.”

    The iris blemish was a key focus of early posters in the hunt for ¬Madeleine, who went missing from her family’s holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal, while her parents Kate and Gerry were dining yards away.

    But police soon became wary of attaching too much importance to the mark, in case anyone who recognised her from a distance was dissuaded from coming forward because they had failed to spot it.

    However, Mr Neville said the march of technology — such as the software used by Facebook with its 1.86billion users — means it should once again play a central role.

    And if the Facebook system did not work, he says, a bespoke software tool could be developed along the lines of a logo pattern recognising system used by Mr Neville’s team for the first time last year to secure the conviction of a burglar.

    This technology trawled CCTV to identify distinctive branding of a repeat offender’s T-shirt, which was then matched to the top worn by the thief in an earlier mugshot.

    Any images found that featured people with the same eye condition as Madeleine would be reviewed by humans with gifted recognition skills, known as “super recognisers”.

    The Metropolitan Police, which has been leading the hunt for Madeleine, currently has a team of 140 super recognisers, although only six are employed full-time.

    Mr Neville explained: “Super ¬recognisers are known to be able to identify people from images taken many years ago.

    Facial recognition works from the eyes and in ¬Madeleine’s case that could be highly relevant. It is never too late.”

    The expert, who retired in ¬January, founded the Met’s Central Forensic Image Team in 2012.

    He continued: “Used properly, images are an essential crime- fighting tool.”

    Mr Neville’s hopes for finding Madeleine come after it was revealed yesterday that Met detectives working on the £12million investigation are chasing a critical lead.

    They believe the “significant line of inquiry” is the best hope to end the decade of tragic mystery.

    Officers will not discuss any details but it is understood to revolve around the idea that -burglars were involved.

    Met police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said the latest police lead was “of great interest”.

    He added: “It could provide an answer, but until we’ve gone through it I won’t know whether we are going to get there or not.”

    Madeleine’s mum Kate, 49, posted a message on Monday saying: “Ten years — there’s no easy way to say it, describe it, accept it. A ¬horrible marker of time, stolen time.”

    Last night when contacted by The Sun, Facebook declined to ¬comment.

    1. But Maddie didn't have a coloboma, so have said her parents!!

    2. And about Mr Neville:

      Police CCTV chief faces disciplinary probe after posting support for Ukip and Brexit online

      Head of CCTV squad may have 'crossed the line' with online outbursts against gay marriage and David Cameron

      19th September 2016, 12:33 am
      Updated: 27th March 2017, 11:39 am

      A PIONEERING cop behind the Met’s Super Recognisers CCTV squad could be sacked over pro-Brexit comments made on Facebook.

      Det Chief Insp Mick Neville faces a disciplinary probe into whether he “crossed the line” in his support of Ukip and passionate posts over the Referendum.

      Neville, who is in charge of the Met’s globally-acclaimed Central Images Unit, also spoke out against gay marriage and tore into Remain-supporting former PM David Cameron.

      His comments were made on an open Facebook site that makes no mention of his police role.

      The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards started investigating after being passed information on the 50-year-old detective by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

      He had reposted an item on May 29 from a group called To Hell With Political Correctness about migrants being given national insurance.

      Neville asked: “And how much does this cost Chancellor Osborne? And how much does it cost the NHS and schools? And how many people in prison are indigenous British? So who pays for that?

      “Perhaps the Remain supporters can justify this or explain how it makes us all stronger.”

      Reposting another item on migrants on May 17 from a group called The Rise of Ukip, he said: “If you are voting Remain for ‘economic’ reasons (viz personal greed) then I hope you enjoy your thirty pieces of silver.”

      Met chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and National Crime Agency boss Lynne Owens both suggested a Brexit vote would put security in jeopardy.

      Earlier this year the Government outlawed police officers facing a disciplinary from quitting.

      Neville declined to comment, but a former colleague told The Sun: “Mick is an outstanding police officer and it is genuinely sad for him that this investigation is being carried out.

      “He is outspoken, passionately British but not in any way racist and would not tolerate that in any form.”

      Neville revolutionised the use of CCTV and digital images in policing. His unit of officers with unique powers of facial recognition gets an average of 100 arrests each week.

      -Since this story was published, Mick Neville has left the Met without a stain on his record and an Exemplary Conduct Certificate.


    Posted by portugalpress on April 26, 2017
    Madeleine McCann and the media


    The most reported and discussed missing person case ever recorded is still not only a highly contentious mystery, but also a personal tragedy that has been turned into a public farce by elements of the media.

    In the entirely predictable press frenzy surrounding the imminent 10th anniversary of the disappearance, much of the coverage, particularly in the British tabloids, has been farcical. But it should not be dismissed lightly.

    Unable to come up with “news” on the case, the tabloids have been rehashing the same old speculation and guesswork.

    “Could Madeleine McCann have been snatched by a lone paedo or simply wandered off?”

    “She was sold to a rich family, says ex-cop.”

    “New hope after decade-long search.”

    “Experts say Madeleine McCann’s body is almost impossible to find.”

    And then there was the much-touted Australian TV show that promised “a major breakthrough in the case”.

    Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror took a slightly different tack with a story headlined, “What REALLY happened the night Madeleine McCann disappeared as nanny breaks her 10-year silence”.

    The story did not explain what “really” happened, nor did it name the nanny or why she had remained silent for so long.

    It quoted her as considering the McCann to be “the picture perfect family” and repeated the usual British criticism of the Portuguese police.

    More surprisingly, she claimed that the resort from which Madeleine vanished was considered so unsafe that nannies were given rape alarms (whistles) and advised, “don’t go anywhere by yourself, ever”.

    There was nothing to suggest the Mirror had tried to question or check this or any of the nanny’s other assertions, but, in Praia da Luz, they were viewed with derision. It was seen as yet another attempt to brand Praia da Luz as a den of iniquity, which it is not and never has been.

    The official police files on the case contain nothing about rape whistles or alarms. None of the signed statements by child-care workers mentioned anything about suspicious goings-on or Luz being “unsafe”.

    The manager of the Ocean Club where the McCanns were staying said in a police statement in 2007 that he had “no knowledge of any untoward situation involving Ocean Club users or in the village itself, other than some damage and minor thefts”.

    The Mirror story was also a reminder that real journalism has to a large extent been replaced by ‘churnalism’, which disregards traditional standards of original news gathering based on impartiality and fact-checking for accuracy and honesty.


  11. (Cont.)

    The nanny’s story was quickly recycled virtually verbatim on the internet by other tabloids. Even the broadsheet Daily Telegraph fell into line as did news services in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

    Trial by the media has had a huge influence on public perceptions about guilt or innocence in this case. Most of the mainstream media reports state as if it were a fact that Madeleine was “abducted”. Maybe she was. Maybe she wasn’t.

    There is no certainty either about the other main theory, that her parents covered up an accidental death in the apartment.

    Until solid evidence is found and the culprits are brought to justice, the public fascination with this case will continue to fuel and be fuelled by the media’s determination to churn out stories whose accuracy and agenda may sometimes be open to doubt.

    The current avalanche of stories inevitably evokes the previous admission by Lord Bell, founder and former chairman of the Bell Pottinger public relations group, to columnist and author Owen Jones, that “the McCanns paid me £50,000 in fees to keep them on the front page of every single newspaper for a year, which we did”.

    Nevertheless, “Maddie” helps circulation figures and makes money. Money, along with misinformation, has always played far too big a part in this case which, let’s remember, is about the tragic loss of a child.


    Len Port is a journalist and author based in the Algarve. Follow Len’s reflections on current affairs in Portugal on his blog:

    1. Unpublished Anonymous at 27 Apr 2017, 10:22:00,

      We would like to thank you for the correction that Lord Bell said the Mcs had paid £500k to keep them on the front pages, not £50k as Len Port had written.

      We felt it better not to make comparisons with another journalist, reason why we haven't published your comment.

      It seemed like an honest and understandable mistake in that it's difficult to comprehend the vast amount of money they spent on PR.

  12. It's all going so well!



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    Madeleine McCann: The 48 questions Portuguese cops used to hound parents during 11-hour ordeal as investigation hit another dead end

    Gerry and Kate McCann were subjected to an 11-hour grilling as the initial investigation stalled - before Scotland Yard opened a painstaking re-examination of the evidence in 2011.......

    See page for rest including the 48 questions put to Kate....and talk of the water treatment plant and Euclides Monterio!!!



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