All credit for this post has to go to Carana. If it had not been for her vigilance then another forum myth would have continued to do the rounds.
There is much being said about the McCanns sealing Madeleine’s fate by disclosing to the public her eye defect. There are many that say that by the McCann’s advertising that Madeleine had an eye defect it would put her in a precarious situation and it could ultimately lead to her being killed for fear of recognition.
Now if it had not been for Carana this would have gone unnoticed.
On the 4th May 2007 Goncalo (or someone else signing his name) asks the Public Ministry for permission to issue a Press Release to the media about Madeleine’s disappearance.
From the PJ
To: The Assistant Prosecutor
Subject: Request for Divulgation by means of the Press
As it is of clear interest to the investigation of the case in reference, I have the honour to ask you to authorise the divulgation of the disappearance of the young girl Madeleine McCann by means of the organs of the press, with the aim of obtaining information leading to her whereabouts.
I enclose a model for divulgation.
With best compliments
The Coordinator of the Investigation.
Permission was granted for the release of the Press Release.
Letter from the Lagos Public Ministry
To: Portimao DIC
Subject: Request for Divulgation by Means of the Media with Reference to the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
This letter serves to communicate to you that within the framework of what is laid down in Article 86 n? 5 of the CPP I authorise this police force to divulge the disappearance of Madeleine Beth McCann by means of the organs of the press with the aim of obtaining information leading to her whereabouts, in accordance with the press release model that was sent to us.
With best compliments,
The Deputy Prosecutor
Here is the PT Press Release
And the translated version.
01 Processos Vol I Page 33 B
Disappearance of Minor
The Policia Judiciaria requests information about the whereabouts of Madeleine Beth McCann, born on 12-05-2003 (three years old) with the following physical characteristics: 90 cm in height, light chestnut/blond hair, blue/green left eye and a green right eye with a brown mark in the pupil.
She disappeared from Praia da Luz, Lagos on 03-05-2007 wearing pyjamas with white coloured bottoms with a floral design and a blue and grey figure on the front with the inscription ‘EEYORE’.
Any information should be directed to the Head of the Faro PJ telephone number 289 884 500 or to the Portimao DIC tel 282 405 400.
05 May 2007
There it is in bold above the PJ were the ones that mentioned Madeleine’s eye defect as early as the 4th May 2007 in a letter that says it was signed by Goncalo Amaral.
At 10pm on the 4th May Gerry McCann speaks to the Press, he says:
‘Words cannot describe the anguish and despair that we are feeling as the parents of our beautiful daughter Madeleine. We request that anyone who may have any information related to Madeleine’s disappearance, no matter how trivial, contact the Portuguese police and help us get her back safely. Please, if you have Madeleine, let her come home to her mummy, daddy, brother and sister. As everyone can understand how distressing the current situation is, we ask that our privacy is respected to allow us to continue assisting the police in their current investigation.’
No mention whatsoever by Gerry McCann about Madeleine’s eye defect.
The first campaign video was shown on the 16th May 2007 at the UEFA cup held in Glasgow.
A DRIVE to support the hunt for missing toddler Madeleine McCann, above, is receiving vital help from Uefa Cup final organisers.
The girl’s uncle, John McCann, the brother of Madeleine’s dad Gerry, called upon the local organising committee of the Hampden final, who have offered help to publicise the search.
Giant screens, supporters buses and access to fan zones have been arranged to highlight the continuing search.With almost 30,000 Sevilla FC and RCD Espanyol fans due in the city for tomorrow night’s final at Hampden, the match provides an international platform for the McCann family.
The committee has given the family access to Glasgow City Marketing Bureau’s media centre for the final in The Lighthouse, Scotland’s architecture and design centre, to distribute publicity material to the international media.
While the fans are in the city, details of the campaign to find Madeleine will appear on the screen on top of the Royal Concert Hall, on two large screens in George Square and on the city’s community television network.
A prayer vigil for her safe return takes place at St Paul’s RC Church on Shettleston Road at 7.30pm today.
The video was then shown at the FA Cup Final held on the 19th May 2007
Footage of missing Madeleine McCann will be screened at the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
The DVD entitled Find Madeleine will be shown at the match between Chelsea and Manchester United, the FA said.
The film, made by the campaign to raise awareness of Madeleine’s disappearance in Portugal on 3 May, has already been shown at the Uefa Cup final.
Many Thanks to Carana for posting the relevant information. Another myth busted.