Yesterday the news wires were very hot with the news emerging from Portugal about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The press throughout Portugal were reporting the case is being re-opened and then it emerged that the PJ in Porto are conducting a review (with completely new officers that were not involved in the original case) alongside Scotland Yard and they have been doing so for about a year.
None of us knew Porto was involved. Yes we knew Scotland Yard had been to Portugal, but we never knew the ins and out, things were being kept secret. The way it should be.
Last night the Daily Mirror reported this:
Sources said police, led by senior investigator Helena Monteiro, went to the Algarve for a high-level meeting this week.
On the 2nd March Joana Morais reports that Goncalo Amaral returns to the Algave and appeared on TV and was trying to tell the viewers that the McCanns played a part in their daughters disappearance.
Now whether Helena Monteiro’s decision to go the Algarve was after that broadcast, in which Goncalo Amaral was again basically accusing the parents of harming and disposing of their child, I don’t know. But something made her go to the Algarve.
Then on the 7th March, Joana Morais reports on her blog this:
The decision of that Prime Minister has been twisted. The McCann couple has spoken of a re-examination of the child’s “sightings”. When, in fact, what is known is that Scotland Yard, who were appointed to re-evaluate the whole investigation, has set aside the pseudo-sightings, focusing instead on the investigation process that remains archived. Elements from the Scotland Yard have been working with an investigative [Judiciary Police] team from Oporto (Oporto because Algarve and Lisbon have already been involved), and what is known is that the “affair” is not going well for the McCanns.
Yesterday two days after that is reported, the Portuguese tell us the team they have been using has been in place for a year and they tell us also that the team from Portugual does not include officers from the original investigation and that the team has been formed for about a year. TVI 24 reports:
PJ Porto team established one year ago
National Director of Judicial clarifies that this is a review of the process and not a reinvestigation
The staff of the Judicial Police of the Port that will review the elements of the investigation of the Maddie case, along with British police, was formed about a year, told Lusa the deputy national director of PJ.
“The Judicial Police was the first, for about a year, taking the initiative to establish a working group to make the review of the information contained in the investigation of the case of missing British girl in the Algarve in 2007. Now this work will be done in partnership with the British police, “said Pedro do Carmo.
The Daily Express reports:
The Assistant director of the PJ Pedro do Carmo has admitted that there has been a team from the Porto PJ (none of whom were involved in the original investigation) reviewing the case for approximately a year. They are working in conjunction with SY. And he says at the moment it is merely a review and the case will not be re-opened.
Now this is where things really do get interesting, remember back in January this year, I posted about a PJ Officer getting involved in a Facebook argument, Paiva Steps in on Facebook?
Yes some have said it was Paiva, others said it wasn’t. Then the Facebook account disappeared and then reappeared. Well not for one minute do I believe it was a clone account.. But let us jog our memory into what Paiva actually wrote on that Facebook page.
Now the bit that caught my eyes is this:
For obvious reasons I am unable to contribute to any of your discussions due to professional secrecy laws since I am very much still involved in this case.
But hold on haven’t we been told by PJ Pedro do Carmo that the new team consists of officers that were not involved in this case? So I can understand the comment about professional secrecy but the part about ‘I am very much still involved in this case’, sorry how can you be, if there are no original officers on the team? Not unless you are in trouble of course, could that be the reason why Paiva is still involved?
I personally think that Ricardo Paiva has a lot of information which hasn’t been disclosed. He is still in contact and friendly with Goncalo Amaral and regularly socialises with him and my friend’s husband. I think he would be able to set a lot of cats amongst a lot of pigeons.
So on reflection, in the past 3 months, the Porto team have had one ex-detective shouting his mouth off and accusing the McCann family and letting out that Porto was investigating and one investigator getting involved in disputes caused by anti-McCanns bullying a person on the internet.
This really doesn’t look good for the investigation, does it?
If the reports were that the case was being re-opened and they are looking for a certain person, then I could understand the way the reports were hitting the news outlets in Portugual. But what we were told was nothing of real importance, what we were told we already knew, so it could have only been a big PR exercise because things were being leaked… yet again.
And do you know what, if Goncalo Amaral has forced Porto PJ into a situation where they have had to clarify things, which for operational reasons they might have wanted to keep secret, then I truly hope that he is hung out to dry.
And if by his big mouth and spouting about the Porto team could jeopardise finding Madeleine McCann or bringing the person who took her to justice, then I hope they lock him up and throw away the bloody key.
For about one year, all we knew is that Scotland Yard is liaising with Portuguese counterparts, we never knew who or from where, but we do now thanks to Goncalo Amaral. How dare this man be allowed to rant and rave and possibly hinder a police investigation in the process. And if I was his new lawyer I would be telling him to find another lawyer, because not for one minute do I suspect his lawyer has told him to hit the airwaves and news stands and rant and rave like he has done this past week. Any lawyer, worth their weight, will tell their client to keep their cool, don’t give the other side any ammunition and save all your arguments for the court room.
If the McCanns have been kept in the loop as to what is happening re this review, after all it is their daughter who is missing, you can’t deny the fact that they have kept silent. They have not gone to the press, they have not put the investigation into jeopardy and they have remained dignified.
But something made the PJ swing into action yesterday and it seems to have stemmed after that interview where Goncalo Amaral lets out that Porto are involved in the investigation.
Shame on you man if they have had to go public because of you.
Oh dear it looks like Facebook has caused more bother for Ricardo Paiva, according to Abola.pt
“Inspector Maddie falls into trap ‘- BBC NewsFor Writing
One of the PJ inspectors who investigated the Maddie case was the victim of a trap on the Internet. The detective Ricardo Paiva spoke on Facebook with a woman who introduced herself as the American model, but the talks eventually fall into the possession of the English press. The inspector then has been blackmailed, that these conversations were not made public, and now responds in disciplinary proceedings to be concerned the violation of official duties. The fake profile on Facebook may have been created by someone connected to the cause of McCann.
09:35 – 10.03.2012
PJ Ricardo Paiva fell into a trap on the internet, it seems he met a woman on Face Book, I haven’t found the user name YET, who said she was a US model and according to the newspaper Correio da Manha, inspector Paiva informed this person quiet a bit of info reg the Madeleine McCann case, this woman who turned out to be a man, black mailed the inspector.
I am very sorry, but the truth of the matter is he should NOT have been discussing the Madeleine McCann case to anyone. He is not involved in the investigation as informed by the PJ (as of yesterday) and has it seems he has not been involved in the case for a year. Now didn’t I say something above about him possibly being in trouble?
And how dare they immediately try to blame a supporter of the McCanns, have they not thought that it could be any one trying to see if leaks are still happening with the PJ, including one of the PJ’s own departments. Have we not heard from Leveson that leaks were coming from the PJ? Could this simply be an operation to find out who was leaking and who was not leaking information?
And if Paiva was being blackmailed into giving information about the case, would it not have been best to come clean with his employers, explain he has been in communication with a person and that they are blackmailing him?