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Madeleine McCann: Portuguese Police Confess, ‘Madeleine’ Found And Baby Grace

by | 6th, November 2007

MADDY WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY MIRROR front page: “MADDY COPS ADMIT BUNGLE”

Page5: “WE MUCKED UP – Cops reveals shambles of Maddy crime scene.” Two uniformed Guarda Nacional officers claim their superiors “mucked up big”.

One tells the Mirror: “When we arrived it was chaos. Everyone had walked through that place. I lifted my arms, rolled my eyes and put my head down and just got on with it… To find a circus walking in and out of a possible crime scene – well, it was ridiculous…We mucked up big time”

Says another officer: “This case has no end. It’ll get field away with an open verdict. The parents will be suspects for ever. That’s justice for you”

The Mirror does not name either officer. This is due to “Portugal’s strict secrecy laws” – the same laws the prevent police leaks to the media

DAILY EXPRESS front page: “Why we suspected McCanns and their friends from the start by Portuguese police”

Page 9: “McCanns and friends ‘jumpy and nervous’” – Two men from the Guarda Nacional are speaking to the press. Says Officer A: “Something wasn’t right. They were upset, panicking, wide-eyed – all the usual responses. But there was something else”

What? The worry that the possible crime scene had been disturbed and not sealed off properly?

“They were scared, and not just the usual scared. They were jumpy and nervous. I don’t know, it wasn’t normal”

Well, it’s not very normal situation, even in Portugal

Says Officer B: “They were hard to get any sense out of. A good scare sobers anyone up.” And the McCanns had been drinking

And of the crime scene? Say Officer A: “They’d paraded half of Luz through there even before they’d called us” – a call the officers say came 40 minutes after the McCanns discovered Madeleine gone

“Mafia threats for woman who ‘spotted’ Madeleine” – Naoual Malhi says she saw Madeleine. She claims a man told her: “Let this lie if you know what’s good for you, your daughter and the rest of your family.” Says she: “I’m not frightened by the Mafia”

DAILY MAIL page 19: “Police ‘looked on a Madeleine crime scene was trampled’”

The two officers have 35 years experience between them
“’DEATH THREATS’ FOR WITNESS” – Naoual Malhi says: “I know the girl I saw getting into that taxi was her and I’m not going to stop until I find her”

Says Chakib Benmoussa, Morocco’s interior minister: “We have no new evidence suggesting such a presence in Morocco”

A reward remains on the table

DAILY STAR front page: “MADDIE DEATH THREAT TERROR – “Shock new development in hunt”

Page 7: “MADDIE PARENTS WERE STRANGE & JUMPY SAY COPS”

Says Officer A: “The mother say she knew straight away the girl had been taken, so why wait 40 minutes to call us”

“Witness death threat” – Naoual Malhi is in the papers. Says she: “They warned me I’m going to be killed next time I step on Moroccan soil unless I shut up about Madeleine”

THE SUN page 15: “MADDIE COPS: WE LOST IT IN 1ST HOUR”

Say the two policemen of the crime scene: “Civilians – family, friends, neighbours, staff, people off the street – everyone was in and out of the bedroom to check under the bed. The damage had been done”

THE TIMES page 4: “Girls seen in Morocco is not Madeleine”

Abdelmajid Chadili, the head of Morocco’s judicial police, says: “In the case of Fnideq, we did find a small blonde girl. We found she was among her true parents and I can tell you she only speaks Arabic”

Naoual Malhi saw ‘Madeleine in this town

Mr Chadili goes on: “In a far away country, some people think it’s not possible that a small blonde girl can be Moroccan. But it’s true, we have children with blonde hair”

IN AMERICA (The Daily News, Texas): “Investigators haven’t formally ruled out the possibility that Baby Grace is Madeline McCann, the 4-year-old British girl who went missing from her parent’s Portuguese hotel room in May”

DAILY TELEGRAPH, THE INDEPENDENT and THE GUARDIAN: No Madeleine news today



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