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Madeleine McCann: Case Closed, Reported Claims And Olegario Sousa Explains

by | 7th, February 2008

mccann.jpgMADDYWATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

DAILY MIRROR: “McCann case ‘to be axed’”

Not axed by the Mirror, which maintains a hack in Praia da Luz to read the local press, rather by the police

“The McCanns could be cleared over daughter Madeleine’s disappearance in months as police plan to shelve the case, it was claimed yesterday. Top detectives believe the case will never be solved and are thought to be preparing public opinion for the fact no one will be charged”

“Claimed.” “Believe.” “Thought.” Can the Mirror be any more certain?

The McCanns spokesman Clarence Mitchell says: “Gerry and Kate want to be cleared but they will never give up the search. We still believe Madeleine could be alive”

DAILY STAR: “MADDIE CASE CLOSED – Police finally admit they will never find body”

“Police are to close their investigation into the disappearance of little Madeleine McCann.”

The Star is certain


“Sources close to the investigation yesterday said detectives are ready to admit defeat and clear her parents of suspicion. They claim top brass are trying to prepare the public to cope with their failure to find whoever was responsible for Madeleine’s disappearance”

So the case has not been closed?

“And yesterday a senior police sources claimed: ‘By admitting being hasty in making Madeleine’s parents suspects, the national director of the Policia Judiciaria is preparing public opinion for the possibility that no prosecution will ever be brought because of a lack of consistent evidence’”

But Mr Ribeiro clarified his comments, at least he sought to. He called it a “slip of the tongue”. Although the Star never reported his most recent words, just the ‘hasty’ part…

THE STAR SAYS: “COPS ARE CLUELESS…This lot would make the Keystone cops look good”

DAILY MAIL (online): “Madeleine police ‘to clear McCanns but admit case will be never be solved’”

“Sources said comments by Alipio Ribeiro, the head of the Policia Judiciaria, showed he was preparing an ‘exit strategy’ to allow the investigation to be filed”

But Mr Ribeiro said his comments were made under pressure, he never meant to say hasty

“One high-ranking official told the Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias: ‘He has dropped the case.’

“The newspaper reported: ‘In admitting there was haste in making the McCanns arguidos, the national director is preparing public opinion for the possibility of no charges being brought, because of a lack of evidence’”

So it wasn’t a slip, a mistake rather it was a deliberate ploy to gage public mood? Clever stuff…


“Police in Portugal are preparing to shelve the investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, it was reported yesterday”


“Senior detectives are also planning to revoke her parents’ status as official suspects, it was claimed”


Says Clarence Mitchell: “We don’t want the case to be archived in any way. We still believe Madeleine could be alive, so the police must keep an operational inquiry going, looking for a missing person. Of course we want Gerry and Kate to be cleared as suspects, but we do not want the police to stop looking for Madeleine. We will never give up the search for her”

THE SUN: “Kate and Gerry ‘in clear’”

Well, if the case is closed, then something will have to done with their situation, no? So why not “clear” them?

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Police ‘ready to shelve Madeleine McCann case’”

“Senior police officers are said to be preparing public opinion for the idea that the case will be “archived” and may never be solved because of a lack of evidence. But the decision is said to have caused outrage among the Portuguese public who believe it is being dropped because of political pressure from the United Kingdom”

Olegario Sousa, spokesman for the Policia Judiciaria, says: “Naturally if we do not have any definite culprit or culprits, the case will be sent to the archive. If at any time new and important facts come to light, the investigation could be re-opened”

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