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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Madeleine mishaps and muddles!

It is now well over a year since Madeleine McCann disappeared from the sight of her parents whilst on holiday in southern Portugal. Today there were rumours that the Portuguese police had "filed the case" and that was that. Since these have been reported, the Portuguese attorney-general has come out to deny the claims of a local newspaper.

This whole case has had a cheesy whiff about it from day one. Incompetent police, hiding behind arcane secrecy laws, have allowed a drip drip approach to fester. Information is handed over to the press. Given that this is a mega story, can we be certain that the hacks have not passed over wads of euros to these Clouseau types?

The Correio da Manha newspaper, which got hold of this part of the story, said today that sources within Portugal's judicial police had said they "do not have sufficient evidence to allow formal charges to be brought against the McCanns in the disappearance of their daughter". It beggars belief that the McCanns were fingered, and Robert Murat for that matter, in the first place, whilst evidence appeared to go AWOL and information has not been taken seriously or followed up. Not one single British policeman has suggested that this case has been handled well. So it can be assumed then that Portuguese people in Britain could expect a fair investigation, whilst British people in Portugal better watch watch their backs!

What I'd like to know is why there is such a deafening silence from those great democrats in Brussels. Is it OK for law enforcement agencies to smear people like this within the European Union? The McCanns' have put up with a lot but this outrage leaves them in a horrendous land of limbo.


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