GAZETA DIGITAL

14.5.07

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Report sent to British Police about Madeleine's sightig in Morocco
Mari Olli: “She looked sad (...) she turned to the man and said something that sounds like: “Can we see mommy soon?”

Mari Olli, a Norwegian and a retired social worker, 45 years old, lives in Spain, Málaga, with her husband. The couple has been on hollidays in Agadir, Morocco, when Madeleine was abducted. They knew nothing about it, as they didn't watched news, while on holidays. They were returning to Spain and they stopped at Marrakesh, for the night of May 8 to 9.

Early in the morning, they drove their car to Tarifa, to catch a ferryboat back home. They stopped at a gas station to buy some water and that was the place where Mrs Mari Olli says she saw Madeleine. This is the report that she sent, by email, to British Police, after she tried, without success, to give the information to Spanish Police (and not to Portuguese Police, as some British newspapers wrongly wrote):

“At the petrol station next to Hotel Ibis Palmeraie in Marrakesh (Address, Avenue Abdelkrim Khattabi) Wednesday 9th of May, about 10 am, I saw the girl inside the shop. She was wearing clear blue pyjamas. Some pattern on the top, trousers little darker. Don’t think the trousers had any pattern. She was very small. Under 1 meter. She was with a man.”

“She was standing alone, the man about a meter from her. I looked back at her, she was very sweet. And it was a strange situation because the man didn’t look like her father. And it’s very strange to see a blond small girl standing alone in Marrakesh. She was very small and normally you would hold her in your arms or at least her hand. And he was turning away from her.”

“She looked sad. I looked at her face, she looked at me. Then she turned to the man and said something that sounds like: “Can we see mommy soon?” I am not sure if he reply. I turned around to pay my things, two bottle of water and some hygiene serviettes. I went in our car, looked for if they had a car, but could not see any special. I wanted to tell my husband, but he was busy with the driving to catch the ferry from Tanger to Tarifa. I didn’t know about the missing child at that time. Because I had not watched the news, when I was on holiday.”

“I saw the news on Thursday the 10 of may, in the evening. Then I remember what I saw in Marrakesh. I started to phone the police, Spanish and English. The Spanish police didn’t want to talk to me. I talked to the English (Police). Friday morning I gave my report to Katy Peters from Scotland Yard. She said someone was going to phone me. But I have not heard anything. I have emailed them and phone them several times. But no response. I am very worried and very sure this was that girl. Her face is very special. And that situation was very strange!”

“My mind is on this situation all the time, and I need to know if someone is looking into my report. I am sure the two Moroccan men inside the petrol station can confirm my seeing as well.”

“If I can do anything more to help, PLEASE let me know!

Regards

Mari Olli”

According to Correio da Manhã, the daily Portuguese newspaper that first got in touch with Mrs. Mari Olli, as soon as the information reached the Portuguese Police, through British liaison officers, Portuguese Police contacted Mrs. Mari Olli, for six times, on May 18 and May 21, to get more details from her.

(01:57 am, June 2 - 2007)

New information about Madeleine's abduction expected this afternoon
Police spokesman: “At any moment, other persons may be called to be questioned by Police or witnesses can be formally accused”

(03:10 pm, May 31 2007)

TVI, a Portuguese news channel said today, on its 01:00 pm news bulletin, that “Polícia Judiciária (PJ) may reveal new details about Madeleine McCann abduction this afternoon”. Police presence was very visible, yesterday, at Praia da Luz. Inspectors of PJ were in the area around Sergei Malinka's home e questioned several neighbours. This fact “may be related with the work of British police telecommunications experts, who are analysing data and records of mobile phone calls made during the night Madeleine disappeared”, according to TVI,.

PJ spokesman, Chief-Inspector Olegário de Sousa is quoted in today´s edition of daily Diário de Notícias saying that “investigations are going on” and “at any moment new information may come out”. “At any moment, other persons may be called to be questioned by Police or witnesses can be formally accused”, he said. “This a fast-moving investigation”.

PORTUGUESE POLICE RELEASED A DESCRIPTION OF A SUSPECT

White male, 35 to 40 years old, 1.70/1.75 meters high, short hair at the front, long hair over the neck, is the description of a suspect, made by several witnesses that saw a man walking around Praia da Luz, the night Madeleine was abducted. The information was released today by Polícia Judiciária (Portuguese CID). (09:10 pm, May 25 2007)

Police don't confirm new house searches and possible existence of other suspect (10:15 am - May 21, 2007)

The spokesman of “Polícia Judiciária” (Portuguese CID) told to Gazeta Digital that PJ “don’t confirm any of the above mentioned situations, just that investigations continue”. This statement was sent after I requested, today, a formal confirmation that a “new house search was made, on May 20, and that PJ was looking for one more already identified male, allegedly involved in Madeleine’s abduction."

“I don’t know Mr. Robert Murat”, said Genaro Gonzalez to Gazeta Digital

(11:38 am - May 21, 2007) - “I never heard that name (Robert Murat) and I don’t know nothing about Remigen”, told Mr. Genaro Gonzalez to Gazeta Digital, a few minutes ago According to Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manhã, Mr. Genaro is “the third friend of Murat” and maybe “the key to solve the crime” of the kidnapping of Madeleine. Genaro Gonzalez is described as a 50 years old man, “who speaks fluently Italian” and comes frequently to Aljezur, where he is in charge of a real estate business. He admitted to Gazeta Digital that he is in charge of a real estate business in Aljezur, Algarve, but said that he is 29 years old.

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“It is another person, not me!” he said, when Gazeta Digital told him what Correio da Manhã has published today. Mr Genaro Gonzalez works for Gabinohome, a real estate company, based in Malaga, Spain, and registered in the “Registo Mercantil Central/Malaga” (Central Commercial Registry of Spain) under number B92528090. His phone number (from Spain) and email address are posted at one of the pages of Gabinohome, as the person in charge of selling apartments of a urban development called Urbanização de Esparta, in Aljezur, Algarve.

Police is looking for a new suspect, an alledged “secret” partner of Murat’s Web company

(10:10 am – May 21, 2007) - Portuguese police is looking for a man named Genaro Acosta Gonzalez, who they think could be a “secret partner” of Robert Murat’s Web company, Romigen, according to Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manhã. The company, as Gazeta Digital wrote, was set up by Murat and a former colleague at a real estate company, where the only suspect in the case of Madeleine’s abduction worked, for a couple of months, and later became his girlfriend. The front page of Correio da Manhã says: “PJ on the track of third partner of Murat”. Inside, they refer that “police has a new clue”, which is “the third friend of Murat”. According to the newspaper, Genaro Gonzalez maybe “the key to solve the crime” of the kidnapping of Madeleine. Genaro Gonzalez is described as a 50 years old man, “who speaks fluently Italian” and comes frequently to Aljezur, where he is in charge of a real estate business. Gazeta Digital talked with Polícia Judiciária spokesman who said they don’t have any comment, for now.

Madeleine’s abduction: New house search in Benagil, near Lagoa – Owner is a Russian citizen

(02:50 am - May 21, 2007) - A house near the small village of Benagil has been searched yesterday, May 20, by Police, according to Diário de Notícias (DN), a Portuguese daily newspaper. The house belongs to a Russian citizen, who lives there since three years. DN (*) wrote that the house is a “fortress, with high walls, barbed wire, dogs and armed guards”.

Gazeta Digital went there, this afternoon and after several hours of search, I found what I believe is the house referred by DN. The fact that it’s Sunday and we are not it the peak touristic season made things more difficult, as many restaurants, coffee-shops and bars were closed. It is located near the small village of Benagil and, according to local residents; it’s the only house in that area they know is inhabited by Russians.

Benagil is a very small village, just a few dozen houses on the top of a hill. From the village to the house it’s a short distance, but it is located at an isolated area. To go there we had to leave the main road and turn to a narrow unpaved road. After two minutes, we were there. It is a large property, with a rustic wall with 1, 80 meters, topped with green painted iron bars that have around 40 cm. The wall, witch has the two main entry doors of the property – there is another one, a backdoor – is as long as the width of a football field.

At both doors, a warning saying “Beware of the dog” and what seemed to be a small video camera. I could hear the barking of several big dogs, alerted by the sound of the motorcycle I was driving. Several local residents told me that they never met personally people living there, because the only thing they see is luxury cars driving in and out. One of the cars is a Dodge Viper, a top sports car, priced at around 70 thousand dollars.

They know they are Russians because the previous owner, a Dutch citizen who built the house, told local friends to whom he sold the property, three years ago. Same sources told me that the newspaper reference to “armed guards” may have been a misunderstanding, because there is a nearby property where a private security company has several men. That property has no buildings, but it’s a large forested area, with a lot of pine trees. The owners, a Portuguese bank and a well known businessman have a project to build a resort, there, and hired the private guards just to protect the area against summer fires, they told me.

Gazeta Digital couldn’t get a formal confirmation, from Portuguese police, if the house we locate was, indeed, the target of yesterday’s search. But the resident of Benagil who showed me the way for the house, a young man whose mother owns the only restaurant located near the small fishing harbour of the village told me he didn’t knew no other house with those characteristics and inhabited by Russians.

(*) DN just made a small one-column reference with this story and didn't reproduced it in it's online edition

Rumanian child kidnapped in Malaga, Spain, found in Vila Real de Santo António – kidnaper arrested by Portuguese police(20:55 pm - May 19, 2007) -

A Rumanian child, kidnapped yesterday in the city of Malaga, south of Spain, was found alive and well in Vila Real de Santo António, in the border with Spain, according to RTP main news, “Telejornal”. The kidnaper was arrested. A spokesman from police confirmed to Gazeta Digital that he arrest was made by Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP – Portuguese urban police)

Russian computer expert called Murat two hours after Madeleine was abducted

(09:20, May 19 2007) - Phone records obtained by police show that the Russian computer expert, Sergei Malinka, called Robert Murat twice, after Madeleine vanished. According to Correio da Manhã (CM), a Portuguese daily newspaper, Malinka has made two phone calls around 11:30 pm, that night. First, he called the home phone of Murat’s mother home and, as nobody answered, he called the mobile phone of Murat’s mother – a 79 years old lady, after 11.30 pm. Malinka told police he didn’t remember why he called Murat, according to CM.

Breaking News – Police dogs found traces of Madeleine at Murat’s house(21:15 - May 17, 2007)

Police dogs have found traces of Madeleine McCann at Murat’s house, according to Mr Barra da Costa, a former CID inspector, criminologist and academic. Mr Barra da Costa revealed this detail during an interview with the Portuguese channel RTP.

(May 15, 2007 - 05:25) - Main suspect used to access pedophile sites and pages in the Net with "explicit sexual violence”

Robert Murat, the suspect that is being questioned by police, is divorced and has a daughter called Madeleine, living in UK, according to today’s edition of Diário de Notícias. Murat has been subject of an electronic surveillance operation since more than a week, according to police sources. Correio da Manhã, another Portuguese daily newspaper, says that he used to access sites of “explicit sexual violence” in the Web. Police has made a comprehensive forensic search at his mother’s home, 50 meters from the place where Madeleine’s family was holidaying.

The Police E-fit that looked "like an egg":

"The image [published by Daily Mail and Telegraph] is far from the reality”, says a Polícia Judiciária spokesman

The sketch of a possible suspect, allegedly show to Simon Russel, a British living in Algarve, by officers of Portuguese CID (Polícia Judiciária – PJ) “is far from reality”, a spokesman of PJ told today to Gazeta Digital. The spokesman refused to give more details, but he was positive in his denial that anything similar or close to the e-fit drawn by memory by Mr. Simon Russel and published on the May 11 and May 10 editions of Daily Mail and Telegraph.com ever existed.

Sky News: Portuguese Press is “deliberately” trying “to tarnish the reputation” of Madeleine parents

The Portuguese Press went “deep in the private life” of the McCann couple, following a “deliberately policy to tarnish their reputation […]” using information that is coming “apparently from Police sources”, according to Ian Woods, reporting from Algarve. (May 14, 2007 – 05:04 pm)

Sky News: Jornais portugueses querem sujar a reputação do casal McCan

A Imprensa Portuguesa tem publicado pormenores sobre a vida privada dos pais de Madeleine, numa “estratégia deliberada” para manchar a sua reputação […] usando, aparentemente, informações provenientes de fontes policiais”, de acordo com o jornalista Ian Woods, enviado da Sky News ao Algarve (17:04 – 14 de Maio de 2007)

Madeleine parents talk to the Press (08:03 am, May 14 2007)

In a short statement to the Press, this morning, Mr. McCann thanked for the support the family received “from all around the world”, and said that the main task of the two lawyers who came from England is to help them managing the many offers of financial help they have received. The McCann couple promised to keep in touch with the media, as they understand the necessity of doing this to keep the case of Madeleine’s abduction on the public eye. Mr. McCann announced that most contacts will be made through Alex, the Press Officer of the resort, expressed his full support of the investigation and said that, “until there is concrete evidence on the contrary”, they believe Madelein is alive and well .

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20 comments:

josephine999 said...

Hi, Mr Reis! First of all, thanks to your great work so I can learn more about this news from a different angle. I've a question that I'd really like to ask somebody who's a journalist like you. Why has this news aroused so much public attention? Like David Beckham is also one of the celebrities who offered to help. Of course, I do sympathize with the girl's parents. But could you tell me why?

Paulo Reis said...

Josephine: Portuguese Police realized, two hours after they received the call for help from Madeleine's parents, the following:

1 - A British girl abduction would bring wit it the worst and most unethical professional of all world, the tabloid’s journalists;
2 – To put gasoline on the bonfire, they are British – people that comes often to Portugal, thinks it is a wonderful country, but it’s pity it has a so lazy and incompetent people living here – the Portuguese!
2 – Algarve is a touristy destination. Those journalists would destroy completely Algarve’s image, not because Portuguese police was not doing its job, but because they need news, bad news, and they will never accept that Portuguese Police could do things in an efficient way or in a different way from British Police.

Example a) one British newspaper wrote:” (…) And here comes Dep Supt Alan Ladley, the man who caught Sarah Payne’s killer, Roy Whiting. Ladley says that “basic coppering” might have found Madeleine’s abductor by now. […] Madeline McCann is missing and we are led to believe it would have been better for mum and dad and Madeleine McCann had she been taken in Britain, preferably on Ladley’s patch. […]Times Online, quoted b Anorak (http://www.anorak.co.uk/news/tabloids/173197.html)

Example b) A Sky News journalist (I think it was Emma Thompson, but not absolutely sure…), on the third or fourth day of searches for Madeleine, said that the disappearance of this child was opening a debate about how safe Algarve was for families coming wit kids, on holydays. Well, Portugal had 31 missing children (under 18 years old) in 2006. Police found 77 % of those kids, two were found dead (both, killed by closed family members, mother a stepfather, in one of the cases. those two were not kidnapping, but parental abuse). The other are 14/17 adolescents on the run. Search for similar figures in UK and compare it… Little help: take a look at: http://gazetadigitalarquivo.blogspot.com/2007/05/sky-news-lesson-on-how-to-manipulate.html and you will find UK National Police Missing Persons Bureau statistics..

3 – Most of the effort being done was just to please the British Press and avoid a slanderous and defamatory campaign against Portugal. Portuguese Police is not the best in the world, but they are very good. Same result could be achieved with less show-off and TV-cameras friendly scenarios.

4 – British tabloids are an authentic “shadow-Government”, in UK. Every body is afraid of being targeted by one of those newspapers edited and written by the lowest from of life I ever met, the tabloid’s journalists. So, from David Beckham to the binge-drinkers that fall on the floor of British pubs, overnight, they all feel the need to have their five minutes of glory, possibly in front of a TV camera, when they go to a memorial, to put some flowers or participate on a run with Madeleine t-shirts (something quite helpful, in the search for a missing girl)

I think that’s all. And forgive me for being so sarcastic… I had a sleepless night, typing in my computer, took my soon to school at 7h30, and still have to go shopping, because my fridge is empty…

Regards,

Paulo Reis

Telma said...
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Telma said...

O império Inglês sempre foi assim: se não são eles a fazer, então não será bem feito.
Talvez por isso sejam tão amigos do "império" Americano... e talvez seja devido ao "bem feito" deles que o Mundo está como está.
Não confio muito na nossa Justiça, mas confio na nossa PJ, que é comprovadamente das melhores da Europa, senão do Mundo.

Tj said...

Paulo, your information is GREATLY appreciated...and I like your new set-up MUCH easier to navigate...

Tj said...

Paulo, your information is GREATLY appreciated...and I like your new set-up MUCH easier to navigate...

Tj said...

Paulo, your information is GREATLY appreciated...and I like your new set-up MUCH easier to navigate...

Tj said...

Paulo, your information is GREATLY appreciated...and I like your new set-up MUCH easier to navigate...

Tj said...
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D said...

Hi Paulo,

Just one thing, Murat's daughters name is Sophie, not Madeleine.

Is that a mis-translation or is that what they're reporting?

Thanks,

D

julie said...

Paolo

Thanks so much for all your great news and translations. Without you we'd be at the mercy of British 'news' papers and Google translations of PT papers - always fun to read! Keep up the great work.

Chantalle said...

Thanks, Mr Reis, for all your hard work keeping us up to date with news about the Madeleine McCann case.
I'd like to ask you a question about Robert Murat. Does he, as far as you know, have professional qualifications as a translator/interpreter? I ask because I read that he was translating witness statements of holidaymakers for the police in Portugal, and apparently he has also done translating work for the police in the UK when he lived here. Because of the sensitive nature of the work, I thought the police would be very selective in who they used for such work.
I was struck by a comment in the UK newspaper last week (15 May I think) in an article about Murat when Veronica Fennell, his former colleague at the Remax estate agency, was quoted as saying "when we needed things translated at Remax I used to do it and not Robert, because I'm not sure he was up to scratch." I would have thought that someone with a Portugese father and English mother who was brought up and educated in Portugal would have been pretty much bilingual and therefore more than capable of translating work in the estate agency, but if he wasn't, why was he able to do translating work for the police?
Thanks for your time. Best regards.

Marina said...

[quote]
They know they are Russians because the previous owner, a Dutch citizen who built the house, told local friends to whom he sold the property, three years ago. Same sources told me that the newspaper reference to “armed guards” may have been a misunderstanding, because there is a nearby property where a private security company has several men. That property has no buildings, but it’s a large forested area, with a lot of pine trees. The owners, a Portuguese bank and a well known businessman have a project to build a resort, there, and hired the private guards just to protect the area against summer fires, they told me.[/quote]

Hello Mr. Reis,

This reminded me of a post over at Steve Huffs CrimeBlogUS site. The post was made by a person named Anna on May 11th. I believe it was the only post she made, no one commented on her post as far as I can tell. Keep in mind English is not this persons first language. Sometimes psychics can provide valuable input. Here is her post.

Regards,
Marina

Anna / May 11 2007 / 12am
Hi,I really dont know what to say or do, have been having Madeleine in my mind for days. I am a “sensitive” person and some times I DO forspeak happenings.I DONT want to say or do anything that makes this wierd in any way but I have felt and “seen” things. Maybe I can be rigth…if not IM so sorry.At least its a try.My feeling are that she is somewhere where there is lika construccion…no people and wery quiet..a yard with sand and gras…big…. and barrows…big barrows for oil or gasoline….there is water aswell.Could be close to harbour as they where thinking. The Barrows are importent ( inside? )and theese big plastic covers for boats…green or blue. A yellow ribbon? I have bad feelings about this, shes cold,shes frezing..but shes alive..and it could be more than one girl….I dont know where to put this or if I should say anything at all. Well….good luck and if anybody read this, I really dont know….what can I say or do??…Just a wierd medium saying? …….what can I do? Sincerely/A

anaUK said...

Hi Paulo
Thank you for your hard word here in reporting the facts of this case. We very much appreciate it.
I have a question that I hope you won't mind me asking. I read somewhere on a crime blog that another child had been abducted in this area a while ago. The person commenting was complaining that that abduction hadn't received as much media coverage as Madeleines case. I can't remember where I read it now or the details but wondered if you know if there is any truth to this and is there a possible connection?

Fi said...

There is a stir going on about information posted on this site by a man in the USA http://www.briansprediction.com/dd/5441.htm

Thought you might want to check it out or pass on the details to someone else on the ground who could do so.

Thanks for keeping us up to date

Paulo Reis said...

Sorry for taking so long with my answers to your questions:

Chantalle:
I'm not sure about Murat's qualifications as a translator/interpreter, as I didn't talk with him. But I checked with Portuguese police and they never used him as a translator. Portuguese police has a “modus operandi” very strict and clear, in what concerns translations: only professional registered translators are accepted, as their translations may have (usualy, they are...) submited to court. And the law demands that translations must be certified by a translator registrered in the government's professional national registry. Is a translation is not certified according to the law, the judge doesn't accept it as evidence and the case may droped, just because of that...

D:

About Murat's daughter name, it was Murat's himself who told to two Portuguese journalists (from Lusa, news agency and correio da Manhã, daily newspaper) that he had a daughter called Madeleine. This talk happened at May 4, early morning - the morning after Madeleine was abducted.

AnaUK:

There was a Rumanian child abducted in Malaga, Spain, which was found by SEF (Border Police) during a routine control, near the border with Spain, The child was traveling whit a man, also Rumanian., but he wasn't his father. The man was arrested, Spanish police took care of the child, and the man is waiting for trial, in jail. May br you haerd about this. The only other case of a abduction of a foreign child, in Portugal, was 17 (seventeen) years ago, also in Algarve. It was a young boy, 7/8 years old, and his body was found on a forest area, a few weeks after being abducted. The case you refer (also in Algarve) was not a kidnaping of abduction. It was a case of parental abuse (the child, a three year old girl called Joana) was killed by her uncle, who was also her mother's lover (!!!) after she found them havein sex at home. At least, this was the conclusion of Police, because the body of Joana never appeared. Evidence was strong, against the “couple” (a disfunccional famuly...). The child disapeared and none of them worried about that. Her mother went out, for a party. It was a neighbour who reported to police that Joana was missing... Mother and uncle were sentenced to 16 years in jail.

Regards,

Paulo Reis

Paulo Reis said...

PS - The Rumanian child was found on May 19...

Paulo Reis said...

Please:

Somebody can tell me, the distance between LEICESTER CITY and SOME OF THE MAIN CITIES of South Yorkshire area, LIKE SHEFFIELD? Or/and send me a map where I can find the city of Leicester and the biggest cities of South Yorkshire?

Same thing for the geographical position and distance from LEICESTER CITY TO NORTH EAST AREA (MAIN CITIES) and MANCHESTER.


Thank you.

Paulo Reis
pjcv.reis@gmail.com

Paulo Reis said...

Please:

Somebody can tell me, the distance between LEICESTER CITY and SOME OF THE MAIN CITIES of South Yorkshire area, LIKE SHEFFIELD? Or/and send me a map where I can find the city of Leicester and the biggest cities of South Yorkshire?

Same thing for the geographical position and distance from LEICESTER CITY TO NORTH EAST AREA (MAIN CITIES) and MANCHESTER.


Thank you.

Paulo Reis
pjcv.reis@gmail.com

Chantalle said...

Many thanks, Mr Reis, for replying to my question about Robert Murat's translating/interpreting skills. I appreciate you taking the time to find out.
Regards, Chantalle