Madeleine : British mercenaries in action in Portugal, Morocco and Spain

Private investigators unconnected to Control Risk Group” hired by the McCann couple “are believed to be already working in Morocco, Portugal and Spain”, helping in the search of Madeleine McCann, according to The Times. Those “private investigators” are “freelance” former member of British Special Forces and, as a source close to the McCann’s legal team told the Daily Mail, "you wouldn't tangle with some of them. They're not pastry chefs, let's put it that way."

Gerry and Kate hired, in May, the Control Risk Group, a private security company with 600 employees all over the world, most of them former Special Air Service soldiers, MI5 and MI6 agents. Reports in the British Press said they had teams working in Portugal, Morocco, Spain, Belgium and Switzerland, looking for Madeleine McCann and “doing some things that the Portuguese police can’t do.”

Private investigation of a crime, in Portugal, is also a crime, as the president of Portuguese Judges Union told The Times. Antonio Martins said that the McCann “could be charged with 'obstruction of justice' if prosecutors find evidence of a parallel investigation,”

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