GAZETA DIGITAL

5.10.07

The former British cops that helped to destroy the reputation of Portuguese Police



Since Madeleine disappeared, at least five former British policemen – three of them, high ranking officers - played an important role in the regular bashing or Portuguese police, through the British Media. By coincidence, some of them work for or have connections with TV channels or consultancy companies specialized in handling media cases.

One the most violent critics of Portuguese Police, former CID detective Mark Williams-Thomas, is also the owner and managing-director of WT Associates, a company that offers, among many other services, media handling and advice for high profile cases and “design or review organisations media crisis policy”. Since the first week, when Martin Brunt took him to Praia da Luz, he criticised the inept and incompetent Portuguese police. After we filled a complaint with Ofcom and emailed Sky News editor, asking him if the TV channel knew about the business connections of the crime expert that has been a regular voice against Portuguese Police in Sky News, Mr. Mark Williams disappeared from the screen.

But other former policemen, including at least three ex-Scotland Yard commanders, played an important role in building up of the idea that Portuguese Police arrived hours after they were called, didn't sealed off the apartment, didn't take fingerprints, didn't questioned other guest of the resort, and wasn't able to get disposable clothing to their forensic experts – they used the same clothing in different crime scenes or just used no protective clothing at all.

Portugal, safe place for paedophiles

Mike Hames, the ex-commander who set up Scotland Yard's paedophilia unit, author of ‘The Dirty Squad’ and also a media consultant on child abuse, paedophilia, murder and high profile abduction cases, was Martin Brunt's choice to replace Mark Williams-Thomas, when the Sky News Crime Correspondent made a special report about Madeleine's case, last Sunday. But as early as five days after Madeleine disappeared, The Sun found that Portugal was a safe place for paedophiles: “But a Sun investigation has revealed the Med hot-spot does have a history of child sex offences — many by Brit perverts who fled there, believing they’d be more free to carry out their vile activities.”

Mr Mike Hames was quoted, in the same story, as saying that “Portuguese police should have circulated the sketch they have of a suspect” and he “feared the worst” for Madeleine’s safety, criticising the fact that Portuguese Police didn't made public a sketch of any suspect: “If you have a sketch by a witness, it should be shared with the public. Nine times out of ten it is the public who can solve this. I don’t see the logic of this. It seems to me to be a bit of shambles”.

The most senior of those ex-cops was also the author of an opinion column, on the Mirror, with the a violent attack against the Portuguese Police. Dai Davies, a senior associate of Kingfell Global Crisis, Director and Lead Consultant of Selectamark Consultancy, was responsible for the security of the Royal family and palaces, leading a force of 450 police officers, with an annual budget of £26 million for more than 15 years.

The McCann, innocent people

On a opinion column published on the Mirror, on September 23 (“Police here have given up looking for poor Maddie”), Mr. Dai Davies wrote: “I spent a week in Praia da Luz where Madeleine went missing, "walking the shop floor" as I call it, going over the available evidence and unearthing some startling new information about the case. And in what will surely be another hammer-blow to the McCanns' hopes of finding their little daughter, I've discovered from lengthy talks with my barrister contact that Portuguese investigators have unofficially abandoned the hunt for Madeleine's alleged abductor.”

Showing that he is a strong believer in the innocence of the McCann, Mr. Dai Davies left an advise to PJ detectives: “The police now need to halt their campaign to pin this awful crime on two innocent people and bring in new officers for a complete overhaul with fresh eyes.”

“Mr Davies, a former divisional commander in West London, with child protection experience, has “deliberately” not met with the McCanns”, while at Praia da Luz, according to the Daily Post, “but regularly speaks to their new spokesman Clarence Mitchell.

Flying Squad “reporter”

Ex-Flying Squad Commander John O’Connor is a former British Policeman that came to Praia da Luz to report for several TV Channels. On September 17, the web page of Crimesharetv has the following message: “CSTV is proud to report that the Commander has been to Portugal investigating Madeleine's disappearance and you can catch his daily media reports on GMTV, Sky News and the BBC.” John O'Connor was a policeman for 30 years and he ran “the Flying Squad at New Scotland Yard dealing with all armed robberies in London until retiring with the rank of Commander”, according to Crimesharetv. The page has a link to an interview of John O'Connor with Sky News.

Mr O'Connor gave an interview, on May 17, to The Resident, an English newspaper that introduced him as “a former Scotland Yard commander who is working with the Portuguese authorities investigating Madeleine’s disappearance”. Mr. John O’Connor praised the quality of Portuguese detectives, but stated that “looking in remote places is ineffective.” “Despite this, O’Connor spoke of the high quality detective work in Portugal and believes that they will solve this case. He spoke of the competency and professionalism of the Portuguese police, dismissing any accusations they have faced.”

Later, in the Sky News interview, he told more or less the same: Portuguese cops are nice guys, but they are looking in the wrong places...

Desmond Thomas, former deputy head of Hampshire CID, came forward, around the middle of September, when his expertise was needed. “So far no evidence has emerged in public to suggest that the missing four-year-old is even dead, he told the Daily Star and other British Media. “I think the Portuguese police are struggling. From what we know thus far, if I was bringing the charges I would be nervous about it being successful. In the McCann case, police have no body and no weapon – so it is going to be very difficult.”

The most tenacious and persistent

Mark Williams-Thomas, ex-CID offcier and managing-director of WT Associates was, with no doubt, the former British policeman that produced the largest amount of attaccks against Portuguese Police, with the help of Sky News and Martin Brunt:

“Mr Williams-Thomas believes that because of the huge doubts over the convictions, whoever abducted Joana is more than likely to be behind Madeleine's disappearance. Joana vanished in Figueira (...) He said he could not understand why the police are pursuing their "ludicrous" investigation into the McCanns, when such a strong line of inquiry remains open.”

“For much of the time we have heard or seen little police action (...) Whatever the outcome of this inquiry, the Portuguese legal system is in urgent need of review.”

“But crime expert Mark Williams-Thomas said "that apartment should have been sealed off and a thorough forensic examination taken place in the days and weeks after she went missing.” He added that he had been on the scene in Praia da Luz in the week after the abduction and noticed many flaws in the way the search was being carried out. The former police detective said shutters should have been taken away, a fingertip search of the area carried out and interviews done with people who had been using the local shop.”

“The inner cordon was very close to the apartment, within 30 yards. I would have put the inner cordon 100 yards away. There are limitations to that because there's a shop nearby and there are apartments so some of the cordon might be less than that. But it should have been at least 50 yards (...) I didn't see any house-to-house inquiries being done which is vital because, again, they are the people living and staying in these apartments.”

But at this stage it will be important for them to take stock and even ask for an external review. They need to take experts from outside the investigation, possibly from Britain or America, to undertake the review. This isn't about apportioning blame or criticism in relation to the investigation. It's about looking at possible lines of inquiry with a fresh pair of eyes. In a British investigation this would normally take place at 28 days, with an external force or another body reviewing the investigation.

Former police detective Mark Williams-Thomas told Sky News Online this week that Portuguese police had made errors in the investigation.

Paulo Reis & Duarte Levy

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have to say that what these British officers are quoted as saying is very much fair comment. Tell me, which bit do you disagree with?
These are very experienced officers - it seems the most you can slag them off for is having made successful businesses out of their expertise.
The PJ made mistakes - please don't get on your high horse and tell me otherwise. Many Portuguese people working here in the UK say the same!!!
The lead 'investigator' was sacked for mouthing off in bars and acting in an unprofessional manner. He left his bosses with no choice, and you should recognise that.

mcr said...

Uauh! Mr. Dai Davies is,ups, a very charming and sexy man.Uau. And he is very rich.Uau!

"God make me good,but not yet"

Cidália (jornal Público): excuse me, but i want this man.
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If all the case was not so sad and nothing beautiful, about our dear girl ,Maddie MCcann"disappearence"

Maddie:pardon. We love you so much" Stay in peace,where you are,my dear.

Anonymous said...

what about the portugese media bringing down an innocent family through their lies, you are a joke

Breda said...

Mr Reis,

Shame on you for your juvenile rabble rousing akin to playground bullying. What gives you the authority to air such hate filled commentaries. It would be acceptable if your musings had any solid evidence to assist this case but they do not.

You are like a one man army your lethal offensive weapon being your keyboard. Keep on with your character assassinations all you are doing is digging a big hole for yourself.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe anyone in their right mind would think that the reputation of the Portuguese police force has been ruined.

People these days are well educated and realise that this is but one lazy apple. Guys like him are to be found in any hick area throughout the world.

Portugal has gained a lot of respect by removing and demoting this unprofessional guy. He was giving your CID a very bad name.

Well done Portugal, you rock. :)

Anonymous said...

http://www.bbde.org/lofiversion/index.php/t5230.html
Crime cometido por escritor deu romance e 25 anos de prisão

O escritor polaco Kristian Bala foi condenado a 25 anos de prisão por um tribunal da cidade de Wroclaw, oeste da Polónia, por assasinar o amante da sua mulher e utilizar o crime como argumento para escrever um romance, noticiaram hoje os jornais polacos.

O romance, Amoku (Cólera), foi publicado em 2004 e rapidamente alcançou grande popularidade na Polónia, graças às descrições pormenorizadas de tudo quanto se relaciona com o assassínio cometido pelo protagonista, numa trama que agora ficou provado ter por base acontecimentos reais.

Kristian Bala declarou-se sempre inocente, mas a verdade é que o tribunal encontrou claras semelhanças entre o crime narrado no livro e a brutal morte, em 2000, de Dariusz J., que mantinha uma ligação sentimental com a mulher do escritor.

No romance, como também na realidade, os ciúmes levaram o protagonista a sequestrar o amante da mulher numa cave, sem alimentos, durante três dias, findos os quais o apunhalou e lançou, de mãos e pés atados, ao rio Odra, onde morreria afogado.

A polícia começou a investigação em 2005 e a total semelhança entre o crime na ficção e a forma como Dariusz J. fora assassinado acabou por ser determinante para acusar Kristian Bala, 36 anos de idade e 25 para passar atrás das grades.

Fonte: LUSA - Agência de Notícias de Portugal, S.A.
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Anonymous said...

Escrever com tinta ou sangue
por Fernando Madaíl

A ficção tanto se inspira na verdade como pode ultrapassar a realidade.

Sem pistas nem suspeitos, como sabe qualquer leitor de romances policiais, o crime é perfeito. Se a ficção raramente envereda por esta via, uma vez que a forma de solucionar o caso é o que desperta o interesse - alguns dos livros assinados por Ellery Queen lançavam até um desafio ao leitor, convidando-o a descobrir o culpado antes das últimas páginas -, a realidade está cheia de crimes por desvendar. Por exemplo, ninguém sabe quem foi Jack, O Estripador.

Na velha relação entre crime e literatura (seja pela pena de um Poe ou pelo punho de um Dostoievski) nada se parece comparar ao que está a ser associado ao escritor polaco Krystian Bala, de 33 anos, conhecido como jornalista de viagens. O autor de tinta é acusado de revelar demasiados detalhes de um crime cujo autor de sangue, até hoje, não foi descoberto.

Primeiro, a realidade. O corpo de Dariusz J., de 35 anos, que era dono de uma pequena agência de publicidade na cidade de Wroclaw, foi encontrado a boiar no rio Oder, a 13 de Novembro de 2000, com sinais de tortura. De acordo com as versões que têm sido divulgadas, tinha as mãos atadas com uma corda ao redor do pescoço, de tal forma que, sempre que fazia algum movimento, se estrangulava um pouco mais. O criminoso, até agora, estava a salvo.

Depois, a alegada ficção. Três anos volvidos, Krystian Bala lança o seu primeiro romance, intitulado Amok. Numa linguagem forte, em que a acção se centra, como sintetiza o jornal inglês The Guardian, sobre um grupo de intelectuais entediados, que procuravam consolo na trilogia drogas, álcool e sexo, descreve um homicídio muito idêntico ao de Dariusz. Uma chamada anónima para a polícia, já em 2005, alertava as autoridades sobre as semelhanças entre a intriga e o crime, cujos contornos tinham sido divulgados num programa televisivo sobre casos policiais por solucionar, chamado 997.

A seguir, as suspeitas. O inspector Jacek Wroblewski, que lidera as investigações, terá acumulado vários indícios contra o escritor: a sua ex-mulher conhecia a vítima; Bala vendeu um telemóvel pela Internet igual ao da vítima, quatro dias depois do seu assassinato; no programa televisivo sobre o crime foram recebidos mails provenientes da Indonésia e da Coreia do Sul garantindo que aquele era um "crime perfeito" - e Krystian estava, nessa altura, precisamente naquela parte da Ásia, a dedicar-se à fotografia subaquática.

O romancista foi detido, mas seria libertado por alegados maus tratos policiais. Enquanto Bala ("cujo apelido", notava Félix Romeo, no jornal espanhol ABC, "leva a morte dentro") defendia que a sua narração apenas se baseou nas notícias dos jornais e, a partir daí, funcionou a sua intuição, um tribunal quer incriminar o escritor por considerar que o cenário e os pormenores do crime só eram conhecidos da polícia - e, naturalmente, do homicida.

Bala, que já se submeteu ao detector de mentiras - e saiu incólume -, define Amok como "uma mera obra de ficção" (de acordo com The Guardian), e até admite que é "puro lixo pornográfico" (na versão do ABC). Os seus amigos adiantam que ele está a ser vítima de perseguição política, uma vez que descreve cerimónias demoníacas e faz ataques à Igreja Católica, o que terá desagradado ao regime dos gémeos Kaczynski.

Enquanto se aguarda pela sentença, vale a pena recordar a síntese feita pelo jornal Folha de São Paulo: "Agora, cabe ao júri escolher, entre dois roteiros, qual é realidade. Um assassino orgulhoso escreve um relato de seu crime perfeito? Ou um escritor obcecado recolhe dos jornais fragmentos e fantasia o assassinato num romance policial?"

Fonte: Diário de Notícias

Anonymous said...

Maddie´s case is a very , very sad case. And very serious. Poor baby,only 3 years.And I (WE ALL) wish the truth come to us, the public.




A positiv (?)...point is the presence of a very beautiful british man, Mr. D. Seaborn D.
Charming. Very nice man.

Paulo Reis said...

Read what Martin Frickler, from Mirror, wrote on the paper edition of May 5 (reporting the situation on May4):

"Officers sealed off the five-storey holiday block with crime scene tape and fingerprinted the shutters and window sill outside Maddy's room. A patio to the rear of the block, believed to be attached to the family's two-bedroom apartment, was also sealed off. By late afternoon (MAY 4...) the hunt for Maddy had intensified with helicopter crews, firemen and maritime search teams involved. A special criminal investigation team from the Policia Judiciria was travelling down from Lisbon."

http://www.sundaymirror.co.uk/news/dailynews/tm_headline=who-took-our-maddy---&method=full&objectid=19048526&siteid=89520-name_page.html

Anonymous said...

Hi Paolo!

What is your comment on latest news
The Leicestershire force denies ever backing the theory that McCanns have been involved in death of their daughter published in a Portuguese newspaper and announcing
'statement is unprecedented for the British force'

Also about the sniffer dogs finding death smell on Kate's clothes The Guardian is reporting that 'no usable evidence' could be extracted for DNA testing, meaning there was no forensic corroboration for the dogs' reaction.'

Paulo Reis said...

Realy? I read that "Leicestershire police also issued a statement stating that, since Madeleine's disappearance, British police had offered 'advice and support to the Portuguese investigation. A wide range of specialist capabilities have been available for them to use as and when requested. Leicestershire Constabulary have been careful not to offer an opinion as to what has happened to Madeleine as it is not party to all the evidence as it is not our investigation."

I never read that Leicestershire Police was "backing the theory that McCanns have been involved in death of their daughter". What I read was that "a Policeman from Leicestershire had made a comment about the McCann being named formal suspects and he said that he had arrested people with less evidence that the Portuguese Police had, at that moment".

About what The Guardian says, concerning forensic evidence resulting from the samples colected by a British Police special team and analysed by Forensic Science Service, let's wait until those results are available to the public...

Anonymous said...

The British police officers assigned to Madeleine's case have nothing but praise for how their Portuguese counterparts have carried on, claiming they are professional, thorough and well-balanced in their investigation.

So I find it strange that these ex-commanders are throwing dirt without any actual proof of incompetence. After all, as ex-police, they aren't part of the official investigation; they're only there in a media capacity.

Maybe they've been hired by Clarence Mitchell and his goon-squad of charlatans to get the McCanns declared innocent in the court of public opinion by any means necessary.

The McCanns are guilty; get over it.

MCarmoReis said...

WELL, ENVISIONAL, I GO FOR A MOMENT TO READ THE BOOK " GONE,BABY,GONE" IN PORTUGUESE.
SEE YOU LATER.

MCarmo said...

Paulo: when I said "positiv?" is because a woman wash the eyes with that man(physical nice)(is um pão).


Read what Martin Frickler, from Mirror, wrote on the paper edition of May 5 (reporting the situation on May4): I did,because I like yor style and your caracter. You are the best one.MCarmo

Paulo,desculpe a brincadeira,mas que o homem, o DSD é super atraente,isso é.

Anonymous said...

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=2296203136219895848&hl=en-GB



Interessante

Linda, Scotland said...

I think these ex policemen, who aren't involved in the investigation and don't know any facts should keep their opinions to themselves.
I could rant for ages about my suspicions but there's no point.
What will happen is that the evidence will get the perpetrator in the end.

I don't know why these police think they're any better than Portuguese police or indeed why British or Americans should review the case. In fact that's an absolute insult.

The McCanns might ACTUALLY be guilty we don't know. If they are they need to be thoroughly investigated and if they are involved they should be punished as I would wish anyone who's been involved in this to be punished.

Let the Portuguese get on with their jobs and stop slagging them off.

Anonymous said...

In your eyes the Portuguese police were just perfect- this is model police work?? If it was your child would you be happy about this so called police work- I doudt it- More then likely an internal investigation has revealed the rotten of the batch and what ever damage control can be done at this point-They destroyed themselves

Tinkerbelle said...

Please Please Paulo don't resign as a journalist!!

My heart will be soooooo sad!

Tinkerbelle said...

Who thinks the British police are perfect?

They're the ones who shot
the Brazilian kid in the head in the subway.

Anonymous said...

I think the Portugees Police are better than the British tabloids could ever hope to be.
It's a a very sad period for the British media, or should that be sheep .
I'm a Brit bye the way.

Anonymous said...

Hi Paulo

Hope you can comment on the recent news of second PJ detective in charge of Madeleine's case being accused ( or is he charged?) with torture of suspect?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/10/08/nmaddy308.xml

So we now have Mr Amaral accused of torture in case of Joana and also Mr Tavares Almeida accused of torture of a different man in a different case?

Paolo why so many officers in Madeleine's case are accused of beating us suspects?

This doesn't show a nice picture of PJ officers ?

Why PT public doesn't complain about tortures in police custody?

This is not right, is it?

Also, there is another case of little Rachel's murder when another suspect also complained of being beaten up and I hear of yet another case, the boyfriend of Lenoar Cipriano also complains of being beaten up.

Why so many cases?

Also Paulo can you explain who is
Ana Paula Matos? Is this the former co-ordinator of PJ and why this person is in custody now?

Many Thanks Paulo!

Paulo Reis said...

Dear anonymous,

Your questions: “Paolo why so many officers in Madeleine's case are accused of beating us suspects? This doesn't show a nice picture of PJ officers ? Why PT public doesn't complain about tortures in police custody? This is not right, is it?”

My answers:

a) Sow many? Two? And were they already charged, went on trial and sentenced? Don’t you have, in UK, that basic principle that everybody is innocent until sentenced and the process of appeals finished?

b) How many cases are there, every month, in UK, where police officers are accused of beating suspects and investigated because of that? And how many times those cases, after a proper investigation, are found to be baseless?

c) Leonor Cipriano never retracted her confession, as the fake news on Telegraph put it – because she never confessed! Police found blood from her daugther INSIDE her refrigerator. She was sentenced by a court with a jury (defendants, in Portugal can choose to go on trial on a court with three judges or with three judges and a jury), her lawyer appealed to the “Tribunal da Relação” (the second level of appeal), the sentence was confirmed and the lawyer appealed to the Portuguese Supreme Court – wich reduced the sentence from 19 years to 16 years, for technical legal reasons.

d) Her brother, also sentenced (they had an incestuous sexual relationship) wrote a letter and send it to newspapers, from prison, saying that her sister sold the daughter to somebody who took her to Spain.

e) About Rachel Charles, please read what the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr. Mark Lennox-Boyd told, about this case, on a House of Commons Hansard Debates, June 9, 1992:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199293/cmhansrd/1992-06-09/Debate-20.html

- On 5 December 1990 the British consulate in Portimao was informed that Michael Cook had been arrested the previous day for the murder of Rachel Charles. The consulate was told that he had confessed and would be taken before a judge on6 December to be formally charged.

- The Portimao consul visited him on 6 December. On that occasion he said that he was being well treated and had no complaints. A Portuguese police officer was present throughout that meeting. On 10 December the Portimao consul had a private meeting with Michael Cook. On that occasion Mr. Cook said that he had been beaten twice : once when detained for questioning on 22 November and subsequently after his arrest on 4 December. He said that he had confessed under duress. He claimed to have been beaten on the chest and feet ; this, he said, explained why there were no signs of ill treatment.

- On the following day, at the consul's insistence, Michael Cook was asked by the prison staff whether he wished to see a doctor so that a formal complaint about his mistreatment could be made. He declined to do so. Also on 11 December the British consul in Lisbon told Mr. Cook's Portuguese lawyer that the embassy would make a formal complaint if Mr. Cook wished. The offer was not taken up either by the lawyer or by Mr. Cook during subsequent visits by the Portimao consul. Thus, no medical examination to substantiate the allegations or otherwise took place.

- From 11 December 1990 to 30 January 1992 when his trial began, Michael Cook was visited seven more times by consular officials. He complained once, in February 1991, of having been threatened verbally by other inmates, but said that the threats had ceased. Twice he complained of suffering from mental stress and three times from ulcer problems. The British consul on those occasions sought and received assurances from the prison governor that Mr. Cook would receive the necessary treatment.
(...)
- On 19 February Michael Cook's brother, Colin Cook, rang the embassy in Lisbon to say that he had heard that Michael Cook had been stabbed in prison in Faro. The embassy immediately made inquiries. It was assured that Michael Cook had not been stabbed, although he had been involved in an argument over cigarettes with another prisoner. The following day the vice- consul from Lisbon visited Mr. Cook. Although physically all right, he was understandably extremely upset over the trial verdict. The prison governor gave assurances for Mr. Cook's safety. On 4 March 1992, Michael Cook was transferred to Coimbra high security prison, about 110 miles north of Lisbon.

- During that month, the consul and vice-consul drew the attention of officials at the Portuguese Ministry ofForeign Affairs to the great degree of British ministerial, official and public concern about Michael Cook's case. On 8 March The Sunday Times published an article reporting that Mr. Cook had been ill treated at the hands of other prisoners. The pro-consul in Lisbon looked into those allegations without delay. He contacted the prison governor on 10 March to register the embassy's concern for Michael Cook's safety and welfare. He was assured that there was no evidence of ill -treatment. Later that day, the vice-consul spoke to Mr. Cook by telephone. Mr. Cook said that one inmate--not a cellmate--had uttered a verbal threat, but that he had not been physically attacked.

- He mentioned that he was suffering from a stomach ulcer and had dental problems. In response to this, the vice-consul said that the embassy would write to the prison governor about these problems. A letter was sent on 13 March. On 6 April Coimbra prison confirmed to the embassy that Michael Cook had been given a full-time job in the prison car paint workshop. It also confirmed that he had seen a doctor about his ulcer and had been put on a special diet. He had also seen a dentist.

- On 16 April, the consul visited Michael Cook for two hours in a private room. Mr. Cook confirmed that he had gained some weight as a result of his special diet, and did not wish to have any matter raised with the prison authorities. Michael Cook recently told his parents that he had been taken to see a psychiatrist. He was under the impression that the prison was trying to have him committed to a mental home, which would make it even more difficult for him to prove his innocence. Coimbra prison has told the consul that Michael Cook did not in fact see a psychiatrist. He was taken to see a specialist about his stomach ulcer. Unfortunately, it appears that the prison mistakenly translated "specialist" for "psychiatrist" when talking to Mr. Cook. The consul will visit Mr. Cook again on19 June.

- I have described the full support given by the consuls in Portimao and Lisbon. Prisoners Abroad, an admirable organisation run by our former colleague in the House, Keith Best, has been in regular contact with Michael Cook and is giving him full support. I know that Michael Cook, his family and others believe that there has been a miscarriage of justice. I can well understand their concern, but, whatever we may think, it would be wrong for me to express an opinion on the conduct of the trial while an appeal is pending.

- If the lawyers believe that the case has not been dealt with in accordance with Portuguese law, it is their responsibility to take appropriate steps. Portuguese law provides for this and, indeed, the lawyers have submitted an appeal on Michael Cook's behalf. They have told the British embassy that the Portuguese Supreme Court has accepted the appeal and that, in their view, the appeal process is proceeding satisfactorily.

- On 19 February Colin Cook complained to the British consul in Lisbon that the trial violated article 6 of the European convention on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. On examination, he agreed that the European convention can be brought into play only when all local remedies have been exhausted. We are keeping in close touch with Mr. Cook's lawyers and the Portuguese authorities. We are asking them to do what they can to ensure that Michael Cook's appeal is heard by the supreme court with the minimum delay. Our ambassador in Lisbon wrote to the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 3 June to press this point, and I will be in touch with my hon. Friend as soon as I have a reply.

f) Ana Paula Matos is an inspector of PJ, accused of stealing money and drugs from a PJ deposit. Our police force has its “black sheeps”, like the British Police. What you do is manipulation: you refer THREE cases and you put in the same bag 2,100 PJ detectives. Do you want a list of British Police dismissed, disciplined and accused, beacuse they breached the rules or they commited crimes, while on duty? Do you consider that British Police are a “bunch of incompetents”, only because:

1 – “The Metropolitan Police went on trial today over the killing of innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell Tube station.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstories/2007/10/01/police-in-court-over-de-menezes-shooting-89520-19876598/

2 – “Terror cops swoop on disabled mates”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstories/2007/09/27/terror-cops-swoop-on-disabled-mates-89520-19854343/

3 – “Cops axed over shot dad blunder”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstories/2007/10/06/cops-axed-over-shot-dad-blunder-89520-19906162/

I have great consideration and admiration of British Police, I consider they are one of best Police forces in the world. I know what I am speaking about, because I lived and worked in London, for seven months, in 2005. I have a son that has been living in UK for the last two years. He works part-time and he is studying at a British University.

I don’t make a judgment about the quality of British Police, based in the THREE above mentioned cases of blunders and serious failures – most schocking of them, the case of the father who was stabbed and complained to Police that a gang was targeting him – police did nothing and he was shot dead a few months after, at his home.

You make a judgment about Portuguese Police based in three cases. Clarence Mithcell wouldn’t do better...


Paulo Reis

PS – It’s a pity that Telegraph forget to mention that “former British child protection officer Mark Williams-Thomas” is also the owner and managing-director fo WT Associates, a company specialized in “media handling and advice for high profile cases and ‘design or review organisations media crisis policy”.

http://gazetadigitalmadeleineandthemedia.blogspot.com/2007/09/sky-news-crime-expert-is-director-of_15.html

Anonymous said...

YAWN this case is now offically boring....

Anonymous said...

Paolo,

any comments about the latest revalations re PJ incompetence - getting into, and driving cars to a forensic inspection, instead of having them transported, thus introducing potential contamination?

I know you've developed a chip on your shoulder, but you have to admit that things like this make it hard for you to defend the PJ's reputation as a world-class police force.

Paulo Reis said...

Revelations? What revelations? This is the same slander used by the crime "expert" from Sky News who said that Portuguese forensic experts don't change protective clothing and use the same clothing in differente crime scneses. What's next? There is tribe of canibals, living in the outskirst of Lisbon? There are no Hospitals in Portugal? To go from Faro airport to any town in Algarve you must travel by horse?

Sam. said...

Hm, I think this is all a bit of a waste of time.

Move on...