Friday, 25 April 2008

SOS Madeleine McCann: lawyers and diplomats to the rescue of the McCanns

http://sosmaddie.dhblogs.be/

When Ben Needham went missing on a Greek island some years ago, his mother had to finally give up her search for him when she could no longer afford to eat. I don't recall any government minister sending in the troops, aka Clarence Mitchell, Sheree Dodd et al. Actually, I am sure that there have been other incidents of British children disappearing abroad, but I have never heard of there being intervention at this level of government or diplomacy. Very strange, I say.

Meanwhile....here comes the cavalry!!!!


25.04.2008


Avocats et diplomates au secours des McCann

Kate et Gerry veulent des garanties pour revenir au Portugal

Ce sont les avocats du couple qui ont entamé les premiers contacts, au plus haut niveau, afin d’obtenir une sorte d’immunité que puisse permettre à Kate et Gerry McCann d’effectuer le déplacement à Praia da Luz, au Portugal, sans être inquiétés.

Lawyers and diplomats to the McCanns' rescue.

Kate and Gerry want guarantees for returning to Portugal.

It is the couple's lawyers who have initiated contacts, at the highest level, to obtain a sort of immunity which would allow Kate and Gerry to go to Praia da Luz in Portugal, without being harassed.

La démarche des hommes de loi à été suivie par l’intervention de la diplomatie britannique au Portugal. Selon une source au Ministère des Affaires Etrangers (Foreign Office) des contacts informels ont été effectués avec les autorités portugaises afin de connaître les réelles intentions du Procureur et de la Police Judiciaire (PJ), en particulier pour ce que concerne la reconstitution des événements du 3 mai 2007, jour de la disparition de Maddie, demandée par les enquêteurs.

The lawyers' approach was followed by the intervention of British diplomats in Portugal. According to a source at the Foreign Office, informal contacts have been made with the Portuguese authorities in order to find out the real intentions of the PJ's Public Prosecutor, in particular regarding the reconstruction of the events of May 3rd 2007, the day of Maddie's disappearance, requested by the investigators.

Gerry et Kate McCann avaient la certitude, après leur retour au Royaume-Uni en septembre dernier, que leur statut d’arguidos serait abandonné avant la fin 2007 mais ni leurs avocats ni la pression médiatique exercée par leurs proches n’ont réussi à changer le cour normal de la justice au Portugal.

(à suivre)

Gerry and Kate McCann were certain, after their return to the UK last September, that their arguido status would be lifted before the end of 2007, but neither their lawyers nor media pressure exerted by their relatives has succeeded in changing the normal course of Portuguese justice.

(To be continued)


1 comment:

mariana faithful said...

You are right Anna, the Needhams have never received any kind of assistance from the government.
I thank you, on their behalf for mentioning this little known fact.

There is another British person who has disappeared from the island of Crete in 2005.
Stephen Cook, was 20 years old at the time.