Scotland’s convincing win against Lithuania should not be an inducement to attend Hampden Park on Monday evening. The England v Slovakia game on television should be a bigger draw. If England win, and frankly I’m not convinced that they will, and the bounce game against Malta inexorably leads to a Scotland win, Scotland would go into their home game against Slovakia on the 5th October knowing that they had to win.
As Slovakia’s last World Cup qualifier is against Malta on the 8th October, a draw at Hampden would not be good enough. In the corresponding away fixture Scotland were convincingly beaten 0-3. Of course even if they were to win this game their last game is away to Slovenia who may also have designs on the runners-up spot.
As I have stated on a number of occasions, I cannot envisage Scotland prevailing on 5th October and on the 8th October. Slovakia have a real chance of automatic qualification from this group. If they fashion a win at Wembley, they will anticipate six points from Scotland and Malta and will set about securing accommodation in Russia.
I urge the Tartan Army to keep their powder dry until the 5th October and in the unlikely event of a win, pack their bags for Slovenia. Do not fritter away £20-£30 to ensure that Stewart Regan has more leg room on the flight to Slovenia. There is nothing crucial about Monday’s game. Scotland are 1/16 to win. Malta 28/1.
Those not interested in the Madeleine McCann case should look away now. For my latest piece on this, how shall I phrase it – miscarriage of justice – my research led me to the translations of the Portuguese Police’s analysis and rogatory interviews with the Tapas 7.
The McCanns have made a small fortune by suing the Express Group Newspaper Group for libel. The Express Group settled out of court and in an unprecedented move printed page one apologies to the McCanns in The Daily Express and Daily Star.
One wonders if they would be so keen to settle and apologise given Gonçalo Amaral’s book – The Truth of The Lie – on his investigation and the release of the Portuguese police’s case notes. The McCanns were determined to quash the publication of Amaral’s book. They squandered millions taking their appeal all the way to The Portuguese Supreme Court. They sued Amaral for libel. They petitioned for his imprisonment. Yet despite their overwhelming litigious might, they failed to silence him. Their appeal was thrown out. The initial print run of 200,000 copies sold out within days. It has been translated and published in several European countries.
However their £75,000 per annum spin doctor, former Labour Government Advisor Clarence Mitchell, had the book banned in the UK. It has been translated online by Anna Esse.
What is established from the rogatory interviews was that David Payne was the last person other than the McCanns to see Madeleine alive and well. He dropped by at 6.30 p.m. on the evening of the 3rd September. He remarked on how healthy they all looked. A tribute to their parents as it were.
As it takes two hours for cadaverine to be detectable from a corpse, Madeleine who according to the PJ died in apartment 5A, must have died two hours prior to the eyewitness account of Gerry McCann carrying her lifeless body at 9.50p.m. Kate McCann, if we are to accept Payne’s statements, was left alone with the children from the time of Payne’s departure at 6.45 – 7 p.m. until the time Gerry McCann returned from the tennis court due to failing light. The presence of Madeleine’s blood in the apartment is a concern.
In the PJ report it is stated that:
“The circumstance that the Parents were the last known persons who had been with Madeleine, alive and traced, a circumstance that in itself made them subject to investigation. On the other hand, there was information, which was not confirmed afterwards, that the McCanns, while focused on stating an abduction theory, had contacted the British media (Sky News), before calling the police authorities.”
“Confronted with these elements, namely the possibility of the existence of a cadaver in the apartment and in the vehicle that was used by the parents, founded suspicions of their involvement were raised.”
“As they were summoned to depose again, while there was no plausible explanation for those situations and as they were to be confronted with the dogs’ findings and with the lab information, which were susceptible of rendering them responsible as authors of crimes (at least, of neglectful homicide and of concealment of a cadaver), they were, obligatorily and inexorably, made arguidos.”
“We believe that the main damage was caused to the McCann arguidos, who lost the possibility to prove what they have protested since they were constituted arguidos: their innocence towards the fateful event; the investigation was also disturbed, because said facts remain unclarified.
“Pamela Fenn, who resides on the residential block’s first floor, above the apartment that was occupied by the McCann family, clarified that on the 1st of May 2007, two days before her disappearance, at around 10.30 p.m., she heard a child crying, which from the sound would be MADELEINE and that she cried for an hour and fifteen minutes, until her parents arrived, at around 11.57 p.m. This shows that the parents were not persistently worried about their children [and] that they didn’t check on them like they afterwards declared they did, rather neglecting their duty to guard those same children, although not in a temerarious, or gross, manner.”
The following is from the Portuguese penal code, clause 227
“1 – Whoever places another person’s life in danger,
a) By exposing her in a location where she is subject to a situation from which she, on her own, cannot defend herself against; or
b) Abandoning her without defence, whenever the agent had the duty to guard her, to watch over her or to assist her;”
This legal type of crime is only fulfilled with intent, and this intent has to cover the creation of danger to the victim’s life, as well as the absence of a capacity to defend herself, on the victim’s behalf. Even if, hypothetically, one could admit that Gerald and Kate McCann might be responsible over the child’s death, it would still have to be explained how, where through, when, with what means, with the help of whom and where to they freed themselves of her body within the restricted time frame that would have been available to them to do so.
The report by the PJ has now been archived. The investigation by Belgravia police, which has recently received additional funding is a whitewash that will skirt round any McCann culpability. They are on a wild goose chase looking for Jane Tanner’s fabricated sighting.
On a final note one can see why the McCanns and Mitchell wanted Amaral off the case.
Joana Cipriano disappeared from the village of Figueira, near Portimao, on 12 September 2004 and was later assumed to have been murdered, though her body has never been found. She was eight-years-old.
The investigation into her disappearance ended with the conviction of Leonor and Joao Cipriano, Joana’s mother and uncle, for her murder.
The prosecution claimed that Joana was killed because she saw her mother, Leonor Cipriano, and her mother’s brother, Joao Cipriano, having sex. This was in accordance with the testimony of the stepfather of Leandro Silva, the common-law husband of Leonor Cipriano.
The PJ inspectors were working under Gonçalo Amaral at the time of the alleged incident. There were allegations that Leonor Cipriano was tortured.
The trial of the PJ inspectors revealed many attempts by Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer to discredit Gonçalo Amaral, both professionally and personally.
The trial concluded on 22 May 2009 with Gonçalo Amaral receiving an 18-month custodial sentence, suspended for the same length of time, for the misrepresentation of evidence.
Amaral had a fierce reputation. Despite being discredited no-one could ever accuse him of not going the extra mile to nail a suspect.