Sunday, January 22, 2012

#McCann:The Express Gently Pick Up On The Words Of Gonçalo Amaral - The Sniffer Dogs WERE Cadaver And Richard Desmond Will Be Aware That In Spain This Case Is Classed As A Fabricated Abduction - The Police Are Searching For The Children's Remains


The case has to be re-opened, and I have faith that it will be,” he said. “It will either be when this current “procurador” leaves, or when the current chief of police leaves. It’s not something I am pushing for - even if I could - it’s just something I feel certain will happen.

And when it does, the first, most essential thing to be done will be a reconstruction of that very first night – the night Madeleine disappeared.

Because that’s what happened: she literally disappeared!

The reconstruction will have to involve all the parties: the McCanns and their friends. You see, there are so many inconsistencies in these people’s statements that a reconstruction will very quickly highlight where they have not told the truth”.

An example of the power of reconstructions came only weeks ago in Spain where a father claimed his two children were abducted from a park.

A police reconstruction quickly proved that the father had never taken his children to the park: witnesses who had seen him arrive in his car but hadn’t noticed the children in the back seat, were surprised to discover that in the reconstruction the child-sized dummies in the back were clearly visible. The children’s father is now in jail – although the children are still missing.

Amaral explained that when Madeleine disappeared police didn’t organise a reconstruction in Praia da Luz “because there were so many journalists on the ground” – and once the heat had died down, “the McCanns refused.

AN INVESTIGATING judge in southern Spain will this week lift a secrecy order on the disappearance of two young children that has gripped the nation for more than three months.

It could cast fresh light on what happened to Ruth Breton, six, and her two-year-old brother Jose but could just as easily only fuel the mystery.

The children were reported missing by their father on October 8, 2011.

He approached a security guard in a popular public park in the city of Cordoba, telling him his children had simply disappeared when he was distracted and had taken his eyes off them for no more than a minute or two.

Jose Breton and his wife Ruth had just separated. He had weekend custody and had taken them to the park that Sunday.

Police launched a frantic search but the two children were nowhere to be found and no one had seen them. Even the park’s numerous security cameras had captured images only of the father, none of Ruth and Jose.

Police immediately noticed that Jose senior seemed to show no emotion. In a flat voice, he repeated his story several times, never changing a detail.

Yet there wasn’t a flicker of fear over what might have happened to his beautiful children. It was reported that he had shown no guilt either for having taken his eyes off them, nor anger that they may have been snatched by strangers to meet who knows what fate.

Detectives leaned heavily on him but he just kept repeating his story, virtually word for word. The children were playing, he took his eyes off them briefly and they were gone. Officers were convinced he was involved in the disappearance. A few days later detectives and uniformed police swooped on the country property just outside the city owned by his parents and little Jose’s paternal grandparents at Las Quemadillas.

They were accompanied by sniffer dogs and spent hours turning the place inside-out. They found nothing. In the next eight days they repeated the operation twice more. But there were still no clues. Although Jose stuck to his story he was arrested and questioned as a suspect. After 72 hours – the maximum a suspect can be held in Spain – he was handed to an investigating judge, Jose Luis Rodriguez.

After a closed-door session, Breton was ordered to prison on suspicion of illegal detention, kidnapping and simulating a crime. A secrecy order meant that whatever evidence there was could not be disclosed.

Last week, state prosecutor Jose Antonio Martin-Caro said that when the secrecy order is lifted on Wednesday there will be evidence to back-up why Breton is being held. He admitted, however, that what actually happened to the children remains a mystery. The police are convinced that the father did not take them to the park and knows what happened to them, but they have yet to get him to admit it.

The pressure has not let up on the paternal grandparents. The estate where they live has been searched at least half a dozen more times. Drains have been scoured, false roofs torn down and walls opened up. Last Wednesday a team of National Police divers dragged the River Guadalquivir where it passes through Cordoba and near to the grandparents’ property for a second time since the drama began.

The weekly Madrid news magazine Interviu reported that the father had let one ominous expression slip when a detective asked yet again: “Where are the kids, Jose?” “That,” he is reported to have said, “is my secret.”

"And to those who don’t know him, I will assure them that he didn’t"
Ruth Breton

Equally convinced that Jose senior is responsible for the children’s disappearance is their mother, Ruth. She broke her silence for the first time this month as the 100th day of their disappearance approached.

She told a rally near the Portuguese border: “Everyone who knows Jose Breton knows that he did not lose his children. And to those who don’t know him, I will assure them that he didn’t.”

The case bears a passing resemblance to the disappearance of British child Madeleine McCann on a family holiday in Portugal almost five years ago, in the sense that the mystery has a nation in thrall. Just as Kate McCann has clung to the belief that her daughter is still alive, so Ruth Ortiz is convinced her children are not dead. Also like Kate, she is determined to keep the spotlight on the case and not to give up until the mystery is solved.

Earlier this month she crossed the border into Portugal to put-up scores of posters with pictures of Ruth and Jose.

In Cordoba, a city visited by thousands of tourists every week, posters are being prepared in several languages, including English.

British expats are said to have offered to send posters to the UK as Interpol alerts police across Europe.

It has to be emphasised that there is nothing to connect the Spanish children’s disappearance with that of Madeleine.

Footnote : I may be wrong but having followed the case I do not recall this statement.

"Yet there wasn’t a flicker of fear over what might have happened to his beautiful children. It was reported that he had shown no guilt either for having taken his eyes off them, nor anger that they may have been snatched by strangers to meet who knows what fate".

For Richard Desmond it may be payback time, glad to see Ruth and Jóse have some publicity. Maybe Des will start a campaign with T.Shirts and wristbands!