Since August, when the PJ had begun to turn against us,Or as it is usually called, 'doing their job'
we had been very disappointed with the attitude of the British authorities. Contact with us reduced to a trickle and little, if any information was shared with us. After we were made arguidos the situation deteriorated further.Just a tiny point here, but that was because you were frigging suspects, you clown. Since when do the police go around sharing information with the bloody suspects?
The UK police would argue that their hands were tied: the Portuguese might have perceived any ‘interference’ as an attempt to undermine their primacy in the investigation, which would have had implications not only for the current inquiry but also for any future international cooperation. We were aware of the frustrating constraints of this delicate relationship, but to us, it just felt like a betrayal.Betrayal of what? You were a cheeky pair of fuckers who got themselves into trouble abroad and embarrassed them, given as doctors should at least know how to look after their own children
The most difficult thing for us has been that we know the British police considered aspects of the investigation to be substandard and we honestly don’t think they believed we were involved in Madeleine’s disappearance.Now, this is such a sneaky thing to do. She can make a claim like that and there is absolutely nothing the UK police can do about it. They can't agree with it, they can't deny it. Naturally, it's another opportunity to have a go at the Portuguese police, too.
Comments made to us privately by several officers (including the most senior ones) confirmed this, but did nothing to prevent us from feeling we’d been hung out to dry when radio silence was maintained in public.Again, this puts the police in an impossible situation. They can neither confirm or deny it and frankly the McCanns could have made it up and the police would have been unable to say anything. I remember reading an account of another crime, where, during a press conference, the two chief suspects announced that they had passed the lie detector tests "with flying colours" which was a big lie; they had failed miserably. But the police couldn't contradict them without blowing the chance of a conviction
It is exasperating, too, that while we know the UK police are well aware of the selective leaks to the media, and what they seem designed to achieve, they still insist they have a cooperative relationship with the PJ.So what - you expected the UK to break off diplomatic relationships with Portugal because of your 'hurt feelings'? Perhaps you are disappointed we didn't go to war, or send an Armada.
These leaks have included confidential statements taken by officers in Britain and supplied to the Portuguese police – and in some cases, the breaching of that confidence has caused immense damage to people other than ourselves.Of course they were passed to the police - you expect the UK plods to withhold evidence from the PJ? Have you forgotten, Kate, that it was supposed to be about getting your daughter back, not rubbing E45 cream into your hurting bits?
It all makes this ‘cooperation’ look very one-sided. By declining to speak out about this kind of behaviour, which wouldn’t be tolerated in our country, they are conveying the impression of a tacit acceptance of it, even agreement with it.That may well be because they DID agree with it
In the spring of 2008 – almost a year after Madeleine was last seen – the PJ decided they wanted to conduct a re-enactment in Praia da Luz of the night of 3 May 2007. The participants required were Gerry, me, Fiona, Dave, Jane, Russ, Rachael, Matt, Dianne and Jes Wilkins, to whom Gerry chatted in the street that night just after his last glimpse of Madeleine.Well, that seems logical. You were all there that night.
They weren’t interested in using actors or stand-ins.What would be the point?
So either everyone agreed or the reconstruction wouldn’t go ahead.That must have been like handing you a Get Out of Jail Free card
Our understanding was that as arguidos, Gerry and I were obliged to attend.Yes, you were. But strangely, you didn't seem clear on this in several tv interviews you gave, when you made lots of excuses as to why you didn't want to go back
The other witnesses received reasonably friendly emails from the PJ, via the British police, inviting them to take part.Yes they did. The emails were perfectly civil, explained the process in full and were clear about what was expected of them
They were a bit baffled and replied requesting more details about the purpose of this belated re-enactment.Baffled? Why baffled? Madeleine was missing, wasn't she? You had wanted to do a reconstruction in the early days, supposedly, so how did this sense of bafflement arise?
And lets be honest about the further details they requested. It was just basically them saying "But why?" and implying they would only come if they dropped your arguido status. They sent a demand for the following questions to be answered
1 - Why do the PJ want them to take part in the re-enactment?
2 - What is the aim, what are the PJ trying to achieve with the re-enactment?
3 - Why so close to the anniversary?
4 - Why don't the PJ use actors?
5 - Will the footage of the re-enactment be released to the press/TV etc?
6 - What protection is there for the friends in relation to the media coverage/likely frenzy?
It seemed it would not be filmed, or at any rate, not for information-gathering through public broadcast. Our friends had watched, with increasing horror, what had happened to us. If they were suspicious that the PJ might be trying to use them to somehow strengthen a flimsy case against us, or even to implicate one of them, it would be understandable.I'm sure it would be understandable, and no doubt you had put the fear of god into them, implying that the same could happen to them as happened to you
There were worries, too, about the likelihood of a media furore blowing up around the whole thing, especially as the proposed dates had already been leaked to the newspapers.You were given assurances that the entire area would be closed off
The biggest concern, though, for all the witnesses approached, was how a reenactment of the kind the PJ were proposing could actually help to find Madeleine. This question remained unanswered.This is basically an outright lie. That question was not even amongst those sent to the PJ, and in fact Madeleine wasn't mentioned once. It was all a matter of self-interest
At that point the tone of the correspondence grew more brusque and what had seemed to be a request began to sound more like a summons.Because they were sick of the procrastination and the constant "Yes, but why?" refrain from your mates
Some people decided they wanted to take legal advice before agreeing to anything.Which they apparently did, and which resulted in some of them saying they wouldn't go 'on legal advice'
In the end there was no quorum and the plan was abandoned.In the end, your plan paid off, didn't it?
You never had the slightest intention of returning for any reconstruction. In fact, I think I can safely say you would rather have shown your bare arses in Harrods' window than get back on that plane for a reconstruction
When it comes to turning stones, the reconstruction demonstrated that you were quite prepared to leave one unturned when you might not like what was under it