There have been several theories floating around cyber space as to exactly why Gerry McCann arrived in Portugal in his best suit last Tuesday accompanied by his lawyer â one of the more interesting suggestions was that he was making a court appearance, generally one of the prime reasons for a dedicated shorts and T-shirt man to suddenly smarten up.
Portugal has a civil law system, so going before a magistrate does not necessarily mean that you are the accused, you may have been summoned to appear before an examining magistrate as a witness â roughly the equivalent of the UK Criminal Prosecution Service. This in turn means that you could be a witness to someone elseâs crime, and thus the suggestion that Gerry McCann was appearing in front of a magistrate does not imply that he himself may have committed any crime.
So, Gerry suited, but who was booted? Metodo3â²s appears not to have had their contract renewed, but from Portugal we hear two conflicting pieces of information.
[Metodo3] Detectives hunting for Madeleine McCann have exposed a child pornography network operating in Spain.
Thirteen people have been arrested in a police operation sparked by the search for the missing youngster.
The team, lead by agency director Francisco Marco, tracked down the images but discovered Madeleine did not appear among them.
They reported their findings to the Spanish National Police who launched an operation to hunt down the paedophiles distributing the videos.
So far, so commendable, but what else do we have on the news wires?
[Metodo3] Private investigators hired by the McCann couple are subject to an investigation by the Faro PJ on suspicion of extortion and attempted murder. The case occurred a few months ago and concerned a former prisoner who was paid by Metodo 3 to provide information.
After receiving the money, the information was not provided and the individual concerned alleges that he was harassed by Metodo3, and he eventually laid a formal complaint to the PJ in Faro of attempted murder.
Was Gerry McCann in Faro to visit the Examining Magistrate investigating Metodo3â²s activities? As their putative employer, although reports suggest that it is actually Brian Kennedyâs firm which technically employ them, it would make perfect sense for an examining magistrate to enquire of Mr McCann as to the exact terms of reference under which they were employed, and precisely what they were asked to do.
The sudden appearance of various news articles publicising the âgood workâ done by Metodo3 at a time when they are possibly being investigated for serious offences would be entirely in keeping with the modus operandi of the McCann saga.
Somewhere under this avalanche of spin, claim and counter claim, lies the truth regarding a small defenceless child who has not been seen since May 2007.