Communication à propos d'un signalement
(reading) We are very much... welcome the decision of the Portuguese authorities to release details of a man seen by a witness, here in Praia da Luz, on Thursday the 3rd of May - the night of Madeleine's disappearance. The release of this important information followed an earlier meeting that we had with senior Portuguese police officers. A meeting that Kate and I both found to be amicable... amicable and very constructive.
We feel sure that this sighting of a man, with what appeared to be a child in his arms, is both significant and relevant to Madeleine's abduction and we would appeal, once again, to anyone who may have seen him or anything else suspicious, on or around the 3rd of May, to come forward and tell the police. For instance was this man seen anywhere else in or near the town with a child, or what appeared to be a child? Which direction was he heading in? Did he have a vehicle?
Whether you're a local resident or a holidaymaker who has since returned home from Portugal, any information, no matter how unimportant you may think it could be, may be vital in helping the Portuguese and British police to find our daughter.
As we said yesterday, we wish for nothing more than to bring Madeleine home with us safe and well.
Kate and I would also like to make it clear that, as this is very much an ongoing police investigation, we will not be making any further public statements for the time being.
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BBC News - 30.05.2007
transcrit par Nigel Moore
Gerald MC : May I first of all start by thanking all of you for coming, errr... to see us, errm... as you know the reason we are here is as a direct result of the abduction of our daughter from Praia da Luz, in Algarve, in Portugal on May the 3rd of this year. We're almost four weeks, errr... following her abduction she's still missing despite a very extensive investigation. We have had tremendous strength from the outpourings of goodwill that we have received from all over the world but particularly from the local Catholic community in Portugal and from the church which we've been attending regularly.
Today, in meeting the Pontiff, was, errm... an experience that has very mixed emotions for us. Errm... in ordinary circumstances, of course, it would be the highlight of any Catholic to come and meet the Pope. Of course, it's saddened with the very marked realisation that our daughter is still missing. And, errm... we know that many people both here and elsewhere are praying for our daughter and that helps us sustain our belief that we can get her back safely. We do wish to publicise her disappearance in the hope that somebody has information - either knowing where she is or knowing who may have taken her - and we appeal to people all over the world if they can offer us some help or comfort it is to help publicise that disappearance.
For anyone who wishes to help, posters such as this one showing Madeleine and a website which is dedicated to helping us search for Madeleine called 'www . findmadeleine . com' has posters in many, many different languages and I would just ask that anyone who is going on holiday to take a poster, or 10 posters and put them up anywhere around where you may be and this helps sustain us. Thank you."
Clarence Mitchell : Okay, Vatican Radio, please...
CM : Yep, this lady here.
KMC : Well, all I can say, is we... we don't have any plans at all to return back to the UK and I... I can't really think about that at the minute, to be honest.
GMC : The Vatican have already done more than we could ever have imagined - the fact that we are here, today.
CM : (inaudible)
KMC : I mean, it was very emotional but it's also a very positive experience really. It's been very important to us and that photograph will stay with me now.
GMC : It was more personal than I could ever possibly have imagined it could have been and... there was, you know, recognition immediately in looking at Madeleine's photograph and his, errr... touch and thoughts and words were more tender than we could have hoped and that will help sustain us during this most difficult time.
CM : Gentleman over here.
Daily Mirror : (inaudible) from the Daily Mirror. (inaudible)
KMC : Yeah, he was, errr... very kind, very sincere. He said that he'd pray for us and our family and that he'd continue to pray for Madeleine's safe return to us.
CM : Over there.
Five News : Jon Samuels from Five News. What other plans do you have to visit other countries, possibly in Europe, go to other capital cities to... to spread your message?
GMC : We certainly were planning to do some visits and, errm... this one, errr... came about quicker than we thought, errm... and it was so important to us that we have come here first for spiritual reasons, more than any other. Errm... we are planning a visit to neighbouring Spain, errr... probably with Madrid and although the arrangements are not finalised yet we would also plan trips in the very near future to Germany and The Netherlands as the next two largest, errr... nationalities who, errr... go to the Algarve on holiday.
CM : (inaudible) row.
Vatican Radio : Susie Hodges from Vatican Radio. How's this experience changed you both as persons and as Catholics?
GMC : The latter is easier for me to, errm... answer, errm... one evil act, errr... with the abduction of Madeleine seems to be generating so much good. And we seem to on the receiving end of that goodwill and wishes and it's certainly restored my faith. The Catholic faith has given us strength but it's, errr... it's restored my faith in humanity as much as anything else.
GMC : I think, just going back to your... your first point, you know, we're still in the middle of a race that we don't know how long it's going to be and I can't say how we will be changed by this experience. I think it's fair to say we'll never be the same again.
CM : Gentleman, the same row.
Unknown : I'm from Germany - your side of the border. I just have a short question: Do you know where you would go to Germany, which places which (inaudible) and second, errm... close to the place where you brought us here, it's a very big German community. Do you have any contact with them?
GMC : Errm... deal again with the latter bit, errr... first. We... we haven't specifically yet although we are planning, errm... probably one interview, errr... which we hope will be pooled and shown to all of German broadcasters. And, at the minute, in the first, errr... wave of visits we... we plan to go to capitals really, so that we can go in, errr... fairly quickly. All of these visits we want to do as quickly and as efficiently as possible to get us back home to our twins who, I hope you understand, are only two-years old and it's just not practical to be bringing them with us. We don't want to be leaving them but we feel this is the only thing that we can really do, in our power, to help search for Madeleine.
CM : Any more questions? You've had one already. Gentleman here.
Unknown : I'm (inaudible) from Swedish daily Aftonbladet of Stockholm. Errr... I heard some voices that you might go to... over to Sweden, is that true? And also, errm... You know, I've been in (inaudible) for a long time now and there so many cases of, errr... young, very young persons, errr... displaced or they've just disappeared. What do you think, errr... what is the last news you have on... on the search for...
GMC : We have no immediate plans to go to Sweden and we hope and pray that this will be over before we get to Scandanavia. Regarding the investigation, it is an ongoing, very active, investigation. The police, Portuguese and the British police have a huge amount of information which is being processed, errr... which has been generated by witness statements and by many different people coming forward following our very recent appeals, errr... by the... the British police and the release of the description from the Portuguese police recently, so, we hope... I mean, we know that there could be a breakthrough at any minute, it could be a call to say that Madeleine has been found and we... we understand there are many different possible scenarios here but we must believe, and do believe, that we can get Madeleine back, and with us.
CM : (inaudible aside to Gerry McCann)
GMC : I would say, you know, particularly as we are in Italy, that we would... we are appealing to all nationalities and especially as we are here in Rome today that... please, you know, just be on the look-out for any suspicious behaviour and for our daughter and there are numbers on these posters that can be contacted, international ones, and it's something that we're asking everyone... a member of the public may give us the key information that leads us to our daughter.
CM : This lady there.
Unknown : (inaudible) I would like to know which one is the worst moment during this for you and did you have any moments that you thought that the case was going to finish you were next to your daughter and are you planning to visit also countries outside Europe - United States and Latin America?
GMC : (aside to Kate McCann) You want to answer the question?
KMC : I think, certainly, the first, errm... 72 hours really, errr... were the worst time for both of us. Errm... It's very hard, at that point, to sort of get away from all the dark places, errm... but then as time goes on and, as I say, the support we've had, prayers that we've had everywhere - I mean, it really does give you strength and hope. And since then we've... we've... we've been strong and we've been more positive and... it was certainly those first 3 days that were hardest, yeah...
GMC : It's... it's fair to say that a line that we hear a lot is that people can't imagine our pain and anguish but, I think, we have seen the effects of this on people close to us and on friends and people who hardly know us and relatives who live hundreds and thousands of miles away and the effects have been devastating and I would say that everyone knows, very closely, exactly how we felt. One of the worst feelings was helplessness and that we didn't feel that the search and the investigation for Madeleine was under our control in any way and as we... if you understand, there is a fa... this is part of a family campaign for us to feel that we are doing everything within our power and that has certainly helped sustain... sustain us.
CM : Daily Telegraph.
Daily Telegraph : Richard from the Telegraph, hi. Errm... We talked about, errr... (inaudible) I noticed you talked to him, errm... for a short period (inaudible) what you just said and whether you can wrap up what you will take from this as you return now to Portugal?
KMC : Errm... Well, I thanked him first of all for letting us meet him today, errm... and I thanked him for his prayers. I mean it's been a very... it's been a lovely day, it's been a very positive experience, errm... and it's... it's helped us. You know, I think it can only make us stronger and lift us up more.
GMC : It will also help our families tremendously, although they are not here with us today they'll see this and we'll speak to them and, you know, there was a level of anticipation and... you know, we have got very positive feelings from today and vibes and, errm... you know, that will help us.
CM : Just one or two more. Yep.
Unknown : Yes, I just have a very short question. This toy that you have on your table, was it Madeleine's? And how would she call it?
KMC : Errm... It was Madeleine's, yes. She took... she takes it to bed with her every night or if she's upset or something she'll have it. It's... it's actually called 'Cuddle Cat' - not very inventive, sorry. It was... it was actually the name of that... that... that it already had.
GMC : It is a cat though. Ha, ha.
CM : Errr... I think, one more... one more? One more... one more question and then I think, errr... we'll close. Yes.
Vatican Radio : Susie Hodges from Vatican Radio. What lessons do you give to other parents that have to go through this appalling experience?
GMC : I... We hope and pray that no-one ever does go through it again. Errm... I think... I hope that, if it does happen, that there will be some template, errr... from what we have done, as our extended family, that will help raise the awareness for any other missing children and it's possible to such cases. Having spoken, errm... to peop... you know, errr... people around us, then stayed strong and taking control even of small things because you feel totally out of control in those first hours and taking control of this... of this smallest decisions helps you cope and think rationally and influence things around you and that, I think, is the most important thing.
CM : (inaudible aside to Gerry) Agency. Do you want to?
GMC : Yep... We'll just finish by saying that, from this website... the Find Madeleine.com website, there is also a link to CEOP, C E O P - which is the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency, based in the United Kingdom - for anyone who is listening, who may have been in the Algarve, there is a facility to upload photographs, particularly if you have any of, errr... people in the background of photographs who you don't recognise and we would welcome these particularly in the two weeks leading up to Madeleine's abduction, so, the two weeks prior to the third of May of this year. And any information will help the police investigation. Thank you.
CM : Thank you.
transcrit par Nigel Moore
Kate MC : We were in a bigger party; you've probably heard that, you know, quite a lot of children in our party and they were all just having a great time, you know...
Gerald MC : She... she did so many activities in those six days, errr... they'd been to the beach, they'd been out sailing, they went indoor swimming, there... they had tennis, errr... sh... there was a play area where we went with all the kids every night; all within the resort, I have to say. So, errr... you know, she was everywhere but as soon as she was, errm... reported missing - and Kate and I are absolutely certain, errr... I think as are the police, that this is an abduction - errm... that there was an immediate search, errr... organised by the Mark Warner staff, who are the tour operators, and they responded really, really well, errm... so, you know, I'd... I'd just like to reiterate that this isn't a four-year-old girl, errm... walking off somewhere during the day or in the evening, you know, she was tucked up in bed, errm... and there's no way she... she could have got out on her own.
Gerald MC : For the Crimewatch viewers at home I think this would be a good time now to review all the information.
Kate MC : These are virtually identical to the pyjamas that Madeleine was wearing when she was taken. As you can see it's a pink top, errm... with gathered short sleeves and it has a picture of Eeyore on the front. Errr, the bottoms are white with a... a floral design and have an Eeyore, errm... on the bottom of the right leg.
GMC : Around, errr... the time that Madeleine, errr... was found to be missing, shortly before that, there was a suspect, errr... seen walking away from the apartment, errr... with, errm... probably carrying a child. He is approximately 35 years of age, round about 5ft 8, 5ft 9. He had dark hair parted, errr... to one side, he was wearing, errr... dark jacket, errr... slightly longer than a suit jacket, light coloured trousers, which may have been beige or mustard coloured, and dark shoes. Errr... You know it could have been someone innocent, we would certainly be keen that that person comes forward to be eliminated but, you know, we are certainly suspicious of the timing. We certainly know that it... it could only take one... one phone call. Errm, someone has a key bit of information and it may be someone close to whoever has Madeleine. It might be the person themselves. They can phone, tell the police where Madeleine is.
KMC : The majority of people, you know, are really good people and, I think that's been demonstrated by all... all the fantastic support we've had, it's been amazing. Errm, there are a few bad people in the world but also there are a few sad people and I guess I'm hoping that it's someone sad who's just wanted our daughter.
GMC : It... it's not too late to hand her over.
Kate MC : Probably about 60% of tourists who... to this area are British, errm... but following that, errm... are... are the... errrm... the Germans and then the... then the Dutch, actually. So, it's important obviously for us to, errm... go and make people in those countries aware, really or... anybody who has travelled, errm... to the area who may potentially be able to give some information.
QR : During the interview Gerry McCann urges people to keep sending in photos to a specially set-up website. To date, a thousand photos, from holidaymakers in the area at the time, have been uploaded for the police to analyse but it's certain photos they're after.
Gerald MC : Particularly if you've got photographs, errm... which had people in the background, people you didn't recognise and errr... they've given us an address for these to be uploaded. Errm, and it's 'www . madeleine . ceopupload . com'.
QR : The couple give no indication when they might return to their home village of Rothley. Their priority remains doing everything possible to find their daughter.
Sabina Mueller : Sabina Mueller, German radio. How do you deal with the fact that more and more people seem to be pointing the finger at you, saying the way you behave is not the way people would normally behave if their child is abducted; and they seem to imply that you might have something to do with it?
Kate MC : (inaudible aside to Gerry) To be honest, I don't actually think that is the case. I think that's a very small minority of people that are criticising us. Errm... you know, the facts are out there; we were dining very close to the children and we were checking on them very, very regularly. Errm... you know, we are very responsible parents and we love our children so much and I think it's only a very few people that are actually, errm... criticising us.
Gerald MC : I have never heard before that, errr... anyone considers us suspects in this and, errm... the Portuguese police certainly don't. And, errm... without going into too much detail, errr... about the circumstances, we were with a large group of people, errm... and, you know, there is absolutely no way Kate and I are involved in this abduction. I would like to point out that the people who are important to us... (deep breath) I'll go back one step... I can understand why people are amazed at what Kate and I are doing and, if, before this happened to us we would have been amazed and I'm sure everyone in this room has asked yourself how, when your daughter, that we love so much, has been taken can you continue to function. And in the first two or three days, it was... we were almost non-functional and one of the worst feelings - along with the terror, and the anguish and the despair - was helplessness. And when we tried to, errr... influence things and... by raising awareness, which we were advised... and everything we have done has been by taking counsel from experts around us. But we were advised that generally raising awareness of a disappearance will help in the search for that person. It helped Kate and I and we have taken strength, not just from the people who have supported us, but we have taken strength ourselves by being active in the search. And, I think, you know, if we had, for example, stayed in doors, locked ourselves away and just waited and waited and waited for a month, we would be shells of the people we are.