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08 - OCT 03/22 - Requête FOI au FCO


1. Lettre d'un contribuable et électeur britannique concerné
à l'abri du FOIA (Freedom of Information Act)

3.10.2008
 

Dear Sir or Madam,
Firstly, I would like to quote part of a newspaper report in order to provide you with the source of my personal concerns about the matter I have referred to in the Summary box you provide regarding this FOI request by myself.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...  (voir tout en bas)
 
"The Foreign Office was alerted to fears over Gerry and Kate McCann by a British diplomat in Portugal just days after their daughter Madeleine went missing.
The diplomat was sent to the holiday resort of Praia da Luz in the days following the four-year-old's disappearance and soon became concerned over "inconsistencies" in the testimonies by her parents and their friends.
After visiting the McCanns, the unnamed diplomat sent a report to the Foreign Office in London, admitting his worries about "confused declarations" of the McCanns' movements on the night of May 3. 

On appréciera le fait que ces remarques sont en tout point conformes à la recommandation faite par Lee Rainbow, de l'AIE, à la PJ dans un document d'une trentaine de pages dont on ne connaît qu'un bref extrait, cité à l'audience MC vs GA de janvier 2010 : ne privilégiez pas la piste de l'enlèvement au détriment de la piste familiale.
He also noted the couple's "lack of co-operation" with the Portuguese police.
 
The diplomat's concerns were made over four months before Gerry and Kate were named arguidos (suspects) on September 7. Contents of the letter were leaked to Belgian newspaper La Dernière Heure over the weekend. The diplomat expressed his fears after receiving instruction from the Foreign Office to provide "all possible assistance to the McCann couple". The French-language paper printed excerpts of the letter, quoting the diplomat as saying: With the greatest respect, I would like to make you aware of the risks and implications to our relationship with the Portuguese authorities, if you consider the possible involvement of the couple.  Please confirm to me, in the light of these concerns, that we want to continue to be closely involved in the case as was requested in your previous ­message.

Although the Government was quick to assist the McCanns in the days following Madeleine's disappearance, direct contact with the couple ceased when they were named as suspects. La Dernière Heure pointed out that a majority of the diplomats originally involved in the case have now been taken off it.
 
The then-Prime Minister Tony Blair sent special envoy Sheree Dodd to act as a "media liaison officer" for the pair soon after Madeleine vanished. Elle n'est restée que neuf jours à PDL où la remplaça Clarence Mitchell. Ms Dodd has since resigned from the Foreign Office, while the British consul in the Algarve, Bill Henderson, has retired. John Buck, the British ambassador in Portugal, no longer works in the country."
 
Furthermore: 
British Consul Celia Edwards, who replaced Bill Henderson upon his retirement, resigned from her post on July 1st 2008, after one year's tenure. 

My questions which I request an answer to via the FOI facility are:
A: Was such a report forwarded to the Foreign Office in early May 2007?
B: If so, who was the British Diplomat who forwarded this report?
C: What was the reply/response from the Foreign Office to this British Diplomat's report about such concerns?
D: Why did the Foreign Office provide such an unusual amount of Diplomatic and Government assistance to the McCann's?
E: Who was the person, or person's, within the Foreign Office who seemingly overruled the British Diplomat's concerns?
 
I hope that clear and unequivocal answers to my questions about these matters can be provided via your FOI facility.
Yours faithfully, 




2. From Foreign and Commonwealth Office
03.10.2008
Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your request, which we received on the 3rd October 2008. Section 8(1) of the Freedom of Information Act reads: In the Act any reference to a "request for information" is a reference to
such a request which 
(a) is in writing,
(b) states the name of the applicant and an address for correspondance,
and
(c) describes the information requested

Therefore, we will be unable to process your request until we receive your
contact details. 
We can use this e-mail address for further correspondance. However, I
would be grateful if you can confirm your name.
Many Thanks 
Henry Leitch 

3. From a concerned UK taxpayer and voter
03.10.2008

Dear Mr Leitch, 

With reference to your query regarding my FOI request to the Foreign Office of 3rd Oct 2008, I am forwarding my e-mail and name to you as you request.

Yours sincerely,
Mr M A Dillon.


4. Reply from the FCO
 22.10.2008
S'agissant d'une fuite, le FCO ne peut se prononcer, devant se garder de créer un précédent.








Daily Mail - 03.12.2007

The Foreign Office was alerted to fears over Gerry and Kate McCann by a British diplomat in Portugal just days after their daughter Madeleine went missing.

The diplomat was sent to the holiday resort of Praia da Luz in the days following the four-year-old's disappearance and soon became concerned over "inconsistencies" in the testimonies by her parents and their friends.

After visiting the McCanns, the unnamed diplomat sent a report to the Foreign Office in London, admitting his worries about "confused declarations" of the McCanns' movements on the night of May 3.

He also noted the couple's "lack of co-operation" with the Portuguese police.

The diplomat's concerns were made over four months before Gerry and Kate were named arguidos (suspects) on September 7.

Contents of the letter were leaked to Belgian newspaper La Dernière Heure over the weekend.

The diplomat expressed his fears after receiving instruction from the Foreign Office to provide "all possible assistance to the McCann couple".

The French-language paper printed excerpts of the letter, quoting the diplomat as saying: "With the greatest respect, I would like to make you aware of the risks and implications to our relationship with the Portuguese authorities, if you consider the possible involvement of the couple.

"Please confirm to me, in the light of these concerns, that we want to continue to be closely involved in the case as was requested in your previous ­message."

Although the Government was quick to assist the McCanns in the days following Madeleine's disappearance, direct contact with the couple ceased when they were named as suspects.

La Dernière Heure pointed out that a majority of the diplomats originally involved in the case have now been taken off it.

The then-Prime Minister Tony Blair sent special envoy Sheree Dodd to act as a "media liaison officer" for the pair soon after Madeleine vanished.Ms Dodd has since resigned from the Foreign Office, while the British consul in the Algarve, Bill Henderson, has retired.

John Buck, the British ambassador in Portugal, no longer works in the country.