Monday, 16 July 2007

“El Mundo”, July 12, 2007: Toscano and Portuguese CID are colaborating in Madeleine's abduction investigation

I have already a copy of “El Mundo” story published on July 12. Once again, thank you to all of those who helped me (I received several copies of the story). “El Francés is Bernard Alapetite” is the title and the journalist who wrote it, Virginia Lopez (“El Mundo” correspondent in Lisbon) is the same that has made the first interview where Antonio Toscano said that he knew the identity of Madeleine’s kidnapper. There is a small headline: “The suspect kidnapper of Madeleine McCann defends himself in a ‘blog’ to help find the British child”.

"El Francés’ name is Bernard Alapetite, who was arrested in June 1997 at La Baule, in the French Atlantic coast, as the head of a network of distribution of videos with child porno”, writes Virginia Lopez.

After the operation ADO 71, when around 300 persons were accused, Alapetite was sentenced to three years in jail, continues the story. “Now, at a web page named ‘SOS Madeleine McCann’, Alapetite – a French movie producer with connections to the extreme-right and homosexual circles – defends himself saying that he has not kidnapped Maddie, the British child that vanished from a tourist resort at Praia da Luz, in Portuguese Algarve, on May 3. The author of the blog, written in French, guarantees that he talked with Bernard Alapetite and that he told him he was in France in the days after the child disappeared. To prove it, he told that he has voted for the French Presidential elections on May 6”, says the story signed by Virginia Lopez.


“These declarations were published after the freelance journalist Antonio Toscano told to ‘El Mundo’ that the probable kidnapper of Madeleine was ‘El Francés’, a French national with a paedophile record and several jail sentences. Toscano never said that it was him (Bernard Alapetite). However, what is curious is that Bernard Alapetite admitted to be the person referred and choose to defend himself through a blog that, apparently, has as purpose to help find Madeleine.” – writes the “El Mundo” correspondent in Lisbon.

“I didn’t know anything about him (B. Alapetite), for months, in the places he used to be. I never said he was ‘el francés’, but when he defends himself (from the accusations) it seems that he is throwing stones against his own roof (1)”, said Toscano, who yesterday went back to Algarve, to keep colaborating with the Portuguese Criminal Police, which hasn’t put aside his lead, as the Portuguese state news agency wrote”, says Virginia Lopez.

One day after the journalist was at Praia da Luz, for the first time, on June 27, the Spanish Police arrested a couple, at Sotogrande, because of their presumed relation with the kidnapping (of Madeleine). They are the Italian Danilo Chenello, 61 years old, and the Portuguese Aurora Vaz Pereira, 54 years. Both have been in jail for aggression to their own daughter and her boyfriend for more than ten years”, according to “El Mundo” story.

International Press said that they were arrested for trying to extort money to the McCann couple, giving false information concerning the whereabouts of their daughter, in order to get the four million euros of reward. However, Chenello – who had an arrest warrant from French authorities because of ‘criminal association’ – could have a more direct connection with Madeleine kidnapping because, according to Toscano, he had a home at Niza where ‘El Francés’ use to go frequently”, writes the Spanish journalist.

“At Sotogrande, the scientific police collected samples of DNA from a small bed. Chenello is still in jail, while the Portuguese (woman) was freed after a police audition. The criminal instruction judge has declared the investigation to be covered by the law secrecy, a decision that raises the suspicion that it was not only a presumed extortion crime”, says “El Mundo”.

Bernard Alapetite is referred on Spanish court documents from April 2002, when several young people connected him with children sexual abuse and child porno, which would have took place at night sessions, in the Bar España, at Benicarló. Carlos Fabra, at the time President of the Provincial Government of Castellón and a former president of Milán, Giuseppe Farina, were mentioned in this case”, writes Virginia Lopez.


(1) - I presume this is a version of a popular say, in Portugal and it seems also in Spain: "Don't throw stones up in the air when your roof is made of glass"

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