Saturday, 29 September 2007

How kidnappers passed Madeleine on to a “gang of Moroccans”

Daily Mail explains, on a story published on September 26, how could Madeleine have been kidnapped and delivered on the hands of a “gang of Moroccans”, as they said on a story later deleted (but still available HERE...)
Interesting reading, indeed.

Did kidnappers pass Madeleine on to Moroccans seen in the mystery picture?
Last updated at 14:49pm on 26th September 2007

Questions and Answers: How Madeleine could have ended up in travellers' clutches

How kidnappers pass Madeleine on to Moroccans seen in the mystery picture?

Questions and Answers: How Madeleine could have ended up in travellers' clutches

The small blonde girl being carried on the back of a wandering Moroccan bears a striking resemblance to Madeleine McCann. But could it actually be her?
And if so how would the four-year-old have eneded up in north Africa?

Could the photograph really be Madeleine?
The quality of the holiday snap, taken on August 31 in northern Morocco, is extremely grainy but the cut of the blonde hair has elicited enough interest for sources close to Kate and Gerry McCann to describe the picture's emergence as "a very promising lead".



Could Madeleine have been transported across the border into north Africa?
Its credibility is bolstered by three independent sightings of Madeleine in Morocco. It will now be analysed by experts from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, which has used state-of-the-art facial recognition computer software to study thousands of pictures sent in by holidaymakers in Praia da Luz.

How would Madeleine have got to Morocco?
The drive from Praia da Luz to Morocco is straightforward. It's only about 90 miles to the Spanish border, where officials were not notified Madeleine had vanished until several hours too late, and from there it is a further 220 miles to Algeciras, the main port from which ferries make the short trip across the 21 miles of the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco.

Why would Madeleine have been taken to Morocco?
Morocco is a common route for people smuggling - but going in the opposite direction with Africans being brought illegally into Europe via Spain. Hashish is also commonly smuggled into Europe this way.Quite why smugglers would take a blonde British girl into a country where she would stand out so obviously will be something British and Portuguese investigators will be wanting answers to. One theory is she was taken by a childless couple who smuggled her into Morocco but then gave her away because of the attention surrounding the case. Another may be that a gang of paedophiles took her and then gave her away.

Who are the other people in the photograph?
The group appear to be itinerant Moroccans, led by a man pushing a wheelbarrow containing several suitcases. Behind him is a young woman with a suitcase on her back, a young girl and then a woman wearing a colourful hat and scarf, with a blonde girl on her back. Two further women wearing headscarves follow. The blonde girl, with much paler skin, certainly appears out of place. But could such a group have been unnoticed in Praia da Luz and then had the cash to take her across borders to Morocco?

Why has the photograph only just surfaced?
The picture was taken on 31 August by Spanish holidaymaker Clara Torres in Zinat near Tangiers after she spotted the blonde girl among the group and thought it was odd. She only took it seriously after reading about other sightings in Morocco and contacted her local police force in Albacete near Valencia. The picture was sent to Interpol and to the McCanns' legal team, who are now studying it.

Can this photograph be related to the other sightings in Morocco?
Apart from all being in the same country, the previous sightings took place in different parts of Morocco and much earlier on in the investigation.
A Spanish woman says she saw Madeleine holding the hand of a "Muslim womanî in Zaio in the north at the end of May. On 9 May, two independent witnesses say they saw Madeleine in Marrakech, much farther south, at a petrol station.
On that occasion Madeleine was seen with a blonde woman and a darkskinned man with black hair, apparently different fromthe people in today's photograph. If the sightings are connected it would add weight to the theory Madeleine was dumped by her original kidnappers because of the huge amount of publicity the case has attracted.

What will police do now?
Portuguese detectives believe Madeleine is already dead and have suggested Kate McCann may have killed her daughter, a claim vehemently denied, so there will inevitably be suspicions they will not rush to investigate the latest sighting. The Policia Judiciaria has been accused of dragging its feet and failing to follow up leads before. The McCanns will be anxious that independent experts look at the photo as soon as possible.


No comments: