By Dr Martin Roberts
“Neither the parents or any other member of the group are either persons of interest or suspects” (DCI Andy Redwood (retd.)).
From which it follows, that should anyone develop evidence to suggest the McCanns circulated photographs of Madeleine’s pyjamas taken before she disappeared, said evidence would be ignored by Operation Grange on the grounds that the McCanns were neither persons of interest nor suspects.
It follows also, that should someone bring to the attention of investigators conflicting statements by Dr David Payne, which record the complete impossibility of his last seeing Madeleine McCann on two separate occasions,* said contradiction too would be ignored, on the grounds that other members of the group were neither persons of interest nor suspects.
Despite these observations seeming to indicate misdemeanours at the Ocean Club, Praia da Luz, prior to Madeleine McCann’s supposed abduction (supposed by Operation Grange that is) and hence prior to ‘point zero’ (as defined by DCI Redwood), they would not qualify for further scrutiny within the remit of the investigation, for the reasons above mentioned.
Robert Murat, however, is not to be numbered among other members of the McCann group and has already been recognised as a person of interest to the investigation.
So when, in an earlier statement to Police, he alludes to Madeleine McCann having been taken from an apartment other than 5A,** there can be no excuse for overlooking the significance of his remarks, because, for Madeleine to have been removed from somewhere else, despite her parents declaring her absent from their own apartment, she must have been relocated beforehand.
*At 6.30 p.m. in the company of Kate McCann, according to David Payne’s own rogatory statement http://www.mccannpjfiles.co.uk/PJ/DAVID-PAYNE-ROGATORY.htm
*At 5.00 p.m. in the company of both parents, according to a document read and referred to by DC 1756 Marshall in October 2007 http://www.mccannpjfiles.co.uk/PJ/KATERINA-PAYNE-INCIDENT.htm
** Robert Murat (arguido statement): “never in his life has he entered the apartment where Madeleine was when she disappeared, neither before nor after the events under investigation." http://www.mccannpjfiles.co.uk/PJ/ROBERT-MURAT.htm
**Barend Wijdom (witness statement): “On that morning the witness saw Murat moving around the site a lot and saw him enter and leave the apartment Madeleine disappeared from, without knowing whether he was with anyone there. He said that Murat moved a lot between the authorities and journalists." http://www.mccannpjfiles.co.uk/PJ/BAREND_WEIJDOM.htm
Supposing both Murat and Weijdom to be telling the truth, then Murat can only be referring to an apartment other than 5A.
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