Gerald MC : Well in terms of the abduction of a foreign child in a foreign country is really very rare. (1) The only case like this is certainly in British children, the only one we know of is Ben Needham, which was in 1991. So, thats sixteen years ago. So, that aspect is incredibly rare and speaking to people in Portugal and Spain, there not aware of any other EU Nationals having children abducted on the Iberian Peninsula. And you think about the tens and millions of tourists that come to Spain and Portugal every year. So, this really was a bolt out of the blue. Um in terms of whats happened to us, I think also the circumstances of a child being abducted from a bedroom are pretty rare as well. I think what we definitely want to do is continue awareness in Europe you know Southern Europe Iberian Peninsula.
(1) Tellement rare qu'il n'y en a aucun ! Selon le Foreign Office, qui précise qu'il n'existe pas de preuve matérielle d'enlèvement, deux enfants seulement ont été portés disparus à l'étranger, Ben et Madeleine.
Kate MC : There are a few people who have said to us you know, too much publicity might not be good because somebody, whoever's got her might keep her hidden and obviously everything we are doing at the minute has a slight risk to it...which is a horrible situation to be in when you are dealing with your daughter, but over all we felt rather that than sit back and do nothing, this was the way to go.
GMC : We've done a lot of things on our own and clearly there are mixed signals from what could be done in terms of the North American experience.
KMC : Certainly, what Gerry learnt from (inaudible) Washington was by having an image out there was definitely the right thing to do. One in six children that are recovered is because somebody recognised them from a poster and the laws in the States are very different to here and again well ahead of the game...they've got their Amber Alert...you know within two hours of a child being taken a police report has to be filed....you know and um obviously the response time in Europe has to be quicker. it has to be quicker.
GMC : But the problem is that and this applies to the child pornography laws as well, is that if you make regulation tight in one country, the perpetrators don't know any boundaries and they move to a country where legislation is less tight. So, you might be exporting your problem and hum why it has to happen , international dimension and that's why the laws need tightening up not just in the UK and U.S. or anywhere else it's where children can be abused or likely to be abused.
Interview PT - Sandra Felgueiras
RTP 1 - 10.08.2007
Transcrit par Nigel Moore
Sandra Felgueiras: Concerning this blood trace that was found inside the apartment; there is any possibility of that belonging to Madeleine? Did her, errr... did anytime she had any accident inside the apartment that time, errr... to make it happen?
Kate MC : First of all we don't actually know there was blood inside the apartment, you know, and I think at the minute there's a lot of speculation going on and, I mean, I think speculation is quite damaging; we realised that early on, and I think until somebody comes up to us and says there's definite evidence that Madeleine has been seriously harmed, you know, we're just gonna ignore the speculation and we'll just hold onto that hope, that's all we can do. (1)
SF : But nothing happened to Madeleine during those days you were in the Ocean Club?
Gerald MC : You know, as parents if there is... if... as parents, if there is evidence that Madeleine has seriously been harmed, we need to know about it because we are s... you know, we have got eternal hope until we know evidence to the contrary. (2)
SF : You feel you are being treated as a suspect, Kate?
GMC : It's not that they've...
KMC : I haven't been made to feel like that, no, but it's not that... you know, it's not... we know that everybody has to be looked at; I mean, that's part of any investigation and, you know, if... if... if it means that, you know... we've... we've... all along we've cooperated and I think, you know, the police have to do their job properly.
SF : In that evening, did you give to your kids something like Calpol to help them sleep?
GMC : You know, we're not going to comment on anything but, you know, there is absolutely no way we used any sedative drugs or anything like that and, you know, we'll... we have cooperated fully with the police, we'll answer any queries, errm... any tests that they want to do, at any... (video cuts).
(1) Il était facile de répondre négativement. Après tout le sang découvert se limite à quelques gouttes invisibles... On ne peut en vouloir aux médias, jusque-là cajolés ("pour la bonne cause"), de se liver à toutes sortes de spéculations si un chien spécialisé a détecté du sang séché dans l'appartement d'où Madeleine a disparu.
|Hergé - Le secret de la licorne|
Steve Boggan : Tomorrow, Madeleine McCann will have been missing for a hundred days. The 3-year old went missing from a holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz as her parents, Kate and Gerry, dined with friends nearby. Kate McCann told the Guardian's Steve Boggan about the moment she returned to the flat and discovered that Madeleine wasn't there.
KMC : I mean, it's a difficult one and I think you'll just know when the time's right, I mean, it's... I mean, it's not right for me at the moment, erm... but I do feel closer to Madeleine here, here close to the investigation. We don't know where Madeleine is, you know, and there's no reason to... to say that she's close to here than she is to the UK but it's just... it's just... it's just a feeling I have at the moment. There are days when you think to yourself, how am I managing to function here and I can assure people from outside looking in, cos I know I've done it myself in the past when there's been sort of similar cases or things that have happened to children, you think how does anybody cope with that. And you can't understand how anyone can function, and certainly like the first four days we didn't, you know... didn't eat, didn't sleep and errr... you know... eventually your body comes back to normal a little bit... but you have to, you have to keep going, so... I mean, errr... as soon as I wake up I'm aware Madeleine isn't there, you know, and I usually... and I always say a very quick prayer to myself before I get up and... obviously we've got Sean and Amelie so, errm... they get up fairly early and it's a case you've gotta make things as normal as possible for them, you know, and they need love and protective parents as well.
(1) Kate MC, au moment de l'interview, n'avait fait qu'une déposition dans laquelle elle dit tout le contraire : elle voit immédiatement que tout est ouvert, porte, persiennes, fenêtre et rideaux, que les jumeaux dorment, mais que Madeleine n'est pas dans son lit. Cette narration, confirmée par la première déposition de Gerald MC, n'a eu cours que jusqu'au 10 mai, lorsque la chronologie collective, signée par les neuf, a été produite. Dans celle-ci, Kate voit que tout est calme...
(2) Ce n'est que l'une des occurences de la remarque bizarre Nous sommes terriblement désolés de ne pas avoir été là à la minute où Madeleine a été prise.
(3) Méthode "résolution de crise" ? Les idées sombres n'aident pas et n'aident pas Madeleine, il faut donc les rejeter. Si Madeleine n'était plus vivante, nous le saurions, comme nous ne le savons pas, nous avons de l'espoir, beaucoup d'espoir, plus d'espoir qu'au début. Et nous ne voulons pas regarder en arrière et regretter de ne pas avoir fait absolument tout ce que nous pouvions faire.
(4) Malgré l'absence d'indices de ciblage, d'effraction et d'enlèvement, il faut se souvenir que le criminel est celui qui les a observés, est entré par effraction et a pris Madeleine qui dormait dans son lit.