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A crime expert who has analysed
the high profile case of missing child
Madeleine McCann claims the three-
year-old was not abducted.
and Profile of the Disappearance
of Madeleine McCann author Pat
Brown said Scotland Yard bungled
the investigation and slammed the
agency for “wasting time and money ”
on Madeleine’s case.
“Madeleine is dead,” Brown said.
“There’s no point spending all of this
money as nothing they do is going to
make that child alive.”
While profiling the case, Brown
developed a theory about what
happened to Madeleine.
“ When I do a crime scene analysis it
is a theory based on evidence to then
be given to police and used to look for
more proof and evidence suitable for
prosecution,” she said.
“ When I analysed (Madeleine’s) case,
it led me to believe evidence does not
support an abduction.
“An abduction was extremely unlikely
based on the amount of time, evidence
at the scene, and every other shred of
evidence there has ever been.”
Brown said Madeleine most likely
died in an accident that was “covered
“The evidence supports the theory of
an accident occurring through neglect
and possible medication,” she said.
“It’s my belief the body was moved
to a desolate location and will never be
Brown’s comments come after British
police investigating the disappearance
of Madeleine McCann nearly 10 years
ago were last week granted £85,000
(NZ$149,000) to extend the search for
a further six months.
The British Home Office has granted
officers the funds to continue the probe
Police want to speak to a person
who was near where Madeleine went
missing, the Sunday Express reported.
So far, £11.1 million has been spent
looking for Madeleine.
“There are other children missing in
the United Kingdom who aren’t getting
this attention that the money should
have been spent on,” Brown said.
Madeleine disappeared from the
family’s holiday apartment in Praia da
Luz in Portugal as her parents Kate
and Gerry McCann dined with friends
at a nearby restaurant in May 2007. If
alive, Madeleine would now be 13 years
said Scotland Yard
investigators made a mistake by ruling
out suspects early on.
“ You only eliminate someone as a
suspect if they have an alibi and could
absolutely not have committed the
crime,” she said.
“It shouldn’t be based on theories.”
Brown said the biggest mistake
investigators made was examining
and reviewing the case working to
the theory that Madeleine had been
“They came in with a purpose and
stated there was an abductor,” she said.
“Their focus was on finding a
Brown said there was “no evidence of
an abduction” but that did not mean it
had not happened.
“On the other hand it doesn’t mean it
did,” she said.
“Because there’s no evidence of an
abduction one has to look at other
possibilities as well.”
Brown said it was “extremely unlikely”
anyone from a child sex ring would
have abducted Madeleine. She said
children could be illegally bought in
some poor areas or “easily taken from
drug addicts and prostitutes”.
“Even blonde ones,” she said.
‘They ’re not going to steal a British
tourist from a holiday resort because
they know that will prompt a major
investigation into them.”
Kate and Gerry McCann have always
denied any involvement in her death
and vowed to “never give up” hope of
finding their daughter.
“As a parent of an abducted child, I
can tell you that it is the most painful
and agonising experience you could
ever imagine,” Kate McCann wrote on
the couple’s “find Madeleine” website.
“My thoughts of the fear, confusion
and loss of love and security that my
precious daughter has had to endure
are unbearable — crippling.
“And yet I am not the victim,
“No child should ever have to
experience something so terrible.”
Last month, Kate and Gerry McCann
lost their appeal in Portugal’s Supreme
Court over a controversial book by
former detective Goncalo Amaral
called The Truth of the Lie.
In it, he claimed Maddie had “died”
and her abduction was a “cover-up”.
Amaral led the initial investigation
into Madeleine’s apparent abduction.
The McCanns have lodged a formal
complaint against the ruling and are
reportedly considering taking their
case to the European Court of Human
The parents are bracing themselves for
the heartwrenching 10th anniversary
of Madeleine’s disappearance in a few
weeks. — ne ws .com.au
6 - Thursday, March 16, 2017
UN agency accuses
Israel of apartheid
Madeleine McCann was not abducted — expert
A United Nations agency
published a report overnight
accusing Israel of imposing
an “apartheid regime” of racial
discrimination on the Palestinian
people, and said it was the first
time a UN body had clearly
made the charge.
spokesman likened the report,
which was published by the
UN Economic and Social
Commission for Western Asia
(ESCWA), to Der Sturmer —
a Nazi propaganda publication
that was strongly anti-Semitic.
The report concluded, “Israel
has established an apartheid
regime that dominates the
Palestinian people as a whole.”
The accusation — often directed
at Israel by its critics — is fiercely
rejected by the Jewish state.
UN Under-Secretary General
and ESCWA executive secretary
Rima Khalaf said the report was
the “first of its type” from a UN
body that “clearly and frankly
concludes that Israeli is a racist
state that has established an
apartheid system that persecutes
the Palestinian people”.
ESCWA comprises 18 Arab
states in Western Asia and
aims to support economic and
social development in member
states, according to its website.
The report was prepared at the
request of member states, Khalaf
UN spokesman Stephane
Dujarric told reporters in
New York that the report was
published without any prior
consultation with the UN
“The report as it stands does not
reflect the views of the secretary-
general (Antonio Guterres),”
said Dujarric, adding that the
report itself notes that it reflects
the views of the authors.
The Israeli ministry spokesman,
commenting on Twitter, also
noted the report had not been
endorsed by the UN secretary
“The attempt to smear and
falsely label the only true
democracy in the Middle East
by creating a false analogy
is despicable and constitutes
a blatant lie,”
Ambassador Danny Danon said
in a statement.
The report said it had established
on the “ basis of scholarly inquiry
and over whelming evidence, that
Israel is guilty of the crime of
“However, only a ruling by
an international tribunal in
that sense would make such an
assessment truly authoritative,”
The report said the “strategic
fragmentation of the Palestinian
people” was the main method
through which Israel imposes
apartheid, with Palestinians
divided into four groups
oppressed through “distinct laws,
policies and practices.”
It identified the four sets of
citizens of Israel; Palestinians
in East Jerusalem; Palestinians
in the West Bank and Gaza
Strip; and Palestinians living as
refugees or in exile.
ESCWA hoped the report
deliberations on the root causes
of the problem in the UN,
among member states, and in
society, Khalaf said at an event
to launch the report at ESCWA’s
Beirut headquarters. — Reuters
Bees can help flowers to grow bigger
and smell more fragrant, scientists have
Swiss researchers found that plants evolve
differently depending on the insect that is
pollinating them. Tests on a type of cabbage
species called field mustard, a close relative
of oilseed rape, showed that when pollinated
by bumblebees, the plants grew 7.5cm taller
than with hoverflies in just nine generations.
They also flowered a day earlier and had
double the fragrance. And when placed on
ultraviolet light, they had more colours that
bees can see.
“The traditional assumption is that
evolution is a slow process,” Professor
Florian Schiestl said. “But a change in the
composition of pollinator insects in natural
habitats can trigger a rapid evolutionary
transformation in plants.”
The change happens because insects differ
in their preference for plants.
Bees like taller, more fragrant plants, so
will seek out and pollinate those more often
than shorter, unfragranced varieties, causing
the bigger, stronger-scented plants to thrive.
Flies are not as effective at pollination
and so plants will self-pollinate more often,
slowing down the emergence of new traits.
Schiestl said the rapid decline of bee
populations could lead to flowers that do not
grow as abundantly or smell as sweet. In the
long term it could reduce genetic diversity
of plants, leaving them more susceptible to
disease. — Reuters
Rubbish dump landslide
death toll hits 113
The death toll from a landslide at a dump
in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa has
reached 113, officials said overnight, as the
government declared three days of national
Flags flew at half-mast to mark the disaster
that occurred at the 50-year-old Reppi dump
on Saturday evening.
“The total number of dead has reached 113,
of which 38 are male and 75 are female,” said
Dagmawit Moges, a spokeswoman for the
“At least 80 other residents are missing,” said
Temesghen Abraham, a resident at the landfill.
“ We expect to find their corpses buried here.”
The first funerals were held yesterday at the
nearby Abune Aregawi Church, attended by
hundreds of grief-stricken family members.
“Searches are taking place and the number
could rise,” Moges said.
Hundreds of people live on the dump, the
city’s only landfill site. Some of the victims
scavenged for food and items that could be
sold, such as recyclable metal. The landslide
destroyed dozens of homes.
Ethiopia is one of Africa’s fastest growing
economies, but the drive to industrialise has
also stoked discontent among those who feel
In October, the government imposed
a national state of emergency after more
than 500 people were killed in protests in
Oromiya region as anger over a development
scheme sparked broader anti-government
demonstrations. — Reuters
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