5/17/2007

A nasty game of diversion from the Portuguese police



To my mind, the Portuguese police have shown an enormous amount of incompetence throughout this whole investigation and before Mr Murat was questioned, indeed just hours before, the police admitted that they had "no leads at all".

No doubt with this shocking revelation of incompetence from the authorities and police in Portugal being reported worldwide, the police there needed a story in order to divert the press'' attention away from their own incompetence, and so it appears Mr Murat has become the sacrificial lamb.

Sadly, the British press have been culpable in this. With a need for the reporters to justify their stay in Portugal, they have to produce headlines, and implying that Mr Murat is guilty on the basis of the comments from a third rate police force does not seem to be proper justification in my view.

What is worse is that his family in Norfolk have been suffering and go in to hiding. The press have helped to wreck their lives and not given it a second thought. My wife drove through Hockering in Norfolk where his family live yesterday on her way back from work and she was shocked at the number of TV camera crews there, Sky news, BBC, ITN and international TV stations all broadcasting from outside his ex-wife's house, all reporting half truth and rumour.

Of course, we all want to see Madeleine safe and well (and I would urge people to add the banner at the bottom of this page to your blog if you have space), and if anyone is guilty of a crime, we would all want to see them convicted.
I don't know if Mr Murat is guilty of anything or not, but then again, neither do the press. If anyone is to be prosecuted then let it be on the basis of sound evidence, a proper police investigation and a trial by jury and not on the back of tabloid style trial by media and poor reporting letting the Portuguese police off the hook.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Third-rate? Give your head a shake.

Aside from the armed forces there are 100 times more police assigned to this family's case than any missing portuguese child has ever received.

And the poilce aren't the ones that decided to leave 3 very young children in a hotel room by themselves, while they went out to wine and dine themselves.

Anonymous said...

So firstly, shame on Potugal that they never provide enough resources to find Portuguese kids.

Secondly, if this man is a suspect, isn't it incompetent for your police force to have employed him as an interpreter ?

Charlenne said...

It's amazing the amout of shit said in the british press and in blogs like this. And the amazing part it's the amount of people with talent to be a detective that ensures that everyone knows about their stupid comments.
For the ignorants sake the portuguese police is among the best criminal police in the world and if there are incompetents in this case, the only name that cames to my mine is MacCann couple. they were irresponsible enough to leave a 4 year's old girl and other 2 kids alone in a hotel room.
This is a very strange case, the parents have a lot to explaines , thre are some things that don not make sense.

Anonymous said...

How come, if the portuguese police are so good, it emerged yesterday that they have yet to look at tapes from cameras on the motorways from the evening of the girls abduction ? It appears that the portuguese police didn't even know about the tapes until asked by the UK press. Whatever sort of police force waits to be told what to do by the press ?

Sam said...

Charlene, your own press are forbidden from reporting some facts of the case. At least we are gotting the information so we can see how poor your police are. It is not a reflection on your country, which is a beautiful country, but every nation has to accept that their police sometimes fall belowe the standards expected and in this case, your police force have.

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