on his return
to Praia da Luz
Luz: Ocean Club will dismiss employees
On the day when Gerry McCann came to
Portugal to record the private re-enactment
about what happened to her daughter Maddie
on May 3rd, 2007, 21 employees from the
Ocean Club, the resort from where the four
year old girl disappeared, were fired.
Justification, apart from the effects of
global crisis: "As a result of the Maddie
McCann unfortunate event" that affected
forever the image of the resort of Praia da
Luz and departed from there to tourism.
Alongside these issues, and although
officially both he and the group of friends
have not cooperated with police in a
reconstruction of what happened that night,
it was a smiling Gerry who presented
yesterday in Praia da Luz - the recording of
a documentary about the day when her
daughter mysteriously disappeared.
In the day on which this media spectacle
occurred, the company Greentrust, which
manages the resort, put forward a claim for
collective dismissal, which initially
includes 21 of the 48 workers. The note of
dismissal states that the company's
financial problems are serious and "the
forecast for the year 2009 make the company
unviable." The main fault is attributed to
the bad publicity caused by the Maddie case.
According to the company, "the bad results
of 2007 originated in the McCann case."
In May 2007, the company had 130 employees.
The following year several were released and
only 60 remained. This year there were 48
and, with this collective dismissal, only 27
remain, but according with the same source
they "are also at risk."
"I have family and children to feed and I am
now out of work. We ask the couple McCann to
leave us alone, please," said one of the CM
DAUGHTER OF COUPLE OF FRIENDS ‘PLAYS’
The re-enactment, produced for the British
channel 'Channel 4', is being recorded with
15 actors. One is Maddie, whose role is
played by a child daughter of a couple
friend of Gerry and Kate, "revealed to
journalists the spokesman of the couple,
In addition to Maddie, the other actors give
life to nine friends of the couple, known
as' Tapas 9 ', the suspect in an alleged
kidnapping, tourists and residents in Praia
da Luz and employees of the Ocean Club.
"LET US LIVE IN PEACE"
"Go home" and "let us live in peace" were
some of the phrases that some residents in
Praia da Luz yelled at Gerry and the
remaining team that is producing the
documentary, which will be broadcast around
the world. "What are they doing here? When
they should assist the police they did not
and now they are doing this show to further
ruin our lives," said to CM an angry
resident who did not want to be identified,
for fear of reprisals because it believes
that the couple "has much power."
DID NOT ACCEPT THE RE-ENACTMENT ON TV"
The Policia Judiciaria wanted to do a
reconstitution of the night of the
disappearance twice, but in no time the
couple and friends were available. Clarence
Mitchell, the spokesman of the couple,
explained that the re-enactment was not made
sooner because "the police did not accept it
to be broadcasted."
Now, after the investigation has been
terminated, the couple believes: "This
documentary could generate new information
that will help us find Madeleine," Mitchell
The re-enactment will be available on the
and the transmission of the Channel 4
documentary to be negotiated with several
European countries, including Portugal.
"THEY WANT TO TRANSMIT LIES TO THE WORLD"
(Gonçalo Amaral, former coordinator of the
- The PJ want
to make a re-enactment of the disappearance
of Maddie. The McCann couple and their
friends did not accept. What importance does
it have now this mediatic re-enactment?
Amaral - None.
It may only be interesting because the lies
they want to convey to the world will be
registered. It’s just another marketing
Is the Policia Judiciaria and Public
Prosecution Service being ‘taken / made
In my opinion, yes. It is regrettable that
the Portuguese authorities have been unable
to compel these gentlemen to come to
Portugal to make a re-enactment in order to
discover the truth.
Only two of the friends are taking part on
the re-enactment. The others are not
important to discover the truth?
It would be interesting to know why Mr.
David Payne is not part of re-enactment. He
could explain how much he took to bath the
children and at what time. They are not
interested in explaining that.
The production of the documentary contracted
the security services of four officers of
GNR. Yesterday two officers were in place
until 18:00. They were replaced by a new
team, which accompanied the recordings until
Two days of
The filming will take place over two days.
Gerry McCann was interviewed yesterday and
scenes were filmed in the Tapas restaurant
where the couple dined on the night of the
disappearance of her daughter. Today,
filming will take place in the church in
Praia da Luz
One of the scenes recorded yesterday
involved a man who a friend of the couple,
Jane Turner, says it has seen the passing of
a child placed in the night that Maddie
disappeared from the apartment.
ROLE IN THE MOVIE
The Portuguese, British Robert Murat, who
was one of the arguidos in the case on
suspicions of connection to a kidnapping,
the film does not enter the re-enactment,
said the spokesman Clarence Mitchell.
Maddie's father, Gerry McCann, did not take
part in the filming, but was a team
consultant, along with Jane Tanner and
Matthew Oldfield, friends who vacationed
with the couple.
Kate McCann, the mother of the missing girl,
"is not yet ready to return to Portugal",
according to what Clarence Mitchell, the
spokesman of the couple said to journalists.
Rui Pando Gomes