Paulo Rebelo, an assistant national director of the Polícia Judiciária (PJ), has taken over responsibility for the Madeleine McCann case. He made his name in the investigation into Portugal’s most notorious paedophile ring... "Police believe that Madeleine and her twin brother and sister may not have been alone in the McCann holiday apartment, but that the children of seven British friends who were on holiday with the McCanns were also present when Madeleine disappeared on May 3, the 24 Horas newspaper claimed... The newspaper does not explain how any forensic evidence could be pinpointed to the evening of Madeleine’s disappearance." - McCann children 'were not alone in apartment'
"I firmly believe that there is an almighty cover up going on in Portugal, why? "What about the Casa Pia case? This was a paedophile ring, it saw top Portuguese politicians and TV celebrities arrested..." -Daily Express: The World's Greatest Newspaper :: News / Showbiz ...
"A Portuguese judge has thrown out the case against a leading politician charged with paedophile offences.
"Ex-government minister Paulo Pedroso spent four months in custody last year, accused of being part of a sex ring.
Rene Michaux of the Belgian police was in charge of investigating Dutroux. He has been described as 'one of the world's most incompetent police officers.'
"When finally forced to search Dutroux's Marcinelle home for reasons not related to the kidnappings, Michaux decided to ignore the voices of two young girls, seemingly not even trying to get a response from them.
"He also didn't think that Dutroux's odd L-shaped basement, with one wall much newer than all the others, was reason enough to tear it down, nor did he recognize the significance of such items as vaginal cream, a speculum, chains, and a videotape with the name of a program on it dealing with missing children. Two other videos which would have shown Dutroux working on his basement and him raping a 14 year old girl were returned to Dutroux's wife, apparently without having been reviewed by his team.
"This failure of properly searching Dutroux's home apparently led to the death of Julie and Melissa, who are believed to have died from starvation in Dutroux's basement. It also led to the kidnapping of Sabine and Laetitia after Dutroux got out of jail in March 1996.
"In August 1996, after Dutroux had been arrested on suspicions that he had kidnapped Laetitia, Michaux led another three hour search in Dutroux's Marcinelle home where at that moment Sabine and Laetitia were located. Needless to say, Michaux not only failed to find the girls, which could possibly have led to the release of Dutroux, he also hadn't noticed the letters Sabine had hidden under Dutroux's carpet."