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I must say that I am pleased to see Stephen Birch is again getting some coverage in the MSM. 

As you probably know, Stephen is the South African businessman, who has found evidence of a body buried under the driveway of Robert Murat – The man once suspected of abducting Madeleine McCann.

You can read the full story about Stephens findings HERE

I have spoken at length with Stephen over the past couple of months, something I most definitely wouldn’t do if I suspected him to be full of shit. 

Safe to say then, that I back him one hundred percent and find the fact that both the British and Portuguese authorities continue to ignore Stephens evidence to be a gross travesty of justice.

You only need ask yourself why the McCanns are so dead set against the idea of excavating Murats drive to realise that this awful couple are not as upfront as they would have you believe.

They are certainly making a mockery of their much touted mantra; No stone unturned.

In theory, it is in everyone’s best interests to investigate Stephens findings. Therefore, I would say to the Detectives working on Operation Grange; stop with your old bollocks about 38 new suspects, do the job you get paid for and push to get the fucking drive dug up.

Madeleine McCann Investigation Launched By Scotland Yard Slammed By Stephen Birch

Posted: 07/06/2013 9:14 am


madeleine mccann investigationA real estate developer who’s used his own wealth to investigate the disappearance of missing tike Madeleine McCann slammed Scotland Yard for announcing yesterday that she still might be found alive.

The British police identified 38 “persons of interest” in the new search for McCann. She vanished at age three from a Portuguese resort during a family vacation in 2007.

But Stephen Birch, a South African who’s spent roughly $100,000 conducting his own probe, criticized the British police for relaunching the case while ignoring his report. Last year, Birch sent documents to Scotland Yard alleging that McCann was buried a few hundred feet from the Praia de Luz apartment her parents rented.

“The question you need to ask is why are they not digging up a gravel driveway,” Birch said to HuffPost in an email. “It is my opinion Madeleine McCann will never be allowed to return to her parents – dead or alive.”

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Ground-penetrating radar scans of the property purportedly show evidence of digging and images that might be human bones, according to Birch.

An online petition he created calls on the Portuguese government to order an excavation of the driveway. On July 5 there were just 383 signatures, but Birch ambitiously predicts it will snowball to more than one million names, because of the international hype around her case.

The property in question is the home of Robert Murat. Murat was officially deemed a suspect early in the case by the Portuguese police.

However, he was later cleared of an involvement. He’s won hundreds of thousands of dollars in libel settlements against tabloid newspapers.

Though Birch thinks McCann’s body lies underneath the driveway, he’s said that he doesn’t think Murat or anyone in his family played a role in the girl’s disappearance.

“‘Anyone could have had access to the property,” Birch told a Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha.

The Portuguese prime minister’s office informed Birch that they were unmoved by his claim that he’d found McCann’s grave. In a letter last year, Portuguese officials said that they found nothing to warrant digging when they checked out the area in 2007.

Sighting of McCann, who would be 10 now, filter in to to police departments around the world. Interpol got a report that she was spotted in Cyprus in March and Scotland Yard requested DNA samples of a lookalike in New Zealand that had the same eye defect as the missing girl.

“She’s under the driveway,” Birch said to HuffPost. “The U.K. is bullshitting to maintain the cover-up.’

Why SHOULD we help find Maddie, ask Portugal’s police chiefs as they ridicule Scotland Yard claims of new leads on missing girl

  • Met Police made upbeat announcement about new leads on Thursday
  • Portugal’s Attorney General has since poured scorn on Met investigation
  • David Cameron welcomed the inquiry as the case ‘still shocks the nation’


PUBLISHED: 23:36, 5 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:01, 6 July 2013

Still alive? Madeleine McCann disappeared aged three in PortugalStill alive? Madeleine McCann disappeared aged three in Portugal

Portugal’s top lawyer yesterday poured scorn on Scotland Yard’s investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. 

Attorney General Joana Marques Vidal said officers from London had no right to operate in Portugal and cannot question, interview or arrest anyone.

Her comments are in stark contrast to the Metropolitan Police’s upbeat announcement on Thursday of ‘genuinely new’ leads in the six-year-old case and that arrests could be made within weeks.

Detectives say they are preparing to swoop on 38 suspects – including 12 Britons – in Portugal and other parts of Europe.

Scotland Yard says it has asked the Crown Prosecution Service to submit an International Letter of Request to enable a team of officers to pursue inquiries in Portugal.

But Mrs Marques Vidal said she has received no British request for mutual legal assistance in an inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine – meaning the Met has no right to pursue inquiries.

Her spokesman said: ‘We have not received any request for mutual assistance with regard to the Madeleine McCann case.

He added that even if British police are allowed to travel to Portugal to ‘help the sovereign authorities’ carry out the ‘request for mutual assistance’, Met officers ‘cannot conduct any interviews or any other action in Portugal’.

Kate McCann, Madeleine's mother, holding a picture of her daughter in 2010 in one of her many appeals for informationAnguish: Kate McCann, Madeleine’s mother, holding a picture of her daughter in 2010 in one of her many appeals for information

Meanwhile Portugal’s detective unit, the Policia Judiciaria, said its officers would assist the British inquiry, but added they would effectively work to rule – only carrying out their duties to the letter of the law.

Pedro do Carmo, deputy national director of the unit, told the Daily Mail: ‘We are available to co-operate with the British authorities but only under terms of Portuguese law and within the time period allowed under Portuguese law.’


Portuguese detectives have condemned any deal between London and Lisbon as ‘political b*******’.

One said: ‘British police may be allowed to sit in on the interviews, with the prosecutor’s agreement, but they must not interfere or ask questions themselves. And if this deal does exist politics should not be allowed to interfere with justice. That is b*******.’ 

Scotland Yard launch ‘last chance’ investigation for Maddy McCann

Kate and Gerry McCann marking the fourth anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance Ongoing battle: Kate and Gerry McCann marking the fourth anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance

Three-year-old Madeleine vanished from an apartment in the resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, while her parents, Kate and Gerry, were having dinner at a restaurant nearby with friends.

The shambolic inquiry into her whereabouts was shelved in 2008 and Portuguese authorities have refused to re-open the case, saying there is no new evidence.

Scotland Yard began their own Home Office-funded review in  2011, going over files compiled by the Portuguese authorities and private detectives hired by Mr and Mrs McCann. 

Met Police teams have travelled to Portugal 16 times to share their findings with Portuguese detectives, and lawyers from the CPS visited Lisbon last month to discuss the case.

On the case: Scotland Yard has launched its own inquiryOn the case: Scotland Yard has launched its own inquiry

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is leading the inquiry, has said he believes there is a possibility that Madeleine is alive.

David Cameron yesterday welcomed the announcement that the Met had launched their own inquiry. He said: ‘It is welcome because they say that there is new evidence, new leads to follow, new things to be done.

‘It was a case that did shock and still shocks the nation and if an answer can be found we should try to find it.’

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The biggest cover-up in the History of the Portuguese and British diplomatic relationship.

Stephen Birch

The treaty of Windsor


There is little or no doubt that the Portuguese and British government together with the Catholic church have colluded  to ensure that the true events that transpired surrounding the Madeleine Mc Cann case remain behind closed doors in a  bid to protect a diplomatic relationship that exists between Portugal and England. The history of the relationship between Portugal and Britain dates back to the Middle Ages. In 1373 the Kingdom of England signed the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, the oldest alliance in the world still in force. The alliance was formalized by the Treaty of Windsor in 1386, and in 1387 Philippa of Lancaster, the daughter of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, was married to John I of Portugal.


The treaty of Lisbon


The Treaty of Lisbon or Lisbon Treaty (initially known as the Reform Treaty) is an international agreement that amends the two treaties which form the constitutional basis of the European Union (EU). The Lisbon Treaty was signed by the EU member states on 13 December 2007. The need to review the EU’s constitutional framework, particularly in light of the accession of ten new Member States in 2004, was highlighted in a declaration annexed to the Treaty of Nice in 2001. The agreements at Nice had paved the way for further enlargement of the Union by reforming voting procedures. The Laeken declaration of December 2001 committed the EU to improving democracytransparency and efficiency, and set out the process by which a constitution aiming to achieve these goals could be created. So in summary the Lisbon treaty was created to accommodate a larger a EU and embraces a fundamental rights charter that enshrines certain political, social, and economic rights for both European Union citizens and residents, into EU law.


The Madeleine Mc Cann case threatens not only the 626 year diplomatic relationship that exists between Portugal and England but potentially threatens the future existence and fundamental validity of the Treaty of Lisbon. The foundation of the Lisbon treaty is EU law which has equal force with national law and confers rights and obligations on the authorities in each member country/ies. The action by both the then Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown  and Portugal’s Prime Minister Jose Socrates in closing the case and preventing justice from following its course in the matter, undermines the very fundamentals on which EU law is based.


The case potentially also seeks to expose the role played by the Catholic church of depriving the individual Madeleine Mc Cann of their dignity and depriving her of her rights, by leaving her buried under a driveway.


Madeleine Mc Cann disappeared from a holiday apartment known as Ocean Club 5A Praia da Luz, Algarve, Portugal, in 2007.


I located what I believe to be Madeleine’s remains, buried below a gravel driveway, in a property owned by an initial suspect in the matter known as Robert Murat. You would think that after my findings appeared in 255 mainstream newspapers around the world, and 17 times in Portugal’s largest newspaper, Correio da Manha, responsible for selling 1 out of every 2 newspapers in Portugal, the Portuguese authorities would of dug up the driveway and exhumed the child remains, and allowed her to have a proper burial. Not so. In actual fact the Portuguese Prime Minister wrote to me lying about the actions of his police force in this matter.


The case is marred by political ramifications as the Portuguese police in my opinion were caught planting dna evidence in the parents hire vehicle, in order to try and solicit a confession from them, after they buried there child in a nearby garden, following her accidental death, which occurred in the flat after she and her siblings were left unattended.

Furthermore my investigation has shown that Portugal and the UK closed the case to protect their bi-lateral trade amounting to £8 billion pounds.


The UK government is being assisted in maintaining the cover-up, by Sir Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul and majority shareholder in one of the world’s largest media company’s Newscorp.


Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Socrates breached the Lisbon treaty they signed on the 18th and 19th October 2007, and committed a criminal act under EU law by covering up the dna planting, while Rupert Murdoch assisted them in the cover-up !!


There are two reasons why the remains of Madeleine Mc Cann need to be recovered.


1. Firstly leaving an individual buried under a driveway deprives the individual of her dignity, and fundamental rights, while  supporting the notion that individuals can be sacrificed to protect government interests.


2. Secondly the Catholic church through the Seal of Confession , is complicit in the cover-up of the case and depriving this little girl of her dignity.


In 2007 the parents made a confession to a local Catholic priest  father Jose Manuel Pacheco, who later  stated that he was deceived by the Mc Cann’s. According to various press releases the following was reported “Another friend described Fr Pacheco as a “nervous wreck” and that he was “hiding secrets that are destroying him.”


It is my opinion that given the bi-lateral trade at risk, Madeleine McCann will never be allowed to return to her parents – dead or alive, nor can the Murat driveway be dug up !!!

If she were returned alive, it would open a Pandora’s Box for the Portuguese government and their previous findings and surely jeopardize trade relations between Portugal and the UK.

The reaction of Goncarlo Amaral to my findings is also puzzling and needs taking into account. One would think that being sued by the McCann’s for 1.2 million pounds and given the fact that he is now divorced, destitute and living from handouts from his friends, he would jump at the opportunity to discover Madeleine’s body in the Murat garden.

Not so. The discovery of Madeleine’s body in the Murat garden poses a tremendous problem for Portuguese Police. You see the Renault Scenic could not have transported Madeleine’s body to the Murat garden because at the time, international press trucks were parked in the lane bordering the Murat property.

I also suspect, that the publication of my findings around the world in 255 mainstream newspapers from Australia to Brazil and Europe to South Africa created a major dilemma for both the McCann’s and Mr. Amaral.

I anticipate that both Amaral and the McCann’s will settle the litigation matter out of court to avoid the possibility of drawing more attention to my findings.

Then there’s Kate McCann’s reaction to my findings. By her own acknowledgement, she states that the Metropolitan Police advised her of my findings a day before they went worldwide. Never the less, the day my findings went worldwide the McCann’s elected to investigate an unlikely sighting of Madeleine in India, and ignored the possibility that Madeleine lay buried 140 meters in a straight line from apartment 5A.

 It must also be remembered that five years after publicly accusing Robert Murat in print – despite him being cleared of having anything to do with the abduction of her daughter – Kate chose to challenge my credibility on UK national television, rather than back the press calls for the site to be excavated.

 I can therefore only think- should my theory be correct – that the UK government have threatened to lay criminal charges against the McCann’s and further threatened to remove Sean and Amelie from their care, should  they spill the beans on Madeleine’s whereabouts.

I strongly believe, based on my investigation and what I have been told in confidence, that the facts surrounding the DNA planting lies in 3 top secret files in the care of UK home office secretary Theresa May.

In evaluating and understanding the extent of the cover up, an individual needs to consider all the facts in their entirety and not on an individual basis.

As a South African and having been exposed to the harsh realities of a country that has the highest crime rate and corruption in the world, we are taught from an early age to take a holistic view.

There are some facts that you need to know 

  1. The attorney General took months to respond to a report I couriered to him.
  2. Portuguese Police were instructed not to speak to me.
  3. The extent of Scotland Yard’s interest in my findings was a 1 line email enquiring how I removed the scans off the machine, despite communicating with me for months prior to my findings being revealed.
  4. Six international ground penetrating radar experts all stated that something lay buried beneath the Murat driveway – Four from the USA, One from South Africa and One from the UK.
  5. Portugal’s largest newspaper Correio da Manha, which sells 1 out of every 2 newspapers in Portugal and has carried major articles about my findings including photo evidence has challenged Portugal’s Prime Minister no less than 6 times to dig up the Murat driveall to no avail.
  6. Robert Murat has refused to let me excavate his rear driveway.
  7. Dr Russell O’Brien’s nephew Rob, is on facebook  and dating Robert Murats niece. He is friends with the Murat family including those who live in the south of France.


Blackout in British Press

What you will notice from the list is that the UK press is prohibited from covering the findings for two reasons.  One they have been previously sued by the Mc Cann’s,  their friends and Murat. Two any article covering this topic will be shut down by the UK government, since it threatens £ 8 billion pounds worth of bi-lateral trade.

I have spoken to every editor of every UK newspaper. They are unable to cover the story. Portugal newspapers and US newspapers continue to cover the story on a regular basis.

Here’s the link to the bi-lateral trade between Portugal and the UK. Please note the line in the article “Indeed, the Algarve – accounting for nearly 70 per cent of all destinations from the UK last year”


The Link  http://portuguese-embassy.co.uk/en/bilateral-relations.html

In closing you have two attached lists, one is all the articles written about my findings worldwide that Madeleine Mc Cann lies buried beneath the Murat driveway, and the other is the bogus campaign driven by Murdoch to assist both governments out of a sticky situation.



Stephen Birch