Source: The Examiner
By: Isabelle Zehnder
Missing Persons Examiner
"Pat Brown goes to Portugal in a quest for truth and justice for Madeleine McCann"
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) -- Driven by her desire for truth and justice for missing Madeleine McCann, Criminal Profiler Pat Brown is planning a trip to Portugal Monday.
Madeleine is the British girl who went missing from a resort in Portugal nearly five years ago.
Madeleine disappeared on the evening of Thursday, May 3, 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday. She was on vacation with her parents and twin siblings in Portugal and went missing from an apartment in the central area of the resort of Praia da Luz. Her parents claimed they left the children alone while they ate at a nearby restaurant.
According to a news report by Telegraph.co.uk, the initial investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance was based on the assumption she was abducted. The report states Portugal police later determined there was a strong possibility she may have died in her room.
In September 2007, Madeleine’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, and local resident Robert Murat, were named arguidos.
Their arguido [suspect] status was lifted in July 2008 because there was not enough evidence to charge them with a crime, Brown said Friday. Telegraph.co.uk reports the case was archived but can be reopened if new evidence emerges.
Pat Brown said there are two camps over Madeleine’s disappearance: one of a child who was abducted by a stranger and the other of a child who died, possibly an accidental death. She said there were suspicious circumstances surrounding Madeleine’s disappearance and that it was never proven that Madeleine was abducted.
In recent years the McCanns have instructed their solicitors, Carter-Ruck, to send numerous cease-and-desist letters to people who have publicly questioned their possible involvement in their daughter's disappearance.
While Pat Brown was not the recipient of a cease-and-desist letter from the McCanns a 30-page, self-published eBook she wrote detailing what she believes may have happened to Madeleine was pulled from sale at the direction of the McCanns.
Fight for freedom of speech
Pat Brown's book, Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, was removed from sale by Amazon following a claim by Madeleine's parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, that the book was defamatory.
Carter-Ruck, one of the leading media and defamation law firms in the world, acted on behalf of the McCann’s when they sent a letter to Amazon requesting they pull Brown’s book.
Brown said Friday, “This is important because Carter-Ruck is one of the most feared legal firms in the world for their libel work and this is why Amazon pulled the book; it wasn't worth it for them to have to go up against these legal giants.
"The overly strict libel laws of the UK, along with Carter-Ruck's going after so many, has caused the press to be afraid to print certain stories like this one about my Cease-and-Desist letter.
"In fact, Carter-Ruck is such a force, people say, 'Oh, you've been Carter-Rucked'.”
A press release issued Wednesday by Brown and her attorney, Anne Bremner, said Brown is fighting back "for the cause of freedom of speech and justice." Read full article...