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Rettspsykolog David Canter har vært faglig rådgiver for et program på Channel 4 om Madeleine McCanns forsvinning. Det har gitt ham anledning til å vurdere portugisernes bevis og sammenligne med etterforskning i Storbritannia.

Det er nettopp mangel på ressurser som slår Canter. Forsvinningssaker med barn er uhyre kompliserte. Derfor har britisk politi utarbeidet en svær manual for hvordan man går frem. Omkostningene i en slik sak kommer fort opp i titalls millioner kroner. De ressursene har ikke portugiserne, derfor ser politiet seg etter det mest nærliggende motiv: foreldrene var selv skyld i jentas død. Dette avfeier Canter som helt usannsynlig. Ikke noe som er kommet frem tyder på at McCanns ikke er dyktige leger. At de skulle medisinert datteren til døde er nærmest utenkelig. Likeledes at vennene som var med den kvelden skulle deltatt i en konspirasjon for å holde sannheten skjult. De ville sprukket for lenge siden.

Men det mest interessante er beskrivelsen av åstedet:

after spending many days in Praia da Luz while making a Dispatches documentary about the case, I have come to the conclusion that the greatest likelihood is that she was abducted, and probably by a local person.

There are a number of indicators that have led me to this conclusion.

The days that I spent in Praia da Luz speaking to those who were there soon after that dreadful night in May, and with experienced police officers and a forensic scientist, have helped to clear away many of the myths and half-truths that have driven the accounts of Madeleine’s disappearance.

If you stand outside the apparently unremarkable apartment from which Madeleine vanished, the reality of unexpected horror hits home. The tidy walls and hedges that divide the apartments from the swimming pool, on the far side of which the family were eating tapas on May 3, take on a much more sinister form when you realise that they hide any clear view of the room in which the McCann children were sleeping.

Norske aviser med VG i spissen har sendt journalister til Praia da Luz og har videreformidlet hvert minste rykte og spekulasjon, som regel i McCann-familiens disfavør. Men de har ikke stilt de mest opplagte spørsmål: Hva slags politi har Portugal?
Hvordan etterforsker de seksualforbrytelser mot barn? Her er Canters opplysninger ytterst interessante:

Possible escape routes aside, one of the most convincing arguments I have heard for an abduction by a local came from my colleague at Liverpool University, Professor Kevin Browne, who advises many international agencies including the WHO and Unicef on child protection. He made clear that this quiet village could harbour a number of child abusers who had been released into the community rather than convicted.

The situation in Portugal was, he pointed out, very different from that in Britain today, being more the way it used to be here a decade or more ago.

Compared with other countries in Western Europe, Portugal convicts a much smaller proportion of child abusers. Children are more likely to be removed from their families, ending up in institutions while their abusers walk free. As a consequence, there are not only potentially more abusers within society unmarked and unmonitored, but a of whole new generation of people with an increased likelihood of becoming abusers because of their own experiences.

Canters hypotese er at det er en lokal person som har sett sitt snitt. Hans argumentasjon er logisk. Men hvorfor har ikke norske medier kunnet bruke den samme kritiske sans på en spektakulær forsvinning i utlandet som de ville gjort hjemme?


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