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 Post subject: Re: Método 3
PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:43 am 
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McCanns refuse to axe £50,000-a-month private detectives in search for Madeleine

Last updated at 13:01 13 March 2008

Kate and Gerry McCann have decided not to axe the controversial private detectives leading the hunt for their missing daughter.

The couple were expected to sever their links with Spanish firm Metodo 3 after a series of gaffes by outspoken boss Francisco Marco.

The agency's six-month contract ran out last week, but the McCanns' spokesman announced today that their relationship with the private eyes will continue.

The couple's multi-millionaire backer, double glazing tycoon Brian Kennedy, will continue to pay Metodo's 3 £8,000-a-month fee on a rolling month-to-month basis.

The Find Madeleine Fund will pick up the Barcelona-based firm's expenses, which have been averaging around £50,000 a month.

Marco, 35, the director general of Metodo 3 and son of its founder Marita Fernandez, made a series of bizarre boasts after being hired last September.

He promised last November he would find Madeleine before the firm's six-month contract expired.

And he sensationally claimed last December in his boldest statement to date that he knew who kidnapped her - and hoped to reunite her with her parents by Christmas.

Dad-of-two Marco has consistently said he believes Madeleine is alive and being held against her will in north Africa.

Relatives of Robert Murat, an official police suspect over the youngster's disappearance along with the McCanns, have accused Metodo 3 of trying to frame him.

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, confirmed today: "Our relationship with Metodo 3 is continuing.

"They are being kept on on a monthly retainer.

"Brian Kennedy will continue to pay their fee of £8,000.

"The Find Madeleine Fund will continue to pay their operating costs which have averaged about £50,000 a month up until now but have started to fall and will probably continue to do so as the number of leads they need to follow up drops off.

"Some of the comments Mr Marco has made in the past have been a bit extravagant and have caused some embarrassment but that has stopped now.

"Brian Kennedy feels that they are a doing a good job in difficult circumstances with passion and commitment and that is important to us.

"They have also developed a large knowledge base during the six months they have already spent working on the case.

"The Portuguese police might not sanction Metodo 3's activity. But being Spanish and Portuguese speakers working in regions where they have language, cultural and technical ties with the police, the Policia Judiciaria seem at least to tolerate them which is important."

He added: "Metodo 3's six-month contract has ended and the rolling retainer has already kicked in.

"It's unlikely to be reviewed at the end of every month. But it may be that in six or seven months if all the leads dry up, the relationship is reconsidered.

"Kate and Gerry still feel that in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, it's logical to believe their daughter may still be alive."

Sources close to the family were quoted as saying the chances of Metodo 3's contract being renewed were "virtually nil" last December after Mr Marco claimed he was close to reuniting Madeleine with her parents.

He told a Spanish newspaper in an interview he believed she was with paedophiles in an area not far from north Africa and his agency was putting together conclusive proof to local authorities so police could proceed with their arrests.

Critics said he would put Madeleine's life in danger if she was still alive and questioned his motives for telling the press he was on the verge of a major breakthrough before his mystified clients.

And his claim was reported at the time to have provoked a stand-up row with the McCanns who are said to have accused him of harming the chances of finding their daughter safe and well.

Robert Murat's mum Jennifer, 71, has claimed Metodo 3 detectives have spent days following her and accused them of trying to frame the British expat.

Murat's German-born girlfriend Michaela Walczuch, linked to Madeleine McCann's disappearance by witnesses who have phoned the Barcelona-based detective agency's hotline, has also implied they are behind a "dirty tricks" campaign to take the spotlight off Kate and Gerry.

Murat and Walczuch, who had started a fledgling property development company together, deny any involvement in Madeleine's disappearance.

The McCann camp has rejected claims Metodo 3 have generated any false leads.

The Find Madeleine Fund, once at £1.2 million, is now down to £544,000.

Mr Mitchell said: "If spending continues at its current rate and nothing comes in, we'll be down to £407,000 by the end of the month.

"But money is still coming in, albeit more slowly, and we've always been happy with Metodo 3's operational work."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-533083/McCanns-refuse-axe-50-000-month-private-detectives-search-Madeleine.html


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 1:03 am 
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http://www.metodo3.es/sn_responsabilidad_maia.htm

The events that have unfortunately been happening in the last months related to paedophile Networks that function on Internet and other means and which have had a great repercussion in the media, make the existence of a foundation like MAIA necessary.


UNICEF has informed that the treatment of children is a World wide problem which affects a large Lumber of boys and girls. According to some estimations, every year, more than 1.5 million children are the victims of child exploitation, only in the south east Asia.

There is a considerable demand for children as cheap workers or for sexual exploitation. The sexual line tends to be considered a private question, as some communities are seen to be reticent in acting and intervening in cases of child exploitation. Technological progress such as Internet, which facilitate access to child pornography and sexual tourism are factors that contribute to the child population being more vulnerable to such practices.


The main objective of Fundación MAIA is to inform society and work to put the necessary measures in place so that the images and facts such as those which have recently appeared in the media can be avoided. Work on awareness raising in the fight against this is of primordial importance,.


Fundación MAIA wants to contribute to this objective and will focus all its efforts in order that all the organisations involved act in a more efficient manner.


Fundación MAIA defends the Rights of children, the most vulnerable and those who are marked by the shadow of exploitation.

Fundación Maia is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility of Método 3 with the clear vocation of warning and raising awareness in the face of child sex abuse.

http://www.metodo3.es/sn_responsabilidad_maia.htm

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 Post subject: Re: Método 3
PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:09 am 
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http://www.publico.pt/Sociedade/agencia ... no_1365298


http://sic.sapo.pt/online/noticias/prog ... +Joana.htm

Will translate these articles when I have a moment.

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 Post subject: Re: Método 3
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:40 am 
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Método 3 publish a book about company "protection" :


http://www.agapea.com/libros/-CONTROL-E ... 0594-i.htm

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 Post subject: Re: Método 3
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 2:41 am 
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This is the website of the Foundation set up by M3 for the protection of children's rights, stop abuse etc:


http://www.fundacionmaia.com/

Additional information and the Foundation's members and supporters here: post216273.html#p216273

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 Post subject: Re: Método 3
PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:48 pm 
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http://www.telecinco.es/elprogramadeana ... 77745.html


Scotland Yard searches for leads about Madeleine McCann in Barcelona

British police have taken the reports of the Método 3 detective agency, which considers that there are 6 leads in its reports that have not been investigated.

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 Post subject: Re: Método 3
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Latest news on espionage and corruption cases involving Método 3 being investigated by Spanish authorities:


http://www.estrelladigital.es/espana/fr ... 79821.html
(10th July 2012)

http://elsemanaldigital.com/la-acusacio ... 122700.htm
(8th July 2012)

http://www.intereconomia.com/noticias-g ... ura-201207
(7th July 2012)

http://www.intereconomia.com/noticias-n ... r-tallada-
(7th July 2012)

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 Post subject: Re: Método 3
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:13 pm 
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http://www.cadenaser.com/espana/articul ... nac_15/Tes


Método 3 Also Spied On Granados

The investigation agency that spied on Ignacio González requested numerous data about the ex – councillor and his wife from the Valdemoro Property Register.


By FELIPE SERRANO 10-07-2012

The properties of the ex – councillor of Aguirre and the former secretary general of the Madrid PP, Francisco Granados, was also the target of interest by the Método 3 investigation agency, the same that supposedly spied upon the regional vice president, Ignacio González, in Colombia. During these same dates, in the summer of 2008, the agency’s detectives made numerous requests about Granados’s properties, as is shown by a certificate from the Valdemoro Property Register.


Francisco Granados was also investigated by the same agency that supposedly spied upon Ignacio González. This is shown by a certificate from the Valdemoro Property Register, according to which, the Método 3 detective agency made forty requests for information about the farms and buildings owned by Granados and his wife. Almost fifty requests in which Método 3 states its interest as being “a legal-economic investigation into credit, solvency or responsibility”.

At the time Granados was the general secretary of the Madrid PP, as well as an adviser to the Presidency, Justice and Interior. Twenty of the requests for information about the properties belonging to Granados and his wife were made on 1st August 2008 and the rest were made on 20th September of the same year. During this same time, at the end of August 2008, the visit of the regional vice-president and president of Canal, Ignacio González, to Bogotá and Cartagena took place, where he was supposedly spied upon by Método 3. The same agency that had such an interest in knowing the properties of Francisco Granados in his native locality of Valdemoro, where he was mayor between 1999 and 2003.

Método 3, with offices in Barcelona and Madrid, has specialised in investigation for companies. The agency claims that its reports “are emitted with total responsibility and can be defended before anyone with all the necessary evidence”. Now we know that they were also interested in Granados, although we do not know who gave them the order to investigate him, what the aim of the exercise was nor what the information was used for.

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 Post subject: Re: Método 3
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:05 pm 
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In brief:

Police are examining dozens of dossiers handed to them by an ex - employee that show Método 3 was tracking politicians, businessmen, judges and prosecutors.


More from today’s news here.

http://www.elperiodico.com/es/noticias/ ... do-2318779

http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2013/02/1 ... 54974.html

http://www.estrelladigital.es/espana/ex ... 65790.html

http://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20 ... jador.html

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http://ansamed.ansa.it/ansamed/en/news/ ... 73525.html


Spain: four arrests in Catalonia spying case

After PP President Sanchez Camacho files a complaint
19 FEBRUARY, 14:01

(ANSAmed) - MADRID, 19 FEB - Four people from the 'Metodo 3' agency, including the owner, Francisco Marco, the director and two employees were arrested Monday night as an investigation into the Catalonia bugging scandal picks up pace.

Two of the arrested have admitted illegally taping conversations of members of Catalonia's Partito Popolare.

Partido Populare President, Alicia Sanchez Camacho, last week filed a complaint with police after claiming that a dinner in a Barcelona restaurant on July 7 2010 between herself and Victoria Alvarez, the ex girlfriend of Jordi Pujol junior, the son of former Catalan premier Jordi Pujol, was bugged.

In the illegally obtained recordings Alvarez was heard telling Camacho about alleged money laundering: 500 euro bank notes were stuffed in a suitcase bound for Andorra and her then boyfriend made threats not to reveal details of his family's money laundering activities. Sanchez Camacho alleges that the spying is politically motivated, given that the sister of Metodo 3 director Elisenda Villena, 'Ana' is head of justice in the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC).

Camacho hit back at criticism for not going to the police about Alvarez, by calling her story ''incomplete and inconclusive''. (ANSAmed).

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