EXCLUSIVE By Jon Clarke in Huelva

A NIGHTCLUB doorman has revealed to the Olive Press that he knows the key figures behind a paedophile gang that kidnapped missing Maddie McCann.

Marcelino Jorge Italiano, 36, has told Spanish police that a group of high-ranking lawyers, based in Faro and Albufeira on the Algarve, are linked to a paedophile ring that abducts children.

The Angolan, who worked in club security on the Algarve for ten years, claimed that he is “terrified” for his safety after confronting the gang.

“I think there have been over a dozen children kidnapped,” he told the Olive Press.

“They prey on the weak and vulnerable.

“They are ruthless. I have been attacked twice for trying to investigate it and even lost my front tooth.”

The six foot four inch bouncer – who has now fled across the border to Spain – gave his dossier of information to the Policia Nacional in Huelva this week.

His lawyer, who was present during the hour-long interview, told the paper: “He seems credible and believable and he does not trust the Portuguese police.

“He also seems pretty convinced that Maddie may have been taken from Portugal to the US.”

Italiano, a former semi-professional Basketball player, claims the key figures include two businessmen both based on the Algarve.

He insists that the group has high level contacts in Portugal’s judiciary and links to a legal practice in London.

He told detectives that he got much of the information from the ex-wife of one of the businessmen and has photographs of the group.

“I know these people were involved and I have been told that Madeleine may now be in America,” he said. “I can’t say how, but I have known these people and believe they can get away with anything.”

In particular he wants to give the information to the family of Maddie, who went missing while on holiday in the Algarve in 2007.

A spokesman for the family Clarence Mitchell told the Olive Press: “We are taking this seriously and want to talk to him.

“We are aware of one of the names mentioned and are already investigating.

“We plan to come over to talk to him.”

He confirmed that a possible link to the high-level ‘Casa Pia’ paedophile ring was not being discounted.

In September six men including a solicitor, a former ambassador and a TV presenter were jailed for sexually abusing 32 children living at Casa Pia homes across Portugal.

According to the main witness Pedro Namora, who is now a lawyer, there were many wealthy members on the Algarve and they regularly used houses down there.

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  1. This guy could be telling the truth. He could have even been part of it all in some way but doesn’t want to tell those looking into it so he doesn’t go behind bars.
    It’s seems he must have had a falling out with the gang he mentioned but the falling out probably had nothing to do with the gang abducting Maddie.

    It’s worth the authorities looking into it even the sighting from a few days ago is worth looking into.

    I don’t know Maddie at all but last week was watching her parents in an Interview and a few days ago I had a dream that she was still alive I beleive and hope for the childs sake she is. I think they should listen to this guy but at the same time have him understand that even if she is found and what he is saying is true he will not get not one dime because in all honesty if what he says is true he should have spared the girl from torture and helped her the day she so called went missing not years later so he would be as much to blame as those others he says are involved.

  2. Universities do not take kindly to media resources as you cannot say if the source has the information they say. Some are not who or what they say they are.

    Another psychic then who dreams. If you have those hallucinations then I suggest that you are on medication, or are putting a case together for a none existent reward.
    The News of the World is gone pal. So no reward as the paper does not exist. The ‘guy’ has fled and never could have known of Madeleine or he would have known of the others ripe for taking as a ‘batch’ lot. None of it is true, he was a bouncer that is all.

  3. I am a mom and God forbid something like that ever happens to me… but if it would, I would be destroyed all the way. I wouldn’t care if people would doubt my word NOR if the police would make me a suspect. I would even go to prison voluntarily in exchange that everybody stops talking (focusing) about me (wasting precious time) and keep searching for my child.
    This couple always seem so… how to put it… “rehearsed” to me that it does not click. AND Oh my God, SO READY to FIGHT and to SUE!!! …that I sincerely wonder HOW on EARTH they have energy (and money) for that instead of being DEVASTATED with head ONLY to focus on searching for their child!!!!

    On top of that they cared about paying their mortgage with money from their child search fund??? Are they heartless??? Moreover, why on earth would one care about one’s house when a pervert could be raping your child every day? No way…

    Me? I would sell my house, go live with my parents, uncles, sister, the neighbor, under a bridge!!! and use that money to keep on searching!!! Heck, I would sell EVERYTHING material to keep on searching…

    I don’t know if they are involved on their poor daughter death or disappearing, but I do think they know something and are too afraid to tell.

    Hopefully God will give them the strength to do what is right…

  4. Air Traffic Control cannot fake a flight plan. This is not a wealthy public school group that had one of the eight children go ‘missing’. So why a child that did not have an inheritance or trust fund, and a posh voice?

  5. 19 privates planes on the plane park last time I went through Faro, a flight plan may not be faked but who checks what is loaded, Im sure each suitcase is not searched. I don’t understand the 2nd sentence from Pegasus, it has no context. Who did fly out of Faro the week after the disappearance?

  6. We all miss the point originally, that they missed jail when returning to the uk, where the truth may have come out, but upper middle class Doctors in the UK, Trust Me I’m a Doctor, I don’t lie, How much money have they made on such a tragedy of there Daughter, If its true the child was abducted, what regrets on leaving their child alone (which when I heard on the radio the first time. I assumed she was left with 2 older children! wrong!)They should have had more sense then to leave such young children by themselves. That Portuguese Policeman Knows the real Truth and is being hounded, still by the Mccanns to keep his mouth shut!I do believe Mum lied to police about the cat on the shelf in the bedroom.
    There is no legal age limit for leaving a child on their own, but it is an offence to leave a child alone if it places them at risk. Parents can be prosecuted if they leave a child unsupervised ‘in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health’ (Children and Young Person’s Act).uk.gov
    In 2005, Kelly Ann Rogerson received a six-month jail sentence, suspended for one year, after taking a two-week holiday in Turkey and leaving her three children with a teenage ‘babysitter’ (County Durham case).
    Thanks virginia, I also agree with your comment

  7. Hello Tel – I always thought doctors were intelligent – not so as far as you are concerned. You should really take time reading through what you have put before you post it!! This Ms Rogerson who left her children for TWO WEEKS deserves to be locked up – the McCanns left their children for half an hour at the most!! Amaral – the Portuguese policeman has lied and slandered the McCanns and deserves everything he gets.

  8. Thanks Janet – I agree. It is about time the Portuguese police gave the Metropolitan police every scrap of information and gave them the power to go into Portugal and do what they are good at, which is to re-open the case into the disappearance of Madeleine and carry out an in depth investigation. No matter what the Portuguese do to try to dismiss the fact that they made a botch of the whole affair, the situation will never go away until someone discovers either what happened to Madeleine or where she is now so that she can be returned to her family. Her parents, together with their supporters, will see that Portugal will never forget what happened on 3 May 2007 until a conclusion has been reached.

  9. To Jean, where was this other child taken from 5 years earlier? I had some evidence and tried to report it on mccans website but never heard back. Where could I contact someone. I have lived near Luz for 10 years. To all the people who think MCCans are guilty, don t forget this is a very corrupt country.Dont believe what you read in the papers. Did they leave doors unlocked or children alone? How often did they check on children? You were not there so do not assume these facts.

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