P.D.L. 16 MAY 07
1330 to 1332 Witness
statement of Barend jan Jacob
05-Processos Vol V Pages 1330 -1332
TRANSLATION BY INES
Barend Jan Jacob Weijdom
Occupation: Property Manager
Place of Work: P da L
He comes to the process as a witness
and of his own will.
He has lived in P da L since 1996.
He heard about the news being
investigated on the evening of 3rd
May at about 21.30 - 21.40 from
P**** B******, a Dutchman and owner
of the Atlantico restaurant, who
passed by the witness near the
Baptista supermarket, in P da L and
who asked for his help in searching
He then went to the place where the
events occurred which was at about
21.45 - 21.50. At this time various
local people and MW staff were
When questioned he said that the
police wasn’t there yet but arrived
about 5 minutes later.
When asked he says that he has known
Robert Murat for about 3 or 4 years,
making clear that his relation with
him is limited to 'good morning' and
When questioned he says that he did
not see Murat on the night of the
events and he makes it clear that if
Murat had been at the scene he would
He adds that he was not on the scene
for much time as he went to search
the beach areas.
On that night, the last time he was
at the scene was at about 01.00, he
did not see Murat at that time
On the following morning, 4th May he
also participated in some searches
and, as in his professional capacity
he manages apartment 5E of the OC
Garden (in the same block as the
apartment from which Madeleine
disappeared) he suggested that the
authorities should visit that
apartment, in case someone had tried
to enter it while it was unoccupied.
He went to the apartment with a GNR
officer and after a few seconds
Robert Murat also entered the
apartment without anyone having
requested his presence.
The witness says that he found
Murat's presence in the apartment to
be strange, adding that after he
entered the apartment he gave the
witness a 'pat on the side' and said
'thanks for your collaboration'.
During this situation the witness
thought that Murat worked for the
police. On that morning the witness
saw Murat moving around the site a
lot and saw him enter and leave the
apartment Madeleine disappeared
from, without knowing whether he was
with anyone there. He said that
Murat moved a lot between the
authorities and journalists.
When asked, he thinks that on that
morning Murat was wearing a yellow
shirt and light coloured trousers.
The witness cannot be certain but he
thinks those were the clothes Murat
When asked he adds nothing, except
that he found Murat's behaviour
strange and that he did not see him
except for this morning other than
on the television news.
Reads, ratifies, signs.