Thursday, 24 September 2009

Kate And Gerry McCann Planning To Sue Gonçalo Amaral.

"It is the first time Mrs McCann has returned to the country since being quizzed by police over her daughter's disappearance.

They are considering suing the former Portuguese police officer Goncalo Amaral over his book, In The Truth Of The Lie, in which he claims that Madeleine is dead and questions the McCanns' account that she was taken while they were eating with friends nearby." (Daily Telegraph 24/09/09)

Having read Gonçalo Amaral's book, "The Truth Of The Lie," I can say that, as far as I can see, the book is simply a narrative about the investigation and the avenues being explored by joint working teams of British and Portuguese police officers. In fact, the original hypothesis of death came from an English expert, Mark Harrison.

From chapter 16 of Amaral's book:

"After a week of intense work, Harrison presents the results of his study to my coordinating group. Even if we were expecting it, his conclusions confirm our worst fears. The most plausible scenario is the following: there is no doubt that Madeleine is dead, and her body is hidden somewhere in the area around Praia da Luz. He praises the quality of the work carried out by the Portuguese authorities in trying to find the little girl alive. According to him, the time has come to redirect the searches in order to find, this time, a body hidden in the surrounding area. "


"Great Britain has at its disposal the world's biggest data bank on homicide of children under five years old. Since 1960, the count is 1528. Harrison is well acquainted with its contents. He often draws information from there which helps him to resolve similar cases. Valuable information can be found there on on various criminal modus operandi, places where bodies are hidden, techniques used to get rid of a body. He relates that on one occasion, thanks to the data, he was able to deduce the maximum distance a body might be found in relation to where the crime had been committed.

The figures quoted in the report he hands over give us the shivers. The crimes, including those of a sexual nature, are committed by the parents in 84% of cases; 96% are perpetrated by friends and relatives. In only 4% of them is the murderer or abductor a total stranger to the victim. In this roundabout way, Mark Harrison points out that the guilty party may be a person close to Madeleine, and even her own parents. From now on, we have to explore this track, especially as the others have proved fruitless."

So, Kate and Gerry, you may be suing the wrong person as it was Mark Harrison who put forward, very strongly, the case for Madeleine's being dead and the idea that someone close to Madeleine, even her parents, may be the guilty party. Being of a rather cynical nature, though, Mark Harrison probably isn't worth suing and I guess you have calculated how much money may have been made by the sale of Dr Amaral's book.

The rest of chapter 16 can be read here.

Gonçalo Amaral Goes To Spain To Talk About The Maddie Case

Forbidden to talk about his book, "The Truth of The Lie," and his conclusions about the case, 24 Horas reports that Gonçalo Amaral crossed the border into Spain to be able to express himself. The order by the court in Lisbon, prohibiting him from speaking about the case, is only effective in Portugal.

Translation from Joana Morais. See Joana's blog for updates.

September 24, 2009
Gonçalo Amaral leaves the Country to Accuse the McCanns

Forbidden to speak about his version of the Maddie Case, which puts the parents at the origin of the child's disappearance, the former Inspector gives an interview to TV Record, in Spain.

Silenced in Portugal, Gonçalo Amaral went to Ayamonte, Spain, to tell again his version of Maddie's story, exposed in his book «The Truth of the Lie».

The Former Inspector of the Maddie Case bypassed in this way the injunction that prevents him to speak freely on the thesis of the child's death and the concealment of the corpse by her parents. However, the daily Press today reveals that the ban to Gonçalo Amaral will be enforced anywhere in the world.[this could only be achieved if the McCanns process Mr. Amaral in every Civil Court of every and each Country, no Court has jurisdiction to forbid a Citizen to speak abroad]

The McCann were in Lisbon yesterday in a meeting with their lawyers to proceed with the reopening of the inquest* to their daughter's disappearance and «refresh the searches». The Couple refused to make any comments regarding their conflict with the former PJ inspector.

Gonçalo Amaral's interview to TV Record will be broadcast in 70 Countries, the date is still unknown.

in TVI24

*This is a gross mistake, the McCanns confessed that "they wished to reopen the process", obviously they won't even bother to try to reopen the process, which they could as it's in their legal right as assistants to the process. They could, for example, answer the PJ questions or request that an official reconstruction of the events of 3rd of May 2007 is made. The Public Ministry would no doubt reopen the process to the investigation of Madeleine Beth McCann' disappearance again.

The interview will be broadcast in 70 countries? Let's hope the UK is one of them. Many thanks to Joana Morais for translating this article.