Monday, October 6, 2008

Belated birthday wishes, Mr Amaral

Anyone wishing to contact me can do it at:

Amaral in Vigo: “In the Madeleine Case Politics Aborted the Police Investigation”

“I was attacked, defamed and humiliated by the ignoble British Press”, claims Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator of the Portuguese Judiciary Police.

That disappearance of a girl in the night of May 3, 2007 in the Portuguese Algarve while her English parents, the McCann, couple had dinner with several friends hundred meters away of the apartment in which she was sleeping with the brothers, was only that. A tragic disappearance like thousands that take place in the global geography and not even anything particularly unique for its dramaticism. Nevertheless, it turned into a universal and invasive phenomenon as an effect caused by the media. His book in Esquilo [Publishers in Spain], "Maddie, the truth of the lie ", clarifies the questions.

- Was this case blown out of proportion?

- It’s understandable that the parents turn to the media in cases like this one but we believe that in this occasion they have done it trying to create a sense of victimization to conceal what has happened. I agree with you that there are cases that are very much more tragic who are not so mediatised, that do not transcend to the entire world.

I see Gonçalo Amaral between smoke scrolls, a cigarette after another, forthright face and the eyes with a ‘broken glass’ look.

They finished you off...

- Certainly, I was attacked, vilified and humiliated by some of the ignoble British press which contributed to the interruption of the investigation with their continuous onslaught and interrupted, therefore, the Justice. Portugal was treated like a Third World country and there is one thing where they [Translator's note here I assume some politicians, Justice Minister, Public Ministry, Attorney general & former PJ director] did behaved as such: when they removed me, the person responsible for the ongoing investigation. There were no police, but political reasons for this. The politics aborted the investigation.

- The fact is that his investigation was contradicting their interests.

Of course. The thesis of our latest work remained in the process and there it is summed up that the minor died in the apartment, there was a simulation of abduction, the couple is suspected of hiding the body, the death could have been accidental and that there is evidence of negligence in the care of the parents for leaving them alone even if they were one hundred meters away.

- Didn’t you rush yourselves in having them imputed [constituted as arguidos i.e. official suspects]?

How is it possible to speak about precipitation when we only accused them four months after the facts? On the contrary, we believe that one of the errors of the investigation was to have treated the couple “with tweezers”. Soon enough we saw that there were things that did not coincide and they were treated with privileges. They might have been imputed earlier...

"The citizen pays to have the right to safety"

Teams and special dogs for the search of living or dead Madeleine, hours, days and months of police work in the middle of a huge international media noise, vast numbers of followers or detractors... Can the public finances destine so much money to the investigation of every case? Amaral thinks that on Portuguese part there were no special expenses except the hiring of an English laboratory and the British police officers were paid by his country. "Nevertheless – he says - the criminal investigation has no price because the citizens pays taxes to have their safety".

- You worked for 28 years in the police. You have worked with cases enough to write a book of mystery...

- (smiles). True.
For example, I had interesting cases of drug trafficking, some of which we worked with the Galician police, but those who have touched me most, emotionally, were some that included children. A father who killed his three-year-old son, for example, for jealousy. More tragic than the Maddie case although it has not been so mediatised.

- To what extent can the media interfere in the police work? ?

That is a very complex issue with many nuances. Our Judiciary Police has no press office to face the current challenges, nor an image consultant for its general director, or assistants that will examine what appears in the press or on the Internet.
With this lack of resources it is not possible to answer to a British press that seems much more guided feeding information towards the thesis of the abduction and that influenced the investigation until the investigation stopped.

Source: Faro de Vigo

by Joana Morais


Anonymous said...

Parabéns atrasados Dr. Amaral, espero que tenha passado um bom dia


Bom, é um bocado esquisito dar os parabéns a quem apenas conhecemos através dos media. LOL

Cláudia said...

Paulinha, não é nada estranho! :-)

mandarinn said...

Parbens Dr. Gonçalo Amaral.Tudo de melhor para si e sua família.
bjs Claudia
Justiça para Madeleine

Cláudia said...

Thank you, Mandarinn. :-)
Beijinhos para ti. E saudades!

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon everybody!

Sending congratulations to Mr. Amaral on his birthday and wishing him all the best for every day of his life.
Thank heavens there are men who can still be called men.

Regards from Brazil

Nana said...

Good afternoon everybody!

Sending congratulations to Mr. Amaral on his birthday and wishing him all the best for every day of his life.
Thank heavens there are men who can still be called men.

Regards from Brazil

Cláudia said...

Thank you, Brazillian brother or sister.
Yes, some men can still be called that. :-)
Kind regards from Portugal!

Cláudia said...

I suspected it was you, Nana! :-)
But you never know! :-)

mcr said...

Agora,sou como sou!


Cláudia said...

É assim mesmo, mcr! :-)

mcr said...

E este contador com os dias,as horas,os minutos e os segundos que faltam para o Natal 2008?

mcr said...

1 site de luto,já há muito.
Amor,corações e velas.
Qdo. G.A. disse o que sabia;desde aí.

Agora há que dar relevo às personalidades dos seres que "viviam" com a Pequenina Joana.

Há que apreciar os trabalhos desenvolvidos pelos Inspectores e os Seus sofrimentos.Estamos a 9.
Cláudia,procure saber mais sobre....certo?

Cláudia said...

Olá, MCR.
Os contadores que nos lembras das verdades.
Tentar saber mais sobre o quê?

mcr said...

Sobre a "perseguição" aos Inspectores e ao Tribunal.

Cláudia said...

Olá, MCR,
Mas olhe que eu não pertenço aos serviços secretos! :-)

ICantThinkOfAName said...

Good Morning Claudia

I don't know if you have seen this on 3A.

Anes - considering legal action against Sun

by just listening on Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:54 pm
Today after reading The Sun's ridiculous piece they called a story " Maddie probe is blasted" ... 790007.ece

It was brought to my/our attention by Laffin Assasin that this was/could be an old article by The Daily mail from December 07, which was according to a subsequent report the next day in Corrieo da Manha a distortion of what Mr Anes had originally said (you can read the article super sleuthed by Laffin on the following link): ... 0000000010

After realising Laffin was most likely correct I sent in a complaint to The Sun detailing these facts and asking for an explanation as to why they were again misleading the public by rehashing an old article by another newspaper that was disputed by the person they claimed to be quoting, I await their response (which will probably a long time coming).

After this I did some googling and came across Mr Anes's web site and decided to drop him a line, to cut a long story short I informed him of the article explaining my concern re The Mail article and kindly asked him to confirm if he had indeed made a new statement to the U.K press.

When I got home to my surprise I have received a reply from him I will not print it but summarise what he has said, I can forward it to admin if they wish.

He said (and he called me madam, or google did ), that this article was even worse than the original (he used the word shameless or blatant) that it distorts the context of the original interview he gave to the journalist Manuel Catarino the author of the book "The guilt of McCann" and what he said at the end of his book. He says that he spoke originally in the context of methods of DNA analysis and the general errors that may occur in criminal cases in general not in the McCann case (in short he was giving his expert opinion on DNA methods generally as is I believe an area of his expertise).

He states also the fact that this is also not a statement that has been paid for that he recals, he thanks me for bringing it to his attention, (calling it an unfortunate article) he said it has made him so sad that he is considering taking action.

I await a response from The Sun (with interest). I was a bit wary of e-mailing Mr Anes but I am now glad that I did. Maybe just maybe The Sun will think twice before assuming that the public are fools and will swallow whatever they care to give us.

Well done to Laffin Assasin for finding the original article
Last edited by bonnybraes1 on Fri Oct 10, 2008 11:36 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Title altered to reflect significance of OP

Re: The Sun interesting update and second response from Mr Anes

by just listening on Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:11 pm
I had just finished posting this when I received a further response from Mr Anes he has informed me that he has just made a statement to the Morning Post ( refuting The Sun's story and that this should appear to in tomorrow's edition of the daily Portuguese newspaper.

Anonymous said...

Bom dia Cláudia, mesmo não pertencendo aos serviços secretos (LOL) sabes me dizer quando é que veremos o documentário que vai começar a ser filmado na PDL, sobre a Maddie e com a participação do Dr. Amaral?

Bjos e bom fim de semama


Cláudia said...

Thank you, ICTOAN.
I wrote about that yesterday on Viv's. It was quite obvious to me, I have to say.

Cláudia said...

Oaulinha, não sei se o Dr Amaral vai participar. Não me parece.
Mas se souber algo, eu digo. :-)

Anonymous said...


Paulo Marcelino
10 October 2008 - 00h30

The book 'Maddie - The Truth of Lie' is the starting point for a documentary that is being filmed in the Algarve over the next 20 days. Goncalo Amaral, coordinator of the PJ in the process and author of the book, is not the only character to appear in the TV production.
The documentary will be produced by Manuel Fonseca, of Valentine de Carvalho, and most of the filming will take place in Portimao and in Praia da Luz, where Madeleine McCann disappeared from on May 3, 2007. "First we will work and then make statements. The formal announcement will be at another time," said Manuel Fonseca to CM, producer of films such as 'Koko' and 'The Private Life of Salazar'.
Goncalo Amaral coordinated the first five months of the investigation, in one of the most media focussed cases ever. The inquiry eventually ended, this summer, at which time the former coordinator published his book, a pioneering work of police revelation that has sold about 200 thousand copies in Portugal. It has been on sale since September in Spain and will soon be published in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. "Everyone likes to see their work valued," said Goncalo Amaral, about the purpose of the documentary. ... 0000000092 original source

Foi daqui que eu tirei a ideia que o Dr.Amaral ia participar!



Cláudia said...

Olá, Paulinha.
Eu também li isso, mas a minha interpretação de 'character' foi de personagem, não da pessoa. Sinceramente, não estou a ver o Dr Amaral a representar-se a si próprio. Mas nunca se sabe.