Ex-cop's book on Maddie to be a doco
October 22, 2008 - 10:39PM
A book by a Portuguese detective who investigated the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann will be adapted for a television documentary, according to its producers.
Ex-detective Goncalo Amaral - who has sold 180,000 copies of "Maddie - The Truth of the Lie" - will narrate the documentary, which began filming this week in Algarve, the region where the girl went missing in May 2007.
"This documentary, currently being filmed, is based on the book by the former judicial police inspector," Cristina Valente, a manager in the Portuguese production company Valentim de Carvalho, told AFP.
Portuguese private television channel TVI has acquired the rights to the film.
In his 214-page book, Amaral repeats accusations of involvement by Maddie's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, in their daughter's disappearance.
Amaral, who was sacked from the investigation in October 2007 for criticising British police, reiterates his belief that Maddie died in a "tragic accident" in the apartment in which she was sleeping the night she disappeared.
Portuguese authorities closed their investigation in July and lifted the "suspect" label from Maddie's parents due to lack of evidence.
Madeleine McCann went missing on May 3, 2007, days before her fourth birthday, from a holiday flat in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant.
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As far as I'm aware these news reached the media in Australia, France, Germany, Austria and South Africa, at least. But no word about it in the UK. I wonder why that is...
And now, compare it with the version that finally got to the UK. UK media, you are spineless and bent and no one in their right minds would call what you do journalism. You are an embaressment to your country and to your thinking countrymen and countrywomen. Get a backbone. Your 'journalism' is the world's laughing stock.
By ANTONELLA LAZZERI
THE shamed cop who led the Madeleine McCann probe is cashing in AGAIN — with a TV film.
Parents Kate and Gerry were “disgusted” last night after ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral was seen with a camera crew at the Algarve apartment where the three-year-old vanished.
Portugal’s Channel 3 confirmed he was making a documentary for them — after already coining it with a book about the case earlier this year.
The McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell fumed: “He seems determined to make as much as he can out of Madeleine. He should be ashamed.”
Amaral was kicked off the case after accusing doctors Kate and Gerry, both 40, of killing Madeleine, of Rothley, Leics. (This part was just made up. He was not kicked off and the reason why he was told to leave the case had nothing to do with the suspicions regarding the main arguidos, at the time)
He repeated the slur in his book The Truth Of The Lie. The TV film will be screened on May 3 next year — the second anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance.
Mr Mitchell raged: “It’s beyond bad taste.”
A local in Praia da Luz, where Maddie vanished, said of the TV film: “It’s sick.”