Gonçalo Amaral continues the searches and makes revelations
“Madeleine McCann died in apartment 5A and her body was concealed.” With this certainty, Gonçalo Amaral closes the documentary ‘Maddie – The Truth of the Lie’ that was broadcast by TVI on the 13th of April.
The former coordinator of the most media exposed investigation of all times believes that the English girl, who disappeared from Praia da Luz on the 3rd of May 2007, was not abducted as her parents have always defended and further advances: “Maddie is there in the Praia da Luz area! For some reason, they’re around.”
Despite having been taken off the case in October 2007, Gonçalo Amaral continued to investigate on his own and promises to make some revelations soon: “I’ve been talking to other retired policemen, from other countries, and we’ve given the case plenty of thought. There is lots of information that has been collected, and news will be out, over the coming days. We have new clues and very serious ones.”
The production from Valentim de Carvalho Filmes, which is based on the book that was launched by Gonçalo Amaral, after he was removed from the investigation, was a success. Over two million viewers saw the documentary, which was broadcast by the Queluz station, and is now the second most viewed programme of 2009.
The former Polícia Judiciária inspector already expected the programme to be a success, but never this much. “We were expecting great impact, because it’s an issue that still touches people. They want to know the truth and they want justice. But we never expected this much”, reveals Gonçalo Amaral, who doesn’t doubt that since the 13th, the Portuguese are now better informed about Maddie’s disappearance. But according to the former inspector, it seems that not everyone watched it attentively: “The Attorney General should have realised by now that he holds a very important document that proves that there is no abduction, and all he has to do is to reopen the process.”
Ocean Club workers want to sue the McCanns
Before the little girl’s disappearance from apartment 5A at the Ocean Club, 130 people worked at the resort. During the following summer, the number fell to 60, and late last year, it was reduced to 48. Presently, only 27 people have kept their job!
The Ocean Club management was forced to “cut back on personnel” and doesn’t hesitate to point at those who are responsible over the redundancies. Te dismissal letter, which was sent to 21 workers, reads: “… This is the expected result of a sequence that has been continued over the past two years, when the company has supported the heavy costs of a reduction in its activity, as a result of the unfortunate Maddie McCann event.”
The Ocean Club staff shares the same opinion and add that “after the little girl’s disappearance, there was a break of 40 per cent in the number of tourists. We used to host entire families. There were even ‘wars’ to get a sunbed. Now, that doesn’t happen anymore”.
As a result of this decrease in the number of customers, over twenty people, aged 30 to 50, and some of them working for this company for two decades, have received a redundancy letter and promise to unite to sue the McCanns.
Residents want to forget about Maddie
The tragedy that was lived in Praia da Luz, in May 2007, did not only “cast a shadow” on that resort. A little over the entire Algarvian village, business owners complain about the lack of tourists, and once more blame the excessive media coverage of the Maddie case.
The truth is that, two years after the disappearance of the English girl, that paradise by the sea has yet to return to normalcy. “We enjoyed a quiet life, and it was bad luck that this happened here”, a resident says. The locals have not managed to forget about Maddie, and they are not even allowed to do so! Gerry’s return to Praia da Luz, earlier this month, is proof. Despite the fact that Kate remained in England, supposedly due to being physically and psychologically debilitated, the husband returned to the crime scene, but was ill received.
At the Ocean Club’s entrance, insults were thrown at the one that they used to support. “Why didn’t he come when the PJ asked him to?”, a shop owner questions. “What’s this documentary’s use? To further denigrate Praia da Luz’s image?” – another one asks.
There is no doubt that the locals’ opinion about the McCanns’ innocence has changed a lot. Apart from making it very clear that the couple is not welcome, they weren’t pleased about the most recent campaign from the English. A few weeks ago, ten thousand leaflets were distributed in mail boxes and dozens of posters with Maddie’s face were put up. Nevertheless, ‘Maria’ failed to find a single one of them! “They were all torn”, a resident confesses. We see a single outdoor upon leaving Luz, with the child’s face covered with white paint, as well as the contact number for new information. It’s a sign that the locals cannot stand the McCanns’ media circus anymore.
Chronology of a Polemical Case
3rd May Madeleine McCann disappears from the room where she slept with her twin brother and sister, at the apartment 5A of the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz. The parents were having dinner with a group of friends in the resort's restaurant, around 50 meters away from the apartment.
5th May The Judiciary Police director in Faro, Guilhermino Encarnação, advances that all the evidence points to an abduction, there was already a sketch of the suspect.
14th May Murat is heard for 14 hours at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Portimão and becomes the first arguido [suspect] in the case process.
31st July The PJ, elements of the British police and two dogs, trained to detect traces of blood and cadaver scent, inspect apartment 5A and find new evidence.
11th August For the first time the Judiciary Police admits that Madeleine might be dead.
6th September Kate McCann is inquired at the PJ in Portimão for 11 hours.
7th September The McCann couple is heard at the CID in Portimão and constituted as arguidos.
9th September Kate and Gerry return to England.
2nd October Gonçalo Amaral, coordinator of the ‘Maddie Case’ since the first day, is removed from the investigation.
8th October Paulo Rebelo is announced as the substitute of Gonçalo Amaral, at the head of the case.
19th March The PJ returns Robert Murat’s apprehended belongings.
13th April Robert Murat demands libel payments from various British media groups.
21st July The Attorney General's Office [PGR] announces the archiving of the process due to not obtaining evidence of the practice of any crime.
24th July Gonçalo Amaral publishes the book 'The Truth of The Lie', where he reveals his theory about Madeleine’s disappearance.
25th March Ten thousand leaflets and dozens of posters with Maddie’s face are distributed and placed in Praia da Luz, with the intention of not forgetting about the disappearance of the English girl.
4th April Gerry McCann returns to Praia da Luz to shoot a documentary about what happened on the 3rd of May 2007.
12th April Inspector Ana Paula Rito replaces Paulo Rebelo at the coordination of the Portimão’s CID.
13th April TVI broadcasts a documentary based on Gonçalo Amaral’s book, in which the former inspector sustains that Maddie is dead.
source: Maria magazine, 26.04.2009, paper edition
Photographies of Gonçalo Amaral courtesy of Patrícia de Melo Moreira/DN © All rights reserved
Monday, April 27, 2009
Gonçalo Amaral doesn't give up
Gonçalo Amaral continues the searches and makes revelations