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Post  Guest on Tue 29 Oct - 0:19

With huge thanks to Rolanda Miguens Reid on Facebook Controversy Group

Gente Magazine 21 to 27/10/2013 Page 42 to Page 45

Goncalo Amaral tells how the Maddie case has affected his family life

He is worried about his youngest child

How did you react to the news that the English Police are investigating new leads?

Calmly and with tranquillity. I know what this is about, what the parties want by putting out this news, but anybody who has followed the case through the years, will be able to discern the trashy publicity and what is really at stake. Also, the purpose of this is to the pressure on the Portuguese courts.

Are there changes in the case?

There are no changes, there is nothing new, it’s continuing as was in 2008 when it was filed away. The parties involved in the civil action seem to be very creative, so that is why we need to wait for a bolt of their creativity and imagination.

In the libel civil court case brought by the McCanns, they are asking you for 1.2 million Euros

The reason behind this case is that offence was taken on an opinion, which was unthinkable of in a Democratic and free Portugal post the 25th of April revolution. In truth, there are no facts that support the demand for a pay-out based on libel. The people that brought this action want to make it known that I and those that worked alongside me, Portuguese and English Police, as communicated in the book and documentary placed the search for Maddie in jeopardy as well as cause them psychological damages. This theory however fails on several levels.

Are you unhappy with the progress of the case?

My sensible nature doesn’t allow me to jump to conclusions, I will wait for the courts’ decision with calmness and tranquility. However, the publicity and disinformation campaign, the intoxication along the way, by the parties who have initiated this case, seems to indicate that they are not happy with the progress of the case because they are trying to influence the final result.

It was noted that the McCann friends who dined with them, the night Maddie disappeared that night, were not present in court.

Perhaps it’s a strategy on their part, but their absence did not go amiss. At the end of the day, who better than those that holidayed with the McCanns, throughout the years, and were house friends prior to the 3rd of May 2007, to give evidence about the “before and after” effect of the case on their lives.

Any witnesses important to your defense?

It was important to unmask the Psychologist in court by discovering that he merely has a degree in Social Sciences, and did one Psychology subject, meaning, that he isn’t a psychologist and isn’t qualified to assess the case. Equally important was the testimony of my colleagues who worked with me on this missing case. They remembered an interview the McCanns gave to a weekly Portuguese magazine in September 2008, a month after the book was published, where they devalued its content, and said they would not sue me for it. Such is life.

We were subject to the biggest slur on us personally and professionally, it was a shameful and vile the campaign against us.

Did you request the case be heard behind closed doors?

It’s true, we wanted to avoid what is happening.Judgements in the public arena, disinformation campaigns, obsessions and how it impacts negatively on the decision of the court which needs to be free, objective and based on law.

When you were heading the investigation did you feel pressure?

During the investigation all our work was under the microscope, and we were subject to personal and professional insults. It was shameful. The book, Maddie the truth of the lie, covers the first six months of the investigation. The case was closed in 2008. It’s normal for an investigation to have advances and setbacks, having a beginning, middle and an end. Therefore, it cannot be said that the case was finalised or that the evidence that existed at the end of September 2007, led to a different conclusion or was set aside.

What was your impression of the McCann couple after you met them?

Besides the mother of the child’s expectation that tea should be served, and the father acting totally disinterested in anything but the theory of an abduction, I remember that in his phone calls to England, he always referred to an abduction by a paedophile ring. It could have been a mere idea, but instead it was an obsession.

What is the motive that Kate didn’t answer more than 40 questions?

When they she became an Arguido she was entitled to that right and she used it. Answering the questions may have been the duty of a mother, a duty of a mother who was worried about her child’s disappearance, answering the questions without fear no matter how sensitive they may have been to her.

What type of sentiments do the McCanns hold for you?

In my opinion, they are very bitter and vindictive. Not only towards me, but to all those that have their own opinions which differ to theirs; and to people who won’t allow themselves to be influenced by their media campaign.

Would you have liked to have found their child?

We did everything to solve this case. The people who brought this civil case against me, are only worried about themselves, with their image, what happens today. I remember the mother’s words on finding out she was being charged, “What will the press say?” and “What will my parents think?”

From the mouth of the people who brought this civil action, they never had any appreciation for the policemen that worked on this case. Men and women that neglected their families, far from home, while searching for their missing child. The only thing I heard, once the case was closed, was they would sue the Police. However, they ended up suing one of the Investigators, the one that publically, in my right to defend myself, made known what had happened in the first months of the criminal investigation.

Six years of survival

Since the Madeleine McCann case began, he saw his life turned upside down. He was forced to retire early, divorced, moved to Lisbon far from his child, Ines, lost his father with whom he shared a house, fell ill, lost weight……Were they difficult times?

This question described everything that happened, except my mother’s death in 2009 after a long illness. At the time, internet sites which supported the people who are suing me, accused me in a cowardly way of having murdered my mother. They even detailed the manner with which I murdered her.

There are people that cannot maintain objectivity, who can’t analyse the case without linking those involved. If they could analyse by merely focusing on the fact that there is a missing child, the circumstances that the child disappeared under, they would not feel the need to abuse and insult people that were merely doing their jobs. With regards to my private life, these six years were a fight for my physical, mental and emotional survival. It has forced me to establish a new life, with ideas and projects for the future, separating situations. My life will run alongside this case, but it will not cross or be influenced by it, which is not easy, but which I think I have found a way.

Have you found yourself feeling defeated or depressed?

Luckily I don’t know what it is like to feel depressed and the need to give up or feel defeated are not in my nature.

You won your action against the pulping of the Truth of the lie. Have they returned your books?

The books have been returned to my Editor but I haven’t been reimbursed for them. There still hangs over me actions by the people that initiated this case (McCanns)

Any work or books in the offing?

I have a manuscript entitled, Madeleine: Unfinished investigation. I haven’t as yet looked for a publisher. I am also writing another book regarding my work investigating violent and organised crime. It will concentrate on the method of investigation.

What will happen after the court decision?

My expectations are to continue with my life, help those close to me, to serve Portuguese Society, once the case is finalised. My daughter, Ines, says there are lots of children and young adults who need healthy lives, authors of their own lives, and to be happy.

Amaral considers suing McCanns for impact on his child, Ines.

I have been thinking about that possibility, and it’s too early for me to come to a decision. I have to think of my child, Ines, and how the extension of this situation would impact on her.

How have you kept in touch with her?

It has been very difficult, distance doesn’t help, but I have kept in touch with her. Amidst all this, I worry about my child, not so long ago she asked me what is happening with the court case, if I would be arrested. Ines is the same age as Maddie would have been, had she lived, and reacts badly to any information relating to this case. Whenever she hears Maddie’s name, she says she had enough of hearing the name and doesn’t want to hear it anymore. To her there are other children that need the attention, love, care and she is one of them. Her world was rocked when she saw her father being attacked and insulted , even before the publication of this book, she had to leave the house where she was born, the school she belonged to and to live far from her father.

Ines is a victim of the arrogance and lack of common sense of the McCanns, who claim they are Catholics, but as Christians they have little or nothing.

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Post  jinvta on Tue 29 Oct - 5:19

So sad regarding Amaral's young daughter Ines, but good to hear that he is in good spirits and will not let the McCann's vindictiveness and bitterness get to him.

"They remembered an interview the McCanns gave to a weekly Portuguese magazine in September 2008, a month after the book was published, where they devalued its content, and said they would not sue me for it."

Any idea which interview this came from?

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Post  Karen on Tue 29 Oct - 7:21

The interview was in - Gente Magazine 21 to 27/10/2013 Page 42 to Page 45

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Post  keepingmum on Tue 29 Oct - 9:56

he will have his day very soon.

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Post  Not Born Yesterday on Tue 29 Oct - 10:16

I think that Jinvta might have been asking about the interview with the McCanns in September 2008.

This new interview is very moving. I wonder if the McCanns ever have any thought for the people whose lives they have blighted.

Unlikely I know!

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Post  mossman on Tue 29 Oct - 10:30

What a dignified, honest and intelligent man.

All of the things Ms Healy and Mr McCann are not.


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Post  almostgothic on Tue 29 Oct - 10:45

Kate McCann: "He deserves to be miserable and feel fear."

So who is feeling fear now?
We see here the Three-fold Law working in all its omnipotent glory.

Positive thoughts to the hero and his family, who will have good reason to be proud of his stance.



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Post  tanszi on Tue 29 Oct - 11:02

I wonder if she and G are feeling misery and fear now, or have they been advised that they acted within the bounds of responsible investigating.

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Post  widowan on Tue 29 Oct - 11:47

tanszi wrote:I wonder if she and G are feeling misery and fear now, or have they been advised that they acted within the bounds of responsible investigating.
How long will they have known this information about the efits I wonder? The show aired in October but in order to declare the parents aren't suspects and to plan the big breaking news of the efits of the real abductor, they must have had that for awhile.

I think at Madeleine's memorial thing in May they looked as wretched as I've ever seen them. Looking at Panorama last night where they were all smooth unlined faces and smiles vs last May is quite a difference. Having Madeleine gone is probably like an old ache, and empty spot. But this stuff in the libel trial and now with the efits, that's real and right now. They are once again under scrutiny rather than getting tea and sympathy and quite a bit of other people's money.

they seem to feel worse about what people think or know - so now people know they sat on this evidence and screwed up not only the PJ investigation but their own, they probably feel misery and fear.

if the crime Watch was planned to coincide with the libel trial as I believe it was they have had that blow up in their faces.

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Post  mara thon on Tue 29 Oct - 11:52

If there is any real justice in this world then surely Goncalo Amaral will see some, but with the very high level of whitewash, coverup and corruption to protected the Mccanns, it truly makes me wonder just who will have to be thrown to the wolves and sacrificed to keep the McCann backsides glowing like suns.
Everything is about keeping the Mccanns pure, the effect on the twins, who never even knew their sister well, yet no thought for the children of other families the Mccanns have disrupted, turned upside down and destroyed. As for the Mccanns being Christians, I guess their type of Christianity is akin to Matthew Hopkins ! If the Mccanns are as Christian as they want people to believe, then I hope they receive the justice they richly deserve from their God in the very near future.

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Post  kitti on Tue 29 Oct - 11:55

I heard someone say that people who have done a ghastly crime always turn to religion to seek forgiveness.

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Post  kitti on Tue 29 Oct - 12:06

The problem or not the problem with this case is.....the mccanns thought they could 'rule the world'.....


They couldn't bring Madeleine back so why not make some money out off her instead , and they did.


The problem is, they got greedy, they made a few friends along the way, celebs who had contacts who had contacts with the papers but they didn't bargain on...US.


Look at the headline on Saturday, we thought that was IT but hey ho, and I'm sure that the newspapers read forums and think to themselves, ok, we need to drip feed people a snippet off information JUST TO KEEP THS GOING, they have lots off these snippets waiting to slip out, and here we are again.


No mistake, the newspapers aren't thinking off us they are thinking off the boxes off information they have just waiting to come out, they don't want that to go to waste, lots off money in these boxes waiting in the wings.


No, the mccanns didn't bargain on how big not just the case would be but how big the forums and twitter would get and no matter if there is a whitewash, the mccanns won't come out looking squeaky clean that's for sure because the forums will carry on digging well after the fat lady has sung.

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Post  winjoy on Tue 29 Oct - 12:13

widowan wrote:
tanszi wrote:I wonder if she and G are feeling misery and fear now, or have they been advised that they acted within the bounds of responsible investigating.
How long will they have known this information about the efits I wonder? The show aired in October but in order to declare the parents aren't suspects and to plan the big breaking news of the efits of the real abductor, they must have had that for awhile.

I think at Madeleine's memorial thing in May they looked as wretched as I've ever seen them. Looking at Panorama last night where they were all smooth unlined faces and smiles vs last May is quite a difference. Having Madeleine gone is probably like an old ache, and empty spot. But this stuff in the libel trial and now with the efits, that's real and right now. They are once again under scrutiny rather than getting tea and sympathy and quite a bit of other people's money.

they seem to feel worse about what people think or know - so now people know they sat on this evidence and screwed up not only the PJ investigation but their own, they probably feel  misery and fear.

if the crime Watch was planned to coincide with the libel trial as I believe it was they have had that blow up in their faces.
Widowan, I am confused! Were the McCanns on Panorama last night? Just seen that the programme was about "Our Dirty Nation" - so possibly quite appropriate really!

As for Amaral - my heart continues to bleed for this amazing man.

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Post  Not Born Yesterday on Tue 29 Oct - 12:17

It was a different kind of rubbish!
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03gm10d/Panorama_Our_Dirty_Nation/

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Post  winjoy on Tue 29 Oct - 12:20

Not Born Yesterday wrote:It was a different kind of rubbish!
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03gm10d/Panorama_Our_Dirty_Nation/
 

I was just confused by widowan saying something about seeing the ghastly McCanns on Panorama last night!

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Post  widowan on Tue 29 Oct - 12:29

winjoy wrote:
widowan wrote:
tanszi wrote:I wonder if she and G are feeling misery and fear now, or have they been advised that they acted within the bounds of responsible investigating.
How long will they have known this information about the efits I wonder? The show aired in October but in order to declare the parents aren't suspects and to plan the big breaking news of the efits of the real abductor, they must have had that for awhile.

I think at Madeleine's memorial thing in May they looked as wretched as I've ever seen them. Looking at Panorama last night where they were all smooth unlined faces and smiles vs last May is quite a difference. Having Madeleine gone is probably like an old ache, and empty spot. But this stuff in the libel trial and now with the efits, that's real and right now. They are once again under scrutiny rather than getting tea and sympathy and quite a bit of other people's money.

they seem to feel worse about what people think or know - so now people know they sat on this evidence and screwed up not only the PJ investigation but their own, they probably feel  misery and fear.

if the crime Watch was planned to coincide with the libel trial as I believe it was they have had that blow up in their faces.
Widowan, I am confused!  Were the McCanns on Panorama last night?  Just seen that the programme was about "Our Dirty Nation" - so possibly quite appropriate really!

As for Amaral - my heart continues to bleed for this amazing man.
No, I went on to look at their old interviews and the reconstruction they did in May 2012 - I just noticed how there is a difference between how they were when it was only a few months into Madeleine's disappearance and how they looked six years later.

It seems a kind of rough justice that they tried to sway the judges in this libel trial by timing Crime Watch as they did, only to have that come back and hit them hard.

They have thought they were riding the tamed media tiger but they actually only had it by the tail.

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Post  winjoy on Tue 29 Oct - 12:57

  Ah, thank you for your explanation widowan. Now I understand what you meant. I agree that the McCanns have no longer got control - and lots of cats are coming out of the bag - and many a 'new convert' to the truth of the lie are coming out of the woodwork at last. Mumsnet is a classic example of the veil falling from people's eyes.

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Post  pennylane on Tue 29 Oct - 15:14

Dr Goncalo Amaral is such a brave, intelligent, classy gentleman.  

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