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The Telegraph.........Madeleine McCanns death "covered up by Parents who faked kidnap" Court hears

Post  Panda on Tue 29 Oct - 1:56


Madeleine McCann's death 'covered up by parents who faked kidnap', court hears

Madeleine McCann died in an accident in her family's Algarve holiday apartment and her death was covered up by her parents who then concocted a tale of kidnap, a Portuguese court was told.






Gerry and Kate McCann: Madeleine McCann's death 'covered up by parents who faked kidnap'



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The McCanns arrive at court for libel trial Photo: EPA

Goncalo Amaral : Madeleine McCann's death 'covered up by parents who faked kidnap'







Madeleine McCann's death 'covered up by parents who faked kidnap', court hears




















By Fiona Govan in Lisbon

10:30PM GMT 12 Jan 2010





Kate and Gerry McCann, both 41, were in court to hear how the detectives leading the investigation into their daughter’s disappearance believed they had lied to hide the truth.


“She died in the apartment as a result of a tragic accident and the parents simulated an abduction after failing to care of their children,” Tavares de Almeida, former chief inspector at Portimao police station during the initial months of the investigation, told the court in Lisbon.


“These were the conclusions of a police report signed by me on September 10 2007,” he added.


The allegations against Kate and Gerry McCann, both 41, were presented in court on the first day of a hearing to challenge the publication of a book written by Algarve detective Goncalo Amaral.


Lawyers for the detective, who led the team that made the McCanns arguidos – suspects – in their daughter’s disappearance, called witnesses to support the claims outlined in his book. The McCanns arguido status was lifted after ten months in July 2008 when the Attorney General ruled there was no evidence against them.


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The pair, from Rothley, Leics, came face to face with their detractor for the first time since they were officially made argiuidos in September 2007, four months after they daughter vanished days before her fourth birthday.

Mr Amaral, 50, led the initial investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3 2007 while her parents dined with friends at a tapas bar nearby. He was sacked from the case, which remains unsolved.

His book, entitled “The Truth of The Lie”, published in July 2008 claims that Madeleine died in the apartment and questions her parents’ account of events that evening.

It became a bestseller in Portugal selling more than 200,000 copies and went on to be published in six languages and made into a documentary film.

After a year long campaign the McCanns succeeded in getting a temporary injunction banning further sales and it was withdrawn from shelves last September. The couple are suing for libel becuase they believe that the book is damaging the search for their daughter by asserting that she is already dead.

They are expected to ask a judge for around £1million in damages which they will use to pay for their own continuing hunt for their daughter, who they believe was kidnapped and could still be alive and being held somewhere.

Mr de Almeida told the court: “We have always spoken of a tragic accidental death – not homicide. The McCanns did not kill her but they concealed the body,”

Mr de Almeida, who worked under Amaral and was also taken off the case in September 2007, said the decision to designate the McCanns 'arguidos' was made by police after sniffer dogs brought to Portugal from England had carried out their searches.

Giving evidence, Mr de Almeida said that the dogs had identified blood and the scent of a human corpse inside the childrens’ bedroom and the dining room of the McCanns’ holiday flat.

The animals also reacted to traces on a piece of cloth in a villa rented by the McCanns after they left the apartment and in the boot of a rental car hired by the family several weeks after Madeleine disappeared.

Mr de Almeida also complained that Portuguese police efforts to investigate the McCanns had been frustrated by their British counterparts. “We were told that the UK would not accept any investigation of the McCanns – there was a lack of cooperation,” he said.

But later he said that the theory that the parents had covered up Madeleine’s death as outlined in Amaral’s book was one reached by British police on the ground in Portugal too.

“This wasn’t something invented by Amaral,” he insisted. “It was a conclusion reached by the team of Portuguese investigators as well as British police.”

Mrs McCann wearing a dark coloured floral dress sat impassively in the front row of the court room beside her husband. The pair held hands and exchanged occasional whispers and nods as they were passed notes by interpreters informing them of court proceedings, which were carried out in Portuguese.

Mr Amaral, dressed in a dark suit and purple tie, was seated at the bench beside his legal team, fifteen feet away from the couple. He spent much of the proceedings with his eyes closed avoiding the direct gaze of the McCanns.

Tuesday’s court hearing in the Portuguese capital was an opportunity by Mr Amaral to have the temporary injunction against publication of his book overturned. Neither he nor the McCanns will be called to give evidence in the hearing which is expected to last a minimum of three days.

A third witness said the turning point of the investigation came following a tearful call from Mrs McCann who, after a dream, told police where to search for her daughter’s body.

Police Inspector Ricardo Paiva, who acted as a liason between the McCanns and Portuguese police in the days following their daughter’s disappearance told the court he had received the phone call in late July 2007.

“Kate called me, she was alone as Gerry was away and she was crying,” he said. “She said she had dreamt that Madeleine was on a hill and that we should search for her there.

“She gave the impression that she thought she was dead – it was a turning point for us.”

The senior detective said the land was searched but nothing was found. “That is when we decided to send the specialist dogs in. British police informed us about how they could detect the scent of death.”

He admitted that the police had been suspicious of the McCanns from the start of the investigation. “They disobeyed our request to keep quiet about the details of their daughter’s disappearance while we conducted our investigation. Instead they turned it into a media circus and that gave rise to some suspicions.”

He said that the McCanns should have faced prosecution for leaving their children alone. “They should have been pursued for neglect. People have been arrested for far less – even in the UK.”

The case continues.

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WOW.....the Press is really telling it like it is.!!!!!!!

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Post  widowan on Tue 29 Oct - 2:46

That's horrible about that dream. Kate had several that made me nervous - where she saw Madeleine. They say you can dream of people coming to you after they die, and such dreams are the result of great grief, or great guilt. In one she saw madeleine in her little school uniform, which made me sad - she had another that she was holding Madeleine but then woke up to the reality which would be terrible, which I read in her book. I suppose both great grief and great guilt would be in place in this case as they do have guilt and feel guilt for not being there at the time she was taken, whatever that may mean.

I too had a dream that year of a sort of duffel bag that was half buried on a sandy rocky hillside and I somehow knew in the dream it was her. It made me sick to think of it, at the time I tried to see on Google earth if there were such hillsides near PDL and then thought "you are too obsessed by this case" and stopped reading about it for a while - but I know that the PJ had people looking for likely places for a body. One of them posted here at one point, stating that they were looking close to the roads because crime studies show that bodies are most likely left only 25 yards or something from the last place the car could pull over. I recall seeing that and freaking out that their investigation was so FBI like.

It was very scary and I thought of it when Caylee Anthony case came up as her mother put her almost exactly that distance from the road, in a laundry bag, also something parents are likely to do, put the child in a cocoon like wrapping, in their night clothes etc. All you can do is pray for these kids and that whoever is responsible will come forward or be found in some way and stopped.

I don't think a mother's dream of their dead child is a sign that they were involved necessarily. Although telling them where to look for her is bizarre; given the dog's alerts I could see why the PJ would be even more suspicious, after the anomalies (that is a nice way to put it) in the statements.

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Re: The Telegraph.........Madeleine McCanns death "covered up by Parents who faked kidnap" Court hears

Post  jinvta on Tue 29 Oct - 4:55

The article is dated 12 January 2010, so wouldn't that be the book banning court, not the libel court?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/portugal/6974917/Madeleine-McCanns-death-covered-up-by-parents-who-faked-kidnap-court-hears.html

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Post  Panda on Tue 29 Oct - 7:06

jinvta wrote:The article is dated 12 January 2010, so wouldn't that be the book banning court, not the libel court?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/portugal/6974917/Madeleine-McCanns-death-covered-up-by-parents-who-faked-kidnap-court-hears.html
Morning jinvta, yes it was .....but the fact that the Telegraph printed it NOW, to include the evidence of de almeida , is very significant. Iv'e mentioned this before but worth repeating now in view of what is happening.Matthew Parris , the Editor of the Spectator said "if ever it was proved that the McCanns were complicit in Madeleine's disappearance, the Press would show no mercy"

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Post  widowan on Tue 29 Oct - 11:37

The Press wasn't showing any mercy before they got sued. They will have to wait for proof but rather than have them mercilessly attack, it'd be nice if they simply did their job of reporting, as the Times did Sunday.

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Post  Panda on Tue 29 Oct - 16:17

jinvta wrote:The article is dated 12 January 2010, so wouldn't that be the book banning court, not the libel court?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/portugal/6974917/Madeleine-McCanns-death-covered-up-by-parents-who-faked-kidnap-court-hears.html
Yes jinvta, but the Telegraph have shown it without comment so the reader can see the comments by Mr de Almeida.

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Post  interested on Tue 29 Oct - 16:27

The 12 January 2010 article comes with an Update 29 October 2013. Does anyone know if the original article (and update) appears in the print newspaper today or only online.

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