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Police chief blamed Kate and Gerry McCann for Madeleine's disappearance 'to ensure Portuguese detectives didn't abandon case'

Post  Annabel on Tue 5 Nov - 21:10

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2487987/Madeleine-McCanns-parents-suspects-Portuguese-detectives-didnt-abandon-case.html

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Goncalo Amaral was said to have been 'against shelving of original probe'
Kate and Gerry McCann are suing Mr Amaral over his claims in 2008 book
He alleged couple faked the abduction to cover up her death in Portugal
McCanns say book turned people against them when they needed help

By Gerard Couzens

PUBLISHED: 20:24 GMT, 5 November 2013 | UPDATED: 20:24 GMT, 5 November 2013

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A former Portuguese police chief blamed Madeleine McCann's parents for the three-year-old girl's disappearance to ensure detectives carried on looking for her, a former colleague claimed today.

Antonio Paulo dos Santos told a Lisbon court he believed his friend Goncalo Amaral penned a book pointing the finger at the couple because he was against the shelving of the original investigation.

Kate and Gerry McCann are suing Mr Amaral over his claims in his July 2008 book The Truth of the Lie that they faked their daughter's abduction to cover up her death in their holiday apartment.
Goncalo Amaral was a leading investigator on the disappearance of British child Madeleine McCann
Kate McCann and Gerry McCann, parents of missing Madeleine McCann, give an interview in May

Trial: Kate and Gerry McCann (right) are suing former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral (left) over his claims in a book that they faked their daughter's abduction to cover up her death in their holiday apartment

His book was released three days after the Portuguese police probe into the girl’s disappearance was archived and the McCanns were told their status as official suspects or arguidos was being lifted.

Defence witness Mr dos Santos, who worked with Mr Amaral in the early Nineties and remains in close contact with him, spoke at the hearing this afternoon.

He said: ‘Everything that's in the book appears to be in the case files. It's not fictional. They are the conclusions of a factual analysis by Goncalo Amaral as the head of the police investigation.


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‘I think the main reason he wrote the book was so that the case would continue to be investigated. When he published the book I presume he didn't agree with its archiving.’

Today's libel trial hearing was the first since Portuguese authorities announced last month they were reopening their probe into Madeleine's disappearance more than five years after it was shelved.

The morning court session started with a disappointment for the defence when it emerged a key witness was on honeymoon and his evidence had to be rescheduled for a later date.
Publication: Mr Amaral's 2008 book was released three days after the Portuguese police probe into the girl's disappearance was archived and the McCanns were told their status as official suspects was being lifted

Publication: Mr Amaral's 2008 book was released three days after the Portuguese police probe into the girl's disappearance was archived and the McCanns were told their status as official suspects was being lifted

Criminologist and university professor Paulo Sargento was expected to support Mr Amaral and say he did not believe Madeleine had been abducted from her Algarve holiday apartment.

In October 2007 he created a 3D reconstruction of the night on May 3, 2007 when Madeleine disappeared - and concluded any abductor would only have had eight minutes in which to strike.
Mystery: Madeleine McCann disappeared in Portugal in May 2007 and has never been found

Mystery: Madeleine McCann disappeared in Portugal in May 2007 and has never been found

He later came up with a computer edit based on witness statements of a long-haired bearded man which the McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell insisted at the time could cause confusion.

Mario Sena Lopes, editor of Guerra & Paz which published Mr Amaral's controversial book, admitted he could not guarantee all copies had been returned after the McCanns successfully injected it.

The couple secured a temporary injunction in September 2008 before a court upheld the ban in February 2010 after a challenge from Mr Amaral. The injunction was lifted again in March 2011.

Mr Lopes, who is still Mr Amaral's literary agent, told the hearing: ‘There are always booksellers who do not respect the orders of the distributors.’

He also admitted knowing the book had been circulated in Brazil but insisted Guerra & Paz had nothing to do with it.

Luis Vale Frois, former managing director of a firm which distributed a DVD of a documentary based on Mr Amaral's book, said it was inevitable pirate copies would find their way onto the Internet.

He told the hearing: ‘If this week you release a series on TV, next week it's already on the internet with Portuguese subtitles.’
Concern: Kate and Gerry McCann claim Mr Amaral's book turned Portuguese people against them when they most needed their help in finding their daughter

Concern: Kate and Gerry McCann claim Mr Amaral's book turned Portuguese people against them when they most needed their help in finding their daughter

Mr Amaral, removed as head of the Madeleine McCann probe in October 2007 after criticising the British police, attended court for the trial as he has done every day since its start in September.
ANGER AT MONTEIRO REPORTS

Portuguese-based Cape Verdean associations have reacted angrily to reports an immigrant thief has been blamed for Madeleine McCann's disappearance and death.

It emerged last week Euclides Monteiro, who died in a tractor accident in 2009, was a suspect.

A spokesman for a Cape Verdean association said: ‘The representatives of Cape Verdean associations in Portugal always defend the normal workings of justice and the idea that unlawful behaviour should be punished accordingly through the proper legal channels.

‘However we denounce the fact that this immigrant cannot defend himself from these accusations in the Madeleine McCann case which could, conveniently, remove blame from other people and ease some consciences.

‘We discover history repeating itself - with yet another Cape Verdian suspect and a community which feels once again smeared.’

He has been critical of a new British police appeal about the six-and-a-half year-old mystery, branding it a ‘PR campaign of intoxication and misinformation.’

But he declined to comment today on the reopened Portuguese police investigation into Madeleine's disappearance.

Mr Amaral's lawyer Vitor dos Santos insisted outside court: ‘We are not going to make any comment about the criminal investigation. This is a civil case and when it's over my client will be free to speak. No lawyer should make any statements about people being absolved or not being absolved from an investigation.

'This is not the time to be saying anything about it because it makes no sense to do so.’

The McCanns claim Mr Amaral's book turned Portuguese people against them when they most needed their help in finding their daughter.

The ex-police chief is denying defamation and insists everything in the book was contained in police files. Former police colleagues have given evidence backing his argument.

The McCanns, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have applied to take the witness stand as well as Mr Amaral.

Judge Maria Emilia Melo e Castro is expected to rule on their application at the end of the month. The case, scheduled to finish in December, continu




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Re: Police chief blamed Kate and Gerry McCann for Madeleine's disappearance 'to ensure Portuguese detectives didn't abandon case'

Post  kitti on Tue 5 Nov - 21:12

Very odd statement to make....blamed the mccanns for Madeleines disappearance....the only reason he did that was because he wanted the case not to be archived ....odd indeed

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Re: Police chief blamed Kate and Gerry McCann for Madeleine's disappearance 'to ensure Portuguese detectives didn't abandon case'

Post  malena stool on Tue 5 Nov - 21:25

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The McCanns claim Mr Amaral's book turned Portuguese people against them when they most needed their help in finding their daughter.
Unquote.

And Kate's refusal to answer legitimate questions plainly helped the investigating officers to continue in their search.....

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Re: Police chief blamed Kate and Gerry McCann for Madeleine's disappearance 'to ensure Portuguese detectives didn't abandon case'

Post  AnnaEsse on Tue 5 Nov - 21:50

malena stool wrote:Quote
The McCanns claim Mr Amaral's book turned Portuguese people against them when they most needed their help in finding their daughter.
Unquote.

And Kate's refusal to answer legitimate questions plainly helped the investigating officers to continue in their search.....
When the McCanns most needed their help!? The case had been archived and they could have asked to have it kept open, but didn't!

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Re: Police chief blamed Kate and Gerry McCann for Madeleine's disappearance 'to ensure Portuguese detectives didn't abandon case'

Post  mara thon on Tue 5 Nov - 22:55

It is the Mccanns themselves who have turned people against them with their ever changing stories, their constant begging for money, the thousands and thousands of pounds donated to them wasted on dodgy detectives and expensive lawyers, their manipulation of the press and media, etc etc. People are now wanting to know just how and why the Mccanns get such special treatment from the police and the government when families of other missing children get absolutely no help at all. People are sick and tired of having the Mccanns pushed in their faces constantly and most now want to know why the Mccanns have never been prosecuted for child neglect. The comments under every article re the Mccanns tell their own story. How the Mccanns have the downright cheek to say that a book turned people against them and stopped people looking for Madeleine is just beyond belief, especially since the Mccanns themselves never once went looking for her, preferring instead to travel the world believing themselves to be very important celebrities. What have the Mccanns ever given up for Madeleine? Nothing, they continue to live in their big house, drive their posh cars, pay their mortgage, lawyers and PR companies off the backs of pensioners and school children. No book in the world has hampered the search for Madeleine and if the parents had been doing their job and taking care of their children instead of leaving them alone so they could go and have fun, the child would still be with them. The blame lies solely at the feet of Kate and Gerry McCann, nobody else.

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Post  tanszi on Wed 6 Nov - 0:20

mara thon, my thoughts entirely.

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Re: Police chief blamed Kate and Gerry McCann for Madeleine's disappearance 'to ensure Portuguese detectives didn't abandon case'

Post  jeanmonroe on Wed 6 Nov - 1:20

AnnaEsse wrote:

"When the McCanns most needed their help!? The case had been archived and they could have asked to have it kept open, but didn't!"
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"whether the case is re-opened, or NOT, it DOSEN'T matter"

Kate McCann, mother of the missing child.
Lisbon, 23rd September, 2009.

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Post  Panda on Wed 6 Nov - 6:33

Let's not forget that the McCanns appointed Metodo to search for Madeleiene soon after she disappeared. Also , Kate's deliberate lie that the shutter had been broken and window open. The Publisher never mentioned the return of the books only after Legal action .

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Post  frencheuropean on Wed 6 Nov - 7:42

There is only 1 comment allowed under the article, with 432 up and 26 down


"You can easily find what the book has to say on the internet. It makes interesting reading............."




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Re: Police chief blamed Kate and Gerry McCann for Madeleine's disappearance 'to ensure Portuguese detectives didn't abandon case'

Post  blossom45 on Wed 6 Nov - 10:29

 goodmorning,
i've just been checking out the comments again...
most of the unfavourable comments from earlier have been whoosed..
wonder why:gum: 

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Post  tanszi on Wed 6 Nov - 11:28

there still quite a few there that are ludicrously hurtful and unhelpful. im surprised any of them were allowed to stay.

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Post  Gobsmacked on Wed 6 Nov - 17:30

My friends ...  

Pedro Silva, Lisbon, Portugal, 18 hours ago

no mr.amaral, you wrote the book to gain fame and fortune at the expenses of innocents.

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Post  Not Born Yesterday on Wed 6 Nov - 18:32

Pedro Silva - what a star you are!

I have heard that he and Bonnybraes are one and the same but I don't know if that's true.

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Re: Police chief blamed Kate and Gerry McCann for Madeleine's disappearance 'to ensure Portuguese detectives didn't abandon case'

Post  malena stool on Wed 6 Nov - 19:29

Gobsmacked wrote:My friends ...  

Pedro Silva, Lisbon, Portugal, 18 hours ago

no mr.amaral, you wrote the book to gain fame and fortune at the expenses of innocents.
That was Kate's motivation, Pedro, don't confuse the two.
Mr. Amaral, the Portuguese Police, Portuguese Civilians and Holidaymakers from across the world searched for the McCann's missing daughter Madeleine, but strangely the McCanns themselves were conspicuous by the abscence... Not so when it came to counting donated money, writing books, touring the world, suing anyone who saw them for what they really are and belittling the very people who searched for the daughter who they lost.

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Post  tanszi on Wed 6 Nov - 19:30

Gobsmacked wrote:My friends ...  

Pedro Silva, Lisbon, Portugal, 18 hours ago

no mr.amaral, you wrote the book to gain fame and fortune at the expenses of innocents.
NO the McCs went out on the lash with friends at the expense of innocents.

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Post  kitti on Wed 6 Nov - 20:11

Gobsmacked wrote:My friends ...  

Pedro Silva, Lisbon, Portugal, 18 hours ago

no mr.amaral, you wrote the book to gain fame and fortune at the expenses of innocents.

Piss off back to your fluffy towels, pedro...

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Post  Not Born Yesterday on Wed 6 Nov - 20:26

So delicately put, Kitti.

Pedro, please spare us your fantasies about children and soft towels.

As with your heroine Kate, there are definitely some things which are best kept to yourself!

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Post  Guest on Wed 6 Nov - 20:31

Gobsmacked wrote:My friends ...  

Pedro Silva, Lisbon, Portugal, 18 hours ago

no mr.amaral, you wrote the book to gain fame and fortune at the expenses of innocents.
And the McCanns didn't?

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Post  widowan on Wed 6 Nov - 21:47

At least he's Mr Amaral now not disgraced former "cop" Amaral.


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Post  tanszi on Thu 7 Nov - 0:19

yes widowan, that's a huge change, lets hope it continues.

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Post  kitti on Thu 7 Nov - 7:07

Well there trying to bury the 'disgraced' cop now......shame mr amaral hasnt forgotten their defamatory words.

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Post  malena stool on Thu 7 Nov - 9:51

kitti wrote:Well there trying to bury the 'disgraced' cop now......shame mr amaral hasnt forgotten their defamatory words.
It was all so different back then kitti,, the Mitchell/McCann lie machine was in full flow and the daily rags were having field days with 'Sardine munching cop stories'.

IMO They've overexposed themselves as wannabe celebs to a public who is getting sick and tired of hearing how bad it's been for them with little or no reference to Madeleine, who would still be with them in the family home except for their abysmal and offhand parenting. Amaral on the other hand has done nothing wrong, except he didn't believe their childishly nonsensical and contrived story stories.

All things being equal, it's now Amaral's turn in the driving seat and his 'defamatory' words should come back to bite them.

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