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Post  cherry1 on Fri 21 Apr - 23:25

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-utterly-unrepentant-after-10272564

Madeleine McCann cop utterly unrepentant after damning book blaming Kate and Gerry

Goncalo Amaral is a shadow of his former self but says he still has no sympathy for the parents of the missing youngster

ByMartin Fricker,
23:00, 21 APR 2017

The graffiti on the side of the run-down apartment building reads “Foda a policia”. You don’t need to be fluent in Portuguese to figure out the expletive-laden translation.

This crime-ridden Lisbon estate is home to the ex-detective once tasked with solving Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.


The past decade has not been kind to Goncalo Amaral, the former high-flying head of the Policia Judiciariac. He was sacked from the Maddie probe after criticising British police and making mistakes.

Amaral then penned a damning book pointing the finger of blame at her parents, Kate and Gerry. He accused them of covering up her death and faking her abduction.

The couple sued, sparking an eight-year libel battle that the ex-cop has now won.

But the fight took a heavy toll on the dad-of-three, who is a pale shadow of the larger-than-life Portimao chief tasked with solving the case in May 2007.

In the early days, he was alleged to work just four-and-a-half-hours a day. Sporting a large beer belly, he regularly enjoyed three-hour lunches.

Amaral, 57, split from second wife Sofia in 2012, blaming the pressures of the case. He moved back to the tough Lisbon suburb of Olivais, where he grew up. His expensive suits and fedora are gone.

So too has the beer belly and chauffeur-driven Mercedes, replaced by a battered Citroen Picasso.

But the arrogance remains – as the Mirror discovered when we confronted Amaral last week.

He cruelly said he has no sympathy for the McCanns, who mark the 10th anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance next month.

Amaral also refused to apologise for the mistakes that hampered the early days of the probe. Instead, he threatened to have our reporter and photographer arrested.

But it was his cruel refusal to offer any sympathy to Kate and Gerry that was the most damning.

The couple blame him for a string of errors at the beginning of the much-criticised probe. But Amaral, who resigned in June 2008 after a 27-year career, is unrepentant.

Asked if he would apologise to the McCanns for botching the probe, he said: “No”. He has previously accused Kate and Gerry, of trying to ruin his life. Amaral blames them for his decision to quit, giving up one third of his pension pot as a result.

Asked if he had any sympathy for them ahead of the 10th anniversary, Amaral replied: “No.”

He now spends his days writing crime novels and drinking pints in the Cabeca de Touro bar in Olivais.

One local said: “He used to be a big guy, a face, everyone around here knows him. Now he just blends in, he isn’t the big man any more. We all know about the Madeleine case. It was not good for him.”

It is a far cry from his time on the Algarve, when he was regarded as one of the country’s most dogged detectives.

But even when he was handed joint control of the Madeleine case in May 2007, Amaral was already mired in controversy.

He was under investigation for his role in covering up an alleged attack on the mother of another missing girl, Joana Cipriano, nine. Three officers were accused of beating a confession out of mum Leonor.

Joana’s body was never found but Leonor and brother Joao were convicted of her murder in 2005.

The three officers were cleared of torture but Amaral was convicted in 2009, after his retirement, of falsifying documents.

He blamed “political pressure” for the verdict and 18-month suspended sentence.

Later that year, Kate and Gerry began their legal battle after he penned The Truth of the Lie.

At one point, Amaral was so broke he relied on £50,000 in donations from the UK to defend the libel action. Some of it came from anti-McCann trolls.

Amaral was eventually ordered to pay £360,000 after Kate and Gerry won their defamation case in 2015.

But the order was overturned in April 2016, forcing the McCanns to appeal in Portugal’s Supreme Court.

Senior judges sided with him in February and their ruling angered the McCanns by saying they had not yet been proved to be innocent.

Lawyers for the couple lodged a complaint but judge Jorge Manuel Roque Nogueira dismissed it.

They may still decide to try the European courts but this is considered unlikely. Amaral is now set to sue the McCanns.

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Post  kitti on Sun 23 Apr - 17:00

As if Mr Amaral would lower himself to give any interviews to these rags.....
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Post  interested on Sun 23 Apr - 17:29

According to today's Sun article about the Australian show, Gerry McCann dismissed Mr. Amaral by saying, "The less said about Goncalo Amaral the better." That reminds me of how he also dismissed the dogs.

Apparently when Gerry was asked if they had anything to do with Madeleine's disappearance, he said, "So no - that's an emphatic no." I wonder what Peter Hyatt, Statement Analyst, would say about the additional need to add "emphatic" when he said "no" a second time.

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Post  Keela on Mon 24 Apr - 13:03

WTF is Policia Judiciariac. They can't even be bothered to get the name of the PJ right. He would never in a million years stoop to speak to gutter press. This is typical of the British press. Pillory people for doing their job.
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Post  Badboy on Mon 24 Apr - 23:17

THERE WAS A STORY ON FRONT OF ONE NEWSPAPER SAYING AMARAL BELIEVES MI5 HIDE HER BODY.
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Post  interested on Tue 25 Apr - 0:02

There is a new "woe is us" message on the Official Madeleine site (marking the 10th anniversary) from Kate and Gerry McCann (under 'updates').
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Post  interested on Tue 25 Apr - 19:29

interested wrote:There is a new "woe is us" message on the Official Madeleine site (marking the 10th anniversary) from Kate and Gerry McCann (under 'updates').


Kate hopes "others" will have a conscience and bear in mind that negativity will affect "our other children - and of course Madeleine." Madeleine being an afterthought - the whole ten years has always been about them suffering - never Madeleine.

If she does have a conscience it must be telling her no amount of what she refers to as negativity will affect Madeleine - Madeleine died before the general public even knew her name. I hope her conscience reminds her every day of the havoc their cover-up has caused in the lives of so many others.
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