16 November 2008

Detective set to publish McCann book in Britain

Portuguese officer who led the search for Madeleine says his account defends the honour of his team

By Thais Portilho-Shrimpton

A controversial best-selling account of the hunt for Madeleine McCann by the Portuguese detective who led the investigation is expected to be published in the UK soon, according to its author.

Speaking exclusively to The Independent on Sunday, Goncalo Amaral denied cashing in on the tragic disappearance of the three-year-old but said he was determined to restore his reputation, which "had been torn to shreds" by unfair and inaccurate media reports.

The book, Maddie: The Truth about the Lie, has already sold an estimated 180,000 copies in Europe, and Mr Amaral's representatives are trying find a British publisher. The McCanns said last night that they would scrutinise any British publication with a view to possible legal action.

Madeleine went missing on 3 May 2007, days before her fourth birthday, from a holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant. In the Portuguese edition of his book, Mr Amaral says he believes she died in a "tragic accident" in the Mark Warner holiday flat where she was left to sleep the night she disappeared.

Mr Amaral was removed from the investigation in October 2007 after criticising British police officers. Nine months later the Portuguese authorities closed the investigation and lifted the arguido [suspect] label from Madeleine's parents.

The book's publisher, Mario Sena Lopes, said there was now an English version of Mr Amaral's book and he was negotiating a UK deal. He said several publishers were interested and he was confident the British public would soon be able to read the book.

Mr Amaral said: "I received numerous messages of support and solidarity since being taken off the case, including from the UK – messages that also motivated me to tell people what I knew about the Maddie case. I am positive that there's also a section of the public eager to know the truth.

"People can form their opinion without the manipulation that we have seen before."

He said his only regret was failing to carry out a reconstruction of the events soon after Madeleine vanished but claims he was put under "serious pressure" not to. He insisted this was the only failure in a "perfect" text-book investigation.

Asked whether he thought Madeleine was dead, he said: "It is not just my opinion. A whole team of Portuguese and British investigators came to that conclusion last year, and this is part of the files. I have never said the couple killed their daughter and this is not my belief. Deaths may happen for natural reasons, accident or intervention by a third party."

He said he was unperturbed by the threat of any legal action from the McCann family. "There is no reason for that. The details exposed in the book are facts, happenings and objective data which figure in the process and not lies, as they have been described in the press."

He denied he was profiting from the tragic case. "The biggest thing I achieved with this book was to defend my honour and that of those who worked with me. The way I see it, you cannot put a price on dignity. The other objective of the book is to contribute to the search for the truth."

Mr Amaral added that he is now considering legal action against a number of British media outlets. The "excessive" publicity the case attracted was a "double-edged sword: on one hand it makes the disappearance known, but on the other hand it puts the life of the missing person in jeopardy," he insisted. "I demanded from my superiors, they stand up for the investigators faced with attacks by the media, but that never happened. This was one of the reasons that led me later on to hand in my resignation so I could regain my freedom of speech and write the book."

Clarence Mitchell, a spokesman for the McCanns, said last night: "Lawyers for Kate and Gerry have been aware of what Mr Amaral has been alleging for some time. What he has said and written before now is grossly defamatory of them.

"If he chooses to publish them in Britain those words will be studied intensely carefully and they will not hesitate to act if they are defamatory."


Source: Independent

13 comments:

  1. Wow, Clarence is back. I've kinda missed his comical pomposity.

    Annoying how he always gets the last word, though. Part of the deal, I suppose.

    What's in the book is in the files, Clarence. The words have already been 'studied intensely carefully'. It was you who told us so.

    You haven't a quivering leg to stand on.

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  2. Birgitta Hyltén-CavalliusSunday, November 16, 2008 5:10:00 am

    How on earth could ever the truth be 'defamatory'? And how come, everytime Clarence Mitchell opens his mouth in this case, the couple seem to be even more guilty. If possible.

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  3. We live in a free and demcratic europe where cityzens from all countrys have the right of access to any information they want. That book can play a strong role on justice for Madeleine because more then 80% of people in the world dont understand why the investigation was shutted down without reachinng the end and with lots of innuendos. Mccann's, all Tapas 7, C. Mitchel and M3 have lots of questions to answer in a court. Day after day their Guilty frame became more clear.

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  4. I wonder if it will be off the press in time for Christmas?

    The book would be a great gift for friends.

    And the book would be a great gift for enemies.

    Bring it on!

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  5. Roll on the book being published in english, as for Clarence Mitchell the loathesome toe rag what rock has he been hiding under all this time...I wouldnt mind betting their will be no case for libel re this book...the McCanns know which fights to walk away from and this will be one of them.

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  6. Excellent news that we here in Britain may soon have an English translation of Amaral's book. Can't wait!

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  7. What right have the McCanns got to threaten the publishers who will make available to English readers an English translation of Amaral's book?

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  8. I do believe that there was a significant increase in the usage of toilet paper, this Sunday, in the area of Rothley, as well as some other pinpointed sites in the UK...

    Wonder if it's related with this?

    Textusa

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  9. If that book would be defamatory, the McCanns would already have made money with it.

    If they did not it is because the book is telling the truth.

    I believe that Amaral did not tell everything and the McCanns are afraid he will tell more in a new edition.There must be a lot more(secret) that is not on the DVD, nor in the book.
    The McCanns are scared and they will keep their mouth shut.

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  10. Mr. Mitchell shut up your mouth. We know the Mccann's will not do any action regarding this book because will be a big step to re-open the investigation. They are affraid and, this is why they are out of media spotlights now and there is no more sights of Madeleine all over the world. The story and the time becomes tight.

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  11. The book was too "mild" in my opinion, I'm sure Mr. Amaral took every precaution regarding possible future liability from the Mccanns. I too think he has much more and worse to reveal, only patiently waiting for the right moment to reveal it.
    As for british publishers, what a bunch of scared rabbits! They had no problems in publishing Salman Rushdie's book, and there were death threats involved...
    When are the rest of europeans realize that the U.K. is not a democracy, it only pretends to be...

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  12. And we are still waiting for the lawsuit against "24 Horas" newspaper, which in my opinion published the most surprising and bombastic claim , very dammaging to Gerry, if it had any truth in it:- the news of G. not being Madeleine's natural father!
    One would think their topnotch legal machine would be all over "24 Horas", squeezing it to the last euro.

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