30 December 2008

History of a Failure


by Marisa Rodrigues*

Precipitation, political pressures, manipulation, subservience to England and excessive media exposure dictated the failure of the investigation that made rivers of ink flow. The trace of Madeleine Beth McCann was lost at the age of three on the 3rd of May 2007, in Praia da Luz, near Lagos.

Archived due to a lack of evidence, the process leaves deep marks in the history of the Polícia Judiciária (PJ), that revealed itself as weak and permeable. It exposed the lack of independence of the institution, as well as its difficulty in dealing with an adverse environment of which there is no shortage of examples – the absence of cooperation from the British police and diligences that the PJ failed to carry out after refusals from the Public Ministry and from the Instruction judge in Portimão.

For the first time ever, the Judiciária was scrutinised and under attack from various fronts, both inside and outside of the institution. With the British ambassador travelling from Lisbon to Praia da Luz, in order to publicly support the McCann couple, in the name of his country’s government, the route that would lead to a dead end was starting to form. During the days after the disappearance, the PJ was forced to announce that Madeleine had been abducted, that there was already a suspect and a photofit. False. A short while later, the will of the English press was satisfied, with the forced nomination of a spokesman, an inspector who had nothing to do with the process.

The child’s parents didn’t help at all. Throughout multiple meetings, they insisted on the abduction theory and gave contradictory statements, just like the friends with whom they had been on holidays. Sending the biological residues to Birmingham was the ultimate shot in the foot. The results were late and inconclusive. Nothing changed, not even when the coordinator, Gonçalo Amaral, was dismissed, in October 2007, at a time when the theory of accidental homicide was gaining strength. Unable to handle the “lack of support”, he retired early and wrote a book, “The Truth of the Lie”, in order to publicise his theory. This year, during the era of Paulo Rebelo (who was nominated by the PJ to lead the Portimão department and to direct the investigation), the process did end up being archived. Thus the “prophecy” of the Attorney General, Pinto Monteiro, who announced “fearing” an unsuccessful investigation in May, came true. Three months [earlier], the then National Director of the PJ, Alípio Ribeiro, had already admitted that there had been “precipitation” in making Kate and Gerry arguidos.


source: Jornal de Notícias, 28.12.2008; online & paper editions

*this text is part of an article titled "10 things to forget about from 2008"

10 comments:

  1. Esquecer? Um dos casos para esquecer,2007/2008? Como se pode esquecer:
    a)a negligência para com três crianças pequenas?
    b)a consequência terrível para a Pequenina Maddie?
    c)tudo o que os Inspectores,encarregados do caso Maddie,passaram?
    d) tudo o que nós ,Portugueses,passamos com o espírito imperialista de UK?
    e) o trabalho sério de tantas Pessoas neste caso?
    f)as consequências nas Suas Vidas?

    COMO SE PODE ESQUECER O ABUSO DE PODERES ? QUE CHEGOU AO GOVERNO(S)?

    COMO?

    COMO SE PODE ESQUECER O IMPEDIMENTO DE JUSTIÇA TERRENA PARA COM MADDIE E TODOS OS QUE SE SENTIRAM ULTRAJADOS COM TANTA IMPOSIÇÃO?

    ESQUECER:SERÁ MAIS UMA VERGONHA.

    JAMAIS!

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  2. The Polícia Judiciária are not the losers.The fact that the McCanns did not sue Gonçalo Amaral is a proof that the police are right and telling the truth.The PJ are the winners.Don't think people in the UK are stupid.They know Madeleine died that night and her body was hided.The DVD released by the PJ tells only 17% of the investigations.I hope Amaral will write a new book with more information.And someday somebody of Tapas 9 will talk, I'm sure.

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  3. portuguese and british masonic brotherwood,preventes the truth to comme out!
    do not blame mr ribeiro he did not speak is mind ,he had to follow orders.

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  4. Buenos días, Joana y Astro. Feliz Año Nuevo a ambas y a todos los lectores del blog.

    Es "para olvidar" la forma en que se llevó el asunto. Pero para olvidar y comenzar de nuevo. El tema no esta cerrado y Madeleine no está olvidada.

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  5. Olá, Eme. Feliz Ano Novo, que 2009 te traga saúde, felicidade e muito sucesso, são os votos de J & A.

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  6. It is not so much the case that is to be forgotten or swept under the rug, one just isn't able to, afterall this is all about a little angel's life(one among so many others, unfortunatelly), what is to be forgotten is the way the whole thing was handled. I agree with the author and Gonçalo Amaral, in this case there was too much politics and too little police(work)...(muita política e pouca polícia)

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  7. Like Emma, I too think that MR. Ribeiro was brought into the investigation because he was a "yes-man",the investigation which he conducted was only a show-off, as we say in portuguese, "para inglês ver"(for the english eyes), never a saying was so well applied!

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  8. i hope and pray 2009 brings justice for Maddie and Mc Cann ltd their just deserts !!

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