The Superintendent Stuart Prior, the English police inspector who made the liaison with the Portuguese authorities in the Maddie case, has contacted the PJ to express his annoyance at the suspicions of paedophilia raised about a friend of the McCanns, David Payne. [read the official statements here 'David Payne May Hold the Key to Maddie's Mystery'] The British doctor was part of the group staying in Praia da Luz, at the time of Maddie's disappearance from the apartment where she slept in the tourist resort in the Algarve.
The informal phone calls of this senior officer - who was accused at the time of protecting Kate and Gerry McCann - are interpreted by Judiciary Police sources as "an attempt of intimidation to stop future endeavours."
The CM established that Stuart Prior, the head of the Leicestershire Police Constabulary (area where the McCanns live), called the PJ, giving an account of the couple's 'nuisance' regarding the suspicions over David Payne raised by Gonçalo Amaral. The former coordinator of the PJ in Portimão questioned the lack of explanations regarding 'the bath given to the children on the day Maddie disappeared'.
Amaral, who was removed from coordinating the case precisely because he accused the English police of taking sides with Gerry and Kate, believes that 'promiscuity continues between the couple and the British authorities'. According to the former police inspector 'only very influential people can send send messages through the police'.
The parents gave an interview to the famous TV presenter in the U.S. Oprah Winfrey, which will be broadcast Monday.
To Reopen the Case
Gonçalo Amaral, together with other Portuguese and foreign former police inspectors, is examining evidences left behind after his departure 'to discover the truth and to make possible the reopening of the case'.
Keeping the Mystery
The researcher Madalena Oliveira, from the University of Minho, has no doubts that 'a strong public relations machine around the parents' was set in motion.
Fired this month
The 21 Ocean Club employees who were dismissed, cease to work this month. Indemnifications only in August.
Source: Correio da Manhã