4 May 2009

“The obvious is painful and Maddie is dead” - Interview with Gonçalo Amaral

by Miguel Ferreira

Knowing what you know today, could the investigation have gone into other paths? I’d advance with the reconstitution of facts, even against the decisions that were made by superiors at that time.

Do you admit any possibility that the child is still alive? As a father and as a policeman, I wish I was completely wrong, but unfortunately the evidence doesn’t leave any margin for hope or doubts: the obvious is painful and Madeleine is dead.

Could there have been an investigation strategy that would lead to the process not being archived? The only strategy would have been not to change the investigation’s coordinator. The coordinator was substituted so the process could be archived. At that time, it was the “politically correct” solution.

How do you classify the McCann couple? Survivors…

Were you ever contacted by them, or by their advisor, because of your book? I was never contacted by anyone from the McCann team. I was targeted with threats, with lawsuits, but it never materialised. I must confess I was disappointed…

Do you still think about the Maddie case in terms of joining pieces of the puzzle? Of trying to find loose ends? Alleys are not blind after all?

Yes… This case still resembles an Escher puzzle, one of those with 5000 pieces in a grey scale. The pieces all look the same and they don’t fit. With time, patience and persistence, the end result will happen.

What pieces of the process were underestimated, from your point of view? Many. I give you three examples: remember the denunciation that was made against David Payne in England on the 16th of May 2007; remember the statement from a lawyer that lives in Luz, who said she saw the boot of the car that was rented by the McCanns, where cadaver odour had been detected, open night after night. This witness was never formally questioned.

Other examples? I also remind you of Fiona Payne’s statements, under the rogatory letter, when she says that on the night from the 3rd to the 4th of May, she saw Kate McCann worried about the twins’ breathing, in an attitude that denounces fear and the knowledge of the effect of sedatives. Nothing was asked from Kate McCann.

What new information has been taken to the process? There is no new information in the process. The police and the court have been receiving messages that are forwarded by the couple, about sightings or psychic activities.

Do you miss being a policeman? Do you miss the PJ? I will always be a policeman and yes, I miss the PJ very much.

Are you recognised on the street? Do you recall any comment? A while ago, I was having dinner with my family in Portimão. An elderly gentleman came and spoke to me. He wanted to express his solidarity and started crying hard, unable to speak a word. It was his wife who told me about the feelings which that man had for me.

Does fame always come with a price, even when you attain it involuntarily? It was the end of a spotless career and many successes.

What projects do you have in professional terms? I’m working in the area of literary production. The book “The Truth of the Lie” will be edited in Belgium, Holland and France next week. Before the end of May, it will reach Germany. We still await the edition in English language, against the McCanns’ will.


source: 24horas, 04.05.2009

9 comments:

  1. Good luck to Mr. Amaral. He really is fighting for justice for Madeleine Beth McCann.

    Helena, Finland

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  2. survivors...

    Perfect answer.

    That has and will always be the McCann's modus operandi. To survive - at the sake of everyone else.

    McCann's your time is nearly up

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  3. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7775032.stm

    "A total of 210 children in England have died following abuse over a 16-month period, Ofsted's chief inspector Christine Gilbert has told MPs."

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Maddie and more 210......

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  4. I believe the couple have shown us their end game. After 'searching' for hours and hours through the files the 'missing piece' of information is 'found' and the body is finally 'retrieved' by a retired scotland yard policeman.

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  5. "We still await the edition in English language, against the McCanns’ will."

    That would "take the cake", really!
    making the publishing of an english version of the book depend on the McCanns wishes!They may have the U.K. in their pocket but they what about Canada, USA, South Africa? Does the long censorship arm of Team McCann reach that far?

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  6. I pray and hope that the truth comes out soon. It is horrific to think of what the McCann couple did to Maddie. Mr Amaral all the best of luck to you and your team in finding the truth. I know that justice will be served.
    God bless.

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  7. [Quote://I also remind you of Fiona Payne’s statements, under the rogatory letter, when she says that on the night from the 3rd to the 4th of May, she saw Kate McCann worried about the twins’ breathing, in an attitude that denounces fear and the knowledge of the effect of sedatives. Nothing was asked from Kate McCann.// end of quote]

    This reminds me of the words of GM: It could have been worse, not only Madeleine had been "taken" also Amelie an Sean could/might have been "taken" (something like that Gerry told the public).
    .........

    May the Lord bless Mr Amaral for all his courage, honousty and suffering.

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  8. What an honourable man good luck god bless Mr Amaral

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  9. there are a couple of things here...

    one people are not thinking with their brains and thinking with their hearts. Emotional/whishful thinking does not help logic.

    and how can people think that they are MORE important than others? what about the other missing children? do rich people have a better chance at justice? has the world really come to this????

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