This is process 201/07.0GALGS.
A collection of files from this process has been made public. They tell the official history of an investigation: the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine Beth McCann.
Madeleine was discovered missing at around 10 p.m. on the 3rd of May 2007, in Praia da Luz, Algarve, Portugal. The investigation that followed her disappearance went through several different phases, but what is most perceptive, to anyone who has had the opportunity to study the process files, is a profound split that occurred on the day that her parents, Drs Kate and Gerry McCann, were made arguidos under the terms of Portuguese law.
A book has been prohibited in Portugal this week. It has allegedly been censored because its author caused Madeleine, her parents and her siblings, deep distress, apart from damaging the search for the missing child. What apparently lies at the root of this distress and these damages, is the fact that the author states, in no uncertain terms, the following conclusions that he and an entire team of investigators at the Polícia Judiciária reached, after five months of intense investigation:
“1. The minor, Madeleine McCann, died inside apartment 5A of the Ocean Club, in Vila da Luz, on the evening/night of the 3rd of May, 2007;
2. An abduction was simulated;
3. Kate Healy and Gerald McCann are suspected of being involved in the concealment of their daughter’s cadaver;
4. Death may have resulted from a tragic accident;
5. There are indications of neglect in the guard and safety of their children.”
(in: Maddie – The Truth about the Lie, page 214)
The McCanns are distressed by these conclusions; it is only natural that they are, and nobody can dispute their right to feel that these are deeply unnerving conclusions, that would send any parent into a state of grave depression.
Nobody can dispute their right to oppose this kind of statement, either. And it would be irresponsible not to respect the decision of an illustrious judge at the Civil Court of Lisbon, who issued an injunction to prevent further publication and sales of the book, in Portugal, as well as the sale of the book’s editing rights anywhere in the world, among other restrictions.
One may not agree with the secretive manner in which the process was dealt with, or with the decision that was reached, but there are mechanisms at the disposal of the entities that suffered this injunction, and it is only up to them to make use of said mechanisms in an attempt to reverse the judge’s ruling.
But there is something else.
There is a process sitting in the archives of the Public Ministry at the court building, in Portimão.
A process that states, in no uncertain terms as well, that a homicide may have put an end to Madeleine’s existence, and that the likelihood of said homicide is high:
“Concerning the other indicated crimes [abduction, homicide, concealment of a cadaver], they are only that, and although the occurrence of a homicide cannot be discarded, due to its high degree of probability, it has to remain a supposition due to a lack of sustaining elements in the files.”
(in: Process 201/07.0GALGS, volume XVII, page 4644)
The same process considers the possibility that Kate and Gerry McCann may have been involved in their daughter’s death (“Even though, by hypothesis, one might admit that Gerald and Kate McCann might be responsible for the child’s death (…)”), and it states that several witnesses have most probably lied in their statements, breaking the Portuguese Penal Process Code, under article 132, 1-d:
“Nevertheless, the process files also show that this vigilance [checks on the children], with the periodicity that is mentioned above, was not the one that is alleged in the files, and it remains unexplained why, that night, the checking procedure was altered in the sense of shortening the visit intervals.”
(in: Process 201/07.0GALGS, volume XVII, page 4641)
“From the statements of the entire group [the McCann couple and their friends] results a complete incoherence, at the face of which it is easily verified that all of them lie.”
(in: Process 201/07.0GALGS, volume XVII, page 2589)
But there are other statements inside this process that any sane person would consider even more distressing, especially when one takes into account what Madeleine’s parents have said, over and over again, live on tape. Here are two examples:
“Despite everything, until a certain moment in the investigation, the [McCann] family sustained and fed the abduction thesis. Nevertheless, at an uncertain date, the family suggested to consult a person that might, eventually, indicate the probable location of little Madeleine’s cadaver. This fact became inexplicable to the members of the investigation, given the fact that it was the family members themselves who raised the possibility of little Maddie’s death.”
(in: Process 201/07.0GALGS, volume XVII, page 2594)
“More recently, before Kate McCann’s questioning [on the 6th/7th of September, 2007], in a telephone contact between Gerald McCann and the signatory [inspector Ricardo Paiva], he [Gerald McCann] mentioned, concerning the investigation, that he was certain that the Police didn’t have any evidence that might incriminate them in the death of Madeleine McCann and said that the police was wasting time by directing the investigation towards the parents.”
(in: Process 201/07.0GALGS, volume XVII, page 2534)
It doesn’t really get any more explicit than this:
“From all that has been exposed, it results from the file that:
a) The minor Madeleine McCann died in apartment 5A of the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, on the evening/night of the 3rd of May 2007;
b) an abduction was simulated;
c) in order to render the child’s death before 10 p.m. impossible, a situation of checking on the McCann couple’s children, while they slept, was made up;
d) Kate McCann and Gerald McCann are involved in the concealment of the cadaver of their daughter, Madeleine McCann;
e) at this moment in time, there seem to be no strong indications yet that the child’s death was not the result of a tragic accident;
f) from all that has been established up to this moment, everything indicates that the McCann couple, in auto defence, does not want to hand over the cadaver immediately and voluntarily, and that there is a strong possibility that it was moved from its initial location. This situation may raise questions concerning the circumstances under which the child’s death occurred.”
(in: Process 201/07.0GALGS, volume XVII, page 2601)
These are the conclusions that were reached by the team of investigators at the Polícia Judiciária, according to an intercalary report by Chief Inspector Tavares de Almeida, on the 10th of September 2007.
It seems to me that there should have been another request for an injunction, with immediate effect. These conclusions have been distributed by the Public Ministry, on a DVD, and largely published in the Portuguese press, and discussed and commented upon by countless people. Anyone can still request a copy of the process, which contains these highly distressing allegations, at the Public Ministry’s services in Portimão.
I am certain that everyone will agree that they are at least as unnerving and depressing as those that were published by Gonçalo Amaral in his book.
But unfortunately, they cannot be dismissed as the deluded, offensive ramblings of a disgraced, disgruntled cop. They are part of the dossier, and they are not denied anywhere in the process.
Therefore, and until an injunction is issued against Process 201/07.0GALGS, prohibiting anyone from reproducing, commenting upon or discussing these conclusions, we will continue to speak freely about the Portuguese police’s suspicions concerning the Madeleine McCann investigation.
And we may as well start mentioning a homicide, as a likely hypothesis.
It’s in the files.