15 December 2009
Gonçalo Amaral to present “The English Gag” in Oporto
The former PJ inspector focuses on injunctions that “put citizens’ rights at stake”
On Tuesday, former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral presents his new book, “The English Gag”, in Oporto, a book that he “never” expected to write and in which he focuses the issue of injunctions that “put citizens’ rights at stake”.
“I never expected to write this book. It is about freedom of expression, which is something that I thought was well defined in this country. But I keep perceiving that something is not working well under this regime, with decisions that are unconstitutional”, Gonçalo Amaral told Lusa.
The new book appears after his book “Maddie – The Truth of the Lie” was targeted by an injunction that was presented by the McCann family, leading to the book being removed from the market in September.
The parents of Madeleine McCann, who disappeared on the 3rd of May, 2007, in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, alleged that the book and the video that was sold after a documentary that was broadcast on TVI, divulge Gonçalo Amaral’s thesis, which they consider unsustainable, that both are involved in their daughter’s disappearance.
As the coordinator of the PJ’s Criminal Investigation Department of Portimão, Gonçalo Amaral was a member of the investigators’ team that tried to find out what happened to Madeleine McCann.
The start of this process’ trial had been scheduled for the 11th of December but ended up being adjourned to January due to the former inspector’s lawyer being ill.
Today, Gonçalo Amaral clarified that this new book “does not include any novelties relating to police cases”, even because he cannot “express anything” about his thesis, which, he defended, “is a based opinion that is shared by other inspectors”.
“The peak of peaks”
The English Gag “brings the issue of public injunctions that put citizens’ rights at stake into public opinion”, the former inspector stressed, adding that “the injunctions have been used by the McCanns’ lawyers to intimidate other people”.
In his new book, Gonçalo Amaral discusses “the base for the injunction” (that he has been targeted with) and that “it is based on lies”.
Amaral thinks that it would be “the peak of peaks” and “an attack against the Portuguese people’s intelligence” if this new book is equally targeted by an injunction.
source: TVI24, 14.12.2009