Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer on the trial over the prohibition of the book 'Maddie - The Truth of the Lie' revealed today the existence of a report which suspects of the McCann couple involvement in their daughters disappearance in 2007, in Algarve.
António Cabrita said, at the final allegations of the lawsuit filed by the McCann family against Gonçalo Amaral, that the 'extremely confidential' National Policy Investigation Agency report, a British private body [sic], 'considers that not only the abduction should be investigated but also the death of the English child'.
Added to the proceedings, the document, made by a detective [criminal profiler Lee Rainbow] who went to Praia da Luz, also states that the officer has 'a strong conviction of the parents involvement into their daughters disappearence' and that both Kate and Gerry McCann 'endeavored to convey a positive image'.
The lawyer recalled that 'other books were also written' on the Maddie Case and stressed that the 'only book attacked' was Gonçalo Amaral's work, temporarily banned on 9 September 2009.
'Abusive misuse of freedom of information'
Fátima Esteves, the lawyer for Guerra & Paz, who edited the book and is also referred to the proceedings, held that "freedom of information is being abusively misused" with the injunction filed by the McCann family.
'The book by Gonçalo Amaral has an opinion based on an investigation. There is persecution in parallel lawsuits against Gonçalo Amaral. When you don't have reason, you shoot in all directions', she affirmed referring to lawsuits filed against the former inspector for breach of the justice secrecy and libel.
'Exploitation of the media'
The lawyer stressed that 'the McCanns publicly denigrated the good name of Gonçalo Amaral', while Michael Coroadinho, lawyer for defendant TVI, accused Kate and Gerry of exploitation of the media.
Henrique Costa, representing Valentim de Carvalho, also targeted in the process due to the commercialization of video after its broadcast at TVI, said that 'it's is not possible the documentary offends any personality rights of the McCanns'.
'There is no proof given in this process, it is only general considerations and value judgments. There are no facts of concrete violation in the book or video', he argued.
'Revenge, audience ratings, vampires and vultures'
Isabel Duarte, the McCann family lawyer, held a contrary opinion emphasizing that 'the book and the documentary broadcast by TVI were divulged for reasons that have to do with revenge, audience ratings, vampires and vultures'.
Isabel Duarte criticized the statement given at the January 12 hearing by PJ inspector Ricardo Paiva, the holder [liaison officer] of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Process archived for lack of evidences [material]
'Ricardo Paiva lies and moreover he has the responsibility of searching for Maddie', she said at the closing arguments, revealing that she has consulted the process in Portimão, archived in July 2008 for lack of evidences, clearing Kate and Gerry McCann of the involvement into their daughters disappearence.
'The PJ has been archiving all the information given by the Spanish, French and Italian Police. There are several relevant information, pictures, car plate numbers. None had importance to the responsible. Most of the information that I analysed deserved an investigation by the PJ', she said.
Sentence on the 18th February vs Reopening the process
The lawyer said that she will meet with the other McCann family lawyers to eventually ask the reopening of the archived process by the Public Ministry.
The injunction filed by the English couple for considering unsustainable the divulgation of Gonçalo Amaral's thesis in the book and documentary regarding the parental involvement in the girl's disappearence, will have its sentence made on the 18th of February.
in SIC with Lusa
BRIT POLICE: TREAT THE McCANNS AS SUSPECTS
By Martin Fricker
Court told of 'advice by expert'
Portuguese detectives made the McCanns suspects in Madeleine's disappearance after taking advice from British police, it was claimed yesterday.
Cracker-style profiler Lee Rainbow - who worked on the Ipswich Ripper and Shannon Matthews cases - said officers should consider their possible involvement in the case, a court was told.
The National Policing Improvement Agency ( NPIA) expert wrote a report to Algarve police chiefs giving advice.
Details of the confidential report emerged during the final day of a libel trial involving former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral, who led the Madeleine investigation.
Amaral is trying to overturn a worldwide injunction [it's just in Portugal] banning the publication of his book Maddie: The Truth of the Lie. In it he claims Kate and Gerry were involved in Madeleine's death and staged her disappearance. His lawyer, Antonio Cabrita, told the court that Rainbow wrote: "It was Madeleine's father who was the last one to see her alive.
"The family is a lead that should be followed.
The contradictions in Gerald McCann's statements might lead us to suspect a homicide."
Cabrita added: "This report has never been published before but is part of the investigation. On June 1st 2007 British police had the theory that Madeleine could be dead and the family could be involved.
"It was British police who said they must consider not only abduction but homicide as well."
The NPIA provided a checklist of what should be done, advising the Portuguese police to include the McCanns in their inquiry and take new forensics at their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.
Last night an NPIA spokesman said: "In disappearance cases it is common for the NPIA to advise investigating officers to consider the possibility of the involvement of family and close friends. The NPIA gave similar generic advice to the Portuguese police in the Madeleine McCann case."
Kate and Gerry launched criminal proceedings against Portuguese TV station TVI yesterday for repeating Amaral's claims that Madeleine is dead. A ruling in Amaral's libel case is due to be made on February 18.
in Daily Mirror