soon to arrive at Her Majesty's QEII Island [the big one, not the holiday ones]
by Paulo Silvestere/Daisy Sampson
Former lead investigator in the Madeleine McCann case Gonçalo Amaral has told the Algarve Resident of his intentions to release his controversial book, Maddie – A Verdade da Mentira (Maddie - The Truth of the Lie) in the UK.
Gonçalo Amaral said: “I believe that the British people have the right to read an objective and well reasoned literary work. I think that it would be strange that the oldest democracy in the world was not able to publish and read this book.”
The ban on the book, which was imposed in September 2009, was lifted this month allowing it, and a DVD based on the account, to go back on sale across the country and Gonçalo Amaral believes that this decision was an act of justice.
“I think that justice has been done in this case. The battle has been won but the war has only just begun in the search for truth and the realisation of justice,” he said.
While the controversial book set out to state the beliefs of Gonçalo Amaral in the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, he has no concrete plans to follow this up with a sequel.
“My book gave an account of the first six months of the investigation which I coordinated and in which I was defiled and unfairly criticised both personally and professionally.
“Now the process of the case is available to the public while the strategies of the McCann family and their private investigators have also brought forward a wealth of information about the case. I have gone back to being a free man but I will think about if it would be good sense to decide to write another book.”
Meanwhile, Gonçalo Amaral has not made a final decision as to whether he will be suing the McCann family for damages incurred through the banning of the book. He told the Algarve Resident: “The decision to sue the McCanns for damages has not yet been made. We are assessing the damages that have been done and then I will make a decision with my family and lawyers about this.”
Gonçalo Amaral refused to comment about a possible appeal by the McCann family to reinstate the ban: “I have no opinion on statements of intent. Let’s wait and see,” he said.
in Algarve Resident 29.10.2010
* not totally sure if this
articletext is really an interview given by Gonçalo Amaral to this British Ex-pat tabloidrag that has always been very sym-pathetic [not to use other words] towards the McCann couple. In fact, I will speculate a bit further and say that some bits and pieces, here and there, do have a strange “similar taste” to some material that we have translated recently - with a zest of lemonwordily twist, and to other articles already published by the Portuguese media. Yep, we don't forget how the All garve Resident has treated Inspector Gonçalo Amaral for the past three years nor one the editors of this blog - which happened to be me.