24 June 2014

Gonçalo Amaral - Sick and Bankrupt



Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator responsible for the investigation into the disappearance of Maddie, does not want to hear the case that has left him on the verge of poverty. He is ill and barely has any money to eat.

page 74, VIP magazine
by Carlos Tomás

Eight days of searches, 60 thousand square meters of scrubland investigated to analyse fully the 41 soil anomalies and over half a million euros spent in the search operations that brought to Portugal a team of British officers and forensic investigators.

This was the balance of the searches carried out in the Algarve, in the Praia da Luz area, in Lagos. Under the guidance of the Scotland Yard and the assistance of the Portuguese Judiciary Police (PJ), in this way it was concluded the first stage of the rogatory steps requested in the scope of the Operation Grange, the name of the British investigation initiated in 2011 to review the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the little British girl who, on May 3, 2007, disappeared from the apartment rented by her parents in the Algarve.

The British police released a communiqué stating that "this is part of ensuring that all lines of enquiry are progressed in a systematic manner and covers just the one hypothesis that she was killed and buried locally". Nevertheless, at the end of the searches, no traces of Madeleine were found. "At this time no evidence relating to Madeleine McCann has been identified", clarifies the press statement, admitting that the searches that took place in several sites in Praia da Luz, which included drainage channels, sewage systems and derelict buildings using sniffer dogs and georadar were fruitless.

page 75, VIP magazine
"Maddie case ruined his life"

"At this point in time I don't even want to hear about the case". This was the reaction of Gonçalo Amaral, the former inspector of the Judiciary Police (PJ) and SIC TV channel commentator, when he was contacted by VIP magazine to give his opinion about the searches that took place in the Algarve. And his motives are simple: the former inspector faces serious financial difficulties allegedly due to the Madeleine McCann case. Besides that he suffers from a critical illness (diabetes in the last degree) which has weakened him immensely.

"He is very ill. He lost over 50 kilos [110 lbs] and he has locked himself in his father's house. He doesn't even go to Júlia Pinheiro's talk show in SIC any longer. The Maddie case has ruined his life, personally and professionally. Now with the searches that are being carried out in the Algarve, it seems that he was right after all. Even the British authorities now believe the girl may be dead. Otherwise these searches would make no sense whatsoever. It's funny how the McCanns are so silent", said a Judiciary Police officer from the Algarve, who accompanied the searches made by the British on the field. "Up to now, and even though there's plenty of material to analyse, only bones of cats and dogs were found. Of the child, not a single trace", he added.

Isabel Duarte, the McCann's lawyer for the civil lawsuits, confirms that statement. "As far as I know, no trace of the child was found. In fact, the McCanns themselves have been kept aside of these police investigations. We have no control about whatever is taking place". On his turn, Rogério Alves, the McCann's lawyer for the criminal processes, revealed that he also knows nothing about the investigations. "At this moment, there's nothing. But there are more steps requested by the Scotland Yard, namely the questioning of several persons who used to go ['attend' is the literal translation] to the Ocean Club. Let's wait serenely for the results of investigations", he stated to VIP.

It should be recalled that Gonçalo Amaral was the first Portuguese inspector responsible for the Maddie case and that five months after the disappearance of the English girl, he was removed from the investigation following the harsh criticism of his British colleagues, that he voiced publicly in an interview that he granted to a daily newspaper at the time.

page 76, VIP magazine
The "Damned" book

The Truth of the Lie, the book Gonçalo Amaral wrote reporting his version [and the police thesis as well] of the Maddie case, after he was removed from the investigation is allegedly at the basis of the former inspector serious financial hardships. In the book, Gonçalo Amaral defends that "the minor, Madeleine McCann died in the Ocean Club apartment, in the Luz village; a child abduction was staged; Kate Healy and Gerald McCann are suspects of being involved in the concealment of their daughter's cadaver; the death might have occurred following a tragic accident; there are evidence of negligence in the safekeeping and supervision of their children. We are conscient that we have given our best to solve this case. Our beliefs are based on professional experience, on facts and indicia collected and in their interpretation according to the law".

Statements which lead the parents of the child to sue the former inspector, seizing all his assets and pushing him to the financial situation where he finds himself in today. The book was taken off the markets in 2009, in the fulfilment of a judicial decision following an injunction made by Madeleine McCann's parents. The British couple froze all his bank accounts, seized his movable and immovable assets, and the inspector was left only with his retirement wage, which was eventually also seized by the couple.

"He only survives thanks to the solidarity of friends and family"

With the cuts in his wage and with expenses and increased costs of the medical treatments of his failing health, Gonçalo Amaral, assure the PJ sources, is destitute: "He only survives thanks to the solidarity of friends and family". This, even though in 2012 the copies of book the inspector wrote were returned to the book publishers Guerra e Paz Editores. However, the sales were never the same again and Gonçalo Amaral remains with all of his assets frozen, since the couple has made another appeal and other lawsuits.

It should be noted that, as to what VIP was able to establish, Maddie's parents no longer have the legitimacy to take legal proceedings related to the case, since they have already lost, by order of the English High Court, the tutelage of the missing child. In fact, according to the English law, after seven years if the body of a missing person isn't found, the person can be officially declared dead. Maddie's parents, however, have not yet applied for a death certificate.

Back in England, the British police revealed that "further requests are being compiled and will be submitted in due course". And they state that they will return to Portugal to question eight persons of interest, whom they affirm, may help clarify the case.

in VIP magazine, nº 883, weekly edition from 17 to 23.06.2014, pages 74 to 76, paper edition | photos in the VIP article of Mr. Amaral and the McCann couple are archive images

En Español en el blog de Mercedes
Em Português em PDF aqui

Related
McCann Couple demand Gonçalo Amaral Divorce to be Rewarded
McCanns Want Amaral's Family Home
The Temporary Injunction: Granted on September 9, 2009
McCann couple demands books to be fully destroyed
Lisbon Appeals Court Decision on the McCann Couple Injunction
McCanns appeal to the Supreme Court to forbid Gonçalo Amaral’s book
Supreme Court turns down McCanns' request
Maddie Case: McCanns lose another legal complaint
Gonçalo Amaral - Maddie Case leads to Divorce
Ward of Court: Decision issued by Judge in Libel Trial

15 comments:

  1. Please can you post a link that we who care can use to donate some money to help Goncala survive these times. Many thanks Joana.

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  2. :(

    Are you still translating?

    Meadow

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  3. To @1. There's no link/fund for personal expenses, all of the PJGA fund donations are exclusively for Mr. Amaral legal costs at the ongoing trial http://pjga.blogspot.com/ Thank you for your support :)

    @2 I am Meadow, so sorry for delay :) caught up with other issues, back now and translating as fast as I can. xx

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  4. A man is suffering for the sake of establishing the truth , can we in a western world sit back and watch this without a care ? Come on redwood question the mccans and let Portugal charge them for neglect , forget their sob stories , they neglected under 4 year old children to go on the Jolly ! A lot of squealing will take place once this despicable pair are in front of the court and the case will be solved . That way Dr Amaral can get on with his life and be proud of trying to do his job in a just fair manner .

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  5. Meanwhile, the spiteful and vindictive McCanns have Redwood wrapped around their little fingers telling him what they want done on this so called 'investigation'. Please God, may I live long enough to see justice done because what I am seeing is sick beyond belief. All the very best to Dr Amaral and may this madness end soon.

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  6. My heart is heavy at the news of Sr. Amaral's poor health and destitution. While the McCann and the powers that have protected the secret behind Madeleine's disappearance are primarily to blame for the terrible turn in his personal life, I cannot help but feel partly responsible for being part of the fervor that encouraged him to keep battling for justice, on Madeleine's behalf. We did not know at the time how hopeless the cause was. We believed the truth could and would be revealed, and justice would ultimately prevail.

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  7. Our newspaper head line's are full of the 'not guilty' verdict re Rebeka Brooks trial. R B alledegely connected in some way to the McCann's media coverage . Along side this has been Gerry McCann's role in the Hacked Off campaign whose intention is to regulate the press. Wondering how this will play out? Mr Cameron our PM and R B's neighbour and Theresa May put millions of pounds aside for our police to work with the Portuguese Police. All this taking place along side of the libel trial of the former Portuguese detective. It seems like the final act is about to close.

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  8. This article fails to mention that Mr. Amaral had the decision to ban his book overturned by the Appellate court and that the McCann's subsequent appeal to the Supreme court was rejected. It's as if these rulings never happened. Isn't the present libel trial also proceeding as if these rulings never happened or are insignificant? Can it be that Mr. Amaral's lawyer never even attempted to have the libel trial dismissed in light of these rulings?

    The article states that in 2012 the books were returned to the publishing company but that the sales were never the same again. A person reading this may get the impression that when the book was banned copies were flying off the shelf and that the public lost interest in the book because they believed that it was not a true account of the facts.

    The article also talks about Mr. Amaral remaining with his assets frozen because of some appeal the McCanns won and further lawsuits, something I'm not aware of, perhaps someone can enlighten me.

    So which is it, the McCanns have been kept aside or have been kept abreast of the investigation?

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  9. I feel heartsick over dear Goncalo Amaral,i donated twice to the fund,the last so his team could get the ward of court info from England,i want to donate again,but want it to go to Mr Amaral himself,i can't see Madeleine ever getting justice,but now tbh I just want justice for this honourable good man,as for evil McCanns for the last 7yrs they've got away with destroying the life of their own child without shedding a tear,imagine what they're capable of in regard to Goncalo,i hope they rot in whatever hellhole they are making for themselves,& all those who are complicit & have colluded with them can join them there.I have to say this,how can the PJ stand by & see The McCanns,Sy & whoever else behind the scenes who is pulling the strings,destroy one of their own.Is there anyway I can donate to Goncalo Amaral without it going into a fund for his legal expenses,i feel so sad for him.God Bless him,& keep him safe.x

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  10. This article fails to mention that Mr. Amaral had the decision to ban his book overturned by the Appellate court and that the McCann's subsequent appeal to the Supreme court was rejected. It's as if these rulings never happened.

    - This is an article in a magazine, similar to the Spanish Hola, for the readership that is intended is a very good article, also notice that this is for the Portuguese market where people are fully aware of the McCanns actions against Amaral and the overturn of the ruling that banned the book.

    Isn't the present libel trial also proceeding as if these rulings never happened or are insignificant? Can it be that Mr. Amaral's lawyer never even attempted to have the libel trial dismissed in light of these rulings?

    - No, the book and documentary injunction trial was a different process, though connected to the bigger lawsuit where the McCanns ask for 1,2 million euros for damages. The rulings from both the STJ and Appeals Court on the injunction will likely be considered by this judge, but she is judging a claim for damages not an injunction.

    The article states that in 2012 the books were returned to the publishing company but that the sales were never the same again. A person reading this may get the impression that when the book was banned copies were flying off the shelf and that the public lost interest in the book because they believed that it was not a true account of the facts.

    - Maybe, that is the reason why further related reading was suggested beneath the article.

    The article also talks about Mr. Amaral remaining with his assets frozen because of some appeal the McCanns won and further lawsuits, something I'm not aware of, perhaps someone can enlighten me.

    - Already mentioned in this blog, whilst the lawsuit is ongoing all his assets remain frozen in order to be able to pay the couple's demands, in the eventuality of loosing the court case. Obviously, Mr. Amaral frozen assets don't even total a quarter or perhaps not even 10% of the amount asked by the couple. An unfair loophole in the law which actually allows - as we have been seeing - to derail and stall someone's life. No doubt the expert lawyers hired by the McCanns know very well how to sabotage someone's life and defence in the bureaucratic corridors of law, thus the need for a defence fund that would cover Mr. Amaral expenses.

    So which is it, the McCanns have been kept aside or have been kept abreast of the investigation?

    - It's not the first time the McCann lawyers put their foot in their mouth and actually tell the world about the real facts, seems the McCanns' PR guy in Portugal is less talented that the couple's spin doctor in the UK, Clarence Mitchell.

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  11. This situation Dr Amaral finds himself in is disgusting,The Mcs swan around begging for money,nearly 3 million went through their sticky fingers, maybe more. The uk citizens are paying through the nose in taxes that is being used to search for Madeleine, searching places that were searched before 7 years ago,when chances of finding something was easier. Why are the tax payers footing the bill, why haven't the funds been offered up towards the search, it was public money and that's what it was for.. WHY I ask is the uk government permitting the mcs and tapas to carry on normal, they are guilty by the fact they left their babies alone. Why are they being allowed to do this to an ex policeman detective who had Madeleines best interests at heart and his dedication to Maddie since retiring has not altered to the extent the greed mccanns have frozen and want all his assets, and he is in serious ill health. What makes the \mccanns think they can F--ck with anyones lives as long as it made them rich and more famous. Why haven't they and tapas been pulled in. Maddie is a WOC so you should not be raising money onher behalf, let alone spending it. I too would like to donate to Dr Amaral to help with food and medicine expenses. there must be a way to reach him.
    I am so livid by this pair , they neglected their children and nothing has been done. They are going to slip out of it as the case is bought to close. There are no words that can describe them, Why GM still works for NHS I don't know ,he should have been struck off in fact both of them for neglectful behaviour. Public feeling is turning against you and your fairytale, one of those tapas had better spill the beans and quickly, before they are incriminated, I am email Teresa May. Justice for Dr Amaral , may god look after you, and you find a path to recovery. Mcs I do not think God is watching over you, if he is then hes shaking his head in disgust

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  12. Anonymous 25/06/2014 11:28, I'm aware that Mr. Amaral's assets are frozen until the lawsuit is resolved but It's news to me that the McCanns had to make a new appeal in 2012 and additional lawsuits in order for his assets to remain frozen. In the Portuguese article it states that although the copies of the book were returned to the publisher in 2012 that his assets continue frozen because the McCanns went ahead with a new appeal and further lawsuits. So, is this true that the McCanns made an appeal in 2012 and launched more lawsuits?

    Surely if an article states that the book was removed from the market because of a judicial decision rendered in favour of a legal process initiated by the McCanns, it must also state why the books were returned to the book publisher in 2012. The idea that such information was omitted because the author believed his reading audience already knew is nonsense.

    The decision by the Appellate court addressed all the claims that are being brought before the current trial which, judging from what is taking place in that court, is not a libel trial. The Supreme court also ruled against the couple when it was presented with these same issues. So, if the McCanns get their so much desired ruling in their favour on Portuguese soil, a ruling they can run with in the media worldwide, do you believe the Appellate court and the Supreme court will rule differently afterwards?

    Why do I even bother asking such a question it's already apparent to me and most people that the Portuguese justice system is more of a crapshoot than many other justice systems around the world.

    I believe it is a good strategy to say in Portugal that they are not aware of what is going on in the investigation and to say in England that they are being kept up to date on current developments, just like it was to broadcast crimewatch in the UK, Holland and Germany but not in Portugal.

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  13. I have just donated again to the fund & honoured to do so for this good man,i urge all who are able, to donate also,i hope Mr Amaral is well.

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  14. I was unaware of the donations for legal defence until now. I have just donated (only 20 euro), but really wish that Goncalo Amaral can take some for himself. So sad reading that his health is suffering when these excuses for parents are profiting ............ grrrrrr. Be strong Goncalo, the end is in sight.

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  15. Posting anonymous comment with email address omitted for privacy reasons -

    07:47am GMT

    I have been attempting to contact Dr Amaral for some time sadly without success, I firmly believe a meeting between us (and I would be prepared to travel to Portugal to facilitate the meet) would be very productive.

    Dr Amaral can contact me at;

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