19 June 2014

Hidden Evidence



The former coordinator of the PJ of Portimão discloses new information
Gonçalo Amaral says that documentation within the scope of the English investigation into Madeleine's disappearance vanished from the case files

by Magali Pinto

Just a few days after Madeleine McCann disappeared from the Ocean Club tourist resort in Praia da Luz, Lagos, on the 3rd of May 2007, a witness showed up, a British tourist woman, who claimed she saw the girl's father walking in the beach at night. The disclosure was made by the former coordinator of the PJ of Portimão, Gonçalo Amaral, on CMTV [Correio da Manhã TV channel, available at MEO digital TV provider], according to whom all data referring to that witness has vanished.

"We tried to retrieve that witness statement and the documents that were in the domain of the English police. They have simply vanished. To this day we still don't know who that witness is and where she is", said Gonçalo Amaral.

The former coordinator of the PJ of Portimão will face again today Gerry and Kate McCann at the Palácio da Justiça in Lisbon, for another hearing session of the trial in which the McCann couple demands 1,2 million euros for damages for the publication of the book 'Maddie, A Verdade da Mentira' [Maddie, The Truth of the Lie] written by Gonçalo Amaral. In the book, the former coordinator of the PJ sustains the thesis that the parents are responsible for the disappearance of the girls and the concealment of her body.

Gonçalo Amaral has no doubts that Maddie is dead.

"The girl's parents had a key to church, in that church a vigil took place a month after the disappearance. According to information, the child's body could have been placed in the coffin, at the feet of the woman that was later cremated".

He concluded by saying, "The mystery will only be over when they stop protecting the McCann couple. Only then we will learn the truth".

Details

5 Million
Since the beginning of the Operation Grange - the name given to the English investigation initiated in 2011 - the English have already spend well over 5 million euros. [sic, is closer to 12 million euros/10 million pounds]

Two Weeks
Just in the searches that took place in the past couple of weeks, with sniffer dogs, georadar, in three areas in Praia da Luz, the English authorities have spent about 100 thousand euros.

Results
Even though all that money has been invested, so far, there is no progress made in the investigation resulting from the efforts of the English.

in Correio da Manhã, pag. 19, paper edition/online here, June 16, 2014




Before, during and after the time the McCanns were constituted as ‘arguidos’ [formal suspects], Leicestershire Police who was supposedly working in liaison with the Judiciary Police, displayed a link to the McCanns limited company, their 'fund-raising' website. The link was only removed on 7 September 2010. More on the fund here.

«Leicestershire Constabulary: A number of law enforcement agencies, including Leicestershire Constabulary, have a link to the 'Find Madeleine' website. Whilst we encourage anyone with information about Madeleine's whereabouts to contact the Portuguese police or their local police, we recognise the fact that some people may not feel comfortable in doing so. This link provides them with an alternative means of passing information.» in The Most Incredible Statement Made By A Police Force Ever



Related
The Secret Visits of the McCanns to the Church of Luz


47 comments:

  1. This sounds like it needs an investigation itself. Who on earth has the nerve to interfere with such information in a criminal investigation. How the hell can we trust anybody connected with the UK police, especially when it comes to the favoured McCanns. A damnable disgrace, and here's hoping it is still possible to find out who is responsible for destroying this, and they themselves end up inside as an example to others who may be tempted to do the same, since surely this is as bad as perjury in a Court of Law.

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  2. Has anybody ever checked to see whether the English translation of the File the McCanns paid a fortune to have translated contains information about the indications of the blood and cadaver dogs in the holiday apartment and hire car, including the terrible smell, and the cadaver dog singling out to alert only to the belongs of the McCanns? I am beginning to wonder if there are two versions of these translated Case Files, and did the McCanns give their pals and Redwood theirs, minus all this. Have the English translations ever been checked against each other.

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  3. In my opinion the worst mistake the PJ did was getting the UK police and forensics lab involved with hindsight they should have gone elsewhere..I think Mr Amaral has a good point re cremation..Mrs Mccann seems to wear what looks like an ashes pendant of which I cannot find any photos prior to 31 May 2007..just an observation..may Maddie get the justice she deserves..rest peacefully little one..sb..

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  4. How would information about the cremation have been revealed. The secret was safe within stone walls of the church. I do not believe Goncalo is playing a game here - the persistence of Paulo Sargento and he assistance of the Bishop of the Algarve perhaps have caused this information to see the light of day. The implications of this are potentially huge : it undermines Scotland Yard and exposes the fund as a fraud.

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  5. So many questions to be answered... the most worrisome being 'Who and why are the McCanns being protected ?'

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  6. No 3: I think what GA is saying is that the cremation of the adult and MM would have occured at the same time. Therefore, the ashes would have been given to the relatives of the adult. Contemplating this possibility is almost too awful but certainly would explain the confidence of "find the body...". What about the poor relatives of the lady!!!

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  7. if poor little madeleine was cremated with the old lady,would a dna test on ashes returned to the lady's family show anything? Do bone fragments remain. I am hoping about the "ace up the sleeve" of sr amaral.

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  8. #6

    I read elsewhere that the deceased didn't have any family.

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  9. Theres far too many coincidences around the church, mrs hubbard gave her husbands key to kate, they went in the church at 5am. they also went back for Mass in the evening. with the press around them. mrs hubbard got all nervous afte visit to the bishop. The church was never searched. No one has confirmed about the fridge. why hasn't it been pursued or maybe that what Scotland yard was looking for, doubt it

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  10. Well, the Church is not a crematorium, so the cremation, if it happened, would have had to have been done elsewhere, and certainly not the pet cemetery.

    What documentation would be needed for a cremation to take place much further away than where the death occurred, and couldn't such documents be forged so no need to even hide a body inside somebody else's coffin. The people working in the crematoriums are not detectives, and would no doubt take everything at face value and just get on with the job, unless they had been told by the police to look out for a child's body either being secreted inside a coffin, or even of a child's body being cremated alone, and informing them so they can check it out.

    Then there was the photo of what looked like a cremation urn on the McCann's mantle in what looked like some kind of shrine to Madeleine. Where did that photo come from, and who would make it available on the internet anyway? Did the McCanns themselves release it to the public? All very strange.

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  11. In response to poster no 5. We know damn well who is protecting that hideous pair - the British Establishment - which is the British Government, Media, and yes Scotland Yard etc. We do not know why and at this stage of this cover-up it is of secondary importance. However, as has been voiced by others, why are Portugal seemingly compliant in this ghastly farce? If they were really committed to solving this case, they would never have allowed the British to push them around and set the agenda - which has been for seven years to exonerate the McCanns.

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  12. This again poses so many tragic issues and fill me with disgust if indeed concealment of this kind indeed was covered up by people who should be investigating and solving the crime .Again if true then AG maybe waiting to throw his dice and reveal I hope he gets that chance .I too noticed the pendant K wears seen similar elsewhere and told by wearer what it contained [nil to do with M case]
    The ashes are almost dust like not sure they would contain bone fragments only bone dust.It is correct though that when a deceased wishes to be cremated x 2 doctors have to complete death certificate as the remains can not be tested as can a body which has been buried. So much cover up that its mind blowing

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  13. Anon at 12

    Interesting. Would they have to be Portuguese doctors or would any doctor do to sign a death certificate, being as there were plenty of them around the McCanns or known to them?

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  14. If the witness statements were handed over to the British Police , and they can be proved to "go Missing" then the Police officers involved in handling the statements should be prosecuted for tampering with evidence . Its time the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary are involved in this as the whole case stinks of Corruption . Its time the parents were charged for Neglect as had it not be for their irresponsibility by leaving under 4 year old children on their own none of this would have happened . They keep pointing the blame on others and are busy collecting money for their "fund" the greedy pair of irresponsible parents .

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  15. No 10: The coffin would have been heading to Ferreira Do Alentejo which is the crematorium that serves the Algarve region. It would be far too risky to send a seperate coffin - there are strict controls and checks through the process. Unlike in the UK where the chapel and service is at the same location as the crematorium , in Portugal the service is held at a church and then the coffin sent to the crematorium for the purpose of incineration - so yes, in the Algarve the Church is likely to be some distance from the crematorium facility. Even if the ashes were located the heat from the furnace pretty much wipes out any DNA.

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  16. #11 The initial protection, if that's surely what it was, took place under previous governments in both the UK and Portugal. There are good reasons to suppose that the British had a hold over Portugal at that time. We can only guess at the nature of those motivations. It may be that neither present government is anywhere near so keen on the McCanns, but the matter has become an immense potential embarrassment to both countries whose national prestige would be seriously dented if the extent of such "oversights" - major corruption, police mishandling etc - were to be revealed at this stage?

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  17. Anon 15

    You mention 'strict controls and checks' regarding cremation process. Would these involve having verification from a priest and signatures of doctors, or would anybody else be needed to aid in getting this carried out, and if so, do you know who or what?

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  18. Thank you Joana for all your hard work. I believe the Priest holds they key, he would not have stated 'I feel deceived by the McCanns", deceived is a very strong word to use, hurt - let down - saddened maybe but deceived means they have done something really perhaps "unforgivable"

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  19. I hope somebody in Portugal will make a documentary showing just what the PJ were up against with the 'helpful' UK police, what with witness statements like the Gaspers being held back by LP for six month, an important statement gone missing, and all. Besides not being able to get important information regarding the child's medical documents, or info regarding the financial state of the McCanns, who blatently lied saying they had no credit cards, yet did have them. Surely that would have been important information for the investigators wishing to know what transactions they had made in the days surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine. It is as though the PJ have had to work with one hand tied behind their backs due to the obstruction by certain members of the UK police. All this should be told to the public who tax money was used on the case because it is a disgrace. Here's hoping such a documentary will be made in the very near future. The public should not be left in any doubts about what has been going on in this case.

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  20. @16 correct both governments involved.

    Even this present case in Portugal regarding the libel trial seems not to be following law.

    The UK Government maybe the Pied Piper in this disgustingly corrupt case but it does have Portuguese Government officials following ...allowing it to happen.

    That is getting overlooked.....two to tango.

    It is the public of both nations who are supporting Justice..

    Mojo

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  21. If the woman had no faily she could be lying to rest in the church until the service, mrs hubbard would be aware of that even if it was catholic, they would probably advise them the church was occupied for a pending cremation, easy to hide a little something inside and then it went off to cremation next day after a service with a few local neighbours.it happens when people do no have family. so why would she give them a key on that night at 5am to pray. Also we have to remember a lot of evidence was withheld from pj all the mcanns investigations, the gaspers statements were sat on until the pj shelved the case,lots of people working in mysterious ways.

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  22. the tapas 7 must be great friends to keep to themselves what went on 3ed may go mr amaral the only good person stand up for maddie shame on mc cans tapas 7 how the can live with themselves I don't know thank you joana for keep us so well informed

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  23. This is not all by a long chalk. The Leicester police were in charge of the rogatory interviews, asking questions that the Portuguese requested be asked of the tapas group. You want to read them on McCann files. I cannot even begin to demonstrate here how bad it gets because I wouldn't know where to start.

    Just a taster. They were all allowed sight of each others' statements. Changes were made on the back of this in at least one case. No obvious anomalies were followed up.

    The Leicester police need investigating on the way they have conducted themselves in this case, of that there is no doubt in my mind. It is a national scandal and an international disgrace. I am ashamed of Britain and the terrible injustice to a vulnerable child and a decent detective. It is nothing short of demonic.

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  24. ~16 Yes, the initial protection of the McCanns was given by the previous governments of the UK and Portugal. But I see little that has changed. Tony Bennet, Pat Brown and indeed Goncalo Amaral himself have opined that there is going to be a "whitewash" - and they are much more informed than I am.

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  25. Redwood should be made aware that thousands of people are watching what is happening in this so called 'investigation' on behalf of the McCanns, which is what it really is. It is costing millions and for what? Look everywhere but not at the obvious, eh, Mr Redwood, and no way look at the work of those dogs who worked the case, and gave very telling indications of what had happened to Madeleine in the apartment. This nonsense 'investigation of running here, there, and everywhere,' is bringing the UK police into disrepute already, as no way can you have simply written off the McCanns and their pals as not even having any suspicion attached to them, which is what you have already told us, and the thousands observing this ignoring of the dogs sees SY making a laughing stock of themselves at best, or something much worse which needs to be addressed, and no doubt will be in the future when the chickens start coming home to roost, as the truth of what exactly is happening comes to light. I am now feeling quite optimistic about the outcome of all this, but not because of anything SY are doing, more because many people are beginning to realize the extent of hindrance and deceit there has been at work from the get go coming from certain quarters, whilst the PJ were trying to do their best to solve the case. The light is beginning to dawn now as to what is and has been really going on and it has not been good. Shame!

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  26. Wasn't it that the McCanns had asked to delay the hearing till September, the Judge refused the request and now Amaral delayed it at least till June and they are angry?
    I think their anger comes from the fear that a coincidence could happen, the hearing and the finding of the body at the same time.
    The longer it takes, the bigger the risk.

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  27. I am 26 and I meant July, not June.

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  28. Did the PJ ever receive the information that David Payne wanted to tell 'off the record' about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann when he was being interviewed by LP and giving his statement, or did that also conveniently/inconveniently go missing?

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  29. How come that another police can make evidence disappear.
    Why not copies of the documents or sending them through internet?
    It is like the blood samples sent to England. Everything?

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  30. 28, of course te PJ knew about Payne's wish. Even we know it.

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  31. If the McCanns confessed anything to a priest regarding anything about Madeleine's demise,the priest can get a dispensation from his archbishop to reveal it, if it's regarding death/murder.

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  32. @29 If the "other police" is found to make evidence disappear , then the person in charge of that police force should be sacked and with him , the ones involved in this case , They should be charged with tampering with evidence and should be jailed for a long time . Was it not BHH who claimed he did not know what operation grange was all about on live TV ? Was it not the same man who claimed " There will be a point at which we and the Government will want to make a decision about what the likely outcome is " ? Is this man for real ? Its not his or the British Governments decision , its for the Portuguese Government to carry out the investigation without interference from the British Establishment . This case is costing both Countries a lot of money when it could have been solved 7 years ago . The people are livid with the injustice , money and cost this one case has cost . As for the Gruesome Twosome their time is coming up to face Justice , it clearly showed what a pair of vile money grabbers they really are as they couldn't go to Portugal when the digging was going on , but they sure made it when they taught they could swindle money from Dr Amaral , but alas they came back empty handed hence the huffing and puffing outside the courtroom . Hopefully the next time they will not be going to Portugal for a libel claim but will go there to face justice in court . They should be telling the Court in Portugal why they left under 4 year old Children on their own .( and not swanning round the world on the scrounge for easy money , instead they should be asking themselves if it was normal what they did which led to the disappearance of the child on the day in question ). This is a high profile case and sooner or later these two will face Justice .

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  33. The confession to the Portuguese priest is a myth, what he said had to do with pressures, media pressures, and the whole situation for which he was in all likelihood unprepared. Also it is not Payne who wished to change is statement, someone else was on the verge of changing it, as one can infer from the rogatory statements of April 2008, all in my imo of course.

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  34. The Mccanns are guilty of with holding evidence,interefering with witnesses,withholding information such as medical records or that they had credit cards, obstruction of just G and K is a cause for prsecution alone , with out all the other stuff, and why did GM say on airport bust Im not here to enjoy myself.....strange.
    Not a lot of holiday photos either.
    I also read of a case of bullying by masons in leicester area. that happened on a lady's night, the two men involved took the matter to court. A lot of LP are masons too, that's proably why GM was on first name terms with some of them. Unfortunately I don't see these two being brought to trial, I hope I am wrong

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  35. Anon 30

    'Payne's wish'? 'Even we know it'. Then perhaps you can enlighten the rest of us who don't, and how can you know what Payne said 'off the record' to the LP which was not even put in his statement? Are you claiming to be a member of the LP or the PJ, since Payne appears never to have said anything in public except that they have a 'pact', presumably which also included not to speak in public unless Gerry allowed it?

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  36. It seems father Pacheco does not speak English.

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  37. Correction to my post @33 "is statement" should read "his statement", multitasking never good...

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  38. After cremation the skeleton remains in tact there would have been two skeletons , the scull doesn't burn or the hip-bones they are ground down later in a special crushing machine . Somebody at the crematorium has helped conceal Madeleine's cremation if indeed Madeleine was cremated along-side another body .

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  39. What's the betting that eventually some of the SY cops who have been involved in this so called SY 'investigation' will talk, just as they did in the cover ups for Jimmy Savile and Cyril Smith where they were told not to prosecute these monsters, and tell how they were told just to follow orders from on high in this case which made no sense to them. Who in their right minds can blindly go along with disregarding the original evidence, dogs and all in favour of a load of tripe of following gypsies, tramps, and thieves and completely ignore the UK dogs. Redwood may be willing to follow through with doing that, but there will be other cops who know damn well what is going on, and there is no serious investigation going on at all.

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  40. Joanna at 33, No, it was not Payne who was wanting to CHANGE his statement, he was asking to speak in confidence to the LP police interviewer regarding the disappearance of Madeleine, and not to have it put in the statement. So what was so private that he did not want people to know about it? This is the information that should have been passed on to the PJ in case they considered it to be relevant. So was it ever passed onto them, or has that also been 'lost' or filed away somewhere never to see the light of day. Or, was it turned over to the McCanns so they could get a read of what he said 'off the record'! Who knows what has been going on in this case.

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  41. Anon 38, but wouldn't it have been possible to have had her cremated under the name of another child if all the relevant documentation was provided and signed by doctors or whoever. The crematorium workers would just take it at face value surely, and get on with their jobs. Especially if the crematorium was many miles away from where the child went missing. Then arrangement for the ashes to be picked up later by somebody kind enough to go collect them.

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  42. Anon 41 it would be possible if all the papers were in order , signed by doctors but it is unusual for two bodies two be cremated together . It would certainly be noticed by the staff working at the crematory if something illegal was going on .

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  43. Anon 42, Agreed it would have been risky with two bodies, that is why I was wondering if it would have been possible to have cremated the child alone, but under the name of another child, bogus, yet signed by doctors or other official bodies, as though genuine. Surely a small coffin could easily have been taken there without even being noticed by anyone outside, especially in an ordinary vehicle.

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  44. Anon 43 It's my belief the McCanns obtained government help In order to have Madeleine secretly cremated either in Portugal or the UK .

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  45. Anon 44

    Possible I suppose, as didn't Gerry's brother say he (Gerry) was going to call in some 'favours' from certain people, and he certainly seems to have known people with dosh and influence which most people would not. If anybody could do this, then I believe the McCanns could. Maybe that is the information the Home Office is sitting on which is said would ruin relations between Portugal and UK if it ever came out, and it was verified such fragile information relating to this case exists, since a UK newspaper tried to get hold of what it was and was told the same.. If that is the case then we can only hope for a whistleblower perhaps, and end this expensive nonsense if they already know what happened to Madeleine.

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  46. I found this a very strange statement coming from McCann " Find her body and prove that we killed her " . To me he was saying with confidence , you'll never find it .

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  47. @46 , that's because the horrible creature knows what he has done , but alas his time clock to meet head on with the carriage of Justice is coming at full speed towards him and his venomous partner in crime . This case will go down in history and one day we will see books published in the name of Joana and Dr Amaral for exposing the truth and seeking Justice for the dead girl .

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