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Maddie Case: The Expresso Interview to Alípio Ribeiro

November 17 2007
Excerpt of an interview with Alípio Ribeiro, national director of Judiciary Police

“We still don’t have a solution”

Journalist: When you assumed the position in office (as a National director of PJ), you said that the Police should not be afraid of giving an account. Six months after the disappearance, what does the PJ know?

Alípio Ribeiro: The criminal investigation does not do miracles. The Public Prosecution Office knows what it’s happening in the process. We keep on working, steadfastly, with the best persons.

J: At what point is the investigation?

AR: At the moment there is nothing to say regarding the case. We are working well. The rest is a soap opera.

J: So, do you think that to work well is to have this case under a glass dome?

AR: It’s not a glass dome. What type of information can we give? We have this examination; the result is this, there take it! It cannot be. We are working in an extremely delicate issue, in which there are factors that we need preserving at all costs.

J: Do you maintain the expression that all leads are still open or do you by now have a distinct line of investigation?

AR: In these cases we never close all the doors. Because there is always the surprise factor.

J: Is there agreement, that investigation has dismissed the hypothesis of the kidnapping?

AR: No … we are assessing all the hypotheses. New informations are brought nearly every week.

J: Have you formed any definite idea about this case, in your mind?

AR: I know the general lines. I might have an idea, but it is for me.

J: When are the arrests going to happen?

AR: First we need to know what happened in the “Maddie case”. I don’t know whether there will be any arrests, yet.

J: What has the Judiciary Police learned from the “Maddie case”?

AR: We knew that this process was going to be a complex one from the start. And in fact we have been learning a few things: to work with more self-restraint and serenity. We work better today than at the beginning of the investigation. We are sure of some perspectives of the investigation, but it is also true that we still don’t have the story, the solution of the case. We have perspectives more consolidated on what took place.

J: Do you believe that in the future you will always be evaluated because of what happened in this case?

AR: It’s obvious that the “media” always have a perspective of things that is focused on one person. It will go through that aspect in some amount. But I believe that won't be all.

J: Don't you think that the public deserved an explanation about the exit of Gonçalo Amaral?

AR: Whatever I had to explain, I explained it personally to the coordinator.

J: Before or after you demoted him?

AR: After.

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