Gonçalo Amaral: “Madeleine is dead; where she is buried, I do not know”
Former Inspector Gonçalo Amaral, the first officer responsible for the investigation into the “Madeleine case”, insists that the McCann couple hid the girl’s body, during the presentation of his book “Maddie. The truth of the lie” in Madrid.
The Portuguese inspector, suspended when he was leading the investigation into the disappearance in the Algrave of the British girl Madeleine McCann, Gonçalo Amaral, has today stated in Madrid that the McCann couple simulated the girl’s abduction and hid her body.
During a press conference Turing which he presented his book “Maddie. The truth of the lie”, Amaral explained that the conclusion of the investigation he led during the five months after the girl’s disappearance, on 3rd May 2007, is that Madeleine died due to a “tragic accident” this same day.
“The girl is dead; where she is buried, I do not know” said the former chief inspector, who has emphasised the witness account of an Irish family who, on the night of the disappearance passed a man carrying a small girl, and who later, upon seeing his image on TV, he identified as Gerry McCann.
Amaral criticised the archiving of the Maddie case last July, when Kate and Gerry McCann were released from their condition of suspects, but has warned that the finding of “new elements of proof” could lead to the investigation being re-opened.
“There are many indications of her death”, confirms Amaral, who emphasised that the police dogs detected cadaver odour and human blood “of a genetic profile that coincides with Madeleine’s” behind a sofa in the apartment.
Further more, Amaral has emphasised that the McCann couple recognised that they had given their children a drug, that they said was paracetamol, but which was identified as a sedative during the investigation.
On the night of the her daughter’s disappearance, Kate McCann “placed her hand over the noses of her other children, who were still asleep, to check whether they were breathing”, he stated, considering that “it is not normal for a mother to act in this way after having lost a daughter”.
Amaral has described the McCanns as “parents who have felt pain and anguish” and his opinion is that “it is very difficult” that the couple – who have always sustained the hypothesis of abduction – could “backtrack”, and adds: “Millions have been spent in looking for a living girl, how are you going to say that she is dead?”
“A law-suit against me could be interesting”.
The ex-inspector of the PJ has stated that he does not fear a lawsuit against him by the McCanns and, indeed, he considers that “a law-suit would be an interesting way of re-opening the investigation”.
In addition, Amaral has noticed political and diplomatic pressures which, in his opinion, motivated his suspension from the investigation in October 2007, and has stated that the “British government intervened in some form”.
The former policeman has said that with his book, recognised as “polemic” he hopes to re-establish his “good name” and contribute to the discovery of the truth of the facts.
Translation by Ines