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Gonçalo Amaral: a process to “see who is defaming whom”

The former Polícia Judiciária (PJ) inspector Gonçalo Amaral today considered that Madeleine McCann’s parents’ intention to sue him over defamation “appears at an important moment” and is going to “allow people to see who is defaming whom”.

“I don’t usually comment on news. I don’t know if it’s true and I don’t have a lot to comment. But this is an important moment and we’re going to discuss and see who is defaming whom”, stated the former coordinator of the investigation into the disappearance of the little English girl, that happened in Praia da Luz, Lagos, on the 3rd of May 2007.

Madeleine McCann’s parents are going to sue the former PJ inspector over defamation due to his “continuous and gross statements” in Portugal and abroad, about the child’s disappearance in 2007, they announced in a press release today.

Kate and Gerry McCann’s judicial action “together with their three children, Madeleine, Sean and Amelie”, was filed in a Lisbon court today by lawyer Isabel Duarte, Lusa agency was today informed by a family source.

Madeleine McCann disappeared on the 3rd of May 2007, when she was three years old, from the bedroom of a tourist apartment in Praia da Luz (Lagos).

Gonçalo Amaral, who directed the investigation, defends the theory that “the child died in the apartment on that day”.

Gonçalo Amaral’s certainty, which is expressed in the book “Maddie – The Truth of the Lie” and in a television documentary that is based on the same book, was not corroborated by the Public Ministry, which in July 2008 decided to archive the investigation of the process with thousands of pages, without a trace of the child, of suspects or accused persons.

The parents were made arguidos in September 2007, but cleared in July 2008 due to a lack of evidence to sustain the possibility, which was privileged by the inquiry, of the little girl’s accidental death.

The other arguido in the process, Robert Murat, was cleared from the case at the same time.

Since the beginning, the family has maintained the position that Madeleine was abducted.

Until this day, the authorities were unable to prove what really happened, and the Public Ministry archived the case, which can be reopened if new data about Madeleine’s disappearance emerges.

source: Diário de Notícias, 16.05.2009


  1. Sorry, GA

    Hold your horses. There will be no Lawsuit

    You know it. They know it. I know it.

    Heck, even Noddy knows it.

    Pity, though.

    Never so much wished to be wrong...


  2. It will never happen, its all manipulation.

    But if it does happen:-


  3. I find this move so fishy...I'm getting the sneaking suspicion that they( McCanns) and their new lawyer have come up with some "technicallity" that will allow them to take Mr.Amaral to court WITHOUT them having to be there, to be questioned. Please, anyone with knowledge of the law, both portuguese and british, please, is there any way under the law by which they can achieve this?

  4. 00.31, anonymous, I suspect the same.
    They even did not search for their daughter, do we think they will come to Algarve to confront Amaral with their complaints?
    They don't want Amaral's death theory because"people will stop searching for Madeleine".
    They, themselves, never did it.
    They are running out of money, they need to sue somebody.

  5. My respects to Mr. and Mrs. Amaral.

    weissnicht from 3A

  6. Bom dia Dr. Amaral,

    Seus admiradores que trabalham nos mais variados departamentos de Justiça do Rio de Janeiro, vários advogados, promotores, investigadores , todos nós estaremos do seu lado e se for preciso lhe enviaremos dinheiro para sua defesa.
    Sabemos que em vossa pessoa vive e age uma fortaleza que representa a verdade e mesmo com estas ameaças nao desista de sua peregrinaçao a favor de Madeleine.
    Ela se tornou o símbolo do abandono, da falta de moral e do egoismo de pais desta classe social.
    Nós conhecemos casos parecidos aqui no Brasil com tráfico de influencia entre empresários e políticos e nunca desistimos,apesar dos pesares.

    Aconteça o que aconteçer a maioria está convosco.


  7. Finalmente os pais processaram Gonçalo Amaral e fizeram-no através de uma /aparentemente) boa advogada. Não tenho a certeza absoluta das conclusões de Gonçalo Amaral, mas gostaria de contribuir para a sua defesa, que deve ser muito cuidada. Não podem disponibilizar um NIB através de um site/blog DE CONFIANÇA como este ou através de um jornal de confiança?

  8. Retiradas deste blogue,estas palavras de Ary dos Santos:"Disse a primeira palavra
    na madrugada serena
    um poeta que cantava
    o povo é quem mais ordena"

    E do Zeca,a que mais gosto por ter tanto significado: "Os vampiros".

    Grande vampiragem,mcs maus,balsasmaus.
    Somos muitos,muitos mil Gonçalo Amaral!

    Lindos os restantes comentários daqui neste espaço.

  9. Good luck - Goncalo Amaral - the truth must come ti light!


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