Rogério Alves: “There is no evidence that she is dead”
The McCanns’ lawyer considers the couple’s hope to find their daughter “normal” and asserts that there is no “friction” between the couple and Portuguese police
“There is no evidence that Madeleine has died”, states Rogério Alves, Gerry and Kate McCann’s lawyer, to tvi24.pt. Therefore, he defends, “it’s normal that they hope to find her alive”. The attorney also recalls that the process was archived, but the essential is lacking: “to find the little girl”.
When questioned whether the indications that the English dogs detected meant nothing, Rogério Alves is assertive in his reply: “That’s nothing but fiction and I have to deal with reality. Those are interpretations, without nexus, of loose aspects, that obviously do not have the virtuality that people want to attribute to them”. Therefore, “it doesn’t deserve to lose much time with it”.
The dogs’ empire
The media’s insistence on that point of the investigation even leads the McCanns’ defendant to use some irony: “I think that canine fidelity to those indications is funny. It’s the dogs’ empire. A sort of investigation in the hands of dogs. It makes no sense whatsoever”.
But he asserts, so that no doubts are left: “There is no friction, no incompatibility between the Portuguese police and the couple”. “Everything relevant that the parents find out will always be communicated” to the authorities.
The fact that the case was archived “without answers” is not an exclusive of Portugal. “The police didn’t find out what happened, but that could have happened in England, in France or in the United States. Many times, the authorities don’t find out”, he explains to tvi24.pt. And he adds: “I have no doubts that the police did what it could, but there are missing children’s cases, and other cases, that take years to be solved”.
No special treatment
Rogério Alves also denies that his clients “had any special treatment”, given by authorities, and justifies: “They were made arguidos, wrongly from my point of view, and wrongly from the point of view of the National Director of the Polícia Judiciária, but they were. Then, later on, the investigation progressed and it was concluded that there were no indications to accuse them”.
“To me”, the lawyer proceeds, “Gerry and Kate are no longer the arguidos in the process. They are a father and a mother who suffered, like any father or mother knows, one of the most painful things that can happen. That is how I see them. Everything else is the phenomenon in the media”.
For the couple’s defendant, the possible reopening of the process has a “secondary value for the parents”. “What is important, for them, is that new leads appear to help them to find their daughter. They are parents who have done everything, but really everything, to find her. If that happens to go through the reopening of the case, later on, great”, he defends.
Despite the process being “stopped in juridical terms”, Rogério Alves has no doubt whatsoever “that the Portuguese authorities investigate every apt lead that deserves to be investigated”.
“Imagine that today someone calls the police and says he saw the child. If the police thinks that the information is apt, they don’t need to file a request to reopen the process and to investigate. A preliminary data analysis is already a diligence”, he adds.
There may still be lawsuits
The issue is old, but it hasn’t been forgotten. Just like Maddie. The lawyer confirms that “the possibility to sue some Portuguese media is still being studied”. “I don’t know whether that is going to happen or not, but it’s a scenario that has not been put aside yet”.
Concerning the possibility of suing former Polícia Judiciária inspector Gonçalo Amaral, Rogério Alves prefers not to reveal “anything about the dialogue” that he holds with his clients, and merely asserts that “what has to be done will be done”. “This case can only be understood under one light: there is a father and a mother who will fight until the end of their strength to find out what happened to their daughter and who keep the hope to find her alive, intact”, he concluded.
source: IOL Portugal Diário, 03.05.2009