Gonçalo Amaral in Court: Witnesses defend that book results from the Investigation
The defense witnesses sustained this Tuesday, at the trial about the prohibition of the book "Maddie - The Truth of the Lie" that the thesis of the former PJ Inspector Gonçalo Amaral regarding the McCann couple involvement in their daughter's disappearence resulted from the police investigation.
At the first trial of the action brought by the McCann family against Gonçalo Amaral, that took place at the Palácio of Justiça in Lisbon, the four witnesses argued that the theory of former agent does not affect nor prevent any investigation for the discovery of a live Madeleine.
The first to refute the arguments of Kate and Gerry McCann, who were present at the session, was the prosecutor of Portimão Magalhães e Menezes, who, via video conference, said that the thesis that the "child was dead was one of the options originally put forward by the PJ" which led to "the constitution of the English couple as arguidos".
The holder of the investigation to the disappearance of British child, on May 3 2007, stated that it "remained in open the thesis of the crime of homicide and cadaver concealment for not knowing what had happened to the child" and stressed that "nothing in the investigation evidenced that the McCann couple had committed any crime", which lead to the archival.
Inspector Tavares de Almeida, who participated in the investigation, reported the police work with the two dogs used to detect human blood and cadaver odour in the apartment in Praia da Luz, Algarve, where the child had been on vacation with her twins and parents, and in the car rented by Kate and Gerry.
He stated that in the investigation they "always talked about accidental death". Tavares de Almeida stressed that "all the actions were recorded, with image and sound", and he added that at that time the suspicions of the crime of hiding a corpse and simulation of an abduction were fundamented.
These conclusions were reproduced in a book written by Gonçalo Amaral, whose prohibition of the sale was ordered temporarily on the 9 September 2009, in the scope of a main action claim for the protection of freedoms, rights and guarantees of the McCann family.
"Gonçalo Amaral does not usurp the investigation conclusions, because they come from investigation", said Tavares de Almeida.
In his turn, the PJ inspector Ricardo Paiva, the liaison police officer to the English police, and later on to the McCann family, said "The thesis of the book of Gonçalo Amaral is the investigation" and ensured that there was "no intention" of the book author "to harm the couple".
Finally, the top coordinator of the Criminal Investigation and PJ national director of the Unit for Combating Banditry assured that the contents described in the book "are facts that were filmed and described and that are in the process".
Nunes das Neves went on to say that the thesis of the Madeleine's death was "one of the hypothesis assumed by Kate".
However, he acknowledged that "There is no evidence to support" the death of the child, but emphasized "we know how things happened".
The prosecution, through the McCann couple's lawyer, Isabel Duarte, confronted the witnesses with alleged discrepancies in the book, like a walk during which an Irish couple reported seeing a man carrying a child in his arms, moving towards the beach, in the day of the disappearance.
"The book is full of inferences and deductions", said Isabel Duarte, at the end of the hearing, which continues on Wednesday with the questioning of defense witnesses.
In addition to Gonçalo Amaral, who led the initial investigation into the disappearance of the British child, in this trial are still concerned the publisher of the book Guerra & Paz, TVI, for having broadcast a documentary film based on the book and the producer Valentim de Carvalho, for having commercialized the DVD of that documentary.
in Lusa News Agency
New criticism of English authorities in the Maddie case
Magalhães e Menezes, the Public Ministry’s prosecutor who archived the Maddie case, said today, Tuesday, that the death thesis is the most likely one to explain Maddie McCann’s disappearance, which doesn’t mean it’s the right one.
The statement was made during the hearing of several members of the Polícia Judiciária, at the Civil Court of Lisbon, during the trial of the injunction that removed the book “The Truth of the Lie” from the market.
During the morning, the defence for the former investigator and author of the book, Gonçalo Amaral, expressed the wish for all witnesses to be questioned while facing a DVD containing the entire 15 to 16 volumes of the whole inquiry and archiving dispatch.
The judge asked the court services to provide for a computer where the DVD can be exhibited, for the witnesses to be confronted with the document.
On his turn, investigator Tavares de Almeida, who has also been summoned within this process, expressed some criticism towards the English authorities, namely concerning the good development of the investigation into the disappearance of the little British girl.
in Jornal de Notícias
Note: This blog is attending the court sessions in full. We will post a summary of the proceedings as soon as possible, with video footage included. In the meantime, we suggest following Sky News’ twitter updates by Jon DiPaolo [okay reports].