Sandra Felgueiras for RTP: Moita Flores' testimony - video & translated transcript
Sandra Felgueiras, outside Lisbon Civil Court, 13. Jan. 2010 - I would say that during the two hours that lasted his deposition, by videoconference, Moita Flores produced a treaty on freedom, on criminal investigation and on truth. A treaty on freedom because what is at stake, here, is the duality of rights that are part of our Republic’s constitution: on one hand, the right to freedom of expression, expressed by Gonçalo Amaral, and on the other hand, the McCann couple’s right to a reputation and to dignity.
And concerning this conflicting duality, Moita Flores was peremptory: he thinks it is “pathetic” and “an aberration” that in a democracy, someone’s right to write a truth that he says he has reached, is put at stake. And even when judge Maria Gabriela Cunha Rodrigues asked him if he thinks it’s legitimate for an inspector, after retiring, and after having privileged access to information, to write, to publicise it, he [Moita Flores] said “I don’t see why that can’t happen, even because nobody else in Portugal has been dragged through the mud by the British press, like Gonçalo Amaral was, therefore he is in his full right”.
He even said “I don’t know what I would do if I was in his shoes; if anyone had told me or written that my wife is a prostitute and I, a drunk. I know that Gonçalo Amaral is a good policeman, and that is why I came here to testify”. Such were the words of Moita Flores.
Then, why do I mention a treaty on criminal investigation? Because for several times, Isabel Duarte has tried to discredit the book, and therefore, at the same time, the criminal investigation, and she tried to tell Moita Flores, or rather ask him, if he knew the location, the window through which the abduction could have taken place in Praia da Luz. He replied, in his own voice, that he was on location, and that he was absolutely certain that it was materially impossible for an abductor to leave through that window – unless the child was dead.
This is due to there being no possibility for anyone to exit through that window without leaving natural traces, which is to say, without leaving marks, and that is the line that investigators follow. Therefore, in this way, he tried to credit, contradicting the McCanns’thesis that the only possibility was abduction. And he even said that he does not believe that any competent investigator in the world easily accepts that anyone tries to impose a sole thesis on him. And the McCanns came here to try to impose one sole thesis on Portuguese justice, the thesis that they believe in, the abduction thesis. And he says that Gonçalo Amaral could not resign himself to this possibility.
Finally, a thesis about truth. A thesis about truth because Moita Flores came to this court to say that the absolute truth belongs only to God. The truth that belongs to men is a dynamic truth, a truth that is gradually obtained. This because when he was questioned several times about the legitimacy of discussing a thesis that the Public Prosecutor did not reach, he even said: “The Public Ministry had an opinion. That does not mean that there could not be another one”. And Isabel Duarte told him, at the end: “But there are people here who have been absolutely murdered on the public square”. And Moita Flores finalised by saying: “So was Gonçalo Amaral”.
As a conclusion, I would say that it was a demolishing testimony in front of judge Gabriela Cunha Rodrigues, who by the way is the daughter of former Attorney General Cunha Rodrigues; it will be up to her to decide whether or not to keep this injunction in place, which removed the book “Truth of the Lie” from the market in last September.
In this way, Moita Flores joins the choir of former inspectors, and even the joint national director, Luís Neves, who came here yesterday to state again that all of them, together, and including the Public Ministry, shared the thesis that Madeleine was dead, and that the McCann couple was involved in concealment of the cadaver.
They all said, in one voice, that Gonçalo Amaral’s book focuses on everything that is included in the investigation, and that they do not see, in any way, that the contents of the book may be influencing public opinion in the sense of disturbing the search for Madeleine and putting her survival at stake. These are the two main issues that the injunction is based upon, and it was due to these two allegations from the McCann couple’s defence that the judge who previously judged the injunction decided to take the book off the market.
In the afternoon, we will hear José Manuel Anes, currently the vice president of the Security Laboratory, he is a witness that was summoned by editor Guerra & Paz, the editor that published the book “Truth of the Lie”.
As you know, this trial continues tomorrow, but Gerry McCann won’t be attending anymore. He is going to return to the United Kingdom, he says, due to professional reasons. At around 4 p.m. he is expected to leave this court, and at that time, he promises to make a statement to the press.