“Trial has already caused more damage than the book”
by Carlos Rodrigues Lima
“Three days of court hearings have been enough to cause more damage to the McCann couple’s cause all over the world, than my book during the 14 months that it was in the shops.” This is how Gonçalo Amaral – a former Polícia Judiciária inspector – answers Kate McCann’s latest statements about the development of the trial about the injunction that the couple placed against the book “The Truth of the Lie”.
In the latest update on the “findmadeleine.com” website, Kate McCann considered that “Mr Amaral's book and DVD contains some information from the PJ files but there is a lot in the files which is not in Mr Amaral's book. Hence it is highly selective and therefore biased. Mr Amaral's book contains his opinions rather than fact.” Nonetheless, for the former PJ inspector, who led the investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, in May 2008 [sic], “a book about a criminal process, just like a police report, a dispatch from the Public Ministry or a sentence from a judge, is always a selective exercise, a summary of the process, without being biased because of that”.
Adding: “I wasn’t biased, and the witnesses from the Polícia Judiciária that testified in court weren’t biased.”
In one of the most recent sessions of the trial that opposes Gonçalo Amaral to the McCann couple, members of the PJ that were connected to the investigation, and prosecutor Magalhães e Menezes, from the judicial circle of Portimão, admitted to the possibility that the child is dead – which is to say, stances that meet the thesis that Gonçalo Amaral defended in the book “The Truth of the Lie”, whose sales have been suspended by an order from Lisbon’s Civil Court.
One of the investigation’s most striking episodes were the two English dogs that detected the cadaver and blood odour. “We realise that the behaviour of the dogs was the turning point in the investigation for the PJ”, says Kate McCann, refusing, however, the notion that the diligence may be used as evidence: “To suggestor [sic] use the dogs´ reactions as evidence is simply wrong and abusive”, one can read on the website.
Gonçalo Amaral replies: “Other indications that are part of the process and of my book were excluded from Kate’s analysis. She has the right to evaluate the window’s indications and the dogs’ work in her own way. But the PJ also has the right to evaluate them, and to evaluate them within the set of produced evidence.”
Concerning the present ongoing lawsuit, the former inspector synthesises it in the following way: “Columnist Manuel António Pina wrote that the McCanns’ arguments could be used to burn the entire press on a daily basis. In a democracy, arguments are not burned, they are opposed.”
source: Diário de Notícias, 18.01.2010