McCann: Case to Reopen
Lisbon: Gerry and Kate McCann were yesterday at the court
The Maddie case, archived in July 2008 for lack of of evidences, could be reopened. Gonçalo Amaral, former coordinator of the Judiciary Police, who led the investigation to the disappearence of the English girl in Praia da Luz, May 2007, guaranteed that he is pondering constituting himself as an assistant to the process and also that he has evidences that can change the current case set.
'There are hundreds of steps that were not investigated, in a wrongly archived process', he said yesterday on the sidelines of the final allegations at the trial of the provisory injunction to the book 'Maddie - The Truth of the Lie', in Palace of Justice, in Lisbon. ' It is more than legitimate since they destroyed my reputation. They put me to shame personally and professionally.', he added.
On the other hand, Isabel Duarte, Gerry and Kate McCann lawyer, called 'liar' to the PJ Inspector Ricardo Paiva, who gave testimony at the last session. 'There a dozens of photographs, car's plate numbers and places that could indicate where Madeleine is, and the police simply devalued it. I checked the process and I saw it. We can't find anyone if we don't search it', she stressed.
In yesterdays session, which was attended by the British couple, the main central issue was the alleged violation of the justice secrecy by Gonçalo Amaral, since the McCann's defense says that the book was finalized before the archival of the process. António Cabrita, Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer said that the polemic surrounding the book only happens because it 'become dangerously close to what happened' on the night of the disappearance.
Gerry McCann, accompanied by a poster with his daughter's picture said that he trusts in the Portuguese judicial system. 'Don't stop looking for our little girl. Don't give up, please' he appealed.
António Cabrita, Amaral's lawyer said [actually read] in court that he had access to a private report of an English Officer who participated at the investigation, who, not only defends the hypothesis [of simulation] of abduction but also death with parental involvement.
During Isabel Duarte final allegations, in defense of the McCanns, tempers flared when the lawyer called 'vultures' and 'vampires' [and other names] to all those who believe in the couples involvement in the disappearence of their daughter, including lawyers an audience.
Some people gathered yesterday at the court's entrance to support the former PJ coordinator Gonçalo Amaral. 'You cannot call parents to two persons who have abandoned their own children' , they said, with red carnations in their hands.
in Correio da Manhã