Gonçalo Amaral: “The most important thing is to reopen the process”
What is happening “is propaganda”, given that “nobody is looking for the little girl, neither here nor there (in England)”. These words are from former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral, who sees the criticism from the McCann couple and from the English press against the Portuguese investigation as pure “folklore”.
“These sightings, that are being talked about, almost always came from the English police, if they are so important, as some people are saying now, why weren’t they investigated by the Scotland Yard? After all, the little girl is a British citizen”, the author of the book “The Truth of the Lie”, based on the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in the Algarve, in 2007, recalls.
“The important things is not going around talking about sightings, saying that the little girl was seen here and there, the important thing is to reopen the process. The truth is that after I left Portimão, nothing more was done, the process was archived by the Public Ministry half way through, many diligences remained to be carried out, and that is what not allows for all sort of speculation”, the former inspector told 24horas.
“The process was possibly archived half way through because the State was afraid of (the McCanns’) demands for compensation. That fear was also transmitted to us by our colleagues, the English policemen, who used to say that it was a very common thing in England”, Gonçalo Amaral recalled.
The McCanns’ lawyer, Isabel Duarte, has a very different opinion about the evolution of the Maddie case. For her, “it is shocking and sad” that the leads that are now being publicly revealed “were not handed over to the parents”. The revelation of that information is also criticised by Isabel Duarte, because “it puts the little girl’s safety at risk”.
in 24Horas, 04.03.2010