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Where is Madeleine McCann?

When justice is subservient to politics, it never works. Only the separation of powers guarantees democracy.

By André Ventura

The arrest of hacker Julian Assange led to the immediate retaliation by Wikileaks*: the release of thousands of secret documents, including the report of the Judiciary Police regarding the case of the missing English girl in the Algarve.

Any new data? Any special revelations about the investigation? Not really. What stands out is the immediate conclusion that when political actors begin to want to control the course of justice, it rarely works.

Why did the English ambassador worry so much about a criminal investigation? Will he care as much whenever a British suffers or causes a crime in Portugal? Why did the British authorities, namely the Prime Minister, wanted the dismissal of Inspector Gonçalo Amaral at all costs?

But at the same time, we must ask ourselves why did Portugal ceded in sending to an English laboratory, in the midst of all the pressures, the analysis of the DNA that was collected? And why did the information circulate that it would be totally compatible with little Maddie's DNA when in fact the samples were extraordinarily insufficient?

Conclusion: If today some factor is responsible for not knowing where Madeleine McCann is, the political and the PR communications war going on can perfectly assume this role.

Does anyone doubt that, had it not been for the pressure from the British authorities, the McCanns would at least have been charged with the crime of exposure or abandonment? And, on the other hand, does any parent who innocently loses a child refuse to participate in a reconstitution at the request of the police authorities, even at the risk of being detained?

In fact, in the midst of all this backstage war, finding the little English girl or knowing what her fate is seems to have become secondary. This is the lesson to learn: separation of powers has to be taken seriously, even when one has to investigate doctors or engineers from the upper European classes.


*Wikileaks files (external link)

in Correio da Manhã, April 15, 2019

1 comment:

  1. : ) Thanks for the Wikileaks link. Fascinating in this respect - and others.

    Honi soit qui mal y pense, right?

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