Goncalo Amaral 3 May 2007 – 2 Oct 2007
Amaral headed the investigation since day one and was also the head of the Portimão Office of the PJ.
Paulo Rebelo appointed 8 Oct 2007 - ?
He was head of the criminal investigation department in Lisbon which uncovered the notorious 'Casa Pia' paedophile ring in 2002. He headed the 'Freeport case' in which a PJ officer was convicted of leaking details of a corruption investigation, on the eve of the last parliamentary elections. He is close to the PJ’s national director, Alipio Ribeiro, who was the person responsible for removing Gonçalo Amaral, on 03/10/07.
The staff at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Portimão will no longer be led by Paulo Rebelo and shall be, soon, by the inspector Ana Paula Rite, Lusa said today the source of the Judicial Police.
Paulo Rebelo, who replaced Gonçalo Amaral in the coordination of the DIC of Portimão in 2007 and the investigation of Madeleine McCann, will now return to the Directory and Lisbon, to take his place, was chosen Inspector of Judicial Police (PJ) Ana Paula Rite.
Madeleine, then three years old, disappeared on May 3, 2007 the room where she slept with the twin siblings, the youngest, in an apartment in a tourist resort in Praia da Luz, Lagos, Algarve . The future Portimao DIC coordinator was recently involved in a case where she was accused of violation of secrecy of justice, but in which it was absorbed.
At issue were statements made by the inspector Ana Paula Rite in the press of a case of April 2004 which involved the abandonment of a baby found in a shopping cart in a parking lot of a shopping center Faro.
In closing arguments on the case, the Public Ministry (MP) argued that the defendant should not have followed the practice in the institution , to make statements to the press without authorization specific to their MP to do so. The MP cautioned, however, that the inspector acted without malice and without being informed of "the crime she committed," so there is not considered relevant criminal framework.
The team will manage the Judicial Police in Faro also changes with the state prosecutor to replace Mota Carmo Guilhermino the Incarnation.
I have had to alter "he" to she as google translate doesn't do that very well but it appears we have another controversial figure in charge of Madeleine's case in Portugal.
Kate McCann "I know that what happened is not due to the fact of us leaving the children asleep. I know it happened under other circumstances"
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