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Gonçalo Amaral - “Justice works in Silence”

Post by Guest on 09.12.11 21:24

Edition 707 ( 8 Dec 2011)

Gonçalo Amaral

“Justice works in Silence”

His life has been ripped apart since he led the police investigation into the Millennium’s greatest mystery, and came into legal confrontation with Kate and Gerry McCann. Gonçalo Amaral has lost his family, his business, his assets and the income from his controversial book that states all the reasons why he believes three-year-old Madeleine McCann died in apartment 5A in Praia da Luz back in May of 2007. Now, four-and-a-half years down the line, he faces another hurdle: a trial for defamation of the McCanns – due to start in Lisbon in February – in which the couple are claiming 1.2 million euros in damages. Does he think he can win? “Of course”, he says. This is the man whose maxim is “justice works in silence”. He still believes the case of the world’s most famous missing person will be solved. And he told Algarve123 what he thinks is needed to get there…

You wouldn’t miss him in a crowd. Gonçalo Amaral, 52, is strikingly tall with a penchant for hats. He was wearing a long black coat, a black fedora and a bright red scarf when we met him on the terrace of Casa Inglesa in Portimão. He looked much more like an intellectual than a former police officer, but these days his life is spent largely writing - an activity he’s come to love as much as the police work that used to fill his days.

Our first question: “How’s life?” elicited the reply “Bad!” so any further niceties went by the board.

What Amaral has always maintained is that the McCanns’ zeal for litigation “will not bring their daughter back”. He claims various legal suits against him, and a number of other Portuguese public figures who have verbalised “anti-McCann-story” sentiments, are totally out of keeping with the Catholic faith so fervently embraced by Madeleine’s mother Kate.

“Is it Catholic to hold sentiments of vengeance? To seek to destroy a family as mine has been destroyed?” he asks.

“This litigation will carry a heavy price – but I have faith that the mystery will be resolved. “Even if I “disappear” in the process - as Kate McCann has written that she wishes I would in her book - I have a daughter and lots of friends who will make sure justice is done”.


It may sound theatrical - but Amaral is not about theatre. He is about truth – hard facts, solid investigative work.

“The case has to be re-opened, and I have faith that it will be,” he said. “It will either be when this current “procurador” leaves, or when the current chief of police leaves. It’s not something I am pushing for - even if I could - it’s just something I feel certain will happen. And when it does, the first, most essential thing to be done will be a reconstruction of that very first night – the night Madeleine disappeared. Because that’s what happened: she literally disappeared! The reconstruction will have to involve all the parties: the McCanns and their friends. You see, there are so many inconsistencies in these people’s statements that a reconstruction will very quickly highlight where they have not told the truth”.

An example of the power of reconstructions came only weeks ago in Spain where a father claimed his two children were abducted from a park. A police reconstruction quickly proved that the father had never taken his children to the park: witnesses who had seen him arrive in his car but hadn’t noticed the children in the back seat, were surprised to discover that in the reconstruction the child-sized dummies in the back were clearly visible. The children’s father is now in jail – although the children are still missing.

Amaral explained that when Madeleine disappeared police didn’t organise a reconstruction in Praia da Luz “because there were so many journalists on the ground” – and once the heat had died down, “the McCanns refused. They said any reconstruction should be made by actors – but the whole reason for reconstructions is to use the people involved, and see where their stories don’t add up!”

Going back to that first night is logical: the initial 48-hours after any disappearance are crucial. They can literally mean the difference between life and death – but in Madeleine’s case, Amaral is convinced of the latter. The theory that has led to his prosecution by the McCanns for defamation is clearly set out in his book “A Verdade de Mentira” (The Truth of the Lie) – banned from sale in 2009, and then “released” by the Appeals Court a year later. We say “released” because the books were actually never returned to publishers Guerra & Paz, and thus they and Amaral have had nothing to sell…

“It’s another part of the whole plot to assassinate my civil position,” Amaral says matter-of-factly. “I’ve been left with no chances; no way of paying my debts; liens on my property. I’ve had to move away from my family in order to protect them. My marriage, well, it’s not so good. Not good at all, really. My life seems to be all about divorce…”

So how does he find the strength to move forwards?

Well, I put the McCanns in a metaphorical box and I am not really thinking too much about the trial in February. I think I will win, and then they will appeal – but I have to have a path. I want to open another consultancy. I had one when I left the police force, but that was destroyed when the McCanns went after me over “A Verdade de Mentira”.

So that’s one thing - and the other is writing. I have recently brought out a new book: “Vidas sem Defesa” about missing children cases in Portugal, and I have another one almost ready (I am not going to tell you what it is about!). After that, I would like to take police “mysteries” and study them and write stories, not novels; stories based on facts to show what I believe really happened. There’s a real lack of books of this type.”

So he’s not angry over the agonies and frustrations he’s endured from what came from essentially doing his job?

“I have my anger well-guarded. No feelings for revenge. Like I say, they will pay for what they have done to me and my family – but through the courts. Even after everything that has happened, I still have faith in the Portuguese justice system”.

And does he have any clues as to what catapulted the Madeleine case into the stratosphere of media attention? Why did the McCanns receive so much help from the British authorities right from the very beginning? And why were they and the so-called Tapas 7 never taken to task for child neglect – considering that they all left their children alone at night during the ill-fated holiday?

“Ah, now there we’re getting into politics – and quite honestly, those are questions for the British public to ask. I don’t have to have theories about them. My job was to find Madeleine”.

A job handed to him nearly five years ago – and one that he will never forget.

http://www.algarve123.com/en/Articles/2-1403/“Justice_works_in_Silence”



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Post by Guest on 09.12.11 21:54

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“It’s another part of the whole plot to assassinate my civil position,” Amaral says matter-of-factly. “I’ve been left with no chances; no way of paying my debts; liens on my property. I’ve had to move away from my family in order to protect them. My marriage, well, it’s not so good. Not good at all, really. My life seems to be all about divorce…”


This is so very sad to hear sad


And this is worrying, what does he mean "disappear".....

“This litigation will carry a heavy price – but I have faith that the mystery will be resolved. “Even if I “disappear” in the process - as Kate McCann has written that she wishes I would in her book - I have a daughter and lots of friends who will make sure justice is done”.



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Post by Ashwarya on 09.12.11 22:41

I am so upset to hear him talk like this. I have been holding onto the thought that at least his family remained intact and would be a support to him. It feels as though it is impossible to do anything to help him, and the small contributions I have been privileged to make towards his legal expenses seem like a useless exercise if his life has fallen apart so much. The McCanns have so much evil to answer for in relation to their own family, but the persecution and destruction of this man takes it to a whole new level. Sentence deleted. I feel absolutely devastated for him.

I have deleted a sentence, we need to be careful what we say

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Post by Angelique on 09.12.11 23:00

I too am worried having read this article, about his desperate state regarding his family and possible divorce. This is not good. Like others I have tried to think that he would survive the onslaught regarding the libel trial but it does seem that its weighing him down. He is confident though that justice will be served but at whose cost? sad

I am glad he is continuing to write but worry that the proceeds will only go in the coffers of the McCanns.

He needs more support - is there anything else we can do ?

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Post by Guest on 09.12.11 23:03

The link I gave in the opening post for the Jornal Algarve says at the bottom of the article they are taking comments. There are no comments at the moment, perhaps some supportive comments for him to read?

http://www.algarve123.com/en/Articles/2-1403/“Justice_works_in_Silence”

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Post by dragonfly on 09.12.11 23:04

@Angelique wrote:I too am worried having read this article, about his desperate state regarding his family and possible divorce. This is not good. Like others I have tried to think that he would survive the onslaught regarding the libel trial but it does seem that its weighing him down. He is confident though that justice will be served but at whose cost? sad

I am glad he is continuing to write but worry that the proceeds will only go in the coffers of the McCanns.

He needs more support - is there anything else we can do ?

Even their pet dog was killed, its awful that two peoples actions have affected so many innocent people

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Post by HiDeHo on 09.12.11 23:09

@dragonfly wrote:
@Angelique wrote:I too am worried having read this article, about his desperate state regarding his family and possible divorce. This is not good. Like others I have tried to think that he would survive the onslaught regarding the libel trial but it does seem that its weighing him down. He is confident though that justice will be served but at whose cost?

I am glad he is continuing to write but worry that the proceeds will only go in the coffers of the McCanns.

He needs more support - is there anything else we can do ?

Even their pet dog was killed, its awful that two peoples actions have affected so many innocent people



A few days ago I decided to create a video of support for Goncalo Amaral (similar the Christmas Message last year http://forum2.aimoo.com/MadeleineMcCann/Goncalo-Amaral/A-Christmas-Message-To-Gon-alo-Sofia-1-917032.html )

Basically a video for Goncalo Amaral with messages of support from anyone who wishes to add one.

I have put the details on my Facebook page and you can post message there or send an Email hideho1@hotmail.com

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100002389988016




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Post by Xavier on 10.12.11 8:11

@dragonfly wrote:
@Angelique wrote:I too am worried having read this article, about his desperate state regarding his family and possible divorce. This is not good. Like others I have tried to think that he would survive the onslaught regarding the libel trial but it does seem that its weighing him down. He is confident though that justice will be served but at whose cost?

I am glad he is continuing to write but worry that the proceeds will only go in the coffers of the McCanns.

He needs more support - is there anything else we can do ?

Even their pet dog was killed, its awful that two peoples actions have affected so many innocent people

I may be missing something Dragonfly. But is there any evidence that the McCanns were implicated in that as well?

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Post by Guest on 10.12.11 8:45

@Xavier wrote:
@dragonfly wrote:
@Angelique wrote:I too am worried having read this article, about his desperate state regarding his family and possible divorce. This is not good. Like others I have tried to think that he would survive the onslaught regarding the libel trial but it does seem that its weighing him down. He is confident though that justice will be served but at whose cost?

I am glad he is continuing to write but worry that the proceeds will only go in the coffers of the McCanns.

He needs more support - is there anything else we can do ?

Even their pet dog was killed, its awful that two peoples actions have affected so many innocent people

I may be missing something Dragonfly. But is there any evidence that the McCanns were implicated in that as well?

Dragonfly has not suggested anything Xavier. She has merely pointed out that during this time the Amaral pet dog was bludgeoned to death, adding to that families distress.

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Post by TrollAng on 10.12.11 9:04

What a man. Courage and Strength. Godspeed.

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Post by finch on 10.12.11 9:18

I wrote a comment on the article, but it hasn't been published yet. I hope it will be.

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Post by Cheshire Cat on 10.12.11 9:53

Pat Brown will be supporting GA in Feb - I think this is a wonderful, kind, generous thing to do.

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Post by jd on 10.12.11 15:06

On 23rd November 2011, Gerry McCann told the Leveson Inquiry infront of the country that he strongly believes in freedom of speech and doesn't have a problem with anybody purporting a theory, at the same time he is paying Carter-Ruck to take legal action to silence those who purport a theory based on the official Portuguese police files....and intent of totally destroying this man and his family into the ground

Take heart "justice works in silence" and is coming


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Post by puzzled on 10.12.11 15:48

@Ashwarya wrote:I am so upset to hear him talk like this. I have been holding onto the thought that at least his family remained intact and would be a support to him. It feels as though it is impossible to do anything to help him, and the small contributions I have been privileged to make towards his legal expenses seem like a useless exercise if his life has fallen apart so much. The McCanns have so much evil to answer for in relation to their own family, but the persecution and destruction of this man takes it to a whole new level.

It's a disgrace, isn't it? Whatever the truth about this case ultimately turns out to be, nothing can justify this sort of behaviour.

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Post by ufercoffy on 10.12.11 17:10

I feel so sad for Goncalo and I wish him well.

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Post by Shibboleth on 10.12.11 19:11

@jd wrote:On 23rd November 2011, Gerry McCann told the Leveson Inquiry infront of the country that he strongly believes in freedom of speech and doesn't have a problem with anybody purporting a theory, at the same time he is paying Carter-Ruck to take legal action to silence those who purport a theory based on the official Portuguese police files....and intent of totally destroying this man and his family into the ground

Take heart "justice works in silence" and is coming


So Gerry McCann has lied, on oath. Why does nothing be done about this?

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Post by Guest on 11.12.11 15:03

A tweet from Martin Brun from Sky an hour ago.......


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News agency report from Lisbon says Madeleine McCann's parents to launch their £1 million libel suit against ex-cop Goncalo Amaral in Feb.




1 hour ago

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Post by guest. on 13.12.11 1:00

And does he have any clues as to what catapulted the Madeleine case into the stratosphere of media attention? Why did the McCanns receive so much help from the British authorities right from the very beginning? And why were they and the so-called Tapas 7 never taken to task for child neglect – considering that they all left their children alone at night during the ill-fated holiday?

“Ah, now there we’re getting into politics – and quite honestly, those are questions for the British public to ask. I don’t have to have theories about them. My job was to find Madeleine




The above quote jumped out to me as saying he knows why they got the help therefore he doen't need to theorise, he needed to find Madeleine so he could prove beyond any doubt and no political input could protect them and muddy the waters.

The inference being political intervention.

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Post by guest. on 13.12.11 1:23

The treatment of Goncalo Amaral is one of the aspects of this case that really upsets me. The McCanns have literally tried to destroyed his life for doing his job and believing in justice. If they were innocent and truly believed all the smears against GA surely they would just ignore him as someone they considered not worth their time or energy.

They can't say it's because the book might sway people and stop them looking for M because if she were alive she would be 8 1/2 now, nobody knows what she would look like. Kates been allowed her say publicly via her book therefore anybody else involved in the case should be allowed their opinions to be publicised.

It can't just be the McCann version of events, thats dictatorship.

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