It is not only his birthday, but also the date on which he was removed from the Madeleine McCann investigation, apparently in response to demands by the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. To mark the first Goncalo Amaral Day, representatives of The Madeleine Foundation handed in a petition at 10 Downing Street asking for there to be a full public enquiry, headed by a judge, with the power to summon witnesses, to enquire into all aspects of the reported disappearance of Madeleine McCann, including the role of the British government in the investigation into her disapperance.
Goncalo Amaral Day 2013 falls during a highly controversial libel trial which has been hanging over Goncalo Amaral's head for well over 4 years.
To mark Goncalo Amaral Day this year, I am posting up 18 short extracts from his book: 'The Truth Of The Lie':
1. Was the ‘crime scene’ in Apartment G5A fabricated?
The examination of the premises by the investigator and the representative of the forensic police just after the announcement of the disappearance turns out to be quite unproductive. A concise report, where their observations are written up, is accompanied by numerous photographs taken inside and outside apartment 5A - which don't give an account of, according to us, everything they could have observed. This error is explained by the absence of procedures in case of a child's disappearance, notably concerning the actions to be taken when examining the scene.
Lots of people were already in place; however, nobody appeared in the photos. We don't know, for example, how they were dressed. Such observations can turn out to be important later on. The report mentions that the twins were asleep in their bed, but there is no proof to confirm it; on the contrary, in the photographs, you can see empty cots, where only the mattresses remain - the sheets and blankets having been removed. Why have their beds been stripped? If the sheets had not been removed, traces of their presence could have been found there.
2. Was Apartment G5A deliberately contaminated by the McCanns and their friends?
The search and examination of the scene were carried out in difficult conditions: when they arrived, the police were met with a large number of people coming and going - family, friends, resort employees, including dogs and members of the National Guard. The contamination of the premises risks bringing serious prejudice, as a consequence, to the investigation. We must ask ourselves if that contamination has been deliberate or not - it can make the search for clues particularly complicated.
3. The British Consul interferes
At ten in the morning, twelve hours after the disappearance, the British Consul to Portimão goes to the Department of Criminal Investigation. We inform him of the actions taken up to then and the next stages being considered. He doesn't seem satisfied. Someone hears him on the telephone saying that the police judiciaire are doing nothing. Now, that's strange! Why that untruth? What objective does he have in mind? Giving another dimension to the case?
4. Who are the McCanns? Who are their friends?
We're not getting any response from Great Britain. We've had no reports on the subject of the couple, their children and their friends, which doesn't help us to tighten up the investigation. We would like, for example, to know if Madeleine was adopted by the couple, which would allow us to eliminate the hypothesis of parental abduction. If the information is not reaching us, it's obviously reaching the British Ambassador. We are astonished by this prompt mobilisation of the English authorities. So, who are the McCanns? Who are their friends? We don't need diplomatic intervention: what we would like, is answers to the questions sent to the British police authorities by Glen Power…. The British ambassador meets with the team directing the investigation. The political and the diplomatic seem to want to prevent us from freely doing our work.
5. Were the shutters jemmied open?
It's obvious that no one has broken in and the lock has not been forced.
6. Contradictory evidence
During the morning, only Madeleine's father, Matthew Oldfield and Jane Tanner are interviewed. However, already contradictions and improbabilities are appearing from one to another of the statements, notably concerning access to the apartment.
An example: during the course of the evening, Jane encountered Gerald McCann and Jeremiah busy chatting in the street. At that time, Gerald was coming back from his apartment, where he had gone to make sure the children were sound asleep - which he confirmed in his statement. Jane asserts that she noticed a suspicious individual carrying a child in his arms - probably Madeleine, according to her - immediately after having passed the two men. Gerald and Jeremiah should also have seen her, but that was not the case.
7. The McCanns’ theory doesn’t hold water
Madeleine's parents are insisting on the theory of abduction. They want to convince us of it at all costs. Gerald stresses that the front door was locked; Kate states that she entered the apartment through the rear sliding doors, which weren't locked, and that the window was wide open with the shutters raised.
This theory does not hold water, which will be observed during other interviews. The only witness statement corroborating that assertion is Jane Tanner's.
From now on it's important to shed light on the contradictions raised in these first witness statements.
8. More queries about Jane Tanner’s evidence
If, as Kate states, the window was open when she went into the apartment, how come Matthew didn't notice? At the time when the latter went in, Jane had already seen the alleged abductor with the child. So, logically, if the crime had already been committed, the window should have been open.
Matthew says that the bedroom door was half open, Kate that it was wide open. It can be concluded that Madeleine was already no longer in the room - which Matthew should have noticed, if the other witness statements are to be believed.
Another inconsistency - unexpected - appears. When Kate refers to the individual who allegedly abducted her child, she has no information other than that given to her by Jane, since she, herself, did not see him. But, the description she gives of him differs from that of Jane Tanner. The latter - extremely sure of herself, and who will be interviewed on several occasions - portrays a man dressed in light-coloured trousers, with hair down to his collar. Kate refers to long hair and jeans.
Gerald tells the police that Jane described to him - after midnight, during the night of May 3rd to May 4th - this stranger she allegedly saw going up the road; his hair was brown, he was between 30 and 40 years old and he was wearing light-coloured trousers. The first police officers to arrive on the premises are convinced that the parents put forward the hypothesis of abduction because Jane had talked about this man with the child. In their report, Jane's description is as follows: it was an individual dressed in light-coloured trousers and a dark shirt, he was 1.78m tall and was carrying a child, probably in pyjamas. She does not describe the pyjamas and doesn't mention any other detail.
Later, during the course of the morning of May 4th, the father gives the same brief description and refers back to Jane for additional details. The latter appears at the offices of the police judiciaire in Portimão at 11.30am. This time, the description is very precise: the individual, aged between 35 and 40, was thin and 1.70m tall; his hair was dark brown, falling over his collar; he was wearing cream or beige trousers, probably linen, a sort of anorak - but not very thick - and black shoes, classic in style. He was walking hurriedly, with a child in his arms. He was warmly dressed, the reason she thought he was not a tourist. The child appeared to be asleep - she only saw the legs -, had bare feet and was dressed in pyjamas, which were obviously cotton, light-coloured, probably white or pale pink, with a pattern - flowers maybe, but she isn't certain. Concerning the man, she states that she would recognise him from the back by his particular way of walking. The importance of this statement will be seen later.
Hardly fourteen hours have gone by since the child's disappearance and already Jane's version is known by many people. The father even referred to it during his statement, as can be seen above. Jane insists that she spoke solely to Gerald about this individual and then without going into details. It is only later that she related it all to the police.
Again, we notice an inconsistency. She was not aware, she says, of how Madeleine was dressed, which seems unlikely: on the night of the disappearance, Kate immediately gave a precise description of the clothes the little girl was wearing when she was put to bed.
Everybody knew they were looking for a little girl of nearly four, bare feet, dressed in light-coloured pyjamas on which there was a pink animal design. This description was relayed to all those who mobilised to find the child. How come Jane Tanner took no notice, she who, at that time, was the main witness in the case?
9. Kate is annoyed at going back to Portimao
The McCanns are asked to come to Portimão in order to proceed to an identification. It's the end of the day. Kate Healy seems annoyed at coming back and made uncomfortable by the speed of the police car taking her. We are somewhat astonished by her reaction, as if she was not expecting to get her daughter back.
10. Madeleine’s alleged nose-bleed
There are blood markers on the wall behind the sofa. Other than her sleep problems, it is possible that Madeleine suffered from an illness, a hypothesis that was never confirmed. Immediately after the discovery of traces of blood in the apartment, the mother, in the course of an interview with a Portuguese magazine, revealed that Madeleine had a nose bleed.
11. Gerry says paedophiles abducted Madeleine
One of the Ocean Club tourists states having heard Gerald McCann saying on the telephone that there were paedophile networks in Portugal, and that it was they who were responsible for Madeleine's abduction. Absolutely astonishing! Just a few hours after his daughter's disappearance, the father already knows who is guilty!
12. Gerry laughs and jokes as police await news about a sighting
One day, we were all together at the PJ in Portimão - inspectors and negotiators, members of Scotland Yard and the Leicestershire police - waiting for a contact to define the place and the conditions for the handing over of the money in Holland; when the tension was at its height and we were all holding our breath, Gerald McCann displayed a nonchalance that surprised all of the police officers present, including the English. The atmosphere got heavier as the waiting drew out, but McCann, relaxed, was reading trivia on the internet and discussing rugby and football with the English police, while licking a lollipop. On the telephone, he laughed with friends who called him. Perhaps this was nervousness; sometimes it's totally displaced, given what is at stake at the time. His attitude shocked us...
13. Why is Jane Tane so sure that Murat is the abductor?
Before the search [of Robert Murat's house], we want to assure ourselves that Jane Tanner recognises him as the individual she saw on the night of the disappearance. She is sitting inside an unmarked car, whose tinted windows allow her to see out without being spotted. The vehicle is parked at the exact spot where she was on the night of May 3rd. Robert Murat, anonymous amongst plain clothes police officers, goes up the road in the same way as the alleged abductor. Jane Tanner is adamant: it certainly is Robert Murat that she saw that night. She definitely recognises his way of walking. But does he resemble the description she painted previously?
14. The Gaspars' statements take six months to reach Portugal
It will only be after my removal from the investigation, in October 2007, that this statement will finally be sent to the Portuguese police. Why did the British keep it secret for more than six months? It is all the more surprising that David Payne, who had planned the trip to Majorca - of whom it was known that his behaviour towards the children was, to say the least, questionable -, is the same person who organised the holiday in Portugal, that he is one of those closest to Madeleine and that he is the first friend of the family to have been seen with Kate McCann just after the disappearance (we will talk further about this). He was still present in Vila da Luz when the English police received that witness statement: why wasn't he interviewed immediately? Without doubt, the Portuguese police could have made progress with the investigation thanks to that lead: such behaviour would merit close attention.
15. Someone must have lied
Everybody accessing the block from the front sees the windows of 5A, 5B and 5D very clearly: they're all on the same level, and are relatively close together. If Jane came across the abductor in the street, as she claims, that means that he was no longer in apartment 5A. As a consequence, the window which Kate says she found wide open, necessarily was at that time. But Jane was not aware of this detail and she never spoke of it. When she went back to her apartment to replace her partner Russell sitting with their daughter, she had another opportunity to notice it. But, once again, she noticed nothing.
Jane is certainly not very observant. This remark goes equally for her friends Matt and Russell: both take the same route, alongside all those windows without noticing that one of them is wide open.
Someone has to have lied. Kate Healy's statements leave a lot to be desired. This is the gist of it: she goes in, notices Madeleine's absence, the open window, the shutter raised and the curtains moving in the breeze. OK. The classic scenario of an abduction by an individual having gone in through the window, which is to some extent corroborated by Jane Tanner, since the man she saw was coming from the car park, just in front of the window in question.
Looking at what follows: Kate looks for Madeleine all over the apartment and, not finding her, goes running towards the Tapas, shouting, "We let her down!" Looking a little more closely at the facts.
The mother has just discovered:
- that there are only two children in the bedroom;
- that the window is wide open.
And she goes back to the Tapas leaving the twins alone again? In a bedroom with windows wide open, at night, when it's cold and an abductor is hanging about?
Such behaviour is hardly credible and difficult to justify, even in the grip of panic. A mother would not react like that, she would protect her two other children and not abandon them in their turn. She could have shouted help from the veranda to alert her husband and her friends. She could also have called him on his mobile phone...We find no plausible explanation for her conduct.
16. Eddie at work
The investigation starts in apartment 5A. The grey jeep transporting the dogs pulls into the car park in front of the building. There is hope and anxiety on people's faces. Martin Grime gets out of the car, holding Eddie on a tight leash. He takes it off and orders Eddie to sit down. Instead of obeying as would be expected of such a well-trained dog, Eddie immediately rushes into the building. He then goes to and fro between the lounge and the bedroom in an agitated manner. Martin wonders what could be making his animal so nervous and calls him back to give precise orders. An investigator is filming the entire scene. A little later, Eddie is examining the floor in the parents' bedroom, near the wardrobe, when he lets out a strident howl, indicating that he has detected a cadaver odour. The investigators have hardly recovered from their amazement, when another, equally impressive, howl startles them. This time, Eddie has picked out that same odour under the window, just behind the sofa, on one of the walls in the lounge. That evening, in apartment 5A, the investigators begin to glimpse what might have happened.
At around 10pm, police officers see Gerry McCann, going past the apartment at the wheel of his hire car, a Renault Mégane Scenic, an impenetrable look on his face.
17. Fingerprints on the window
Stuart Prior [from Leicestershire Police] ...takes this opportunity to ask if any fingerprints were found on that window or on any others, particularly on the one in Madeleine's bedroom.
Initially, we don't understand why he is asking this question, since he has seen our report. He should know that fingerprints were discovered with the lophoscopic analysis carried out on the night of May 3rd and the following day. The results are in the report. Why is he asking about them now? We respond evasively, "Nothing conclusive."
However, on the glass, on the handle and on the right-hand frame of Madeleine's bedroom window, we had lifted five fingerprints - three from a middle finger and two from an index finger - all from a left hand, identified as belonging to Kate McCann.
18. The British police don’t co-operate
At the same time, we hope to obtain a response to our request to the British authorities, made through the liaison officer in Portugal on the first day of the investigation, for information on the McCann family and their friends. Given the fact that we have, so far, received no response to this enquiry, we will make the request for the desired information through the rogatory letter. We ask Stuart about this matter and he says that, "they are in the process of gathering that information."
However, a preliminary response comes to us about the McCanns' financial situation: astonishingly, there are no records of the McCanns holding any credit or debit cards.
- That's quite simply not possible!
- They don't have credit cards? However, we know that they hold at least two: one which they used to pay for the flights, and a second which was used for the hire of the Renault Scénic.
- The English need to sort themselves out. We need the McCanns' financial statements from the start of their holiday in Portugal.
It's obvious we're going to have a hard time getting the required details: with such information, it would not be difficult to follow the McCanns' trail, to know about their expenses, their movements, and to draw conclusions from what came up
"WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER" - Rebekah Brooks to David Cameron
I agree that it is only fitting that we should celebrate 'Goncalo Amaral Day' with extracts from The Truth of the Lie and I thank you for doing so.
It's a while since I read this Book which was on Anna Esse's site and I think I really need to go back and read it again. It is so precise and correct I cannot but admire the way it was written.
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[NOTE: This article was penned in late 2010 and has not been updated since]
Gonçalo Amaral with his book: ‘Maddie: The Truth About A Lie’
The name ‘Gonçalo Amaral’ is not a household name in the U.K. He was the senior Portuguese Police detective on duty when Dr Gerald McCann and Dr Kate McCann reported Madeleine missing at around 10.00pm on Thursday 3 May 2007.
In this biography, we present the facts about him which have been hidden from the British public by the mainstream British media.
In one of the most disgraceful smears of a foreigner ever perpetrated by the British mainstream media, this 50-year-old, now retired senior detective, has been portrayed as the incompetent, bungling and malicious detective who should have found missing Madeleine McCann - but instead wrongfully accused the McCanns of involvement in the disappearance of their daughter.
Words used to describe him in the British media have included: ‘disgraced’, ‘boozy’, ‘fat’, ‘lazy’, ‘incompetent’. He has been described as ‘sardine-munching’. He was accused of having ‘long, liquid lunches’. He and his team were accused of being ‘worse than the Keystone Cops’. The attack on him, especially in the British tabloids, has been relentless. It was encouraged, of course, by the McCanns and their advisers, notably ex-government media adviser Clarence Mitchell, who have accused him of deliberately putting them in the frame when, they say, there was not one jot of evidence that they were in any way involved with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
This article attempts to set the record straight. It will show Gonçalo Amaral to be a highly effective detective who headed up one of the most difficult and complex criminal investigations in Portugal’s recent history - that of the disappearance of eight year-old Joana Cipriano. She was a little girl who was reported missing - ‘abducted’, she said - by her mother. Using patient and conventional detective methods, he determined that, far from being abducted, Joana had been cruelly murdered by her own mother and her own uncle, and her body heartlessly disposed of. We shall go into more detail about this important case - and how it has been reported in the British press - in a moment.
A. Personal History
First, a summary of what we know about Gonçalo Amaral. He married in his twenties and had a son. He got divorced, then married Sofia Leal, with whom he now lives, together with their two teenage daughters. Here’s a summary of his life and career, with approximate dates:
1959 – Born
1980 – Obtains Law Degree and is entitled to call himself Dr Gonçalo Amaral.
1981 – Joins Portuguese Police force. Gradually rises to the position of Criminal Investigation Co-ordinator. Before the case of Joana Cipriano (see below), is best known for bringing drug-dealers to justice - and, according to his wife, has been responsible for more discoveries of illegal drugs than any other Portuguese detective.
1983 – Marries for the first time.
1984 – First daughter, Sofia, born. She now has a law degree.
1995 – Divorced.
1998 – Meets his future wife, Sofia Leal. She already has a daughter, Rita, now aged 12.
2000, June – Marries Sofia Leal. They honeymoon in the Azores, where Mr Amaral hopes to retire.
2003 – Daughter, Inês (Agnes), born.
Sofia Leal and Gonçalo Amaral
2004, 12 September – Mother of Joana Cipriano, from Figueira, reports that her daughter is missing, possibly abducted
2004, October – Becomes senior detective investigating the disappearance of Joana Cipriano.
2004, October – Arrests Leonor Cipriano and João Cipriano on suspicion of murdering Joana Cipriano.
2005 – Shortly before her trial, Leonor Cipriano claims that Gonçalo Amaral and four detectives beat a confession out of her and tortured her (those claims resurface in 2007).
2005, 11 November - Leonor Cipriano and João Cipriano found guilty by a Lisbon court of murdering Joana and sentenced to jail terms of 19 years 2 months and 20 years and 4 months respectively. The Supreme Court later reduced these to sentences of 16 years apiece.
2007, 3 May – Is appointed to investigate the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
2007, September – Speaks off the record to a Portuguese journalist who reports Mr Amaral’s concerns that the British government has been interfering with his investigation.
2007, 3 October – On his 48th birthday, is told by his seniors that he is being removed from the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. After this, according to his wife, “It was a bad time…Even in his sleep he was going over in his mind what had happened to him and how his career was brought to a premature end. I heard him talking in the night because of nightmares…”
2007 – The Public Prosecutor’s Official in charge of the criminal investigation against the Ciprianos decides to accuse Gonçalo Amaral and the other four detectives of the beating of Leonor Cipriano, but carefully concealed the fact that in a series of identity parades, she couldn’t identify any of her alleged aggressors.
2008 – Resigns from the Portuguese Police force, forfeiting his police career and about one-third of his expected pension as a result
2008, 10 April – A new law, the Policia Judiciara Restructing Act, passed, after a two-year delay. It provides for the closure of several police departments.
2008, July – Publishes an account of the investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, titled: A Verdade da Mentira (‘Maddie: The Truth About A Lie’).
2009, 9 September – The McCanns are successful in getting a court injunction banning his book: ‘The Truth About A Lie’ being sold or distributed until further order (see below).
2010, January – Gonçalo Amaral published a new book, A Mordaca Inglesa – ‘The English Gag’, a book claiming that the British government actively interfered with his investigation.
We will look into more detail later in this article about why Mr Amaral resigned from the police force and into what has happened to him since he did so, including the McCanns’ libel action against him and the consequent banning of his book. We’ll also look at two recent criminal investigations against him and what lay behind them.
B. Gonçalo Amaral’s rise to the position of Detective Chief Superintendent
Little is available in English about Gonçalo Amaral’s police career. But what we have learnt is that he rose through the ranks to become ‘Criminal Investigation Co-ordinator’ - equivalent rank to what in the U.K. would be ‘Detective Chief Superintendent’. In other words, a senior detective capable of heading up major murder investigations.
We also know that amongst his work, as is common with detectives in most western countries these days, were investigations into the criminal activities of several major drug-dealers. These were often successful investigations resulting in drug dealers being charged and convicted.
Just as in the U.K., major drug dealers often have useful links with those in authority, even inside the police and the judiciary. It was not surprising perhaps, in view of his success in prosecuting drug-dealers, that there may have been those in Portugal wishing to cut Mr Amaral down to size.
C. Gonçalo Amaral’s investigation into the disappearance of Joana Cipriano
The full details of Mr Amaral’s investigation into the disappearance of Joana Cipriano have been reported elsewhere. Unfortunately, the details of how she was in fact cruelly murdered are exceptionally graphic and we will not repeat them here.
A book has been written about the case by one of the detectives involved, Paulo Pereira Cristóvão, titled A Estrela de Joana (‘The Star of Joana).
Paulo Cristóvão’s book
Another good source is the account by Portuguese blogger Joana Morais, in an article titled: “The smears against Gonçalo Amaral: A Portuguese Citizen Speaks”. You can find it here:
In court at the trial of Leonor and João Cipriano, Chief Prosecutor Mr José Pinheiro asked for maximum sentences to be imposed on the guilty Ciprianos. He described João Cipriano as “a man who has contempt for human life, psychopathic tendencies and difficulty in controlling impulses”, and Leonor Cipriano as “suffering from emotional instability, insensitivity and disregard for other people’s needs”. Pnheiro added: “The defendants’ guilt is heightened by their cold and calculating behaviour after their child’s death, as well as the devious manoeuvres they adopted to conceal the crime”.
The disappearance of Joana was investigated by three detectives from Faro on the Algarve – Paulo Cristóvão, Marques Bom and Leonel. It’s a case which involved Guilhermino da Encarnação, the Director of the Policia Judiciara in the Algarve, and Gonçalo Amaral, who what in Britain we would call the ‘Senior Investigating Officer’ in the case. Police had a break when they heard João Cipriano tell his sister that they must now tell everyone that a ‘mysterious Spanish man’ took Joana away.
A breakthrough came when João Cipriano, Joana’s uncle, confessed to the murder. He then claimed that he has buried Joana in the Portuguese countryside, but her body was never found.
Piece by piece, Gonçalo Amaral and his team put together the evidence that put two loathsome killers in jail. Their convictions took place less than 18 months before Madeleine McCann was reported missing.
D. Gonçalo Amaral is removed from the Madeleine McCann investigation
Gonçalo Amaral was working in Portimao, near Praia da Luz, when Madeleine McCann was reported missing on 3 May 2007. We will say much more about his investigation elsewhere ion our website in due course.
For the British press, it seemed like a triumph when Gonçalo Amaral was removed from the investigation. He wasn’t dismissed from the police, as some newspapers reported. He was merely moved sideways, to a more administrative post and, of course, outside the investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. His removal took place on his birthday, 3 October. He has told us that his superiors first of all notified Gordon Brown, the British Prime Minister, before telling him.
Typical amongst the British reports was one by the Daily Mirror, who reported: “Kate and Gerry McCann hope that bringing in a new police chief will give the hunt for Madeleine a new impetus. A source close to them said they were ready to fly back to Portugal to meet Gonçalo Amaral's replacement if necessary. They believe that the boozy chief inspector, kicked off the case after criticising them and British police, has hindered the hunt for their four-year-old daughter. The source added: “We do hope that the change will re-energise and refocus the hunt for Madeleine”.
The Mirror added these details: “Amaral's replacement is expected to be appointed next week. He will be handpicked by Alipio Ribeiro, national director of the Judicial Police, and other senior officers. It emerged last night that Amaral, 48, was sacked by Mr Ribeiro in a fax to his office. The curt message said: ‘Transferred to Faro for the efficiency convenience of the service’. Justice minister Alberto Costa last night backed Amaral's removal. He said: ‘It is a decision of the PJ national director of which I approve’.
As for the full details of Gonçalo Amaral’s investigation, what he has done and what has happened to him since being removed from the investigation, we hope to cover this on The Madeleine Foundation’s website in the coming weeks and months.
E. The banning of Gonçalo Amaral’s book: ‘The Truth About A Lie’
Gonçalo Amaral’s book ‘The Truth About A Lie’ was published in July 2008. Nearly a year later, the McCanns’ lawyers filed a libel suit in the Lisbon Court claiming that his book had damaged the search for Madeleine and had caused them immense emotional distress. They demanded 1.2 million euros compensation from him.
On 9 September [9/9/9], there was an interlocutory (interim) application by the McCanns to have Gonçalo Amaral’s book banned. It succeeded. This is how Ana Paula Azevedo of ‘So’l newspaper reported the decision:
“The 13th Section of the Civil Court of Lisbon has today granted an injunction requested by the McCanns. The injunction prohibits the sale of the book by Gonçalo Amaral, the former Polícia Judiciária inspector who promotes the thesis that the parents were responsible over the disappearance and death of the child.
“His book, ‘Maddie - The Truth about a Lie’ - cannot be sold as from today, and all copies that are in shops or in storage must be collected.
“The court has further decided to uphold the McCann couple’s further demand to prohibit the further distribution of a documentary based on the same book, which was broadcast earlier this year by TVI [Portuguese TV station].
“The court demands that Valentim de Carvalho and Guerra e Paz [Goncalo Amaral’s publishers] collect all of the books that are still on sale in bookshops, and further forbids Gonçalo Amaral and the publishers to sell the book or promote the video in any other country.
“The decision also bans other publishers and the media from publishing this or other books or videos that promote Gonçalo Amaral’s thesis. Finally, the Court forbade Gonçalo Amaral from making any statements about the contents of the book or the documentary. The court also decided on a punishment of 1000 euros per day for each day that goes by without the ruling being complied with. This is a provisional ruling and it will have to be confirmed at the full trial”.
There was a further trial of these matters from 12 to 14 January and at the time of publishing this article, a further hearing will take place on 10 February. Even that may not be the end of the matter. We will try to bring you full reports of these hearings in due course.
Gonçalo Amaral attending court on 14 January 2010
Appendix: Joana Morais
Joana Morais, Portuguese blogger, to an anonymous blogger:
"It’s not quite as you say, is it? The British press didn’t ‘embellish’ or ‘adjust’ what they said about Gonçalo Amaral, did they?
“No, they’ve hidden the truth and defamed him, spinning only small parts of the Cipriano case. And the reasons that caused the British press to take that stance and maintain a racist editorial guideline is relevant to our understanding of the development of the Madeleine McCann case in the media.
“The abuse by the British press, calling a chief criminal investigator a ‘pig’ ‘fat’, ‘lazy’, ‘drunk’ etc. was without a doubt an attempt to undermine Amaral’s reputation and likewise was an attack on the Portuguese Police. It’s not even ethical, in any journalist’s code of practice, to repeatedly express such biased opinions – and sometimes even outright lies - thereby manipulating the general British public and setting off a war of words between two countries”.
Another quote by Joana Morais:
“I felt desperate at times, not understanding the reasons behind the support given to the McCanns by the British press and the British authorities. I even felt disgusted and embarrassed with Alípio Ribeiro's attack in the media on the PJ officers handling the case. I was similarly disgusted and embarrassed with our Minister of Justice, Alberto Costa, who support of Alípio Ribeiro after Olegário de Sousa and Gonçalo Amaral were removed from the case, for apparently the same exact reasons.
“Worst of all, was when we knew that our Prime Minister José Socrates and Gordon Brown had talked about the Madeleine McCann case. It was obvious then, for most Portuguese people, that Gordon Brown's involvement and pressure in this case would almost undoubtedly mean that the McCanns would never be prosecuted…
“Sometimes I felt like dropping everything and closing my eyes to all the injustice, racism and media attacks - but then I found out that I'm very proud of my small and beautiful country, and even prouder of our people and history; and though by writing a blog and using my real name I’m running a risk, I'll keep on defending my country. Unlike others, who are in the government and in the right positions to do, so but seem to be cowards”.
NOTE: Joana Morais’s blog is at: http://joana-morais.blogspot.com
She also runs a forum at: http://www.themaddiecasefiles.com/
"WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER" - Rebekah Brooks to David Cameron
'Citizens in Defence of Rights and Freedoms - Project Justice Gonçalo Amaral' Statement of Support for Freedom of Expression and the civic rights of Gonçalo Amaral, recorded on December 11, 2009, video by NC / Justice and Truth / PJGA
'Citizens in Defence of Rights and Freedoms - Project Justice Gonçalo Amaral'-Demonstration of support for Freedom of Expression and Civic Rights Gonçalo Amaral on the 11th December 2009 Video by NC / Justice and Truth / PJGA
"WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER" - Rebekah Brooks to David Cameron
Here is the real Goncalo - Please support this gentleman
"WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER" - Rebekah Brooks to David Cameron
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