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Post by Keitei on 22.04.17 0:27

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Madeleine McCann cop utterly unrepentant after damning book blaming Kate and Gerry


Goncalo Amaral is a shadow of his former self but says he still has no sympathy for the parents of the missing youngster


BY MARTIN FRICKER 23:00, 21 APR 2017UPDATED23:03, 21 APR 2017

The graffiti on the side of the run-down apartment building reads “Foda a policia”. You don’t need to be fluent in Portuguese to figure out the expletive-laden translation.

This crime-ridden Lisbon estate is home to the ex-detective once tasked with solving Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.

The past decade has not been kind to Goncalo Amaral, the former high-flying head of the Policia Judiciariac. He was sacked from the Maddie probe after criticising British police and making mistakes.

Amaral then penned a damning book pointing the finger of blame at her parents, Kate and Gerry. He accused them of covering up her death and faking her abduction.

The couple sued, sparking an eight-year libel battle that the ex-cop has now won.

But the fight took a heavy toll on the dad-of-three, who is a pale shadow of the larger-than-life Portimao chief tasked with solving the case in May 2007.

In the early days, he was alleged to work just four-and-a-half-hours a day. Sporting a large beer belly, he regularly enjoyed three-hour lunches.

Amaral, 57, split from second wife Sofia in 2012, blaming the pressures of the case. He moved back to the tough Lisbon suburb of Olivais, where he grew up. His expensive suits and fedora are gone.

So too has the beer belly and chauffeur-driven Mercedes, replaced by a battered Citroen Picasso.

But the arrogance remains – as the Mirror discovered when we confronted Amaral last week.

He cruelly said he has no sympathy for the McCanns, who mark the 10th anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance next month.

Amaral also refused to apologise for the mistakes that hampered the early days of the probe. Instead, he threatened to have our reporter and photographer arrested.

But it was his cruel refusal to offer any sympathy to Kate and Gerry that was the most damning.

The couple blame him for a string of errors at the beginning of the much-criticised probe. But Amaral, who resigned in June 2008 after a 27-year career, is unrepentant.

Asked if he would apologise to the McCanns for botching the probe, he said: “No”. He has previously accused Kate and Gerry, of trying to ruin his life. Amaral blames them for his decision to quit, giving up one third of his pension pot as a result.

Asked if he had any sympathy for them ahead of the 10th anniversary, Amaral replied: “No.”

He now spends his days writing crime novels and drinking pints in the Cabeca de Touro bar in Olivais.

One local said: “He used to be a big guy, a face, everyone around here knows him. Now he just blends in, he isn’t the big man any more. We all know about the Madeleine case. It was not good for him.”

It is a far cry from his time on the Algarve, when he was regarded as one of the country’s most dogged detectives.

But even when he was handed joint control of the Madeleine case in May 2007, Amaral was already mired in controversy.

He was under investigation for his role in covering up an alleged attack on the mother of another missing girl, Joana Cipriano, nine. Three officers were accused of beating a confession out of mum Leonor.

Joana’s body was never found but Leonor and brother Joao were convicted of her murder in 2005.

The three officers were cleared of torture but Amaral was convicted in 2009, after his retirement, of falsifying documents.

He blamed “political pressure” for the verdict and 18-month suspended sentence.

Later that year, Kate and Gerry began their legal battle after he penned The Truth of the Lie.

At one point, Amaral was so broke he relied on £50,000 in donations from the UK to defend the libel action. Some of it came from anti-McCann trolls.

Amaral was eventually ordered to pay £360,000 after Kate and Gerry won their defamation case in 2015.

But the order was overturned in April 2016, forcing the McCanns to appeal in Portugal’s Supreme Court.


Senior judges sided with him in February and their ruling angered the McCanns by saying they had not yet been proved to be innocent.

Lawyers for the couple lodged a complaint but judge Jorge Manuel Roque Nogueira dismissed it.

They may still decide to try the European courts but this is considered unlikely. Amaral is now set to sue the McCanns.

Anyone with information about Madeleine McCann’s disappearance should call the Find Madeleine investigation line on: 0845 8384699 or email: investigation@findmadeleine.com

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Post by Keitei on 22.04.17 0:29

This, to me, is not worthy of any decent comment, it's an appalling piece. I am disgusted.

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Post by Verdi on 22.04.17 0:35

Martin Fricker needs to frick off somewhere outside of planet earth - he is clearly from another sphere.

The defence league really are in overdrive - desperate times call for desperate measures yes .

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Post by coati mundi on 22.04.17 0:39

Surely this is actionable?

A disgusting piece of so-called journalism, Breathtaking!

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Post by Keitei on 22.04.17 0:54

@coati mundi wrote:Surely this is actionable?

A disgusting piece of so-called journalism, Breathtaking!

I hope that Dr. Amaral does something about what has been said in this disgusting article.   

How the press can get away with this is beyond my comprehension. dontgetit

As for calling us Trolls, he doesn't know the meaning of the word!

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Post by plebgate on 22.04.17 6:35

Tony Bennett knows all about being threatened with jail, not nice is it Mr. Reporters.   Oh diddums Rocky threatened to call the police pity he hadn't and for the record I am unrepentant for thinking that.   BOOHOO poor old reporters didn't like being told the police would be called. 

We can only begin to imagine how poor Brenda must have felt harrassed by the press and her face plastered all over the tv by these horrible people.

Disgraceful press and disgusting piece.

Outlining Rocky's poor circumstances in such a graphic way must only add to his chances of getting a huge payout from certain media outlets should he decide to sue.

As this has all been printed in UK then he must surely sue in the UK where mega payouts have become the norm.

Go Rocky, Go.

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Post by Get'emGonçalo on 22.04.17 7:25

Yes, I was going to send Martin Fricker a tweet reminding him about Brenda, but I see he's blocked me.

I've never tweeted the bloke before in my life.

Jim Gamble blocked me but I could understand that after I sent him this pic asking him if he wanted it for his new avatar.


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Post by Get'emGonçalo on 22.04.17 7:30

@Keitei wrote:http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-utterly-unrepentant-after-10272564#ICID=sharebar_facebook


Goncalo Amaral is a shadow of his former self but says he still has no sympathy for the parents of the missing youngster
Gonçalo has got diabetes and has lost weight.

And why should he have any sympathy for the parents? I really don't understand that.
They broke up his marriage, ruined him financially and put him through years of misery.

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Post by plebgate on 22.04.17 8:18

IIRC Rocky has shown sympathy towards them as he has acknowledged that they have suffered from the loss of their daughter.

Why should he feel sympathy for someone who has said they would like him to feel fear which, imo, is a shocking thing to have said.

Sympathy for Maddie is the order of the day for me.

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Post by ChippyM on 22.04.17 8:25

If the people that donated to Amaral's defense are 'anti McCann Trolls' surely this bloke is an 'anti Amaral Troll'?

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Post by sandancer on 22.04.17 10:19

Another piece of disgusting​ vile , I will not call​ it journalism from the gutter press , now sinking into​ the sewer​ with the rats . 

My daughter​ this week had to call the police over​ harassment​ and​ stalking by her ex , fortunately now resolved . 

So the reporter and cameraman​ got upset on being told to go away and allow Goncalo his privacy , aah bless​ poor things bet it's not the​ first time they've​ been​ threatened with the police .

I am not a vindictive​ person but I really​ do hope​ Señor​ Amaral​ has his​ " lawyers​ watching" he has remained​ quiet and dignified throughout all this​ ( a word I doubt the McCanns even​ know ) . Everyone has their point where they say " enough is enough " 
I am a great believer in karma , what you put out good or bad comes back to you​ threefold​ .

Go Goncalo .

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Post by Verdi on 22.04.17 12:56

@ChippyM wrote:If the people that donated to Amaral's defense are 'anti McCann Trolls' surely this bloke is an 'anti Amaral Troll'?
What of all the people who innocently gave their hard earned cash to the Find Madeleine Co. Ltd.., to help the search for little lost Madeleine, the fund that according to Uncle Brian Kennedy, I quote..  "the money will be used for all sorts of reasons but probably mainly for legal expenditure"

Are they trolls?



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Post by suzyjohnson on 22.04.17 13:06

@Get'emGonçalo wrote:
@Keitei wrote:http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-utterly-unrepentant-after-10272564#ICID=sharebar_facebook


Goncalo Amaral is a shadow of his former self but says he still has no sympathy for the parents of the missing youngster
Gonçalo has got diabetes and has lost weight.

And why should he have any sympathy for the parents? I really don't understand that.
They broke up his marriage, ruined him financially and put him through years of misery.
In fact the McCanns are at least partly responsible for the circumstances described in the article.

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Post by Judex on 22.04.17 13:57

@Keitei wrote:This, to me, is not worthy of any decent comment, it's an appalling piece. I am disgusted.

Agreed!
A blatantly biased and gratuitously offensive piece of gutter-sniping (not journalism!) for which Fricker should be thoroughly ashamed.
Inadvertently however, it does reveal the degree to which the McCs' vindictive hounding has come close to destroying both the private and professional lives of the one decent cop whose only goal was to find the truth about the mysterious disappearance of Madeleine.

Interestingly,The Mirror is not allowing comments on Fricker's libelous mud-slinging... Too scared perhaps, given the public's growing intolerance of this bizarre MSM circus...?

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Post by suzyjohnson on 22.04.17 15:03

Why should Amaral feel repentant? The supreme court have upheld his right to free speech.

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Post by RosieandSam on 22.04.17 16:39

Can I suggest that the "No" responses (including hand gestures) indicated no more than 'keep away'; 'go away' 'I am not commenting'

See photos posted by GEG on https://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t13958-the-hounding-of-dr-goncalo-amaral-by-british-paparazzi-my-private-life-is-being-invaded-and-i-dont-like-it#364337

Dr Amaral speaks very little English

When being pursued unexpectedly by MARTIN FRICKER and cameraman, it is an appropriate response to repeat "No" to indicate that he does not want to be interviewed.

However, his "No" responses are included in an Mirror article as if he actually answered those questions (put to him in English)



From the Mirror article:


Asked if he would apologise to the McCanns for botching the probe, he said: “No”

He has previously accused Kate and Gerry, of trying to ruin his life. Amaral blames them for his decision to quit, giving up one third of his pension pot as a result.

Asked if he had any sympathy for them ahead of the 10th anniversary, Amaral replied: “No”


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Post by Get'emGonçalo on 22.04.17 16:50

@RosieandSam wrote:Can I suggest that the "No" responses (including hand gestures) indicated no more than 'keep away'; 'go away' 'I am not commenting'

See photos posted by GEG on https://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t13958-the-hounding-of-dr-goncalo-amaral-by-british-paparazzi-my-private-life-is-being-invaded-and-i-dont-like-it#364337

Dr Amaral speaks very little English

When being pursued unexpectedly by MARTIN FRICKER and cameraman, it is an appropriate response to repeat "No" to indicate that he does not want to be interviewed.

However, his "No" responses are included in an Mirror article as if he actually answered those questions (put to him in English)



From the Mirror article:


Asked if he would apologise to the McCanns for botching the probe, he said: “No”

He has previously accused Kate and Gerry, of trying to ruin his life. Amaral blames them for his decision to quit, giving up one third of his pension pot as a result.

Asked if he had any sympathy for them ahead of the 10th anniversary, Amaral replied: “No”


http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-utterly-unrepentant-after-10272564
Colin was there, maybe he could enlighten us.

GA speaks only a little English and understands only a little English, so if he's having questions thrown at him it's likely he wouldn't understand  - just as I wouldn't understand if a Portuguese journalist thrust a microphone in my face and started asking me questions in Portuguese - so, as you say, he just says "No".

And a story is built around that and he is demonised.

He must be in an intolerable situation.

Don't you think Colin?

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Post by MRNOODLES on 22.04.17 16:59

Hey Frick Face you forgot to explain exactly how it came about DR Amaral threated to call the cops...

Let me guess.  Your fat arse leapt out from around a corner in an ambush. And you attempted to ask some really dumb questions.

Am I right or am I right?
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