IOL PortugalDiário spoke with the former PJ inspector, Gonçalo Amaral and asked some questions
This Monday, the Maddie process will no longer be subject to the judicial secrecy, and can be consulted by who requested to do so. IOL PortugalDiário asks the former inspector Gonçalo Amaral some questions. The goal is to try to shed some light on aspects of the investigation, which was questioned early on.
Q - In your book, you write that you believe that Maddie died in the apartment, on the 3rd of May. When did you form the conviction that the child was dead?
Q - But when did you sum "two plus two"?
Q - According to your book, the body was preserved and you have already stated that you suspect it was frozen. If it were so, were could it have been hidden ?
Q - Does that mean that from your point of view, the body may have remained on the beach?
Q - In your book, you also mention political and diplomatic pressures. Was the PJ ever contacted by the British government?
Q - But where did the alleged power of the couple, which you have been suggesting, come from?
Q - Did the British police send information about the McCanns and their friends?
The former inspector speaks about what could have been done in the investigation and says that making Murat an arguido was not a mistake.
Q - When you were removed from the case, they were planning to return to Portugal. But they desisted from the diligence…
Q - In the book "Maddie Truth of the Lie" you mention a Polish lead and you say that it is a loose end…
A - Nobody cares about that. We should have gone there or made a rogatory letter. They (Polish police) misunderstood the goal. They went looking for the child and we asked for an intervention to control them first. The issue was the photographs. The man never let go of the camera. We wanted to know what photographs were on the camera and if maybe there was one of Maddie.
Q - Despite your theory that the girl died on that evening, wouldn't there be a possibility that this couple "dispatched" the child within a few hours?
Q - Could you have gone further with this couple?
Q - Did the Joana case contribute to your removal?
Q - May the noise of the case have had some influence?
Q - Did you consider the possibility of leaving the Maddie case?
Q - Don't you regret that you did not go to the location [on the night of the events]?
IOL PortugalDiário allowed its readers to ask questions from the former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral. Among several that were received, here are the ones that were chosen by the editor.
Q - Could the tests have been made at another laboratory, like for example the FBI's? (question from Michael Williams)
Q - Were the diligences the same in the cases of Joana and Maddie? (question from Luís Nogueiro)
Q - How do you comment on the statements from the former President Jorge Sampaio? (question from Fernando Moura das Neves)
Q - Was anything done about the church where the McCanns spent so much time and to which they had the key? (identified reader)
Q - Was no cadaver odour or other indicia ever found on the father's clothes? (identified reader)
A - No. We don't know what he was wearing on the night of the disappearance. If it was him who was seen carrying the child, those clothes may even not exist anymore. He went to London and he might have washed it. As a matter of fact, we never knew what anyone of the group was wearing on the evening of the facts.
IOL PortugalDiário remembers that the process of the disappearance of Maddie was archived and that Kate and Gerry McCann and Robert Murat, stopped being arguidos on the 21st of July. Maddie's parents have made it known that they intend to sue Gonçalo Amaral, following the publication of the book "Maddie: Truth of the Lie".