"I'm convinced that the only thing that didn't happen was an abduction. Something else has happened." This statement belongs to Moita Flores, the former Judiciary Police inspector, speaking about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, on May 3, 2007, on Praia da Luz in the Algarve.
In the documentary, Moita Flores reinforces his belief that she was not abducted, admitting that it could have been an "accident", a "deliberate crime" and that there was an "enormous probability" that the "child died in Praia da Luz."
Speaking to SAPO24, he goes further in reading the case that has become a worldwide issue. Looking back at the memory of where everything happened, Moita Flores wonders how someone walks through the door and out the window when the door is open? For the former inspector "it's impossible to go out that window when the reconstruction of the disappearance is made. And there were no traces," he says.
"It amazes me that 12 years later and in a case like this, the first ones to be investigated, in any case, are always the closest persons, the parents and the group of friends. In this concrete case, there were steps taken for the parents to not be disturbed", he emphasizes.
Referring to the fact that the parents "declined" to make statements, and that the group of friends also "did not make declarations", Moita Flores questions why the British government "spent millions of pounds" in this investigation and did not give "equal attention" to other missing children. "I think there's a secret behind it", he says.
"My removal was a political issue," says Gonçalo Amaral
Gonçalo Amaral, the former Judiciary Police inspector responsible for the case is another of the faces and voices of the documentary. Just like for Moita Flores for Gonçalo Amaral there was also "no evidence that pointed to an abduction. However, there was a need to continue the investigation," he argues when questioned on the two hours documentary, recalling that MMC's bed sheets looked "as if no one had slept on them".
Hypothesizing that both Maddie and the twin brothers were under Calpol, le baby-sitter chimique, a medicine that helps children fall asleep, the former inspector reinforces publicly again that they have come to the conclusion that "this would have been an accidental death" and has no doubts that the removal from the case that he was obliged "was a political issue."
With several testimonies including Fernando Pinto Monteiro, the then Attorney-General of the Republic, in a statement, the channel underlines that "The Madeleine McCann Mystery" dissects several lines of investigation that have been "known over the past 12 years, but were never conclusive. "