The former inspector is going to advance
a criminal complaint against the McCann couple. To this process, he
intends to annex the investigation into the child’s disappearance. “It’s
necessary to discuss what was done and what remains to be done”, he told
The former inspector is going to advance a criminal complaint against
the McCann couple. To this process, he intends to annex the
investigation into the child’s disappearance. “It’s necessary to discuss
what was done and what remains to be done”, he told DN.
by Carlos Rodrigues Lima
Gonçalo Amaral, the former Polícia Judiciária (PJ) coordinator who
investigated the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, is going to advance
a criminal complaint against the child’s parents, Gerry and Kate. In
this process, JN was able to establish, the author of the book “The
Truth about the Lie” intends to analyse the investigation that was done
in 2007 and to bring new witnesses to Portugal in order to reopen the
process of the disappearance that was archived in July 2008. “It is
necessary to discuss what has been done and what remains to be done”,
Gonçalo Amaral stated to DN.
The former PJ coordinator has already built a team of three lawyers –
Antonio Cabrita, Henrique Pires Teixeira and Francisco Almeida Garrett –
who will accompany him over the coming times, both in the attack against
the McCann couple and in the defence, given the fact that Gerry and Kate
have publicly announced their intention to file a civil lawsuit against
In statements to DN, lawyer Antonio Cabrita, who has already represented
Gonçalo Amaral in the case of alleged aggressions against Leonor
Cipriano, Joana’s mother, confirmed that there is an “intention from
Gonçalo Amaral to file a complaint over defamation and offences against
the good name, against the McCann couple and their spokesperson,
Clarence Mitchell”. For now, the lawyers are still studying which court
is competent for the filing of the complaint. This is due to the fact
that the statements that are at stake, were all of them reproduced in
the media, which makes it necessary, as Antonio Cabrita explained, “to
define the location where the target gained knowledge about them”, to
then determine which court is competent.
When filing the criminal complaint, Gonçalo Amaral will have to justify
why he felt offended and defamed by the McCanns. To do that, the former
Polícia Judiciária investigator will use the process of the
disappearance of Madeleine McCann, on one hand, and on the other hand,
witness statements of persons who, in some manner, may involve Gerry and
Kate in their daughter’s disappearance. “I’m going to bring people from
England and Ireland to testify”, Gonçalo Amaral told DN, without
advancing any further details about the criminal complaint. “What
Gonçalo Amaral has been saying concerns an investigation that I,
personally, think has stopped half way down”, Antonio Cabrita concluded.
Concerning the reopening of the Maddie case, Antonio Cabrita said: “That
is a decision under the competence of the Public Ministry”.
Apart from the McCanns, the lawyers for Gonçalo Amaral are also studying
the possibility to advance with lawsuits against some English
newspapers. For that, the representatives of the former Judiciária
coordinator are trying to find a connection with English lawyers that
may take care of the matter in England.
In a more advanced stage, concerning lawsuits, stands the McCann couple,
Gerry and Kate, “together with their three children, Madeleine, Sean and
Amelie”, who have already advanced to court, as they announced.
In May, the McCann couple announced, through a press release, that they
would move into Portuguese courts, taking into account the “ongoing and
gross statements” by Gonçalo Amaral, in Portugal and abroad, about the
child’s disappearance in May 2007.
For this lawsuit, Gerry and Kate McCann hired lawyer Isabel Duarte, an
expert in communication law, who has been defending the Expresso
newspaper for many years, in cases of abuse of press freedom and
source: Diário de Notícias, 03.06.2009