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8 Jan 2009

Gonçalo Amaral strikes again against the McCanns

Google translation from The 3 Arguidos: 24 HORAS - Amaral & Anthony Bennett

Former English lawyer counts on Former PJ Inspector

A former British lawyer has a foundation that exists to tell the true story of Madeleine McCann. And he wants the McCanns accused for negligence.

By Luis Ferreira

Gonçalo Amaral might be called to testify in England in the scope of the Maddie case. A new Foundation with the name of Madeleine intends that the process is reopened with the intention of finding the answers to what happened to the older daughter of the McCanns. “When that happens Amaral will be a key-witness” said to the 24 Horas Anthony Bennett, a retired lawyer that is the maximum responsible for the foundation that was created after the former coordinator of the Polícia Judiciária published his book “Maddie, the Truth of the Lie”.

The Foundation has edited its own book, called “What Really Happened to Madeleine McCann? - 60 Reasons which suggest that she was not abducted” and it is sold in England for 7 Euros.

Gonçalo Amaral has been contacted in order to elucidate legal reasons that involve a possible reopening of the process in England. “It will be more difficult to reopen the case over here. But in England, to the contrary of what has been alleged by the Courts, who say that they have no jurisdiction about the case, it is possible that might happen”, explained Amaral to the 24 Horas, clarifying that it is a matter of International Law. “The little girl is English, the parents are English and they live there”.

Proving Negligence

One of Amaral’s aims is to prove that there was negligence by the couple in the care for the girl. For that reason, in England, through the site of the foundation, there’s a petition that wants to see punished the act of “leaving alone at home a child under 12 years of age”. After that it is to prove that the McCann were negligent when they left their 3 children unguarded”, says Amaral.

The foundation does not exist to raise funds to look for Maddie, but shares the point of view of Amaral, who defends that the child died in Praia da Luz. The foundation has caused the rage of the McCanns, which have advanced with a law suite against the use of the name Madeleine.


MOITA: Gonçalo Amaral is not the first PJ inspector who enters in a race for mayor. Moita Flores has already done it and won for Santarém, by the PSD. But now, Moita reveals that has been contacted… by the PS, to be a candidate again to the City Hall. “There have been conversations”, he told the newspaper “Mirante”.

On The Side

The Former PJ inspector is about to start a political career but he is still connected with the case that brought him to the limelight.

He wants to change the city of Olhão

Gonçalo Amaral may be the PSD candidate to the City Hall of Olhão, running against the actual socialist Mayor Francisco Leal. That only became possible because he is retired from the PJ, which happened in the sequence of the Maddie case. Amaral is a militant member of the PSD for the last 7 years, but he says that he has “voted for the PSD since long ago”. He is going to keep doing in politics what he did as a policeman. “I shall continue to be concerned about the people, about their well-being, understanding why they act in a certain manner”, said to 24 Horas. Amaral believes in a victory because “people like to change when there is a lot to do” and he speaks about Olhão as one of the poorest regions in the country.

Source: 24 Horas page 11
Translated by Joana Morais

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