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Gonçalo Amaral: "There is a myth in society that without the body of a murder or of a disappearance nobody can be blamed"

by Belén Rodrigo
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Gonçalo Amaral : “Even if Marta’s cadaver does not appear it’s still possible to go to trial and convict the suspects’’

Have you followed the case of Martha?

It has not been followed thoroughly by the Portuguese press, but being in southern Portugal I am able to see the Spanish TV channels. I was in Madrid shortly after her disappearance, and I was able to follow what happened. The fact of being a teenager, albeit a minor, makes a difference as to other missing children cases. However the police work is identical to others until the hypothesis is placed on the suspect.

Now the problem is the appearance of the cadaver. There is a myth in society that without the body of a murder or of a disappearance nobody can be blamed. But it happens quite the contrary to what people may think, suspects can be convicted. What the Spanish police is doing is what we did with the Maddie case and what is done in other countries: to collect the biggest amount evidences and to have the investigation closed in terms of evidence, whether those are testimonial, confessions or materials. Thus, even without the corpse they may have enough evidence to bring the suspects to court and convict them. The Police did a reconstruction of the events, which is crucial for this type of investigations. That is what we tried to do with the McCanns and couldn't do it.
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Full article can be read here: ABCdesevilla.es
Translated and posted on The 3 Arguidos by Joana Morais: Gonçalo Amaral in ABC Sevilla Interview