“I’ve been talking to other retired policemen, from other countries, and we’ve given the case plenty of thought. There is lots of information that has been collected, and news will be out, over the coming days. We have new clues and very serious ones.”
“Madeleine McCann died in apartment 5A and her body was concealed.” With this certainty, Gonçalo Amaral closes the documentary ‘Maddie – The Truth of the Lie’ that was broadcast by TVI on the 13th of April.
The former coordinator of the most media exposed investigation of all times believes that the English girl, who disappeared from Praia da Luz on the 3rd of May 2007, was not abducted as her parents have always defended and further advances: “Maddie is there in the Praia da Luz area! For some reason, they’re around.”
Despite having been taken off the case in October 2007, Gonçalo Amaral continued to investigate on his own and promises to make some revelations soon: “I’ve been talking to other retired policemen, from other countries, and we’ve given the case plenty of thought. There is lots of information that has been collected, and news will be out, over the coming days. We have new clues and very serious ones.”
The production from Valentim de Carvalho Filmes, which is based on the book that was launched by Gonçalo Amaral, after he was removed from the investigation, was a success. Over two million viewers saw the documentary, which was broadcast by the Queluz station, and is now the second most viewed programme of 2009.
The former Polícia Judiciária inspector already expected the programme to be a success, but never this much. “We were expecting great impact, because it’s an issue that still touches people. They want to know the truth and they want justice. But we never expected this much”, reveals Gonçalo Amaral, who doesn’t doubt that since the 13th, the Portuguese are now better informed about Maddie’s disappearance. But according to the former inspector, it seems that not everyone watched it attentively: “The Attorney General should have realised by now that he holds a very important document that proves that there is no abduction, and all he has to do is to reopen the process.”
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