Censored former policeman, Gonçalo Amaral, to be Key Speaker at International Madeleine McCann conference
Disgraced cop to be key speaker at Madeleine McCann conference
Sep 13 2009 by Vicky Farncombe, Sunday Mercury
THE disgraced cop who led the search for missing Madeleine McCann before pointing the finger at her parents is to be the key speaker at a Midland conference about her disappearance.
Chief Inspector Gonçalo Amaral was booted off the case after blasting the British police’s handling of the inquiry.
But he made a reported £1 million from a book claiming Maddie was dead, and that Kate and Gerry McCann had concealed her body.
Last week a Portuguese judge banned Maddie: The Truth About The Lie from bookshelves because of its unfounded allegations. The fallen cop also faces a lawsuit from the McCanns.
But the Sunday Mercury can reveal that Amaral will not be silenced.
He has agreed to give the keynote speech at a conference organised by the Madeleine McCann Foundation, a group also claiming that the Rothley, Leicestershire girl’s death was covered up.
As many as 150 people are expected to attend the conference in Castle Donington, just 16 miles from Maddy’s home.
Organisers are refusing to divulge the exact whereabouts of the venue until three days before it begins.
Last night they said it was for “confirmed McCann-sceptics who do not believe that Madeleine McCann was abducted”.
Secretary Anthony Bennett said: “We have a venue for the conference, booked and arranged.
“We dare not give out the venue publicly because of threats of disruption we have had from supporters of the McCann family.
“However, I am able to share one piece of news with you.
Gonçalo Amaral, the author of Maddie: A Verdada da Mentira (Maddie: The Truth About The Lie’) has agreed to be the key guest speaker at our conference.”
Amaral, 49, worked on the original investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve coast of Portugal in May 2007.
He claimed that Gerry and Kate McCann, both 41, covered up their daughter´s death, even though there was no evidence to support his theory.
In July 2008 the McCanns were cleared of any wrongdoing in a formal report by Portugal´s Attorney General Jose Pinto Monteiro. They are suing Amaral for £1 million for defamation, and for breaching their human rights.
They also plan to take action against the Madeleine McCann Foundation for distributing a leaflet blaming them for Maddie’s disappearance.
The sickening leaflets were received by 10,000 people in the McCanns’ home village of Rothley.
A source close to the couple said they were “totally horrified” by the four-page publication. which said that if she died in the family’s holiday flat those “This is an evil, despicable act,” she said. “These people are self-obsessed, self-absorbed individuals.”
McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “We do not wish to dignify the actions of the so-called Madeleine Foundation in any way.”
Source: Sunday Mercury
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