Police believed McCanns faked Maddy kidnapping
2010 01 13

By Sam Marsden | Independent.ie


Portuguese police believed Madeleine McCann died in her family's holiday flat and that her parents faked her abduction, a court heard yesterday.

Kate and Gerry McCann faced former detective Goncalo Amaral across a courtroom as he tried to overturn a ban on his book that claims their daughter is dead.

One senior detective told the hearing in Lisbon that police made the McCanns "arguidos", or suspects, in the case after concluding Madeleine died accidentally and her parents covered up the death by inventing a kidnapping.


Kate and Gerry McCann.

Missing

Chief Inspector Tavares de Almeida said he believed Madeleine died in her family's apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on the day she went missing.

He told the court the main evidence for this was the findings of British police sniffer dogs sent to Portugal to examine the flat.

The McCanns' lawyer, Isabel Duarte, challenged this claim, arguing that the sniffer dog results did not constitute proof.

Mr and Mrs McCann, both 41, from Rothley, Leicestershire, England, flew to Portugal yesterday ahead of the trial at Lisbon's main civil court, which is listed for three days.

Mr Amaral is calling a series of senior Portuguese officials involved in the investigation in to Madeleine's disappearance as witnesses.

His lawyers argue that the material in his book is contained in the official Portuguese police files for the case, many of which were made public in August 2008.

Jose Cunha de Magalhaes e Meneses, the local public prosecutor in the Madeleine investigation, gave evidence via video link.

Asked whether he believed that the little girl was dead, he said it was "50-50".

Mr Amaral's lawyers are also seeking evidence from a British policeman, Metropolitan Police Detective Sergeant Jose De Freitas, who was seconded to Leicestershire Police to help with the British end of the investigation.

Mr and Mrs McCann are not expected to give evidence.

Madeleine was nearly four when she went missing from her family's apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.

Mr and Mrs McCann were made "arguidos" four months later, but this was lifted when the investigation was shelved in July 2008.

The couple have always strenuously denied having any involvement in the disappearance of their daughter, whom they believe was abducted.

Mr Amaral at first led the Madeleine inquiry for Portugal's CID, the Policia Judiciaria.

But he was taken off the case in October 2007 after criticising the British police in a newspaper interview.

In his book 'Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie', published in July 2008, Mr Amaral claimed that Madeleine died in her family's holiday flat on the night she vanished and questioned the McCanns' account that she was abducted.

A Portuguese judge granted the McCanns an injunction in September last year banning further sale or publication of the book. The former policeman was also prohibited from repeating his claims.

The McCanns sat just yards away from Mr Amaral at the front of the public gallery in Lisbon's 7th Civil Court.

They occasionally whispered to each other and their Portuguese translators, but made little reaction to what was said.

A spokeswoman for the couple said that sitting through the allegations made in yesterday's hearing was painful for the couple.

The McCanns are also seeking €1.2m in compensation for defamation in separate legal proceedings against Mr Amaral.

Article from: Independent.ie



RedIce Radio:

Ben Fairhall - Battling the Behemoth

Ben Fairhall - Battling the Behemoth Continued (Subscription)



Related Articles
Scotland Yard Asked to Reopen Maddie Case
Sattelite Clue to Maddie Kidnap
Parents of Madeleine McCann face accuser in court
Madeleine, Sean and Amelie McCann were Drugged after all!
MADELEINE EXCLUSIVE: All three children were drugged
British police feared Madeleine was ’stolen to order’ by Belgian paedophile ring
Madeleine mother named as suspect
Pope meets parents of Madeleine
"Maddie died and the parents concealed"
Madeleine reconstruction scrapped after 'suspicious' McCanns refuse to return to Portugal to take part Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1022373/Madeleine-reconstruction-scrapped-suspicious-McCanns-refuse-return-Portugal-part.html#ixzz0cW3eu3o8


Latest News from our Front Page

Kansas City Jewish Community Center shooter: “I was an FBI Informant”
2014 04 24
Kansas City Jewish Community Center shooter: “I was an FBI Informant” …… Which is EXACTLY how we called it when this story broke a few weeks back. We also mentioned that the SPLC, just discarded from the FBI “hate” website… Would be the prime benefactor. Ex-KKK Leader Was Given a New Identity Years Before Shooting Glenn Miller Claims He Was an FBI Informant by ...
Meet AISight – The Artificial Intelligence Software Being Installed on CCTV Networks Globally
2014 04 24
If you thought that CCTV cameras tracking your every move in public was bad enough, you’re going to just love AISight (pronounced “eyesight” of course). The invention of a Houston, Texas based company called BRS Labs (which stands for Behavioral Recognition Systems) is headed by former secret service special agent John Frazzini, and this Orwellian surveillance platform brings artificial intelligence ...
Biofuel Made From Corn Waste Less ‘Green’ Than Gasoline
2014 04 24
Biofuel created from corn waste may not be the clean, eco-friendly oil alternative the United States government is hoping for. A new study has found that fuel generated from harvested corn leftovers creates more greenhouse gases than conventional gasoline — at least in the short term. The fuel under study, called cellulosic ethanol, has been touted in recent years as a ...
Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
2014 04 24
Scientists pried open the 850-year-old casket of King Erik the Holy on Wednesday, hoping to find out more about the king, his crown, and his eating habits. "This was a very special occasion, especially considering the importance of Saint Erik religiously in Sweden," Uppsala Cathedral Chaplain Lars Åstrand told The Local. The casket contained the bones of King ...
John Kerry and the Pope set to face off with Jewish Knight Templars on the Temple Mount
2014 04 24
This is the week that supposedly spells the end of the peace process or its end. My money is on a continuation that has no real substance or direction. What’s the alternative? With Passover and Easter over, Secretary Kerry can return to the Middle East crisis. This, after dealing so successfully with crisis in the Ukraine. [Is the author joking? - RIC] With ...
More News »