Gonçalo Amaral left Polícia Judiciária today, June 30, 2008, at 5.30 pm. The Criminal Coordinator asked for early retirement, and explained that it was because the national head of PJ never defended him from the accusations of the British Media. Talking to Lusa News Agency, Gonçalo Amaral said that he decided to retire in order to have “full freedom of expression” to defend himself. Yesterday, June 29, Gonçalo Amaral leaded his last police operation. His PJ team arrested six men, while they attempted to transfer, from a fishing boat to other two small boats, 2,5 tons of hashish, on the sea near Ria Formosa, Faro. Gonçalo Amaral has a book about the Madeleine case, ready to be published, as soon as the confidentiality of the investigation is lifted. His request for early retirement was promptly accepted and the process concluded at a “record speed”.