Friday, 4 July 2008

Gonçalo Amaral: "The day I was taken off the case, I was preparing the process to bring to Portugal a key witness”

The former Criminal Coordinator of PJ, Gonçalo Amaral, now retired, told the weekly "Expresso" that the decision to take him out of the case was "unfair and dangerous". Gonçalo Amaral said that "he and other persons" believe Madeleine is dead and he was preparing to bring to Portugal a "key witness", on the day the head of PJ decided to replace him with Paulo Rebelo, in the investigation of Madeleine's disappearance. "That key witness never came to Portugal and (PJ) never took her statement", Amaral told the "Expresso".

He also revealed that "colleagues involved in the investigation asked the head of PJ for an internal inquiry, to find out if their work wasn't properly done." Questioned if he had committed any mistake, Mr. Gonçalo Amaral answered: "I made one mistake. The first hour mistake. There are things I cant't yet talk about. We are aware that some things could have been done in a different way. Nobody should be shocked if we had started the investigation evaluating if the parents were or were not related with the case." Asked if he had anything to tell to Gerry and Kate McCann, Gonçalo Amaral said: “I have nothing to tell them. My main concern is about the child, not the parents.”

(To be continued)