Cast your minds back to October 2007 when Goncalo Amaral was removed from the Investigation Team. Well many people say he was kicked off the case because he got too close to the truth.
Well even Goncalo Amaral in his book doesn’t state that, he says the following in Chapter 21 of the French to English Translation:
On Monday August 1st[should read 1st October as per PT book], I go back to work at DIC in Portimão, where two pieces of news are waiting for me: officials at Buckingham Palace have received an email informing them that a little girl – Madeleine – has disappeared from a hotel complex situated….in Lisbon! The second was brought to us by an English tourist – Kate – on holiday in Praia da Luz: she allegedly saw a stranger hanging about near the Baptista supermarket in the vicinity of the Ocean Club.
This is where we’re at: reduced to receiving that type of tip-off and chasing a phantom, that of the imaginary abductor. This Monday gets off to a bad start, with its load of irritation and preoccupations.
BAD RESPONSE TO A JOURNALIST
In the evening, while driving, I receive an unidentified phone call, the last straw…A journalist asks me if I want to comment on the subject of the email. Whether due to the difficult day, the raging storm or the fact of driving through rain…I lose my cool. I reply, irritably, without thinking, that the message is of no interest and that it would be better for the English police to occupy themselves with the Portuguese investigation. Even as I am hanging up, I realise that I have not only made a blunder, but I have been unfair towards the majority of the British police who have helped us throughout these difficult months. I drive on, certain that I have triggered a diplomatic incident with predictable consequences: as soon as these simple words are made public, I risk not being able to continue to direct the Portimão Department of Criminal Investigation.
Goncalo Amaral knew exactly why he was removed. And as per a comment in this post, Alipio Ribeiro was questioned many times about the systematic leaks from the PJ under Amaral’s leadership.
Paulo Rebelo took control and according to Paulo Reis he stated this on twitter about the reasons and remit of Rebelo’s task with regards to the Madeleine Investigation.
So his job was either to close the case or accuse someone according to Reis… well that in itself speaks volumes. If the McCanns were involved in what happened to their daughter they would be before a Court of Law. As they were not, Paulo Rebelo, along with the Public Ministry realised that the McCanns along with Robert Murat were not involved in what happened to Madeleine McCann and therefore the Public Ministry ultimately removed their arguido status and concluded the archiving dispatch with the words with regards to the 3 arguidos:
because there are no indications of the practise of any crime under the dispositions of article 277 number 1 of the Penal Process Code.
Add that to the Lisbon Court hearing where Ricardo Paiva stated categorically that Amaral’s thesis stopped over lines of enquiry being investigated, plus the fact that Jose Magalhaes e Menezes said there was a 50/50 chance of that Madeleine was alive and you get to see the real reasons why the case was archived.
The investigation under Goncalo Amaral, was a shambles with many blunders and Paulo Rebelo knew that all crucial evidence was lost when the PJ made mistake after mistake during those first few months of the inquiry.
No in my eyes, Paulo Rebelo is not “The Fixer”, he is the guy that gets sent in to clean up other people’s messes and to see if there is anything they can salvage to move the case forward so that the correct person is brought before a court of law. Not the person that the previous investigator, has a hunch about but no evidence.
Don’t you find it strange, people are prepared to criticise and condemn Paulo Rebelo and accuse him of being “The Fixer”, but they take umbrage when you refer to Goncalo Amaral as “The Convict”? A statement which of course is true as it has been proven by a Court of Law that Goncalo Amaral did in fact commit perjury and falsify documents.