Time and time again, we are told to believe what emerges from Portugal in respect of negative criticism of the McCanns and their friends. If the Portuguese papers quote something from a Police Source that is critical of the McCann family and their friends, then it is to be believed.
But and yes there is a big but, if a comment is made in a Portuguese paper that is critical of Goncalo Amaral and his team during those first months of reporting, it is to be classed as spin. It is to be ignored because it is not true and is being said to tarnish the reputation of a ex-detective.
So what is it then? Do we only believe what comes out of Goncalo’s mouth or do we look at it logically and try and find out the truth.
During the latter parts of 2007, once Goncalo Amaral was removed from the case, there was many criticisms of his conduct during the investigation and the way he co-ordinated the investigation.
Back on the 20th October 2007, when Paulo Rebelo took over the investigation, Police sources according to Expresso said:
“It was a hideous amount of work”, because the process’ paperwork was “anarquically spread out”, according to a source with PJ, who criticises the inexistence of a centralising figure in the former team, who “would know how to distribute the work”.
Chief inspector Antonio Teixeira and inspector Portel, both from the Lisbon Directory and homicide experts, are two well-know names in a team that includes another four investigators (from robberies and data crossing departments). “They are reviewing the process. There was a lot of important information that was despised in the investigation”, the same source says.
The following day, on the 21st October 2007 the Correio da Manhã reported the following:
Over the last few days, as the new Rebelo team has been gaining knowledge of the inquiry, the theory has been spreading that the investigation is weak, and with few clues. Yesterday, ‘Expresso’ cited sources at the PJ that said they had found “important material spread all over, which had not been included in the investigation”, and that the new team in Portimao “had a hideous amount of work to do” in order to organise the files. Worse: That the new team considered “there was a lot of important information that was despised in the investigation”.
This was then reported in the Daily Mail on the 22nd October 2007, where the article said:
Meanwhile, a police source quoted in a Portuguese newspaper said: “There was important material lying all over the place that hadn’t been considered by investigators.
“A lot of key information was discarded. The whole process is being reviewed. Putting all the papers in order has been a massive task.”
Officers have been working round-the-clock to log on to a computer all information relating to the disappearance of four-year-old Madeleine from the holiday complex in May.
With thanks to Pedro who did the translation of Goncalo Amaral’s interview with TVI on the 9th November 2011, we hear of how the Portuguese Police were not geared up to missing/abducted children cases, Goncalo Amaral states:
I did, we did, we did, notice that in the Joana case that has been done, also in the Madeleine McCann case, we tried to do that, we tried more, we tried to do one thing as soon as the Joana case which was a studied case: why pj has not studied this case? That is a criticism, it was a important criticism, notice, there is a guide of supporting families, missing children, long term disappeared, which is built in the USA with cops, social security technicians, relatives of missing children, which don´t know about their whereabouts, here in Portugal nothing of that has been carried. The pj has not yet the careful of, it should have, the attempt of reuniting all the cops who are technicians, people who worked during years in several cases, to reunite them, even with relatives, let´s thinking, let´s see what is wrong, what is possible to do it again, I wrote some ideas there, I´m not the truth of a, I´m not saying that this is true, this is my opinion, now, there are others to give their opinions.
So Goncalo Amaral is trying to tell the world that there is no real system in Portugal for when a child goes missing. And I can remember him making a comment on Bom Dia about the Police being more adequately trained and having more resources to find a stolen car than a missing child.
Sorry but whether there is adequate resources or not, it doesn’t give you a reason to be lackadaisical in your investigation. Those comments from those three papers, stemmed from one comment based on the mess that was left behind by Goncalo Amaral.
The mess that Paulo Rebelo found the investigation in.
I have read comments, suggesting this Police Officer, was given the task of shelving the case. When now on reading the files we know that Paulo Rebelo and his team had a mammoth task ahead of them, not just investigating what happened in Madeleine but trying to see if there was anything that could lead them to who harmed Madeleine and who took her. A task that involved trying to find that all important lead that could lead to the Police solving the case and finding Madeleine, in amongst the mire of blunders and errors that happened whilst under the watch and leadership of Goncalo Amaral.
Goncalo Amaral, the man who goes on TV and criticises the Portuguese Police but refuses to admit that under his leadership the investigation was a shambles; what with crime scenes not being sealed, officers not being able to understand forensic reports and apartments being re-let, along with reconstructions not being conducted due to the inconvenience of closing down airspace and tourists.
Those are only a few errors made in the investigation under the leadership of Amaral, there are many, many more and Madeleine McCann has been the person who has paid the price for this catalogue of errors. And the saddest part is, there is even concern that Joana Cipriano may have also been a victim of Police failure.
You see in that interview held on TVI the reporter highlighted that Joana Cipriano did not even return home after running an errand.
GA: everybody saw the media show, the police must to know to have a rear and to know to analyze all information that comes, the investigators are on the ground, and they cannot be worried about what may appears in the tv´s, internet, newspapers, to have a rear, facing that analysis of information, which is important to analyze in the case of Joana, what she told at that time that the child had returned home, is the journalist which interrupts and says: no, no she didn´t returned, that is important.
So could Joana Cipriano, be another victim of Police failure under the leadership of Goncalo Amaral?
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