Duarte Levy..

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“Justice and Delinquency”: Gonçalo Amaral’s new book

"Justice and Delinquency" reunites texts from judiciary professionals and operators, among others, about criminality in Portugal.

"Justice and Delinquency" reunites texts from judiciary professionals about criminality in Portugal.


Gonçalo Amaral, former coordinator of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, launches a new book with a compilation of essays on crime in Portugal, signed by several specialists in the matter.
Coordinated by Gonçalo Amaral himself, “Justice and Delinquency” is a compilation of opinions, proposals, solutions and analysis written by judges, lawyers, prosecutors, a criminal investigation coordinator, a journalist and a psychologist.
Among the authors of “Justice and Delinquency” are: Rui Rangel (Judge), Maria dos Santos Ribeiro (Judge), Maria Clara Oliveira (Prosecutor), Marta Daniela Seixas (Deputy Prosecutor), Paulo Sargento (psychologist and university professor), Hernâni Carvalho (journalist and psychologist), and the lawyer Manuel Augusto Meireis.
The former coordinator of the Judicial Police (PJ), author of “Maddie, the truth of the lie” (“Maddie, l’enquête interdite”, the French version available in Belgium and France), will present his new book “Justice and Delinquency” on 25 June 2009, at the bookshop “Alethea” in Lisbon.

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Gonçalo Amaral’s condemnation was as atypical as the process

Amaral didn’t lost his credit

Faro ruling does not question Gonçalo Amaral's credibility in the Maddie case

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The final ruling in the trial of the so-called “Leonor Cipriano case”, in which two of the five Polícia Judiciária (PJ) inspectors and former inspectors were condemned, ended up revealing itself as atypical as the process: the court of Faro considered that the practise of torture was proved but failed to indicate who the alleged aggressors were.
During all of the court sessions, no witnesses to the alleged torture acts were presented and the final ruling ended up being based on the reports from forensic experts, which were not founded on a physical exam of Leonor Cipriano, but rather on photographs that had been published years earlier by Expresso, and whose authenticity is still questioned.
Given the importance that was attributed to the photographs, it is strange that the court didn’t consider the doubts that persist concerning their origin. Doubts that could have been clarified if the defence had been permitted to hear the former journalist that was behind their publication, who is now the head of the Lawyers’ Order – through the cunning decision of entering the Order as an assistant in the process, Marinho Pinto kept the control over the proceedings in the Court of Faro, and at the same time escaped questioning.
Reading the final ruling, one can conclude that the court sustained its decision on the photographs, credible or not, as it couldn’t base itself on Leonor Cipriano who throughout the process gave several contradictory statements, thus confirming the analysis that had been made by Paulo Sargento, who described her as a compulsive liar.
Leonor changed her version about the manner in which she was aggressed, the dates and times, several times, but also the place where everything took place, and even her aggressors: one day she directly implied former coordinator Gonçalo Amaral, the next day she confessed that she hadn’t even seen him on the day of questioning.
Paulo Pereira Cristóvão, Leonel Marques and Paulo Marques Bom, who stood accused of torture, were found innocent, while António Cardoso and Gonçalo Amaral were condemned to suspended sentences: two years and three months and one year and six months in prison, respectively.

The “snowball” effect

António Cardoso’s report, which earned him his condemnation, and in which the inspector merely described in what manner Leonor Cipriano fell on the stairs, was not handed over to the scientific police’s lab, where an expert could have found a false signature, a changed date or even the replacement of excerpts of the text: presiding judge Henrique Pavão, in the name of the collective, upon considering that torture was proved, automatically removed the value of Cardoso’s report – if there was torture, then the report has to be false.
It is within this context that former PJ coordinator, Gonçalo Amaral, ends up being condemned: saying that torture existed, is to state that Cardoso lied when he wrote his service report, therefore – no matter whether he tells the truth or a lie – Amaral had to be condemned. Wasn’t that the initial goal?

– Like the French say, “c’était Q. F. D.”

Duarte Levy

◊ translated by Astro from Joana Morais blog.

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English want dismissal of Lopes da Mota

Serious Fraud Office

Serious Fraud Office


The announcement of the filing of a disciplinary process against Lopes da Mota over indications of pressure on the Freeport process investigators has done nothing to help the already difficult relationship with the British investigators of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). Members of that English body that investigates serious fraud cases, namely the Freeport case and its connections with Portugal, told 24horas that they “don’t want any contact with the president of Eurojust” until the inquiry is concluded.
Despite this not being the British government’s official position yet, the SFO members continue not to trust the Portuguese who had previously been accused of creating great difficulties” in the treatment of the Freeport case with the Portuguese authorities. The contents of an internal SFO document, as 24horas has previously revealed, described the joint general prosecutor and president of Eurojust as a “competent” person but very “little determined to move the case forward”.
José Luís Lopes da Mota is also cited as being connected to other cases where the European body Eurojust played a crucial role between both countries’ judicial authorities, namely in the Freeport and Maddie cases. Investigations that are considered to be politically very “sensitive” by the governments in  Lisbon and in  London and in which the role of the Portuguese official had been targeted with some criticism.
Both in the Freeport case and in the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, two cases that are connected to the United Kingdom, the investigators complained about political and diplomatic pressures.

AG and DCIAP uphold trust in the magistrate

The president of Eurojust

The president of Eurojust

Cândida Almeida, the head of the Central Department for Penal Investigation and Action (DCIAP), stated yesterday that the Attorney General, Pinto Monteiro, “has not removed his trust” in Lopes da Mota, despite his decision to file a disciplinary process against him, over indications of pressure on the Freeport process investigators.
The head of DCIAP, while stressing the presumption of innocence that must benefit Lopes da Mota, defended that the Portuguese official should hold his post in that European body, as his removal, before the application of “any sort of punishment”, “might behead a department of major importance, such as Eurojust”.
While the disciplinary process runs its course, two opposition parties have already announced their intent to summon Lopes da Mota for him to explain himself the Republic’s Parliament. CDS-PP, through member of parliament Nuno Melo, states it is ready to “do anything” to hear out the president of Eurojust, with Bloco de Esquerda assuming the same position.

in 24horas ◊ translated by Astro

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The McCanns’ Manipulation – Part I

the suspect according to Derek

the suspect according to Derek


Derek Flack, one of the witnesses that the Channel 4 documentary was based upon, told the Polícia Judiciária that on Wednesday, the 2nd of May, or on Thursday, the 3rd of May, “during the day (can’t remember but says that possibly in the afternoon), in the company of his wife, and while walking to the ‘Baptista Supermarket’, he observed an individual (approximately 1,70 tall, dark skinned appearing to be of Portuguese nationality, with a one-day stubble, with short thick hair that stretched down to collar level at the back, and wearing a solid yellow t-shirt) who was standing on a corner of the walkway looking (that being the reason to suspect said person) into the direction of the apartment where Madeline would later disappear from.

He added that in a straight line from where the individual was standing, looking, on the other side of the street, a vehicle was parked, of a van type, white colour, with a person (can’t remember whether the person was inside or outside the van). He can’t describe said person.”
Derek Flack’s testimony is equally consigned in the process on pages 145 to 153 and 200 to 205, where the photofit (nr. 18) that was created according to the couple’s instructions is also included.

Norton's van

Norton's van

The same process includes the identity of an English citizen who was identified as being the man who Derek Flack saw, which was equally corroborated by other witnesses: it is BARRINGTON GODFREY NORTON, who, like Flack had mentioned, drives a white van, namely when he goes to the Batista supermarket to shop, which happened on that date.

translated by Astro on Joana Morais blog

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McCanns have not demanded reopening of the process

Reopening of the case in the hands of João Melchior Gomes and Magalhães e Menezes

José Cunha de Magalhães e Meneses

José Cunha de Magalhães e Meneses

Contrary to what Gerry McCann had led to suppose in the statements that he made to the press during his passage through Praia da Luz, neither the McCann couple nor its lawyers have requested the reopening of the inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine, so far. The information was now confirmed to 24horas by a source at the Public Ministry.
During the filming of his version of what happened on the night of the 3rd of May 2007, the night of the alleged disappearance, the father of the English girl stated that it was necessary for the police to look at the results of the inquiry in order to see “where the mistakes are and what else we can do?”.
According to the same source, after the Maddie case was archived, on the 21st of July 2008, several elements were appended to the process, but neither the joint Attorney General, João Melchior Gomes, nor the prosecutor, Magalhães e Menezes, have so far considered that “sufficiently strong” motives exist to reopen the inquiry.
Even today, almost two years after Madeleine McCann allegedly died – as Gonçalo Amaral defended in his documentary – the investigators continue to have no doubt that the inquiry was affected by a contamination that was carried out intentionally by Kate and Gerry McCann, with one sole purpose: to conceal their daughter’s death. These are the suspicions that are part of a report that was signed by a chief inspector, on the 10th of September 2007, and which are part of the process but were ignored by the PJ’s final report.
At that time, the investigator even suggested a change in the coercion measure of ‘termo de identidade e residência’ [obligation to state identity and residence] for the couple that had just been made arguidos, a fact that was also ignored by the Public Ministry, which actually allowed for Kate and Gerry McCann to abandon the Portuguese territory.
Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator of the CID in Portimão, continues to state that Madeleine died on the very same night that she disappeared, and in the documentary that TVI broadcast this week, he demonstrated the impossibility of an abduction, using a reconstitution played by actors to point out several contradictions in the testimonies that were given in Portugal and in England by the couple and the seven British persons that accompanied them, the so-called Tapas Bar group.
A source at the Public Ministry that was contacted by 24horas confirmed that the documentary, which is based on the book “Maddie: The Truth of the Lie”, by Gonçalo Amaral, was “watched very attentively” and that it will “obviously” be appended to the process, while the same may happen to the documentary that will result from the filming that was recently carried out under the guidance of Gerry McCann in Praia da Luz.

Duarte Levy

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