Joana Morais 1. Everyone shall possess the right to freely express and publicise his thoughts in words, images or by any other means, as well as the right to inform others, inform himself and be informed without hindrance or discrimination 2. Exercise of the said rights shall not be hindered or limited by any type or form of censorship Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, Article The trial hearings of the injunction made by the British couple, that was decreed temporarily on September 9, , took place in four court sessions at the Civil Court of Lisbon in January A judicial source told today to Lusa News Agency that the trial that was scheduled to start on February 9 of the current year, will proceed on 14, 20 and 21 of September, at the 1st Circuit of the Civil Court of Lisbon, at the Justice Palace. Kate and Gerry McCann always claimed that Madeleine was abducted, they were both constituted as arguidos [formal suspects] in September , but they were taken that status for lack of sufficient material evidence that could support the hypothesis of the alleged accidental death of the child that was advanced by the police investigation.
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Certainly Not. In the distance the shots of the hare hunters can be heard, resounding above the low-growing vegetation of the Barrocal. On waking, I decide to stay at home.
I yearn instead for peace and silence. From the window I admire the Algarve countryside: the pink and snowy-white of the almond trees contrasting with the blue of the sea that is glimpsed in the distance. Suddenly, the ringing of the telephone — more and more unusual of late — brings me out of my lethargy; I have to face reality.
From the receiver, a friendly voice, swinging between anger and sadness, asks me: — How are you? I reply no and wonder what the clearly perceptible anxiety of my questioner is due to.
That placing the couple under investigation was premature…. He totally validated that decision. What is he intending to do? End the investigation? He is alluding to the investigations undertaken after the disappearance of a little English girl of nearly four years of age during the night of May 3rd to 4th , at the Ocean Club, one of the many tourist complexes in the village of Luz in Lagos, Portugal.
She was called Madeleine Beth McCann and she was sleeping in a bedroom in the apartment block, beside her sister and her brother — twins aged 2 years.
During this time, their parents were dining a hundred metres away with a group of friends and holiday companions. This news story was the beginning of a criminal investigation, unpublished in Portugal and, I think, in the rest of the world. Even so, the case benefited from unprecedented international media coverage. Numerous suggestions were put forward, mixing truth and lies; at the same time as regular information bulletins from the police, a campaign of disinformation was developed with the objective of discrediting the work of the investigators.
For me, the investigations came to an end on October 2nd , the date on which there seems to have been a new English ultimatum, incidentally on the same day that the Treaty of Lisbon was being discussed.
After hanging up, I go back to contemplating the almond trees in flower, planted in the hard soil of the Algarve. I wonder if a body is resting under that earth and if God, in the end, is not a little precipitous in making these trees flower in the winter….
And then I tell myself no. A memory comes to mind of the legend of this princess from a country in the north, married to a Moorish king. She spent her winter days pining for the snow of her country, which she missed.
Then, the monarch had the idea of planting almond trees throughout the surrounding region. Thus, when winter arrived, from the castle window, the young woman could contemplate the white mantle of the flowering trees that covered the countryside, and her sadness was dispelled.
Its geostrategic position, its sky, its climate and the hospitality of its inhabitants have always attracted people from other regions. Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Greeks passed through here; the Romans established themselves here and set up communication routes. The influence of the Moors, who spread Al-Andalus it is thus that they named the region to the west of Cordoba, to Al-Gharb, remains very present in the Algarvian culture. The history of the relationship between the Algarve and England is as ancient as it is turbulent.
Between and , when Portugal lost its independence and was integrated into the Spanish Empire, Faro was attacked by the troops of the Count of Essex. Amongst these books was a Pentateuch the first five books of the Bible in Hebrew, printed in in Faro by Samuel Gacon, a Jewish publisher. This historic work the first book printed in Portugal is kept at the British Library in London. Later, the Algarvians will help the English to defend Gibraltar, a strategic place for the fleet of the British Royal Navy.
The Algarvians have always shown great independence, not hesitating to oppose any foreign domination attempt. In the 19th century, during the French invasion, the first reverses suffered by the Napoleonic troops were inflicted by the Algarvians.
The population of Olhao rose up and drove the invaders back near Quelfes; young people of the town set out aboard a fragile barque to inform King John VI, then exiled in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, of the liberation of his homeland.
Portugal is a country of brave and warm-hearted people, rejecting arrogance and insults, proud of their identity and independence, even from the European Union. It is also a modern state that welcomes a great many investors and tourists and moreover plays an important and recognised diplomatic role. Throughout its history, Portugal has concluded pacts, signed treaties and built bilateral alliances with many countries: the Luso-British Alliance is a good example, proof of the vitality of relations between the two countries, and above all of a deep understanding.
Nowadays, the Algarve is focused on tourism; since the s, it is mostly the British who come to stay there. It is on this welcoming soil that little Madeleine disappeared. I get the impression that that decision was hatched on October 2nd and that all actions taken after that date were only a matter of form, with the sole purpose of sticking to the pre-established schedule.
I fear that challenging all the previous work of the investigation is only a pretext for closing a case that was beginning to undermine the police judiciaire, the investigators and Portugal. Perhaps that was why it had to come to a close. The Portuguese police officers began to consider the McCanns as potential suspects, which their British counterparts did not. But the English police — without any really practical justification — suddenly stepped back and gave up on following that track.
We have always found it strange the way the couple were treated, even after they were placed under investigation, and we have often wondered how the McCanns could have had access to information that had not been made public. I recall various moments in the investigation, and the memories come pouring out; I think of that little girl who was not yet four years old and who was denied the right to live.
Thus, the rights of that child are flouted, the rights of many other children. Who wants to get to that point? Who required my departure from the operational coordination of the investigation? Who is it who wishes to bring an end to the arguido status of the McCanns and Murat?
Those who support the theory of abduction? Or those who perpetuate the lie, in straying from the search for the material truth? After my departure from Portimao on October 2nd , I had decided to forget about this case. Perhaps the best thing to do, considering the forces at play. If the authorities of her own country were not worried any more about what had happened to that child and they satisfied themselves with the theory of abduction, why worry myself about it?
The only means of erasing the record of everything that was done would be the destruction of the official records. And then, our memory remains, that of all those set out on this investigation to discover the truth.
She is worried about me, and has been since May 3rd of last year, for nine months now. Previously, our marriage already knew highs and lows; after that date, it was worse. I had become an absent father and husband.
Nothing that happened to me seems justified to me, nothing makes sense. My family did not deserve that. The children are with their grandparents. We can talk a little about all of that.
I decide to go. I need to hear some reassuring words. From then on I carefully follow all the details. I become aware of the importance of statements from the national director, who had always maintained that all leads in the investigation must be explored and remain open.
That they be left open is possible, but they have been explored. Could the fact have been forgotten that we decided to constitute as arguido a couple suspected of the crime of concealing a body and simulating an abduction? I remember very well his course on the separation of power. The death of the investigation, once again! But this is about the death of a child!
Yes, I affirm it, a child is dead! This certainty is not fed by vague assumptions, no, I base myself on facts, details, clues and evidence recorded in the official records.
Many questions have been raised. But where are the answers? So much has been said…. We have known each other since we started in the police judiciaire. A request in that direction has allegedly already been placed before the national directorate of the police judiciaire.
According to him, that would allow the truth to be re-established and would lead to recognition of the quality of our work. During the five months that the investigations lasted, we had heard all sorts of comments, but we had got on with our job.
We remind ourselves of everything that was accomplished, with a great deal of effort, rigour and honesty, and we are certain that nobody could have done better. How can they accuse us of being precipitous when the couple were only declared suspects four months after the events! It is legally impossible to continue to take statements from someone as a witness if these statements risk later turning against him.
While a witness is making a statement about an ongoing case and at a given moment it is realised that he could himself be involved in an illegal act, he is constituted arguido. Thus, from then on, he has rights and duties. Contrary to what one reads in the press — above all the English -, the arguido is protected and acquires the right to silence which no one can reproach him for — which would not be the case if he were being heard as a witness.
If a mistake was made, it was in taking so long to make the couple arguidos. In fact, those who should stand in the way of this almost political management of the investigation are the most senior police managers.
They should object to any situation or action that risks bringing prejudice to the investigation and to its correct operation. It is only thus that we can conceive of a police force in a democratic state. You will see, soon the arguidos will be choosing who leads the investigation. Rather self-interests, you mean! A real companion who shared the good and the bad times with us.
I remember his kindness, and the patience with which he showed his support for me.
The Truth of the Lie by Gonçalo Amaral
Certainly Not. In the distance the shots of the hare hunters can be heard, resounding above the low-growing vegetation of the Barrocal. On waking, I decide to stay at home. I yearn instead for peace and silence. From the window I admire the Algarve countryside: the pink and snowy-white of the almond trees contrasting with the blue of the sea that is glimpsed in the distance. Suddenly, the ringing of the telephone — more and more unusual of late — brings me out of my lethargy; I have to face reality. From the receiver, a friendly voice, swinging between anger and sadness, asks me: — How are you?
A Verdade Da Mentira: The Truth About The Lie
I have been living for a year in this town, where I lead the Department of Criminal Investigation of the police judiciaire. In , when I was 23 and I had just taken up this career, I had already gone there. There, I had made the acquaintance of someone who was to become my friend, Manuel Joao. Former local official and sporty, a charismatic person. He always lent a hand to members of the police judiciaire who went to the town for the purposes of an investigation. As an elected local official, he originated the creation of a police judiciaire department in Portimao. Thus, that evening, while savouring fruits de mer, we discuss the problems of Portuguese society.
Gonçalo Amaral's book 'Maddie, The Truth of the Lie ' was returned to the publishers...
Chapter 1: Precipitation? Certainly not. In the distance the shots of the hare hunters can be heard, resounding above the low-growing vegetation of the Barrocal. On waking, I decide to stay at home. I yearn instead for peace and silence. From the window I admire the Algarve countryside: the pink and snowy-white of the almond trees contrasting with the blue of the sea that is glimpsed in the distance. Suddenly, the ringing of the telephone — more and more unusual of late — brings me out of my lethargy; I have to face reality.
Maddie: The Truth of the Lie
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