Goncalo Amaral has
already seen the book, Maddie: The Truth about the Lie,
sell around 180,000 copies across Europe, and expects to
sell tens of thousands more when the book is published
McCann's, confronted with news of this development,
meanwhile admitted they would scrutinise the book with a
view to taking legal action against the retired police
Goncalo Amaral further told The Independent on Sunday,
'I have received numerous messages of support and
solidarity since being taken off the case, including
from the UK ' messages that also motivated me to tell
people what I knew about the Maddie case. I am positive
that there's also a section of the public eager to know
'People can form their opinion without the manipulation
that we have seen before.'
said his only regret was failing to carry out a
reconstruction of the events soon after Madeleine
vanished but claimed he was put under 'serious pressure'
whether he thought Madeleine was dead, he said: 'It is
not just my opinion. A whole team of Portuguese and
British investigators came to that conclusion last year,
and this is part of the files. I have never said the
couple killed their daughter and this is not my belief.
Deaths may happen for natural reasons, accident or
intervention by a third party.'
in August, Goncalo Amaral in comments to The Portugal
News, said he regretted what he termed the premature
closure of the investigation.
opinion, a number of things are still lacking: We should
have continued investigating the parents in order to
either charge them or rule them out as suspects. If I
represented this couple, I would have insisted that
police investigations continue. Not everything we do is
to incriminate a suspect. Often a phone will be tapped
in order to obtain information that will clear a
worked long hours discussing a number of potential
explanations for Madeleine's disappearance; we did not
insist solely that she had been abducted.'
a pending lawsuit over the publication of his book, the
former detective said at the time, 'My book is based on
facts. It could be a good occasion to take all the case
files to court and compare what I wrote with that which
is contained in the files.'
related development, the British Parliament is to delve
into the effectiveness of press self-regulation,
contempt of court, privacy and libel laws following the
spate of settlements between the press, and the McCann
family, the so-called Tapas Seven and former suspect
Select Committee will start investigations in the New
Year and has invited leading newspapers to participate
in the hearing.
group will also study the effectiveness of the Press