Disgraced Former Portuguese Detective
Corrupt Convicted Criminal
What is there to be said about a man like this?
What words can you find and use to adequately portray the character of a person that has abused the power invested in him and abused the trust that has been placed in him?
Why did this man ever become a policeman, if it were not to uphold the law and to protect and defend the vulnerable?
Did he deliberately set out on this course, or did he become corrupt along the way?
In a country like Portugal where there is so much distrust of those in power, where there remains a deep seated fear of the "right wing" police, what did this man give to his former profession?
Just a brief Google of his past reveals that virtually everything he has been involved in appears to have become tainted in controversy.
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Goncalo Amaral was also made an arguido (a suspect) in the case of torture of the mother of another child who disappeared in Portugal, yet astonishingly, he was not suspended from duty while investigations took place, he was allowed to carry on working. Madeleine disappeared just 7 miles from where the other child 'Joana Cipriano' went missing and Goncalo Amaral was allowed to head the Madeleine investigation, despite being under a criminal investigattion at the time and a suspect into the "confession" (now proved) gained under the torture of Joana's mother Leonor, into confessing to the murder of her own daughter.
In short, the almost 4 year old Madeleine McCann's life and safe return, was entrusted to this man called Goncalo Amaral da Sousa, a man under a serious criminal investigation.
When the news of Madeleine's disappearance reached Goncalo Amaral, he admits he was out drinking with his pals in a bar and got the call that Madeleine was missing, feared abducted from her bed on the evening of Thursday May 3rd 2007 in Praia da Luz, the Algarve, Portugal. While drinking in that bar with his friends Amaral made the very first of what was later to become known as a catalogue of the most ghastly, incompetent and heartbreaking errors, that without a doubt contributed to Madeleine's continued disappearance.
When Goncalo Amaral received the first call to inform him that a major crime was beginning to unfold on his patch, 'he' who was the 'police chief coordinator' of the Portimao Policia Judiciaria (PJ), decided that this was not important enough to take him away from his drinking session with his pals.
Of course at first no-one knew if Madeleine had been abducted or had simply awoken and wandered off, but none the less a tiny little girl was missing on Amaral's patch, she was in a foreign land, even if she was lost, she of course would not be able to make herself understood, she was heartbreakingly vulnerable and needed adult help, her parents were vulnerable too, in a foreign land unable to speak the language, so unable to correctly convey their fears and what they thought had happened and because of the language barrier, many misunderstandings would arise, this is understandable enough, no-one expected the local GNR or PJ to understand and speak English and vice versa, this was yet another reason for Amaral to attend the scene and take control and quickly and efficiently, put in place official translators and anyone within the PJ who could speak English, yet, Goncalo Amaral da Sousa, Police chief coordinator of Portimao, comprehensively failed to give Madeleine and her parents that help, in fact he failed to give his own team that help.
The Council of Europe recommends that its members should run a national missing persons' bureau. There are basically 4 levels of criteria that need to be met (1) The child is apparently under the age of 18-yrs-old; (2) There is reasonable belief that the child has been kidnapped or abducted; (3) There is reasonable belief that the child is in imminent danger of serious harm or death; (4) There is sufficient information available to enable the public to assist the police in locating the child.
Portugal’s tourist industry which is worth over £2.8 billion to their economy, the majority of this revenue is coming from British tourists.
He freequently starts off an answer with "let me answer the question" this is an old politcal trick, it ususally means they are going to do anything and say anything, rather than truthfully answer the question they have just been asked, he also uses a technique of changing the question so the interviewer thinks they are getting a reply when they are not, he is giving a completely different answer.
Asked a difficult question to which he has not prepared the answer, he tries to change the subject and will often repeat the interviewer's or the journalists own words back at them, with a denial. Look at his facial expressions, he grimaces a lot, blinks and swallows more, he also shrugs a great deal.