Monday, 11 January 2010
Violence, Corruption Lies and Beatings & Sexual Abuse of Children Can Portugal's Human Rights Record Get Any Worse?
With a libel trial for Goncalo Amaral due to start tomorrow Tuesday 12th January 2010 and the 2nd of his torture trials also scheduled to commence this week, can things look any bleaker for Goncalo Amaral?
Can things look any worse for Portugal?
In the 2nd of his torture trials Goncalo Amaral plans to call Moita Flores as a witness to testify in his favour.
The connection Moita Flores and another witness that Amaral intends to call 'Felicia Cabrita' are also linked to the Casa Pia child abuse case, which is also expected to resume this month.
Moita Flores who writes in the most sycophantic way about Goncalo Amaral, is already well known for the services of "cleaning" crimes for a high price.. How much is Goncalo Amaral paying Moita Flores to write like this in his book and to testify in his favour in court?
For example the case of Eurico de Melo whose briefcase containing compromising letters about his paedophile and homosexual activities was stolen. Dias André (Casa Pia Case) and Moita Flores were among the people who found the briefcase. When the current Casa Pia case blew up, Moita Flores rushed to write in Diário de Notícias that the briefcase belonged to Eng Sousa Gomes and only contained a speech.
Why write an article which wasn’t even inserted in the chronicle he had on DN? of course to protect his "client" Eurico de Melo!
The same names keep cropping up repeatedly in all of Portugal's high profile cases, from Michael Cook's case where he was found guilty on no evidence for the murder of Rachel Charles. Joana/Leonor Cipriano; Hugo; Casa Pia and Madeleine McCann.
How deeply does Portugal's corruption go?
There are huge question marks hanging over the head of Goncalo Amaral, right back to 2002 he was known to have financial problems.
Goncalo Amaral was head of the drug squad and he was passed over for promotion because apparently he did not have the necessary training sessions, this was despite that he had apparently just closed and brought to justice a large drug trafficking racket.
So why did this happen?
In the case of Hugo, he was accused of attempted murder by Amaral, this was said to have occurred to "protect" drug traffickers who were actually responsible for the attempted murder.
Then there is this in the Casa Pia trial and allegations, Dias André ( a "close" friend of Felicia Cabrita and PJ Inspector, made a sudden fortune, even buying a villa for 100 million escudos[€500 000].
His connection to the "official" drug trafficking within PJ and/or paedophile material blackmailing more than justify his current assets, both legal and clandestine, which currently largely surpasses the million of contos [1 conto=1000 escudos; €5 000 000]. He is also facing a process for extortion. Then there are the questionable assets of the "early retired" Dias Coelho but his again are lower than his boss’ Paulo Rebelo [several millions of euro] Rebelo is "Godson" of Laborinho Lúcio, Luís Neves Baptista, Ilídio Neves.
Some PJ and ex PJ are said to have hidden their money and purposefully run up debts to cover the fact they have been taking many millions of euros in bribes, to protect drug and CHILD traffickers and paedophiles.
Felicia Cabrita is said to have "gone out" with Dias Andre in his police car, apparently in Portugal "going out" usually means to have sex!
How deep is this corruption running and when is Portugal going to do the right thing and have Goncalo Amaral investigated?
"The network of "protection" in Portugal is enormous and extremely powerful. There are magistrates, ambassadors, police, politicians - (all of which are said to have procured children from Casa Pia). So it is extremely difficult to break this down. These people cover for each other, because if one is arrested, they all are arrested. They don't want anyone to know."
Just recently we have heard Goncalo Amaral being interviewed on TV, during this interview he is being asked about the McCanns and the way he is going to answer the charges of libel and defamation that have been brought against him by the couple and Amaral's reply was to deliberately mention that he knows many judges and they are all his friends.
What was Amaral doing here?
I believe he was intentionally trying to intimidate Kate and Gerry McCann, by inferring that the judge was his friend and now she has had time to look at the situation properly, she will rule in his favour at the libel trial due to recommence tomorrow.
Amaral has stated in his book that he believes the McCanns daughter died on May 3rd in their apartment and that the parents concealed the body several times. (No body has ever been found and the McCanns remain convinced their daughter is alive)
There is not proof at all that the McCanns harmed their child and this is what the Portuguese prosecutors have quoted in their 58 page report;
"Criticism of police investigation from the Portuguese legal system Portuguese prosecutors ridiculed detectives investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance for uncovering "very little" conclusive evidence about the child's fate, the newly released files have revealed.The damning report, made public as part of the massive dossier of evidence assembled over more than 14 months, even compared local investigators unfavourably with Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Written by public prosecutors in Portimao and dated July 21 – the day the case was officially shelved – the document said the investigation had not been able to find any proof which would allow "the formulation of any lucid, sensible, serious and honest conclusion" about the circumstances of the girl going missing. It continued: "This includes the most dramatic thing, ascertaining whether she is still alive or dead – which seems the most probable.""The investigators are fully conscious that their work is not exempt from imperfections. They worked with an enormous margin of error and they achieved very little in terms of conclusive results, especially about the fate of the unfortunate child."This is not, unfortunately, a detective novel, a crime scenario fit for the investigative efforts of a Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot, guided by the illusion that the forces of law and justice can always re-establish order."The 58-page report written by public prosecutors Jose de Magalhaes e Menezes and Joao Melchior Gomes and is contained in the final volume of the files released to the media" (in August 2008)
Amaral says he bases his book on the police files, but his book was released BEFORE the files were released to the public and as he was sacked from the investigation and took early retirement from his job in April 2008 months before the files were released and before the prosecutors wrote their report, how can he possibly have based his book on the files?
As Amaral cannot produce a body and cannot produce new evidence (If he could he would be duty bound to have reported it to the police) and Portugal's own attorney general has written a 58 page report, much of it condemning the investigation that Amaral run, it is hard to see how he has any hope at all of winning this libel case, and if he does, then allegations of corruption are going to be rife, so rife I suspect that this matter will be raised in the European parliament.
Also two temporary injunctions of Amaral's books have been won and he has been banned from speaking about the case, or giving interviews, now this has been put in place by the same judge that is going to preside over this case and Amaral appears to be boasting that he has already had this judges ear and that she now understand more. If the decision goes Amaral's way, there will be a huge diplomatic incident between Portugal and the UK.
Amaral has committed libel and he has defamed the parents, this is indefensible, it will be interesting to see what happens.
Last month Amaral's legal team failed to turn up to defend him in court, his lawyer Antonio Cabrita cited "swine flu" in his secretary as a reason to have proceedings cancelled!
It will be interesting to see if Amaral tries again to delay these proceedings.