McCanns in Praia da Luz
By Patrícia Susano Ferreira
17 May 2011
Thanks to Ines for translation
"I am not commenting on this book" and "I am not helping its promotion" were the first words from Gonçalo Amaral when questioned about the launch of the book written by Kate McCann. However, he guarantees that the words "of this lady are only lies", he laments the defamation that she has done to the Algarve, describing it as a "place where children are raped" as well as the "vulgar language" she uses.
The former coordinator of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine dismissed even the hypothesis of reading the book – "I like to read interesting things" – but promises that he will take recourse to Justice if the contents cast doubt on his professionalism and ethics. Confronted by excerpts from the book – in which Kate guarantees not having seen Amaral during the five months that he led the case of the disappearance – the ex-coordinator states that he spoke to her since the "first day". The ex-coordinator added that Kate must be "planning to buy a holiday home in the Algarve" with the proceeds from the book ("after having paid for her house with the money from the alleged fund to search for Maddie") and guarantees that the cover of the book is a "plagiarism" of the cover of the Dutch edition of his own book "A Verdade da Mentira". When contacted by Destak, the PJ chose not to comment on the book and criticisms of Kate McCann about the investigation.