The German authorities have “built a suspect”, the former Portuguese police inspector told AFP on the occasion of the release of a new book on the case entitled “Maddie: enough lies!”, Which will be available Thursday in bookstores in Portugal.
“If they had something against him, he would have already been charged and convicted,” said Amaral, believing that it had still not been proven that there had been a kidnapping.
Little “Maddie,” whose cropped brown hair and large, light-colored eyes in wanted posters have toured the world, disappeared from her bedroom on May 3, 2007, shortly before her fourth birthday on May 12, in the small seaside resort of Praia da Luz (south) where she was staying on vacation with her family.
After 14 months of controversial investigations, marked in particular by the indictment of the girl’s parents, before they were cleared, the Portuguese police had closed the case in 2008 before reopening the case five years later.
The case saw a new twist with the identification by the German police of a new suspect, a repetitive pedophile called “Christian B.” already convicted of rape in Portugal and currently detained in Germany.
This German was on the list of people to be interviewed at the time of the disappearance but investigators had not found him at his home and could not speak to him in 2007.
“We did not have the opportunity to question him, him like others,” said Amaral, acknowledging that the police should have insisted on questioning him.
Mr. Amaral had already published in 2008 “Maddie, the prohibited investigation”, where he believed that the parents were involved in the disappearance of the girl.
The latter had sued for defamation and requested the book to be banned. Sentenced in 2015, the former inspector was finally acquitted in 2017.
This affair raises the problem of “national sovereignty”, argues Mr. Amaral who calls for the continuation of the investigation by the Portuguese authorities.