Saturday, 16 January 2010

I Don't Know Who Sounds The More Desperate, The Daily Mail or The McCanns

Ever increasingly, the pair of them.

She's terrifyingly thin, he's boiling with rage: So why HAVE the McCanns put themselves on trial?

During the first few weeks after Madeleine McCann's disappearance, Goncalo Amaral came to symbolise all that was wrong with the abysmally mishandled Portuguese police investigation into the case.

A portly provincial CID chief** who was plainly out of his depth and had a penchant for long, wine-fuelled lunches and leaking favourable stories about himself to the Press, he was removed as head of the investigation after six months.

And when he was later revealed to have perjured himself to cover up a brutal interrogation by members of his team, detractors scoffed that his name ought to have been spelt with an 'o', as in 'amoral'.

In an extraordinary transformation of fortunes, however, he is now a Portuguese national icon, 'courageously' fighting for the right to express his bombshell theory: that Madeleine was not abducted, but died accidentally, and her parents, Gerry and Kate, covered up her death.

More of this turgid shameless catalogue of lies at The McMail.