Ex Madeleine McCann cop blames parents for disappearance, says Christian B is innocent
'The main culprits for the disappearance are those who had custody: the parents,' Goncalo Amaral has said
The ex-cop who led the Madeleine McCann investigation before being fired has reportedly blamed her parents for her disappearance. He has also claimed the main suspect is innocent. As one of the most heavily reported missing-person cases in modern history, McCann’s story is one almost everyone has heard about. Less than two weeks shy of turning four, McCann disappeared on the evening of May 3, 2007 from her bed in a holiday apartment at a resort in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve region of Portugal.
In June 2020, it was reported that German prosecutors, who are investigating the disappearance of the British girl, believed she was dead, and a 43-year-old German man called Christian B was being investigated on suspicion of her murder. He was believed to have been in the area where McCann was last seen. Hans Christian Wolters, from the Braunschweig Public Prosecutor's Office in Germany, said at the time, "We are assuming that the girl is dead. With the suspect, we are talking about a sexual predator who has already been convicted of crimes against little girls and he's already serving a long sentence."
Who is Goncalo Amaral?
Amaral is an infamous name in the Madeleine McCann case. In 2018, it was reported that Amaral made £350,000 (USD 479,336) from a book that was published on the case in which the missing child's parents were slandered. Amaral, the retired police chief in Portugal, wrote a book on the case titled ‘Maddie: The Truth About The Lie”.
Amaral claimed in the book that the girl died in an accident at the family's holiday apartment in Algarve in 2007, and that her parents covered up the crime. Kate and Gerry McCann sued Amaral at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to stop him from making money on the disappearance of their child.
According to a new report in The Sun, Amaral, who was removed as head of the investigation after criticizing British detectives and claiming they were only following leads the McCanns asked them to pursue, has now claimed that Christian B had "nothing to do with the disappearance" in an interview with BILD -- a German tabloid -- for the documentary, ‘The Maddie McCann Case’.
"It wouldn't be the first time a case has been solved by constructing a suspect," he said. "The main culprits for the disappearance are those who had custody: the parents. The German public prosecutor shouldn't keep saying that he has something against (Christian B) in his hand.”
"Then accuse him. Take him to court. And explain to me how someone broke into the apartment without leaving fingerprints or gloves,” he said, adding the wild claim, "To this day I have no doubt that a kidnapping was only simulated. The signs of this: a window that no one could tell for sure whether it was open or closed. We were told that the alleged kidnapper climbed in and out of there. There were fingerprints of the mother showing that she opened the window. They were the only ones that were found."
Wolters has dismissed Amaral's claims, branding them "completely irrelevant". He said, "We are not interested in the opinion of a Portuguese ex-police officer. We assume that he does not have our files. Therefore, his conclusions are completely irrelevant."