Lederen for Madeleine-etterforskningen i Portugal, Goncalo Amaral, er sparket og degradert etter å ha anklaget britisk politi for å hjelpe McCanns og ikke portugisiske kolleger.
Chief Inspector Goncalo Amaral, who has been the driving force behind briefings that the couple were responsible for the death of their daughter, was dismissed from his position as director of the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) in Portimão and demoted to the rank of Inspector.
The detective was summoned to a meeting with Alipio Ribeiro, the national director of the PJ, in Faro, after telling a Portuguese newspaper that British police were helping Kate and Gerry McCann.
He told Diário de Notícias: «British police have only worked on what the McCann couple want them to work on. They have only investigated tips and information developed and worked on for the McCanns, forgetting that the couple are suspects in the death of their daughter Madeleine.»
Skandalen er at Amaral har kunnet holde på så lenge, uten å bli stanset. Det er er også skammelig for norske aviser, med VG i spissen, som satset alt på at McCann skulle bli tiltalt. At skandalen lå hos portugisisk politi har ligget i kortene i lang tid. Men VG og Dagbladet var mer opptatt av å kaste mistanke på foreldrene.