The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann will be dropped in one go on Friday, March 15. The series is comprised of eight episodes which will chart the case of the missing three-year-old British girl and take another look at the evidence. Here’s what you need to know about the brand new Netflix documentary series.
Who is detective Goncalo Amaral?
Gonçalo Amaral is a former Portuguese detective, who was fired from the Madeleine McCann investigation in October 2007.
He led the initial hunt to find the child after she went missing from her hotel apartment in the holiday resort of Praia da Luz.
Madeleine was sleeping with her two siblings in the hotel room while her parents had dinner with friends at a nearby restaurant when she was disappeared.
Amaral was the officer who made the missing girl’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann “arguidos” or official suspects.
The now retired police detective also heavily criticised the British police and wrongly claimed MI5 had involvement in hiding Madeleine’s body.
Speaking on Australian TV programme Sunday Night, he said “for sure [the police] had an involvement.”
He wrote a book about the case and was later involved in a controversial documentary on the case.
His book was published mere days after Kate and Gerry were no longer suspects of the Portuguese police and the investigation was closed in 2008.
Since its publication, the McCanns have been locked in a bitter legal dispute with Amaral.
Amaral features in the Netflix documentary as a talking head and gives his opinion of the case.
According to sources, lawyers are “closely” watching what Amaral says in the documentary.
A source told The Mirror: “They have no desire to watch the show but they have been made aware Mr Amaral has taken part.
“Obviously what he says will be monitored in light of the previous false allegations he has made.”
Ahead of the release of the documentary series, Kate and Gerry McCann released this statement: “The production company told us that they were making the documentary and asked us to participate.
“We did not see – and still do not see – how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and, particularly given there is an active police investigation, it could potentially hinder it.
“Consequently, our views and preferences are not reflected in the programme.
“We will not be making any further statements or giving interviews regarding this programme.”
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann will be released on Netflix today
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