Detective in missing child case faces charges

Detective in missing child case faces charges
Ottawa Citizen 
11 June 2007

LONDON - The investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was in chaos last night after the detective co-ordinating the hunt for her abductor was charged with criminal offences over another missing child case.

Goncalo Amaral and four other Portuguese police officers were charged over the weekend with offences relating to the inquiry into the disappearance of Joana Cipriano from a village about 11 kilometres from where Madeleine was abducted.

The nine-year-old girl has not been seen since her disappearance three years ago, but her mother and uncle were convicted of murdering and dismembering Joana because she caught them having an incestuous relationship. Joana's mother, Leonor, has alleged that she was beaten into a confession during a police interrogation that took place without her lawyer or the knowledge of the public prosecutor.

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