Boozy lunches and unchecked leads
3 October 2007
The Daily Express

Goncalo Amaral has been at the centre of a series of controversies since taking over as head of police in Portimao.

Just days ago it was revealed he was spending as little as four-and-a-half hours a day on the Madeleine McCann case.

Amaral regularly enjoys boozy lunches and last week, while the eyes of the world were on an apparent sighting of the toddler in Morocco, the detective spent two hours knocking back wine in his favourite fish restaurant.

It also emerged that up to 250 potential leads have still not been checked out.

Astonishingly, Amaral was put in charge of the Madeleine case despite being an arguido – a suspect – himself.

Amaral is to face a criminal hearing for allegedly concealing evidence that three of his colleagues tortured Leonor Cipriano to extract a confession that she murdered her eightyear-old daughter Joana, who went missing in 2004.

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