Disgraced former police officer Goncalo Amaral has claimed Kate McCann’s reaction to daughter Madeleine going missing was ‘not normal’.
The controversial ex-cop, who accused the McCanns of a cover-up after their daughter vanished, insisted Madeleine’s mother should have been much more emotional at her disappearance.
Amaral, who was the original lead investigator in the case before his October 2007 sacking for criticising the British police, makes his shocking allegations in a new documentary.
The McCanns had left Madeleine, then three, asleep with twin siblings Sean and Amelie to go and eat tapas with their holiday friends at a bar near their Praia da Luz apartment.
The youngster’s mother discovered she had gone during one of the checks on the children the so-called Tapas Nine had organised.
Targeting Kate in Prime Suspect: The Madeleine McCann Case, airing as a three-part series on Discovery Plus on Monday, Amaral said: ‘She has two children asleep in a cot.
‘She leaves them and then goes back to where she was having dinner when she could have gone onto the balcony and screamed or picked up the phone and asked for help.
‘She walked 100 metres or 200 metres back to the restaurant – that’s not normal.’
He also had a new dig at German authorities over their insistence convicted paedophile Christian Brueckner was responsible for taking Madeleine, saying: ‘They talk a lot but they don’t present any evidence.
‘The question is what are they up to? Why are they not telling us anything? There is a huge lack of evidence.
‘There is no evidence. They need to prove that someone entered the apartment. They need to prove that happened but the German authorities have not gone public with any other information.
‘Simply finding someone that fits a profile isn’t good enough. This suspect is almost the perfect suspect.’
Amaral has been at the centre of a long-running legal battle with the McCanns over his claims in his 2008 book ‘The Truth of the Lie.’
He accused them of covering up their daughter’s accidental death in their holiday flat.
The McCanns have made a last-ditch attempt to seek redress in the European Court of Human Rights after losing a libel fight against Mr Amaral in Portugal.
Amaral, 61, told a Spanish TV programme in December 2019 when shown a picture of another man previously linked to Madeleine’s abduction that the supposed kidnapper was ‘similar, very similar’ to Gerry McCann.
He has also made unsubstantiated claims M15 spies had helped to cover up Madeleine’s death and disappearance.
He said British secret agents ‘for sure had an involvement’ in an Australian documentary which aired in April 2018.
The McCanns have repeatedly said the fake accusations against them have harmed the search for Madeleine.
Gerry has been quoted as saying: ‘I’m sure it’s a very small minority of people who spend their time doing it, but it has totally inhabited what we do.’
Brueckner’s lawyer Friedrich Fulscher has told the Discovery channel documentary he doesn’t think his client will ever be charged.
The German 44-year-old, now in prison in his homeland, used to live in Praia da Luz and has been placed by police in the vicinity of the McCanns’ Ocean Club holiday complex the night Madeleine disappeared.
German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said last month he remained hopeful of clarifying the 2007 disappearance.
But Mr Fulscher, who has always insisted Brueckner has nothing to do with the case, said: ‘My client hasn’t been charged with anything.
‘He is under investigation and under suspicion. I have to assume that they do not have any concrete evidence. I think that’s quite typical for us Germans.
‘We think we are something special, at least in Europe, and think we can do things better than other nations. We will see if that is the case but I don’t think so.’