to 1343 Witness
statement of Rui Ségio Lopes Silva
TRANSLATION BY INES
5-Processos Vol V Pages 1342-1343
Segio Lopes Silva
Occupation: GNR Officer
He has been a GNR officer since
2004. He is a soldier and currently
works at the Lagos post.
On 3rd May it was his day off,
however he was drinking coffee at
the Lagos GNR bar. He does not know
exactly what time this was but he
was when he was in the bar with
other colleagues that he heard about
Together with his colleague, Santos,
he immediately offered to do all
that was necessary to help.
After having helped his previously
mentioned colleague prepare a
message to distribute the news, he
left for the OC in his own car. He
arrived with his colleague Santos
between 00.00 and 00.01 and
presented himself to the GNR post
He was immediately sent to one of
the search zones, initially
accompanied by the post commander.
He never entered the McCann
apartment the girl disappeared from.
He only had direct contact with the
couple and their friends at about
04.00 when Gerry McCann approached
the GNR group of which he was a
member to ask whether there was a
church close by. He replied to him
in English, giving the directions to
a nearby church.
During the searches that he carried
out on the scene until 05.00, he saw
many people searching and he
especially remembers two large
groups of 10-15 people. One close
to the beach and the other near to
the McCann apartment block in Rua
Agostinho da Silva.
He never spoke to any unknown person
not was he approached by any unknown
When asked about Robert Murat, he
said that he did not see him on that
night nor on other days when he went
to the scene.
Reads, ratifies, signs.
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