3 June 2009

Gonçalo Amaral forces reopening of the “Maddie case”

The former inspector is going to advance a criminal complaint against the McCann couple. To this process, he intends to annex the investigation into the child’s disappearance. “It’s necessary to discuss what was done and what remains to be done”, he told DN.

by Carlos Rodrigues Lima

Gonçalo Amaral, the former Polícia Judiciária (PJ) coordinator who investigated the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, is going to advance a criminal complaint against the child’s parents, Gerry and Kate. In this process, JN was able to establish, the author of the book “The Truth about the Lie” intends to analyse the investigation that was done in 2007 and to bring new witnesses to Portugal in order to reopen the process of the disappearance that was archived in July 2008. “It is necessary to discuss what has been done and what remains to be done”, Gonçalo Amaral stated to DN.

The former PJ coordinator has already built a team of three lawyers – António Cabrita, Henrique Pires Teixeira and Francisco Almeida Garrett – who will accompany him over the coming times, both in the attack against the McCann couple and in the defence, given the fact that Gerry and Kate have publicly announced their intention to file a civil lawsuit against Gonçalo Amaral.

In statements to DN, lawyer António Cabrita, who has already represented Gonçalo Amaral in the case of alleged aggressions against Leonor Cipriano, Joana’s mother, confirmed that there is an “intention from Gonçalo Amaral to file a complaint over defamation and offences against the good name, against the McCann couple and their spokesperson, Clarence Mitchell”. For now, the lawyers are still studying which court is competent for the filing of the complaint. This is due to the fact that the statements that are at stake, were all of them reproduced in the media, which makes it necessary, as António Cabrita explained, “to define the location where the target gained knowledge about them”, to then determine which court is competent.

When filing the criminal complaint, Gonçalo Amaral will have to justify why he felt offended and defamed by the McCanns. To do that, the former Polícia Judiciária investigator will use the process of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, on one hand, and on the other hand, witness statements of persons who, in some manner, may involve Gerry and Kate in their daughter’s disappearance. “I’m going to bring people from England and Ireland to testify”, Gonçalo Amaral told DN, without advancing any further details about the criminal complaint. “What Gonçalo Amaral has been saying concerns an investigation that I, personally, think has stopped half way down”, António Cabrita concluded. Concerning the reopening of the Maddie case, António Cabrita said: “That is a decision under the competence of the Public Ministry”.

Apart from the McCanns, the lawyers for Gonçalo Amaral are also studying the possibility to advance with lawsuits against some English newspapers. For that, the representatives of the former Judiciária coordinator are trying to find a connection with English lawyers that may take care of the matter in England.

In a more advanced stage, concerning lawsuits, stands the McCann couple, Gerry and Kate, “together with their three children, Madeleine, Sean and Amelie”, who have already advanced to court, as they announced.

In May, the McCann couple announced, through a press release, that they would move into Portuguese courts, taking into account the “ongoing and gross statements” by Gonçalo Amaral, in Portugal and abroad, about the child’s disappearance in May 2007.

For this lawsuit, Gerry and Kate McCann hired lawyer Isabel Duarte, an expert in communication law, who has been defending the Expresso newspaper for many years, in cases of abuse of press freedom and defamation.


source: Diário de Notícias, 03.06.2009

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for bringing us this excellent news. Good Luck to Dr Amaral and his team.

    Immodium Clarence?

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  2. ..."the lawyers for Gonçalo Amaral are also studying the possibility to advance with lawsuits against some English newspapers. For that, the representatives of the former Judiciária coordinator are trying to find a connection with English lawyers that may take care of the matter in England."

    I hope it won't be almost impossible to find a british legal team to work with/for Mr. Amaral, if we take into account how, to this day, he has not been able to find a british publisher with enough "guts" to print his book.
    Any brave british lawyers out there?...
    Mr. Anthony Bennett comes to my mind...

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  3. don't forget to add Tony Parsons to the list, Dr. Amaral

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  4. It's going to be a long hard battle but since Amaral has truth on his side he will win.

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  5. Is it there a British brave lawyer to help Mr. Amaral and give some dignity to a child and to both countrys, Portugal & UK? I hope YES!!...

    The time passed... things change on the political issues in both countrys. Socrates and Gordon Brown are loosing confidence every day, with all scandals related with corruption in the Freeport(Socrates) and the bills payed with taxes(Brown). Mrs. Smith resigned from the Home Office... IS this a signal?

    We, the public from all european countrys, we have the right to know:

    -what happened to Madeleine?
    -Why her parents had being able to set a Fund based on public donnations without a transparent and independent supervision?
    -Why her parents got the official support from a spoke-person, provided by the british government since the beginning?
    -Why her parents are allowed to set a private investigation based on private detectives, instead of asking an official police investigation? The actions of that team are illegal and a crime. The Germain Prosecutor shows that to the world, last week, when they are forced to fly back without meeting Mr. Hewlet.
    - Why the deputes on European parliament allowed the Mccann's to use the power of that institution on their own profit?
    -Why no any powerful organisation in UK, stands up against the way that Mr. Amaral was treated in some british media?
    - Why the Media in Uk are forced to shut down Blogs and comments not very friendly to the Mccanns and at same time allowed journalists to spin news ássociating Portugal and the Portuguese people with paedophillie. And generalised that the PJ is a team of incompetents and insulted Mr. Amaral on such way that is not acceptable on any European country, or on any democracy? Free speech doesn't mean violation of human rights...
    -Why the SMS, The Mobiles and Mccann's bank accounts are protected and not suplied to the investigation if at same time, on the same investigation, Mr. Murat got everything catched and investigated?
    -Why, all Tapas 9 refused to come back to Portugal for the reconstuction, and are not forced by the authorities to do it?
    -Why was Madeleine investigation shelved so quickly and before many importants steps in the investigation hapen?

    This are only a small amount of inconsistences that we, the public, noticed and dont understand why...

    Next Sunday, Europe is facing a new election... For WHAT?

    Maddie's case is not any more a Mccann's case, a portuguese or british case. IS A GLOBAL CASE, a EUROPEAN AND WORLD CASE, for everything that was permited to her parents and was refused to the police.
    CAN YOU IMAGINE, IN A WORLD WHICH FACES BIG CRIMES LIKE TERRORISM, IF TERRORISTS ARE ALLOWED TO SET THEIR PRIVATE INVESTIGATION AND IF IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS ARE REFUSED TO THE POLICE?
    I'm a european citizen and i dont accept two justices, or justice applied according the case and the people involved.
    IN THE NAME OF HUMAN AND CHILDS RIGHTS... IN FRONT OF JUSTICE, WE WANT THE SAME TREATMENT WITHOUT DESCRIMINATION.

    Unfortunatly, the statistic show's us, that most childs are victims from crimes perpetred by their parents, then is nothing new, for a parent being suspected in any child disapearence. What is new, is running away from justice with suport of governments and with some ridiculous and suspicious excuses.

    DONT GIVE UP MR. AMARAL - WE DESERVE THE TRUTH and MADELEINE DESERVES PEACE AND JUSTICE!

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