11 December 2009

Portugal trial of officer in McCann case postponed



LISBON — A libel trial against a policeman in Portugal who claimed missing British girl Madeleine McCann was dead and that her parents could have hidden the corpse opened on Friday but was immediately postponed.

The case in Lisbon against former Algarve police officer Goncalo Amaral, who led the early stage of the investigation into Madeleine's disappearance, was adjourned until January 12 due to the absence of his lawyer.

Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, attended the opening of the case on Friday, which they brought against Amaral for suggesting their daughter was dead and that they were somehow involved in the disappearance.

He wrote a book, "The Truth of the Lie", about Madeleine's disappearance which contained these allegations.

A Portuguese court issued an injunction in September banning sales of the book and prohibiting Amaral from repeating his claims in the media.

"Freedom of speech should not include distortion of the truth, lies, fabrication and slander," said Kate McCann on Friday.

She added the couple were not disappointed about the trial delay as the injunction was still in force.

Gerry McCann added: "The key thing here is we're here to fight for our daughter, and if anyone steps over the lines then they should be prepared to defend what they say in court."

Madeleine, who would now be six years old, went missing from a holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, as her parents and their friends were eating at a nearby restaurant.

Amaral was in charge of the investigation into her disappearance when her parents were made official suspects in September 2007.

He was removed from the case a month later, and Portugese prosecutors announced in July 2008 that the McCanns were no longer suspects.

Despite huge publicity worldwide and investigations by Portuguese and British police, Madeleine has not been found.

Portuguese police are no longer investigating the case, but other investigators acting on the couple's behalf are still looking for the missing girl and appealing to the public for information.

AFP news Agency




16 comments:

  1. Talk about distortion of the truth.

    It is the McCanns who should have to defend what they say in court.

    Where is your proof of abduction McCanns, that you can go asking people to send you money simply on your say so?

    Where is your proof?

    If you can't provide it, your Fund should be closed.

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  2. Rather than waste their air fares, surely this frees up a few days for K&G and gives them an opportunity to search for Madeleine in Portugal

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  3. Is the injunction still in force?

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  4. I was watching RTP1 news this afternoon saying that flu is increasing in Portugal, specially on children.
    We knew about lawyer Cabrita last evening and I did not expect the McCanns to show up at the Tribunal this morning as it was useless.
    The judge could have warned them officialy at their hotel.
    But ok, the judge knows what he is doing.
    Let us wait till January and I hope to get some sleep next night.

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  5. hey gerry you had better listen to the wife==
    "Freedom of speech should not include distortion of the truth, lies, fabrication and slander," said Kate McCann on Friday.==

    boy mr amaral ought to SUE YOU,seeing as you have done nothing BUT DISTORT THE TRUTH...
    A TRUELY SICK COUPLE

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  6. I see that foreign press is rather moderate comparatively to the British one. For example in Ireland :
    http://www.herald.ie/world-news/mccanns-in-portugal-for-libel-battle-with-excop-1971668.html

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  7. Kate McCann would know about lies and distortion of truth, wouldn't she? Has she found anything on Murat yet?

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  8. I love that comment from KM re distortion of the truth and freedom of speech. What have they done but distort everything for the last two and a half years, the hypocrisy is breathtaking. Its a pity that the hearing had to be postponed. Its amazing that Amaral has to get 7 witnesses to try and convonce the Judge. Surely the Judge should have seen that facst in the book are borne out in the thesis of the process?

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  9. Gerry McCann added: "The key thing here is we're here to fight for our daughter, and if anyone steps over the lines then they should be prepared to defend what they say in court."

    It isn't stepping over any line to give an opinion about what may have happened to Madeleine. No one has the right to insist this was a case of abduction when they can't prove it; it's totally wrong to try to stop anyone else pointing out that abduction is only a theory like any other theory. It was mentioned both in the PJ report and the summing-up that abduction was only one theory, but no proof was offered to support this particular theory.

    Madeleine could well have walked out of the apartment as a door was deliberately left unlocked; after that, she could have had an accident - who knows? She could also have had an accident inside the apartment - there was no one there to help her if she did. Are we supposed not to be allowed to mention these self-evident possibilities, simply because they don't please the people who want their own story forced on to everybody?

    I will believe in abduction when I see the proof of it, not before. I don't know what happened to Madeleine, but there are many possibilities I have no intention of ignoring. The only person who can possibly know what happened to Madeleine is the person who was there when she left the apartment, if indeed anyone was there at all. This is a matter of common sense and no one is going to force me or I hope anyone else to abandon their own powers of reasoning, simply because that's what some idiotic people want.

    PS Have the McCanns gone to Praia da Luz to help Dave Edgar with the search yet?

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  10. "Freedom of speech should not include distortion of the truth, lies, fabrication and slander," said Kate McCann on Friday.

    Well, well, well! Who's been distorting the truth and telling lies here? And who's fabricating? You! Gerry! Your other Tapas friends! READ THE FILES KATE HEALY! You will be confronted with your lies and with your fabrications. As to slander, we know how Amaral has been treated.

    Gerry McCann added: "The key thing here is we're here to fight for our daughter, and if anyone steps over the lines then they should be prepared to defend what they say in court."

    Wow, we are all frightened of you Gerry! Attacking is the best defense (not always, Gerry)! Defiant, threatening and arrogant as ever. But don't you worry, GA will deal with you in due time. As to fighting for your daughter I find it odd that you don't fight for the re-opening of the case by the PJ? Now, that would be a real fight!

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  11. All the more time before January, then, for the new book "The Gag" to be on sale before the next time the circus hits town!
    I dread seeing the gruesome twosome on TV over Christmas...
    Also, the accounts of the famous Fund will be being published next year, which should make for interesting reading.

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  12. Amazing how the McCanns can make it back to Portugal when there is a possiblity of money in the offing, but could not be bothered to go when asked by the investigators,(the official ones, that is, not their own pseudo police force), to do a reconstruction to help find out what happened to Madeleine.

    What other parents of missing children would miss an opportunity to do that?

    Apart of course, maybe Jon Benet Ramsey's, who legged it out of town and got themselves lawyered up. Bit like the McCanns.

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  13. 17.00 pm
    Sky news are reporting that Mc Canns have been heckled and boed outside court.

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  14. Will Brian Kennedy be giving evidence about the tests he had carried out on the car by "independent Home Office accredited pathologists" We haven't heard anything more about them. I wonder why?

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  15. Elizabeth Smart....Political and Mormon involvement (father claimed abduction)Case very suspect...Elizabeth witnessed by many begging on the street with her alleged abductor.
    Caylee Anthony..... Mother claimed abduction..now charged with her daughters murder. Also claiming the smell in the boot of the car was from two dead squirrels and a rotting pizza...
    Haleigh Cummins ....Girlfriend claimed haleigh was abducted from her bed...Misty (girlfriend) failed lie detectors.
    Jon Benet Ramsey....Case very suspect

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