The citizens’ movement Project Justice Gonçalo Amaral has already gathered approximately three thousand euros to support the former Polícia Judiciária (PJ) inspector in the processes that have been filed by the McCann couple, the parents of the child that went missing in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, in 2007
Luís Arriaga, the spokesman of the project that supports Gonçalo Amaral, told Lusa agency that the amount that has been gathered so far, within a month’s time, “is manifestly insufficient to face the numerous processes”, yet asserted that the collection of financial means will continue.
“We want to gather the sympathy of people who can help in the creation of a support fund”, said Luís Arriaga, next to the Palace of Justice in Lisbon, where other members of the project reunited, before the first hearing concerning the prohibition of the book “Maddie – The Truth About The Lie”, by Gonçalo Amaral.
The trial ended up being postponed to the 12th, 13th and 14th of January, due to the illness of Gonçalo Amaral’s lawyer, António Cabrita, but before the postponement was confirmed, some ten members of the project symbolically distributed red carnations.
“That is the primary focus: to raise awareness within the public opinion, towards the need to recover the sense of the 25th of April [Portuguese Freedom Revolution in 1974] in freedom of expression. We cannot return to obscurantism, to the rejection of freedom of expression. Everyone can speak, obviously there are no boundaries. The boundary will be that of law”, Luís Arriaga explained.
The spokesman further defended the need “for a new revelation if the judicial system is badly designed and if the rich are being protected in access to justice”.
Apart from the presence of members of Project Justice Gonçalo Amaral, with t-shirts bearing inscriptions “Freedom of Expression” and “Censorship Never Again”, other people protested against Kate and Gerry McCann at the moment when the two of them gave statements to the Portuguese and the British journalists.
Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of the English child that disappeared in the Algarve in 2007, arrived at Lisbon’s Palace of Justice at around 9 a.m., while Gonçalo Amaral arrived at around 9.20.
Before entering the court, Gonçalo Amaral told the journalists that “Portugal is a country with freedom of expression”.
The parents of Madeleine McCann, who went missing on the 3rd of May 2007 in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, allege that the book and the video that was sold after a documentary that was shown on TVI, divulge Gonçalo Amaral’s thesis, which they consider unsustainable, that both are involved in their daughter’s disappearance.
Therefore, through the request that has been presented by lawyer Isabel Duarte, the British couple asked the court to remove, albeit in a provisory manner, the book and the video from the market, which was granted on the 9th of September.
Another action against Gonçalo Amaral, with the accusation of statements that are considered to be defaming, in which the British couple demands a compensation of at least 1.2 million euros, is also running its course.
source: Lusa/Sol, 11.12.2009