15 December 2009

VIP Treatment for the McCanns


 Esmeralda              Alexandra

by J. Paulo Canelas

The McCann Couple continues to receive State Honours, as if they are members of the British Government: after the escort to the Algarve Airport, from where they "fled" to their England, more than two years ago after being constituted as arguidos in the Algarve in the subsequence of the investigations made by Judiciary Police of Faro; they have now returned to our Country to "forbid" the sale of Inspector Gonçalo Amaral's book, as if they were heroes.

Let us see, they dealt with journalists at the airport as if they were "starlets" - Messi or KaKá [soccer players] couldn't do any better - and to complete the "circus", they entered the Palácio de Justiça [Lisbon Courthouse] through the door reserved to the magistrates, in a VIP treatment of which there is no memory.

The Portuguese State, as always, embarrassed before the power of some - who does not remember the "case" of the Ambriz massacre*, with Angola, in Durão Barroso's time? - bows before the great influences and yet again brings us another depressing demonstration of subalternity to the instituted international powers.

It would be important that the Justice Ministry - or the Foreign Office, why not? - justified why are Kate and Gerry "entitled" to enter "from the backdoor" of what is considered the "ex-libris" of the Portuguese Justice...and, on the opposite side, the cases of children at risk, like the well known cases of  Esmeralda (of the sargent) or Alexandra (the little Russian girl) are treated in the 'Public Square', without VIP's entrances or any other type of privacy.


Tratamento VIP para os McCanns

Por J. Paulo Canelas

O casal McCann continua a receber honras de Estado, como se de membros do Governo britânico se tratassem: após a escolta para o Aeroporto do Algarve, de onde "fugiram" para a sua Inglaterra, há mais de dois anos, depois de constituídos arguidos no Algarve, na sequência das investigações da Polícia Judiciária de Faro; regressaram agora ao nosso país para "proibirem" a venda do livro do inspector Gonçalo Amaral, como se de heróis se tratassem.

Senão vejamos: lidaram com os jornalistas no aeroporto como se fossem "estrelas" - Messi ou Kaká não fariam melhor- e, para completar o "circo", entrararam no Palácio da Justiça de Lisboa pela porta reservada aos magistrados, num tratamento VIP de que não há memória.

O Estado português, como sempre envergonhado perante o poder de alguns - quem não se lembra do " caso" do massacre de Ambriz,com Angola, no tempo de Durão Barroso?-, verga-se perante as grandes influências e traz-nos mais uma demonstração de deprimente subalternidade aos poderes internacionais instituídos.

Seria importante que o Ministério da Justiça - ou o dos Negócios Estrangeiros, por que não? - justificasse por que motivo Kate e Gerry "têm direito" a entrar "pela porta dos fundos" daquele que é o "ex-líbris" da Justiça Portuguesa...e, no pólo oposto , casos de crianças em risco, como as célebres Esmeralda ( do sargento) ou Alexandra ( a menina russa) são tratados na Praça Pública, sem direito a entradas VIP ou qualquer outro tipo de privacidade.

in Editorial of the Magazine 'TV 7 dias', nº 1187, paper edition only 

thanks to MariaCpois for bringing this article to our attention


* The massacre of Ambriz, Angola, victimized at the end of 2001, 18 civilians, mainly of Portuguese origin. The crime was perpetrated by a UNITA military force which was advancing towards the capital, Luanda, at night time. The leaderships of UNITA, according to general Kamorteiro, the then chief of state of Savimbi's troops chose to remain silent regarding what had happened, hiding their authorship in face of the political sensitivity that would involve. The Portuguese State never brought any action against the responsible for the massacre.






54 comments:

  1. The powers that be in PT allowed this to happen as well, and continue to do so IMO. The granting of the injunction against all logic and freedom of expression is testament to that. Naturally the duo will continue to exploit their status whilst basking in Political patronage. Sickening but true.

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  2. The Portuguese police is responsible for the safety of people.
    Not only the McCanns but also dangerous criminals use the back doors, in order to survive an eventual attack.
    I think they were at risk, at that moment.
    Watch what happened to Berlusconi short ago. The Italian police did not protect him well and he is a criminal as well.
    Adolf Eichman was also heavily portected by the Israelian police, during his process.
    Criminals are also human beings.

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  3. Han entrado por la puerta de atras como las ratas que son pero no se hasta que punto era un trato VIP mas bien parece que el estado portugues debia defenderles contra 99% de los PORTUGUESES que no creen en la "causa" que intenta-RA defender la abogada "perdida".... :))

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  4. Just goes to show it's all about politics not Madeleine .

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  5. Anon nr 2, do you think that if it was Mr Amaral's safety at risk the same would have happened? I don't think so.

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  6. Sr Amaral's dog was killed don't forget. Also, Rosiepops has threatened to harm him physically.

    What kind of people is Sr Amaral up against?

    These are nasty pieces of work.

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  7. 5, Amaral is not a criminal and he was not at risk.
    Otherwise he would have been protected by the police as well.
    The police see the difference among people.
    A big difference between the couple and him.
    Besides the police could judge people around that building when the McCanns were about to leave.
    They were obviously not dangerous.

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  8. Anon at 7

    How do you know whether Sr Amaral has not been receiving threats other than Rosiepops and his dog being killed. He is a brave man, just because he doesn't go bleating around like the McCanns.

    That should be enough of a threat to anybody to realise there are pro McCann nuts out there.

    So why should the McCanns be given special treatment? Their safety is no more important than his.

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  9. What did the Mccanns do, crowbar the door open?
    It's time you stopped complaining, endlessly, about 'those awful McCann'. If the doors were opened for them then someone decided to do so, just as someone decided to give them an escort to the airport.
    This is PETTY!!!

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  10. nº9 I think you missed the point, if you read the article again surely you'll find the real target of the critique. The McCanns are just doing what they always do, no more no less.

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  11. What did the mccanns do, anon 9 ?!

    Geniais conclusões as deste comentador.Eu nunca teria conseguido fazer tal raciocínio...

    Who was it then, anon 9?
    And why ? After all they are just an english couple who claim to have an abducted daughter...What's so special about them?

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  12. It might be petty to you Anonymous (9) but the McCanns are responsible for their little girl's disappearance and whatever suffering she has endured, so anyone who loves children can hardly be blamed for feeling aggrieved at the McCanns.

    The McCanns were given protection by the PJ, yet they wouldn't protect their 3 little children, all but one night of that so called family holiday. Instead they preferred to leave them in an unsafe environment, while they wined and dined with their mates.

    Don't forget the McCanns have made fools of the PJ and the kind Portuguese people, who searched for Madeleine, while they carried on as if they were still on holiday.

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  13. Anon No 9

    No complaining going on here, just statements of facts about this pampered, privileged, pair of child neglectors, who should have been charged for leaving their kids alone night after night of that holiday resulting in serious harm/death to one of them.

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  14. 8, Amaral could have asked to go inside using the same door the McCanns used.
    Somehow he did not feel at risk.

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  15. Tratá-los como a Kaká?
    Tratá-los como cocó.

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  16. O GOVERNO PORTUGUES ESTA EMPENHADO EM LIMPAR A IMAGEM DOS MACCANN EM PORTUGAL, A QUALQUER PRECO. A somar ao vergonhoso espectaculo que foi a chegada da "abobora" encantada ao tribunal, vem a utilizacao de programas da RTP para descredibilizar G. Amaral e propagandear a teoria do Rapto. Uma agenda de mau gosto, perpetrada por um canal publico de TV, pago pelos impostos dos contribuintes.
    Ontem, mais uma vez na Praca da Alegria, Sandra felgueiras cada vez mais transformada em porta-voz dos Mccann, veio encher a audiencia de mentiras, passar a mensagem de "papas-vitimas" e do "policia-bandido". Foi uma vergonha que nao consegui ver ate ao fim, por me causar imenso asco. Mas do que vi, foi interessante constatar como e que alguem que acompanha o caso, desde o inicio, nao tem escrupulos em mentir ou omitir factos para passar uma determinada mensagem- Na video-reportagem que serviu de base a etrevista, a dada altura diz-se que a investigacao obteve provas de rapto. Apeteceu-me ligar para a RTP, para lhes perguntar de que investigacao estava a RTP a falar... E que se o Ministerio Publico encontrou provas de rapto e os constituiu arguidos, entao o Ministerio Publico deveria estar no banco dos reus e nao o livro de Amaral. Como Nao ha qualquer processo contra o ministerio Publico e nenhuma outra imprensa alvitrou tais provas, deduzo que a RTP tem uma agenda a cumprir, ou sera que e so Sandra Felgueiras? Interessantes respostas de S. Felgueiras para algumas perguntas... ficamos a saber que os Mccann, segundo ela, nao estao interessados no dinheiro de Amaral, so em calar o livro. Santa ingenuidade, por isso esperaram que o livro batesse recordes de vendas e propagandeasse a mensagem durante mais de um ano. " Eles so querem procurar a filha e acham que o livro atrapalha" continuava ela, enquanto Jorge Gabriel tecia oportunos apartes dizendo que se eles acreditam que encontram a filha agindo assim, sao ingenuos, ele nao acredita. Mas os dois melhores momentos da Pro-Mccann sandra Felgueiras foram quando a confrontaram com a quantidade de informacao que diariamente chega aos Mccann, resultante das campanhas e os avistamentos. Resolveu dizer que nao chega tanta informacao como se se supoe ate porque em portugal, o caso esta arquivado e portanto nao ha investigacao. Triste observacao de uma jornalista. Primeiro, o caso so esta arquivado porque os pais nao o re-abrem. Segundo, o facto de estar arquivado nao quer dizer que nao esteja a prosseguir a investigacao pois nao cabe na cabeca de ninguem que a policia, portuguesa ou de outro pais, receba informacao e nao a investigue. Depois, pasme-se, para ela o ultimo avistamento foi o de Barcelona. Para nos, resto do mundo, foi o da Suecia e ate foi por isso que nos presentearam com fotos de uma maddie pre-adolescente, criada numa Africa Torrida.
    O empenho da RTP e desta jornalista, que tem sido uma verdadeira desilusao, em vender a teoria do rapto a uma audiencia feita essencialmente de idosos ou desempregados, nao vai ter sucesso. Os portugueses, idosos ou nao, nao sao estupidos e esta campanha so servira para transpor o odio e o despreazo que a maioria do povo sente pelo casal, para a RTP e esta jornalista. O UNICO CAMINHO PARA O CASAL MELHORAR A IMAGEM, E O LOGICO... O PEDIDO DE RE-ABERTURA dO CASO e o apoio incondicional a todas as iniciativas da PJ. CONT

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  17. CONT:
    Sandra Felgueiras deve ser afastada da cobertura a este caso, ja que nao consegue prestar informacao isenta. Nao foi capaz de convencer porque e que os Mccann nao conseguiram entrar no ap. 5A. Enrolou-se para nao responder o obvio: Nao os deixaram!!! E que ainda ha quem diga "NAO" a estes pseudo-vedetas armados a "MICHELLE/OBAMA". Pena e que haja em portugal, gente pequenina que lhes proporciona a ribalta que eles nao tem e nao merecem. QUE VERGONHA!!! Ja agora porque e que nao explica ao comum dos portugueses porque e que voltaram a igreja as 5:30h. da manha? Quem vai a igreja a essa hora? Como nao acredito em acasos, tera sido por coincidencia, a hora a que Maddie tera estado na igreja, na madrugada de 3 para 4 de Maio?

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  18. The only escort the McCanns should have been given, was an escort to the police station, to be charged with abandoning their 3 children. The police could then have added a further charge, of causing the disappearance of Madeleine.

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  19. The Portugese police were just being sensible. Just think how much the compensation claim would have been if only ONE rotten tomato had been thrown at this gilded couple!
    The entire country would be put into serious debt for years.
    For once, I can see the use of back doors in this case.
    Perhaps next time a blanket over their heads would also be a help, to give anonymity.

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  20. Anon at 14

    Or, the truth is more likely that Sr Amaral has more guts than the McCanns, who want nothing more than to protect their own hides.

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  21. At the very least they are guilty of neglecting their three children. Why they are treated like film stars and given the red carpet status is for me beyond belief. It's enough to make me say "Stop the world, I want to get off". But actualy it's not the world, it's the people in it.

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  22. Anon 16, está a dar demasiada importância à Sandra Felgueiras.É apenas mais uma jornalista a seguir o caso.Quando se comenta o tema mccaann nos programas da manhã ou da tarde quem as pessoas querem ouvir é o Hernâni Carvalho, o Paulo Sargento ou o Moita Flores.São as opiniões destes senhores que os portugueses têm em conta e acham credíveis pois foram sempre consistentes desde o início da história.As pessoas sabem que, muitas vezes, os jornalistas são vítimas de algumas pressões editoriais, política, etc, logo sabem dar o desconto.No caso desta jornalista há ainda a agravante de ser filha de uma ex-autarca que esteve associada a crimes de corrupção.Além disso o público alvo deste tipo de programas são maioritariamente donas de casa (sem qualquer julgamento depreciativo associado, é claro)que, na sua maioria, nem assistem a este tipo de programas com muita atenção, vão vendo apenas alguns excertos.
    E quando se falar no nome Sandra Felgueiras relativamente ao caso mccann a associação que as pessoas vão fazer será a de que é a jornalista que já "entalou" os mccann algumas vezes e não a que disse isto ou aquilo no "Praça da Alegria".

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  23. I read the Mccanns want to come back in Portugal in january with the twins!

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  24. Really? Where did you read that? Are they going to use those poor children as shields yet again?

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  25. I find this a little bit petty.

    Far more significant is that on their fleeing from Portugal to East Midlands Airport in 2007, the M1 was closed and a Police escort provided.

    Now that is major. Only royalty or serious criminals get roads closed.

    Take your pick.

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  26. Se a Sandra Felgueiras é, como penso, filha da Fátima Felgueiras, tem toda a escola da da vigarice...

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  27. anonymous 24
    I think it is to put tem in the creche.I heard the childrem are missing the time they spent there

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  28. Post 16. If Sandra Felgueiras is biased in her reporting in favour of the McCanns, and she is not expressing Snr Amaral's side of the case fairly, then she is breaching the ethical codes of her profession of balanced reporting. RTP is obligated to provide balanced reporting too. If these people are in breach of ethics of journalism then they should be reported to the governing bodies that maintain ethical and professional standards. This is especially important in morality and fairness because the welfare of Snr Amaral and his family is at stake in this case, and there must be no bias in reporting which could be seen to influence the process. Complaints should be made to the authorities for the sake of the principle of fairness.

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  29. If they take the twins to Portugal in the glare of publicity, that will certainly be at total odds with their express request previously that their children be given privacy. I'm sure they wouldn't want to be shown up as being hypocrites in matters involving their remaining children. They can't demand privacy one day, then next subject their children to the attention of the press.

    OTOH, if they make a totally private visit, tell no one in advance so that no reporters or cameramen can be there, and make no mention of it on their website, then that is a different matter. But if that were the case, no one would know about it now, would they?

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  30. If they parade their children around when they come back, no doubt that will get the sympathy vote with certain people.

    Are they planning on taking them into court with them? Nothing would surprise me.

    Didn't they say they are bringing the action against Sr Amaral on behalf of their children, including Madeleine.

    If they bring them into the circus that will no doubt be going on at that time, I hope the UK media see this as the despicable act it would be. They are supposed to be doing this to protect their kids, yet they would willing to use them and bring publicity to them.

    Don't tell me their lady lawyer is going to claim she was the one who wanted this as well, and they did it for her. That would be too much to believe.

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  31. If they do bring their kids back next time parading them around, don't say the Portuguese judiciary are not going to see through this for what it is.

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  32. Anon.22
    O problema nao e a sandra Felgueiras, que a continuar por este caminho vai ter a carreira comprometida, pelo menos em termos de opiniao publica. O que e inaceitavel, e a RTP usar programas de entertenimento dirigidos a um publico em portugal, cuja literacia e baixa ( facilmente manipulavel) e que passa de manha em portugal mas tem projeccao iternacional, passando em horario nobre em muitos paises onde as comunidades portuguesas sao grandes e consomem tudo quanto e programa da RTPi. A RTP, paga pelos contribuintes, nao deve equivaler-se ao THE SUN ingles, que deturpa informacao para cumprir uma agenda. Tudo isto e ainda mais grave quando nos parece que o caso Maddie se transformou num TABU de que comentadores politicos nao falam, artistas nao falam e ate pessoas como Moita flores ou Hernani carvalho, falam cada vez menos. Lembro que o ultimo livro de Saramago gerou uma onda de criticas em alguns sectores religiosos e em mentes mais conservadoras, mas logo vieram os advogados da liberdade, como Manuel Alegre, insurgir-se contra as criticas e dizer que saramago e livre de ecrever o que quiser, como livre deve ser o publico, de escolher le-lo ou nao.
    Esmeralda, uma historia de contornos estranhos, gerou uma onda de solidariedade de gente famosa no meio politico e artistico que se solidarizou com o Sargento em detrimento do Pai biologico( um Ze ninguem, tido como incapaz e sem direitos). Aparentemente, o que ficou para o comum dos portugueses foi que o apoio ao Sargento, se deveu nao as capacidades intrinsecas dele e da mulher como pais, mas ao apelido Gomes, sera familiar directo do general Costa Gomes. Isto mostra como se manipula a justica, em portugal, muitas vezes apenas a procura de algum protagonismo.
    E DE FACTO UMA VERGONHA, O PAPEL DA RTP NO CASO MADDIE. O QUE GOSTAVAMOS, ERA DE VER O CASO DEBATIDO NUM ALARGADO "PROS e CONTRAS" COM CONVIDADOS TAO FUNDAMETAIS QUANTO G. AMARAL, ROGERIO ALVES, MARCOS ARAGAO. MARINHO PINTO, HERNANI CARVAHO, MOITA FLORES, PAULO SARGENTO, PINTO DA COSTA( MEDICO LEGISTA), ISABEL DUARTE, MURAT, GUILHERMINO ENCARNACAO, E aberto a participacao do publico. FALTA CORAGEM NA DIECCAO DE INFORMACAO DA RTP. SO LHES INTERESSA manter os salarios principescos e nisso sao iguais aos Mccann.

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  33. Such a tragedy Madeleine didn't receive a fraction of the attention her parents receive. Simply unbelievable. Strangely, I'm not angry about this, just very sad. It's truly been a circus.

    I would hate to be Gerry and Kate.

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  34. The treatment of the McCanns in both the UK and Portugal raises serious questions concerning their status and is very relevant. The anger of Portuguese citizens witnessing this kind of priveleged treatment is understandable and it is right to address it.

    Concerning McCanns' next visit which will probably take place in January together with the remaining two children (assuming they didn't lose another in the meantime and still have two) some important questions must be dealt with.

    On behalf of the British Ambassador John Buck (who I believe has been moved elsewhere for asking the wrong questions) I would appreciate information which I can then pass on to Mr. Mitchell at the McCann travel office as follows.

    Does the court have a creche? If not, why not? How do the Portuguese expect the McCanns to look after their children properly if facilities are not provided? Will McCanns have to leave the court every 15 minutes to check their children? Should they ask David Payne to go along as baby sitter?

    In closing may I suggest that you arrange for more red carnations to be available than last time. Kate only got one whereas Gerry walked off with a whole bunch of them.

    T4two

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  35. JUST HOW LONG BEFORE WE SEE THIS COUPLE ON "I'M A CELEBRITY, GET ME OUT OF HERE", "SEX FACTOR", "BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT", ETC. THEY MUST BE AIMING FOR IT WITH ALL THEIR PUBLIC APPEARANCES! NOT SO MUCH THE TOM AND GERRY SHOW, BUT THE KATE AND GERRY FIASCO!

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  36. I can't forget the Ambriz massacre. My husband's cousin, Sebastião Viola, his 3 children, the grown daughter's fiancé and his son were among the victims when they were participating in a safari. A very sad time for us all, especially my husband's aunt who lost her son and all three grandchildren.

    Caroline

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  37. Anon#25, and their luggage was NOT checked, and most of their stuff was taken to England by a removals company, in a lorry...I bet that was not checked by the police either...( I wonder why the need for a removals firm? Did they have so many items to take back with them? What? They were staying at a furnished rented villa, it's not like they had their own furniture, or crockery and linens to take back with them!)

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  38. If in fact they are bringing the twins to Portugal, will their little faces be blurred on photos and videos? It started to be so when they returned home, unlike what it was while they stayed in Luz. Back then they had no problems with showing their kids to the world. It will be interesting to see if their newly found need for protecting the twins identities will apply to Portugal as well.

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  39. T4two, #34, your comment took me back to may 2007, when the PJ was not able to interview/question the Tapas bunch one by one, but all at the same time in the police headquarters. They were questioned in two batches, some in the morning , others in the afternoon(or the next day, can't remember correctly), witht he excuse that they could not all be away from the resort at the same time because SOMEONE HAD TO STAY BACK AND TAKE CARE O«F THE CHILDREN!
    One has to laugh, really! During their holiday they never had a problem with leaving the children in the creches, they never took turns to stay with them for some part of the day, but on the day the Pj summoned them for questioning, oh, that's a different story, the kids can't be left with the nannies, some of the Tapas crew has to take care of them. I cannot understand how the police swallowed that one!Could they not have provided some female police officers to stay with the children and the nannies?!

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  40. I bet that Sandra F. has had a visit from Lift Consulting, maybe from Mr. Salvado "Bully" da Cunha in person. Maybe she's the first visible result of their PR work to "sell" the McCanns to the portuguese.

    Speaking about this "gentleman", he hosts a blog in his PR firm website, it's called " Food for thought", in www.lift.com.pt
    Have a read at the one entitled "Acabou a presunção de inocência", from the 14th of November 2009.

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  41. Anon at 25 - whaaaaaaaaaaat? A police escort and the M1 closed????? I really don`t believe this - you are kidding aren`t you?

    Louise

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  42. Re: the twins going back to Portugal in January. School in my neck of the woods in the UK starts back on Jan 4th 2010. The next holiday is half term in mid Feb. The twins will be expected to be at school for all the days in between unless they are ill. Councils in the UK can prosecute families who take their children out of school for holidays during term time. I am aware that some schools do give permission, but what is the justification in this case? They say they want the twins to go back to PDL, but there is no particular pressiing time constraint, let them take them out there during half term. If the school agrees to let the twins have time out then it would have to agree to other parents holiday requests. Unless of course the McCanns are entitled to special treatment because they are , well, the McCanns!!! We would not be suggesting that, would we???

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  43. just a point (among others...) which needs to be corrected : the McCanns had been arguidos for 1 year, 1 year ago. Their "arguido" status, as Murat's one, were lifted in September 2008, more than 1 year ago. Just an example of mis-information that leads to Amaral's propaganda. Not sure I'll be published, for only one voice (pro Amaral and anti McCann) can FREELY exist here. Pity for a blog fighting for freedom of speech...

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  44. The McCanns may have been given preferential treatment, but to me their going in through the back doors just shows what cowards they are.

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  45. Could someone please explain what the red carnations mean? Sorry to be ignorant...

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  46. There is no propaganda coming from Sr Amaral, Anon at 35.

    It is the McCanns who are peddling their abduction scenario as fact, when it isn't. That is the big lie in the whole of this.

    As for their precious Jane Tanner sighting of an egg man, that story has changed and been embellished so much with the telling, that now it is laughable.

    The only sighting of a man carrying a child that night who could have been Madeleine, was the Smith party sighting, and the man carrying the child was later identified by Mr Smith as looking like Gerry McCann. No wonder the McCanns don't want this mentioned much.

    There is no evidence whatsoever there was an abduction, yet plenty pointing to a death in the apartment.

    This is what the McCanns don't want revealed.

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  47. We can complain all we like about the McCann's and all their publicity stunts, but until such time as the press, TV cameras and the like stop treating them like celebrities this will go on and on and on and the McCann's will continue to stay in the limelight.

    The sad thing is none of this is about Madeleine who has long since been forgotten by the media. I pray for the day when the McCanns are either charged for neglect (at the very least) and that smug, arrogant smile is wiped off their faces. If this does not happen I also hope that the press loose interest in them altogether so we do not have to endure them anymore.

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  48. Anon at 2

    What were they scared of?

    A bit of booing and a few flowers thrown at them?

    Not good for their image more like.

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  49. Gonçalo Amaral was in the Praça Alegria this morning. And I`m sure that it was a response to the interview yesterday with S. Felgueiras, and I will be very much mistaking if Jorge Grabriel isn`t on "his side".

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  50. Well this doesn't fail to surprise, we all know that corruptibility is not unique to the UK

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  51. Its time the Portugese authorites grew a pair of balls and told
    these two imposters to FUCK OFF
    GMK from the UK

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  52. In reply to message 35 ,I was just in the process on posting about the up and coming Celebrity Big Brother !!!I fully expect to see the grizzly duo on launch night !! after they have finished the panto season ,I hear they are starring in "The 3 Bears" but they "lost" one of their bears .......Seriously though ,it is sad to see how the British People have fallen for the utter BS that these two have brainwashed them with for the past couple of years ,I know people who used to hang on their every word ,after my copy of Tony Bennetts book has been passed around it unreal how many people now see the "REAL" Mc Scams ..Far too much has been hidden about this case ,it just needs one editor to blow the whistle and their glory days will be over ,and Maddie will find the over-due justice she deserves

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  53. If they are awarded compensation from Goncalo Amaral then it must surely be split 5 ways; that's £220,000 each. The three children's money would have to be placed in trust for them leaving £440,000 for the fund from Gerry and Kate. They could have probably got more from suing another newspaper plus it would have been a lot easier on their nerves so I take it that it's a personal challenge to take on Dr Amaral and WIN?

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  54. I am sorry to say but i am afraid this whole case has grown into something much more than about the justice for Madeleine Mccann and i think you all know it.
    Ofcourse priority is obtaining the Justice for Madeleine first, and thus the truth of what happened clear for all to make informed decisions about, instead of been fed lies, distortations etc.

    To me the questions need to be asked .. how does this extradordinary treatment that the Mccanns receive get facilitated? who has the power to arrange this?

    You see this whole case has asked questions of the workings of the establishments- or not has the case maybe.

    You after lift your gaze and think about what the TRUTH of this fight means!

    Those of you who have followed this case from early on will all be to aware of the questions left unanswered about certain establishments co-operations with the pj, the handling of evidences, the difficulties to get data and then only limited.. the loss of appeals to access phone data conversations (the retrospectively decision ??? so how does that work!!!)... basically the way the cards always seem stacked against the pj gaining Conclusive ground.

    What im getting at is that getting the Madeleine case re-opened which surely if Goncalo should win this libel case be grounds or at least extra leverage for that possibility.

    Or are the cards stacked against him?
    Has freedom of expression become okay only when censured first?
    Is there such thing?

    Can anybody give me any ideas on what the Truth will mean when Justice is won for Madeleine Mccann?
    Surely it is something considered by all?
    Will it open a huge can of worms and what will be the questions raised of the players in this case?

    Again what will winning Justice reveal ? and what will be the effect... that is the question!

    mojo

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