19 October 2010

McCann Book Ban Lifted - Freedom has returned to Portugal



O Tribunal da Relação de Lisboa revogou a providencia cautelar interposta pelo casal McCann contra o livro do ex coordenador da PJ Gonçalo Amaral, o Tribunal ordenou a imediata reposição do livro nos pontos de venda.

The Court of Appeal of Lisbon overturned the injunction filed by the McCann couple against the book written by the former PJ coordinator Gonçalo Amaral, the Court ordered the immediate replacement of the book at the usual sale points.

Relação anula proibição de venda de livro de Gonçalo Amaral sobre o caso Maddie

O Tribunal da Relação anulou a proibição de venda do livro de Gonçalo Amaral “Maddie – A Verdade da Mentira”, que tinha sido decidida pelo Tribunal Cível de Lisboa na sequência de uma providência cautelar interposta pelos pais de Madeleine McCann.


Fonte judicial disse hoje que o recurso apresentado pelo ex-inspector da Polícia Judiciária Gonçalo Amaral “foi julgado procedente”, pelo que o livro e o vídeo com o mesmo título, baseado num documentário exibido na TVI, podem voltar a ser comercializados.

Gonçalo Amaral, que defende no livro a tese de envolvimento de Kate e Gerry McCann no desaparecimento da filha em Maio de 2007, num apartamento turístico do Algarve, pode ainda conceder entrevistas, quer em Portugal quer no estrangeiro.

A mesma fonte precisou que o recurso do ex-inspector da PJ, apresentado pelo advogado António Cabrita, foi “o único” a ser analisado pelo Tribunal da Relação de Lisboa, que entendeu não considerar os apelos da Guerra & Paz, editora do livro, da TVI e da Valentim de Carvalho, que comercializou o vídeo.

O julgamento da providência cautelar, decretada provisoriamente a 9 de Setembro de 2009, realizou-se em quatro sessões, em meados de Janeiro. Na acção principal, a família McCann reclamava a protecção dos direitos, liberdades e garantias.

Além deste processo, Kate e Gerry McCann interpuseram contra Gonçalo Amaral uma acção por difamação, em que é pedida uma indemnização de 1,2 milhões de euros, e uma outra por violação do segredo de justiça. Madeleine McCann desapareceu em 3 de Maio de 2007, num apartamento de um aldeamento turístico da Praia da Luz, Lagos, onde se encontrava de férias com os pais e os dois irmãos.

Na qualidade de coordenador do Departamento de Investigação Criminal da PJ de Portimão, Gonçalo Amaral integrou a equipa de investigadores que tentou apurar o que aconteceu à menina inglesa. Kate e Gerry McCann, que sempre mantiveram a posição de que Madeleine foi raptada, foram constituídos arguidos em Setembro de 2007, mas acabaram por ser ilibados em Julho de 2008 por falta de provas para sustentar a hipótese avançada pelo inquérito de morte acidental da menina.

O Ministério Público arquivou assim o processo, que poderá ser reaberto se surgirem novos dados considerados consistentes sobre o desaparecimento da criança.

Translation
The Appeals Court cancelled the interdiction of Gonçalo Amaral’s book sales concerning Maddie’s Case

The Appeals Court overturned the ban on the sale of Gonçalo Amaral's book “Maddie - The Truth of the Lie”, a decision taken by the Civil Court of Lisbon following an injunction filed by Madeleine McCann parents.

A judicial source said today that the appeal made by the former Judiciary Police Coordinator Gonçalo Amaral “has been upheld” consequently both the book and the video [DVD] sharing the same title [they have different titles], based on a documentary which was broadcast by TVI [the DVD and the televised documentary are the same], can be re-marketed again.

Gonçalo Amaral, who defends [as do the Operation Task officers] in the book the thesis of Kate and Gerry McCann involvement in their daughter’s disappearance back in May 2007 from an apartment, at tourist resort in the Algarve, can also give interviews, both in Portugal and abroad.

The same source unequivocally informed the appeal by former PJ inspector, filed by his lawyer Antonio Cabrita, was the “only one” that was analysed by the Court of Appeals of Lisbon, who decided not to heed the appeals made by Guerra & Paz the book publishers, TVI and Valentim de Carvalho, who marketed the video.

The trial [hearing] of the injunction, ordered as an interim measure on September 9, 2009, was held in four sessions in mid-January [and was granted].

In the main action, the McCann family claimed the protection of their rights, freedoms and guarantees. Kate and Gerry McCann brought against Gonçalo Amaral a defamation action in which they claim for 1.2 million for damages, and another claim for breach of secrecy.

Madeleine McCann disappeared on May 3, 2007, from an apartment in a resort in Praia da Luz, Lagos, while she was on holidays with her parents and twin brother and sister.

As the coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department of the PJ in Portimão, Gonçalo Amaral joined the team of investigators who tried to find out what happened to the English girl.

Kate and Gerry McCann, who always maintained the position that Madeleine was abducted, were constituted as official suspects [arguidos] in September 2007 but were eventually acquitted [no, they were not acquitted, they ceased to have the arguido status – only a court ruling can acquit or decide the culpability] in July 2008 for lack of evidence to support the hypothesis advanced by the investigation of accidental death of the girl.

The Attorney general [Public Ministry] archived the case, which can be reopened if new credible evidence surfaces regarding the disappearance of the child.

translator note: Público newspaper and its former director have always maintained a very biased stance regarding the McCann couple, this article is no exception. Not only the article is inaccurate but is filled with grammatical mistakes.

in Público com Lusa 19.10.2010 - 12:39

Livro de Gonçalo Amaral sobre Maddie pode voltar às bancas

Marisa Rodrigues

O livro de Gonçalo Amaral sobre o caso Madeleine McCann pode regressar às bancas. O Tribunal da Relação de Lisboa acaba de dar razão ao ex-coordenador da Polícia Judiciária, que sempre defendeu a tese da morte da menina inglesa.


"O conteúdo do livro não ofende nenhum dos direitos fundamentais dos requerentes" e "o exercício da sua escrita e publicação está contido nos direitos constitucionais assegurados a todos pela Convenção Europeia dos Direitos do Homem e pela Constituição da República Portuguesa", pode ler-se no acórdão a que o JN teve acesso.

Em Setembro de 2009, e após uma providência cautelar interposta pelo casal McCann, o Tribunal Cível de Lisboa proibiu a venda do livro "A Verdade da Mentira" e ainda a reprodução de um documentário baseado na obra e emitido pela TVI. Decisão que merece duras críticas dos juízes da Relação. Proibir o ex-coordenador da PJ "de manifestar a sua opinião, sob qualquer forma (escrita, entrevista, análise, comentário), sobre o que escreveu naquele livro, cerceia-lhe um constitucional e universal direito: o de opinião e liberdade de expressão", refere o acórdão.

Os três juízes desembargadores que assinam o acórdão consideram, ainda, que a sentença do Tribunal Cível de Lisboa violou a Constituição da República Portuguesa e a Convenção Europeia dos Direitos do Homem. Além de ver "A Verdade da Mentira" regressar às bancas, a Gonçalo Amaral é, assim, restituído o direito à liberdade de expressão.

in Jornal de Noticias 19.10.2010 - 13h06

Livro de Gonçalo Amaral pode voltar às bancas

Ana Paula Azevedo

O Tribunal da Relação de Lisboa deu razão ao ex-inspector da Polícia Judiciária, Gonçalo Amaral, na providência cautelar que lhe tinha sido movida pelos pais de Madeleine McCann.

Os juízes-desembargadores revogaram, por acórdão de quinta-feira da semana passada, a proibição que tinha sido decretada pelos tribunais cíveis de Lisboa, de distribuição e venda do livro Maddie - A Verdade da Mentira, bem como entrevistas e reportagens televisivas sobre o mesmo, em Portugal e no estrangeiro.

O casal McCann alega que o livro de Gonçalo Amaral, bem como as entrevistas que vinha dando sobre o mesmo, provocam «uma lesão grave e dificilmente reparável» na sua família, em particular dos filhos, os gémeos Sean e Amelie. Invocavam, nomeadamente, a lesão da reserva da vida privada e familiar e a lesão do seu bom nome e direito à imagem.

Para a Relação de Lisboa, porém, «o conteúdo do livro não ofende nenhum dos direitos fundamentais dos requerentes. O exercício da sua escrita e publicação está contido nos direitos constitucionais assegurados a todos pela Convenção Europeia dos Direitos do Homem e pela Constituição da República Portuguesa» (relativos à liberdade de expressão e informação e à liberdade de imprensa e meios de comunicação social).

Recorde-se que o inquérito ao desaparecimento de Maddie foi coordenado por Gonçalo Amaral e terminou com um arquivamento, sem se apurar com certeza o que aconteceu à criança de três anos.

No livro Maddie - A Verdade da Mentira , o antigo inspector sustenta que Maddie morreu no apartamento onde os pais passavam férias, na praia da Luz, provavelmente na sequência de um acidente doméstico, no dia 3 de Maio de 2007 - tendo depois o casal MacCann, com a ajuda de amigos que com eles passavam férias, ocultado o respectivo cadáver. E alega que se viu obrigado a escrever o livro em defesa do seu bom nome e para repor a sua honra profissional, uma vez que a certa altura foi afastado da investigação, antes de ela ser terminada, por decisão da direcção nacional da Judiciária.

Os juízes-desembargadores do Tribunal da Relação de Lisboa compararam o livro e o despacho de arquivamento do inquérito ao desaparecimento de Maddie: «Não verificamos no livro a referência a quaisquer factos que não constem desse despacho. Onde o autor (Gonçalo Amaral) difere dos Procuradores que elaboraram o despacho é na interpretação lógica, policial e investigatória, que vem a fazer desses factos. Nesse aspecto, estamos em presença do exercício do direito de opinião, aliás num domínio em que o autor é perito, ou não tivesse sido ele investigador criminal durante 26 anos».

«Quanto à reserva da vida privada dos requerentes (o casal McCann), são eles mesmos que se multiplicam em entrevistas e intervenções nos órgãos de comunicação social, proporcionando-lhes informações que de outra forma dificilmente seriam publicitadas» e que «decidiram limitar voluntariamente o seu direito à intimidade da vida privada, visando atingir valores mais elevados como a descoberta do paradeiro da filha».

Mas, ao fazê-lo, «abriram as portas para que outras pessoas opinassem sobre o assunto, em sintonia com o que diziam, mas também porventura em contradição com as suas orientações, porém sempre dentro de um legítimo e constitucionalmente consagrado direito de opinião e liberdade de expressão do pensamento».

O acórdão foi proferido pelos juízes-desembargadores Francisco Bruto da Costa, Catarina Arelo Mando e António Valente.

in SOL


The English translations of  both JN's and SOL's articles can be read at Gonçalo Amaral's book can return into bookshops.


123 comments:

  1. That is fantastic news! :n

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  2. I can't believe it...

    common sense in the McCann saga? surely not


    absolutely brilliant news

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  3. This has made my day!

    Thank you Joama!

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  4. So will our British papers be publishing this soon - we can but hope, though I won't hold my breath.

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  5. Halleluja! This is fantastic news, can't wait for more details.... :n

    Muitos agradecimentos :t :t :t

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  6. Oh Joanna that is excellent news. I have prayed every day for this ! I shall continue to pray every day for justice for Madeleine and for complete vindication for Goncalo Amaral. Thank you so much for your fabulous work and for keeping us up to date - I really don't know what we in the UK would have done without you!

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  7. Jumping for Joy here, justice has been done for Sr Amaral and freedom of speech.

    Now justice for Madeleine!

    I hope many thousands of copies are purchased in Portugal and around the world.

    I hope too that the Uk press report this as widely as they did when the book was banned!

    Thank you Joana as always for keeping us updated on all matters relating to this case - without you, very much here in the UK we would be kept in the dark - hearing only 'McCann made' stories from their "sources"!

    Thank you.
    Kindest Regards
    A.Miller

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  8. The Portuguese legal system delivers yet another blow and for once in the right direction. The battle weary among us will struggle to accept this news because it is entirely unexpected.

    The temporary ban on the book was a legal farce and I am so very pleased for Mr. Amaral.

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  9. Félicitations à Monsieur Amaral! Une partie de la justice a été faite.

    Bravo

    Marie(f)

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  10. Who foots the legal costs in an action like this in Portugal? If Sr Amaral has incurred costs, and the ruling is in his favour is he able to re-claim his losses, be re-imbursed by McCann's?

    If he has, I hope he can!

    A.Miller

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  11. Now you're talking!

    :k P.J. Tipps

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  12. Freedom my arse, a backhander more like. You don't have a clue what the word freedom means Joana and this blog proves it. The anonymous poster was nearly right when they said you were sick. Mad as a hatter would have been better description. I've a few spare marbles should you need them, but of course you prefer Vit C pills don't you? lol

    "Please think before you submit your comments. Comments are a reflection on you and your personality. They will live on long after you have forgotten what you said."

    Your comments are all over Twitter I believe. Hee! Hee!

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  13. Joana, minha filha(is this Portuguese?), thank you for your terribly useful work.
    I see you as an important person in this case.
    Giving us the opportunity to discuss this case, who knows the Tribunal is following you and watching our opinions and yours!, of course.

    CONGRATULATIONS, my dear,
    Love from Holland

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  14. I too have prayed for Goncalo and his family through this whole sordid affair.
    How a man of such obvious good character and 30 years of being a damn good cop came to be in the 'situation he found himself in ' ( to paraphrase one of Gerry's most hideous gaffes when speaking of his 3 year old)??
    I'm raising a glass of bubbly to the HERO that is Goncalo Amaral. xxxxx
    The Slave.x

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  15. wow .great news.hopefully this is another step to justice for madeleine.thank you joana for bringing us this great news

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  16. Its a long road for justice, but we are on the way
    But will it be reported in the British news today
    So please Email the BBC News East Midlands Today
    On what the McCanns reaction is and what they have to say

    Afterall, in February the BBC were delighted the book was banned
    So in the interest of fairness, they should report the book unbanned.

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  17. Thank you so much Joana for that wonderful news we've been waiting for so long! It's made my day, and I hope that Goncalo Amaral and his family are going to have a big celebration!! They deserve it after all the stress they have been through!

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  18. Congratulations to senor Amaral and
    thank you Joana for all you have done for this.

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  19. Apologies for the three very strange smilies in my previous post. I typed in the flower code but it didn't work.

    Justice for Maddie and the Amaral family.

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  20. My congratulations come too - thank goodness for Goncalo Amaral and his family and long may it be so. Thank you Joana for bringing us this extra special news from Portugal.

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  21. Hi Joana
    Sounds like a major development, is this the result an appeal by Snr Amaral? Joana can you give us your concise opinion of how this could impact developments going forward. Many thanks, regards
    William

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  22. Many times said above, but here it goes:

    EXCELLENT NEWS!!!

    GRAÇAS MEU DEUS!

    Calorosas felicitações ao Dr. Gonçalo Amaral e à sua família.
    Finalmente um raio de luz e esperança e a perspectiva de um retorno à normalidade.

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  23. The McCanns went far too far, like spoiled children, used to demand and to get everything they want.
    They demanded even divorce of the Amarals.
    I don't remember if they demanded all toilet paper from Portugal and I would not be surprised if they did it.
    And new (golden) pair of boots for Kate because she is jogging too much.

    They consider themselves above every law.
    It is the second time they are confronted with a reply.

    a)the reply of the police, telling what their conclusion was.
    b)the reply of the Tribunal.

    God bless Portugal.

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  24. News of this is spreading like wildfire in Portugal :n

    http://www.tvi24.iol.pt/portal-iol/maddie-madeleine-goncalo-amaral-mccann-livro-tvi24/1200490-5281.html

    http://jn.sapo.pt/PaginaInicial/Policia/Interior.aspx?content_id=1689944

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  25. Finally a step in the right direction!
    I don't know Mr Amaral personally, but he deserved a break.
    Força Amaral!

    AlgarveWASfedup

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  26. Jumping for Joy here you can't keep a good man down, Take that Maccann's, Joana thank you for all you do in keeping us informed,
    Mr Amaral My Hero.


    Mary Liverpool UK

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  27. Eh eh eh...lots of heartburn today in Rothley Mansion...
    Leicester police, be a dear and deliver your treasured McCanns some Pepto Bismol, will you?

    Will there be an update in FindMadeleine...?

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  28. My prayers are answered, and there's hope for justice again.

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  29. "The book's content does not offend any of the applicants' fundamental rights" and "the exercise of its writing and publication is contained in the constitutional rights guaranteed to all by the European Convention on Human Rights and the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic," reads the ruling.

    http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fjn.sapo.pt%2FPaginaInicial%2FPolicia%2FInterior.aspx%3Fcontent_id%3D1689944&act=url

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  30. Is this true?

    I can't believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. I'm a bit lost for words right now... I can only say my heartfelt thank you to each one of you, to each one of you who have been here - not necessarily in this blog - for the last three years; to each one of you who have helped in any way you could, contributing every day in your own way so that Justice for a little dead girl and for the right to Freedom of Expression of others could become more than than that dismal sense of hope - a bleak feeling that I'm certain that was shared by so many of us.

    Today is different, today is the day that we can truly aspire, not to a promising or undetermined hypothetical chance but to a very real certainty - the certainty that the Truth will be inevitably revealed and that a three year old child will finally be able to rest in peace.

    Obrigada.

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  32. thank god, this is excellent news for Mr Amaral and family and for us as well

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  33. Next step:

    The Editor and Amaral will sue the McCanns because the knew the truth(no abduction) and obliged them to spend money in a process.
    That was the conclusion of the Portuguese police.
    And they caused severe psychological problems to Mrs Amaral and her family.
    They demanded the dissolution of her marriage.
    They destroyed the PJ's name in the UK.

    And they treated Portugal as being a primitive, desable country.


    These are cases that they have to feel in their wallets.

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  34. going to translate the above articles - they have further details.

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  35. Thank you #31!

    "The book's content does not offend any of the applicants' fundamental rights"

    Can this mean that the McCann's claim for finantial compensation will not be granted too? That the pending court case on defamation has no grounds?(sorry if I'm not making myself clear, it's hard to write "legalese" in a foreign language)

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  36. Joana your post brought tears to my eyes, Its us who should be thanking you this blog has been a refuge for us all. Your are defending the right's of an innocent child, who lost her life through the selfish actions of them she loved and trusted. Its wonderful news, Mr Amaral is a man who we in England were first lead to believe, was stupid and did'nt know what he was doing. He is a man who I respect very highly. Portugal be proud of this son of yours.
    Now Justice for Madelaine Bring it on.

    Jacinta UK

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  37. My best wishes to Dr Amaral, his wife and family!

    They deserve just rewards. I doubt making money would be important to them....not like some! But I do hope the future is financially secure for them. I hope the book is a best seller. I will be ordering copies for all the people I know who would like to read the facts and see the truth of the matter.

    We have been kept in the dark like mushrooms and fed what the press wants us to read and now everyone can read what has been difficult to dig out unless you are determined to find a true version of events.

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  38. This is wonderful news, however... I don't think there's going to be published any reference in the British media. The McCanns don't care what is said in the portuguese media, as long as it doesn't reach the British media so they can keep the people around them living a different reality. Remember, the truth is what people believe, and today the truth is what people are made to believe by the media...
    The McCanns got money so they are running ahead using it to get what they want... those using the truth and their own effort, go slower but can go further... and the McCanns money is no unlimited.
    Wait until Socrates steps down from PM. Then Justice will be made...

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  39. Justice was restored and the gag is off. This outcome surely caught Gerald off guard. Cannot wait for his reaction.
    This is a great day Joana, and you should be proud of the huge contribution you gave to keep this case alive. We love you.

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  40. What a day after all those disappointments!
    Tomorrow I'll go on a short holiday trip to the Algarve and now I'm really chuffed about this journey, more than ever the last years.
    Hat off to you, Mr. Amaral and thank you Joana!!!
    Gamble resigned from CEOP, Dr. Amaral's book ban lifted-
    is the tide turning at last?

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  41. Hi Joana
    Thanks for taking the time to translate, we all know you are busy but appreciate your hard work greatly. Great news,once again thank you.
    Cheers
    William

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  42. What great news! A good day...

    --Trismegistus

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  43. I am so happy about this wonderful news for Mr Amaral and all those who have been maligned by the McCanns and their cohorts,i hope and pray this is the beginning for justice for Madeleine and the courageous wonderful Goncarlo Amaral,can this mean that His book can be published in Britain?.Thankyou Joana you wonderful woman you.x

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  44. Got video report from RTP

    http://tv2.rtp.pt/noticias/?t=Goncalo-Amaral-ja-pode-falar-em-publico-sobre-o-caso-Maddie-e-continuar-a-vender-o-livro-A-verdade-da-Mentira.rtp&headline=20&visual=9&article=384831&tm=8

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  45. Yes,freedom has made a WELCOME back to Portugal
    Gonzalo,go,go,go for them, make THEM pay for defamation and harrassement.They deserve it!!

    Rough traduction
    In O Crime we can read the mccanns have a new team of cowboys....
    The task of the new trio is at least to say,homeric: they need to do better than the Portuguese police, whose investigation so far has not fully clarified what happened to Maddie and who was responsible for her disappearance, offered tracks with some forensic relevance. Apart from that, the new trio of detectives seek answers more solid than the dozens of loose tracks and theories which were released to the public, since systematic sightings to the eventual involvement "bands" international trafficking of children, just to mention two examples"


    One was a criminal hunter in the Bosnia war,the other lead a security team in Irak and was the coast guards for millionaires who wanted to overthrow Putin and the third chased terrorists in Ireland.
    They are said to already be in Portugal to carry out their investigation....naturally after they asked permission to do so to the Portuguese authorities......????
    In any case,I wonder how long they will last and what they will find out....mmmmmm
    I smell a rat,a BIG rat
    A trio of respect who promise to "refresh" the hunt for Maddie

    I wonder how long they will last and what they will find out

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  46. Poster 14 - there's always one fly in the ointment - but we will keep the lid on it today cos we are full of celebration !

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  47. I have lived over 50 years on this earth and have become very careful in choosing anyone to elevate beyond "ordinary man" to hero. For his commitment to justice for a little girl, his refusal to allow the truth to be silenced, his unwillingness to cower before governments or men, for his dignity in the face of insults and intimidation, I believe Dr. Amaral is no ordinary man. He is a hero.

    I hope this is the beginning of the vindication due him and the shame due anyone involved in silencing him. The "Truth of the Lie" never goes beyond the facts derived from the investigation and should have never been censored.

    I will always remember this day and celebrate with Portugal the Freedom of Speech due all their citizens.

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  48. My husband can,t understand why I,ve just shrieked out "AT LAST AT LAST!!!"Joana I really can.t thank you enough for your on going strength in enabling us to follow the "child neglectors of this century" hopefully getting a little closer to their come -upance!!!! WELL DONE .

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  49. Congratulations to Senor Amaral. Great news.

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  50. @14,you seem a tad upset,wonder why,hahaha

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  51. bravo wahoooooooooooooo :)fantastic news tahnks joana xxxxxxxx koh i noor

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  52. To Anon 14

    :o Oh Dear! You sound almost like "Lollipops" - the bigot formerly known as "Rosiepops". One suggestion to you darling. Place your preconceptions aside and have a look at the facts of the investigation. Which way are they pointing their finger at?
    You are not sure? Well now, use your loaf! Where is your loaf? Right between your ears dear! Gosh! ("I told you not to allow nuts in here!!! Arrrgh!")

    :p Eh! "Eddie" who are you barking at now?

    :j Bootleg

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  53. What would make my day complete is if Halligen now spills the beans in a pathetic attempt to save his own skin.

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  54. I have informed LBC Radio and the BBC AND the Daily Mail this morning as soon as I read the news here. Guess what? The British Press is not commenting... :o

    :j Bootleg

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  55. Went out and bought some red carnations here in UK.

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  56. Poster 14 - Sorry it's bad news for you but resorting to insults? Isn't that what children do when they are unable to put across a mature well balanced arguement?

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  57. Thank you for the news. I am very glad to hear of the courts decision. Hopefully, Amaral's book will now be published in english.

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  58. So far, there is no comment from the British media - unlike earlier this year when the book banning made headline news. I am not surprised.

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  59. Hurrah for Gonçalo Amaral... Hurrah for Joana Morais... Hurrah for Portugal!

    God bless them, every one.

    Mil beijos,
    debk

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  60. Perhaps the UK media are saving this for tomorrows headlines but I doubt it.

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  61. freedom of speech has'nt reach the uk,and it wont when you have those in authority on the side of the mccanns.what a shit country it is and i live here im ashamed to say.

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  62. @ 57

    I too have emailed BBC News Departments, the various ones listed for Scotland. Contacted Scottish Television News, who always usually have something to say about McCann's. I have posted this news on many of the Sky Blogs too, don't care if it is 'OFF TOPIC' it is TODAY'S TOPIC!

    If we all post it on all of the blogs, newspapers or otherwise word will get around. They might remove our posts rather quickly, but some will get to hear the news before 'removal.'

    Today Sr Amaral and his family must be elated at this outcome after having experienced what I can only imagine must have been for them, dark days.

    So very pleased today brought good news for them and for Joana too who has worked tirelessly.

    Best Wishes
    A. Miller

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  63. Is this why Kate McCann was in Portugal recently?

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  64. Failed attempt to counter spin from the other side by the Portuguese McCann lawyer via news agency EFE:

    Justiça portuguesa derruba proibição de livro sobre Madeleine
    19 de outubro de 2010 • 13h07

    Um tribunal português anulou hoje a proibição de venda do livro sobre o caso Madeleine escrito pelo ex-investigador responsável por sua apuração, Gonçalo Amaral, o qual relaciona os pais da menor britânica à sua hipotética morte.

    A advogada dos pais de Madeleine McCann, Isabel Duarte, confirmou à Agência Efe a decisão, contrária à reivindicação de seus clientes, que foi emitida hoje pelo Tribunal da Relação (Colegiado) de Lisboa após uma apelação do autor do livro.

    A mãe da menina, Kate McCann, considerou a resolução judicial "inacreditável", declarou a advogada, que está estudando as possíveis medidas que serão adotadas.

    Madeleine desapareceu no dia 3 de maio de 2007 no sul de Portugal e seus pais organizaram uma campanha mundial para procurá-la, embora Amaral sugira em seu livro, publicado um ano depois, que a menina pode ter morrido de forma acidental e o cadáver ter sido oculto pelos McCann.

    A obra, "Maddie, a Verdade da Mentira", foi suspensa de forma cautelar em 9 de setembro de 2009 e a proibição de venda em Portugal e em outros países foi confirmada em 18 de fevereiro deste ano, quando o Tribunal Civil de Lisboa deu razão à denúncia de difamação e danos morais feita pelos pais.

    Com o recurso apresentado pelo ex-investigador considerado hoje procedente pelo Tribunal da Relação, o livro pode voltar a ser comercializado, da mesma forma que outras publicações relacionadas ao seu conteúdo, como o DVD produzido por um canal de televisão português em colaboração com o autor.

    Amaral também fica liberado da proibição de dar conferências ou falar em público sobre sua obra. O ex-investigador, que se aposentou por causa do episódio, não conseguiu provar a implicação dos pais no desaparecimento da menina. Em 21 de julho de 2008, a Procuradoria Geral portuguesa encerrou o caso e absolveu os McCann.

    http://noticias.terra.com.br/noticias/0,,OI4742530-EI188,00-Justica+portuguesa+derruba+proibicao+de+livro+sobre+Madeleine.html

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  65. Thank you, Joana. Good news. It must also feel especially good in terms of upholding freedom of expression and the constitution which embodies this right. The justice system, by this decision, redeems itself.

    Thanks again your perseverance in staying on top of information and remaining committed to reporting it here.

    Regards,
    Karmaera

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  66. Hello Number 14,

    Firstly may I suggest you take your arse and sit on it, for your own safety of course as it is in danger of being kicked!

    If Joana's comments are on Twitter, Twitter can only have been enhanced by them and become more reliably informed regarding this case.

    I am sure Joana's comments will indeed live on LONG AFTER she has forgotten them, and for all of the RIGHT reasons. They do indeed reflect her personality, and that is good, they show she cares about this missing child, cares about justice, has integrity, is honest, kind to her fellow man, hard working.

    I appreciate you have not the ability to recognise such fine qualities, for that you have my pity!.

    I have to say, that YOUR comments will not have such longevity in the minds of others...particularly not me...as soon as I submit this post...you will be forgotten - for all of the RIGHT reasons!

    Good Day
    A.Miller

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  67. Congratulations to Senor Amaral and his family. Hope now that he can get on with his life without harrassment. I am sure that he is going to sell a lot more books than originally estimated. Was this the real reason for Kate McCann's visit to Portugal recently?

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  68. This is fantastic news for Goncalo Amaral and the people of Portugal. Could Be the luck finally running out for the "gruesome twosome" I sincerely hope so.

    I hope the McCanns Goncalo sues for defamation of character. Not for money, But to show the world, what a pair of Despicable money grabbing, child abusing (neglect is child abuse), b **** rds the McCanns are. Madeleine Will hopefully get justice in the not to distant future and the McCanns put Where They Will Be belong, behind bars.

    Congratulations to winning this fight is Goncalo and a thousand thank yous to Jane and her team, for keeping us up to date with all the news and Providing us with this forum, to post Our views.


    I Have Had a lovely day today, I did not think it get any better smoke here. This news is the icing on the cake.

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  69. #McCann spin in Spanish now via EFE http://goo.gl/GQJM Kate "ha dicho que es increíble, que no se lo puede creer", ha agregado Isabel Duarte

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  70. Wonderful news.

    The judiciary is showing some sanity at last!

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  71. THANK YOU, JOANA! THANK YOU GOD! THANK YOU ALL THE PEOPLE WHO STILL FIGHT FOR THE TRUTH. FOR LITTLE GIRL MADELEINE!
    PERVERTS MUST GO TO PRISON.

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  72. CONGRATULATIONS Portugal! Congratulations Senhor Amaral!
    Thank you, Joana, for the great news- a lovely, red carnation day!

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  73. sorry guys before I finish translating the SOL and JN articles there's a new one with Gonçalo Amaral coming first...

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  74. At last! some GOOD news and some decent common sense in this sordid affair!

    Congratulations to Sr Amaral!

    Thank you Joana for all your hard work keeping us enlightened !

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  75. 14 What a cheek to talk about backhanders. What was Kennedy's role?

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  76. I've just heard Isabel Duarte(McCann's portuguese lawyer) in the radio saying it will be very difficult to appeal from the court's decision, but that they will see what can be done. Is she admitting defeat? oh oh...Gerry will have a fit!

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  77. British media paralysed by this news. If the general public who don't even know the book was banned are given this information, it will be the McC's and "friends" worst nightmare.

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  78. tomorrows papers will have a weepy kate and a raging gerry on the front page just so as the idiots who support this pair know how upset they are about Mr Amaral's book being back on sale.seems to me the mccanns have the british media by the short and curly.s the way they butter up to them, but by gum the mccanns and the tapas shite are going to fall from grace with a mighty crash now that Mr Amaral can hold interviews and talk about his book once again.

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  79. Wonder how the Tapas lot are feeling. The McCann's appeared to have built up quite an effective firewall around the Tapas group. Not looking so good now is it. Might need another meeting to calm some nerves.

    I hope Amaral's friends get his book marketed, on bookshelves and exported fast as possible. Getting it to the UK should be a priority while the window of opportunity is there.

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  80. Could there be anything in the court's decision in favour of Gonçalo Amaral in the fact that we have a new government that is not leaning on the Portuguese government!

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  81. I hope the newspapers of record in the UK report this. Times, Telegraph and so on.
    TM will have to fight back. They have given up a lot of time away from their search for Madeleine (!), and have invested large amounts of other people's money into this particular campaign. They have now lost both the instant case, the money, and the riches they hoped to harvest. Mitchell is on record on their behalf, I am looking forward to reading the spin that he now tries to put on it.
    The book should now put into the public domain in vast quantities, both in hard copy and on the internet, to prevent any further intrusions on freedom of thought and expression by TM.

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  82. Now that the ban on Goncalo's book has been lifted, does this mean that the McCanns will not be able to sue him for part of his pension and half of his house?

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  83. OMG This is the best news ever! Three cheers for freedom of speech. Tick Tock.

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  84. Hi Joanna, some of the posts seem to be distorted. I noticed that "smoke here" has been added to one of the sentences at the bottom of my post (72). I have just made a post and as I was checking it, I found some of the words were not where they should have been and some of the words began with capital letters, when they should have been lower case.

    The same goes for other posts.

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  85. Dear joanna,we love you thank god at last,thankyou for all your hard work,congrats to AMARAL family
    from a wee island in Ireland.xxxxxxx

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  86. I think this time the mccanns and not forgetting the tapas liars are fu****.

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  87. Great news, congratulations Dr Amaral & family, congratulations Joanna.

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    Le livre polémique pourra bien être venduLa justice portugaise a annulé en appel l'interdiction du livre polémique de l'ancien inspecteur chargé de l'enquête sur la disparition de la petite Madeleine McCann.

    Les parents de Madeleine McCann présentent une photo de leur fillette disparue. (photo: AP Photo)
    Sur ce sujet
    Grande-Bretagne: «Je sais qui a enlevé Maddie»Affaire Maddie: Les autorités britanniques jettent l'épongeSelon le père de Maddie: «Il n'y a aucune preuve de la mort de ma fille»Portugal: Les parents de Maddie attaquent leur accusateur«Nous devrons rendre à l'éditeur les quelque 8000 exemplaires du livre, qui sera probablement remis en vente», a indiqué à l'AFP Isabel Duarte.
    Le livre de l'ex-inspecteur-chef Gonçalo Amaral, «La Vérité du mensonge», avait été retiré de la vente en septembre 2009 à la suite d'une plainte des parents de Madeleine McCann, disparue en mai 2007 dans le sud du Portugal.

    Dans son livre, qui a également fait l'objet d'une adaptation télévisée, l'ancien policier affirme que la petite fille est morte et que ses parents pourraient avoir dissimulé son cadavre.

    Une thèse que Gonçalo Amaral avait mise en avant pour justifier la mise en examen en septembre de 2007 de Kate et Gerry McCann. Un mois plus tard, le policier avait été dessaisi de l'enquête et, depuis, les époux McCann ont été blanchis par la justice portugaise qui a classé l'affaire.

    La disparition de la petite fille de 3 ans et demi, alors qu'elle dormait dans une chambre d'un complexe touristique du sud du Portugal, avait déclenché une campagne médiatique sans précédent.

    Ses parents, qui ont toujours privilégié la thèse d'un enlèvement, avaient lancé une souscription publique notamment pour s'assurer les services de détectives privés et tenter de retrouver leur fille.

    (afp

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  89. Are Kate and Gerry separated? Only Kate has commented on this news today and it was only Kate who was in Portugal recently. Hmmmm

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  90. Now that Dr Amaral has been ungagged from commenting on the case, here's hoping we will hear from him again soon.

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  91. Forca Goncalo!
    Thank you so much Joana.

    Soon, very soon...

    obsessed

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  92. I've have little time lately due to some changes in my life but still read some blogs and today I just had to post :a

    I almost find it hard to believe that the Portuguese Justice system has finally seen some sense - and done justice.

    May this be the end of a very difficult period for the Amaral family who unlike the McCanns are normal human beings with feelings and did not "disappear" a child.

    May it also be the beginning of the unravelling of the truth.

    How sad that Gerry'n'Kate do not get their claws on yet another million euros and silence a truthful book :c

    Joana, you are a special person --- like Goncalo Amaral --- who stands up for justice and truth *on principle* :g

    Beijinhos e xi-coracao!

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  93. Also... he he he does this mean that the English version will now be published in the UK?

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  94. Fantastic news Joana - and I have to say, surprising. I never imagined this would happen! You're hard work is not going to waste after all!

    I just hope this isn't some sort of double-cross, i.e. let Goncalo sell a few books and then let the McCanns take all the proceeds at a libel trial. TM seem to have had it all their own way, thus far. I've tried to see it from their viewpoint, but I find their story unbelievable.

    As a point of law, they are innocent of any crimes (unless or until proven guilty in a court of law). But that doesn't mean we have to believe them.

    May the truth one day be known.

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  95. The posh intellectual British newspaper The Guardian has the story online:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/oct/19/madeleine-mccann-book-ban-overturned

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  96. I had to blink a few times before I could take this news in. It's just wonderful. I wish the very best to Dr Amaral and send many thanks to Joana and all those who have worked tirelessly to keep this case alive. I don't know whether it's the end of the beginning, or the beginning of the end, but it's certainly an important step in the right direction.

    Kate

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  97. I am ashamed to say that I had given up on ever seeing any justice for Madeleine or for the Amaral family. Today has given me a glimmer of hope that this may be a small step in that direction. Thank you to Joanna and all of you who still are fighting the good fight. My husband and I are going to visit all our local bookshops this weekend and state that we would like to order copies of Mr Amaral's book, stating the title and publisher and the reason why it is now again available in Portugal. We know we will be met with strange looks but hopefully a few people will be earwigging and you never know a few phonecalls will be made to publishing houses etc. I imagine if we say we intend to buy copies for friends and neighbours for Xmas gifts, then an impact may be made.

    How I would love to see this reported correctly in all our newspapers, however I have allready had this one great piece of news today so I shall be grateful for that.

    Well done Mr Amaral, and thank goodness there are still some men and women left in the world who can make sound judgements based on truth, decency and honour.

    Anti-PhiloPastry

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  98. I wonder if we will have some sort of official Clarence Mitchell countering of the courts decision. I would be very suprised if there was as I suspect he inclines toward an early bath when the play gets tough. For a man who likes to crow, his silence would speak very loudly.

    Also I hope that Mr Amaral has additional relevent evidence to precipitate the re-opening of the McCann investigation. I have read that he has. I further hope that the McCanns and their so called friends are held to account for the great descrepancies in their official police statements and dubious timeline of events of May 3rd 2007.

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  99. its in the gardian,but this bit puzzles me.
    Portugal's attorney general, having reviewed the investigation, has ruled there is no evidence to suggest that the McCanns are anything other than entirely innocent.
    did the attorney general really say this

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  100. The Guardian Newspaper are now reporting on the lifting of the ban on the book.

    Link

    Nice to see the clarrification at the end of the article, for a change.

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  101. @ Scotfree 84

    Quote: "Could there be anything in the court's decision in favour of Gonçalo Amaral in the fact that we have a new government that is not leaning on the Portuguese government!"


    Not directly I hope, because Portugal is a democratic country and its judicial system should be independent.

    But there has been a definite weakening of the McCanns' position in UK political circles recently, in that it appears that there is no longer anyone with influence inclined to fight their corner.

    This leaves them more isolated now than say a year ago and will undoubtedly influence many other areas of society and their perception of the McCanns, both in the UK and Portugal too.

    One of the basic truths in life for all dictators:

    There is a time when whatever one does, everything seems to go right. Without noticing that things around one have started to change, there is a tendency to carry on as before. That is when things start to go wrong. One is now entering a period where whatever one does, everything seems to go wrong. When this stage has been reached, it is impossible to reverse the process.

    It happens to everyone who tries to dictate to others what they should think and how they should behave, when they start to believe their own propaganda and lose touch with reality.

    IMO the McCanns demonstrated that they had reached this stage when they had the unbridled arrogance to publicly criticise the UK government over the Gamble 'resignation'.

    The endgame is now a distinct possibility.

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  102. 103 I don't recall the AJ stating such a thing do you? But I do remember something along the lines of:

    'they lost the chance to prove what they claimed "their innocence" by not participating in a reconstruction'

    lost in translation to the Guardian do you thing?

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  103. ""did the attorney general really say this""

    No he did not. He said that there is not enough evidence and that the McCanns gave up the chance to prove their innocence when their friends rejected the reconstruction.

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  104. Fantastic news.......

    Lots of Love to all who have worked so hard.

    I am celebrating with a nice glass of portugese red wine and raising a well deserved toast to this site... Bravo, Cheers

    Can't wait for the the book to be available in England,I will make sure all my friends get a copy in their Christmas stocking.
    xxxxxxxx

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  105. When it was revealed that the McCanns and Clarence had been given a private audience with the judge in the last case, and yet Dr Amaral had to present his case in court so the whole world could hear, warning bells should have been ringing.

    What had McCann and Co been saying to that judge in private that the rest of us were not allowed to hear about.

    As it turned out, the judge found in favour of the McCanns on that occasion. Was something said in private that swayed her decision?

    Did the McCanns try that again with this appeal?

    If so, it sure didn't work.

    Justice should be seen to be done, and if the McCanns proceed with the defamation case it will be interesting to hear what they have to say in public. This time without them knowing what questions they will be asked in advance so they can't pick and choose the questions they want asked.

    Somehow I have a feeling we may not get to hear from Kate. After all, she certainly didn't answer the questions the investigators asked her regarding the disappearance of her daughter.

    If she refuses to answer because she doesn't like the question then that is not going to look good for their case.

    Not all the questions can be rehearsed in advance Kate. There can always be that one particular question that can put you on the spot, and no Gerry sitting next to you to jump in and answer for you.

    There can always be that one big surprise question Kate, that in a court of law can be asked, and do you really know what the opposition may know so as to spring it on you.

    To proceed with the defamation case is foolish in the extreme. The major reason being THERE WAS NO DEFAMATION.

    What was recounted by Dr Amaral in his book were the facts and circumstances surrounding the investigation of the case.

    The lifting of the temporary ban on this book should be sending you a warning message on that one.

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  106. FANTASTIC NEWS!

    Joana and co, thank you for all your hard work x x


    An Englishman

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  107. :m "Baudrillard claims that our current society has replaced all reality and meaning with symbols and signs, and that human experience is of a simulation of reality. Moreover, these simulacra are not merely mediations of reality, nor even deceptive mediations of reality; they are not based in a reality nor do they hide a reality, they simply hide that anything like reality is irrelevant to our current understanding of our lives." (Wikipedia).

    Wonder what the Baudrillard inspired McCann PR team might be thinking now? I'll tell you...

    That Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment" might have suited them best? :o

    :j Bootleg

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  108. Mr. Amaral well done.

    Poster 14, woof woof.

    C.EIRE.

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  109. Poster 14 is absolutely SEETHING!
    God Bless Goncalo

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  110. Poster 14 is having a little snigger at you lot getting wound up. Seething I most certainly am not! Karma darlings, Karma :c

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  111. On Sky News too http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Madeleine-McCann-Death-Book-Ban-Is-Quashed-By-Portuguese-Court/Article/201010315761814

    Oddly, `A spokesman for the McCanns was unavailable for comment.`

    Loving it :)

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  112. :o I have just e-mailed the "Daily Mail":

    "Why has the Mail been so quite about the lift of the ban on G. Amaral's book "The Truth of a Lie"? (about what might have happen to Madeleine McCann)? Come on show us your brand of independent, unbiased journalism! Mail readers have the right to be properly informed!

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  113. Joana you are an absolute star, i hope you like flowers and chocolates....xxxx

    I think 14 has overdone the bitter pills

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  114. To 116
    I have also emailed the Daily Fail asking why the hell they are not reporting this ruling seeing as when the book was banned, they splashed it all over their front page!

    Tick Tock
    Woof Woof

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  115. The BBC are still not reporting it!!
    May I suggest people go here and ask why not?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/newswatch/ukfs/hi/newsid_4030000/newsid_4032600/4032695.stm

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  116. Just saw a tiny article in the Sun and rushed here to see the news - this is such a wonderful turn of events for justice. Well done Snr Amaral, best wishes to your family x

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  117. Anon @119

    I have done as you suggest. Thanks for the link and the prompt.

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  118. The Lisbon Treaty was signed,the Freeport investigation was made to go away, the UK government has nothing that Socrates wants and Gordon Brown has no power to give anything. I am not surprised that there is no longer any pressure on Portugals judiciary to persecute Amaral on behalf of the McCanns. Even sending mercenery ex-service personel to Lisbon under the guise of new private investigators didnt have the intimidatory effect it was no doubt meant to have.

    I hope the publishers and the TV company are as brave as the ex-detective in their defiance of menacing bullies. I hope Amaral sues Rosiepopos for the disgusting things written about him in her book. He can find out her real name from Isabel Duarte who is a member of her forum or from her forum hosts.

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  119. Been away so a bit late in posting.
    Fantastic news for Dr Amaral, about time he was given some credit. I have read the book in Spanish and it does not defame in anyway.
    Well done Dr Amaral!!!!
    just loved the photo of Gerry outside the courts in Portugal, holding a red bunch of carnations. He obviously had no idea of their significance, thinking they were a token of love......I hope Dr Amaral now wipes the floor with the McCanns. Oh and gerry at 14,your true lack of education is showing!

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