the Portuguese authorities and STOP this charade, for your daughter!
by Paulo Sargento | 10.11.10
It is widely known that the McCann couple was in Lisbon today, in a meeting with their legal representative, the Hon. Madam Lawyer Isabel Duarte, and, as far as I am able to tell, with the Director of the public relations company “Lifting”.
The McCann couple has launched an online petition for a review of the process, allegedly, because they know that “there is important informations, to which they do not have access, that are in the possession of the British and Portuguese authorities” [read below].
Now, this question is vitiated by an immeasurable fallacy: how does one assure the importance of information to which one did not have access? As far as it is known, the information the authorities possess about the case is either in the process or in the possession of the Public Ministry, to whom several suggestions were given regarding investigational steps to matters that were not carried out.
On the other hand, the figure of the process review in our legal system has, necessarily, criteria, which are not met in the case in question.
Finally, I would like to leave a few words concerning the attitude of Hon. Madam Lawyer Isabel Duarte.
Indeed, the most excellent Madam Isabel Duarte has every right to present the appeals that she deems adequate, though of doubtful admissibility, and even, of appealing to the European Court of Human Rights. She has the right, I repeat!
However, she has the duty, even more due to the fact of her being a candidate to the Supreme Council of the Bar Association, to comply with a ruling from a superior court, as is the case of the Appellate Court.
The Illustrious barrister is not, therefore, above the Law. Actually, it would be better not to go beyond her role as a Lawyer, like when she attempted, at least three times that I have witnessed, to influence the contents of television programmes where the subject of discussion was the Maddie case, recalling the injunction and the consequences of its disrespect.
As to the appeal (which would only be allowed under uniformisation of jurisprudence), what is left is to remember that it does not have any suspensive effect on the Appellate Court’s decision.
Thus, unless something has happened to the books that she has been entrusted with, I do not see why she does not return them.
Público's “travelling” article for reference: it changed from here to here, with several comments deleted in between. [Surely, it must be a requirement, to delete the sardine vox populi comments in order to get Team McCann pre-packaged press releases and short interviews with the McStarlets... you know, the ever distraught parents.]
«Kate and Gerry McCann are circulating a petition which they intend to use to make the English and Portuguese governments review the Maddie case. So far they have managed 31 000 signatures and intend to reach 100 000. In the press conference they gave this afternoon in Lisbon, Kate and Gerry have ensured that they will not lower their arms and that there are important informations, to which they do not have access, that are in the possession of the British and Portuguese authorities.
The McCanns believe the gathering of the data held by the English and Portuguese authorities will allow the discovery of what has happened to Madeleine, their daughter, who disappeared three and a half years ago. With the petition, that is available online and in paper, Kate and Gerry expect to get both the English and Portuguese governments to cooperate, gathering and analysing all the informations.
“If we don't have the help of the authorities, we will have to continue the search ourselves”, said Kate. Holding hands with stern expressions, the McCanns highlighted, several times during the press conference, their intention of not giving up until they know what has happened to Maddie, who would be seven years old today. “It's like being in a race and not knowing when it will end”, said Gerry.
Despite the “small investigation team”, financed by Maddie's Fund, the McCanns say that they are “restricted”, in the sense that they do not have “access to all the information the authorities have”.
Regarding the Maddie Fund, the McCanns guarantee that it is not over, despite the decrease in contributions that has been recorded. According to Gerry, the maximum has been done to get financial support. “Every month we have meetings to discuss ways to ensure money”, he explained. “If it wasn't for the fund, no one would be looking for Madeleine right now”, said Kate.
Regarding the Appellate Court decision of annulling the ban on the sales of Gonçalo Amaral's book – “The Truth of the Lie” -, the McCanns haven't said much. According to Gerry, the book “leads to believe that Maddie is dead, when there is no evidence pointing in that direction”.
Isabel Duarte, the McCann's lawyer, said that “the appeal to the Supreme (Court of Justice) was delivered on the 5th of November”. This is an exceptional situation, made possible, according to Isabel Duarte, thanks to raising a fundamental argument: “That this book was published and will continue to be published to make money and to deepen my clients pain, and to hinder the investigation relative to Madeleine McCann”.
In case the Appellate Court's decision is uphold, the solution will be to appeal to the international courts.
Gonçalo Amaral's book is not yet available on the market. “And it won't be”, stated Isabel Duarte.“I am the trustee of the book and whilst I am not forced to return it, I will not do it in any way, whatsoever. This while there isn't a final definitive decision.”»