Portuguese Press Coverage of “Citizens support Gonçalo Amaral”
Gonçalo Amaral support movement launches petition on the Internet
The movement “Citizens support Gonçalo Amaral”, the former Judiciária inspector who investigated the “Madeleine McCann” case, has informed today, Saturday, that it has placed two petitions online to deliver to the Portuguese Parliament, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights.
In a press release, the “Citizens support Gonçalo Amaral” movement indicates that it has already placed two petitions on the internet and that the goal is to “support the constitutional right to Freedom of Expression, exercised in a responsible manner and without any other limits except those defined by law”.
“The first initiative by this movement is to place two petitions online – one for Portuguese citizens and foreigners that reside in Portugal, another one for foreign citizens, which we intend to submit, respectively, to the Portuguese Parliament, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights”, reads the press release that was sent to the media today.
The movement “Citizens support Gonçalo Amaral” has appeared after the creation of a website that is titled “Project Justice Gonçalo Amaral”, whose purpose is to “return Freedom of Expression” to the former Polícia Judiciária inspector.
According to the movement, Gonçalo Amaral “has not done more than to publish, in a book, the report of a criminal investigation: a report that is based on facts and on the conclusions of an entire, vast team of investigators, as clearly results from the process itself, which has been made public already”.
Gonçalo Amaral’s book, “Maddie, the truth about the lie”, was published in 2008, but in September this year the Civil Court of Lisbon prohibited the sale of the book, whose subject is the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Madeleine McCann disappeared on the 3rd of May 2007, from the room where she was sleeping with her two younger twin siblings, in an apartment at the “Ocean Club” tourist resort in Praia da Luz.
On the 7th of September 2007, the child’s mother, Kate, and the father, Gerry McCann, were made arguidos.
Nonetheless, the authorities have never been able to establish was really happened to Madeleine McCann, and on the 21st of July 2008, the Attorney General’s Office announced the closing of the investigation and the archiving of suspicions against Gerry and Kate McCann.
The McCann family demands the payment of a compensation of at least 1.2 million euros from the former PJ inspector, over his statements about Madeleine’s disappearance, that are considered to be defamatory.
The movement for Gonçalo Amaral warns that “other actions will follow, always with the purpose of supporting the “constitutional right to Freedom of Expression”.
Portuguese News Agency Lusa, 14.11.2009
Also published on other Portuguese newspapers:
'Gonçalo Amaral recebe apoio na internet' in Revista Lux Online 9.11.2009 PDF download
'Petição de apoio a Gonçalo Amaral' in Público 15.11.2009 PDF download
'Duas petições de apoio a Gonçalo Amaral' in Diário de Notícias 15.11.2009 PDF download
"Cidadãos apoiam Gonçalo Amaral" coloca petição online' in Diário de Notícias 14.11.2009 PDF download
'Maddie: Movimento de apoio a Amaral lança petição na Net' in Jornal de Notícias 14.11.2009 PDF download
'Movimento "Cidadãos apoiam Gonçalo Amaral" coloca petição na Internet' in i-online 14.11.2009 PDF download
'Movimento «Cidadãos apoiam Gonçalo Amaral» com petição online' in Diário Digital 14.11.2009 PDF download
'Apoiantes de Gonçalo Amaral põem petições online' in Observatório do Algarve 14.11.2009 PDF download
'Maddie: movimento de apoio a Gonçalo Amaral lança petição' in TVI24 14.11.2009 PDF download
'Madeleine: Movimento 'Cidadãos apoiam Gonçalo Amaral' coloca petição na Internet' in Correio do Minho 15.11.2009 PDF download
'Maddie: movimento de apoio a Gonçalo Amaral lança petição' in IOL Diário PDF download
'Madeleine: Movimento "Cidadãos apoiam Gonçalo Amaral" coloca petição na Internet' in Jornal do Algarve 14.11.2009 PDF download
'Gonçalo Amaral tem petição de apoio na net' in 24horas - edição impressa 9.11.2009 PDF download
'Petição online e conta Aberta em apoio ao ex-policía' in Correio da Manhã - edição impressa 13.11.2009 PDF download