1.Everyone shall possess the right to freely express and publicise his thoughts in words, images or by any other means, as well as the right to inform others, inform himself and be informed without hindrance or discrimination 2.Exercise of the said rights shall not be hindered or limited by any type or form of censorship Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, Article 37.º

Video: McCanns at Lisbon Court


  1. Very powerful! A very good report by SKY News.

  2. I'm surprised! Is the british media starting to report this case acurately ? Martin brunt, for the first time I thought you were being a true reporter.Have you been taking lessons with the portuguese?
    Isabel Duarte looks like a witch.

  3. "The McCanns did not NEED to be there in court" but indeed they chose to. And what would this injunction achieve: the silencing of one man. Oh, and money.

    But the McCanns NEEDED to be in Portugal for the reconstitution of the events surrounding the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine. But, indeed, ensure that there was a reconstruction - to hopefully find their daughter or the person(s) who took her - they did not. Oh, and by the way, no money.


  4. To the young portuguese man in the end :No, it won't bring Madeleine back but it will bring money...

  5. The irony of course is Gerry McCann lecturing others on distorting the truth.

  6. Kate chocked on

    "Madeleine has the right for a proper , fair....." Kate chocked on the word to come and articulated with difficulty "search". As if the word coming first was burial and she had to fight to swallow it and find this poor lie. A search can't be proper or fair.What a transparent hesitation!


  7. Did I hear the correspondent saying that the McCanns came prepared to gag Goncalo Amaral? Did I hear right?

    Do I see a gradual change for the better in the tone the British press reports this case? Hope so.

  8. Gerry McCann couldn't even look anyone in the eye when he said his piece about being there to ensure that freedom of speech doesn't mean distortion of the truth.

    What about 'within the bounds of responsible parenting', Gerry? Or 'it was like dining in your own back garden'? Goncalo Amaral's book is a sober assessment of a police case. If ever he wanted lessons on truth distortion, then he need look no further than you and your hired hands.


  9. Great that all this extra publicity they have brought upon themselves actually has Sky News broadcasting the very theories that Goncalo cannot speak of himself.

    Well done McCanns, you are sealing your own fate, one step at a time.

  10. We are to make sure that NOBODY finds her body.....
    Isabel duarte needed THEIR support???? =))
    Sounds good to me...it shows how sure of herself she is....NOT.
    Hey! Isabel Duarte,remember 1974? Aint you tooooo sure anymore then? Aint you not sure anymore you are "defending" the right people and THE RIGHT CAUSE?

    FORÇA Gonçalo! Força Portugal! we"re almost there.It wont take long anymore.
    Mccann people, RE-OPEN the case.
    This is the ONLY reason why you should be in Portugal

  11. The couple did not need to be present but they were because they took the opportunity to fly straight to Algarve after the court. They must have a good reason to do so. And you can be sure that they don't come back to court again and for a long time. We will see.

  12. Is that Isabel Duarte just sneaking away from the cameras and leaving the McCanns on their own? I think she is cracking up...

    I am surprised by the sentence:
    "As well as trying to gag Mr Maral the McCanns are asking for a million pounds in damages"
    What a very negative --- and thoroughly accurate --- description of their behaviour.

  13. The good people who had the guts to turn out today in Lisbon to support Sr. Amaral I would like to say I admire and respect you .

    With God's help and all good people who suround them , the McCann's lies will be exposed and Sr Amaral and his family will be free to get on with their lives in peace knowing that justice and truth granted them the respect of the world .

  14. The McCanns should look no further than their own spokesman for distortion of the truth when the PJ said of Clarence 'he lies through every tooth in his head'.

    And who was he speaking on behalf of McCanns, who was he representing?

    None other than YOU YOURSELVES.

  15. Fernis - I think you`re right about the change in attitude of the british press - have noticed it myself. News sites allowing comments etc., although over half of comments have been blocked on the virgin news site. In general, the press don`t seem so damning of Mr. Amaral.

    I don`t think Gerry did himself any favours today - seemed to be very touchy and defensive. Kate looks at the end of her tether.


  16. Kate couldn't remember her lines, it seems.

  17. In my opinion The McCanns will not have a good Christmas, this latest report may open doors they hope to close.

    What better publicity could there be for a book than trying to silence the author.

    Anon 8 (Angela) I totally agree with your post

  18. your game is up Gerry.
    Martin Brunt has always had you down as a criminal.
    Go staight to jail.

  19. 'Madeleine has the right for a proper...fair' think Kate just stopped short of saying 'funeral'?

  20. Presumably Isabel Duarte is getting paid a fair whack, but she does the off while they're being interviewed and getting heckled. It looks to me as though she can't really support them.

  21. It's not about the money. That's incidental. It's all about preventing the book from appearing in the UK. They could have brought this case ages ago, when his book first appeared. They chose not to.

  22. What a good report from Sky news! And I can't believe I have just typed that!

  23. "We're here to make sure that freedom of speech does not distort the truth"


    What is the truth of Madeleine's disappearance? Do Gerry and Kate McCann know? Have they distorted it, by stating that an abduction took place?

    I note also that the McCann's state that the book has prevented PORTUGUESE persons, lots of them, from coming forward with information regarding Madeleine's disappearance. Martin Brunt confirms this in this video report.

    Is this an indication that, they feel the truth of what happened to Madeleine lies amongst Portuguese citizens? Does it mean they are searching the PDL wilderness for this lair?

    The book first went on sale in Portugal, it has been on sale elsewhere also. Are the readers from other nations not included in this action? Is it felt that if someone outwith Portugal read the book and had information, that they WOULD come forward?

    What if no one in Portugal has any information on any crime committed against Madeleine? What if the perpetrators are foreign to Portugal? British for instance!

    What if ALL who read the book in Portugal came forward and said we read it, we know nothing and we don't believe Madeleine is dead.

    How can anyone possibly determine or gauge that Portuguese people have been prevented from coming forward due to having read the book.



    Clearly of great importanct to the McCann's. So much so that they jumped on a plane to Portugal when there was no legal requirement for them to do so.


    Now that is something I have never heard them make a statement about. Never held a press conference in this regard.

    "Madeleine has the right to a proper and fair search" said Kate McCann.

    Madeleine had the right to PROPER CARE AND PROTECTION.

    Her parents, if we believe them, ignored the childs's pleas, when she told them she and her brother had been crying. They decided what was best to do, was to leave the children alone -AGAIN, only this time in an UNLOCKED APARTMENT. They sat at a restaurant speaking with their friends, telling them of what Madeleine had said, and telling the friends that they had left the door unlocked, and, Kate didn't bother to return to check on her children for over 90 minutes.....too late!

    What Madeleine needed was HER rights to be RESPECTED, as a minor child, to be cared for and protected by those whose responsibility it was to do so.

    This did not happen. To say that they were acting within the bounds of responsible parenting, is an outrage. They say that legally this is so. When this legal judgement was made, were those who offered this advice aware that the children were left unattended in an UNLOCKED apartment. A little detail which somewhat changes the definition of 'within the bounds of responsible parenting.'


  24. Portuguese Judicial Code
    Article 138
    Exposure or abandonment

    1 - Whom endangers the life of another person:
    a) By exposing her in a place where the person is subject to a situation which she cannot defend herself from on her own; or
    b) By abandoning her in a defenseless state, for motive of age, physical defect or illness,when the agent had the duty to guard, watch or assist to the person;
    is punished with a prison term of 1 to 5years.

    2 - If the fact is practised by an ascendant ;or descendant, adoptant or adoptee of the victim, the agent is punished with a prison term of 2 to 5 years.

    3 - If the fact results in:
    a) Serious offense to the physical integrity, the agent is punished with a prison term of 2 to 8 years;
    b) Death, the agent is punished with a prison term of 3 to 10 years.

    Perhaps a book on the CARE and PROTECTION of minor children would be appropriate. One which clearly indicates how the children's rights should be protected. A 'what not to do' guide to safe parenting.

    1. Don't leave three under 4 year olds alone night after night in and unlocked apartment in a foreign country.
    2. Don't leave the door unlocked so that the children can come look for you while you dine in a bar.....

    This list could be endless in this case! The treatment of these children so appalling!

    Not highlighting this reward at every opportunity, I would say is rather hampering the search, preventing those with information coming forward.

    Perhaps news of it, through lack of publicity, has not yet reached the villains in the PDL wilderness?

    I do not believe for an instant, any book Sr Amaral's or any other could prevent any honest decent person, who believes the child is dead, to not come forward should information as to her whereabouts come to their attention. Even if one believes the child to be dead and you see a child resembling Madeleine, decent individuals would report this - hopefully to a proper police authority.

    If McCann's are speaking of the 'villains of the piece' having read the book, and not coming forward - Well that HUGE reward might just help in making them change their mind.

    Let's here more of it.



    Pity this was not Kate's opinion when she refused to answer the questions put to her by the Portuguese police.

    Pity this is not what she thought when ALL of the tapas group refused to attend an official police reconstruction relating to the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine. They didn't think it was worthwhile!

    None of these parents felt it was worthwhile to do something which may have led to discovering what happened to Madeleine and to where she was being held. It is the McCann's who say that Madeleine is alive. If she is, she will be suffering horrors, tortured each and every day, yet they didn't think it worthwhile to co-operate with police authorities, in doing so perhaps putting a stop to their daughter's pain and suffering.

    Even the risk of wrongly bein jailed would not have stopped parents giving their missing child this chance of a PROPER AND FAIR search.

    They failed her once again by their actions.

    'Giving her abductors her tuppence worth' Kate tells us this is what Madeleine will be doing.

    Is that what 3 year old children do, as they are being raped and brutalised?

    Shame on this group of people known as the tapas group.

    There was no fairness for Madeleine, even before she disappeared.

    What is fair about a three year old being left night after night to care for her two siblings, aged two years old? Frightened each time she woke in the night, as mummy and daddy were not there.

    Kate and Gerry don't think it's fair that their reputations are tarnished.

    I think that pales into insignificance when their child is being held in a lair with paedophiles.

    I think protecting their tarnished reputations could have been put on a back burner. Would it not have been more fair to Madeleine to concentrate on the search for her?

    It speaks volumes about these people. Would parents not wish that any media attention would have been for Madeleine. Money appears to be their driving force.

    This book is nor preventing people coming forward. How ridiculous.


  26. I liked the way the million pounds in damages was mentioned at the end of the video.

    Would the McCanns have been doing this if that wasn't in the offing? I can't be the only one will be wondering that.

  27. Well done Sky news, fair reporting for once. People at least got to hear from both sides and it was good to hear Snr Amaral being able to tell that his book was based on the findings of the investigation. I am sure up till now, those who have not been following the case have PRESUMED that this book was written for money and based on absolutely nothing. Maybe now more people will start wondering why a police officer would have felt compelled to write such a book when he knew full well he would be risking libel action. Maybe the McCanns should ask themselves why the police did not just go along with their abduction story as it would have been the easier way out IMO. At least they now know that are not welcomed in Portugal and that is not because of Amarals book it is because of their arrogance etc.

  28. No publicity is bad publicity. The book is publicity for the missing child. Anyone reading it and realising the significance of something they had seen which told them that the thesis of the book was mistaken and that the child was in fact not dead would come forward, unless they had something to hide.

    Anyone who had something to hide which prevented them from coming forward would not come forward whether they had read the book or not.

    Thus the McCann argument that the book is preventing people from coming forward, thereby hindering the search, is fatally flawed.


  29. Watching this video I notice yet again that whenever Kate is talking, Gerry watches her intensly, with contempt, disdain and impatience. He looks as though she might 'go off' at any second (i.e. say the wrong thing.)
    The second the mikes go to him, he relaxes, blossoms, obviously enjoying it.
    At other times, in past videos, I've noticed Kate look at him while he is speaking and her expression is of great dislike, with a hint of fear.
    They do not act like a couple who love each other.
    No doubt Dr Roberts would be able to research all this far better.

  30. I don't think that Gerry has felt anything but dislike for Kate for a long time.

    I noticed a long time ago when watching the two of them holding hands during an interview that he doesn't actually hold her hand, she is desperately holding in to his hand.

    Same thing happens when they are not seated on a settee next to each other, watch how she extends her arm and grabs at his hand or anything she can get hold of.


  31. They do look odd sitting there like they do with her hand grabbing him.

    Also, it is like information has to be prised out of them.

    Rather strange for people who say they want help finding their child.

  32. The book Sr Amaral has written is so well written you get carried along wanting to know what happened next.

    Really easy to read.

    Looking forward to seeing it sold in the UK very soon.

    The McCanns are going to be furious.

    Just think, they might even have to use their own money to continue the search. Or, is that when the 'search' would be over?


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