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Judges demolish McCanns' innocence

Court acquits Gonçalo Amaral and points out that the couple was constituted as arguidos (suspects) with a "well-founded suspicion" of having committed a crime.


Kate and Gerry McCann are demolished in the judgement of the Supreme Court in which the former coordinator of the PJ is acquitted of paying half a million euros to the parents of the girl who disappeared in May 2007 in the Algarve. At stake is the book 'Maddie: The Truth of the Lie', in which Amaral argues that the girl died in an accident and that the body was concealed by the parents, who simulated an abduction.

The McCanns felt aggrieved by the book and sued the author. The Judge-Counsellors replied: "The defendant [Gonçalo Amaral] expressed his opinion in the light of the evidence and indications gathered in the investigation opened in virtue of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann on May 3, 2007 (...) Incidentally, the claimants (appellants, applicants) were constituted as arguidos in a criminal investigation, which implies that there was a well-founded suspicion of having committed crimes or crimes."

Kate and Gerry understand that the book is an attack on their honour and that the content results from the breach of professional secrecy by Gonçalo Amaral.

The Judge-Counsellors continue: "It is true that the criminal investigation was eventually archived, in virtue of none of the evidence that led to the constitution of the claimants as arguidos was confirmed. Nonetheless, even in the archiving dispatch serious reservations are made about the verisimilitude (reality of) of the allegation that Madeleine had been abducted."

As to the presumption of innocence invoked by the parents, they (Judges) consider that one should not say "that the claimants were acquitted through the order of archiving the criminal proceedings (investigation). The archiving was determined because it was not possible to obtain sufficient evidence of the practice of crimes. It does not seem reasonable to consider that said archiving dispatch, based on insufficient evidence, should be equated as substantiation (proof) of exoneration".

in Correio da Manhã, February 8, 2017

30 comments:

  1. Joana, it's great to see your blog open again! Thank you.

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  2. Thank you, Joana. I hope the British press pick up on this statement from the Supreme Court about the McCanns not having been exonerated.

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  3. Just WHEN are the British Press going to start reporting all this???? Why are the British Public being kept in the dark regarding this case. The British Press would sell more papers than they have done in a very long time, everybody is discussing this case yet NOTHING is reported in the papers. Where is the freedom of speech? It is a totally Disgraceful

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  4. Thank you for this clarification. 'Shelving' of a case does not in any way imply acquittal of the 'arguidos'.

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    1. I presume that this is the same as a 'Cold Case' which is one that can be re-investigated in years to come, especially as new forensic practices are developed. Maybe one day this will all be proven once and for all

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    2. It is the same yes. It was archived and reopened again in Portugal for a review in 2013, mainly to expedite the investigation started in 2011 by the Scotland Yard. None has been forthcoming. None focus on the parents and their friends.

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  5. The archiving was determined because it was not possible to obtain sufficient evidence of the practice of crimes, probably down to the lack of co-operation from the parents!!

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  6. It's about time this case was more fully investigated and the McGanns forced to answer previously unanswered questions by them. They are definitely hiding something and it's about time the truth came out.

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    1. MichLC,I think you've got the wrong people in your statement.There name is McCann and not McGann as you say??

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  7. I think the mc cannes did it them selfs

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    1. Johnny,there is nobody called mc cannes re this case.It is McCanns.OK

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  8. Having had an experience in Portugal before Maddy went missing we were on holiday three of us with my granddaughter in a pub playing pub games.it was during a quite hold at period so the pub had few customers ourself and two men sitting at the bar. After a short time another man came into the pub with a young beautiful little boy the man stood talking to one of the men while the other put his hand down the little boys trousers the three males carried on talking as if ok. I could not accept this situation and went to the bar called the bar over and I asked him if they allow this kind of behaviour in this pub, he replied if his mother does not mind why should you, I was shocked unbelievable!The barman went immediately to the three men and the boy and told them I had complained, all three men turned to look at me likely hoping I would feel intimidated I did not and I stayed even though my other adult companions wanted to go.!Since then I am afraid I can understand what can happen as I have seen it with my own èyes.

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    1. Hope you did the right thing and reported the situation to the police. Also it seems that happened in the context of Pubs for expats? Can you say where it was? As to the McCann story, it doesn't relate to their case, does it? They and their friends left their children alone, night after night, against any sane judgement and parenting responsibilities. One child disappeared and they fabricated a tale of abduction, despite the evidence that pointed that no break in took place. They all failed for almost 10 years to cooperate with the Portuguese Judiciary Police and from the start spinned the media against the same authorities that were trying to find Maddie. I have the feeling your views are somewhat skewed by your support of the BNP/Britain First Patriotic Movement (in your own blog) and against the johnny foreigner.

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  9. The British press can't report it in the UK because the law there is different

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  10. In the Mirror http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/kate-gerry-mccann-not-totally-9782804?ICID=FB_mirror_main and also in the Sun. No doubt in other tabloids too.

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  11. Gonçalo Amaral's book is back on sales at Amazon UK (h/t Jill H.'s forum) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Maddie-verdade-mentira-Goncalo-Amaral/dp/9898174129/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1486596696&sr=1-2

    From PT online shops is less expensive https://www.wook.pt/livro/maddie-goncalo-amaral/215274

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  12. Best news in years. Wonder if Mr Amaral will now go after the friends, and the UK press. I hope so.

    Mary Liverpool uk

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  13. I'm so glad Newspapers in Britain are actually Publishing this. I'm sick of this near 10 year cover up. The sooner those two go to prison the better!

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  14. Welcome back Joana! What a pleasant surprise! I guess we were all missing you and your legendary blog!

    What a marathon! At times we feared you might have given up. Glad you never really did! And just as well for ... as Lord Guinness used to say ... "good things come to those who wait!"

    Chin! Chin!

    ; ) Herr Gunther

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  15. Will this mean that Robert Murat, is also not cleared.

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  16. Them two make me sick. its as clear as daylight that they are as guilt as sin.

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  17. Anne Morand
    Welcome back Joana. It is going to be interesting to see where this case ends up.

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  18. I am glad the Court demolished them. They demolished enough people around as it were. Now I am very surprised the Mccann aren't asking for an investigation in the strong suspicions brought by the Podesta brothers who own a house near where the MacCann had their rented house.....
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3m87-hM96o

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    1. That's a totally far-fetched story, it has as much credibility as the farcical 4chan created pizzagate conspiracy, which is to say it has none whatsoever. Thank you, but no thank you. This case doesn't need any more confusion.

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    2. I was simply pointing out at this possibility but deep down,I believe they are as guilty as can be and never doubted it over the years. One day Justice for Madeleine will be truly and fully done. Now I am not entirely sure the Pizzagate story is made up tho'.No smoke without a fire....recently lots of paedophile rings have been busted in Sweden, Canada, Norway.....anyway the Mccans won't give it a break even though the Court demolished their "innocence".....will they ever stop? I hope Gonçalo can have a bit of rest now.Poor man, he went through so much!!Unbelievable....

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    3. is Scottish.Can I just clear this: McCann, small "c" is Irish where Macann, small"a"

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