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Goncalo Amaral's Court Hearing (adjourned)*

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António Cabrita, Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer, was due to present opposition to the temporary injunction - granted on the 9th of September 2009 - which prohibited the sale and distribution of Gonçalo Amaral's book, ''The Truth About The Lie', and prevented him from speaking or discussing his thesis publicly.

The McCanns arrived for the first day of the hearing but it was curtailed due to the illness of António Cabrita. The McCanns then returned to Praia da Luz for the first time together, since they left on the 9th of September 2007, although they do not visit the apartment from which they claim Madeleine was abducted.

McCann couple to attend Amaral's trial, 01 December 2009
McCann couple to attend Amaral's trial Jornal de Noticías

Kate and Gerry McCann on their previous trip to Lisbon

The McCann Couple should be in Lisbon, on the 11th of December, when the complaint against the former Judiciary Police Inspector will start to be tried.

by Alexandra Serôdio
01 December 2009 - 00h30m
Thanks to Joana Morais for translation

The Lisbon Civil Court will begin to judge, on the 11th, the interlocutory proceedings brought by the McCann family against the former PJ inspector, Gonçalo Amaral. The process further involves a book publisher, a TV channel and a media production company.

Kate and Gerry McCann should attend the first day of trial, given that they are committed to continue the search for their daughter Madeleine, who disappeared on the 3rd of May 2007, from the room where she slept in the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz (Lagos). A presence that is not confirmed by the Portuguese lawyer, Isabel Duarte, but by sources close to the couple who affirm their presence as certain.

The basis of the trial is the interlocutory injunction, brought in May by the McCanns and on behalf of their three children, Sean, Amelie and Madeleine, which intended to remove from the market the book "The Truth about the Lie" and the documentary based on the same book. In addition, they seek to put an end to the sale of the copyright abroad - by the publishing company Guerra e Paz - and also to prohibit the now retired Judiciary policeman from speaking publicly about his thesis of the case.

Justifying their temporary injunction with the fact that they wish to "guard themselves against future injuries of their rights, or the worsening of those already verified", the McCanns allege that the divulgation of the book and the DVD "deepens (their) suffering" and "harms the search for Madeleine".

The allegations made by the McCanns led a judge of the 13th Civil Court of Lisbon, in September, to decree the banning of the book and DVD sales, as well as to prohibit Gonçalo Amaral from making any comments, written or verbal, that defend the thesis of Madeleine's death or the concealment of her body by the parents.

Opposing the interlocutory proceedings, Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer asks for its revocation, arguing that "the prohibition is based on facts that are not truthful" and that "were deliberately misrepresented in order to achieve the desired interlocutory measure".

According to António Cabrita, the former PJ Inspector "does not defend the thesis" of Maddie's death nor the concealment of her cadaver by her parents. "In no excerpt or passage of the book does Gonçalo Amaral attribute to Kate or Gerry McCann, or to anyone else, the homicide and the concealment of the cadaver of their daughter Madeleine", nor "in any of the interviews given by him does he ever emphasize that Maddie's parents killed her or concealed her body". The lawyer said that the thesis put forward in the book "does not affect the image or the good name of the McCanns, let alone treat them in a way that could be considered degrading, cruel or inhumane". He also said that Amaral has only commented on the results of the investigation already divulged through the CD made by the Prosecutor's Office in Portimão.



Amaral seeks legal aid support and states he has no assets 
Jornal de Notícias

by Alexandra Serôdio
01 December 2009 - 00h30m
Thanks to Joana Morais for translation

Gonçalo Amaral asked for the help of the State in order to be able to defend himself against the case brought by the McCanns.

Citing economic insufficiency to pay the court costs, the former PJ coordinator saw the Civil Court of Lisbon preventively seize the earnings made from the sale of the book and of the documentary through a sole-proprietorship company in his name, as a way to ensure that there will be money to pay any compensation, whose pertinence can only be examined through the main action.

In the aid application document, dated 24 September, Amaral declared an annual net income of 39 thousand Euros, with a household of four people: himself, his wife and two little girls, of 11 and five-years-old. He also states that he does not own any real estate property.

According to a document from the Land Registry Office of Olhão, dated 21 September, to which the JN had access, Amaral, 'owns' a single-family house consisting of two floors, two terraces and a swimming pool, which is valued at more than 200 thousand euros.

The sole-proprietorship company in Amaral's name, created for the marketing of the book, has a car registered, of the Jaguar brand. The registration of that property was made in May, this year.

Police chief faces libel trial in Madeleine case, 02 December 2009
Police chief faces libel trial in Madeleine case Daily Express

 
Daily Express, 02 December 2009

By Nick Fagge
Wednesday December 2 2009


KATE and Gerry McCann will come face to face in a courtroom with the Portuguese policeman who accused them of being involved in the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.

The couple will confront the discredited former police chief Goncalo Amaral at a libel hearing next week where he will be accused of peddling distressing lies about them.

Mr Amaral was in charge of the botched investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine from the McCanns' family apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.

He was instrumental in naming Kate and Gerry as official suspects in the official investigation into what happened to their daughter. And he published a book and a TV documentary claiming Madeleine was dead, entitled The Truth Of The Lie.

The McCanns will confront the former detective when he appears in court in Lisbon on December 11 to answer charges that he lied.

Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said last night: "Kate and Gerry are planning to be at the opening of the trial. They think it is important to be there for the beginning."

Portugal's attorney general officially cleared the McCanns as suspects.



'Maddie lie' cop to face McCanns in court fight The Sun

By ANTONELLA LAZZERI
Published: Today (02 December 2009)


KATE and Gerry McCann are to fly to Portugal to face in court the man who claims they lied about their daughter Maddie's disappearance.


The couple have filed a £1million libel suit against ex-cop Goncalo Amaral, who wrote a book claiming the three-year-old died in an accident at their holiday flat in May 2007.

He alleged the little girl's parents then disposed of her body in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

The McCanns, both 41, won a court battle to ban Amaral's bestseller The Truth Of The Lie earlier this year.

Now they are preparing to return to Portugal for the start of the trial in Lisbon's High Court on December 11.

It will be only the second time since Maddie vanished that Kate, of Rothley, Leics, has returned to the country.

A source close to the pair said: "They want to face him. They may have to give evidence against him but they don't know yet."

The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell added: "It's their court case and they feel they should be there."

Amaral, 49, was the police chief in charge of the investigation into the little girl's abduction.

But he was sacked after several months in the job for publicly criticising the British police.

The book has earned him hundreds of thousands of pounds and he also made a TV documentary based on the work.

He retired from the Portuguese police earlier this year.

The lackeys of the powerful, 05 December 2009
The lackeys of the powerful Correio da Manhã

Gonçalo Amaral

Matter of Fact

Gonçalo Amaral
05 December 2009 - 00h30
Thanks to Astro for translation

Power is something that contains us and transforms us into free persons or mere lackeys, according to our ability to say no or the interest we have in kneeling down. To say that a former policeman cannot write or speak about cases or about the activity that he exercised for years, out of respect for ethics and due behaviour, is to limit that citizen's rights.

It is identical to saying that a politician cannot write or speak about politics, and, widening the scope, a medic, a lawyer or a journalist would be equally limited by an obscure ethical and behavioural code. That is to say, none of these social classes could express technical and based opinions. We would be in the midst of stupidity and of lackeys. But life and individual rights are not what vassals desire.

We have the right, and mainly the duty, within the exercise of responsible freedom of expression, to speak and to write about anything, even if knowledge that was acquired within the scope of a professional activity is at issue. We do not enter speculation, we write and we will continue, within the use of our freedom of expression, no matter how much it hurts the powerful or their lackeys. Values like the discovery of truth and the performance of justice must continue to shape modern and democratic societies.

Madeleine: Trial over prohibition to sell Gonçalo Amaral's book starts on the 11th of December, 05 December 2009
Madeleine: Trial over prohibition to sell Gonçalo Amaral’s book starts on the 11th of December Lusa

A Verdade Da Mentira

05 December 2009, 07:40
Thanks to Astro for translation

Lisboa, 05 Dec (Lusa) – On the 11th of December, the Civil Court of Lisbon starts the trial over the injunction that forbids the sale of the book "Maddie – The Truth About the Lie", about the disappearance of the child in 2007, written by Gonçalo Amaral.

During the sessions scheduled for the 11th, the 14th and the 16th of December, at the 7th Section of the Civil Court of Lisbon, the former Polícia Judiciária inspector's defence will present its opposition to the argumentation of the McCann family, that was the basis for the temporary injunction that was granted on the 9th of September.

Kate and Gerry McCann, represented by lawyer Isabel Duarte, allege that the book and the video that was based on it, divulge Gonçalo Amaral's thesis, which they consider unsustainable, of Maddie's parents' involvement in her disappearance.

McCanns will be at Gonçalo Amaral's book trial, 07 December 2009
McCanns will be at Gonçalo Amaral's book trial Expresso/Lusa

Isabel Duarte
Isabel Duarte

The McCann couple will be present next Friday, in Lisbon, at the beginning of the trial regarding the prohibition of the sale of the book "Maddie, The Truth of The Lie".

Lusa
15:36 Monday, 7 December 2009
Thanks to Joana Morais for translation

Kate and Gerry McCann will be attending on Friday, in Lisbon, at the beginning of the trial of the injunction prohibiting the sale of the book "Maddie - The Truth of The Lie", by Gonçalo Amaral, a source close to the family said today to Lusa .

On the sessions of the 11th, 14th and 16th of December, in the 7th Civil Court of Lisbon, at the Palace of Justice, the former Judiciary Police Inspector Gonçalo Amaral's defense will present opposition to the arguments made by the McCanns which founded the temporary injunction proceedings decreed on the 9th of September.

Kate and Gerry McCann, represented by the attorney Isabel Duarte, argue that the book and video are based on the job of disseminating Gonçalo Amaral's thesis, considered by them unsustainable, of the parental involvement in Maddie's disappearance.

So they asked the court to withdraw from the market, albeit provisionally, the book and the video produced after the documentary was broadcast by TVI.

The process, in addition to targeting the former PJ officer, is also aimed at the book publishing house "Guerra e Paz", the production company Valentim de Carvalho and TVI, for the dissemination of Gonçalo Amaral's thesis; this is also attached to the main action, where the McCann family claims for protection of rights, freedoms and guarantees.

The parents of the English child, who disappeared on the 3rd of May 2007 from an apartment bedroom in a tourist resort in Praia da Luz, Algarve, have another action against Gonçalo Amaral, where they accuse him of statements deemed libellous, for which they claim 1.2 million euros.

Lawyer speaks about "offensive remarks"

According to the family's English lawyer, Ed Smethurst, Madeleine McCann's parents argue that Gonçalo Amaral produced "continuously and offensive" statements in Portugal and abroad about the child's disappearance.

In the scope of the process, a preventive order to seize goods was asked, yet unmet and awaiting the completion of diligences.

Gonçalo Amaral is accused by the McCanns of having profited from "obscene amounts of money by selling that theory through his book and in interviews" and to have harmed "donations, new leads, investigation, information and witnesses" about the child's disappearance.

Suspicions fall on parents

The book "Maddie, The Truth of The Lie", the same title of the documentary aired by TVI, was published in 2008 and casts the suspicion that the parents of the English child, who was on holiday with her parents and siblings in Praia da Luz, could have participated in the concealment of the corpse.

With the status of Coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department of the PJ of Portimão, Gonçalo Amaral joined the team of investigators who tried to find out what happened to Madeleine.

After the constitution of Robert Murat as an arguido, Gerry and Kate McCann, who always maintained the position that Maddie was abducted, were made defendants in September 2007.

But like the Anglo-Portuguese citizen, the English couple were acquitted in July 2008 due to the lack of evidence to support the hypothesis advanced by the investigation to the accidental death of the girl.

The Public Ministry ended up archiving the process, which can always be reopened if new data considered to be consistent emerges.

Madeleine's Parents Launch Libel Case, 09 December 2009
Madeleine's Parents Launch Libel Case Sky News

Mark Langford, Sky News Online
8:38pm UK, Wednesday December 09, 2009


The parents of Madeleine McCann are to travel to Portugal for the start of a libel action against former police chief Goncalo Amaral, who made claims about them in a book on their daughter's disapearance.

Gerry and Kate McCann are suing Goncalo Amaral
Gerry and Kate McCann are suing Goncalo Amaral

The couple plan to attend the opening of the trial in Lisbon on Friday, their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said.

"They only intend to appear at the opening and I would expect that they will return to the UK fairly swiftly," he said.

Madeleine was nearly four when she went missing from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal on May 3 2007 while her parents dined with friends nearby.

Despite a massive police investigation and huge publicity worldwide, she has not been found.

Mr Amaral was involved in the initial investigation to find Madeleine but was later taken off the case.

In his book, The Truth Of The Lie, he claimed Madeleine was dead and questioned the McCanns' account that she was taken while they were eating with friends.

In September a Portuguese judge granted an injunction banning further sale or publication of the book.

It also banned Mr Amaral from repeating his claims about Madeleine or her parents.

The injunction came after a year-long campaign by the McCanns' lawyers to prevent the publication of the book and a subsequent DVD.

Speaking after it was granted, Gerry McCann said false allegations had done immense damage to the search for their daughter because Portuguese people would be dissuaded from coming forward with information.

At the time he said: "There's a lot of people in Portugal, who might have evidence, that believe Madeleine is dead.

"If people believe that, they won't search for her and they won't come forward with information."

At one point Portuguese police made Gerry and Kate McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, arguidos, or formal suspects, in their daughter's disappearance.

They were questioned by detectives but their arguido status was later lifted and since then they have continued to campaign to find their daughter.



McCanns v Amaral...The Next Round Sky News Blogs

Martin Brunt
December 09, 2009 6:47 PM

McCanns v Amaral...The Next Round

Kate and Gerry McCann will launch their libel action against former police chief Goncalo Amaral in Lisbon on Friday.

They want a permanent ban on his book The Truth of the Lie, in which he challenged their version of events the night their daughter Madeleine vanished in May, 2007.

And they want around a million pounds in damages, money they say will go to the Madeleine Fund to support the continuing search for her.

I'm not expecting them to give evidence at the opening of a hearing that may drag on for several months.

In September, the McCanns got a temporary ban on the book, which they claim is hampering public support for the search.

Mr Amaral had many of his assets frozen and thousands of unsold copies of the book were returned to the McCann lawyers.

It sounds like a potentially explosive courtroom confrontation, but I understand Mr Amaral may not even be there.

Rumours on the ground suggest he may be across the city launching a new book.



Kate and Gerry McCann to fly to Portugal for trial against former police officer involved in search for Madeleine Daily Mail

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 8:15 PM on 09th December 2009


Madeleine McCann's parents will fly to Portugal tomorrow for the start of a libel trial against former Portuguese policeman Goncalo Amaral.

Kate and Gerry McCann are planning to attend the opening of the trial in Lisbon on Friday.

Their spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said: 'I can confirm that Kate and Gerry McCann will be travelling to Portugal on Thursday to attend the opening of the defamation case against Goncalo Amaral in Lisbon on Friday morning.

'They only intend to appear at the opening and I would expect that they will return to the UK fairly swiftly.'

Madeleine was nearly four when she went missing from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal on May 3, 2007, while her parents dined with friends nearby.

Despite a massive police investigation and huge publicity worldwide, Madeleine would now be aged six, has not been found.

Mr Amaral was involved in the initial investigation to find Madeleine but was later taken off the case.

In his book, The Truth Of The Lie, he claimed Madeleine was dead and questioned the McCanns' account that she was taken while they were eating with friends.

In September a Portuguese judge granted an injunction banning further sale or publication of the book.

It also banned Mr Amaral from repeating his claims about Madeleine or her parents.

The injunction came after a year-long campaign by the McCanns' lawyers to prevent the publication of the book and a subsequent DVD.

Speaking after it was granted, Gerry McCann said false allegations had done immense damage to the search for their daughter because Portuguese people would be dissuaded from coming forward with information.

At the time he said: 'There's a lot of people in Portugal, who might have evidence, that believe Madeleine is dead.

'If people believe that, they won't search for her and they won't come forward with information.

'I know for a fact people have been told Madeleine is dead. There is no evidence to support that and that is unforgivable.'

At one point Portuguese police made Mr and Mrs McCann, from Rothley, Leicester, 'arguidos', or formal suspects, in their daughter's disappearance.

They were questioned by detectives but their status was later lifted. Since then they have continued to campaign to find their daughter.

'McCanns trip to Lisbon is a form of pressure', 10 December 2009
'McCanns trip to Lisbon is a form of pressure' RTP Portuguese Channel

Interview broadcast: 10 December 2009
Thanks to Joana Morais for transcript/translation

Transcript/Translation

Gonçalo Amaral: The audience tomorrow may not happen.

Sandra Felgueiras [Voice Over]: It was Gonçalo Amaral who unraveled the veil on the news. The quarantine of his lawyer may lead the court to postpone the witnesses hearing requested by the former inspector to bring back to the market the banned book about which he writes now.

[Inset of the new book's cover – 'The English Gag - The Story of a Forbidden book’]

SF: To publish this book, exactly tomorrow, can't it be seen as a provocation?

GA: The book was not written now, I wrote it in September, 10 or 12 days after I was notified of the temporary injunction. When the book launching date was set, no one knew that tomorrow would take place a session in the scope of an opposition.

SF: How do you see the McCanns trip to Lisbon to be tomorrow present at the audience?

GA: I understand it as a form of pressure over the witnesses who are going to be heard. Additionally, as a form of pressure on the court itself.

SF [Voice Over]: With the absence of Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer tomorrow at the court hearing, the arrival of the McCanns today in Lisbon may be in vain. Nevertheless, even if it is postponed the mission of the civil court of Lisbon will always be to decide if the banning of this book [inset of the book 'Maddie, The Truth of the Lie'] is definite or not. For the McCanns, Gonçalo Amaral only published the book for financial reasons, which translates in the opening of a society to allegedly  avoid paying 500 thousand Euros of old debts.

GA: (... - voice cut ) I imagine so. There are debts and we are going to pay them with our patrimony, there is no doubt on that. However, I will never pay anything to the McCann couple. That is for sure. The procession is just beginning, between a lot will happen. We have no doubts that we will demand and ask for an award of damages for what we have suffered, my family and I.

SF: Which results do you expect from the hearings that will end next week?

GA: I believe, and according to other jurists, that the book should be already in the market, since the interlocutory restraining injunction to the companies, like Guerra e Paz 'was dropped, because 30 days after that injunction was made there was no action. There is only an action against myself.

SF [Voice Over]: Confident in a favourable decision Gonçalo Amaral adds that after tomorrow the thesis that Maddie did die will be divulged, not by him for the reason that he is prohibited, but by many other voices.

GA: The witnesses that will now be heard are police officers who worked in the investigation, they are criminal investigator officers, and have the obligation to speak the truth.

 
"The English Gag - The story of a forbidden book"
"The English Gag - The story of a forbidden book"

SF: And to speak the truth means to talk about the thesis that Gonçalo Amaral is now forbidden to talk about?

GA: To speak the truth it is something very simple. There is a book and there is a case file, there is a book that describes an investigation, and there is an investigation that is on that case file. Now, are there any differences? There are none. What is in the book is on the process.

SF [Voice Over]: And in the 'English Gag' as the new book is named, Gonçalo Amaral is indignated at a censorship, one that we only have memory from before the 25 of April [Carnation Revolution, 25th April 1974].

Influenza A may postpone the McCann hearing, 11 December 2009
Influenza A may postpone the McCann hearing Jornal de Notícias

ALEXANDRA SERÔDIO
11 December 2009, 00h31m


Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer is in quarantine and has already notified the court. The McCanns arrived in Portugal yesterday.

Kate and Gerry McCann arriving yesterday, Thursday, in Lisbon
Kate and Gerry McCann arriving yesterday, Thursday, in Lisbon

Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer is in quarantine at home, after learning that an employee of his office has influenza A. António Cabrita has requested the postponement of the trial of the book "The Truth About The Lie."

The first session of the trial process against the book by the former coordinator of the Judicial Police, is scheduled for 9:30 pm today, at the 7th Circuit Court Civil Court of Lisbon, in the Courthouse. The prevention of Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer can dictate the postponement of the trial, which would then be likely to occur in about 21 days.

The quarantine state of António Cabrita was known at the end of yesterday afternoon, a time when Kate and Gerry McCann were already on the plane to Lisbon. The couple, who arrived at the Portela Airport shortly after 23:00, were still unaware of the possible postponement of the session.

Confirmation will only be given today by the judge who will judge the case. It will be the judge's decision whether to postpone, or not, the start of the hearing and set a new date. Anyway, the seven witnesses called by Gonçalo Amaral and called for today's session are to appear in the Courthouse. The prosecutor of Portimão, Magalhães e Menezes, who signed the order to close the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine, Luis Neves, Director of the National Counter-Terrorism who helped coordinate investigations and Guilhermino Encarnação, the former director of the PJ of Faro, are some of the witnesses for Amaral.

The trial process also involves the publishers Guerra & Paz, who edited the book "The Truth About The Lie", a media company that produced a video and a TV channel that aired a documentary.

The evaluation is based on the application for interim relief brought on by the McCanns in May on behalf of their three children, Sean, Amelie and Madeleine, in order to withdraw the book of Gonçalo Amaral and the documentary based on the same work. And to stop the sale of copyright abroad by publishers Guerra & Paz and also prohibit the former policeman from continuing to speak publicly about his thesis of the case.

"I came for the trial tomorrow. We're here to ensure that freedom of speech does not allow the truth to be distorted. And [Gonçalo Amaral] distorted the truth. We're not here because of him. The law will produce justice," said Gerry McCann on arrival at Lisbon airport.

McCanns In Portugal For Battle With Ex Cop, 11 December 2009
McCanns In Portugal For Battle With Ex Cop Sky News

Martin Brunt
1:53am UK, Friday December 11, 2009


Gerry and Kate McCann flew into Lisbon in determined mood and ready for a court battle with the ex-police chief who believes their missing daughter Madeleine is dead.

They will ask a judge for a permanent ban on sales of Goncalo Amaral's book The Truth of The Lie, in which he challenges their version of Madeleine's disappearance.

Mr McCann, 41, told Sky News: "We're here to make sure that freedom of speech doesn't allow the truth to be distorted.

"We believe the book has damaged the search for Madeleine.

"If people read it and believe she is dead then they will not keep looking for her and may not come forward with information they may have."

The couple will also ask the judge for around a million pounds in damages which they will use to pay for their own continuing hunt for their daughter.

Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished without trace from the family's rented holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve coast in May, 2007.

She had been left with her twin siblings in bed while her parents dined nearby with friends.

The McCanns are sure she was abducted and believe she is still alive.

Mr Amaral was a senior officer in the investigation but was removed from it before it was abandoned after 15 months.

In his book he asserts that Madeleine died in the apartment and her death was covered up.

The McCanns won a temporary injunction in September when thousands of unsold copies of the book were handed over to their lawyers.

Mr Amaral will fight their action, claiming he has the right of freedom of speech.

He is also planning to launch a second book in which he will claim he has been gagged by the McCanns.

The court case is expected to conclude next week.

McCanns To Wait For Court Fight With Ex-Cop , 11 December 2009
McCanns To Wait For Court Fight With Ex-Cop Sky News

Martin Brunt
2:13pm UK, Friday December 11, 2009


Gerry and Kate McCann's court battle with an ex-police chief who believes their missing daughter Madeleine is dead has been put on hold.

The couple were due to ask a Portuguese judge for a permanent ban on sales of a book by Goncalo Amaral in which he challenges their version of Madeleine's disappearance.

But the court hearing in Lisbon has been postponed for one month because Mr Amaral's lawyer has swine flu.

Before the announcement, Mr McCann told Sky News that he wanted to "make sure that freedom of speech doesn't allow the truth to be distorted".

"We believe the book has damaged the search for Madeleine," he said.

"If people read it and believe she is dead then they will not keep looking for her and may not come forward with information they may have."

The couple are expected to ask the judge for around a million pounds in damages which they will use to pay for their own continuing hunt for their daughter.

Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished without trace from the family's rented holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve coast in May, 2007.

She had been left with her twin siblings in bed while her parents dined nearby with friends.

The McCanns are sure she was abducted and believe she is still alive.

Mr Amaral was a senior officer in the investigation but was removed from it before it was abandoned after 15 months.

In his book, The Truth Of The Lie, Mr Amaral asserts that Madeleine died in the apartment and her death was covered up.

The McCanns won a temporary injunction in September when thousands of unsold copies of the book were handed over to their lawyers.

Mr Amaral will fight their action, claiming he has the right of freedom of speech.

He is also planning to launch a second book in which he will claim he has been gagged by the McCanns.



Portugal trial of officer in McCann case postponed
AFP

(AFP) – 15:00
Friday 11 December 2009

LISBON — A libel trial against a policeman in Portugal who claimed missing British girl Madeleine McCann was dead and that her parents could have hidden the corpse opened on Friday but was immediately postponed.

The case in Lisbon against former Algarve police officer Goncalo Amaral, who led the early stage of the investigation into Madeleine's disappearance, was adjourned until January 12 due to the absence of his lawyer.

Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, attended the opening of the case on Friday, which they brought against Amaral for suggesting their daughter was dead and that they were somehow involved in the disappearance.

He wrote a book, "The Truth of the Lie", about Madeleine's disappearance which contained these allegations.

A Portuguese court issued an injunction in September banning sales of the book and prohibiting Amaral from repeating his claims in the media.

"Freedom of speech should not include distortion of the truth, lies, fabrication and slander," said Kate McCann on Friday.

She added the couple were not disappointed about the trial delay as the injunction was still in force.

Gerry McCann added: "The key thing here is we're here to fight for our daughter, and if anyone steps over the lines then they should be prepared to defend what they say in court."

Madeleine, who would now be six years old, went missing from a holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, as her parents and their friends were eating at a nearby restaurant.

Amaral was in charge of the investigation into her disappearance when her parents were made official suspects in September 2007.

He was removed from the case a month later, and Portugese prosecutors announced in July 2008 that the McCanns were no longer suspects.

Despite huge publicity worldwide and investigations by Portuguese and British police, Madeleine has not been found.

Portuguese police are no longer investigating the case, but other investigators acting on the couple's behalf are still looking for the missing girl and appealing to the public for information.

Carnations in December, 11 December 2009
Carnations in December

11 December 2009
Thanks to
Joana Morais for translation


'Citizens in Defence of Rights and Freedoms – Project Justice Gonçalo Amaral'- Demonstration of support for Freedom of Expression and Gonçalo Amaral Civic Rights on the 11th December 2009, video by NC/Justice and Truth/PJGA

Who are the McCanns?, 18 December 2009
Who are the McCanns? Sol (appears in paper edition only)

The McCanns leave church on 12th May 2007 - 9 days after Madeleine's 'abduction'

By Catalina Pestana
18 December 2009
Thanks to
Astro for translation

In times of great promiscuity between the modern State's powers – legislative, executive and judicial -, once more in Portugal the notion of common sense has been lost in an unbridled way, and the cloak of Justice has been thrown over it.

The book 'Maddie – The Truth of the Lie', by Gonçalo Amaral, the former PJ inspector who coordinated the 'Maddie case' investigation, was removed from the market by a court order, under the pretext of being a crime of defamation against the McCanns.

The author's assets have been 'frozen' in order to cover an eventual compensation to the 'offended ones'.

Last Friday, Gonçalo's witnesses were to be heard. For the first time, we were going to hear other PJ agents who investigated Maddie's disappearance with him. They – according to news reports – were going to testify that their colleague had only written down what was in the archived process, which was no longer covered by judicial secrecy.

Reading the book, I had a sense of déjà-vu. One way or another, the reported facts had already reached public opinion through various forms of communication.

During the 'Estado Novo' [dictatorial period in Portugal], it was usual for the State to seize assets – books, records and other items – that belonged to those who disagreed with the epoch's political practises and dared to write it or to say it out loud.

It was more logical: an authoritarian State that seeks to silence its opposition, regardless of means.

Now, who are the McCanns (or what do the McCanns know, that someone does not want them to reveal) for some elementary questions that are made by the common citizen, to remain unanswered?

Such as:

1 – Why was it that on the night of the 3rd of May 2007, when the little English girl went missing – remember that she was left asleep, alone with her two younger siblings, while her parents dined with their friends -, the McCanns, already in the company of the PJ, felt the need to be also accompanied by the English television channels, that arrived the very next morning?

2 – Why was it that they, supposedly feeling ravaged by the greatest sorrow that can possibly hit a mother and father, yet supported by the authorities and the population of their own country and of the country where the facts took place, immediately nominated a couple of grotesque figures that are called press advisors or spokespeople?

3 – Why did British prime minister Gordon Brown, not satisfied with the perfectly correct gesture of contacting the Portuguese authorities, asking them to give the case special attention, offer his Government spokesman to take over that function with the McCann couple?

4 – Why have the Portuguese missing children's processes never earned from the authorities one hundredth of the investment in human and material resources to track them down?

5 – Why do the members of the Portuguese Parliament have a regimental figure called 'defence of the bench's honour' at their disposal, while a high-ranking criminal investigation police officer has to request early retirement to defend his honour, and ends up being criminalised for that gesture?

6 – Why do we continue to have two models of Justice in Portugal, one for the powerful from anywhere in the world, and another one for common citizens?

Last Friday, Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer became ill and the hearing of his witnesses was adjourned. The McCanns, curiously, returned to Portugal on that day. In the late afternoon, Gonçalo Amaral presented another book: 'The English Gag – The Story of a Forbidden Book'.

In the provoking way of those who think they own God, the McCanns' illustrious lawyer, who spent many years defending freedom of opinion in a weekly newspaper [Expresso], decided to participate. She took with her a group of English journalists that follow this family's every step and decided to participate in the book presentation, staging a press conference for Her Majesty's subjects. The circus goes on.

I do not know Gonçalo Amaral personally, just like I didn't know Murat, the first arguido that was invented to soothe the spirits.

This story certainly has many chapters left to tell.

Requirements and justice, 19 December 2009
Requirements and justice Correio da Manhã

Gonçalo Amaral

Matter of Fact

Gonçalo Amaral
19 December 2009 - 00h30
Thanks to Astro for translation

Socrates, the philosopher, used to say: "an indication is an indication; two indications are two indications; three indications is evidence". The sentence contains a requirement in the evaluation of evidence from indications. A mere indication is not enough; something more is necessary.

A few days ago, I met a young Portuguese man who was condemned to life in prison by an English court, based on a single, false indication. The apparent ease with which a foreigner is condemned in the United Kingdom is in contrast with the Socratic requirements and some archiving of crime processes in Portugal.

The conclusion is simple: in Portugal, contrary to the United Kingdom, more is required. That is to say, the foreign suspect is feared and if he is powerful, archiving is always a legal escape and a balm for fearing souls. The abandonment by the Portuguese Government that said citizen suffered, goes to show the disdain that we are subject to, whenever we collide with the police and judicial system of a major power.

The Portuguese State's interests do not cover its citizens' defence, leaving them alone and without support. Without the support that was required, the young Portuguese man managed to prove his innocence and now fights for compensation over the damages that he suffered due to the time that he spent in a British prison. He remains without Government support.

With thanks to Nigel at McCann Files

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