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The session on Wednesday, of the trial of the prohibition of Gonçalo Amaral's
book 'Maddie, the Truth of the Lie', will consist of the closing arguments, with the presence of Kate and Gerry McCann,
the parents of the missing child in the Algarve, in 2007.
In the final hearing at the 7th Civil Court of Lisbon,
in the Palace of Justice, there will also be two witnesses questioned, requested by the defense of Guerra & Paz, the publishers
of the book by the former Polícia Judiciária (PJ) Inspector Gonçalo Amaral which was temporarily withdrawn
from the market on September 9, 2009.
The McCanns, who, according to a family source, will travel to Lisbon late
on Tuesday and will return to London on Wednesday sometime in the afternoon, initiated the provisional measure [the injunction]
because they consider Gonçalo Amaral's thesis unsustainable, reproduced in the book, in which they are both involved
in their daughter's disappearance, simulated an abduction and concealed the cadaver.
The defense witnesses
presented in court argued that Gonçalo Amaral's thesis results from the investigation and Kate and Gerry McCann,
who were present at the hearings held from the 12th to the 14th of January, denied the existence of evidence of their daughters
death in a statement given to journalists.
The parents of Madeleine McCann stressed that it wasn't them who
were on trial, and also stated that they did not use the courts to silence Gonçalo Amaral.
former PJ officer and Guerra & Paz, also targets in this process are TVI, which broadcast the documentary based on
the book, and the production company Valentim de Carvalho, who marketed the video.
Following the decision over
the provisional injunction, a ruling that may even be pronounced on Wednesday, Judge Gabriela Cunha Rodrigues will schedule
the sessions for the main action, in which the McCann family claim for the protection of rights, freedoms and guarantees.
In running procedures is another civil action against Gonçalo Amaral, with the accusation of declarations considered
defamatory, in which the British couple ask for compensation of, at least, 1.2 million euros.
This process, without
a set date for trial, has also attached an injunction, while the court develops measures for the seizure Gonçalo
Kate and Gerry McCann also lodged a criminal complaint against the former PJ Inspector for
alleged violation of the secrecy of justice, in the reproduction of facts in the book pertaining to the investigation, before
the archival dispatch made by the prosecutor of Portimão, Magalhães Menezes.
The English child Madeleine
McCann disappeared on May 3, 2007 from the bedroom of an apartment in a tourist resort in Praia da Luz, Algarve, when she
was on holiday with the parents and two siblings.
With the status of coordinator of the PJ Criminal Investigation
Department of Portimão, Gonçalo Amaral joined the team of investigators who tried to find out what happened
Kate and Gerry McCann, who have always maintained the position that Maddie was abducted, were made
arguidos in September 2007, but were eventually acquitted in 2008 for lack of evidence. The case was archived, but
may be reopened if there is consistent data.
Fight To Ban McCanns Book Enters Final Day, 10 February 2010
Fight To Ban McCanns Book Enters Final Day Sky News
Hannah Thomas-Peter, Sky News Online in Lisbon 1:38am UK, Wednesday February
The McCanns are set to face the final day of proceedings in their fight to uphold a ban on a book
claiming they covered up the death of their daughter Madeleine.
The McCanns have always strenuously denied allegations made against them
The book, called Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie, was written by the former lead investigator in the case
In it, he claims that Madeleine died in the McCann family's holiday apartment and the couple
faked her abduction.
Today the court will hear from two witnesses who were not available during proceedings held
Eduardo Dimiso from the publishers of Mr Amaral's book and Luis Froes, from the company that made
a documentary based on the book's claims, will give evidence.
Lawyers for the McCanns and Mr Amaral will then
make closing arguments.
A ruling on whether the existing temporary ban on the book is to be made permanent is expected
by the end of this month.
Kate and Gerry McCann attended three days of hearings on this case in January.
They listened to witnesses called by Mr Amaral who backed up his version of events, including former police officers who
questioned the McCanns' behaviour at the time of their daughter's disappearance.
Mr Amaral's lawyers
have portrayed this legal action as an attack on the Portuguese constitution and freedom of speech.
policeman, who was removed from the Madeleine case after he criticised the British police, has vowed to take the case all
the way to the European courts if he loses this fight to get his book published.
Speaking outside court at the
end of last month's hearings, Kate McCann said listening to the allegations were difficult but nothing could be as bad
as losing her daughter.
Madeleine was nearly four when she disappeared from her family's holiday apartment
in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in 2007.
Her parents were declared "arguidos" or formal suspects,
in October that year, but that was lifted when the case was shelved the following summer.
The McCanns are seeking
around £1m in damages for defamation from Mr Amaral in a separate case.
They strenuously deny the allegations
made against them.
:: Follow live coverage of the day's proceedings in Lisbon on skynews.com
McCanns back in court to defend book ban, 10 February 2010
By Frederico D Carvalho,
Lisbon Wednesday February 10, 2010
# It's raining in Lisbon... Again about 3 hours ago from Echofon
The television doc is sold to Belgium, Spain, Poland, Denmark and
France. Contracts since April 2009, a producer said #mccann about 2 hours ago from Echofon
# Television doc:
75.000 DVD onthe market,
but only 10.868 sold. Then, 63.369 where destroyed about 2 hours ago from Echofon
# DVD where destroyed? Why? Isabel Duarte (McCann) wants to know. about
2 hours ago from Echofon
# They where destroyed because they weren't bought! Laughts on court room about
2 hours ago from Echofon
# And now Eduardo Dâmaso, publisher at newspaper Correio da Manhã... about 2 hours ago from Echofon
# Eduardo says books by former PJ agents in
Portugal are a normal fact about 2 hours ago from Echofon
# The book was sold with CM after
the case was filed about 2 hours ago from Echofon
# There was no substancial new facts on GAmaral book #mccann
about 2 hours ago from Echofon
# GAmaral team asks about past cases from Portuguese justice that where also
published books #mccann about 1 hour ago from Echofon
# And we are back at 14h.30.. #mccann about 1
hour ago from Echofon
Gonçalo Amaral during the lunch break, with Frederico Carvalho
PJGA Press Note released to the media on 10 February 2010
PJGA Press Note released to the media on 10 February 2010 PJGA
Citizens in Defence of Rights and Freedoms Project Justice Gonçalo Amaral
The citizens of Project Justice Gonçalo Amaral would like to state as follows:
1. In the
book "The Truth of the Lie", Gonçalo Amaral wrote that he and the rest of the Portuguese and English investigators
concluded that Kate Healy and Gerald McCann are suspects of involvement in the concealment of Madeleine's cadaver. 2 . The Portuguese investigators have already given evidence in this
court, and they declared, under a compromise of honour, that Kate Healy and Gerald McCann really are suspects of involvement
in the concealment of their daughter’s cadaver. 3. It is no longer
only Gonçalo Amaral saying that Madeleine died. It is the Portuguese police. 4. It is of essence that the English police also clarify what conclusions they reached. 5. Gonçalo Amaral has asked a Scotland Yard officer – José de Freitas – to give evidence
in this court, but he refused due to being bound by state secrecy. 6. In
order to discover the whole truth, it is essential that the English Police's archives are opened. 7. The citizens of PJGA appeal to the English subjects, and especially to the English media, to pressure the police
to open their archives.
The world wants to know what really happened to Madeleine Beth McCann.
Premature shelving is not an answer.
And the world already knows that the arguments used
by the McCanns to censor Gonçalo Amaral's book would be good enough to burn the entire press of democratic countries,
every single day.
Citizens in Defence of Rights and Freedoms – Project Justice Gonçalo Amaral
By Hannah Thomas-Peter, Lisbon Wednesday February 10, 2010
McCanns have launched new criminal proceedings against TVI, a Portuguese tv station.
1:50-- The McCanns'
lawyer says the company that broadcast a documentary on Madeleine McCann have broken the terms of an injuction banning it.
1:54-- The McCanns think TVI broke the injunction by continuing to discuss the content of a book written by Goncalo
1:54-- ... as well as a documentary based on the book.
2:04-- Amaral just arrived.
Speaking in Portuguese he said he was confident about the final legal arguments.
2:13-- Kate, Gerry and their
lawyer are not back at court yet. Press pack waiting outside eagerly for their return.
2:46-- Kate and Gerry
McCann have arrived back in the building but proceedings have started and they are not present.
lawyer: Portuguese citizens must be concerned that a court may forbid Goncalo Amaral to talk or think about the case.
2:50-- Cabrita, Amaral's lawyer: This is too serious.
2:52-- Cabrita: Several journalists have
published books about the Madeleine case. What is it about Goncalo Amaral's book?
2:52-- Cabrita: Amaral
has authority to talk about the case because he was the chief investigator.
2:54-- Cabrita: Maybe there is
a problem because what is written in the book is very close to the truth.
2:57-- Cabrita is on his feet, gesturing
to the court and occasionally brandishing papers.
3:00-- Cabrita is reading out the documents detailing the
police's decision to shelve the Madeleine case.
3:00-- Kate and Gerry are here now, sat behind me and
3:04-- Amaral's lawyer Antonio Cabrita: "The McCanns should not feel offended
by the book, but by the prosecutors."
3:05-- Cabrita: "I ask now, where is the offence? In the book
or in the process?"
3:10-- Cabrita: if the judge that decided on the injunction had read through the
police process, we would not be here.
3:15-- Cabrita is emphasising that the book contains the same facts
as the police and prosecution files.
3:22-- There is some laughter in the court as Cabrita makes quips during
3:26-- Cabrita is holding a copy of the book as he talks. Amaral is sitting down next to him.
3:35-- Cabrita: I refute the idea that any Portuguese citizen is forbidden to talk about this case.
3:36-- Cabrita: "I hope that you (judge) will give me back the pride of being Portuguese, to live in freedom."
3:37-- Cabrita has finished. Someone tried to applaud. Amaral has left the court room.
lawyer for the publisher of Amaral's book is speaking now.
3:41-- Publisher's lawyer: The media were
used by the couple in order to serve their own purpose.
3:46-- Publisher's lawyer is repeating many of
the points made by Amaral's lawyer Cabrita.
3:48-- Publisher's lawyer: This company has published
another book called "McCann's Guilt" (translation), but that was not banned.
3:50-- The publisher's
lawyer has finished. Lawyer from TVI television channel is talking now.
4:03-- TVI Lawyer: The McCanns have
presented us with another process (the new criminal proceedings) to try to control the media.
4:05-- TVI Lawyer:
The McCanns want to take advantage of all the media work done.
4:06-- TVI lawyer has finished his speech.
Lawyer for VC films, the company that made the documentary, is on his feet.
4:08-- TVI lawyer thanks the court
judge for the way she has organised proceedings.
4:15-- VC Films lawyer: I believe if the judge who decided
on the injunction had seen the police and prosecution files, it would not have happened.
4:41-- Mcann lawyer
Isabel Duarte is on her feet now, and is giving an impassioned speech.
4:42-- Duarte: Goncalo Amaral is using
the book to take revenge on the McCanns.
4:44-- Duarte: The book has been organised and written in order to
prove the McCanns are guilty.
4:45-- Duarte is reading out a report on the book by a Portuguese language expert.
4:52-- Duarte is questioning the motives of a witness for Mr Amaral, chief investigator Ricardo Paiva.
4:55-- Duarte is saying Paiva received reports from across Europe with new info about Madeleine, but he still kept
5:07-- Duarte says Pavia has lied to the court during these proceedings. She says he has been
inconsistent about the accuracy of sniffer dogs.
5:22-- Duarte said that during the Madeleine investigation
Pavia stated the sniffer dogs had failed at least once.
5:23-- Court proceedings have finished. The ruling
on the ban is to be delivered on the 18th of February at 1030.
5:25-- So, as many had predicted, there is
to be no ruling on the book ban today. The judge will consider her verdict.
5:26-- It was an emotional performance
from the McCann's lawyer Isabel Duarte. She said at the start that she was very attached to this case.
and Gerry McCann have issued a new plea to the Portuguese people to come forward with any information they might have.
5:51-- Speaking outside the lisbon court they also said they would like the whole case reviewed by the police.
6:01-- Kate and Gerry McCann said the most important thing to remember is that there is still a little girl missing.
Screenshots of live text from the afternoon session - the closing arguments
McCanns Take Legal Action Against TV Station, 10 February 2010
McCanns Take Legal Action Against TV Station Sky News
Hannah Thomas-Peter in Lisbon 3:13pm UK, Wednesday February 10, 2010
The McCanns are launching criminal proceedings against a Portuguese TV channel over claims they aired about the death
of their daughter Madeleine.
Gerry and Kate McCann say TVI was in "material breach" of a court injunction
issued to prevent allegations made in a book by former lead investigator Goncalo Amaral being repeated.
the channel, which previously aired a documentary based on the book, continued to discuss the allegations despite the injunction.
The couple are currently in a Portuguese court suing Amaral for libel over the claims.
Maddie: The Truth
Of The Lie alleges Madeleine died in the McCann family's holiday apartment and the couple faked her abduction.
The court has heard today from two witnesses who were not available during proceedings held in January.
Dimaso, chief editor of Correio da Manha newspaper and Luis Frois, from the company that made a documentary based on the book's
claims, told the court about arrangements their companies had made to distribute and broadcast the film.
for the McCanns and Mr Amaral are expected to make their closing arguments this afternoon.
It is understood the
couple will fly back to the UK tonight.
A ruling on whether the existing temporary ban on the book is to be made
permanent is expected by the end of this month.
The McCanns arrived holding hands and faced a small group of protesters
maintaining that Amaral had the right to freedom of speech.
Kate and Gerry McCann attended three days of hearings
on this case in January.
They listened to witnesses called by Mr Amaral who backed up his version of events, including
former police officers who questioned the McCanns' behaviour at the time of their daughter's disappearance.
Mr Amaral's lawyers have portrayed this legal action as an attack on the Portuguese constitution and freedom of speech.
The former policeman, who was removed from the Madeleine case after he criticised the British police, has vowed to
take the case all the way to the European courts if he loses this fight to get his book published.
court at the end of last month's hearings, Kate McCann said listening to the allegations were difficult but nothing could
be as bad as losing her daughter.
Madeleine was nearly four when she disappeared from her family's holiday
apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in 2007.
Her parents were declared "arguidos" or formal
suspects, in October that year, but that was lifted when the case was shelved the following summer.
are seeking around £1m in damages for defamation from Mr Amaral in a separate case.
They strenuously deny
the allegations made against them.
Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer, Dr. António Cabrita, speaks to the
press, 10 February 2010
Exclusive video byJustice for Madeleine. After the closing arguments in the Lisbon court, Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer, Dr. António
Cabrita, speaks to the press before the McCanns' press conference. Taped on 10th February 2010.
How do you interpret the fact that Isabel Duarte said that Ricardo Paiva, the Inspector requested by the defense, lied in
Dr. António Cabrita: It's an opinion, it's respectable. Now if it is
factuarl or consistent that's a different matter.
SF: But do you believe that could lead the
judge to decide against you?
AC: I do not comment on opinions of colleagues. The right to an opinion
is free in this outcry, that is what I defend, therefore Dr. Isabel Duarte, like any other citizen, have the right to opinion
what they think.
Unknown Reporter: Gonçalo Amaral already said this afternoon that he would
like the case to be re-opened.
AC: Which process?
UR: The process
relative to the disappearence of Maddie.
AC: All of us would like that, to find out what really
SF: Gonçalo Amaral said that he would like to constitute himself as an assistant.
Legally, how is that possible? Is it possible for someone to be constituted as an assistant without presenting a new fact
that allows the reopening of the process?
AC: Depends, if new facts are presented it's always
possible to reopen the process.
SF: New facts, but could those facts be undertakings that were
not carried out?
AC: Eventually, eventually. [nods affirmatively]
Or it needs more than that?
AC: But on that issue I wont make any further comments. I don't
know the process, except the DVD that was distributed.
SF: The reading of the verdict is on the
18th, is that it?
AC: On the 18.
SF: Thank you.
By Nigel Moore
Gerry McCann: We would very much like the whole process reviewed; we'd like all the information
held by all law enforcement to be put together and systematically reviewed and identified areas for further in... investigation.
Sandra Fegueiras: We were said that... that...
Reporter: Who do you want to review that, Gerry?
SF: ...that notice that the PJ received had
inclusively photos from Madeleine or eventually from some child...
GM: [Initially listens to question
but then ignores Sandra Felgueiras and turns head to unknown reporter] Pardon, sorry.
Who do you want... [video ends]
Exclusive Video: McCanns Press Conference, 10 February 2010
The following video was recorded by a journalist, the only journalist who dared ask the
McCann couple tough questions. You may have seen some of the footage broadcast on your own countries' TV channels,
edited to suit the spin, and some even altered or omitted the fact that the McCanns only mentioned that they
would like the archived process of Madeleine McCann to be re-opened or reviewed after the former PJ coordinator,
Gonçalo Amaral, told the media a few hours earlier that he was evaluating the legal aspects to
constitute himself as an assistant in the process in order to pressure its reopening, so the investigation
into Madeleine's disappearence can continue.
The whole of the mainstream media also didn't make
any reference to a press note distributed among the journalists during the court lunch break by 'Citizens in Defence
of Rights and Freedoms - Project Justice Gonçalo Amaral' featuring an appeal to 'the English subjects,
and especially to the English media, to pressure the police to open their archives' and that 'the
world wants to know what really happened to Madeleine Beth McCann. Premature shelving is not an answer'.
In this video Gerry McCann says that he would be 'delighted' if the case is reopened. We eagerly
wait for the McCann Couple to request the reopening of the case and for their participation in a
By Nigel Moore
Sandra Felgueiras: Gerry, do you... do you also believe that, errr...
McCann: There is one real reason why we have come here and why we've taken this action and this is why it is;
it's our daughter, who is missing, and who deserves justice for a fair search. The laws of a democracy are there to protect
the vulnerable in society, and our daughter is vulnerable, and our twins are vulnerable. Given what you have heard in court
over the days of this trial, we want to appeal to the Portuguese people again to come forward with any information that may
lead us to help finding Madeleine or any other information that might be related to Madeleine's abduction. The number
here is 800 814024.
Kate McCann: 800 814028
GM: Thank you.
(cut in video)
Unknown Reporter 1: Can you tell us about these criminal proceedings that you've started?
GM: Can't comment on that, if you speak to Isabel Duarte.
do you think that the PJ is not investigating important leads that could help you to find Madeleine?
I think you heard, errr... detective Paiva's, errr... testimony, and that... that speaks for itself. There's
one thesis that's being investigated here more than any other, that hasn't come up with any evidence, and the important
thing is that there is an innocent child missing and that search must go on. We would very much like the whole process reviewed;
we'd like all information held by all law enforcement to be put together and systematically reviewed and identified areas
for further in... investigation. We're...
SF: We were said that... that...
Reporter 2: Who do you want to review that, Gerry?
SF: ...that notice that the PJ received
had inclusively photos from Madeleine or eventually from some child...
GM: [Initially listens
to question but then ignores Sandra Felgueiras and turns head to Unknown Reporter 2] Pardon, sorry.
...have you seen that photo?
UR2: Who do you want to do that review?
most, errr... well qualified people capable of doing it.
Unknown Reporter 3: Mrs McCann, how difficult
has this trial been for you?
UR2: [to Gerry McCann] Who... can you... who is that?
I mean, it's obviously been difficult to hear all these allegations again, errm... but it is reassuring once
again for it to be dis... demonstrated publicly that there is no evidence that Madeleine has come to any harm...
Robert Moore (ITV): Kate, do you feel...
McCann: ...and we really do want to ask the Portuguese people... continue to ask them, 'please help us'.
There's a little girl still missing, regardless of what Mr... Mr Amaral and his followers say - and they have their own
motives - the little girl is still missing and we know that people care about children. Please help us.
(ITV): Kate, do you feel the focus can now revert to the search for Madeleine, once again?
Well, I think if the just decision is made I think this will truly help our search for Madeleine and... and that's...
as Gerry's said... that's why... that's why we've gone through with this. It's not easy going through
with it but if it helps our little girl... if it helps to find Madeleine then we'll go through anything.
Reporter 4: You are asking... you are asking Portuguese people to come forward. What do you have to say if they ask
you... why you haven't... are you not reopening the case?
GM: We'd be delighted if
the case was reopened; we would have no problem with that but what we need is real investigation, not this... not...
UR4: Did you already do anything?
GM: ...not dis... not... not dismissal...
UR4: ...take any step to reopen the case? Like...
GM: We... we have sent
information through, errr... the authorities both in England and through, errr.. the PJ here. It's the Prosecutor's
decision when to reopen the case. What we need is...
UR4: Did you get a reply then?
...what we need is... and this is very, very clear; what we need is new leads, new information... we believe information has
not gone into the inquiry and we want it all systematically examined under one review panel.
would you want that Bri... would that be the British police? Would it be a British review panel? Or...
A reconstruction. If you volunteered to do a reconstruction, wouldn't that open the... the case?
We want to create information that will lead to us helping find Madeleine.
UR4: That... that would
help Madeleine, don't you think so?
GM: Well, if it... it does, then, you know, we will participate
in it. We need...
UR4: You're in Lisbon. You could take that step today; ask for the case
to be reopened...
GM: Okay, we're going round...
UR4: ...and do
a reconstruction with your friends.
GM: ...we're going round in circles. We'd be more
than happy for the case to be reopened.
UR2: Gerry... to clarify, the re... you talk about this
review... it's quite interesting. Is that something you would want the British police to do; review the entire thing?
GM: We'll take whoever is prepared to do it and whoever's got the most expertise
and obviously we want the Portuguese and the British authorities to cooperate in such a review.
But you're asking the Portuguese people to come forward and they'll not do it.
5: Gerry, do you feel this is to be regarded as a last plea to the Portuguese people for help.
It's... it's a renewed plea, errm... we don't know when new information is going to come forward,
errm... there are many cases, as you know, of children who have been missing for years who have subsequently been discovered
and it's when that piece of information falls into place that the children are, errr... found. And if people believe,
errm... unnecessarily, that Madeleine's dead, without any evidence, then we'll never find her.
I think those cases are still open.
SF: Are you sure that after this court, that public opinion
in Portugal will change?
GM: It depends what your, errr... question really relates to; it's
not popularity contact... errr... contest, errr... it's about finding Madeleine. Thank you.
you claim that, errr... the... the finding of Madeleine has been, errr... damaged with all this, errr... Goncalo Amaral thesis.
What I'm asking you; if this decision, errr... will be something like you wish to happen do you think that after that...
after this step, it... it will be better for you?
GM: I think it'll be a step in the right
direction. It's about Madeleine, it's not about us, it's about this girl; she's missing; she needs to be found
and we're doing everything in our power to aid that search.
UR2: Gerry, have you formally
asked anyone to start a review?
GM: We're happy to ask now.
But before today, is it... is it something you've formally asked anybody?
GM: We're asking
behind the scenes all the time, many different things, errr... of course, we want all the information reviewed; it's sensible;
it would be done in any other major inquiry, errr... there is a... a situation we've been advised within Portugal but,
you know, we want the information reviewed; we want it; it's an unsolved case; it's really important, you would expect
that; there is a little girl missing; we must find her; we must do everything in our power. Just because it's hard, doesn't
mean we give up. We're not going to give up.
[Indecipherable question from a reporter that Gerry doesn't
SF: Isabel Duarte told to the court that she felt you were under a judgment, this
case. Do you still feel... or did you feel, that today you were under a judgment?
important is the Judge's decision. I think that is the objectivity of it, not, errm... biased opinion, you know, evidence
has to be looked at objectively; there is no evidence Madeleine is dead. As far as we're concerned, she's still out
UR4: Wouldn't you say that, errr... someone who accepts there was an abduction is also
biased? It's just one side of the question.
GM: Errr... Obviously all possibilities have to
be considered and they were considered; one was pursued much more aggressively than any other lead. But, you know, we weren't
there on our own; we weren't in isolation; there were many, many people around us; there are many different witnesses
that seemed to get forgotten about and only negative, errr... testimony seems to...
UR4: But that
is part of life, isn't it? There is always someone who has a different opinion.
you know, we're here; we're here standing in front of you; we're visible. The abductor is not.
GM: We... we need to find that person and...
Yes, the abductor is not.
GM: ...and those that are responsible. That is it...
What evidence do you have that there was an abduction? Can I ask this question because you say that Amaral doesn't
KM: Because I know. I was there, I found my daughter gone. I know more than you do. I
know what I saw.
UR4: I'm not saying that... I don't know anything, I'm just standing
from a point of view where I don't know who to believe; I just want evidence, like you say.
Where... where, you know... where is... where... where is... where is... where is the child? We're looking for that evidence.
Where is the child? What other explanation can explain how she's not here. KM: It shouldn't...
do you agree it shouldn't be ruled out? UR4: Other people have, errr... advanced other...
other explanations. Isn't it? That's why we're here.
GM: Okay, any other questions
before we go? Because we've got a flight to catch. Thank you.
KM: Can you just remember there's
a little girl missing and we need everybody's help.
SF: Are you planning to come on the...
on next week?
Unknown Reporter 6: Can you just hold that... Gerry, do you want to just hold that
GM: [Answering question from SF]Errr... No.
Why not, if you, errr...
GM: I can't, I've got work commitments.
6: Do you want to just hold that up? Hold the poster up?
SF: How many legal actions are
you, errr... planning to put in Portugal.
GM: If you speak to Isabel, she'll take all our
advice from Isabel, regarding further actions. Thank you.
Isabel Duarte: As many as necessary.
UR6: Gerry, do you want to just hold the poster up? Thank you. Photographer:
This way, Gerry please.
UR4: What's your next step then?
Gerry and Kate, please, this way in the middle, please. Thank you. Gerry and Kate, thank you.
[Seemingly directed at UR4] Please... you... you are damaging everybody's work. It's not fair, not...
Unknown Reporter 7: Sorry, Mrs McCann, are you expecting to come next week? If your husband can't because...
KM: I've got no plans to come, no.
UR4: What will you do if the judge,
errr... forwards, errm... the complaint and reopens... asks for the reopening of the case?
ID: Questions about the legal actions are with me.
Sandra Felgueiras: Can we ask you, what is the intention of
this action made against TVI, at the Oeiras Court? Is it an action filed by you or by the McCanns?
Duarte: The Oeiras Court is the competent one to judge actions against TVI, and TVI has a temporary injunction, where
they are forbidden to divulge the thesis of death and of cadaver concealment. And since the injunction was published [sic],
TVI have violated that Court order several times; they can't do it. They've commited various crimes.
cut/inset of Palácio da Justiça building
ID: Most of the notifications [reports]
that I analysed on Friday - I had access to the process - most of the notifications should have deserved an investigation
by the Portuguese Police, and they didn't.
Unknown Reporter 1: And why do you think that happened?
ID: I have no idea.
SF: Did you intend to say that the PJ is systematically
disregarding leads that could re-open the case?
ID: I didn't intend to say, I said it. I said
that the Judiciary Police has archived all the notifications sent by the Leicester police, by French police, Spanish police,
errm... notifications that are in the process.
Multiple questions: [unintelligible]
I don't have to interpret the decisions of someone who came in here as a witness, saying that he believes that Madeleine
is dead and that is at this moment investigating the whereabouts of Madeleine. I don't think that I need to...
Unknown Reporter 2: Should he be removed?
ID: ...I don't think that I need
to do any interpretation about this.
SF: Are you asking for Inspector Ricardo Paiva's removal?
ID: I'm not asking anything. I...
Unknown Reporter 3: Do you believe
the Judiciary Police could have done a lot more, than what they did?
ID: What I'm saying is,
the notifications that I analysed, most of them, deserved to be investigated by the Police. If I was, errm... If I had any
responsibility on that process, namely and probably I have it in representing Madeleine, I'm not sure...
SF: You believe this is something that reflects the feelings of public opinion and
of the Police itself?
SF: That is, a rejection of the McCanns'
version of the disappearence?
ID: I analysed the process because there were two contradictory
versions made by two witnesses in this injunction proceeding. First, the prosecutor [Magalhães e Menezes] who said
that there was no relevant information that deserved an investigation. And the second one, by Mr. Ricardo Paiva, who said
that there was a series of information, that he was investigating. Therefore, I had to go see, what information was down there
[Portimão] and that he was investigating, because I had to inform my clients when they came here today.
But in this particular case...
ID: And I knew there was information from the Leicester Police,
several, sent down there to the process. So...
UR2: What is the practical consequence of that
now? Now that you are aware of that reality, what is the practical consequence of that?
I will have a meeting with the lawyers that are constituted [appointed] in that process. I investigated the process because
I constituted myself as an assistant in Madeleine McCann's name. And now I'll have to reunite with the lawyers that
are in that process who are my client's representatives in that process, and we will have to decide what is actually going
on, and I don't need to imply anything, because a witness that came in here to say that he believes that Madeleine is
dead, it is he who has the responsibility to investigate where she is...
SF: Do you believe that with that the process can be re-opened, that is, with
those clues that the Inspector Ricardo Paiva, isn't, allegedly, investigating. Could those leads be new data needed to
re-open the case?
ID: What I said was that, these clues deserved an investigation from police
in other countries, therefore I reckon they should be investigated by the Portuguese Police.
Voice (off camera): A reconstruction, wouldn't that be good?
Madam, I am not... I can't be part of the reconstruction; I wasn't there.
SF: ...the evidence you saw is sufficient
to re-open the process?
ID: Errm... What I saw was various relevant pieces of information, photographs,
places, car licence plates...
SF: That your clients didn't yet identify?
My clients have now become aware of all this. I have the documentation with me to deliver to them.
And the photos that you've seen, did they seem to be of Madeleine?
ID: There are photographs
which are similar to the girl, errm... some of them shocking, and there are other photographs...
ID: It doesn't matter.
SF: The situation is shocking?
ID: The situation where the girl is in, yes. UR3: You said that Inspector
Ricardo Paiva lied, are you planning to act criminally against him, as you did with...?
in relation to Inspector Ricardo Paiva, the importance that I give to him is the importance of knowing if he should be heading
or not the investigation to this process, because...
Unknown Reporter 4: So, you are definitely
placing him in question?
ID: I am not... What I said should not be interpreted beyond my words.
UR2: Doctor [doctor is applied to anyone who has an University degree], so let's try to speak
in a clear way. Before what you said...
ID: My words are clear, for you and for other people.
Moore (voice over): Ignoring the abuse of a few protestors, Kate and Gerry McCann left the Portuguese courthouse
tonight clutching posters of Madeleine. And clutching, as well, to the hope that a freash appeal might uncover new evidence
that, even now, could help locate Madeleine.
Kate McCann: ...'please help us'. There's
a little girl still missing, regardless of what Mr... Mr Amaral and his followers say - and they have their own motives -
the little girl is still missing and we know that people care about children. Please help us.
Kate, do you feel the focus can now revert to the search for Madeleine, once again?
I think if the just decision is made I think this will truly help our search for Madeleine and... and that's... as Gerry's
said... that's why... that's why we've gone through with this. It's not easy going through with it but if
it helps our little girl... if it helps to find Madeleine then we'll go through anything.
over): This court action is focussed on stopping the former detective Goncalo Amaral from being able to publish his
book on the case. The McCanns insist that his central claim - that Madeleine died in the apartment - has severely undermined
the search effort.
Gerry McCann: The important thing is there is an innocent child missing and
that search must go on. We would very much like the whole process reviewed; we'd like all the information held by all
law enforcement to be put together and systematically reviewed and identified areas for further in... investigation.
RM (to camera): Gerry and Kate McCann must now wait one more week to hear this court's ruling but all
the time they're emphasising this is not about pursuing a narrow legal victory but rather about re-energising the search
RM (voice over): After nearly three years the chances of finding her may seem remote
but the McCanns insist they must keep searching. Tonight it appears the Portuguese will only agree to reopen the case if significant
new information emerges, which is why this last ditch appeal is so vital. Robert Moore, ITV News, Lisbon.
Kate and Gerry McCann have made a fresh appeal to the people of Portugal to help them find their missing daughter Madeleine.
They were speaking outside the court where they have been trying to keep a book about her disappearance out of the shops.
By Nigel Moore
Gerry McCann: There is one real reason why we have come here and why we've taken this action
and this is why it is; it's our daughter, who is missing, and who deserves justice for a fair search. The laws of a democracy
are there to protect the vulnerable in society, and our daughter is vulnerable, and our twins are vulnerable. Given what you
have heard in court over the days of this trial, we want to appeal to the Portuguese people again to come forward with any
information that may lead us to help finding Madeleine or any other information that might be related to Madeleine's abduction.
The number here is 800 814024.
Kate McCann: I mean,
it's obviously been difficult to hear all these allegations again, errm... but it is reassuring once again for it to be
dis... demonstrated publicly that there is no evidence that Madeleine has come to any harm...
Kate, do you feel...
Kate McCann: ... and we really
do want to ask the Portuguese people... continue to ask them, 'please help us'. There's a little girl still missing,
regardless of what Mr... Mr Amaral and his followers say - and they have their own motives - the little girl is still missing
and we know that people care about children. Please help us.
Isabel Duarte and Gonçalo Amaral speak outside the court in Lisbon, 10
Isabel Duarte and Gonçalo Amaral speak outside the
court in Lisbon RTP
Sandra Felgueiras (voice over): It's a revelation that puts
the PJ at stake, especially the inspector in Portimão who continues to receive news of Madeleine. He was a witness for
Amaral at the trial the book, The Truth of the Lie, and he has unexpectedly become an asset for the McCanns. Ricardo Paiva
confirmed receiving sightings of Madeleine, but without any relevance whatsoever. Isabel Duarte went to Portimao to consult
the process and now accuses Ricardo Paiva of lying.
Isabel Duarte: What I saw was various relevant
pieces of information, photographs, places, car licence plates; my clients have now become aware of all this. There are
photographs which are similar to the girl, some of them shocking, and there are other photographs.
SF: For the McCann's lawyer, there is no doubt about the reason why the PJ does not investigate
these sightings, to which the French, Spanish and English police have given credit already.
What I heard, and this is taped [in court], is that Inspector Ricardo Paiva said he believed the girl was dead, therefore,
necessarily, he is not going to investigate a living girl, right?
SF: With a poster asking for
help in finding his daughter, Gerry made clear the course he wants for the case.
We'd be delighted if the case was reopened; we would have no problem with that but what we need is real investigation,
not this... not... not dis... not... not dismissal...
SF: For converse reasons, Gonçalo
Amaral also walked out of the hearing demanding the reopening of the case.
Imagine that I now wished to become an assistant to the process in the Algarve; there in the main process.
Unknown Reporter1: Are you thinking about it?
GA: Very seriously,
we are going to study the legal way of doing it.
UR1: And you as an assistant?
There are diligences to be done; we can suggest them.
Unknown Reporter2: Will you request those
GA: We will require them.
SF: Despite the confrontation
that opposes them in court, Gonçalo Amaral and the McCann couple displayed, for the first time, an equal goal: all
of them are committed to reopen the main case, that of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. As for
the book, The Truth of Lie, we will have to wait another week to know the decision of the magistrate, that is to say, if she
keeps it forbidden, or if she returns it to the market.
The McCanns are asked what evidence
exists to support their abduction theory, 10 February 2010
In the most important interviews of their careers Gary Condit sucked in his lips and stuck out
his tongue, Bill Clinton touched his nose about every four minutes and Enron's Ken Lay overacted and was over confident.
In these public moments they gave us nonverbal cues that they were lying. They lost their credibility.
credibility is an important part of customer service. You need to trust the people you do business with. Your customers need
to trust you to be honest with them. If you feel that the car salesman is trying to sell you a lemon or the computer help
desk is lying about the need to upgrade to their new software your confidence in their business is undermined. When you tell
a customer that you can deliver in three months and swipe your tongue across your lips he picks up on a subconscious level
that you may be lying and you lose the sale. When your front counter employee smiles and sarcastically says they are so sorry
you are so upset, the words are meaningless. Can you spot a liar? And can you not be seen as a liar yourself.
Communication is the way the subconscious mind speaks. No matter how much you want to control it, it gives clues to how you
are truly feeling. This makes it an ideal medium for detecting lies. Eyes, head, voice and hands leak out cues of withholding
and deception or cues that can establish credibility. Body Language cues an undeniable although the underlying motivation
and interpretation can vary.
There are up to 10,000 body language cues packed in every minute of interaction. When
someone is not telling the truth, their nonverbal behavior speaks volumes. Body language cues are undeniable although the
underlying motivation and the interpretation can vary. Therefore you need to base your interpretation on a number of factors
called deception cues. NONVERBAL DECEPTION CUES The Nine Months Pregnant
Pause – Pauses
Liars have longer pauses, shorter answers and longer times between a question
and a response than someone who is merely nervous. It makes sense that liars need time to create the lie, recalling the truth
takes less time. If you ask a clerk if they gave you back the correct change and there is a long pause before their response
it may be an indication of deceit. This is not a cue you would take in isolation as fact. You might combine it with checking
to see where their eyes go after you ask them the question.
People tend to look up to the right to visualize or
create a new response or down to the right to create the sounds of a new response. We recall information that occurred in
the past by looking up to the left or down to the left. Spot a liar by listening for pauses and right eye movement. Be credible
by answering spontaneously. The Hands Have it - Excessive Gesturing and Adaptors
If you lie spontaneously in the moment you will tend to spend more time gesturing with your hands and using adapters, such
as scratching your body or playing with a pen than someone who is just nervous.
If you ask Sara in Payroll, who
serves you the internal customer, why your check is so late, and then she picks up the beanie baby from on her desk, begins
to play with it as she says she has worked on this for hours and she has no idea. If this frog juggling seems excessive, and
especially if it is combined with other cues of deception you have got her. Realize the rehearsed or practiced liar who has
planned their deceit ahead of time will try to control gestures. Mind Your Mouth - Mouth, Lips, and
Be careful of pursing or licking your lips. Condit pursed his lips and sucked them inward
more than 14 times in his famous 2002 television interview with Connie Chung. This can indicate extreme anxiety, withholding
information and withholding aggression. Tight lips indicate you may be planning to keep the truth in. If you actually suck
the lips part way in, you may be withholding anger. When you are nervous, your mouth becomes dry, and you lick your lips and
swallow as you struggle to find the right words to say. Be Still My Love -- Lack of Animation
Deception is all about keeping something hidden. The more a person moves his body or expresses with his voice and the more
he or she speaks, the more we can learn. Practiced liars know this and usually keep as still as possible. Being overly controlled
can work against you. Gary Condit was coached to stay still in his television interview. So he kept his face inexpressive,
his upper body stiff and his legs crossed. First, he looked frozen, and then when he couldn't hold it any longer he leaked
out aggression cues such as finger pointing grasping motions and sticking out his tongue. We spotted a liar. I have often
seen a normally animated customer service rep get up to a product explanation and become a monotone automatron. The audience
wonders what you are hiding and is bored to tears. Spot a liar by looking for someone who is too stiff and still. Don't
look like a liar by making sure you are naturally animated. Hand Jive -- Hiding Hands
The hands come out symbolically from the heart; hands and arms symbolically express the emotions of the heart. Liars tend
to keep their hands hidden and still. They stick them in their pockets, clench them together or hold them behind their backs.
Imagine that the person who you suspect of lying has the truth in the palms of their hands and see if they show it to you.
It is not surprising that one of the first things we do to start a business interaction or close a deal with a customer is
shake hands. My three years of academic research on handshakes show that the single most important factor in the handshake
is palm to palm contact. Research also shows, when you’re the customer and don't get it, you wonder what the person
is hiding, you are uncomfortable for the rest of the interaction and you are less likely to purchase. When people are trying
to hide their true feeling or the truth they may stick their hands in their pockets, clench them together, or hold the behind
their backs. To spot liars -- look to see if the hands are open and "above board." Because people do hide their
hands when they are nervous, if you see hidden hands ask yourself why they are nervous. Don't look like a liar by using
your hands normally as you speak or if that is not normal loosely at your sides. And try not to clasp your hands together.
Body language is highly symbolic and it will look like you are hiding your own hands for comfort. Windows
to the Soul -- Closed Curtains
We have what I call windows all over the body. Just as we pull down
the shades when we don’t want others to see in, we also close off the entrances to our body so our true feelings aren't
seen. There are windows at the bottom of the feet, the kneecaps, the bottom of the torso, the middle of the chest, the neck,
mouth and eyes and the top of the head. Liars tend to close entrances to hide the truth. A liar closes these windows by putting
clothing over them, turning his body away from the person he is talking to, putting objects or furniture between himself and
others and most simply folding his arms. When someone's windows are closed we don't feel as comfortable in an interaction.
You're asking a clerk an important question as her face is turned toward you but the rest of her body is turned toward
the exit. Her windows are closed. She is saying, "I am pretending by looking at you that I want to talk but really I
want to go home. I am not really interested in serving you."
In the 90's I consulted with the architect
and owners of new "Ripley's Believe It or Not" museums on the layout of the entrances and ticket counters of
new locations. They planned raised platforms, high counter top ticket booths an average of ten steps from the door. This design
was great for security but I shared with them why it would reduce spontaneous purchases.
People had to go too far
to see the ticket person and most of his or her windows would be hidden. Customers would not feel safe and comfortable. To
spot a liar look for barriers and closed windows. Don't look like a liar and keep your windows open. Why Can't We Be Friends? -- Withdrawn Behavior
If we are comfortable with ourselves and the
person we are with, and the topic we are discussing, we will be open and friendly. Liars don’t usually feel very comfortable
so they tend to hold back and be less friendly. It is easier for friends and intimates to lie successfully because they appear
less withdrawn and friendlier. Perhaps they work harder at lying because the person knows them, perhaps they are more concerned
about the consequences of detection or maybe they are better at it because they have experience lying to the person in the
past. In any case they lie differently and as with career criminals, they can usually maintain a more relaxed overall demeanor
and look the person straight in the eye.
Strangers need to work harder to keep others from seeing the truth. Consequently,
they are more withdrawn and closed off from the person with whom they are conversing and usually don’t appear as friendly.
You have heard for years that you need to be friendly with the customer. Now you know why.
went to the friendly tribes to trade. These days getting a front line service representative to love their jobs and enjoy
dealing with the customers is incredibly difficult. Attitude problems and surly help seem be the norm. You can't just
tell the help to smile. Employees need to be comfortable with their tasks and knowledge. Ask yourself "am I giving enough
time to training and what am I doing to make the workplace friendly? To spot a liar look for someone unfriendly. Don't
look like a liar by reaching out, being open and receptive. I Want To Sell You A Car! -- Excessive
Have you ever experienced a super smooth salesperson? He may have over enthusiastically
praised the product and you felt uncomfortable about his pitch? Then you have deciphered a lie by noting that the person sounded
too good or too confident. We look and listen for anything that doesn't sound normal. Nonverbal communication, in this
case paralanguage, which included things like voice, tone, volume, and speaking rate that sounds over confident or overacted
is read at the subconscious level as out of the norm. Years ago a friend who was a very successful computer salesman came
over to my office to do some selling for me over the phone. Instead of having a planned patter he hemmed and hawed and stumbled
over his words. His mistakes surprised me. I thought he was just warming up. Five calls latter he was still sounding awkward.
So I gathered up my courage and asked him about his behavior. He said, "Oh, when I first started as a salesman I was
very awkward and very successful."
People went out of their way to be nice to me on the phone. Sometimes they
even finished my sales pitch for me! I noticed later when I became very confident (make that cocky and fake) that I was not
as successful, in fact my prospects hung up on me! So I stayed very humble. I don't worry about sounding smooth and perfect.
Just being my bumbling self works for me. What my friend was experiencing is a nonverbal effect of deception. When nonverbal
communication, in this case paralanguage, which includes things like voice tone, volume, speaking rate read at a subconscious
level as false, our internal alarms go off. Spot a liar by going with your gut impression. Your instincts read fake at a hundred
paces. Normal levels of confidence, however, also read as sincere. Don't look like a liar by being your real self. Don't Cry For Me Argentina -- Circumstances Not Matching Demeanor
the first things you look for when reading body language is the alignment of the circumstances to the demeanor of the person
talking to you. For instance, in Connie Chung’s television interview with Congressman Gary Condit, we expected him to
be emotionally upset and embarrassed, considering he was a politician suspected of having an affair with a young woman who
had been missing for 115 days.
Instead, he began the interview calmly and proceeded to become indignant. This demeanor
was not what we expected. The lack of appropriateness is a sign that the person is not being sincere. When I was driving back
from New York a few days after September 11th gas station attendants continued to say with feigned brightness "Have a
nice day." They were on automatic pilot. I knew they didn't even realize how they sounded. Oddly enough when I shared
that I was coming back from New York near Ground Zero each and every person became real and in the moment. Spot a liar who
uses a planned "It's a great day. May I help you?" delivery. Don't look like a liar by being in the moment. Nothing Is Wrong! -- Nonverbal Behavior Does Not Match Spoken Words
spoken words don’t agree with the nonverbal communication, we generally trust the nonverbal communication to tell us
the truth. When a customer says nothing is wrong, while sitting with arms wrapped tightly around the body and a scowl on the
face, we doubt her sincerity. If service rep says "yes, we can do that for you" while shaking his head "no,"
we can be sure he is, at least, ambivalent about the answer. Spot a liar by watching for lack of synchronicity. The subconscious
reveals the truth. If the service person says, "This is a great service contract," while rubbing the eyes, it doesn't;
look right, the ears, it doesn't sound right or the nose, it stinks. Look credible by having your body language match
what you are saying.
A smile is the most common facial expression to mask emotions. It is often used to mask displeasure
and anger. A real smile changes the entire face. The eyes light up. The forehead wrinkles, the eyebrows and cheek muscles
rise, skin around the eyes and mouth crinkles and finally the mouth turns up. In a masking smile, nothing moves but the corners
of the mouth and often they curve up rather than down.
Knowing these cues can help you decipher when someone else
is being less than forthcoming. Sometimes people say: "It’s all in your mind." Now you know "It's
all in your body."
Gerry and Kate McCann will
have to wait until next week to find out if a former senior detective has succeeded in overturning the couple's ban on
his book after a court hearing in Portugal ended without a decision today.
The pair, from Rothley, travelled to
Lisbon as they battle to stop Goncalo Amaral from repeating claims that their missing daughter Madeleine is dead.
Mr Amaral was the first head of the police investigation into the little girl's disappearance from Praia da Luz in Portugal
in May 2007, shortly before her fourth birthday.
In July 2008 he published a book, 'Maddie: The Truth Of The
Lie', which alleges that Madeleine died in her family's holiday flat and that her parents faked her abduction.
A judge granted the McCanns a temporary injunction in September last year halting further sale or publication of Mr
Amaral's book and a TV documentary he made about the case.
The ex-policeman launched an appeal against the
ban at the main civil court in the Portuguese capital Lisbon last month, calling a series of witnesses to support his claims.
The McCanns admitted sitting through the evidence was painful but insisted they were right to bring the case.
The hearing was adjourned until Wednesday, when two further witnesses gave evidence for Mr Amaral before the lawyers
made closing speeches.
At the end of the hearing, which finished at 5.30pm, Judge Maria Gabriela Cunha Rodrigues
said she would reserve judgment until February 18, a spokeswoman for the McCanns said.
Outside court, Mr McCann
issued a fresh appeal to the Portuguese public for information about Madeleine's disappearance, according to the spokeswoman.
She said Mr and Mrs McCann, both 41, were flying back to the UK.
Mr Amaral's lawyers argue the material
in the book is contained in the official Portuguese police files for the investigation, many of which were made public in
The McCanns say their main motive for challenging the former policeman is the fear that people will
stop looking for Madeleine if they think she is dead.
There will be a full trial at a later date on whether the
injunction banning the book should be made permanent.
The McCanns are also seeking €1.2m in compensation for
defamation in separate civil proceedings against Mr Amaral in Portugal.
The former detective has vowed to fight
all the way to the European Court of Human Rights if he loses his case.
Madeleine: McCanns In Renewed Portugal Plea, 10 February 2010
Madeleine: McCanns In Renewed Portugal Plea Sky News
Hannah Thomas-Peter, Sky News Online in Lisbon 10:45pm UK,
Wednesday February 10, 2010
Kate and Gerry McCann have issued a renewed plea for anyone in Portugal
with information about Madeleine to come forward.
Gerry and Kate McCann outside a court in Lisbon
The couple are in Lisbon where they are suing the former lead investigator in the case of their missing
daughter, Goncalo Amaral.
Outside court, the parents held up placards with pictures of Madeleine and a Portuguese
telephone number for people to call.
Mrs McCann said: "The important thing to remember is that a child is
The couple also said they wanted the whole investigation into their daughter's disappearance
to be reviewed by Portuguese and British police.
They had earlier heard the final legal arguments in their fight
to ban a book written by Mr Amaral.
They will find out next week if the book, which alleges Madeleine died in the
family's holiday apartment and her parents faked her abduction, will be banned for good.
The ruling is scheduled
for February 18.
Mr McCann said the main reason for fighting the case was to make sure people kept looking for
"If people believe, unnecessarily, that she's dead without any evidence then we'll never
find her," he said.
Mr Amaral's lawyers have described the case as an attack on freedom of speech and
vowed to go to the European courts if he loses.
The McCanns are pursuing him for about £1m in damages in
a separate libel case.
Earlier, the couple revealed they were launching criminal proceedings against a Portuguese
TV channel over claims they aired about the death of Madeleine.
TVI broadcast a documentary based on Mr Amaral's
book, which was then subject to an injunction.
It is understood the McCanns' lawyer thinks TVI broke the rules
of the injunction by continuing to discuss the allegations against them.
Gonçalo Amaral's Defense reveal report that suspects the McCanns in
the disappearence, 10 February 2010
Gonçalo Amaral's Defense reveal
report that suspects the McCanns in the disappearence SIC/Lusa
23:45 Thanks to Joana Morais for translation
Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer at
the trial of the prohibition of the book 'Maddie - The Truth of the Lie' revealed today the existence of a report
which suspects the McCann couple's involvement in their daughters disappearance in 2007, in the Algarve.
António Cabrita said, in the closing arguments of the lawsuit filed by the McCann family against
Gonçalo Amaral, that the 'extremely confidential' National Policy Investigation Agency report,
a British private body, 'considers that not only the abduction should be investigated but also the death of the
Added to the proceedings, the document, made by a detective who went to Praia
da Luz, also states that the officer has 'a strong conviction of the parents involvement into their daughters
disappearence' and that both Kate and Gerry McCann 'endeavored to convey a positive image'.
The lawyer recalled that 'other books were also written' on the Maddie Case and stressed
that the 'only book attacked' was Gonçalo Amaral's work, temporarily banned on 9 September
'Abusive misuse of freedom of information'
Fátima Esteves, the
lawyer for Guerra & Paz, who edited the book and is also referred to the proceedings, held that "freedom
of information is being abusively misused" with the injunction filed by the McCann family.
book by Gonçalo Amaral has an opinion based on an investigation. There is persecution in parallel lawsuits against
Gonçalo Amaral. When you don't have reason, you shoot in all directions', she affirmed referring to
lawsuits filed against the former inspector for breach of judicial secrecy and libel.
of the media'
The lawyer stressed that 'the McCanns publicly denigrated the good name
of Gonçalo Amaral', while Michael Coroadinho, lawyer for defendant TVI, accused Kate and Gerry of exploitation
of the media.
Henrique Costa, representing Valentim de Carvalho, also targeted in the process due to the marketing
of the video after its broadcast on TVI, said that 'it is not possible the documentary offends any personality
rights of the McCanns'.
'There is no proof given in this process, it is only general
considerations and valued judgments. There are no facts of concrete violation in the book or video', he argued.
'Revenge, audience ratings, vampires and vultures'
Isabel Duarte, the McCann family
lawyer, held a contrary opinion emphasizing that 'the book and the documentary broadcast by TVI were divulged
for reasons that have to do with revenge, audience ratings, vampires and vultures'.
criticized the statement given at the January 12 hearing by PJ inspector Ricardo Paiva, the holder [liaison officer] of the
investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Process archived for lack of material evidence
'Ricardo Paiva lies and moreover he has the responsibility of searching for Maddie', she
said during the closing arguments, revealing that she has consulted the process in Portimão, archived in July
2008 for lack of evidence, clearing Kate and Gerry McCann of the involvement into their daughters disappearence.
'The PJ has been archiving all the information given by the Spanish, French and Italian Police. There are several
relevant pieces of information, pictures, car plate numbers. None had importance to the person in charge. Most of the information
that I analysed deserved an investigation by the PJ', she said.
Sentence on the 18th February
vs reopening the process
The lawyer said that she will meet with the other McCann family lawyers to eventually
ask for the reopening of the archived process by the Public Ministry.
The injunction filed by the English couple
for considering as unsustainable the disclosure of Gonçalo Amaral's thesis in the book and documentary regarding
the parental involvement in the girl's disappearence, will have its sentence made on the 18th of February.
'British police DID say investigate Kate and Gerry McCann' after Madeleine's
disappearance, 10 February 2010
'British police DID say investigate Kate and Gerry McCann'
after Madeleine's disappearance Daily Mail
By VANESSA ALLEN
Last updated at 11:46 PM on 10th February 2010
Gerry McCann was made a suspect in his daughter Madeleine's disappearance after a British expert said he should be investigated
for 'homicide', a Portuguese court heard yesterday.
Criminal profiler Lee Rainbow
recommended that police on the Algarve investigate the doctor and his wife Kate because of 'contradictions' in his
The report by Mr Rainbow, of the National Policing Improvement Agency, was sent
to Portugal in June 2007, a month after the three-year-old disappeared.
Criminal profiler Lee Rainbow
recommended that police investigate Gerry and Kate McCann because of 'contradictions' in Gerry's statement
It was dramatically produced yesterday by lawyers for a disgraced Portuguese
detective whose campaign of vilification the McCanns are trying to stop.
The couple want
Gonzolo Amaral to be legally barred from accusing them of being involved in Madeleine's disappearance.
The detective was sacked from the investigation after he made an outspoken attack on English police, accusing
them of failing to investigate the McCanns. He has since retired from the police force.
lawyer Antonio Cabrita, reading from a Portuguese translation of the previously- confidential report, said: 'The family
is a lead that should be followed.
'The contradictions in Gerald McCann's statement might lead us to suspect a homicide. This
is a lead that should be investigated.'
The lawyer added: 'Portuguese police had only considered the abduction
theory. It was British police who said they must consider homicide as well.'
Mr Cabrita did not outline what
' contradictions' had been found in Mr McCann's statements and refused to give any further details after the Lisbon
Mr Rainbow, 37, leads a team of five criminal profilers at the NPIA, and specialises in sex crimes and
The Home Office agency, which describes itself as 'part of the police service', aims to improve
police use of information, evidence and science and to support operations.
It is understood to have provided Portuguese
police with a 'checklist' of how to proceed.
A spokesman said last night: 'In disappearance cases it
is common for the NPIA to advise officers to consider the possibility of the involvement of family and close friends.
'This is good practice for investigating cases. The NPIA gave similar generic advice to Portuguese police.'
Mr Rainbow, who has worked on major investigations including the Ipswich prostitute murders and the disappearance of Shannon
Matthews, did not say there was any evidence the McCanns were involved.
But his confidential report appears to
have been a turning point in the Portuguese investigation.
Madeleine's distraught parents were named as official
suspects a few weeks later, despite Portuguese police failing to find any evidence against them.
The report by Mr Rainbow, of the National Policing Improvement Agency, was sent
to Portugal in June 2007, a month after three-year-old Madeleine disappeared
Mr and Mrs McCann, both 41, listened intently as Mr Cabrita said Mr Amaral should be allowed to repeat his claims
that they were involved in Madeleine's disappearance.
The 50-year-old ex-detective has
alleged in a new book that she died in a 'tragic accident' and her parents faked an abduction.
Lawyers for the McCanns say he is using the book and the court case to take 'revenge' on them for the end of his
Mr and Mrs McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, are suing Mr Amaral for libel over
his allegations and are seeking £1.2million in damages and compensation.
won an injunction which bars him from repeating his allegations but he is trying to overturn it, claiming it affects his right
to freedom of speech.
The hearing ended yesterday, and the judge will give her verdict next
Kate McCann, a former GP, admitted last night that she had found it painful to
listen to three days of evidence in the court. But she insisted the couple had been right to take legal action.
She said: 'I think this will truly help the search for Madeleine and that's why we have gone through
with it. It hasn't been easy but if it helps, then we will go through anything.'