I have absolutely no idea what the
significance will be of the Portuguese Court of Appeal overturning the
ban on Goncalo Amaral’s book,
Truth of the Lie”,
a ban successfully effected by court action brought by the ever
Kate and Gerry McCann.
Then again, I never understood how or why the
Injunction was granted in the FIRST place. After all, Amaral’s book was effectively
no more than a synopsis of some of the key investigation points carried
out by the Portuguese Authorities, information which was, (and still
already in the public domain.
In my own country, (here in the UK), there is currently NO news of the
lifting of the ban. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for
the BRITISH media to report the matter, and then even more interesting
to see which newspaper first chalks it up as a scandalous victory for
the “disgraced former Maddie Cop”.
For herein lies the rub. Ostensibly, this little procedure in a
Portuguese Court is fairly inconsequential in relation to the material
that was the subject of the ban in the first place. For the book was,
and still is, freely
available online, in many languages.
But it is a HUGE victory, (not just for
who was ALSO facing the consequences of losing his HOME to another
action been brought by the McCanns), but for the Portuguese authorities,
the Police, their press, and most of all, their PEOPLE.
Whatever happened to
Madeleine McCann in May of 2007 may
forever be a mystery. Whatever crimes took place may never be solved.
But the crimes that have since been perpetrated against PORTUGAL, the
country with whom the UK has held one of the longest alliances in the
World, must not only be solved, but atoned for. Not least, the crimes
perpetrated against it by its own Government, or at least factions of
Rumours of political skulduggery
and interference have been circulating in Portugal pretty much since
Madeleine was first reported missing. Key decisions, both in the case
itself and on how it was conducted, can be traced back to direct
interference from UK Government Ministers, including the then Premier,
(and fellow former Glaswegian),
Brown. Reports of
spooks, British Intelligence, and senior Special Branch officer’s
presence and involvement have been recorded in the Portuguese press
since the early days of the enquiry.
Even Portuguese judges dealing with the investigation and court
proceedings in the early stages would appear to have acted completely
out of character and seemingly against the legal Statutes, procedures
and practises that govern them, (especially where Kate and Gerry McCann
were allowed to flee Portugal, 72 Hours after having asserted they would
never leave Portugal without their daughter, and a mere 48 hours after
being made Arguidos).
Such BRITISH influence and involvement
can NOT have occurred without the complicity, (and DUPLICITY), of at
least some senior Portuguese Office.
Whatever deal was struck, I hope the Office thinks it was worth it.
It would not be the first time, of course, that a Nation has been let
down by its Government. However, such occasions generally benefit from a
judicious, fearless, accurate and observant PRESS, bringing to the
attention to the rest of the world the injustice and deceit that is
ensuing. If the Portuguese had hoped that their oldest allies, the
BRITISH, would use their Press to highlight their cause, then they were
about to be disappointed.
I have recorded elsewhere the catalogue of journals, newspapers,
television documentaries, news programmes, British Government Ministers,
‘B’ list Celebrities, Gossip Columnists and bulletins that have all not
only perpetrated and propagated the ABDUCTION story, but have ridiculed,
abused and vilified the Portuguese people in the process.
“Up Yours, Senor”, “Useless Porto Plod”
and “keep your stupid, sardine munching mouth shut”,
were just some of the more fragrant lines written by the UK’s finest
“Pigs” and “Filth”, were how one
Tabloid luminary described the Portuguese Police.
“Bumpkins” was how he referred to the Portuguese people
of the area where Madeleine went missing. Presumably he meant those who
took time off from their work places and normal lives to search the
ground, for HOURS, on their hands on knees, looking for clues as to the
little girl’s whereabouts.
Just in case there was any doubts as to the integrity or calibre of the
Portuguese people, Piers Merchant, assistant to Member of the European
Parliament Roger Knapmann, clarified the situation regarding the
British perspective on our oldest ally.
In November 2007, I wrote a letter to the former leader and Home
Secretary of the UK Conservative Party,
Michael Howard. In the letter, I
explained that I was concerned that conflict and potentially irreparable
damage was being caused between the two countries concerned, Britain and
Portugal, much of which appears to have been caused by the Press and
Government of this country. I further questioned the use of the British
Government Media Monitoring Unit Director,
Clarence Mitchell, as not only a spokesman but as an apparent
MENTOR of sorts; resigning from his Government job and allying himself
with the McCann's when they were made Arguidos. I suggested this to be
somewhat an unprecedented and unusual state of affairs.
I also explained my concerns that
Gordon Brown had not only personally intervened in the case by
persuading the Portuguese authorities to permit the McCann's to make an
appeal for information concerning the 'abductor',
as 'witnessed' by
Jane Tanner, (even though the
Portuguese placed NO significance or, more likely, credibility in this
sighting'), but that some factions of the credible Portuguese Press were
suggesting that Government Pressure was being brought to bear on the
Certainly, I considered it inappropriate and unusual for Gordon Brown to
have made the personal communications and offered the assistance that he
did to the McCann's.
Clarence Mitchell himself had already confirmed that he, via the Prime
Minister, had been instrumental in not only co-ordinating the visit to
but also visits to other world leaders and dignitaries. My letter
concluded that I felt it essential that the Prime Minister clarified his
position and involvement with regards to the McCann's case.
The response I received was a standard, if not unexpected one, advising
me that the letter would be forwarded to the Prime Minister for his
comments, which would be communicated to me if and when he made them.
(He never did).
I published my original letter on an Internet Forum, inviting any like
minded individuals to either use it as a template or to modify it for
their own purposes and forward it to their own local, Members of
Parliament. A lady from Bristol did just that, and the response that it
elicited made headline news, both here and in Portugal.
Piers Merchant wrote an astonishing and
lengthy response that firstly warned the author to be 'careful' of what
she writes, referring to the laws of Libel. It then went on to state,
somewhat pompously, that
'‘One of the first duties of the
British government is to support its citizens abroad. It is therefore
entirely correct that the government should do this in the case of Kate
and Gerry McCann".
He then sensationally declared,
Portuguese police and judicial system is known to be suspect. Elements
of the police are corrupt and indeed in this case the senior detective
involved has been charged with corruption? "
''The Portuguese judicial system does
not assume innocence before guilt in the way the British system does and
operates an interrogatory process in which people are denounced as
suspects without any proof?."
Merchant explains why this shocking state of
affairs is so:
"It is important to realise that
Portugal has no real history of citizen's rights and
liberties or democracy. From the 1920s to the mid 1970's Portugal was
ruled by a fascist dictatorship, first under Salazar and then Caetano.
Political opposition was repressed and the police and judicial system
was used to achieve this. A stable multi-party democracy only came into
existence in the late 1970's and is still very young. Many of the police
were trained under fascism and the institutions still bear the impact of
this long period of dictatorship".
The letter concludes by stating,
''In all the circumstances it is entirely
right that British citizens should be protected against an unreliable
foreign system. In any event I think you can rest assured that the
British police and intelligence services have long had a better grip on
the facts of this case than the Portuguese police".
Merchant later tried to deny that he had written
this, protesting that his letter had been ‘altered’. However, I STILL
have the original source file, and can assert that it is entirely as it
was created. Additionally, he refused an invitation to submit his WEB
based email system to cursory examination.
Some three years after this particular response, I am still intrigued as
to how much of that inexplicable retort was Merchant’s own work, and
whether he genuinely wrote it of his own volition.
Piers Merchant died, in September
2009, taking the answers with him.
So today, Tuesday the 19th October, 2010,
IS a victor for Portugal.
It is a victory for the Policia Judiciaria, who conducted themselves
throughout with professionalism and determination, despite the
horrendous, abusive labels and accusations of incompetence, (completely
unfounded), which still plague them to this day. Their ‘crime’?. To
assert that Madeleine McCann is dead and that her parents are at least
complicit in her disappearance. Presumably for reasons of space, the
same newspapers were unable to repeat and reserve the same criticisms
for the BRITISH factions who shared that self-same opinion:-
Police Constabulary who, (according to PJ files), were instrumental in
proposing that Maddie had died at the apartment. Clearly they saw no
point, either, in lambasting:
b/ the specialist South
Yorkshire Police ‘enhanced victim recovery dogs’,
Eddie & Keela,
instrumental in solving DOZENS of cases across 17 Police Forces across
the UK, who signalled the scent of Cadavarine and other body fluids, in
the McCanns apartment and in a vehicle hired by the McCanns, as well as
on other personal items belonging to the McCanns.
c/So too, the Birmingham
Forensic Science Services, (who have built a “global reputation for
excellence in forensic solutions”), who, according to many sources,
including SKY NEWS, reported that DNA extracted from a sample taken from
the McCanns Hire Car was a “100% MATCH” to Madeleine McCann.
For whatever reasons, these 3 facets of the
investigation, the Leicestershire Police, The specialist dogs and the
Birmingham FSS results all made obvious significant contributions to the
Portuguese Authorities conclusions regarding the case, yet they have
thus far avoided the same derogatory attention afforded to them.
BUT most of all, it is a VICTORY for the Portuguese PEOPLE.
Those who gave their time, energy, money, resources and heartfelt
support, love and wishes to a “nice” British couple in their quest to
find their missing daughter. Those whose lives were blighted, (and some
who still ARE), and turned upside down by a tidal wave of media vileness
, together with a Government who abandoned them and stood by while this
character assassination on a NATIONAL level unfolded.
It is for THEM, that this little bit of Court decision making will go a
little way towards restoring their faith in the Democracy, spirit and
traditional values of their homeland.
As for the McCanns themselves? Who knows? It may well be that they will
manage to overturn, yet again this current state of affairs. No
doubt they will embark on ANOTHER course of legal action, certainly
against Amaral and possibly someone else as well as, no doubt, several
Newspapers, Media Outlets or anyone else who repeats the Books' words.
Some might suggest that they will NEED to.
For they have spent MILLIONS
of pounds in donations, pledges and personal backing, in
convincing the world that Madeleine McCann was abducted; Either by one
of several infamous characters as described by Jane Tanner, or by one of
the MANY bizarre, colourful and ludicrous suspects that inhabit various
corners of the globe as reported widely in the British Press, (courtesy
of the McCanns own private police force, Metodo 3 and Clarence
Or by one of the many faceless,
nameless and shameless paedophiles that apparently walk the streets of
every Portuguese village, (courtesy of a seemingly innumerable number of
High Ranking British ‘EX’ Police Officers/Experts, some of which have
financially benefited quite nicely from the McCann Gravy Train) .
And that kind of "LOOKING FOR
MADDIE" doesn’t come cheap.
But, as has
always been the case in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, there are
more QUESTIONS than answers. And as I have been wont to say on more than
one occasion, unless those questions are firstly ASKED, they can never
And today, in a Court room in Lisbon, at least the asking has started
God bless Madeleine
Beth McCann, wherever you are.................