Monday

Paulo Reis: Another “McCannipulation”?


Gerry and Kate McCann will sue Gonçalo Amaral, for defamation, according to several Portuguese and British newspapers. The story is based on a statement issued by the parents of Madeleine McCann and also in some ignorance of legal matters. What Mr. Edward Smethurst told “The Sun” shows better what the McCann are planning, with a little help of a Portuguese lawyer, Mrs. Isabel Duarte, who is very close to “Expresso”, a leading supporter of the McCann version of events (If you want to know why, check this)


The McCann are not filling a crime complaint against Mr. Gonçalo Amaral – they are suing in a civil court, not in a criminal court. Why? Because they are not looking for a conviction for defamation in a criminal court, they are looking for receiving a large amount of damages, in a civil court – something that, as Mrs. Isabel Duarte knows, is easier to achieve, in the Portuguese legal system, comparing to a conviction for defamation on a criminal court, in a case that is related with Freedom of Expression, Opinion and Press Freedom.


Just another detail: Why now? When was Mr. Gonçalo's book published? Could the reason be the lack of public reaction to the last “investigation” and “new suspects” revealed?