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Madeleine: MPT unacceptable judicial suspension of the sale

McCann Files

Lusa Agency
16 September 2009 14:03
Thanks to Joana Morais for translation

The Earth Party Movement (MPT) today considered the judicial decision to suspend the sale of the book 'Maddie: The Truth About The Lie', by Gonçalo Amaral, on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, "an unacceptable restriction of rights, freedoms and guarantees".

"We are very concerned that under a court order - and we respect the decisions of the courts - there is a gag that is placed on a Portuguese citizen that prevents him from expressing himself, to speak. We think that this is an unacceptable restriction of the rights, freedoms and guarantees of citizens contemplated in the Portuguese Constitution," said the president of MPT - 'Partido da Terra' - Pedro Quartin Graça, to Lusa News agency.

The party leader this morning heard the arguments and claims of Gonçalo Amaral, a hearing requested by him, concerning the suspension by court order of the sale of his book about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

"I requested a hearing of all the political parties who are represented in the Parliament, including the political party I belong to [PSD]," said Gonçalo Amaral, who showed "a certain bitterness" because he has not yet been received by his own party and has not received a response from the other parties.

"I will wait for the next few days. We will not be silenced and we will not keep silenced on this situation about the freedom of expression and of having my rights restricted," said Gonçalo Amaral.

The Lisbon Civil Court banned the sale of the book "Maddie: The Truth About The Lie" about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, authored by the former Judiciary Police Inspector Gonçalo Amaral, and ordered the withdrawal of all the available copies.