Friday

McCanns return to Portugal for libel trial

And so the trial begins:

I'll just add links to stories here rather than post various articles.

Caso Madeleine McCann – Gripe A puede aplazar la audiencia del matrimonio McCann
A summary of what happened yesterday
'McCanns Trip to Lisbon is a Form of Pressure'
Hipocrisy Award 2009
Influenza A delays Gonçalo Amaral Opposition to McCann's Injunction
On the McCann Lawyers
Gonçalo Amaral at Lisbon Court
McCann hear cries of support to Gonçalo Amaral in Lisbon

All other articles listed on google here
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While you're there, Kate and Gerry, why not ask for the investigation to be reopened? Here's a few reasons why this would be a good idea:



Comment from lj:

From someone who knows the Portuguese law and procedures:
The McCanns could have stopped the archival at any moment up to the end of the deadlines, or even force the reopening of the process now, if for example they requested to do the legal reconstruction with their friends, or if Kate McCann answered the 48 questions that were never answered, or if any of their Tapas friends requested to do new statements, etc.. Those would be evidences that would oblige the Public Ministry to reopen the process - which means that if the McCanns really wanted the process and the legal investigation into the disappearance [presumed death] of their daughter to continue, they could do it.
Also they could have asked for the investigation to go to the Instruction phase, which basically would have kept it open and would have given them the opportunity to be really cleared, not just not charged because there is not sufficient evidence yet. For some reason they did not push for that Instruction phase in 2008. Why not?

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