Thursday

McCanns v Amaral 11.12.'09 (I)





The Trial is now rescheduled for January 2010 and will consist of these seven witnesses:

1) Magalhães e Meneses, the Public Ministry prosecutor who held the main prosecution file on Madeleine

2) PJ Chief Inspector Tavares de Almeida, the detective who compiled the powerful report dated 10 September 2007 which concluded that there were strong indications that Madeleine had died in Apartment 5A, adding in his report that “from what has been established up to now, everything indicates that the McCann couple, in self-defence, did not want to deliver up Madeleine’s corpse immediately and voluntarily, and there is a strong possibility therefore that it was moved from the initial place where she died”

3) PJ Inspector and McCann family liaison officer, Ricardo Paiva, who was at the heart of the investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance

4) National-Joint Director of PJ in Faro Guilhermino Encarnação,

5) The PJ's Serious Crime Unit Director Luís Neves,

6) The former Judiciary Police Inspector and Criminologist, Francisco Moita Flores, the one who famously said that it would be ‘one of the 10 or 12 individuals’ in what has been called the ‘Tapas 9’ group that was most likely to know what really happened to Madeleine, and finally,

7) Scotland Yard Inspector, José Freitas.

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
-----
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?

Original post on 3A



Thursday

Gonçalo Amaral's new book promises even more controversy


Gonçalo Amaral's new book, "The English Gag - The story of a forbidden book", will be publicly launched on Friday, the 11th of December, 2009, at the Ler Devagar - Lx Factory bookshop, in Lisbon, at 6.30 p.m.
Source: Joana Morais

Wednesday

Gonçalo Amaral's thank you note



Sign the Petition


Dear friends,

My name is Gonçalo Amaral. I am a former Criminal Investigation Coordinator, and the author of the book “Maddie – The Truth about the Lie”, written with the purpose of contributing to the discovery of material truth and the performance of justice, and under the perspective of reinstating my reputation that was blackened in public.

This book was written under the use of my full rights, and stands as a technical opinion that is based on facts, indications and events that are part of the process that underlies the investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

In September this year, an injunction was granted without previously hearing the defendant, based on lies and abusive interpretations of the intentions that were behind the creation of said book.

In order to render the defence of my rights more difficult, a request for damages worth 1.200.000 euros was filed, followed by the arrest of rights and goods.

The strategy of those who continue to dirty us was simple: the man is silenced, and the path to influence attitudes and behaviours, through the manipulation of public opinion at their pleasure, is opened. A campaign to discredit and to misinform is under way, at the same time as they try to asphyxiate us financially, in order to win the case without having to go to trial.

We will not conform to the limitation of our fundamental rights, through unconstitutional judicial decisions that put the responsible exercise of free expression at stake.

I thank all those who over the last couple of years have supported me, and who have signed the public petitions over the last days, as well as those who, through financial effort towards the recently created fund and a demonstration of solidarity, have reinforced my belief in the defence of values that should shape modern and democratic societies, freedom of expression, the discovery of the truth and the performance of justice.

As far as I’m concerned, I commit myself to embody the hopes of all of you, and not to give up, despite the survival of my own family being at stake, but the defence of those values and principles is essential.

To all, a heartfelt thank you.

Portimão, 2009-12-03

Gonçalo Amaral
-----
Source: Projecto Justiça Gonçalo Amaral