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Post by canada12 on 25.01.15 3:19

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/554107/McCanns-will-lose-1m-trial-Portuguese-judge-s-initial-findings-against-Kate-and-Gerry

EXCLUSIVE: ‘McCanns will lose £1m libel trial’ Judge’s initial findings go against couple

The former Portuguese detective locked in a libel battle with Kate and Gerry McCann is confident of winning the case after a judge accepted some of his arguments.
Published: 00:01, Sun, January 25, 2015
By James Murray

Goncalo Amaral claimed in his book, The Truth Of The Lie, that evidence suggested Madeleine, then three, died in apartment 5a of the Ocean Club in the Algarve’s Praia da Luz in 2007.

The book became a best seller and Amaral also worked on a television documentary detailing its claims.

However, Kate and Gerry McCann sued the detective for libel, claiming the book was a “slander”.

Last week in Lisbon Judge Maria Emilia Melo e Castro set out in some detail what she had found to be proven and not proven, although she has not given her final verdict.

She did not find that because of statements in the book, documentary and a newspaper interview Kate and Gerry had been “completely destroyed” from a “moral, ethical and family point of view beyond the pain that their daughter’s absence causes them”. And she said it was not proven that they would suffer “permanent anguish, insomnia, lack of appetite and an indefinable fear”.

The judge said this psychological state existed before the publication of the book but added that it was normal for the couple to be affected by the book and they would also have “felt badly” over allegations by Mr Amaral that they hid their daughter’s body.

However, it was not possible to determine what most people think after reading Mr Amaral’s theories, she said, and she found it was not proven that the attention of the media and of people in general diminished when Amaral’s book was published.

The judge thought it was proven that some facts in the documentary and book came from police files used by the investigation team, although others did not.

At the libel trial in Lisbon last July Kate, from Rothley, Leicestershire, spent 55 minutes detailing the distress the book and follow-up documentary had caused them, revealing that details of claims had even reached their nine-year-old children, Sean and Amelie.

Kate said: “Sean asked me in October last year, ‘Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine, didn’t he?’ I just said, ‘He did, and he has said a lot of silly things’.

“I believe that after the book things got worse and were compounded because we were in a more desperate situation and felt defeated.”

Closing her evidence, Kate said: “I do believe in freedom of speech, but I don’t believe freedom of speech means the freedom to slander.”

Heart doctor Gerry McCann told the hearing: “The book is an affront to me, my wife, my family and the people who believe in us.

“The ­documentary is even worse. It starts off that Madeleine is dead, that there is no ­abduction and essentially claims myself, my wife and our friends are liars and would be so cold and ruthless as to hide our ­daughter’s body rather than try to help her should something have happened.

“When the file was closed it was made clear there was no evidence that Madeleine was dead and no evidence Kate and I were responsible for hiding her body.”

The McCanns’ lawyer, Isabel Duarte, could not be contacted by the Sunday Express for her assessment of the judge’s findings to date.

She is hoping to win £1million in damages from Mr Amaral and has always been confident of victory.

Mr Amaral, now retired and living in Lisbon after the break-up of his marriage, went on Portuguese television on Friday morning.

In a long interview he was asked why he wrote the book, and said: “The investigation was at stake, an investigation that was never defended here in Portugal, namely by someone at the top of the Policia Judiciaria and it’s me who defends those initial months of the investigation.”

Mr Amaral said the indications given so far led him to believe that the verdict, which is expected this spring, may be “favourable” to him.

Scotland Yard officers continue to investigate Madeleine’s disappearance but have so far failed to make a breakthrough.

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Post by sammyc on 25.01.15 5:35

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Post by tiny on 25.01.15 6:48

About bloody time an all,after all the crap in the papers  in the week thumbsup

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Post by PeterMac on 25.01.15 8:10

James Murray wrote THAT  ! ! !
I need another coffee, (and a brandy)






Perhaps he read my email earlier this week

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Post by Grim on 25.01.15 8:36

Rocky for the win ! thumbup

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Post by aiyoyo on 25.01.15 9:26

Be careful what you wished for, there's always pay back time.

Not a a dickie bird from Team Mccann.   

Where's the pink slug?  Surprise they didn't smoke him out to exercise his mouth muscles.

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Post by ultimaThule on 25.01.15 9:47

How refreshing to read an article about the McCanns in a UK tabloid which doesn't have sticky pink fingers all over it - and how sensible of Izzy to refrain from being seen as the family sauce source Portuguese.

It's to be hoped Mr Murray won't be sacked will follow up with a piece on how the McCanns can ensure a verdict 'in the spring' by submitting their authorisation from the High Court to represent its Ward in these legal proceedings earlier than the 7 months 30 days they've been given to do so.

I'm going to have Amazonas with my lava java, but I suspect there'll be a need for considerably more than coffee and brandy in Rothley Towers this a.m, PeterM. laughat

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Post by plebgate on 25.01.15 9:53

Yes about time one of the papers printed what happened on Wednesday.

Izzy couldn't be contacted - oh dear.

Not only did Rocky give a tv interview, but he also (imo) showed that he is not finished by a long way.

Watch out those who called him all the names under the sun and allegedly used very dirty tricks against him is all I can think.  

He aint called Rocky for nothin. yes 


Why am I not surprised that the sofa aint been booked for Monday?

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Post by PeterMac on 25.01.15 9:54

Imodium on the rocks !

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Post by ultimaThule on 25.01.15 10:02

spit coffee  @PeterM.  

Luckily there's a 'heart doctor' on hand to administer the smelling salts, but maybe they'll need to call on Dr Payne to attend to tremors in the nether regions big grin

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Post by PeterMac on 25.01.15 10:03

And FP for the necessary sedation.

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Post by ScarletLaw on 25.01.15 10:14

@canada12 wrote:http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/554107/McCanns-will-lose-1m-trial-Portuguese-judge-s-initial-findings-against-Kate-and-Gerry

EXCLUSIVE: ‘McCanns will lose £1m libel trial’ Judge’s initial findings go against couple

The former Portuguese detective locked in a libel battle with Kate and Gerry McCann is confident of winning the case after a judge accepted some of his arguments.
Published: 00:01, Sun, January 25, 2015
By James Murray

Goncalo Amaral claimed in his book, The Truth Of The Lie, that evidence suggested Madeleine, then three, died in apartment 5a of the Ocean Club in the Algarve’s Praia da Luz in 2007.

The book became a best seller and Amaral also worked on a television documentary detailing its claims.

However, Kate and Gerry McCann sued the detective for libel, claiming the book was a “slander”.

Last week in Lisbon Judge Maria Emilia Melo e Castro set out in some detail what she had found to be proven and not proven, although she has not given her final verdict.

She did not find that because of statements in the book, documentary and a newspaper interview Kate and Gerry had been “completely destroyed” from a “moral, ethical and family point of view beyond the pain that their daughter’s absence causes them”. And she said it was not proven that they would suffer “permanent anguish, insomnia, lack of appetite and an indefinable fear”.

The judge said this psychological state existed before the publication of the book but added that it was normal for the couple to be affected by the book and they would also have “felt badly” over allegations by Mr Amaral that they hid their daughter’s body.

However, it was not possible to determine what most people think after reading Mr Amaral’s theories, she said, and she found it was not proven that the attention of the media and of people in general diminished when Amaral’s book was published.

The judge thought it was proven that some facts in the documentary and book came from police files used by the investigation team, although others did not.

At the libel trial in Lisbon last July Kate, from Rothley, Leicestershire, spent 55 minutes detailing the distress the book and follow-up documentary had caused them, revealing that details of claims had even reached their nine-year-old children, Sean and Amelie.

Kate said: “Sean asked me in October last year, ‘Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine, didn’t he?’ I just said, ‘He did, and he has said a lot of silly things’.

“I believe that after the book things got worse and were compounded because we were in a more desperate situation and felt defeated.”

Closing her evidence, Kate said: “I do believe in freedom of speech, but I don’t believe freedom of speech means the freedom to slander.”

Heart doctor Gerry McCann told the hearing: “The book is an affront to me, my wife, my family and the people who believe in us.

“The ­documentary is even worse. It starts off that Madeleine is dead, that there is no ­abduction and essentially claims myself, my wife and our friends are liars and would be so cold and ruthless as to hide our ­daughter’s body rather than try to help her should something have happened.

“When the file was closed it was made clear there was no evidence that Madeleine was dead and no evidence Kate and I were responsible for hiding her body.”

The McCanns’ lawyer, Isabel Duarte, could not be contacted by the Sunday Express for her assessment of the judge’s findings to date.

She is hoping to win £1million in damages from Mr Amaral and has always been confident of victory.

Mr Amaral, now retired and living in Lisbon after the break-up of his marriage, went on Portuguese television on Friday morning.

In a long interview he was asked why he wrote the book, and said: “The investigation was at stake, an investigation that was never defended here in Portugal, namely by someone at the top of the Policia Judiciaria and it’s me who defends those initial months of the investigation.”

Mr Amaral said the indications given so far led him to believe that the verdict, which is expected this spring, may be “favourable” to him.

Scotland Yard officers continue to investigate Madeleine’s disappearance but have so far failed to make a breakthrough.

I know of a Justice campaigner who was contacting the papers about the highly edited version of what has reported after the Judges initial findings. So sensible of them to put this on properly before they get caught up in a scandal of being accused of keeping facts away from the public. It's about time the boys club of Fleet Street cut ties with Clarence because he will bring them down to, when the s..t hits the fan! 
 If Clifford was brought down, a hundred times more powerful, then you can be sure Clarence will be too.

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Post by PeterMac on 25.01.15 10:26

http://portugalresident.com/as-dust-settles-on-judge’s-findings-mccann-€12-million-“libel-win”-looks-distinctly-shaky
Posted by portugalpress on January 25, 2015
As dust settles on judge’s findings, McCann €1.2 million “libel win” looks distinctly shaky

It took some hours for the much-awaited “reading of the proven facts” to come through last week - and even then newspapers here and abroad got it wrong.

In Britain, the Daily Express ran with the headline: “Kate and Gerry McCann win court ruling in £1 million libel battle against ex-police chief”.

Here, Lusa news agency proclaimed “Court rules damages caused by Gonçalo Amaral to Kate and Gerry McCann proved”.
But they both jumped the gun.
Within hours Público realised the mistake and pulled the Lusa story from its website, running instead with the much-fairer “Court proves Kate and Gerry McCann were “not destroyed” by book by Gonçalo Amaral”.
Lusa regained its equilibrium, posting a revised story the next day carrying much the same headline.

And then this morning (Sunday), four days after judge Emília Mello e Castro handed the lawyers her “reading of the proven facts” - the cornerstones on which she will base her judgement on the long-running case - the Express has done a complete U-turn, running with a new headline proclaiming: “Exclusive: McCann’s will lose £1 million libel trial”
In fact, the exclusive belongs to the Algarve’s Len Port - the only journalist who got the story right first time.

Writing on his Portugal Newswatch blogsite, reproduced regularly by this Portugal Resident news portal, Port’s Wednesday post: “Amaral supporters optimistic about judge’s rulings in McCann libel case” was, in the end, a far more succinct version of what unfolded in Lisbon four days ago.

The reason for the confusion was perhaps two-fold. First, it took reporters time to get their hands on Emília Mello e Castro’s complete list of “proven facts” in the case that centres on Amaral’s book, A Verdade da Mentira (The Truth of the Lie); and second, there appears to have been a degree of press manipulation.

But now that the facts are in the public domain, we can summarise key findings.

Certainly, the likelihood of a resounding McCann win looks distinctly shaky.

Port’s report of “cautious optimism” among Amaral supporters was in itself characteristically cautious.

Supporters of the beleaguered former police inspector targeted by the McCann’s are positively crowing from the rooftops.

“As of Wednesday, the McCann ship is beyond repair”, jubilant Textusa blog reported.

The UK’s Miscarriage of Justice forum took to Twitter to confirm: “Court holds as not proven that book hampered search for Madeleine”, while myriad followers of the case were enthusiastic about what they called the “wonderful news coming from Portugal”.

It was a window in on the welter of support for Amaral’s right to have written his hypothesis for the disappearance of the world’s most famous missing person seven years ago.

As he has frequently told interviewers since the McCann’s lodged their civil action for a reported €1.2 million in damages against him, his life has been made a misery by their action and his “civil position” a target for what he terms “assassination”.

Talking to RTP as the dust began to settle last week, Amaral elaborated on the hiccups caused by what he termed “complete manipulation of the media”.

“Lusa agency, since all of this began, has been taking sides”, he said. “I wouldn’t say as much as they have taken the side of the couple, but they have taken the side of the couple’s lawyer. So there has been completely false news about me”.

Amaral also elaborated on the “assassination of his civil position”.

“In 2009, in January of 2009, I lived in the Algarve and was indicated to run for mayor of Olhão on behalf of the Social Democratic Party [PSD]. That alerted the family and Mr Gerald McCann came to Lisbon… he met with a top political official from PSD who has a French surname, with Dr Rogério Alves and with Dr Isabel Duarte… what happened then was that PSD gave me up as a candidate. This puts the rights of a citizen, the rights of a Portuguese citizen, at stake”.

It was at this point, Amaral told his interviewer, that the McCanns started “thinking about the lawsuit” that is now in its final stages.

Key facts proven and unproven:

Because of the statements made by defendant Gonçalo Amaral in the book (Truth of the Lie), in the documentary and in the interview to Correio da Manhã, the Polícia Judiciária stopped collecting information and investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann? Not proved

Because of the statements made by defendant Gonçalo Amaral in the book, in the documentary and in the interview to Correio da Manhã, authors Kate McCann and Gerald McCann are completely destroyed, from a moral, social, ethical, sentimental, family point of view, much beyond the pain that their daughter’s absence causes them? Not proved

Because of the statements made by defendant Gonçalo Amaral in the book, in the documentary and in the interview to Correio da Manhã, authors Kate McCann and Gerald McCann suffer permanent anguish, insomnia, lack of appetite, anxiety and irritability, preoccupation and indefinable fear? Proved, but the judge adds that this psychological state is pre-existent to the book, the documentary and the interview and was not caused by the book. Nonetheless, it cannot be reasonable to believe that the book, the documentary and the interview had no effect on the couple, i.e. It had an effect but that is perfectly normal.

Because of defendant Gonçalo Amaral’s statements in the book, in the documentary and in the interview to Correio da Manhã, author Kate McCann is immersed in a deep and serious depression, which has already made her state publicly “I wish I was in a coma, to relieve the pain”? Not proved

The attention of the media and of people in general diminished when defendant Gonçalo Amaral’s book was published? Not proved

For a full list of the proven facts, see the maddiecasefiles.com.
As Len Port explained in his initial report on the judge’s findings: “The McCanns now have time to seek and present authorisation from the British High Court to formally represent their daughter in this case. Madeleine was made a ward of court at the instigation of her parents in April 2008. This could have a bearing on the amount of any compensation eventually awarded”.
“No date has been set for a verdict but it is thought to be more than two months away. Even when it comes, the verdict will probably not be the end of the matter. An appeal is likely.”
The veteran journalist concluded: “Amaral has let it be known that he is considering instigating a counter defamation lawsuit against the McCanns to seek compensation for the enormous damages on different levels he claims they have caused him”.

Natasha Donn
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Nice one 'tasha" !

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Post by tiny on 25.01.15 10:37

Has there been a comment from Mitchell yet?,he is usually the first one to have something to say.

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Post by Guest on 25.01.15 10:38

@PeterMac wrote:


Nice one 'tasha" !

Has anybody identified the chap with the French sobrenome?

This guy, perhaps?

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Post by ScarletLaw on 25.01.15 10:52

@tiny wrote:Has there been a comment from Mitchell yet?,he is usually the first one to have something to say.

He's probably hiding. When the verdict comes, he won't want his reputation being caught in the cross fire and affecting his future career. Clarence was put in by the government to help keep this thing contained and all he's done is make it worse with his stupid collection of other suspects and made the CONSPIRACY bigger. So I wouldn't be surprised if they too, have turned their backs on him.

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Post by Doug D on 25.01.15 10:59

Plebgate has highlighted the added last paragraph to the Anne Guedes/Pamalam report which I had not been back to since reading the initial posting:

‘When the judge left the room after distributing the document to the lawyers, as if the benches for the public were empty, looking literally through the three members of the public, I entered the “sacred” area and asked the clerk if I could read the document. The clerk looked embarrassed, hesitated but then said “no”, adding, as a justification, that it was “informal”.


As there was no journalist neither in the court room nor outside (only photographers expecting the McCanns like Vladimir and Estragon wait for Godot), as none of the defense lawyers would have misled the Press Agency Lusa to their disadvantage, the reader will need no hypothetico-deductive method to find out who grossly disinformed an institution that still plays a decisive part in the international circulation of the news’.
 
Thank you Anne.
 
……………………….
 
What a difference a day (or four) makes.
 
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/553447/Kate-Gerry-McCann-key-court-victory-libel-battle-Goncalo-Amaral
 
Can someone who’s capable of a screen capture post the above before it gets ‘whooshed in embarrassment’ by the Express.

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What a difference a week makes . . .

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Post by PeterMac on 25.01.15 11:08

Anyone looked at Mitchell's twitter ?
Nice time for a wind up !

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Post by ScarletLaw on 25.01.15 11:11

@PeterMac wrote:Anyone looked at Mitchell's twitter ?
Nice time for a wind up !

He banned me ages ago!

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Post by Doug D on 25.01.15 11:24

Thank you for posting those two up PeterMac.
 
As for Mitchell’s twitter, he gave up on the McCann’s long ago on there and nothing ‘adverse’ ever comes up on his timeline/feed.
 
Interestingly, he was associating himself with the dementia cause on there last week. Could that be his best escape route?

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Post by Guest on 25.01.15 13:16

[quote="ultimaThule"]spit coffee  @PeterM.  

Luckily there's a 'heart doctor' on hand to administer the smelling salts, but maybe they'll need to call on Dr Payne to attend to tremors in the nether regions big grin[/quote]
Him the one with the propinquity of abluting minors?

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Post by aquila on 25.01.15 15:05

@Doug D wrote:Thank you for posting those two up PeterMac.
 
As for Mitchell’s twitter, he gave up on the McCann’s long ago on there and nothing ‘adverse’ ever comes up on his timeline/feed.
 
Interestingly, he was associating himself with the dementia cause on there last week. Could that be his best escape route?
That would be the dementia cause that took Cameron onto the 'This Morning' telly sofa where Phillip Schofield accosted him with a list of paedophiles which was followed by huge apologies from Schofield.

Oh yessiree Cameron is 'dedicated' to dementia. So dedicated that he took to a daytime telly sofa (good old Dave) to tell us about his concern and his commitment....didn't hear much about it after.

Still, the Pink one might be taking up the reins for poor old 'honest Dave' and showing some deep concern (in the absence of anything actually achieved for those who suffer dementia or their carers). Clarence is showing his 'concern' for just about anything nowadays.

Clarence is so desperate to be seen to be doing something worthwhile that he's imploding. He promotes himself with photographs of picking up dog poo in parks fgs. He's a cuddly old creature at heart he'll have you believe.

No offence but I'd rather kiss someone suffering ebola than shake the hand of Clazza.

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