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Amaral supporters call time as appeal fund approaches €70,000

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Amaral supporters call time as appeal fund approaches €70,000

Post by Get'emGonçalo on 23.10.15 7:03

Amaral supporters call time as appeal fund approaches €70,000



For reasons that are remaining very quiet, the friends and supporters of former “Maddie cop” Gonçalo Amaral have called time on the gofundme online appeal set up to fund his legal expenses as he challenges the court decision ordering him to pay the parents of Madeleine McCann over €500,000 in damages.

The Legal Defence for Gonçalo Amaral page will be closing on Wednesday, October 28.

At time of writing, it had already raised over €69,860 and donations were still coming in.

The latest, as of lunchtime today (Thursday), was for €100.

Over the last five months, 2,757 people have responded to the gofundme campaign, set up by a young single mother from Birmingham who was only 14 when Madeleine went missing.

Leanne Baulch, 22, explained to us back in May that she had never imagined the response her initiative received, but she felt compelled to do it as she was “desperate to help” a man she felt was being “persecuted”.

But as the money flowed in, so too did the unpleasantness, including slurs in the British press that the fund was powered by “sick online trolls”.

With Ms Baulch considering her position as a single parent of a toddler, she removed herself from the process altogether a few months ago.

The fund then transferred into the hands of the friends of the former PJ detective whose book, “A Verdade da Mentira”, landed him in the hot seat of litigation - with all his assets, including bank accounts “frozen” - in 2008.

Unpleasantness appears nonetheless to have continued, with internet manipulation of the appeal’s online code so that a few weeks ago, it virtually disappeared from sight (see http://portugalresident.com/online-intrigue-as-mccanns-close-twitter-pag...).

Now those in charge of the fund have decided it should close.

Using the headline “Sufficient” - which translated into Portuguese also stands for “Enough” - they have said: “We believe that it is time to close the gofundme page, as the bank account currently stands at an amount that seems largely sufficient to face eventual future expenses”.

A source has confirmed to the Resident that other forms of fundraising remain open, while Amaral’s fundraisers are aware that whatever the result of the latest appeal being considered by Lisbon’s Appellate Court, litigation will continue.

“If Amaral is successful, for example, we remain fairly certain that the McCann’s would appeal that decision. And so it continues. The next step would be the Supreme Court and then after that the Constitutional Court”.

And should Amaral lose the fight which he feels centres on his right to freedom of expression then a new online appeal will be needed to fund a case against Portuguese justice in the European Court of Human Rights.

Thus, for now, it is a case of “serenely awaiting” the next judicial decision, while Amaral’s supporters are no less determined to keep funding avenues open.

Sending out the latest message to subscribers, the group of friends writing collectively said: “May we use this moment to wholeheartedly thank those who have expressed their support for Gonçalo Amaral’s right to an appropriate defence. Whether you have contributed financially or by sending a support message, you have made an impact. You have made a difference”.

As we wrote this article, yet another donation was received as the six-day countdown to closure begins.

Meantime, fund organisers continue to confirm that they will donate any money left unused on legal expenses to a Portuguese children’s charity.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

http://portugalresident.com/amaral-supporters-call-time-as-appeal-fund-approaches-%E2%82%AC70000

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Re: Amaral supporters call time as appeal fund approaches €70,000

Post by aiyoyo on 23.10.15 9:23

Integrity on the part of the PJGA organisers to call time on it.

It means they have enough for this appeal, with some left over.

It means they are hopeful and/or confident history will repeat itself and Dr Amaral will be victorious again.  

In the eventuality of a win by team Amaral, and if McCanns counter should counter appeal the Appeal Court's decision, then fund may need to be raised again for further counter appeals  by team Amaral. Amaral has said he will take it all the way to Constitutional Court even to the EU Human Rights Court if it comes to that.  

All depends if Appeal Court will put a brake to future further appeal.  
If Court wrote the summation report in such a way rendering counter appeal impossible, then plaintiffs going against it will meet futile result.  The three wise judges' book ban overturn decision was not appealable, nonetheless the Mcs' lawyer ID went against it using an unorthodox method, and we the result of that.

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Post by pennylane on 23.10.15 11:52

What a stark contrast between the dignified Dr Amaral and Kate and Gerry McCann's unbridled greed for more and more money, most of which they've spent on plush image and exorbitant legal teams!

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Post by Verdi on 23.10.15 12:16

@pennylane wrote:What a stark contrast between the dignified Dr Amaral and Kate and Gerry McCann's unbridled greed for more and more money, most of which they've spent on plush image and exorbitant legal teams!
And private detectives - with a mission !

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Post by jeanmonroe on 23.10.15 12:45

@Verdi wrote:
@pennylane wrote:What a stark contrast between the dignified Dr Amaral and Kate and Gerry McCann's unbridled greed for more and more money, most of which they've spent on plush image and exorbitant legal teams!
And private detectives - with a mission !

I'm sure we all 'remember' when Grabbit&Leggit (Edgar and Cowardly) the McCann's ONLY erm, 'professional' PI's, (ref::DE) 'dressed' up as 'LOCAL orange pickers' to 'tail/surveil' a 'local' mother, with 'child' in Portugal.

The 'case' that NEVER stops 'GIVING'!




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Post by pennylane on 23.10.15 12:59

@jeanmonroe wrote:
@Verdi wrote:
@pennylane wrote:What a stark contrast between the dignified Dr Amaral and Kate and Gerry McCann's unbridled greed for more and more money, most of which they've spent on plush image and exorbitant legal teams!
And private detectives - with a mission !

I'm sure we all 'remember' when Grabbit&Leggit (Edgar and Cowardly) the McCann's ONLY erm, 'professional' PI's, (ref::DE) 'dressed' up as 'LOCAL orange pickers' to 'tail/surveil' a 'local' mother, with 'child' in Portugal.

The 'case' that NEVER stops 'GIVING'!



Ah yes, the private detectives, who can only investigate that which the McCanns tell them to, as confirmed by Dave Edgar at the Lisbon Court.  He must have felt a tad foolish when forced to admit his mission impossible to the Lisbon Court Judge at the Palace of Justice!

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