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@GRACEFUL1 wrote:Maddie case: Former inspector's trial starts with questioning of McCanns' witnesses
Maddie case: Former inspector's trial starts with questioning of McCanns' witnesses
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Three witnesses that were indicated by the McCann couple were heard today at the beginning of the civil process trial, over defamation, of former Judiciary Police inspector Gonçalo Amaral, after a case was filed by the parents of the English child that disappeared in the Algarve, in 2007.

This information was given to Lusa agency by Isabel Duarte, Madeleine McCann's parents' lawyer, on the first day of the trial when judge Maria Emília Melo e Castro determined that there were no reasons for the audience to take place behind closed doors, as requested by Gonçalo Amaral, who attended the Civil Court of Lisbon as an arguido.

Earlier, the parties failed to reach an extrajudicial agreement within the civil case, in which Madeleine McCann's parents requested compensation in the amount of 1.2 million euro over the alleged defamation by the former PJ inspector (who investigated the child's disappearance). The trial started with the questioning of three witnesses - a Canadian and two Englishmen - who are "friends" of the McCann couple.

During this first session, the judge had to adapt the trial to the new rules of the Civil Process Code, a legislative reform that entered into force on the 1st of September.

The trial continues on Friday with the questioning of five more witnesses that were indicated by Madeleine's parents, three of them being relatives of the McCann couple.

In statements to Lusa, Isabel Duarte said that since the beginning, the McCann couple was open to reach an extrajudicial agreement with Gonçalo Amaral, but it was not possible to reach an agreement with the arguido.

Nonetheless, she stressed that the McCann couple's main goal was that the investigation into the child's disappearance was restarted, which, according to her, has already happened, without adding any further details or leads.

In a related process, the Civil Court of Lisbon decided, in January of 2010, to keep the prohibition of the sale of the book "Maddie: The Truth of the Lie", authored by Gonçalo Amaral, and of the video with the same title, based on a documentary that was broadcast by TVI.

The ban of the book and the video, which presents Gonçalo Amaral's thesis on the involvement of Kate and Gerry McCann in the disappearance of their daughter by concealing the cadaver, had been provisionally ordered on the 9th of September of 2009.

On the 19th of October of 2010, the Appellate Court of Lisbon annulled the decision of the Civil Court, after which the McCann couple appealed to the Supreme Court of Justice. In a ruling dated March 18, 2011, the Supreme Court confirmed the Appellate Court's decision.

Madeleine McCann disappeared on the 3rd of May of 2007, in an apartment in a holiday resort in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, where she was spending a vacation with her parents and her twin siblings.

At that time, Gonçalo Amaral was the coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Judiciary Police in Portimão.

Kate and Gerry McCann, who have always stated that the child was abducted, were made arguidos in September, 2007.


The investigation was archived due to a lack of evidence in July of 2008, although the Public Ministry admits reopening it if new data concerning the child's disappearance surfaces.


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Today's headlines around the world

Post by sharonl on 13.09.13 8:43

51 headlines on Google News at the moment, but there appear to be many more.

Still no sign of amy British journalists in Lisbon apart from Martin Brunt from SKY News:



Kate McCann in £1m court battle with accuser
Express.co.uk - ‎17 hours ago‎
KATE McCann will today come face-to-face with the disgraced police detective who accused her of covering up daughter Madeleine's death. By Jerry Lawton/ Published 12th September 2013. Kate McCann, evidence, libel trial Kate McCann is not expected to ...

Madeleine McCann: Libel case against Goncalo Amaral begins
The Week UK - ‎19 hours ago‎
MADELEINE MCCANN'S mother is expected to be awarded as much as £1 million if a libel suit against a former Portuguese police chief who wrote a controversial book about her daughter's disappearance is successful. Kate McCann arrived in Lisbon this ...

Madeleine McCann's mother Kate face to face with ex-cop at libel case
Evening Standard - ‎19 hours ago‎
Madeleine McCann's mother today came face to face with the Portuguese detective who she claims made damaging allegations about the toddler's disappearance. Kate McCann was in court in Lisbon for the £1million libel case against Goncalo Amaral, who ...

Daybreak: McCann court case to begin over ex-police chief claims
Yahoo! TV UK - ‎20 hours ago‎
This morning's 'Daybreak' updated us on an issue which has been part of the public consciousness in the UK for several years now. The programme reported that Kate McCann, mother of the missing child Madeleine McCann will be attending a Portugese ...

Libel case into Madeleine McCann book starts in Lisbon
This is Leicestershire - ‎Sep 12, 2013‎
A libel action brought by the family of Madeleine McCann against a former local police chief was expected to open in a Portuguese court today. Mum Kate McCann was due to attend the hearing involving a book The Truth Of The Lie written by a former ...

Kate McCann To Attend Libel Case In Portugal
Huffington Post UK - ‎Sep 11, 2013‎
The mother of missing Madeleine McCann faces further agony today as she attends a Portuguese court for the start of the family's libel action against a former local police chief. Kate McCann will be accompanied by her mother Susan Healy for the first hearing ...

Book had 'devastating' effect on Maddie search, court told
Irish Independent - ‎5 minutes ago‎
A book written by the disgraced former detective who led the initial investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann had a "devastating" effect on the search, a court in Lisbon has heard.

Missing Maddie: Libel proceedings start against former Portuguese detective
euronews - ‎10 minutes ago‎
The mother of missing British girl Madeleine McCann has been in court in Lisbon, for the start of a libel case against a former Portuguese detective. Goncalo Amaral published a book alleging Kate and her husband were involved in their daughter's ...

Madeleine's mom in court fight
iAfrica.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
The mother of missing British girl Madeleine McCann was back in Portugal on Thursday for the start of libel proceedings against a detective who has written a book about the case. "I'm here today for Madeleine... I'm here to stop the suffering of our family," said ...

Maddie's mum just wants to 'stop the damage' created by ex-police chief
Irish Independent - ‎2 hours ago‎
12 September 2013. THE mother of missing Madeleine McCann has said she is in Portugal to "stop the damage" she believes is being caused to the search for her daughter by a former local police chief. Also in this section. High tide: Police find massive stash ...

McCanns begin libel suit over detective Goncalo Amaral's Madeleine book
The Australian - ‎4 hours ago‎
THE mother of Madeleine McCann wept in a Portuguese court yesterday at the start of a £1 million libel claim against the detective who led the search for her missing daughter.
Kate McCann, her husband Gerry and their twins Sean and Amelie, 8, are suing ...

Libel trial is told of McCanns' anguish
Herald Scotland - ‎4 hours ago‎
A LIBEL trial in Portugal has heard how the parents of Madeleine McCann were "devastated" by claims in a book written by the police chief initially in charge of the investigation into their missing daughter. A LIBEL trial in Portugal has heard how the parents of ...

Madeline (sic) McCann libel case begins
TVNZ - ‎4 hours ago‎
The million dollar libel case against a detective who wrote a book about the case of missing British girl Madeleine McCann has begun in Portugal. Kate and Gerry McCann are suing former police chief Goncaro Amoral over claims he made against them in his ...

Maddie mum sues book storm cop for tidal wave of lies
The Sun - ‎5 hours ago‎
THE rogue cop who claimed Madeleine McCann's parents were behind her disappearance was yesterday accused of a “tidal wave of lies” in mum Kate's £1million libel action against him. Tearful Kate, 45, pointedly refused to look at ex-detective Goncalo ...

The tidal wave of lies over Maddie: Tearful Kate McCann says detective's book ...
Daily Mail - ‎5 hours ago‎
Kate McCann wept in court yesterday as friends described her 'utter despair' in the days after her daughter Madeleine disappeared. Mrs McCann, 45, brushed away tears as her family's torment was played out on the first day of a libel trial against the ...

Kate McCann faces former police chief in £1m libel trial over Madeleine's ...
Telegraph.co.uk - ‎8 hours ago‎
Mrs McCann's attendance in court is understood to be against the advice of Scotland Yard detectives who are attempting to launch their own investigation in the Algarve to try to solve the six-year mystery. The couple are suing disgraced detective Goncalo ...

McCanns launch £1m libel case against Portuguese ex-detective
BBC News - ‎9 hours ago‎
A libel case in which the family of Madeleine McCann are seeking £1m of damages from a former Portuguese police chief has begun in Lisbon. Madeleine was almost four when she disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in the Algarve in May 2007.

McCann libel trial: Madeleine's mum Kate faces disgraced police chief over ...
Mirror.co.uk - ‎9 hours ago‎
Kate McCann today came face to face with a Portuguese former police chief who accused her and husband Gerry of covering up the death of their daughter Madeleine. The distraught mum attended a court in Lisbon where the family is suing Goncalo Amaral ...

Maddie's mom in Portugal court
News24 - ‎12 hours ago‎
Lisbon - The mother of missing British girl Madeleine McCann was back in Portugal on Thursday for the start of libel proceedings against a detective who has written a book about the case. Kate McCann and her husband Gerry are suing Goncalo Amaral in a ...

McCann libel trial opens in Lisbon
The Guardian - ‎12 hours ago‎
Goncalo Amaral, former police inspector, autographing copies of his book, Maddie: The Truth of the Lie, in 2008. Photograph: Tiago Petinga/EPA. The parents of Madeleine McCann were left devastated by a book written by a former Portuguese detective that ...

Portugal court hears Madeleine McCann libel case
USA TODAY - ‎13 hours ago‎
SHARE 15 CONNECT 33 TWEET 3 COMMENTEMAILMORE. LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Lisbon court has started hearing a libel case brought by the parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann against a former Portuguese detective who published a ...

Kate and Gerry McCann 'devastated' by former police chief's book which ...
Mirror.co.uk - ‎14 hours ago‎
The parents of Madeleine McCann were "devastated" by a former Portuguese police chief's book which claimed they covered up the death of their daughter, a court heard today. Kate and Gerry McCann have launched a £1m libel action against Goncalo ...

Kate McCann faces detective who accused her of covering up Madeleine's death ...
Mirror.co.uk - ‎14 hours ago‎
Kate McCann today came face to face with a former Portuguese police chief who accused her of covering up the death of her daughter. The parents of Madeleine McCann have launched a £1m libel action against Goncalo Amaral. His book, 'Maddie: The ...

Kate McCann (left) is attending a court hearing in Portugal claiming libel actions ...
Metro - ‎15 hours ago‎
A friend of Kate McCann's has told a court in Portugal that the family were 'devastated' by a book that claimed they tried to cover-up the death of their missing daughter, Madeleine. The McCanns are suing former detective Goncalo Amaral, who published a ...

Kate McCann's £1m libel case against ex-police chief begins
Channel 4 News - ‎16 hours ago‎
Kate McCann attends a Portuguese court for the start of the family's £1m libel case against a former local police chief - six years after her daughter Madeleine went missing. News. Kate McCann was accompanied by her mother Susan Healy as she arrived for ...

Madeleine McCann: Kate At Book Libel Hearing
Sky News - ‎18 hours ago‎
A friend of the McCanns tells a Lisbon court how devastated the couple were by a detective's book about their missing daughter. 9:33pm UK, Thursday 12 September 2013. Kate McCann speaks after the first day of the libel hearing against Goncalo Amaral.

Madeleine McCann's mother returns to Portugal to begin libel case against ...
The Independent - ‎21 hours ago‎
The mother of missing Madeleine McCann has returned to Portugal to attend the beginning of the family's libel action against a former Portuguese police chief. Goncalo Amaral, who initially led the inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance from her family's ...

McCanns libel trial: Madeleine McCann's mum Kate to face former detective as ...
Scottish Daily Record - ‎Sep 11, 2013‎
Kate McCann will today come face to face with a former detective who she has accused of hampering the search for her missing daughter Madeleine. She will be accompanied by her mother Susan Healy for the first hearing of the case against Goncalo ...

Kate McCann: 'I'm here to stop the family suffering caused by police lies about ...
Express.co.uk - ‎44 minutes ago‎
Kate McCann fought back tears yesterday as a court heard how a “tidal wave of lies” unleashed by the police chief investigating her daughter's disappearance nearly destroyed her family. By: David Pilditch. Published: Fri, September 13, 2013. Tweet.

Madeleine McCann: Mum Kate vows to 'stop the damage' caused in hunt for ...
Express.co.uk - ‎3 hours ago‎
KATE McCann has vowed to 'stop the damage' she claims was caused by an ex-police chief during the hunt for her missing daughter Madeleine in Portugal. By: Dion Dassanayake. Published: Thu, September 12, 2013. Tweet • 0 Comments.

Second day of Madeleine libel case
Guernsey Press and Star (subscription) - ‎3 hours ago‎
The mother of missing Madeleine McCann faces further agony as she is expected to attend a Portuguese court for the second day of the family's libel action against a former local police chief. Mrs McCann said she was in Portugal to “stop the damage” she ...

Madeleine McCann parent's hell over 'tidal wave of lies'
Express.co.uk - ‎3 hours ago‎
KATE McCann's family was nearly destroyed by a “tidal wave of lies” from the police chief who led the probe into daughter Maddie's disappearance, a court heard yesterday. By Jerry Lawton/ Published 13th September 2013. maddie, mccann, madeleine ...

Brave mum Kate McCann faces new ordeal in Portuguese courtroom over ...
Express.co.uk - ‎4 hours ago‎
KATE McCann will today come face-to-face with the former police chief she accuses of hampering the search for her missing daughter Madeleine. By: David Pilditch. Published: Thu, September 12, 2013. Tweet • 0 Comments.

McCanns' libel case over officer's 'guilty' claim
Scotsman - ‎7 hours ago‎
Kate and Gerry McCann, pictured at the launch of their book about Madeleine, claim Mr Amaral s book turned the Portuguese public against them. Picture: Getty Images. Published on the 13 September 2013 00:00. Published 13/09/2013 00:00. Print this.

Kate McCann seeks 'to stop damage'
Wirral News - ‎8 hours ago‎
The mother of missing Madeleine McCann has said she is in Portugal to "stop the damage" she believes is being caused to the search for her daughter by a former local police chief. Kate McCann was speaking after the first hearing of the family's libel action ...

McCann wants to 'stop the damage' from book
ITV News - ‎8 hours ago‎
Kate McCann, the mother of missing Madeleine, said she wants to "stop the damage" she believes is being caused to the search for her daughter by a former police chief's book. Mrs McCann is in Portugal where she attended the first hearing of the family's ...

Kate McCann to attend libel case against former officer
ITV News - ‎Sep 11, 2013‎
Kate McCann will appear in court in Portugal today to attend the start of a libel action against a former local police chief. Kate McCann will travel to Portugal to hear the case against Goncalo Amaral. She will be accompanied by her mother for the hearing ...

McCanns await start of Portuguese police chief case
ITV News - ‎Sep 11, 2013‎
The mother of missing Madeleine McCann will have to face painful memories tomorrow at the start of a libel case against a former police chief in Portugal. Kate and Gerry McCann Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire. Goncalo Amaral has published a book ...

McCanns' relatives to testify on 'damage' book inflicted
ITV News - ‎Sep 11, 2013‎
Relatives of Kate and Gerry McCann are expected to give evidence at the libel trial of Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral. Mr McCann's cousin Michael Wright is expected to be among those giving evidence relating to the "damage" caused by Mr ...


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Post by sharonl on 13.09.13 13:07

1.00pm

No tweets from Martin Brunt yet so far as I'm aware, nor from anyone else (is there any other British reporter in Lisbon? - I'm not aware of any).

Nothing about the libel trial on the SKY News main headlines just now, which were, in order:

1. 4 people killed in a fire in Leicester was probably an arson attack in revenge for a 21-year-old man shot dead the day before

2. Syria - US and Russian delegates move closer to an agreement on chemical weapons in Syria and shake hands

3. Death sentences for 4 gang rapists who killed a woman in Delhi, India

4. Bank raid foiled

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Post by sharonl on 13.09.13 13:40

Diario da Noticas - Portugal

Article from yesterday (Portuguese only) below.

What's interesting is the number of comments on the story so far: 114.

Without knowing a word of Portguese, apart from 'arguido', 'arguida' and 'forca', I would guess that the commenter below the article has been following this case quite closely - and the use of the word 'NADA' in capital letters sounds like s/he's not convinced by the McCanns' account of events:


Mãe de Maddie em Lisboa no julgamento de Gonçalo Amaral

por AFP, traduzido por Helena Tecedeiro Ontem 114 comentários

[  Fotografia © João Girão / Global Imagens  ]

Kate McCann, a mãe de Maddie, a menina britânica desaparecida em 2007 em Portugal, está em Lisboa para assistir ao início do processo por difamação de Gonçalo Amaral, o inspetor encarregue da investigação e autor de um livro sobre o caso, afirmaram vários media britânicos e a AFP.

O casal McCann, que sempre se afirmou convencido que a sua filha foi raptada, exige 1,2 milhões de euros a Gonçalo Amaral, que publicou o livro 'A Verdade da Mentira', no qual defende a tese da morte acidental da menina e o envolvimento dos pais.

"Kate e Gerry McCann estão muito confiantes quanto ao processo", afirmou o porta-voz do casal, Clarence Mitchell.

Madeleine McCann desapareceu a 3 de maio de 2007, dias antes do que quarto aniversário, quando dormia no seu quarto num complexo turístico da praia da Luz no Algarve.
Em setembro de 2007, Kate e Gerry McCann foram constituídos arguidos, suspeitos por Gonçalo Amaral, então responsável pela investigação, de terem dissimulado o cadáver da filha após uma morte acidental da menina. Desde então foram ilibados e a investigação foi arquivada pela polícia portuguesa.

O casal pedira em vão a impugnação do livro de Gonçalo Amaral. E desde início de agosto, a polícia portuguesa começou a colaborar com a britânica, que reabriu a investigação.

Por opção editorial, o exercício da liberdade de expressão é total, sem limitações, nas caixas de comentários abertas ao público disponibilizadas pelo Diário de Notícias em www.dn.pt. Os textos aí escritos podem, por vezes, ter um conteúdo susceptível de ferir o código moral ou ético de alguns leitores, pelo que o Diário de Notícias não recomenda a sua leitura a menores ou a pessoas mais sensíveis.

As opiniões, informações, argumentações e linguagem utilizadas pelos comentadores desse espaço não refletem, de algum modo, a linha editorial ou o trabalho jornalístico do Diário de Notícias. Os participante são incentivados a respeitar o Código de Conduta do Utilizador e os Termos de Uso e Política de Privacidade, que podem ser lidos neste endereço: http://www.dn.pt/info/termosdeuso.aspx

O Diário de Notícias reserva-se o direito de proceder judicialmente ou de fornecer às autoridades informações que permitam a identificação de quem use as caixas de comentários em www.dn.pt para cometer ou incentivar atos considerados criminosos pela Lei Portuguesa, nomeadamente injúrias, difamações, apelo à violência, desrespeito pelos símbolos nacionais, promoção do racismo, xenofobia e homofobia ou quaisquer outros.

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denunciar este comentário »Três "agências" de "detectives" contractadas pelos McCann, todos embusteiros fraudulentos, é só pesquisar na net por Método3, Kevin Halligen-Oakley International, Alpha Investigations Group(Edgar and Cowley) e ver as tramóias em que estes individuos/firmas estão/estiveram envolvidos. Milhõs de libras do "fundo" queimados não se sabe bem em quê (num relatório de contas do "fundo" sómente 13% do dinheiro foi gasto em buscas efectivas!) e resultados? ZERO, ZERO, ZERO!!!O desgraçado do Halligen defraudou o "fundo" em 500.000 libras e os McCann que fizeram...? NADA, NADINHA DE NADA! Nem o processaram! PORQUÊ??? Medo do que o Halligen pudesse revelar em tribunal sobre o "fundo" e a sua real utilização...?

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Post by sharonl on 13.09.13 13:50

1-minute 40-second video of Kate McCann, family and legal representatives arriving at the Lisbon Civil Cort yesterday (12 Sep):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn-NAaAMd4w&feature=youtu.be&a

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Post by sharonl on 13.09.13 14:48

Have now received this translation of the comment posted in Diario da Noticas:


Three agencies of so-called ‘detectives’ employed by the McCanns were all fraudulent liars - just search the net for Método3, Kevin Halligen, Oakley International, and Alpha Investigations Group (Dave Edgar and Arthur Cowley) and see the machinations that these individuals or firms are or were involved in. Millions of pounds have been spent - but it’s not clear on what - a report by someone with an accountancy background showed that as little as 13 % of the money raised from the public was actually spent on searching. And what results have they actually produced? ZERO, ZERO , ZERO! The bast--d Halligen defrauded the McCanns’ Fund of £500,000 and what did the McCann Team do about it? NOTHING, ZILCH, NADA from any of them. They didn’t sue him. WHY? Is it because they are afraid of what Halligen could tell the court about the real reasons he was employed and what that £500,000 was actually spent on?

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Maddie libel case suspended in Portugal
05:55 Sat Sep 14 2013
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Libel proceedings brought by the parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann against a former Portuguese detective who wrote a book about the case have been abruptly suspended.
The Lisbon court had been due to hear evidence from members of the McCann family about the effect that the book by Goncalo Amaral had on them and the search for Madeleine, who was three when she disappeared in 2007 as the family holidayed on the Algarve.
But proceedings were halted during Friday afternoon, the second day of the hearing.
"The judge had a problem. We are going to propose that the witnesses give their testimonies in written form so they do not have to return from Britain again, but it is not certain that this will be accepted by the court," a lawyer for the McCann family told AFP.
Kate McCann left the court surrounded by family members and climbed into a black car to avoid the cameras outside the building.
Inside the courtroom, she had avoided the gaze of Amaral, who led the Portuguese police investigation.
He claims he was fully entitled to write the book under Portuguese law. In it, he advances the theory that Madeleine died accidentally and that her parents were implicated in her death.
The family is seeking the equivalent of STG1 million ($A1.74 million) in damages.
David Trickey - the psychologist who has been helping the McCanns' two other children, twins Sean and Amelie, since 2007 - told the court he was concerned that they would one day be able to read Amaral's book.
The McCanns have unsuccessfully tried to ban the book. It was taken off sale but is now back on the shelves.
British police said in August they were opening their own investigation into Madeleine's disappearance. She was just a few days short of her fourth birthday when she vanished.
Her parents believe she was kidnapped and is still alive.
 
http://news.msn.co.nz/worldnews/8723141/maddie-libel-case-suspended-in-portugal

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Post by Guest on 13.09.13 20:53

@maebee wrote:http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2013/09/maddie-case-psychologist-and-criminal.html

Afternoon session was canceled

Only two witnesses, a psycholigist and a criminal lawyer, were heard today on the second day of the trial of the civil lawsuit that was filed by the McCann couple against former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral, as the afternoon session was canceled.

According to Isabel Duarte, the McCanns' lawyer, the cancellation of the audience that had been scheduled for the afternoon was due to a "personal problem" of judge Maria Emília Melo e Castro. Nevertheless, the impediment is of temporary character and does not compromise the course of the trail.

Isabel Duarte, the McCann couple's lawyer in the civil suit, over defamation, against the former PJ inspector who investigated the disappearance of the English child in the Algarve (2007), told Lusa agency that due to this unforeseen problem with the judge, the court was not able to hear the other three witnesses, all of them relatives of the British couple.

With Kate McCann and the grandmother of the missing little girl seated in the area that is destined for the public, the morning session was used to hear an English psychologist who accompanied Madeleine McCann's twin siblings after the tragic disappearance of the child from a hotel apartment in Lagos, in the Algarve.

The other witness that was heard was a criminal lawyer who helped the McCann couple in an attempt to decipher the mystery that surrounds the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, who spoke about the media impact that the public statements of Gonçalo Amaral, involving the child's parents in the disappearance, had in England.

Isabel Duarte mentioned that the following sessions are scheduled for September 19, 20 and 27, then continuing on October 2 and 8, and concluding on the 5th of November.

According to the lawyer, Kate McCann will not testify during the trial, despite the fact that the new Civil Process Code already foresees that possibility, given that the process was worked upon and elaborated under another presupposition.

The same happens with Gonçalo Amaral, who will not make a statement during the trial.

Earlier, the parties failed to reach an extrajudicial agreement within the civil case, in which Madeleine McCann's parents requested compensation in the amount of 1.2 million euro over the alleged defamation by the former PJ inspector (who investigated the child's disappearance). The trial started with the questioning of three witnesses - a Canadian and two Englishmen - who are "friends" of the McCann couple.

In statements to Lusa on Thursday, Isabel Duarte said that since the beginning, the McCann couple was open to reach an extrajudicial agreement with Gonçalo Amaral, but it was not possible to reach an agreement with the arguido.

Nonetheless, she stressed that the McCann couple's main goal was that the investigation into the child's disappearance was restarted, which, according to her, has already happened, without adding any further details or leads.

In a related process, the Civil Court of Lisbon decided, in January of 2010, to keep the prohibition of the sale of the book "Maddie: The Truth of the Lie", authored by Gonçalo Amaral, and of the video with the same title, based on a documentary that was broadcast by TVI.

The ban of the book and the video, which presents Gonçalo Amaral's thesis on the involvement of Kate and Gerry McCann in the disappearance of their daughter by concealing the cadaver, had been provisionally ordered on the 9th of September of 2009.

On the 19th of October of 2010, the Appellate Court of Lisbon annulled the decision of the Civil Court, after which the McCann couple appealed to the Supreme Court of Justice. In a ruling dated March 18, 2011, the Supreme Court confirmed the Appellate Court's decision.

Madeleine McCann disappeared on the 3rd of May of 2007, in an apartment in a holiday resort in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, where she was spending a vacation with her parents and her twin siblings.

At that time, Gonçalo Amaral was the coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Judiciary Police in Portimão.

Kate and Gerry McCann, who have always stated that the child was abducted, were made arguidos in September, 2007.


The investigation was archived due to a lack of evidence in July of 2008, although the Public Ministry admits reopening it if new data concerning the child's disappearance surfaces.

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David Trickey and the Anna Freud Centre

Post by sharonl on 14.09.13 9:34

More about David Trickey, the expert child psychologist who is giving evidence on behalf of the McCanns' £1 million claim against Dr Goncalo Amaral and Portuguese TV company TVi:

From David Trickey's own website:

http://davidtrickey.com/?page_id=9

David acts as an Expert Witness or Advisor for the Courts, the Police and other organisations in relation to trauma and bereavement. He has particular expertise and extensive experience of working with children who have witnessed one parent murdering another.

David has extensive clinical experience working with children and families and since 2000 has specialised in working with traumatised and traumatically bereaved children and adolescents.

He is part of the staff team at UCL/Anna Freud Centre running the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) courses for Children and Young People.


More about the work of the Anna Freud Centre

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-children-on-the-couch-is-three-the-perfect-age-to-meet-your-sh-rink-1239461.html

Health: Children on the couch: Is three the perfect age to meet your shrink?

Wendy Wallace Tuesday 16 September 1997

Small children, some as young as three and four, are now being given daily sessions of psychoanalysis. Over the top? Certainly not, say the analysts. Wendy Wallace reports on children who talk quite naturally about all sorts of things that they wouldn't mention a few years later.

In the waiting-room of the Anna Freud Centre in Hampstead, north London, alongside the New Yorkers and Elles, are the Giant Book of Fairy Stories and Richard Scarry.

Outside, in the hardwood splendour of the hall, a woman in a bright shirt and sensible sandals is negotiating with a plump little girl on the stairs. "You can't keep hitting people," she says, as a plastic pencil case comes flying down. "It doesn't get you anywhere."

Hampstead is the therapy capital of Britain but here in Maresfield Gardens, a few doors away from the Freud Museum, it is not adults who come to talk over their worries and examine their inner selves, but small children. The Anna Freud Centre was started by Sigmund Freud's daughter during the Second World War to care for children traumatised by the Blitz. Now it offers psychological services to children and their families, and has some 50 children having long-term treatment of up to two years, half of them coming four or five times a week for psychoanalysis. The youngest patients are three years old.

The lay response to this tends to be that whether or not there's anything wrong with these children, the parents must be mad. Who in their right mind would impose the tyranny of a daily therapy session on a pre-schooler? But the centre's director, Julia Fabricius, says that tiny children make ideal candidates for full-time psychoanalysis. "I would like to see more of the under-fives," she says. "They end up coming at eight or nine. But a year when you're four is better than three years when you're nine. All sorts of things that we don't talk about later in life - sex, death, babies - a small child talks about just like that."

Julia Fabricius, herself a Freudian analyst, is attuned to the inner world of small children. In the consulting room, she has been Sellotaped to her chair (by a little girl who had "suffered a lot of losses" and didn't want her to go on holiday), regularly gets down on all fours to play complicated games of murder and marriage, and has communicated by letters and drawings with children who wouldn't speak. `You're trying to give the child a space which is safe in every way," she says. "Where all sorts of things can be expressed, and gradually be understood."

Upstairs, in the centre's consulting rooms, there are small couches. But children tend not to lie on them. They bounce on them, or pull off the cushions to construct castles or caves. There are also sinks, and lino-covered floors. Childish therapy is done in childish ways - through the media of paint and Plasticine and water. Children are allowed to make a mess in their 50-minute sessions. It's important for them to see, says a senior child therapist, Rose Edgcumbe, that mess is all right, that it can exist, then be cleared up. It sends them a message.

And their play informs the therapist. "You get clues from every little bit of behaviour that tell you what sort of child this is," says Rose Edgcumbe. "You get a sense of what worries the child and what he does about it. Up to the age of five or six, the child may instantly start playing out stories. Then the curtains start coming down."

Full psychoanalysis for children is at the pinnacle of a range of services the centre offers families who are struggling with their relationships. So far this year, 99 people have approached the support service where parents can talk over their worries with a trained child therapist, and 15 children displaying various degrees of distress are enrolled in the centre's nursery. Only a small minority of the troubled children assessed are advised to embark on full therapy.

Colin, now aged six, was one of them. He has recently finished two years of psychoanalysis, which began when he was enrolled in the centre's nursery at the age of four, and continued through his first year of primary school. His grandmother Nancy Osborn, who looks after him, believes he has benefited. "I think it helped him to believe in himself and get some self-worth," she says.

Colin's mother, Nancy's daughter, is mentally ill. His father is an alcoholic. The two struggled to care for him until he was three, then couldn't cope any more. Colin's mother had spent long periods in hospital; his father has bobbed in and out of his life.

"Colin has had a very ... His early life was very ..." his grandmother says. The words never quite materialise. She has looked after him for the past three years.

But the little boy was slow to speak, and cautious with other children. He was very, very good - except when he had violent temper tantrums. Despite being bright, he couldn't colour in a picture or write his name. "It all pointed to a lack of confidence and a bit of insecurity," says Nancy Osborn. "They consulted me and his mother, and felt maybe he could do with a bit of help."

How did she explain it to the child?

"They call her a special friend. They don't say you're going to have psychoanalysis, just that you're going each day to talk and play." Sometimes Colin didn't want to go but they stuck with it, going four days a week for two years. His grandmother is sure it was worth it. "He seems such a well-balanced, well-adjusted child, and such a nice companion," she says. "But I think if we hadn't had that help, he would have been more anxious and insecure. Quite definitely I can say that therapy has helped him." Colin is now doing well in a mainstream school.

The process of psychoanalysis with children - as with adults - involves the analyst reflecting the patient's view of the world back to them, but with more light let in. Children, like adults, can be helped to understand themselves, says Julia Fabricius. "A lot of people do not know what they're feeling. Just to be able to know it and name it is a great gain. If you can go farther and understand why you are feeling it, so much the better."

In Colin's case, the main causes of his disturbance seem fairly clear. But it is not always the case. "People tend to think that small children are happy," says Rose Edgcumbe. "They can understand that abused or neglected children may have difficulties, but they don't expect it of ordinary children in ordinary families."

There was no obvious reason why Chloe Goodman (not her real name) by the age of three didn't sleep, wouldn't feed herself and was reluctant to socialise with other children at nursery school. The nursery suggested an educational psychologist but her mother took Chloe for assessment at the Anna Freud Centre, where staff recommended full psychoanalysis. "I panicked," says Deborah Goodman. "I think because it was five days a week, I was shocked. But that's how they work with children, to build a relationship and give continuity."

Mrs Goodman didn't discuss her daughter's intensive therapy with friends. "I found that the response is that people are very scared to see that they may have a part to play in their children's development. They would rather the child was diagnosed with an illness than with an emotional difficulty."

But she took Chloe every weekday for more than a year, for sessions which she did not sit in on. "I know she did a lot of playing and drawing, and played a lot with little figures. I had a sense that she was coming out feeling very happy and relaxed."

Chloe gradually stopped coming into her parents' bed every two hours, and her eating became less erratic. By the time she started primary school, the sessions were cut down to four per week, and Chloe had made a lot of progress.

The Anna Freud Centre is one of only a handful of places in Britain where children can receive full psychoanalysis. Payment is on a sliding scale according to means; not all the parents are the rich and introverted stuff of Hampstead stereotype. Around one-third of children are from low-income families and contribute only pounds 2.50 a week. A few pay the going market rate for full-time therapy - about pounds 8,000-pounds 9,000 per year. A few children are paid for by their local health authority. Parents are usually seen once a week by a separate therapist to discuss their child's progress and their role in it.

But full-time therapy is not for any child, says Julia Fabricius. "There is a cost to the child's life," she says. "So he or she needs to be in some trouble - bullying or being bullied, with no friends, unable to separate from mother, underperforming at school. And the school has tried, the parents have tried and failed to make any difference. In a child of three, four or five, when development is galloping along, there is room for things to go rapidly wrong but also to go right. There is huge potential to do good."

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Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer, Santos de Oliveira, gave an impromptu press conference outside the courthouse
 

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Just putting this up for info on the next dates (thanks to Anne Guedes and RussianDoll...............


TRIAL INFORMATION from Anne Guedes:

October 2nd
Henrique Machado (journalist of Correio da Manhã)
Eduardo Dâmaso (political analyst)
Mrs Cameron
(Mrs Healy probably won't be heard now)

October 5th
Paulo Sargento
Moita Flores
(Two persons related to Guerra&Paz)

October 8
Inspectors Tavares de Almeida and Ricardo Paiva
Luis Nunes, the head of the Central unit against organized crime
Manuel Catarino, editorialist in the CdM (who seems specialised in juridical issues)
Journalist and writer Hernani Carvalho (who is doing a PhD on criminology)

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For information on 2nd October proceedings, thanks to Joana.......


Gerry McCann unable to testify for a second time


2 October 2013 | Posted by  Joana Morais



Gerry McCann arrives to court with sister Trish Cameron, September 27, 2013
Gerry McCann was unable to testify for a second time. Judge will decide until the 10th of the current month if Gerry McCann will be able to testify or not.
Trish Cameron, Gerry McCann's sister, testified.
Mrs. Healy tried to testify but was unable because Isabel Duarte, the McCanns lawyer, had already given up her as witness. Eduardo Dâmaso will testify in the afternoon.

CMTV, 2 October 2013

Video Transcript

News anchor, Andreia - Let's now go back to the trial that is taking place in Lisbon. The Civil action that opposes Gerry McCann to the inspector, to the former Judiciary Police inspector [Gonçalo Amaral]. We're watching him exiting. Magali Pinto, we were watching then Gerry McCann exiting.

Magali Pinto - Precisely Andreia, it's an hectic moment. Gerry McCann has just exited Pálacio da Justiça in Lisbon, he is now walking towards the car, and he didn't have a chance to testify today in court. In fact, everything seemed to be scheduled so he could testify today to the judge at Pálacio da Justiça. He, himself had asked to testify in this court session however the judge did not grant that request, stating she has a deadline until the 10th of October [to decide], therefore today it wasn't the moment where Gerry McCann was able to testify. During the morning session it was Gerry McCann's eldest sister who testfied and reported only about the moments when Gonçalo Amaral's book, 'the Truth of The Lie', had been published and spoke about the way Kate and Gerry reacted to that book. She said they were very upset with the fact that book defended a thesis in which Madeleine McCann was already dead and that the parents had tried to conceal her body. Indeed, the McCann couple ask for a compensation of 1,2 million euros for damages, they claim they were defamed in the book 'Maddie, A Verdade da Mentira' [The Truth of the Lie], and it is that that is in question here at Pálacio da Justiça in Lisbon. For the second time Gerry McCann came to testify, the truth is that request wasn't accepted yet by the judge. Gonçalo Amaral's defence lawyer [Vítor Santos Oliveira] reacted to Gerry McCann not being able to testify, according to him Gerry McCann's statements aren't that important to this process, a process for defamation, since the McCann couple guarantees and defends the thesis that their daughter was abducted on the 3rd of May of 2007 opposing what is in the book that states that Madeleine was already dead and that the couple concealed her body.

Other media

«Gerry McCann's sister has given evidence in Lisbon against a former police chief accused of making allegations about the disappearance of his daughter, Madeleine.

[Previously- Gerry McCann and his sister have given evidence in Lisbon against a former police chief accused of making allegations about the disappearance of his daughter, Madeleine]

The McCanns say former detective Goncolo Amaral is hindering the search for Madeleine after publishing a book which claimed they hid their daughter's body after faking her abduction.» Sky News, Oct. 2 2013

«Gerry McCann was present at a hearing in Lisbon's Palace of Justice
His family is suing Goncaro Amaral over book The Truth of the Lie (...) Gerry McCann is seeking to testify in the family's libel case against Goncaro Amaral, who published a book about the three-year-old's disappearance. Mr McCann and his wife Kate are seeking £1million in damages from the former detective, claiming his allegations caused them extreme anguish and hindered the search for Madeleine, who vanished from a hotel room in the Algarve in May 2007.» Daily Mail, Oct. 2 2013

«Mrs Cameron, whose voice cracked as she described the effect Mr Amaro's book had had on her family, said: "They were vilified in this book so their distress was multiplied 100 times. (...)

"Kate was in a very low mood, she was not coping with daily things," she said.

"She was doing solitary things, almost like torturing herself, out running long, long distances by herself.

"She was going to church and praying on a daily basis, and she was sleeping for a long time too.

"She wouldn't go out socially at all, she would not go to a shop.

"We had to help with practical things like the shopping and cooking and looking after the children to help her."

She said the effects of the book were worse than when the McCanns were made arguidos, or formal suspects.

"This was a different thing. It was much more conclusive and demonising them, dehumanising them, saying they did not care for their children, that they were responsible.

"It makes it out that they weren't truthful and they have been villified and it's very hard to turn round opinion about them that has been so widely spread."

She told the court the Portuguese people had "turned against" the McCanns, adding: "Maybe people like a solution and an end to things, they were fed up with the McCanns, they wanted them to go away, but they weren't going away. They still had a missing child.

"This perhaps gave people a conclusion, but it's not the right conclusion, it's all lies."

Mrs Cameron said her brother had been jeered at in the street when he returned to Portugal in April 2009, and was advised to hire security.

He and wife Kate only started going out socialising in the last year or two, she said, but are more comfortable in people's houses "where they are not being watched or scrutinised".

And she said the effects of the family's demonisation had continued, taking its toll on twins Sean and Amelie.

Asked if the twins knew about the book and the TV programme, she said: "Last week Amelie came in from school and said some people had been talking about it.

"She said that people were talking about them at school, and that it was not all good things that had been said.

"In the past Sean has come in and said to Gerry, 'Daddy are you famous?'

"Gerry said, 'why are you asking that?', and he said because a boy at school had seen him on the television.

"Gerry continued doing what he was doing and said, 'no I'm not famous, it's because your sister is missing'.» Mirror, Oct. 2 2013

«She told the court: "My brother and sister-in-law live in purgatory because they have no end and they are looking for the truth.

"They would like an end but there is no end because they don't know what's happened."

The McCanns say the former detective's claims in the book The Truth Of The Lie, including suggestions that they hid their daughter's body after she died in an accident and faked an abduction, damaged the hunt for Madeleine and exacerbated her family's anguish.

If successful in the legal action, brought against him, his publisher, and the makers of the documentary, the family stands to gain around £1 million in damages.(...) Kate McCann's mother Susan Healy was also due to give evidence today but it emerged that the McCanns' lawyer Isabel Duarte had dismissed all of her English-speaking witnesses other than Mrs Cameron, but forgotten the request amidst the confusion of the case.


She asked today to call Ms Healy but the request was declined by judge Maria Emilia Melo e Castro. (...) Mr Amaral, the detective who initially led the inquiry into her disappearance, was removed from the Portugese investigation in October 2007 after criticising the British police.

He has also applied to give evidence at the trial and is awaiting a decision. » Independent, Oct. 2 2013

http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2013/10/gerry-mccann-unable-to-testify-for.html

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Post by Guest on 03.10.13 16:51

Thanks to RD and AG..............



schedule               post - 8th October



November 19 
Marinho Pinto (bar association president) 
Carlos Coelho da Silva (the documentary film maker) 
Margarida Teotónio Pereira (TVI director of international programs) 
possibly a witness for the accusation (?), José Viega Soares, a consultant in PR who was at the court on day 1 

November 27 
The last session (exhibition of the documentary and final allegations)

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Post by Guest on 08.10.13 17:12

Witnesses for Mr Amaral............



Jerry Lawton@JerryLawton 59m
Kate #McCann asks judge for permission to give evidence at libel trial


Jerry Lawton@JerryLawton 57m
Former Portuguese police family liaison officer Ricardo Paiva tells #McCann libel trial Amaral's book was `based on our investigation'


Jerry Lawton@JerryLawton 56m
Paiva: the book `contains the professional and personal opinions of Goncalo Amaral as a police officer' #McCann


Jerry Lawton@JerryLawton 55m
Contrary to #McCann claim Paiva says publication of Amaral's book did not hinder the `flow of information' coming in to police



Jerry Lawton@JerryLawton 55m
Paiva says everything in Amaral's book `can be found in the case files' which have been made public #McCann



Jerry Lawton@JerryLawton 52m
Port police organised crime unit head Luis Neves said Amaral's conclusion Madeleine was dead was accepted early on by parents #McCann


Jerry Lawton@JerryLawton 50m
Neves: Kate driving force behind failed July 2007 search by controversial ex-Sth African cop Danie Krugel with body-finding machine #McCann



Jerry Lawton@JerryLawton 42m
Neves: Brit police suggested bringing in sniffer dogs..`not accepted lightly' due to `cost' and `no experience of it in Portugal' #McCann



Jerry Lawton@JerryLawton 40m
Retired cop Francisco Moita Flores said #McCann probe was one of `most complex and well-investigated cases' he'd seen..Amaral `competent'



Jerry Lawton@JerryLawton 40m
Flores: #McCann and Tapas 7 friends should have had their phones tapped because of `inconsistencies' in their statements.



Jerry Lawton@JerryLawton 36m
Flores says `prophetic and dogmatic vision' behind current SY #McCann probe. UK cops `only putting forward the hypothesis of abduction'



Jerry Lawton@JerryLawton 34m
Judge stops lawyers on both sides asking Amaral's former cop colleagues their conclusions on #McCann case because `opinions' not `facts'




Jerry Lawton@JerryLawton 28m
Judge to Paiva: `What's new in the book that's not in the police files?' Paiva: `Nothing' #McCann




Jerry Lawton@JerryLawton 28m
judge says book cover says it contains `exclusive revelations'..`ok so then I have to conclude this is misleading advertising', #McCann



Jerry Lawton@JerryLawton 28m
judge says book cover says it contains `exclusive revelations'..`ok so then I have to conclude this is misleading advertising', #McCann



Jerry Lawton@JerryLawton 9m
#McCann libel hearing adjourned until Nov 5. If allowed Madeleine's parents & Amaral expected to speak on same day on or after Nov 27

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Oh dear oh dear - for the Mccann's,
Wait til Carter Ruck See that! The first balanced news article for a long time!!



Kate McCann tells libel hearing she wants to defend herself in court against ‘smears’ made against her by Portuguese police


  • Kate McCann has requested permission to defend herself in libel case






  • Gerry McCann has also expressed a wish to speak during trial






  • Family is suing Goncaro Amaral over book The Truth of the Lie





  • Police chief claimed the McCanns hid Madeleine's body after she died in an accident then faked her abduction






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The tormented mother of Madeleine McCann has said she wants to defend herself in open court for the first time against Portuguese police 'smears' over her daughter's disappearance.

Kate McCann has asked a judge for permission to address a libel trial brought after a controversial book suggested the McCanns may have hidden their daughter's body and staged an abduction.

The author of The Truth Of The Lie is ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral, 56, who was tasked with investigating Madeleine's May 2007 disappearance.



Kate McCann attended the opening day of the trial but has since stayed away, leaving it to friends and family to represent her, until Mr Armal began his defense



Hearing: Gerry McCann has also expressed a wish to testify against police chief Goncaro Amaral
Kate's husband Gerry and Mr Amaral have already applied to speak in the Portuguese court.

Her application, revealed at the libel trial today as former police colleagues of Mr Amaral spoke in his defence, paves the way for an emotional finale to the case.

It comes just days ahead of a new appeal by the McCanns for information on their missing daughter on BBC's Crimewatch which will feature a reconstruction of events in Praia da Luz on May 3 2007.

It is thought Gerry and Kate, 45, will appeal directly to a kidnapper during the programme.

Madeleine's mother flew to Portugal for the start of the libel trial last month - but had left it to friends and relatives to testify before Mr Amaral's side launched its defence.


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Judge Maria Emilia Melo e Castro, referring to Kate by her maiden name as she revealed her change of heart, said: 'On October 2 Kate Healy made an application to make a statement to this court.

'The court will decide on this application once evidence has been heard by both sides as only then will it be it able to judge on the need for and the pertinence of this application.'

If given the go-ahead, the McCanns and Mr Amaral are expected to speak on the same day on or after November 27 when the last hearing in the trial at Lisbon's Palace of Justice is scheduled.

Former colleagues of Mr Amaral's turned up the heat on the McCanns today by insisting nothing he wrote in his July 2008 book was new.

The book was published just three days after the McCanns had their status as suspects over Madeleine's disappearance officially lifted.

Around 120,000 copies were sold before it was withdrawn when the McCanns won an injunction against the ex-police chief.




Proceedings: Mr McCann in the court building, where the case against Mr Amaral is being heard



Anger: Mr McCann claims the allegations made it harder to search for his daughter, who vanished in 2007
Portuguese TV station TVI, also being sued by the McCanns along with Mr Amaral's book publishers, broadcast a controversial documentary based on the book in April 2009.

Former family liaison officer Ricardo Paiva told the court: 'What is in the book is based on our investigation and contains the professional and personal opinions of Goncalo Amaral as a police officer.

'Everything that is there can be found in the case files.'

Contradicting earlier claims by the McCanns' family and friends that Mr Amaral's book had hindered their search for their daughter by turning the Portuguese public against them, he added: 'The flow of information continued to come in regularly.

'Neither this book or any other book affected the flow of information.'

Luis Neves, head of a national police unit tasked with investigating organised crime, including kidnappings, said Mr Amaral's conclusion Madeleine was dead was an idea accepted early on by her parents.

He insisted Kate was the driving force behind a failed July 2007 search for Madeleine by controversial ex-south African detective Danie Krugel, who claimed to have invented a machine which could locate a body if provided with a DNA sample.

Neves said the reservations he felt over Mr Krugel were shared by colleagues about sniffer dogs supplied by British police which went on to smell the 'scent of death' in the McCanns' holiday apartment and place a huge question mark over the hypothesis Madeleine was kidnapped.

The performance of the dogs was later called into question after they also reacted to remains at Haut de la Garenne orphanage in Jersey, which were later found to be animal bones.




Battle: Mr McCann and his family are still looking for Madeleine, who was aged three when she disappeared


Mr Neves told the court: 'The McCanns convinced us we should bring in the south African man with his equipment.

'We didn't want to place any obstacles in the way and so the investigating officers eventually allowed it.

'It was during this part of the investigation our British colleagues said there was a team made up of dogs and their handlers that could help us to find out where the child could be buried.

'It was from then on that the Algarve police division decided to allow the dogs to come and the idea of Madeleine's death began to form and things took another direction.

'I know the suggestion of the dogs was not accepted lightly.

'We had no experience of it in Portugal and the cost was another factor.'

Retired police officer Francisco Moita Flores, now a TV commentator, described the Madeleine McCann investigation as one of the 'most complex and well-investigated cases' he had had ever seen and called Mr Amaral 'competent.'

He insisted the Tapas Nine - the McCanns and the friends dining with them at a tapas bar near their apartment the night Madeleine disappeared - should have had their phones tapped because of 'inconsistencies' in their statements.

Attacking the ongoing Home Office-funded Met Police investigation into Madeleine's disappearance, called Operation Grange, he told the court: 'There's a prophetic and dogmatic vision behind it.

'These detectives are only putting forward the hypothesis of abduction.'

Judge Maria Emilio Melo e Castro stopped lawyers on both sides asking Mr Amaral's former police colleagues what they thought about his conclusions on Madeleine and her parents in his book because they were 'opinions' and not 'facts.'




Victim: Madeleine's disappearance sparked a worldwide police search, but she has not yet been found



Couple: Gerry and Kate McCann say they were extremely distressed by Mr Amaral's book, published in 2008

She waved the book in her hand as she demanded to know from Ricardo Paiva: 'The back cover says it contains exclusive revelations.

'What's new in the book that's not in the police files?'

Told by Mr Paiva, 'Nothing', she replied: 'Ok, so then I have to conclude this is misleading advertising.'

Another defence witness, Mr Amaral's ex-number two Vitor Tavares de Almeida, was bizarrely dismissed after being asked just one question.

The police chief, still a serving officer despite being convicted in January of torturing a crime suspect and receiving a two and a half suspended jail sentence, has previously claimed he believes the McCanns concealed Madeleine's body.

He was overheard on a video link muttering: 'What am I doing here?' before being sent away after admitting he had only read the final two pages of Mr Amaral's book.

Mr Amaral denies defamation. The case continues.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2449861/Kate-McCann-mother-Madeleine-tells-libel-hearing-wants-defend-court-smears-Portuguese-police-over.html#ixzz2h9SYwUI2
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Have copy/pasted it before Carter Ruck tries to get it whooshed.

That contains some very unhelpful relevations that have not been printed in the UK media for a very long time!!

I'm really happy after reading that!

Not only does it mention DOGS, but it mentions INCONSISTENCIES of statements and also highlights the Mccann's interests in the occult detectives with the magic detecting machine of death!

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