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Post  xtina on Fri 19 Sep - 16:33

wonder where this money is going to go ...mayby they will donate it to S.Y.




Sunday Times sued by McCanns

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Sunday Times sued by McCanns over story which wrongly claimed evidence was withheld from police

PressGazette
William Turvill
19 September 2014



The parents of missing child Madeleine McCann have sued The Sunday Times for libel over a story which they said gave the impression they had hindered the investigation into her disappearance.

According to publisher News UK the claim has been settled.

Kate and Gerry McCann took issue with a front-page story from last year, which the couple said suggested they had kept "secret from investigating authorities a crucial piece of evidence concerning the disappearance of their daughter".

In addition to the article, which was published on 27 October and remained online until 8 November, the McCanns also made reference to readers' comments left on the article - in High Court papers seen by Press Gazette.

The story, for which the paper apologised on 28 December, said: “The critical new evidence at the centre of Scotland Yard’s search for Madeleine McCann was kept secret for five years after it was presented to her parents by ex-MI5 investigators.”

The title reported that an intelligence report produced for the McCanns contained “crucial E-Fits” of a man who was identified as the prime suspect last year. The paper said that the “McCanns and their advisers sidelined the report and threatened to sue its authors if they divulged its contents”.

The Insight story also quoted a source close to the McCanns as saying that the report was “hyper-critical of the people involved”.

In their claim form, in which they were claiming unspecified damages, the McCanns said that the story was understood to mean that they had hindered "the search for [Madeleine] and the investigation into her disappearance by allowing the trail to go cold".

They said that the story led to them having “suffered serious damage to their reputations and severe embarrassment and distress”.

They also claimed that the paper's Insight team, which wrote the story, had not told their spokesman the full extent of the allegations which were to be made against them.

The McCanns also said that the story did not include several points made to Insight by their spokesman. They said this denied them "a proper opportunity to inform the readers of The Sunday Times of the falsity of the allegations against them".

On 1 November, the couple sent editor Martin Ivens an email headed: “Complaint letter – urgent”.

They said that the email, outlining what was wrong with the story with a “detailed rebuttal”, was responded to by executive editor Bob Tyrer six days later.

The McCanns said in their claim form that he told them “we could have made some facts clearer in the story” and that “we could have published more of your pre-publication statement” but largely rejected their complaint.

They said Tyrer offered them “three limited revisions” to the online article, publication of the statement from their spokesman and “an extremely limited” clarification in the corrections and clarifications column.

On 8 November Gerry McCann wrote back noting his disappointment that the article remained online and he pointed to the readers’ comments below.

The McCanns then consulted lawyers Carter Ruck, who wrote to The Sunday Times on 15 November “with proposed wording for an apology”.

The Sunday Times published the following apology on 28 December:

In articles dated October 27 ("Madeleine clues hidden for 5 years" and "Investigators had E-Fits five years ago", News) we referred to efits which were included in a report prepared by private investigators for the McCanns and the Fund in 2008. We accept that the articles may have been understood to suggest that the McCanns had withheld information from the authorities. This was not the case. We now understand and accept that the efits had been provided to the Portuguese and Leicestershire police by October 2009. We also understand that a copy of the final report including the efits was passed to the Metropolitan police in August 2011, shortly after it commenced its review. We apologise for the distress caused."


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Post  interested on Fri 19 Sep - 19:21

So it took a couple of months for The Sunday Times to cave in to the McCanns' libel demands with Carter-Ruck issuing the "proposed wording for an apology".  I'd like to know the amount of damages awarded when the claim was settled and whether it will be indicated in the Fund's annual statement.  More likely the damages went directly to the McCanns - no chance they will donate it to cover SY's costs - they are all about raising money not donating it.

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Post  interested on Fri 19 Sep - 19:49

I seem to remember the Daily Mail reported along the same lines on the withheld E-fits as well - was that paper sued too?

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Post  tanszi on Fri 19 Sep - 20:09

so were Exton and Co lying when they said they could  not speak out about the efit and the portion of the report that was critical of the McCs.   I thinking a hypothetical situation where Murdoch owns the times and an article is published in the knowledge that a suing would take place, and an amount paid and the details published in September just in time for the Portuguese Libel Trial.  oh I know that didn't really happen.


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Post  interested on Sat 20 Sep - 0:39

Dominic Gover writing for the UK edition of International Business Times (September 19, 2014  16:16 BST) "Kate and Gerry McCann Suing Sunday Times over 'Madeleine Clue' Defamation", doesn't appear to think there has been a settlement.  He concludes his article (which appears under the

heading of 'Society') by stating, "The McCanns are seeking unspecified damages."  www.ibtimes.co.uk 


So maybe it's not over 'til it's over.

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Post  xtina on Sat 20 Sep - 8:57

.They said that the story led to them having “suffered serious damage to their reputations and severe embarrassment and distress”.

IMO..... always ...reputation comes first....its the only thing that disstresses or devastates them...never mind though mccs there there ...money always makes your suffering better........ .

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Post  kitti on Sat 20 Sep - 10:48

What about Mr Amaral.


Hes lost his wife, he's lost his children, his assets have been frozen, he has no house, he has no money to give to his children, he's ill his dog got smashed over the head with a hammer and was killed and in 2010in london ...

His cousin....

Football fan shot dead with 1920s gun as he watched Match Of The Day with girlfriend

By Daily Mail Reporter
Updated: 20:20, 26 January 2011



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A window cleaner murdered while watching Match Of The Day with his girlfriend was shot dead by a gun dating from the 1920s.

Police believe Ricardo Cunha, 23 - who was shot once in the head after being disturbed by noises outside his south London flat - was the victim of mistaken identity after they failed to discover a motive for the killing. They say that the Portuguese man had no links to the crime world.
The shooting took place on September 11 last year in West Norwood.


A Webley revolver like the one used to kill soccer fan Ricardo Cunha last September
Detectives have revealed that they have now recovered the murder weapon, a British-made Webley Mark 6 revolver, made around 1924.
The gun, which was in good condition, could have been issued to a soldier and may have been kept as a souvenir and then stolen in an unreported burglary.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Scola, leading the inquiry, said: 'Ricardo was a young man with no criminal past or connections. We have yet to find a motive for his murder and cannot rule out that this may be a case of mistaken identity.'
He added: 'We now know the gun was fired during an incident on 14 September 2010 in Picton House on the Clapham Park Estate in Brixton - thankfully no one was injured. The gun was found the following day on the Clapham Manor Estate in Brixton.

'At this stage we cannot trace the history of the weapon but it was probably produced in 1924 and is in good condition. It is entirely possible someone has been keeping it as a keepsake, from the war perhaps, and it could have been stolen in an unreported burglary.'
A reconstruction of the murder will be shown on BBC Crimewatch tonight. It will feature appeals for information by Mr Cunha's sister and girlfriend.
His sister, Lilliana, said: 'He was very kind to everyone, he was always there for everyone, he was very happy, someone you could have a laugh with. He was just lovely.'
His girlfriend Sapna said: 'Everything in my life is missing at the moment, because he was my future. Why would someone want to take his life? Whoever they intended to get at that night, they got totally the wrong person.'

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Post  tanszi on Sat 20 Sep - 11:44

first of all, I cannot imagine the suffering of this man's parents nor the extended family and no killer found. how about a massive search and publicity for the killer of a Portuguese citizen in the UK. something like that with SY, the PJ and the McCs but in reverse. why has there not been such a deluge of publicity about this, especially the link to Dr Amaral. Secondly, perhaps im being perverse but I wasn't aware there was that much more damage that could be done to the McCs reputation. that which they so publicly push of parents leaving their 3 children under the age of 4 in the dark in a foreign country without adequate care and protection, if this is what really happened. Doesn't matter how many they sue they will still be regarded by many as those parents who left their children, and all from their own mouths.

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Post  kitti on Sat 20 Sep - 14:59

Quote: Goncalo Amaral http://mariacpois.blogspot.pt/2013/05/analise-criminal-28-maio-2013.html

Portuguese ..... anyone who is suspected of the practice of a crime in the UK is rigidly

persecuted and even convicted and this has happened

the opposite is not true when the Portuguese victims of crimes. I

remember here, I have a cousin who was murdered  in 

England and even today I am to know if (some time ago) his case

who was the perpetrator. Went to the window and killed him. Yes, Son of a cousin

Mine...It's weird, really weird.

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