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Post  interested on Sun 25 Jan - 0:51

In an "exclusive" the Sunday Express reports on last week's proceedings in Lisbon and Mr. Amaral's Portuguese TV interview. www.express.co.uk

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Post  Krisy22 on Sun 25 Jan - 9:06

Thank you Interested. Yay yay some truth printed in our papers at long last.

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Post  frencheuropean on Sun 25 Jan - 9:07

Merci interested. Here is the link to the Express article ( small paragraph in the first page et under the article, the title of their previous misleading article)

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



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Post  Guest on Sun 25 Jan - 10:51

given their experience with the mccanns, i expect they enjoyed running this story.

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Post  jassi on Sun 25 Jan - 11:16

And why not? I'm sure there are a few more publications itching to do the same.

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Post  Guest on Sun 25 Jan - 11:32

i've never understood the attitude of many toward the media when it should've been obvious that you can only print what you like as long as you can prove its true. the express group found that out to their cost couple years back. until that time comes coverage of the story will be largely sympathetic to the mccanns but be under no doubt that if and when the time comes, the media will be down on them like buzzards on a gut wagon.


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Post  almostgothic on Sun 25 Jan - 12:13

Q. What do you call a tabloid article which overrides its previous one and tells it like it is?

A. A start.


*** removes rose-tinted specs ***

As for next week, I can already hear the sound of the Express office tannoy:

"OK lads. Coffee break over. Back on yer 'eads."

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Post  Guest on Sun 25 Jan - 12:50

it was a big mistake going after the book, big mistake. especially in a foreign country but i guess they were buoyed up by their successes with the UK media and felt infallible. but this was different. they were dealing with the ex lead cop on the investigation. they should have bitten their tongues and ignored it.


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Post  fred on Sun 25 Jan - 13:06

Mail is running it now. No comments as yet.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2925419/Kate-Gerry-McCann-hurt-former-police-chief-s-book-missing-Madeleine-judge-finds.html

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Post  frencheuropean on Sun 25 Jan - 15:13

Merci Fred. 16 comments so far and 15 criticizing the Mccanns . Here is the full article ( without photos)

Kate and Gerry McCann suffered 'anguish, rage and desperation' from ex-police chief's book about missing Madeleine, judge finds
But Emilio Melo e Castro says pain they felt existed before publication
Goncalo Amaral claims they faked disappearance to cover up death
Finding emerges ahead of final judgement in long-running libel trial
McCanns accuse former detective of hampering the search for girl
By GERARD COUZENS FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 11:41 GMT, 25 January 2015 | UPDATED: 12:12 GMT, 25 January 2015


Parents: Kate and Gerry McCann were hurt by a controversial book about their missing daughter
Kate and Gerry McCann were hurt by a controversial book about their missing daughter written by the ex-police chief tasked with finding her, a libel judge has said.
But the pain the couple feel existed before Goncalo Amaral published astonishing claims they faked Madeleine McCann’s disappearance to cover up her death in their holiday apartment, Emilio Melo e Castro ruled.
The finding came out of a key hearing on Wednesday in Lisbon ahead of a final judgement in the long-running £1million libel trial which has pitted the McCanns against the disgraced former detective they accuse of hampering the search for their daughter.
The judge presiding over the high-profile case ruled on 37 points she found had been proven and not proven since lawyers started their court battle in October 2013.
She said statements made by Mr Amaral in his July 2008 book The Truth of The Lie and a subsequent TV documentary and Portuguese newspaper interview had left the McCanns suffering ‘rage, desperation, anguish, worry, insomnia and lack of appetite’.
But she ruled that although the book had affected the couple, those feelings pre-existed the book’s publication three days after the first Portuguese investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance was shelved and the McCanns were told they were no longer ‘arguidos’ (formal suspects).
Mrs Melo e Castro also ruled it had not been proven Kate and Gerry, from Rothley, Leicestershire, were ‘completely destroyed, from a moral, social, ethical, sentimental and family perspective beyond the pain their daughter’s absence causes them’ by statements made in Amaral’s book.
Former police chief: The judge said statements made by Goncalo Amaral in his book The Truth of The Lie and a subsequent TV documentary and Portuguese newspaper interview had left the McCanns suffering 'rage'

Former police chief: The judge said statements made by Goncalo Amaral in his book The Truth of The Lie and a subsequent TV documentary and Portuguese newspaper interview had left the McCanns suffering 'rage'
She also decided it had been proven the couple felt badly about being considered responsible for hiding their daughter’s body - a thesis which Portuguese police behind a new probe into Madeleine’s disappearance have publicly rubbished - but described those feelings as ‘expectable.’

But she dismissed the idea Mr Amaral’s claims about the McCanns had stopped the Portuguese police investigating Madeleine’s disappearance.
The rulings left Mr Amaral confident of court victory next month when the judge is expected to announce her final verdict in open court before releasing her sentence in writing.
Still missing: Portuguese prosecutors reopened their probe into Madeleine’s disappearance last year

Still missing: Portuguese prosecutors reopened their probe into Madeleine’s disappearance last year
He accused the McCanns of taking him to court so they could exonerate themselves of blame for the disappearance of their daughter, who vanished aged three from their Praia da Luz holiday flat in May 2007 while they were eating tapas nearby with friends.
Portuguese papers signalled the outcome of last Wednesday’s hearing as a positive one for heart specialist Gerry and Kate moments after it finished.
But as the full findings became apparent they changed their tune to portray the judge’s rulings as a slap in the face for the couple.
Leading Portuguese daily Correio da Manha headlined an article on the result of the hearing: ‘McCanns destroyed before the book.’
Rival Jornal de Noticias reported: ‘Judge without proof that the book about Maddie "destroyed" her parents.’
The McCanns told the Lisbon court staging the Amaral libel trial last summer they were left ‘devastated and crushed’ by his book, which sold around 120,000 copies before it was withdrawn when the British couple won an injunction against the ex-police chief.
Mrs McCann, 47, said Madeleine’s twin siblings Sean and Amelie, now ten, knew Mr Amaral had written a book but didn’t know the detail.
She told the court last July after applying to make a statement: ‘I believe that’s what's in Mr Amaral’s book and the documentary is very distressing to adults. To a child it could be very damaging.’
Legal case: The rulings left Mr Amaral (pictured) confident of court victory next month when as expected the judge announces her final verdict in open court before releasing her sentence in writing

Legal case: The rulings left Mr Amaral (pictured) confident of court victory next month when as expected the judge announces her final verdict in open court before releasing her sentence in writing
Asked by the judge how she felt after reading the book, she said: ‘I was devastated. It made me feel quite desperate because of the injustice I felt towards my daughter and our family as a whole.
I was devastated. It made me feel quite desperate because of the injustice I felt towards my daughter and our family as a whole
Kate McCann
‘It was very painful to read and I felt sad for Madeleine. I also felt anxious and fearful because of the damage I felt it was doing in Portugal.’
She went on to accuse Mr Amaral, thrown off the Madeleine McCann investigation in 2007 for criticising British police, of ‘consistently smearing’ she and Gerry - and claimed they feared the book may have stopped people coming forward with information about their daughter’s whereabouts.
It has already been revealed Mr Amaral, 56, earned at least £344,000 from his book and TV documentary. The ex-police chief, who is being sued for £1million, is denying defamation.


Case: Mr and Mrs McCann arrive for the libel case against Mr Amaral at Lisbon's Palace of Justice last June
His lawyer Miguel Cruz Rodrigues claimed in the last open court hearing in December the McCanns had taken legal action against his client ‘to rid themselves of guilt for their negligent conduct’ in leaving Madeleine and her siblings alone.
It was very painful to read and I felt sad for Madeleine. I also felt anxious and fearful because of the damage I felt it was doing in Portugal

He also claimed their lack of cooperation with the Portuguese police authorities had led to the archiving of the investigation in 2008.
Portuguese prosecutors reopened their probe into Madeleine’s disappearance last year and are conducting a separate investigation to one led by Scotland Yard.
No date has been set yet for the final judgement in the libel case. The judgement will be read out in court before being released in writing on the same day.
A source close to the McCanns said last night: ‘We expect it to be ready for next month.’
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Post  interested on Sun 25 Jan - 16:21

Hard to believe that the comments on the DM article stopped at only 16 - three hours ago - but I guess the moderators of such got an very early indication of public response. (I'll keep trying to get through though.)

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Post  fred on Sun 25 Jan - 18:09

interested wrote:Hard to believe that the comments on the DM article stopped at only 16 - three hours ago - but I guess the moderators of such got an very early indication of public response. (I'll keep trying to get through though.)

Up to 41 now, 99% negative!! They must have had thousands posted and they aren't printing them though.

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Post  frencheuropean on Sun 25 Jan - 19:15

And at the top of the best rated, this one with 1313 hits!

"am sorry but like me many people would love the mcanns to do a lie detector test because i still think there is and always have been something fishy about this case"
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1313 green 195 red



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Post  jinvta on Mon 26 Jan - 4:10

69 comments now with the following being the best rated:

I wonder how much "anguish and desperation" the poor little girl suffered as a result of her parents being absent when she was at her most vulnerable?

2149 green arrows (91%)

220 red arrows (9%)

So there you have it for public opinion!

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Post  interested on Mon 26 Jan - 15:36

Even Jerry Lawton in the Daily Star (January 26, 2015) concedes, "But the couple's chances of pocketing a big payout appear to be dashed after the judge gave a crushing preliminary ruling."

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Post  interested on Mon 26 Jan - 18:10

Off topic - I've just read "Fox News protester commits suicide outside News Corp HQ, reportedly former employee" "A man shot himself in the chest outside the News Corporation building in midtown Manhattan. The former employee of the company had been protesting Fox News before he killed himself....."

This apparently happened approximately four hours ago. I checked Sky News on line and as of now there is no mention of this sad event. Both outfits are owned by Rupert Murdoch.

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Post  Guest on Mon 26 Jan - 19:16

interested wrote:Off topic  -  I've just read "Fox News protester commits suicide outside News Corp HQ, reportedly former employee"  "A man shot himself in the chest outside the News Corporation building in midtown Manhattan.  The former employee of the company had been protesting Fox News before he killed himself....."

This apparently happened approximately four hours ago.  I checked Sky News on line and as of now there is no mention of this sad event.  Both outfits are owned by Rupert Murdoch.

what's your point?

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