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Post  Krisy22 on Thu 5 Feb - 17:55










Portugal Newswatch


Reflections on current affairs in Portugal by journalist and author Len Port.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

McCanns vs Amaral verdict nearing

The verdict in the Kate and Gerry McCann’s civil action against the former lead detective Gonçalo Amaral may come sooner than expected because of a recent behind-the-scenes development in the long-drawn-out case.

The question of whether or not Kate and Gerry McCann are legally entitled to represent their daughter Madeleine in their claim for damages has taken a significant step closer to being resolved, according to a source close to the process.

Madeleine was made a ward of court in the UK in April 2008. In January last year, Amaral argued in Lisbon’s Palace of Justice that because Madeleine was still a ward of court the McCanns did not have the legal right to represent her in their Lisbon lawsuit against him and three other parties.

The Lisbon judge, Emília Melo e Castro, gave Madeleine’s parents the opportunity to obtain appropriate documentation about the ward of court matter from the British High Court.

The McCanns had a 30-day set period in which to present this. They did so without delay and much earlier than expected. The documentation was presented to the Lisbon court through the couple’s lawyers on 23 January. None of the defence lawyers has or is expected to raise any objections.

So it is now up to the Lisbon judge to decide the relatively straightforward matter of whether the documentation attests to the McCanns’ right to represent Madeleine. When this is settled, the trial is expected to move towards its last formal exchanges and then, finally, sooner than most people had anticipated, perhaps next month, a verdict.

The McCanns are seeking €1.2 million in damages for the severe distress they say has been caused to them by Amaral’s book, A Verdade da Mentira (‘The Truth of the Lie’), and a subsequent documentary.



The judge’s recent summary of the main points in the case that had been proved or not proved left Amaral and his supporters optimistic about the eventual outcome.

Amaral said this week that he was hoping for an acquittal and the lifting of financial difficulties that have burdened him since the McCanns decided to sue five years ago.














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Re: Portugal Newswatch

Post  LJC on Mon 9 Feb - 13:40

Well that's good news I think? But all of these trials will not find Madeleine.

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Re: Portugal Newswatch

Post  interested on Mon 9 Feb - 16:02

Thanks to "Krisy22" for posting Len Port's article. It sounds like good news that the verdict is expected sooner than anticipated.

I think of Mr. Amaral and the emotional and financial difficulties he and his family have been put through as well as Brenda Leyland and her family added to the dishonour the McCanns have shown to Madeleine by not telling the truth and wonder how the McCanns can even live with themselves or each other.

I'm hoping for a verdict in Mr. Amaral's favour, the man's only crime was in doing his job to solve the mystery of what happened to Madeleine and to bring her justice by holding to account the person(s) responsible for her death.

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