McCann’s “frivolity” complaint rejected. Gonçalo Amaral’s ‘libel win’ confirmed for 3rd time

McCann’s “frivolity” complaint rejected. Gonçalo Amaral’s ‘libel win’ confirmed for 3rd timeThis may be the end of the line for the long-running civil case taken out by the parents of Madeleine McCann to ‘silence’ their bête-noir, former PJ coordinator Gonçalo Amaral.

After all the hullaballoo and recriminations filling UK tabloids, Supreme court judge Dr Jorge Manuel Roque Nogueira has rejected the complaint lodged by Kate and Gerry McCann over what they considered a frivolous decision by fellow judges to uphold Gonçalo Amaral’s right to freedom of expression, sanctioning the intrinsic legality of his damning thesis ‘Maddie: the Truth of the Lie’.

Roque Nogueira’s decision, taken earlier today and published in PDF format online, means that Amaral has won the case for the third and possibly final time.

There is no higher court in Portugal to which the McCanns can take this fight - and the grounds for appeal to the European Court of Human Rights are “highly dubious”, said a source, particularly as Supreme Court judges referred to tenets set out by the ECHR in their 75-page deliberation.

For Amaral who has remained silent through this last tense stand-off over the Supreme Court ruling in January, the decision today means that finally his assets and property should be ‘unfrozen’, allowing him to return to the full control of his life.

As blogwriter Joana Morais has commented, Roque Nogueira’s decision came “sooner than we expected” and was “no doubt due to the weaknesses of the reasoning presented in the request for annulment of the Supreme Court’s ruling”.

For now, there has been no reaction from either the McCanns in UK, or their Portuguese legal team over here.

UK tabloids appear not yet to have the news.

By natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

Article by kind permission of Portugal Resident

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-1 #3 Margaridaana 2017-03-25 13:56
Surely the fund that so many gullible people contributed to was in order to search for the child, not pay the McCann's legal fees. For supposedly intelligent people, they have done themselves no favours nor won many friends.
+2 #2 CHARLY 2017-03-23 11:33
From the very first day some 10 years ago I have the conviction that throughout this case UK police and as such UK politicians took the opportunity to show and to manifest their contempt to the Portugese police and to Portugal as a whole. That's the reason why on British dide "money" was not an issue.
On the McCann's side however money seemed to be the main motivation for the couple's behaviour. I red Amaral's book already 3 times and I still have the conviction he thinks (and says) right !
+1 #1 Chip 2017-03-23 10:34
Meanwhile, confirmation a couple of weeks ago of more UK taxpayers' money being ploughed into the police investigation was accompanied by a statement that they had just one more line of enquiry.
Presumably that line of enquiry will examine whether the McCanns killed their daughter wittingly or unwittingly as this seems never to have been examined by the UK police. In fact Amaral says they would not countenance the possibility despite evidence from the dog team of a cadaver in the apartment and hire car.

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