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Maddie's parents lose lawsuit against Portuguese justice system

Kate and Gerry McCann Want Answers About Their Daughter's DisappearanceThe European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) have today acquitted Portugal in the complaint filed by Maddie McCann's parents against the Portuguese justice system, following the acquittal of former Judiciary Police inspector Gonçalo Amaral of compensating Kate and Gerry McCann.

At issue in the court based in Strasbourg was the complaint against the Portuguese justice for having acquitted Gonçalo Amaral of compensating the parents of the British girl - who disappeared in Lagos, in May 2007 - after allegations made by the former inspector of the Judiciary Police in a book and in a TV program.

Maddie's parents had filed a complaint against Portugal, and the European Court of Human Rights ruled that there was no violation of the right to privacy.

For Kate and Gerry McCann, the words of the leader of the investigation into the disappearance of the girl, then three years old, represented a violation of their right to respect for private life and the right to the presumption of innocence.

Source Lusa

Photo by Andrew Winning/Reuters

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0 #3 Stuart H Watson 2022-09-27 11:54
I can only imagine the stress the well meaning Portuguese policeman suffered during the lengthy legal proceedings.

This pair (had they been working class) would have received a custodial sentence under U.K. law for their acts and omissions. But… one rule seemingly for GP’s and a different one for “ordinary “ parents.
+15 #2 Steve 2022-09-20 14:33
I wonder if the invention of yet another suspect in a German prison was to try and influence the decision of the ECtHR.

This means that the McCanns remain possible suspects in the disappearance of their daughter. Now if only PJ was allowed to carry on with their investigation where it was abruptly interrupted back in 2007.
+13 #1 Chip 2022-09-20 11:40
What would any distressed parent do if their daughter had been abducted?
Sue everyone in sight in every court available to raise some cash.
Of course - silly of me to think otherwise.

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