Amazing isn’t it, the silence from Portugal? Do you think on Wednesday something happened and maybe someone is trying to hide behind the banner of “loser” and I don’t mean the McCanns? Who knows perhaps some lawyers were arguing why the case should not proceed, and they lost the argument.
Well Wednesday came and Wednesday went and then Thursday came and Thursday went and so forth and we are now on Sunday and still not a peep out of Portugal.
Yes you guessed it, I am talking to the Preliminary hearings that were held in closed court on Wednesday 21st September with regards to the libel trial due to be held in Lisbon where Kate and Gerry McCann are suing Goncalo Amaral over his book.
The McCann family, say his book harms the search for their daughter as his book tells its readers and leads them into thinking that Madeleine McCann died in apartment 5A and the McCanns are complicit in what followed. And if the readers of the book are left with that conclusion then they will not bother looking for their daughter.
The conclusion of the investigation by the PJ and the subsequent ruling by the Attorney General in the archiving dispatch stated that there was no evidence that the McCanns along with Robert Murat committed any crimes.
Well you only have to read up to Chapter 1 and Goncalo Amaral categorically states that (according to the translation done by AnnaEsse), he says:
A short time later, in the course of a television interview, I hear my former professor of political science and constitutional rights, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, explaining the national director’s statement. I remember very well his course on the separation of power. He maintains that the director’s words have killed the investigation. The death of the investigation, once again! But this is about the death of a child! Yes, I affirm it, a child is dead! This certainty is not fed by vague assumptions, no, I base myself on facts, details, clues and evidence recorded in the official records. Many questions have been raised. But where are the answers?
And on twitter they are arguing like the toss, yes the anti-McCanns are arguing between themselves as to whether there is going to be a libel trial or not. Nothing changes does it?
However, one of the posters on MM has indicated that there will be a forthcoming libel trial, when she made this post (screenshot) late at night on the 24th September 2011, 3 days after the preliminary hearings.
I hope that someone asks Kate at the libel trial about this statment of hers. No mother who believes that her daughter is alive and “findable” would ever consider suicide! She would want to be there to welcome her child back not end her life! IMO this proves that Kate knows that her daughter is dead and that she will never be coming back.
And as that came from a Portuguese poster after Wednesday’s Preliminary hearing trial date I take it that there is going to be a Libel trial.
However, further on from this post, I am beginning to wonder if the legal argument didn’t go Goncalo Amarals way. You see if his lawyers had been so successful in halting the trial and winning the argument, there would be certain crowing from a certain set of people.
Blogs and forums would have been buzzing with the headlines, “McCanns lose, Goncalo Amaral wins.”
Too quick they would have been rubbing the McCanns’ noses in their failure. But no, dead silence.
Even Claudia, who proclaims to be in direct contact and at the end of a phone to Goncalo Amaral, in between meeting at a local cafe and sipping cups of coffee together, is being very quiet on the subject.
Claudia would be crowing from the hills if everything was going Goncalo Amarals way, especially if it brought bad news to the McCanns.
And not even 1cm in the Portuguese papers, nothing, zilch, nada….. I do have to wonder why don’t you?
As for the McCanns being quiet, well they take their lawyers advice and will only comment once their lawyer’s give them the “all clear” to comment. Clarence Mitchell, would never jeopardise things by speaking out of turn. So the silence that is coming from the McCann camp is not surprising as it has always been like that but the silence that is coming from the Amaral camp is quite deafening. As they say actions, speak louder than words.
So the only two conclusions I can think of are:
- The McCanns won the legal argument and the case if going to Court for a full hearing, or,
- Someone wrote out a cheque, and said sorry and is being very very quiet about it.
I wonder which?