Yes the truth about these books that were banned and were supposed to be returned to the Publishers, so that they can put them back on sale.
Back in August of this year I wrote a post called The Book of Myths, and now we have Claudia confirming what I and others have been saying for months, weeks and days, Goncalo Amaral does NOT own the books that were confiscated.
She states (screenshot):
I personally spoke to GA about this and I know what I’ve been told. The Publisher is the one which has to demand the return of the books because they belonged to them. I know what the DIAP is.
If only people had been honest from the beginning and told their members or their readers the whole truth that Goncalo Amaral does NOT own the books the publishers do; many people would have realised that all this claiming he does was just a myth and forum gossip.
Why are people so willing to hide the truth? Is it for fear that people might actually read the files and understand that a lot of the stuff coming out of Portugal was just spin and not fact?
Mind you, further on Claudia does reveal and dispose of another myth that is circulating. That myth being that when the Court upheld his appeal and said the books can go on sale, it didn’t mean that the libel trial was dead in the water and that the ruling back in Octorber 2010 also meant that the book was not libellous. As is proven in this post (screenshot):
And I am telling you that not being a legal expert, I’ve asked GA himself about this. So no sarcasm at all. Just telling you where it came from. I have no idea if you know how the Portuguese legal system works. But if you do/did, then you would understand what I meant when I said nothing will be done if there isn’t an active approach to getting the books returned. At least until the libel trial has an outcome and all the appeals are exhausted.
Again what have we been saying/ Ye he won the appeal on the right to have an opinion, not whether his opinion was libellous or not, that is yet to be determined. As we now know that the actual Libel trial is being heard in February 2012, when 2 court hearing dates have been confirmed for the 9th and 10th. Those dates are the dates allocated by the Court for the Judge to listen to evidence and pass verdict as to whether Goncalo Amaral’s book is in fact libellous.
Just one more thing, now the lawyers for the Publishers, the TV company and Film-maker, hopefully along with the lawyes of Goncalo Amaral, will explain to their respective clients what is at stake should they lose the case and perhaps now would be the time to say offer an out of court settlement.
And it doesn’t look like the publishers have much faith in winning the Libel trial does it?
Think about it, nothing sells better than a banned book, yet these books still sit somewhere other than a book sellers shelves.
Of course we also have to remember that when that book was Published back in July 2008, just a few days, after the archiving, the publishers or lawyers did not have a chance to read the actual Police Files. I do wonder if they are now regretting advancing a fee and publishing that book now that the actual files are available.
Even Sandra Felgueiras changed her opinion back in 2009 when she read the files, we know this from a post by miffed taken from MCF forum (screenshot):
“Bouncy- since this is an insert in a talk show programme in Portuguese, with no English subtitles, I can see that it’s no easy task to get this footage on here.
From memory, Sandra Felgueiras acknowledges the difficulty of asking pertinent questions when she is face to face withthe people concerned- but these questions need to be asked and she somehow manages to do that. The McCanns had to be asked pertinent questions as they seemed to have been able to avoid them whilst in Portugal and a year after their arguido status lifted, the questions were overdue. Sandra is critical of the investigation for various reasons: the apartment having been invaded in the early hours, the PJ not having secured the crime scene. The interviewers did say this was because they PJ were following the abduction scenario, and Sandra responded it’s still not an excuse.
Sandra also mentioned that journalists were led to suspect the McCanns. When the case files became public, she literally made a beeline to the one page where FSS spoke about the 17 out of 19 markers and how it could easily be assumed it was indeed Madeleine’s DNA. She then goes on to talk about the very next paragraph where the forensic specialist cautioned that this DNA could belong to a large proportion of the population (smiley). This was a shocking revelation for her. The dogs were mentioned – that they smelt cadaver odour and blood after the crime scene had been contaminated by so many people as well as the apartment having been let out. Portugal placed itself in a precarious position in the eyes of the British by suspecting the McCanns on such apparently flimsy evidence when this could have been avoided.ETA – they also spoke about Goncalo Amaral’s motives – and her response is that only he knows what his motives are. It still does not make him right or wrong in his assumptions. She acknowledges the very bad time he went through – losing his position in the PJ, etc.
This was back in November 2009, and still there is no translation or a copy of that interview I can find. All we have is what miffed saw and from what miffed posted it doesn’t bode well in the anti camp does it? Especially as miffed stated that Sandra stated in the interview that she made a beeline for the forensics and what she read shocked her.