Tuesday, 19 October 2010

News release from The Madeleine Foundation...

..........following the lifting of the ban on Gonçalo Amaral's book, "A Verdade da Mentira," by a Portuguese court in Lisbon.

This morning, a Portuguese newspaper, Diário de Notícias, reported that the Portuguese Court of Appeal had overturned the draconian orders of two previous lower Portuguese courts, and has allowed Goncalo Amaral once again to sell his book ‘The Truth About A Lie’.

The news reached the English-speaking world through the blog of Portuguese blogger Joana Morais, who rapidly translated the news report, as she has translated so many Portuguese reports for an English readership over the post three years.

Tonight we learn that this news has been confirmed by all the major Portuguese newspapers in their online editions; these include Sol, Jornal de Noticia, Correio de Manhaã, TVI24, and A Bola. According to Google News tonight, there is a totals of 33 news items on the internet tonight, all apparently so far in Portuguese, about this stunning news. So far as we are aware, not one British newspaper has yet reported on this news, despite the saturation coverage the British press gave to the original banning of Mr Amaral’s book in September last year and to his unsuccessful appeal in January and February this year.

The Portuguese press is tonight quoting Dr Kate McCann as saying that the Portuguese Appeal Court’s decision is ‘unbelievable’. Given all the significant contradictions amongst the police witness statements of the McCanns and their ‘Tapas 9’ friends, some might say the same about their own accounts of what really happened to Madeleine McCann.

All members, supporters and followers of The Madeleine Foundation will want to join with us in congratulating Mr Amaral on a courageous and sustained fight to win the right to publish his book.

At the same time we remember that the Portuguese judicial system has yet to find judicial time to hear Mr Amaral’s appeal against his conviction last May for allegedly filing a false report, and that he also faces a further criminal case on the basis of what we say are unfounded accusations against him by the partner of serial liar and murderess Leonor Cipriano, now serving a 16-year jail term for murdering her own eight-year-old daughter, who she claimed had been abducted.

The news comes just 17 days after The Madeleine Foundation held a series of events in support of ‘Goncalo Amaral Day’ on 2 October, a day we established in honour of a man who has sacrificed much to bring us the facts about the Madeleine McCann investigation.

Though many people scoffed at our efforts, thousands of British people are now better informed about Mr Amaral through our leaflet: ‘Your Questions Answered about Goncalo Amaral’, which has been distributed in many British towns.

Finally, we have been asked about the continuing ban on our own book: ‘What Really Happened to Madeleine McCann? - 60 Reasons which suggest she was not abducted”. Whilst it is true that an undertaking was given by the book’s author, Tony Bennett, not to further sell or distribute it, as we said at the time, circumstances might lead to that undertaking no longer being appropriate.

We will be reviewing the situation at a forthcoming Committee meeting and it is possible that Tony will make an application to the High Court to be freed from his undertaking not to sell the book. High Court undertakings may be varied or nullified at any time if circumstances change.

Committee of The Madeleine Foundation

19 October 2010


Amaral's book ban lifted. Kate McCann says it's "unbelievable."!!


A advogada dos pais de Madeleine McCann, Isabel Duarte, confirmou à Agência Efe a decisão, contrária à reivindicação de seus clientes, que foi emitida hoje pelo Tribunal da Relação (Colegiado) de Lisboa após uma apelação do autor do livro.

A mãe da menina, Kate McCann, considerou a resolução judicial "inacreditável", declarou a advogada, que está estudando as possíveis medidas que serão adotadas.
Noticias Terra
English translation of the above:

The advocate of the parents of Madeleine McCann, Isabel Duarte, confirmed the decision to Efe News Agency, against the claim to her clients, which was issued today by the Court of the Collegiate in Lisbon after an appeal by the author of the book.
The girl's mother, Kate McCann, considered the judicial decision "unbelievable", said the lawyer, who is studying the possible measures that will be adopted.

You'd better believe it Mrs Kate. The book ban has been lifted and Dr Amaral is now free to express himself with his book back on the shelves, in writing and in interviews.

What is unbelievable is that you left three small children alone, night after night, in an unlocked apartment in a foreign country. You went out jogging when locals in Praia da Luz were blistering their feet looking for your daughter, you trademarked her name a few days after she disappeared and you have engaged the most dodgy detectives I reckon anyone could find, supposedly to look for her.

And still you called yourself a responsible parent!

Now, that's unbelievable!

I don't know how you could seriously publish all those images of suspects, so many and so different that all over the world and in every home in the UK, we could probably all find a friend or relation to grass up!

That's unbelievable!

Kate McCann, you believe, or would have us think you believe, that your daughter was abducted, and yet there is no evidence that she has come to harm!

Unbelievable I say!

Is that all you said, Kate McCann? That one word, "unbelievable."?

I don't believe that for a minute!

Maddie: The Truth of the Lie - Gonçalo Amaral's documentary.

Today, we learn that the ban on Gonçalo Amaral's book, "A Verdade da Mentira," has been lifted. To celebrate, here is the documentary based on the investigation coordinated by Dr Amaral.

Amaral book ban overturned! A Verdade da Mentira back on sale!


I have just heard that the Tribunal da Relacao has overturned the ban on Dr Gonçalo Amaral's book and that it is to be returned immediately to the point of sale!

Thank you to Joana Morais for posting this brilliant news on her blog.

As you say, Joana:

"McCann Book Ban Lifted - Freedom has returned to Portugal."

So, it's congratulations from me Dr Amaral........

...............and from him!


Related stories:

Direct speech
: A short interview with Gonçalo Amaral (Joana Morais)

Gonçalo Amaral to countersue the McCanns. (Joana Morais)

Gonçalo Amaral: "The book is an exercise of Citizenship and Freedom of Expression" (Joana Morais)

I'll Give It a Week: ( Good Quality Wristbands)

What now BBC? What now Mike O'Sullivan? (Good Quality Wristbands)