Thursday, May 07, 2015

An Appeal on Behalf of Goncalo Amaral and Madeleine McCann

In a civil action, a Portuguese court, at the behest of Kate and Gerry McCann, ordered in 2009
that the assets of ex police coordinator, Goncalo Amaral, be seized. And to this day, remain seized.

This, as you can well imagine, has resulted in great personal hardship for Goncalo Amaral, his ability to effectively defend himself and to further seek the truth about the fate of Madeleine McCann.

If you feel affronted by this unprecedented attack on the freedom of speech, the civil and human rights of both Goncalo Amaral and Madeleine McCann, then might I ask you, if you are so disposed, to make a contribution to the defence fund of Goncalo Amaral.

In doing so, not only will you be helping fight an injustice of epic proportions, but ultimately you will help bring about justice for Madeleine McCann.

The same justice for Madeleine, that Goncalo Amaral has championed since 2007.

Thank You. About (Paypal) (credit card)

Which only leaves me to gladly throw another few bob into the pot.

Brits raise thousands for Maddie cop’s libel appeal
Portugalpress May 07, 2015

After what many consider the bombshell of a judicial decision – setting record damages for a private Portuguese citizen – British supporters of former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral are rallying en-masse to a “gofundme” online appeal – started intriguingly by a young British woman who was only 14 when Madeleine McCann went missing. In less than a week, 22-year-old Leanne Baulch’s appeal has raised over £9,200. British media has slated it – suggesting it is powered by “sick online trolls”. The Resident follows this fast-developing story which shows no sign of losing pace.

If anything, the impetus now is to find a “high-profile donor” – someone “prepared to underwrite the legal costs” that Amaral faces as he appeals against the judge’s decision that awarded record damages against him in the long-running civil action for defamation taken out by the McCanns over his book The Truth of the Lie.

Slapping Amaral with a bill that tops €600,000 all told, Express on Sunday suggested at the weekend that Judge Emília Melo e Castro has effectively “ruined and shamed” the man who led the original police investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance.

The Sun was equally scathing, describing 56-year-old Amaral as a “lie cop” in its exposé of what it described as a “sick online campaign”.

But the publicity seems to have “backfired”, Leanne Baulch tells us.

One couldn’t say people are digging “deep” into their pockets, as many donations are for small amounts – but it is certainly a “mass fork out”, with multiple commentaries refuting mainstream media’s slur that these people are “trolls”.

A donor by the name of Emma Mitchell, giving £100, wrote: “Shame on you The Sun… Keep fighting GA, Madeleine deserves justice and so do you.”

Another added her contribution, saying: “From yet another ‘nasty internet troll’ keep on fighting GA, we are behind you all the way.”

Comments on stories posted on our website also show readers reacting to the insinuation that “anyone who questions the abduction theory” is a troll.

Calling it a “total disgrace”, Jayne Staveley suggests that The Sun’s reporters “are still in primary school”.

But the tragedy behind these comments is that while Madeleine’s parents have always maintained their civil action against Amaral was “never about the money”, it is now becoming more and more clear how important a role money has taken on in this case.

Miss Baulch’s appeal – an extension of the long-running Portuguese “Projecto Justiça Gonçalo Amaral” fund to which she stresses she has “no access whatsoever” – has set out to raise £25,000. As we wrote, donations were steadily flowing in, with over 500 people having raised £9,205 in six days.

Questioned about whether she imagined she would get such a response, the single-mother from Birmingham told us: “I had no idea. I was just desperate to help. I didn’t expect the media to get involved. The Sun and Express reporting shocked me, but it backfired!”

McCann “hate dossier” will “not result in any prosecutions”

As Amaral is thus buoyed by this latest bid to raise money to help him, British media has been carrying 8th anniversary “Madeleine disappearance” stories, including new “revelations” about a string of burglaries on the Praia da Luz resort from which Madeleine went missing.

These burglaries are presented as adding weight to the British police theory that Madeleine may have been abducted as a result of a botched burglary.

But noteworthy when considering mainstream media’s preoccupation with “vile trolls” is the report by Sky news, coming in last week, that the so-called “hate dossier” that hit the headlines eight months ago is not going to result in any prosecutions.

The dossier – which led to the suicide of grandmother Brenda Leyland after she was ‘outed’ as a so-called troll on live television – had been delivered to Leicester Police by what Sky described as an “anonymous source”.

Keenly involved in the story, Sky’s crime expert Martin Brunt claimed that the anonymous source (or sources) have reacted with “absolute dismay” at the decision not to prosecute.

“They say it is tantamount to giving trolls carte blanche to carry on abusing the McCanns,” he wrote.

“Although we haven’t heard directly from the McCanns, I’m sure they too will be astonished because… Gerry McCann said such trolls should be prosecuted.”

As we wrote this story, a new comment appeared on the gofundme site, signed from “MA”: “Dr Amaral, my pledge is to pay an apology fine for every article I see that is biased and un-factual on your behalf. Today’s fine is on behalf of the Express for their use of “troll” “shamed” and “sickening”. source

By Natasha Donn

Maddie cop’s legal fund “well on the way” to the €25,000 target
Portugal Press on May 11, 2015
By Natasha Donn

Within 11 days, the British fighting fund set up to help the former policeman dubbed by UK media as the “Maddie Lie Cop” has reached over €13,000.

The target - set by young psychology student Leanne Baulch who was only 14 at the time Madeleine McCann went missing - is now less than €11,000 away, and donations are coming in bit by bit every few hours.

The extraordinary aspect of this latest appeal is that it has been taken up by so many and no matter what the size of donations, people show their feelings that Amaral has been “badly treated” for reasons no-one appears able to fathom.
Indeed, the €500,000 damages set by judge Emília Melo e Castro, plus the further €106,000 in interest - all destined to compensate the parents of Madeleine for the distress Amaral’s book The Truth of the Lie caused them - are reported to be the highest ever awarded against a Portuguese citizen.

With questions constantly appearing on the fund website asking “what is being covered up”, Brits are giving in droves, with donors ranging from grandparents to young people who were teenagers at the time Madeleine went missing.
One of the most recent of the 819 givers was grandmother Kathleen Conell who deposited her £50 saying: “I worry about your safety and only wish someone wealthy with courage would adopt your cause. The corruption in both the UK and Portuguese establishments must be stopped. Democracy is finished otherwise.”

As this latest example of “people-power” righting what they see is a wrong plays out, the mainstream British media is making much of the so-called string of burglaries that appears to have taken place on the resort from which Madeleine went missing just over eight years ago.

Sunday Express writer James Murray has written that British police “have established a pattern of attacks on children in the Algarve… which could lead to a host of other sordid crimes being solved”.

It’s a line that has surfaced every now and then in this infinite mystery and which many query, as if there truly had been a spate of attacks on children in the Algarve, the feeling is that local and national media would have heard about them.
As a source told us this week, what were originally described as “five or six cases, then morphed into over a dozen and suddenly exploded into 30 cases or so, if we are to believe the UK media”.

Meantime, the instigator of the British appeal fund raising money for Amaral’s appeal tells us she has been approached by a number of UK newspapers, but none of them are keen to write about her effort until it reaches the €25,000 target. source


Anonymous said...

Unbelievable that a police man can be sued for doing his job!! The world has gone mad when the suspects win in a court of law for 'hurt feelings' .. Good Luck Goncalo Amaral. Happy Birthday with the Angels Madeleine, may you get some sort of justice. xx Shame on the establishment in both countries for allowing this complete farce to continue.

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Himself said...

Thank you Maren for all your bis n bobs.

I hadn't read the Paula Seddon comment in full previously.

I sent this with the Nova Gente link to Martin R, which kind of put his Watch That Space analysis, right on the money,

Thanks Chuck.

I am a free man, and like any other citizen in this country, I have the right to express my opinions. I was a Criminal Investigation coordinator, a policeman, and there is no reserve duty, a functional or merely instrumental thing, from the exercise of a profession, that superimposes a fundamental right and freedom of expression. To state that the duty of reserve limits freedom of expression for life, or even during the exercise of the profession of policeman, is to elevate that duty, which is merely administrative, above freedom of expression and fundamental rights, consecrated in the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and on the European Convention of Human Rights.

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Time To Right a Wrong

Goncalo Amaral "I still am a free citizen with all my rights." And you have the right to justice sir, as does Madeleine and all others whose lives have been lost, injured due to the hostile and hateful actions of Mr&Mrs McCann, and for which they show no remorse. Their lie is huge. They will never be free citizens. Forever prisoners of their own making.

Anonymous said...

The incisive dignity of Amaral`s comments make for a stark contrast with the backsliding of Hogan-Howe. I think Bernie appeared almost desperate to convince us of the `operational` reality of the search for that child. But if the decision about Grange`s future is genuinely down to him alone (and genuinely operational) then why the need to (re)affirm the support of Cameron and May. Is that some kind of new statutory requirement for all ongoing investigations? Or just this one?
What happens if he loses their support? Is it conditional, like the remit?


Himself said...

Agnos, dear boy, I have made a bit of a horlicks of things. Got a tad confused with certain links.

Consequently, would you care to go here for my response?

Everything still stands of course, (the spam & the copying) in spite of me getting the posts mixed up. It does happen, orf it goes into blogger's cyber hole.


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Himself said...

Good morning Maren.

On the face of it, Lawton appears to be trying. But one swallow does not a summer make. But for now . . .?

I don't know what the crack is with all this Hyphen-Howe stuff, bad news imminent?

Anonymous said...

the proverb is common throughout Europe, but, as you say, for now...

Hyphen stuff. Infighting? Image-building?

Power struggle I guess. M

Himself said...

I never knew that, Maren.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

From the day Madeleine McCann disappeared from the face of the earth the parents have been protected by the establishment from the word go. The main stream media calls anyone who questions their version of events as sick and been labelled as trolls, it makes you wonder what really happened on that day in apartment 5a. Any other parents would have been rail roaded ny social services and the remaining children placed into care for child neglect and abandonment. Today Brenda Leyland would have been 64, they say she took her own life by inhaling helium in a hotel room only 10 miles away from the McCanns family home. Outed by the main stream media and SKY TV as a troll, her only crime having her own point of view.
Who the hell commits suicide at the age of 63 using helium, the whole affair stinks as the police CLAIMED the suicide had no suspicious circumstances surrounding it. I just wonder how many more lives will be destroyed by this money grabbing machine and how many more will die so tragically as Brenda Leyland did before this whole affair is over R.I.P Brenda Leyland and Justice for Maddie and Dr Goncalo Amaral.

Himself said...

9 June 2015 at 16:06

With little success to date, application has been made via Freedom of Information Act, to obtain a copy of the inquest transcript.

Brenda has not been forgotten, you can rest assured.

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Kate McCann starts charity bike ride
13 June 2015
From the section Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland
Mrs McCann (left) was joined by about 20 other cyclists at the starting line in Edinburgh
The mother of Madeleine McCann has embarked on a 500-mile (800km) charity bike ride to raise funds to support families with a missing loved one.

Kate McCann set off from Edinburgh on Saturday morning with about 20 other cyclists.

The five-day challenge is in aid of the Missing People charity.

It will pass through Newcastle, York, Nottingham and Northampton before crossing the finish line in London at the tower of London on Wednesday.

Mrs McCann is now an ambassador for Missing People ???????hmmm!
I hope just hope truth seekers and supporters of Goncalo Amaral and Brenda Leyland line the route and let her know Maddie has not been forgotten and give her the support she truly deserves

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A letter thank you letter from Dr Goncalo Amaral

Dear friends,

Today, the 15th of June, my appeal against the sentence that has recently been produced in the trial concerning my book, "Maddie, A Verdade da Mentira", was filed at the Civil Court of Lisbon.

Now I serenely await the Appellate Court's decision, reaffirming my confidence in Portuguese Justice.

The wave of solidarity that was generated to support me has been very moving and makes me feel extremely humble. I am so very grateful to each and every one of you, who have supported me and continue to do so; none of this would have been possible without you.

Winston Churchill said: "All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour; duty; mercy; hope."

Truth is also simple. It is truth that guides me, and it will continue to do so, in its simplicity and greatness.

Thank you very much.

Gonçalo de Sousa Amaral

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The group of friends and Mr Amaral himself remain eternally grateful for your support in allowing a man to defend himself in court and for justice to prevail.

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