European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) reject it’s a tuesday defamation suit that he had filed a case against a former Portuguese police officer Madeleine McCann’s ParentsBritish girl who went missing in May 2007 while on vacation with her family in the south of Portugal.
struggle with Former Police Gonkalo Amraliwho worked on the investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, beginning in 2008. That year, Amrali recommended in your book the truth of the lie That the girl’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, were involved in the event.
McCann sued Amaral for defamation and, in 2015, managed to get a Portuguese court to rule in his favor and order the former police officer to pay damages to him. Two years later, however, the decision was overturned by the Portuguese Supreme Court, so the couple decided to appeal to the ECHR, arguing that the Iberian country’s justice system violated their right to a fair trial, their right to a private family life. Right not respected and their right to freedom of expression.
European Court of Human Rights decision
This Tuesday, finally, ECHR Given that the British girl’s parents ruled against Portugal did not violate its right to presumption of innocence and given that book published by the Inspector, besides having a reasoned basis on facts, He was not the one who sparked the media campaign that put him in the limelight,
The ECHR ruled, “Even considering that the reputation of the applicants has been damaged,” this was not because of the argument presented by the book’s author, but because of the doubts expressed against him some time ago. That’s why they had to be. The charges leveled by the prosecution in July 2008, three days before the publication of the Inspector’s book, were charged in the first phase of the investigation.
Knowing the error, Kate and Gerry McCann said they were “disappointed with the decision”, However, as published by British agency PA, the couple will not appeal the decision, ending a legal process that began more than a decade before Portuguese justice.
In such a situation, the girl’s parents agreed that “A lot has changed since the legal proceedings against Amaral were initiated 13 years ago.” The lawsuit was filed “for one reason only,” he recalled: “Amaral’s unfounded claims were having a detrimental effect on the discovery of Madeleine.” If the public believed they were involved, the couple said, “was no longer on the alert for possible leads and relevant information could not be provided to the law enforcement agencies concerned.” Now, instead, “the attention is rightly focused on the search for Madeleine and her kidnapper(s)”.Highlighted.
Despite the ECHR’s decision, both thanked the “British, German and Portuguese” police for their work and expressed confidence that one day those responsible for the fate of their daughter, who was allegedly kidnapped when she She slept in her room with her brothers. resort hotel when his parents were having dinner nearby with friends.
Madeleine McCann case
3-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared from a tourist spot in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007. After many twists and turns the probe changed. 2020when The German prosecutor’s office indicated that it had reached the conclusion that the girl was dead and that the person responsible may have been Christian Brueckner.A man at the time imprisoned in that country, who was later charged at the request of Portuguese justice.