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Post  Helenmeg on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 6:40 pm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4235434/McCanns-ban-Portuguese-lawyer-speaking-press.html



Madeleine McCann's parents ban their lawyer from speaking to the press after Portugal's supreme court insisted they hadn't been proved innocent over their daughter's death



Isabel Duarte thought have been considering a reaction after  a failed libel battle
Ex-policeman Goncalo Amaral claimed the couple faked Maddie's abduction
But Kate and Gerry have reportedly ordered her 'not to say anything' about case


By Tracey Kandohla For Mail Online

Published: 17:58, 17 February 2017  | Updated: 19:49, 17 February 2017  



Kate and Gerry McCann have banned their Portuguese lawyer from giving any comment after judges said they had not been cleared over daughter Madeleine's disappearance.

Whilst Isabel Duarte had been carefully considering reaction on their behalf to a failed libel battle against a former police chief 'to protect my clients', they have now warned her: 'Don't say anything!'

Lisbon-based Ms Duarte received a copy of Portugal's Supreme Court judgement 10 days ago – a week after it was made to 'the bitter disappointment' of Maddie's parents and to 'the delight but no surprise' of Goncalo Amaral.



Kate and Gerry McCann have banned their Portuguese lawyer from giving any comment after judges said they had not been cleared over daughter Madeleine's disappearance


Kate and Gerry McCann have banned their Portuguese lawyer from giving any comment after judges said they had not been cleared over daughter Madeleine's disappearance

But the McCann's have now ordered her not to respond to any media request for their reaction.

Ms Duarte said today: 'We received instructions from the clients not to make any declaration or give public information about the file against Mr Amaral or the case itself.'

The couple lost on appeal their nine-year civil battle against the Portuguese ex-policeman who they had tried to silence for claiming their daughter had been accidentally killed in a holiday apartment in May 2007 and they had covered it up.

They have always vehemently denied any involvement.

Former GP Kate and heart doctor Gerry were ruled out as 'arguidos' – formal suspect - in 2008 but the country's top court said in newly released 76-page dossier that this does not 'equate to proof of innocence', meaning suspicion still hangs over them.

Senior judges claim the investigation into them was only shelved because of lack of evidence.

Whilst Isabel Duarte (right) had been carefully considering reaction on their behalf to a failed libel battle against a former police chief 'to protect my clients', they have now warned her: 'Don't say anything!' Also pictured: Kate McCann (left) and friend Fiona Payne

Their latest order to their lawyer may signal the end of their legal fight against Mr Amaral with no anticipation of them challenging the ruling in the European Court of Human Rights.

The couple, both 48, from Rothley, Leics, have previously gone to extraordinary lengths to stop people close to them talking and even prevented some British newspapers from reporting certain details about the Maddie mystery.

They have also banned all family members and friends from talking to journalists.



Ms Duarte received a copy of Portugal's Supreme Court judgement 10 days ago – a week after it was made to 'the bitter disappointment' of Maddie's parents and to 'the delight but no surprise' of Goncalo Amaral (pictured)


The pair only speak publically on occasional anniversaries of their daughter's disappearance. And Kate does the odd interview as ambassador for Missing People to highlight the charity's work.

Their long-serving spokesman Clarence Mitchell sometimes comments on their behalf but he no longer gets paid for his services.

The McCann's dropped him last year from the Maddie Fund payroll to cut costs but the renowned PR assists them, he says, because 'hopefully it helps in the search for Madeleine.'

The previously reported Supreme Court ruling said there were 'serious concerns' over the theory three-year-old Maddie had been snatched from her bedroom at the Ocean Club apartment in the Algarve's Praia da Luz nearly 10 years ago.

The comments were made in the huge dossier after Mr Goncalo, who headed the hunt for the missing girl, who was handed victory. The McCanns had insisted 'poisonous lies' in his 2008 Maddie book The Truth of the Lie and a TV documentary about the case had been hurtful and libellous.

The Supreme Court is Portugal's highest court but has no criminal authority. Judges added their job was not to decide if the McCanns bore any criminal responsibility over Maddie's disappearance.

And they said it would be wrong to draw any inferences about the couple's guilt or innocence from their ruling.


The McCann's have now ordered Duarte not to respond to any media request for their reaction

After receiving a copy of the ruling Ms Duarte said she would make a comment after 'carefully considering the contents the judges wrote' – which has now been blocked by the McCann's.

Mr Mitchell added: 'I haven't seen the ruling so it would be inappropriate for me to talk about it in any way. It is purely for the lawyers.'

Mr Amaral, 58, was booted off the original Maddie inquiry after criticising British police, and later retired. He insists everything written in his book was already contained in police and court case files which had been made public.

He is now writing a second Maddie book after judges ruled his 'right to freedom of expression' was worthy of greater protection than the McCann's 'right to honour.'

Ms Duarte, speaking before the couple's original libel victory was overturned on appeal: 'It has been proved in the civil file that Mr Amaral earned around 380,000 Euros in one year from the book, which is made of up false stories based on the case.

Kate and Gerry expect compensation for the dreadful damages this book has brought their family.'
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Post  canada12 on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 6:50 pm

Oh dear. Very Happy

Perhaps the real story is that they've fired their Portuguese lawyer.
Or she's resigned from the case.

Pure speculation on my part.
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Post  Châtelaine on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 6:59 pm

Whatever, there's no love lost between them anymore ...

IMO Duarte thought, she was going to be the "biggest" with this case. At first it cost her to [not] be national "chief" of PT lawyers. And now ...perhaps one day she will talk ?
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Re: Daily Mail - McCanns ban Portuguese lawyer speaking to press

Post  Andrew on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 7:28 pm

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2890547/kate-gerry-mccann-ban-lawyer-not-cleared-maddie-disappearance/
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Post  dogs don't lie on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 7:41 pm

So they've silenced their own lawyer now?!?

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Post  froggy on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 8:06 pm

dogs don't lie wrote:So they've silenced their own lawyer now?!?

They must be paying her hush money as they have no authority over her actions.
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Post  unreorganised on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 8:14 pm

froggy wrote:

They must be paying her hush money as they have no authority over her actions.

You'd think her own professional and personal ethics would ensure her discretion, without the need for threats. Unless she knows anything pertinent to the fate of Madeleine, of course, in which case you would hope her conscience would prevail. She's only an advocate, after all. Not a priest.
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Post  candyfloss on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 8:18 pm

Just got in and read this article OMG my flabber is well and truly ghasted.!!!


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The couple, both 48, from Rothley, Leics, have previously gone to extraordinary lengths to stop people close to them talking and even prevented some British newspapers from reporting certain details about the Maddie mystery.

They have also banned all family members and friends from talking to journalists.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4235434/McCanns-ban-Portuguese-lawyer-speaking-press.html


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Post  candyfloss on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 8:22 pm

Full article now posted in first post of this thread.

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Re: Daily Mail - McCanns ban Portuguese lawyer speaking to press

Post  froggy on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 8:36 pm

But this written by Tracey Whatshername. I thought she was supposed to be their friend.
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Post  Helenmeg on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 8:40 pm

A must read! The comments under The Sun Online article - the GASPAR statements - just read!! NOW!
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2890547/kate-gerry-mccann-ban-lawyer-not-cleared-maddie-disappearance/
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Post  Andrew on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 9:20 pm

Helenmeg wrote:A must read! The comments under The Sun Online article - the GASPAR statements - just read!! NOW!
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2890547/kate-gerry-mccann-ban-lawyer-not-cleared-maddie-disappearance/

That's a first then allowing reference to the Gasper statements to stand.

This is an interesting comment left by someone who was replying to the person who wrote about the Gaspers:

I have deleted the comment Andrew as imo it is libel even if written in the Sun comments. People can read there if they wish to.


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Post  Andrew on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 10:51 pm

Pam Gurney is responding to comments in the Sun article. Trying to answer everyone by the looks of it.

Silly old bat.

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Post  chirpyinsect on Sat 18 Feb 2017, 9:14 am

Andrew wrote:Pam Gurney is responding to comments in the Sun article. Trying to answer everyone by the looks of it.

Silly old bat.



I think is revenge time for the press. All Pam is doing is making a complete *** of herself. She is even claiming Tannerman is still a suspect.

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Post  unreorganised on Sat 18 Feb 2017, 9:38 am

chirpyinsect wrote:

I think is revenge time for the press. All Pam is doing is making a complete ***  of herself. She is even claiming Tannerman is still a suspect.

I tell you what - unless a lot of the "antis" on there are multi-faceted shills then there are a LOT more people conversant with the finer details of this case than I had previously thought.
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Post  chirpyinsect on Sat 18 Feb 2017, 11:53 am

unreorganised wrote:
chirpyinsect wrote:

I think is revenge time for the press. All Pam is doing is making a complete ***  of herself. She is even claiming Tannerman is still a suspect.

I tell you what - unless a lot of the "antis" on there are multi-faceted shills then there are a LOT more people conversant with the finer details of this case than I had previously thought.
Very true. They are not the usual FB types who bang on about people from council estates who wouldn't get away with that. And a good few of them are familiar with Pammy's tactics.

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Post  candyfloss on Sat 18 Feb 2017, 12:09 pm

I can't see this being overruled, calling the Judges decision frivolous or rash won't help.  This from twitter..

N.M ‏@AdirenM · 4m4 minutes ago

I may be wrong, but I've never heard of a Supreme Court decision being over-ruled since I exist. Let alone one that has a previous 1 #McCann


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Post  bluebell on Sat 18 Feb 2017, 2:54 pm

Well, finally TM  -

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Post  AndyB on Mon 20 Feb 2017, 4:05 pm

candyfloss wrote:Just got in and read this article OMG my flabber is well and truly ghasted.!!!


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The couple, both 48, from Rothley, Leics, have previously gone to extraordinary lengths to stop people close to them talking and even prevented some British newspapers from reporting certain details about the Maddie mystery.

They have also banned all family members and friends from talking to journalists.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4235434/McCanns-ban-Portuguese-lawyer-speaking-press.html


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Are "gone to extraordinary lengths to stop people close to them talking" & "banned all family members and friends from talking to journalists" oblique references to a super-inaudible perhaps? If so, you have to wonder what it is that the McCanns are so scared of their friends and/or family revealing that they feel the need to super-injuct them, and on what basis the judge agreed. Regardless, its absolutely amazing that the paragraph above has been published in a UK paper. Something has definitely changed
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Post  Andrew on Mon 20 Feb 2017, 4:13 pm

AndyB wrote:
candyfloss wrote:Just got in and read this article OMG my flabber is well and truly ghasted.!!!


snipped....

The couple, both 48, from Rothley, Leics, have previously gone to extraordinary lengths to stop people close to them talking and even prevented some British newspapers from reporting certain details about the Maddie mystery.

They have also banned all family members and friends from talking to journalists.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4235434/McCanns-ban-Portuguese-lawyer-speaking-press.html


Shocked Shocked Shocked
Are "gone to extraordinary lengths to stop people close to them talking" & "banned all family members and friends from talking to journalists" oblique references to a super-inaudible perhaps? If so, you have to wonder what it is that the McCanns are so scared of their friends and/or family revealing that they feel the need to super-injuct them, and on what basis the judge agreed. Regardless, its absolutely amazing that the paragraph above has been published in a UK paper. Something has definitely changed

The truth?

That M died in the apartment and they cooked up an abduction fairytale to cover their own asses imo. I should imagine there'd be a fair few family and friends that know all the finer details of all this....
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