Latest Madeleine McCann stories leave more questions than answers
As Gerry and Kate McCann sue a former Portuguese police officer over his book about the 2007 disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine, the Daily Express have revealed that a barrister has evidence that the child is still alive. As has become the norm with this saga, both the revelations in court and the Express story actually just leave more questions than answers.
The libel action brought against Goncalo Amaral is in our view ludicrous. In it, thus far, those around Gerry and Kate McCann have claimed that Amaral’s book “demonised and dehumanised” them and that his allegations against the duo “had a worse effect” than when they were made suspects in the case. Testimony for the plaintiffs can simply be summed up as overly emotional and that this will not help solve the questions surrounding what actually happened on the 3rd May 2007 is what readers should keep in mind. A win for the McCanns, however, would rake in around £1 million in damages.
Separately, revelations that an unnamed barrister broke down “in tears” and made a “shock confession” of having spoken with a man who “met [Madeleine McCann] on a [unnamed] Mediterranean island” are equally pointless. The barrister is quoted as saying:
“I can’t tell you exactly why I believe what I was being told. It was just a gut feeling. I knew that by reporting it, it would compromise me in all sorts of ways. But it was something that I couldn’t ignore. If I hadn’t said anything, I couldn’t have lived with myself. I have told police everything that I was told about her”.
One of thousands of alleged sightings of the child since she disappeared, this is yet again simply yet another story published without any evidence. The fact that this barrister hasn’t put his name to it and that the island isn’t even named about says it all. The press should cease to print such nonsense.
Madeleine McCann may be dead or alive but what we see as wrong here is how her parents and their press machine continue to act. Continually making wild allegations about what happened to the child and bringing libel cases will not solve this strange puzzle. Cooperating with the Portuguese police just might.
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