So the McCanns put out a false press statement and Express article overturns it, great stuff. Not only that, but its now common knowledge that the false 'victory' statement came from Team McCann, another own goal.
The abduction story is simply no longer sustainable imo, even those wearing 'The McCanns are Saints' blinkers cannot avoid the sweeping downward turns in the parents' fortunes. Donations have fallen dramatically, Scotland Yard were digging for a body and are openly talking about murder. As the alibis and timescales given by the parents and the friends do not allow for murder by a stranger, I'd say they now find themselves in check mate.
I won't even pretend to understand the Portuguese Justice system, but here in the UK and indeed many other countries, if you lose a huge libel suit, you pretty much lose everything. The costs of this case will be phenomenal, far more than the £750k they have in the Fund, and more indeed than their home is worth. That is of course, before the Defendants begin any counter suits or those who have previously paid out demand their money back.
Thanks to the interview given by Goncalo Amaral, and the refreshingly clear Blacksmith opinion, the end appears to be in sight. The McCanns may of course receive a nominal award, but I doubt they will get costs, and 6 years litigation with the best lawyers money can buy, would wipe anyone out - its probably the reason the millionaire backers no longer appear to be on the scene. As an ex legal secretary, I encountered several vexatious litigants, they always kept going until they lost absolutely everything.
There are a number of examples of rogues who have lost everything through the libel courts and malicious claims, and a few who have ended up in prison as a result. Confucius was spot on when he said 'before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves'. The revenge the McCanns wanted against the former detective who led the search for their daughter was maniacally over the top. Kate wanted Goncalo to feel misery and fear, they wanted his family home and all his past, present and future earnings. They have already legally frozen his assets for the past few years leaving him penniless.
The repercussions from this loss are potentially devastating - without the buffer of millions in the Madeleine Fund, the McCanns are now as open to investigation as any other parents who make false claims about the disappearance of their child.
More importantly, the reputation of Goncalo Amaral can now be rightfully restored, he is not guilty of all those heinous crimes the McCanns' accused him of, he gave a clear and accurate account of the Portuguese investigation into the disappearance of the McCanns' daughter.
Goncalo Amaral is a gentleman and a scholar, a policeman and a father, so touched by the plight of an innocent 4 year old child, the he refused to be bullied and cajoled into silence. He is a remarkable man, who fought for justice against all the odds. His story deserves to be told. Lets hope that UK press and publishers have taken note of this trial and will now bring The Truth of the Lie' to the British public, who are still being invited to donate towards the continuation of this scam.