It is unlikely that the MSM will make very much of Goncalo Amaral's victory in the Portuguese Supreme Court this week. Since the summer of 2007, most of the British news outlets have gone with Team McCanns' order to demonise him, and some, revealing their inner racism, have done it with relish.
They were either astonishingly naïve, jumping on the popular bandwagon Team McCann created, or making nefarious claims about the former Portuguese detective for dishonest reasons. With no research or fact checking whatsoever, they were portraying the leader of the Portuguese investigation as corrupt, brutal and intent on nailing the McCanns for a crime they did not commit.
The British establishment, British police chiefs, the MSM, the 'experts', the celebrities and the VIPs chose to believe the word of two of the main suspects over the word of the official Portuguese investigation and the Portuguese Judiciary. Gerry and Kate McCann were lauded as heroes and survivors of a brutal third world Justice system that couldn't be arsed to look for their daughter.
That was the story they were flogging and that was the story the British establishment bought, hook, line and sinker. Goncalo Amaral personally has been blamed for Madeleine's loss. The British media went out of their way to 'pap' Goncalo at his worst, that is tired and dishevelled having done another 24 hour shift looking for a missing child and relaxing with a glass of wine. Gerry and Kate meanwhile, who were complaining about the scruffy police, were appearing on camera well groomed, co-ordinated, stress free and squeaky clean.
Team McCann's campaign against the Portuguese police could not have been more obvious. They were hostile towards them from the off, Kate referring to the first two policemen who arrived on the scene as Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Their first calls home were pleading 'no-one is helping us'. They were planting fake news, because in fact, everyone was helping them, the Portuguese police launched the biggest missing child search in their entire history. Holiday makers gave up their holiday to search, Warners staff, their time off. People even travelled to PDL to assist in the physical search of the area. The only people not out there traipsing miles over the rough terrain looking for the missing child, were the parents, the tapas group, their huge entourage and, of course, the lawyers. Whilst ordinary people were getting blisters on their feet and brambles stuck in their hands, the McCann holiday group were having tennis parties, trying to beat their personal bests on a mountain run and counting the cash that was rolling in.
Again and again, the British press have blamed Goncalo Amaral and the PJ for the 'abductor getting away with Madeleine'. They can't for whatever reason, blame Gerry and Kate, so they have to blame someone. Goncalo was more interested in drinking wine with his mates and munching sardines, than he was in finding Maddie, they claimed. An accusation that carries no logic, no reasoning and no empiric evidence to back it up. Those arguing, this quite frankly, pathetic, point, are not taking into consideration that no police force, anywhere, would leave a dangerous child predator on the loose in their home town.
When Madeleine went missing, Gerry, Kate and their entourage, went against police advice and created a media circus. Some might say they were going out of their way to scupper the original Portuguese police investigation. The proactive McCanns were taking the search on a European tour, stirring up 'sightings' in every land they touched down on. Enthusiastic and deranged, heroes and heroines were attempting to snatch blonde 4 years from the Algarve to Washington, Madeleine was everywhere.
And then we had the British diplomats, asking the Portuguese police to treat the parents kindly, or whatever euphemism they decide to settle on. And thus, the most essential evidence was 'lost'. The clothes the child wore that day, the pink blanket pictured, the bed linen, I could go on. All of this on top of the fact that the parents and the tapas group, consisting of 6 doctors, trampled all over the crime scene, despite their claim that Madeleine had been abducted.
I have no idea why the Portuguese kowtowed to the British imperialists in this case, but kowtow they did. Their final judgement on shelving the case looks like the result of a dozen highly paid and highly strung lawyers locked in a room and told not to come out until they reach agreement. Every word and sentence has been rendered meaningless by the demands of each party, Arguidoes, 2 and 3 especially.
But I don't want to focus on the lies, deceit and political machinations that surround the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. I want to focus on the one man who risked everything so the world would know the Truth of the Lie. As all around him capitulated to the might of Team McCann and their powerful friends, Goncalo stuck with the job he had been allocated, finding the missing child.
In these times of universal deceit, Goncalo Amaral is a hero. His life, no doubt, would have been much more prosperous and faux successful, had he taken the road more travelled. But he chose truth. Because like most of the slightly dishevelled, slightly flawed, dedicated cops out there, he was in the job for victims. Goncalo Amaral is one of life's genuinely nice guys. He is educated to a degree that his judgement is not biased by malice. His book, that the McCanns had banned, is a simplistic account of the Portuguese investigation in the summer of 2007. It is not embellished by outlandish conspiracy theories, nor is it condemnatory. On the contrary, such is Goncalo's understanding of human behaviour, he is sympathetic to Kate's plight.
From a legal perspective, the idea of banning a former detective's book is ludicrous. And I am being generic here. Libraries and Waterstones have entire sections devoted to 'real crimes', that is books written by former detectives, etc. In their libel actions, the McCanns have allowed their megalomania to demand unrealistic goals, their defeat was inevitable, it is just a shame from Goncalo's perspective, that it has taken so long.
The McCanns know that the European Court of Human Rights (that we won't have for much longer) will not take away Goncalo Amaral's right to freedom of speech. Those days are long gone, dusty old law books are pretty much meaningless in these days of the internet. All the money in the world can't bury dark, murky, secrets.
Gerry and Kate are now faced with legal costs, that should, effectively wipe out what remains of Madeleine's Fund. However, the Madeleine Fund is the opposite of transparent, no-one really knows how much is left in it, and for the benefit of those who still take the occasional peek, they are shuffling what remains around so they still have a fighting fund, when Operation Grange throws in the towel. Extraordinarily though, they did not take this news opportunity to plea for the search to continue, even though they, and two police forces apparently, still believe she is alive.
But I am not here to go over the same old arguments. I am here to urge anyone who hasn't, to read Goncalo Amaral's book, and buy the hard copy as soon as it is available in the UK. It is pretty much the definitive account of what happened in PDL in the summer of 2007. From page 1 it is apparent that Goncalo Amaral is highly intelligent, cultured and very well educated. The opposite in fact, of the mythical, ignorant, scruffy thug created by Team McCann and their supporters. He has no need to create a false 'goody twoshoes' image of himself as the McCanns do, he accepts his faults as graciously as he accepts his attributes.
Having spent 30+ years as a legal secretary, I have little compassion or patience for eternal litigants, but Goncalo Amaral was right, dead right, to publish his book about the Madeleine McCann investigation. Both he personally, and the entire Portuguese Judiciary were being publically blamed for Madeleine's loss. A blatant lie that only Goncalo Amaral was prepared to stand to up. All we leave behind us in this world is our reputation. Were we good or were we bad. And it matters! When you have spent your life fighting your own inner demons, and the hateful words of your enemies, you need to know that you chose right, for right's sake even when everyone else was against you.
Goncalo Amaral has been vindicated by this week's Supreme Court Decision. No Kate, No Gerry, he did not write his book for financial gain. He wrote his book because it truly matters to him what his children, his friends, his family, the world at large, think of him. He defended himself against the heinous accusations and malevolent insults of the British press, by writing his own truthful account of the facts. The McCanns have suppressed those facts for almost 10 years - now the world deserves to know the Truth of the Lie.
Finally, in the Portuguese Civil Courts, the truth in the case of missing Madeleine McCann has been the victor. The parents did not walk away with the £Million they were demanding or all the worldly goods belonging to the former detective who searched for their daughter, they walked away with a legal bill that will wipe them out. It's like seeing the owner of two hotels on 'Mayfair' being wiped out by Utilities because they haven't got any cash left. The McCanns may be finishers, but they haven't won. They may not have faced any trial in a criminal court, but now they must face trial by an audience who have both sides of the story available. Some might compare their loss in the Civil Courts to the Civil Court losses of OJ Simpson, that is, karma is going to get you, one way or the other.