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LISBON, Portugal -- A Portuguese court has awarded the parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann damages of 500,000 euro after a libel trial, reports the BBC.
Kate and Gerry McCann sued ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral, who led the search after their daughter vanished from a Portuguese resort in May 2007.
In his book, "The Truth of the Lie," Amaral reportedly wrote that the McCann's had hidden their daughter's body and faked an abduction after she died in an accident. The former officer was found guilty of libel, but can reportedly appeal the ruling
originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
Shouldn't it be proven that they didn't do that before its libel.
originally posted by: WarminIndy
a reply to: andy1972
Is she dead? Are you concluding that?
The only thing I didn't understand was that they took their small children on holiday to another country. I don't know if that is normal to do, but it isn't something I would do.
I can see taking them to Disneyland, but Portugal?
I think maybe there were a lot of parents who take their children on holiday and leave them in rooms asleep. Isn't that what the McCann's said, that the children were asleep?
Too bad the hotel didn't have security cameras. We just may never find out, but how strange would it be to think that from the moment they got to the hotel that a nefarious individual had already scoped them out and said "Oh, another British couple unaware of how dangerous people are in the rest of the world" and then took her.
But then again, how strange would it be that perhaps Daddy McCann had already conversed on the phone with a nefarious person. But then again, why wait to go to Portugal to kill their child or say it is abducted? They could have done that in the UK and created a story of what happened.
ETA: But then again....Madeiline woke up, didn't know where her parents were, opened the door herself and then was abducted by someone who could have simply led her to their room, sexually assaulted her and then later took her body elsewhere.
This could have happened. What evidence is the abductor came in, when she could have walked out herself? I've seen little children opening doors themselves.
Little children do open doors, so it doesn't seem unreasonable that a 3 year-old could do this.
originally posted by: redhorse
a reply to: andy1972
I don't know about the rest, but it's weird that they left them. I don't understand how that could be considered an acceptable thing to do... ever.
I'm usually the first to say "Don't jump to conclusions" but leaving young children unattended while you are in a foreign country is so far out of my scope of experience I can't even imagine it. I mean what the heck?! I didn't like having my daughter out of my sight while we were in a foreign country.
That is just so... weird.