Friday, 17 June 2011

Madeleine McCann: new defamation action launched in Portugal by her parents

Paulo Sergeanto

The action launched by Kate and Gerry McCann seeks an, as yet, undetermined amount in damages.

According to the summons - which I have managed to get hold of -, Madeleine McCann's parents have decided to pursue action for defamation against the psychologist Paulo Sergeanto, the well known presenter Manuel Luis Goucha and the journalist Hernâni Carvalho.

The three personalities of the small screen in Portugal began to be interviewed yesterday, Wednesday, and were constituted "
arguidos" - the equivalent in French law of being cautioned.
The criminal complaint, which was instituted by the couple's lawyer in Portugal, also cites the private television channel TVI and its administration.

The complaint cites the contribution of the three "
arguidos" during the broadcast of a talk-show where details of the Portuguese police investigation were discussed.

Sergeanto, who also appears as a legal expert in Portuguese courts, confirmed the information, stressing that he did not respond to the Prosecutor's questions yesterday, but "that he did not speak yesterday but that he intends to do so during the proceedings because he has knowledge of elements which may lead to the reopening of the inquiry related to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

An unusual detail, in contrast to other trials, is that the secrecy of justice has not been requested in this case.

According to a source close to the McCanns, who confirms the action in progress, "other actions aimed at other people and media are still under consideration."

Duarte Levy in The Tribune 16/06/2011


Angelique said...


this last paragraph that you included at the bottom - "other actions aimed at other people and media are still under consideration". One wonders whether this is just in Portugal or not ?

Do the Portuguese have the equivalent of super Injunctions ?

Is this CR searching around and are they searching around in the UK. I have a deep belief that they have SI in this Country - but how would one know until one has made the mistake and discussed the case.

Or is this another way of getting at the withheld evidence. As Paulo Sargeanto has revealed that he knows something. Wouldn't the PJ be interested in knowing what this is before he proclaims it in Court.

Anonymous said...

No, no such thing as super injunctions in Portugal. It all comes out in the media, even things that are supposed to be under secrecy of justice...our "cats" do not stay in the bag long...

Anonymous said...

Anna is this story legit, there are rumours it is not true only Duarte has reported..if there is doubt I would rather remove it from my blog.I have asked a couple of Portuguese journalists online in Portugal, waiting for them to confirm.

Many thanks x

Anne said...

Paulo SArgEnto.
It might of course be true but no such news was published in Portugal.
And we know that DL, if not a liar (remember the photos !), at least doesn't apologize when proved wrong.