Friday, 27 July 2007

Portuguese experts dismiss possibility of prosecution of Gerry and Kate

The possibility of Madeleine parents being accused of negligence was considered “ridicule” by Luís Villas-Boas, head of “Refúgio Aboim Ascenção” and one of the most prestigious personalities, in Portugal, in the area of child protection. Villas-Boas, interviewed by Diário de Notícias (DN), referred a case, in 2001, when a British couple abandoned a small baby near the Lagos airport and took a plane to UK.
“That was a crime and the couple wasn't accused or arrested. I'm surprised that the British are looking, now, for evidence to accuse the parents of the kidnapped child, when they didn't arrested that couple, a few years ago”. The baby was sent to “Refúgio Aboim Ascensão” and later adopted by a Portuguese family. Mr. Villas-Boas emphasised that there was not, in his opinion, a crime of negligence, from Madeleine's parents, they just “made a mistake” and they will have "to deal with the results of that mistake for the rest of their lifes, if Madeleine isn't found". A lawyer contacted by the newspaper considered also highly improbable that an accusation of negligence would be accepted by a court, in this case.
The “Daily Express” wrote that “there have been calls in Portugal to prosecute the pair for leaving their children alone”, but didn't mentioned who made those calls. The Portuguese Press referred news in the British Press, chats and forums in the Net, talking about alleged investigations by Prosecution services, in UK, which were analysing the case of Madeleine, in order to produce an eventual accusation against Gerry and Kate.