The McCann Portuguese lawyers, according to Clarence Mitchell, lodged an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that both the ruling of Portuguese Supreme Court that overthrew the initial decision to ban the book of GA [and froze hiss assets and ordered him to pay 430 thousand pounds of compensation to Madeleine's parents] and the ruling [of the same Supreme Court] that rejected an appeal of the McCann, against that sentence, were a violation of their fundamental Human Rights.
I don't believe that Mr. Carlos Abreu and Rogério Alves are working on this case. They have a brain, they are brilliant lawyers and they are stable persons, from a emotional and psychological point of view. So, who remains as a possible lawyer, in this Case? Mrs. Isabel Duarte, who showed, in the past, with some strange attitudes of persecution of GA, out of courts and far beyond her lawyer duties, that she needed some help and advise from experts. In 2010, for example, on her final allegations of an appeal about an injunction related with the McCann case and GA book, she called defense lawyers “'vultures and vampires”...
It's curious that, the two rulings of Portuguese Supreme Court, acquitting GA and refusing to accept an appeal against that sentence [thanks to Pamalan blog], both quote the European Convention on Human Rights and jurisprudence from the European Court of Human Rights, in similar cases, related with the right to freedom of expression being considered, by someone, to be defamatory or reason for causing damages and asking for a compensation. Some specific information on ECHR about this subject:
1 - Art. 10 on ECHR (European Convention on Human Rights) – Freedom of expression
“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.”
It's also curious that jurisprudence established in previous rulings of ECHR, about the confrontation between Freedom of Expression and other rights, goes completely against the McCann:
“Handyside v United Kingdom (5493/72) was a case decided by the European Court of Human Rights in 1976. Its conclusion contains the famous phrase that 'Freedom of expression...is applicable not only to 'information' or 'ideas' that are favorably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also to those that offend, shock or disturb the State or any sector of the population" (Para. 49 of the judgment).”
Spycatcher: The Candid Autobiography of a Senior Intelligence Officer (1987) is a book written by Peter Wright, former MI5 officer and Assistant Director, and co-author Paul Greengrass. It was published first in Australia. Its allegations proved scandalous on publication, but more so because the British Government attempted to ban it, ensuring its profit and notoriety.
The UK government attempted to halt the book's Australian publication. Malcolm Turnbull, later Prime Minister of Australia, represented the publisher that defeated the British government's suppression orders against Spycatcher in Australia in September 1987, and again on appeal in June 1988. The legal costs to the British Government was estimated at £250,000.
Eventually, in 1988, the book was cleared for legitimate sale when the Law Lords acknowledged that overseas publication meant it contained no secrets. However, Wright was barred from receiving royalties from the sale of the book in the United Kingdom. In November 1991, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the British government had breached the European Convention of Human Rights in gagging its own newspapers.
The book has sold more than two million copies. In 1995, Wright died a millionaire from proceeds of his book.
So, it looks like the McCann and Mrs. Isabel Duarte are shooting not their own feet, but their heads, close range, using a double barrel shotgun, with the barrels cut short...