"This is the time of year around which we tend to look back on the year that went by, and try to predict what may happen during the New Year that lies ahead.
For those who still follow the case of the mysterious disappearance of Madeleine McCann, this last year started in a rather negative way: ...........................
Nonetheless, as everything in life has a positive side to it (it’s just that sometimes it’s dreadfully hard to find it…), the court hearings that took place in January revealed a lot more about the Portuguese police investigation than the McCanns probably wanted. And more than simply opening a bit of the investigation to the public, the fact that those revelations were made in court allowed the British press to do something that they hadn’t done in this case for a very long time: to report in an accurate, unbiased manner. Well, some of the British press, anyway.
Most of those who had attended the court hearings came away with the impression that Gonçalo Amaral’s case had been proved beyond any doubt; but a few who had been able to see beyond the objectivity of facts and arguments, had noticed small signs in court of what would become public a month later: the judge upheld the injunction and the book ban remained firmly in place.
More than half a year would have to pass until .......................
In the meantime, the ......................
A wide-eyed, visibly shocked Mrs Duarte spoke to the cameras outside the court, and the rest of humanity could hardly breathe, as we waited for the McCanns’ team of experienced investigators to act on those extraordinary leads, and to recover Madeleine from a secret lair in a remote village somewhere in the outskirts of Praia da Luz.
The year came to an end, and still we wait.
Meanwhile, ............So far, it seems to have produced as much as Mrs Duarte’s favourite dossier: nothing.
But enough of looking back. The New Year will bring The Book – not a book about Madeleine, I'm afraid, ...........................
The New Year will also inevitably bring its fair share of the usual non-news: it’s already started with the incredibly relevant announcement that The Book will not be launched on the 4th anniversary of the Tapas Group’s arrival in the Algarve, but rather on the 4th anniversary of the day that the couple displayed their award-winning smiles at the Church in Praia da Luz.
........ We will continue to try to uncover the Truth about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. We will continue to give our best to help for Justice to be served, some day, somewhere, whomever it may hurt. What we will never allow ourselves to do, is not to look at all.
From the bottom of my heart: Have a Great Year!
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