...a blog by Richard Flowers

Monday, May 28, 2007

Day 2335: Innocent Until Proven Guilty


The parents of little lost Maddy McCann have spoken up for the first time and said that the suspect should be treated as innocent until proved otherwise. Good for them!

The poor police in Portugal have faced a lot of very unfair criticism from the silly British Press because they are simply not allowed to give out information. Then as soon as they talk to some unlucky schmuck, the Press are all over him and printing his name and photo and the address of his mother’s house all over the place. And that’s just the BBC!

But ruining some bloke’s life can only be a distraction from the REAL issue. Perhaps the media need reminding, but the IMPORTANT thing is to find Maddy, and hopefully find her alive. Suspects and stories are secondary.

There are times when Daddy Richard has got quite sick of this story being on the news all of the time, but you cannot fault Maddy’s parents, Gerry and Kate, from doing everything that they can to try and keep the search – and their hopes – alive. No one should have to live in a world where it isn’t safe to leave children in bed, but since we do you would not be surprised to hear the parents lashing out at anyone at whom the finger is pointed. To refrain from doing so, indeed to go further and insist on the proper protection of the law for the suspect, shows a special kind of strength.

I only wish that they get some good news soon.

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