Sunday, 8 August 2010

Pandora's Box: John Blacksmith Writes on Jane Tanner

I have oft mused and occasionally suggested that it would be something quite peripheral, or perhaps something altogether unrelated that would occasion this house of cards to come a tumbling down.

That said, Robert Murat's action against Jane Tanner, and the rest of 'em if I'm not mistaken, could hardly be considered unrelated nor peripheral for that matter.

I had thought to ask the question, would this be the thing that allowed the knot of gold cord to be undone, the box to be opened and the letting out of all evil. But that I cannot do, for evil already walks among us, that evil is Kate and Gerry McCann, and must be said, their acolytes, we must never forget them.

Whether the child was abused in life I have no idea, but we have all witnessed the degree to which Madeleine McCann was abused in death, and that is truly evil.

Jane Tanner Again
By John Blacksmith

Those attempting to follow the rather muted court proceedings involving Robert Murat and Jane Tanner may be interested in a little more background regarding the events that prompted them. Just how much comfort the outcome will bring to those interested in the facts of the McCann affair and the possibility of truth emerging, however, is
another matter.

The complaint by Mr Murat is a criminal, not a civil, one of “calumnious denunciation”. From that marvel of infinite flexibility, the Portuguese Penal Code, we learn that anyone “who by any means, before the authority or publicly, with the knowledge of falsity of the imputation, denounces or casts upon a determined person the suspicion of the practice of crime, with intent that against her it is placed a legal proceeding, shall be punished with imprisonment up to 3 years or with a fine.” To prove such a charge, convincing evidence that the perpetrator “had knowledge of the falsity of the imputation” would obviously be crucial.

No such evidence has been or will be adduced for the very good reason that there isn’t any, despite the continued scattergun smearing of M/S Tanner and her supposed motives by the usual suspects.

But clause two reads: “If the conduct consists in the false imputation of unlawful fact or disciplinary penalty, the agent is punished with imprisonment of up to 1 year or a fine of up to 120 days.”

Now that’s a different ball game altogether. No need for a lawyer to dive into the outdated cess-pit of conspiracy, cover up and covert political protection in the hopeless attempt to show that M/S Tanner knew that she was making a false accusation against Robert Murat: just establishing that she had pointed a finger at him without malice or motive might well be enough to secure a conviction, leaving all sorts of juicy possibilities of civil actions stretching far into the future.

Because a very convincing argument can be made that it was neither the infamous Lori Campbell, nor the three Tapas 9 members with their stories of spotting Mr Murat on the night of May 3, who triggered the police into all-out action, thus effectively ruining Murat’s life; no, it was the supposed identification of Murat as the shadowy figure later known as “bundleman” that was crucial. More The Blacksmith Bureau