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Bennett Threatened With Yet More Legal Action!

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Re: Bennett Threatened With Yet More Legal Action!

Post by vee8 on Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:47 pm

He's replied! He's going to fight! He's actually going to fight!



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Dear Dr Correia,

We have further considered your e-mail of 8 April, which we note was sent on the second anniversary of your visit on 8 April 2008 to Odemira Prison, where you talked to the Prison Governor there, Ana Maria Calada, and to your new client, Leonor Cipriano, whom you have represented so doggedly for the past two years. It must have been a day that you recall particularly vividly.

Dealing with preliminary matters, you say that we have got your name wrong. You state that to be ‘a lie’. If we have got it wrong, then we apologise, but let me explain that if we were incorrect, then we made a mistake, we did not tell a lie.

Your full name is given at various places on the internet as either Marcos Alexandre Aragão Correia or Marcos Teixeira Aragão Correia. More usually it is given as just Marcos Aragão Corriea, and that is used in the news media reports we have seen about you in Portugal. We have already therefore taken the step of removing the word ‘Alexandre’ in the title of our essay and have referred to you only as Marcos Aragão Correia in the rest of our essay. We apologise to you for our error.

Next, we would respectfully point out to you that you are incorrect in stating that defamation is a crime in the United Kingdom. It may be in Portugal. It is most certainly not in the United Kingdom. Here such matters are dealt with by the civil courts, and not by the police.

Dealing now with the substance of your letter, you have alleged that the article is defamatory but have not said how. The essay is a carefully researched piece of work, compiled over a period of time, which relies on translations of court documents, many writings or comments made by yourself, credible newspaper and TV reports of court proceedings, and so on. We have no reason not to rely on these as our source materials for the article about you.

We should like to point out that it has always been our stated policy to correct any written material we have produced, as son as reasonably practicable, whenever any proven error has been pointed out to us. Our past record is a testament to that. Therefore if you have reason to believe there are any errors in our essay, and you can demonstrate that we have made a mistake, then we shall be pleased to publish a suitable correction.

Moreover, it is inappropriate, and certainly cannot form the basis for any legal action, for you to claim that written material is defamatory, without in any way pointing out what parts of the essay are said to be defamatory and why. Clearly, if we simply report, as we do, your various actions and words which are on the record, this cannot be defamatory. It is your actions and words that form the basis of nearly all of our article about you.

We might also make a few other relevant observations.

For example, we quote in our article from a man named Mr Carlos Anjos, Head of the Police Union, who makes some adverse comments about you. It would not be in any way reasonable for you to consider bringing an action against me for reporting his remarks, unless you can demonstrate to us that you have successfully complained in a Portuguese court that his comments were defamatory of you. You could scarcely approach a British court on that matter if you have not previously taken any action on it in a court of law in your own country, where of course you are much better known and no doubt have a much more high-profile reputation to preserve.

To give one further example. At one point in my essay I describe you as ‘unreliable’. You need to fully appreciate that I have a clear basis for stating this. You will recall that in early 2008 you claimed, on the record, and as reported in many newspapers in your own country and over here in the United Kingdom, that underworld sources had told you personally by Sunday 6 May 2007 that Madeleine McCann had been, respectively, abducted, then raped, then murdered, and then her body thrown into a lake.

But several months later, at the court proceedings against your ‘target’, Gonçalo Amaral, and his four detective colleagues, you completely changed that story to say that you had not learnt about this from underworld sources at all. According to your new, entirely different, version of events, you now stated that you ‘knew’ Madeleine had been raped because you had an authentic vision late in the evening of Saturday 5 May after attending your first-ever Spiritualist Church meeting on Madeira. If I may quote the words you used in describing this experience: “Then, other images appeared to me, concerning what had happened to this girl. I saw a strongly-built man, blue eyes, somewhat balding and with blondish hair, brutally raping that girl and then strangling her with his hands, throwing the cadaver into a lake”.

To change your story in such a dramatic and comprehensive way about the alleged death of a three-year-old girl simply means that there are very good reasons to doubt that any reliance can be placed on your word.

You must also understand that there are very real grounds for doubting some of your claims when you make statements such as this, and I quote from a translation of your very own words: “Método 3 submitted me to a test in order to prove beyond all doubt whether or not my mediumistic abilities and my accounts were credible. They were fed up with following false leads. The fact is that the test gave totally positive results, according to what was confirmed to me personally by the Director of Método 3 in Barcelona himself. Following my mediumistic abilities passing Método 3’s stringent tests, Método 3 offered full support to my research”.

We know of no such ‘strtingent tests’ which could ‘prove beyond all doubt’ that your mediumistic abilities are credible. That is particularly so when at the same time you had been claiming that you were ‘99% certain’ that you would find Madeleine’s body in the Arade Dam.

You also give much contradictory information about how your searches of the Arade Dam and your legal work against Mr Gonçalo Amaral have been financed. First we heard that you were a ‘Good Samaritan’ doing the searches of the Arade Dam out of your own pocket and out of the goodness of your own heart. Then we heard later, in several newspaper articles, that you were being paid by Metodo 3 to do the searches, though you never disclosed how much they have paid you altogether.

Finally you made statements which we have seen that an association of spiritualists and mediums were also paying for you to search the dam twice, as you did. In your own words, you wrote: “So I offered myself to pay for the first phase of the searches in the dam, having later received much support, including financial support, from mediums and spiritualists who believed in and corroborated my theory”. You need to fully understand that such major inconsistencies in what you say about such an important matter only go to further erode your own credibility and, furthermore, they justify the fair and reasonable comments that we made about you in our internet article.

Finally, it is important that, if you are claiming that you yourself have been defamed, that your own record does not suggest that you are also very ready to defame others. In this instance, we note that during hearings concerning the 16 years and 8 months sentence handed down to your client Leonor Cipriano for killing her own eight-year-old daughter Joana, you were reported as stating to the court, about Goncalo Amaral: “We cannot therefore be impressed by the calamitous results of a criminal investigation handed to a dangerous and violent alcoholic [Gonçalo Amaral]. This is made even more catastrophic by the fact that we are dealing here with serious crimes committed against children. It is just as well that the authorities had the good sense to remove Gonçalo Amaral from the investigation, when the same alcoholic man repeated the same gross mistakes he made in the Joana Cipriano case, without any basis, and having no evidence against the mother of another missing child in the Algarve”.

You will find that if you were to bring proceedings in a court in the United Kingdom, and if the judge or jury hearing the case knew that you had called your opponent in court an ‘alcoholic’ twice - a matter of which the judge in the case clearly disapproved most strongly, according to the reports we have seen - then your own case that others have defamed you will be substantially undermined.

Unless and until you clarify where and how you say we have defamed you, or you point out any matters where we are manifestly in error, the article about you on our website will remain there, uncut, until further notice.

Yours sincerely


Tony Bennett
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Re: Bennett Threatened With Yet More Legal Action!

Post by Cath on Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:06 pm

Yes, I've read it on Pfa2.
I'll repeat my offer : if Marcos needs money to sue TB, I'll be happy to make a donation.

I'm not sure however if Marcos shouldn't tell TB to which parts of the article in particular he objects. And I very much doubt if he should even say why. That would give the game away even before it's started.

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Re: Bennett Threatened With Yet More Legal Action!

Post by dianeh on Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:46 pm

Bennett has not yet learned that you cannot quote from newspapers etc and expect to be exempt from libel. Repeating a libel, is libel. Taking things from newspaper articles, is no defence against libel, as it is up to the author (not of the original article) to ensure it is accurate and therefore cannot rely upon second hand information. He still doesnt get it, even after Carter Ruck were so kind as to explain it to him.

Also, taking things out of context is no defense against libel. "sorry your honour, but he did say that, it was just in a different context, but it still means the same thing, so he said it" is not a defense.

IMO, that bit of sea between Portugal and Britain is not the insulation that some think it is. BTW, it matters not if libel is a civil or criminal act, it is still illegal. This BS about whether it is illegal or not is neither here nor there, and sounds like someone arguing on a forum. Bennett needs to get it into his thick head, that arguing semantics on a forum, or spinning some BS to a bunch of no nothings, makes no difference in a real court of law. He surely shoudl have learned that from his past dealings with Carter Ruck.
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Post by Tinkerbell43 on Sun Apr 11, 2010 1:58 am

Marcos is a very shrewd man, he is so far above Bennett he will not play Bennetts stupid childish games.

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Post by May on Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:10 am

Willing to contribute to any fund to nail tb.
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Post by Rosie on Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:02 pm

Tinkerbell43 wrote:Marcos is a very shrewd man, he is so far above Bennett he will not play Bennetts stupid childish games.

Absolutely correct Tinks!

We are exploring certain avenues at present, there are a few to check out, so will let people know what is happening.

As for answering Bennett, Marcos does not have to, he gave him an early opportunity to comply, Bennett decided he was going to pick a fight, I think Bennett is now trying to save what is left of his remaining two faces. Why should Marcos tell him what to expect in court?

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Post by Peaceful1 on Sun Apr 11, 2010 3:50 pm

Yes Rosie, why should Marcos tell bennett anything?
Surely bennett as a ex solicitor would know not to mention anything on a forum?
Its like he is playing all his Ace cards in one go? Its suicide!
Oh well...
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Post by Cath on Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:31 pm

It's up to TB to prove what he wrote is right.
He's deliberately trying to mislead Marcos about the UK Libel Law.
But then, what does TB know about that? Very little as what's happened in the past shows.

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Re: Bennett Threatened With Yet More Legal Action!

Post by Catkins on Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:44 pm

Rosiepops wrote:
Tinkerbell43 wrote:Marcos is a very shrewd man, he is so far above Bennett he will not play Bennetts stupid childish games.

Absolutely correct Tinks!

We are exploring certain avenues at present, there are a few to check out, so will let people know what is happening.

As for answering Bennett, Marcos does not have to, he gave him an early opportunity to comply, Bennett decided he was going to pick a fight, I think Bennett is now trying to save what is left of his remaining two faces. Why should Marcos tell him what to expect in court?

I hope Marcos wipes the floor with him.........Bennett's an arrogant fool !!
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Re: Bennett Threatened With Yet More Legal Action!

Post by whymadeleine on Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:53 pm

Catkins wrote:
Rosiepops wrote:
Tinkerbell43 wrote:Marcos is a very shrewd man, he is so far above Bennett he will not play Bennetts stupid childish games.

Absolutely correct Tinks!

We are exploring certain avenues at present, there are a few to check out, so will let people know what is happening.

As for answering Bennett, Marcos does not have to, he gave him an early opportunity to comply, Bennett decided he was going to pick a fight, I think Bennett is now trying to save what is left of his remaining two faces. Why should Marcos tell him what to expect in court?

I hope Marcos wipes the floor with him.........Bennett's an arrogant fool !!


I bet he's not smiling now ..
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Re: Bennett Threatened With Yet More Legal Action!

Post by vee8 on Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:06 am

TICK,




TOCK,



TICK,



TOCK!!
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Post by Catkins on Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:34 am

whymadeleine wrote:
Catkins wrote:
Rosiepops wrote:
Tinkerbell43 wrote:Marcos is a very shrewd man, he is so far above Bennett he will not play Bennetts stupid childish games.

Absolutely correct Tinks!

We are exploring certain avenues at present, there are a few to check out, so will let people know what is happening.

As for answering Bennett, Marcos does not have to, he gave him an early opportunity to comply, Bennett decided he was going to pick a fight, I think Bennett is now trying to save what is left of his remaining two faces. Why should Marcos tell him what to expect in court?

I hope Marcos wipes the floor with him.........Bennett's an arrogant fool !!


I bet he's not smiling now ..
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Re: Bennett Threatened With Yet More Legal Action!

Post by Cath on Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:41 pm

Oh please, it's early, just had my breakfast. That's making me puke. Can't stand the man, nor his picture.

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Re: Bennett Threatened With Yet More Legal Action!

Post by Pedro Silva on Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:24 pm

Yeah, TB you really make me puke.

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