The terrible case of the abducted three year old Madeleine McCann can't help but touch everyone, whether they have children or not. However, one thing is clear to me, and that is that Portugal's rather odd version of civil rights seems to favour offenders over ordinary citizens and is clearly hampering this case.
In the UK we have followed the American "Code yellow" approach whereby as soon as a child is missing or a description of a possible abductor is known, local TV and Radio and newspapers are given immediate access to the information and are encouraged to report the story as much as possible. The UK police know that a trail can go cold very quickly. Despite knowing this widely known fact the Portugese have a strange law that prevents the police publicising details of the potential abductor for fear of jeopardising any trial.
In this case the law seems to state that the abductor should receive protection to go about his crimes because if he is identified, this affects his rights. Never midn the fact that by allowing him to remain anonymous it may be allowing him to commit worse crimes.
This is clearly a case of a very bad law that does nothing for victims at all. Thank goodness I don't live in Portugal. It's certainly a country I would never visit with children.