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Ellie kidnap case, trial to take place 'without further delays'

elliefreeIn April this year, the court in Faro issued a final decision in the long-running case of kidnap victim Ellie Silva whose safety and future had been jeopardised by her biological father’s actions in kidnapping her for 7 months.

The judge found 100% in favour of Candice Gannon, Ellie’s mother, in a detailed decision and awarded her full custody of Ellie while confirming that Candice has done nothing wrong, that the kidnapping of Ellie was totally unjustifiable and ordered that Ellie should be raised by her mother in Ireland.

The Faro civil court went one better last week and declared that it no longer has any jurisdiction over Ellie as she now is "habitually resident in Ireland."

This removes the lingering and very real concern that after the kidnapping trial and likely jail sentence, Ellie’s biological father/ kidnapper Filipe Silva from Vilamoura would have continued his barrage of meritless legal challenges and perhaps succeeded in his application for full custody of his daughter, despite being the one that kidnapped her.

With the jurisdiction ruling from Faro court the possibility of Filipe Silva successfully obtaining custody of his daughter now are so slim as to be almost invisible.

(On October 17th the Evora High Court rejected Silva's appeal to the decision over custody so the Faro court's decision may not be appealed further. This process to obtain 'leave to remove' took 8 years.)

Better still for the Gannon family, now happily continuing family life in Ireland, the superior council of magistrates investigating the Faro instructional judge in the criminal case for kidnapping has ensured that the trial of Filipe Silva will take place "without any further delays," beyond those caused by the current inability of the judicial system to function properly due to the failure of the Citius computer system implementation plan.

The kidnapper Filipe Silva and his mother who stayed with Ellie during the time that she was kidnapped seem now to have run out of friends and favours.

Silva has applied for a state appointed lawyer to defend him in criminal cases taken against him relating to the kidnapping as he now claims that he can not afford a lawyer. The Portuguese taxpayer may well be footing his bill from now on.

Silva held his daughter at his friend Alfonso Marques' two bedroom flat in Oporto and refused to allow Ellie to communicate with her mother who did not know if Ellie was dead or alive.

Marques also has applied for state assistance to pay his legal bills in cases taken aginst him relating to the kidnapping.

The Gannon family have faced constant battles in Portugal with two trials for custody, a highly publicised kidnapping and decisions from the High Court, Supreme Court, Constitutional Court and Faro Court.

The Faro court’s decision that Ellie now comes under Irish jurisdiction, and that the trial for Ellie’s kidnapping soon will go ahead, represent a huge turn around for the Gannons.

Phillip and Candice Gannon’s persistence and refusal to lie down and be shafted by a judicial system, which at first gave every indication of favouring the kidnapper rather than the victim, is laudable but should have been unnecessary.


+2 #5 Mary Kelly 2014-10-12 07:40
The decisions made in the Faro civil court would have been very different if the Superior Council of Magistrates did not eventually have to supervise the judge involved due to very unusual decisions that she was making in relation to the basic welfare of a kidnapped chid. There will soon be two kidnapping trials held in Faro - for two very similar cases. Alice Evangelista (9) has a Portuguese Mother. Ellie Silva (9) has a British/Irish mother (dual citizenship). Both fathers are Portuguese nationals. Alice's father is currently in jail awaiting trial for kidnapping. Ellie's father was given a custody trial to see if he should be awarded custody while he was awaiting trial for kidnapping her. Lets wait and see how the criminal courts decide in both cases.
+3 #4 Geoffery Thomas 2014-10-09 15:53
just been mailed a scanned letter from the Ethics Committee for Portugal's lawyers

Well done Enid and Sean.

It shows these comments are being read in 'high (or should that be low?) places.

But why this total idiocy in the first place? Why must the Portuguese in 'authority' go out of their way to cause this unnecessary stress ? What are they trying to prove - except their notorious racist stupidity ?

If anyone does it to them in a more developed country they would feel the pain. So why do it to other EU member state citizens ?

As the saying goes - The jury is out on that one !

It also doesn't help that Portuguese judges are keen to create an open house for paedophiles here in Portugal. So parents cannot check their neighbourhood to protect their children.

Even though more developed police forces will presumably be sending Portugal ID on their own sickos known to be here in Portugal.

So no arrests here and nothing reciprocated about sicko Portuguese outside Portugal because the Portuguese Constitution apparently has a clause in it! It offends their rights !
+5 #3 Ed 2014-10-09 08:22
I have just been mailed a scanned letter from the Ethics Committee for Portugal's lawyers which states that Dr Nuno Remedios is to be subjected to a 'disciplinary process' - and a good thing too!
+5 #2 Sean O Brian 2014-10-09 08:19
The small town corrupt and inept 'legal system' in the Algarve seems to take great pride in their culture of ineptitude, inefficiency, nepotism, corruption and racism.

It will take several generations of EU membership to change this mindset.

The corrupt criminal prosecutor that was advising Silva to evade arrest has not been charged. His lawyer Nuno Remedios has not been charged either or disciplined by the law society, even though Ellie was hidden in the apartment building in Porto where he has a flat! Ana Maria Silva (paternal Grandmother) was let off scot free even though she stayed with Ellie throughout the kidnapping and lied to police saying she did not know where she was.

Mr. Alfonso Marques who kept Ellie in his two bed flat in Porto has not been charged of any crime. In the first seven months since Ellie was found, Candice Gannon endured over a dozen visits from armed police to her home and to Ellie's school while the Faro civil court prepared a trial to consider the merits of awarding her father custody of Ellie, while he was awaiting trial for kidnapping her!!

This is Portuguese justice ...if the complainant British. :eek:

All ex pats living in Portugal be warned!
+5 #1 Enid 2014-10-08 20:48
refusal to lie down and be shafted by a judicial system ...

It is terrifying to realise that there are many similar cases of abuse of police or judicial powers against 'Brits'. As every Portuguese knows - the Irish having been part of the British Empire when the Ultimatum was issued in 1890.

Fair Trials have been involved in a number of them ... such as Serena Wylde's abominable treatment for making a confidential complaint about a Portuguese lawyer. Years of stress and tens of thousands out of pocket. And she was married to a Portuguese !


Yet another example of the EU's weakest link !!