Mrs Justice Hogg spoke out of turn at the High Court today during the application brought by the McCanns in an attempt to gain access to 11,000 police files on the disappearance of Madeleine. In the event, the McCanns lawyers would have suffered a defeat in court had the application continued. What the lawyers for the Leicestershire Police offered, was to allow the McCanns private investigators to see contact details and a summary from 81 police files, but not the files themselves, and the McCann lawyers accepted this by way of settlement of the case. In this sense it was a huge defeat for the McCanns.
However, by Mrs Justice Hogg making an inappropriate speech, she entered the political arena, and handed the McCanns a PR victory over the Portuguese. In the first place, Mrs Justice Hogg should not have referred to an alleged abduction and an alleged abductor, as though these were established facts in the Madeleine case. The only fact here is that it is the McCanns who claim that an abductor is responsible for Madeleine’s disappearance. The Portuguese police and PJ believe that it was the McCanns themselves who are responsible for Madeleine’s disappearance. As a result of their investigations, they made the McCanns official suspects. Secondly, Mrs Justice Hogg, as a judge, must steer clear of politics to keep the Judiciary independent.
She said: “There is, of course, one person who knows what has happened to Madeleine and where she may be found. I ponder about that person – whether that person has a heart and might understand what it must be like for Madeleine to have been taken and secreted from her parents and siblings and those she loved and felt secure with. I ponder whether that person has a conscience or any feeling of guilt or remorse or even cares about the hurt that has been caused to an innocent little girl, and whether that person has a faith or belief and what explanation or justification they might give to God. I entreat that person, whoever they may be, to show mercy and compassion and come forward now and tell us where Madeleine is to be found. I hope she will be found soon, alive and well“.
It is clear that Mrs Justice Hogg is too emotionally disturbed to be sitting on a bench. She has interfered with an ongoing judicial process in Portugal.