“We can appeal to the Supreme Court
which we will do as we have instructions
from our clients.
“My understanding from reading the
appeal ruling is that the judges have
decided Amaral was entitled to write a
book the court calls a literary book.
“The court is basically saying he had
the right to express his opinions.
“We obviously hope the appeal will
“The McCanns never received any
compensation money after the original
decision although the money was
deposited at the court so there is no
money to return to Gonzalo Amaral."
The former cop launched an appeal a
month after losing his long-running
libel battle over the controversial 2008
A number of Brits were among hundreds of
donated money towards Goncalo Amaral's
legal bills after the McCanns sued
Amaral made nearly £400,000 from copies
of his book - which blames the McCanns
for hiding information about Maddie's
His lawyer Miguel Cruz Rodrigues said:
“This decision not only means my client
hasn’t got to pay the EUROS 500,000 to
Madeleine McCann’s parents but equally
importantly also allows him to express
his freedom of speech and the chance to
republish his book.”
Kate, 46, has mostly kept silent on the
subject of Amaral, but in one interview
she revealed how son Sean, now nine, had
told her: “Mr Amaral said you hid
The McCanns held the former Portuguese
police chief responsible for virtually
destroying every hope there was of
finding Maddie in the first crucial
hours and days after she went missing on
May 3, 2007.