Former lead investigator in the
case Gonçalo Amaral has told the Algarve Resident of
his intentions to release his controversial book, Maddie –
da Mentira (Maddie -
The Truth of the Lie)
in the UK.
“I believe that the British people have the right to read an objective
and well reasoned literary work. I think that it would be strange that
the oldest democracy in the world was not able to publish and read this
The ban on the book, which was imposed in September
2009, was lifted this month allowing it, and a
based on the account, to go back on sale across the country and Gonçalo
Amaral believes that this decision was an act of justice.
“I think that justice has been done in this
case. The battle has been won but the war has only just begun in the
search for truth and the realisation of justice,” he said.
While the controversial book set out to state the
beliefs of Gonçalo Amaral in the case of the disappearance of Madeleine
McCann, he has no concrete plans to follow this up with a sequel.
“My book gave an account of the first six months of
the investigation which I coordinated and in which I was defiled and
unfairly criticised both personally and professionally.
“Now the process of the case is available to the
public while the strategies of the McCann family and their
have also brought forward a wealth of
information about the case. I have gone back to being a free man but I
will think about if it would be good sense to decide to write another
Meanwhile, Gonçalo Amaral has not made a final
decision as to whether he will be suing the McCann family for damages
incurred through the banning of the book. He told the Algarve Resident:
“The decision to sue the McCanns for damages has not yet been made. We
are assessing the damages that have been done and then I will make a
decision with my family and lawyers about this.”
Gonçalo Amaral refused to comment about a possible
appeal by the
McCann family to reinstate the ban: “I have no opinion on
statements of intent. Let’s wait and see,” he said.
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