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McCanns are 'disappointed' after Portuguese cop who claimed they covered up missing Maddie's death wins appeal



Original Source: Sun Tuesday 19 April 2016

15:34, 19 Apr 2016


Three judges back Goncolo Amaral, who wrote damning book on Kate and Gerry


A Portuguese detective who claimed the McCanns faked Maddie's disappearance after she died in their holiday apartment has won a libel appeal


GERRY and Kate McCann are "disappointed" after a Portuguese detective who wrote a book claiming they "faked Maddie's disappearance after she died in their holiday apartment" won a libel appeal against them. 

Goncalo Amaral was ordered to pay the McCanns half a million euros in libel damages in April last year after accusing them of faking their daughter's abduction in an explosive book. 

But the couple were left "disappointed after three appeal judges ruled in the former Portuguese police chief's favour today, meaning he will not have to pay out the cash.


Gerry and Kate sued Amaral for libel after he claimed they covered up Maddie's accidental death


Amaral posted a copy of the 16-page judgement overturning the original decision on an Internet blog.


The last page of the document, signed by three appeal judges and dated April 19, confirmed the original ruling was being revoked.


It is understood the decision paves the way for the book ‘The Truth of the Lie’ to be sold again in shops in what would be a devastating bodyblow for the McCanns.


Editor Guerra e Paz are expected to rush out new copies so they can hit the shelves next week, netting Amaral a potential fortune.


Isabel Duarte, the McCanns' Portuguese lawyer, said she was "disappointed" but not surprised by the appeal decision.


She said Madeleine's parents instructed her to launch an appeal of their own, to be decided by Portugal's Supreme Court.


She confirmed: “I have just learnt that the three appeal court judges have decided to overturn the original decision in favour of my clients. It was a unanimous decision. The original decision has been revoked.


“I and the McCanns are obviously disappointed but I am not surprised because one of the judges ruled in favour of a previous appeal overturning a ban on the book.


“This decision was an appreciation of the law and not the facts.


Amaral made explosive claims against the McCanns in his book 'The Truth of the Lie'


“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 succeed. 

“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 book.


A number of Brits were among hundreds of people who donated money towards Goncalo Amaral's legal bills after the McCanns sued him.


Amaral made nearly £400,000 from copies of his book - which blames the McCanns for hiding information about Maddie's disappearance.


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 Madeleine.”


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.


Kate and Gerry McCann had said every penny of the 500,000 euros he was set to pay would go to the Find Maddie fund


In 'The Truth of the Lie', he said the McCanns faked Madeleine's abduction after she died in their holiday apartment. 

He was ordered to pay the McCanns libel damages after a Lisbon judge ruled he overstepped freedom of speech limits. 

The couple announced after the verdict they would plough “every penny” of the payout into the hunt for their daughter, three when she vanished on May 3 2007.


Amaral was axed from the investigation shortly after Maddie's disappearance


But Amaral’s appeal has thwarted their hopes of spending the money finding their missing daughter.


Amaral, who was axed from the investigation shortly after Maddie disappeared, previously accused Kate and Gerry of causing him "enormous damage".


He said the effect was "moral, professional and financial".


Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, was unavailable this afternoon.


Isabel Duarte, the Portuguese lawyer who represented the couple over the libel case, was said by her office to be in court and unavailable. 

Amaral could also not be immediately contacted.

Original decision Portuguese documents: Appeal in favour of Gonçalo Amaral
Appeal in favour of Gonçalo Amaral English translation


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