Kate McCann has branded 'a disgrace' the Portuguese detective who led the hunt for her daughter.
In her first interview since being cleared of involvement in Madeleine's disappearance, Mrs McCann openly criticises Goncalo Amaral for his role in the inquiry and his decision to write a book about the search.
Mr Amaral, 48, was sacked from the investigation for briefing against Mrs McCann and husband Gerry.
The couple were made suspects while he was in charge of the case and had previously declined to speak out against him publicly.
But the lifting of their arguido status has freed the McCanns to vent their anger.
In an interview with the Portuguese newspaper Expresso, published tomorrow, Mrs McCann, 40, is asked what she thinks of Amaral and his book, a bestseller in Portugal. She replies: "It's a disgrace."
The McCanns' animosity towards him has long been known in circles close to the couple but until now they have kept their counsel, not wishing to harm the police investigation into Madeleine's disappearance in May last year a few days before her fourth birthday.
But the inquiry has now been shelved after Portuguese authorities ruled there was no evidence to bring charges against either the McCanns or Robert Murat, the only other official suspect in the case, whose status has also been lifted.
With no other leads, police have wound up the inquiry.
No, here's the real disgrace, Kate (besides the disgraceful fact that you left all your children alone every night) :
Gordon Brown has Gonçalo Amaral removed from investigation when he was "close to finding Maddie"
Kate McCann forced political pressure on the investigation
Kate Mccann's fingerprints all over fake break in attempt
Kate tried everything to accuse Robert Murat
Kate McCann: My struggle to control ‘very difficult’ Madeleine
Government interference in McCann case
Clarence Mitchell threatens Mr Amaral
Kate McCann refuses Lie Detector Test after saying she was willing to take one
McCanns refuse reconstruction
McCann's did not physically search for Maddie
Phone intercepts confirm Maddie's death
David Payne suspected of paedophilia
The 48 questions Kate McCann refused to answer to help find Maddie
Question 41. Is it true that in England you even considered handing over Madeleine’s custody to a relative?
Leicester police allowed Russell O'Brien to read his wifes statement before questioning
Clarence Mitchell: "If she is dead, then she is dead, but not by their hand"
Comments at 3 Arguido's here
All this because you chose not to pay 10€ an hour for a babysitter and everything you didn't do becomes someone else's fault. It's your behaviour that's a disgrace. Don't blame Gonçalo Amaral.
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