Gonçalo Amaral: "Let's go to court!"

Gonçalo Amaral: “There are things that I haven’t said yet”

Allegations made by the former PJ inspector are considered to be defamatory

by Cláudia Lima da Costa /HB

The parents of Madeleine McCann, the little English girl that disappeared in the Algarve on the 3rd of May 2007, have announced that they are going to sue former Polícia Judiciária (PJ) inspector Gonçalo Amaral for defamation. The former police inspector, who was responsible for the investigation into the child’s disappearance, has already reacted to the news and says that there are “things that he hasn’t said yet and that he can prove in court”.

The information was advanced by BBC, citing the couple’s spokesperson, who said that this legal action was prompted by “entirely unfounded and grossly defamatory claims”.

“We - together with our three children Madeleine, Sean and Amelie - are taking this legal action against Gonçalo Amaral over his entirely unfounded and grossly defamatory claims”.

Gonçalo Amaral reacted to the couple’s spokesperson’s statements and told TVI that he is a “tranquil man” and that he receives the news “calmly”. The former PJ inspector says that the “situation was awaited”, especially after the broadcast of the documentary, that was produced by the couple, and the interview to Oprah didn’t achieve “the desired effect”.

“There are things that I haven’t said yet”

Gonçalo Amaral further stated that he trusts the Portuguese Justice and that he has “no doubts” that the process will be reopened. “Let’s go to court! That is a way to reopen the process”, he said in a statement to tvi24.pt, alleging that there are still diligences to be made and that he has “the right” to defend himself.

The former inspector has not been officially notified of the decision, but he reacts indignantly: “This is an intimidation attempt that could backfire for them, because there are things that I haven’t said yet, things that I can prove in court”, he said.

As far as tvi24.pt was able to establish, the McCann couple already has a lawyer in the city of Lisbon who wants to pursue the process that targets not only Gonçalo Amaral, but also editor Guerra e Paz, that was responsible for the book launch, and against Valentim de Carvalho [producers of the ‘Truth of the Lie’ documentary].

The statements that are at issue are, according to the British couple, allegations that “Madeleine is not only dead”, but also that they, the child’s parents, “were somehow involved in concealing her body”, BBC cites.

It’s further explained that this process was filed in order to prevent the publication of Gonçalo Amaral’s book “The Truth of the Lie” and a television documentary by the former PJ inspector, about the case.

“We can no longer stand back and watch as Mr Amaral tries to convince the entire world that Madeleine is dead”, reads the press release that is cited by the British media chain.

source: tvi24, 16.05.2009

Translated by astro
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