13th July 2009
By Jerry Lawton
MADELEINE McCann’s parents are launching a £1million lawsuit against the detective who declared them suspects in her disappearance.
And they will use any cash they win to help fund their search for her.
Gerry and Kate McCann, both 41, have hired Portugal’s top libel lawyer to conduct their claim against Goncalo Amaral.
The 49-year-old ex-police officer was behind the decision to name them suspects after Maddie vanished from their Portuguese holiday flat in May 2007, just before her fourth birthday.
He was later sacked from the case and the couple, from Rothley, Leics, have been cleared of any involvement.
Since retiring from the force Amaral has continued to point the finger of suspicion at the McCanns in a book and TV documentary which have made him a millionaire.
Their lawyer Isabel Duarte, 54, said: “The McCanns have been torn apart by Amaral’s claims.”
Amaral’s publisher Mario Sena Lopes said he was “looking forward’’ to facing them in court.
Source: Daily Star
Gonçalo Amaral: The Truth of the Lie
Kate and Gerry McCann v Gonçalo Amaral
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McCanns sued for £500,000
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Link to Daily Mail article dated 29 October 2007 - way before Amaral's book was published
Also from October 2007: Gerry could be a risk to his patients, warns senior heart specialist
Related: From the McCann's Expresso Interview on Video : 6th September 2008
Q – Former inspector Gonçalo Amaral remains convinced of your involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance. Did you read ‘The Truth of the Lie’, the book that he wrote?
Kate and Gerry – No.
Kate – Why would I?
Gerry – I won’t learn anything from reading it.
Q – It was a success in Portugal.
Gerry – Was it? How many copies did it sell?
Q – Approximately 200 thousand. Next week, it is edited in Spain.
Gerry – That is what can be called illicit enrichment.
Q – Your English lawyers already have a translated copy and they are analyzing it. Do you intend to sue Gonçalo Amaral?
Gerry – At this moment we are focused on what we can do to find Madeleine and not in suing anyone.
Kate – All that I am going to say about this – because I’m not going to waste any time on Mr Amaral – is that as a professional and as a person his behaviour has been a disgrace.
Q – Aren’t you curious to know what the book says?
Kate – What for? It must be nothing but a load of rubbish. It is so secondary… It certainly won’t help to find our daughter. My consolation is that on the cover he calls her Maddie, the name that the media have invented. We never called her anything like that.
Source: Joana Morais