Profits from Gonçalo Amaral’s book apprehended for "eventual payment" to the child neglecting NHS doctors Kate and Gerry McCann
The Civil Court of Lisbon has ordered the apprehension of all the profits that were obtained through the sale of the book “Maddie, the truth about the lie”, by former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral, following a process that was filed by the parents of the little English girl that disappeared in the Algarve in May 2007.
by Ricardo Marques
According to the court order, the editors that published the book have already been notified that all profits from the cession and sale of the book will be apprehended for the eventual payment of an amount of 1,2 million euro.
The court notifications about this injunction have already been sent to Italy, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, countries where the book has been translated and published.
Gonçalo Amaral, the inspector who led the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, in 2007, was removed from the case after statements that he made to the media.
The investigation into the disappearance of the 3.year-old English girl, in Praia da Luz, was archived on the 21st of July 2008.
In September, under an order from the Civil Court, the book had already been removed from the shelves.
The book “Maddie, the truth about the lie” was published in July 2008, by editors Guerra & Paz, and in the two following months had 12 editions, of 10 thousand copies each.
source: Expresso, 21.10.2009
Translated by astro
'Maddie,The Truth of the Lie' - McCanns Ask for 1,2 million euros in damages
The quota of Gonçalo Amaral in his unipersonal company, a third of his salary as the manager and the values delivered to that company by way of author rights or via commercial trademarking of works made by the former Judiciary Police Inspector were seized obliging the order of the process for defamation brought by the McCanns.
"This is a siege, they are trying to asphyxiate me at the desk", said the former Policeman to the CM.
The claim for damages follows the injunction that banned the book 'Maddie - The Truth of the Lie', written by Gonçalo Amaral, who led the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine in the Algarve. The English family - Kate, Gerry and their children, including Maddie - ask for 1.2 million euros to the former coordinator. The attachment is a precautionary measure until the decision of that judicial proceeding.
António Cabrita, Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer, has already added the contestation to the the claim for damages. "What is in question here is an unconstitutional decision, to the extent that the book reflects the right of expression and freedom of opinion," said the lawyer to the CM. António Cabrita alleges in the contestation that the book "has nothing offensive to the McCann family, nor accuses them of killing their daughter." And he stresses that Amaral's conclusions in the book are the same of the archived process, of which the final report leaves open several possibilities, including murder.
Gonçalo Amaral suspects of the intention of financial asphyxiation, given the high cost of court fees in order to contest and for which legal aid was sought (see support). "I do not have a fund, a fund to finance my defense," said Gonçalo Amaral. And concludes: "Not only I am deprived of my basic right to freedom of expression but I also face constraints related to my defense."
The Justice fee to contest a claim for damages of 1.2 million euros is worth more than two thousand euros. Amaral asked for legal aid, so that the contestation could be made, although there is still no decision regarding the support.
The Publisher Guerra & Paz was also notified to hold back the royalties payable to Gonçalo Amaral. Valentim de Carvalho was also notified, because of a video based on the book, however it was not possible to confirm this information until the closure of this edition
The McCann arrived at a figure of 1.2 million claiming that Amaral received 25% of author rights and that he charged for interviews. "Not true," says Amaral.
The book is being sold in 5 countries and was to be published in England when the legal action took place.
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