Thursday

McCanns: Decision Due on Ex-Cop Book Ban


6:08am UK, Thursday February 18, 2010

Julia Reid, Sky News Online

Kate and Gerry McCann will find out later whether a book that claims they were involved in their daughter's disappearance will be banned for good.

Goncalo Amaral, the former lead investigator in the case of Madeleine McCann, is fighting to overturn a temporary injunction on his book, which alleges Madeleine died in the family's holiday apartment and her parents faked her abduction.

The McCanns travelled to Lisbon earlier this year to hear the final legal arguments in the case and renew their appeal to find Madeleine, who disappeared from the resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007.

They said they were fighting the case to make sure people keep searching for their daughter.

"If people believe, unnecessarily, that she's dead without any evidence then we'll never find her," Mr McCann said.

His wife added: "The important thing to remember is that a child is still missing." (Why can Kate never bring herself to say 'our' child is still missing?)

The couple also said they wanted the whole investigation into their daughter's disappearance to be reviewed by Portuguese and British police.

Mr Amaral's lawyers have described the case as an attack on freedom of speech and vowed to go to the European courts if he loses.

The former detective is being sued for around £1m by the McCanns in a separate libel case, and the couple have also launched criminal proceedings against a Portuguese TV channel.

TVI broadcast a documentary based on Mr Amaral's book prior to the temporary injunction, but the McCanns' lawyers believe the channel then broke the rules of the injunction by continuing to discuss the allegations against the couple.

The Mccanns, who are from Rothley in Leicestershire, will not be travelling to Portugal to hear the judge's decision.

Source: Sky News
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