Anorak | Madeleine McCann: parents’ risky libel case against Amaral begins in Portugal

Madeleine McCann: parents’ risky libel case against Amaral begins in Portugal

by | 12th, September 2013

iaQd3UJh MADELEINE McCann is back in the news. The summer passed without sighting of the child who was once spotted all around the world. The focus is  is on Kate McCann, the child’s mother.

The Daily Express lead with news:


Lest Brave and mum not place the Express squarely on Kate McCann’s side in a legal spat, the paper adds:

Madeleine’s mother will face her police tormentor in court

This tormentor is called Goncalo Amaral, the Portuguese copper who investigated the child’s vanishing and then wrote a book about it.

The brave mother will face fresh agony in the Portuguese capital Lisbon, where she is launching a court bid to silence her tormentor Goncalo Amaral over allegations he made about the fate of the youngster. Former GP Kate and husband Gerry, both 45, are seeking £1million in damages from the former detective they say made their lives hell.

Amaral, 56, claims the couple lied about the events surrounding Madeleine’s disappearance.

He went on to write a book in which he alleged Madeleine died in the family’s holiday apartment and her parents covered up the tragedy.

Kate McCann and her husband Gerry deny that accusation. So. They want to silence Mr Amaral. One problem is that in Portugal freedom of speech is taken very seriously. It was not so very far back ion history that Portugal was a dictatorship. Freedom to way the unsayable has been had won.

As ever the Express reminds us that Mr McCann is a “heart consultant Gerry”, who will “remain at the couple’s home in Rothley, Leicestershire, to look after their eight-year-old twins Sean and Amelie”.

Michael Wright, the husband of Kate’s cousin Anne-Marie, will tell the Lisbon hearing that Amaral’s “poisonous lies” nearly destroyed the family. Kate agreed to attend court at the last moment on the advice of her Portuguese lawyer Isabel Duarte.

A source close to the McCanns said yesterday: “Kate’s lawyers felt that one of Madeleine’s parents should be there in person. Kate agreed to go while Gerry looks after the twins. “She is not expected to give evidence but will be sitting in the courtroom.”

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