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Madeleine McCann: back on the front pages, libel and Goncalo Amaral is ruined

by | 28th, April 2015

Madeleine McCann’s parents Gerry and Kate McCann have won £357,000 (Daily Telegraph)  after successfully suing ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral. The former Portuguese policeman suggested in his book  The Truth Of The Lie  that the couple had faked their daughter’s abduction. That view was defamatory.

The McCanns’ spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, says:

“It was entirely focused on the effect of the libels on our other children and the damage that was done to the search for Madeleine.”

The BBC :

The McCanns, from Rothley in Leicestershire, said the claims exacerbated their anguish and discouraged people from coming forward with information after Madeleine disappeared… Mr Amaral, who initially headed the inquiry into Madeleine’s disappearance, was taken off the case in October 2007…. His book, published in 2008, has been a bestseller in Portugal.

The McCanns were originally seeking 1.25m euros (almost £900,000) in damages from Mr Amaral, his publisher and a company that produced a documentary based on his book. In a written verdict, a court in the Portugeuse capital Lisbon ruled Mr Amaral should pay Mr and

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