An appeals court in Portugal has
overturned the libel conviction of a
former Portuguese detective who
published a book alleging the parents of
Madeleine McCann were involved in their
daughter's disappearance, their lawyer
Lisbon lawyer Isabel Duarte said she was
notified of the court's decision to
uphold Goncalo Amaral's appeal against
the order to pay Kate and Gerry McCann
500,000 euro (£395,000) in compensation.
That ruling was handed down by a lower
court in Lisbon a year ago, prompting Mr
Amaral to appeal.
Ms Duarte said she intended to fight the
decision at the Supreme Court.
Mr Amaral was part of the police
investigation into Madeleine's
disappearance from a holiday home in
Portugal's Algarve region in May 2007,
days before her fourth birthday.
In 2008 he published his book about the
case called The Truth Of The Lie.
The McCanns sought 1.2 million euro
(£948,000) in damages from Mr Amaral,
saying they were "totally destroyed" and
"depressed" by his allegations and felt
"ashamed" that they might appear to have
been to blame for their daughter's
Mr Amaral had argued in his defence that
his claims stemmed from the police
investigation and that Portuguese media
had already reported the possibility
that the parents might have played a
role in Madeleine's disappearance.
The appeals court "decided that (Mr
Amaral) had the right to do what he did.
It said he can write what he wants", Ms
Duarte said. "It absolved him, said he
didn't have to pay anything."
She said the McCanns took the reversal
in their stride after a long time
battling in Portuguese courts.
"They're used to it," Ms Duarte said.
Portuguese police closed the case in
2008 because authorities had detected no
crime, but British police are still
looking into it.
Madeleine would turn 13 next month.