anchor – Madeleine McCann’s
parents want Gonçalo Amaral and his wife to execute a
separation of assets in order to guarantee that the
former Judiciary Police Inspector, author of the book “The
Truth of the Lie”, has sufficient goods to pay
up a damages claim. Gonçalo Amaral’s wife says she will
not obey that court decision.
Voice Over reporter:
The McCann couple ask for 1,2 million Euros to Gonçalo
Amaral, for the contents of the book “The
Truth of the Lie”. The process is ongoing,
however in legal terms and in order to guarantee that
the former Judiciary Police Inspector possessions are
not lost, an apprehension of assets was ordered.
Nevertheless, since those are common to his wife, the
seizure of the said assets was refused. Currently,
Maddie's parents demand that Gonçalo Amaral and his wife
execute a separation of assets.
Sofia Leal Interview
Sofia Leal: It is
an issue of separation of assets, but the dilemma is
that all of our possessions are common. Our separation,
of our life together and assets would be a fraud. We
live, as everyone knows, in communion of goods [i.e.
conjugal status], of togetherness, of life. During
the last years of difficulties, of sadness; but also
with many moments of joy.
Voice Over Reporter:
This measure is foreseen in the law, but the couple
affirms they will not oblige.
Sofia Leal: I do
not even want to envisage that there is someone in
Portugal that wants to force me to separate from my
husband. Not to me, not to any other couple!
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I did not expect any kind of posture; I would never
authorize one of our lawyers to make such an outrageous
proposal to a family.
Voice Over: In July
2009, the injunction requested by the McCanns to Gonçalo
Amaral’s book was granted. At that time, Maddie’s
parents attained his book authorship rights, half of his
retirement pension as well as his share [half] of a
rural house in Olhão.