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McCanns appeal to the Supreme Court to forbid Goncalo Amaral's book



Jornal de Notícias 10 November 2010, 20h37m

With thanks to Joana Morais for translation

The McCann couple have appealed to the Supreme Court of Justice against the Appellate Court's decision to overturn the ban on the sales of Goncalo Amaral's book "Maddie – The Truth of the Lie", the lawyer that represents the parents of the child that went missing in the Algarve said today.

Isabel Duarte, lawyer to Gerry and Kate McCann, who were in Lisbon today, asserted that the appeal was delivered at the Supreme Court of Justice on the 5th of November, requesting the Appellate Court of Lisbon's decision dated October 19 to be annulled.

In the appeal, the lawyer argues that the Appellate Court "did not take into consideration facts that have never been questioned throughout the process" and stressed that "those elements were not analysed" by the higher judges, in order to cancel the Civil Court of Lisbon's decision after the injunction that was requested by Madeleine's parents.

"The Appellate Court did not take into account that the book was made to make money, to deepen the McCann couple's pain and to damage the investigation", stressed Isabel Duarte, who has not yet returned
Goncalo Amaral's book to editor Guerra & Paz, for the former inspector's work to return to bookshops.

The lawyer, who is the trustee of the book copies as ordered by the Civil Court, said that "nothing will force me to return them until there is a final decision" from the Supreme Court of Justice.

In January, the Civil Court of Lisbon tried the injunction that had been requested by the McCanns (temporarily decreed on the 9th of September) and decided to uphold the prohibition to sell Goncalo Amaral's book and forbade the former Judiciary Police inspector from giving interviews, both in Portugal and abroad.

Afterwards, the Appellate Court decided in favour of Goncalo Amaral, who in his book defends the thesis of
Kate and Gerry McCann's involvement in the disappearance of their daughter in May of 2007, in a tourist apartment in the Algarve.

Apart from this process, Kate and Gerry McCann filed a lawsuit against Goncalo Amaral over defamation, in which they demand compensation of 1.2 million euros, and another one over violation of the judicial secrecy.

Madeleine McCann disappeared on the 3rd of May, 2007, in an apartment in a tourist resort in Praia da Luz, Lagos, where she was spending holidays with her parents and two siblings.

As coordinator of the Judiciary Police's Criminal Investigation Department in Portimao, Goncalo Amaral was a member of the investigating team that tried to find out what happened to the little English girl.

Kate and Gerry McCann, who have always maintained the position that Madeleine was abducted, were made arguidos in September 2007, but ended up being cleared in July 2008 due to a lack of evidence to sustain the hypothesis of the child's accidental death that had been advanced by the investigation. Thus the Public Ministry filed the process, which may be reopened if new consistent data concerning the child's disappearance arises.


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