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.
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
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
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
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
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