The book «Maddie, The Truth of the Lie» by Goncalo Amaral was returned
today [yesterday] to the publishers Guerra e Paz, after being taken from
the market in September 2009 by a judicial decision following a legal
action taken by Kate and Gerry McCann.
In a press statement, Goncalo Amaral's literary agent, announced today
[yesterday] the return of the books by Isabel Duarte, the lawyer for the
«This is an important moment for the recovery of the full right to the
freedom of expression of Goncalo Amaral, who suffered an unjust
restriction of those rights for the past years» reads the statement from
the agency, which also highlights that the decision of the Court of
Appeals of Lisbon was finally obeyed.
On the 19th of October of 2011, the high court judges overturned the
decision made by a first instance court that forbade Goncalo Amaral's
book sales, book in which the former Judiciary Police inspector defends
the thesis of the involvement of Kate and Gerry McCann in their
The trial hearings of the injunction made by the British couple, that
was decreed temporarily on September 9, 2009, took place in four court
sessions at the Civil Court of Lisbon in January 2010.
Another legal action where Goncalo Amaral is also targeted by the McCann
couple, where they claim 1.2 million euros for alleged statements that
the couple consider defamatory, will take place on September 13, 2012
[the first session].
A judicial source told today to Lusa News Agency that the trial that was
scheduled to start on February 9 of the current year, will proceed on
14, 20 and 21 of September, at the 1st Circuit of the Civil Court of
Lisbon, at the Justice Palace.
As coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Judiciary
Police of Portimão, Goncalo Amaral joined the team of investigators that
tried to find out what happened to Madeleine McCann.
Kate and Gerry McCann always claimed that Madeleine was abducted, they
were both constituted as arguidos [formal suspects] in September 2009,
but they were taken that status for lack of sufficient material evidence
that could support the hypothesis of the alleged accidental death of the
child that was advanced by the police investigation.
The Public Ministry [Attorney General's Office] ended up archiving the
process, that can be reopened if new [and credible] data surface
regarding the disappearance of the child.