Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Amaral loses libel case

Goncalo Amaral

"A Portuguese court ruled that disgraced detective Goncalo Amaral, who ran the initial investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine in 2007, should pay libel damages to the couple following the publication of his book The Truth of the Lie."

"Kate and Gerry McCann were accused in the book of covering up missing Madeleine's death, which they said left them "crushed and devastated".

"The court in Lisbon ruled the book had caused hurt to the family, Sky News reported. Kate said the policeman’s claims left her unable to sleep at night and hampered the hunt for Madeleine, who vanished from the family’s Algarve holiday apartment in 2007."

"The 46-year-old former GP told a court she believed Amaral’s book, The Truth of the Lie, had turned the Portuguese people against the couple. "

"Kate also revealed the policeman’s smears had reached the ears of their nine-year-old son who asked her: "Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine, didn’t he?"

"She was asked previously in the hearing by judge Maria de Melo e Castro about claims she and 45-year-old Gerry dumped Madeleine’s body after she was accidentally killed in their Praia da Luz apartment."

"Kate branded the allegation "far-fetched" and added: "It was about Madeleine being killed and us having moved the body and then storing her in a freezer and then transporting the body in a hire car several weeks later."

"We were so desperate to find Madeleine and I just felt it was destroying our chances."

"Asked how she felt when she first read Amaral’s book, she replied: "I was devastated. It made me feel quite desperate because of injustice I felt towards my daughter and our family." [The book has never been published in English. It is interesting that Kate McCann can read Portuguese ! ]

It looks like the mainstream media did not check their sources.

From Laid Bare:

"Yesterday, 28th April 2015, the media reported that the McCanns had been awarded varying figures from the damages trial they instigated against Goncalo Amaral. We were very sceptical as to whether the news was genuine, or whether it was simply more dirty tricks from team McCann, the like of which we saw on January 21st 2015, when someone rumoured to be Isabel Duarte, the McCann`s lawyer, told the Lusa News Agency that the McCann`s had won the trial against Goncalo."

"What took us all by surprise yesterday, was that the press were getting these stories before Goncalo`s legal team were. This just didn`t make sense at all, the verdict was always supposed to be sent to both parties in writing."

"So why didn`t Goncalo`s team have the documentation?"

"The answer to that is quite astonishing. Isabel Duarte got her hands on the document before it passed through Citius, the judicial network, she then passed it on to several journalists."

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