Former PJ inspector alleges economical insufficiency to defend himself from the lawsuit by Madeleine McCann’s parents.
The former coordinator of the Maddie case investigation is asking the State for help in order to be able to defend himself in the lawsuit that has been filed by the parents of the child that went missing in the Algarve. He alleges economic insufficiency in order not to pay court costs.
Gonçalo Amaral has requested the Social Security’s help shortly before contesting the injunction that was presented by Kate and Gerry McCann, which aimed at removing the book “The truth about the lie”, and the documentary that is based on the same work, from the market, as well as to cease the sale of author’s rights into foreign countries, through editors Guerra e Paz. And further, to prohibit the investigator, who is now retired from the Polícia Judiciária, from continuing to publicly speak about his theory in the case of the little English girl.
Madeleine McCann’s parents demand damages in the amount of 1.2 million euros, which means that the value of the justice tax that has to be paid surpasses five thousand euros, for contestation only, and excluding other costs.
More recently, only days ago, the former Maddie case inspector saw the Civil Court of Lisbon preventively seizing the profits from the sale of the books and the documentary, through an unipersonal firm in Amaral’s name, as a way to guarantee that there will be money to pay an eventual compensation, whose pertinence will only be evaluated in the main action.
According to information that was collected by JN, in the request for financial assistance, due to economical insufficiency, Gonçalo Amaral has declared a liquid yearly income of 39 thousand euros, presenting a family aggregate of four persons: the former investigator himself, his wife and two girls, aged 11 and five.
The author of “The truth about the lie” has no further assets in his name – he has no property and no vehicles. The only family car, a Ford Focus of 2003, is in his wife’s name, who is a technician at Portimão’s City Hall.
In a press release dated days ago, the former Judiciária coordinator stated that he fears that “the truth about the disappearance of Madeleine is at risk of being decided in the office”. And he is also afraid of “being prevented from defending his reasons in court, due to the extremely high monetary costs” of the process, concerning lawyers’ fees and “millionaire judicial costs, from which, it would seem, only the impoverished are exempt”.
For now, Gonçalo Amaral has requested Social Security to exempt him from paying the justice fee and other costs of the process; the final decision, which may also pass through an appeal with the courts, is not known yet.
Revoking of the injunction has been requested
Gonçalo Amaral asks the Civil Court of Lisbon to revoke the injunction, alleging that its amplitude impedes not only the divulgation of the contents of the book “The truth about the lie”, but also the divulgation of the terms that are part of the Maddie case investigation process, which ended up being archived. Thus it is disproportionate and unconstitutional, offending the right to freedom of expression.
The former PJ investigator stresses that he does not accuse Kate and Gerry McCann of having murdered their daughter and concealing her cadaver. And that he only defends the theory of her death in the Ocean Club apartment, in Praia da Luz, Lagos – not referring anyone’s authorship – and “suspects” posterior involvement of the parents in concealing the cadaver. He further underlines that his entire report is based on facts that have been established within the process and that even the inquiry’s prosecutors say it is “most likely” that the little girl is dead.
More: Amaral recalls that the McCanns themselves and their spokesman have already publicly admitted, in interviews, that Madeleine may be dead.
source: Jornal de Notícias, 26.10.2009