In a new book, Amaral attacks everyone who wants to silence him
by Rute Coelho and Miguel Ferreira
It is called “The Gag” and the launch, which will be handled by a Spanish editor, will be a major event. In his book, Gonçalo Amaral focuses on the McCanns and on everyone who has an interest in his silence
From his hasty exit from the Polícia Judiciária following the Maddie case and the nuisances with Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer, who accused him of torturing his client, passing through the more present situation of the injunction that was requested by the McCanns and the consequent arrest of his assets. About all of this – including notes from his personal life – did Gonçalo Amaral write in his new book “The Gag”, that is published by a Spanish editor and will be launched soon, as 24horas was able to establish.
“The Gag” is the name that was chosen by Gonçalo Amaral for his news book that is launched by a Spanish editor. The McCanns’ injunction will be opposed.
“Gonçalo Amaral has explained to me that he is not authorised, due to the contract that he has with the foreign editor, to speak about the book or about its launch. The editor wants it to be a major surprise”, 24horas was told by António Cabrita, Amaral’s lawyer. Apparently gagged even by the editor, Gonçalo Amaral can say nothing about the new literary “bomb”.
His lawyer only advanced that it will be a “book about the right to opinion and to freedom of expression” and added that Gonçalo Amaral “counted on the support of a jurist that helped him with certain concepts”.
Thesis about Maddie is left out
António Cabrita stressed that Amaral could not make any considerations about the disappearance of the English girl in the Algarve. “Due to the McCanns’ injunction on the book ‘The Truth about the Lie’, he is forbidden from divulging the thesis that Madeleine died from an accident in the apartment and that the parents were suspects in concealing the cadaver”, the lawyer said.
Forbidden from speaking about the case, Manuel S. Fonseca, head of Guerra & Paz – the editor of the book “Maddie, the Truth about the Lie” that takes part in the opposition against the McCanns’ injunction – could only confirm to 24horas that the new book will not be published by his editing house.
Cabrita stressed the “financial suffocation” that Gonçalo Amaral has suffered through the McCanns’ injunction. This is due to the Lisbon Civil Court ordering the arrest of profits that are obtained from the sale of the book “Maddie, the Truth about the Lie”. All profits from sales of the book will be arrested for the eventual payment of a compensation of 1.2 million euros that has been demanded by the English couple.
“We have opposed the compensation request but not the arrest of assets, because Gonçalo has not been notified of the fundaments for the decision yet, so he can oppose it”, said António Cabrita. The lawyer defends Amaral for free.
Witnesses heard on the 11th
On the 11th this month, the 13th Civil Court of Lisbon is going to hear a series of witnesses that were indicated by Gonçalo Amaral and by editor Guerra e Paz and the producer Valentim de Carvalho (which produced the documentary that was based on the book), the parties that are involved in the opposition to the McCanns’ injunction, Amaral’s lawyer confirmed to 24horas. Gonçalo Amaral does not have to attend the session, only the witnesses that he indicated. According to an initial information that was advanced by a source close to the former PJ coordinator, the book launch would be scheduled for that date. But neither Amaral nor his lawyer confirmed that information.
source: 24Horas, paper edition, 04.12.2009