by Alexandra Serôdio
Gonçalo Amaral asked for the help of the State in order to be able to defend himself in the case brought by the McCanns [1,200 million Euros- £1,092,713.00 GBP].
Alleging economic insufficiency to pay the court costs, the former PJ coordinator saw the Civil Court of Lisbon preventively seize the earnings made from the sale of the book and of the documentary through a sole-proprietor company in his name, as a way to ensure that there will be money to pay any compensation, whose pertinence can only be examined at the main action.
In the aid application document, dated 24 September, Amaral declared an annual net income of 39 thousand Euros [£35,565 GBP], with a household of four people: himself, his wife and two little girls, of 11 and five years old. He also states that he does not to own real estate property.
According to a document from the Land Registry Office of Olhão, dated 21 September, to which the JN had access, Amaral, 'owns' [via a second mortgage loan to BES bank according to the Expresso newspaper article on 28 October 2009] a single-family house consisting of two floors, two terraces and a swimming pool, which is valued at more than 200 thousand euros [£182,144 GBP].
The sole-proprietor company in Amaral's name, created for the marketing of the book, has a car registered, of the Jaguar brand. The registration of that property was made in May, this year.
source: Jornal de Notícias