Maddie’s parents return to Portugal for lawsuit against Gonçalo Amaral
by Nuno Miguel Maia
The McCann couple requests Portuguese Justice to order the destruction of all copies of the book and the movie that were authored by Gonçalo Amaral, the former PJ coordinator who defends the thesis of Madeleine’s death. The parents return to Portugal this week.
Kate and Gerry McCann will be present the day after tomorrow, at the start of the rial over the injunction that forbids the sale of “Maddie – The Truth of the Lie”, at the Civil Court of Lisbon.
Gonçalo Amaral and the editor oppose the continuation of the order that removed the book and the documentary, that defend the thesis of the little English girl’s death and the involvement of her parents in concealing her cadaver, from the market.
This injunction is linked to a main lawsuit in which the McCann couple makes several requests. The main ones include the full destruction of all copies of the book and of the DVD documentary that still exist in warehouses, as well as the prohibition to cede author’s rights or divulgation rights into other countries or on the internet.
If they win the action, the parents of the child that disappeared in Praia da Luz, Lagos, on the 3rd of May 2007, further demand the publication of the final decision in national newspapers, on two consecutive days, in a way to, albeit partially, reconstitute their image.
As well as the prohibition to divulge the thesis of the little girl’s death, the couple asks Gonçalo Amaral and the other defendants in the lawsuit to be condemned to pay 100 thousand euros for every action that goes against the judicial decision.
1.2 million euros
In another lawsuit, Gonçalo Amaral is demanded to pay a compensation of 1.2 million euros. It was under this action that the seizing of all of the former PJ coordinator’s assets was ordered.
Gonçalo Amaral has summoned PJ colleagues that took part in the investigation as witnesses, including Luís Neves, the national director of the heavy crime unit.
Even the Public Ministry prosecutor who archived the process, Magalhães Meneses, was summoned as a witness. This magistrate, together with joint general prosecutor Melchior Gomes, have lamented the English people’s refusal to participate in a reconstitution of the facts. In this way, the McCanns did not manage to “prove their innocence”.
source: Jornal de Notícias, 10.01.2010