Today, the McCann couple’s lawyer presented a criminal complaint against TVI, for alleged successive breach of the injunction that prohibited the diffusion of Gonçalo Amaral’s thesis, that is reproduced in the book “Maddie – The Truth of the Lie”.
Isabel Duarte filed the action at the Criminal Court of Oeiras, at the end of the morning today, indicating as witnesses Kate and Gerry McCann, who accompanied the lawyer and were heard by the Public Ministry, taking advantage of their stay in Portugal for the trial concerning the prohibition of the former Polícia Judiciária (PJ) inspector’s book.
The representative of the parents of the child that disappeared in the Algarve, in 2007, also accuses TVI of propagating the infamies and injuries against the British couple, that returns to London today, after the last trial session at the Palace of Justice, in Lisbon, over the provisory injunction that removed the book from the market, decreed on the 9th of September of 2009.
The hearing at the 7th section of the Civil Court of Lisbon, which has its final allegations today in the afternoon, consisted this morning of the depositions by two witnesses that were summoned by Guerra & Paz, Gonçalo Amaral’s book’s editor, and by Valentim de Carvalho, that was responsible for the sale of the video that was based on the documentary that TVI broadcast in 2009.
Eduardo Dâmaso, joint chief editor for ‘Correio da Manhã’, the newspaper that sold the video with its edition on the 29th of July, 2009, confirmed that the book was presented in Lisbon on the 24th of July, 2008, and stressed that “the book was edited after” the archiving dispatch of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, on the 29th [sic] of July, 2008. [the archiving dispatch was issued on the 21st of July, 2008]
The journalist recalled that in Portugal other books about investigated cases were published, and are still on sale, like for example, among others, about the Camarate case and with the book “The Faces of Justice”, by Marinho Pinto, present head of the Lawyers’ Order.
Producer Luis Froes [general director of Valentim de Carvalho Multimedia] explained the contract between Valentim de Carvalho and TVI, and the judge ordered the document, which set the period between the 27th of April and the 30th of June, 2009, for the sale of the video [via Correio da Manhã], appended to the process.
Upon leaving the court, Gonçalo Amaral repeated that “there was no violation of the judicial secrecy” and stressed that “what is in the book is what is in the investigation”, noting that he is not worried “about whatever the McCanns may do”.
António Cabrita, the former PJ inspector’s lawyer, also spoke, mentioning that “there is no offence in the book, because it is a faithful reproduction of the investigation”.
“It embarrasses me as a citizen, to see opinion being limited”, he added.