“We are going to court and file a claim for damages against the McCann couple, of that there are no doubts whatsoever”, stated yesterday to DN the former Judiciary Police Inspector Gonçalo Amaral after the Lisbon Court of Appeals ruling annulled the prohibition to market the book 'Maddie, The Truth of The Lie'.
“We haven't yet determined the losses”, added Gonçalo Amaral.
“The book is an exercise of Citizenship and of Freedom of Expression. With this decision made by the Appeals Court, it was the Portuguese democracy who has won, since the ban on the sale of the book was unconstitutional”, said Gonçalo Amaral.
In the ruling, the Judges upheld that the former inspector was right. “In that which the author differs from the prosecutors who have written the dispatch, is in the criminal logic and investigatory interpretation of those facts. In this case we are in the presence of the exercise of the right to freedom of opinion, which in fact is an area of expertise of the author, since he was a criminal investigative inspector for 26 years”, affirmed the Judges.
In addition to advancing with the court proceedings, Gonçalo Amaral wishes to make a reprint of his book. “It will contain new facts accurately substantiated.”
in Diário de Notícias 20.10.2010