The book «Maddie, The Truth of the Lie» by Gonçalo Amaral was returned today [yesterday] to the publishers Guerra e Paz, after being taken from the market in September 2009 by a judicial decision following a legal action taken by Kate and Gerry McCann.
In a press statement, Gonçalo Amaral's literary agent, announced today [yesterday] the return of the books by Isabel Duarte, the lawyer for the McCann couple.
«This is an important moment for the recovery of the full right to the freedom of expression of Gonçalo Amaral, who suffered an unjust restriction of those rights for the past years» reads the statement from the agency, which also highlights that the decision of the Court of Appeals of Lisbon was finally obeyed.
On the 19th of October of 2011, the high court judges overturned the decision made by a first instance court that forbade Gonçalo Amaral's book sales, book in which the former Judiciary Police inspector defends the thesis of the involvement of Kate and Gerry McCann in their daughter's disappearance.
The trial hearings of the injunction made by the British couple, that was decreed temporarily on September 9, 2009, took place in four court sessions at the Civil Court of Lisbon in January 2010.
Another legal action where Gonçalo Amaral is also targeted by the McCann couple, where they claim 1.2 million euros for alleged statements that the couple consider defamatory, will take place on September 13, 2012 [the first session].
A judicial source told today to Lusa News Agency that the trial that was scheduled to start on February 9 of the current year, will proceed on 14, 20 and 21 of September, at the 1st Circuit of the Civil Court of Lisbon, at the Justice Palace.
As coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Judiciary Police of Portimão, Gonçalo Amaral joined the team of investigators that tried to find out what happened to Madeleine McCann.
Kate and Gerry McCann always claimed that Madeleine was abducted, they were both constituted as arguidos [formal suspects] in September 2009, but they were taken that status for lack of sufficient material evidence that could support the hypothesis of the alleged accidental death of the child that was advanced by the police investigation.
The Public Ministry [Attorney General's Office] ended up archiving the process, that can be reopened if new [and credible] data surface regarding the disappearance of the child.
in TVI24, 26.04.2012
A Publinédita, enquanto agência literária de Gonçalo Amaral, presenciou em 26 de Abril de 2012 a entrega à Guerra e Paz Editores, por parte da Dra. Isabel Duarte, dos exemplares de A Verdade da Mentira até agora ao cuidado dessa advogada.
A Publinédita congratula-se com o cumprimento de uma decisão judicial que constitui um importante momento de afirmação do direito de expressão de Gonçalo Amaral face à injusta restrição que o Autor tem vindo a sofrer, nos últimos anos.
Também o público tem sido privado de aceder livremente à leitura de A Verdade da Mentira, documento indispensável para a compreensão do caso do desaparecimento de Madeleine McCann. Segundo informação recebida da Guerra e Paz Editores, muito em breve o livro voltará a estar disponível para os leitores.
De Gonçalo Amaral encontram-se já nas livrarias os restantes dois livros do autor, A Mordaça Inglesa (sobre as questões éticas e políticas levantadas pela proibição que feriu a difusão de A Verdade da Mentira) e Vidas Sem Defesa (sobre o desaparecimento, rapto e abuso de crianças em Portugal) – ambos publicados pela Planeta Manuscrito.
Lisboa, 27 de Abril de 2012
Mário Sena Lopes
Publinédita, as the literary agency of Gonçalo Amaral, witnessed on April 26, 2012 the return to Guerra e Paz Publishers, by Dra. Isabel Duarte, of the copies of the book The Truth of the Lie, that were so far in the care of that lawyer.
Publinédita welcomes the fact that a judicial decision was obeyed, which constitutes an important moment of the affirmation of the right to freedom of expression of Gonçalo Amaral in face of an unjust restriction that the Author has been a target of in the past years.
The public was also deprived of freely accessing and reading the The Truth of the Lie, an essential document for a better understanding of the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. According to information received from Guerra e Paz Publishers, very soon the book will again be available to readers.
From Gonçalo Amaral there are already in bookshops the two other books from the author, The English Gag (on the ethical and political questions raised by the ban that forbade the book Maddie, The Truth of The Lie) and Defenceless Lives (on the disappearance, abduction and abuse of children in Portugal) - both published by Planeta Manuscrito.
Lisbon, April 27, 2012
Mário Sena Lopes