Gonçalo Amaral : 'Book Ban limits Freedom of Expression'
The former Judiciary Police inspector stated that the decision to uphold the banning on the book "Maddie - The Truth of the Lie" is «completely out of context»
Gonçalo Amaral considered today the decision to uphold the banning of his book is «completely out of context», in which it is defended the thesis of Kate and Gerry McCann involvement in their daughters disappearence.
After affirming that he will appeal to the ruling, Gonçalo Amaral said that he disagrees with the judge Gabriela Cunha Rodrigues decision, stressing that it reflects "the state where freedom of expression is in Portugal".
"Of course I do not agree with the decision. If we had agreed we wouldn't have opposed to the injunction. This decision places in question and continues to limit my freedom of expression. Therefore, it is completely out of context", he said.
Gonçalo Amaral promises to fight
Outside the courthouse, in Lisbon, Gonçalo Amaral reiterated that the ruling read today, at 7th Civil Court, "is another step" in the battle that he is fighting in court with the McCann couple, parents of the child who disappeared in the Algarve in May 2007.
"We are prepared to go to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary", he said, admitting that he is suffering a "persecution" by the British couple, who have other cases against the former Judiciary Police inspector.
Amaral, who was part of the PJ investigative team set up to find Madeleine McCann, said that "it is the survival" of his family who is being placed at risk.
McCanns trust in Justice
For its part, the lawyer for Kate and Gerry McCann - who on Friday will promote a press conference in London - was glad to see "justice made" by the decision to withdraw from the market the book and the video [DVD] with the same title, based on a documentary broadcast on TVI .
"No one can offend a citizen or citizens who are not convicted in court. This was a good decision. I believe that my clients are now in a position where they can defend themselves in court," said Isabel Duarte, alluding to other actions brought against Gonçalo Amaral, one for defamation, that seeks damages of at least 1.2 million euros, and another for breach of secrecy.
Isabel Duarte said she trusted "the Portuguese courts" and noted that Kate and Gerry "do not know where Madeleine is and even though they live daily with the lies of many, they keep fighting with every strength".
"There are many people organized on the Internet, with hundreds of 'blogs', where they call them all the names. This is bad. My clients struggle against bandits and need support", she said.
The lawyer said she had notified the court decision to the McCanns through a cell phone message and that Kate said: "This is the beginning of a new situation that can reopen the search for Madeleine."
The trial of the injunction, ordered temporarily to 09 September 2009, was held in four sessions in mid-January.
In addition to Gonçalo Amaral, there were also a target Guerra & Paz, the publisher of the book, TVI and Valentim de Carvalho, who sold the DVD broadcast in a documentary on that TV station. All will appeal the decision.
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