Direct Speech - A short interview with Gonçalo Amaral
Gonçalo Amaral, the former Judiciary Police Coordinator on the ban overturn to his book ‘Maddie - A Verdade da Mentira’.
by Paulo Marcelino
What did you feel upon learning about the decision taken by the Lisbon Appeals Court, which invalidated the interim injunction brought by the McCann couple against the book?
I had a sensation of freedom and the certainty that democracy had been strengthened.
What impact had on you the decision made at the first instance court, one year ago, that banned the sale of your book and forbade you from speaking publicly about the case?
It was very heavy for me and for my family. It had nefarious consequences and damages are still being assessed. It was extremely violent.
Will you speak about the case again?
I am considering to exercise the right of freedom that was returned to me.
Will the book be again be put up for sale?
The publisher will immediately recover the confiscated books in order to place them at the bookshops. And we will take other initiatives into consideration, including the publication in England.
What is the direct consequence of this decision [book ban] in the claim for damages [filed by the McCanns]?
It has a very strong impact because the arguments used by the applicants for requesting the main action are the same. We strongly believe that we are going to win this battle between truth and falsehood.
in Correio da Manhã 20.10.2010