1.Everyone shall possess the right to freely express and publicise his thoughts in words, images or by any other means, as well as the right to inform others, inform himself and be informed without hindrance or discrimination 2.Exercise of the said rights shall not be hindered or limited by any type or form of censorship Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, Article 37.º

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


  1. oh what a lovely brave man.

  2. God bless you Goncalo, ' Clear the shelves WH Smith's and Waterstones - here comes the number 1 blockbuster of the century' and an end to the mccanns fraudulent fund. Perhaps now our media will serialise the book. Well done good news indeed may the truth be known.

  3. Spoken with such dignity. :n

  4. :m I know exactly what you mean "Big Rock". I am very happy for you. Let the McCann'ss gag themselves! They need it!

    WOW! Just when I though I was going to burn my Portuguese passport Justice shone through. :p Uff! I did not wish to be part of a country run by subservient politicians and gullible, incompetent judges.:t :t :t "censura nunca mais!"

  5. Words cannot describe how pleased I am by this news. The world needs to know the truth. however unpleasant.

  6. "We strongly believe that we are going to win this battle between truth and falsehood."

    Justice for Madeleine. She has a very brave and strong man fighting for her.

  7. There was a time when I thought it impossible for one man to take on this lot single-handedly. With all their connections etc, who would believe this turn around could happen.
    What a very brave, clever man Mr Amaral is.


  8. Screencap here

    Paper version: Maddie cop’s book of lies back on sale
    20 Oct 2010 Daily Star
    by JERRY LAWTON Chief Crime Correspondent

    COURT has overturned a ban on a book by the detective who led the Madeleine McCann investigation.

    The Truth Of The Lie by Goncalo Amaral will be allowed back on the shelves in Portugal following a ruling by Lisbon’s Court of Appeal.

    In the book, the former police chief claims Madeleine died in an accident and accuses her parents Gerry and Kate of faking her abduction. The couple, both doctors, insist she was snatched and still plan to sue Amaral.

    In September last year the McCanns, from Rothley, Leics, won an injunction banning the book from being sold in Portugal.

    They said that Amaral’s claims meant people were no longer looking for their daughter.But yesterday the judge said the book did not breach the McCanns’ rights to privacy because they had done TV interviews in a bid to find their daughter.

    Now a 50-minute DVD documentary to accompany the book will also be allowed to be sold.

    The McCanns spokesman Clarence Mitchell said last night: “The legal action against Mr Amaral is very much continuing.

    http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx on page 8

    By Daily Star Reporter

  9. 1)he right of FREEDOM that was returned to me.

    2)including the PUBLICATION IN ENGLAND

    What is the direct consequence of this decision [book ban] in the claim for damages [filed by the McCanns]?

    3)It has a very strong impact because the arguments used by the applicants for requesting the MAUN ACTION ARE THE SAME . We strongly believe that we are going to WIN this battle between TRUTH and FALSEHOOD.

    Thats all what I want to hear.
    Gonçalo has WON and this is ONLY the beginning

    mccann people keep running and ....fast because time is OVER

    JUSTICE for Madeleine will be made that you want it or not.I have never doubted it

  10. Phew - fantastic news - could not believe my eyes when I saw this today(a tiny paragraph tucked away at the back of the Times - unlike those blaring headlines reporting the banning of it.
    Very best wishes to Mr Amaral - I shall be buying many copies of the English version to leave on trains, buses etc...

  11. Too many bones in the sardines....?this beautiful little fish is not on the mccanns list of favourite food

  12. Meanwhile from planet ZOD

    McCanns spokesman Clarence Mitchell said : “The legal action against Mr Amaral is very much continuing.

    Here on planet EARTH---
    A message to the one who lies with as many teeth as he has in his mouth.

    In the interest of "Natural Justice", ZOD OFF, and take Mr Murdoch the SCUM newspaper and his media empire with you.

    An Englishman

  13. @Anon 12 :c

    Its really the beginning of the end for the mccanns.
    Best birthday present ever for me :q

  14. Strange, today I can't find any comments by the ghastly Scum woman Antonella Lazzeri.
    Has she gone on a stone unturning mission?

  15. Joana, any anonymous threatening today and yesterday?
    Please, publish them.

  16. I hope the two new charpters will be published separated otherwise people will not buy the old edition that is going back to the stores.

  17. Lovely Joana, thank you for all the hard work! You must be exhausted, so many news all at once, thak you, thank you, thank you! Wonderful work!

    Judging from the photo of Dr. Amaral above(I'm assuming was taken yesterday or today), all this sad saga has taken its toll on him! He looks so much thinner and tired, as we say "elas não matam mas moem". Very handsome though, lucky Sofia,lol.

  18. one unbiased news article at The First Post Daily

    Book written by detective who investigated disappearance claims parents hid their daughter’s body

    By Sophie Taylor
    LAST UPDATED 10:35 AM, OCTOBER 20, 2010

    A Portuguese court has overturned a ban on a book in which it is claimed that Madeleine McCann's body was hidden by her parents after she died on holiday.

    Three-year-old Madeleine disappeared from her holiday apartment in the resort of Praia da Luz while her parents were dining with friends in May 2007. It was assumed the child was abducted and her parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, believe she is still alive.

    The book in question, Maddie: a Verdade da Mentira (Maddie: the Truth of the Lie), was written by Goncalo Amaral, the police inspector who led the investigation into Madeleine's disappearance from May until October 2007.

    The book was published in July 2008, but the McCanns, who deny Amaral's assertions, took legal action and a year later a court banned sales of the book and forbade Amaral from repeating his claims about the McCanns. In February this year, the ban was upheld.

    Now a judge has ruled that the ban on the book was a breach of "a constitutional and universal right: that of opinion and freedom of expression".

    According to the court, "The contents of the book do not breach the basic rights of the plaintiffs."

    In his book, Amaral claims that Madeleine died in a tragic accident and her parents then hid the body. He also questioned why Gerry and Kate McCann had to employ a spokesman and said they were too close to British police.

    After his court victory, Amaral told reporters: "The book is an exercise in freedom of speech. Portuguese democracy has won, as banning the book was unconstitutional."

    A defamation case brought by the McCanns against Amaral continues.


  19. The Mccanns courted the media, they didn't seek privacy, they had a 'wider agenda' to play out, and still court the limelight with their reaction to the resignation of Gamble for instance. What's more, the PJ police investigation files were already published, in the public domain, available to journalists including the official investigation view that Maddie had probably died in the apartment.

    I too wonder whether the Hubbarda have been primed as witnesses in the court case to come.

    I expect the Mccanns will reap the effects of their cunning and arrogance, namely the Streisand effect and there will be more and more discussion about the discrepancies in the case statements. Snr Amaral is a wonderful man.

  20. In the Bookseller News


  21. I am so pleased for Goncalo. That man ( and his family) 100% deserve a break.

  22. What a smack around the neck!!!!! I believe this is only one of the many to follow... :c

    No sad "Anons" today?

  23. well said englishman no . 12


    jerry lawton, chief idiotic correspondent haha!!

  24. To Joana at 8

    :o I am disappointed with you! You misunderstood Jerry - the "Star" scribbler.

    The expression "Book of Lies" does not refer to my illustrious ex-colleague, Dr. Amaral's deductions but to the McCanns' and their friends lies - as clearly suggested by their numerous contradictions or otherwise indicated by Eddie "The Dog", the conflicting reports by and subsequent destruction of all forensic material by FSS - one reason I never use FSS. Let your readers be reassured that I use Eurofins Forensice Labs. in Germany manned by my good friend Dr. Gunther.

    Poor Jerry Journo of "The Daily Star" being falsely accused of tabloidism! Mongoloidism yes!

    Sorry! My phone is ringing again! Will it ever stop?

    :k P.J. Tipps

  25. kudos to amaral and wonderful to hear that the book may be published in English. Only hope that any 'continuing legal action' cited by mr mitchell doesn't interfere with that. Surely the McCann and Mr Mitchell must be almost out of options by now, if not funding for any legal action, especially if Amaral countersues for loss of liberty, and loss of earnings etc.

  26. It´s as if a huge depressive cloud has been removed and it is wonderful to see and read that this man has now been allowed to express his opinion and I say : well done the Portugese Courts.
    Using a Quote from a song from John Lennon " all I want is the truth now"

  27. :m Just for the record...

    I have just e-mailed the BBC on a technical point which might be of interest to all.

    "May I remind you again that this information is misleading? (referring to a previous news item) This news item might have been accurate at the time but it has since been superseded by new developments which the BBC has failed to report. One wonders why?

    On the 19 October the Portuguese Courts (under the auspices of the European Union) have lifted the ban on Dr. G. Amaral's book "The Truth of a Lie" and have reinstated the author basic human rights - namely the right of an expert to give an opinion in a case of public interest, an opinion which was strictly based, on the FACTS of a police investigation.

    By failing to update its readers on the case the BBC has shown partiality in reporting. Worst, it gave the impression of supporting the McCanns' ACT (Abduction Conspiracy Theory).

    Is the BBC now friends with Mr. Clarence Mitchell? Just asking..."

    :k P.J. Tipps

  28. Most of the real information about this case has come from this website. I cannot thank you enough for all the work on translation etc that you have done in the name of justice for one little girl who was abandoned by her own parents.


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