Gonçalo Amaral :'The book is an exercise of Citizenship and of Freedom of Expression'
The former Judiciary Police Inspector Gonçalo Amaral considered this Tuesday the Court of Appeal decision in overturning the ban, which forbade the sale of the book ‘Maddie - The Truth of the Lie’, to be “strengthening for the Portuguese democracy”.
“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 to the news agency Lusa, adding that he looks forward for the Court of Appeal Judges to annul the decision made by the Civil Court of Lisbon, after the injunction [against the book] was filed by Madeleine McCann parents.
The former PJ inspector still ranked as “very important” the Court of Appeal decision for the two pending legal actions brought by the parents of the English missing girl in 2007, in the Algarve, although no date has yet been set for the trial.
In the civil action, Kate and Gerry McCann claim for 1.2 million euros for defamation, while in the other action Gonçalo Amaral is accused [this second claim was done in January, during the injunction hearing lunch break] of breach of secrecy.
*from here on is pure copy/paste of the Lusa article also published by Público and translated here
The decision to annul the prohibition of the book 'Maddie - The Truth of the Lie' and the video with the same title [the documentary title is 'Maddie: What Lies Beneath the Truth'], based on a documentary aired on TVI [it's the same doc], was reported this Tuesday to Lusa news agency by a judicial source.
With the decision to cancel the prohibition of sale of the book 'Maddie - The Truth of the Lie' and the video with the same title [redundancy], both can be re-marketed and Gonçalo Amaral who defends in the book the thesis of Kate and Gerry McCann involvement in their daughter's disappearance - in May 2007, from an apartment located at a tourist resort in the Algarve - can now speak publicly on the case.
The ban was provisionally decreed on September 9, 2009; and in the main action, the McCann family claimed the protection of their rights, freedoms and guarantees.
Madeleine McCann disappeared on May 3, 2007, in an apartment in a resort of Praia da Luz, where she was on vacation with her parents and her siblings [the twins].
in Correio da Manhã 19.10.2010