McCanns appeal to the Supreme Court to forbid Gonçalo Amaral’s book
The McCann couple has appealed to the Supreme Court of Justice against the Appellate Court’s decision to overturn the ban on the sales of Gonçalo Amaral’s book “Maddie – The Truth of the Lie”, the lawyer that represents the parents of the child that went missing in the Algarve said today.
Isabel Duarte, lawyer to Gerry and Kate McCann, who were in Lisbon today, asserted that the appeal was delivered at the Supreme Court of Justice on the 5th of November, requesting the Appellate Court of Lisbon’s decision dated October 19 to be annulled.
In the appeal, the lawyer argues that the Appellate Court “did not take into consideration facts that have never been questioned throughout the process” and stressed that “those elements were not analysed” by the higher judges, in order to annul the Civil Court of Lisbon’s decision after the injunction that was requested by Madeleine’s parents.
“The Appeallate Court did not take into account that the book was made to make money, to deepen the McCann couple’s pain and to damage the investigation”, stressed Isabel Duarte, who has not yet returned Gonçalo Amaral’s book to the publishers Guerra & Paz, for the former inspector’s work to return to bookshops.
The lawyer, who is the trustee of the book copies as ordered by the Civil Court, said that “nothing will force her to return them until there is a final decision” from the Supreme Court of Justice.
In January, the Civil Court of Lisbon tried the injunction that had been requested by the McCanns (temporarily decreed on the 9th of September) and decided to uphold the prohibition to sell Gonçalo Amaral’s book and forbade the former Judiciary Police inspector from giving interviews, both in Portugal and abroad.
Afterwards, the Appellate Court decided in favour of Gonçalo Amaral, who in his book defends the thesis of Kate and Gerry McCann’s involvement in the disappearance of their daughter in May of 2007, in a tourist apartment in the Algarve.
Apart from this process, Kate and Gerry McCann filed a lawsuit against Gonçalo Amaral over defamation, in which they demand compensation of 1.2 million euros, and another one over violation of the judicial secrecy.
Madeleine McCann disappeared on the 3rd of May, 2007, in an apartment in a tourist resort in Praia da Luz, Lagos, where she was spending holidays with her parents and two siblings.
As coordinator of the Judiciary Police’s Criminal Investigation Department in Portimão, Gonçalo Amaral was a member of the investigating team that tried to find out what happened to the little English girl.
Kate and Gerry McCann, who have always maintained the position that Madeleine was abducted, were made arguidos in September 2007, but ended up being cleared in July 2008 due to a lack of evidence to sustain the hypothesis of the child’s accidental death that had been advanced by the investigation. Thus the Public Ministry filed the process, which may be reopened if new consistent data concerning the child’s disappearance arises.
in Jornal de Notícias 10.11.10