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

Supreme Court turns down McCanns' request

by Margarida Davim

Kate and Gerry McCann wanted the Supreme Court of Justice to nullify a decision by the Appeals Court that allowed for the book by Gonçalo Amaral, ‘The Truth of the Lie’, to be distributed. Nonetheless, the judges have refused the request.

Former Polícia Judiciária inspector Gonçalo Amaral will again be able to sell the book about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, ‘The Truth of the Lie’, which was taken off shelves after an injunction that was filed by the parents of the little English girl that disappeared in Praia da Luz was accepted by a lower court.

The Supreme Court judges refused the request for an “exceptional review” of the Appeals Court’s decision, which overturned the injunction that had been filed by Kate and Gerry McCann.

The counsellors’ decision may be appealed to the Constitutional Court, but that will have no suspensive effect, which means that Kate and Gerry McCann will have to return every copy of Amaral’s book that they possess.

If they do not comply, they may even incur in a crime of disobedience.

Contacted by Sol, the McCanns’ lawyer, Isabel Duarte, refused to comment on this judicial decision, because she hadn’t been notified yet.

in: Sol, 18.03.2011

Read as well:

Lisbon Appeals Court Decision on the McCann Couple Injunction
24 Oct 2010 - This is the English translation of the full text of the Appellate Court decision that recently overturned the ban on Dr. Gonçalo Amaral's book, “Maddie - A Verdade da Mentira”, which has been commonly known to English-speaking people as “Maddie - The Truth of The Lie”.

McCanns appeal to the Supreme Court to forbid Gonçalo Amaral’s book
10 Nov 2010 - 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.

The McCanns' Injunction: Quotes by the Defence Lawyers
24 Feb 2010 - The following quotes come from notes taken in loco [on spot] at the 7th Civil Court, at Palace of Justice in Lisbon, on the day when the closing arguments were presented by the defence lawyers of the four entities targeted in this case and by the McCanns layer.

The Temporary Injunction: Granted on September 9, 2009
4 Feb 2010 - This is a translation of the text of the Civil Court ruling that granted the temporary injunction on Gonçalo Amaral’s book, ‘Maddie – The Truth of the Lie’, and the corresponding DVD. It was issued on the 9th of September, 2009. (...) It should also be recalled that this injunction was granted exclusively based on the evidence that was provided by the Applicants. The Defendants were only allowed to oppose the injunction after it had been granted.

Gonçalo Amaral in Court: Witnesses defend that book results from the Investigation
13 Jan 2010 - The defense witnesses sustained this Tuesday, at the trial about the prohibition of the book "Maddie - The Truth of the Lie" that the thesis of the former PJ Inspector Gonçalo Amaral regarding the McCann couple involvement in their daughter's disappearence resulted from the police investigation.

Censure back in Portugal: Court Bans Gonçalo Amaral Book & Film
9 Sep 2009 - The civil court of Lisbon accepted a restraining injunction by Gerry and Kate McCann and ordered to take from the market the book "A Verdade da Mentira", written by Gonçalo Amaral, which defends the thesis that the parents are involved in the Homicide and disappearance of Madeleine McCann.


  1. now the tables are turning, go on Dr Amaral get the bastards

  2. oh this is great news for Mr Amaral,and hopefully great news for Madeleine if he gets to print his book in english then the world will get a chance to read the truth.

  3. I wonder which one of the UK newspapers are going to grow some balls and print this article - none of them I suspect.

    Sorry McCanns but your evil deeds over the past 4 years are coming back to bite you on the bum and I can't say how pleased I am about that.

    Let's hope Goncalo can get this book out in English as soon as possible to show how manipulative the McCanns have been with their one sided "abduction" story.

    Kate must be spitting feathers at this news. How I would love to be a fly on the wall at Rothley Towers right now.

  4. GREAT BOLAS OF FIRE!!!!!!!!



  5. Good news - which I don't expect to get ANY coverage in the UK press

  6. Now this is what we,ve been waiting for!!!!Brilliant news,just wonder if "our"media reports it????

  7. This is very good news. I wonder if they still have the copies of Amaral's books or if they already destroyed them. If destroyed and unable to be returned to Amaral, will the McCanns be legally required to pay for the cost of the books? Wouldn't that be ironic?

    Here's to the English version of Amaral's book being officially published in the very near future.

  8. I'm delighted with this decision,now hopefully the honourable goncalo Amaral will have his book published in English,i will certainly buy a few to give to friends and relatives.

  9. This is Great news for Mr Amaral and I wish him every success in all that he does now and in the future.


  10. Gonçalo Amaral has refused to be forbidden from telling the TRUTH about the investigation into Madeleine's disappearance. His commitment to justice is unwavering and at great personal cost. It has been a long road, and it is not "over" yet... but he has never wandered from the facts of the case and he has shown his professionalism and courage in a way that should be an inspiration for anyone who cares about the rule of law.

  11. God Bless you Joana for this wonderful news!!!!!!

  12. This is indeed good news for Mr. Amaral and his family. I pray he will now be able to provide the truth in English for the entire world to learn of his investigation and his struggle to tell the truth to others. I have read about Kate McCann's book, which is to be unveiled shortly, and that she will finally tell "the truth" about Madeleine's disappearance. Surely the mother and father of a "missing" child should have told "the truth" at the time she went "missing". God bless Madeleine and all those who have worked tirelessly to get to the REAL truth of what happened to her.


    The more this legal harassment goes on, the largest will be the compensation figure the MCs will have to pay the former inspector.The figure will be massive.

    The MCs really need their first book to be a success otherwise they will have to sell the house to foot the bill - quite an irony of fate when you consider this was exactly what the MCs hoped GA had to do ...

    Ladies and gentlemen! It's pay time!

  14. Of the McCann and Amaral books, I know which one I'm buying.

    It's a tough choice: the self-exculpatory ramblings of one of the former arguidos, or the factual account of the investigation as told by the former PJ inspector in charge of the case.

    Well-deserved good news for the tenacious Mr Amaral, let's hope it continues. :n


  15. THANK YOU for bringing this wonderful news to all Goncalo's many admirers in the UK. Of course we shan't read a word about this in the Daily Express. Can't wait to hear that they have to compensate Goncalo for all the books they have been hanging onto. Go, Goncalo, get your English version out in time for 12th May!!

  16. Congratulations to Dr Amaral, lets hope the libel case will go your way too. So nice when the Mcs get a taste of their own medicine. Silence is golden, shows Dr Amaral. More for the MCSpams to winge about. wonder when the lible trial is, soon I feel. Fight on sir there are many behind you.

  17. It is wonderful news of success, thankyou Astro, Joana and all. The quiet determination, strength and patience Mr Amaral has displayed is admirable. The road is now opening for more good news and we trust to see The Truth of the Lie and our shelves soon! Celebrate!!!

  18. Very good news. Amaral's book 'The Truth of the Lie' should never have been banned as it's simply a documented record of the police investigation. The problem for the McCanns was never about libel, it was, and still is, that Amaral's book and documentary clearly demonstrates that - using the Tapas 9 own accounts of what happened - an abduction was just not possible.
    I think the McCann's have known for a long time that they would lose and the decision to write their own book is not only about collecting more money but also a pre-emptive strike in the event Amaral now finds an English publisher. An English version would have a big impact - and not just in the UK. They know Amaral might find it easier to find a US publisher and, imo, apart from the money angle, that is another reason they have targeted the US market, ie: 'Maddie in US', planned interviews etc.

  19. Isn't wonderful, marvellous! The truth is allowed to be told and the mccann stories have to make way for Mr Amaral's book! Well done, thankyou! Portugal for sticking to your wise decision that all may read what this couple has been covering up all this time. Thankyou!! All the best Mr Amaral, the tide is turning!

  20. Whoopee,does this mean that Goncalo will be allowed to sell his book in the UK? I hope he can, because he speaks the truth in his book.Unlike the book Kate McCann has written which will be based on the lies she and her husband have told for the past 4yrs. She can't write anything else, because if she told the truth, she could find herself facing the justice she should have faced 4yrs ago.

    Kate McCann has her own page on Amazon and along with her husband she is being slaughtered, by most of the people who are discussing her book. I don't believe her book will be a best seller, I believe Goncalo's book will be.

    The McCanns have been taught a valuable lesson, that they are not above the law.

  21. Brilliant news!!!! wont be reading about it from our cowardly s**t scared press as they have a job to do protect the child neglectors(in the very least)so i want to say CONGRATULATIONS to Mr Amaral and his family a lot of us in the UK are behind you and have been waiting to read this news, i just hope things get even better and the "real truth" does come out one day and justice for the innocent 3 year old is served to the vile culprits.

  22. Congratulations Mr Amaral. I have written a short poem for you:

    In this web enabled media age

    A feather weight paper page

    Like a bird released from a prison cage

    Still spreads the message of the brave.

    The gentle Goncalo Amaral

    Sought justice for a tiny girl

    Her sweet little voice no longer heard,

    But truth breathes through the written word

  23. Boas !

    Ao mesmo tempo Sic*Lusa claro e mac ao ataque

  24. This is truly wonderful news at last the wheels of justice are turning, and turning against the mccanns well done.

  25. "McCann will have to return every copy of Amaral’s book that they possess."

    I just hope they"ve destroyed the books and will have to pay for each single copy + days they"ve kept them on top of what GA (I hope) will make them spit out for damage.Brilliant! :c

  26. #4, #6, and #7, exactly my first thought!
    Let's see if this makes headline news in the Daily Express! Better not wait holding my breath...I will sufocate, for sure!

  27. This is the second court case the McCanns have lost in 5 months. The first court case they lost was when Goncalo appealed against the ban on his book.

    Costs were awarded against the McCanns in that court case and costs from the Supreme Court, which are likely to more than the appeal court, will no doubt be awarded against the McCanns.

    Does anyone know if the fund is likely to be paying these costs? If that is so, it is no wonder the fund is in dire straits.

  28. I've emailed every leading British Newspaper asking if they'll be reporting this and if not, why not.
    I bet I don't get a single reply.
    That in itself would tell me just how protected this evil duo are in the UK.
    Why? is the big question.

  29. The McCanns are shitting bricks, aren't they?
    (Well, it must be very painful).
    And now we wait for the sentences of the judges about Tanner, O'Brian, Fiona and Rachel.
    They will stop playing with Portugal's feet.

  30. Those who seek to to hide their secrets behind their reputations will spare no expense to silence the critics and the McCanns are living proof that "reputation" is ALL that matters to them. A long, pointless & vindictive campaign has been waged against Gonçalo Amaral that served absolutely no purpose whatsoever in the genuine search for a missing child. Gonçalo Amaral's book never threatened the quest to "find Madeleine". It was the McCanns wasted years of "legal wrangling" against Amaral and many other critics that always threatened the quest to "find Madeleine" in my opinion.

  31. This is wonderful news for Mr Amaral, please God this is the start of the Maccann downfall, and justice for Madelaine Maccann, she and Mr Amaral have waited long enough.

    Take that Kate and Gerry. Woof Woof Woof.

    Mary Liverpool UK

  32. Brasil congratulates Amaral, Joana and Astro for the splendid sucess.
    Beautiful.It was high time to claim for justice for Madeleine, Amaral and Portugal.

  33. Amaral spent a lot of money in this process and the invoyce will be for the McCanns, who are not used to spend money paying people around. They are used to receive it.

  34. I hope the media in the UK will have the courage and the chance to publicise about this above.The decision of the judges in Portugal will give a lot of strengh to the British media.
    They want to write the truth but they are gagged by British laws.
    They got to find a way to inform the public about this, without paying millions to the McCanns.
    It's nearly April and I expect more surprises from Wikileaks and not to forget the 2 new charpters Amaral wrote.

  35. Well done Mr Amaral, lets hope you get your book out for the 12th May also, remember you dont need Book Publishers in the UK, I'm sure the US would be very willing to help you.

    There is going to be lots more interest in Mr Amarals book just because the McCanns have made it so, by desperetely wanting it banned.

    The truth will out!!!!!!!!

    Thank you Joana and Co for all your hard work on here.

  36. The photo shows the wind of change buffeting the McCannsas the doors to more and more legal costs for them are blown open. What a fine man Goncalo Amaral is and his family too. These two monsters will get their just deserts. They have shown their ill will against the legitimate police investigation into their child's disappearence. The reasons are obvious. Snr Amaral's book should be printed in English for distribution in Europe from where it can easily find it's way into the UK without being published there. I hope Snr Amaral hears that books can be distributed by donating to charities in the UK for resale, and donated to libraries. Problem solved.

  37. Still no news about this story in the British media. I half expected Martin Brunt to report on this story, on the Sky News Website. He was very informative when the McCanns first court case against Goncalo Amaral, began in January 2010. He also commented when they managed to get Dr Amaral's book banned.

    I don't remember him commenting when Goncalo Amaral, managed to get the ban overturned and so far he hasn't made any comment on the latest developments.

    He is either a staunch supporter of the McCanns or he has been gagged by his bosses.

  38. Does Kate McCann still think Isabel Duarte is 'amazing'?

  39. Further to my post #13 - 18/03/2011 16:27 YES Mr. Amaral, this is as you have said a "Victory For Democracy". I have so far not seen one word in the British press about your victory for the TRUTH. My sincere best wishes to you and your family from Canada. May God continue to bless you in your good work to bring justice for a little girl, now known throughout the world, Madeleine.

    My sincere thanks to Joana and Astro for keeping us up-to-date - congratulations and best wishes for the important work you are doing.

  40. I bet there has been some pounding of those walls in that mansion of theirs in Rothley.

  41. Clarence has been very quiet.:e

  42. Why did the MaCanns & Tapas want the book banned ? well Sofia Leal, Goncalos beautiful wife has already told us ,as has the Gaspars and Yvonne Martin, Goncalo Amarals beautiful wife Sofia directed a quote at the MaCanns it went like this ""we would not invite paedophiles into our circle of friends ""

    It does not really take a lot of working out !

    Where is Gordon Brown now ?

  43. According to the Sunday express, Mr Amaral set to publish another book in a few weeks, The Macanns are angry. I wonder \why.

  44. I can't wait for the new book, hope its out also on the 12th May......well done Snr Amaral.

    head to head now thats just what we have been waiting for lets see who comes out on top

  45. I wonder if the McCanns will use the fund money, to buy a few copies of their book, in order to boost up the sales. Always assuming there is any money left in the fund. They've had to shell out rather a lot of money in their failed attempts to remove Dr Amaral's book, permanently from the shelves.

    Good luck to Dr Amaral, I hope both of his books are best sellers and they provide the missing piece of the jigsaw that will bring the McCanns to justice for their part in Madeleine's disappearance.

    I would love to see one of Dr Amaral's books serialised in a British newspaper. Preferably the Daily Express.

  46. Express reported it -- HOORAy!!

    Bet the mccans regret they offended the Express. It's never good idea to be on the wrong side of the PRess.

  47. Their defeat is nothing to brag about in the papers - makes a wlecome change!! HOORAY.

  48. I doubt they'll take their appeal to the Constitutional Court - they dont stand a chance and even that have no suspensive effect on the book.......and isabel not formally informed of the verdict yet....what peotic justice...HAHA..I am liking it so far.

    I bet that stupid woman isabel is livid and the mccanns enraged that isabel is costing them plenty money for negative results.

    the mccanns must be stocking up on tissues papers...plenty tears in Rothley chamber.
    Bet the EXPRESS is rubbing their hands in glee and cant wait till their libel case comes up.......


  49. I meant to say in my post (50), a few thousand books.

  50. If they'd destroyed the stocks of book, it doesnt matter, because it means they would have to compensate by paying for every copy lost as if they'd bought them. That would be poetic justice indeed.

  51. "A long, pointless & vindictive campaign has been waged against Gonçalo Amaral that served absolutely no purpose whatsoever in the genuine search for a missing child. Gonçalo Amaral's book never threatened the quest to "find Madeleine"."

    Anybody who genuinely believed that their child had been abducted and was being held captive would welcome any dissemation of information that may lead to her recovery. It is beyond the bounds of incredulity that parents of that child would use any means at their disposal to prevent any spreading of information that may lead to the recovery of the child.


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