Trial that opposes McCanns and Gonçalo Amaral is suspended
Decision related to negotiation attempt
The trial that opposes the McCann couple and Gonçalo Amaral, in which Madeleine’s parents demand a compensation of 1.2 million euro over alleged defamation by the former PJ inspector, has been suspended due to an attempt to reach an extrajudicial agreement.
A judicial source has told Lusa agency that the start of the trial, which was planned for the 24th and the 25th of this month at the 1st circuit of the Civil Court of Lisbon, “has been suspended because the parties are trying to reach an agreement”.
The judge’s order granting the suspension was signed at the end of last week, which means that now a six-month term runs its course, after which, if there is no agreement between Gonçalo Amaral and the parents of the child that went missing in 2007, in the Algarve, an audience will be scheduled.
The start of this trial has been postponed twice, the first one on the 9th of February of 2012.
The judge then scheduled the start of the trial at the Palace of Justice for the 13th of September of the same year, with another three sessions on the agenda, but none took place due to Gonçalo Amaral’s lawyer’s unavailability, as he was submitted to a stomach exam under anesthesia.
Under this action, which prompted the request for the seizure of Gonçalo Amaral’s assets under an injuction, Kate and Gerry McCann further claim for the protection of rights, liberties and guarantees.
Under a connected process, the 7th circuit of the Civil Court of Lisbon decided, in January 2010, to uphold the prohibition to sell the book “Maddie – The Truth of The Lie”, by Gonçalo Amaral, and the vídeo with the same title, based on a documentar that was exhibited by TVI.
The prohibition of the book and the video, which presents Gonçalo Amaral’s theory of the involvement of Kate and Gerry McCann on their daughter’s disappearance by hiding the cadaver, had been provisionally ordered on the 9th of September of 2009.
On the 19th of October of 2010, the Appeals Court of Lisbon annulled the Civil Court’s decision, after which the McCann couple appealed to the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ).
In a decision dated March 18, 2011, the SCJ confirmed the Appeals Court’s decision.
Madeleine McCann disappeared on the 3rd of May of 2007, in an apartment at a tourist resort in Praia da Luz, where whe was on vacation with her parents and two twin siblings.
At the time of the disappearance, Gonçalo Amaral was the coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department of Portimão’s Judiciary Police.
Kate and Gerry McCann, who have always stated that the child was abducted, were made arguidos in September 2007.
The process was archived due to a lack of evidence, in July 2008, although the Public Ministry admits reopening if new data about the disappearance of Madeleine emerges.
in: TVI, 18.01.2013