The Parents of Missing Madeleine “Maddy” McCann Win Libel Case Against Former Portuguese Detective Goncalo Amaral, ‘The Truth of the Lie’
Parents win libel case, but sadly Madeleine McCann still missing …
The parents of Madeleine McCann, Kate and Gerry McCann, have won their libel case against former Portuguese detective, Goncalo Amaral, who published a book alleging they were involved in their daughter’s disappearance. The book was entitled, ‘The Truth of the Lie’. The McCann’s were seeking 1.2 million euros in damages from Amaral, who was part of the police investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance from a vacation home in Praia da Luz, Portugal in May 2007. However, received 500,00 euros, but didn’t grant the other claims. The 52-page court ruling, handed down Monday, also prohibited the sale of Amaral’s 2008 book The Truth of the Lie. In his book, Amaral reportedly wrote that the McCann’s had hidden their daughter’s body and faked an abduction after she died in an accident.
The parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann have won 500,000 euros — $549,000 — in a libel action against a former Portuguese detective who published a book alleging they were involved in their daughter’s disappearance, according to a Lisbon court ruling published Tuesday.
The McCanns were seeking 1.2 million euros in damages from Goncalo Amaral, who was part of the police investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance from a vacation home in Portugal’s Algarve region in May 2007, days before her fourth birthday.
The claim included amounts for the parents as well as for Madeleine and her younger twin brother and sister.
The court decided to award 250,000 euros each to Kate and Gerry McCann, but didn’t grant the other claims. It said Kate and Gerry were “totally destroyed” and “depressed” by Amaral’s allegations and felt “ashamed” that they might appear to have been to blame for their daughter’s disappearance. They say Madeleine was abducted.