Another setback for missing Maddie McCann’s parents in fight against 'fake abduction' claims

By Mieke Vlok
21 February 2017

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann are waging war against a senior Portuguese detective who alleges the couple staged the abduction after Maddie died in their care ? but their fight has suffered another setback.

Kate and Gerry took legal action against detective Goncalo Amaral for the first time in 2009, because his book, Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie, made defamatory allegations against them. The highly-publicised book appeared on shelves three days after the McCanns were cleared of all charges.

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In the book he recalls finer details of the investigation about the disappearance of the toddler during a family holiday in Portugal in 2007. In it Amaral alleges that the little girl had actually died and the couple fabricated the abduction to avoid being charged for her death.

When Maddie first went missing he was the lead investigator in the case.

The McCann couple initially won their first legal case against the detective but a Portuguese court recently declared it null and void. On top of that, a higher court has also denied their appeal case.

“What we've been told by our lawyers is obviously extremely disappointing,” Maddie’s parents said of the ruling.

The court decided that the detective didn't intend to make defamatory allegations against the couple and that the book isn’t a personal attack on them. The ban on the book has also been lifted.

Kate and Gerry will possibly also have to pay for the detective's legal costs and he might take further legal action against them.

The court added that the couple are not yet formally in the clear regarding their daughter's disappearance.

Sources: Metro UK, AU News, Mirror.

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