£1m McCann court battle

12 December 2011
Scottish Daily Record
Tom Worden

GERRY and Kate McCann's £1million lawsuit against the cop who bungled the hunt for Madeleine will be heard in two months.

The civil case against Goncalo Amaral will take place in Lisbon on February 9 and 10, a source close to the couple said yesterday.

Amaral, 52, ran the investigation into the three-year-old's disappearance in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz in 2007 for five months before being removed.

He later made a fortune selling a book and TV documentary claiming the youngster was dead and wrongly accusing her parents of staging a cover-up. The McCanns lodged a 36-page writ in the Portuguese capital in June 2009 accusing him of libel and breaching their human rights.

The source said: "Amaral has made the McCann family's life hell and himself rich in the process.

"Kate and Gerry want to stop him spouting malicious lies about them and profiting from their pain.

"The only way to do that is by going to court."

In their writ, the McCanns describe the now-retired detective as a self-obsessed, manipulative money-grabber with no morals.


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