McCanns versus Gonçalo Amaral begins September 13, 2012

As reported by the British Media

Maddie McCann parents’ £1m bid over ‘lies’
1 September 2012
The Sun
Antonella Lazzeri

Please read article at the source.


The libel case lodged against Goncalo Amaral by the McCanns will start in Lisbon on 13 of September 2012

The McCanns are hoping to win £1million payout from "former cop" Goncalo Amaral
  • Dr. Gonçalo Amaral is more than a 'former cop".
  • He is a former Criminal Investigation Coordinator with the PJ, which is the equivalent rank to Detective Chief Superintendent in the UK
  • Amaral obtained law degree in 1980
  • He joined Policia Judiciaria (Portuguese police) in 1981
  • £1million equals 1,588,100 US dollars at exchange rate Sept 1 2012

Amaral claims they lied about Madeleine's disappearance.

He was the 'police boss who led the initial search for Maddie after her abduction in May 2007'

  • Amaral was the Coordinator of the investigation, leading a team of Portuguese detectives and coordinating with British police. 
  • He was removed from the case in October 2007. Gordon Brown was told of the decision BEFORE Amaral himself was informed.
"He went on to write a book sold worldwide in which he claimed her parents covered up her death from an accident or overdose of sedatives."

  • Amaral's book entitled "A Verdada da Mentira" (The Truth of the Lie) has never been available in the United Kingdom. 
  • It has never been published in English, although there are unofficial English translations available online, translated by volunteers.
  • See :: Unofficial English translation:
  • See :: Video:

"Kate and Gerry...said the slurs left them “totally destroyed”."

  • Note: this image was removed from the Express website, allegedly upon request of the McCanns 
  • See ::

Damages will go towards the hunt for Maddie


Maddie parents’ libel bid
1 September 2012
Daily Star
Jerry Lawton

Please read article at the source.


The McCanns’ are still considering whether to appear to face Goncalo Amaral

  • It is not known whether McCanns intend to actually travel to Portugal or whether they intend to appear via video link.

Clarence Mitchell said: “If they win the case every penny they receive in damages will go into the Madeleine Fund.”

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