McCann judgment that opposes the Gonçalo Amaral suspended

McCann judgment that opposes the Gonçalo Amaral suspended 
Decision relates to tentative agreement
18 January 2013

Julgamento que opõe McCann a Gonçalo Amaral suspenso

(Google translation)

The trial that pits the McCanns Gonçalo Amaral, in which Madeleine's parents claim compensation of € 1.2 million for allegedly defaming the former PJ inspector, is suspended in an attempt to settlement.

Judicial source told Lusa that the beginning of the trial, scheduled for 24 and 25 of this month, at Civil Court of Lisbon, "was suspended because the parties are seeking an agreement."

The order of the court to defer the suspension was signed at the end of last week, so now follows a period of six months, after which, in the absence of agreement between Gonçalo Amaral and the parents of missing child in 2007, in the Algarve, will be marked audience.

The trial began this process was postponed twice, the first of which the February 9, 2012. The judge later marked the beginning of the trial in the Palais de Justice for September 13 of that year, with three more scheduled sessions, but did not take place either due to unavailability of attorney Gonçalo Amaral, undergo an examination under anesthesia to the stomach.

In this action, which prompted the request for seizure of goods Gonçalo Amaral as a precautionary measure, Kate and Gerry McCann still complain protection of rights, freedoms and guarantees.

In related case the Civil Court of Lisbon decided in January 2010 to maintain a ban on the book 'Maddie - The Truth of the Lie' written by Goncalo Amaral, and video with the same title based on a documentary broadcast on TVI.

The ban of the book and the video, which presents the thesis of Gonçalo Amaral involvement of Kate and Gerry McCann in the disappearance of her daughter with the concealment of the corpse had been provisionally enacted September 9, 2009.

The October 19, 2010, the Lisbon Court of Appeal annulled the decision of Civil Court, after which the McCanns appealed to the Supreme Court of Justice (STJ). 

In its judgment of 18 March 2011, the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld the decision. 

Madeleine McCann disappeared on May 3, 2007, in an apartment in a holiday village of Praia da Luz, where she was vacationing with her parents and two twin siblings.

At the time of the disappearance, Goncalo Amaral was coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Judicial Police of Portimão.

Kate and Gerry McCann, who have always claimed that the child was abducted, were made defendants in September 2007.

The case was closed for lack of evidence, in July 2008, although prosecutors admit reopening if new data emerge about the disappearance of Madeleine.

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