Madeleine McCann


Madeleine McCann’s parents have lost a court case arising from claims in a best-selling book by former Portuguese detective Gonzalo Amaral implicating them in their daughter’s kidnapping

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Kate and Gerry McCannthe parents of Madeleine McCannhave lost the court case against the former Portuguese detective Gonzalo Amaralwhich implicated them in the disappearance of their daughter 15 years ago.

As reported SkyNewsthe McCann They stated that their right to respect for private and family life, established in article 8, had been violated after the former detective Gonzalo Amaral stated in his book Maddie, the truth from the lie who had been involved in the disappearance of Madeline in 2007.

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The case has dragged on for years, until the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that there was no violation of the right to private life of the McCann.

The court said that any damage to their reputation would have stemmed from the fact that they had been suspects in the case, not from the ledger. Amaral.

Amaral was the main detective who investigated the disappearance of Madeline in Portugal, but was removed from the case after his harsh criticism of the British police. In his book, published in 2008, he implicated the McCann in the kidnapping of his daughter and accused them of hiding his body.

The family was on vacation Light Beachin the Portuguese region of the Algarve, when Madelinethen three years old, disappeared from his hotel room.

A Lisbon court ordered Amaral to pay the McCann €500,000 in damages for libel in 2015, but the decision was overturned by the Portuguese Supreme Court in 2017.

In the last judgment, the ECHR considers that, “even supposing that the reputation of the plaintiffs had been damaged, this was not due to the argument put forward by the author of the book, but to the suspicions expressed against them, which led them to be investigated in the course of the criminal investigation (the prosecutor’s office decided not to take further action in July 2008) and caused intense media attention and much controversy.”

“Therefore, the information had been made known to the public in some detail even before the investigation file was made available to the media and the book in question was published,” the court adds.

The McCann they now have three months to appeal the decision.


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