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Police chief wins his libel appeal against McCanns

By Barry Hatton

Published 20/04/2016

Disappeared: Madeleine McCann
Disappeared: Madeleine McCann

An appeals court in Portugal has overturned the libel conviction of a former Portuguese detective who published a book alleging the parents of Madeleine McCann were involved in their daughter's disappearance, their lawyer said.

Lisbon lawyer Isabel Duarte said she was notified of the court's decision to uphold Goncalo Amaral's appeal against the order to pay Kate and Gerry McCann 500,000 euro (£395,000) in compensation. In 2008, Amaral published his book about the case called The Truth Of The Lie.

The appeals court "decided that (Mr Amaral) had the right to do what he did. It said he can write what he wants. It absolved him", Ms Duarte said.

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