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Gerry and Kate McCann win £360k libel case in Portugal

By Alex Diaz

Published 29/04/2015

Kate and Gerry McCann, parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann arrive at the Mondrian London hotel to attend a function in aid of promoting Child Rescue Alert.
Kate and Gerry McCann, parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann arrive at the Mondrian London hotel to attend a function in aid of promoting Child Rescue Alert.

A former detective has been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds to the McCann family following a libel case in a Portuguese court.

Goncalo Amaral had been on trial over false claims he made that Gerry and Kate McCann were involved in their daughter Madeleine's disappearance in Praia da Luz on the Algarve in 2007.

In a written verdict, a Lisbon court agreed that Amaral should pay Mr and Mrs McCann €250,000 (£179,000) each in damages and it banned further sales of his book The Truth Of The Lie.

Madeleine was aged three when she went missing from her family's holiday apartment on May 3, 2007. Mr Amaral, who led the initial investigation into Madeleine's disappearance, released his book three days after the case was closed in 2008.

The McCanns said they were delighted with the judge's verdict and stressed that the action was never about money.

"It was entirely focused on the effect of the libels on our other children and the damage that was done to the search for Madeleine," they said.

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