Madeleine McCann disappearance case has taken a new turn with her parents deciding to fight fake claims made regarding their daughter’s abduction. A senior Portuguese police official claimed that McCann’s parents faked their daughter’s kidnapping.
Former investigator Goncalo Amarel wrote a controversial book “The Truth of the Lie” in which he claimed that McCann couple faked their daughter’s abduction. McCann couple lost their appeal against the detective cum author in Portugal’s Supreme Court in 2016. However, the parents of Madeleine McCann have now decided to start the legal battle once again.
In the book, Amarel claimed that the parents of Madeleine McCann used her abduction story only to “cover-up” her death. Maddie went missing in 2007. She was last seen at the family’s holiday unit in Praia da Luz, south of Portugal. The couple has since won a libel suit against the police official in 2016 and was ordered to pay $585,000 as compensation for damages.
However, the courts rejected the order and the Supreme Court rejected the counter-appeal from McCanns on the grounds of freedom of expression. The court ruled that the McCann couple were not yet given clean chit. “It should not be said that the appellants were cleared via the ruling announcing the archiving of the criminal case,” the 78-page ruling stated.
Madeleine McCann Parents Ready to Fight Back
The former detective initiated the investigation into Madeleine McCann case. The book was published soon after the Portugal police announced that the parents of the victim were not involved the disappearance of the matter. The couple’s lawyer Isabel Duarte confirmed the reports of the parents making a complaint about the Supreme Court ruling, which he described as “sort of like an appeal.”
According to News.com.au, the parents of Madeleine McCann have lodged the complaint with an intention to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights. The couple called the rejection of the higher appeal from the Supreme Court “extremely disappointing”. “It is eight years since we brought the action, and in that time the landscape has changed dramatically, namely there is now a joint Metropolitan Police and Policia Judiciaria investigation which is what we have always wanted,” they said in a statement.
“The police in both countries continue to work on the basis that there is no evidence Madeleine has come to physical harm. We will, of course, be discussing the implications of the Supreme Court ruling with our lawyers in due course.”