McCANNS LOSE BID TO SUE DETECTIVE OVER MADDIE CLAIM
PORTUGAL’S Supreme Court has ruled that missing Madeleine McCann’s parents cannot sue a former detective who published a book alleging they were involved in their daughter’s disappearance for libel.
A court official said yesterday that Portugal’s highest court ruled the allegations are protected by freedom-of-expression laws and were not abusive.
A Lisbon court in 2015 ordered Goncalo Amaral to pay Kate and Gerry McCann 500,000 euro (£429,000) in compensation.
The McCanns had sought 1.2m euro (£1 million).
An appeals court last year overturned that conviction before reaching Portugal’s top court.
Madeleine disappeared from a holiday home in Portugal’s Algarve region in May 2007, days before her fourth birthday.