McCANNS LOSE BID TO SUE DE­TEC­TIVE OVER MAD­DIE CLAIM

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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.

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