Kate and Gerry McCann have both requested to give evidence in a libel trial against a former Portuguese police chief.
Their pain over the disappearance of their daughter was "multiplied 100 times" by a book by the officer, a court has heard.
The McCanns' pain over the disappearance of their daughter was "multiplied 100 times" by a book by a former Portuguese police chief, a court has heard.
Gerry McCann's sister Trish Cameron said he and wife Kate had been "demonised" and "vilified" by the disappearance of Madeleine and claims that they were somehow involved.
She was speaking at the trial of former police chief Goncalo Amaral whose book, The Truth Of The Lie, suggested the McCann's hid their daughter's body after she died in an accident and faked an abduction.
Gerry McCann said that he was not expecting the hearing to be delayed at a Lisbon court. He was in hoping to give evidence in the family's libel case against a former detective. The hearing was postponed because the defence lawyer had to care for his ill son.
Mr McCann said: "The law has changed, and I think that Kate and I know better than anyone else what we have experienced, and what we have gone through, the facts of the file and the damage that has been caused to the search for Madeleine."
The mother of missing girl Madeleine McCann had suicidal thoughts after a Portuguese police chief claimed in a book that she had covered up her daughter’s death, a libel trial reportedly heard.
Kate McCann “thought about not being around anymore” after the publication of Goncalo Amaral’s book, ‘The Truth of the Lie’, according to psychologist Alan Pike, who supported the parents after their daughter disappeared in 2007.
According to AFP News Agency, Pike told the court about Kate McCann’s feelings in an on-going libel trial in Portugal:
“Kate talked about not being around anymore, and referred to killing herself as an option. I deduced it was an indication of how she felt rather than something she ever intended to do.”
The mother of Madeleine McCann has returned to Portugal for the start of the family's libel action against a former police chief. Goncalo Ameral was the Portuguese detective who initially led the inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance.
He published a book making allegations about the three year old's disappearance claiming the McCann's had covered up her death during a family holiday