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McCanns: 'No evidence Madeleine is dead'

Kate and Gerry McCann said there was "no evidence" their daughter Madeleine was dead. Speaking to reporters outside a court in Lisbon, the McCanns said their daughter "deserved justice."

Madeleine McCann disappeared in Portugal in 2007. Credit: PA

Kate and Gerry McCann traveled to Lisbon to testify against Goncalo Amaral, the former police officer in charge of the hunt for their missing daughter.

They are suing Mr Amazal for libel over the claims he made in his book The Truth Of The Lie, which included suggestions that they hid Madeleine's body after she died in an accident.

But Mr Amaral delayed the court case by sacking his legal team this morning, just hours before the trial was meant to wrap-up.

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Madeleine's parents tell court about their grieving

The parents of Madeleine McCann, the British girl who went missing in Portugal in 2007, have arrived in Lisbon to tell a court how accusations made against them in a former police chief's book have affected them.

Kate and Gerry McCann say Goncalo Amaral have caused them unnecessary grief.

Kate and Gerry McCann Credit: PA

The McCanns are suing Mr Amaral for libel over the claims he made in his book The Truth Of The Lie.

Their appearance will mark the end of the trial, but a final ruling on the case is not expected until later this year.

Madeleine McCann disapeared in Portugal in 2007. Credit: PA Archive

Their then four-year old daughter Madeleine disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve in May 2007.

Claims in Mr Amaral's 2008 book included suggestions that they hid Madeleine's body after she died in an accident.

The McCanns are suing Goncalo Amaral for libel. Credit: PA

The McCanns say the book damaged the hunt for their daughter and exacerbated their anguish.

McCann's thank 'all those involved' in search for Madeleine

Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann have released a statement on Facebook Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Kate and Gerry McCann have released a statement via their official Facebook page, in which they say they are 'pleased' by the police activity in Portugal and are thankful for their efforts:

We are very pleased that significant activity has taken place in Praia da Luz over the last 8 days with police officers and support teams from the UK working closely with the Policia Judicial and the Guarda Nacional Republicana...

...We are further encouraged that, despite the intensive searches, no trace of Madeleine has been found and this reinforces our belief that she could still be alive...

...As parents of a missing child, we have always wanted all reasonable lines of enquiry to be followed and it is gratifying to know that a substantial amount of work will take place over the coming months with close cooperation of the British and Portuguese authorities...

...We would like to thank all those involved for their efforts and the members of the public who have come forward with information.

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McCanns 'very pleased' at activity in Madeleine search

Kate and Gerry McCann have said they are "very pleased" that significant activity has taken place in Praia da Luz over the last 10 days.

File photo of Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The McCanns said the fact that no trace of their daughter Madeleine has been found reinforces their belief that she could still be alive.

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'Still substantial amount of work to be done' in McCann search

Madeline McCann. Credit: PA

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeline McCann say there is 'still a substantial amount of work to be completed in the coming weeks and months' as they continue their search.

The investigation, dubbed Operation Grange, has so far failed to find any new evidence relating to the youngster despite scouring a 'horse shaped' shaped piece of waste ground west of Praia da Luz for eight days.

They said they were acting on 'just one hypothesis that she was killed and buried locally.'

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "This was the first phase of the investigation which has been agreed with the Portuguese. More activity has been agreed and we expect that to commence shortly.

"There is still a substantial amount of work yet to be completed in the coming weeks and months, which again should be viewed as no more than normal operational activity in a case of this size and complexity. "

The deployment is the "largest ever undertaken by UK police overseas in a case of this type" with a total of 60,000 square metres of land searched, including all utilities, drainage channels and derelict buildings.

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McCann search to start again tomorrow

The search by police investigating Madeline McCann's disappearance in Portugal has finished for the day and will resume tomorrow.

ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports from Praia da Luz.

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