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McCann libel trial due to start for fifth time

Kate and Gerry McCann Credit: Tiago Petinga - Press Association

The libel trial of a former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral is due to start today after being adjourned four times. He's being sued by Kate and Gerry McCann over claims he made in his book The Truth of the Lie.

Goncalo Amaral led the search for their daughter Madeleine after she went missing in 2007 from the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz.

Goncalo Amaral Credit: Ellen Branagh - Press Association

Kate and Gerry McCann from Rothley in Leicestershire were furious after they flew to Portugal last month to deliver personal statements to a court in Lisbon to find that Goncalo Amaral had sacked his legal team prompting another delay in the case that has now been running for 5 years.

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McCanns 'exasperated' libel hearing delayed again

Kate and Gerry McCann said they were exasperated and disappointed by the further delays to their libel trial against former police officer Goncalo Amaral.

Speaking outside court, Gerry McCann said the delay was a "blatant and cynical attempt" to wear them down, and the delays are an injustice to their daughter.

Kate McCann said the delays add more pain and distress to the family, which is why they took the case against the former police chief in the first place. The couple said they would not give up looking for their daughter, and would continue their fight against Mr Amaral an her behalf.

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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.

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Madeleine McCann's great aunt: 'positive' things can come from her disappearance

Madeleine McCann's great aunt has told ITV News Central 'positive' things can come from her disappearance.

Yesterday Kate and Gerry McCann attended a gathering in the village of Rothley in Leicestershire to remember Madeleine 7 years, to the day, after she disappeared.

Her great aunt says Madeleine's parents have done a lot to raise awareness of the importance of acting 'strongly' to find missing and exploited children.

Crowds gather to remember Madeleine McCann who disappeared 7 years ago

Tributes at inter-faith gathering for Madeleine McCann Credit: ITV News Central

An inter-faith gathering has been held in the Leicestershire village where Madeleine McCann lived to mark seven years since her disappearance.

People from Rothley gathered at the war memorial to remember Madeleine who vanished while on holiday with her family in Portugal.

Crowds gather to remember Madeleine McCann Credit: ITV News Central

The Metropolitan Police have revealed recently that they are looking at five cases in which young British girls were sexually assaulted during holiday home break-ins by a lone intruder in the Algarve.

One of these was in 2005 on a 10-year-old girl in Praia da Luz, where Madeleine, then three, vanished two years later.

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