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Britain can't help West Brom father held in Portugal jail

The Foreign Secretary has revealed that the British Government can't prevent a terror suspect from the Black Country being extradited to India.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Credit: PA

Paramjeet Singh Saini was granted asylum in the UK in 1999. The father of four from West Bromwich is wanted by the Indian government on murder and terrorism charges and is in jail in Portugal.

He was arrested there when he took his family on a Christmas holiday. He denies any involvement in the murder and terror attacks which happened in India in 2009.

Paramjeet Singh was arrested in Portugal. Credit: Sikh Siyasat

Earlier his MP John Spellar led a delegation to the Foreign Office to ask that officials intervene and get him returned to his home in the West Midlands.

Mr Spellar, the MP for Warley, said if the Indian authorities have concerns about Mr Singh's refugee status they should raise them with the British Government.

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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.

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.

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