Kate McCann asks to be heard

Kate McCann has asked the judge for permission to give evidence in the family's libel case against Goncalo Amaral. The ex-police chief published a book making allegations about Madeleine's disappearance in May 2007.

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Kate McCann asks to give evidence at libel trial

by - Europe Correspondent

Kate McCann, the mother of missing Madeleine, has asked for permission to give evidence at the libel trial of the Portuguese detective Goncalo Amoral.

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Kate McCann has asked the judge for permission to give evidence at the libel trial. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Gerry McCann has already made the same request. The judge is likely to decide on November 5th.

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McCann book claims 'worse than being made suspects'

The effects of a book that made allegations about Madeleine McCann's disappearance were worse than when her parents were made arguidos, or formal suspects, Gerry McCann's sister told a court in Portugal.

In her evidence at the libel trial of former police chief Goncalo Amaral, who wrote the book, Trish Cameron said: "This was a different thing. It was much more conclusive and demonising them, dehumanising them, saying they did not care for their children, that they were responsible.

Gerry McCann's sister, Trish Cameron.
Gerry McCann's sister, Trish Cameron, spoke at the libel trial of former police chief Goncalo Amaral. Credit: Jason Skarratt/PA Archive

"It makes it out that they weren't truthful and they have been vilified and it's very hard to turn round opinion about them that has been so widely spread."

Mrs Cameron told the court that the Portuguese people had "turned against" the family, adding: "They were fed up with the McCanns, they wanted them to go away, but they weren't going away. They still had a missing child."

McCann leaves court without being heard in libel case

Gerry McCann, the father of missing Madeleine, has left a court in Portugal once again without being heard as a witness in the family's libel case against former police inspector Goncalo Amaral.

Mr McCann still does not know whether he will be able to give evidence as no decision has been taken.

Gerry McCann, the father of missing Madeleine, leaves a Portuguese court without being heard as a witness.
Gerry McCann, the father of missing Madeleine, leaves a Portuguese court without being heard as a witness. Credit: Ellen Branagh/PA Wire

Other legal teams are thought to have until October 16 to make submissions on his application, ahead of the judge making her final decision.

Mr McCann said, "Obviously it's disappointing, but we will just keep going."

McCanns' grief 'multiplied 100 times' by cop's book

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 hopes to be heard in family's libel case

Gerry McCann, the father of missing Madeleine, said he was not sure what would happen in his family's libel case against a former Portuguese police chief "after last week".

Arriving at the Palace of Justice he told reporters, "We are here to listen to the judge and hopefully be heard."

Gerry McCann, the father of missing Madeleine, hopes to give evidence.
Gerry McCann, the father of missing Madeleine, hopes to give evidence. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mr McCann wants to give evidence against Goncalo Amaral, who published a book making allegations about Madeleine's disappearance in May 2007.

Last week Mr McCann flew out to Portugal, but was left frustrated when proceedings were adjourned because one of Mr Amaral's lawyers could not be present.

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Gerry McCann hopes to give evidence in libel case

Gerry McCann, the father of missing Madeleine, will return to a Portuguese court today in the hope that he can give evidence in his family's libel case against a former local police chief.

Gerry McCann will fly to Portugal today. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Mr McCann wants to give evidence against Goncalo Amaral, who published a book making allegations about Madeleine's disappearance in May 2007.

The McCanns claim that the former detective's book damaged the hunt for their daughter and exacerbated the family's anguish.

The family stands to gain around £1 million in damages if their case is successful.

Mr McCann was left frustrated after flying to Portugal last week, when proceedings were adjourned because one of Mr Amaral's lawyers could not be present.

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