McCanns not allowed to testify in Portuguese libel trial

The parents of Madeleine McCann have been refused permission to give evidence at the Portuguese libel trial over a book by a former local police chief, according to a family source

Background: McCann Portuguese libel trial

Kate and Gerry McCanns launched a legal action against the former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral as well as his publisher, and the makers of a documentary based on the book last year.

They say the former detective's claims in The Truth Of The Lie damaged the hunt for Madeleine and exacerbated their anguish.

Kate and Gerry McCann have been refused permission to give evidence at the Portuguese libel trial.
Kate and Gerry McCann have been refused permission to give evidence at the Portuguese libel trial. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

In October Mr McCann's sister Trish Cameron told the court that the family's pain over Madeleine's disappearance was "multiplied 100 times" by the book, while the trial previously heard how Mrs McCann had considered suicide in the aftermath its publication in 2008.

Read more: Kate McCann asks to give evidence in court during libel trial

Madeleine's mother travelled to Lisbon at the start of the trial, and her husband has attended several times in the hope of being able to give evidence.

McCanns not allowed to testify in Portuguese libel trial

Kate and Gerry McCann have been refused permission to give evidence at the Portuguese libel trial.
Kate and Gerry McCann have been refused permission to give evidence at the Portuguese libel trial. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The parents of Madeleine McCann have been refused permission to give evidence at the Portuguese libel trial over a book by a former local police chief, according to a family source.

Kate and Gerry McCann had asked to give evidence at the trial over Goncalo Amaral's book The Truth of the Lie, which is taking place in Lisbon.

But a family source said they had been refused permission ahead of the next hearing date, which is on Tuesday.The couple are said to be disappointed by the decision, and their lawyer Isabel Duarte is likely to appeal against the judge's decision.

The McCanns launched a legal action against the former Portuguese police chief, as well as his publisher, and the makers of a documentary based on the book.

They say the former detective's claims in The Truth Of The Lie damaged the hunt for Madeleine and exacerbated their anguish.

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