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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. 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.

McCanns await start of Portuguese police chief case

The mother of missing Madeleine McCann will have to face painful memories tomorrow at the start of a libel case against a former police chief in Portugal.

Kate and Gerry McCann Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Goncalo Amaral has published a book making allegations about the three-year-old's disappearance, which the McCanns say has poisoned public opinion in Portugal against the family and deterred search efforts.

Kate McCann, who is not expected to give evidence, will be accompanied by her mother Susan Healy for the first hearing at Lisbon's civil court.

The family stands to gain around £1 million in damages if their legal action succeeds.

Kate and Gerry McCann not among 'people of interest'

Kate and Gerry McCann on Daybreak in May 2013. Credit: ITV Daybreak

Scotland Yard has confirmed that Kate and Gerry McCann are not among the 38 people identified as "persons of interest".

The group that the McCanns were dining with in Praia da Luz on the night Madeleine went missing, are also not among the 38 people of interest.

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Kate McCann hopes Leveson will mark a 'new era' for press

Kate McCann arrives for the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's report Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Madeleine McCann's mother Kate said today she hoped the Leveson report would "mark the start of a new era" for the press, in which it treats those in the news "with care and consideration".

Mrs McCann went on: "Needless to say, more time will be needed to read, digest and understand all the implications of the report but initial impressions are positive.

"I hope the Prime Minister, and all the party leaders, will embrace the report and act swiftly to ensure activation of Lord [Justice] Leveson's recommendations within an acceptable and clearly defined time-scale."

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