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McCanns attend libel trial to 'stop damage' from book

The mother of missing Madeleine McCann attended the start of the libel trial earlier this month against a former police chief in Portugal, to "stop the damage" she believes is being caused to the search for her daughter by his book.

Kate McCann pictured speaking to journalists in Lisbon earlier this month. Credit: Reuters

Goncalo Amaral published a book making allegations about the disappearance of her daughter, three-year-old Madeleine, back in 2007.

Kate McCann said: "I'm here to stop the damage that has been caused and is still being caused, both directly and indirectly, to the search for our daughter."


Gerry McCann hopes to give evidence at libel trial

ITV News understands that Gerry McCann, the father of missing Madeleine, is hoping to give evidence in the family's libel case against a former police detective in Portugal today.

Gerry McCann to 'attend libel hearing'. Credit: Sean Dempsey/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.

The law in Portugal is thought to have changed in July, allowing complainants to now give evidence in libel cases. Gerry McCann's sister Trish Cameron is also likely to give evidence.

Read more: McCann family libel trial


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