The Portuguese detective who was sued for libel after he accused Madeleine McCann’s parents of faking their daughter’s abduction has won his appeal.
Goncalo Amaral wrote a 2008 book called ‘The Truth of the Lie’ in which he claimed Kate and Gerry McCann had covered up Madeleine’s death in their Algarve holiday apartment in 2007 by making it look like the 3-year-old had been kidnapped.
Amaral believes Madeleine died by falling from a sofa and that Gerry McCann buried her body at the beach.
In April 2015, Amaral was ordered to pay €500,000 (£394,000) in damages to the McCanns, who said they would put all of the money towards the continued search for their missing daughter. However, on 20 April 2016, three appeal judges decided to overturn the initial ruling.
Isabel Duarte, the McCann’s lawyer, said: “I and the McCanns are obviously disappointed but I am not surprised because one of the judges ruled in favour of a previous appeal overturning a ban on the book.”
The news comes after Scotland Yard’s Detective Chief Superintendent Mike Duthie stated his belief on 19 April that Madeleine could still be found alive.
It will be nine years since her disappearance on 3 May.