By VERONICA LORRAINE
DEVASTATED Kate and Gerry McCann are to launch a legal blitz in Portugal after the publication of a scandalous book about the disappearance of their daughter Maddie.
In The Truth Behind The Lie, ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral details ludicrous allegations about the couple and the pals they dined with when Maddie vanished in Portugal last year.
The McCanns plan to take action against Amaral, Portuguese newspapers which reprinted parts of the £10 book and bloggers who discussed it.
A source close to the family said last night: “The gloves are off. Amaral has over-stepped the mark and they feel they have been left with no choice. Enough is enough.
“The lawyers are looking at pretty much everything.”
In the book, Amaral, 48, claims that cops suspected Kate and Gerry almost as soon as Maddie, now five, vanished in the Algarve.
He also makes a serious allegation against one of their “Tapas 7” dining pals.
Earlier this week, Kate and Gerry, both 40 of Rothley, Leics, were officially cleared of any involvement in the case.
Amaral, who was taken off the investigation last October, said last night: “This book is not revenge, it is not persecution. We can discuss the case in court if they want.”
And then the Portuguese version of the thing, which they think won't get to the UK
Maddie: McCann give as' probable 'case to Amaral
The lawyers for the parents of Madeleine McCann are reviewing the book by former inspector of Judicial Gonçalo Amaral on the case and may include a 'probable' case on the defamation Portuguese newspapers that reproduce its content.
"The lawyers are examining the book, but will only act when ready ', the agency Lusa said today the spokesman of the parents of Madeleine, Clarence Mitchell.
Although the decision to proceed with the process has not yet been taken, Mitchell estimates that "probably there will be a process" in the Portuguese courts.
At issue is the book "Maddie - the truth of lies", published in Portugal on Thursday, in which the former head of Judicial Police maintains its argument to explain the disappearance of Madeleine since May 03, 2007, a hotel complex in Praia da Luz (Algarve), where he spent holidays with his parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, and the twin brothers.
In the book, Gonçalo Amaral, who is now retired from the PJ, argues that the child, then with three years, died in the apartment where the family was installed and launches a suspicion that parents will have participated in the concealment of the body.
Now, which is it?
Are we all going to be sued? Gonçalo Amaral, , the newspapers which published passages, all who bought his book, all who read it, all who had the audacity to read it and discuss it (those nasty bastards!), all who dreamed about it, all who hid under the bed just to take a little peek and look at the pretty pictures?
I tell you what, Mr Mitchell, what about telling the legal team, namely Mr Rogério Alves and Mr Pinto de Abreu to launch a huge worldwide legal action? You could then sue millions of Portuguese people, millions of British people and millions of other people around the world who listen to you and find you pathetic and dare to dislike or question your saint employers. I can already picture it in my mind. The trial could be held in the Sahara desert, because I think that would be big enough to take us all in.
Maybe that won't be necessary because the legal action is only 'probable'. Maybe you will sue. Maybe not. And maybe, in your infinite generosity, you'll forgive us all, millions of thinking people, and spare us the jail time.
Post Scriptum: Because I'm a generous sould, I'll help you with another name, of another thinking being, that you may consider sueing too. His name is Mr Hernâni Carvalho, he is a journalist and works in TVI channel. He said on live TV that regarding Portuguese law, you're as stupid as an army boot. Please, go easy on him. Remember than Portugal was one the first countries in the world to abolish the death sentence.
Update on the intimidation tactics from McCann defenders:
by Rosiepops Today at 3:10 pm
If a Portuguese poster translates this publication of the fat pig's (Amaral's) into English and copies it to their blog site *knowing* it is going to be read by Brits in the UK, can they be sued?
They must know of course, because why else would they translate it into English?Especially, as it is becoming clear that the McCann's are now going to go for Bloggers as well as the Portuguese press like the cess pit CdM.
I would say that some people need to start feeling afraid, very, very afraid! I fully expect the sh*t for brains Claudia to translate it, in view of the above news if the stupid cow had any sense she wouldn't, but as we know she hasn't any sense, she of course will.
However, I will not be reading it, I have not been anywhere near that ridiculous blog of hers since I left her a message some time ago and I do not intend starting now, that is one person who is fast going the way of Mrs Consecutive Numbers and what is more is being encouraged by the Gallstone. I just wonder how many more are going to have mental breakdowns before they actually realise that this hate blogging is having a detrimental affect on them, I hear there is another just about to tip over into the realms of mental instability."
Rosie, will you be picking me up to drive me to the court yourself? :-)