Saturday September 14 2013
– A book by the disgraced former detective who led the initial investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann had a “devastating” effect on the search, a court in Lisbon has heard.
It also heaped extra suffering on Kate and Gerry McCann as they struggled to clear their name and continue the search for their missing daughter, close friends of the couple told a court at the start of a libel trial against Gonçalo Amaral.
“I watched them suffer these untruths and waste a lot of precious energy trying to defend themselves when they could have been spending all that energy looking for Madeleine,” Susan Hubbard said.
“The fact that all these people believed she was dead was devastating,” she said.
The McCanns are suing Mr Amaral, who led the investigation for six months until he was dismissed from the case, for $1.7 million.
Mr Amaral’s book, The Truth of the Lie, suggested the McCanns staged an abduction to cover up the fact that Madeleine had accidentally died because of their negligence.
The case continues.
– The Age