Tuesday 23 May 2017

No pain compares to loss of our Maddy, says emotional Kate

Sam Marsden in Lisbon

KATE McCann admitted yesterday that listening to claims she had faked her daughter Madeleine's abduction was difficult -- but she added that nothing could be as bad as losing her child.

She and her husband Gerry have now sat through three days of the court hearing in which the former Portuguese detective, Goncalo Amaral, has called witnesses to support his allegation that the little girl died in her family's holiday flat.

Mrs McCann insisted yesterday that the couple were right to take legal action against Mr Amaral and said she was confident they would win.

Speaking as she arrived at Lisbon's main civil court, Mrs McCann acknowledged that this week had taken its toll.

"If I'm honest, our daughter has been taken and nothing is ever going to be as bad as that," she said.

"It's still been difficult, it's been emotive, because I know what is in the case files, I know what the conclusions are.

"So it's difficult to hear something that's incorrect and inaccurate. At the bottom of all this is a little girl. It's important that we don't forget that."

Mr Amaral was the first head of the Portuguese police investigation into Madeleine's disappearance from Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3 2007.

Defamation

He has called a series of top Portuguese law-enforcement officials as witnesses in his attempt to overturn the McCanns' injunction preventing the further sale or publication of his book about the case, 'Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie'.

Mrs McCann was asked if she now felt it had been a misjudgment to bring legal action against Mr Amaral.

She replied: "This is definitely the right course of action. I believe in the Portuguese judicial system, that we will get justice and that we can take the search for Madeleine forward."

The case was adjourned yesterday until February 10, when the judge will hear from two witnesses who were not available this week.

The McCanns are also seeking €1.2m in compensation for defamation in separate proceedings against Mr Amaral.

No date has been set for the compensation case.

Irish Independent

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