("Maddie parents set to sue cop", in small box and not below the “Latest Maddie”. Cartoon-man remains #1.) Published: Today (interesting, very interesting… only two days after the McCanns announcement. Stale news, one would think)
MISSING Madeleine McCann’s parents are suing the disgraced police chief who led the hunt for their daughter. Kate and Gerry McCann are furious (TRUE, how TRUE) over the book written by Goncalo Amaral claiming Maddie is DEAD — and that they were involved.
Their UK lawyer Edward Smethurst said they were applying for a gagging order (that’s suing?!? Is that it?!?) in Lisbon’s civil court, Portugal. He added: “Proceedings are being issued for an injunction to prevent further publication.”
The McCanns, of Rothley, Leics, issued a statement saying: “We are taking this action over his entirely unfounded and grossly defamatory claims that Madeleine is not only dead, but that we were somehow involved in concealing her body.”
Amaral, who was kicked off the case (TRUE, but where is the usual “disgraced”?), yesterday vowed to counter-sue. He said: “My lawyers are working on the case and we will take the McCann couple to court for defamation, slanderous denunciations and false statements.” (Oooops McCanns, so many, many not nice adjectives applied to you in a single The Sun article. All TRUE though, but this paper is not meant to print the TRUTH about this case, is it? A sign of the times, perhaps?)
Maddie, then three, vanished (TRUE, but where is the usual “abducted”?) from a holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.