Just as the Scotland Yard was preparing to wind up Operation Grange and the search for Madeleine McCann, a new injection of funds has been made available so the team of detectives can pursue a new lead backing up the theory that Madeleine was kidnapped by a gang of traffickers.
Madeline’s disappearance in 2007 led to high profile searches involving Portuguese police and a team from Scotland Yard whose dedicated officers have come up with zero in terms of clues, evidence and viable leads, perhaps until now.
A British expat is offering the ultimate in bad taste sightseeing tours of Praia da Luz to identify the important sites in the Madeleine McCann disappearance and police inquiry.
The free trips, organised by a British expat pensioner, take visitors to Apartment 5A at the Ocean Club Hotel where the three-year-old was last seen alive and to the tapas restaurant where her parents, Gerry and Kate McCann dined with friends on the evening Madeleine vanished.
The lawyer for Kate and Gerry McCann has filed an appeal in Portugal’s Supreme Court following last month’s Appellate Court decision in favour of Gonçalo Amaral.
This is the latest move in the long-running civil action over the former lead detective’s controversial book about Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in 2007.
A new ‘mood’ has emerged following the successful appeal by former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral against €500,000 libel damages awarded to the parents of missing Madeleine McCann.
For the first time “serious figures” formerly connected to the government and PJ are questioning the political pressures that effectively shut-down the original Portuguese investigation - allowing nothing to move forwards other than the abduction theory.
In the aftermath of their libel case defeat, the parents of missing Madeleine McCann are reported to be threatening people found selling the damning book "Truth of the Lie" that has been once again freed from censorship.
The UK’s Daily Mirror claims Kate and Gerry McCann “have warned anyone caught selling ex-police chief Gonzalo (sic) Amaral’s book in the UK would face legal action”.
But the story fails to address the fact that, right now, there is no legal basis for this tactic.
Gonçalo Amaral has won his appeal against a Lisbon court’s decision last year to award half a million euros in damages to Kate and Gerry McCann.
The award arose from the McCanns’ objection to Amaral’s book Maddie: The Truth of the Lie published in 2008. The overturning of the damages ruling and the lifting of the ban on the book is said to have come as a huge relief to Amaral and his many supporters and admirers.
Almost a year to the day that former PJ detective Gonçalo Amaral learnt that the parents of missing Madeleine McCann had successfully sued him over his book “The Truth of the Lie”, three appeal court judges have ruled that there is essentially no case to answer.
Kate McCann believes her daughter Madeleine was not taken far from Praia da Luz after she disappeared shortly before her fourth birthday in May 2007 and vowed that she and her husband would never give up hope of finding their daughter
The 47-year-old, who now is an ambassador for the Missing People charity, said that her research suggested that children were not usually taken far from the place they were abducted.