Former Madeleine McCann detective Goncalo Amaral seeks to ban the media from a $1 million libel trial against him for hampering the search of their missing girl. The plantiff and defendent entered the court room as the case against him got underway.
It is feared that the case would provoke a media circus and further aggravate Portuguese authorities as the Scotland Yard team seek cooperation to carry out their own inquiries on Portuguese soil.
Kate McCann, 45, came face to face with the former detective outside the court where she and husband Gerry, are seeking $1 million in damages for his “poisonous lies” about the fate of their daughter.
McCann’s attendance in court is understood to be against the advice of Scotland Yard detectives who are attempting to launch their own investigation in the Algarve to try to solve the six-year mystery.
It is feared that her presence in Portugal will provoke a media circus and further aggravate Portuguese authorities as the Scotland Yard team seek cooperation to carry out their own inquiries on Portuguese soil.
A source said: “Because of the sensitivity of the situation, police don’t want the McCanns anywhere near the country because they fear it could turn into a media circus.
“The Met police are worried it will create a bigger platform for Mr Amaral and his supporters to spout more bile and could damage their own inquiries in the country.
“It will be bad enough having all the old allegations dragged up again and repeated. No doubt Mr Amaral will want to say his bit outside the court and it will all flare up again. It will not be helpful for the Yard.”
Madeleine disappeared from an apartment in Praia da Luz shortly before her fourth birthday in May, 2007
Neither Mr nor Mrs McCann from Rothley, Leicestershire, are due to give evidence in the libel trial against Mr Amaral, who headed the initial investigation into their daughter’s disappearance which led to the couple being named as suspects.
Instead, Dave Edgar, a private investigator hired by the family to search for Madeleine and Michael Wright, husband of Mrs McCann’s cousin Anne-Marie, will tell the hearing how Amaral’s “poisonous lies” have nearly destroyed the family.
Madeleine, who disappeared from an apartment in Praia da Luz shortly before her fourth birthday in May, 2007.