DISTORTION, LIES FABRICATION AND SLANDER; Kate Blasts Madeleine Cop

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Byline: EMILY NASH

KATE and Gerry McCann yesterday accused ex-Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral of cynically distorting the facts of their daughter Madeleine's disappearance to make money.

They hit out after appearing at court in Lisbon where Amaral was trying to overturn an injunction banning his book and a TV documentary about his Madeleine probe.

Amaral, 50, claims the injunction breaches his freedom of speech.

But Kate, 41, said: "Freedom of speech should not include distortion of the truth, lies, fabrication and slander.

"Freedom of speech should not outweigh the rights of human beings, it should not outweigh the rights of our family and children to respect." The ban was imposed by a judge after the McCanns said Amaral was making "obscene" amounts of cash from a book that libelled them.

Gerry, also 41, yesterday said the furore over Amaral's book threatened to obscure the fact that the McCanns were still searching for Madeleine.

He added: "There is an innocent child missing here and that's what this is about. We are here to fight for our daughter. We are the only people who will do it and continue to do it."

Madeleine vanished from her parents' holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007. After four months, Amaral named Kate and Gerry, of Rothley, Leics, as suspects. …