A fund set up to help find Madeleine McCann could be wiped out if her parents lose a court case which is due to start in the next few weeks.
Kate and Gerry McCann are returning to court to fight against the ex-detective who claimed they were responsible for Madeleine’s death.
If they lose the case the pair will be forced to pay Goncalo Amaral £750,000, after he made a bid to sue them for compensation.
The couple will face Amaral in the European Court, as public money which was funding the search for Madeleine is about to dry up.
A hearing is expecting this year after Amaral decided to sue the McCanns when their libel case was overturned.
Kate and Gerry McCann are returning to court to fight against the ex-detective who claimed they were responsible for Madeleine’s death (Goncalo Amaral pictured in 2009)
A legal representative for the McCanns lodged the final paperwork at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Amaral recently claimed that his family has ‘suffered’ a lot from the ordeal, ahead of his court date.
Amaral, who wrote The Truth About The Lie concerning Madeleine’s disappearance, claimed in the book that Kate and Gerry covered up her death in Portugal
A source told the Sun: ‘It seems you can say anything you like about someone in Portugal, no matter how awful, and get away with it.
‘If the European Court rules against them the trustees will decide on how best to make any payments.
‘It would be a blow but Kate and Gerry would keep their heads up and carry on searching.’
There is currently ongoing discusses over extra funding for the continued search of Madeleine, according to the Met Police.
However public cash is expected to dry up in a fortnight, reports the Sun.
Figures show that they is £728,508 left in the pot used to fund the search for Madeleine, which is mostly made up of public donations.
However it could be completely wiped out if the decision stands to award Amaral £430,000 as well as paying costs on top.
Following the claims the McCanns’ pursued a libel case against him in 2015 and won, however it was later overturned and Amaral was given compensation
Retired Det Chief Insp Mick Neville, who last year investigated the case, said: ‘It is tragic that funds to try to find her could be lost because of this legal action.
‘There is every reason to believe she may be alive.’
The McCanns’ Portuguese lawyer Isabel Duarte said: ‘This will be our final appeal.
‘The basis is the violation of my clients’ fundamental rights.’
This ‘censored-in-UK’ book by Gonçalo Amaral has been translated into English by AnnaEsse and reproduced here to help increase the chances of it being read by people in the UK.
Acknowledgments: AnnaEsse, Joana Morais, Nigel Moore, Pamalam, Tony Bennett, Richard D. Hall, retired police Superintendent Peter Macleod and the numerous members ‘The Complete Mystery of Madeleine McCann’ forum, all of whom have worked tirelessly and voluntarily to translate the official Portuguese police files, and raise awareness of this case, so that the truth of what happened to Madeleine can be known – and justice served upon her.
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