Kate and Gerry McCann have lost a legal battle over a book about Maddie
Gerry and Kate McCann have been involved in an eight-year fight over a book written by Amaral, who led the initial hunt when then-three-year-old Madeleine McCann vanished from their Algarve holiday apartment in May 2007.
Amaral was ordered to pay Kate and Gerry £430,000 plus interest in damages after losing round one of their legal battle in April 2015 over his hurtful book 'The Truth of the Lie.'
Appeal judges reversed the initial ruling by a court in Lisbon in April last year, siding with the former police chief and overturning a ban on his book.
Madeleine McCann went missing in the Algarve in May 2007 Madeleine McCann. The search continues Tue, May 3, 2016
Please take the time to look at the various computer generated images of how Maddie might look now. Madeleine McCann was abducted on May 4th 2007, as she slept with her brother and sister in an apartment at the Ocean Club Resort in Praia da Luz in the Algarve, while her parents dined with friends at a nearby tapas bar
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Madeline McCann went missing from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, in Portugal’s Algarve 9 years ago.
The decision sparked a fresh appeal by the McCanns to the country's highest law court, which was lodged last May but heard today.
The McCanns' Portuguese lawyer Isabel Duarte was "out of her office" and not immediately available this afternoon to comment.
The ruling in favour of the ex-police chief last year was said to have left the McCanns "seething”, according to a friend.
Gerry and Kate McCann have been involved in an eight-year fight over the book
Amaral is understood to have earned £344,000 from his book before it was banned and a subsequent TV documentary.
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The book was released just three days after Gerry and Kate were told their status as arguidos or formal suspects had been lifted on July 21 2008.
The McCanns told the Lisbon court staging the Amaral trial in the summer of 2014 they were left "devastated and crushed" by his allegations.
Kate and Gerry McCann during a press conference about Madeleine's disappearance
Kate, 48, from Rothley, Leics, said Madeleine's twin siblings Sean and Amelie, now 12, knew about Amaral's allegations.
The ex-police chief was removed as head of the investigation into Madeleine's May 3 2007 disappearance after criticising British detectives.
Portuguese prosecutors reopened their probe into Madeleine McCann's disappearance in May 2014, and are now working in close coordination with Scotland Yard's scaled-down Operation Grange probe into the youngster's fate.
Last year Kate and Gerry revealed they had told their twins "everything" about Madeleine's disappearance and said the youngsters still remember her and talk about her often.