The McCanns have lost another court battle to end claims that they had faked Madeline's disapperance
A Portuguese supreme court judge has again backed local ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral’s right to make the allegation in his book about the case.
The publication, The Truth Of The Lie, sensationally claims Gerry, 48, and Kate McCann, 49, faked missing Madeleine’s abduction.
The couple, whose daughter vanished during a family holiday on the Portuguese Algarve in 2007, now have only the European Court of Human Rights to go to in their battle with Mr Amaral
The McCanns launched an appeal last month after the Portuguese supreme court ruled they had not proved they were innocent of involvement.
But after hearing their nine-page complaint, the supreme court has again backed Mr Amaral.
Kate and Gerry, of Rothley, Leicestershire, who have warned they will sue if The Truth Of The Lie is sold in Britain, said after yesterday’s court’s ruling: “It is obviously extremely disappointing.”
The McCanns still hope that their eldest daughter, who would now be 13, is alive despite being missing for close to a decade.
The Met Police’s Operation Grange investigation into the case has cost over £12million.