Detective Goncalo Amaral is currently writing a new book about Maddie McCann's disappearance
Goncalo Amaral is busy working on the closing chapters while on a break in Switzerland and is looking for a British publisher.
Last week Portuguese supreme court judges in Lisbon ruled that he could publish his controversial first book on the case, called The Truth Of The Lie.
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After Madeleine, then three, disappeared from apartment 5a of the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz on the Algarve on May 3, 2007, Mr Amaral worked as the investigation co-ordinator, pulling together all the strands of police inquiries and working closely with senior officers.
However, he was moved off the case and resigned six months later after accusing British police officers of not fully cooperating with the Portuguese investigation.
Mr Amaral worked closely in the case of Maddie's disappearance as an investigator co-ordinator
He faced financial ruin when the McCanns won legal battles to freeze his assets and stop him distributing The Truth Of The Lie in Portugal.
Mr Amaral used police files to put forward a theory that Madeleine had died in the apartment. The McCanns took legal action on the grounds the claim was not substantiated by the evidence and was defamatory.
Goncalo faced a financial ruin when The McCanns took legal action against him over 'defamatory'
They believe that Madeleine is still alive and every effort should be made to find her.
A friend of the author said: “Goncalo took no great pleasure from the court case because he fully expected to win. For him these battles in the courts are important because they protect freedom of expression.
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“He could only afford to pay the legal bills thanks to donations, mainly from people in Britain, who have given more than £50,000. With the support in Britain he obviously thinks his second book on the case would sell well if translated into English and he is actively looking for a publisher.
“He would also ask any publisher if they would be interested in publishing his first book in English. “For the time being he is working hard on the second book in Switzerland but he wishes to thank his supporters in the UK for supporting his battle to protect freedom of expression.”
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 timeline of events on the evening and night of May 3, 2007, has been examined by Mr Amaral, minute by minute, for a significant part of the book.
The friend added: “He is aware of the public statements made by Scotland Yard in their review and later investigation.
He gives his views on that approach. He has huge respect for Scotland Yard detectives but is critical of some of the things that have been said and done.”
Doctors Kate and Gerry McCann, both 48, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have said they will sue if The Truth Of The Lie is sold in Britain.
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