I think having won 3 consecutive Court victories against Gerry and Kate McCann, Goncalo Amaral deserves the right not to be called disgraced. Unfortunately the knock on effect of the Netflix documentary has been the elevating once more of the parents to sainthood and the demonisation of the former detective who searched for their child.
Several tabloids have run stories sympathetic to the parents in their continued pursuit of Goncalo Amaral in the ECHRs. The parents owe massive legal fees to GA, not as massive as I thought they would be, but massive nevertheless and with further legal costs looming. Goncalo Amaral has no compassion for Gerry and Kate, a source from the family disclosed. No compassion from GA, well what do you know.
Quite how these tabloid stories make GA the villain and the parents the victims is baffling, maybe it lies in prefixing ‘Disgraced’ before his name. Let me however make it clear to those new to the case or similarly baffled.
The McCanns waited one year after Goncalo Amaral’s book was released to launch a damages claim. That is, they allowed all the damage to be done and the first year’s royalties to accrue. They demanded that not only GA’s book be burned, but all the royalties, anything he earned ever, his Jaguar and the proceeds of the sale of his family home. As Kate said in her own book Madeleine, she wanted him to feel misery and fear.
The McCanns were demanding financial compensation of £1.25m, £250k for each of them and they are a family of 5 as Isabel Duarte informed us. Yes, they were claiming £250k for their missing daughter Madeleine but that claim was ruled out halfway through proceedings when Madeleine's ward of court status was pointed out. Bizarrely, not the fact that she hasn't been seen in years.
They were successful in their initial court actions, and Duarte impounded all of GA’s books from the book shelves and shops. She had a warehouse full of books ready to burn. And yes, I just checked, we are still in the 21st century. Happily several courts thereafter ditched the barbarian route and gave Goncalo Amaral his assets and his voice back, though it must be said, he has never had a voice in the UK.