'Lies' of Maddie parents

'Lies' of Maddie parents
26 April 2008
The Sun
Antonella Lazzeri

The disgraced cop who led the search for Maddie McCann has written a money spinning book - pointing the finger at her parents.

Goncalo Amaral, 48, who was booted off the case after five months, refuses to believe Gerry and Kate McCann had nothing to do with the tot's disappearance.

He authorised their status as suspects, but was removed after allegedly enjoying boozy lunch breaks while leading the hunt in Portugal.

Amaral's book True Lies accuses Maddie's parents of dumping her body at sea after accidentally killing her. He says British police were too close to the couple and did not follow up leads he suggested.

His lawyer Paulo Santos said of the book: "It's not speculative, but factual."

But the McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "We are not surprised at this.

"It is sad that people feel the need to make money out of Madeleine."

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