European court rules against Madeleine McCann’s parents in libel case: ‘Manifestly ill-founded’
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gave European Court of Human Rights ruled against the parents of missing British child Madeleine McCann on Tuesday, in a 14-year dispute over whether the parents were defamed.
Madeleine McCann Disappeared from his bedroom In May 2007 in an apartment in the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz when she was 3 years old. His parents were reportedly dining with friends at a nearby restaurant at the time.
Gary and Kate McCann were questioned about their possible involvement in the disappearance in September 2007, but the investigation was dropped due to a lack of evidence. Authorities then cleared the McCanns of any involvement.
The parents sued Portuguese police officer Goncalo Amaral for suggesting the pair were involved. In Madeleine’s Disappearance In his 2008 book “The Truth of Lies”.
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A court in Portugal initially ruled in favor of the parents in 2015 and ordered Amaral to pay damages. But Portugal’s Supreme Court of Justice overturned that decision two years later.
The decision prompted the McCanns to file a case against the state of Portugal at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), arguing that they had not received a fair hearing and that their right to privacy had been violated. went
But the ECHR ruled on Tuesday that the Portuguese judiciary had given the parents a fair trial, concluding that their arguments about the presumption of innocence were unfounded.
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“Even assuming that the reputation of the applicant was damaged, it was not because of the argument put forward by the author of the book but as a result of the suspicion expressed against him”, the ECHR said. Decided.
“[The Supreme Court of Justice] “There was no inculpatory comment on the part of the petitioners nor any suggestion of suspicion against them regarding the circumstances in which their daughter went missing,” the order continued. on false grounds.”
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It is not known whether Jerry and Kate McCann will appeal the new ruling.
Reuters contributed to this report.