Image right: French version of Amaral's book, published by Bourin.
SOS Madeleine McCann 9/09/09
The book, "A Verdade Da Mentira", (The Truth Of The Lie) by Gonçalo Amaral, former PJ coordinator, on Madeleine McCann's disappearance, has been banned and all copies still available must be withdrawn from sale.
The 13th Civil Court in Lisbon has today granted a provisional injunction to the McCanns, thus banning the sale of Gonçalo Amaral's book, which puts forward the theory of the little girl's death and the responsibility of Kate and Gerry McCann.
The court's decision also involves banning the distribution of the documentary based on the book, which was shown by TVI and distributed on DVD by the newspaper Correio da Manha.
The publishers, Guerra e Paz, must recover all existing copies and they are forbidden from granting publication rights for the book to publishers in other countries. Gonçalo Amaral, who has recently tried to recover his rights as the author with a view to self-publishing his book in English, is banned from speaking publicly on the contents of the book or the video.
This is a provisional ruling and will have to be confirmed by full court process.
In France and Belgium, the edition in French from the publisher Bourin, is still on sale. (See image above)