The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) have today acquitted Portugal in the complaint filed by Maddie McCann’s parents against the Portuguese justice system, following the acquittal of former Judiciary Police inspector Gonçalo Amaral of compensating Kate and Gerry McCann.
At issue in the court based in Strasbourg was the complaint against the Portuguese justice for having acquitted Gonçalo Amaral of compensating the parents of the British girl – who disappeared in Lagos, in May 2007 – after allegations made by the former inspector of the Judiciary Police in a book and in a TV program.
Maddie’s parents had filed a complaint against Portugal, and the European Court of Human Rights ruled that there was no violation of the right to privacy.
For Kate and Gerry McCann, the words of the leader of the investigation into the disappearance of the girl, then three years old, represented a violation of their right to respect for private life and the right to the presumption of innocence.
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