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The McCann family suffer another setback in hunt for Maddie 16/04/2017 Alison Ring
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The McCann family has suffered yet another setback in their hunt for Maddie as a Portuguese detective pursues legal action.

Goncalo Amaral, who led the original search for the missing toddler, has said he intends to ‘clean out’ her parents Kate and Gerry by suing them, alleging that they damaged his reputation.

57-year-old Amaral wrote a book about the abduction, claiming that Madeleine’s parents were in fact responsible for her death, writing that she died at their Praia de Luz apartment, and that Kate and Gerry proceeded to cover it up.

The McCann’s took a libel case against the detective and won in 2015, however the decision was subsequently appealed and upheld in another court, meaning he can now counter-sue.

A source told The Sun on Sunday: ‘Amaral holds the key to making life financially very tough for the McCanns. He has told friends he intends to do just that. He wants to squeeze every penny he possibly can out of them, clean them out. He has no shame at all.’

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Meanwhile, Amaral is said to be penning a second book about Maddie’s disappearance.

This May will mark the tenth anniversary of the three-year-old’s abduction.

Scotland Yard were allocated further funding this year to continue investigations into the case until at least October.

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