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‘Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine’ - Kate McCann's son asked her about disappearance

The McCann’s are suing former police chief Goncalo Amaral for libel.

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KATE MCCANN’S SON asked her if she had anything to do with the disappearance of her daughter Madeleine, a court in Portugal was told today.

The UK Independent reports that her son Sean asked her whether she had a role in the disappearances after hearing allegations made by the former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral on the radio, while he was travelling on the school bus.

“Sean asked me in October, ‘Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine’. I just said that he said a lot of silly things”, McCann told Lisbon’s Palace of Justice.

McCann also told the court that they fear their daughter’s kidnapper may “strike again” and believe that he or she will have been “laughing” at claims that they hid her, according to The Guardian.

The claims comes as part of libel case the McCann’s are taking against Amaral

Amaral, the police officer who led the initial investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, published a book on the case in which he claimed the couple hid the girl’s body and faked an abduction after she died accidentally.

McCanns’ lawyers are trying to show that Amaral’s book, “The Truth Of The Lie”, had hampered the search for their daughter and exacerbated their anguish.

The couple are seeking €1.25 million in damages.

Additional reporting by © – AFP 2014

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