Madeleine McCann father attends Lisbon libel trial

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Posted: Oct 02, 2013 5:37 AM

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The father of missing British girl Madeleine McCann is at a Lisbon court where he hopes to testify in the family's libel case against a former Portuguese detective.

The McCanns are seeking 1.2 million euros ($1.6 million) in damages from Goncalo Amaral, whose 2008 book alleged they were involved in their daughter's disappearance.

Amaral was part of the police investigation into Madeleine's disappearance from a vacation home in Portugal's Algarve region in 2007, days before her fourth birthday.

Gerry McCann said outside the court he would "listen to what the judge has to say and hope to be heard." He planned to speak last week but the trial was adjourned.

Portuguese police closed the case in 2008 after failing to find out what happened to Madeleine.