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Madeleine McCann: Kate Wants To Testify
The mother of Madeleine McCann has asked to give evidence at a Portuguese libel trial over a book that claimed she was involved in her daughter's disappearance.
Kate and Gerry McCann are suing Goncalo Amaral over claims he made in The Truth Of The Lie about the missing three-year-old.
They have also launched legal action against his publisher and the makers of a documentary based on the book.
Mr McCann has also requested to give evidence at the trial, with the judge at the court in Lisbon yet to rule on whether he can step into the witness box.
The McCanns' spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, has confirmed that lawyer Isabel Duarte lodged an application last week for Mrs McCann to take the stand as well.
If the judge grants the application, the couple will return to Lisbon.
It is thought that if they do give evidence, it will be at the end of the trial next month.
Mr Amaral has also applied to testify and is yet to hear whether he can or not.
The trial has previously heard how Mrs McCann had considered suicide in the aftermath of the book's publication in 2008.
The McCanns have strongly denied accusations levelled against them in Mr Amaral's book that they hid their daughter's body after she died in an accident and faked an abduction.
He also suggested the couple cashed in on £2m of public donations.
They say his claims damaged the hunt for Madeleine and exacerbated the anguish suffered by her relatives.
If the legal action is successful, they will gain around £1m in damages.
The former detective denies defamation and says his claims are already contained in police and court case files on Madeleine which have been made public.
Mrs McCann travelled to Lisbon at the start of the trial, and her husband has attended several times in the hope of giving evidence. The trial is expected to finish hearing evidence in November.
Madeleine, who was then nearly four, disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant with friends.
The Portuguese investigation is officially closed, but authorities there are backing a Metropolitan Police inquiry, and officers from both countries will work together in pursuing new leads.
Madeleine's disappearance will be the subject of a Crimewatch appeal on Monday to try to produce new witnesses in the case