4 Feb 2015

What is Projecto Justiça Gonçalo Amaral?

A bit of history. A lot of friendship. 

Founded as a quest for justice and backed by supporters from all over the globe, in solidarity, friendship and above all, in the interest of furthering the investigation of the case into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Within this scope, with the relentless support of those who will not let this case pass into obscurity, who do not tolerate the leaving of unanswered questions, there are many who follow Amaral’s dissatisfaction, and whom, like him, urge for the day the truth, or some more of it will emerge.

During the last months of 2009, a group of Gonçalo Amaral friends realised that it would be impossible for him to face the costs of his defence in the civil suit that was filed against him personally – as well as against others – brought by the McCann couple and their children, in response to his book “Maddie, A Verdade Da Mentira”.

Lawsuits in Portugal are expensive, like anywhere else in the world, and the Portuguese State will only help funding legal costs if one is completely destitute. With part of his pension and the total of his assets frozen, Gonçalo Amaral would not be able to cover the legal expenses; what was left of his pension was barely enough to meet everyday living costs, but it was more than enough for the State to refuse financial support. 

Therefore, his friends decided to open a private bank account, where funds would be kept to pay, whenever necessary and whenever possible, expenses that were presented by Mr Amaral’s lawyer. Projecto Justiça Gonçalo Amaral was born out of solidarity and friendship.

The trial is ongoing, since 2009, nothing has changed, pending final judgment. We continue to accept your donations only into this one bank account and we continue to meet only legal expenses out of that very same account.

If any funds are left unused, they will be donated to a Portuguese children’s charity, according to Gonçalo Amaral’s wishes.

There are many ways to contribute to this Project. You can help by spreading information about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann by highlighting the Case File information. You can help by voicing your support for freedom of expression and freedom of opinion. You can help by supporting Gonçalo Amaral’s defence account.

We trust that Justice will be served.

Thank you.


  1. Anonymous4:23 pm

    I have donated to Mr Amaral's legal fund on several occasions,& honoured to do so for this good man.I only wish I could take some of the emotional stress off his shoulders.I might add I detest the McCanns and their helpers.God Bless Goncalo.

  2. Anonymous9:09 pm

    Gocalo Amaral has the shoulders of a giant, the heart of a saint and the tenacity of a bulldog.
    A very special man.

  3. Anonymous1:51 am

    i don't think any of us would mind if mr amaral kept any left over money, it would be wisely used to sue the mccanns for what they have done to him.

    1. Many would not mind it, I am sure. But that is not the purpose of this account: it is used only for defence expenses, because we believe everyone has a right to a defence. Thank you for your support!

  4. Alison5:48 pm

    Thank you so much for setting up the fund, Astro. It is a huge privilege and a pleasure to be able to have some part in making it possible for Mr Amaral to defend himself. The cynicism of the McCanns and Mitchell in the way they have gone about destroying him is evil beyond any imagining and I just wonder who came up with the original plan to do that.

  5. keep strong mr amaral, we are right behind you , loz xxx

  6. Anonymous3:24 am

    not long now to the verdict hope you keep your strength up Mr Amaral

  7. Anonymous2:29 pm

    Sending good wishes and the hope that this nightmare will soon be over and Dr Amaral will be exonerated and able to live his life. I'm embarrassed by the evil that pervades this case by my fellow countrymen. God Bless Goncalo.
    Marina x

  8. Even the Chinese people are with you Sn Amaral please keep strong.

  9. Anonymous9:27 pm

    I have just had a Paypal donation refused and returned to my Paypal account, a month after I made it. Does anyone know why this might have happened?

  10. Thank you, Anonymous @9.27 pm. Your donation was returned because we didn't receive an alert that it needed to be accepted. We only just noticed the situation and are very sorry about it. If you wish to resubmit your donation, we will make sure that it is duly accepted. Thank you and again: sorry.

  11. Anonymous7:41 pm

    Thank you for the explanation Astro. I will resend the donation and very glad there is no problem - I was really worried.

  12. Anonymous11:49 am

    Mr. Amaral,
    After the events of this last week, I can only say, that one can never get away from the Forensics of those two highly trained police dogs with their expert handler.
    Continue to hold your head high, you have done nothing wrong, you only want the truth regarding that poor little girl, and the truth will always emerge, protection cannot last forever.
    With Best Wishes,
    R A Wiseman.