Madeleine McCann parents face financial ruin

(ITV)
(ITV)

The parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann have been dealt a crippling legal blow by the Portuguese Supreme Court.

The court has overturned a ruling that would have seen the pair win more than NZ$860,000 in damages.

The ruling comes after the McCanns brought a libel case against former Portuguese police officer Goncalo Amaral, who claimed the parents were involved in their daughter's disappearance in a book he wrote about the case. 

The McCanns initially won the case, but this decision has now been reversed.

(ITV)
(ITV)

Portugal's Supreme Court has said Mr Amaral's allegations were covered under freedom of expression laws and were not abusive.

That means the book, The Truth of the Lie by Mr Amaral, which mentions the claims and was previously removed from sale, can now be sold once again. 

Madeleine McCann who was three-year-old at the time, went missing from her family's hotel room in Praia da Luz, Portugal in 2007.

A worldwide man hunt has turned up no results since her reported disappearance.

Newshub.