Mr Amaral got that ruling - and a ban on selling his book - overturned on appeal in April last year.
Last night Portuguese police warned she risked a two-year jail sentence by speaking out.Miss Tanner and Dr O'Brien categorically deny that they have ever wanted to change their statements and have dismissed the allegation as "absolute rubbish".Last night a friend of the Mc Canns said: "Jane is a friend of Kate and Gerry and as far as they are concerned she has nothing to blame herself for. British police have spent more than £10 million looking for Madeleine.A spokesperson for the Mc Cann's did not want to respond to request for comment last night.
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In the early hours of the morning after the sighting, Miss Tanner was interviewed by local Portuguese police while Mr Mc Cann was present and told them of the man she had seen. She gave the police a detailed description of the man but no E-fit was ever issued of him.Only a vague description was put out three weeks after Madeleine went missing.But Portuguese Supreme Court judges who ruled last week against their last-ditch appeal over Mr Amaral's 2008 book 'The Truth of the Lie' said the lifting of their status as 'arguidos' - or formal suspects - did not mean they were innocent.Kate and Gerry Mc Cann (pictured in 2014) have always claimed they were innocent of any wrongdoing despite former police chief Goncalo Amaral's allegations Maddie died in their holiday flat and her parents faked her abduction to cover up the tragedy The statement came in the court's 76-page ruling on the Mc Cann's fight against another court's decision to reverse their 2015 libel win against the former detective.The Supreme Court judges said the Mc Canns claimed the book and a TV documentary based on the book would have damaged the honour and good name of any 'innocent person who had been cleared through the shelving of the criminal investigation.'It is believed the Mc Canns are discussing the possibility of taking the case to the European Court of Human Rights.