Court Appeal Hearing - Live Text
1:36-- De almeida: british police kept information about the mcanns to themselves.
1:39-- De almeida: Forensic lab technicians from birmingham came to portugal so it is strange concerns were raised about contamination.
1:53-- De almeida: british authorities other than police hindered investigation by withholding information.
1:54-- De almeida: when we asked uk for info on mccanns we got a single side of a4.
2:05-- The mcanns' lawyer is getting quite worked up in her cross examination of de almeida
2:09-- The mcanns' lawyer is rebuked for saying de almeida was accused of torturing suspects - he was never charged.
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11:20-- The first witness is being called by videoconference.
11:23-- It is the attorney who was in charge of the original inqury into Madeleine's disappearance, Jose Magalhaes e Menezes.
11:57-- He claimed that although the parents had been checking on Madeleine, it was not as often as every 30 minutes.
12:01-- Police intercepted text messages sent by the McCanns because they were suspicious of the parents' role in Madeleine's disappearance.
12:02-- The text messages sent by Kate and Gerry were never admitted as evidence gathered as part of the investigation.
12:38-- Who suggested the checking of the McCanns' text messages, Mr Menezes is asked. The police, he replies.
12:39-- The text messages were never considered as part of the investigation because the judge did not allow it, the court hears.
The deny in permission for use in Court may be due to a technical flaw rather than lack of merits.
I'm guessing the Portuguese law obliges that Police operation carried out must be guided /led/cleared by Public Prosecutors Office (CPS equivalent), hence evidence gathered without strict adherence to this procedure breaches the rules hence can't be used.
If that be the case, then there is no reason why this evidence cant be used by CPS.
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