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Post by Guest on 16.06.14 10:08

Please post only updates and tweets from libel trial here.

Please use other thread for discussion

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Post by Guest on 16.06.14 10:23

@sofieellis wrote:Sky News:

Delay to start of proceedings. McCanns and their lawyer are huddled in corridor.

Goncalo's lawyer has been seen, but he hasn't been seen yet (by Sky anyway)

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Post by Guest on 16.06.14 10:43

@Praia wrote:Gary O Shea Sunnewsreporter

Bombshell delivered in writing to the court services this morning

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Post by Guest on 16.06.14 10:47

Gary O'Shea @sunnewsreporter  ·  20m
Breaking: Goncalo Amaral has fired his lawyer on the final day of his £1million libel battle with the McCanns - and vanished from the court!



Gary O'Shea @sunnewsreporter  ·  13m
Kate and Gerry McCann's lawyer has told me that Amaral delivered his bombshell in writing to court services at 9am this morning. Stalling?



Gary O'Shea @sunnewsreporter  ·  12m
Judge due in court any minute to rule on whether the case can continue. Kate and Gerry don't look happy.

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Post by Guest on 16.06.14 10:56

Emma van den Hoek @parapono 3 mins
#mccann Press gathering outside pic.twitter.com/Th4tUfVZlP
Lisbon

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Post by Guest on 16.06.14 11:12

Emma van den Hoek ‏[ltr]@parapono[/ltr]  now
the #mccann are still sitting on their bench in the hall. Gerry is waving with a stack of papers, must be hot or nervous. Learned it b heart

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Post by Guest on 16.06.14 11:13

Joana Morais@xklamation 5m
Trial might still go ahead but Amaral has no defence lawyer and is not present at court #mccann

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Post by Guest on 16.06.14 11:38

Gary O'Shea @sunnewsreporter  ·  35s
Goncalo Amaral has succeeded in sabotaging the McCanns' big day in court. Case adjourned. Judge wants him to hire a new lawyer within 10days






Gary O'Shea@sunnewsreporter 1m
Gerry McCann looks understandably furious. "I am collecting my thoughts," he tells me. #madelinemccann

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Post by Guest on 16.06.14 11:40

Gary O'Shea @sunnewsreporter  ·  6s
Amaral's sacked lawyer Vitor Santos Olivera has just slunk out of court looking sheepish. Says he doesn't know why he was fired. #maddie

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Post by Guest on 16.06.14 11:50

Gary O'Shea @sunnewsreporter  ·  20s
Gerry and Kate McCann expected to speak outside court now. Kate looked close to tears earlier #MadeleineMcCann #maddie

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Post by Guest on 16.06.14 12:14

Gary O'Shea@sunnewsreporter 8m
Close to tears, Kate and Gerry accuse Goncalo Amaral of a "blatant and cynical" attempt to detail their libel case. pic.twitter.com/6WvB7kXqbH

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Post by Guest on 16.06.14 13:30

@Newintown wrote:A Sky reporter has just spoken live from outside the Court giving a long commentary on the book written by GA together with it's full title and that it is a best seller in Portugal and then went on to mention GA's second book "The English Gag" and added that GA wrote it as he believed the McCann's, their lawyers and the UK press were trying to gag GA and stopping him from speaking out.

Well done, Sky, nothing like free advertising for GA.
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Post by Guest on 16.06.14 17:50

http://www.mccannfiles.com/




McCanns angry about libel delay, 16 June 2014
McCanns angry about libel delay Press Association


By Press Association
13 June 2014 14:45


Madeleine McCann's parents have branded the latest delay in their libel case against Goncalo Amaral as a "blatant and cynical" attempt by the former Portuguese police chief to hold up the trial after he sacked his legal team.

Kate and Gerry McCann were left furious after the former detective delayed their libel action by making a last-minute application to remove powers from his lawyer on the day they were due to deliver personal statements about the effect allegations in his book had had on them.

Mr and Mrs McCann had travelled to Lisbon on what was due to be the last day in the trial at Lisbon's Palace of Justice, but will now have to return on July 8 after Mr Amaral's 11th-hour application prompted the latest delay in the long-running case.

The obviously-angry and upset couple branded the delay - made by Mr Amaral at 9am today - a "blatant and cynical attempt" to wear them down.

Speaking outside the court in Lisbon, Mr McCann said: "We're exasperated that the hearing has been cancelled once again at Mr Amaral's request.

"This is the fourth time this has happened and we've travelled to Portugal.

"The legal case has been running now for over five years and we want to get justice for Madeleine.

"Today is a blatant and cynical attempt to wear us down and it's Madeleine who is suffering.

"We're not going to give up - we're going to keep going."

The McCanns are suing for libel over claims made in Mr Amaral's 2008 book The Truth Of The Lie, including suggestions that they hid Madeleine's body after she died in an accident and faked an abduction, saying they damaged the hunt for their daughter and exacerbated their anguish.

If successful, the family stand to gain around £1 million in damages.

The latest stumbling block in their legal battle came as the former police chief made more outlandish claims about Madeleine's disappearance in an interview with Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha and its sister TV channel CMTV.

Addressing a crowd of British and Portuguese journalists outside court today, a visibly-upset Mrs McCann said every delay to the libel case brought more "pain and distress" to the family.

She said: "We need to make it clear to people: we took on this case because of the pain and distress that Mr Amaral has brought to us and our children.

"And every time he postpones the case like this, it brings us more pain and distress.

"Every time we come here, we have to make arrangements for our children to be looked after, we have to book flights, we have to book hotels, we have to take time off work to come here.

"And Mr Amaral handed that letter in apparently around nine o'clock this morning. That letter could have been handed in before we left the country.

"And this has happened about four times. As Gerry said, this can't be seen as anything but blatant and cynical. We just want justice. This is not fair."

The McCanns' return to Portugal comes after they said last week that the fact police found no evidence relating to their missing daughter during recent searches in Praia da Luz had reinforced their belief that she could still be alive.

Madeleine, who was then nearly four, disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3 2007 as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant with friends.

Asked whether he thought Madeleine was alive, Mr McCann said: "What is clear is that the searches haven't found any evidence to show that Madeleine has been seriously injured or is dead.

"As far as we are concerned, there is a good chance she is still alive and we have to keep searching for her - that's why we are here."

He added: "What's absolutely clear is that Madeleine is completely innocent in all this. This is what it's about. An innocent child is missing."

Mrs McCann said Mr Amaral was trying to deny Madeleine the "human right" to be looked for and found, adding that the detective was "not the victim in this".

Mr McCann confirmed that the couple would be returning to court next month but, asked if he had any message for Mr Amaral, said curtly: "We are not speaking to Mr Amaral."

The court heard today that Mr Amaral submitted his application in person at 9am, then left the court. Speaking afterwards, his now-former lawyer Vitor Santos de Oliveira said he learned of the former detective's decision last night.

Asked if he knew why, he said: "These are decisions that people make. If I knew why, I would say."

The McCanns' lawyer Isabel Duarte said "no one imagined that this could happen", and more delays mean the book can continue making "severe damages" against the McCanns, alongside Mr Amaral's most recent comments.

Asked if the latest move by the former detective was a strategic attempt to delay the trial, she said it was "clear" that if someone wanted to remove their lawyer's powers, they would substitute him in the same day.

The McCanns are now expected to return to Lisbon on July 8 to deliver their statements.

Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the latest delay was "ridiculous".

He said: "Kate and Gerry said everything that they wish to say outside court today.

"It is ridiculous that the case has been delayed yet again.

"Mr Amaral's claims are entirely unfounded and we hope the British media will not repeat them."

A judgment in the trial is expected later this year.


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Post by Guest on 17.06.14 16:45

McCanns ‘exasperated’ over delay in libel case

The parents of Madeleine McCann have branded the latest delay in their libel case against former Portuguese police chief Goncalo Amaral as a "blatant and cynical" attempt to hold up the trial after he sacked his legal team.

Kate and Gerry McCann were left furious after the former detective delayed the case by making a last-minute application to remove powers from his lawyer on the day they were due to deliver personal statements about the effect allegations in his book had had on them.

Mr and Mrs McCann had travelled to Lisbon on what was due to be the last day in the trial at Lisbon’s Palace of Justice, but will now have to return on July 8 after Mr Amaral’s 11th-hour application prompted the latest delay in the long-running case.

The obviously angry and upset couple branded the delay — made by Mr Amaral at 9am yesterday — a “blatant and cynical attempt” to wear them down. Speaking outside the court in Lisbon, Mr McCann said: “We’re exasperated that the hearing has been cancelled once again at Mr Amaral’s request.

“This is the fourth time this has happened and we’ve travelled to Portugal.

“The legal case has been running now for over five years and we want to get justice for Madeleine.

“Today is a blatant and cynical attempt to wear us down and it’s Madeleine who is suffering.

“We’re not going to give up — we’re going to keep going.”

The McCanns are suing for libel over claims made in Mr Amaral’s 2008 book The Truth Of The Lie, including suggestions that they hid Madeleine’s body after she died in an accident and faked an abduction, saying they damaged the hunt for their daughter and exacerbated their anguish.

If successful, the family stand to gain around £1m (€1.2m) in damages.

Addressing a crowd of British and Portuguese journalists outside court, a visibly upset Mrs McCann said every delay to the libel case brought more “pain and distress” to the family.

She said: “We need to make it clear to people: we took on this case because of the pain and distress that Mr Amaral has brought to us and our children.

“And every time he postpones the case like this, it brings us more pain and distress.”

The McCanns’ return to Portugal comes after they said last week that the fact police found no evidence relating to their missing daughter during recent searches in Praia da Luz had reinforced their belief that she could still be alive.

Madeleine, who was nearly four at the time, disappeared from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3, 2007, as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant with friends.

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/mccanns-lsquoexasperatedrsquo-over-delay-in-libel-case-272290.html

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McCanns slam ‘cynical’ Maddie
 libel trial delay

17 June 2014 12:00 AM
Madeleine McCann’s parents have branded the latest delay in their libel case against Goncalo Amaral as a “blatant and cynical” attempt by the former Portuguese police chief to hold up the trial after he sacked his legal team.

Kate and Gerry McCann were furious after the former he delayed their libel action by making a last-minute application to remove powers from his lawyer on the day they were due to deliver personal statements about the effect that allegations in his book had had on them.

exasperated

The McCanns had travelled to Lisbon on what was due to be the last day in the trial at Lisbon’s Palace of Justice, but will now have to return on July 8 after Mr Amaral’s 11th-hour application prompted the latest delay in the long-running case.

The couple branded the delay - initiated by Mr Amaral at 9am yesterday - a “blatant and cynical attempt” to wear them down.

Speaking outside the court, Mr McCann said: “We’re exasperated that the hearing has been cancelled once again. “This is the fourth time this has happened and we’ve travelled to Portugal.

“The legal case has been running now for over five years and we want to get justice for Madeleine. Today is a blatant and cynical attempt to wear us down. “We’re not going to give up - we’re going to keep going.”

The McCanns are suing for libel over claims made in Mr Amaral’s 2008 book, The Truth Of The Lie, including suggestions that they hid Madeleine’s body after she died in an accident and faked an abduction, saying they damaged the hunt for their daughter.

If successful, the family stand to gain around £1m (€1.25m) in damages.

The latest stumbling block in their battle came as Mr Amaral made more claims about Madeleine’s disappearance in an interview with Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha and its sister TV channel CMTV.

Addressing a crowd of journalists outside court, a visibly-upset Mrs McCann said every delay to the libel case brought more “pain and distress” to the family.

She said: “We need to make it clear to people: we took on this case because of the pain and distress that Mr Amaral has brought to us and our children.

“And every time he postpones the case, it brings us more pain. Every time we come here, we have to make arrangements for our children to be looked after, we have to book flights, we have to take time off work.

“And Mr Amaral handed that letter in apparently around nine o’clock this morning. That letter could have been handed in before we left the country.

http://www.herald.ie/news/mccanns-slam-cynical-maddielibel-trial-delay-30358165.html

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Post by Guest on 17.06.14 20:09

@tasprin wrote:The truth about the McCanns' lie,

17 June 2014

The McCanns outside the Palace of Justice

By Nigel Moore. mccannfiles.com
17 June 2014

Yesterday, outside the Palace of Justice, in Lisbon, following the postponement of court proceedings, the 'furious' McCanns raged:

Gerry McCann: "This is the fourth time that this has happened, when we've travelled to Portugal."

Kate McCann: "...this has happened now about four times, as Gerry said this can't be seen as anything but blatant and cynical."

So, no ambiguity there.

Needless to say, the tabloid media were not slow in picking up the McCann baton and running with it. Gary O'Shea (The Sun) was typical of most of the coverage: 'The parents of Madeleine McCann spoke out yesterday after an ex-cop deliberately delayed his libel trial for the FOURTH time.'

But what is the truth?

On 12 September 2013 Kate McCann attended, for no obvious reason, other than to deliver an 'emotional' statement outside the court for the waiting media.
- There was no postponement.
The following day 13 September 2013 Kate McCann attended, as an observer, with her mother who was due to appear as a witness.
- Proceedings were halted at lunch time after the judge failed to return due to a personal issue.

On 27 September 2013 Gerry McCann attended court, with sister Trish Cameron, even though he was not due to appear as a witness.
- Postponed due to illness of Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer's son.

On 02 October 2013 Gerry McCann once again travelled from the UK in the hope of being admitted to the process as a witness, thus allowing him to give evidence. However, the judge decided she would not rule on whether he could give evidence until after October 16.
Kate's mother, Susan Healy, also made the trip, for her second time, but was not allowed to give evidence due to a blunder by the McCanns' lawyer, Isabel Duarte.

On 07 January 2014 the impending libel trial was postponed as Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer filed a request for the court to evaluate the McCann couple's legitimacy to file a lawsuit in their daughter's name, as she is a Ward of Court in the UK. He did not ask for any postponement. It was the judge that issued a 15-day deadline for him to submit the relevant documentation.

Afterwards, Isabel Duarte filed a document related to Mr Alan Pike, and asked for a postponement of the session. The McCanns did not travel.

And?

That's it.

- One half-day postponement due to a personal issue relating to the judge.

- One postponement due to the illness of Vitor Santos de Oliveira's son who required hospital treatment.

- One occasion when Kate's mother, Susan Healy, was not heard due to a blunder by the McCanns' lawyer, Isabel Duarte but proceedings were not postponed, as Trish Cameron was heard.

- One postponement at the request of the McCanns' lawyer, Isabel Duarte, when the McCanns did not travel.




In total: Kate travelled once. Gerry travelled twice. On no occasion were they due to be heard as witnesses - it was their decision to travel .

On no occasion were they denied their 'day in court' due to the postponement of proceedings.

So the accusation that Gonçalo Amaral has manipulated the postponement of the trial for the 'FOURTH time' is a blatant and cynical lie by the McCanns, lapped up without question by the mainstream media .

The truth is, this is the FIRST time (get that, Mr O'Shea?) that a decision by Gonçalo Amaral has directly affected the proceedings.

But then, why tell the truth when you can sell stories?


http://www.mccannfiles.com/id232.html

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Post by Guest on 17.06.14 20:58

@sallypelt wrote:This is the latest, if it hasn't already been posted, from Anne Geudes, regarding yesterday's libel trial:

Libel trial McCann v Gonçalo Amaral - Day 11



The hearing as it happened



(16.06.2014, 10:30am)

The judge informs that she has received a request this morning from Gonçalo Amaral to consider the dismissal of his lawyer, Dr Victor Santos de Oliveira.



The lawyers are asked to state their respective position on this issue.





– Dr Santos de Oliveira (ex-GA lawyer)



He explains that the notification sent to him by Gonçalo Amaral implies that his participation as a lawyer is inhibited: he can't function as the authorised representative of Gonçalo Amaral.



He considers however that, given the nature of this process, the instruction of a new lawyer is required. Therefore SO asks for the suspension of the current hearing.





– Dra Fatima Esteves (Guerra&Paz lawyer)



She observes firstly the oddness of notifying the Court of the dismissal at 9am.



She reminds the Court of the CPP rules with regard to the conditions of dismissal, the effects of which start directly after the notification.



She reminds them also that the contradictory principle is at the core of a civil trial. If the instruction of a new lawyer is required, it can happen only after the notification. Therefore there has to be a delay in order for GA to instruct a new lawyer.



This means that the hearing must be suspended. Last but not least she mentions that deontology implies a general consensus for the interruption of the hearing.





– Dr Miguel Coroadinha (TVI lawyer)



He has nothing to add except to express his solidarity with Dr Santos de Oliveira.





– Dr Henrique Costa Pinto (VdeC multimedia lawyer)



He seconds Dr MC’s words about solidarity and says that the solution to the current issue belongs with the Court: suspend or interrupt the hearing? (The difference is minimum and more a technicality with an effect on expiring terms).



He observes that now the dismissal of SO's mandate has taken effect, it would not be right to go ahead with the hearing, but is a solid reason (force majeure) for interrupting it.



He believes that the legal delay to constitute a new lawyer is 10 days, subject to the Tribunal eventually naming a representative.



– Dra Isabel Duarte



She observes that the Court was notified of the dismissal only this morning, when her clients had already left the UK.



She mentions the effect on the process of the plaintiffs' reactions to a postponement and claims there is no right impediment to the hearing going ahead although she observes that there would be one if the lawyer was incapable of exercising his function.



She further distinguishes between a case of renouncement and one of dismissal and finally states she considers that the hearing must not be suspended but go on with Gonçalo Amaral being asked to constitute a new representative.





– The Judge Maria Emília de Melo e Castro



She states that the defendant Gonçalo Amaral had come to notify the Court this morning that he had (on the 13th evening) informed Dr Santos de Oliveira that his mandate would be revoked on the 15th. She states further that the effects of this dismissal start with the notification of his representative and the opposite parties. Therefore the mandate can be considered to be at an end.



She also observes that the act that led to the mandate's cessation is
voluntary.


As to the consequences on the process, there are two possibilities, both supported by the law (one was put forward by Dra Isabel Duarte and the other was suggested by the defence lawyers). The judge describes those two possibilities referring to jurisprudence and cites the arguments in favour of both.



She concludes that the second better adjusts to the contradictory principle of the defence and to the equality between the parties. Therefore she considers fairer to allow the defendant a delay to instruct a new lawyer, with the condition that if he fails the process will go on with the juridical acts previously accomplished. Gonçalo Amaral is therefore given 10 days to appoint a lawyer. This is why the current hearing cannot proceed.



Taking into account those 10 days she proposes the date of 8 of July.



Dra Isabel Duarte asks to go and consult with her clients (who are not in the courtroom) and finally agrees with this date but objects that her allegation will be long and doubts that everything can be done in only one day.



The judge asks the lawyers which kind of allegations they'll do: allegations of law or allegations of facts? The defence lawyers say they will claim the first and Dra Duarte the second.



The judge then decides that the plaintiffs will be heard on the morning of the 8th of July and the Duarte allegation in the afternoon.

Another date, 10th of July, is fixed to hear the four defence speeches.



The judges then asks the court clerk to call the plaintiffs. The interpreter (the same who worked at the first hearings) is there. The judge explains what happened and apologises but adds that they were circumstances beyond her control.



And so it ended.

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@Tilly-flop wrote:PJ-GA official statement today

Libel Trial - Update
18 Jun 2014



On Monday, the 16th of June, 2014, before the start of the last hearing of the ongoing trial, Gonçalo Amaral delivered a revocation of mandate at the Civil Court of Lisbon. This document ceased the mandate of his then legal representative.

According to the disposition in the Portuguese Civil Process Code, the trial was suspended for the legal period for Mr Amaral to appoint a new lawyer, given that a party in this type of action cannot remain without legal representation.

New dates were set. On the 8th of July, the judge will hear the parties' declarations to the court. On the 10th of July, the lawyers will present closing arguments.

Gonçalo Amaral dedicated his professional life to the search of Truth and the attainment of Justice. We trust the Portuguese Courts. As independent institutions, they decide based on Portuguese Law, without fear or pressure.

Your ongoing support of Gonçalo Amaral's defence has been decisive.

Thank you.

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@maebee wrote:Joana Morais
15 mins · Lisbon, Portugal ·

« (...) And the good news, for justice, is that Gonçalo Amaral is in good spirits and has already appointed a new lawyer, whose name is currently being placed with the court.
The trial will soon be concluded and then it will over to the judge, Maria Emília de Melo e Castro, to make her decision.

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