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McCann's Libel Trial Day 3

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McCann's Libel Trial Day 3

Post by vaguely1 on 13.01.10 17:49

9:23
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Good morning. We're outside the courthouse for the third day of the mccann libel trial.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 9:27

9:26
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We've
had rain every day so far - but this morning the sun has come up and
cast a rainbow over the court building. A good omen for someone?
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 9:37

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Cameras are out in force again outside the court today - interest in the trial shows no sign of waning.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 9:55

9:53
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Kate mcann has arrived at court. She stopped briefly outside to speak to the waiting press pack.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 9:55

9:53
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Mrs mcann said she was still confident of winning the case.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 9:58

9:56
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Kate mccann: there were mistakes made in the investigation but we need to look forward really.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 10:00

9:58
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Kate mccann: i believe this was the right course of action. i have confidence in the portuguese justice system.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 10:00

9:59
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Kate mccann: we need to find madeleine. That's why we're here.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 10:19

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We're back in court and proceedings are under way. Kate McCann is here, but Gerry has flown back to the UK.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 10:38

jondipaolo:
Mrs
McCann is sitting on the front bench of the public seating with Fiona
Payne, a close friend and member of the so-called 'Tapas Seven'.

10:21
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There
are far fewer people in the court today. Journalists, campaigners and
members of the public packed the benches for the past two days.
10:24
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There are only eight or so people other than Mrs McCann, Mrs Payne and the McCanns' translators.
10:24
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Another notable absentee is Goncalo Amaral, the former policeman whose controversial book sparked the libel action.

10:32
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The first witness is being called - Antonio Paulo Santos.
10:36
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Mr Santos is a lawyer and general manager for the video production association, a nationwide industry body,



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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 10:39

10:38
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He
is also an ex-investigator for Portuguese police, making him a
colleague of Mr Amaral's, although they worked in different
departments.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 10:39

10:38
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Mr Amaral has arrived in court and has taken a seat in between two lawyers
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 10:40

10:39
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Mr Santos tells the court he considers himself an acquaintance of Mr Amaral's.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 10:43

10:42
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The judge has stressed that this hearing is separate to the action being brought by the McCanns for £1m in damages.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 10:45

10:44
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She
stresses that this trial is solely about the publication and
distribution of the book and the documentary upon which it was based.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 10:54

10:51
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Mr Santos is discussing the details of the contract between Mr Amaral and the makers of the documentary.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 10:54

0:52
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Mr Santos: I read Mr Amaral's book and watched the documentary on television.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 10:54

10:53
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Mr Santos: Mr Amaral never accused the McCanns of guilt, either in the book or the documentary..
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 10:57

10:57
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Mr
Santos: As a former policeman, I think Mr Amaral's conclusions are
based on the evidence gathered during the official investigation.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 10:58

10:58
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Mr Santos: Mr Amaral's personal honour prevented him from publishing the book before his retirement from the police force.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 11:00

11:00
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The contract between the documentary maker, VC Films, and Mr Amaral was signed in March 2008.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 11:02

11:02
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Mr Santos: While Mr Amaral was in charge of the investigation he came under attack from sections of the British media.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 11:03

11:03
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Mr Santos is becoming quite impassioned and raising his voice as he gives his testimony.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 11:04

11:04
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Mr Santos: Mr Amaral was given no support by his superiors in the Portuguese police.
Thursday January 14, 2010 11:04 jondipaolo
11:04
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Mr Santos: Sections of the British media portrayed Mr Amaral as an alcoholic.
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Post by vaguely1 on 14.01.10 11:05

11:05
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Mr Santos: Mr Amaral was pursuing the truth, and only the truth, no matter what conclusions it led to.
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