"I'm not behind the influenza virus A. .. for this they [the McCanns] can not blame me", said Gonçalo Amaral outside the courthouse when faced with the possibility of the McCann's doubting his lawyer's disease, which led yesterday to the postponing of the trial which opposes the McCann couple against the former PJ inspector.
The McCanns arrived on Thursday evening at Lisbon to attend the trial of the injunction brought to stop the commercialization of the book "Maddie, The Truth of The Lie" written by Gonçalo Amaral, decreed on September 9. The session was scheduled for 09h45 and was postponed in consequence of António Cabrita's absence, Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer, who had to stay at home in quarantine due to influenza A.
The former inspector said, upon arrival, that he was not worried about meeting the McCanns since "what is at stake is a book fundamented in a judicial investigation" and "which brings together the consensus of professional colleagues".
Even before the departure of the British girl's parents, the book's author refused to answer to the English journalists, postponing all the enlightenments to a more peaceful and timely moment. "The British journalists should have the conscience of the smear campaign that they have made against me since day one", he said when asked about the silence towards the British media.
The couple left the court later, at about 10h10, and stressed that this delay does not disappoint them and that they did not even thought about whether they want to return to Lisbon in January, for what will be the start of the trial. "The decision on the book banning continues, so there is no reason to be depressed about this delay," they said, reiterating that "the search for Maddie continues" and that they still count on "people to support them".
Under a climate full of provocations, the couple went to the car, followed by their lawyer. The Citizens Movement for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms was present to distribute red carnations, remembering the 25th April.
The members of this project arrived about the same time that Gonçalo Amaral and even to journalists they gave red carnations as a symbol of a right which they say that is not being respected. Besides this group,there were also some populars that appeared at the court's entrance chanting support to the former inspector.
In the end, and possibly unaware of the meaning that has the red carnation for the Portuguese, Kate McCann accepted one of the carnations and took it with her. The girl's mother had remembered seconds before that "freedom of expression can not outweigh the respect for people", nor of family values.
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