Gonçalo Amaral may know today the verdict about the book
The trial of the prohibition of the book Maddie- The Truth of the Lie could end today with the final proceedings and the reading of the decision in a session without the presence of Kate and Gerry McCann, parents of missing child in the Algarve in 2007
A source close to the McCann family told Lusa news agency that the verdict will be known today, that is, Judge Gabriela Cunha Rodrigues will communicate the decision either to withdraw the book by the former Inspector of Judiciary Police (PJ) Gonçalo Amaral from the market or to lift the ban, imposed on 9 September 2009.
The court session is scheduled for 9h30 [update via rupial: at 10h30 GMT], at the 7th Civil Court of Lisbon, and after the session the British couple's lawyer, Isabel Duarte, will read a statement made by Kate and Gerry McCann, who, on Friday, and in London, will promote a press conference, according to the same source.
[update while translating the decision will be read at the Judge's chamber for the lawyers only]
Madeleine parents, who disappeared on May 3 2007 in Praia da Luz, Algarve, allege that the book and video which was commercialized after a documentary was broadcast by TVI, divulge Gonçalo Amaral's thesis, which they consider to be unsustainable, that the two are involved in the disappearance of their daughter.
[another update by rupial: The verdict will have three parts: report, justification and decision. ]
Therefore, and by a request presented by the lawyer Isabel Duarte, the British couple asked asked the court to withdraw from the market, albeit provisionally, both book and video.
To this process, where apart from Gonçalo Amaral are also target the book publisher Guerra & Paz, the producer Valentim de Carvalho and TVI, it is attached to the main action, where the McCann family claims the protection of rights, freedoms and guarantees.
[Current twitters in court rupial, fduartecarvalho and KeirSimmonsITV]
[rupial update: the lawyers are here, they may get in the office's judge within a few minutes.]
[pic update via fduartecarvalho:
Running procedures is also another action against Gonçalo Amaral, with the prosecution of claims deemed defamatory, in which the British couple seeks damages of at least 1.2 million euros.
Linked to this process was requested to the court an interim measure of seizure of goods, yet unmet and awaiting completion of investigations by the court.
The book Maddie - The Truth of the Lie, the same title appears in the documentary broadcast by TVI, was published in 2008 and casts the suspicion that the parents have participated in the concealment of the corpse and simulated an abduction.
[all quiet from the twitter world]
[rupial update: McCann's lawyer, Mrs. Duarte, a few minutes ago state that "if the verdict is against us, we will appeal". & still waiting... the lawyers are waiting too.]
[pic update via fduartecarvalho: everybody still waiting outside court room
[pic update via fduartecarvalho: the lawyers were now called before the judge.
[rupial update: some people holding carnation flowers, a simbol of Freedom for the portuguese, due to 25th april 74 Revolution & the lawyers are getting inside the judge's office right now, suddenly it all became quite in the corridor next to the judge's office]
As coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department of the PJ of Portimão, Gonçalo Amaral joined the team of investigators who tried to find out what happened to Madeleine McCann.
Kate and Gerry McCann, who always claimed that Madeleine was abducted, were made defendants in September 2007 but were acquitted [only a court decision acquits, not a prosecutor's dispatch] in July 2008 for lack of evidence to support the hypothesis advanced by the investigation to the alleged accidental death of the girl.
The Public Ministry ended up archiving the process, which could be reopened if new data on the child's disappearance come up.
Lusa News Agency
[will continue the twitter updates at this page as soon as more information appears via twitter or cell phone]
[rupial update: Just to remember this verdict is about the injunction to ban the book and documentary, and to prevent Mr. #Amaral to talk about the case & if the injunction is lifted, Mrs. Isabel Duarte, #McCann's lawyer will appeal & meanwhile, people standing outside the judge's office are talking in small groups & two policeman are standing close to judge's office, next to us. But all is very calm]
[ fduartecarvalho update: the fact the decision is in closed chambers might be to avoid any public reaction inside court room...]
[rupial update: #McCann vs #Amaral: the injunction is maintained & TVI, VC Films and #Amaral are going to appeal]
[ fduartecarvalho update: The book still banned. & TVI channel cannot comment on G Amaral thesis, but other tv channels can... & Isabel Duarte happy with victory and now on her way to the major legal action after this confirmation]
[rupial update: Isabel Duarte went out and gave a big hug to one of the McCann's PR, she was very pleased & lawyers from VC Films, TVI, Guerra e Paz and Mr. #Amaral are going to appeal & Mr. #Amaral holding a copy of the veredict received some support from people standing in the corridor]
[pic update via fduartecarvalho: Isabel Duarte now talking & Kate sent message to IDuarte: this will be the start of good things for Madeleine
[pic update via fduartecarvalho: GAmaral: what we hear inside a court room is not what happens in the final decision. We will appeal & It looks that free citizens can not speak freely... GAmaral said
[pic update via fduartecarvalho: #mccann guilt will be next?
note to readers: due to flu couldn't attend court decision's regarding the injunction today, still 'representatives' of the blog and friends are there, expressing our full support to Mr. Gonçalo Amaral and Freedom of Speech. Thank you to rupial and to fduartecarvalho for their twitter updates and excellent work from inside the court.