by João C. Rodrigues
Maddie's father is this Friday in Lisbon. Gerry McCann came to Portugal to testify in the process against the former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral, in which, together with his wife, they ask for 1,2 million euros compensation for damages caused by the book ‘A Verdade da Mentira’ [The Truth of the Lie].
Gerry McCann arrived at the Palácio da Justiça at 10.30am but he didn't even get inside the courtroom. First because he was not enrolled as a witness - the request was only made yesterday and it requires the consent of the lawyers who defend Gonçalo Amaral and the other parties in the process - then because the session was postponed due to the impediment of one of the lawyers.
To Correio da Manhã, Gerry admitted that the reopening of the investigation into the disappearance of Maddie by the Scotland Yard gave “new hope to the family” in solving the case.
His sister Trish was also in court, where she would testify, but in vain.
The new court session was scheduled for the 2nd of October.
in Correio da Manhã, 27.09.2013
CMTV [Correio da Manhã TV], 27.09.2013
Gerry McCann ITV interview [see here] «Gerry McCann said that he was not expecting the hearing to be delayed at a Lisbon court. He was in hoping to give evidence in the family's libel case against a former detective. The hearing was postponed because the defence lawyer had to care for his ill son.»
Libel Trial Daily Reports courtesy of Anne Guedes/UK Justice Forum [downloadable in PDF format]