due to Mr Amarals Lawyers son being ill
The Judge appeared at 9:50. All lawyers were there, as
well as the interpreter. Dra Isabel Duarte had a new
assistant. But in the audience we were only two members
of the public (Astro and I), all journalists were
outside waiting for Mr McCann and Mrs Cameron. Among the
journalists, Martin Brunt was back in Lisbon and back
was his very British sense of humour. He is literally
chained to his photographer, since he holds the perch !
When the crowd of photographers suddenly rushes in a
certain direction, he can't but follow.
Back to court. Mr Amaral's lawyer made a request because
his son was in the hospital (it seems the problem surged
yesterday) to have a urgent surgery and the father was
needed there. Dra Duarte said she made yesterday a
request for the complainant G. McCann who is coming from
the UK (she insisted twice on this) to be heard. This
request has to be accepted by the lawyers of the defence
within a few days. The Judge consulted a great amount of
books and files when she was dictating to the court
clerk. She found Dr Santos Oliveira's request justified
and unforeseeable and stated that the adjournment had to
The Judge then announced that the 27th witnesses would
be heard on the 2nd of October (Henrique Machado
(journalist of Correio da Manhã), Eduardo Dâmaso
(political analyst) and Mrs Cameron).
From this I deduce that 1) Mrs Healy will not be heard
and 2) Mrs Cameron is the last witness for the
accusation, except for the bar association president, Marinho Pinto who eventually will be heard on the 19 of
The last session (exhibition of the documentary and
final allegations) will now be on the 27th of November.
On the 8th of October will be heard only witnesses for
the defence :
Inspectores Tavares de Almeida and Ricardo Paiva, Luis
Nunes, the head of the Central unit against organized
crime, Manuel Catarino, editorialist in the CdM (who
seems specialised in juridical issues) and the
journalist and writer Hernani Carvalho (who is doing a
PhD on criminology)
On the 5th of November will be heard other witnesses for
the defence :
Paulo Sargento, Moita Flores, two persons related to
On the 19 of November, will be heard the last witnesses
for the defence :
Carlos Coelho da Silva (the documentary film maker),
Margarida Teotónio Pereira (TVI director of
international programs), etc. and possibly a witness for
the accusation (?), José Viega Soares, a consultant in
PR who was at the court on day 1 (the only (but me)
reading a book and not consulting a smart phone) and was
dismissed for that day.
Meanwhile Mr McCann and his sister had arrived. The
Judge asked to call the two witnesses first Eduardo
Dâmaso and later Trish Cameron. She explained no hearing
was possible if a lawyer was missing. She said she was
sorry the witnesses would have to come next Wednesday.
Mrs Cameron observed it was the second time.. The Judge
acknowledged and apologized for this. She said this kind
of circumstance, like health, cannot be anticipated and
we can't but accept it. She said the court thanked the
Mr McCann didn't even enter the audience room.
The Sun guy wasn't there, the one who works for 4
newspapers with 4 different identities to-day was
working for 5.
Gonçalo Amaral's car was parked behind the building. So
he took another exit. The reporters saw him (I don't
know how, they do have hawk eyes) and rushed.