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McCann libel trial Twitter jondipaolo 12-13-14 January 2010

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Tuesday January 12, 2010

8:40 jondipaolo:
Good morning, iím outside the palacio da justica in lisbon where the mcann libel trial will take place
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 8:40 JondiPaolo
 
9:03 jondipaolo: 
Camera crews and photographers are gathering outside the court.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 9:03 jondipaolo
 
9:05 jondipaolo: 
The police have put barriers up outside the court entrance - they're obviously expecting large crowds.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 9:05 jondipaolo
 
9:52 jondipaolo: 
The McCanns have arrived at court. Word so far is that Goncalo Amaral is still yet to get here.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 9:52 jondipaolo
 
10:20 jondipaolo: 
We're in court awaiting the arrival of the judge and legal teams. The McCanns are sitting in the front row at the centre.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 10:20 jondipaolo
 
 
10:23 jondipaolo: 
We're sitting two rows behind the McCanns. The benches at the back of the courtroom are full of journalists from the UK and Portugal.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 10:23 jondipaolo
 
10:25 jondipaolo: 
The legal teams have arrived. Goncalo Amaral is sitting on one of the benches at the side of the court, around 15ft away from the McCanns.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 10:25 jondipaolo
 
10:28 jondipaolo: 
On the wall above the judge's chair is a large 3D frieze depicting the judgement of Solomon - complete with baby being held up by swordsman.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 10:28 jondipaolo
 
10:36 jondipaolo: 
A clerk carrying a large bundle of files has just come in, but we're still waiting for the judge.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 10:36 jondipaolo
 
10:39 jondipaolo: 
The judge has arrived - a young woman! Proceedings should now be able to get under way.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 10:39 jondipaolo
 
10:41 jondipaolo: 
One of the policemen set to give evidence will do so by video link tomorrow, we are told.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 10:41 jondipaolo
 
10:46 jondipaolo: 
Mr Amaral's lawyer addresses the court, speaking very slowly and deliberately
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 10:46 jondipaolo
 
10:47 jondipaolo: 
He is declaring the 'principle of contradiction' - the legal basis for Mr Amaral's argument to be made.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 10:47 jondipaolo
 
10:47 jondipaolo: 
Mr Amaral's lawyer has said that the McCanns should take the stand in order to answer questions.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 10:47 jondipaolo
 
10:51 jondipaolo: 
The McCanns' lawyer replies that the couple are prepared to give evidence but only after Mr Amaral has done so.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 10:51 jondipaolo
 
10:52 jondipaolo: 
The McCanns are having proceedings translated by interpreters seated either side of them.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 10:52 jondipaolo
 
11:00 jondipaolo: 
A new witness, Luis Frois, is being called by the McCanns' legal team on a date to be scheduled on the 14th.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:00 jondipaolo
 
11:01 jondipaolo: 
The mention of 'a date to be scheduled on the 14th' indicates proceedings are set to last longer than the three days set for them.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:01 jondipaolo
 
11:07 jondipaolo: 
Mr Amaral's lawyers want a CD containing police case files to be submitted as evidence because it would corroborate the claims in his book.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:07 jondipaolo
 
11:11
 
jondipaolo: 
The McCanns' lawyer is arguing against allowing the police CD to be submitted to the court.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:11 jondipaolo
 
11:20 jondipaolo: 
The first witness is being called by videoconference.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:20 jondipaolo
 
11:23 jondipaolo: 
It is the attorney who was in charge of the original inqury into Madeleine's disappearance, Jose Magalhaes e Menezes.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:23 jondipaolo
 
11:25 jondipaolo: 
His testimony is marred by a high-pitched whine of feedback from the microphone - and the fact the screen can't be seen by the public.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:25 jondipaolo
 
11:26 jondipaolo: 
The McCanns can't see the person giving evidence. Mr Amaral can, but doesn't seem to be looking at him.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:26 jondipaolo
 
11:26 jondipaolo: 
Mr Amaral's lawyer is cross-examining the witness.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:26 jondipaolo
 
11:37 jondipaolo: 
Mr Menezes is saying that English police sniffer dogs were brought to Portugal to help in the search for Madeleine.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:37 jondipaolo
 
11:38 jondipaolo: 
He says that the decision to make the McCanns 'arguidos' - suspects - was taken by the police and then confirmed by the public attorney.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:38 jondipaolo
 
11:39 jondipaolo: 
The decision to designate Kate and Gerry as 'arguidos' was taken after the sniffer dogs carried out their searches.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:39 jondipaolo
 
11:40 jondipaolo: 
There were several possible charges that could have been brought against the McCanns: kidnapping and selling a child were among them.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:40 jondipaolo
 
 
11:48 jondipaolo: 
The witness was asked what the probability was of Madeleine still being alive. He replied that he thought it was 50/50.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:48 jondipaolo
 
11:55 jondipaolo: 
Mr Menezes said that a claim made by the McCanns on the first day after Madeleine's disappearance was not true.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:55 jondipaolo
 
11:56 jondipaolo: 
The witness said that Kate and Gerry's report that they had been checking on their daughter every half an hour was inaccurate.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:56 jondipaolo
 
11:57 jondipaolo: 
He claimed that although the parents had been checking on Madeleine, it was not as often as every 30 minutes.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 11:57 jondipaolo
 
12:01 jondipaolo: 
Police intercepted text messages sent by the McCanns because they were suspicious of the parents' role in Madeleine's disappearance.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:01 jondipaolo
 
 
12:02 jondipaolo: 
The text messages sent by Kate and Gerry were never admitted as evidence gathered as part of the investigation.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:02 jondipaolo
 
12:08 jondipaolo: 
Mr Menezes said he has not read the book written by Mr Amaral that triggered this case, Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:08 jondipaolo
 
12:18 jondipaolo: 
A report signed by Chief Inspector Tavares De Almeida said that Madeleine died in the flat in Praia da Luz, the witness adds
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:18 jondipaolo
 
12:19 jondipaolo: 
Now it's the turn of the McCanns' legal team to cross-question the witness.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:19 jondipaolo
 
12:24 jondipaolo: 
The McCanns' lawyer makes the point that 'evidence' usually sightings - has suggested Madeleine is still alive.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:24 jondipaolo
 
12:25 jondipaolo: 
He says that the McCanns are not responsible for generating any of this 'evidence' that their daughter is not dead.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:25 jondipaolo
 
12:26 jondipaolo: 
Another of the McCanns' lawyers moves to quiz the witness - literally. She gets out of her seat and walks right up to the video screen.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:26 jondipaolo
 
12:33 jondipaolo: 
She says that the McCanns were always totally prepared to come back to Portugal to take part in a reconstruction of the disappearance.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:33 jondipaolo
 
12:34 jondipaolo: 
The McCanns' lawyer asks the witness whether he understands the title of Mr Amaral's book to imply some sort of dishonesty by the McCanns.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:34 jondipaolo
 
12:38 jondipaolo: 
Who suggested the checking of the McCanns' text messages, Mr Menezes is asked. The police, he replies.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:38 jondipaolo
 
12:39
 
jondipaolo: 
The text messages were never considered as part of the investigation because the judge did not allow it, the court hears.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:39 jondipaolo
 
12:45 jondipaolo: 
The senior lawyer for the McCanns has approached them on the front bench of the public gallery for a quick huddled conversation.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:45 jondipaolo
 
12:48 jondipaolo: 
Tavares de Almeida, chief inspector of police at the time of Madeleine's disapperance, has taken the stand to give evidence.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:48 jondipaolo
 
12:48 jondipaolo: 
He was involved in the case from the beginning, but taken off it in September 2007.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:48 jondipaolo
 
12:51 jondipaolo: 
Mr de Almeida tells the court that he is still working as member of the Portuguese police.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:51 jondipaolo
 
12:52 jondipaolo: 
He tells the court that British police took an active part in the investigation.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:52 jondipaolo
 
12:53 jondipaolo: 
He said the Portuguese detectives found the co-operation given by their British counterparts useful.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:53 jondipaolo
 
12:54 jondipaolo: 
The British police told the Portuguese officers what the capabilities of the sniffer dogs being used in the investigation were.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:54 jondipaolo
 
12:56 jondipaolo: 
One of the dogs used to search the apartment in Praia da Luz identified blood and another identified the smell of a human body.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:56 jondipaolo
 
12:58 jondipaolo: 
The dogs detected the traces inside the dining room of the holiday flat and in the car the McCanns were using.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 12:58 jondipaolo
 
 
1:02 jondipaolo: 
The animals also found a scent on a piece of cloth in a flat rented by the McCanns after they left the apartment where Madeleine vanished.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 1:02 jondipaolo
 
1:11 jondipaolo: 
A report by the British police stated that one of the sniffer dogs was in a nervous, excitable state, and wanted to get into the room.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 1:11 jondipaolo
 
1:34 jondipaolo: 
British police would have found it very difficult to charge the mccanns.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 1:34 jondipaolo
 
1:35 jondipaolo: 
De almeida: we were controlled by the british police.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 1:35 jondipaolo
 
1:36 jondipaolo: 
De almeida: british police kept information about the mcanns to themselves
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 1:36 jondipaolo
 
1:39 jondipaolo: 
De almeida: Forensic lab technicians from birmingham came to portugal so it is strange concerns were raised about contamination.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 1:39 jondipaolo
 
1:53 jondipaolo: 
De almeida: british authorities other than police hindered investigation by withholding information.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 1:53 jondipaolo
 
1:54 jondipaolo: 
De almeida: when we asked uk for info on mccanns we got a single side of a4.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 1:54 jondipaolo
 
2:05 jondipaolo: 
The mcanns' lawyer is getting quite worked up in her cross examination of de almeida.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 2:05 jondipaolo
 
2:09 jondipaolo: 
The mcanns' lawyer is rebuked for saying de almeida was accused of torturing suspects - he was never charged.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 2:09 jondipaolo
 
2:10 jondipaolo: 
The court is adjourning for lunch. Back at 3pm
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 2:10 jondipaolo
 

LUNCH

 
3:28 jondipaolo: 
We're back in court. The mcanns are here but mr amaral is missing.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 3:28 jondipaolo
 
3:29 jondipaolo: 
Mr amaral has just walked in and we're under way.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 3:29 jondipaolo
 
3:33 jondipaolo: 
Inspector ricardo paiva, of the portuguese police, has taken the stand.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 3:33 jondipaolo
 
3:34 jondipaolo: 
Insp paiva says he was the family liaison officer for the case but was taken off at the mcanns' request.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 3:34 jondipaolo
 
3:45 jondipaolo: 
Paiva is asked whether he ever got the impression from the mccanns they thought maddie could be dead. He says yes.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 3:45 jondipaolo
 
3:47 jondipaolo: 
Kate whispers something in gerry's ear and gives him a little smile. He stays looking straight in front.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 3:47 jondipaolo
 
3:52 jondipaolo: 
Gerry has put his arm round kate as they listen to paiva's testimony.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 3:52 jondipaolo
 
4:03 jondipaolo: 
Paiva also says the mccanns were made suspects after the british sniffer dogs were brought in.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 4:03 jondipaolo
 
4:04 jondipaolo: 
Paiva: there was total collaboration between british and portuguese police on the case.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 4:04 jondipaolo
 
4:09 jondipaolo: 
Paiva: it was scotland yard who first thought it could be a murder case.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 4:09 jondipaolo
 
4:09 jondipaolo: 
Paiva: amaral's theories are based on the facts of the investigation.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 4:09 jondipaolo
 
4:12 jondipaolo: 
Paiva: amaral's thesis has prevented other theories from being investigated
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 4:12 jondipaolo
 
4:13 jondipaolo: 
Paiva: mccanns never pointed me towards any evidence that maddie was still alive.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 4:13 jondipaolo
 
4:16 jondipaolo: 
Mr amaral looks like he's dozing off.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 4:16 jondipaolo
 
4:29 jondipaolo: 
Paiva: we found the 'merchandising' operation with wristbands and so on very strange.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 4:29 jondipaolo
 
4:31 jondipaolo: 
Paiva: if she was being held somewhere publicity would be more likely to hasten her death.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 4:31 jondipaolo
 
4:55 jondipaolo: 
The mcanns' lawyer is taking an aggressive tone as she cross-examines mr paiva.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 4:55 jondipaolo
 
5:08 jondipaolo: 
Proceedings have ended for today.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 5:08 jondipaolo
 
5:11 jondipaolo: 
Some confusion here- that wasn't the end of proceedings, just a break before today's final witness.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 5:11 jondipaolo
 
5:29 jondipaolo: 
Ok, that's all we have time for. Back tomorrow morning.
  Tuesday January 12, 2010 5:29 jondipaolo
 

Wednesday January 13, 2010

 
10:00 jondipaolo: 
Gerry mccann: we're not denying the existence of the dogs, or anything else. It's evidence we're interested in.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 10:00 jondipaolo
 
10:02 jondipaolo: 
Gerry mccann: this is the legal process we're going through to protect our daughter. We're looking for more information to help the search.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 10:02 jondipaolo
 
10:03 jondipaolo: 
Gerry mccann: anyone else with children would do the same.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 10:03 jondipaolo
 
10:15 jondipaolo: 
Mr amaral claimed victory outside court, saying the witnesses had borne out his argument.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 10:15 jondipaolo
 
10:38 jondipaolo: 
We're back in court. The first witness is moita flores, former senior policeman and noted public figure.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 10:38 jondipaolo
 
10:41 jondipaolo: 
Flores: this case involves a question of freedom of speech.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 10:41 jondipaolo
 
10:44 jondipaolo: 
Flores is an acquaintance of amaral's and wrote the preface to the sequel to his book about madeleine.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 10:44 jondipaolo
 
10:50 jondipaolo: 
Flores: PJ investigation was based on well-established principles of police work adhered to all over the world.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 10:50 jondipaolo
 
10:54 jondipaolo: 
Flores: mcanns have been trying to convince police since the beginning that abduction was the only line of inquiry worth pursuing.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 10:54 jondipaolo
 
11:02 jondipaolo: 
Flores: I have spoken to respected experts on crime and none of them agrees it would be possible to pass a child through the window.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:02 jondipaolo
 
11:03 jondipaolo: 
Flores: It is not possible to ask an investigator anywhere in the free world to follow the abduction line only.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:03 jondipaolo
 
 
11:03 jondipaolo: 
Flores: We would all like to find Madeleine alive, but that is another thing.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:03 jondipaolo
 
11:03 jondipaolo: 
Flores: Our constitutional rights cannot be attacked.
 
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:03 jondipaolo
 
11:05 jondipaolo: 
Flores: The good name of the McCann family is not attacked by Mr Amaral's book. The book is about the investigation.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:05 jondipaolo
 
11:11 jondipaolo: 
As on the first day of the case, the McCanns are sitting on the front bench, listening impassively to the proceedings.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:11 jondipaolo
 
11:12 jondipaolo: 
Flores: No judge should be able to order people not to think about a case just because the police investigation has ceased,
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:12 jondipaolo
 
11:17 jondipaolo: 
Flores: No-one should be allowed to steal our constitutional rights - rights that were very hard to win. That is what this trial is about.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:17 jondipaolo
 
11:24 jondipaolo: 
Mr Flores is being cross-examined by a lawyer from a Portuguese television company that aired a documentary based on Mr Amaral's book.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:24 jondipaolo
 
11:26 jondipaolo: 
Flores: It is not true to say that the police only pursued the line of inquiry that the McCanns were guilty.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:26 jondipaolo
 
11:26
 
jondipaolo: 
Flores: Many, many hours were spend by officers checking out every other possible line of inquiry.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:26 jondipaolo
 
11:27 jondipaolo: 
Flores: A detective has to think about what went through the head of the victim and the criminal.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:27 jondipaolo
 
11:30 jondipaolo: 
Flores: It would have been a very stupid person who tried to pass a sleeping child through the window of the McCanns' holiday flat.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:30 jondipaolo
 
11:30 jondipaolo: 
Flores: The theory about passing the child through the window makes it seem as though someone is trying to fool the police.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:30 jondipaolo
 
11:41 jondipaolo: 
The McCanns' lawyer, Isabel Duarte , is repeating the same question to Mr Flores. Yesterday, she became quite impassioned on their behalf.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:41 jondipaolo
 
11:42 jondipaolo: 
The McCanns are both in conversation with their interpreters. Gerry however looks relaxed and smiles as he talks.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:42 jondipaolo
 
11:47 jondipaolo: 
Flores: I worked in a different part of the police to Mr Amaral but I know him from the investigation and I respect him a lot.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 11:47 jondipaolo
 
12:00 jondipaolo: 
Isabel Duarte, the McCanns' top lawyer, leaves the bench and approaches the couple for a quick huddled chat before returning to the fray.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 12:00 jondipaolo
 
12:04 jondipaolo: 
Flores: This case is pathetic. A citizen is being prevented from freely expressing his opinions in a reponsible way
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 12:04 jondipaolo
 
12:06 jondipaolo: 
Flores: The McCanns have every right to do everything they can beyond what the Portuguese police did in order to find their daughter.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 12:06 jondipaolo
 
12:12 jondipaolo: 
Flores: The documentary (based on Mr Amaral's) book is a hypothesis that believers take to be the truth.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 12:12 jondipaolo
 
12:13 jondipaolo: 
Flores: The book is autobiographical, it traces a period of Mr Amaral's life.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 12:13 jondipaolo
 
12:16 jondipaolo: 
Flores: Sections of the British media spread propaganda about Mr Amaral.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 12:16 jondipaolo
 
12:20 jondipaolo: 
Glamorous judge Maria Gabriela Cunha Rodrigues halts the cross-examination of Mr Flores by the McCanns' lawyer, saying it is not relevant.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 12:20 jondipaolo
 
12:22 jondipaolo: 
Flores: It was a scandal to see such nasty portraits painted of the Portuguese investigators by the British media.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 12:22 jondipaolo
 
12:27 jondipaolo: 
Flores: Mr Amaral was the victim of a smear campain. He is a good professional with a good technical background.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 12:27 jondipaolo
 
12:27 jondipaolo: 
Flores: Mr Amaral was the co-ordinator of the investigation. He was not in the field.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 12:27 jondipaolo
 
12:40 jondipaolo: 
Duarte: What does the title of the book (by Mr Amaral) mean? Flores: The book is a thesis, not the absolute truth.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 12:40 jondipaolo
 
12:41 jondipaolo: 
The proceedings have adjourned for lunch. Back in an hour's time.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 12:41 jondipaolo
 

LUNCH

 
2:42 jondipaolo: 
We're expecting to hear from three witnesses involved in the publishing of the book this afternoon.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 2:42 jondipaolo
 
2:57 jondipaolo: 
Judge Maria Gabriela Cunha Rodrigues has arrived, so the afternoon's proceedings can begin.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 2:57 jondipaolo
 
3:00 jondipaolo: 
Jose Manuel Enes, a former forensic laboratory chief in the Portuguese police, is the next witness.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:00 jondipaolo
 
3:00 jondipaolo: 
Mr Enes is giving evidence in person, rather than via video link as Mr Flores did this morning.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:00 jondipaolo
 
3:00 jondipaolo: 
Mr Enes has an associateship in chemistry and a doctorate in anthropology, but has now retired from the police force.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:00 jondipaolo
 
3:04 jondipaolo: 
Mr Enes was interviewed by a Portuguese journalist for a book about Madeleine's disappearance.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:04 jondipaolo
 
3:12 jondipaolo: 
Mr Enes says that the immense media interest in the Madeleine case was unhelpful for the investigators trying to solve it.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:12 jondipaolo
 
3:13 jondipaolo: 
Mr Enes compared the Madeleine McCann case to that of OJ Simpson, saying that allegations of contamination of evidence had compromised it.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:13 jondipaolo
 
3:15 jondipaolo: 
Mr Enes' phone has just gone off, drawing laughter from the court. The judge is smiling too as the clerk has to turn it off for him.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:15 jondipaolo
 
3:15 jondipaolo: 
Mr Enes tells the court he has been called to give evidence in several courts and
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:15 jondipaolo
 
3:17 jondipaolo: 
Sorry, that tweet should have read: Mr Enes tells the court he has been called to give evidence in several other cases as an expert witness.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:17 jondipaolo
 
3:17 jondipaolo: 
Mr Enes says his conclusions are often relied upon completely by the courts in which he gives evidence.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:17 jondipaolo
 
3:22 jondipaolo: 
Mr Enes: I strongly respect the convictions and work of Mr Amaral.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:22 jondipaolo
 
3:22 jondipaolo: 
Mr Amaral has suddenly got up and walked out of the courtroom, causing a murmur among the onlookers on the public benches.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:22 jondipaolo
 
3:37 jondipaolo: 
Mr Amaral has left the court building, stopping to give a few comments in Portuguese before climbing into a waiting car.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:37 jondipaolo
 
3:39 jondipaolo: 
Mr Amaral said he was pleased with Mr Flores' testimony earlier, adding that for the first time it had been explained why he wrote the book.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:39 jondipaolo
 
3:39 jondipaolo: 
Mr Amaral added that he wrote the book to protect his honour and set the record straight.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:39 jondipaolo
 
3:40 jondipaolo: 
The former policeman said what he described as a campaign against him in the British press is continuing.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:40 jondipaolo
 
3:40 jondipaolo: 
He added that he had only this morning been described as 'incompetent' in one British newspaper.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:40 jondipaolo
 
3:43 jondipaolo: 
Right. Back to the courtroom. Mr Enes is still giving evidence.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:43 jondipaolo
 
3:45 jondipaolo: 
Mr Enes says the Madeleine investigation was the victim of 'friendly fire' from the media that hampered its course.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:45 jondipaolo
 
3:47 jondipaolo: 
Mr Enes says that just because people put forward their own theories, it does not prevent other lines of inquiry being investigated.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:47 jondipaolo
 
3:49 jondipaolo: 
Mr Enes: Some parts of the book were put too strongly - it's not the way I would have done it, but that's because I'm from another era...
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:49 jondipaolo
 
3:49 jondipaolo: 
...the course of justice should not be diverted by books or films, it should be deaf and blind to them.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:49 jondipaolo
 
3:52 jondipaolo: 
Mr Enes has left the witness stand, and has been replaced by Mario Sena Lopes, former chief editor at the book's publisher, Guerra e Paz.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 3:52 jondipaolo
 
4:01 jondipaolo: 
Mr Lopes tells the court that Mr Amaral's book had been ready to publish in the last week of July 2008.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 4:01 jondipaolo
 
4:01 jondipaolo: 
The book was published very quickly to take most advantage of marketing opportunities, the court hears.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 4:01 jondipaolo
 
4:05 jondipaolo: 
The marketing plan for the book was much smaller than normal, because we are a small publisher, Mr Lopes tells the court.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 4:05 jondipaolo
 
4:46 jondipaolo: 
Sorry about the pause - we had a brief intermission during which Gerry McCann left the court.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 4:46 jondipaolo
 
4:47 jondipaolo: 
Mr McCann held an impromptu press conference outside the front of the court where he was beseiged by journalists' questions.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 4:47 jondipaolo
 
4:50 jondipaolo: 
He explained that he was leaving the court case as he had unavoidable work commitments in the UK, but that Kate would stay on until the end.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 4:50 jondipaolo
 
4:50 jondipaolo: 
Despite the avalanche of testimony favouring Mr Amaral over the past two days, Mr McCann seemed to be quite upbeat.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 4:50 jondipaolo
 
4:50 jondipaolo: 
"I think it's important that things have been debated in a court of law," he told reporters.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 4:50 jondipaolo
 
4:50 jondipaolo: 
"From our point of view, what happened here in the past few days is to be expected."
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 4:50 jondipaolo
 
4:58 jondipaolo: 
"I think it's particularly disappointing that the police officers who considered us responsible for Madeleine's disappearance...
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 4:58 jondipaolo
 
4:59 jondipaolo: 
"...are the same officers that we are depending on to carry on the search for Madeleine."
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 4:59 jondipaolo
 
4:59 jondipaolo: 
"The search for Madeleine is ongoing. We don't have any leads and we need to keep searching."
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 4:59 jondipaolo
 
5:01 jondipaolo: 
Mr McCann added that mistakes were made during the investigation that now cannot be righted - but that was not the point of the court case.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 5:01 jondipaolo
 
5:04 jondipaolo: 
"We made a mistake by leaving Madeleine alone in the apartment, and we have to live with that. We can't change it," Mr McCann said.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 5:04 jondipaolo
 
5:04 jondipaolo: 
He also rejected the testimony yesterday that Kate had had a dream about Madeleine lying buried somewhere, saying "that never happened"..
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 5:04 jondipaolo
 
5:07 jondipaolo: 
"I hope that everyone remembers that there is a little girl missing that still has to be found," Mr McCann continued.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 5:07 jondipaolo
 
5:07 jondipaolo: 
"That's why we carry on. We have other children who miss Madeleine dearly."
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 5:07 jondipaolo
 
5:09 jondipaolo: 
He added that although the testimony had favoured Mr Amaral's version of events, it still had not produced any evidence Madeleine was dead.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 5:09 jondipaolo
 
5:10 jondipaolo: 
Mr McCann also rejected the charge that the trial was a bid to restrict freedom of speech, as has been claimed by Mr Amaral's supporters.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 5:10 jondipaolo
 
5:41 jondipaolo: 
That's the last update from court for today. Back tomorrow morning.
  Wednesday January 13, 2010 5:41 jondipaolo
 

Thursday  January 14, 2010

 
9:23 jondipaolo: 
Good morning. We're outside the courthouse for the third day of the mccann libel trial.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 9:23 jondipaolo
 
9:26 jondipaolo: 
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?
  Thursday January 14, 2010 9:26 jondipaolo
 
9:35 jondipaolo: 
Cameras are out in force again outside the court today - interest in the trial shows no sign of waning.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 9:35 jondipaolo
 
9:53 jondipaolo: 
Kate mcann has arrived at court. She stopped briefly outside to speak to the waiting press pack.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 9:53 jondipaolo
 
9:53 jondipaolo: 
Mrs mcann said she was still confident of winning the case.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 9:53 jondipaolo
 
9:56 jondipaolo: 
Kate mccann: there were mistakes made in the investigation but we need to look forward really.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 9:56 jondipaolo
 
9:58 jondipaolo: 
Kate mccann: i believe this was the right course of action. i have confidence in the portuguese justice system.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 9:58 jondipaolo
 
9:59 jondipaolo: 
Kate mccann: we need to find madeleine. That's why we're here.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 9:59 jondipaolo
 
10:18 jondipaolo: 
We're back in court and proceedings are under way. Kate McCann is here, but Gerry has flown back to the UK.
 
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:18 jondipaolo
 
10:20 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'.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:20 jondipaolo
 
10:21 jondipaolo: 
There are far fewer people in the court today. Journalists, campaigners and members of the public packed the benches for the past two days.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:21 jondipaolo
 
10:24 jondipaolo: 
There are only eight or so people other than Mrs McCann, Mrs Payne and the McCanns' translators.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:24 jondipaolo
 
10:24 jondipaolo: 
Another notable absentee is Goncalo Amaral, the former policeman whose controversial book sparked the libel action.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:24 jondipaolo
 
10:32 jondipaolo: 
The first witness is being called - Antonio Paulo Santos.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:32 jondipaolo
 
10:36 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos is a lawyer and general manager for the video production association, a nationwide industry body,
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:36 jondipaolo
 
10:38 jondipaolo: 
He is also an ex-investigator for Portuguese police, making him a colleague of Mr Amaral's, although they worked in different departments.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:38 jondipaolo
 
10:38 jondipaolo: 
Mr Amaral has arrived in court and has taken a seat in between two lawyers.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:38 jondipaolo
 
10:39 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos tells the court he considers himself an acquaintance of Mr Amaral's.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:39 jondipaolo
 
10:42 jondipaolo: 
The judge has stressed that this hearing is separate to the action being brought by the McCanns for £1m in damages.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:42 jondipaolo
 
10:44 jondipaolo: 
She stresses that this trial is solely about the publication and distribution of the book and the documentary upon which it was based.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:44 jondipaolo
 
10:51 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos is discussing the details of the contract between Mr Amaral and the makers of the documentary.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:51 jondipaolo
 
10:52 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos: I read Mr Amaral's book and watched the documentary on television.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:52 jondipaolo
 
10:53 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos: Mr Amaral never accused the McCanns of guilt, either in the book or the documentary..
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:53 jondipaolo
 
10:57 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos: As a former policeman, I think Mr Amaral's conclusions are based on the evidence gathered during the official investigation.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:57 jondipaolo
 
10:58 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos: Mr Amaral's personal honour prevented him from publishing the book before his retirement from the police force.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 10:58 jondipaolo
 
11:00 jondipaolo: 
The contract between the documentary maker, VC Films, and Mr Amaral was signed in March 2008.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:00 jondipaolo
 
11:02 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos: While Mr Amaral was in charge of the investigation he came under attack from sections of the British media.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:02 jondipaolo
 
11:03 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos is becoming quite impassioned and raising his voice as he gives his testimony.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:03 jondipaolo
 
11:04 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos: Sections of the British media portrayed Mr Amaral as an alcoholic.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:04 jondipaolo
 
11:04 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos: Mr Amaral was given no support by his superiors in the Portuguese police.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:04 jondipaolo
 
11:05 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos: Mr Amaral was pursuing the truth, and only the truth, no matter what conclusions it led to.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:05 jondipaolo
 
11:06 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos: Mr Amaral decided to publish the book to clear his professional reputation.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:06 jondipaolo
 
11:08 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos: I am a father too. God prevent that I ever lose any of my children. I understand the pain felt by the McCanns.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:08 jondipaolo
 
11:08 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos: I don't think the book or the documentary increased the pain felt by Madeleine's parents.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:08 jondipaolo
 
11:09 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos: There is no greater pain than losing a child.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:09 jondipaolo
 
11:10 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos: If there is evidence that Madeleine has been seen, then the investigation will be re-opened.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:10 jondipaolo
 
11:11 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos: But up to now, none of the information published by the media has been strong enough to make the police re-open the case.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:11 jondipaolo
 
11:14 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos: The facts of the investigation can be found on the internet and are available to everyone.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:14 jondipaolo
 
11:17 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos: Pirate copies of the documentary based on Mr Amaral's book were put on the internet and a copyright complaint was made to police.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:17 jondipaolo
 
11:25 jondipaolo: 
The McCanns' lawyer, Isabel Duarte, asks Mr Santos if he remembers the colour of the first page of the police investigation file.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:25 jondipaolo
 
11:25 jondipaolo: 
Mr Santos says he doesn't remember. Ms Duarte says she finds this strange.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:25 jondipaolo
 
11:30 jondipaolo: 
The judge is sitting slumped in her chair, her chin resting on one hand as she listens to the exchanges between Ms Duarte and Mr Santos.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:30 jondipaolo
 
11:37 jondipaolo: 
Mr Amaral has got up and left the courtroom without any explanation.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:37 jondipaolo
 
11:45
 
jondipaolo: 
Mr Amaral has left the court building through the back entrance.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:45 jondipaolo
 
11:47 jondipaolo: 
Carlos Coelho da Silva, TV director at VC Films, the production company behind the film based on the Amaral book, has taken the stand.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:47 jondipaolo
 
11:48 jondipaolo: 
Mr da Silva says he has a professional relationship with Mr Amaral.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:48 jondipaolo
 
11:49 jondipaolo: 
Mr da Silva: We reconstructed some scenes in order to facilitate the understanding of the events surrounding Madeleine's disappearance.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:49 jondipaolo
 
11:54 jondipaolo: 
Mr da Silva: It was crucial that Mr Amaral was involved in the production of the documentary.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:54 jondipaolo
 
11:56 jondipaolo: 
Mr da Silva: Mr Amaral's theory is that the McCanns hid Madeleine's body.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:56 jondipaolo
 
11:57 jondipaolo: 
Mr da Silva appears uncomfortable under the line of questioning he is facing.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:57 jondipaolo
 
11:59 jondipaolo: 
Mr da Silva: The documentary is based on the book. I didn't add anything else.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 11:59 jondipaolo
 
12:02 jondipaolo: 
Mr da Silva: When we consider making a new film we think in terms of profits, as we are a commercial company.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 12:02 jondipaolo
 
12:07 jondipaolo: 
Mr da Silva: When we carried out a reconstruction I realised Mr Amaral's frustration at the McCanns' account of Madeleine's disappearance.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 12:07 jondipaolo
 
12:17 jondipaolo: 
Mr da Silva: In my opinion, the documentary does not provide the last word on the case. Its conclusion calls for further investigation.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 12:17 jondipaolo
 
12:23 jondipaolo: 
Isabel Duarte asks Mr da Silva whether he has seen the official case files. He says no.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 12:23 jondipaolo
 
12:23 jondipaolo: 
Ms Duarte, the McCanns' top lawyer, then asks how Mr da Silva can say Mr Amaral's book was based on the case, if he hasn't read the file.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 12:23 jondipaolo
 
12:29
 
jondipaolo: 
Isabel Duarte: Why didn't you include the public attorney's verdict that the conclusions arrived at by the investigators were incorrect?
  Thursday January 14, 2010 12:29 jondipaolo
 
12:29
 
jondipaolo: 
Mr da Sliva: Because I was telling a story.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 12:29 jondipaolo
 
12:31 jondipaolo: 
Mr da Silva: Because I was telling a story.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 12:31 jondipaolo
 
12:32 jondipaolo: 
Mr da Silva has finished giving evidence and left the courtroom.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 12:32 jondipaolo
 
12:35 jondipaolo: 
Proceedings are breaking up for lunch.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 12:35 jondipaolo
 

LUNCH

 
1:33 jondipaolo: 
Kate mcann outside court: it has been shown again that there is no evidence to support amaral's claims.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 1:33 jondipaolo
 
1:34 jondipaolo: 
Kate mccann says having her friend fiona payne here has been a big support.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 1:34 jondipaolo
 
1:36 jondipaolo: 
Isabel duarte: we knew we would open a pandora's box and that we had to face the enemy.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 1:36 jondipaolo
 
1:37 jondipaolo: 
Isabel duarte: the amaral side is trying to do in civil court what it could not do in criminal court.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 1:37 jondipaolo
 
1:39 jondipaolo: 
There will be a further hearing in this case on february 10 when two more witnesses are being called.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 1:39 jondipaolo
 
1:43 jondipaolo: 
Amaral says that if he loses this case he will appeal to the supreme court and the european court of human rights.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 1:43 jondipaolo
 
1:49 jondipaolo: 
Amaral has denied a report that he swore when speaking about the mccanns yesterday.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 1:49 jondipaolo
 
2:54 jondipaolo: 
The court has re-started for the afternoon session - but Goncalo Amaral, Kate McCann and Fiona Payne are all absent.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 2:54 jondipaolo
 
2:58 jondipaolo: 
The McCanns' senior lawyer, Isabel Duarte, said during the lunchtime break that this is only the first part of the injunction process.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 2:58 jondipaolo
 
2:58 jondipaolo: 
This week's hearings are only to decide whether the temporary injunction should be sustained, ahead of a main trial for the full injunction.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 2:58 jondipaolo
 
2:59 jondipaolo: 
The judge may make a decision after hearing the two extra witnesses on February 10, or she may take more time to consider her verdict.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 2:59 jondipaolo
 
2:59 jondipaolo: 
The final verdict in this preliminary hearing will be released to the lawyers on each side but will not be made public.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 2:59 jondipaolo
 
3:01 jondipaolo: 
However, it should be easy to tell who has won - by seeing whether Mr Amaral's book goes back on sale.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:01 jondipaolo
 
3:01 jondipaolo: 
Ms Duarte also said she has made a an official complaint to the police about Mr Amaral, alleging that he has abused the legal aid system.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:01 jondipaolo
 
3:17 jondipaolo: 
Kate McCann and Fiona Payne have returned to the courtroom and resumed their positions on the bench at the front of the public seating.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:17 jondipaolo
 
3:23 jondipaolo: 
Luis Cunha Velho, from Portugal's biggest TV channel, TVI, has taken the witness stand.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:23 jondipaolo
 
3:24 jondipaolo: 
Mr Velho: The amount of people who saw the documentary based on the book was far smaller than the audience for the McCanns' Oprah interview.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:24 jondipaolo
 
3:26 jondipaolo: 
Isabel Duarte (McCann lawyer): How many people in Portugal saw the Oprah interview with the McCanns?
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:26 jondipaolo
 
3:29 jondipaolo: 
Mr Velho: Not very many people saw the Oprah interview because it was broadcast on cable television.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:29 jondipaolo
 
3:29 jondipaolo: 
Duarte: Did you know that the documentary was broadcast on Madeleine's birthday?
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:29 jondipaolo
 
3:29 jondipaolo: 
Mr Velho: No, I didn't know that.
 
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:29 jondipaolo
 
3:31 jondipaolo: 
Duarte: Did you kow the content of the documentary before it was broadcast?
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:31 jondipaolo
 
3:34 jondipaolo: 
Velho: No.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:34 jondipaolo
 
3:34 jondipaolo: 
Duarte: Why was your channel interested in the documentary?
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:34 jondipaolo
 
3:34 jondipaolo: 
Velho: Because we wanted a documentary about the case.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:34 jondipaolo
 
3:36 jondipaolo: 
Mr Velho's testimony has ended and he has left the court.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:36 jondipaolo
 
3:36 jondipaolo: 
The next witness to take the stand is Paulo Soares, another executive from TVI.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:36 jondipaolo
 
3:39 jondipaolo: 
Soares: We tried to buy the documentary produced by (British) Channel 4 but were unable to.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:39 jondipaolo
 
3:42 jondipaolo: 
Soares: I received an email from a British production company advising me that they were going to produce another documentary on Madeleine.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:42 jondipaolo
 
3:44 jondipaolo: 
Soares: I took the email in to the usual weekly executive meeting in order to decide whether or not to buy it.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:44 jondipaolo
 
3:45 jondipaolo: 
Soares: I did not know what material the British documentary contained.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:45 jondipaolo
 
3:47 jondipaolo: 
Soares: I heard the McCanns were involved in the production of the documentary.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:47 jondipaolo
 
3:48 jondipaolo: 
Soares: Though there were lots of cameras in the Algarve there was no in-depth analysis of the case.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:48 jondipaolo
 
3:56 jondipaolo: 
Soares: Suddenly, the production firm lost interest in selling the documentary, because the McCanns didn't want it broadcast on our channel.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:56 jondipaolo
 
3:59 jondipaolo: 
Soares: Channel 4 bought the rights to the documentary, which covered its broadcast in Portugal.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 3:59 jondipaolo
 
4:01 jondipaolo: 
Soares: The deal with Channel 4 would have restricted the amount of time available for us to broadcast the documentary.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 4:01 jondipaolo
 
4:01 jondipaolo: 
Soares: That's why we chose the Portuguese documentary instead.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 4:01 jondipaolo
 
4:03 jondipaolo: 
Soares: We had allocated a specific time slot to broadcast a documentary about Madeleine - whether it was the British or Portuguese version.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 4:03 jondipaolo
 
4:05 jondipaolo: 
Soares: The marketing and communication plan was unaffected by the version chosen.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 4:05 jondipaolo
 
4:26 jondipaolo: 
The McCanns' lawyer, Isabel Duarte, is cross-examining Mr Soares on the subject of the channel's decision-making.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 4:26 jondipaolo
 
4:47 jondipaolo: 
Proceedings have been put on hold for a short break.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 4:47 jondipaolo
 
4:58 jondipaolo: 
Kate mccann has left court. She said she believes in portuguese justice and these proceedings will go a long way to help find madeleine.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 4:58 jondipaolo
 
5:21 jondipaolo: 
We're back in court and Ana Teixera, international programming director for TVI, is the next witness to take the stand.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 5:21 jondipaolo
 
5:23 jondipaolo: 
She tells the court that the channel's general programme director had wanted to buy the Channel 4 documentary on the mccanns.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 5:23 jondipaolo
 
5:26 jondipaolo: 
Teixera: They signed the deal to screen the Channel 4 documentary, but a time slot was not assigned. It was pencilled in for 9.15pm.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 5:26 jondipaolo
 
6:00 jondipaolo: 
Teixera: A few days later we received a call from Channel 4 saying the documentary was not to be sold to TVI because the McCanns opposed it.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 6:00 jondipaolo
 
6:04 jondipaolo: 
Teixera: We requested via their lawyer that the McCanns take into consideration the fact that TVI is Portugal's biggest broadcaster.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 6:04 jondipaolo
 
6:06 jondipaolo: 
Teixera: We then acknowledged that another Portuguese channel, SIC, was going to broadcast the documentary.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 6:06 jondipaolo
 
6:06 jondipaolo: 
TVI tried to stop the broadcast by SIC but their attempt was rebuffed by a court.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 6:06 jondipaolo
 
6:08 jondipaolo: 
Teixera: All this means that TVI did everything it could to broadcast the documentary.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 6:08 jondipaolo
 
6:10 jondipaolo: 
Teixera: There are three main reasons to broadcast both documentaries.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 6:10 jondipaolo
 
6:11 jondipaolo: 
TeFirstly, audiences; secondly, two versions of the case; thirdly, to prevent rival channel SIC getting the audience share.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 6:11 jondipaolo
 
6:13 jondipaolo: 
Teixera: Firstly, audiences; secondly, to get two versions of the case; thirdly, to prevent rival channel SIC getting the audience share.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 6:13 jondipaolo
 
6:13 jondipaolo: 
Proceedings are finished and will start again on the 10th of February.
  Thursday January 14, 2010 6:13 jondipaolo

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