Many thanks to Pedro for the translation of the news coming from Portugal about the pending libel trial over Goncalo’s book.
Correio da Manhã newspaper is reporting the following:
Marinho is witness
The chairman of the lawyer´s association Marinho Pinto will testify for the couple McCann against gonçalo amaral, in the civil process that Madeleine´s parents moved against the former PJ coordinator of the directorate of PJ in Portimao, Correio da Manhã has learned.
Marinho Pinto offered himself to testify in person, against the former coordinator at the trial that was scheduled to start next week but was postponed by the judge who granted the request of the McCanns to be heard several English witnesses through videoconference.
Now the burning question is, who are these witnesses? Could they be ..
- Reporters from Leveson Inquiry (remember the Diary and source of leaks referred to under sworn testimony)
- Martin Grime
- Scotland Yard
- Lee Rainbow
- Dog experts
Interesting times ahead me thinks and thanks Hael for coming up with a list of potential witnesses….
And we all can remember what he said (with thanks to Sal on Stop the Myths for finding this gem) about the investigation during a Radio 4 discussion:
Right now we’ve got three arguidos, including the missing girls parents, and we need to know why. Judicial secrecy is there to protect the effectiveness of the investigation, but it shouldn’t be protecting the negligence of incompetence of the investigators. Here there are strong reasons to fear that judicial secrecy is being used to conceal the fact that the police have gone down a blind alley and have no way out.
No wonder Cabrita threw in the towel… if he saw the witness list, it makes you wonder, if he decided to advice a certain book writer to settle out of Court as it could probably be the cheapest. Whether we will hear the full truth as to why there was a split between Cabrita and Goncalo Amaral, I don’t know, but it does make you wonder why a lawyer would renounce his client.