data provisória de 13 de setembro de 2012
I have today been served with new papers by Carter-Ruck in connection with the committal-to-prison trial on 9 and 10 May [start: 10.00am prompt, Wednesday 9 May].
Amongst the papers supplied is an on-the-record statement by Carter-Ruck Partner, Isabel Hudson, and I quote:
"While my firm is not instructed in the libel proceedings instigated in Portugal by the Claimants [Drs Gerald and Kate McCann] against Gonçalo Amaral, I understand that...the case is proceeding to a full libel trial, and that a provisional date of 13 September 2012 has been given for the trial".
According to certain British newspapers, the McCanns launched their libel writ against Dr Amaral in early July 2009; thus if this provisional date sticks, it will take place more than 3 years and 2 months after the writ was first issued in Lisbon.
By the time the writ and application to injunct the book was issued [July 2009], Dr Amaral's book 'The Truth About A Lie' had already been published a year previously [July 2008], had sold over 200,000 copies in Portugal alone, had been translated into several European languages, and had been made into a TV documentary viewed by a record 2.2 million viewers in Portugal...
(...and had made a net profit for publishers and author of around 1 million euros).