Wednesday, 2 July 2008

July 7 High Court session “postponed”

The story published today by the Guardian has another very interesting paragraph. It says that the McCann “were due to launch a high court case in London on Monday to get access to details of the case held by Leicestershire police, their local force. It is believed this case will be postponed while the couple await news from Portuguese prosecutors.” So, that Court action was due do be launched on July 7.

On June 21, The Daily Mail wrote: “The McCanns have now applied to the court to consider ordering Leicestershire Police to disclose their files on scores of reported sightings of their missing daughter - many of which have been passed on to them by police in Portugal (...) The case will be heard in the High Court on July 7 in the Family Division. However, it is not known if it will be heard in open court because Madeleine is a minor, and has protected status as a ward of court.” Clarence Mitchell is quoted, in that edition of the Daily Mail, as saying: “An application has been made on Madeleine's behalf by her parents for disclosure of certain documents.”

On June 23, on The Telegraph, Clarence Mitchell was more precise: ““I can state that on the instigation of Gerry and Kate McCann Madeleine is a ward of the High Court of England and Wales. An application has been made on Madeleine’s behalf by her parents for disclosure of certain documents. The hearing is currently scheduled for July 7 in the High Court in London.”

So, according to the Daily Mail, on June 21, the McCann had already “applied to the court to consider ordering Leicestershire Police to disclose their files on scores of reported sightings of their missing daughter (...)” Clarence Mitchell even confirmed that “an application has been made on Madeleine's behalf by her parents for disclosure of certain documents.”

And according to The Telegraph, on June 23, Clarence Mitchell went further and, after confirming the “application has been made” also said that the hearing was “scheduled for July 7 in the High Court in London.” But, according to the Guardian, on July 2, the McCann “were due to launch a high court case in London”, on July 7, “to get access to details of the case held by Leicestershire police, their local force.” Am I missing some detail, or this is a little bit confused?