For those of you who don't know what the Lusa News Agency is, it is basically a 51% state owned organization, that gathers reports and articles, press and news companies can then access this information, and use it to publish news through their outlets. As Sky News and various others did yesterday.
What took us all by surprise as events unfolded, was that the press were getting these stories before Goncalo's legal team were. This just didn't make sense at all The verdict was always supposed to be sent to both parties in writing.
So why didn't Goncalo's team have the documentation?
The answer to that is quite astonishing.
Isabel Duarte got her hands on the document before it passed through Citius, the judicial network, she then passed it on to several journalists.
The documentation that she was passing round yesterday, bore no official authentication. It couldn't possibly have done, as it hadn't passed through the full legal process.
We will update this blog for you to judge for yourselves, just as soon as we have more information.
Some big questions remain though.
How was confidential information leaked to Isabel Duarte?
Did Isabel Duarte obtain these documents illegally?
Has Isabel Duarte breached legal protocol by passing unofficial documentation onto the press?
and most importantly, could this jeopardise the entire verdict?
Centre of a judicial storm, Isabel Duarte (above)
One thing is for sure it opens the door for an official complaint from Goncalo Amaral's legal team, who yesterday couldn't publicly comment to the many calls from the media, as they didn't have any information with which to do so.
More to follow..............