A Lisbon court has postponed the start of a libel action brought by the parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann against a former Portuguese detective.
A court clerk said the lawyer of defendant Goncalo Amaral did not turn up at the trial's scheduled opening session today for health reasons, and the judge ordered a postponement.
Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, flew to Lisbon to attend the trial.
They are seeking €1.2m in damages from Mr Amaral regarding a book he published about Madeleine's disappearance during a holiday in southern Portugal more than two years ago.
The book alleges the child is dead. The McCanns contend the book defames them by questioning their version of events.