Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The second witness of Monday morning was Mike Gonzalez. Mr Sheridan, who is conducting his own defence, opened by asking the witness if would preferred to be called Mr or Professor, the witness replied "it makes no difference, either way" Mr Gonzalez then told the court he was now retired but had previously been professor of Latin American studies at Glasgow University. Mr Sheridan then asked the witness about his "political background" Mr Gonzalez told the court he had been active in left-wing politics since the 1960's and had joined the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) in the early 1970's and had, along with other Scottish members of the SWP had joined the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) in 2001. The witness also confirmed that he was an elected member of the SSP's Executive Committee.
Mr Sheridan then asked Mr Gonzalez if he had attended the SSP executive meeting of 9 November 2006 (at which the Crown allege Mr Sheridan admitted attending a "sex club") The witness said he had not, as he had been in Spain at the time. Mr Gonzalez did tell the court he had attended the two subsequent meetings, on the 14th and 24th of November and was asked if minutes had been presented for approval at either of these. The witness replied "no, no minutes." Mr Sheridan told Mr Gonzales the court had heard from Crown witnesses that there were minutes of the 9th November meeting presented at the 24th November meeting and if he was "positive" none had been presented. Mr Gonzalez replied "absolutely positive, yes."
Posted by James Doleman at 5:33 PM