by Rui Pando Gomes
Defense places bets on computer experts who discredit aggression marks on the photos
The photographs where Leonor appears covered in haematomas and that are being used as evidence in the process of alleged aggressions practiced by Polícia Judiciária inspectors may have been manipulated “by any person with a knowledge of computers”.
The original file of the images that are included in the process has disappeared, and the defense of four out of the five inspectors has requested Portuguese Microsoft to carry out an expert analysis in order to attest that the simple manipulation of files can alter the images’ properties, changing the look of the exhibited lesions.
The Public Ministry’s accusation refers that “unidentified individuals” were the ones who inflicted the aggressions upon Joana’s mother, “following indications” and upon agreement with three of the arguidos.
Pragal Colaço warns that what is included in the process does not correspond to what happened and recalls that there is not “a gang of bandits” on trial but rather “persons who have helped to solve the biggest crimes in this country”, like the cases of the ‘cash machine gang’, of terrorist Abu Salem or the FP25 [a Portuguese communist terrorist organization].
António Cabrita, the defender of Gonçalo Amaral, who stands accused of failing to denounce, says that the accusation is “absurd”, because it implies that Amaral would have to “suspect every one of his subordinates”.
Compensation for Amaral
If he is acquitted, the former Polícia Judiciária coordinator, Gonçalo Amaral, will advance a request for compensation against the Portuguese state.
“It’s a strong possibility, if there is an acquittal”, his lawyer, António Cabrita, said yesterday.
This posture appears before the start of the trial, just like the lawyer of four of the accused inspectors had already announced: Pragal Colaço asserts that if his clients are acquitted, he will file a request for a compensation of approximately five million euros, which is to be handed over to the Polícia Judiciária.
Order doesn’t pay taxes and gets fined
The Lawyers’ Order was fined over approximately 200 euros because it failed to pay the amount of judicial expenses to become an assistant in the process, within the deadlines.
According to what CM was able to establish with a judicial source, it wasn’t until yesterday morning, when the trial was scheduled to begin, that the payment was made. Thus, the constitution as an assistant cost the double amount: almost 500 euros, including the fine. The Order had interpreted that there were no judicial expenses to pay.
“We weren’t notified. This is what we call a drawer or pocket veto”, the head of the Order, António Marinho Pinto, commented yesterday.
“It is not admissible that the Order pays fines like this one due to not being able to read and understand the Judicial Expenses’ Code”, Pragal Colaço, the lawyer of four of the inspectors on trial lamented yesterday upon leaving the Court of Faro.
Source: Correio da Manhã, 25.10.2008