29 October 2008

Judge complains about delays in the process of aggressions against Leonor Cipriano - TSF


The judge that is responsible for the trial of the inspectors that allegedly assaulted Leonor Cipriano was not satisfied with several maneuvers that are delaying the process. The second day of this trial was marked by the filing of several requests.

The presiding judge who is in charge of the trial of the five Polícia Judiciária inspectors who stand accused of torturing Leonor Cipriano complained this Wednesday about the fact that formalities would delay the entire process.

At the Court of Faro, the second day of this trial was marked by the filing of several requests from the accusation and from the defense, asking for the presence and the hearing of witnesses, including forensics expert Pinto da Costa and criminologist Barra da Costa.

Apart from rejecting these requests from the accusation, the collective of judges that is led by Henrique Pavão also refused the request made by the defense for the presence of the former director of the Polícia Judiciária, Alípio Ribeiro, as a witness.

The accusation further requested the court to extract statements made by the former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral where he allegedly said that there was no crime process pending against him.

Aragão Correia, Joana’s mother’s lawyer, who requested the extraction of said alleged statement, intends to prove that the former inspector, who is among the arguidos of this case, lied, and therefore wants to act criminally against Gonçalo Amaral over false testimony in court.

In his reply, the former inspector’s lawyer, António Cabrita, announced that he intends to sue Aragão Correia criminally and disciplinarily due to the fact that the latter concluded, as a juridical advisor to a civic association, that there had been torture inflicted on Leonor Cipriano by Gonçalo Amaral.

Leandro Silve, Leonor Cipriano’s partner, also advanced with an announcement that he will sue Gonçalo Amaral because he stated that there had been sexual abuse perpetrated by Leandro Silva on little Joana.


source: TSF 29.10.2008

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