The process of alleged aggressions against Leonor Cipriano by Polícia Judiciária (PJ) inspectors is related to the so-called “Joana case”, which dates back to the 12th of September 2004, the day when the little girl, aged eight, disappeared from the village of Figueira, Portimão, Algarve.
According to Paulo Sargento, an expert in forensics psychology and the person who was responsible for the report from the Institute for Forensics Medicine about Joana’s mother, which was carried out after the little girl’s disappearance, this document indicates that the assistant in this process is a person with “psychopathic” characteristics, “affective coldness”, “with traces of low socialization”, with a “tendency to lie and fantasize”, with “traces of omnipresence” and who does “not respect other people’s wellbeing”, he said.
The psychologist even said that Leonor Cipriano can be classified as an “aggressive” person, “without values”, “dissimulated” and who “is not concerned about the truth”.
During the trial session, the lawyer for arguido Gonçalo Amaral asked psychologist Paulo Sargento if a person with Leonor Cipriano’s characteristics “might try suicide or not”, which the expert answered to affirmatively and that Joana’s mother had a “tendency towards suicide”.
Gonçalo Amaral’s lawyer, António Cabrita, requested the court to understand the statement that was given by witness Paulo Sargento to be understood as “a piece of evidence” because he had “demonstrated direct knowledge about facts”.
In statements given to journalists upon leaving the trial’s morning session, jurist José Preto, who is a member of ACED (Association Against Exclusion through Development) stressed that the technical report that had been performed on Leonor Cipriano was made at a point in time when she was an arguido, not an assistant, thus devaluing the “opinion”, referring that there would always remain a “process doubt” because the result is a “probability”.
From the list of witnesses, Osvalda Conselos was also heard today; an inmate at the Prison of Odemira at the time when Leonor Cipriano was in preventive custody at the same institution, she said in court that when Leonor Cipriano arrived in prison with lesions she always said that “she had fallen down the stairs”.
When questioned by the judge if she had ever heard Leonor Cipriano commenting that she was going to request compensation for the alleged lesions, Osvalda Conselos remembered that she heard Leonor say herself: “But I fell down the stairs, why would I now say that I was beaten!”.
The Public Ministry’s accusations against five Judiciária inspectors and former inspectors appeared following the questioning at the PJ in Faro in 2004, a time when Leonor reportedly appeared at the Prison in Odemira, where she was being kept in preventive custody, with lesions to her face and body.
Three inspectors stand accused of the crime of torture, one is being accused of failing to provide assistance and of omitting a denunciation, and a fifth one stands accused of falsifying a document.
Joana’s mother, Leonor Cipriano, and her uncle, João Cipriano (both siblings) were condemned by the Supreme Court of Justice to serve 16 years in prison each, for the crimes of homicide and concealment of the child’s cadaver.
The trial continues this afternoon, and the next session takes place on Thursday, the 27th.
source: Lusa, 24.11.2008