Aragão Correia, Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer, says he possesses an email that incriminates Gonçalo Amaral, accusing him of standing behind the assault on Leonor Cipriano.
by Mário Lino
“I hold information that Mr Paulo Cristóvão sent an email to a friend of mine at the Judiciária, in which he confessed that there was torture, not from him but from Mr Gonçalo Amaral. We may get to the point where we have to present this email in court”, the lawyer states.
The lawyer refers that the alleged email was sent approximately 3 years ago by one of the inspectors (now a former inspector), Paulo Pereira Cristóvão, to a common friend who works at the Judiciária.
In said document, which Aragão said he is not ready to reveal yet, Pereira Cristóvão allegedly confirmed that four days before Leonor’s confession there were aggressions but that it was the Portimão team, led by Gonçalo Amaral, who was responsible for the assault. The latter would not only have known about the facts but was also responsible for emitting orders “for every possible method to be used in order to force a confession from Leonor”, Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer states.
Following the supposed “trump”, Aragão Correia even proposed a deal (something that is not permitted by penal law process) to the inspectors’ defense: if they confessed, stating that Gonçalo Amaral gave the order to assault Leonor Cipriano and that he eventually had participated in said aggressions, the assistant, Leonor Cipriano, would request a suspended sentence for the arguidos (despite the fact that the accusation is brought by the Public Ministry and the penalty is decided by the Court that is constituted by three judges and four jurors).
When questioned about the deal, Pragal Colaço, the inspectors’ lawyer, preferred not to comment, invoking alleged reprisals from the Laywers’ Order: “I don’t want any more disciplinary processes. I was notified by the Lawyers’ Order about an issue where I made a statement four years ago and now it appears. I don’t want any problems because I know that the Lawyers’ Order keeps persecuting me and I don’t want any further trouble”, he said.
Gonçalo Amaral’s lawyer spared no criticism on the attitude of Aragão Correia: “The defense denies its belief in a deal for the processual assassination of Amaral at the expense of the absolution of other arguidos, and repudiates any parallel trials and private investigations”, he stated in a communiqué.
“Any layperson is able to understand that a proposal to cut a deal that is made in order to condemn Dr Gonçalo Amaral means that this process is being used for purposes that are not part of the process”, he added upon exiting the trial.
source: Observatório do Algarve, 04.11.2008