If you betray Gonçalo you can get away with it!
by Miguel Ferreira
Aragão Correia wanted the PJ inspectors to say that they only tortured Leonor under orders from Gonçalo Amaral. But he wasn’t lucky
Last week, Joana’s mother’s lawyer suggested a secret deal to the lawyer of the PJ inspectors that stand accused of torturing Leonor Cipriano, in order to frame Gonçalo Amaral and to get the policemen off the hook. Marcos Aragão Correia was ready to request a reduction of the penalty for four of the arguidos if they would assume in court that they tortured Joana’s mother under the orders of Gonçalo Amaral. This idea was brought to the president of the Association of Criminal Investigation Employees (ASFIC), who immediately rejected it. “The proposal was clearly directed towards solving the problem of the four arguidos by accusing Gonçalo Amaral”, confirmed Carlos Anjos, who represents the criminal investigators. The response was immediate: “I refused straight away because I don’t cut deals”, he said to 24Horas. Carlos Anjos further explained that “despite the fact that Gonçalo Amaral is no longer an associate, he was a member of the police; he represented the institution within the criminal investigation”. On the other hand, Anjos says that he “continues to believe in the arguidos’ innocence”.
The inspectors’ lawyer, Pragal Colaço, didn’t deny the conversation with Aragão Correia. Leonor’s lawyer on the other hand had no problems whatsoever in confirming the attempt at a deal and said that he’d done it because he found out that “one of the arguidos, Paulo Pereira Cristóvão, confessed inside the PJ that he received orders from Amaral to torture Leonor”, as he explained to 24Horas. Paulo Pereira Cristóvão preferred “not to make any comment” on this situation.
Leonor to be heard
The third session of the trial of the PJ inspectors that stand accused of torturing Leonor Cipriano takes place today. Gonçalo Amaral’s lawyer, António Cabrita, is going to request for Joana’s mother to be heard again. The lawyer wants to clarify a “lie” from Leonor or from her lawyer. Cabrita refers to an article that was published in a national newspaper where Aragão Correia admits to having visited Leonor in prison, on the night of the 30th of October, which was after she was heard during the first session of the trial. The lawyer refers that it was necessary to calm down the assistant who was “very nervous” following the questions that were asked from her by the PJ inspectors’ lawyers. But during the second session, one day later, when António Cabrita asked Leonor Cipriano if she had received any visits at the prison, she replied that she had not. “Someone is lying”, the lawyer says.