21 January 2009

Appeal for "a dignified funeral" for Joana

PJ inspectors who investigated the case want to find the body

After Leonor Cipriano admitted that her daughter is dead and buried "in the hills of Figueira", Pereira Cristóvão and his colleagues appeal for the precise location to be revealed

by Miguel Marujo

The Portuguese society owes little Joana a final gesture: "To find her body and to give her a dignified funeral". The appeal is made by Paulo Pereira Cristóvão, a former Polícia Judiciária inspector who was involved in the case investigation, now that Leonor Cipriano, Joana's mother, confessed that the eight-year-old child was killed and buried "up in the hills of Figueira".

The idea for this appeal was "born from the moment when, for the first time in four years, Leonor Cipriano admitted what the investigation concluded" at that time, Pereira Cristóvão explains to 24Horas.

The former inspector, who authored a book about the case, is accompanied in this willingness by his colleagues who were on location investigating the case in 2004, Marques Bom, Leonel Marques and Gonçalo Amaral.

Last Friday, Leonor Cipriano's lawyer, Marcos Aragão Correia, publicised a written confession in which Joana's mother admitted that her brother, João, killed the child with slaps in the face and then buried her.

"Now we have the assumption of a death, even if imputed on the brother, but what is important is to find what's left of Joana's body, in order to give her a funeral", says Pereira Cristóvão.

In order for this to happen, there is only one way: "The media themselves have to start raising the issue, to awaken a collective will to exert pressure. Maybe this will prompt another letter in which she [Leonor] says something more", the former inspector ironises.

An appeal made as citizens, not as policemen

Pereira Cristóvão insists on stressing that what motivates them is not revenge over Leonor's accusation of alleged torture, when she was arrested in September 2004, which is presently on trial. And that they do this as citizens, he and his colleagues, not as policemen.

"This has nothing to do with the process, or with the accusations. What moves me, what motivates us, is an issue of humanity. We owe this to that child, all of us, as a society, have misbehaved. We owe this last great favour to Joana", explains the author of "A Estrela de Joana".

For the time being, the police authorities can't do anything, Pereira Cristóvão explains. "The police can only act within a criminal process" and Joana's homicide has already been tried. "Until then, until we know where the body is, it will be us who have to exert pressure."

The court accepted that the case had been proved and condemned Leonor and João Cipriano over the child's death. But the body was never found.

In the written confession that the mother has now made public, through her lawyer, Leonor says that only her brother João knows the precise location where the mortal remains rest.

Leonor still has to say where the body is located

It's almost impossible to find the location where Joana Cipriano's body was buried unless her uncle or her mother inform about it, admits Paulo Pereira Cristóvão, who participated in the investigations into the disappearance of the little girl in 2004.

According to the former PJ inspector, Leonor Cipriano "is giving a signal" by indicating that Joana's burial place is located "up in the hills of Figueira", in Portimão. But this indication is insufficient.

"It's endless kilometres, back at the time we searched it all, wells and water mills, some were out of use, even with divers. But it's impossible to search 40 or 50 square kilometres, there are no human and technical means to do that", Pereira Cristóvão explains to 24Horas.

If the Polícia Judiciária decided to search the terrain thoroughly now, those would be mere "tourist tours of Figueira". The authorities "have no matter to open a search process". For the time being, "it doesn't fit the police procedures". Furthermore, "there are no means" to carry out that possible search.

No dates for the project

Only if Leonor Cipriano "talks about a specific location can the police means act immediately".

Therefore, the four inspectors who wish to carry out a dignified funeral for Joana don't advance a deadline for their initiative. It will depend on Leonor - or her brother, João - to pinpoint the exact location where the little girl's body was buried, "in the immensity of the hills of Figueira", as Pereira Cristóvão describes it.


source: 24 Horas, 21.01.2009

7 comments:

  1. Thank you, Astro.
    Joanas body needs to be found and to be given a proper funeral.
    Although Leonor is most likely to be lying again, it would be good to put this matter to rest.
    Other deceased children are missing and need to find a decent resting place, where we can render them hommage and cherish their memory like they were never cherished during their brief lifes, and in their premature deaths.
    May Joana and Madeleines bodys soon be recovered.

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  2. The police will be going on another "wilgoose chase", looking for Joana's remains, as it happened before, just after she disappeared, and Leonor and João were telling the police, on a daily bases, aledged places were they disposed of the body, without any results.
    If only this time Leonor was telling the truth, her poor daughter deserves a christian grave.

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  3. Caras Joana e Astro, desculpem abordar este assunto aqui, mas acabei de ver na TVI o Sr.Hernâni Carvalho falando do caso de Nicolas Bento, que está servindo em Inglaterra uma pena perpétua pelo alegado assassinato da sua namorada.Parece que, à luz de novas investigações, feitas por iniciativa dos famíliares, que o jovem é inocente e foi "tramado" pela polícia britânica. H.Carvalho mencionou também os resultados de um estudo da "CIVITAS", sobre a opinião dos ingleses acerca da sua polícia, que nada tem de abonatório para a mesma. Estariam a Joana e Astro disponiveis para abordar estes assuntos num artigo neste excelente blog? Era interessante dar a conhecer que quem rotulou a nossa polícia de corrupta e incompetente também tem "pés de barro" e "telhados de vidro".
    Muito obrigada pelo vosso excelente trabalho!

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  4. Gostaria de enfatizar a proposta/pedido/sugestão da Rosita.

    Também vi a entrevista do Hernani Carvalho.

    Ao fim e ao cabo, há um PORTUGUES condenado pela justiça inglesa, sem provas crediveis (facto assumido por um Advogado Ingles) a uma pena de prisão perpétua.

    Recordo ainda uma outra informação do Hernan:

    O Portugues nunca se escusou a apresentar-se às autoridades inglesas quando a tal foi solicitado e mais, ACEITOU DE PRONTO a RECONSTITUIÇÃO DOS FACTOS no local.

    apetece-me dizer, PORTUGUESICES !!!!!!!!!!!

    p.s. Hoja na TVI,às 14 horas, no programa Julia( ouvi dizer )estarão presentes o Hernani Carvalho, Duarte Levy e Paulo Sargento.
    Se alguém ( Joana/Astro ???? ) pudesse gravar e publicar na net, muita gente iria agradecer, seguramente.

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  5. Também vi o Hernâni Carvalho na TVI e, apesar de já conhecer o caso, fiquei chocada com os reais contornos deste: o senhor Nicolas foi condenado a prisão perpétua por alegadamente ter estrangulado a sua namorada quando o relatório da autópsia afirma que não há quaisquer indícios de estrangulamento nem de qualquer outra agressão física.A acusação baseou-se numa gravação de rua (de uma câmara de vigilância)em que supostamente se via a namorada deste senhor carregando uma mala no dia em que morreu, mala essa que foi posteriormente entregue por Nicolas à polícia inglesa, juntamente com outros pertences da sua namorada.A polícia conclui então que se essa mala estava na posse do português era porque este teria assassinado a rapariga.Veio agora a saber-se que o "perito" que analisou as imagens era um burlão contratado(!) e que, segundo a opinião de um verdadeiro perito, o que se vê nas tais imagens é um clarão de luz e não uma mala!!!
    Esta é a polícia do país onde a pj foi retratada como polícia de terceiro mundo que por incompetência e outros motivos obscuros persegue e incrimina propositadamente gente inocente!!!

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  6. Caras senhoras, existe um blog sobre
    o caso do Sr, Amilton Nicolas Bento em "INNOCENT, GOT A LIFE SENTENCE...

    Amilton Nicolas Bento is an innocent who got life imprisonment ... Accused of a crime that has been proven not have existed"

    http://amiltonbento.blogspot.com/

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  7. Yes, the child needs a dignified funeral and grave.But can her family care about it?Incredible dat parents and family can do this to children!It happens more that parents kill their children than children their parents.I wish the Ciprianos will give the good example and point the grave.Who knows other parents will follow this idea.

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