Today, Marcos Aragão Correia should participate at the court of Faro in the continuation of the trial over alleged torture by elements of the Polícia Judiciária against his constituent, but he left the court at around 10.20 a.m.
When questioned by journalists, Marcos Aragão Correia only stated that he would return within 15 minutes.
Leonor Cipriano's lawyer was notified this morning by a member of the Algarve District Council of the Lawyers' Order, Hélder de Sousa, who excused himself from specifying the contents of the disciplinary process that was filed against Marcos Aragão Correia.
The notification took place in a room at the court of Faro, before today's trial session started.
Today's session is foreseen to include the audition of Ana Maria Calado, the director of the Prison of Odemira, where Leonor Cipriano is serving the 16 year prison sentence to which she was condemned over the murder of her daughter Joana.
On the day of the last session of this trial, on the 16th of January, Leonor Cipriano's lawyer, Marcos Aragão Correia, read out a press note in which he informed that Joana's mother had revealed new facts concerning the disappearance of her daughter, recently documented and signed at the prison of Odemira, where she is currently being detained.
According to the lawyer, little Joana's uncle, João Cipriano, convinced his sister, Leonor Cipriano, to deliver her daughter into the care of strangers, in exchange for financial help.
Former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral, when confronted with the new facts, on the day of the last trial session, classified the statements that change Leonor Cipriano's initial deposition as "lies".
The process of alleged aggressions against Leonor Cipriano by 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.
The Public Ministry's accusations against five Judiciária inspectors and former inspectors appeared following the questionings at the PJ in Faro in 2004, at a time when Leonor appeared at the Prison of Odemira, where she was being preventively held, with lesions to her face and body.
Three inspectors stand accused of the crime of torture, one stands accused of the crime of false testimony and failure to denounce and a fifth one stands accused of the crime of document forgery.
Joana's mother, Leonor Cipriano, and her uncle, João Cipriano (both siblings) were condemned by the Supreme Court of Justice to 16 years in prison each, over the crimes of homicide and concealment of the child's cadaver.
Update at 11:30
The trial of the alleged tortures to Leonor Cipriano, Joana’s mother, was initiated with a great delay at the Court of Faro but was interrupted for brief minutes by the entry and exit of the lawyer Marcos Aragão Correia.
The Lawyer entered at 11:20 in the audience room and asked permission to participate in the session, despite having been preventively suspended this morning by the Bar [OA- Lawyers Association].
The judge Henrique Pavão refused the request made by Marcos Aragão Correia and forced him to leave the court room.
“The Doctor will leave the audience room, one way or another”, stated the judge.
Facing this order, Marcos Aragão Correia went away from the room, expressing anger towards the judge's decision and went to the central section and the external service of the court, where he is still writing an application.
The court session was resumed with Leonor Cipriano being assisted by an official lawyer, taking place the hearing of Ana Maria Calado, director of the prison in Odemira, where Leonor Cipriano is to serving 16 years in prison for the murder of her daughter Joana.
source: Lusa, 22.01.2009