28 January 2009

Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer wants searches‭ “‬at an abandoned house‭”

Today,‭ ‬Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer has requested the GNR to carry out searches at‭ “‬an abandoned house up in the hills of Figueira‭”‬,‭ ‬Portimão,‭ ‬where Joana’s mother confessed that João Cipriano buried the little girl’s body

In a formal request that was sent to the Portimão Headquarters of GNR,‭ ‬which Lusa had access to,‭ ‬Marcos Aragão Correia communicated that Leonor Cipriano told him on Tuesday,‭ ‬at the Prison of Odemira,‭ ‬that‭ “‬murderer João Cipriano told her that he had buried the body in the hills of Figueira‭” ‬at‭ “‬an abandoned house‭”‬.

Joana’s mother’s representative in the process of the alleged aggressions‭ that involves current and former Polícia Judiciária inspectors, to obtain a confession from Leonor Cipriano, stressed in the letter that his client "guarantees" the statements made by her brother and the child's uncle "in those days" that followed the disappearance.

‭"[Leonor Cipriano] remembers that (...) he mentioned an abandoned house, although she cannot remember the specific circumstances under which the homicide did so, whether in the presence of a third party or not, and whether referring to the concealment of the little girl's cadaver or not", the lawyer underlined in the letter that was sent to the GNR by fax.

The little girl, then eight, disappeared from the village of Figueira, Portimão, Algarve, on the 12th of September of 2004, and the Supreme Court of Justice condemned Leonor Cipriano and João Cipriano (siblings) to 16 years in prison each, for the crimes of homicide and concealment of the child's body.

‭Following the interrogations in the "Joana case" that were carried out at the PJ in Faro, three inspectors stand accused of the crime of torture, one stands accused of failing to assist and omitting a denunciation, and a fifth one stands accused of forgery of a document.

‭In one of the most recent trial sessions, at the Court of Faro, Leonor Cipriano altered her statement and attributed the little girl's death to her uncle, João Cipriano, who said he convinced her to hand her daughter over to a family, in exchange for financial compensation.

‭The next session of the trial over the alleged aggressions against Leonor Cipriano by Polícia Judiciária inspectors is scheduled for the 20th of February.

‭source: Sol, 28.01.2009

1 comment:

  1. Leonor Cipriano's lawyer's facial expressions are beginning to resemble those of Clarence Mitchell, the McCann's mouthpiece.

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