by João Mira Godinho
The last session of the trial of the five former Polícia Judiciária inspectors that stand accused of aggression and of omission of assistance to Leonor Cipriano, and of document forgery, will be held on the 22nd of April, at the Court of Faro. At that session, apart from closing statements, there will be the possibility of the arguidos speaking, which is something that they have not done yet, during the trial.
Yesterday’s session, the 12th, which Leonor’s lawyer, Aragão Correia, didn’t attend, was used to hear Teresa Magalhães, an expert at the National Institute for Forensics Medicine [Instituto Nacional de Medicina Legal] (INML). The medic defended that Leonor’s lesions, based on the photographs that she analysed, “are not caused by a fall from stairs” because “the pattern doesn’t suggest that”, no “cuts” were visible and one cannot see lesions “on the elbows or feet”. The Director of the Northern delegation of the INML, who believes that the lesions were caused “on at least two different moments”, still admitted that the photos “are not of good quality”.
The five inspectors’ lawyers rebutted Teresa Magalhães by arguing that the report “was based on suppositions and suggestions”, according to António Cabrita, Gonçalo Amaral’s lawyer. The Defence further criticised the manner in which the report was requested from the expert. “The request that is made to the Professor is badly formulated”, said Pragal Colaço, the lawyer to three of the five inspectors, said upon leaving the court.
source: Correio da Manhã, 24.03.2009