Marinho Pinto, the current head of the Bar/OA - Portuguese Lawyer Association, justified today his presence at the Court of Faro where the 5 Judiciary Police Inspectors are on trial for the alleged aggressions to Leonor Cipriano, convicted for murdering her 8 year old daughter Joana; stressing that the Bar wants to be present in all cases where there is a suspicion of victims of torture. However Marinho Pinto failed to explain why did the Bar choose this particular case to be an assistant for the prosecution for the first time in the Portuguese legal history.
Order does not respect the "principle of innocence"
Marinho Pinto was requested as a witness during the trial, according to one of the defense lawyers, António Pragal Colaço, because "the head of the Bar has a deep knowledge of the facts, which is well reflected by the content of the news that were published in the Expresso newspaper in February 2005 and which launched this process into an unimaginable media journey when it was still under the secrecy of justice".
The defense then made an appeal against the establishment of the OA as an assistant since it "prevented the interrogation as a witness of Marinho Pinto"; in the document it is also referred the 'direct contact' of Leonor Cipriano's lawyer, Marcos Aragão Correia, with the head of the Bar as well as the need to understand from whom did Marinho Pinto get the photos he published at the time and who gave him the knowledge of the facts presented in the Expresso news article of 2005.
The appeal also stated that the action of the OA in trial "has not been guided by the strict observance of legal procedures", assuming "a fully persecutory conduct against the current and former inspectors of the PJ", which did not respect "the principle of innocence and always contesting every time that evidences are produced against the accusation."
For the reason aforementioned the appeal was never accepted, thus Marinho Pinto was never questioned.
This is what Marinho Pinto said this Morning
'Torture must be banned from the face of the Earth. Torture is an ignominy to humanity'
"If it is proved that it was not a crime of torture I will be tranquil, but I am also uneasy because the state in which that woman, Mrs.Leonor Cipriano, came out of the premises of the PJ, during nocturnal questionings, without the presence of lawyers, that is an ignominy for Portugal and to the Portuguese Police."
What is left to know is who is going to make the closing arguments? The man appointed by the Bar, Rodrigo Santiago or Marcos Aragão Correia the figurehead, as we say in Portuguese the Testa-de-Ferro [Iron head] of this manipulated farce trial?
As a friend said 'the clown who opens the circus should be the same one who closes it'.