Only a few days before the reading of the sentence in the case of alleged aggressions by PJ inspectors, that is scheduled for Friday, Marcos Aragão Correia asks for the opening of a new inquiry and the revision of the sentence that was applied to Leonor, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
With the new inquiry, the lawyers wants the alleged buyers of Joana to be identified and also that Leonor is acquitted of the crime of her daughter’s murder, as it is “only” up to João to reveal the destiny that he gave to the little girl.
To the document, which was sent to the Attorney General and to the press today, Aragão Correia annexes a copy of a statement by João Cipriano, in which the latter confesses that he tried to sell the little girl, without further detail.
According to Leonor’s lawyer, the confession – that was written “by the hand” of João Cipriano himself -, corroborates the version of Joana's mother, who in January confessed in writing to having given consent for her brother to sell the child.
In the document, it can be read that the confession from Joana’s uncle – despite not adding any details about the body’s location -, and the one from Leonor constitute “sufficient” elements of proof to open a new inquiry.
Aragão Correia says that João Cipriano only confessed the truth due to the “fear” that he manifested of being killed inside the prison by inmates “hired by the criminals that tried to buy Joana”.
Therefore, the lawyer adds, the confession has the goal to ensure that João is awarded State protection, given the fact that it is the “same fear” that prevents him from identifying the “other criminals” and indicating the location of the cadaver.
The new inquiry would serve the purpose of identifying Joana’s buyers and recovering the body, says Aragão Correia, stressing that given the fact that the transaction was not successful, only João Cipriano can reveal the destiny that he gave to the little girl.
Aragão Correia further stresses that João Cipriano, who serves a 16-year sentence at the Prison of Carregueira, had already served a seven year sentence over attempted murder.
source: Lusa/Expresso, 19.05.2009