Leonor Cipriano, the mother of Joana, the little girl that disappeared from Figueira in 2004, has appealed the sentence of Gonçalo Amaral and three other former PJ inspectors, in the case of aggressions that she allegedly suffered during questioning in Faro.
The appeal, which was filed this Thursday at the Appeals Court of Évora, requests the condemnation and effective prison sentence for the arguidos that were acquitted by the Court of Faro, tvi24.pt was told by Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer, Marcos Aragão Correia.
According to the document that was given to tvi24.pt by Aragão Correia, Leonor Cipriano files an appeal because she disagrees with the sentence that was given on the 22nd of May by the Court of Faro, where inspectors Leonel Marques, Paulo Cristóvão and Paulo Marques Bom were acquitted over the crime of torture.
Joana’s mother also disagrees the acquittal of Gonçalo Amaral over the crime of omission of denunciation, as well as the application of only 1 year and 6 months in prison with a suspended sentence over the crime of false deposition.
Justifying these discrepancies, Leonor Cipriano’s defence mentions that the ruling of Mat 22 “suffers from contradictions”, by acquitting the arguidos. This because “the ruling itself considered proved that a fall from the stairs didn’t exist [as the defence alleged] and that the arguido Gonçalo de Sousa Amaral knew that truth perfectly well”.
Alleged complaint from Gonçalo Amaral’s wife
Leonor Cipriano’s defence further mentions that one of the “extremely important pieces of evidence” against Gonçalo Amaral was refused by the judge three months after the first request. That evidence concerns a complaint that was presented by the wife of arguido Gonçalo Amaral against her own husband.
In the complaint, which was presented on the 23rd of December 2007 in the shape of a letter that was directed at Guilhermino da Encarnação, the PJ’s Joint National Director in Faro, Gonçalo Amaral’s wife asks for help to trace her underage daughter that was living with her father.
In the letter, which Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer sent to tvi24.pt, Alexandra Leal mentions that she found her husband, Gonçalo Amaral, “consuming alcoholic drinks, together with other colleagues”. In another excerpt, the wife of the former coordinator of the PJ’s Criminal Investigation Department of Portimão mentions that Gonçalo Amaral “ordered me to enter the house, where he insulted me and threatened me with death”.
Contacted by tvi24.pt and questioned about whether or not he received said complaint at the time, Guilhermino Encarnação declined to comment.
To tvi24.pt, Aragão Correia, Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer, mentions that the letter, to which he had access through a source at the PJ’s Faro Directory, was only “mentioned for the first time five months ago”. At that time, according to Aragão Correia, both Gonçalo Amaral and his wife, Alexandra Leal, “denied that any complaint had been presented” and “stated that the letter was not authentic”.
Joana’s mother’s lawyer stresses that the letter from Gonçalo Amaral’s wife, and another document from the PJ’s picket that proves that the complaint entered the police, is of “extreme importance”. This because it “proves the violent, criminal and inhuman personality of arguido Gonçalo Amaral”, the lawyer states.
Leonor Cipriano’s defence disagrees that those two documents were “completely ignored” by the Court and now requests for them to be known by the Appeals Court in Évora.
Leonor Cipriano and her brother, João Cipriano, were condemned by the Supreme Court of Justice to 16 years in prison over the crimes of homicide and concealment of a cadaver.
source: IOL Diário, 29.05.2009