Lawyer Aragão Correia, who defends Leonor Cipriano, Joana’s mother, told TSF this Tuesday that he lied to obtain a written confession from João Cipriano, who revealed that he tried to sell the child.
Aragão Correia had already requested the opening of a new inquiry after Leonor Cipriano confessed to him that she handed over her daughter to her brother, for him to sell her.
Now, the lawyer revealed that he visited João Cipriano in prison and that the latter confessed that he tried to sell the little girl. But in order to force a confession, in writing, Aragão Correia admitted to bluffing.
The lawyer confessed that he told João Cipriano that the persons who wanted to buy Joana “gave an order to murder him in prison”. “He was very fearful, which confirms that Leonor was telling the truth”, he added.
For Aragão Correia, it was João Cipriano who murdered the child although the inmate at Carregueira prison never admitted it.
Now, in a request that was sent to the Attorney General, Aragão Correia requests for the process to be reopened in order to investigate the identity of the persons who tried to buy Joana and for Leonor Cipriano to be acquitted of the crime of homicide.
The case of Joana Cipriano’s disappearance, which dates back to 2004, will know further developments this week, at a time when members of the Polícia Judiciária will hear the sentence over the accusation of having used torture methods against Leonor Cipriano.
Audio PT- Marcos Aragão Correia Statements to TSF
source: TSF, 19.05.2009