The hearing of Leonor Cipriano, who is serving a prison sentence of 16 years and six months for the crimes of homicide and concealment of a cadaver, has been scheduled for 2 p.m. and was determined by the 5th Section at the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ).
The SCJ’s dispatch, dated November 13, also determined the hearing of João Cipriano, Leonor Cipriano’s brother who is equally serving a prison sentence of 16 years and six months at Carregueira Prison, in Sintra, over the practice of the same crimes.
Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer, Marcos Aragão Correia, has requested the extraordinary revision of the sentence that was applied to Joana’s mother, presenting a confession by João Cipriano for his niece’s homicide.
Aragão Correia has further requested the opening of a new inquiry, with the purpose of determining the agents and causes of Joana’s disappearance, on the 12th of September 2004.
Nevertheless, in its answer, which Lusa agency was able to access, the Public Ministry considered that the extraordinary appeal is not “admissible”, considering that the confession is insufficient “to raise doubts for a revision of the decision”.
Public prosecutor José Franco Pinheiro has stressed that there are no new facts and has revealed strangeness over the fact that Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer has confessed to obtaining João Cipriano’s confession “based on absolutely forbidden methods”.
On the other hand, former Polícia Judiciária (PJ) inspector Gonçalo Amaral has requested the opening of the instruction of the process in which the Public Ministry has constituted itself as an assistant of Leandro Silva, Joana’s stepfather.
Leandro Silva accuses the former inspector of having aggressed him on the 13th of October, 2004, at an interrogation in the PJ building of Portimão, for him to confess the location where Joana’s body was deposited.
source: Destak, 27.11.2009