The lawyer [and self- proclaimed psychic] Marcos Aragão Correia and the university professor António Pedro Dores start being judged today at the Court of Faro for the alleged defamation of the former inspector of the Judiciary Police inspector Gonçalo Amaral, after two postponements of the first court session.
The former inspector who investigated Joana's disappearance, Leonor Cipriano's daughter, has sued both for publicly alluding to the alleged torture that Leonor was supposedly subjected to in a questioning.
Aragão Correia, Leonor Cipriano's lawyer, alleges that the courts have already proved that his client was tortured, however the Public Ministry has kept the accusation within the scope of the defamation process made by Gonçalo Amaral. The lawyer also recalls that Gonçalo Amaral, within the scope of the alleged torture of Leonor Cipriano [convicted along with her brother João for the homicide of her eight-year old daughter ], was declared guilty of the crime of false deposition and sentenced to a year and six months of suspended sentence.
Marcos Aragão Correia requested as witnesses for his defence the current head of the Portuguese Order of Lawyers, António Marinho e Pinto, the former director of the Odemira penitentiary Ana Maria Calado [in the five PJ inspectors trial it was alleged that inmates could have beaten Leonor Cipriano]. The trial should have started in February but was postponed to March 29 due to a legal expedient made by António Pedro Dores, professor and chairman of the ACED.
On March 29 the court postponed again the initial trial session for today because Gonçalo Amaral requested to be heard by video-conference, according to an explanation given by a lawyer who is intervening in the process. Absent from that session was the Madeira lawyer, Marcos Aragão Correia, who made an identical request to the court which forced the trial to be postponed for a second time.
in Correio da Manhã, April 18, 2012
Marcos Aragão Correia absent from the trial
Trial for the alleged defamation of Gonçalo Amaral started without the presence of the former PJ inspector and the Madeira lawyer
The trial for the alleged defamation of Gonçalo Amaral started today at the Court of Faro, after being postponed twice, without the presence of the former inspector of the Judiciary Police and the lawyer and arguido Marcos Aragão Correia.
In the court session scheduled for today only one of the arguidos appeared, António Pedro Dores, professor and president of the ACED.
According to the Court, Gonçalo Amaral refused to give his current address, giving as his residence the address of the PSP of Olivais headquarters in Lisbon.
Lusa News Agency, April 18, 2012
«The case shocked the country in the late summer of 2004.
Little girl Joana Guerreiro, aged 8, had disappeared from the village of Figueira, near Portimão. Her mother Leonor Cipriano gave the media many interviews where she lamented her daughter's disappearance.
Only a few days after the Polícia Judiciária started the investigations, Leonor and her brother João Cipriano were arrested for homicide. But the story would unravel with even more macabre details. The uncle confessed that he cut the girl into three pieces but never revealed where the body was hidden. As a matter of fact, until today Joana's body hasn't been found, which leads the defence lawyers to still entertain doubts about the child's real destiny.
In this report, João Cipriano, who remained silent throughout the entire trial, broke his silence and gave RTP a written interview. The Polícia Judiciária inspectors who took care of the case also speak out for the first time about one of the most complex investigations that the police force ever faced. (...)»
in Cipriano Case: Without a Trace of Joana (with video & transcript)
Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer confesses to lying to obtain a confession
‘Spanish detectives asked me to arrange for evidence against Gonçalo Amaral’
Leonor Cipriano’s lesions weren’t all caused at the same time
Leonor Cipriano changes her statement and says that her daughter was killed by the uncle
Joana Case: Crime of Rape Ignored to Save Money
Marcos Aragão Correia accused of defaming Gonçalo Amaral
Addendum to the Criminal Process for Defamation Against Marcos Aragão Correia
Cipriano Case: PJ Inspectors Accused at Faro Trial
PJ Inspectors enticed to betray Gonçalo Amaral
Cipriano case: Forensics launch doubt on photographs
Supreme Court of Justice - 'Joana case' ruling - Part I