5 March 2013

Leonor Cipriano judged for contradictions



Faro: In question are the accusations of aggressions by Judiciary Police officers

by João Mira Godinho

The different versions that she presented about the alleged aggressions that she was a victim of at the headquarters of the Judiciary Police of Faro, took Leonor Cipriano yesterday to the Court of Faro. Joana's mother - who is doing a jail time of 16 years for the murder of her daughter - answers for false accusations.

Yesterday, Leonor, 42 years old, repeated what she had said in court, back in 2008, during the trial of the five inspectors of the Judiciary Police - including Gonçalo Amaral and Paulo Pereira Cristovão - for [alleged] aggressions during the questionings, at the time of Joana's death investigation, back in 2004.

Leonor repeated that, at the Judiciary Police of Faro headquarters, the officers beat her up "with punches and kicks", that they beat her "with a cardboard tube", that they placed "a blue plastic bag over her head" and that they hit her with a "phone book".

However, in the answers to the Public Ministry and to the Judge, Joana's mother [and convicted murderer] contradicted herself: she was unable to give the timing of the aggressions, she stated the tube was made of plastic and she affirmed that she had always been sitting down, when before she had stated that she had been forced to stay on her knees, on the top of ashtrays.

"This was an important moment in her life and it would be expected, even for the numerous times she has been asked the same questions, that she had kept it in her memory" argued the Public Ministry prosecutor, concluding that Leonor "insists on lying" and that she should be condemned to a jail sentence [for those lies].

The defence attorney* alleged that Leonor Cipriano "has difficulties in explaining herself", which, allied to a situation "in which the discernment wasn't the best", explains the contradictions.

The sentence was scheduled for the 14th of March.

In 2009, at the trial of the PJ officers, the court ruled as proven that there was an aggression however they were unable to identify the perpetrators.

in Correio da Manhã, March 5 2013

Note by JM: * Marcos Aragão Correia has taken an extended leave in Brazil whilst Marinho Pinto, apparently decided that the Lawyers Order should not go on being an assistant of her defence. Leonor, as a poor woman, was left with a court-appointed (defence) counsel. I guess now that she has served the McCanns' purpose and other people interests, she can be discarded!

Immediately Related

Leonor Cipriano court started today, for making false statements against Judiciary Police officers

Related Videos
Maddie and Joana Crossing Paths, SIC, 17-02-2009
Portuguese only, English summary here


Without a trace of Joana, RTP, 15-10-2008
English transcript here




18 comments:

  1. O Rei das bruxas a viver no Brazil depois de ter vivido no Algarve. Quem é que lhe paga estas estadias prolongadas?
    Que eu saiba, advogado monta ou liga-se a um escritório de advogados de forma mais ou menos permanente e consistente para poder trabalhar. Ainda por cima, num sistema judicial como o português que é lento, não dá para pegar um caso e largar meses/ poucos anos depois. Este saltimbanco da justiça quer que acreditemos que vive de biscates. Biscateiro não se aguenta no Algarve, muito menos no Brazil. Alguém lhe anda a pagar as contas e agora começa a fazer sentido o avistamento de Maddie no Brazil.

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  2. Once again you can see the real opportunistic and predatory character of the McCanns, when JT needed them they were nowhere to be seen, when Edgar looked like a fool they dropped him, when MAC needed them he was cast aside, when Leonor needed them she was discarded. Who's next I wonder? Isobel Duarte? Mitchell?

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  3. Surely it is more likely this creature was beaten up by the other women prisoners who would not like somebody like this amongst them.

    After all, even her own family don't want her back.

    The sentence she has been given for the killing of Joana is far too short, and should be well extended because of the lies told to get others into trouble.

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  4. The maximum is 25 years, she and her brother got that, then after an appeal to the STJ their sentence was reduced to 16 years.

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  5. It is now time for Justice in Algarve to do
    a rehearsal, training themselves for the McCann trial.
    Yeaah, contradictions, disappearance, blood all around, lies...
    They are preparing themselves for the days that are coming.The more they exercise, the better the results.They will certainly learn from this experience.
    Cipriano's case is now in the picture, who knows preparing us for the next step.
    Judge: "Justice does not make any difference between Mrs. Cipriano and the McCanns hahahaha!"
    Portugal will show that Justice is blind and that a murder is a murder.
    I wonder if this trial now is an announcement of the McCanns' arrest.
    An wonderful argument, if the media turn against them.

    I imagine a journalist interviewing a PJ detective:
    -"When finally will Kate's face turn blue?"
    _ "It's coming, it's coming!"

    I hope it will come. For both of them.

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  6. Twice I've read that the Yard would start with Oldfield whom I would call Newdesert because this is taking very long and fields dry out after some centuries.
    I wonder what is his importance in this case, unless he belongs to the group of the few people that wanted to change their statements. Could be. He was the only one who went twice to the apartment and according to Kate's book, the police suspected that he had given the child to the abductor through the window.
    He must regret his decision of helping the McCanns. He must be tired of the mess. Will he continue hiding this crime only because the McCanns are a good looking couple? Destroying his own life and knowing about the rumours around Tapas 9, that they are all paedophiles?
    It is what people are convinced of, here in Germany.

    If he insists on protecting the McCanns, is he a paedophile?

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  7. #3
    In fact it was said that Leonor Cipriano was beaten in prison by the other mates - there was a testimony in court from one of those women -the reason why the prison director sent her to a doctor, several days after the interrogations in the Faro PJ quarters, to document the alleged assault several days earlier. And it was speculated that this prison director was in big trouble if it was proven that she had allowed such an incident to occur - I vaguely recall that she had applied for a transfer, but I can't bet on it since it was a long time ago.
    Reports over the trial also pointed out that the doctor's testimony in trial was a mess...
    A lot was said and speculated, but what I find abhorrent is that not having been proved that inspectors A, B or C tortured this woman, yet 2 men were accused of false testimony and/or perjury.

    In what concerns Mr. Aragão Correia, I prefer to consider him a troubled soul - he has no conscience of the harm he causes. He is not malignent he is just an attention seeker with a moral development of a 5 year old. And I don't think he got on this train for money, in fact I suspect he has a lot of it to spare, particularly since his most respected, notorious and admired father, unfortunately, passed away in August 2008. Marcos is/was, probably in a very twisted way, seeking notoriety for himself.

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  8. The fact that a certificate was granted in the first place is a step forwards in the right direction.

    Such a shame that the nutty lawyer wasnt available to speak in her defence, one liar defending another might have resulted in them both being condemed.



    Sandra Ryan



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  9. The bit about her being made to 'kneel on ash trays' was way over the top to be believable. She appears to have got rather carried away with the lies.

    I hope they up the sentence back to twenty five years at least.

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  10. ....'he has no conscience of the harm he causes. He is not malignent...'

    5, Don't be naif or try to certificate us with that stamp. He knows very well what he was doing. I agree, he is also an 'attention seeker' who believed that he was protected by who involved him on that.

    If not, why he runaway to Brazil? I believe he was payed and still being payed to do further work, now outside Portugal. Still early to evaluate his job, but something ring the bells, a sight in Brazil happened just recently and on the most convenient time for the Mccann's, who were under the spotlights for the most disgusting things- trying to put in prison and bankrupt a pensioner just because he did not buy they fairy tale, and try to intimidate GA with another court case.

    Team Mccann is very well advised. They know very well the skills of the people they grab to the case. Yes, there is some stupid ones, like the Cipriano's, who were used since the beginning, because of their stupidity and were used with main purpose of being discarded as soon as they become not useful. Even the Cipriano were fooled with the carrot of reducing some years in prison by framing GA.
    M3, was also not a mistake. They were well aware of the methods and the reputation of M3 and hire them because of that. They know, anything that group could deliver will be always seen with a dubious angle. That is the most convennient scenary for the Mccann's. If somebody investigates what was the real job of M3 on Maddie saga and how much they received for that, will be always their word against the word of the Mccann's and who is going to loose is the one who had already a dubious reputation and was condemned on other cases. That is the water, team Mccann loves to sail, and off course, M3 accepted the job because was very profitable in many ways- money and publicity. Only a deep and very independent investigation could expose all the games behind scenes and catch the criminals. Unfortunately, cases like Casa Pia and Saville are saying it all.. the rights of the victims came at the end of the line.

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  11. So what is taking this 'Review' by SY so long?

    Are they waiting for the go ahead from the McCanns for the BEST TIME to release it? After all, it is being done at their request, and on their behalf, by order of the Prime Minister, so as to bring 'closure' to them.

    Has something like this, in the whole of the UK police force, ever been known before, and the tax payers picking up the bill for millions for the cost of it, at a time when we are so broke we can't even afford an adequate of police force.

    It is unbelievable, and it is a disgrace, when the McCanns have already been given MILLIONS by the public, hundreds of thousands which they then gave away to a bunch of crooks now awaiting trial for various offences. Yet the McCanns claim they are 'satisfied' by what these people did for them, albeit they weren't even qualified to search for missing children as their 'specialities' were spying and money laundering, and the McCanns even refuse to try and get the hundreds of thousands back.

    Are SY not even asking questions about this?

    No? Why will I not be surprised!


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  12. @9, I don't think it has to do with the Yard but it is depending on the decision of the Justice in Portugal.
    I believe that the Yard has already finished with their review and it is even possible that the PJ finishid it too.
    They have to be perfecly efficient before the investigation is reopened.No doubts, no lacunes.
    I also believe that at least one of the Tapas has told the truth.
    I don't believe that 7 people can survive tough interrogations for a long time.
    They can better tell what really happened to the girl and clean up their names as being paedophiles.

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  13. No I won't slate Kate and Gerry for being cold as fish

    we are what we are and we can't all be like the Waltons

    but I slate Kate for not answering 48 simple questions

    and writing that awful book - how dare she sully her own child in
    that manner? Absolutely no excuse for that.

    Someone enlighten me as to what Madeleine meant to Kate

    because from her utterings it's not apparent

    isar

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  14. The Maddieness goes on...

    Calls to DNA test 'Madeleine McCann' in Cyprus

    A BRITISH girl who sparked an inquiry in Cyprus because she looks like Madeleine McCann should be DNA tested, police say.

    By: James Murray
    Published: Sun, March 10, 2013

    Cypriot police chief Paris Paraskeva said it is unlikely the girl is Madeleine but the simple check should be done just in case.

    Today the Sunday Express can disclose the mysterious circumstances which triggered the ­inquiry, now involving Scotland Yard detectives reviewing the Maddie files.

    In October last year a British couple and three children, the Madeleine lookalike and two boys aged two and seven, rented an apartment in Ayia Napa, a place popular with British tourists on the south-eastern tip of Cyprus.

    The family rented the property from a British man and appeared to settle in well, enrolling the girl in a junior school. All was well ­until February, when the couple suddenly ­decided to leave.

    After they left the supervisor of the property noticed some items were missing, including a kettle, and told the owner, who made a complaint to local police.

    They issued an arrest warrant for the couple and alerted airports and ports. The day before the arrest warrant was issued, February 7, it appears the family flew to Britain.

    Then, quite separately, on February 20 a man who had been ­living next to the family in Ayia Napa read a magazine article about Madeleine, who was snatched from an apartment in the Algarve in Portugal in May 2007, aged three.

    The Greek Cypriot man thought a picture with the article showing how Madeleine would look now looked remarkably like the girl who had been his neighbour.

    He begged police to investigate, telling officers: “I think the girl living next door to me was Madeleine McCann.”

    Inspector Paraskeva told the Sunday Express: “We took the ­report very seriously and then realised the address was the same as for the couple we were looking for. It was quite a ­coincidence.

    “I asked my officers to do checks with schools to see if the girl was registered anywhere and we were lucky because she had been at a school in Ayia Napa. We got a photograph of the girl and her birth certificate which showed she was 12, several years older than Madeleine would be now.

    “We knew the family had left the island, so we informed Interpol and I sent them the picture of the girl and her birth certificate.

    “I had the name of the girl and an address where the family were staying in England and that has all been given to Interpol, so I ­assume that the police in England will have checked it out.

    “They have not contacted me back, so I do not know what is happening.

    “We also showed the picture of the girl to the Greek Cypriot man and he confirmed it was the child who had been living next door. When he compared the picture with the one in the magazine he was not so sure it was definitely Madeleine but we all felt it was still worth investigating.

    “If the couple had been on the island and we had arrested them and then received this report, we would have asked the girl to provide a DNA sample for testing. We have the DNA profile of Madeleine so we could have done it quite quickly. I would think that Interpol or British police would do this when they speak to the family just to rule it out.”

    Last week Scotland Yard said it would not give a “running commentary” on the lines of ­inquiry in the Operation Grange investigative review of all known ­evidence relating to Madeleine’s disappearance.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/383133/Calls-to-DNA-test-Madeleine-McCann-in-Cyprus

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  15. Maddie: Hunt for 6 Brit cleaners Cops' new lead
    Exclusive
    By DAN SALES and JACK ROYSTON

    COPS investigating the Madeleine McCann case are trying to trace six British cleaners working in Portugal when she disappeared.

    The group were based in Praia da Luz when Madeleine, then just three, vanished from her family’s holiday complex in 2007.

    A property owner has told how cops probing the disappearance asked four times about the cleaners.

    Officers became aware of the six to eight Brit workers — who are said to have used a white van — after poring through evidence amassed during the original Portuguese investigation.

    They are now asking for information about the group from owners whose properties overlook the Praia da Luz apartment where Madeleine stayed.

    It is the first time the cleaners have been mentioned during any investigations into the three-year old’s disappearance.

    The current inquiry — codename Operation Grange — is reviewing all evidence and leads thrown up by the original probe.

    Portuguese police are said to have spoken to all nearby apartment owners about who was present on May 3, 2007, when Madeleine vanished while on holiday with parents Gerry and Kate.

    Now Scotland Yard cops are going back to review witnesses and statements in the case.

    One property owner showed The Sun a letter from the force, which says officers are checking who was in flats at the time.

    When he rang the cops, he said he was asked repeatedly about the cleaners, who he believes were six to eight men or women.

    The owner said: “The officer said it had been drawn to their attention there were British people that cleaned the apartments who they needed to speak to.

    “They said, ‘Who are the British cleaners that are cleaning the apartments in a white van’?

    “They wanted to know if I knew anybody that does cleaning out there. They asked about it four times. Mostly the cleaners that do the Ocean Club apartments where the McCanns were staying are Portuguese.

    “But they were keen to know if I knew anybody that worked for a cleaning firm out there. They were very interested in who’d have access to those apartments.” (...)

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  16. Leonor Copriano sentencing was postponed to April 2

    Tribunal de Faro adia para 2 de Abril sentença a Leonor Cipriano por falsas declarações sobre tortura na P.

    Juíza requer extradição de certidão de outro processo em que a mãe de Joana foi assistente no julgamento de cinco inspetores da Polícia Judiciária por alegadas agressões. Na altura, três deles acabaram por ser absolvidos e dois condenados, um por falsidade de depoimento e outro por falsidade de documento.

    O Tribunal de Faro decidiu adiar para o dia 2 de Abril, pelas 13.30 horas, a leitura da sentença relativa ao processo em que Leonor Cipriano - a cumprir 16 anos de prisão por coautoria com o seu irmão, João Manuel, dos crimes de homicídio e ocultação do cadáver da sua filha Joana (ainda não apareceu) - é acusada de falsas declarações sobre agressões de que diz ter sido alvo nas instalações da Polícia Judiciária (PJ), na capital algarvia, para a obrigar a confessar a morte da criança, então de oito anos, desaparecida a 12 de Setembro de 2004, na aldeia da Figueira, no concelho de Portimão, onde a família vivia.

    Numa curta sessão realizada, hoje à tarde, naquele tribunal, onde estava marcada a leitura do acórdão, tendo a arguida sido dispensada de comparecer, a juíza explicou que vai ser extraída certidão de um outro processo, no qual Leonor Cipriano foi assistente, para juntar àquele em que ela é agora acusada de ter mentido durante o julgamento, em 2009, de cinco inspetores da PJ por alegadas agressões.

    Recorde-se que três deles, Paulo Pereira Cristóvão, Leonel Marques e Paulo Marques Bom, foram absolvidos, enquanto Gonçalo Amaral, ex- inspetor-coordenador da Judiciária, em Faro, e António Cardoso Nunes acabaram por ser condenados a um ano e meio e a dois anos e três meses de prisão, ambos com penas suspensas, por falsidade de depoimento e falsificação de documento, respetivamente."O Tribunal entendeucomo necessário juntar vários elementos que estão no âmbito de outro processo", explicou a juíza.

    No acórdão em 2009, para o coletivo de juízes do Tribunal de Faro foram "flagrantes e relevantes" as contradições em que Leonor Cipriano incorreu, considerando que a mãe de Joana mentiu quanto à forma como lhe bateram e identificou os autores das agressões, bem como o tempo e modo como revelou terem-lhe batido. Dessa forma, o tribunal não conseguiu apurar quem, de facto, agrediu Leonor Cipriano na PJ, como ela diz, para a obrigar a confessar o crime de homicídio da sua filha, que garante não ter cometido.

    http://www.dn.pt/inicio/portugal/interior.aspx?content_id=3109238&seccao=Sul

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  17. Leonor Cipriano sentencing was postponed to April 2

    Tribunal de Faro adia para 2 de Abril sentença a Leonor Cipriano por falsas declarações sobre tortura na P.

    Juíza requer extradição de certidão de outro processo em que a mãe de Joana foi assistente no julgamento de cinco inspetores da Polícia Judiciária por alegadas agressões. Na altura, três deles acabaram por ser absolvidos e dois condenados, um por falsidade de depoimento e outro por falsidade de documento.

    O Tribunal de Faro decidiu adiar para o dia 2 de Abril, pelas 13.30 horas, a leitura da sentença relativa ao processo em que Leonor Cipriano - a cumprir 16 anos de prisão por coautoria com o seu irmão, João Manuel, dos crimes de homicídio e ocultação do cadáver da sua filha Joana (ainda não apareceu) - é acusada de falsas declarações sobre agressões de que diz ter sido alvo nas instalações da Polícia Judiciária (PJ), na capital algarvia, para a obrigar a confessar a morte da criança, então de oito anos, desaparecida a 12 de Setembro de 2004, na aldeia da Figueira, no concelho de Portimão, onde a família vivia.

    Numa curta sessão realizada, hoje à tarde, naquele tribunal, onde estava marcada a leitura do acórdão, tendo a arguida sido dispensada de comparecer, a juíza explicou que vai ser extraída certidão de um outro processo, no qual Leonor Cipriano foi assistente, para juntar àquele em que ela é agora acusada de ter mentido durante o julgamento, em 2009, de cinco inspetores da PJ por alegadas agressões.

    Recorde-se que três deles, Paulo Pereira Cristóvão, Leonel Marques e Paulo Marques Bom, foram absolvidos, enquanto Gonçalo Amaral, ex- inspetor-coordenador da Judiciária, em Faro, e António Cardoso Nunes acabaram por ser condenados a um ano e meio e a dois anos e três meses de prisão, ambos com penas suspensas, por falsidade de depoimento e falsificação de documento, respetivamente."O Tribunal entendeucomo necessário juntar vários elementos que estão no âmbito de outro processo", explicou a juíza.

    No acórdão em 2009, para o coletivo de juízes do Tribunal de Faro foram "flagrantes e relevantes" as contradições em que Leonor Cipriano incorreu, considerando que a mãe de Joana mentiu quanto à forma como lhe bateram e identificou os autores das agressões, bem como o tempo e modo como revelou terem-lhe batido. Dessa forma, o tribunal não conseguiu apurar quem, de facto, agrediu Leonor Cipriano na PJ, como ela diz, para a obrigar a confessar o crime de homicídio da sua filha, que garante não ter cometido.

    http://www.dn.pt/inicio/portugal/interior.aspx?content_id=3109238&seccao=Sul

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  18. :h I am a bit confused here...

    Assuming the "aggressions" were nothing solely the result of Photoshop manipulation why would the PJs charged admitted she had, accidentally, fell down the stairs?

    Nonetheless, since I have no transcript of what they (PJ) actually said and what bruise(s), if any, were they aware of, at the time the accident happened, we cannot make much of it here.

    Anyway, what puzzles me is:

    Why was Amaral accused of false testimony? Do you follow? False testimony is an accusation that fits neatly into a reputation management scheme on behalf of the Macs because it may suggest Amaral had falsely accused the Macs as well!

    The problem is, we know the "Merdium" was paid by Metodo3, then became a free-lance lawyer for "poor" Leonor "The Butcher". Later, his godfather Del-Mar Chick, by then no longer a journo for the decaffeinated "Expresso" but THE "watermelon" of the Bar... becomes a key witness on behalf of "The Butcher" AND the Macs. If at first we suspected a pay deal, by then we knew what "Chicko" was really up to.

    I cannot help but thinking...who is paying "Del-Mar Chick"? Do you follow? Indeed who is paying his nephew? The "Merdium"? Is the M. brand feeding them both cheques via the "Madama", say?

    The all affair stinks of reputation management..."Mickey" Mouse Mitchell...Lift Consulting...Burson-Marsteller and their associated multi-million legal teams.

    What is shocking is not whether Leonor Cipriano was, or was not, duly welcomed with fists by her inmates in prison. What is shocking is the Portuguese bought into it - or rather were bought into it, and put so much effort in protecting three child neglecter's (L+K+ G=3) at the expense of their own PJ. THAT, is shocking to the point of embarrassment - particularly if like me you happen to be flying the flag.

    :h Is Portugal paying psychological tribute to whom? What for?

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