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Defying the Head of the Bar - 24Horas



Former PJ inspector accuses Marinho Pinto of hiding himself


One of the PJ elements that stand accused of beating Joana’s mother wants to see Marinho Pinto at his trial. The Bar wants more lawyers at the police stations in order to avoid cases like that of Leonor Cipriano

The former Polícia Judiciária inspector Paulo Pereira Cristóvão, who is accused by the Public Ministry of beating Leonor Cipriano in order to force her to confess her daughter’s death, defies the head of the Portuguese lawyers’ Bar to become an assistant in the process that will start to be tried in Faro on the 24th.

“It would be a courageous thing to do for Marinho Pinto to become an assistant in the process on a personal level instead of hiding behind the Bar”, Pereira Cristóvão tells 24Horas, adding that he would also have liked to see the present head of the Bar as an assistant in another process, which was archived by the Public Ministry, where suspicions of sexual abuse over Joana Cipriano were being investigated.

“Sperm from an identified individual was detected on the little girl’s underpants, as well as blood, and the process was archived. I would have liked to see Marinho Pinto becoming an assistant on that one, too”, he confesses.

The statements by Pereira Cristóvão – one of the PJ inspectors who investigated Joana’s disappearance – follow a meeting that took place yesterday afternoon, between the Attorney General and the president of the Human Rights Commission of the Bar, José Augusto Rocha.

At the end of the meeting, José Augusto Rocha confirmed that the Bar was made an assistant in a process that “really indicates the practice of abuse and torture”.

He also defended a wider presence of lawyers at the police stations, in order to avoid suspicions of police violence on the arguidos. José Augusto Rocha guarantees that “some complaints” reach the Bar, and that “the existence of such cases is regrettable”.

Desperate for a condemnation

Pereira Cristóvão holds the Head of the Bar responsible over such statements. And he accuses Marinho Pinto of “denying the principle of the presumption of innocence to citizens who have not been tried yet and of presuming the innocence of a person whose sentence has been approved by the Supreme Court”.

Leonor and her brother, João Cipriano, were condemned to 16 years in prison over the crimes of homicide and concealment of a cadaver. Months later, in “Expresso”, Marinho Pinto published an article that was illustrated with a photo of Leonor where she exhibited marks that allegedly resulted from an aggression at the PJ.

The process led to an accusation against five inspectors. Leonel Marques, Pereira Cristóvão and Marques Bom stand accused of torture. António Cardoso has to respond over falsification of a document. And the then coordinator of the PJ in Portimão, Gonçalo Amaral, stands accused of the crimes of false statement and omission of denunciation.

In a statement to 24Horeas, Pereira Cristóvão doesn’t spare the present head of the Bar: “He is desperate for a condemnation and he doesn’t even know what the issue is in this process”.


source: 24Horas, 30.09.2008

12 comments:

  1. Justice for the former and current PJ Officers!!

    Enough of bullshit!! - Since when do we believe in the words of convicted child murderers, incestuous and psychopathic animals; [who carved and fed the body of Joana, a little and sweet girl(Leonor Cipriano daughter and João Cipriano's niece)to the pigs] over the words of uncorrupted, professional, and highly qualified police officers?

    Since when do we believe in lawyers who only seek self promotion, like a certain lawyer who coincidentally stated that he had a tip from the underworld coming from Metodo3 and then assumed that he had had a vision of Maddie in the bottom of Arade's reservoir and who funded that search by selling interviews to the British media/selling the idea to Portuguese companies that he would say the company name on those interviews, the same very imaginative lawyer who is accusing Amaral of torture - something that even João Grade, Leonor Cipriano's Lawyer dismisses as being a lie(...)

    Lawyers who seek to be political and current affair analysts on TV, who use the daily news shows and general media (and some submissive journalists) to manipulate the public perception of cases which they are about to defend, or who use an alleged breach of human rights to achieve a top position on the association of Portuguese Lawyers are very, very much in contempt of the deontological status of the Order of Lawyers.

    We, Portuguese Citizens, know what and who they are. And we had Enough of Lawyer's Lies.

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  2. Well said Joana. I can certainly feel your frustration in your words.

    Your blog is much appreciated to keep us up to date with the real news from Portugal.

    Thank you.

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  3. Court judgement in the formal Report concluded that Joana's injuries were conducive to being pushed down the stairs.

    Accusations of PJ's 'ill treatment' arose concurrent to British media 'bashing and trashing the PJ'.

    Unlike the McCanns, those found guilty in Joana's case, lacked the privilege of political protection.
    Justice was, therefore, served including eradication of false allegations.

    Old 'news' habitually re-surfaces in the McCanns' media campaign.

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  4. jill havern,

    Your interpretation of 'real news' is somewhat at odds with true Portuguese journalists.

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  5. Joana, quando se aproximar a altura, alguma coisa tem de ser feita. O sistema precisa de saber aquilo de que o povo é capaz. O sistema precisa de saber que os Portugueses confiam nas suas polícias e confiam que os monstros que assassinam os próprios frutos dos seus ventres são punidos. Preocupa-me o braço inglês deste caso, se é que me percebes. A sociedade civil, o povo, tem de ser envolvido.

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  6. Concordo absolutamente contigo Cláudia, já chega de 'carneiros' e 'marretas' - 'povo de brandos costumes' é o que dizem do nosso povo - pois, esquecem-se que cá dentro temos um fogo que ninguém extingue, sabemos o que queremos e queremos justiça! Estamos fartos de ver corruptos saírem impunes porque são políticos, estamos fartos dos senhores das guerras, dos senhores do futebol, estamos fartos dos reality shows e das telenovelas, das desculpas esfarrapadas de quem perdoa dividas de milhões mas não perdoa quem quase morre à fome para pagar a renda, os juros e o spread da casa, estamos fartos das lavagens de dinheiro à custa do pobre contribuinte e da máquina que nos lava o cérebro e estupidifica. Estamos fartos que liberdade de expressão, democracia, 25 de Abril, solidariedade, moral sejam ideais ocos e vazios de sentido numa sociedade cada vez mais só, mais egoísta, mais estúpida.... mas perco-me neste rodopio do que me farta e cansa... deixo-te com esta imagem de um Portugal do Século XIX,nota como podia ser hoje:

    UM POVO IMBECILIZADO E RESIGNADO...

    "Um povo imbecilizado e resignado,
    humilde e macambúzio,
    fatalista e sonâmbulo,
    burro de carga,
    besta de nora,
    aguentando pauladas,
    sacos de vergonhas,
    feixes de misérias,
    sem uma rebelião,
    um mostrar de dentes,
    a energia dum coice,
    pois que nem já com as orelhas
    é capaz de sacudir as moscas;
    um povo em catalepsia ambulante,
    não se lembrando nem donde vem,
    nem onde está,
    nem para onde vai;
    um povo, enfim,
    que eu adoro,
    porque sofre e é bom,
    e guarda ainda na noite da sua inconsciência como que um lampejo misterioso
    da alma nacional,
    reflexo de astro em silêncio escuro
    de lagoa morta (...) Uma burguesia,
    cívica e politicamente corrupta ate à medula, não descriminando já o bem do mal,
    sem palavras,
    sem vergonha,
    sem carácter,
    havendo homens
    que, honrados (?) na vida íntima,
    descambam na vida pública
    em pantomineiros e sevandijas,
    capazes de toda a veniaga e toda a infâmia,
    da mentira à falsificação,
    da violência ao roubo,
    donde provém que na política portuguesa sucedam, entre a indiferença geral,
    escândalos monstruosos,
    absolutamente inverosímeis no Limoeiro (...) Um poder legislativo,
    esfregão de cozinha do executivo;
    este criado de quarto do moderador;
    e este, finalmente, tornado absoluto
    pela abdicação unânime do país,
    e exercido ao acaso da herança,
    pelo primeiro que sai dum ventre
    - como da roda duma lotaria.
    A justiça ao arbítrio da Política,
    torcendo-lhe a vara
    ao ponto de fazer dela saca-rolhas; Dois partidos (...),
    sem ideias,
    sem planos,
    sem convicções,
    incapazes (...)
    vivendo ambos do mesmo utilitarismo
    céptico e pervertido, análogos nas palavras,
    idênticos nos actos,
    iguais um ao outro
    como duas metades do mesmo zero,
    e não se amalgamando e fundindo, apesar disso, pela razão que alguém deu no parlamento,
    de não caberem todos duma vez na mesma sala de jantar (...)"

    Guerra Junqueiro, in "Pátria", escrito em 1896

    Ñem mais....

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  7. The Leonor Cipriano case is no more than a peripheral topic in relation to the McCann case.

    Concerning the latter, a number of British media outlets are still publicising diversionary tactics, i.e., the 'abduction' myth, with resulting 'sightings'. This may not change unless it is overridden by some positive action, ideally by charging those responsible for Maddie's disappearance (aren't cadaver dogs, DNA, and other factual evidence enough to go ahead?)

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  8. Exacto, Joana. Não podia ser mais apropriado.
    As altas instâncias deste país precisam de saber o que pensa este povo e qual a sua força por alturas deste julgamento. Se alguém do Algarve nos estiver a ler, façam alguma coisa. Reúnam forças. Mostrem que o cidadão comum quer os polícias a tornar este país mais seguro e os criminosos na cadeia e não o inverso. Esta vergonha não pode continuar.

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  9. calma moças........
    (Joana, Cláudia...)
    why all this agression now ?

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  10. Lawyers in Portugal will not be perfect, but what can we say of the McCann's lawyers in the UK - are they defending justice or are they part of a shameful cover-up including child neglect, homicide, corpse concealment, simulated abduction and more.

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  11. KC, you're certainly confusing aggression with disgust about what's going on. Este mês de Outubro, que agora se inicia, vai carecer de muita intervenção cívica.

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