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Cipriano Case: Leonor Cipriano Confessed the Murder of the daughter Joana

Process - Inspectors of the PJ accused of Torture

Leonor Cipriano Confessed the murder of the daughter Joana on the 13th of October and alleges being beaten a day after


Joana caught the mother and the uncle naked in the sofa at a time where they were getting ready to have sexual intercourse. As soon as the child said that she would tell everything to Leonor's boyfriend [Leandro Silva], Leonor and her brother, hit her so hard with such violence that Joana hit with her head in the wall and died instantly there, in the house at the village of Figueira in Portimão, where she lived with her step-father and two half brothers.

Leonor Confessed the crime on the 13th of October and she alleges she was beaten a day later

Leonor Cipriano, the killer meanwhile condemned, confessed all of this facts to the PJ on the 13th of October 2004, in the presence of  her lawyer, who at the time was Célia Costa, who has also signed statements that were given to the Inspector Pereira Cristovão. Leonor's brother, João Cipriano,  had previously confessed the crimes a few days before,  on the 8 of October.

Leonor is doing the 16 years that she was condemned to, but the Public Ministry [MP] considers that the mother was beaten in the PJ of Faro on the 14th of October 2004. For the Defense of four of the five accused inspectors, it would not make any sense the policeman in question to beat the suspect to get a confession, even because "both of them had already admitted that they were responsible for Joana's death", said the lawyer António Pragal Colaço.

The inspectors will start to go on trial tomorrow in the Court of Faro. Three of them, Leonel Marques, Pereira Cristóvão and Paulo Marques Bom, who belonged at the time to the Central Department of Fight against Banditism [DCCB] of Lisbon, are accused of the crime of torture - even though that the MP recognizes that it was others who did the aggressions. The Accusation states that they created the circumstances for them to happen.

António Nunes Cardoso  answers for the crime of forgery of a document, because he wrote a "service information" stating that Leonor hurled herself down the stairs.  Gonçalo Amaral, coordinator who meanwhile investigated the Maddie Case and is now retired, is accused of fake testimony and omission of denouncement.


António Colaço states that if his clients are absolved, he will prosecute judicially the State, and "demand a compensation of 5 million euros, to be donated to the PJ".

The 5 Arguidos of the Process

PEREIRA CRISTÓVÃO
It was one of the investigators connected to the capture of the CREL Gang and of the ATM Machine II Gang, of the terrorist  Abu Salem and the Borman Eastern Mafia. Accused of the crime of torture (1 to 5 years).

LEONEL MARQUES
Investigated major terrorism cases - Revolutionary Brigades and the FP25 -  arrested the ATM Machine Gang and solved the major cases of violent crime in the decades of the 70's and the 80's. He is considered  a legend amongst the DCCB. Accused of the crime of torture (1 to 5 years).

PAULO MARQUES BOM
Was one of the main investigators of the Passerelle Case, from the Corsica group responsible for various assaults to banks in Portugal and of the group who in 2003 robbed banks and armoured security vans. Accused of the crime of torture (1 to 5 years).

NUNES CARDOSO
He is the youngest of the five arguidos and the one who as being serving the PJ for less time. At the time of the Joana Case, he worked on the fight against banditism in Lisbon, he was then transferred to another department. Accused of forgery of a document.

GONÇALO AMARAL
Famous for the Maddie Case, which dictated his exit from the PJ, investigated several homicide cases. Before he was the responsible for the fight against narcotraffic. False testimony and omission of denouncement.

Details

Aggressors
The Public Ministry wasn't able to determine who were the people who did the alleged aggressions. The three PJ inspectors are accused of having planned and of having created the conditions for the acts of violence.

Three Out of the PJ
From the five arguidos, only two keep working in the PJ. Leonel Marques and Pereira Cristóvão, (both from the DCCB) and Gonçalo Amaral left the police.

Punches and Kicks
The Accusation also states that Leonor was beaten with punches and kicks and a cardboard tube. They also state that her head was covered with a plastic bag.

Former Director of the Judiciary Police Testifies
Santos Cabral was the national director when the PJ investigated the disappearance of the little girl. The Defense listed him as a witness and he states in writing, to clarify if the investigation was done by the PJ of Faro, as alleged by the Defense, not by the DCCB as the MP states.

Jail Sentences of 16 years for mother and uncle
Leonor Cipriano and the brother João were condemned by the Portimão Court to sentences of 20 and 19 years, respectively,  for the crimes of qualified homicide and for hiding the cadaver.The appeals to the Supreme ended up reducing the sentences to 16 years each. The Cadaver of Joana, 8 years old, missing on the 12 of September was never found. 

Order side by side with Cipriano
The Lawyers Order [OA] has constituted themselves as assistants in the process  because they consider that a stake is "a crime of torture against Humanity, pronounced by a judge. the Lawyers  Order will constitute as an assistant to cooperate with the Public Ministry in the search for the truth", explained the bar of the Layers Order when he announced the decision, at the beginning of October. The Order will be represented by Rodrigo Santiago, former defense lawyer of Jorge Ritto in the Casa Pia Process.

[Jorge Ritto is an ambassador and currently arguido in the Casa Pia Case for 7 crimes of sexual abuse of minors and 2 crimes of lenocinium/allurement - Oh yes this is the bad, the ugly and the even more cynical and political driven process that I have ever seen - Second thought that was Maddie Case being archived! And another thing, What about Maddie and Joana Senhor Marinho Pinto? Why didn't the OA take the same stance in both processes? Does it have anything to do with being a opportunistic lawyer who has once aimed at the position of Bar of the OA? Are you and big mouth Rogério Alves two eggs from the same basket? Marinho Pinto - what a shame that when you've written the article in Espresso a few years ago denouncing this alleged case of aggression to Leonor you have forgotten to consider a crime against Humanity the sexual abuse Joana suffered and her premature death at the hands of psychopaths. Pity. Whose next? Carlos Pinto de Abreu, the real defense lawyer of the McCanns, as a the OA bar? Is Marcos Aragão Correia the lunatic lawyer going to win a 'tacho' in the OA? - fucking incredible!!! Mr.Pinto Ribeiro, Mr. Alberto Costa, Mr. Almeida Rodrigues I, as a Portuguese Citizen beseech your help - put some order in the House. ].

António Pragal Colaço listed the bar of the OA in his witness roll and he wants Marinho Pinto to explain in court the reasons that have taken him to lead the Order to a decision that he considers "inexplicable". The lawyer highlights the advantage given by the Order to Leonor Cipriano, and that she "will have in fact two defense lawyers during the trial".

Film about Diana cannot be used as proof
The Defense  wanted the Court of Faro to see a program showed by TVI about the death of the princess Diana, where an English specialist explained that she exhibited bruises circling her eyes, as if she had been punched [it's called raccoon eyes and it's frequent when someone has a car accident and the air bag hits the driver in the face]. The doctor stated that this bruises are the consequence of violent hits to the head and the lawyer António Pragal defends that same could have happened to Leonor Cipriano when she fall off the stairs, however the court overruled  that this evidence was used during the trial.

Interview

António Colaço, lawyer of four of the five arguidos: "This is a political process"

Correio da Manhã –  Do you consider that the process should have been allowed to reach the court?

António Colaço –  Obviously not. However since it did I expected it to have some juridical logic, which makes even more difficult the work of the Defense. I consider it to be a political process.

– Do you foresee any consequences in the work of the PJ ?

–  It's already happening. The PJ professional work without schedules [long hours] and without weekends. They are holding back in their work, for fear of the consequences of their action. It was installed a climate of fear.

– Those this case put any doubts the sentence given to Leonor Cipriano?

– If this blasphemy against the PJ inspectors is proved, Leonor Cipriano will have to be released. Actually, if the system was coherent, Leonor should have been released when there was a dispatch of  pronouncement [judgement]  revealing indicia of aggressions.

Source: Correio da Manhã

2 comments:

  1. Dear, dear Joana...

    That woman (Joana's mother) is absolutely mad and demonic. Absolutely no shame or remorse for her actions towards her daughter.

    I hope with sincerity that your Public Ministry will put short work to this trial and exonerate the officers involved.

    Take care and big hug,
    Karmaera

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  2. And then one wonders why the McCanns & friends played around with the portuguese legal system...

    Even Noddy could.

    Textusa

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