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Leonor’s lawyer received money from the McCanns - 24Horas

Aragão Correia confirms that he was supported with money from Maddie’s parents

The lawyer says that he defends Joana’s mother for free and that the McCanns paid him to “investigate” Gonçalo Amaral

by Luís Maneta

“Was Dr Gonçalo Amaral in charge”; “Was Dr Gonçalo Amaral present?”; “Did Dr Gonçalo Amaral hit you?”. Gonçalo Amaral, Gonçalo Amaral, Gonçalo Amaral – this seems to be the obsession of Leonor Cipriano’s defense lawyer during the trial that opposes Joana’s mother to five Judiciária inspectors.

Three policemen stand accused of torture: Pereira Cristóvão, Leonel Marques and Paulo Marques Bom. But Leonor’s lawyer, Marcos Aragão Correia, has pointed his guns at Gonçalo Amaral, who in this process stands accused of false testimony and omission of denunciation.

“This doesn’t look like a trial in the Joana case but rather one in the Maddie case”, says a source that is connected to the defense of the former coordinator of the PJ in Portimão, who headed the investigations into the disappearance of both children and became a sort of “public enemy #1” for the McCann couple.

“A possible condemnation of Gonçalo Amaral in this process may make it easier for the English to prosecute the Portuguese state”, the source says.

They have paid the expenses

When confronted by 24Horas with the suspicions about his connection to the Maddie case, Marcos Aragão confirmed that he was already paid by persons that are connected to the McCanns. “They haven’t paid me honoraries but rather expenses due to transportation, lodging and food, in order to interview João Cipriano in prison”, the lawyer explained, adding that the purpose of the conversation was to “analyze” the procedures of Amaral as a PJ investigator.

Following the investigation – which originated a report from the Association Against Exclusion through Development (ACED) – Aragão Correia says that he accepted to represent Leonor Cipriano without charging one cent.

“I accepted this case for humanitarian reasons only. I am not receiving any honoraries”, the lawyer asserted, referring that the “attacks” against Gonçalo Amaral are linked to Leonor Cipriano’s strategy in this case: “It’s not an obsession. I can’t insist on the other arguidos because she has not identified them”.

Yesterday’s session at the Court in Faro was marked by a new contradiction from the plaintiff. On Monday, Leonor Cipriano had guaranteed that Gonçalo Amaral did not watch the questioning during which she allegedly suffered abuse in order to make her confess to her daughter’s death. Yesterday, Joana’s mother corrected her version: “Gonçalo Amaral beat me”. When questioned by the judge, she said she had recovered her memory after watching a report on television.

source: 24Horas, 30.10.2008


  1. Já se calculava! Uma vergonha total!
    Há que expulsar os vendilhões do Templo.

    Falta de ética? Pouca vergonha?
    É muito feio!

    Querem derrubar Gonçalo Amaral?

    O crime foi infinitamente grande e atinge os polvos.O crime foi descoberto por G.A.

    Só,mais uma vez,significa que Gonçalo Amaral descobriu o crime e é "um alvo a abater". Que não passem ao acto....

  2. And why not acuse Guilhermino Encarnação? He was G. Amaral's senior officer and was present in the P.J. offices where and when Leonor was alledgedly beaten! Why not go after him too, he was in charge too and can be accountable by extension.

  3. Recovered her memory after watching a report on tv?! Hum, the Smith family also had a flashback after watching tv footage...but them I believe, as for Leonor, NO !

  4. Let's see how the Mccanns and their mouthpiece C. Mitchell will react to this revelation from Mr. Aragão. Will there be a denial, a confirmation or complete silence? I bet on the last...
    There must be something in the air or in the drinking water of Madeira, along with bananas, it has a wonderful crop of lunatics...

  5. The Mccanns are desperate buggers you have to admit....Because their story was full of holes and because they knew amaral had their cards marked they have set about a character assasination of him...I hope he, Amaral knows more than he has let on and that he takes action against those who have sought to silence him with lies.

  6. So the Mccans have paid off this idiot to dis-credit Mr Amaral then.

    Not only was this fool dull enough to accept their offer he was dull enough to confess to it. The poor demented sod doesnt stand a chance against that fine intelligent gentleman Mr Amaral. Good luck Goncalo

  7. He should be thrown out of court. He is not defending his client but working on a totally different agenda. The court must see this and throw him out.

  8. Wonder to see a total silence in british media about a so serious issue envolving the Mccann,s and madeleine found. where is Sky news and his spin correspondent now? Is this not a top news for british public? Express group should start working with is lawyers to get all monney sued by mccann,s and Tapas 7 back. Maybe all the bad articles which they published about the mccann,s are true and the crime is more horrendous then what looks at the beginning.

  9. Once again, thank you Astro & Joana.

    If we wait for the UK media to report this, hell will freeze over first. The more that is revealed over time, the more disgusting and corrupt it appears the McCanns and their tawdry team are.

    Are there no depths they will sink to, evading justice for their daughter? Thinking they are above the law and trying but failing to tarnish Senor Amaral.

    Please, others who read the blog, send out this link, let the truth be heard.


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