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Leonor Cipriano Injuries Differ from those Photographed

The doctor who attended Leonor Cipriano at the Odemira Health Care Center a few hours after the alleged assault said this Tuesday in court that the injuries he saw did not match the photographs taken to Leonor Cipriano.

Recognizing that  he was not an expert in forensic medicine, because he exercised general-practice, the doctor, who gave his testimony via video-conference, affirmed that the injuries visible in the photo that he was shown trough that equipment, did not match the ones that he saw previously.

The doctor was the second witness to be heard at the fourth trial session, after the court finished hearing the prison employee who photographed Leonor Cipriano, and who was interrupted in the previous session of the trial, two weeks ago.

According to the doctor, Joana's mother had injuries in the facial area, frontal and temporal right and not on the left side, as it appears in the photograph that was shown to him in the court, in which Leonor shows injuries on both sides of the face, in the area of eyes.

Unique and strong blow on the right side

According to the doctor, although it is possible that there is a drainage of blood moving downwards after a few hours of aggressions being inflicted, it is unlikely that this has happened, unless if Leonor had been lying on her left side down for several hours.

"What I saw was a unique and very strong blow on the right side," he assured, noting that in his opinion, it would be "impossible" that the lesions would spread to the left side of the face, even because Leonor must have been sitting or standing on that day and never lied down.

The doctor's from the Odemira Health Center also said that Leonor Cipriano refused to show her body, alleging that it had no more injuries beyond those who were present in her face and that it was not worthwhile for the doctor see her in more detail.

Doctor suspected the fall off the stairs version

According to the doctor, although he relied on information given by the patient, it was at that time that he thought that the explanation given for the lesions was strange - 'that she would have hit with her head on the wall when she attempted to throw herself off the stairs to commit suicide' -, since a fall of that nature would cause body lesions.

In the morning session today [yesterday], the Director of Central Directorship for Fight against Banditism (DCCB) at the time, José Ferreira Leite was also heard, who confirmed the departure of a DCCB team to the Algarve to reinforce the investigation.

Ferreira Leite affirmed that he did not know who was responsible for coordinating the operations of the case Joana, if it was Gonçalo Amaral or the national joint director, Guilhermino Encarnação [on the picture], since it was the directorship of Faro who decided the actions on the ground.

At the end of the first part of the hearing, Rodrigo Santiago, the bar association (OA), who has constituted itself [for the first time, maybe they should do it more often like in the Freeport case, Furacão, Casa Pia?] as an assistant to the proceedings, filed a request asking to have in court the director of the National Institute of Forensic Medicine (INML), for having specific knowledge of the forensic sciences.

Outside the court, the lawyer of Leonor Cipriano, Marcos Aragão Correia, reiterated its intention that the Public Ministry (MP) deducts an accusation against Gonçalo Amaral, in a separate process, for alleged torture, since he is the "primary responsible" for the aggressions that Leonor was allegedly a victim.

"The indictment was incomplete and I can not accept that the primary responsible for torture is not punished," he said to journalists, still recalling the alleged false statements made in court by Gonçalo Amaral and which received the request for a criminal complaint, by the defense of Leonor.

The lawyer of Gonçalo Amaral, António Cabrita, said that he prefers to wait and see whether or not if the accusation is going to be deducted and stressed that during the trial there was no change of the facts nor production of evidences justifying a new process.

This torture allegation trial done to Leonor Cipriano by the inspectors of the PJ is related with the "case Joana", having the mother and the uncle of the girl, João Cipriano, being condemned by the Supreme Court of Justice to 16 years each of prison by the crimes of homicide and concealment of the corpse of the infant.

The accusations of the MP against the current and ex-inspecting of the PJ arose in the sequence of the questionings to Leonor Cipriano, in the installations of the Police department in Faro.

Source: Jornal de Noticías 18.11.08

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