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Leonor Cipriano: Verdict to be read out on Friday

The jury tribunal has deliberated about the verdict for the five arguidos in the case of alleged aggressions against Leonor Cipriano and the reading of the verdict by the presiding judge is scheduled for Friday at the Court of Faro.

Eight months after the date of the trial’s start – on the 27th of October 2008 – the 14th trial session will make it known whether the five Polícia Judiciária (PJ) inspectors and former inspectors are acquitted or condemned by the jury tribunal.

The process of the alleged aggressions against Leonor Cipriano by PJ inspectors is related to the so-called ‘Joana case’, which dates back to the 12th of September 2004, the day when the eight-year-old girl disappeared from the village of Figueira, Portimão, in the Algarve.

The Public Ministry’s accusations against five Judiciária inspectors and former inspectors have appeared following the questioning sessions at the PJ in Faro in 2004, at a time when Leonor allegedly appeared at the Prison of Odemira, where she was under preventive custody, with lesions to her face and body.

Three inspectors stand accused of the crime of torture, one stands accused of false testimony and omission of denunciation and a fifth one stands accused of document forgery.

Three of the arguidos in the process are Pereira Cristóvão, who was connected to the capture of the gangs of CREL and Multibanco II and wrote the book “The Star of Joana”, Leonel Marques, who investigated terrorism cases like the FP25 and the Revolutionary Brigades, and Paulo Marques Bom, one of the main investigators in the ‘Passerelle case’.

A fourth inspector, Nunes Cardoso, was working with the heavy crime squad in Lisbon when he was detached for the ‘Joana case’.

The fifth arguido in this process is Gonçalo Amaral, a former coordinator of the PJ’s Criminal Investigation Department in Portimão, who initially coordinated the investigation into the disappearance of the little English girl, Madeleine McCann, in May 2007, in the Algarve, but has since retired from the Judiciária.

Joana’s mother, Leonor Cipriano, and her uncle, João Cipriano (both siblings) have been condemned by the Supreme Court of Justice to 16 years in prison each, over the crimes of homicide and concealment of the child’s cadaver.

In a statement to Lusa agency, Gonçalo Amaral’s lawyer, António Cabrita, asks only for the collective of judges to “make justice” on Friday.

If the arguidos are acquitted, the Public Ministry or the assistants can file an appeal with the Supreme Court of Justice or the Appeals Court, respectively.

Four days ago, Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer, Aragão Correia, asked for the opening of a new inquiry in the ‘Joana case’ and the acquittal of the girl’s mother, after João Cipriano confessed to him that he tried to sell the child.

source: Diário Digital / Lusa, 21.05.2009


  1. Joana,
    In terms of ugly spotty man who we could call Mr.Spotty do you think the spots could really be freckles and the hair could be red ?

  2. It is to be hoped that not only justice, but common sense will prevail in this case.
    On another note the book written by fans of the McCanns is for sale on Amazon, its called The Madeleine Investigation; Incompetence or Corruption, i sincerely hope Sr Amaral is going to sue them, its a complete disgrace, how can the McCanns sue him for defamation when they are accepting the proceeds of this book. These McCann followers dont seem to realise that not only the more informed, but also the McCanns will be laughing their socks off at them. IT'S TIME FOR JUSTICE FOR SR AMARAL, let alone Maddy!

  3. A part of the Mccanns documentary was broadcasted his early evening
    on a Dutch channel.
    I could feel it happened on their request.
    It has obviously to do with the fact that Amaral's book translation is already in Holland.

  4. 'If the arguidos are acquitted, the Public Ministry or the assistants can file an appeal with the Supreme Court of Justice or the Appeals Court, respectively.'- which means the Public Ministry or Marinho Pinto/Bar won't ever allow the PJ to be acquitted. Expect the worst, is the underlined message.

  5. Joana, I'm dying to hear news about Amaral.
    Where is he now and did the Mccanns already started to sue him?
    He is ready for the process.
    I'm sure you have some contact with him, once on a while.
    I hope he will tell you.
    Tell him we are all nervous, on a positive way!!!!


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