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Joana case: Public Ministry accuses former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral of torture on Leandro Silva

Lisboa, 01 Jul (Lusa) – The Public Ministry has accused former Polícia Judiciária inspector Gonçalo Amaral of aggression on Leandro Silva, the partner of Leonor Cipriano, who was condemned over homicide and concealment of the cadaver of her daughter Joana Cipriano, in 2004, in the Algarve.

According to documents from the Public Ministry, to which Lusa agency was given access, Gonçalo Amaral stands accused of a crime of torture in co-authorship.

The accusation mentions that on the 13th of October 2004, in the PJ building in Portimão, the former inspector grabbed Leandro Silva’s neck and punched him twice in the abdomen and slapped him twice in the face, while asking him to indicate where the child (Joana) was.

As a direct consequence of said aggressions, further according to the Public Ministry, Leandro suffered several lesions, namely a “contusion of the back grid” that prevented him from working for five days.

In May, the court in Faro condemned Gonçalo Amaral to one-and-half year of suspended prison sentence, over false testimony in the case of aggressions against Leonor Cipriano.

It was considered proved that Leonor Cipriano was aggressed at the PJ by non identified Judiciária officers, and did not fall down the stairs, as had been suggested.

Nevertheless, the court failed to determine who the authors of said aggressions were.

This case dates back to 2004 and is related to the so-called “Joana case”, which concerns the disappearance, on the 12th of September of the same year, of an eight-year-old girl from the village of Figueira, Portimão.

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

Joana’s mother and her uncle João Cipriano were 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.

source: Público/Lusa, 01.07.2009


  1. I suppose you have to read this :


  2. its sad this is still going on

    Goncalo Amaral is an honourable man

  3. How very peculiar!

    The victims in Alagarve can only identify Amaral and nobody else.

  4. And the circus goes on!!!What a farce! Things didn't quite work out as they wanted to in the trial of Leonor, so now they take Leandro out of the hat...
    Remember that Dr.Amaral complaint against Marcos A. Correia is still stalled, forgotten in some dusty drawer, while any actions taken against Dr.Amaral by this clown lawyer move forward at such a high speed, so unusual in portuguese justice!

    Keep strong Dr.Amaral, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    God bless you.

  5. Be strong Dr. Amaral , many people in Portugal and abroad support you.
    God bless you, truth seeker

  6. ..And so the desperate attempts (by Team McCann, imo) to discredit Dr Gonçalo Amaral go on.

    Three officers were present at the time of the alleged assault on Leandro Silva but, only Gonçalo Amaral is named?

    This alleged assault has only now been reported, FOUR YEARS later?

    These allegations have been made by Leonor Cipriano's lawyer, M Arrageo Correia, a confessed liar?

    Why is the Public Ministry taking this madman seriously and making a complete ass of the PT judicial system!?

  7. Why has this idiot of a man, who somehow gained a law degree, not been sectioned under a Mental Health Act. This is the same guy who said he heard voices telling him that Madeleine's body was in the lake, so he allegedly paid a diving team to search the lake, I believe a sock was found and a few animal bones.
    I do not understand though why he has not been reprimanded in court for some on the underhand methods he has used to get Mr Amaral convicted of anything that will sully his reputation. I know it has been said that justice in Portugal is a tad slow, however PR works very fast which means Mr Amaral's reputation will be continually attacked until justice can catch up. Surely there must be an organisation that monitors the lawyers proffesional standards?
    Is there no way in which MadMarcus can be investigated? As far as I am aware he did not profess his belief in the innocence of Joana's murderers, until after the McCanns were made arguidos, he then has this revelation that Leonor was beaten into a confession by Mr Amaral even though she could probably not recognise him even if he fell on her. That did not quite go to plan so he now dreams up the same thing again, with this time using Leandro.

    The point of all this, obviously, is to make sure that Mr Amaral's name and face are mentioned and critically getting the front page of our tabloids saying 'He tortured this poor mother, and set her up. Now he is doing to poor Kate McCann' Most people are too lazy to delve into a story, so the headline they remember and so the PR works.

    The most disturbing aspect of all these attacks on Mr Amaral is the fact that he was doing his job, he supports the truth, he did not back off when many of his colleagues did and most importantly he wants Justice for a little girl who can no longer speak for herself.
    Yet the despicable Mr and Mrs McCann, who have been feted over by the world, are still saints according to the newspapers despite evidence to the contrary, are supporting two other despicable persons namely Leonor and Joao, who murdered her daughter, and now leandro who alledgedly raped this little girl. I am reminded of the saying 'you are judged by the company you keep'

    I would really like to see MadMarcus's bank statements, phonecalls and emails, to see who is actually running the show.
    sorry for ranting on and on


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