Breaking News: Cipriano Case
'Allegory of Justice' by Gaetano Gandolfi, 1760
Lisbon, 25 Set (Lusa) - The Court of Faro accepted the appeals of Leonor Cipriano (mother of the missing child in Figueira, Faro), of the former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral and of the officer Nunes Cardoso, both tried in a case of alleged torture and other crimes.
In the dispatch that the News Agency Lusa had access today, the Judge Henrique Pavão, understood that the appeals to the Court of Appeal in Évora were admissible. This appeals were made to the ruling of the Court of Judicial of Faro in 22 May 2009.
Without determining the perpetrators of the alleged aggressions to the mother of Joana Cipriano, the Court of Faro acquitted of torture the former inspectors of the Judiciary Police (PJ) Paulo Pereira Cristóvão, Marques Leonel Morgado and the agent still in active Paulo Marques Bom, but condemned Gonçalo Amaral and António Nunes Cardoso for other crimes.
Acquitted of the crime of failing to report the alleged aggression, Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department of the PJ of Portimão, was sentenced to a year and a half for the crime of making a false statement, with suspended sentence for the same period.
The conviction of the former PJ Inspector, who was also involved in investigating the disappearance in the Algarve of the British girl Madeleine McCann, also received an appeal from Leonor Cipriano, with the lawyer Marcos Aragão Correia, considering the sentence insufficient.
To the inspector António Nunes Cardoso was imposed a sentence of two years and three months for forgery of a document, also with a suspended sentence for the same period.
Aragao Correia, who presented to the Attorney General's Office a request for an extraordinary review of the sentence of 16 years' imprisonment imposed to Leonor Cipriano for the crime of Homicide and concealment of the cadaver of her daughter Joana, also called for the condemnation of Paulo Pereira Cristóvão, Leonel Morgado and Paulo Marques Marques Bom.
The Joana case goes back to 2004. The eight year old disappeared on 12 September, in the village of Figueira, Portimão, and the investigation led to charges of Leonor Cipriano and her brother, João Cipriano, both convicted in the first instance Court to 18 years in prison each.
In March 2006, following an appeal, the Supreme Court of Justice lowered the sentence to 16 years in prison for Leonor Cipriano and João Cipriano.