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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.

in Sol/Lusa


  1. Properdad,


    can you explain when you get a chance, great work, much appreciated.

  2. If I understand correctly, we are back to square one in what concerns the alleged beating of Leonor Cipriano.
    She, Goncalo Amaral and Nunes Cardoso all appealed against the decision of the judge in the first trial.
    Considering that Goncalo Amaral and Nunes Cardoso were found guilty by association with an unpecified beating by persons unknown(!) this has to be a good thing.

    We'll see --- such is the justice in Portugal.

  3. If I understood correctly it was appeals all around, so I suppose it means we are back at square one, maybe another trial and of course, more tax-payers money down the drain! Never mind, Portugal is not in a financial crises, there is no unemployement, the health services are doing great, our public education system is one of the best in Europe, all is fine in Socialist Paradise!

  4. some very dirty work going on here

  5. Did the McCanns' lawyers have advanced notice of this decision hence their return to Portugal this week?

  6. Can someone explain to me how a person can avoid being interrogated in a court of law by making themselves an assistant to the process? What genius came up with that one?

  7. Sorry, no offend to Portuguese posters, but the PT legal system is a shamble and a JOKE.

  8. What does this actually MEAN!!!!!

  9. Hang on here! A woman whose sentence for killing a child has been reduced makes an appeal to a court for a more severe sentence against a police inspector for making a "false statement"? Either this is mad or I am ....

  10. What this means is that Aragão Correia will try to get a harsher sentence for Gonçalo Amaral, his favourite target. His appeal is basically for that.

    Gonçalo and the other PJ officer are appealing against the court ruling on the case of the alleged aggressions to Leonor Cipriano.

    Remember that the images that showed Leonor with panda eyes, were not even the originals, they were presented on court on a digital platform [CD]. Also, no PJ officers were blamed for the said aggressions. Leonor Cipriano, on the total gave 6 inconsistent versions of the events of that night.

    Also remember that an inmate at the same prison where Leonor Cipriano was, stated that she was beaten up by other inmates, because they knew she had killed her own daughter.

    On a final note also remember that the person who disclosed Leonor Cipriano's alleged aggressions issue in 2005, on the Expresso newspaper with the photos which actually were under the secrecy of justice, was an opportunistic lawyer/journalist who today is the president of the Lawyer's Order, Marinho Pinto.

    Marinho Pinto for the first time in the Portuguese legal history used the mighty arm of the Lawyer's Order, in the person of top-lawyer Rodrigo Santiago, to be an assistant in favour of Leonor Cipriano, the woman who murdered her own daughter. This also meant that the LO president couldn't be called as a witness.

    Marinho Pinto's assistance also helped Aragão Correia winning the case; Aragão is so mad & bad lawyer that he was even thrown out of Court.

    This is where the case stands.

  11. After learning about all the craziness of the European inquisitorial system of justice, I am beginning to think the adversarial system that the UK and USA have is not that bad after all, although that leaves much to be desired.

    Yet at least you can get a jury of ordinary people sitting in judgement for these kinds of trials, instead of the being open to abuse of political machinations which appears to be the case under this system.

    No wonder Brown and Co want us to go down the European route.

    Yet more power taken away from the people.

  12. Why?

    Why is this loonie after Amaral?

    What is wrong with Portugese justice system?


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