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Joana case returns to court

by José Manuel Oliveira

The Supreme Court of Justice has summoned the mother and an uncle of Joana Cipriano, who are serving a 16-year prison sentence over the co-authorship of the death and concealment of the body of the child, that disappeared on the night of the 12th of September 2004, from the village of Figueira (Portimão), where the family lived, for new hearings.

In a press release that was sent out yesterday, lawyer Marcos Aragão Correia, representing Leonor Cipriano, the mother of Joana (then aged eight), mentions that “the 5th section of the Supreme Court of Justice has started probatory diligences in order to establish the details of new facts that have been recounted by Joana Cipriano’s mother and essentially corroborated by the child’s own uncle (João Cipriano), by the mother of both, by the child’s stepfather, and by other independent witnesses, within the Extraordinary Sentence Appeal”.

According to the version that was presented by Marcos Aragão Correia to journalists on the 16th of January this year, at the door to the Court of Faro, where the trial of five Polícia Judiciária inspectors was taking place, three of them standing accused of the moral authorship of torture over Leonor Cipriano, she said she had been convinced by her brother to accept the sale of Joana to a couple in Spain, that was known to him. Nonetheless, the deal failed “because the money didn’t exist”.

DN tried to hear lawyer Marcos Aragão Correia, yesterday, but he kept himself out of reach.

source: Diário de Notícias, 19.11.2009


  1. And the circus continues................

  2. Isn't it about time for Mr. Marcos Aragao Correia to have a psychiatric examination?

    Has anyone read about the latest scandal in England? It has been revealed that the trainers of cadaver dogs have not been training their dogs to find human cadaverine or blood, instead they have been training their dogs to find perfume. There is a strong demand for this type of service by supermodels who lose their bottles of perfume out on location. It's a lucrative market.

  3. How odd that some cases find their way into court so quickly while others are gathering dust in some shelf or a deep drawer in some judge's office...it's a wonder how swift portuguese justice is when it suits some interests! Has anyone had word of how things are going regarding Dr. Amaral's processes against Aragão Correia, namelly the one where he asked the court to evaluate the mental health of A. Correia? Or his counter-suit against the McCanns? Of course not...we all know how big is the number of processes that burden our poor judges... By now the dust on those particular processes must be an inch high!

  4. I think the lack of comments on this results from the lack of knowledge.

    Marcos Aragao Correia is as mad as a hatter!!

  5. Joana, nem sempre dá certo pôr aqui um comentário.
    O internet recusa.

  6. The Circus is back in town. We are close to Crhistmas... Time for extra-buying. The Big Clown, need money for his Santa presents.
    Time to show-up and justify some income's from Madeleine Fund.

    Ashame that the BIG, BIG CLowns at the top, in portuguese justice, let the circus go on, trowing the faith in justice not only in the streets, but definitly in the DRAIN.

  7. Interesting article attributed to the Madeleine Foundation about the McCanns' PIs:


    Excellent read IMO!


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