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