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JOANA CIPRIANO - Aged 8 years - Figueira (Portugal)

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Post  merlynsam on Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:11 am

Correio da Manhã

June 15, 2009

by Manuela Teixeira / Tânia Laranjo

Gonçalo Amaral wants Leonor's lawyer to be committed to a Mental Hospital

Polemic: Former Coordinator states that lawyer suffers hallucinations

The former coordinator of the Judiciary Police(PJ) Gonçalo Amaral will request the Public Ministry of Faro to carry out a series of psychiatric examinations and assessments into the personality of Marcos Aragão Correia, suggesting even that he is committed [in a mental hospital]. In the addendum to the criminal process for defamation against Leonor Cipriano's lawyer, Gonçalo Amaral defends that the accused suffers from a 'pathological disequilibrium with traits of social dangerousness.'

With this addendum, Gonçalo Amaral, wants to verify the non-imputability of the Madeiran lawyer, who supports Kate and Gerry McCann abduction thesis in the Maddie Case and who assumed the defense of Leonor Cipriano, Joana's mother, in the aggressions case which sat at the defendants bench five elements of the PJ.

'Marcos Aragão seems, indeed, a permanent danger to himself and to others,' said Amaral in the document to the Public Ministry (PM). Convinced that the examinations will prove the lawyer dangerousness, the former coordinator asks the PM for preventive measures to be applied. 'Dangerousness, which, if confirmed, may oblige an appropriate regular psychiatric monitoring, or in the last instance the preventive commitment to a mental hospital.', refers the document.

Among the probatory material presented are news articles with public declarations made by the lawyer. 'Aragão Correia affirmed that he is a psychic medium, and he assured that he had visions of Maddie and Joana', quoting the weekly newspaper SOL. Other news articles refer the conviction of Aragão regarding the intervention of secret societies, leaded by Bush [the former US president], whose objective was to create a climate of insecurity to implement the implantation of electronic chips in children.

The CM has tried without successes to contact and speak with Aragão Correia.

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Marcos Aragão Correia, a Madeira lawyer, came to the Algarve in December 2007 to search for Maddie in a dam. He assumed the sponsorship of Leonor Cipriano to lead the accusations against the PJ.

Original source: Correio da Manhã

Translated by astro : http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/06/goncalo-amaral-wants-leonors-lawyer-to.html

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Post  merlynsam on Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:25 am

June 16, 2009

Addendum to the Criminal Process for Defamation Against Marcos Aragão Correia

Brief introductory note: The hereunder addendum belongs to a process for criminal defamation and vilification against Marcos Aragão Correia filed by Dr. Gonçalo Amaral in April 2008. While this process is at the moment stalled in the Public Ministry, a counter-complaint filed against Dr. Gonçalo Amaral by the psychic lawyer in October 2008 was urged forward.

The following document is published with the author's permission

JUDICIAL COURT OF FARO

PUBLIC MINISTRY SERVICES

Process 87/08.8JAFAR

1ST SECTION

Mr Prosecutor,

Gonçalo Amaral, the offended party with the capacity to constitute himself as an assistant, and better identified in the files, comes forward to APPEND the following to the criminal complaint that was presented against arguido Marcos Aragão, under the rights of petition and of probatory intervention:

1. The arguido has publicly displayed what seems to be a manifest lack of balance of pathological origin, ruled by streaks of social dangerousness, which deposes in favour of his eventual lack of imputability and impedes him, if that scenario is confirmed, from being the target of an accusation dispatch.

2. Taking into account that, under the provision of law, the “public and notorious facts” also constitute evidence, it is possible to collect from the press, in a brief search through the internet, the following probatory material, with which the present addendum is rendered objective:

DIÁRIO DE NOTÍCIAS, 22.06.2007: Madeira. Fifty children will launch yellow balloons with a photo of little Madeleine, who disappeared fifty days ago today. Aragão Correia, one of the organisers, explains why he considers it to be important for Madeira to join this homage. (Cfr. document nr. 1)

SOL, 13.11.2007: A lawyer from Madeira, Marcos Aragão Correia, has judicially prosecuted the Portuguese postal service for failing to personally deliver a registered letter that was addressed to the McCann couple, in which he indicated leads that he considers could assist the investigation, and which he had already revealed to the Polícia Judiciária in Funchal. “As I didn’t get any feed-back from the PJ – he explains -, I decided to communicate them directly to the child’s parents, in a letter.” (Cfr. document nr. 2)

SOL, 13.11.2007: Lawsuit against the Portuguese postal service. The judge has ruled the bad faith litigation that had been filed by the lawyer to be unfounded, condemning him to pay a judicial fee of approximately 100 euros, and has postponed the trial sine die. (Cfr. document nr. 3)

BARLAVENTO, 07.02.2008: Lawyer from Madeira claims to know everything. A lawyer from Madeira is the most recent star in the search for Madeleine. Marcos Aragão Correia, who went as far as filing a lawsuit against the Portuguese postal service, has headed a search operation with divers at the reservoir, on Saturday. He only found a shutters’ strap. (Cfr. document nr. 4)

IOL.DIÁRIO, 12.03.2008: Lawyer from Madeira reinforces searches at the Arade dam. Marcos Aragão Correia is a lawyer, and for the second time within only a few months, he is heading searches at the Arade dam, in Silves. The searches have started again this Monday and strange objects have been found already. Several ropes, a sheet of plastic and a child’s sock. (Cfr. document nr. 5)

DIÁRIO DE NOTÍCIAS, 15.03.2008: Upon conclusion of the searches, Marcos Aragão Correia said his conscience was at peace. “I don’t leave disillusioned, because I’ve done what I could in the face of information that I consider to be credible.” (Cfr. document nr. 6)

PORTUGAL DIÁRIO, 12.03.2008: And what moves Aragão Correia? The lawyer says that he has received “credible leads” concerning what happened to Maddie. “For the time being, we can’t publicly reveal the leads and who offered them, due to security concerns.” (Cfr. document nr. 7)

SOL, 15.12.2008: Aragão Correia states that he is a medium and has had ‘visions’ of Maddie and Joana, asserting that he saw the body of the little English girl at the Arade dam. Searches were carried out in the area, but revealed to be fruitless. “In that case I committed a serious mistake. I revealed my plans with anticipation and the person responsible for Maddie’s death had time to go there and remove the body.” (Cfr. document nr. Cool

DIÁRIO DE NOTÍCIAS, 13.03.2008: Lawyer Marcos Aragão Correia is increasingly convinced of the relationship between the possible death of Maddie with that of Mari Luz, from Huelva, whose body was found. “There are no doubts left – he says – that the criminal abducted Madeleine and fled to Spain, where he abducted another girl, Mari Luz.” (Cfr. document nr. 9)

CAMARADECOMUNS.BLOGS.SAPO.PT, 04.12.2008: Today, the 4th of December, I read what I never thought would be possible to read about the Maddie and Joana cases. The illustrious lawyer Dr Marcos Aragão Correia believes that there is an intervention by British secret services and secret societies, namely the “Skull and Bones”, to which he states that president George Bush belongs, whose purpose it is to create a climate of insecurity to promote the implementation of chips in children. (Cfr. document nr. 10)

BARLAVENTO, 17.10.2008: Marcos Aragão Correia, lawyer to Leonor Cipriano, is going to request police protection. “We’ve been targeted by threats – he said -, mentioning that one of the arguidos in the process compared him to his dog, saying that when one is playing at an inappropriate time, one should receive a correctional slap on one’s back.” (Cfr. document nr. 11)

SOL, 22.01.2009: Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer is thrown out of court. Before the trial session started, he was notified: he is preventively suspended by the Lawyers’ Order. 15 minutes later, he returned to the court room saying that the situation was already solved. The judge threw him out of the room: “Get yourself out of here”, he ordered. (Cfr. document nr. 12)

IOL.DIÁRIO, 22.01.2009: Marcos Aragão Correia announced that he is going to request the annulment of today’s audience. “I’m filing a complaint with the Magistrates’ Superior Counsel, against the president of the judge panel.” (Cfr. document nr. 13)

DIÁRIO DIGITAL, 22.01.2009: Marcos Aragão Correia advances that judge Henrique Pavão has a partial attitude. In order to justify the partial attitude, the lawyer said that the magistrate refused 40 requests from the assistant. (Cfr. document nr. 14)

BARLAVENTO, 20.02.2009: Today, presiding judge Henrique Pavão recalled that the request that was made by Aragão Correia should not have been presented at the court of Faro, but at the court of superior hierarchy. But for reasons of process economy, the judge himself sent Aragão’s request to the Appeals Court of Évora.” (Cfr. document nr. 15)

BARLAVENTO, 21.03.2009: Appeals Court of Évora denies provision on removal of presiding judge. (Cfr. document nr. 16)

DIÁRIO DE NOTÍCIAS, 23.04.2009: Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer accuses judge of censorship. Aragão Correia, who presented today yet another complaint about the judge to the Magistrates’ Superior Counsel, argued that Henrique Pavão, without any justification that is acceptable under the law, abruptly, and for 6 times, interrupted his allegations, causing him “manifest disturbance”. (Cfr. document nr. 17)

SOL, 28.01.2009: Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer asked GNR today to search at “an abandoned house up in the hills of Figueira”, where Joana’s mother confessed that João Cipriano buried the little girl’s body. (Cfr. document nr. 18)

DIÁRIO DE NOTÍCIAS, 08.06.2009: Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer says that the former – who was condemned to 16 years in prison over the co-authorship of Joana’s murder – must be acquitted. The lawyer says that he “bluffed” with João Cipriano in order to convince him to sign a confession in which he stated that he tried to sell the little girl. Aragão told Leonor’s sister that he had heard that a convict who had been condemned to over 20 years in prison for homicide, was about to be transferred to Carregueira prison with the purpose of murdering him. (Cfr. document nr. 19)

3. If he weren’t the victim of a serious pathology, Marcos Aragão Correia would certainly be determined to disturb public peace and the mental health of populations with psychic “visions” of missing children, extraterrestrial informants, searches in reservoirs, warnings about the mass implementation of chips in children and teenagers, without forgetting to deliberately compare himself with a canine and to shame the legal profession in court rooms, with an endless succession of requests that are rejected due to their absurdity, calls to attention from the judge, interrupted allegations and expulsion from court.

4. Two questions pose themselves in view of the above mentioned pieces of evidence, which reflect, in the victim’s perspective, a vast curriculum of insanity over a brief period of time:

1st – The question of the lack of imputability of Marcos Aragão Correia, or rather the question of the accentuated probability that the subject suffered, during the practise of the facts under investigation, of a psychic anomaly (permanent or non-censorable accidental) that may have rendered him incapable of evaluating the unlawfulness of his behaviour and to auto-determine himself according to law, which, if confirmed, prevents the Public Ministry from deducting an accusation, given the fact that the probatory indications will then not result in a reasonable probability of him being condemned in trial;

2nd – The question of Marcos Aragão Correia constituting a danger to the social community and to the juridical goods that are sustained by it, a danger that, if confirmed, may impose due regular psychiatric treatment or, in last instance, the preventive commitment to a psychiatric hospital or analogous institution.

5. Apart from what is established in the Mental Health Law, the Penal Code itself clearly determines that anyone who practises a typical illicit action and is considered not to be imputable, is committed to a cure, treatment or safety institution, whenever there is a sustained reason to believe that he may commit facts of the same kind. And Marcos Aragão does, indeed, seem to constitute a permanent danger to himself and to others.

6. The following diligences are considered to be relevant and pertinent to the establishment and good decision of the cause, as well as for the apparently necessary treatment of arguido Marcos Aragão, constituting simple process incidents without autonomous transit:

The performance of a psychiatric examination of the arguido, which will evaluate psychical characteristics with pathological causes that may raise the issue of his lack of imputability and the consequent impossibility of the pronunciation of an accusatory dispatch;

The performance of an examination of the arguido’s personality, which may evaluate psychical characteristics independently of pathological causes in order to determine his personality and level of danger, as this possible danger may be attenuated through regular psychiatric treatment or, as a last instance, through preventive commitment to a psychiatric hospital or a similar institution.

Thus Your Excellency is requested to integrate the present ADDENDUM and the appended documents to the files, as well as to put mechanisms into action in the sense of obtaining the performance of the competent examinations.

APPENDED: Copy and 19 documents.

The offended with the ability to constitute himself an assistant

GONÇALO AMARAL

TRanslated by Joana Morais : http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/06/addendum-to-criminal-process-for.html

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Post  merlynsam on Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:49 am

Público/Lusa

July 01, 2009

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.

original source: Público/Lusa, 01.07.2009

Translated by astro: http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/07/joana-case-public-ministry-accuses.html

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Post  merlynsam on Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:53 am

TVI24

July 01, 2009

Joana: Public Ministry accuses Gonçalo Amaral over crime of torture (updated)

At stake are alleged aggressions against Leandro Silva, former partner of Leonor Cipriano

The Public Ministry of Faro accuses the former PJ inspector, Gonçalo Amaral, over a crime of torture in a case of alleged aggressions against Leandro Silva, a former partner of the mother of Joana, the little girl from the village of Figueira that went missing in 2004.

The information is communicated by lawyer Marcos Aragão Correia, who represents Leonor Cipriano in the case of aggressions that she was the victim of, by PJ officers.

In the accusation, which that lawyer made available to the media, it can be read that at the time of the facts, the 13th of October 2004, Gonçalo Amaral was the coordinator of the PJ’s serious crime and drug trafficking Regional Section in Faro.

On the afternoon of that very same day, two agents, who could not be identified, went to pick up António Leandro Silva at home and drove him to the PJ in Faro.

There, he was questioned by an inspector to whom he stated that Leonor Cipriano had confessed to him that she had abandoned Joana’s body in a ruin, near Figueira.

When the questioning was over and he was leaving, upon reaching the stairs, two agents, who could not be identified, grabbed him “each by one arm”, preventing him from moving, and “at the same time the arguido came from behind and grabbed his neck with both hands” and placed himself in front of him.

Immediately after that, Gonçalo Amaral, according to the accusation, “punched him several times in the abdomen and slapped his face while he told him to indicate where Joana was”.

The aggressions resulted in a “contusion of the dorsal grid” and 15 days of sick leave, five of which he was incapacitated for work.

The arguido acted in conjunction with the non identified other inspectors, with the intent of “provoking the aforementioned lesions and to disturb his capacity for determination”, leading him to give different statements concerning the little girl’s whereabouts.

According to penal law, the crime of torture is punished with a prison sentence between 1 and 5 years, unless another legal disposition provides for a heavier sentence.

Marcos Aragão Correia explains to tvi24.pt the time lapse of almost five years between the alleged crime and the accusation, with the fact that the Public Ministry only came to know about the case in October last year.

“In 2004, Leandro tried to press charges but a PJ agent deceived him, saying that he could only do so when the Joana process would stop being under judicial secrecy”.

When he took over Leonor’s defence, the lawyer counselled Leandro not to give up. “It was at that time the he complained to the PJ. This is a public crime, therefore the right to complain doesn’t prescribe within six months”, the lawyer sustains.

On the other hand, Gonçalo Amaral’s lawyer confirms that he received the accusation and finds it strange that Leandro only filed a complaint four years after the alleged crime. “He never mentioned that, not even at Leonor Cipriano’s trial, and now he decides to press charges”, he mentions.

Concerning the contents of the accusation, António Cabrita considers that it “is worth what it is worth”, adding that the Public Ministry preferred to “brush the subject away by accusing, thus forcing the decision on the judge”.

António Cabrita has not spoken with his client about this accusation yet, but considers that the opening of the instruction phase should be requested, and all questions that may shake the Public Ministry’s thesis should be prompted.

Original source: TVI24, 01.07.2009

Translated by astro: http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/07/joana-public-ministry-accuses-goncalo.html

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Jornal de Notícias

July 01, 2009

Marcos Aragão Correia wants 500 thousand €uros from Gonçalo Amaral

The Lawyer of the former companion of Leonor Cipriano wants the former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral to compensate his client with about 500 thousand euros for allegedly assaulting Leandro Silva.



The Public Ministry accused the former inspector of the Judiciary Police of aggressions to Leandro Silva, who will be defended in the process by Marcos Aragão Correia, the same lawyer who won the conviction against Gonçalo Amaral in the case of the aggressions to Leonor Cipriano.

According to documents of the Public Ministry that the news agency Lusa had access, Gonçalo Amaral is accused of torture as a co-author, of a crime that has been perpetrated on the 13th October 2004, in the premises of the PJ in Faro.

In statements to Lusa, Marcos Aragão Correia said it will request in court for compensations from Gonçalo Amaral for the torture inflicted to Leandro, a value that is still being calculated, but might ascend up to 500 thousand euros.

According to the lawyer, the testimonial prove will be reinforced by a report from the Clinical Hospital of the Barlavento Algarve in Portimão, where Leandro Silva entered hours after the alleged torture.

Leandro Silva entered the emergency room of that hospital with chest pains, on the dawn of 14th October 2004, the same day that Leonor Cipriano was assaulted on the premises of the PJ in Faro.

According to Aragão Correia, the medical reports will allow the case against Gonçalo Amaral to be "once again won."

"I am extremely pleased to see that the Public Ministry worked competently," said Aragão Correia, regretting only that it was not possible to identify the other perpetrators of the attacks to Leandro Silva.

According to the lawyer, the identification of Gonçalo Amaral was easier because he is a media personality and has physical traits more "easily identifiable".

The accusation states that the former inspector grabbed the neck of Leandro Silva, then struck two punches in the abdomen area and two slaps on the face while asking him to indicate where the child (Joana) was.

As a direct result of the assault, according to Public Ministry accusation, Leandro suffered several injuries, including a "contusion of the dorsal grid" which prevented him from working for five days.

It was proved that Leonor Cipriano was attacked in the PJ by unidentified Judiciary elements and that she did not fall on the stairs, as it was once claimed.

However, the court failed to determine who were the perpetrators of the aggressions.

This case dates back to 2004 and is related to the 'case Joana', which refers to the disappearance, on 12th September of that year, of an eight year old girl in the village of Figueira, Portimão.

Original source: [url=http://jn.sapo.pt/PaginaInicial/Policia/Interior.aspx?content_id=1286106] Jornal de Notícias [/img]


*Note this complain was made at the end of 2008 to the Public Ministry, after a criminal complain for defamation and vilification against Marcos Aragão Correia which was filed by Dr. Gonçalo Amaral in April 2008. Read more here: Addendum to the Criminal Process for Defamation Against Marcos Aragão Correia

Translated by Astro: http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/07/marcos-aragao-correia-wants-500.html

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Post  merlynsam on Fri Jul 03, 2009 3:23 am

Correio da Manhã

July 02, 2009

by Rui Pando Gomes

Amaral is accused of torturing Leandro

The Public Ministry has accused former the Polícia Judiciária coordinator in Portimão, Gonçalo Amaral, over the crime of torture against Leandro Silva, the partner of Leonor Cipriano – condemned over the homicide and concealment of the cadaver of her daughter Joana, in 2004.

The process started over a complaint from Leandro, who alleged that he was beaten on the 13th of Octover 2004, at the PJ in Faro, after giving a testimony within the process of his stepdaughter’s disappearance. Leandro says that Amaral was the author of said aggressions.

According to the Public Ministry’s accusation dispatch, which Correio da Manhã has accessed, the arguido, aided by two members of the PJ that the plaintiff fails to identify, grabbed Leandro’s neck with both hands and punched him in the abdomen several times and slapped him in the face twice, while simultaneously asking for him to indicate where Joana’s body was. Amaral stands accused of the crime of torture, as a co-author. Following this process, Joana’s stepfather demands 500 thousand euros of damage payment.

The fundaments for the Public Ministry’s Accusation, as understood by António Cabrita, Gonçalo Amaral’s lawyer, are very “forced”. Because, according to the former coordinator’s lawyer, the plaintiff “had already given a statement, therefore the torture acts that he says he was targeted with would have made no sense”. After an initial analysis, António Cabrita told Correio da Manhã that he had already seen “archived processes with more abundant evidence”.

Lawyer Marcos Aragão Correia, on the other hand, understands that the Public Ministry’s accusation against Amaral is a “second victory” and the third one “is the condemnation”.

At the same time, as far as Correio da Manhã could establish, Aragão Correia, in a separate process, demands compensation between 100 and 500 thousand euros over alleged defamation by Gonçalo Amaral. At stake are the statements from the former PJ coordinator in the press, at around mid-June, suggesting the commitment of the lawyer who defends Leonor and Leandro [to a psychiatric facility].

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Witnesses – The Public Ministry’s accusation is based on witness statements from Leandro’s family members and a medico-legal analysis of the lesions.

Instruction – Amaral’s defence is expected to request the opening of the Instruction and to contest the Accusation.


Original source: Correio da Manhã, 02.07.2009

Translated by Joana Morais: http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/07/amaral-is-accused-of-torturing-leandro.html

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Post  merlynsam on Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:08 pm

Jornal de Notícias

July 12, 2009

by António Soares

Leonor’s trial may be repeated

The court of Portimão has accepted the appeal for extraordinary revision of the ruling that condemned Leonor Cipriano to 16 years in prison over the death of her daughter, Joana. At a limit, the trial may be annulled and carried out again.

Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer, Marcos Aragão Correia, justified the appeal with the existence of new facts that raise “serious doubts about the justice of the condemnation”, as determined by the Penal Process Code.

One of these facts is the alleged confession that was signed, last May, by Leonor’s brother – João, who has also been condemned to 16 years in prison over Joana’s death – according to which he admitted to having tried to sell the little girl. Joana disappeared on the 12th of September of 2004, from the village of Figueira. Her body was never found.

Earlier, in January, Leonor Cipriano had also denied her involvement in her daughter’s death. According to that version, it would have been João Cipriano who killed Joana, after a failed attempt to sell her.

On the other hand, the lawyer also thinks the fact that it was proved in court that Leonor was aggressed in the Polícia Judiciária’s building in Faro and forced to confess the crime is fundamental for the re-appreciation of the case.

Five PJ inspectors and former inspectors, including Gonçalo Amaral, who became known after heading the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, were tried, but it was not proved who was responsible for the aggressions against Leonor Cipriano. Three of them were acquitted from the accusation of torture. Gonçalo Amaral was condemned to one and a half year in prison with a suspended sentence for false deposition.

Meanwhile, the Public Ministry has accused the former PJ coordinator again, but this time over co-authorship of torture. According to the accusation, the victim was Leandro Silva, Leonor Cipriano’s partner. The case has allegedly taken place at the PJ in Portimão, during questioning, within the Joana case investigation.

After the favourable decision by the court of Portimão, the case now rises to the Supreme Court of Justice, which may determine the annulation of the first trial and order a new one for the “new facts” to be appreciated”.


Original source: Jornal de Notícias, 12.07.2009

Translated by astro: http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/07/leonors-trial-may-be-repeated.html

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Post  merlynsam on Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:38 am

July 12, 2009

Supreme Court of Justice - 'Joana case' ruling - Part I

Today, we start the publication of parts of the Supreme Court's ruling that reviewed the trial of Leonor and João Cipriano, condemning them to 16 years in prison over the death of Joana Isabel Cipriano Guerreiro.

These are, according to the initial trial, the facts that were proved in court, and those that were not:

"II. FUNDAMENTATION

9. Matter of fact according to the appealed court

9. 1. Facts considered to be proved:


a) the arguidos are siblings;

b) the arguido AA [João Cipriano] has never held a regular job or residence, living inside a vehicle or at his siblings’ house, surviving on occasional jobs that he performed on diverse locations;

c) the arguido AA manifests despise for human life – a result of a poor social adjustment and affective coldness – and has anti-social/psychopathic tendencies with a difficulty to control his impulses, which leads him to be aggressive, trying to solve conflicts through said aggressiveness, feeling no remorse for the consequences of the actions that he thus performs, despising other people’s rights, wishes or feelings;

d) through a ruling that has been validated in court, and given on 10.11.1993, arguido AA was condemned to a 4-year prison sentence over the practice, on 2.10.1992, of a crime of attempted homicide, (…). Said ruling includes that the arguido was convinced, by a third party that lived with one of the arguido’s sisters (GG) to take the life of another person who had left him blind, in exchange for 20.000$00 and a motorbike (…);

e) the arguida BB [Leonor Cipriano] manifests socially deviant behaviour at the level of norms, values and responsibilities, emotional instability and difficulties in expressing frustration, while her socialisation was marked by immature, superficial and narcissistic interpersonal relationships, where characteristics of manipulation (to satisfy her own needs) and aggressiveness (of mainly sadistic tonality) are stand out, while in her personality the absence of empathy and the insensibility are salient, leading to the arguida’s despise for other people’s rights, needs and sentiments, directing her aggressiveness towards them, with a weak capacity to feel remorse. She possesses a borderline personality with anti-social/psychopathic, narcissistic and schizoid traits;

f) the arguida BB, who has six children from five relationships, has been showing some lack of interest in her elder children, throughout her life;

g) concerning her eldest daughter, EE, who presently lives with her father and grandmother in Olhão, she left her there at the age of 11 months, never cared for her again, and didn’t ask about her, for 14 years;

h) her second child, FF, who lived with his paternal grandmother and presently lives with a paternal aunt, in Messines, was also left by her to the father, and she never cared for him again;

i) the fourth child, HH, who presently lives with his father in Porches, was left home alone by the arguido BB at the age of 7 months, buckled to his chair, which is how he was found by neighbours who perceived the situation;

j) at that time, arguida BB started living with II [Leandro Silva], a relationship that produced two children, JJ and KK;

l) the third child that she bore was CC [Joana], who was born on 31.05.1996, a daughter of LL;

m) minor CC, in September 2004, was aged eight, being thin and measuring between 1,20 and 1,40 metres; (2)

n) minor CC was sometimes sad;

o) the arguida BB did not exercise any professional activity;

p) when the arguida was living with partner II, minor CC helped her mother with some home chores, as she sometimes helped to clean the house, took care of her younger siblings and went shopping;

q) before arguida BB moved in with her partner II, she wanted to stop having CC under her care, and left her, at the age of 5 months, with her father, LL – with whom she had no relationship since the beginning of the pregnancy – who ended up ‘returning’ her 2 days later, and later, she once more handed her over to the father, who didn’t want to keep her;

r) in September 2003, arguida BB left CC under the care of a couple of persons with alcoholism problems and with a bed-ridden child that had an infecto-contagious illness, in a house with no conditions whatsoever, for 2 or 3 weeks;

s) on the first day of school for minor CC at the Primary School in Figueira, in the school year of 2003/2004, arguida BB didn’t walk the minor to school, and CC arrived with a neighbour, whom she asked for help because she couldn’t find the way;

t) on another occasion, the same neighbour took the minor to hospital, at a moment when she was visibly ill with a strong cough;

u) in the early morning of the 12th of September 2004, arguido AA, after a row with his brother UU, went to the arguida BB’s house, taking his clothes with him, and during the 12th he stayed in that house, which is located in the village of Figueira – Mexilhoeira Grande, in the area of Portimão;

v) in the late afternoon of the 12th, his sister, arguida BB, and her children, CC, JJ and KK, returned home;

x) at around 8 p.m. on that 12th of September, arguida BB sent CC to buy a package of milk and two cans of food, at a shop called “Pastelaria…”, in Figueira, at a distance of approximately 420 metres from the house;

z) the living room of the house where arguida BB lived, is located immediately after the main door and the door that offers access to the street has a handle on the outside that allows for direct entry into the residence;

aa) minor CC returned home from “Pastelaria…”, where she had bought the aforementioned food products;

ab) at a certain point in time, due to a motive that has not been exactly established, both arguidos started, conjointly, to successively hit minor CC on the head, prompting her to hit her head on the wall’s corner, being visible that she bled, from her mouth, her nose and her temple, due to the hits against the wall, which also caused the minor’s fall and her death, thus ceasing the arguidos’ activity;

ac) traces of blood from the minor remained on the living room’s walls and floor, on various spots, and also near the entrance;

ad) the arguidos ensured that CC was dead, verifying that she neither breathed nor reacted, and then, not wanting to be held responsible over their daughter’s and niece’s death, decided to prevent said death from becoming known to others;

ae) therefore, they soon decided that they would have to ensure that the existence of any signs in the house of what they had just done could not be verified, that the minor’s body would never be found and that, preferably, everyone would be convinced that the minor had been taken by a third party;

af) therefore, arguida BB remained at home, washing the wall and the floor that had signs of blood from CC, as well as the spot where the minor remained slumped after death, using a mop and its bucket to do so;

ag) and, as they knew that arguida BB’s partner – II – and his friend, MM, were about to arrive at home, and could discover what had happened there if they arrived before the traces were cleaned, at around 9.30 p.m. arguido AA left, headed towards “Pastelaria …”, where he met II and MM, who were already there, and whom he told that minor CC had not returned home;

ah) when the three of them returned home, arguida BB had already cleaned the existing blood marks, and equally mentioned that minor CC hadn’t returned home after doing the shopping;

ai) confronted with what the arguida was saying, II and MM decided to go out and look for the minor, while the arguidos remained at home;

aj) the arguidos then decided, conjointly, to cut the minor’s body in order to make it possible to store it in the deep freezer that existed in the living room;

al) to pursue that purpose, the arguidos provided themselves with a knife and a metal-cutting saw that were available inside the house, instruments that were apt to obtain the results that they intended, within approximately 30 minutes;

am) with said instruments, helping each other, the arguidos cut CC’s body, separating the head from the torso and cutting the legs at the knee area;

an) each one of those body parts was placed inside plastic bags – the head in one, the torso and part of the legs in another and the two legs below the knee in a third one – and after they knotted up the opening of the bag that contained the head, they tried, at least, to place said bags inside the deep freezer’s three compartments, leaving blood from the minor on several areas inside the deep freezer’s second drawer;

ao) the arguidos did not place the shoes that the minor was wearing, inside the bags, and all the pairs of shoes that the minor was using that summer, stayed inside the house;

ap) as the minor had already been dead for approximately two hours, not a lot of blood left the body;

aq) between 10.30 and 11 p.m., the arguida BB joined her partner II and MM, to whom she reiterated that CC was missing, and only at that point in time did she go to "Pastelaria ....." and asked the owner (NN) if CC had been there, then saying that she had disappeared;

ar) nevertheless, the arguida didn’t inform the police authorities about anything, despite there being GNR officers on duty in Figueira, because a popular fair called “Mussels Party” was taking place, and it was the third person (NN) that did it by telephone, at around 0.44 a.m. on the 13th of September, when she heard that the arguida hadn’t done so yet, and it was following said telephone call that the arguida ended up talking to GNR officers near the church in Figueira;

as) at that point in time the arguida said she hadn’t phoned because she had no credit on her mobile phone;

at) later on, at around 2 a.m., the arguida bought cakes in a pastry shop in the same village;

au) on the morning of the 13th, the arguida BB went to the GNR Station, in Portimão, accompanied by arguido AA, where she filed a complaint over the disappearance of CC;

av) and through the intervention of third parties, relatives of her partner II, the alleged ‘disappearance’ truly started to be publicised, with the distribution of photographs of CC, because until then the arguidos had intended not to alert the authorities;

ax) at the end of the night of the 13th, the arguidos left the house together, carrying a bag;

az) the arguido AA remained at the arguida BB’s house until the 14th, a time lapse during which the two arguidos, in a manner that was not possible to determine, transported CC’s mortal remains to an unknown location, thus fulfilling the intention that they had proposed themselves to – to prevent the finding of said mortal remains – and those remains have not been found to this day, just as the cutting instruments, which the arguidos have hidden in an unknown location, haven’t been found;

aaa) the arguida BB gave interviews to the media, trying to make believe that the minor had in fact disappeared, a version that she maintained in front of many of the people who were interested in the minor’s destiny and questioned her about the matter;

aab) during those interviews about the case, arguida BB sometimes mentioned her daughter in the past tense and wore a black blouse;

aac) ticks, namely so-called “little leads” (ticks in their early adult phase) have receptors for chemical stimuli that are associated to temperature, which allow for them to detect the existence of blood-specific chemical compounds;

aad) on the 18th of September, arguida BB bought petrol and a steel scrub-cloth, with which she washed the house, thus seizing the opportunity to erase almost all vestiges of what had happened there, and only traces of human blood which had been contaminated by the products that were used, remained inside the house;

aae) through an indication from arguida BB, Polícia Judiciária agents went to the house of arguida BB’ eldest daughter’s paternal grandmother (EE), in Olhão, searching for CC, and also investigated if an individual of Moroccan nationality had taken the minor;

aaf) when presented to a clinical psychologist, within an examination that was performed within the process’ scope, arguida BB mentioned the existence of neighbours of Brazilian nationality who might have taken CC with them, because they had two “good” cars and left the area on the same date on which the minor had “disappeared”;

aag) following indications from arguido AA, PJ agents searched for CC’s body in a brown earth embankment that is located near the road that accesses Mexilhoeira, then on other locations nearby, further away in Poço Barreto, in a wrecked car, in Silves, under the Arade River bridge;

aah) the arguidos managed to disturb the investigative activities and prevented the mortal remains of minor CC, whose life they took, from being located;

aai) the aforementioned activities were carried out by the arguidos under concerted efforts and intentions, in a deliberate, free and conscious manner, fully knowing that those behaviours are punished by law;

aaj) therefore as far as taking the life of CC, their direct relative (daughter and niece), is concerned, which they did by employing force, taking advantage of the fact that she couldn’t defend herself (taking into account her age and physical built) and using force in the full knowledge that, considering the vital area in which her body was hit (the head) repeatedly and violently, prompting the minor’s head to hit the wall, they could take her life away from her, a consequence which they accepted, still not ceasing their activity;

aal) not seeing as an obstacle the circumstance that the minor depended on her mother and was a direct relative of both, and should be defended instead of victimised by them;

aam) in the same deliberate, free and conscious manner, and knowing that such behaviour is punishable, they carried out the above described action of cutting CC’s body, demonstrating total insensibility, knowing full well that, in this manner, they offended the communitarian respect that is due to the dead, acting with the purpose of CC’s body never being found again, hiding it in a location that is not appropriated for the effect, in order to try to avoid responsibility for her death;

aan) the arguida BB has no criminal record;

aao) the arguido AA, apart from the above mentioned condemnation under item e), was further condemned, in 1995, under a sentence that has been validated in court, for the practise of a qualified theft, to a penalty, accumulating with the penalty that was imputed over the crime of attempted murder, of 3 years and 8 months in prison; in 2001, over the practise of a crime of illegal driving of a vehicle, he was condemned, under a sentence that has been validated in court, to a penalty of 90 days of fine; and in 2003, over the practise of a crime of illegal driving of a vehicle, he was condemned, under a sentence that has been validated in court, to a penalty of 6 months and 15 days in prison, which was suspended in its execution, in exchange for the compliance with conditions, a suspension that was later revoked;

aap) in terms of schooling, the arguida BB completed 3rd grade, never exercised any profession and married at the age of 18;

aaq) in terms of schooling, the arguido AA completed 4th grade and has worked since he left school, but always exercising undifferentiated services and without any contract;

aas) the arguidos were born within a large family (the parents and 9 siblings), where the father’s alcoholic habits and the financial difficulties stood out.

9. 2. Facts considered not to be proved:

1- that the arguida BB, throughout her life, failed to provide her children with basic care, mistreating them;

2- that HH, arguida BB’s son, was helped by neighbours;

3- that the arguida BB voted her daughter CC to disinterest and overloaded her with work, forcing her to carry out the domestic chores that she should perform but did not;

4- that the arguida BB abandoned CC, just like she had done with her other children;

5- that the second time when the arguida BB handed CC to her father, the minor was approximately aged 3;

6- that minor CC was a source of fighting between her mother, arguida BB, and the stepfather II, up to the point where she was threatened by them to be expelled from home;

7- that at around 8 p.m. on that 12th of September, when the two arguidos were alone, they decided to maintain sexual intercourse between them, being that BB’s minor children were no impediment for that action, because they were asleep in a room, but CC could not watch such actions;

8- that when CC ledt the house, the arguidos started to copulate with each other, on the living room sofa, and that they were still having intercourse when the minor returned home;

9- that upon seeing what her mother and uncle were doing, minor CC said that she was going to tell her stepfather that they were “doing dirty things”, and tried to leave the house;

10- that the arguidos got up from the sofa, heading towards CC, attempting to prevent her from denouncing what she had witnessed to II;

11- that CC hit the wall’s corner with the left side of her head and that said wall was the one that is located near the main door;

12- that CC tried to flee from the house, then being pulled inside by arguido AA;

13- that CC left hand prints and facial imprints on the walls, either on the outside or on the inside, near the main door;

14- that the arguidos placed the minor’s body, wrapped up in a duvet cover, in the corner of one of the bedrooms in the house, in a spot that was not visible to anyone who might eventually enter it, for later to decide what destiny it would be given;

15- that arguida BB used detergent and bleach to wash the wall and the floor where blood spots from CC were;

16- that arguido AA had a beer with II and MM, at the "Pastelaria ...", in order to further delay their return home;

17- that the arguidos thought about placing the minor’s body in a sanitary cess-pit that was located near the house, for which arguido AA went to the location, yet verified that such would not be possible because said pit’s lid was partially cemented, which he informed arguida BB about;

18- that the knife with which the arguidos cut the minor’s body had a black handle;

19- that the arguidos placed CC’s body on the living room floor, on a blanket;

20- that the arguidos knotted the opening of the bags that contained the torso and the legs;

21- that the arguidos effectively placed the three bags inside the tree compartments of the deep freezer;

22- that the arguidos changed the clothes that they were wearing and that arguida BB, once again that night, washed the blood that had remained on the floor;

23- that on the night of the 12th of September arguida BB invoked CC’s ‘disappearance’ to the persons that she met (with an exception for II, MM and NN whom she told about said ‘disappearance’);

24- that the bag which the arguidos were carrying late in the night of the 13th of September contained the instruments that had been used to cut the minor;

25- that meanwhile, ticks started to appear in the house, due to the aforementioned activity;

26- that already after her arrest, arguida BB did, several times, impute co-arguido AA with the full responsibility for the facts, also that she imputed MM with it as well, apart from having mentioned that the body was placed inside a car that was destined to be pressed in Spain, or on several locations that she indicated throughout time;

27- that arguido AA, during the first interrogation, indicated that CC’s body is beneath a bridge that connects Figueira with Mexilhoeira, on the opposite side of the location that had initially been indicated, and that, afterwards, he indicated a brother of his as having transported the body;

28- that the arguidos acted merely with the purpose to preven the minor from denunciating what she had seen, to her stepfather;

29- that the minor CC depended upon arguido AA."

Source: Supreme Court of Justice - ruling SJ200604200003635, 20.04.2006

Translated by Astro: http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/07/supreme-court-of-justice-joana-case.html

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Post  merlynsam on Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:45 am

July 13, 2009

Supreme Court of Justice - 'Joana case' ruling - Part II

Motivation of the Court Jury Conviction [sentence explanation]

The validation of the proven and not proven facts based itself in the global evidence produced at the trial hearing and according to the open conviction that the court has formulated over the same evidence (always taking into attention the rules of experience), observing the expert evidence, written and spoken which was produced, and using, regarding this one, a scientific reasoning and exemption for each of the statements presented.

Thus…

The arguidos preferred to remain silent.

None of the inquired witness declared to have watched the punishable facts, even thought that some reported facts important for the court’s conviction.

Let see what the witness stated.

The witness OO, mother in law of the arguida BB [Leonor Cipriano], declared that her son married the arguida and from that matrimony was born EE [Leonor Cipriano’s oldest daughter], her granddaughter. She referred that arguida BB left home when the daughter was 11 years old, and that she never saw her[BB] again. She also said that arguida BB called once to know if she could pick up EE, but when the witness answered that she would have to speak with EE’s father, she lost interest. The witness also referred, at a time where the disappearance of CC [Joana Cipriano] was already being talked about, that the arguida went to the witness house in Olhão, escorted by the Judiciary Police, to whom the arguida said that CC could be in there.

The witness PP, who lived with the arguida BB [Leonor Cipriano] for 5 years, said that he is the father of HH, son of the arguida BB, and that she left him when the son was 7 months old. He stated that the arguida left to go and live with II, and left the baby in a chair, secured with a belt, it was a foreigner lady, neighbour, who went to pick him up and who delivered the baby to the witness [PP] when he got home.

The witness QQ, who is still married with the arguida BB [Leonor Cipriano], even though that he is separated for several years, only referred that the arguida left him when EE, daughter of both [of QQ and BB] was 11 months, and to the best of his knowledge, the arguida never saw the daughter again.

The witness RR, aunt from the father side of the minor FF (son of the arguida BB [Leonor Cipriano], who is now 12 years old and lives with the witness, after being entrusted to her by the Court), referred that the arguida BB never cared about the son and since he was 2 months old it was the mother of the witness and Marcos’ grandmother who took care of him, given that the arguida didn’t even bathe the baby, and more than once she went away from home for a week, even though she returned; until she left for good.

The witness LL, father of the minor CC [Joana Cipriano], said that he separated from the arguida BB [Leonor Cipriano] when she was pregnant and that she delivered CC with 5 months old to him, stating that she couldn’t care of the baby. The witness said that had CC under his care for 2 days but then he gave her back to the mother. More, he said that on the 13th of September 2004, around 12h30m, the arguida BB went to look for him and asked him if he had went to pick up CC, because she was missing. The witness answered no. The witness also stated that at the time, the arguida BB did not seemed worried, nor shocked, also she wasn’t crying and that the woman who was with her appeared to be more worried than her.

The witness TT, CC’s teacher at the School of Figueira, from the 20st of January to June 2004, told that CC [Joana Cipriano] arrived on the 1st day to the school late and that she was accompanied by BB3 from the supermarket, CC explained that the reason for her being late was that she was lost. She referred that CC was a quiet girl, some days she would be sadder, others more joyful. She said that at the beginning CC was a student who had learning difficulties, because she had missed school too much, but then she was able to catch the others. CC didn't appear her to be a mistreated child; she didn’t show up dirty or with abuse marks on the body. When she was asked she referred that CC should measure 1,32 meters, or maybe more, but that she had never measured her.

The witness SS, psychologist working at the Protection of Minors Commission of Portimão affirmed that the Commission received a Process of Promotion and Protection of minors which as then sent to the Protection of Minors Commission of Lagoa, where it was referred the fact that CC [Joana Cipriano] was given by the mother to an elderly couple, who were alcoholic and had other problems. Meanwhile the mother had picked her up and they now lived in the Portimão area. At that time the mother said that she had left CC with that couple, just for two or three weeks, so that she wouldn’t miss school while she[BB] arranged her school transference. Later on they [the Protection of Minors Commission] received a report from the school describing negligence at the alimentation and hygienic level. In the sequence of that report, in April or May 2004 the witness made a domiciliary visit to CC’s mother house and verified that BB [Leonor Cipriano] was making lunch and that there were clothes put to dry. She went to the school and the teacher told her there were rumours that CC worked too much at home, but that she never saw anything, and that CC was an average student. They spoke with neighbours who said that they saw CC playing. They spoke with CC, who told them that she enjoyed helping her mother with her brothers, And they decided to archive the process.


Source: Supreme Court of Justice - ruling SJ200604200003635, 20.04.2006

Translated by Astro: http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/07/supreme-court-of-justice-joana-case_13.html

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Post  merlynsam on Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:47 am

July 13, 2009

Supreme Court of Justice - 'Joana case' ruling - Part III

(on how to evaluate evidence, and on the reconstitution)


"After “going through” the witness evidence, we verify that there is no direct evidence of the facts, namely due to anyone seeing the crime being committed.

Even more, there is even no direct evidence of the homicide, because the minor’s dead body has not appeared.

What did the Court base itself on, then, to give the facts as proved? That is what we proceed to describe.

Article 124º 1 of the Penal Process Code defines what is valid as evidence in court; it determines that “all the facts that are juridically relevant to the existence or inexistence of the crime, to the arguido’s punishability or non-punishability and to the determination of the applicable penalty or security measure, are objects of evidence”. In this article, where the issue of evidence is regulated, it is established that all the facts that are juridically relevant to the existence or inexistence of the crime, to the arguido’s punishability or non-punishability, or that are relevant for the determination of the applicable, can be evidence. The absence of any limitations to the facts that are to be proved, or the means of evidence to be used, with an exception for those that are specifically foreseen in the following articles or under other legal provisions (only evidence forbidden by law or obtained through forbidden methods – articles 125 and 126 of the same code), is an outcrop of the principle of searching for the material truth that still dominates the Portuguese penal process (Maia Gonçalves, Cód. Proc. Penal, 12ª ed., p. 331).

Evidence may be direct or indirect/indicative (Prof. Germano Marques da Silva, Curso de Proc. Penal, II vol., p. 99 ss). While the direct evidence refers directly to the theme of evidence, the indirect or indicative evidence refers to facts that are diverse from the theme of evidence, but which allow, with the assistance of rules from experience, for an illation concerning the theme of evidence.

Indirect (or indicative) evidence is not a “minus” compared to direct evidence. Quite to the contrary, as while it is certain that in indirect evidence there is an intervention of intelligence and logics from the judge who associates the indicative fact to a rule of experience that will make it possible to reach a conviction concerning the fact to be proved, in direct evidence there is intervention of an element that surpasses reason and that will be much more dangerous to determine, as is the case of the credibility of testimony. Nevertheless, indirect evidence demands particular caution in its appreciation, since the proved fact can only be extracted from the indicative fact when such is corroborated by other pieces of evidence, so that other equally possible hypotheses can be set aside.

Our penal process law does not establish special requisites concerning the appreciation of indicative evidence, thus the fundament for its credibility always depends on the conviction of the judge which, despite always personal, must always be motivated and subject to objection; there is no impediment to it being allowed to fundament the condemnation, as long as duly valued, in itself and in the conjugation of the various indications and according to the laws of experience.

In effect article 127 of the Penal Process Code prescribed that “except for when the law disposes differently, the evidence is appreciated according to the rules of experience and the free conviction of the competent entity”. This is the so-called principle of free appreciation of evidence.

According to Prof. Germano Marques da Silva (Direito Processual Penal, vol. II, p. 111), “the free valuation of evidence must not be understood as a purely subjective operation which leads to a conclusion merely through conjectures that are hard or impossible to objectivate, but rather as a rational and critical valuation, according to common rules of logics, of reason, of the maximums of experience and of scientific knowledge, which allows for an objective appreciation, a requisite that is necessary for an effective motivation of the decision”.

The Constitutional Tribunal (Ac. nº 464/97/T, D.R., II Série, nº 9/98 de 12.1) also, asked to pronounce itself on the constitutionality of the norm in article 127 of the Penal Process Code, and supported by the teachings of Professors Castanheira Neves and Figueiredo Dias, refers that “this justice, which counts with the system of free evidence (or moral evidence) does not open itself, by being that way, to subjectivity or emotionality. This justice demands an ordinate intellectual process that manifests and articulates the facts and the law, the logics and the rules of experience. The judge gives the evidence a positional value, a meaning within context, which enters the argumentative discourse with which the decision will be justified. This discourse is a discourse with fundaments that the ‘practical reason’ recognises as such (Kriele), as only in this manner can the obtaining of law in the case “be apt for consensus”. The justification of the decision is always a rational and argued justification and the valuation of evidence cannot abstract itself from said intention of rationality and of justice”.

The principle of free appreciation of evidence has two sides: on its negative side it means that in the appreciation (valuation, graduation) of evidence, the deciding entity has no duty to obey any legally pre-established canons – it has the power/duty to attain the proof of facts and to value it freely, without the existence of any pre-fixed hierarchical table from the legislator; on its positive side, it means that facts are considered as proved, or not, according to the intimate conviction that the deciding entity generates when faced with the evidential material that is valid part of the process, whether it comes from the accusation, or from the defence, or from his [the judge’s] own initiative (Ac. da Relação de Coimbra de 9.2.2000, in C.J., ano XXV, tomo 1, p. 51).

Therefore...

The matter that was considered to be proved in items aa), ab), ac), ad), ae), af), ag), ah) ai), aj) al), am), an), ap), aah), aai), aaj) and aam) was based on the deposition of witnesses AA3, CC3, CC4, DD, CC8, II, DD1 , MM and BB1, on the reconstitution files and on the search and apprehension files, as well as on the subsequent forensic exam, all interpreted under the light of the rules of experience.

Witness AA3, at around 8.30/8.40 p.m., saw CC [Joana Cipriano] walking up the stairs near the market, into the direction of her home, with a bag, a sign that she was returning from shopping (and we know that she did the shopping, from the deposition of witness NN). This witness, who was smoking at the window, stayed at the window for some time and verified that there was no movement on location, nor did she see any cars, or heard any screams. This means that, according to the rules of experience, and given the fact that the route is short, what is normal is that the minor returned home. And there is no doubt that CC arrived at home and that it was then that the arguidos hit her. Such is clear from the reconstitution file that has been appended to the process at pages 273 and following, namely from the photographs on pages 282, 284, 285, 286 , 287, 291 and 292, with the contents of said reconstitution file being confirmed by inspectors CC3 and CC4, who were present during the event and described the actions that were practised by arguido AA [João Cipriano] during said reconstitution.

In that reconstitution, the arguido exemplifies the slaps that he gave CC in the face, the spot where she hit her head, another spot where she hit her head following the aggression from the mother, he showed how the minor bled from the nose, temple and mouth, exemplified the minor’s fall, how they verified that the minor was effectively dead and how the co-arguida BB [Leonor Cipriano] proceeded to clean the blood spots, with the help of a bucket and a mop.

On the other hand, the actions that are part of the reconstitution act are compatible with the blood traces that were collected in the living room (it should be noted that the reconstitution takes place in the living room), as a result of the search and apprehension act that was carried out on the 22th of September 2004 (cfr. pages 173 and 233 and following), which mentions that traces were collected on the floor, near the entrance door, inside and outside, near the interior electrical switch on the right hand side of the entrance door, near the entrance on the left hand side of the sofa, on a pair of trainers belonging to MM [Leandro] Silva that were located between the sofas, on a mop (handle) and its bucket.

These traces, according to forensics exams, are of human blood and of human and animal blood (cfr. page 235), and although insufficient to establish whom they belong to through the DNA (pages 1780 and following), they reveal that something terrible happened in that living room, something that originated the existence of human blood on the floor and on the walls, which was cleaned with a mop and a bucket; the blood that was on the mop was located on the handle, revealing that the person who used the mop had in turn his or her hands dirty with blood. Therefore, the traces that were collected in the living room reinforce the reliability of the reconstitution.

Next, the two arguidos decided that the minor’s body couldn’t be found. Thus they chose to quarter it, as results from the reconstitution file from pages 2100 onwards. They had the opportunity to do this (while arguida BB cleaned the traces that existed in the living room, arguido AA went to the café where he met witnesses II and MM [Leandro Silva], who confirm that they were at the café with arguido AA and report that afterwards they went to search for CC – thus the two arguidos had the opportunity to stay alone at home and to proceed with the quartering). And there are no doubts that the arguidos undertook the cutting of the minor’s body.

In effect, arguido AA drew the instruments that were used for the quartering by his own hand (page 1885) – a fact that was confirmed by witness DD – and took part in the reconstitution, demonstrating how he used the saw and the knife, how the two arguidos helped each other, how they proceeded with the cuts, the time that they took, how they bagged the minor’s body parts and how they tried to place them inside the deep freezer. This reconstitution, which is legal and valid because it was done voluntarily by the arguido, was watched by witnesses DD (PJ inspector) and CC8 (pathologist), who also confirmed the manner in which the arguido proceeded with the reconstitution; witness DD further confirmed that the deep freezer that was used in the reconstitution was apprehended at the residence of arguida BB on the 15th of October 2004 (cfr. Pages 578 to 580 and photographs on page 1712 and following).

On the other hand, that the actions that are part of this reconstitution file constitute what happened, results from the fact that they are compatible with other collected pieces of evidence.

It should be noted that witness II confirmed that a saw that she kept in the house, disappeared, and that witness CC8, apart from clarifying that the cutting of a body that has been dead for two hours will leak little blood, further clarified that the instruments that the arguido chose to use in the reconstitution were those that fitted the action best, that the time that the arguido showed to have spent was adequate and did not exclude the possibility that the body of a thin girl, aged 8, could fit inside that deep freezer, although “on the limit”.

Therefore, we cannot conclude with certainty that the body, or all parts of the minor’s body were placed inside the deep freezer, but that at least they tried to place it in there, results not only from the reconstitution act, but also from the fact that on the 16th of October 2004, human blood samples were collected from the back interior of the freezer’s second drawer (cfr. Page 585), which was again confirmed by the report of the examination that was performed by the LPC [Scientific Police Lab] (pages 1780 and following, with special attention to pages 1786 (item B) and 1792). It is further recalled that witness CC3 explained that the blood traces that were collected from the inside of the drawer were located precisely on the back panel of the freezer’s second drawer. Now if one should consider the possibility that the human blood that was found could have resulted from the handling of the deep freezer by someone who had a cut to his or her hand, the fact that the human blood was found inside the back part of the drawer sets that possibility aside and points towards the conclusion that a human body part was placed there, or an attempt was made.

As was said, in this matter the Court has paid particular attention to the reconstitution files that are part of the process, with a photographic report, on pages 273 and following, and 2100 and following."


Source: Supreme Court of Justice - ruling SJ200604200003635, 20.04.2006

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Post  merlynsam on Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:50 am

July 15, 2009

Supreme Court of Justice - 'Joana case' ruling - Part IV

"Apart from the reconstitution files and the witness and forensics evidence that is related to them and which corroborates them, it should be further stressed that several of the questioned witnesses mention the arguida’s [Leonor Cipriano] lack of concern over the minor’s “disappearance”, accepting it without despair or anguish. It should be noted that the arguida only goes to “search” the minor at the café between 10.30 and 11 p.m. (according to witness NN), more than two hours after CC [Joana] was there; she contacts nobody else to ask about CC’s whereabouts and it is not through her initiative that the GNR is contacted. It is further underlined that the arguida bought petrol and a steel scrub-cloth (page 876), with which she washed the house on the 18th of September, and witnesses CC3 and CC4 mentioned that the cleanliness of the house’s floor and walls contrasted with the state of dirtiness of the rest of the house, namely as far as the dishes and clothes were concerned – this kind of cleanliness, under these circumstances, is only compatible with the desire to eliminate traces of blood that could have remained in the house.

We can conclude that the representation that was made by arguido AA [João Cipriano] in the reconstitution files from page 273 onwards, concerning the outcome of the aggressions, results from the manner how those were produced, with them successively applying violence that revealed itself apt to produce hits of the victim’s head against the wall, therefore in all lights they could not have avoided knowing the outcome. The manner in which the quartering of the cadaver is performed, patent in the reconstitution file from page 2100 onwards, leaves no doubt concerning the direct intent of the action and also about its motive.

This is enough to fundament the Court’s conviction concerning the correspondent facts.

It is further added, and concerning the same factuality, that witness DD1 (II’s stepfather) stated that arguido AA confided to him that “they had killed the girl”. Witness II [Leandro Silva] also mentioned that BB [Leonor Cipriano] told him that “she had slapped CC and AA finished killing her” (later on, arguida BB tried to justify the statement by telling II that she had only said that because the PJ had hit her, but on the day that she mentioned the aggression against CC, BB and II were alone and he did not see any marks on BB that she had been beaten, and there was no motive for her to make such a statement to her partner if it wasn’t true). Of course these witnesses’ statements cannot be seen as a confession from the arguidos – who did not confess, but rather opted for silence during the court session – but that doesn’t mean that they cannot simply not be valued by the court.

Article 129 of the Penal Process Code establishes the prohibition, in principle, of testimony that doesn’t verse on concrete facts and direct knowledge, particularly on “hearsay testimony”, hence the determination of the need to confirm the indirect deposition, with the consequent hearing of the persons “who one heard saying”. Only after such confirmation may such an indirect deposition become effective as a means of evidence, but in this case the confirmation would have to be made by the arguidos and they chose not to make any statements nor can they be forced to make them. According to number 7 of article 356 of the Penal Process Code, which number 2 of article 357 points to, it is not allowed to reproduce the contents of statements whose reading is not authorised, with a recourse to the person who collected them, which is well understood, but the witness statement of a person who is not a criminal police member and who didn't collect statements, but merely asked and heard the reply, is a different thing

Alas, our superior courts have already decided that: “the hearsay evidence, when reported to statements that were produced by the arguido outside of the process, is subject to free appreciation by the court (Ac. da RC de 6.10.1988, BMJ 380, p. 552); “if the witness reports having heard the confession from the arguido himself, such does not configure indirect deposition under terms and for the effect of article 129 of the Penal Process Code (Ac. STJ de 15.11.2000, proc. 2551/2000-3ª); “the hearsay evidence, when reported to statements that were produced by the arguido outside of the process, can be subject to free appreciation by the court when the arguido is present during court session, therefore, with the full possibility of contradicting it, which is to say, to defend himself” – in this case, the arguido had chosen to remain silent during court session (Ac. RC de 18.6.2003, CJ 2003, tomo III, p. 51).

The Constitutional court has also decided already that “article 129 1 (in conjugation with article 128 1) of the Penal Process Code, interpreted in the sense that the court may freely value the indirect depositions of witnesses that report conversations held with a co-arguido who, when called to depose, refuses to do so in the exercise of his right to silence, does not impact the arguido’s defence right in an intolerable, disproportionate or manifestly oppressive manner. Therefore, as there is no inadmissible shortening of the arguido’s defence right, that form is not unconstitutional” (Ac. Trib. Constitucional nº 440/99 de 8.7, proc. 268/99, DR II Série de 9.11.1999).

With the complete set of indicative evidence conjoined, the Court has created the conviction that CC is dead (the appearance of the body is unnecessary given the Court’s conviction that the arguidos have made it disappear in the manner that has been described) and that it was the arguidos who practised the facts. All the established elements, appreciated in conjunction, have set aside any reasonable doubt and have created the full conviction that both arguidos have committed the facts in the manner that is described in this ruling."


Source: Supreme Court of Justice - ruling SJ200604200003635, 20.04.2006

Translated by Joana Morais: http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/07/supreme-court-of-justice-joana-case_15.html

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Post  merlynsam on Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:56 am

July 17, 2009

Marcos Aragão Correia launches ‘support site’ for Leonor, Leandro, Kate and Gerry

A new website was launched this week, dedicated to the "memory of Joana Isabel Cipriano Guerreiro and Madeleine Beth McCann”. The website, which is owned by Marcos Aragão Correia, the lawyer for Leonor Cipriano and Leandro Silva, traces parallels between the cases of missing children Joana and Madeleine, stating that both girls “continue to protect” their parents even though “very far away from here”.

Leaving no doubts concerning what Mr Correia believes happened to both Joana and Madeleine – “abused and murdered” -, said website dedicates less energy and resources to ‘supporting’ the two couples than to attacking Gonçalo Amaral, the former Polícia Judiciária Coordinator who led the Criminal Investigation Department of Portimão during the investigation into the Joana case, and during part of the investigation into the Madeleine case.

The opening statement by the website’s author, which mentions that “Gonçalo Amaral is one of those evil, very evil persons”, is written in an almost childish language, describing Leonor, Leandro, Kate and Gerry as “mommies and daddies, so beloved by their little girls”.

The insistent comparison between the two couples is only briefly interrupted to state that the McCanns, English citizens with "money, social standing and good connections", were spared Mr Amaral's "Macchiavellian action against the rights of those children and their parents", contrary to what happened to Joana's family.

An ‘open letter’ to Gonçalo Amaral, authored by Mr Correia, calls the former inspector “shameless”, and states that he, Marcos Aragão Correia, does not “support criminal presidents like the case of your [Amaral's] idol, George W Bush”. Furthermore, Mr Correia proclaims his belief in “Spirituality” and in communication with the dead, stating that the late Pope John Paul II believed in the same principles.

Mr Correia claims that, contrary to Gonçalo Amaral, he wants the missing children to be found, thus “unmasking the hideous, false Satanist ‘need’ to massively implant microchips in Human Beings”.

The letter finishes with the ‘promise’ that until Gonçalo Amaral “gives peace to the souls of these girls and their parents”, he will be relentlessly persecuted by Mr Correia, “in the name of Peace and Justice”.

Other areas of the website reproduce assorted legal documents that have been reported in the Portuguese press, namely Leonor Cipriano’s request for an extraordinary revision of the trial that condemned her over the murder of her daughter Joana, as well as 4 photos of each of the two "abused and murdered" girls.

In summary, a website that proclaims that "the mommies and daddies of Joana and Madeleine are not alone", and that those who support Leonor, Leandro, Kate and Gerry are part of "the front line that defends the implantation on Earth of a truly fair, charitable society, based exclusively on the loving Moral that constitutes the happiness of all fortunate planets" - it is not in vain that the website's title is "The little girls that came from the stars".

A mixture of esotericism and interplanetary spiritualism with the matching dose of political conspiracy theories, in what essentially seems to be nothing more than another excuse for the relentless demonization of Gonçalo Amaral, to a degree of almost insanity that drives the website’s author to accuse the former PJ coordinator of “opening his mouth that is filled with rot and bad breath to continue to unload the falseness, the lies, the hatred and the violence that characterise his poor beastly heart”.

Time will tell what ties actually bind the case of Joana to the case of Madeleine. Time will tell to what degree the comparison between Leonor and Leandro, and Kate and Gerry is adequate.

And time will, no doubt, tell who exactly it is that spreads lies, hatred and violence, in a self-admittedly persecutory exercise under the pretence of seeking Truth and Justice for two little girls who deserved so much better.


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Post  merlynsam on Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:09 am

September 17, 2009

Public Ministry Considers Leonor Cipriano's Appeal Unacceptable

The Public Minstry considered that the extraordinary appeal for a revision of the prison sentence that was applied to Leonor Cipriano, the mother of Joana, the child that disappeared from the village of Figueira, Portimão, five years ago, is not “acceptable”.

According to the Public Ministry’s document that Lusa Agency was able to access today, prosecutor José Franco Pinheiro sustained that to admit the sentence revision that was requested by Marcos Aragão Correia, Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer, “would be superficial, hasty and unwise” and stressed that there are no “credible elements”.

In the magistrate’s understanding, the confession from João Cipriano, Leonor Cipriano’s brother, as being the material author of the child’s homicide, the piece on which Aragão Correia’s appeal is founded, is not “enough (…) to raise doubt for a revision of the decision” to condemn the mother and the uncle of Joana, who disappeared on the 12th of September.

“If one would admit the possibility of a revision with such facts, what is certain is that the appended statements are not valid”, the prosecutor justified, underlining the impossibility to open “a new way for an appeal” in the case in which “any arguido who made no statement, now says that he wants to make one” or that he wants to “add new facts”.

The Public Ministry clarified that the 16-year prison sentences over the crimes of homicide and concealment of a cadaver, that were applied to Joana's mother and also to her uncle, João Cipriano, "did not rely on statements, namely on the confessional declarations, given to the process".

"In fact, the arguidos chose to remain silent at the Court trial, according to their legal right", the document emphasises, concluding that in the extraordinary appeal for a revision of Leonor Cipriano’s sentence, which will be considered by the Supreme Court of Justice, there was no "submission of new facts."


Source: Público

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Post  merlynsam on Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:19 am

September 25, 2009

Breaking News: Cipriano Case

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.

Sources: Sol/Lusa

Translated by Joana Morais: http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/09/breaking-news-cipriano-case.html

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Post  merlynsam on Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:22 am

September 29, 2009

Court of Faro admits appeal: Re-trial?


The Court of Faro accepted the appeal regarding the admission of the Lawyer's Order (LO) as an assistant to the trial in which the mother of Joana Cipriano, the missing child in the Algarve, has accused current and former PJ inspectors of torture and other crimes.

The appeal submitted by Leonel Marques Morgado, the former PJ inspector acquitted by the Judicial Court of Faro for the crime of torture to Leonor Cipriano, was admitted by Judge Henrique Pavão, in a ruling dated of 23 September 2009, to which the agency Lusa had access, and was forwarded for the consideration of the Evora Appeal's Court.

According to the lawyers involved in the process, if the Evora Appeal's Court understands to make a favorable decision to the appeal, to which the LO failed to respond within the deadline, the process will return to Faro for a re-trial. This time without the intervention of the Lawyer's Order, because the defense of former PJ inspector argues that the LO is an association of public law.

As such, say the former PJ inspector lawyers, the LO only defends the rights and interests of the professional class or of the values that pursues statutorily, and the trial of the current and former inspectors does not fit in these contexts.

At the beginning of the hearings before the Court of Faro in October 2008, the defense of the former inspector had requested in an appeal for the suspension of the order as an assistant, because it was considered "legally unacceptable."

But for the reason that a decision of the Court of Faro would be subsequent to the end of the hearings, the judge decided to continue the hearings until the end and retain the appeal.

In the dispatch made last week, the judge of the Court of Faro considered "controversial" the issue of the LO's intervention on the trial concluded on 22 May 2009, in which Leonor Cipriano accused five current and former PJ inspectors in a process involving crimes of torture and falsification of documents and testimony.(...)

Without determining the authors of aggressions against Joana Cipriano’s mother, the Court of Faro acquitted former PJ inspectors Paulo Pereira Cristóvão and Leonel Morgado Marques, and agent Paulo Marques Bom, of the crimes of torture.

Gonçalo Amaral, who is retired, and António Nunes Cardoso, still working for the PJ, have been condemned over other crimes.

Having been acquitted of the crime of omission of denunciation, Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator of the PJ’s Criminal Investigation Department in Portimão, was condemned to one and a half years over the crime of false deposition, with a suspended sentence over the same period.

Inspector António Nunes Cardoso was subject to a sentence of two years and three months over document forgery, with a suspended sentence over the same period.

They have both appealed their sentences, while Marcos Aragão Correia, Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer, considered the sentences insufficient and also requested a new appreciation by the Appeals Court, equally demanding the condemnation of Paulo Pereira Cristóvão, Leonel Morgado Marques and Paulo Marques Bom.

The “Joana case” dates back to 2004. The eight-year-old child disappeared on the 12th of September, in the village of Figueira, Portimão, and the investigation led to the accusation of Leonor Cipriano and her brother, João Cipriano, who were condemned by the first instance court to 18 years each, over the crimes of homicide and cadaver concealment.

In March 2006, following an appeal, the Supreme Court of Justice established a sentence of 16 years in prison for Leonor Cipriano and for João Cipriano.

Sources: Destak/news agency Lusa

Translated by: http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/09/court-of-faro-admits-appeal.html

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23 October 2009

The Faro Court decision that condemned Gonçalo Amaral can only move into appeal after the members of the jury are paid

The eight jurors that were present during the process of Leonor Cipriano against Polícia Judiciária (PJ) agents have not been paid by the Court of Faro, which is delaying the appeals that were filed by the lawyers at the Appeals Court. An amount that exceeds 16 thousand euro has not been paid and is standing in the way of a decision from the Appeals Court, given that the appeals concerning applied sentences and acquittals cannot move from the first instance into the Appeals Court unless the eight members of the jury are paid. The law does not foresee any legal deadline for appeals to reach the Appeals Court.

Five appeals are at issue. One from the lawyer that represents former PJ inspector Gonçalo Amaral, who did not conform over the condemnation for false deposition. One from the representative of Leonor Cipriano, who did not agree with the acquittal of Leonel Marques, Paulo Cristóvão and Paulo Marques Bom. And a third appeal that was written by the lawyers who represent one of the Judiciária agents, António Cardoso, condemned over document forgery.

These three appeals are joined by two that were filed prior to the sentence and for which the PJ agents’ lawyers are responsible. One of the requests focuses on the Lawyers’ Order being made an assistant in the process – which the agent’s defence considers not to be one of the Orders’ purposes and says is at odds with its statutes. And the second one was filed because the defence considers it had a right to hear a statement from Marinho Pinto, the head of the Lawyers’ Order, which was refused because he was an assistant in the process, The defence called Marinho Pinto (given that as a journalist he published Leonor Cipriano’s photos in the “Expresso” newspaper) as a witness, but due to the fact that he made himself an assistant, the judge rejected his witness statement.

This is a total of five appeals that wait for delivery at the Appeals Court in Évora, in order to be evaluated. According to judicial sources that were contacted by i, the case may drag on for some time, given that the Judicial Court of Faro may not have enough financial resources for this year, in order to pay over 16 thousand euro that the jury is owed.

According to the Jurors’ Statute, “after the sentence is read in the first instance, compensation is attributed based on every day that the function was effectively exercised”. This means that each one of the jurors – four effectives and four substitutes – receives one account unit (102 euro) for each day of work. There were approximately 16 court sessions, three meetings of the jurors with the judges and one interview during selection phase, which sums 20 days of pay for each juror.

In this process, in which Leonor Cipriano accused the Judiciária inspectors of torture, it was the defence that requested a jury trial, although the use of jurors is uncommon in Portugal. According to statements made at that time, the defence lawyers wanted “for the people to judge the police agents”.

Less serious cases are tried by a judge.

More serious cases are tried by three judges, or exceptionally, by a jury.

Original Source: ionline, 23 October 2009

Translated by Astro: http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/10/leonor-cipriano-case-jurors-waiting-for.html

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Post  merlynsam on Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:09 pm

I have asked for and been given full permission to post this explanation by Astro - who lives and works in Portugal. I have made no amendment to her post. I hope that this helps our members to understand the current issues.

Astro has said that I can ask further questions on behalf of our members.

Please PM me or write on this thread if you have a query that you think Astro might be able to assist us with.


FACTS without further comment:

1. No sentence uttered by a Portuguese judge is valid until any pending appeals are evaluated and ruled upon.

2. Gonçalo Amaral was convicted of false testimony.

3. All the parties involved in this trial are filing appeals.

3. The jurors that served at the trial in Faro have to be paid by the Court of Faro.

4. The jurors have not been paid because the Court of Faro's yearly budget does not cover the amount of over 16 thousand euros anymore.

5. In Portugal, no appeals can be forwarded to the Appeals Court unless the members of the jury have been paid their fees.

Further accurate information can be found in the relevant legal documentation, like the Portuguese Penal Process Code, and relevant newspaper articles that have been translated and posted, for example here.

Information is widely available without the need for anyone's 'guidance'.

Thank you.

Original source: Astro, Maddie Case Files, Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:19 pm

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Post  merlynsam on Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:58 am

Ionline

19 October 2009

by Augusto Freitas de Sousa

Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer confesses to having used “creepy” method

The Public Ministry in Portimão is surprised about Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer’s appeal in which he “admits to having violated basic rules”

Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer confessed that he obtained a statement from his client’s brother “based on absolutely forbidden methods”. In it, João Cipriano assumed that he had tried to sell his niece Joana.

This, at least, is the understanding of the Public Ministry in Portimão, after analysing, and refusing, the request from Marcos Aragão Correia for a revision of the sentence that was applied to Joana’s mother, who has been condemned to 16 years and eight months in prison over qualified homicide and concealment of a cadaver. It is now up to the process’ judge to decide whether or not he accepts the appeal. According to the Public Ministry’s decision, the jurist – in the document in which he requested the revision of the appeal – presented a confession from João Cipriano “that could be used as the basis for a movie scene”. In that written document, Aragão Correia confesses to having invented a story to fool Joana’s uncle: a police source allegedly told him that an inmate intended to murder Leonor’s brother.

A technique that he called a “bluff” and that allowed him to obtain a statement from Joana’s uncle, confessing to having tried to sell his niece. This confession led the Public Ministry to consider that the lawyer is violating the Lawyers’ Order’s statutes, which forbid “contacts with witnesses or other process parties with the purpose of instructing, influencing, or, by any other means, changing their deposition, thus damaging the discovery of the truth”. On the other hand, it suggests that “the activities that were undertaken by the lawyer” are communicated to the Order.

Among other explanations, the Public Ministry thus refers that the “new evidence” that is presented is not valid and adds that references to “false confessions that were extorted by the PJ team, which was responsible for the investigation, under brutal and cruel torture” and the allegation that ‘Gonçalo Amaral took his degree in criminal investigation in Guinea-Bissau, or an analogous country, or was fuelled by still unknown interests in the sense that truth would never be discovered’, do not contribute to the serenity, being completely alien to the appeal”, concluding that the process that accused the PJ’s agents has not reached a final decision yet.

The president of the Lawyers’ Order’s Faro District Counsel, Augusto Cabrita, told i that in this case of eventual violation of the Order’s statutes, it has to be established what Aragão Correia’s main address is, and in case it is in Madeira (there is a main and a secondary address), it will have to be the Lawyers’ Order in Madeira that open the process. And, in that case, this will be yet another process that the lawyer will suffer at that body in Madeira.

Original source: ionline, 19.10.2009

Transalted by Astro: http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/10/leonor-ciprianos-lawyer-confesses-to.html

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Post  merlynsam on Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:01 pm

Diário de Notícias

19.11.2009

by José Manuel Oliveira

Joana case returns to court

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

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Amaral to train with former “enemy”

23 November 2009 | Translated by Astro

Gonçalo Amaral’s patron was Leonor Cipriano’s defender until the trial of five PJ inspectors over torture on Joana’s mother. Now they are great friends

by Rute Coelho

Life’s irony: Gonçalo Amaral, who in court helped to condemn Joana’s mother over her daughter’s death, is going to train, from January onwards, at the Portimão office of João Grade dos Santos, Leonor Cipriano’s first lawyer.

On the other hand, João Grade stopped defending Leonor – who exchanged him for lawyer Marcos Aragão Correia – on the eve of the trial of the five PJ inspectors and former inspectors that stood accused by the Public Ministry of torture over Joana’s mother.

“Since the first moment of the Joana case, I never forgot that I was merely a lawyer playing my role, and Amaral was a policeman”, João Grade dos Santos told 24horas.

“Gonçalo contacted me to become his patron during the training, which is due to start in January. Given the fact that he resides in Portimão and I have an office there, I think he chose me for a practical reason”, he explains. “That would be the reason, otherwise he would have proposed to practise at the office of his lawyer, António Cabrita [head of the Faro District division of the Lawyer’s Order], with whom he has an excellent relationship”, the lawyer explains.

It’s been months since João Grade dos Santos and Gonçalo Amaral started regular contact. “We speak very often”, the patron says about the retired inspector. João Grade even believes that the former inspector who led the Joana case investigation “may have been the victim of an injustice in the process over torture against Leonor Cipriano”.

Gonçalo Amaral ended up being condemned, on the 22nd of May this year, to a penalty of one year and six months in prison, suspended for a similar period, over the crime of false deposition. He was acquitted of the crime of omission of denunciation. The former coordinator in the Joana case investigation has appealed the sentence.

“He knows more than a 20-year-old trainee”

According to the Laywers’ Order’s rules, the training starts at the Lawyers’ Order itself, for six months, and only then can the candidate start his practical experience at a lawyers’ office. It is always the candidate who must find a patron. The full training period lasts almost three years. Then, one still has to pass the Order’s exams to be accepted as a lawyer.

João Grade dos Santos believes in his new trainee’s abilities. “My instinct tells me that Gonçalo is going to be very good. He has a refined smell and a brilliant career at the Polícia Judiciária: he become a coordinator during the time when inspectors were still called agents”, he praises, considering that “with his experience, he already knows a lot more than a trainee in his early twenties”.

Criminal investigation gives experience. “I have no doubts that he will be very good in the penal law area”, he says. As for other areas, like civil or family law, the future “master” of pupil Amaral bets on the student’s ability to learn: “I will explain to him how a process works. He won’t know how to carry out a divorce or an evacuation action at the first attempt, but I believe he will learn quickly”. The patron and the trainee are from the same generation. João Grade dos Santos is aged 51, Amaral is 50.

He even gave him the book

Gonçalo Amaral offered his patron a copy of his book about the Maddie case, “The truth about the lie”. “I read his book and I was convinced, as I had been before, anyway, that it was not an abduction. But the book does not defame the McCanns, Gonçalo Amaral does not express his opinion in it, but an investigation thesis”, says João Grade. Long before they became friends, the lawyer refused to cooperate with Spanish detective agency Método 3, which, according to a special programme on SIC on the 12th of February, wanted to count on his help in the investigation due to the Amaral factor, which was common to the Maddie and Joana cases. Grade refused. Método 3 contacted Marcos Aragão Correia, who accepted.




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Post  merlynsam on Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:48 pm

Destak

27 November 2009

Leonor Cipriano to be questioned on the 9th of December

Leonor Cipriano is going to be questioned on the 9th of December at the Penal Execution Court in Elvas, following the extraordinary appeal that was filed by the lawyer representing the mother of Joana, the child that disappeared from the village of Figueira, Portimão, in the Algarve, in 2004.

The hearing of Leonor Cipriano, who is serving a prison sentence of 16 years and six months for the crimes of homicide and concealment of a cadaver, has been scheduled for 2 p.m. and was determined by the 5th Section at the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ).

The SCJ’s dispatch, dated November 13, also determined the hearing of João Cipriano, Leonor Cipriano’s brother who is equally serving a prison sentence of 16 years and six months at Carregueira Prison, in Sintra, over the practice of the same crimes.

Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer, Marcos Aragão Correia, has requested the extraordinary revision of the sentence that was applied to Joana’s mother, presenting a confession by João Cipriano for his niece’s homicide.

Aragão Correia has further requested the opening of a new inquiry, with the purpose of determining the agents and causes of Joana’s disappearance, on the 12th of September 2004.

Nevertheless, in its answer, which Lusa agency was able to access, the Public Ministry considered that the extraordinary appeal is not “admissible”, considering that the confession is insufficient “to raise doubts for a revision of the decision”.

Public prosecutor José Franco Pinheiro has stressed that there are no new facts and has revealed strangeness over the fact that Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer has confessed to obtaining João Cipriano’s confession “based on absolutely forbidden methods”.

On the other hand, former Polícia Judiciária (PJ) inspector Gonçalo Amaral has requested the opening of the instruction of the process in which the Public Ministry has constituted itself as an assistant of Leandro Silva, Joana’s stepfather.

Leandro Silva accuses the former inspector of having aggressed him on the 13th of October, 2004, at an interrogation in the PJ building of Portimão, for him to confess the location where Joana’s body was deposited.

source: Destak, 27.11.2009

Translated by astro: http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2009/11/leonor-cipriano-to-be-questioned-on-9th.html

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Diário de Notícias

9 January 2010

by José Manuel Oliveira

Supreme Court refuses to review Joana case sentence

Lack of new evidence dictated decision. João Cipriano denies his niece’s death and accuses his sister of having sold her daughter.

The Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) deliberated not to carry out the sentence review that had been requested by Leonor Cipriano, who serves a 16-year prison sentence, just like her brother, João Manuel, over the co-authorship of the death of her daughter Joana, who went missing on the night of 12/09/2004, in the village of Figueira, near Portimão, where she lived, and whose body has still not appeared.

The judicial decision is due to not existing “effectively new facts”, nor “truly relevant” evidence” hearing the two inmates within an extraordinary appeal for revision of sentence, in December 2009. The child’s mother’s lawyer, Marcos Aragão Correia, has lamented the judicial decision and stated to Diário de Notícias, yesterday, that he will gather “new evidence in order to request a new revision”.

The Supreme Court’s decision, that is dated 17/12/2009 and signed by judges Souto Moura, Soares Ramos and Carmona da Mota, which Diário de Notícias had access to, mentions that João Manuel Cipriano, Joana’s uncle, who was heard at the Sentence Execution Court, in Lisbon, “denies having written, denies having signed and does not remember having dictated, to anyone, the contents of a statement that was presented as being authored by him”. Nonetheless, he confirms the visit from his sister’s lawyer, Aragão Correia, to the Carregueira Prison, in Belas (Sintra), where he is held, who asked him to speak about his niece’s case, adding that if he did not say the truth, an inmate from another prison might come to murder him on behalf of the people who wanted to buy Joana.

After recognising, during said meeting with Aragão Correia, that he had murdered his niece after trying to sell her, a deal that failed “because there was no money”, João Cipriano ended up presenting a different version to the Supreme Court’s judges. According to the document, he asserted that he “never tried to sell his niece to anyone, but on the night that she disappeared, his sister told him to come to the door because there was a car near the church that was going to take her daughter, whom she had sold to a foreign couple”. In that statement, Joana’s uncle says that he “saw the car, saw his niece entering the vehicle in which she was driven away. He never saw his niece again.”

On the other hand, Leonor Cipriano confesses that it was her brother who talked her into handing her daughter over to a Spanish couple in exchange for money, but when facing a failed deal, João “killed” the child and buried her body “in the hills of Figueira”.

Original source: Diário de Notícias, 09.01.2010

Translated by Astro: http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2010/01/supreme-court-refuses-to-review-joana.html

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Sunday Express

10 January 2010

MADELEINE MCCANN: KIDNAP RING LINK

A GIRL who vanished just a few miles from where Madeleine McCann disappeared was sold to child traffickers, a Portuguese court will be told next week.

Joana Cipriano was just eight when she vanished on September 12, 2004, from the village of Figueira, near Portimao in the Algarve.

Her mother Leonor and uncle Joao Cipriano were jailed for 16 years for her murder. But Leonor, who is fighting to overturn her conviction, will put her case to a Portuguese court this week


http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/150788/-Madeleine-McCann-Kidnap-ring-link

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This is a press release from the lawyer of Leonor Cipriano.
The message below is his own views and the press release wa posted first in Portuguese and translated into English.


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Hi friends!

Please don’t worry; this is just the beginning of the end of the fascism in Portugal. Now, thanks to Joana Cipriano and Madeleine McCann, the world is looking to this country and to its immoral government and judicial system (controlled by the immoral government). This is just one more proof how the good Portuguese people are being harmed by those evil beings ruling, beings that are protecting the monster (goncalo de sousa amaral) that worked for them torturing innocent people on fake "criminal investigations". Fascist Portugal has its days counted!

Sorry I’ve not the time to work in a better translation of my today’s press release, but maybe our Portuguese friends can help Rosie with it.

Here’s my original press release (in Portuguese).

Thank you all for your support, and please, please, do never give up of our beautiful little girls.


Comunicado de Imprensa
18 de Março de 2010

Tortura ao padrasto de Joana Cipriano

Exmos. Srs. Jornalistas,

Embora até ao presente momento ainda não tenhamos recebido a notificação do Tribunal Judicial de Faro, tomámos conhecimento não oficial de que o Sr. Gonçalo de Sousa Amaral não foi pronunciado no caso da tortura que perpetrou contra António Leandro David Silva, padrasto da criança desaparecida Joana Isabel Cipriano Guerreiro.

Tal decisão era já de esperar, quando sabemos que:

1. o respectivo Tribunal rejeitou, alegando que o concreto período temporal em que os factos ocorreram não o justificava (?!), a audição por nós requerida de Ana Sofia Brás e José Araújo, casal que testemunhou graves afirmações do arguido contra António Leandro, nos termos e conforme requerimento que se fez dar entrada e que pode ser consultado em anexo;

2. que, no entanto, o mesmo Tribunal aceitou e ouviu como testemunhas abonatórias do arguido Gonçalo Amaral:

- João Grade dos Santos, ex-advogado de Leonor Cipriano, que nunca falou com o padrasto de Joana Cipriano;

- José Carlos Franco Pinheiro, Procurador da República em Portimão, o mesmo que pediu 25 anos de prisão para Leonor Cipriano;

- Felícia Cabrita, jornalista;

3. o Tribunal violou também a lei ultrapassando em cerca do triplo o prazo máximo estipulado legalmente para a decisão, que deveria ter sido tomada até ao dia 27 do mês passado uma vez que o debate instrutório terminou no dia 17 de Fevereiro, e ainda violou a lei recusando proceder à leitura da decisão, ambas violações ao disposto no nº 3 do artigo 307 do Código de Processo Penal (contudo um Advogado se se atrasar 1 minuto no prazo máximo para entrega de qualquer requerimento vê este ser rejeitado liminarmente).

Um dos factos mais espantosos nisto tudo, é assistirmos a um Procurador da República (José Carlos Franco Pinheiro), de outra comarca (Portimão), ir testemunhar contra a acusação elaborada pelo Colega competente, o Procurador da República da Comarca de Faro, Dr. José Fonte Santa!!!

Sabemos que NÃO existe Estado de Direito democrático em Portugal, tal como muito bem têm apontado diversos conceituados relatórios internacionais. A respeito:

Amnistia Internacional:

http://thereport.amnesty.org/en/regions/europe-central-asia/portugal

Human Rights Watch:

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2007/06/10/betraying-human-rights-russia

Conselho da Europa:

http://dn.sapo.pt/inicio/interior.aspx?content_id=651887

Departamento de Estado de Barack Obama:

http://dn.sapo.pt/Inicio/interior.aspx?content_id=1516732

Costa Pimenta, Juiz Português expulso pelo Conselho Superior da Magistratura:

http://www.inverbis.net/actualidade/sta-loja-maconica.html


Informamos os órgãos de comunicação social dos próximos passos que iremos tomar:

1. Logo que formos notificados, iremos, como é óbvio, interpor recurso para o Tribunal da Relação de Évora da decisão de não pronúncia do arguido Gonçalo Amaral;

2. Dado que o Assistente António Leandro não possui recursos financeiros suficientes, tem dois filhos a seu cargo (Laura e Ruben, filhos de Leonor Cipriano) e não beneficia de apoio judiciário nem de qualquer outra ajuda do Estado Português, o seu Advogado continuará, como tem feito desde o início, a não cobrar quaisquer honorários;

3. Iremos estudar o testemunho do Sr. Procurador da República José Carlos Franco Pinheiro de modo a interpormos participação contra o mesmo ao Sr. Procurador-Geral da Republica e ao Conselho Superior do Ministério Público;

4. Continuaremos a recolher provas das sistemáticas violações dos Direitos Humanos perpetradas pelo Estado Português contra Joana Cipriano, contra Leonor Cipriano e contra António Leandro, de modo a fundamentarmos abundantemente o processo que deveremos interpor ainda durante este ano contra o Estado Português no Tribunal Europeu dos Direitos Humanos.

Para mais informações consultar o nosso website oficial em:

http://www.asmeninasquevieramdasestrelas.com/

Documentos relacionados em anexo neste email, com autorização para divulgação pública.

Os nossos melhores cumprimentos.

O Advogado da mãe e do padrasto de Joana Cipriano,

Marcos Aragão Correia.

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Original Official Press Announcement From Dr Marcos Aragao Correia

Press Announcement

March 18, 2010

Torture the stepfather of Joana Cipriano

Although until now we have not received notification of the Tribunal Judicial de Faro, we have learned unofficially that Mr. Gonçalo de Sousa Amaral was not pronounced in the case of torture perpetrated against David Silva António Leandro, stepfather of the missing child Joana Isabel Cipriano Guerreiro.

This decision was already expected, when we know that:

1. The Court rejected it on the grounds that the concrete time period in which it arose is not justified (?!), hearing required by us for Ana Sofia Brás and Will Eisner, couple who witnessed serious allegations against the defendant Antonio Jose, pursuant and as the application was made to enter and can be found below;

2. Which, however, the same Court accepted and heard as witnesses in favour, accused Gonçalo Amaral:

John Grade dos Santos, a former lawyer for Leonor Cipriano, who never spoke to the stepfather of Joana Cipriano;

Jose Carlos Pinheiro Franco, Attorney General in Lagos, who asked the same 25 years in prison for Leonor Cipriano;

Felicia Cabrita, journalist;

3. The Court also violated the law and exceeded about three times the legally stipulated maximum term for the decision, which should have been taken until the 27th of last month because the debate is complete ended on February 17, and still broke the law refusing to reading the decision, both violations of the provisions of paragraph 3 of Article 307 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (although a lawyer if you're late in 1 minutes later to deliver any application to see this be rejected outright).

One of the most astonishing facts in all this, it will see a prosecutor (Jose Carlos Pinheiro Franco), to another district (Portimão), going to testify against the charge issued by the competent colleague, the Prosecutor of the District of Faro, Dr. Jose Fonte Santa!

We know that there is NO democratic rule of law in Portugal as well have pointed to several reputable international reports. About:

Amnesty International:

http://thereport.amnesty.org/en/regions/europe-central-asia/portugal

Human Rights Watch:

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2007/06/10/betraying-human-rights-russia

Council of Europe:

http://dn.sapo.pt/inicio/interior.aspx?content_id=651887

State Department of Barack Obama:

http://dn.sapo.pt/Inicio/interior.aspx?content_id=1516732

Costa Pimenta, Judge Portuguese expelled by the Supreme Judicial Council:

http://www.inverbis.net/actualidade/sta-loja-maconica.html

Inform the media of the next steps we will take:

1. Once we are notified, we will, of course, appeal to the Court of Appeal in Évora's decision not to refer the accused Gonçalo Amaral;

2. As the Assistant António Leandro does not have sufficient financial resources, has two dependent children (***** and *****, children of Leonor Cipriano) and does not qualify for legal aid or any other aid from the Portuguese, your lawyer will, as has done from the beginning, to waive any fees;

3. We'll take the testimony of Mr. Attorney General José Carlos Pinheiro Franco so interpormos participation against the same to Mr. Attorney General's Office and the Board of Public Ministry;

4. We will continue to gather evidence of systematic human rights violations perpetrated by the Portuguese against Joana Cipriano, from and against Leonor Cipriano Antonio Jose, In support of the plenty that should appeal process later this year against the Portuguese in the European Court of Human Rights .

For more information see our official website at:

www.asmeninasquevieramdasestrelas.com

Related Documents attached in this email, with permission for public disclosure.

Counsel the mother and stepfather of Joana Cipriano,

Marcos Aragão Correia.

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Joana Morais

28 March 2010

News Recap: Amaral, McCanns, Halligen and a FOIA request

On Gonçalo Amaral: According to an article in the Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manhã, published on the 17th of March, Gonçalo Amaral was questioned at the directory of Faro regarding a new accusation made by the McCann couple lawyer, Isabel Duarte, who alleged that Gonçalo Amaral had violated the secrecy of justice of the so-called Maddie Case process. In January, during the hearing of the injunction that banned Gonçalo Amaral's book 'Maddie, The Truth of the Lie' from the Portuguese bookshops, Isabel Duarte stated to the media that the breach of the secrecy of justice was made because Gonçalo Amaral had sent his book draft to the publishers «Guerra & Paz» before the process was archived by the Public Ministry. On the 1st of July the Portuguese Public Ministry prosecutor evaluated the PJ final report to decide on the continuation of the investigation or on the archival, on the 21st of July the Portuguese Attorney general in a press note announced the Maddie Case process archival. From that date the process of the investigation to the disappearence of Madeleine McCann was released to the media and to interested persons upon request. Gonçalo Amaral's book 'Maddie, The Truth of the Lie' was publicly presented on Thursday, 24 of July 2008 at the El Corte Ingles, in Lisbon. Since September 15, 2007, with the amendments made to the Criminal Procedure Code, Article 86, paragraph 6, the secrecy of justice stopped being enforced on all the process cases except when and if decided by the Public Ministry or by the Instruction Judge heading the inquest to an investigation.

On the 18th of March, Correio da Manhã newspaper gave notice that the process made by António Leandro David da Silva's lawyer, Marcos Aragão Correia against Gonçalo Amaral was dismissed by the Court of Faro. Leandro accused Gonçalo Amaral of aggression at the PJ of Faro headquarters on the 13th of October 2004, and asked 500 thousand euros for compensation. The complaint, however was only presented in July 2009.

Leandro was Joana Isabel Guerreiro Cipriano [who disappeared on the 12 September 2004] 'stepfather' and companion of Leonor Cipriano, the woman who was accused by the Supreme Court of Justice of qualified homicide, hiding the cadaver and cadaver profanation of the eight year old girl body, along with her brother, João Cipriano. Leonor and João Cipriano were convicted by the Supreme Court [link to the Supreme court decision, process JSTJ000 - fully translated in this blog at «Supreme Court of Justice - 'Joana case' ruling»]; in March 2006 to 16 years and eight months imprisonment for Joana's murder.

On the Cipriano case, the Supreme Court of Justice [link to the Supreme court decision, process 330/04.2JAPTM-B.S1] of 17/12/2009 signed by the judges Souto Moura, Soares Ramos and Carmona da Mota dismissed the new appeal to revise the sentence of Leonor Cipriano presented by her lawyer, Marcos Aragão Correia. The lawyer presented as new evidence for the appeal a confession letter signed by João Cipriano where he allegedly stated that he had «attempted to sell» Joana Cipriano - a confession, as the lawyer bragged on the media, that was given because he 'bluffed' João Cipriano, telling him to «sign the confession adding that if he did not say the truth, an inmate from another prison that was going to be transferred to that establishment would murder him, simulate his suicide, on behalf of the people who wanted to buy Joana». João Cipriano ended up presenting a different version to the Sentence Execution Court, in Lisbon, he “denied to have written, signed and did not remember having dictated", to anyone, the contents of a statement that was presented as being authored by him but admitted to his sister lawyer visit.

Marcos Aragão Correia stated that on his visit to João Cipriano on 18th May 2009, who is detained at the Carregueira prison, in Belas (Sintra) he saw [as a psychic] "lots of blood running down his face as if he was guilty of an heinous crime" - the same lawyer also said that he is not completely sure that Joana is dead because in another «vision» he saw her "walking accompanied by a couple". The lawyer also presented the 8 page declaration written by Leonor Cipriano on 15 January 2009 [translated here] which gave [another] different version of the events of that night, accusing her brother of murdering Joana, a declaration that at the same time admitted that Leonor was willing to «sell» her daughter Joana to an alleged foreign couple. The lawyer also presented witnesses statements made by elements of the Cipriano family, excerpts of the book written by criminologist Barra da Costa, a private letter and a PJ's old report to which the lawyer admitted receiving in an unclear manner. Marcos Aragão Correia additionally fundamented the appeal using a persistent attack on Gonçalo Amaral, the PJ coordinator of the Joana Case - in the appeal the lawyer stated that «We can not therefore be admired by the calamitous results of a criminal investigation handed to a dangerous and violent alcoholic, even more catastrophic when we are before serious crimes committed against children, to whom, only too late appeared the good sense of removing him from the investigations when the same alcoholic repeated the same gross mistakes without fundamentation and without any evidence against the mother of another missing child in the Algarve (Madeleine Beth McCann)» [in the process document 330/04.2JAPTM-B.S1 and from Marcos Aragão Correia own site 'The little girls that came from the stars'].



The Public Ministry understood that the revision should be denied, adding that "Having seen the text of the appeal, there is a clear attempt to tarnish the image of the Judiciary Police, especially of one former element of that Police who was involved in the investigation of the case which led to the conviction" and "this animosity can not serve to justify the application for review of the decision, much less affirmations like «Apparently, II [Gonçalo Amaral] took a course in criminal investigation in Guinea-Bissau or in an analogous country, or was driven by motives for us as yet unknown so that the truth was not to be discovered». The Public Ministry also added «But beyond this, and still under the same scope, the Public Ministry has to raise the question about the legitimacy of joining to the appeal a private letter, referred to as a letter sent by the wife of one PJ element to his hierarchy superior, as well as a service report from the PJ picket, documents that the distinguished lawyer stated to have reached his hands in an illicit manner, which nevertheless did not inhibit the the lawyer of joining them to the process."

On the confession forced by Marcos Aragão Correia «bluff» the Public Ministry stated: "And, in that which refers to the co-defendant CC [João Cipriano], it is understood that the activity of the distinguished lawyer goes beyond all legal and ethical rules to which he owes obedience" and "The description given by the distinguished lawyer himself of how he obtained the 'declaration' signed by the arguido [João Cipriano], who is represented by another lawyer, is almost frightening, and an absolutely forbidden method of obtaining evidence". Regarding the new declaration made by Leonor Cipriano the Public Ministry stated: "It is pathetic the justification that she gave - of only now revealing the facts for being afraid of being arrested for trying to sell her daughter" and "what follows here is a desperate attempt by the defendant/appellant to escape liability for the acts performed by her and for which she is serving a sentence".



On Barra da Costa texts, taken from his book "Maddie, Joana and the Criminal Investigation" and presented as well as basis for the appeal by Marcos Aragão Correia, the Public Ministry wrote: "Finally, as to the alleged scientific view of the criminologist Dr. BBB, the applicant limits to transcribing long excerpts from a book that was written by the above mentioned in which he "established that the criminal investigation" that was carried in this case and in another highly mediatic case [Maddie's] "was poorly made". The PM continued, "no matter how scientific it is the opinion of that author, all that the same states is totally irrelevant to the case at issue here, it is nothing more than personal opinions of a person who was not even involved in the process and who only criticizes the actions of everyone, including the one of the Supreme Court of Justice."

The Public Ministry then summarizes the grounds for denying the appeal: «Appeal for revision, which, from the above, should be denied by:

- Not being admissible, given the failure to report «new» facts, already known by the defendants at the time of conviction;

- Even admitting the possibility of the review with those facts, it is certain that the «declarations» appended to the process are not valid;

- Even accepting that validity, they do not contain credible evidence;

- And, even if they were understood as that they would not be enough to raise a sufficient doubt to review the final decision, since they are unaccompanied by other elements of evidence;»

The Supreme Court of Justice collective of judges gave a similar fundamentation for the denial of the appeal to revise Leonor Cipriano's sentence.

On Marcos Aragão Correia: this was the lawyer who was recruited by the McCann's Spanish private detectives Metodo 3 to collaborate with them in the objective of «promoting the intersection of the Joana and Maddie cases» in order to make Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator of the PJ of Portimão, the main target. In the process that accused Gonçalo Amaral of failing to denounce acts of torture during the interrogation of Leonor Cipriano, Marcos Aragão Correia even tried to make a deal with the defence lawyer of 4 of the 5 PJ officers accused of torturing Leonor Cipriano, the «dodgy» deal, according to one of the 4 PJ officers was: "All of you incriminate Gonçalo Amaral and I’ll arrange so that Leonor Cipriano says that you have nothing to do with this" - a deal that was obviously rejected. When Gonçalo Amaral received the suspended sentence for failing to denounce acts of torture, which according to the court ruling were acts performed by unknown persons; the lawyer Marcos Aragão Correia gloated in the media "Target was hit, Gonçalo Amaral was convicted". This was also the lawyer who interrupted Gonçalo Amaral's 50st birthday party, in October 2009 - Gonçalo Amaral, his family and friends were on the street in front of a restaurant in Portimão, making a toast when the lawyer approached them inside a car making obscene gestures, perhaps trying to provoke a violent reaction from those attending the birthday party.



The lawyer is also a member in «Justice 4 ALL Madeleine McCann Family» forum, aka Rosiepop's forum, and uses the original nick name of "Leonor lawyer" - the forum and the blog of the same name are well-known for defaming and creating scurrilous lies about anyone and everyone who has a contrary view and opinion to the McCann couple alleged thesis of Madeleine's abduction. Some members of that forum wrote and self-edited a book in 2008 titled 'The Madeleine Investigation: Incompetence or Corruption?' where some of the documents and photographs were allegedly provided by the lawyer Marcos Aragão Correia. The book basically is an attempt to defame the Judiciary Police, targeting Gonçalo Amaral in particular.



It is still incomprehensible how the OA - the Portuguese lawyers order does nothing to prevent the systematic abusive and unjustified persecution of a citizen by the self-called psychic lawyer Marcos Aragão Correia, who in the words of the Public Ministry (in the decision to Leonor's appeal ) states that the actions of the lawyer "go beyond all legal and ethical rules", in other words the lawyer breached his obligation to the deontological code of the Portuguese Lawyers.

http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2010/03/news-recap-amaral-mccanns-halligen-and.html

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