The trial of lawyer Marcos Aragao Correia and of the university teacher
Antonio Pedro Dores, over defamation of former PJ inspector Goncalo
Amaral, within the case of Leonor Cipriano, which was to take place on
Thursday, in Faro, has been postponed to the 29th of March.
Isabel Duarte, Marcos Aragao Correia’s lawyer, has told Lusa Agency that
by a dispatch from Faro Judicial Court, the trial was postponed to the
29th of March, at 9.30 a.m.
Despite not having had Access to said dispatch yet, the lawyer said that
she had been informed, by telephone, that the postponement was due to a
pending appeal, which was filed by the other arguido in the process,
Antonio Pedro Dores, the president of the Association Against Exclusion
through Development, whose defence attorney is Jose Preto.
For the trial in Faro, Marcos Aragao Correia has called
Pinto, presently the head of the Lawyers’ Order, and Ana Maria Calado,
the former director of Odemira Prison, as defence witnesses.
Former Judiciary Police (PJ) inspector Goncalo Amaral – who investigated
the disappearance of Joana, the daughter of arguida Leonor Ciprinao –
has criminally sued Marcos Aragao Correia and Antonio Pedro Dores,
because they publicly alluded to the alleged torture that Leonor
Cipriano was a target of during the Joana case’s questioning stage.
Marcos Aragao Correia, lawyer to Leonor Cipriano, alleges that the
Portuguese courts have already decided that it has been proved that His
client was tortured, yet the Public Ministry (MP) continues to uphold
the accusation in the defamation lawsuit that Goncalo Amaral has filed.
He further recalls that, within the alleged case of torture of Leonor
Cipriano, Goncalo Amaral was condemned over the crime of false
statement, to a one-and-a-half-year prison sentence, which was suspended
over the same period of time.
The defendant of Marcos Aragao Correia in the defamation lawsuit is
lawyer Isabel Duarte, who is equally the lawyer for Madeleine McCann’s
parents, who has pending lawsuits against Goncalo Amaral.
The trial in Lisbon over the defamation lawsuit that has been filed by
the parents of Madeleine McCann, the little girl that disappeared in the
Algarve, in May 2007, which was equally scheduled for Thursday, has also
been postponed, without a new date, according to lawyer Isabel Duarte’s
indication to Lusa.
That process concerns Goncalo Amaral’s book, “Maddie: A verdade da
in: SIC Notícias, 08.02.2012