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Former PJ Director removes all responsibilities of Gonçalo Amaral

Case Joana: Leonor's Lawyer called a 'goat' to Amaral's Lawyer

The former national PJ director, counsellor judge Santos Cabral, removes all responsibilities of Gonçalo Amaral in the conduction of the Joana Case, acquitting him of having omitted the denouncement of the alleged aggressions to Leonor Cipriano.

In a written statement sent to the Court of Faro, to which the CM had access, the director of the PJ in 2004 - at the time of the facts that are imputed on the five PJ inspectors accused of torture, falsification of a document, omission of denouncement and false statements - makes clear that "the operational conduct at the place was the responsibility of the director of Faro," Guilhermino Encarnação.

Following the hierarchical structure, "it was this one [referring to Guilhermino Encarnação] who was accountable for the conduction of each investigation," states in writing the former maximum Judiciary responsible and current counsellor Judge of the Supreme Court of Justice.

António Cabrita, Gonçalo Amaral's Lawyer, considers this statement important because if there are culpabilities for the non existence of denouncement, those "belong also to the director of the PJ in Faro and to the whole hierarchy." Nevertheless Aragão Correia, Leonor's lawyer, continues to point the finger at Amaral. "We just want to get a condemnation," he admitted to CM.

Complete article here on Joana Morais blog