Júlia Pinheiro (J), Duarte Levy (DL), Paulo Sargento (PS)
Júlia Pinheiro: And now, something that is confusing us all. Happening in the courthouse in Faro, the trial of a group of inspectors and ex-inspectors of the Polícia Judiciária accused of torturing Leonor Cipriano, who was condemned for murdering her daughter, Joana, as we all remember.
What should have lasted two days has become a marathon. All because of an accusation against Gonçalo Amaral, the number one enemy of the McCanns, who was, step-by-step, coordinating the [Maddie] case. It’s a story that deserves our attention and reflection and, perhaps, shows a connection between the two processes.
Because of this, we’ve invited two specialists, known to all of us here at “Afternoons with Júlia”, the journalist, Duarte Levy, and the criminal-psychologist, Paulo Sargento. Applause for them, please.
OK, let’s try to understand: What does one case have to do with the other? The Joana Case, in which her mother, Leonor Cipriano, was condemned, happened before the Maddie Case.
Duarte Levy: Obviously.
J: Obviously. So what do they have to do with each other?
DL: The connection is Gonçalo Amaral. He continues to be, even though he has now left the PJ, a person who “inconveniences” many people. Not just the McCanns, but he also inconveniences many people in Portugal. And in this process, which appears to be connected to [police] brutality, he is the one who is – please excuse the expression - the man to take down. He is the visible target.
Full transcript on Joana Morais
The 3 Arguidos Duarte Levy & Paulo Sargento on the Cipriano /McCann Cases
"At the end of May, Sofia, my wife, comes to the Department of Criminal Investigation, in Portimão, with a beautiful basket with flowers. Orchids, roses, gerberas, lilacs, ornated with butterflies and birds, a whole bunch on green and yellow, the colors that symbolized the search for Madeleine. A note from my daughters was with the flowers: "Father! We love you very much, don’t forget us, but find Madeleine." Rita & Inês (Amaral, 2008:147)