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Lawyer of Leonor Cipriano calls Gonçalo Amaral a "criminal of the worst kind"

Article headline: Aragão Correia attacks Gonçalo Amaral

Lawyer of Leonor says that the ex-inspector has been constituted an arguido for torture

Text: Luis Maneta and Miguel Ferreira
06 February 2009

Gonçalo Amaral denies it. He reaffirms that he is innocent. And promises to move more proceedings against the lawyer

The lawyer of Leonor Cipriano, Marcos Aragão Correia, said yesterday that the former inspector Gonçalo Amaral, of the PJ in Portimão, has been constituted an arguido in a case concerning the alleged torture of Leandro Silva, husband of Leonor Cipriano.

"It is with great pleasure that I inform you that Gonçalo Amaral has been constituted an arguido in a new investigation where he is acused of the crime of torture against António Leandro David Silva. This new process is following proceedings, and a new trial is expected, very soon," writes Marcos Aragão Correia, in a release distributed yesterday afternoon to the media.

But Gonçalo Amaral, heard yesterday by 24horas, categorically denied having been made an arguido and again reaffirmed his innocence regarding the allegations made by the lawyer, assuring he has never beaten Leandro Silva. And he said he will proceed with cases against Leandro and against Marcos Aragão Correia.

Gonçalo Amaral and Policia Judiciária inspectors are currently being tried in the Court of Faro, in a case where Joana's mother is said to have been tortured in the offices of the PJ, confessing the death of her daughter and the place where the corpse has been hidden.

In this case, Goncalo Amaral, who co-ordinated the PJ investigation of the Joana and Madeleine McCann cases, is met for failure to denounce.

During one of the sessions of the trial, at the door of the court, Leandro Silva said he witnessed the assault of Leonor and that, he too, was assaulted.

In the release distributed yesterday, the lawyer for Leonor also publishes what he says are "complaints" allegedly made in 2007, to the Director of the PJ in Faro, by Gonçalo Amaral's wife, "at a time when both were still separate".

Controversial letter

This text, addressed to the coordinator Guilhermino Encarnação, made reference to the alleged discussion between the couple, during which the ex-inspector of the PJ was accused of having "insulted" and "threatened" his wife.

Heard by 24horas, both Goncalo Amaral and his wife denied the authenticity of the document and the facts therein reported. And also assured that for this episode they will move with proceedings against Marcos Aragão Correia.

Source: mccannfiles
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