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Gonçalo Amaral, the voice for Madeleine McCann: suspended sentence in Cipriano case


Outside court Amaral told Portuguese reporters he was not surprised by the verdict and hinted he would appeal.

He said: 'I wasn't surprised, I was expecting to be convicted. There is a lot of political pressure on the case.

'We trust in justice and this does not end here.'
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The collective of judges considered that Leonor Cipriano was tortured, even though it could not be proved by whom. In the verdict read today, two PJ inspectors were accused, António Nunes Cardoso to document forgery and Gonçalo Amaral for simple false testimony, he was acquitted in relation to the crime of omission of denunciation of the aggressions suffered by Leonor Cipriano. The other three arguidos [defendants], Leonel Morgado Marques, Paulo Pereira Cristóvão and Paulo Marques Bom were absolved of the crime of torture.

It wasn't proved who ordered the aggressions to Leonor Cipriano in 2004.

Gonçalo Amaral was sentenced to one year and six months of suspended sentence, and António Nunes Cardoso to two years and six months of suspended sentence also.

Gonçalo Amaral was convicted for simple false statement, since the version of the alleged fall on the stairs of Leonor Cipriano wasn't proved. Thus, the court considered that Amaral had lied, in order to cover the actions of his unknown colleagues.

The court concluded that António Nunes Cardoso falsified a document, which reported the fall on the stairs of Leonor Cipriano. The sentence for Cardoso was aggravated, given his position as a police officer, "of whom is required to fight the crime."

The lawyers for Leonor Cipriano, Marcos Aragão Correia and the assistant representing the Bar Rodrigo Santiago will appeal as well as António Cabrita, Gonçalo Amaral's lawyer.

Gonçalo Amaral interview outside the court to follow



Transcript from 1'00''

Gonçalo Amaral: I was expecting to be convicted.

Marisa Rodrigues: Why?

Gonçalo Amaral: Why? Because there is a lot of political pressure on the case, there are various matters which are surrounding this, so this couldn't have ended with everyone being absolved. The court was sovereign...

Marisa Rodrigues: Do you believe that there were scapegoats? You could have been a scapegoat, is that it?

Gonçalo Amaral: During my life as a coordinator of the Police I was a scapegoat for various things, and I don't know if for this one I'm one as well.


Facts

October 2004
Leonor confessed the crime on the 13th of October and alleged being beaten a day later

Leonor Cipriano, confessed all of the facts related to her daughter's murder to the PJ on the 13th of October 2004, in the presence of her lawyer, who at the time was Célia Costa. Leonor's brother, João Cipriano, had previously confessed the crimes a few days before, on the 8 of October.

September 2004
Leonor Cipriano and the brother João were condemned by the Portimão Court to sentences of 20 and 19 years, respectively, for the crimes of qualified homicide and for hiding the cadaver. The appeals to the Supreme ended up reducing the sentences to 16 years each. The Cadaver of Joana, 8 years old, was never found.

February 2005
Marinho Pinto, the actual head of the bar [Ordem dos Advogados] wrote the Expresso newspaper article which denounced the aggressions suffered by Leonor Cipriano, using photographs which were under the secrecy of justice at the time.

February 2009
Marinho Pinto was requested in an appeal by the defense as a witness, however his testimony was prevented since the OA decided for the first time in the Portuguese legal history to become as an assistant against the 5 PJ inspectors. In the same appeal it was also referred the 'direct contact' between Leonor Cipriano's lawyer, Marcos Aragão Correia and Marinho Pinto.

'Target was hit, Gonçalo Amaral was convicted'... Marcos Aragão Correia, Leonor Cipriano's Lawyer
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More details on Joana Morais
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Discussions at the 3 arguidos:
GONCALO AMARAL - SUSPENDED SENTENCE (3rd Edit)
Sky news reporting on Goncalo
The Trial in Faro (Part I) - What Happened to Leonor
There be ‘Ore’ in them thar Irish Hills.
LET US SHOW OUR SUPPORT FOR MR AND MRS AMARAL
The Trial in Faro (Part I) - What Happened to Leonor
The Trial in Faro (Part 2) - Why the Verdict Makes No Sense
Please take time to read this!!
What did GA do wrong and what was his defence?
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Related links from Joana Morais' blog:
Analysis of the Verdict : The Way Ahead
Cipriano Case: Court of Faro - Latest Videos
PJ inspectors acquitted