McCanns loopy lawyer ruins Gonçalo Amaral's birthday party

Birthday Party Invitation

Marcos Aragão Correia, the lawyer who represented Leonor Cipriano in the process in which Gonçalo Amaral was condemned – to a suspended sentence of one year and three months in prison over false deposition -, interrupted the former Polícia Judiciária coordinator’s birthday party, at around midnight yesterday, in the company of a PSP patrol, in order to identify the authors of an alleged aggression attempt that would have taken place only minutes earlier, at the restaurant’s door.

Our source at the scene told us :«After dinner, just outside of the restaurant, there was a huge cake, dessert and champagne. The Mayor of Portimão, Manuel da Luz, and a few members of his staff joined the party. At 11.30, there was fireworks, "Happy Birthday" was sung and champagne bottles were popped.

And then, shortly after the fireworks, a car approached and parked opposite to the restaurant's entrance, where the party was in full gear. Inside the car, looking ostensibly at the party, there was Marcos Aragão Correia. He made sure that his presence was noticed, then he drove away.»

Marcos Aragão Correia at that time made an obscene gesture to the guests, who were on the street to make a toast after the fireworks. The lawyer was sitting in a car, with two other occupants, parked in front of the restaurant where the party took place, in Portimão’s riverfront area. A witness – who was identified by the PSP – admitted to having threatened the lawyer after seeing him make the obscene gesture. After the threat, the lawyer, who was driving the vehicle, took off in a hurry with the tires screeching, and returned, minutes later, accompanied by a PSP patrol.

Our source at the scene said :«There was police all over the place (PSP, Public Security Police) because Marcos Aragão Correia had called in the police, stating that he had been aggressed by a few party guests. The whole scene was witnessed by dozens and dozens of people, including the Correio da Manhã reporter and the Mayor. Marcos Aragão Correia had obviously NOT been aggressed, that much was clear, and things were soon clarified with the PSP agents, who left the scene a quarter of an hour later.»

When Gonçalo Amaral and Paulo Pereira Cristóvão (co-accused acquitted in the case of Leonor Cipriano) approached the PSP agents in the middle of the street, Aragão Correia fled running. The CM attempted to contact him yesterday, but he had the mobile phone disconnected.



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in Correio da Manhã/with extras from our source at the party

Translated by Joana Morais

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