Friday, November 28, 2008

Black, blue and all sorts of colours

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Leonor Cipriano’s lesions weren’t all caused at the same time - Sol

Two forensic medicine experts said at the Court of Faro today that Leonor Cipriano’s lesions that are documented in photographs that were taken at the prison in Odemira were not all caused within the same time period

“There are lesions to the head, torso, upper member and thorax, but they don’t all have the same temporality because they have different colors”, said pathologist Rosa Maria da Silva, during the sixth session of the trial of the PJ inspectors who are involved in a process of alleged aggressions against Leonor Cipriano, following the investigation into the disappearance of her daughter Joana in 2004.

According to expert Rosa Maria da Silva, who authored a report about Leonor Cipriano’s lesions based on some of the photos that are included in the process, the “lesions were caused by contusing trauma” and its evolution starts with a reddish colour, then a black purple colour (until the third day after the blow), followed by a blue purple colour (until the sixth day after the blow), finishing in a green and finally yellow colour.

Although it has “indicative value” and may vary, this colour scale allows for pathologists to evaluate the trauma temporality.

“A blue lesion was certainly not produced on the day that it was photographed”, the expert alleged, referring that the photographs that she analysed were either “not all taken on the same day” at the Prison in Odemira or “something happened”.

The cause of said lesions, according to the medic, could be either fist blows (active form) or a fall from the stairs (passive form).

“Fist blows cannot be excluded, but it could have not been that, either. It’s not possible to reach major conclusions”, Rosa Maria da Silva admitted.

According to the opinion of another pathologist that was also heard in court today, expert Tânia Maio, the photographs that she analysed also demonstrate that one is looking at “different moments of the lesion” because the “colour and the lesions” differ from one photo to another, but safeguarding that the blood absorption varies according to the area of the body being more or less irrigated by blood.

Expert Tânia Maio further refers that all of the trauma that she saw on the photos resulted from a “contusing form”, but that they could be caused by fist blows (active form) as well as by a fall (passive form), although she stressed that her opinion falls on a “trauma from passive form”, which means a soft body hitting [a surface] and not direct trauma.

Another witness that had been heard during one of the initial sessions of the trial, a computer expert, admitted that the photographs that were taken of Leonor Cipriano with hematoma marks on several parts of her body “could have been manipulated”.

Miguel Custódio, who was summoned to testify by the defense of inspector Marques Bom, one of the five arguidos in the process, said that the photographs passed through a software filter that manipulated them, but that it’s not possible to determine if that manipulation was done without access to the original files.

For Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer, Marcos Aragão, these opinions are irrelevant for the process: “I don’t see any relevance, because these doctors are not witnesses in the process”, he told the journalists.

Defense lawyer Pragal Colaço, on another hand, said that the testimonies from the pathologists “brought a very important fact” into the process, which is the “evolution time of the lesions”.

“The photos could have been taken at different times. There are lesions that are older than others. They are not all contemporary (at the date of the photo session)”, the lawyer observed, referring that it was not possible to obtain any certainties concerning the cause of the trauma being direct fist blows.

The accusations from the Public Ministry against the Polícia Judiciária inspectors appeared after the questioning at the PJ in Faro in 2004, the time at which Leonor appeared at the Prison in Odemira, where she serves a prison sentence, with hematomas in her face and on her body.

Leonor Cipriano and her brother João Cipriano were each condemned to 16 years in prison, for the crimes of homicide and concealment of the cadaver of Joana, the eight-year-old girl who disappeared from the village of Figueira, in Portimão (Algarve) in September of 2004.

source: Sol (with Lusa), 27.11.2008

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Surprise, surprise...

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Joana case: Leonor has psychopathic characteristics and suicidal tendencies, according to psychologist

Faro, 24 Nov (Lusa) – Psychologist Paulo Sargento admitted in court today, during the fifth session of the trial of alleged aggressions against Leonor Cipriano, that the assistant in this process has psychopathic characteristics and a tendency towards suicide.

The process of alleged aggressions against Leonor Cipriano by Polícia Judiciária (PJ) inspectors is related to the so-called “Joana case”, which dates back to the 12th of September 2004, the day when the little girl, aged eight, disappeared from the village of Figueira, Portimão, Algarve.

According to Paulo Sargento, an expert in forensics psychology and the person who was responsible for the report from the Institute for Forensics Medicine about Joana’s mother, which was carried out after the little girl’s disappearance, this document indicates that the assistant in this process is a person with “psychopathic” characteristics, “affective coldness”, “with traces of low socialization”, with a “tendency to lie and fantasize”, with “traces of omnipresence” and who does “not respect other people’s wellbeing”, he said.

The psychologist even said that Leonor Cipriano can be classified as an “aggressive” person, “without values”, “dissimulated” and who “is not concerned about the truth”.

During the trial session, the lawyer for arguido Gonçalo Amaral asked psychologist Paulo Sargento if a person with Leonor Cipriano’s characteristics “might try suicide or not”, which the expert answered to affirmatively and that Joana’s mother had a “tendency towards suicide”.

Gonçalo Amaral’s lawyer, António Cabrita, requested the court to understand the statement that was given by witness Paulo Sargento to be understood as “a piece of evidence” because he had “demonstrated direct knowledge about facts”.

In statements given to journalists upon leaving the trial’s morning session, jurist José Preto, who is a member of ACED (Association Against Exclusion through Development) stressed that the technical report that had been performed on Leonor Cipriano was made at a point in time when she was an arguido, not an assistant, thus devaluing the “opinion”, referring that there would always remain a “process doubt” because the result is a “probability”.

From the list of witnesses, Osvalda Conselos was also heard today; an inmate at the Prison of Odemira at the time when Leonor Cipriano was in preventive custody at the same institution, she said in court that when Leonor Cipriano arrived in prison with lesions she always said that “she had fallen down the stairs”.

When questioned by the judge if she had ever heard Leonor Cipriano commenting that she was going to request compensation for the alleged lesions, Osvalda Conselos remembered that she heard Leonor say herself: “But I fell down the stairs, why would I now say that I was beaten!”.

The Public Ministry’s accusations against five Judiciária inspectors and former inspectors appeared following the questioning at the PJ in Faro in 2004, a time when Leonor reportedly appeared at the Prison in Odemira, where she was being kept in preventive custody, with lesions to her face and body.

Three inspectors stand accused of the crime of torture, one is being accused of failing to provide assistance and of omitting a denunciation, and a fifth one stands accused of falsifying a document.

Joana’s mother, Leonor Cipriano, and her uncle, João Cipriano (both siblings) were condemned by the Supreme Court of Justice to serve 16 years in prison each, for the crimes of homicide and concealment of the child’s cadaver.

The trial continues this afternoon, and the next session takes place on Thursday, the 27th.

source: Lusa, 24.11.2008

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Another Warning

To the people trying (again) to access my computer, I have your location, your IP address and your internet provider.

Your jumbled and incomplete IP addresses are:

- 6861561**
- 48275317**
- 01285511**

- 123623814**
- 9183701**
- 6714125**

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A wise man's words

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Maddie: “Truth of the Lie” on Her Majesty’s soil?

by Paulo Sargento*

I’ll start by reaffirming something that I have already repeated countless times concerning the “Maddie” case: there was no judicial secrecy in Portugal! In Portugal, there was only a little judicial secrecy! The book by former inspector Gonçalo Amaral and the news about an “informant” for the McCanns inside the Polícia Judiciária constitute unequivocal proof of what I have just stated. What do I mean by this?

Throughout the whole development of the “Maddie” case, the media reported news concerning issues that were covered by the judicial secrecy, in the name of “safe sources” in the Polícia Judiciária. Well, at a certain point during this long process, I publicly stated that the only “safe source” that I know is the traditional and beautiful “Fonte Luminosa” in Lisbon [‘source’ in Portuguese is ‘fonte’, which also means ‘fountain’]. And why? Because, in truth, the “safe sources”, as was to be expected under the journalistic ethics code, were never revealed, but the information that was published was always controversial. In other words, it was never fully believed that the information that was being reported was fact, and not theories that were being subject to journalistic treatment.

With the publication of the book “Truth of the Lie”, by former inspector Gonçalo Amaral, and the almost immediate publication of the archived process, it was possible to verify just that: most of the judicial secrecy had not been more than a little secret, after all. Writing in his own name, former inspector Gonçalo Amaral reports FACTS! I repeat, writing in his own name, former inspector Gonçalo Amaral reports FACTS!

But it was not the former inspector who disrespected the judicial secrecy. Former inspector Gonçalo Amaral had the notable role of ensuring that the facts that he reported, which were mostly public already, were actually FACTS! By reinstating his well-deserved good reputation, the author of “Truth of the Lie” inadvertently demonstrated that, after all, this was a little secret that someone allowed to escape, every once in a while. But who?

The news of these last few days point towards a former inspector, and the movements that, in a subtle and unexplained manner, followed within the Polícia Judiciária, answer, at least partly, this curious question. But as far as this is concerned, let’s wait a few more days for the dust to settle a bit and allow for us to glimpse a more consistent reply.

At a time when Mr Clarence Mitchell has been speaking very little, in an attitude that matches a strategy of an attentive observer of facts that apparently have no relation to the “Maddie” case, and while this case tries, through the same channel, the path of useful strategies of media satiation and extinction, suddenly the unexpected appears from Her Majesty’s land: an interview with Gonçalo Amaral, promoting his ideas and his book “Truth of the Lie” in the British newspaper “The Independent on Sunday”, edition of November 16.

In reality, the silence from Mr Clarence Mitchell and from the McCanns, which might allow to continue the attempted extinction of the “Maddie” case in Portugal, sharing a strange lift with the “Joana” case, in an association which was partly unveiled by Dr Marcos Aragão Correia, has been interrupted. The Spin Doctor’s threats are back!

According to the above mentioned British newspaper, Mr Clarence Mitchell reaffirmed that Kate and Gerry’s lawyers have been attentive to what Gonçalo Amaral has been saying about the case, which he considers to be grossly defamatory for the McCann couple. And he advanced that if the author decides to publish the book in England, the words will be minutely studied by the lawyers who will not hesitate to act if these are libelous.

This intervention by Mr Clarence Mitchell deserves a few questions and comments, in my opinion.

First: are the McCanns waiting for the book to be translated into the English language to certify themselves of its contents? Haven’t they read it already? Didn’t they have translators to do that?

Second: is Great Britain a democratic country within the European space where the initiative to publish a given book is subject to the normal procedures under the publishing laws of any free country in the civilized world, or not? Or are threats to the freedom of expression allowed like in some totalitarian countries? Do you remember the “satanic verses” by S. Rushdie and the consequent criticism of the Iranian country???

Third: if the Portuguese lawyers developed no action of any kind against said book, and they have certainly read it, why would the English lawyers undertake such actions? Will the English language transform FACTS into libelous calumny? Do the English lawyers have different competences from their Portuguese counterparts? Or is there no motive for any action? Or may certain actions have consequences upstream and downstream?

Mr Clarence Mitchell,

Dr Gonçalo Amaral also knows the law. He is a jurist!

Mr Clarence Mitchell,

Dr Gonçalo Amaral is also well advised!

Mr Clarence Mitchell,

Just like the author himself has always stated and the archived process demonstrates, the book “Truth of the Lie” does not contain any judgment! It contains the report of FACTS! The theory of “Maddie’s” accidental death, facing the described facts, is parsimonious and shared by a vast group of experts all over the world, including in England!

Mr Clarence Mitchell,

We all stop fearing the bogeyman when we grow up!

Therefore, let’s respect the memory of two little girls: Madeleine McCann and Joana Cipriano!

source: Câmara de Comuns, 17.11.2008

* Forensic psychologist, university professor and author

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

THE BOOK - In English?

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Detective set to publish McCann book in Britain

Portuguese officer who led the search for Madeleine says his account defends the honour of his team

By Thais Portilho-Shrimpton
Sunday, 16 November 2008

A controversial best-selling account of the hunt for Madeleine McCann by the Portuguese detective who led the investigation is expected to be published in the UK soon, according to its author.

Speaking exclusively to The Independent on Sunday, Goncalo Amaral denied cashing in on the tragic disappearance of the three-year-old but said he was determined to restore his reputation, which "had been torn to shreds" by unfair and inaccurate media reports.

The book, Maddie: The Truth about the Lie, has already sold an estimated 180,000 copies in Europe, and Mr Amaral's representatives are trying find a British publisher. The McCanns said last night that they would scrutinise any British publication with a view to possible legal action.

Madeleine went missing on 3 May 2007, days before her fourth birthday, from a holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz as her parents dined at a nearby restaurant. In the Portuguese edition of his book, Mr Amaral says he believes she died in a "tragic accident" in the Mark Warner holiday flat where she was left to sleep the night she disappeared.

Mr Amaral was removed from the investigation in October 2007 after criticising British police officers. Nine months later the Portuguese authorities closed the investigation and lifted the arguido [suspect] label from Madeleine's parents.

The book's publisher, Mario Sena Lopes, said there was now an English version of Mr Amaral's book and he was negotiating a UK deal. He said several publishers were interested and he was confident the British public would soon be able to read the book.

Mr Amaral said: "I received numerous messages of support and solidarity since being taken off the case, including from the UK – messages that also motivated me to tell people what I knew about the Maddie case. I am positive that there's also a section of the public eager to know the truth.

"People can form their opinion without the manipulation that we have seen before."

He said his only regret was failing to carry out a reconstruction of the events soon after Madeleine vanished but claims he was put under "serious pressure" not to. He insisted this was the only failure in a "perfect" text-book investigation.

Asked whether he thought Madeleine was dead, he said: "It is not just my opinion. A whole team of Portuguese and British investigators came to that conclusion last year, and this is part of the files. I have never said the couple killed their daughter and this is not my belief. Deaths may happen for natural reasons, accident or intervention by a third party."

He said he was unperturbed by the threat of any legal action from the McCann family. "There is no reason for that. The details exposed in the book are facts, happenings and objective data which figure in the process and not lies, as they have been described in the press."

He denied he was profiting from the tragic case. "The biggest thing I achieved with this book was to defend my honour and that of those who worked with me. The way I see it, you cannot put a price on dignity. The other objective of the book is to contribute to the search for the truth."

Mr Amaral added that he is now considering legal action against a number of British media outlets. The "excessive" publicity the case attracted was a "double-edged sword: on one hand it makes the disappearance known, but on the other hand it puts the life of the missing person in jeopardy," he insisted. "I demanded from my superiors, they stand up for the investigators faced with attacks by the media, but that never happened. This was one of the reasons that led me later on to hand in my resignation so I could regain my freedom of speech and write the book."

Clarence Mitchell, a spokesman for the McCanns, said last night: "Lawyers for Kate and Gerry have been aware of what Mr Amaral has been alleging for some time. What he has said and written before now is grossly defamatory of them.

"If he chooses to publish them in Britain those words will be studied intensely carefully and they will not hesitate to act if they are defamatory."


Hey, Clarrie, which one is it? Are they defamatory or not? And are they defamatory only if they are in English? The book has been out in Portugal since July. Haven't you had the time to ask the two Portuguese lawyers if they thought the book was defamatory or not? And by the way, what the hell does 'studied intensely carefully' mean? English is not my native language..

Friday, November 14, 2008

To all those who refuse to shut up and who, because of that, are daily attacked: THANK YOU

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Duarte Levy & Paulo Sargento on the Cipriano /McCann Cases

Broadcasted by TVI on 31.10.2008

Júlia Pinheiro afternoon Talk Show, with guests Journalist Duarte Levy and Forensic Psychologist Paulo Sargento


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.

J: Let’s review some facts so that everyone remembers. What’s happening in Faro is a process against inspectors and ex-inspectors who interrogated Leonor Cipriano, back when she eventually confessed, right?

DL: She confessed before this interrogation in which she was allegedly beaten. In this current trial, there are three inspectors accused of torture, or aggression, a fourth who is accused of falsifying documents, and Gonçalo Amaral, accused because he was the coordinating inspector, responsible…

J: He is the one that had the ultimate responsibility, right? But, Duarte, how do you read all these facts and all this . . .

DL: To summarize quickly and with a good Portuguese expression, it’s a joke.

J: It’s a joke. Do you agree, Paulo?

Paulo Sargento: I completely agree. The recent history of this Joana Case is very strange. The connections that are made, and the way it appears… there are two connections that I’d like to highlight in terms of the defence for the Joana Case. Two things are strange: first, Dr Marcos Aragão who appears on the scene, we’re not sure how…

J: OK, let’s talk about Marcos Aragão. Who is he?

PS: Marco Aragão is a lawyer…

J: We spoke to him by phone, right, when he was looking for Maddie’s body in the lake.

DL: Near the dam, correct.

PS: He is probably best known for the time when, based on information he received from a psychic or that he received from “out there”… and which is now showing up again in the British newspapers, something which happens there as, every once in a while, the [British press] re-visits stories… but he received this information and with the support of Mr. Clarence Mitchell, he was looking for the girl’s body in the lake of the Arade dam. Which was very interesting because the theory was abduction and not homicide. However, if he was looking for a body, someone left the body there and someone killed the girl.

And now, he’s connected to this case…

J: But how did he end up connected to this [Leonor Cipriano] case?

PS: Because he volunteered to represent her.

J: Sorry, help me here. The original attorney for Leonor Cipriano wasn’t Marco Aragão, correct?

DL: No, no. That was João Grade. Who, for some unknown reason, was removed from the case and this Marcos Aragão – who is from Madeira and has several very curious stories behind him – he appears first in the Madeleine McCann story and then, via an organization in defence of human rights, on the Leonor Cipriano case. But I, after having heard everything happening in the Faro court, don’t believe he is there to defend the interests of Leonor Cipriano, much less the Public Ministry which is driving this process… something we should not forget… He is there, specifically, to go after Gonçalo Amaral. Because Gonçalo Amaral makes many people uncomfortable. Whether related to this case, or the McCann case, or several other cases…

J: So this is a manoeuvre from the past? Because to the public, this can be quite confusing.

PS: That’s the objective.

J: That’s the objective?

DL: That is the main objective.

J: To further discredit the investigation Gonçalo Amaral led into the Maddie Case? This is all coming from the Maddie Case and the McCanns, is that what you are saying?

DL: Not just the Madeleine Case but also other cases which do not have a direct connection, but which have served to, um, protect certain interests… I’m referring specifically to the Freeport Case…

J: What does the Freeport Case have to do with this? You blindsided me with this one!

DL: One of the things we published a short while ago, is that there was a meeting between those responsible for the British and Portuguese authorities involved in the Freeport Case. For now, we haven’t gotten very far in this – but for now, we will talk about – excuse the expression – a circumstance in which two individuals go to a brothel and unexpectedly meet. One says to the other, “You don’t say anything to my wife, and I won’t say anything to yours.”

The same thing is happening in the Freeport Case. The British authorities wanted to come to Portugal; they wanted to work with the Portuguese authorities, in order to investigate money transfers …

J: So the Freeport Case is also connected to England…

DL: Right. And the British authorities asked for authorization from the Attorney General to come to Portugal, to create a joint team and investigate money transfers from the UK to some “personalities” in Portugal. Which was refused…

J: [Transfers] to whom?

DL: This… um… [more about this] later… later.

JL: Later. (laughter) OK. Let’s go back to Leonor Cipriano.

PS: Beyond the question of Dr Marcos Aragão, who is currently representing Leonor Cipriano, there’s another question which is strange and has never been well explained, and which, given the institution which is under discussion, deserves a public explanation, which is the role of the National Bar Association in this case.

J: Why?

PS: Because the scenario of Dr Marinho Pinto [head of the Bar Association], a person who deserves respect, decided in support of human rights and, as a bit of justification, to treat this specific crime as a crime against humanity. Of course, every crime in which people are physically mistreated without provocation by the authorities is a crime against humanity. But it’s not understood why, specifically, this crime is a crime against humanity. So that, within this scenario, the Bar Association is, from my point of view, an institution which needs to continue to deserve the respect and credibility of the citizens and, naturally, needs to explain why this is a crime against humanity, why is the National Bar Association partnering and has constituted itself an assistant in this case…

J: It’s not common, then?

PS: No, I’ve never – I don’t know if Duarte has…

DL: No.

PS: I’ve never seen this and, more importantly, the inconsistency between the representative of the Bar Association of this country and his time which appears in the journals with some incongruence… These things need to be explained. What happens? It could be that nothing happens. It could be that everything was done here in total legitimacy, in accordance with the most honest of principals. But they have to be explicit about…

J: Clarify, right?

PS: Yes, it should be clarified. That is, there are always interpretations that leave questions. And the process is already the way it is. The National Bar Association has the superior responsibility…

J: It has to be transparent.

PS: It has to be transparent.

J: Duarte, what do you think? Leonor Cipriano was really beaten or not? That woman contradicts herself a lot, doesn’t she?

DL: I know that just a few days ago we completed an interview with ex-prisoners from the same prison complex, and I know that she was beaten inside the prison. I say this with absolute certainty. And, well, I’m not going to say this is normal but it happens a lot…

PS: It’s frequent…

J: I heard Paulo perhaps say, it’s frequent?

PS: Yes, there is a kind of honour code, that is, we have laws, and within prisons there is another law in which crimes, certain crimes…

J: against children…

PS: against children that involve the death…

J: or rape…

PS: or rape, committed especially by those close to the children, again, they often are… are crimes which the other prisoners don’t …

J: so they met out their own punishment…

PS: They take justice into their own hands. Using a code, not a code from a legal point of view, but it’s quite common.

J: It’s a kind of condemnation.

PS: It’s a custom. A custom.

DL: It’s a custom because, for example, any criminal who is in prison, or I should say that the majority of criminals, are parents and they have families. Just because they stole a car from A, B or C, doesn’t mean …

J: That they don’t have relationships…

DL: Generally, the child murderers and paedophiles are ...

J: They are poorly treated in prison.

DL: They are poorly treated in prison.

J: But these prisoners that were incarcerated at the same time as Leonor Cipriano were witnesses, they saw this…?

DL: They did it!

J: Ah! (laughter) I’m sorry. So it was this woman who hit her… who gave her a slap…

DL: Personally, personally, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if, and I say this with all sincerity, if one of the inspectors had not given her a slap, that is, I wouldn’t be surprised. However, one thing is certain: after the interrogation in which she confessed…

J: It wouldn’t surprise us, but it can’t happen…


J: Even though, considering the woman’s confession, I think she deserves to be run over. (laughter) She killed her daughter in a barbaric way. But this is just what we think, in an emotional way. What justice decides could be something else. She has rights just like everyone else.

DL: She, when she returned from the interrogation, the interrogation in which she was allegedly beaten, on this day, she had already confessed to the crime. There was no justification for being tortured, to confess something which she had already confessed. In fact, there is a guard, the chief guard, who was a witness in this trial who says that, in fact, she did return to prison with some red marks and that she said she had fallen on the stairs. That she was dizzy, she hadn’t eaten…

J: But isn’t there…? There is a document that says the woman was seen in a hospital before returning to the Odemira Prison and there is a document that says that woman had fallen down the stairs.

DL: Yes. That document exists.

J: So why is this being doubted now?

DL: Because, since then, she changed her statements. There exist some concerns about the actions of the Prison Director. In fact, the head of the guards said in court a few days ago that the Director asked him to change the reports…

J: But what was the goal?

DL: That’s a question the court has to put to the Director. Now, when I say this is a circus act, it’s because, if, for example, we have to take Gonçalo Amaral to court for being responsible for this team of inspectors then we also have to sue Alípio Ribeiro, who was responsible for the PJ, we have…

J: The [Public] Minister

DL: The Minister. And so forth. We are wasting time, money, when this country has other more important cases to investigate, principally, the case of Madeleine McCann which is stopped. It’s stopped. Voluntarily stopped.

J: It seems like it’s not. Right, Paulo? Something is happening.

PS: Yes, things are happening every day. That is, things are happening every day which is much due to our Duarte Levy who, thankfully, thankfully, has been very attentive and in a very interesting way, which is mostly via the blogosphere, and things are moving and very well. And new clues have been uncovered. A bit ago I was going to show Julia a British journal advertisement which Duarte says is normal and which is made for those still looking for Madeleine…

J: Do you have a copy? I don’t think we have this picture; it’s so big I think we can see it… Give it to me, Paulo. (takes paper) So here is a British newspaper, from yesterday, and here is Maddie.

PS: This type of poster, one fourth of a page… [shows Daily Mail with the PLEASE HELP FIND MADELEINE poster]

J: Two million pounds, right?

PS: Two million pound reward. The more time that goes by, the larger the reward we can say we will offer. That is, this type of reward, this type of announcement is part of a strategy that we can call relational marketing. Which attempts, at specific times, to respond to attacks. That is, this media…

J: Excuse me for interrupting, but with what frequency does this announcement appear?

DL: Every day.

J: Ah, it comes out every day. That costs a lot of money, doesn’t it?

DL: Normally, yes. A quarter of a page in a British journal costs an immense amount of money. The question is, I don’t know whether this announcement is paid or not. Or if there is an exchange…

J: An exchange of those indemnifications.

PS: An exchange of indemnifications. Or could be it goes to the Madeleine Fund. But the case is not stopped. It’s not and it will not be. Because there are many unanswered questions. In these circumstances, it serves… there is a kind of connection between this Portuguese case and the Joana case (which I’ll mention happened more than two years prior to the Madeleine Case) and the personalities of two people who are serving a sentence, in order to make a bridge to this case. And this is clearly being…

J: But that’s perverse.

PS: It’s completely perverse.

J: It’s completely perverse. We haven’t yet discussed a fact that arises here which is Metodo3… the famous… tell us…

DL: Picking up on what is happening in the Leonor Cipriano Case, it was via Julia Pinheiro, it was here on this show, “Afternoons with Julia”, that the fact that Gonçalo Amaral was being investigated by Metodo3 was discussed for the first time. At that time, when Julia put forth this question, a bit surprised, was not expecting the question, and didn’t know. Now, it’s been confirmed.

J: It was true, wasn’t it?

DL: It’s not only true, but also the report that Metodo3 wrote about Gonçalo Amaral is false. The are many facts that came from people such as Leandro [Leonor Cipriano’s partner] and other individuals connected to the Leonor Case and the Joana Case, all done to undermine the credibility of Gonçalo Amaral.

PS: It’s counter indicative.

J: What do you mean, Paulo? Counter indicative.

PS: The human memory doesn’t improve with time. The human memory is a function, from a psychological standpoint, that deteriorates over time. Amongst the witnesses contacted, who are highly unbelievable, for Leonor Cipriano, there are some that are particularly captivated by the thesis that there is “a cat hidden with his tail sticking out,” as the expression goes. Moreover, there is a fact out there that leaves me completely astounded. How can someone say that they didn’t even recognize the inspector Gonçalo Amaral, and later say, “Oh, now that I think about it, he also hit me. I remembered this after the interview that my husband gave.” This is completely impossible within the functioning of human memory. This type of thing doesn’t happen. This is a lie.

J: Didn’t Leonor Cipriano say that she couldn’t identify the people who beat her? Which is a strange thing…

DL: Ah, but now she can!

J: Ah, today she knows them…?

PS: It was Gonçalo.

J: Ah, Gonçalo! Ah!

PS: She didn’t know at first …

J: But if someone beat me, I think I would never ever forget them. Someone who had slapped me in the face, you know?

PS: Right. But Duarte has hit upon something important. Which is that there’s a fact that can not be excused in any way. That Gonçalo Amaral has been a man who has been consistently persecuted. [Close-up of Sun with photo of Amaral and the headline: “Did Cop Eat Maddie!”] It began with things like alcohol consumption, long lunches, sardines, etc. Which, curiously, you found also in a part of the Portuguese press, I don’t know if it was done on purpose, perhaps to follow a line of investigation that was a bit different, some journals like to do that, fine, it’s an option. However, it’s vital to understand the complete insistence upon denigrating his image and questioning everything Gonçalo Amaral has done in this country… it was investigated, this and everything in his private life. This is something that can’t be set aside by those who are interpreting these facts. And even for those who don’t have major paranoia, nor grand conspiracy theories, even to someone who is utterly uninterested in these things, this stinks. It smells bad. And I return to the idea that when the National Bar Association is involved in these things, it smells even worse. And, so, these things need to be put in their place. They need to be reviewed calmly. And they need to be honestly discussed much more than they have been up until now. And an honest plan relates to principals [ethics], and has to clarify why they are involved in this. And suddenly, this Leonor Cipriano Case arises without anyone understanding why? Without anyone understanding why. Even more than that …

J: It was expected to last two days, right? And Paulo Sargento is participating right? As a witness?

PS: Right. But I can’t talk about that. Nonetheless, it’s strange. And it’s important to understand how this started. How did those photographs appear in the Expresso two years ago? There are things that need to be said. There are relationships that have to be explained. And when things reach this point, people can’t close their eyes and say, “well, this is weird, whatever.”

J: Some say the photographs of Leonor Cipriano’s bruises were manipulated. Were…

DL: It’s a possibility.

J: It’s possible?

DL: They are photographs from the digital era. They could have been manipulated. This is a fact. But I think what Paulo highlighted is very important. It would perhaps be good… In order to have some tranquillity surrounding this case and the Madeleine McCann case, too, for everyone involved, beginning perhaps with Dr Marcos Aragão [Cipriano’s new lawyer] , to clarify …

J: Dr Marcos Aragão said that he volunteered, right? He’s not receiving anything, correct? That’s what I read in the paper.

DL: He’s like a volunteer.

PS: He’s free to do that. I don’t have…

J: Obviously…

PS: I don’t have, I don’t have anything to say against that.

J: [laughing] Duarte has such a sceptical air…

DL: Yes, I’m not convinced. I’m not convinced. It could be that he is not receiving any money from Leonor Cipriano…

J: The lady probably doesn’t have …

DL: Right.

J: Could he be getting money from someplace else?

DL: It’s possible. I think there’s something here that needs to be further investigated, further verified. Just as, in the same way, I would like to see the National Bar Association clarify, in a more explicit way, its presence in this process. As well as the Public Minister.

PS: Definitely.

DL: There exists… If, in the beginning, the woman said then that she didn’t recognize any of the people who beat her, if the woman said at first that she was not beaten and then said that she was, how did those five men end up in court? And why Gonçalo Amaral? If she has said from the beginning that he did not touch her, did not beat her, was not even present, why is he there today? I’m not defending Gonçalo Amaral. I think that Gonçalo Amaral, whether a police officer or not, has become an unavoidable figure in these two processes… more so in the Madeleine McCann case. Because from the point at which he left, and is substituted by Paulo Rebelo, who might be an excellent inspector, I do not doubt that, by coincidence it was he [Rebelo] who was also involved in the Freeport Case…

PS: uh-huh, uh-huh…

DL: I think that Gonçalo Amaral is unavoidable. He was badly treated by the British press without the Portuguese authorities even trying to stop the damage. He is removed from the case because of an article which was false. For an article without veracity. I ended up talking to one of the authors of this article by phone, for on that day I was in London and wanted to talk to this person, and that article was an excuse created in order to remove Gonçalo Amaral.

J: And these are the facts.

DL: These are the facts.

J: And a case that wasn’t going to be very important, wasn’t going to take long to resolve, is now going to take how long to resolve, this case of Leonor Cipriano versus the ex-inspectors that she didn’t recognize that she now recognizes and tomorrow who knows?

PS: I hope that this will very quickly be resolved. Now, it will have consequences… in this there is no doubt.

DL: There will have to be. [consequences]

PS: There will have to be. There are many players in this gigantic soap opera that are going to have to be identified in a much more precise way. Because this puts at risk a very fundamental thing: Portuguese justice. And the impression that people are left with concerning what is Portuguese justice. Such that there is here an inversion of values. Look. We have here the notion that it is possibly our defenders, our judicial police that are becoming the culprits. This is an extremely bizarre thing! It’s absolutely bizarre. It confuses people. Naturally…

J: [It should] not place in doubt, because the case is objective.

DL: Wait. These are not investigators that started two years ago. These are men with 20-30 years in their careers. Who worked on the FP-25 case and others even more important. And who never, until today, had their professional capacities placed in doubt.

PS: It’s obvious, it’s obvious…

J: Your last words, Paulo.

PS: It’s obvious that no one is above the law.

J: Obviously not. No.

PS: No one is above the law. A police officer shouldn’t be on trial? No. He should.

J: If you hit someone, you have to respond to that.

PS: That’s obvious. No one disagrees with that. But this entire case has been bizarre. The players in this theatre, in this great novel, have appeared without anyone understanding how. And this is where we need to start.

J: It is.

PS: People, citizens have the right to understand; those in the process have the responsibility to clearly explain why they are doing this. All the institutions need to do this.

J: We all understand, Paulo Sargento. Applause for Paulo Sargento and Duarte Levy.

Transcription & Translation by Debk, minor Edits by Astro - thank you!

by Joana Morais

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A secret is only a secret if only one person knows it

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Maddie: The private detectives received help from a PJ mole


By Duarte Levy
11 November 2008
Thanks to 'annaesse' for translation

A private Spanish detective reveals how the McCanns were able to have access to confidential police information in the Maddie case.

According to one of the Spanish detectives hired by Metodo 3, in the context of their contract with Kate and Gerry McCann, a PJ inspector allegedly gave confidential information to the Spanish agency concerning the movements of the Portuguese investigators and their British colleagues in the investigation into Maddie's disappearance.

The information thus obtained allowed the private detectives to inform the McCann couple and their entourage about work being planned by the Portuguese investigators: "Several of Amaral's men's initiatives failed thanks to information given by their colleague... but there was also information coming from informers linked to the British embassy," this detective states.

"This is the information that allowed us to know in advance what inspector Amaral and his colleagues wanted to do," the private detective continues during an interview recently recorded in Spain, stressing that, "the investigation would probably have ended differently without the intervention of the private detectives, but also of certain British professionals."

In his interview, a video recorded in unusual conditions, and which will be included in a documentary for television about Madeleine McCann's disappearance, the Spanish detective clearly identifies the PJ inspector and also puts forward, "that he benefited from a certain protection by the PJ at Faro."

The detective goes further and states, "that at times when the investigation was closed, thanks to information received from the Portuguese inspector, we created diversions in the media."

"That didn't always work, because I noticed that certain operations were set up without our knowing in advance. I imagine that Amaral must have had his suspicions and that he limited access to information to the men he trusted," the detective adds.

"The investigation was practically condemned in advance...we knew in advance what Amaral was preparing and the desired objective in his operations," states the detective who, after several months of working for Metodo 3, had even tried to make contact with the Portimao CID coordinator, before he was dismissed from the investigation: "I had personally met Gonçalo Amaral a few years ago, but he mustn't have remembered me and as soon as he heard that I was linked to Metodo 3 he refused to speak to me, arguing that if I had important information to bring to the case, this should be done in an official manner."

"He (Gonçalo Amaral) was known to us as a hard guy, in particular in cases of fighting drug trafficking... he is incorruptible," the detective concludes.

The revelation which risks creating controversy around the Algarve PJ, meanwhile confirms the suspicions raised by certain investigators. At least two PJ inspectors, contacted by SMM, directly put forward the name of the inspector who allegedly passed on the confidential information to the detectives of the Spanish agency. According to them, the man benefited from a certain protection from the Faro commission and his behaviour was not new, because he had allegedly previously committed the same offence in other investigations.

"We are no longer looking for Maddie.... me, in any case, I was never hired to do that."

According to the same detective, he was allegedly never hired to look for Madeleine MCann: "We are no longer looking for Maddie.. me, in any case, I was never hired to do that. All I was asked to do was gather the most details in order to direct the Portuguese investigation towards Morocco or Spain.

This former detective - who is no longer able to carry on his work - further states that the Spanish agency allegedly led British journalists to Morocco for them to meet previously selected and paid witnesses: "the aim was to spread the Moroccan lead in the media and thus confirm that it was indeed an abduction, which the Portuguese and British police did not want to believe," states the detective, stressing that he is unable to say whether the McCanns were behind this kind of operation.

"The couple never asked me to lie about anything whatsoever. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about the agency or the couple's entourage," the detective concludes.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Oh my, my, my

Cipriano case: Forensics launch doubt on photographs - RTP1

Transcript and translation:

The photographs that show bruises on Leonor Cipriano may not be reliable. RTP had access to the report of the digital forensics analysis which was requested by the defense lawyer of the PJ inspectors who stand accused of torture.

The tests reveal that it is not possible to evaluate whether or not changes were made to the photographs’ original features. The report further adds that the photographs were harmed in their authenticity by the absence of some data like the date and time, and also because they are low resolution images.

The trial continues on the 18th of November.

source: RTP1, 07.11.2008

by astro

Thursday, November 6, 2008

When reality is weirder than fiction

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Gonçalo Amaral’s head - Hernâni Carvalho for TvMais

Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer proposed to help the PJ inspectors who stand accused of torture if he was given the head of Gonçalo Amaral. The news was confirmed by himself to tvmais

by Hernâni Carvalho

Gonçalo Amaral’s head against the absolution of the other inspectors – such was the proposal that was made by Leonor’s lawyer to one of the lawyers of the PJ inspectors. The information hit the newsroom at tvmais like a bombshell. “I confirm it”, tvmais was told by Carlos Anjos, the president of ASFIC, the union for the PJ’s Criminal Investigation workers. “Our colleagues’ lawyer (Pragal Colaço) has informed us about said proposal that was made by Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer (Marcos Aragão). Gonçalo Amaral’s head. Concerning the others, one would find a way to clear them.”

If we in the newsroom found this strange, any doubts were dismissed when we contacted Marcos Aragão himself. “Yes, indeed I spoke with Dr Pragal Colaço and I confirm that I proposed to help him in the defense of the other inspectors if they stated that they acted under Gonçalo Amaral’s indication. A reduction of the sentence would be achieved for them”, the lawyer told our magazine. Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer confirmed to us that he is ready to defend the inspectors who stand accused of torturing his client if in exchange an unequivocal condemnation against the PJ’s coordinating inspector, Gonçalo Amaral, was obtained.

Marcos Aragão told tvmais that he is in possession of an email that was written by Paulo Cristóvão to another PJ inspector where he states that he was given carte blanche by Gonçalo Amaral to beat up Leonor Cipriano. We contacted Paulo Cristóvão. The former PJ inspector told us, laconically, that the affirmation “doesn’t even deserve a comment. We shall see what happens in the appropriate location, which is a court hearing”.

Concerning the deal, António Cabrita, Gonçalo Amaral’s lawyer, told us: “I don’t know those affirmations. Dr Gonçalo Amaral trusts the Portuguese justice that he served for 27 years. Those deals have no validity whatsoever in the Portuguese penal system. Here, the court only appreciates facts, not deals”.

“An inspector sits on the bench, accused of forgery, but it was the chief of the prison guards who went to court to state that the director of the prison of Odemira (Ana Maria Calado) ordered him to change a document, which he refused.” Carlos Anjos from ASFIC/PJ finds this strange. “I have yet to understand what stands behind all this. Dr Marcos Aragão is more committed to ruining the credibility of Gonçalo Amaral and the PJ in the McCanns case than concerned about Leonor Cipriano’s pain”, he said.

The truth is that contradictions and certificates is what has been mostly seen at the Court in Faro. During the sessions of the trial of the five PJ inspectors who stand accused of torturing Leonor Cipriano, requests follow upon requests for certificates to file new complaints. Both from the accusation and from the defense. Among accusations and counter-accusations, the collective of judges which is led by Henrique Pavão (three judges, four jurors) has already complained about the fact that bureaucratic issues are delaying the process.

What is known for certain is that on the 13th of October [2004], Leonor confessed to murdering her daughter Joana. And it is known that she did so in the presence of her lawyer, Célia Costa, who confirms that she didn’t see anyone assaulting Leonor. The process that was opened by the Public Ministry (PM) over alleged aggressions against Leonor Cipriano refers the 15th of October. But the PM failed to determine who committed the aggressions. The PJ inspectors stand accused of having created conditions for the actions to be carried out. In those days, Leonor Cipriano was preventively detained in Odemira prison and the PJ was searching for her daughter Joana or what was left of her. Two days after she confessed to killing her daughter Leonor, in the presence of her lawyer, Leonor Cipriano returned to the prison in Odemira with hematomas to her face. At that time, she stated that she had fallen and the guards wrote a report. Now, she says that she was assaulted with fists and kicks and with a cardboard tube.

Why did Leonor dismiss Grade?

“I don’t know.” Leonor Cipriano’s former lawyer told us that he heard about his dismissal “from a journalist who asked me if I had been set apart. As I knew nothing about it, I denied it. It was only later that I read an email from my colleague Marcos Aragão. That was how I found out that I had been dismissed from the defense of Mrs Leonor because she signed a document that revoked my power of attorney and hired another lawyer. I know through my colleague that she stated she was not happy with me because I didn’t attack Dr Gonçalo Amaral frontally and that she felt better supported while being defended by my colleague”.

Leonor’s contradictions

Leonor sometimes remembers and sometimes forgets. First, she said that she had seen who assaulted her, but later she denied it. First, she said that there was a blue plastic bag over her head but soon she declared it was “green or blue”. During the inquiry, she said that she had been “aggressed more than once”, but now, during the trial, she stated it happened only once. She said she knew the time (around 8 p.m.) because she had looked at the clock in the room where she had been beaten. During the trial, she described the room without said clock. There were several contradictions from Leonor, but one of her sentences stuck to everyone’s memory. “I don’t remember having confessed”, she told the court.

source: Tvmais, 05.11.2008, paper edition

by astro

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Yes, we can! Ladies and Gentlemen: the new President of the USA!

The target is clear. Who is the shooter?

"Gonçalo Amaral is the target" - Correio da Manhã

Joana Case: Carlos Anjos, president of ASFIC/PJ, denounces

by Henrique Machado

Five Polícia Judiciária inspectors are on trial over torture on Leonor Cipriano, but the plaintiff’s lawyer, who got involved in this case under orders of the McCanns’ detectives, has already tried a deal. “He proposed to our lawyer that we let Gonçalo Amaral ‘fall’ and in exchange he would redraw the torture accusations against the other four inspectors”, denounces Carlos Anjos, the president of the PJ’s union. And Aragão Correia also confirms: “If the other four want to confess that it was him who gave the order to assault…”

First, “the strange lawyer swap” of Leonor at the beginning of the trial. Then, “the new lawyer, who even admits to having already been paid by the McCann couple’s detectives, attacks exclusively Gonçalo Amaral. When what is the issue is the supposed torture of the plaintiff by other PJ inspectors”. And finally, Carlos Anjos lost his doubts with the “dishonest attempt at a deal”.

Aragão Correia, according to the president of ASFIC, “allows for the conclusion that Gonçalo Amaral is the target. He is only worried about trying the inspector who participated in the investigation into the McCann couple, within the Maddie case, instead of trying the supposed assault on his present client…”

Carlos Anjos advances that ASFIC’s reply was ‘no’. “The five are innocent, and we are either saved together, or we fall as one. This lawyer has worked for Método 3. Then, he tells that the McCanns, or someone on their behalf, asked for him to get interested in the supposed assault on Leonor. That he should discover what Gonçalo Amaral’s role in the entire case was. And now this proposition…”

“Photos of Leonor may have been taken after the 15th”

Apart from the fact that it is “clear” to Carlos Anjos that Gonçalo Amaral “is the target to shoot down in this trial”, the president of ASFIC/PJ recalls that “the only persons who have always maintained the same version, because they speak the truth, are the inspectors. Just listen to the constant contradictions from Leonor – as well as the indications that were given by the director of the prison in Odemira for a service information from the chief of the guards about Leonor’s health condition to be altered. But the stupefying fact is that the person who is on trial for falsifying a service information is an inspector [António Cardoso]. It is already proved that Leonor’s confession [over the death of her daughter Joana] is dated the 13th of October 2004, not the 14th, like the Accusation says, and there is nothing to sustain that the photographs [of the violence marks on the body] were taken on the 15th. They may have been taken days later. The PJ delivered Leonor back to prison only with a few scratches.”

“If the others say that he gave the order…”

Aragão Correia, the present lawyer for Leonor Cipriano who had already admitted to getting involved in the case at the request of the McCanns’ detectives, also recognizes to CM that he tried “to reach a deal” with the five policemen’s defense for the other four to incriminate Gonçalo Amaral. “I confronted the lawyer of the other four inspectors [three of which stand accused of torture and one of falsifying the service information] and I told them that if they wanted to confess that it was Gonçalo Amaral who gave the order to torture Leonor Cipriano, we could try to reach a deal…” Aragão Correia says that “this is normal in any process” – and he refuses to admit that the persecution of Gonçalo Amaral is related to the McCanns. He approached the case on request of the couple’s detectives, but now he guarantees that nobody is paying him.


Employees heard – The trial of the inspectors who stand accused of torture over Leonor Cipriano continues today at the Court of Faro, at 9 a.m., and the testimonies of a prison guard, of the doctors who observed the victim and of the two employees who took the photographs of Leonor’s body at Odemira prison are expected.

Different accusations – Despite Gonçalo Amaral being the target of Leonor’s lawyer, the former investigator of the Maddie case answers over the less serious crimes of omission of denunciation and false testimony. It is Leonel Marques, Marques Bom and Pereira Cristóvão who stand trial for torture. Concerning António Cardoso, the accusation sustains that he falsified the service information.

“We are innocent” – Carlos Anjos never had any doubts about the interest that moves Leonor’s lawyer in the process, yet he clarifies: “The only deal that we accept is the one to clear the five PJ inspectors. We are innocent.”

source: Correio da Manhã, 04.11.2008

by astro


How lower can this get?



This Thursday 6th November 2008 at 8pm in The Regency Hotel (The Swords Road)

Guests on the night
Donna Marie Sludds & Breeze 52
George Murphy
Patrick Rogers

snake princess will be there on the night with her snakey friend "Cyprus" 7ft albino burmese python

There will be a Raffle & Sponsored Leg waxing by some of Amy's relations and friends on the night.

If someone wants to contact Amy´s family directly about the night they can at or Amys Aunt Christine at 00353857542452

Monday, November 3, 2008

At war

Case Cipriano/McCann Versus PJ - Opinion Article By Moita Flores


The Case Joana

The trial of the possible torture on the mother of Joana is revealing episodes of a perversion that do not cease to amaze us. Each statement drops like a bomb. Then, the boot doesn't match with the splutter [sic -Portuguese Proverb].

I know that the police are not angels, nor were they sent by Christ to Earth. The profession hardens them, makes them stubborn, suspicious, determined and in the world, spreaded, are examples of huge atrocities committed by those who have the duty to comply with, and enforce compliance with the law and protecting the rights of citizenship. That said, I admit that when I read the first news about the beatings, in a glance, and when I saw the pictures appear, it was not so hard for me to believe that that was how it was denounced. A crime so heinous as the one who was committed can lead a man to lose his head and to commit an unforgivable foolishness.

But now that the trial has arrived and the evidence is unfolding, the issue is changing its aspect. The lady has confessed that she helped to kill her daughter on a given day and that the beating was in the following day. It is an absurdity. I heard the confession of many homicides and other violent crimes. I know too well how the environment of tension surrounding the interrogations could come to almost unbearable limits. And it is then, that for various reasons, an act of brutality can happen. When it ends, the decompression is fast. Whether for the criminal or for the investigators. Everything goes back to normal. It makes no sense, after all is finished, on the next day to retrieve the prisoner and give him a thrashing. For more macabre that it has been that testimony. For the Police that does not have an interest anymore. It's Finished.

But the astonishment increases when we know that the report on the abuse of that lady was amended by an higher order in order to incriminate the police, and that the woman can not recognize among those policeman those who have attacked her. I had to admit to it. Even if I did not know the names, an investigation brings together investigators, arguidos, witnesses and it is not difficult to recognize [to make a recognition ]. There are even moments that persist for many years because of the strong emotional investment that emerges in such situations. And more perverse it becomes when it is known that one of the lawyers was put on the case in order to pursue one of the defendants. Gonçalo Amaral was persecuted, not because of this case, but by the agents of the detective agency hired by Maddie's parents. Confirming all this, we are not before a case of justice. It is a heinous farce that abuses the court. For the ugliest reasons that are also part of our human condition.

by Dr. Francisco Moita Flores, University Professor

Source: Correio da Manhã

by astro

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Descansa em Paz

Vou ter saudades suas, Senhor Andrade.
Que Deus o proteja.