18 March 2011
The Appellate Court of Évora did not approve the appeals of the two Judiciary Police officers who were convicted in Leonor Cipriano’s trial and decided to maintain the ruling made at the court of first instance, said this Friday Marcos Aragão Coreia, adding that he intends to sue the Portuguese State for violation of Human Rights.
According to Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer, the Appellate Court considered “quite sufficient” all the evidence in the first instance to prove the existence of a “serious crime of torture” against Leonor Cipriano.
At trial, held in Faro for several months, the two inspectors of the Judiciary Police, Gonçalo Amaral and António Cardoso, were sentenced to one year and six months and two years and three months respectively, suspended in its execution.
Gonçalo Amaral, the former coordinator of the Criminal Investigation Department in Lagos, was convicted as the author of a crime of false testimony, and António Cardoso, as the author of a crime of forgery of a document.
According to Marcos Aragão Correia, the Court of Appeal of Évora has declared “unfounded” the appeals, including a request by the defendants for “renewal of proof”.
The lawyer added that the judges who reviewed the appeals, besides deciding to keep the final ruling made at the first instance, confirmed that Leonor Cipriano “was brutally tortured by various agents of the Portuguese Judiciary Police who remain unidentified.”
According to Aragão Correia, the court considered that they “should not worsen” the sentence given to Gonçalo Amaral since he is a “first time offender” and has retired from the police.
Marcos Aragão Correia announced that in consequence of this decision, Leonor Cipriano will lodge a formal complaint against the Portuguese government to the United Nations for “gross violation of the most basic human rights”.
According to the lawyer, it will be asked the condemnation and expulsion of Portugal from the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations.