Cipriano lawyer arrested

A LAWYER who is defending Leonor Cipriano in the alleged case of torture during police interrogation was arrested for the possession of drugs at the Odemira women’s prison in the Alentejo last week.

João Grade dos Santos was arrested on Thursday (April 17) carrying 45 doses of amphetamines and a quarter of a tablet of ecstasy while visiting the prison with a number of bags.

“The lawyer was interrogated by the police and was set free the same day, to await a court date,” said the GNR spokesman.

João Grade dos Santos told Lusa news agency that he had been given the bags so that he could take them to one of the prisoners, whose house had already been searched by the Polícia Judiciária.

“I did not know what was in the bags, I am shocked at the situation,” he said. “I hope that this case can be clarified as soon as possible, for the sake of my good name and reputation.”

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