LAWYERS WILL be questioning the integrity of Gonçalo Amaral during the current court hearing of the alleged police torture of Leonor Cipriano, the mother of missing girl Joana, who disappeared in 2004 from Figueira near Portimão
They believe it to be an integral part of the trial to demonstrate the character of the former lead detective in the subsequent case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Leonor Cipriano is accusing police of torture and beatings during interrogations into the case surrounding her daughter Joana.
She was later sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for the murder of her daughter, although no body has ever been found in the case.
Five members of the police have been accused by Leonor Cipriano, including Gonçalo Amaral.
The former head of the PJ, Alípio Ribeiro, is also to be questioned by Cipriano’s lawyers surrounding the resignation of Gonçalo Amaral.
This is set to include questioning surrounding claims of Gonçalo Amaral allegedly attacking his wife in 2007 while under the influence of alcohol.
Comments made about Gonçalo Amaral have been described as “unreasonable” by his lawyer.
António Cabrita told Portuguese news agency Lusa: “These accusations do not produce anything relevant to the trial. This debate should take place with dignity and these types of statement do nothing to ensure that.”
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