Torture charge for former Madeleine police chief

Former police chief Gonçalo Amaral, who led the Madeleine McCann investigation, has been charged with torturing a suspect in another missing child case.

Portugal’s public ministry has accused Gonçalo Amaral of torturing Leandro Silva, the partner of Leonor Cipriano who is in jail for the murder of her daughter Joana in 2004 (see the Algarve Resident edition, September 5, 2008).

Leandro Silva claims that the former police chief punched him in the abdomen and slapped him across the face in October 2004, with the help of two other unidentified police officers, while asking where the child’s body was hidden. Leandro Silva is asking for 500,000 euros in compensation.

Meanwhile, Leandro and Leonor’s lawyer, Marcos Aragão Correia has also made a claim of more than 500,000 euros against Gonçalo Amaral for defamation of character.