Dr Franciso Moita Flores, in Correio da Manhã, November 2008, said this about the court case against Gonçalo Amaral (translated from the Portuguese):
“The trial alleging the possibility of torture on the mother of Joana is revealing aspects of a perversion of justice which do not cease to amaze us…the Police are not angels, nor were they sent by Christ to Earth. Their profession hardens them, makes them stubborn, suspicious, and determined…and a crime so heinous as this one [the murder of Joana Cipriano] can lead even a Police officer to lose his head and to commit an unforgivable foolishness [like an assault on the perpetrator].
“Now the trial has arrived and the evidence is unfolding...Leonor Cipriano has confessed that she helped to kill her daughter on a given day, and that the beating by the police was on the day immediately following [her confession]. It is an absurdity.
”The amazement we all feel [at this absurdity] only increases when we learn that Leonor Cipriano cannot even identify a single one of the Police officers who allegedly attacked her.
“Gonçalo Amaral is clearly being persecuted, not because of the Leonor Cipriano case, but by the agents of Método 3, the detective agency hired by Madeleine's parents. This simply confirms that this case is not about justice. In fact, it is an abuse of the court process, a disgrace, a heinous farce. And all of this is happening for the ugliest of reasons - reasons which are also part of our human condition”.
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Although it wouldn't surprise me if she was beaten by the other inmates. These things happen to people who hurt children. Wardens and those in charge have been known to turn a blind eye.
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Surely she wasn't smart enough to make that up by herself?
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