Without any reply from Leonor Cipriano’s lawyer, Marcos Aragão Correia, and given his manifest lack of interest in answering the judges’ requests, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has archived a complaint that had been filed by Joana’s mother against the Portuguese State, in which she complained about the alleged lack of impartiality in the decision by the Court of Portimão that condemned her, at a first instance, to 24 years in prison over the homicide of her daughter.
Despite the fact that the ECHR accepted that complaint, Marcos Aragão Correia didn’t follow up on the process and didn’t send any argumentation or details concerning the complaint, within the regular deadlines.
The initial complaint had been sent to Strasburg by Leonor’s first lawyer, João Grade dos Santos, who in the meantime was removed from the case through a letter from Leonor, that was sent after she was convinced by Marcos Aragão Correia that he was the most appropriate lawyer to represent her in the process of the alleged aggressions that features Gonçalo Amaral as one of the arguidos.
This is not the first time that the lawyer from Madeira fails to react as one would expect from a professional, as his performance as Leonor’s lawyer in Faro was also branded by the presentation of several requests that equally failed the legal deadlines. According to the European Court’s archiving decision, the judges waited for Leonor’s arguments and fundaments until the end of October 2008.
Leonor Cipriano was initially condemned to 24 years in prison over her daughter Joana’s homicide, a sentence that was later reduced to 16 years and eight months, by an appeals court.
Both of Leonor’s lawyers, past and present, declined to comment on the case, but a source that is connected to the process at the court of Faro, contacted by 24Horas, didn’t show any surprise about the fact: “Since the beginning, we have been stressing that the gentleman is not here in order to represent Leonor’s interests, but rather to personally target some of the arguidos, namely Dr Gonçalo Amaral, and at the same time, to seek for a certain protagonism in the media”, the source said.
Duarte Levy also in 24horas