The news wires from Portugal are hissing and humming this morning as they transmit the latest saga from Faro.
The Faro court was hearing the case of the alleged assaults by five PJ inspectors of Leonor Cipriano who alleges torture during her interrogation.
Three inspectors stand accused of the crime of torture, one stands accused of the crime of false testimony and failure to denounce and a fifth one stands accused of the crime of document forgery.
The court room was in disarray when Marcos Aragão Correia, the lawyer of Leonor Cipriano was forced by the judge to leave the court room after it was revealed that he had been suspended by the Portuguese Bar.
Correia was notified this morning by a member of the Algarve District Council of his suspension, Hélder de Sousa, who did not specify the precise reason for the disciplinary action by the ethics committee. RTM, the Portuguese radio station is reporting that this is a six month suspension and originates from complaints laid by clients of Correia based in Madeira.
Correia’s suspension from this high profile Faro court case follows his admission to Portuguese newspapers that he ‘collaborated with Metodo 3,the McCann’s private detectives’ and received money ‘for expenses’ and intreiguingly hot on the heels of Gerry McCann’s mysterious visit to Faro.
Leonora Cipriano has not had a great deal of success with her legal representation, her first lawyer was allegedly involved in the drug trade, now his replacement has been suspended for unethical behaviour. The case continues and she is now represented by a ‘duty solicitor’.