Print Edition - 2018-10-09  |  World News Digest

Ex-doctor avoids conviction in Spain ‘stolen babies’ case

- AGENCIES, MADRID

Oct 9, 2018-

A Spanish court found an 85-year-old former doctor guilty on Monday of taking a newborn away from her mother under the Franco dictatorship but refrained from convicting him, in the first trial of the so-called “stolen babies” scandal. The Madrid court ruled that the deed was committed too long ago for the defendant to be legally convicted. It found former gynaecologist Eduardo Vela guilty of taking Ines Madrigal, now 49, away from her mother as a newborn in 1969. During and after the 1939-1975 dictatorship, thousands of babies were taken away from their mothers, who were told they had died after birth. The babies were adopted by infertile couples, preferably close to the far-right regime, often with the help of the Catholic Church.

Published: 09-10-2018 08:50

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