Baby ab­duct­ing doc­tor found guilty

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - SPAIN NEWS - News Staff Re­porter

A SPAN­ISH court has ruled that a doc­tor stole a new­born child nearly five decades ago, one of many ab­ducted dur­ing Spain's 20th-cen­tury dic­ta­tor­ship.

But the court cleared Ed­uardo Vela be­cause the statute of lim­i­ta­tions had ex­pired.

The Madrid court said the 85-year-old former gy­nae­col­o­gist Ed­uardo Vela could not be pun­ished be­cause the ac­cuser, Ines Madri­gal, did not make her com­plaint un­til 2012.

The court did find, how­ever, that Vela was re­spon­si­ble for ab­duct­ing Madri­gal in 1969, fak­ing her birth by her adop­tive par­ents and forg­ing of­fi­cial doc­u­ments.

Mon­day's ver­dict is Spain's first in re­la­tion to the ab­duc­tion of thou­sands of chil­dren dur­ing the coun­try's Civil War and the decades of Gen­eral Fran­cisco Franco's dic­ta­tor­ship that fol­lowed.

Vela, who was the di­rec­tor of a Madrid clinic con­sid­ered at the epi­cen­tre of the scan­dal, de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions dur­ing this year's trial. EFE

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