Thursday, 3 February 2011

Public prosecutor rejects 'stolen babies' class action suit

SPAIN (Agencies/Photo of group presenting cases, EuropaSur) The Public Prosecutor (Fiscalía General del Estado) has rejected a class action suit that would open a judicial investigation into the alleged stolen babies cases that emerged from the Franco era and beyond to the 1990s, according to sources at the Ministerio Fiscal (as the Public Prosecutor's Office is also known). However, the judicial entity encouraged those seeking the class action suit to denounce the facts individually at the appropriate courts where the alleged crimes might have been committed.>
Legal arguments on the subject by th Ministry include the fact that those responsible for such 'stealing', which  supposedly took place at clinics and hospitals all over the country since the 1940s, did not belong to one single organization. In other words, that they operated separately in different parts of the territory.

This argument goes against the majority opinion of the group seeking an official investigation, Anadir (Asociación Nacional de Afectados por Adopciones Irregulares), who believe that there must have been some connection to the centre of power at the time in order for such things to have happened with apparent impunity.

The association presented a collective suit that grouped 261 families represented by attorney Enrique Vila. On their way to the Public Prosecutor, and interviewed by the press, they talked about the possibility of there being some 30,000 cases regarding newborns allegedly stolen at a number of health centres.

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