Franco-era baby scandal confronted with trial of doctor


A Madrid court saw a 85-year-old doctor appear to face charges of baby abduction on a mass scale during the rule of Francisco Franco (AFP).

The trial is the reckoning of a practice which took newborns from parents deemed undesirable, and resettled the infants with more prosperous families. It is believed to encompass many thousands of cases, of which around 2,000 are the subject of formal complaints (Guardian).

About 50 demonstrators protested outside the court on June 26 as Eduardo Vela, who worked as a gynaecologist at the now-defunct San Ramon clinic in Madrid, arrived.

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Vela, facing charges of unlawful detention, falsifying official documents and certifying a non-existent birth, could be jailed for 11 years.

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