Spanish Court Clears 'Stolen-Babies' Doctor of All Charges

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Earlier reports stated that prosecutors wanted ex-gynecologist Eduardo Vela to face imprisonment for 11 years for alleged assistance in baby trafficking during Francisco Franco's reign in Spain.

A Spanish court has cleared the former doctor Eduardo Vela, 85, who operated in Spain during the Francisco Franco regime, of all charges stating that the case had exceeded the statute of limitations, however, it considered him a perpetrator.

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According to the court, the former gynecologist was in charge of the criminal offenses involving the abduction of a child, falsification of legal documents, and faking a birth certificate; yet the offender's culpability surpassed the statute of limitations once the child officially became an adult in 1987.

In April 2012, Vela faced his most severe abduction case, which had a statue of limitations of 10 years.

As part of the "stolen babies" scandal that had an impact on thousands during General Francisco Franco's reign, Vela was the first person to be put on trial.

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