Relatives of the ‘stolen children’ marched in Madrid Sunday to protest against the slow pace of justice, demanding the reopening of investigations that have been shelved for ‘lack of evidence’.
Hundreds of thousands of newborns were stolen under Franco and these crimes continued until the late 1980s. Some 1,500 court cases have been filed with prosecutors but judges have shelved many cases.
The processing of the cases in the courts was also proceeding too slowly, despite the advanced age of the possible perpetrators, the protestors added.
Nun Maria Gomez Valbuena, known as ‘Sister Mary’, accused in two cases of stolen children allegedly committed in Madrid clinics, died on 22 January.
Political parties, unions and many individual citizens joined the march, including the CCOO, UGT, the Unified Trade Union of Police (SUP), Initiative for Catalonia, the United Left and UPyD.
La Vanguardia ; AFP