Doctor linked to cases of Spanish stolen babies urged to reveal all information he holds, as a Madrid court overrules the charges against him because too much time had elapsed.
Eduardo Vela, 85, is the first person to go to trial for illegal adoptions in Spain, part of a large scandal dating back to the Franco regime.
The gynaecologist was found to have committed three crimes - abduction, fraud over pregnancy and forgery of documents, but was set free by the Spanish court.
Labour MEP Jude Kirton-Darling, who has been supporting petitions related to these cases in the European Parliament (notably North Yorkshire constituent Ruth Appleby's search for her new-born daughter), commented on the news:
“The release of Dr Vela is incredibly disappointing news and a very frustrating outcome of the first ever trial in this scandal for the thousands of people looking for their stolen babies or biological parents. Many of the cases we heard in the Petitions Committee were linked to Vela, so we mustn’t let him walk away with the truth untold about what could be a large number of illegal adoptions.
“I believe that if you get compassion, you should show some in return. This is why I urge Dr Vela to now work with the families concerned and reveal all the information he has on cases of stolen babies in order to allow people a sense of peace and closure. Justice should be served, but at the very least these families deserve in the meantime to find out the truth about what happened in their cases.”