Madrid investigating baby thefts under Francoism

December 21, 2010

The autonous government of Madrid has initiated an investigation of the theft of newborn babies who were then given up for adoption, a practice reported to have occurred in the Franco years, El País reports. The parents were told their child had died. The preliminary investigation, which focuses on the 1960s, is meant to find out whether the case should be brought to court. Members of affected families, who have records of some 300 thefts, have requested a meeting with the Minister of Justice.  The case is in legal limbo; it is up to the Spanish Supreme Court to decide what court is to take it on. More here (in Spanish), here and here (in English).