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17:53  12 july  2019
17:53  12 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A woman who became a crusader for babies abducted during Spain 's 20th-century dictatorship said Thursday that she has found her biological family and learned that her mother gave her up voluntarily . Inés Madrigal said that thanks to an American DNA bank she has

The first woman recognised by Spanish courts as one of the “ stolen babies ” of the Franco dictatorship has discovered her biological family thanks to a DNA database. But Inés Madrigal, 50, has also said she learned from her newly discovered relatives that her mother gave her up voluntarily .

Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily © DOMINIQUE FAGET Ines Madrigal found out in 2010 that she was one of the 'stolen babies'

The first woman recognised by Spanish courts as one of the "stolen babies" of the Franco dictatorship has found her biological family who told her she had in fact been given up voluntarily for adoption by her mother, public prosecutors said Thursday.

During General Francisco Franco's 1939-75 dictatorial rule, hundreds of babies were taken from their mothers -- who were told their children had died -- and given to others to adopt, often with the help of the Catholic Church.

Initially, babies were taken from left-wing opponents of the regime, with the practice later expanded to supposedly illegitimate children and those from poor families.

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The newborns were meant to be raised by affluent, conservative and devout Roman Catholic families.

Estimates range from hundreds to tens of thousands of victims.

Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily TOPSHOT - A man holds a placard displaying pictures of Spanish late dictator Francisco Franco and Germany's late dictator Adolf Hitler during a demonstration titled 'NiValleNiAlmudena, Madrid sin Franco' (Madrid without Franco) in Madrid on October 25, 2018, against the proposal of moving the remains of Spanish late dictator Francisco Franco to the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP) (Photo credit should read OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP/Getty Images) Ines Madrigal, a 50-year-old railway worker, became the first -- and so far only -- suspected "stolen baby" to bring her case to trial, turning her into one of the most visible faces of the campaign to seek justice for the families who were torn apart.

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A Spanish court last year convicted an 85-year-old former gynaecologist, Eduardo Vela, for having taken Madrigal in 1969 from her biological mother shortly after she was born at the now-defunct San Ramon clinic in Madrid.

He escaped punishment, however, because the court decided Madrigal had waited too long to file a complaint.

But the Madrid public prosecutor's office said Thursday that just a few months later, in March 2019, Madrigal discovered her biological family through a DNA database in the United States.

She learned not only that her real mother had died, but also that she had given Madrigal away voluntarily.

Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily © Artur Widak/NurPhoto A view of Francisco Franco statue in Melilla. Melilla retains the only statue of Franco that can be seen standing on a public road and, after being withdrawn in 2005 due to road works that were to take place, was placed back about 50 meters from its previous location. This statue was made before Franco became the Head of State and celebrates his achievements in the War of Africa. On Wednesday, December 6, 2018, in Melilla, Spain. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

"Her real brothers on her mother's side and an aunt... confirmed that she was 'voluntarily' given up for adoption," the office said in a statement.

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The prosecutors said that it should no longer be considered proven that Vela had stolen a baby as ruled by the court last year.

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Madrigal told a Madrid news conference that the fact that her biological mother had given her up voluntarily "does not mean that doctor Vela is not guilty of multiple crimes."

She said she had met her four biological brothers "who are wonderful people and who have opened their arms and heart to me."

"For the first time, I have completed the puzzle that is my life," she added.

Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily © 2019 Marcos del Mazo MADRID, SPAIN - 2019/05/05: A banner with the picture of dictator Francisco Franco and the words 'ignominy must disappear' during a protest at the entrance of the Valley of the Fallen where dictator Francisco Franco and Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera are buried. (Photo by Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Madrigal did not want to reveal the identity of her biological family to protect their privacy.

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A woman who became a crusader for babies abducted during Spain 's 20th-century dictatorship said Thursday that she has found her biological family and learned that her mother gave her up voluntarily . Inés Madrigal said that thanks to an American DNA bank she has

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Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
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Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily
Spanish 'stolen baby' activist learns mother gave her up voluntarily

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