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Child traffic ring lawyer
was jailed in similar case
By Conall Ó Fátharta
Monday, February 20, 2012
The lawyer linked to an alleged child trafficking ring in Mexico, which saw
11 Irish couples questioned, was jailed more than 20 years ago on suspicion
of the same crime.
CNN Mexico reported Carlos Lopez Valenzuela was remanded in jail in 1990,
after being arrested with a nurse and two other women in a hospital in
Guadalajara for allegedly trying to buy children from two mothers preparing
to go into labour.
According to the report, Mr Lopez was detained at the hospital before being
remanded in custody. A staff member at the hospital is believed to have
reported the lawyer and the three women to the police after becoming
suspicious. Mr Lopez was remanded to a jail near the state capital Jalisco
but it is unclear if he was convicted of any crime.
The 11 Irish couples were questioned in Mexico last month in relation to the
latest apparent child-selling racket being linked to Mr Lopez.
Authorities have arrested four Mexican women and two men, and rescued 10
children in relation to the investigation.
Prosecutors believe the mothers, who were destitute and some of whom were
illiterate, were duped into handing over their children for what they
believed was an anti-abortion campaign advertised in the local press.
Prosecutors are hoping to arrest the lawyer shortly.
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