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Questioning of couples
in adoption case ‘disturbing’
By Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner Saturday, January 21, 2012
CHILDREN’S Minister Frances Fitzgerald has said the questioning of 11
Irish couples in relation to an adoption racket in Mexico is a
"very disturbing situation".
Ms Fitzgerald said she did not wish to comment on individual cases, but
acknowledged it was "a very disturbing situation for
"What you can’t have in Mexico is people going to local agencies
or individuals doing private adoptions because when they come back,
there is going to be a difficulty as it’s not the way to do it.
Mexico’s rule is that you do it through their central authority,"
Carlos Lopez, the lawyer at the centre of the investigation, has denied
wrongdoing and said he has helped 60 Irish couples adopt legally from
Mexico since 2004.
Ms Fitzgerald stressed that it is no longer legal to adopt through
private arrangements in Mexico and that couples should always follow the
advice of the Adoption Authority.
"You could end up that would come back to Ireland and you would not
be able to have the child registered. You mightn’t be able to get the
kind of declarations that you need to bring the baby back into the
The Irish couples are being questioned in relation to a child
Authorities have arrested six Mexicans, and seized nine children between
the ages of two months and two years, in relation to the investigation.
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