The trial of the suspects in the death of Mari Luz Cortés, the little five-year-old girl who disappeared in January of 2008, started today in Huelva, under strong security measures.
The main suspect said that he confessed the crime under coercion, adding that due to the pressure that was exercised on him, he could even have confessed to being responsible for the disappearance of Madeleine McCann (the little British girl that disappeared in the Algarve in May of 2007).
Santiago del Valle stated that he had "no idea of what happened to the little girl" because he was not with her "at any time".
The accusation demands 23 years in prison for Santiago del Valle (20 for murder and three for sexual abuse) and 17 for his sister Rosa (for murder).
Mari Luz Cortés disappeared in January of 2008 and was found 54 days later in the river in Huelva.
in: SIC, 16.02.2011
via SIC 16.02.2011
(addendum by JM)
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