Minimal fine for judge’s negligence in jailing paedophile
A Seville judge has been fined EUR 1,500 for allowing convicted paedophile Santiago Del Valle to remain free and allegedly killing a five-year-old girl.11 September 2008
MADRID -- A Seville judge whose negligence allowed a convicted paedophile to remain free and allegedly kill a five-year-old girl has been ordered to pay a minimal fine of EUR 1,500 by Spain's judicial watchdog.
The decision by the disciplinary committee of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) was met with anger by Juan José Cortés, the father of Mari Luz Cortés, who disappeared near her home in Huelva in January and was allegedly killed by convicted paedophile Santiago Del Valle.
"This is shameful... there is no justice," he said. Justice Minister Mariano Fernández Bermejo said prosecutors will appeal the CGPJ committee's decision to the full council in an effort to obtain tougher punishment for Seville Judge Rafael Tirado.
Tirado had conducted the second paedophilia trial of Del Valle and sentenced him to two years and nine months for abusing his own daughter on top of an earlier, two-year suspended sentence for sexually assaulting another girl.
The combined sentences should have ensured Del Valle was jailed, but mistakes by Judge Tirado and delays in executing the sentence allowed the paedophile to remain free.
[El Pais / J A Hernandez / Expatica]