Colombia still holding 'baby-buyers'

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2 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch couple arrested in Bogotá for allegedly buying a baby must remain in custody pending a criminal trial, Colombian prosecutors said.

2 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch couple arrested in Bogotá for allegedly buying a baby must remain in custody pending a criminal trial, Colombian prosecutors said.

The biological mother of the child, Viviana R., has been granted permission to leave custody for six months to care for the infant. The woman worked as a maid for the suspects.

The baby is currently being cared for by the child protection agency in the South American country.

Dutch couple, Arthur and Luz Estela B., were arrested in October as they were about to board a plane with the baby. Arthur B. claims he is the natural father of the child. The results of a DNA test are expected within a week.

The couple's lawyer, Daphne de Graaf, denied there was any truth to the allegation of an illegal adoption. The biological mother voluntarily gave the child to the Dutch man because she could not pay for the child's upkeep, the lawyer said. The couple denies any money was paid to the mother..

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