Man absolved after letting underage son run with bulls

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A judge in Pamplona has absolved Luis Miguel Gómez for acting irresponsibly toward his 10-year-old son, after both were seen participating last year in the annual San Fermín bull festival in Pamplona.

29 February 2008

PAMPLONA - A judge in Pamplona has absolved Luis Miguel Gómez for acting irresponsibly toward his 10-year-old son, after both were seen participating last year in the annual San Fermín bull festival in Pamplona.

The 28-year-old father was, however, slapped with a EUR 150 fine since the minimum age to take part in the celebrated event is 16 years.

"I would never have put my son's life in danger," he said a week before being absolved, adding that he would continue to take his son, David, to bull runs all over Spain.

Gómez's problems started when his former wife, Ana María Ruiz, filed a complaint with the police after seeing her son being chased by the bulls on television at the event.

A week later a judge in Fuenlabrada, a suburb of Madrid, took away Gomez's right to visit his son until a final ruling on the matter was made by the judge in Pamplona.

Almost 200 injuries

Since 1980, the running of the bulls festival in Pamplona has injured more than 190 people, although there have been very few fatalities.

The Pamplona bull run has inspired many artists and was popularised in the United States by Ernest Hemingway, whose first novel, The Sun Also Rises, was largely set at the Pamplona festival.

[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]

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