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Seven found guilty in Portugal sex case

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Seven found guilty in Portugal sex case


Judges in Portugal found seven defendants guilty on Friday of sexually abusing minors living at a network of state-run orphanages. It was the country’s highest profile child sex case ever.
The six men and one woman include television presenter Carlos Cruz and former diplomat Jorge Ritto.

They were accused of committing sex-related crimes at the Casa Pia children homes in the 1990s.

The main suspect was a former driver for the home, whom the court has found abused boys on hundreds of occasions.

The seven will be sentenced at a later date.

The trial, believed to be Portugal’s longest, has lasted almost six years

More than 800 witnesses and experts took to the stand, including 32 of the victims.

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