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Jail terms in Portuguese child abuse case

Jail terms in Portuguese child abuse case
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Heavy jail terms have been handed down in a prominent child abuse trial in Portugal.

In a case that first came to light in the early 90s, well-known figures have been found guilty of abusing youngsters at a children’s home in Lisbon.

A driver has been jailed for 18 years after being accused of organising a paedophile ring involving children at the Casa Pia home.

A popular television presenter has been jailed for seven years, while a former diplomat has also been sent to prison for six years and eight months.

Three other men, including a doctor, have also received jail terms, while a woman has been acquitted.

Victims of the abuse were in court to hear the outcome of the trial.

Victim Bernardo Teixeira said: “It was a bit difficult and painful to relive those difficult times, but there is also joy, to at last hear the jugdes say that the facts are proven. It’s like all those years were worth it.”

Former Casa Pia student and victims’ lawyer Pedro Namora said: “For so many years we have been persecuted, threatened. They used everything, and now it comes out that we spoke the truth.”

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