The trial of the suspects in the death of Mari Luz Cortes, the little
five-year-old girl who disappeared in January of 2008, started today in
Huelva, under strong security measures.
The main suspect said that he confessed the crime under coercion, adding
that due to the pressure that was exercised on him, he could even have
confessed to being responsible for the disappearance of
(the little British girl that disappeared in the
Algarve in May of 2007).
Santiago del Valle stated that he had "no idea of what happened to the
little girl" because he was not with her "at any time".
The accusation demands 23 years in prison for Santiago del Valle (20 for
murder and three for sexual abuse) and 17 for his sister Rosa (for
Mari Luz Cortes
disappeared in January of 2008 and was found 54 days later in
the river in Huelva.