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Seven guilty over Portugal abuse

Seven people have been found guilty of child sex abuse charges after a major trial in Portugal lasting nearly six years.

Six men and one woman were convicted of crimes including sexually abusing minors and adolescents, raping children and running a paedophile ring at a state-run children's home in Lisbon during the 1990s.

Chief prosecutor Miguel Matias said the Lisbon court was due to hand down sentences later.

The trial, believed to be Portugal's longest, included testimony from more than 800 witnesses and experts, including 32 alleged victims.

The abuse centred on Casa Pia, a 230-year-old institution caring for roughly 4,500 needy children.


From Belfast Telegraph