Original Chinese Language Article By: http://cn.rfi.fr
(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD
A Spanish couple accused of murdering their adopted Chinese daughter – Asunta Yong Fang Basterra Porto – two years ago were sentenced to 18 years in prison (in late 2015) – local media reported on Thursday – following an outcry in the country that included an official complaint made by the government of the People’s Republic of China. The PRC expressed concern that a Chinese citizen by birth (who was still a child) could be treated in this despicable manner in Europe, and called for the culprits to be brought to justice.
The court, located in the northwestern region of Galicia, confirmed the sentence on Thursday, around two weeks after the nine-person jury had found the former couple guilty. The nine-person jury had found the two – Rosario Porto and Alfonso Basterra – guilty of murdering the 12-year-old child, who was adopted from China when she was a baby and was described as being very intelligent. Unbelievably, lawyers for the accused said that they would appeal against the sentence due to a number mitigating circumstances, and allegations that could not be proved.
Prosecution lawyers alleged that the couple – who had split at the time of the murder – had planned to kill Asunta in cold blood, although it was stated that Porto actually carried-out the crime. The child was drugged with a sedative called Orfidal administered over a period of around three months before her death – when it is thought Porta strangled Asunta to death. The couple then dumped Asunta’s body in the woods near to the city of Santiago de Compostela, where it was later discovered on the 22nd of September, 2013.
According to a judicial source, the court listened to the views of 84 witnesses and the advice of 60 experts, including several experts who stated that the deceased had been drugged. Neither of the two guilty parents has given a motive for the murder of their Chinese daughter.
©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2016.
Original Chinese Language Source Text:
法新社马德里报导，涉案人西班牙籍女律师罗萨里奥•波尔多(Rosario Porto )及其前夫阿峰索•巴斯特拉(Alfonso Basterra )被法院宣判犯下“谋杀罪”，获刑关监二十年。他们周二不会出席在刑事法庭闭门举行的旨在选出陪审团成员的第一次听证会。
这宗被西班牙媒体大肆报导的凶杀案，应于十月二十一日在拉可罗尼亚省听审会前结案。 这是在发现从中国收养的孩子阿颂塔 ( Asunta Yong Fang Basterra Porto )的尸体后的2年，开始本案的开庭审讯；来自中国的阿颂塔还是婴儿时就被这对西班牙夫妇收养。