Adopted Chinese Girl Murdered by Her European Parents

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Chinese Lives Matter – Ms Asunta Yong Fang Basterra (2001-2013)

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:

http://cn.rfi.fr/中国/20150929-谋杀中国养女-西班牙夫妇获刑20年

一对西班牙夫妇被控对原籍中国的十二岁养女下迷药三个月后并谋杀对方。两年前爆发的这起凶杀案于本周二(29日)在西班牙西北部的圣贾克•德孔波斯特勒(Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle)开庭审理后,被法院宣判犯“谋杀罪”,获刑关监二十年。

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。

阿颂塔被杀后,尸体于2013年9月22日在靠近圣贾克•德孔波斯特勒市附近的Téo地方的一个森林小道被散步民众发现。

2014年7月,初审法官审理结论指出阿颂塔的父母在几个月当中给她拿一种药让她昏睡的镇定剂,然后以窒息手法弄死她,并把尸体抛弃在一座森林里。法官是根据本案毒品病理分析、解剖结果及周遭人士向警方的的声明等为基础作出本案判案结论。

这对被控阴险同谋凶杀的父母一直矢口否认犯案谋杀孩子,但互相指控对方给孩子服用一种白色粉末的迷药。

这起案件让西班牙人感到不耻,也引起中国方面的注意。一名中国外交部发言人曾经呼吁“把凶手绳之以法”、采取具体措施保证被收养中国孩子的安全、保护被收养中国孩子的利益暨合法权益。

本案凶杀动机至今仍模糊不清,线索曾一度朝向因养母的父母遗产引发杀机,因阿颂塔是这项遗产继承人。初审法官判案中所提到的是一对分手但关系复杂的夫妇。

根据一项司法消息来源,本周一起,法院聆听了84名证人及咨询60名专家的意见,其中有几位专家指出,死者曾被下迷药。

 

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