THE family of Mari Luz Cortes, the five-year-old killed in
Mari Luz’s father, Juan Jose Cortes, said that they do not intend to appeal the sentence, but they cannot permit the killers to appeal to the Supreme Court either, as the case is over and they don’t want to drag it on any more.
He said that their lawyer, Gloria Gomez, would handle the allegations.
Meanwhile, Juan Lopez Rueda and Manuel Dominguez, representing the brother and sister, are appealing on the basis that testimonies which they believed fundamental in proving
Mari Luz disappeared on January 13, 2008 and her body was not found until March 7, 2008. Del Valle was arrested on March 25, 2008 and at the time should have been in prison for sexual abuse offences, including one against his own daughter, but was at large owing to a judicial oversight.
Juan Jose Cortes has been an Evangelist Priest for 14 years, now, he covers
He met with the Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, and is now a legal advisor for the opposition Partido Popular. He has said he intends to study law.
Although he used to be in the ranks of PSOE, he has now joined the PP as he says they are “better Christians”.