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13 suspects cleared in kidnapping charges

Dec. 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- An Argentinean court cleared 13 suspects in the disappearance of Marita Veron, who allegedly was kidnapped a decade ago by a prostitution ring, officials said.

The announcement Tuesday by the Tucuman provincial court that the suspects were cleared created outrage among Veron's family, human rights organizations and human trafficking victims, the Buenos Aires Herald reported.

Attorneys representing Veron's mother called the ruling "an act of corruption."

Prosecutors had accused the 13 defendants of kidnapping Veron in April 2002 in San Miguel de Tucuman when she was 23 years old. Her whereabouts remain unknown.

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