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The incredible story of Edmond Mulet and the children he "exported"

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During the early 80s, Edmond Mulet, who currently serves as the UN’s Assistant Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, was a young lawyer involved in an adoption network. On two occasions he got in trouble with the law. In 1981 he was even arrested and accused of breaking Guatemalan adoption laws by taking babies out of the country with “tourist” visas. He claims he wasn't managing an adoption. He claims he was acting out of humanitarian concern for the children’s welfare. According to a former member of the special prosecutor's office who worked with United Nations Commision against Impunity in Guatemala, Mulet’s scheme circumvented legal controls and left children helpless. He was never tried or sentenced. A number of legal records and other documents uncovered in recent years clearly illustrate how this scheme worked and how he used his political connections in order to avoid being investigated for his actions.
The method he used was unusually fast: only two to three months after the children were born – in September and October 1981 – their adoptive mothers had already travelled to Guatemala to collect them.
That option meant that the child was left in a legal limbo, facing an uncertain future, and was deprived of the institutional guarantees – however feeble they might have been in those days– that ensured that the adoption was legal and that the adoptive parents were suitable.

November 1981. A police detective squad bursts into suite number 338 of the luxurious Camino Real...

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