24 Oct, 2011 @ 12:44
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Father of missing Cordoba siblings denied bail

THE father of the brother and sister who vanished from a park in Cordoba more than two weeks ago has been denied bail.

A judge has ordered Jose Breton Gomez, 38, to be held on remand without bail on a charge of ‘illegal detention’.

It comes after the former soldier – the last person to see Jose, two, and Ruth Breton Ortiz, six, alive before they disappeared – took part in a police reconstruction of the events of October 8.

Breton still insists he lost sight of the siblings for ‘a moment’ in the park and a wide scale search has been underway ever since, without success.

But while CCTV footage of the park from October 8 shows Breton talking to a security guard after the children vanished, there is no footage of him with the children and no witnesses saw him in the park with the youngsters.

Meanwhile, Breton’s lawyer, José Maria Sanchez de Puerta, said he intends to appeal against the order on the basis of his client’s mental state and a lack of evidence.

“He shows clear signs of being bipolar and has attempted suicide twice, once after serving in Bosnia and again later on,” he said.

The search for the children – believed to be dead – continues.

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