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Judge adds an extra member to the Iglesias family

Physical similarities to Iglesias were stressed throughout the case.
Physical similarities to Iglesias were stressed throughout the case. / SUR
  • The decision temporarily closes what has been a thirty-year legal battle, which started when former ballerina, María Edite Santos, demanded acknowledgment of paternity

The Iglesias clan increased to nine members as Valencian judge, José Miguel Bort, declared Javier Sánchez Santos son of Julio Iglesias in court. The decision temporarily closes what has been a thirty-year legal soap opera, which started when former ballerina, María Edite Santos, demanded acknowledgment of paternity in the late eighties.

During the case, Sánchez's legal representative, Fernando Osuna, stressed three key pieces of evidence: the birth of Sánchez nine months after Edite and Iglesias met at Sant Feliu de Guíxols and started their brief affair, the "enormous" physical likeness between the two and Iglesias's refusal to allow a DNA test.

The judge's decision to base his verdict partially on the latter was criticised by Iglesias's lawyer, Fernando Falomir, who denied that his client ever adopted an "obstructive" attitude towards the test. He also stressed that the one photograph taken of Iglesias at Sant Feliu de Guíxols is no proof of the beginnings of an affair.

Nevertheless, Sánchez and Osuna celebrated this win, yet both are aware of the appeal process ahead. For 43-year-old Sánchez, however, time is no longer important; "Justice will prove us right" in the end.