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Kidnapped Writer Trial To Start

May 14, 1999

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A lawyer for a man charged with holding a novelist captive for years was ordered to stand trial on kidnapping charges Friday in connection with the case.

Enrique Fuentes Leon, arrested May 7 at his Mexico City office, was ordered held for trial after a hearing at Mexico City’s Western Penitentiary.

Fuentes Leon was the attorney for Claudio Fuentes Figueroa, who was accused in 1985 of holding the elderly Nellie Campobello a near-prisoner in her crumbling Mexico City mansion.

The charges were dismissed for lack of evidence.

Campobello was last seen in public in 1985 with Fuentes Leon, and the mansion was later found to be registered in the name of a woman who is apparently a relative of Fuentes Leon, local media reported.

Authorities say the attorney helped Fuentes keep the writer captive and maintain a charade in which authorities were told Campobello was alive after the 86-year-old novelist had died and was secretly buried 13 years ago.

Prosecutors have since revived the case. In February, Fuentes was ordered to stand trial on kidnapping charges.

Campobello, a contemporary of Mexico’s greatest literary and artistic figures of the 1930s, was credited with having revived Mexican folk dance.

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