Pilar Abel says she will appeal against the verdict, since she is still convinced Dali is her father.
DNA tests taken from the body, which was dug up almost intact from the crypt at the Theatre-Museum of Figueres (Girona), where he lived most of his life, did not match those supplied by Sra Abel.
The judge handling the case says Abel did not call for the National Toxicology Institute specialists to appear in court and explain their findings, nor did she let up in her quest at any point, despite questioning the DNA testing result and querying the ‘custody chain’, or handling of the samples.
Abel’s birth records show her to have been born to Antonia Martínez and Juan Abel on February 1, 1956, and the judge said there was ‘no proof’ that her mother had an affair with Dalí the summer before – no witnesses, documents or previous paternity claims.
Also, the court says the DNA samples Abel presented were ‘not valid’ as they were taken ‘from dubious sources’ and ‘with no control process to guarantee their reliability’.
Pilar Abel, leaving the court, told reporters she felt ‘okay but disappointed’ with the ‘lies’ that came out in the case, and said she did not trust the DNA samples.
“I don’t believe anything after what I’ve seen today,” she said.
Sra Abel says she intends to ‘keep on fighting’, even if it means appealing to the European Court in Strasbourg once she has exhausted the justice system in Spain.