Argentine doctors to stand trial for Dirty War baby theft
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Argentine doctors to stand trial for Dirty War baby theft

Two Argentine doctors are being tried on suspicion of stealing babies from political prisoners during the country’s dictatorship.

Raúl Eugenio Martín and Norberto Bianco are accused of taking nine babies from a clandestine maternity ward located inside military barracks. The trial began September 17.

Others named in the case include midwife Luisa Arroche, retired military officer Santiago Riveros and Reynaldo Bignone, who was the last military president of the 1976-1986 dictatorship.

Bignone and Riveros are already serving life in prison for crimes against humanity.

They and other military and police figures have been convicted with organizing the theft of babies from women who were detained and then executed in the junta’s torture centers during the so-called “Dirty War.”

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Argentina’s government estimates that some 13,000 people were forcibly disappeared during the dictatorship.