Jorge Videla, former Argentine president, has been sentenced to 50 years for “systematically” stealing the babies of prisoners.
Thursday’s verdict finds Videla, 86, guilty of kidnapping hundreds of babies from leftist activists detained and killed between 1976-1983.
“We have presented evidence showing that the kidnappers plotted to steal the children born to women in captivity,” Estela de Carlotto, president of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, told the AFP news agency.
The rights group has fought in court since 1996, demanding restitution for the children stolen while their mothers were held in clandestine detention.
The group says in total some 500 children were kidnapped and then raised as their own by families close to the regime.
The case, which Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo, reporting from Buenos Aires, says shocked Argentine society, also included doctors accused of involvement in the kidnappings.
Our correspondent said that the defence’s request that Videla be allowed to serve his sentence under house arrest, due to his advanced age, was denied.”
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It is so incredibly sad and the ones stolen and adopted are the ones who face the reality of the crimes committed that dictated who they would be – some grew up with good families others not so much – but it would be hard beyond words to come to grips with. My heart goes out to them.
Take the time to watch the video Lost and Found below – it’s really good and then read another story below that.
Another story from an adult adoptee who found out the truth. Argentina ‘stolen baby’ cases legacy of Dirty War.
Edited to add: Argentina’s Videla and Bignone guilty of baby theft