Global Politics

Former Argentine Junta Leaders Guilty of Baby Theft

Two former leaders during Argentina's military rule have been found guilty of overseeing the systematic theft of babies from political prisoners. A court in Buenos Aires sentenced Jorge Videla to 50 years in prison and Reynaldo Bignone to 15 years.

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They are already serving lengthy jail sentences for crimes committed under military rule between 1976 and 1983. At least 400 babies are thought to have been taken from their parents while they were held in detention centers.

David Sommerstein reports from Buenos Aires.

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    Jorge Videla and Reynaldo Bignone listen to the verdict during their trial in a courthouse in Buenos Aires. (Photo: REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian)
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    Jorge Videla and Reynaldo Bignone listen to the verdict during their trial in a courthouse in Buenos Aires. (Photo: REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian)

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