Argentina Baby Theft Trial

(CNN) -- An Argentine court Thursday is expected to deliver a verdict in a trial in which two former dictators, among others, stand accused of stealing babies during the country's dirty war.

Jorge Rafael Videla was among the coup leaders who overthrew then-President Isabel Martinez de Peron in March 1976. He ruled as dictator until 1981. Gen. Reynaldo Benito Bignone ruled the country from June 1982 until the nation's return to democracy in December 1983.

They are accused of systematically stealing babies from political prisoners and giving them new identities.

They are the two most high-profile defendants on trial for being the "presumed authors of the crimes of theft, retention and hiding of minors, as well as replacing their identities," according to a statement from the country's judiciary.

Specifically, the officers are being tried for the stealing of 34 babies from their parents, the court said.

Videla was previously convicted in December of human rights abuses during his rule and is currently serving a life sentence in prison.

Bignone was sentenced in April of last year to 25 years in prison for kidnapping and torturing 56 people.


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