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Spain's stolen babies landmark trial gets underway

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An 80 year old nun has become the first person to appear in court in a scandal allegedly involving baby trafficking in Spain.

Maria Gomez Valbuena is accused of illegal detention and falsifying documents. A huge crowd gathered outside the court. Thousands believe they were stolen as babies.

Among those gathered outside was one woman who said she does not know who she is but that the trafficking was well planned and those behind it protected.

The theft of babies is thought to have begun under the Franco dictatorship with newborns taken from Republican mothers but continued after democracy was restored in 1975.

Many of those who have lodged complaints say members of the Catholic church were involved.

The state is now trying to get to the bottom of the scandal and has been organising DNA tests for those who believe they were stolen or who question what really happened to the babies they gave birth to.