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>> A doctor has become the first person to go on trial over a stolen baby scandal under a Spanish dictator Franco's rule. Dr. Edwardo Vela, aged 85, is accused of staging the birth and falsifying the birth certificate of Inez Madrigal. The woman bringing the charges, Ines, who'd been told she was adopted, asked for her birth certificate after reading an article about stolen babies.
> Ines' case is the only one that has reached trial, despite thousands of similar complaints having been filed between 1939, and 1975, campaigners want them reopened.
They say officials took babies from what the regime regarded as unsuitable mothers, mainly referring to communists or leftists. They were given to families connected to Franco's regime. A Spanish judge recorded the cases of about 30,000 children stolen while the fascist dictator was in power. Dr. Vela denies the accusations and says the signature on the birth certificate isn't his.