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A former Argentine Navy officer told a Spanish inquiry Wednesday how the henchmen of Argentina's military regime of the 1970s and 1980s used to kill female prisoners after they had given birth, and give their babies away to military families.

Adolfo Scilingo was testifying on his role in Argentina's notorious "dirty war" between 1976-83 to Spanish High Court Judge Baltasar Garzon, investigating the deaths of around 300 Spanish citizens during the period.

Scilingo was giving details of the infamous Naval Mechanical School where he worked, the biggest torture center of the military dictatorship.

Scilingo accused former Adm. Emilio Massera, one of the leaders of the 1976 military coup, of masterminding a racket involving babies born in Navy detention centers. Some 300 children were abducted.

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