The Spanish woman at the heart of a nationwide scandal involving babies who were stolen and trafficked over a four-decade period said last week that she had discovered she was the victim of an illegal adoption rather than an abduction.

Almost a decade ago, Inés Madrigal became the first person to be recognised by a Spanish court as having been a "stolen baby," taken by traffickers. Her courtroom victory prompted many other people to start lawsuits in search of their biological mothers, in the belief that they, too, had been stolen at birth.

But at a news conference, Madrigal said

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