Spanish judge given list of 130,000 Civil War dead

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A Spanish judge probing atrocities carried out by fascist forces during the Spanish Civil War has been handed a list of 130,000 people who disappeared during the conflict and ensuing dictatorship.

The names, contained in a dozen files each the thickness of a telephone directory, were presented to Judge Balthasar Garzon on Monday afternoon in the first step towards determining whether a full blown criminal investigation can be launched.

Last month he ordered state bureaucrats and the Roman Catholic church to hand over all relevant documentation - much of which has been unavailable to historians for most of the past six decades.

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