Argentina

DNA testing of media mogul’s children blocked in Argentina

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An Argentine court has stopped authorities from collecting DNA samples from the adopted children of a media baron to determine if they were kidnapped during Argentina’s military dictatorship.

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A federal panel in Buenos Aires backed on Thursday an appeal by the adopted children against a court order to provide samples to a gene bank.

The Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, a group intent on finding the whereabouts of abducted children, took Ernestina Herrera de Noble, owner of El Clarin’s newspaper, to court to obtain DNA samples belonging to his adopted children.

Last year, the police seized DNA samples belonging to the children Marcela and Felipe Noble Herrera for testing. However, they were found to be contaminated with foreign DNA and deemed unreliable.

The Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo were disappointed to hear that the appeals court had not rejected the appeal put in by the lawyers of the siblings.

"The lawyers are using and victimizing (the siblings) and preventing the truth from coming out about a horrible crime from the dictatorship," Abuelas president Estela Carlotto told reporters.

An estimated 500 children were kidnapped during Argentina’s military dictatorship from 1973 to 1983. Many of them were adopted by powerful member of the Argentine junta.

The Abuelas group has so far been able to identify over 100 children kidnapped during that time.
 

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