Wednesday, June 22nd 2011 - 23:11 UTC

Argentina’s Clarin owner siblings to have DNA blood tests on Friday

The (adopted) heirs of one of Argentina’s most powerful media conglomerates will have blood samples taken in a Buenos Aires hospital on Friday after they decided to voluntarily have DNA tests to determine whether they coincide with DNA samples of relatives from people killed during the Argentine dictatorship (1976/1983).-

Ernestina Herrera de Noble, 86, has frequently clashed with the Kirchners

Judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado ruled that the blood work is done on Friday at the Durand Hospital, after the siblings, Marcela and Felipe, adopted children of the Clarin newspaper conglomerate owner Ernestina Herrera de Noble, decided to voluntarily take the DNA tests and compare them to all the samples stored at the Argentine Bank of Genetic Data, in a case that has lasted over ten years.

The two siblings who were adopted as babies by the owner of Clarin are under suspicion that they could allegedly be among hundreds of infants stolen from political prisoners during Argentina's military dictatorship.

Adoptees Marcela and Felipe Noble had previously refused to submit DNA tests and only offered their DNA to be compared with two families of disappeared people. However this time they will not appeal the order to have blood samples taken and compared with available DNA of every relative of those who disappeared during the country's 1976-1983 dictatorship.

Marcelo and Felipe who are in their 30s, have said they have no interest in learning the identities of their birth parents and have been protective of their adopted mother, Grupo Clarin owner Ernestina Herrera de Noble, 86.

On June 2, Argentina’s top criminal appellate court ruled that Marcela and Felipe Noble had to submit biological material, with or without their consent, for testing but limited the scope of DNA comparisons to people known to have disappeared before the date of the Nobles' 1976 adoption papers.

The case, which has lasted a decade, has turned political as President Cristina Fernandez has called for the identity of the adoptees to be cleared up. Mrs Kirchner has clashed frequently on a range of issues with Herrera de Noble's media properties, which include the country's biggest newspaper Clarin and the TV news station Todo Noticias.

“They are tired of being attacked and of having lies said about them,” said the pair's lawyer, Alejandro Carrio, referring to suspicions raised about their biological parents. “They're in a defeated state of mind from fighting so much for their rights.”

The plaintiffs in the case, the human rights group Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, have pushed for the pair to submit their DNA for testing. The group has led the public campaign to find hundreds of children, including relatives of group members, that the military abducted from women who gave birth under captivity, often in clandestine torture centres. Nearly all of those women were executed or disappeared.

The Argentine government maintains a bank of DNA samples submitted by relatives of the dictatorship's political prisoners.

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1 jerry (#) Jun 23rd, 2011 - 04:22 am Report abuse
I have said it before, and I will say it again. - It is clear discrimination unless the judge makes this mandatory for all adopted children during the 1976/1983 period.
2 Marcos Alejandro (#) Jun 23rd, 2011 - 04:32 am Report abuse
No it isn't.
3 Redhoyt (#) Jun 23rd, 2011 - 06:56 am Report abuse
Oh, yes it is :-)
4 Artillero601 (#) Jun 23rd, 2011 - 01:29 pm Report abuse
Is this a case of illegal adoption? or a political attack to the a media mogul? The kids don't want to know and they don't really care so what is it?
5 Think (#) Jun 23rd, 2011 - 04:12 pm Report abuse

Very Soon this “old legal battle (1991)” will be over......
For the benefit of everybody in Argentina.....

Vincit Omnia Veritas
6 fredbdc (#) Jun 23rd, 2011 - 04:40 pm Report abuse
No one benefits when their person is violated especially by the State.
It is the height of hypocrisy for a country to cry daily about human rights then violate someone's privacy in this way.
This is a case of political elites applying laws for revenge.
Argentina is nothing but a doomed kleptocracy. It's disgusting.
7 Artillero601 (#) Jun 23rd, 2011 - 05:21 pm Report abuse
@5 You may like this video:
8 jerry (#) Jun 23rd, 2011 - 08:12 pm Report abuse
The latest news is that the judge will allow the blood to be taken, but will not allow it to be DNA tested. Could this be a method of continually dragging-out the controversy, so that the government´s contention cannot be really addressed until after the election?
9 GeoffWard (#) Jun 23rd, 2011 - 08:45 pm Report abuse
Politics using the law as a vicious tool of State psychological torture.
At least a one-way flight over the sea has an end point; this is life-long cruelty wrought by an evil Government.
10 Think (#) Jun 23rd, 2011 - 08:54 pm Report abuse
(7) Artillero601

Lanata’s style is boring…………….

What about this video featuring Monty96, Isolde and Geoffward?
11 Marcos Alejandro (#) Jun 23rd, 2011 - 10:10 pm Report abuse
10 :-))))
12 Artillero601 (#) Jun 23rd, 2011 - 11:38 pm Report abuse

I was hoping for some serious response ......
13 Think (#) Jun 24th, 2011 - 03:00 am Report abuse
(12) Artillero601

For seriousness, I'll refer you to my comment No. 5................
14 Artillero601 (#) Jun 24th, 2011 - 01:23 pm Report abuse
@13 For the benefit of everybody in Argentina..... who is everybody Think?
15 Think (#) Jun 24th, 2011 - 03:39 pm Report abuse
A preguntas tontas..........................
16 Artillero601 (#) Jun 24th, 2011 - 03:51 pm Report abuse
Not the best choice for a dictionary ... but that's ok. It looks to me Mr “Think” that you are dunking the question , o no? No creo que sea una pregunta tonta ....

Who do you refer to everybody? the top Officials? That's not everybody, isn't it?
17 Think (#) Jun 24th, 2011 - 05:02 pm Report abuse
Even for them my Son………….. Even for them.
A prerequisite for absolution the acknowledgment of your sins.
And acknowledgment is much easier when the truth has been spoken.
18 Artillero601 (#) Jun 24th, 2011 - 05:33 pm Report abuse
Even for them .... No !!, Specially for them Mr Think!

La diferencia entre el mando y el comando que con el mando , la tropa nos sigue por el ejemplo del superior .....
19 GA3 (#) Jun 24th, 2011 - 06:22 pm Report abuse
Para el “Think”

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