Friday, June 3, 2011

The children of the Duea de 'Clarin' DNA tests are someterna

The National Chamber of Criminal Appeal (which performs functions similar to the Supreme Court) ordered yesterday that the adopted children of Ernest Noble, owner of the largest media conglomerate in the country, including the newspaper Clarín, are subject to extraction of DNA samples (blood, saliva, hair) to be checked against other samples stored in the National Genetic Data Bank (BNDG) and determine whether they are children of people "disappeared" during the military dictatorship.

The ruling, which states that the extraction will be done "with or without consent" by Marcela and Philip Noble, may be appealed in the Supreme Court and has not left satisfied with any of the parties. The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, who opened the legal battle for almost 10 years and have always complained of the obstacles presented by attorneys for Noble, complained yesterday that the ruling limits the group of samples that can be done comparison, rather than being done with all the data in the Bank.

Marcela's lawyers and Philip Noble, both 35, wanted, for its part, the analysis does not take place in the BNDG but by members of the Body Forensic and exclusively in connection with specific families that initially claimed to be his relatives. The National Genetic Data Bank, with scientific prestige, holds examples of family groups of an unknown number, but very large, disappeared.

Both Marc and Philip were adopted during the military dictatorship, a period which saw the kidnapping of more than 500 babies who were illegally for adoption, in many cases soldiers and officers involved in the repression. The crime of misappropriation of these children are considered crimes against humanity and not prescribed.

So far, the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo have identified 102 "missing grandchildren." In some cases, few, interested parties have refused to provide the necessary biological samples because it often supposed to involve their adoptive parents in a severely punishable offense. In the case of Ernest Noble, which currently has 85 years, was detained for a few days in 2002 while carrying out research.

Last November, Parliament passed a law requiring potential of missing children to undergo DNA testing. The Noble brothers have publicly complained that their identification may be part of the tough political battle that pits the Clarín group with the party in government and with President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

"We're not kids, two adults are responsible, they just try to exercise our rights and make our decisions, without pressure and release" they wrote. The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo say, meanwhile, who understand the situation of young people, but that the families of missing persons are also entitled to know the fate of those babies.

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