Saturday, 12 June 2010

Argentina: DNA testing begins for Noble kids

So, I've been following the case of the adopted children of Ernestina Herrere de Noble for some time now, but it has been dragging on for much longer than that. Finally this week the lawyers belonging to the Clarin group head* suffered a major loss; DNA testing began on personal material seized from Marcela and Felipe Noble Herrera. Results are expected in around a month. There's no doubt in my mind that Marcela and Felipe are indeed the children of disappeared people, but indisputible evidence of this is, of course, essential. How many more twists and turns will there be in this long process? Anybody's guess.

Rights conflict in Argentine court battle over DNA
Argentina media heirs submit to 'Dirty War' DNA tests (BBC)
Argentine media heirs forced to undergo DNA testing to see if they were abducted as babies (Journalism in the Americas)
Argentine media heirs face 'adoption' DNA tests (The Independent)
DNA testing pits media family against Argentina government (LA Times blog)

*Marcela and Felipe make use of their adopted mother's lawyers, which the Abuelas human rights group argue is not right, since there is a conflict of interest between the two (ie, what is best for the children is not necessarily best for the parent).

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