The Federal Chamber of San Martín has confirmed the decision to extract samples of blood or saliva from the adopted children of the manager of the Clarín group, “with or without their consent.” This is to establish whether or not they were adopted from families who were victims of the dictatorship.
The Chamber rejected the appeal presented by the defence of Felipe and Marcela Noble Herrera against the decision taken by the federal judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado last December. On the 21st December, the magistrate ordered the “direct extraction, with or without consent, of tiny samples of blood, saliva, skin and hair” in order to carry out studies in the National Bank of Genetic Data (BNDG) in the Durand Hospital.
Arroyo Salgado had proposed the 23rd December but the appeal interrupted the ruling. The lawyer from the Abuelas of Plaza de Mayo association, Alan Lud, seemed to be satisfied with the decision and said that the study would be carried out as soon as possible.
However, he added that the defence would most probably take the case to the National Chamber of Annulment, the highest penal court in the country.
The Noble children are against their samples being compared with the DNA of hundreds of families who were victims of the dictatorship and are looking for babies who were stolen between 1976 and 1983. They are only accepting the comparison with two plaintiff families.
Story courtesy of Agencia Púlsar, the news agency of AMARC-ALC.