Argentina Media Heirs May Have Been Stolen Babies

DNA tests ordered by court
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2010 3:44 AM CDT
Updated Jun 8, 2010 6:00 AM CDT
Argentina Media Heirs May Have Been Stolen Babies
Estela de Carlotto, head of the Humans Rights organization Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, looks on during a press conference in Buenos Aires last week.   (AP Photo/ Natacha Pisarenko)

Brother and sister heirs to one of Argentina's largest media companies are being forced to undergo DNA testing to determine if they were stolen as babies from tortured political prisoners to be handed over to their adoptive tycoon mom. Human rights group Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo won a court order requiring tests for Marcela and Felipe Noble Herrera to determine if they were snatched 34 years ago and given to Ernestina Herrera de Noble, owner of the Clarin publishing group, the Independent reports. The lawsuit charges that the siblings were among thousands born to political prisoners during Argentina's "Dirty War" when the military ruled from 1976-1983.

Scientists will attempt to match the samples to any DNA available from political prisoners, thousands of whom were killed or vanished. The heirs have battled the case, claiming the search for their true identity is an invasion of privacy. "Our identity is ours. It's a private thing and I don't think it's up to the state to come and tell us what is ours," said Marcela Herrera. She's prepared for the possibility that she was illegally taken. "If it is really true, it's up to us to assimilate it," she said. "Only we will know how we'll feel." (Read more Argentina stories.)

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