October 1, 2014
Carlotto: 'Judiciary will rule on the couple that raised my grandson'
Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo head Estela de Carlotto said Argentine Judiciary will determine the fate of the couple that raised her recently-recovered grandson, snatched from his mother Laura by the military during the country’s last dictatorship.
“Anyone who registers a child as its own when he is not is committing a crime,” De Carlotto said in an interview with a Spanish newspaper, but she added that the Argentine Judiciary will have the last word on the fate of the people who raised Ignacio Hurbán, her grandson, named Guido by her mother Laura.
However, she said that the couple’s situation as farm workers and their relationship with the owner of the farm are “mitigating circumstances” and pointed out that Guido has been raised “well, with love”.
“It is usual in the countryside to give away children. There are those who have 10 or 12 kids. And they give some away,” she added. “Someone, the owner of the farm, brought the baby [Guido] to this couple and said: take him, since you do not have a son, and never tell him that you are not his parents,” De Carlotto said.
Guido was recovered last week, after he approached Grandmothers asking for a DNA test due to persistent questions about his true identity.
He was born in 1978 to an imprisoned mother who was executed shortly afterwards by the military, in a case that has come to symbolize the struggle of families riven by the dictatorship.