March 10, 2014
Aníbal Fernández says gov´t will not apologize to Noble Herrera
Cabinet Chief Aníbal Fernandez said today the government should not have to apologize to the adopted kids of Clarín´s Ernestina Noble Herrera magnate, after testing results showed their DNA samples did not match those from two families who suspected the siblings were stolen as babies from political prisoners in the 1970s.
It was a blow to the ten year battle by human rights activists to analyze DNA samples from Felipe and Marcela Noble Herrera, whose mother Ernestina owns Argentina’s Grupo Clarín media empire, has become increasingly politicized in recent years. Oficialism faced harsh criticism this weekend over yet another twist in the very controversial case that has been making headlines for over a decade now in Argentina.
Addressing this controversy, Aníbal Fernández said that the issue is “far from over” and considered the government “should not have to apologize.” He also denied an alleged political persecution. The chief of cabinet also observed the case should remain open and subjected to further DNA testing. “Over time other families might come forward,” he observed
The siblings had been refusing to be tested until recently. During interview to local media, Fernández also criticized Noble for not collaborating earlier to put an end the 10 year controversy. “The case is to remain open. There is still DNA matching to do. If all come up negative, still we will have testing to do,” he added.
“This is why I don’t think the government should apologize. There has been foul play as Ernestina Noble herself admitted eight to ten years ago in editorial by saying she talked to her kids about the possibility of being the children of dictatorship’s disappeared. We recognized the siblings are victims of circumstances, but relief should come from learning their true identity.”