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Argentine Media Heirs Probed Over Forced Adoptions

Thursday, 31 December 2009 10:49 AM

Lawyers for heirs to an Argentine media empire say police raided their homes amid suspicions they were victims of state-organised forced adoption.

The alleged raid took place a day after Felipe and Marcela Noble complied with a court order and gave blood samples.

They were adopted by Clarin media mogul Ernestina Herrera de Noble in 1976.

Campaigners allege that they are the offspring of political prisoners who gave birth while in custody during the country's period of military rule.

They believe the biological parents of the siblings were killed in prisons and their babies were then taken by the state.

Under the country's former regime, babies were often given to families considered loyal to the military.

The Noble family's lawyer, Jorge Anzorreguy, said that both toothbrushes and hairbrushes were seized during the raid at their homes on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

The raid, he alleges, was carried out under an order of a judge. Argentine officials have refused to confirm or deny that the raid took place.

Felipe and Marcela Noble are heirs of the Clarin media group, considered to be Argentina's most important.

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