DNA tests show foster child is son of Farc hostageThe Colombian government yesterday released DNA DNA: see nucleic acid.
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One of two types of nucleic acid (the other is RNA); a complex organic compound found in all living cells and many viruses. It is the chemical substance of genes. results which it said proved that a three-year-old boy born in captivity to a woman held by leftist left·ism also Left·ism
1. The ideology of the political left.
2. Belief in or support of the tenets of the political left.
left guerrillas had in fact been living in foster care in the capital Bogotá since 2005.
The news is a boost for President Alvaro Uribe and a setback for the Farc guerrillas, who claimed they were still holding the boy - and had even offered to release him as a gesture of goodwill.
Tests all but certainly proved the child in foster care was Emmanuel, born to his hostage mother and a guerrilla father in 2004. There was a "very high probability" the foster child, Juan David, was in fact the son of Clara Rojas, a politician kidnapped Kidnapped
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DNA tests DNA test n → DNS-Test m were done on the boy and on Rojas's mother and brother. "The scientific conclusion is that there is a higher probability that Juan David is David I, king of Scotland
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The boy's genetic markers genetic marker
A gene phenotypically associated with a particular, easily identified trait and used to identify an individual or cell carrying that gene. had "highly specific traits" in common with Rojas's mother, Iguáran said. He said the tests would be verified in Spain. Until then , the boy would stay in the custody of child protection services.
Emmanuel's tale has gripped Colombia, but despite optimism the child may now be safe, the revelation may do little to help the plight of more than 40 other people held captive for years by Farc.
Yesterday's disclosure was an acute embarrassment for the guerrillas, who last month had promised to release the child as a goodwill gesture, and are now expected to resume their uncompromising stance.
Farc announced in early December they would hand over the boy, his mother and a third hostage, Consuelo Gonzalez, to representatives of the Venezuelan government. After repeated delays the guerrillas suspended the release on December 31, claiming military operations This is a list of missions, operations, and projects. Missions in support of other missions are not listed independently. World War I
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But the same day Uribe announced that the rebels did not have the boy, and that in fact he was living with a foster family in Bogotá. Emmanuel's existence was first reported by a Colombian journalist in 2006. He is believed to have been born of a liaison between Rojas and an unknown guerrilla, who may have suffered the ultimate punishment for breaking a cardinal rule of the hostage takers by consorting with a captive.
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3. media accounts, the child was raised by the rebels in jungle camps and was only occasionally allowed to see his mother. There was no confirmation yesterday of how the child got to Bogotá. But it is widely believed that he was placed in the charge of an impoverished carpenter in a remote town on the edge of Colombia's jungles in 2005.
Because he suffered from leishmaniassis, a skin disease, the carpenter took him to hospital, where the child was placed in care, according to accounts leaked to the Colombian press. Given the name Juan David, the boy was transferred to Bogotá.
The carpenter, José Crisanto Gómez, reportedly told authorities that rebels had sought him out in early December 2007, ordering him to retrieve the child, and gave him a deadline of December 30. When he was unable to produce the boy the rebels sent death threats and he decided to go to the police. He and his family are now in protective custody An arrangement whereby a person is safeguarded by law enforcement authorities in a location other than the person's home because his or her safety is seriously threatened. .
Olga Lucía Gómez, (no relation) director of the País Libre Foundation, a group that monitors kidnapping kidnapping, in law, the taking away of a person by force, threat, or deceit, with intent to cause him to be detained against his will. Kidnapping may be done for ransom or for political or other purposes. in Colombia and helps families of victims, said she hoped Farc would not retaliate over the embarrassing revelation about the boy. "With more reason now, they should free his mother, and Consuelo," she said.
Iván Rojas, Clara's brother, said yesterday he was "sure the boy is my nephew" and now the main priority for his family was the freedom of his sister. He said that if any doubts remained about the boy "Clara should be freed so we can do a direct exam between mother and son".
Although Farc had suspended the handover n. 1. The act of relinquishing property or authority etc. to another; as, the handover of occupied territory to the original posssessors; the handover of power from the military back to the civilian authorities s>. on Monday, the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, who was leading the recovery operation, said his government's efforts would continue.
However, when indications emerged that Farc was not holding the boy, Chávez said that, if found to be true, "it would be overwhelming evidence of a lie, of a manipulation" by Farc.
"President Chávez now knows he can't believe so much in Farc, but he should continue his efforts to free the hostages,' Ms Gómez said.