Spanish analysis confirms Emmanuel is son of Clara Rojas

( dpa ) - Santiago de Compostela, Spain (dpa) - A DNA analysis by a Spanish laboratory has confirmed that a 3-year-old boy kept at a child protection facility in Colombia is the son of Clara Rojas, the laboratory at the University of Santiago de Compostela said Thursday.

The announcement coincided with the arrival of Venezuelan helicopters in the Colombian town of San Jose del Guaviare in the second attempt to secure the release of Rojas, a former vice presidential candidate of Colombia, who has been held hostage for more than six years by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The effort also sought the freedom of Rojas' co-hostage, former legislator Consuelo Gonzalez.

Release plans initially included also Rojas' son Emmanuel, until it turned out he may already have been released to a child protection facility.

The Spanish analysis showed that the DNA of the boy known as Juan David Gomez corresponded to that of Rojas, representatives of the Institute for Legal Medicine at the University of Santiago de Compostela said.

The confirmation of the boy's identity was expected to allow for him to be handed over to the family of Rojas, who was kidnapped together with former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, the best-known FARC hostage.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been trying to secure the release of Rojas and Gonzalez.

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