Chile: Justice Minister resigns amid criticism of pardons

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Chile: Justice Minister resigns amid criticism of pardons

The resignation came amid criticism over the granting of pardons to those convicted of offenses linked to the episodic protests of 2019.

The resignation of the Minister of Justice Marcela Rios was announced yesterday Saturday by the president of Chile, Gabriel Borich, amid criticism that he received on the occasion of the granting of pardons to those convicted of offenses related to the episodic protests of 2019.

She will be succeeded by jurist Luis Cordero Vega, who will take up his duties in the coming days, President Boric said in a videotaped speech, thanking Rios for her work at the Justice Department over the past 10 months.

Boric had been in favor of granting pardons to those convicted of crimes linked to the riots that rocked the Andean country in 2019.

The list of pardons included those convicted, aged between 21 and 38, for crimes such as looting, possession and throwing of Molotov cocktails, among others.

But political opponents denounced some of the December “pardons” — such as one involving a former rebel who had been convicted and jailed for other crimes — and accused Rios of poor coordination and a lack of communication. They had even announced that they were determined to submit a relevant memorandum to Congress on Monday.

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